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Friday, August 23, 2013

baby update and maternity pics!

I think I mentioned on here that I chose a photographer and her prices were so great that we did a package deal that included maternity, the birth and the newborns.
I was hesitant about getting the maternity ones done, just cause who wants to look at pics of themselves when they feel so large?
But I decided to do it because I knew I'd love to look back at them even though right now I feel large! Plus her prices were just so good that it was basically free for the maternity shoot!
Anyways here is a little pregnancy update with some of the pics scattered throughout.
She did such an AWESOME job that it was hard for me to even narrow it down! This coming from the big prego lady that doesn't like to look at pics of herself right now!
That's how good she is!

These were taken at 31 weeks

Today I am 34 weeks.
I am feeling great, for the most part.
The biggest pain is still my back, but if I take it easy, its manageable. I've discovered that my birth ball
 (yoga ball) helps a TON. It relieves a lot of the pressure on my back. I love it!
Sadie got married on Wednesday and I was on my feet all day. By the end of the day I could barely move. Bed time came and I didn't think I would sleep a wink. I didn't get the best of sleep but before I went to bed I did some stretches on my birth ball and it loosened up my back tremendously!

There were a few things that I wanted to avoid with this pregnancy, mostly all unavoidable.

I want to be able to wear my wedding rings for as long as possible and they are luckily still on! My only swelling has been in my feet and ankles.
I hope it stays that way! But in this heat with 6 weeks to go, I'm not counting on it.

Stretch Marks........
In the beginning of my pregnancy I wasn't worried about weather or not I got them. But now that I have made it this far without stretch marks on my belly I REALLY just don't want them!
Same with that dark line that runs down the middle of your belly. I'm sure it will come, but I'm loving my smooth, freckled, stretch mark free round belly while I have it!
I have however acquired some lovely love handles with this pregnancy and they have sprouted a few stretch marks.
Can't win em all I guess

Belly Button......
my belly button hasn't popped yet and I am certainly ok with that!
I'm hoping it doesn't lol. 
Again, I'm not counting on it, especially since I am in the last stretch of this pregnancy and our baby could be gaining up to a half a pound a week! 
It's definitely getting close though! 

In my opinion (if you ask my sisters they would disagree), but based on the way I have felt, I feel like my emotions have been pretty well in tact. I don't feel like I had any real melt downs in my pregnancy when they tell you your hormones will do crazy things to you.....
But then at about 30 weeks, that's when the emotions came. Out of no where.
There still haven't been too many break downs, but there have definitely been a few!

 As far as the nursery goes......
We  I haven't done too much accept let a bunch of junk accumulate there!
This weekend I am going to work on clearing it all out so that we can get it painted and organized.
I ordered crib sheets which should be on our door step when we get home and got the fabric in the mail for pillows I am going to make. 
I got a rocker off KSL that we need to paint and then it's the fun decorating stuff!
Making curtains and hanging stuff on the walls!

 I can't believe that we are in the home stretch. 
Really, it's not real yet! I wonder if it will ever feel real!
I'll probably have a baby sitting in my lap and still feel like its not real.
Other people have kids. That's real. But having our own, is just so hard to comprehend!
A little growing thriving person with it's own little personality will soon be in our lives forever.

I still have 6 weeks to go (maybe more!) but I am already recognizing the feelings I am going to have when I am not pregnant anymore. I love being pregnant and although I am looking forward to the next phase and what all this work is for, I am going to miss being pregnant. I feel like its a part of me now! It's an awesome feeling and I love being the one that gets to feel the baby move and wiggle inside me. 
Stretch marks, swelling and belly button popping aside! 

The only thing I am NOT going to miss is people feeling they have the right to comment on my size!
You are crazy for thinking it's ok to tell a crazy hormonal pregnant lady: "WOW! You are big" after I tell them when I am due.
Or "You look ready!" when I still have a month and a half to go!
Or my favorite: "Are you having twins?!"
Or the lady at Michaels who decided to chat me up about my pregnancy and after telling me how big I am proceeded to tell me about 2 women that she knew that you couldn't tell they were pregnant until about two weeks before they were due! Awesome story lady. NOT!

I am so excited to see Brock as a dad. Honestly I think it is going to be one of the best dads around. He already is! And he is so good at easing my natural nervous emotions about becoming parents. 
He always has the right things to say and his calming attitude is so helpful.
He has been so supportive with our choice to use hypnobabies, and has become a HUGE part of how our labor and delivery will go. With our choice to have a natural birth, It's really comforting to me, knowing that although I am the only one that can get this baby out of me, he is going to be right there by my side supporting me through every second of it.
I am really excited to see him take that role when the time comes. He has already been so amazing. 

The time is getting closer and closer. I compare the time we have left to things like next time we have to get our oil changed, we will have a baby! And that makes it sound sooooo soon! 
I only have 20 days of work left! Well I guess I should say 20 days left at my job, since the real work is going to begin when I get to start taking care of a baby!
I am so blessed and grateful that I can stay at home with our babies.

Check out our photographers site if you are interested. She dose awesome work!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

4th of July

My favorite time of the year by far.
I love everything about it. 
parades, fireworks, family, fun!

This year we did the same old thang.

The West Bountiful Parade passes right in front of our grandmas house so we naturally have reserved front row seats! 

After the parade we went swimming. Sadly I only got a few pics

the little lovebirds, soon to be newly weds!

If I could have, I would have parked my big pregnant self here all summer in this record breaking heat!

and a baby bump pic
27 weeks

Sadly I have no pics of the 24th, but brock and I headed to the carnival for the following:

corn on the cob (x2)
scone (x2)
hot dog (x1)

and that was just what I ate!!!

brock got a sno cone and corn on the cob

I kept telling him I wish i could live off fair food! I can't wait till the Utah state fair comes just for the corn on the cob and funnel cake!

We then went to the Mueller Park Fireworks, which to date are still the best fireworks we have seen! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Our 2 year Anniversary

1 year anny here

Since our anniversary is right by the 4th of July, we had an extra day off and took a couple more =)

We muddled through a bunch of different ideas for our anniversary, and opted to stay close and keep it simple this year. 

Monday night (anny eve) we had a very classy meal of crab (for me) and mac & cheese in front of the tv!
that's how we roll

We woke up on our actual anniversary after a nice little sleep in sesh and rode our bikes to historic main street for some brunch. (after I treated myself to a pedicure!)

We made two stops, one so Brock could get his sweet roll fix at Bun Basket N Bakery (they have the best raspberry sweet rolls) and another stop so that i could get my fix at
 Bistro on Main for their greek omelet and scones! yuuum!

We then headed home to cool off and relax for a bit. 
apparently this is how we relax. selfies and weird faces =)

Then we headed up to Park City to stay at the Waldorf Astoria.

We spent some time relaxing at the pool and in our nice cool hotel room 

Then we headed to downtown park city for some dinner

I don't know why when people take our pics they turn out blurry GRRRR

so here are some awesome blurry pics

and one of our own blurry selfies!

I swear, someday when im rich and famous I am going to have a personal professional photographer following our little family around so we can capture every moment AND not have blurry pics!

The rest of our anniversary week was spent relaxing at home in the air conditioning together and fun fourth of July festivities!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sadie's Bridal Shower

We had a bridal shower this weekend for Sadie.
Can't believe she is going to be married in 16 days!
This is the invitation I made for it.
I actually made two then had my little co-host helper courtney pick from the two.
This is the one she chose:

and just for documentation sake, this is the one we didn't use:

Based on the invite we decided to use, I went with a vintag-y theme for the shower using stuff I already had. 
I just bought some fresh flowers before hand to add to the table.

For food we made chicken salad sandwiches (what else for a shower?!)
and had mini fruit pizzas on sugar cookies with tons of fruit options.
And cupcakes with little pearl sprinkles
For the drink we just did iced citrus water.
I love this water cause it is so fresh and easy and looks pretty too!

For the table I just covered it with brown paper. I love this stuff. It comes in handy so much!
I also put some off white fabric on the back half of the table that I had in my fabric stash. 

and the guest of honor!

some of the guests

and the sistas!

I can't believe my baby sister is getting married!