Pacheco Family Christmas Card

Hey! Hi! Hello! I’m still alive and still have a blog and still want to share all things “lifestyle” with you guys haha. I don’t even know what a “lifestyle” blog is honestly. I just know I don’t have a designated fashion blog or food blog specifically so I’ll define it as lifestyle and there you have it! I currently smell like spit up and haven’t changed out of my pajamas today and it’s 4pm. Life of a new Mom trying to work 40 hours a week! Just keeping it real on my lifestyle blog!

This is as good as my Christmas cards get. I don’t do Christmas cards and don’t know if I ever will to be honest haha. James finished his first semester of dental school and did so well…we’re super proud of him! We all had a few weeks of high stress because of those dang exams. Holden and I left to Utah so we could have some help and some social interaction while James locked himself away to study. Being a dental wife is hard. Being a dental wife and mama to a newborn is hard. Being a dental wife, mama to a newborn, and working full time is HARD! I have been struggling with some postpartum depression, so coming to Utah really helped distract my mind a bit and I have loved being surrounded by many friends and family.

I didn’t think I would be one to struggle with this, but it hit me kind of hard and I don’t feel it is often talked about among others. I suddenly felt as if I lost my place in this world. Totally had a bit of an identity crisis. Even writing that sounds a little extreme but it’s truly how I felt and I am still trying to work through some of these feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I recognize my blessings and am thankful beyond belief!

James and I were up late last night talking and one thing mentioned was how blessed we both feel to have such amazing friends and family in our lives. People who instantly loved and accepted Holden, who we were so eager to have become a part of our world. He changed our lives in all the best ways and we are so blessed to be his parents. We would do anything for him. He didn’t just become a part of our world, he became our world!

We love Columbus and we love our home there. I never imagined I’d live in OHIO. When you’re from the west and live next to a mountain range, Ohio sounds like a foreign country haha. A flat, boring foreign country. But I actually love it more than I thought I would to be honest. I also love the proximity to surrounding states and am eager to explore more of the East coast! I love our friends we’ve made there and am glad we are homeowners of the best little home for Holden to grow up in. One we have made and will continue to make our own.

I am excited for Christmas with Holden. To watch his eyes light up as he experiences new things. It’s my favorite thing! And one of my favorite quotes of all time… “If we could see the world through the eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything.” I truly believe that. One of my favorite things about being a mom is that even though I don’t remember experiencing things for the first time as a baby, I get to watch Holden go through it! I am excited to teach him new things and help him grow and become something incredible. He’s already been such a light and joy to all those around him! Seriously don’t know what I would do without him.

I can’t believe it is almost 2018! Mind blown. Thanks to our friend Mike Biggins (look him up on insta) we have the best photos of our family of three.

Wishing all of you an amazing Christmas and a happy new year!

36 Week Update

We are just over 36 weeks now! A couple of comments I’ve received this week I haven’t yet before:

“You look like you’re ready to pop!”
“You are all belly, girl. I wish my belly had been that big when I was pregnant.” Compliment? Unsure.

There have been others but can’t quote them word-for-word…. they have just been comments making me realize the due date is quickly approaching. Baby is sinking lower and lower – he’s always sat low, but this is no joke now. The pressure is almost unbearable and literally just standing up hurts now. Two weeks ago we went to the zoo and walked a total of over 4 miles… there’s no way I could be doing anything like that at this point in time. Crazy how rapidly he’s growing now and how quickly it’s changing. A friend let me borrow her belly band – absolutely life altering! I should have been using it like three weeks ago at least haha!

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We celebrated our 5th anniversary on Friday. We got to hang out all day because I had the day off of work, which I was super thankful for! We talked about going on a short trip but because I am super pregnant, that plan didn’t really work out. So instead, we are having a baby and purchasing a home for our 5-year anniversary! Which i’d much prefer anyway.

Our entire day was centered around food. We ate at a few places that all offered a lot of gluten free options and it was wonderful. So happy to have found some local places here in Columbus and am excited to find more over time.

Outfit Details:
Shirt: H&M Basics
Pants: Asos Maternity
Shoes: Steve Madden

Xo. Nicole