September Stresses

Update on potty training: never happened! :( We hope to try some time soon but we have been under a bit of stress lately thanks to a certain tenant of ours. Long story short he was in there for 3 months and now is gone. What a mess that was! Total God intervention though and we re-rented it within a day of him being gone and have been hard at work getting the house cleaned up and ready for its new occupants. And not only did we re-rent it but we didn't have to take less. Crazy how it all happened! Again, total God thing and we are so so so very thankful.

So that's what we've been busy doing. Still no name for this sweet little girl yet. Still no anything really. And I can't believe we have less than 11 weeks to go! But nursery/name/necessities for baby #2 are next on our list. :) We do have our names narrowed down to just a few so at least we're not starting with a clean slate. I'm down to visiting the doctor every two weeks now. Where has the time gone?! We scheduled our c-section for December 14th which will take us past 40 weeks. Not my first choice as I was excited about being able to have her around 39 weeks and not have to endure that very last week. :) However, we've decided that if I go into labor, we'll try to deliver naturally and avoid another c-section. Going to 40 weeks gives us a little extra time to allow that to happen. And if it doesn't happen, then it doesn't but I don't want to wonder if it could've later. Either way, we are very much looking forward to her safe and healthy arrival!

Luke is doing awesome! His verbal skills are improving everyday and it's super cute and so much fun. Well, except when he repeats the same word 50 times in a row, then it's not AS cute. :) But now he loves to say "mommy's car" or "daddy's truck" or "my blankie". There's something new everyday. I am proud to say that he is ALL boy. He's still very much into his trucks (dump trucks, monster trucks, garbage trucks, fire trucks, really any truck!). He recently discovered the cartoon, "Max and Ruby" and is obsessed. He likes to shovel the dirt in the backyard and ride his quad. He is VERY high energied and definitely keeps us moving! One of his newer words that I love to hear him say is "cuddew" and he LOVESSS to cuddle. A few short minutes later, it usually turns into climbing all over us and then transitions to jumping on the couch but it starts off very sweet. :) Hard to believe he is going to be TWO next month!! Seriously, where does the time go?!

So I think that's all for now. I just posted pictures below and I still have some video to sort through. I am so behind! If anyone's available to do that for me, let me know. Oh and if you could also put my photos in a photo album, finish my laundry (which is clean, just on the dresser in my room), clean my bathrooms, mop my floors, put together our nursery and maybe pick a name for our baby (pending our approval of course), that would be SOOOO helpful! :)


Summer Pictures


A Visit to Vancouver!

We are home! Oh my goodness was it nice to escape the heat for the past three weeks! This is the first vacation we've taken in the past 3 years where Jeff actually didn't work. It was really great to spend some quality time together as a family and to see Jeff able to relax too. We got lucky on our way to Vancouver and had a row with an empty seat so we decided to take Luke's car seat on the plane and see how he did. He did great! Luckily there was no one sitting in front of him because he did kick the seat an awful lot. That should be fun in the future! And as we suspected, he did not sleep a wink. Our flight was from 8 - 11 p.m.! Little stinker.

We experienced our first road trip the day after we arrived. Jeff's family rented a lake house in Kelowna, the main motivation for the boat purchase. Luke's not ever been in the car for much longer than an hour but surprisingly, he was a champ. I don't think he whined even once during the 4 hour drive! We did have videos and snacks for distractions so I'm not sure how he would've done without those but you know, happy baby = happy mommy = happy everyone, right? :)

We spent the last 11 days of our trip in Surrey at Jeff's parent's house. Luke had SO much fun playing with his cousins. It was really cute to watch them play together. Last year, they seemed to play more side by side but this year was very different. It's amazing how much can change in just a year with these little ones! Katie even got in on some action with the boys! All three of them were just adorable.

In addition to great quality time with the family, we enjoyed lots of great weather, boating, park time, walks on the pier, beach time, some shopping, time with friends, reading and I'm sure I am forgetting what else. Luke was talking SO much while we were there and he even counted to SIX! He did it for the first time in front of both of us and it was so surprising and cute! We didn't even know he could count to one! It's been really fun to hear him talking more.

So back to reality. And to the heat. We should finally see some cooler temps soon and I can't wait! We've been catching up around the house the past few days and next week's focus is Luke's birthday party in October. Hard to believe our little boy is going to be 2! He is such a little sweetie. He is just so active! He hardly walks anywhere... why walk when you can run?! He seriously loves to sprint. He just learned to jump so that's his new thing. It's hilarious. He still loves anything with wheels, his books, puzzles, Elmo, Cars, and cuddling. "Blankie and soother" are major attachments but boy do they make everything better when need be. We'll have to work on the soother attachment at some point.

Just 13 more weeks to go until our little number two is due to arrive. I have been feeling really good. A little extra tired thanks to the two "two year molars" that decided to interrupt a week's sleeping habits. But tomorrow is Saturday and that means I can sleep in... HOORAY!! :) Thank goodness teething is done! After Luke's birthday, we will focus on the nursery and picking a name for our little girl. Funny how all of this was done by now when we were pregnant with Luke. To be honest, I have gone through two baby name books and although I've come up with a little list, there aren't any names that are really jumping out at me. And of the names I've come up with, Jeff's not doing cartwheels over any of them. It'll be interesting to see what name we agree on. :)

This weekend we are going to attempt potty training. Should be interesting! :) We have NO expectations and if it doesn't work, we'll try again after the baby is born. We're not going to stress about it one bit. I felt we should try ONE transition before the baby comes. Transitions include: weaning off the white noise, pacifier (aka "soother"), big boy bed, potty training. All but one of these is related to sleeping. If Luke could continue sleeping well when the baby comes, I think that would help tremendously so potty training it is! He's been telling us when he's going and when he needs a diaper change so some of the signs are there. Wish us luck and I'll update next week on how it went.

That's about it for now... we'll get pictures posted and I have some super cute videos too. Stay tuned!