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Christmas is almost here!!


Last night, we wrapped more of Nathan’s Christmas presents and put some of them under the tree. Nathan’s reaction to these presents when he saw this morning was priceless. With wide eyes, he crouched down and started bouncing while exclaiming there were more presents under the tree.

Then he systematically went through the presents, picking them up individually and asking what’s inside.

“You’ll find out on Christmas!” we told him. Then he’d shake it, put his ear to it, and ask a litany of questions.

“Is it a racecar?” he asked.

“You can open it on Christmas and find out then,” we responded.

“Is it a train?” he asked as he tapped the box.

“You have to wait to see,” we said.

“It’s a toy, right?”

“What do you think?”

“Yes! I think it’s a present! I LOVE presents!”

And then he’d start spinning around in circles… round and round (how the heck does he do that, anyway? Three to four spins for myself is about all I can take of the dizziness.) Then he’d run into the kitchen and spin some more, then back to the living room for more spinning. (He loves to spin when he’s excited.) And then we’d go through pretty much this same conversation and resulting spinning with each present.

I love to see him excited.

In other news, I’m starting to feel really pregnant. Up until this point, I didn’t really feel too pregnant. But now I’m getting tired more easily, even though I still work out 3-4 times a week. I’m definitely in shape, yet I find myself getting short on breath just walking around the house. The way I huff and puff, you’d think I didn’t work out a day in my life. It’s completely normal though- with the baby growing, my lungs are getting squished and can’t get as much oxygen. Plus having 50% more blood volume doesn’t help with the fatigue and shortness of breath, either.

The back pain has started as well. It’s not nearly on the same scale as it was when I was this far along with Nathan, and that’s attributed to me working out and being in great shape. But still. It’s there. It’s not agony like it was last time, but it’s definitely unpleasant. I’m hoping it doesn’t get much worse.

Oh the things we go through for our little ones!! And it’s so worth every bit of discomfort, especially once I have him or her cuddled safely in my arms.


Christmas Tree Phase III


I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner! Here’s our completed Christmas Tree… cat-proofed, that is. Meaning only a few ornaments near the bottom because our cats like to rip them off and bat them around the house with their greedy little paws.


Nathan is doing awesome with the tree. He’s allowed to look at the ornaments and even touch them as long as he doesn’t remove them. So far, so good. He’s only taken a couple of them off and tried to play with them, but after being “grounded” from touching the tree for a certain amount of time, he quickly learned.

We have just about all our shopping done. All that’s really left is wrapping. And telling you guys something really super awesome that I bet you aren’t expecting to hear.

Are you ready?

Of course you are!

Well, the good news is that Nathan is going to be a big brother!! That’s right, we’re pregnant with baby #2. I’m 18 weeks along, due around May 20th. We wanted to wait until I was out of my first trimester to announce it, and then I was afraid if I said something, I might jinx it and something bad would happen. (Pregnancy hormones for ya.) But everything is great! Baby is doing awesome, the puking has subsided drastically, and I’m finally getting some of my energy back.

Nathan is excited about being a big brother, and he apparently thinks the best way to communicate with the baby is via my belly button. Seriously, he uses it like a microphone to talk to the baby and I think it’s quite possibly the cutest thing ever. Other than newborn baby feet, that is. And baby hedgehogs. I digress.

So we have an exciting time ahead of us, and we are super excited about our new addition!

Merry Christmas from us to you!



Christmas Tree… Phase II


I’ve been sick the past few days, so I got delayed putting this post up. Have I ever mentioned how I HATE being sick? I feel much better now except for this perisistant cough that’s driving me crazy. I’m coughing so hard that I’m choking and throwing up… not fun!!

So anyway, here’s Phase II of our Christmas Tree decoration. (As I mentioned before, we pretty much have to set up oour Christmas decorations in phases with Mr. Nathan running around… it’s nearly impossible to get it all done in one day any more!) Nathan was completely ecstatic when we lit up the tree; his reaction was awesome. He crouched down and ran in circles around the tree, happily exclaiming that the lights were on.




Happy hearts


Nathan was being a little bit of a pain this evening (ok ok, a BIG pain!), so I had to discipline him and put him in his room. I explained to him what he’d done wrong and how his behavior was breaking my heart. When I said that, he burst into tears, hugged me, and said, “I want Mommy’s heart to be happy!”

What a sweet little man, even when he’s pushing all of Mommy and Daddy’s buttons!

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