I got to celebrate Mother's Day by going to church and watching everyone else's kids. haha Thank you nursery calling! But it was so fun to be in there thinking about how special all these little kids are and how special their moms are! I've always loved kids, but being a mom was never my main goal in life while I was growing up. I just figured one day I'd be a mom because that's what you're supposed to do. Now, I think there is nothing better I'd rather be doing! My old, college roommate just finished her first year as a teacher! Sometimes listening to her stories I think about how I went to college to become a teacher and to make a difference in our public education and childrens' lives. But when I really think about it, there is no where I'd rather be than at home with Jackson and soon Troy. I am so grateful that I get to be a mom and especially one that stays home.
Unfortunately Jeff had to work on Mother's Day (and our anniversary and my birthday!), but my awesome cousins had Jackson and I over for dinner. We just love our Utah cousins!
Jeff and I celebrated our four year anniversary this month. We were able to go to the temple together (something we haven't been able to do in at least a year) and remember the covenants we made when we got married. We also went camping that weekend! I had been really looking forward to this for a few months and sometimes I wonder why! Camping while pregnant and with an almost two year old is hard! I love how curious Jackson is about the world, but he got a little too curious about the river and fell in! That didn't keep him from trying to go to it again. But it was so nice to get away from civilization and enjoy nature and enjoy time with some great friends! I'm looking forward to more camping trips this summer even though I'll probably be paying for it later!
Since Jeff had to work on my birthday, it was pretty quiet, but it was nice and relaxing and Jackson kept me entertained! I also got to celebrate with one of my best friends, Christine, who just happens to have the same birthday! She is moving across the country and it was nice to be able to spend one last day partying with her, even if most of my partying was chasing Jackson around the park. For my present, Jeff got me a body pillow! It hasn't arrived yet, hopefully it'll be here Monday, but I am SO excited! This pregnancy has been kind of rough on me and I think this pillow is going to help me sleep so much better!
Speaking of pregnancy, I'm officially in my third trimester now! Can't believe I'm a third of the way done and can't believe I still have three months to go! I'm already huge!This month has been pretty rough as far as pregnancy. I got really sick for about a week and a half, but we have no idea what it was. I thought it was strep at first because my mouth and throat were covered in blisters, but over the next couple days, those blisters spread across my body. I basically felt like I was a on fire all the time. No fun! And I am amazed at how much more tired I am this pregnancy! Poor Jackson wants to play all day and all I want to do is lie on the couch. It doesn't help that our A/C broke so our house hasn't been below 73 for a few days. It's mostly been up in the mid 80s, making me and Jackson fairly grumpy. Hoping to get that fixed this coming week! The good thing about this pregnancy has been my weight. Although my stomach is huge, I've been eating healthier, exercising more, and officially broke 130lbs this week. I think I hit that weight pretty early into my second trimester with Jackson. I have had some weird cravings this past month: vinegar and mayonnaise. Gross right? But those cravings keep coming back to me! And Jeff is having sympathy cravings! We even talked about making cheezit/ketchup smores. Sounds so good, right?
Jackson has been growing so much lately! I feel like this past month he grew into a little boy! He is so big, independent, and smart! Except for the time that my friend was babysitting him and turns around to find him on all fours drinking out of the dog water.... I think he loves the dogs a little too much! He always tries to pick up their paws and give them high fives. And he loves to snuggle with them, even if they don't always want it. Jackson is learning his ABC's, both saying them and signing them. It took me a while to figure this one out: He kept signing the letter "q" and pointing at Sadie. Then he did it again while we watching Tangled (one of his new favorites) and it showed the part of Rapunzel as a baby. I finally figured out that he is trying to say "cute"! So funny! We are so excited for Jackson to be a big brother and know that he will be so caring and wonderful! He loves to hug and rub my belly and to snuggle. He loves to say baby and is trying to say Troy. I know I will definitely have my hands full though, once Troy gets here. The other day, I was in the bathroom and when I came out, I couldn't find Jackson. He opened our back door, closed it to cover his tracks, and walked down stairs to the back yard. When I called him to to me, he took off running the other direction! He is sneaky! It will be a adventure keeping up with him this summer! Here's some pictures that I try not to bombard Facebook with. :)
Visit from Aunt Ginia! This picture is too funny because he looks so concerned!
Jackson LOVES riding in the car grocery carts.
One of his "chores" is to help feed the dogs.
Sometimes I wonder who eats more of the dog food, Sadie or Jackson.
Jackson loves trains and cars!
My big boy!