My brain is officially fried. It's been hot and humid for an entire week now. It can't even be classified as an official heatwave, since the temperatures have yet to hit 90, but with the disgustingly high humidity, it's sure as hell felt like a heatwave.
I've learned a few things during this past miserable week of weather -
1. I'm much happier when we can spend at least a good portion of our day at the beach.
2. Dante is far more sensitive to the heat than Gabe is, and likes to walk around whining about how hot he is.
3. When you're hot and tired and cranky, hearing someone else whine about how they're hot and tired and cranky does not do much for your own crankiness.
4. I'm really really really tired of putting my hair in a ponytail.
5. The boys really enjoy going skinny-dipping.
6. Being 5 months pregnant in the midst of an 'unofficial' heatwave is not pleasant, and I am increasingly thankful that I am ONLY 5 months pregnant, as opposed to 9 months.
Aside from that, we've been coping the best we can - spending most of our time at the beach, and when we are home, spending our time in the pool. Scott and I have both climbed in there with them, and I'm very glad we went ahead and bought the family size pool, so that there's room for all of us! I've also been doing very little cooking, opting for takeout, sandwiches for dinner at the beach, and salads. I don't even like turning on the burners on the stove - it's that hot!
Gabe went to a "Safety First" Camp program last week - of course it ended up being held during the hottest week of the summer, in a building with no air conditioning. He really enjoyed it, though, and it was a great program - a good pre-Kindergarten preparation for him.
Speaking of kindergarten - it starts on THURSDAY!!!!! Unbelievable!!!
I have so many emotions about it, it's hard to even know how to feel. I'm sad, and scared to be really 'letting him out into the world.' It's so hard to think about him being away from me all day long, 5 days a week! But I'm proud of him, too, and excited to see him start to really learn and grow and turn into a real honest-to-goodness big kid.
And although I've really enjoyed our summer, and our lazy mornings, and all our lovely beach days, I have to admit that I'm looking forward to getting back into more of a routine. And I think the fact that it's been so hot and uncomfortable is making me that much more antsy for fall. I know I'll be complaining about the cold weather soon enough, but for now, I'd just like some moderate temperatures so that I can hang out the laundry without breaking a sweat.
Dante starts school two weeks after Gabe, and he's really looking forward to it, too. I still can't quite imagine what it's going to be like to have just Dante with me most days, and to have nobody with me for two days a week ('til January, anyway!).
In some ways, it will be nice - it's just logistically so much easier to do things with only one child - but I know he's going to miss Gabe, and I know I won't miss their constant bickering, but I will miss their little giggling fits, and I will absolutely miss having Gabe as one of my little companions.
It's not going to be easy, but we'll all adjust.
It's been so fun since we told the boys that I'm pregnant - they're always talking about the baby, and what the baby will do, and asking me what the baby is doing now - Dante even asked me this morning if the baby was cozy in my belly, and I said yes, he's very cozy, and he then asked me if the baby was wearing jammies : )
Gabe was very interested in and curious about the 6-month-old baby who visited us last weekend, and keeps saying how cute he was, which I was very encouraged by. I love that they're both old enough to really understand this, and get excited about it.
And speaking of the baby, he/she is already very strong, and the kicks are getting pretty darn powerful. And unfortunately, he/she has also developed a fondness for kicking my bladder, which is especially inconvenient when I'm out on a run. I can't even get through a 40-minute run without a bathroom break. Not that that's a problem right now, since I wouldn't even attempt a longer run in this weather. The way it's been lately, I'm lucky if I can get out once or twice a week. It would just be foolish for me to do more, so I'm not even trying - yet another reason I'm looking forward to some cooler, drier air.
That's about all that's going on on this end. We're in for a few more days of warm temperatures, so our final three days before school could very well be spent at the beach. All our school preparations are done - school supplies are purchased, backpack (junior size backpack from L.L. Bean - so adorable!) arrived last week, and I went up to the outlets today and got Gabe a ton of fall clothes - so I see no reason not to spend the final days of summer relaxing and staying cool : )