I’m back. It is very easy to not bother with any social media at the moment. I think it is a side effect of NESTING… the focus is very much so on family and the impending arrival of our baby girl! But FINALLY here I am and here’s what’s happening…
Baby girl is due in 6 weeks and boy are those 6 weeks going to fly by!
Apart from some busy weekends ahead and trying to finish my studies (SO FREAKIN CLOSE!!), school is back which means Little A is back to having an activity on EVERY day – yep life revolves around the school calendar long before the munchkins start school. I did enjoy the break from our routine and the relaxed approach to each day over the last month but Little A is like me and thrives on routine so I will enjoy heading out for craft, music, climbing, play and adventures now and not having to develop endless creative activities myself. Keeping a toddler stimulated physically, creatively, intellectually and every other way everyday is exhausting stuff!!!! That said we have enjoyed some awesome times together and I can NOT believe his development and growth over the last few weeks. He has also had an awesome appetite to match this little growth and development spurt.
But who isn’t hungry for ice cream?!?!
In other Little A news … We have ALMOST finished teething! Little A has ONE little chomper left to bust through the gums and then we are home free. I am already planning the celebrations for when this happens. I have to say over the last 23 months the biggest challenges with Little A have definitely revolved around teething. I’m secretly hoping we get 6 months of a “teething-free house” before Baby Girl starts popping out white ones!
Yeah we LOVE ice cream around here!
As for pregnancy and baby girl we are doing well. I have definitely hit the “better out than in” stage but baby girl is still 6 weeks away from BEING better out than in – so suck it up mama!
My tummy sticks out further than my butt – WAHOO!
Baby Girl is very busy in there putting on some pudge and doing runners drills to strengthen those muscles. Can you believe that babies roughly double their weight between 32 weeks and birth?!?! Crazy!
I have to say even second time round the miracle that is pregnancy is not lost on me!
In other good news she has moved out from under my ribs which means less kicks in the ribs and wait for it…. RELIEF from REFLUX! Hopefully I don’t have to pick up another spoon of Mylanta EVER – or until the next bub ;=)
So now we are in the home stretch and nesting has kicked in my life is all about lists and getting super organised. Here is how I have expelled some of my nesting energy…
- Washing baby clothes. I have a chest full of pink, purple and red and I am slowly working my way through it all to get it soft and smelling fresh.
-Packing Baby Girls hospital bag. The most fun I have had packing EVER!
It is all so stinking cute!
-Preparing a 4 week meal planner and pre-done shopping lists for each week. One list is for fresh things I buy at the shops and one list for an online shop. I literally do not think “what is for dinner” ever anymore and I love it. And super bonus I don’t hear from Big A what’s for dinner either – he knows where to look. But most importantly writing shopping lists is my pet hate so I am so happy to have permanent lists in my phone for each week now. The online shop is saved on the computer and takes me less than 5 minutes – Seriously HAPPY days!
-STUDYING – my goal is to be finished by 37 weeks and if I keep tracking this well I might just be done by 36 weeks! I am extremely motivated at the moment to make the most of every spare minute and hit the books. We are super lucky to have Granny on hand too who takes Little A for a morning while I study.
After 4 of her own Granny is an expert at Toddler play!
Speaking of Granny and Little A, they have just started doing cooking classes together and Little A LOVES being in the kitchen. I am keen to get my hands on a learning tower but NOT willing to pay the insane $300 for it. Does anyone have any alternate suggestions? We currently make do with Little A standing on a chair when I cook dinner but I don’t love it and he HAS fallen off (and I did laugh)… coz it WAS funny… once I knew he was ok of course!
How did you use your nesting energy?
Anyone else buried under books at the moment?
And PLEASE any suggestions for kid friendly chairs/cages for toddler spectators in the kitchen?