Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chad's Oregon Bull Elk Video

Chad has a new hobby - because he needs more of those, right? No worries, it ties closely in with his most loved hobbies - hunting and spending time in the outdoors. He has been making videos out of some of his hunting footage from this year and below is the second video he has put together and posted to YouTube. I think the videoing has actually made him a better hunter - and it definitely helps him pass up on some of the smaller bucks and bulls! If you cannot see the video below, the link is available here. It's a pretty great bull!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Week 36

How Far Along: 36 Weeks

Weight Gain: Let's just say I'm in the healthy range according to my doctor. I have to admit though - I've never seen numbers this large on the scale before! 

Maternity Clothes: I asked Chad the other day if he thought sweatpants would be appropriate for work. Probably not, but at least the weather allows for lots of dresses and leggings.

Stretch Marks: 
I cannot see any, but let's be honest - that doesn't mean much! If it is not on the top of my belly, I cannot see it. 

Sleep: We are in the baby-feeding schedule training program right now. No sleep for the wicked! 

Best Moment of the Week: Since I now have weekly doctor appointments, they aren't always as exciting as they used to be. However, we are now a whopping 1.5 cm dilated and I jokingly said at that rate, we're about 16 weeks out! 

Missing Anything: Rolling over in bed without it being a giant event ;)

Movement: I feel like we still have lots of movement in there - even though BBM is supposed to be around 6 pounds and possibly a bit cramped - he or she is still finding ways to push me around! :)

Labor Signs: Dilated to 1.5 cm. as of Dec. 10. No signs of "real" labor though. 

Wedding Ring Status: I have had a few moments where I felt like my hands were swollen - but it has been when I was in a warm room. I'm not sure who thinks 80+ degrees is comfortable, but it is surely not this pregnant lady! 

Overall Mood: I think I have finally reached a point where I have realized that it will all work out. No matter how many lists I make, things will be fine. I was super stressed out on Thursday and Friday when our software system was not working properly and I feared having to work on restoring over 30 days of work. However, it all came together thanks to an amazing database recovery team and we only had to rebuild two days of work.

Anyway, I have been actually very productive over the past few weeks and though I don't think we'll ever be "ready" (and people who say they are - are crazy), we have a lot accomplished and have been continually crossing things off the "to-do" list. There are more items to complete, but whenever BBM decides to make his or her arrival, we'll figure it out.
Looking Forward To: Heisman Trophy Presentation! Go Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks! One of our grower-owners (well, his wife), made the Oregon Duck quilt below this week and with the other Duck gear BBM already has, I know he or she will never be short on Duck pride! The machine quilting on the quilt is pretty amazing - with duck feet and "Oregon Ducks" in script writing. Very cool!

We also have a wedding on Saturday and one of my dear friends from childhood is going to be in town, so hopefully I will be able to see her this upcoming week. This is also Chad's last week of school before Christmas Break! Saturday will be 38 weeks and that is my "goal" date to make it to. After that, BBM can come anytime, but there will not be any induction unless there are medical reasons. Everyone thinks BBM will come early, which probably means he or she will come late :)

Outings: Saturday, we attended Childbirth Prep class and though it was excruciatingly long, we learned a lot of useful information and I think we will appreciate the class more when it is actually "go" time. Best part of the class was Chick-fil-A for lunch :)

We stopped by to see Justin & Courtney on our way home from class and picked up the Christmas tree they had cut down for us - which was so sweet of them! Once we made our way back closer to home, we stopped by Raul's Bar to wish Raul a happy birthday! I stayed a while, but ended up leaving Chad behind to come home and hit the hay! 
Sunday, we were very busy around the house cleaning, wrapping presents, putting a few (close to) finishing touches on the nursery, and organizing. Throughout the week, we got the tree put up and decorated, finished writing thank you notes (to this point), and even put the pack'n play and bassinet together. Our bags are packed and we have a lot of things ready to go to the hospital. I'm not sure if we have the correct things packed, but we have stuff in a suitcase. If we don't have it - I'm sure we can get it!
During the week, I also attended the Idaho Oregon Fruit & Vegetable Association Christmas Party and there were a lot of comments about BBM's size. Apparently, we are large - which I know, but I haven't seen a lot of the attendees since June, so you can imagine their surprise! One was even convinced we wouldn't make it past Dec. 12 - but I think we are good there. Lots of boy versus girl talk and everyone is very excited either way!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Talk About Timing...

Our computer system crashed yesterday at work and everything is fine except for one very crucial piece. We may have to recreate data for a month or so of work - - -

..... because I'm not busy preparing to have a baby or anything like that.

(P.S. We do have the information, it is just all hard copies and our server backup failed so it will be a lot of tedious data entry).

Monday, December 8, 2014

Chad's YouTube Debut

I feel like the blog has been a little baby/pregnancy heavy thesedays. Well - for all of you out there who are dying for a Chad/hunting update, here we go!

Chad went with one of his friends elk hunting this fall and put his new video camera to use filming the hunt and he made a video! He has taught himself how to film and put the video together, add music, etc. and I think he has enjoyed the process. I want no part in it, but am happy to offer suggestions when asked :)

You can check out the video at the following link: http://youtu.be/6E_J8HzmT-0 - or, I have embedded it below. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Week 35

How Far Along: 35 Weeks

 Weight Gain: It's all baby, I swear! :)

Maternity Clothes: Oh, you mean Chad's sweats? Yes, I'm wearing those.

Sleep: Between sore hips from side sleeping and potty breaks, I'm a little sleep deprived these days, but coping with it miraculously well. I am really kind of shocked I am not more grouchy.

Best Moment of the Week: Ducks Win the Civil War! Ducks Win the Pac-12 Championship! We also received a clean bill of health at my (now) weekly doctor visit and had our maternity photo shoot with Sarah from Shutterhappy Photography! Sneak peak below! :)
Missing Anything: Clothes that are comfortable and walking fast.

Movement: Have I mentioned the hiccups? Those are fun!

Labor Signs: I am still experiencing some BH contractions in the evenings - especially after a long or busy day. My doctor has officially told me to "get ready" because BBM has "dropped" and I am 1 cm dilated as of Dec. 2. Now, that could stay at 1 cm for weeks - so let's not get too anxious.

Overall Mood: I am a woman on a mission. Lists upon lists right now - Christmas lists, cleaning lists, work lists, baby lists, grocery shopping lists, and lists of lists - apparently! The only problem is, I get tired easily and a lot of things aren't getting accomplished as quickly as I would like them to, but that is okay - it will all work out!

Looking Forward To: Childbirth Prep Class on Saturday - not really, but I am sure it will be beneficial in the long run! We are also planning to clean the house, work on thank you notes, finish organizing the nursery, and get the Christmas tree put in the house this weekend.

Outings: It seems like we are always busy these days and have very little down-time! This week, we both had doctor appointments - mine with our OB and Chad's with our local doctor to get his vaccinations. He was not happy about the two shots! At work, my fill-in came in a couple days to train while Kay was out of town and that was kind of exhausting, I did a lot of talking! We also had the maternity photo shoot over in the Meridian area and my friend Lisa from Blush'n Beauty worked her magic on my hair and makeup and did an awesome job! Friday night, I was pooped and ended up on the couch watching the Pac-12 Championship game while wrapping a few Christmas presents - but, to be honest, I didn't really want to be anywhere else! Go Ducks!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Week 34

How Far Along: 34 Weeks

Maternity Clothes: Even some of my maternity clothes are uncomfortable these days... leggings and dresses anyone?

Stretch Marks: Still no signs of stretch marks, though I am not sure how much more I can stretch!

Sleep: If I only wake up once in the night, that is a win.

Best Moment of the Week: Baby Shower! More details and full blog post to come on that! :) Thanksgiving was pretty good too.
Baby Shower Dress
Greg Marsh Cake - YUM!
Loaded up and headed home from the shower!
Missing Anything: Tying my own shoes. The struggle is real, people! At McBride's on Thanksgiving, Joe helped me take off my boots!

Movement: Sometimes the stretches and kicks and nudges are enough to wake me up. Growing strong in there!

Labor Signs: Either I am just getting used to them, or the BH contractions are not coming as frequently. I'll say they are less often - and I am happy about that.

Wedding Ring Status: Currently on, but I'm keeping an eye on it - just in case!

Looking Forward To: Civil War Game on Saturday! Go Ducks! I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday and Chad is getting his flu shot and whooping cough vaccinations that day. He is not looking forward to those as much as I am. We also have a little photo adventure planned for this upcoming week, so I need to figure out what to wear! 

Outings: I started out the week (Saturday) with the most incredible shower organized by my sister, Alisha and it was really over-the-top amazing. It deserves its own blog post! We didn't have too much going on at work this week - other than "work", which was good, because we were busy with the holiday on Thursday. Wednesday evening, Chad and I worked on food prep for Thanksgiving and on Thursday we went to Nampa and had a midday dinner with Chad's mother and her family and then we spent the late afternoon and evening out in Jamieson at Alisha & Toby's house. I meant to take a picture of Chad and myself on Thanksgiving and totally spaced it.
Baby Shower Goodies

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Week 33

How Far Along: 33 Weeks

Sleep: What sleep? I need to get to bed earlier. I'm just in training right now for late night feedings :)

Best Moment of the Week: Several "best" moments this week. Peter had a basketball game over in Nyssa, so Alisha and Toby brought over their changing table and we got that all set up in the nursery (which is amazing, so thank you)! Chad was home this weekend, so we got quite a bit accomplished in the nursery, and that made me feel a lot more prepared. He even added his own personal touch - I bet you can't guess what that is!

I also had a doctor's appointment - which I was VERY much looking forward to. I had some concerns about the BH contractions I had been experiencing at night, but my doctor talked through everything with me and she said it all sounded pretty normal and reminded me that what is normal for one - may not be normal for another. All is well - measuring good and heartbeat is strong!

Thursday was the SRP Christmas Party - which kind of got turned into a baby shower. Imagine a bunch of farmers playing baby shower games. Now, if that doesn't qualify for "best moment of the week" - I am not sure what does!? It was really nice and so thoughtful of them to help us to prepare for BBM's arrival!
Playing Shower Games!

Missing Anything: The ability to sleep in. I think this is going to be a trend!

Movement: BBM moves a lot in there, but different movements these days because he or she is filling up all the space and doesn't have as much wiggle room.

Food Cravings/Aversions: Mom and I were in Boise and we picked up some Chick-Fil-A lemonade - which was fantastic. We also enjoyed some salted caramel chocolate cupcakes from Whole Foods. Chad informed me after he sneaked a bite of my cupcake - that Whole Foods might be one of his new favorite stores.

Labor Signs: Still BH contractions, but they aren't getting any worse. Most of the time, they come on at night and are more strong if I have a long day - like Tuesday, when I had meetings with both an OSHA Consultant and our insurance rep in the same morning. Great planning!

Wedding Ring Status: Totally on. I'm hoping it can stay that way.

Overall Mood: Good - a little anxious. I feel like I need to clean my house, but I'm not really around enough to actually get things accomplished. When I am home, I am usually tired and want to rest - so I guess some of the cleaning will have to wait! I'm also trying to get things prepared at the office for my leave and that is an interesting adventure!

Looking Forward To: Baby It's Cold Outside Baby Shower!!

Outings: Another busy week - started off with Peter's basketball games and working on getting the big items in the nursery set up. Sunday was pretty laid back, but I did finally complete a project I have had in the works for a while - pickling carrots! There were a bunch of carrots left in the garden and Dub was going to disc everything up, so I pulled two big bags full and over the past couple weeks, I have been working on peeling and cutting carrots in my spare time. This was my first attempt at ever canning anything by myself and I would say I am pretty impressed with my new-found skills.

Mom went with me to Boise for my doctor appointment and we were able to run a few errands before and after and still got home at a pretty early hour - which is important for this sleep deprived lady! Chad and I also met with our attorney this week to get our estate planning in order and we should be getting that all completed here in the next couple weeks. Thursday was the SRP Christmas Party / Baby Shower and all I wanted to do on Friday was relax and go to bed early - so that is just what we did!
Sometimes I need help taking my shoes off.....

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