Friday, January 29, 2016

January, in Pictures

Understandably, this January has been a little bit slower for us.  We've really worked on getting things done around the house, and I've been working on getting all of my blog loose ends squared away before the big day coming up in a couple of weeks!

Nesting mode has definitely hit me.  About two weeks ago, I got the urge to throw away everything in my house and clean what was left.  My little online home is no different - at 9 months pregnant, I now want to start every single project and make every single edit to this blog that I've been meaning to do for 2 years.  It's not happening right now, but I have made a few improvements I'm excited about.  I've got a post scheduled during February that explains a lot of what I'm doing differently, and I can't wait to talk all about it!

So, that being said, a programming note: I do have one or two posts per week scheduled for February, and I'll check in occasionally with life updates.  I just didn't want the blog content to completely die while I took a little maternity leave from blogging, but I don't want to have the added task of blogging while taking care of a newborn, either.  So I've been working really hard to schedule some content to get me through for about a month.  I really like what I've got coming up, and I hope you do too!  So if you see a post go up a week after I give birth, just know I'm not superwoman, that most of those posts were scheduled ahead of time.

Alright, enough's what we did in January!  (If you follow on Instagram, this might be a little redundant.  That's quickly becoming my go-to for documenting our little everyday moments!)

A couple of months before Christmas, Emmie got it in her mind that she needed a scooter.  I have no idea where she got it from, but she had to have one.  She has enjoyed it so much...that's definitely been her #1 gift from Santa!

(And yes, my tree stayed up until well into January.  I'm normally all over that right after Christmas, but it just didn't happen this year.   Can't imagine why.)

We had a great time celebrating Alabama's national championship at the beginning of the month!  Noah clearly let Emmie pick out her outfit for the evening.  She's just starting to be where she's old enough to understand what's going on in the football game...we heard lots of Roll Tides from her that night!

I guess my pregnancies are good luck for Alabama. :) I was 31 weeks with Emmie and 35 weeks with Jackson at 2 of the last 3 Alabama national championships!

Noah and I decided that we're going to hold off on doing a full-on nursery for Jackson (for right now).  Since the current goal is to be in a forever home by the end of this year or early next year, we just didn't see the point in putting a lot of time and effort into setting up a nursery that he might only use for a few months.  

But, a crib is kind of necessary, right?  The original plan was to turn Emmie's bed back into a crib and let her move to the guest bedroom until we're out of this home, but she was having no part of it.  So, to prevent having to uproot her, we found a great deal on one that somewhat matches the furniture in our spare bedroom a couple of weeks ago and we took full advantage of it.  Noah put it together a few weeks ago and Emmie was a great helper! :)

If I can somehow get the dozens of boxes (no, really, dozens) of little girl clothes out of that room sometime soon, I might try to do a little nursery tour!

I've waddled my way out of the house a few times this month.  We made a stop at the library one Friday afternoon.  I love how much this girl loves reading and books!

We also attended our town's Mardi Gras Parade a couple of weeks ago.  Noah was actually in the parade, so Emmie and I (along with the grandparents) caught beads and candy on the sidelines.  

Of course she was SO excited to see her daddy in the parade!  Parades (especially ones that throw treats into the audience) are her love language.

We're in last minute baby prep around here!  The hospital bags are packed...

...and nails are even done, just in case this little guy decides to show up early.  For some reason, I've been completely paranoid that my nails are going to look bad on delivery day.  Like the newborn cares.

We're also soaking up every last minute of this one being an only child.  She and I had a little lunch date last week at her favorite.

Later that day, her teacher sent me this picture.  She has been studying hibernation at school and how hibernating animals get big bellies to get them through the winter.  So, at gym time, she told her teacher that she was Mommy and was going to hibernate.

Nice to know I am now being compared to a large bear.

And one of my favorite memories from the month...Noah has started to leave Emmie notes on the mornings that he is not there when she wakes up.  She so looks forward to it every morning...if he's not the one that goes to get her, the first question she usually asks is, "did Daddy leave a note?"

I love how much they love each other!

And a little update on (not so) little man...we had a great appointment this morning! My doctor wanted to do an ultrasound because of my big baby history, and sure enough, he's another big one...the ultrasound estimated 8lbs, 13oz.  Most babies are around 6.5-7lbs at this point.  My doctor just walked in the room laughing. :) 

Basically no labor progress, so this is pretty much a carbon copy of Emmie's pregnancy...another big, stubborn Lambert baby. :) Which I'm just fine with right now - he can keep baking for another week or so!

Happy Friday, friends!