Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pregnant Life

First of all, let me just say that I really LOVE being pregnant.
I am poised and ready to go when it comes to this baby. July still feels like an eternity away.
There is only one caveat... I really miss food :(
So far, I haven't had any crazy cravings for anything. Just really love cheese and fruit right now. Although I definitely did just have a craving for those nasty terrible nachos that you get at baseball games... I gave into that one :) I do have to say, I never thought I would dislike food so much. I expected the queasiness but man, for someone who loves food and cooking as much as I do, this is much harder to deal with. It has started to ease up somewhat but I am really looking forward to having an appetite again. Sorry to my neighbors who might have heard me the other night dying outside my front door as I walked in and smelled the remnants of dinner. I can't control my nose or my stomach. I belong in a nursing home.
Note to self: Begin a nursing type home for pregnant women. You will make millions. But also suffer the wrath of never ending hormones.

I had my first real pregnant sleep this long weekend when I slept for 12 long and glorious hours. It was amazing. Ryan was so happy to have me sleep in. He's the best. I seriously did not want to come back to work. I loved being at home. I am so excited for maternity leave :)

Ryan has been awesome dealing with my lack of cooking and multitude of food aversions and my constant rush to the bathroom. He's a real trooper. So are the plastic bags that I always have on hand nowadays. I am a bag lady.
 And it is nice to be kind of able to cook again. I want to love being in my kitchen again. However, that whole love/hate relationship with food changes hour by hour still so most nights, it's a lot of me holding my breath while cooking and having the stove fan going full blast. It's just oh so much fun and Ryan is ready for me to cook normally again. He's tired of my lame excuses for dinner. My words, not his.

We have also been working hard on our weekends getting organized in the baby's room! Although now for some reason Ryan thinks that because we have a big empty closet in that room that it means its for him and his suits... Not so, my dear husband. If our mothers have their way with clothing our child, we will need all the closet and dresser space possible. We have moved a few things around in there and should be getting our baby furniture in the next month or so. We have a few pieces of furniture picked out and just need to make a decision... I am just impatient and need to get it done so it doesn't drive me insane that I don't have it. It will be much more of a reality, I think, once we get that all in the room. Right now it's still kind of unreal. 

But that dream does become more real every time I look in the mirror and see my tiny little bump get bigger and bigger. And every time we go to the doctor. I love hearing my baby's heartbeat. But I especially love seeing it on the ultrasound screen. So far, the baby has been mostly blob shaped but that's fine by me. I love my little blob.

This long weekend we apparently were missing the Middle East a bunch so it seemed like everything we did was something to do with that. We went and saw Zero Dark Thirty- Excellent movie. I know it's rated R but it was absolutely amazing. We also watched 5 Broken Cameras. It's an amazing documentary about Palestine and it was filmed by a man in a village that has been fighting against Israeli settlements. It's an emotional look at the facts on the ground there and it really made me miss those wonderful people so much. I really encourage everyone to watch this documentary. It is nominated for best documentary this year and its on Netflix. 

Back to baby. It is insane to think of all the things you need for your little one! I freaked out for about a month over different brands and things. For a while whenever I was reading through reviews it was almost as if some moms are coming through the computer screen guilting me into certain products telling me that my child will die if I don't get a certain stroller. But no more! I no longer will freak out about my child's life in a stroller :) I just can't wait now for my baby showers and see what I need to get and finish doing that fun part of having a baby

On a different note, I am so over this whole cold weather nightmare that is Utah right now. I don't know when this whole 'I'm burning up' pregnancy symptom is supposed to hit, but it can come anytime. I abhor being cold. Our pipes have frozen at least five times since we have been back and no matter what we do, it keeps happening. UNCOOL. I am glad we don't have a little baby right now since no matter what we do, it will forever be cold until the weather warms up and we would be spending a hundred dollars a month on heat alone. Apparently SoCal news stations have been freaking out about their weather being in the 50's... No sympathy. Bunch of wimps.

Sorry for the random subjects of this post. But I think you can see just how sporadic a pregnant mind can be  I will be posting the first baby bump picture soon! Just have to take one!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Looking back on 2012

Well 2012 has definitely been a whirlwind year for Ryan and I and we both realize that 2013 is going to be even more insane. But in a good way for sure :)

Recap of our amazing year:

I started a full time job that has been a major blessing in our lives
We moved apartments twice (and we will not be moving again...)
Ryan started working for the LDS Church as a financial analyst (another huge blessing)
Ryan started his Master's program at BYU (and got all A's his first semester!)
We have been all over the country (Southern Cali, Vegas, San Francisco, Myrtle Beach, Raleigh, etc.)
We have been to El Salvador and Peru! (Seriously miss Peru so much)
We bought a new car (since Ryan's got destroyed)
I have a new fish who I love to pieces 
We have made a million new friends that we are so grateful to know
We have both been super busy with church callings and activities
But, most of all, the greatest miracle of 2012 was finding out that our little family would be growing this year. 

I know that Ryan and I are both so grateful and humbled by the amazing life that we have together and neither of us could have imagined it to be anything different or any better.

2013 is going to be another grand year full of babies, weddings, adventures around the world and even more miracles. No future could be brighter :)

Happy New Year!

The best Christmas gift ever

I love the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Advent, New Years, you name it, I love it.
But this year it was extra special. 
If you haven't heard the news already.... We're having a baby!!

It definitely happened a whole lot faster than either of us were anticipating but the timing could not have been better. We are so happy that I am crying as I write this because I just want to have my baby now. 
We found out the week before Thanksgiving and it was SO HARD not to tell everyone we met immediately. We actually had dinner planned with our good friends Dan and Tia the day we found out and it was the worst thing in the world to not just run into her house and tell her. LAME.

So anyway, we were heading down to California a few days later anyway for Thanksgiving with Ryan's family and we decided that we would probably explode if we didn't tell someone. So we made a cute little card with a poem on it the Ryan wrote called Mistetoes and we gave it to Ryan's parents when we got there. It was so fun to see their reactions and to finally tell some people. 
Altogether, Thanksgiving was amazing to spend with family and to share our good news. 

We also decided to not tell my parents til we saw them in person at Christmas. So it was a very difficult few weeks for sure. It's kinad hard to hide morning sickness from everyone. Especially when it lasts all day and I can't really cook, eat or do anything. Joys of baby growing. 

We told my parents at Christmas when we saw them at Christmas and they were so excited. It's the first grandchild on our side and my parents and brother were just ecstatic. We had a great Christmas out in Myrtle Beach with my family and it was so fun to see my brother who just came back from his tour in the Navy. 

Needless to say, Ryan and I are so absolutely dying with excitement. We went in for our first appointment on December 14th and it was absolutely insane to be the one who was getting the ultrasound. We find out what we are having the beginning of the February right around our anniversary. CANNOT WAIT!!!

2013 is definitely going to be a big year for us and I just know (and hope) that time flies so we can meet our little sweet baby! Thank you 2012 for all your majesty. It's been fun