For the last 4 days we have been iced in our house. We got quite a bit of ice on Friday morning. Therefore they cancelled school on Friday and then today again. I have loved every minute! Of course, I won't be making up these days in June like everyone else since I will be on maternity leave. So I'll take all the snow days we can get!
It has really been nice to just stay in our pj's, make cookies, take naps, and play. I think Presley has enjoyed having me home too. She has been by my side constantly and will not let me leave her. I love it! It's making me more and more excited about being at home with her for a longer time.
I'm so thankful that we have had power the entire time. We were really worried we were going to be living like eskimos for a couple of days. But Praise God we've had a warm house and warm food to feed our tummies. I'm sure it would not have been quite as fun if we didn't have power.
Since it was freezing cold outside (literally) we decided to let the dogs come in for a bit. They use to be inside dogs all the time until Presley came. They were just too much trouble to have to worry about with a baby. Plus, they love being outside! So they have been outside dogs for a couple of years now. But they LOVED being inside the warm house for a couple of days. And Presley absolutely LOVED having her furry siblings inside. I'm not sure the dogs loved everything about being inside (including being chased and choked) but they managed to put up with it so they could be warm.
A few nights ago we went downtown to look at the Christmas lights. We started this tradition last year and I love it. Presley really loves lights this year and will notice them on houses when we are in the car. So we knew she would love them even more this year. She wanted to show us everything. Here favorite was the tall green Christmas tree. She was mesmerized by how tall it was. I think she also enjoyed running around and "leading" up everywhere. She wanted to touch all of the lights too. It was great.
It was the night before the big ice storm hit so it was about 70 degrees. Not exactly "christmas-y" but much more fun than having to be bundled up and freezing cold. We had a great time! I hope to keep doing this every year.
Even Drew made the comment the other day that this pregnancy has flown by. I guess that's what happens when you have a little munchkin to chase after. I really must say that this pregnancy has gone smoothly so far. It has been a little tougher than the last pregnancy, but that's only because I have to be more active chasing a 2 year old around. The last time I could just nap and lay down. Not this time!
Weight Gain- I am starting to feel huge. I'm not sure if it's the Thanksgiving meal that has added some size or what, but I am definitely feeling quite large. At my appointment last week they said I had gained 8 lbs in the last 4 weeks. Total I've gained only about 12 lbs. So I feel pretty good about that. But 8 lbs in 4 weeks!?! I believe it and I feel it. In the last week I'm guessing I've only gained about 1-2 lbs.
Symptoms- Besides feeling huge, I feel great. The tops of my legs have been pretty sore for some reason, but nothing serious. I am feeling Reese move ALL the time. She is just as active as Presley was and I love it. I was always so worried that meant she would be a bad sleeper, but it didn't. So we are hopeful with Reese that it will be the same way. Last night I started having some pretty strong braxton hicks contractions. Or at least that's what I think they were. Either way, they were not pleasant.
Maternity clothes- I am mainly wearing the same pair of jeans all the time, but they aren't maternity. I tried on a couple of other pair of my "big girl pants" that I wore after delivery with Presley, but they are still a little big. (surprisingly) I am wearing my leggings and dresses a lot and also a lot of cardigans. I'm trying my hardest to keep from buying a lot of clothes that I'm only going to wear for a few more months.
Best moment this week- I loved spending time with all of our family and seeing Presley have the best time. It was very weird thinking that this would be our last Thanksgiving with only one child. Next year we'll be traveling around with a 3 year old and a 6 month old. Oh goodness!
I absolutely adore the age Presley is right now. Yes, she is 2! And yes, she can be a big toot at times. There are many times my response to something she does is just , "She's 2". I mean, there are moments when I wonder if she's already 13 with the attitude she can have. But then there are just as many sweet, precious, and silly moments that I love. I find myself just staring at her hoping to soak in every single ounce of her. I love hearing her talk and the funny things she says. I love watching her get so excited about the littlest things. I love when she turns around to look at me and I'll smile and she just grins with the biggest smile. I love when she will randomly hug me and tell me she loves me. I love when she gets when I'm being funny and laughs so hard. I love how she repeats everything I say without knowing at all what she's saying sometimes. I just love every single thing about this age. I know people tell me all the time that 2 is hard and 3 is even harder. But honestly, I'm not worried. Two is hard and I know things will get tougher. But I'm sure with the tough comes even more sweet things. And I'm going to choose (today) to focus on the sweet little funny girl that I love so much.
I realized today that I haven't blogged many of my phone pics in awhile. So I'm doing an iphone dump of picture so I won't forget these precious memories.
We had a great Thanksgiving. Last weekend we traveled to see Drew's parents. Of course I didn't take any pictures of the fun. We did get a great family shot before we ate, but I don't want to spoil the Christmas card surprise and post them yet. I'll wait until after. We were a little hesitate to take Presley because she had been a little sick all week. She didn't act sick, but she had some potty problems all week. We ended up taking her. Unfortunately right before we left from his family's she threw up. But I really think it was just all the sprite, sugar, and running around playing. She never acted sick anymore and was asking for a snack in the car.
This week we traveled to my family's house on Wednesday and came back Thursday. It was a quick trip, but we had a great time. I didn't get very many pictures there either. We also got some great family shots but I don't want to post them yet because I want them to be a surprise (sorry mom) Presley just loves hanging out with her three cousins. She tries so hard to be "one of the boys" when she's around them. This was her first year to get to sit at the kids table to eat by herself. She wasn't too sure of it at first, but then she got warmed up to the idea. Of course she didn't eat anything at all. She did get very cranky by the end of the day because she was so tired. But thankfully she slept the entire way home and slept great all night. Today we are just relaxing and playing in our pj's.
We have so much to be thankful for! I love my little growing family. We are so healthy and doing great. We couldn't ask for anything better. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
I love my life! I have a beautiful daughter who is one years old. I have been married to the man of my dreams for 4 years. I love the Lord with all of my heart and I'm constantly striving to live out that love.