1. When can we expect baby #2?
Hubby and I are definitely thinking about another baby. With it taking so long to get pregnant with E, we don’t want to wait too long in case we run into complications again, however we want to make sure we are ready and that we had some good time with E by herself. We have babies on the brain though with a lot of our friends welcoming their littles into this world lately and can’t wait to experience that again! In the meantime I am working on getting healthy and preparing myself hoping not to gain another 50lbs next time around.
I think we would either go to Hawaii or Florida, granted money was no issue and E was a little older. Hubby and I have never been to Hawaii and think it would be pretty awesome and relaxing. We also both love the idea of going to theme parks in Florida, Harry Potter for sure!
Venessa for A Journey of Love asked:
I would LOVE to learn to play another musical instrument. I played the Viola in high school and traveled locally as well as overseas to play. It was awesome! I also love to sing. I would love to learn to play either the piano or the guitar.
I would love to get my house cleaned and organized and be able to keep it that way. I say that, because I feel like my house is always in a state a chaos. So hubby and I are going at it a room at a time to try and get things cleaned up. I need everything to have a place! I think that will help my stress levels, a lot, and definitely be an accomplishment!
What would you like to teach E as she grows up? (this one is coming from my fear of raising a daughter in this society!)
I think about this all the time. When I was at a friends baby shower one of the other guests said that all moms should create a list of personality traits or qualities that they want their child to have, the idea being that if you write it down you will be more likely to nurture those traits in your child. Here are the traits I can think of that we try to nurture in her.
We want her first and foremost to love Christ and have her own personal relationship with Him. I think that if we can nurture that and really make it number one, a lot of other traits will fall into place. We want her to be kind and respectful, I want her to be the kid that likes everyone and everyone likes, I do not want her to get swept up in the hateful popularity contest that happens to our girls in this generation. I want her to have compassion and I want her heart to hurt when others hurt. I want her to be a good sport and encourage others. I want her to have enough confidence that when others do not return the same kindness or encouragement she can brush it off, and look to her heavenly father for those things. I want her to learn that it’s ok to laugh at yourself, that not everything is embarrassing, and that moments are fleeting, to enjoy them all.
We are constantly encouraging creativity in her- she loves to sing and dance, and we work really hard on trusting her and letting her take risks. I read an article once about how big of a deal it is to trust your little ones while they explore. If you are constantly hanging over their shoulder and not letting them take risks, they won’t learn to do anything on their own. So we let her make a lot of choices and let her take the lead with a lot of things she wants to do- but we are always close by watching and we would never let her do something that would put her in real harm or danger.
Thanks for asking, those were fun!
Candace and Katie- you’re answers are coming in a different post! 🙂