Monday, October 28, 2013

16 Weeks

Tomorrow I am 16 weeks. In all honesty this pregnancy has flown by, even with being sick. Although I'm sure it will be quite the change once my baby belly is large and in charge.

 I finally got around to scanning in our ultrasound picture, and taking pictures of my growing belly, so finally, here you are! (And don't worry, I know that ultrasounds are kind of lame to post. I'm going to post this one, and then maybe like 1 or 2 profile shots when we have our anatomy ultrasound. No flashing of baby's privates over here!)

Our little babe at 10 weeks.
Me at 15 weeks (and some odd days...)

I'm feeling much better these days. Still randomly throw up at times, and I've got headaches, and dizziness, and fatigue, and congestion... But I'll take that over feeling sick 24/7. 
I feel silly saying that I am starting to feel uncomfortable, even though I am barely showing, but I am. So, take that for what it's worth. 
We go in for our anatomy scan 3 weeks from tomorrow, so hopefully baby will cooperate and we will be able to learn if it's a boy or a girl! 

A Short, Bulleted List of an Update

I keep starting blog posts and I can't finish them. So here's hopefully a short, succinct post that will be finished and posted.

+ Kyle and I are loving being in primary. We teach the CTR 5 class (5 turning 6) and they are a hoot! They are fairly well behaved, and always say the cutest and funniest things. We will be sad to lose this class when the year ends!

+ I've been meaning to do a full book review post on these books, but this will have to do. Read The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. Read them now. Even if you don't think they are something you'd like (because that's what I thought). There are 6 books, with the 7th and final book coming out in November.

+ Also I am realllly excited for Ender's Game. But I am REALLY REALLY REALLY excited for Catching Fire! It was nice to see the new trailer and all, but really the only way I will be appeased is by seeing the whole movie.

+ Even though I haven't been getting out too often, it's been so nice having fall here. It will be interesting to see what winter in northern Idaho is like!

+ We are going to California in December and I am soooooo excited! We will be spending a few days at Blaine and Brooke's and then spending a few more days down in Anaheim. Disneyland? Yes, please!

+ I finally added pictures to our Seattle post. You're welcome.

+ Lastly, we got so many comments when we announced our pregnancy! I was not expecting that at all. Thank you so much, for your kind words. We are so excited and blessed :)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Some Thoughts and Feelings

Well, I am glad the news is out. I have been a terrible blogger - for mainly two reasons. One, I've been so sick and didn't have too much to blog about, let along want to blog.  And two, I just wanted to blog about my pregnancy, but was too paranoid to. I'm going to discuss this below, but we tried for a while to have this baby, so once I found out I was pregnant I was so paranoid that either I wasn't really pregnant, or that I would lose the baby. So no we've had an ultrasound, heard the baby's heartbeat, my labs are all normal, and I'm in the 2nd trimester. I'm feeling more relaxed, and even more excited. We scheduled our anatomy scan for next month, on the 19th. We are REALLY excited to find out if we're having a boy or a girl.

I have also been terrible at taking "belly" pictures. Mostly because I hardly ever get ready for the day. This week I have been doing better though, so hopefully I remember to have Kyle take a picture tonight. I think I am starting to get a little bit of a baby belly now. Before I got pregnant I had a little belly, but it went down a little as I lost weight, and now it's coming up again, and feels harder than before. I'm pretty sure I can feel my uterus right above my pubic bone, which is pretty cool.

So, now that the news is out I wanted to share a little bit about our journey on how we got here. Most people announce a pregnancy, and that's that. We never really know much more than the fact that they are pregnant. The truth is that everyone is different, and everyone has their own stories, and their own struggles.

Now, that being said, we did not struggle with infertility. We did, however, try for this baby for a year. So while I am in no way belittling that oh-so-common struggle that is infertility, I want others to know, who are in my situation, that it is ok. Even without a diagnosis of infertility, seeing a negative pregnancy test is hard. Counting down the days to when your period is due is hard. Seeing others around you become pregnant is hard. I, personally, was gearing up to go see a doctor and start getting infertility testing done, when I found out I was pregnant, which made finding out I was pregnant that much more surprising!

It's important to remember that getting pregnant is, in fact, a miracle. I took an infant development class at BYU, and we spent our first couple of weeks talking about conception. And I remember thinking, holy crap, it's a miracle anyone gets pregnant! And then I had to pause, and realize, in a more serious manner, no, really, making and growing a baby IS a miracle. It is a gift.

Just one more thing - I had all these ideas and thoughts about pregnancy both before and after we started trying. I have always wanted to be a mom, and thought I was prepared. But let me tell you, nothing can prepare you for pregnancy. I'm only 1/3 of the way in, and I know I have a lot more experiencing to do, but holy cow. Pregnancy is hard. Part of the time I am fairly certain that this is going to be my only child because this sucks. But, it is worth it when you go in for an appointment, and hear that baby's heartbeat, or see if fluttering around on the screen, and in 6 months we will have a real live baby of our own to snuggle and protect and teach.


This was kind of a long and detailed blog post. I'm going to try to keep my blog posts about pregnancy fairly short (after this one). I have another private blog where I am going to blog in detail about this pregnancy experience, and I know public blogs can get annoying if all things baby take over! So I will do my best to have a happy balance on here :)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Yep, that's right! 

Baby Hanson is on the way and is due April 15th!

We couldn't be more excited!

I am currently 14 weeks along, and we had our second doctor appointment today. We got to hear the baby's heartbeat, and everything else looks good! At my 10 week appointment we were able to have an ultrasound done, and saw our little one!

Here's a little recap of the last couple months. 

We found out we were pregnant on August 20th. 
I had been feeling  a little iffy but wasn't sure if it was because of a looming period or what. I dragged myself out of bed and went to Walmart to buy a test. I took the test and was astonished to see it was a positive. 
And then I called Kyle at work, freaking out.
I'm not sure if he has forgiven me for not waiting until he was home to test, and that
I told him over the phone :)
I was 6 weeks along the day I found out.

I was sick, sick, sick, for about 7 weeks. 
I didn't throw up too much, but I was nauseous, had headaches, was occasionally dizzy, had excess saliva and nasty tasting mouth, was super congested in my nose and throat, was exhausted, and was super sensitive to smells.
I lost about 7 pounds in the first trimester. Food was not my friend. Except it was because if I didn't eat then I got even sicker. It was pretty nasty.
Finally around 12-13 weeks the majority of the sick feeling left.... And now I am just tired. But at least my appetite is mostly back. I'm also still getting pretty sick in the evenings.

So that's our news! Again, we are so excited! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Rainy Seattle Weekend

A couple of weekend's ago Kyle and I drove over to Seattle to spend a weekend with Garyn and Jill. Kyle was roommates with Garyn for 2 years at BYU, and he and Jill were married the day before us. We love them a lot! They are currently living in Portland, while Garyn attends grad school, so we were excited to move "closer" to them. Seattle is fairly in the middle, so we decided to get together!

We drove down Friday afternoon. Kyle and I got stuck in traffic 80 miles outside of Seattle. It took us 2 hours to go 10 miles. Yuck. But we finally made it. Garyn found a little 2 bedroom rental house, and it ended up being perfect. We went out to dinner that first night, and got settled in.

Saturday morning we got up and explored Pikes Place, the public farmers market. There we found the most delicious French bakery, called Le Panier. That morning K and I split a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant), a Jacqueline (basically an open creme puff with strawberries), and a chocolate eclair. It was sooo delicious.

Pikes Place fish market in the background - home of the flying fish!
They have gorgeous flower arrangements for sale all around!
Eating my delicious pastries.
So divine.
A nice blurry picture of me and the gum wall.

We then went and found parking for the game, and headed into the stadium. It was a fun game, and we even got to see a grand slam!

After the game we walked around the mall for a while and then went to get on the list for dinner at The Crab Pot. The Crab Pot is this amazing place where you order crab, shrimp and other sea food and they  just stick in on the table in front of you, and you go at it with a hammer.
Our delicious, steaming pile of crap and other things.
After the damage was done.
This picture kills me... Especially Garyn's face.

Sunday Jill and I went back to Le Panier for breakfast (another pain au chocolat and a raspberry jam filled croissant, and Orangina, yum!) while the boys went elsewhere. We wondered around Pikes Place a little more, than went to the Seattle Art Museum. It had a couple cool pieces but wasn't too amazing.
A Jackson Pollack!

Then we said goodbye, and drove back on home. Like I said before it was really good to see Garyn and Jill, and fun to go on a little weekend trip :)