Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mean people.

Before I got pregnant, Sterling and I always joked about how crazy I would be once I was pregnant, since I'm a pretty sensitive person already. So far, I haven't had any pregnancy emotions at all really. I've stayed pretty steady. No crazy hormones and mood swings. It's really surprised me. I was just thinking about it this morning, actually.

Then I ran home crying because my mean neighbor lady yelled at me.

I was asked to post fliers for a Relief Society night event on the doors in our apartment complex. I got a list of the women who are on our ward records, so it wasn't like I was just posting church stuff on everyone's door. I was only giving it to women who are part of our church (or were at one point then didn't bother to remove their records).

So I tape the little flier on this one door then walk down the stairs to my mailbox. I turn around and this lady is running after me, waving the paper at me and yelling that she is 'sick of getting this crap on her door'. I apologize and tell her I was just assigned to do this, and she yells at me some more. I walked back to our apartment as quickly as I could, then started bawling as soon as I walked in the door.

I know I'm naturally sensitive and all, but I really hope that this isn't something my non-pregnant self would cry about. So I'm labeling it as my first hormonal experience.

And now I'm terrified to go get my mail ever again because it's right in front of her apartment.

To make myself feel better, I'm going to keep reminding myself that she's one of those annoying parents that lets her toddlers play alone in the street and leave their toys all over the place while she's busy watching Oprah inside. So there.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

17 weeks.


Here's the 17 week bump picture. Please ignore my gooberish face. I'd also like to add that this is an official maternity shirt. Monday morning I almost cried while getting dressed because none of my normal shirts looked good on me, so I went shopping :)

Anyway, I don't really feel like doing the usual preggo survey this week, so I'll just summarize it. 

I've been feeling pretty good. I still battle fatigue most days, but rarely nausea anymore. My appetite is mostly back, so like I said in my last post, I'm just about back up to my pre-pregnancy weight. I don't know if I've had any real specific cravings lately, just food in general. Yesterday I wanted chocolate for the first time in this pregnancy, so I now have mini Snickers in my freezer (don't tell Sterling ;)  I've started feeling the baby flutter around a bit, but it's still hard to tell sometimes what's truly the baby and what is just digestion, haha. 

There's this lady in Grace (a mom of Sterling's good friend actually) who can supposedly tell the sex of your baby by looking at the veins in your eyes. She has a pretty good success rate too, I guess. So we saw her last weekend and she checked me out. She had a hard time telling on me, because of something like the vein was longer than it should be in accordance to how far along I am? But she said her guess is a girl, though she's not positive. So maybe Baby Stoddard isn't a little boy after all. We will just have to wait and see for sure next Wednesday :)

And now I'm going to go back to bed, because having woken up at 6:30am just isn't working for me today. 

PS: The background of this post is being weird. Ignore that, too.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I'm Back!

I've been MIA for almost two weeks now, yikes! It's been crazy busy and fun.

Last week, my parents drove up from California and stayed with us for a few days. I haven't seen them since Christmas, so it was really nice! We didn't do anything incredibly exciting, I just showed them all around up here. We went to Winco for their first time, and it was the funniest thing. They were so amazed by how cheap everything was!

They left Friday morning, then Sterling and I headed down to Logan, Utah to go to the temple for our first time! It was very exciting and nervewracking and wonderful all at once. I don't think it was exactly what either of us were expecting, but we really enjoyed going. And we got to be sealed for eternity, so that was very special :)  We didn't take any pictures on our camera, but other people did so we will have pictures to show soon!

We stayed Friday night in Grace, then on Saturday we drove up to Ririe to go to the Gee (Sterling's mom's side) family reunion. Since we were driving up from Utah, we took the back way and went through Wyoming for my first time! I want to live there, I loved it. Anyway, the reunion was fun. We bought some yummy fresh honey and Walla Walla onions from the auction they do.

Sunday, we were back home in Shelley and Sterling and I both had to speak in Sacrament Meeting in church. It had been such a busy week that we didn't have time to write our talks until Sunday morning even! So that was pretty stressful. But our talks both went well! Then we had to teach our Primary class for the first time! It was fun and hectic. We teach the five year olds. We had 4 boys and 1 girl. They were all so cute and fun, but boy do they have a lot of energy! It was so hard to get them to sit still and listen to the lesson. But it was really fun and I'm excited to teach them every week.

So now that the crazy week is over, I have three calm days then I leave for Los Angeles on Thursday! Haha, things don't slow down for very long lately. So I'll be gone from Thursday until Sunday visiting my sister down there. I'm excited to play with her in the city and eat real sushi  and lots of good food :)  I'm officially eating like a pregnant woman. My appetite is back finally and I'm almost back up to my pre-pregnancy weight. Now I'm just worried about packing on too many pounds! But anyway, so Sterling will be a bachelor for a few days while I'm gone. I'm a little worried since he doesn't seem to do well without me, haha. I went grocery shopping yesterday and stocked up on easy food like hot pockets, apples, and frozen pizza. I'm worried that he won't actually eat those things though and will just live off of popsicles and Diet Coke for 4 days. Goodness :)

And then after I get back from LA, we find out if Baby Stoddard is a boy or girl! Yup, August 1st is THE DAY. We're super excited.

Well, hopefully tonight we will take the 17 week bump picture and I'll do a little pregnancy update tonight or tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

15 weeks

Here is my week 15 bump:

Knock on wood, but I've been feeling better so far this week. Weeks 13 & 14 kicked my butt, but the last few days have been much better so I desperately hope I'm finally into the smooth part of the second trimester. I had an appointment on Monday. We tried to find out the sex of the baby, but the doctor couldn't tell yet. Disappointing :(  But Baby did wave during the ultrasound! So now we're scheduled to find out on August 1st. It seems so far away! Bellywise, I'm in that awkward stage where I just feel chubby all the time. I don't feel like my bump is a distinguishable baby bump. But hopefully that'll be changing in the next few weeks! It's growing fast. My bump seems bigger everyday. I'm waiting to feel Baby move. I kind of think I have a couple of times already, but I don't know for sure. Most nights when I'm laying in bed, you can definitely see the baby on one side of my stomach or the other. It's pretty funny, because one side will just be bulging out! Anyway, here's the weekly survey.

How far along? 15 weeks
Pre-pregnancy weight: 122 lbs
Current weight: 119 lbs
Total weight gain/loss: -3 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Not yet really. Some of my waistbands are a little tight, but manageable for now.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Still get tired a lot. I wake up at least two or three times every night for a bathroom trip. That gets annoying :P
Best moment this week: Seeing Baby on the ultrasound
Miss Anything? Clothes looking good on me, haha
Movement: Not sure. We'll just have to wait and see.
Food cravings: Salt, salt, salt. And gummies. Beef jerky. Thai. Basically, anything salty or savory.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still water as always. And yogurt. And most salad.
Have you started to show yet: Yep, not as much as I'd like though!
Gender prediction: Boy.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! I've been a little more emotional this week, but I still feel like I'm handling the preggie emotions pretty well so far. Lucky Sterling ;)
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender! Feeling Baby move! Getting a bigger bump! Everything :)

Shape of a Mother

The Shape of a Mother:


Two different blogs I read posted this article this week. It's amazing for any pregnant woman to read. I've been self-conscious lately because my stomach has definitely gotten much bigger, but I don't think it looks like a pregnant bump yet. So I'm convinced that everyone just thinks I have a giant, flabby belly that I let hang out all the time.

This woman's story really puts things into perspective and makes me so thankful that I'm even able to experience all this, flabby tummy included. I'm not saying I'll never be self-conscious about it again, but this really helps change the way I look at myself and this new body I'm receiving. I'm thankful for this time with my baby while he/she is busy stretching me out and making me sick and everything else that comes along with the wonders of pregnancy.

PS: The website this woman wrote this story for is pretty touching, as well.


Friday, July 6, 2012

The Non-Pregnancy Post

I've been a little caught up whining about the woes of pregnancy on my blog lately that I've neglected to update about the other things going on in life. And there actually are a few other important things even!

Last Wednesday, Sterling and I had our temple recommend interviews. We were deemed worthy, so since Monday was my one year anniversary of my baptism, we are now officially ready to go to the temple! The Logan and Idaho Falls temples are both closed the first two weeks of July, so that set our plans back a bit. But we are scheduled to go down to the Logan temple on Friday, July 20th! So on that day we will take out our endowments and be sealed for time & all eternity :) We are very excited.

The same night we received our recommends, our bishop also gave us callings in our new ward here. Sterling and I get to teach the CTR 4 (four-year-olds) Primary class every Sunday! It is the exact calling I wanted. Since I didn't grow up in the church, I didn't learn all the things everyone else learned in Primary, like all the songs especially! People are always making references to Primary that are over my head (popcorn popping on an apricot tree? Huh?...or my personal favorite, Sterling doing the 'Lamanite Dance') so I can finally learn them all while I'm teaching the kids! I always joked that I'll just go to Primary with my own kids when the time comes, but this works out even better, haha. So we're very excited for this. I also got called to be on some Relief Society Night committee, so that's good as well.

Last weekend we went to Grace. On Saturday, we went to Twin Falls with the family to see our cute little niece Randy Sue get baptized.

Here's the Jensen's! Cute family, right? :)

You know who these two are.

Anyway, it was nice taking a quick little weekend trip to see the fam. The week after next, my parents are coming up from California to visit us for a few days! I haven't seen them in almost 7 months, which is crazy. I'm excited to show them around and everything. They're driving down to Los Angeles first to visit my sister, then they're driving all the way up here. They're pretty big on road trips. I can't imagine driving all day through Arizona, Nevada, and Southern Utah makes for a very exciting trip, though. The rest of Utah on up is good though, at least I think. So anyway, we're excited! I'm trying to plan a quick trip down to LA to visit my sister sometime later this month or early August, I'm just waiting and wishing my constant sickness will calm down first. I know they give you barf bags on airplanes, I just really would love to not have to use them!

I think that's about it for now. This weekend will be a calm one. There's a hugely important UFC fight that Sterling has talked me into ordering on Pay-Per-View this Saturday night, so we will have a date night in.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Weeks 13 & 14

Finally an update on The Bump.

 Week 13

Week 14

I don't feel like it's grown much over the last couple of weeks. You can't really even see a bump in this weeks picture! It seems much bigger in person, haha. 

I'm going to the doctor's on Monday and I'm hoping that we might be able to find out the sex of the baby, but I really don't know, so we will just wait and see!

How far along? 14 weeks
Pre-pregnancy weight: 122 lbs
Current weight: 120.5 lbs
Total weight gain/loss: -1.5 lbs. Still not really gaining anything.
Maternity clothes? I still fit into everything, but I can't just hang out around the house in my normal pants--I have to unbutton them for comfort or switch to yoga pants! And my skirt that I wore to church last Sunday was pretty tight so I think that one is being put in the closet for awhile.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Still tired all the time. And I wake up a lot during the night. I'm looking into buying a pregnancy pillow. I hear they're amazing.
Best moment this week: Actually NOT being sick for once yesterday so I could enjoy the 4th!
Miss Anything? Not having to worry about whether the food I'm about to eat is going to stay down or not.
Movement: Not yet. Sometimes I think I feel a little something, but can't be sure yet.
Food cravings: Still sushi, of course. Chinese food, fruit, Powerade, eggs, beef jerky, anything salty. It really varies day by day.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Yogurt, water, lettuce, some meat. I have different aversions every day. Mangoes made me sick the other day so I'm turned off from them for awhile, and I can't eat veggies on an empty stomach.
Have you started to show yet: A little. I basically just look chubby though.
Gender prediction: Boy.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! I get in little funks sometimes but not bad.
Looking forward to: My appointment on Monday.

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Pregnant Vent.

Pregnancy is THE most frustrating thing. I just can't figure it out for the life of me.

I'm 14 weeks now. OUT of the first trimester. Everyone says the second trimester is the best, most enjoyable part of pregnancy. So why is it that this past week, I've been the sickest I've been the whole time?

Last Monday was wonderful. The best I've felt since being pregnant. I thought, Hey! I'm there! I'm finally to the good part! I woke up at 6am with Sterling, stayed up the entire day with NO naps, accomplished a bunch, and felt great.

Tuesday I puked the entire day away. I should say now that this post is going to talk about throwing up a lot, so I apologize. But really, I don't think an ounce of food or drink stayed in my body all Tuesday. Before this past week, I could easily count how many times I've actually thrown up since getting pregnant. Now I can't even tell you how many times I've puked in a day.

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday I couldn't keep a thing down until around 2pm. No matter what I tried, it came right back up.

Yesterday I felt pretty good again and had the best appetite I've had in weeks. Granted, my appetite really only wanted beef jerky, but I ate a full dinner complete with veggies (something I can't handle much of lately) and I even wanted to snack on gummies while we watched Harry Potter.

Today seemed to be one of those great days. I got caught up on almost everything I neglected while I was busy with my head in the toilet last week. And I ate plenty. It all sounded good. Cereal, cherry tomatoes, frozen pizza, mango! And everything was just fine and dandy until about half an hour ago when I was hit with that nauseous urge and raced to the bathroom.

People say this ends, but I honestly don't believe it.

I don't think my child likes food at all. Which is a little surprising seeing how much Sterling and I enjoy eating (when not pregnant, that is).

I'd love nothing more than to fast-forward to December. I just want this little person here and to not be sick anymore. I don't care if I'm fat and get no sleep. That plus Baby sounds wonderful compared to now.

And I know I'm behind on my weekly picture post. In a day or two I'll get caught up on weeks 13 & 14 :)