Kennedy and I got back from 80 degree Florida on Sunday to enjoy freezing rain, snow and a power outtage back here in Memphis. (I can't really show off my awesome tan when I'm wearing 3 layers of clothing and am bundled under blankets! Worst!) We had a great time with my parents and soaked up all the sun we could get. KJ wasn't a huge fan of the beach- she didn't want her feet to touch the sand or water, haha! Hoping it will grow on her. We still went for lots of walks on the beach pushing her in her stroller and then played in the pool ALL DAY LONG! She was content to play on the pool stairs with her buckets of water almost all day!
What's new with KJ at almost 20 months? Well, she has become a huge accessorizer. She has always loved hats and now insists on wearing one whenever we leave the house.
OH! And we have named her! On Kent and I's valentines date, we finally committed. Brooklyn Grace Austell. We love middle names that describe the person and Kennedy Joy really is SO full of joy. Now we pray over this little one to be full of grace, to show grace to others and especially to receive the Lord's grace in her life- to know His love and forgiveness! Brooklyn really just means brook/stream and so we love to think of "streams of grace" flowing to her and from her. It is so cool to be able to write out her name and feel like we already know her better. I need to get her name on something to make it official- an outfit or blanket or canvas.
She went from the size of a pineapple last week to a canteloupe this week, weighing about 4.75lbs and 17.75inches long. They say she will be gaining 1/2 a pound a week! I've already gained 16 pounds so far this time around and I feel so big compared to my first pregnancy. I'm ready for her to DROP, because I have SO much pain around my ribs. The doctor said it looks like I have some dislocated ribs on my left side that are bruised and swollen. They stick out a little funny and have been super sore for about 6 weeks now. The pain is getting worse and all day long I have my hand on my left side, trying to push them back in place and get some relief! I guess when you are smaller and have a tiny torso, it isn't uncommon for the baby to push the ribs out farther so she has more room to grow and stretch. This is NOT FUN! But yes, Brooklyn, it's worth it! Hoping these next 6 weeks go by fast though, because I am already very UNCOMFORTABLE!
Memphians, give Kent and I some fun ideas for kid-friendly activities on our 3 days off next week! After spring break, track is up and running with meets starting up, so I know that will make March and April fly by. Let's go!