Tuesday, May 26, 2015

20 weeks!

I can hardly believe I'm already at the halfway point.  I swear after the yucky first trimester pregnancy just zooms on by!  One part of me doesn't want to wish time away and enjoy this last Summer with just the two girls, and the other part of me CAN'T WAIT to meet this baby girl.

We had our anatomy ultrasound this morning and everything is looking good!  Baby is still a GIRL and due to arrive right around October 11th.  

 This is the only bump shot I've taken lately - we are at an apartment for the next three months while the house is being built, and one of the features is a fitness center.  I haven't exercised once this pregnancy and it felt kind of good to walk on an incline on the treadmill for a while.  (Ok, 15 minutes, but more than what I was doing before!)  I feel like I really look PREGNANT now and not like I just ate two Chipotle burritos.  

As far as other little pregnancy details...

 - I had my first CONTRACTION the other night.  I was laying in bed, feeling her move because she's a little monkey at 9pm each night, and a few minutes later I felt my whole lower tummy tighten up and I could feel right where she was!  It lasted for about 30 seconds.  I do not remember ever getting braxton hicks this early with my other girls, but I know this is my third (fourth counting my miscarriage) pregnancy so I'm sure my body just does things quicker now.  

-Baby girl has a NAME!!!  We don't have a middle name yet, and I have some commitment issues with names, so I won't say just yet.  But it starts with E and we absolutely love it. :)

-Probably the best news of the week - I PASSED my glucose test!!  My old dr had "pre" diagnosed me with gestational diabetes just based on my A1C blood test and was having me test my sugars four times daily, but I did the "real" test this week and not only passed, but wasn't even NEAR having it!  I was so relieved because I had been losing more and more weight.  Since adding some carbs and sugar back into my diet, I've already gotten back up to my pre pregnancy weight.  I feel so much better - Steve was making fun of me for doing a happy dance when I finally hit 110 pounds!  I'm still trying to eat pretty healthy, but it's SO nice being able to add some yummy stuff back in.  I can actually give in to my cravings now!

-I feel the baby move each night now, & can feel her with my hands on the outside too.  Steve felt her for the first time the other night.  It's always sweet at first, but then a little creepy when you can really see body parts poking out of your belly. Ah!

-The girls are ALL about talking about baby E and I feel so good about how they will do with her in October.  To be honest, I was hoping they would all be a lot closer together, (I've always wanted kids really close together in school, church, etc.) but I feel like the age gap has been a good little break for them AND my body.  It's always frustrating when it takes a while to get pregnant, (and I totally get my fertility issues are microscopic compared to tons of other people), but God really does have a plan and knows what's best for us.  Praying and trusting Him throughout this whole process has been such a comfort!

I'm just really enjoying pregnancy right now.  I know I only have so many weeks before the heartburn, back aches, and feeling huge will begin, so I'm soaking up this "honeymoon" stage of pregnancy I'm in.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

goodbye, sweet home.

If you follow me on Instagram (@lisa_anne08) you might have seen yesterday that we are moving out of our wonderful home.  About a month and a half ago we found out that it's basically illegal to run a business outside of your home in the area we live. We've always thought maybe our HOA wouldn't be thrilled about it, but never really thought about it being a city issue.  Well after finding out we could be in quite a bit of trouble if we ever got caught, we decided to pray about what we should do: quit my business?  Try to move?  But we just moved here!  Needless to say, we both felt I should keep my business going.  Not only has it been SUCH a great creative outlet for me, it's also a nice source of supplemental income that requires little time away from the girls.  We put our house up on the market, priced nice and high, and we had an offer after three days of showings.  We were shocked!  

We had such a great experience building this house, so we decided to build again in the next city over (which happens to have even better schools & was rated the best city to raise a family in California!).  Our new house will have more space for our growing family, & a room downstairs perfect for a photography studio.  We are SO excited for it to be finished!  While it's being built, we are staying in an apartment nearby.  We are going to have to move again when I am 8 month pregnant - but I don't like to think about that very much. :)

Last week was an emotional one.  I cried as I watched the girls play outside in the backyard one last time and run through the sprinklers.  So many memories!  We brought little Kate home to this house.  It's been bittersweet to pack up the house and leave, but I know we will make even more memories in the new house.  I just get attached to things so dang easily!!

We just moved into our apartment yesterday and are pretty much settled in.  The girls are thrilled because the apartment has a pool & park - they like it better than the new house model!  I'm always amazed and thankful at how well adjusted those girls of mine are.  Home truly is where your family is, a place to hang your hat.  I honestly thought we'd watch our girls grow into teenagers in this house, but you just NEVER know what life will throw at you!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

mother's day!

Oh man - I love Mother's Day!  "Mom" is my favorite name I go by and nothing makes me feel more proud.  My husband and girls made me feel so special and appreciated today.  I woke up to a yummy breakfast in bed (after SLEEPING IN), & then went off to church to hear my Aubrey girl sing with the other primary children to all the moms.  After that we went and visited our mamas.  It was such a special day!  

French toast - my fave!  I'm on a special "gain weight at all costs" diet right now (dr.'s orders!) and I think after today's delicious meals - my dr will be very pleased :)


This is part of the song Aubrey sang in church today.  I was so proud of her going up there and singing for me.  Aubrey gets very nervous when in front of others (totally gets that from me) but through nervous tears she sang the entire time.  She was so brave and I cried through the whole thing.  I couldn't stop kissing her throughout the day and telling her how proud I was of her!  What a joy to be her mom.

My best friend and amazing mother!  Her wonderful example of motherhood will affect generations to come.  She makes me so excited to have daughters because of the relationship we have.  She is the most selfless person and I am in debt to her forever - I pray I can be half the mom she is one day!!

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there - your love and sacrifices do not go unnoticed.  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

mother's day photos.

Steve took some pictures of the girls and I earlier this week as my present for Mother's Day.  After sharing a few of them on Instagram, I don't' know how many people say they want to hire him now!  His head is getting a little big ;)  But seriously, the guy has got talent.  It's almost annoying - can't I be good at just ONE thing that he can't do?!  Nevertheless, I'm in love with these treasures and hope my girls love them too.  He captured each of my unique relationships with each girl perfectly and I don't think I could ever thank him enough.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

sixteen weeks!

I hit the 16 week mark this week & am feeling GREAT!  I was so used to being nauseous and sleepy all the time, I forgot what normal life feels like.  The feeling of being HUNGRY is awesome.

I had a doctor's appointment last week & the doctor said the baby is pretty high already for this stage in the game.  I always carry super high, which is great because I don't have to buy any maternity pants, but not so fun on the ribs!  I have a couple more months before that discomfort starts, thankfully.

The only (and I mean ONLY) bad part about not being nauseous anymore, is now I crave sweets, and can't have them much due to my gestational diabetes.  I have to say - I am VERY proud of myself for eating so healthy.  Before I was pregnant I ate dessert almost every single day!  We were constantly stopping by our local cupcake and cookie shops due to my sweet tooth :)  (No wonder I have gestational diabetes!)  I still splurge every now and then, but for the most part I'm sugar free.  I won't lie - it's a huge challenge!  I'm also supposed to really watch my carb intake - I try to only have really small portions of pasta and breads, or get whole wheat versions.  I basically have to eat like I'm on a weight loss diet, but have my OB nagging at me to put on some pounds.  I'm still three pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight, but I'm trying to eat a lot of protein to pack on some baby weight!

I'm still pretty dizzy some mornings.  If I don't eat a protein packed breakfast, I'll pretty much be useless the rest of the day.  Thankfully I haven't fainted in weeks and hopefully don't have to worry about that anymore.  Usually that's just a first trimester issue for me.

Since I've been feeling so much better lately I've been able to do SO much more with the girls like I used to, and it makes everyone in this house very happy!  We go to the park all the time, play games, and actually get ready every day :)  There were so many weeks I felt so guilty because I laid down the majority of the day, and if the girls wanted to read a book or play a game, I'd have them bring it to me in bed.  I'm pretty sure they thought I was dying!  I'm so grateful for how patient they were with me (and Steve too!) and they were always so caring.  If I was having an especially awful day, they would be my little nurses.  I had so many "check ups" from them with their doctor kits checking on the baby.

This is definitely my fastest pregnancy yet, and I'm well aware that before I know it, our sweet baby girl will be here to love on.  I'm already so antsy and impatient about  October getting here - I want to meet her so bad I can barely take it!  Now if ONLY Steve and I could agree on a name…. we had chosen Aubrey and Kate when we were still in high school (What, you didn't discuss baby names with your boyfriend at 16?) but we never quite had a THIRD baby girl name picked out.  I mean, who would have thought?!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

salt lake city.

A postponed wedding & nonrefundable plane tickets landed Steve & I on a very random kidless weekend in Salt Lake City last week.  I tried to get the plane tickets changed to another state we'd rather visit, but Expedia doesn't let you do things like that we learned.  We ended up having a great time in Utah and enjoyed the alone time.  

Our first stop was City Creek Mall & Temple Square.  It's so beautiful there.  Say what you want about us crazy Mormons, but you really can't beat our gorgeous temples ;)  Steve was making fun of me because it was 60 degrees outside and I was FREEZING.  I kept saying, "How do people live like this?!"  Everyone there was in shorts.  

That evening we had dinner at "The Roof" on top of the Joseph Smith Memorial building.  It was SO. DELICIOUS!  It was a buffet, but super nice with entrees like prime rib & salmon.  I was freaking out about the dessert buffet.  I wanted to have a huge plate, but this dang gestational diabetes let me only have a few bites.  

Also, shout out to my mama for fixing this dress for me!  I bought the maternity version from ASOS in their smallest size, thinking it would fit, even if it was a little baggy in the waist.  It was HUGE.  My mom saved the day and took it in for me, and left a tiny bit in the middle so I can use it during my pregnancy.  (Until I'm REALLY huge anyways) 

We decided to go see Insurgent after dinner, and were VERY pleasantly surprised to see the theater had LEATHER RECLINER SEATS.  I was in heaven.  California really needs to get on this, stat!  By the way - the movie was so good!  I'm usually not at all into sci-fi action movies, but I love this series.

The next morning we went to the Tulip Festival in Lehi.  It was beautiful!  

Steve isn't a selfie fan, can you tell?  We stopped by Park City in the middle of the day and had QUITE the experience on the Alpine Coaster. Steve kept reassuring me it was really slow and I'd be fine.  I asked the worker lady if it was safe for pregnancy and after she told me, "Absolutely!" I decided to go with him.   It was SO fast & SO fun - but the whole time I was yelling to Steve "If my baby dies because of this you are DEAD!  LIKE I'M LITERALLY GOING TO KILL YOU!"  all while laughing & crying.  (No worries - I had an ultrasound Monday and baby survived the coaster!)  

I've heard so much about this place called, "Swig," (basically Sonic) and their soda and cookies.  Definitely tasty, but can't really tell the difference between Sonic?  We were laughing at how long the drive thru line there was.  Diet soda is definitely the Mormon version of coffee :) 

We ended up trying Market Street Grill for our last dinner in Salt Lake.  Steve got this tiny salad and I….got this.  Haha!  #pregnant

The next morning we went and picked up our cute girls from Grammy & Papa's house.  They were so excited to see us & tell us all that they did.  We definitely kissed their little faces off - it's amazing how much you can miss your kids for even just two days away.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

girl girl girl!

We are so, so so excited to announce baby #3 is another GIRL!!  We went to an early gender ultrasound place and within 30 seconds of starting the ultrasound, the lady told us with no doubts that "it" is a "she!"  I am so giddy about having a house full of girls.  I'd be lying if I said it's not a dream come true.  Of course I would have been thrilled if it were a boy, but I definitely wasn't the least bit disappointed. ;)  Steve….is doing fine. Haha!

Steve's version of the announcement ;)  He was hoping for a boy this time, but is such a great sport.  He said as long as at least one of the girls is good at basketball, he's fine with all girls.  (Let's pray they don't get my incredibly unathletic, uncoordinated genes)

The girls are thrilled to have another sister.  I look at this picture and feel so lucky - I'll take ten of these beauties!