That's Life: March 2017


Pregnancy Life

Tomorrow I will be 27 weeks! Depending on when you count the third trimester as starting, I'm either just starting it or soon to be starting it. Either way, baby is coming! I am honestly feeling really good overall; I'm just feeling large most days. Jordan and I both agree that I've been much less hormonal this time compared to when I was pregnant with R, but this week I've been a little emotional just about different things going on right now. I'm ready for the weekend.

I think I'll try to do a full pregnancy update post next week after I get some stats and glucose results back after my doctor's appointment on Monday. For some reason I really like reading other blogger's pregnancy updates, but I think they are boring if I do them. Also to be honest, since my friend's miscarriage last month and a few other bloggers I follow sharing about their recent miscarriages, I just haven't felt like posting about my own pregnancy.

House Life

When we moved into our house, over half of the windows were just a few years old, but there were a few of the original windows that we knew would need to be replaced eventually. Long story short, I got sucked in when a window replacement guy knocked on our door, and I told them we could schedule a consultation "just to get a bid." HA.

A month later, Jordan took the day off work so he could stay home while we had a kitchen window and giant front picture window installed. It was not cheap, but thankfully we were able to pay for over half of it with our tax return. And honestly we figured that once the new baby comes we really won't have money to spend on something like this, so now is a good time since it really did need to be done. I can't get a good picture of the kitchen window, but here's how the front window turned out!

Working Mom Life

Work is going really well right now! I planned on writing a whole post about my first out-of-town work trip, but I don't know if it's going to happen. In any case, I was out of town for four days and four nights two weeks ago while Jordan and R stayed home.

I left in the wee hours on Wednesday morning and was feeling good as I strolled into the airport, and then the very first thing I saw was a young mom pushing her toddler in a stroller and I cried. Then there was a baby on my flight and I cried again (the baby didn't cry at all, by the way). Basically I was a bit of a mess, but actually it all went great and I was so busy with meetings and tired from being on my feet for 12 hours that I didn't have time to miss them too much. It was just weird to be totally independent after not being away from R for more than one night over the last almost two years.

On our way to Minnesota I had a layover in Chicago, so OF COURSE I got some deep dish! Airport deep dish so about a third as thick, but still. Yummy.
Jordan told me that R wandered from room to room in our house pointing and saying, "Mama? Mama?" which is both highly adorable and also really sad. But we all survived and I kind of felt like a hard core working mama. A good friend of mine is a working mom who travels regularly, and she was so sweet sending me encouraging texts throughout the week. I love my friends!

It helped ease the homesickness that one of my other best friends lives in the city I was visiting, and we hung out after I was finished for the evening three nights in a row. On Saturday my flight wasn't until 8:30 that night, so we went to the Mall of America and walked the entire length of the mall on every floor, totaling nearly 10,000 steps.

Mostly I really am feeling okay about being a working mom. I still have hard days, and I always, always miss R, but overall I'm in a much better place than I was last year and the beginning of this year. Not being on social media for the past month has helped a lot with that too, I think.

Budget Life

I don't mean to sound like I'm tooting my own horn, but I'm just really proud of Jordan and I that we had room in our budget to make a rather spur-of-the-moment purchase on new windows. While we do not have thousands of dollars just lying around, we do have a savings account and emergency fund, and we were confident enough in our budgeting that we knew we could write a check to pay the bill in full and then pay ourselves back within just a few months (the tax return was excellent timing as well). 

I've mentioned this before on the blog, but budgeting can be a giant pain in the butt. However, I think it's worth it to have freedom from debt and knowledge of where your money is going every month.

R Life

Excuse me while I repeat myself every time I talk about R, but you guys, I freaking love that little girl so much. Our evenings and weekends together are my absolute favorite, and literally every single night, Jordan has to remind me that it's bedtime and R should go to sleep. I just never want to stop hanging out with her, and I try to push her bedtime back as late as I can. Is that weird? I hear so many moms talk about how they get excited for bedtime, and I just haven't experienced that.

And yes, she's a toddler and has meltdowns and can be difficult to deal with when she's being stubborn, but even then I just can't get enough of her. Here are a few shots I took during her 19-month photo. R, say cheese! I'm still keeping up with my monthly chair video montage, which is too adorable for words. I'm going to keep going until 24 months and then call it quits!

So that's life right now! 

What is happening in your budget life and work life these days?
Have you ever been to the Mall of America?

Much Ado About Nothing


I think my social media fast is sneaking its way into my blogging, because my motivation to sit down and write is becoming less and less as the weeks pass. Don’t get me wrong: the ideas are flowing, but I just find myself wondering what the point is and feeling like everything I post about is lame. I do other things than blog during R’s weekend nap, and when evening rolls around I watch something on Netflix with Jordan and then go to bed early to read.

MTV needs to start a new show about me, is basically what I’m saying. Although I’m not sure viewers could handle this kind of suspenseful programming.

I’m starting a new Bible study through Philippians with some girls from church this week, and our weekends are starting to fill up as we count down the days until Baby Boy makes his arrival. I’m honestly not even nervous about adding a fourth to our family of three. I’m just so darn excited to meet him! My next appointment is next week, where I’ll take my glucose test and enter into the glories of the third trimester, where I wonder with each passing day just how big my stomach can stretch before it pops right open.

In the meantime, I filmed a vlog. I used to do them occasionally, but it’s been a while and I thought it might be fun to mix it up while I try to recover some will to write anything down. Hope you enjoy!

If you can’t see it below, click here to watch on YouTube.

A few notes:
1. The lighting is terrible. This is why I will never be a famous vlogger. Where do all these people get such bright light in their houses? They probably are home in the middle of the day to do vlogs not at 7 at night.

2. The box to my right (your left) is R's convertible carseat box that she uses to color inside. I should have moved it before filming so we don't look like we just have random boxes lying around. Which... actually, nevermind. We do have random boxes lying around.

3. I did not ask Jordan to video bomb me for comedic effect. He did that purely out of the goodness of his heart. He also doesn't know I didn't edit that part out, so.... joke's on him. Ha!