Okay, so I am a horrible blogger, I have like two weeks of blogging to catch up on and I swear I am going to get better about blogging but with being 1 month from the scheduled c-section day and an active 3 year old and a to do list for pre-baby that is one mile long, I am just flat out behind!!! So without further ado I will get on with the 30 days of thanks and that will give you a hint as to what is going on around here and then I promise a recap e-mail is coming shortly.
November 4th, Day 4:
To keep up with my theme of the beginning of the month of being thankful for the people in my life I will go ahead and stay with that theme so I will say just how thankful I am for the second daughter we are about to have. Avery and I have really bonded over the last 8 months, we are doing well and I have to admit I am so excited to see the personality that is growing within me. According to the most recent ultrasound pictures she looks just like her big sister but she seems so different in movements than Jolie did so I just can't wait to meet her. Don't get me wrong though I am not wishing for her to come any earlier than scheduled, I am a long list of things to do before she gets here but I am really excited about having my two girls and my very own family of four. With this being our last child I have taken a little more time this pregnancy to try and enjoy it but I have to admit I am not one of those women that love being pregnant! However, the end result is going to be great! I continue to pray for a happy, healthy baby in December.
November 5th, Day 5:
Today I am thankful for my parents watching Jolie and having a mini date night with my husband. Even though it is just take out and some TV it is great to get a few quiet minutes with my husband, they seem so seldom but I love it!!
November 6th, Day 6:
I am thankful for a Gator victory and being able to score easily, we only beat Vandy but this season the victories seem so few and far between plus it is nice to know we are still in the hunt!!!
November 7th, Day 7:
I am really thankful for my parents and my husband's help in getting the biggest project on my pre-baby to do list done and crossed off. Today we cleaned the garage, let me just tell you it was a wreck and the car wouldn't even fit! After 4 hours of hard work, a lot of trash and recyclables put out to the curb we are finished and my car finally has it's home back!!!
November 8th, Day 8:
As my MIL starts her new job I am so thankful that she was able to find a new job. She is happier when working and it just relieves my husband of a lot of stress to know that she is okay. So I am so thankful that everything came together for her for a great new job.
November 9th, Day 9:
I am thankful that I have gotten to spend so much of my life having Grandparents. I am beyond thankful that three of my four grandparents were able to meet my oldest daughter and spend so much time with her, Jolie loves them so much and I know they have treasured the time as well. I am a little sad that my Grandmother who passed away earlier this year wasn't here to see me pregnant and won't ever meet Baby Avery but I know that she is looking down on all of us smiling because she was so ready for us to have another baby, more than anyone she wanted Jolie to have a sibling so at least she can know that we did that. I will miss her greatly after the birth of Avery but I know that she is in a better place and is so happy for us.
November 10th, Day 10
Today I am thankful that my pre-baby to do list is getting shorter. The big things that are left are all scheduled out now so even though they aren't complete I at least have a plan to get them done, that alone makes me so incredibly happy!! Plus I am really looking forward to Rich being off the whole week of Thanksgiving, I know that will be so helpful with my list, plus my Mom is so helpful as always! I guess I can also throw in today my thankfulness that my parents are retired now, it leaves them so much time to help us and I have to say I love it!!
November 11th, Day 11
I am especially thankful for my freedom and the freedom of my family, I am thankful that we have the right to vote and choose our leaders and government officials. And I am especially grateful for all the brave men and women that currently and previously have served our country to defend our freedoms. I am very thankful for the soldiers that we have lost in war and I continue to pray for their families.
November 12th, Day 12
I am thankful again on a Friday night that Jolie is with my Mom and Dad for the night and with my big festival tomorrow I am going to get to sleep in tomorrow morning in preparation, yes!!! Plus tonight is my last Friday Night Wine tasting before Avery is born, that is a good thing for my swelling ankles and feet and my aching back.
November 13th, Day 13
Today is the day of a huge Wine Festival that I do every year and I made it my life mission to be sure to still be working for this event and I have officially made it, I am so excited that I made it but even more excited that it has come and gone and I survived!! It wasn't as busy as years past but it some ways that might have been a blessing.
November 14th, Day 14
I am thankful for a quick shopping spree with my Mom today, it was really fun to hang with her and find some great buys!! I am thankful for the sibling class that I took Jolie to that taught her all about her new baby sister, including how to hold her, feed her, and change her diaper, I am sure that Jolie is going to be a GREAT big sister and a super helper, she can hardly wait to meet Avery and she knows that Christmas comes right after that so she is excited about that as well and I have to say it is so cute!
November 15th, Day 15
I am thankful today for another great visit with the OB, to know that Baby Avery is growing well and her heartbeat is sounding great makes everything seem so great today. She is really going to be a big baby though, thank goodness for the scheduled c-section as they predict her to be around 9 lbs, WOW!
November 16th, Day 16
I am thankful that my Mom, Rich and I got a chance to sit down today and look at Christmas gifts for Jolie, that is another of the big things on my pre-baby to do list because I just know there won't be time for it after Baby Avery is here to do it. So after some online shopping on a really great site called www.reallygreattoys.com, we are almost complete with our shopping for her. Not to mention I love the fact that Jolie's list is so simple. This is what she asked for from Santa a lady bug pillow pet and a set of balls with a basketball, football, and soccer ball. Since my Mom picked up the pillow pet for me a couple of weeks ago I researched the little ball set and will be picking that up today at the Toys R Us in Clearwater today, awesome! Love simple these days!
November 17th, Day 17
Today I am thankful for having just one month before my second daughter is born. I am just ready to hold her and see her, I can't wait to have our little family be complete. It is going to be a WONDERFUL, early Christmas present for our entire family.