Thursday, September 23, 2010

Too Fast

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Sometimes I feel like Luke's childhood is going by too fast. I just want to freeze moments like this:

We were at Peter's flag football game and Luke was so much fun. He doesn't really watch much of the game (I can't blame him) he'd rather have his own little football and run around. He was being such a goof- falling down on purpose to get a laugh and roll around in the grass. Then I would tickle him for a bit and we'd repeat the game. He even came up with a game with my flip-flops where he'd put them on his feet and kick them up in the air so they'd spin. One parent commented to me "Wow! He's got a lot of energy- he must sleep great at night!". Hmmm, so that's why he's been getting such great sleep!


This morning my car had to go into the shop to get the cooling system's problem fixed (hopefully once and for all this time) so Mac dropped me off at my Mom's. She was headed for the temple and when Luke heard that he flipped out. He really wanted to go, and I didn't really have a reason not to go, so we went. The temple is beautiful and has a nice nature area we could play in- plus if we got really bored we could take my mom's car to the nearby outlets. Well, he loved the temple and grounds so much that we stayed the whole time. We got to see deer, turkeys, and lots of bees.

A temple worker came and gave us a pamphlet for Luke to look at and he spent the rest of the time near the temple looking at his "book" and finding good spots for reading.

When we went to the rest of the grounds there were some other kids playing-- their moms were taking turns (one in the temple and one watching the kids). Luke had a blast with his 2 new buddies and learned to climb trees. There were also two babies there and when both were fussy I offered to hold one- Luke tolerated that for all of 5 minutes before he wanted to be held too. Then the next time it happened and I was holding the other baby he got jealous again- but this time he was wanting to hold the baby. I think we're in for an interesting transition in 5 1/2 months!

He couldn't resist climbing the trees:

After the temple we went shopping (the summer clearances right now are crazy good) so by the time we went home it was way past Luke's usual nap time. I was hoping he'd fall asleep in the car, but he entertained us with Old McDonald who had a cow (who said "woof" apparently).

After all that fun, Luke slept like a toddler.

He's my little cherub- especially in his sleep.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Work, work, work

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Luke always likes to get in on the action. Papa was on a conference call so I had to insist Luke keep it down as much as possible, but that didn't stop him from very quietly bringing over the step stool and showing off his climbing skills. How he loves to please his Papa.

This afternoon my wonderful car decided to threaten to overheat on me (it really is a great car, but the cooling system is chronically NOT cool). Luckily we were right by Mac's work, so we stopped in to see him doing some production work while the car cooled. Luke grabbed a pen and paper and went right to work, too.

We all know what they say about all work and no play, so we get in plenty of play, too. Luke was obsessed with one of the babies at my mom's house so much that we had to bring her every where for about 3 days. Football games, stores, the mail box, you name it. Luckily this has passed.

Baby in one hand, football in the other.

We even took her to the park and she had to go in the swing too. Luke sometimes gets so relaxed on the swing I ask him if he wants to go to sleep- so he played along with me for a minute.

P.S. Dear Little Brother: You are on our mind. We think about you, we talk about you, and we can't wait to meet you. I'm really looking forward to feeling kicks soon! The other day I was at the store and found some good deals so I got you some clothes (you won't fit into most of Luke's baby clothes because he was a Fall baby and you'll be a Spring baby)- I even bought the pair of shoes you'll probably start walking in. We love you!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wanna see the baby?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I have been really anxious to find out whether this baby was a boy or a girl. Initially I thought it was a boy, but Luke's insistence that it was a girl swayed me a bit. I even bought some socks to turn in to baby legs if it was a girl for her to wear under dresses. I had my favorite two girl names narrowed down and never really focused on boy names. When having Luke I was convinced it was a boy and already had the name picked out, so it was so off-putting to not have a 100% sure feeling as to sex or name.

I always thought that I would be happy raising a family of boys. I grew up with mostly brothers and didn't get a sister until I was 16- I feel a lot easier surrounded by boys. The thought of raising a girl (especially in the teen years) is terrifying at times. Somehow, though, it tugs at my heart strings to walk by the ballet clothes at Target. I never even did ballet, how would it be sentimental to me? I have no explanation for this.

The morning of the ultrasound I invited the Schofields to come. Neither Peter nor my Dad was interested in coming, but I encouraged my Mom and Emily to play a little game with me. I thought it would be fun to wear the color associated with the sex you thought the baby was. Luke chose to wear blue over red (for a girl, he has no pink clothes) or yellow (for the undecided). Mac chose to wear yellow (he wasn't undecided, he just thought my game a little silly) and the rest of us were in pink.

The ultrasound technician knew pretty easily it was a boy, and he didn't even have to tell me- boys are pretty obvious. Mac told me later that he was as surprised as me- we both got persuaded by Luke's insistence that it was a girl (Luke even had a favorite name for a girl and called all of the baby dolls at my Mom's house by that name). Pretty quickly into the ultrasound Luke declared he was "all finished"- It didn't even take very long, but he didn't like it.

Initially in the pregnancy I thought it was a cute idea to not find out the sex and wait until the day of the birth- I always love birth stories where they've left the biggest surprise for the birth day. I just wish that my anxious personality would allow for a full nine months of waiting- I can barely wait the 16 weeks as it is! I'm really glad we found out right away so that I didn't get any more attached to the idea of a baby girl.

It's kind of weird for me to think of having another boy. I mean, didn't I just do that? And even harder to imagine that another little boy could hold such a place in my heart as Luke does. To me, Luke is everything that a little boy should be, and to imagine that another little boy will make me feel the same way is...odd.

As we speak Luke was being awfully quiet in the play room. Mac went to investigate and Luke had found a rag and was trying to clean off the crayon he had marked on the wall earlier this week. See what a sweet boy he is? Well, not so sweet to write on the wall, but very sweet to try to clean it.

Last night I had a sweet dream about our new baby boy. In my pregnancy dreams my stomach is usually transparent or I can open the top like a coin purse and look at the baby. The baby was kicking me in a very playful way as I was talking to him and I looked into his eyes and they were a very light blue. None of the Christensen grand babies that I am aware of have light eyes- they all seem to have dark brown (I could be mistaken).

Until we figure out the name I think we'll call him LB (for little brother, little bean or little booger- if he's making me sick or uncomfortable). My mother has come up with another nickname suggestion. Every time my Mom and Dad had a boy my Dad really wanted to use the name Gary or Dean (Dean became Peter's middle name), so I think we'll tease my Dad by calling the baby those names until we've decided on another.

Mac: I didn't think I really cared whether we were having a boy or a girl until the moment that the guy said "if you look right here you can see what it is"...and it was a boy! And I was a little bit sad at first. I am very excited for another boy, but I think I would just like to have at least one little girl in my life. :) I was sitting on the couch this morning watching Luke playing in one of our living room chairs, and I remembered when he was learning to walk and liked holding on to those chairs, which made me think of what it will be like when new-little-brother will be doing that. I can picture Luke running around, and encouraging and hugging LB, and just being excited in general. I think he'll be a great big brother.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Luke's nurturing soul

Monday, September 06, 2010
Luke is a nurturing soul. This is evidenced by him putting his Lego guys down for naps.

He also likes to put his real babies down for naps too.

He may have been exposed to one too many "Baby Story" shows on TLC. This was my first clue. If we watch anything else, he thinks it's a birth show. We were watching Friends and Monica was sitting on the couch with Rachel helping her put in eye drops. Luke starts saying "Push! Push". I told him "nobody is pushing out a baby". He replied "Cut the baby?" (this is how he says C-section). I just shook my head and laughed. I hope I haven't scarred him for life.

Speaking of watching too much t.v... I had to joke with my friend Holly that maybe Abby has seen one too many "kissing shows" because last time they played together she needed a lot of kisses from Luke. He doesn't mind. I'll just have to keep my eye on these two when they get bigger.

Last but not least is Luke's car singing. I think he's trying to mix the "Happy Family" song with "Like the birdies in the spring". Either way it has a long way to go in terms of melody and lyrics, but it keeps Mac and I entertained in the car.

Here's what I can make out: I love-a, Sing with me, love Papa, love basketball too, love baseball too, love basketball too, monkeys too, I do I do, I love-a. He sang all the way home from church.