Saturday, February 19, 2011

Suitable Bachelors for our Daughter

So in the past month two of our friends have brought cute little boys into this world. Our friends the Fitchs welcomed their little boy, Roman, into this world on January 15. Chase and I were both sick when he arrived so we didn't get to visit him at the hospital, but we had the chance to bring over dinner and enjoy a night with the three of them. Roman is a stud!
Then just on Thursday, February 17, our friends the Smiths welcomed their little boy, Calvin, three weeks early! I am so jealous of Holly shaving off 3 weeks of her pregnancy. I am praying for a similar experience :) We went and visited the Smiths at the hospital. It's crazy to think in 10 weeks that could be us!

Friday, February 18, 2011

My First Attempt

Okay, first off, my pregnant or formerly pregnant friends, where do you find cute, long enough, maternity dresses??? Seriously, I'm starting to get really annoyed with my long figure because all the dresses I try on are not long enough. Luckily I can still manage to get into my jeans by using the rubberband method to give me a little extra wiggle room at the waist, or I'd probably be even more annoyed trying to find jeans that fit well. Anyway, I would love to know where to shop for dresses since I have to wear a dress 6 days of the week and I'm getting really tired of my current selection.

Moving on...so because of my frustration I decided to bring out the sewing machine. For those of you who have never seen the work of my talented friend Leanne, you should take a look at her design blog or her etsy shop. The girl never ceases to amaze me. She introduced to our ward at a Relief Society meeting her pattern for super cute T-shirt dresses (you can find her step-by-step instructions here).

I have loved these dresses for awhile now, and it finally dawned on me that this could be the solution to my maternity dress problem. So after telling myself for a month that I can create such a dress on my own, I decided to try one Saturday. I bought some cute gray light corderoy fabric from Joann's and a cute forest green top from Cozy (if you have not been to Cozy on University Pkwy, seriously you are missing out...Leanne told me about this place so I finally went and seriously all the cute clothes made me covet having a skinny body again). After many hours and a few prayers, I managed to come out with a creation that I am not embarrassed to wear.
This definitely is not as good of quality as the dresses that Leanne makes, but I learned a few valuable tips for the next one I make. Like, because I'm prego and the fabric isn't stretchy, I needed more fabric than normal. So next time I am going to get 1 3/4 yard of fabric. Because of my lack of fabric I didn't get to gather the skirt as much as I would have liked. Second, I think I'm going to try some jersey fabric that lays nicer on the curves. Third, I did a back seam rather than two side seams (in order to save on fabric), but really the side seams would be way easier to work with when trying to make your gathering on the skirt even. Anyway, it wasn't bad for a first attempt at making my own clothes. Chase is thrilled because he really likes the idea of me making matching dresses for me and the little one. I'm just happy to have a dress that I don't have to pull down every 5 minutes.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The latest in pregnancy...

This entry is more for me and my future daughter. It's a recap of some of the milestones in pregnancy.

As of this week, I am now starting my third trimester. I apologize that I did not increase blogging during the second trimester even though I had more energy and such. Due to lack of bloggin here is a recap of the past few months...

December

December 11

December 25
My belly seemed to make itself known over Christmas break. Probably because my appetite finally had returned and there were many yummy snacks at my fingertips. I reached my breaking point with my ptyalism condition on Christmas Eve so Chase gave me a blessing that pronounced I could be cured. I started chewing gum religiously shortly there after in order to force myself to swallow. Over the course of two or three weeks I noticed the mucus subside. By the time I went back to school in January I no longer needed a spit cup (which my students are very very grateful for). I still produce a lot of saliva to this day but I just chew gum in order to swallow it rather than spitting it out.

In December we felt our little girl kick for the first time. Initially I wasn't positive I was feeling her, but I assumed the fluttery movement was her. Chase and I both felt her on the 26th of December during church when I was wearing a skirt that was restricting the wee one a bit. She kicked or punched right where the waist of the skirt was cutting into me. I also felt a distinct punch on the 1st of January when I was playing "Just Dance 2" on the Wii and was bouncing a bit much for her. She made it known to me when I sat down that I need to cool it a bit in my dance moves :) It's funny because before pregnancy the idea of someone growing and moving inside of me kind of creeped me out, but now that I can feel her, I love it! It really is one of the highlights of pregnancy; I love knowing that she's there and having that personal connection since Chase can't always feel her movements even when I can.

January
During January I learned a valuable lesson in pregnancy and probably life. I caught a cold near the beginning of the month (which came and went throughout the month); then work became super stressful due to various unusal occurences and I ended up teaching for 8 hours straight practically; and to top it all off, this all happened when my grandma was emitted to the hospital due to a heartattack and I was told she was dying. All these things created an amount of stress that my body decided was too much. The Saturday following all of these events, I woke up at 4 am and by 5 am I was in intense pain, similar to the type of pain I've experienced when having ulcers. I literally could not move or the pain intensified. After discussing with my medical siblings and receiving a blessing, Chase and I both felt reassured the baby would be fine, but that I need to learn how to juggle the stress, a lesson I am constantly being reminded of. With time and medication the pain subsided, luckily.

February
February 4

This month I have definitely felt far more movement from the little girl, especially as I am going to bed or when I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I now cannot sleep without being on my side and without gripping my body pillow. Chase has been having difficulty the past two weeks sleeping because apparently my snoring has become pretty unbearable at night. My belly has grown quite a bit over January and February it seems like too.

This month I have also been able to see the movement are little girl is making. It was a bit freaky at first. It happened at work while I was preping, and I just stared at my tummy watching my tummy bulge and pop. I find myself staring more and more these days at her little movements. This is a very fun time of pregnancy...it really does make you forget about that first trimester. Thank goodness!