I began my day at 5:25 when Tessa heard my alarm and let me know it was time to run. I slowly made my 30.5 week pregnant belly get out of bed, drank a big glass of juice, tied my sneakers and waited for a friend to meet me. We ran a little over four miles together and I added on a bit after she left as I am trying to take advantage of everyday I feel good while running. We returned, Ben woke up, we helped Andrew get ready for work and began our day together.
After playing for a little while, I decided it was time to visit the office to let Ben show off his Halloween costume (and to give him a chance to practice wearing it). An adorable chocolate chip cookie, he made the office ladies smile, saw his grandmom and daddy and we returned home.
With baby #2 on the way, Ben is going to go through several transitions. The first one to come is moving him into another room with his big boy bed. Two weeks ago Andrew and I painted the room and this weekend we are getting the bed set up and his room ready. This morning I thought it would be fun if Ben and I went mattress shopping. We set out into the sunny warm weather and drove to the four stores in Fredonia that sell mattresses. Ben loved every second. I let him try out the mattresses and he chattered away about his "bi bo be" (big boy bed). He was a trooper as I hauled him in and out of the car. We made a couple of other stops to look for shoes for Andrew (very exciting) and we picked out sheets for his new room. It took about two hours to do all of our errands and he grinned and talked away the entire time. I felt so proud and so full of love for my little guy.
After lunch with Andrew and Granddad, Ben settled in for a very short nap and I enjoyed a few minutes to prop my feet up and relax Once awake, we headed out again only this time to go to pick up Ben's best bud and mom to go to Harvest Hollow, a local pumpkin farm. Ben and I went last week with my parents and today I wanted him to try out the hayride. He was excited when we arrived to see the animals, ride in the toy cars and play in a huge thing of corn with trucks. He was so excited about the corn and trucks that he threw a bit of a fit when I put him on the hayride. Once the tractor started pulling us however, he calmed down and enjoyed the ride.
We dropped off our friends, headed home, ordered a pizza and ate dinner. Ben happily munched on his pizza and some "bb's" (blueberries) before we went for a family walk with both fur kids. He chattered away on our walk as he pointed out the moon, asked for a pumpkin and talked about the leaves.
After second dinner, a bubble bath and a lot of snuggles both in our bed and his room he is now settling down for sleep and while I am a little tired from the day, it is a day I don't want to forget. From his excitement over bed shopping to his joy over petting farm animals to the way he gives his baby brother kisses on my belly I am so blessed that he is mine. I love that he called me in tonight when I put him to bed to ask for more snuggles and to say goodnight to his dogs. I love how his entire face lights us when he sees the people around him that love him so. He is truly a gift from God and each moment we have together is a moment that I want to make sure that I cherish.
So today was one of those days...not a day where I want to pull my hair out and feel frustrated that I didn't get the list in my head finished, but a day where I felt honored to spend every moment with my blond haired blue eyed angel that fills my heart with more love than I ever knew was possible.