M Comes Home

May 18, 2018 | We get to go HOME! What a difference it is to leave the hospital after just a few days…and not have to come back. It was so NICE! My parents brought E over (I asked them to keep Mosby for awhile longer) and of course I snagged a few images…we are officially a family of four!

And a few cell-phone images from actually leaving the hospital…

E Meets Baby M

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… 🙂

Last Mommy-Day | Just E

May 14, 2018 | Being super-pregnant, and also wanting to make our final “just us two” mommy day extra special, really don’t go together well.  But at least we left the house and had some fun, right?  She was up at 6 AM, but jumped into our bed and went back to sleep until 7:30 AM. We ate breakfast as a family, and D left for work.  A quick drive through the bank & Starbucks, then we were off to a playground. I picked a spot with shade (hello, tights) and short walking distance from the parking lot. E wanted her Strider bike, so she rode that around the equipment more than actually playing ON the equipment…ha!  We came home and played Trains, Egg Hunt, and watched a little show before her lunch — which was interrupted by dancing to Buffalo Soldier’s “yo yo yo” parts of course.
I asked D to come home around 3, because after all of that activity I was desperate for a nap!  We gave her a bath, packed her bags, and managed to get her to my parents’ house after dinner since our appt was for 7 AM at the hospital the following morning.  I CRIED…so naturally we went and got Culver’s ice cream on the way home!  In bed by 10 PM, since a BABY is coming the next day!  Or so we thought…

C’s 2nd Birthday/Mother’s Day

May 13, 3018 | Little C LOVES Moana right now, so it was only fitting that her 2nd birthday party feature PINK and tropical themes!  You can tell that she really “gets” birthdays this year… 🙂  The kiddos loved throwing the balloons in the air, and the leis were a big hit for all.  I was SO pregnant that I only took photos from the couch…and thanks to A’s planning we were able to combine the party AND Mother’s Day because of my physical state.  I can’t do a whole lot (ie I missed the CF walk the day before)!

After finding out baby was breech, and planning on having the baby Tuesday, we took a few last photos.  WHOA that belly!!  That’s wearing compression tights AND a support band…eesh.

Park Day

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… 🙂

EV Day at the Zoo

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… 🙂

D Birthday

April 11, 2018 | Thanks to a photo-workshop on the ACTUAL day, I asked D if we could celebrate a day early with a dinner out. He chose BBQ, and we agreed that I would pick-up E and meet him there.  I remembered that it was PJ-day at preschool that day, and brought a change of clothes…but did E want them? NOPE! I didn’t have the energy to battle her on that — so I brushed her crazy hair, ran her to pick balloons and a cupcake, and walked into the restaurant exhausted. Ha! Around 34-weeks pregnant makes errands seem like running a 5K!  But one of the gifts was a book she wrote about all the things she loves to do with her Daddy.  The library, charging his car, etc…it’s adorable!