Aaah, we are one day away from our due date, TOMORROW, September 1st!  We are anxiously awaiting baby girl’s arrival, I had been wondering for months if we would have an August or September girl and it looks like she will hang on until September (the first of all five of us not to be born in the summer months!).  It’s been really important to me to document as much as I can of this pregnancy, just like I did with the first two — both Waverly & Avalon love looking back on pictures of when they were in my belly and I want this baby to be able to do the same.  So here goes, an official last pregnancy update with Baby B three!!!

The last couple of weeks have been WAY different than the last weeks of either of my first two pregnancies.  With both big girls, I hardly had any signs of labor at all, didn’t feel different than the weeks before, and other than some hopeful feelings that my water would randomly break — I really didn’t think I would go into labor.  This time I have had alllll the signs and have literally thought I was in labor a few different times, only for everything to stop all at once.  Which I’m sure others can relate (especially since I have googled it 300 times), is so mentally & physically exhausting!  Ultimately though, I am trying to embrace these last few days with her in my belly and to just be at peace with when and how she gets here.  Also on the upside, apparently my belly makes the coziest, happiest little place for my babies to be, and if I am induced for the third time, it must be that my girls recognize my need for planning everything and just want me to be able to do that.

In other news, I celebrated my 35th birthday this week!  The girls were the cutest about it, Waverly spent an hour the night before decorating the house with happy birday mommy and it’s your day signs, she told me at least three different times that she “takes birthdays very seriously”.  My husband leaves for work super early so when I woke up, I could hear both girls all by themselves downstairs whispering and making me breakfast.  They came up to my bed singing happy birthday a few minutes later with a plate full of cereal (no milk), an apple, two strawberries, and bread (not toast) with two unicorn candles leftover from their birthday party poked in the middle of it.  I literally could have died from the sweetness.  Most of the rest of the day was typical, everyday stuff (and still plenty of sister arguments & little girl drama), but goodness I feel incredibly grateful to be where I am at 35 and cannot believe I will have THREE little girls to celebrate with next year.

The nursery is completely done, we have tons of diapers from the sprinkle and hand-me-downs from the big girls, some new stuff special just for baby girl, and all the hospital bags are packed!!!!  I was having major anxiety a few weeks back about getting everything done but of course like everyone always does, we made it work!  She actually does not officially have a name yet, we are about 95% sure of her first name and have not decided on a middle name, but hoping that all becomes clear once we meet her!  Cannot wait to share pictures and the good news SO SOON!  Cannot believe it.  XO

A long overdue house update, it’s now been about four months since we closed on our second home at the end of April and a little less than three since we officially moved in!  I completely meant to share more about the process, but it turns out life with two kids, one on the way & a house renovation is crazy — and also, even though we have gotten SO MUCH done, we don’t really have a room that is 100% done yet, and I want to wait to share until then.  Hopefully room by room, as we finish them!

The hardest part of this entire experience was the time between closing on our old house and our new house being “livable” enough to move in.  During those weeks the four of us weren’t living together (which was really hard mentally, for the girls & us), and it felt like every time we turned around there was another setback that we didn’t plan for time or budget wise.  It was HARD, and didn’t help that I was pregnant and desperately trying to keep the girls on a schedule, since they were both still in school.  But we managed, got it done and were able to move in — the house still needed so much work but being together, under the same roof again, was so much of a relief that it made things like not having a sink or oven seem like less of a big deal.  I will never forget those first few days we finally moved in, having the girls sleeping in their own beds again and pulling out our own dish towels and bowls was soooooo exciting!

Since moving in, we have just done little by little, I have found it so important to count small victories each day and to just take one project at a time.  I am so Type-A and hate unfinished anything (or a mess!), so I really have to remind myself all the time that it will all be worth it.  Which it is already.  My husband has done a lot of the work himself and it really is so amazing to see our vision come to life, especially when it’s him creating it.  There is something to be said about a house that you make your own, making decisions on paint colors or knobs can be really overwhelming but I love that everything is personal to us.

A few photos of parts of our downstairs, including a little peak into the kitchen, by far our biggest project so far!  When we moved in, the kitchen was dark and really small, we knocked down a wall and part of another to make it bigger, as well as gutted pretty much everything in it — I cannot believe what a change it is!  We are waiting on some wood floating shelves for the main tile wall and then it will be complete, just in time for all the fall decor!

Hoping to share some more in the weeks/months to come, including some finished rooms!  Happy week ahead! XO

 

We celebrated our tiniest little girlfriend over the weekend with the sweetest sprinkle, Donuts & Diapers hosted by my mom and sister!  I was 38 weeks (and feeling it!) the day of the party, we didn’t intentionally plan to have it so late in my pregnancy but with a crazy summer it was just the way it worked out — we were thankful she held on in there long enough for us to celebrate!  I had to be talked into a sprinkle at all, especially with a third girl, but love that she got to have her own celebration just like her big sisters.  Also super thankful for lots of diapers and wipes for baby girl, we will obviously get lots of use out of them in the weeks/months to come!

The sprinkle was at my sister’s house, my mom & her did the best job planning it and had so many sweet details to make the morning just so special for all of us.  They did a donut wall, biscuit bar, “momasa” bar, yogurt parfaits — soooo many yummy breakfast treats, I didn’t even have a chance to get photos of them all!  I also loved reading the special “wishes for baby” that our family and friends filled out while we were there, almost every single one of them said something about always being close to her sisters which made me smile every single time I read that.

The biggest thank you to my mom and sister, our family and friends for making us and our baby girl feel so loved!  We are officially READY for her to get here now! 🙂
PS — I had my 38 week appointment yesterday and for the first time ever, am dilated to a one all on my own!!!  I wasn’t even dilated overdue or at the hospital with either of the big girls, so I am feeling super encouraged even with just a little bit of progress.  I am so hoping she comes on her own or at least, that if I am induced it will be an easier process this time.  Please send all labor vibes my way! XO

FULL-TERM!!!  We are just a couple weeks (days?!) from meeting our newest baby girl and feeling all the feelings.  Soooo much excitement and of course some nerves, I cannot believe we will have her in our arms so soon!
From the start of this pregnancy everyone I told my due date to said I would have a brutal summer.  It really hadn’t hit me until the last couple of weeks, but now I am HOT, getting out of breathe really easily, and food is pretty hard to get down with all of that combined.  On the plus side, I have been loving shaved ice and cannot get enough water, and seriously loooove the feeling of being weightless in the pool.  Also a constant rotation of dresses and little clothing are way more acceptable in the dead of summer, I have a few that still fit left and will be living in them until she gets here!

Of course with being so close I am now to weekly appointments with my OB, we have finally decided on a birth plan and I thankfully do not have to go through a planned c-section (at least for now).  We were going back & forth because of Avalon’s shoulder distocia during birth, but after going back over her notes, my doctor confirmed that it was because of Avalon’s position and not because of me — which if it was the second, would obviously make it a higher risk that it would happen again.  Avalon was also a smaller baby at birth than Waverly, so it’s encouraging that Waverly did not have it & was bigger.  So now, we wait!!!!  And fit in some last summer fun with our two big girls, who are both so excited about their baby sister and are constantly talking about her.  Also worth noting, I bent down the other day to grab something and came back up to Avalon clapping for me saying, “see mom, you can get down on your own!”.
This could possibly be my last pregnancy three update, hoping to be back with some news on the arrival of our third little girl before long!!!  XO

Here in VB we don’t go back to school until the Tuesday after Labor Day (I always think it’s so crazy to see pictures of kids in their school outfits in early August!) — so we are still soaking in all the summer things and making the most out of our last few weeks!  Summer seems to fly by faster every year, I feel like we spend forever counting down to it and then it comes & goes in the blink of an eye.  This time around has been a fun mix of settling into the new house, getting a million projects done, nesting for baby sister, and spending LOTS of time at our new neighborhood pool.  The girls are loving swimming more than ever (they are like little fishes now!), and when they aren’t barefoot in bathing suits at the pool, they love to be riding their bikes down the street playing “sister”.  Which is just about the cutest thing ever.

The days are long, especially since Avalon has recently dropped her nap (except for the rare occasion she falls asleep on her floor or the couch, which is almost always about five minutes before dinnertime and way too late to let her sleep).  It’s hot, like I swear it’s the hottest summer ever, all of a sudden I feel like I might be 150 weeks pregnant.  And Waverly is starting a week-long dance camp today because I quickly realized that no group activities or structure for an entire summer was just a little too much for her after being used to full-day kindergarten all year.  But I have said it a million times and think it at least a few times a day, I am FOREVER grateful for my summers at home with my girls.  If you haven’t seen this video, you must watch it — it is so true and makes me tear up just thinking about it.  More than ever, I am determined to make every summer count!

Hope you and your sweet families are having the best summer and if you are back to school (or getting ready to go back!), a smooth start back to the school year!  XO