May 17, 2018 | So with M arriving on 5/16 (instead of 5/15), and it being a bit rougher than planned, E had to wait to come up until Thursday morning. I actually managed a shower the night before, but I didn’t get a chance to really clean-up before my parents/sister/niece all were at the mommy-baby room door! But we knew we wanted to tell E the gender first, before anyone else knew. Despite the whole world saying it was a boy, E always told me that it was a girl. CLEESA was the name…sorry, overruled…! So I had her come over and hug me, and I whispered in her ear “it’s a GIRL!” and she lit-up so bright saying “It’s what I was hoping for!” and instantly wanted to hold her and give an elephant-toy gift to her. It’s true that your heart completely explodes. I just cannot describe watching E love her baby sister in such a pure, honest way. Then M’s gift to E was a new toddler camera…which E adored and started taking pictures of everything/everyone. I snuggled her so much (because I truly missed her over those few days) and it was just perfect…even if I could barely walk. I still managed to grab my camera for some photos, plus A and D snapped some too… 🙂
May 6, 2018 | On Sunday, again still trying to do all that we can as a family of 3, we thought it would be fun to see the major renovation this park just had! A whole new “town” section, and the best part for this Momma was all the shaded seating… 🙂 I did my best to keep up/walk around a lot, but I did spend most of my time sitting/watching D and E explore the park.
For some reason, I thought Winsteads sounded good — and it has to have been a decade since I ate there or more? No clue, but we ran with it and I ordered a cherry limeade. When this arrived at our table, E basically claimed it for her own…ha! I didn’t remember them looking like this!
A quick run to Costco led to this purchase — a shaded hammock that I could actually get in/out of! E wants to be outside all the time, and I’ve been sitting indoors while D has to be the supervising adult. She also thought that it looked super comfy, so she was the first tester. I love it…totally worth just $60!
I guess since Winter stuck around so long, we are jumping right into Summer? It was getting HOT, and what better way to burn more toddler energy than the sprinkler! This kid is a riot… 🙂
May 5, 2018 | Hobbling around towards the end of this pregnancy means we are limited a bit on the weekend activities…which is fine, and D has been just INCREDIBLE taking over a lot of the things that E needs. One of the things I really wanted to take her to do was a ride on this pump-track at a local park. I’ve seen kids on it, and while there may be some steep hills I had a feeling she would just love it. WOW did she ever! There were some spills, but not once did it stop her/cause tears…she wanted to keep going, and managed to get faster with each lap. That sweaty-face took a quick snack break, and then she was back at it! It was the longest I’ve seen her “balance” (in the gaps between hills) and she was really sad to leave. But I know we will go back this Summer sometime!
Cell phone pics/videos
April 22, 2018 | When D mentioned there was going to be a special event at the zoo for EV owners, I was a little skeptical. But, in the name of “enjoying all the days I can as a family of three” I agreed to attend! They were opening early this Sunday morning, with a free brunch and pass for entry/train/tram…perfect! Until the forecast said RAIN. I have a need to sit down a LOT these days, and having wet-benches/rocks for seating wasn’t ideal. But we managed to get around ok and D took the lead to make sure that E got to do all that she wanted! I’m glad we went, and the sun did eventually peek out onto our day which was really nice. I think E just remembers that we had to stop at Target for a rain jacket…of course this year I didn’t get her one because we’ve never really used the ones I bought past seasons! But this one is awesome, and can be used by little bro/sis when they wear a 4T. Oh, and she’ll talk about the puddles…forever. She walked through each and every one that we passed, thanks to her rain boots… 🙂
April 7, 2018 | Free events can be a little crazy, but we knew that this one was well organized, and had a good possibility to see Willie the Wildcat…so off we went! After a bath with goggles of course…
After the event, the weather was finally warming up a bit so we took E to a playground (also for me to check-out some trees and their flower-status) and then to D&D for a nice lunch. I laughed that it may be the first time someone has been reading Pinkalicious in that particular chain! 🙂
March 30, 2018 | Every year D has Good Friday off from work, so we try to plan something fun to do. Seeing as E’s “only-child” status is expiring soon, we thought we’d finally take her to the Natural History Museum in Lawrence. It’s not too far, and we could do minimal walking I hoped? First up was lunch at one of my fave spots there…where she ate more than I did by a landslide… 🙂
Then it was off to the museum on-campus. We parked at the Union, and as we walked by the Jayhawk statue (& a large group of students) she suddenly says “EEEW STINKY JAYHAWK!!!” and we couldn’t help but laugh. Secretly proud of our little Wildcat 🙂 The museum was good, probably was awesome 30-years ago, but she’s kinda spoiled by the very interactive dino-museums close by. So a building with a bunch of statues behind glass wasn’t as impressive to this toddler… 🙂 But it was still a lot of fun! And her eye drops glow in a black light — which was a shocking discovery BTW!
After the museum we thought she’d like some outdoor time, so we let her run around a playground for a bit before getting some ice cream (because…well, PREGNANT). Which resulted in a car-nap, for the first time in ages.
March 17, 2018 | This St. Patty’s Day happen to fall on a Saturday, which means that the usual parade we go to (family-friendly) happened the weekend PRIOR. Oops! It didn’t seem like a great idea to bring the littles downtown for the crazy adult-scene, so to the Dino museum we went! Luckily our membership went through the end of the month, and my sister had a pass for her family too. We enjoyed a long visit to the museum, and then it was time for FOOD. Outside was cold so we ducked into the first restaurant you walk by…Rock & Brews (ha). The kids actually did really well, with some coloring and outdoor toys, and it worked out that when we were done there was NO LINE to pet the “unicorn” down the street at the toy store. Perfect! And after spending a lot of time checking out the toys, it was finally time to head home for the afternoon. No naps isn’t as bad as I thought it would be at all. She’s so much fun!
So glad she still poses for me when I ask — and I do all that I can to keep it SPEEDY!