Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Christmas Gift for Baby

Merry Christmas!!!! I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and had a lot of fun with friends/family, had lots of good food, and some time to relax.

We had a very nice Christmas and now we have a nice break from work to look forward to. We are planning on getting some productive stuff done and having some fun time too. Should be good stuff :)

I just wanted to write a quick post to let everyone know that Nick and I have made some progress with our decision making. As much as I would love to name our little girl baby, angel, or honey (since that is what I have gotten used to calling her) we decided that we really needed to pick a name so we could make sure that we liked it before we had to commit in February. So that was her Christmas gift - a name :) Now as a disclaimer - we are still reserving the right to change our minds - so don't go getting anything engraved or embroidered :) This is kind of our test run time to make sure that we love the name that we have chosen :)

So, drumroll........

Aurora Braelyn


Thursday, December 23, 2010

A New Record


I got up to pee 5 times last night.

Just thought you would all like to know.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Be Anxious for Nothing"

So this weekend was fairly eventful. It seems that most weekends now-a-days are. It was good because we did get to do some fun stuff and we got to check a few things off our to-do list.

Friday was an off-Friday. I love off-Fridays so much. It's like getting a present every other week. So awesome. We spent the day doing house stuff. Nothing huge - did some cleaning and we spent a lot of time going through pictures to put in frames that we bought for the shelf above the TV. And we spent the evening being lazy which was much needed for both of us. Nick worked 60-something hours last week - one day he was at work until 3AM, so he was tired. And I'm just always tired :)

Saturday Aunt Jan and Darryl flew in to surprise Grandma and Grandpa and spend a little mini-Christmas/Grandma's birthday here. I picked them up at the airport, went to Babies R Us (yeah, I'm pretty sure baby is getting very spoiled), and we had dinner with them later that night. They left Sunday so we didn't get to see them as much as we would have liked, but I'm thankful for the time we had :) My family is awesome.

Saturday afternoon we had part 1 of our Prep for Childbirth class at TMC. To put it NICELY - it horrified me. The videos they made us watch really grossed me out, the statistics about Cesarean deliveries was shocking, and I just felt really helpless about everything. I got a lot of good information, but it made me feel very not in control when you look at all the things that could go not according to plan. I'm not really worried about the pain - I know it is going to hurt, but I know millions of women have done this before me - I will survive :) I just have a certain idea of what I want and I am very afraid that for one reason or another I won't get that. So yeah, not feeling so great about all that after that class.

But Sunday morning in church I felt like the message was prepared just for me. We went over Phillipians 4:6-7:

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

That has always been one of my favorite verses, and it was such a great reminder. So, I gave it to God: I'm not going to worry, or stress or obsess over how things probably won't go the way I want them to. The things that I am able to control I will, but the rest is going to happen the way God intends for it to happen. And in the end, as long as I end up with a healthy baby - what does it really matter?

So I was able to attend part 2 of the child birth class on Sunday in a much better state of mind :) I learned what I could and now I just want to get the whole thing over with.

After class we went to Zinburger (yummy!!!!), ate way too much food, and then went to Winter Haven to see the Christmas lights. It was very crowded! And it really wasn't cold out - I brought my jacket but ended up carrying it the whole time. But the lights were pretty as always and I love walking around the neighborhood with Nick. It is a very fun tradition :)

Monday I had a doctor appointment. This every 2 weeks thing is a little much, but its nice to have the peace of mind. This appointment wasn't as routine as the others though- I said some bad words and caused some more doctor appointments for myself...

So I wasn't worried about anything, but I was trying to answer the doctor's questions honestly...

She asked if I'd been having any problems. Well, I haven't been having problems, but I have had heartburn really bad some nights and I've been having some chest pains. Bad words #1: "Chest pains." I thought the chest pains were probably from heartburn, but the doctor wants to treat them as a separate issue.

Then she asked if baby had been moving around and all that stuff. Bad words #2: "Not as much." The problem is that I am used to her bouncing off the wall. Apparently the rule of thumb is that I should feel movement 4-6 times an hour. I usually feel movement 50 times an hour (or more). Baby moves constantly. But ever since Saturday she hadn't moved as much. She was probably still moving the 4-6 times an hour (but I wasn't counting) and I know on the weekends I don't notice it as much. So if it was just the weekend, I probably wouldn't have said anything. Except yesterday when I was at work she wasn't her usual energizer bunny self. She usually wears me out she moves so much. So I wasn't necessarily worried, but she wasn't moving as much so when the doctor asked I figured I should tell her that.

And then bad words #3: "Abdominal Pain." Sunday night I was having some pretty bad pain. It felt like contractions/cramps without the up/down in intensity - it was a constant pain. So I didn't think they were contractions since they didn't fluctuate, but I have a very cautious doctor :) I said it was probably because I was walking around a lot, but they always want to check things to be safe.

SO - all my no-no words resulted in:
1) A scheduled appointment with a cardiologist. That should be fun. I'm not worried - I've never had heart problems before, but as I said - my doctor is very cautious.
2) An ultrasound, baby heart monitoring, and contraction monitoring immediately following my appointment. It was kind of funny because when I got to TMC I found that one of my friends from my soccer team that is a nurse was working so she took care of me :) Ultrasound showed (an adorable baby) with my fluid levels looking good. I also found out that she isn't in the position that I thought she was. Her head is down (hooray!) which I had kind of figured, but she always sticks out on the right side - I had always thought that was her back or shoulder. Apparently her back is actually on the left side and its her legs that she keeps poking out. Really shouldn't be a surprise I guess :) But it was funny to find that out. The heart monitoring showed baby's heart rate looks good, and the contraction monitoring showed that I am having contractions. THAT resulted in me having my cervix checked (twice) which is NOT comfortable. My cervix is closed and hard - I'm not going into labor yet - hooray! And they took some cells that they are supposed to test to see if it looks like I will go into labor soon - I don't know how it all works, but again - I'm not worried. I'm expecting the results to come back saying she is definitely not coming in the next few weeks. I mean - she's got 9 weeks until her due date and I've always thought she was going to be late.

The one other result of that appointment was that I do have another ultrasound scheduled for Monday. This one is not a result of my big mouth - I guess my uterus is measuring small for this stage, so they want to check baby and take some measurements. I'm not exactly sure what they are looking for - I'm not sure if she is small, or if she just doesn't have much space in there. The doctor said I have nothing to be worried about and I'm not going to be worried. There's nothing I can do about any of this stuff and I trust God to take care of me and baby. I'm done stressing :) I'm going to be "anxious for nothing." :)

I hadn't intended for this update to be so long, but I guess I had a lot to say :) Now you are all caught up!

I hope everyone has a great week and enjoy the last few days of prep before Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

No Longer Any Question...

Well, there is no longer any question - I look pregnant. Full blown big tummy, everyone asks about it pregnant. Hooray!

She has grown so much in the last few weeks! I'm a little worried if she keeps this pace up...

Here's the latest picture :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

This is my Pregnancy Brain...

I have been doing stupid things ever since I got pregnant. I've left the house in the morning with make-up on only half of my face. I forget EVERYTHING unless I write it down. And then I usually forget where I wrote it down. I will walk into a room and have no idea what I was intending to do in there. I leave things everywhere. I'd list the things I've lost because of it, but I can't remember what they are. I'm a disaster. I know there is a funny list of specific things I've done - especially earlier in the pregnancy, that I should have kept track of but again - I can't remember what they are.

My latest and greatest though, is this morning I got to work, dropped off my purse and lunch at my desk, and then walked to the break room with every intention of putting my keys in the fridge. I got halfway there and realized that I meant to leave my keys at the desk and put my lunch in the fridge... Oops. I guess at least I realized it before I did it :)

10 weeks of this madness left - I really hope I get my brain back once baby is born!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Some Entertainment has some cute onesies that are pretty entertaining. Thought they were good for a few laughs. This one is my favorite:

Here's the website in case you wanted to check them out:,%202010&MsdVisit=1

Monday, December 13, 2010

No Sleep For Me...

So apparently me being active during the day means baby is very active at night. Most days I spend sitting at my desk at work so baby moves around a lot then and is pretty quiet at night. But over the weekend I didn't really sit down at all - we were (trying to be) productive and I think all the movement put baby to sleep. But that meant that when it was time for me to sleep she wanted to play. So I really did not sleep well this weekend at all. With a ping pong ball in my tummy and incredible heartburn it was not a good combination. And the heartburn continues... I've had it on and off ever since the second trimester, but the last few days it seems to have really kicked it up a notch and it is not fun. It doesn't seem to be dependant on what I eat either - I just get it no matter what.

We had a pretty good weekend. We really spent most of the time getting stuff done around the house. I could bore you with the details, but the short story is that we made progress, the house looks more like a place where people live now rather than the aftermath of the apocalypse, and we still have a lot more to do but we are hopeful that we will get everything done in time for baby. We hit some minor snags - like re-routing wires wiping out our internet for the weekend and we had to waste hours trying to troubleshoot, but it looks like we've figured out the problem so that is good... A waste of time, but oh well - stuff happens.

On the fun side of things I did get to go to a baby shower for one of the girls on my soccer team so I got to see some of my soccer friends that I feel like I haven't seen in forever! I miss soccer :( It was fun to catch up with everyone and it was fun to get even more excited about the arrival of our little one :) My friend is having a girl too - little girl stuff is too cute!!!!

Sorry that I don't have more interesting stuff to report on than my sleep schedule and house progress, but that is life right now. Just trying to get things done and maintain (or re-acquire) some balance and sanity before the holidays :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pregnant Workouts

I hate working out. I always have. For any of you that actually like to work out, I think you are nuts. I envy you, but I think you are nuts. That's not to say I don't like physical activity - I love soccer, hiking, swimming, etc - fun stuff :) But to do physical activity purely for the purpose of doing physical activity is torture to me. I love the way I feel afterwards and I know its good for me so I do it, but I hate it.

I hate it even more now that I'm pregnant. Before there was at least some motivation knowing that pushing myself would increase my endurance for when I played soccer or that every time my muscles hurt I was making myself look better. I liked sweating during and hurting after workouts because then I felt like I'd accomplished something. Now I don't even have that. I have to be careful not to get too hot, not to elevate my heartrate too much, not to exercise on my back, etc... I'm no longer working towards a goal! Forget results: I am continuously gaining weight, as I should be, but that is all very counter-intuitive to what I am used to with working out.

It's hard to do something when I can't see the benefits to it. I know that it is supposed to be good for me and for the baby, but I don't really feel like it does much for me, and I definitely have no measure of impact on baby. Not to mention that my ankles are swelling, my lung capacitance has gone down, and every time I stand up I have to pee.

I suppose that is enough complaining. Only 11 weeks of this left, right? And then talk about goals and motivation!!!!!! It will be very nice to work towards results (as long as I get them...)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fat Ankles

Well, It was another eventful, productive, busy weekend. I think that will most likely be the trend for the rest of the year. Probably until baby is born.

On Friday I had my dreaded glucose test. I have to say - drinking the sugar drink was a lot harder this time. I think the first time I had myself so convinced it was going to be awful that when I was actually able to swallow it I realized it wasn't that bad. But this time I went into it thinking it was a piece of cake so it was a little more painful. But I managed. Baby went NUTS over it - especially considering it was on an empty stomach so she got one major sugar high. And then they had to draw blood 4 times! Once at the beginning and then once every hour. I am not a fan of blood being drawn in the first place - I am one of those that can (and will) pass out (on occasion) so the thought of 4 times was pretty scary. The first 2 times I was fine - I am really lucky that there is a super nice lady that works in the lab and she talks non-stop to distract me while she does it. The third time was harder because I got a different lady and she didn't talk so I had to try to distract myself. Plus it hurt - she wasn't as gentle. But the fourth time I got the friendly lady again so I was OK. So, I survived! It definitely wasn't fun, and I didn't enjoy spending so many hours of my off Friday in the doctors office, but at least it is over. AND at my doctor appointment today I found out that I passed "with flying colors." So that was definitely good news :)

After I got some food in my tummy (Good Egg with Mom and Taylor - YUM!!!!!) I had ANOTHER doctor appointment - eye doctor this time. Since I have such dry eyes the doctor finally convinced me to switch from hard to soft contacts, so I have had 3 eye doctor appointments in the last month to try to adjust my prescription with the new lenses. Like I wasn't spending enough time at the doctor! But I guess that when you switch your eye changes shape, so your vision changes. Fun stuff.

So I got home from my fun with doctors with just enough time to bake cookies for a cookie exchange (Butterscotch/Cashew yumminess!) that we were having at our monthly crop (scrapbooking with lots of other women). I tried a new recipe and I was pretty happy with the way they turned out. Especially considering how much time I had to throw them together. So the rest of the evening was fun at least :) Getting to scrapbook is always fun.

Saturday Nick and I volunteered at the "First Lego League" Competition that has sort of become an annual tradition for us. This was the 4th year and it was super fun like always! It's a day where kids (age 8-14) come to present and compete with their Lego robots that they designed. It is a huge project that takes them months! They have a certain mission that they have to complete with their lego robots and they do all the work designing and programming them. It is amazing to see how smart and creative they are. I am always impressed and they are so stinkin cute! They also have to complete a research project and present that as well. Every year we are "judges" and I have to say - it is so hard to do! They are all so good!

I was exhausted after the day - my brain especially. But I learned a lot about Biomedical Engineering so that was cool :) (They have a different theme every year). What was NOT cool was that when I took my shoes/socks off I discovered horribly FAT ankles! I had no idea body parts could swell like that. It was pretty terrifying! I mean, I knew I was tired, but I had not expected my feet to look like that! And the same thing happened Sunday evening too! I guess the rest of my pregnancy will include daily fat ankles. I'm really not a fan. It looks very unnatural.

Sunday we spent doing house stuff. Nick spent hours in the attic doing cable/wire routing and put several holes in the walls :) Plus we got all of Nick's artifacts moved out of baby's room and with what we have so far - baby's room is done! We don't have a crib yet or a new dresser for her, but we have a bookshelf and a chest of drawers that we moved in there that are now filled with her books and clothes. It felt so weird to put away my little girl's clothes - I kept trying to imagine what she would look like in each outfit - which is so hard to do because I have no idea what she is going to look like. I think its a pretty good guess that she will have dark hair and brown eyes, but you never know... We have blonde hair and blue eyes on both sides so even though that's not what Nick and I have it is still a possibility.

So it was really fun and really weird at the same time. We have her bedding now and I think it looks great with the color we painted. I can't wait to get the rest of the furniture!

Here is a picture - it really doesn't really do the color justice, but you can see how cute the rug and bedding are:

It feels good to have one room mostly done. Not having the furniture doesn't seem like that big a deal to me for some reason... I know it will happen soon so I'm not too worried. The office has all the furniture in place, but Nick still has a lot of papers to go through - he has saved every bit of paper from college so he needs to decide whether or not he really needs to keep the notes from that humanities class he took freshman year :) He saves everything :) So there are papers all over the floor until he has time to go through them. And it needs a little help from the decorating perspective... But otherwise I'm feeling pretty good about that too. And we got all the Ikea bookshelves together so I arranged the ones in our room this weekend so we just need to finish with the ones in the TV room.

Things are coming together. It is fun, but exhausting at the same time and things always seem to take longer than we expect. But any progress is good! Too bad we have a 5 day work week ahead of us. It is always hard to be at work when there are so many other things I'd rather be doing.

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Happy Thanksgiving

Wow, there is so much to say since my last post. I will try not to forget anything...

One of the most exciting and entertaining things that happened this past week was that baby got hiccups for the first time on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Well, it was the first time that I was able to tell it was hiccups. And then she got them again Thanksgiving morning and Nick was able to feel them. It's pretty darn cute! She hasn't gotten them again since then as far as I can tell, so I don't know what caused them...

Some not so exciting news is that my glucose test results showed that my glucose was elevated. I'm not really sure how I managed that considering I was super careful to not eat a ton of sugar. So I'm worried that the explanation for it is not good... But that's jumping to conclusions. I really didn't think I had anything to be worried about considering that I don't have any of the "risk factors" that they list for gestational diabetes, but the test on Friday will tell me more. I have to go sit for 3 hours, drink more sugar, and get blood drawn 4 times. Yuck. And to prep for the test, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I have to drink 16 oz of orange juice at 9am and eat 2 pieces of bread at 3pm. Then Thursday night I have to fast from 10pm on. My test is at 8:30 am Friday morning, so I won't get to eat until noon that day. That's hard for a pregnant person. I just hope that the results come back good. I'm way less nervous for this test after the first one - I can handle drinking the sugar, I'm just scared for the results now...

But on a happier note we had a wonderful 4 day weekend. It was the first time ever that I think we got more done than I had hoped for. Usually it is the other way around.

Thursday was Thanksgiving and I ate way too much of course. I am happy to say that I didn't gain any weight though. I was worried :) It was a nice relaxing day and Mom made so much yumminess! It was great! I will say though, I'm starting to get that leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich craving again... We didn't take home leftovers so I'm missing that part...

Friday we bought a car!!!! I know - FINALLY. We have been saying that we needed to get me a mommy car forever and we just kept putting it off because car shopping is torturous. But Nick found a good deal on-line and we called and negotiated a price so we drove to Phoenix, took it for a drive, and bought it! It's a 2009 Nissan Xterra and I LOVE IT.

Since we were up in Phoenix we stopped at Ikea and spent an embarrassing amount of money on bookshelves and other storage. Pretty much every room in our house is undergoing a make-over right now, so we needed some more storage. The one thing we didn't get (that I'd really hoped for) was a dresser for baby's room. We just didn't see anything we liked so we are still on the lookout for that.

On Saturday we were going to put all our Ikea furniture together, but we decided we didn't want to do that without an electric screwdriver. So we bought one of those and since it took 12 hours to charge we decided to paint baby's room instead! The color that I wanted was one that I saw in the pottery barn catalog, but our Ace Hardware doesn't sell the pottery barn colors so we decided to take a chance on one that looked similar. And another first - I LOVED IT! I always have a hard time with paint - it never quite turns out how I expect it too. Sometimes that's OK, but sometimes I have to get a new color. But I always question it the whole time I'm painting. Not this time - it's perfect!!!!!!! I can't wait to finish up her room!

Sunday was Nick's 27th birthday. We went to church, then to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch, saw "Due Date" (hilarious!), played some video games, went for a walk, made a yummy dinner (steak and potatoes), and just hung out together. The whole day Nick kept talking about doing productive stuff, but I finally convinced him that it was his birthday and he needed to enjoy it. So he did :) And that meant I was able to too :)

So it was a fun, productive weekend. It's nice to be able to use those 2 words in a sentence together :)

And here's the latest baby bump picture. She is growing fast! Only a few days until the 3rd trimester! And the lighting isn't the greatest, but you can kind of see the color we painted baby's room.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Know how when you can't have something you really want it? Yeah - deprivation is the worst. And it was totally self inflicted. I had my glucose screening yesterday and the doctor had said to avoid super sugary foods the day of because it could affect the test results. Well I really didn't want to retake that since I've heard how awful the test is, so I decided that Monday AND Sunday I wouldn't have sugar and try to avoid carbs as much as possible too. So all I wanted was sugar!!!!! In particular - I really wanted Mimi's Cafe's Buttermilk Spice Muffins. Which oh by the way I found a recipe for on-line and I am so going to make those tonight! But it was a very rough 2 days with no sugar.

The upside is that the glucose test was a piece of cake. I was horrified of having to drink the super sugary drink quickly - I'd heard it was syrupy and people gagged on it and that sort of thing. But it was just like drinking fruit punch soda. I had no problem and actually it was kind of yummy. I had to sit there for an hour and then have my blood drawn which wasn't wonderful, but at least the part I was dreading turned out to be OK. I won't get the results until Monday due to the holiday, but that's fine. If it comes back bad I don't want to know before Thanksgiving anyway :)

The rest of the doctor appointment was pretty routine. Baby's heartbeat is 154. She was not super cooperative about holding still for that though - it was pretty cute. I think its the cold jelly they put on my tummy... The doctor measured my uterus and said that was good and I found out that baby is a little piggie! She has grown a lot since the last appointment - apparently my weight gain this past month was a little higher than expected, but the doctor said that it is all baby and she just had a little growth spurt. Hopefully she doesn't keep this trend up - I'd like a normal sized baby when I have to deliver :)

So, that's the latest. Everything is going well and baby is definitely growing!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Well, I am really too tired to write anything interesting, but I figured if I didn't post something now it would probably be another week before I did...

It has been a very productive and exhausting weekend. We went to Babies R Us and Target and finished registering - Nick got to see how insanely overwhelming those places are. But it was fun to do together and I am happy to check something off of our list.

Then Saturday afternoon Mom, Dad and TJ came over to help us move Nick's massive desk into the new "office". So the rest of the day was spent trying to organize that stuff. I finally have a picture of my half of the room so you can see the color. I like the way it is coming along so far. I think it will look nice when it is done...

And today we have spent most of the day doing baby stuff again - signing up for classes at the hospital (childbirth, breastfeeding, breathing and relaxation techniques). Those should be fun filled... We take the childbirth class in December, so that is coming up quickly. And then I spent hours researching cloth vs. disposable diapers and holy cow there is a lot of info out there! We've decided to go with cloth - everyone I know that has used them has loved them so I am hoping we are the same. And then there is the question of whether or not to bank baby's cord blood. Yet another thing to spend money on, but it may be worth it? I don't know.

I'm tired from thinking and probably from carrying around all this extra weight. Here's a new picture so you can see that baby has grown. This picture is about a week old, but she's making progress!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

100 Days to Go...

I have been such a blog slacker lately, but I didn't want to miss this milestone - 100 days to go!!!! I'm not sure if that seems like a lot or a little... 3 months sounds better to me :)

Baby is getting HUGE! It was a pretty exciting weekend for me - I had my first stranger awknowledge that I was pregnant! I'm so happy that people can tell that I'm pregnant enough to say something now! I was really done with the fat stage - it lasted way longer than I had expected.

There is not much else to report. It is getting harder to sleep comfortably and the number of pee trips in the middle of the night is pretty ridiculous. I've had heartburn on and off - yesterday was bad but I blame myself - horseradish at lunch and then Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner doesn't help. My latest craving was potato chips (Ruffles) with dip and chinese food. Together - can we say SALT?!?!? I got the chips and dip - no chinese food yet. But I actually think I might be OK without it this time :)

Baby is exploring the space in my tummy now more than ever - she is up and down and side to side. She tends to prefer the right side though. She does something weird where she curls up and chills out there. Its slightly uncomfortable, but pretty darn cute. Less cute is the tendency for her to direct her soccer player kicks to my bladder. It's like she's using it as a trampoline or something. I love when she kicks - I just wish she'd aim a different direction.

I really wanted to post pictures (tummy and house progress)- that's part of the reason it took me so long to blog - I was waiting until I had time to do that. But hopefully later. But as you are all very aware - my picture promises don't always amount to much :( I'll try to be better...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

So Overwhelmed

Oh my gosh - Babies R Us.


I went in there today to start a registry and I didn't even know where to begin. They have a checklist that is supposed to guide you, but I was still so lost in there! I couldn't even register for baby bottles because they had so many different kinds! I don't know which is best! I was totally out of my element - I have no idea what to put on the list! The only thing I knew for sure I wanted was this adorable elephant blanket. Other than that - ugh, I'm waiting for Nick to get home before I go back. I think I put maybe 10 things on the list. It was really just to get it started - I'm going to have to do research or something :)

So that was an exhausting experience. I'm very tired now. That could also be due to my decreasing ability to sleep - I think I kept baby up last night, not the other way around. I got up to pee 4 times!!!! I mean really! This is getting a little ridiculous. But yeah, Babies R Us - I was very unproductive today and now I just want to go take a nap.

But before I say good-bye I wanted to share our Halloween pictures from this year. I was Tinkerbell (a FAT Tinkerbell) and Nick was a "dead knight."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dealing with Garbage at Work

So I had a meeting at work today. Exciting, huh? Well we meet in all different places at work - sometimes conference rooms, team rooms, sometimes people's cubes. Today we met at a particularly small cube that there was definitely not space for 5 people in so I kept trying to roll my chair around to scoot out of the way of one thing or another. Once the meeting was over I got up to leave and couldn't find my cell phone which had been in my pocket. Everyone always asks, "Are you sure you had it with you?" I was POSITIVE. I had talked to Mom on my walk over to that building - I knew I had it. But we looked everywhere and couldn't find it. A cell phone can't just disappear!

And then I realized - with all my scooting around and knocking into things, I think my cell phone fell out of my pocket and into the garbage that I was sitting right next to. So I check the garbage, and its empty :( But then I realize that while we were having our meeting one of the maintenance guys came around to empty trashes. NOT GOOD. Especially because we were sitting in the first row of cubes and that was probably 30 minutes ago! Gross! But I have to look for it, right?

So I go looking around the whole building trying to find the trash guy thinking that I have no idea where to go if I can't find him and how many millions of garbage bags do they go through everyday? What do I do if I can't find my phone? I don't memorize people's numbers anymore... And with Nick being out of town I don't even have another phone to call from to activate a new one... But I find the maintenance guy in the last row of cubes...

I told him that I needed to go through the trash because I'm pretty sure I threw my cell phone away, and he is one of those people that knows exactly what was in every trash that he emptied and he knows what bag its in so he starts to help me go through it. But he's looking for a white cup that he knows was in the trash that he emptied. Thing number 1 - do you know how many white Styrofoam cups people go through each day? I think half of the trashes had one in them. Thing number 2 - if he was paying such good attention to what was in people's trashes wouldn't he have seen a cell phone in one? Well, that was his point exactly. He was convinced that I hadn't thrown it away and that I was wasting his time. And we got to a certain point in the garbage and he said he knew it wasn't in the rest of it because it was that full when he got to the cube that we were at.

Now we had been going through the garbage for about 20 minutes at this point and I felt really awful making this guy do this. I did offer to do it myself, but he wouldn't let me. So I was sort of ready to give up because I felt so bad and he was insisting it wasn't in there. But I KNEW it was in there! And I thought back to a conversation that Nick and I had about a week ago and Nick was saying that there's been a lot of situations where he's gone against his better judgement just to be nice, and then it ends up seriously inconveniencing him. He said that as uncomfortable as it is to insist on things, sometimes you just have to when you know you are right.

So I can tell this guy is not happy with me, but I am not going to give up! I am thinking, "dude, I will take that garbage bag and run - I am getting my cell phone back!" So I finally start digging in - no gloves or anything, and let me tell you - there are a lot of bananas in there - I hate bananas! And so the guy sees I'm not going to give up so he finally hands me a pair of gloves and backs off. So I'm going through the trash with him in the background saying "it's not in there, its not in there..." And it took some digging, but 3 minutes later I emerge victorious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I FOUND MY CELL PHONE!

And the guy couldn't believe it. He was seriously shocked.

And I was happy to have proved him wrong, but even if I didn't at least I wouldn't have doubted myself and been wondering "if I had just dug a little further?" And my cell phone is nothing special, but I really was not looking forward to dealing with losing one! It was less of a hassle to go elbow deep in my co-workers garbage (what, like that's something new?) than to have to get a new cell phone.

So - long story, but happy ending to a lot of crap :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Chocolate Cake

I love chocolate cake. Now. I didn't used to, but ever since I've been pregnant I love chocolate cake. And I think baby likes it too :)

So here's the story with the cake. It's kind of funny :)

Sept 9: Grandma Carol makes me the yummiest chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting for my birthday.

Oct 22: Taylor loved the cake so much that he requested the same one for his birthday. Other people's birthdays are awesome because that means I get cake too.

Oct 24: I have a dream about chocolate cake. I tell Mom about the dream.

Oct 25: Taylor is nice enough to share some of his leftover birthday cake with me since I am now dreaming about it. I take the cake home with me.

Oct 27: I ask Nick after dinner if he wants to share a piece of chocolate cake with me. He asks if I got more chocolate cake. I said yes, on Monday. He says, oh... not since then? Yep - he ate the chocolate cake! He felt really bad. It was pretty cute.

Oct 28: I didn't mention Nick eating my cake to anyone so it was a total surprise when Grandma Carol made me AN ENTIRE CAKE just because she is so sweet and always thinking about me. Grandparents are awesome :) And since they live here now they can do that! It was very exciting and came at a perfect time - Hooray for chocolate when I can't sleep at 3AM.

So that's the story of how I came to have my own chocolate cake :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

5 Month Check-Up

It seems weird that I'm 5 months pregnant. I feel like its been forever, but also 5 months seems like a milestone. I only have 4 to go! Well, 17 weeks... So I had my 5 month check up - we listened to baby's heartbeat and the doctor measured my tummy. She said everything looks good! It was a 2 minutes appointment - I had to drive over an hour (there and back) for a 2 minute appointment. Oh, well. I like hearing baby's heartbeat - its so cute! I asked the doctor if it was going to get more comfortable to sit because seriously, it is so awful! My back hurts and my tummy is uncomfortable because I've got all this extra stuff going on up there and it doesn't exactly know where to go when I sit down. I was hoping maybe as baby gets bigger she would pop out and give the rest of my insides some space. But the doctor just said that it would probably only get worse :( Not great considering that I sit most of the day at work... I also asked if I was carrying really low because I feel like she is so low! She makes a habit of kicking my bladder and when I walk she sits right on my bladder (yeah - for anyone planning to travel overseas where they do not have free, accessible potties like they do in the US: 4-5 months pregnant is not the time to make that trip...) Anyway, she said that I'm carrying "normal" - not low, so that was exciting. I didn't really want to carry low - that looks (more) uncomfortable. So I have my next appointment in another 4 weeks - just before Thanksgiving. That's good - I probably want to be weighed before Thanksgiving and not after :) I have to do the glucose testing then - yuck!

That's about it for updates. Baby kicks more and more everyday (I don't know how that is possible), but she is wearing me out :) Nick has felt and seen her kick now, so he knows I'm not making it up. She is an active little girl - I am definitely going to have my work cut out for me. It is sooooo cute though. Every time she kicks it makes all the annoying stuff about pregnancy worth it :)

Well, that is probably my excitement for the week. I was feeling all stressed out that it was a busy week, but I guess it was really only Monday/Tuesday. After the doctor appointment on Monday I went to dinner with Mom, Grandma, Grandpa and Taylor and then went to "Craft Night" with Mom and Grandma at their church. I got A LOT accomplished! I think I made like 10 cards while I was there. I came pretty prepared - it made such a difference! Tuesday Brittany and I celebrated her birthday at Macaroni Grill (yum!!!!) We ordered a dessert and then the waitress brought us ANOTHER one - and who can say no to chocolate cake? So I was feeling very fat and sleepy at Bible Study afterwards. So tonight we actually don't have plans after work which is good. Thursday we are going to some concert - Seventh Day Slumber and KJ-52 - I've never heard of them so we will see :) And then we only have Friday and Saturday before Nick leaves for Dallas for another wind tunnel test :( I hate when he travels, but I'm hoping to get a lot done with the "office"/baby's room while he's gone since he won't be home to distract me and make me unproductive.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Another Morning Person

Hello 3:30AM. Not usually the time at which I am up, but the past few days since we have been back from our trip that is the time that baby has chosen to wake up, which means that's when I wake up. I'm not really complaining - I would be more than happy to have another morning person join the family. Maybe with 2 of us we can double team Nick, who is the complete opposite of a morning person. Maybe I'm just being optimistic though - could just be that baby (like me) is still a little jet-lagged. I don't mind if she keeps it up though - I would much rather her aerobics keep me up in the morning than at night. And waking up that early has ensured that I get into work at 7AM everyday, which is so awesome because I love getting to go home early. Since we have flexible hours my will power to get in early isn't always there, but thanks to baby the last few days that hasn't been a problem.

She is growing and kicking more everyday. It's pretty entertaining :) I took another tummy picture this weekend - my tummy is definitely growing! I think you can really tell now! I will post the picture soon (I promise!) and vacation pictures at some point. We were supposed to go through those this weekend, but other more pressing things took priority. Which is good, even though not fun. We got the laundry done (hooray!) and put the house back together since we got home and dropped a bomb on it. Plus Nick got the oil changed in both the cars and cleaned up the backyard (rid it of the spiders that were trying to make homes on our porch). So it was a productive weekend, even if I didn't get to some of the fun stuff.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We're Back!

Just a quick post to say that WE ARE BACK! We had a blast and it went way too quickly :( We took a million pictures and I'm hoping to share a few - but I probably won't get to that until this weekend. I'm super excited to scrapbook now!

I think baby had fun too. She kicked a ton - she is becoming more and more active every day! I've discovered that I'm pretty sure she likes chocolate, orange juice, and the Beatles music - based on the dancing that went on in my tummy :) Her favorite song seems to be "Hey Jude" - guess she's going to take after her Grandpa :)

She is growing quickly! Although I don't feel like I necessarily look 5 months pregnant. I still think sometimes I just look fat - but I'll have a picture in a day or two so you can see. My tummy is definitely growing! And the scale says so too. I was pretty excited that I hadn't over indulged on the cruise though - I think the walking around made up for all the food I was eating!

Anyway, just wanted to say HI! More later!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

One Last Hurrah

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am going to be a major blog slacker over the next 2 weeks - we are going on one last vacation before baby comes. Our last hurrah, or babymoon as I've heard recently :)

We are leaving bright and early tomorrow morning (6 AM flight - ew) and we will get to Venice at 3PM on Tuesday. Yeah - I'm a horrible traveller when I'm not pregnant, so I don't even want to know what the next day and a half has in store for me. Leg cramps for sure and lots of peeing in airplane pottys... Not a fan.

But assuming I can make it through that it should be a really fun trip. We are going on a Mediterranean cruise. It leaves from Venice and stops in Egpyt, Israel, Greece, and Croatia. I'm looking forward to seeing new places and of course pigging out on the amazing cruise food. I guarentee you I will have a new baby belly picture to show when I get back - and it will probably be way bigger than it should be. Hopefully we do enough walking to counteract the extra calories...

Anyway, just wanted to say bye for now. We'll be back late on the 19th. Probably won't get around to getting pictures up until that weekend though...


Thursday, September 30, 2010

More details

So I just wanted to write a quick post to give you a few more details about the ultrasound now that I've had some time to process everything and can (almost) think straight :)

They looked at EVERYTHING on the ultrasound, every bone in baby's body, her brain, her heart, her kidneys, you name it! Everything looks good (yea!) We could see her little heart beating and it was so cute! 156 beats/minute and we could see all the chambers - It was crazy!

We also found out that she is measuring 2 days bigger than expected, maybe she'll be early? Yeah - in my dreams! Right now she is 10oz - see, I have a reason for gaining weight :) and we found out that she has a normal sized head. That was such a relief! I didn't want to hear that she had a "good sized head" - I know what that means for labor!

So SHE (that still makes me smile) was normal and healthy and looking good so far! Super exciting stuff. I love the ultrasounds - It's just amazing to see that miracle!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

81% of you that voted

...were wrong! Including me! I had no idea how convinced I was that we were having a boy until I was completely shocked by the doctor saying "and here are baby's girl parts" while pointing to some fuzzy images on the ultrasound.

So there it is - It's a girl!!!!!!!!!

I still can't believe it! Nick and I are both super excited, no closer to picking out a name, and not really any closer to planning out the nursery. Yet somehow we feel more prepared, so that's good! But we still have so much to think about and now I feel like the preparation can being for real. No more just talking about stuff - now we get to do some deciding!

I may try to post ultrasound pictures later, but they weren't very clear so probably not. I have more to say - I'm totally overwhlemed with emotions right now and can't quite get all the words out, but I've gotta run. Just wanted to share the good news!!!!!

3 hours...

OK, this is worse than waiting for Christmas or your birthday when you are a little kid. I can't focus on anything!!!! All I can think right now is "Baby, Baby, Baby!" It seems so weird to think that in just a few hours we are going to get to find out if baby is a boy or girl. I am so excited I can't even stand it. I'm supposed to work right now? Ugh... Time is crawling!

I just really hope that they can tell! I'll be pretty dissapointed if they aren't sure... Hopefully baby cooperates and is in a good position. Although it moves so much I wouldn't think there would be a problem... But I'm still nervous about that.

Monday, September 27, 2010

A pain in the...

It seems like everyday something new hurts. It's pretty amazing really. Now its my back. I can't even bend over to put my socks on - I get stuck and can't get up. Baby isn't even that big yet and already my back can't take it :( Ugh. This is going to be a long 21 weeks if it keeps this up... And this is on top of the daily headaches and spontaneous leg cramps. I am a disaster! :)

I really don't have anything else to report. Just keeping busy - spent the weekend tearing the house apart trying to clean out stuff and start the baby room. I think most of what we accomplished was making a giant mess. But at least we know where things go now...

Looking forward to Wednesday! I'll update everyone as soon as I can! I had a dream 2 nights ago that baby was a girl... So I don't know what that means for the old wives tales since I've dreamt both ways :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Old Wives Tales

Hooray! The date has been set to find out if baby is a boy or girl: Septemper 29!!!!So cast your vote if you haven't yet :) In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to check out all the old wives tales to see what those say. Some are pretty outrageous. Enjoy!

1) Are you carrying high (girl) or low (boy)? Ugh, I think its too early to tell...

2) Hold a gold ring from a string over your tummy to see which way it swings (back and forth for a boy, circular motion for a girl): It didn't swing at all!

3) If the hair on your legs grows faster its a boy, slower girl: BOY

4) Salty cravings = boy, sweet = girl: BOY

5) Pee bright colored = boy, light colored = girl: BOY. But I know all this is based on is how much water I drink and I know I'm not getting enough...

6) Pee mixed with Draino (bluish yellow, brownish, brown, black or blue = boy) (greenish brown, green, or doesn't change at all = girl): so not going to try this - sorry to disappoint everyone

7) Fetal heart rate above 140 = girl: Last check was 160, GIRL

8) Nick's weight gain (if any = girl): GIRL - but I'm pretty sure its all muscle, so I don't know if that counts...

9) Round face for me = girl: Depends on who you ask... I guess there has been more than one person say my face looks rounder, so we'll go with GIRL

10) Larger left boob = girl, larger right boob = boy: OK, I totally thought they were the same size, but Nick says the right one is DEFINITELY bigger. Yeah, like I don't have enough body issues as it is right now... BOY

11) Acne=girl: GIRL

12) In a study, mom's guessed right 71% of the time. What do I think? I was certain it was a BOY in the beginning, but after the last ultrasound I've had my doubts... But since my initaly instinct was boy we'll go with BOY

13) Moody = girl: I'd say BOY. I haven't been too bad yet...

14) Can't tell I'm pregnant from behind = boy: There has been at least one relative to disagree with this. I think its too early to tell... If other people agree they haven't said anything... But since one agrees we'll go with GIRL

15) Chinese calendar method: BOY (supposedly this is 85% accurate) :)

16) Age at conception = 25, month of conception = 6. If they are both even or odd, its a girl: One even, the other odd = BOY

17) Ask the mom-to-be to pick a number. Match the number with the corresponding letter of the alphabet (A=1, B=2 etc). Then ask her to choose a name beginning with that letter. If she chooses a boys name, it will be a boy. If she chooses a girls name, it will be a girl: I picked 9 and 9= I. I picked Isabel: GIRL

18)What side does the mom-to-be lay on while she's resting? If she lies on her left, it's a boy; on her right, it's a girl: BOY

19) If young boys (pre-school age) show interest in you while you're pregnant, it will be a girl. If they ignore you, expect a boy: No experience one way or another...

20) Ask the mom-to-be to show you her hands. If she shows them palms up, it's a girl; palms down, a boy: GIRL

21) If you dream of girls, you will have a boy. If you dream of boys, you will have a girl: Since I have been pregnant I have only dreamt about boys so I guess its a GIRL :)

22) Pick up a key - if you pick it up by the thinner end you are having a girl by the round part a boy: Unfortunately I read the whole thing before I could do that, so now I feel biased...

23) If the mom-to-be was the more aggressive partner when the baby was conceived, it will be a boy. If the father was the more aggressive, the baby will be a girl: Haha! I thought that was funny.

So the tally is:
BOY: 9

Pretty even I'd say. Though I guess since some of the girl ones are a little bit of a stretch it leans slightly more towards boy. But yeah - not real clear cut. But these are all right 50% of the time, right? :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Teeny the Nerd

I haven't felt baby move a whole lot - I had that one episode at 2:35 in the morning, but other than that it hasn't been a ton of obvious movement. Some flutterings and tickles that I know are baby, it just hasn't bounced off the walls like that one time.

But it did it again, and at such a weird time! I was at work and in a meeting where 2 people were discussing computer programs and what they liked about each, trying to decide which to use for this upcoming project. They were getting pretty excited too - you know, as excited as engineers can get :) Well all of a sudden baby goes NUTS again! Seriously all over the place! I don't know what was going on in there, but I could feel it!

So the only conclusion that I could draw is that baby heard the "exciting" discussion about computer junk and got excited :) Baby is going to be a nerd :)

It's OK, it runs in the family :)


OK, so I am majorly late blogging this, but I had some cute pictures so I still wanted to. So sorry this is so late. Life has been nuts lately (I'm sure that is the case for everyone) and blogging has taken a back seat to other stuff. But I'm back! For now :)

I just wanted to share that I'm getting old. I'm getting old and now I'm getting fat :) Well, at least I have an excuse. But old and fat - yeah, not so much a fan...

But birthdays are still fun to celebrate even if it means I'm getting old. Day of (last Thursday, 9/9 - see how late I am?!?!?!?) I went to work in the morning. I picked up a pumpkin spice latte (decaf) on the way. That's one thing that I've made Nick promise about my birthday - I get Starbucks and he's not allowed to whine about it. But he wasn't there to whine anyway :( I picked him up from the airport at 3:00 (yeah he better come back from D.C. for my birthday! especially since he missed it last year!) So I guess he made special arrangements to make sure that he was able to spend at least part of my birthday with me. The major bummer though was that he was sick! Airplanes seem to do that to us :( Of course I'm sure it could have been any number of things, but airplanes seem to mean doom when it comes to our health. So he was a good sport the rest of the day, but he was feeling pretty miserable. We saw "The Other Guys" which we had never seen previews for and had no idea what it was about other than it had Will Ferrell in it and it was supposed to be funny. Yeah, the whole intro we were trying to figure out if we were in the right movie because it started with a car chase and Will Ferrell nowhere to be found - we had no idea it was a cop movie. It was entertaining enough. Kind of weird, but enjoyable. Then we went to BJs for dinner with the sole purpose of having a pazookie for dessert. Yeah, should have started with the pazookie. I didn't even eat half of my enormous pumpkin sized stuffed potato. So I made Nick promise that we could go back for a peanut butter pazookie sometime soon. I should have known... But at least something exciting finally happened - I was FULL!!!!! It's been a while...

Friday I worked another half day and then we went up to Mt. Lemmon for the weekend to celebrate my birthday and Mom's 50th. It was so beautiful up there and surprisingly cold! The weather was refreshing, but I should have brought more warm clothes.

We always say that when our family gets together that we have a "food fest" and boy did I eat a lot! I'm sure this contributed to my ever expanding tummy. This isn't the greatest picture, but I think you can tell its growing...

So it was a fun weekend for those of us that weren't walking bacteria buckets the whole time (Nicholas...). He slept a lot and avoided getting close to people - hopefully he didn't contaminate anyone - hey, if I didn't get sick then no one should have! But he said the part that he was awake he had fun :) We went on the ski lift, did some hiking, played some games, and enjoyed each other's company. It was good stuff.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


So for the last 2 weeks I've been thinking I was feeling baby move some. It mostly was after eating so I wondered if it was my tummy digesting or something. It was always a light fluttering - so light I almost wondered if I was imagining it. But that's what I was told to expect so it didn't seem unreasonable that it could be baby.

The weird thing is that when I would put my hands on my tummy sometimes I could feel a lot of movement - like the whole thing would roll. It seemed weird that I could feel that with my hands, but my tummy didn't feel that movement - because it seemed pretty significant.

But the bewilderment about what is going on in there is over. I KNOW its baby moving and I know that because it decided to do gymnastics at 2:35am last night. I set the alarm to call and wake Nick up who is in Washington D.C. right now. And of course if I get woken up I have to pee. So I got up to pee and after I got back in bed holy cow! Baby would not let me go to sleep! It was going nuts in there! I felt a lot of movement and it was way more than the light flutter. I don't know what was going on but it was having some kind of party in there. I can't even imagine what this is going to feel like when baby gets bigger. My tummy is going to look like some contortionist act...

So it was pretty cool. I don't think I got to fully appreciate it because really I just wanted to go back to sleep. Apparently baby has lots of energy at 2:35am... Something to look forward too...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mayo and Egg McMuffins

OK, not together! But these have been the recent cravings :) The mayo thing is a repeat for me - I know that I can largely blame my past turkey sandwich craving on the mayo. No mayo, no deal! It's something about mayo and meat that I have been craving. First the turkey + mayo, then most recently ground beef + mayo in a taco salad that I LOVE. I normally like mayo so its not like this is super weird, but I never thought I would like it enough to crave it... It's unfortunate too - can you really crave anything unhealthier than mayo?

Well, I supposed you can - As of course my initial cravings were Big Macs and now the Egg McMuffin. I love McDonalds. Is McDonald's worse for you than mayo? Well, at least I'm still consuming in moderation... I've been able to mostly control these cravings. It does help that McDonald's only serves Egg McMuffins in the morning. Yeah, but that didn't make me too happy when I got the craving at 6pm. Let me tell you - when you get the craving - it does NOT go away! Not until you get to eat it. So I can control the cravings, but the only way to beat them is to indulge. So I guess I'm not really beating them - they are beating me :( But seriously, does anyone crave healthy stuff?!?!?!?!? I know Krystal craved grilled corn on the cob - that's healthy! But I would probably put a ton of butter on it so that's not really helping. Why can't I crave apples, or spinach, or brussel sprouts (ew)? Ugh - another reason why its so hard to stick to only 300 calories/day extra :)

Wow. I really have food issues, can you tell? I think most of my posts have been about food. That's because its all I think about. Food and baby... :)

Monday, August 30, 2010

No Turning Back

Ugh - Monday. I am so sad to say good-bye to the weekend :( Especially a productive one! Nick and I actually got quite a bit of our to-do list done, and it feels so nice! I need more of those days! Unfortunately we didn't get any of the big stuff done - like buying a mommy car (yeah - we've been saying we were going to do this since May - It's just such torture!) or planning the rest of our vacation that we are taking in October, but I think I can be happy with baby steps. We had a huge list of things around the house that we needed to get so we did some shopping. Nick cleaned the bathrooms including the shower (oh so sad that I'm not allowed to breathe in chemicals...) :) and did other handi-work around the house like fixing leaking faucets (seems to happen a lot...) and yardwork. I even got some scrapbooking done so not only was it a productive weekend, but fun too :) But perhaps most exciting is that I bought maternity clothes! And now there is no turning back - I am sooooo comfortable in these elastic waisted pants and poofy tops - I have no reason to go back! I'm sure if I asked my other pregnant friends that are nearing the end they would say that they are done with maternity clothes and want their normal clothes back, but right now these are the greatest! It's hard to imagine wanting to wear normal clothes ever again :)

It was a pretty entertaining experience to try them on in the store too. I went to Motherhood Maternity and they have a velcro belly that you can try on with your clothes so you can see what you will look like as you get bigger. It was really strange - it's one thing to know that you are going to look like that someday, and its another to actually see it. I couldn't believe how weird I looked! But I guess since it happens gradually I will adjust to it slowly... But wow - its going to strange. Very exciting though :)

As much as I am glad it happens slowly so I can adjust slowly, it is hard to be patient! I want baby to grow faster! :) Some days I feel like baby is growing so fast and I look huge, and then the next day I feel like you can't even tell :( I'm hoping the next few weeks will be a turning point - I'm supposedly going to be gaining about a pound a week from here on out, so it can't be too much longer, right?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

14 Weeks

So according to, baby is now the size of a lemon! It says baby is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine, and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys, and spleen continue to develop.

I sent an email to Nick with this info, asking how adorable is baby?!?! And this was his response: "Yeah, really really cute! I'm so excited to be a Dad! eyes are watering : )"

Priceless :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

GREAT Grandparents

I was really fortunate that I was able to meet (and remember!) 3 of my great grandparents. Of course I was young and not able to fully appreciate how cool that was - I didn't get to ask them all the things I would have asked them now about their life and experiences and what their childhood was like. They grew up in such a different time - I wish I knew more about it, and more about them. But being young I totally took those things for granted and maybe didn't appreciate their being there as much as I should have. But at least I can remember, and will never forget, that when I was with them I had fun. I know they spoiled me and most importantly, I know they loved me. I don't have a lot of memories, but the ones that I have are awesome - I know they were very special people.

Other very special people are my grandparents. My grandparents ROCK! And I am soooooo excited that they are going to be GREAT grandparents. Even more excited that Nick and I now (after this weekend) have 3 of the 4 sets of grandparents in Tucson. Yep - all of my grandparents live here (never thought that would happen!) now that Grandma Carol and Grandpa Gene (my Mom's parents) have made the move from southern California. We just need Nick's Mom's parents to move here and then that will be all of them! (Fortunately they make trips to Tucson 2-3 times a year so we still get to see them some).

But it was a pretty exciting weekend - Grandma and Grandpa got the keys to their new house (just built!) and got to start on all the fun things that go on when you get a new house. Aunt Jan, Uncle Nick, and Uncle Keith came out to help and I think everyone made a lot of progress! After the weekend, the garage floor is epoxied, the office desk put together, the laundry room cabinet put together, shelving paper on every shelf, and I think most of the ceiling fans are up too! It was fun to hang out with everyone and help where we could (I wasn't so much help, but I did what I could) :) No chemicals or heavy lifting, but there was other stuff to do.

I don't think it will take Grandma and Grandpa long to settle in - they seem to be very on top of things which is super impressive especially considering they haven't moved in 40-something years :) But it's super exciting that they are here and I know baby will be excited that they are here too. All of our grandparents are going to be wonderful great grandparents!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Welcome, Second Trimester

Well different books and websites seem to disagree slightly on when the second trimester starts. But it seems like it is generally around week 13/14. So maybe I'm rushing things a little, but I'm saying hello to second trimester! My symptoms seem to be going that direction anyway, so that's sort of a nice change. The complete exhaustion is gone. I'm still tired-ish, but I blame that on work and everything else going on. Overall I know I have a lot more energy than before - all my spare time is no longer spent on the couch! I actually have started getting a move on and going through things around the house and reorganizing and consolidating to make some space for baby! As many of you know there has long been the debate about who would give up their room once the baby was born and I am happy to say an agreement has been reached! For now :) Nick's room will become the baby room and his stuff will get moved to my room where we will have a shared room. There is nowhere near enough space for all the junk that we both have in the one room, so it is calling for some reorganizing and utilization of the attic :) But seriously, why are we keeping it if we are just going to put it in the attic? I'm a big fan of the idea that if you haven't used it in a year, you don't need it. Nick subscribes to the idea that he must save any and everything because who knows when he will need/want it. Sure, he hasn't touched anything in the closet in his room in the 4 years that it's been there, but you never know, right? :)

Anyway, I'm getting way off track. I was just so proud of the progress that I've made recently that I had to share that I've actually been productive and not a total bump on the log. Hooray! So yes - feeling less tired and the urge to spontaneously barf is ceasing. I never did barf which is pretty exciting, but trust me - there were times that I wanted to! But those feelings have been replaced my HEADACHES!!!!!!! I've always been one to get headaches anyway - especially during the summer. But now that I KNOW that I am drinking enough water we can rule out the dehydration factor. Apparently some women get headaches. I'm apparently one of them :(

The other issue that I am having is that I AM SO HUNGRY ALL THE TIME! I know that I am not eating for 2 - I have been reminded over and over that I'm only supposed to eat an extra 300 calories a day. And I have been sticking to that, but honestly - it is miserable. I have an appetite that I could easily eat for 2! Probably 3! It is so hard to control! My tummy is rumbling all the time! Ugh, I don't know what to do about it - I'm trying to use my extra calories on healthy things, but I feel like I could eat all the apples in the world and it still wouldn't fill me up! Fruit and veggies do not make me full. Potatoes do :) But potatoes make me fat... Ugh, this is going to be one of those things I struggle with all pregnancy - I can tell :(

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


1 gallon of water a day = 128oz of water
1 shrinking bladder = 8 oz (IF I"M LUCKY!!!)/pee
128oz/(8oz/pee) = 16 pee trips

No wonder I'm exhausted!

Sunday, August 15, 2010


We had our 12 week ultrasound on Friday and all I can say is WOW! It was amazing! We got to watch baby for like 20 minutes while the nurse tried to get it in the right position to get the pictures she needed and it was So AWESOME!!!!! Our baby is SO CUTE! The nurse said that he/she is healthy (yea!!!!!!) and very active which I could definitely see! It kept putting its arm above its head like it was relaxing on it - something Mom says I always used to do. And something I always still do - it kept strecthing out its legs as much as it could. It looks like it has long legs! I couldn't believe how much it could stretch! I don't know how much I am going to apreciate that as it gets bigger :) Nick said he was really surprised I couldn't feel it moving because it really was all over the place. But hopefully soon! The nurse said that based on my build I would probably start to feel the baby early-ish around 16-17 weeks. Which is so soon - my birthday week! Which is also when baby can start hearing. I am so excited!!!!!

Here are a few of the ultrasound pictures we got. I wish I could have gotten a video of baby moving, but these are still pretty darn cute :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bring on the FAT clothes!

OH -MY - GOODNESS I can't even believe how depressing every morning is to get ready for work only to find yet another pair of pants does not fit me! I realize of course that I am supposed to be growing and its very exciting to know that the baby is getting bigger - I'm just really not a fan of the "are you pregnant or just fat?" stage. I want to either be normal or obvious pregnant! None of this in-between stuff.

I have yet to buy maternity clothes and with today being 12 weeks officially it is looking like that time is approaching faster every day. The main problem is my work pants. I'm totally fine in jeans - I probably have a few more weeks in my jeans, but my work pants fall right at the part of my waist that is growing the fastest. And just because I can button the pants in the morning does not make it a good idea to wear them. Because I grow throughout the day - water and food and they just get tighter and tighter! Not to mention I sit down all day meaning the pants dig into my tummy and make it very uncomfortable :(

So I am resorting to my fat clothes. As my waist increases my wardrobe diminishes and I am busting out the dresses/skirts and anything with elastic. I've managed to stay comfortable the last 2 days, but I really think I am going to need to go shopping soon.

Unless they allow jeans and pjs at work every day :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Celebrating 5 Years

Wow, 5 years of marriage! It seems like just yesterday we were having a wedding, but at the same time I feel like I can't remember life before marriage. Very strange. But very wonderful :)

To celebrate we took a trip to Sedona. I hadn't been there in at least 10 years and Nick had never been there and we wanted to go somewhere we hadn't been together. I had forgotten how beautiful it is. Wow. It is amazing that it is so close too - such a short drive for such amazing scenery! And the smells - yum! Pine, dirt and water!!!! It doesn't get any better than that.

We arrived Thursday and spent most of that day exploring the resort and Uptown Sedona. We stayed at the L'Auberge which was AMAZING. I have never stayed at a place that nice. It was right on the river and there were all sorts of seating areas where you could just hang out and watch the ducks play and enjoy the relaxing sound of the water. It was so beautiful and peaceful! And they had all sorts of things there that you wouldn't really think would make a difference, but the little extra really made you feel special. Like when we walked into the lobby they had ice water with orange in it (super yummy, wouldn't have ever thought to do that) and chocolate chip cookies for people to eat. And they had complimentary wine and cheese (just cheese for me!) tastings every evening and coffee and scones every morning. It just seemed like they really made an effort to make their guests feel welcome. The only little extra that I didn't care for was the mandatory valet parking. We can park our own car, thank you. Especially because you feel pressure to get in and out of the car so quickly and sometimes you forget stuff in there. Like after we went to Slide Rock we left our wet socks in there and the next morning when the valet brought the car to us we were mortified to discover that wet socks left overnight = stinky stinky car!!!!! It would have been fine if we were the ones to discover that, but no, some unsuspecting valet was the first victim. Yeah, we had to throw those socks away...

Uptown Sedona was cute. It was just a short hike up the hill from where we were staying. We had burgers there at a place with an amazing view of the red rocks after checking in but didn't hang out too long. We peaked at a few of the shops but then spent the rest of the day by the river.

Friday we took the 6 mile West Fork hike. The scenery was beautiful and the hike was relaxing. We had to cross the river quite a few times, but there were enough rocks and logs to get from one side to another relatively easily. It wasn't a difficult hike, but it wore me out pretty good. After we'd gotten all sweaty and gross we went to Slide Rock which was packed! There were so many people there! Fortunately it is a big enough place that you can still find a place to hang out and we found a couple of rocks to sit on and hung out in the refreshing icy water. And of course I did the water slide. I hadn't planned on it, but it didn't seem like it went too fast so I thought the baby would have fun :) And it was fun! There's just something about being in moving water that is super fun!!!!!

That night we had the most amazing dinner ever! The L'Auberge has a restaurant right by the river and it is so romantic! And the food was amazing - I had fillet mignon and Nick had chicken and I seriously didn't know food could taste that good. There were so many flavors! Wow. I could hardly move after stuffing myself so much. But it was really nice - they didn't make you :) They didn't feed you and rush you out of there. With everything they really took their time and let you feel like you could take your time and relax and enjoy the atmosphere. It was awesome!!!! Probably the highlight of the trip.

On Saturday we had amazingly beautiful weather - it rained all day!!!!! We went to Cathedral Rock and walked around there for a while. I think we took a million pictures. The rocks were beautiful and every view was different! Supposedly Cathedral Rock is the most photographed rock formation in Arizona.

For lunch we went to the Enchantment Resort where the restaurant faces the rocks and has huge windows so you have an amazing view no matter where you are seated. It was really cool and the food was yummy too. I think next time we go to Sedona we might stay there. We LOVED the L'Auberge, but it would be fun to stay somewhere new and this place is a definite possibility. (Because I guarantee we will be going back to Sedona!)

After lunch we went back to hang around by the river more. I think I could have spent the entire 3 days there. We finally went to the wine and cheese tasting (we should have gone the fist 2 days - I didn't realize how yummy it would be) and then we drove to the airport because the clouds had decided to clear just before sunset and you can see the sunset and the whole city and it is very pretty. The parking lot was a complete mud hole from the rain, but I think the view was worth it.

Sunday we spent some more time at the river before leaving for the Grand Canyon. The drive there was quite an adventure. We had some car issues before leaving - some rattling/squealing that we think was caused by the rain. But it turned out to be a belt that Nick fixed with some conditioning spray and then we were off! An hour later than we had planned, but hey, it could have been worse. The drivers on the way were very slow and it was a one lane road for a good part of it, but we finally made it. Only to discover that the entrance few was $25, we only had $17 in cash, and their debit machine was down. So we had to turn around and go back to get money in the little town just before. Now here is where pregnancy brain comes in because I had $40 cash "emergency" money in my wallet. Except that I never count it for anything because its "emergency" money. So I let us drive all the way back to town before I realized I had it. Oops :) But we finally made it and WOW. I hadn't been to the Grand Canyon since I was 7 and I definitely did not remember how amazing it was. It is HUGE!!!!! So awesome! We walked around a little, took lots of pictures, and have resolved to (someday) hike it. And I figured it would be appropriate to take my first baby belly picture here :) I don't know that it looks as big as it feels - it feels huge!!!!

Anyway, It was a very fun, relaxing trip - an awesome way to celebrate 5 years!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tough Call

A lot of people have asked if I want a boy or girl. Well, I want one of each eventually, so I really have no preference which comes first. There are lots of reasons to be excited about either, but I was reading a scrapbooking blog yesterday and they had a segment that I thought was pretty entertaining (and scary). It sounds like a little boy would be a lot of work...

So here it is: "Why boys need parents"

1.) A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.

2.) If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite.

3.) A 3-year old Boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

4.) If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound Boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20x20 ft. room.

5.) You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.

6.) The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.

7.) When you hear the toilet flush and the words 'uh oh', it's already too late.

8.) Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.

9.) A six-year old Boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36- year old man says he can only do it in the movies.

10.) Certain Lego's will pass through the digestive tract of a 4-year old Boy.

11.) Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.

12.) Super glue is forever.

13.) No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.

14.) Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

15.) VCR's do not eject 'PB & J' sandwiches even though TV
commercials show they do.

16.) Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

17.) Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

18.) You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.

19.) Always look in the oven before you turn it on;
plastic toys do not like ovens.

20.) The fire department in Austin, TX has a 5-minute response time.

21.) The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make
earthworms dizzy.

22.) It will, however, make cats dizzy.

23.) Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

24.) 80% of Women will pass this on to almost all of their friends,
with or without kids.

25.) 80% of Men who read this will try mixing the Clorox
and brake fluid.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Baby's First Clothes

Ok, so how cute is this onesie?!?!?

This is baby's first outfit! We got it from Aunt Jan and Uncle Nick when we went to the lake with them this past weekend. I think it is very funny. I'm a little concerned though - if this pattern really holds true and babies eat like every 2 hours for the first few weeks - that's a lot of baby poop!!!! Well, I guess you become expert diaper changers, huh?

It was really weird to get baby clothes - it's like, oh yeah - we are getting a little person!!!! It just made it seem that much more real :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Nemesis: The Grocery Store

I am developing quite a love/hate relationship with the grocery store these days.

I love the grocery store because it enabled me to get my leftover-Thanksgiving-turkey sandwich without having to bake an entire turkey. It basically sells everything - whatever my heart desires I can go to the grocery store and get it or get the ingredients to make it. It's wonderful! I can stop by on the way home and its like a genie - my wishes are granted.

I hate the grocery store because it is starting to take advantage of me. Know how they always say don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry? Well, I'm discovering now - don't go grocery shopping when you are pregnant! I am going to spend all our money there! I have no will power and no resistance to impulse buys whatsoever. Last night I went in thinking that I was just getting milk and sandwich meat for Nick. NOPE! I decided I wanted to make chicken scallopine for dinner so I had to get all those ingredients, the caprese that we had over the weekend was amazing so I wanted to make that, I discovered goat cheese can be made with pasteurized milk so I wanted make something that used that, and I just kept throwing things in the cart - whatever looked yummy.

And this wouldn't be such a problem if I would eat it all, but I don't. Something looks/sounds good one day and the next day it is the grossest thing ever. Do you want to know how many turkey sandwiches I had after that I-can't-stand-it craving? 2. Nick ate more than I did! But after 2, that was the grossest thing ever. It's like last week I was in the bakery isle and I saw madeleines. They were like $2 a cookie, but I HAD to have them. I got 7 cookies and ate 1/2 of one.

I'm telling you, I have food issues right now... They should have therapy for this kind of thing.

Oh wait, its called chocolate...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

It's Official

It's official - WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!!!! I have to say that we are having a baby because Nick doesn't like the expression "we're pregnant." He says that I am pregnant - WE are having a baby. Just in case that statement ever confused anyone else :)

So now we are FINALLY able to tell everyone and it is super exciting. Nick wanted to wait until we had the first ultrasound, that has happened, so now we can share the good news!!!!!

So I really debated about whether or not to do a blog. After my scrapbooking blog fiasco and realizing that blogging was really not my thing the idea just really did not appeal to me. But, as I am a scrapbooker/memory saver, I decided that the blog might be a good way to record things. I figure if people are interested they can read it, if not it will still be nice to have in the end :) And I figure it is a good way to share info without calling a million people.

So to answer the usual questions and hopefully get everyone up to speed:

1) Due Date: February 24, 2011. That puts me at 9 weeks right now for those of you that don't feel like doing the math (and I don't blame you)
2) Yes, we are going to find out if it is a boy or girl. Neither of us are patient enough to wait the 9 months. We should find out in early October.
3) There is only one baby in there. I say that because the doctor could tell from the ultrasound that I ovulated twice - we could have had twins!!!!!! (yikes!)
4) We heard the baby's heartbeat already!!!! It almost made me cry - it was so cute! 133 beats/minute - wow!
5) And of course, Symptoms:
Fatigue like you would not believe. I am sooooooo tired. Usually if I get home before Nick I try to do productive things around the house but ever since we've had a baby on board Nick comes home to find me vegged out on the couch. He thinks it is hilarious because I'm always giving him a hard time for being tired, yes - now the tables have turned.

My boobs are killing me. I'm sure everyone wanted to know that but seriously - ouch. So any congratulations hugs - please be gentle :)

I have not barfed yet - isn't that exciting!!!!!????!!!!! That doesn't mean that I haven't had my share of days where I've felt awful. Most of the time I find that food makes it worse. Usually I'm OK by dinner. Some days I feel totally fine. It comes and goes. It's not as bad as I thought it would be - I really can't complain about this part too much - I know it could be worse. But I am having a hard time eating certain things that I used to love. Especially vegetables. They make me want to barf.

The first few weeks I thought I was craving Big Macs. I say "thought" because I had NO IDEA what a craving was until recently. I was craving a turkey sandwich (left-over Thanksgiving turkey sandwich) like you would not believe. I have never felt that way about food before, it was like I HAD to have it. So I went to the grocery store and fortunately they sell pre-cooked Thanksgiving turkeys. I had to carve it up, but at least I got my sandwich. I don't know what I would have done if they didn't sell that at the grocery store. Seriously... I really hope that doesn't happen again. I was obsessed! I couldn't think about anything but that until I was able to eat it... You know the movies where they make fun of pregnant women's cravings - yeah - that's for real!

So far it has been quite an experience, and I know we have much more excitement ahead. Speaking of excitement, here are the first ultrasound pictures taken at 7 weeks. The baby was the size of a blueberry (but I'm calling it a mini marshmallow).