Sunday, August 30, 2009

"So much to say..."

Anna has been letting lose with some absolute zingers lately, so I thought I should share:

"I want to be a police woman when I grow up, because they get to drive fast!"

(at the pool)"That's my nanny over there in the black dress. She doesn't have a bathing suit on because hers doesn't fit. But she's not fat.She's pregnant!"

(said very loudly in a quiet tea house)"If someone ever tried to get me,I'll kick him in the PENIS!"

"Brie, if the baby throws up in your belly, does that make you throw up?"

"Hey, pregnant lady. Don't pee in your SKORT!"

Ellie: "I can't wait to go to second grade and learn things!"
Anna: "I'm getting a bikini this weekend!"

Brie:(reaches for diet Coke)
Anna: "*tsk* Ba-ree! Babies are NOT supposed to have soda!"
Brie: ( puts soda back) Sigh...

"You can't swallow your gum when you have a baby in your belly, because babies that small are too young for gum!"

Saturday, August 29, 2009

"So we're okay, we're fine..."

For a first day of vacation, today was certainly...well, it was completely uneventful, and except for the fact that there was nothing on T.V, I did not mind a bit!

One thing I have realized, though, is that hard work is an amazing thing, but within that hard work, there has to be some time for a person to recharge, or else the batteries run completely out. I have worked two jobs on and off since I was 19, and the last stretch was for over 5 years when I worked weekends at the children's hospital. Not THE Children's Hospital. Another one.


So for over 5 year, most weeks, I was working 7 days a week, averaging 60-80 hours per week. And I just did it, because I liked my job, valued the extra money, and took a weird sort of pride in my work-a-holic-ism. I didn't notice that I was tired because I didn't slow down enough to be tired. And I only took a day off is someone needed me,not because I thought I myself needed a day or two.

But then, back in March, I was laid off from my second job, lost my Mom-Mom, and found out we were pregnant, all within a month! Suddenly, my weekends were mine, although over the first few months, I spent them first nursing a broken heart, then nursing the overwhelming exhaustion I was feeling in early pregnancy!

After that,something weird happened. Those mornings I did not have to jump out of bed to go to work I would lay in bed and read a book. Or if I was lucky enough to have Pete there, spend the morning relaxing and talking. Mondays became very different because I was both recharged and feeling the sharp difference of a day of rest vs. a day of work.

This morning was one of those days when Pete and I were both home and had nowhere to go this morning. We lounged in bed, enjoying the morning cool enough to not need the air conditioner, feeling PJ kicking inside of me, with Pete complaining about how every time he tried to pull the covers up during the night, I kicked them off. Time ticked slowly, and there was no place that we needed to hop out of bed and go to. And I couldn't help but think how vital this type of time has become to me!

I know I have had time on my mind lately, but today, I was thinking more in single moments then in big chunks. Either way, each minute is bringing me closer and closer to something wonderful!

Friday, August 28, 2009

"All of this is more then I've ever known or seen..."

It is August 28th, and the summer is essentially over!

It went by in such a strange blur! At the start of the summer, I was still in my first trimester, Pete had justgraduated nursing school, I had a whole summer to look forward to with Ellie and Anna, and there were alot of decisions to be made!

And now here we are. I'm almost out of my second trimester, Pete's about to sit for his state certification, I had my last full day of summer vacation with the girls today, and a number of big decisions have been made!

The biggest decision is that I am going to stay home with PJ after his arrival,for as long as our finances and my sanity can handle it! After all, I've had at least one job, usually two jobs, since I was 16 years old! That said, this is our first child. We don't own a home yet, and live in a simple manner. This may be our only chance to have one of us stay home with our child(ren). By the time we are ready to further expand our family, we will hopefully own a home and have the larger expenses of raising a family, and it's likely I will need to go back to work. It's time I consider to be a gift and I can't wait to enjoy every second of it!

Of course, this decision meant that I had to tell my gals that I won't be their nanny anymore. They didn't seem too suprised- Ellie's 1st grade teacher just had a baby and explained to her class that she would not return to teaching upon the baby's arrival, so Ellie is under the impression that this is just the way of the world! That eased the news for now, although I figure that come November, I will realize just how hard it will be handing over the care of these gals to someone else! After four years, they feel a bit like quasi-daughters!

It's funny- I have been thinking about this summer, the way it has flown and the changes it has held, but it's nothing compared to how my life has changed during my almost four years with the girls. I started out in my own place, only to move back home at an age I never imagined I would be. I became enaged, got married, and now am preparing to have my first child. My sister was married, and Pete's family welcomed Emilia, Robbie, Thomas and James. I watched Greg suffer during a long illness and succumb to it 10 months later, and six months after that said goodbye to Mom-mom. Four years filled with so many terrible things and even more amazing blessings! Four years that sometimes feel like they have been a lifetime!!

Tonight, I sir here enjoying the rain and feeling a very active PJ scrabbling around inside of me,and I wonder how many lifetimes are ahead. Goodbye summer, hello, next chapter...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

"Home is just another word for you..."'s a relaxing Sunday night here at the Latini homestead! Pete is off at work, and I am laying on the couch, blogging and watching "Kendra" on E! as PJ kicks away inside of me! Well, let me rephrase, because I guess if Pete is working and PJ is kicking, I am the only Latini in this household that is truly relaxing!

Lucky me!

This was a weekend filled with fabulous-ness! What weekends are really made of! Friday night Pete and I headed to the movies to see "Harry Potter", which was...only okay. I am one of those picky readers who never likes the movie as much as the book! But, it was a night with Pete and even though I fell asleep towards the end of the movie (ahem...) it was nice to be together!

Saturday! There was no way I was going to fall asleep on Saturday night, because we were at the Elton John and Billy Joel concert at Citizens Bank Park! I had seen Elton twice before and Billy once, but to see them together for a night of amazing music was awesome!! Almost four hours of the songs that have meant to much so me my entire life! I kept telling PJ he was meeting his unofficial godfather's- Papa Elton and Uncle Billy! Everything about the night was perfection- my favorite performers, a cool breeze, a gorgeous view of Philadelphia, and my best boys in the stands with me! :-)

Today, Pete and I slept in! I slept until 10am, I haven't slept later then 8:30 in forever!! We relaxed this morning, had breakfast, and enjoyed the early afternoon storm! After that, I went over to Shelly's sweet friend Kathy's house! Kathy is an AMAZING friend to Shelly, one of Pete's high school crushes (!), and just a nice, sweet, stylish, wonderful person overall! When Kathy offered me the chance to lay claim to some of her maternity clothes (after I told her I coveted them and asked nicely if she felt like parting with any!) I jumped at the chance!! And now, thanks to Kathy, I have a full closet of maternity wear...and sent a big pile off to another of Shelly's friends...and set some stuff aside for a pregnant girlfriend of mine...and still have a bunch of stuff left over! Holy cow!! I guess that's what happens if you have three gorgeous sons like Kathy does- you build up quite a collection!!! And all joking aside, I could not be more thankful!

To wind up the evening, I had dinner with Shelly and the gals at Buca de Beppo (sooooooooo yummy!), and Shel helped me go through all of Kathy's clothes while Riley and Emilia tried on all of my shoes! Trust me, really, if you had seen the massive amount of clothes Kathy gave me, you'd need help too. Since the only help Pete can offer while trying on clothes is a vague "Huh? Oh, yeah, you look hot...", it was nice to have Shelly to voice her opinion!!

And now, here I am, the clinging to the last shreds of Sunday while I blog and watch "Chelsea, Lately"! Hope your weekend was a wonderful!!!