Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FIrst Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes...

....THE BABY in the baby carriage. That's right Brody and I are having a baby boy!! We are about 21 weeks along and getting more and more excited everyday. Here is a recap and some highlights of the last few months.

Well, when two people love each other very much...jk... where to start... well Brody and I decided that we didn't want to wait to have kids, so i guess thats how we ended up where we are. We first took a home pregnancy test at week 6. It was a pretty surreal feeling seeing it come up positive almost instantly. ill never forget Brody's reaction of "Oh SH@*! it worked..." (don't worry I slapped him for the language and he's learned his lesson...kinda). Anyway, we were so excited that the next day we told our families, early we know, but lets just say we aren't good at keeping secrets. We decided that we weren't going to tell anyone else until week 12, which at the time seemed like forever away!

At 9 weeks we had our first appointment. This probably was one of my favorite appointments because we were able to hear the baby's heartbeat. Ive said it before and ill say it again, there isn't a more amazing feeling in the world than hearing your baby's heartbeat for the very first time! All of it all of a sudden became very real.

Meanwhile, the early pregnancy symptoms were all there, extreme tiredness, strange cravings, vivd dreams, and moodiness. At the beginning i was so tired that i would sleep for hours and hours during the day. I kept thinking to myself that "man, they aren't exaggerating this tiredness thing." I wondered if everyone else was as bad as i was. It was only after a few weeks of this that i had my blood test done and the test revealed that my thyroid levels had dropped significantly (causing most of the tiredness). Once i had the proper dose of my medicine in me i felt a hundred times better.

Unfortunately with the blood test they discovered a few other things. because of my hypothyroidism i would need to get my blood tested every month. YIKES! Also, they found out that i was O neg blood type meaning that if my blood mixed with the baby's blood it could be potentially dangerous. So to fix that i have to get shots throughout my pregnancy to help my body react the way it is supposed to if blood does in fact mix. Now all of this might not seem that traumatic but if you know me personally, you know THAT IT IS. I have a DEATHLY fear of needles and im not exaggerating. I pass out nearly every time i see them. in the past, any time that i have needed a shot or my blood drawn i have to be tranquilized. Seeing as they cant medicate me now that i am pregnant i knew right then and there that i had a tough road in front of me. Luckily i have had a very supportive husband who has helped me get through each appointment. I am also happy to report that each month, the appointments have gotten slightly easier and less traumatic. The first appointment was a DISASTER however. I was so worked up that i passed out and peed my pants. yup embarrassing i know. Since then ive done a little better, but by no means has it been easy!

On a more comical week 12 my strange cravings had taken over my life. All the old foods that i used to like, i couldnt stomach anymore. Foods that i never liked before were suddenly the only things i wanted to eat. One day all i wanted was taco bell...NOTHING else would do. Another time all i could eat all day was bread with mustard on it. ya i was crazy. Perhaps the funniest episode was one time when i had been sick all day and nothing sounded good to me to eat. It was around 3 am that i sat up in bed and told Brody that i really really wanted to go get a cheeseburger. This might not seem weird at first but when you realize that i am a vegetarian and haven't eaten meat in 4 years...insisting that i get a cheeseburger was pretty dang strange. But Brody thought it was hilarious so he took me at 3 am to get a cheeseburger.

i loved every bite!

At week 13 we went in for our second appointment. At this point some of my early symptoms were starting to go away and i was starting to feel normal again. At the appointment we had a little scare. the nurse first tried to find the baby's heartbeat with the doppler hand held thingy (dont know what it is called, all i know is i dont like it). After about 5 minutes of not being able to find it she looked up and saw the terrified look on my face. ONLY then did she tell me that it was till early and that not being able to find it this way is normal. THANKS NURSE! why do they do that to mom's if its normal to not find the heartbeat? but long story short they did an ultrasound and everything was fine and dandy.

Week 16 we went in for our next appointment and since we were moving back to utah we asked the doc to see if he could find the gender. he was nice and did an ultrasound for us. The little baby was being stubborn and it was difficult to tell but the doctor was able to make a guess. He said that he was 85% sure that it WAS A BOY! we couldn't have been happier.

At about week 19 i literally popped. my belly was pretty non-existant (i just looked fat) before that. Coming home to utah was a real treat because i got strange looks from know the look where you can tell they are wondering (but dont want to ask) if you are pregnant or just gaining a lot of weight. ya super uncomfortable.

One of my favorite memories so far is when we announced the gender of the baby. We decided to have a little family party and do something fun to announce it. We had a little dinner and had everyone guess the gender, weight, length and birthdate of the baby. afterwards, we had dessert. I made cute little cupcakes and the cake was either died blue or pink (boy or girl). Everyone got there own and had to open them at the same time. And since the doctor said he was 85% sure it was a boy i died 85% of the cakes blue and 15% pink. it through people off a little bit when some people had pink and some had blue, but the word was out. a little Brody was on the way!

And all this takes us up to where we are now. we just had our 21 week appointment today where the doctor made sure that the baby was growing at the right rate and that everything was normal with that growth. He also confirmed that yes it was a little boy. no more 85%!

Everything was perfect with the baby, the heart, the lungs, the kidneys, the hands, the feet, the brain...we got to see it all! my favorite part of the ultrasound was when we were looking at the hands and all you could see was a fist and four knuckles. Then, while we were looking at them, up popped a little thumb, giving us a thumbs up! it was so cute!

Other than all that, ive been having a blast shopping for this little kiddo.

With both of his grandma's and myself, i have a feeling that this is gonna be one spoiled baby! Oh Oh and i just HAVE to show you MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE purchase of perhaps my entire life....

BABY SPERRY SHOES! aren't these the cutest darn things you have ever seen in your life? i know i know im buying SPERRYs for a baby who wont even be able to walk yet but oh well! Now he can match his Daddy!

Each day i start to feel him more and more. He is an active little guy, especially at night! Brody even got to feel him move the other day! so cool. Well my friends thats about it. ill keep you updated on how the next few months go!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

"If it Plays in Peoria...."

So I realize its been forever since ive updated this, life has just been super crazy with work and moving. As most of you know we picked up and moved right after our honeymoon to the luxorious city of Peoria Illinois. Ok maybe the world luxerious isnt the right word....actually there arent really any words to describe this place....lets just say I miss Utah. But it has been an adventure to say the least! we are only here for the summer for Brody's job and then we will be going back to Utah.

A few facts about Peoria:

1. Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria County, Illinois, in the United States.

2. It is named after the Peoria tribe.

3. Peoria has become famous as a representation of the average American city because of its demographics and its perceived mainstream Midwestern culture. On the Vaudeville circuit, it was said that if an act would succeed in Peoria, it would work anywhere. The question "Will it play in Peoria?" has now become a metaphor for whether something appeals to the American mainstream public.

so exciting i know....its actually about as exciting as living here...ok maybe more exciting than living here. Lets just say im missing my family, the mountains and the beautiful utah weather, but im making the most of my time out here.

Our apartment is old but big. Here are a few pictures of our home away from home.

There have been a few really good things about living in Peoria, the main one being that it is really close to places like Chicago and Nauvoo. We have been to Chicago twice since being out here and also went to Nauvoo over the Fourth of July and went camping. Here are some pics:

We went to Chicago on Memorial Day for a Cubs game. Wrigley field was amazing! Then in July we went to Chicago to see my dad who was in town. we went to the Sears Tower (which is the tallest building in the western hemisphere), to the SHEDD aquarium and to the museum of natural history. We went to see Navy Pier which was really cool at night and had a great view. We also went to some amazing dinners (THANKS DAD!) and he bought me some maternity clothes hahaha! my clothes were getting a little too small....

And here is Nauvoo. Nauvoo was amazing and so fun to see. There was a ton of interesting history. A few of the highlights of this trip wre

1. Seeing the Nauvoo temple

2. Finding one of Brody's relatives records and his house

3. The "trail of tears" which is the trail that the Mormon Pioneers traveled down when they were leaving Nauvoo. There were journal entries from several of them that you could read as you walked the same trail that they did.

4. Camping. Camping in the midwest is NOT THE SAME as camping in utah. It doesnt cool down at night. It was hot and humid and bug infested. but still...beleive it or not...a ton of fun!

5. The raccoon that broke into our food in the middle of the night. I was terrified because it sounded like a big mean wild animal, but really the raccoon was just upset because it couldnt break into our box of gold fish. It did manage to eat a whole bag of marshmallows, a bag of chocolate chips, and a loaf of bread though. pretty sure there is a dead raccoon somewhere....

6. Seeing Joseph, Hyrum, and Emma Smith's grave

7. Seeing the red brick store. this is where the relief society was first formed and also where they held some of the first endowments for the early LDS church.

8. Going to Carthage Jail where Joseph Smith was Martyred.

Aaron Johnson's home, one of Brody's relatives. interesting fact: on the night before Joseph and Hyrum turned themselves into Carthage, they tried to flee by crossing the mississippi at 2 am. The boat that they took to cross was Aaron Johnson's. The boat leaked however and joseph and hyrum returned.

The Red Brick Store.

Grave Sites of Joseph, Hyrum and Emma Smith

Carthage Jail

Friday, May 20, 2011

"Its a Pleasure"

So for our Honeymoon Brody and I went to Cabo San Lucas for a week and it was AMAZING. It started off with a 4 am wakeup call so we could catch our 6 am about an early start. But the flights were not bad and before we knew it we were at our hotel in Cabo. We stayed at the Dreams all inclusive hotel and if you are wondering where I got the title for this post, it's because every worker there would respond with "its a pleasure" anytime you asked them anything. I was beginning to think it was the only English they knew.

Another thing that was annoying (yet entertaining) was the fact that for the life of them they couldnt ever get Brodys name right. They started calling us Mr. and Mrs. Barber because we booked the hotel under my account. But we told them that it was Day...but they for some reason thought that was Brodys first name. so the two names he went by in mexico were either "Mr. Barber" or even better "Mr. Dale Day Brody." we couldnt figure it out and obviously neither could they but we got a kick out of it. Our hotel was right on the beach and the waves were incredible. some days they were at least 10 ft and would crash right on the beach (shaking the ground beneath you).

A few of the most memorable things (good and bad) were:

1. Swimming with dolphins

2. Going deep sea fishing

3. Getting ripped off by the deep sea fishermen
4. Getting ripped off at every ATM we went to (and having a lovely bill to clear up when we got back)
5. Being bugged by people trying to sell you crap
6. Romantic dinner for the two of us on the beach

7. Huge nice rooms with balconys so we could listen to the waves

8. Having a sea lion jump up onto the back of our boat

9. Holding a baby lion cub!!!! my favorite

10. Having them decorate our room for our honeymoon

11. Lauging everytime they didnt get Brody's name wrong

12. Getting sunburned on the first day
13. Going on a snorkeling trip and seeing a ton of fish

14. Going Kyaking in the ocean

15. Finding a casino and they realizing that it only had slot machines...

16. Seeing an AMAZING sunrise

17. Having some very good food and some very NOT so good food....
18. Watching drunk people make fools of themselves at the dance party
19. Seeing awesome fire dancers
20. Knowing that Brody and I will have many more AMAZING vacations in the future together!