We found out on Monday that this baby is a boy! and he looks to be perfect.
I love my boys but there are a few things that I feel like I will miss out on. No pink frills, no girlie toys, no girls birthday parties, no little skirts with tights underneath, no sharing my favorite (ultra girlie) books, no mother of the bride .... And so on.
So I adore boys and at least I know what to do with them :D but a part of me mourns what could have been.
I was hanging the washing up yesterday and realized I am destined to have a line full of brown, gray, red and blue!
Meanwhile we think we have found a name that we love for this little guy.
Is turning 6 in April. Harrison's birthday is not only in the middle of the school holidays but it is also on Good Friday this year so instead the party will be on April 9th. He has requested a "bug" party, so even though I abhor all things creepy and crawly I will do my duty as a good mummy and put on a party fit for a Queen Bee (or in this case a King Bee!)
For Harrison's first birthday we went to the zoo and I made a monkey cake. Second we had it at home and had a fish cake (not a fish cake but a fish themed cake! Haha) Third was at home and it was a pirate party complete with pirate themed cake of a ship in water and a treasure island. Fourth was at the in-laws and was a magic part with a magician, castle decorations and a Wizard's castle cake. Fifth we took him to Wellington so we just had a family dinner at Denny's and a "cowboy snowman" cake.
So back to a big party this year, I have a million ideas buzzing (hehehe) around in my head and google has definitely been my friend again!
Last night I managed to sort through about 8 boxes and got them into one box of craft stuff, 1/2 a box of miscellany stuff to keep, one box of electrical type stuff and then paper recycling, rubbish and stuff to sell. Meanwhile I found my knitting and my 1/3 finished scarf for Harrison that I started last Autumn and never got finished. So I have started knitting again. I am a very VERY learner knitter but I love the idea so I want to get better!
My family LOVES books! My mum, dad, older sister and I are avid readers and have been for as long as I can remember. My mum taught me to read before I started school and there is a photo of me, at the age of 7, reading a novel. I quickly read my way out of picture books and into paperbacks, rather ahead of most others. I remember being at school and being given a book to read and reading it that night, then I would have to wait through the excruciating weeks it would take for my classmates to get through it. I am a bit of a book slut, I will read ANYTHING!
Harrison loves to read, he has taken to it like a duck to water (or me to a shoe sale). He has been at school for roughly 30 weeks all up and it is amazing what his little brain has absorbed in that time, he reads books, signs, adverts, papers ... And just astounds us each time with his skills.
My mother recently bought 1600+ second hand books on TM, so far we have rescued a banana box full for our little family, mostly kids stuff, but also some well worn picture books that I will craft with. The idea is that we will all take what we want then sell/donate the rest.
Of course my favorite books are cook books. I love them so much. I love retro cook books the most (again we will get a camera soon so I can add photos of my favorites). I love to scour op shops for old cookbooks, actually I would love to do that today but we ar still carless!
And, one last non-book related item, my mum is flying down to Christchuch to help with emergency benefits, etc for work. She may be gone for 2 weeks and I just want her to come home safely <3
On Wednesday, 2 weeks ago, I came out of the supermarket to find that a Paper Reclaim truck had backed into the front of my car. After a lot of back and forth finally something is being done but it means we are carless until at least the end of this week. We need a new car as 3 carseats will not fit in our car so yesterday Dylan and I left the kids with Grandma, borrowed her car and went shopping! And we found one. It is a 2002 Nissan Liberty. It is 8 seater but not gigantic, it looks more like a station wagon than a van, and it's a lovely light bluey-green colour. Now we just have to wait for the checks to be done and then it will be all ours! :)
Yesterday I also started sorting out my fabric stash. I bought a massive bag at the school fair last year so I emptied that out and folded and piled all the bits up on a set of shelves we have that work perfectly fo fabric storage.
In between being sick, dealing with school holidays (and the fighting that goes with them) and life in general my blog writing has deteriorated so I pledge to try my best to keep updating! I am now about 17 weeks pregnant, baby #3 (or baby Cthulhu as he/she is affectionately known around here) is due August 3rd (ish). Meanwhile I am convinced it is another boy, which I expected to feel a little disappointment about but actually I think I would be perfectly happy with 3 boys. I have been buying baby clothes, some gender neutral but many more with a boy vibe, I am that convinced. Only 2 - 3 weeks before we should, hopefully, find out for sure.
My main goal (on my good days) is to start sorting out all our excess stuff and selling/donating/dumping it. We have too much stuff and it is cluttering our home and my brain! So I will try and come up with a new project each day/week to accomplish.
This weeks goal is to get our books all unpacked and on the shelf, and also to sell or donate to Hospice the ones we don't need or want anymore (I even went through my cookbooks, some went to my mum, one to a GF friend and the rest to go on Trade Me).