King of the House of Girls

It’s a girl!! Sophie Marguerite Bertoch! Adam is king of the house! Coming March 20th πŸ™‚ Haha although, Bailey was born on her due date, Claire came a day early…so I wonder if Sophie will be born 2 days early to keep with the trend haha. So yes, we will have 3 girls for our little forever family. Am I bummed we will not have any boys? Yeah, I mean, I would have loved to have had a Momma’s boy in the mix of my Daddy’s girls haha. But I still get my share of cuddles and loves πŸ™‚ AndΒ I feel blessed that I was given the impression early on that this would be another girl. I have had a lot of time to prepare for this kind of news. Ironically, even after Bailey, I struggled being able to picture what it would be like to have a boy. I easily pictured girls. In fact, I remember telling Adam when we were pregnant with Claire and didn’t know she was a girl yet, that I felt so guilty that I cant picture a boy. I cant see it in my mind. What was wrong with me! I always correlated it with the fact that it was because my first kid was a girl. But now I am able to see that the Lord was preparing my heart. Specially since we were given a very clear answer that this was our last baby. I am grateful for His preparation, because I really am excited for our girly household. And Adam is such a good ‘girl’ dad. I am so lucky to have found him to be the father of our girls. His therapy knowledge will definitely come in handy come teenage time haha. I am also so blessed to be surrounded by a handsome group of nephews that I can love on and experience boy stuff with πŸ™‚

SOOOOO. It has been a bit since I’ve done some updating, but luckily and thankfully, I am not feeling sick anymore! I literally woke up one morning in my second trimester and the sun was shining again and I didnt feel like death haha. I still get super tired and have to remind myself that I am pregnant and still have to slow down a bit…which is always a fun game to play while chasing 2 toddlers. But I am happy again!

I have a feeling this will be more of a photo dump type of post, pregnant mommy brain is taking its toll! But we have been doing lots of fun activities during this fall so far, between painting pumpkins, trunk or treats, to going to pumpkins patches and farms etc. πŸ™‚ We are finally starting to see some fall coolness…up until now it has been grossly hot for October haha but I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel…hopefully. I wake up everyday expecting a high of 90 anyway to keep from being disappointed haha.

The girls are growing up so much. I feel like they wake up literally cognitively different than when they went to sleep on some days. Bailey will say something out of no where and I will look at her like…since when did you start thinking like a big kid? Using logic to answer a question I had said under my breath haha. She has become so much more aware of hers and other’s feelings. And she does listen to more than I realize…which can be good and bad haha. The other day I was frustrated that Claire crushed up crackers into the carpet (I was too lazy to make her sit at the table…so I told my 18 month old to not get crumbs everywhere…apparently I forgot to put my mom cap on that morning) and I was obviously frustrated and was grabbing something from the kitchen to clean it up, and Bailey goes “Mom why are you angry?” and I explained that I was frustrated that Claire had gotten crumbs everywhere in the living room. She looks at me for a moment and says “Mom…Claire is a baby. She is still learning.” And it stopped me in my tracks. Here I was, getting life lessons from a 3 year old. She just blows my mind. She is so mindful of people and their emotions. She cant watch a show that has people being mean and causing someone to be sad. She will beg me to turn it off because they aren’t being nice. She just has such a tender heart. I love her so much for it. She shares with her little sister, and speaks for her what she thinks she needs haha. She is desperate to play games with her, but Claire is still learning rules πŸ˜‰ (Although, I get such a kick out of watching Claire find Bailey with me in hide n seek.) Let’s see. Some fun facts haha. Bailey doesn’t like chocolate. She will eat M&MS, but thats kinda the extent of her chocolate desire. She had an ice cream sandwich the other day and ate the vanilla ice cream inside and left the shell of the chocolate on the table. It’s so weird to me haha because I could pretty much take an IV drip of it! Bailey is meticulous when she does things. Particularly when she is building blocks. She has such an imagination! She will bring me intricate towers that are usually color coded and symmetrical and so unique! She constantly amazes me.

Claire is talking much more and her personality has been exploding lately as well! She seems to have a permanent scowl on her face….but that’s just kind of her face haha. She really is a happy kid. She is just more reserved with people, where as Bailey walks into a crowded room and every single person is her friend. (Bailey was at the park the other day and she walked up to this kid and was like “Hi! What’s your name? My name is Bailey. Want to play with me?” I admire her confidence). Claire on the other hand is kinda okay being by herself. She likes to initially start out following Bailey, but then ends up wanting to do her own thing. I love how alike yet different they are. Here is a perfect example. At the park one time I look over and on one side I have Bailey sitting on the ground burying her legs in soft white sand, and across the park on the other side Claire is digging in the hard brown dirt. Neither wanting to be in the other area Haha. Claire speaks more my language in the chocolate department. I have to hide from her to eat any sweet chocolatey morsel in peace haha. Claire could sit and color forever. She lays down on her tummy with a coloring book and colored pencil and it is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I love it. Claire is my climber. She will find the tinniest ledge and somehow place her tiny toes on it and climb onto everything! It keeps me on my toes for sure! She loves to sit with a blanket and cuddle up with me on the couch to watch a movie. She has learned from watching Bailey how to apologize when she has done something wrong. It is so sweet. She will be mad at me and screaming (which is more of screech. Boy this kid has some pipes on her) and she will hit me and I’ll say “ow!” With a sad face, and in the midst of her yelling and crying she will grab my face softly and say “Sahh-y.” Melts my heart every time. She is obsessed with bubbles and playing with sidewalk chalk. She will grab my hand and pull me off the couch and drag me to the front door to go outside to play chalk haha. She has some strength for such a tiny thing!

So I know this has mainly been a hodge podge of how my girls are doing, but we are just kinda doing our thing. Just chugging along and enjoying the ride as much as we can πŸ™‚ I love my sweet little family of 5 and cannot wait until March where I can see even more dynamics πŸ™‚

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch


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