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Baby Alice is liking her room, and looked sweet coming home from the hospital in my mom’s vintage doll dresses. I used to wear them too as a baby. It was so fun to dress her up for the very first time. She’s settling in, and we are keeping a close eye on her overly loving siblings.
I figured at 38 weeks pregnant it was time to take a few maternity photos before I run out of time! This pregnancy was a little different than my others. I took a pregnancy test in preparation for my wisdom tooth removal which was negative so we were all set to go. Got my tooth removed, and didn’t react well to the pain meds and was sick for a couple of days. Then Christmas came, and my brother in law married the cutest girl ever, and I was still feeling a little queasy off and on and took another test – which was negative. I attributed the queasiness to flu season and wrote it off.
Pregnancy no.4 Cravings: Around new years I was craving ruffles and sour cream and onion dip and basically anything super salty and my friend Jaime laughed and kept telling me to go get another test. Taking three kids out is a hassle so I just never went. Then one day she finally talked me into it and came over so our kids could play, and made me take my test which was positive right away. I called my Dr immediately because I was concerned about having my wisdom teeth removed while being pregnant, and found out that he had passed away unexpectedly that morning of a heart attack caused by a blood clot at age 57. Dr Baxter was my doctor for the past 12 years and delivered all three of my other kids and will be greatly missed.
How I told David: After I stopped bawling in shock about my Dr passing away, Jaime suggested we should think of a fun way to tell David; so we decided to send him pictures of groups of things in fours and see if he got it. I sent pictures of: 4 pears, 4 barbies, 4 pillows, 4 pencils, and 4 baby shoes, and he didn’t think anything of it. So finally I just had to tell him.
Telling our kids: They were even more excited than I thought they would be. Except for our middle child. He was 3 at the time. We told them at dinner and he started crying uncontrollably. We couldn’t figure out why, and I finally realized that I had said, ” Guess what guys!? We’re getting a new baby!” And he was upset that we were going to be getting rid of his little brother and getting a different baby instead. Whoops. After we explained my mistake he was really excited and insisted that it was a girl. Turns out he was right.
So I started working on the blank planner page below last week to meet my needs as the littles go back to school. As I was finishing up, I found these adorable Whitney English planners that are in Target stores now! Run, don’t walk if you want one. My Target was already sold out of lots of them. The Whitney English by Blue Sky one is amazing, and such a great price, she has really thought of everything!
And if you are like me and have lots of small people to tag along and maybe can’t make it to the store (it’s not sold online), feel free to grab the free weekly planner printables below! There are two different styles, and two colors as well in case you are out of color ink (….guilty). Just fill in the dates for the week and all the fun things you have going on.
So I decided to make good on my last post about spending more creative time with my munchkins. And I realized that having a stool by my chair at my drawing table would probably be a good way to keep this little man from drinking his paint and eating his crayons (well one out of two isn’t bad…). It worked out well this morning and I’m thinking I may even invest in a few ikea stools with backs like these so I don’t have to worry about him wiggling off.
This is his usual face when I’m wrangling him around my studio. He got a lot happier when he was sitting by me and we were both coloring. We encourage the time saving “two handed coloring” method. Deadlines people! Always deadlines. Might as well train them young.
Anyone have any tips for drawing with littles?
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