I am 33 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Avalyn will be born in exactly 4 weeks from today. I don’t know how to put into words how ready and how excited I am for her to be here with us. I have been waiting, patiently, for MONTHS… and it is almost hard for me to believe that it’s so close now. 28 days. Seems like no time… I have another appointment with my doctor on August 11th (Thursday) and after that, we only have one more appointment on the 25th. Then in for the amniocentesis on September 1st to check her lung development and if all is satisfactory, we will induce labor on September 2nd. My baby will finally be here! Awwww!!!! She has started playing little games with Barry – he will “drum” on my belly and she will actually move to push on where the sound is! Or he will cover up a part of my stomach to shield the light and she will kick there. He laughs- it’s cute :) The kids even have started saying LET ME KISS YOUR BABY!!! lol
He has gone from 221 at the beginning of the summer to a solid 235 now, which is GREAT! They start football practice on August 15th. Their first game is September 10th in Gainesville, Florida. He is anxious to get this season overwith… normally he lives for football season, but this season is a little different. This is the end and the beginning. The end of simply playing for the love of the game and the beginning of playing for his career. It doesn’t get much more nerve racking that this: to wait and see if this is what God’s will for his (*our*) life is going to be. I think he has gotten over the “stressed out” part of anticipating what will happen after the season. He is beginning to realize that God’s plan will be set into motion regardless of anything else, as long as he does what he has to do, which he is. I am so proud of him I don’t even know how to express it. For him to have come from where he was to where he is… it’s a miracle in itself, and I thank God every day.
Got her shots for school yesterday… she starts kindergarten this month, in just about 3 weeks. They start basic screening tests on August 17th and full time classes start up on the 24th. It doesn’t get much more exciting that this: our first child starting “big kid” school! Wow… I still am not ready for it yet. But I am so proud of her, and I know she will do great in school. She is so smart. Gonna have to watch those nasty little boys though. LOL Brains and beauty… ACK horrible combination when you are their parent!!! Makes for some uncomfortable silences while you stare at them, wondering what their future holds. God has a plan for her though… that is my only means of comfort Briyana seems a lot more shy and timid… once she’s around people for a while, she loosens up, but she needs assurance a lot of the time and already puts a large emphasis on her looks, clothes, etc. That worries me, but I suppose it’s normal for a little girl to want to look “cute”… I just don’t know where she gets it from because I never have been one to make a big deal out of how I look, or dress, or anything. Until I started working at the dealership I barely ever wore make up… still don’t wear foundation cause I don’t know how to match it right or put it on to make it look decent!!!! Hopefully she will grow out of it as time goes on…
HE WILL BE FOUR YEARS OLD NEXT MONTH!!! This child is a ball of emotions. He is ALL boy… superhero to the death LOL But he is also so sweet… I don’t know though- it’s like sometimes he seems like he is just falling apart over nothing. He cries over the smallest things and just… well, I’m not sure exactly how to explain it. I think he feels left out a lot. The girls don’t like to play how he likes to play, of course. I wish he had someone to relate to at home. He goes just about everywhere with Barry, but that’s not quite the same as having a child to play with, especially when he sees Briyana and Talia playing together. Daycare is great for him, he loves it since there are so many other kids there, but at home, he just seems like he is missing out on something. I have tried to figure out some way to change that… been unsuccessful thus far. Other than that, he is fine. I know that kinda sounds like he’s unhappy, but he’s really a very happy and spirited child. And his speech has improved drastically over this past year. :) He’s smart for his age too… he picks up a lot of things from Briyana that she has learned, and of course he is in his own little classes at daycare as well.
It’s tough for me to realize that she is almost three years old. Unbelievable almost. She is like a brown relica of myself… she looks like me- little chubby cheeks and all lol And she acts like me. Oh my- her personality… she could be my clone. She is a little spitfire- so sweet and caring, but mean and sooooo determined and independent. She’s just precious… the happiest baby I have ever seen- ever since she was born, she has always been all smiles. I honestly didn’t know what her “loud” cry sounded like until she was almost a year old, because she really never cried. She is spoiled, that’s for sure. But I think that will change once the new baby gets here… she will probably pick up on the “mommy” wannabe thing that Briyana does with babies LOL