Saturday, September 27, 2008

Maybe we are doing something right.

While I was cooking dinner yesterday, Rose Marie was busy being "Mommy" to her baby doll. I was semi-aware of what she was doing while I was cooking. I knew that she was pretending to go grocery shopping, that they went to an imaginary park and that she was teaching her...something...although I am not sure what. But then she did something that halted me in the middle of my dinner preparations. She took dolly back to her bed, knelt down, helped dolly make the sign of the cross, asked her to thank Jesus for something and then proceeded to say the "Hail Mary" twice all the way through, and then tucked her "snug as bug," into bed. I was shocked! I am sure that Rose Marie and dolly's prayers warmed Our Lord's heart...(along with their mutual gratefulness for cookies) I know it meant the world to me. Thank you Lord, how could I ask for more!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rainy Days

Today, is the kind of rainy day, that cups of hot chocolate, sweaters and socks, movies and cuddle time on the couch under a blanket, were made for. Based on the rather cloudy mood of a certain 2 year old in this house, who shall remain nameless, I think that those are the activities we will pursue for the rest of afternoon. It seems to me, that the above mentioned activities will cause the least amount of frustration and tears. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

7 Months!

Third trimester!! About 2 more months left to go! Hopefully we will get some more tummy shots for you soon. Thank you all for your prayers. The pregnancy is going so well! I feel better during this trimester than I did in the last. I am feeling more tired these days, but if that is all, I have no room for complaints. I do think this little person has a few surprises for us. He/she is far more active than Rose Marie was at this stage, so we may find ourselves more busy than we were with Rose Marie...but we shal see. :) Please keep the prayers coming! Pray especially for peace, mostly for me. I find myself feeling the need to prepare for the baby's coming rather frantically and I get stressed out by it, even though I still have lots of time. I need to slow down and enjoy this and be at peace.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Lack of words

I have been waiting to write this post, hoping that words would come to my mind to help me explain what I want to say. None have come. I suppose, there are those moments in life, that surpass expression with words. Meeting and talking to my husband's great-grandmother seems to be one of those moments for me.

How do you describe the feeling that a tiny, smiling 100 year old woman elicits as she walks into the room? What do you say when she gathers your husband to herself and sets him at her feet, touching him gently and asking him questions in only the way a great-grandmother could? What about that moment of understanding and seeming familiarity exchanged between your daughter of a mere two years of age as she chats happily to her great-great-grandmother? How do you describe the breathlessness that comes when she draws you to herself and she tells you that she is proud of you and that your husband, whom she has loved since he was a baby, is lucky to have you? What about the feeling of her hands on your tummy as she felt for her great-great grandchild? What do you say?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Tips for flying with a Toddler:

We just finished flying seven hours across the country with a 2 year old. I thought I might share a few pointers we learned along the way. First of all, our little one was FANTASTIC! She is quite the little traveler. Anyway, here a few things we tried that worked for us.

1) Lots of little snacks, but watch the sugar. We had fruit snacks and several different kinds of crackers in tiny packages that were a novelty.

2) Lots of water or juice! We watched one little 2 year old behind us have a complete meltdown after having several sippycups of some kind of juice. Trying to restrain a toddler on a sugar high is a pretty difficult task.

3) Bring your carseat on the plane! Jake was such a trooper with this. He brought it on each plane ride. Rose Marie just nestled right in and would usually fall asleep for the first hour or so on the plane. We didn't have to fight with her to stay in her seat, because she knows how the carseat works. I highly doubt we would have had such luck if she were in a regular airplane seat.

4) Disinfecting wipes! Airplane bathrooms, plus potty trained toddler...need I say more!

5) Let them have their own backpack. She took such ownership of her backpack and was always excited to carry it around the airports. I had packed it with new goodies that she hadn't seen before, so that added to the fun. :)

6) Travel size magnetic puzzles are AWESOME! And of course, crayons and new coloring books and little notepads (collected at Target's dollar spot!) were always a great way to make her feel productive.

7) Lastly, bring a sense of humor and adventure! They really pick up on your feelings, so be aware. Make sure you are having fun and laughing, and odds are they will too!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

More Pictures!

1) Daddy showing how to move your legs, so that you can swing!

2) Doing it by herself!

3) "Working" on her new bed. She is practicing sewing.

4) More work.

5) My sister, brother and Rose Marie keeping my niece company.

6) Solving the problems of the world! :)

7) A Sunday morning picnic at Maymont.

8) The beach!!!

9) Us girls!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Pregnant Musings

To be given the gift of bearing a life within your womb, has to be one of God's most wonderful, humbling, tender and miraculous gifts! I feel so grateful that I am allowed to carry my babies in such an intimate way for nine months.

This pregnancy has certainly been different from my last. There has been more aches and pains, a longer bout with nausea and exhaustion that doesn't seem to go away.

However, this time around, there is a wonderful sense of familiarity that was missing from the first. The first time, I was so anxious about the future, about how I would handle being a mother, and mostly, I was terrified that somehow I wouldn't love the little one growing within me.

Now, I look at my beautiful daughter Rose Marie, who fills my days with songs, laughter and wonder and my heart thrills at what is to come! I may not know this little one, but I know that I will experience again, that ferocious love that wants nothing more that to love and protect the new life laying in your arms. I know that there will be moments of uncertainty, scary sicknesses, long nights, teething etc. But there will also be magical moments at 3:00 am that are only between myself and the baby. We will need one another like only a newborn and mother can. This little one will have the added benefit of having a big sister who is far more entertaining than mommy will probably ever be. My heart is so excited to meet this little one who responds to the voices of both his/her daddy and the squeals of the big sister. Already, the baby makes Rose laugh hysterically when she rests on my tummy and the baby kicks her to let her know that he/she is there.

This time around, I know that all of these movements I am feeling inside come from a little person, with his/her own personality, temperament, likes and dislikes and little quirks. I feel so privileged and honored to be the one to carry this little person and to be able to spend time to get to know, and more importantly to love, him/her.

I can't wait to meet you my baby! I long to hold you in my arms and kiss your sweet lips. For now, I will pay attention to your every move, hiccup and wiggle and dream about our future together. May God prepare all of our hearts for your very anticipated arrival!

Friday, September 5, 2008

What we have been up to

Here is a few of our latest happenings:

1) Today is Jake's 26th Birthday!!! (Rose Marie is going to Marmie's house for the weekend, so we can enjoy some time to ourselves before baby #2 comes along)

2) Rose Marie has made the switch from a crib to a big girl bed (thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Meza's generous gift!)

3) Rose Marie is now potty trained! She did it much faster than I anticipated, but I am grateful for that.

4) I am officially in my third trimester and feeling so much better! Thank you all for your prayers!!! Only about 10 weeks left to go!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

We are back!

I promise, I am back for real now. I will not abandon you, dear blog, for this long again. So, here we are!

After the Silence...