It seems like time keeps getting away from me these days! It's already the middle of August, Little Man turns ONE in only five days, Hubby goes back to work in a week and a half, and Baby #2 will be here in approximately 12 weeks! For the longest time it seemed like our family vacation to the beach was months away, but now it's over! We intended to move Little Man into his "big boy" room upstairs by his birthday...but all I've managed to do is prime the trim, doors, and windows. I guess we'll be a little late on that one.
So, the question is, what do I do with all my time?! Cakes, chase Little Man, clean, laundry, lay on my heating pad (a gift from heaven to my aching lower back), and go to the grocery store. Every once in a while, when Little Man is napping I get a spurt of energy and get something extra done...such as the two coats of primer upstairs. It's been a blast having Hubby home for the summer and I thought it would mean I would get more done around the house, but the truth is I just enjoy spending time with my boys more than anything else!
However, it's only 12 weeks until my due date and we have a crazy to-do list to complete before then! We need to finish painting Little Man's room and move him upstairs. We also need to finish taping, sanding, and painting the new railing Hubby built upstairs in the playroom. He and his dad tore down the old and incredibly unsafe one and replaced it with a knee wall. Now we can put up a gate at the top of the stairs and we don't have to worry about Little Man crawling through the posts of the railing. Hubby and his dad are perfectionists when it comes to home improvements, so the new railing/wall is very sturdy. I need to make curtains for all the windows upstairs - I've bought the fabric, just need to get around to sewing. We also intend to kill all the grass/weeds growing in our front yard at the end of this month. Then we'll till everything up and plant all new grass. We have been fighting our lawn for almost three years now and have finally decided we just need to start over from scratch. We also gave up on growing grass under the large tree in our front yard. This summer we mulched a large bed under it and plan to plant a shade garden in September. (We considered a kitchen remodel for this summer also, but Hubby ended up not teaching summer school so we put that project on hold due to lack of funding.) So yes, LOTS to do. Time to kick it into high gear I suppose.
Little Man is starting to walk more. Today he repeatedly walked to Hubby (taking a good 10 or more steps!) and between a few other things. I'm not kidding when I say I think he was practicing and trying to perfect his abilities before showing them off publicly. There were MULTIPLE times we caught him walking when he thought we weren't looking. He's a sneaky little fellow. I guess today was the day when he felt confident enough to really show off. I'm excited for him to really start walking. I plan to spend a lot more time outside letting him run around in the yard. It was so hot and dry this summer that all our grass died. Everytime Little Man would crawl in the yard, he ended up with scrapes on his knees and legs. I figured once he's walking, this problem will mostly go away.
Our beach trip was a blast. All the grandparents, some great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins...the whole gang! Little Man loved the ocean, pool, baby pool we set up with our tents on the beach, and the sand. In fact, he loved it and all the company so much, he thought he'd wake up between 5 and 5:30 every morning to squeeze in as much of it as he could. We weren't the biggest fans, but he wakes up so cute and happy that it's hard to be too cranky. (And thank goodness for coffee.)