Thursday, January 19, 2017

putting it out there

soon, i swear, (i know i've been saying that for a while) i will post all of my weekly pregnancy posts from this pregnancy so far.  i think i've only posted two maybe that i've written.  i wasn't posting them at the beginning because i hadn't announced my pregnancy yet (i mean, most people i know still don't know... i never made a big announcement).  and then i posted one or two that i wrote.  but then i wrote one last week and didn't post it on purpose... and same with the one that should have gone up yesterday.  i didn't post them because they felt too personal.  too vulnerable.  that was weird for me to realize because i really don't screen things for this blog.  what i think, i write, and then i post.  occasionally i'll go back and change something or clarify something because i don't want it to come off inaccurate to whoever is reading or i want to be sensitive if i know someone reading might take offense or sadness about something i've said.  but the thing is, i really don't screen things to protect myself and this time i did.  but after thinking about it for the past week and talking to a couple people, i've decided to keep posting my pregnancy posts.

i haven't cared before about posting about my weight gain or my stretch marks (i got sooo many the first time around) or pictures of how big i get, or even last pregnancy about being depressed.  but this time around, i'm even more depressed... and it's affecting my life even more dramatically.  and i'm getting help for it.  and for some reason, that part has been hard for me.  for some reason, it has felt really embarrassing although i hate saying that because if anyone else in this position said that, i would quickly assure them that there's never anything embarrassing about seeking help for a medical condition. but still.  i write my posts and then read them and think "who is this?!" and can't bring myself to post anything.

so, for a while i didn't really blog because i was busy with three kids.  then i didn't blog because i was busy with morning sickness and throwing up.  and now i haven't been blogging because i'm busy trying to get help and manage my pregnancy depression.  so i just wanted to put that out there.  i don't have any secrets to hide anymore.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

18 weeks

How far along:  18 weeks  (1.18.17)

Total weight gain/loss: +6-7 lbs
Maternity clothes:  yeah, same as before.  just trying to find flattering clothes to wear when i go out.  i've worn a fitted shirt a time or two.  i'm normally holding elizabeth though, so i still look more fat than pregnant.  it's all about posture.  anyway, i'm excited for the bump.  it's one of my favorite things about pregnancy.
Sleep:  i've had a harder time sleeping this past week and i'm gonna blame it on the zoloft.  i took it for the first time on wednesday night (and tried to skip the unisom... i thought the zoloft would make me drowsy)... that night, i felt like i was awake all night even though i know i was in and out of sleep.  since then, i've taken the zoloft in the morning and made sure the take the unisom at night. i've been able to sleep, but definitely not deeply.  sometimes i wake up during the night and can't get back to sleep.  once or twice, i've woken up early in the morning (i think friday was one of those days... i woke up at 5 or so and never went back to sleep) and just can't get to sleep again.  also, my dreams when pregnant are frequent and vivid and this week they've been even moreso.  so at night, i may be sleeping but i don't feel like it.  this is probably the most difficult part of all for me because at the end of the day, i just want to be knocked unconscious more than anything.  it hasn't too much affected my fatigue during the day.  i think i'm more tired, but honestly it feels like my body is tired and emotionally i'm completely drained... not as much that i'm just having trouble keeping my eyes open.  
Best moment this week:  umm, i don't know.  maybe friday or saturday or monday because i was kind of productive around the house? definitely not thursday or sunday... those were rough.
Movement:  still some contractions... also, lots more kicks and turns now.  especially when i'm sitting or laying down. the little kicks feel so precious.  anything else feels not that great, which of course makes me apprehensive because i'm still so, so early in this.  
Food cravings:  it's still hard to get myself to prepare food, but my body really does need the meals.  also, i'd thought that my morning sickness was coming back this week because it seemed to get worse once i hit 17 weeks, but then i turned to the zoloft side effect chart again and realized that maybe i'm in the one third of people that experience nausea from it.  so, i haven't thrown up, but finding food i want to eat is really difficult. also, even if i'm lucky enough to think of a food that sounds appealing and prepare it and eat it... chances are pretty good, i'm not going to be able to eat it anymore and will have to make sure my family eats all the leftovers. 
Symptoms: nausea and headaches most evenings that last until i go to sleep, depression (crying and anger and apathy), increased fatigue, terrible acne, still occasionally feeling like i'm going to faint/pass out when i stand up, weird dreams, some insomnia, weird food aversions, pure laziness, growing stomach...
Gender:  of course i'm still thinking girl, but i've been trying to be equally open to both.  i want to be mentally prepared for either one.  
What I miss:  same as last week, i miss not feeling so crappy about my life and being such a crappy mother.  i relish the times that i feel happy or almost happy. hoping to get this under control and maybe i'll enjoy part of this pregnancy! 
Milestones:  i'm officially on the journey to manage the pregnancy depression.  i started therapy (the plan for now is weekly) and 25mg zoloft last wednesday. the next day, at the recommedation of my therapist, i went to a "healthy anger" class that she's teaching.  it's a four week course and that was day one. honestly, i think all of this is probably going to be helpful in the longrun... but in the short term, it's time consuming and stressful finding childcare and scheduling and attending this stuff and dealing with side effects of the medication.  maybe this is the "it gets worse before it gets better" thing?
Theme: the week of starting help
What's different this time around:  
still most closely following elizabeth's pregnancy right now i think.
Extra:  it's hard that i don't feel like i've had a good, "i enjoyed that!" sort of day in a long time, but i do feel like it's really great that all of my days aren't terrible.  i think that would wear me down very quickly.  i had a rough day on thursday. i was exhausted from no sleep the night before and just mentally drained before i even got out of bed.  then chris got home at 3:30 so i could go to the anger management class that i really didn't want to go to and i know chris wasn't really thrilled about having to leave work at 3 for that either.  but i went to the class.  i was anxious the whole time for her to hurry up through the material because i knew i had to leave early.  class was supposed to be from 4:15-5:30 but it didn't really start til closer to 4:20, and she didn't really start teaching til maybe 4:25 and then chris texted and asked if i could actually be home at 5:40 so he could be to the stake center for sure on time by 6 for the bishopric trainging and so i had to leave at 5:10 and really only got 40 minutes of learning in.  also, when i came out, everything was covered in snow (that was fast) and traffic was way worse than i thought it would be so i was super stressed the whole drive home because i knew i was running late. i didn't get home til probably 5:55 and so chris i made chris late anyway and i spent 2.5 hours of my time and a lot of inconvenience to us both just so i could get 40 minutes of class. it was all hugely frustrating. i sat around for a long time while the kids played, put them to bed, and then put me to bed.  i was soooo done with the day.
friday was fine.  abigail had a teacher workday so i took the kids to the library for story time. it was good.  
saturday i took care of the kids that morning while chris was at a baptism and then he took abigail and brady to lollipop park while i stayed home and did a million loads of laundry and general cleaning up around the house.  our house went from disaster to not that bad so it was a success, but honestly, it was mentally and physically hard to do when i just didn't have the motivation for it.  it wasn't gratifying like it normally would have been.  
sunday, i thought i was doing an okay job except that i lost my patience with brady at one point.  i got us all ready for church and was doing mostly okay.  i was taking deep breaths and talking to elizabeth/myself as we walked from the car "we're doing it.  we're doing okay.  we made it.  we made it to church.  we made it to 11:00.  i haven't really screwed up today... well just once, but i'm doing okay.  we made it."  as we walked in church, i realized that maybe i needed a minute to take another deep breath or two.  i tried to send the kids in by themselves to sit down, but the family that saves us seats every week was nowhere to be found.  it was embarassing as my kids just stood in the aisle but eventually they walked back to me.  i walked them to the second row of the overflow and i could feel my body getting hot and almost like tunnel vision and just a sort of panic about the situation but i thought it was just because i was embarrassed.  the kids were confused why they were sitting there and why i wasn't staying but, honestly, i just turned around and left them there.  in the foyer, i knew i was going to cry and needed somewhere private to calm down.  i turned to the right where the little one room bathroom is, but my friend sara was standing there (i assume one of her kids was inside) and i semi tried to smile (on the verge of tears) and turned.  then i walked as fast as i could through the crowded hallway (the other ward was between blocks) to the other side of the building where the women's restroom was.  still holding elizabeth, i locked us in the handicap stall and instantly was bawling.  like crying super hard and out of control.  but then i realized that it was so loud because i was gasping for breath.  and then i realized that i wasn't feeling super sad or emotional and i wasn't even really crying so much as just hyperventilating.  and there i stayed for probably fifteen minutes, trying to catch my breath.  i was kind of sit leaning against the corner wall but i couldn't put elizabeth down and i couldn't sit anywhere myself and at one point i was hot and cold and feeling lightheaded and my arms were starting to tingle and i kept thinking "you're so stupid... you're hyperventilating and you're gonna pass out and then who's around to help elizabeth? no one!" so i knew i needed to get myself somewhere else. eventually my breathing calmed down enough that i didn't sound like i was drowning and i rushed through the (now mostly empty) hallway to get to the mother's lounge.  there was only one girl in there (from the other ward) nursing her little baby and i just put elizabeth down and then i could finally sit.  my breathing was still really bad and eventually the girl offered to help me.  so i asked for her phone so i could google something (i'd left my purse with the kids when i told them to sit down) and she handed it over with google already opened. i googled and tried to read if i was experiencing a panic attack and what to do.  then kristina came in to nurse her baby and of course wanted to help.  i initially just said "will you go check on my kids? i left them a long time ago.  just check that they're still there."  she came back and said they were sitting with the leavitts (an older couple... sally was our realtor) and then she asked what was going on so i tried to explain to her (through my panting breathing) what happened.  she's a nurse so she checked my pulse and was asking me questions and then eventually, sara came in (with no baby) and rushed to me and knelt by my side all "how far along are you, darling?"  kristina didn't know i was pregnant until this experience and i don't think sara knew unless someone told her.  but i'd had this talk with sara several months ago about how i was scared of getting pregnant again because of the pregnancy depression and we had a good talk about it.  so, as she put it, "when i saw you leave the chapel, i knew something was wrong."  so maybe someone had told her previously that i was pregnant (i know it's making its way around), but maybe she just saw that i was troubled and knew that that must be it.  or maybe both.  either way, what a good friend to literally leave sacrament meeting to search the building for me. she had a take charge attitude. she got wet paper towels for me to wipe my face and she wiped my neck and upper back.  she asked me questions like what i'd eaten so far that day (milk, chips ahoy, and chocolate chips) and how i'd slept that night (crappy) and what my previous day was like (busy with housework) and checked my pulse and helped me put my head in front of me and calm my breathing.  against my will, she and kristina had kristina's husband retrieve chris from the stand (as if it wasn't enough of a scene that my kids couldn't find their seats, i left immediately, and then i never returned).  i'm glad he wasn't conducting or anything.  so then chris came in the mother's lounge to get me, sara gave him a whole list of instructions (give her protein and make her put her feet up and stay in bed and rest for the whole remainder of the day, have her call her doctor about this immediately to cut down the dose or break the dose up to be taken at two times during the day instead of one) and we walked to the car.  sara got my purse for me and the leavitts had brought the kids in the hallway to see us (abigail especially, was very concerned).  we had abigail and brady stay with them and we took elizabeth with us.  i got in bed immediately when we got home.  chris took care of elizabeth and brought me chicken noodle soup.  my breathing was calmed down to normal by noon... i think it helped being in my own bed... also, it was exactly an hour after it started... about time to get the breathing under control.  i stayed in bed for the whole rest of the day except to put elizabeth to bed sometime around 8.  i didn't sleep... just rested.  abigail came in a few times to give me hugs and kisses and tell me she hoped i would feel better.  when i checked my texts, i had messages from three friends.  mary apologized that she didn't grab my kids to sit on her row with her family when they initially walked in and couldn't find a seat.  sara was checking on me.  and kristina was also checking on me and told me that her parents would bring abigail and brady home.  so taken care of.  i really don't hang out with anyone just for fun anymore (i feel like we're just all too busy and i don't make it a priority), but i do know that when i need anything, i have a whole bunch of people that have my back.  chris ended up putting elizabeth down for nap at one and then going back to the church for a few things and bringing abigail and brady home.  he took care of all of them the whole day.  what a lifesaver.  
monday was fine.  it was mlk day. chris was going to go to his dentist appointment and then to work, but he came home after his appointment and just stayed at home with us.  thank goodness.  i think he was looking out for me.  the kids played a lot inside, outside in the snow, and across the street at emma's house.  chris and i did cleaning projects around the house (i conquered a lot of paper clutter that abigail brings home from school) and i made chicken broccoli braid for dinner.  at 5:15, abigail came home, chris got elizabeth up from nap, we all ate dinner.  and then... we had a family movie party and all watched aladdin together. i think i was the last person asleep (i pretty much always am) and i was out by 9:30. so... on paper, not a bad day.  i didn't feel super happy at all, but i definitely stayed afloat.  
tuesday, also fine.  i got abigail to school.  got the rest of us to elizabeth's child find appointment.  it went really well.  she qualified for speech therapy. we all ate lunch and then i put elizabeth down for a nap, a show for brady, and to bed for me.  
my days are pretty up and down but honestly, something that's helping me so much right now is that mom and dad booked tickets out to come see me next month.  they were going to visit one weekend in feb, but then i found out that chris would be out of town the following weekend (also, a holiday weekend when abigail would have friday and monday off of school) and so they changed their dates and booked tickets for that weekend so they can be there with me while chris is away.  this has given me so much comfort since i'm not dreading that weekend anymore and also that i just can think of this and it makes me feel so loved and taken care of.  they're the best.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The magic tunnel

Brady asked me today how babies come out of moms' bellies. I told him it was through a special tunnel. 

So right now I hear him telling Abigail about how babies come out through a magic tunnel. I feel like magic is also a good adjective for this. Agreed? 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

17 weeks

How far along:  17 weeks  (1.11.17)
Total weight gain/loss: +7 or 8 lbs
Maternity clothes:  yeah, same as before.  just trying to find flattering clothes to wear when i go out.  my stomach has grown so much in the last two weeks though, i think i'm gonna start embracing the bump and ditching the flowy shirts.  cardigans, though, are here to stay for the remainder of the pregnancy i'd say.  it seriously astounds me every time how wide i get from my back to my front.  for some reason this time, it's been strange to me that my belly is getting bigger.  maybe because i'm focusing less on a baby in me and just more with how to cope with pregnancy symptoms, but i see my belly and am just shocked that it did that (got round).  i can't explain it, but i'm having the hardest time wrapping my mind around it.
Sleep:  i've been doing okay with it but i can't tell i'm more tired because even if i fall asleep at 10, i can sleep until my alarm goes off at 8, and then by noon, i'm struggling to do anything more than just sit in place and stay awake. so far i've been avoiding naps, but i don't know how long i can keep that up.  
Best moment this week:  maybe my after school running errands with abigail date.  chris came home from work early and he normally picks abigail up when he does that.  this time, i asked that i could pick her up and take her to run a few errands with me.  we went by the kaiser pharmacy, sprouts (this was our favorite... we both had a lot of fun), and then stopped by walmart curbside to get my to go order.  i was dressed, i'd showered, i was being productive, and i was being a good mother.  i genuinely enjoyed spending that time with abigail which was absolutely huge for me.  
Movement:  just to follow up from last week about the "balling up" movement i've been feeling.  i asked my doctor about it at my appointment on thursday and she said it's contractions, which makes more sense because they feel just like contractions and i've been feeling them for weeks... like even when my baby was much smaller.  she assured me that it's fine to be feeling contractions this early and that it's just because i've had all these pregnancies and that's what my uterus is doing.  makes me not really look forward to how things will progress since they're already uncomfortable and holy cow it's still fresh enough in my mind how uncomfortable and painful and frequent they were during the latter part of elizabeth's pregnancy. on a happier note, even though i have an anterior placenta again (i'm pretty sure that's right... whichever is the one that puts the placenta on the front of your belly) and, consequently, can't feel a lot of the kicks and movement that is taking place, i'm still feeling a fair amount of movement... mostly on what i would describe as the outer perimeter spaces of my belly. it's exciting.  i do love feeling the kicks.
Food cravings:  it's hit or miss again, mostly because i don't feel like preparing anything.  i was eating a ton of sweets and candy because it had literally no prep work, but my body started hating sugar so i had to quit that.  tuesday, i got motivation and actually got groceries and real food, so the next night i made that zucchini garden chower (from butter with a side of bread) and it really hit the spot.  not that it tasted off the charts, but my body was just so desperately wanting vegetables.  also fresh fruit.  that trip to sprouts was well worth it.  i've had a few days of nausea though and days where just nothing sounds good.  i did make a roast and potatoes (served half straight from the crockpot and make the other half into mashed potatoes and made gravy... my first time!... to go on top) on monday night and holy cow that roast hit the spot so amazingly perfectly.  the next day for leftovers too.  i just kept thinking that if i'd had another in my freezer, i would have put it in my crock pot right then so i could have had it again for dinner. trying to stay motivated in cooking food and eating healthy.  it's not that i don't want to eat healthy foods, it's just finding the motivation and energy to shop for them and prepare them.  
Symptoms: nausea and headaches most evenings that last until i go to sleep, depression (crying and anger and apathy), increased fatigue, terrible acne, still occasionally feeling like i'm going to faint/pass out when i stand up, weird dreams, some weird food aversions and random cravings, pure laziness, large stomach...
Gender:  my gut still says girl, just because of my symptoms, but a boy would be great because apparently abigail and brady both want a boy.  i'll be thrilled either way... but i'm still gonna be shocked if it's not a girl.  
What I miss:  not feeling so crappy about my life and being such a crappy mother.  i relish the times that i feel happy or almost happy. hoping to get this under control and maybe i'll enjoy part of this pregnancy! 
Milestones:  i hit a wall.  i was surviving okay and had a really good day last wednesday and was thinking "i'm doing it! i'm surviving!" and then thursday morning happened and everything was turned on its head.  abigail had a snowday and i'd already lost my cool with abigail and brady by 8:30.  by 9, i was texting chris and telling him i didn't think i could care for them today.  it just wasn't pretty, but thank goodness he came home at noon and took them ice skating.  i had my 16 week appointment at 4:00 and was nearly in tears in the waiting room, and trying to hold them back while i was with the nurse.  as soon as she walked out of the room, i lost it.  it was only a few minutes, but i was halfway through soaking my kleenex by the time shirelle walked in.  honestly, 16 weeks should have been a ten minute appointment.  basically just measure you and check for the heartbeat.  well, shirelle spent a full hour with me... most of which i spent crying.  i walked out with a prescription for zoloft and a referral for therapy.  i really didn't want to go out to eat with everyone at texas roadhouse (mark and his girlfriend were in town so our family and brian's family joined them for dinner) except that i was dying for a solid meal.  luckily, i was seated on the end near all the kids and didn't have to talk much at all and made it through fine without crying.  it was a rough day.  like heavenly father saying "good for you for feeling almost confident yesterday, but you need help and i'm gonna give you this not so gentle nudge to make sure you get it for yourself." 
Theme: the week of seeking help
What's different this time around:  
feel i'm most closely following elizabeth's pregnancy right now i think.  morning sickness mostly over.  sad and angry with my kids.  
Extra:  i'd talked to dad about my pregnancy depression while i was in georgia with him and he'd lovingly told me that he would be happy to research any medication i was considering taking.  that made me feel really good because i know the information is out there, but finding correct info is harder and i'm emotionally unstable and a little biased.  also, since dad is a lawyer, he's got a bit of experience doing quality research.  ; )  so thursday night, i talked to dad on the phone (he called saying he was going to come out to visit me soon!  i have felt so taken care of by him this pregnancy.) but couldn't bring anything up about my appointment.  but an hour later, i texted him and asked if he would research zoloft for me and that my doctor suggested 25mg.  he's the greatest.  he got back to me on sunday night saying he felt comfortable with it.  monday morning, i got online to make the request to the kaiser pharmacy, picked it up on tuesday evening, and started taking it wednesday night.  it should start working within three weeks.  i know there are risks for my unborn baby, but at this point, i feel like that is a far less concern than subjecting my existing children to an unmedicated mother.  also, i had my first appointment with the therapist on wednesday morning. i was semi nervous about it because i've never been to therapy, but i was also kind of excited because i was motivated at finding a solution.  especially because the second half of my tuesday was pretty good and i was still feeling confident from that. in the waiting room, i took the depression questionnaire (because now i'm taking it before every kaiser appointment so they can monitor how i'm doing) and i've gotta say, those are so hard.  it's always like "in the last two weeks... blah blah blah" and you're options skip from never, to several times to more than half the days, to nearly every day.  can i get some better in betweens?!  anyway... i met with the therapist and we eased right into the appointment.  conversation and questions.  i was feeling okay (i mean, as okay as you can feel when you're sad and crying) until she told me about my questionnaire answers... apparently, the way i'd answered only put me at "mild."  i thought that sounded about right because even shirelle at my appointment had said "your score really isn't that bad!" in a very encouraging tone. but then she continued... but i'm getting a different reading from talking to you and listening to your responses and i'd put you at the moderate-severe point instead of up here at mild.  talk about depressing.  when i was already depressed.  as she said at the beginning of the appointment "at kaiser, we don't do long term therapy... you're not going to find a long sofa anywhere around here.  we do short term therapy.  it is quick and to the point and i get fast results with my patients."  it's like therapy bootcamp.  and let me tell you... it doesn't feel nice.  also, for whatever reason, i keep feeling like she doesn't like me although i don't have a reason to feel that way and virtually never feel that way with people.  i always feel like someone likes me or feels neutral so this just seems strange.  during our appointment, she gave me a flier for a four week "healthy anger" class that she's teaching that starts immediately and i should go.  for someone that wants to lay in bed 24/7, i'm feeling overwhelmed right now.  in addition to my regular prenatal appointments, i'm starting a class c antidepressant, starting weekly therapy, and starting weekly anger management classes. i feel like such a burden asking friends for childcare so often and asking chris to come home from work so often to take care of our kids. it doesn't help that all of my appointments are a half hour away. seriously, just knock me out and wake me up when it's time to have a baby.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

when words of warning come true

brady is OBSESSED with sweets and treats and anything with sugar in it.  it doesn't matter if it's candy or cake or soda or juice or sugared yogurt or even just plain applesauce... he loves everything sweet.  i realize that most kids like sweets, but his is a real obsession.  abigail wakes up and asks for breakfast.  brady wakes up and asks for a treat.  even if i tell him that we're not going to have a treat right then, he's all, "well then can i have oatmeal with sugar and chocolate chips and marshmallows?!"  no.  not that either, bud.

so lately, he and abigail have been terrible about sneaking stuff together.  their thing right now is to grab treats from our kitchen counter (because after the holidays, we have so many and not enough place to put them) and then hiding behind the dining room curtains and eating them.  they're not very good at getting rid of the evidence and i'm always reprimanding them and trying to explain it to them, but it's not getting through to them.  well, abigail a little bit, but brady, not at all.

so yesterday while abigail was at school and elizabeth was napping, i was being pretty productive until i just hit a wall and felt like crap.  headache and nausea back in full force, so i went to my bed for some rest and quiet.  i thought brady was playing nicely (of course he wasn't), but when i came to the kitchen next, i noticed that two starbursts and two full side airheads were missing.  and a couple other things.  and this was after i noticed he'd already had some of my european wafer treats from my dad and some of my walnut and fig dark chocolate (also from my dad from europe) that morning without asking.  i still don't know how he got those without me knowing because i keep them on the higher windowsill right by my bed.  ugh.  anyway.  it was A LOT of sugar for a less than 30lb boy that just turned four.  i didn't lose my patience but i told him he was going to be sick and either that he would probably throw up or that i hoped he'd throw up (likely both).  i didn't give him a single bit of sugar for the rest of the day and was honestly a little surprised that he didn't even have a belly ache.

fast forward to 11:30 or so.

oh wait, back up to 10pm... he was still awake.  hadn't had a nap, but was totally high on sugar.  ugh.

k, now back at 11:30, he comes in to my room and starts gagging and then i help him to the bathroom to throw up in the sink.  now let's repeat slight variations of this every hour or so through 9 am this morning.  and in between, i was trying to get him to sleep upstairs in his bed but he kept coming down to me and wanting to get in my hot bed (honey and i decided our next step for him sleeping through the night is to get him his own electric blanket) and honestly i'm just so proud of myself for keeping my cool with him even though it was the most annoying thing ever.  i would have likely had more sympathy if it wasn't self induced sugar poisoning from straight up sneaky disobedience.  but, i'm definitely glad it's not anything gross or contagious since most of this just was basically phlegm style spit up.  also, i'm glad that he actually threw up.  this happened to abigail around this age i think when we went to one of the king's easter parties and chris and i just bounced abigail between us.  we'd each thought that the other person was giving her meal food and didn't realize how much candy she was getting in there (especially for a kid that didn't really eat candy) and then next morning she majorly puked alllll over her bed (bright red... think of that red40 dye that's in all the kid candy).  we told her it was because she ate so much candy and not enough grow food and we've reminded her of it ever since so it's still fresh in her mind.  it's been immensely useful.  definitely worth the annoyance of washing her bedding and giving her a bath on easter morning.

so, now we have a great learning experience to remind brady of as well.  ; )

also, i should mention that last night at 10, we sent brady up to bed and heard him come back two minutes later.  i said something to chris who was all "i bet he's just going to the kitchen to get a sippy." and i said "no, something's up... he went the other way at the bottom of the stairs... through the dining room.  he's trying not to be seen."  next, we hear plastic crinkling, and i get out of bed to find him in the kitchen with an orange sucker in his hand.  he threw his head back in despair and cried when i told him he couldn't have it, and i was glad to be still standing by my bedroom doorframe because chris and i couldn't stop laughing and it allowed me a place to hide my face.  i'm not looking forward to this kid aging and getting more freedom.  it's not gonna be good.

also, i told him he's only allowed to have one treat a day and that's if he earns it by staying in his bed all night.  so far today he's doing okay with it.  he's also still pretty lethargic from being awake all night spitting up.

there's never a dull moment around here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The three worst words

When we're having a couple minutes of snuggle time before nap, few words invoke more fear into my little baby than "I love you."  

We're pretty much just relaxing and swaying and snuggling and loving our lives when I think "okay, time to put her in her crib."  I whisper those three little words and instantly, her whole body tenses, two tiny little fists clench my shirt sleeves, and the saddest little panic of a whimper sets in. 

Every time I'm always like "dang it! I wasn't going to do that again!" but I forget. I'm still trying to get myself in the habit of something else like "I'll see you when you wake up" or something but I can never seem to remember in time. 

That poor girl. 

Second Sunday

Of course I just wrote this long and involved post and was so proud of myself but blogger erased it when it was posting. I hate blogger. With a fiery passion. And technology. Because why limit my hate?! I need to start copy pasting my posts to "notes" or something before I hit post. What a colossal waste of time. Well, I'll try to recreate it in a shortened, crappier version of the original post. 

Second Sunday of the year and second Sunday in nursery. 

Honey surprised me by coming home at 10:15 and taking Abigail and Brady to church with him at 10:30 since I had the two of them practically ready by then. What a luxury to have 25 minutes to get myself and Elizabeth fed and ready. So much easier! 

Elizabeth is getting to be such a struggle during sacrament meeting, but, another one down... We survived. 

Nursery went well. The kids did well and the time flew by. 

After church I took a few pictures of the kids. Nothing to frame, but it documents them well. They really love each other. 





Also after church. Was a complete whirlwind as I got the four of us all fed and changed into comfy clothes and Elizabeth down for a nap and the house picked up. My new friend Sarah got called to be the new visiting teaching coordinator. The plan was for her to come over at 3, but thankfully she came at 3:30 instead. It only took a little over an hour and that was when Chris was getting home! Excellent timing. It worked really well because Elizabeth was napping and Abigail and Brady were watching a show in my room. All was still and quiet. When I trained Sarah, I realized that sometime in the previous few days, my lds.org privileges had gotten revoked so I no longer had access to visiting teaching stuff. Totally fine though because they'd already transferred everything to her. It was nice to have those ties totally severed. I need to figure out how to do that with my welcoming committee calling from over two years ago. Somehow I'm still "in charge" of our ward's Facebook group. 

Chris had to leave again just two hours after he got home... For some fireside I think... But I did have him get Elizabeth up from nap and feed the kids dinner  and get them mostly ready for bed. 

After church, on the way to the car, Brady was already talking to me about the scary video he saw in class. And then at home he didn't want to go upstairs to change clothes because he was scared. And then he kept bringing it up every hour or two for the rest of the day and  then was too scared to stay in his bed when it was time to go to sleep even though he shares a room with Abigail and I was sitting right outside their door. I finally texted his teacher about it just saying that Brady kept talking about the video from class and could she send me the link so I have a clue what he's talking about? It was her first Sunday teaching him because she was gone last week. She wrote back. 



I still need to respond. I don't want to pin Brady as a kid she needs to work around and I'm super hesitant to ever say anything to Sunday school teachers or people at church because they're doing a calling they didn't ever self qualify for or request... But I need to do something before Brady has bad associations with church and scary bad guys. He's such a thinker. Abigail is so carefree and confident that everything will be just fine and work itself out. Brady need to know all the details and takes it on himself to worry about it. The questions he asks me are hilarious and sad and exhausting. The poor guy. On the plus side, he managed to stay in his bed all night and was very pleased with himself this morning. 

Elizabeth is sick and her canines are breaking through. She had a rough time going to sleep last night. Poor girl. But at least she slept all night (although with frequent coughing) and is still sleeping in at 10:30... Hopefully her little body recovers soon. 

Goals for this week... Unpack my suitcases from thanksgiving and Christmas, get groceries, do laundry,  go to whatever appointments are on my calendar, keep my house relatively cleaned, not lash out at my kids. It's lofty, but it's something to work towards. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday

Yesterday, Abigail's school was cancelled due to frigid temps. Today, it was on a 90 minute delayed start for the same reason. It looked beautiful outside so I checked my weather app. 


That's why. -8 degrees with a -20 degree windchill. We had a more leisurely morning getting ready and even read a chapter of Abigail's magic treehouse book before getting in the car to go to school at a blessed 10:30.  

I never take pictures of my kids anymore but this morning I made a concerted effort. Abigail's class is having their blue party today so Abigail is dressed in head to toe blue. I mean, even blue plaid high tops! Thanks to Jodi and Elle for those. 

Also, these two. They both just got out of the bath and put on fresh pj's so Elizabeth's hair looks crazy. Clean but not fancy. Also, she insisted on wearing these pink jelly sandals. Thanks for those, Liza. Elizabeth has been giddy about them all morning. 

And man, my dad knows me so well. This morning, I was enjoying my European chocolate treats while writing in my daily journal. 


Can I just say that I shared my dark chocolate walnut and dig chocolate with Brady and Elizabeth. I am terrible at sharing with my kids, but I did this morning and they were both delighted. Normally I would have eaten the good stuff while giving them cheap chocolate chips or something, but this morning we all lived the high life. They both have a fierce sweet tooth and also, I think they appreciate fine chocolate. 

Last thing for right now, we got our pictures today from the photographer in Atlanta. They're super cute. 



Thursday, January 5, 2017

16 weeks

How far along:  16 weeks  (1.4.17)
Total weight gain/loss: +6 lbs. best guess. this is so hard though because it varies so much from day to day.  
Maternity clothes:  yes. well, kinda.  actually, i guess not.  the only maternity stuff i'm wearing is what is in my regular rotation.  so, a few shirts.  most of what i wear is still non-maternity.  i don't expect to need maternity pants for quite a while though.  right now, i'm just still trying to figure out the trickiness of finding clothes that are somewhat flattering.  cardigans are my best friend because otherwise my midsection looks sooo wide.  it's at least double the distance/thickness from my back to my belly as it was pre-pregnancy.  nothing looks good right now.  
Sleep:  i have weird dreams but they're not out of control. since we got back in town, brady has been scared again at night (of bad people with knives, cutting through our doors and breaking into our home... no, i have no idea where this came from) and sneaking into our bed at night, which means i sleep much less soundly and frequently wake up with headaches and not really ready to greet my day.  
Best moment this week:  my morning with shaylee maybe?  i struggle to adjust to normal life after being in atlanta or with my parents. this helped me a lot.    
Movement:  just the same as what's been going on, which i don't think i've written about yet.  i've been feeling feelings down there for at least two weeks but was hesitant to for sure say it was the baby.  but, as was the case last night, feeling the baby ball up (from the outside) helped me confirm that what i was feeling on the inside was also baby related.  i feel little swooshes and stuff.  i need to ask my doctor at my appointment thursday about it though because i've also been feeling a lot of uncomfortable heaviness.  like how later in pregnancy, the baby will ball up and everything is super still and hard and really uncomfortable.  i've been getting a fair amount of that over the last week, but it doesn't feel "normal" because my baby is only like 4.5 inches long.  i just don't remember feeling this uncomfortable in these situations until much later in pregnancy.  i'm sure it's all fine, but when it's your fourth baby, its disconcerting to still be experiencing "new" things that didn't happen with your other three healthy babies. 
Food cravings:  i don't like thinking of what to eat or preparing food to eat or anything like that, but for the most part, i enjoy food when i eat it.  especially if someone else prepares it for me.  i did really, really well with my eating when i was in atlanta and for the whole two weeks, only threw up one really minor time.  but being back home and preparing my own food made me realize i'm not past the morning sickness all the way yet.  i've been feeling sick at night again (which i did in atlanta, but pretty minorly) and threw up on saturday night (we got back late friday night).  i don't like to look in my fridge or pantry or even be in my kitchen.  but shaylee fed me that great turkey burger lunch with cottage cheese and raw veggies and i thought it was all insanely delicious.  also, we went to texas roadhouse on monday night and i enjoyed my food there too.  i've been eating way too much chocolate and candy.  not because i want it, just because the only "prep" it involves is lifting it into my mouth. what i would give for mom's cooking right now.
Symptoms: nausea and headaches every afternoon that last until i go to sleep, depression (crying and anger and apathy), some increased fatigue, acne, still occasionally feeling like i'm going to faint/pass out, weird dreams, some weird food aversions and random cravings, pure laziness, large stomach...
Gender:  my gut still says girl, just because of my symptoms, but a boy would be great because apparently abigail and brady both want a boy.  i'll be thrilled either way... but i'm still gonna be shocked if it's not a girl.  
What I miss:  not feeling so crappy about my life and being such a crappy mother.  i relish the times that i feel happy or almost happy. most often, i'm just two sad thoughts away from curling up and bed and crying.  i pretty much hate myself 24/7.   
Milestones:  i hit 16 weeks!  i know it's weird, but i've always felt like 16 weeks is when you're legit.  i feel like the last month has been a blur.  what a happy surprise to go from sick in bed all day and feeling like it'll never end to somehow being on the "i've got a small belly and will find out the gender soon" side of it.  
Theme: the week of feeling movement in my belly and sadness in my heart.  
What's different this time around:  
i'm most closely following elizabeth's pregnancy right now i think.  morning sickness mostly over, but still occasionally throwing up.  
Extra:  i'm so glad to have hit 16 weeks!  i'm officially one of those women that wishes away her pregnancy and wants it to pass as quickly and painlessly as possible. far more than even last time, i am so so stressed out by pregnancy depression.  i don't really mind feeling sad (i just count down until the end of my pregnancy when i can be happy again) or apathetic, but holy cow at what a terrible mother i am.  i'm mean and angry and hurtful and feel little to no affection for my kids.  i still really like elizabeth because she's my baby and she's at such a cute age, but even then, i don't want to be around her.  i like to watch her be cute sometimes, but i don't want to actually interact with anyone.  i'm truly terrified at the emotional damage i'm causing our children and how i'm hurting my relationships with them. i keep telling chris that i don't know if i can have anymore kids.  the guilt i feel every day is overwhelming.  i honestly don't know if i can knowingly do this to them again.  so of course this also stresses us out because we've both always wanted at least five kids.  right now, my friend's daughter has agreed to be my mother's helper.  she's only come twice so far (and just plays games with the kids), but i'm hoping that over time she'll come 4 days a week and be able to have a bit more responsibility with the kids.  chris and i agree that we want to pay her more than the amount that she and her mom both put forward as far, and i told chris that that would be good timing to do that when we start requiring more from her.  honestly, i still dream of having a live in nanny because, in an idea world, my kids would be shielded entirely from their terrible mother.  but, that's not happening right now... so an after school mother's helper is the best for right now.  i wish i wasn't so scared of taking medication during pregnancy.  or that there was a harmless, class a drug that has been extensively tested and found to have no effects on the baby.  ugh.  every pregnancy, i swear to myself that i'll go on drugs the next time around.  and then i can never make myself.  i realize i probably sound super dramatic to anyone experiencing more significant pregnancy challenges, but i am weak and this is a big struggle for me right now.  i'm most appreciative of prayers. 

1.4.17 at 16 weeks

1.4.17 at 16 weeks

1.4.17 at 16 weeks

1.4.17 at 16 weeks

ps- i probably could have edited these pictures, but brady was my photographer and i thought he did a pretty okay job. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Today was good

Today was a pretty good day! I suck at being a friend, but luckily I have friends like Shaylee that are so great at reaching out like she did yesterday. Brady and Elizabeth and I went over this morning from 10-2 and played. It was just what I needed after another frustrating morning with Abigail and getting her to school late. Also, Brady was thrilled and loved it (both kids did... The ages with our youngest two match perfectly) and it kept him from napping. Woohoo!  And Shaylee even fed us all lunch. Gourmet turkey burgers and cottage cheese and carrots and cauliflower with ranch. It was so good. I just kept saying "you know this is way more than I even do for myself and my family for dinner, right?!" The kids had cucumbers and cereal and easy mac. Someday I'll move effortlessly through my kitchen. Until then, I'll keep being stressed about slicing up two apples when my kids have friends over. 

We came home, I put Elizabeth down for a nap, Brady watched Mickey Mouse clubhouse, I did misc stuff. Stephanie from across the street dropped off a gallon of milk because she forgot to cancel that week and had too much, and Jodi dropped Abigail off from school because I agreed to watch Mary's kids while she went to the temple tonight to help with youth baptisms. So my three were thrilled to play with friends all evening (well, from 4:15-7, but that's basically from school's out until bedtime) and once again, the ages matched great because Brady had a little boy just a few months younger than he is and Elizabeth had a little girl a few months younger than she is. All five of them played so so well together and it was such a blessing that it worked out so well for being thrown together just a few hours before. 

Chris was able to come home for a bit for part of dinner and then again at 7:15 to put kids to bed. Everything really just fell into place for today considering yesterday morning I had absolutely nothing on the schedule.


I even was able to make progress in cleaning my kitchen and vacuuming downstairs and all the toys are put away. So I at least have a couple of rooms in my house that aren't completely messy whereas a day ago, I didn't even have a clean corner to look at. I'm making progress!  Little by little. Maybe someday I'll even unpack my suitcase from Christmas. And my suitcase from thanksgiving too. Whoops. I suck. 

Anyway, this day definitely had its share of downs, but I feel like this is a pretty good report of the positives to remember. I'm gonna mark it as a success. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy new year!

1.1.17

Church change from 9am to 11am and we were on time to church today! It was so exciting. 

It was my first Sunday as nursery leader since I was recently released as the visiting teaching coordinator. I'm so sad to leave that calling. I need to finish up collecting reports for December and help train the new girl and then I'm done. Seriously so sad. BUT, I'm super excited to be in nursery with Elizabeth. Especially since I was stressing about what if she had a hard time transitioning and I had a Sunday calling and couldn't help her and of course Chris is never available to help during any hours of church. Anyway, the first week was great and Elizabeth did really, really well. 

Despite my best effort to start the year off right with my children, my first words to them for 2017 were "please leave."  Could've been worse, but it probably wasn't the best either. Maybe I'm just giving myself room to improve this year. I'm setting myself up for success! 

I spent nap time in bed. I'm starting the Book of Mormon despite my better judgement, because when I'm pregnant, I'm almost 100% worthless as. Human being. 

I got to write in my new journal for the first time. One of my favorite presents I got for Christmas was this little wooden journal from my dad. It's got hand torn pages and was made by my cousin's wife. Each page has a spot for four entires. So the first page is Jan 1 for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. I've always been fascinated by looking back at the same time, years ago and comparing the two times. Also, I've wanted to own a handmade book for at least 7 or 8 years since I learned they existed. I've always loved my dad's and now I have my own! My biggest struggle right now is to find a safe place I can keep it so I remember to write in it, but so my children can't touch it at all. I'm just so excited for it. 

I was so motivated this New Years, which I'm normally not. Maybe it's because I suck at life so horrifically lately and I hate it. So, I was grateful for the hope and motivation I felt, but it wasn't enough to combat my sadness. I spent a chunk of sacrament meeting trying not to cry (I did pretty well) and held it together until all the kids were in bed (mostly because I stayed in bed and avoided them all evening), but then took my vitamins in the kitchen and then went straight to bed where I cried myself to sleep. Still, I feel grateful to have some hope mixed with my sadness instead of just sadness. 

For next year, I'd love to come up with a New Years family tradition for us. Any ideas? I'd love for it to be outdoors but doable (we live in Colorado so weather is generally cold but varies) and also, in some way, generally symbolize doing something and starting good habits or cultivating a spirit of gratitude. My family's tradition has always been to hike stone mountain (in Georgia) each New Years and it's perfect. Physical, outdoors, good habit, and you're conquering a mountain on the first day of the year so I feel like it adds confidence going forward. 

Also, I'm hoping to blog more in 2017, which will involve me giving up a lot of perfectionist tendencies. 

Hold me accountable, k? 


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

14 weeks

How far along:  14 weeks  (12.21.14)

Total weight gain/loss: 6 lbs?
Maternity clothes:  i still fit into all of my regular clothes just fine and have a long time probably until i'll outgrow them, but the beer belly look i'm sporting is anything but flattering.
Sleep:  pretty normal. 
Best moment this week:  being in atlanta!  hanging out with my family! 
Movement:  just around the river bend, I'm sure. Ha. 
Food cravings:  I've been doing well! I can eat pretty much normally. And there's a lot of stuff that tastes really good! The Brie from last night was really hitting the spot for me. 
Symptoms: nausea and
Gender:  my gut still says girl but I'm holding out hope for a boy too. However unrealistic that is.  We haven't even discussed boy names.
What I miss:  not a ton. I'm feeling alright about life. I wish I felt more affection towards my children, but I'm pretty sure I could write that every week til this kid is born. 
Milestones:  first full week not throwing up, except for a little one night that is barely worth noting. I think I'm over the real first trimester misery! 
Theme: the week of gaining weight. 

obviously, i didn't really do a thorough job for this week.  i didn't even answer all the questions...and maybe one question i stopped mid sentence.  whoops.  

and then i didn't even do an update for week 15. eh.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

13 weeks

How far along:  13 weeks  (12.14.16)

Total weight gain/loss: 1- 2 lbs? i try to remember to weigh myself most mornings but lately, the number hasn't been at all consistent. 
Maternity clothes:  yes.  right now i'm just at that awkward phase where i definitely have a belly but it just looks like I've been to too many holiday parties and drink a carton of egg nog a day. All of my clothes have a long way to go before I grow out of them, but very little is flattering right now. It's winter and I don't leave my house unless absolutely necessary, so I mostly wear leggings/yoga pants/sweats and hoodies. Going out requires a lot more effort to find something that doesn't look horrendous although I'm about ready to give up on that. In the mean time, sweaters, cardigans, and scarves (because they make my top half stick out farther than my belly) have been my go to camouflage.  
Sleep:  it's hit or miss. Brady has been sneaking into our bed and also kissing me and rubbing my arm and back in the morning which is all very sweet but makes for really crappy sleep. And my dreams have been more crazy than usual this past week (one time we were at the cabin and parts of it kept catching on fire while we were sleeping or fires would start under the cabin and I could see the flames through the wood slats and eventually I woke Chris up to evacuate because there were also huge fires really super close like at the top of the hill and he was annoyed that I woke him up because it seemed too precautionary and not quite necessary yet) which is distracting and exhausting. Also, my electric blanket on low means I wake up too hot, but if I turn it off entirely, I wake up too cold. Oh the issues. 
Best moment this week:  enjoying food at holiday parties... Especially Moe's BBQ and pretty much everything at Shanahan's. 
Movement:  just waiting still. I think I never trust that I'm feeling it internally until I can simultaneously feel it externally. I know it'll be in the next few weeks though which is crazy exciting. 
Food cravings:  so I was really looking forward to the BBQ at Moe's Friday night and it did not disappoint. I was pretty much absolutely loving everything I put in my mouth that night. And I was worried if I'd be able to handle much at Shanahan's because I was feeling sick that night and honestly, the food was so amazing except that I wasn't completely in love with my wedge salad or either of the desserts (creme brûlée and chocolate mousse). On Monday I stopped by sprouts after Brady and Elizabeth's doctor appointments (Monday was the best I've felt in quite a while, even if my headache started by 2) and was really craving a lot of things. I mean, I bought cauliflower because I wanted it with ranch and I got potatoes for roasting and a number of other things. I also bought one of those pre made wraps (because I was hungry and knew I had to drive home, feed kids, and get Elizabeth down for a nap before I could figure out something for myself to eat and by that time, I may have a headache and nausea bad enough that I can't eat) which I never ever do because they're so overpriced and sitting out (also probably not great that it was deli meat sitting out... But add that to my medium cooked steak, blue cheese, and Camembert and I'm pretty positive my np Shirelle would have had a fit... Whoops) and I chose roar beef which is totally unlike me but completely made sense with me being pregnant. And I ate almost the entire thing in the car on the way home. Best $4 I spent that day.  In case I haven't mentioned it lately... It is such an enormous blessing to enjoy eating sometimes! It almost always happens between 11am and 1pm because that's my sweet spot of the day for eating, but with all the holiday parties and just random stuff, there are so many times that I love food and it is such a huge blessing. It makes all the difference on my morale. 
Symptoms: nausea, vomiting (I think just Sunday night and Tuesday night) backaches, physically tired and out of breath,  irritable, lazy, sad, angry at my kids, horrific acne, dandruff (I don't remember this in previous pregnancies!), and honestly, I feel like my vision is slightly blurred which I guess is a really thing but now I'm wondering if it also contributes to my headaches. 
Gender:  i keep thinking about a boy lately but I think it's just wishful thinking. When I'm thinking logically (like about what on earth to name this child), I don't ever bother looking at boy names because it would be a waste of time. I still feel confident that it's a girl but would love to be knocked off my feet. I'll be super happy either way. 
What I miss:  not feeling so crappy all the time. My default is just this hard magnetic pull to my bed. It's just this general feeling of unwell with the constant headache and nausea and sadness and fatigue, etc. 
Milestones:  i think I'm in the second trimester now so that's exciting! Things went so slow until 9 weeks but have gone pretty fast (even if not pleasantly) since then. 
Theme: the week of headaches and nausea and hallelujah for holiday party food! 
What's different this time around:  
Extra:  I'm getting super freaked out about the depression setting in more. Like I'm just waiting and watching for the crazy to take over. I frequently spend time trying to remember why I want a life with kids and why I'm having more. Sometimes I just get so sad. Also, I lose my patience with my kids and it's like a reflex that I can't control and don't know when it'll happen. It terrifies me and I spend too much of my day stressing about it. Ugh, this is going to be so rough and I'm such a wuss. I'm so scared for what's to come. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

tis the season for holiday parties

we kickstarted the season on saturday the 3rd with the big party day.  the day we'd originally planned to do nothing, but somehow over the course of that week signed ourselves up for abigail's previous sunday school teachers' baby shower (that we all enjoyed attending as a family and was conveniently located at the library), abigail's gymnastics birthday party of some twins in her class (during which, i shopped at old navy), and the norris's annual christmas party which was great as always.  the food was top notch (of course we brought a plate of brownies but everyone else brought delicious and creative everything-under-the-sun), the company was great, and the gift enchange was highly entertaining.  i left happy and sleepy and stuffed.  so that was saturday.

the following tuesday was our relief society christmas thing at the jones's house.  i wasn't really feeling up for eating, but loved sarah's freshly popped popcorn with coconut oil and pink Himalayan salt. i think i ate something else too... maybe some shrimp and a cookie?  i have trouble passing up shrimp at holiday parties but i ate far less than i would have because i didn't feel too hot.  it was super fun to hang out and talk to people and carpooling with sarah was the best because she makes me so happy.

the next night, wednesday, was honey's company party at punch bowl social.  the drinks were the highlight.  i got a carrot, apple, ginger juice (because i was feeling queasy and supposedly ginger helps that... i'm not convinced) and then had some of honey's chocolate milkshake (which was amazing) and later a hot chocolate (which i do like pretty diluted, but this was maybe even a bit much for me) that wasn't amazing but still warmed me up.  the food was mexican, which i couldn't bear to attempt to stomach, but i really enjoyed the crusty bread and especially the crustini bread toast.  that was the majority of what i ate.  oh, and raw cauliflower with ranch... that's always my favorite.  toast and cauliflower.  we also told everyone that didn't already know our great news and so hopefully people realized i just wasn't feeling well and not that i had a weird or bizarre reason for only eating cauliflower and plain toast.  the environment was fun (it's got a bar feel with games like ping pong, darts, foosball, bocce ball, bean bag toss, etc.) and i mostly hung out with jennifer... as i do at every company event.  i hope she likes me too and isn't just faking it because i'm married to her boss.  when did i become so insecure about myself?!

anyways... friday, at 4:30, we went to the holiday party of one of the companies chris works with.  we go to their holiday party every year and it's great because they always have pictures with santa so we get a santa picture with our kids every year without having to deal with going to the mall or another public place.  it was at moe's bbq (which is where honey's company party was held last year and this holiday party has been held at least once before) and i was dreaming all day of the bbq.  i was averse to bbq when i was pregnant with brady and have been hit and miss with it since.  but moe's has maybe my favorite bbq and the white sauce totally makes it.  and they had a bunch of awesome sides (the corn bread and mac and cheese especially), great salad (i've been craving crunchy lettuce and salads lately), and wonderful fruit and veggies (of course i went for the cauliflower again and all the fruit that i don't have the patience to buy and cut up)... oh, and the desserts.  little dessert cups with banana pudding and kind of trifle sort of concoctions.  i ate as much as i possibly could and was still dying to eat more.  also, of course it was extra fun because of the bowling.  the kids love bowling... and after they all did a game, i did a four person game mostly all by myself.  my legs and butt and back were literally sore for days.  whoops.  also, brady didn't cry about santa (abigail never has but brady did every year until last year maybe?), but elizabeth took that torch for him.  so, that was wonderful.

the next night, saturday, was our ward christmas party at church.  they didn't do a dinner this year (so we ate a late lunch at outback that afternoon and hung out at the castle rock library) and instead did just desserts.  i was planning on eating very little since i wasn't feeling well, but then i saw everything and it pulled me in!  i ate a lot of sweets.  also, elizabeth was super ornery (probably a mix of genuinely hungry and just ticked that i wasn't letting her eat cookies and chocolate cake) and it was kind of miserable because it was like a bad saturday night version of sacrament meeting (which, let me tell you, sacrament meeting the following morning with her was horrific and we arrived during the sacrament hymn... because i suck... and i had to take her out DURING the water prayer because she was screaming bloody murder... that was the extent of the time my bum sat on a pew... maybe i almost cried later... my emotions are not my friend) and i was just soooo ready to get home and to bed.

and then monday night was our last holiday party (thank goodness because we leave town on thursday and i need some downtime) and it did not disappoint.  honey got picked (chosen, appointed, elected?) to be on the parker hospital board to replace his dad having to leave to go on a mission and so this was our first year going to the parker hospital board holiday party... which i don't know the actual name of but i do know it included more than just the board members because the ceo and cfo and regional people and other hospital management were there... and it was great.  not as fun and carefree as say, a relief society activity where i'm friends with most everyone, but the food was phenomenal.  don't get me wrong, everyone i met and talked to was entertaining and friendly, i just felt really out of place.  i felt super young (one guy was talking to us about how he got his dipolma and letter to serve in the vietnam ward on the exact same day... it was fascinating) and frumpy (i didn't wear a dress or heels because my wardrobe choices are super limited if i don't want to show off what currently looks like a huge egg nog addiction) and just didn't know what to say.  but, as i said... the food!  it was at shanahan's, which is a super high end steak house.  the appetizers were bruchetta (the best i've ever had) and a cheese platter (i probably should have avoided it, but helped myself to some crackers and camembert anyway).  the meal included a wedge salad (not mindblowing but still good... too much bleu cheese dressing... which i also probably should have avoided... whoops) and i chose the steak... 14oz bone in, cooked medium.  it was huge and delicious.  the sides were mashed potatoes (which i'm convinced were one part potatoes, one part garlic butter) and grilled asperagus (as honey put it... "you'd think asperagus is just asperagus because what do you do with it, but honestly, the way they make it is amazing") and i ate til i was stuffed.  we asked for our steaks to go.  i really would have loved for all of it to go, but the way the sides were served, it would have been awkward to ask i think.  i've been day dreaming about those potatoes though since i woke up... holy cow.  maybe i can look up a copycat recipe online.  i told honey at least three times on the way home that my biggest regret of the night was not figuring out a way to smuggle home mashed potatoes.  so... i dream about going back but i don't know if i could enjoy the food as much if i was actually paying for it.  but, good news... they have their holiday party their every year so i can at least look forward to another steak next december.

so that concludes our 2016, holiday party marathon.  just kidding... it really wasn't that many.  i think it just seemed like it because it was all over the course of only ten days.

now, can someone come pack for me so i can just be in atlanta already?!?!

sorry for the silence

it's because i'm pregnant again.

i forget that anyone reads this blog besides me until i hear from liza and get the "i need you to post something!" texts.

i'm going to try not to completely fall off the blogging bandwagon, but honestly, i've already been slacking and pregnancy definitely doesn't help because i get depressed when i'm pregnant.  which means that i spend a lot of time in bed and that i don't have anything worthwhile to write about... and also, that i just don't care about writing anything because i typically just use this blog as a way of recording happy things that i don't want to forget.

but, i do want to let it be known that i am extremely happy to be pregnant and growing our fourth child (even if it makes me sad and angry about everything else in my life) and i will do my best not to totally suck at keeping up with occasional things on here.

and for anyone wondering...

i'm 13 weeks tomorrow.
my due date is june 21st.
i've been keeping a weekly pregnancy journal that i'll post (but probably back date) soon.
i'm accepting as many prayers as you'd like to spare time for that my sickness with be lessened, my headaches will be less severe and less frequent, and most importantly, that i will not get too sad or too angry and will somehow still manage to be a decent mother to my children.
also, i'm happy to answer any questions you have, so ask away.

thanks for the love and HI! to anyone that happens to ever check this still.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Brady at 4 years

brady will be turning 4 on sunday.  i remember i had high hopes of writing an awesome post for him when he turned two, including how we celebrated that awesome day (i took him to breakfast at IHOP while abigail was at preschool and we went to the library together) and never got around to it.  so, even though brady isn't quite 4 yet, here's a post for him... better early than never.  

brady has really turned out to be a great little kid.  his main interests include sweets, sports, and growing up.  he also loves anything to do with letters and numbers.  

he likes to watch a show while elizabeth is napping and normally chooses a learning show of sorts.  i would probably choose a magic school bus or thomas the train or rio, but brady almost always chooses a letter factory show or a show about numbers or sight words.  today he chose to watch "what's in the bible?" so i guess he's not totally predictable.  but he is getting super smart from all his shows (and we do practice with flash cards and stuff too) and knows all of his letter names and sounds and can read and sound out short words that follow the phonetic pronunciation that he's familiar with.  also, he enjoys texting on my phone.  it normally says something like "brady mom dad hi dad 0123456789" and then add about thirty emojis (aka "stickers") and repeat.  he can read those flip a word books but doesn't love them yet because they're not super easy.  it's hard for him to remember all the words in a sentence when he's sounding things out one letter at a time.  he hasn't picked up yet on the concept of word families but we're getting there.  

brady's favorite sport is probably baseball, although when you ask him his favorite sport, he almost always pulls out a random one that he doesn't even pay attention to.  i think baseball is actually his favorite sport, but hockey is the one he plays most often at home.  he likes to watch all sports and regularly (like several times a week) asks chris if they can go golfing today.  

he also really wants to grow up soon.  he's always talking about how he wants to be a dad when he grows up.  why?  because he wants to eat treats whenever he wants.  the last few days he wants to be a dad and a cowboy.  he always wants to be a dad and something else and gets stressed sometimes when i don't remind him that these things are not mutually exclusive.  he gets excited when we go to sprouts because "yeay! i want to buy grow food so i can be big like a dad!!!!"  and "yeay! i want to eat lots and lots of broccoli so i can grow big like dad!"  i worry sometimes that he's too readily wishing away his childhood.

brady would probably tell you his best friends are bodie and talan.  he plays with bodie when i volunteer at abigail's school and when my friend janel volunteers at her kids' school.  he is also friends with marshall at church and likes the two next door neighbor boys even though we haven't been able to play with them for a few months because of life being busy.

brady is still the kid of ours requiring the least amount of sleep.  he gets tired some days but i try not to let him nap unless his behavior is horrendous that day and i literally just can't take it anymore.  because when he naps, he has a harder time falling asleep at night and i like lights out to be at 7pm.  he falls asleep shortly after abigail at night and then wakes up during the night and sneaks in bed with me (seriously so annoying) or sleeps til 6am when he sneaks in bed with me (also annoying).  except that when he sneaks in in the morning, sometimes he falls asleep, and sometimes he stays awake while gently rubbing my arm and back and gently giving me kisses on my face and arm.  it's honestly the sweetest thing ever except that i hate it so much because it gives me about a 90% chance of waking up with a migraine.  but seriously... who taught this kid to do that?  he's not trying to wake me up... he's just gently rubbing my arm and giving me kisses.  

brady still looooooves elizabeth.  he's started getting annoyed when she gets into his stuff or ruins something he set up or was working on, but really, he loves her so much.  he and abigail are like a divorced couple still trying to live under the same roof.  it's very love hate.  brady is so quiet and chill and mature when he's around just me, but the second he's also around abigail and/or elizabeth, he's crazy and immature.  he's always trying to be silly and make them laugh.  they love/hate it.  i normally just hate it.  whoops.  but he has such a great heart.  we left the doctor's office today and the nurse said he should choose a sticker for himself and his sister (elizabeth), but as he opened the sticker box, he got super excited to choose a sticker for abigail and was solely focused on finding the best sticker for her.  i'm actually the one that found a sticker for brady for him to keep for himself.  

so, that's brady.  he is super driven and focused which is great when he needs to get dressed or get something done... drives me crazy when he's all "can i have a treat?" thirty times before noon.  he's mature and sweet sometimes and crazy and annoying at other times.  he's also started throwing abigail level tantrums in the last two months... wondering if this is connected with halloween (because it's since then that his candy obsession has become a problem) and wondering how it will progress.  anyway, he's such a fun kid.  he's turning out way better than what i would have guessed 4 years ago.  

and brady's stats at his doctor's appointment today...

height       3' 3.25''       28%
weight   33lbs 9.6oz    30%
bmi           15.33          39%

he's a very proportionate guy... and finally starting to wear some 4T stuff which he is THRILLED about.

happy birthday little guy!