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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!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Things that are 26 weeks


How far along: 26 weeks + 5 days

Total weight gain: I have no idea. I'm sure its more. I get a day almost every week where I just feel heavier and larger. Almost like I'm stretching - it's a weird feeling.

How I’ve felt in my workouts: I'm adding this one from my friend Chelsy's blog. I did a lot more walking/running this week, but unfortunately didn't have time to get to my favorite barre class. I've been trying to take our dogs out on walks every day (including the weekends) and that has helped them be a little better behaved at home.

Stretch marks: I haven't noticed any yet, but I know I'll get them.

Best moment(s) this week: So last year Chase and I started a foundation to help couples struggling with infertility pay for fertility treatments. This past Wednesday we were able to give away our first grant! It's one of the best feelings to be able to help others struggling with getting pregnant, since it's taken us 7+ years to be able to get our miracle.

Miss anything: It's been a rough week with not getting as much sleep as I've needed. I know it will only get worse as time goes by. 

Movement: Every day I have felt something. He's even more active when Chase and I try and listen to his heart beating.

Food cravings: I'm taking out the cravings part, because I haven't really been craving much. I have gone to either Cafe Rio or Costa Vida the past week. Their sweet pork salad is my favorite! I also bought some grapes last week and finished them off this week. They were so yummy!

Anything make you queasy or sick: Being too hot and not having enough water causes me to not feel so good.

Have you started to show yet: Of course! Funny story - I was in line to buy Chase his soda (he wasn't with me) the lady checking me out asked if it was a craving. I said no, it's for my husband. It made me giggle. Obviously she could tell that I was pregnant.

Happy or moody most of the time: It's hit or miss with the moodiness. Which is how I was before I got pregnant.

Symptoms: No symptoms, no braxton hicks, aside from feeling large.

Belly button in or out: Still tucked in. Though who knows how long that will last.

Buys for baby: I'm adding this one from Chelsy's blog. I bought our first cute little outfit for our little boy, and I couldn't be happier for it!


Prayer Requests: I'm also adding this one from her blog. As we get further and further along I've noticed my body is trying hard to move and adjust to this growing little boy. My request this week is that I will have the strength and knowledge to help my body adjust to these changes and still be comfortable.

Looking forward to: Getting a massage this week! YES! I kinked my back out and it will be nice to get an adjustment too. I also got invited to sub for Bunco, and I'm excited to go play. It's been several years since I've played. I hope my wrists are ready! :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Things that are Week 25


How far along: 25 weeks + 5 days

Total weight gain: Not entirely sure. I've probably gained a few more, but I didn't check. I'm trying to not focus on my weight gain.

How I’ve felt in my workouts: I'm adding this one from my friend Chelsy's blog. This week wasn't too bad. I was able to attend barre on Monday and then Friday morning I took the dogs out for a walk. It's hard to do both dogs at the same time, so I decided to do one than the other. When I took Pepper out I went on our running route that we went on last year. It didn't hurt my stomach at all to run/walk with her. I'm sure I will probably just end up walking with her, but not yet.

Stretch marks: Nothing new aside from last week.

Best moment(s) this week: We got a few things for the nursery. I took Chase to a store called Buy Buy Baby which is up in Salt Lake. It was fun walking around, but we definitely got overwhelmed with everything there. I also went to a blogger/influencer night at The Vanilla Bean Cafe. It was yummy food, and it was cool to meet new people.

Miss anything: Not anything this week. 

Movement: Every day I have felt something. He's even more active when Chase and I try and listen to his heart beating.

Food cravings: I'm taking out the cravings part, because I haven't really been craving much. I realized that I can't eat as much as I used to. I get so full so quick. I still try to eat filling foods, so I'm not having to eat quite as often. I have had to increase my water intake. I noticed that since I've quit my job, I'm not drinking as much water. My feet have begun to swell and I'm wearing compression socks at least 2-3 times a week.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not sick at all!

Have you started to show yet: YES! and more and more people are asking me when I'm due.

Happy or moody most of the time: Chase was gone for a few days this week, and I had a little scare with cramping and back pain. Thankfully I got a blessing and that calmed my nerves. I've increased my calcium intake to hopefully help with my aches and pains. But that caused me to be a little more moody than I would like to have been.

Symptoms: No symptoms, though about once a week I will feel super big, and can tell that my belly is stretching. It's the weirdest thing.

Belly button in or out: Belly button is still tucked in. Though it's not as tucked in as it was a few weeks ago.

Buys for baby: I'm adding this one from Chelsy's blog. We budgeted this month for a crib and dresser, and put everything together when Chase got home Friday. I'll show pictures as soon as we get the rocker. Next month we'll be getting our rocker, and then the following month a car seat. Our friends are throwing us a baby shower sometime in May, and so we'll know more then what we need/don't need.

Prayer Requests: I'm also adding this one from her blog. I'm getting a lot more fear and anxiety as we get closer to meet baby boy. Mainly with not knowing if something has gone wrong or not. I know I need to let my fears and anxieties go, but we've gotten this far, and I don't want anything to happen.

Looking forward to: Comic Con is this upcoming week. Chase is volunteering for it, and I'm looking forward to walking around and enjoying it. I'm also looking forward to more structure and trying to put in place a few routines for me.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Things that are 24 weeks + 6 days


How far along: 24 weeks + 6 days

Total weight gain: 23 pounds. I'm sure I've gained a few more, but I didn't check. I'm trying to not focus on my weight gain. 

How I’ve felt in my workouts: I'm adding this one from my friend Chelsy's blog. She is also an athlete and I thought it would be fun to incorporate my workouts into my weekly posts. I went to barre last Monday and it was pretty exhausting. I have noticed that I can't push myself as much as I used to. I have also needed to remind myself that my workouts have changed, and I need to focus on the needs of the baby rather than my needs of staying fit. I know that being fit and active during pregnancy helps labor and delivery go so much smoother, so that's what I'm trying to focus on.

Stretch marks: I have noticed some stretching near my belly button, but that's about it.

Best moment this week: Chase and I went to see the Lego Batman movie. I went in for a massage and adjustment. Chase and I had sushi with friends for her birthday and I stuffed my face! It was SO good! I know what you are thinking... "you aren't supposed to eat sushi," well that's only if it's raw fish, and everything we picked was cooked. We even had one sushi roll that was hot. It was so so good! I definitely got my fix for the next few months.

Miss anything: Being able to bend over. I now have to squat to pick things up - like sumo squat.

Movement: I have felt baby boy every day. Mostly at night and early in the morning. I asked my doctor about the spasms, and he said that it's the baby and your body's way of interpreting the movement.

Food cravings: I'm taking out the cravings part, because I haven't really been craving much. I have enjoyed eating my "naked breakfast burritos" (no tortilla, eggs, sausage and a little hash browns topped with sour cream, avocado, and salsa). I have been trying to get my body used to eating eggs again - since I started becoming intolerant to the egg yolk in 2015. I started drinking probiotics which has essentially taken away the intolerance. 

Anything make you queasy or sick: Not sick at all!

Have you started to show yet: YES! and more and more people are asking me if I am pregnant now.

Happy or moody most of the time: I've been pretty happy this week. Since I'm not working anymore, I have noticed being home all day that if I don't have a list of things to do for the day I get pretty down.

Symptoms: Nothing aside from my aching hips. Which I'm working at stretching and using a lacrosse ball to help massage the area that aches.

Belly button in or out: Belly button is still tucked in. I'm pretty sure it's going to stay in. Who knows I still have quite a ways to go still.

Buys for baby: I'm adding this one from Chelsy's blog. I already have a diaper bag, and a nursing cover that I bought a few years ago. But I finally broke down and bought a cute little outfit and I will post a picture as soon as I get it. It has given me great anxiety to buy things for baby boy. Just like pregnancy tests, I worry that my buying something will jinx this pregnancy.

Prayer Requests: I'm also adding this one from her blog. I don't think it's ever a bad idea to ask for prayers. I know there are lots of people who would love to help, and praying is one way to do just that. So my prayer request this week is for baby boy to continue to grow healthy.

Looking forward to: I am going to a local blogger meet-up this week that I'm excited for. We are also buying a crib and dresser this week. We've waited a long time for this, and now it's getting more and more real. I can't believe we're just a shy 15 weeks away.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Things that are 23 Weeks + 5 days


How far along: 23 weeks + 5 days

Total weight gain: 23 pounds so far.

Maternity clothes: Loving them! They are comfortable, though my jeans always seem to fall down if I walk too much. I still wish they had belt loops so you could pull them up that way.  

Stretch marks: Don't have any stretch marks as of this morning.

Best moment this week: I had my last day at work on Friday. It was both exciting and sad. I have been there for 4 years, and I have grown to love a lot of the people I work with. I know it's not the end and I can still see them, but it's sad that I won't get to see them every day.

Miss anything: I know that my lack of sleep is only going to get worse from here, but I do miss it.

Movement: It has been good and bad. I've scared myself a few times into thinking I laid on my belly wrong or my back and I hurt the baby. But then I poke and prod at my belly and he seems to move. I still only feel him below my belly button. I have started getting weird twitches/muscle spasms other places on my belly.

Food cravings: Nothing out of what I've been normally eating this week.

Anything make you queasy or sick: This week has been good! Nothing has made me sick.

Have you started to show yet: All the time now.

Happy or moody most of the time: I've been more moody this week than any other week. I know stress causes my moodiness, and because I was leaving my job I think that caused me to be on edge.

Symptoms: Nothing aside from my hips aching. Which I'm going in for another massage this next week, so that should help.

Belly button in or out: Belly button is still tucked in.

Looking forward to: Being able to get a few more hours of sleep. I have a doctors appointment, and this upcoming week marks "viability" for us. I never thought we would ever get to this point. I can't believe the day is getting closer and closer to meeting our little boy.

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.