10:10 PM

Today was our ward's primary program and goodness. Children singing primary songs + pregnancy hormones are a ROUGH combination. All I can say is thank goodness for waterproof eyeliner and mascara and thank goodness I was seated with my primary class on the BACK row, with kids STANDING all around me, because to say I was "a bit teary" during the program would be a liiiiiittle bit of an understatement πŸ™ˆ. (I think a more accurate description would be something along the lines of "blubbering mess.") 

I can't believe next year Lydia will be part of the Primary program - and then we will have over a decade's worth of primary programs watching our OWN children. WHAT! That is crazy!!! Just thinking about it is enough to make me start tearing up again....

Today Lydia was "singing" the hymns in Sacrament meeting and it was just about the cutest thing ever. I can't wait to see her in the program next year. For being not yet three, she amazes me with how much she understands and can communicate everyday. There have been a few hilarious things she's said lately that I need to document somewhere. 

Lydia: "Mom. Do you want some lemonade?"
Me: "I'm okay, but thank you!"
Lydia: (concerned) "Mom. I think the baby wants some lemonade." 

Me: "Lydia, how should we do your hair today?" 
Lydia: "Uhhh...tangly." 

She's currently very into Peppa Pig and since the episodes are only about 5 minutes long, I've decided I'm really into it too. Not to mention the fact that since it's a British show she will randomly say things with an accent and it KILLS me. All week she's been calling the grocery store the "supermarket" and she found some broken glasses the other day that she told me "needed to be mended." CAN YOU EVEN. Needless to say Peppa won't be going anywhere if Lydia or I have anything say about it.

Although Elliott still isn't walking (and I'd be lying if I didn't admit that that fact frustrates me at times - mostly because my back is already all sorts of out-of-whack but also thinking about carrying around a 28+ pound toddler AND an infant carseat everywhere makes me want to cry - have you noticed a theme here? #emotional) he really is the best little buddy. He's been popping teeth like crazy and has a giggle that makes me squeal with delight. He continues to eat and sleep like a champ and LOVES playing with the big kids. Whenever Lydia has friends over (which would basically be 24/7 if it were up to her - in case there was ever any reason to wonder, she is CLEARLY an extrovert πŸ˜‚) Elliott tries to follow them around (which is made particularly difficult by the fact that he has to crawl after them and they lose him rather quickly. Poor guy). 

A few months ago we put Lydia and Elliott in the same room at night and BOY OH BOY has it been interesting. hahaha. We're finally all starting to get the hang of it, but there were a period of at least a few weeks when they kept each other up well past 11pm every night laughing and playing together. It was adorable. But also like, "Uh Lyds. Dad and I are trying to go to sleep now so will you guys please keep it down?"  πŸ˜‚ On multiple occasions Elliott would fall asleep and we would hear Lydia saying, "Elliott? ELLIOTT! EELLLLIIIOOOOTTTTTT, WHAT ARE YOU DOOOINNGGG?" Each time she wouldn't stop yelling until he would wake up and continue playing with her. haha. I've never felt so conflicted with something being equal parts adorable and positively infuriating. 

 We've finally gotten into a groove where Elliott goes to sleep first and then once he's asleep we take Lydia in there and remind her to be "sneaky like the gorilla" (from one of her current favorite books "Goodnight Gorilla"). It works MOST days but not all (today it did not). Usually at least once a week Lydia requests to go the sleep at the same time as Elliott and they laugh and play for a few hours before we threaten to separate them at which point Lydia is usually good at actually going to bed (usually after 10 pm). The morning after those late nights Lydia will often report to me about how she was making Elliott "laugh sooo hard in the crib." And it's true. It wears poor Elliott out saying up so late though, he takes like 3, 2-hour naps hahaha meanwhile Lydia doesn't seem to be phased in the slightest.

As for me, I'm rapidly transitioning from the "cute" pregnant stage to the, "WOAHHH she's hecka pregnant!" stage. I can't believe in just six (okay, probably seven) weeks we will be the parents of THREE! What an exciting and absolutely horrifying thought. hahaha. I'm feeling confident that Lydia is going to love having a little baby around (at least at first) and I have literally no clue how Elliott is going to react. But either way it's going to be an ADVENNUTREEE. (Right, mom?) 

Stephen and I just finished reading the book "Educated" by Tara Westover together. We started it while we were on our little getaway in St. George and we finally finished it last night. It was definitely thought provoking. I'm not sure I would recommend it, mostly because I'm still processing? haha I don't know. Ask me again in a week. 

Anyway, I realized I haven't really done a "life update" on here in far too long and although I post A LOT on instagram (some might even dare to say "too much" πŸ˜ ) I thought it might be nice to have a little update on this [very neglected] blog ;) 

thanks for reading.
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