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A Quiet Day

12 Sep

exploring

It’s been a quiet day. I love the way our weekly rhythm balances out — a busy day with errands and mom group, then a slow day at home. I definitely believe in the importance of balancing busy days, especially with little ones. A chill day at home makes going out much easier and is a nice recovery from all the outside sights and sounds.

I also really enjoyed doing a lot of observing today. Sitting on the floor, drinking a cup of tea, just watching Charlie play with blocks and dig through his treasure basket. Kylie over at How We Montessori wrote a wonderful post on observing your children that I love. It’s so easy to do a chore here and there, check the internet, etc while happy play is going on, and before you know it you’ve missed some great chances to enjoy new discoveries and see through little eyes.

Oh, and yes, in case you are wondering, lately I’ve been diving headfirst into learning more about Montessori. So many of the principles align with things I love and think are important, and the more I read the more I see how well it fits our family. I’ve been enjoying reading about Waldorf methods as well, especially for younger ages. My favorite parenting book, Simplicity Parenting, draws from both methods and is a great resource for minimizing a lot of the stress that can go along with parenting in a culture of noise and “more, more more.”

It’s funny how you don’t think much about the rhythm of your days or the little philosophies in the things you do before you have a baby, but as they grow you start to slowly chip away and discover the kind of parent you are. And as in life, every season is different; every child is different. What works now may not work in the future, or for every family. But I am thoroughly enjoying discovering the kind of mama I am, and the kind of child that we have right now.

Pregnancy Update – 18 Weeks

27 Jul

 

Now that I’m solidly into my second trimester, I’d wanted to start doing regular preggo updates. I always enjoyed reading them on Ashley’s blog, Our Little Apartment, so I’m following the same format. The above photo is a rather low-quality one from my work MacBook camera, but starting next week I’m hoping I can get some better photos each week.

How far along? 18 weeks (and 3 days)

How big is baby? Mango-sized!

Total weight gain: +10 lbs.

Maternity Clothes? This past week I went into full maternity-clothing buying mode, as I now only have one pair of pants left that fits comfortably without the aid of the “rubber band trick” or my bella band. I just got a few things, including this dress from ASOS, some fun tops from Shade Clothing, and a pair of jeans from Gap (hooray for summer sales). Hopefully they’ll keep my wardrobe filled for quite a while.

Stretch marks? None yet — hoping they hold off for as long as possible!

Sleep: Now that I’ve realized when I wake up in the middle of the night, I need to actually get up and go to the restroom, it hasn’t been too bad. I’ve been having really vivid/crazy dreams, which is usually fun, but also means it’s a bad idea to watch or read anything remotely scary before bedtime.

Movement: I first felt some really subtle movement at around 15 weeks, but this is the first week where it’s been much more pronounced. I have a hard time not giggling every time I feel it, and I can’t wait for even more distinct kicks!

Food cravings: Peaches! They’ve been a pretty consistent one, but lately I feel like I could eat them by the galloon. I made a big batch of homemade peach ice cream last night and I can’t wait to devour a big bowl tonight.

What I miss: Laying on my stomach! I know, already? I just never realized how often I lay on my stomach (especially at the beach) until it was something I couldn’t do anymore.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out whether we’re having a girl or boy! Our first ultrasound is next week, and I’m so excited to know what this baby is, as well as to actually see the Wee Baby Jones moving around!

Milestones: First maternity clothing purchases (see above)…and also starting to be a ton hungrier. Mr. Jones refers to my ginormous appetite as “feeding the machine.”

Oh, and THIS: I feel like I’ve been obsessing over random things lately. I think some of it has to do with the fact that there’s a lot I can’t plan for right now, so I’m getting a bit OCD about the things I can plan for. Example: how we’ll discover the gender next week. I want to do something fun (and not find out in the  doctor’s office), so I’ve been trying to come up with something that’s not too complicated but still very “Jones.” I think I finally have a good idea, but you’ll just have to wait until next week…

More Than Just Lucky

21 Jun

Wow. So it’s been, erm, a while. But I actually have an excuse that is better than just “things have been crazy.” In fact, I even made a little video to tell you about it…

Lucky from toWales on Vimeo.

Hooray! We are beyond thrilled, and are so thankful for this blessing (it’s taken a lot longer to get here than we thought it would). We will most likely be having the baby in Wales, and although it’s strange to think that we’ll be in a different country, Wales (and the UK in general) have wonderful birth statistics and are big supporters of natural birth. We also have good friends there who we know will offer us a great deal of support over there and our families are already saving to come visit!

The first trimester has gone by so quickly, and I’m enjoying having more energy. Especially because this afternoon, we’re heading down to the Florida Keys for a little mini-vacation with some friends. I’ve never been there and am so looking forward to it!

I still have a bit of catching up to do on this blog — my brother got married last weekend and we had a great time in Michigan celebrating with them, so I have some fun pictures to share with you when we get back from the Keys.

Oh, and just for fun:

1. Yes, the baby will be a US citizen (you have to be a UK citizen or “settled” in the UK for your child to have UK citizenship).

2. Yes, we plan to find out the gender — we figure we have enough up in the air right now and happy to have one less “unknown.”

3. No, I can’t buy any of the “big” baby things until we get over to Wales, and yes, as a Type A Organizer, I definitely have to let go a little and just shrug, knowing that God will take care of everything once we get there.

4. Our estimated due date is December 25th, which we definitely got a kick out of — but we won’t be shocked if we end up with a January baby.

5. Midwifery care is seriously the best. I’m so grateful for fun, relaxed appointments and hearing our baby’s heartbeat right on my very own couch.

6. I do plan to take semi-regular photos to document the fun belly-growing, but it’s proving to be a lot harder to keep up with than I thought it would! Major props to those people who manage to take a photo at regular intervals in the same outfit/same location during their pregnancies.

7. Shrimp Tempura sushi and raspberries. Lots and lots of raspberries.

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