Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to lately…
Reading: Last week I ordered On Becoming Toddlerwise from Amazon and just started reading it this weekend. I’m only a couple of chapters in so far, but I’m hoping it’ll help me navigate this stage of Toddlerhood that we are in with Liam right now. I really want to make the most of this season and help him learn and grow as much as I can. So far I am loving this stage! It doesn’t come without it’s challenges of course (he has his own opinions now, and expresses them when he feels like it). But I seriously do feel so blessed to get to raise this kiddo of ours. Each week he is saying new words or phrases (last week he started saying “cereal” and it’s now his new favorite thing), and experiencing new things (this weekend we played with bubbles for the first time). Lots of fun!
Thinking about: Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what life will be like with two little ones. Gideon’s due date is three months from yesterday, and I know these next few months will fly by as fast as the last few have, if not faster. A lot of my friends are having their second babies now, and it’s so fun to see them enter this new stage. I’m excited for it to be our turn! I know it will be life-changing, but I’m looking forward to this change. Liam really loves babies right now (he gets SO excited anytime we are out and he sees one. He will shout from across the store or restaurant, “BABY! BABY!!!” Haha.) His favorite book right now is I’m a Big Brother and he asks to read it every day (here is a super cute video Jonathan took of him when we read it the other night. I’m also thoroughly looking forward to getting to snuggle with a newborn again (and breathing in that newborn smell! Ah!). I often wake up at 3am these days, and I can’t help but think about how wonderful it will be to wake up in the middle of the night to take care of our little guy Gideon.
Listening: I can’t stop listening to the new Bethel album You Make Me Brave. It’s so good. And many of the songs speak so strongly to my soul. Ah! So good.
Working on: With being on modified bed rest many days the past few weeks (depending on how many contractions I’m having at the time), I’ve tried to keep myself occupied with projects I can do while laying down. One of those projects has been trying to finish up our 2013 Family Photo Album. This is one of my absolute favorite things to do! I love going through my favorite photos from the year, and writing out things I loved about those moments. Documenting memories makes me incredibly happy! In many ways, the past year or so has been extremely difficult for our family, but when I look through the memories we’ve created together it helps keep things in perspective and makes me focus on all the AMAZING things in our life. I am so thankful! God has really blessed us. Life is really really good.
Eating: I mentioned last week that I have recently acquired a serious sweet tooth. Although I do give in and eat a doughnut or some Ben & Jerry’s every once in a while, I do want to try and limit the sweets if I can (especially since I haven’t been able to be as active lately). I asked my friends on Facebook if they had any healthy snack recommendations, and I had a couple friends suggest dried (unsulphured) mango. New favorite snack! Oh my word! It tastes like candy, but is fruit. Genius! God knew what he was doing when he created mangoes. I love fresh mangoes too, but these are great because I don’t have to worry about them going back, and I can stick them in my purse for a snack on-the go. You can find them in the organic section at Kroger (but I’m sure lots of other grocery stores have them too). Yum yum yum! Hang on while I go grab some to munch on right now…okay, I’m back! Delicious, I tell ya!
Eagerly anticipating: In addition to seriously looking forward to Gideon’s arrival, I am SO excited that my family will be visiting a few times this summer. Their first visit is in just two and a half weeks! YAY! It’s been almost a whole year since I’ve seen most of them, so this is going to be one exciting time for sure. Liam will have so much fun seeing his Mimi and Poppa and uncle and aunts. Can’t wait!
So, that’s a little of what I’ve been up to lately. What are you currently up to? Feel free to share in the comments below, or write your own post and link to it!
Thanks to Danielle from Sometimes Sweet for inspiring this post.