Real Life & 3rd Trimester Update

I had another post planned but it’s been one of those crazy weeks so I decided to share a real life post and a baby update instead.

It’s just been one of those real life weeks! You know the sort?

Nathan and I watched 5 basketball games on Saturday. We watched 3 of the Lutheran grade school city wide games in Fort Wayne (while Andy coached). Then, we took a family road trip up to Chicago to watch our alumna mater, Concordia Seward, compete in the Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT). Our Seward teams took first place in both men’s and women’s games – after close games! We enjoyed the games and a chance to visit with some college friends…even though it made for a long day.

Nathan was a trooper! He loves the action of games and hearing the bands play. He liked watching the cheerleaders and mascots, too. Of course, plenty of snacks helped as well! He took a short nap and was up until 10:30 so I was amazed at how cheerful he was all day!

Ready to cheer on our Concordia Seward Bulldogs at CIT!

Sunday, we still made it up for early church, but Nathan regrouped with a 4 hour nap. I joined him for 2 of those hours. When he woke, I asked him if he wanted to go see Daddy’s team play in the championship game. Nathan just shook his head and said quite sincerely, “No. Stay home. All day! Stay home and play Legos?” He did such a great job the day before, that I couldn’t deny his request. He and I stayed put. Andy’s team lost quite soundly (as we expected they might) so we weren’t too sad we missed the game.

Nathan playing with his ever favorite Legos!

On Monday, we had a visit from the freezer repair man. A couple days previously, our upright freezer in the basement started sounding its alarm and saying the door was ajar. It didn’t appear to be but I moved some things around and waited for the high temperature light to go off. By that evening, it still was alerting me to a high temperature. Ugh. I moved all our meet to the upstairs freezer on Saturday because even though it was all still frozen, I wasn’t leaving anything to chance. By Sunday, when the light was still on, I moved everything else to the fridge. Just when I had started filling our freezer for baby, too! Thankfully, I was able to save almost everything and am now storing a bit at my in-laws.

The freezer repair man sadly informed us that our 6 year old freezer had a system failure and we probably shouldn’t repair it. He estimated $400 to $500 for the repair fees…and we can buy a new one for almost that price! Of course, we still had to pay his $78 service call fee but at least we know. And now, we’re freezer shopping! Ugh again. I’m frustrated, to say the least, but am glad we had been refilling our savings accounts for unexpected expenses like these! Anyone have an upright freezer recommendation for us, that they love?

A Full Freezer

The rest of the week was filled with meetings, grocery shopping, part-time work, blogging, piano lessons, playing with Nathan, and fighting the 3rd trimester exhaustion that has seemed to hit in full force.

Yes, I’m 35 weeks along so we’re counting down the weeks until our St. Patrick’s Day due date! Actually, I think we’re 35 weeks. I tracked it so carefully during my first pregnancy, but this time around, I rely on my doctor’s appointments to tell me how far along I am. Ha.

35 Weeks

I’m feeling good. Lots of kicks from the baby who is very active! Braxton Hicks have started now, too. My hips continue to ache (as they have for most of the second trimester, too), which is a new one since that didn’t happen with Nathan. Is it that I’m that much older already, or that my hips have just relaxed more since the first one? Sleeping is hit or miss at night and naps always sound good. Nathan gets more excited about his baby sister by the day.

I feel like there is still a lot to get done before this baby arrives so the count down is really on now! The freezer put a dent in my food plans so I’m going to try and tackle some cleaning and organizing this weekend. I did pull out our 0 to 6 month baby clothes to get the sleepers and swaddlers out. I need to wash the girl baby clothes we do have, too. I’ll share some of our practical plans to get ready for baby next week on the blog.

Of course, I have a meeting for church tonight and all day tomorrow. We’re having a small party for Super Bowl (so Andy can focus on cheering on Peyton Manning). Then, we have our tax appointment on Monday afternoon. Since my husband is a Lutheran school teacher, we’re self-employed so work with a CPA who specializes in taxes for church workers. I still need to go through all our papers and get ready for that meeting, too.

So, yes. Real life. It’s always busy and always interesting. What’s happening in your life right now?

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  1. You look fabulous! I love the photo with Nathan too! He’s such a little doll! What a blessing! I hope this month goes smoothly into a wondeful safe healthy birth of your newest family member! Many blessings to you and yours! Have a terrific Tuesday!

    1. Thank you very much, Christina! It will be a busy month and I’m sure our little one will be here before we know it. Hopefully not too soon because there’s still lots to do, first! 🙂

  2. Oh, no! So sorry to hear about your freezer. We had some unexpected electrical issues last week. It’s always frustrating when you have to spend big bucks on home repairs! I hope you can get some rest during this last trimester. The last trimester wore me out and I’m sure with the second it is more tiring.

    1. Ugh. Electrical issues are no fun! Oh well. Such is life! There is always something to deal with as a homeowner, isn’t there? I’m grabbing whatever rest I can. I was still teaching (as I imagine you were) last time around. Even though I’m home now, I wasn’t constantly keeping up with a toddler so yes, this last trimester is tiring. But of course, worth it! 🙂

  3. You look great, Kristen! Very excited to hear the good news when it happens! 🙂

  4. This past weekend found our extra refrigerator quit the only thing we were able to salvage from the freezer were two packs of bacon. All my fruit I put up this summer was ruined. We were able to salvage most of the fridge stuff. In life news, our daughter graduates high school in May so this past weekend found us paying enrollment and housing fees for the University of Alabama. The plan is for her to attend and receive a Master’s in Chemical Engineering with a Pre-Med Track and then off to Med School. As we were unable to afford college we prayed religiously and this is where the Lord chose to provide a full tuition for her education. I have also prayed for housing help and the Lord has chosen to provide this through a much larger than anticipated tax return this year. So we will be Rollin’ Tide this fall. It seems you are bringing a new little home soon and I am getting ready to send my “little one” off to college! Funny how life works!! Can’t wait to maybe see a photo of your little one.

    1. OH NO! That’s so frustrating to lose food you worked so hard on saving…especially fresh fruit. What a blessing for your daughter to receive a full tuition scholarship! And yes, larger tax refunds are also a blessing. Photos will certainly be coming of our newest little one! 🙂

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