Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sawyer Meeting Brenton Rhett.

Sawyer came the next afternoon to meet his new little brother. I could tell right away when he cautiously walked over that he was a little nervous about seeing me in a hospital bed, but after he saw the smiles on everyone's face, he knew that everything was okay. That this wasn't scary time, but an exciting one. After that, he immediately climbed into bed and started staring and smiling at his new little brother. He then continued to count his feet, eyes, and hands. "Okay, two feet. Two eyes. Two hands." Just doing his job in making sure that everything was there and okay.  I could tell right then and there that I wouldn't have to worry about Sawyer. He would be the absolute best big brother because without my help, he already was.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Introducing Brenton Rhett!!!!!

We welcomed Brenton Rhett into our little world yesterday evening and we couldn't be more in love. He is such a sweet and perfect baby and we feel so blessed by him already.  His birth was such an incredible experience and my goal is to write it all down as soon as possible. I want to capture all the details and moments while they all are still so fresh in my mind and I can't wait to share it with you all.

Until then, thank you all for your well-wishes, love and support. We are so excited to start this new journey as a family of four! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Real Life This Week

This week has been been full of unexpected curveballs. Last Friday, we found out that we have to be out of our house by the end of May--which originally the email said the end of April, but after pleading for another month because I'm due this week, the landlord finally conceded--so we've been in survival mode since then. Since we are in such a good rental and real estate market and the interest rates are so low, Z and I have been looking at buying a townhouse/house that we could live in while we're here and then rent out whenever we leave, which will probably be January of this year. But after a long week of looking at houses and finding short-term apartments as back-ups, we have finally seen everything on the market and there is only one house that had potential and its already under contract with multiple offers. So no luck there. We'll go back out again this weekend to see some open houses, but its looking pretty dim.

Then our heater broke two nights ago and it's snowing today, so we've been camped out around space heaters and wrapped up in blankets. It's not fun, trust me. It'll be fixed today though, so there's light to the end of that cold tunnel.

Of course, this all happens when I'm 40 weeks pregnant and just want to focus on baby and spending time with Sawyer. I swear when it rains, it pours.

With all this going on, I haven't been sleeping well and last night I was browsing through Pinterest and saw this quote. It really hit me hard and made me realize that even though this week's been the pits, there are things and people that I'm so grateful for and that have made this situation not so bad.

1. Friends. 
One of Z's best friends from West Point's wife was in town this week and watched Sawyer for a afternoon so we could go look at houses without Sawyer. I think he really appreciated being able to draw with chalk and blow bubbles instead of being in a carseat, so that was such a blessing.

Aside from that, we've had friends checking in on us throughout the week and asking if  there is anyway they can help by either bringing dinner or letting us stay with them. It's made me really thankful for the friends that we have and the community we're in. I couldn't be more grateful for their generosity and support.

2. Family.
My Uncle took the day off yesterday and has watched Sawyer every night as we go out to look at properties. It's been awesome.

3. Sawyer. 
Sawyer's been so unbelievably flexible and great. Every time we pull up to a house or apartment, he exclaims, "I'm just so excited!" I think he has an eye for real estate or interior design because whenever I ask him what he liked about a house he's like, "I liked the towels." or "They had a potty." Good things to like and need in a house, right? ;)

So even though I'm running on empty and haven't been sleeping well, there are still these small little blessings along the way that have helped me get through this last week-I mean days-before baby.  And I know we'll get through it, we now have back-up options and I know it could always, always, always be worst.

So, here's to brighter days, a fixed heater, and a new baby. Oh and my birthday this weekend! Eek! 29, here I come!

Friday, March 13, 2015

What I Read: What Alice Forgot

My book club read Husbands Secret and then Big Little Lies, so when my girlfriend recommended I read What Alice Forgot, I thought why not? I'm already on a roll, so why not add another one of Liane Moriarty's books to the list. 

Overall, I thought the book was engaging and raised some interesting questions about relationships and past viewpoints, but I did find the book really repetitive. There were several times where I just wanted Alice to stop going round and round in circles or at least  for some of the storyline to be resolved a lot earlier than it was, so that was a little disappointing. That being said,  I do  recommend it as a good beach read, but I can't say it was one of my favorites this year.

I'd say if I could rank the 3 Liane Moriarty that it would be: first, Husband's Secret, then Big Little Lies and finally, What Alice Forgot

Next on my list is is the Opposite of Loneliness. What about you? Anything I should add to my list?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Favorite Bran Muffin Recipe

Last time I was pregnant, I had a birth plan written down at 12 weeks, made meals to freeze for after baby was born, and had maternity photos taken my 35 weeks. And this time, there's nothing. This time, I'm just enjoying these last few moments with Sawyer and checking off one or two to-dos a day, which mainly include doing some laundry, reorganizing a room, or making sure baby's clothes are washed.

If I've learned anything over the last 2 1/2 years of being a Mom or really just a person in their 20's is that no matter how grand my plan is or what I imagine doing, it just won't happen the way I want. Usually, a curve ball comes in, my plans drastically change, and then looking back the result is better than what I could've imagined. That's why I'm walking into these next two weeks with little to no expectations, to-do lists, or plan. 

Yesterday, I picked Sawyer up after work and we made bran muffins together before his nap. He loves "mixing",  so I thought this would be a fun activity we could do together to celebrate my last day of work-yippe!-and our next two weeks of bonding time before baby. I found this recipe online and love, love, love it, so I wanted to share. I love that they are made with squash, bananas, and carrots, so I don't feel too bad eating them AND the bonus is that Sawyer loves them too. They are definitely a win-win in this house. I did add blueberries to our batch and I recommend doing that as well. Really delicious. 

(Bunny approved of the muffins too. :)) 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March Goals.

My goal for March is survival with grace. With a baby whose due any day now and a toddler who has my constant attention, I will be more than busy, so my goal is to simply survive while giving myself daily doses of grace. Grace knowing that I won't have it together, that we'll all be messes, and that I'll most definitely be sleep-deprived, delirious, and living in my pajamas. But knowing and walking into this season with that in mind, my hope is that I will be able to relax and see the chaos for what it really is- a incredibly special season of time that goes all too quickly. So survival and grace will be only goals for this month. 

And as a side note, I probably won't be blogging that much anymore before or after the baby. I have a to-do list that is never-ending and then after the mister comes, I'll be busy with snuggles and family time. That being said, feel free to follow me on instagram (@jessicaleigho3). I'll be sure to update more there and also, just warning you now that there will be a lot of baby pictures. I know I'll be obsessed. :)


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

Easter Basket for S.

Easter is my favorite holiday. It's the foundation for my faith, the food is delicious, and the weather is finally warm. Easter is also about Easter egg hunts, class parties and a lot of chocolate eggs and marshmallow peeps. I'm sure Sawyer-and I- be sugared-out by the time Easter actually rolls around, so when it comes to Sawyer's basket, I try to make it sugar and candy free. Here are 5 things I'll be putting in Sawyer's basket this year:

1. Easter sticker and activity book. We got Sawyer this one after we saw how much he loved the Spiderman one I picked up for him at Target the other day.

2. Easter book. I love this one too.

3. Spring Play-doh! Sawyer loves playing with play-doh, so I'll definitely be adding these into the mix.

4. Washable Markers. 

5. Goldfish snacks and these granola bars.

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