Monday, September 13, 2010

Mini-Madonna #2

I am 28 weeks pregnant which means two things. Firstly, that I'm up twenty-one pounds and baby is about so big:

And, secondly, that I have only 12 weeks to go. Or less, if baby continues to measure two weeks ahead as she has been. So, even though I've been working crazy hours and 100% focused on getting 1500 pallets of toys from one warehouse to the next, it's now time to focus on the fact that BABY IS COMING. SOON. It was all too easy to walk away from that ultrasound telling myself "OK, another girl, we have it covered". Because, as mentioned before, we have boxes & boxes of girl clothes in the garage. And toys. And bottles. And a crib. And pretty much all the essential stuff.

Except now I'm not talking about stuff. I'm referring to the fact that this little girl is her OWN person, coming on her own schedule, that won't care much about mine! I need to focus on her having a name, and a personality, and day-dream about who she'll look like, and give the pregnancy as much attention and excitement as my first. She is much more active & kicks far harder than Abigail ever did so she might be trying to do this to me herself. She's already determined not to be just 'Abby's little sister'. She is Mini-Madonna #2, equally as important as Mini-Madonna #1. And I don't ever want to feel like I swam through this pregnancy and forgot to stop & treasure it.

So, what better thing than retail to kick me into gear? I went shopping to help picture this little girl in her own right. So, now she has these:

and Grandma bought these for our little 'winter delivery'
and this shirt really moved me - doesn't it just scream 'I am COMING!!!'?

Aunty Alex's Visit

Aunty Alex and her boyfriend Chris came to stay at the end of August. We had a great time with them and they fit more into a 10-day visit than most - shopping, swimming, eating out, a night in Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam along the way, and still plenty of time with us. The best pictures we got were from a lovely day out in Sedona:


In August, Abigail started weekly ballet lessons! I have never wanted to over-schedule my child's day, especially at three years old, but ballet is the one thing I always imagined a daughter doing. If she showed interest, that is, which she did. I danced ballet from age three to age fourteen and it was a huge part of my childhood. I searched for a local ballet school that resembled what I went to, and feel like it may be the only thing she experiences that's even close to my upbringing. 
We found this place -, only a block away, and the home of this year's So You Think You Can Dance winner, if you watch that show. We also really like that parents can bring their morning coffee and sit outside the classroom and watch.

Abby LOVES ballet - from trying on & buying the leotard & shoes, to the very first lesson when she ran right in without a look behind her, she loves loves loves it. So, you can find us there every Saturday at 10am.

you already know this guy has to come everywhere

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Life at Home

Abigail & Matteo are old enough now to spend the night at each other's house. They both love it & hate it (which is how goes their relationship in general!)
can't believe how old she looks here

this is not an ad for Bisquick - it's Abby's Sunday morning making waffles with her dad, we do this every Sunday

Beach Vacation

You'd be forgiven if you thought you were looking at the same post as last year - we took the exact same trip: staying on the beach in cousin Morgan's motor-home. Thanks again to Grandma & Aunty Milly who always arrange such a great beach time for us.

As mentioned last year, Bocalli's pizza is now Madonna family tradition
Morgan, Jayci and Abigail
It's only fair if you share your pizza with a squirrel

she seems to be eating corn in almost every photo this year

brushing the sand off our feet at the end of the day
sparklers for the girls