Friday, March 1, 2013

Recording memories

A couple days ago, we had a Relief Society activity about journaling and family history work (for those of you who read this blog and are not LDS, Relief Society is an organization in the church for women). It was a wonderful activity! I am not very good at keeping a journal. I have at least 5 different journals from different periods in my life that are very incomplete. At the activity, we talked about all the different ways there are to keep a journal, not just the traditional write-every day-about-everything method...blogging is one of those ways! I even found out that there's a way to make your blog posts into a book - definitely getting that program!! Anyway, that just gave me a little extra motivation to blog better because I am much better about blogging than I am at journaling, which should tell you something 'cause I'm pretty hit-and-miss with my blog posts too. You never really appreciate this stuff until a grandparent or something like that passes away and then you wish you had known more about their lives. I think it was a year ago when we got some files my grandpa had saved on his computer; some of them were journal entries, some were letters he had written to my grandma. It was so wonderful to be able to read what he was thinking or experiencing. That's what I want to pass on. So to get started.....

Lily does pretty cute stuff everyday, and I don't write many of them down. I take pictures of the ones I can, but that doesn't always happen. Yesterday, she was sitting on the couch with a camera. It was off, but she kept pointing it at herself and saying "cheese." It was adorable! She definitely knows what that is for! Another thing she did yesterday needs to be prefaced a bit. Lily is quite attached to her pacifier. We don't really give it to her unless she's going to sleep or is teething. However, if she sees it, she wants it and will fuss when I don't let her have it. Lately, she has been teething, so she's had it more than usual. Well, I'll take it and hide it and then make her look for it. She'll have to go around to different places in the apartment before I give up my hiding place. Yesterday, she played for ten minutes hiding it under my leg and then going to the different places I usually tell her to look and saying it's not there before "finding" it again. She would look so serious when she looked in a place and it wasn't there. My daughter is so imaginative!

At this point, I'm about 24 1/2 weeks pregnant (can't believe how fast it's going and at the same time how much time I still have to go) and things are going pretty smoothly. Heartburn and restless legs aside, I'm pretty comfortable. If you read my previous post, you know that we're having another girl. We've decided to name her Emily SofĂ­a. Now, I remember Lily being pretty mobile in the womb as well, but I feel like Emily is much kickier than Lily was. Anyway, I've been trying to get Lily to be patient long enough to feel her baby sister, hoping this may up the awareness factor a bit. Until yesterday, Lily wasn't patient enough and/or Emily just wasn't cooperating. Well, after Lily's nap, she was sitting with me in the living room, and Emily was moving a lot. Perfect opportunity!! I put my hands on top of Lily's and put her hands on my tummy. Emily gave some pretty powerful kicks, and when Lily felt them, she immediately moved her hands off my tummy. It was hilarious! She laughed because I did. It will be interesting to see how she reacts to her sister actually being here, but I feel she's beginning to understand a little more. That was one of the most precious things that has happened lately. I'm very blessed to have this little one in my life. Faiver and I were actually talking yesterday about how Emily will be, what she'll look like, and how her personality will be. Lily is quite the show-off and is just super silly most of the time. Will Emily be like her or will she be more reserved? If the way they are in the womb is any indicator, I think they'll be very similar. All I know right now is we are very lucky to be the parents of these two special girls!

Trying on Mommy's boot. I told her to smile,
and this is what she did...what a ham!


Kestrel said...

Hey!! Kickier is not a word! At least now I feel like I have implicit permission to make up my own Spanish words :P

I am so excited for Emily. I WANT TO SQUOOSH HER.

Faiver and Andrea said...

If Dr. Seuss can do it, so can we!! :)