Sunday, April 29, 2012

spilled beans.

We told A's family tonight. Mostly I was dying to get the two bins of maternity clothes my sisters-in-law saved for me. I feel like nothing fits comfortably! Waist bands are tight, shirts a little unflattering, and I'm just generally uncomfortable. Needless to say, everyone was very excited!

I just looked through the clothes, and found a few things that will help stretch my wardrobe, but unfortunately I'm quite a bit taller than my sisters-in-law and so most of the pants are inches too short. I guess it's time to go shopping.

Let's talk more symptoms. I haven't been feeling so great the past few days, no throwing up, but I just feel like staying in bed all day. That's going to be really great tomorrow when I have go to work, right? I've also been really exhausted, and gaining more than I probably should be. They say you are supposed to gain 1-3 pounds in the first trimester, and I think I'm  up to five or something. Yikes!

Meanwhile, my first appointment is in less than two weeks! I am so excited. I've also arranged to participate in a clinical study that will give me three appointments, two extra ultrasounds, and potentially a sleep study. And it pays. The first appointment for that will be this Thursday, but I think they'll just draw blood and do a normal exam. But, depending when the second appointment is, I might get an ultrasound earlier than my doctor would give, which is great! I can't wait to get to twelve weeks (I'm almost eight right now), to get past this risky time, to hear that lil' heartbeat, to see that blur on the ultrasound, and try to make out its appendages. I can't wait.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I know, I've been missing I action. I don't know why I do that!
Fun things have been happening, and I've failed to document them with photos or otherwise.
Friday I spent time with friends. Trisha cooked a delicious breakfast, I got to meet her cute little babe, and we had fun catching up with our friend Brock.
Friday night A and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings with friends. Their wings are so good! We love that there is a BWW in Utah now. After dinner we played games: farkle and skipbo. I won farkle! We also ate lots of candy and laughed A LOT.
Saturday we celebrated my Grandma's 90th birthday with a lunch at wheeler farm. Lunch was excellent, as was the company.
Sunday we celebrated our nephew's 8th birthday. We ate dinner outside. The kids ran around and played. It was warm, and glorious. I am so ready for summer.
Tonight I'm off to a banquet for A's school, and then straight to Provo for women's conference. I can't wait!

Monday, April 23, 2012


Okay. The little belt I have around my waist is two notches loser than I normally wear it, normally being pre-pregnancy. Granted, I just ate lunch, and I can tighten it one notch when I'm standing up, but seriously? I'm only six weeks six days!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

halfway mark

With a seven-day week, when do you get to say you are, say, six and a half weeks instead of just six? I'm going to say that three days is a half week.
Today I am six weeks and five days. It seems like it is moving by so slowly, I can only imagine how I'll feel in the coming months! I'm still feeling great symptom-wise, I have yet to have morning sickness or throw up (knock on wood). I hope lil' baby is okay in there, since morning sickness is supposed to be a symptom of a healthy pregnancy, however I can't complain about feeling great. I can only imagine how much harder it would be to keep it a secret if I spent all morning in the bathroom at work.
I honestly don't know how I'm keeping this information to myself. I just want to TELL EVERYONE! Especially when they ask specifically. Oh that is so hard. I'm going to Women's Conference with two of my sisters-in-law and my mother-in-law this upcoming week, and am wondering if it is going to come up then. We'll see. 
A and I have been talking about baby names, both jokingly and seriously. For a boy I really like Miles, Cole, and Henry. He really likes Lewis, and I like that okay too. For a girl I like Charlotte (Charlie), Nelly (after my grandma), and Grace (after A's mom and grandma). Have I mentioned that (not so) secretly I want a girl? We need to add more girls to the grandkids on both sides to even out the numbers, especially since most of our siblings are done having kids. A is convinced it is a boy, and already refers to baby as Lewis. I use it and say, Lewis wants some Doritos, Lewis wants me to have a new dress, etc. It's not working very well so far.
I think I've gained some more weight now, too. I'm up four pounds, yikes! I really shouldn't be, and mostly the only "showing" I have is from bloat, after meals. Like I said, I'm thankful to not have morning sickness, but I do envy those girls who are like, "Oh I lost weight my first trimester!" Yeah, that's not me, but I have to admit that I haven't been trying to exercise or avoid unhealthy foods. I think I do eat good things, just in addition to bad things like cupcakes and such.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


I passed my six week mark yesterday. I have a feeling I'm not really six weeks though, I feel great! Slight nausea after a cheesecake factory incident, but no barfing.
I am fitting onto my fat pants... I guess I'd better get used to it!
I called the doc a few days ago to see what I should expect at my first appointment, but mostly I just wanted to know I'd we would get to hear baby's heartbeat our have an ultrasound. They told me no, that wouldn't happen till twelve weeks. I wasn't happy about that.
So I called again today to see if they would schedule an ultrasound that same day anyway. This time they said they wait till twenty weeks so the baby's anatomy is developed. I clarified that I'm not expecting to find out gender at my first appointment, I just want to hear the heartbeat! In response they said they check for heartbeat at every appointment... Can you say mixed messages? I'm happy about that, but was really hoping to get those first ultrasound pictures that show a little baby in there. They'll only do an ultrasound if they can't pick up the heartbeat on the doppler.
Only three weeks till my appointment! I'm so exited. It is so hard to keep this happy news a secret.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Last Friday I spent some time with two of my besties. We went to Sweet Tooth Fairy, and chatted and chatted. We also delivered some cupcakes to a friend whose sweet mother passed away unexpectedly last week. It was a lovely day with friends (and cupcakes).

Friday, April 13, 2012

I started this a few months back, when I thought I might be pregnant. I wasn't. I wrote a few long posts about what was going on and how I was feeling, but after the big disappointment I deleted everything.

Well now guess what? It's for real this time, at least so far. I've taken two tests, both positive, and by my own calculations baby will be coming on 12/12/12. That makes me about 5.5 weeks right now.

Right now this is all private, as we have only told our parents the news. When the news goes public, I might make this public too. I thought it might be nice to have a blog separate from my usual personal blog just for this little project we'll be working on for the next 8 months. I do plan on doing something cute to announce to the virtual world, maybe involving scrabble tiles.

Anyway, here's what's going on so far.

I feel great. I haven't thrown up since junior high, and that was more than 10 years ago. I've had slight nausea for the past week, but just very very slight. Nothing to complain about. Also I've been wanting more salty foods than sweet foods for some reason, mostly just today. I may have some slight smell sensitivity. The worm bin at the environmental nonprofit I work for a few hours a week did not smell very good last week. I've been pretty tired, but I don't know that that is out of the ordinary. I fell asleep at 7:30 pm the other day, and in the middle of the day today for an hour at most. I've also been inclined to wear more supportive underwear, if you catch my meaning, and have had two instances of slight heartburn. I'm prone to heartburn anyway, so I just restocked my Tums supply!

I'm expecting to not feel so good starting next week. This is going to be tough, since I work full time. I have to leave for work around 6:40 am, and usually eat either in the car or at my desk, so I've  been up for an hour or more already. This routine will probably have to change.

Meanwhile, there is still a 10% chance of miscarriage (according to the internet). I'm not counting on anything, and just hoping and praying that everything goes smoothly and without complications. Speaking of complications, we're trying to plan a trip to Germany for September. I thought we could get trip insurance to cover an unexpected cancellation due to a pregnancy complication, but it turns out there is a very specific list of complications that qualify, so that's out. I think we'll go ahead with the trip anyway, taking the $2,500 risk. I really hope I'm able to go, I would love to get one last international trip before baby comes!

Oh, and I had to cancel major foot surgery. I was scheduled to have a bunionectomy, hammer toe correction, and toe shortening on May 17th, but when I called this week they said they don't operate on pregnant women. That's actually how I told my parents. I said, "I canceled my foot surgery." Mom asked why. I responded that they don't operate on pregnant women. She said, "And you think you might be pregnant?" I said, "I am pregnant." She was so excited, it was really fun! I think my dad is excited too, but he was more reserved about it. When we told A's parents, we didn't even have to say it outright. He just said, "We actually came over here because we have some news." I smiled, he smiled, his mom looked at me questioningly, I kept smiling. Then we all hugged.

Before I knew I was pregnant, I was hoping to lose some weight, about ten pounds. Now I don't feel good about trying to lose weight, since I probably should be gaining. I think I'll just try to continue eating healthily and try to exercise more throughout the pregnancy. I really want to be one of those women that works hard and bounces back quickly from the baby weight gain.

Lastly, our first doctor's appointment is scheduled for May 11th, the Friday before Mother's Day. They didn't say on the phone, but I hope they will listen for a heartbeat then! I'll be 9 week at that time. I think we'll tell the rest of the family after that appointment. If my due date calculation is correct (though I actually think it is a bit early) we'll find out the baby's gender in early July. Crazy! I secretly kind of want a girl. It will probably be a boy just because I said that. And we'll be happy, either way.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

bucket list additions

Thought of two things I've always wanted to do to add to the summer bucket list:

1.     Drive to the Spiral Jetty.

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2.     Visit Gilgal Gardens.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

journal entry

Last weekend I...

exercised twice...saw "Mirror Mirror" with family, and loved it...
went to two Easter egg hunts...
ate way too much delicious cake (chocolate and blueberry lemon and orange chocolate)...
sewed buttons on a thrifted dress to wear for Easter...
practiced "O Divine Redeemer" like crazy, finally mastering my part Saturday night (it was so hard)...
sneaked way too much Easter candy (and not even good stuff, those malt ball eggs!)...
held a cute baby for a long time (until he finished a little project in his diaper, then it was Mommy time)...
curled 5-year-old hair, it turned out so cute...
sang beautiful songs about the Savior in church...
took a big ol' nap with the husband...
made Brazillian limeade (traditional lime and strawberry lime, recipe to follow) and cilantro lime brown rice...
watched a bunch of little kids play outside for the first time this year, enjoying the warmth...
lost at Ticket to Ride, but had lots of fun playing with family...

Brazillian Limeade:

5 limes
7.5 cups water
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 c + 2 T sweetened condensed milk

Wash the limes, cut off the ends, and cut into four wedges. In blender, combine lime wedges, sugar, condensed milk, and 5 cups water (or as much as your blender will hold). Pulse blender several times. Then pour through strainer to remove lime rinds/pulp. Add remaining water (if any) to limeade, and stir well. Serve chilled, preferably over ice.

For Strawberry Limeade:

After straining out lime pulp, return liquid to blender and add 8 washed strawberries, leaves removed. Blend well, till very small or no chunks remain. Pour into pitcher, and leave the last few teaspoons in the blender (they will be very seedy). Add remaining water, if any. The strawberry limeade was definitely the hit of the night! I bet mango would be amazing, too.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

like a kid in disneyland.

by the tree of life in Animal Kingdom
waiting to play at Toy Story Mania
Okay, you may be sick of hearing about it since my tips and tricks post, but this feels necessary. People often say, I enjoyed taking kids to Disneyland, or going as a kid, but I have not interest in going as an adult.

But here's the thing. it smells like cinnamon and popcorn and vanilla and caramel and all the good things in the world. There is music playing, like a soundtrack to your experience. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is nice. It is a highly engineered experience, but engineered to be wonderful. A and I love going together, enjoying this time when we can go without anyone whining or crying or begging for this toy or that icecream. We can go at our own pace, and can easily navigate between the strollers and wheelchairs (not excited for doing Disney with either of those). It is a lot to live up to, this once-a-year tradition, but I honestly hope it is one that continues on for years to come.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

once upon a time predictions.

This behind-the-scenes interview is amazing. Definitely take a look if you like the show.

Are you ready for another nerd moment? Here are my predictions:
  • August is one of the Brothers Grimm. But I don't know how he knows all the stories. I also think he's going to be Emma's true love. Maybe if she gets her happy ending, it will break the curse?
  • Regina did, indeed, rip out Katherine's heart through "magic." That's how she could frame Mary Margaret without actually killing Katherine.
  • Mr. Gold is going to turn against Regina, in the end. Probably after finding out she locked up Belle.
Here are (some) my questions:
  • Who is Regina going to blame for framing Mary Margaret?
  • How much longer can Henry stay with Regina? How much longer can she stay the mayor of Storybrook?
  • Who else has Regina stolen hearts from?
  • How is August not under the curse, if he knows all the stories? He can leave Storybrook without "bad things" happening.
  • And lastly, why do we have to wait two weeks before the next chapter of the story? That is torturous. 

Disney Park Tips

Updated 12-18-2014

My sister-in-law and her family are going to Disneyland in a few months, so I've put together a list of our tips and suggestions. I've been to a Disney park every year since 2007, 4/5 times with A, four times to Disneyland, once to Disney World. I'm sure it is different to go with kiddos than it is as just two adults, but nevertheless, here's our list!

California Adventure:

  • Get a fastpass for Toy Story Mania first thing, the line gets ridiculous almost immediately.
  • Go through the tortilla factory! They have a machine that makes tortillas fresh, and they give samples. Yum. (UPDATE: they closed the tortilla factory. It is now a Ghirardelli Fountain. No more free tortillas, but you get a piece of chocolate every time you go in!)
  • If you haven't been to to the Aladdin show, for sure go. It is in a big air conditioned theater, awesome for the hottest part of the day.
  • Don't miss Turtle Talk with Crush, but also check out the Pixar display in the same building, they have a zoetrope that is SO COOL!

  • The hotdog place, Award Wieners, is pretty good.
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe has delicious bread bowls, and you can tour the bakery to see how they make sourdough (sample included!).
  • The Chinese food at Lucky Fortune Cookery is pretty good too, in the "farmer's market" kind of area. Servings are fairly generous, sometimes we share an entree.
  • World of Color has two show times. When you get your "ticket" to go, they assign you an area to watch. The sooner you get your ticket, the better your viewing area. Then, you have to wait for awhile for it to start. We brought "Catch Phrase" to play while we waited, and had a lot of fun. I may or may not have cried a little during World of Color, it was that good. (Update: if you don't want to lug around a game, download an app like Heads Up and play while you wait).
  • I found a quiet secluded place to nurse my baby in Cars Land. I believe it was at the end of the Cars Land "main street." There were benches, and not many people.


  • Bengal BBQ, by Indiana Jones, has really good bacon wrapped asparagus, and is fairly inexpensive (mostly skewered meat).

  • Nemo submarine ride was not worth waiting an hour for. Very small children might enjoy it.
  • Buzz Lightyear ride usually has a small line, especially at the start of the day.
  • Back behind the castle, there is a boutique where little girls can get their hair done, with crowns and glitter, and maybe even makeup (Bibbity Bobbity Boutique), also a place where the princesses all dance and do a show.
  • Be sure to get Dole Pineapple whip or float. We like to get it before we go into the Tikki Room (you can take it in with you).
  • The cupcakes are amazing and can be found throughout the park (like on Main Street Disney). In fact, all the confections are delicious. Caramel apples included.
  • Don't wait in line for the train. If there is a line, it is likely that the next station over is empty. We waited for a very long time once and then felt like schmucks when the rest of the stations were empty.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is 100 times more fun after dark (most of the park gets magical after dark).
  • Bring $1 ponchos. We got ours at emergency essentials. Much better deal, and very handy if it is too cold to get soaked on Splash Mountain.
  • If you have kids too little to ride Splash Mountain, have someone in your party take them on the Winnie the Pooh ride while the rest of you get soaked. There usually isn't a wait, and it is very close to Splash Mountain.
  • Pirates is EMPTY during the fireworks shows. You can literally walk on.
  • If you're looking for something out-of-the-ordinary to do, try the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes. It's not your usual Disneyland experience (Splash Mountain gets all the attention!), but the cast members are so fun, and it lets you see the park from a different perspective (the lake).

  • Find an app for ride wait times and put it on your phone. So handy. The app we found also had maps of the park.
  • Make dinner reservations in advance. I was skeptical that all the food would be bad, but the sit-down food we had in Disney World was actually pretty good, and the tables fill up well in advance.
  • Do use the rider switch program if you have little kids that can't ride everything! Just have your entire party walk up to the line entrance, tell the cast member you want to do rider switch. They'll give you a lanyard that will allow you to ride the attraction, switch out one person in your party to stay with the littles, and ride again. I got to ride Radiator Springs Racers twice because of rider switch!
Read about our 2014 trip to Disneyland, when we took our 1-year-old here:

What are your Disney park tips and tricks?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

weekend update.

new necklace via Tai Pan Trading

Friday: temple date, trivia, and Buffalo Wild Wings

Saturday: conference, dinner and shopping with Chelsea (see necklace picture!), touring Daybreak at night, and frozen yogurt at Menchie's

Sunday: conference, cookie baking, new-mom visiting (congrats Trisha!), family dinner, and Once Upon A Time!

Monday, April 2, 2012

(more) once upon a time

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Okay, I'm sort of obsessed. But have you watched it? Other than sometimes-cheesy effects (Wonderland was not the best) Once Upon A Time is amazing.

I mean, last night, Katherine is alive? Did Regina just riper her heart out like she did with Graham? That's my guess. I have no idea how they are going to wrap that one up, having the DNA of a heart match that of a missing woman, then to have the woman suddenly reappear, alive. Crazy. Also, I think Regina blamed the wrong person for the loss of Daniel. Snow was a little girl, for goodness sake, and had good intentions. It was her evil rotten mother that ripped Daniel's heart out, not Snow. In my opinion, not a good enough reason to ruin Snow's happiness and kill her father.

I'm also loving Emma Swan's style almost as much as Mary Margaret's. Her leather and shearling jacket is to die for. Well, really all her leather jackets.

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