the best big brothers

The best big brothers.

Perhaps I’m waxing nostalgic right now because we’re mere days from Christmas, but watching my boys in their final Christmas before they become big brothers to our newest bean makes my heart smile so much. We’ve had such a good time here in New Hampshire so far. The boys’ schedule has been wonky at best, but they’re busy, we’re skipping naptime daily, and we’re enjoying every second out in the crisp fresh air that we possibly can. Except today, of course, because we brought the rain from Washington, and today it’s rainy and grey.

Yesterday, my mom (Oma) and I took the boys for a walk in the Albany Town Forest, and it was heaven. The boys loved the fresh air, the sun was shining, and they found every snow and ice ball that they could possibly find. Basically, they were perfect little boys enjoying time together with their mama and Oma. Like I mentioned in my last post, this is the heart of our Christmas season this year. Especially with Ryan’s deployment coming up in less than two months, we’re simply savoring these simple things and escaping when we can.

Lately, I’m getting more and more uncomfortable. At 26 weeks pregnant, it’s like my body is telling me, “I know how to do this. Let’s grow this baby.” Bean likes to twirl around in there, sometimes lying completely horizontal, other times pressing right on my sciatic nerve. And yet, as much as pregnancy has never been my favorite season of life, I relish the outcome, and I know this bean will absolutely love playing with the best big brothers ever next year.

And, since it’s getting harder and harder to keep things a secret, and writing a gender-neutral post is pretty much the hardest thing on the planet, we’re sharing today that baby Moore number three is a little girl. I know, what?! We’re as shocked as you are! And yet, we’re thrilled that this little lady will have these sweet little boys to teach her the wonder and magic of the great outdoors, the art of being resilient, and what it means to grow up as a child in the Army.

Baby girl Moore
pale pink pacifier: bibs (available here)

We have so much to be grateful for this Christmas season, and we’re just getting started! My older sister and her husband are arriving this evening, and my younger sister and her husband arrive tomorrow. Then, it’s full swing for festivities and joy leading right into Christmas. I doubt I’ll blog until after the holiday, so let me wish you all the Merriest of Christmases with your family and friends.

Love to all!