Isabelle continues to develop her little vocabulary. She understands and communicates more and more every day. A few weeks ago, we were talking about the new baby in my belly. She was sitting on my lap, facing me, and she gave my belly a big hug and a kiss. Then she tried to share her sippy cup of milk with my belly. I guess she decided that baby Andrew needed some milk too!
She's as musical as ever and loves singing songs, especially ones with hand motions, like Baby Bumblebee or Skinnamarink (am I the only dork who remembers that song?). She still loves the same foods--fruits, veggies, breads, legumes, & dairy. She's not a big fan of meat, and she can't stand french fries, nuggets, hamburgers, or hot dogs. Her favorite toys are active toys, things she can ride or do. We recently received a play kitchen and food from a friend who was getting rid of it, and the play food has been one of Isabelle's favorite toys. She dumps the food out and cleans it up or feeds her dolls with it. Isabelle still loves to "read," and we never go anywhere without a book or two in the diaper bag.
As a Family
We had fun making a little road trip at the beginning of the month. My brother and his wife were expecting their first baby, so we went down to Lake Charles for the baby shower on Labor Day weekend. Their baby was born on September 25, so Isabelle and I drove down there again to meet this sweet little baby girl.
Harli Faye Aymond, 4 days old
My mom and I took turns spending the night to help out with their newborn, which was really fun. We were so tired, but it was worth it. As she kept saying, babies are only born once, so the chance to help out will only be here now. Isabelle also had a great time with her grandparents. They even took her with them to work one morning, and from what I hear, she hammed it up for all of their coworkers.
Rylan, Jerry "Papa," Mom "Nana," Isabelle, and Dominique at JJ's football game.
We're continuing to make strides in preparing for little Andrew. My mom and Damian stripped the desk I purchased to use for my sewing and scrapbooking nook. Now it just needs a coat of wood conditioner and stain, and it'll be ready to go. In addition to doing some scrapbooking, I've also reorganized my craft, sewing, and scrapbooking gear, which made room for Isabelle to move into her new bedroom in the next couple of months. Slowly but surely, I'm making a dent in that list of Things to Do Before Baby #2.
My pregnancy is going well. The baby continues to grow wonderfully, and I'm as healthy as ever. Other than neverending morning sickness, pregnancy is usually pretty easy for me. I typically don't get the usual heartburn or back issues, and I've never come close to waddling while pregnant.
That said, the morning sickness is definitely still here. I'm 22 weeks pregnant today and have gotten sick a number of times in the past few days, so I know without a doubt that morning sickness will not be leaving. Fortunately we've learned by now how to adapt to it, and I've been able to keep up with the house and meals. The house isn't as clean as I'd like it to be and our meals haven't been as delicious, since they're subject to change according to my food aversions and energy levels. But I've learned to be OK with that, and as our family grows, these are good things for us to learn to deal with.
MOPS is in full swing and I'm loving it. I'm a discussion group leader, which is a perfect fit for me. It's such a great ministry and it's a blessing to get to know these moms. We learn from each other and challenge each other.
I'm enjoying our latest Ladies Bible Study at Fellowship. We're reading Loving God with All Your Mind, by Elizabeth George. It's the kind of book I'd love to pass on to every woman I know. It's all about refocusing our thoughts on things that honor God. By getting a grip on our thought life, on our view of God, others, and ourselves, we're able to walk closer with Him and have more joy, regardless of life circumstances.
I'm about to start a new series of blog posts, so keep an eye out for it!!