Okay!! It’s been an entire month since I posted…..I know! I’ll just jump right in with the big news first and go from there. It can be summed up as follows: Natalie turned 1 and she’s going to be a big sister! Baby#3 is due next July!
So my excuses for not posting can now be made public…..extreme exhaustion and some good ‘ol morning sickness from the first trimester of pregnancy, the kids have been on and off with cycles of sickness for at least 6 weeks, Christmas, hosting Christmas, more sickness, New Year’s, I finally got a fever and sickness, and well I guess that’s it! How’s that for excuses?? 🙂
Dan and I realized we were pregnant shortly after we returned from our cruise, which wasn’t too much of a surprise since we’d been trying. However, after a failed attempt at potty training with Nathan, I started doing the math of just how many diapers I would be changing per day come July if he wasn’t trained. I calculated an average of 15-19 diapers per DAY!
Let’s just say the romantic idea of being pregnant suddenly hit reality and I had myself a little meltdown. No one knew we were pregnant of course, so when I mentioned to friends or family that we had given up on the potty training, the response was well intended consolations about how Nathan will do it when he’s ready, probably when he turns 3, which made me want to cry too! I was thinking, um, he turns 3 the end of April, which is also when we planned to transition him to a big boy bed, and I will be 5 weeks away from giving birth…..how will I even be able to bend over and wipe his little rear!?! Let alone run after him as he makes his way to the bathroom. Then the age math, Nathan will be 3, Natalie 18 mos and then a newborn! Phew! I have committed to saying “no” to almost everything that comes my way!
The GOOD news in the diaper war, is that I have a feeling Natalie will train pretty quickly, and they might even do it together. By my calculations, I think I could have both of them trained by the time the baby is 4 months old! Let’s pray it comes true!!
In preparation of anticipating our little one, and that it’s going to be summer, we are on the look out for a really good, high quality, can-handle-heavy-use-on-gravel-roads double jogging stroller. Man, are they expensive! So, just to get the word out, our top choice is a Bumbleride Indie Twin Jogging Stroller. It’s super spendy….$800, but we’re looking for a good used one. So let me know if you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who’s selling one, k?!
The benefit of this particular model is it also has a “mini board” attachment that can be clipped on the front so Nathan can stand and ride (it kind of looks like a skateboard) if I want the other two in the stroller, which I think he would love! I’m imagining carrying the baby in a wrap at first while both Nathan and Natalie sit in it, or Natalie in one seat, the infant car seat in the other, and Nathan riding the mini board, or as I mentioned the baby and Natalie in the stroller and Nathan riding the board. Since I am an older Mom of littles I need to be very conscious of my health, and so we will be taking LOTS of walks! Just for some fun facts, I had Nathan at 38, Natalie at 39 and this baby will make the cut at 40! So this is the kind of stuff that consumes my thoughts these days…..that and nutrition of course. I told my friend Berty on Saturday, that since this is my third child my attitude is fluctuating between “the motivation of growing new life that makes me want this to be the healthiest pregnancy yet” and “well, the other two turned out fine….”
In N&N news, besides her birthday, she is pulling herself up on EVERYTHING! She started out in a downward dog yoga pose, but now she can lift herself up to anything, and the stairs will be next! She has mastered sign language for “more” and “all done.” Her comprehension is quite good. I pointed to the diaper box the other day and told her to go get one and bring it to me, and she did! I was quite shocked, actually! No teeth yet, but she loves to “talk.” Nathan just gets smarter and funnier every day. He repeats everything I say to her, so when she pulls herself up, he’ll go over and say “You’re such a big girl, Natalie!” It’s REALLY cute! Of course, she gets into his things, and he says “No! No! Natalie!” as well. We’re working on sharing, but overall they do play really well together, which is good since they’re going to have to entertain themselves when #3 comes along. Last night, Dan’s parents came to visit and said to Nathan that he was such an entertainer. His response was, “Nathan is NOT an entertainer! Nathan is Nathan!” We busted up laughing! The other day I didn’t want Natalie to play in my tupperware cupboard, so Nathan looked at me matter of fact, and said “Mommy, tie some string (around the handles) and then Natalie and Nathan won’t get in.” I asked him if Dan told him that. He said no. I asked Dan if he had said that to him. He said no. I was like, where does this kid come up with this stuff!? He’s not even three!
In farm news, the egg factory is closed. The hens are only laying 0-1 eggs per day, and depending on the weather, they’re frozen, but we still eat them. The goats and donkeys and cats are doing just fine with their thick winter coats and love when we have sunny days or visitors to scratch behind the ears. I tried to add up how many jars I canned this summer, but it was too much work….I stopped counting after 200….so there you go! This summer we will not do much canning, other than maybe some fruit, like peaches, cherries or applesauce. The garden will be just enough for fresh eating, because managing that and 3 littles will just be TOO much for me to handle this year.
I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas season and Happy New Year!
And that’s the news from this “month” on the farm!