Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Is Here!

I'm so excited that spring is finally here!  It may still be cold out but we've had more sunny days than not.  I love spring; it's my absolute favorite time of the year!  Winter can be kind of a downer and then spring comes, everything is blooming, new babies are being born, it's green, and the sun is out.  I love it!

We decided to celebrate the first day of spring with our first outside barbecue in the new house.  It was such a perfect day for it too because the sun was shining and it was warm enough outside that we could sit in the backyard and enjoy ourselves.  I haven't actually barbecued myself in quite some time so we were pretty excited to get our new grill set up.  It only took us four hours to set it up but when we finally got it together it was perfect.  Our friends came over and we just had a nice time just visiting.

Tim and I actually had a hard time decided what kind of grill to get.  He prefers charcoal and I prefer propane.  I say that and everyone thinks I'm crazy.  I think I like it but it's an easy on and off - I'm not leaving hot coals to go out on their own.  Plus, I've never used charcoal before so I suppose that was part of it.  Anyway, we decided to go ahead and get a dual propane/charcoal combo to have the best of both worlds.  We used charcoals for our barbecue last night but the plan is to get the propane set up so we can test that out next.  Either way, I'm relatively excited that there's going to be a lot of barbecuing in my future.  My side of the family is big on grilling and they'll barbecue all year long.

It was the perfect way to bring in the 1st day of spring.

Friday, March 11, 2016

I'm Officially Nesting

These last few weeks have been super busy.  I started working part time for my dad as his office assistant, Tim and I got moved into our new house, and I've officially hit the nesting stage.  I'm pretty sure that I've been driving Tim nuts with my overwhelming need to get everything in order before the baby comes.  The poor guy has been working like a dog for me, especially this last week or so.  I have to give him huge props because he basically moved our entire household on his own.  He wouldn't let me lift anything that weighed over 15 pounds (I did anyway) so he and the dolly basically did all the work.  Thank goodness we had some friends help us out with the super heavy stuff that wouldn't fit on the dolly.

This time around moving has seemed pretty stressful.  I don't know if it's because we really didn't do much packing before hand or if it's because I've felt like there is this huge deadline approaching and we have to get everything done RIGHT NOW.  Either way, we go to bed every night utterly exhausted.  I still feel like there is so much to do and not enough time to get it all done.  I think Tim finally hit a wall though, so we are taking a quick weekend vacation with some friends.  We aren't going far, just a few hours away to take a break and relax a bit.
24 Weeks
On another note, my pregnancy has become more noticeable and I'm starting to show more.  The top of my belly has definitely rounded out.  Going into this pregnancy I was almost ashamed to be pregnant while obese.  I was sad to think that I wouldn't be able to take maternity pictures or that I wouldn't really show.  The more into this pregnancy I get, the more I love my body and what it's capable of.  It's true that most strangers looking at me probably won't recognize that I'm expecting but when I look in the mirror I can tell.  And I smile every time at how amazing it is.  This is not my ideal body, but for the first time in my life I truly feel like a woman.  And there's love there for this body where there hadn't been before.  

I've even started to feel the baby kick more often.  It's such a sweet and amazing thing to experience those little flutters.  It's also a relief to know that she's in there and moving around.  I like the reassurance that feeling her kick provides.  We're 26 weeks now which means only 14 more weeks to go.  It's going by so fast and before you know it I'll be holding my daughter in my arms.  I never thought I'd be able to experience that and my excitement grows every day.  I know Tim is just as impatient to meet her.  He's going to make such an amazing daddy.