Growing Baby Bear

It's been a while. (Sorry!)

We've been busy over here with our latest excitement: growing baby bear. I'm sure most of your know this already. However, it's been hard to put into words what the last eight months have been like. Hence, the radio silence around here.

After dreaming, praying and hoping for a baby, it’s been more than I ever imagined it could be, and he’s not even born yet!

First, I was sick most of the spring. It wasn’t fun, but I also am grateful it was March and April, when I didn’t miss out on much. Instead I got to cozy up and knit lots of cute baby things between naps.

Once I hit the 2nd trimester, it felt like a switch was flipped. My energy came back and my stomach could handle things again. It felt miraculous. We made use of the summer to its fullest, traveling and generally enjoying being pregnant.

This fall, we’ve nested like crazy and are finally feeling good about where we’re at with everything. We’re as ready as we’re ever going to be for this next step!

I have tried to keep a little video journal of this pregnancy. It will be a good summary of the last 8 months.

Dose of Vitamin Sunshine

Last year, we zipped down to Florida for a long weekend and enjoyed every second of it (see my post about it here). We left knowing we'd be back.

Lucky for us, we were able to take a longer trip this year. Dave's business slows down in the winter, so we got to rent a house with some family and friends and soak up all the sun.

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We couldn't have been more grateful for a break. The guys caught us lobsters and fish and in the evenings we watched the olympics. I think I went to bed by 10pm every night because I was so exhausted from our days filled with sun, water and relaxing.

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I read four books and knit an entire little sweater. Dave truly relaxed for the first time in two years and nothing could have been better.

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I don't know if you've ever played around with your phones photo app, but I did and discovered my phone had created a video of memories for me. So while it's not professional or fancy, here's a fun video of some more snapshots.

House + Home: Christmas

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Believe it or not, I've been looking forward to decking this house for Christmas since the first time I walked through. Last year we didn't move in until the day before Christmas, so the extent of our decorating was a tree and some blankets on the floor.

This year, we had just finished up the last of our renovations and decorating in November, so it was especially fun to deck the house out in some festive decor. It's as magical as I had hoped. 

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Small Joys: Christmas Snow

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We had a dump of snow on Wednesday night — almost 10 inches. It was the first true snow, leaving branches with little white hats and threatening to fall into the tops of boots.

We just had to go out and trudge into it yesterday evening. We couldn't stop ourselves. There's magic in being the first to walk across a freshly laid blanket of snow. I highly recommend it. 

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Anne came dancing home in the purple winter twilight across the snowy places.
— L.M. Montgomery