Dads and Daughters

I’ve been thinking about dads a lot lately. Seeing as our baby is due in less than a month, Nick is about to step into the unknown, scary, magical and beautiful role of being a dad. And then living with my parents where I see my own dad most everyday (unless he’s traveling for work) has been really nice. The role of a dad is powerful.

 My sweet poppy walking me down the aisle this summer at our wedding

My sweet poppy walking me down the aisle this summer at our wedding

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Days with my dad are special to me.

We’ve always been close. I would say we’re very similar and can talk about anything and everything. We love iced tea and sushi (not that I remember what sushi is, it’s been so long!), playing board/card games, and always having music on. He seems to always have an answer to my questions and isn’t afraid to challenge me into becoming a better version of myself.

My dad is sweet, strong, generous, loving, sensitive, a good listener, and super smart. He’s got four kids and I think he does a good job at making each of us feel special, heard, and valued.

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There’s just something special between a dad and daughter and a mama and her son.

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My brothers are so sweet, thoughtful, and kind to my mama. They are patient and loving. My sister and I are independent and strong. It’s been fun as my siblings and I have grown up to see our characteristics and which parent they come from etc. We definitely come from both of them! I feel extremely lucky for the relationships I have with both of my parents. Not everyone has that and not everyone even likes being around their parents! Since Nick and I have moved back to Gig Harbor at the beginning of July it has been really nice to be welcomed and comfortable as we stay with my parents. My dad travels for work off and on, more lately than normal, but I love it when all four of us are home and share a meal or just hangout together.You just never know how much time you have, so might as well be grateful through it all (the good and the bad) and cherish moments with the people you love. 

It’s been especially fun to see my dad and Nick connect and enjoy spending time together. I am learning how similar they can be sometimes and I don’t think that’s a coincidence :-) My dad’s opinion on the man I married has always mattered. I mean it was always going to be Nick, but it was a journey getting to that solidified place. Nick is confident, strong, responsible, and outgoing. A lot of similar qualities to my poppy. I do hope for a similar relationship for my daughter and Nick like the one I have with my dad.

All this to say so far, I think highly of both my parents, but I don’t put my parents on a pedestal. They’re not perfect, and Nick and I won’t be the perfect mom and dad either. We’re human and all make mistakes over and over again. We have to dish out grace upon grace.

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I LOVE this picture of Nick and I. Our first ultrasound. Man, did that day make everything feel sooo real. We’re going to be parents!!! Over the past eight months we’ve had so many conversations anticipating, planning, and dreaming about our baby and what we want life to be like. Nick is so excited for all the fun we’ll experience as a family. I remember probably 4-5 years ago we went to the Puyallup State Fair and were walking through the kid’s rides section and Nick made a comment on how fun it will be someday to bring our kids and go on the rides with them - ah, my heart! How special that next fall we’ll be able to bring our little girl to the fair for the first time :)

I am so excited to see Nick step into the role of being a daddy and all that it means to have a daughter. There are so many fears and unknowns involved with parenting in general, but good thing we’ll never achieve perfection and have our whole lives to learn as we go.

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I know Nick will be amazing. He’s shared with me early on how he always wanted to be a dad. He will be caring and protective. He’ll be silly and sensitive. He’ll make her laugh all the time and spoil her with love and affection. He’ll question himself at times (just as I will too I’m sure), ask a thousand questions, and lean on our people for support.

Like I said, dads are special and I can’t wait to see the special bond Nicky will develop with our girl over the years. I’m ready for her to COME OUT so we can experience her together! It’s different for Nick right now because he doesn’t feel her all the time like I do. I’ve already been building this little connection with her since we spend all day everyday together ;) I’m grateful we’re finally at end of this countdown to meeting her and it will be within the next month!

Our little girl is so lucky for who her daddy is and ALL the people who already love her so much. I’m grateful to confidently know she will be loved and cared for by both Nick and I. I believe babies are precious and bring BIG blessings. She already has and I just know this little girl is going to rock both Nick and I’s world and we’re ready for the adventure to begin!

Let the countdown continue: 22 days until her due date!

A Sweet September

Happy October 1st! I’m sure I am not the only one who is feeling like there’s no way September is already over! It just started! Seeing October on my calendar I cannot lie… my stomach did a little flip (plus some kicks) knowing that next month is THE month that baby girl is going to make her debut… CRAZY!

September was sweet and filled with a lot of good things. Nick and I are feeling more settled living back in Gig Harbor, and currently staying with my parents we’ve been working on (well, let’s be real it’s just me who’s been working on this lol) making the downstairs organized and feel cozy. I’m in the middle of a mini bathroom redo- I’ll share photos once I finally get my guy to paint it for me! This month was filled with birthday’s, a heavenly prenatal massage, a much needed hair cut, my baby shower, and starting MOPs among other things.

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Turning 25

Turning 25 was something I thought about as a very big deal. In my head it seems like 21, 25, and 30 are the last big birthdays to celebrate. Originally I wanted to do a trip to Vegas for my 25th and go all out. I definitely didn’t think I would be almost eight months pregnant haha. So the day was very chill and included yummy waffles made by my dad and husband, one of my best friends dropped off sunflowers, a walk to the water, a trip to target, and an awesome dinner. Simple and good. I told Nick I just wanted good food, snuggles, and to be by the water. I’d say it was a good day even though there was no Vegas ;)

I said to my family I think this 25th year will be the best and most transformative year yet. I’m feeling so excited for it!

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I tend to like birthdays and think they are more powerful than the new year. They can be a chance to reflect on the past year and plan and dream for the next trip around the sun.

My 25th year is going to include having our first baby, figuring out what it means and looks like to raise and love on our baby girl, celebrating our first wedding anniversary- continually learning how to better love, support and communicate with each other, celebrating our baby’s first birthday, possibly (hopefully) buying our first home, and reaching some long-time health goals. This year will also hold some fun travel plans… the beginnings of new traditions :) What a year it will be!

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This month has also been quite an emotional one… a lot of happy feelings, sometimes feeling overwhelmed by love and joy, but sometimes overwhelmed by fear or sadness. There are times I desperately miss my siblings and the reality of not living in Spokane where there was such easy access to my TJ, Allie and Katie…now it’s different and that can be hard to accept. I’m human and just miss my people sometimes.

34 weeks pregnant and I pretty much cry everyday a little bit for some reason or another. That plus not sleeping, heartburn, constantly having to pee… these make up my new normal!

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Here’s a picture of my husband, Nick, incapable of smiling normally with my brothers Mitch and TJ in Arizona this past weekend. They went with my dad and uncles for a golf weekend trip- so happy for all of them to be able to just hangout, relax and spend some quality time together just the guys. I was definitely a little jealous of Nick when he was leaving- I miss my bros and want to hang with them too!

BUT while the boys were in AZ my mom and I had a fun last weekend and celebrated my baby shower. It was such a special day!! Will be sharing more pictures this week with some cute details and some of the sweet gifts baby girl got.

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The rest of this October 1st morning I'm tackling a to do list and working on organizing baby girls room. A rainy Monday + some music and I’m all about being as productive as possible and starting out this new month and week strong!


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