Okay, I need to get better about updating this blog! Sometimes I get discouraged and think, “Does anyone really care what I have to share?” Maybe not?…Who cares?…I care? Oh, so many feelings—I lovingly blame the awesome little baby I’m currently growing for my overabundance of thoughts! 🙂 I need to start having more fun with this blog- it’s a happy little place that I can declare mine, other than my home, of course!
So, Hadley is officially walking, and I love everything about it. Maybe because I had 16 months of a non-walking child, that I truly appreciate how adorable it is seeing her toddle around. We presented her with some Stride Rites that fit her narrow little feet (how they are so narrow I just don’t know, neither Aaron nor I have that going on for us) and she was all smiles and filled with pride.
The other day, Hadley and I joined my father-in-law, sister-in-law, and my nieces and nephew for some coffee—or in my case, and nice, big, pumpkin muffin…I had to have my coffee right when I woke up, it was one of those days 😉 —and she loved showing off to all of them her walking skills. Her papa and cousin even walked to the nearby park with her. Sidenote: are you digging Hadley’s navy on navy outfit that’s happening? Her daddy dressed her, and just like you let a child express themselves by how they choose their attire, I think the same should go for dad’s…plus, I am willing to take all the help I can get! 🙂 On the miraculous day that Hadley took her first steps, my newest baby nephew was born on my side of the family. Coincidence? I think not! His name is Henry, and he is truly snuggly, precious, and perfect! It’s so fun for my sister and I to now experience motherhood together. Speaking of motherhood, according to my OBGYN, my stomach is “growing beautifully.” I have never had someone say that about my stomach before, and I choose to fully embrace the sentiment…when else in life is it a compliment? I absolutely love my doctor, she didn’t get to help deliver Hadley because she wasn’t on call, but I’d love if she got to this time. She told me the summer is the busiest season for babies being born, so maybe my December baby will be perfect timing? It’s just wonderful to have someone I trust so well, that is extremely professional yet also one of the easiest people to talk to—oh, and she doesn’t have any judgement over the questions I have no shame in asking! Here I am at 27 weeks, 2 days:
We have cleared out, sold furniture, painted, and crown moulded our
guest room Hadley’s soon-to-be new room, and hope for it to be done by/around October. And by we, I really mean Aaron! I am so thankful he’s so randomly skilled! This October goal will give her some time to adjust to her new room before baby comes, so she doesn’t associate such a change with a new baby. My girl is truly a creature of habit, just like me…so she will have time to acclimate to her new space. There’s still a lot to do, but we are having fun! My friend, Michelle helped me find Hadley’s exact Pottery Barn crib on Craigslist for quite a steal; we just got the table and chairs from Ikea ($20, can you believe that?!) and I plan to paint them a pretty gentle-aqua color. I am working on a watercolor portrait of our family to go on her wall, but I also just finished making this geometric art piece for her room, too. If you know me, I am pretty traditional, but I thought this was fun for a little toddler girl’s room. 🙂
We celebrated my stepdad’s birthday last weekend, and I made my tried-and-true pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They’re nice and light, so when you eat one you don’t feel too guilty about it. My recipe made a ton, so we’ve frozen quite a few and popped one out to have every night for dessert. Hadley had fun at her grandparents, and got plenty of attention from her Aunt Beth.
On a last note, I made a yummy, quick lunch today. For some reason, lunch is always where I am completely uninspired. I am anemic this pregnancy (I also was with Hadley) and so by 11, I feel like I am about ready to pass out. This has been my favorite lunch yet: Trader Joe’s Chili (turkey, beef, or vegetarian), then I added a little frozen corn, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and let it simmer. I made some quinoa, then put the chili on top, and topped with some jack cheese. Nice and filling, and now I feel re-energized! Oh, and Hadley has been a meal-praying machine. We are now at the point where even when she’s handed a snack, she folds her hands and smiles at me, ready to say grace in thanks for her snack. Oh, how I love that child of mine!