Totally random updates

Hey everyone out there in bloggy land! I know I have been MIA for most of the Summer…but yes, I’m still alive!

Here are some totally random updates for you!

1) Coen started preschool!! He LOVES it and from what the teacher tells me is quite the little helper in class. He is only there two mornings per week, but I think that is plenty for him at this stage. Sadly I missed being able to drop him off for his first day (stupid work!) but Daddy made this sweet little video…and I feel like I was almost there!

2) I am back to my normal part-time schedule at work…although it was nice to be able to work full time for the Summer since Dave’s job instituted a 2 month furlough for it’s employees…and with another baby on the way that was, how do you say, NOT GOOD TIMING. Such is life…we are getting good at living frugal!

3) Baby #2 is almost done cooking…just 5 more weeks (cross your fingers that it’s a bit less!) before his due date! I am sooo DONE being pregnant. As much as I have tried to enjoy it…I am ready to not have insane back pain that literally renders me unable to walk some nights. On top of that…I have gestational diabetes this time around which among other things is a real pain in the…finger. Luckily I am able to control it without any insulin so far…so keep your fingers crossed for me that I’m not the next woman to deliver a 19 pound baby! Yikes! Coen has been awesome through this whole thing…he helps me take my blood sugar…and hasn’t complained too much that I can’t run around at the park with him anymore. It breaks my heart that I can’t wrestle around with my boy and I am so looking forward to really getting to play with him again in a few weeks.

4) I have been continuing to nest like crazy…my sewing machine has gotten quite the usage in the past few months! Since I can’t do much else…all this energy has got to go somewhere! Here are a few projects I’ve been doing…
Crafts

Clockwise from top left…a quilt for the babe (my first!), little baby booties, curtains for Coen’s bunk bed and a little banner for sweet dream wishes, and a picnic blanket for the family (you can’t tell in the picture but it’s BIG and I can’t wait to use it!). The picnic blanket and “dream” banner are from the book Handmade Home (well kinda…as we are being frugal I spent some time pouring over the book at the bookstore and then recreated them from memory, LOL). The book encourages using recycled fabric…so some of these projects were pretty inexpensive to make! Bonus!

5) Coen has been going through a major “mommy” phase…especially at night. He’s never been a great sleeper but being able to tag team with Dave really saved my sanity. But now he doesn’t want anything to do with Daddy at night and as much as we try to alternate, I end up getting up after Coen cries and pleads to be rocked by his Mommy…I just can’t say no! Actually, I don’t mind too much, as I know how much less I will be able to snuggle and cuddle with him once the new baby makes his appearance. It sounds weird but I am starting to mourn the loss of our current family dynamic already…even though I know that it will be just as wonderful and amazing with the new little guy. And when Coen crawls into our bed at 5am and snuggles up to me with his arms around my neck and his forehead pressed to mine…I really could not be more content!

Some more random photos that have been sitting in my camera…

Little wood nymph Coen…after a session of outdoor finger painting with Daddy…he was covered in paint and kept hiding in the bushes…so funny.
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Coen’s getting into collecting things…we are so lucky to live so close to the beach!
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No idea if this is normal for a 3.5 year old…but he sculpted his name in playdoh ALL BY HIMSELF! I was so shocked when I looked over and he said…look I made my name! He is a genius!
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  1. #1 by Open Ended Blog on October 12, 2009 - 7:36 pm

    Oh, I am so happy to read your updates. I just realized how much I missed reading your posts and admiring your pictures. You are so talented! I am looking forward to seeing more of your arts and crafts.

  2. #2 by Mandi on October 13, 2009 - 4:40 am

    Wow, super impressed with the crafty stuff! But then again, you are always so good with anything creative that you put your mind to.

    That playdoh photo deserves to be framed!

  3. #3 by Jamie on October 13, 2009 - 8:59 am

    YAY!! Coen is so cute in that video. Good job Dave! Your crafts look fantastic. I’m super impressed. It was so great to see you this weekend. Pregnancy looks good on you!

  4. #4 by renee @ FIMBY on October 15, 2009 - 3:18 am

    5 weeks, oh my you’re going to have a baby soon. I agree you should print and frame COEN’s name – too precious. And the stuff you’re sewing – wow!

    And I kno you know this but you’re going to love being 4 and once it happens you won’t be able to imagine it any other way.

    You’re such a good mama, it was so nice to read your update. I’ve missed your posts.

  5. #5 by dave on October 16, 2009 - 12:40 am

    you’re amazing, you know that right?
    I must agree about the dynamic shift, but its gonna be rad!

  6. #6 by killlashandra on October 16, 2009 - 5:51 am

    I’m so glad to see you post an update! 5 weeks eh, I be you’re done. I was way done then too and E.C. was 3 weeks early through a c-section.

    Yeah for Coen starting preschool. W.W. just started yesterday due to some issues with the Headstart program we have to go through.

    I’m envious of your nesting, there’s just never enough time for me to get all of the nesting I want to do it. Looking forward to more pictures.

    Take care!

  7. #7 by gkgirl on October 21, 2009 - 4:40 am

    oh-so-many good things in this post…
    love that photo of your little guy
    hiding in the bushes…
    so cute!!

    and glad to hear that things are coming along
    good for you!!

  8. #8 by Jill on October 24, 2009 - 9:22 pm

    It’s nice to hear (and see) an update from your little family. LOVE the video. Hang in there, girl. Enjoy the moments you have now with this one on the inside. Life will be forever changed in a few short weeks. I remember feeling the same way you do at the end. Much love to you all, and I can’t wait to meet your newest little man.

  9. #9 by Amber on October 27, 2009 - 1:01 pm

    Horray for an update!

    I love your updates, videos and photos. The quilt is gorgeous. I hope number two comes soon. I can’t wait to see that little guy! Any name ideas?

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