Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Week 17 Update

My second trimester really has been the best! I can't remember the last time I threw up. I am able to eat more of a variety of foods. And I'm not having nearly as many food aversions as I did in my first trimester! 

I have a LOT more energy which has made teaching much more enjoyable. I can now teach a normal day without feeling too tired and I can usually run a few errands after school a couple days a week without feeling exhausted. I also have been better the last few weeks at planning a menu and actually being able to eat what I planned! Ben has continued to be amazing with helping me with dinner and doing the dishes almost every night. He also continues to make me a smoothie for breakfast every day (which he has been doing for over 2 years!)

I have started to poke out over the last week or so. And it is definitely noticeable. I'm sticking with stretchy waisted skirts and pants as well as comfy maxi dresses and belly bands over my pre-pregnancy pants (if I have to wear them). I'm also starting to wear maternity shirts because I love how long they are!

One hard thing about this trimester is that I get cramps quite often from my growing baby. They are pretty constant and I get them almost every day. If I'm home, I try to just lay down as much as I can and that seems to help but when we are out and about or if I am teaching, they seem to be more painful. 

Starting around 14 weeks, I will have about 2 days a week to every other week where I am STARVING and eat for what seems like 2 days straight! Then I go back into eating smaller portions and snacking throughout the day. But for 2 days, I definitely feel like a teenaged boy with the amount of food I can consume!

We are gearing up for our Europe trip this summer to London and on a cruise around the British Isles. Everything is planned so far and I hopefully won't get too tired throughout our 3 week trip. I am also wrapping up my 3rd year of teaching and will be finished in a week and a half. 

We are planning on finding out the gender of our baby, but the clinic that I go to will not let you get an anatomy ultrasound before 20 weeks. And I will be 20 weeks 3 days after we leave on our trip. So, we won't be able to get that exciting news until we get home at the end of June. 

How far along? 17 weeks 
Size of baby? 5 inches (size of an onion) 6 ounces
Maternity clothes? I am still continuously wearing stretchy skirts and dresses as well as some elastic waisted non-maternity jeans from Old Navy that I am LOVING! I also have some belly bands that I wear with some work pants. And just this week I have started wearing maternity shirts because they are nice and long. 
Stretch marks? Nope
Exercise? I try to make sure I'm walking a lot more in my classroom, and starting last week, Ben and I have started going to the Rec Center 2-3 times a week to lift weights. 
Sleep? I have been sleeping GREAT until this last week. The last few nights I have had to wake up 2-3 times a night to readjust my sleeping position and then I have been waking up between 4:00 and 4:30 am wide awake and haven't been able to get back to sleep very well. 
Movement? Nothing yet, but I should in the next few weeks. 
Food cravings? Thick, chewy, chocolate chunk cookies have been on my craving list as well as Creamy Parmesan Pasta Roni. But more and more foods are starting to sound good. 
Food aversions? Still really against salad and pesto. I was totally against having leftovers for a few weeks, but now they are ok. 
Milestones? Well into my 2nd trimester. Finishing up the school year (done on May 26th). Finished planning our Europe trip that we go on in a few weeks. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My First Trimester

Now that our Yellow Van Travels blog is out of it's first year and I'm into a routine with blogging over there, I now feel like I am ready to start blogging over here again on a (somewhat) regular basis.

To start out, I want to record how things are going in my pregnancy! After two rounds of infertility treatment without getting pregnant, we were planning on waiting to continue with treatment until the summer. But Heavenly Father had other plans for us! On February 7th we found out I was pregnant. We were both so excited and I wanted to tell everyone! It was so hard keeping it a secret for as long as we did. We told both of our families at the end of February and a few of our close friends in the weeks after. 

Overall I haven't been very sick throughout my pregnancy, and I am so grateful. In the beginning I was just so tired; I'd come home from work and be ready to go to bed. But over the last few weeks (right before we went on our trip to Washington D.C.) I started to get a lot more energy back which has been so great. 

I haven't been too sick. The first few weeks of my pregnancy I would be throw up a few times a week usually in the evenings. But right around week 10 I started getting sick in the morning if I didn't eat right away. Now I only get sick if I eat a lot of food after 6:30 or 7:00 at night or if I smell something bad (our garbage can and Cesar salad dressing are the two biggest culprits the last few weeks). 

I haven't had too many big cravings. But things that always sound good are mozzarella sticks (and almost anything that is salty and breaded), string cheese or cheese and crackers, applesauce, toast, mac and cheese (especially homemade!) and smoothies. I also am always wanting breads of all kinds and potatoes prepared in any way (baked is my favorite this week, but in the past fries and mashed have also been favorites). 

I seem to have more food aversions than cravings. Pesto, paninis, spicy foods, big chunks of meat, salad/any green veggies and Tomato Basil Wheat Thins (and lots of other things that are tomato based) are all off my eating list for a while. 

How far along? 13 weeks (as of April 13th)
Size of baby? 3 inches (size of a peach) .8 ounces
Maternity clothes? Not yet, but I have ordered some shirts, 2 pairs of jeans and a swimming suit over the last few weeks. But my current pants are all feeling a bit too snug. I have 2 pairs of jeans that I can stand wearing, but for work I basically only wear stretchy skirts and dresses. When I get home from work (if I'm not going out again) I always go straight for exercise clothes or pajamas. 
Stretch marks? Not yet!
Exercise? I haven't really been exercising that much. But I'm hoping with my newfound energy that I can make it to the rec center a few times a week. 
Sleep? Most nights I sleep pretty well; usually once a week I wake up pretty frequently throughout the night. But almost every morning I wake up with some weird pain usually in my back or my arm from the weird sleeping positions I've been sleeping in. 
Movement? Nothing yet
Food cravings? This week the biggest cravings I've had are for homemade rolls and "Those Yummy Potatoes" (known to the rest of the Mormon world as Funeral Potatoes). 
Food aversions? Still really against salad and tomato based foods
Milestones? Almost out of my first trimester! Decided I'm not going back to teach in the fall. 2nd doctor appointment. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Marching Forward

March was another busy month with lots of birthdays and birthday celebrations, a temple dedication and Easter. And Ben wrapped up his master's project and defense. And I continued teaching a rambunctious group of first graders with spring fever. 

Now for some pictures :)
Maxwell's 6th birthday: Clark ended up really liking one of Max's presents 

I love getting to hold this sweet baby!

I've lost 13 pounds since January and I had to buy new exercise pants that fit. 

Celebrating Ben's successful defense of his master's project at DP with his family. 

Going up to Bridal Veil to take some stock pictures of our van and almost getting squashed by a huge boulder. 


A huge hole in our ceiling that took literally all month to get fixed. 
Tucanos for birthday meal #1

Temple date on the 4 year anniversary of our engagement. 

Rock climbing triple date with some of Ben's friends from work. 

A new pencil sharpener for my classroom that I am over-the-moon excited about. 

Took my ring to get cleaned, polished, dipped, resized and got some prongs fixed. It felt so weird to be without my ring for 2 days!

Lots of play testing nights at the Hancocks. 

Buying a LoveSac. 

Babysitting Charlie and Rose. 

Easter


Teacher Appreciation Week

Sunday, March 6, 2016

February Happenings

A lot happened in the shortest month of the year:

We've been continuing our healthy eating habits and have been experimenting with new recipes and foods. We have also been hitting the Rec Center 5-6 times a week every week to exercise.

We went to The Riverwoods Fire and Ice event where we saw lots of intricate ice sculptures. The theme was Star Wars which made it even cooler. We wrote all about it on our Yellow Van Travels blog.

On February 9th, our new niece Lyda Elizabeth was born. She is so sweet and perfect.

We got free Chipotle.

My family came to town over Valentine's/President's Day weekend. We spent lots of time with them, including going to the Provo City Center Temple Open House and going ice skating at Utah's Olympic Oval.

We went to Utah's RV Expo. Read more about it here.

Lastly, we went to The Great Outdoors Expo the next weekend.

It was a busy, full month with March looking to be even busier!



Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Year, New Goals

This year one of my goals is to give a monthly update on what we have been doing. 

Here we go!

At the beginning of the January we rode the train back to Provo from Colorado where we spent a few days of our Christmas break. 


We started exercising 6 days a week and have started eating much healthier. 

I got a Donors Choose project funded in December and my supplies all came! It was so fun to introduce the new items to my students. They LOVE them. 

We went rock climbing for a date. Well, Ben rock climbed and I belayed most of the time because I freaked out the first time I climbed and didn't want to do it anymore. 

We launched our travel blog Yellow Van Travels and have dutifully posted twice a week. 

We have had game nights with friends and celebrated our friend Travis's birthday. 

We went to the temple. 

We went to the Natural History Museum in Salt Lake and had dinner with my dad on MLK Day. 

We went to the Norman Rockwell exhibit at BYU's art museum with our friends Mary and Jason. It was so fun to see so much of the history of the 20th century through art. 


I had parent teacher conferences and celebrated the 100th day of school. 


We saw BYU's ballet production of Alice in Wonderland.