A little Mommy and Daughter Time
With Mr. Peanut soon to arrive, I am trying to carve out time with Ella. I have to say I love having a little girl. Especially a girly girl, which she is! We had such a nice rainy Saturday the other weekend. I took her for her first Manicure and Pedicure at a salon. Mind you, I've been painting her little piggy's since she's been 18 months old, but this was the first time with me at the salon.
The only place I could think of that had kid chairs was Nail Pro at Hickory Point Mall. They did a fantastic job. She was so excited was so patient sitting there!
I am looking forward to my son, but I am happy to have a mani/pedi partner for the rest of my life.
Everything changes when you have a baby. That is true. Your heart, your fears, your worries and your priorities. But I'm learning they change with each baby you have and mine isn't even here yet! My house is undergoing big changes. Things are moving out, things are moving in, things are being painted, cabinets are being re-arranged. I know it's all for the good of our new impending arrival, but it's a lot of work. And of course you realize how much stuff you accumulate over the years! In addition, I know how spoiled my daughter is because I can't find a spot for all of her toys.
I've done something many of my friends have done, take a look
That used to be my dining room. The place where so many formal parties took place in our home over the years. Yeah right! It was never used, but it sure did look pretty. It will now become a playroom, right off the living room. I know Ella is not going to want to be "shunned" to the basement to play with all of her toys once Mr. Peanut arrives and I'm not going to feel like going down there with him to sit on the ground and play. So this seemed like the easiest solution for all. I can keep an eye on her and the baby.
I am running out of energy to get a lot of stuff done, but I can happily report--the room is finished being painted! I love the way it turned out!!
Hope you like sharing my pregnancy journey! Hard to believe it's almost over. Do you think I'll get everything done?
The painting of the room has commenced! Oh happy day! I think Ella's room was almost done by this point in my pregnancy last night. But this time is different. Mr. Peanut's room is a spare bedroom so we needed to keep it that way for a while longer and we needed to figure out what to do with all our stuff we had in the closet. Think lots of my suits.
Well finally the day has come! My husband started painting. I love the color I picked it's a sky/robin's egg blue and I love it. It's soft.
In the middle are stripes, a beige and white. I am very happy with it. Stripes are not fun for Scott. In fact he's dreading it. It's because he's a perfectionist. Thank goodness though, because while I like certain things perfect I know my stripes would not be perfect.
I already posted a picture of bedding so the colors on the wall compliment. However, I did buy a couple sports themed items. I got a football piggy bank and a clock that looks like a baseball glove. Very cute additions without being overly sporty.
When my mom was visiting she washed all his clothes, blankets and burp cloths. They're neatly folded in the closet until we get the furniture in the room and I can put them in the drawers. My good friend, Kristin threw me a beautiful shower (I know I am soooo lucky to have a second baby shower and I'm very spoiled by all my friends and family) so I have nearly everything I need.
We had to get new furniture for Ella. We are waiting for that to come in before we more her current baby furniture into my little guys room. She gets a new bed and her choice of bedding, which of course was Hello Kitty!
Big Sister Class
We recently took a Big Sister/Big Brother class at the hospital. I thought it would be a good idea to make my daughter feel special and so she could understand what happens when I head to the hospital to have baby boy. It was so neat. There were about 6 others big brothers/sisters to be. All of them were Ella's age except for a 6 year old and 8 year old. I'm sure this isn't a class for a two year old, but it was so great to see many other parents who waited 4 years in between kiddos!
To describe the class it was set up as a "hunt" with a bag full of goodies including binoculars.
A couple of the kids favorite parts were riding the bed up and down, hearing their heart beats on the monitor, and when the "big" light came down from the ceiling. I will say having a boy, I noticed how different boys are from girls. There were only two girls in the class, one of them mine. The boys are just so much busier. I don't really know how to explain it. It was neat seeing the differences.
After the tour the nurse made them all diaper a baby doll so they could help mom and dad when the time comes. She explained that the baby's head will be wobbly and you can never pick up your brother or sister without your parents help. The nurse also made them swaddle up the baby doll just how the hospital does. See below:
If you are having another child or have a son or daughter adding to their family I highly recommend a class like this. It empowers the children to be great siblings and gets them even more excited for your impending arrival!