This and That

May is flying by! I am now 34 weeks pregnant and our baby girl weighs about 4.75 pounds, or about the size of a cantaloupe. Her nervous system and lungs are continuing to mature. Some wonderful friends of mine threw me a shower today, and we were blessed with lots of wonderful things for her. I can’t wait for her to wear all the cute clothes she got, I am lucky to have such generous friends. I have a feeling that the next six weeks (give or take) until her arrival are going to go by very quickly. Here is the belly picture from last week:

Max continues to be his amazing self. Jeff and I were commenting the other day about how cute everything he says is. Having gone through speech therapy, I am thrilled when we hear progress on word pronunciation, but at the same time there is a little part of me that sighs as he moves from saying things like “Sawbabies” to “Strawberries.” Lately he has been double-pluralizing things…”Shapes-es,” “Balls-es,” etc. We always say it the correct way in response, but it’s still really cute. He’s very good at saying “Excuse me” when he brushes by something, including inanimate objects…the other day at the park he said, “Scuse me, tree.” Max has added two new shapes to his repertoire–trapezoid and pentagon.

Some of you may be familiar with Mo Willems’ “Pigeon” books (“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” etc). We’ve been reading these to Max since he was a baby and a friend who is a children’s librarian introduced us to them. They are Maxwell’s current favorites and we read “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late” on a daily basis. He can narrate most of the pages and is prone to exclaiming the line, “I’m not tired!” at random moments throughout the day, and often at bedtime as well. Speaking of bedtime, naps continue to be hit or miss at our house. I think I’ve determined that he either sleeps past 7am OR takes a nap, but not both. While I admit some jealousy at the three hour naps friends’ kids his age regularly take, I fully realize that we have been so lucky with his nighttime sleep, and I really hope he keeps that up!

I have a random assortment of pictures to share. First, I know Easter has come and gone, but a couple weeks ago I was putting away the Easter stuff and I got Max to wear the bunny ears for a few pictures. They are too cute not to share:

Checking out his reflection in an Easter egg:

Last weekend Max and Daddy put together a side table for the nursery:

And played with Play-Doh:

Max tried on Grandma’s shoes:

Friday our friends Oliver and Eva came over to play. Max needed a few reminders about sharing and taking turns, but what else is new when you’re two. We had a great time with them and Max has been talking about it every since.

Here’s Miss Eva, isn’t she just too cute?

Max and Ollie playing puzzles:

Last weekend when we were taking the weekly belly picture, Jeff got in on the action:

And then both my wonderful boys:

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