We had our AK family in town (I can't believe they left almost a week ago!) and it was awesome. It is always so great to see Clayden (he spells his name Clayton, but I pronounce it as Clayden), April and the kids. They are getting to be so big and I am sure everyone says this, but we have the sweetest niece ever...it is awesome to see how Kara is so good with all the boys. They adore her (seriously...I think there is a long line to marry her...it will be a sad day when we have to explain to all the boys that that kind of marriage isn't legal in AZ) and I see why...she'll do anything for them...so sweet. We spent lots of time hanging out together (and in process Jake and I became addicted to Super Mario Brothers on Wii...mental note, never get Jake a Wii)...the kids had a blast together. Hugh is still learning how to play with others, but it was fun to watch all the other kids together. I wish I could say I took so many pictures, but that would be a lie (I did get a lot of Logan and him swinging a bat because it was so funny)...thank goodness for Michelle, who always takes lots of pictures...she is so good. It was good fun! We miss them like crazy already and look forward to their next visit. Kara has already told me she hopes the baby will be a girl...she said, "I wanted Hugh to be a girl. Of course, I want this one to be a girl." We are happy Hugh is a boy. She is very outnumbered. We love you all Johnson AK family!!!
Hugh is becoming more and more independent, but still needs his hold time. We have noticed that he doesn't ever really want to play with other kids and always prefers to go exploring...age thing or personality? We'll soon find out. I am thankful for a husband that will follow him all over. He still has no words, but is always talking...we pretend to know what he is saying...it is some funny stuff sometimes. He loves to get dirty...real dirty...and normally, I let him (which was so unlike me when I thought about having children...I always thought I would be the one to change their outfits every time they got dirty...ah, how things change)...I figure now is the time for him to enjoy getting dirty...we'll see if the behaviour continues at twelve. He cut another molar...that makes twelve teeth. He got his first fat lip when he tripped and hit the tile hard. Honestly, I didn't even notice until one of my brothers said, "What happened to his lip?" Wow, I am such a good mom. He fell backwards off the couch and hit his head on the coffee table...good thing God made our heads hard. Ah, life with boys. He loves to open drawers now and put random objects in there...always fun for us, you never know what you'll find. He is still a total Linus kid and wants his blanket with him wherever he goes...including the bathtub. He still loves the trash and the dishwasher...I am sure he won't love them so much when they are his chores. He still loves to be outside and to test limits. We still have a lot to learn, but we enjoy every day with this sweet boy...God has blessed us beyond all measures!
I am in the middle of my thirteenth week of pregnancy...and I am still sick. However, I am not going to complain about it or whine about it...we (and many others) prayed for this baby and so, I choose to praise God for this miracle. Yes, this pregnancy is different than with Hugh...no, it doesn't make me think it is a girl...it makes me think it is a baby and every pregnancy is different. We are going to find out what we are having this time around...no, we're not...ha. The excitement is so fun. It is different being home this time around and not traveling all over and working eighty hour weeks. I prefer to be home. We pray the desire to eat comes back soon and the sickness ends...I was sick with Hugh until twenty-five weeks, but wanted to eat again (and oh, boy did I eat) around sixteen weeks. I love cereal once again...but I always love cereal. Me and the Cap'n make a great pair...to punish myself, I looked the serving size on my Cap'n box when it was about 90% gone after three days of eating it...did you know there are sixteen servings in that box? Don't worry, it didn't make me cut back on the portion size...I think it was a misprint and I'll never look at another serving size on a cereal box again. I can gross Jake out with eating an entire jar of pickles...or just sitting on the couch vomiting (ah, the word everyone loves) into a plastic bag...and then going back to what I was eating before vomiting (I am sure I just grossed a lot of people out right now). I need to remind myself (especially once I am back to eating like a gorilla) that I am going to be in a wedding about a month after giving birth...so, I'll need to slow down on the, "I eat it because the baby wants it" statements...learn some self-control (except on cereal of course). I will not be posting any weekly belly shot pictures since I already looked pregnant before I got pregnant and it just isn't me...some things are meant to stay covered...my belly is one of those items. The best line I have received in this pregnancy...when we told Eli, he said, "Oh, I can see it now" as he patted my stomach...we told him at five weeks...like I said, pregnant before pregnant. We are excited for this baby and are going to start working on Hugh's next room this weekend. We'll move him this summer to a big boy bed since I am due August 29th...yep, get to be big and pregnant the whole summer...I'll just go to Troy and Melissa's and be a beached whale in their pool. We praise God for this baby and my future beached whaleness...bring it on!
To my sweet, sweet baby...you are a miracle and always know how much we wanted you and prayed for you. God brought us through a valley to bring us up this hill. We love you so much and cannot wait (well, yes we can and really want to...you need to get big) for you to join our family. You have the best Daddy in the world, a Mama who really does try (but relies on God's grace every second of every day), and an amazing big brother who is going to love you to pieces (just give him some time). Oh, and your extended family is amazing as well...you truly are blessed. We pray for you continuously and our biggest desire is for you to know the love of Christ...there is nothing else like it. Thank you Lord for this new child (and thank you for already blessing us with Hugh)...we stand in awe of Your mercy and grace everyday.