Thursday, September 12, 2013

The second week of "vacation"

We were unable to fill the second week with nearly as many fun things to do. I guess it only takes about a week to run out of "exciting" things to do in eastern Iowa. :)

The little mister and I continued to grow.
Our double stroller came in the mail and we assembled it. Tatum loves to play with it, but I'm sure that's because we aren't asking her to get in it. When it comes time for that I'm sure she will decide she doesn't like it.
We spent a day in Mt. Vernon. I had my glucose test at the clinic there and my mom and I threw a bridal shower for Andrea, a good friend of mine. Brennan was a good daddy and painted Tatum's fingers and toes for her.
We made the transition to the toddler bed! I am so glad we decided to finally do it before Brennan went back to school. Tatum did so much better with him than with me. In fact Brennan's first two weeks back to school were a little rough for us because she really had a hard time staying in bed if I put her down. Luckily this week she seems to have finally come around (and I finally figured out that she needs her blanket exactly right. Apparently daddy does it a certain way and I just wasn't getting it.) All in all it wasn't a bad transition. Not as painful as I feared. It has made her an earlier riser, but I really shouldn't complain.
We finished our dresser and finally got to put our clothes back in it. Tatum enjoyed a few minutes of using it as a fort.

A friend of mine who is a personal trainer did a prenatal/postnatal exercise class to give herself more experience. The class was free, outside, and stroller friendly. So Tatum and I went to that a couple of times that week-it was a lot of fun. Tatum especially enjoyed playing with friends at the park after.
Brennan was second in command for a Church breakfast that we had. Our congregation consists entirely of married students so each August we get quite an influx of members. This breakfast sort of served as an "opening social" to get to know each other. We had to go early since we were helping prepare the food and set up. Luckily the toy cupboards were unlocked so Tatum got to play with a bin of doll house toys. Doll house toys are her absolute favorite right now. She can sit and be occupied with them for quite a long time, I love it!

We fixed Tatum's hair in a single pony tail for the first time. I'm still not sure how I feel about it. It looks a little bit like a rat's tail to me but it also kind of makes her look grown up.
And the little big mister and I continued to grow. Hello big mama! Yikes!
Now Brennan is back to school and we are all still working on adjusting to that. His schedule is much different than it ever has been. Not all of the differences are bad, just different and definitely require adjustments to our usual family routine. Tatum is definitely missing the time with daddy. She is always surprised if he isn't here when she gets up in the morning or from a nap. It's amazing how that just became the norm to her in two short weeks. And sometimes at nap time she will do a really sad cry and say "want daddy rock". So sweet, but so sad. 

I am 32.5 weeks pregnant and look every day of that and then some. I'm starting to realize just how quickly these next 7 weeks are going to go and my feelings are all over the place about it. I am feeling stressed because I don't feel like we have everything we need for him. I am nervous and anxious because giving birth again kinda sorta scares the living daylights out of me. I am feeling sad because I only have a few weeks left of just me and sweet Tatum and I know her world is about to change drastically and there's really nothing I can do to prepare her for that. And lastly I am, of course, feeling excited to meet the little dude and become a family of four. Whew, that's a lot of emotion. Might explain a few things...haha.

And Tatum? Well she is equal parts sweet and sassy. Some moments she melts my heart with how eager to please she is. She can be so sweet and loving and ready and willing to help and listen. And then the very next moment she makes my blood pressure rise by giving me more attitude than a 16-year-old. I love her to death and I sure am trying. I hope those two things are enough because most days I feel like I am failing at every attempt to teach her anything of value.

And I think I am finally all caught up. I, for one, am glad it's Thursday. (Brennan doesn't have classes on Fridays). I hope you all have a great weekend!


  1. Tatum sounds like she definitely has a lot of personality! You're probably doing a lot better than you think you are--a lot of times I think with kids it can take years before you see the fruits of your labors. And good luck getting ready for your little guy. Lots of times labor goes better the second time around, so maybe it will be a little easier this time :)

  2. Woo hoo! A personal shoutout!!!

    The shower was amazing, by the way. :)