Weekend Fun

Ah… the weekend. Chris is off, so we actually get to relax and hang out as a family! The only bad thing about our weekends these days is that Jonas doesn’t “get the concept” of Saturdays – no more sleeping in for us!

Friday night, Jonas cracked us up when he finally named his baby doll. You might remember seeing this little guy in pictures before – he’s a Waldorf-style doll from Nova Natural. We love their products, and this doll is no exception. He’s handcrafted, stuffed with real wool (which retains the familar scent of home and makes a soft, cuddly, comfortable-weight doll), and has a “Waldorf” face (notice the lack of real expression – Waldorf philosophy says that a doll without a permanent grin etched on its face encourages kids to role-play a wide range of emotions for their dolls, which is an important part of socio-emotional development). This baby was a gift (via giftcard 😉 ) from Yaya and Pop (aka Grandmother Nancy & Grandfather Ron) on Jonas’ first Christmas. All this time, Jonas has just referred to it as “baby” but yesterday, when I asked him the baby’s name (as I do every few months, just to see what he will say), he told us Moogie! (Pronounced like the dance “boogie”, but with an initial /m/.) 😀 There’s been a lot of fun and funny new play with Moogie ever since he got a name. Apparently, Moogie likes water but not milk, likes to play “ride the horsie” on Jonas’ knee, and always cries when he falls down. This morning, Jonas requested a “Cheese Me” with Moogie.
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Saturday morning we headed over to the Newport Aquarium. We’ve really gotten our money’s worth from that annual pass! It will expire in a few weeks, and we definitely plan to renew it. They just opened a new exhibit — “The Frog Bog” — with dozens of species of frogs. Jonas has been imitating “goggies” for a few weeks now, so it was prime time for his interest. He loved it! After we looked at lots of frogs, heard the sounds they make, and posed on a giant frog, we climbed in a big, indoor-climbing structure. If you live near here (or plan to visit 😉 ) we can’t recommend the aquarium highly enough!
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And today also marks 16 weeks of this pregnancy! I’m fully four months along – so nearly halfway there. I saw my midwife on Monday, and we heard the baby’s heartbeat (a thumping 155 bpm). Everything looks good, including the fact that I have yet to gain a single pound (very different than my pregnancy with Jonas; I was already up 9 lbs at this point!) and I’m measuring BIG (the uterus’ height should be roughly 1 centimeter per week of gestation, yet at 15 weeks I was 21 cm!). My midwife assured me that it was fine – the difference in weight gain is actually pretty common with second/subsequent pregnancies, and since we know my uterus is anteverted (tilted forward toward my belly button) it will tend to look & feel higher than “normal.” I have another appointment on August 18th, and at that visit we will schedule our anatomy scan – the “big” ultrasound that will, hopefully, give us a good predictive shot of the baby’s sex! We can’t wait to find out. 🙂 I’m ready to SHOP!
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I write uplifting women’s fiction woven with threads of faith, grace, and Southern hospitality. My blog is where I share a glimpse of my life, and I hope you’ll find the thoughts here encouraging!

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  1. Too cute!!! He is adorable with Mookie! Your belly is coming along nicely. Pat my little “neice :)” for me!! Perhaps her name can be
    *&^%$ Holly Nebel…hahah…Miss ya!

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  2. I love the belly. Isn’t it “hilarious” that your belly can grow so nicely, even when you haven’t gained a single pound! Second time around the stretching is so much easier. I think the shrinking afterwards is easier too though… so no worries. You look great!
    I love the aquarium pics too. The boy’s bathroom is decorated in frogs, turtles and misc. aquatic life- some of which have been around since my Shorter days!

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