Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The "Best-Of" Thrifty Date Idea List

I originally made this list as part of a wedding gift and I thought I'd share :)

I've been scouring the internet for a while for THE best cheap date ideas around and here's what I've come up with! Some of these would be perfect for a group date, with kids, or just the two of you.

I chose dates that don't require much planning or cash and seemed the most interesting and doable. Enjoy!
©   Take the awesome 5 love languages quiz! Make a goal to love your spouse in his/her love language this week:
©   Go on a “dessert only date”. Eat a simple meal at home and then splurge on a fancy dessert at your favorite restaurant!
©   Make your own fondue! Melt a bag of chocolate chips in your crockpot and dip fresh fruit, marshmallows, cake, cookies, or pretzels.
©   Take a walk around your neighborhood and discuss what your ideal home would look like.
©   Dollar date! Eat off of the dollar menu and then hit up the dollar store. Split up and buy something funny/meaningful that reminds you of your spouse.
©   Game Night! Pull out your board games and see who the games master is! Invite another couple to make it extra fun!
©   Homemade pizza! Make a pizza together from scratch! (Or almost from scratch!J)
©   Be a tourist in your own city. List the local attractions you’ve never explored, pick one, and plan an outing for FHE or a date night with another couple.  
©   Go to a thrift store and pick out an outfit for your spouse to try on. Be as outrageous as you like. Take pictures!
©   Have a picnic in a local park. If you don’t have time to prepare a full meal pick up a pizza. For cold weather, be sure to have a flask of hot cocoa!
©   Go to a play! Whether at your local theater or the local high school, there’s usually something going on. Afterwards discuss why you liked or disliked it.
©   Check out a local museum. Take a guided tour if possible. Talk about what you like and don’t like. Learn something new!
©   Living room campout! Take the mattress into the living room (or set up a tent!), watch a movie and roast mini s’mores over a candle! (Chocolate chip, mini marshmallow with a toothpick & life cereal.)
©   Volunteer for an hour or two at a soup kitchen, old people’s home, or somewhere else they could use a helping hand.
©   Ask a couple you know if you can babysit their children for an evening while they go on a date or to the temple. Practice your parenting skills!
©   Go to the Temple. Take your time and discuss things on your mind or things you learned.
©   Have a coupon date! Only do things you have a coupon for. Check out: and find your city!
©   Take a drive to somewhere pretty. Discuss the future family traditions you’d like to have.
©   Movie marathon! Find a trilogy or series you love. Start early and be prepared with snacks! Great ideas include Pride and Prejudice, LOTR, Harry Potter, or Star Wars.
©   Have a spa night. Learn how to massage and practice on each other. De-stress! Light some candles & play relaxing music.
©   Try a new restaurant in your area. Ask the waiter what he/she recommends and try the suggestion.
©   Get to know each other better with these downloadable 20 questions: Print them, take snacks and enjoy each other.
©   Write a bucket list. List things you want to do before you die and then go do one and cross it off!
©   Have a gratitude date. Talk about people who have positively affected your lives and write and mail them a note of thanks.
©   Go to the local arcade! Challenge each other, go solo, team up, then and buy something with the tickets you win!
©   Make a goals time capsule! Discuss your goals and write down 5, 10, and 30 year goals. Write the date when they should be opened. Store in an appropriate place.
©   Plan a restaurant-at-home date! Find a copycat recipe from your favorite recipe and make it together at home. Include a dessert, too, if you’re feeling creative!
©   Go for a walk. If it’s cold, wrap up have some hot cocoa waiting for you. If it’s hot, have smoothie ingredients ready to go.
©   Go to your local pool room. Spend an hour seeing who the real pool shark is and then get some ice-cream.
©   Go to your local library and check out your favorite movies as kids. Make your favorite treats from childhood and talk about what you wanted to be when you grew up.
©   Snuggle up on the couch and read together. Share your favorite book, a church book, or a Newbery award winner and take turns reading. 

I'm an Alien...

...I'm a legal alien. I'm an Englishwoman in Utaaaah..! 

It's that time again! Time to file my paperwork with the government... AGAIN. I'm so glad I have Sting to keep me company. Right now I'm a conditional permanent resident. After this round I'll be a permanent resident. If I so choose, citizenship is just a year or so after that. 

It's all very complicated and expensive. 

The other day I was filling out a change of address form and I wasn't sure which "date of entry" they wanted. (As a student or as a permanent resident?) So I called, got cut off, then called a couple more times, and then was told they couldn't advise me on that. 

It's quite the rigmarole.

On a more positive note, unless I go for citizenship (which I might for the sake of the next election, if my pride will allow it) after this cycle I won't have to worry about it for 10 years! Glory!

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Life in Challenges!

FitSugar's Motivational Fitness Quotes
Recently I've been seeing my life in challenges. (In a good way!) Brian showed me the "Try something new for 30 days" in October and we each chose something to do for the rest of that month. Brian chose to read a primary literature article in his field every day, and I chose a few smaller things, like making sure I plan, stretch, and write in my journal daily. It went pretty well, and we definitely achieved more in those areas than we would have otherwise. 

Since then I've been seeing my life in challenges! The ones that come to mind right now are: "how long we can go without grocery shopping?" (aka the shop-from-my-pantry challenge); the "I-left-my-straightener-in-Idaho" challenge (lets see if I can make it to Christmas with only a curling iron!); and the "how long can I go still using cloth diapers?" challenge. 

It's kind of fun, and I think the thought-process changes otherwise difficult and potentially unpleasant tasks into goals. It creates more accountability too which is essential for tracking progress and personal growth. I think December is going to be a combo of exercise/Christmas prep/don't-gain-20-pounds challenges.

Have you guys ever tried a 30-day challenge? I'd love to hear how they went!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Once I was Famous (And other General Conference Reflections)

I can't believe General Conference was only like a month and half ago! I got to go to the Relief Society broadcast AGAIN this year! It was so, so great. Especially Sister Reeves' talk. Lovely.

Another great thing was that one of the official looking photographers was following us and I was just SURE we were going to be in the November Ensign... So (of course) as soon as it arrived I scoured the whole thing and, nope, me and my cute friends were nowhere to be seen! So gutting. Then I whipped out this old clip and I felt much better. Me and the brethren. I think it was October 2009, just after I got home from my mission. Good times! (By the way, feel free skip to about 2:20 to get right to my 4 seconds of fame:)

They sort of made out I came all the way from England, even though I told them I was a BYU student... honest!

Well, at least now I can focus on the talks! (And there's always next year!!) Just kidding... Well... mostly ;)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Black Bean Soup

This soup is great, and so easy! I've pinched it from these ladies (who have some great recipes but don't wear too many clothes). Thus the repost. Enjoy!

4 cans of Black Beans
1 cup tomatoes, diced
2 cups Vegetable Juice (tomato, V-8 etc.)
2 Tbs. Cumin
Pinch of Sea Salt
1/4 cup Jalapeno, diced
1 1/2 Tbs. Chili Powder
1 1/2 tsp. Oregano
1 Tbs. Coriander
1 1/2 tsp. Basil
1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
2 tsp. all-natural, unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tbs. Ground Flax Seed
1/3 cup Olive Oil
2 Onions, diced
1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
Juice of 1 Orange
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar

In a skillet saute onions, peppers and garlic until onions turn clear. Add all ingredients into crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours. If desired, remove a portion of the contents of the pot and puree using a blender or a food processor. Stir the puree back into the pot for a smoother creamier soup ;)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Going Cloth

We realized it was time to switch to cloth diapers when at Isaac's 4 month check-up the doctor remarked "oh, wow, he's just about out of 3's!" As in size 3 diapers. (Size 4 is usually for 1 to 2 year olds, I understand, and even the cheaper brands are usually about 20 cents per diaper...!) 

And so for the past month or so we have been solely using cloth diapers. In another couple of weeks, they will have more than paid for themselves. Here are the pros and cons:

  • Cheaper. We spent just less than $60 for everything, which depending on size and brand could pay for itself in 1 to 2 months. 
  • MUCH less trash and thus more environmentally friendly, even given the extra laundry.
  • Way fewer blowouts that actually make it onto his clothing.
  • Once you get the hang of it, there are ways around actually touching anything gross, even during the laundry process.
  • Laundry must be done every day or two days.
  • More leakage (not too much more, but still more) = more changes of clothes and the occasional smell of pee (lovely!). Though I have heard of others who have no leaks; perhaps the brand makes the difference.
  • If you use trifold inserts it makes for a bigger booty and so some of his smaller pants, shorts, and onesies don't fit with those inserts. 

Honestly, the first week was GROSS. Getting the hang of cloth was like re-learning how to change diapers. -Not super difficult but learning the nuances meant some gross experiences. I also had only bought 2 covers, as you're supposed to be able to use them for multiple changes (which is true sometimes depending on your insert and how wet it is). I bought more.

Here's what I think the minimum actually is:
  • A washer & if possible a dryer (line drying would take a long time but if you have enough covers & inserts it could work). If you don't have access to a washing machine cloth probably wouldn't be the better option financially (and also in terms of time).
  • A wet bag (a waterproof zippered/drawstring bag to store soiled diapers until they can be laundered) and one that can be machine washed & dried. (This lady makes her own.)
  • At least 3 or 4 covers (and even then you may go through more than that in one day; be prepared to handwash so you'll always have a clean one.) 6 or 7 would be preferable.  
  • At least enough inserts as diaper changes per day plus 2 (if you can do laundry EVERY day. If every 2 days then double that number).
Am I glad we went cloth? Some days. Especially when I think about how much we're saving. There's always at least one day each week I wish I had a few disposables. I think I'll buy some for long car-rides, day trips, and for babysitters.

Have any of you tried cloth? I'd love to hear about your experiences and any advice! We also (more recently) switched to cloth wipes. Maybe I'll post about that another day. Let me know if you have any questions! :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Isaac at 4 months

This post is a little late! Our little boy is growing up and in a week and a half will be 5 months! His 4-month check-up was much nicer than his 2-month visit. (The first experience and recovery from his shots (vaccinations) was definitely worse the first time and they forgot to give us his stats.)

Here are his impressive stats at 4-months:

  • Height: 25.5 inches, 75th percentile*
  • Weight: 18 pounds & 11 ounces, 95th percentile
  • Head circumference: 25th percentile 
(*Percentile: "a value on a scale of 100 that indicates the percent of a distribution that is equal to or below it" meaning 50th is average, 100th is the biggest, etc. (At 9 days old Isaac was 100th percentile for weight to height!))

Isaac is so fun, here's a few new tricks he's learned:
  • HE CAN PLAY WITH TOYS!!!! To me the transition from looking at something waved in his face to reaching out and playing with it is HUGE! It is so much fun. I love seeing him figuring things out and enjoying himself.
  • He has an awesome sense of anticipation; when we tickle him he's more "tickled" by the build-up than by the actual tickling. It's so funny to see him scream and tense up and giggle without even touching him!
  • He's recently discovered his toes. Now we're cloth diapering, it's only during diaper changes that he can grab them properly, but he seems to enjoy playing with them despite (I think) not fully understanding they're attached to him.
  • He loves to stand and is starting to enjoy being thrown in the air.
  • He has discovered his VOICE. I think is my favorite development, I'll attach a video because it is THE funniest thing ever. 
  • He is a ladies man...! He likes guys well enough but will smile and show off (and be a lot more ticklish) for pretty faces! I'm a bit worried this might be a long term thing...!
  • Isaac still has no interest in rolling over, but is enduring "tummy-time" better than ever. I'm sure it won't be too long! 
  • Isaac has recently had his first tastes of "Real" food! The first was applesauce, then some banana, and most recently blended oatmeal. He seemed to enjoy it all, albeit the look of mingled confusion and enjoyment on his face. I think I'll wait another month or two to introduce food properly. He's (obviously) not needing any additional calories, plus I'm ok with holding off on the extra mess! 
There are more things but these are all that come to mind at the moment! Here's a little taste of Isaac's new vocal prowess. Excuse our mess. We're not actually moving, don't let the boxes fool you. (Brian was reading "Reflections of A Scientist" and Isaac seemed to enjoy it!)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

If my nose was running money...

Surprisingly it was my extremely conservative mother who showed me this video. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bucketlist item #1: Rehiking the Y!

About two weeks ago our good friends the Rhotens babysat for us while we re-hiked the Y!

Hiking the Y was our second date (about three years ago now) and it was magical. It was the first time hiking it for either of us. This time it was mostly painful. Apparently two years of marriage and giving birth can do a number on your body... who knew?! Haha. But it was a lot of fun, and it was the first time we've been out without the baby for a real date. 
This is where the hike starts. Our jackets stayed on for probably 5 minutes! 
Us cracking up about something...
Us still cracking up about something
Brian ruining a perfectly good photo. (Switchback #1, I believe.)
This is the last (of 12 long, steep) switch backs. Can you tell Brian is pushing me in this one? I'm not sure I would've made it otherwise! In fact I'm not sure I would've made it had Brian not kept telling me "I think this is the last one!"
Right by the Y! Me with an incredibly red face, notwithstanding the help from Brian. Did you know you're not actually supposed to sit on the Y? I think we missed that sign the first time!
Celebrating our victory with some german chocolate goodness! (Perfect energy boost.)
On the way down. Wow, I'm photogenic...
Going down was definitely more difficult than going up. Thankfully I had Brian to hold onto because my jelly legs wouldn't have managed the steep declines otherwise!
And here's my lovely collage of the view!
Now almost two weeks have passed and I'm finally recovered. The first few days (okay week) afterwards I was ridiculously sore and would hobble around like an old lady. So embarrassing. 
Oh, well! Good times.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Top 5 funny videos:

In no particular order:
  • Flight of the conchords, "Issues (Think About It)". I don't love all their stuff, but this is class:

  • Kid History, Episode 6. I really enjoyed all the episodes, but this one is definitely my favorite:

  • Hey Jimmy Kimmel...
  • Funny British Animal Voice Overs
  • Flight of the Conchords, "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)". This song has been in my head for a week! Made for charity:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Isaac at 3 months

He's got that Old Spice "I'm in a bath" look going on here.

3 months already!

On Sunday Isaac turned 3 months. He has become so much fun. Motherhood is definitely getting easier and more fun all the time! Here are some fun facts:
  • Approximately 16½ lbs, usually sporting 6-9 months sized clothing(!). This has generated such nicknames as "hunka chunka" (as in "hunka-chunka burnin' love" (obviously)), "turkey legs", and "the chubby one". He also has other non-weight related appellations like "cute face", "lovely boy" and other mushiness, which we're hoping will prevent any potential complexes :)
  • Sleeps through the night now!!!!!!!!!!! (I'm pretty excited about this one.)
  • Still loves his bath and is splashing more and more!
  • Is enjoying tummy-time fractionally more, thanks to his new toy from Grandma and Grandpa Earley
  • Smiles more than ever... and has even laughed a handful of times! 
  • Is more interested in screens now. He We are both mesmerized by his Baby Einstein's Mozart DVD... (thanks Deb!)
  • Loves to lay on his back and kick
  • Snorts when he cries hard... it's hard to take him seriously sometimes!
  • Babbles and makes a variety of different sounds. His vocabulary mostly consists of "glue", "blue", "ma!" (when upset), "uhgul", and "blabla". Very fun. Sometimes he'll go into a monologue for a minute or so, or he'll stop eating suddenly and yell something very important, smile, and then finish his meal.
  • Hates his bumbo... probably because he's so chubby and his thighs don't fit into it very well.
  • Really loves people watching and is more interested in them than with toys so far
Can't quite sit up on his own yet, but we're (hopefully) close! 

He looks so grown up in his 6 month clothes! Thanks Natasha for this awesome outfit!

At the park in his Elvis shirt (courtesy of Auntie Lisa)

I just love those invisible eyebrows!

"Bow-ties are cool!"
Decked out for church in his "big boy" trousers and velcro bow-tie (courtesy of Auntie Kay). 
And here's a little video of Isaac giggling a little bit. Apparently me shouting "ye-yeah!" is really funny :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Can you make no-bakes with margarine?

Can you substitute margarine for butter when making no-bakes?

{When you google this question nothing helpful comes up so I thought I'd share and prevent some potential flops!}
We love no-bakes around here and recently we've been making a ton of them. When we found we were out of butter a few weeks ago I started experimenting with margarine (which is conveniently cheaper, too). I generally use this recipe from, it's fast, reliable, and tasty.

The recipe calls for 1/2 a cup (or one stick) of butter. 

If you substitute the entire amount with margarine, the no-bakes won't set properly (even if you boil them for a little longer). We ended up putting ours in the freezer, but even then they stuck to the paper and got us really messy. The taste was fine, slightly margariney to me, but fine.

Half butter, half margarine (4 tablespoons or half a stick of each) turned out really well, as long as you make sure to boil them the whole minute and a half. They set well while retaining a nice gooey texture.

Lastly, using slightly more margarine than butter also works ok. The no-bakes in the photo are made with approximately 5 Ts of margarine to 3 Ts of butter. These I boiled for almost 2 minutes which made them set well but dried them out more than usual.

Good luck!

Friday, August 31, 2012

My Religion

Occasionally I mention things like "relief society" and "the temple" and "general conference" around here and it just occurred to me that some of you might not know what I'm going on about. So, just in case you are interested I thought I'd share a bit about my faith. 

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's a bit of a mouthful, but it means that I'm a member of the Church of Christ in these 'last' days. ("Saint" is used like it is in the New Testament, like when Paul writes to the "saints" in Ephesus.) It's also known as the LDS church (not the FLDS or RLDS... quite an important distinction!) and the Mormon Church.

Once I was a missionary in San Diego!
I believe that there is a God, our Heavenly Father, who listens to our prayers, and in his son Jesus Christ. I believe in the Holy Ghost, which is a gift you receive after baptism.

I also believe in prophets. Adam, Noah, Moses, John the Baptist, and the Apostles were just some of the prophets who talked to God either directly or through the Holy Ghost and received important directions for their people. They had power (and permission) from God to do important things like set up Temples/Tabernacles, record scripture, and baptize.

Here's a Temple! It's where I got married <3   
Right after we were married :) Can't believe it's been over two years!
I believe there is even a prophet today! The church is set up like it was back when Christ first organized it, with prophets, apostles, teachers, etc, as well as having churches and Temples. Our prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. He travels all over to speak to people but twice a year he and the other apostles speak in a "General Conference" broadcast to the world. It's awesome! And it's coming up in about a month!  

Relief Society is a worldwide society of women. It is designed for service, building strong families, and increasing faith. We meet every Sunday after our main service and Sunday School. The President of the Society addresses us in a worldwide Relief Society general broadcast each year, as well as online and in church magazines. I really love being a part of this.  

Here's me and some friends attending the yearly RS conference in SLC last year :)
I really love this church because through it I've come to know God and my Savior. I've been able to repent and change and become a better person. I love the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and hearing the counsel of living prophets because it helps me keep my focus in an increasingly complex society.

There's so many more things I should explain... like how the church was restored today, what the Book of Mormon is actually about, whether I'm voting for Mitt Romney in the coming election, etc, but for now I'm just going to leave you with this delightful picture of myself from when I taught school children in California about the Mormon Battalion:

"Yep... pretty sure I coulda crossed a few plains..."
And if you do have questions feel free! I'm not easily offended and I love talking about this, I just never know if people are curious or not.

If you'd like to check out the Book of Mormon for yourself, you can request a free copy here. You can also read and listen to the Bible and Book of Mormon online.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Chubby Little Ninja

Judging by his kicking skills I think Isaac is going to either be a football player or a ninja!

(If you think this is fun you should see him at bathtime! We are soaked afterwards!!)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Homemaking Epiphany

50s cook
A couple of days ago I had an epiphany. You could call it a revelation. I suddenly realized that if I want something done, I've got to do it myself.


I don't mean this in an angry I-have-to-do-everything-around-here! type of a way. (I have an extremely helpful husband.) But it really did dawn on me that if I really do want a clean home or delicious meals or a calm atmosphere at home, then it really is up to me to create that. I can't wait for someone else to do it for me.

Today I made a list of some good things I want to always have in my life. They include having a wonderful relationship with Brian, having a happy, well rested baby (and family!), dressing well and looking nice, service, a healthy body, a spirit-filled home, a clean home, helping my family financially through using my talents, lifelong learning, and constantly working on personal goals. These are things I'm committed to work on, and I'm the only one who can make them happen!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Another Video! (No spit-up surprise ending this time:)

Isaac is so cute! He's becoming more handsome every day. This video isn't the most exciting but there are a couple of adorable smiles at the end :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Green Smoothie Tip - How to use the chunky bits

Since my relief society's "healthy smoothie" activity on Saturday, I've been on an amazing green smoothie kick! They are (ahem) can be really tasty and I feel so good after drinking one. Sunday I made Brian and I a "Green Bananas" (Bananas, Kale, cinnamon, etc) for breakfast and this morning I created some cucumber-grape deliciousness.

My only issue with these is the texture. My blender doesn't get it perfectly smooth, resulting in a little chewing after each sip. Gross, right? The simple solution to this is straining it. It works really well and leaves the drink super-smooth. 

But then you're left with a few tablespoons of green mush... green mush that is probably amazingly good for me. I wanted to use it for something. After some experimenting, here are my top 3 ways to use up those chunky, mushy bits:
  1. Dip/Salad Dressing
  2. Soup 
  3. Pasta Sauce
With each of these you just mix in the "mush" with your regular recipe.

Today I had about 3 table spoons of mush, and mixed it with two dollops of ranch dressing. It is delicious, filling, and makes some nutrient-rich ranch!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Isaac is 2 months!

Yesterday Isaac turned two months! Time has flown by, but it feels like we've had him forever. He is so cute and chubby and getting more fun all the time.

Isaac at 2 months:

  • 14 lbs 2.5 oz (he was born 9 lbs 3.5, so he's on track!)
  • Still loves his baths, except now he splashes like crazy!
  • Isaac loves to smile. He'll smile back at us but also at himself in a mirror, sometimes at us without us smiling at him first, and sometimes at nothing at all.
  • He loves to look at lights and they seem to mesmerize him. (We're currently trying to encourage him to look out the window instead of directly at light fixtures.)
  • He likes taking walks in his stroller, but usually falls asleep after about 30 minutes.
  • He's rolled over a couple of times on his own.
  • Still hates tummy time.
  • Is now on a three-hour schedule (which mummy loves!)
  • Sleeps about 6 hours at night, then another 5 or 6 after eating (his record is 8 hours, but that didn't last long.)
  • He likes to grab things and sometimes puts them to his mouth (like a burp-cloth)
  • He sometimes talks to himself which is so cute. He's said "ma!" a couple of times and some other random sounds, but mostly it's "aaah" and "uhhgull".
Here's a side-by side of Isaac at 1 or 2 weeks and then at 7 week in the same outfit:
We couldn't even do it up!
And some more cute pictures we took recently:
I realized one day that I'd dressed to match Isaac so I had to take a picture!

Happy Birthday Melisa! And he's even waving!
Isaac is generally a happy little boy although today he got his 2-month vaccinations (three shots and some drops in his mouth) and he's been either deeply asleep or awake and very upset ever since :(
Hopefully they'll wear off soon!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Isaac Smiles

Isaac started smiling about a week ago! It is so nice. Here's a video I took today. 
Excuse the baby talk :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

I had a baby! (Pictures from the hospital)

It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally posting pictures of our little boy! Isaac is now a little over 5 weeks old and we are enjoying him more and more!

The Birth story, in a nutshell: I woke up with contractions at about 3am. They got pretty painful (but were still irregular) at 10am, so we went to the hospital to see if I was actually in labor. I was dilating so they kept me in and at 3.30pm I had the epidural (which was actually kind of painful and made me feel quite sick). Then I stopped dilating, cue pitocin/oxytocin and breaking my water. Then I dilated really fast. At about 6:30pm we started pushing, and at 7:21pm Isaac James was born 9 pounds and 3.5 ounces!! I got to hold him for about 30 seconds then they took him to the NICU as they were worried about his oxygen saturation and blood sugar levels. Then my placenta wouldn't come out (even after some very painful "massaging" for half an hour) which meant more drugs plus a surgeon (VERY painful!)

Where we delivered, and I'd definitely recommend it!
My mum doing sudoku while we hang out in our delivery room
Me, hooked up to all kinds of things
Isaac when he first arrived! He's cute and puffy here :) That's daddy's hand.
Brian tries to protect Isaac's face from his fingernails.
Isaac's "Stork bite" black-eye and his scratched up face! 
Isaac & I hanging out at the NICU, where he stayed for 5 days. Isaac's breathing and blood sugar were fine after the next tests but another test had high protein levels suggesting an infection. Even though they couldn't find any infection, they wanted to keep him on antibiotics a full 5 days. 
Then Isaac got some Jaundice and became..."Super" Isaac! Luckily it went away really quickly. 
Where we stayed once I was officially discharged
Our room :)
About to leave! So happy, so tired!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

9 months!

2 days til I'm due! Mum arrives tomorrow night! So exciting! Here are the last pictures (fingers crossed!) of my pregnancy! The first one was taken on Sunday, the second and third earlier today. (Sorry the lighting is terrible! Inside is too dark, outside is too bright... Oh well!)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


So I'm now down to the single digits ... only 9 days til my due date! Crazy how time flies. Today was a sad day. I got my first stretch marks :( Totally happened overnight. Not big ones or anything, (though I assume they'll just increase until I deliver) but I'm still pretty sad. I was starting to assume I was going to be one of the lucky ones and not get any, but I guess it's all part of the motherhood initiation. I suppose my belly must have finally reached its limit of hugeness. Oh well. Bring on the lotion!

Otherwise pregnancy is fine. Uncomfortable and sometimes a bit boring, but just fine. I'm excited to not be so huge anymore, to be able to sit up in bed without having to first employ several tricky maneuvers, and also to eventually go running! Meeting our little boy will undoubtedly be the highlight of no-longer being pregnant, but for right now it's still very surreal!

Friday, April 27, 2012

35 Weeks

This week I hit 35 weeks! Though not much has changed, I feel incrementally more uncomfortable as the days pass. I'm getting more used to a sub-par night's sleep and am having to switch sides more frequently, but not much difference in anything else. Weirdly, I don't feel bigger than I did a couple of months ago, but I'm sure you'll agree from the evidence that I've gotten MUCH larger!
Me at 25 weeks!

Me at just over 35 weeks! 
And in other news...
I've been terrible at blogging recently. I just have no desire. But here are some pictures of the last month or so to give you an idea of what we're up to... 

Brian in the apron my mum bought him for Christmas. He's been amazing since I've been pregnant! I don't have time to list the ways right now, but he's been so good and I am one spoiled pregnant lady!

I've mostly felt amazing since about week 19 or 20. I'm really grateful for that. I do get moody when tired or hungry but otherwise I'm still in that wonderful middle phase of pregnancy ... although maybe for not much longer! I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts!

Great friends! It was so fun catching up with these guys. I got to watch Nicole and Ali play some football (soccer) a couple of weeks ago and it was great fun! This pic was taken at Zupas afterwards.

More good friends! It was Angie's birthday in March and we got to go down to Draper to help celebrate. Don't ask what I'm doing... just know we had fun! It was especially wonderful to catch up with Angie's family who I hadn't seen in years. They are awesome and helped me out a ton over the years.

Brian studying... he naughtily tricked me into thinking he was going to get C's this past semester and then just yesterday we saw his grades... straight A's and A minuses!!! I was so proud, but a little mad he'd made me worry the whole semester!!!

Brian wanted to send this shot of me to our landlord... This is our bathroom. Note the two large plastic buckets on the floor filling with water coming from our vent. 

It got pretty bad. Both those buckets would fill over night. It lasted about 5 or 6 days total and was so gross. Worst of it was that it happened to be over Easter weekend when we had Brian's parents staying with from the Fri-Monday! One soggy bathroom for four people isn't fun. Thankfully they were kind enough to take us out A LOT while they were here so we didn't have to spend much time there. 

Me in my catsuit onesie. (This is mostly for my sister who I promised pictures to along time ago of us in them!)

Brian's is a monkey! The feet say "cheeky monkey!" Love them!! Thanks Lisa! they were probably the most exciting Christmas presents we got!

Me and my mother-in-law Kathy. Thanks for the Easter basket! 

It was filled with candy, toys (which Brian loved), lotion, a CD, a puzzle, and lots of other stuff I can't remember!
While they were here we got to do so many things! Several museums, a plethora of delicious places to eat (including my first-time trip to Magleby's!), WinCo (first time!), my baby shower, a BYU campus tour, a picnic, a couple of walks, the "aquarium" at BYU, played games, watched movies, and some shopping! It really was a fun-filled weekend! Thanks Kathy and David!

April has been a lot of fun and I can't believe it's almost May! I'm due May 31st, mum arrives on the 30th, we might be moving again on the 8th... it's going to be a fun month!!
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