Sunday, May 11, 2014

Baby Bump Update

When I was pregnant with Sawyer, I felt the first trimester went so slowly because I was so excited to share the news.  Then the rest of the pregnancy seemed to move along quite quickly and the past 20 months have gone by in the blink of an eye.

This pregnancy, the first trimester again seemed to drag by but this time I think it was because I felt so awful and exhausted I couldn't wait for it to be over.  But sure enough, I'm feeling much better and the last 4 weeks have flown by. 

So here is a bump update for you all:

Sidenote, this shirt is new and a little big so I feel like it makes my butt look way bigger than it actually is....

By comparison, here is what I looked like at 16 weeks with Sawyer

How far along? 16 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 15 lbs.  No idea where it all came from.  I ate a lot of carbs the first trimester since cereal was the only thing that didn't make me nauseous.  With Sawyer I gained it all in the first 6 months, the last 3 I only gained 3 pounds.

Maternity clothes? You betcha.  The belly popped much earlier this time.  Been in maternity pants for a few weeks.
Stretch marks? A few here and there but I think some could be left over from last time.
Sleep: Pretty good but that is because I'm always exhausted.  I don't have to get up as often to pee in the middle of the night.  Sawyer has us up by 6:30 or 7 so there is no sleeping in.
Best moment this week: Got to hear baby's heartbeat (138 bpm)
Miss Anything? Beer.  We went to Mariner's game last night and I really wanted a beer with my garlic fries.  I also miss sushi.
Movement: I feel some swirls and rolls on occasion and a jab when I lean forward to get up out of a chair.  I am looking forward to more.
Food cravings: Bacon.  I want it on everything.  And turkey sandwiches.  I make a lot of turkey sandwiches.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth in the morning, and the smell of Sawyer's diaper pail.
Have you started to show yet: Yep
Gender: Find out June 11th!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out?  In.  I never popped out with Sawyer so I don't anticipate it this go around.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I am an emotional disaster.  Seriously.  I have mood swings that range from weeping to rage in the blink of an eye.  Its worse when I don't get enough sleep.  I hate it...and feel bad for my poor husband.

Looking forward to: our growth ultrasound next month and finding out if Sawyer will have a brother or sister!

So, my doctor is keeping a close eye on me to monitor me for gestational diabetes again.  I met with the nutritionist that I work with to discuss what I should be eating.  I started measuring my blood sugars and my morning fasting numbers are high again.  So, I'm meeting with the GD nurse tomorrow.  I'm hoping I don't have to go on medication again especially this early because I think it means twice weekly non stress tests which is going to be a nightmare to schedule for the next 24 weeks.  Fortunately, my numbers after I eat are well within normal limits.  We will see what happens.  Right now I'm trying different snacks before bed to see if I can control my morning numbers better.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

18/19 Month update

Okay, so this should have been done a month ago....considering Sawyer turned 18 months on March 18th.  But again, I'm fully using my first trimester fatigue/misery as an excuse to be a terrible blogger.

I have to admit, I'm feeling a little awkward in my blogging shoes right now since its been quite a while since I've posted anything regular.  But what better way to get my groove back than talking about my favorite little man?

Sawyer is 19 months old and becoming more like a little boy every day.  There are days when I wish he would out grow this phase of not being able to communicate and climbing on everything.  But I know that I can't get these days back and when he is graduating from college I will fondly remember these days of him learning to say "Elmo". 

At our 18 month check up with Dr. Irwin, Sawyer was 33 1/2 inches and 28 pounds (both in the 75th-90th percentile) and I'm pretty sure had a growth spurt shortly after our visit.  Most of our 18 month pants are too short and we have moved up to 24 month or 2T.  He also has a long torso like his daddy so we are moving up to 24 month/2T sizes in shirts too.  He wears size 5 diapers during the day and size 6 at night.

Developmental Milestones
Oh, where to begin!  Sawyer no longer walks, he runs.  And climbs.  And finds all the things he's not supposed to get into.  He can stack blocks and rings and has figured out how to turn on and unlock my iPhone - prompting me to turn on a passcode.  He has his first set of molars and is currently working on his canines.  His first official word was cheese which he pronounces more like "gee".  He also has said store, night night, and Elmo once or twice.  He still signs quite a bit for more, drink, all done, please, thank you and bath.  He's becoming a very polite child.

This kid will eat most things except vegetables.  He is quite proficient with both a fork and a spoon these days.  He loves oatmeal, eggs, yogurt, blueberries, raspberries and string cheese.  We've definitely started feeding him more of what we eat and this week since Grandma and Grandpa Hall have been here we've being doing a lot of family meals which he seems to enjoy.  He's getting a little easier to take to restaurants now as long as he has a fork to eat with.  And at 28 lbs no one can accuse us of starving our child.  He still gets one bottle at night before bed even though the doctor wants us to wean off the bottle.  Sometimes he drinks 2oz, other times he drinks a full 8 oz.  He still drinks a lot of milk and/or water from sippy cups so I don't think that him having one bottle at night is detrimental to his health.

Sawyer has transitioned to one 2-3 hour nap a day and sleeps about 11 hours at night.  We still wish he would sleep a little later in the mornings but I think Andrew and I are both accustomed to getting up at 6:30 these days.  Its actually nice to have some family time in the mornings before we all have to go to work.

Likes and Dislikes
Sawyer loves anywhere he can run.  Since the weather has been nicer recently we've been doing a lot of walks around the block or on a trail that is near our house.  We also put together his wagon so he likes his wagon rides.  He still enjoys reading books (his Bear books continue to be favorites as is Little Blue Truck) and wants to have our phones, the Surface or the laptop to play with if they are available.  He also likes to help clean including vacuuming, sweeping and unloading the dishwasher.  He and Charlie are best buds.  That boy loves his puppy.


Charlie makes a great pillow
Before/after of his umpteenth haircut

We do Stroller Strides 3 days a week and go to Toddler group once a week.  We are hoping to start swim lessons this summer if we can find a class that works for us.

This is a fun but exhausting age.  Sawyer loves to laugh and smile so it makes all the business worth it even on the days when my hormones and impatience tell me other wise.  I love to watch him learn new words and figure things out.  I'm amazed at all that he knows already!  I'm looking forward to lots of activities this summer and hope that I can keep up with him as my belly grows!

A boy and his dog

A little naked time in the kitchen
Going for a walk

playing in the rocks with his buddy Soren

standing on the coffee table - because he knows he's not supposed to

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Real Reason I've been MIA...

Hi friends,

I know I've been MIA the last several weeks.  I have a good reason.

I have a parasite.

Sort of.

I'm growing a person.

Yep.  We are expecting #2!

Our Facebook announcement

We are very excited but I'll be honest, this mama is exhausted.  Hence my no blogging.  Most free time involves a couch, some ginger ale and sleeping. 

But, hoping that things are going to start looking up in the next couple weeks.  Hopefully when I have more energy I will have more blogging time.  I'm keeping a list of ideas on my phone.

So, hang in there with me friends and followers.  I will get back to more regular blogging.  Just let me get through the rest of this first trimester.

Monday, March 3, 2014

30 Things About Me I Want My Kids To Know #30ThingsChallenge

Hi friends.  Given my blogging rut, my blog friend Heather suggested I join her in a link up she's doing called "30 Things About Me I Want My Kids to Know".  There are 30 questions and I will devote a blog post to each one eventually linking them all back up to this post.  I may only do one a week or I may be motivated and do a few.  Who knows.  But I'm sure that Sawyer will be reading this blog one day so maybe he'll learn a thing or two about good ol' mom.

Here are the questions:

  1. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
  2. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
  3. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
  4. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
  5. List 20 random facts about yourself.
  6. What are 5 passions you have?
  7. Describe a typical day in your current life.
  8. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears
  9. Describe your relationship with your spouse.
  10. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
  11. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
  12. If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?
  13. What is your dream job, and why?
  14. Describe when you knew your spouse was the one or how I fell in love.
  15. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?
  16. What do you think your spouse loves most about you?
  17. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
  18. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
  19. What’s the hardest part of growing up?
  20. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
  21. Describe 5 and weaknesses strengths you have.
  22. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?
  23. Describe your relationship with your parents.
  24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?
  25. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
  26. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
  27. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
  28. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
  29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?
  30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.
Stay tuned! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Blogger block

Hi Friends -

I apologize for my lack of content on here.  I have to say I have a serious case of blogger block.  I have nothing exciting to write about - or at least that's how I feel.  I've started several posts only to get about half way through and then can't seem to finish. 

Life is busy.  I'm getting up at 5 am 4 days a week for either a workout or work.  Sawyer has just gotten his second ear infection in the last month in addition to pink eye.  You know.  Life.

So, I promise I will start writing again....when I get some energy and motivation. 

Until then, I'll update you on a couple of things:

- Sawyer has learned to fist bump and thinks its really fun

- He has also discovered the broom and can occupy himself for a good 20 minutes pushing it around the kitchen.  I plan to use this to my advantage in the future.

- I've discovered they sell cronuts at Safeway.  I have yet to break down and purchase but I so want to try.  Maybe after Body Back is over so I don't have to write it down....

Have a good weekend all.

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Super Bowl Love Story

Happy Monday friends.  It certainly is a FANTASTIC Monday here in Seattle after our Hawks throttled the Broncos yesterday.  What a game!  Its been so great to see everyone in our city supporting our team with 12th Man flags, jerseys, shirts etc.  My company had Seahawks week all last week so we got to wear our gear and everyone on their way out the door said "Go Hawks!". 

The Super Bowl holds a special place in my heart, more specifically the party we go to every year.  It was 5 years ago at this party that I met the love of my life.  Since we are approaching Valentine's Day I thought I'd share my love story with all of you.

Before I met Andrew I had only dated a few people.  I dated one boy in high school/college for 3 years, a guy my senior year of college for about 6 months and a guy in grad school for a couple months.  I guess those were people I had relationships with.  I had a few one time dates that never went beyond that.

Anyway, in 2008/2009, I was managing a clinic in Gig Harbor, owned a house in Tacoma and was pretty satisfied with my life.  I had a good church and small group, good friends, a dog and cat at home.  I knew God had a plan for me and I was content waiting.  My sister in law Becky had been telling me for a few months about this guy that had just moved to Seattle named Andrew that I needed to meet. {She didn't tell me at the time but when she met him she had a prophesy that he was going to be her brother in law} He had just moved to Seattle and had moved next door to my brother and Becky temporarily while he found a place to live. He had gone back packing with my brother and some other guys and gotten a "he's a good guy" stamp of approval from my brother. 

In January 2009, I went for a walk with a good friend of mine and we were talking about life in genera and she asked me what my 5 year plan was.  I said, "I'm happy with where I'm at.  I like my job, I like my house, I like my stuff, I've got good friends.  I know God has a guy out there for me and whenever He's ready he will bring him into my life."  Literally, when I finished that sentence, my phone rang and it was Becky telling me "I've figured out a way for you to meet Andrew!  You have to come to the Super Bowl party next weekend!"

So, the next weekend I drove up to Redmond to attend the 6th Annual Weigh In Weigh Out Super Bowl Party.  At this party, those who choose to participate see who can gain the most weight during the game.  Seriously.  There is a trophy and everything.  It is quite the event.

Becky and JD told me that Andrew didn't know he was meeting me so there was no pressure.  They would not be offended if I didn't like him.  I made a conscious effort not to get excited because I have a tendency to make up these romantic scenarios in my head and then when they don't come to fruition I get disappointed.  So I had little expectations.  I was introduced to Andrew, we talked for a bit during the game and after.  He was definitely cute and seemed like a good guy.  I figured if it was meant to be we would run into each other again.

I drove the hour drive back down to Tacoma and by the time I got home he had already Facebook friended me.  Again, I tried not to get too excited.  I sent him a message the next morning and we began and email thread through that week.  The next weekend we went out on our first date and the weekend after that we went out a few more times as I was staying up in Redmond to help my mom take care of the twins while JD and Becky were out of town. 

On Valentine's day we had our Define the Relationship talk (or DTR) and officially decided to date each other. 
Our first photo together - a date at the Seattle waterfront and Pike's Place Market

I was still a bit cautious with my heart at that time - I did not want to create these expectations to just be disappointed by a boy.  It had been a while since I'd dated anyone and I was protecting my heart and spending a lot of time in prayer about it.  About a month into it we took a little step back from each other to make sure that we were dating each other because we really liked each other and not because we just wanted to date someone.  We eventually decided that we both wanted to pursue this relationship.

A few months later, we ended up having a very serious conversation.  I had told Andrew some things about me and some things in my past that I was not proud of.  I cried, he hugged me and I thought he was okay with it all but it weighed on him.  He sent me an email later that night just processing his feelings.  It was the beginning of a work week so the next couple days we mainly communicated through email and talked through a few things.  I shed a lot of tears, made some blubbering phone calls to my mother and stressed a whole lot. And then he wrote me this:

"Some things about you I'd already known and I've obviously learned a lot more in the past 48 hours...And I was thinking in that in many ways because of what we have talked about in the last two days gives me an even more awesome opportunity to respect you and show you the love of Christ in ways that would not have been possible without this.  As you are well aware, I am human and certainly will make mistakes and am not perfect, but I want you to know that is my ultimate goal.  I want to be the best representation of Christ to you that I can possibly be."

With that, I was 100% head over heels in love with him.  This was the man I had been talking to God about for so many years.  I knew that he was the one.   We both knew at that point that we were going to spend our lives together.  We then became that really annoying lovey dovey couple that single people hate.

We got engaged that August and married the following March.  And the rest is history. 

Engaged at Ryan Dam in Montana - August 14th 2009

Married March 27, 2010 - Great Falls, MT

I love knowing that God had this all planned out before either one of us was even a twinkle in our parents' eyes.  The circumstances that brought me to Tacoma, him to Seattle, putting us both in the right place and mindset to pursue a relationship and the foresight he gave to Becky that we would be together.  It is very clear that this is what God intended for us and I am so grateful for God giving me such a wonderful man to share my life with.  He is a wonderful husband and fantastic representation of Christ for me even when I don't deserve it.  He is a great father to our child and I love that Sawyer will grow up with Andrew as his role model. 

My cup runneth over. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday randomness

No major theme to this post, just have several things to update you all on since its been a bit since I've written anything.  Sorry about that - there is too much to get done during nap time :-)

- Andrew and I got a new car!  Shortly after Christmas we bought a 2013 Ford Explorer.  Its pretty swanky.  Its got a whole bunch of bells and whistles - who knew how much I would love a heated steering wheel?  Its a bit bigger than my old Escape and we have to fold in the mirrors to fit it in the garage.  I'm also still learning how to park with it so if you see a silver explorer terrible parked somewhere in Redmond, its probably me.

- I've started a new session of Body Back but this time I'm doing Wednesday and Friday at 5:30.  AM.  Its freakin' early people.  But, when I'm done I come home and get to spend some time with Sawyer and Andrew and while Sawyer naps I get some time to do my bible study or watch something on TV. Its kind of nice.  There are 5 of us in this session (much different than it being just me) and its fun to have other gals there to encourage each other.

- Speaking of my health, we've been doing the Dukan Diet for a month or so now and its going pretty well!  I'm down about 8 pounds and seeing numbers on the scale that I haven't seen in two years! 

- Sawyer has been sick this weekend and after a visit to the doc this morning he has been diagnosed with his very first ear infection.  I'm a little proud that its taken 16 months to get there.  So we are armed with amoxicillin and ibuprofen and hoping to see some improvement.  Until then, its lots of snuggle time and watching Elmo videos on YouTube (which mommy doesn't mind).

- I've done really well with not biting my nails.  They are starting to look normal!  Once they get a bit longer I will go get my manicure :-)

-Finally, speaking of my 2014 goals, here are a few things from my #Thankful2014 list:

13. A great group of co-workers
17. Starbucks lattes
18. Talking to my mom every day
21. Access to good healthcare

Hope you all have a great week!