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[Comments] (1) Happy Due Date: A Chadwick baby is never late. Nor is she early. She arrives precisely when she means to.

(This post has been saved as a draft on my blog since November 20, 2012. Seems applicable today as well.)

[No comments] Sienna's 3rd Birthday Interview: I was cleaning out my desk today and found a birthday interview. I figured I'd try it with Sienna since it's actually her birthday.

Favorite person in the whole world: Grandma
Favorite color: Anna and Elsa (That's not a color: Purple)
Favorite Show: Jack (Nightmare Before Christmas)
Favorite Clothes: Snoopy
Favorite Song: Pumpkin King
Best Friend: Aubrey's my best friend. And Aubrey needs a time out.
Favorite Book: Penguin
Favorite Food: Toasties (frozen french toast sticks)
Favorite Ice Cream: Pink
What do you like to do with your friends: Someone hit me in the eyeball.
What do you want to be when you grow up: I want to grow up with my blankie.
Favorite Animal: Hippo (this one is actually accurate)

These basically reflect her thoughts at this exact moment. Lying on her blankie, wearing her new Snoopy shirt and reading her new penguin book and obsessed with Grandma who bought her an Anna doll for her birthday and asking to watch Nightmare Before Christmas.

[No comments] Dreams Come True: As I was tucking Sienna into bed, she looked out the window and said, "my dreams didn't come true. I want to be and my dreams, and they didn't come true." "I want to be" is a phrase she goes around singing over and over (and over). John says the kids watched a My Little Pony episode this morning about dreams so maybe that's where she got the idea.

[No comments] Sienna Turns 3 (Sort Of): We celebrated Sienna's birthday early today. We had a play date party for her with our usual preschool friends, and lots of other little church friends at the park. I brought ride on cars and sand toys and the kids just played for several hours. I also made My Little Pony cupcakes that turned out adorable. All Sienna wanted for her birthday was for her friends to sing to her. We did round one with John before he had to work, and before Dalton and the other kinders went to school. Then she had more friends join us at the park and we sang to her again! We also gave the kids the last three cupcakes after dinner and sang to her a third time. And it's not even her birthday.

I think her gifts tell a lot about her as she turns three.

Rainbow Dash sweatshirt
Four pairs of socks, especially needed since she won't wear any she has. Ariel, Minions, owl, and Rainbow Dash
Snoopy shirt
That's Not My Penguin book
Dr. Suess book
Princess Anna plush doll (bought by grandma and grandpa... Looooves it)
Play mat that came with the tiny ponies we used on her cupcakes

Love my Nenna Girl.

0-4 Kids: A friend offered to watch our kids so we could have one more date night before the baby comes. We went to Stonefire Grill, and not only was the food amazing, it was sooo nice to eat without the kids around. Especially because, after a day of listening to Dalton whine at sea world, and on the way home, and then both of them fighting for an hour when we got home, they were on my nerves!

After dinner we went to Target to get the few baby things we needed: crib sheets, newborn diapers, baby wash. That's about it. We are pretty much set now.

December Baby: We've decided a December baby would be nice. And reasonable. That's 10 days after my due date, which was moved back 7 days. Surely an extra 17 days of baking is enough?

Switch: Today started off with a stuffed my little pony getting her leg ripped off in a fight. By the time we got home from church, Dalton and Sienna's stuffed was switched (John was home sick). John convinced Dalton it was a girls room and a boys room, so hopefully he isn't mad if a baby girl ends up in there with him. Sienna didn't nap but seems to be ok with the move in general. She's been on a mattress on the floor, so we'll see if she falls out of the bed now!

Dry Humor: Walking along the boardwalk at Newport Beach tonight, I got offered a beer for the first time in my life. By a shirtless guy in a cowboy hat, no less. I related it to John.

John: But you're pregnant.
Me: Obviously it was a joke. A drunk joke.
John: I guess my sense of humor is too dry for that.

Grandparents : We are watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

John: There are the grandmas and grandpas!
Dalton: But there are four!

Swimming in the Rain - Again: Not long after I posted my last blog post about the rain, John suggested a swim. I forgot it was raining until we went to get in the car. Hah. It turned into more of a hot tub jaunt, though everyone but me did get in the pool. Another successful swim in the rain!

Oh, Hello Fall: 'Bout time you showed up. I just stepped outside and it's sprinkling. The temperature dropped. It's pleasant. Yay.

Dress Up, Already: I think adults who don't dress up for Halloween are lame. You don't need to rent a full body costume. Put on some ears or get a t shirt. It's not that hard. And you can get something you can use every year. Even if you don't have kids, cool adults dress up. But it's particularly sad for adults to take really small kids trick or treating without any effort.

Burn, Baby, Burn: I managed to burn my belly on a hot pan on the stove. I texted my friend about it thinking, "surely I'm not the only person to have done this." Just as I got her reply telling me she's totally done that before, I realized, I think I have done that before. Poor belly. One more month! (ish)

: Yesterday's post reminded me of something I've been thinking about lately. About three years ago, when I was pregnant with Sienna, a friend with a newborn told me that I'd have more energy after the baby was born, even being up all night, than being pregnant. It's true. Music to my energy-less ears.

Overdone: Other than being constantly short of breath, I feel pretty good for 8 months pregnant. However, yesterday I way outdid myself in the morning and basically couldn't do anything else the rest of the day. I had to meet someone at the school to make my copies for box tops at 8:20. Then I spent two hours counting and sorting with another volunteer. Then, after kinder drop off, Sienna and I spent an hour and a half doing grocery shopping. By the time we got home, it was 1:00. We had lunch and both took a nap. But even so, I was exhausted the rest of the day.

Luckily, today was better - I was afraid I'd never recover. Also, today I got to go to the temple to do some initiatories and that was very refreshing.

How Rude:
Maggie: Why were you in your room with the door closed?
Me: Because I was upset at the way my kids were behaving.
Maggie: Hmm. You can go back in.

And later tonight, she beat me at Scrabble by 75 points.

2 Band-Aids and 7: Poor Nen has had a rough week. She's tripped on the sidewalk/her flipflops at least three times and ended up with skinned knees. And she slid on sandy sidewalk twice, once landing flat on her back and bonking her head, and the other time scraping her arm, her knee (again) and her foot. On the way home from the park she asked for "2 band-aids and 7", because "1, 2, 7." (That's how she counts.)

And By That She Means "iPad": Maggie: Does there have to be a such thing as homework? It just wastes your family fun time.

Little Life: One of my favorite things, not just about pregnancy, but life in general, is feeling a baby move inside of me. If you think about it too hard, it's sort of creepy. But I really love it. A little creature, living and wiggling inside of me. It's a sweet, wonderful feeling, ocassional discomfort aside. I'm able to appreciate it even more this time because I've escaped most third trimester maladies thus far, including night time wakefulness.

My Best Girls: What if we have another girl and I have to have three best girls?
Maggie: That's your problem.

New Car, Blue Car: After a week of excessive effort, we finally replaced our RAV4 with a Honda Odyssey. Really nice things about it/having a van in general:

sliding doors the kids can operate
more space
smart key
backup camera
huge gas tank
leather seats
room for 8
pretty blue color

Basically, there's just lots of space, fancy technology, and it's easy and convenient. We really like it so far!

Extra Chores: Today Dalton did an awesome job of clipping up on our clipchart, and I had a lot of jobs that needed to be done, so I made a list of chores the kids could do to earn $.25 each, after clipping up to the top of the chart. Maggie clipped up to the top of the chart. Dalton earned $1.50.

Pending Delivery: 6 weeks feels like a whole lot less than 7.

No, I Nenna!: The other day, a grocery store clerk called Sienna "pumpkin" and she went around the rest of the day saying "I not a pumpkin!" This is a typical argument for her. I just said "you're adorable." And she said "you're adorable. I Senna!"

Dalton at Six: Dalton turned SIX this week! Here are some Dalton tidbits to go all the with the Daltonisms I'm always blogging.

He likes My Little Pony, Minecraft and other video games on Wii or his "iPad", playing Lego (building houses or race tracks), "reading" books out loud to me, doing homework, and drawing in a notebook.

He is always the first to volunteer to help with something. He likes to "clip up" and earn his rewards (screen time and treats). He is taking tennis lessons, along with Maggie right now. He loves school and eagerly does his homework. He is a very sweet brother, going along with Maggie's bossy games and helping Sienna with all the things. He's a good eager and likes most foods except fish and cheese. He likes a good variety of veggies.

Dalton is the sweetest most thoughtful boy we could ask for. It's almost sad to see him grow up, but overall he seems to be keeping his kind, easygoing personality.

For his birthday we got him a stuffed my little pony, notebooks and a dry erase board for coloring, treats, and my little pony socks. He got a Wii game from uncle Leonard (Wii sports, kids especially loved the tennis game since they are learning) a snorkel set from aunt Rachel, clothes from aunt Jamie and Aladdin movie from grandpa and grandma. We watched the movie all together that night, everyone loved it. He had a bowling party with most of his primary class and one friend from school. It was lots of fun! I made bowling ball cupcakes and we gave all his friends a mini bowling set. They had a great time.

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