Thinking About: How the heck I'm going to balance errands with a toddler and a newborn?! With Gabriel being potty trained the time spent in each store has
Reading: Still working through the Christian Natural Childbirth book and hoping to start BabyWise soon so I don't wind up having a baby waking 10+ times a night between the ages of 6mo-10mo. On that note, I should add to the 'thinking about' that I'm
Listening To: Getting reacquainted with the sounds of our house, listening to Gabriel gleefully play with his "new"old toys as well as explore our back and front year. The birds chirping in the morning is a sweet change from the horns of the destroyers docked across the bay startling me awake every morning while living in Japan. It's also nice listening to the silence- we lived right next to the busy highway in Yokosuka and now we're back in our quaint neighborhood. I know I have done a lot of complaining about being home but there really are things I do enjoy here more; please remind me of this when I start rambling otherwise.
Watching: Baby moving in my belly! I've been able to see little kicks here and there for some time but being 30weeks they are getting to be far more obvious and impossible to ignore. I imagine the rolling movement will start soon.
Along with listening to Gabriel squeal and talk about his new surroundings I've enjoyed watching him explore every inch of our house and yard again. Everything is so interesting to him, he's really loved helping out in the yard with picking rocks, pulling weeds, digging holes, filling holes, mixing cement, you name it he is there with a smile! How do we bottle up this willingness to work and do chores so we can marinate him in it later?!
Thankful For: Friends and family who have been so eager to see us but also very patient and full of grace towards me and my 'transition' time. After taking a really chill week and super slow weekend compared to our first one back home, I think I'm finally making progress towards navigating my way back to our new normal.
Gabe is still trying to take a nap around 9:30-10am which has a little to do with jet lag I am sure but also because he wakes up at 6am (goes to be at 7pm and even if he goes to be later he is still up at 6am). It wouldn't be that big of a deal but usually 9am is the earliest stores open and other friends can/want to hangout because they aren't crazies like us and rise with the sun. If you're someone who's up for 7/8am playdates hit me up, PLEASE!
This one is silly but I'm also thankful for have my thriving Kombucha back. I posted a picture of my gorgeously creamy and healthy scoby on instagram recently, I just could never accomplish that in Japan! I don't' know if it was the water, the climate, my starting scoby or what! My tummy is just really happy to be getting those wonderfully tasty probiotics again!
Wishing: That my energy doesn't deplete too fast in the next 10 weeks. Chris finished the retaining wall for the vegetable garden so I need to get busy on planting my seeds! I filled some pots with herb seeds a couple days ago and I hope Gabriel's tampering hasn't made too much of a fuss for those little guys. I'm also halfway done with refinishing my craft hutch to match the downstairs so I can get my crafting moved from Gabriel's soon-to-be room to the family room that is transitioning into my crafting space. More energy or at least not losing any more would be very nice but totally wishful thinking, hence why it's under 'wishing.'
Also wishing you all have a fabulous week! Happy Monday!