Valentine's Day in Birmingham

Weston had meetings with a couple grad school directors at University of Birmingham. We thought about a day trip, but decided a weekend getaway would be more fun!
V & I hung out waiting for him in the lounge for the first meeting, but spent the second meeting in the car waiting for Weston, because she was just too busy and the lounge where we were was just too quiet for baby play time!
In the car we waited for Weston in a meeting. The little one was going semi-crazy all cooped up in the car, but her pregnant mommy's back was in too bad of sorts to chase around an active toddler anymore that day, so we hung out in the car & read books & watched youtube videos. Mom of the year award, right here.
Valentine's Day we went to the outlet malls in Birmingham & had so much fun! Ivy loved all the new sites & sounds!
My valentine!
On our way to breakfast at the hotel.
That food was tastey!
We stopped by buy buy baby, because we'd never been... that place is amazing. Seriously, we thought we'd died & went to baby heaven.  Ivy was exhausted & had been going strong all day, the whole time in the store she held these weird little geisha type dolls (she had grabbed two of them) and held them on her shoulder and patted their backs. She cried when I pried them out of her hands at the register to give them back to the cashier. If they weren't such creepy dolls I would have seriously wanted to buy her one, because she was so heartbroken to not be able to snuggle them anymore.

Walking the plant ledges at the outlets.
Making our Valentine's dinner in our little hotel kitchen!
Ivy loved the hotel room & drawing on the notepads!

They gave us a wheelchair accessible room so we could have a bathroom big enough for a pack n play!  It was a huge success, even though the hotel was pretty ghetto, we lucked out being able to hang out at night while Ivy slept in the bathroom (with the broken bathroom door that wouldn't close all the way)!
My mini valentine!
I love that babe!


Feeling Accomplished

My sister and nephew were just in town for a couple weeks and one of those weeks my brother in law also came to town & my hubby was off work. We played and lived it up to the max. It was SO fun.

Meanwhile, the fun was had & I cleaned & did laundry ZERO of that time. Yuck. Well, besides kitchen duty things!

The past few days, I have vacuumed all floors, swept all hard floors, done SIX loads of laundry & put away 3 of them (babies room is a struggle, because she always undoes laundry as I'm working on it and I can't put it away when she's napping...still haven't quite mastered the best time to put all of her laundry away!
I have faced (not paid yet) medical bills & gotten organized that way, which seems like the bigger burden at the moment, especially when there's insurance issues. Yuck, insurance is so not fun to deal with!)

I have organized baby boy's clothes & exchanged clothes that were the wrong size! I am feeling so accomplished!  & beat!
I love being pregnant & the prospect of our little guy coming, but it is hard to stay on top of things with a toddler & the urge to want to keep my living spaces clean!  We live with my parents (Thank you Mom & Dad, it's a life saver!) & so the room Weston & I are in holds half of what our 2 bedroom apartment used to hold, it has been an organizational struggle... & you now will know why there are never EVER pictures of my bedroom on my blog. I work hard to keep it clean & orderly, but it's always a struggle!

Today I got it back to a mostly nice organized state & it feels oh, so good.


Fun In February!

My Aunt Kathy & Uncle Jim were in town for a few days at the beginning of February & so one morning before Weston headed into work we all went to The Loveless Cafe. It's on the outskirts of Nashville in one of my favorite places, Bellevue, TN.
If you ever go to Nashville, you have to stop in at The Loveless.
Anyway, it was there that we descovered our 14 month old was the master of face-in-hole signs!
We also learned she legit can spin a top.

A family trip to BBB to find a pillow for me that will help my very pregnant self sleep.
Turns out it was a fail. It is now proven that I just will have pregnancy insomnia the whole rest of this pregnancy.
I forgot how fun that is!
She is the sunshine of my world. Weston's too. We are majorly obsessed with her.
Nana got little V this glow-worm & she is so in love with her "wormy."
It's a good thing she's pint-sized, because she would be walking out to the mailbox by herself, digging into the closets by herself, escaping rooms I have her and I barricaded into by her self...
This child loves water & will drink any cup she comes across.
Family bike ride in February was a MAJOR success.
The weather was unbeatable and everyone was happy, until we had to pedal uphill to get back home and my pregnant body was crying for a long time after that!
We were waiting for Weston in a meeting that went for 2 hours... at the end of the two hours, I didn't even try to keep her from chewing on this cement/dirt clump.
Oh, just stay little forever, please.
My heart aches at the thought of her tiny self growing up!

We LOVE mornings with Daddy!


The Nashville Zoo

We bought season passes before ever having taken Ivy to the zoo.
Ivy loves animals, so I was sure that if she could grasp the zoo concept of seeing them from semi-far away, then she'd enjoy it.
Once again, she enjoyed something 1 million times past my expectations.
I love when that happens!
She was OBSESSED with the zoo!
This was the petting zoo portion.
Oh man, she LOVED the goats.
She would run right from them, but had a bad habit of getting behind them. Being the awesome mom that I am not wanting her head to get a goat hoof through it, I explained that she doesn't want to stand behind them. Which she totally didn't understand, but it made me feel better about my mom-abilities.
She LOVED the red pandas. Gigi got her a red panda stuffed animal at the end of the zoo day that she loves, too. The animals were all really lively! We got a good show!

Love at first goat-sighting.
We like to par-tay.

More goat love.
"Seriously, Dad, that animal needs to be petted!"
There's an awesome kangaroo path where you can pet the kangaroos if they approach you! They were standing right by us, but never came to us, but Ivy was seriously trying to run to them. We had to have our hands around her the whole time. They were really cute with their little baby roos in their pouches!
We basically hiked through china.
This is only half as weird as it looks.
It was a baby kangaroo nursing. The brown ones are the boy sand the girl ones are gray. & the adult boys are about 3x bigger than the adult lady kanga's. So the momma & baby were about the same size & it was just weird. But Ivy got an up close lesson on nature.

Those red pandas were amazing!

She enjoyed all the chain linked fences!
She wanted to do all of her own walking. All of a sudden she thought one part of the path looked like a good resting spot and plopped herself down.
She's a nut!

Walking to the tigers!
Apparently she was confused by the tiger.
More kangaroo action!
"Seriously, put me down, I have animals to pet!"
She was in heaven.
Checking out the ENORMOUS cougars.
One of which totally stalked Ivy.
Ha..it  was so crazy. She did not want to be held and was walking back and forth along the board walk & the cougar got down low crouching & did not take it's eyes off her. hahah Thank heavens we don't live near cougars. She looks like a very tasty lunch! 
We had so much fun! Ivy loved it when Pops was the stroller driver, he's really fun!

She was a champ the whole day. She was so good & didn't shed one tear.
I'm seriously spoiled by her!
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