I felt like writing today

A whole lot has happened since the last time I typed anything into this post box, including the birth of this little guy and 9 months of growing up already under our belts.
This is Rex. He is, as the picture states, a complete cutie pie, and I love him to absolute pieces. Before he was born, I really didn't buy in to everyone telling me that boys and girls are different creatures. People are people are people, right? Wrong. Now, it may just be his personality, but this guy is all boy. We joke that he loves hard - by hitting, pinching, headbutting, and biting all his favorite people (me, especially). He loves to play with cars, watch sports with his dad, and can turn anything into a drum and drum stick. The more noise the better! Rex also has a very loud voice, like his dad, and has a lot to say with that voice.

He was an excellent sleeper for a couple of months, but lately has taken a turn toward regular mid-night parties. I think it's the new tooth that came through and the other three that are about to follow suit.

So far he eats anything and everything, and I hope that stays true. I could deal with one child that actually eats. He's also very good at his gross motor skills, and has been crawling and pulling up since right before he turned 6 months old. He has lately started cruising along furniture more, and I wouldn't be surprised if he started walking soon. I'll be okay with it if he doesn't, though. He's already fast enough as-is, and in to EVERYTHING. We can't leave him alone for a second without him heading for the most dangerous or not-baby-friendly item in the room. We have a lot of clear tables and things put high up out-of-reach right now, and have gotten very creative with what we can use as barriers to things we don't want him to get into.

The most important thing is that, overall, he is a very happy guy. He loves his sisters so much, and wants nothing more than to keep up with them and do what they are doing. His sisters love him right back. Nearly every morning Sophie greats him with a, "Good morning, Handsome Guy!" and comments about how cute he is.

We also have a rising first grader and preschooler now, which should be nearly impossible, but  seems to be true. Gabbie had a great year of Kindergarten and is a reading, writing, drawing, math-crazy fool. I know that when you have kids, everything they do seems like the MOST AMAZING THING EVER, but I have to admit that having raised a literate human being is pretty darn amazing! I swell up with pride and love every time she reads to me. I had a conversation with Sophie's teacher this morning that leads me to believe that she will soon be following in her sister's reading footsteps. Sophie is still so much like me in that reading is her favorite thing, so I don't doubt that she'll be reading on her own before we know it.

Having three kids is just as hard as everyone said it would be. Aaron and I are constantly exhausted and we never get anything done. Our house is a disaster area most of the time, and our yard is long-neglected. We would love to accomplish everything on our to-do lists as soon as possible. However, the joy that these three little humans bring us is immeasurable, and I think that's a pretty fair trade-off.

Things That Make Me Feel Good

  1. Sunshine, blue skies, green grass, spring flowers, and gentle warm breezes. Spring is here and my mood is sky-high happy about it.
  2. When I ask Gabbie what she wants to be when she grows up, and her immediate answer is, "A mommy. Just like you." It makes me feel like perhaps I am doing this mom-thing right.
  3. When Sophie asks for, "More kisses. Here, and here, and here." When I oblige she giggles, and then returns the favor.
  4. When Baby Brother kicks. There's nothing more comforting for a pregnant lady than good, strong, regular baby kicks.
  5. When my husband looks at me over the chaos all around us, caused by two lovely, energetic children, and agrees that these girls, and the boy on the way, were absolutely the best decisions we ever made.

10 Things about Sophie

1. When she answers in the affirmative, she either enthusiastically says, "YEAH!" or pronounces yes as "yesh."

2. However, her favorite word is "no."

3. She loves her hair, especially when I put a ponytail on the top, and will spend the day playing with it, especially when she's trying to fall asleep.

4. Speaking of what she does when trying to fall asleep, she prefers to rub my arm to settle down. Which is okay for a minute or so, but gets old very fast. Her sister used to do the same thing.

5. She loves to read books, and we can frequently go through upwards of 10 in a single setting.

6. She thinks her big sister is the coolest person in the entire world.

7. She is way more into potty training than we are at this point; we're following her lead.

8. She has been eating us out of house and home lately. I'm guessing she'll grow out of all her pants any day now.

9. She is the best cuddler and gives the best kisses in the entire world.

10. She is just the sweetest child I have ever met, and I hope she never, ever changes.

Bonus, number 11: She is going to be 2 in just over a month. How did that happen?


Listening: To ghost story podcasts in celebration of Halloween. My favorites are Jim Harold's Campfire and Anything Ghost. It's no secret that I'm a fan of paranormal TV shows; this is how I get my fix when I don't have time to catch up via my DVR.

Eating: I'm going out for Ethiopian food for lunch today for the first time ever, and I'm SUPER excited. Injera here I come!
Drinking: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee, please! I'm super addicted lately, and should cut back. There was half a second last week when I thought I might be pregnant (it was a stomach bug), and the thought of having to cut back again nearly made me cry (that was mostly likely PMS).
Wearing: Except for today, it's been sweater weather lately. While I'm not wearing it today (because I wore it on Monday), I love my new sweatshirt from Target (I have it in "Nightfall Blue" because I love navy stripes), and wish I could wear it everyday.

Feeling: Cozy. That's my favorite feeling in the fall. I'd love to be sitting under a blanket with Aaron, in front of a fire. That would be perfection.

Weather: Today it's going to be 72 and sunny. The rest of the week, before and after, it's been in the 40s or 50s and rainy, which makes me crave the cuddling in front of a fire even more.

Wanting: A vacation. I could use a couple of weeks away from my crazy busy reality.

Needing: More sick days. Everyone in my family, except for me (knock on wood!) has been sick for pretty much this entire month. Gabbie is home sick today with Aaron, and while I will probably have to head home for the afternoon to fill in, I may be short on hours to cover it. This happened in February, too!

Thinking: About babies. It seems like babies are happening everywhere around me, and both Aaron and I have serious baby fever. My best friend is due next weekend, and I can't wait to go see and snuggle on her sure-to-be-adorable baby boy!

Enjoying: The peace and quiet that's happening here today. Everyone is super busy, which is stressful for sure, but the quiet is pretty heavenly. Back to it!

And just because it's been a while, my girls at the zoo:


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