1. We are having another baby!: Since I've posted about this on Facebook and Instagram, this isn't really new news, but definitely the most exciting! Little girl #2 is joining the family at the end of this month. I'm going to do a separate post all about this pregnancy and especially about finding out I was pregnant, because it was pretty awesome and miraculous and I don't want to forget anything about it. I wrote about the pregnancy we lost last year, and so it's an understatement to say we are incredibly grateful and excited that we are adding to our family again so soon and without complication this time. Here's to hoping she doesn't come early because I am feeling a tad bit unprepared. We did get her car seat out, we've got the crib set up (since Ella just stopped sleeping in it a few weeks ago....) and washed and put away all of her newborn clothes, so if she DID decide to come early, we would at least have a way to get her home, a place for her to sleep, and something for her to wear. We could swing by Walmart for diapers on the way home from the hospital, so we are basically good to go, right?
The main reason I'm feeling so disorganized is....
2. We moved!: We were going to be a little too close for comfort in our beloved apartment with two kids, so we moved about 25 minutes up the road to a slightly bigger place. This too, deserves its own post, but suffice it to say, it's been an adventure so far! Our new place is a duplex that was built in 1940. It has no A/C, no dishwasher or garbage disposal, and a lovely bird's nest right above the front door. Can you believe it was available?! Needless to say we are getting quite a deal on rent :) It DOES have a lot of natural light, garden boxes in the backyard, and cool old metal doorknobs, which for me made up for what it lacks in modern conveniences. I won't talk too much about the location just because *safetyfirst* but we've liked it a lot so far. We still live close enough to get together with my sisters and our friends, and as much as we miss Provo (it really is the best, despite what the haters will try to convince you of, haha) it's been good to have a change of scenery. We absolutely loved our old ward (I mean, we were there for five years. Does anyone do that in a student ward? No.) but it's been really fun being in a ward (church congregation) with a wider range of ages and more kids for Ella to play with.
Part of the reason we moved was also so that we could be closer to South Jordan, because....
3. Dave's going to nursing school!: So our plan ever since we got married was that Dave was going to apply for dental school. His dad and two of his brothers are oral surgeons, and he grew up working for his dad and seeing what he did, and since it interested him, it seemed like a natural fit. Last summer he was ready to apply: he took the DAT, got letters of recommendation, had finished all of the pre-requisites, the whole shebang, and it just wasn't feeling right to either of us. We didn't really broadcast it just because it was a little embarrassing, maybe (I might just be speaking for myself, here) to have gotten this far in life, have a child, and be like, "we aren't sure what we are doing with our lives!" So we kept praying about it and just kept moving forward with that plan because we weren't really sure what else to do. Sometimes I think that's what we have to do when we are having a hard time getting an answer to our prayers--try to be patient, and move forward until Heavenly Father's plan becomes clearer.
Finally, it got to be fall--and the deadlines for applications were looming. Those of you who have applied for post-graduate schooling know it's expensive just to apply! Not to mention the cost of flying out to interviews. So it was really getting to be crunch-time on making a decision, because we didn't want to waste the money. One day I was getting ready to leave the house to take Ella somewhere, and I just had this really overwhelming feeling that we should research more about nursing as a profession--which we had never even talked about. But it was such a strong impression that I just kind of dropped everything and did a little bit of research right then and there. Then I texted Dave about it, and he was totally open to looking into it more. So as we did some more research, we both just felt like this was going to be a better fit for him and for our family in general. In fact, it kind of seemed like what he should have been doing all along! His plan is to complete a BSN (bachelors of nursing) program, work for a few years and get hospital experience, and then apply to a CRNA (nurse anesthetist) master's program.
So we did a complete change of plans, rather late in the game! Hey, it would have been cool to figure this out like four years ago, sure, but what we lack in timeliness, we try dang hard to make up for in charm (mostly from Ella, though). Dave's been accepted to the BSN program at Roseman University, which is a great program for him because it's accelerated--it's designed for people who have most of the pre-reqs completed, which were pretty much the same as the ones he had taken for dental school, so it's not as long as doing the entire nursing core from start to finish like most schools. He starts in August, and we can't wait! We are really grateful for how quickly and smoothly everything has fallen into place once we made the decision--it was a huge answer to our prayers!
Okay, I think those are the major things that have changed in the past few months. Here are a few random pics, because no post is complete without some!:
Ella made the transition to her "big girl bed" pretty seamlessly, which was amazing! I totally expected it to be a nightmare, but Dave set the bed up and was like, "let's just go for it!" and I'm glad he did, because I would have procrastinated it and stressed over it for no reason (much like potty training). She does enjoy getting out and wreaking havoc in her room during nap time, but at night she does great. I think this was the very first night she slept in it. We just cracked up at how tiny she looks in a twin bed! She does have better bedding now, but she still has to have all of her baby blankies and 235 "friends" in there with her.
Our kitchen has virtually no dining space so our options for tables was quite limited by size. As in, when I saw this one described on KSL (our local classifieds) as "card table sized," I knew it would be right up our alley. She threw in the day-glo colored chairs for a steal of a deal and in my unrealistic aspirations they were going to be repainted white or have some kind of dark stain applied to them by now, but surprise, surprise, they are still crayon colored.
Ella thinks all of the baby stuff is hers (well, it did used to be so I can't say that I blame her). I'm a liiiittttlllleee nervous about how she will do with sharing.
36 weeks belly shot
I've totally caught the DIY bug now that we have a new place to decorate and a budget of zero dollars. I bought this little nightstand on KSL and of course had great aspirations to strip it, sand it, and repaint it. Well, it's sat on our back porch for the last, oh, four weeks being rained on. Dave is a champion and finally took matters into his own hands. Honestly, at this point it's more of a pride thing for me to finish it, because I can't even stand the sight of the stupid thing.
Here's to hoping it doesn't take me 6 months to post again! Thanks for reading, all five of you who are still here! :)