Monday, July 21, 2014

Lydia's Birthday in Pictures

 I am heading to bed after a wonderful day of celebrating my beautiful little girl turning 2. Here are some snap shots of all the fun we had celebrating with dear friends and family.

First, we have Baby #2 perched on Baby #3. It is one of Lydia's favorite spots, and right now, its pretty roomy.

Here is Lydia's cupcake. The theme of the night was ladybugs for our Lydi-bug.

She was both perplexed and impressed by everyone singing "Happy Birthday" to her.

Eating homemade ice cream with Nana!

Shep and I had to do most of the unwrapping. Lydia just watched attentively. I'm guessing next year she'll be digging in!

It wouldn't be a Gensic party without Shepherd disrobing at some point and running into the room in just his underwear. Apparently, he suddenly really needed to put on his Batman shirt, but he couldn't find it.

Lydia made Donna read all of the cards to her!

All girl.

Lydia LOVED her new stroller from Mamm and Pap. She immediately strapped in her new doll from Aunt Marcy, and from that point onward, she didn't pay much attention to anything but walking her baby.

Both kids were taken with the Minnie Mouse doll. They are cuties.
Thank you to everyone who made the day special! It can be really depressing having BJ at school for two weeks at a time, but it is a huge comfort to have our friends and family around us on the big days!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

For all the family who has sort of missed out on this pregnancy because BJ and I live close to exactly no one in our family tree, here's the view at 5 weeks-to-go.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Six Thoughts At Five Weeks To Go

I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has gone, but here we are again with the finish line of a pregnancy well within sight. So as I did with Shepherd and Lydia's pregnancies, here are a few thoughts swirling through my head.

1. I've always heard that no pregnancy is like the first. This statement has always been meant to convey that the first is somehow more special or fun. That is not my experience. While the first does have the intrigue of the unknown, subsequent pregnancies don't lack any of the joy. Yes, number three is less suspenseful, but it is no less blessed. I actually like the more relaxed ambience of this pregnancy.

2. This baby had better not come too early. BJ leaves Saturday for his two-week residency in Nashville at Lipscomb. I cannot imagine walking into a delivery room without BJ. We've done this as a team twice now, just the two of us, and I don't want to do it any other way. I figure if a strategy isn't broke, don't fix it.

3. If she does come before he gets home, she gets a time-out. Right after I'm done cuddling with her. It could take a while.

4. We are about to reenter the two-kids-in-diapers zone again. I suppose I could give Lydia a crash course in potty training over the next few weeks, but I like the wait-until-they're-super-duper-ready approach, the approach I took with potty training Shepherd. Here's why I'm in that particular school of potty training: I have a potty trained boy in my house, and yet my couch has never been peed on. This is one of the great success stories of my adult life. So once again, if a strategy isn't broke...

5. If you want the secret to staying cool during a summer pregnancy, here it is: Spend the hottest hours of the day in your kids' kiddy pool with them. It pretty much makes everybody happy.

6. And last but not least, I've mentioned before on this blog what a shock this pregnancy was to both BJ and myself. Now I've had 35 weeks to get used to the idea, and I still find myself shocked. I'm starting to think that when I sit in the audience watching this daughter walk across the stage to get her high school diploma, I'll still be shaking my head going, "I can't believe you exist. But don't get me wrong. I'm really glad you exist."

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Shep's Confusing Morning

This past Sunday, BJ and I kept our neighbor's 2-year-old daughter. Due to some work scheduling changes, he needed a babysitter for Sundays. She was dropped off at around 7:00, so when Shepherd crawled out of bed 45 minutes later, he was surprised to see a little girl he'd never met on the couch. So he came into the kitchen where I was preparing breakfast and asked, "Mommy, did the baby come out of your belly last night?" Suffice it to say, he hasn't quite figured out this whole having-a-baby thing yet.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thoughts leading up to Father's Day...

Father's Day snuck up on me this year, so I had to rely on gift cards and Hallmark to get the job done. However, this Father's Day weekend has me thinking a lot about parenting and the man who raised me. My dad and I are a lot alike. My parenting is very much a reflection of his parenting throughout my childhood. So here are just a few things about my father for which I am deeply grateful. Happy Father's Day, Dad (Pap)! 

1. My dad always made me feel like he felt lucky to have me. Every kid should be as aware as he made me that their mere existence is a blessing.

2. He gave up vices for our family's sake. During BJ's years in ministry, we've seen some fathers who were unwilling or unable to do the same, so I've become extra aware of how lucky I was to be the daughter of this particular man. Case in point: when BJ asked me why my Dad gave up snuff, all I had to say was, "Because I asked him to."

3. He's a real sport about Lydia. If you've ever been around Lydia, you know that she isn't that friendly to most people. Dad finds her constant rebuffs funny and loves her anyways.

4. He can laugh at himself. And he does. Frequently.

5. He says sweet prayers for his family everyday.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

What Not to Say to Your 6 Months Pregnant Wife

As I climb into the van on our way to the beach:

BJ: Well, I see we packed the beach ball.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Future Parenting Technique

One day, when Shepherd and Lydia are fighting and frustrated with each other, I'm going to remind them of how they used to take pretend "naps" together. They passed an hour this evening "snoring" next to each other.