Saturday, December 29, 2012

~A Very Merry Christmas~

It's hard to believe Christmas has already come and gone when it felt like I was counting down to it forever!  I love the holidays every year but I was especially excited for Christmas this year because I knew I had to get past it in order to get this little guy out of me!  Well, now it has come and gone and it still feels like I have about 5 more years of pregnancy, not 5 weeks.  Before I get ahead of myself, let me recap our fantastic Christmas celebrations!

Logan and I both had to work on Christmas Eve but only for half the day, thank goodness.  To say I was quite nervous when that snow storm hit would be an understatement due to the fact that Logan commutes from Park City.  The roads were okay, however, because he made it home in one piece!  We spent Christmas Eve with my family and had a great time enjoying our annual traditions with everybody.

Our Christmas Eve consists of dinner (which was wonderful), a few Christmas songs, the reading of the birth of Jesus from my grandpa, and the gift exchange between my siblings and a couple cousins.  We had a great night enjoying everybody's company and, as always, were very spoiled!

Logan and I didn't get to bed until pretty late Christmas Eve so we slept in on Christmas morning and then Logan jumped up and wrapped a few things before we started our own little Christmas together.  Our present to each other was the TV I mentioned back around Black Friday that we purchased and it has definitely been worth it!  

Even though we agreed not to buy each other gifts because the TV was plenty, naturally neither of us could hold back.  I thought it would be fun to put together a 12 Days of Christmas for Logan so I went for it and had a lot of fun! (Hopefully he enjoyed it too!)  Not wanting to go overboard on the money front, I tried to split it up and do a cheaper/cheesier gift every other day.  His favorite gift by far turned out to be this little LED Pen Light he'd been wanting for work.  Everyone at work uses them so I'm glad he could finally join the club!  I told him I thought it would be a good birthday present so he was definitely surprised and very excited when he opened it on "The Third Day of Christmas"! 
My favorite gift I gave him came on the 12th Day and was the Willow Tree New Dad figurine.   

A few of the other small gifts included a McDonalds Arch Card, a pair of pretty cool Jazz socks, and a box of his favorite thing in the world: Fruit Snacks :) I loved watching him open a new little gift every day so hopefully he had fun playing along too!

As expected, Logan spoiled me on Christmas morning!  I felt awful when he had one present to open and I had like 10.  Every gift he gave me was so thoughtful and it was easy to see that he put a lot of effort into getting me things that I really needed and were super fun!  As many people know, I saved change for Logan while he was on his mission and when he got home we took it to the bank and had it counted.  It was super fun and I've wanted to do it again ever since and Logan got me the perfect thing to get going--a jar to hold the change that counts it as you fill it up.  I can't wait to start using it!  I also scored with some new headbands and makeup accessories among other things :) We also stuffed each other's stockings with yummy candy and fun little toys so that was good times for sure as well.  Thank you, Rico for making our second Christmas together so much fun!!

My family does a Christmas brunch every year so we headed over to my parents' around 1:00 for the traditional breakfast casseroles and other yummy breakfast foods.  After hanging out for a while and playing a few games with everyone we headed over to be with Logan's family and spent the rest of the afternoon/evening with them.  Logan's uncle made a fantastic dinner for everybody and Eli got an adorable little outfit from his Great-Aunt Sherrie!  We had a great time hanging out with Logan's family and I am so grateful for such fun in-laws that take such great care of us!  Between all of our families the three of us sure got spoiled and I couldn't be more grateful!  Thank you to everyone who made this year so fantastic!

I was 35 weeks exactly on Christmas Day
Typically I'm the type that likes to leave all of our Christmas up until sometime right around the New Year but as soon as Christmas was over this year I was ready for it to come down!  I'm sure it was mainly because Eli's "nursery" was home to our Christmas tree and other decorations and I'm definitely ready to get that all put together now!  I spent the day after Christmas getting all of the Christmas put away so now I can focus on putting together Eli's little space.  (Pictures to come as soon as it's finished but that won't be for a few weeks.)

As you can see on the right, I'm a few days over 35 weeks!  A couple months ago I would have given anything to be 35 weeks and now I just wish I could be 39 or something!  Haha.  It's pretty surreal to think that in just about a month (give or take a little bit) our family of two will be a family of three!  I still don't think I'll believe it's real until he's here but I don't think I could be more excited!  I've definitely been bitten by the swollen bug lately as nothing seems to fit on my hands, legs or feet!  My ring came off about a week ago which is a bummer but I knew one day it would be stuck for good if I didn't just keep it off and all of my shoes are SUPER tight.  Logan and I get quite a laugh out of my sausage feet so it's all fun and games.  I'm now down to weekly visits and should start getting checked at my next appointment so maybe we'll see a little bit of progress?!  It sure is fun to be so close!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

~Festival of Trees~ (& 34 Weeks)

A couple weeks ago we made our second trip in as many years to the Festival of Trees and had a great time!  It doesn't happen often enough that we get to hang out with our high school friends but we always have a great time when we do get together.  We all met for dinner before heading over to the festival.  There were so many neat trees and I only got pictures of a few of them but I'm amazed every year at the work that is done on them.

Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of the ginger bread houses because it was so crowded but there were some really fun ones!  There's no way we could leave without getting one of their classic scones either so you better believe we made time for that as well :).  We stopped by the little boutique to see what they had and the boys had fun trying on hats with Halli.

After checking everything out, we went back and played games and no doubt got a lot of laughs in.  We had a great time with everyone and hope we continue to make it an annual tradition!

In other news...I am officially 34 weeks!  Sometimes 6 weeks seems like no time at all and other times it seems like an absolute eternity.  People often ask me if I'm ready but I don't know if it's possible to be completely ready for your first baby since it's such uncharted territory.  We're as excited as possible and in the next few weeks should have everything all ready to go before the real waiting game begins.  With each day that passes I feel like I'm getting bigger and bigger and sleep comes less and less at night but I would take this uncomfortable stage any day over the nausea so I'm really quite content right now.  The only real unfortunate thing is the fact that my doctor is going to be out of town from the time I'm 38 weeks to basically 41 :S.  He says he would love for me to deliver right before he leaves but I know the odds of me going into labor on my own with my first baby 2 weeks early are very low so I'm not counting on that at all and as much as I desperately want him to be there, I really don't like the idea of having to be pregnant an entire week extra but I know that's definitely possible so I'll just keep reminding myself that this little guy will come when he's supposed to and whether he's delivered by own doctor or another one I will be well taken care of.
Logan is loving his freedom from school but hasn't slowed down much as he's using all of his extra time to get in as many hours as possible at work.  I feel so blessed to have such a hard working husband!  It will be a major success if Eli gets his daddy's work ethic, that's for sure.  It's hard to believe that Christmas is only a week away but my shopping is basically done so I can't wait!  I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday!