The boys got out of school last week and I was a bag of mixed emotions. I am so relieved to be free of schedules, packing lunches, remembering homework, washing uniforms, and rushing to and from all of our scheduled activities. I love lazy days and the freedom to stay in our pajamas, or eat lunch on the grass, or hop in the van and head to the zoo. But I also secretly dread the lack of routine when the boys run out of ideas to keep themselves busy and the girls are napping and they're in my space when I am supposed to be recharging (and maybe watching last night's Bachelorette). But so far, we've found our sweet spot this summer and everyone is happy in each other's company. I have no expectation that this well be long lasting, but girl can dream.
We have already had a stomach bug run through the kids, landing one of them in the ER a few nights ago. But it seemed to pass quickly and everyone is mostly back to normal. We spend our days reading, eating popsicles, playing in the pool, riding bikes, and playing kickball. Trips to the park, a morning at the zoo... I'm trying to dream up ideas and put together a list of things to do when these things lose their luster in the weeks to come.
And glory be, the second trimester started this week and I am finally back to feeling like a functional human being. I want to cook actual meals, I don't need to nap throughout the day, the laundry pile is starting to dwindle, and I dare say I'm adjusting to the minimal caffeine intake. I got to see the baby on an ultrasound last week and turned into a blubbering mess when I saw its little profile and its quickly beating heart. I had been all wrapped up in heartburn and nausea and exhaustion, that I wasn't really thinking about all that adding up to a sweet, tiny human. I really do love babies.
Nick and I got away for a weekend to belatedly celebrate our anniversary and I got to be a part of the Be Crafty Workshop (if you can go to one, GO.) with some really awesome women from all over the country.
All in all, the last few weeks have been really great, and I am looking forward to many more to come.