Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Adding to our little family

**I wrote this three weeks ago but forgot to post**

A year ago, we didn't expect to have two little babes running our lives.  Having Max was a blessing enough for us.  But with how our lives have changed and just how much love we have for Max, we decided that having a baby brother or sister for Max would complete our Blake Family.

And so we got PREGNANT!

A few days before my birthday, I took a pregnancy test and with the positive results, we celebrated not only adding to our family, but my 30th birthday, buying a new house and taking a trip to Hawaii.  While I couldn't participate in the physical activities on our trip (and the libations!), I did manage to relax, eat and sight see-a recipe for a perfect trip.

So here I am, at 14 weeks pregnant and we are cherishing every moment with our growing baby in my belly and my growing baby outside of my belly, that is not quite a baby anymore.  Even though it was only a few years ago since I had my last babe, the memories have quickly faded of what I experienced. I am again a frequent eater, bathroom visitor and busy, busy, busy with baby preparation.  I am still working as well so when I add a rambunctious two and a half year old who is excited for Christmas and Santa, it is no wonder that I am exhausted at 8:30, after I put Max down.

We have been to the doctor a few times to check the health of the baby and so far, they have declared that it is a BOY (YIPEEEEE!!!!), that he has a strong heartbeat, no signs of Downs or any other chromosomal differences and that I will deliver ever a week prior to my due date (June 4), if I do not go into labor before then.  With my previous C-section, a scheduled delivery is mandatory and quite frankly, it is  what I prefer.  Baby brothers room is getting together slowly , but what has been so AMAZING is the passing on of clothes and equipment from close friends.  Because we didn't think we were going to have another baby, I gave everything away (DOH!).  But with karma being oh-so-kind, we have received so many thoughtful items.  It has saved our pocketbook tremendously.

Big brother Max, now 2 1/2, is a little man.  He is hilarious, quick witted and fun loving.  His bad days are funny, but learning experiences.  Tyson and I are slowly adapting to teaching life's lessons of no-hitting, no-biting, no-pushing, no-talking back and it is quite frustrating when he is so good 99% of the time.  We don't like to yell and we don't hit so when time outs don't work, we are out of breath and patience.  I have some reading and research to do......

This is the first year for Max that Christmas is an exciting time.  He understands Santa, didn't cry when he sat on his lap, can sing some Christmas carols and is thrilled to decorate.  With so many things to do in San Diego, we are loving every moment of the Christmas spirit. We have an advent calender (two of different sorts) that counts down the arrival of Santa, will be making cookies and handmade ornaments and have admired lights with hot cocoa in hand. 

In other news regarding Max, he is still not potty trained and it is annoying the heck outta me.  I WILL NOT be changing two babies diapers---this is a promise that Max will be forced to make to me.  He is however, transitioning well into becoming a big boy.  He now has a bunk bed and big boy sheets and pillows.  While we thought he would take some time getting used to it, he fell in love with it all.  For the upcoming year, we have sports, preschool and music class to look forward to.  My little boy is getting bigger and bigger every single day

So many events to look forward to in 2013!