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Gardenia is having a name change…

Okay…. so Miss Gardenia is already having a name change!!

I love it when it snows. In the Big City, we got lots of snow in the wintertime (sometimes even in the fall and springtime!). I LOVE SNOW. I LOVE IT! The crisp whiteness of freshly fallen snow, the smell after it snows, the crunch of it beneath my feet, the sight of it falling soft or hard from the sky… snow is beautiful however it comes. In the Little City, it doesn’t snow enough for my liking. Our winters are mild & the very chance of snow sends the city into a tizzy with schools being canceled and people rushing to the grocery stores to stock up on canned goods. When I was in school in the Big City, school got canceled TWICE. TWICE. We went to school in a blizzard. Sure, sometimes we got sent home early but for the most part we dealt with the weather.

ANYWAYS… I love the snow. While both Hubby & I thought it would be fun for our next baby to be born in September (we were going to try next January for another September baby but God got to us first!), I’m excited for the idea that our third child is due in December – I just might have a snow baby! 🙂 We joke that I’ll probably have to drive myself to the hospital (with Hubby in the passenger seat) because I’ll go into labor during a big snowstorm and since I’m obviously a better snow driver than he is … I’d be the one to drive – haha. It’s true though, I’m a better snow driver.

I got to thinking how beautiful it would be to incorporate some “winter” theme into her name. At first, we thought Noelle for a middle name if she was born around Christmas. Friends of ours just named their new baby girl Noelle so… that’s out, more or less! 🙂 No worries there because I’ve found the perfect solution. Instead of her being Gardenia, to match her sisters Juniper & Magnolia, she is going to be called Snowdrop. It’s a simple but beautiful white flower with marvelous green tints on the inside. And the perfect name for my third daughter, in fact.

So, Miss Gardenia is no longer… as she has become Miss Snowdrop. I like it much better and it certainly seems to fit, regardless of whether she’s born on a snowy day. Once I said it out loud I KNEW it was the perfect “botanical” name for her. Perfect!

Juniper, Magnolia, & Snowdrop. My precious daughters. 🙂


In other news, tomorrow I will be 26 weeks pregnant with 14 weeks left to go!!! I’m so excited!!! I can’t believe how fast this has gone! I’m feeling pretty well… for the most part. Been having some real contractions here and there – never too many in an hour but it IS something I’ve been keeping watch over. I don’t think I’ll carry Snowdrop full-term but you never know. I’m still guessing Thanksgiving weekend for her birthday. I’m HUGE, getting bigger every day, it seems! I know they told me there is only one baby in there, but isn’t it possible that there was a second one hiding? Possible the ultrasound tech with twenty-four years of experience missed a second baby? Possible that they were just laying in such a way that it made it look like one, big baby? In light of my life and all the wacky things that have happened to me, I’d say it IS possible… not likely, but there’s probably some sort of chance.

Or maybe I’m just having a big baby? Not likely, but probably as good of a chance as a second baby hiding out! 🙂

Hubby & I spent some time last night (like two hours) clearing out & cleaning up our third floor, where Snowdrop’s room will be. We’ve managed to pitch a lot of trash (YAY!) and get a ton of “stuff” stored away in the closets. It’s amazing how big & nice the room has become just from what we did last night. I’m going on Wednesday to pick out carpet samples for our stairs/hallway/third floor & hopefully (HOPEFULLY) Hubby will be able to paint the baby’s room in the next two weeks so we can get the carpet installed, the furniture set up, and get the decorating done so we can just relax for the last few months of this pregnancy! 🙂 We’re working on the room more tonight so I’m super excited things are coming along! 🙂

Juniper & Magnolia are really surprising me every day with their speech improvements. It seems like they’re saying new words/phrases every day & really starting to excel and feel comfortable with trying to talk. They’ve also been singing quite a bit! Sometimes they even get the tune right! SO CUTE!! I really have to catch it on video some time soon.

No one has used the potty this week. Sad, but true. They’ll get back on the horse, so to speak, soon enough. We’re not pushing the potty training, we’re just letting them pace the process. Soon enough, soon enough. 🙂

The girls have also started pulling out our dining room table when it’s time for lunch!!! It’s so funny – I also can’t believe they’re so strong!! I’ll ask if they’re hungry and they’ll say “yes” and pull the table out and sit in their big girl chairs. We’re foregoing buying booster seats for the chairs as they seem to be able to sit, eat & not move for the most part. We’re also leaving the highchairs up here for now as some days they are not as well-behaved as others. When they don’t eat a good lunch (i.e. food on the floor, all over the table, etc) then they have to eat dinner in their highchairs. It’s a good system and seems to be working.

Speaking of… it’s time for Sesame Street & Lunch. I’ve begun keeping the TV off during the mornings and waiting until Sesame (followed by Caillou) comes on. They seem more interested in watching (which is great for keeping them in their seats and continually eating during lunch) & it’s obviously much better for them to NOT watch TV every hour that they’re awake. I’m also enjoying not listening to their TV shows, haha! 🙂

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2 Year Check-Up went Fantastically! And a short Baby Update!!

The girls had their two year old check-up today with the pediatrician. Everything checked out fine! Both girls are in the 25th percentile for height and weight – not surprising or of concern because I was always less than that when I was growing up. In fact, at three years old I weighed only a pound more than they do right now (at two)… tiny people procreate more tiny people! Haha!! 🙂

Both girls are right on target as far as all the questions the doc asked us about talking, stacking blocks, responding to their names, etc etc etc. Neither girl tested positive for autism (we had to fill out a YES/NO questionnaire) although we admitted they do seem to wander aimlessly around our main room sometimes. The doc assured us that their wandering is not the same wandering a child with autism might have and that we need not be concerned. Awesome! 🙂 I wasn’t really concerned about autism but you never know.

My youngest brother is autistic but my parents have never admitted this to anyone & don’t have him treated or in therapy for it. It’s created a lot of issues for us, his schoolmates, and others & it’s really sad that they refuse to admit it. We have a friend who works with severly autistic children – like, she has a masters degree and is one of the top people in the city where we live who works with these children. When my family was in town last year & she met them, after they left she said to my husband, “Wow, I had no idea Lady’s brother was so autistic!” So, he’s autistic, big whoop – but it’s a shame my parents don’t admit it so he can get some help. We’d all be better off.

ANYWAYS… 🙂 Magnolia was better behaved (duh) and actually let the doctor look in her ears, her eyes, her mouth, and listen to her heartbeat. Oh did Juniper squirm and move around and squeeze her lips together so the doctor couldn’t get a great look at her. He got well enough a look though so that’s nice. 🙂 They each got a shot for Hep A (standard procedure vaccinations) and we declined getting a Flu Vaccine shot. I’ve never had a Flu Vaccine shot – not that I’ve never gotten the Flu, I just don’t think it’s really that important to get. Hubby feels the same way, most notably because the one year he actually got the Flu Vaccine, he winded up getting the Flu! We’ll take the chance and if they end up getting really sick we know we’ll be heading straight to the hospital for fluids and medical interventions.

We also got a prescription for Junie’s terrible constipation. Miralax. I haven’t decided yet if we’ll get it filled… I’d kind of like to try some more natural approaches to this issue. (She’s going to hate me later when she realizes I’ve spread her constipation issues on the web. Haha.) I kind of feel like it’s not even constipation… she can poop, she just doesn’t like to so she holds it in for days until it’s just, like, as big as her arm! I know, TMI. Or not? Does anyone else have this problem with their toddler? She’s always had big poops so this is not a potty training issue – it’s more of a “she’s older now” issue and she realizes she can “hold it” if she really tries… which just backfires in the end. *sigh* The life & times of a toddler with poop problems. LOL. 🙂

So the girls are doing well and the doctor, of course, is happy to take on another patient when our next little girl is born!

We have the middle name picked and her ‘third’ name picked. Our girls are not known by others as Juniper & Magnolia. I mean, people know that’s what we wanted to name them it’s just not what we ended up naming them. Too much backlash from both Hubby’s and my parents caused us to change their names to “something more normal”. Looking back on it, we were NUTS to listen to our parents about this. Also looking back, if Hubby was as stubborn as me and could stand his ground… we probably would have ended up giving them the legal names of Juniper & Magnolia. We’ve called them by J & M since birth, along with their “legal” names and they answer to all of them. It’s neat, and we really love their “real names” (Juniper & Magnolia). Word of advice to expecting parents -> do not under any circumstance share the names you’ve chosen for your unborn baby!!! Wait until the kid is born & THEN tell everyone his/her name. You will thank yourself for this later on. 🙂

In light of June & Maggie’s situation, we’ve decided to give our newest little girl her own, botanical “third” name. This time, it’s going on the birth certificate. First Second Botanical Last. That’s how it will read. And we’ll use it as a nickname/lovie-name like we use Juniper & Magnolia for the girls.

Drumroll please………. we’ve decided on Gardenia for our littlest lady. Both Hubby & I LOVE Gardenia flowers. He would have worn one at our wedding but he would have looked like a clown (with a water shooting flower) had he worn a huge Gardenia flower on his tux! He regrets not wearing one; I’m glad I was able to say the florist said so. Hahaha. 🙂 Hubby’s grandma also really loved gardenias so it’s also a small nod to her in memory.

Miss Juniper & Miss Magnolia & Miss Gardenia. I’m so excited for my little flower ladies!!! 🙂

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