Sunday, June 26, 2011

Awwww, So Cute!

The other night Russ and I were looking at our baby pictures to try to imagine what our baby will look like. Based on pictures of us as newborns, we think she might be a little pudgy (but grow out of it). 
 With us as parents, though, she's bound to have blue eyes.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

We're Havin' a GIRL!

Yesterday was our ultrasound appointment; we were so anxious/nervous/excited. We didn't really care so much about whether baby was a boy or a girl, but we just hoped everything was developing and growing the way it should (and it is). It was so exciting to see our little baby, and it's incredible what technology could show us. What it showed is that we're having a little girl! I was shocked. I totally thought we were having a boy. The good news with a girl is that we don't have to come up with a name, because we have 2 girls names we like (but NO agreement on a single boy's name).

 Russ was SO CUTE during the whole appointment. He was so excited and teary-eyed. It was almost like it made this baby seem very real to him for the first time, and last night when we said our prayers, it was cute to hear him bless our "little girl". :) But if you know Russ, you know how excited he gets about things, and it was hilarious. He was just 'ooh'ing and 'aah'ing and laughing and saying, "Look at that!" the whole time. He is going to be such a good daddy to our little girl. I can't help but smile when I envision him at a tea party or trying to put her hair in a pony tail. :) For the record, I also know he'll be an incredible daddy for our little boy(s?) in the future.

Now for the belly picture. I thought I'd wear pink this time in honor of our baby girl. I'm still pretty little, I think, but people are starting to notice my baby bump when I go out in public.
The heart necklace is from one of my students - he told his mom he HAD to get me a necklace. Russ was jealous. ;)
The first thing the ultrasound showed was the head and then when the nurse looked at the face, our little girl immediately put her hands over her face to hide. It was so cute. She also did TONS of kicking. I was nervous before since I hadn't felt lots of movement, but when I actually saw her kicking, I realized the little pops I have been feeling really were kicks. She was laying with her feet all stretched out, kicking away the whole time (which is funny because a few nights ago I was pretty sure I felt kicking and it was in the same place, so I guess she has a favorite position :D). I loved looking at her tiny little feet too.
Covering her face :)
This was taken in the act of kicking, which is why there is only one foot. I can't believe you can see all the bones! It's so cool!
For memory's sake, I'll write a little about the past 4 weeks, symptoms-wise. It has been really calm, but I'm glad it hasn't been this easy the whole time because being sick really made me appreciate this wonderful 2nd Trimester.
- Since I only throw up now once a week or less and I have my normal appetite back, I've gained 5 pounds in the 4 weeks since my last visit! I hope I don't get too huge before the end!
- I didn't really start feeling kicking until this week. Last week I think felt "fluttering" like I had swallowed a very active butterfly, but for the most part I just feel little pops deep inside my stomach or a series of distinctive thuds. They are hard to describe and different than I expected, but still pleasantly surprising every time. One night I knocked on my stomach and said, "Baby! Are you in there?" so any movement is reassuring for me.
- During the 1st Trimester I had to nap every day. Now I can handle a more 'normal' sleep schedule, but sometimes I'll just wake up at about 5am and I have no idea why. I'll usually just lay there, eat something, and fall back to sleep after about an hour. Is that normal?
- None of my pants button anymore. I usually tie them with a hair tie (thank you, Britney) or wear my pajama pants (thank you summer vacation). I did buy some maternity pants yesterday! They're actually really cute and since they just have an elastic waistband, I'll probably still wear them after pregnancy. The shirts were all tent-like, though so I'll hold off on buying those for a while.

Russ and I are so in love with our little baby girl and can't wait to meet her in October!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June 9, 2006

 The other day I realized that it's been 5 years since I graduated high school. In the past 5 years, I've been pretty busy, but accomplished a lot:
  1. Completed a Bachelor's Degree from BYU - including a study abroad in Jerusalem and a year as a Resident Assistant.
  2. Taught for 2 complete school years.
  3. Got married to the man of my dreams.
  4. Having a baby later this year.
At high school graduation, I was the Salutatorian so I got lots of bling. I also got to make a speech, which was fun because back then I liked being in front of tons of people. 
Kaiserslautern High School had a tradition of the departing seniors leaving their handprints and a quote on the wall. Here are the quotes from the 3 of us who graduated in Germany:

Annnnnd here is quote from the kid who HONESTLY believed he was a Star Wars character. I took this picture mostly for Tyler because he may or may not have convinced this poor guy that he too was a Star Wars character. Oh high school.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Kindergarten Graduation

I can NOT believe the school year is already over. In some ways I am really ready for summer (especially taking a 2 month break from the commute to Lehi), but I know I'll be bored and that I'll miss my cute students. At least I'll get to see them in the hallways next year. I've decided to teach again next year, even with the baby, but I will stay just half day.

Today was our kindergarten graduation. Russ graciously came to school with me and served as man-power to get our chairs to and from the cafeteria / photographer (He took 370 pictures! haha). My class looked SO precious. They were supposed to wear "best school clothes" and some showed up in a full suit or a flower girl dress and then as if that wasn't adorable enough we made graduation hats. I could not stop smiling at them during their program (even though I did have one student who spent at least 5 minutes inspecting his tassel in front of 200 parents...there's always one, right?). It was just such a cute love fest of a day that I had to post some pictures. 
Prepping the class for the day's events
Check out those adorable hats! (Hopefully you can click on it to see it bigger)
Of course the silly picture
The cutest part of the program was singing "God Bless the USA".
me and the class
Making my little end-of-year speech before handing out diplomas. Check out that baby bump, eh?
I made their diplomas, and I think they are pretty dang cute...if I may say so myself.
I made some cinnamon bun caramel popcorn for my parent helpers. It was a TON of work for a finished product that was probably not worthy of a full year of devoted parent volunteering, but I was still pleased with how they turned out
BTW - In case you were counting, I only used "cute" 4 times in this post, but that's only because I tried to use lots of synonyms.