Thursday, July 26, 2012

halfway there

I am in shock that next week will be the 20 week mark. Am I really halfway done?

I've talked to a few other pregnant women, further along than I am, about this milestone. One said that because most don't even know they are pregnant for the first quarter of pregnancy, that this milestone isn't as significant as it would seem, that the second half is much longer than the first.

But it feels like a big deal, and I am endlessly excited. It seems too good to be true. Another friend, who recently had a baby, said that for her the third trimester went by in no time. I really hope this will be the case for me. Getting closer to December means feeling more movement, doing more nesting, and counting down the days until we meet baby girl (her name will just come to us when she's born, right?).

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

nursery time

I'm starting to form the nursery, in my head.

I'm still not sure where this nursery will be: either at my parents' house (where we currently live) or in a new house we buy sometime before December (that has yet to be decided).

But here are my thoughts so far.

We have this Ikea shelf. Actually two of them. I think I'll turn one into a dresser/changing table combo for the nursery, like this:

Though I'll DIY my drawers, since the ones from Ikea are super expensive. Here's a tutorial for making your own drawers, though the fronts will need to be made cute.

For the chair, I'm thinking of finding a swivel rocker used. There's one on right now that is green velvet, green like 1970s green. I might be tempted to just leave it that upholstery, if it is in okay shape. I'd add a little sheepskin for softness and cute pillow, of course. I imagine a little table next to the chair, for a lamp and a book.

This is the chair. I think it has potential...

For the crib, I have to make a decision. Two sisters-in-law have graciously offered to let us use their cribs for awhile (till we are done and they are having grandbabies), but both are pre-2007, which you are not supposed to use anymore. Also, I think they are both light colored wood, and I was hoping for a white crib. But free is free. If I don't go with one of those, we'll probably do an Ikea crib. They are around $100, and mattresses are $70.
This is the Ikea crib.
The rest has yet to be determined. I think I'll put a new shade on a white antique lamp that I have for the nursery, and a cute mobile is definitely in the works. I'm also contemplating some watercolors of icecream cones for the wall art, bunting, and a new light fixture. Walls will need to be painted, and I'll probably go for a neutral tan, especially if it is at my parents' house. I also need to find a soft but durable rug, since the floor is stained concrete (preferably one that won't break the bank, suggestions welcome). Curtains and bedding are up in the air, probably not to be selected til my mom starts working on the baby quilt. But it feels good to have the start of a plan, for sure.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

week 19

How far along: 19 weeks

Total weight gain/loss:
 12 pounds gained (what happened here? what was about 1 pound a week has turned into what feels like a pound a day, and this pattern cannot stick).

Maternity clothes: Dipping more and more into the basket of hand-me-down maternity clothes, and loving it. Getting dressed poses a more significant challenge every day, and often I leave with a pile of failed attempts strewn across the bed.

Stretch marks: Still none.

Sleep: Sleeping well, but that has always been one of my special gifts.

Best moments this week: Seeing old friends, meeting a cute baby girl (so tiny!), date night with Andrew (Indian food and Batman), and heavy summer rainstorms.

Worst moment this week: A few hard days at work and some really bad allergies. Also NuMom2B appointment was rescheduled.

Food cravings: loving oatmeal with sliced banana every morning, and carrots with hummus.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing this week.

Labor Signs: None.

Innie or Outie:  A slightly more shallow innie.

Wedding rings on or off:  On, for now.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Some moodiness last week (see hard day at work comment), but mostly happy. 

Looking forward to: 20 week appointment on Friday, getting to see baby girl again, getting to take a break from reality as it exists today and focus all my attention on a tiny little person and my best friend. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

date night

Saturday we had a date night: Indian food and the latest Batman.

Food was okay (they started using garlic powder on the garlic naan, not the best plan). The movie was excellent. It was a little bit of a reality check, after the horrible shooting in Colorado. It made the violence in the film seem more horrible, and fragility of life more apparent. That could have been me, in that theater. It could have been any of us. 

On a lighter note, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The action scenes weren't too long. The new characters were cast perfectly. The suspense was thrilling. The ending was perfect.

Question though, can there be a Robin without a Batman? I won't say any more about it for those who haven't seen the movie yet, but it did leave me with this question.

baby face

this is baby me.
I can't help but wonder what this little girl will look like. I've had a couple moments of panic, thinking that maybe she won't be beautiful.

Andrew is so sweet, and says he hopes she looks just like me. That is the most sincere compliment I've ever received, that the love of my life wants his baby girl to look like me.

I do hope she gets my round head (a particularly adorable feature on a baby) and big eyes, but I hope she gets his eyelashes, and I can't wait to see what the combination of his endless blue eyes and my green and gold eyes will be.

Coming soon: baby picture of Andrew.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

just like old times.

Sometimes you have to enjoy the moment, and this means not taking out the camera to document every last second. Last night was one of those moments.

We got together with old friends from the Winchester Ward, the Nelsons and the Mellors. Over the past year and a half we've all moved: Nelsons have moved downtown, Mellors to Qatar to teach,  and you know where we are.

It was as if no time had passed at all, even though it's been so long since we've seen each other. We went up Millcreek Canyon, sat around a fire, cooked veggies and hotdogs and s'mores, drank bottled sodas, and ate a whole bag of Cheeto puffs. And we laughed, and talked, and and admired  the latest addition to the group (an adorable tiny baby girl, congrats Nelsons!). It was delightful.

And I didn't take a single picture, because I just wanted to enjoy the moment. I only partially regret not having captured it in a photo. And I sincerely hope we can all get together again before the mellors heads back to the Middle East at the end of August. And maybe even, we can plan a California reunion trip for sometime next year, because seriously, that was the best ever.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

she's got moves.

I think I felt baby girl move around for the first time tonight, a few times. I think. We'll see if that same feeling happens again to confirm it.

(Insert ear-to-ear smile here).

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

week 18

How far along: 18 weeks

Total weight gain/loss:
9 pounds gained.

Maternity clothes: Yup. And I feel the need for some new underwear coming on... I pretty much can't stand anything tight across my stomach. Sorry if that is too much information, but this is a pregnancy blog, right?

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep: Still great, though I need to cut out naps because I have no nap control, and then I get nap funk afterward.

Best moment this week: Hanging out in City Creek on a rainy night, eating icecream and watching the fountain.

Worst moment this week: Having to come back to work at night to resolve a door locking issue, last Thursday. Which is my Friday since I work four 10 hour days.

Food cravings: Popsicles. Particularly coconut and pineapple ones. I think they are Dole brand?

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really, this week, though I couldn't stomach eating roasted eggplant for some reason.

Labor Signs: None.

Innie or Outie: 

Wedding rings on or off:  Still on, and summer is almost over, so maybe I'll be okay.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! Seriously no complaints this week.

Looking forward to: NuMom2B ultrasound this Thursday, moving things around so we can start setting up the nursery, going to Wicked with my mom and sisters at the end of the month.

Monday, July 16, 2012

friday i'm in love

Friday we went out.

First, to dinner at a little Vietnamese place called Gossip. We ordered potstickers to start. They were crispy fried, different than usual but very good. A had Pho with beef, I had vermicelli noodle salad with pork eggroll. Mine had thinly sliced and crisp fried garlic on top, and it was so good.

Pot Stickers at Gossip
Wonderphol, phobulous, photastic Pho.
Then we went to a free concert at Abravanel Hall with A's sister and her family, a part of the Days of 47 celebration. Nephew #3 and I entertained ourselves with Instagram until the concert started. Turns out none of us could stand more than the first half, so we ditched.

Funny husband.

The beautiful Abravanel Hall was the highlight of the concert.

Funny nephew

We ran over to City Creek in a light rain. A and I got icecreamb (I got a chocolate dipped cone, he got a hot fudge sunday), and we watched the fountain display (including fire!) at 9:00 pm. It was lovely.

Fountain at City Creek

Friday, July 13, 2012

more movies...

Singin' in the Rain and Sound of Music. How could I forget?

A few other random thoughts.

First, I've seen three midwives from my group so far. I didn't really know that would be the case when signed up to see "my midwife." But it's okay. There's a good chance "my midwife" won't be delivering baby girl, so it is good to get to know them all.

Well, this last one I saw, had some serious body odor. I was like, seriously? You work in close proximity to women that likely have smell sensitivity, and you are okay with having B.O.?

Maybe she has a disease that causes it, I don't know, but I was seriously surprised by it.

Second, have you voted in the name poll? I wish I could see what people's picks are... but I think it has to be anonymous. Someday I'll tell you the story of the last name on there...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

week 17

How far along: 17 weeks

Total weight gain/loss:
8 pounds gained (probably more, but I'm avoiding scales).

Maternity clothes: I hit the thrift jackpot, and found some cool cargo-ish shorts, a black jersey dress, and a pair of maternity jeans that I cut off into burmuda style shorts last week. Score!

Stretch marks: Still no sign of them, knock on wood.

Sleep: Sleeping really well, but I'm not big enough to be uncomfortable yet. I really hope to talk Andrew into getting a new mattress in the next few months.

Best moment this week: Enjoying our last vacation to Yellowstone and the Tetons as just the two of us, with the freedom to go see movies and take naps in the middle of the day, to stay up late without a baby monitor, and to drive without any whining or crying.

Worst moment this week: Starting to walk around Old Faithful and having to go back too soon for a potty break. Generally feeling tired on vacation.

Food cravings: Anything bad for me. We bought $7 of candy at the candy store in Jackson Hole. My favorite were the sour watermelons and sour apple gummies. I also indulged in some Cheetos and many s'mores on the trip (try a s'more with a reeses square, holy amazing!).

Anything making you queasy or sick: The smell of stinky kid feet. Residual campfire smell in my clothes and hair.

Labor Signs: None.

Innie or Outie: 
Still in, but maybe less so, or maybe I'm imagining it.

Wedding rings on or off:  On, but the first night in Yellowstone last week my hands were so swollen by the end of the day that I couldn't get them off! But otherwise on and off with ease.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Generally happy. I am seriously so glad that I've been happy and feeling good nearly this entire pregnancy. I feel very blessed. And I make up for it in weight gain and sleepiness. :)

Looking forward to: Big ultrasound on July 27th! And planning a joint baby shower with my bffs. Just wait, it is going to be pretty much amazing. And feeling baby girl move (I have an anterior placenta, so supposedly I have to wait longer to feel movement). And putting a nursery together at some point.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Yellowstone and Jackson Vacation, 2012

Here's a vacation record, in incomplete sentences (mostly so I'll remember in the future). Crazy to think that this is the last time we'll be here just the two of us. We're definitely going to have to start packing more carefully, the two of us can manage to fill up the whole car! We've definitely been taking it easy on this trip,but it has been so nice to just relax, hang out with family, and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Day One:

Driving to Yellowstone. Burger King in Malad. Listening to Catching Fire in the car and eating ginger snaps. Dinner at the Old Faithful Lodge. Walking around Old Faithful, staying at the Inn and eating lots of ice.

Day Two:

Breakfast in the Inn Dining Room (a delicious buffet). More Old Faithful watching. Picnic lunch by the river under looming rain clouds. Walking around the paint pots. Driving to Moulton Ranch. Playing Uno and Disney Headbands. Roasting marshmallows by the fire.

Day Three:

Visitor's ward sacrament meeting in Jackson. Family pictures with the self timer and naps. Family baseball game and walk around Rockefeller Preserve (enjoying the rainstorm room with the kids). Phase 10 and Ticket to Ride. Playing with the new camera. Funny kids dancing around. Disappointing produce from Costco (brown avocados, sour grapes, and moldy strawberries).

five movies baby girl must see

I know baby girl won't be watching movies (or at least appreciating them) for years yet, but I've been thinking. These are the movies that I think she should see, that kids these days just don't see anymore:
  1. Mary Poppins
  2. The Wizard of Oz
  3. Annie
  4. The Parent Trap
  5. Newsies
Did I miss anything? Obviously this excludes Disney cartoons, those are just a given.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

july july

on our way to the Eaglewood Festival of Speed   .
Is the fourth really over already? Seems like time is flying this summer. We started our celebrations on Monday, with the Eaglewood Festival of Speed car show. Next year A might have a car to display (he just bought a Mitsubishi Galant VR4, it looks like a grandpa car but is apparently really fast?). But we'll see if it is done and if he decides it is cool enough to display next to lamborghinis, caterhams, and lotuses.

A enjoying mini donuts with cinnamon sugar.
Eaglewood Fireworks.
Tuesday we attended the North Salt Lake fireworks (sort of required by my job). We played phase ten, ate barbeque pork sandwiches, and people watched. Have you watched teenagers recently? It is highly fascinating. We also got some mini donuts that were pretty spectacularly good, and the fireworks this year were awesome.

Mountains at the demolition derby.

Wednesday we enjoyed a family reunion, complete with out-of-towners, home movies, and Aggie icecream cones. Grandma told the story of the crooked mouth family, we sang the old sow song, and laughed at how much all the great-grands look just like their parents. Then we headed up to Ogden for the Hot Rockin 4th demolition derby. It was outrageously hot. Seriously, I melted. The bleachers faced north and south, so we had hot sunshine up until about 9:00 pm. People watching there was pretty great, and the derby itself was highly entertaining (they had a truck heat this year!). My awesome sweet husband missed the entire grudge round standing in line to get ribbon fries (potatoes cut into spirals and then fried). They were pretty darn good, like a marriage between french fries and potato chips. After the final round we left, since we'd already seen fireworks the night before. We still got home pretty late, and then work started today bright and early today at 7:00 am. Don't you think we should all take a week off for the 4th of July? I sure do.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

tastes like summer

So, I've mostly been blogging over at the waiting game. Because here's what my life consists of mostly: working and obsessing over baby girl (yes, it's a girl!).

I should update about some non-baby things though, over here.

I posted a picture of the Father's Day chocolate caramel trifle I made, based on this recipe. I used a cake mix instead of making the brownies, they just sounded too heavy to me. The salted caramel and chocolate cream from the recipe, however, were amazing. Next time I would make more cream, and skip putting the rolos in the cake batter. It probably would have been just fine without any rolos! Also, instead of cubing the cake, I cut circles with a biscuit cutter, then divided the circles into two layers. They fit perfectly into punch cups, and were adorable.

For the experimental indoor s'mores, I filled a piping bag with marshmallow cream. I lined up an even number of graham squares, put chocolate on half, and piped marshmallow on the other half. Then I broiled for like, 30 seconds till I smelled burning. Yikes! Next time I won't put the cookie sheet right up next to the broiler. But, they were super delicious. I like them best when they are cool.

Speaking of the trifles, there was a lot of left over caramel. It was really good on icecream, but I used most of it on another dessert. I made the one-bowl cupcakes and frosted with the same vanilla buttercream, but then I drizzled them with the salted caramel and topped with a halved mini rolo. I took these to a family reunion picnic, and put them in the shade. Then the shade moved and they totally melted. They looked horrible! But the one upside was that the rolo got melty and delicious. Anyway, no pictures of that, sorry.

The family reunion itself was lovely, all of my siblings were there, and much of my extended family. Tomorrow I have another one, for my mom's side. I'm super excited for that one too. Then Friday we are leaving for Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, a much needed vacation! I can't wait.

I can't believe it is already July. Summer will be over in no time. How does that happen?

already a cutie

Baby girl at 15 weeks 4 days.

week 16

How far along: 16 weeks

Total weight gain/loss:
7 pounds gained

Maternity clothes: Pants are now a must, and I'm looking forward to fitting into some of the cute maternity shirts I have. Today I'm planning to thrift some pants and make them into shorts.

Stretch marks: None yet.

Sleep: So far so good. Still hoping my body will learn to wake up mid-night for a bathroom break.

Best moment this week: Seeing our baby girl and getting ultrasound pictures. Looking at baby girl clothes for the first time (I had a perma-smile, people in the store probably thought I was a weirdo).

Worst moment this week:  Being a bit irritable one night (sorry honey) and being too hot at a work event outside (long sleeves, long pants, 2:00 pm, no shade). Also not knowing what in the world we'll name this girlie.

Food cravings: None really, but the fast food on commercials always looks excellent. And I've been devouring watermelon nearly everyday.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! I have been so lucky not to be sick, really at all.

Labor Signs: None.

Innie or Outie: 
Still really in.

Wedding rings on or off:  On, swelling hasn't been to bad yet, but I'm mostly inside at work anyway.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy, unless I'm tired or hungry, but that's without pregnancy too.

Looking forward to: Having a baby girl. I would have loved a boy too, but I'm happy to not have to worry about circumcisions just yet. I'm so excited for all the things that come along with a girl. I know they can be drama queens, and I was bit of an independent-bossypants as a kid (and maybe still am), but I'm still excited. I'm also looking forward to my 16-week appointment on Friday. I really love my midwife.

Monday, July 2, 2012

names names.

Hey guess what? I added a name poll to my right sidebar. Just for fun. And those are just the names on my mind today, the list may change in the next 6 months. But you should vote, just for fun.

week 15

How far along: 15 weeks (has it been another week already?)

Total weight gain/loss:
6 pounds gained

Maternity clothes: Oh yes, loving my maternity pants and dresses. Still need to find some maternity shorts. Normal shirts still mostly fit, but I'm more conscious of length now that there is more to cover in the front!

Stretch marks: Still none, fingers crossed!

Sleep: Still great, though the second-trimester energy has not kicked in yet. I slept so much over the weekend (sleeping in and naps) and still got to bed easily at a reasonable hour. Hopefully this week will be better with my sleep bank full!

Best moment this week: Andrew has started affectionately patting my belly bump. I love it.

Worst moment this week:  Being too tired, all the time.

Food cravings: No specific cravings, but I think my sweet tooth is back! Saturday Andrew and I split a churro and a frozen yogurt at Costco. Yummmmm.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing really, though I really don't feel good after eating too much, more so than usual.

Labor Signs: Still none.

Innie or Outie: 
Still innie.

Wedding rings on or off:  Still on.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Still happy.

Looking forward to: Gender scan ultrasound ON FRIDAY! I cannot believe that we'll (hopefully) know what this babe is in just three days. Then the fun begins: names, nurseries, shopping...

(Sorry it took so long to post this, I was intending to take a belly picture and never got around to it! This should have been posted last Tuesday. Better late than never, I guess).
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