Sunday, December 29, 2013

Complaining

I woke up Christmas morning SICK.

Not as sick as I have been in previous Christmas'...but sick nonetheless.

Turns out it was the year of sickness this Christmas.

Jace's whole family save him and his sister and her husband got sick.

4 of the 5 nieces and nephews have pneumonia.

In my family, the only one really sick other than me was my niece Jane. I've been staying clear of them because Randy gets sick so easy.

Now, me? Pregnant women cant really take much medicine. So I had to wait till the 26th and I called my OB to ask what they wanted me to take. Their suggestion? Anything with Tylenol. BOO.

So for the next 5 days I have been taking my Tylenol cold and flu medicine every 4 hours like clockwork. Saturday I got way worse. I added a humidifier (which hasnt been working) and vicks vapor rub. My symptoms changed and got a little worse today. I cant really breathe which in turn cant be good for the baby. My OB's office opens tomorrow and I'll call and see what they say...I'm getting super nervous because instead of getting better, I'm getting worse.

And when I tried to take a warm shower to help me breathe, we discovered that our hot water is out. WHAT?

Oh an in other news the promotion that Jace interviewed for--the one they made him think he was going to get?? They sent a generic email saying he didn't get it :(

And while I have lots of great things going for me: the pregnancy, feeling Nash move, a great husband who  thankfully isn't sick, I have a comfortable home, and a good job (if I'm ever healthy enough to get back to it), and a lovely family.

Sorry for complaining...I know I have it good. I'm just sick and tired of being sick and tired. Also, I'm getting really worried the longer I'm sick.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

24 Weeks!



How far along? 24 Weeks 4 days
Total weight gain/loss:  10 lbs! Holy cow.
Maternity clothes? Yes and LOVING them
Stretch marks? Yep
Sleep: Falling asleep everywhere. But once I wake up, its hard to go back to sleep.
Best moment this week: Hit 6 months on Christmas!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Advil. Being able to get up fast if I need to...
Movement: Yes! Not all the time, and mostly while I'm falling asleep.
Food cravings: ...super unhealthy food.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Smoke. Any kind. Fish. Any kind.
Have you started to show yet: Yes!
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In-ish...its half out right now...
Wedding rings on or off? On...but they are getting tight.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Getting our maternity pictures back from Lauren!!!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

23 Weeks!


How far along? 23 Weeks 5 days
Total weight gain/loss:  10 lbs! Holy cow.
Maternity clothes? Yes and LOVING them
Stretch marks? Yep
Sleep: Falling asleep everywhere. But once I wake up, its hard to go back to sleep.
Best moment this week: Jace felt Nash move!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Advil. Being able to get up fast if I need to...
Movement: Yes! Not all the time, and mostly while I'm falling asleep.
Food cravings: ...super unhealthy food.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Smoke. Any kind. Fish. Any kind.
Have you started to show yet: Yes!
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In-ish...its half out right now...
Wedding rings on or off? On...but they are getting tight.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Christmas!!
(this was supposed to be posted before Christmas...oh well. best laid plans, right?--Week 24 will be up ASAP)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Already boring him

So I hardly feel any movement from my little man during the day.
 
I'm already boring him!!!
 
Although...i cant say i really blame him.
 
I'm sitting stationary for the better part of 8 hours a day--
my preferred option would be to take a nap too.
 
But come on Nash! Momma loves to feels those wiggles...no matter how small they are!

22 Weeks!



How far along? 22 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  8-9 lbs up
Maternity clothes? Yes and LOVING them
Stretch marks? Yep
Sleep: Falling asleep everywhere. But once I wake up, its hard to go back to sleep.
Best moment this week: Getting my hair done since i was 8 weeks along!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Advil. Being able to get up fast if I need to...
Movement: Maybe?!
Food cravings: ...super unhealthy food.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Smoke. Any kind. Fish. Any kind.
Have you started to show yet: Yes!
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In-ish...its half out right now...
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody to be sure this week.
Looking forward to: Christmas and a couple days off work. Too bad thats still 2 weeks away!

Genes

 
When i think of my genes my mind automatically used to go to:
 
  • My blonde hair.
  • My blue eyes.
  • My big smile and used to be crooked teeth.
  • My feet that stopped growing when i was 12.
  • My height that stopped when I was 12 too.
  • My itty bitty teeny tiny fingers/hands that crack everyone up when they actually look at them.
  • My voice.
  • My little bit crooked nose.
  • My ears--not quite as big as my dads...
  • My feet and their weirdness (thanks grannie).


Well, just over 7 years ago my mom got breast cancer. That is not news to anyone who has read this blog. But what we realized was that all of us kids were possible cancer candidates now. And then when we looked back through my mom's immediate family we realized that there must be a cancer gene in there somewhere because:
  • My grandpa had prostate cancer that eventually took him.
  • My aunt had cancer when little and then it came back to her pancreas as an adult and took her.
  • My uncle developed colon cancer which then spread to his whole body and took him.
  • My mom had breast cancer, but thankfully is still here with us.
There is a test that is fairly recently available for those to find out about "the breast cancer/ovarian cancer genes". You have to be in very specific circumstances for your insurance to help cover it, and if they dont its wicked expensive. Well, a few years ago, my mom was able to take her genetic testing since she had breast cancer already and it was super aggressive. It turns out that she WAS NOT positive for the breast cancer gene, but WAS positive for the ovarian cancer gene. Since she had such aggressive cancer already, they decided to do a hysterectomy right away to take away that possibility of more cancer for her.
 
 
Since finding out she WAS positive for that gene...that got all of us "worried" and thinking again about how we all were now at a 50/50 shot of having that particular gene. My brothers and I qualify for our insurance to help cover the cost of the testing since it was our mother who had the gene AND she had already had cancer.
 
This year, I have met my part of our deductible for our insurance doing fertility treatments...so we knew that this would be the time to get the testing done for me.
 
I got my results back yesterday and I am positive for the same mutation that my mom has.
 
We arent sure yet what this means for my forseeable future, but we do know my future holds a hysterectomy in it.
 
Still trying to process the information and not let it freak me out.
My monday kicked my booty yesterday and that news was the cherry on top.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Only half way

Today I realized that I'm only half way through this week.

Its only Wednesday.

I have felt sick since Monday.

I have been grouchy since Sunday.

I have had a sore back since 2 weeks ago.

I have also been screamed at and cussed out 3 times in 3 working days.

I have cried to my mom, my brother, and my husband once each.

I have drowned my sorrows in a liter (yes, dont judge) of pepsi.

I miss my brother Joe and dont get to talk to him for another 2 weeks.

I also dont get to see my baby boy again until after the new year.

I'm so over this week, and yet...I'm only half way.

Bah hambug.

Monday, December 9, 2013

21 Weeks!



How far along? 21 Weeks and 4 Days
Total weight gain/loss:  7-8 lbs up
Maternity clothes? Yes and LOVING them
Stretch marks? Yep
Sleep: Sleeping better since i've started propping myself up on pillows
Best moment this week: Finding out the gender of our sweet baby BOY!!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Advil. I have a feeling that isnt going to change...
Movement: Maybe?!
Food cravings: ...super unhealthy food.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Smoke. Any kind. Fish. Any kind.
Have you started to show yet: Yes!
Gender prediction: Boy!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In-ish...started popping out...which is...weird.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I started feeling super overwhelmed this week. Holidays and work, ya know?
Looking forward to: Buying our first boy things! We've held off on buying anything until we knew the gender for sure!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Peace

I've found myself slipping into some of my not so lovely tendencies of anxiety and stress.
 
I'm pregnant. Which apparently can make you anxious and stressed out. Who knew?
 
We are also smack dab in the middle of the holidays...which are always a stresser.
 
This year, I'm experiencing what alot of mom's and dad's must experience...the stress of finding the time. And in "finding the time", I include "finding peace".
 
Finding time has never really been an issue for me. Generally, I have had fairly easy jobs that allowed me as much time as I wanted/needed to get my house clean, my dishes scrubbed, my house decorated in record time, presents bought and wrapped, dinner made, lessons planned, letters written, friends called, dates planned and executed, and peace found (in reading my scriptures, going to the temple, visiting family at the cemetary, and JUST BEING).
 
Now, I work everyday from 8:30-6 PM. I'm exhausted just from sitting all day. I'm unmotivated. My body aches, and trying to deal with unhappy people all day has left me drained and frusterated. Its dark when I leave...like crazy dark. Which makes it hard to want to try and clean or make dinner. It feels like any time I have to myself (for a bath, to read a book, to sit quietly) is selfish and unattainable. My brain is on constant overload. Instead of looking at my home and seeing what needs to get done and then jumping in and just DOING it...i have looked around, felt so overwhelmed that I just sit and stare and wonder how i'm going to manage when I have this little man.
 
But then I remember the thing that I'm missing the most. The peace. Finding the time for peace. Making sure I have a few minutes, or an hour...to sit quietly and ponder. To listen for the Spirit to whisper answers or questions to me. To feel God's love for me.
 
And I know I cant be the only one. In the world we live in, its sure hard to "find the time" for anything, let alone to "find the time to just BE, and be at PEACE."
 
I think we should all try to remember that the THINGS can wait. So what if I'm not completely decorated for Christmas yet? So what if I have almost no glasses to drink out of because they are all dirty and in the sink? So what if things are different. There is one thing that shouldnt wait, its connecting with our Heavenly Father and making sure we are listening for the path that we should be taking...that we should be taking the time for PEACE.
 
Just a thought. Random, I know.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Its...A...

Well, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you'll have seen that we didnt wait as long as we were going to tell our families the gender!!
 
Everyone had conflicts on the days we were trying to get everyone together...and so my brother Jeff convinced me to throw together a VERY VERY last minute "reveal party" for our immediate families.
 
 
 
Jace wanted a cake so bad, so even though I only had an hour and a half--I baked and decorated the ugliest cake ever. HA. seriously. It was bad, but tasted great! :)
 
We were going to use the cake as the reveal part, but since it looked so bad I went out and bought the grandma's christmas ornaments that were in the color of the gender! (you know, blue or pink).
 
The grandmas opened them at the same time and we discovered that...we...are...having...a....
 
 
 
 
BOY!
 
Nash Cameron Hunt is going to be one very loved kid!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Start your guesses people!

We find out the gender of our sweet baby here in 4 days!

However, due to family and bad timing we are not able to tell them until Wednesday the 4th.

SO.

You all have until the 5th at 9 PM to cast your vote to see if baby hunt is a BOY or a GIRL!?!?!

Please guess. This will be fun!

Poll is on the sidebar.

Yahoo!

20 Weeks!--aka HALFWAY!


How far along? 20 Weeks 1 day
Total weight gain/loss:  lbs up
Maternity clothes? Yes and LOVING them
Stretch marks? Found my first pregnancy stretch mark!!
Sleep: Sleeping better since i've started propping myself up on pillows
Best moment this week: REACHING HALF WAY! Boom.
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Advil. I have a feeling that isnt going to change
Movement: Maybe?!
Food cravings: No actual cravings lately
Anything making you queasy or sick: All my "usuals"
Have you started to show yet: Yes!
Gender prediction: We are thinking boy.--we get to officially find out next week!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In...however its not looking like its going to stay like that very much longer!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I started feeling super overwhelmed this week. Holidays, ya know?
Looking forward to: Thanksgiving today! Also, our ultrasound NEXT WEEK to find out the GENDER of our little squirt!

Thanksgiving...and happiness

It was mentioned to my husband that I seem happier nowadays.

That since I found out I was pregnant, something changed.

Well it definitely did!

I finally was fulfilling part of the dream of my life! I was going to be a mother. Of which I am so grateful!

Another huge factor was that I got to stop taking all those horrible medications that i am so grateful for.
I finally felt like me again. My hormones were not all over the place, and I wasn't suffering excruciating disappointment every month. I am definitely grateful for that!

I feel that this is my place...the one of raising and loving children. 

I am most definitely happier now than I have been in a long time. 

I am so grateful to be having this experience, which I know is not possible for others 
(it almost wasn't in the cards for me either). 

I am so grateful for this beautiful babe growing inside of me. 



I'm so grateful that we'll get to see what he/she IS and what he/she LOOKS LIKE again in just 4 days!!! Its almost been 5 weeks, which has been killing me!!!

I am so grateful for my loving husband...one who has stood by me and helped me make hard decisions. He is most certainly my best thing and I just love him so much.



I am so grateful for my family and what a huge support system they are to me. Their love and concern for us is overwhelming. They are simply the best.


I'm grateful that Randy's surgery went well and hes at home.

I'm super grateful that Joe is alive and well on his mission in Mexico! They will love him as well all do.


I'm grateful for my in-laws, and their love for us. I have some pretty excited grandparents, aunts, and uncles over there waiting to find out about baby boy or baby girl. 



I am so grateful for my nieces and my nephews. They are all so wonderful and loving and I just want to squeeze them ALL THE TIME.







I'm grateful for my home, even though its a disaster area right now and i've been too tired to clean. Its a wonderful space and we are more than happy to have our family starting out here.

We are grateful for our working cars...and to have 2 of them. Even though one is literally being held together by duct tape, it functions. And boy. What a blessing that is!

Most importantly we are grateful for our Savior, Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. The unconditional love that he has for us is truly a wonderful and incredibly blessing. 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Enjoy family time...thats what I'm going to do!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

19 Weeks!


Gosh dang it. Never got a belly picture for this week. Oh well.

How far along? 19 Weeks 4 days
Total weight gain/loss: 4 lbs up
Maternity clothes? Yes and LOVING them
Stretch marks? Found my first pregnancy stretch mark!!
Sleep: Sleeping ALOT lately...even more so than in the first trimester...
Best moment this week: Reading about what the first "flutters" are supposed to feel like...someone described as an eye twitch, and if thats true, then i most definitely have felt baby move!!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Advil. I have a feeling that isnt going to change
Movement: Maybe?!
Food cravings: No real cravings lately
Anything making you queasy or sick: All my "usuals"
Have you started to show yet: Yes!
Gender prediction: We are thinking boy.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In...however its not looking like its going to stay like that very much longer!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I started feeling super overwhelmed this week. Im super emotional.
Looking forward to: finding out the gender, being HALF WAY DONE (so soon!), and feeling some "major" movement!! Also, THANKGIVING. amen.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Stress

For me and my husband the holidays are nothing but stress.

I've talked about this before I'm sure.

Normally I get super sick around the holidays and not better until the new year starts. And it has nothing to do with the weather, colds, flus, or other bugs.

Its stress.

Both of our families are within 2 miles of the other. Its ridiculous to me to not see both of them when they are right there. Family is very important to Jace and I, and we always want to please both families.

Well, pleasing both families seems to be IMPOSSIBLE. And always leads to us being miserable. Jace actually made the statement that he HATES Christmas.

Thanksgiving is great, we've got that down to a science. We alternate years where we do dinner with the other family. On the "off" years, we do dessert with the other family. Perfect. Christmas however is quite another story. YIKES.

And now the holidays are upon us. And i'm half way through my pregnancy and get stressed even easier than normal. I REFUSE, dang it, to let my holidays (my first while pregnant too) get marred by stress. Refuse!

I know that in the next couple of years, our holiday plans will change anyway. I plan on having my own little family's Christmas morning at our home. And THEN going to go visit and see the grandparents. It will be time for us to establish our own family traditions. However, i'm pregnant this christmas and baby will only be 8 months next Christmas...so its gonna be a couple of years until I switch things up again.

 Until then,

How do you, who have family in the same state/city deal with this kind of situation? Are people in the families pretty flexible or "selfish" and want you all to themselves?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Defending and Protecting

So I saw this getting posted around facebook, but didnt take the time to click the link to see what it was really about:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-porn-be-opt-feature-internet-service-providers-rather-standard-feature/GF1RkqpJ

Then I read a favorite blogger's post today. Check out Shawni's post HERE.

This is SO IMPORTANT! Help us defend and protect...EVERYONE. Please! It took me literally 2 minutes to sign on, and then sign the petition. I did it at work. There is no excuse! At least read it, please!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Feeling

I'm feeling groggy. lazy. forgetful. stressed. overwhelmed.

I guess thats what happens half way through your pregnancy while you're still working full time and trying to do too much around the house.

I know there are women out there that would look at this, shake their heads, and tell me to shape up. They are pregnant and dealing with another kid, or heck even 4 more and still keeping up on their housework.

I cant compare myself to them.

If my life experiences have taught me anything its that every situation is unique and every person is different with different capabilities and strengths...and weakness'.

I feel like i'm losing it. I dont want to be at my job because its super stressful and makes it so I cant take care of my home. I HAVE to be at my job because we need the money. Which is also super stressful. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have a job, but I cant seem to stop complaining about it.

My husband, while a great guy with wonderful qualities...however picking up after himself and looking around to see what needs to be done is not one of them. So with my slacking and his lack of initiative...our home is a wreck. And its giving the OCD part of me the hives while the pregnant part is making it impossible to clean! AH!

Do you ever just feel so completely overwhelmed that you dont know what to do? That you just sit and look at your list/house/life and cant get up off the couch because you dont even know where to start...or when you'd even have the time to?

Thats how I'm feeling lately. Wish it was different.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Remembering

I love the holidays.

 If you ask my husband he'll tell you that he hates them. Since we've been married, we have stressed ourselves (mostly me) sick about making sure we spend equal time with each family as well as starting our own families traditions (thats been mostly me too).

However, my love of the holidays surpasses the stress I generally feel.

The atmosphere changes.

With the ushering in of cooler temperatures, winter grass, Christmas music and lights, and some trees that might loose their leaves...comes the overwhelming feeling of Love. Gratitude. Thankfulness. A full heart. And lots of memories.

I've lost lots of people that I love.

The sound of Christmas music makes me think of my Grandma Gunnell and how she first taught me to dance in her living room to her record player...playing...WHITE CHRISTMAS.

The smells of Thanksgiving make me think of my Uncle Bruce and how just a month after my wedding that he couldnt attend, that he made it to the Thanksgiving festivities and gave me such a big hug and kiss.

Cinnamon Rolls and Mary's Lullaby are a sure fire way to get me to cry thinking of my dear Aunt Kathy. She had the voice of an angel. (Still does, I'm sure...singing in Heaven's Choir).

Warm Hugs, and Genuine Love are what come to my mind when I think of my Grandpa Gunnell...I was only 5 when he died, but I always felt like I was so special to him.

My great uncle Ross (my grandma gunnell's baby brother) past away earlier this year...and his family is adjusting to knowing that this will be their first holiday season without him. Its so hard. But when I think of Ross, I think of a caring and kind man, hardworking--with a huge heart, and a love of people.

Thinking now, as I'm finally adding to my own little family...that my sweet baby has gotten to know each of the dear, sweet, special loved ones that I have lost...that my family has been looking out for my special one...makes me weep tears of such joy.
In a way, it makes me feel reconnected to them. That they are watching over me...and watching over baby hunt and helping prepare me for what is to come.

Geez. I love the holidays.

Monday, November 18, 2013

18 Weeks!


How far along? 18 Weeks 4 days!
Total weight gain/loss:  4 lbs up
Maternity clothes? Almost all maternity clothes! They are so comfy!
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Been sleeping great lately!
Best moment this week: Realizing that baby is going to start moving soon...
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Advil. I have a feeling that isnt going to change
Movement: Not yet...that i know of!
Food cravings: A corndog from petes fish and chips...and Arbys.
Anything making you queasy or sick: All my "usuals"
Have you started to show yet: Yes! Oh my goodness, I started showing SO early
Gender prediction: We are thinking boy.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In...however its not looking like its going to stay like that very much longer!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I've been pretty happy for the last few days...although I'm sure I have my moody moments!
Looking forward to: finding out the gender for sure, being HALF WAY DONE (so soon!), and feeling some movement!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Recovery

I have no idea if its the pregnancy or what, but it has taken me a LONG time to recover from this sinus infection. I just took my last antibiotic pill this afternoon though.

I also have not gotten over this yeast infection...which is...**fun**.

Poor Jace has had a ROUGH week...he has now gotten sick. Hopefully he recovers soon.

Randy seems to be doing much better. Hes being pretty active lately which is so reassuring!

We'll hear more from our little missionary on Monday, but hopefully Joe is recovering fast as well. Especially since he is leaving to Mexico in 10 days!!! Holy cow. Its already been a month that hes been gone!

In other news:
Still havent felt movement from this babe. Its driving me crazy!

Work has been...interesting. I wish alot of the time that I had enough clients for hair as well as being able to teach violin that I could just stay at home. Sigh. Someday.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. HOLLA!

Also, Christmas music is already on the radio. Thank you 99.9!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Update

Well, Joe had his surgery (knee scope whatever thing) and the surgeon called my parents and thinks it went really well. He discovered that from Joe's surgery 2 years ago, the meniscus did not completely heal--so hes been exercising and living on a half torn meniscus for 2 years! Yuck!
The surgeon went in and repaired that and then trimmed up the excess...he believes that Joe will feel much better and the best news (especially to Joe) is that he gets to leave with everyone else ON TIME to Mexico!

Randy was in the hospital for the long weekend...when he went in his white blood cell count was THROUGH THE ROOF--meaning he had an infection. I haven't gotten all the details yet, but he was able to come home last night. I believe the doctor thinks his pneumonia was much better and the blood cell count was back to normal. However, while I was on the phone with my dad late last night, Randy had a horrible seizure (very much sounding and looking like one of his old seizures that he had before his brain surgery). That was very worrisome to me.

A week ago I felt like I was dying...turns out I just had a really bad sinus infection (I still sound a little bit like a man) and was put on antibiotics. Saturday I started feeling super uncomfortable and by Sunday I was in alot of pain and didn't know what was going on. After texting with my cousin Julie, and then calling my doctor's office Monday...we discovered that I have a yeast infection as well. WHAT IN THE WORLD!? I've never had one before...but they are common in pregnancy i guess as well as if you are taking antibiotics. Double score. Not.
(Its like my body is making up for the fact that I didn't have horrible morning sickness!)

Other than that...things are good. Going into my 18th week of pregnancy starting tomorrow. CRAZY!

16 and 17 Weeks!

(No picture...Halloween was 16 weeks though!)

How far along? 16 weeks exactly!
Total weight gain/loss: 2 lbs up
Maternity clothes? I only wear maternity pants and a few maternity shirts now!
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Feeling restless and not getting comfortable
Best moment this week: We had an appointment today (Halloween) and we almost got to see the sex. We'll have to wait till 20 weeks. However, we finalized our 2 names!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Advil. Serious sadness going on over here.
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Nothing much...I ate rice with soy sauce for lunch today and it was heavenly!Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish, chinese food, raw meat (chicken, beef), and thick cheese on pizza.
Have you started to show yet: Yes! Oh my goodness, I started showing SO early
Gender prediction: I still havent felt one way or the other....
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody--i'm not sleeping well!
Looking forward to: finding out the gender and feeling some movement!!!





How far along? 17 Weeks 4 days!
Total weight gain/loss:  3 lbs up
Maternity clothes? I only wear maternity pants and a few maternity shirts now!
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Feeling restless and not getting comfortable
Best moment this week: Realizing that baby is going to start moving soon...
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Advil. I have a feeling that isnt going to change
Movement: Not yet...that i know of!
Food cravings: I'm craving soda and pizza right now--super healthy eh?
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish, chinese food, raw meat (chicken, beef), and thick cheese on pizza.
Have you started to show yet: Yes! Oh my goodness, I started showing SO early
Gender prediction: We are thinking boy.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody--i'm not sleeping well! As well as I got a sinus infection and then a yeast infection on top of it. Its been a bad week!
Looking forward to: finding out the gender for sure, feeling some movement, and getting better after being sick!!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Life Lately

I wanted to take a minute and write a few specific things down of what is going on in our life lately.

First off, I have been incredibly blessed with this pregnancy. I didnt really get "morning sickness"...at least not any different from what my other medications had been doing to me.
Because I'm labeled "higher risk" thanks to getting pregnant through fertility (and how long it took us to get pregnant even with that help) I get to see my sweet friend once a month. Its AMAZING how much they change and grow in a month!!! At our 12 week appointment, the baby was SMILING at us. No lie. That was the first thing my OB said. At our 16 week appointment, the little peanut was kicking its feet like crazy (i'm not feeling movement yet) and rubbing at its eyes.
I am loving every minute.
WELL...almost every minute. My smell is still haywire and super sensitive. Also, i have developed a nasty sinus infection that has just flat out knocked me OUT. I always heard that being sick while pregnant is the worst...and now i believe it. I am just lucky that I'm not having to chase around other kids while sick and pregnant.
My belly is LARGE. I'm choosing to only wear maternity clothes (except my big t-shirts that are comfy) and I just can NOT wait to feel the wiggles of this child!!

Secondly, Jace is working on getting another promotion. I am so proud of him.

Thirdly, my little brother who is at the MTC has re-injured his knee. :(  We aren't too sure what this will mean...if he has to have surgery to fix it, he'll have to come home, recover, and then start all over. We are praying that he doesn't have to do that and would appreciate all added prayers for a speedy and full recovery for him. Thanks!

And thus raps up another...Life Lately.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Dress sale!

Who's excited besides me?!

Thanks to the pregnancy (or maybe its just me), I am feeling the need to de-clutter!

I'm going to be going through my closet as well as my husbands and seriously empty them of clothes we don't wear/don't fit/wont ever fit again!

I'm starting with my dresses. I have been hanging on to them because i LOVE them so much!
However, I need to be realistic and admit that I haven't been able to fit in them for some time, and now i'll never fit in them again!!!

((please contact me on here or through email to andreawhunt@yahoo.com if you are seriously interested!!))

All dresses range in design and size.
Keep in mind that I am 5'3" and these all hit about my knee length.
Also, keep in mind that if you are small, but chesty these may fit you really well.
I fit most of these with a 'B' cup breast size.

Dress 1:
Size 6 petite
From Dress Barn.
Black and White.
Has a cute bow and POCKETS!! 
I only wore this ONCE and its adorable on.
Asking $30



Dress 2:
Size (13), but fits at the time I was wearing a 6
Bought at a random boutique in Montana.
White, Grey, with blue stripe.
Ruffle front, super cute for a night out or a day at the office.
Asking $20




Dress 3:
Size 5/6 Jody dress
Light Pink with a eyelet overlay.
Square neck.
Super breezy and comfortable. 
Asking $20




Dress 4:
Size 7/8 Jody dress
White dress with white and blue flower overlay.
Criss-over V neck.
Past knee length (on a 5'3" person)
Breezy and comfortable.
Asking $20




Dress 5:
Size 7/8 Jody dress
White and dark brown with the white being a bold flower pattern.
Criss-over V neck.
Very breezy, with tulle underneath to make it fan out.
Asking $20




Dress 6:
Size 8 Studio 1 dress
Back and grey with cute bow!
This is the only dress that doesnt have sleeves--you can wear a cardigan over it.
Round neck.
Asking $20



Dress 7:
Size 12 Studio 1 dress
Black and Grey, button down the complete front with belt cinch.
Fairly form fitting.
Little bit of a high collar, very "powerhouse" dress!
Asking $20



Dress 8:
Size 12 FORMAL dress
Bubble Gum pink and Black.
Black trim under bust and around bottom with cute black ruffle underlay.
Worn ONCE for my cousins wedding--can be used for Homecoming, Formals, or Proms.
Satin and Dry Clean Only.
Asking $30



Dress 9:
Size 16 (fits like a 13/14 though) FORMAL dress.
Coral pink from David's Bridal.
Just above knee length, and 2" across straps. 
Size 16 because of my size 38 C's...
Satin and Dry Clean Only.
Worn ONCE for my best friends wedding. 
I needed sleeves so it also comes with a custom bolero. 
Same Coral satin, and cap sleeves.
The custom part is the neckline and front have been altered to make a nice, comfortable fit.
Also, snaps have been added to the dress and the bolero to keep it in place around the breast area.
Asking $20 for dress and $10 for bolero--O.B.O






Monday, October 28, 2013

4 years!!!!

Wow. You guys.
 
4 years flew by.
 
We started dating April 2009, were engaged by June 2009, and married for time and all eternity Oct. 15th, 2009.
 
1st anniversary _here_
2nd anniversary _here_
3rd anniversary _here_
 
Our 4th anniversary was a bit different for us. We've been lucky enough to escape for a few days up till this point for our anniversary. However, this year, we had a brother in the ICU and another who left the morning after our anniversary for his mission. We didnt have the opportunity to get away. And that was just fine. We made it work and we had fun here at home :)
 
I woke up early on our anniversary and cleaned the front of the house.
 
Then I went in and jumped on Jace in bed to wake him up.
 
For this anniversary I wasnt quite sure what to do for him...however the night before our anniversary a thought struck me. He has been talking and talking and TALKING about the new Batman video game that is coming out at the end of this month for MONTHS AND MONTHS. I have seen countless videos about it. To say he is excited is putting it mildly. SO....
 
I sold some of our things on craigslist and on facebook and took that money and went and paid for his pre-order of the video game. The guy at GameStop looked at me and said that this was the most selfless gift I could have given him and that I was the best wife. :) Ah, nerds who love video games.
 
I wrapped up the reciet telling him that it was paid for, and got a card in which i wrote another 10 things I love about Jace. (I've been doing it for birthday's, valentine's, anniversary's, and christmas' since we started dating)
 
He loved it and thought that it was awesome.
 
For me, he completely surprised me and took me shopping to get something silk. Whatever website he looked at for 4 year anniversary's told him that it was a silk anniversary. So we went to about a million different shops to find silk pajamas that would fit my growing baby belly. We found some. And they are so cute!!! I also stopped by something that I would loved to have had, but it was too expensive and i'm practical like that. We left the store, but Jace made me turn around and go buy it. (The lady marked it WAY WAY down for us too). Then we went and had lunch, and then went to Superstition Ranch Market (as per our tradition) and bought our pumpkins for Halloween and my fireplace pumpkins.
 
Then we went to my brother's setting apart.
It was a very fun day where we just enjoyed being together. It was so weird walking around Tempe Marketplace and 3 different malls together in the DAYLIGHT. That was way fun. :)
 
Happy 4 years my love. I cant believe we went from this:


 
 
 
to this:
 

(and a baby in that there belly!)
 
in a matter of just 4 short years. I cant wait to see what the next 4, 10, 20, 40 will bring us.
I sure love you.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

15 Weeks



How far along? 15 Weeks, 4 days
Total weight gain/loss:  2 lbs up
Maternity clothes? Yes, I have 2 pairs of pants and bought a couple of tshirts last night and I just got a bag full from my cousin to borrow!
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: I fall asleep quickly, but have been having nightmares and not sleeping lately.
Best moment this week: Realizing that I get to go to my Dr. again this next week!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Advil. Serious sadness going on over here.
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Had my first craving...a quesadilla from Filibertos. BIG MISTAKE!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish, chinese food, raw meat (chicken, beef), and a new development is cheese on a pizza! how sad!!
Have you started to show yet: Yes! Oh my goodness, I started showing SO early
Gender prediction: Girl? Jace says Boy.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody--i'm not sleeping well!
Looking forward to: finding out the gender and feeling some movement!!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

14 Weeks!

 



How far along? 14 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 1-2 lb up
Maternity clothes? 2 pairs maternity pants...and Jace bought me silk pajamas that are HUGE to fit my growing belly!!!
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Falling asleep super quickly, but havent been sleeping well. I cant seem to get comfy or I get too hot!
Best moment this week: We had our 4 year anniversary and Jace surprised me with a couples massage-- mine was a special pre-natal one too! He also took me shopping for silk pajamas. Sweet.
Have you told family and friends: Yes, FINALLY!
Miss Anything? Advil. Serious sadness going on over here.
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Nothing really...when someone says something, THEN i'll get a craving.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish, chinese food, raw meat (chicken, beef), and a new development is cheese on a pizza! how sad!!
Have you started to show yet: Yes! Oh my goodness, I started showing SO early (bought my maternity jeans at the end of month 1!
Gender prediction: Girl? Jace says Boy.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy for the most part! We have crazy things going on with my family (brother just got home from 2 week ICU stay for brain surgery, and another brother this week left for a 2 year church mission)...hormones are going a bit crazy!
Looking forward to: finding out the gender and feeling some movement!!!

Dear kind friend,

Dear kind friend,

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I've been a bit preoccupied the last week and so I hadn't gotten the mail for a few days. That's okay, we only ever have junk mail, and bills, so its not like i NEEDED to get the mail.

Last night though, on my way home, I decided it probably needed to be emptied.

When I went to our mailbox a key to one of the "package" mailboxes fell out.

I ordered some maternity garments so I thought they had arrived finally!

When I picked up the box, it was heavy. ???? Not something you expect from a few pairs of light material undergarments.

I opened it immediately when I got inside my home.

And I read the note that popped out:

"If anyone can use some relaxation and reviving, its you. I know how fun it is to get somethign unexpected in the mail, so I wanted to pay it forward. I hope the scent is okay. I've yet to be disappointed, but you are the one that will be burning it. Oh, and Happy Anniversary! "



And I cried. and cried and cried.

I never get anything like this in the mail...ever. And to have someone thinking of me...it made me feel so loved!!! I also love that they knew it was my anniversary. :)

So dear friend, whoever sent this sweet and thoughtful gift and note, THANK YOU! You certainly lifted my spirits and I just want you to know I appreciate it so much. Big hug from me to you!

Monday, October 21, 2013

To say the least

The past 3 weeks have been a time of serious stress over in our neck of the woods.

My oldest brother had brain surgery Oct 1st. He then developed pneumonia and was then in the ICU for 2 solid weeks.

During that time my mother LIVED at the hospital...my dad was working all day and then going to relieve my mom some nights...and my baby brother was left at home to get ready for his mission.

Of course my mom did a great job getting everything Joe needed for his mission before the surgery. And then I went over a few days and taught Joe how to properly pack everything.

My grandparents flew in on the 11th.

We told friends and family that we were expecting on the 11th and 12th.

Joe had his farewell on the 13th and we had a big open house at my parents that night.

My grandparents left on the 14th and we were hoping to have Randy home. No such luck.

The 15th was our 4 year anniversary (which i will blog about soon!) and that late afternoon Randy came home. That night Joe got set apart as a missionary for our Church.

The 16th I was up at 5:30 AM and on our way to the airport to say goodbye to that little brother of mine for 2 years.

Then I worked...
and worked...and had a such a bad day i was just sure i was going to get fired. (my imagination)
and worked...
and on Saturday the 19th my work put on a big Halloween party for our consumers and their families.

I am exhausted to say the least.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bear with me

So...i know that this past year most of my posts/LIFE has been consumed with trying to conceive.
 
Well now that we have, and kept it a "secret" for 13 weeks...
 
I feel like all i'm posting/talking about is the baby in my belly.
 
Sue me.
 
I've waited all my life for this opportunity, and more over, i've waited these last 3 years with Jace.
 
This post serves 2 purposes:
 
#1. To apologize in advance...i'm affraid this is what its going to be from now on.
and
#2. To let out my frustration of not knowing my baby's gender!!! I'm so sick of calling it...an IT!
 

 
 
Happy Friday everyone. Eat some cake.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

13 Weeks

How far along? 13 Weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain/loss: 2 lb up
Maternity clothes? 1 pair of maternity jeans- why don't people normally wear these?! So comfortable!! and 1 pair of maternity dress pants for work.
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Still falling asleep way early--guess the little one needs rest! Other than getting up once or twice to go to the bathroom, I sleep great.
Best moment this week: Telling my grandparents, my extended family, Jace's family, and our friends!!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes, FINALLY!
Miss Anything? Advil. Serious sadness going on over here.
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Nothing really...when someone says something, THEN i'll get a craving.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish, chinese food, raw meat (chicken, beef), and a new development is cheese on a pizza! how sad!!
Have you started to show yet: Yes! Oh my goodness, I started showing SO early (bought my maternity jeans at the end of month 1!
Gender prediction: Girl. Jace says Boy.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I've been fairly moody this week.
Looking forward to: finding out the gender and feeling some movement!!!

How I told everyone...

Okay.

So I'm now 14 weeks pregnant. Can I just say that hiding it was getting fairly hard to do?!

I popped out super early...and we aren't sure why.

It may have something to do with the fact that my body was preparing for 2 babies...and now it only has one? Or maybe this baby is going to be a giant? ...who knows.

My immediate family (mom, dad, and brothers/sister in law) had been UBER involved in our fertility journey. They knew all my medications...how often I was taking them...when we had our doctors appointments...and when we would get our results from our doctors. I knew that hiding the pregnancy from them would be next to impossible. Plus, I wanted to talk to my mom if I had any questions.

You all know that I didn't find out on the day I was supposed to and it DROVE.ME.CRAZY. However, I almost think it drove my mom and brother Jeff crazier. Almost.

The next morning when I got the news, (yay!), the luggage we bought for Joe's mission got delivered to our house. So i got a picture frame and wrote, "Reserved for a picture of your future niece or nephew.... Surprise!" I put that in the smallest piece of luggage and nested them all inside one another. We took it over to my parents house that night and the hope was to have Joe open all the sets of luggage to "make sure the zippers worked"...well...its me and my life never goes as planned :)

My dad was helping and talking to someone about their car outside, my mom was trying to leave to go to a relief society event, Jeff was helping get his daughter in her highchair...the only one watching Joe was my SIL. Bless her. Joe read the picture frame, but didn't get it. Melanie squeaked and said "you are?!?!" and started hugging me. My mom finally looked up, Joe read the picture frame again and my mom burst into tears and ran over sobbing and hugging us. My dad even somehow made it in and was grinning from ear to ear. :)

We decided to wait until after the first trimester...just to be as safe as we could be. We knew that the percentage of risk of miscarriage dropped dramatically after the first trimester. However, we both had to tell our bosses and subsequently our co-workers found out. Jace and I had to tell our bosses to get the time off for ultrasounds and doctor's appointments that we needed. Since I started showing so early, my co-workers figured it out pretty quick.

When we finally reached 13 weeks--hello 2nd trimester!--we were excited to start telling people (jace's family especially), but my grandparents were flying in a couple of days later to be here for my brother's mission farewell. I decided that I'd waited 13 weeks...what was 2 more days so I could tell them in person?

I had bought a shirt that said "Coming this Spring" across the middle and wore it under a cardigan that I had buttoned up. I went to my parents house to see them, and my grandpa apparently looked at me and thought "wow she sure looks pregnant"...but graciously didn't say anything. I finally said I have exciting news and showed them my shirt and they were very happy!!! My grandparents were actually very touched that we waited to tell them in person.

After Jace got home that night, I said okay--lets go see your family! (he didn't want to...he was so tired from work) But we went. We tried his brother Josh and his wife first...because I flat out lied to her about being pregnant and have been feeling guilty for about 12 weeks. They weren't home! Jace's other brother and his family were out of town :(, so then we were off to see his parents. I was still wearing my shirt and cardigan, but this time I had a few pictures of Jace and I from our family pictures in Sept for her to "choose from" to update her wall. The last 2 pictures are of us holding a sonogram. One is further away and the last picture is a close up of our then 8 week old baby. While they were looking at the pictures, I had taken my cardigan off. When my mother in law was looking at the far away picture she said, "What is that you're holding?"...while my father in law looked at the last picture. When they realized what it was, I jumped off the couch and showed them my shirt. My mother in law bounded over to me crying, and my father in law got off the couch and embraced his son. It was very sweet and tender. My father in law immediately called his parents and told them the good news. We stayed and told them how far along I was (I'm just 5 weeks behind Jace's sister Jennifer) and everything I had been going through so far with the pregnancy. Jace was so tired that we didn't stay very long and went home. He wanted to tell his cousin, but I figured we'd at least text his siblings first. So i sent out a text to all of them, all of my cousins, and friends. I also hurry and hopped on over to this blog and finally was able to post that post that had been written for about 7 weeks...and linked it to Facebook. After about another hour, we decided to go to bed...we had just settled in when our doorbell rang.

Weird.

We opened the door and it was Josh and Jamie!!! They were too excited and couldn't wait to come see us. :) They even bought baby its first gift!! A super soft and gender neutral blanket and rattle :) They hung out for about an hour and we discussed the pregnancy, how we kept it a secret (avoidance and big t-shirts), and how happy they were for us.

All in all...it was everything we hoped for. We had so many people who were wanting this for us almost as bad as ourselves...so it was so nice to tell them that we finally had this miracle occur.

Monday, October 14, 2013

12 Weeks!!

How far along? 12 Weeks, 3 Days
Total weight gain/loss: 1 lb up
Maternity clothes? 1 pair of maternity jeans- why don't people normally wear these?! So comfortable!! and 1 pair of maternity dress pants for work.
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Since we found out I was pregnant, i've been lucky to be awake still at 10 PM (9:30 if i'm being honest). I sleep pretty sound until about 4 or 5 when I have to go to the bathroom, and then have to wake up by 7 AM to take my medicine and get ready for work.
Best moment this week: Our 12 week ultrasound, getting to see the little babe after a 3 week hiatus!
Have you told family and friends: No!--next week!!
Miss Anything? Deli Sandwiches (Firehouse, Neds...oh Neds.), and ADVIL! ugh.
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Soft pretzel and cheese. Oh my gosh.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish, Chinese food, raw meat (chicken, beef)
Have you started to show yet: Yes! Oh my goodness, I started showing SO early (bought my maternity jeans at the end of month 1!
Gender prediction: Girl. Jace says Boy.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! But tired...and not wanting to work anymore. LOL
Looking forward to: Finally being able to tell everyone!! (we've been waiting for 2 things: my 1st trimester to be over and for my grandparents to get here (next week!!!!!!)

9 Weeks

Today I had my very last appointment at the fertility center.

I honestly dont know how to express how i'm feeling!

These good people gave me HOPE that i'd become a mom.

My doctor was WONDERFUL and REASSURING.

They went through 7 months of heartbreak WITH me. I could feel how hard it was on them when they had to give me the bad news...and i even once had one start crying with me while i was on the phone.

I've gone through 2 months now of PURE AND TOTAL HAPPINESS...total joy. When i went in for my first blood test after they called me with the good news...i literally was barrelled over by nurses and assistants giving me hugs and congratulations.

They have always been there. Answering every question i had...be it stupid or valid. They know how rough this was for me and dont make light of anything.

I have felt like i LIVED there...and for a few months, i swear i did. I saw them at least ONCE every WEEK for a solid 8 months. There was the "break month"...where I only saw them twice.

And now...they are booting us out.

In a good way.

Me and the baby are okay--which means that we can move forward with my OB.

How i'll miss these good people! I promised to bring the baby in when its here. :)

And this isnt the last i'll see of them...we'll be back when we are ready to try again. For now though its goodbye--and with the deepest and most heartfelt THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING that i can muster through my tears.