Monday, November 21, 2011


I'm almost 22 weeks along! That's more than 1/2 way. It feels weird that it's almost December and that I'm on the down hill to baby's due date. Life can be so surreal sometimes. I feel like as we get further, I get more excited about being pregnant. So far, we have had pretty crazy/funny pregnancy moments that include but are not limited to:

-Having zero control over my gag reflex. As far as "morning sickness" goes, I don't feel like I had it bad. I had minimal actual throw up moments. But my gag reflex was super crazy and I was nauseous if I didn't eat every 2 hrs. Now that I'm further along, I will forever be grateful for having control over my gag reflex!

-Snack time. Because my gag reflex was out of control and I was nauseous, I cannot tell you how many ritz, saltines, and wheat thins I have eaten. Those were for the most part, my snacking basics. There were a few times in class where I would be in the middle of the lesson and I would have to have crackers right then or get sick in front of my whole class. Which would then result in the conversation why I was the one who got to have snacks in class and the others couldn't. To this, I always respond, "If you go to college and graduate, then you can have snacks too."

-Cravings. I don't feel like I've been too cravings crazy. There have been a lot of things that I DO NOT want to eat. But some things were REALLY good in that moment like Steak, Gala Apples, Cafe Rio (yum), Chocolate Milk, Chinese food- one night, I had to have it. I also like spaghetti noodles (not any other kind of noodle), Granny Smith apples, and tuna fish. One night I had pickles and waffles for dinner. That's all I wanted. I'm sure this list will continue to be super bogus. I cannot wait!

-Hormonal Psycho. So this one is pretty recent. I can cry and laugh and be super grumpy in 2 mins. Prime example, we went to Cafe Rio (yum) which is 40 mins away. It is definitely a treat when baby get's her Cafe Rio. So we get there. Michael and I share a salad and have found that it's the perfect portion for us. Except he gets beans in one corner because I do NOT like beans on my half. As he says beans in one corner they splatter the beans EVERYWHERE. I was in the bathroom as he was ordering (see below) and when I got there he felt so bad about the beans he asked if we should get me a salad of my own. But I was too upset to talk. I started crying and had to go back to the bathroom to avoid a scene. Crying over beans? Really?!

-Potty Breaks. I have to go a lot. It's a new concept for me. I usually don't have to go that often. I'm sure this will be more fun as we get further along.

-Zero Memory. This one has been pretty recent as well and it DRIVES ME CRAZY! I would ask Annie a question. She would respond. I would hear. Two minutes later, I would ask Annie same question. She would ask if I were on crack. There were many incidents very similar to this. I hope this is not permanent.

-Belly button. I have never seen my belly button this wide before! It is quite the surprise every time I see it! I'm worried it will become a VERY obvious out-y button soon

-Off the wall dreams. Last night, Michael was the one who birthed our baby because I was busy doing something else. I asked him if he got an epidural. He said heck yes. Very interesting. There's more where that came from too, but due to zero memory (see above) I can't remember them all.

So many good times! I'm sure glad I got Michael to agree to eternity with me. We are both grateful baby girl is growing strong. This little profile (that looks less and less alien-ish) makes all the crazy stuff worth it, right?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pretty in Pink

Today we are seeing things in 99.99% pink! We went in for our official ultrasound which they wouldn't let me schedule until now- I'm 21 weeks!
From day one, Michael has said it's a girl. He kept saying, "Why are we even going to the Dr.? We already know what it is." He calls it his father's instinct. I guess he's right. It is pretty funny because before we got pregnant, I always thought we would have a boy first. When we found out we were pregnant, I had this overwhelming thought of, "...OR it could be a girl!" So when Michael kept saying it was a girl, I would secretly agree and stubbornly say if it's a boy, he's not going to be happy that you called him a girl.

We did have a sneak peek at week 15 because a friend's brother is an OBGYN so he invited us in to see if we could see what baby is. Baby was coy and the umbilical chord was between her legs, but the dr. said he was 90% sure it was a girl. Which was perfect because I flew into Utah the next day and was able to give our moms these gifts...

Michael's mom craved ice cream when she was pregnant.

(I can't tell you how many lemon meringue pies we ate when my mom was pregnant with Mel)

But it is nice to have the verdict go from 90% girl to 99.99% girl! When I told my dad it was a girl, he said, "Of course it is! That's what we do in our family!" Well, we are carrying on the tradition!

I'm pretty excited about it and still a bit shocked. I'm going to be a mom to a little girl! That's a bit of an overwhelming feeling sometimes! But then I feel her move and see her pictures, and I just cannot wait!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tally-Ho Taliesin West

Annie (click here for her fun blog) was here for a week and it was sure fun! I felt bad that I had school and the blow out, but I was sure glad she was there. We went shopping where I found Forever21 maternity jeans for $15. (Best day ever.) We went to the ward trunk-or-treat and Annie gave us the best idea to decorate our trunk. (Too bad we left our cameras at home but it was awesome.) We had a huge bbq. We went to some fun restaurants.
And on Annie's last day here, we went out to Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and architecture school- Taliesin West...
(her camera is awesome...thanks for the photos, Annie)

The weeks before I was married, my family took a trip to see Falling Water which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

They really are amazing places especially considering he designed them in the early 1900s and during the depression.

Annie and I had a lot of fun. Here is us being posers of Frank Lloyd Wright's favorite pose in his dinner theatre room...

Annie was also good at being my baby bump monitor. She says I'm still in the "Is she fat or pregnant" phase. Looking at some other pictures, I realized she is right. But, this one looks like a real baby and not just too much ice cream. (Yummm, Ice cream...)

It was a fun week even though I can't tell you how many times we were asked if we were twins. I can't see it, but I'm glad Annie came.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What nerve...

I actually had the nerve to recently say I didn't have anything to blog about. Life's been getting into a mellow routine. Or I forget to take pictures of the fun stuff. Or I get too tired to type. Which is not completely a bad thing. But the second the thought of 'I have nothing exciting to write about' crosses my mind, life is like 'Want a bet?'
Yesterday, Annie (who is visiting from VA which is awesome) and I were driving home from school. We were on our way across the valley and Annie was taking pictures of this:

And the next thing you know, she started taking pictures of this:

My tire had a blow out on the freeway and it was pretty scary to me. It wasn't the worst it could be and thank heavens we were back in civilization and that our insurance has road side assistance. The tire messed up my front side of the car a bit.

Good News: Annie was there keeping the psycho, pregnant lady calm. Michael was able to leave work and rush to my aid. And we were right by my house so I didn't have to drive far on the spare.

Bad News: We bought 4 new tires today- OUCH! And we haven't even fixed the body of the car yet. Spending money on cars isn't exactly the way I pick to spend my money. Do you know how many outfits you could buy for the cost of tires? What a wonderful treat!
(PS Don't you love my teacher Halloween shirt since costumes aren't allowed?)