24 weeks!

How big is baby? Book value is 8.5 inches from crown to rump. Supposedly my uterus is also the size of a soccer ball right now! Crazy.
Maternity clothes? Same old regular clothes, and I was happy to discover that my swimsuit still fits!
Sleep: Excellent.
Best moment this week: Having a long weekend with Michael and my mom!
Movement: Consistent and strong! I don’t really know when this girl sleeps! Sometimes I lie awake in bed late at night, even after Michael is asleep, to play with her. Last night I wanted to see if she could find and kick my hand if I put it in any random place on my belly (instead of just where I know she’s been kicking), and she did! It’s also still fascinating to watch my belly jumping on the outside with her movements!
Food cravings: Ice cream sundaes… mmmmm.
Miss Anything? Can’t think of anything.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I feel sick if I go too long without eating or don’t eat enough.
Gender: Baby girl!
Belly Button in or out? In but still weird!
Exercising? Ran 22.88 miles this week AND swam laps. Boo-ya! I even had a stranger (a  young mom on the playground with her kids) yell out to me while I was running “Good for you for running!”
Mood: Happy and so grateful for this little girl.
Looking forward to: Summertime and more swimming!

happy memorial day!

Hopefully everyone had a fun weekend! We did! My mom came up and spent a couple of days with us. We did some shopping for the baby, made ice cream sundaes, and went to eat at Cookout for the first time (YUM)!

Our friends Adrianne and Ryan had invited us to their barbecue, so that’s where we went on Monday! I had originally planned to bring scalloped potatoes, but a few hours before we were supposed to be there I changed my mind. CAKE is way more fun (and it’s a good thing I didn’t bring the potatoes, because someone else had the same idea)!

What better cake to make on Memorial Day than an American flag? I was striving for accuracy, so I had Michael help me measure out the stripes and the blue. Everything was almost perfect until I made the stars too big and ran out of room. So much for precision.

Having too few stars didn’t affect the deliciousness rating!

Everyone had a good time (and the boys may or may not have launched a Pepsi can into the air to watch it explode…)

After the barbecue, we went to the pool! It was our first time there this season, and I can now say that it officially feels like SUMMER! The water was still just a little bit cold, though.

Mom just relaxed and read some magazines.

I missed being able to go off the diving board, but Michael more than made up for my lack of jumping. He’s crazy!

I’m grateful for all the people who have served and sacrificed for our country so that we can enjoy beautiful days like these with our families. Thank you!

23 weeks

Twenty-three weeks already? Time is flying by!

How big is baby? Book says 8 inches long from crown to rump!
Maternity clothes? Still wearing regular everything! I am loving that extra-long cami though (I think I’ve worn it in most of my weekly pictures)! My shirts are still long enough by themselves, but I just like its extra insurance!
Sleep: Pretty good, but my upper back seems to have a permanent knot in it from sleeping on my side.
Best moment this week: Getting to meet and hold our friends’ 3-hour-old newborn baby girl. I have never held a baby that new! It was such a special experience, and made me both excited and a little nervous for our munchkin to get here.
Movement: She is still CRAZY! She’ll move throughout the day, but seems to get especially active late at night. I’m mentally preparing for her to be wide awake at midnight once she gets here! She also seems to start kicking every morning around 6:30. I guess that’s her way of saying “good morning!”
Food cravings: Twizzlers are still number one! Pizza and ice cream are high on the list, too.
Miss Anything? As cute as a little baby bump can be, I am kind of missing my waist. I look back at pre-pregnancy photos and wonder how I didn’t see how fit I was! I’ve gained about 6 lbs so far, so hopefully it won’t be too hard to get back in shape post-baby.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! I even cooked and ate chicken on Sunday!
Gender: Princess!
Belly Button in or out? In, but I can’t lie… it’s starting to look a little weird.
Exercising? 22.88 running miles!
Mood: Happy!
Looking forward to: My mom coming this weekend!

happy 3rd anniversary, best friend!

Yesterday was our 3rd wedding anniversary! I can’t believe how fast the years are flying by, and I know that they are just going to get faster and faster, especially once our little girl gets here!

So much has changed since we got married. We’ve both grown and learned so much about ourselves, each other, and life in general. I’m so grateful for all the encouragement and love you show me, Michael! Thanks for being my very best friend.

We had a fun, simple evening. Michael came home from work, peeked his head in the kitchen doorway… and then pulled these BEAUTIFUL flowers from behind his back!

I love them, and honestly, they are the best ones he’s ever given me- they’re in a pot, so hopefully they’ll last more than a few days!

He also surprised me with Twizzlers (my most favorite thing lately!)

I also found this little note on my keyboard. He left it there in the morning, but I actually didn’t see it until he got home. Whoops!

We went out to the mall for ice cream, and afterward just talked, walked, and looked at baby girl clothes! I love my buddy, and I’m glad that we can have a good time anywhere, as long as we’re together!

s’more fun

There is no doubt that one of my very favorite parts of going camping is the food. Hot dogs roasting on sticks; marshmallows catching on fire (well, mine usually are. Isn’t that how everyone does it?)

I’m probably a hazard to the forest and everyone around me when I try to make s’mores over a campfire. So, if you’re anything like me, these “s’mores cookies” might be the solution to your troubles! I made these this weekend for our date night, and they were a big hit. In fact, the recipe made so many cookies that we couldn’t possibly eat them all, so we shared with the neighbors. If you don’t have four stomachs or friendly neighbors, I’d probably cut this recipe in half.

We even tried to make a tent in our living room, but got tired and gave up. We’re lazy campers! Oh well, maybe next time!

22 weeks

Look! My belly finally popped out!!

How big is baby? Book value is 7⅔ inches from crown to rump!
Maternity clothes? Surprisingly, my regular jeans are more comfortable this week than they were last week. I’ve even got a little extra room in them again!
Sleep: Good, except that I’ve been staying up too late again.
Best moment this week: Making all sorts of baby things with Mom I., like a quilt, curtains, swaddling blankets and burp cloths!
Movement: She’s kicking right now! At our check-up on Monday the nurse-midwife put the Doppler on my belly, and munchkin immediately started kicking it! She has pretty good aim and will kick my hand when I put it there, so she was just playing as usual! She earned the title of “little showoff” from the nurse-midwife though!
Food cravings: Still Twizzlers… and s’mores!
Miss Anything? Running without feeling the need for constant bathroom breaks.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Cooking chicken is still not on my to-do list.
Gender: Little baby GIRL!
Belly Button in or out? In!
Exercising? Still 22.88 miles per week!
Mood: Content but sleepy!
Looking forward to: Finishing the nursery!

weekend deals

I did something this weekend that I wouldn’t usually do. Actually, I had never done this thing before, and even if I had, I probably wouldn’t have gone around talking about it.

I went shopping this past weekend. At a thrift store! What?!

And I realized just how awesome it can be! With my belly finally starting to grow, I have started to think about how on Earth I plan to cover it up in the next few months. And you know what? I don’t want to spend a ton of money on maternity clothes that I am hardly going to wear.

So I bought someone else’s things that look new, and only spent about $28 instead of what would cost about $150 (and that’s a conservative estimate)!

I couldn’t go shopping without getting something for baby girl… so she got some $1 apiece pants! I LOVE these because they aren’t just PINK like so many other baby pants out there… and there are no ruffles on the butt!

take a hike!

On Saturday, our friends Breanna and Ben invited us out for a hike! The trail was probably about 4 miles long, and we had a whole lot of fun. I always love being out in nature and it was nice to finally spend some time with them.

Hiking is even better when you take a break to eat fruit snacks!

I had never been on this hiking trail before, so it was a fun new experience. There were some little waterfalls, but the truly awesome part was the rock formations!

Of course, there was also a whole lot of monkey business that went on. Like this.

And this.


And even this!

Please notice how there are no girl “monkeys” in any of these photos. We were well-behaved!

This little guy wanted nothing to do with any of us crazy monkeys.

Oh well. I love my monkey just the same, even if he does see the forest as a jungle-gym.

three life lessons

Lately I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotion and self-discovery. Here are some of the things I’ve learned lately.

1. Preparation really IS key. Whether that pertains to being ready to teach a lesson at church on Sunday, having a savings account or even exercising, everything definitely goes a whole lot smoother when you put in that little bit of time and effort beforehand. I’m so grateful that I have been able to devote some time each day to exercising, because I believe it is making pregnancy a whole lot easier for me than if I hadn’t. That small amount of preparation is keeping my heart and blood pressure healthy, my weight gain low, and will hopefully make for a somewhat easier labor and delivery. Running every day makes me a stronger person physically, so shouldn’t daily “spiritual exercise” strengthen me spiritually? It might seem like one day of prayer and scripture study isn’t all that significant, but add up all the knowledge and spiritual strength you acquire over time, and that really does make a difference.

2. My capacity to love is infinite. I can’t even understand it. Ever since we found out about our little munchkin, I have gradually fallen in love with her. After seeing her sweet face on ultrasound last week, my feelings and care for her have increased a million fold! I could cry pretty much just thinking about her. I love her so much and cannot wait to meet her and hold her. She has really started to develop a little personality in there: she’ll kick and punch my hand when I touch her, she responds to music, and this morning she started kicking as soon as she heard our voices start talking. I could never imagine loving anyone this much and I know that once she’s born, I’ll love her a billion times more than I already do. How much more does our Father in Heaven love us? I’m sure that we cannot even begin to understand how much He really cares.

3. One Sunday at church a few years back, I went home with a little print-out written by Sister Hinckley, titled “Is This What I Was Born to Do?” It talks about women in several different situations, including the story of Esther in the Bible. Esther played a monumental role in saving her people, but she first needed encouragement from her cousin, Mordecai, who said “Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14). The Church has solemnly declared the family to be ordained of God. It is the most important unit of society. As women, we have monumental influence on others, especially our families. Before I decided to become a mom, I honestly wasn’t sure if it was the right path for me. I doubted my abilities to raise and love a baby. I thought that maybe motherhood was for other women, who seemed more sure of themselves and had known that they wanted families since their own childhood. I didn’t think I was “good enough”. But I can testify now that motherhood is the right path. It is “what I was born to do”. I have already grown and changed so much these past few months because of this little person who depends on me. It took an act of faith decide to embark on this journey, but I know it was right, and I can hardly wait for all the learning and loving I’ll be able to experience in the future because of it.

21 weeks

How big is baby? Book says she’s about 7.25 inches long from crown to rump, but according to her measurements at the ultrasound, she’s got long legs! She also weighed in at 15 oz!
Maternity clothes? None yet, but my jeans are starting to feel a little tight and sweatpants have been my best friend these last couple days.
Sleep: Restless.
Best moment this week: Finding out about our PRINCESS! Also, Michael finally felt her move!
Movement: Lots! I saw my stomach moving from the outside!  It’s so weird, but so cool at the same time! She is definitely getting so strong! I think she even had the hiccups yesterday morning. She also reacts to music now, especially Luke Bryan. Her favorite song of his is “I’ll Stay Me”. I played it for her yesterday and could see the kicks coming like crazy. Michael says she just likes upbeat songs!
Food cravings: I’ve been thinking about rainbow Twizzlers for days and days, and when we finally went to the store, they didn’t have any! Life is so rough.
Miss Anything? Not pregnancy related, but I miss my Lelia! I want her to come visit and feel munchkin moving.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing in particular, but I have had a little nausea again lately… sometimes a little when I’m running.
Gender: Girl!
Belly Button in or out? In
Exercising? 22.88 miles last week and on track to do the same this week!
Mood: Happy and so ready for it to be September so we can hold our little sweetheart!
Looking forward to: Both of our moms coming in the next couple weeks… also, my first Mother’s Day!