Just thought I would do a little update. Seriously, life has been pleasant and calm to an almost scary degree! We have been gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it seems like time is flying by SO FAST! Gabe hung up a few strands of red Christmas lights on the house, and he can't WAIT to get the rest of them up. I fear for my life. Someone should have warned me that I married Clark Griswald.
We have been having discipline issues with her, because she is finally doing naughty things on purpose, but she's too little to really understand discipline or apologizing. She runs up to a cousin and instead of hugging them, she pushes them over. And then says very sweetly , ohhh - YOU OK?!! Any ideas?
Time outs dont seem to phase her, although that is what we do when she does something bad. For example we were at Lee Read a while ago (the quiet, clean, diamond store....) and one minute she was playing in the toy area watching tv, and the next time I look over she has SCOOPED giant handfuls of soil out of the ginormous potted tree in the corner. She was very pleased with her mess and was sitting right IN the dirt smoothing it around the carpet with her hands, while sucking her thumb on her baby with the other. I picked her up and said OH NO brigitte, yucky! NONO! We DONT play in the DIRT! And then I sat her away from the mess against the wall. She cried just a little, then put her thumb in her mouth for a second before she pulled it out, took her baby, and sternly said to it :NONONO BABY! So there you go. She has invented her very own whipping boy in the form of her "baby". No so effective. She simply passed the punishment on!
The "baby" I am referring to is any one of 4 disgusting little blankets with part of a stuffed animal attached to it. She INHALES the satin edges while she sucks her thumb. We lovingly refer to them as "Rats" because they are so gross. Brigitte cant function without one, two, or even three babies with her at all times. She likes to round them up, stuff them places, and then rescue them for her sniffing pleasure. I dont know what Im going to do when she needs to quit sucking her thumb and have them taken away. Im hoping we can burn them soon....very very soon.
The NEW baby by the way has been being very nice to me. Already I feel like maybe there is hope that this one wont cry for hours every day. We are SO EXCITED to find out what it is. We did decide to open the news on Christmas morning so that should be fun! Our Ultrasound is on Dec. 7th, so not so much waiting left. I am certain that it is another girl (heart rate always in the 160's) but a boy would be such a fantastic surprise! We do have a boy name in mind (which is miraculous, because last time we nearly divorced over it!) But no girl name options we can agree on. Suggestions??? Either way we feel so so lucky just to be this far along without any complications or drama. Ive never had such a quiet uneventful pregnancy! Its been odd to just get ONE ultrasound! All the other times we got weekly peeks at what was going on in there. Its been hard to wonder if there really IS a baby in there at all! Thank goodness I can feel it move every now and then!
I havent had any major cravings like last time. I pretty much want to eat Taco Time burritos or pizza every day but thats sort of normal for me! I just love having a baby to blame it on now. I dont have a REAL baby bump yet (just an enlarged fat roll), so Im still stuffing myself into my normal clothes, although I look far from great. Everything is chubbier and I just FEEL really full all the time. I hate the 4-5 month stage. Its Frump city, and my beloved jeans start to be replaced by stretchy fatty pants! Oh the joys! I cant wait until its obvious that I am pregnant. I LOVE the belly stage where all vanity is lost and you don't have to care about looking ok, because nobody cares. You are just the pregnant girl.
I wish I had some pictures, but alas, the camera is broken. Maybe if I start to feel ambitious (or if I drink ANOTHER diet coke) I can muster the energy to go to costco and exchange our broken one for a new one! Which is something Id better do before we head to Arco next wednesday! I kind of dread Thanksgiving. I hate the food ( I know I know, judge me, go ahead). But Arco is always a good time. So think of me as you are out grabbing black friday deals. I will be going round and round on a four wheeler :)