Sunday, November 16, 2014

Week 32

How Far Along: 32 Weeks

Weight Gain: Baby probably weighs around 4 pounds! I missed my doctor's appointment this week because of all the snow and poor road conditions, so I have no idea how much I weigh - and I'm okay with that :)

Maternity Clothes: One of my besties, McKenzie sent me a box of goodies this week which included some of her winter maternity clothes to wear through the holidays. Sharing is caring and I am so appreciative because like I have said before - I would rather be spending money on BBM and Christmas presents than on maternity clothes! 

Sleep: Not so great these days. It has gotten colder, so we have turned the heat on, but I have a built-in heater these days so I'll be cold, but then wake up hot - and I have to pee. And I'm thirsty. It's a vicious cycle.

Missing Anything: You know, with this snow - I was thinking about going snowmobiling and having a little drink the mountain. I don't necessarily "miss" it, but it does sound fun!

Movement: Plenty of movement. Some days more than others and depending on what I eat and drink, movement can be pretty funny. I can tell the baby is getting larger! 

Food Cravings/Aversions: No one has brought me a lemonade lately...

Labor Signs: I had three people tell me this week that I have "dropped" and one was very adamant that I should be prepared for a baby in the next few weeks. At first, I just brushed it off and told them (at separate times) that I had carried pretty low the entire pregnancy. Finally, I said, "No!" We need to keep this baby in there and let him or her grow for several more weeks! I think it is kind of funny how people share their opinions and even "horror" stories with pregnant women. I'm sure that these  people did not think anything of it and were probably just trying to make conversation - however, it kind of freaked me out. Like, tracking and counting my BH contractions, chugging water, and keeping an extra close eye on my blood pressure freaked out. So, moral of the story - unless a pregnant mama is like 40 weeks, maybe don't tell her she has dropped... it might mess with her mind. Friday evening, I had more BH contractions than I am really comfortable with, so let's hope that subsides.

I also had a bloody nose this week - at work, which was just awesome. Apparently, that is normal. I have had a few throughout the pregnancy, but this is the first one in about a month. 

Overall Mood: Feeling thankful! We have the greatest support system around us and really do appreciate all the prayers and good vibes family and friends have been sending our way through this journey. We just know our babe will be loved and is lucky to be a part of our wonderful community of family and friends! 

Looking Forward To: Getting the changing table this weekend! Chad is taking the weekend off from hunting and we are going to get a few things accomplished around our place. I also have my (rescheduled) doctor's appointment and a (rescheduled) appointment with our attorney to finish up our estate planning documents. And even more fun than that - we have our company Christmas Party (which apparently is being turned into a baby shower of sorts) and a baby shower with friends and family coming up in the next week or so! Busy, busy!

Funnies: This is a not-so-funny... Thursday, it started snowing early and continued all throughout the day and night. I called Chad when I left the office to let him know I was headed home - assuming he was home with all the snow shoveled, dog taken care of, etc. WRONG. He was elsewhere helping someone with a project - not naming any names here. I advised him to not stay too long because the roads were bad and it would be dark soon. He had that crappy farm car of his. "Oh yes, I'll be leaving in about 20 minutes" he replied. I called him again about an hour or so later to check on his status and he told me he was in the ditch on the way home and the tow truck was pulling him out. I just about killed him through the phone. Long story short, he was just screwing with me and was not in the ditch - even though he kept saying things like, "where would you like me to put this chain" and stuff like that. I locked him out until he had everything cleaned up outside once he got home. That boy is TROUBLE! I informed him that he is not to upset his pregnant wife - and he apologized profusely before I allowed him to come inside and out of the cold.

Outings: To continue the trend, I attended a baby shower this week! One of Chad's really good friends from college - Patrick, and his wife Cami are having a baby. Their baby girl is due exactly one week before BBM! Other than that, I didn't have too much going on other than work. I did get my hair done this week - and boy, oh boy were my roots hanging out there! It was definitely needed :) Chad went hunting on Veteran's Day and I worked - because people still need to eat on the holidays!! We also got together with Chad's family to celebrate Boo's birthday on Friday evening and it was great to see everyone - even though I did not like driving in the dark on those nasty roads! 
Last days of fall!
To the first winter snow - all in one week!
 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Week 31

How Far Along: 31 Weeks
Maternity Clothes: Since people keep asking me if I have twins in there, I'm pretty sure this is a no-brainer. Currently on the hunt for a few holiday/baby shower-type outfits without breaking the bank. I'm at the point where I would rather spend my money on Christmas presents and stuff for BBM than maternity clothes I will only wear a few times! 

Stretch Marks: Still feeling pretty lucky in this department! I thought I had the start of one the other day, but it was just a scratch. Even if I do get them, it will be all worth it! 

Sleep: I feel like I need more of it.

Best Moment of the Week: Would it be wrong to say the best moment of the week was going to Chick fil A before our class at St. Luke's so I could get a lemonade? 

Movement:
 Definitely a wiggle butt in there - it seems as though BBM has a little more of a predictable routine of "sleep" and "awake" these days. 

Food Cravings/Aversions: After the double shower for the Jessica and Laci, we went to the nearby Chick fil A so I could get a lemonade - and they were closed. I mean, that's great that they are closed on Sundays, but I really did want a lemonade. 

Overall Mood: Feeling good, I have noticed I am not as quick on my feet as usual. I am feeling motivated to get a lot of things accomplished - though I am not sure if I am the traditional "nester". Chad and I put together the crib this week and he put together the glider and ottoman for the nursery, so we are making progress there! I had a bit of a "down" moment toward the end of the week when Roscoe was acting lethargic and a little hurt - it just hasn't been his fall, and I worry about him! I took him into the vet on Friday and we think he had an infection and he is on antibiotics and acting a little more like his normal, energetic self! 
Chad putting together the crib.
Looking Forward To: Attending Cami's baby shower for a sweet girl due exactly one week before BBM! Also, looking forward to getting our wills and other estate planning-type paperwork organized with our attorney this week and I have a doctor's appointment - which is always something to look forward to! I am also super excited because I received the most beautiful invitation to a baby shower for US! :) I already RSVP'd that I will be attending :)

Outings: One of my sorority sisters was in Boise this weekend - it was really great to catch up with Laura and a couple of her other friends for a long lunch on a rainy Saturday!
Mom, Alisha, and I went over to Boise on Sunday for a double shower in honor of Jessica and Laci hosted by Aunt Bev and Karen. It was really cute with a woodland animals theme and the centerpieces were awesome! We were accompanied by two of our favorite guys: William & Joseph. The shower was a great success and we even got to sneak in a quick visit with Baby "Bison" (Bryson) and Nykole. We cannot wait to meet the new Holbrook additions to the family - whenever they may choose to arrive!
Mom, Alisha, & William checking out Baby Bryson
Tiff & Laci
Baby Shower Fun!

31 Weeks :)
Chad and I compared bumps. I think I win.
Chad and I also attended a Breastfeeding for Success class offered through St. Luke's and one of us acted like a 14-year old boy during part of the class. I'll let you guess!

We have also received several more books through the chain-letter children's book exchange. BBM will have quite the library when he or she arrives :)
Chad brought home a "gender neutral" onesie from the National FFA Convention and he said it was really hard to find anything that was not boy, or girl-specific. From what he said, the gender specific outfits were way cuter with things like, "Chicks Dig Me" and "Cowgirl". I told him that he could be specific when he returns next year! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week 30

How Far Along: 30 Weeks

Sleep: Potty breaks on the regular!

Best Moment of the Week: We had a doctor's appointment this week and everything sounds/feels great with the babe! My belly is still measuring (consistently) a little on the larger size, but nothing to worry about. I also received my Tetanus/Whooping Cough booster which I highly encourage you to get if you would like to hang out with BBM on the regular in the early months :)

We also received our crib this week - thank you Mema and Papa Dan!!! BBM will have a place to sleep when he or she arrives :)

Missing Anything: Chad! He was traveling in Louisville, KY for the National FFA Convention all week with his FFA students. The Farm Business Management Team did really well! 

Movement: BBM is head down with his/her back on the left side of my belly - so I feel a lot of movement where the little hands and feet are hanging out! Sometimes it looks like my belly just jumps around!

Food Cravings/Aversions: Have you ever been to Chick fil A? Have you ever had their lemonade? Drop everything and get over there for some dang lemonade. Best thing I have ever drank in my entire life. If you want to be friends with this lady and you happen to be driving by a Chick fil A on your way to Nyssa (pretty narrow parameters there), please bring me a lemonade... extra large. That is what pregnancy craving is all about.

I also have a giant bowl of candy thanks to the ZERO trick or treaters who came to my house.

Labor Signs: A few BH contractions here and there.

Belly Button Status: It's out and proud :)

Wedding Ring Status: Totally fine. 

Overall Mood: Mostly good, this week was especially busy with Chad being gone and I had a few meetings after work which makes for late nights at home. I would say as long as I am not tired, or dealing with heart/throat burn, I'm pretty happy.

Looking Forward To: Seeing family at an upcoming double shower for my two cousins wives and as always - checking a few more things off the list!!

Outings: I was pretty busy with work this week, but Thursday afternoon I had a doctor's appointment in Boise and ended up running several errands afterwards. I even ordered the chair for our nursery and picked up the paperwork from Snake River Pediatrics for BBM so I can have most of the fields filled out and ready to go when he or she is born.
First set of letters for BBM :) 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Week 29

How Far Along: 29 Weeks

Maternity Clothes: Um, yes. I do have a few pre-pregnancy tank tops, sweaters, skirts, and dresses that are still working - but let's be honest... that probably won't last long.

Sleep: Never been much of a side-sleeper and even though I have pillow support, I'm definitely looking forward to sleeping on my stomach or back in a few months!

Best Moment of the Week: Oregon and Idaho both won their Homecoming Football Games! BBM was excited - or, at least Chad and I were excited.

Missing Anything: With the weather change, I'm a bit concerned about people around me getting sick - and me getting sick, so I'm not missing it yet, but if I do get sick - I'm sure I'll be missing some OTC cold and flu type meds!

Movement: Jumping jacks and somersaults this week!

Food Cravings/Aversions: Still just trying to eat healthy! I have noticed that I am not as in love with chocolate as I was pre-pregnancy. Strange, but true.

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks contractions on occasion, but they are very random.

Belly Button Status: I think I'm in denial here. I still have kind-of an inny, but the skin around the belly button is protruding. I think we've popped.

Wedding Ring Status: On. I even took it off the other day to clean it and had no issues!

Overall Mood: I believe pretty good. Would you tell me if it was different? I do notice that around 2-3 p.m. on weekdays, I hit a wall and can get a little tired. Friday afternoons are the worst and I think I even get a little grouchy by the end of the week!

Looking Forward To: Crib should be shipping soon!

Outings: Saturday, I made the trip out to Willowcreek and met up with Alisha, Toby, Willy, & Joe for prime rib at the Willowcreek Store. Pheasant season is always a great time in WC and we ended up at Dad & Jana's house to watch the Oregon v. Washington football game with some of Dad's long-time hunters. Chad met met out there after a day chasing mule deer.
Getting creative with my Duck gear since none of it really fits!
Oregon & Idaho both won their Homecoming football games, so we celebrated with our chalkboard this week!
Sunday, I stepped into the world of Christmas glitter and helped watched Mom put together wreaths and centerpieces for the Festival of Trees fundraiser in Ontario. Mostly, I just provided inspiration and someone to chat with while she worked :)
This week, BBM received his/her first piece of mail! We are participating in a children's book exchange and Tickle Monster came in the mail for our sweet babe. Even the gals at the Post Office were excited for BBM's first piece of mail.
Friday evening, I had two tickets given to me by my boss for the TVCC Foundation Gala. Chad preferred to attend the Vale v. Nyssa football game, so I asked Hanna to be my date. The Gala was a huge success and the Foundation exceeded their fundraising goal!
Hanna, Jan, Raeshelle, Donna, & Tiffany
Hanna (25 Weeks) & me (almost 30 Weeks) with our bumps!
Mine might be more than a bump these days...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weeks 27-28

Now that we are getting a little closer to BBM's arrival, I am probably going to get a little more regular with updates. Forgive me if I'm not consistent, but I will give it my best effort!

How Far Along: 27-28 Weeks

Weight Gain: Approximately 18 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Obviously. I don't know why people don't wear maternity pants all the time :)

Stretch Marks: None so far! I've been using a combination of two products from Noodle & Boo (with a smattering of other stuff in between) to keep those at bay and so far, so good. I think most of it has to do with genetics and we'll see how the next 12 weeks goes, but a girl can hope! The Elasticity Oil & Lovely Body Lotion have been my daily routine.

Sleep: I really like sleep - but it seems to be getting interrupted at least once most nights by my tossing and turning or potty breaks. Naps are awesome.

Best Moment of the Week: We had a doctor's appointment on October 16 and got to hear BBM's heart beat! In other good news, I passed my glucose test!

Missing Anything: Sleeping on my stomach and/or back. I've never been a great side-sleeper, but I've adjusted.

Movement: Lots of movement! Sometimes I wonder what kind of aerobics BBM is doing in there!

Food Cravings/Aversions: Nothing of note. I still have Tums stashed everywhere because of my heartburn. We'll see if this baby comes out with a head of hair!

Labor Signs: A few Braxton Hicks contractions, but nothing else to report (which is good).

Belly Button Status: I started with a very deep inny, and it has slowly worked itself to a sometimes flat, sometimes in, sometimes a little bit out belly button. I would say it is holding on for dear life and has not "popped" just yet.

Wedding Ring Status: On. I haven't tried to take it off lately, but I don't think it's an issue right now.

Overall Mood: I have my moments. A few weeks ago, I went through a real bitchy stage. I mean, I had customers who were scared to talk to me. I put a "Be Nice" sticker on my computer screen to remind myself to not be so snappy! I think it is getting better, either that - or people are just getting used to it!

Looking Forward To: Checking a few more things off the "to-do" list!

Funnies: We went to Babies 'R' Us to take care of some registry items and test out some of the baby gear after a doctor's appointment. I let Chad be in charge of the registry gun - which may, or may not have been the best idea. I think we ended up with some kind of random items on the registry (including Superman and Daddy's Princess bibs - I guess he's just covering his bases there). We also missed a few (big) things that I had to go back and add to the list online.

Anyway, on the way home, he was driving and he asked me to text one of his friends. When I opened the texts, I saw he had been conversing with his (also soon to be father) buddy about registering for baby items. Apparently his wife did not invite him to go registry shopping and Chad told him that he was lucky and "FML". We all know what "FML" means, but when I asked him about it, Chad was very quick on his feet to respond that it meant, "Fun Maternity Life". Uh-huh, I'm sure that's exactly what he meant by that text!

Outings: We actually had a really busy couple weeks. Between a baby shower, visits to the pumpkin patch and the doctor, seeing little Miss Brooke and new mama Patricia, registering, meeting our newest nephew Bryson for the first time, and attending classes at St. Lukes - we were pretty worn out!
27 Weeks
 
Family fun at Kovick's Kountry Farm!
28 Weeks
Chad & Pat at Baby Care Basics
Chad practicing with Brooke!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Not to be forgotten!

Roscoe turned six this month! I cannot believe he is already six years old - mostly because time flies, but partially because he still acts like a puppy. I should say, he is mostly rather well behaved, but he has the energy of a puppy.

Here's what has been happening in the world of Roscoe-Dog...
Plenty of time hanging out at the farm! 
Dog-selfie riding in the farm car.
Stalking the kitties.
Keeping an eye on Chad.
Taking a dip in the irrigation ditch.
This fall has been a bit tough on the poor pup - he must have gotten a piece of cheat grass wedged in his paw because he ended up with a sore on his paw. With a little bit of cutting from Dr. Derby and some antibiotics, he was back to normal in no time. Dr. Derby has a new vet in his office and when I was holding Roscoe on the examination table, I called him a puppy - she asked how hold he was (I mean, he is getting a little gray on his chin) and I told her six. She then told me that he looked really good for as old as he is ........ excuse me, as old as he is? I was kind of blown away, but I guess he's not really a puppy any longer!

I think the thing he hated most was having to go on walks on the leash. He is actually very behaved on the leash, but that means he cannot go jump in the ditch or the canal or the drainage or whatever body of water he might find. That dog loves the water. We had to keep his bandage dry and he was so not impressed.
He also had a constipation issue from eating something he shouldn't have - still not sure what that was, but after about a week of Pepto, some mineral oil, and a few pro-biotic pills, he was back to his normal twice-a-day schedule. That will teach him to eat out of the cat dish (actually - no, it did not).
Checking out his little brother or sister.
Pretty safe to say he likes it out here! 
Overall, I think he loves living in the country. He's in the best shape of his life - probably because he goes on runs every day and he loves to go to the farm, ride in the car with Chad, race down the dirt roads, and splash around in the water. I think the only thing he misses from living in town is the constant access to green grass, but since we live so close to a busy country road - he cannot be out of his kennel when we are not home. Soon, he'll have a big backyard and entire farm to roam :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

P.E.O. Chapter K Celebrates 100 Years {& Nuts}

Recently, P.E.O. Chapter K celebrated 100 years of sisterhood! Technically, the anniversary falls in December, but we held a gathering in September and had a great turnout of Chapter K (Vale) sisters and several others from around the area and even a few from Western Oregon and Idaho join in the fun. If you are interested in the history of our chapter, the Argus Observer wrote a nice article prior to the celebration.

One of the main goals of P.E.O. is the fund scholarships for deserving women. To raise money, our chapter sells nuts and the fundraiser is going right now! If you are interested in purchasing nuts, the price list is below and I would need orders to me no later than early afternoon on Monday, October 13. Delivery is usually shortly after Veteran's Day and payment is due upon delivery.

In 2014, Chapter K was able to sponsor four women with ties to the Vale community for over $4000.00 in scholarships - how awesome is that?! I always fill the cupboard and freezer with nuts for the year and they are great to have on hand to stick in a gift basket, use as a stocking stuffer, or set out for a gathering of friends and family. Chad loves to take a bag or two on his hunting adventures for a healthy snack. We've added a couple new items this year and I have my eye on the butter toffee cashews!
I know the deadline is coming close, but if you are interested, shoot me an email or text - or give me a call! It's for a great cause!
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