Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Years Resolutions 2013

This blog post has been a long time coming, and I finally buckled down to write it out. I mean, they wouldn't really be 'New Years' resolutions if I let January end without them, would they?!?  2012 was a pretty great year for Brian and me.  We ran another half marathon; I finally got fulltime teaching status; we saved and took a 2 week trip to Hawaii; I found out I have hypothyroidism (the only big downer;) we got to stay in our apartment all year without moving (minus 2 month break in GA;) and......WE GOT PREGNANT!!!!!! :)

2013 better watch out!  There are going to be a lot of firsts, and we can't wait for all our new and exciting adventures to begin.  We definitely are beyond thrilled to meet our son come May!  So to get the year kicked off on the right foot, here are my resolutions...

Spiritual - 
1. Increase my spirituality at church and at home: keep up with Sunday School/RS lessons even though I'm in nursery.  Make Family Home Evening a priority.
2. Enjoy the blessings of the temple often.

For our January temple trip, we went to the Draper temple for the first time.

Physicial - 
1. Eat healthier and exercise more for me and the baby.  Keep walking and try some prenatal yoga videos I found on youtube.
2. Survive giving birth to a healthy baby! :)
3. Lose baby weight plus 10lbs after the baby comes.

Work - 
1. Finish my Action Research Project 
2. Apply and receive my level II teaching license
3. Find creative ways to increase our income

Financial - 
1. Continue to utilize monthly budget and live within our means
2. Apply for more scholarships and grants to pay for Brian's tuition (our largest expense)
3. Be more generous 
4. Do our part and then trust in the Lord.

Family/Other - 
1. Be flexible with all the changes coming up (baby, moving for a summer internship, moving most likely to SLC, not working?, the unknown, etc.)
2. Make sure Brian and I still focus on our relationship as a couple even after the baby comes.
3. Be a good mom by following the spirit and being as informed as I can be.
4. Don't compare our life and life situation to others/don't covet

Friday, January 25, 2013

Sundance 2013

A couple months ago, here, I mentioned that I was going to start playing tourist more in my own city.  This is probably our last winter living in Park City since we will be in Wyoming all summer for Brian's internship and then probably moving to SLC in the fall.  I want to enjoy it while we are still here.  I want to do all the things that tourists do when they come visit...or at least as much as a pregnant woman can.  (No snowboarding for me this season!)

Brian has always been pretty grumpy when it comes to Sundance.  He doesn't like how busy Park City gets with all the traffic and tourists on the loose in "his" town.  Usually we try to avoid the whole scene as much as possible, but this year I convinced him to brave one movie with me in honor of our most likely last Sundance in Park City.  Ironically, the tickets that I scored through a co-worker were for a movie playing at The Tower in SLC. :) Whatever...I'm still counting it towards my Park City bucket list.

We started our night by eating out at Red Robin (Brian has especially fallen in love with their fries.)  Then we headed to The Tower to see "Mud" with Matthew Mcconaughey and Reese Witherspoon.  We went into the movie assuming it would be more of a chick flick, and it ended up being more of a adolescent boy coming of age movie, but we still enjoyed it.  Hooray for fun date nights!  Especially the ones on school nights!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

22 weeks: 4 months to go

Dress from Winsome Jones

No chalkboard picture today. Brian is still at school, stuck in a basement lab somewhere doing homework.  I'm sitting at home bored and have run out of excuses for not blogging.  Time to write! We have had some much going on recently (new years resolutions, holiday weekends, sundance, work, life, etc.) that I don't even know where to begin.  That's a lie...I'm going to begin with baby/pregnancy update.  I'll get to all that other stuff in later posts.

Baby Boy Moote is now about 1 pound! He can swallow and is starting to practice "pretend" breathing.  He has my heartbeat and personal breathing to keep him company 24/7.

P.S. My very talented younger sister started an online clothing store with friend.  It's all about cute, fashionable, modest clothes.  The dress I'm wearing in this weeks picture is actually from their site.  Even though it isn't a maternity dress,  I'm pretty sure I'll be able to wear it all the way through and then some!  

 How far along? 22.5 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 11 pounds and I'm starting to feel it...

 Maternity clothes? I still have one pair of "normal" jeans that I can wear, otherwise it's all about maternity pants.  I have more flexibility wearing both regular and maternity shirts.  I'm also loving the freedom of legging and dresses (like the one in the picture) these days.

Stretch marks? Nope, but I bought some delicious smelling Coconut Lime Shea Butter to start rubbing on my belly just in case.

Best moment this week: Not going to work Monday and spending it with both our families. Sundance.

Miss anything: Being able to touch my toes easily without feeling my muscles stretch.

Movement: Yes! I swear I can feel it on the outside too, but Brian doesn't believe me.

  Food cravings: Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not at the moment...

Have you started to show yet: Getting bigger everyday...

  Boy Names: No change here. Favorites still include: Oliver, Nathan, Hudson, Camden, Noah, Jackson, Parker, Emerson, Ethan, and Haden.  

  Belly Button in or out? In but starting to look different.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Looking forward to: This is more of a NOT looking forward to...Going to Travis and Mayra's goodbye party on Saturday.  They are moving to GA this weekend.  At least I still have Whitney!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

20 Weeks: We're Half Way There!

So I haven't been the best at the pregnancy updates recently.  At 18 weeks, we were busy with Christmas celebrations. At 19 weeks, we celebrated the New Year.  Now that I am back to the real world, I figured it was time to get back to the updates as well.  So here goes nothing...

How far along? 20 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 7lbs: the weights picked up now that I'm starting to show more

 Maternity clothes? Over the break, week 18, my amazing mother-in-law took Brian and me shopping for maternity clothes at Target, Kohls, and Motherhood Maternity.  Now I'm totally set up with the basics and have loved wearing a new outfit everyday.  My new clothes are SO comfy!

Stretch marks? Nope, but maybe it's time to start buying some shea butter.

Best moment this week: Celebrating the New Year with Brian and friends.  It's so crazy to think how much our lives our going to change this year.  I'm so excited but also tad bit nervous.  I think I can...I think I can... :) We also had our 20 week ultrasound yesterday.  Baby Moote is right on target with all his stats, and due date is still solid for May 25th.

Miss anything: Sleep!  It's been really hard going back to work this week.  I just want to sleep in all the time.

Movement: Yes!  I started to think I was feeling movements at the end of week 18.  By week 19, I was sure.  They are still really inconsistent, but I get excited every time I feel him!

  Food cravings: Holy Cow, have I been craving chocolate!  During my first trimester, my sweet tooth went away almost completely.  Brian was actually shocked at how easily I was able to turn down cookies, brownies, and ice cream.  Maybe it's because of all the holiday goodies, but I can't get enough of it.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not at the moment...

Have you started to show yet: Yes. Just about the only fun part of going back to work so soon was getting to see everyone's reaction now that I'm definitely showing.  Everybody was excited to see my belly, although I had one student who really wanted to touch it...weird.  I wasn't prepared for that.

  Gender: Boy.  Brian and I are having the hardest time with names.  Our list just keeps getting longer and longer.  New favorites include: Oliver, Nathan, Hudson, Camden, Noah, Jackson, Parker, Emerson, Ethan, and Haden.  It doesn't help that we are both so indecisive about everything.

  Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On. With the cold weather, my ring always seems looser than usual. 

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.  Life has been pretty great lately. 

Looking forward to: My next school break, MLK day.  I really do enjoy my job, I swear!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Years Eve

This year for New Years Eve, we went over to James and Kim's house for a best friends party.  It was so fun to celebrate with James and Kim and Renae and Robert.  Plus, everybody had someone to kiss at midnight! :)

We ate chile and cornbread, caught up on the details of each others lives, played games, listening to music, counted down to the New Year with the Times Square, toasted to the "year of the birth of my son" with Martinellis, and watched the hilarious movie Pitch Perfect.  It was all so much fun that we all stayed up til 3:30 (a HUGE deal for anyone who knows Renae) and ended up all spending the night.

Don't worry...this baby bump is totally ready for 2013!  

Coming Soon - New Years Resolutions Post