I'm doing just fine ~ I'm 34 1/2 weeks along (yes, the 1/2 *is* very important at this stage) and a bit less itchy (just a bit). My liver function test came back in normal limits, so it's not PUPP nor anything really with my liver - good news! Guess I'm just getting older, getting drier, and living in Michigan during a FREEZING winter......so I'm itchy. I'm desperately trying to NOT itch and I've purchased some good lotion for itchy, severely dry skin - so here's hopin'~
Remember a bit back when I discussed how I was organizing kids' clothes, giving stuff away, putting up clothes that we want to keep but just don't fit anyone right now, etc.?? Well.....it appears I need to do it again. Seriously. Elijah Rock has ENTIRELY too many clothes!! And where exactly am I going to put the baby's clothes? I haven't focused on this detail, due to not knowing the baby's sex, but I was looking at the boys' closet today and thought "if this little one is a boy, WHAT am I going to do??". Now granted, I fit ALL FOUR kids' clothes in one ity-bity closet at our last rental, so I *know* it can be done.........but it's gonna take some work, let me tell you. I'm gonna have to be BRUTAL in getting rid of what we simply don't need, perhaps purchase some more bins & baskets, but it *can* be done!
I have a friend who has a family closet/laundry room type of set-up. I'm envious....well, I'm happy for her, I just want one someday. Me too, me too!! I have another friend who has this EXCELLENT mudroom/entry room with these open-locker type of things, with space for each child's coat, bag, papers, shoes, hat/mittens/etc......plus lots of extra cubbies for other shoes. You mean, when my family walks into the house, they could all easily put away their coats, shoes, bags, winter-gear, whatever without trampsing through the whole house, dropping various items along the way, never to be found again???? WOW!!! Again, I want one~
Ideas to store away for our future home plans.....
And best of all, my hubby arrives home tomorrow! Whoo-hoo!! I can't believe how much I love this man ~ how much I rely on him for so many reasons throughout the day. Yes, for that extra set of hands with the kids, with the house, with stuff. Yet also for that adult conversation, for that freedom to be ME, to let my guard down, to cry, to laugh out loud. I feel like I'm floundering around a bit without him. I don't like it. I like myself much better WITH him ~ he honestly brings out a much better me ~ God knew what He was doing putting us together (well, God ALWAYS knows what He's doing.......you know what I mean....).
So what's next? My amazing dh already did our taxes, so we are strategically planning out the details of how to best use this money. Besides paying off the van, and setting some aside in our "emergency fund", there are necessities to be purchased for this upcoming birth. There are also some necessities to be considered for this home and our car. Oh, and the computer. We need a new computer. Oh ya, that.....well, it will only spread so far............I gotta remember to praise the Lord for what we have, instead of focusing how what we can't quite manage right now.
Speaking of which, a friend shared a book with me (Calm My Anxious Heart, by Linda Dillow) - and I believe I might have read this before. Yet it is really striking a chord with me now. We've all read Paul telling us to "be content in whatever circumstances" - yet it can be difficult to actually put this into practice. At least for me, it has been. So this book has been a blessing and I am so thankful to my friend (hi Kerry!).
And lastly, I've almost finished my "stash baby blankie". It's turned out pretty cute. It's mostly green, with bits of variegated here and there, even different weights of yarns - yet it works. Once this little one is born, thus revealing the sex, I will pick out a pattern that is PERFECT for him or her, but for now I'm liking this basic blankie ~ pictures to come soon ~
And now, I'm tired. One more day, Lori, just one more day. I'll probably still be tired, but my hubby will be home so it's ALL OKAY~