any more precious?

It's hard to believe another sweet baby boy will be in our lives soon. Can God really make one any more precious?

Oh Christmas Tree

Per tradition we went hunting for a tree this year.  It's always such a fun experience and this year did not disappoint, especially since Anderson loved helping cut down and pull the trees.  "I help too.  I pull too.  I help too!"

I had plans of walking up and down the hill to try and induce labor but that didn't happen.  Oh well.  Come when you're ready lil guy.

39 weeks

Once again we are closer to 40 weeks but for the sake of documentation here are some pictures.  I feel huge and then I see pictures and realize that its an okay feeling to have.

I think I'm getting what I wished for- a fully cooked baby.  Even though Anderson wasn't too early he was pretty small, didn't nurse or sleep well, and we often said, "I don't think he was ready..."  So, when this kid comes I think he will be.

For now, he must just be pretty cozy in there.

one fat turkey

Thanksgiving is said and done.  We cooked, we sat, we tried to watch a movie together (which is much harder to do with a two year old) and we are still on baby watch.

It's hard to believe that next weekend will look much different for us with a new addition inevitably here.  This week at my OB appointment I was told, "So you know you're having a big baby, right?  Don't worry, I've delivered an eleven and a half pound baby before."  Well, as my friend Kate said- that's both nerve wracking and reassuring.  

Hoping the little (or big) guy comes on his own soon!

38 weeks

I'm closer to 39 weeks today but for the sake of memories I'll go ahead and share my close-enough-to-38-weeks picture.

I'm 100 % positive that this does not do justice to how massive I feel or how I'm pretty sure all that fits me are a pair of maternity sweatpants. 

We're operating a week early this year when it comes to holiday decorating so although our mantel still says thanksgiving the rest of the house is pointing to Chrismas. 

I keep saying "would I rather get this done now or when I've only slept for 2 hours at a time?!" 

The nursery is coming together and should be complete this weekend now that we have nursery prints ready to hang and the quilt Benjamin's grandma made ready to go up as well. I love all the details in here and will post better pictures when I can!

In other news we had a holiday party of sorts to go to last night and afterwards were spontaneous and went to a movie.  When #2 comes along you definitely know how much you won't get out so we took advantage of Anderson sleeping at my parents and this baby still cooking while we still can!

37 weeks

It's been hard to find time to sit down to the computer these days. I'm in pre-baby mode tryin to get stuff done before he arrives, including Christmas presents. I may have wrapped Christmas presents even. 

I remember the exhaustion of those first few weeks and when this little guy comes I want to watch Christmas movies and drink cider and sit by the fire. I don't want to be worried about wrapping presents. 

Today we went to trader joes, a store I used to frequent but haven't been to in months. I stocked up on 4 boxes of candy cane joe's so I'd say all things considered this baby can come now. 

In other news I have been cooking- Trying out more slow cooker recipes, making bathes of pioneer woman's spaghetti sauce to freeze, and anticipating making some enchiladas for the freezer this weekend. We also made some risotto on Monday because that's the food that won't be made when I'm super exhausted. 

Anderson seems to be growing like a weed. He's excited about his brother and I keep thinking about how he won't remember when it was just him- but I sure will. Love my sweet boy and thankful he's so excited for his buddy to arrive. We are too!

a trip to chagrin

We spent a lovely (and long) weekend in Chagrin a few weeks back.  It was long because Anderson wasn't feeling his best, wasn't sleeping his best, and overall it was fun to see family and friends but not restful for anyone involved.

As much as I want to get back in May for Blossom I know that'll be quite the trip and exhausting weekend as well.  Such are the times with little kids.  Who are we to think we could sit back and relax?  All experienced parents may now chuckle.

I had high hopes of getting some family photos while we were there but given him not feeling well it was best to just try to tickle him and get him to laugh since any sweet happy Anderson pictures were out of the question.

As always, it's good to go home.  It's good to see friends who I've known my whole life, to arrive in a town where we see someone we know within 5 minutes, to get breakfast at our favorite spot and to hope that Anderson will grow up with some memories of this town too.  

I love you Chagrin, oh yes I do.

our halloween

Hello All.  I'm still here, alive, and very pregnant.  Some projects have taken up all my free time and I've just now downloaded pictures and opened up my computer after what feels like weeks.

We survived Halloween last week and I'm happy to say Anderson wasn't too into it.  Of course this picture of him may look otherwise, but when the evening came he was overall pretty scared by some of the costumes and not too much of a candy person.  I told him he could have two pieces and he didn't really mind that he couldn't have more, even spitting out some stuff he didn't like.  

Let's be honest though, if people just gave out fruit snacks he'd be in heaven.  Those treats are reserved for Nammie's house only and not something we have at home.

After a couple houses he wanted to go home, drink milk, and watch a show before bedtime.  Fine with me.

The weekend before Halloween we went to a Trunk or Treat- my first.  We waited in line for about 45 minutes but it was worth the wait I think.  The kids got to go around to different trunks, eat a hot dog while they waited, and wear their costumes of course.

Us parents thought of how Disneyland must be like with lines this long all day.  I have no desire to submit myself to Disneyland anytime soon.

Caleb was batman, Kendall was a duck, and Anderson was a dino.  Of course people thought he was an alligator but as far as we were concerned, dino he was.

Next year we'll see what he choses, or honestly what I pick out for him.  I'm glad the holiday is over.  I felt like I had to shield his eyes from the scary costumes and monsters everywhere.  He saw a hat with monster eyes and said, "no like monsters! scary mommy, scary."  That's right Buddy.  Still my baby although I know next year his views, reactions, and overall demeanor about this holiday may be very very different.  I'll still try to focus on all things pumpkin though and vow to never have ghosts or witches or scary stuff as decor.  What can I say- it's not my thing to get all excited about that stuff.

Adios Halloween- until next year.