Do you ever wish you could get a glimpse in to what life is like for other families? Well, I’ve decided to pop in every couple of months or so to give you A Glimpse Into Our Life. This round of A Glimpse Into Our Life includes a peek in to our August & September.
A Glimpse Into Our Life: August & September
Around here these days, we’re…
celebrating birthdays. All of our kids have birthdays around the same time of year (just in case you ever wonder what hubby and I like to do at the holidays), so late summer is officially Birthday Season around here. We recently celebrated with our annual Family Celebration. This year, there was BBQ on the menu and beach music playing in the background – with a decor of all things Pineapple & Flamingo!
reading about Down Syndrome. Every few months, I pull out some of my go-to reference books about Down Syndrome (planning to share a snapshot of my favs sometime soon – probably on Instagram), and I read about the next stage for our girl. Each time I do this, I feel so thankful for the way she has progressed since the last time I did my reading and excited about all of the amazing support she has as she enters new territory. Our girl is getting ready to turn two, and watching her grow and develop has been one of the greatest joys of our life as a family.
Evening Outside Together: Our Favorite
anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby number four! We are expecting our new addition to arrive in a matter of weeks, and we are so excited. This time around, our baby prep has been super simple. It’s included: making freezer meals, telling Amazon to ship us some extra diapers and wipes, and ordering a car seat – only because our baby car seat had expired and now-days that’s a whole thing. All that STUFF Target tries to get moms to add to their registries? Forget it. At this point in our parenting game, we’ve figured out that all we really need are my bosoms and some diapers and wipes, and we’re good to go.
still not packed for the hospital. So my baby app keeps telling me that – by now – I should have my hospital bag packed and placed by the front door, but that hasn’t happened yet. You would not even believe what I packed in our hospital bag for baby #1. hahahahahahaha You guys, there were playing cards and crossword puzzle books in there, because one of the instructors at our birthing class told us to bring such things in order to pass the time during the beginning stages of labor. hahahahahaha There was a birthing ball in the back seat of the car. Um, that didn’t happen either. There were multiple changes of clothes for me and baby? WHY ON EARTH would I create more laundry for myself when baby and I can both just wear hospital attire? Seriously.
There are really only a few things I care about taking to the hospital with me: an extra pillow, chap stick, and a phone charger. That’s it.
I think I’ll wait a few more days to pack my bag.
praying about my epidural. One of the midwives at our doctor’s office recently told me that over the past few weeks, several women have been denied their epidurals due to their blood platelet count being too low. What?! What?! I mean, I knew they ran lab work on me before administering my epidurals, but I didn’t realize that the results of said lab work could mean I was not eligible for my preferred pain medication! Annnnnnyway, she told me that if I wanted to help my chances of there not being any issues there, I should eat lots of spinach and tomatoes. So guess what I’m eating at every meal? You guessed it.
If you don’t love epidurals the way I do, please don’t send me any nasty e-mails. I promise we can still be friends even if we don’t see eye-to-eye on such matters. I love you, and I hope you will still love me, too.
managing Invisalign. In some crazy fit of insanity, I decided that taking on Invisalign would be a great idea while pregnant. While I’m excited to be seeing the results I had hoped for, I probably should have chosen different timing for adding this process to our life. The additional dental appointments have been…I don’t know…just kind of a headache, but there have been a few other issues, too. Please allow me to explain: So, the trays must be removed anytime you ingest anything besides water. So when I need coffee? The trays must be removed. When I need the on-sale gelato I bought twelve containers of this month? The trays must be removed. When it’s time to take communion at church? The trays must be removed. The whole communion thing has actually been the most awkward.
Do I remove the trays before going into the church building? No. You’re supposed to wear them 22-23 hours a day, and I have coffee to drink and gelato to eat.
Do I exit the service to remove the trays just before communion is served? Keep in mind I’ve already left several times so I can use the restroom.
Do I remove the trays as communion is served? You guys, I tried this. I waited til the lights went down and the music started and everyone began to stand and I thought I could discreetly remove my trays, but things with my retainer-case got complicated and I immediately regretted my decision.
This past Sunday, the whole communion thing snuck up on me again. There were people all around me. The retainer-case was out-of-reach. I felt like everyone was watching. I started to sweat. My husband sensed my panic, and through gritted teeth he said something about how God doesn’t care if I make noise with my Invisalign trays, and through gritted teeth I snapped something back about how my heart was in the right place, but my retainer-case was not. It was this whole thing.
Next Sunday, I’m going to try to be more prepared. I think I’m going to try the whole excuse myself to the bathroom AGAIN thing.
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