Monday, October 20, 2014

{Bumpdate} 34 Weeks

In a few days, I'll officially be 8 months along! I feel huuuuge, you guys! Although... a lady told me about a week ago that I was tiny for being so close to my due date. So I suppose I'm not that huge. And I'll definitely get bigger during the remaining weeks of my pregnancy.

How far along: 34 weeks (nearly 8 months)

Baby is: the length of an average-sized pumpkin! Perfect for fall :)

Sleep: I'm still sleeping like a baby. No middle-of-the-night bathroom breaks or anything. Am I just weird or something??!? Bladder of steel! I'm starting to have really strange dreams again, like I did during the first half of my second trimester. Some of those dreams include: giving birth and nursing. I had a "labor" dream just last night, actually! It was a very short and painless labor. Dreams predict the future sometimes, right??!? Haha. Ha. I wish. In the past week, I've started feeling more tired to the point where I often need a nap during the day. I've got to sleep while I still can!!!!!

Symptoms: I get tired more often, I've gained a couple more stretch marks, and usually by the end of the day my lower back hurts a fair bit. And it hurts after sitting in the drivers' seat of the car or sitting through 3 hours of church (aka - 3 hours of torture on my back). Lying down helps a lot. But those are my only main symptoms, thankfully!

Braxton Hicks: I have small, short, painless ones every now and then, but they aren't a common occurrence yet. Except yesterday... it seemed like I had more than usual yesterday. Hmmm.

Baby's movement: She still finds plenty of opportunities to turn, wiggle, and kick. I still haven't quite mastered how to identify which of her movements are from her legs, arms, bum, head, etc. but I'm trying to learn! It doesn't help that my placenta is attached to the front wall of my uterus, which cushions things. The benefit of that, though, is that her kicks and jolts still don't hurt me.

Wedding rings: Still wearing them, usually! Every now and then they'll be a little tight, but mostly they're fine.

Belly button: Still in. I'm starting to think that I'll make it to the end without it popping out at all!

Doctor says: At my last appointment, I was told that everything still looks great, although my blood pressure is a bit lower than average. Just a bit, though. I'll have another appointment this week, and I'm hoping the doctor might perform some exam or something to tell me what position this baby is in.

Favorite moment(s): I think my favorite moment of the past few weeks was when baby girl was dancing to the music. Of course, I love it any time she gets hyper (which happens every few days) and moves a ton.

What I've done/bought for baby: I had my baby shower a week ago (I talked about it a bit in this post) and we got some really helpful things from friends and family. We've purchased the remaining "big" items that we needed, I painted the baby crib (whoo!), and now I just need to finish pulling the nursery together and complete the decorations. I'll have more to say on that in a future post. Oh, and we still need to buy diapers. Lots of diapers.

Shirt - Target  //  Jeans - Motherhood Maternity  //  Boots - Forever Young Shoes  //  Belt - Urban Wear  //  Cardigan - old, gifted

Baby girl, your arrival is approaching almost too quickly! Your dad and I are so excited to meet you! Your mom is fine with you staying in there another few weeks, though. If you want to come a week early, that's great (maybe even 2 weeks) but no sooner! Do you hear me, little lady??? No sooner!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

All By Myself

If you just sang the title of this blog post Celine Dion-style, then you get brownie points.

Isn't she lovely, folks? And I'm totally going to go listen to that song right now... because... Celine.

For the very first time in our nearly 2.5 years of marriage - yep, you heard me folks, for the very first time since our wedding night - Doug and I are apart from each other. He has been off in California on a work conference (coming back tonight!) and I have been all alone! Is it strange that we've made it this far into our marriage without ever being away from each other? Not even for one night... I think it's a bit strange. We're not clingy people, we just haven't ever taken trips without each other. In any case, this was a whole new experience for me! (And I've been super nervous that baby girl will come early while he's gone, but that hasn't happened!) Despite missing Doug, here are the things I've taken advantage of during his absence:

1) I can eat ALL the junk food!!!!!!
Technically, I can eat junk food while Doug is with me, but him being gone is the perfect excuse to let myself binge a bit. I've been downing my favorite chip and dip combo, eating too much ice cream, made chocolate peanut butter fudge (it's already completely devoured), and even let myself go buy fries at Wendy's. I never randomly buy fries. So that's saying something.

2) I am more focused when I'm by myself.
I find it impossibly difficult to get things done when there are other people around me. If Doug is home, then dishes will go unwashed, laundry unfolded, projects unfinished, etc... unless I really force myself to get things done. Normally I have to make sure that I complete all of my to-do items during the day when he's at work or school. Having him gone for such a long period of time has given me plenty of opportunity to get into a "cleaning and organizing" groove.

3) I can stay up late and be as noisy as I want.
I am a bit of a night owl, while Doug likes to go to bed earlier (he gets up earlier, so that makes sense). Even if I wanted to go to bed at the same time as him, my preggo belly sometimes makes it difficult to fall asleep. Once he's in bed, my activities are limited. For the past several nights, I've been able to keep music running, have the television on, sing to myself, get things done, and go wherever I want in the apartment without worrying about waking someone up. I suppose that being able to make noise keeps me from feeling lonely.

4) Being apart helps me appreciate the time we have together.
This kind of speaks for itself. It's that whole "you don't appreciate what you have until it's gone" concept - only on a less-extreme scale because Doug isn't permanently gone. But having him so far away for a couple days reminds me of how blessed I am to have him. So very blessed. And I can't be thankful enough for that.

Doug, I'm excited to see you again tonight!

Monday, October 13, 2014

I don't need you, Starbucks!

So. Three things.

First: I made the choice long ago to never drink coffee (even decaf). The result: every autumn I feel a little left out when everyone starts going crazy about the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Evidently, it's pretty tasty. THEN I discovered that The Cocoa Bean is doing a Pumpkin Spice drink. The world is right again.

Behold, straight from their Facebook page, in all its glory. (This is the frappe version... you can also have it as a hot drink)

pumpkin spice

If you've been around this blog for a while, you'll know that I love The Cocoa Bean! I probably go there more often than I should, truth be told. If you're in Provo, go get their drinks! Their cupcakes are fairly good, but their drinks are the bomb!

Second: My baby shower was this weekend! I would love to share a bunch of pictures of it with you guys... but I took barely any pictures. Go figure. So I'll just talk about it briefly: the general theme was "Little Pumpkin" because... HELLO, it's fall! So the baby shower just had be pumpkin themed! And the weather was awesome on Saturday so we even had the shower outside!

My favorite parts were 1) Everyone got to take home their own "little pumpkin" as a party favor - we're talking about real, tiny pumpkins (so cute, and I wish I got pictures!) and then 2) these oreo pops. Made to look like pumpkins. Because... desserts. Pumpkins. They just go so well together.

^^^^^ Yep, I totally stole that picture from you, Tara! Even though I have a weird double-chin thing going on in this picture. But oh well.

Thanks to everyone who came! And thanks to everyone who kept us in their thoughts even though they couldn't make it! This little girl is so loved already. Doug and I really appreciate it.

Third: I received a Liebster Award nomination from Maddy! This award has been around the blogosphere for as long as I can remember... and technically you're only allowed to be nominated if you have less than 200 followers (on GFC and Bloglovin combined). However, I'm going to go ahead and complete the nomination anyways because it's just fun to do!

Rules: Be sure to link back to the person who nominated you. Write 11 facts about yourself. Then answer the 11 questions given to you. Then nominate 3 bloggers who have less than 200 followers and ask them 11 questions! Let those 3 bloggers know that you nominated them and link them in your blog post!

Here are 11 random facts about myself:

  1. I grew up in California but I have a ridiculously low tolerance for spicy things. It's kind of sad.
  2. I have ridden a camel.
  3. I always have to rinse my cup out after I'm done using it, even if I was just drinking water.
  4. I have made a sandwich for Donny Osmond.
  5. I'm a closet Skyrim nerd. People are always so surprised when they find out how much I've played that game... evidently I don't seem like the "Skyrim" type.
  6. The first and only guy I ever kissed was Doug. #noregrets
  7. I was a bit of a hoarder during my youth. And "a bit" might be an understatement. Actually, my mom would probably tell you that it's a huge understatement.
  8. I have a firm belief that the best kind of chocolate is milk chocolate.
  9. The only thing that makes me nervous is auditions. 20 minute speeches? No problem. A big dance or theatre performance? Not sweating it. Flute solo in church? Sweet. Auditions??!? My tummy does flips!
  10. I really like the way Doug smells. I sniff him in public sometimes. He thinks it's weird.
  11. Eggnog is (in my opinion) a post-Halloween drink. BUT I cannot wait until the holidays for eggnog. The moment it's on the shelf at the store, it goes into my fridge. Proof from my instagram account the other week:

Mixing holidays? Guilty. So very, very guilty.

I was nominated by Maddy, and here are the questions she asked me:

1. What's your favorite book? Everyone who really knows me can testify that I'm a little obsessed with The Count of Monte Cristo. I own more than one copy of the unabridged novel (one of which is a gorgeous collector's edition with blue leather binding and gold-leaf pages...) and we even have it on audio book. Yup.

2. What's the best thing you ate today? Well, speaking of eggnog... the best thing I ate today was eggnog ice cream that my neighbor gave us. Yep, you heard me! EGGNOG ICE CREAM! My taste buds were in heaven. And I'm trying not to think about Christmas because that's what eggnog makes me think of. Gotta enjoy fall first!

3. What's your favorite thing about yourself? I love that it's so easy for me to forgive and forget.

4. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? Build a mansion. "Modern" Victorian-style. With secret passages. And a ballroom. And a library. And a home theatre. And all of those mansion things.

5. What annoys you more than anything? People who are blatantly ignorant. Dear ignorant people... just stop talking.

6. Favorite candy? Lindor milk chocolate truffles.

7. Greatest accomplishment? Any time I am the stage manager for a theatre production, I always feel a huge wave of accomplishment when we successfully finish the show. It's such a hard and demanding position, but so rewarding once the show comes together. Of course... the fact that I am growing a human being in my womb is also a great accomplishment. For sure.

8. Where will you be in five years? Doug will have his Masters, the little lady in my tummy will probably be a big sister by then, and we'll hopefully be in a real, multi-bedroom house. No more apartment complexes!!!! We'll most likely still be in Utah though. I can work with that.

9. Guilty pleasure song? I don't currently have any guilty pleasures... but about a year ago I had a problem with listening to "Blurred Lines" on repeat. Oooooh man, that was a bad song to be listening to on repeat, but the beat was so catchy! Definitely a guilty pleasure. If anything though, I would say that "Careless Whisper" is my long-standing guilty pleasure song. Oh, George Michael. Using saxophone in his songs before it was cool.

10. Why do you blog? I've kept an up-to-date journal since 5th grade, and so for me, blogging is like a more fun way of keeping a journal. I love looking back on the things I've done. Ultimately, this blog is for me. But I also enjoy being able to use my blog to keep family and friends updated on my life.

11. What's something you want everyone in the world to know? That Elvis faked his death. Obviously. I would also love everyone to know this. :)

I really don't want to be a party-pooper... but can I just make this an open nomination? I was technically not allowed to be nominated in the first place (more than 200 followers) so I can play by my own rules, right? Anyone who has less than 200 followers and wants to answer these questions can hop on board, how about that?! I'm sorry, you guys. I'm so bad at this stuff. And most of the blogs I read regularly have way more than 200 followers.

My questions for you guys:
  1. If you got to spend the day with one (current) celebrity, who would it be and what would you do?
  2. Favorite thing to wear?
  3. Dream vacation?
  4. You can only eat one dessert for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose?
  5. Favorite holiday? Why?
  6. If we opened your purse right now, what is the weirdest thing we'd find in it?
  7. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  8. What is your favorite Halloween costume you've ever worn?
  9. What is one of your most embarrassing moments?
  10. If you could be an Animagus (turn into an animal whenever you want) which animal would you be?

If any of you want to answer one (or more) of my questions just for fun, then put your answers in the comments section! There are a few questions that I would be really interested in hearing peoples' answers for...