Some time ago I became aware of my absence from the blogosphere and wondered.. what the heck happened? I love to write, to document things, any excuse to photograph things.. you know. I tried to concoct a happy, beautiful, sunny re-emergence online after this gaping 4 month hole in our lives, and such an opportunity never arose.
So here we are.
And here's how the past 4 months have been:
Nevermind.. Mid December-mid March were filled with sickness. One thing after the other, and as many have experienced firsthand, being pregnant often makes sickness really drag on. So I spent my happy trimester (the second) completely sick with stomach bugs, colds, a sinus infection, etc. Just when we thought we were through the woods, my third trimester hit, and MAN. With it that whole host of late pregnancy troubles.
Please understand how excited I wasn't to record and share all of this. Or just thank me. Cause that's okay, too.
So, really.. this past month has been a bit sunnier. Literally and figuratively. There's been something truly magical about this spring that I've never really experienced before, and every tree bud and blossom has contributed to our delight in spending time in the out of doors.
I didn't realize how much I missed sunny afternoons at the park with my little ones!
With that comes so much gratitude and peace of mind about this new baby; to think that those early newborn days can be spent relaxing on a blanket in the shade while her sisters climb things, swing, play in dirt and splash in sprinklers?! Can there be a better time to have a baby?!
I am so looking forward to it!
Verity has been busy expanding her artistic abilities and learning basic writing skills, as well as digging up worms in the backyard, and inventing a host of simple games in which to boss around her little sister. She asks approximately 5,679,095 questions per day, and loves her daddy very much. She is sweet as can be. And sassy, too.In Liberty's eyes, everything is a game. She is a continuous source of simultaneous joy and frustration. Because while she can, and sometimes does, use the potty.. It's like, so boring. Duh! Only her sister seems to make it exciting enough to be worth her while. She is talkative, high energy, loud, friendly to everyone, and does everything with a twinkle in her eye and a bounce in her step. She's also a die hard fan of all things Dad.
Husband works so hard, and is such a helpful companion. His past few months have consisted of creating plans for our home remodel (he loves him some AutoCad), working lots of hours, and in general picking up the slack around here.. because there is slack in abundance to be picked up these days.
For me, this pregnancy has been so unlike the others. My third trimester bout of morning sickness lasted just a few weeks, like it did with my first pregnancy, and that is awesome. I've continued to be unbelievably emotional this time, and WOW.. it really isn't fun to feel like a crazy person all the time. Sciatica has been mild! Woo hoo!! And chiropractic adjustments have sure made that, carpal tunnel, and symphysis pubis dysfunction much more bearable.
I wonder how many children I would have if I liked being pregnant.
(because I really envy those women sometimes..)
But then, while my pregnancies are challenging, they are healthy. And I remind myself to be grateful, because pain and discomfort is manageable and so much lower stress than actual pregnancy complications.
I look at my children, and I am beyond amazed at what wonderful, perfect little people they are.
Did those miserable nine months 5 years ago really create this beautiful girl I call Verity?
They are so worth it. With all the toys on the floor, dinner and bedtime struggles, taking 45 minutes to get the heck out of the house EVERY. TIME... so much noise, time outs, and in general being so tired sometimes I can't even keep my eyes open.. they are so worth it, and I wouldn't want my life any other way.
This is our life and we love it.
Oh, and approximately 6 more weeks till these photos are filled with three little girls! It's getting real, folks.