I think I am in full nesting mode. I am knocking things off the list left, right and center. I think I have bought all the travel essentials that we need. I’ve begun deep cleaning the house, four batches of muffins are in the freezer with one batch of cookies, two casseroles are also frozen. I even made a batch of strawberry rhubarb jam! I think it is a little too chunky though. I didn’t cut the rhubarb small enough and I didn’t really crush the strawberries either. Oh well, my family will eat it!

I also went through Sofie’s clothes and packed for her! Since we first got the proposal for Sofie I’ve been collecting 18 month size clothes, but that was 8 months ago. I’m hoping she’s grown a bit but I also have some really cute outfits that I’m hoping to get some use out of! I didn’t own any 18 month size clothes from Livi. She completely skipped that size, so a lot of these outfits are new. I’ve now taken out Livi’s 24 month clothes and bought a few special outfits to take. I packed a mixture of both sizes for Sofie.

I still feel like there is so much more to do. I think I need to prioritize though. I’m now fighting a cold and really don’t want to get sick. A few things I really want to get done are to cook one more casserole to freeze, steam clean our couches (they are really bad), clean all the windows and window sills, of course pack and spend as much time with my daughter as I can! That is the stuff on the top of the list. Anything else is just a bonus!

Livi is doing pretty good with her parents both in a flutter. She is also an almost three year old and really good at driving Mommy and Daddy nuts! She has begun to learn how to “lie”… I’m not sure she really gets the concept yet but she is understanding that when she tells us she has to go pee (at night), we will let her go to the toilet even if she is supposed to be sleeping. After about 5 times of this in 30 minutes one night, Jon and I had enough. We had tried to explain that telling us she had to go to the bathroom when she didn’t was a lie and made us not believe her. It sounds so harsh explaining that to a two year old! We finally got a hold of it though but had to be quite firm. I hate doing that. She hasn’t done it since though!

Livi is also night potty training herself, much to our dismay. She takes her naps in just her panties now and wakes up in the middle of the night to go pee. She generally has a dry diaper in the morning. I’m pretty proud but I also am not ready to take the next step and actually take away her diapers completely. I’m worried she is just going to regress when Sofie comes home. If I tell her to just pee in her diaper though, Livi says “ewwww! Mommy, that’s gross!”

Livi is so excited for Sofie to come. I love it. When ever she talks about her she says “My Sofie” or “My sister Sofie.” It’s so cute 🙂 I wonder if she really understands how much her world is about to change. Today when I was picking out what shoes to bring with us to Bulgaria, Livi piped up with “Hey! Those are my shoes!”. I told her they were too small for her so they were going to be Sofie’s shoes now and she got all quite and a little confused saying “But they’re mine.” She got over it pretty quick though. She is going to be such a great sister!

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