Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nags Head, NC | 2015

All of the sudden it seems fall has shown up around here. The temps are cooler, and perfect for having the windows open in the house. Football is normally what's on the television, mums are everywhere you look, and the leaves are just starting to change. This time of year is always somewhat bittersweet for me. Part of me is excited and I love all of our fall traditions like football games and pumpkin patches, but I'm sad to see summer end, and am not in any way ready for the bitter cold of winter that will soon follow.

Last weekend we had the chance to pack our bags and head to Nags Head to visit with my sister and brother in law for one last summer hurrah. The weather was perfect- 80s and lower humidity, and we had plenty of sunshine to enjoy the beach. Landon had been begging to go to the beach over the past couple months, and while John and I had planned to take a small "baby moon" together, we couldn't deny him the opportunity to run and play in the sand one more time this year.

We left Friday after work and got down there late. Saturday we spent the early part of the day on the beach and Landon learned how much fun a boogie board can be. The waves were too rough to go into the water, so he was pulled along in the surf by John and his Uncle Tommy. To say he is obsessed is an understatement, and I'm pretty sure we're going to have to acquire a new boogie board before our next beach trip.

Sunday we took Landon on a boat ride and then after lunch we went back on the beach for a few more minutes of fun before we packed our bags and made the drive home.

We were tired, and worn out, but had such a great weekend spending time with family and soaking in one last sweet weekend of summer.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pregnancy Update | 33 Weeks

Only 6.5 short weeks until we get to meet our sweet little Avery Kate! In some ways that seems like forever, but in others it is absolutely flying by. I'm in denial that it is already September and seeing Halloween stuff in the stores has me even more anxious.

33 Weeks 3 days

Weight Gain : 20 lbs, which feels like 100, but the scale says its only 20 :)

Symptoms: Reflux like crazy (Zantac is a miracle drug!), hip/back pain, just generally uncomfortable by the end of the day. And leg cramps. those babies are no joke and wake me up in the middle of the night- I'm pretty sure the pain from those leg cramps is right up there with labor pains! I sit the fence on not wanting to wish away the next 6 weeks and also being anxious to feel somewhat normal physically again and not have all these aches and pains. 

Gender: Girl!

We went to the doctor this week and everything is trucking along smoothly- baby girl is growing well, her heart rate sounds strong, and she's head down (whoohoo!). With all the kicks and jabs i get on my sides I was a little nervous that she was laying in there in a funny position. So I was relieved to hear she was head down. 

We've made massive progress on the nursery- we got our furniture put together and I'm slowly decorating the room. I've washed a laundry load of little pink outfits and blankets. We still need to get the car seat, swing and other baby gear out of the attic, but we have plenty of time! :) 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

First Day of Preschool 2015

Landon started "back to school" on August 24 just like all the other kids in the area. I say back to school lightly, because this fall Landon is in full time daycare instead of preschool and in home care like he previously was. Ms Liz sadly "retired" from keeping kids at her house, so until the baby makes her arrival this fall, Landon goes 5 days a week to daycare. To say its been hard has been an understatement.

Every morning there are tears and questions of why he goes to preschool everyday and where Ms Liz is. He begs us to stay home and play with mommy and daddy, and is always hard to drop off. He is fine once he is there and is always happy, but tired when we pick him up in the afternoons. I know it will take time for him to adjust to this new routine- but in the mean time, its breaking my heart that he's having a hard time.

I've realized that although my child is spunky and outgoing, he is only that way around people he is comfortable with and knows really well. In social setting with a lot of other kids, he is very reserved and definitely does not have a dominate personality, which is making this transition even harder.  On top of that, that little boy has had a year full of change. This year alone, Landon's gone from staying with Ms Liz, to staying with grandparents all summer, and now being at daycare all day. At home, he's moved into a new house and new room and in just 8 weeks his world will be pure chaos when a newborn is in our house. He's very excited, but lets face it- he has no clue what is about to happen! Thats a lot to take on for adults, much less a three year old.

Over the past couple weeks I've really realized how hard change can be for everyone, even the parents. And 2015 has been that- a year of change. After our little girl arrives this fall, I'll cut back at work and be able to spend more time at home with both of them- so I'm hoping that will help and we can find some normalcy and I'm so thankful that this full time daycare is temporary.

Until then- we're trying to make the best of our mornings with as few tears as possible. He seems to be learning a lot already and is slowly starting to talk about other kids in his class,  so hopefully that means he's making some friends! Thankfully, on the first day I was able to get some pictures of him happy :)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lake Day on Lake Norman

I'm still in disbelief that this is the beginning of the first week in September. I'm in disbelief that school has started back and football is just around the corner, and I'm in even more disbelief that we only have 2 short months until we are officially a family of four. I love fall, and I love pumpkins, and I love football, but goodness gracious I feel like this summer has flown by at warp speed!

This past weekend we headed to my parents house and spend the day on Lake Norman for one last summer hoorah. My sister and brother in law were in town, my dad rented a pontoon, and we spent all day Saturday hanging out on the lake, swimming, and soaking in a little bit more of summer. I grew up spending every summer on that lake, and I didn't realize it until this weekend, but its been over ten years since I've been back on it. Growing up, we had a pontoon boat that we took out all the time and then in high school I was either out there with friends or working (I was a lifeguard on the lake- talk about amazing summer job!).  It's such an important part of my upbringing and childhood and so it was really fun to be back, and also a little crazy how much it has changed.

Landon of course loved the boat, loved the water, and had the best time ever. Have I mentioned how thankful I am that he loves swimming? He had a blast! My dad has a nifty little waterproof camera, so I was able to take some pictures of Landon even more in his element. Little fish, he is. :)

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