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24 weeks

Dear Willa,

We are over halfway through our wait to meet you!  As of Wednesday, the pregnancy is 24 weeks along.  Even as I type this I can feel you wiggling and jumping in my tummy.  I never get used to it; it’s always exciting to feel you move.  I felt a little sick at the very beginning with you, for about 3 weeks.  But since then I have felt pretty good!  Sometimes I don’t sleep so great (but that is mostly due to your big sister waking up so much!).  For a while I wanted to eat tacos pretty much everyday.  Then I wanted asian food.  I have LOVED salt and vinegar chips and mustard for the whole pregnancy so far.  At the 17 week ultrasound I had to get up and move so much to get you to move around; it was really funny.



Your name, Willa, is one that I had never heard of until recently but your dad and I agreed, as he put it, that it just sounded like your name.  He said, “it resonates”.  (We’re still working on your middle name.)

You have a big brother and sister who could not be more excited about you.  Seriously.  I don’t think there was ever a pair of siblings more thrilled to have a new baby in the family.

I’ve started to think about planning your room and getting it all ready.  I have a feeling that this summer is going to fly by and you will be with us before we know it.



carpool photo booth

current state of motherhood

I feel like this gets talked about a lot but….it is so true.  The range of experiences and emotions that one experiences as a (primarily) stay-at-home parent is mind blowing.  Within a given day (ok, lets be real, 1/2 hour), I experience the highs of watching my children play, sharing their joy, observing their development, receiving and giving affection, etc. etc…  I also experience the lows of meltdowns, physical exhaustion, loneliness, messes, you get the idea.  Most days I find myself apologizing once or more to my kids for messing up (hey, moms have meltdowns too).


But for real.  these faces.  we’ve had a fabulous and long summer break and

it has been just. so. great.


Progress notes, princess sofia, coffee, and watercolor.

Merry everything 

I’m working on a “year in review” post but in the meantime, here are some Holiday photos. Every year I find myself thinking about how I can plan, organize, and do more, but I think that’s just the nature of being a mom at Christmas time! December included track out for Jackson, multiple illnesses for almost all of us, Play dates, advent, trips to the library, museum visits, baking, Christmas movies, crafting, too much screen time, slow mornings, book reading, Christmas music, and way too many treats! We have been merry and yes, tired and short on patience at times, but I’m so thankful for Jesus and family and Christmas!

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