Friday, January 12, 2018

Announcing Baby Noel Number Three!

We’re officially in for a wild ride... Baby Noel number three is due July 2018!!!

Surprised?! We were too. I was so used to staying up a couple hours after the girls were in bed to relax or get stuff done, but after three days straight of feeling like I wasn’t sure I would make it until dinner time (very similar to how I felt when I was pregnant with both of the girls), I decided maybe I should take a test.  Sure enough, before I could even set the test down for the three minute wait, two unmistakable, pink lines showed up on the screen. When I handed the test to Tyler, you could for sure say he was surprised, especially considering he didn’t know I was even thinking of taking one.  We were both excited, but I’d say Tyler was more excited at first. I was still trying to get over the fact that I was just pregnant like yesterday practically.  Once the initial shock wore off, I was (am) super excited too!  We actually found out a few days before Tyler’s birthday - an extra special early birthday gift? :)

We had planned to try for a third baby at some point, and did hope that Lo and our third would be close together in age, but fourteen months or less was a tiny bit closer than we had anticipated. ;) Nevertheless, we feel so incredibly grateful to have this sweet baby on the way.

Willow obviously has no idea what’s going on, and probably won’t until her mama disappears for a few days and magically comes home with a new baby. Ellie on the other hand seems to get it a little bit more this time around which is super sweet to see! When we first told her, she lifted up my shirt and said “oh no! Gone!” (since there wasn’t a whole lot to see, bless her little heart).  She’s since told me she wants to feel the baby kick and that she wants to come to the hospital when it’s time for the baby to be born after seeing this happen on one of her TV shows.  I’m excited to see what she thinks (and says) as my belly grows, and as she can do things like actually feel the baby kick! :) Ells has also been very consistent with her opinion that this baby is in fact a girl.  Luckily for us, I think she’s still too little to really have a strong opinion about whether she prefers a baby brother or sister and will be happy either way. ;)

That being said, Tyler and I have gotten a whole lot of questions about whether we would prefer a boy since we already have two girls.  Honestly, I would love to have either one.  I think it'd be so fun to have a little boy and mix things up a bit, but we also love having our girls already and totally wouldn't mind adding another one to our crew either.  Really, I am just so excited to hear what this one is!!  We do plan to find out the gender at my 20 week anatomy scan as we did the first two rounds.  The suspense has already been killing us!!

Things have been super quiet around here, I think you can tell why that might be now.  I’ve been lucky to not have morning sickness (just a tiny bit nausea off and on), but have been EXHAUSTED.  I do hope to post a little bit more frequently than I have been soon and can’t wait to share more as I grow this baby!! :)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Farewell, 2017!

It's been awhile since I got on here, we've been busy enjoying all of the Christmas-y things and are finally feeling like things are starting to slow down and go back to "normal" again.  We had a great Christmas, spent lots of time visiting family and even more time finding spots for all the girls' new toys.  I'm pretty sure they don't need anything else to play with for at least five years.

Before it gets too far out of the picture, I wanted to share some of my ultimate favorite pictures + memories from the past year.   We had so many good times - moving into our house, celebrating Ellie turning two, welcoming our newest addition and enjoying summer + our first holiday season as a family of four.

 Sister pictures are kind of my favorite, in case you couldn't tell. :)

It's always a little sad to say goodbye to a great year, but we're so ready for another year of exciting adventures ahead. Happy New Year!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Keeping with tradition, I couldn't let Black Friday get away without a trip to the Christmas tree farm!  Last year was crazy at this time since we were in the midst of moving, so it felt a little bit extra special to be going to get our tree this year.  We cut our own (per my request) at the cutest tree farm around.

We walked around a for awhile before finding "the one", and stopped to get Ellie a candy cane + hot chocolate on our way out.  She later dumped said hot chocolate all over her car seat, but that's all part of the experience, right? ;)

When we got home, I strung up the lights right away, but we waited until Saturday to decorate the tree.  Ellie was a very good helper and seemed to like picking out all the different colored ornaments the best. :)

Our Elf, Clark, also came for his first visit Friday night!  Ellie doesn't seem too sure what to think about this Elf business - she was very excited until we told her she wasn't supposed to touch him.  I do have a few surprises planned with him that I think she will love, including having him bring festive breakfasts + gingerbread house supplies!  For now, Tyler and I are having fun thinking of where we will put him next... and seeing how long it takes Ells to find him in the morning!

I feel like I blinked an eye and a year has passed from last Christmas, but I'm so excited that this time of year is back again already.  Ellie is at such a good age when it comes to really getting into all of the excitement and holiday magic, and of course baby's first Christmas is pretty special too. :)

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