I've briefly talked about having an insta-family (and them having me!) on the blog here. It's everything I have prayed about for a long time: finding the right person for life and starting a family. And it's happening!! One prayer right after the other is being answered. I wouldn't have it any other way, but I must remind myself when there are kinks in the road... they were bound to happen.
For all intents and purposes, Joel and I are newlyweds. Most couples relish this time to ease into life together as one unit. Most couples take that first year or two of marriage to find out their spouses secret quirks... Most couples- well, I guess we're just not most couples. We're going through this phase on top of also being parents to Huck and this little baby that will arrive very soon. We take as much time for our relationship as we possibly can, but, as we all know, time is limited. Joel is wonderful. One thing I need to remember? All this change isn't just happening to me. It's a huge transition for the male counterpart. I try to see things from his perspective (when I remember to do so!), and not just from my 8 and a half months pregnant perspective. And, not to be outdone, this is a transition for Huck.
Huck keeps asking when the baby will get here. Last night, he approached me and touched my belly.
"Can you take him out of your tummy tomorrow? I want him to come see me play soccer this weekend," he requested.
"No, sweetheart, he probably won't come tomorrow. But, he'll be here soon."
“Do you know there will be three penises in this house?” he said matter-of-factly, almost as a warning, then continued, “and only one vagina.”
I can only imagine how bringing a child into the world is a lot for any marriage, not to mention a new one. So, I'm trying to prepare for this newborn as best I can now in hopes of dodging some chaos once he arrives.
One thing I am trying to do beforehand to help the household run smoothly is get organized. I guess this is nothing new. Nesting is the age old concept. It comes instinctively at this stage of pregnancy, I would assume. I've never had a stronger urge to declutter and get organized. There is a good amount of baby gear coming in right now. What are your tips for preparation? And any sage advise for this transition? Luckily, I have a whole girl squad going through this stage of life, too, but love hearing a wide range of opinions.
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No words! This kid played so hard he passed out holding his heart balloon... and wouldn't let go. ❤️Thank you, Aunt Jordyn @jlove_____ for his balloon (and being the best auntie)! We ❤❤️❤you!
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