We're Having Another Baby!

I am excited to announce that we are having another baby! Our little bundle of joy will be joining us next spring and we cannot wait to meet the little peanut! 

I have just entered into the second trimester and am happily finally coming out of a rough few months of morning sickness. Let's just say there has been a lot of TV watching!

It took a little while to get pregnant with our first two so we were shocked and surprised to find out getting pregnant with baby number three happened much more quickly. I suppose a continual reminder that we can try to schedule and plan all we want. But only God truly knows when the time is right! So we are grateful for that and trust in His perfect timing in growing our family.

I will admit I struggled with feeling a little depressed while I was dealing with the morning sickness and feeling lonely due to covid. I know that this is not new feelings for anyone. But I learned how quickly things change when I don't have the normal energy and ability to keep busy and positive. 

I am seeing hopefulness again as I gain a little energy and we venture back out of the house. But it was a strong reminder that things are still so hard and tricky. And that it was in simply reaching out to others, being open about my feelings, and accepting help that I was reminded I am never truly alone. Plus intentionally disconnecting from my phone has helped a lot. I have less feelings of missing out and instead could simply be more present with my family (we recently watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix and it hit home for me).

Our son is VERY excited about having another baby. He is such a sweet big brother already and I look forward to seeing him share that love and care to another sibling. And thinking how our baby girl will become a big sister gets me teary eyed. She is still our sweet baby of the family for just a little longer and I am trying to soak it all up.

Being pregnant for the third time seems so different already. I had no problem letting the TV run all day while I laid on the couch sick. I know from experience now that we will all bounce back. And that giving myself grace and rest was what allowed me to be the best mom I could in this season. We really don't need much for a third child. I am excited to put together a shared room for our older two. Which our son is also very excited about! Feeling like I have done this before is such a freeing feeling. I want to simply enjoy these sweet babies as much as I can. I have no birth plan expectations! All I want is a healthy baby.

Our blessings overflow and we are so grateful for the honor to have another tiny human join our little kid gang. Surely our hands will be very full but so will our hearts. Thank you for sharing in this joy with us!






Cookies + Milk // A Simple Hallooween Costume

A few months ago a friend of mine was passing on her old cookie costume from her kids and we happily took it off her hands for a little play time fun. While this isn't our planned Halloween costume, I thought it would be fun to take some pictures of our little cookie and his milk holding sister. This would make a super easy and fun costume for Halloween. I am even thinking a cardboard version would be equally as cute!

After a month or so and the kids lost interest in it, we passed it along to someone else. I love the idea of sharing and passing on costumes with friends. Such a great way to reuse and receive some fun dress up pieces.




Astronaut Space Birthday Party

 

Our son turned four this summer and we celebrated with a super fun astronaut space theme. It was mid quarantine so we celebrated with the four of us as well as my parents. We have had small parties in the past with the whole moving and not knowing a lot of people trend. But even still, it was strange to have such a quiet celebration. And it was his first birthday celebration without our Virginia neighbors. Bittersweet for sure.

And I apologize in advance that some of the photos are out of order. But my blog platform just got a big update and I have yet to work out the kinks. But we will carry on despite that!

Since we went with an astronaut space theme, we got him this cute astronaut costume and hung it up with his gifts for him to wake up to. He was VERY excited and quickly put it on!

For my one big impact decoration I made this cardboard rocket out of two large home depot boxes. It worked out great for our party and photos. And was a very entertaining play piece for weeks!

The star and moon balloons I found at Target.

I put up a star banner, also from Target, on the fireplace. 

Also, it always bothers me that our TV chords are still showing. But because of the fireplace, it is a little tricky to run it through the wall. It is on our to do list one of these days!

For the dessert and party display I used the helmet that came with his astronaut suit along with more star banners and a Happy Birthday sign I made out of card stock and gold letter stickers.

For the cupcake display, I got this fun wooden rocket toy set that doubled as a gift. It came with additional wooden astronauts and space vehicles. It is very cute. I also used these space tube toys for cupcake toppers.

Our spoiled birthday boy got plenty of gifts sent via Amazon from our family in California. So I wrapped them all in paper bags with stickers.

We then later used our new rocket toy to turn our train station into a space station!

We later went on a little walk and bike ride and let him ride with some balloons tied to his bike!

Here is another photo of his easy space gift wrap that I blogged about here.


For lunch we headed outside since the summer weather is so nice here in Washington. I put together an easy and delicious grazing board for kids and adults to equally enjoy!

It was a pretty special day for our sweet four year old. It is always a little bittersweet as a mom to have these birthdays pass feeling like my babies are growing so quickly. But it was a happy day celebrating the wonderful big boy that he is becoming.