Monday, January 23, 2012

The Theater, Knitting and Life

It's been a while.....I blame work :)  I've been busy the last couple weeks finishing up a big project and am taking a quick break from another project to blog a little.  The work has led to some late nights, but I am overall very grateful for the ability to work (mostly) from home and add to the family coffer while my husband learns the ropes of his new commission-only position.  Without a guaranteed paycheck every pay period, it's nice to have some checks of my own to sock into the savings account to get us through the next couple months.  According to all the experienced sales reps, and my husband's boss, the first 6 months to a year are generally rough, but after that, life starts to click a little more.  We're hanging in there, thanks to my work and a frugal nature born of being raised in a one-income family with 8 siblings.

It's hard to believe it's been about 9 months since my husband was laid off.  Life definitely looks different and I am continually reminded of God's faithfulness in providing for us...even when it means I'm working into the night, it is God's providence that the work is there for me to do.

The pregnancy continues to go well.  Our little girl is getting more and more active....although I swear she is playing possum every time my husband tries to feel her kick.  She'll be moving around like crazy, his hand goes on my belly.....NOTHING!  She's playing hard to get already :)

I'm starting to kick names around with my hubby and LB, but I think we're going to have to get a look at her before any naming can really happen.  What if she looks nothing like the name we were thinking?  What if it doesn't fit her disposition? 

I'm still struggling with the idea of sending LB to school next year.  She is very much against it.  I think in some ways it might be good for her, but part of me really doesn't want to send her.  The plan for now is to fill out the paperwork and continue to be open to the possibility.  The answer doesn't always show up right when you ask the question, after all.

Last weekend, we went to see Anne of Avonlea at the theater.  It was a Christmas outing with my m-i-l, s-i-l and LB.  LB had a great time.  She was a little star-struck.  As we were leaving, she said quietly, "I wish I'd gotten their autographs".  Well, we turned around and she got the young Anne and teenage Anne to sign her program.

This weekend, we also got out one of LB's Christmas presents.  I've been slow in getting them out since Christmas, but it does make it fun to have different things each week, I think. 

Well, the present that LB has been urging me to open since Christmas Day was her knitting machine.  I finally got the yarn wound and the machine set and she went away to work at making her very first pair of leg warmers.

Now I just have to figure out the directions for getting it off the machine and she'll be able to start the second one.....but first, more work while she does her math, spelling, reading and history :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Big News!

I have reached the 20 week mark....and that means we finally went in for our ultrasound yesterday. 

Before my appointment, I was pretty sure we were having a boy.  I've felt pretty good the whole pregnancy and was miserably sick with LB for nine months.  Right before my appointment, I was getting ready and brushing my other preggos may know, teeth brushing can be dicey with the increased gag reflex.  Well, before yesterday, I had not done more than gag when brushing my I said, before yesterday.

I lost my breakfast right before my appointment and with an upset stomach from getting sick, I didn't feel much like eating again right before the ultrasound.  As a result, baby wasn't very active.  The ultrasound tech even asked me if I'd eaten that morning the baby was so lazy!  I told her yes, but I'd gotten sick, so baby might not have had a chance to get much. 

After losing my breakfast, I thought perhaps I was wrong and it could be a girl.  The baby continued to hide through most of the appointment, with legs crossed and all!  At the very end, the tech did some additional manipulating and told us that she couldn't see anything obvious (meaning she thought it was a girl).  She kept looking and repeated herself that she couldn't see anything obvious.  At this point, I asked her if that meant there was a 60% chance it was a girl, or maybe a 70% chance?  She responded that she felt like it was more of a 90% chance.

So, we are most likely going to have another little girl running around our place next summer....unless we had a very shy boy who was offended at our invasion of his privacy :)

I feel like after two girls (LB and SB), I've got the girl thing down and can handle it again.  I think my husband was leaning towards he put it, "a girl would be easier, but a boy would be nice".  I told him we can try again....although at the rate we're going, they're going to be marking "advanced maternal age" on the birth certificate of the one after this!  We both knew we would love whichever we got, but I am definitely excited for LB to get a sister - especially with SB's future undetermined, it's nice to know LB will always have a little sister to doll up :)

With the big news out of the way, here are some funny shots from this week:

Working on math

The sweet smell of a Book-It! pizza

Gaining a new love of reading through pizza

20 week belly