Sunday, May 14, 2017

2 years!

I can't even believe that we have made it to our second anniversary. It sounds cliché but it really feels like we got married like last month but at the same time it feels like we have been married for way more than 2 years.
This year of marriage can be categorized as our year of travel. We went to Disney Land, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and China together and then Spencer went to Washington DC and I went to London. So while we did a lot of traveling we obviously also had some big changes. I finished grad school right around our 1st anniversary, started a new job, we got pregnant, and now we have bought a house. I guess we just really wanted to do everything all at once.
This year has been way better than our first year of marriage. Our first year of marriage was wonderful but it can take some adjusting to figure out how to be married and how to balance your needs and your spouse's needs. I feel like this year we really got into a groove of being married and it was all smooth sailing.
So our marriage has been so wonderful but the main reason it works is because of Spencer. He is seriously the most amazing and wonderful person I have ever known. I always knew he was the best but it has been manifested even more in this year of marriage and particularly these past 6 or 7 months. The beginning of this pregnancy was so stressful for me. I was completely overwhelmed and constantly worried about our little baby. It doesn't help that I had so many extra hormones but I definitely cried every day and had a full meltdown about every 3 days. Spencer was always so patient with me and so good at comforting me. I am sure it was the most annoying thing to have a sobbing wife but he handled it so amazingly. He has just continued to be so great and caring towards me this whole pregnancy and has been so good at taking care of me and dealing with my whining.
Now it isn't enough for his just to be good at supporting his pregnant wife but he was also so great through this whole house buying process. He took full control of each step of the way and figuring out what exactly we needed to do and who we needed to talk to. He would give me tasks to do (I think just to make me feel helpful) but really he was the ringleader and we definitely would not have our house if he wasn't so organized and on top of it.
These past two weeks since we closed on our house have been totally outrageous and yet he has been so calm and has been the hardest worker. Each day he comes home from work and heads directly over to the house to work until at least 11. Then he gets up the next day and does it all again. He never complains about how much work it is taking or how little work I do.
Spencer and our marriage are the greatest blessings that I could have ever imagined. I don't think I will ever be able to express how wonderful I think he is or how grateful I am that he is my husband.  But if our years of marriage keep being this good then I think we are in for a pretty good life....just with hopefully a little less chaos.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Weeks 25 - 28

I am a little behind on my updates since as of today I am actually 30 weeks. I guess I can blame it on the fact that we are trying to move tomorrow and our stuff is not even close to being packed. 

Send help!

Week 25. Baby is as big as a prairie dog.

Week 26. Baby is as big as a bowling pin. Before we go to bed at night I always try to make the baby move. It usually get more active as soon as I lay down in bed so it usually isn't a problem. Sometimes I try to talk to it while it is moving or to get it moving and it literally just ignores me. If I say something to it while it is kicking around it automatically stops moving. So it is a little bit of a stinker. One night I was talking to it and it obviously wasn't moving and then Spencer starts talking to it and asks it a question and it does the biggest kick it has probably ever done. He kept talking to it and it is moving all around like crazy. So I guess we know who the favorite parent is despite the fact that I am literally growing this child.

Week 27. Baby is as big as a bunch of bananas. I think this baby is trying to kill me using acid reflux. I spend most of my day trying to figure out when I can take my next tums.

Week 28. And thus concludes the second trimester which everyone says is the best trimester so I guess it is just all downhill from here? The highlight of week 28 is that this baby traveled all the way to London and there were absolutely no problems at all. I was really stressed that something would happen and I would end up being stuck in England for months but baby stayed put and all is well. 

Also, I really like the week 28 picture of myself (most of the time I hate the pictures) so if you wanted to give me a compliment on that I would not be mad.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Before.

So everyone keeps asking me what our house looks like and I have been the worst home owner ever. I had zero pictures of our house and I honestly still can't remember what our address is. At least now I have some pictures.
These before pictures are a little rough. We have a lot of work to do and even since these pictures were taken a few days ago it looks way better!

This front room, particularly the color, is one of the things that I hated most about the house. It is so dang ugly. When we were trying to decide if we wanted to buy the house it was one of the biggest hurdles I had to get over. It is a really good sized room and we feel good about it but it desperately needs to be painted. 

The kitchen is pretty good size and in decent condition. You can't really tell from this picture but the countertop is the ugliest thing there ever was. It is like brown and yellow tie dye. Not really ideal. We are trying to figure out a solution to deal with that for the time being because we want to redo the whole kitchen in a little while but we definitely need a temporary solution for the counters.

If you turn around from where I took that kitchen picture there is this other living space. It is kind of awkwardly long and we aren't sure exactly how we will use it. We are thinking we may use half of it for our table and then possibly the other half as a little play area. (and this picture doesn't really show the whole room. It is a lot bigger than this picture makes it look.) 

So now I have some pictures of the basement bedrooms. The basement is the bottom of the priority list. We have three bedrooms upstairs so we don't even really plan on going down there much for the time being. But this purple bedroom really needed to be documented...

Now we go upstairs. This is the hall bathroom. Decent but not great. We will hopefully get around to redoing it eventually.

As I said, there are 3 bedrooms upstairs, two of which have horrible red painted hardwood floor. Why anyone would paint hardwood floor red I will never know. Since I have taken these pictures these rooms are basically completely done being painted and they look so much better. We picked out our carpet yesterday and I can't wait to not have to look at those red floors anymore.

We have a pretty decent yard that isn't in too bad of shape despite the fact that we need to mow the lawn and do some weeding.

We are also starting a dandelion farm for anyone interested in that...

So that is our house. Clearly it needs some work but we think it has pretty good bones. If anyone is really distraught over the fact that we have so much left to do feel free to come help us haha. We will take all the help we can get.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Life Update.

So I guess you could say that our life has been a little crazy lately especially since as you are reading this post I am in London!!
First things first, here is a cute picture of us from Easter.
So the biggest thing happening right now in our life is that we bought a house!
That's how I feel about that.
We are really excited but we are also really freaking out. We found a house in a great location but it definitely needs some work. So we are in for some semi-major house projects for the next few weeks but hopefully we will be able to get everything done quickly.
I don't have any pictures yet but I am going to make sure to document all the things we do along the way.
To add fire to the furnace, as I said, I am in London! My favorite friend Ivy is doing a graduate program in London and I knew I needed to visit her. My mom and I planned this trip right around when I found out I was pregnant and it seemed so far away and I can't believe it is actually here!
We closed on our house yesterday morning and then last night I left for London abandoning poor Spencer to try and get started on all the work we have to do since we only have about two weeks until we move in. So if anyone wants to help him get started on painting and installing new flooring you would be our favorite person ever! Especially since even when I get back from London I am not allowed to paint and I don't think installing flooring or moving boxes is the best thing to do what with being in my third trimester and all.
Basically we have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get everything together to buy the house, start packing, decide what changes we want to make in the house, and trying to not get too stressed because I am growing a human for crying out loud.
Wish us luck!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Old Wives Tales

So there are about a million old wives tales that relate to predicting the gender of a baby. Since we aren't finding out the gender I thought it would be fun to list a few of them and see which direction they are pointing.
Heartbeat: If the heartbeat is about 140 bpm you are having a girl, if it is below you are having a boy.
Girl. Little one's heartbeat has always been above 140
Morning Sickness: If you have morning sickness in the first trimester you are having a girl.
Boy. I had hardly any morning sickness. #blessed
Moody vs Mellow: If you are more moody you are more likely to be having a girl.
Girl. I have definitely been more moody than usual especially in the first trimester.
How you are carrying: If you are carrying high then you are having a girl. If you are carrying low you are having a boy.
Who really knows what that means to say how you are carrying but I think I am carrying high? So girl. Can someone who actually know what that means confirm?
Body temperature: If you are colder than normal you are having a boy. If you are warmer than normal then you are having a girl.
I feel like this one is a joke because everyone says they get hotter being pregnant so I have definitely been warmer than normal but I am not sure if that one is true. So girl.  
Swelling: If your feet and ankles are swelling then you are more likely to have a boy.
Boy. My ankles are already getting swollen when I sit at work for a few hours so I can't imagine how they will look in a couple months!
Chinese Gender Chart: There is some ancient way of predicting baby's gender based on the month of conception and the mother's age. 
Boy. Based on the chart in the link above I am having a boy. 
Grand total: Girl - 4 Boy - 3
So based on those old wives tales I am having a girl. But I am not sure I really believe them...I guess we will just have to wait until July to find out for sure!