Sunday, December 22, 2013

....still no baby


Pregnancy Update! 

I'm not quite sure if its possible for my belly to get any bigger...but it probably is. Scary thought.



How far Along?

40 weeks, 3 days
(for those of you who are new to this baby thing that means my due date was three days ago)

How big is Baby?

I haven't actually gotten an ultrasound confirming baby's real actual size, but according to the Baby Center website he's about the size of a small pumpkin:


Aka about 7 1/2 pounds and about 20 inches long. 
Now, those of you who know me know that I have pretty much accepted the fact that I am going to have a GINORMOUS baby. My mom had big babies (I was 10 lbs 6 oz) and both of my tiny petite sisters-in-law on Cameron's side have had BIG babies despite their small statures. So I have BIG coming from the Griffith and the Jensen side. So the last time I went to the doctor I asked him straight up: 
"Is there anything telling you that this baby is huge?"
He laughed. I was completely serious. 
He told me that there was absolutely nothing telling him that this baby was any bigger than average. It gave me a little comfort....but I still imagine pushing this out of my vagina:


How am I feeling?
You know what? I'm still feeling pretty good! I have good days and bad. Mostly good. The other day I had a BAD day and I thought maybe it was because he was coming. He didn't. Most days I still feel really good and am still able to exercise, clean, and function fine. 

What do I miss?
 I miss running. And hugging my husband without a big huge belly between us. And sleeping well (that will not return to me from what I hear). I also miss being busy. I know that this sounds crazy, but I actually MISS working. I miss relishing my down time instead of being bored out of my mind. I am also missing out on being at home with my family right now for the holidays which is really hard for me. I am already excited for next Christmas when the three of us can take part in the festivities! 

Symptoms?
Unfortunately I have felt nothing. No contractions. No cramping. No nothing. Which means the baby is still hanging out waaaay too high to be born. 

Cravings?
I haven't had a pregnancy full of crazy cravings. The last few days I have really wanted like fancy salads. I think the baby is telling me to ease up on all those holiday treats. 

Highlights of the week?
Baby is still active and healthy. I have to be grateful for that :)

NEXT UP!?!

BABY! 


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Turkey Day 2013







Thanksgiving 2013 was unlike any Thanksgiving I have ever had. Considering I was already 37 weeks pregnant on Thanksgiving, Cameron and I were not able to travel anywhere to be with friends and family. Anybody who knows me knows that I am a big baby when it comes to missing out on family time. ESPECIALLY during the holidays. When Cameron and I found out that we were due in December it was really hard for me to accept knowing that we would be spending both Thanksgiving AND Christmas here in San Diego (most likely alone) because baby boy would be making his appearance sometime between the two holidays. Oh the sacrifices that parents make for their children...even before their out of the womb!

Regardless of the fact that we were unable to travel to see family, Cameron and I had a very peaceful and enjoyable Thanksgiving. We made a big turkey feast just for the two of us. Neither Cameron or I had ever made a turkey before and I tell you what...It super duper intimidated me!

I think I called my mom like 100 times just about the turkey

Also, seriously, raw turkeys are disguuuusting


...But I am proud to say that in the end I was able to not only get the turkey in the oven but stuff it with some delicious stuffing (thanks to Mom and Aunt Jeans over-the-phone tutoring session) Here's the bird in the oven just before we added the Apricot Glaze.



So proud of my apricot-glazed 1st turkey ever! (also, yes, I am totally swollen already...and really pale...but at least I was showered)

Cameron carving our first turkey! Bearded again (and yes, I like it...more like love it)



-Green bean casserole (my first time ever having it. It was not a tradition in our family. Cameron was completely appalled that I had never had it. It was pretty good!)
-Mashed Potatoes
-Turkey
-Homemade rolls
-Stuffing
-Pretzel Crusted Jello Salad

-Best holiday drink ever: Sparkling Cider!







I also have to write about my very first experience ever

BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING

I grew up hearing my mom and aunts talk about how only crazy people Black Friday shop. I agree with them. But this year because we are a poor college family and we are trying to prepare for baby...Cameron showed me some of the ins-and-outs of Black Friday shopping.

Now before you imagine my huge 37-week-pregnant self pushing, grabbing, yelling, and participating in stampedes, that is DEFINITELY not how it went down...

We went to Toys-r-us and Target on Thanksgiving night. BOTH of which were CRAZY. I mean, I will stand in a line for 2 hours to go on a ride at Disneyland, but to buy a few toys? I don't think so. People are nuts. We ended up going to see Frozen while we waited for the lines at Target to go down. I'm so glad we did! It was one of the cutest Disney movies we have ever seen! Great story, great music, great movie! If you haven't seen it yet, GO!

On Black Friday we stocked up on diapers and wipes from Babies-R-Us, got a Pack-and-Play for a great price, baby laundry soap, a hand mixer, got new pillows and sheets, and we found a Baby Bjorn carrier for about $25.00 less than we could find them anywhere else! I have to admit, I am PRETTY proud of the things we have found to prepare for baby. We really saved A LOT on things we were going to have to buy anyway! Good feeling. And the stores were really not that crazy on actual Black Friday during the day. 


I hope everyone else had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year I am so thankful for a wonderful husband, this baby boy inside of me, for the beautiful place that I live. I am thankful to have spent this holiday with my own little family and have some down-time before the baby comes. We have so much to be thankful for! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Baby Shower!

Baby Shower
November 9, 2013

Last weekend was my baby shower. So many people came and helped but MOST of the hard work and hostessing was done by my sister, Tara, and my mom. They made it a children's storybook theme. Each person invited was asked to bring a children's book for our baby boy and to write a note to him on the inside. All of the decorations were children's book theme. It was the BEST baby shower I have EVER been to (If I do say so myself...and I do)


The Very Hungry Caterpillar-One of my favorite books growing up

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes-Made by my ever so talented sister, Tara


My sisters and I-Callie, me, and Tara

My amazing mother-what oh what would I do without her!? She's the only one who will sit and listen to me talk and talk and talk about the baby without wanting to poke her own eyes out. At least i'm pretty sure...at least she never makes me FEEL like she wants to poke her eyes out. 


My mom, me, and my Grandma Donna (Grandma D definitely got the jean memo for the day-lookin' classy as ever Grams!)

Shayla and Mary-I absolutely adore these girls. I was sad I didn't get to catch up with everyone as much as I wanted to! I love you girls! Thanks for coming! 

Aunt Lisa, Amanda, Denise


Hillary and Dale Richards, Rachael, and Lenora-I have known these ladies for pretty much as long as I can remember. So good to have such love and support from such awesome women. 


Jana and Sienna! You might not know this, but you are looking at my son's future bride right here. My grandbabies are going to have really beautiful curly hair. I can't wait!
(Yea, Sienna is going to be a cougar...just like me :))


My cousin Tiana. So so so grateful to have this wonderful woman in my life. She's got a whopping TWO kids already so she can and HAS given me SO MUCH good advice. 

Kyra Liggett-But she'll always be Kyra Heffner to me. Kyra was one of my BEST friends growing up. So great to reconnect with so many loved ones. 

Sister Brown! Love this lady so so much. She is my baby's CHURCH grandma. So grateful to have so many wonderful supports in my life and in my baby's life already. 

presents!

I was OVERWHELMED with the amount of gifts I received. I got SO many books for my future children, which makes me SUPER stoked. Some of my FAVORITE presents were the quilts that I received. My aunt Lisa made baby boy a quilt-her FIRST QUILT EVER. You should have heard the oohs and ahhhhs as I opened it up. This lady is a natural born quilter. It was so cool to get these handmade items that have become my family's heirloom pieces.




Tara and Callie really appreciated that I received TWO sets of this outfit. 



Me and my cousin-Mette is just about 7 weeks behind me in her pregnancy. She's having a baby girl. So fun to have a part of the family to go though it with! 

 It's hard to believe that in less than 5 weeks (hopefully) Cameron and I will be parents. I'm so excited/scared/nervous/ecstatic Its hard to put in to words how blessed I feel. To be a mother, to have so much love and support in my life, to have such a wonderful husband, to be alive, to have such a wonderful family behind me to support me and love me. I'm just grateful. So grateful.
 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Baby Baby Baby Baby....Week 28


Baby Jensen Update!



How far Along?

28 Weeks
Why, HELLO 3rd Trimester!

How big is Baby?

14.8 Inches and weighs about 2 1/4 lbs
About the size of a LARGE eggplant

  
How am I feeling?
Remember these pictures of Kim Kardashian that came out when she was pregnant?



Remember how everyone called her a Killer Whale and were APPALLED at how HUGE she was? Pictures were sprawled everywhere of her stuffing her face with french fries with articles titled: "I Can't Stop Eating!" I just want to say, Kim, girl, I understand. And say what you will about Kim and the Kardashians, but no pregnant woman needs to be told she looks like a whale.
NEWS FLASH:
We already feel like Shamu

Enough about Kim, I am seriously starting to feel huge. The best thing is the comments I have gotten in the last week or so:

"You know that moment where you are just so big that you just want to get the thing out of you?" 
um....no. Actually I feel fine. Thank you for assuming I feel that way already though. Maybe I look bigger than I feel?

Brother when Cameron and I walked into church: "NOW THAT LOOKS LIKE A FAMILY ABOUT TO HAPPEN!" 
Nope. Still have 3 months to go, but thanks. 

I think I am just starting to get a little scared because baby boy still has 12 weeks to grow and I am already feeling like I can't possibly get any bigger.

Don't worry moms out there, I know that I will. You don't have to tell me.

What do I miss?

Starting to forget life pre-pregnancy...um...I miss not feeling winded when I walk up stairs. I'm pretty sure that was once a reality for me.
Pretty sure...

Symptoms?
My lower back is starting to hurt...but other than that I really have had a really easy 2nd Trimester. No nausea and feeling really quite energetic. I'm on the hunt for a good belly band currently. My doctor suggested getting one of those for the back pain. Any suggestions of places to look/brands are welcome.

Cravings?
Still hamburgers. This baby is either going to love hamburgers or hate them. But this mama wants hamburgers ALL. THE. TIME.
Also, lovin me some pepper-jack cheese.

Highlights of the week?
This week something really neat was when I was starting to go to sleep one night I curled up behind Cameron. My belly was in his back and I could feel baby boy push up against Cameron like he was a little too close for comfort. It was like we were all cuddling...except for Cameron and Baby Jensen didn't like it and I did :) It's been so neat feeling him move so much lately. Love the constant reminders that he is there and he is OK. I also love that he can hear us now.

NEXT UP!?!
As my doctor said we are finally now in the "final stretch." Crazy to think in roughly 12 weeks we will have a little baby in the house. I can't wait to hold him and kiss him and play with him. Now I just have to continue to learn a lesson I am afraid I am going to be learning for years to come:

how to be patient

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Baby Jensen is a............




20 Weeks-The day before we found out we were having a boy

 How far Along?

20 weeks 5 days
OVER half way now!

How big is Baby?

10 inches long!
About the size of a banana


Weighs 15 ounces (this is an actual number from our ultrasound. Baby boy is almost a pound already, which is right on track!)


How am I feeling?
Still feeling tired. But then again, chasing around 24 3 and 4 year olds would exhaust anyone...pregnant or not, can I get an AMEN? Other than that I feel pretty darn good. I've had some aches in my stomach, you know, feeling like I have a yeast ball in my stomach slowly expanding...but that seems normal, right? Cause I DO have something expanding in me! I have been told that this is the happiest time of pregnancy (2nd trimester) and I think that's true. I feel really good physically even though I'm getting bigger...I am still small enough to get around ok and feel plenty comfortable. Not quite Killer-Whale status yet ;)

What do I miss?
-Feeling fit. Super duper miss hardcore workouts. I hope I remember this and jump back on the bandwagon as soon as I have this baby!
-Not feeling like I am going to pee my pants every 15 minutes

Symptoms?
My gag reflex is still going strong, but I only gag when I am thirsty or hungry...or brush or floss my teeth. Or think about something gross.
Also the feeling like I have a yeast ball in my stomach thing...

Cravings?
hamburgers, cereal, and goldfish crackers
Still not liking the sweets. I'm not complaining. This body does NOT need any unnecessary calories right now.

Highlights of the week?
Our 20 week ultrasound
Finding out our baby is a BOY!
When we were starting the ultrasound the technician asked, "do you want to find out the sex today?" and Cameron and I eagerly nodded our heads. She said, "ok, but it wont be til the end of the ultrasound that I will be able to tell you." About a minute later as she is trying to take measurements of the organs and body parts she says, "Well, I can tell clearly what it is already, do you want me to tell you now?!" I looked at Cameron and I wish I could have taken a picture of his face. He shook his head excitedly and she says, "It's a boy" and showed us his little penis. Our son was definitely not shy. I teared up when I heard the words, but kept my composure. Mostly I was just overwhelmed with finally knowing and the reality of a real child inside. I was so happy. We wanted a boy first. I think both of us like the idea of having a big brother for the rest of our children. It just felt right to us. Cameron wasn't at all surprised. He knew he was having a son from the beginning but SO many people told us we were going to have a girl that I had convinced myself that they were right. I would have been thrilled with either one, but sitting there and watching our son rub his little eyes and stretch his arms above his head on the screen was one of the most beautiful moments of my entire life. We love him already.
Everything looks really good so far, he is progressing as he should and he is developing as he should. We are so grateful for a healthy baby. He is jumping around like he is in a disco tech in my womb right now so I think he is pretty happy too. :)

Dear Baby Boy Jensen,
We hope you have your fathers sportiness and your mothers singing abilities. Because the opposite would be sad.
We love you,
Mom and Dad

NEXT UP!?!

-Deciding on a nursery theme and colors! I really want something unique and not super cheesy. Any suggestions?


First baby boy outfit and blanky from one of my students :)




Monday, July 22, 2013

Safari Park




Ever since Cameron and I moved to San Diego we have talked about going to the Safari Park. Well...just like everything else that costs money, like Sea World...:(, we haven't wanted to spend the extra cash to go.

BUT...YAY for my parents because when they came to visit they bought us year-long memberships to the San Diego Zoo and you get to go to the Safari Park with your membership, too! WE WERE STOKED.


Saturday our friend Jake came into town to go to a wedding AT THE SAFARI PARK. Can you imagine?! Well...this might help you imagine it:





I'm sorry, but wow. When I first heard they were getting married there I thought it was crazy...but then I saw the location and these pictures and I changed my mind.

So, if you're looking for a really awesome place to get married...it's pretty awesome. Who doesn't want to take Man and Wife picture with a cheetah? COME ON!

Anyway, before the wedding festivities started Jake, Cameron, and I headed over to the Safari Park and explored from about 10:00-3:30 when Jake had to go meet up with the wedding party.

Bald Eagle

Cameron and Jake 



 Lemur Walk
Apparently Lemurs are docile enough that they are able to allow the crowds to walk right through their cage! This Lemur, my friends is literally right in front of us. NO CAGE. Well, it was IN A CAGE, but so were we! It was cool.
They like to move it, move it, they like to move it move it (Sorry, I hang out with 3 and 4 year olds all day)


How Far Along are You!?
Yep, you've guessed it, folks. I finally look pregnant enough that some brave soul in the bathroom asked me how far along I am. I was shocked because just a couple weeks ago I was saying to Cameron, "I think maybe I'm getting bigger and looking more pregnant." Cameron looked at my belly and said, "I think if I didn't know you I would probably just think you were chubby." HAHA...Oh sweet husband. But, it's true, really. I'm just barely getting big enough that I don't just look fat. But in this picture...I kind of just look fat. I'll take a better belly picture when I go home this weekend. Promise.  



Lily Pads
Here's Jake and I trying out the lily pads on the water...you're supposed to be able to see how frogs feel jumping from pad to pad. I was more concerned with shoving my face with the Goldfish in my hand :/





Cheetah Run!

At 3:00 every afternoon they bring the Cheetah out and let the people see her run! Even though it was a lot of waiting around for a short amount of time watching her run it was pretty spectacular to see. You know Cheetahs can get up to 70 miles per hour!? 


 After Jake headed over to the wedding I felt like I was going to fall over dead. I was SO. TIRED. I have been feeling so much better than before, I think I overestimated my capabilities. The Safari Park is GINORMOUS. By 3:30 I felt like I had just spent a 14 hour day at Disneyland. But before we left Cameron and I took the one safari ride we could for free. They have several packages where you can do really cool close encounters with animals, but you have to pay quite a bit extra to do that. Which I think is ridiculous. That would be like Disneyland making you pay 40 bucks extra to take a picture with Mickey!




There are only 7 White Rhinos left in the world and they have 2 of them here at the Safari Park! 


Even though I thoroughly exhausted myself and fell asleep at 8:00pm that night I was so glad we went. Can't wait to go again.

ALLISON WAGSTAFF, don't you want to come work here?! Cameron and I kept talking about how cool it would be if you could move down here and work at the Safari Park!!!