Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 27 & 28 Weeks!

Why hello THIRD trimester! I really can't believe it. He's going to be here SO soon. We can't wait to meet him!

Baby is the Size of a: Last week he was the size of a head of cauliflower and this week he's an eggplant. He's over 2 pounds and 14 1/2 inches long! My niece was born at 28 weeks, so I actually have a pretty good idea of what he looks like right now. Oh man, she was SO tiny! And now she's a perfectly healthy almost teenager :) It is comforting to know that if something crazy happened, he has a pretty high chance of surviving if he was born right now. Having a miscarriage right before this baby has really made pregnancy scarier for us, but reaching milestones like this makes us so grateful and relieved that he's come so far and been so brave and healthy! I tell him every day that he's so brave and such a good boy :)

Cravings: I definitely have had a more regular appetite lately, but I wouldn't say I have any big cravings. I guess I really like soda right now, which is kind of weird for me. Vanilla Coke is where it's at!

Food Aversions: Hmm, actually I don't think I have any food aversions right now.

Symptoms: I was SO excited to write up this post and share the exciting news that I haven't thrown up in two weeks... but then I did something really dumb. I decided that since I'd been feeling so much better I was going to stop taking my medicine on Friday. Yeah, not a great idea. I threw up last night and now I know I just need to take my medicine until he's born. No more experiments!

Fears: You know what, I feel pretty good actually. Of course I'm still nervous for labor and taking care of a newborn and becoming a mom, but overall my excitement is totally outweighing my nerves.

General Mood: Just so happy and grateful. Landon and I talk a lot about our sweet baby we lost in July, and how this baby boy truly is our little miracle. When we first found out I was pregnant again we wouldn't even really talk about it because we were so scared to get excited and heartbroken again. But look at him now! He's so big and so healthy. I can't believe it! My heart could burst.

Sleep: Oh man, I have always been such a good sleeper. But I'm starting to wake up at least 5-6 times every night and then it's so hard to go back to sleep. I think I wake up to baby boy kicking me, because every time I wake up he's totally having a party. Also, my hips ache so bad. I think I'm going to try sleeping with a pillow between my legs and see if that helps.

Maternity Clothes: For the one day a week I actually get dressed, yep ;) I actually still wear my regular shirts, so hopefully I'm not stretching them out too much haha.

Movement: Yes! It will never, ever get old. I get sad when he's sleeping and SO excited when he wakes up. I love to watch my belly and to push back where he's pushing and of course tell him how sweet he is and how much I love him. It's so funny because the puppies always think I'm talking to them when I talk to the baby. Poor things, they have no idea what's coming... Also my favorite part of the day is waking up every morning. Landon and I cuddle for a few minutes and he puts his hand on my belly and baby boy kicks away to say good morning. It's so special and seriously my favorite thing in the world. Landon is really so in love with this baby, my heart could just burst. This baby is so, so loved.

Looking Forward To: So many things! We leave for Hawaii in a little over two weeks! We are sooo excited! And then right after Hawaii I'm having my baby shower! My sisters are planning it and I can't wait to see everyone and talk about all things BABY :)

So a few other exciting things from the past few weeks-I finally finished painting baby boy's crib. YAY! It seriously took 20 hours. Oh man, not super fun. But it looks SO cute! It's actually Landon's crib that he slept in when he's a baby, so it's just really special. I loved watching Landon set it up--he's a proud daddy! :) And now I go look in baby's room at least once a day because I love looking at it!

I also found a really cheap dresser online that is in great condition so now I'm painting that! I can't wait to get his room all set up. It just makes everything feel so much more real. He's really going to be here at our house! I can't believe it.

And here are the bump pictures. I know, I know. I'm huge :)

We sure love you baby boy! 12 more weeks (or hopefully a little less!) We can't wait to meet you!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 25 & 26 Weeks!

So much to say this week! It's really been a busy past few weeks, which I guess is a good thing because time is still flying by! Everyone says the last part of pregnancy is going to drag on but for some reason I just feel like Baby Boy is going to be here before I know it. And that thought makes me want to cry happy tears one second and then tears of utter terror the next second. I try to push anxiety out of my mind, but sometimes the reality that I'm going to have a tiny person that I'm responsible for just makes me feel so completely overwhelmed! We are going to be parents in 14 weeks... whaaaaat?!

Okay so last week at 25 weeks I was SO sick. Like back to puking daily, multiple times a day. It was terrible! On top of that, I had to go to the doctor because I got an infection. Which really isn't a big deal and so common in pregnancy, but I've never had a UTI and I was so worried about the baby. I was worried that I had let it go on for too long and that my baby was sick too. He seriously hadn't been moving like his crazy self that week, so I was basically just a nervous wreck. I called Landon to tell him I had to go to the doctor and he could tell I was upset and tried to help me calm down. When I got to the office my phone started ringing and it was Landon telling me he would be there in a few minutes! Sweet boy!! He left work early to come be with his panicked wife. I love him so much. Anyway, everything was fine and the next day I felt so much better (thank you antibiotics) and Baby Boy was back to moving around like a crazy person ha! I asked Emma, my sister who is an OB, if when my body has an infection if it makes my baby feel sick. And she said yeah, it definitely makes him feel "off." My heart pretty much broke. I knew Baby Boy wasn't being himself... it's because he felt off! Oh man, poor baby!

So the week started off a little rough, but ended really awesome because we got to have another ultrasound with Emma! He is seriously the cutest thing. His little legs were crossed and his little hands were up by his face. I love seeing his mouth open and close and love seeing him wiggle. We love him SO much!

We also finally started getting some stuff done to get ready for him! We registered, which by the way is SO overwhelming. Like why on earth are there 100 different strollers to choose from?! Ha. Anyway, it feels good to have that done because I've been stressed about it haha. I also started painting his crib. For some reason painting it made it all seem real. Like it just hit me that there is going to be a baby sleeping in this crib in MY house. Of course I just started crying, but definitely happy tears.

Okay so let's get to the update. I still have more stories to tell but they'll fit nicely with the questions :)

Baby is the Size of a: Last week he was a rutabaga and this week he is a scallion. Apparently he is 14 inches and about 2 pounds. That's huge!

Cravings: This past week I felt a little better, so when I feel better my appetite is back to somewhat normal. So this week the craving was a pizookie--a huge cookie fresh from the oven so it's still mushy and warm with vanilla ice cream on top. Mmmm!

Food Aversions: I don't know, nothing really. I guess I try to stay away from trying anything new or anything that might make me gag. I ate a cutie this week that had a seed in it (they're supposed to be seedless!) and I seriously almost threw up. Ha!

Symptoms: Well, last week was terrible with puking every day but this week I've actually felt pretty good. And by pretty good I mean I'm still nauseous almost all day but didn't throw up as much haha. It's so great to have a break from the puking, but it probably means that this coming week will be rough.

Fears: Everything is starting to feel so much more REAL. So I'm starting to get stressed about everything we have to get done before the baby comes. And then of course, just stressed about parenthood in general but I remind myself that I just have to take it one day at a time :)

General Mood: Happy!

Sleep: I am definitely starting to wake up more in the night. Like every time I roll over, or I get up to pee like 3 times haha. But I'm still sleeping pretty good!

Maternity Clothes: Yes! My regular shirts are starting to become belly shirts now, so that's been kind of funny.

Movement: Okay this week I had the coolest experience! I was spazzing out. So I felt the baby's hand pushing up on my tummy, not like a little jab but just pushing. Then he stopped so I pushed back in the same spot and he pushed me back! It was like he was saying hi to me! It was the coolest thing and I was freaking out! He also is just a busy busy boy and sometimes he just goes crazy. I say he's having a party! He is WAY more active at night and in the middle of the night, so this is going to be a real problem when he's born and he thinks nighttimes are for parties! Also, he still loves Landon and gets extra kicky when Landon talks to him or sings to him. :) It basically melts my heart into a little puddle. I can't handle it! Landon is already the best daddy.

Looking Forward To: We are going on a baby moon to Hawaii next month!!!! AHHH! Okay so here's the story. My work does this thing called "paid paid vacation" where they PAY you $2,000 to go on vacation once a year. Coolest thing ever right? Well the only problem is you don't qualify until you've been working there for 6 months... which would put me at 38 weeks. So we were planning on doing a stay-cation in Salt Lake, which would've been fun but kind of a bummer that our last "trip" before the baby was just here. Plus we haven't been on a vacation since October 2014! Which is weird for us, because we like to vacation! Well, Landon had the idea to ask my work if they would let me take my vacation early because of my pregnancy but just wait to submit the receipts for reimbursement until I was qualified. And guess what? They made an exception for me!!!!! I seriously work for the BEST company. Of course I just started bawling haha and we got to planning that night! We're going to Oahu for 6 days and we are SO excited! I'm spoiled rotten and have been to Hawaii 4 times, but this is Landon's first time. Yay! He's also getting certified for scuba diving so that'll be SO cool for him to scuba in Hawaii. I'm fine with just snorkeling :) Anyway, we are SO excited! We really vacation for cheap, so we found really cheap flights, cheap rental car, and cheap places to stay. We LOVE using Airbnb! Basically you rent out someone's entire apartment/condo so you get a full kitchen and everything, but it's WAY cheaper than any hotel. Plus they have things like snorkel gear, body boards, beach chairs, etc. so we get to use all that which is way convenient!

One of the places we are staying is right on the beach so we can walk right from the condo to our own little beach and cabana!

Okay so that was a big update! Now for the bump pictures. I'm feeling rather LARGE lately :)

Only two more weeks left in the second trimester! Ahhhh!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 23 & 24 Weeks!

Oh man, only 16 more weeks to go?! That means only 8 more of these posts. I can't believe how time is flying. Sometimes I get REALLY overwhelmed at the thought of how much my life is going to be changing in just a few months. We are SO excited, but nervous and scared all at the same time! Such a ball of emotions!

Anyway, here's the update :)

Baby is the Size of a: Last week he was a large mango and this week he is either an ear of corn or a cantaloupe. It's so funny that we compare the baby's size to food. Basically, he's humongous and almost a foot long and 1.5 pounds! The baby app said that his brain waves are similar to those of a newborn, so that means he can actually have conscious thought and memory. He's SO smart!!!

Cravings: Still not having any weird cravings. I mainly just want carbs and plain food.

Food Aversions: Still not loving food in general. I can eat pretty normal during the day, but I always have to be careful what I eat for dinner because it's most likely coming up...

Symptoms: I go through waves of feeling okay and then feeling terrible. Last week I was puking 2-3 times every day for 5 days straight and that was pretty much miserable. But now I've gone 3 days without puking, so I'm grateful for the days when I feel a little better! But I'm still nauseous every day, even though I'm taking two "miracle" drugs that supposedly stop nausea. Ha! I also woke up a few nights ago with a terrible charlie horse and Landon just had to rub my leg to make it go away. It killed! And now my leg is still all tight. I feel like my body is just a mess haha.

Fears: SO many haha. But I also just found out at my last doctor's appointment that he won't induce me until a week after my due date. I have SO many problems with this... 1) He's going to be huge and I don't want a 10 pound baby 2) He'll be born close to Mother's Day so that means for the rest of his life, his birthday will always be around or ON Mother's Day. I could care less about giving my baby the spotlight on Mother's Day, but what about his future wife?! I'm stressing. 3) He's going to be huge. Anyway, I had my first dream about him the other night! I have been wanting to dream about him forever. In my dream he was born a week late and he was like the size of a toddler. And after I fed him, he picked up his burp cloth and started wiping his mouth!!!! I just started sobbing and saying, "see! He's too advanced! He's too advanced because he came a week after his due date! He shouldn't know how to wipe his mouth! He's not even a baby anymore!" hahaha! I guess I'm just really worried that if he's born late I'll miss the whole newborn/baby stage ;)

General Mood: So so happy. And everything makes me cry haha.

Sleep: Always sleepy and always ready for a nap haha. I love how much sleep I'm getting though! Since I work from home, I get to sleep in until just before 8 and then roll out of bed and start working. It's AMAZING how much extra sleep I get just because I work from home. It's a miracle actually.

Maternity Clothes: I think I've gotten dressed maybe 4 times over the past few weeks. Haha I just live in jammies or yoga pants :)

Movement: So much! Sometimes I feel him jabbing in two different places at once, so I swear he's like kicking his arms and legs out at the same time. He's just a busy boy and I really can't get over his kicks and punches. They're my FAVORITE. I love it when he wakes up and starts moving. With every jab my heart just grows even more with love for this baby. I can't even explain it, but I just love carrying this sweet boy around with me all day! He also totally knows Landon's voice and gets really wiggly when Landon talks to him. It's the cutest thing in the world.

Looking Forward To: I keep saying I'm going to get started on his nursery, and this time I really mean it. We just bought the paint for his crib so I can't wait to get that painted and set up. I have a few other ideas for his room, but it's not going to be anything too fancy :)

And here are the bump pictures. I'm really just SO big. I look like I'm 34 weeks along instead of 24!!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 in Review.

Last year I dubbed 2014 as the year of adventure, and it really was. 2015 has always been the year of the roller coaster for me. It wasn't a "fun" year for us, we didn't go on any trips and there was a lot of stress and heartache... but looking back my heart is still so full of gratitude, especially now that I can see how things all worked out for the best.

The year actually started out pretty exciting. We were just starting to "try" having a baby, and I was convinced it was going to happen right away so of course I was SO excited! And that meant that we would have a baby in 2015 too. We were SO happy.

But then months went by with no luck, so it started to get pretty depressing. On top of that, Landon was VERY unhappy at his job. And on top of that, we decided we were ready to get out of Oregon and move back to Utah. But, we couldn't do that until we sold our huge 37.5 foot sailboat... And that whole process was definitely a roller coaster! We had multiple offers fall through at the last minute, we had our engine DIE in the middle of the river on a test sail with a potential buyer, we found out our boat had huge issues during the inspection....but we FINALLY sold it after 8 long, stressful months. Oh, and we lost 8k in the sale. Fun!

During that whole extravaganza, we had started applying for jobs in Utah. I'm talking 50+ jobs... Landon had a few phone interviews but nothing really serious. And we still weren't pregnant. It was rough. We did have a few little camping trips and visits to family in Utah and Texas that kept us busy. It also made us even more homesick and ready to be done with Oregon :)

And then on Father's Day we found out we were finally pregnant and we were SO incredibly happy. But you know how that ended. Heartbreak and sorrow like I've never, ever known. And then to find out my dad's cancer was increasing very drastically and that he would be starting treatments in the next month or so... we had reached our breaking point and decided we would sell our house and get really serious about finding a job in Utah.

Henry was not amused ;)
So we put our house on the market and a few weeks later we found out we were pregnant again with our miracle!  This is where our year finally started to look up :)

About 2 weeks before our closing date we still had no Utah job prospects. So we started looking for apartments in Oregon, so we wouldn't be homeless. But I just knew that we needed to be in Utah. So we took a HUGE leap of faith and moved to Utah, with no job and a baby on the way...

I still can't believe how perfectly everything fell into place after our move to Utah. It makes me cry. Landon found a job immediately (which he LOVES by the way!), we found our house and closed within 3 weeks, I found a job where I can work from home, and we are living by FAMILY and friends! It really is such a miracle and such a blessing! Especially after all we had been through, it felt amazing to finally have things falling into place.

The biggest blessing of 2015 is definitely this little baby boy who is kicking away in my tummy as I type this. He is already SO loved, and we haven't even met him yet. Every time I feel him kick, my heart could burst. He is REAL. I can't believe it!

I am so incredibly thankful for 2015. I learned and grew a lot during those hard times. One lesson that I feel like I keep coming back to is, "this too shall pass." Even when we feel like we are in our darkest or our lowest point, we have to remember that it will end and there will be sunny days ahead. I even found myself saying over and over in my head last night as I threw up 3 times, "this too shall pass!!!!" ha ;)

I really can't wait for 2016. The year we become parents and the year we get to meet our baby! I know there will be challenges, but I also know that it will be a year full of love. We are so ready for you 2016!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 21 & 22 Weeks!

I think I'm going to slow down with the pregnancy updates and maybe just post every other week. There isn't really too much going on, other than both baby and I are working on getting fatter. Ha! We really love this baby boy SO much and can't believe he'll be here in 18 weeks. What the crazy!!

Baby is the Size of a: Last week he was a carrot (10.5 inches!) and this week he is a spaghetti squash (11 inches and ONE POUND!!!) He's just getting so big and strong.

Cravings: CEREAL, especially Life cereal. I seriously could eat it for every meal!! I also have been eating a lot of cuties (clementines) and love any kind of starchy food--pasta, potatoes, bread.

Food Aversions: food in general :)

Symptoms: Still puking, but not as much. I also forgot to mention a really funny symptom I've been having this whole time... I have a really bad peeing problem! TMI but every time I throw up, I pee my pants. I finally learned that I have to sit on the toilet and hold a bucket to puke in. Gross huh? Sneezing can also be very tricky! ;) I'm also SO emotional. Like one morning last week I was working and looking out the window at the snow and listening to Christmas music and just started sobbing, like uncontrollably. I was just overcome with emotions of gratitude, and happiness, and love and Christmas... haha. It's pretty funny. Also, pregnancy brain is the REAL deal.

Fears: Oh man, I don't know if pregnancy has made me more anxious or what, but I definitely have had some "panic" moments the past few weeks. I've had some dull, cramping on and off so of course it freaks me out. Baby boy also is VERY active at night when I am laying down, but the other night he didn't move at all. So I had nightmares all night, got up to pee at 5am and then couldn't fall back to sleep until 5:30 when he FINALLY kicked me. I seriously was fearing the worst, but I really just need to calm down and trust that he is healthy and strong.

General Mood: Emotional!! Happy and grateful.

Sleep: Still SO sleepy and consistently getting 8-9 hours of sleep every night. It's heaven. Pure heaven.

Maternity Clothes: Same, just maternity jeans and sweats/jammies :) I also got some really cute maternity shirts for Christmas, so I've started to wear some of those too. My belly is huge! I seriously can't believe it has 18 more weeks to get even bigger. Ahhh!

Movement: He's definitely a busy little boy and gets most active at night when I'm trying to sleep. I'll kiss Landon goodnight and then roll over and just start giggling because it almost tickles, plus I just love it so much so it just makes me happy/giggly. Landon also has started to lay on my belly to feel him kicking and he can actually hear it too which is so cool! One night baby boy wasn't moving, but then Landon laid his head on my belly and started talking to him and he totally started kicking! I swear he recognized his daddy's voice and wanted to say hi :)

Looking Forward To: I knew that after Christmas-craziness was over I was going to want to start working on baby stuff. So I'm really looking forward to getting his room set up and doing research on baby gear and kind of just getting ready for him :)

And here are a few bump pictures for the past few weeks. I'm feeling so huge these days, but I really just love it!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas 2015.

I think this is the best Christmas I've had, at least as an adult. It just felt extra special and I think a lot of that has to do with the gratitude I have for this healthy, growing baby inside of me and a lot of it has to do with the amount of family and love we are surrounded with.

Last Christmas, we were alone in Oregon. And both Landon and I will be the first to tell you, it was pretty much the worst Christmas we have ever had. Ha! It just didn't feel right to be alone just the two of us. We missed being around family and we were ready to be done living in Oregon. This Christmas was the complete opposite! We are surrounded by SO much family and it really was the best.

Daren, Liliana, and MJ came to stay with us from Texas and Landon's brother Dawsen came from Texas too, but he stayed with Suzette :) From Landon's side we were just missing Tanner and then from my side The Caputos (in Hawaii) and the Nick Millers (in Spain). I wish we could've had everyone with us! Maybe next year!

We did a few things that I took zero pictures of, so I'll start there :) We saw Star Wars at 10pm on Christmas Eve Eve. This is a Richins family tradition to see a movie really late and then go to Ihop afterwards. I wasn't super thrilled, because 10pm is my bed time, but luckily I snuck a nap in earlier that day and I actually stayed awake for the whole movie. (It was really good by the way!) We got to Ihop at 1am and there was a twenty minute wait! Can you believe it? It was just so random that Ihop was so busy, but it was really fun!

On Christmas Eve we had a very relaxing day, because we were SO tired from staying up until 3 the night before. Later that day we went to see my dad's Christmas bells concert, which is one of my favorite Christmas traditions! They play at this really old chapel by the capitol downtown. It really sets a good tone for Christmas singing and hearing songs about the real reason for Christmas, the birth of our Savior.

After the bells concert we went to look at the lights on Temple Square. Gosh, I've missed Utah!! It's seriously SO beautiful.

We came home and watched It's a Wonderful Life, but I accidentally fell asleep and missed the end of the movie. Bummer!

Christmas morning we woke up and went to my parents house for my favorite Christmas tradition--Christmas breakfast complete with sugary cereal, Christmas crowns, and Christmas crackers.

After breakfast we went back home and had Landon's family over for Christmas dinner and presents. Yep, we didn't open presents until AFTER dinner around 4:30 haha. It's kind of fun to do it that way because if you open presents first thing, Christmas kind of feels "over" so this way we had the anticipation all day. :)

I got Landon some wireless earbuds, a Star Wars lego set, a weather station, and a car lift. He got me a new coat and AN IPHONE!!!!! Oh my gosh, I can't even tell you how HAPPY I am to have a new phone! My old phone pretty much is the worst thing ever. It's like the original Samsung Galaxy... and it just had a lot of problems. So Landon and I had an agreement that if I could go a month without dropping my phone, I could get a new one. The problem is, I really am just such a klutz and dropped my phone at least 3 times in that month. My other phones had died due to being dropped in a bathtub, being run over by a car, etc. etc. etc. so basically, I shouldn't own nice things... So when I opened the iPhone I was scared to even take it out of the box. Everyone was telling me that I just needed an OtterBox. Well, those are kind of ugly so I said, well maybe if it's pink I could have an OtterBox... well the next present I opened was a PINK OtterBox haha! Landon knows me so well! I'm so glad it wasn't an ugly black one or I would've felt really bad for what I had just said :)

We also were spoiled rotten by all of our parents and got clothes, the new cold play CD, a homemade blanket, shoes, candy, jeans... and baby boy even got some clothes!

One of the highlights of our day was watching Henry's reaction to presents. We just don't really have dog toys so we decided to get him some and Suzette (Nini) got some too. He LOVES his new toys and it really is the cutest thing EVER to watch him play with them! Suzette got him these tiny balls and they're the perfect size for him. He just looks like a real dog chasing his ball and carrying it in his mouth... we can't handle it! Oh, and for the record the toys are technically for Oliver too, but he could care less :)

He's obsessed with "squirrels" so we call these toys squirrels and he goes NUTS!
Anyway, this year Christmas was really special. We feel so loved and SO grateful for all of our family. We are also so grateful for our little baby boy--who by the way, went CRAZY on Christmas Eve when I was trying to go to sleep. I told Landon he could sense the Christmas excitement :) I can't believe that next year he'll be with us... I know that will probably be our best Christmas yet!!

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