Some ups and some downs

My eighth-grade volleyball team won the city tournament for the fourth straight year.

Talk about some changes since the last time we posted. On Oct. 15 we were at the down syndrome Buddy Walk in Omaha when my mom’s scooter tipped over in a freak accident. She ended up fracturing her pelvis. Frustration is the only word that comes to my mind when thinking about everything she has gone through in the last 10 years or so. She is the strongest person I know, never complains, yet things like this have to happen to her. It will be a long road to recovery, but anyone who knows my mom knows that she is truly a fighter, and with her patience she will be able to overcome this.

These past few weeks have been such a blur that I actually had to get out my phone to see how far along we are in this pregnancy. That is terrible! It turns out we are in week 23 and have less than four months to go. I have been feeling pretty well for the most part, and this little boy or girl has started kicking in the last couple of weeks. The part I definitely don’t like is how quickly I get tired on walks outside or on our treadmill. Now that volleyball is finished, maybe I will have a little more energy.

Speaking of volleyball, my eighth-grade team won the Des Moines city tournament for the fourth straight season. Josh must think it’s big-time college football because he says I should demand a raise. Coaching more than 100 middle-schoolers with just one other coach wears on you pretty quickly. I envy the coaches in the surrounding areas who are responsible for only one grade as opposed to sixth, seventh and eighth like us.

Jackson has been such entertainment for us lately. He seems to understand almost anything we say to him, and often responds with a resounding, “Yeah.” Jackson, would you like a drink of milk? “Yeah.” Jackson, is Mommy a pretty lady? “Yeah.” Jackson, do you like to poop your pants? “Yeah.” It’s hilarious. He knows where to put his dirty clothes, where to put his shoes, where the milk is, and where his toothbrush and bathtub are. I think he gets frustrated that he can’t have a conversation with us. His new thing is to just grab our hand and lead us to wherever he’s talking about, which usually means to the side door to go play outside or to the refrigerator 😉

Thanks for reading. Josh and I will keep you updated. // SS

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About smothersfamily

Currently pregnant with baby No. 2, Sara is in her fifth year as a sixth-grade reading and language arts teacher at Brody Middle School in Des Moines. Josh is a newspaper designer at the Gannett Des Moines Design Studio and the usual editor of this blog. Finally, Jackson is an always-on-the-go toddler who will be 2 in April.
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