Friday, January 27, 2012

Five Question Friday!! January 27, 2012

Its finally Friday! Yay, I am so glad for the weekend to be here, even though I work almost all Saturday. I am still excited to have Sunday off to spend some much needed, much missed quality time with my family.

I haven't done a Five Question Friday in so darn long, I thought it was just about time to start doing them again. :) So here it is, your Five Question Friday! Enjoy!


1. Do you swim in the winter?

I do actually lol. But that's only because I work at the YMCA and they have two olympic size swimming pools. I have started swimming at least once a week, because my midwife says its another good, low-key way to exercise while pregnant. I really enjoy it! But probably because its indoors lol. :P
2. Do you love or hate winter?

I was raised in Montana, in a very outdoorsy family, so yes lol I LOVE winter. We love to go out and sledding, play in the snow, go snowmobiling, and do other outdoor winter activities.

3. Do you put makeup/actual clothes on when you know you're going to be home all day with just family?

No way lol! I am a hippie first and a pregnant woman second. This means that I never wear makeup ever, and I normally don't dress up. Clothes are just things to keep me warm when needed, and decent for those who aren't comfortable with my nakedness lmao. :P So heck yes, I don't dress up when I am planning on staying home all day. I like to be comfortable and not look nice. Looks do not matter to me. :P

My attire at home is usually a comfy shirt, my undies (no I never wear pants at home lol, don't ask me why) and my socks. This is only if I don't have any company though lmao, I always throw on more clothing when people come over.

4. How old were you when you had your first alcoholic beverage?

I went through a rowdy year or two lol right out of highschool, so I was about 18 or 19 when I had my first drink. The funny thing is, because of my rowdy years back then, I never have the desire to drink as an adult. I will drink socially, but even sometimes at social gatherings I will opt to not have a drink. And now, that I am pregnant, I play the part of DD for my hubby so that he can still have some fun. But the weirdo won't drink because I can't anymore lol. Dork!

5. How many ill calls in a 12 month period do you think are acceptable?

Ill calls? Does that mean times you are ill?

I am confused lol...

I think that only about six times in a 12 month period is good. But that's even pushing it for my family. All three of us have really high immune systems and get sick maybe once a year. And that is with Alan and I going to daycare. Pretty impressive huh lol? :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Meet the Midwives...

Yesterday I had my first doctor's appointment for Baby. I was excited but nervous lol. But I had a wonderful experience with my nurse and midwife, and definitely will not be anymore! :P

I was checked in and had to do a routine urine test, blah. Good thing I am pregnant and have to pee like all the time lol! I know, I know, TMI! The nurse took me into my room and we went over my medical history. I don't usually like doing this part, only because it takes FOREVER and I just wanted to meet my doctor. But we got through it and then she took my blood pressure, which was good. That made me a little more relieved because when I was pregnant with Alan, I had issues with low blood pressure. Then she told me a little about what to expect for the appointment- basic physical exam, PAP smear (ugh), listening to Baby's heartbeat (yes!) and bloodwork (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!). Then she left me to get the midwife.

 My midwife came in and introduced herself. I am terrible with names, and I forgot it :( but I will make a point to ask next time so I can edit it in here! I feel bad lol. :P Then we started the physical exam. Everything ended up looking good for me and she agreed that I was at 15 weeks along, but she changed my due date to July 17. A day further from my birthday lol! Poo! :P I had kinda wanted to go overdue a little so Baby could be born the day before my birthday, like I was with my mom. But no harm, no foul really lol. Baby could still be born then, who knows? :)

Then she had me lay on my back and expose my belly. She pulled out the fetal heart monitor and I got really excited. She put on the jelly and put it on my belly. Almost immeadiately I heard a little heartbeat. Then Baby moved and we lost it for a few minutes. Lol all my babies hate to be montiored. :P But she quickly found the heartbeat again, and we sat there for a few glorious seconds listening to it. There is seriously nothing better than listening to that at this point. :) Hearing Baby's heartbeat just made my world. I seriously teared up and had to stop myself from just bursting into tears of joy. Baby's heartbeat was healthy and where it should be at in this point in the pregnancy. Awesome!

Then she preformed the ever uncomfortable PAP smear. Ugh I won't even say anymore than that lol. I was never more relieved than we she told me that she was done and I could get dressed. But then she said those dreaded words: "The nurse will be back in to do your bloodwork."

Okay, I have issues with blood and needles. But its not like most people who do. For some reason, when blood or needles is presented to me, I will black out WITHOUT FAIL. You think I am joking? I once blacked out in highschool in biology class just because we were looking at sickle cell anemia up close. I have also blacked out EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I get blood drawn. And I blacked out when I was pregnant with Alan when they simply put in my IV! Like really! But people never believe me, for some reason!

Well yesterday was no different, of course lol. I told the nurse as she was preparing me that I was really queasy with blood and will probably black out. She shrugged it off like it was nothing, telling me most women don't like getting their blood drawn. Uh no, I don't just not like it. I can barely handle it at all lady. Well she thankfully found a vein instantly, but she took forever to draw the blood. And I could only feel myself getting weaker. She finished, and I was surprisingly still conscious, until she bandaged it and asked me how I was. I remember just looking up at her face and the BAM! next thing I knew I was lying on the floor with her holding me up, trying to get my attention. She told me I had blacked out (No really lol?) and I needed to slowly get back up onto the exam table and lay down for a bit. Well I did.

Then I went out to the secretary to schedule my next appointment. I stood at the desk for maybe five minutes and BAM! blacked out again. This time I came to the secretary holding me, with several other pregnant women standing around me and my nurse. They took me to a chair and gave me some water, telling me to sit down for ten minutes before getting up again. Well I did. Again. :P

This time I stood up and was walking to the desk to tell the secretary I was ready to go, when BAM! I blacked out a third time. Like really? C'mon lol! This time when I awoke, I was back in a room, with my midwife and nurse around me. I was really confused on how they had moved me but they wouldn't tell me, they just made me eat a cheesestick and drink apple juice. Then they made me sit for fifteen minutes and escorted me out to my car afterwards. I think they were a little tired of me at that point lol, but who could blame them? :)

Overall my appointment went great, even though I did pass out three times. The whole staff was very supportive of me and my weakness lol. They helped me and made sure that I was going to be okay. I am very grateful for that and very glad I chose this group of midwives to help me through my pregnancy!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Pregnancy Post: Week by Week! Week 15

Yay, yay today is the day! Today I have a doctor appointment! Yay! :D Lol I am excited to be 15 weeks along too, but mostly just for the appointment. I hope to hear Baby's heartbeat today. That would be the greatest! But more on that later lol, here's my weekly Pregnancy Post! Enjoy!



Via

How far along: 15 weeks 3 days
Size of Baby: 5 inches long and 3 1/2 ounces or the size of a small apple or orange
Developments of Baby: Baby's legs are growing longer than their little arms now and Baby can move all of their joints and limbs. Even though the eyelids still are sealed shut, they can now sense light. Tastebuds are also forming this week, even though Baby won't really use them until after birth. On an ultrasound, the gender can be discovered starting this week although most doctors will wait until the 17th or 20th week.
Total Weight Gain: 5 pounds currently, yeah!
Maternity Clothes: My highschool clothes no longer fit me comfortably (Darn I was looking forward to fitting in them once again lol), so I have retired them. But I can still fit into almost all of my jeans. I was the same with Alan. I remember going into the labor triage and having one nurse think that I was in preterm labor because I only looked six months pregnant! Lol and I was full term! :P So most likely, no maternity clothes for another month or two, I predict! :)

Morning Sickness: Not too bad anymore! Booyah! On average, I have morning sickness like I used to about... every three to four days. Oh it is so miraculous to be able to eat and not feel sick all the time! It has done wonders for my mental state and overall motivation. I love it!
Stretch Marks: I think I *might* be getting some stretch marks on my thighs and the sides of my chest again. Damn! :( But no more stretch marks on the belly so far! Alan did enough damage lol!
Gender: I could technically know now, but I think that they will make me wait until my 20 week ultrasound. I will make sure to ask today though!
Movement: I read somewhere that some women can feel movement as early as 15 weeks, but I have yet to feel any. I am paying tons of attention though! The beginning movement is always the funnest!

Sleep: Sleep has actually improved for me lately. You're shocked? I know, me too! :) I have still been going to bed early at 8:30 every night (and I CANNOT stay up later, trust me I have tried lol) but now I don't wake up much during the night, unless its to switch positions. No more morning sickness at night! So far lol.  

Best Moment This Week: I thought this was pretty bad, but really hilarious at the same time. So yesterday, Lon made me a sandwich for lunch. He thought he would be sneaky and take a bite out of it before I noticed. Well me being the pregnant hungry mama bear monster that I am lately lol, OF COURSE I NOTICED. And my hormones are so crazy right now, I freaked out at him. Like freaked out lol. Over a sandwich! Ahhh now I feel crazy.

My husband, the fantastic man he is, went and made me a whole other sandwich lol! Even after I yelled at him. Oh I love him so. :) I did, apologize to him after the fact. He told me he had learned his lesson: NEVER take food from a pregnant women. Lmao!

What I miss: Sleeping on my belly. I have always been a big belly sleeper, and its now too uncofortable for me to sleep on my belly. I am at least grateful for the ability to still sleep on my back, once that goes away in the third trimester I lose it lol! I am so not a side sleeper!
Food Cravings: Obviously salmon lol, cheeseburgers, cheesecake, pizza, Laffy Taffy, Cool Ranch Doritios, Starburst, Skittles, Snickers, chocolate, tator tots, chai tea, milkshakes, Sour Cream and Onion chips, grilled cheese sandwiches, and definitely lasanga lol!
Food Aversions: Eggs still, my husband's AWFUL beef jerkeys lol and raw meat. Mostly the smells though, I can't be around when things are cooked anymore.

Symptoms: Morning sickness, feeling weak or light-headed, slight round ligament pain, all around exhaustion, the need to pee ALL the time lol, out of breath easily, food aversions and nausea, major forgetfulness, odd dreams, heightened sense of smell, overly emotional at times (gotta love pregnancy hormones!)

What I’m looking forward to: Hearing the heartbeat hopefully today and feeling Baby kick for the first time!
What I'm not looking forward to: Getting all the darn bloodwork and labwork done! Ugh I hate needles and passed out when I was pregnant with Alan from it. I hope I don't this time around!

15 weeks and 6 days, in my pjs lol

I am really excited to go to the doctor's today. I decided against going to Billings OBGYN like I originally had planned and instead will be going to Saint Vincent's Midwifery and Women's Health Clinic for my duration of pregnancy. Yes I chose to go with a midwife, er, midwives lol. You see because at this clinic since there is no gaurentee who will be there for your birth, they rotate you through three different midwives. The MIDWIVES lol. :) I think they sound like a group of superheroes lmao!

I am also admittedly a little nervous to go today as well lol. *Blushes* I know, I know lol. :P They ask for the first appointment to not bring any children with you, so Lon will have to stay home with Alan. I really wanted him to go with me, and he did as well, but he will have to wait until the next appointment. I also don't know what they plan on doing to me, since I am fifteen weeks along and not the normal four weeks along that they are used to having their first appointments. I am a little bit worried they might try and draw blood or something, and I might die because I don't have my honey to hold my hand.

Okay, I know I won't die lol. I'll stop acting pregnant and overreacting lol.

I do want to hear the heartbeat and I want to find out when I will be having my ultrasound done. I am ready to get this fun pregnancy stuff rolling! It is my second trimester and I am over this blah part of my pregnancy. I am ready for the ultrasounds, the fetal movement, the baby shower planning, the nursery setup, and all that fun stuff! :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My husband...

I haven't ever really written a post about just my husband. I'm not sure why lol... He is a wonderful man, a fantastic husband, and the best father ever. This blog has always been more family and Alan orientated. However, yesterday was our nine month wedding anniversary and my husband deserves some major love! :)

Lon and Alan, September 2009

Let me share with you how wonderful of a husband he is. Every morning, I wake up at 6:30 to get ready for work. I meditate for a half hour and then start my day. Lon normally wakes up right as I am finishing meditating, even though he has no reason to (Alan doesn't wake up usually until 8 or 9), and will stay up with me until I leave for work. He says he likes to keep me company while I get ready in the morning. I think he's silly. :P

He also does this other thing that just makes my heart melt. :) He would probably die of embarassment if he knew I was posting this, but he doesn't read my blog lol. And plus, I think its a sweet thing to do. Okay lol, here it is: Everytime I leave the house or whatever, and am away from him, he will make sure that he is wearing his wedding ring. Now this sounds pretty normal, I mean you wear your ring all the time right? Well he's still worn his ring even if he is sleeping in his bed or showering lol. I think that he sees it as a good luck charm to keep me safe while I am away from him. Now how sweet is that? Ooh it just makes me melt! :)

Lon playing with Alan, September 2010

I think Lon is the best father ever to Alan. When Alan was a newborn, Lon was the one who woke up every night with him and then worked full time in the day. He is always thinking of Alan, and special things to get or save for him. Once Lon went out of his way to get Alan a pizza at the Village Inn when they were closed, simply because Alan told him he wanted pizza for lunch. Lon has been saving his collectable Transformers for one reason: when Alan is old enough, they will make awesome intellectual boy toys for him to play with. But they are his collectibles lol?? :) There have been countless late nights where he has stayed up with Alan when he couldn't sleep. He's even slept with Alan in his crib to be extra close to him when he was in need. :) My son is so lucky to have Lon as his father. And I cannot wait to see Lon repeat his wonderful fatherliness with our new child. My kids are so lucky!

Lon and I at our wedding, April 2011

Lon, I love you to the moon and back several times. I don't think I have the words to fully ever explain
how much you mean to me and how much I love you. I hope we have a beautiful long life together with our children. I truly, truly want to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you handsome. :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Our Winter Adventure Through Pictures

Well no, we didn't go sledding. :P The weather never got better Friday and we didn't want to take the little ones sledding at the parks on the weekend, because all the school kids would be there. However, Sunday we went over to my parent's house to play in the snow with Uncle Kalvin.
Alan in his snowsuit. He calls it his Superman outfit lol!

We took the boys outside to play for about an hour, in the nice 30 degree weather. The sun was out and there was little to no wind, so it was perfect! Lon put Alan on a sled and pulled him around the yard. Alan was quite scared at first but then he started to get into it the longer Lon pulled him. But then Lon accidently started pulling him on uneven ground and it wigged him out lol, so he bailed into the snow. :)

Alan on the sled 

Alan was done with the sled after that lol. He decided he would just try and chase Uncle Kalvin and Daddy around, which was another challenge on its own. He had his big snow boots on and the snow was already crunchy and bumpy, so he had some issues. But he looked absolutely adorable running on it! Made me laugh!

Running!

And he wiped out!

Uncle Kalvin got tired from running and laid in the snow after a while. Alan thought that this was not okay lol. So he ran over to Uncle Kalvin and yelled at him until he got up lol. Uncle Kalvin wasn't exactly okay with Mr. Drill Sergent, so he made a snowball and started the snowball fight lol. :P

Alan yelling at Uncle Kalvin

Once the snowball fight started, I had to quickly snap a few last minute pictures before hiding because for some reason, the boys thought I was involved in the fight too. Hmmm a pregnant woman in a snowball fight? Doesn't sound fun to me lol! :P Lon was even getting into it too. He kept scooping up big handfulls of snow and tossing them at Alan, then laughing as he ran away squealing.

Daddy and Alan after Daddy threw a big pile at Alan.

Once we had throughly frozen ourselves, we all headed inside to have some hot chocolate and watch the football game with Grandpa Kevin. I don't care for football, unless I am physically at the game, so Alan and I played cars on the floor. Alan really liked his luke warm hot chocolate, but he thought it was chocolate milk lol.

After we were warm again, we went to Grandma Amber's house for a quick visit. We hadn't seen them all week, and Alan was really missing his Aunt Ariel. Unfortunately, she wasn't there when we were. :( But Alan entertained himself by chasing the dogs and cat all around the house with her foam sword. Uncle Chase thought that was quite amusing, until the tables were turned and he was being chased. That foam sword is HUGE lol! Its like as tall as Alan, yet he somehow has the sheer strength to pack it around. Strong man! :)

That night we had lasanga at my parent's house. Yes! I have been craving lasanga for like FOREVER lol and was so happy when my mom finally made it. And was it delicious! :) Best ever I do have to say so myself. All in all we had a good weekend and a wonderful Family Sunday together.

Friday, January 20, 2012

200th post!! And preparing for a snowy adventure!

Short and sweet post today, I don't have too much to talk about. Except... This is my 200th post! Hooray! Its been quite a journey since I started this blog in October 2010. Back then Alan was only 13 months old, Lon and I were only married by common law, and things were quite different.


Alan in October 2010

Alan is now almost 2 and a half years old, Lon and I are close to celebrating our one year anniversary of marriage in April, and I am, of course, expecting again. Wow! Almost a year and a half of blogging already and I hope for even more fun-filled years of it!


Alan in December 2011

 I seriously love blogging and love to share my family's life happenings online. It makes it so that my family members who live out of town or even out of state can still be involved in Alan's and Baby's lives. Makes me so happy! :) Thank you readers for experiencing it all with me! You are the best! :)

We are still hoping to go sledding today with Kelsie and Kelton, but as of current the weather is not permitting. I have a double digit limit on my kiddo (he doesn't go out at all if its in the singles or lower) and its 0 outside right now! The forecast for today says it should be at least 16 degrees by noon, but that's less than an hour away. :( Poo! We are still staying hopeful and keeping a close eye on that thermostat because as soon as its warm enough, we are going, even if it is only for a half an hour! Lol I am determined to get Alan out playing in the snow and sledding by this winter! :)

Tune in next week to see my much awaited sledding post! If we don't go today, we will go tomorrow or Sunday. Like I said, I am DETERMINED lol. :P

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Some sad news to report...

I am very sad to report that we had to postpone our sledding adventure today, until the weather is a little warmer. Right now, outside its -9 without the windchill lol. Brrrrrrr to the extreme lol! The roads are crazy, people are snowed in, yet us Montanans keep on trucking lol! I think we got five inches last night? Wow so much snow everywhere! So everyone please, PLEASE keep your fingers crossed for Alan and I so that it is warm enough to go sledding tomorrow! This is what it looks like outside, and that's not even a street view lol! You should see the roads!
The view from behind my work. Look at how pretty all the snow is! :)

Does everyone like my new layout? I thought that it was time for a change lol. I love this new look! Very colorful and artistic! :) Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Pregnancy Post: Week by Week! Week 14

Goodbye first trimester, helloooooo second trimester! Whoop whoop! :D I am excited because this week I am actually starting to show! Everyone at work has been noticing and asking lol, if they already don't know. Its exciting because now when I tell people I am pregnant, they don't just stare blankly at my stomach and go "Uh-huh" lol. Hello people, you can actually be pregnant for a while without showing! Lol! :P

It started snowing hard last night! Woke me up several times from the harsh wind blowing our old house around. And driving to work this morning was more of a dangerous adventure than I wanted it to be. Ugggh I am so glad that I won't have to do that again for... another six hours lol. Let's hope the snow slows down a little! Its seriously like blizzarding out there! At least there will be snow for sure tomorrow for Alan and I's sledding adventure! :)

Here's my Week 14 post! Enjoy!




Via

How far along: 14 weeks 3 days

Size of Baby: 4 inches long and 2 1/2 ounces or the size of a lemon

Developments of Baby: Baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee and possibly suck their little thumb! Baby's arms are growing now to be porportional to the rest of the body. There is a very fine layer of hair, called laungo, developing all over Baby's body. Baby's liver is starting to produce bile and the spleen is helping with production of red blood cells. 

Total Weight Gain: Still only a pound, but I am starting to gain weight and that is what matters! :)

Maternity Clothes: Not quite yet, but I do have a couple shirts that are too short on my belly already! Lol, I have to wear a coat or a sweater with those. :P

Stretch Marks: No stretch marks from this pregnancy! I am too diligent!

Gender: Doctor said my 20 week ultrasound we will know! So only six more weeks!

Movement: Only three more weeks until I can feel movement, but Baby is moving like crazy now. Still just too tiny to feel. :)

Sleep: Sleep is still very difficult for me. I fall asleep around eight and sleep til three or four in the morning. Then it is tossing and turning all night. Blah it makes me exhausted in the daytime, so we have started taking afternoon naps again. Lon, Alan and I all together in our bed lol. So nice!

What I miss: Being able to eat fish! I hate seafood so that's not a huge deal, but I do love fish! I really wanted to order salmon Sunday when we went out to dinner, but I was reminded by my husband and mother that I had to wait until after Baby came out. Punks... Boo I want some salmon! :(

Food Cravings: Obviously salmon lol, cheeseburgers, cheesecake, pizza, Laffy Taffy, Cool Ranch Doritios, Starburst, Skittles, Snickers, chocolate, tator tots, chai tea, milkshakes, and definitely lasanga lol!

Food Aversions: Eggs! It was the same last time around, but I can't stand eggs. Specifically raw or hard boiled eggs. Its the smell, it makes me want to die lol. Nothing else so far though!

Symptoms: Morning sickness, feeling weak or light-headed, slight round ligament pain, all around exhaustion, the need to pee ALL the time lol, out of breath easily, food aversions and nausea, odd dreams, heightened sense of smell, overly emotional at times (gotta love pregnancy hormones!)

What I’m looking forward to: Feeling baby kick for the first time!

I am surprisingly enjoying this pregnancy, despite the constant morning sickness I am still experiencing. Not to say that I didn't enjoy Alan's pregnancy, I did but there was a lot more fear of the unknown since I was a first time mother. This time around, I know what to expect and I am finding myself enjoying this a lot more. I have been also meditating more with this pregnancy, with Alan's I only meditated during the last month and through labor. I enjoy taking this journey with Baby and can't wait to meet him/her for real!

Working out is also easier on me this time around. With Alan, I had to walk outdoors to workout, and sometimes the weather wasn't so great. But now I have my membership at the YMCA, which makes it so much easier on me! I walk for a half hour on the treadmill or track, and then take fifteen minutes to do light weight lifting. Its nice too that Alan gets that 45 minutes of daycare time without Mama (something that doesn't happen ever normally because Mama works there lol). He likes to play with his friends and the other teachers, and is getting used to not always needing to be with us. Which is good for when he goes to preschool next fall.

14 weeks 4 days along, in my work clothes so its not as obvious. :)

I have officially had over 13,000 page views! Thank you so much to all of my wonderful readers! I am also two posts away from doing my 200th post. So very exciting. :)

Tune in Friday to hear how our sledding adventure went!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Low-Key, Yet Eventful Weekend

Lol that sounds more like a oxy-moron than anything, but that was the weekend we had.

Saturday I had to work at the YMCA for only a couple hours, so we spent most of our day at home, hanging out and playing with Alan. We practiced Alan's Polar Bear ABC game and watched Cars 2 about a million times lol. It was a great low key day. Then that night, Lon and I used one of our giftcards from Christmas to go out to dinner at Red Robin. My wonderful mother volunteered to watch Alan for us for the whole night, since the rest of my family had gone out of town for the weekend. They had a great "sleepover" together, eating ice cream and watching Muppets Treasure Island.

Lon and I had a fantastic date together as well. :) We hadn't gone out kid-less since... Uh his birthday lol? So it was just awesome to get to go out and enjoy our time together. He ordered the Bleu Chesse Burger (ew lol) and I got the Classic Burger with a chocolate milkshake. Oh yeah lol, this pregnant mama got her fix of cravings. :P After dinner, we went home and watched a few movies before passing out REAL early! Yes! Apparently, Alan and my mother weren't as lucky lol. Alan was still up partying around eleven and midnight. Oops! :) At least he slept in til ten.

Sunday, it snowed! I was so excited, I could hardly handle it. I wanted to pick Alan up from my parent's and take him right out in it, but it was too cold. :( We have made plans to take him sledding at Pioneer Park with friends on Thursday. :) This snow had better stay!!! YOU HEAR ME MOTHER NATURE????

It was too cold to go play outside anywhere and Alan was restless at home, so we decided to let him pick where indoors he wanted to go. And guess what he picked, of all the things to pick in this weather lol?

Oh you know, ice cream lol. :)

Lol, do you see it snowing outside behind him? Yeah we made him eat with his coat on cos it was too cold.


Alan and I shared a big bowl of Oreo cookie dough ice cream mixed in with M&Ms and Lon got a Carmel ice cream mixed in with crumpled Oreo cookies and in a chocolate dipped cone. Yum, yum, yummy! Alan ate about half of the bowl lol and loved every minute of it. We snapped a few more pictures for funsies.

Daddy and Alan posing with their ice cream

We were like the only people in the store too lol, and the employees were pretty surprised to see us. I dunno if you have ever been to Cold Stone Cremery, they sing ALOT lol. When they make the ice cream, when they add in your extra igredients, and even at the cash register. Wow lol. We tipped them and they even had a song for it! Alan loved all the singing though, he would try and sing along with them or just make up his own words. It was really funny.

Mommy and Alan sharing ice cream

After ice cream, we went out to dinner with Grandma Melanie, Aunt Natalie and her boyfriend (who we had never met before) Jake at Texas Roadhouse. Aunt Natalie and Jake were in town for the weekend just to visit, and it was nice to meet him. My family were the only people in our family that hadn't met him yet, and it was nice to have the approval. And I definitely approve of him and think he is a great addition to our family!

I am officially in my second trimester now, hooray! Tune in tomorrow for my weekly Pregnancy Post!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pregnancy Meditation

I wrote about meditating during this pregnancy during my Pregnancy Post last week. But I thought that meditation has become such an important part of my pregnancy, that I should dedicate a whole post to my practices. Currently, I meditate once a day with my Buddhist books. This is good and gives me an open mind to the ways of the world and how life works but I have been desiring something more.

Like an actual connection with Baby.

There is a wonderful book I have found about that does this called Meditations for Pregnancy: 36 Weekly Practices for Bonding with your Unborn Baby.


Via

I am saving up to buy this book, but am obsessed with finding out as much as I can about it right now lol. I was able to view part of the book on Amazon, and found this AWESOME mantra for your fifth week of pregnancy. Apparently they have a mantra for every week that has to do with you and baby! So cool!

"Like my own miraculous spine, I can be flexible but strong. I can accept the changes in my body and rejoice in the new life that grows through these changes. Today I ask for flexibilty to allow this miracle."

I will continue to meditate with my Buddhist books for now, but once a week I want to try a visualization meditation and practice that for labor and birth. It works on the basis that if you visualize meeting Baby and visualize the contractions as simply messages from Baby that it is coming. It is supposed to really help with labor pains and I am all about trying it this time around! Of course this early in my pregnancy I will not be practicing the contraction part, but I will be "meeting" with Baby on a weekly basis!

I encourage other pregnant mamas to try out meditation as well, even if it is only for ten minutes a day. Meditation during pregnancy is proven to help produce more endorphins that relieve pain, increases production of DHEA or dehydroepiandrosterone which stimulates the production of T and B lymphocytes (a fancy way of saying it helps your immune system lol), lowers the amount of adernalin and cortisol in your body, increases your melotonin level which helps you sleep, prevents pre-eclampsia by lowering your blood pressure, increases milk production and helps prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. And that is just the physical aspect! Think of all the mental good stuff it does for you too!

I don't want to bore anyone with step by step on how to meditate, during pregnancy or not, but if anyone is interested please comment on this post and I will gladly help out.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Pregnancy Post: Week by Week! Week 13

Here we are, one week away from my second trimester! I am pretty excited, because the second trimester is where things start to get fun! I can't wait for my first ultrasound, the first kick I feel, finding out the gender, and so much more! :) My morning sickness has improved somewhat, thankfully! There are days were I am just fine and there are days where I feel AWFUL. But I am at least grateful it isn't a daily thing anymore. And I have been drinking those Carnation Instant Breakfasts or whatever they are called, in the morning and they have been helping out as well. Thanks to a fellow WTE mama for giving me the idea! :D

Here's this week's Pregnancy Post!



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How far along: 13 weeks 3 days
Size of Baby: 20 grams and 3 inches long or an Egg
Developments of Baby: Baby's bones and skull are becoming fully solid. Baby can make a fist and even suck its thumb! Vocal cords and eyelids are also forming this week as well.
Total Weight Gain: I stepped on the scale the other day and to my amazement, I had gained a pound! :D
Maternity Clothes: Still can fit in all my regular clothes.
Strecth Marks: Only the ones from my last pregnancy lol. But I have been using the belly butter religiously this time around, so hopefully we will have no more!
Gender: We have to wait I believe three more weeks before we will know for sure? We want a boy still! But Aunt Natalie wants a girl real bad too lol, so we will see? :)
Movement: Four more weeks for that! Can't wait! Feeling baby move is what makes the pregnancy all the more special!
Sleep: My current sleep routine is pass out around 8:30 and sleep soundly until like 3 am lol. Then I am up every hour for some reason. Ugh!
What I miss: Going to bed AFTER my toddler does. As of right now, my bedtime is a half hour before his. How sad lol!
Cravings: Chinese food, pizza, burgers and fries, ice cream bars, milkshakes, Air Heads, spaghetti, chocolate cake, Snickers, Cool Ranch Doritos and Laffy Taffy.
Symptoms: Morning sickness, feeling weak or light-headed, slight round ligament pain, all around exhaustion, the need to pee ALL the time lol, out of breath easily, food aversions and nausea, odd dreams, heightened sense of smell, overly emotional at times (gotta love pregnancy hormones!)
What I’m looking forward to: Getting to see an ultrasound and feeling Baby kick!

Lon and I have been talking alot this week about finding a new place to live after we recieve our tax return. The apartment we live in currently is not pregnancy or new baby friendly really. First, there are the long flight of steep stairs that lead up to our door. Those... things just about kill me every time I have to go up them, and I'm not every that big yet! Could you imagine my last month of pregnancy? Ugh. Secondly, we have no couch in this apartment! Because of the complex and small staircase I mentioned, we had to give away our couch when we moved in. All we have is a rocking chair and foot rest. I will need a couch now! Then there is the fact that our apartment is really small and that Alan's bedroom will most likely not fit a crib and a toddler bed in it. But then the question comes to this- do we rent another small, hopefully three bedroom apartment for another year or do we just buy a house?

I dunno if I am ready to buy a house yet, with baby coming and everything. The way I am feeling about it right now is that we should what until next year to buy a house, and just rent a really nice 3 bedroom apartment for the remaining year. Or a spacious two bedroom house with a nice yard. That is my real dream, but they are hard to come by for cheap. We are still discussing our options because we have yet to even turn in our taxes, but should hopefully have a decision made by the end of the month. All I know is that if we are moving, and I am pretty sure we are, then we need to do it before I get big or I will be no help at all lol! :P

Here is the much awaited first pregnancy photo!!
13 weeks and 3 days

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I just had to share this!

I found this at Parenting Fail Blog. This cracks me up and is soooooooooo accurate, I think lol. At least for my toddler. Enjoy!


Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Doctor or Doula???

I still haven't been in to see a doctor for Baby Andersen #2, still all because of my insurance and I am about to have a pregnant breakdown on these people for making me wait almost eight weeks! They had better WATCH OUT! :( Lol. Thankfully, it has also allowed me the time to debate with myself if I would rather go with the regular OBGYN doctor like I originally planned or if I should try a birth doula.

I was definitely not pleased with how my labor and delivery of Alan went. I had wanted a peaceful, med free birth and it turned out hectic, somewhat dangerous for my son, and very medicated. Now I'm not going to place all the blame on the doctors and nurses at the hospital, but I do know that there needs to be a change. The question is doctor or doula????

For those of you that don't know, a doula is a professional (different than a OBGYN) that is trained in childbirth and provides physical, informational and emotional support to the mother. Doula means women's servant in Greek.

I have had several friends who have used doulas throughout their pregnancies and even a couple of friends from around the states who are professional doulas themselves. All I have heard is positive reponses from them. There are also the studies.

Doulas reduce the chance of having a C-section by fifty percent! The length of labor is also reduced by 25 percent with a doula, which is a definite pro for me. I don't want the 48 hours of laboring I had for Alan again! That was most likely what made me turn to pain meds. The chance of using an epidural is also reduced by sixty percent with a doula.

The only con I can seem to find to having a doula is that they cannot provide any medical care. They are not fully licensed like a OBGYN is, so they can provide support but not any clinical procedures. It becomes difficult if you have a high-risk pregnancy. My pregnancy with Alan was normal, I only had anemia problems. So we might be in the clear. But I think if I do the doula route, I will either find a midwife/doula to care for me the whole pregnancy or I will start out with a OBGYN and then my last two months switch to seeing only my doula.

Yesterday, Alan and I busted out his new preschool game that he got for Christmas. Its called Polar Bear ABC and even though it is for kids three and up, Alan was a total pro at it! I took some pictures of him playing the game too, because I love my new camera phone lol! Here are a couple. :)


You play the game by "fishing" out letters from the little water pool. A fishing pole is provided for this, but we quickly found out it was much easier just using our fingers to pick the letters. After you pick out a letter, you look to see if it matches any of the letters in the word you chose. Alan was really good at this!


Alan was great at saying each letter with me, and even started remembering certain letters! Once you spell the whole word, you get to plunge the polar bear into the water! This was Alan's favorite part lol, but I couldn't get him to leave the polar bear in there for a picture lol. Here is Alan though, very proud that he just spelled Lemon for me.


I want to keep playing this game with him around once a week because it is a great learning tool! Let's hope I can keep it up! :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Our Adventure on the Rims, through photos

Yesterday I only worked until noon and it was a gorgeous 60 degree day out (in MT, in January???? Hmmm lol), so Lon and I met up with my friend Kelsie and her son Kelton for a little adventure on the Rims. It was bright and sunny out when we showed up, and the wind had just kicked up a bit. But the boys were excited and took off right away lol. :)


We went up and around a few of the trails and explored some trees and logs. Kelton was a brave man and climbed right over a log lol, but Alan was a bit more cautious. :) They also played catch and football with pine cones lol, that cracked us up!


We saw a rabbit and a handful of dogs with their owners, which Alan loved. He is a big animal lover, and I know he enjoys playing with dogs. We need to get him and baby one after baby comes. :) Kelton and Alan are great buds, but they wouldn't stay together too well lol. This is the only picture we have of them close to each other really lol. I think Alan was trying to get him to hold his hand.


Lon was really into making me nervous too lol. Whenever we got close to the edge, he would pick Alan up and get REALLY close to the edge. Ahhhh made my blood pressure would rise each time lol! But they were just fine.


We found some cool stuff out on the trails too. Alan and Kelton discovered a broken down car that Alan was really into. And we found a wooden track for moutain bikes to ride on, all woven around the cliffs and trees. Pretty cool! Alan also really liked the "beach" sand all over. Perfect place to draw pictures with your fingers!


We had a wonderful time exploring with Kelsie and Kelton! I hope we can do it again sometime! Stay nice in January, Montana! :P

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Pregnancy Post: Week by Week! Week 12

We are already in week twelve! Wow time seems to fly by lol! I am adding more to the Pregnancy Post this week, as this is a developing thing just like baby! :) Plus, the more I can share about myself and baby in this wonderful experience, the better! Looking back, I wish I would have had the ability to blog with Alan's pregnancy. But since I didn't, I need to write as much as I can about this one. :) Who knows, Baby Andersen #2 might one day read this and go... Ewwwwww mom. :P Lmao I crack myself up!

This week, I am doing alright with the morning sickness. Have been drinking peppermint teas in the morning, and for the most part that keeps me okay until afternoon. Then eating usually solves the problem. I am hoping that I am finally out of this morning sickness stage, that would make this pregnancy all the more enjoyable! We can only hope. :)

Here's my Pregnancy Post! Whoo week 12!





Via

How far along: 12 weeks 3 days
Size of Baby: 1/2 ounce or a Vienna Sausage
Developments of Baby: Facial features continue to form, eyes move foward on baby's face and the ears move into place. Baby looks more human now lol! Baby can start to swallow this week! Baby is also starting to grow fingernails and toenails.
Total Weight Gain: Still waiting to gain any weight at all lol. Morning sickness is a kicker. I'm thankful for my vitamins this week!
Maternity Clothes: Not yet, I can still fit into my regular clothes and even clothes I used to not be able to wear lol! But I noticed a little bump starting to appear! :D
Gender: We are all about finding out the gender asap, so this week we used the Chinese Lunar Calendar to "see" what we are having lol. It said boy!!!! :D
Movement: Not yet, got about five more weeks for that. Can't wait!
Sleep: Some nights, I sleep great. Others, I am constantly waking up to throw up, or tossing and turning all night. I have very weird dreams too when I do sleep. Very weird lol.
What I miss: My sleep!
Cravings: Chinese food, pizza, burgers and fries, ice cream bars, milkshakes, Air Heads and Laffy Taffy.
Symptoms: Morning sickness, feeling weak or light-headed, slight round ligament pain, all around exhaustion, the need to pee ALL the time lol, out of breath easily, food aversions and nausea, odd dreams, heightened sense of smell
What I’m looking forward to: Not being sick all the time and getting to see the first ultrasound! AKA the second trimester lol. :)

We have gotten first names picked out for both a boy and girl (Lon is in denial about having a girl so I picked the girl name solo lol) but we are struggling with middle names. I am going to make you wait at least a few more weeks before I release the names lol, because they are so rare and odd. The few we have told think that they are very weird names, but I know that when baby comes, they won't care. We are also still waiting on my insurance to go through, so no doctor so far. But my insurance company should be getting back to me sometime this week, so next week I have to go!

I have started meditating and working out again. It has been about a month since I felt well enough to do either, and I was glad to start again last night. We went for an hour walk around the neighborhood with Alan, and then I meditated for about an hour while Lon made dinner. It was fantastic! I love being able to just exist and let thoughts pass through my mind, instead of focusing on every little tiny detail (I do have anxiety still lol). I feel more at peace now and believe that if I keep this up, I may be able to do an all natural meditation labor and delivery! How awesome would that be? :D I am so excited for this!

I will get a belly picture up here as soon as I can. I think that there is already a HUGE difference, but Lon says I'm just crazy and there is hardly anything showing. Maybe I will put one up this week, just to let you guys be the judge lol! :)

Happy 20th birthday Uncle Chase!

Today is Lon's youngest brother Chase's 20th birthday.


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Uncle Chase is one of my favorite brothers of Lon's lol. We have been friends for almost four years now, and I can still hang out with him without Lon and have it not be awkward. He is so cool! Uncle Chase is also a wonderful uncle to Alan. He will play with Alan, and help take care of him. Alan loves his Uncle Chase so very much! :D

We haven't seen Uncle Chase in a few weeks unfortunately, but we will now have to take him out to lunch or to the park with Alan! :) Happy birthday Chase, I hope its a great one!

Monday, January 2, 2012

My Top Eleven Posts of 2011

Our New Year's Eve was decent enough lol, for an exhausted pregnant mama and her tired two year old. :P We went over to my parent's house for dinner and to watch this guy on a dirt bike and guy on a four wheeler jump the San Diego Bay (yeah I didn't ever catch their names lol, sorry). It was pretty cool to see and Alan was almost as excited as Grandpa Kevin and Uncle Kalvin lol. But I fell asleep on their couch right after that. :P Lon finally got all of us home and I went right back to sleep. He apparently stayed up til midnight, but decided it would be best to just let me sleep through it. Good choice on his part lol!

My New Year Resolution is to have Alan fully potty trained by the time Baby gets here. We have about seven months left lol, better get started! :)

The next morning (yes waking up at eleven still qualifies for a morning lol), we celebrated a bit with Alan. We had a nice breakfast of Breakfast Burritos and fruit, which Lon made for me. Then we took Alan to go explore the Rims. Lon had just as much fun as Alan did I think lol. He loves to run and jump and climb himself. As soon as I parked the car, they were both out and running lol. We spent most of the morning out there walking the trails, climbing easy boulders, and just enjoying the nice weather and nature. The Rims are just a gorgeous place as well. The rest of our day was pretty uneventful, we cleaned house and hung out with Alan. But it was nice to get a break from the work week!

Here's my Top Eleven Posts of 2011!

#11 Eighteen Months Ago: Alan's Birth Story
How can I not start out my countdown with Alan's Birth Story?? Of course lol! 

#10 A Day at Great Grandpa's Ranch
We had never been to Great Grandpa's Ranch before, Alan and I. It was such a cool experience and another wonderful outdoor adventure for the Andersen family!

#9 What Springtime Means to Me
Springtime is my absolute favorite time of the year, so of course I would choose this post lol!

#8 Day Two at Canyon Ferry Lake: July 3, 2011
We had such a fantastic time at Canyon Ferry Lake with all of my family and friends. What a wonderful way to celebrate Independence Day! :)

#7 On Easter Sunday
Even though it was posted late, I have to put this in my countdown lol. It was Alan's first Easter egg hunt! :)

#6 Alan's Santa Claus Visit
Another important holiday milestone, I had to post about Alan's great experience with Santa! He did so well this year. We are proud!

#5 Wedding Details
I am such a detailed person, that I couldn't resist posting about all of my wedding details lol. Can you say nerd?

#4 Adventures in Potty Training
Potty training was a pretty important part of our year last year, even though Alan isn't fully trained yet lol. See my New Year resolution! :D

#3 Mother's Day Update and the Before the Wedding Photos
My Mother's Day was pretty great, and who doesn't love wedding photos?

#2 Top Ten Wedding Photos
Like I said before, who doesn't love wedding photos lol?

#1 Count with me, 1, 2, 3...
What is better than me announcing another pregnancy lol?? Not much!