Well, I know I haven’t written in a while.  I kept telling myself it was because I have been on bed rest and have nothing interesting to say.  What I realize now is that was just because I was not feeling all that well, I had a lot to be thankful for, and a lot to document.   I won’t cram all the posts in now, but the summary is this:  We finished the kids bedrooms.  That’s right, I said kids.  Still strange, but Caterpillar is set to arrive any day now, so I better start saying it.

Our last doctor appointment confirmed I lost my mucus plug and his head is down, so we are just waiting for the big show.  We are considered in the ‘safe zone’ and our due date is less than 3 weeks away.  We are still amazed at that blessing, and we are trying to be patient, although I am about out of patience.

During my down time, I was allowing myself to get cranky.  Monkey, in all of her infinite wisdom went into the kitchen, and came back with a way to brighten my day.  Here’s what she provided:

Mom’s monkey toes.  Dad’s sense of humor.

Later that same week, a very good friend to Daddy provided a meal to us.  In addition to the blessing of the meal, she gave me the fourth book in The Twilight Series (which I finished in less than 24 hours – love those books!) and Monkey some face paint.  Since I have been sleeping so much, Daddy and Monkey did that craft together.  Here’s what came out of it:

They woke me up long enough for me to mumble ‘be sure and take a picture’.  After that, Daddy put her in the tub to soak and got her all cleaned up.  About an hour later, she decided she wasn’t quite done.  She went back to the paints, and while Daddy wasn’t paying attention, this is what she came up with her own design:

I thought clowns were creepy, but this is disturbing.

All in all, it’s been a low key month, but it’s been good.  Monkey has been a very good girl and has been doing so much on her own.  Her independence remains bittersweet for me, but she is so proud of herself I can’t help but be proud too.  And I know, before too much longer, I will be thankful for it!