Happy new year, friends! I know I'm a little late on this, but that has just been my life theme lately. Now that the holiday hustle and bustle is history, I'm trying to get back on track with everything. As much as I get the post-holiday blues every year, there is a part of me that feels relieved to have normalcy and a routine back in my life. Before diving into that topic, though, I want to devote a little space to an update on the past month, since 0% of it has been spent blogging. Here we go...
Christmas & New Years
For Christmas, we do a 3 year rotation of how we spend our time: (1) in New Mexico with Brandon's family, (2) in Oregon with my family, and (3) just the three of us on our own, either at home or on some adventurous getaway. This year was our year to do a "just the three of us" thing, and we decided to keep things low key and stay at home. Then, on Dec. 23rd, Brandon's parents popped in from New Mexico to surprise us and spend Christmas with us. Sweet gesture, for sure, but to be quite frank, it was not exactly what this type-A, plan-ahead kinda girl had in mind for a relaxed holiday with my little family. We made the best of it though and ended up doing Christmas all together with them and my parents as well. It was fun and everything worked out fine. The in-laws left on Christmas day, so we even got to sneak in a little bit of "just the three of us" time that day. OH! And we got snow on Christmas Eve! Its been like 10 years since Portland has seen a white Christmas, so that was pretty awesome.
For New Years, we kept with our low key theme and it was wonderful. Some close friends of ours invited us over for an afternoon celebration with our toddlers, and we rang in the "new year" at 6pm (bless you, Netflix on-demand NYE countdown for kids). Went over to my parents house after that, put Avery to bed at her normal time, played card games till midnight, then hit the hay ourselves.
Its still surreal to me, but I'm in my THIRD trimester of pregnancy now. Once I hit that mark, both Brandon and I went into full nesting mode and really cranked things up in the baby prep department. We've had quite a few house projects to do, but the most fun has been getting the nursery ready. We painted it light gray with a white ceiling, and it changed the feel of the room tremendously. Bye-bye all-beige everything. My dad built baby boy an incredible closet that is going to maximize the storage space in the room, and from here on out we just have to assemble the crib, the changing table, and decorate (which I've been most excited for).
Quality Time With My Firstborn
Especially in this past month, I've been feeling this growing sense of urgency to spend as much quality time with Avery as I can before baby comes. Newborns need a lot of attention, as I've learned, so I know that Avery will get much less of me in the coming months. Am I shooting myself in the foot by spending all this one-on-one time with her now and then expecting her to understand that I can't do the same when baby comes? Probably. But I don't want to miss this out on the opportunity I have now to put everything else on the back-burner and just love on my little girl. Plus, I truly am doing my best to prepare her in the meantime. We read stories about baby and talk a lot about what her role as a big sister will look like. She feels him kicking in my tummy (and even thinks that there is a baby in her tummy too). She helps me fold his tiny laundry. She helped paint his room. And I have no doubt whatsoever that she will be a loving and amazing big sister.
That's all for now. Hope everyone's 2018 is off to a great start!
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.