A Day in the Life | August

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With 4 days left until my due date with baby #2, I thought I should try and get this post up!  Still have my fingers crossed that I don’t have to wait 4 days… :)

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Hard to believe there will be a tiny little babe in these outfits very soon!

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This gal was very excited for a polish dog at Costco!  We don’t have a Costco membership so it’s always a special treat to tag along with friends.  Jos loved getting to shop with Katy and the night before she said, “I will be very happy for a polish dog.”.  Me too, girlfriend, me too!

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This is definitely my favorite smell in the kitchen…nothing like onions sautéing in butter!

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This week two new episodes of Daniel Tiger aired…the first was about Daniel learning how to be a big brother and the second was about the new baby’s arrival.  Jos has wanted to watch it again and again and play the scene where the Big Sis/Bro come to the hospital to meet the new baby over and over again with each of her stuffies!

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Soon To Be Big Sister

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This little girl seems so ready to be a big sister!  Last week she ran downstairs, sooo excited, asking…”Did the baby come yet?”.  “Awwww” was her response when I told her not yet.  I know that this change that is about to happen will definitely be a shift in her world but I do believe that she will love being a big sister and is going to take to her new role quite well, give or take a few adjustment periods. ;)  Before this transition happens, I wanted to take some time to record a few things about our big girl…

*Jos is such a cuddle bug and so very full of love.  She constantly wants a hug, then a kiss, then a high-five.  She must go through every. single. one of these before Daddy leaves for work or Momma goes somewhere.  She also frequently says, “I wuv oo!”.  Followed up by “all the way to the _______”.  Fill in the blank with whatever item is somewhat close to her….the table, the couch, to Mommy, to that tree, etc….  It’s precious and it puts a great big smile on my face.

*Jos is becoming quite independent and just recently started using the potty all by herself!  Well, she still needs a little help but she hasn’t had an accident in days!   HUGE step people!  I hope this is not an area where we see some regression once the baby arrives. ;)  She gleefully announced “Ta Da” with outstretched hands toward her potty the other day when she had her first successful #2 in the potty.  Ahhh, life with toddlers…gotta love it!

*Our girl knows how to “work it”….”Mommy, my tummy hurts. A movie will help it feel better.”  Sheesh, they become masters of manipulation so early! ;)

*Jos loves to help me in the kitchen and stir up all the food.  I always sing Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” to her while she is helping, replacing the Little Darlin’ part with her name.  She really enjoys this and she also likes it when I call her my sous chef.

*She recently started wanting us to call her different names like…Rapunzel, Elsa, Tiny Dancer, etc…  If we slip and call her Joslyn she immediately says, “No, I am not Joslyn!”.  She also likes to give us other names too.

*Jos thinks it would be great to name the new baby Daddy, if it’s a boy, and Mommy or Joslyn, if it’s a girl.  She can’t understand why this might be confusing. Haha!

*She has started becoming very cuddly and loving with some of my friends which is a big deal for this once reserved girl.  It makes my heart so happy to see them loving on her too and just knowing what a wonderful group of people I have around me and that they love my girl so much too.

*Jos loves her little friends too and often talks about them or uses their names during pretend play.  One of her favorite games to play is “Going to Maryann’s House”.  Maryann is a wonderful and amazing lady who provided childcare for Jos for a bit and still does for Jos’s friends.  We definitely miss her.

*Jos likes to make up her own songs.  Her favorite is, “I’m going to my Nanny’s, my Nanny’s, my Nanny’s, yes I am!”.  She also uses familiar tunes and replaces the words with her own…she does this a lot with the Dora theme song.

*She recently started being ok with getting “dirty”.  Before, she did not like getting dirt on her at all but she has turned the corner and now loves splashing in puddles and walking through the mud barefoot!  This makes me happy.

*She participated in swim lessons this summer.  Although quite hesitant, she had days that went really well.  She loves the water but was not a fan of her teacher’s “encouragement” to put her face/head in the water.  I think we may try for some private lessons this fall. I feel she will do much better one on one and going more at her own pace.

There are many more things I would like to record and will likely remember them as soon as I am done here but my girl needs me right now so I am off to be with her.  Looking forward to this new chapter in a week, a few days, ?? that life with a new baby will bring but I am so happy we have had 3 amazing years with just this girl!  Getting to know her, watching her grow and change and loving her more with each passing day has been a true gift.

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A Friendly Threat

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I recently issued a threat to this lovely lady that if we didn’t get a prego pic together this past weekend and my munchkin decided to come that I would have to find her on my way to the hospital, regardless of the time of day/night, and insist on a photo together. ;)  Luckily, she obliged.

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We had to get our big girls in one with us too before they become big sisters!

We met when the girls were just 3 and 4 months old and it is so fun to get to go through pregnancy together this time.  These babes on the way are supposed to be about 3 weeks apart, according to due dates, but we shall see.  Just over a week left before my due date…woohoo!  Can’t wait for them both to be here so we can spend days on the couch together…nursing, watching the big sisters play and just taking in all those newborn wonders again!

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A Day in the Life | July

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The scene above is my usual view after I make it downstairs in the morning.

Must. have. coffee.

Once I have coffee in me then the world begins to look a bit brighter. ;)  I do find it amusing how different I am in this pregnancy compared with my first.  The first time around, I rarely had any caffeine.  Not to mention bacon cheeseburgers (never) and hot dogs (also never) but with the second pregnancy I find myself feeling a bit more free in my food and beverage choices.  Let’s hope this kiddo will forgive me one day….

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First Breakfast.

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Second Breakfast.

Momma needed some protein in the form of eggs.

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My favorite laundry helper. :)

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I am happy to report that the following week Jos started using the big girl potty!  She is doing pretty good, so far, although we still definitely have accidents and “off” days.  It’s progress….I’ll take it!

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Ok, so I am a wee bit embarrassed to showcase my mustard addiction but I just can’t help myself.  Also, the watermelon makes up for the hot dog and mac n’ cheese lunch, right!?

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First movie at the theatre. She is hooked.

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Soup & Mud Pie

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Two days of rain and cooler weather = 1 HAPPY pregnant lady & Toddler

I am lovin’ this break from the sun and heat although I will be happy to get that back too.  Jos and I have had lots of fun in the rain, including running around and getting soaked today at the park with friends and then making mud pies at home.  Technically, I didn’t make the mud pies but I was a very happy observer. ;)

With this rain, I have been really wanting soup so broccoli, potato & cheese soup is on the menu tonight with some fresh, homemade bread (1 loaf for now and 1 for the freezer when baby arrives). Definitely starting to think about prepping some meals for about a month from now when life becomes quite busy and exhausting!  Thinking ahead a bit but also soaking in these wonderful moments with my precious “baby big girl” as she called herself the other day.

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4th of July Fun in the Burg

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We spent most of the day at home…playing, cleaning, moving rocks, painting and more, but ventured out in the evening for our town’s 4th of July event held at one of our local parks.  Let me just say, I had to beg and plead to get these pigtails in and to stay in!  Normally, I don’t care…I let our little firecracker do her thing, since it’s not worth the battle, but occasionally I like to feel like I have at least attempted to do something with her hair, even if her part in the back is completely crooked because she can’t sit still for 5 seconds!  Amazingly, she was distracted enough throughout the evening that she didn’t pull them out 5 minutes into our adventure! Success!  Hehe! It’s the little things…

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And this…  Jos was taught how to make funny faces this week by the granddaughter of one of Justin’s co-workers.  She is really having fun with this! :)

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Our adventure started with a stop at the Hot Diggidy Dog booth at the park.

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Then, it was on to ice cream and popcorn.

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Next, was a friendly race on some stick ponies.  Jos absolutely LOVED doing this.  She really enjoyed riding her stick pony around the hay bales and climbing all over them!  Birthday present dilemma, solved!   Don’t tell her… ;)

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She rode a pink cow too.

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We concluded our night at home with some poppers, too windy for much else, and then our neighbors put on a mega fireworks display right out our front window.  Jos was up late and LOVED the fireworks!  Nala was up late and DESPISED the fireworks….poor doggie girl. :(

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A Day in the Life | June

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Although this is not a typical day in the life at home, this was a typical day at the beach on our recent getaway to the Oregon Coast!  I can’t express my thanks enough to the VERY generous family who let us use their lovely beach home for 5 days so we could enjoy a getaway with our “big girl” before Baby # 2 arrives!  It was simply wonderful and such a nice break from the “norm”.

We spent a ton of time on the beach building sandcastles, looking for sand dollars, burying feet in sand, and making “swimming pools” for dolls.  We also enjoyed a carousel ride, $1 ice cream cones & saltwater taffy, flying kites, visiting a State Park where we saw lots of starfish and other sea creatures, making s’mores and hot dogs over a backyard fire, hiking and finding frogs and banana slugs and watching movies. Joslyn’s Nanny & Grampi even joined us for a couple of days while we were there!  It was the perfect getaway and such a joy to see our girl having soooo much fun on the beach!  She wanted to take her shoes off as soon as she hit the sand!  I think this trip may have helped her get past her intolerance to getting dirty too…  She has always been one who doesn’t enjoy getting dirty or wet, especially when it is unexpected, but she certainly enjoyed getting wet, sandy and dirty at the beach!  Yay!

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No trip to any beach is complete without POG, apparently…  Jos had it in her head we were going to Hawaii, which is where she had POG, so we had to get some.  I think she knows we were on the Oregon Coast now but it took awhile for that to sink in. ;)

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Justin “interviewing” Jos about her day. :)

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