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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Things that are Week 22+ 5 days


How far along: 22 weeks + 5 days

Total weight gain: I didn't weigh myself this week.

Maternity clothes: Wearing them all the time now. 

Stretch marks: Still haven't seen any stretch mark.

Best moment this week: I got to go for a 3 mile walk/run. It was so nice and the weather was perfect. I also got a hair cut and color.

Miss anything: Not really missing much this week.

Movement: It's been more and more consistent. It still feels like bubbles in my belly.

Food cravings: Chips and salsa. We went out to lunch as a team and I had 3 bowls by myself. It was pretty good.

Anything make you queasy or sick: I was doing a relaxation one night this week and got really nauseous during it.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, through any shirt.

Happy or moody most of the time: Overall I've been happy, but have been upset a few times. 

Symptoms: Just been uncomfortable this week.

Belly button in or out: Still an innie.

Looking forward to: My last day of work is this Friday. I'm looking forward to being able to focus on other projects and maybe find a part-time job. We'll see how it it plays out.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Things that are Week 21+5 days


How far along: 21 weeks + 5 days

Total weight gain: I've actually only gained 20 pounds. I was off last week. I guess that shows that your weight fluctuates from day to day.

Maternity clothes: Wearing them all the time now. 

Stretch marks: Still no stretch marks.

Best moment this week: I got a massage on Monday, and at first it made my hip pretty sore. But I actually am feeling much better. I also think our new mattress is helping too. Though I am still struggling to get back to sleep after I wake up to use the bathroom.

Miss anything: Being able to eat deli meats. I miss being able to eat pepperoni.

Movement: I've been feeling movement more and more. Chase still hasn't been able to feel it. I'm not sure when I will be able to feel it with my hands. He is most active at night after dinner, and sometimes in the morning.

Food cravings: Fatty foods, and french fries, and some sugar thrown in there too.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Nothing made me queasy this week. 

Have you started to show yet: Yes, almost through any shirt.

Happy or moody most of the time: I was happy earlier in the week and pretty moody and upset most of Saturday and Sunday. I think a lot of which was because of lack of sleep. 

Symptoms: Not really any symptoms, aside from feeling uncomfortable at night.

Belly button in or out: Still an innie.

Looking forward to: I'm getting a haircut this week and going to a bridal fair this upcoming weekend with my new soon-to-be sister-in-law. 

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Things that are Week 20 + Gender Reveal



How far along: 20 weeks + 5 days

Total weight gain: 22 pounds

Maternity clothes: I've been wearing them throughout the week now.

Stretch marks: No stretch marks yet.

Best moment this week: There are actually LOTS! We found out 100% what we are having (we had an early ultrasound from a friend before Christmas). We had a gender reveal party with lots of friends and family. Chase's brother got engaged! And we got a new mattress! I also used my deep relaxation techniques at our OB appointment and Chase did awesome with light touch on my back and trying to get me to focus on relaxing. When they first checked my blood pressure it was 140/60, which is super high. After my appointment and trying to focus on relaxing, I was able to get my blood pressure down to 107! Baby's heartbeat on the ultrasound was 155!

Miss anything: Being able to sleep on any side I want to. It's been a bit rough this week as far as being able to sleep. I've always had problems with my SI joint (the joints that connect your hip and your back) and hips, and pregnancy makes it more uncomfortable.

Movement: I told my OB on Tuesday that I still haven't felt anything and that worried me. Halfway through pregnancy and still haven't felt your baby, how do you know if things are going okay? Well that night, I was craving candy and if you know me, I don't eat or get candy cravings. So I ate an entire bag of Winco bulk cherry flavored gummie bears! About an hour or two after I started feeling something low, where my uterus normally sits, and it was consistent. I figured that was the baby, and have tried to focus on what that feeling was. So far I have only felt it early in the morning, and late at night. But as I type this it has been consistent throughout the day.

Food cravings: Candy and sweets.

Anything make you queasy or sick: I started feeling more nauseous this week, and that usually leads to me eating out more. When I feel sick I don't want to cook.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, I have a nice little belly bump.

Happy or moody most of the time: I've been a bit more happy this week.

Symptoms: Not able to eat as much as I normally would, and I get overfull quite frequently.

Belly button in or out: Still an innie.

Looking forward to: Our last hypnobirthing class. I am getting a massage tomorrow and hopefully that will help my hips. I'm going to try real hard to work out this week.

Pictures from our gender reveal:




We are so very grateful to be having a little boy! Miracles still do happen every day!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Things that are Pregnancy Week 19


How far along: 19 weeks +5 days!

Total weight gain: At least 17 pounds

Maternity clothes: I've been wearing more maternity shirts this week compared to last week. I'm still sporting the maternity pants, though I have been having issues with them falling off me. So I'm constantly pulling them up.

Stretch marks: I haven't noticed anything this week.

Best moment this week: We got the baby's room all painted - a nice gray. We sold our couch that was in our upstairs loft and sold our spare bed. We're planning on getting a purple mattress this next month when our tax return comes back, and will move our bed into our other spare room. The loft is looking cleaner and more open. I've been feeling extra tired this week so I was only able to go to barre class once.

Miss anything: Being able to take medicine without thinking of how it will affect the baby.

Movement: Still nothing this week. I'm always a little worried when I hear others saying they can feel the baby, but I still can't. I was told the placenta was posterior, so I was hoping I would feel movement sooner.

Food cravings: Fruit and Veggies. It all tastes so clean and fresh.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Nothing this week aside from if I don't eat I start feeling nauseous.

Have you started to show yet: Still showing, a little more each day.

Happy or moody most of the time: This week I've seemed to be a bit more emotional. I'm sure it's due to the fact that we find out what we're having next week. I tend to get infertility PTSD when it comes to appointments so I start stressing and worrying before each appointment.

Symptoms: I finally got leg cramps in both legs last night and I woke up and took some Tylenol to help with the cramps. Other than that I don't have any other symptom.

Belly button in or out: It's getting closer to being an outie, but still a few weeks away, I think.

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender this week. I'm planning on practicing my relaxation techniques when I'm in the waiting room to help me stay focused and relaxed. I'll let you know how it goes!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Things that are Pregnancy After Infertility + Pregnancy Update

If you missed the update, Chase and I found out we were pregnant back in October. We told our families on Christmas and it was a huge surprise to all! We got asked by Chase's parents if we were adopting. We were told last August that I would never be a biological mother. That my egg quality and supply were all gone. After 1 cycle we were pregnant on our own. We thank God every day for this miracle.


My friend Elena over at baby Ridley bump. has a really cute way on how she's documenting her pregnancy and thought I would jump on the band wagon cause I'm a follower sometimes. :P

How far along: 18 weeks + 5 days!



Total weight gain: Unsure, since I stopped recording after it passed 160.

Maternity clothes: I've started wearing more pregnancy pants. I bought some jeggings and I can still fit in those which is nice. The rest of my pants are a bit tight now, and are really uncomfortable to work in. I am able to wear my work shirts (old race shirts) still, but I am showing with those shirts.

Stretch marks: I think I saw one appearing around my belly button, but we'll see shortly if that will really stretch more.

Best moment this week: We cleaned out the baby's room, and are going to prep to paint it within the next few weeks. I also was able to go workout more this week. I've been sick with a sore throat and cough the past few weeks so I've been taking it easy. We have also been attending a weekly hypnobirthing class (which is just deep relaxation) and enjoy learning about how to relax more (with daily practice) and birth affirmations have been really helpful in preparing myself to not be fearful for whats to come.

Miss anything: Being able to lay on my stomach in bed.

Movement: None yet, but I'm hopeful that it will happen soon!

Food cravings: Green Smoothies.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Still garlic and now tomatoes (which I already dislike, but now its even more. This includes salsa and spaghetti sauce which I used to enjoy). No more chips and salsa that I enjoy so much. Onions too.

Have you started to show yet: Yes! I can tell it's not just fat too. Kind of crazy to feel a big bubble in my belly.

Happy or moody most of the time: I've been overall happy, but have my occasional bouts of moodiness, which comes mostly when I haven't gotten enough sleep.

Symptoms: I've had an occasional heartburn, my hips hurt a lot when I sit or lie down for too long, and I'm overall tired (even with going to sleep around 9 every night.

Belly button in or out: It's definitely in, but it's not as deep as it has been.

Looking forward to: Being able to workout next week and our hypnobirthing class. We're also out of debt and now able to start saving money for baby's coming. Which is a great accomplishment!

We've had a few bump shots and it's exciting to see how much my belly is starting to show more and more.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Things that are "Suck it, Sally Mae!!"

Normally I don't post exciting news like this, but I felt I needed to share this:


Chase and I have been going through Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps. We are on baby step 2 and have been for several years. We have been trying for a long time to gain some traction to pay off our debts. It wasn't until last year that I really strongly felt that we needed to get out of debt. Like this really strong feeling. For a long time it seemed like every time we start trying to pay more towards debt, God decided he would give us a trial of our faith, and want to know if we really were going to pay off our debt...

Well to prove to God that we were in it for the long hall, we have now paid of 2 student loans all while going through 3-IUI's and our first IVF cycle, July 2015-present. We feel we have been so blessed by all of this. That God is saying you are doing a good job. I think once He knows that your heart is in it, great things will happen, and you will be able to pay off the debt a lot quicker than you thought.

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Chase started driving for Uber last year, and now I'm going to be driving. We are hoping that will bring in some extra cash to help be able to pay more towards our debt! You gotta do what you gotta do to pay off this debt!

Though we have 2 more loans to go, Chase and I paid off his student loan tonight, thanks to getting our tax return. It probably would have taken us 1.5 months to pay it off if we hadn't gotten that extra money. This gives me such motivation to be able to pay more towards the other 2 debts, knowing that we are SO close to getting it paid off! 

I feel we have been so blessed with being able to pay for IVF as well as pay off our debts.

So in a nutshell, I'm saying "suck it!" to Sally Mae!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas in 2015

You know it's that time of year when you see tons of friends/family post pictures on social media of their Christmas Card or you maybe get a Christmas card in the mail (which by the way we only got 3 this year).

I decided this year that I wasn't going to spend my money on sending out a Christmas card to family, due to a reason mentioned below. I was going to write a letter in the form of an email and send it to them. Well, it's Christmas Eve, and I didn't do that. Oops...

Here's what I would say if I were sending out a Christmas card/letter:


This year has seriously flown by. I am not sure where the time went or what we did with our time. It seems that as we get older the faster the years goes by.

Chase and I celebrated our 8th Anniversary and had a "stay-cation." We went kayaking together and attended the place where we got married, the Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, Utah. We went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant (Red Robin), and just enjoyed our memories together.

In June Chase and I (along with some close family) flew to Alaska to visit Chase's brother who has been working in Anchorage this past year. We spent a week hiking and seeing a ton of glaciers, unfortunately we were unable to see Mt. McKinley (Denali), as it was cloud covered (completely). We did get to visit Palmer, AK, and get a few souvenirs.



We decided it was time to work on starting our family (though we have been trying without medical help for the past 6.5 years) and went to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist who specializes in infertility. We did 3 medicated intrauterine inseminations (IUI) with no success. We are now on the path to in vitro fertilization (IVF) in January. It has been a very hard decision as most infertility related procedures are very expensive, we feel that it is time and will be worth the cost to hopefully grow our family.

Chase graduated from college in August, with his Bachelor's in Business. He also took his CISSP certification in November. He doesn't know what to do with his time now that he isn't studying. He also participated in a World Record Attempt for the most comic book characters at the Salt Lake Comic Con in September. Salt Lake Comic Con was able to get 1,784 participants, which beat the previous record. In an attempt to be healthier and live a healthier lifestyle, Chase lost 40 pounds over the course of the summer.



Tedi has been running the majority of this year, and that has taken up the bulk of her time. She signed up to run her first marathon in February, and started training for it in the beginning of May. After a knee injury from playing soccer at the end of May and not being able to run for about a month, she was still able to complete her marathon at the end of September and ran it in 5:43. She now calls herself a marathoner. She is still working full time and has a busy calling in our local church.


We are hopeful that the new year will bring us the best news (aka becoming parents). We also thank you for your love, prayers and support.

Merry Christmas!

Love,

Chase, Tedi, Hurley, Pepper

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Things that are "It's my Holiday..."

My favorite holiday comes once a year. As is every holiday. Mine just happens to be Thanksgiving. It seems every year, without fail the stores decide to bring out their holiday (Christmas) decor earlier and earlier. This year I saw it up BEFORE Halloween. Ya, it really REALLY bothers me. Well I was on facebook a few weeks ago and saw this, decided I would steal it and use it to show people that they still need to remember what they are Thankful for. Seriously....

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We need to be thankful for the country that we live in to allow us all sorts of freedoms. Like freedom of religion and speech. Do you remember learning about the first Thanksgiving in school? It usually represents giving thanks of a bountiful harvest. It is one of the only holiday's that doesn't involve commercialism. I mean we get the same things, Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy... But we don't have to buy anything, we celebrate Thanks.

I read this article from a few years ago and the articles main focus is the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving.

I also found this site that helps explain The First Thanksgiving.

Please give thanks this Thanksgiving. Let us not focus on Christmas just yet, let us not listen to Christmas music just yet.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Things That are Our Yearly Photo Shoot

Chase and I get our pictures taken every year to send to family and friends. I know it's kind of weird for us infertiles over here to be sending out Christmas cards with pictures of us, without having any kids. But ya know what?! I really don't care. We have furbabies who grow and look different as the years go by too. #dontjudge

For the past 5 years we have used our friend Alexa (Stephanie) Ogilvie to take our pictures. And by golly she outdid herself this year! I am SO impressed by her talent! She has had pictures in the Ensign (as of this month - look for Stephanie O.) and other church places. You can reach her via Facebook. You can also view her blog that she updates regularly (shows all of our pics with that link).

Here's a few that are my favorite that I HAD to share! They are adorable and it was such a fun shoot! 

 We love our family photo with the dogs

 
We had to bribe the dogs with little pieces of carrots to get them to pose for us

 I am always really worried that Hurley will run off (cause he has before) and so I always feel the need to hold his leash

This one is one of my favorites - the colors are just perfect!

 This is my favorite picture by far! I just love how she edited it and the colors just work


 Alex always asks us to make silly faces and of course we supply :)

 I thought it would be fun to do a few pictures with Iron Man Helmets we have, and use the shirts that we've got. This is my favorite from them.

This is my favorite close up of Chase and I

 The first blow is already the hardest ;)

 There were So. Many. Feathers. I couldn't believe how many are in 2 pillows, and we stopped hitting each other after only using half of each! Well worth it, and it was a fun idea!


P.S. Our hard drive that has all of our pictures on it, and music and our whole married life, decided it was going to die... So I can't do anymore posts about Alaska trip until we restore the drive somehow... Let's hope we can get it back...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Things that are Alaska Family Vacation Day 1-2

So Chase and I bummed a vacation with Chase's aunt, Lora; his uncle Jason, and his parents (Mom and Raydad Palmer), up to Anchorage Alaska to visit his brother.

It was a late flight out there - we got there about 11:30pm Friday night. The first thing we saw was that it was still light outside! wtc!


Day 1 - Saturday:

The following morning the party of 5 left for Kenai to go river rafting. Chase and I have a goal to go to the temple to do a temple session where ever we go. So that was the one thing that I wanted to do. It was awesome! The temple is seriously so small - the stake center across the parking lot is bigger than the temple.

After the temple we changed and stopped at Tommy's Burger Stop for lunch. The wait was long, but it was definitely worth it.


After, Chase and I headed downtown to see the solstice celebration (they have it every year) and check out some gift shops.

Rod Perry was there with his sled and one of the Alaskan Malamutes.
 The dogs paw was as big as my hand! She was so nice and really friendly.
We saw this moose and Chase's first thought was he should be named Sven from the movie Frozen. 

Downtown Solstice!

We then went to Kencaid Park to find a geocache:
 The park is HUGE! And you have lots of chances of seeing moose.

 Lots of bushes and trees - I should have worn pants, because my legs got attacked by the brush.

 These two cute chipmunks just sat and starred at us. 

 This was the geocache - it was missing its eyes.

This is what its supposed to look like. This is from Chase's trip up to Alaska last May. 


On our way back to the BIL's house we saw this sign and had to stop and take a picture. Obviously the house is NOT haunted. awww... too bad!


Later that night we met back up with the group of 5 and went to watch Lonestar perform a free concert downtown. It was still light out after the concert. We also were all were amazed that there was no traffic after the concert.

 A cool train that Chase took a picture of. 

 This is the time and how light it was outside.

 You can see Lonestar rocking out!
 I was amazed at how light it was outside at 9:30pm!



Day 2 - Sunday:

Got up and got ready for church. We went shopping at Costco for food for the week, and I think it was definitely worse than going to Costco in Utah on a Saturday. I don't have a picture - but believe me when I say it's worse!

We had a BBQ and I tried my first ever Reindeer Sausage - not too bad.

Chase and I went on a hike near Campbell Airstrip. We were worried about bears (who isn't?!) and so I started singing songs, and then Chase had an idea to play music from his phone (duh!)
The air strip was pretty cool. It was pretty long, and it took us on quite the walk.

 We saw this sign - not sure if it's meant for just winter, or summer too?

 This is the trail we took to get back to our car.

 A selfie in the forest - and no bears sighted! phew!

We met up with the rest of the crew to go to Earthquake Park to watch the sun set:
 It was seriously so so pretty. 

 I was freezing - yet my little legs were not. 

 Chase took some pretty great pictures of the sunset, and I'm showing you the best ones!




 Panoramic of the sunset at Earthquake Park.

 I was able to put my feet in the water. It wasn't as cold as I was expecting, but it was pretty cold when it splashed up on my shorts. 

Stay tuned for the rest...