Friday, June 9, 2017

Weeks 29-33.

Week 29. Baby is as big as a pineapple. Probably one of the craziest weeks of pregnancy. I got home from London and got ready to move this week.

Week 30. Baby is as big as a platypus. Pretty sure that I have never seen a platypus in real life but I was still super excited that my baby was as big as one. But at the same time, I feel like I hit 30 weeks and my body was just over being pregnant. My heartburn kicked it up a notch, sleeping got way harder, and I feel more and more like a whale every day. (Also, we moved out of our apartment and therefore I had to take my picture at my parents house and I tried to make it as similar as possible to my other pictures but I am a little bugged that it looks so different)

Week 31. Definitely the best week of  pregnancy as far as baby's size goes. The baby was as big as an otter. Which I think is just the cutest thing ever!

Week 32. Baby is as big as a scooter board. You know those things that every child plays with in PE and runs over their fingers like a million times? AKA the most painful thing ever.  Yup. That is how big my little baby is. A fun thing that happened this week is that the baby got the hiccups for the first time! I was getting a little irrationally worried that my baby hadn't had the hiccups yet so when it got the hiccups I was so excited! It was like the sweetest thing ever.

Week 33. Definitely getting real pregnant around here. My app told me the baby was as big as a junior tennis raquet. Are you kidding me??? That's huge! We had another doctors appointment this week and the baby is looking good. It took the midwife a couple minutes to find the heartbeat because the baby was kind of laying on its side which was super stressful for me. Luckily I could feel it moving around the whole time she was trying to get it so I wasn't too worried. 

Solidly in the third trimester now and I am definitely feeling it. As I said before, I feel like I hit 30 weeks and my body decided it was over this. I can imagine that it is only going to get more rough so I am trying to be positive. Overall I am still feeling pretty good and even though I am having a hard time sleeping I definitely want to keep this baby inside for another 7 weeks. Especially since we kind of need to get our house done so we can have somewhere to bring it home to.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Baby Whitmore!

Guys, first of all, Baby Whitmore is coming next month!!!

Secondly, I found out about this website where you can create a pool so people can bet on the date your baby will be born, the gender, and their weight. I have always loved guessing in pools like this so I was really excited when I found one online and so it can keep all the guesses in one place. 

So... please vote in our pool. There is going to be a prize for the winner!

Here is the link!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer song

Sometimes I used to share my favorite things and I am not really committing to sharing all my favorites again but I really wanted to share this song. 

I am a big Carly Rae Jepsen fan and I think everyone else should be too. I feel like I will be listening to this song non stop during summer. It just makes me so happy!

Anyone have any songs they are really loving right now?

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!

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!


Friday, April 7, 2017

Weeks 21-24

Week 21. Baby is as big as a banana or a least weasel. Who even knows how they find these things. I should mention I have 6 pregnancy apps just because I like to have as many different size comparisons as I can. Baby is kicking up a storm and really loves girl scout cookies.

Week 22. Baby is as big as a guinea pig. Which is really freaky to me because rodents are the worst.

Week 23. Baby is as big as a Barbie doll! I just think that is the cutest thing. We had another doctor's appointment this week and the baby was just squirming around as always and growing like a champ.

Week 24. Baby is as big as a puffin. 

I feel like I should have more to update people on but nothing has really changed. My belly is definitely getting bigger and I think strangers can even tell now. 

Nothing else really to report. Some days I really wish we had figured out if the baby was a boy or a girl. But that is mostly just when I am looking at baby clothes. How does anyone resist buying them all??? When I am not looking at baby clothes I am perfectly happy that we are waiting. People say that it makes it hard for them to bond with their baby if they don't know the gender but I feel like I am plenty bonded with the baby especially when it is waking me up at 5 am teaching a kickboxing class in my belly. 

We just think it is the best baby ever and can't wait to meet it!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Baby Names I Love but Won't be Using (part 2)

Back for round 2 of names I love but won’t be using. Originally it was 10 names I love but won’t be using but I could only think of 4 boy names. Girl names are infinitely easier for me to come up with so my list of girl names is like a mile long but I really only have like 8 or 9 boy names I like so I couldn’t give all of them away.
The first boy name is Frank. I seriously love the name Frank and think it is the cutest boy name. But Spencer strongly dislikes it. (I hesitate to say hate because if he meets a baby named any of these names he doesn’t think they have a horrible name he just doesn’t want it for our kids) That’s the story with most of my boy names. I love them but Spencer doesn’t. So Frank is out. Unless I can drug Spencer while I am filling out the birth certificate and get him to agree.
Harry is in the same boat as Frank for me. It is kind of an old man name, which I love but Spencer just isn’t into it. One time someone said to me “I think Frank, Harry, and [insert my favorite name that I am not revealing here] are like the ugliest names.” That person didn’t know that those were my favorite names but they got their point across. Old man names are not everyone’s cup of tea but I love them.  
Keeping with the old man name theme I love the name Hank. I don’t think I would name my child Hank but I would name him Henry and call him Hank. But if you know my family then you know exactly why I can’t use that name.  Henry is my brother’s name. My mom stole the name from me before I even knew I wanted it. So Henry is out. And we could name our son Hank instead of using it as a nickname but we call my brother Hank occasionally and I don’t want to steal his name. Plus there are plenty of names out there that I don’t need to be reusing one that is already in my family unless we are naming the baby after them on purpose.
I read this blog and I think she has the cutest kids with the cutest names. But my favorite of her kids’ names is Sebastian with the nickname Bash. I think Bash is just the best name for a little boy. But I am scared of nicknames. Well only scared of them if I don’t think they will carry over well to adulthood. I know multiple people who had a nickname when they were a little kid and the idea was that they would go by their full name when they got older but they never stopped going by their nickname. So while I think Bash is a super cute nickname I don’t really love the idea of him being called Bash as an adult and I think Sebastian has too strong of a crab reference for me (please tell me people know what I am referring to).
Again, just like the girls, we have 3 boy names that we are really liking but the odds are strongly in favor for one particular name. I have loved this one name for the longest time and luckily Spencer likes it. If you have ever talked to me about baby names then you will know what it is and I will probably share it here at some point but for now I like to keep an air of mystery on the internet haha.
I love talking about baby names so what are some of your favorites? Either ones you won’t use but love or ones that are just your favorites. Please tell me there is someone out there that shares my love for baby names and wants to chat with me!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Baby Names I Love but Won't be Using (part 1)

Ok, so I am obsessed with baby names. A few weeks ago I watched a million youtube videos with the tag “10 baby names I love but won’t be using”. I was watching the videos to see if there were any names that I hadn’t heard of but I also just wanted to hear what names people love. So once I watched all those videos I knew I needed to write a post about all the names I love but I won’t be using….well we definitely won’t be using them for this baby but maybe if we end up having like 10 kids we will need to dive into this list haha.

I have had my top favorites for at least the past 5 years just waiting to have a little baby to name. Luckily Spencer likes most of my favorite names but there are quite a few that he is just not down with. But I should say that just because Spencer doesn’t love a name doesn’t mean I automatically cross it off my list. I am too stubborn for that. If Spencer doesn’t like a name and it is on this post that means there is probably another reason I don’t want to use it or I like another name better so I have to save up all my convincing to get him to like that one haha.

Now on with the names, I am going to split this into two posts of my girls names and my boys names so that this doesn’t get out of hand. So we will start with the girls and I will post the boys in the next couple days.

I will start with one of my all-time favorite names ever. Olive.

I have been obsessed with the name Olive since I was like 14. One of my friend’s sisters named her baby Olive and I just thought it was the cutest name I had ever heard. I thought it was unique but still a real name. So for the last 10 years I have loved loved loved that name but recently I feel like it has become a little too trendy for my taste. I know of like 5 little girls named Olive so the uniqueness of the name was kind of lost. It was still on my short list but the nail in the coffin for Olive was that Spencer’s sister named her baby Oliver. I don’t want my kids to have basically the same name as their cousins so that means Olive was out. As I say that I know it might sound like I am mad at her for naming her baby that but I am not mad at all. Oliver is the perfect name for him and I don’t think we would have used Olive anyways so I am happy she used the name she wanted. But I still love the name Olive. So if you want your child to be my favorite child ever then name her Olive and I will love her forever!

I promise I won’t have that much to say about every name on my list.

My next girl name is a recent addition to my list. Plum. Every time I say I like the name Plum people make fun of me. They think it is so silly. Which is what I kind of like about it. I like the whimsy and playfulness of it. But I could never seriously give my child that name. When I think about a name I have to think about my child going to a job interview and introducing themselves with that name. I don’t think anyone would take someone named Plum seriously. I also worry that if she was chubby then plump Plum would be the obvious nickname and I don’t want to set my child up to be made fun of. Sorry Plum, I love you but I just can’t do it.

Ever since I read Hamlet in 12th grade the name Ophelia has been on my mind. I think the fact that I just connected the name to Hamlet shows exactly why I can’t use this name. I think Ophelia is the most beautiful name but I just can’t name my daughter a name that is most famously known as a woman who drown herself. I still haven’t completely crossed Ophelia off of my list because I feel like you can get around the reference but I have like 20 other girls names that I like better so unless I am incredibly fertile and only have girls then we will not be naming our daughter Ophelia.

Goldie Goldie Goldie. I cannot get over the name Goldie! It just makes me happy to think about the name Goldie. Can’t you just imagine naming a little baby girl Marigold and then calling her Goldie? Or even just naming her Goldie! It seriously just like gives me the goosebumps thinking about how much I love this name. Spencer just isn’t quite on board with Goldie yet so we won’t be using it. I also know quite a few little girls with this name and if you haven’t figured it out yet I am all about trying to be original with names.

My last girl name is Cricket. I think it goes along with Plum in that I can’t imagine my daughter going to a job interview and introducing herself as Cricket. Overall I just think it is a little too far out there for me to really consider but I really think it is so stinking cute.

To wrap it up, while I love all of these names we have 3 girls names that are really the leaders of the pack for us right now. If we have a girl there is a 99% chance we will name her one of these three. (Just a note, all of the names on this list are a little more “out there” than the names that are on our real list). Maybe later on in my pregnancy I will do a post about those names but we are really secretive about one which seems so silly because I think it is the one we are liking the least right now. But if you are really dying to know you can ask cause I am happy to share…as long as you are not pregnant with a girl that will be born before my possible daughter haha.

I will be back in a few days to share my favorite boy names that I won't be using. I know you are all on the edge of your seats waiting to see what they are.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Hey, remember that one time we went to China and I still haven’t gotten my life together enough to blog about it? I would blame it on the first trimester being rough but I never really felt too awful so that isn’t really an excuse. I guess I will just say that I have been lazy so now I am finally doing it.
Now the story of us going to China,
My parents and my mom’s siblings went on a cruise through China in the summer of 2015. They only got to be in Shanghai for a day and a half the first time they went to they knew they wanted to go back. My aunt and uncle wanted to go too and they found a really great deal on flights so they just decided to go. Now, Spencer has always wanted to go to China and we figured that this would be the perfect opportunity to go because we would be going with people who had been before and knew what they were doing. So we asked if we could tag along and luckily they were happy to have us along. We bought our tickets in June and since we were already going to Scandinavia in August we decided it would be fun to keep this trip to China a surprise. We knew we were kind of crazy to be going to 4 countries in less than two months but we were so excited!
We left early Halloween morning which is was actually kind of a relief. I always feel like Halloween has too much pressure so it was nice to not have to plan anything for the actual day of Halloween. We flew to Seattle and then straight onto Shanghai. We left Salt Lake Monday morning and then after like 20 hours of travel we got to Shanghai Tuesday night. Time zones are weird.

After we got settled at our Airbnb we had planned to go to dinner at Din Tai Fung. My uncle suggested it and we were really open to eating anywhere but little did we know that this would become our favorite restaurant ever. I cannot describe to you the wonderfulness that is soup dumplings if you have never had them before. They are literally the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. My mouth is watering just typing about them. Luckily there is a Din Tai Fung in LA so we will probably be making a trip there just for this food.
Next day we did…. Some touring and a food tour!

We started with the Yuyuan Gardens.

I really don't remember what the Yu Gardens are or anything about them but they were beautiful and it was crazy to have such elaborate gardens right in the middle of a huge city.

After that we did some shopping. Spencer's mom has been wanting a big mahjong set ever since my parents brought us one home from China. So we found a guy that was selling them and bargained him down to a decent price and bought it. After we bought it we realized it weighed at least 25 pounds and was really awkward to carry but we were stuck carrying it the whole day. We bought a back pack to carry it in but it still made most of the day miserable.

We ate at the most delicious little noddle shop on the side of the road. It was seriously the best meal we had the whole trip and I would fly all the way back to china just to each those $5 noodles again. 

Speaking of eating, that night we did a food tour that was so so cool. People are always saying they would be worried about eating in China but it seriously had some of the best food we have ever had. We definitely enjoyed eating in China more than we did in Scandinavia.

We started with these little pork buns that were so good. We went back a few days later because we liked these so much.

Then we ate bullfrog. Lets just say that I don't think I will be eating bullfrog again...

There are a lot of people from Turkey in China and these kebabs were so good.

More buns. At this point we were so so full but I still managed to eat some.

Chicken Katsu. We seriously at like 4 whole meals in the span of an hour so we didn't really get to savor the food by the end.

Dessert was some mango thing. It was pretty good but as I said we were so full.

Then the best day of the trip! Just kidding the whole trip was the best. But going to Shanghai Disney was so so cool! I haven’t been to any Disney park in like years and years and then this year I got to go to Disneyland and Shanghai Disney. Luckiest girl.

Shanghai Disney just opened this year so it was all brand new and super huge.  There are not a ton of rides because it is brand new but there is so much space so they are obviously going to expand in the future. We got there first thing in the morning and there is seriously just something about Disney that is magical. Like even though everything is in Chinese you can still tell that you are at a Disney park. Even just walking in is like an experience.

So we walked straight to the Pirates of the Caribbean. Which if you have been to Disneyland you might think we are crazy to go straight to Pirates but the Pirates in Shanghai is so so so amazing! I think you can watch videos of it on YouTube if you want because I can’t really describe how cool it is. They had these really cool huge screens that showed scenes and then it made it feel like your boat was on the ocean and then under the ocean. Too cool.
Then we walked through the castle which had a little snow white video thing in it which was so hilarious because it was all in Chinese. That was basically the theme of the day, everything is hilarious because it was all in Chinese. They have most of the standard rides that they have in the other Disney parks but then came the highlight of Shanghai Disney.
Tron is the best ride I have ever been on in my life. Really really cool. Look that one up on Youtube too. Or just go to Shanghai Disney. That’s really the best solution.
We had yummy Chinese lunch and figured out that the Cubs had won the World Series. Go Cubbies!

Spent the rest of the day just doing Disney things and got home that night so so tired. Never been that tired in my life. I may or may not have fallen asleep on the train ride home.
The next morning we woke up and were picked up by a driver and a tour guide. To go to a river town. AKA a town built on a river. In case you couldn’t figure that out.

Our tour guide Peggy was the best tour guide I have ever had in my life. She was so smart and told us so many amazing facts and was so honest and China and lots of things that have gone on there. It was really cool to hear all these things from a Chinese person.  We toured around the river town all day and had a yummy lunch at a tiny little local restaurant. So fun experiencing local things while traveling. Love it!

The rest of the days we did really good stuff but it kind of all blends together so I will just show you some pictures and then talk about it. That will hopefully keep this post from becoming a full blown novel which it is already on its way to becoming.

The building on the right is the second tallest building in the world. It was so crazy to go to the top.

View from the top. Also I think this shows just how gross Shanghai's air quality is.

All these people with umbrellas are people advertising their adult children for marriage. The one child policy has caused a lot of problems for people wanting to get married. These parents go out every weekend and show a bunch of information about their children in hopes that someone will match up with their child. It was kind of funny but really sad that people feel so desperate.

Everyone should go to Shanghai just to see the Bund at night. It is so cool! 

Shanghai was amazing. We are so grateful that we were able to go and hope to someday get back to see even more of China.