There's nothing much to report, and no new ideas in my head; I just thought I should try to post more consistently, and so here I am...
We're still just hobbling along, working out how to survive in the place in life we find ourselves. We're still in the thick of conquering house and boxes, making progress at a deafeningly slow speed. I find it a bit sad--we've been here for a month, and I've actually cooked dinner only 3 times. I just take comfort that, considering the state of our house, 3 times is awfully amazing!
Some good news: Owen got a job! It's a temporary job that doesn't pay quite what we need, but it's something to get us through until something better comes along.
Tonight we went on a dark night exploration outside, with only flashlights and the stars to guide us. The kids were brave explorers through the dark field beyond our house, and were eager to find bats and monsters. However, they wisely suggested we wait until daylight to explore the huge, creepy barn (which is locked with heavy chains...and yet Owen may have found a way in?). Swarms of real bats just aren't as much fun as a pretend single bat...and we all know that bats exist on these grounds! Safita brought along her lights-and-sounds Percy the train toy, because he has a (tiny and insignificant) light--but very smart on her part. When we heard a real train blow its whistle on the not-so-distant tracks, she "toot-tooted" Percy's whistle right back at it, to say hello.
Our little Baby Blue is still as active as ever. The kids both seem to have come around to the idea of a boy. Jack doesn't contradict the baby's gender anymore, but he does often say, "After we have a baby boy, then our next baby will be a girl." And Safita is just in love with the idea of a baby, period! Every time we talk about "the baby," she'll exclaim, "Baby BOOYYY!" Her most recent favorite game is pretending Jack is a baby; she holds him on her lap, rocks him, and covers him in hugs and kisses. He graciously plays along and does a very good job imitating a baby. Jack likes to snuggle next to me on the couch and wrap his arm across my belly to try to feel the baby, and he'll ask me all sorts of questions about the baby and this whole pregnancy process. They both are very sweet.
We're all sorting and re-sorting through our list of boy names, which has been more of a challenge this time around. With the other two, we just knew...And this time around, we were 100% prepared for twin girls (at least in the name department), but a boy--I don't know. We have ideas and names we like, but so far nothing strikes us (or should I say, me) as being right. I feel like throughout the pregnancy I start to get a feel for who this little person is inside me, and some names seem right and some don't. I also find great importance in the meanings of names, but the names whose meanings fit this child are not our favorites, and the names that ARE our favorites have meanings that don't seem to fit this child. What to do? Well, a name is important, so we're praying for direction.
Wishing you all a blessed week!