Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Things that are Pasadena California Mini Vacation

Chase and I had planned to attend the American Fertility Expo that was held in Pasadena, CA the last day of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) April 29, 2017. We were attending for our nonprofit, The Hope for Fertility Foundation

When we first set out to make plans for this event, we had no idea we were pregnant. Then we found out and knew it could be a hit or miss for me attending the event. We were originally planning on driving the 12+ hours to and from California. With Chase's brother getting married the day before, our only option was to fly. Thankfully Chase has been saving his miles from all his business trips and we were able to save more money by using points rather than paying cash.

We boarded our dogs for the weekend as family was unable to watch them. I think that was the hardest thing we had to do. Thankfully we were able to text and check up on them throughout the trip.

We flew out Friday night around 10pm. I opted out of the metal detector and body scanner, which meant I had to get pat down. I have to say that was the most interesting thing to have done to date. I feel bad for those TSA agents that have to pat people down. It was very awkward for both parties involved.

We arrived at our hotel late and had to get up fairly early to get to the expo to set up.

Once at the expo I met up with a few Instagrammers to give them some free tickets. I was a little sad that I wasn't able to meet more of the ladies that lived there. At the expo we met a lot of other fertility clinics and other businesses relating to fertility.

After the expo we met up with Justine from "Finding Joy in Infertility" and we had a great chat.

The next day I wanted to be adventurous and hike to the Hollywood sign. We ended up not being able to find the trail head. It ended up working out because it was hot (for me) and we didn't have sun screen, hats or water with us. 

We then headed down to Venice Beach, and realized that parking was outrageous! By that time it was 12-1pm and there were small parking lots wanting to charge $30 for a full day's rate. It obviously wasn't a full day, and I was not willing to pay that much. I asked if they had half a day's rate, and they said no, and I said no thanks and drove off. They had an empty lot with no business. We ended up finding a parking meter that was a few blocks away from the beach, and the Venice Canals.

Chase and I took our time walking through the canals. It was unfortunate that it was low tide, and there was hardly any water in the canals. Regardless it was still fun.

 A Flamingo! Love this!

 This house was a nice bright color.

Then we saw all these cool plants and succulents:

We walked on the boardwalk in Venice Beach and I got to put my feet in the ocean, which felt so so good (especially when you have cankles).  The sand was SUPER hot, and was burning my feet, and I didn't bring my flip flops to the beach. I ended up running to get out of the sand as quickly as I could.

I did make an observation while at the beach... I saw maybe 1-2 women who were pregnant, everyone else was young and appeared to be single. I'm not sure if that's because it was a Sunday and there were still people attending a church service? But I thought it was odd. 

We then drove out to have dinner with my old roommate, Angelynn and her family. Though we didn't have a long visit, it was still nice to briefly catch up.

The following morning we met up with my cousin, Alexandra, for breakfast and had a short visit with her before our flight left.

It always amazes me how busy LA is, and the airport was not any less busy.

Overall it was a nice quick trip, but being 32 weeks pregnant really took it out of me. I'm amazed at what I thought I could do before getting pregnant (weekend warrior type person) to now just being able to go for a walk or cleaning the house.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Things that are 36 Weeks

We're in the final few week countdown!

How far along: 36 weeks + 5 days
Total weight gain: At least 36 pounds per doctors visit, but it looks like I went down in pounds. Though I am measuring right on track.

How I’ve felt in my workouts: Working out is hard. I have been trying to still go on walks and do my weekly barre workout. I went to barre this past week, and got motivated to start walking at least 1 mile every day until baby comes.

Stretch marks: I got a few stretch marks this past week. We'll see how many more show up.

Best moment(s) this week: It was a good and bad moment... I had 2 appointments, one with our OB and one with our Doula. At my appointment with our OB, I got tested for group B strep, and then was totally caught off guard that he was also going to be checking me. Since I wasn't expecting that, I was in a serious amount of pain - did he use his whole hand?! Cause that's seriously what it felt like! Now I know he'll be checking at every appointment so I will hopefully be able to relax before that happens again. The other appointment with our doula, she helped reassure me and gave me much needed confidence, and I'm excited to have good labor support from both her and Chase.

Miss anything: Putting shoes on and not having swollen feet all the time. I just move my ankles, and I can feel that they are swollen and sore. I think that is one of the worst parts about being pregnant.

Movement: He loves to move and be active. He even likes to hide from the doppler.

Food cravings: I haven't been able to handle eggs for the past few weeks. I've been eating more Kodiak Cakes for breakfast instead.

Anything make you queasy or sick: I haven't been sick or queasy, but I have had headaches on and off all week, even with drinking plenty of water.

Have you started to show yet: Of course.

Happy or moody most of the time: Fairly happy, not too moody - except when someone is moody to me.

Symptoms: I've been getting more braxton hicks, and more pressure on my cervix. No heartburn (thank goodness!!) but exhausted. 

Belly button in or out: Flush, and sensitive when I try and press on that area. 

Buys for baby: I bought a car seat cover, and this great diaper rash cream called Calmoseptine, that is supposedly way better than Desitin or any other rash cream.We'll see if it lives up to its name.

Prayer Requests: That him being head down in my cervix won't cause any damages or delays after he's born.

Looking forward to: A long weekend with Chase. I am running/walking my first race on Memorial Day and am excited to do it with Chase. We also had a family get together this weekend. I'm also happy for weekly appointments with my OB - it means he's almost here!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Things that are Week 35

I know this is about a week late, but I really wanted to post.

How far along: 35 weeks + 5 days (when I would've posted)

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

How I’ve felt in my workouts: I've been feeling more and more exhausted as I get bigger and bigger. I know that is to be expected. I attended barre on Monday. Friday went for a walk , and on Saturday wanted to go for a hike, but ended up walking on the trail down by Utah Lake with Chase.

Stretch marks: None yet.

Best moment(s) this week: I got a massage and an adjustment from my chiropractor. We also took Pepper to a behavior training class with other problem dogs.

Miss anything: Being able to do things without feeling exhausted. I have to break up cleaning the house because I get winded easily.

Movement: Lots and lots. He doesn't like me sitting a lot of the time, so I have to get up and move around.

Food cravings: I haven't really had an appetite, but I have been wanting fish tacos for a while. I'm not one to really like fish tacos, but I saw a recipe for fish tacos on Pinterest and had to go get me some.

Anything make you queasy or sick: Low blood pressure has made me feel sick and lightheaded. I have to make sure I have a protein bar or something sweet to help.  

Have you started to show yet: Every day.

Happy or moody most of the time: Overall happy, but there were a few days where I did a relaxation to help calm me down. Chase has noticed that my anxiety and moodiness has dwindled because I'm relaxing almost daily.

Symptoms: Mainly just exhaustion, and not feeling prepared for birth.

Belly button in or out: Belly button is flush, doesn't look like I will be an outie.

Buys for baby: Nothing this week. I did however make a list and start price matching items for things we need.

Prayer Requests: That I will be ready to birth our baby when the time is right.

Looking forward to: Getting as many naps in as I can before he comes.

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! :)