35 weeks and 5 days pregnant to be exact, my belly is heavy and big and hard. It no longer gives when I bend or turn. It’s just there stopping any and every movement I try to make. Baby girl is moving around a bunch, way more than the twins did, so much so that I though something was wrong because the movements at one pint were so dramatic. But the Dr. says any movement is a good thing. Being pregnant with one is a whole other ball game than being pregnant with two, I would almost say it’s easy, comparatively. I am not a big fan of being pregnant, one or two. I don’t like being restricted in food or movement. But I can move a thousand times better now than I could at the same point in my pregnancy with the girls and I don’t have any of the uncomfortable symptoms I had last time. All that being said, I’m done. I know the longer baby cooks the better but Talia and Jordan were born one week after the point I am now, so if baby girl comes early, I’m sure everything will be just fine, and I’d be just fine with it.
I am scheduled to have a cesarean section on February 17th. My Dr. did not give me another option for delivery since I had a c-section with the girls. And I confidently chose to stick with the her because I felt she did such a great job the first time around rather that looking into other options. It was a little strange to choose my baby’s birthday, I chose not to have her on February 14th, I don’t think she would have liked to share her birthday with a Hallmark holiday especially when she becomes a teenager, but if she dose then it’s close enough that we can have a valentines themed birthday and a heart shaped cake every year.
Thank you to the incredibly talented photographer and styling team, who made these photos of this special time in my life possible, I can’t thank you all enough. I adore how they turned out.
I definitely won’t be wining any blog awards any time soon. Moments to write these little stories recounting the happenings of our lives are hard to come by. I’m so tired by the time the girls go to bed I don’t even have the energy to get ready for bed myself let alone write coherent dialogue that may some how be interesting or informative.
But I am determined to share the rest of the vacation we took over the holidays with you. We had such a fun time hanging out together and being around our friends. Watching how much the girls enjoyed the company of our friends children was great entertainment. But when you have toddlers and cold weather activities are a necessity. In addition to packing a suitcase of clothes I also packed a bin of activities for the kids to do.
We rode bikes indoors, painted, made beaded necklaces, decorated $1 wood picture frames from Michaels, made crowns for everyone, did some yoga, colored and stickered, had target practice and played with play-doh.
We also baked all kinds of yummy treats, cookies, brownies and muffins. My kids love pouring, mixing and helping break the eggs. Watched a little tv and everyday we took a dip in the heated pool in the back yard. We have two little fishes on our hands.
We also spent some time exposing the attractions near our house. There was a great outlet mall with a fun little playground, a multi purpose entertainment village with another fun playground and several restaurants we visited.
We will be sticking close to home for the next few months. Big changes coming, I can’t wait to see how Talia and Jordan react to a having a baby in their lives. I’m however they take it, it will make us laugh a little, they are the two funniest people I know.
Christmas is a favorite time of ours to take a trip. We don’t actually celebrate the holiday but we still get the day off. My husbands business is very busy up until the Christmas holiday so as soon as Christmas eve arrives things slow down and we can take off as a family to anything we like for as long as my job will let me be away. This year we decided to go back to Destin, Florida, we went last year as well. And while last year wasn’t exactly our ideal vacation we did things a little differently this time. Last year we stayed in a hotel at a resort for two nights then drove to visit with friends in Alabama. This year we stayed for over a week in a rented house.
The house was a perfect rental for the four families with seven kids between them that shared it. Six bedrooms, five and a half baths, golf cart, heated pool, great neighborhood, walking distance to the beach and close to great shopping. I loved this house so much I felt like I needed to send the owners a gift for letting us stay there!
It wasn’t warm on the gulfs edge but it was warmer than in Atlanta. We were able to spend some time on the beach playing in the sand. The girls were so cute digging and jumping and running through the beautiful white sands of the beach. It was so fine and white it looks a little like snow, but I’ll take sand over snow any day. One of the spots we visited was the Crab Trap restaurant which had a great playground structure right on the sand.
The girls had a great time playing with the other kids we vacationed with. They got to stay up late, sleep in and sit at the eat at bar for most of their meals. There was plenty of down time indoors so I brought an arsenal of indoor activities to keep kids entertained. And the pool heated to bath tub temps was a great way to spend chilly mornings. Look out for more photos to come.
I have a little Instagram problem, I love it. Maybe even obsessed. I love posting pictures of my days and reading the comments followers make. I love all the amazing things the people I follow post. Some of my favorite IGers are oh joy, bleubird, babiekins magazine, dwell studio, Kirsten Rickert and Anna Spiro. I usually post images on the days I spend with the family. Not as much when I’m working, the way I see it pictures in pjs jumping on the couch get old. Most of the posts above are from our recent trip to the gulf. More details on Destin and the amazing home we rented to come. The thing about this stage in the girls is that the pictures don’t do our days justice, it’s what the girls say and how they say it that makes us melt a little more each day. Check out the YouTube channel for recent videos.