Monday, April 7, 2014

thoughts



Happy Monday! I wanted to just post a little update on the pregnancy, how I am feeling, what's going on etc.
 
Today marks the THIRTY - THIRD week!
 
I mean where has the time gone? My sister-in-law is also pregnant, she is 36 weeks so it has been so fun to go through this together. We decided that it has gone by fast for the both of us becuase the beginning was during the holidays and time just flys no matter what so maybe that has to do with how fast it has all been.
 
Feeling:
Alright so I am 33 weeks and can't really believe it. I feel great, I am tired more often and get tired more quickly but overall I really cannot complain. This has been such an incredible experience and this little baby girl has been so good to me, I mean I am blessed.
Movement:
 She is moving like crazy these days and sometimes I can feel really strong punches or movements she making in there. I am always wondering what she's doing. My last doctor appointment was great, the doc said she was head down and in the correct position, she knows where she's supposed to be. :)
I was so relieved to hear that as I know the complicatons that come with babies who are breach. At this stage she will more than likely stay head down like that as there is not much room for her to roll completely back up the other way.
Sleeping:
I am sleeping pretty well, it is so hard to move from one side to the other, it takes a lot of effort. I have noticed my hips or sides getting achy when I am laying on one side for a while. I guess this is normal and it also means my hips and body are getting prepared for what is to come. Last night I took Tylenol for the first time and it relieved the discomfort of the achy hips.
Mood:
I have been in a pretty good mood, I think. Haha we might have to ask B on that one. Not any crazy hormones with multiple personalities. I do think about the delivery and it all seems crazy how it will happen and of course I am scared but it's happening and I know it will all be OK. I have no idea what pain to expect but I do know that it will come and go and soon enough we will get to meet our little one. It will all be worth it and I am as ready as I'll ever be!
Cravings:
I really haven't had anything crazy to report in the cravings department. Once night I wanted a caramel apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and then recently I have been wanting shaved ice. The shaved ice thing has been difficuly since all the little food trucks open in the summer. We did go to Rita's which is italian ice and custard and that was so yummy, if you haven't been - go try it, so worth it!
Maternity Clothes:
So I started with some staples and they have been just fine but now the options are getting more and more limited and I am needing to be more creative with putting things together. I am going to do a post on my top 10 things to buy that you can mix and match to get the most outfits. Let me tell you, it's a challenge. But in the same breath its kinda fun being at this stage where people KNOW you are pregnant, the belly is out and its fun to excentuate it.
Husband:
He's been great, supportative, excited, encouraging etc. He gives me massages all the time, helps tie my shoes and zip up my boots. I am very lucky to have such an amazing man by my side.
Final thoughts:
I think the scariest thing is the unknown, since this is my first time around I can't help but wonder what my birth story will be and what will happen. What will my daughter be like? How will the labor be? Will it be early? Will breastfeeding work out? Will my mom make it to Utah in time for the delivery? Will our baby girl be healthy? I just think about all the unknowns but at the same time those unknowns are what makes life so special and incredible. I used to wonder - Will Bryce and I work out? Will marriage ever happen? Will we be able to make this work? What does the future hold? Ahhhh and now looking back it's quite incredible. Everything does work out the way it is supposed to and all I can do is sit back and enjoy this whole experience. I am so blessed and thankful to have this life unfolding before my eyes. It's everything and more than I could have imagined.





















Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Baby Shower Day!


A day I have always thought about. So many emotions are tied to it and I can't believe it was just last weekend.
My Baby Shower Day.
 It was so perfect. I have the loveliest most caring friends, I tell you, they are one in a million. 
 
I am so excited to share the pictures from the special day. It was so pretty and I think I am making such a fuss about it because of all the work that went into it, not to mention the meaning. I AM HAVING A BABY. The time has come for this crazy exciting, magical time in mine and Bryce's life. 
I was lucky enough to travel to AZ for 4 days, those two extra days made all the difference. I left on Friday after work and arrived to the good ole valley of the sun around 6 pm that night. My best friend was there to pick us up, that's right me and baby girl. She hadn't seen me yet with the belly - just pictures - so in real life it's always more REAL. First stop - Bahama Bucks (an amazing little shaved ice place that has a billion flavors.) If you live in AZ or are ever there, make a pit stop, so worth it. It was so yummy and a classic favorite of ours. We made our way out to Scottsdale to meet the girls and start the preparation for the shower on Saturday. We made dinner together that night, caught up, stuffed favor bags and got prepared. It was perfect and I was so super excited. 
Shower day was a blast and it flew by of course, I mean 2 hours to catch up with all these amazing friends and family members is a tough task. I want to chat with each one, the grandma's, the cousins, the friends who just had babies - I mean I want to sit back and hear every single detail! It is just not possible but I did my very best to get around and chat with everyone the best I could. It was in my friends backyard so we were able to enjoy the weather, it was probably 89 degrees that day and in the afternoon it was quite warm but sunny and beautiful as could be. 
The food that the girls made was great, cheese and crackers, bagels, quiche, breakfast casserole, fruit skewers, truffles, cupcakes, pigs in a blanket, chocolate covered pretzels etc. Everything was delicious and super cute. It was just the right amount which was nice as well. 
 
We visited and chatted and then did gifts. I am pretty shy and don't really love attention so it's always hard to sit there while people watch you open gifts. It was nice that all the gifts were so thoughtful and were for our baby girl. I was so consumed with love, it was wonderful. Baby girl received lots of clothes (I think when having a girl, people can't pass up the cute outfits, ruffles and miniature everything) so needless to say, she'll be dressed well and we have lots of options for her. 
When the shower came to and end and we were relaxing, I just thought how lucky I am. So lucky to have such great people in my life and feel so loved. The girls gave me a box of cards - each with a month on them from 1 - 28 and in each card was a little note from someone at the shower, a little piece of advice for that time with the baby. I love this idea and it will be so nice to open them up and read each sweet letter as the baby grows. I'm sure I'll be reminded of the love and people that are there for me. Such a sweet gift. I  I talked to my mom and was telling her how appreciative I was of everything, thanking her and thanking my friends. Then came that moment of overwhelming emotions. I felt as though I couldn't thank everyone enough. I worry that each and every person knows how much I appreciate them sharing the day with me. My mom reassured me that this was my time, my time to feel loved and she said it goes to show how many people love and care about you. They support you and you deserve it. I was nice to hear but I still just wanted to thank everyone all over again. 
The remainder of the weekend was perfect. A trip to Last Chance, a girls dinner at The Parlor, a spring training game where I got to just enjoy the sun and relax with my girlfriends. Some family time in the evenings, visiting time with Grandma's and aunts - just what I planned. 
I was such a nice weekend and I got to spend lots of time with my mom, too. I loved that since I don't get to see her nearly enough. I am so excited for her to come stay with us when baby girl comes, her presence and help will be wonderful to have. 
 
Now lastly I must say a big thank you to everyone who came to the shower and to my closest girlfriends for doing such a wonderful job hosting! I love you so much! 
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The BEST Basic Black Maternity Dress!

So this is a very BASIC outfit post but it’s also very real. This is SO comfortable yet I think it still looks put together. I found this dress at Old Navy on sale for like $12.99 last week and could not pass it up. It fit great and it’s black, can’t go wrong on this staple. The funny thing is, I bought this same exact maxi the day after Thanksgiving but in a tank version for summer. It was on sale for I think$8.98 and I knew when spring finally came, I would be in need. So now I have it in the 2/4 sleeve version and the tank. I’m set.
I paired it with a bright scarf for some color and I ended up adding a belt to it when we went on a dinner date. The belt accentuates the bump for sure. Then some flat or flip flops and I was good to go!
I’m feeling good these days, definitely noticing the belly growing A LOT! It’s such a fun reminder to wake up to though, she’s just right there. Such a crazy… yet amazing experience.  We went on a dinner date with some friends this weekend after I did this post so I was wearing this dress and it shows my tummy quite a bit and I notice people looking. I haven’t had this happen too much yet but now that I am really showing I tend to notice people looking at my belly. I was washing my hands in the bathroom and these 2 girls were in there talking about snowboarding (the restaurant is down from a ski resort) which they had just returned from. I heard them talking about how much fun it was and I thought awe my first Utah winter and no snowboarding for me. Bummer. Then one of the girls looked at me and said you look so great! Just out of nowhere she gave me the nicest compliment. She said you are so cute with you belly and look great, I just had to tell you. Then her friend said, yeah you do and told her friend she was so glad she said something. They both made me feel so good. It’s the little things that just brighten your day. You never know how the smallest compliment or gesture goes a long way. Thank you to those two girls for brightening my day!
If you are keeping up with my blog, I mentioned last week that I have the glucose test on Friday as well as that RhoGam shot but I honestly am not dreading it. I like going to the doc to ask questions as well as just get an update that all is OK. Other than that, everything is just moving along.
I found some great items at HomeGoods last week so the house d├ęcor is coming along, same with items for baby girl’s room. My mother-in-law is making a crib skirt and I am on the hunt for fabric for her curtains. We found some great chairs for our living room and a new couch so little by little we’re getting prepared. It’s exciting and I cannot wait to have our own house again. It makes this all SO worth it.
Later this month is my baby shower in Phoenix, my girlfriends are so wonderful and are planning that so I am definitely looking forward to going there and have the nice warm weather and time with friends and family. The countdown has for sure begun!

Monday, February 24, 2014

A skirt over the growing baby bump and some pregnancy updates!

Good Monday morning everyone! I have to be honest, I am NOT a fan of Monday's what-so-ever but this outfit post was taken on Saturday and it was absolutely beautiful outside! There is no way an outfit post would happen on Monday but it does make me happy when I have the post all ready to go for Monday morning. The weather here in Utah has been quite incredible! I guess it's unusual this time of year to have so many days in the 50's but I'll take it! B and I had such a productive weekend, he fit a round of golf in and I got some house shopping done. I was so happy with the items I found and am getting so excited and anxious to move into our house. Hopefully we are still looking at mid-late April! We also had so much fun celebrating the engagment of our friends Laura and Aaron, and had a fun little engagement party for them at this great restaurant, Trio. We had a cute private room and I think the whole night was just perfect for them! 

As for baby updates, this week I am 27 weeks and feeling really great. I know I will be getting much bigger so I feel like I can't complain. At night it is getting harder to turn over from side to side - seems like so much effort! Baby girl is moving lots and the other night I felt a really hard kick or something it was crazy! I'm always wondering what she's doing in there! Her movements are reassuring and they let me know she's good in there. Next week marks 7 months and I have my glucose test. So far my preggy friends have said it isn't all that bad. Yes the drink will be gross and super sweet but it comes with the whole experience. 

I also will be getting the RhoGam shot which for those of you that aren't familiar (I had no clue what this was) it's becuase my blood type is O negative. You can read about it here. It's not that common but since I found out my own blood type, 2 girls I work with as well as one of my very best friends has it - not so uncommon after all! I don't like the idea of a shot but it'll be fine and if this is what it takes to keep me and baby (future babies) healthy then I'm good with it! 

I'm not quite sure how much weight I have gained, trying not to be obsessed with the scale. I am guessing I have gained about 15 at this point. I am trying to go for runs (these runs are 1-2 miles ;)) and classes at the gym when I have time as well. I want to stay healthy and feel good and not have a ton of weight to get off after the baby so I'm just staying aware of it all. 

I was just telling B how weird it is that we won't have anymore ultrasounds. Meeting our baby girl is going to be so exciting! We both lay in bed talking about her, wondering what she'll be like, who she'll look like and just how incredible it all is. She is ours, she is what the 2 of us made and it's still so hard to wrap my head around. B is so good to me, he is always kissing my belly, telling me how happy he is to meet her, how lucky we are and that I look beautiful. It's so nice to hear and have him be sharing this every step of the way with me. Thank you Bryce for taking care of me and being the amazing man that you are. 

Skirt: H&M, Top: H&M, Bag: Lulu's, Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Watch: Nixon, Necklace: Kate Spade, Lips: Revlon Orange Flip

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Polka dot blazer and my first pair of maternity jeans!

That's right, my first pair of maternity jeans and I really like them! They are cute and really comfortable! I have a link at the bottom in case anyone else is looking for some cute skinny jeans to accomodate the belly! This blazer is also a Target find, on clearance for $10.98, such a good deal. It's perfect for work or a fun night out, the polka-dots add so much to it! After posting a few maternity looks from my favorite fashion bloggers, I realized a few of them were wearing blazers and it looked so cute. It always helps to see ideas and then re-create it in your own way. :)
 
To all the mom's out there, what were your main go-to items during pregancy? Maxi's? Leggings? What other staples should I look for?
 
Hope everyone is having a great week so far!


[Blazer: Target, Necklace: Francesca's, Tee: Old Navy, Purse: H&M, Jeans: Target, Boots: Steve Madden, Sunglasses: Rayban]

Friday, January 31, 2014

Our Baby Girl!


PURE JOY. PURE HAPPINESS. PURE LOVE. 

My 20 week ultrasound was schedule for January and this is "the big one" the one where they can tell you the gender and they check every little thing about baby. To say we both were anticipating this appointment was an understatement. 
Rewind for a minute. Bryce and I were spending Christmas in Las Vegas with my family so the idea came to me. We could go to one of those ultrasound places at 18 weeks (still a good chance they can tell the gender) and that way my parents and little brother can come and we can all be there together. Of course my Mom loved this idea! Since my mom isn't in Utah, she can't come to any of the little appointments with me so I thought this would be such a fun experience for all of us! Oh and this is my parents very FIRST grandchild. 

I found a place called Miracle in Progress and made the appointment for Christmas Eve (day). We all were so excited for this appointment to come. The night before was like Christmas! Knowing that the very next morning we would find out if there was a little girl or boy coming into our lives. The feeling was surreal and just incredible. 

The morning finally came and it was time to go find out this exciting news. This place was so great by the way, the room probably would have held 15 people. It was like a theater with couches and a bed in the middle for me to lay on. 
Of course the thought of them not being able to tell the gender or having the baby not be turned the correct way crossed my mind. I was hoping the baby cooperated. So we all go in the room and the ultrasound tech was so nice and so excited for us. Bryce even face-timed my best friend so she would watch as the gender was revealed. 

Let me rewind again. Prior to this, people kept asking, what do you think you are having? What do you want? Do you hope it's a girl? I honestly had NO CLUE what it was. My answer of course was a healthy baby, I would be so thrilled with either boy or girl. Deep down (being a girl) you kind want a little girl so I think if I HAD to have chosen I would have picked girl. With that being said, I thought there is NO WAY it will be a girl, NO WAY. I think I am getting a boy first. There was just something that made me feel more like it wasn't going to be a girl first, that I would get my girl, just not yet. 

Back to the appointment. The tech started looking around and showing us what was what and what baby was doing. We saw the head and legs and lots of moving around. Then she confirmed that we wanted to find out the gender and we all said "YES!" Then within seconds it was clear as day there were two legs and nothing going on in between! It was a GIRL!!!

Bryce was holding my hand and leaned in an kissed me, and said he was so happy. I was so happy, I was just so so so happy and excited and in this state of almost shock. We were going to have a daughter. Ahhhh. Love the sound of that. 

Later that night (Christmas Eve) as we were getting ready for bed after such a big day, I came in and sat by Bryce. I immediately started balling, the tears were just flowing. Bryce was concerned and curious and finally the words came out. "I am just so happy," I said. It was like I had so many emotions built up inside of me and I had to let out those tears of pure, genuine happiness. I felt SO blessed. To be able to have such a wonderful husband, amazing parents and little brother surrounding me and then this little baby girl coming into our life. It was incredible. People say you never know true love, this kind of love until you have a child but it's so true. I haven't even met her but the love I have for her is unreal. This is what life is all about, these moments. 







Monday, January 27, 2014

First outfit post with the little bump!


You guys... I finally did it... An outfit post! Geez it too forever to get this post up! 
This is one of my favorite looks though, I remember seeing prego bloggers style the cutest outfits with a  button up shirt tied above the bump. I think it just looks so cute! It definitely shows off the bump though and focuses on it, which I was OK with. ;)
I can't wait to create more looks that hopefully give you inspiration! 
Outfit details are below! 

(Chambray snap top, Forever21 - White T-Shirt, DownEast Basics - Red Corduroy Pants, GAP- Brown Wedges, Jessica Simpson - Bag, LuLu's - Scarf, Target)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dallas Weekend.

 
Last weekend I made the trip to Dallas to visit one of my very best girlfriends Angela. She moved out there almost 3 years ago and this is the first time I made it out there! It was long overdue! When she first moved, that was when B was first moving to Phoenix, then was our wedding then we moved so the past few years have been super busy. Needless to say it was about time to get to Dallas!
 
The other exciting part of my trip was that one of my other very best friends was also going to be in Dallas that weekend as well. So the 3 of us were reunited and had a great time. We got to meet Angela's friends and see her new life and home and world there in Dallas. It actually reminded me a lot of Phoenix, very spread out and very flat. Phoenix has more green, mountains and palm trees actually. But over all it felt like a similiar city.
 
We tired so great restaurants when I was there and stayed very busy, we did some shopping and normal weekend girl time activities. There was a great accessory store that we all found a ton of stuff at so that was really fun to stock up!
 
It was so nice to have this time with the girls and especially since the next time I see them, I'll be a mama and will have a little one. It's so crazy to think! I can't wait for both of them to come visit us in SLC when the baby comes and the house is done, it's exicing!
 
Here are a few pics from the weekend!
 


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