These pictures and the words don’t really go together. Ha. Read the words, or just look at the pics. It’s been far too long since I actually wrote anything about myself on these website screens! We spent one of those perfect, peaceful summer nights last night at my father-in-law and his wife Aimee’s house. The girls swam and caught fireflies, we made s’mores. Going to bed at 10pm was worth it for all these little smiles.
Man alive I think this fourth baby is going to be a long distance runner or something the way she’s making me feel like E A T I N G. When I don’t want rice I’m sleeping (I always want rice!) and on top of wanting rice 24/7 a few bagels with cream cheese and a French baguette A L W A Y S sound like a great idea- together and at the same time. You could put the baguette on the bagel, I don’t care. Mmmmm, carbs. Waffles, scones, garlic bread, grands biscuits. Heaven. I could eat ten croissants or so every hour on the hour and still feel like eating bread.
But this is a depressing state of being because I’m bummed to be gaining a few more pounds this pregnancy than the last two despite forcing myself to the gym three or four times a week and swimming all the time with my crazy kids. I’m trying not to concentrate on the pounds and just concentrate on wholesome meals, prepping for meal prepping in the fall (I can’t be the only one who preps to meal prep haha!) but it’s hard to think of how rough it was gaining then losing 100+ pounds when I was pregnant with Lilly. I definitely won’t get there again but that much weight gain (and loss) wreaks havoc on my body and was so challenging to get through.
Little girl bathing suits are the best, really.
It’s also been an emotional roller coaster trying to fit into/alter/order my bridesmaid dresses for my sister in law’s and soon to be sister in law’s weddings. One dress I had to order in Feb. before finding out I was pregnant. It flat out doesn’t fit and needs a boat load of altering done to it to make it work. I’ll be just about six months pregnant for that wedding. The second dress I had to order this past June and had to order a million sizes larger than I am now to hopefully accommodate enough for whatever my body could be like in October – then NINE+ months pregnant for that wedding. So if you ever need an ego check on your self esteem, get yourself into two weddings at various stages in pregnancy when your body is going haywire and nothing fits! It’s super fun.
But dress worries aside it has been SUPER amazing that both these gals (Brandon’s sister is Haley- I just call her my sis- and my brothers fiancé who is Erica) simply just want ME in their weddings regardless of what has to happen with the dress and that makes this emotional pregnant Mama just so so so happy. How did I get so lucky?!
Haley and I decided she’s going for “boho” and not “hobo”. The more accessories on her head the better, ha!
And oh, these glorious Dahlias! Aren’t they amazing! Kurt and Aimee did such a nice job growing them around their pool this year. Can’t get enough!
I’m feeling pretty good these days. My only real complaint is a neck/shoulder pain I can’t seem to shake that seems sleep related. After a bad experience at a Chiro I just can’t bring myself to try that again so I’m hoping a new snoogle (necessary) and a prenatal massage (or two or three or ten??) might help! My other not-very-real complaint is a constant dream that I give birth to a boy completely alone at the hospital. It’s not a scary dream- more like a “yes, I’m fine- no problem! Just drop me off at the hospital door, I’ve done this before I know what to do!” dream but it makes me wake up feeling so weird. I even name the baby boy strange things (different every time in these dreams). Sorry, Olive, my subconscious is doing weird things.
Keep your eyes peeled for some fun new blog posts headed your way between now and November! I’ve got some cute DIY baby posts in the works as well as some awesome freezer prep posts that’ll help outline how I’ll stock our freezer(s) again before this sweet girl is born. I’m hoping to get my updated Christmas Book Advent blog post up as early as possible so you all can plan and order a few new titles if you partake in this fun tradition and I’m simplifying my yearly gift lists (my FAVE) and sharing exactly what we’re gifting our girls. I’m so excited already I can hardly stand it! Hopefully I can get back to taking some more photos of our family and sharing what’s been going on around here lately. It’s hard to keep up/keep track of all the directions these three darling little babes seem to be going at any given moment! I knew a few marshmallows would keep them in the same spot for at least 5 minutes.
Yay for summer and Christmas excitement getting mixed together!!