Friday, May 10

throwing books, ballet shoes and long bike rides

It turns out that having 2 kids really close together is a really exhausting enterprise.  As we get closer and closer to my due date, I feel like I'm becoming very aware of just how young Bruce is... which is exactly what I've feared.  When it was just Matilda she always seemed to be growing up so fast.  Everything was this huge step forward and she seemed "older" every month.  Now that I have a Big Kid and a Little Kid, it's painfully obvious that Bruce is still very "little".  Don't get me wrong - the kid is huge - but GAH!  He doesn't have enough words and is learning what boundaries ARE, let alone how to stay IN them.  He's curious and mischievous and wonderful, but mostly he's EXHAUSTING.  My doctor laughed at my last appointment and said that it's no wonder I have contractions all the time.  How could I NOT???  They say that no 2 kids are alike and it's true.  Matilda loved to play, but she also loved sit and to read. Bruce loves books, especially ones that are easy to throw.  Yes, Bruce *loves* to throw things - anything, really.  He's also an excellent climber and it's not unheard of for me to discover him sitting on the table or hanging onto the side of the counter desperately trying to pull himself up.  It's basically terrifying.

Matilda has also started "exploring her boundaries" more frequently.  She's fiercely independent and it's fantastic and frustrating at the same time.  I'm so proud of her fearless attitude and the fact that she is so confident in herself.  But as a mother I also want to tear my hair out half the day.  You can't yell at her because she'll just dig her heels in more.  You can't rationalize with her because she's always right and you're always wrong.  You can't bribe her because she has the memory of an elephant and there's no backing out once you promise something (plus it's not like, a good idea).  It's becoming obvious that she would do really well in preschool next year and so I'm trying to get that all sorted out.  I'm not in love with the idea of paying for it, but I AM in love with the idea of having a break several times a week.  That, and I'm confident she would thrive.  In the meantime, she's taking her ballet and tap dancing classes with Miss Johanna who is one of her favorite people in the world.  A couple of weeks ago she had her first REAL ballet recital and it was incredible.  Not only did she make it ONTO the stage, but she performed!  I'll post about it once I have the pictures from that night.  I'll just say that it was ridiculously adorable.

I'm just a few days away from being full-term and it's killing me.  There's no reason to rehash how awful being 9 months pregnant is, especially when you already have 2 kids.  But I will say that I dream of going into labor at 37 weeks... I know, I know, the longer the better... but C'MON!  Scott is on a not-as-insane schedule this month, which is nice.  He (finally!) got a new bike and it's been nice to send him off on long rides.  He comes back relaxed and it gets Matilda excited to go ride her bike.  I'm hoping that next spring I can get a bike and a trailer so that we can do family rides.  It's been forever since we both had bikes and I really miss those times.  I love that Toledo is completely surrounded by rural areas - you can be riding past farms in about 10 minutes, which is gorgeous once everything starts to grow.  Wyatt is also VERY active, much more than Matilda and Bruce ever were at this stage.  My doctor also commented on that too.  Normally babies aren't moving this much at this stage because there's just not enough room.  But I guess Wyatt took that as a challenge and so it's pretty common to see his elbow pushing hard on my stomach.  The other night Scott was sitting next to me on the couch and for a good 20 minutes Wyatt just kicked the side he was sitting on.  Eventually, Scott moved because he couldn't concentrate on his reading.  Other than that, everything is checking out perfect and we're looking forward to June 6th!!!


Honey said...

You can throw a book farther if you are up on the counter.

Natalie said...

I feel for you having two already crazy kids and one more active one coming soon. Hopefully Wyatt will be good and will sleep well! Ooh long bike rides sound like fun! We both haven't had bikes either since we lived in Provo. We can't wait to move to Toledo!

Mindy said...

You have been on my mind, Girl! I miss you so much and wish we could get our group together for a lunch. And mostly, I wish I could be there to help you with the kids and baby. I'm sending you love from afar. Good luck with these last few weeks of pregnancy. Love you!