Friday, February 17, 2017

Life update

First of all, I really don’t mean this blog to become all about Baby Whitmore. I am just like a little obsessed with the baby but I am forcing myself to talk about something else. Myself…and Spencer but mostly about me.

So I am just working like a little worker bee. I got a job at Salt Lake Community College in the Center for Health and Counseling in September. I am the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator. I am working for a grant from the Truth Initiative and the purpose of the grant is to explore SLCC becoming a smoke-free college. So I spend a lot of time looking at cigarette and tobacco data and surveying people about their tobacco use and their thoughts about tobacco. So if you are a SLCC student and you want to take a survey, let me know! I am in desperate need of getting more people to take my survey. I also think I will maybe try to bring back my Wear to Work series? But I can’t fully commit because my wardrobe is severely limited right now thanks to my growing stomach.
My job at SLCC is only part time so I have been babysitting and doing some other random jobs as well. So if you ever need some help with something in the afternoons I am usually free and always looking for money haha. Or if you want to be my friend I will probably just help you/hang out with you for free.  
Spencer is still working for U of U healthcare and as far as I know he still likes his job. He has been a busy little bee and seems to have a lot of stuff going on at work. So that is fun for him. He is also a scout leader at church and he sometimes likes it haha.
Hmmm, what else is happening in our lives. Spencer signed up for a triathlon in May so he is starting on training for that. It isn’t an ironman which is good because I don’t have the energy for another full ironman right now. That also means we will get to go to St. George in May and that should be fun. Speaking of travel, Spencer is going to Washington DC in March to visit his brother and I am so jelly. I love Washington DC but we decided that it was more budget friendly for just him to go since I have been to DC before. Plus, I am going to London with my mom at the end of April so I think we are about even. I am so so excited to go to London! I haven’t been there since my study abroad and there is so much food that I want to eat!!! And I need to see Ivy since I don’t think I have seen her since my wedding. AAAAHHHH!!! It is going to be the best time ever and I can’t even wait. Hopefully Baby Whitmore likes plane rides and yummy food! We have to live it up now because we know that we won’t be traveling nearly as much once the baby comes.
We spend basically all of our time fantasizing about buying a house. We aren’t quite ready financially to buy a house yet but it still our main priority. If anyone knows of any really awesome houses with a really awesome price tag we will hopefully be looking pretty soon. The only problem is that I can’t stop spending money on baby things but we can just live in a pile of baby clothes instead of having a house, right?
Basically we are just trying to YOLO our life right now because we know that come July life is going to be completely different. So if you ever want to do any fun activity invite us! We are up for pretty much anything….as long as it is safe for me and baby to do. And even if it isn’t safe for me to do Spencer will probably do it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentines Day from me and my littlest valentine.

(Really I just liked my outfit today so I wanted to make sure it was documented haha)
I hope you are having a wonderful day filled with lots of love and chocolate. I am making Spencer a special dinner that I have never made before so wish me luck!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weeks 13 - 16

Told you I wasn't going to be doing a weekly update but at least I took a picture every week this time.
Baby is as big as a peach!
Baby is as big as a lemon!
Baby is as a big as an 8 pack of crayons.
Baby is as big as dill pickle.
So here we are 16 weeks into this pregnancy. For some reason it makes me feel like it is going kind of fast because in a month I will be halfway done! That’s so crazy to me...although I have a feeling the second half will go even slower than the first which has gone incredibly slow!
Onto the updates from the past month-ish. I have continued to feel pretty good and I have even been less tired. Because I have had a little more energy I have tried to do more exercising than the none I did in the first trimester. But I have not been very successful so if someone wants to help me stay accountable that would be great! Speaking of exercise… I feel like I am just looking chubby and not really like I am pregnant which is an awful feeling especially now that some of my pants are getting too tight. If you see me wearing leggings every day for the next little while just accept it because real pants feel like some form of torture.
We went to the doctor this past week and the baby had a good little heartbeat. She found the heartbeat super quick this time which was so relieving since it took her a little while to find it at the last appointment because the baby was so little. It was good reassurance that they baby is growing and getting stronger. It was also so cute because there were little blips in the heartbeat and she said that was because the baby was moving around so the Doppler was catching the baby’s little movements! I feel like only a mother would think that was cute but I think it is like the cutest thing ever! Of course once I left the appointment I started crying because I was so happy that the baby was moving around but that is nothing new because I cry at least twice a day. Hormones are real! I haven’t felt the baby move yet but the doctor said that would be coming soon.
We scheduled our big ultrasound for our next appointment! We could have done it at 18 weeks but since we aren’t finding out the gender we weren’t in a huge rush and decided to wait until 20 weeks. It will be a good halfway treat!
We have started to kind of figure out baby gear and what we want to get….well if I am being honest we have been figuring out what we wanted from before I was even pregnant. We bought our stroller on black Friday because it was such a good deal we couldn’t resist. I think I know what car seat we want but I am not completely decided if anyone has any suggestions. I also started working on my registry if anyone knows of any must have baby items.
I have about 30 names I love and Spencer agrees with like 5 of them so I think that is a pretty good start. It’s definitely hard to talk about names when you don’t know the gender but it makes it more fun because we get to talk about double the names and baby names are my favorite topic! Neither of us have really strong feelings about the gender. One day I am sure it is a boy and the next I am sure it is a girl. Once we get a little further into the pregnancy I think I will do a post about what all the old wives tales say it will be.
That’s pretty much everything about the last month. I really have no idea what to write in these updates, hopefully I will get the hang of it in the next 5 months.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weeks 6-12..and some frequently asked questions.

I can't promise I will be doing a weekly update for this whole pregnancy. In fact, I couldn't even be bothered to take a picture during week 7 so don't get your hopes up for an update every week. But I am at least going to try to take a picture each week. And honestly I think the only difference between all of these pictures is that sometimes I ate a bigger lunch and sometimes I didn' real baby bump to be seen. 

There you have it. Some pictures of me. Also just realizing that my camera was definitely not straight for all of those pictures. That dang wall runner makes it so obvious!

Now onto some frequently asked questions

1. When are you due?

July 21st. Which we think will be the perfect time for having a birthday.

2. How have you been feeling?

I have actually been feeling pretty good for being in the first trimester. I think weeks 7 to 10 were probably the worst. I have felt a little quesy and have needed to eat at least every two hours to keep the nausea at bay but I have been feeling better for the past few weeks. I was also so so tired! Spencer would make fun of me for taking a nap basically every day but I just couldn't help myself!

3. When can you find out the sex?

We will probably have our big ultrasound around the end of February/beginning of March...BUT... we are waiting to find out the gender until the baby is born. We think it will be so so much fun and since we don't really care if it is a boy or a girl we think having a surprise will make the birth that much better. 

4. When can I start buying you gifts?

Ok, so I haven't actually gotten this question but we are happily accepting any and all gifts. We also need any recommendations you want to give us. We really have no idea what we need to if you have loved anything or hated something let us know. Also, even if you don't have kids and you have recommendations we want them. I know that after babysitting for so many years I also had baby recommendations but always felt silly giving them because I had no kids. But no feeling silly here. We need all the help we can get!

Any other questions you have? I know that no one is quite as invested in this pregnancy as I am...not even Spencer...but I am so excited that I don't think I will ever quit talking about it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Baby Whitmore!

We are having a baby!!! Although hopefully you saw my instagram post and already know that.
Now let me tell you about this little stinker of a baby (that we are obsessed with!) that had us way too stressed out for way too long. Also, this may be a little TMI and way too long so just know you have been warned.

So we decided we were ready to have a baby towards the end of summer and after not getting pregnant for a few months I missed my period! We were so excited for like two days but then I just kept getting negative pregnancy tests.

So about three weeks after I missed my period I went to the doctor to get a blood test and I had to wait a whole weekend to get the results and it came back as a big old negative. So we went to China and I accepted I wasn’t pregnant and we had a great trip. I ate everything I wanted and went on all the rides at Disneyland but my period never came. When we got home I decided to take one more test and if it was still negative then I would call my doctor again and figure out what was going on.

 I had planned to take the test in the morning cause I knew that is the best time to take it but I woke up at 3 AM and had to pee so I just decided to take it then. I went into the bathroom did the test really quick and was just waiting to see another negative test. But it was POSITIVE!!!!

 I probably stared at it for a solid 5 minutes. I could not believe it. I went back to bed and laid there so excited and then Spencer randomly got up. I thought he was going to go into the bathroom and he would inevitably have seen the test sitting on the counter but instead he went out to lay on the couch because he couldn’t sleep. So I finally snuck out and told him about the test because I couldn’t wait one more minute! I think we slept about 5 minutes the rest of the night because we were so excited!

The next morning I scheduled an appointment with my midwife ASAP. We went to the appointment and were so excited! At this point we assumed I was about 10 weeks along. The midwife did a physical exam and estimated I was less than 10 weeks along and wanted me to get an ultrasound to see how far along I actually was. She also tried to hear the heartbeat with the Doppler but we heard nothing so that was a little concerning.

The next day we went to the ultrasound and could barely stand it. We were going to get to see our baby!!! We sat in the dark ultrasound room and waited to see something on the screen and all we saw was a little sac in my uterus. No baby and definitely no heartbeat. Which meant that I was either only 5 weeks along or I had a missed miscarriage. But I quickly put the idea of a missed miscarriage out of my mind because if I had miscarried more than a month before then I wouldn’t have ever gotten those positive pregnancy tests. So we just hoped I was 5 weeks along and we had to wait another two weeks to go back and get another ultrasound to make sure everything was growing on schedule.

A few days later my midwife called to follow up about the ultrasound results and said that if I was feeling stressed about waiting a whole two weeks to know if I was actually having a successful pregnancy she could have me take a blood test that afternoon and then take another sample a couple days later and see if my hormone level was increasing. So I hurried up to the office to get my blood drawn and then had to wait the weekend to get it drawn again on Monday. Then I spent all of Monday waiting waiting waiting. My midwife didn’t call with the results until the next day and it was one of the longest days of my life! When she finally did call, she told me my numbers looked great and they had more than doubled in the past few days and it looked like everything was going well. That was the biggest sense of relief I have ever had. I finally had something to hold onto to show me that this pregnancy was really real.

We were pretty relieved that my blood work looked good but still had to wait another 10 days before we could go back to get another ultrasound. I don’t think time has ever moved so slowly in my whole life. The day finally came to get the ultrasound and I had myself totally freaked out that we weren’t going to see anything and that something was wrong. So we sat in the dark room again and as soon as the ultrasound picture was on the screen we knew it was good news. In the previous ultrasound we couldn’t see anything but this time we could see the sac and a little something inside of it! So we got to see this little picture of our tiny baby and got to see its little heartbeat. After that ultrasound we have been not so patiently waiting until we could tell everyone!

Isn't that the cutest little baby you have ever seen? Just kidding. Even I don't think it is that cute and I am its mother. 

So there you have it.  A super long post with way more details than were necessary but we are just so excited I couldn't help but share! And we can not wait for our baby to get here July 21st...or one of the surrounding days.