|This is what we look like whenever we picnic at the park.|
One thing we decided to do with this pregnancy that we haven't done before is have professional maternity photos taken. As much as I don't feel my most attractive right now, being in my third trimester, I knew that I'd never regret having pictures taken of me and my last baby bump. We actually took these at a nearby park when I was about 29 weeks, but you get the idea.
Taking photos with the kids is always an adventure, although Tyler is a really good sport. Travis did pretty well too, all things considered. We have about 20 shots, but this one is my favorite.
Since these were taken, things have been a whirlwind of activity. We finished redecorating our bedroom. I am so pleased with it. It was kind of a long process (about 2 months), but it's DONE and we don't have to think about it anymore. We also moved Travis into Tyler's bedroom and are almost done decorating the baby's room. We had Mother's Day and Tyler's birthday to celebrate in May, and have a couple more family birthdays in June, along with Father's Day of course.
Today I am 35+ weeks and am feeling it.... I'm tired, crampy, and pretty dang impatient (sorry guys). I am sort of hoping baby girl comes early but also don't really want to be "surprised" because of the logistics of having someone watch both boys while we scurry off to the hospital. I think there is a good chance we will induce, assuming she goes along with that plan. I took the boys to the park today and a mom of twin toddlers asked if I was having a girl (yes) and then remarked, "it will be hard".... (yes). This is something I've run into a lot with this pregnancy. Somehow having two kids is okay and fairly manageable but when you're pregnant with a third, people go out of their way to let you know how much work it will be, how much of a challenge it is, how tired you will feel, and that you are generally nuts.
I have gotten used to the comments but that doesn't mean they don't annoy me. They come from people of all walks of life - friends, family, strangers, you name it. Old, young, have kids, don't have kids, whatever. A breath of fresh air would be to have someone say, Oh that's so wonderful! You will love having a big family. I can only think of a couple people who have said something like that.
In the meantime, we are thrilled to welcome our baby girl into the family. While I have no illusions about it being easy, I am excited about the prospect of a somewhat large family with chaos, and fun, and a warm home for everyone to enjoy together. I can't wait to add to our memories and photographs when baby girl joins the family.