-After our Valentines Day/vomit fest we took it easy for a couple days; Mary Ella actually ended up running fever the next day so I guess she did have a little bug (and it wasn't all due to a cookie binge.) She was well by Wednesday night and Thursday I kept her out of school just to be safe.
-I worked the Giggles & Grace consignment sale at Asbury UMC again this year and I will tell you, it's totally worth it to work the sale and get in early. I actually signed up to work 8 hours, which lets you in at 5pm (before anyone else) and there were STILL about 100 people who got to go in at 5pm so you can imagine things were crazy! I had memorized my 'list' of things I needed and then when everyone rushed inside I kinda panicked and forgot everything. I knew I'd do that. But I still managed to get some stuff when I allowed myself to calm down. Bought a video monitor for $30, a mesh 5-foot baby gate/barrier to use at our playroom entrance for $5, one of those cool grass-looking bottle drying racks for $4, and I did find pink Keens for Mary Ella and 3 pairs of shoes for Sambo - brown sandals, navy sandals and lime green Crocs. Oh, and tons of clothes. And probably every Kissy Kissy newborn - 12m outfit that was at the sale. I love that brand but absolutely canNOT afford it at retail price. The fabric is just perfect for babies, especially newborns, because it is lightweight and stays cool even when you have them swaddled in a blanket. I also bought the kids all of their summer PJs. Consignment sales are great for that kind of stuff (now, I wouldn't buy pajamas at just any consignment sale. But G&G is super picky on what they take and I trust there will be no bed bug problems.) I also found Mary Ella a Cinderella dress and she wore it for 2 days straight.
Found this for Sambo...
And I found Mary Ella 4 one-piece romper outfits that totally own me. I love a one-piece.
-I did not find any Aiden & Anais blankets (well, there were some blank ones in an off brand but I didn't know if they would hold up the same way) and I did not find a Moby Wrap, although there were SEVERAL different kinds of slings/carriers available. Thankfully, a sweet friend hooked me up with a Moby on Saturday and so now I'm set! I learned how to use it through YouTube and I put Sam in it that night and I'm pretty sure he thinks it's the greatest thing ever in life. He just laid his head on my shoulder and started sucking away at that thumb of his. Bless. I LOVE that Moby already.
-On Saturday we went to Elon's 2nd birthday party and ate pizza and cupcakes and cookie cake and then went to my friend Laura's baby shower. Laura's husband Ryan graduated high school with Chad and then they both went to Samford together. Laura has 2 boys, Brandon who is 10 and Hunter who is Sam's age. She is due with her first baby girl, Allyson Grace, in less than a month. Sadly, Laura's dad was killed in a four-wheeling accident on Monday afternoon so this has been a sad week. My heart breaks for her and although the timing is never good in situations like these, I'm sure it's been especially difficult with her being 9 months pregnant. Please pray for her and her family when you get a chance.
-We were also able to celebrate my friend Leslie on Saturday night who is getting married in May. The high school girls and I had a mini-reunion at a beautiful home in Highland Lakes on Saturday night for an engagement party honoring Leslie and Shane. We always look forward to getting together and this was a perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday night. The guys came too and it was a fun date night for Chad and me.
-My PARENTS were here all weekend! They arrived Friday night and stayed through Monday. It was super awesome having them here because they help so much with the kiddos and cleaning and everything else! Unfortunately as soon as they got here, Mary Ella let the cat out of the bag regarding the gender of baby #3! So now my parents know - ha! And we are planning on telling Chad's parents on Thursday night and then I guess we'll just let everyone else know. (There are several people who know already and have found out through different ways - Mary Ella, catching me in the wrong aisle at consignment, FB auctions where my posts show up on the news feed, etc.) so I figure OH WELL! WE tried! And we only have 7 weeks left so I think we've done a good job keeping it from the family this long.
Just a few more pictures...
Mom brought Mary Ella an iPad from her school to play with for the weekend. Since it's used at school, it was stocked full of fun apps for her to enjoy. I think her favorite will always be the Easy Bake Oven app. Might be mine, too. Same concept but no mess!
While we were shopping around Saturday, I bought a Pop Phone. Totally unnecessary purchase.
I found it at Learning Express (the toy store) and it is basically an old-timey phone receiver that you can plug into your iPhone and it supposedly reduces the radiation or whatever comes out of cell phones. But of course I didn't buy it for that reason. I bought it so that I could pull it out of my purse in a store when my phone rings and get crazy looks from every other customer. We laughed our heads off using this the rest of the day. They come in all kinds of bright colors and they are around $30.
-Thank you for all your sweet comments and emails regarding Sambo walking! We're excited for him and although he still prefers to crawl, he has taken up to about 6 steps on his own before sitting down so he's definitely making progress. Of course, with Sam' personality, it has to be HIS idea and on HIS time. As in, we can't tell him what to do. We kind of just have to catch him doing it. Here's a quick video of about 4 steps he took while Mom and Dad were here.
He has also learned to sing opera-style. We are oh so proud.
Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend (if you had one) and have a great rest of the week!