Well, internet peoples. So, so sorry about that. I sort of lost track of time or something and haven't been lingering around these parts.
Let's see -
1. Yup - still pregnant. And pretty happy about it, although if over the winter, you'd reminded me about the hip pain so bad it made me cry earlier today AND the chafing in places I'd rather not bring up, AND the kicking of various body parts from the inside out, I might have been somewhat less gung-ho about being pregnant in July and August. However that ship has sailed, and I have new comfy sandals and a couple of cute dresses and skirts that are supposed to get me through the heat.
Whether they do, remains to be seen. Barring that, I have mastered the recipe for cold-brewed iced coffee and live a pleasant walking distance from two Baskin-Robbins, a Star*Bux AND a cute indie coffee place. Also, I will not be above taking Claire to splash in the sprinklers at the park when I have to.
2. Family is all doing well, and as of last Tuesday has grown by one more. My lovely brother and sister-in-law welcomed their second daughter into the world. Gah, she's adorable. Next time I get to hold something that little and sweet, it's gonna be my own sweet boy.
3. Claire has been growing by leaps and bounds. She's tall, like all the members of Dave's family. Like almost as tall as a three-year old. Also, she talks A LOT. What's that Mama, who's that? Narrating every waking moment of her life - sometimes making up her own songs about playing. We also transitioned her to a big-girl bed this week. She LOVES it. Of course, we made sure to make it extra lovable - with Dora sheets and the like. It's a toddler bed to start, which is perfect, since the room she's in now, she will eventually share with the boy in the crib. Nighttime in the bed has been pretty flawless the last two nights. Naptime, now there's another story. Not so much with the naps in the new bed. She's been becoming adamantly anti-nap for some time, as you know, and lately I'd been putting her in the crib and letting her play and talk to herself until she fell asleep, however long it too. Now with the bed, and being able to get up and around the room herself, it's A LOT HARDER. And of course that's not a good combo with me needing to rest a bit myself in the afternoons.
If you have any suggestions for getting a big girl to nap, please share them. She still needs to nap, since she's usually a big mess if she doesn't.
Further news in the big-girl department - she's starting summer camp this week. For three mornings a week, she will be hanging out at a local private school. I can't wait for her to love it. I know the transition will be rough. She's always been a mama's girl, and I've loved having the two years together we've had, but I know she's going to love school, she loves other kids, she loves art and water play and all the things her program includes. I just hope she doesn't cry the whole time!
Now, what about you? What have you been up to?