It’s time for us to catch up! :) January and February went by equally fast (so much excitement over living in Michigan again) and slow (missing Zack so, so terribly while he was finishing work in California), and suddenly we’ve welcomed March into our lives. Shortly after Zack arrived in Detroit (Feb. 20) our entire family was hit with the stomach flu — my second time this pregnancy (what?!), and so for an entire week we were wiped out. Like, we powered through an entire jug of laundry detergent in February ;) As soon as the weather was mild and we had our health back, I opened up the windows and cleaned our house just like a 34 week pregnant woman! It was glorious. I seriously loved being able to clean our home (and have it stay clean).
Yes, today marks 34 weeks with this pregnancy. I’m in awe over how fast it’s going, and I can’t wait to meet our third babe (and see if baby resembles Natalie or Max at all). While we anticipate my due date, we have been busy searching for and buying furniture on Craigslist, hanging some of our art on the walls, moving things around, and shoveling snow (just the boys). For the most part I’ve felt amazingly great. My legs get so sore and restless come evening time, but this isn’t a new symptom. And I finally bought a body pillow — what was I waiting for? I’ve had terrible back pain, but it suddenly vanished with the right kind of pillow support. Max wants me to pick him up all the time (which I can’t), so we’ve compromised by snuggling a lot on the couch and before nap/bed time. He thinks he’s getting a sweet deal, but we all know mama is the one getting the reward ;) snuggling with my firstborn, it NEVER gets old!
Even though the weather (and our neighborhood) is totally different from Los Angeles, it doesn’t feel like a hard adjustment. Many have asked us about this, and I’m happy to share it’s been quite easy :) Zack and I both grew up in Michigan, and we lived in the Detroit metro area about eight years ago, just never with children. And, the amount of living space we now have is just enough to help us feel like we can fully create and play and rest and cook and just be.
And speaking of “just be”, I’ve been embroidering this bicycle pattern in the evenings and it’s been the perfect balance to all of the crazy nesting I’ve been doing ;) Sarah’s kits include everything you need to embroider a full pattern, along with a few tips on which stitches to use. Finally, a crafting kit that’s super adorable and affordable! (This is my honest feedback and is not a paid ad.)
Life around here has been full and exciting and tiring and challenging and the color of fresh snow. I’m definitely amazed at how far we’ve come since we last lived in Detroit, and so grateful for all the adventures we’ve had throughout that span of time. And let’s not forget: ZACK IS HOME, ZACK IS HOME, ZACK IS HOME! :) it’s the best thing ever seeing him every single day!
Oh, and super looking forward to our local meet up this Saturday morning. If you’re coming, Rebecca and I can’t wait to meet you! :)
Happy weekend, friends!
Yay your home is looking so cute, love your sons toddler bed by the way!! We need to start looking for one for our second who just turned two! I think she will be our last so it will be SO strange to not have a crib anymore! So happy things are going well for you all, and your family is reunited! Its the best having your husband to chat with at the end of the day Take care!!
Max’s bed is from IKEA, it can convert from a toddler bed to a full size twin bed — love that! :)
I love our family and your blog so much. Stay perfect, little Queen.
Your house looks just beautiful. It’s amazing how productive you’ve been able to be while being pregnant and having two little ones underfoot. Very impressive. :)
Random question, as someone who has moved a lot and loves a beautiful home, how do you decide which items to bring with you on each move? Do you just have a few sentimental items that go with you each move, and you buy/sell the rest? I ask because we’ve still got a few moves ahead of us, and I’d like to know what your strategy is. :)
OH goodness, thank you :) I suppose when I look at the big picture of our home I’ve gotten more done than I realize.
When we moved from Detroit to Minneapolis (2009) we took everything we owned. We rented a big moving truck and drove that ourselves, along with our car. When we moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles (2012), we took ONLY things that would fit inside our Jeep. We sold nearly everything we had in Minneapolis and then drove out to LA with just the essentials. And, looking back, not totally sure that was the right choice. It was more expensive to re-buy in LA that we had realized it would be. Maybe because of the particular city we were in? I wonder about that, if we had moved to a smaller city, would it have been less expensive? I’m certain it would have been. Now that we’ve moved from Los Angeles to Detroit (this year), we took both experiences with our previous moves and decided to take everything with us. Minus things we really really didn’t like or were falling part, etc. But having had other moves to reflect on, it made this current move so much easier and different. I had also read
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which was AMAZINGLY helpful once it came time to move. I had already gone through our entire apartment and reorganized, purged, or donated things we didn’t want or need. I hope this helps!!!! :)
Yea! Hooray! Loved this little update and seeing pictures of your home! Hope you have a marvelous weekend!
Oh. My. Word! I can’t even begin to say how happy I am to read this… I feel like we are both in a similar place. My hubs is HOME too! Now that we’ve finally moved, he can actually come home at night!!! I can’t even begin to say how happy that makes my heart feel. #allthehearteyes
Your home & family are lovely. YOU are one lovely pregnant Momma! :-)
P.S. If I lived in Detroit, I would totally come to the meet-up! :-)
Just caught up with your blog and I see how very sweet you are to mention my little kits! I’m so happy to know you are enjoying the bicycle – seriously seriously happy! And happy for you to be in enjoying a bit more space as you prepare to welcome #3. You’re doing an amazing job at life right now!
Thanks Sarah!!!!! ♥