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I am linking up with some fellow bloggers today to show you this years Halloween costumes.  For us, Halloween was a three day event and I’m exhausted and glad that it is now over.  Enjoy the photos!

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My mom always hand made our Halloween costumes growing up.  I really think that’s the way to go.  My favorite year was when I was a princess on a horse. I dressed up as a princess and had an actual sewn and stuffed horse I fit into the middle of. I wish I had a picture of that to share! I’m just not a big fan of store bought costumes. This year I went back on forth as to what Sebastian should dress up as.  I came really close to buying a store bought costume.  Not a ton of creativity or energy in this very pregnant lady.  Then I came up with this costume idea and we already had most of the stuff.

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The hat I bought off Amazon, the suspenders are from his first birthday and we made the fire extinguisher.  The badge was printed off google images, laminated with tape and pinned on.  The boots we already had, I just put silver duct tape around the top.  We also have a firefighter jacket (my inspiration for the costume), but for the first two events at over 80 degrees, there was no way he was wearing it.  Yay for home-made!  Sebastian got to meet Sparky the dog at our first Halloween even on Saturday.  The first thing he did was walk straight up to him and give him a big hug.

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We couldn’t leave Sawyer out of the fun.  He was dressed as Sebastian’s dalmatian puppy.

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On Halloween we went truck or treating at the fire station. This was perfect because it’s really close to my house and we only stayed about 30 minutes. img_5321  img_5332  img_5345  img_5353  img_5419

Sebastian’s firefighter friend met us there.
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He definitely liked this whole candy getting business.  Somehow I got away with him only eating two pieces of candy that night.

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The first two years my mother-in-law made Sebastian his Halloween costumes.  Here’s a look back.

Sebastian’s first Halloween 2014, he got two costumes.  The cutest little puppy and Sebastian Vettle a famous Formula 1 driver.

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Halloween 2015 we dressed up as one big bee/ladybug family.  We were the talk of the town trick or treating downtown. ul3a1411-e1446658579828  ul3a1435-e1446728612231

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I have wanted to go to our towns Balloon Festival since we moved to North Carolina. I’ve always had a thing for hot air balloons and just think they are so cool.  A friend of ours mom is on the board for the festival and they were able to get us free tickets for the weekend and VIP parking. I am so thankful for these because with all the baby expenses coming up, there was no way we would have been able to buy tickets this year.

 

We went on Saturday with our friends and hung out enjoying the festival with them.  We ate some greasy festival food (and a funnel cake..mmm), listened to music, walked through the big balloon and watched the kids play.  It was too windy to do the balloon launch and we decided not to stay for the balloon glow after dark.

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With my cheeky smile in this next one, I’m definitely noticing the pregnancy weight gain in my face.

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Since we didn’t get to see the launch on Saturday, Matt, Sebastian and I went back Sunday afternoon.  The weather was beautiful.  We let Sebastian play on the blow up slides, ate some ice cream, watched the tethered balloons go up and down and then found a spot on the hill for the mass ascension.  It was really exciting getting to see the balloons blow up right in front of you and take off.  We really enjoyed it!

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Waving bye to one of the balloons. balloonfest13  balloonfest14  balloonfest15  balloonfest16

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This boy can be total sweetness, but I will have to say he had an appropriate shirt on for the day “Little Monster”.  You can’t tell from the pictures (especially with the sweet face he’s giving in this one) but he definitely had a decent amount of whiney, mad moments throughout the festival.balloonfest23

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We have been doing all the fall things this year and it’s been wonderful.  If you missed it, the first fall thing we did a couple weeks ago was go to a little pumpkin stand with some friends to get family pictures (and pumpkins).  You can see that post here. Tomorrow we are planning on going to the Carolina Hot Air Balloon Festival and I’m so excited.  I have wanted to go every year since we moved here and haven’t made it yet.  Look for a blog post on that next week because I’ll definitely be taking my professional camera!

 

A couple weeks ago my parents came to town for the weekend.  We were supposed to go to Myrtle beach in SC, but Hurricane Matthew went in our place.  So everyone came to my house.  While they were here, we went to a local pumpkin patch because they were having grandparents weekend where grandparents got in free.  I took a couple pictures but didn’t really get any with my parents or my sister in them. Total fail.  You can also see I’m not in any of these pictures. Always the photographer, never the subject. (Unless I shove the camera in Matt’s hand).  Here are the few I did get.

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Sebastian really enjoyed this corn box.  It was even better that he found this truck to play with. patterson_17  patterson_20  patterson_24

Well, I guess I did get one (washed out) pic with Nana and Pop pop.  Once the wagon was filled though, there were so many people that our knees were touching the knees of the people in front of us so no other pictures were possible.

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Last weekend we continued our fall outings by going to a hay maze with some friends.  This maze is 5 minutes from my house and I had no idea it was there until we happened to drive past it on a street we don’t normally drive down.

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Sebastian’s best friend Sarah and her parents met us there.  These two always have such a blast together!  They loved these rolling tubes. They did a good job of coordinating their outfits before they came.haymaze06  haymaze07  haymaze08

Entering the hay maze.  This is mid-October and the weather was (is) still in the 80s.

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The kids were done a little over half way through, so daddy shoulders to the rescue!

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Wish we had a corn box at home!  Sebastian loved these!

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I’m going to be just a little bit sad when fall is over.  Luckily there are so many things this winter to look forward to.  A new baby and Christmas!

 

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One of my friends is hosting a few blog link ups this month and I’m planning on participating in a couple of them.  When she announced she was starting a children’s book club link up (that went right along with my plans for preschool activities with Sebastian), I knew I couldn’t pass it up.  I love reading books with Sebastian and it’s even more fun to find activities to go along with the books.  You can find the post about our apple activities here.

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This months book is Room on the Broom.  I bought the book for $5 on Amazon just so I could participate in this challenge and I’m so glad I did, it’s such a cute book and has become an instant bedtime favorite.  It’s the first book he asks to read every night now and last night he started reading a lot of the words right along with me.  His other favorite seasonal book right now is Scaredy Cat Splat.

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1.  Reading the book

Before I started activities, we spent several nights reading and introducing the book.  I was surprised when Sebastian was able to answer my questions about what animal found the hat and the bow and the wand after only the second time of reading the book.  Reading comprehension is so important so I try to ask questions about the books we read during and after reading.  He has such a great little memory!

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2. Dot marker pictures

I just recently discovered that Sebastian can use a dot marker correctly, so since then, I’ve been giving him fall themed dot marker pictures. I found a witch, a witches hat and a witches cat to go along with the story.

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3. Broom art project

Someone donated a bunch of mat boards to my school last year and I grabbed a bunch for Sebastian.  Last year every holiday we would make some sort of hand print, foot print or holiday themed pictures.  It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these and when I saw this cute little hand print broom on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to recreate it.

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4. Room on the Broom snack

Sebastian has been crazy hungry lately and will ask me as soon as I pick him up from daycare for snacks until dinnertime.  For a couple of the afternoons, I made sure to have these cute little broom snacks.

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5. www.roomonthebroom.com

While searching on Pinterest, I found that the book has it’s own website.  Some of the activities on there are too hard for my 2 and a half year old (next year!), but found a memory matching game (we’ve been doing a lot of these lately), a coloring sheet and an i-spy sheet.

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6.  Room on the Broom Movie

Last year (and this year before I heard of the link up), Sebastian and I watched Room on the Broom on Netflix.  It’s such a cute movie and keeps him completely engaged the whole time.  I snapped this shot when he got up to go grab a pillow.

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I can’t believe it’s already been a month since my last update.  Baby Sawyer will be here in 8 weeks or less.  I’m starting to feel a bit anxious in general.  I think a lot of that is from having everything ready for baby but still feeling the need to nest.  I have all this nesting energy and nowhere to release it.  Let me tell you, my house has never been cleaner!

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Weight Gain:  I haven’t really gained much (a couple pounds) since 28 weeks.  Thank goodness because at that point I had already gained what I gained with Sebastian in my entire pregnancy.

Symptoms:  A little bit of heart burn every now and then.  Some stretching pain.  A little bit of rib discomfort when Sawyer has a foot (or something) inside my rib cage.  A little bit of lower back pain.  Also, now that it’s socks, boots and tennis shoe season, I’m having trouble getting them on.  My stomach just doesn’t allow me to bend forward anymore.

Cravings/Aversions:  My crazy appetite I had the first two trimesters has gone away.  I feel like I’m eating like normal again.

What I am missing:  Sleeping/laying on my stomach.  Turning over in bed without difficulty.  Getting up from the floor or couch easily. Wrestling and horse playing with Sebastian.

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a squash.

Sleep:  Other then having some difficulty getting comfortable, sleep is still going well.

Workouts: I’ve been walking a lot more now that the weather is finally cooler.  There is a greenway across the street from my school that is perfect for getting in a quick walk after school, before picking up Sebastian.  One week, my sister challenged me to a Fitbit workweek hustle and I got a ton of steps that week (15,500 on one day of the challenge).  That was a great motivator!

Clothing: I’m finally able to wear more of my longer sleeve maternity clothes and long sleeve non maternity tunics. Also maternity jeans, leggings and black pants.  I’m getting really tired of my maternity jeans because I’m constantly having to pull them up in the back.

Gender: Sweet Sawyer James.  Can’t wait to meet you buddy!

Sebastian’s Reactions:  Not a lot going on here.  We will still talk about Sawyer, but he hasn’t had any new reactions.  I’m starting to wonder if he believes us that Sawyer is really coming.  We’ve been talking about the baby for months now which has to be a really long time in toddler world.  We get to do a sibling hospital tour in November but he may not be able to come to the hospital to meet Sawyer depending on if they have an under 18 year old ban because of the flu.  It will still be fun to show him the hospital so he at least knows where mommy is going to be.  The other day though, he got to meet a friends new baby and wanted to hold him but didn’t want to sit down to do it.  He just wanted to grab him like a baby doll.  We finally got him to sit down and he got to hold him and it got me really excited for when he gets to meet Sawyer.

Best moment the past couple weeks: .Spending time with my parents and one of my sisters.  They spent a weekend at our house (we were supposed to go to the beach but Hurricane Matthew).  I just love seeing Sebastian’s great relationship with them and I can’t wait to get to see them with Sawyer.

Looking Forward to:  Halloween and Thanksgiving (5 days off work).  Also more fall fun, corn mazes, trick or treating, Carolina Balloon Fest.

Movements: Sawyer’s movements have slowed down a little as he is starting to run out of room.  They are different movements then before. I’m not feeling as much flipping but I’m feeling a lot of big, sometimes almost painful movements.  He still moves a lot for me but it’s been harder to get other people to feel them.

 

At my last appointment, I got my results back from my glucose test.  I passed with flying colors.  Thank goodness because I really didn’t want to do the 3 hour test and get poked several times again.  I also found out in the last few weeks that as of the last ultrasound, Sawyer is in the 97 percentile.  They want to do another ultrasound at 37 weeks to see how big he is.  Depending on that, I could be induced at 39 weeks or if he’s over 10 pounds, I may end up having a c-section.  Sebastian was 8 pounds when he was born, so we’ll see.  My family is known for having pretty big babies.

 

You can read the 13 week update here18 week update here, 20 week update here, 24 week update here. 28 week update here.

 

 

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Sebastian was evicted from the nursery a couple months ago because soon a new little tenant is moving in.  That meant this summer was time to create Sebastian a big boy room.  I went through several themes in my head and finally decided on a camping themed room.  We’ve only gone camping twice as a family so far, but once the boys get older, we plan to go a lot. As a kid I grew up going camping out west (Rocky Mountains, Glacier, Yellowstone, Banff, etc).  We also camped a lot in locations closer to home in Indiana.  Here’s a little throwback photo for you.  I’m the little blond on the left.

 

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After cleaning out the office, pinning a ton of things on Pinterest, making a camping inspiration board, gathering items from my parents house and some online shopping, it was finally time to get to work.  We finished his room before school started but I was waiting to get a few more finishing touches (like some pictures of Sebastian and a poster framed) before I did the blog post.  Since those haven’t happened yet, I figured I’d better go ahead and get what I have done on the blog. I’m also planning a few things as gifts for Christmas to add to the room.

 

I got this sign several years ago in Rocky Mountain National Park.  It’s the perfect sign to put on the outside of his door!

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My mom and I made the curtains at the beginning of summer.  I bought the birch tree shower curtains from Bed Bath and Beyond and converted them into curtains.  We sewed black out curtain material to the back.  After painting the room white, we painted this mountain range.  You can find the tutorial here.
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I found this rug at Target, and then even cheaper on Overstock.com.  We love playing on this rug!  We pretend to ‘burn’ ourselves on the fire and drive trucks around on the rug pretending they are going camping.  Last night Sebastian was sitting in the water and after we asked him if his bottom was getting wet, he told us he was squishing the fishes.  Love his imaginative play!campingroom4

After a little bit of digging through bins in my parents garage, we found these old canteens we used when hiking and camping when I was little. I knew these would look great hanging in Sebastian’s room.  I’m thinking about cutting a slit in another canteen to make a piggy bank.  campingroom5

Before we started on the room, we made this mountain shelf.  I bought the cute little bear family from Hobby Lobby.

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The dresser came from my parents house and so did the bear lamp and the camping stools.  That lamp was in my room growing up.  The boys just discovered last night that it also plays music.  The hamper actually goes in the nursery so I’m hoping to get this (pricey) hamper. Why does it have to be $50??campingroom7  campingroom8

I printed a bunch of free printables off Pinterest, grab some frames from my collection and had fun figuring out where to put them all.  The (cracked) paddle came with a canoe we bought several years ago.  I also left my computer, printer and desk in his room.  We have absolutely nowhere else to put it and I don’t use it nearly as much as I used to anyway.  I’ve found that Pandora’s classical music station has come in handy for a couple of naps where someone didn’t want to go to sleep.campingroom9  campingroom10

I ordered Sebastian’s pine tree sheets and blanket online from Target.  Once winter comes, I’m thinking about converting one of our old sleeping bags into a comforter.  My mom is also converting some old flannel sheets into twin size ones for once it gets cold.  On the dresser is a picture of a bear I took in RMNP, a lantern I bought and a piece of petrified wood Matt found near Bryce Canyon.  The pile of rocks probably came from our driveway…Sebastian likes picking up rocks as we are walking around outside. Below that I put out an old mess kit that also came from my parents garage.  Then I filled the rest of the bookcase with books!  I bought those bins (wash tubs) from dollar general to keep the books organized.
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I love the sayings on these two printouts! campingroom12

We bought Sebastian’s twin bed from a local furniture store.
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Sebastian is holding the bear I bought in Rocky Mountain National park.campingroom14

He loves his big boy room and often calls it “the best room ever!”campingroom15  campingroom16

Here is a pano of the room I took with my iPhone.

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Sources:

Red lantern

Birch tree shower curtains

Pine tree sheets

Pine tree blanket

Camping themed rug

Pinterest camping words printables

You are our greatest adventure printable

Happy Camper printable

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This year, I was talking with a friend and we decided to meet at a little pumpkin stand that had several little props put out for pictures.  The plan was to bring our cameras and take pictures of each others families.  To get Matt a little more on board for the picture taking, I told him that this will be instead of paying a professional photographer to take maternity pictures. There was no wagon ride (at 30 weeks pregnant, no thank you) but it was just perfect.  And we got the best pictures.

 

Starting off with my favorite picture of my family to date.pumpkin1

Are these two not the two most handsome men you have ever seen?  So in love with my boys!  And in plaid! pumpkin2

I actually whipped up this plaid scarf the night before.  I’m so glad I did, I love it!

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Oh that smile just kills me!

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My mom was right when she said he’s the cutest little pumpkin in the patch!

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He is growing so big so fast!  Over 3ft tall!

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Haha, I’m getting so big so fast too.  30 weeks!

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Tomorrow I will be posting a blog post of my friend Shannan’s family so stay tuned for that. Until then, here is a sneak peak of their photos. Oh yeah, did I mention that Shannan is also pregnant with a boy? Her due date is 3 weeks after mine and our boys are best friends.

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Shannan and I are so lucky to have so many handsome guys in our lives!
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Parker is seriously one of the sweetest little boys I know, and just look at those gorgeous blue eyes!

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After we were done with most of the pictures the boys each grabbed a wagon and got to work.  They were so busy loading up their wagon with pumpkins (and unloading them onto the hay bales). It was so cute, they were so serious about it and working so hard!

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Right before we left, Sebastian spotted a few four wheelers and had to test one out.  I wanted to include this picture because he looks like he’s 5 here…and this photo reminds me of James Dean.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with more photos of Shannan’s sweet family!

 

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Since Matt and I work all day, Sebastian goes to a daycare (not a preschool).  I’m really not sure how much they do in the way of preschool activities there in the twos classroom.  Being a teacher and it being fall (fall has the best preschool/kindergarten themes), I’ve recently decided to start doing a home preschool with Sebastian.  There is about an hour or so after we get home before Matt gets home.  I’m trying to find ways to use that time wisely (not just sit on the couch and watch tv).  The first 30 minutes we do these activities and the other 30 minutes, I let Sebastian watch a show while I start dinner.  This post says week 1, but we spent a couple weeks on this theme.  Some of these activities we did a couple times.  (*Click on the underlined words in the heading for the source).

 

We went to the apple orchard (one of my favorite things to do all year) so I thought it was fitting to do the first theme as apples.

1. Making apple sauce and apple pie

Sebastian loved using our apple corer, slicer thing and was much better at turning the handle then last year!  He did like 25 apples before getting tired.

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2. Apple pie play dough and mats

First we made apple pie play dough.  Then I grabbed these mats I printed from Pinterest and laminated.  We made ‘apples’ out of the play dough, put them on the tree and then counted them as he put them into the baskets.

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The second day we got this out we made the apples, put them on the tree and then counted to 14 as Sebastian put the apples into the baskets.  Then, he started smashing the apples and then I made apples for him to smash for a while. Nothing lasts long with this kid before he goes into destroyer mode.  Just look at that mischievous smile.
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3. Apple tree letter matching.  

Sebastian did amazing with this.  He actually only needed a tiny bit of guidance on letters like C and U.  I was so impressed with him.  When I’m coming up with activities, I’ll pull things out that I’m not sure if he can do or not and so far he has surprised me smart little boy!

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4. Apple tree painting

Sebastian loves painting and with some guidance, he painted this apple tree.  I printed the paper on card stock so the paper could handle the paint better.  Just look at how hard he is concentrating.

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5. 10 apples up on top activity

We really enjoy Dr. Seuss’ 10 Apples Up on Top book.  I found some apple die cuts in my teaching materials and figured they would be perfect to use in counting to 10.  We put them on top of our heads just like the book.

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6. 10 Apples up on Top dot markers

Sebastian loves using these dot markers and you can see that he is concentrating.  In fact, after we finished with this, I went onto Pinterest and printed a bunch of fall themed dot marker pictures and Sebastian did about 4 of them before losing interest.

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7. Apple tree stamping

The last activity we did was apple tree stamping.  I cut an apple in half, grabbed some paint, painted a trunk on a big piece of construction paper and let Sebastian stamp the apples on the tree.  After we were finished, I got a blank paper so he could do more stamps.

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Some of our upcoming themes include Brown Bear, Brown Bear, fall leaves, pumpkins and Halloween.  Stayed tuned in the next couple months for posts about those.

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A few of the blogs I read participate in a weekly confessional Thursday link.  I’d thought I’d give it a try this week as I have quite a bit on my mind.

 

I confess…

 

…that I’m so mad I have now let two movies I really wanted to see in the theater slip by me and they were both out of theaters before I had a chance to go see them.  At least Me Before You can be rented on Amazon Prime for $4.99 (going to try to find some “me” time to rent that this weekend) and Bad Moms will be coming out soon enough.

 

…that now that I have decided to start working out more, I get annoyed when I have a meeting or an appointment after work which doesn’t leave enough time for working out before getting Sebastian.  It’s really making me lose motivation which is too bad because it’s such a great stress reliever (and not to mention good for me) since starting back at school.  It also gives me the energy I need to be a fun mom for Sebastian after school.  Wish there were more hours in the day.

 

…that I’m dreading Matt going on a couple work trips between now and baby.  I’m not going to specify when or how long for safety reasons but I’m not looking forward to being a single working (3rd trimester pregnant) mom.  I’m trying to make the best of it, but it’s going to be hard and I’ll have limited help.  Not to mention how much it will break my heart to see Sebastian miss his daddy.

 

…that I hate not getting to see Sebastian in the mornings on week days.  I leave the house by 6:30ish and he is still sleeping.  It’s hard putting him to bed at night knowing that I won’t see him again until after school. BUT I will have to say leaving the house in the mornings is a whole lot easier not having to say goodbye.

 

…that I love getting to be the one to pick Sebastian up at daycare.  Once he sees me, his whole face lights up and he exclaims “mommy!” and runs towards me.  Melts my heart every time.  There’s also no better feeling then holding your child in your arms at the end of a long day.

 

…that the other day in my head I thought, I can’t wait to get this baby out.  Then I realized I have 3 months left and it’s way too early to be thinking that.  Trying hard to enjoy this pregnancy and not wish it away so quickly.  I’ll be ready when you are little Sawyer, take your time.

 

…that I’m getting frustrated that I can’t play with Sebastian like I used to.  We can’t wrestle on the floor.  Standing around while he plays outside is getting tiring and sitting anywhere outside is too uncomfortable.  Also I can’t sit on the floor for long periods of time.  At least all this is just temporary!

 

…that everyone says girls are way easier to potty train but Sebastian seemed pretty easy.  And I’m thinking it may be easier to have boys because they can pee anywhere.  Pull off on the side of the road to pee, no problem.  Stand up to pee in public bathrooms because ew, public bathrooms, boys don’t have to touch anything.  At a cookout and needs to pee?  Find the nearest tree.  Also I’m just so proud of how well Sebastian did with potty training and it’s soooo much easier then diapers!

 

…that I wanted this week to be over before it even began.  Nothing really big or crazy busy is going on but I have my formal observation at school (really dislike being observed, even though observations are really no big deal) and my glucose test is also today.  With Sebastian I didn’t pass the first one and had to do the 3 hour test which was the worst.  Really hoping I pass!  At least this week is almost over!

 

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