Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
So here we are, still renting the preforclosure. Our property management company told us that we can live there for free in January and February, then we get kicked out because it goes to auction in March.
Twenty minutes after Tom went in, I called, frustrated. Then thirty minutes, then thirty five... It kept going like that until he was finally done fifty minutes later. Luckily I'm a very patient person (tisk, tisk).
The day after Thanksgiving was the first day he got to use it. We went to a place outside of Lynndyl with my dad, brothers, and sister-in-law. A couple of hours later they were all pretty accurate shooters. Good job guys!
First things first... I'm now 17 weeks pregnant and we find out the gender in two weeks!
Here is a blurry picture of how I look at 17 weeks.
Okay, I didn't think I was showing that much until I saw this picture. Yay!
I've still been listening to the heart beat at least twice a day. I took the Belly Beats to my parents house over Thanksgiving and I think one of my young cousins broke it while they were sneaking in my room. It isn't a functional break but I can't fix it. Grrr. $450.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Before I was pregnant I didn't realize how much I would worry. Seriously, I worry about the baby a lot. Sometimes there are days when I don't feel it moving so I worry if it's okay or even if it's still alive.
At my last doctor's appointment Dr. West said I could come in and listen to the baby's heart beat anytime I wanted... without an appointment! (He's super cool)
One day at work I had planned on going to the gym to get some exercise during lunch but then I started freaking myself out and decided to drive downtown to the hospital and listen to the heartbeat. It's not that inconvenient but it takes a little more than a lunch hour so I can't do it all the time -- which, knowing me, I would want to do.
I was voicing my concern to Tasha (who is also pregnant, yay!) and she said she had rented and been using a fetal doppler to listen to her baby's heartbeat.
She is a little further along that I am and can feel the baby more so she offered to let me use the doppler because she was going to send it back.
Of course I took her up on that! I can now listen to the baby anytime I want. It has brought a lot of peace to this mama-to-be.
Thanks again Tash! And Belly Beats for the great product.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Here are the mid poll results...
Which name do you prefer?
38% Madison Kennedy
29% Isabella Claire
13% Madison Isabella
0% Cameron Isabella
If you haven't voted yet, go to http://www.babycenter.com/403_baby-girl-names_8771772_165380263709.bc.
I'll explain why I chose some of the names.
Madison, Kennedy, and Isabella are names that I have loved for a while.
My grandma's name is Clara Belle so I chose to put Isabella and Claire together to kind of reverse her name. Besides, I think it's super cute.
Dr. Cameron is one of the female characters on the show, House, and I liked the name Cameron. My other grandma's name is Camille so I thought that the "Cam" part was close enough. Then I put Cameron and Isabella together to be named after both of my grandmas.
I decided I liked Sophie sometime during one of the 3 times I saw Mama Mia in the theater. I don't know which name would be put as the middle name.
The problem with picking a name is that I want all of them.
Tom was bummed that I only did a poll for the girl name. I asked him if he wants me to do a boy poll. He said yes. I can't understand why. He has made it quite clear that Alexander is his name of choice. However, to humor him I will let you know the boy names I like (besides Lex).
Collin (but that's Carly's name), Liam, Harrison (but would never call a kid Harry, it would have to be the whole thing), Noah, Jack, and Aidan.
I couldn't say I was surprised. A couple of months ago Tom was standing outside and a man from the bank came up to him and asked if he was the owner. Of course he didn't tell Tom anything but it is kind of obvious why he was there (I work for a finance company and we do the same thing).
It's nice to be aware that we might be getting kicked out of the house that we are renting. By the way, we are always on time paying rent so it's not like the owner isn't getting our money.
Luckily, earlier in the day we went with a realtor to look at houses. We found one that we really like and made an offer.
It is 5,200 sq ft, 7 bed, 4 bath. It is bank owned and an absolute steal of a deal! We definitely don't need a house that big but it is the price of a house half the size. We really love that it has a basement. Most houses in the Boise area don't.
Hopefully our offer is accepted but if it isn't, we'll find another great deal.
I love this economy!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tom and I have picked a name for a boy (Alexander Thomas, Lex for short) but we can't decide on a name for a girl. We have a long way to go and I might totally and completely change my mind but for now, I did a poll.
Go to http://www.babycenter.com/403_baby-girl-names_8771772_165380263709.bc to vote for the name that you like best.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I think I started to feel the baby last Friday. I know it is super early (12 weeks) but it feels like a little fish swimming around in my belly or like someone let a butterfly loose and it's trying to find its way out. I felt it Friday, then nothing Saturday or Sunday. I started feeling it again Monday and it hasn't stopped for more than a couple of hours. I guess it could be gas or whatever but I've never really felt gas this subtle or this often.
I'd love coments on how early other people have felt their babies. Everything I read says I shouldn't feel it for about 4 more weeks. My doctor said I might feel it earlier because I'm pretty fit. Any thoughts?
On a side note, I was just released from the nursery after 10 months. It was an okay calling but I didn't get to know anyone in our ward. We've only been in it for 10 months. I just got called as the young women's girls camp coordinator for our ward to the stake. I'm not sure the exact name of my calling but I'm super stoked! I am also supposed to help with personal progress. I'm going to the combined activity tonight to carve pumpkins... well, I'll probably watch them. Tom and I have a pumpkin carving date tomorrow night.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
We started our flight that went Boise-Salt Lake City-1 hr layover-Atlanta-3 hr layover-Lima-7 hr layover-Cusco. It sounds like a long trip but the way home was worse. We stayed in Cusco for that night then caught a train to Aguas Calientes, which is the town closest to Machu Picchu.
Aguas Calientes is a little tourist town full of restaurants and shops in the middle of the Andes . At this time I was 6 weeks pregnant and the major symptom was an aversion to the smell of food, which did not go well with the smell of the town.
For our first meal in Aguas we decided to eat at a place that had typical food of Peru in the name. Great! Who wouldn't want typical food while in peru? We sat down and as I was admiring the decor, I saw this picture above me of President Hinkley, Monsen, and Faust. Of course we had to take a picture.
Our little hotel was at the top of the city so we got to climb a b'jillion stairs to get there -- super great to stay in shape. This picture is from our window.
Obviously while we were there we went to Machu Picchu. Shell and I wanted to hike there. We looked at a tourist information thing that said that the hike was easy. Ok, easy to me means you could push a wheelchair. No. We get to the base of this hike and watch the switchback of stairs zig-zag to the clouds. Gulp.
We started the hike anyway as we watch bus after bus of Asian tourists pass us on their way to the top. Long story short, Tom and I got in a minor arguement and the result was that we ended up with only one picture of the hike, and only because I made him take it of me so I could have the proof.Finally we reached the top, and subsequently, Machu Picchu.
A quick history of Machu Picchu: It is the site of an ancient Inkan city. The name means "old mountain." If I remember correctly, it was built in the 15th century out of the granite that is in the mountain. Each stone was cut precisely so they could all fit together without mortar (so, like the Salt Lake temple but way earlier). It was inhabited for 100 years before the Spanish came and took over the country.
There is a trail (called the Inkan Trail) that takes about 4 days to hike and it goes through a bunch of ruined Inkan cities. We met some guys who did it. They said it was brutal, especially because of the altitude (7500 ft).
Fast forward to the next morning around 8:30. Robb was feeling a little uncomfortable going with a tour guide we found on the street. He got us all thinking about being kidnapped for American ransom or something. We decided that if he wasn't there by 9 then we would go buy a seperate tour.
We happened to be touring on the world day of tourism. I love when they try to make signs in English and don't quite have it how we would, Mister Tourist.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
(This isn't our ultrasound pic but it is the same age as our baby now.)
We found out I am pregnant about two weeks before we went to Peru and had our first ultrasound the day after we got back.
We're happy to report that everything is normal and the baby has a healthy heart rate of 170! The doctor said that the old wives tale says that a fast heart rate is indicative of a girl. We'll see. I guess there's a 50% chance.
It was really neat to see the heart beat. I think that was the first time Tom was excited and not just nervous.
I'm doing well -- no vomiting yet (knock on wood). I get a little nauseated, especially when I'm hungry, so I am constantly eating. The smell of food is revolting to me right now. I hear that doesn't change. I guess I'll just stick to Honey Nut Cheerios.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Yesterday Tom and I got back from a 12 day vacation in Peru. We hiked to Machu Picchu, rode horses, and a bunch of other stuff I'll maybe talk about when I upload some pictures.
It was a great experience and with the American economy stuff going on right now I am a firm believer that anybody whining about how freaked out they are should go spend a week in a 3rd world country. We saw a lot of people who don't have more than an adobe shack, a vegetable garden and a donkey... don't even mention a car.
Actually, we rarely saw anyone with a car (besides a taxi driver) and when we did, it was usually a 1980's American reject car that most people here would be embarrassed to drive. Oh, and by the way, gas was 15 soles a gallon, which equals 5 American dollars.
Anyway, I am so glad to be back in this amazing, wonderful country where I can open my mouth in the shower and not worry about getting a parasite, go to work in an air conditioned cushy job, and return home to my 3 bed 3 bath house where I can flush toilet paper in the toilet and drink a glass of water out of the tap.
I Love America!!!
Pictures coming soon.