The Mama Waddle
Nothing like a couple of months away from blogging for a nice vacation break. Relaxing, serene, calm and who am I kidding? The mom gig has been easy in comparison to the last few months. Can I really complain? No. Life is awesome. The only reason I have been overly burdened is that I am so incredibly fortunate in so many ways. Yeah, I know, one of those people. See my post about Not Dissing the Braggin’ Mama.
So, the last few months have been one thing after another. In fact, I did not have a working computer connected to internet for almost two months solid, and no, I was not in a third world country. There are a few major life changes that experts recommend not to do close together because they are monumental feats and should be experienced to the fullest away from other distractions. These are changes like: moving, renovating a house, getting a new job, having a new baby, etc. We were the dummies that decided to do all of those things with a toddler no less.
The Big Move
First off, we sold and bought a house in favor of slightly more space. We were starting to have trouble stretching our arms without bumping into the sides of the house and with a new baby on the way, there was no way these everything’s-gotta-be-bigger Texans were going to make do. The dilemma, however, is that the housing market has lost its ever-loving mind. Thankfully, it worked in our favor for selling our old house instantly, but square footage is a premium so it was difficult to find a house without shelling out about as much as Trump’s monthly tax breaks. Needless to say, the only dough we are rolling in is cookie dough due to pregnancy cravings and therefore had to get a fixer upper.
Oh, Joanna Gaines, how you’ve disillusioned the populace to the ease and practicality of renovating a home. How many budgets have been blown? How many husband’s injured in the sake of creating the perfect, imagined ideal of their overly ambitious spouse? In reality, did we blow our timeline and budget? Yes. Was it worth it? Well, my unfinished house may seem overly daunting, but absolutely. I love our new house, despite its lack of doors, baseboards and other items that I may have taken for granted. But, fair warning given, do not attempt pregnant. I couldn’t do anything except for delegate and I may have taken it a bit too far…Sorry to all the wonderful family members helping and incurring the nesting wrath.
The New Job
My husband decided that it was time to expand his horizons during the crazy storm of let’s do everything possible all at once. Is it awesome for him to get an opportunity to be simultaneously challenged and compensated more? Heck yeah. It does mean he has longer hours temporarily, but the trade-off is a husband that comes home eager to share about his day. Hopefully, the transition is smooth and he will get-it together by the time this baby makes his debut in February.
The Big Move Again, and Again
So, my entire family decided that they also needed to move within two months of us moving because that’s just how we roll. Boring…never. My brother and sister in-law bought a beautiful house less than an hour away. The closets alone are bigger than our previous house.
A few weeks later, someone randomly called my parents offering to buy their house. They started looking in the area and 2 weeks later found a house in the neighborhood next to ours. They have since moved in and I have immediate grandparent access at my disposal. Ten years ago, I would have been desperate for space away and autonomy from my family. Now, I am begging to see them any chance I get, especially with a new baby coming. Bring on my mama’s home-cooking.
The Waddle Run
Ever seen a penguin running? Now imagine that penguin being the height of a ten-year old but the circumference of the sun. That is about how I feel right now. I am 5’2” on my driver’s licence because I straight up lied. Maybe on my tippy toes. Now I have a basketball-sized belly to contend with and I am only seven months along. All of this would be par for the course, except the almost three-year old boy with the energy of seven stars. So, my chasing waddle is quite the spectacle, leaving me winded in about a minute flat.
The Broken Brain
I am sure there will be more on this subject, that is if I can get my brain to turn on. Normally, my brain runs in overdrive almost to a fault. During pregnancy, it is like I can’t get the engine running. My default is lazy couch setting and everything else is survival. The last few weeks, I have seen improvements. I have been feeling more energized and motivated. I may just be nesting, but my brain is finally starting to clear.
The Neglected Blog
Thanks to everyone who reads my blog. I definitely plan to continue writing. It truly makes me happy and I plan to keep it a priority. This season of life has just been different and it will continue to be challenging as we introduce a new family member. Please let me know if you would like to contribute and write a few posts in the upcoming months. Also, stay tuned. There are some funny things coming. Well, they make me chuckle at least. The bar is not high.
Happy Holidays, Y’all!
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