Like I said in my last entry, this past weekend was really really nice. From Thursday (not really the weekend I know but I still want to talk about it) until Sunday we were barely home at all. Thursday was supposed to be our second soccer game of the season but it ended up being rained out. We didn't want to stay home and we still wanted to do something fun with Nathan so we decided to take Nathan, Austin, and Averi to TCBY for some yogurt. The week before we had taken the boys to DQ and let me tell you they don't have anything for people with gestational diabetes. From here on out, TCBY will be our ice cream place. It is healthier anyway. After our yogurt we headed over to Averi's house (my cousins home) and we didn't end up getting home until bedtime. Wayyyy past bedtime actually. The kids always have a total blast at Averi's because for one they totally love her and for two her house is HUGE and the boys love the space (so do we!).
Friday night we had even more fun with a picnic in the park with the boys. It was SO BEAUTIFUL outside. Daddy and the boys got a chance to fly their new HUGE Styrofoam airplane. Boy was that fun to do and to watch! I was the proudest and happiest mom watching my three boys together. Stupid me forgot our camera (GASP!!!!!!!), I am still upset about that. Maybe this coming weekend I can get some good pics of the boys playing with daddy and the airplane. It really was the CUTEST. THING. EVER. Especially Nathan and Daddy, Nathan really LOVED it. Austin kinda got bored with it and would have rather had Nathan playing on the park equipment with him. Austin was pretty happy about mommy playing with him though while Nathan and Daddy did their thing. Between the picnic, airplane fun, and park fun, I think we ended up being at the park for a good 3 hours. We really lucked out with beautiful weather. We got home on Friday night just in time for bedtime again.
Saturday was a BIG DAY for us. A very big day. Saturday morning was Nathan's FIRST OFFICIAL swimming lesson at the YMCA. He did SO SO SO AWESOME. He wasn't scared at all and didn't cry one tear. He just totally loved it!
The only challenge was trying to convince him that he had to wait for the class before his to get done before he could get in. We are so proud of him. We think he is really going to love his swimming lessons.
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We really think the informal lessons he had through his preschool really helped to prepare him for these REAL lessons. We are really excited for him! He ended up going under water and held his breathe with no problem during the first lesson. We also hope to get Austin into the same time slot on the same day, only different age group. We should find out this week if Austin can join him on Saturday for swimming lessons.
Saturday was also spent doing a lot of housework and yard work. On Saturday after I got some work done around the house, I ended up visiting my grandma for awhile. My aunt who lives with her and takes care of her is in the hospital so we have all been trying to help my grandma out and trying our best to keep her company. Right after visiting with my maternal grandmother, me, Kevin, and the boys all headed over to my paternal grandparents house for a birthday party and barbecue. It was a really nice time, minus my horrible stomach cramps. No more sugar free chocolate for me. No thank you. I was in SO MUCH PAIN the entire time we were supposed to be having fun. I tried my best but I know I wasn't exactly myself during the festivities on Saturday. Just like Thursday and Friday, we didn't end up getting home until bedtime on Saturday night.
Here are a couple sweet pictures from Sat night --
Nathan just can't believe HE gets to blow out Grandpa's birthday candles, he's like, "Are you sure dude that you don't want to blow them out?!"
Grandpa and boys watering the garden, TOTAL SWEETNESS.
The boys having fun with daddy on Saturday night.
(I just LOVE LOVE LOVE their happy HAPPY faces in the one above. Daddy was walking with a good 80 plus pounds of weight in the pics above)
Sunday was a pretty busy day for us as well. Sunday morning, Nathan decided he wanted us all to make Haley some cards. He was SO EXCITED and it was SO CUTE of him.
Here is the creation that Nathan came up with. He spelled and wrote the words all by himself.
Inside the card
Here is Austin's creation, we helped him out with the letters, he knows all his letters but doesn't quite know how to write them. Ok, he doesn't write at all, he's only two but yeah he rocks at knowing all his letters and numbers. He ended up just doing his thing with the crayons and markers.
Mommy's creation for Haley.
Um yeah, I love stickers.
And last but certainly not least, here is Daddy's creation for his daughter.
(The rose that he drew for Haley is the same rose he drew for me in every single letter he wrote to me while we were long distance dating. I always loved it SO MUCH.)
After making the cards, we headed right over to my maternal grandma's house again, the one I mentioned seeing on Saturday. We had a really nice time eating lunch with her and the boys always love going over there. Her and I have always been very very close so anytime I get to see her is a wonderful thing. I especially love seeing my boys with her.
We ended up visiting with her for several hours on Sunday. A really wonderful time.
Over the weekend I had planned on buying my FIRST items for Haley but as you can tell we were pretty busy with everything else so I wasn't able to get in my Haley shopping until last night. I thought the day we found out we were having a girl I would go out and by at least something but I never got around to it for whatever reason. I remember the days we found out Nathan and Austin were boys, I went out right away to get boy stuff. Just kinda something to remember even more so the days we found out the gender news. I wanted my FIRST OFFICIAL purchase for Haley to be a Cabbage Patch Doll, I can't tell you how much I adore CPD's. I was more excited to buy a CPD than a dress. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that my Cabbage Patch Doll growing up was without a doubt my most beloved childhood item and a doll you can get years and years of enjoyment out of, whereas a dress you just wear and stain up lol.
Don't get me wrong, I was excited to buy some girl clothes but I was more eager to find the PERFECT doll. My mom and I had a really nice time last night. We went out for dinner and then did some shopping. Actually in between dinner and shopping we went out to the cemetery to put some flowers on my dad's grave and her dad's grave. Pretty powerful and bittersweet.
We ended up going to three different stores trying to find THE doll but no such luck. I won't buy it unless it's perfect and speaks to me. A while ago, I did find the perfect CPD, but I got it for a local friend here when I found out she was having a girl. It was SO PERFECT, I just loved it. The cutest darn face, brown hair and green eyes. It reminded me a lot of the doll I had growing up and of myself as a little girl. I have a feeling it will be a long hunt for the perfect CPD. A good and long one.
My mom ended up getting Haley her FIRST pink outfit
(Please excuse the horrible lighting in the pictures. It's a really cute 3 piece outfit. Pink footie pants, a flowered long sleeved onesie, and a darling hooded jacket. It is perfect for November weather!)
I got Haley her FIRST sage green outfit. You know I am all about sage green!
(Both outfits are 3-6 months in size but look HUGE. I don't normally buy many 0-3 months clothes because I have big babies, both Nathan and Austin were 9 plus pounds and babies grow out of newborn clothes so darn fast anyway.)
I just love the detail that goes into girls clothing, SOOOOO not used to it as a mom of two boys. BTW, I am waiting until it's closer to fall to buy Haley a dress. The ones out right now are just too summer like for a winter baby. But yeah it will be fun to buy her first dress.
It was REALLY bizarre being in the girls section for MY DAUGHTER. I had to keep remembering that I was in the girls section for MY BABY. I am used to only going into the girls section for daughters of friends of mine. I think we are still in shock to be honest with you. I don't think I will FULLY believe it really is Haley until we have at least one more ultrasound to confirm it lol.
It's been pretty busy lately and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
So truly blessed.
Gotta go, it's Tuesday which means Averi will be here any minute now!