Thursday, January 30, 2014

It's a...


Let's start at the beginning.
We had our halfway-point ultrasound on Wednesday of week 19, but told the tech we didn't want to find out the gender. When she got the money shot she wrote the answer on a sheet of paper, sealed it in an envelope, and I took it to a bakery. I was SO hard not to look, especially when the lady took a quick peek at the paper and handed the envelope back to me.

Originally I wanted to go with a "What will it bee?" theme and decorate in yellow/white/ and grey colors, but when I looked for e-vites with that theme I couldn't find anything. When I went shopping for decorations and found some wrapping paper with multi-colored polka dots. Sold. I found some paper straws and matching napkins at Target and made some bright multi-colored yarn pom pom garlands to hang in the kitchen and living room.

Gender Reveal Chalk Board

Gender Reveal

Baby Names


Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal
One of my favorite party decorations are these super easy tissue poofs. I first made them several years ago for Will's graduation party and they've made an appearance at almost every event since. 

Gender Reveal Cake

I wasn't exactly thrilled that she decorated the cake in pastels, but it was soooo tasty I quickly forgot about it.
Gender Predictions

Gender Reveal Decor

Team Boy
Everyone who thought it was a boy

Team Girl
Everyone who thought it was a girl
 I love this next series of photos. Cake cutting time!

Gender Reveal Cake Cutting

gender reveal cake

At this point I knew it was blue for boy, but Will, being color blind, still had no idea what color it was.

Gender Reveal Cake

Still not sure I'm telling him the truth...

gender reveal cake

Oh my gosh, it's a boy!

Gender Reveal cake
It's a boy!

Gender Reveal predictions

As you can see, we were a pretty divided party!

A huge thank-you to my mother and sister-in-law, without whom I never could have pulled off this party. We are also so thankful for all our friends and family who made the trip over to celebrate this big moment with us. It means so much to know that this little guy already has so many people who love him so much.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

19 Weeks

I am almost caught up on these postings; I don't plan to get behind again!

I hit 19 weeks last Sunday.

Enjoy the terrible iPhone photos.

Stats for the week: 

Feeling: Hip pain on the right side. It's been pretty bad a few times, mainly in the evenings but also a few times at school. It's only on the right side; when it starts hurting I have to limp when I walk. I talked to the midwife about it at my appointment on Tuesday, and she recommended told me to go to the chiropractor and/or get a massage. I mean, if you insist.  There's a chiropractor just down the street from us that has a wellness plan for only $50 a month and you get four adjustments per month with that, so I signed up for the plan yesterday. I can't wait to go on Monday to get some of this pain relieved.

Craving: nothing- I think it's about time to retire this category

Baby is the size of a: mango

Workouts: Only three times of Crossfit this week. I'm officially not doing warmups that require lying on the belly or back (which sometimes means I get to hold the plank for three minutes)

This week we also got to have our second ultrasound! It was so hard to not ask for the baby's gender; I think the ultrasound tech had a really hard time not saying "he" or "she" after she got the money shot. I love getting to see our little one; this time the tadpole (what we've been referring to it as since the first week we knew about it) was moving around quite so much as it was at our twelve-week ultrasound.


I have a tournament this weekend with my kiddos, so Will is going to be in charge of cleaning the house for our gender reveal party on Sunday. We are SO excited to find out if this is a little Mr. or Miss.

Will snapped this photo last night about midnight as I was finishing up some pom-pom garland for the party today.

You know, one good thing (amongst many) about being pregnant is that you never feel like you have to suck it in for photos.

I LOVED how it turned out :)


18 Weeks

This was my first week back to school for the semester and the week I told my kids I am pregnant. Their reactions ranged from super-excited to unimpressed, which is about what you'd expect for a fourteen-year-old.

I finally invested in some Gap maternity jeans, which was a really really good decision. I was really hesitant at first because of the price (I don't even pay that much for my normal jeans!), but after dealing with Target's maternity jeans for several weeks I decided it would be worth it. They are both demi-panels, which I didn't think I would like, but so far I've found they stay up better than the full panel-jeans. As of now, I've learned that cheaper tops from places like Old Navy and Target are find, but it's worth spending more on pants.

Weekly Stats: 

Feeling: Pretty well! I wouldn't say energy is abounding but I feel much more rested after having a few weeks off of work.

Craving: Junk food. Sigh. Why is it at this critical time in my life all I want is the super unhealthy stuff?

Baby is the size of a: sweet potato

Workouts: Four days of Crossfit and one good walk with the dogs!

My mother-in-law called Saturday morning to see if we wanted to join her on a trip to the farmers' market; I had just been researching farmers' markets in our area earlier this week, so it was perfect timing. We had a cold front come in for a few days earlier this week, so I was afraid there wouldn't be anything at the markets, but I was pleasantly surprised at the second and third ones we went to.

I came home with some wonderful Romaine, clementines, new potatoes, green beans, and honey from the second place we stopped. I hate that the only times these markets are open are when we're at Crossfit or I'm out of town at a tournament with my debate students.

We've been thinking of some things we can do once the baby gets here to make our lives a little easier, and I think we're going to look into a CSA option so we can have produce delivered to our house.

In other health-related news, I woke Tuesday morning this week knowing that I was going to throw up. I had a little nausea right around weeks six and seven, but never nothing to this extent. I was tempted to call in sick to work, but once I got there I felt a little better. However, then I started wondering if I had food poisoning from going out to the dinner theater the night before and I started to freak myself out a little. All I had heard about food poisoning was that it could be deadly to a fetus and I pretty much convinced myself I had food poisoning. To make matters worse, I didn't feel the baby move for a little over a day, which is strange now.

I was very close to texting my midwife, who made it very clear that I could at any time, but I was still afraid of being *that mom* who freaks out about every little thing. However, this worry starting eating at me in a way it hasn't yet this pregnancy. I know worry is a natural part of parenting and it's inevitable, but so far I haven't had to deal with it. The day I found out I was pregnant the nasty thoughts started creeping up, but God very clearly and firmly told me to stop worrying and enjoy the blessing he has given to us. I have heard his voice with this same message repeatedly over the past few months and I have been very much at peace. But all of the sudden this week, that peace was gone. Or maybe it's better to say that I just couldn't feel it.

Finally, after a few days of feeling unrest, Will sat me down to talk about what was going on. After some prayer and a good nights' sleep, I felt much better the next morning and the baby started kicking again pretty soon after that.

Until next week!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

17 Weeks

Well, we finally have our computer back after it was in the shop for a few weeks. Sometimes I really dislike technology, but I suppose I am glad to have the computer back. Blogging is not really possible on an iPad.

Week 17 was my last week of Christmas break and I'm happy to report I made the most of it.

My brother and sister-in-law finally returned from their visit/vacation to the East Coast so we enjoyed the weekend with them before my SIL and I had to go back to school. 

We love Catan!

Stats for the week: 

Feeling: Much less tired. I've awaited this day for a while and just when I thought it would never happen, I suddenly realized one day that I was falling asleep every half hour. I think a combination of the break and getting well into the second trimester. 

Craving: Not much this week. Although my wonderful mother-in-law heard my plea for homemade cheesecake and made it happen!

Baby is the size of: onion

Workouts: I wish I had written it down, but I believe this week was a three-gym-days and one long walk with the dogs weeks. Everything at the gym is still about the same as last week. I get pretty winded much more easily than I'm used to, and my times are suffering on the cardio-heavy workouts. However, still feel pretty good and am happy with where I'm at. 

Dinga (a.k.a. Mu Mu) also got to go live with her forever family this week! She was abandoned by the family who adopted her this summer after we rescued her.  

With it being my last free week, I got a jump start on getting some things together for our Gender Reveal Party on the 19th. We are so excited to finally be able to call this little tadpole a "he" or "she." 

I originally wanted to go with a "What will it bee?" party and do lots of yellow/grey/honey bees, but it was surprisingly hard to find decorations and an e-vite for that theme, so multicolored polka dots it is!

Stay tuned for a week 18 (oh, and 19 now... I've got to stop getting so behind!) update soon!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas! I hope you all have gotten to spend invaluable time with friends, family, and loved ones this week and that you were able to slow down and truly enjoy the reason for the season.

We decided during the summer that Will and I would host my mom and brothers at our house for Christmas this year. They haven't been down since we moved into our house almost two years ago, so we all felt like it was their turn to make the 11-hour drive down here.

We put up our Christmas decorations the weekend before Thanksgiving since we knew the three-week sprint between Thanksgiving and Christmas would leave hardly any time for us to do it.

We splurged on a new beautiful 9-foot tree this year, since the 6-foot  hand-me-down from my mom wasn't quite cutting it. We used all the same ornaments we had, but I added a few gold and brown bulbs, the red sprigs of berries, and the burlap garland. And yes, our pathetic star looked like that the entire season. Womp womp.

 Cozy blanket from Homegoods.

Next year there will be three stockings hanging!

We moved the bookshelves from where they normally stand to by the back doors to make room for the tree.

I had put all the extra bulbs in a basket by the small tree in the dining room. One day I came home from work after we left the dogs in the house for the day to find the basket overturned and bulbs all over the room. Lucy wanted me to know that she had nothing to do with that.

While I always knew in the back of my mind that we were hosting Christmas for my family and Christmas dinner for them plus five other people, it didn't really hit me that we were *hosting* people in our house until about Sunday before my family arrived on Monday. I was still sick at that point, so Will had to do most of the getting our house ready. I was originally supposed to fly to Amarillo first thing Monday morning and then drive back down with my mom and brothers, but I didn't think I would be able to get through the car ride considering how badly my back had been hurting. Three cheers for my mom, who got the call Sunday evening that she would be driving the whole thing herself.

Will came home from work early on Christmas Eve, saying I had gotten him sick. Poor guy battled through the worst of it that day and the next, taking just enough Dayquill to get him through the big parts of opening presents and later having everyone over for lunch. Otherwise he slept a lot, as you'll see in the pictures.

Also, I got to use my new camera lense for the following pictures. I LOVE it with all my heart; Will surprised me with it for Christmas after I used it on a friend's camera this summer in Honduras and I told him I wanted it before the baby gets here.

Will's friend from high school and his fiance just moved to Texas from Florida. Since they don't have any family down here, they joined us for the festivities.


 Dawson and I enjoyed some craft time Christmas night. I had picked up some ornaments from Hobby Lobby before they came for us to decorate. He loved it!

Will slept while we painted...

We were sad to see my family pack up on the 26th, and for the first time in four months, our house is quiet again.

We have packed up all the Christmas decorations, but they're still stacked in the dining room, waiting for us to take them back out to the attic. Since both of us have been sick and we both really needed a break after a long, stressful semester, we have been taking the break really slowly and enjoying our time together and with friends. Normally we would be "we have to get this done now!" but we've been content to do a little and then watch a few episodes of Law & Order or Property Brothers while the rest waits. I am so enjoying this quiet time in our lives before we have to kick everything into high gear before the semester starts again, we find out the gender of the baby, and get started on the nursery.

What was your favorite part of the week?
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