38 Weeks Pregnant

7.26.2012
38 weeks pregnant
Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea of just how round and big this belly of mine really is.

Just a fun pregnancy questionaire!

How far along: 38 weeks.  Woohoo!  Just 14 more days to go!  (Do I dare hope for less?)

Size of baby: About 6.8lbs and 19.5inches.  But I don't believe it; I think he's bigger.  At every ultrasound he measured big.  And considering Jed was a big baby, I don't think I stand a chance for an average sized infant.

Maternity clothes: Just a handful of things fit now, but I'm okay with that.  I dip into Bron's side of the closet and do my laundry twice a week.

Stretch marks: Unfortunately, yes.  It makes me so sad to see a road map grow across my belly.  I got one single stretch mark from my first pregnancy, and now I feel I'll never be able to put on a bathing suit ever again.

Weight gain: A lot.  That's all you need to know.

Sleep:  What's that?  Between the heat, a kicking baby, sleeping lightly, getting up every three hours to use the bathroom, and walking a toddler back to bed at 4AM every morning, I don't get much.  Thankfully, Jed still takes a nap and I can too if I need one.  However, if I'm going to be sleep deprived, I'd rather be sleep deprived with an infant in my arms!

Best moment of the week:  Bron bought me a brand new cushion for my nursing chair.  The new cushion is amazing!  It is firm and supportive and the headrest is perfect.  I'm looking forward to dozing off while nursing.

Movement:  All the time.  His little bum moves from side to side and I love pushing on his tiny foot.

Symptoms:  A protruding belly that knocks into things!  In the last week or so my hips have begun to feel like they are going to pop out of their sockets and my knees just might meet my elbows.  I sporadically get a shooting pain down my right butt cheek; it hurts!  The doctor reassured me that it's just my hip bones loosening and sliding on one another in preparation for birth. 

Food Cravings: Mint chocolate chip ice cream!

Gender:  Boy!!!

Belly button, in or out:  Out, like a turkey timer.  Except this turkey timer is wrong.  It's been sticking out for weeks! 

Anything make you queasy or sick: Whatever you do, do NOT heat up salami.  There's a certain pizza that Bron likes that I can't stand.

Labor signs:  Um, maybe?  I'm not sure, it's hard to tell.  All I know is that I am anxiously waiting for the real thing to set in.  I want my baby!

Wedding ring, on or off:  Off.  It still fits, but when it's hot outside my fingers and ankles tend to swell up a little so I just don't wear it.  I guess I'm a little paranoid.

What I miss:  Bending over.  Vigorous exercise!  I can't wait to go running and biking again.  I also can't wait to have the energy to chase and wrestle my toddler.

What I'm looking forward to: Holding a precious newborn in my arms: touching his soft skin, inhaling that intoxicating baby smell, hearing his heavy sighs of contentment on my chest, and memorizing every curve of his face.  Newborns are a piece of heaven.

Nursery: Done and ready to go!  I decorated the nursery in a nautical theme: navy blue, yellow, and some pops of red.  I made much of the decor myself by sewing it or painting it.  And I learned a lot.  The room is bright and new and oh, so cute!

Stupid things I have done:  I was going for the salt on the dinner table when I knocked over and shattered my glass.  It was one of my favorite glasses too.  Bummer.

Name: Levi Wade. 

I can't wait to meet this baby boy!!!

This Week...

7.21.2012
This week I've been feeling a bit nostalgic.  With just three weeks left until baby boy arrives, life as I know it is about to end.  It's about to end for Jed too.  Both of our lives are going to be thrown upside down for a while, but in a good way.  So my little sidekick and I have been trying to do something fun every day, just the two of us.  Summer really is the best time of year!

 Sippin' a slurpee is serious business!

::  We played at the park one afternoon.  It made Jed's cheeks so red I thought he deserved his first slurpee!

::  We played outside in the sprinklers.  (Of course!)  I love relaxing in a chair in the shade of a tree in our backyard and watching Jed play... or reading a book.  There's nothing more relaxing.

 Getting warm post Dierkes swim

::  We spent a morning at Dierkes Lake.  Jed is a little fish!

::  We skipped nap time and played at the local hot spring pool: Nat Soo Pah.  Water wings on a two year old rock.  Jed's favorite part of our afternoon there was the giant slide.  My friend, Amy, was kind enough to take him down three times for me!  The happiness on Jed's face as he splashed into the pool was priceless.

After a beautiful morning at the lake, I thought, "Wow, I am so lucky to be a mom all day!"  One of the best parts about being a mother is reliving childhood through my children.  I want to make some awesome summer childhood memories with them.  This is just the beginning too!  Next summer, I will have a three year old and a baby on the brink of walking.  I don't plan on being pregnant.  It's going to be busy and fun and it's going to rock!

P.S.  I'm really missing my camera!  So my phone will just have to do for now.  And no, it's not a fancy smart phone.  *Sigh*

That Spark of Love

7.16.2012
Jed and I played with chalk outside one morning.
I wrote this, took a picture with my phone, and sent it to Bron.


Friday night Bron took me out on a much needed date.
He took me to a fancy restaurant situated on the edge of the Snake River Canyon.
We sat 500 feet above the canyon floor and had a spectacular view.
It was beautiful, peaceful, and quiet.
We ate and talked and smiled.
We walked and held hands.


I love this man of mine!  I want to shout it from the rooftops!
I never want to disappoint Bron.  I want to make him happy.
I always want to be in love, to be intimate both in body and spirit.
And I think that comes through a lot of honest communication and effort.
  

Already, there have been high points and lulls in our marriage.
I've never doubted, however, not for one minute, that Bron loves me.
He tells me he loves me every single day.
I couldn't ask for a better husband, father, or lover.
I love you, Bron!

My Two Year Old

7.13.2012
I finally took my little man out to take his two year old pictures.  Everything was perfect: a happy well-dressed toddler, perfect sunny weather, and an old white barn next to a golden field for a backdrop.  Unfortunately, my camera was having some technical difficulties focusing!  It was so frustrating.  Come to find out, the mechanism that drives the autofocus is broken.  Bummer.  So now my camera has been sent off to be fixed.  (I just hope it comes back before baby boy makes his debut!)  These are the best shots I got from the night.  Good thing we can always go out and try again some other time!





By the way, Jed's smile makes my heart melt.  I love this boy to pieces.  Two is such a fun age!  The funny things he says and does all day long completely outweigh any "terrible" that comes with being two.  Sometimes I look at him and can't believe that he is getting so big.  He needs to stop growing so fast! 

With this second baby nearly here, I am feeling more nostalgic about Jed growing up.  I look at his baby pictures and ask myself if I really remember what he was like?  These last two years have been a blissful blur.  Jed still fits under my arm to snuggle and likes to sit on my lap for a hug, but someday he'll be too big to curl up on my lap, and worse, he won't want to!  It makes me sad to think about.  Time goes too fast.  But for now, Jed is our little man.  He's our miniature entertainer and can be so sweet.  I think he'll be a great big brother.

*****

Some funny things I want to remember:

Me: "Jed, how old are you?"
Jed: "Two!"
Me: "How old is Elmo?"
Jed: "Two!"
Me: "How old is Mommy?"
Jed: "Two!"
Hmmm... I like two!

As Bron left for work one morning, Jed heard the truck's engine start.
Jed said, "Brmmm... brmmm!  Bye!"

Jed LOVES to read.  One of my favorite parts of the day are reading to him.  His eyes light up and he sometimes interacts by pointing and making animal sounds.  His favorite books are the Richard Scarry books our friend, Anna, gave him.  He reads them for {literally} hours in the car.  It's so much fun to hear his interpretation of the pictures.  What an innocent little mind.  He goes on in gibberish about how the "moo!" (cows) live in the "barr" (barn).  Also, "Ding, ding, ding!" goes the train bell.  He makes us bust up laughing with pride.

36 Weeks

7.12.2012
Chant with me!
One more month.  One more month.  One more month.

I am HOT!
Yes, I'm totally talking about how attractive that bump is, but more specifically, the temperature.

My belly is a heater.
In the afternoons, I play in the sprinklers with Jed.
In the evenings, I soak in a cool bath with a book.
In the mornings, I laugh to myself when Bron has the covers pulled up over his shoulders while I'm still kicking off the sheets.  What a change of roles! 

I can't wait to have this baby in my arms!  I am ready to be done with this pregnancy, so I think I'm ready to have my world rocked.
However, baby boy needs to hang out for just a little while longer while I finish decorating and organizing his room.
I awwwed and squealed while unpacking the 0-3 month clothes.  Was Jed really that tiny once?
This is weird.  We're going to be the parents of TWO children.
Wow!

Saturday was a Very Good Day

7.10.2012

Actually, we've been having several busy but fun Saturdays this summer!

I snuck out of the house early on Saturday June 30th to go cherry picking at an orchard down in the Snake River Canyon with my friend, Kristin, and her family.  It was a gorgeous spot.  Plus, fresh fruit just makes us both a bit giddy.  And there was so much of it!  We went home with over 10lbs of cherries each.

What does one do with that many cherries, you ask?  Eat them fresh and dry the rest to be dipped in chocolate and eaten with walnut pieces later.  Scrumptious!




Then that afternoon, Bron's brother, Tyrel, and his family came to visit.  He has seven little children.  My house saw more wear and tear in one day than it does in an entire month!  (I'll spare you the details.)  It was loud and crazy and busy and actually kind of fun, especially for Jed.  If Jed could speak in sentences, he'd probably still be talking about the afternoon his cousins came to visit!  We had a barbeque cookout--complete with fresh fruit like watermelon and cherries, of course--and let the kids run wild in the backyard through the sprinklers.  It was a really good day.




 Are you seeing a recurring pattern here?  We heart our sprinkler system this summer!

The Ririe High School Class of 2002 chose last weekend to celebrate their ten year reunion.  Can you believe Bron has been out of high school that long?  Just kidding.  The festivities began with a casual adult dinner at the Pizza Pie Cafe (formerly Craigo's; one of my favorite places to eat on earth) on Friday night.

I felt surprisingly comfortable.  I know or recognized about half of the folks in the room!  Bron still keeps in touch with his buddies from high school and we (the guys and their wives) like to hang out whenever we get the chance.  I also attended the Ririe Singles Branch at church while Bron and I were dating.  And then after we were married, we lived in Ririe for two years.  It's a small friendly community and therefore easy to get to know folks.  So Bron's reunion was fun for me too!   

Then on Saturday afternoon, everyone gathered again with their kids in tow for a barbeque.  It was a blast!  There was an abundance of delicious food for everyone.  We chatted in the shade while the kids swarmed the blowup slide and pool.  Then we played water balloon volleyball and the kids finished off the party by beating two pinatas to smithereens.  Jed had the time of his life!  Bron and I left Ririe that evening feeling that life is really good.

 Calvin and Jed making a toast to the warm day

 Tyson and Brooklyn
Brett and William

 Quinn
Angie and her baby

 The Rhodes Family

 Bron the grill master
Bron's gourmet burger

 The slide scared Jed, but he just kept going back for more!

 Calvin the fearless two year old
Dakoda loving the spray

 Water Balloon Volleyball!

 Jed using the wrong end of the bat to whack the pinata.  Silly kid.

Mmmm... candy!

22

7.08.2012

All of the flowers in my yard are in bloom!  They're gorgeous.  And they make me happy.

Happy Independence Day!

7.05.2012

 July 4th is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays.  It embodies all that I love about summer: sunshine and water, picnics and barbeques, people and games, and best of all, fireworks!  Plus, it was really fun to have Bron home all day with us right smack in the middle of the week.  This is our first summer here in our new home, so we have lots to explore and plenty of time to establish new traditions. 

Yesterday, we began our holiday by attending the Church breakfast.  We ate and talked and the kids played games and got their faces painted.  Some kids became a little paint obsessed and plastered their faces and arms!  It made me laugh.  Even Jed got in on the action.  It was so cute and fun to watch him!


 After the picnic, Jed was ready for a nap.  Our afternoon plans fell through, so we stuck around the house.  Bron improved on the back courtyard while I read a book and Jed played.  Then the sun just became too unbearably hot.  So Jed and I donned our swimsuits and ran through the sprinklers!  Better yet, Bron set up the lawn chair for me right in line with the spray.  It felt so refreshing!  We also had some friends over for a barbeque dinner complete with dessert.  Unfortunately, Jed wasn't going to make it to the late night hour for fireworks.  We put him to bed and enjoyed our neighbors' mortars and bottle rockets instead.

What a Holiday!  I'm grateful to be an American and for all the rights and privileges that come with it.  I am truly blessed to live here.  God Bless America!

Water Logged

7.03.2012

Jed is hopelessly attracted to water: the sprinkler, the hose, a puddle, the swimming pool.  He is always wet!
It's just one more thing to love about Summer and my funny little boy.

Bryce Canyon

7.02.2012

This year the annual Smith Family Reunion was held in Bryce Canyon, UT.  I was antsy all week; I was so excited!  We left Saturday morning June 22nd a little after 6:00AM.  It was an eight hour drive and Jed was a champ.  He napped, read books, and played with his toy cars the entire trip down.  He is an amazing traveler!  We were the first to arrive just after 2:00PM.  The rest of the family would be trickling in all evening long.  So instead of waiting around, we hiked right in!  

Family picture on the rim

View of Bryce from Sunrise Point

Armed with sunscreen and water, we set off on our first adventure: a three mile hike down into the canyon through the beautiful red rocks.  Between being very pregnant and the high elevation (need. more. oxygen.), our hike was pretty slow.  But I did it!  And it was definitely worth the workout. 

How embarrassing!  I was a fashion disaster: tennis shoes and a dress.  But I really didn't care.  Comfort totally trumps style with a basketball sized stomach, especially on a long car trip. 

I love this picture.  Jed worships his dad.

Jed did a little hiking himself too.  He enjoyed sitting in the dirt and collecting rocks in his pockets.  Look at that dirty bum!


The Queen's Garden and our crazy child

Admiring some canyon Hoodoos

Bron is a stud.  He carried thirty pounds back up the canyon!

Jed made my heart stop.  He has no fear!  There were several times I thought he was going to go careening off the edge of the canyon cliff.  Luckily, Bron man-handled Jed into safety.

The Allen Family
Jed loved having other little boys to play with

That evening, it seemed like the entire family gathered in my grandparents' room.  My grandparents are starting to show their age.  It makes me a little sad.  Grandma is still as spry as ever, but Grandpa is suffering from dementia.  He was a dean and a brilliant professor at BYU, but now, can hardly recall the right words to express himself in a conversation.  I know it's frustrating for him, but we all love him regardless!  Amazingly, he still remembers all of us--even his great-grandsons!  He gets a kick out of Jed because he and Jed share a favorite thing to do: read.

 Grandma and Grandpa Smith watching their great-grandsons play.


The next morning, most of the entire family set off on a short hike to Mossy Cave and a little waterfall.  My family moves like a herd of snails.  It's a miracle we made it there before noon!  But it was a fun short hike.  We finished it by cooling our feet in the water and hanging out in the shade.  (And we took lots of pictures too.)


My sister, Lauren, and Carter

Luke and Grady



The hiking gang

Family Picture!
I. am. huge.  But I am posting it anyway because this is how life really is!

The Thompson Family

Bron and Jed
My little brothers: Michael and Ryan

Bron's artistic work.  He took this picture.  I think he has a great eye!

That was the last real hike I went on.  Bron took on some more challenging and thrilling hikes with other family members while Jed and I basked in the pool in the afternoons.  Having a weightless tummy in the water felt heavenly!  Jed adapted to the water like a little fish.

As an extended family, we saw most of the important look-out sights, talked and laughed in the shade, had a girl party one night, and of course, got together each evening to stuff our faces with delicious food.  Now that most of us cousins are grown with families of our own, our reunions seemed to have mellowed.  But it's still worthwhile to get together.  I love seeing my cousins and hanging out.  It's fun!


Making memories since childhood
Necia, Me, Rachel


The canyon and its unique beauty is definitely something else!

Thanks for a memorable family reunion, Bryce Canyon!

Epilogue:
On the trip home, we stopped at a big dairy that Bron does some work with.  I got to see a carousel parlor in action!  It was pretty cool.  Just before we arrived, however, I was feeling puny and Jed was whining in the backseat.  Suddenly, he threw up EVERYTHING!  I gagged.  But we got Jed cleaned up and comfortable again.  By then we both felt fine.  Jed was his regular happy self again.  I think the milk in our hotel fridge went sour.  Gross.