Friday, May 20, 2016

Zoo Trip

This was our first time going to the Hogle Zoo in SLC! Doug was even able to tag along with us for the day. The last time Nicole went to a zoo was a year ago in Fresno, so this was a fresh experience for her. She waved at a lot of animals today, and her favorites ended up being the ducks and geese swimming in the elephant enclosure. Go figure... the animals who weren't actually part of the zoo ;) She sat there clapping her hands and making duck noises, and then she'd run away down the sidewalk and draw many comments about her chubby legs and cute smile along the way.

She's a charmer, that one.

 ^^^Pushing things = one of her favorite pastimes. Also, see what I mean by chubby legs?! :D
 ^^^Exhibit A: Nicole's favorite animals from our trip today. That girl...
 ^^^Exhibit B: This pretty kitty was MY favorite. Most of the big cats were napping/hiding today, but this one was restlessly pacing his cage.

Only downer of the trip: Nicole fell asleep during the last 10-15 minutes of the drive home, and then refused to finish her nap. She usually gets a 2 hour nap (3 hours yesterday! And 4 hours the day before! Growth spurt!) so I'm not surprised that she's extremely cranky this evening. I'm listening to her screech her head off upstairs right now while Doug tries to force her into her pajamas. Cranky. Absolutely cranky. Being a toddler is so hard, you guys. ;)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Baby #2 // 17 Weeks

So here's the low down.

1st trimester symptoms included: occasional headaches, a loss of appetite, tender baby feeders, fuzzy vision if I stood up too fast, mood swings, getting out of breath faster during my workouts, needing to pee more, and days where I was exhausted. (No random nosebleeds this time, though!)

And... no morning sickness. Again. I'm not complaining.

Basically, this pregnancy started out just like my first pregnancy.

Second trimester: I had strange, vivid dreams and round ligament pain at the beginning, but those have both stopped now. I'm surprised that the ligament pain disappeared so soon! I guess it's faster this time because I've already been stretched out before. My chest still feels tender if I'm not wearing a bra, though.

I'm not experiencing any other symptoms currently (Yay!!!!) except occasional mood swings and occasional insomnia. It won't be long before I have to break out the big pillows to help me fall asleep!

The second trimester really is a golden time. I went on a hike yesterday morning and had no problem keeping up with the other 7 ladies! Work it, Ashley. Work it while you still can. Those second-half symptoms are just around the corner.

I can already feel little taps and bumps from the baby. My favorite part of pregnancy! At my 16 week appointment, the doctor had to chase him/her around with the doppler for a while before the baby settled down long enough for us to listen to the heartbeat. Looks like we've got a hyper one on our hands! ;)

No maternity clothing yet. I'll probably be living in maxi dresses all summer, though.

I've also only gained about 3 pounds so far! Yay! I'm trying to keep a tighter hand on my weight this time; I don't want to gain 55 pounds again. I'm still driving down to Provo once a week to go to my beloved Barre class and to let Nicole see her friends at Child Watch (I just couldn't let it go completely!) - other than that, I need to depend on my own eating habits and at-home exercises to keep the weight gain reasonable.

We'll find the gender out in a couple weeks! It's still just as exciting the second time around!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Is it just me, or is April always super busy?!

If we're going to be honest, April has always been a busy month for me. Between my birthday and Easter (usually), it was also the prime time to prepare for AP tests in high school and finals while I went to BYU. April of last year (2015) was probably the least busy April I've had in a long time since I was done with school and just had birthdays, Easter, and a baby to worry about.

This year? Busy. Super busy.

Firstly, Douglas graduated from BYU with his Masters degree in Information Systems Management! This meant that we had family in town, which meant that we had plenty of things to keep us busy all week, from lots of eating together to hiking the Y (but only partially because... 2 toddlers and a pre-schooler. Enough said.) to playing at kids gyms and taking walks up in Provo Canyon.

On top of that, we got a house. Thus, April was full of packing, and driving back and forth from apartment to house, and inspections, and appliance/tool shopping, and cleaning... so tiring.

Add Easter to that, as well my first prenatal visit, hosting my brother at our apartment for several days right before our big moving day, and having 5 birthdays (including mine) to celebrate among Doug's immediate family members alone... and it was a crazy month. There were occasional tears and lots of ice cream breaks and here we finally are at the end of the month!

We survived.

I'll have plenty of things to blog about in the next month, some obvious ones being this second pregnancy and about some of the ups and downs of home ownership. I'm also excited to get back to working on my photography (my camera's been put on the back burner for the past month or two) and picking my Trim Healthy Mama recipes back up again (I still need to post about that!)

So... here's to getting through this busy month! I love April, but goodness it's always kind of crazy!