Many moons have passed since making the announcement that our little unit of a family is growing! And as unbelievable as it is, time has flown by ridiculously fast and I am now in my 31st week before this baby boy (!!!) arrives. So, what's been happening since I last wrote?
I have been blogging for Pregnancy & Newborn magazine as one of their Knocked-Up Bloggers :-) It has been a thrill to be able to document this journey, revealing all the physical oddities, emotional stresses and everything in between.
Anaïs celebrated her 3rd birthday, which still blows my mind. This little girl is no longer a baby! She's not even really a toddler anymore. She's an actual kid with thoughts and opinions. She has her own voice that we encourage her to use and use often because she has things to say and share. She becomes more animated and so fun. Holy crap, she's just so fun to be around! And it's funny to think back at all the times I would say, "___ is such a fun age for a baby. They just ____, _____ and _____." The truth is, every age is probably a fun age. (If I'm being honest, I feel like I'm going to continue saying that until my children are grown. I mean, come on.) And to see her transition from an only child to the role of a big sister? I can't even. (Oh, and P.S., that pixie cut was entirely her idea. See what I mean?)
We took a family trip to New Orleans over Spring Break and enjoyed the sights and sounds, food and music. It was a heartwarming knowing it would be our last family trip, just the three of us. But how cool, too! I can't help but look to the future and daydream about the four of us on an airplane or train or road trip. Three's company, four's a crowd. That's what they say, right?
Jesse and I celebrated our birthdays in May and I had a bonus celebration with Mother's Day in the same month! To say that this year has been eventful is quite an understatement. Feeling all of these things and experiencing all of this change and love that is continuing to happen right in front of me reminds me of how real everything is and that life just continues to move forward and stops for no one. It keeps me grounded and pushes me to keep doing what I'm doing. It shows me that everything I've ever dreamed of is attainable and turns into my reality because I believe in it and have an amazing partner and husband with me every step of the way.
Now that summer has arrived, we are now just weeks away from our little boy making his appearance. Anaïs is currently down in Florida spending some quality time with her grandparents as Jesse and I have some alone time to ourselves. We planned a little babymoon to Charleston, South Carolina and just got back to Atlanta tonight. Going through some of these photos just makes my heart swell. And let me tell you, it was exactly what we needed. I think couples who are pregnant should plan a mini getaway before their baby arrives. It doesn't have to be fancy or big. But some time away alone, just the two of you, is something that I feel will bring you closer together. It's a weird thing to say, right? After all, if you're already having a baby, you'd think that you were as close as you could possibly get. In my case, I've never felt a sense of disconnection with Jesse. However, I will say that after this trip, I feel even more connected to him. It essentially reaffirmed the fact that we are on the same team, that we are on the same page. I fell in love with him harder than I think I've ever fallen in love with him before. Sigh. It's amazing to think about how much our lives have evolved independently of one another and then now as they're intertwined. It's the stuff of dreams, you know?
We have one last weekend alone here in Atlanta before Anaïs gets back. I cannot wait to see that little girl's face and to squeeze her again! For now, though, we are enjoying our quiet time together and unwinding before everything turns into the inevitable magical chaos that it will be.