Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Odd and Ends

Almost every day, I think--goodness, I need to blog. I don't feel the need to blog to do just one.more.thing or to appeal to the masses that read my words (ha!) or to keep my stats up.

I blog simply to write about life and tuck some memories away in a tiny corner of cyberspace. So, here's to a post about everything and nothing ;)

First of all, I'm officially in my third trimester (32 weeks) and feeling every bit of it. I have hardly documented this pregnancy at all (oops!), but it's fun to look back and see what I was feeling with Luke during the same timeframe. This pregnancy has been different, but much the same as well.

The biggest difference with this pregnancy is that I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes (whomp whomp), but I'm thankful that I've gotten into a little routine that seems to keep my blood sugar numbers in a healthy range.

The downsides for me are all the extra thinking required to balance my meals and keep my carbs at the right amount. But, as time goes on, this is getting easier since I know what better works for me. Also, it's that time of year that is filled with yummy desserts and treats and most of them are off limits (apart from sneaking in a bite or two). So, that's not so cool. So long apple pie and Christmas cookies...

The upside: I've actually lost weight, so I'm hoping to not gain too much more for the next 8(ish) weeks. As much as I don't mind eating well, I often struggle with eating too much (even of the good stuff!). So, this has forced me to create some eating (and exercising!) habits that I hope will continue post-pregnancy :)

But beyond poking myself 4 times a day, I enjoyed having some sweet friends over and doing a little table prettying--nothing fancy :)

We've also enjoyed some cooler days, so exploring and walking with our wagon are a must along with some playtime at the park before it gets too dark. 

Last weekend, we zipped off to San Antonio with Josh's family to enjoy a quick escape. Despite a few challenging toddler moments, we watched a lovely show, ate yummy food, and had a cozy hotel stay (well, as cozy as a toddler snoring in your ear can be!) 

Life isn't fireworks and magic right now--it's a lot of day in and day out. But, as this month speeds by, I'm trying to soak in the days of steady rhythms, crisper air, and quiet days. My house may be messier, my to-do list shorter, and my energy level lower, but it's still good--and I'm grateful for that!

ps. there are some new Christmas prints listed in the shop--just in case you want to get a head-start on your Christmas decorating :)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Messes, Elephant Peanuts, Dirt, and Motherhood Joy-Eyes

Can I just take a second and share that toddlerhood + Nicole = daily reminders that I have no idea what I am doing?

Especially as I glide (or waddle!) into the third (yes, third...what?) trimester, I find that I'm a little more tender--physically and emotionally. Daily, I just ask Jesus to give me what I need--wisdom, energy, or perhaps an invention that would delete the word "No" out of Luke's vocabulary ;)

If I even start to think about a baby entering into our family in January, I start to feel downright anxious and wonder how in the world it will be possible to shepherd my little guy while I nurse, run on 2 hour increments of sleep, and adjust to having another little person in my care.

I know it's possible--but, I'm just guessing that it won't be easy, simple, or painless.

So, as I deal with toddlerhood and anticipate all the change that is coming, I'm working on opening up my motherhood joy-eyes. Because, really, Luke is pretty great (says the mom)...

For example, he loves to bake with me. I mean--if I even so much as look at a bowl, he's pulling up a chair to help me. Helping me includes adding extra ingredients (such as his digger), stirring with the vigor of a 20-year-old football quarterback, and lots of taste-testing (I'm pretty sure he also tries the product in his hair just to be sure it's whipped correctly).

Wisely, I've decided that the best way to let him help is by giving him his own bowl or tray--it means a mess for me later, but it's better than tonka trucks in my cookie dough. Right?

Luke has also befriended a butternut squash as his "elephant peanut." Mr. Peanut has gone on a walk with us (yes, we got some funny looks!), been used as a bribe to lay down and change his clothes, been affectionately put down to nap (or smothered), and has even been a reading friend. Let's just say that if Luke loves his brother as much as he loves that butternut squash then I don't have much to worry about ;)

I've enjoyed lots of dance parties lately--the last one included the mirror at the shoe store. I don't know what music he was dancing to, but he was clearly enjoying watching himself do some cool moves. Ha!

Like most boys, Luke also has an insect-to-the-light attraction to dirt. Dirt by a tree, dirt by a house, dirt by garage, dirt, dirt, anywhere. As a mom who tries to avoid spending too much time staring at my phone while I'm hanging with Luke, I find the struggle is the most real while I watch him dig and dig and dig in a tiny pile of dirt with his mini-digger for what seems to be forever. Usually, Instagram wins.

I'm also thankful he hasn't learned that mom's sunglasses are uncool. I'll take that as a compliment.

Yes, this season is full of meltdowns over his shoes being too tight or too big to too anything but right. Or maybe he wakes up from nap and cries for twenty minutes for no reason. Or perhaps everything I say is repeated with a no, "No eat breakfast" "No go to store" "No jammies" "No bath" "No bed" "No beans" "No mommy reads a book" "No. No. No."

And, just maybe, this season is also full of shepherding that includes a lot of "stop washing your hair with ravioli," and "keep your bum on your chair" (times 5 million), and "let's not use that {weird house object...where in the world did you find that?} you found as a drum on our wall."

But, I love seeing moments of toddlerhood with my motherhood joy-eyes (even with blurry vision sometimes)--and yes--even ones that includes dirt-covered fingers trying to poke themselves up my nose.

 I wouldn't miss it for the world.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015


We've had a busy last few weeks/days, so I thought it was about time for a photo dump. So, here we go :)

We've been busy building forts and playing in dirt (all.the.time).
I've been busy growing a baby (who has the cutest little profile!) and trying to keep up with a toddler. We've been swinging, and painting, fire truck seeing, and wagon pulling.
We are enjoying cooler nights, fire pits, and taking selfies.
We enjoyed celebrating the big 3-0 with Josh.
And then we celebrated our 7th year of marriage with a kid-free date, seeing Mary Poppins at a local theater, and enjoying a productive (and restful weekend). We topped it off with marshmallows, sappy talk, and a cozy fire after Luke went to bed.
I'm so thankful for these days :)

What have you been up to lately?

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