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2018 in Review

I’ve said for a long time that I don’t really like New Year’s.  I realized that I don’t especially like going out on New Year’s Eve but I LOVE the New Year.  I love thinking of exciting and fresh goals for the year and so far this year I have particularly enjoyed looking back on 2018.  It wasn’t necessarily a significant year for me “goal-wise” but  I did grow and give birth to a third human, so there’s that.  This year will definitely go down in the books as a big one for us.  The year four suttons became five.  Maggie learned to swim and spell her name.  Jackson played basketball and had not one but two casts!  We played in the snow, hiked in the mountains, swam in the ocean, played at the Y, went to parks, painted, read, went to the library, played with our neighbors.  It was a year of baby prep and baby cuddles.

Can’t wait to see how these three grow and surprise us in 2019.

January

Our first glimpse of Baby #3.

 

We enjoyed some snow

February

Maggie and Jackson found out they were having a baby SISTER!

Jackson finished his first basketball season

March

We found out we were having a girl!

 

April

Baby Grew

 

We went to the mountains for spring break with the Craigs and Cormiers.  Our longest trip to the mountain house so far and we had a blast.  We even went to Grandfather Mtn.

Jean’s birthday celebration at the Durham Bulls

May

Mother’s Day

Jackson got his cast taken off!

Father/son backyard Campout

 

 

June

Finished 2nd Grade!

The beach!

July

I celebrated my 33rd birthday when I was 30 weeks pregnant with my 3rd baby!

Baby girl kept growing

Summer fun with the cousins

We got some culture at the art museum

August

Jackson flew to Louisiana with Jean and the cousins!

Last (of many) pool days

Maggie became a ballerina for a day


3rd Grade!

And…..a broken arm

September

Baby Willa arrived at last!

Hurricane sleepover in Durham

October

Daddy’s birthday with all 3 kids!

Maggie Grace turned 4!

Baby Smiles

Jackson got his cast off and learned to change a diaper!

Willa’s Sip N See

Halloween

November

Our boy turned 9!

Willa give us a scare

Thanksgiving in Goldsboro

December

Snow! (and lots of sleet and rain)

 

Christmas!

 

New Year’s Eve Charcuterie and Coloring (and bedtime by 9:30!)

Around here of late

People have asked me how it has been the last few months with three children.  I normally answer by saying something like, “great!  as good as it could be really!”  And I mean that.  I have two older kids who are pretty self-sufficient and delighted by their new sister.  I have a healthy baby who eats and sleeps well and seems to have a pretty relaxed disposition.  But three kids is still three kids.  I generally feel like someone always needs something and I feel that I am ignoring someone most of the time.  Often I find that the intense moments come in spurts, when after hours of peace, everyone explodes at the same time and usually when we need to be getting in the car to go somewhere and we’re already almost late (I’m realizing more and more how much I hate being late).  Being a mom to three has certainly highlighted how much I need to learn about patience and grace.  However, despite the challenges, I want to remember this cozy season of baby cuddles, crafting, cooking, and short winter days.

I took this picture to while I was finishing up dinner the other day. Maggie came up to me, sat on the table, crossed her legs, and asked me, “what is your favorite thing to do at parties?”

I can’t stop making and eating pumpkin pie. This is my favorite Christmas mug. And thanks to my Keurig, I use it about 4x/day.

Comfort food during the cold months is my favorite type of cooking. Shepherd’s pie, Pork Ragu, Chicken pot pie, pie!, soups on sunday, bread, and more bread. A table set for family dinner on a cold night is happy sight.

32 weeks

We’re getting close!  Somehow 8 more weeks seems both really short and really long!

a bit of magic

Motherhood, I have found, is a rather constant swing from highs to lows and back again.  In the middle of messes, frustrations, exhaustion, etc., there are moments of pure joy.  Today was no exception.  I wasn’t feeling very well this afternoon, and was trying to lay down to rest after helping Maggie with finger-painting (!).

 

Maggie very sweetly was taking care of her baby next to me on the couch and then the magic happened….

She snuggled up next to me, and fell asleep.  The only sounds were our “sleep music” on my phone and the fan.  While laying with my big  baby girl, I could feel my new baby girl wiggle and dance inside.  Such a surreal, and well, magical moment.

fave photo friday

 

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