Saturday, June 28, 2014

Two Years Old

I love picking up my little boy. Even with a rapidly expanding belly and a decreased lung capacity that causes me to get winded very easily, I love picking him up. Feeling the weight of his little boy body against my side. Smelling his sweet little boy smell.

Most mamas will tell you that the top of her baby's head may be the best scent in the world. Sounds odd, I know, but leaning down and smelling that little head is one of the best things I do every day. A couple weeks back, it smelled faintly of chlorine and Dum-Dums. He had his very first swimming lesson with my sister, his aunt Angie. 

This summer has been a great one so far for our big boy. I cannot believe he is TWO! I will write him a little letter here for posterity's sake:

    Sweet T.Mark,

   You are TWO! And I know I am a little biased, but you are the sweetest little boy I know. You are affectionate and kind. You love to hug. If you see someone crying or with a bandaid, you are very concerned about their "bad bad bobo" and want to make sure that person gets a hug or kiss. 
   You do not meet a stranger. If you see someone you don't know, you look at mama and loudly ask, "Who's that??" in a tone that suggests it is entirely unacceptable that you are unfamiliar with this person. You want to meet and know them immediately. 
   You are very smart. You know all your letters and numbers and colors, you learn a new Bible verse every couple of weeks and can say them all from memory. I am so proud of you! Your favorite is part of Joshua 1:9--"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous!" You yell it out every time. 
   Your favorite things are ANY kind of vehicle. Particular favorites are dump trucks, police cars, excavators, concrete trucks, racecars, and tractors. A few weeks back your Mimi and Doc took you to Touch a Truck, where you got to "drive" a digger. A mountaintop experience I'd say: 

You had a blast at your birthday party. It was a small get together with just family. 

You loved the cake mama decorated for you. You couldn't get those trucks off of it fast enough. 

You and your Doc. 

  You respond well to discipline (so far!) and I am thankful that at least at this point, a stern word is usually plenty for you to understand that you need to obey. You know if I make you say "yes ma'am", that I mean business. 
   You are a talker. You give a running commentary of everything you see when we are riding in the car. (I think you got this from your Gran!) "Thats a boat right there mama. A BIIIIG boat." "It's a 'Merican flag! It's wavin'. Stars and stripes forever!" And my personal favorite, which you busted out one day as we drove across the spillway dam at the river, "We're crossin' the mighty Pearl River, mama!" I laughed so hard.
   You are my joy and the apple of my eye. I pray for you daily and delight in your sweet nature and affection. I am so thankful to the Lord for you, my firstborn baby boy! I love you, T.Mark! 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Before and After

So I have been in the process of redoing an old chest, a sideboard really, to use as T.Mark's dresser in his big boy room. 

Correction: my sweet dad has been in the process. He stripped and sanded and painted it for me. I don't know if there was blood or tears but there was some serious sweat involved. So much so that one afternoon I almost killed him because he scared me half to death by lying down on my front porch to take a break from the heat. I passed by and was 100% certain he had had a heat stroke or heart attack and fallen out. Good grief. 

 I was able to put the finishing touches (almost) on the sideboard today and he tried to tell me I had done all the work. Sorry dad--'fraid not. I win this time. 

Here is the before pic of the matching piece of furniture, which also has stripping and sanding in its future. I forgot to take one of the sideboard but it looked just like this: 

And here was what was kind of the inspiration piece. I saw it in a shop in Annapolis last weekend: 

I didn't want T.Mark's quite that distressed, so here is what we came up with. The pulls are blue now too and will go on hopefully tomorrow! 

I made the handyman get in the pic. Thank you again Dad! 

I also did a little rearranging in our master bedroom-changed out linens and got new curtains--and I think I like how it turned out: 

I just can't decide what color to paint that chest. I am open to suggestions! 

I am clearly hitting the nesting phase of this pregnancy. I just need the carpet and painting to get finished early this week so I can fully flesh out the momentum I'm feeling at the moment! With a belly this big it is apt to completely dissolve at any time. Ha! 

It was so great to be able to worship with my church family this morning. We have been travelling so much lately that I have missed some Sundays. It always makes me feel out of whack. Our Sunday School class started a study on parenting this week, which I am really pumped about. I need all the help on that I can get!  

I guess I need to prepare myself for a season of less travel for a while. There is still the possibility of one small trip on the horizon in July, depending on how Amos is doing/what my OB recommends. But besides that I will be sticking around for a while! I know I will probably get a little antsy on occasion, but it will be nice to just be low-key for a while. Hopefully will get everything done to prepare for this sweet new baby! I can't believe he will be here in 8 weeks or less! 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Solstice

  So we braved the pool today. Fitting, for the longest day of the year. As I write this it is close to 9 pm and I am looking out over the reservoir at the (very) slowly fading light. I confess I am not much of a student of astronomy--not because it doesn't interest me, just because I haven't given it any time--but I have always thought it was so cool that someone on the other side of the world (in this case, if they are in the northern hemisphere) can be experiencing the same thing I am experiencing here. 

Kinda like wishing on a star or something, right? Ok, maybe not but just work with me here. 

Taylor has been feeling under the weather so T.Mark and I had a mama and baby day. We got up early and went "swingin!" on his swingset and then put on our swimsuits and sunscreen and headed to the pool. It was T.Mark's first time to the splash pad at our pool, and he was a little overwhelmed! I think next time he will be ready to go all in. Then a yummy lunch and home for a nap. Wish I could have joined him! I ran some errands instead trying to get some things ready for T.Mark's big boy room and for Amos' room. I am not changing the nursery much, but will do a few things. The walls are getting painted and I bought some new art. I want to make it special for this sweet little guy who is so energetically kicking and rolling around in my tummy as I lie here still and writing. I will hopefully post some pics soon of the two new rooms. Our house right now is an absolute disaster zone. We are getting the carpet replaced and so everything had to be moved into the center of the house where there is wood and tile. It makes me feel like a crazy person. I'm very ready for it to be done. Supposedly it will be on Monday. Then the purging begins! I try to use situations like this to clean out and clean up. It's a little difficult with a sick husband and a two year old and being 32 weeks pregnant but hey-I do love a challenge. 
   I also will blog soon to recap our family beach trip and my sweet boy's two year old birthday party! He is doing and saying so many fun and sweet things right now. I need to write them down so I won't forget! 

Here is one pic from a couple weeks ago of my sweet, silly boy: 

Hope you had a great day-especially since it was the longest one of the year! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

31 Weeks

31 Weeks


Prepare yourself for possibly the most redneck belly photo you've ever seen.

There is somewhat of an explanation for how redneck this looks. I was cleaning out my closet (quite a feat, I'm afraid) and I found these old cowboy boots. I had not worn them in a while and so stuck them on just for fun. Then I decided I had not taken a belly pic in a while, but was too tired and pregnant to bend alllll the way down there to take the boots off. Ha! So I just went with it. 

You're welcome. 

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: just over 31 weeks. I can't believe we're already at this point. I kind of feel like I'm in the home stretch. Which is exciting but a little bittersweet! I want to meet this sweet boy but am loving having him safe in my belly right now! 

Size of baby: A dear family friend recently did a 4-D ultrasound for us so we got some good measurements on sweet Amos. He is right at 4 lbs and is measuring in the 98th percentile for leg length. Tall boy. 

I absolutely love that round little nose. Can't wait to kiss it! 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I stopped looking. My doctor said I am on track though. 

Maternity Clothes: Yep. Flowy is going to be the name of the game to get through this hot Mississippi summer. My staff is loving me being pregnant, because it's the only time we all agree on the thermostat at the office! Usually I am super cold natured, but with this tiny internal furnace, I am hot much more often. 

Gender: a sweet baby BOY! Amos Jackson Sledge

Movement: he has gotten into a fairly regular routine now of wakefulness and napping. Except when I have a long procedure at the office and the drill wakes him up!

Sleep: not the best. Occasional intense leg/foot cramps and it is tough to roll over now. But that's ok. I decided when I was pregnant with T.Mark that the less-than-stellar sleep is the Lord's way of preparing you for those sleepless newborn nights. 

What I miss: being able to have good posture when I'm working. Now I have to hunch over or my belly is against my patient's head. 

Cravings: Popsicles, frozen fruit, crunchy ice. 

Symptoms: Leg and foot cramps, vivid dreams, some sciatic nerve pain.

Best moment this week: kayaking with Emily! I got to go visit her in Annapolis this past weekend. She created a whole itinerary for our "BFF Babymoon". She suggested kayaking and rock climbing as a joke, but I told her I was all for the kayaking! We had the best time. 

Prayer request for baby Amos: This time I will include big brother too. I would just ask that you pray for a strong positive relationship and friendship between the two brothers, with the Lord using each to sharpen the other. Also pray that the transition to having a new baby in the house will go smoothly for T.Mark.

This week is a little crazy at our house. We spent the evening hours yesterday and today (after church) clearing out all rooms with carpet, because our carpet is about to be replaced. I can tell you one conclusion I came to--I have entirely too much stuff. I also overdid it a little unloading our bookshelves. I have got to do better at foregoing the heavy lifting. 

Hope you are having a good week!