Monday, April 14, 2014

31 weeks

^^^ Sometimes I look really small, and other days I look like I'm exploding. Today was one of those exploding days.


How far along?  31 weeks!

Maternity clothes: Still yes and no. I'm squeezing into anything pre-pregnancy that has lots of stretch to it, I mostly wear maternity clothes though. 

Stretch marks: Yep. They have officially arrived and I'm very, very sad. I feel like all my friends didn't get them until their last week or two (or didn't get any) and I'm already getting some with weeks still left! So, so depressing.

Sleep: Not too great anymore. I wake up a lot to pee, and switch positions. The newest thing is my hips start aching and I wake up from that and have to spread them super far apart. 

Best moment this week: My coworkers surprised me with a baby shower, so so sweet! There was cheesecake and raspberry lemonade which happen to be 2 of my favorites.

Miss anything? Being little, sleeping throughout the night, fitting into all my favorite clothes, and being able to eat without my heart starting on fire.

Movement: Every day. I can tell she's getting a little crowded in there because her movements definitely aren't as frequent. She used to be dancing around practically all day but now she mostly just sleeps a lot. 

Food cravings: Not really. Food is starting to sound kind of gross again, and I'm hardly ever hungry, I have to remind myself to eat. (Probably because my stomach is super squished and there's no room for it to expand.) Maybe now my weight gain will slow down which I'm all for!

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.

Gender: Girly Girl. 

Labor signs: Nope, thank goodness (stay in there baby girl!). I get braxton hicks every couple days or so and those aren't too fun. The WORST was getting one the other day while Josh and I were running to catch the bus. Imagine running up a steep hill, 7 months pregnant, and getting a contraction. Woof. That was awful. 

Symptoms: Well my ankles, face, hands, fingers, feet, and calfs are all swollen now. For the first time in my life I have cankles, pregnancy is super sexy.  I've started leaking colostrum, that was an odd sensation. I think I'm developing arthritis in my fingers too because they are constantly aching. I keep getting shooting pains in my lower back/butt area. I feel tired a lot. Heartburn, ouch. And last but not least, stretch marks.

Belly button in or out? In, don't think it'll ever pop out, that sucker is still really deep in there.

Wedding rings on or off? Off

Happy or moody most of the time: Generally pretty happy, I haven't been too moody or emotional the whole pregnancy, thank goodness.

Looking forward to: Making new friends now that we've finally moved! And I'm really looking forward to being done unpacking, I'm finding very little motivation when I can't bend over and I'm tired all the time. Luckily Josh just finished up his online classes (yay for finishing undergrad!) so he'll have more free time and can finally start helping. :)


Thursday, April 10, 2014

city life

Don't worry. I am very much alive, just more tired, rounder, and sore. Baby girl has some seriously strong legs, and she loves kicking my ribs to remind me to sit up straighter. We're a good team, her and I. She's watching out for my back, making sure I don't have a hunch when I'm older and I give her fun organs to jump on and kick. But more about her next week when I do a bump update!


Current Happenings:

Josh and I finally got some jobs and made the move from his parents' house to the big ol' city of Seattle. We're official Seattleites now with bus cards, reusable grocery bags, and live within walking distance from 3 (actually, probably 4) Starbucks. My whole life I've dreamed of living in a big city. I love skyscrapers, crowded streets (mostly for people watching purposes), and all the hippies and tree huggers. Growing up in Colorado Springs, CO and then going to college in Rexburg, ID there was never much going on. But in a big city there's always something happening within walking distance, and tons of new people to meet. I love that there's a grocery store a block and a half away. You never have to drive to things like the movie theater or a restaurant because everything you need is within walking distance. And there are countless parks, a zoo, museums, basically everything you could think of close by.

But I've discovered that there are definitely some down sides while living in the city.

+ Everyone generally looks like they want to hurt me like 89% of the time.
+ Speaking of, don't go to the Goodwill at night. Especially if it's located in "the hood". I've never been so scared in my life. 
+ We pay probably double, maybe even triple the amount of rent as our friends who live in other places for a pretty small/very old apartment. Oh and the apartment is also located one block from a slightly ghetto part of town. A part where people yell at each other on the sidewalks, smoke some (probably) illegal things, and it's where all the hobos live. As in the hobos don't beg for money there because everyone is so poor, they just live there because they feel more at home then they walk 10 blocks to a nicer part of town to ask for money.

^^^ Behold, our kitchen. The fridge doesn't open up all the way because the counters are too close together.
+ Sometimes people smoke pot on the sidewalks. That's always a fun smell when you're pregnant. (Pot is now legal in WA so that smell is pretty common, especially when you live so close to the University).
+ Traveling anywhere takes twice as long. Holy traffic batman! You might as well walk those 20 blocks because it'll take you 45 minutes in the stop and go traffic. Anytime I go anywhere we have to leave twice as early because who knows how long it'll take. And anyone who knows Josh will understand that leaving early at all is practically impossible, so we're late. A lot. And by late, I mean 30-45 minutes late. A lot.
+ I'm not sure how I feel about public transportation. I pay $5 every day so I can get on a (late) bus, sit by a sea of complete strangers who smell like cheese and cologne and other interesting smells I don't really want to investigate, then arrive at my destination (late). 
+ Instead of turning into a blooming social butterfly who is living it up in the city, I'm becoming a bitter hermit who doesn't want anyone to look at her or touch her. But at least my cats still love me. And Josh, he'll always love me. I'm thinking most of our weekends are going to be the same as they were in Rexburg: a redbox movie, cuddling, and ice cream.

And now here are our actual life updates and what has been taking up my time:

+ We ordered countless furniture which we are still slowly putting together. As a side note, we deserve a pat on the back for building a dresser without killing each other. If you want to test your patience and marriage, order a dresser from Walmart where the instructions have no words, only pictures, and the pieces and 5 different types of screws all look the same on paper. Now that was a fun couple of days.  
+ Unpacking. And by unpacking I mean I come home from work every day and unpack a box (or half a box) then I watch shows on Netflix and go to bed. 
+ Nesting. Now that we have our own place words cannot describe how much I enjoy buying little outfits for baby girl. Sometimes we go to Target just so I can look at all the baby stuff, we don't buy anything (our checking account is very sad and small right now), but it sure is fun pretending!

And now for some baby bump pictures (in case you don't follow me on Instagram, "fashionlovelauren").

^^^ 25 weeks
^^^ 27 weeks (I'm sorry the quality is HORRIBLE. I need to start taking selfies with my Canon Rebel instead of an Android phone)
^^^ 29 weeks, messy new apartment that still looks about the same.
^^^ 30 weeks

Until next time, homies!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

23 weeks

The last couple of weeks I started exploding with child! It's a little weird trying to get used to gaining weight every day and having a person inside of you. The other day she actually woke me up during the night because she was kicking so hard, couple that with constantly having to pee and well... she's already keeping me up through the night. 

I am so excited to meet her though, to discover her personality, and to put a face to this little person that is inside of me. Motherhood and pregnancy is such a beautiful thing. You fall deeply in love with a person you've never seen or really met. But yet you kind of do know your baby. Every day she gets bigger and I feel even more connected to her. I think she's going to be an amazing person and I feel so lucky to be her mama and to help guide her through this life.


How far along? 23 weeks 2 days

Baby's size: 11.5 inches long / 1.1 lbs / size of a large mango (yumm!) Well those are the averages, baby girl is actually only in the 20th percentile for size so she's probably a little smaller. Have I mentioned yet how excited I am that she's petite? Not quite sure if it's mostly because I'll be pushing her out of me or because she'll be extra cute and little.

Maternity clothes? Yes and no. I still wear some of my old shirts that are more stretchy but pretty much only maternity or yoga pants or maxi skirts. It's kind of sad though because most of my workout shirts don't fit very well so when I exercise there's always a strip of tummy showing... super classy. 

Best moment this week: Valentine's Day with Josh, that man knows how to butter up a woman-let me tell you. But also having Josh feel her move pretty regularly  he gets so giddy whenever he can see or feel her kick and it just makes me love him even more.

Miss Anything? I'm kind of already missing the feeling of being small and petite, I feel like I'm officially in the pregnant and large but only going to get bigger stage. Not too fun since I know I still have a looooong way to go.

Movement: Yeah this girl has lots of energy! I realized that if I push somewhere she almost always starts kicking wherever my hand is, it feel like I'm actually interacting with her. She also almost always wakes up and stars kicking me when I start to talk, makes me smile because she must know my voice already.

Food cravings: Carbs. I think I could eat pasta and bagels every single day.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Mostly just the foods that I threw up during the first 4 months of my pregnancy, which is quite a few things. 

Gender: Girl :)     

Symptoms: Going to the bathroom now twice throughout the night, feeling full after eating a few bites but finding I'm hungry like every half hour. My lower back usually hurts but as long as I keep up with exercising it's not too bad.

Belly Button in or out? Still in although it went from being open to closed, it looks like a little slit, kind of weird. 

Looking forward to: We have a doctors appointment on Wednesday and I made a huge list of questions for my midwife that I'm really looking forward to discuss (I've been reading lots of pregnancy and birthing books lately). I'm also looking forward to hopefully getting a job soon, it's kind of depressing that I've applied to over 40 and still haven't gotten one. So if anyone knows of someone who is hiring in the Seattle area or some sort of telecommuting job just let me know because I'm desperate!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

grandma's lye soap review/giveaway


It's no secret that pregnancy makes your skin go a little wacky. It's itchy, dry, I mean, it's stretching like never before so it's going to be a little weird for a while. I've tried using cocoa butter and ultra sensitive soap from the big brands but my skin was still always irritated. I thought itchy skin was just another side effect of pregnancy that you just had to deal with.

But then Lacey emailed me about her company, Grandma's Lye Soap. All of her soap is 100% natural, homemade, with no harsh chemicals or additives. 

After using the soap for a week my skin looked noticeably smoother and my tummy stopped itching. I've been using it for 2 weeks now and have fallen in love with the product!

Whether you suffer from acne, dry or extra sensitive skin, or just want to make a change and take a step closer towards a more natural way of life, this soap is for you. And now you can buy specific ones for your baby or furry friends too!


For this giveaway one lucky winner will get one free bar of soap to try for themselves  and let me tell you, it'll change the way you view store brought soap forever.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

we're moving to...

SEATTLE! (Even though we're technically already here!)

Josh was officially accepted into The University of Washington School of Dentistry today, our number one choice!! UW has one of the top dental programs in the nation and is extremely competitive, plus his family lives here so we are ecstatic! Not much better news than hearing you got into your dream school. 

Plus Seattle is like the coolest city in the country, I'm pretty sure I was born to live here. So we are all very happy, and I'm so relieved to finally know where our baby will be born, and where we'll be living for the next 4 years. Everything can start magically falling into place.

To celebrate I made his favorite meal for dinner, and now it's time to start looking for jobs and housing, finally!!