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Thanksgiving Week!

Garren had the ENTIRE week off of school this week. It has been wonderful having him home and I am already dreading Monday! We started off the week by going to see Catching Fire last Saturday. I had quickly re-read the book the week before and was actually quite impressed with the movie. The cinematography was a lot less shaky than the first and it followed closer to the book. There was one part that seriously annoyed me, but I will just have to let it go! We went to Cracker Barrel for dinner (YUM) and when we came out there was a full fledged white out. First snow of the season! I was very excited but bummed that it hadn’t made it’s way to Manchester. (We were in Londonderry)

Garren had to clean the car off and regretted not wearing a coat!

Garren had to clean the car off and regretted not wearing a coat!

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On our way to the movie!

We used Garren’s time off to get Baby Red’s nursery done. It is almost complete. I wont share pictures of that just yet because there are still a few vital things that need to go up before it’s finished. I am so excited. I go in there all of the time to just stare at her room and imagine what it will be like going in to get her in the mornings.

 

We spent Thanksgiving with friends. We are blessed to have couples our age in our ward and have developed a wonderful friendship with them. We each brought different dishes and the meal went off wonderfully. It was delicious. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures. This week I have done more than I have did the rest of the month and Thanksgiving night I was having tons of Braxton Hicks contractions. It actually scared me enough to make me do absolutely nothing Friday and just rest. I am feeling much better though and baby girl is just as active as ever.

Today we decorated for Christmas! Our apartment is pretty small so we couldn’t use all of our decorations but the tree is up! I love looking at it! We took a picture in front of the tree and I got all pregnant and emotional thinking about how next year our baby girl will be in that picture with us! (I guess technically she is in this one… ;) )

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Cute Window Clings on our Balcony

Cute Window Clings on our Balcony

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Our Tree! :)

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Baby Red: 25-28 Weeks

Week 25 and Week 26 I feel like there was a huge difference between these two weeks for some reason.

Week 25 and Week 26
I feel like there was a huge difference between these two weeks for some reason.

Week 27 and 28! From now on I will probably only do one picture per post.... mainly because i am tired of taken pictures ;)

Week 27 and 28! From now on I will probably only do one picture per post…. mainly because i am tired of taking pictures ;)

Thoughts: I am officially in the 3rd Trimester! The second trimester went so much faster than the first. I can’t believe I am 2/3rds of the way through my pregnancy. Starting now I go to the doctor every two weeks, opposed to four! That seems crazy! At 36 weeks I will go every week. It’s weird because this whole pregnancy has dragged on but lately I am realizing we will be bringing this precious little girl home sooner than we can imagine!

Dr. Appointments:  I had an ultrasound on November 15th to check my placenta previa. Thankfully it has completely corrected itself and I wont be needing a c-section. This is such wonderful news. Our ultrasound tech was a doll and checked to make sure Baby Red is still a girl! She also switched it to 3D to get some pictures of her face. She is really low and had her hands in her face so it was hard to get a good view but the whole thing was amazing. She even showed us that she already has hair on her head! She is already in the “birthing postion” but at this point that could change several times before it’s go time.

Baby: At 28 weeks gestation Baby Red is almost 15 inches long and weighs about 2lbs 4oz. Her brain has developed a lot in the last few weeks and her sleep schedule is a lot more regular. She looks like a much skinnier version of what she will look like at birth. In the weeks to come she will triple her size. At 28 weeks gestation she has a 90% chance of survival if born now. While those chances are good, its in her best interest to get chubbier and cuter insider her current home ;)

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Weight: I gained 4 lbs this month so that means I am at a total of 7 lbs gained.

Symptoms: I have been feeling pretty good the past few weeks. I ran out of my gummy prenatal vitamins last week and learned the hard way that the pill form still makes me throw up! We bought more gummy ones and all is well. I have not been sleeping well at all. I miss sleeping on my stomach so much! I am considering getting a prenatal massage for the mere fact that they have those special tables with the hole for your stomach! I get up every 60-90 minutes to use the restroom and then I fight to get comfortable and fall back to sleep. My lower back pain seems to be here to stay. Small price to pay for our little girl though! I realized I should also share the good symptom I have been experiencing. My skin has never been clearer! I seriously have not had a single blemish in months. So thank you for that baby girl!

Movement: She is very active! We are getting into a rhythm now. I can tell when she is sleeping and when she is awake she moves like crazy. I love sitting there with my hand on my stomach feeling her move. Her movements are much stronger now. A few nights ago I was laying on my side with my hand under my stomach when I felt the heel of her foot push out REALLY far. It actually freaked me out a little bit. It felt like she was trying to escape! I love that constant reminder that there is a little person growing inside me.

Cravings/Aversions/Eating: Still mostly milk and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I have so many friends who have craved some nasty sounding food combinations so I am grateful to have not had any of those so far. I did eat way too much Halloween candy one night and severely regretted it later. I have a feeling being in my third trimester over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is going to make it hard to not gain a ton of weight. I am trying hard to eat healthy, small meals frequently. During the last couple of weeks as I get ready for bed I consciously ask myself if I am hungry. I never am. Within 30 minutes of lying down my stomach is growling so loud you would think I hadn’t eaten at all the whole day! I tried to ignore the feeling once and got really sick so I eat when I am that hungry.

Sleep: I already touched on this in “symptoms”. Sleep is a thing of the past, but luckily I can sleep in as late as I need to so that makes up for the frequent bathroom trips and tossing and turning. I am sure it’s just my body’s way of preparing me for motherhood. I will be honest, by the tenth bathroom trip I am pretty ornery. I have a feeling that the reason I get up so much is because she is so low. It’s weird because I can feel the top of my uterus up closer to my ribs but she just likes to hang out in between my hips. Silly girl.

Workouts: We pumped up my yoga ball and I have been using that a lot for squats. I also sit on it and rotate my hips in circles and figure 8’s. This has been the only thing to help my hip and lower back pain. Apparently it’s good to strengthen the pelvic floor (inturn helping with labor) as well. We aren’t going on as many walks. Ever since getting over the flu it’s been pretty cold and gets dark at 5 (thank your daylight savings….) so we haven’t had much opportunity. Our complex has a “gym” that I tried to use, unfortunately everything is out of order so that is disappointing.

Random: We decided to take advantage of one particularly beautiful Saturday afternoon and took some maternity pictures. We used a tripod and took them ourselves but I think they turned out pretty well. We also went on a hospital tour that day. The hospital was much nicer than I imagined. I feel very comfortable having our baby born there! Since I don’t have to have a c-section I can use their water birth room! I am so excited about this prospect. They have a level 3 NICU and are completely prepared should anything bad happen. We feel very confident that our little girl will be born healthy and strong though. Here are some of the maternity photos if you didn’t see them on facebook!

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New Callings

Last Sunday the Bishop pulled us into his office to talk to us about giving us callings. He is honestly one of the nicest guys I have ever met. He always asks how I am feeling and how baby red is doing. He started off by telling us he completely understands that Garren is currently in grad school and we are expecting our first baby here shortly. He told us he doesn’t want us to get overwhelmed but that he feels we would be wonderful in these new callings. He first called Garren as the assistant Ward Missionary. Let’s be honest he has basically taken on that calling the last two months by himself. Once a missionary, ALWAYS a missionary. I am excited for him. Our ward currently has 4 sets of elder missionaries, 1 set of sisters and a couple serving their mission! That’s SIX sets of missionaries JUST in our ward. This is such a beautiful blessing for our ward and the city of Manchester.

Then the Bishop told me to feel free to say no, and that he understand becoming a new mom is hard work… I basically stopped him right there and told him I was so bored and desperately needed something to do. So I was extended the call of Activities Day Leader (Once known as Achievement Days). I am so excited! I will be working with the 8-11 year old girls in our ward and doing activities with them to prepare them for Young Women’s twice a month. It gives me something to look forward too each month with out completely overwhelming me. Plus it’s something I can bring Baby Red to once she makes her entrance into the world. I have my very first activity with them tomorrow so wish me luck! (The former leader has planned the activity so I am just getting a feel for it.)

If any one has ideas for upcoming activities for me to plan please don’t be shy! All help would be greatly appreciated!

I love our new ward so much. They are so warm and inviting. Since day one they have made this place feel like home for us. We have made some wonderful new friends and never felt out of place here. I am so grateful to have the gospel in our lives. Without it life would be so different and so very hard. I get giddy imagining taking our baby girl to church with us, having Garren bless her and give her a name. I am getting all sappy and emotional but really I just love my life. I am so blessed.

Ready for Church!

Ready for Church!

 

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Life Around Here

Contrary to what my posts suggest, we DO in fact have some semblance of a life still. Although the majority of it looks like this:

IMG_20131028_220057Last week Garren had two huge tests. Luckily he found out pretty quickly that he got A’s on both of them, so we got to have a fun worry free weekend. We got a great deal on groupon to go see the Monarchs play. Neither of us had ever been to a hockey game. It was super fast paced and a ton of fun.

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We were both getting over the flu and walked about 2 miles around downtown. It was a cold day and I ended up feeling so exhausted. I am really hoping pregnancy is making it harder to get better from the flu, and that I didn’t actually age 25 years in the last 6 months. We went to Chipotle for dinner and then to TJ Maxx to look at their clearance baby selection. This may be one of our favorite past times. If you think I am bad, you should see Garren’s reactions to all the little dresses. He may just be worse than me. He is already wrapped around little Miss Red’s finger. We didn’t buy anything because we feel like her clothing collection is coming along just fine:

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Recently I finished our wedding album! I am so in love with it. It’s very simple and the pictures tell the story. I love that our kids/grandkids/great grandkids will have so much to look at to learn about us. Between our journals, blogs, and scrapbooks we have a very well documented life.

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Tuesday we went to Trunk or Treat at our church! This is the first time I have been able to go and decorate our trunk and pass out candy. Garren tried to convince me to go as a pregnant nun (I am 99% sure he was kidding) but we compromised with my bump being a basketball and letting him wear his Lakers jersey.  basketball

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Last night for Halloween we went to our friends house for a party! We had delicious Halloween themed food and played some Halloween pictionary. It was a lot of fun and a much needed break for Garren from school (and me from our apartment!) I took pictures of the cute food but once we started eating and playing I completely forgot to take pictures of the people! Dumb right? Oh well we had a very fun week!

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Homemade Rootbeer

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Stew in the pumpkin and Boiling Blood (punch)

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Mummy Dogs

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Pumpkin shaped cheese ball

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Our cute hostess!

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On our way home from the party!

This Saturday we are going on a tour of the Labor and Delivery Department at the Elliot Hospital. I am weirdly excited to see the place Baby Red will be born! Only two more weeks until our ultrasound to determine if my placenta previa has corrected itself or not! Fingers Crossed :)