Thankfully everything looked great on our scan, so we continue to wait. Like her siblings, this baby is taking her sweet time. While Dan and I were waiting to see the midwives, we saw an advertisement for a hospital infant care class. We started reminiscing about the baby class we took before Jude was born. We were a rapt audience, jotting down notes in hopes that we wouldn't mess things up too badly. "No drinking coffee while holding baby! Baby could get burned!" "Get on hands and knees and crawl through entire house to be sure it's adequately baby-proofed!" Dan and I were laughing so much remembering how fervent (and terrified) we were about it all. We were pretty terrified. We took every class they offered back then.
A couple of weeks ago I made some new throw pillows. I used my tutorial here. I actually referred to it, too, which was funny given I wrote it. The pillows are pretty much exactly like the first set I made, except this time I serged the seams to make them more durable and I used Anna Maria Horner's velveteen in saffron instead of quilting cotton. That velveteen is so luxurious and amazing. I also used the 16" pillow size for this project, but discovered I really prefer the 20". Next time, I'd use the 20".
Our first set got pretty worn out after years of being hauled around to build forts and the like. When actually on the couch, I really love how the colors coordinate with our paintings from Ethiopia.
I thought I'd get some photos of my four kids together before we become a family of 7.
A lot of people talk/write/blog about the importance of enjoying, even 'savoring', the baby days. I completely agree with that advice, but with one caveat. I say - enjoy your kids at every age!
Tia and Iris say the cutest, most innocent things, which are adorable. Today Iris was repeatedly lecturing her siblings (less adorable). :) Half the time, we can't even understand what she's saying exactly, but we can tell by the tone - she's definitely lecturing. I asked, "Why do you lecture them so much, Iris? Is it because it makes you feel big while you are still so small?" She sadly and seriously responded, "Yes! Because I sooo small."
Jude and Indigo make me laugh every day by being intentionally funny and clever. They come up with the most witty things... and encouraging things... and sometimes profound things. It's so fun to witness them become their own people, with their own ideas and insights, even.
Here's their version of 'serious'... Jude and Indigo's prompting.
I thought the photos were cute and fun. That is, until I eagerly showed them to Dan. He said they looked like they belonged on Awkward Family Photos. I could-not-stop laughing. Nor can I look at these photos the same... ever again.
In the birth documentary, The Business of Being Born, the midwife says most pregnant women eventually find themselves between a rock and a hard place. The rock is knowing they have to get the baby out. The alternative, the hard place, is staying uncomfortably pregnant forever. And that's kind of where I am right now. I'm uncomfortably pregnant with some trepidation, though of course a whole lot of excitement, about how this is all going to go. I'm trying to trust and be present, enjoying what is, while knowing there's only one place to go : onward.
Ha! You made me laugh out loud re awkward family photos ! :). Best wishes to you. Family of 7! It's crazy, isn't it?! I find myself having to literally count my kids these days to make sure were all together !!ReplyDelete
Dan jokes that when he's out with our four, he feels like his head is on a swivel! :)Delete
Your family is so sweet. I feel like all of our family photos end up awkward. Sometimes it's intentional, because that's just us. Lol. Mister Hawthorne is already squawking lectures at his sisters. It's pretty amazing to watch a one year old with no English but "uh oh" shame a whole room of people.ReplyDelete
Oh man, you so often make me laugh. I was enjoying the photos too, but after that comment about awkward photos I went back to the first stacked one and laughed out loud.ReplyDelete
Also, velveteen pillows... smart!
Well if these are awkward family pics than I guess that's what all of us will do in the future! They are so fun and perfect.ReplyDelete
And your comment about enjoying your kids at each is so how I feel. I hate it when I'm out with my almost 5yr old daughter and my 18mt old son and all people say: "Oh he is so cute". Yes, of course he is! But my daughter is just as much. She is cute and smart, she tells terrible jokes and each day brings home several papers full of paintings from kindergarden, she cares for her little brother and in the next moment shouts angrily at him, etc. Yes, she isn't super little anymore, but this doesn't mean that we can't enjoy her!
I love your perspective about your daughter, Annika! That is so true. And I hadn't really thought about it, but I'll bet those comments can be kind of disheartening for a 5 year old to hear, too. They are still young enough to feel left out. I hope to always enjoy and treasure my kids exactly where they are. :)Delete
Nothing awkward at all about those munchkins stacked up - it so awesomely shows their closeness and love for one another! Love it:) And what a great piece of advice too - your reminder to enjoy our kids at each stage they're at. As my kids get older I find myself yearning for them to be little again and need to continually remind myself to be present and open my eyes to the fun things that come with them growing up as well. But those old home videos still make me tear up:)ReplyDelete
You're doing such a great job of maintaining a postive, present attitude about your pregnancy! But also hoping for you that you get to meet your little girl SOON:)
Thank you so much, Lucinda! Definitely the innocence of those early years is uniquely special. I think the reason so many people tell parents with young kids to enjoy it is because so many parents are struggling just trying to get through their day. The days can be so long and challenging with sleepless nights/sleep deprivation, constantly being needed, possibly feeling touched out, and then the enormous amounts of patience and emotional energy that babies, toddlers and even pre-schoolers can require. It's hard. Sometimes it's so easy to overlook all of the beauty in those days. For me, it really wasn't until we adopted Tia and I learned about being present that I really started trying to be intentional about soaking it all in. And that was life changing for me. Also, I think having more parenting experience + knowing that the time really does pass quickly both help keep a positive perspective! :)Delete
With all your parenting experience, think how much you're going to soak in every moment of this precious baby!:)Delete
Such gorgeous children. How blessed to be adding another any minute now : )ReplyDelete
i feel like with a new little one, i'm getting told all the time to "enjoy every minute." and boy was it so hard for a few months to do that with baby C - some babies just have a rough transition to life! and sorry, man, i'm not going to even pretend i enjoyed being screamed at every time i got in the car to go anywhere. i'm glad we're through that phase and he's now pretty much the happiest baby...and it's magical! anyway what i'm saying is i get you - seeing how my older kids interact with the new little one, are such good friends with each other, watching them learn and do new things and make me laugh for reals with what they say...it's awesome. and so exciting too.ReplyDelete
oh yeah and i totally thought awkward family photos with the kid pileup. hahaha!
You and your family are just so wonderful and full of joy! What an inspiration, too, your recent posts have been for me - I'm pregnant with our third baby (a girl, too!) due in 3 weeks! I want to bottle up your beautiful blend of peacefulness, anticipation, and love that is so evident through your words. For a variety of reasons, I've been feeling more anxious than I'd like this time around. It's good to be reminded to try letting go and trusting more. Wishing you a very blessed, happy delivery!ReplyDelete