Oh man, where do I even start? It's Adelaide's birthday! Three years old! Everyone keeps saying how fast it's going by and on one hand I guess I see that, but on the other it seems just about right. She's growing up into this amazing little girl who I just love more and more every single day, so I'm not really mourning each day or year's passing quite as much as I'm looking forward to watching it continue (though I think it's going to get harder and harder each year). She's just got this amazing personality, such a little ham! She's always wandering around in a different outfit than I saw her in last... Elsa dress, swimsuit, other Elsa dress, seven skirts... twirling around and making up songs. One of the most common lines I hear in her original pieces, "You can do..... anyyyyyyythinnnng!" She's so smart, curious and outgoing, such a good friend to any girl she can get to pay her any mind :) And finally, she's even getting a bit of a sweet streak, telling me I'm pretty or that she loves me or putting her arm around me or holding my hand sporadically. She melts my heart. While there have been times when I have struggled with this mom thing, trying to sort out exactly what my life is supposed to look like now, I've never once doubted just how much I love this girl. Those first few hell months ;) were a small price to pay for the energetic, imaginative, sweet, gregarious little girl we get to call ours. You are my favorite girl in the whole world Adelaide and I am so, so lucky to be your Mommy! I can't wait to say yes to every single "Do you want to play with me?" and "Can I watch a cartoon?" today :) I love you <---------------------------------------------> this much x1,000,000. Happy 3rd Birthday Adelaide Louise!
Okay, how about I start by stating the obvious? I'm pregnant! We were very lucky again to have had an easy go of it. My plan for the last year or so was to shoot for a 3 1/2ish year age gap and steer clear of the holidays. Fingers crossed, I was hoping to get a March, April or May due date.... we got March!
Last time around, we didn't find out the gender until the 18 week ultrasound. This time I got to do a blood test at 10 weeks that tested for chromosome abnormalities (all good there!) and told us the gender. When I was pregnant with Adelaide, that test was only available in high risk pregnancies... no clue why that has changed now, but I'm certainly not complaining!
So, I left my check-up last Tuesday clutching a very opaque, spit sealed and taped shut envelope containing the gender results. I'm not gonna lie, the first day was hard. I seriously debated scrapping the whole reveal thing all together, but I persevered and it got a lot easier to forget about it as the days went on and I was busy planning for the big reveal on Saturday.
My sister suggested a "Cupcake or Stud muffin?" theme, which I thought turned out really cute and we surprised several family members on Saturday with a "Guess what? I'm pregnant and we're finding out what it is today!" announcement. A web of various lies were strung together to get everyone to our house around the same time under the impression that a) It was just a normal day, and b) There weren't other people involved. Let me tell ya, it got very confusing and maybe it wasn't the most effective way, but it worked out alright in the end :) This is how we shared the news:
^^ Notice Adelaide's beet red cheeks and off kilter bow, both obvious signs that she was having a blast running around like a maniac with her cousins and therefore had to be bribed with a muddy buddy to stop long enough to pose for this picture :) ^^
Every single time someone asked me what I thought it was, I said "If I had to make a guess, I'd say boy based purely on the fact that this pregnancy has been a bit different so far... but I know that really doesn't mean anything." I was ever so slightly leaning toward wanting it to be a boy, just because, why not? One of each is pretty much perfect - best of both worlds, right? Heck, what do I know? Anyway, by the time it came down to it, I had convinced myself that it was probably going to be another girl and I knew that was what Adelaide was hoping for, so I ended up in the pink bow camp. Shoulda stuck with my gut :)
And finally it was time for the big reveal. My sister had bought cannons and looked at the results right before to give us the right color. Jordan had a powder cannon and I had the evil confetti cannon that was designed to only go off in the case of a visit from Superman ;)
^^ Based on all of the gaping mouths, I think it was quite the surprise! ^^
^^ Disbelief and shock for me... Jordan was too busy trying to get that dang confetti out to react.... although, I do believe I spy a smile on his face... Adelaide was just confused and not especially thrilled with the loud pop of the cannons, lol! ^^
But, Jordan is certainly not one to give up, and eventually he did get the confetti cannon to go and it was so super cool and totally worth the wait. There was a ton of confetti and it flew forever! So, so, so much fun! The fact that they didn't go off together was totally no big deal at all. One cannon to deliver the news and one to celebrate!
Somebody said they asked Adelaide after all the dust (or confetti as it was) settled, "So what's the baby going to be?" and she enthusiastically answered, "A girl!". We've talked about it since then and I think she's starting to understand the boy bit.
I had the weirdest feeling after it was all said and done. We didn't tell Adelaide I was pregnant until a few days before the reveal (didn't want her spilling the beans!), but every time we talked about it in those days leading up to the reveal she made it very clear that she wanted a baby sister. That had me very torn on which was I was leaning. I kinda wanted it to be a boy for me and for Jordan, but I wanted it to be a girl for her... When we found out it was a boy, I was exactly half excited for myself and half disappointed for Adelaide. Now I know that she's only (almost!) three, and has no clue what it really means to have a brother or a sister... she just says the thing she's familiar with. And I also know that gender has absolutely no bearing on how close of a relationship siblings will have, but those feelings still crept up. Since then we've talked a bit about it being a boy. She can now tell you that it is indeed a boy, and she hasn't said a thing about a sister since, so that's helping me feel a little less guilty for not giving her what she wanted. Being a mom man, it's the weirdest!
And to end things off, how about a little throwback to when we found out about our sweet baby girl, Adelaide almost three and half years ago!
Let's do this!
This little girl of ours..... all girl! Pink and purple, dancing, singing, princesses, skirts and dresses (of the twirly variety, of course :), dress up, baby dolls, Barbies... you get the picture. So I was not in the least bit surprised when she did so well with her "test" ballet class over the summer (a 4 week course to see if it's going to be something they like before committing to several months of classes). I mean, music, dancing and being surrounding with other little girls? It was basically her version of heaven. So, since it was about one million percent up her alley, we are planning to continue with it in September (if I can ever get anyone to call me back about which class to sign her up for... 2's, 3's??). I see adorable performances in our future!
I also have a few videos that I really need to get to fiddling with to share. I will get on that as soon as I have the time and motivation :) Once I get it done, I'll let yall know!
Our most recent camping trip came about in much the same way as the previous ones, Jordan found a way to squeeze in a few days off last minute and off we went in search of better weather.
Side note: I'm never really part of the planning when it comes to these trips, they're all Jordan and they're always sprung on me no more than a few days before we leave. Not that I mind, I'm pretty much always up for an adventure. And when it's time for us to head to the ocean or to peep at some leaves, those are all me. I don't know that we've ever actually planned a single trip together :) Anyway....
We stopped in Tucumcari, NM on the first day, and got to Red River, NM on the Fourth.
^^ I would highly recommend Dairy Bar! Great root beer float (among other things :) ^^
^^ A nice relaxing ride to to the top of the mountain.... unless of course you're 2 years old or in the company of a 2 year old and then it's kinda just a long ride :) ^^
^^ Nice view from the top though ^^
We also saw a good firework show that night in Eagle Nest, NM. The best part was definitely the fact that we watched them while cozying up in a sleeping bag in the back of the truck with popcorn and gummy worms :) The sleeping bag part being the real highlight, though the other bits are obviously worth mentioning.
The following day we headed out toward Carson National Forest to find a spot for the next couple of nights, and stopped at Wild Rivers Recreation Area along the way. Very cool place, definitely worth a stop if you're in the area. It's where the Red River and Rio Grande merge leaving this area with steep cliffs/canyons/crevices on both sides (I don't really know the geological specifics when categorizing these things). I don't think it'd be the best place to camp because it's quite exposed (though I'm sure plenty of people would absolutely love it and the actual sites may be more protected than the viewing area). Regardless, it is definitely a good area for at least a day trip or even just a quick looksie. It looked like there were a couple of really cool hikes, but we didn't attempt them since we were both sporting velcro Tevas and didn't have any sort of carrying device for Adelaide. You know, didn't seem like ideal circumstances for hiking way down there vv
^^ Notice Jordan's socks + sandals and the one rolled up pant leg (left over from the bike ride earlier in the day). Calm down ladies, he is t-a-k-e-n ;)
After looking around there for a while and eating some lunch we drove the rest of the way to Carson National Forest. For anyone who doesn't know: you can camp anywhere, "dispersed camping" in a National Forest, you just have to follow a few guidelines. You're not going to have access to potable water, electric, toilets, etc, but a lot of high use areas (like Carson National Forest) have lots of undesignated sites that get a lot of use with fire rings and clear areas for tents or campers, and it's free. You should be able to get any info you may need from the local BLM or National Forest Office on your way in or of course you can always ask Google. Google knows everything about everything.
^^ The stream running near our site ^^
^^ Gathering firewood. Luckily we have Adelaide to help with the heavy lifting ;) ^^
^^ That mean face... grr :( ^^
And for anyone wondering how the sleeping situation works out in the camper... it's pretty much great. Here's the proof:
^^ Adelaide is in that pile, see the arm. And that's me to the right. Not a clue when or why Jordan was awake. ^^
I'm hardcore hoping Jordan will snag some time off in the fall for a camping trip out East. I'd love, love, love to get back up to New England, but it's so far maps don't even show the time in hours... nope, it's day form! So, I'm not holding out hope for that, but the Blue Ridge Mountains maybe? I think it'll be my turn to plan.
Oh, there's also a vlog from this trip!