How I'm Holiday Shopping with a Newborn

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I'm at that stage post-pregnancy when sleep trumps eating and eating trumps showering.  Priorities, folks!  But you know I'm enjoying every minute of these newborn snuggles, so I'm not complaining.  Now that so much of my personal needs are wrapped up alongside the care and well-being of one very tiny human being, some of our family Christmas traditions are being tweaked, including how we're doing our Holiday shopping.  Perhaps we're a little late to the party, but I am really enjoying purchasing the majority of my gifts online this year.  I get to skip the lines and skip the crowds (read: germs) AND I get to feel super productive by multi-tasking. I quietly nurse a baby to sleep while scrolling through my husband's wish list on my phone.  It's pretty sweet.

My favorite places to shop online include Backcountry, Jane, and of course, good 'ol Amazon.  But sometimes those places don't carry the unique and personal items that just dazzle when they're opened.  And those are the kind of gifts I get really excited about giving!  (Like that one year I had a leather belt made for Bron with 'Nelson' stamped across the back.)  That's why I want to introduce you to JORD Wood Watches.  When the company approached me about an early birthday gift for my husband, I couldn't pass up this awesome ebony and rosewood statement piece!  Red is Bron's favorite color.  It came in the mail quickly, and while he can't go to work with a wooden wristwatch on (hello cows!), it's hardly left his wrist since.  He wears it in the evenings, to church, and to town.  It's kind of crazy how nice it is to see the time at a glance and not have to dig out a cell phone.  Plus, the quality is just over-the-top.  I personally love staring at the inner gears as they spin.  It's so cool.  It does, however, run a bit fast.  Still, I wouldn't mind picking one up for myself!


If you're interested in checking out a watch, be sure to save yourself some money and use a gift code found HERE.  But hurry, it closes December 18th.

men's watch, unique watch, cool watch, wood watch
men's watch, unique watch, cool watch, wood watch

And yes, this post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but I'm happy to do it.


Welcome, Baby Boy!

He's here!  Introducing...

Conrad Joseph Nelson
November 11, 2016
9lbs 5oz
22 inches

It's appropriate to say that I'm a puddle on the floor, head-over-heels in love with him. I can't help but silently thank my Heavenly Father over and over again for this precious gift.


Third Baby Bumpdate: 38 Weeks

I am thrilled to announce that this is the very last bumpdate of this pregnancy!  In fact, it could possibly be my very last bumpdate ever.  The thought makes me feel a bit nostalgic as I look at this big round belly in the mirror.  Wow, my body does amazing things!  The idea that I may never do this again makes me both sad and happy.  Never again feeling those kicks and rolls from the inside, the exciting anticipation of bringing another life into the world--it's pretty neat and I feel so grateful I get to do it three times over.  It's sad to let that go!  But never again feeling nauseous and exhausted and just plain hurting for months on end sounds pretty amazing too.  So I suppose I'll soak in every last drop of this pregnancy for all its worth as we excitedly anticipate meeting our new little guy!

The thought of a third child still blows my mind.  This is real?  This is going to be real?!  There will be another real live body in that room peeking over the crib rails at me in the mornings?  No way.  It's like a far-off dream.  I wonder what he'll look like.  I wonder how I'll survive the sleepless nights again.  But I absolutely cannot wait to get to know his little personality.  He will be his own person, different than his brothers.  How can I possibly have a third opposite of Jed and Levi?  And how are their little relationships going to play out?  It's all a mystery to me now.  I think I'm ready for this next big life change and challenge.  Or maybe more accurately I'm just tired of being pregnant and know that this big life event is inevitable.  Either way, I'm happy and excited with just a tinge of worried nerves on the side.


Happy Halloween from the Dark Side

The Holiday Season is officially upon us.  And I am feeling the buzz!  Lucky for us, the Holidays are made 100 times better with little kids around.  Their enthusiasm and excitement just seems to rub off on me.  Plus, we'll be adding another little jumping bean here in just ten days or so.  TEN DAYS!  It's going to be a crazy but special year.  I can just feel it.

This Halloween, we found our costumes more than a month ago at Costco one day. I wasn't too concerned about Levi changing his mind because the kid is dead set on becoming a storm trooper when he grows up.  He talks about it all the time.  I did convince him that he needs to finish high school first though before he flies a tie fighter... which perhaps the military will develop in a few years.  So maybe that dream isn't too far fetched.

I'm not sure what the boys' fixation is with the dark side of the force, but since Jed chose to be Kylo Ren, we just ran with it.  Bron became Darth Vader and I became the Death Star on account of my huge pregnant belly.  It was super simple and fun!

However, I admit, those pictures up top were anything from simple.  Ha!  I spent a solid hour or more in Photoshop editing each of those individually.  But I am silly proud of how they turned out.  And the boys are "over-the-moon" stoked about how cool they themselves look in them!  Definitely a fun experiment and worth every minute.

Now pictures from Halloween Night!