Big news: Baby #4 is due on February 24th! It’s a boy and we are so excited to even out the teams. I have spent the last couple of months editing our collection of baby hand-me-downs and finally have a handle on the boy’s clothes. So far, everything is going well with the pregnancy and I didn’t have any problems with morning sickness or some of the usual aches and pains that I normally get. The only thing I noticed in the summer is that I would get a little wheezy in the evenings during allergy season. I would attribute my lack of aches and pains to being in better shape this time around from having done crossfit at our local gym. Normally, I suffer pretty badly from Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction or SPD as it is commonly called and waddling becomes a way of life for me pretty early on (usually toward the end of the 1st trimester). One exercise that I have found to be beneficial in combating the pain has been to exercise on a machine that does the hip abduction movement. Here is a link to a site with a good picture of the exercise. (I am not endorsing the product, I just think the pic is a good description of what I am talking about) …The one with the pads on the outside of the knees works but be careful doing its complimentary movement, the hip adduction as that can put more separating stress on that pubic joint and cause you more pain. Also, doing body weight squats where your knees don’t bend any more than 90 degrees helps!
Well, as some of you know, we had been planning on moving and finally, over Christmas, that has become a reality! We set out on the 26th of December and drove to our new home in Kansas! Unfortunately, we didn’t have much of a Christmas because our house in Tennessee was all packed up. We ended up splitting Christmas into 3 parts: one day for opening gifts our relatives and friends sent to us before Christmas and the movers arrival, Santa came on his regular night (we did Santa the Italian way and put the kids’ shoes out instead of stockings because by then, everything was all packed up.) Here is a fun quiz I found about Christmas. Apparantly, Italy is not the only country to have Santa fill shoes.
We ended up staying in a hotel for about 2 weeks while we were getting into our house. Let me tell you; 2 weeks in a hotel with 3 small children is definitely no picnic and by the time we were moving out of there and into our house, we were more than ready to go!
Now, our household belongings have arrived and we are beginning the long, arduous process of unpacking everything. I still think we have too much stuff, even after all the purging and organizing projects I have worked on over the past year. This house does not have a linen closet but instead has a bank of cabinets under a counter-top in the laundry room. I will have to figure out a way to re-organize our linens a bit differently in order to fit into the cabinets. As we unpack, I am still finding quite a few things that should have been purged prior to boxing everything up and finding places to put things is always an interesting challenge.