With my due date fast approaching, I wanted to have maternity/family photos taken to capture the belly before it’s gone. I reached out to Ashley Halas, our go-to family photographer, to get a date in the books. (She’s also the one who took the photos for my Adult Cake Smash Photo shoot.)
We set a date for March 19, but there was snow in the forecast. A lot of it. Fortunately, we didn’t get as much as expected, so the show went on. The snow actually made the perfect background.
I love how they turned out! I especially love that we were able to recreate some of the photos we took when I was pregnant with Miles.
I also took a silhouette photo that I absolutely LOVED when I was pregnant with Miles, so I decided to do it again. I found the directions here.
Christmas is a big deal at our house. It’s our favorite time of the year, and we love making it special for the kids. Last year I bought an advent calendar from Pottery Barn Kids. I like to fill each day with a little candy cane and an activity we could do together. The great thing about this is you can always switch activities around to fit your schedule if something comes up. I like to save the more time-consuming activities for the weekends, especially now that I’m working.
Here’s this year’s list of holiday fun!
Decorate the tree
Make and decorate cookies
See a Christmas show
Candy cane hunt
Wagon ride to see lights (We like to drive around and look at lights too, but this way gives the kids a better view. I had an extra set of lights I didn’t use for decorating last year, so I threw them on the wagon to make it a little more fun)
Picnic by the tree
Donate canned food to church
Christmas movie by the fire
Make salt dough ornaments for grandparent gifts
Polar express ride
Write letter to Santa
Buy or make gift for sibling
Sing Christmas carols
Indoor or outdoor snowball fight (I hope we can do an outdoor one this year-fingers crossed!!)
Go to a tree lighting
Visit Santa at the mall
Go ice skating
Family camp out by the tree
Buy a gift for a toy drive
Make paper snowflakes and decorate the windows
Make reindeer food
Sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn
Jesus is born! Put Jesus in the manger and celebrate Christmas 🙂
Here’s the printable version of the activities I use, if you’re interested. I included some blanks for different ideas you may have as well as some extra activities.
I also like to do the “25 Book of Christmas” idea I got from Pinterest. The first year I did it, I was scrambling around trying to find Christmas books at the library and Barnes and Noble. Now I have so many that it’s more like the “40 Books of Christmas” haha. I have a weakness for children’s books, what can I say. I wrap each book and stack them in order from smallest to biggest under the tree. Every night in December Chloe chooses a book (or 2, depending on how many we have left) to unwrap and we read it in our “cozy spot” next to the tree. This year Miles is big enough that he’ll probably want to get in on the action too :). Wrapping the books is a pain, I’ll admit, but once that part’s done it’s totally worth it to have that special time together every night. It’s quickly become one of my favorite traditions.
Once our elf arrives, I’ll post about the North Pole Breakfast.
Can’t even believe Thanksgiving is this week and I can officially be in full-blown Christmas mode. Woo hoo!!!
Ron and I always knew we wanted children, but we could never agree on how many. The decision was made for us when we found ourselves unexpectedly expecting in June. What’s crazy is that Chloe knew I was pregnant before I did. One day she randomly said, “I think you’re going to have another baby in your belly.” Sure enough, I found out I was pregnant about a week later. I’ve always heard that children are intuitive when it comes to things like that, but I never believed it until now.
When we found out we were both shocked but so excited. I was happy that it worked out the way it did, and we would no longer have to have the whole “third baby” conversation anymore. Unfortunately, our joy was short-lived as I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks. This was the first time I ever experienced a miscarriage and we were both devastated by the loss.
After we had time to grieve, we decided we wanted to try for another baby. We were finally both on the same page and it felt really good. It didn’t take long before we found out I was pregnant again. The first few weeks were very nerve-wracking; I overanalyzed every little symptom and convinced myself I was losing the baby on several occasions, but now I’m 16 weeks along and things have been great!
Our Pregnancy Announcement
I’m one of those women who absolutely LOVE being pregnant. I love the baby bump, feeling little kicks, and knowing there’s another life inside me. There’s nothing else like it. We’re both in agreement that this is definitely our last baby though, so the pregnancy has been bittersweet. I was so excited when I felt the first flutters around 12 weeks, but then it made me sad to think that I would never feel the “first flutters” ever again. We can’t become like the Duggars though and just keep popping out babies. Eventually these kids have to go to college (insert panicked emoji here). All I can do is cherish every moment of my last pregnancy and realize how very blessed we are to have two healthy children and another one on the way. I thank God every day for the life he’s given me.
Sidebar- I realize it’s been about 3 months since I’ve written a post. Turns out being pregnant with two kids, a full-time job, and a husband taking classes for his Master’s doesn’t leave a whole lot of extra time for blogging. I’m going to try to do better though- promise!