So I figured half way in it was about time to start one :)
I cannot wait to see everyone's halloween pics. We haven't really done halloween before but we live in a neighborhood now that is full of families so I guess I should come up with something? I would love to steal ideas from anyone that has something super easy and cheap lol.
we have been either sick or traveling. I was able to go home to see my parents and siblings and grandparents for an extended weekend last weekend. I loved it because.....DD did not cry AT ALL in the car. seriously this is crazy that before I would have a screaming kid in 10 min or less and now, she just quietly falls asleep. This is how she does everything too. One day it is just not happening, then the next she just does it and doesn't look back. on the one hand it is nice and on the other it just makes me realize how quickly kids grow up. I will take the quiet car rides, my whole world has expanded. love it. sorry if that is a repeat, it is that big lol.
dd still has to be worn or held/nursing for going to sleep. it is draining but it means that she for sure sleeps and it is better than crying for hours. now that she sleeps in the car I can time outings for nap time too in the morning. i think the hardest is figuring it out at night. she starts wanting to go to sleep around 7:30 and nurses on and off until 10:30. Lately she has been waking up fully to play around nine and then going back to sleep around 10:30. she still nurses short amts throughout the night but that is just an easy latch her on and fall asleep thing so that works for me. DS co-slept and nursed until he was 2. he started sleeping in a bed beside ours at 2 and night weaned himself then was out of our room and in his own at 2.5. the kid never looked back. he will come in our room sleep walking if he is sick but sleeps best in his own bed ever since night weaning.
I am really enjoying being a mommy of two. It feels full of enough excitement but manageable. I think often of our next children but I feel content to just enjoy mine right now for a while.
on a completely different note...my sister is in africa, mozambique, until december doing missions. she left in june and i miss her a ton. she has been battling malaria and has seen a lot more sadness than I think any of us realized was possible. she has a cute little girl at the clinic at her compound that was born when all of our lo's were and this little girl is a firecracker and almost crawling. it gives my sister a way to feel connected to my DD. this is the sister who came and stayed with us when DD was born. i miss her a lot but I am proud of what she is doing. december 11 can't come soon enough!
oh and my SIL is now 38wks with her second baby. she has a 19 mo old girl and is going to have a boy this time. we aren't super close but it is fun to think about a new little baby in the family and they are only a couple of hours away since they are staying with her parents for a couple of years while her DH is deployed on various trips with the military. a long complicated story but she decided she needed help and they offered their home. BIL will most likely be able to be there for the birth and will definitely afterward which was not what they originally thought so I am so happy for them!