Friday, February 19, 2016

Sugar and Spice

Anyone who knows Avonlea, knows that the girl has some spunk to her.  She is very sweet and loving, but also can be very sassy.  Every emotion she has is grand and exaggerated.  Being the only girl in our family, as well as the only granddaughter on my side of the family, she had been a bit spoiled at times.  You'd think being a twin, she'd be used to sharing the spotlight.  But that hasn't really turned out to be the case.  Twins, in general, get a lot of attention.  She being the more dominant of the two of two, has thrived on that attention.  Archer usually could care less.  So much of the added attention given to our duo, eventually found it's way to her, being that she is very good at soaking it up and charming everyone.  Add that to the being the only girl and the attention she has received from that, and you are meet a very confident, strong-willed, big personalty, all crammed into a tiny three year old little body.

A couple weeks ago Avonlea was sitting with her Auntie Rie, intently watching her Aunt apply lip gloss.  Rie asked Avonlea if she wanted some.  "No," Avonlea said matter of factly, "I already have red lips.  And I'm pretty."

Yep, confidence is not something the girl lacks.  She also on many occasions has corrected me when I've mentioned she has blue eyes.  She revises my comment saying, "sparkly blue eyes."

When our Bishop asked me if I would like a boy or a girl with this pregnancy I replied, "A girl would be good.  It might help take Avonlea down a notch."  He burst out laughing, saying Greg had made a similar comment.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm glad to have a confident daughter.  I hope she is always secure with herself. She is special, and she is truly beautiful; I have no doubt of that.  I just want to make sure she is balanced with some humility as well.  And honestly, I think Avonlea would absolutely love to have a baby sister, or in her words, "a princess baby sister," even if that means she will have to share some of the spotlight.  I'm quite certain she would dote all over that baby girl and make her feel as beautiful and self-assured as she, herself feels.  After all, as I said, Avonlea's emotions are big, and although she may have a strong love for herself, she loves her family fiercely as well!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Baby #5 Soon to Arrive

Early December I was feeling exhausted, as in can't even keep my eyes open, exhausted.  I took a pregnancy test.  It was negative.  So I continued on, not having any idea why I was so tired.  A week later, still feeling worn out and drowsy, I took another test, which came up positive.

As with my pregnancy with the twins, we were able to announce the expected new baby to our families at our Christmas celebrations.  Greg announced it to my side of the family during the prayer over our Christmas dinner.  He blessed that I would have a safe pregnancy and that the baby would be healthy, and then continued to give the longest prayer ever.  My sisters were dying waiting for the end of the prayer to respond to the news.  Haha!

I've been pretty sick for the last two months.  So most of my friends who have regular contact with me have known about the pregnancy early on.  I can't hide it when I'm too sick to function and continually absent from most activities that I would usually never miss.  But for those of you who I haven't seen recently, you are now in the know.

I am currently twelve weeks pregnant.  The baby (there is only one in there this time; I had the doctor check during my first appointment with an ultrasound to be sure) is due mid August.  We are all excited!  Everyone in the family has said they would like it to be a girl, except Archer.  Most of the time he says he wants a brother, once in a while he concedes with the rest of his siblings and says he hopes for a sister.  Honestly, I'd be surprised if we have a girl... we are good at making boys.  But either way, we look forward to the arrival of baby #5.