Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Happy Birthday to my bearded love...

Today is Cowboy's birthday. Not only is he one year older, his beard has never been bigger. I'm so happy I get to celebrate this bearded man today.

The man that makes me laugh when I've got the hangries while out to lunch...


The man that I love playing games with...


The man that takes care of me and Dudley...


And the man that holds our precious new nephew with such care and love that I can't wait for him to hold our daughter...


Happy Birthday Cowboy. I love you more and more each day.

Love,
Betty

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pregnancy Post: Weeks 20-27

I'm still playing catch up with the pregnancy posts! I've been writing weekly letters for our baby girl, but for the blog I've decided to just summarize some of the highlights...at least while I'm still getting caught up!

Weeks 20-27: The rest of the second trimester! 

Events: We took a trip to Spokane and introduced the baby (bump style) to many of our dear friends,  we started the baby registry (fun and overwhelming!), I finished up my last day of work (at least until September), we had our first baby shower with family friends (more on that later!),  we set up the main parts of the nursery, I started a prenatal water class, and we took a trip to Victoria for our anniversary!

How much she’s grown: During this time she grew from the size of a banana (about 10 inches long and weighing in at 10.5 ounces) to the size of a head of cauliflower (14.5 inches long and a whopping 2 pounds!).

Movement: At 20 weeks I mainly felt her movements pretty low and to the left. At 27 weeks I could feel her movements all over…kicks and rolls and swooshes.  She especially loves to dance in the middle of the night!

Sleep: This has been a struggle. Hip pain and trips to the bathroom have been the trend. All sorts of pillow arrangements and pregnancy pillows have been used with occasional success. Fortunately, I’ve become better at taking naps (and I have the time to take them!)

Symptoms: A few headaches, hip aches, stretching pains, shortness of breath, and the return of a little nausea and fatigue (noooo!).


What I’ve loved so far: watching this belly grow and grow, feeling her kick, debating names, picking out items for the nursery, and dreaming about our future with our little gal!






Love,
Betty

Friday, July 18, 2014

Gender Reveal!

My parents came to visit us Mother’s Day weekend (when I was 19 weeks pregnant) since we would find out the gender of the baby the following Tuesday. It was such a fun weekend talking about baby things, buying maternity clothes, and buying one boy outfit, and one girl outfit.  The plan was that after the ultrasound, Cowboy and I would come home, and give my parents a package to open that would either have the boy outfit or the girl outfit, which would reveal the gender to them. 



Our ultrasound: To be honest, I was completely nervous for this ultrasound. More than anything, I just wanted to see our baby moving around, and see that everything was progressing normally. Finding out the gender was really just a bonus for us. Throughout the entire pregnancy I was pretty sure that our baby was a girl, and I was…right!! Within a minute, the ultrasound tech said “Well, this is one of the girliest looking girls I have seen in a long time!” (basically no doubt that our little baby was a girl). The rest of the ultrasound was to check out all of her other parts, which thankfully, were all normal. She (how fun to say ‘she’ rather than ‘it’!) was moving a ton during the ultrasound, but also ‘behaved beautifully’ according to the tech, so she was able to get all the pics she needed rather quickly. It was amazing to see her open her mouth, cross her legs, and kick up a storm. I still couldn’t feel much of her kicking, most likely because I have an anterior placenta.





When we got home from our ultrasound, we handed the package to my parents (and Dudley) to open.




They were thrilled (and a little teary eyed) to see that they would be welcoming another granddaughter to the family. It was such a happy moment, and one that I’m so glad we were able to share with them. We spent the rest of the afternoon calling Cowboy's family, my family, and soaking in the news that our precious daughter (!) was in my belly. 

Love,
Betty

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pregnancy Post: Weeks 14-19!

I'm going to be playing catch up on these posts for a little while (now that I'm already in the third trimester....what?! Crazy). Here we go...

Week 14: We went to Arizona for spring break. I was nervous to fly and be away from my doctors, but they assured me that it would be fine, and just to drink lots and lots of water.  At the airport I requested pat-downs instead of the x-ray machines, and it was fun to hear ‘congratulations’ from complete strangers.  On the plane, I told the passengers next to me that I may have to go to the bathroom a ton because I was pregnant, and offered them our window seat if they wanted it. Everyone was so nice.

Our time in Phoenix was perfect. We were able to see friends, tell them our happy news, and just relax. I still felt nauseous in the morning, but I was beginning to be able to eat salads and chicken again.  I did have a scary lightheadedness/almost fainting episode while out to eat. Turns out that is normal as well, but it’s not any fun. 


Week 15: My sister’s baby shower was this week. She was 27 weeks along at her shower. It was so fun to celebrate her, her baby, and see what was in store for myself as well! This also was the week that the belly finally ‘popped.’ It was becoming harder and harder to conceal at work. We had another ultrasound appointment, and heard baby’s heartbeat.  I will never get tired of hearing that sound.



Week 16: This was the week that I decided to tell everyone at work. And just when I was about to send out an email to everyone, I opened my inbox and another teacher at our school told everyone that she was expecting! So I kind of tagged on to her email and told everyone the news.  It was fun knowing that there was another pregnant person in the building I could chat with. Several of my coworkers told me that they suspected I was (due to my constant need to go the bathroom).  It was nice to start wearing clothes that accentuated the bump rather than disguise it!


 Week 17/18: We told more of our friends, continued to get bigger, and just enjoyed this precious time. And realized I could eat ice cream again without getting sick…hooray!


Okay, we're getting there! More pregnancy posts coming soon! 

Love,
Betty

Monday, July 14, 2014

One HOT weekend...

Whoa nelly. We are experiencing a bit of a heat wave. Temps in the high 90s and low 100s. Thank goodness for air conditioning!To survive the heat, we...

*Took Dudley to a little lake that was perfect for him to swim in (or play fetch. He hasn't realized that he can swim in water without fetching his toys)...



*Spent quite a bit of time indoors, which included watching the World Cup Final where we sadly saw Argentina lose.


*Enjoyed the fruits of hot sun...fresh tomatoes from our little garden!



Is it hot where you are? How are you surviving?

Love,
Betty

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vamos Argentina!

Have you been watching the World Cup? We sure have. Thanks to Cowboy, I think we've watched at least part of every single game. And fortunately for us, our favorite team (with the exception of the United States, of course) has made it to the final. 

Vamos Argentina!! 


Have a great weekend! 

Love,
Betty

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The first trimester

I always thought that once I was pregnant I would document every week. Turns out I’m not that person…at least in the first trimester. I was so tired, nauseous, and nervous about it all that the last thing I wanted to do was write about it. However, I do consider this pregnancy an absolute blessing and I want to remember it all, even that not-so-fun first trimester. Here are some things I will never forget…

*The fatigue: It’s no joke. I was going to bed at 7:30 or 8pm and woke up just as tired. The only thing I wanted to do those 3 months was lay on the couch (or in my bed), or really anywhere I could sleep.

*Nausea:  All. Day. Long. I fortunately never actually vomited. But boy, oh boy, I felt like it. The only thing that seemed to help was to eat…

*Cravings: When I’m not pregnant, I pride myself on my pretty healthy eating habits. That went out the window during the first trimester. All I wanted (and could tolerate) was macaroni & cheese, crackers, toast…basically if it was a carb I was all over it.

*Aversions: Chicken, Vegetables, water (which I forced myself to drink), ice cream, tomatoes, onions. Sadly, I actually had major digestive issues whenever I had those last three…

*Spotting: This was terrifying.  It happened twice during the first trimester, both times around the time I would be getting my period. Every time I assumed the worst. But each time we went into the doctor, had an ultrasound, and saw our little baby moving around.  This is something that some women, myself included, experience. It sucks.

*Cramping: This was another symptom that I was convinced meant the worst. But it turns out your body is doing lots of stretching, hormones are surging, and unless it gets severe, it’s completely normal. Heated rice packs on my back helped a ton.

*Acupuncture: Going to weekly acupuncture appointments really helped me relax and focus on the baby that was growing inside of me. Also acupuncture is supposed to help with blood flow to the baby.

*Mood Swings: In a span of 10 minutes I could feel elation, hope, fear, anger…it was crazy. And it still kind of is.

*Pregnancy Brain: It’s a real thing folks. I guess the best way to describe it is that your brain feels a bit fuzzy at all times, and being able to focus mental energy on multiple topics is impossible. Word finding was (and sometimes still is) my biggest problem.


*Sharing the news: As the weeks went on, and as it became obvious that I wasn’t doing anything on the weekends (because I felt so crappy), I started to tell a few close friends. It was so fun. They were thrilled and shocked.

And here are just a few pics...other than looking a bit bloated my body didn't change much the first 12 weeks so we didn't take many photos. 




And before we knew it, the first trimester was over and the (mostly) blissful second began! 

Love,
Betty

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