Time for a quick life update during what is always a busy time of year--and this time of year, even more so!
Lilly turned 6 in April, and I have to say that so far, I love 6. Lilly is as inquisitive as ever. She's a lot of fun to have conversations with as she has a wonderful sense of humor and can quickly pick up on sarcasm. Lilly has just started bringing chapter books home from school, so last night after Jack and Hannah went to sleep, Lilly and I planted ourselves on my bed so I could listen to her proudly read to me about Little Bear and his Dad. She is a huge help to me around the house, and in looking after the younger two children, especially Hannah. As soon as Lilly comes home from school in the afternoons, Hannah disappears from my side. She adores Lilly; she follows Lilly around and plays dress ups with her and lets Lilly do her hair. Lilly can put Hannah on the swing or help her climb the rope ladder on the swing set in the backyard. Watching their little relationship develop is really special, especially when I catch a glimpse of them snuggling in Lilly's bed together in the morning or sharing a bean bag while they watch a show.
|Lilly's tennis tournament at Hunt Ridge!|
Jack is thriving at school. He loves his teachers and he loves his work. We have discovered that Jack really loves learning about the world. He has been learning all about the maps of different continents. When he brought home his map of Europe a few weeks ago, he could tell us the name of every country in Europe, without a single word written on the map. It's remarkable! Now he's moved on to Asia. He still loves his trucks but at the moment, he really loves dinosaurs. He plays with them in his room and falls asleep with them in his bed. He reads books about dinosaurs given any opportunity. It's a very sweet phase, and reminds me so much of when Edward was little and would take his dinosaurs everywhere.
And Hannah. Where do I even begin?! Hannah and I spend a lot of time together these days while the other two are at school. She narrates the morning away, asking questions about everything we're doing and seeing. She "helps" with all the laundry and cleaning, especially the past few weeks while I've been doing some serious nesting. Hannah's hair keeps getting blonder and curlier. Her smile lights up a room--and she knows it! She loves playing with her dolls, especially the babies and will come up to me and say things like, "Mom, is your baby coming out soon?" and "Mom, when will your baby come out to play with me?" I can't wait to see Hannah as a big sister.
|Happy to be awake on a Sunday morning :)|
|Doing what she does best. Finding the monkey at Trader Joe's!|
|This is how these three pass the time...legos in the basement is always popular.|
|When Lilly wasn't feeling well one afternoon, Jack and Hannah tucked her into bed and then tucked her new American Girl doll, Samantha, into her bed next to her. Sweet little things.|
I had a doctor's appointment today and hopefully won't make it to my next one, which is two days after my due date. Mum and Dad arrive in NYC from Italy tomorrow and then the countdown is really on. We can't wait to see who this little one is!
|37 weeks...so my stomach is even bigger now, if that's possible!!|