Saturday, July 2, 2011

Anticipating Our Baby Boy

We will have this baby boy in our arms by Thursday morning - or sooner!  It is hard to believe this is our last weekend pre-baby.  Let the chaos begin!  We are laying low and preparing for the week ahead.  I feel very blessed to have the love and good wishes of so many during this pregnancy.  I have always been a pretty firm believer that the second pregnancy doesn't demand the same pomp and circumstance as a first - you have already been showered - but my friends have insisted on celebrating this baby boy in the kindest ways.
I work at a Pediatric multispecialty clinic.  Translation - I am surrounded by Pediatricians and Neonatologists.  They all keep close tabs on me insisting I go to the full term 40 weeks; they take good care of me.  Several weeks ago they had a shower, despite my assertion it was not necessary.  There was a lot of baby blue, baby games galore and most of all the joy, love, and hugs from those who have watched my belly grow daily!

Also my sweet neighbors planned a wonderful night out in anticipation and celebration.  Four ladies took me out on the town to a hip and happening dinner at JCT Kitchen.  I rode there in a convertible and we laughed and gabbed and ate as good girlfriends do.  What a rare treat!  My children are awfully lucky to grow up in a neighborhood with such sweet friends all around.
Finally, the moms in Connor's preschool class pulled together a dinner at one of my all time favs - Wahoo Grill "to toast Baby Willingham!"  They had flowers and wonderful boy-centered gifts.  There were 9 of us there and we had a ball.  Usually we only see each other in passing during drop off and pick up.  It is during events like these we are reminded how much we have in common - working moms with 4-year-olds in the same classroom.  We were there for hours!

I feel loved.  As does this Baby Boy!  Not long now.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Shake it UP!

This summer Connor was old enough to start Vacation Bible School at our church.  It is a weeklong program from 9 AM -12 noon every morning for a week.  I have decided these events are really cut out more for the stay-at-home parents when it comes to coordinating carpools, but Kirk and I really felt it was an important way for Connor to get involved at our church and make some friends.  So we committed ourselves to making the treks - and she jumped fearlessly into the program, "Shake It Up!"
Trinity did a great job.  While we became weary transporters with the 9 AM-12 noon arranagment while juggling full time jobs, Connor enjoyed and relished every moment.  She sang in the chapel, had "science" class, made more art projects than we know what to do with, and most importantly worshiped our God and made friends! 

I am bummed I don't have any photos of the group - as they were very well organized.  There was a church production they all participated in on Friday.  But here are a few of the goodies that came home with our little Vacation Bible Schooler:

The "Recipe for Happiness" (above) just makes me smile.  Only a 4 year old would have Princesses Playing with Barbies and Waiting for a Baby Brother!  We can't wait until next year's VBS.  Although I think I have made the decision I will just take the week off from work to ease the transportation woes and volunteer with the VBS group.