Friday, July 22, 2011

25 Weeks

We looooove our little girl. We talk to her and about her all the time, and I've got about half of my sewing projects for her done! Can't wait to move to our new apartment next month and set up her nursery.

I'm in Houston right now visiting my big sister and her family. She had a sweet little girl 2 weeks ago, and I love holding her and looking at her. I especially love when she falls asleep on me. She's so adorable! It sure makes me anxious to hold my own little girl!

Here are some symptoms and stats:
  • My sister recommended measuring my stomach at my belly button. Right now, I'm 35.5" around. Scarlett O'Hara was 18.5" in Gone With the Wind...unnatural, huh?
  • My legs, back and tailbone are sore. I suppose that even though I don't look that big, there are still lots of changes that my body has to adjust to.
  • Russ and I go on walks almost every day, and I have to walk SO slow and rest often. 
  • I enjoy lots and lots of kicks from my girl each day. You can see them on the outside now, and sometimes Russ and I just watch my stomach jump around.
  • Still throw up once a week.
  • People can definitely tell that I'm pregnant now, and the options in my normal wardrobe are getting smaller and smaller. I've got a few maternity shirts now, but luckily when I wear those I still have lots of room to grow into them. I can still put a hair-tie through the button hole on my pants, but can't really zip them up anymore... I guess it's almost time to switch to skirts and dresses. 
  • No stretch marks (yet?) Hooray!
  • Happy to report that I'm not as super sensitive to smells as I was earlier. Russ may disagree with that, however, since I still tell him almost daily that he is too stinky.
  • Gained 5 pounds in the past 4 weeks again; 11 pounds total since my 8 week appointment.

Monday, July 18, 2011


 Highlights of 22:

- Teaching Kindergarten and LOVING it
- Trips to Houston, Coeur d'Alene, Boise, and Mesa
- Car accident on icy freeway
- 2nd Anniversary with Russy-poo
- Our baby girl who is just negative 15 weeks old

Things to look forward to at 23:
- Meeting our little girl!
- Russ getting into grad school for fall of 2012
- The 2 bedroom apartment we move into next month
 - Family coming to visit for baby blessing
- Teaching Kindergarten again
- 3rd Anniversary

Birthdays are the best. There's nothing like saying, "It's my BIRTHDAY!" over and over during the course of a day ... for no apparent reason ....which I did. It makes you feel special, especially when you have a husband who cheerfully responds with, "Yeah! It's your birthday!" every time.  If saying, "Today is a GREAT day" instilled half as much joy, I would say that too.

I was a little nervous about this birthday, however, since Russ had to work and he was studying for the GRE (which he is taking right this very moment), but it was still WONDERFUL! We were able to go out to breakfast at Kneaders before he had to work, then I sewed and shopped - mostly for fabric to make more baby projects. The shopping wore me out so much it's embarrassing (3rd trimester must be near) so I took a 2 hour nap. When I woke up, Russ was done working, and I had a pile of presents Russ had surreptitiously been hiding. [That's right: surreptitiously. Can you tell I've been helping Russ study for the GRE vocab? We bust out big words every now and then...and probably use them incorrectly half the time.] For dinner, Russ took me to Texas good (I should mention that both meals were paid for by gift cards I've had for months :D), and then we had some friends come over for cake and games. If you ask me, that's pretty much a perfect day.
 This cake took way too long to decorate, but I really enjoyed doing it.

Here's a sneak peak of the 25 week belly until I post a better one. Russ snapped random pictures of me throughout the day. What I really want to know about this is what I'm doing and why I have my arm around my dresser (in the mirror).

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Family on the 4th

We went to Portland for a wonderful family reunion over the 4th of July weekend. In the 5 days we were gone, we spent time with almost all of my extended family, and Russ even got to see his brother (who was in Portland for business - at our same hotel!) All of the Carsons were there except Lissa, Jason, and Kiera since Lissa is due to give us another niece any day!

One of the highlights of the reunion for me was a joint baby shower for my cousin and I. We're due on the same day; she's having a boy. I could not believe how many outfits I got! I absolutely love how cute and tiny the clothes are - especially the little ruffles on the bum. I also think the little polka dots, flowers, butterflies, and animals are so precious. I don't think I'll have to buy clothes for the first year, and she'll be the best dressed baby ever! :) All of my aunts and cousins were so generous! We had to split everything up in multiple suitcases to get them all home.
Blue and Pink - in honor of a baby boy and girl!
A very small sampling of the baby shower loot!

Our 6 month-old nephew, Daniel, was DEFINITELY the hit in our family. :) We all took turns holding him, playing with him, or just being around him so as not to miss a single cute moment or facial expression!
He's such a happy little guy!
Garrett and Tyler helping Daniel swim. He loved to kick and splash in the water.
The boys doing target practice
Playing volleyball with the fam
 The 4th of July!

Russ and Tyler practicing their reactions before the fireworks began.
Daniel was a champ during the fireworks. He actually wasn't phased by them at all.
Russ, Tyler, and I were supposed to fly out on Thursday afternoon, but we missed our flight! I've been on a lot of airplanes in my day and never done that before. We literally got there 1 minute late. After spending 40 minutes on the phone with Delta, Russ got us flights for the next day and despite some of the charges being waived, we'd have to pay $150 each. As I lamented about that, Tyler gets this grin on his face and decides he's going to play 'bad cop'. He spent the next 40 minutes on the phone with Delta, doing things like calling them crooks and asking why they'd just leave him behind and he sounded like some mix between a redneck and a guy from the ghetto. I kept telling him that being a jerk would take away his chances of ANY "discount" at all. Instead he ended up getting booked on the same flight as Russ and I and paying $0! Russ was shocked because he played the nice guy and still had to pay - so he spent about another 30 minutes talking to a Delta representative at the airport about the situation. The rep could NOT believe Tyler actually got the fees dropped, so he decided to help us out. Nearly 2 1/2 hours later, we left the airport, giddy because although we'd missed our flight, we had seats booked for the next day, and we didn't have to pay anything. Plus we had a great story to tell! We decided to celebrate by going out to dinner.

As a side note, to keep myself busy since school has been out, I've been working on a couple projects. I made some file folder games for my niece who just turned 3 and have been sewing bibs and burp cloths. I have lots of sewing projects planned for the baby. This has been my first solo sewing project, and it's been a lot harder than I expected, but I still love how they've turned out.