Welcome back. It’s been a while and there have been some changes for sure. Both to the blog and in my life. First off, I want to say Happy New Year! I hope all of you out there have had a wonderful first week of 2021. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t feel a ton different from 2020. I do hope that things will improve though, at least with Spring around the corner maybe some moods will be lifted and some back yards (gardens) will be played in once again. Have you noticed any significant changes in you life over the past week? Let me know in the comments.
One of the biggest changes we’ve experienced was when we learned in early November that our family of 4 will be expanding to a family of 5 (we thought) in 2021. Then in early December we had a big scare, I thought for sure we had lost the baby so we went to the nearest hospital and I waited for hours. I felt so sure that the doctor’s would confirm the miscarriage. Then, about 4 hours after I walked in there, I walked out with a little picture and the knowledge that there were in fact, TWINS in my tummy and they are doing just fine!
So we will be growing from a family of 4 to a family of 6 in July 2021! I just got my new pregnancy journal/diary from Amazon today so I’m excited to start filling that out. We’ve just been spending the past several weeks wrapping our minds around that big news.
Around Christmas I started, and have almost halfway completed, a book called WILD written by Cheryl Strayed. Hubby gave it to me for Christmas which was a really exciting moment for me. I remember hearing about this book while watching Gilmore Girls Year In The Life episodes!
Wild is a great read, certainly a page turner. I am happy to be reading a “book,book”. I’ve spent many months reading devotionals, faith based books, Montessori method books, etc. While those type books are great and I’ll always find them interesting, it’s nice to read a novel/story book. I used to thrive on story books, often reading an entire book in less than a week. Now, it’s a good day if I get 30 minutes of reading time a day, but I’ll take it. Reading is definitely one of my absolute favorite activities. Always has been, probably always will be.
I have also started to teach myself crochet. And by teach myself, I most definitely mean by looking at a book and trying to follow along, getting insanely frustrated and then turning to YouTube. Nonetheless, I know a handful of things that I did not know a week ago.
Like, how to make a slip knot on a crochet needle, what a crochet need is and how it’s also known as a shepherds hook, what yarn over means, what a double stitch is and how it differs from a single stitch, etc. I am by NO means wonderful at it, I think my largest piece of work that I’m semi satisfied by is about the size of a key chain or a decent size for a book mark. That being said, I’ll get there.
So, the babies are doing wonderfully. Boy turned 2 years old about 3 months ago and he is pretty well potty trained already. He says “Kaka potty Mama.” when he has to go and we go on into the restroom and he does his business. He hasn’t quite gotten the hang of telling us when its time for #1 but he’s pretty much got #2 down-pat which is great for his age I feel like.
Baby girl is now 10 months old (and 3 weeks) and seems to be on a very similar walking path as her big brother. She lets go and takes a couple steps then drops to her bottom just like he would do in 2019 when he was 10 months and 2 weeks old. She is getting so brave though and just amazes me every day, it makes me hold my breath a couple times a day but it truly amazes me to see how far she has come. My little warrior. The fact that her cardiologist told me she would probably be 2 months or more behind in her milestones just goes to show that doctors, while I respect them and all, do not know everything.
Baby girl was sitting up right around 6/7 months old, she is and has been eating normal food in addition to a few bottles a day. She loves just about anything that she’s given and will eat it all up. So far, she is way less picky than her brother is! She’s letting go and taking steps here and there all on her own now. It’s just amazing. I’m sure she will be toddling around by her first birthday in February! Also, for those who may be interested, we have not used any kind of walker or contraption to try and get her to walk sooner. We just allow her to explore and use the couch, chairs, or other things as she needs them. It worked for her big brother and it’s worked for her.
And last, but not least, I have spent about 20-30 minutes every morning reading my Bible. I’ve started a Cronological Order Bible Reading list that I found online and I’m reading through my new Women’s Bible. I’ve never had a specific Women’s Bible before but this one seems to be great so far.
I’m taking it chapter by chapter, so it may take me more than a year, but the goal is a little bit everyday. And this is just to read it beginning to end. I am also sticking to a daily devotional reading/journal and reading to the littles every day. They got a brand new Beginners Bible book for Christmas, just like the one I had when I was little and we’ve been working our way through it! It’s a lot of reading, but it is probably the most important reading and I fully believe that.
So with all of that being said, Here We Go 2021.
What do I believe this year will bring me?
Ideally, a healthy and full term twin pregnancy, a new home that we can really put our roots into and make a homey home with room for everyone and then some, a vegetable garden that brings us beautiful food this spring/summer, and being able to spend time with and teach my babies every day. Watching as their little minds soak everything in. Hopefully this year will find my husband and I peacefully learning how to strengthen our marriage and navigate 4 kiddos under 4 years old together.
That would be a wonderfully beautiful year to me. What would make your yearv for 2021? Any goals or dreams for the year?