Friday, September 19, 2014

quiet bits of time

things have been quite busy around here lately. my mom and my nieces came over to help me clean and organize our guest room (soon to be nursery) and our office. both of these rooms have been a major mess since we moved in. the office served as a place to stash unopened boxes and the guest room was practically my closet. it was an overwhelming job that i always avoided. but since this baby is coming whether we're ready or not things really needed to get taken care of. what ended up happening was i sat down with my pregnant belly and watched as my family whipped it all up for me in just a few days. i am amazed at the progress made in such a short period of time! this kind of thing was never something i was very good at. when people say you eat an elephant one bite at a time i just can't look past the whole elephant sometimes and my anxiety sets in. thankfully that's not the case for my nieces and my mom. it was as if they got it all done with a snap of their fingers. i am SO thankful.

and since i now have a space and little bits of time to relax and create things, i started on a second practice weaving with my new loom from Maryanne Moodie and tools from Hello Chiqui. the loom kit came with this amazing yarn that i'm reserving for a special weaving that will hang in the new nursery. i'll be taking a coveted LA class in weaving taught by Maryanne come October and i am extremely excited to learn more about this art. i've always loved working with yarn and wool and i've been doing some form of needlework ever since i was a child, so this kind of thing just seems so natural for me. i'm so inspired by the pieces that i've seen lately and i'm eager to start a collection of my own. i know that once the baby is here that will have to go on the back burner for a while, but i want to get a good foundation going beforehand so that i'm even more motivated to pick it up again in any free time that i'll be able to find. 

tomorrow we are off to our good friends' wedding and are excited to celebrate those two! it should be a fantastic day full of love and merriment. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

half way


things seem to be going so slow and so fast all at the same time. at just over 21 weeks along (almost 5 1/2 months) i am passed the halfway point in this pregnancy. little one is kicking and moving around like crazy these days. even David has been able to feel some kicks here and there. i've been craving breakfast foods (pancakes! waffles! french toast! syrup!! sausage! BACON!) around the clock. thankfully there really aren't any decent restaurants that serve breakfast all day, so i've only been giving in to these cravings every once in a while. i've been trying to eat whole foods at least 80 percent of the time (except for on vacation-that was a different story), and i exercise almost every single day for at least an hour at a time. i'm determined to set this kid up for healthy habits and that starts in the womb. all in all the second trimester really is all it's cracked up to be. i have actual energy, i'm not exhausted all the time, and i generally feel pretty good. so of course i am soaking it all in before it gets cray cray.

and speaking of craziness-we still have a lot of work to do around the house. our landscaping is coming along great, but it's still not finished like i hoped it would be by this time. we've lived in this house over a year now and still haven't fully moved in. there are still boxes in our garage and office. our bedroom is still kind of a mess and the nursery really served as a giant closet for me. i have too many clothes. it just boils down to that. too much of everything. i want to simplify and downsize, so that's the name of the game these days. it's busy work, but it needs to be done. especially now that we are finished with pretty much all of our traveling for the rest of the year.

last week we returned from a three week vacation/business trip. we traveled down south to Coronado, which was so relaxing and peaceful. then off to Chicago where we caught up with some awesome friends and explored the city as much as this pregnant lady could handle. then we went to Kansas for the business stuff but only stayed a few days. i didn't take as many photos as i wish i had, but traveling always leaves me with the best memories so i'm okay with it. 

in other news, i am pretty much over summer. i want it to be fall, like, right now. this heat is just stupid. i'm sure that it doesn't help that i'm pregnant and run hotter these days anyway, but seriously we need some relief. California desperately needs some rain. i need to take Guthrie for his morning walks and not feel like my skin is melting off. my house needs a break from the air conditioning (i don't like using the pregnancy card, but i certainly did to convince my husband i can't live without ac in my condition). if we have yet another indian summer this year i'll probably scream.

other than the heat i really can't complain. life is pretty sweet right now. and from what i've heard it's about to get even sweeter.
*heart eyes* *heart eyes* *heart eyes*

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

we finally know


this week i felt the baby move around for the first time. i also heard the heartbeat for the 4th time. and most exciting of all, we finally found out whether baby H is a boy or a girl...

yesterday morning we went in for an anatomy scan ultrasound and fully expected to find out the gender. we asked the technician not to tell us in the office, but to seal the results in an envelope so that David and i could find out on our own. as it turned out our little one was being way too shy (or stubborn) and kept it's legs firmly crossed, blocking any clear view for at least 15 minutes. we had to be sent home disappointed and worried that we wouldn't be able to find out for at least another month. we had really been looking forward to this news and the suspense was killing us.

after David went to work and i spent a couple hours moping around the house i decided to take matters into my own hands. within minutes i had an appointment scheduled at a non-medical ultrasound clinic for later in the day. thankfully i had some things to do in the meantime so that i didn't go crazy with anticipation. but on my way to the clinic i stopped by 7-eleven for a cherry slurpee to get that baby moving and my nerves started to kick into high gear.

when i finally laid down on that table my heart was racing from the sugar rush and anticipation and worry. after listening and looking at the heartbeat and watching that baby move around all crazy the technician started to search for the gender. a few minutes later she sighed and told me that she couldn't see anything because the umbilical cord was in the way! another 10 minutes passed as she tried to get the baby to shift around, but then those little legs crossed again. i just laughed at the situation. what else could i do? at the suggestion of the technician i made a quick trip to the restroom and then she took another look. thankfully that did the trick. what a total relief. within hours we would know. we would know!

i left the clinic with the secret results in a sealed envelope and made my way to BabyGap. after spending way too much time choosing a boy outfit and a girl outfit, as well as a couple of gender neutral items, i made my way to the cash wrap and presented my odd request to the girl at the counter. after giving her the sealed envelope and kindly asking her to only ring me up for the gender appropriate outfit, wrapped and covered by the other two items, i turned my back and felt really silly while she did as i asked. i had expected that people probably did this often, but apparently it's not too common. go figure.

of course i quickly rushed home to meet David. we chose to get dinner at his favorite restaurant and brought the surprise with us. as soon as we ordered our meal we both took a deep breath and opened the bag...

finding out together like that is one of my favorite moments ever. i can't even describe the feeling. we are just completely over the moon.

as i'm sure you may have guessed we've chosen not to reveal the gender for a while. our parents know, and we might tell a couple other family members, but we just want this to be a secret for now. although i would love to hear what you think it is!

*by the way, BabyGap has some really cute gender neutral baby clothes like the one in the photo if you're looking for some :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

lately


pretty soon David will have to shave off his beard for a business trip and we're both dreading it. i've always loved his facial hair. it's been a while since he has had to shave for work and so his beard has gotten pretty epic. he really takes care of that thing. oh well, it'll grow back.

as for me i feel like i'm having a bit of a belly growth spurt. i am currently about 17 weeks along. apparently the baby is supposed to double it's size in the next couple weeks, so i'm preparing for it the only way i know how: lots of moisturizing. since my last post my nausea has pretty much completely gone away (hallelujah), but it seems like i'm getting more hungry more often. so i've upped the ante on my exercise routine to help compensate for the inevitable weight gain.

next week we will hopefully find out the sex of the baby, although we are planning on not publicly announcing it for a while. of  course, we are pretty anxious to finally know. and in two weeks we will be taking a little family vacation to Coronado Island. i am looking forward to laying out and reading and doing absolutely nothing. then later in the month we'll be visiting Chicago and Kansas for David's business trip. August is going to be a busy month. 

in the meantime i've been trying to get some things done around the house here and there to begin preparations for this little one's arrival. we're getting some work done in our back and front yards and some major downsizing will need to happen in order to clear out some space for our growing family. i'm not naturally very great at organization so this is proving to be a bit of a challenge for me, but i'll get it together eventually. i have to (ha!)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

pizza! and other cravings...


recently i was craving some homemade pizza so i immediately went to work on my favorite kind. there really is nothing like pizza from scratch. if you haven't tried making your own i highly recommend that you do. i got this recipe from my good friend, Lauren, a few years ago. and the dough recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Bountiful. when i met the authors a few months back i talked to them in length about pizza dough. though i have made pizza dough from several different recipes i had yet to find one that i could really trust (if you've made pizza dough you know what i'm talking about). Todd and Diane reassured me that they understood and that they did all the hard work for us by perfecting their recipe. i've tried their dough more than once and i really don't think i'll go back. it's consistent and reliable every time. totally foolproof. 

as for the ingredients i just mix up some minced garlic with finely chopped basil or parsley, salt and pepper, and olive oil and use that as the base of the pizza. then i layer slices of mozzarella, caramelized onion, prosciutto, and jalapeƱo. that's it! it's ridiculously easy. this pizza definitely satisfied my craving for a while. 

speaking of those pesky cravings, i have to say that i've been lucky lately. i expected pregnancy to make me crazy with cravings, but when i passed the 3rd month i actually found myself not really having any intense cravings. every once in a while i'll get hit with a random need for a certain cuisine or food item (pop tarts? yup. still haven't given in though!), but my food aversions have far outweighed my need to satisfy every food whim. i always thought that i would be the most healthy eater when i got pregnant and though i'm trying my best to be as healthy as possible and make the wisest choices, i did at first find it harder than i initially imagined. 

when week 6 came i got hit hard with around the clock nausea and it didn't really start to lessen until a couple of weeks ago. this week i found that i could go almost an entire day without feeling like losing my lunch, hurrah!! during those first few weeks of feeling sick 24/7 i had the strangest cravings for all things unhealthy. my pre-pregnancy diet was pretty balanced and healthy. i stayed far away from fast food joints and avoided processed food whenever possible. but when that sickness kicked in the only food that i could even tolerate was of the junk variety. and part of me really hated myself for it. i felt guilty for feeding my unborn baby the worst foods i could dream up, but it was either that or no food and i had to eat. eventually i forced myself to eat fruit and greek yogurt and cut back on the carbs. after that i tried to sneak in veggies into almond milk smoothies. i just needed to get the good stuff in and filter out the bad. as time went on it started to get easier. thankfully i feel like i'm back on track to my old diet. i'm into kale again! although there are still some veggies i can't even look at (like broccoli, a pre-baby favorite of mine). and last night i actually ate chicken, which was my biggest food aversion of them all. 

i'm also walking a mile with Guthrie every morning as well as doing the Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project (which i LOVE). in addition to that i go swimming with my mom every Friday afternoon. i'm determined to stay as active as i possibly can. things are starting to feel a little bit more normal. well, besides my growing belly, but that's a welcome change.