Hey everyone! SO sorry I fell off the face of the earth right after dropping that pregnancy bomb, my computer died and has been in the repair shop. I tried to get it fixed through Apple, but they quoted me $500 to get it working again…which I just can’t/won’t do. Fortunately I found a local guy to get it working again for about $100…unfortunately it took me a month to get all this computer stuff figured out. But now everything is running smoothly again and I have my baby back. Oh how I missed her.
Anyway, a few things have happened since we last talked…
1) We had a GIANT hailstorm come through, and its looking like were going to replace the roof on BOTH houses (along with other things). We have USAA insurance on our current house and they have been awesome. I’ve never made an insurance claim on anything in my life, but I have to say that USAA has made it an almost a pleasant experience. Now we are trying to hire contractors to replace the roof, gutters, and broken windows, and unfortunately it’s going to push back listing the house by a bit. We haven’t heard anything back from the insurance on the new house, but hopefully it turns out as well and this one. Dealing with hail damage and fixing things that didn’t need fixing was definitely not on the list of things Adam and I wanted to do this month (there are plenty of other things on that list), but crap happens, and it might even turn out for the best in the long run.
2) We bought a new car! Adam finally replaced his two-seater truck with something he can put kids in, which I am oh-so-grateful for. And when I say new car I don’t actually mean new, he replaced his 2003 truck with a 2003 suburban. We are now the proud owner of two large, brown, old cars…we’re pretty much the essence of cool. #lifegoals
3) Things keep chugging along at the new house. The painting is finished, the railing is going in, septic in almost finished, doors are in, and we finally have electricity and lights. I have so many blog posts to write about the new house that I don’t know how I will ever catch up (but I will!).
4) We are still chugging away at the old house. It is absolutely crazy how many little things we never finished, and how many things that were finished now need to be spruced up. We’ve been painting, caulking, cleaning, replacing trim, and doing yard work for what seems like forever. It’s looking pretty good though, and now I’m starting the process of packing things into boxes and moving big furniture items to the new house.
Alright, so now that all those updates are out if the way, let’s talk pregnancy. I’m 19 weeks and due October 19th. This is where I am supposed to insert a cute pic of me and my bump, but I haven’t even taken one…all I have are two pics at family weddings. This one is from Adams brothers wedding in April, when I was 11 weeks.
And this one is from his sister’s wedding last weekend, at 19 weeks (after I was all sweaty and my hair had fallen out, but whatever.)
I’m feeling good, just tired… but that’s to be expected when you’re growing a person (and keeping three others alive, building a house, selling another, moving, working, etc. Our new life motto is “Embrace the chaos.”)
The boys love to talk about what they want to name the baby, and while Elijah’s selections change each time Levi’s stays very consistant….he wants to name the baby “Carrots”.
(Carrots at 9 weeks)
So the timing is….well…interesting. Let’s just say it isn’t my timing. We wanted more kids so we’re definitely excited, it’s just it’s probably the busiest time of our lives so far, and being pregnant and having a newborn during this time wasn’t exactly on my radar. It’s good though, I’m feeling kicks and movements all the time now and just can’t wait to meet this tiny little human. So the timing, while kinda crazy, also feels a little meant to be. My first two boys are 19 months apart, then there’s a 3 1/2 your gap between number two and three. My third was due just a few days before number one’s fifth birthday, and this baby is due the day before number two’s fifth birthday. Which is basically a confusing way of saying I will have two sets of kids, pretty much to the day.
I took a video of us telling the kids I’m pregnant, and it is just so sweet. I could watch Levis excited little giggle on repeat and never get tired of it. We waited until the last possible moment to tell them (just in case), so this is us in the car on the way to an ultrasound…
And now, for the three most common questions I get asked…
Are you going to find out the gender? We’ve never found out the gender with any of our previous babies, and I really enjoyed the surprise. Earlier in this pregnancy (right after we told the boys) Adam and I decided we would find this one out at the 20 week ultrasound, since 1) the boys really want to know, 2) we are moving into a new house and it would be nice to know who is going where, and 3) I’ve always thought a gender reveal party sounded fun. Although, the closer I get to 20 weeks the more I’m second guessing our decision to find out…so who knows. We will probably decide in the ultrasound room.
Are you hoping for a girl? I get asked this question almost everyday and I fumble my way through it every. single. time. It’s such a loaded question. I would be absolutely thrilled to have four sons. Really, I’m not just saying that. I love my boys and I’m a good boy mama… I’m all for dirt, bugs, forts, wrestling, and fart jokes. What a privilege to be able to raise four young men to send out into the world. That being said, I have three sons and this is our last child, so yeah, I’d love a daughter. I think that pretty much goes without saying.
Will you be in the new house before the baby comes? Yes, we should definitely be moved into the new house….but it will be far, far, far from being finished. Will have working showers and toilets, but we likely won’t have all our cabinets or countertops, anything in our closets, definitely no flooring or things of that nature. Embrace the chaos.