Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Let the Baby Countdown Begin!

We are officially two thirds of the way done with this pregnancy. Only 12 weeks left to go. I can't believe we are almost there. Baby is moving around a lot. She is getting so big that I can feel her moving and turning, not just the random kicking and jabbing. It is pretty weird to watch your stomach move on its own. She is even responding to the outside world. If I fold my arms over my stomach or Doug leans on her, she starts kicking and letting us know we are squashing her. She gets the hiccups at least once a day. Now that is a weird sensation. I feel so much more connected to her now that she moves so much and can respond to me. I have had a couple weird baby dreams now. One may have included my mom also having a baby and us sharing baby clothes. I also dreamed I went back to work one week after having the baby. Ha, like that would ever happen.

Current cravings include anything sugary. Milkshakes, cookies, donuts, it all sounds good. I am getting good practice with my self-control. I am also loving lemonade right now. Good change from drinking so much water down here in the desert. Last week, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese sounded delicious. Now if you know me, you know that I do NOT like mac and cheese. Not the boxed kind, not the homemade kind, none of it. I think it had been about 8 years since I had eaten mac and cheese. I figured it was about time to give it another try. I finally got my hands on a box and cooked it up. Boy, was that good comfort food. I probably ate 3/4 of the box! It was incredible. Creamy, cheesy, and delicious. A few days later at the grocery store I thought I would pick up another couple of boxes since the previous one was such a hit. I cooked up the box, dished it up in my bowl, got about 5 bites in and decided I once again did not like macaroni and cheese. I think it will be fine if I don't eat anymore for another 8 years. I don't know why mac and cheese tasted so good on Sunday and so nasty on Tuesday, but that's pregnancy for you I guess.

We are so excited for our little girl to arrive! We still have lots of things to buy and prepare, so I for one am glad that there are still 12 more weeks. Ahh! Only 12 more weeks until I am a mom! I have a lot of reading to do in the next couple months.



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bitty Baby Bump


Halfway done! I am 20 weeks along now, 20 more weeks to go. Little baby Parker is a girl!!! Yay! About a month ago we had a friend of a friend of a friend, who just finished ultrasound tech school practice her skills on me. She said she was pretty sure we were having a girl, but couldn't get the best view ever since little lady had her legs crossed. We trusted her but didn't want to officially announce anything until we were 100% positive.  Doug and my mom both said they felt like it was going to be a girl. Yesterday I had the official 20 week ultrasound and we clearly able to in between those tiny legs. Whew, we can officially throw away the receipts for the baby clothes we have purchased. We are so excited to be having a girl! No, we do not have a name picked out yet. We are still in the brainstorm phase. We have boy names that we both like, but for some reason girl names are just harder.

I am not sure what I thought pregnancy would be like, but I think it is living up to my expectations? The first trimester I certainly had my fill of morning sickness. Food aversions. Yuck. Basically the only food that ever sounded good was french fries. Chicken was a definite no. Yogurt, applesauce and other soft foods-- not a chance. I am pretty sure I lived on fruit snacks for a good six weeks there. It seems like everyday there was only one food that ever sounded good and that food was never in our fridge. Doug was such a good husband and always catered to my weird food moods. Bless that boy. He did the dishes everyday so I wouldn't have to deal with the soggy food and weird smells.

Now that we are in trimester two, things are  much better. Food is delicious again! I was worried there for a little bit that it would never again taste good. But luckily, I can cook again without gagging and not only that, I can eat it too! I don't think I have had very many strange cravings. I did want sour gummy worms pretty bad last week. Not sure if that counts. Right now is the awkward stage where a stranger can't tell if I have a baby bump or just ate too much Easter candy. Maternity clothes are too big, but all my normal clothes are rapidly shrinking. Dressing myself is an interesting process in the morning. I have started to feel when she kicks and punches. It is such a strange, yet wonderful feeling. It is so hard to explain what it feels like. Like a gas bubble just poked you from the inside? I am not even sure if that visual makes sense. She gets really antsy when I have been leaning forward too long and tries her best to let me know I am squishing her. Other than that, the movements are pretty sporadic.

Right now the Parker house is a disaster area as we are in the process of packing for our move to Arizona. We will be in Phoenix all summer for an internship. We were lucky enough to find a furnished apartment so we don't have to lug everything down there. Everything else is going into a storage unit. How did we accumulate so much stuff? I am really excited for this new adventure and a chance to escape the Provo bubble for a bit. Not gonna lie, I am pretty worried about the heat though. Super hot weather plus being pregnant probably equals tons of smoothies and pool time. I guess I shouldn't complain about that! We hope to be back by mid-August so this baby better not be more than 3 weeks early! I don't think it has fully sunk in yet that in just a few short months I will have a baby! I am not old enough to have a baby! When did I become an adult so fast? Life is crazy.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Zipping Through the Trees

You may remember that several weeks ago Doug and I went to Mexico. We went on an awesome zip line adventure while we were there. We rode this crazy bus/jeep vehicle up the mountain. I was afraid several times that we were going to break down on the side of the road and not make it up the mountain. It was like being on the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland in real life. Once we got the top, we changed into wet suits, [heavy and tight] climbing equipment and helmets and then donned our noble steeds (aka mules) and rode them to the tippy top of the mountain. Only one way down from there! Getting back to the bottom included 10 zip lines, 2 rappel lines down waterfalls, a couple of rather sketchy rope bridges, and a very intense water slide. Oh and on the water slide you have to wear a hockey helmet and elbow pads. Yup, no joke. Seven Peaks pales in comparison to this slide.

It was such a surreal experience to be whizzing through the trees suspended by a couple of cables. Totally worth it though! I recommend it. Be warned, your upper thighs will be sore the next day from your harness being tightened every other zip line.








 They don't mess around! They just hook you upside down and say go!



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mexico!!

Doug and I recently got back from a fun trip to Mexico! My work had a retreat, and Doug was invited as well. It was our first time out of the country. The hotel we stayed at was called Barcelo. It had its own private beach, all the pinadas (virgin pina coladas) you could drink, and so much sun! It was so warm. Doug loved the tacos, eating a mere 40 ish over the course of two days. I loved the warm ocean! I have never been in such a warm ocean.  You could actually swim in it without being numb afterwards. Totally a new experience for someone who is from the Pacific Northwest.

We mostly hung out at the resort, but one day we went zip lining through the jungle. It was an amazing experience. We first got on a boat at the hotel that took us out to the ocean and to a different bay. From there we got on a crazy bus/truck thing. Think of the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. I was afraid we would never make it up the hill. Once we got to the top, we suited up in wet suits and harnesses and then rode mules to the tippy top of the mountain where we zip lined, rappelled, swam, slid, and climbed our way through the jungle. On the last zip line you had to go upside down. It was crazy. I loved it. So green and lush. More pictures to come on that! Don't want to overdo it in one post.





The "welcome" pool. You aren't even allowed to get into this one.

View from the breezeway at the hotel

Private beach and hotel next door

Chowing down on tacos

View from our room balcony

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Card Extravaganza

Hello! Yeah, I remember how to blog. It has sure been awhile. I could list off plenty of excuses for why I haven't blogged lately: no photos, nothing exciting happening in my life, blah blah blah. Mostly I am being lazy.

So, if you know me, you know that I love to do paper crafts. Mainly make cards. I found some awesome Christmas paper and have been going to town making Christmas cards the past couple weekends. I love the tan, paper-bag look of the cards. It matches the old world Christmas paper perfectly. Now I don't pretend to be awesome at making cards, I am still a beginner, but I do love it. Not to mention it entertains me for hours and hours so Doug can actually get his homework done. So here is what I have been up to lately. Let me know which one is your favorite.









Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Date Night: Korean Food and Forts

I have been so behind on blogging. Lost my moment I guess you could say. Work has been busier than ever and blogging has been the last thing on my mind. But no matter, we are doing it now!

About a month ago Doug and I had a fun Friday date. We were feeling tired of our usual restaurant places and decided we wanted to try something new. We chose Korean food and went to Spicy Corea on University Ave. It was a Friday night, so we were expecting it to be crowded and for there to be a wait. We walked in and there was only 1 other person there eating. Score! No wait! We both ordered the beef bulgogi which was very delicious. It is beef that has been marinated in a sweet juice, then cooked with onions and carrots. You eat it with rice, and the rice was purple! The meal overall we would give an 7.5/10. Good food, good service, but a little expensive for our poor income. Ha not that it was an expensive place, it was just more than our usual run to Costa Vida...

After dinner we perused the library for some flicks. The library always has interesting movies that we have never heard of before. And some we realize, we haven't heard of for a reason...When we got back to our apartment I was feeling a little restless and not quite ready to bunker down in my over-sized basketball shorts on the couch for the rest of the night. We had the brilliant idea to make a fort! Yes, we are 5 years old. Building a fort in our tiny apartment, with limited furniture to use as props is no small feet. But with some help from some tape we got a passable fort. We then enjoyed an evening of Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding" and pazookies- my first one ever. Made the fort 10 times better.




Thursday, August 8, 2013

Throwback Thursday #2

Throwback Thursday. Who started this thing? And why? I mean I guess it is fun to look back and reflect on past memories and good times. I haven't been alive that long, so my throwback only takes me to pictures filled with awkward teenage years, silly high school dress-up days, ugly 90's glasses, and bad haircuts. I suppose if I really try, Throwback Thursday can be quite therapeutic in a way. I get to reflect back and look at how much I've matured (I hope), not to mention how much better my hair looks now. Its fun to remember those carefree days with no bills, no stressful jobs, and really no other worries but if your first name sounds good paired with the cute guy from 4th period's last name. (Such a real worry by the way.)

You are in a for a treat today. Prepare yourself for what I have dubbed Transformation Throwback. I have chosen to share with you my picture from freshman year of high school, and my picture from senior year. Nothing like a transformation photo to remind you how blissful it is to know you never have to go back to being between the ages of 12-14 again. At least by the time I got to high school I was braces-free. Thank you Dr. Haslam for taking those off 8 days before that terrifying first day of high school.