Wednesday, April 6, 2016

welcome maeve louise!

after a three week hiatus (and no due date post!), i'm so proud to introduce my youngest daughter, maeve louise!

she arrived one day before her due date on monday march 14, 2016 at 10:18pm, much to my surprise.   as mentioned several times in my bump updates, i was more than prepared to go past my due date, but miss maeve had other plans!  her delivery was smooth and easy and we feel very blessed to have a healthy baby after my issues with the gestational diabetes.  she was our smallest at 6lbs 14oz and 19 3/4" long, most likely in part to my rigorously controlled diet for the past three months.  

ian and lydia instantly became besotted with maeve and i have so enjoyed witnessing their love grow for their little sister right before my very eyes.  link gave his doggie lick of approval when we brought her home and promptly gave us a look as if to say, "you brought me another one of these things??"  

we are slowly adjusting to life as a family of five and once things settle a bit more (and i start getting more sleep...up nursing as i type this), i will attempt to blog more of my escapades as a new mama of three under three and a half!

we love you so much, maeve louise!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

39 weeks, baby no. 3

one week left!
(well till munchkin's due date anyway...)

the days seem to be slowing down somehow.  i keep waiting for a sign or something to happen, but realistically i doubt this baby will be showing up early at all.  i haven't even packed my bag for the hospital yet...probably should get on that...

everything has been looking good with baby over the last week.  a quick, very successful nst last wednesday and a normal maternity check up the following morning.  i'm still measuring a week small, but again, could be because baby has dropped down preparing for delivery.  my blood pressure is perfect and baby's heartbeat is strong and steady.  additionally my blood sugars have been awesome!  if anything, they are getting slightly easier to control, which i had heard can happen towards the very end with the change in hormones.  either way, i'm happy that things are looking so positive.

the only negative so far has been even more increased pelvic pain from the spd.  i've been wearing a support belt and finding positions to rest in that don't aggravate it as much, but it is getting more and more difficult.  i'm still hanging in at baby boot camp classes...thank goodness i don't have more than a couple weeks to go or else i might have had to tap out early!  still...making modifications to make things more comfortable, plus getting the exercise in regularly is good for both me and munchkin.

dear munchkin,

as i have said to both your brother and sister at this point...this could be our last week together just you and i, or we could have a little while longer.  this time around, i have a feeling we will get a forty week bump picture, but i'm not sure how much longer they will let us go after that due to mummy's gestational diabetes.

the weather today has been so spring-like.  i never imagined in a million years that it would be feeling like spring the week before your due date.  i was prepared for the likes of last winter and feet of snow outside, instead of gorgeous sunshine and the world beginning to awaken for spring.  tomorrow is supposed to be close to seventy degrees!!  i'm not convinced i should put away my snow boots just yet, but happy to be comfortable in a t-shirt and light jacket :)

stay safe and cozy for these last few days together, little one.  we trust you will come when the time is right and not a moment before.  just don't take too long...there are lots of people awaiting your arrival, but none more so than daddy, ian, lydia, link and me.  we love you, munchkin.

love, mummy

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

38 weeks, baby no. 3

march has arrived!  it's baby month!

we are happy to be getting closer and closer to the day we get to meet our baby and now we are within a couple weeks.  i feel very, very ready at this point, but if this baby is anything like his or her brother and sister, they won't be showing up early :)

this past week we had another successful nst and maternity appointment.  i was measuring a week smaller this time, but my midwife thinks only because the baby has dropped down a little.  heart rate and activity looks great.  i am also extremely relieved that my strep b test came back negative.  this means no antibiotics via iv during delivery...thank goodness!  finally my sugars have all been great.  it's nice to see the end is in sight of this crazy gestational diabetes journey, but it's also getting harder to manage the cravings for things i can't have.  hubby has sweetly started a list of foods he will be gathering either while we recover in hospital or for once we return home with baby.  i can't wait!!  

dear munchkin,

as i sit here typing this letter to you, my back is aching, you are hiccuping non-stop, i'm having braxton-hicks contractions every now and again and my pelvis is in agony.  that being said, i will gladly manage this pain and discomfort for a couple more weeks if it means getting you stronger and healthier before you arrive earth-side.  i seem to have come down with another mild cold, no doubt due to being rundown in this late stage of pregnancy.  i think i would have to say you have been my most difficult pregnancy so far, but it's hard to judge since circumstances are so different.  i'm sure if i didn't have your brother and sister running around and could rest more, things may be different.  or if you had been another summer pregnancy, etc.  so many factors.  regardless, i love you and i'm willing to sacrifice my body to you for however much longer you need.

we are truly ready for you to arrive now.  i'm doing my best to keep the house clean and tidy and stay on top of laundry and chores.  every day i wake up wondering if today will be the day, but i really don't expect you to show up early.  we are keeping ourselves busy with boot camp classes, playgroups and small projects here and there.  your big brother has decided to skip a couple naps this week (such great timing...?!), so resting has been less than what i would hope.  i was wondering if i may see the day of the elusive triple nap, but now i'm not so sure!!

finally, today you sort of attended your first presidential primary election!  we headed to the local high school bright and early and we all headed in to place our vote on this super tuesday.  next time we go to vote, you will be here with us and will get to check it all out for yourself :)

stay safe, baby dear.
love, mummy

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

37 weeks, baby no. 3

well, baby has reached "early term".  these definitions have changed slightly since i had ian, but either way, baby has reached a good point and if i went into labor now, there is less risk of breathing issues, etc.  ideally this little one will hang on a couple more weeks and reach full term, but it is comforting that we have reached this week's milestone.

this past week, i've continued baby preparations by washing that first load of tiny yellow, green and white clothes, washing swing and car seat covers, assembling the rock and play and prepping a change station with the tiniest diapers!!  i finally feel like we are pretty much ready for baby to come home, although there's a couple things around the house i'd love to get sorted first.  i'm happy to say that i'm up to date on laundry (not an easy feat with two young children, three beds requiring clean sheets, family towels, etc., not to mention lydia's cloth diapers).  my washing machine and tumble dryer have been running constantly!

ian talks daily now about our baby coming.  he knows where we will go to have the baby, that nana will come to stay with him, that he will (barring extenuating circumstances) come to the hospital to meet his new brother or sister and where the baby will sit in the car and sleep at home.  i love hearing him talk about "our new baby" just melts my heart.  he is still convinced the baby will be a girl, but he won't give any thought to a name yet haha.

i thought for sure lydia would still be too young to understand at this point...she just turned sixteen months this past friday, but that being said, she has become so attached to her "deedee" (baby doll) and her big sister book.  every night before bed we read through her book and she points out the baby and has even started saying "sister" in her own little way.  i'm hopeful that these are signs that something is being taken on board about our impending addition and that she won't be too shocked when we arrive home with a real baby brother or sister for her!

dear munchkin,

we are getting so close now, little one.  it seems hard to believe the end is in still feels like just yesterday we found out about you :)  your kicks and wiggles are getting so strong.  even though they have estimated you to be on the smaller side, it certainly doesn't feel like it to me!!

i've started giving in to the afternoon exhaustion and napping while your big brother and sister do, otherwise i spend the evening yawning my head off and nodding off to sleep next to your daddy on the couch!!  you are definitely slowing me down and i find my tummy knocking things over on the kitchen counters when i go to reach for something up high...not the most flattering look haha.  that being said, we are still managing to attend baby boot camp and are participating in the spring fitness challenge.  i know it's good to stay moving, even if it's at a turtle's pace!!

i now look forward to every wednesday night when i get to go for your nst.  it's a peaceful and comforting time for just us.  last week you were a wonder baby and completed a successful nst in the minimum amount of time, you little superstar.  hopefully tomorrow's will be as great.  stay safe and keep growing, little one.  we love you!

love, mummy

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

36 weeks, baby no. 3

well, we are officially nine months pregnant!
i can't believe we are here again for the third time!!

as written in the last update, we have recently been rather down and out with illness, but i'm pleased to report we finally are all back to normal and life has resumed with some regularity :) :) :)  i celebrated this happy occasion with a prenatal massage last night and it was heavenly.  peace and quiet and some time to focus on me for an hour was just what the doctor ordered (no pun intended!).  the kids slept well last night and as a result, so did i!

this morning started out bright and early with a growth ultrasound.  i've never had a late term ultrasound, so it was really interesting to see a fully formed baby on the sonogram screen.  this scan was due to having developed gestational diabetes and needing to check on the size of the baby, in case he or she is getting bigger than they would like.  i was quite surprised to find out that this could actually be the smallest of all three of my babies!  late term ultrasound weight estimates can be off by as much as two pounds in either direction, but the technician today was confident in her skills haha.  she estimated this little one is about 5lbs 12oz currently and would, by her guess, be between 7-8lbs at birth.  having had ian (9lbs 5oz) and lydia (8lbs 11oz) that sounds like a small baby to me, but we could still end up with another bruiser if he or she has a growth spurt in the next four weeks!  other good news from this morning's is head down and in a textbook perfect position for birth, all the organs appear to have grown correctly and are functioning as they should in utero, the lungs were moving in practice breathing motions which means they should be healthy and ready to breathe after birth and the heartbeat was strong and steady.  i'm thrilled and relieved by all this good news and we are so blessed to be growing a healthy, thriving baby.

we are now down to weekly maternity appointments for this final month and also continuing with weekly nsts.  hopefully if these continue to be successful, combined with the good news from the ultrasound today, we should be allowed to wait for natural labor and not worry about requiring an early delivery, although i need to wait for the all clear from my midwife at my appointment later this week once she has reviewed the scan results.  fingers crossed!

dear munchkin,

 hello my little tiny one!  i was shocked when the ultrasound technician told me you were smaller than i might have imagined by this point.  i'm happy that you don't seem to have been terribly affected by my gestational diabetes and i hope that you continue to grow to a healthy, but manageable size over these next couple weeks!

your big brother is going on the record to say he thinks you will be a girl.  he talks about his new baby sister all the time and how he will help to be "the best big brother to his new baby".  he plans to sing to you when you are upset and read you stories when you need something to do.  he also gently puts his little hand on my tummy to wait for you to kick.  even when you are sleeping, he is ever so convinced that you are communicating with him.  you are so lucky to be receiving such an adoring big brother the minute you enter this world.  

your sister still doesn't quite understand what is going on yet, although she's become truly enamored with all things baby and we've been reading her "i'm a big sister" book every evening.  i do think she knows that things are about to change forever, but doesn't quite know why!

i'm so happy for your healthy report this morning and i look forward to each time i get to sit and listen to your heartbeat.  i'm treasuring these last few moments, days and weeks before i have to share you with everyone.  right now it's still just us, my littlest one.  

love, mummy

Monday, February 15, 2016

34 and 35 weeks, baby no. 3

the past two weeks have been a bit of a blur!  our whole family got hit with major illnesses of all types and we are really only just getting back to normal health.  poor ian started us off with a very high fever accompanied by coughing, sneezing and constant runny nosing.  lydia followed suit shortly thereafter, although her fever decided not to arrive until the day after ian's left.

in between ian and lydia's fevers, i managed to get some sort of stomach bug...thank goodness i have a stomach of steel and didn't end up throwing up, just feeling nauseous 24/7 for two days 34 weeks pregnant...with gestational diabetes...with two sick kids to care for...  do you hear the sympathetic violins playing yet? **wink wink**  my husband was amazing and took a couple days of from work to care for all of us and in a random turn of events, didn't get sick himself!

unfortunately, ian's fever didn't disappear, so he ended up seeing the pediatrician and was prescribed an antibiotic. thankfully this helped him feel much better, however it was still another week until he was really ready to be out in public.  lydia didn't end up needing the antibiotic and after a week's recovery, she too was ready to reemerge from quarantine.  i finally thought we were coming out the other side when hubby woke up in the middle of the night vomiting from food poisoning.  another day off from work for him to rest.

the following day i felt like my tooth was being ejected from my mouth with a rusty could i be getting a toothache???  after speaking with my dentist, she cleverly realized it was not my teeth, but my sinuses.  i had contracted my first sinus infection at nine months pregnant.  could we hit anymore health problems in a two week period??  more antibiotics and finally the throbbing, toothachey pain has subsided and i'm almost feeling back to normal...normal being nine months pregnant with spd, no room to breathe and a general sense of exhaustion haha!

i did manage to snap a couple bump pics on the days between feeling yucky.

this was actual 34 weeks feeling like poop...

this was a couple days later...

as we were stuck at home so much, i got a lot of cleaning/organizing/nesting done, including tidying our master bedroom and getting it ready for baby to come home.  picture taking has now moved locations, as it provides a little more light...although still the lovely grainy self timer pics from my iphone...sorry about that.

35 weeks...

hopefully we have successfully completed our quota of family illness for 2016...we've certainly got all the copay and prescription bills that would confirm that!  i would just like to get through the rest of this pregnancy without being ill again or having to quarantine ourselves for multiple weeks at a time!  here's to a little more health for the months of february and march!!

dear munchkin,

you know that i love you unconditionally, but i feel like you are slowly killing me from the inside out!  my poor immune system is clearly not firing on all cylinders due to your residence, but i promise i won't hold it against you ;)  you are also making things quite uncomfortable with the arrival of spd, but your auntie sarah has lent me a support belt that will hopefully ease some of the pain.  i'm also heading out tonight to enjoy a prenatal massage, in the hopes of finding some relaxation, comfort and relief.

you, my little one, appear to be doing quite well.  you have passed three nsts with flying colors, are measuring right on track (will get further confirmation at another ultrasound tomorrow morning) and have a strong, steady heartbeat at every maternity appointment.  i'm still hoping we can continue through the next four or five weeks as normal, without worrying about early deliveries and such, but that will be seen after the ultrasound and the next couple nsts.  

regardless of all the illness and discomfort though, we are getting more and more ready for your arrival.  we have coming home outfits (one for each gender), a new rock and play for you to sleep in, car seat ready to go, etc.  it still seems surreal to me that you could be here any day now, but i'm so excited to meet you, kiss your soft skin and snuggle you close in my arms.

stay safe, munchkin.
love, mummy

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

33 weeks, baby no. 3

another week gone!
33 weeks today :)

this week saw successful results from the overnight medication for the gestational diabetes, but unfortunately now puts me on the list for weekly nst's (non-stress test).  i'm off for my first one tomorrow night.  all other mother and baby stats were great from today's maternity appointment, for which i am very thankful.

with adding a third child to the family, we've had to think about what to do with vehicles.  we currently own my rogue outright and are leasing hubby's altima.  we would prefer to upgrade to a minivan and were hoping to at the beginning of the new year.  sadly, breaking a lease is harder and more expensive than we expected, so we've decided to make do with the cars we have for now, until hubby's lease is up this fall.  once we are free from the lease, we will be able to purchase the minivan we would like, but until then we needed to figure out what arrangement of seating was going to work.  in order to decide whether we needed to look for a new (smaller footprint) car seat, hubby dragged the infant seat out of the basement and worked on configuring things.  the three seats (two convertibles and one infant) fit perfectly across the back of my rogue and ian is most impressed that we have finally got the baby a seat in the car...he's been asking me for weeks where the baby will be sitting in the car haha!  it seems most surreal to have the infant base back there (the car seat won't go in just yet, as it makes it trickier for ian to get in and out).  i can't believe in just a few short weeks, there will be three children back there!!!

dear munchkin,

we are on this crazy journey together, you and i.  turns out you'll be getting some extra monitoring over the next few weeks to make sure my body is taking good care of you.  we'll even get a sneak peek at you again in a few weeks time.  we only had the normal twelve and eighteen week ultrasounds with your big brother and sister, so it will be quite interesting to see a fully formed baby on the screen instead of the early alien-like blob!  i will definitely have to make sure to remind the technician that we don't know yet if you are a boy or a girl!

fortunately you are not keeping me up too much at night yet, although your big sister has been doing a good job of that this past week with all her teething, poor girlie.  sleeping is getting a tad uncomfortable, but i'm loving my pregnancy pillow.  your daddy complains about it taking up space in the bed, but when i go up to bed after my evening snack, he's usually cuddling it...haha!

we have pretty much decided on your name, one for boy and one for girl, but will be keeping them secret until we know who you will be.  i love both choices and can't wait to find out who we will be adding to our family list!  

stay safe and healthy, little one.  i'm doing my best to make sure you are being taken care of in every way possible.  

love, mummy

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

31 and 32 weeks, baby no. 3

the past couple weeks have flown by and although i did take pictures each week, the blog posts failed to happen!  thus, here's two weeks combined :)

31 weeks found us meeting back with my midwife and nutritionist to discuss the first two weeks of my gestational diabetes results.  my day blood sugar levels are perfect...well underneath where they should be two hours after i eat and of no worry at the moment.  i'm glad to have been able to eat very sparing amounts of treat type foods, a little chocolate or ice cream here and there, without it spiking my levels.  unfortunately my fasting, or overnight, number has refused to come down below where it is required, despite trying everything i can.  they are giving me until 32 weeks to get it down or else medication will be required.  i'm really not happy about the situation, but i have no control over it...silly placenta is doing its own thing.

baby has been getting more and more active over the past week or so and sometimes i'm left wondering what on earth he or she is doing in there!  hiccups are a very common feeling now...they were with both ian and lydia, as well.  

32 weeks found my overnight numbers not doing any better and, although they are not sky high, they remain a few points higher than my midwife would prefer.  i have been prescribed a medication to take overnight which should keep my sugar levels at bay and allow me to continue along with the rest of the pregnancy as normal.  i'm not thrilled to be taking a long term medication while pregnant (i never even so much as sniffed a tylenol with either of the others) and it makes me nervous wondering about possible side effects.  although i'm not happy about it, i do think it is the best alternative for now and will hopefully allow baby to stay put until full term and give me the best shot at a natural labor and delivery.  

this past weekend, we took a spontaneous trip up to maine to visit my in-laws and also so hubby and i could take advantage of nana's wonderful childcare and escape for an overnight babymoon!  it was such a wonderful weekend.  after a day or so with the family, hubby and i drove south and headed to freeport, maine.  we perused outlet shops and ate lunch without once thinking about hurrying to get the check or digging to see if we brought more toys to occupy little people!  it was surreal to say the least.  after finishing up in freeport, we continued a little further to our final destination of portland.  we thoroughly enjoyed walking down to the wharf, popping in and out of eclectic little stores, eating in one off pubs and diners and generally having a blast together.  it was so great to have time to reconnect as a couple.  check out my instagram for more details on where we stayed and visited.

it seems crazy that we are already at 32 weeks with this little munchkin!  i can say nesting is in full swing, although slightly hindered by a lack of energy.  i just want everything decluttered, organized and cleaned.  ian and i put the baby swing back up in the living room for the kiddos to get used to having around again and i'm looking for a baby doll and big sister book for lydia.  i am planning on getting a slightly different one for ian now he's older and already used to being a big brother, but i'm not as worried about him with the transition this time around.  i'm hoping lydia will be a tad easier as she's also used to being a sibling already, even if she's currently our baby :)  i'll gladly take any advice on adding a third to the family and/or having siblings close in age!  

dear munchkin,

we've had a couple of busy weeks, baby dear.  lots of doctor's appointments, baby boot camp classes and most recently our travels to maine.  it's been a lot of fun, but you are also making it quite tiring for mummy!  i hope you are able to be resting and growing strong while i'm bustling about everywhere.

i love feeling you twist, turn and kick in my tummy and i know how much i will miss those movements in a couple months time.  for now i'm savoring every last kick, even the ones when your foot kicks my rib cage and makes me say ouch!  

i'm sorry that mummy has to be taking medication to help keep you safe this time around, but i'm praying it will help you to stay healthy and not cause you any problems, little one.  it's the hardest decision for me to make as a parent when none of the options presented are ones i would choose.  just know that right from the very beginning of your being, i am trying to make the best choices for you and i always will.

we love you so much, munchkin.  stay safe and happy. 

love, mummy

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

30 weeks, baby no. 3

the bump is back again :)

apologies for the workout clothes...had just returned from boot camp and figured getting pictures is more important at this point than waiting for when i'm in that perfectly cute outfit haha!

unfortunately morning sickness, exhaustion, computer viruses and subsequent dead computer and most recently the holidays have delayed my bump updates for our next little munchkin.  i remember struggling to keep up with lydia's bump updates when it was just ian, but this is even harder.  poor third child!

this pregnancy has been fairly normal, until recent weeks.  everything early was as expected and any minor testing that we did (blood screens and such) came back with no signs of worry.  my morning sickness was the worse of all three (none with ian, some nausea with lydia) and it was not all that pleasant.  fortunately around 18 weeks or so, the 24/7 nausea stopped and i felt more like a functioning human again haha.  i was really hoping that i would regain my energy in the second trimester as i did with my other two pregnancies, but alas, i think that being pregnant with two under three means lower energy levels throughout regardless of what trimester.

unfortunately i received news on christmas eve that i had failed my one hour glucose test, which looks for the presence of too much sugar in your system and the possibility of a gestational diabetes diagnosis.  my midwife allowed me to celebrate christmas weekend without making me come in for the three hour test on christmas day (thank you!!), but bright and early on december 28th, i spent just shy of four hours at the hospital being poked and prodded every hour after downing an even more disgusting sugar drink than before.  through my office, no news is good news, so by the afternoon i was becoming more optimistic that i had passed, only to receive a phone call mid afternoon informing me otherwise.  i was disappointed, frustrated, upset, guilt ridden and an overall mess regarding my new diagnosis.  after calls and texts to my dear hubby and several supportive friends, i got my act together and made appointments to see a dietitian and diabetic counselor at the local diabetic care center.  for someone who spends rarely any time in hospitals or doctor's offices, this week was turning into a doozy.  three more hours of apppointments to learn about my diagnosis, how to control it and how to check my sugar levels left my head spinning.

we are now just over one week into this journey and it is interesting/frustrating/time consuming/dare-i-say-improving?  my first issue was to understand that nothing i did caused this diagnosis.  i've been working out again through this pregnancy through my baby boot camp classes, ran until the fall when it started to get colder and pushing 100lbs of stroller and kids was getting a little much and attempting to make as many healthy choices as possible (within the realms of pregnancy induced cravings of not so healthy items...cough cough *french fries* cough cough).  although i was only 8 months post partum from lydia, i was back to my pre-pregnancy weight and even ran a half marathon two weeks before getting pregnant.  in my head, i felt like the furthest person from a diabetic diagnosis, but that's just it.  gestational diabetes can affect anyone.  there are obviously higher risks if you have a family history of diabetes, are considered overweight before becoming pregnant, etc. but my midwife said half her size zero, workout-a-holic friends had gd as well.  it's more to do with how the hormones and placenta are working in your body and helping or not helping to deliver healthy sugar amounts to your baby.  i still feel guilty off and on, but it's lessening and i'm happy to report my diagnosis seems borderline and hopefully can remain diet and exercise controlled, eliminating a need for medication and possible complications later in the pregnancy.  it's taken the past week of trying different things (any kind of fry, even sweet potato, is off my menu for the next ten but i'm finally starting to see numbers i'm happy with and hopefully that will please my midwife and nutritionist as well.

this is definitely going to make the next ten weeks rather interesting, but every finger poke and carb counted meal will be worth it when we meet our little baby!  

dear munchkin,

welcome to the blog, little baby.  sorry it's taken me so long to write to you, but at least we will have these last ten weeks!  we are so thrilled to be adding you to the family and can't wait to meet you soon.

when we told your big brother about you, he was so excited for another new baby.  he goes back and forth between thinking you are a boy or a girl, but at least this is an improvement on dinosaurs and trucks from when i was pregnant with your sister!  lydia is currently none the wiser about your impending arrival and i expect it will most likely stay that way given her younger age.  i'm excited (and very nervous) about having two little ones only seventeen months apart, but i hope you will have a close bond.  

i can't say i'm thrilled that you are the cause of some recent changes to my diet, but it's definitely for the best for both of us.  i'll continue to do my best to make sure you stay as healthy as can be in there.   since being diagnosed, i've noticed that mothers with gd refer to their little ones in the womb as their "sugar babies", so i guess that makes you my sugar baby :) 

we love you so much already, munchkin.

love, mummy

Saturday, January 2, 2016

happy new year!

happy new year, everyone!

i'm finally able to resurrect this old blog of mine and i'm excited to be back!  a little back story before moving on...

we took a trip out to see my family in july and i did keep up with my daily photo taking, however wasn't able to blog as i hadn't brought my computer with me.  once back, life kind of got in the way (more on that in a minute) and then my computer died.  without a really easy way to upload my pics, project 365 fell by the wayside and although i could have blogged from my ipad, it just seemed like a lot of work lol.  although i'm mad to have only made it six months through 2015, the break from blogging was welcome, but now i'm ready to get back to it.

so here's a quick recap of 2015, picking up where we left off.

the beginning of july found us making a surprising discovery...i was pregnant again!  we were quite taken aback by the news, but so incredibly thrilled to be adding one more little one to our family.  we didn't tell ian right away, but once we did, he too was most excited for another new baby!  we took a fairly lengthy trip to ohio to visit family while hubby was traveling for business.  i drove the kids, my now pregnant self and the dog from massachusetts to ohio and i have to say i was impressed at our family traveling skills.  i had not one tear from either kiddo and we managed food stops, gas stops, pee breaks (ian's first road trip since potty training), etc. with relative ease.  hubby flew out after his business trip and spent the rest of that week with us and my family, before we all drove home again.  the trip home was not as easy as going out, but we managed :)

august and september were kind of a blur.  i was still adjusting to being pregnant again and was unfortunately experiencing my worst morning sickness of my three pregnancies.  i shouldn't even begin to complain, having a friend who suffers from awful hyperemesis gravidarum with her pregnancies, but feeling nauseous 24/7 and throwing up occasionally is still not pleasant, especially with two other little ones to care for.  we still managed to make the most of trips to the beach, playing at the park and helping daddy mow the lawn :)  

october saw us celebrating ian's third birthday with a trip to the topsfield fair. it was a really lovely day and fun to see ian get excited about his birthday and new number status.  we also celebrated lydia's first birthday with a "twinkle twinkle little star" theme.  friends and family came over to help her celebrate and we had a fun party.  hubby took off for another two week business trip on halloween, while i took a knight and strawberry for a short trick or treating evening!

november was exhausting with hubby gone for two weeks, but we were lucky enough to have my sister visit us for five days.  it was fun to have auntie hannah here and have some time to hang out and show her around the north shore.  once hubby was home, we had about a week or so before thanksgiving.  my mother-in-law invited us to visit for the whole week this year, so we duly packed up and the kids and i were chauffeured up to maine.  unfortunately hubby had to keep working the first half of the week, so he drove our car up later.  we had a blast visiting with my in-laws and ian and lydia thoroughly enjoyed their cousins company.  it was heartwarming to see them, especially ian, forging such great friendships with their older cousins.  thanksgiving day was a lovely celebration and reminded me how blessed i am to be living this life.

finally december arrived, although not feeling at all like december!  we had many days in the 50s-60s and christmas eve reached the 70s!!!  regardless of the crazy weather, we enjoyed every day and advent flew past.  ian loved his homemade advent calendar once again and i loved coming up with fun and faith-based activities for him to do.  we also made huge strides with ian, as he suddenly requested to attend catechesis, our church's in-service sunday school program.  it started back in september and we knew he wasn't ready to attend without one of us there.  at the beginning of the month however, he asked about it of his own volition, so we met with the level one instructor who agreed he seemed ready.  the final piece of the puzzle was whether or not he could attend without me there with him.  i was blown away on his first sunday, as he happily skipped up the ramp to the atrium and only turned about to ask me to help with his shoes!  i couldn't believe it and honestly couldn't have been happier to see him spreading his wings a bit.  he's been enjoying it so much and looks forward to going back each week.  

december also brought my 30th birthday.  it was not quite how i imagined it might have been when i was a little girl (but is anything haha?!), but even largely pregnant and overwhelmed with life, i had a spectacular day.  hubby and the kiddos surprised me with a new laptop...which is enabling me to get back to blogging!  we then got ready to go out for breakfast, which ended up being a surprise brunch hosted by one of my best friends.  i had no idea she was planning such a surprise and was elated to see so many lovely people come to celebrate with me.  this year has felt slightly isolating as a stay at home mother (another blog post for another day) and i couldn't believe these wonderfully kind people would want to take their saturday morning to come to my party.  the rest of the day was low key and ended with a take out feast of enormous proportions.  yum!

christmas was quiet and spent at home just the four of us.  we did head over to have dinner with some good friends of ours and overall the day was lovely.  although we have spent a lot of time explaining to ian that christmas is not all about receiving presents, i don't ever want to forget his little three year old reaction when he came down on christmas morning.  he stood in the middle of the living room, put his hands on his head and exclaimed gleefully, "there's presents here, mummy!!"  then he promptly fell over on his back in amazement!  such innocent sweetness, i will remember that moment forever.  

and that brings us to the present!  a brand new year.  hubby and i managed to keep our old bones awake until midnight and rang in 2016 with a kiss.  i am looking forward to what this year will bring, most of all meeting our newest little one and figuring out life as a family of five!  i feel badly that this little one hasn't had regular "bump updates" so beginning with 30 weeks this tuesday, i'll write along for the last ten weeks.  i'm hoping to get some ian and lydia updates on here as well!

happy new year to you all!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

june 24, 2015

it's been a hot week here, so i broke out the paddling pool again this afternoon for the kiddos.  neither of them are terribly afraid of the water/splashing/etc. which makes for a great time and fun pics.  here's little miss cheesy grin splashing to her heart's content.  between this happy girl and some great mid-air jumps from ian, it was tricky to pick just one photo for today :)  glad that we will have these memories to look back on when the kids are grown!!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

june 23, 2015

this afternoon i watched my goddaughter and her sister at our house while their mum taught violin lessons.  we then had the whole family join us for dinner, although unfortunately hubby got caught up with yet another appliance delivery disaster...another story for another day.  i whipped up two quiches (vegetarian and non-veggie required).  one spinach and one bacon-cheddar.  i was lucky enough to have these two helpers in the kitchen today.  ian was sweet to think to get nell a chair to stand on and they swapped turns stirring back and forth.  at least it kept them still and occupied for five minutes ;)


Monday, June 22, 2015

june 22, 2015

i've always done the same smoothie recipe for years on end.  oj, yoghurt, banana, spinach and a mix-in of whatever fresh or frozen fruit i have on hand.  now that i've had the vitamix for a month, i decided i was ready to branch out and try some actual smoothie recipes.  cue the blueberry banana smoothie.  first off, i loooooove the color.  because of adding spinach to my smoothies, i'm used to a brownish/green hue, so this gorgeous purple really appealed to me :)  the recipe called for soy milk, which we do not use, so i substituted unsweetened almond milk.  it was full of flavor and was a great mid-afternoon pick me up!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

june 21, 2015

happy father's day to all the dads out there!  we celebrated with a more relaxed day at home today, after the busyness of hubby's birthday yesterday.  i snapped this quick pic of daddy doing bedtime snuggles.  i just lovelovelove everything in this pic.  from the look of contentment on hubby's face, to ian snuggling tight and lydia holding his hand behind hubby's neck.  ahhh...there is nothing more attractive than a man who does fatherhood well.  i love this man!