Wednesday, December 28, 2011

First Trimester............ get out of here!, I'm done with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 I'm so glad the first trimester is over!!!!!!!!! Officially is was over Christmas Eve!!! Yeah!! Things are starting to turn around, and I'm starting to feel better. Every week, it gets just a little better. Afternoon and evenings are still a little icky and I don't know if it will totally go away, but I can hope:) The baby belly has surely already popped out..... as you can see! And it's fun to know that a little baby is growing inside of there. The girls got to come to my first appointment with me and got to see the little baby growing inside us. The doctor has one of those tiny  hand held ultrasounds......... (I feel like even when I had Sienna, technology wansn't up to that speed yet, so we didn't get to see her until about 20 weeks- and on the big machine they had to wheel around on a cart), So he quickly got to show the girls what was going on in mommys tummy, and to see the heart beat-145 beats per minute. We are all so very excited!!!!!  (Funny note: While they were drawing my blood, Sienna got very nervous, and had her hands up by her face like she was ready to cover her eyes at any moment if it got to be too much for her. She is such a timid and nervous little spirit:)...reminds me of someone I know........starts with a "D" and ends with an "addy")

I am so ready to have a baby in the house again!!!!! And now that I'm starting to feel a little better, I am even more excited! I already want to get all my baby stuff out and get organized!!! But I'll wait till we know what we're having:) Everywhere we go, Nathan just giggles at me, because I am goo-ing and gaa-ing at every little baby I see, and if we know them, asking to hold and play with their baby! I really just can't wait!!! Let's just skip the pregnancy and have the stork drop the baby off at the door!!! I'd be up for that!!!!:)

Anyway, some interesting tidbits that I want to remember about this pregnancy.

Likes: yogurt, cheese, eggs, meat.............ALMOST anything I didn't have to prepare myself:) Pasta with lots of butter and Parmesan cheese. Ceasar salad!!!!!! YUMMMMMMY!, or really any kind of salad for that matter.  Tuna fish sandwiches made with pickle juice and pickles!!!! ( I found a trick!- I get a nasty after taste in my mouth when I am sick, that just adds to the feeling of nausea (lots of other prego women report this as well) and pickles get rid of the taste, for a few hours!!! They think it's because the vinegar cuts the acid in your mouth and tummy, and they think that is was causes the nasty taste- hormones and all the acid in your tummy from being sick. Also cinnamon! I think probably because it's a natural tummy soother. But really anything cinnamon: cinnamon jolly ranchers, hot tamales, yummy cinnamon rolls with coconut frosting! Cinnamon and sugar sprinkled toast! And also homemade goodnesss- hence the cinnamon rolls, blueberry muffins, homemade rolls. (Probably because we were eating freezer food for so long, my body despises it now)And also grapes, and celery....weird, but they just taste good!!! And CHIPS, CHIPS, CHIPS!!!!! I just finished off half a bag this afternoon!!!! Yummy!!!! Particularly the cheddar and sour cream!

Gag reflexors: wheat bread for a few weeks, the smell was revolting. Fruits and veggies for just about 3 weeks, now I can't get enough! During the beginning I don't think I ate any sugar, it just seems to upset the tummy. They taste good now, but still upset the tummy afterwards, so we stay away from it for now.

Also, I'm already sleeping with 4 pillows, and already feel like I'm waddling:( That's sad! And can totally feel my hips spreading and my ab muscles stretching....I think because they actually had time to come back in and tighten up after Sienna because I've had some more time.

My ribs are sore to the touch because they are stretching apart, and just this last week or two I have begun to feel flutters of the baby moving. Cant wait till Daddy and the girls will be able to feel that!

I already need a bigger bra, and am completely out of my "normal" clothes and into maternity clothes!

The kids already rub and pat my belly, and we all just can't wait!!!!!!! 1 trimester down, 2 to go!!

My beloved before picture that I will look at when I'm huge and think there is no way I can ever have a flat tummy again:) Here's my own proof:)

The funniest present ever.........

 Trav and Sept had the best idea for a gift! It didn't take much to talk the boys into participating because they knew their father would thoroughly enjoy it. So I warmed Becky up with a tenderhearted poem about her 4 oldest boys, how they were once young and small, and though they have grown up and have families of their own, they will always be her 4 boys......etc, of course it rhymed and had some humor, but Becky is just so easy to get going, she started crying, and then we handed them the gift that was sure to make both of them bust up laughing............just watch the chronicle of Brent's laughter and you can easily see...... this was the funniest present ever!!!

The picture on the left was taken almost 30 years ago in Vegas when the boys were young. Brent had the original printed and framed for all the boys a few years ago. So we gave them an exact re-enactment with costumes, positions,  and all of the 4 boys NOW !!!! In order from left to right is Brandon, Jared, Nathan, and Travis....just like the original:)

Here's a snap shot I took during the process so you could enjoy all the details up close:) HA, love it!

Christmas 2011!!!!

 We had a wonderful Christmas!!!!!! We got to go to Boise to be with family, and the girls got spoiled by "Santa".  Taya got a fever Christmas Eve, but started feeling better Christmas day, thankful for that. We had dinner and a little program on Christmas Eve, and Christmas day got to sleep in!!!!! The girls were coming down with colds, so they slept in until 10 am!!!!! Chase- who I might add is 18, is the one that got everyone up to come open up presents:) It was fun! We had a really great time. Then on Monday we were able to see the Marti side of the fam for lunch and games. It's Always soooooooo great to go back to Boise!!!!! We just love it there!!!!! I'm so glad we are only 5 hours away and that our kids are pros at traveling in the car, so they always do so well making the drive go so much faster:) Can't wait to visit again in February for the wedding!!!
 Brent really enjoyed his "Retired" sign, he wants to take it to work for his last week:)
Becky also loved her shoes, and thought that every CHristmas should be a shoe giving Christmas, they just make her down right giddy:)

 And Nathan is still finishing up this adorable doll house! Finally with no school this week, we should be able to finish it up! I am so exited to see how it looks!!!
 Sienna got barbie dolls and bike stuff:)

 Santa brought Taya a doggy bike, but she was cleary more excited about her makeup:)
 Christmas Jammies!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blog Book 2010-2011......Happy Birthday to me!!!!!

Our year in 12 pictures:)
 Have I ever said how much I LOVE making these blog books!!!! They are the best!!!!! Here is our family history/journal/scrapbook nicely bound and ready to be displayed on my shelf!!!! I love cause I can make it look EXACTLY how I want, and I am always thrilled with how they turn out! My kids LOVE to sit and look through them like I did with photo albums in my day, and I love that! Yeah! So exciting!!!!!! If you want to make one, they are having a sale on any book if you make it by Jan 31st.......25% off with the code: MYBOOK4. Try it out, you will not be dissappointed:)
 One of my VERY favorite family pictures by my favorite tree!!!- courtesy of Hillary Collette:)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Taya sure loves her daddy......

...wants to be close to him whenever he gets home:)

Santa came to our Ward Christmas party!!!!!!

Sienna was not so sure, she would only stand here for a picture if Taya stood in-between them:)


Daddy has been on the computer a lot lately during finals, so Taya likes to pretend this is her computer:)

Sunday, December 4, 2011