Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thank You

Thank you all for your words of encouragement. I appreciate your support, excitement and prayers. I spent some time yesterday looking at photos of when Koen was born and it got me a whole lot more excited about the next super chubby baby I am currently growing:) I'm not so excited about this part....
(38.5 weeks pregnant with Koen, the day before my scheduled C-section).
but I am so excited about this part. Holding my newest love, and,
seeing Koen hold HIS little brother/sister. Koen is very excited to be a big brother and says it often. I think he thinks it means he will then be big, and then, he will be allowed on the top bunk. Yes, the boys have been sharing bunk beds for the past month or so! Very exciting and they are doing so well with it.

I won't be talking about babies for every single post now but I do want to say that I totally think we are having another boy and I would be very happy to add another to the mix:) However, I would be shocked and so excited to have a girl. I think I just love the cute girly outfits and seriously, I can do some great braiding (I had 4 little sisters to practice on). Don't want to put that skill to waste! But, most importantly, I really, really, really, want that adult mother daughter relationship.

In other news, our good friends, Jen and Andrey are visiting from the Philippines with their daughter Ella!! We were so, so, so excited to meet her in person. We spent two great days together with the group of us having a mini nerdfest (missing a couple of families) and it was a lot of fun. The kids had so much fun all together and we, the adults, enjoyed some great conversation and wonderful food. Good times.
These are definitely the busiest two weeks photography wise and I'm trying to work so hard in the day because I get so tired at night. I'm currently doing about 4X the amount of sessions that I would normally do plus volunteer photography stuff on top of it. Yikes! Busy, busy. But it's a good thing...I know November-February will be a lot slower and that will be when Gary is busy with basketball and I can spend more time doing fun things with the kiddos.

Finally, I had Kai's parent teacher conferences yesterday and it went really well. Kai is doing well and loving school. She had a lot of great things to say about him which is always nice to hear as a parent:) I've noticed that he is starting to read a whole lot better which is pretty fun. He can read a sentence like `The dog and the cat went for a run.'. You know, where there are no silly rules, just letters sounding like they should:) The teacher pointed out that he was good with patterns and I know he does love his math book.

There are a couple of interesting things that she mentioned which is a bit of my personality showing through so probably something to think about and work on. He always wants to be first. I know this is normal but he really, really turns everything into a competition. I'm a bit competitive but have definitely toned it down and we are working on the importance of teamwork:) Secondly, he doesn't want to hold his pencil properly. He just wants to grasp it in his fist. He is still able to write like that but I wouldn't mind if he tried a bit harder. He has a hard time doing things if he isn't good at them. Like me, I never played volleyball again after grade 9. However, I know with skating and swimming it was a similar situation so we took a break and then he was ready a few months later. Maybe it's an oldest child kind of thing. So ya, nothing concerning, but you can see how your own personality really comes out in your kids.

I love my Kai Bear and enjoy hanging out with him.
I love Koen even though he is in this ridiculous stage of yelling questions at me all the time. `MOMMY, I'M TRYING TO TELL YOU SUMFING! MOMMY! '. Seriously, cell phones while driving are supposed to be distracting? Try Koen in your backseat.

Okay, this is long enough. Back to work:)

Have a wonderful week!
Love, Louise


  1. Gah...I was just looking at my pregnancy pics from Sophie..and feeling the same way...excited to meet him or her...but so not excited about the belly near the end...! :)

  2. Okay, I totally giggled about your comment about Koen in the backseat being more distracting than using a cell phone... I totally can relate! (especially to the screaming his questions until I answer him).

  3. Loved your last comment )"Seriously, cell phones while driving are supposed to be distracting? Try Koen in your backseat.") So, so true! A couple days ago, it was "MOMMA! MOMMA! MOMMA!" and when I answered him, he had nothing to say. So distracting! And I'm sure there is only more to come!

    As I was reading your post, I realized I forgot to tell Stew that you're pregnant. Oops! Haha. He'll be so excited for your family.

  4. DEFINITELY an oldest child thing- something I still struggle with today ;) hehe

  5. yes, a 3-year-old in the back seat can be very distracting - haha! :)

  6. I totally think another boy is in my future also. Maybe since we both had so many sisters, it's time for boys :) Although, I would also be surprised and excited for a little girl :)

    Oh man, Ian is the same as Koen, but it's "MOMMY..MOMMY" He waits until I answer and then starts all over again... haha :) Hope you're feeling well!