Last night Nathan and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary with a dinner out. Nothing real over the top since date nights and getting super keyed up is something I lack the energy for these days being that I am 34 weeks pregnant now.
Everly was along for the dinner and we all had a great time, baby sister enjoyed the steak dinner too! I am loading up on the red meat these days thanks to mild anemia remember?
Everly grows up before sister arrives: Miss Everly is quite ready to meet her baby sister. Have I mentioned that she’s in the process of potty training herself in these last pre-big-sister days… Well she is!
We had no desire to force her to grow up any faster now that a new baby is on the way. I didn’t want to rush her to wean but she did so herself, I didn’t want to force a toddler bed but she really let us know it was indeed time and now she is adding potty training to the mix. It really blows my mind.
When looking back, I guess her pattern has always been to dive right in to the next stage when she was ready. Like when she stole noodles right off my fork one day and started her solid food journey at 7 months old.
We’ve been explaining that Baby Sister in in my belly all along and have been talking about what will happen when she gets here. While it doesn’t seem like she gives it much thought I guess she really does comprehend more than we think. And her instincts and development are pretty right on.
With all her self led transitions we’ve been a little slow to realize and have had some rough patches as a result. In the instance of potty training it’s been this constant battle of her wanting to be naked and stripping herself and then having small accidents.
The thing about her (and I guess myself also) is that when an idea is planted there is no stopping the forward motion or going back. So letting her run naked is all we could do. We are working on the big girl undies and keeping them on, she still struggles with pulling them up and down a bit but that will come with time.
Everly has had all sorts of potty success all on her own this week. One day she just asked me to help her open up the potty chair lid, I did so and walked away to finish the dishes. She sat there for a bit, peed and then came to get me so I could see it.
Yesterday she asked me to bring the potty seat out to the deck for her and she peed and pooped, several times. Today has been more potty success so it seems we are on the right path. Fingers are crossed that she doesn’t revert to non-potty-chair-use when baby arrives, but if she does that will be fine too.
Pregnancy news & updates: I am 34 weeks pregnant. Baby Sister was “sunny-side-up” (or posterior) and head down over the weekend and I am NOT dilating or effaced which is good.
We aren’t stressing over her orientation in the uterus because babies turn themselves all around even during labor for best positioning. Besides my midwife is confident even if baby stays in the same position labor wont be an issue for me. They would even attend my home birth if she was breech, so position is not an issue.
Also, with the lack if dilation and no thinning of the cervix my fleeting thoughts about labor beginning before I get to The Farm are history, for now. I was advised to lay more, to chase Everly around less and to chill with the homestead tending… but I am stubborn about these things.
My energy levels just don’t permit me to lay idle and someone has to care for Everly but I am taking it easy on the outdoor work and am tuned in to my body for signals to call it quits.
Been trying to get life to a good stopping point. That is laughable huh? There is blogging and website work for clients I want to get all squared away. The house, pets & garden all need loose ends tied up before we leave and come back with baby. My home birth kit and newborn supplies/ gear aren’t all gathered up or even purchased. I am dreaming about someone doing a meal train for us when we come home. I’d love to have some readers register here and be guest bloggers while I am on hiatus too!
I am revamping the “Updates from The Farm” page to create a hub for those of you looking for labor/ birth updates when my hiatus begins in a month. I think that is all I have to report. Now what is shaking with you this week?