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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Is That A Baby Under Your Shirt, Or Are You Just... OH MY GOSH! AGAIN?!

The word's out, so feel free to tell the neighbors.  
We are now certifiably insane.

I hear that once you have three kids, adding more isn't a bit deal.  But crossing the divide between two to three?  That takes you to Crazytown.  And I thought we already lived there.
But, as I said before, we're now certifiable.

WE'RE REALLY EXCITED! (And scared to death, but mainly) REALLY EXCITED!

Going along with the crazy theme, I'm going to have a midwife and do either a home birth or deliver at a swanky birthing center.  And I bought a loom and am learning to weave cotton for my new Amish attire. Or I'll burn the loom and start walking around the house naked, wafting about small bundles of burning sage for spiritual cleansing and insist on composting our manure.

Too much?
Yeah, I think I crossed a line.  A loom is a terrible thing to waste.  I'd donate it.

But seriously, I'm very excited about having a natural birthing experience with Numero Tres.  We're using Central Texas Birth Center, just 5 minutes down the road from our house and staffed with a caring, understanding and nurturing team.  We loaded up the family and took a tour of their facility several weeks ago and last Thursday I had my first appointment.  90% of their deliveries are water births which, honestly, used to freak me out.  Now, I'm all over the water birth!  I mean, who wouldn't love to be weightless while having something the size of a watermelon pushed through your body instead of laying flat on your back with 8 people staring at your crotch?
Seriously, a no brainer.

And the birthing tubs are padded and heated.
I have a confession.  Today, I did it.  I ate cupcakes.  And two days ago I had an entire Lindt chocolate bar (and it was oh so good.)  You may remember a post a few weeks ago about eating a ketogenic diet?  Well, at this point, it's all out the window.  My one rule is to eat whatever my body craves (I'm buying a pick-up truck size amount of fruit tomorrow during our weekly store run) and the rest?  Fuggedaboudit.

With my pregnancy with Waverley and at the beginning of this one, I told myself I was going to be healthy, gain only necessary weight, be a veggie-a-holic.... Then you start feeling queasy and buy 2 Costco sized pallets of Ramen noodles (chicken flavor, of course) and macaroni and cheese.  And one of those freeeeaaakin' large jars of pickles, an industrial size salsa and 18 bags of tortilla chips.  And I'm good.

Cravings are the BOMB!

In conclusion, I either have a food baby on top of my actual baby, or this little dumpling is already showing.  And I'm okay with that.  Heck, my boobs are (comparatively) HUGE, so I'm totally cool with this pregnant body.  It's just nice to have a period of time where I'm not constantly thinking about staying a certain shape and putting crazy restrictions on myself.  I'm pregnant.  I'm gonna eat what I feel like.  Done.

So, Baby Number Three?
Welcome, Honey.
PS: Wilder can't wait to teach you how to play chess.  He talks about it every day.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Week in Dallas is 6 Days Too Long

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I'd been in Dallas all last week for acting work, was home for a few hours on Friday, then off shooting an all day wedding in San Antonio Saturday.  When Sunday rolled around I was so drained and missed my family like our Border Collie Shelby misses her tennis ball.  I grabbed the camera for a little Homeslice action and the kids even got a chance to play photographer.

I missed my people.

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Their best attempt at making antlers.
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Wilder's turn with the camera.  Not too shabby!

Amazingly enough, Waverley took Shelby and my portrait.  Wilder assisted by holding the gigantic lens while she pressed the button.  It was pretty cute teamwork.
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Wilder's handiwork again.  And Waverley was doing her "exercises."

My crazy-wazies.

Today's my official day off -which, for some reason, the past month+ I've always had an audition on.  I'm greatly looking forward to a Wednesday where I don't have anything going on except playtime.  

May your day be brightened with everyday beauty that takes you by surprise.  We remember to breathe, exhale the yucky stuff, inhaling peace and joy, and take a second before feeling frustration overwhelm in order to gain perspective.  At least that's what I'm trying to do.  It's such a helpful reminder I need multiple times a day.  I'm very thankful for so many good things in our lives -particularly my short people and my big man.

Family is the best.


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