Adam turned 3 last Thursday. It seems his energy level has exploded since then. He’s definitely got a hyper thing going on. I’m not sure if it’s a “getting older thing” or “things are a changing”…baby sister is due to arrive any day (well, technically in 8 days!).
I wanted to document some funny things he says…but with all the cleaning, seems I’ve lost my notes. But here are some good ones from the top of my head:
– “It’s too big!” – This is an excuse for ANYTHING he doesn’t want to do or doesn’t like. For example, he hates wearing jeans these days (not sure if it’s because they are hard to pull up and down for potty or if he doesn’t like the “feel” of jeans) so he’ll tells me “No Mommy, jeans are too big!”.
– He still calls the trash, “crass”. I don’t correct it – I figure with time, those things will be corrected on their own. I just find it cute.
– He started saying “so”. I don’t know, but I find this funny too. He’ll just be rambling and say “so…..”.
– “Maybe not” – this is usually in response to us saying maybe… funny :)
– Today he was talking about Santa (not sure when he figured out that) and he told me that since it snowed, “Santa would be coming with presents!”. I asked him what he wanted and he told me, “Marbles”…that one took me a few minutes to decipher. Then he told he me he wants the kind that “go down”. I’m thinking like a marble run – thank you Baby Einstein videos for influencing my child. With new baby on the way, I wanted to hold off on that type of toy for a few years…no luck, seems I might need to get on Amazon and do some shopping.
Adam is keeping up a pretty good schedule. He has play groups twice a week (Tuesday and Friday) and on Thursday we have Kindermusik with Ms. Darlene. He loves this class, and even when we start daycare/preschool – I hope to only do part-time partly to keep him involved in this activity and partly because I’m not sure I’m ready to part with him more than 3 half-days a week. Potty training has gone well too. We still wake him up before we go to bed for one last “empty the bladder”, but I think we could almost skip that now. We did skip it one day last week, but then he woke up at 6am – we’d rather he sleep an extra hour, so we’ll keep up the routine (especially since his world is about to be rocked).
We’ve been trying to get Adam into preschool all summer, and it’s been a nightmare. As diplomats, we don’t “follow” normal procedure for application to such places. Of course, we can pay an arm and a leg to go private – but many of these places are either full or don’t do half-day programs. There is no way I’m paying full price, for a part-time schedule. We also had the problem of nothing near our house. We were happy to put him into the Finnish system, but without a KELA (social security card) there just wasn’t a way to get in. Though, surprisingly, I just got an email today about him entering something near our house – going to have to investigate that next week…days before I go into labor, great timing!
The pregnancy has gone really smoothly. They decided about 3 weeks ago that I was a good VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) candidate…so here we go! Knowing my last birthing experience was personally disappointing, I’m trying to better prepare myself for labor. I took some private Hypnobirthing classes (don’t let the name fool you – it’s not hypnosis – it’s about about relaxing and breathing through the pain) and we hired a doula to assist with techniques during labor. We’re already feeling much more prepared.
I’ve only gained like 8 lbs (vs. 20 with Adam) – I’m not complaining – but I guess with no appetite, running after a toddler, and doing housework (all things I didn’t do while pregnant with Adam) it’s just hard to eat right. I know I’m not eating as healthy – in Cameroon, my lovely housekeeper, Mary, kept the fridge stocked with fresh fruit salad and vegetables. I sure do miss that! Now when my sweet tooth kicks in (which I do agree, seems to be stronger with a girl) – I reach for cereal or cookies – bad mommy! This time around I can eat meat just fine – but with Adam, meat was not appealing at all. I would eat a few bites because I knew I needed it, then pass it along to Justin. I would say overall, this time around food in general just never sounded good. I don’t really crave anything (well, sweets) – eating is more of a chore. And the poor boys…I don’t even want to cook for them, because I know it doesn’t sound good to me – so why cook?!
Justin has started playing basketball on a Finnish team – he practices twice a week and just started games once a week. He’s loving it and feeling good – which is great. We both tend to get stuck in the house doing the “parenting thing” and forget to take care of ourselves. He begins his “paternity leave” on Monday for a month – it will be nice to have him around so much. Justin’s mom arrives Tuesday night, so fingers crossed “baby girl” waits until at least then before making her grand entrance.
Sahara is crazy, but so good with Adam. He harasses her EVERY day – but at times she kind of asks for it. She doesn’t seem to miss Lucky (who I can’t believe has been gone for almost 3 months!) – but she has started getting nervous lately, so I think she knows changes (ie baby) are on the way. We don’t give her the exercise I know she needs, but with our nice, big backyard – she has plenty of room to do her “crazy” circles once a day. Walking with her is still a headache – she has a very nasty bark at any dog that crosses our path (very embarrassing). We have a citronella collar now – and sometimes I *think* it works, while at other times I think it’s another waste of money.
Summer in Finland was not what we had hoped, but from what we hear, it was very typical. Seems the previous two summers were “abnormally warm”, so we were a little misguided on what to expect. It never got too warm and we seemed to have a fair amount of rain. Fall has been wonderful and seems to have lasted a long time. I remember when we arrived last year during the second week of September, and already feeling like Fall was over. I would say Fall ended last week, at this point – until then the temperatures hadn’t been so bad. October has been especially rainy, though. So even if the temperature was fine, you didn’t want to venture out in the rain. It also made for a dark month – it felt like we didn’t see the sun for a good two weeks. When you’re 37/38 weeks pregnant (so already tired from baby and not sleeping comfortably) and then throw in no sun – it makes it VERY tough to keep your eyes open! Poor Adam… but the sun has been around all week (even with today’s snow), so that has been nice. Well, enough for tonight, but hope to do better and blog about baby girl soon!