It’s the first day of October! My favorite month of the year! The trees outside are looking beautiful and I’ve been enjoying the last few adventures that I will have with Owen before his little brother arrives. I know I’ve said it many times, but slowing down is really hard for this little family calendar. There are just too many good and fun things to do.
Last week I got to visit my friend, Christa, while she was recovering from her kidney donation surgery. It was great to see her doing so well after such a big surgery. I am so proud of her strength and I truly admire how awesome she is. It was fun to see her a few times while she was in the northwest. She is back in California now and I miss her being just down the freeway.
Another highlight of September was my forever friend, Maggie, welcoming her little Luke into their family. It’s been fun having Maggie as a pregnancy buddy. I can’t wait for our kiddos to meet each other and hopefully be buddies. On Tuesday, my mom, Owen and I went up to visit Maggie and her little family. Our moms got a chance to talk, Owen got to play with Summer and Maggie and I got to talk about the joys of labor while I snuggled Luke. It’s so fun to watch my friends as parents and be able to bond with them on an even deeper level as we grow our families.
Jeremy was out of town a good part of the week at our annual staff retreat for church/work. Usually, I would attend this event, but it was 4 hours away and that long of a ride in the car would be very uncomfortable at this point. Also, I’m far enough along in my pregnancy that I feel more comfortable staying close to home and my doctor. My mom came to spend the days with us as extra help with Owen. It was greatly appreciated. I do an okay job keeping up with Owen during the day, but the evening can be rough for me. I am worn down and just low on oomph. My mom did an awesome job keeping up with our household chaos.
Today, Owen and I ventured down south to go a farm and pumpkin patch. My sister-in-law invited us to join her mom’s group for the outing and I’m glad she did. My MOPS group will be doing the pumpkin patch scene right after our little guy arrives, so this was really Owen’s one chance to experience the pumpkin patch this season. Owen loved almost all the elements of our outing. He had a blast keeping up with his cousin, Nolan, and meeting Nolan’s friends. He enjoyed the hay bale maze (until he had leave the really cool tunnel and actually complete the maze). He got to pet and fed various farm animals. The highlight for Owen was the hay ride out to the pumpkin patch. He was so obsessed with the tractor that was pulling us. Once we arrived at the pumpkin patch all he wanted to do was get back on the hay wagon. He had no interest in picking a pumpkin. After a bit of struggle, I gave up. I snapped a little pumpkin off the vine and we went to sit in the wagon and wait for the tractor ride back. It was really sweet of Beckie to invite us and I know that Owen really loved the time with Nolan and the farm visit. Since I didn’t want to use the portable potties that they had available at the farm, Owen and I made a quick stop at Wendy’s before leaving the area. This was my first time going into a restaurant with just Owen. We used the bathroom and had a quick meal. Owen ate 3 fries and drank a milk while I ate a burger. It was a fun little lunch date before we loaded back up to head home.
I thought that my month of October would be a slow and restful one. I pictured myself with next to no commitments and being a total bum. But I don’t think that is going to pan out. This weekend is Owen’s big birthday party weekend. We will get to celebrate Owen turning two with our families. All of our October weekends hold plans and I still have weekly commitments with church and MOPS. I’m trying to not pack the days, but the weeks are turning out to be fuller than I expected. I guess if life gets to be too much for me, I can just start declining my plans. I’m sure people will understand that the pregnant lady needs to slow down and rest. Hopefully! I struggle with wanting to everything and wanting to do nothing… Oh well. I’ll only be in the waiting season for a few more weeks before the next phase of life arrives. I’m trying to enjoy each day for what it is. Especially these times with just Owen and I.