Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Big Changes Coming to Our Family

We have some big changes coming our way.  In December we will be adding Baby #3 to our growing family.  Yay!  Crazy, yes!  Especially considering that for about a week we will have three children age two and younger.  This baby's due date is actually the day before Ella's 3rd birthday.  Poor girl; I'm going to have to think of something extra special to do for her this year.  But, as scary and crazy as it is we are very excited as well!  I'm currently sixteen weeks and we find out what we're having on July 22nd.  I'm super excited to know whether Cameron is going to have a little brother to pal around with or whether Ella will get the little sister that she has been asking for since January.  Heaven help us if this is another little boy since we can't agree on boy names at all (Cameron is actually the only boy name we've ever agreed on).  In fact if it's a boy we might as well just name him Cameron Jr.  Just kidding of course, but seriously that's how bad the naming process is at our house (we have been known to raise our voices a time or two as well).  Girls are a little easier to agree on and we have one idea floating around, but it's still a battle.  We just have entirely different ideas on good names.  Andrew likes the common names and of course any unisex or place name is out.  I like more unique and certainly less common names, which of course doesn't go well with Andrew's common names.  I guess we'll see what we end up with this time.
In preparation for the new little one we went and purchased a new car this last weekend, well minivan actually.  Sniff sniff... I loved my escape, but it just wasn't going to fit three car seats (and trust me we tried).  So dear hubby has that now and I have a fabulous new honda odyssey with all the fun gadgets that minivans come with now.  It was hard to come to terms with driving a minivan, but once I started comparing the odyssey with the large SUV's I was considering, there really was no question.  I've really only ran errands in it once, but I can say that I honestly love this minivan.  Ella especially thinks the power doors are cool.  She always wants to push the button.
This also means that Ella and Cameron will soon be sharing a room.  I'm a little nervous for this, but I think it should be okay, I hope.  I've got a few ideas of how I'm going to decorate their new room, but the design is still a work in progress.  It's really hard to design a multi-gender shared space that doesn't involve a checked pattern of some sort.  So we'll see how this comes together.  I figure I have at least another month to think about it.  Once I know what we're having and I know whether or not I have to redo the nursery as well, then I'll know how quickly I need to get started on this project.  Any suggestions would be great...
Of course there's going to be the adjustment of going from two to three children as well and in the winter of all seasons.  I just keep telling myself it will all be okay.  I can handle this.  I figure if I say it enough it'll be true.  So hopefully now that I have some energy back and an ever-growing to do list, I'll start getting some things done around here again.  So watch for new projects that I'll be tackling soon.


  1. congratulations! That is so exciting!

  2. well you can always send Ella and Cameron down to me when you have the baby :)

  3. Congrats! I had my 3rd baby before my 2nd child was three. It's fun that way! I got my butt kicked with the fourth kid though. Good luck to you! If anyone can do it like pros it's you guys!

  4. Congrats Shanade! I think you are crazy woman!!! This comes from a mom who's kids are 3 yrs apart! But hard work is always worth will do great!

  5. Congrats!!! I'm so excited for you guys!!!

    Georgie's b-day was 2 weeks after Jonah was born. I have suggestions: Get shopping/planning done BEFORE hand, don't be too hard on yourself about the cake, and only invite people over who won't be a burden and will help you tidy the kitchen up afterward. :)

  6. Congratulations to you! What an exciting time! I grew up with a brother just a year older than me, and one just a year younger and I LOVED it. We were always best of buds. CONGRATS!


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