The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Summer is in full swing. There’s the beach and pool and it’s just warm enough to enjoy both. There are fireworks, ice cream cones, parades, and lots of fun activities and bbqs. And it’s so much more laid back than the winter holidays when you have to stress about presents, family, etc.. You can just have fun and enjoy the nice weather, and a few extra days off work — and the chance to wear my new Fourth of July maternity dress, which isn’t actually a maternity dress, so I can wear it again next year (woot!).
We’re spending the 4th of July in the burbs, swimming and going to the beach and barbecuing and hopefully, closing on our new home (more on that coming soon). It’s the kickoff to a new beginning and the final countdown before baby #2 is here.
Honestly, the Fourth of July couldn’t have come at a better time. Between work, blogging, house hunting, potty training, and oh yeah, growing a human, I have never been more exhausted or stretched thinner. I feel like I’m just getting through day to day, putting out fire after fire, and I haven’t really had time to sit back and reflect or think about all the things that are happening. I’m just making decisions and racing against the clock to get things done before the baby arrives. So the 4th of July weekend, and a few extra days off is just what the doctor ordered.
Maybe this is just how adulthood is, especially once you have kids, but I feel like I’m just making decisions to move forward so I can get to the next thing on my list, and I’m not sure at all where I’m going. That’s probably good for an over-analyzer like myself, and less exhausting than overthinking and stressing about every little decision. It’s definitely been this crazy transition from feeling like our life was totally on hold and stagnate while we did fertility treatment after fertility treatment, waiting and hoping to get pregnant to life moving a million miles an hour as we finally feel like we can move forward but now with a deadline that is quickly approaching. It’s crazy to think that it’s already July and I’m already eight months pregnant. (It also makes me feel grateful, remembering how we smiled through the pain of another negative pregnancy test last Fourth of July.) Now, I’m here showing off my bump in the perfect Fourth of July maternity dress, and I want to pinch myself, because I never thought this day would be here.
I am more than ready for a vacation before the chaos really begins. Luckily, the Fourth of July falls in the middle of the week, giving us a mini vacation to relax and enjoy summer. I am really hoping this week will give me a bit of a breather from the fast pace we’ve been moving at this summer. I don’t know about you, but I need some time to just enjoy my family and not think about all the things we have to get done at work and at home in the next few months.
Happy Fourth of July! Sorry if I’m a little MIA this weekend, but I plan to take some time off to really relax and do fun things as a family. I hope you are doing the same!