Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Baby and Me #3: 35 Weeks

 (Wrote this a week ago, now 36 weeks as of today!)

Baby is as big as....

A pineapple, or a Large Diet Coke! I am measuring two weeks behind, but I was when I was pregnant with Patrick too, and the docs aren't worried yet! 

I'm Feeling...

Anxious that we are getting so close, I don't feel prepared quite yet. My "TO DO before BABY" list is a mile long, granted a lot of the things on it are like "paint my toenails, tint eyebrows, etc" I just want to feel as good about myself as I can this time. There are also other more important things like "clean car seat" "buy newborn diapers" etc. etc. I am also feeling excited! The boys are really excited and that is so fun to talk about with them. 

Food love/hate...

A little bit of my nausea has returned these last couple weeks, anytime I let myself get hungry I throw up and things aren't sounding as good. A big fat sandwich is still my go-to and overdone toast with peanut butter and jam in the morning. I still throw up Cafe Rio without fail every time. 

Three Pros from the last seven weeks....

1) This baby is by far my most active baby and her movements are so strong and defined. I LOVE IT!

2) I am full on nesting and loving putting the nursery together. I have had to get creative as we didn't get any new furniture but still make it different than Patrick's. I have spent some late nights with a hot glue gun and "trying" to sew some things. A few more little things and I think I will be done. I can't wait until there is a babe in that crib again. I love walking by it and feeling happy!

3) I am finally getting a decent sleep at night, thank you half a unisom and prayers. I am still teaching early mornings 5 days a week but will stop for a little once the baby comes. 

Three Cons from the last seven weeks....

1) Getting dressed every single day. I have been trying so hard to not buy maternity clothes, but trying to make my other clothes work is just cruel to them. I am not a fan of shorts in any form, and it is getting hottttt in Utah so that presents another problem. 

2) I feel like I have a little bit of PTSD coming back from my last two babies newborn stages and their 6 months of screaming and colic and absolutely no sleep for like 18 months. So that can feel a little daunting. I hope this baby is a little happier but I'm not getting too hopeful and trying to mentally prepare. 

3) Peeing on my bishop's sidewalk. It's a long and mortifying story you can ask me about sometime.

4) I don't have the good pregnancy hair this time around :( 

Looking Forward to...

Being able to keep crossing things off my list. Packing the teeny tiny doll clothes. The newborn smell. Seeing what she looks like. Deciding on her name.  Nursing again.  

Random Thoughts...

What did you guys dress your summer babies in? Still footie sleepers at night? Just onesies in the day?

I got preeclampsia with Patrick, I have been so nervous I would get it again this time around, but so far so good.

I have never been more than 38 weeks pregnant. So curious to see how and when this one happens.




Friday, April 26, 2019

Baby and Me #3: 27 Weeks

I'm 27 weeks as of yesterday and feeling pretty great. My constant nausea and throwing up went away at about 21 weeks and it has been glorious. I still have random bouts of it if I eat something I know I shouldn't like Cafe Rio or ice cream.  For the most part, I feel really great, I'm more tired than usual still but not being in a constant flu-like state and actually having an appetite again has made the mental game so much happier and easier.

I'm going to do this little question/answer thing like I did when I was pregnant with Patty like this, minus the cute fonts and colors. 

Baby is as big as....

One app says a head of cauliflower another says a head of romaine lettuce. If we are sticking with my "toy bumpdates" (which we are not apparently) I'm guessing it would be like a jack in the box, or a small kids football. 

I'm Feeling...

Pretty good! I AM getting frustrated about getting dressed every day. I burned all my maternity clothes at the end of my last pregnancy because I hated them so much by the end I and don't really want to buy new ones because this is most likely our last, so I'm trying to make it work. This is getting increasingly harder as I get bigger, but I'm glad it is finally warming up so I can wear more dresses. It still feels so far away that the baby will actually be arriving, and sometimes when Patrick is having a meltdown in Target or something I think "what are we doing?!" but for the most part, we are all super excited. 

Food love/hate...

Now that I have an appetite again, I have been eating a lot, too much usually. I have been craving Greek food, and green olives and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed all the delicious food my mom cooked while we were in Canada last week, not to mention the two meals we had at the wedding and like 3 dozen wings on a wing night out with friends while we were there.  I ate SO many apples my first trimester that I can't really think about eating another one for a long while, also not into burgers rn.

Three Pros from the last Five Weeks....

1) The baby is moving so much and so often. With Patrick, my placenta was in front so I didn't feel a ton on movement until late in the game and it wasn't as "clear" if that makes sense. This baby is already the movement I can see from the outside and it feels like she can kick in four places at once. I was putting Patrick to bed the other night and I was telling him to feel the baby kick with his hand. He looked at me really sad and said "why does the baby always kick you and me?  I had to explain that it is not kicking to be mean, but just moving.

2) We were in Canada for a week for my brother's wedding and Easter and it was no nice to not be sick on the long drive there and back and just feel like myself again and enjoy it without feeling like I would just rather be laying down somewhere. 

3) We have a list of top3 names and I think one of them will be the winner, it's been exciting to think about. 

Three Cons from the last Five Weeks....

1) I tried to go to the gym again, it was very defeating to see how much I couldn't do and what I had lost. Also, I have some unfortunate varicose veins (you know where :/) that make it really hard and painful to do any sort of exercise. 

2) Last week I went to a girls night in Salt Lake with a couple friends. I was unusually nauseous that day. I blame a mid-day Mcflurry mistake and just letting myself get super hungry.  I was struggling during dinner and couldn't enjoy the food like I wanted to. We were walking out to the car to continue our chat and I just started throwing up in the middle of the parking lot, I felt like a drunk, people were walking by. Then to make matters MUCH worse, while I was puking, I peed my pants. Then we went and sat in a friends car to go talk more and I smelt like pee and it was just a very low and humiliating moment for me. It will be funny one day I'm sure. 

3) I still have really bad insomnia, and really not getting enough sleep.  I think it has caught up to me this week, I have a rough cold and it is taking me out. Bummer you can't take the good stuff when you have a cold while pregnant too. 

Looking Forward to...

I am looking forward to the nesting bug biting me so I can get my butt in gear with the nursery. The boys have been loving sharing a room and there is so much I want to do with a little girls nursery, just need some more energy and like 5000 dollars ha! 

Random Thoughts...

I have only had babies in the winter, so I'm nervous about the summertime thing. I think I may be a little ambitious about what this summer is going to look like for us, but hoping for the best. 

I have had a couple middle-of-the-night calf cramps for the first time in my life lately. Those are very shocking and painful and I am not a fan. Need more bananas apparently.

Most. VIVID. weirdest dreams!

Ok so yes, I fell off the belly shot with comparable toy sizes train. I have taken a couple mirror selfies though of the bell bell. 

26 weeks
25 weeks

25 weeks

Monday, April 22, 2019

Everett is Six!!

Say it isn't so?! How is my baby six years old?! He really is just a wonderful kid! He is happy pretty much all of the time, he makes everything we do and celebrate more fun. Most importantly he is so kind and a friend to everyone. His kindergarten teacher said he is very social and all the kids love him! As hard as it is to watch time fly by so quickly, it is such a gift to watch him learn and grow and become his own little person!

Some things I don't want to forget about Everett at six:

He has an amazing memory and I love hearing about the random stuff he remembers. The other day he was talking to me and said "You know what was so so so so fun? That time we got free breakfast at the hotel two times, that was sooo lucky and awesome" He was referring to a hotel continental breakfast from like two years earlier.

He loves his friends so much. He is always asking to play with them, wondering about what they are doing and making gifts and notes for them.

He is really so so good with Patrick. Patrick can push his buttons like no one else and can try to bug him on purpose for attention, and although he gets irritated he has never hit Patrick back or anything and for the most part, is so patient with him.

He LOVES puzzles and games and mazes and science stuff.

He still is a mommas boy and loves to cuddle and is super sweet and affectionate.

Now that he remembers traditions and rituals and special stuff we do in our family every year, he looks forward to all of it SO much and remembers every detail about what we need to repeat.

He likes to be clean, always asks if we can clean his room together. He is a rule follower and tries so hard to be and do good. My brother was amazed this weekend that he kept asking me if he could have candy out of the candy basket he got, and if I said no, he really wouldn't eat the candy. He was like "why would he keep asking you? Why not just eat it, you would never know".

He loves the show Arthur, Disneyland, coloring and making crafts, his favorite classes at school are PE and Dance. He loves being around people and hates to play alone, he loves riding his bike and scooter, playing at the park, swimming is still his favorite thing to do.

He hates jeans, he does not like chocolate, tomatoes, mustard, and his favorites are carrot cake, lasagna, and spaghetti. He really does not like running errands with me or grocery shopping.

Here are some more of his favorites in his annual birthday interview video. (You can check out the other years on my youtube channel there too)

su·per·ca·li·fra·gil·is·tic·ex·pi·a·li·do·cious! Disneyland February 2019

Just posting some of my favorite pictures from our February trip to our happy place. This trip was rainy, so there was more crying and made us get a little more creative but we still had a blast! It was special because we did a little gender reveal with the boys and that was just the happiest (There is a video at the bottom of this post). I was 17 weeks pregnant so I couldn't do a lot of the big rides, and poor Patty is still 2 inches too short for the bigger ones so him and I were riding buddies.  Everett rode Space Mountain for his first time. He has been tall enough for years but was always too nervous, but he LOVED it and wanted to go again and again, he even put his hands up almost the whole time his second time.

I seriously treasure these trips, not just because I am a Disneyland addict, but because I get to see my best friend and her family in Newport and I get to spend uninterrupted time with my family.  I hope we remember it forever.

Disneyland Gender Reveal Video:

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Baby and Me #3

This is the dating ultrasounds they took ar around 12 weeks, the boys thought it looked like it had a mermaid tail and were pretty excited about that!

We are so excited to be adding another baby to our family this July! I have documented a lot about my other pregnancies on here so even though this blog is quite neglected, I want to write about it, so we can look back and tell this child we hadn't quite given up yet!

We found out a few weeks ago IT IS A GIRL,  and I am still in shock about it! I kept telling myself it was a boy and was so sure it was another boy so I was SO surprised when the tech told us we were having a girl! I kept asking her if she was sure and HOW sure? I still have a hard time referring to the baby as a "her" or "she" it just seems unreal. Let's just say there are some theories and "methods" we may or may not have employed to try and get a girl and I'm here to tell you that this sorcery seemed to have worked this time ;)

We found out we were pregnant just before Thanksgiving, I had a feeling from a few symptoms and was so excited/nervous to take the test. I told Ben when he was home for a lunch hour by showing him a picture of the positive pregnancy test, the poor third baby already getting the uncreative dad-tell, no play dough sculptures this time.

We decided it would be fun to wait until Christmas to tell our families and it was very hard to keep it a secret. My parents were visiting for Thanksgiving and I had to be careful about excuses about not wanting to go in the hot tub or not taking the ibuprofen my mom kept insisting on for my headaches.

The nausea and throwing up started at 6 weeks to the day.  It has been a hard first (and second so far) trimester.  It was really hard to stay positive for the first little bit. Every day was horrible and I just tried to get through it. I was feeling so sick constantly, everything sounded gross and eating became a chore. I was throwing up at least 3 times a day in the beginning and could barely get off the couch. Ben and I decided to tell Everett about the baby when I was about 8 weeks because I was feeling so guilty and he was getting worried about me and so we told him why I was sick all the time. It was a big risk but he kept the secret amazingly and was really sweet and understanding of his useless mom. I am now 20 weeks and can manage the sickness a little better. I usually feel good in the mornings and the nausea kicks in after lunch and it is the worst at night. If I eat small bland meals often it is better. I absolutely have learned the hard way no mexican, asian or indian food or strong flavors of any kind and I can't eat until I'm full either. I think it is getting a little better though?? With Everett, I was sick my entire pregnancy and that is what I am afraid of this time, so "surviving not thriving" is where we are at right now.  I do think I am starting to feel better though! After we put the kids to bed, I get in bed with my heated blanket around 8 o'clock and I don't leave. I live there now. Ben has lovingly given me the nickname "Willy Wonka" referring to the 4 grandparents who never leave the bed for 20 years. I haven't had a ton of cravings except cereal and toast are pretty consistent with what I can eat without feeling too sick. I actually have no desire for sweets which is opposite of my life in general and I actually have craved Taco Bell's cheesy gordita crunch's, which I throw up almost immediately.

I haven't worked out since Thanksgiving when I started feeling sick. It is pretty discouraging because I was feeling so great and in the best shape of my life before I got pregnant and now it feels like all that muscle I worked so hard for has disintegrated into mush. Walking up the stairs is hard, not to mention the thought of most healthy food is unthinkable for me.  I am trying to be gentle with myself and remind myself that there are seasons of life and I will be able to get there again when I am not in a constant flu-like state.

We told my family on Christmas morning. My brother was a little onto me because he was up late when I was throwing up in the bathroom. We wrapped up a jar of Prego pasta sauce and saved it for the last present. My mom opened it and was so confused! She was saying things like "ya I like this brand" and "oh were we out of pasta sauce?" Then we told her to look under the tissue paper and there was an ultrasound picture. Then everybody got it and Everett was bouncing off the walls finally able to tell everyone. We told the rest of the family when we got back to Utah and it was exciting to finally be able to get excited with everyone, not to mention I could stop pretending to not be sick all the time!

Other symptoms include crazy dreams, the worst headaches that I never had with my other pregnancies, insomnia, and pretty discouraging anxiety.  This last week I have felt the tiniest of movements. It is by far my favorite part of being pregnant so I am excited for that to be more regular and noticeable. 

Some other things I want to remember

  • Pretty much any strong scent makes me instantly sick. At Christmas when everyone was burning candles, I would secretly blow them out when no one was looking, even at peoples houses I didn't really know.
  • Ben made the mistake of putting on cologne before a date night one evening, and it was freezing and snowing outside but I had to drive with the window down the whole way to the restaurant. 
  • The day we found out the gender, I was sweating and had butterflies all day, I was shaking as we pulled into the appointment. I cried my eyes out when Ben and I got back into the car after finding out it was a girl. Happy tears!
  • We told the boys at Disneyland, we gave them a gift bag and if it was a stuffed little Minnie that meant it was a girl, and if it was a Mickey, that meant it was a boy! They were so happy and it was such a happy moment. Patrick is so sure the baby is named Minnie now. 
  • For as long as I can remember I thought I knew what I would name a girl if we had one, but now I don't like any of the names on my girl list! I keep finding more boy names I like! 
  • Ben has been great and stepped up so much. He cooks all the meat when I can't look at it, does all the dishes, will swoop up the boys and take them out when I can't move and rubs my neck and back when I have headaches every day. 

With Everett I did belly shots and sizes with fruits and vegetables, with Patrick it was junk food and this baby has been deemed toys! Next week it will be the size of a magic 8 ball! I know the belly shots in the beginning are pretty laughable, but it's fun to compare I guess!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Christmas in Canada 2018

Christmas was a month ago as of today. It seems sooooo much longer than that. January is officially the longest month of the year. Good thing I am blogging about Christmas now because sleigh bells and stockings are all but a distant memory on this January 72nd.

This Christmas we didn't know our plans until very last minute. It was technically our year to go to Canada and be with my family, but after waiting 18 months for Ben's citizenship to come through, we didn't think we would be able to.  Then, we got a letter in the mail. I picked it up from the mailbox as Ben was leaving for work, saw the "immigration services" in the corner and ran after Ben's car in the parking lot like a crazy person. We opened it up and saw his swearing-in date was for December 3rd! It was a Christmas miracle in my eyes!!

Here are some pre-Christmas festivities we enjoyed in December

Ben became a citizen of the US of A, it was an intense ceremony and I stayed loyal to Canada in my heart, but seeing people from all over the world stand to the pledge of allegiance, with Everett reciting it the loudest in the room was pretty special.
 This has become a fun tradition my boys talk about all year, The Lighting of the Riverwoods. We brought our friend along this year too!

The best picture we got from picking out our tree-please note Patrick running out of frame


December 1st. I started this tradition about three years ago to start December off with some Christmas spirit. A box under the tree with some new Christmas pj's to wear all year long, a new Christmas book to enjoy all month long and advent calendars, some candy canes etc.
We love putting mini trees in the kid's rooms. 

 This was actually at Thanksgiving at Ben's mom's house.  Her house and property is sooo beautiful in the snow! We had a really delicious and cozy dinner with family for Thanksgiving there.
Another lighting ceremony in Orem. These trees were amazingly wrapped? lighted? They were seriously impressive!

 SANTA!!!!!!! No tears this year, which I kind of miss actually. They were so funny and shy. Everett pulled "hot wheels" out of his butt, which he had not previously mentioned or asked for until 10 days before Christmas! Patrick asked for "a door, a nose, lipstick, Mickey and white hair" so there's that. I just love their sweet faces in this above pic.

This was also at Thanksgiving. My parents came down for the weekend and we spent it with so much family at the Zermatt Resort in Midway. It was so fun!! Fireplace in the villas after swimming outside in the snow, hilarious minute to win-it games that I will never forget and of course hitting the outlets at midnight on Black Friday! We soak up any grandparent time we can get!


After a looonnnngggg two-day drive to Lethbridge, we were so happy to be out of the car and at one of our favorite places in the world. We milked every drop we could of Christmas festivities those few days before Christmas. We made hundreds of homemade chocolates with my cousins one night, we made sad little gingerbread houses that the kids just "ate up". We had a huge Christmas Eve dinner at our house with over 50 family members. We ate sooo much food, had our famous white elephant exchange and opened Christmas eve pj's. After everyone left, we stayed up late wrapping presents, setting everything up and I had butterflies getting into bed and thinking of the next day.

Christmas Day morning was as exciting as magical as I expected. The kids were sooo happy and I although I got a lot of great videos of them opening their presents, I have no pictures.  We had crepes and my grandma's traditional mini quiche for breakfast. Then the kids insisted on playing and opening every single item they got and with emotional highs of the morning came some emotional lows. We counted down the minutes to a long Christmas nap and all was right again.

It snowed 3 days after Christmas, womp womp. We were all so sad to leave and  I was pulling out all my tricks to try and see if we could work in another week. It was a wonderful Christmas and the boys are at such fun ages, until next year St. Nick.

Got my POUTINE!! A canadian delicacy-french fries, gravy, cheese curds. It is sooo good and I have to get one every time I am home.
My mom trying out the massager they were pushing at Costco. It ended up under the tree for me and it has changed my life.

 The kid's white elephant exchange. Only a small amount of tears this year.

 All snuggled up in bed on Christmas Eve.

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