Jun 20, 2017

The Big Move

The last several months have consisted of lots of uncertainty, stress, and big decision making. We've tried to keep as much of it as possible to ourselves because we wanted to make the best decision for our family based on our own opinions, not what everyone else thought we should do.

Right after Easter, M interviewed for a job up in the twin cities. There were two routes he could go in this particular company. After some confusion and several weeks had passed, it looked like we were going to be staying around the Ames/Des Moines area and he would continue looking for a new job. The end of our lease was coming up quickly (it's done at the end of June) so we needed to make a game plan and stick with it. Then he discussed the other route he could go with this same company and we realized it was actually going to be a much better option for our family. This new route involved M taking a few classes to become certified for this new position, then having a follow-up interview. Oh, and did I mention he had to do all of this before he left for his annual training on June 1st?!

So he took the first of two classes and had his follow-up interview which went very well! They offered him the position, which he accepted, then almost immediately had to leave for two weeks of AT. That left me packing up and deep cleaning our apartment, traveling back and forth to look for housing 3 hours away in the Twin Cities, taking care of our toddler, and trying to take care of myself. With midwife appointments and ultrasounds and blood tests thrown in the mix. To say the last few weeks have been hectic is a giant understatement! Now that the decision to move had been made official, we had to decide whether buying a house was an option for us or if we would have to rent for a year before we could make it happen.

Lots of long distance house hunting (which is hard enough in itself but then to have your husband in a different location too made it twice as hard) with the help of family and an awesome realtor led us to putting in an offer on a house. We prayed that if this was meant to be our house then it would happen and if not, that it would fall through immediately. Well, after some shady business happened, we were outbid on that house. It wasn't meant to be! I drove back to our apartment to continue packing while we did some more long distance house hunting. We were still back and forth on whether we should rent throughout this whole process. Later that week we found another house that needed some minor updates but mostly just cosmetic stuff to make it more our style. We put in an offer on this house and early the next morning we found out that they accepted our offer!! All of this chaos happened while M was still gone for AT. He came home Wednesday night and by Friday we were headed up to see our home for the very first time! We had the inspection done while we were there Friday. We tried to make some decisions on a few things that needed to be done before we moved in too.

So, pending everything goes smoothly over the next month, we will be moved into our new house, M will be starting his new job, and we will be getting settled in just in time to welcome our second little monkey to the family! We would so appreciate all prayers and positive thoughts you would send our way because the next few months still have quite a bit of uncertainty as we wait for things to be finalized. We are ready to be settled down in our new home state of Minnesota!

Relaxing during the house hunt.
So much time on the road is exhausting!

We drove an extra hour out of the cities before we headed home to see M during his AT. This isn't something we'd normally get to do but I'm so happy it worked out for us to see him for just a little bit!

Boxes are starting to take over.

Boxes cost how much?!

Before entering our house for the first time ever! Praying for no surprises and smooth sailing until closing!

Jun 10, 2017

26 Week Bumpdate

How far along?
  26 weeks + 6 days

Total weight gain: 13lbs

Maternity clothes? Hells yes. My stockpile is slowly growing as I find myself not fitting into my regular clothes or not wanting to stretch them out. Also, how did I live without maternity pants last time? As my little man grows and continues to hang out super low, I'm not sure how I'd even be able to wear shorts or pants if they didn't have the belly panel because even with my bella band my normal pants and shorts cut off a good portion of my belly. The positive to buying maternity clothes is that we've been gifted a lot of high quality maternity clothes so I will be hanging onto them for at least the next pregnancy or longer!

Sleep:  Oh hey insomnia, you're an unwelcome guest. I'm positive my crappy sleep lately is directly correlated with the amount of traveling we've done and stress we've been under lately. Either it takes my brain forever to calm down and fall asleep or I wake up sometime after 2am and it takes me an hour or more to fall back to sleep. Hoping some yoga at night and lavender/cedarwood oil will help me!       

Best moment this week: Getting to see M after a week (even if it was only for a little bit) and actually getting to do some house hunting in person instead of just online!

Worst Moment this week: All. the. traveling. and not getting the house we put an offer on because of a really crappy reason. Apparently it wasn't meant to be but house hunting from long distance is really hard!

Miss Anything? Lots of things but most can't be talked about on the internet right now. Mostly I just miss the feeling of not being stressed, though this current stress is for a good reason.

Cravings: Pasta! Holy moly, I've been wanting pasta pretty much every day this week. I've been trying to hold off the last few days though since my glucose test was today and pasta/bread can make my blood sugar spike. Also, iced coffee!

Symptoms:  Insomnia and Braxton hicks like crazy. Stress related so I've been trying to drink more water and relax at night to help! Also, crying a lot but that's also stress related haha.

Looking forward to: Getting a chance to clean and pack on Saturday without wrangling a toddler thanks to my brother and sister-in-law! Also, waiting for the next week to be over with!

Jun 9, 2017

Currently in June at the Hanson House

I thought I'd jump in on the Currently link-up with my friend Erin and Anne, since things have been hectic and I've been absent around here lately!

Planning: our move to Minnesota! The packing, the house hunting, the transferring to new doctors and midwives, the address changes. My mind is mush this pregnancy but add in all the other things that need to be planned and I swear I'm constantly scribbling in my planner or sending myself texts so I don't forget any of it.

Wishing: for a vacation and a way to lay on my belly at the pool for a day! So much stress, the good kind, has me wishing for a week away with my hubby! Laying by the pool and just reading a book all day. I burned the front side of myself over Memorial weekend so now its so much more tan than the rest of me! I'd love to find a comfortable way to just lay on my belly in the sun to even it out a bit haha.

Learning: to take the help when it's offered. Trying to deep clean our apartment after 2+ years, throw out and donate all the stuff we don't need or don't want to bring with us, and trying to pack by myself while chasing a toddler is more than my 7 month pregnant body can handle most days. We've had family and friends offer to help in any way they can! Normally I'd try to do it all myself but I'm taking my brother and SIL up on their offer to babysit tomorrow so I can knock a bunch of it out at once!

Browsing: Pinterest for all things house related! Though we're trying to buy a house, the housing market is INSANE right now. Houses are selling left and right before we even have a chance to see them in person. So we may end up renting for a little bit longer until we can find a house we love. Either way, I'm finally going to put in the effort to decorate our new place instead of hodge-podging the stuff we've collected over the years! It's fun to dream about what our new place will look like :)

Going: Hopefully nowhere for a little while! The last two weeks have been insanely full of travel. We went on a long Memorial Weekend camping trip with our high school friends back home, came home for a few days, then back to our hometown again for an awesome market that happens twice a year. Then up to the cities to house hunt for a few days before finally making it back to our place again on Tuesday night. My body let me know how unhappy it was after all that! We're trying to stick around our place as much as possible over the next week and I'm looking forward to it!

Jun 7, 2017

24 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 24 weeks + 5 days
Total weight gain: 10 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yes! Maternity clothes are like heaven, I'm not constantly readjusting to make sure my belly is covered. 
Sleep:  Good as long as my eldest doesn't wake up crying from nightmares.  
Best moment this week:  Technically this was during week 23 but we got to see Goose's face during our 3D/5D ultrasound and it was the coolest thing ever! He looks just like Maverick! Getting to enjoy time outdoors was also a highlight. 
Worst Moment this week: Having to get up super early to drive back towards our hometown because M had a work thing halfway back that started at  8 am. No bueno, especially when Gage knocked my coffee out of the car and spilled it everywhere at 6am.
Miss Anything? Not having to try clothes on to make sure they fit before deciding what to wear.
Cravings: Ice cream and blueberry pancakes!  
Symptoms:  Still morning sickness. I tried to wean off my meds for about 4 days and gave up because I wound up puking when I didn't take them. Frustrating but it's easily controlled by my meds and I only have to take it at night now so not a big deal. 
Looking forward to: Memorial weekend camping with our high school friends that we haven't been able to spend much time with lately! Plus we are kid free for the whole weekend and that hasn't happened in forever!

May 18, 2017

Summer in the Springtime

This weather lately has been unpredictable! It was cool and then bounced up to 90+ this week. Severe storms left and right. Now it's only in the low 60's and it sounds like it will be that way all weekend. I'm so glad we set up the pool the other afternoon and enjoyed the sunshine while it was around! It certainly felt like Summer but honestly the weather this weekend is more Spring-like. Hopefully next weekend is nicer!

May 11, 2017

22 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 22 weeks + 6 days
Total weight gain: 10 lbs --- I swear I go through spurts where I don't gain weight for two weeks and then the next two weeks I gain a bunch of weight. Baby growth spurt? I mean, he is over a pound now so I can blame it on that, right?! ;)
Maternity clothes? Off and on. I'm still mixing in a few of my non-maternity tops and sweatshirts when they fit. I also wore my favorite pair of non-maternity shorts with just a hair tie the other day and they still fit great. I'm on the lookout for a shorter maternity bodycon dress and 1-2 more pairs of maternity shorts to get through the Summer but I'm pretty much set on everything else!
Sleep: Having some weeeeeeeird dreams this week. Probably has to do with my stress level lately. Also, I'm positive I shake the whole bed when I roll over at night because it's a process to get from one side to the other haha.
Best moment this week: Having a little picnic in the park. It was GORGEOUS out on Sunday night so Mav and I grabbed some dairy queen and headed to a park. We set up our blanket and enjoyed the sun! Then Mark got home from drill and hung out with us for a bit before we all headed home. I have SO missed being able to enjoy the outdoors on a consistent basis. I think the awesome weather is finally here to stay!
Worst Moment this week: Getting a really bad back ache coupled with braxton hicks from over doing it on Friday and Saturday. The random nosebleed I got the other night was not fun either. Also, toddler tornado is in full testing force this week!
Miss Anything? Being able to sit up without having to roll to my side first. WINE. Not having stress overload.
Cravings: Granny smith apples, ice cream, mexican food. Fresh fruit! Water!
Symptoms: Hot feet (peppermint oil and AC to the rescue), still morning sickness so I've been unsuccessful in weaning off that once-a-day Zofran, weird dreams. Extra hungry even though nothing sounds good which is probably why my weight gain jumped up.
Looking forward to: Having our make-up 3D ultrasound next week. Can't wait to see baby boy's face in 3D and see how much he's grown since our 16 week ultrasound. Forever in awe of watching little babes in the womb!

May 9, 2017

Photo Dump

My mind is mush right now with about a million different fires I've got to put out in the next few months. Since I didn't have anything planned for today's post, I'm just going to do a photo dump from the last few weeks!

When daddy had to help Mav get down for a nap but then he caught me snapping a picture haha.

Life is messy and stressful right now, obviously my look reflected that.

Mama and Mav frozen yogurt date.

I can't get over his outfit or how much fun he has trying to figure the drinking fountain out.

He's been climbing up in my lap a lot lately to snuggle.

I used to think I looked dumb in hats but now they just make me feel extra close to my Aunt Barb <3

Squirrel huntin' in the park...his idea obviously.

Lopsided belly after a walk.

He put on his sunglasses without me even realizing it. He's so darn cute!

That watermelon in my belly is growing.

When you really want ice cream but you also don't want your weight to explode.

Grilling season is upon us.

Sweet little Goose before my midwife appointment today.

Anyone else's kid think it's funny to try and kick them on the swings?