2014 was pretty much perfection

Not to be cliche or anything, but 2014 has probably been the most epic year of both mine and Ryan's lives. I feel like I should have blogged more in the past couple of weeks, but between Spencer's birth, moving across the country and Christmas with the family, life has been insane! Ryan, Spencer and I arrived in Black River, New York late Sunday night, and were meant to close on our home on Monday morning. It didn't happen…so it was rescheduled to Tuesday at 10 AM. That didn't happen either. Finally, after way too much back and forth, we closed on our first home together at 6 PM last night, and we couldn't be happier!

I took this picture back in November when I went back East to look at properties. We loved this one, and we are so happy to finally be in our brand new home! It was built in 1880 and completely remodeled by our neighbors, who actually bought the property after the old owner passed away in 2011. It's stunning. It has so much character, and yet it has all the new amenities, too. The only hitch to our moving in? Our household goods won't arrive until January 8th. So, until then, we're camping on an air mattress, Spencer is sleeping in his rock 'n play, and we're slowly but surely getting back to normal.

I'll take a lot of pictures and do a full house tour once our furniture arrives and we're really settled in a couple weeks, but until then, here are a couple shots I took back in November during my visit. 

^^^ quite possibly my favorite room in the house

^^^ our amazing back yard

As an aside, we're under blizzard conditions as I type this. Between tonight and tomorrow, we're expecting between 9 and 18 inches of snow. I, personally, am loving this change from Arizona weather! I owe you all updates on little Mr. Spencer Bruce, and I'll have a full post on our little man tomorrow, too. He's an amazing baby, and we're so excited to be in his very first home that he'll ever know, too. 

Until then, wishing you all the happiest of New Years, and hoping that 2015 is even better for all! xo

we're not in arizona anymore

Ladies and gentlemen…we're officially done with Arizona and Fort Huachuca! Ryan finally arrive in New Hampshire this afternoon, and I arrived last Wednesday. My mother flew to Arizona and flew back with Spencer, myself and our two cats, after quite the adventure of the trip. Honestly, the flights weren't bad, but the TSA and airline (United) in Tuscon were terrible. I've never met more horrible, rude and uncaring people in my life. BUT that's done. We're now in NH until Sunday the 28th, and then we're heading up to Drum!

^^^ this little man is settling in nicely

We also received some amazing news this morning. Our closing on our home will officially take place 12/29, and I can't wait to share with you our first home together! We can't wait for this next adventure. I'll do my best to blog in between now and then, but I can't promise anything! This Christmas (and Hanukkah) is all about family, and we sure are enjoying our time together again.

Love to all!

what's in a name?

As most of you know, when we found out I was pregnant, Ryan and I decided not to find out the sex of the baby. We figured that there aren't too many great surprises left in life, so we really wanted to save that for the day of our baby's birth. Naturally though, that presented a challenge in a few respects…and we had to think of two names. It's funny though. I was always so certain that Spencer was a boy that I thought the girl's name was just a backup anyway. I guess I was right.

^^^ Ryan will disapprove of this picture. I approved him not wearing his cap because we were rushing.

In any event, we pondered a lot of names through the nine months of this pregnancy, but we always seemed to backtrack to the fact that family means everything to us. We thought of a lot of fun, trendy names, but we knew we didn't want something that would be in the top 100 - definitely not the top 50 - because we both have pretty common and generic names. It clicked after a while though, that a family name was definitely the way to go.

Spencer was my uncle's name. My father's only brother, Spencer, was born 17 years before him and raised by his great-aunt because their eccentric parents decided they weren't ready to raise a child. Uncle Spence, over the years, became much more of a grandfather figure to my sisters and I, simply because of his kindness, generosity and genuine love of his family. While my real grandparents were fairly aloof, he was loving and gentle…and one of the greatest men that I've ever known.

^^^ My Aunt Jeanne & Uncle Spencer at my high school graduation + My Aunt Jeanne solo at my college graduation

In 2004, my freshman year of college, my grandmother took a turn for the worst, and my Uncle Spence and father did everything they could to keep her comfortable, but we knew it was a matter of time before she passed. I was at school in Florida, and I would get out of practice in the morning and check my phone, waiting for that inevitable call that she'd passed. I remember the morning distinctly that I went to the locker room, checked my phone and saw a voicemail from my father. His voice cracked when he told me to call him back. I did, fully expecting the news we'd been waiting on.

I did not, however, expect the news that we got. Over the night, my completely healthy uncle suffered a massive aneurysm, which hemorrhaged and, by the time they got him to the hospital, he was brain dead. This man that I loved so much, admired so much and never expected to pass so suddenly, was ripped from our lives quicker than I could have ever imagined. I've always felt a bit of a hole when I think about the loss of him.

So, when it came time to pick a name for our maybe son, I kept going back to Spencer. I asked Ryan, and he liked it, so we were sold. Spencer Moore. We didn't have a middle name though, and that was the tricky part. We wanted to have something that really meant something, but we kept toying with Wilson - just because we liked the initials "SWM" for our swimming past. Bruce kept coming up though, too, and as it's Ryan's grandfather's and uncle's name, we decided that family would win out in the end. And so, that was that. Spencer Bruce Moore was welcomed into this world with two great names for some of the greatest men in our families. 

spencer's birth story

I've been meaning to sit down and blog for a few days now, but words can't describe how very much having a baby changes your life, your priorities…and your daily timeline. It's been 6 days since this nugget was born, and our lives have changed immeasurably. Of course, there is the extreme lack of sleep, the delirium that comes with said lack of sleep and the mama brain that causes me to forget everything at the drop of a dime. However, there's also this amazing fullness in our hearts that's nearly indescribable. Spencer is perfection, and when I look at him, I see his father - and that just about brings me to tears.

I don't want to write a traditional birth story for little Spencer Bruce, but it was a whirlwind week when he was born. So, I'll try to process it as succinctly as possible. Last Monday, my OB had ordered a 38 week ultrasound because he thought my amniotic fluid might be low since I was measuring a bit small. We had the ultrasound, peanut looked great, and I expected to hear that the plan was the same - induction on the 8th if baby hadn't arrived. On Tuesday, however, I had my OB appointment, and he said that the scans showed Spencer had stopped growing around week 36. He said it wasn't terribly alarming, but since the baby was on the small side, they wanted him out, rather than in.

So, in a matter of an hour, I was scheduled for a mandatory induction starting late Wednesday afternoon on December 3rd. I was to go in, start Cervidil at 4 PM, then start Pitocin at 4 AM if my labor hadn't progressed enough. It was shocking, exciting and a little terrifying, but we were definitely ready. The Cervidil started contractions pretty quickly, but I didn't dilate much. Overnight, they noticed Spencer started having decels - his heart rate would go from 150 to 67 in a matter of seconds, then level out again. So, they kept me on the monitors all night, and I didn't get a ton of sleep. At 5 AM, they started the Pitocin. Let's just say that that drug did its job. My water broke at 9 AM, and then my contractions really started up; quickly progressing to around 2 minutes apart. Guys, the pain of contractions on labor-inducing drugs is indescribable. 

I was also group B strep positive, so I was put on IV penicillin, which compounded the pain. I tried to fight it but by 12 PM, I was in agony, and I opted for the epidural. Though I'd hoped for an all-natural birth, the epidural was amazing, and I was able to get an hour nap before things got real. They noticed that unless I was on my right side, the baby's heart rate would decel again, so they put a scalp monitor on him and tracked it that way. By 4 PM, I was complete, and they told me I was going to do some practice pushes. My nurses, however, said that it was insane, but they could already see the head. 

Once I learned to bear down and push properly, they quickly called for the doctor, saying that they didn't think it would be long. Frankly, I thought they were exaggerating. I didn't think there was any way I could be that close, but apparently, I was. I did maybe 12 cycles of pushing with Ryan by my side, counting and breathing with me the whole time. And then, at 4:39 PM, little Spencer Bruce made his appearance known, screaming - and peeing on me - the whole time. It was surreal - I couldn't believe he was out…and that I was right…we had a son!

There's a lot about the night Spencer was born that I can't really recall…it was so overwhelming. Ryan cut the cord, he was placed in my arms and that was it. We were so in love that it had to be madness. And, to top it all off, Spencer is totally, 100% Ryan's mini-me, which makes things even more magical. I have two perfect little ginger men, even though Ryan is pretty sure Spence is more blonde than ginger. We'll see. I have a hunch that I'm right.

We're learning as we go. This parenting thing is not one-size-fits-all by any means. Spencer has truly been great. He has a wonderful, easygoing temperament, and the only times he really cries are when he's wet, cold, being changed or hungry. Remedy those things though, and he's silent as a mouse. He's observant and sweet, his little old man farts that crack us up, makes the funniest noises when he sneezes and changes a little every single day. It's remarkable. Even in the middle of the night when I'm at the end of my rope, Ryan's there to tag-team, and I remember how very blessed I am. 

Motherhood is magical, trying, exhausting, emotionally, overwhelming and incredibly, indescribably rewarding. I can't wait to see what the future brings with our little man. I'll talk more about Spencer's name in the coming days, as it has a significant meaning for both Ryan and myself, and I'll picture overload all your feeds, of course :)

it's a boy!

What a whirlwind this past week has been! Unbelievably…miraculously…our little nugget was born, and we are so in love with him.  I fully intend to recount the entire birth story, including the days prior, but it might take a day or two, as we're still settling in. 

For now, please allow us to introduce you to our favorite little ginger man who has so completely stolen our hearts. Spencer Bruce Moore was born at 4:39 PM, weighing 6 lbs 7 oz at 20 inches long. He's perfect in absolutely every way. 

Be prepared for picture overload in the coming days because this momma is going to go. to. town. Until then, all I have to say is that I totally called it…momma's intuition rocks, Spencer :)

because of him

There is so much going on in our lives right now that sometimes it is absolutely crazy overwhelming, and there are days that I swear I'm on the verge of the world's most epic meltdown. Ryan has been this steady, incredible rock for me through all of it though. I know that this year hasn't been the easiest for him either. He's been away training for much of it, and I know that having a pregnant and hormonal wife hasn't always been the easiest to come home to. And yet, he takes it all in stride every single day.

He's been my pillar of strength this year. I've always known he's my best friend and the best partner in life that I could ever have hoped for, but these past few months (and weeks, especially), he's been more solid and focused than ever. Guys, we don't have a perfect marriage; I'll make no bones about that. We have our arguments, and we both err on the wrong side at times, but I've never once doubted his love, his commitment and the depth of his excitement for our growing family.

Today, for example, I was having a rough day. I'm tired, I'm sore and I'm ready for this baby to be born. I'm doing my best to prepare this house for a move, all the while incubating a chubby little nugget that has no desire to leave its comfy little womb. Ryan, knowing I've been overwhelmed, surprised me with those roses and the sweetest note - just to let me know how much he loves me and how excited he is for this babe to be born.

Honestly, this journey hasn't always been the easiest, but it's been oh so worth it…because of him. Ryan is my best friend, my partner in crime and the one who can make me smile even when I'm down. I'm so blessed and so thankful to be on this journey of life with the greatest friend a girl could ever have.

38 (plus) week bump date

I can't believe Thanksgiving has already come and gone! It was such a whirlwind this year, and it was definitely different not being home with family - either Ryan's or my own - this year. We were lucky enough, however, to spend it with our Army family. We've made some wonderful friends here at Fort Huachuca, and it was nice to spend the holiday with one of our favorite families here, who are very shortly PCSing to Fort Wainwright in Alaska. We'll be heading off to opposite corners of the world, but we've been so blessed to meet and spend time with Jeremy, Tiffany and their two sweet children, Cayden and Madison. 

And now, life is moving full-speed ahead! We sold Ryan's car this morning, which is a huge relief (and a huge blessing) because it just wouldn't be a great car for the winters in New York or for our growing family. We'll purchase a second car once we're back East, which should weather the climate better. We have our pre-inspection from housing here on post this coming Wednesday, which is our first step towards moving out on the 18th. Ryan has his final day of his 150U course tomorrow, and then he's all mine through the move until his report date at Drum! Our house purchase is moving forward, and we're looking at closing December 29th…which we are SO excited about! But…onto the bump :)

^^^ I always look slightly ridiculous in selfies

How far along: 38 weeks & 2 days

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: 20 lbs…and I feel all 20 of them. My weight, however, has leveled off.

Maternity clothes: I can still fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans with an elastic, but I don't try anymore. These days, I'm solely in leggings and sweaters, and I'm loving it. 

Stretch marks: I have one teeny one on my left hip, which taunts me nightly, but that's the only one I've had. Coconut oil has been a complete lifesaver.

Belly button in or out: It's a very flat pancake these days…does that still count as an innie?

Sleep: I've been sleeping like a rock lately. I have the weirdest dreams in the whole world, but when I'm asleep, I'm just dead to the world.

Best moment this week: Spending Thanksgiving with our wonderful friends and getting to dote on baby Madison was lovely. It was nice, too, to spend this final holiday with my love as just a couple of young newlyweds. Life is going to change so much soon, and I've savored every moment of just us.

Miss anything: I miss being comfortable and not feeling as though I'm going to wet myself all the time. And yet, at the same time, I'm blessed to feel these discomforts. 

Movement: Baby Moore has quite the penchant for snuggling with his or her legs all scrunched under my right ribs. I feel a lot of movement very low these days, almost as though baby is ready to make its way out, too, which is exciting!

Cravings: Ice water and coffee. That's pretty much it!

Food aversions: No real food aversions here anymore, which is pretty awesome!

Looking forward to: I have an ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow. I was measuring small at my appointment last week, so my OB wanted me to get in to see if I'm leaking amniotic fluid. He has a sneaking suspicion I might be, which means it's time for baby to come out. I also have an OB appointment on Tuesday, a cervical check to strip my membranes on Friday and, if that doesn't start labor, I'll be induced on Sunday, 12/7. My friends, we're a week away from baby!!!

it's the final countdown

At any given hour of the day right now, you can find me in some crazy flurry of emotion or activity. My hormones are raging, I'm exhausted and I'm so, so excited. It seems like madness to think that just a mere 12 days from now - if no baby decides to arrive before then - little baby Moore will be in our arms. The reality of that is incredible, and yet even 12 days seems so daunting now. People warned me that the last month was the worst, and they weren't kidding!

^^^ image via.

As I reflect on the past 9 months of this pregnancy, I can't help but feel so overwhelmingly blessed. Despite the fact that I complained about my discomfort, and I couldn't seem to get past the ridiculousness of the weight gain issues, this pregnancy has been free of complications. This baby has been, for all intents and purposes, healthy, as has this momma-to-be. I look at this as a massive blessing because, having spent nearly the whole year separated from Ryan, I was able to continue my daily routines and he was allowed to focus on his military duties.

And yet, here we are today. We're just over 3 weeks away from our PCS date. We're under two weeks from having a little baby nugget in our arms, and I'm just waiting, waiting, waiting to see if this peanut will make an early arrival for his/her momma and daddy. I've had a lot of Braxton Hicks, baby has most definitely dropped and I've never before hoped for the pain of labor so very much. Please keep your fingers crossed that baby decides to arrive before induction because, baby Moore, we love you so much! We're ready!

37 week bumpdate

Ladies and gents...we officially have a full-term baby on our hands! I swear that on the one hand, I feel like I just found out yesterday that I was pregnant. On the other hand, while people warned me that the last few weeks are the longest, I don't think I really knew, or took to heart, what that actually meant until the last few days. I'm so, so ready to hold this baby in my arms. Am I ready for nighttime feedings, losing my lady bits for a while and becoming a regular dairy farm? Probably not, but that's all part of the adventure...right?!

How far along: 35 weeks 

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: 19 lbs. I can't even eat, so I can only assume that nugget is packing on the pounds.

Maternity clothes: HA. Maternity clothes all the time, and I wear pajamas if I'm not leaving the house. I've become that person.

Stretch marks: None. Coconut oil has been a lifesaver.

Belly button in or out: It's in, but it looks ready to pop.

Sleep: When I can sleep, I sleep like the dead. I wake up at least 4 times a night to use the bathroom though, and lately I've found myself waking up around 3 and not being able to fall back asleep.

Best moment this week: Hitting full-term today! It means that this baby is fully-developed and can come any day now with little to no risk at all of breathing/lung issues. Honestly, we're hoping baby decides to make an early appearance!

Miss anything: Food, really. I'm so full of baby that I'm never really hungry anymore. I crave something, take a few bites, and I'm done.

Movement: Baby's movements are a lot less pronounced these days because he/she is running out of wiggle room. That said, I can definitely feel the baby a lot more down there. It's pretty uncomfortable, but hopefully a sign of things to come!

Cravings: Nothing. I want nothing these days haha

Food aversions: Finally - no food aversions!

Looking forward to: My next OB appointment is on Tuesday. My OB will check me, and we'll see if baby's decided to fully engage (hopefully)! I'm also really looking forward to a relaxing weekend of just Ryan and I because with the move and baby coming so soon, we're in for a treat! Oh yeah, and I really want to know if it's a boy or a girl!

trips to tempe

It's so crazy to think that this newlywed season of our life is quickly coming to a close, and while I have somewhat mixed feelings about that, I also feel so undeniably blessed to be sharing it with the man I love more than anything. The countdown to baby Moore is on, and I'm uncomfortable as anything these days, but I wouldn't trade a second of this experience for anything. Ryan's been a rock for me...loving, caring, making me laugh and infusing me with this unbelievable excitement for our little peanut, when I might have otherwise only been nervous. I am so happy to be with my best friend through all of this.

Since our time as just a twosome is winding down, we took a trip up to Tempe this weekend to visit my brother-in-law's sister, Rachel - we just call her our sister. She was visiting to cheer on her boyfriend, Josh, who was racing in the Ironman Arizona this past weekend. So, we hopped in the car, dutifully did the 3 hour drive to Tempe  and spent a day with Rachel and wishing Josh the best of luck. (And yes, he did complete it...in just over 12 hours!)

You know, I whine and complain a lot about how uncomfortable I am. I whimpered about the Braxton Hicks for most of the latter half of our drive up. I complained how nothing fit, and I felt like a whale. But here's the thing...I am so, so lucky, and that hasn't escaped me one bit. I think that, if anything, I'm just more than ready to hold this squirmy little bean outside of me. And yet, we're savoring these last moments of just us. We are so, so, so excited.

36 week bumpdate

I am totally of two schools of thought now. On the one hand, I'm all for baby staying in there, baking a little longer and taking his/her sweet time so Ryan and I can enjoy our last few days of singledom. On the other hand though...oh my gosh. I'm so ready to have this nugget in our arms and, well, to be honest, I'd love my body back. They said the last few weeks would be the hardest (and the longest), and they weren't kidding. It's madness.

 ^^^ well, hello there, little baby moore. you can come out now!

How far along: 36 weeks

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: 17 lbs - no gain in the last two weeks, which doctor said was a good indicator that the end is in sight

Maternity clothes: I'm officially not comfortable in anything. When I do force myself to wear clothes, they're 99% maternity clothes now. I live in my maternity leggings and hoodies, and I'm not ashamed of it. The picture is of me in a Target maternity tank dress, and it's heaven.

Stretch marks: None. I thought I saw one on my left hip the other day and had a legitimate breakdown. It turned out to be a crease from my shorts. No biggie. 

Belly button in or out: It's still in, but it's lopsided and looks like it's drunk

Sleep: Oh my gosh, the past few days, I've had the weirdest dreams, but I've slept like the dead. Maybe it's my body letting me have just a few last moments of rest?! 

Best moment this week: There was a lot of good this week. The bassinet was assembled, Ryan had a 4-day, so we got a lot of PCS business done, and despite a little scare, we got to see peanut dance for an hour or so at the hospital for our NST. We were quickly cleared to go home, as I figured we would be, but it was a wakeup call to get ready.

Miss anything: I miss being able to physically exert myself. There is zero running, I'm lucky if I walk more than a mile a day, and this lower back pain definitely hinders most everything else.

Movement: Baby Moore enjoys moving, but I think baby Moore is also running out of room. He/she finds comfy little nooks on my sides at night, but the footsies are right up in my ribs, so that's fun. Good news with that though? Baby's head down and almost engaged!

Cravings: Olives. I also really want McDonalds french fries, which is absurd. I don't like greasy things.

Food aversions: Pretty much just meat again. It gives me heartburn and I get nauseous.

Looking forward to: Since my 36 week appointment was on Wednesday, we have a mandatory induction date due to our impending PCS. If baby isn't born by 12/4, they'll start the induction process so baby will arrive around 12/7 - no later. It gives us a real end in sight, though I'm really hoping to go into labor naturally! Fingers crossed :)

that sweet little heartbeat

I had my 36 week appointment today, and let's just say that today has been quite the adventure for this procrastinating mama-to-be. First and foremost, I had a frank discussion with my OB about our due date and the impending PCS, which is taking place on December 18th. He agreed with us that the timeline is too tight, and we officially have a mandatory induction date of December 7th if no baby has come by that point…that said, he seemed confident it might happen before then.

I had a non-invasive visual check and was 1 cm dilated, and then I had my Group B Strep test, which is totally not an aggressive thing. I left after scheduling my appointment for a week from now, and started having insane cramping while dropping by the commissary for some groceries. When I got home, I noticed blood for the first time, so I immediately called my OB, who told me to go straight to Labor and Delivery for monitoring. Guys, I'm no alarmist, but I felt like it was definitely necessary.

After about an hour of monitoring, baby's heart rate was consistently between 140 and 148 BPM, and the bleeding had stopped, so they sent me home with strict instructions to rest and look out for signs of labor.

Down side of today? Panic. Plus side of today? Listening to this feisty peanut dance around for an hour on the monitor. Also…we're officially pre-registered at the hospital, I've had my vaccines now and I finally figured I should pack my hospital bag…

Needless to say, folks, the countdown is on!

35 week bumpdate

It's sheer madness in the Moore household, my friends! With the recent revelation that our deferment was denied and our move date is scheduled for December 18th, things have been moving crazy fast here! Ryan has his official orders to Drum in hand, we pushed them over to housing and transportation, and things are moving here. We've got all our docs to our lender and attorney in New York for the house (fingers crossed), and our home inspection is set for next Tuesday. Yes, we're that crazy that we're buying a house in a different state, all while preparing for a baby. And, on the baby front, there are interesting developments there, too...

^^^ yikes. also, those are my pre-prego jeans. but still...yikes.

How far along: 35 weeks

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: 17 lbs - it seems to be leveling off right now, and I'm okay with that.

Maternity clothes: It's a mix. I have a bunch of maternity dresses that I rotate between, as well as maxi dresses and skirts. I definitely still wear my pre-prego jeans with the hair-tie closing them (per the above picture) though.

Stretch marks: I swear by coconut oil because I have zero stretch marks. Used twice a day, it's been a life-saver.

Belly button in or out: It's in, but it is flat as a pancake!

Sleep: Sleep is so hit or miss. I honestly can't shut my brain off, which is the bulk of the issue I have with sleeping right now. I'm really hoping that I can get a few more great nights of sleep though before baby comes!

Best moment this week: Putting in our papers for our first home together at Fort Drum! Knowing the space (and loving it), and finally being able to think about designing the baby's nursery is so much fun. I can't wait to have our little nugget in his/her own little crib in there, snoozing away with snow falling outside.

Miss anything: I miss breathing comfortably, sleeping and working out. I walk about 12-15 miles a week, but I'm constantly having Braxton Hicks, and I have to pee about 40 times a day.

Movement: This baby is a mover and a shaker. He or she listens and responds to daddy's voice when he sings to my belly (and yes, my husband is a great singer). Plus, baby is most active right before I go to bed or with my one cup of coffee in the morning.

Cravings: Ice water. I haven't really wanted anything else lately, though I do have a penchant for sweets. That's not that abnormal for me though.

Food aversions: Avocado (which is just plain sad!)

Looking forward to: My 36 week appointment is next week. We have some serious questions to go over with my OB - namely induction. Because we'll be moving just 9 days after my due date, the doctor isn't comfortable with that timeframe for mine or the baby's cross-country move. There's a possibility baby Moore might be induced before December, which is perfectly fine with me!

a little perspective

Things are moving along with the home-buying process! It's crazy to think that, if all goes well, Ryan and I will close on our first home right before Christmas. Madness, I say! I can't wait to show you guys the house in its entirety, as well as the adorable town and village to which we'll be relocating. 

I'd be lying, however, if I said that I wasn't stressed and a little worried out of my mind right now though. We recently found out that our deferment (or our extension at Fort Huachuca) was denied outright. That means those few extra weeks of cushion after baby Moore arrives are no longer even an option. On the one hand, it's great. We'll be back East for Christmas with the family, and my sisters will get to meet the peanut before the new year. On the other hand though, the thought of packing up, giving birth, moving (with a baby and two cats), as well as selling Ryan's car, buying a house and buying a new car in that timeframe is absolutely daunting. 

Add to that I'm trying to figure out my maternity leave situation and MSRRA (Military Spouse Residency Relief Act) requirements. As an aside, working military spouses, have you dealt with MSRRA laws yet? We're trying to file prior to my maternity leave, and it's a process. I'm only taking a month of maternity leave since I work from home, and we now have to schedule a mandatory induction date so I have a set amount of time before our move date of December 18th.

If baby Moore doesn't arrive before 12/8, it looks like we'll be saying hello to a ginger peanut right around that time. I guess, in the end, that puts it all into perspective. 

new york, I love you

I got back to Fort Huachuca very late last night...or very early, depending on how you look at it. To say this weekend was a whirlwind would be the world's biggest understatement, but it was definitely productive, too. I got to Boston late Friday night, then my dad and I drove up to the Watertown, NY area early Saturday morning. We met with our amazing realtor mid-afternoon, and we previewed 7 houses that day. 7 houses, my friends.

Some of the tows around Fort Drum are really old, quaint and nice. Some, however, are really not so nice. There were two houses on our list that Ryan (via FaceTime) and I decided not even to enter. One had a lot that was so tiny, we could actually hand something from our window to the neighbors. The other had a hoarder next door. Two were new construction and it's debatable that A) they'll be done in time for our PCS and B) are asking way too much money for corner lots on busy streets. One was backed up right against a 30 foot cliff drop to a river...I didn't see that ending well. One was nice, but had too much square footage, and it had a weird amount of built-in cabinetry in every single room.

One house though...one house was just right. We loved it online before I went in person, and we loved it even more following the walk-through. We loved it so much that we went back the next morning, and we put in an offer. 

Then, after signing my life away and making certain that Ryan could do so from here in AZ, we hopped in our car and headed back to Boston to get on a flight back home. Here's how the first two hours of the car ride went:

Our realtor, Vicki, called and said that the seller countered our original offer. They came down $4k from list price, but were $4k over our original offer. They offered to throw in the snowblower we lusted after in the garage.

I called Vicki back and we countered $3k more than our original offer ($1k below their counter) and requested the snowblower.

Vicki called back and said the seller countered back with the original counter offer, but added a John Deere riding mower in addition to the John Deere tractor.

We accepted.

^^^ view from the front stoop and across the street

^^^ view of our massive .5 acre back yard...with what will be our fire pit next summer

Ladies and gentlemen, the Moores are under contract with their very first home! I don't want to jinx anything, as there's a long way to go, but I'll give you those two hints of our backyard and our front yard because, well, we love it. If all goes well, I'll be posting pics of the actual house...SOON. We're hoping hoping hoping that everything goes smoothly in the next few weeks/month so we can move on time and to our dream first home. Prayers are much appreciated!

34 week bump date

Well, I fail at blogging, now don't I? Honestly, not too much exciting has been going on around here except for a nasty bout of the flu in the Moore household. Plus, Ryan's 150U course is kicking his butt, and work has definitely kicked into high gear for me lately, too. With maternity leave fast-approaching, I feel like there's never quite enough time to get stuff done. On the one hand, this pregnancy is going at a snail's pace now that we're nearing the finish line. On the other hand though, holy moly…time is flying. It might be time to start assembling the baby's bassinet…just a thought.

How far along: 34 weeks

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: 17 lbs

Maternity clothes: It's a mix. I have a bunch of maternity dresses that I rotate between, as well as maxi dresses and skirts. I definitely still wear my pre-prego jeans with the hair-tie closing them (per the above picture) though.

Stretch marks: Coconut oil, my friends, is heaven. I have no stretch marks. I rub it all over my breasts, belly, back and sides both night and day, and it's been working perfectly.

Belly button in or out: It's still an innie, but it's getting flatter.

Sleep: It was rough while Ryan and I had the flu, but the last few days I've slept amazing. I even slept through my alarm today, which never happens!

Best moment this week: I had my 34 week appointment this past Wednesday, and my OB said that baby Moore has dropped and is head down. He thinks I'm a good 5 to 6 days, at least, ahead of my due date, which is a relief! He also said he estimates baby is around 5 lbs right now and close to 18 inches. AND we finally picked a girl's name. We had a our boy name and we thought we had a girl name, but we've been debating it for a while now.

Miss anything: I miss working out and being able to walk without feeling as though I might wet myself on a daily basis. Other than that, I'm pretty content!

Movement: All the time! Baby really enjoys kicking me in the ribs, which is quite the sensation. I also get the occasional punch to the bladder when he/she doesn't like my position.

Cravings: Ice water and pesto. I don't even ask questions anymore. I'm just glad when I can eat because I feel so full all the time.

Food aversions: Avocado

Looking forward to: I'm flying to Boston and then NY this weekend! Ryan won't be able to make it because of his 150U course, but we're hoping beyond hope that we love this house as much in person as we do online. If so…we might have news soon!

33 week bumpdate

Time is both flying right now and really, really slow. There's a part of me that's so ready to be done with pregnancy and have this little nugget in my arms to cuddle and love. There's another part of me though that's really nervous for this next chapter. Between having a baby, a PCS and buying a home, there is a lot of stress in the Moore household right now, and it's definitely taken its toll this past week. All that said though, I'm doing my best to savor these last few weeks as a mama-to-be.

How far along: 33 weeks

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: 16 lbs

Maternity clothes: I mostly wear maternity clothes these days, though I'm holding onto my old faithful trick of wearing a hair tie to close my jeans. Other than that, I live in maxi dresses and really long tank tops with cardigans.

Stretch marks: I swear I'm going to have to do a full post on this after baby is born, but I've been using pure coconut oil from the start, and I don't have a single stretch mark. The great thing about coconut oil is that, though it's a solid, it liquefies on contact with body heat, so it's like a pure, natural moisturizer. I rub it all over my breasts, belly, back and sides both night and day, and it's been working perfectly.

Belly button in or out: It's still an innie, but it's getting flatter.

Sleep: Hit or miss. If I nap during the day, I don't sleep well at night. If I drink too much in the evening, I don't sleep well because I have to go to the bathroom all the time. Some nights though, I just sleep like the dead.

Best moment this week: Everything was pretty darn good this week, so I really have no "best moment."

Miss anything: I miss running, as well as working out, in general. With this baby sitting so slow, constant round ligament pain and some serious sciatica, running is out. I do lunges, dips and walk as much as possible, but even walking gets hard because baby is cramping my lungs and I need to pee every 15 minutes or so.

Movement: Baby is a mover. I always worry a little if he/she is not moving because it's pretty much consistent these days. I get lots of kicks in the ribs, as well as pokes to the bladder, but I appreciate them as much as you can ;)

Cravings: Ice water and cannoli (which is weird because I've had cannoli maybe 3 times in my life)

Food aversions: Avocado

Looking forward to: My 34 week appointment is next Wednesday, then I'm switching to weekly checkups...how crazy is that?! I'm also flying to NY next weekend to look at houses for Ryan and I because he's in the throes of his 150U course, and his instructors won't give him any leeway. There's a house we want to make an offer on, but we need to do it in person, with an inspector and my father, so it's up to me. Luckily, my no-fly order isn't until the week after. Yay for small saving graces!

the post with really big news

First of all, thebump.com informed me today that I have (give or take) 53 days to go until baby Moore decides to make his or her appearance. We also found out yesterday that our extension here at Fort Huachuca hasn't been approved yet. It hasn't been denied, but it hasn't been confirmed that Ryan's new report date is January 26th. So, with that in mind, we're honestly still on a January 2nd report date to Fort Drum. No big deal.

Oh wait...very big deal.

About a month ago, we decided to get the ball rolling with on-post housing at Fort Drum. We made the necessary calls, we submitted his orders...the whole shebang. We received a return call stating that we won't actually be put on the housing waiting list for Drum until we sign out of Fort Huachuca, which means that the 45+ day waiting list won't start until just days before we have to be on post in New York. With a baby and two cats, honestly, we weren't feeling it. So, we made the decision to look for rentals off post.

^^^ image via

Yeah, apparently the rental market in Watertown, NY is insane, and everything is way higher than Ryan's BAH (basic allowance for housing), which is stupid. Even with two incomes, we're not willing to pay an astronomical amount to a rental, when a mortgage would effectively be far less than we'd be paying otherwise.

And so, my friends, we've entered that insanely hectic and crazy process of buying a house...from across the country. Luckily, my father has been a lifesaver by vetting properties for us, friends have taken trips to look at houses and neighborhoods for us and Ryan is heading out in a couple weeks to look at five properties in one weekend and to (hopefully) leave an offer on our favorite one. The prospect of home-ownership is daunting, but we're so excited to have a place of our own, as well. 

Since we're looking at 4 years or more at Fort Drum, we think it's the best time to buy, and it will give us a property to rent out after we PCS again. Plus, it will give the baby a place to grow up off post for a few years, which is really big for us. But, we've had two of our favorite houses snatched out from under us because our realtor sucks, so we just ditched her and we're going directly through the listing agents now. It's tricky, but it's so so so exciting.

I'm sure there will be much more on this to come...but you know, why make things easy? A move, a baby and a new house in a few months? Seems reasonable to me! 

just the two of us

Life as just the two of us is slowly winding down, and while we're both immensely excited for little baby Moore to make his/her grand entrance, we're really taking the time to savor every second that's just the two of us lately. Above all else, Ryan is my very best friend, my confidant, and my partner. I'd be lying if I said the prospect of there being another little one of us wasn't slightly intimidating. Nevertheless, we're totally looking forward to the next adventure.

This weekend, Ryan was in the wedding of one of his soldiers, so we made the three hour trek up to Phoenix, spent a couple nights in a nice hotel and went to the wedding yesterday evening. Ryan is ridiculously attractive in his dress blues, and I haven't seen him in them since he went Warrant Officer, so it was a fun night of getting dressed up and spending time as a couple.

^^^ saluting the belly. it's a thing.

During the drive up and back, we really had the time to think about how exciting the next few months are going to be for us. We're going to have a baby, our first married PCS, we're looking for a house up in New York, and we're going to be closer to my family. It's such an exciting time, and we're making sure to savor every little moment we have.

^^^ sassy look from my man

Until then though, we're just enjoying the remaining couple of months in Arizona. While we enjoy the sun, we're looking forward to a colder climate and starting fresh at his next duty station. And, frankly, I'm enjoying the last few months of just the two of us because I am so endlessly blessed to have that handsome, snarky, sassy, hilarious and lovable ginger man by my side through it all. 

tombstone, arizona

While my parents were in town last week, we figured it was time to knock a few little things off our burgeoning Arizona bucket list and drive out to Tombstone - one of the most wild, wild west little towns complete with authentic details. My father is a big history buff, which made it a special little trip for him, as well, and it's only about a 30 minute car ride from Sierra Vista. 

^^^ 2 PM gunfight at the OK Corral

In all honesty, I didn't really know what to expect from Tombstone. It's a very old, quaint and historically-restored little town, but it's definitely living solely on a tourist market, which was kind of a downfall for us. I think we kind of hoped that it would be more like an historic district where we could kind of browse by ourselves and really soak in the sights, learn the history and see it for ourselves. 

Instead, we did about an hour walk-around, hid from the rain under the old awnings and then we called it a day. There were a lot of little touristy shops where you can buy trinkets, and they do put on a reenactment of the OK Corrall gunfight, but you have to pay and watch the show indoors. Color us crazy, but that's not really what we had in mind, so we absconded. We bought ourselves the most amazing sarsaparilla instead and just enjoyed a browse through one of Arizona's most charming (and touristy) towns.

Aren't my parents just the cutest?! Seriously though. Anyway, that was our little trip to Tombstone - easily done in an hour or less. We have some exciting news in the next few days, and I'll be recapping the awesomeness that was my baby shower :)

31 week bumpdate

I'm pretty amazed how quickly time is flying right now, and though everyone has warned me that it will slow down near the end, I'm treasuring this time. Baby Moore is a  mover and a shaker in there these days, and it's insane to feel these pronounced kicks, hiccups and rolls all the time. While it might not look like much (until I eat a big meal - and it does happen), trust me, there's a baby in there. The nugget has been in the head-down position for almost 3 weeks now, so we're *cautiously* optimistic that we may have a baby earlier than December. Who knows?! Until then, baby can just keep cooking :)

^^^ I take shameless selfies these days. Whoops.

How far along: 31 weeks

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: It's hovering between 12 and 13 lbs now

Maternity clothes: Mostly only maternity clothes these days. I live in maxi dresses and skirts, as well as yoga pants and leggings, too. I can still wear most of my pre-pregnancy tanks though and I do still wear my pre-pregnancy jeans with a hair tie to close them.

Stretch marks: None. I swear by pure coconut oil twice a day. I rub it all over my boobs, belly, back and sides, and it seems to be doing the trick thus far.

Belly button in or out: It's still very much an innie!

Sleep: I've actually been sleeping amazing the past few nights! I make sure I stop drinking any liquids around 7 PM, and I only get up 2 times a night to go to the bathroom, which is a huge improvement.

Best moment this week: My family was in town, and they got to experience the full-blown effect of baby Moore! Baby cooperated and kicked for both my sisters, and my mom got to feel it have the hiccups and do its little barrel rolls in there.

Miss anything: I miss running like I used to. Running has been much harder lately, and I'm lucky if I get a full mile in before I resort to walking. I'm hoping beyond hope that it comes back after the birth.

Movement: I never thought it would get to this point, but baby Moore's movements are much less gentle these days! Baby is a mover, and when he/she gets going, there are some pretty intense jabs straight to the ribs now. I can also distinguish the little knobby knees, which is so fun.

Cravings: Ice water and bananas

Food aversions: Eggs and avocado. I just can't stomach them!

Looking forward to: Our childbirth classes are starting next week! Yes, we're a little behind schedule here…whoops ;)

family is love

This weekend has been such a whirlwind…in the best possible way. For those of you that follow me on instagram, you probably saw that my family pulled off the world's best surprise for my baby shower. My parents were supposed to fly into Phoenix on Saturday morning, so Ryan and I got up early and drove up to meet them in the city. It's a long drive, and Ryan wasn't feeling well, but we did it and I got there as unsuspecting as ever. Little did I know, they brought my sisters with them. 

^^^ Nikki, Kristina & myself

I am not the easiest person to surprise, guys. I'm a planner. I need to know what's happening at all times…especially lately. Somehow though, Ryan, my parents, my amazing friend Amanda and my sisters managed to pull this off though, and my sisters and I were reunited for the baby shower. And yes…baby Moore even cooperated and kicked for them :)

I have to do a full post on the baby shower, as well as both my parents' and sisters' visits, but for now, I can't get past how amazing these past few days have been. Getting to share this pregnancy, this duty station and this town with my family has been such a blessing, and I'm so grateful to my friends and my wonderful husband for making this happen. We enjoyed a few days of exploring the mountains, hiking, sharing meals and just loving our time with one another. So, for now, I leave you with just a couple more snapshots.

^^^ the view from old post of Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca

^^^ Nikki and Kristina

30 week bumpdate

It's kind of crazy to believe that today marks 30 weeks of baby Moore. Ryan and I are getting more excited (and way more nervous) as the days tick by, but we're definitely eagerly anticipating the peanut's arrival. My parents are arriving in town tomorrow morning, and my baby shower is on Sunday, so it's going to be a busy few days, but we're so thrilled to actually start preparing and celebrating this little nugget.

How far along: 30 weeks

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: Right at 11 lbs total. I weighed in at the doc a little less on Wednesday, but he mentioned it was entirely normal.

Maternity clothes: Yes. I scored a whole bunch of sale dresses (read: mumus) at Target the other day, and I live in them now. If I'm wearing jeans, I still wear my pre-pregnancy jeans with my new belly band, or I wear yoga pants. I just don't like any of the maternity jeans I've seen.

Stretch marks: None. I swear by pure coconut oil twice a day. I rub it all over my boobs, belly, back and sides, and it seems to be doing the trick thus far.

Belly button in or out: In, though that little indent over my belly button is a strange phenomenon.

Sleep: Sleep is entirely dependent on the amount of liquids I drink prior to bed. If I don't drink anything after 6 PM, I can generally get by with only two trips to the bathroom per night. If, however, I feel the need to drink hot chocolate at 8 PM like I did on Tuesday, 5+ visits to the bathroom is not uncommon. When I am sleeping though, I sleep like the dead.

Best moment this week: I had my 30 week appointment this past week, and shiz is definitely getting real! Visits to the OB are every two weeks now, and baby Moore has quite the sense of humor when Nina, my nurse, tries to Doppler for a heartbeat. Baby Moore decided squirming away from the Doppler was reasonable, so it took her a good 10 minutes to get an accurate heartrate of 144 bpm. Strong peanut!

Miss anything: I still really miss my old body, but I'm learning to embrace these last 10 weeks of the peanut. Honestly, I think the whole process is incredible, but having no control over your body is a huge eye-opener.

Movement: All. The. Time. I think baby is running out of room, so movements are much more pronounced these days. Sometimes, I can feel the baby's head or bum on one side or the other, and I have to say that the kicks to the belly button are not pleasant. On the weirder side...baby really likes the right side of my abdomen. It's unique.

Cravings: Sweets and ice water. I also really want Subway Italian BMTs.

Food aversions: Eggs and avocado. I've noticed my nausea is more pronounced again like the third trimester, but it's avoidable if I eat.

Looking forward to: Our baby shower is on Sunday, and my parents arrive tomorrow! I can't wait :)

weekends at ramsey canyon

^^^ 29 weeks 2 days at ramsey canyon, hereford, arizona

A couple friends of Ryan and mine asked if I could do a little favor for them and take some family pictures this past weekend at Ramsey Canyon and, wanting to get a few more miles on my legs for the day, I readily agreed. Ramsey Canyon is in Hereford, Arizona…just about 10 miles South of Sierra Vista. And the best part? It's green. I have an inkling we might even see fall foliage there in a little bit! 

Tell me that isn't that cutest family you've ever seen. Art and Shelby took really good care of me while Ryan was gone, and little Kapri kept me highly entertained throughout. I can say it here because nobody knows about this blog, but Shelby recently found out they're expecting baby number 2, so we got a few little announcement photos for them, too. I'm no great photographer, but it was fun to just do this for friends with no pressure or real strings attached. And maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to get some sweet pictures of baby Moore when he or she comes along.

In other news, it's a big week here in the Moore household. My parents are flying in this coming Saturday morning to spend some time with us before heading up to Sedona, my 30-week appointment (a little early) is coming up on Wednesday and we're trying to make our house look as presentable as possible for the baby shower our friend Amanda is throwing for us on Sunday. Here's to what's (hopefully) going to be a great week!

29 week bumpdate

I can't believe I'm 29 weeks today. I feel bigger than ever, but I have to say that I also feel pretty darn awesome these days for being less than 3 months (hopefully) until nugget decides to make his or her grand entrance. With Ryan finally home, we're starting to slowly but surely get things in order, but it's amazing how much we still have to do. Babies are a lot of work, people...and this one isn't even born yet. 

^^^ selfies. so attractive. my apologies.

How far along: 29 weeks

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: 9 lbs...I actually lost a few pounds in the past week, and I'll definitely be asking my OB about that next week. 9 lbs might not seem like a ton, but it feels like a ton.

Maternity clothes: I wear my maternity jeans and shorts these days, but I mix between pre-prego tops and maternity tops. I also love, love, love wearing maxi dresses and leggings with tunic tops. They're keeping me sane.

Stretch marks: None. I swear by pure coconut oil twice a day. I rub it all over my boobs, belly, back and sides, and it seems to be doing the trick thus far.

Belly button in or out: In, though that little indent over my belly button is a strange phenomenon.

Sleep: Still hit or miss. I usually fall dead asleep from about 9:30 to 12:30, then I wake up to go to the bathroom, go back to sleep, then wake up at 3:30 and 5:30 again - right until I wake up to work and Ryan leaves for PT.

Best moment this week: Ryan came home!!! Not much can really trump that, guys.

Miss anything: I miss my old body. I know this sounds silly and ungrateful and cliche, but it's so weird being in a body that's so foreign to me. I love it, but it's strange.

Movement: Baby Moore is a mover. Every time I get up to use the bathroom at night, baby wakes up and kicks. When I have breakfast, baby kicks. When I eat dinner, baby does barrel rolls. I've noticed that the longer I sit, too, the more baby moves. I think he/she is getting cramped in there.

Cravings: Ice water, cheese, smoothies and applesauce....annnnnd hot chocolate

Food aversions: Eggs and avocado. I've been adding a little more red meat into my diet slowly to boost my iron, and I seem to be surviving.

Looking forward to: I have my next OB appointment this coming Wednesday...so crazy that they're every two weeks now! Also, Ryan and I scheduled his hospital tour (blergh, I've seen it), as well as our childbirth classes. AND, we have our Arizona baby shower next weekend, as well as my parents coming to town. Busy, busy, busy!

life lately in the moore household

I'm a terrible blogger, and I've come to terms with that fact. Honestly, I'm okay with it because I'd rather live my life in the present and worry later about not having posted. Life is oh-so-sweet lately. Things are slowly but surely trucking along with this pregnancy, and while I'm excited for it to be over, I'm also totally okay letting it drag along for a while longer. Here's a little bit of what's going on around the Moore household though…because, let's be honest, I'm an unreliable blogger at best.

^^^ Ignore the awkward belly…it was all squished. Stella, however, was giving baby a hug. I died.

~ Ryan is HOME! He was supposed to get back home on Friday the 26th, but he got released from BOLC early, and he got home Tuesday night. I can't tell you how good it is to have him back. He's so amazed by this growing baby, and he's in love with our stroller. He wants our baby to be here just so he can push it around.

~ We're in the process of deciding when/how to relocate to Fort Drum. Ryan's current report date is January 2, 2015, but my OB requested an extension through January 26th. We're hoping to honor that January 26th report date, but planning to move back East just after the New Year. That should give us time to settle in before he's back to work, too.

~ I am 29 weeks tomorrow, which is both terrifying and exciting. This baby is officially viable, which means he/she would most likely survive if, for some reason, it was born early.

~ I am still running, which is a feat in and of itself! I did a 2-miler yesterday, and it was a struggle, but I did it. I'm also doing a lot of bodyweight exercises and HIIT at home, which feels amazing. I'm pretty amazed by what my body is capable of. 

~ My parents are coming to visit in just over a week, and I am so excited. My father is a genius (literally), and he's so excited to see the UAVs (drones) on post and "learn" from Ryan. My mother will be here for my Arizona baby shower, too, which I'm so excited about.

~ I went to Utah last weekend for a baby shower, and 18 of my college friends were invited, as well as my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece. Nobody came besides my family and the hostesses. I wish I was joking buttttt I'm not…and I'm over it now :)

~ I am in a constant state of flux between nerves, excitement, joy and sheer terror about baby Moore's impending arrival. My newest fear is that I won't love our child enough, or that our freedom will be completely gone. I'm sure I'll get over these in time.

nesting is very, very real

The Bump.com informed me this morning that Ryan and I have 86 days left of this pregnancy. Please tell me how that happened. I don't know if it's been the combination of Ryan's absence with training, working (and working out) like a  fiend or what, but the time is dwindling quickly, and we have a lot left to do. I went through a few weeks where I was stressing out a lot at night, but since starting to read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, I've felt a lot more relaxed about the whole process.

With our PCS date fast-approaching, as well, we haven't had the luxury of setting up a nursery for baby Moore, and I think that was a large part of my self-induced stress. All I've wanted to do is nest and prepare for the nugget's arrival. I'm telling you, people, nesting is a real thing. Right now though, we have three bedrooms. One is my dedicated office, one is the guest room and one is our master bedroom. First, there is no bedroom for baby in our current post housing and second, there's no point in setting up a nursery, only to have to break it down again a few weeks after the baby is born. 

^^^ our new master bedroom dresser area & thrifted end tables in our guest room

So, with Ryan's blessing, I'm nesting elsewhere! We've put off buying a dresser because we have the world's largest master closet, but I finally broke down and bought that gem the other day. It's going to double as our changing table here at Fort Huachuca because baby will be co-sleeping with us (I'll go into that more at a later date) anyway. In our guest room, we finally purchased a bigger guest bed since my parents are coming out next month, and I scored these amazing vintage hardwood end tables at a thrift store the other day for just $50 - for the pair! They had a nice, clean feel to that room, and I'm loving it.

As for the nursery once we get to Fort Drum? No clue yet, guys. Because we're waiting to find out the gender of baby Moore, I'm almost positive it's smart to wait to decorate, too. Our new house has four bedrooms, too, so baby will have his or her own space once we get there, as well. For now though, I'm cleaning like a madwoman, organizing like crazy and making this house a real home for the last 3.5 months of our stay here. 

Momma's, newlyweds and fellow pregos…do you nest? I never knew it was a real thing till now!