Sunday, May 14, 2017

Things that are Week 34 + Mother's Day

How far along: 34 weeks + 5 days

Total weight gain: At least 36 pounds per doctors visit.

How I’ve felt in my workouts: On Thursday and Friday I went and walked a mile+. It was great to get outdoors and something I've been needing. It has been harder to keep up with most workouts as I'm tired most days. I also spent several hours weeding yesterday and that took a lot of energy.

Stretch marks: Still don't have any yet, but my stomach has been itching like crazy.

Best moment(s) this week: Got to see our cute baby on an ultrasound. It's the last one until he arrives. He's head down and we are pretty sure he's got my nose. 

Miss anything: Being able to move with ease. It's been harder to get up off of couches and chairs. I'm also struggling with putting shoes on and have to have my foot on a chair in order for me to get them on.

Movement: Yes lots, he's definitely squished in there, and he doesn't like me being in certain positions and moves a bunch to try and get me to move.

Food cravings: Again, I haven't really had an appetite. My doctor said that's okay just as long as I keep up with my fluids. I've been trying to drink 80-120 ounces of water a day.

Anything make you queasy or sick: I'm not sure what caused me to feel sick the other day. I think it was not having anything to drink the past few hours.  

Have you started to show yet: Of course. I'm at that stage where people are wondering if I'll have the baby right then and there. Or if walking will through me into labor.. Which can be frustrating. 

Happy or moody most of the time: Overall I've been happy, but like last week, just feeling exhausted.

Symptoms: Exhaustion, and I've been taking naps any chance I can get.

Belly button in or out: My belly button is now just flush. 

Buys for baby: We bought a crib mattress, and a baby monitor. We still have quite a few things to buy before he comes. But that won't be until next month.

Prayer Requests: That our little "Baby Ray" (Thanks to Chase's dad) will stay head down, and that I will have strength to carry him for a few more weeks.

Looking forward to: I have another massage this week, and we're finishing up our garden. I'm excited that we're growing zucchini, strawberries, green beans, and sugar snap peas.  I am excited to finish getting ready for him to come, and finishing up the decor of the baby's room. I wouldn't call it nesting, but I am anxious to finish because we're at that point that he could come at any time.

**Today is Mother's Day. Though I've been told I am a mother and been wished a Happy Mother's Day, I still do not feel like I'm a mother. Instead of dwelling on something I feel I'm not, I'm going to love on my own mother today, and every day after. Because we can all celebrate our mom's every day of the year, not just the hallmark holiday of Mother's Day. **

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Things that are 33 Weeks

How far along: 33 weeks + 6 days

Total weight gain: At least 34 pounds possibly more

How I’ve felt in my workouts: This week I was recovering from our trip to California, and so I didn't feel up to working out at all. I did get in a few walks with the dogs, but that was about it. My energy level has definitely decreased since being in the 3rd trimester.

Stretch marks: Still don't have any yet.

Best moment(s) this week: I volunteered for the Provo City Half Marathon which was fun. We also had our baby shower which was amazing! I didn't ever think it would happen, so it was fun.

Miss anything: Not anything this week.

Movement: Lots of movement, and bigger movements that can be uncomfortable at times.

Food cravings: I've actually not had a very good appetite this week. I haven't really been hungry and I haven't been feeling 100% when I do eat.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not eating will make me nauseous. 

Have you started to show yet: I get asked more and more by strangers when am I due. 

Happy or moody most of the time: I've been pretty happy, just really exhausted this week.

Symptoms: I got heartburn this week. I think it's due to all the sugar I've consumed. I noticed when I ate more of it a while later I would get heartburn. But it also wasn't me, Chase also got it too, so I'm not sure if it was just the sugar or what we had been eating.

Belly button in or out: Still not an outie, and I don't think it will stick out. 

Buys for baby: I found a BOB stroller on Facebook marketplace that had everything I need/want, and was half the price. It's in great condition. I'm really happy that I was able to find one that was lower in price.

Prayer Requests: That I may have more faith than fear when preparing for childbirth. That our little boy continues to stay active and healthy inside for a few more weeks. 

Looking forward to: We have another doctors appointment this week, and it includes an ultrasound. I'm excited to see our baby since it's been about 14 weeks since our last ultrasound. We are also buying a few more items for the baby's room this week which I'll post about next week.

Things that are a Pallet Sign

I started this project like 2 years ago. I had gotten a pallet from work, and then proceeded to take it apart (which is the hardest part of the project). Then it laid in our garage for the past year or more. I didn't know what I needed to do, and had other projects/blog posts that I wanted to work on. Once I quit my job, I had a lot more time and felt I could tackle it.

I based my project off of this sign from Hobby Lobby:

I started by putting the slats together, I measured the total length and width then went to the hardware store to figure out what material I could use to secure the slats in place. I also figured out what size screws I would need to hold it in. The 6 slats measured 21" in length.

I found a long piece of wood that was 3/4" thick (I think) and the slats themselves were about 1/2" thick. The hardware store was able to cut the wood into 4 pieces 20" long with a little remaining at the end. I knew I needed a screw that would be about 1" long to screw in without showing through the front of the wood.

I then decided what pieces I wanted to show on the front side and proceeded to screw in the screws on the back with a little help from Chase's drill. It turned out to be easier than what I was expecting.

What the front looks like:

I sanded the front down to make it as smooth as possible, and wiped it down in preparation to paint.

I figured out what letter design I wanted to use. Since I don't have a silhouette machine anymore I had to figure out how to get my letters on without using vinyl and making the project as cheap as possible.

I cut out the letters and traced them with a pencil onto the already painted (grey with a little water in the paint) sign. Since I'm not a patient person, I had to calmly remind myself that I wanted this project to look good and I needed to take my time.

Once the letters were traced, I started to slowly fill in the letters with white paint.

Once it was complete Chase added some hooks on the back to mount it on the wall.

I really love how it turned out.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Things that are Week 32

How far along: 32 weeks + 6 days and it's a day late...

Total weight gain: I know I have gained at least 34 pounds per doctors office.

How I’ve felt in my workouts: I've been pretty tired this week! I just went and worked out on Monday, and I showed up super late to barre. I was running around trying to get stuff ready for our Expo on Saturday.

Stretch marks: None yet, but I am getting larger.

Best moment(s) this week: I got to meet up with another Blogger/Instagrammer and Instagrammer during and after the expo. I always love meeting new people and it was great that we were able to talk for a long time. 

Miss anything: I don't miss anything, but my back and ribs have been pretty sore on and off the past few weeks.

Movement: Yep! He definitely likes to get up and under my ribs and makes sitting quite uncomfortable. Thankfully I'm okay with standing which takes a lot of those pains away.

Food cravings: I've been enjoying a lot of fruity and sweet things. I'm still trying to get my hands on any fruit I can.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not drinking enough water, and not eating when I'm hungry.

Have you started to show yet: Yes! Even more so that people are now asking when I'm due.

Happy or moody most of the time: Fairly happy with my occasional mood swing.

Symptoms: My feet are swollen pretty bad by the end of the day. I know it may get worse, and it does get worse when I travel, but if that's the only thing (no heartburn) then I'll be happy. I have also gotten a bad bad case of dry skin, especially on my arms and legs.

Belly button in or out: Still not out, but flush with my belly now. 

Buys for baby: No more buys from us, but we have gotten several gifts from friends/family which have been so nice. I will definitely post pictures later.

Prayer Requests: That baby stays healthy and that he stays nice and cozy for a few more weeks.

Looking forward to: I have another massage this week (yay!), and am volunteering for a race this weekend! I'm looking forward to being at the finish line! :)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Things that are 31 Weeks

How far along: 31 weeks + 6 days.

Total weight gain: I know I have gained at least 34 pounds?? But not sure since I haven't been weighing myself.

How I’ve felt in my workouts: This week has been pretty great!
Monday: I had a lot of energy and I killed it at barre!
Tuesday: I went to spin class and about died! I'm not used to all that extra weight I'm carrying and my thighs were screaming!
Wednesday: I went to barre knowing it would help boost my mood, and I left just as exhausted.
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: Took the dogs for a walk with Chase.
Saturday: Went for a 1 mile run/walk. I realized that I'm too big to run, so I'm now just going to be walking, but at a faster pace.

Stretch marks: None yet, but I am getting larger.

Best moment(s) this week: We got maternity photos done by my friend Alli. There are some teasers up on Facebook, and I'll post more after she finishes them. I also got to "attend" the Business Boutique and it gave me much needed motivation for my side business.

Miss anything: Being able to bend at the waist for stretches and picking things up. I have to squat to pick things up off the floor.

Movement: Yep! He likes to move and put himself in not so pleasant positions for me.

Food cravings: I haven't really been enjoying food lately. By the end of the night I don't feel well and feel kind of off.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not drinking enough water.

Have you started to show yet: Yes!

Happy or moody most of the time: I have been a bit down this week. Since I'm not working I don't feel like I've been getting a lot done.

Symptoms: It's been hard to keep my ankles from swelling this week. I know drinking plenty of water will help, but it's been hard when I don't have the desire to drink water. I have been wearing compression socks to bed and that seems to help my feet not get as swollen  throughout the day.

Belly button in or out: Still not out...

Buys for baby: Our rocker came and we got that set up. A friend gifted us a car seat (don't worry! She hasn't ever gotten into an accident and it's not expired).

Prayer Requests: That baby stays healthy and that Chase and I will be able to travel safe to California this next weekend.

Looking forward to: Chase's brother is getting married this week, and we have the Pasadena event for our foundation. We're excited to meet so many couples in California and to be able to give hope and encouragement to them!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Things that are a Mesa, AZ Mini Vacation

Chase and I started a nonprofit last year while we were preparing for IVF Take #2, called The Hope for Fertility Foundation, a nonprofit that helps couples struggling with infertility pay for fertility treatments or offset the cost of adoption.

We have been trying to reach out to fertility clinics to help us be able to give more towards couples applying for our grant. A friend had told us about this clinic in Arizona called New Directions Fertility Center. They offer lower cost fertility treatments. Chase and I had originally planned on just me driving down and meeting with the clinic since I'm not working any more. I was quite nervous and thought what if something happens to me and/or the baby while I'm down there and I don't have anyone close to help me. So he took 2 days off and we decided to drive down. I have been reading a lot about traveling in your 3rd trimester so I knew there could be complications, but felt that I was healthy and the baby was healthy enough to make the journey.

We drove down Thursday and made it within 11 hours. We stopped every 2 hours for me to get out and walk and stretch. I had to get a picture of Beaver #1 Water sign, and send it to a friend. It is really questionable if the water really is #1 or if they are just saying it is. Maybe one of these days I'll actually try it.

On our drive down we stopped at Horseshoe bend just south of Page, AZ and went on a short hike. I was surprised that I was passing people pregnant and wearing flip flops, not my ideal hiking shoe, but it was what I had on in the car. I had a few people comment about me trying to induce labor, and one lady asked how far along I was. I didn't realize that people were so vocal about pregnant ladies.

A few other pictures from our journey south:
 My left foot has always been swollen since early on in pregnancy. I try hard to combat the swelling by drinking plenty of water

 Entering Page, AZ

 After Horseshoe bend

Stopped to get a quick panoramic pic of the view

We stayed at a hotel in Chandler, which was about 15 minutes away from the clinic we were meeting with. The following morning we went and did a session at the Mesa Temple. We always try and visit temples when we go on vacation. We sometimes feel so out of place that it's nice to feel that peace that resides there. There were 3 temples in that area alone, and we were able to stop and visit 2 of them.

One of the cool things about Mesa Temple is there are oranges and grapefruit trees on their property. As we were walking around the temple there was a family picking the grapefruit off the trees. They said the grounds keeper gave them the necessary tools to pick the fruit. They said if we don't pick it then it just falls and goes to waste.

After the temple we went to downtown Gilbert to see where we were going to meet up with a friend from Instagram the following day.
We had our meeting with the fertility clinic and things went so so well! We are so hopeful that they will be willing to help our foundation out. I'll be honest, I was a bit skeptical when I first heard about them, because of the low cost. After meeting with the staff and the doctor, he just has a big heart and wants to help as many couples achieve pregnancy. He also has the best of the best in technology, and he himself has personally been through infertility. 

We decided we were going to the Easter Pageant with some friends that were also visiting down there. The pageant is held on the temples property. It's very unfortunate that there were protestors on the streets before entering the temple grounds. One of them even called out to me and said "Oh, there's another pregnant lady." It was a rude, and very hurtful comment, after all we've been through to get to this point. Me being my feisty self wanted to punch him in the face and tell him that this miracle happened after over 7 years of infertility....... BUT he probably wouldn't have understood that, and I didn't want to get in trouble with punching someone. So I kept quiet and enjoyed the pageant. 

The following day we met up with friends who lived out in Eagle Mountain with us, and who moved down to Mesa a few months before we sold and moved into our house. We went to one of their kids soccer games and chatted for a while. I of course am horrible about getting pictures with friends, so I don't have a picture of our meet-up. 

For lunch we met up with a friend from Instagram at a place called "Even Stevens." I had never met them before but I had seen her journey through infertility too. She is also pregnant after undergoing a successful IVF treatment.

After we headed over to the Gilbert, AZ Temple. They unfortunately don't have clothing rental (you must wear white in the temple) so we weren't able to do a session.

The following day we headed home. We left around 6am, and the sun was shining. We headed to my aunts house in Sedona for a brief visit. The drive was about 2 hours away so it was perfect to get out of the car, walk around and visit with her. It has been far too long since the last time I saw her.

After we left her we headed through Sedona, and onto the Grand Canyon.

I really enjoyed all the red rocks. It was a 4 hour drive (round trip) out of our way to get to the Grand Canyon.

When we finally got there it was super busy and we had to drive around quite a while just to find parking. When we finally did it was a short cold walk. I somehow thought Arizona in the springtime we wouldn't need jackets. My arms were pretty cold, but I just had to suck it up.

We finally got to a beautiful view. We took a short hike on the rim trail to the visitors center and then took a bus back to where we parked our car. We visited the Grand Canyon for about 2 hours. My dream is to hike down to Havasupai and spend a few days in and around the falls. If you don't know what I'm talking about do a search. It's SO beautiful from all the pictures I've seen.

We then drove the 6+ hours back to home. We totaled about 16 hours to get home just for that one day.
I also got to see the Glenn Canyon Dam, and a little bit of Lake Powell... I'm still not sure what all the hype is about. Maybe one of these days we'll plan a trip down there just for that.

Overall it was a nice short trip. I would have rather flown, but we didn't have enough money set aside to fly down there. But aside from the drive (10+ hours from our house) it was beautiful and fun to meet new friends and work at building our foundation.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Things that are 30 Weeks

How far along: 30 weeks + 5 days.

Total weight gain: I have gained at least 34 pounds. That's off of the scale at my doctors office. I'm sure if I went off of my scale it would be a little less.

How I’ve felt in my workouts: Well, to be honest I've been pretty exhausted. I made it to barre on Monday and then Pilates on Friday. I decided that Pilates isn't the best for me being pregnant. I'm not sure if it was just the teacher, or if it was actual Pilates. Since I haven't really ever done it before it didn't seem like it was good being pregnant. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Stretch marks: None yet, but I am definitely getting larger.

Best moment(s) this week: Getting a much needed massage. This time my blood pressure didn't drop and I felt pretty good. I also got to see and hang out with my dad. I haven't seen him in a few weeks so the visit was nice. I also bought a maternity dress that I can wear for our maternity shoot and upcoming wedding!

Miss anything: There are a few exercises that I have been missing. Doing bridges, and doing the superman. 

Movement: Yep! 

Food cravings: Avocados, and fruit are what I've been loving lately.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Nothing this week. 

Have you started to show yet: Yep!

Happy or moody most of the time:  I've been pretty happy. Staying active has definitely helped with my mood.

Symptoms: I had heartburn a few times, but it's mostly feeling like my belly is growing.

Belly button in or out: It is almost flat now. Maybe in a few weeks it'll be out?

Buys for baby: We bought a rocker for the nursery. It should arrive in a week or two. I'm praying that it's soft enough for me and gives me enough support.

Prayer Requests: That baby stays cookin' and that he will get necessary nutrients.

Looking forward to: Watching the Boston Marathon (April 17) which always gives me such motivation and inspiration to continue following my running dreams and goals. I also am planning on attending a live stream of the Business Boutique on Facebook. I've wanted to attend one of these events for a while now and am looking forward to being able to "attend."

Monday, April 10, 2017

Things that are 28 + 29 Weeks

How far along: 29 weeks + 5 days.

Total weight gain: I have gained at least 18 pounds.

How I’ve felt in my workouts: Week 28, I went to barre once, and then got sick (not sure if it was from the DTAP shot or if I got some sort of bug. During that sicky time, I started doing prenatal yoga to help with my achy hips.  It has helped a ton! I can actually get at least 7 hours of sleep without my hips aching. I started noticing a difference when I don't do it, so I do it every day. It's only a half hour, but it helps so much! Week 29, I feel much better and am still doing yoga, and went to barre once (hoping to go again on Monday).

Stretch marks: Not any yet.

Best moment(s) this week: Week 28: I didn't pass my 1-hour glucose test, so I had to go back in and get it retested with the 3 hour glucose test. That test was done at the hospital, and I knew on my last blood draw (total of 4) that I had passed!
Week 29: Chase and I went down to Mesa and I was able to catch up with a friend that was in our ward out in Eagle Mountain who moved down to Mesa just before Chase and I moved to our house. I also met up with an Instagrammer and her husband for lunch at a place called Even Stevens. 

Miss anything: Not missing anything the past 2 weeks.

Movement: Yes, every day. On days that I don't feel him move very much I do a kick count. 

Food cravings: I've made skinny fajitas with Chase's help a few times, and we both have been enjoying them. Other than that, still loving any and all fruit.

Anything make you queasy or sick: While we were on the road down to Mesa, I would get a little car sick while going up and down in elevation. I chewed on ice and that seemed to help my stomach.

Have you started to show yet: Yes!!!

Happy or moody most of the time: I've been in a better mood the past 2 weeks. I was a little stressed before our trip (not wanting to drive so much being pregnant), but I feel more confident now.

Symptoms: Heartburn has started to show it's head, and I even get it when I drink too much water.

Belly button in or out: Still tucked in... Though it's getting more and more pushed out.

Buys for baby: Nothing the past few weeks. We're getting ready to get a car seat and rocker this month.

Prayer Requests: That baby will keep growing and that things will move smoothly with the pregnancy. 

Looking forward to: Another massage this week along with our OB appointment. They are now every 2 weeks, yay! From what I hear time moves a little faster now. My dad is coming down for a visit and we're starting behavior training with Pepper this week.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Things that are Week 27

How far along: 27 weeks + 5 days. Tuesday is when I go up a week.

Total weight gain: I still haven't weighed myself. I go to the doctor this week, so I will be sure to look.

How I’ve felt in my workouts: I'm adding this one from my friend Chelsy's blog. I was pretty exhausted this week. I went to barre once, and walked the dogs at least 3 times. I took Pepper for a brief walk/run session Saturday morning before the rain hit. 

Stretch marks: None yet, but I know I'll get them. Ya know what? I'm okay with that, because it's a sign that my body is going through/went through something hard.

Best moment(s) this week: Chase and I bought a fetal doppler because there were a few times where I couldn't feel the baby. It got me a little worried, so we went ahead and bought one. The best $32 bucks spent so far. We were able to let my parents, and Chase's parents hear the heartbeat. I know I'm getting bigger and showing that I'm pregnant, but it made it more real for them.

Miss anything: I don't miss anything this week. I just forget that I'm not as skinny as I was and forget to open things as big as I should in order to fit through them.

Movement: Yes, almost every day. I can now tell if he's changing positions vs kicking/punching. 

Food cravings: I have been enjoying a lot of fruit. Cantaloupe and grapes have been fruits that I have enjoyed. Since I'm trying to eat more low carb (as in not very much pasta, bread, tortillas, etc), fruit and salad have been nice to lighten our meals up. I know fruit have carbs in them, but I'm trying to stay away from processed foods because they have a lot more crap in them.

Anything make you queasy or sick: I had a moment this week that scared me a little. I got super lightheaded while I was at my massage. I was laying on the pregnancy cushion and started to feel lightheaded. My massage therapist grabbed me a bottle of cold water and had me lay on my side. She ended up finishing the massage while I was on my side. Not ideal to work on hips, but she was able to work around it. It wasn't blood sugar related, we think it had something to do with how he was positioned. I also had another moment in the car and just felt super sick and nauseous - almost the same feeling. I tried to mentally tell the baby to move, and that actually seemed to help and I was able to relax and not feel sick.

Have you started to show yet: Yes!!!

Happy or moody most of the time: I haven't been moody, but more emotional. I've cried so much this week.

Symptoms: None other than the belly.

Belly button in or out: Still tucked in... We've got 12 more weeks, it could happen.

Buys for baby: I'm adding this one from Chelsy's blog. Didn't buy anything this week. We'll most likely wait until next month to make more purchases. We're trying hard to budget everything we buy, and that means sticking to budget. We still have to save up for the insurance deductible, so we're trying to spread everything out.

Prayer Requests: I'm also adding this one from her blog. I have my glucose test this week. I'm worried that I'm not going to pass, or that I'm going to throw up the drink. So prayers that things will go well for this appointment.

Looking forward to: Getting outside and staying active. We're also making a Plinko board for our upcoming fertility conference at the end of April. So hopefully we can get that finished this week. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Things that are Our Gender Reveal Party

So a few days before Chase and I had our gender party I was at work and my boss wanted to see who all would guess correctly. So I took a pink and blue marker, and whatever gender you thought was the color you chose. Pretty straight forward. As you can see there was a huge mix of who thought what. A lot of the ladies at work would as me to turn so they could see my love handles, as that is an indication of if you are having a girl. One older guy asked me to look at him and he guessed off of how I looked (which he turned out to be correct).

Our invite to our Gender Party:
It's pretty funny huh!?

The day we found out the gender

Chase setting up decorations

Boy or Girl?

As you can tell we had a lot of fun with pictures after everyone left:

We had a pretty big crowd - largest that we've ever had in our house. We Skyped a friend since she got the invite too late. We also recorded the gender reveal so we could share with my dad and brother who weren't able to make it.

Of course I didn't get a picture of the food... But we did have yummy pink and blue punch, we dipped rice crispy treats in white chocolate and sprinkled pink and blue sprinkles on them, and lil' smokies (my favorite). We also had cupcakes with a cute little blue surprise in the middle for everyone at the end of the night. We also gave away prizes for anyone who put their name in the correct jar.

Overall it was a fun night and we were so thankful for everyone who came to celebrate us!