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Hey lovelies, welcome to SDB! I'm Natasha. I am a walking, talking mombie fueled by coffee. I am obsessed with shoes, all things glittery and/or sparkly, and I have an owl obsession. We talk about everything from motherhood, lifestyle, and all things inbetween. I am a mom of three kids and we reside in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for tagging along! Now lets sit back and sip on a cup of coffee in the AM or wine in the PM and lets relax.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pregnancy Diaries: Weeks 37, 38, and 39 (Baby #3)

Tomorrow morning I will be holding my precious little girl in my arms for the first time. I will get to stare into her eyes and take in her beautiful face and memorize every detail about her from the shape of her eyes to her cute button nose and perfect little pout. I am anxiously and impatiently awaiting for her arrival but nervous about being a mother to a daughter when I don't have a relationship  with my own mother. Motherhood has been an epic odyssey with many ups and downs, twists and turns, and constant "if's" and questionings of am I doing this right? I would say that 98% of the time I'm I think I'm not doing the best job that can. I have always been a hard critic on myself and only get harder on myself when it comes to mommy-hood skills. I need to learn to let this go and know that I am doing a much better job than my own mother ever did.

I have been trying to savor and enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy even though I have had immense pelvic pressure from little lady lowering deeper and deeper in my pelvis. Trying to walk has become a pain in the butt. Her brothers sat much higher but it was often difficult to breathe. At least I can breathe this time around, right? My lower back pain has gone away but I am still having epic heartburn. She is going to come out with a lot of hair and I cannot wait to see her in her cute little hairbands and bows. 

I am still craving candy corn, chocolate, and have added ice cubes to the mix. I can not get enough of the ice cubes. I could eat them all day long. Most people would say that ice cubes and water taste the same. When you are pregnant, ice cubes have a different taste than regular old boring water. They taste amazing. I would happily eat ice cubes nonstop if I could. I love them! =D 

I am also happy to report that I only gained a whopping 43 pounds this pregnancy. I know it seems like a lot but I gained a lot of weight with Amari and Talan. Just think, tomorrow I will loose at least 20 pounds of baby weight but I will miss my baby bump very much even though I get to hold and meet my sweet baby girl. 

In the past few weeks Little Misses movements have increased now that she has gotten bigger and has been packing on the pounds. I often poke at her and can't help but giggle when she jabs back at me with her butt. I wonder what her personality will be like. I hope she won't be high-maintenance or a diva but a sweet little princesses with an angelic nature. Amari and Talan were sweet babies. I hope she will be the same. 

So far Little Miss is 18 to 21 inches tall and weights around 6 to 10 pounds and is the size of a watermelon! Yikes... Tomorrow can't come soon enough. I am ready to meet my daughter. 







Transitions

Motherhood is all about transitions. Sometimes I feel like life is a constant roller coaster ride, which it is. Things are constantly changing for better or for worse depending upon how you look at them. Our family of four has had a few transitions over the past few weeks. All of them good ones.

Both the boys re-started school after a month and half long hiatus. Amari is no longer in the preschool class at his school and has been moved up to the Jr K's class. He is loving every second of it and is eager to start kindergarten next fall.

Talan has also been moved from the waddler class and into the two year old class at daycare. He seems to enjoy his new classroom and since having been moved up we have noticed that his language has slowly started to boom a tad bit more. We have our concerns about his language development and plan to talk to our pediatrician at his next well-child visit. I am happy to share that he learned how to verbally say "please" instead of signing it to us when he wants something. We have been working on it for months and it was a nice surprise on Monday morning when he asked for his sippy cup of milk and said, "Please" while signing "thank you." Made my day. 

Our second transition that we have had to adjust to is that daddy has a new work schedule and now works the night shift at his new job. The boys seem to have adjusted nicely to the change even though I don't know how it's going to work once our little lady comes. I'm about to be a walking zombie being up all night with a newborn and trying to deal with an almost 5 year old and an almost 2 year old, and a newborn during the days. Pray for me. Not sure how this is going to work out. 

Our third transition is welcoming Little Miss to our family. She arrives bright and early on Saturday morning. I'm nervous about going from having two kids to three and have been reading other blogger mom's posts as well as trying to help both my boys with the transition process. Amari knows what to expect seeing as he has done it before. Talan on the other hand will struggle. He is a mama's boy and does not like to share me at all. He is aware that changes are coming and we encourage him to walk around with his puppy or Pooh Bear  and love on them in hopes that when baby sister comes he will be gentle and loving towards her. I guess we will just have to see how it goes. My hope is that everything will go smoothly and both Amari and Talan will ease into this next chapter smoothly without conflicts or utter chaos. Baby sister did buy her big brothers a gift for them to open on Saturday when they are with MiMi and Poppi. I am hoping that it makes them feel special and that they enjoy meeting their little sister for the very first time and savor the moment. 

"Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning."


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sneak Peak of Our Maternity Photos







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