Emily yelled "Look at Me Mommy!" - and this is what I found.
Emily continues to be a source of joy to us, especially in the midst of such a busy time in our lives. She both makes me laugh and want to pull my hair out about a hundred times each day. She is talking like crazy, and singing all the time. Most times whatever song she has in her head turns into Jingle Bells, so I think she'll enjoy Christmas this year. She has pretty much given up her nap completely, but will happily read books for about an hour in her crib every day, which has been a huge sanity saver. I'm a big fan of daily quiet time, and I'm not sure how easy this will be to enforce once she moves into a "big girl bed", but for now it's a good part of our daily routine. Emily has been mostly potty trained for a couple of months now, but was showing a bit of regression, so we instituted the M&M reward policy every time she initiates going to the potty and has dry underwear. Wouldn't you know we haven't had a single accident since we started that?! She really must be her mother's daughter!
I am continuing to feel good during this pregnancy, though I am feeling quite large now, and will be ready to have my stomach (or tummily, as Emily calls it) return to a normal size soon. I am struggling to have enough energy to get through everything on my long, daily to do list, and at the end of each day feel like I've run a marathon, but so far God is giving me the strength that I need to carry on!
Eric and I are also anticipating a move to Pittsburgh in the middle of December so that he can begin his masters program in anesthesia at Pitt in January. He's excited for a new challenge, but we'd appreciate thoughts and prayers during our upcoming transitions. Moving with a newborn and a toddler will certainly prove to be a challenge, as will finding the right people to rent our home, and finding the right home to rent in Pittsburgh, but we are taking one day at a time and trying to trust God with the rest.