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


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.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

cat's outta the bag

David, Guthrie, and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first little one in January 2015! And I promise that this is no April Fool's joke (remember this post)? This is the real deal.

It's been difficult keeping this exciting news a secret, which is why I've been so absent as of late. I've been in hiding! I was so nervous that I would accidentally spill the beans.

I'm about 13 weeks along and nearly into my second trimester. I definitely had a very difficult first trimester with around the clock nausea and fatigue. Growing tiny humans is not a piece of cake. Thankfully I've started to feel a little bit more like myself. The nausea has lessened and my energy has increased and as a result I am welcoming a regular exercise routine back into my life.

I ended up quitting my new job at BHLDN because I couldn't handle the commute (3-4 hours per day) and the constant one-on-one with customers while feeling more sick and tired than I ever have in my life. I'm bummed that I had to leave so soon, but it was the right choice for me.

Most importantly, though, we are pretty over the moon. Today we got to hear the heartbeat and that was a sound unlike any other. It's been quite the adventure so far and I can imagine it'll only get better. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

mini tour

we've been living in this house for almost a year now. we still have unopened boxes in the garage, a few new furniture pieces to acquire for the bedroom and office, and some major landscaping will be starting soon. they say there is always something that needs to be done around the house, and we're finding that phrase to ring very true for us. and that's totally okay. the two rooms that feel the most complete are the kitchen and the living room. it's where we spend most of our time in the house. i knew from the day we moved in that my first move-in priority was getting the living room set up. though it's been a mostly settled room since our first few weeks, things have shifted a bit here and there and evolved. this is kind of just where it's at right now with our record collection, some of my favorite books and plays, and a little taste of our photo booth shots over the years.

and of course i couldn't resist posting a dining room table shot with one of my favorite flowers (ranunculus and irish bells) and some shots of my beloved animals.