This past week has been pretty low key. Other than going to the chiropractor or having a play date, we haven't been going out too much. The hot weather, combined with my huge belly make it a lot of work to take the boys out by myself. On Wednesday, my midwife's assistant came by to make sure all of my birth supplies are ready to go. On Thursday, I finally made my laborade, so I can officially say that we are ready for labor and Irelyn's arrival. On Friday, a lady from the moving company came by to look at our belongings so the packing guys bring the right supplies. Finally, on Saturday, we went down to the town of Occoquan, VA. for Riverfest and took the boys on a boat ride on the river. It's weird to think that very soon we will be a party of FIVE!
*Going for a walk in our neighborhood.*
*Beckett trying to keep
up with Payson.*
*My little walking man!*
*Petting someone's dog. They
LOVE dogs. I can't wait until
we can have one again.*
*All Payson wanted to do was
sit and talk to the dog. And yes,
the dog only has 3 legs.*
*This is how I found Payson
while I was busy in the
kitchen...stealing food and
making himself comfortable.*
*Daddy and the boys on the boat.*
*This is as good as our family
pictures get lately. Oh well...*
*Running around looking
at the geese.*
*Payson really enjoys watching animals.*
*From today....the boys in van
on the way to get lunch.*
*This is the house we might live in for our temporary house in New York, unless they show us something else we like. It's on one acre and has a huge backyard that is on Lake Champlain.*
It's that time again. We want to know your guess for Irelyn's birth date and weight. Just in case you don't remember, here is some useful information to help you make your guess. Irelyn's due date is July 19th and I am currently measuring 4 weeks ahead. Payson weighed 8lbs.5oz. and was 10 days early. Beckett weighed 9lbs.4oz. and was 5 days early.
(Duplicate guesses are allowed.)
Mommy: July 13th/10lbs3oz
Daddy: July 4th/10lbs4oz
Payson: July 2nd/9lbs4oz (yes, we asked him to guess!)
We've been trying to keep busy and stay cool for the past couple of weeks. Now that our clubhouse pool is open, I've been taking the boys at least once a week. Thank goodness for the kiddie pool, because there is no way I could take both boys in a big pool by myself.
Two weekends ago, we took a spur of the moment trip to Baltimore to use our passes at the National Aquarium. The boys really enjoy seeing all of the fish and watching the dolphin show. Later that night, we went to a Baltimore Orioles baseball game and the boys didn't go to bed at the hotel until after 11pm. We are done taking weekend trips for sure because my body can barely handle grocery store trips.
Tomorrow I am 36 weeks along in my pregnancy, so last weekend Paul spent a lot of time turning our guest suite into my birthing room. He blew up my birth tub and set up a table with all of the birth supplies. He also rearranged the seats in the van and set up Irelyn's car seat base. I only have a couple of little things left to do, like freezing a batch of laborade, and then we will be ready for Irelyn's arrival. The memories of my pain during Beckett's labor have been coming back to me lately and making me nervous. I really hope that each labor is shorter than the one before, like I've heard. I know I can do it, because the moment she comes out will make all the pain and work worth it.
Moving update.... Unless Paul get another job offer, we will be leaving for New York on August 20th. We have a temporary, furnished house set up to live in and most of our belongings will be in storage until we decide on where to permanently live.
Here are pictures from the past few weeks...
*Payson at the kiddie pool.*
*Beckett cruising around the edge.*
*Payson and Hallie enjoying a snack.*
My friend, Brittany, hosted another one of her cute parties and this time the theme was bugs. Everyone made a bug inspired food for the kids to enjoy and then kids played in the water outside. So fun!
*I made spider cupcakes.*
*Payson eating his food.*
*Beckett after all of the water fun.*
*Beckett wearing his shirt
from Auntie Sheridan.*
My friend, Claire, is a doula and while she was at a birth I watched her son Karl (20 months). It was just a small taste of having 3 kids. I think Karl had fun, even though my boys are crazy compared to his quiet and calm personality. I really love Claire and I am looking forward to her attending Irelyn's birth.
*Having fun in the driveway with
Beckett and Karl.*
Last week, both boys had a unexplained fever for 1 day each. Not fun having two cranky babies.
*My pathetic boy...*
*The best part of sick kids....snuggling!*
Yesterday was Father's Day and I tried to plan a special day for Paul. We got him a card, shirt and carrot cake for being the best Daddy ever! I also had a trip planned on a charter boat along the Potomac River, but the captain's boat was having problems and we didn't want to wait around. We decided to take the tour next weekend, if the weather is nice.
*Paul and the boys(before the trip was cancelled).*
Last week, Paul took some time off work so we could take our last family vacation before Irelyn arrives. It was so nice to have him around all of the time because I am feeling BIG these days. Before we left town, Payson had his 2 year check-up at the doctor and got two shots. He now weighs 31. 4 lbs. and is 33.25 inches tall.
During our vacation, we stayed at a hotel, and the boys loved swimming in the pool every night. Payson enjoyed running down the hallways, and Beckett came home a much better walker. On Wednesday, we went to Busch Gardens, and it ended up being 93 degrees that day. We were drenched in sweat by 10am. We were so excited that Beckett could finally go on all of the kiddie rides. He is definitely more adventurous than Payson. Despite the heat, we had lots of fun, and the boys passed out before we even left the parking lot.
On Thursday, we took a day trip to Virginia Beach. Our first stop was a little petting zoo. The boys really enjoyed all of the animals, but Paul didn't like smelling like goat afterwards. Next we had lunch at a Greek restaurant on the beach, and the food was very good. Finally, we took the boys down to the water to see the ocean for the first time. Beckett seemed to enjoy getting his feet wet, and of course, Payson hated every second of it. He hates the sand just like his Mommy, plus he was afraid of the water.
Our last day away was Friday, and we went back to Busch Gardens for another day of fun. The weather was awesome that day. We took the boys on all of the rides again and then ended the day at the water park in Sesame Street. I was afraid that Payson would freak out there too, but I was smart enough to give him a cup to play with and that's all it took. He spent the whole time filling up the cup and dumping it out. He doesn't like to run through the water but loves to dump it on his own head. He also enjoyed dumping it on Beckett and trying to get Mommy and Daddy wet. He even started dumping water on other kids. It was really funny. Beckett just enjoyed walking around and watching all the big kids.
I am so thankful for all of Paul's hard work that makes it possible to take vacations and create family memories that will last a life time. Once you are a parent, everything you do is for your kids. We really hope that, even though Payson and Beckett won't remember our trip, they had a good time.
Here are just some of the pictures from our trip.
If you would like to see all of the pictures, please click on the link below.
We are the Wendorff's! My name is Lindsey and my husbands name is Paul. I am originally from California and Paul is from Ohio. We met over the internet in Arizona, February of 2004. In July of 2007, Paul got a promotion within the Border Patrol so we moved to the Florida Keys. On Leap Day 2008, we finally got married and tried to start a family right away. February of 2009, we moved to Virginia because Paul got another promotion to Washington DC. We had our first baby boy, Payson Thomas,on May 27th, 2009 and our second baby boy, Beckett Edward, on April 22nd, 2010. Just 11 months apart! We recently added a baby girl to our family, named Irelyn Ann and born July 10th, 2011. We enjoy hockey, traveling and just being with each other.