Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Abel's "Room"

Now that we've moved Gilead to the toddler bed, Mercy to a twin, and both of them to the same room we needed to determine where the baby would sleep once he arrives so that mom could have her own space.  Thankfully our bedroom is very spacious, so we now have a "nursery corner" there.

We use sleep sacks rather than blankets with our babies.  No only do I not have to worry about them smothering in the blanket or kicking it off, but it serves as a very effective "sleeping time" signal no matter where we are.  If the sleep sack is on, it's time to sleep.  Therefore, I've decided to hang the never-really-used crib blanket on the wall above the crib.  I think it looks rather sweet...

I had to stand in the closet to get this picture.  This is the entirety of the "nursery."  It only took until our 3rd baby to have a situation that allows us to use the crib with the new baby.  We didn't even own a crib until Mercy was about 5 months, and Gilead slept in a bassinet until 4 months, when he switched.  I'm looking forward to having an itty-bitty baby in it this time around!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tubes and Consolidating Households

Last Thursday Gilead and I checked into the hospital at 6:30am to get tubes in his ears.  He did great, and the doctor said that all went well.  When we checked in I was warned that little ones wake up one of two ways--they're either loopy and mellow or very, very angry. Gilead was the latter.  After he was returned to me he screamed for about 10 minutes before he even opened his eyes and saw me.  After about another 5 minutes of singing and some tylenol he was doing much better.  By that afternoon he was pretty much himself.

The other big happening involves consolidating households.  A couple of months ago my Mom lost her job as a result of an injury that didn't recover quickly enough.  The very week she put her house on the market an offer was put in on it.  If all continues to go well the house will close the first week of August and Mom will move in with us.

Therefore, we've been cleaning out even more (planning on yet another yard sale) and have moved the kids into one room.  Today Gilead napped in the toddler bed for the first time, and tonight he'll spend his first night in it.  Mercy has been in the twin for a couple of nights now and loves it.  The twin has always been Mom's bed when she visits, but now, of course, she'll be bringing her bed with her.  Last night Mercy declared that "this is my bed now.  Nonni can get a new one."

Here's the kids new room.  A bit tight, but certainly doable.  And Mercy is ecstatic about having a roommate!

I found this adorable bedding set for Mercy at Goodwill.  It has everything--even valances for the window!  However, those won't go up until fall (when we don't need insulated curtains in their window anymore).

And my Mom got those butterfly wall stickers for Mercy at a yard sale for $0.25!

Gilead's corner.

We'll see how much sleeping happens tonight.  But one thing's for sure--they love the new setup for daytime play!

And, of course, we're still praying for work.  Ryan has an interview at a local firm tomorrow.  Lord willing, this will be the start of a new phase in life.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

30 Weeks!

I had my 30 week appointment on Friday.  Because little Abel wasn't compliant during the last ultrasound, we've been planning another at the 30 week mark.  This time we were able to see his heart and other vital organs, but still didn't get to see his face.  The doctor even turned on 3D imaging for a couple of minutes to see if she could get a better view that way.  No such luck.  This child simply doesn't like to be photographed.

And neither does his mother.  But despite that, here's a 30 week picture.  I just love all of the "you must be due any day" comments I'm getting.  If you think I'm big now, just wait until I'm full term!  I guess some of us just pop out more than others...