"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Can you say...Sergeant White?

Zach was officially promoted to E-5 ... two weeks ago! This has been such a long time coming...like 4 years or so! He was eligible before he left the Army, but since he wasn't reenlisting with that unit, they wouldn't promote him. He then became eligible in the Air Force but was just about to move on to his current AGR job. Now, we found out in August that he was technically eligible in February, but since his name wasn't on the "official" promotion list, we had to wait until that came out the first week of October. He is now Sergeant White. I am so proud of him and what he is doing with his life and his career.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

26 Weeks

This is so exciting! The ticker on my blog said 98 days left - breaking 100 makes it feel like is is getting closer even faster. :)
I finally registered at Target. I am actually glad I took the time because it made everything feel so much more real and got me excited envisioning our little one using all of the stuff I was looking at purchasing.
I am starting to think a little bit more about the details - taking a breastfeeding class, scheduling a maternity ward tour, getting my glucose test done, finding a pediatrician, taking a delivery class, etc...
Two of my neighbors told me on Sunday that they found out they are expecting as well! I think it is awesome that we will be all going through a similar experience together and our kids will get to grow up together. Plus, it will be nice to have other moms to hang out with.
I'm getting my homemaker skills ready - making the house feel homey with decor, trying new recipes, developing more thorough cleaning schedules.
Zach noted that my belly button is shrinking everyday...The baby is getting big in there!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Preview of our baby

When I got home from work on Monday, Zach asked me if I wanted to see what our baby was going to look like. I was intrigued. Out he pulls this treasure:
So there you have it - our baby may be the spitting image of handsome Z-Dub as a little lad. Only time will tell. Look at those cute little toes and that big smile!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


I love fall! I couldn't wait to decorate our porch. I went to a pumpkin patch after work one day when Zach was headed to the Utah football game. I handpicked eleven or so pumpkins. They had a fall special, which aided in my decision making. Throw in a bunch of corn stalks and a hay bale and I was a happy customer! The wind was blowing wickedly when I got home, so I hurried and tossed everything on the porch, and got really excited at the prospect of it coming all together. After a week or so, I finally washed the pumpkins. We are planning to paint some this week. Zach wants to carve a couple for Halloween too - we are being so festive!
A quick trip to the Dollar Tree yielded my totally legit scarecrow (stuck in the hay bale) and some Halloween solar lights, spider webs and spiders, and a sign stating "The Witch is In." Those will be added this week in anticipation for our trick-or-treaters. Yay for finally living somewhere that children will feel welcome on Halloween night!
Please see below to check out my handiwork - as well as Zach's favorite pastime. Kitty time! Our neighbor kitty comes over to hang out most of the times we are outside. It quickly makes Zach forget whatever else he had planned and his excitement at the prospect of playing with the cat it written all over his face. It's so sweet I basically have to let him...

I also purchased a wreath and a wreath hanger - but I still need to come up with a way to decorate it. Once I do, it too will be on display. Happy Holiday Season!

25 Weeks

Well, that last week passed by pretty quickly...

25 Weeks! Not my favorite pic of all time, but you can see da belly!

The back pain has started. Saturday night, specifically - hopefully it won't be for the whole 3 1/2 months left, right? The good news is that I have a good husband who has really strong fingers that makes a good back massager.
Hormonal roller coaster! Had a couple of crazy anxiety sessions. I was freaking out about my upcoming baby shower a little bit. The invites, the timing, if the people I want to invite even care, feeling bad that my mother/mother-in-law are going through the trouble, etc... I also freaked out a little bit about going back to work last night. I just couldn't get it out of my head how much I wasn't ready for the weekend to be over. I know this might sound like normal concerns, but I felt weird.
I also am a little needy emotionally. But, I don't want to have to explain that, I just want Zach to read my mind. Totally possible, I know. I did explain that I do need a little more though, and he has performed like a champ. Getting the laundry out, putting dishes in the dishwasher, looking handsome all the time....
I miss my parents all the time. I have gotten in the habit of calling them multiple times a week. It works great to have my mom to chat with on my walks. Walking can get pretty boring. But where did my independent, busy self go? I discussed the possibility of them moving up here with my dad the other day...and I am loving the idea!
Had a nightmare last night and woke up scared! Curse these pregnancy dreams!

Brighter Notes:
*Our baby boy moves like crazy. Yesterday I swear it felt more knobby than normal - maybe an elbow or heel?
*I have woken up at 4:00 am twice this week as hungry as a horse - means our baby is growing big and strong!
*I started a registry! - I haven't put anything on it yet, but I signed up....there are too many cribs to even pick from, let alone everything else!
*My baby shower in St. George is next week. Hopefully everyone can make it. I can't wait to visit with everyone. Although, I know my two sisters and sister-in-law won't be there... I just wiped away a tear. :'(
*65 more days of work!
*My maternity work pants are feeling pretty good today. The belly band is feeling supportive instead of super restrictive and circulation-cutting-off.
*I'm still able to exercise! Stair-stepper and weights this morning. Walks pretty much every day. I can do the bike and elliptical for a good 20-30 mins. It's pretty motivating when I tell myself this will help with my labor and delivery...
*Printed off a delivery plan - now I just need to fill it out.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

23 & 24 Weeks

23 Weeks

There is a part of me that likes posting about each week of pregnancy because it keeps my blog up to date on the little happenings each week. Somehow though, I altogether skipped week 22, even the picture! Can I attribute that to my lack of motivation/energy? It is really strange, because I do feel a lot better during this trimester (which is more than half over now!) but at the same time, I feel like I have lost a lot of motivation and energy. I'm not sure why, but my theory is that our baby is growing so fast now that it is taking a lot out of me. I told Zach on Monday that it felt like his growth was on fast forward because around 10 a.m., my stomach started to feel really stretched. I hadn't even eaten as much as usual, so it was really strange. Then, throughout the day, it was like there was no room for all my insides but it was still pressing against my skin to find more. Very uncomfortable feeling. Tuesday the same thing happened. I experimented yesterday by omitting the store bought chocolate milk I had been drinking....I think it helped. :) To be honest, I am a little nervous about the fact that I still have over three months of growth, because my stomach feels stretched pretty far already...

24 Weeks

Monday I hit 24 weeks. 16 more weeks, or 111 days remaining. 16 sounds better than 111, so I will think on that. However, I am counting down the days left at work. Today I am at 70 days...I am pretty excited. There are days I hate my job, and days I really like my job. It goes back and forth. I had to change my attitude a few months ago because I was mostly hating it. It has been a lot better since then, but the more I feel this baby move the more I imagine what it will be like as a day to day mom. I believe I much prefer that to issuing bus passes, checking grades and attendance, chastising students for their unsatisfactory academics, planning event after event, and attending meeting after meeting. I always wanted to be a career woman, but I have always wanted to be a mom too. I love change, so after working in the business world for about 2 1/2 years, I'm ready for the change.

There is the side of me that is having a hard time leaving a career behind. Who knows if I will ever go back. I would hope and plan not to - I am a big believer in staying home with my children and trying to live off of one income - but you never know what circumstances come up and one day it may be necessary for me to work again. I would love to dedicate my time and energy to being successful in a career - right now I picture teaching math and getting my Master's degree - but I don't feel like I could be the mom I want to be AND do that too. So, I choose to focus on being a mom.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


For those who know me best, the possibilty of shopping is not exactly something I would exclaim over. But, in this case, we are shopping for a car! Kinda a big deal...especially when I think what a huge chunk it will take out of our savings that has been set aside to finish the basement. That part makes me not so excited, but having a nice, comfortable, pretty, reliable, gas efficient mode of transportation has some appeal.

Our old Civ was in between being an awesome car and needing a lot of work. The registration was coming due and we knew a safety and emissions test was in the future. I don't know what it is about those, but I hate paying for it! I think it is because you are forced to....anyway, we had talked about replacing the belts due to the squealing and replacing the brakes/rotors since it shook really bad as you slowed down. I figured now was the time. After trying to find a decent, honest mechanic and getting three different quotes, we decided it would probably be better to sell the car and get one that is decent enough for a child to ride in.

I washed the Civ and spruced it up as much as the sun-baked exterior would allow, Zach helped me with the final details and pics, then I posted it on KSL. We thought we would see what feedback we got and go from there. Before I had even uploaded the pics, our phones exploded with potential buyers! It was pure chaos for about 2 1/2 hours where we showed it to four people and negotiated. We sold it that same night and are now back to one vehicle. This is the second time in our marriage we have done this. It has worked out okay for a few days, but finding a vehicle within the next week is high on our list...

There is something about selling cars that is kinda sad...I wish we had taken a pic of us with the trusty old thing...