~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
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Well hello there! It feels like ages since I last checked in here. We got hit by the stomach bug again last week — the third time it’s run through our family this winter. Is it just me, or does three times seem like an awful lot? This one moved slow, and it took over a week before it had done its worst and we were back on our feet again. I was the last one, and emerged this past weekend thinking to myself, “Whew, that was a rough Lent,” only to look at the calendar and see that it was the Third Sunday of Lent.
Our sick days last week coincided with our snow days; we got a few rounds of snow and ice that shut things down around here for a day or two. (Which was a blessing, as it made it much easier for Capt. P to take care of the kids while I was down for the count. I do not make a particularly competent enormously pregnant sick mama.) But this week it warmed up again, and we did a little picnicking and pretend-fishing with some friends.
This overwhelmingly spectacular picture is of the hooks I finally (Finally! why do some simple little things take so very long?) hung on our coat closet door. Now the kids can reach their own jackets and hang them up again. This little row of hooks has improved my daily life at least fifteen percent.
I introduced Pippo to the art of cutting snowflakes last week, and he loved it. Molly did too — she loves all new crafty activities on principle, especially those involving glue or scissors. Then, as soon as I opened up my first snowflake, she immediately commandeered it as a hat.
This is me and my big belly at 36 weeks (aka, this past Saturday), though I think I mostly took the picture because I was so excited about leaving the house for the first time in 8 days (thanks to the aforementioned bad weather and sickness) that I put on lipstick to go to the grocery store. And then I took an awkward belly selfie in my bedroom mirror.
Every time I think about getting ready for this baby to actually get here, I get the urge to reorganize my entire house, but then something comes up or someone gets sick again, and the nesting gets put off. The one tangible thing we’ve done to prepare is get Molly a new, narrower car seat, so that we can fit all three kids in the back of the car.
Pretty soon I’m going to pull out the cradle and wash the baby clothes, and I just realized that the changing table is still very much in use in the kids’ room both as a changing table and a dresser for Molly, so I have nowhere to put the baby clothes whenever I do get them out. Ideally, I’d get my hands on another dresser before this baby arrives. Need to work on that.