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Today has been a funny day.  Today has also been a painful day.  You want the funny or the pain first?

Ok, I’ll start with the funny.  We were running errands this morning, and I went to Petco to buy our dog and cat food for the month.  T knows that they have dog treats at the checkout, so he asked the cashier for one.  She obliged, and I thought, “Wow, he’s so thoughtful!  He’s going to make Helo a really happy dog when we get home.”  I loaded the pet food into the trunk, strapped him into his carseat, and we headed off to our next destination, which was in an adjacent shopping center and parking lot.

I opened his door to take him out of his carseat, and I saw part of the dog treat in his hands, and moist crumbs of it all over his t-shirt and shorts.  His tongue was hanging out of his partly open mouth, with a few dog treat bits stuck to it, and he was making this disgusted face.  I was far too amused to get upset with him, and I figured he had already had enough punishment by attempting to eat that dog treat!

We made it through that errand, and went to our next errand.  I told him before I got out of the car that he was going to have to ride in his stroller.  The big boy that he has become is highly opposed to riding in a stroller.  He wants absolutely NO parts of it.  He will tell anyone who will listen that he is a big boy and he can walk.  I’m well aware of this, but after repeated outings where he chooses to walk, and I end up carrying all 35 pounds of him, I prefer to deal with him being upset while pushing him in the stroller.  Today he was especially against the stroller ride, so he immediately started to cry when I told him he needed to ride in the stroller.  Being the pushover that I am, I bargained with him and told him that he could walk ONLY if he actually walked and did not ask me to pick him up.  I told him he would have to walk like a big boy, without hopping, stomping or jumping.  He said “Ok”.  Lies, they were all LIES!

We walked inside to find a line of about 15 people ahead of us.  I immediately knew this would not go well, but remained in line and decided I could deal with it.  I immediately felt my body temperature rise, knowing that this experience would be like pulling teeth for me, but really hoping the sweet tea I was waiting in line for would make up for it at the end.

We were about 5 seconds into our wait in this line when T decided it would be fun to play the stomping game.  You know–the one where you stomp all over your mother’s feet?  Yeah, that’s the one!  Oh, by the way, I was wearing flip flops.  I looked down at my toe, because one of those stomps was kind of painful.  I see blood pooling up on one of my toes.  Nice!  Here’s a photo of the damage:

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Can you say, “Ouch!”?

Oh, and by the time I finally got to the sweet tea, they were out…so it totally wasn’t worth the wait or the pain this time!

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Moving!  I am so elated to be moving back into my new home.  It feels like it’s been forever since we were there, yet it seems like just yesterday I was getting excited for the move.  Truth be told, we moved into the home 367 days ago…so I guess it was sort of like yesterday!  The plan was to pick up the keys to our house from our property manager on Wednesday so we could move in on Thursday.  I got an email from her today while we were out and about asking if I wanted the keys early…like now!  It took me 1.5 seconds to respond with a quick “YES!”  I drove straight there, and then straight to the house.

Backing my car into the garage gave me deja vu!  It was so familiar to me.  As soon as I opened the door on the car, all I could smell was that new house smell.  I was in HEAVEN!  I walked into the house to find it beyond immaculate-we couldn’t have asked for better tenants for our home.  I truly believe the Lord led their family to our home, less than 24 hours after we placed it on the rental market to rent from us.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  Our vacation rental expires on Saturday, and we should be out by Thursday evening.  All the excitement today has left me utterly and completely exhausted.  I stopped at Panera to grab dinner for the kids and myself.

I am so very grateful that Tommy will be home to help me move this time.  Even though we have hired a moving company to do the heavy lifting, there is so much work involved when it comes to moving.  As excited as I am, I just don’t have the energy or the strength to do as much as I did last time.  My growing belly prevents me from doing what I think I can do.  After running around all day today, my body is reminding me that I’m pregnant and I need to take it easy.  Baby Girl has been moving around quite a bit this evening, so that is comforting.

I’ll share some photos soon!

 

 

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It’s been quite a while since you’ve heard anything from Happy Baby Chronicles.  Life has been really busy chasing Happy Baby around.  He’s now 2 and 3/4 years old.  I can’t believe he’s going to be 3 in October!  Time sure does fly.  Our family has been displaced for the past 8 months, so that has contributed to my lack of blogging as well.  We’re finally getting closer to getting back into our home, and I imagine the next month will be fairly busy as well while preparing to move in again.

So, what’s new with Happy Baby?  Like I said, he’s almost 3 years old.  He is absolutely the funniest and most outgoing of all of my children (at this age) thus far.

Chillaxin' in Belize

Chillaxin’ in Belize

Some of his “toddler-isms” have had me rolling with laughter.  It’s so fun to watch him interact with people of all ages.  He seems to really enjoy having his older siblings around.  He can wrestle with the big boys, he loves to hang out and play basketball with them and their friends, yet he can still be found sneaking into his older sister’s room to dig into her makeup collection.  His older sister sometimes uses him as a doll baby and dresses him up in jewelry and hair bows.  He came out the other day wearing one of her creations, and said, “Mommy, I’m fabulous”.  I gather he was coached for that.

Some other news on the Happy Baby home front – Happy Baby is expecting a baby sister right around Christmas 2013!  We were surprised, but nonetheless ecstatic about the new baby on the way.  Now that we know that it’s a girl, I have started shopping around for the best deals on cute little girl outfits, cloth diapers, etc.  I’ve got a pretty decent stash started on custom girlie print fitted diapers.  I’ve also purchased her first Baltic Amber necklace, and an adorable Disney Princess outfit.

Happy Baby has a Baby Sister on the way!

Happy Baby has a Baby Sister on the way!

With another Happy Baby on the way, I’m looking into doing things as naturally as possible again this time.  We are planning another home birth with a midwife, and will be following a similar delay vax schedule as we did before.  I’ve started taking prenatal yoga classes, and have recently begun researching the use of essential oils.  I’ll be sharing everything that I learn with you all.

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It’s official!  Happy Baby is a year old (which makes him more of a toddler, but he’ll always be my baby!).

We celebrated with a photo shoot with Tiffany Yates Photography, and a smash cake from Merri Cakes.  Here are some of the highlights from the shoot.

Photo by Tiffany Yates Photography

Photo by Tiffany Yates Photography

Photo by Tiffany Yates Photography

Photo by Tiffany Yates Photography

Photo by Tiffany Yates Photography

Photo by Tiffany Yates Photography - Cake by Merri Cakes

Photo by Tiffany Yates Photography

Photo by Tiffany Yates Photography

Photo by Tiffany Yates Photography

Photo by Tiffany Yates Photography

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