So clearly, we’ve successfully moved to Missouri. I forgot to mention anything about that, and we’ve been here over a month. I thought I should mention something about how things are going, for those of you in Maryland who haven’t yet had a chance to ask us “So?? How is it!?” Well, we like it. A lot. That’s not to say that we don’t ever miss Maryland (I do all the time), but we’re very happy here. Here are some questions you would ask if we were talking on the phone and you were one of our moms:
“So, how’s your place?”
It’s exactly what we need right now. I would show you pictures, but I don’t have a camera. Well, we have Peter’s Blackberry, but our place doesn’t get tons and tons of natural light, so probably any pictures I take with that will make our house look dark and depressing. It’s actually really cute in real life. Two bedrooms and a huge living room (we’re actually thinking about looking for a THIRD sofa). When we got here, the previous tenants had nails in the oddest spots on the walls. It’s like they were college students or something, they must have displayed every little thing they could. They had also stunk up the place with smoke and had painted the kitchen cabinets red and off white. We’ve painted the dining area a nice clean white (that was the room with the most smoke damage), and did the same with the cabinets, as well as buying some new, simple, MATCHING hardware for them (I really… really hate when landlords don’t make knobs and handles match each other. And light switch covers?! C’mon, you can get them for literally 50 cents at Walmart, is there any financial reason to have every cover in the house a different pattern??)
I think the landlord would be ok with me painting the baby’s room something other than the khaki color he has on all the walls, but I don’t have the energy to press for that or to start that kind of project. They’ll stay khaki for now.
We also have a small garden area which right now is overgrown with dead and poorly-organized vegetables from the previous tenant. But it’s been in the 90s every day for a while, and being pregnant I’m not eager to spend an afternoon outside uprooting everything yet. I haven’t even cleaned our car out since we moved here, it’s been so hot.
“What’s the neighborhood like?”
It’s pretty nice. As far as Peter and I can see, there don’t seem to be any shady neighbors, and the guy living in the place adjoined to ours is very friendly. He and Peter like talking about theology and politics. It’s a pretty quiet street. We’re really close to pretty much everything, being right off the main street in our area. There’s a train that goes by behind our house – which Peter isn’t crazy about, but I love it. It makes me feel like I’m back in Frederick. Plus, I love trying to teach Israel the choo-choo noise whenever we hear it go by.
“Are you making lots of friends there?”
Yes, it’s crazy how hospitable people are – even those who live over an hour away. It’s been very good for me especially. We live really close to my brother and some other friends, which has been great! We have so much more fellowship with people here because we live so close to the church and to several families in the church. It’s nice having people over twice a week, and going over to someone else’s house just as often. And there are lots of ladies in the church who know how to do all sorts of things, so I’m looking forward to learning those all-sorts-of-things from them.
“Are you guys gonna be looking to buy a house any time soon?”
Not in the next 6 months, probably. We’re really happy where we are for now, and we’d kinda like to wait until baby no. 2 is born before we start up that process again. It was stressful enough selling our house and moving when I was 8 months pregnant with Israel. Even though I really wasn’t doing the taxing physical labor, it’s just a lot to think about.
He’s great. He’s slowly starting to scoot around by himself, though he’s really good at rotating, not so good at forward movement at this point. He can also sit up by himself… as long as someone standing to his side doesn’t distract him. Then he loses his balance and falls over. It’s helped a bunch being around so many other babies close in age to him. He sees the things they can do (like sitting up, scooting, and so on), and he gets jealous and wants to try those things too. Jealousy can be good sometimes.
We’re also starting to feed him more big-boy food. When we eat dinner, we’ll often let him taste things. He’s very curious about food, and he can tell when he’s being left out of a meal. So, with that in mind – and considering his recent ability to chew his food rather than just swallowing it whole – we’ve actually begun giving him the Lord’s Supper lately! He’s done a great job with it too. Now, if I could just get him to not screech like Mariah Carey when we’re listening to the sermon…
“How are you feeling?”
I feel great pretty much all the time. I get vertigo pretty badly sometimes, but as long as I eat often and drink lots and lots of water a day, I can generally keep it under control. I have a week here and there when I need a nap every day, but generally I can get by just fine without one.
I can feel the baby move around every once in a while, usually when I lay down. So that’s been a great feeling. Having one baby living outside my belly tends to distract me, and sometimes I completely forget that I’m pregnant. It’s nice that the new baby is getting big enough that he or she can remind me on his or her own that he or she is there.
Speaking of which, assuming everything goes to plan, we should be finding out whether we’re having a he or a she on August 20th! I can’t wait. I’m trying to think of some creative way to reveal the gender once we know. And no, we won’t be telling any of you the name this time either.
Well family and friends, Israel’s nap is coming to a close, and I haven’t yet eaten lunch… Aaand it looks like I should actually be starting dinner. Man. It’s 3:18 already?! See ya.