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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

35 weeks!

  • How far along: 35 weeks and 2 days
  • Baby Is the size of a: Large Cantaloupe (19 to 22 in, 6 lbs)
  • Total weight gain/loss: 15lbs
  • The Bump: woah baby! Seriously this belly runs into everything. She's feeling super heavy too and I'm getting some stretch marks on the bottom of my belly that I can only see if I look in the mirror but really not terrible. I saw a video of a baby who was born 15 weeks early and growing baby Charlie in my belly this long makes getting stretch marks more than worth it.  
  • Symptoms: I've been having a hard time breathing. I get lightheaded sometimes and just feeling super tired. Baby must be growing.  
  • Food Cravings: pizza :) I could eat it all day everyday. but I don't :)
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: nothing imp articular. just nauseous random days.  
  • Sleep: my pregnancy pillow is amazing! without it I know I wouldn't be sleeping so well.
  • What I miss: wearing my wedding ring. I tried wearing it on our date night and it fit fine when I put it on but in the middle of our date I had to take it off because my fingers started swelling :/  
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: off
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: Charlie Janae Simpson :)
  • Gender: Girl, Girl, Girl!
  • Movement: BIG strong movements! they hurt sometimes but are still soooo fun to watch! every time my doctor checks her heartbeat she feels and sees her move its fun:) She's head down too and we can def. make out her little feet and its soooo sweet! those little feet are the kicks that hurt the most but I love that I can make them out when we feel them.  
  • Maternity Clothes: Finding clothes to wear is starting to get harder every morning. My belly has really started growing in the last few weeks and my regular shirts are just not fitting right (obviously) so I've been wearing a lot of the same clothes over and over again.
  • Labor Signs: We had a little scare last week at my 34 week check up. My blood pressure was suddenly high so my doctor told me to keep checking it and if it was high to go into labor and delivery. well it was high again the next day and so I had to go in. they checked me for preeclampsia which came out negative. but I had a little panic attack about it because I apparently cant handle anything these days. but in the end baby is fine and so am I and she's going to stay in my belly longer so her lungs can fully develop and so she can fatten up:)
  • Best Moment of the Week: Doug has been awesome. my best moment this week was when I cried about my blood pressure because she said I might have to have her early and it worried me. I felt like I wasn't able to protect Charlie and I knew being upset about it didn't help at all but Doug was definitely my rock when I needed him to be and that means the world to me.  
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: meeting my little lady:) I met my new nephew today and It made me soo excited to hold my little girl. only 33 days until my due date!
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    My Top Ten Favorites.

    My pregnancy has been pretty smooth. Nothing too hard or painful but they're has been a few things that have made it easier. So I thought I'd share my Top 10 list of my pregnancy favorites so far and in no particular order :)


    #1. Doug deserves credit for this but he got me my Camelbak water bottle when we first got to Idaho and I have LOVED it! you hear all the time how important water is but pre-pregnancy I really started trying to drink half my weight in ounces a day and I noticed such a difference so obviously I wanted to continue this during my pregnancy. I refill my Camelbak a billion times a day and the only downside is waking up at night and having to pee 2-3 times. oh well :) definitely worth staying hydrated.

    #2. Yes this pregnancy has been pretty easy however not completely pain free.  This was completely new to me. I don't think I ever had to take Tylenol when I was pregnant with Bella. I sometimes get terrible headaches and my first terrible headache I thought maybe I just didn't drink enough water but finally gave in that evening after a full day of my head feeling like it was going to explode and it worked like a charm. Not only do I get headaches with Charlie but she is very low and heavy and at the end of some days my body feels like its turning against me. I really try not to take Tylenol to often but it does help me function some days.

    #3. Leggings! oh do I love my comfy leggings. I put on a dress over them add some boots and not only am I comfy but I feel cute :)

    #4. I'm not sure if its pregnancy or moving back to Idaho but my lips have been needing some extra moisture so I bought some EOS blueberry acai chap stick and I LOVE it! not only do I love it but it last forever. I loved it so much that I gave some to my mom and sister in their "thank you" bag for throwing my baby shower. My mom loves it too! Here's a tip though, if you decide to purchase buy them from Costco. I bought mine at target and then went back later to buy my mom and sisters (about $4 each) and then saw that they were $10 for FIVE at Costco! so buy yours at Costco!

    #5. I got so lucky with my pregnancy pillow. My sister gave it to me and I am super grateful! It seriously takes all the weight of my belly off my back. I sleep amazing when I use this sucker. even Doug uses it sometimes :)

    #6. A well fitted bra. Again I never had this problem with Bella and I almost didn't post this because I'm a little embarrassed but I got sized at motherhood maternity because my bra's were getting uncomfortable and I don't like spending a lot of money on myself (at once) but I am determined to nurse so I gave in and got some new nursing bras and wow! Having a bra that fits like its suppose it is great! Of course I did do my share of research on who had the best deals or the lease expensive nursing bras and I was pleasantly surprised that motherhood maternity had the lowest in cost. I looked at Sears, Macy's, Target, and Kohl's. Not only did they have the lowest price but they had a sale of buy 3 get the 4th free!

    #7. I love my chalkboard! I love documenting my pregnancy and I think the chalkboard has made it a little extra fun. Some people think its lame but I don't care:) Also its a fun little moment with just Doug and I and we usually spend half the time laughing or making crazy faces at each other. By the way if you are in the market for a chalkboard here's some good news they aren't expensive ($6). I got mine at hobby lobby and they ALWAYS have a 40% of coupon code online that you can print or if you have a smart phone you can download the app and they can scan. happy chalk boarding :)

    #8. Again Doug got me my Ultimate Sherpa Throw from my favorite store Costco! Seriously the softest most cozy blanket in the world. I'm taking mine to the hospital with me:)

    #9. More pills. I was so proud at the beginning of my pregnancy because my iron was FINALLY at a healthy level. its usually always low but unfortunately it didn't last. I had to start taking iron twice a day and I was bummed at first but after a few days I noticed how much more energy I had and I felt like I could think more clearly. I haven't been as hormonal aka crazy lol. Mostly I feel more like myself so I am so grateful for my iron supplements. They have definitely made pregnancy easier.

    #10. Last but not least Mio. Again I am a huge believer in water. Makes you feel more energized, helps manage weight, the list goes on. At the beginning of my pregnancy it was sometimes hard to drink water (morning sickness) but for some reason adding a little Mio seemed to help. And to be honest drinking water can get boring sometimes so again I add a little bit of Mio and it helps me make sure that I am drinking enough for the day. Even Bella loves Mio and it helps her drink more water which I love as a mom!

    I hope this blog post wasn't super boring and if you are pregnant or have been pregnant please let me know what you loved/what made being pregnant easier. I'd love to know :) or if you are newly pregnant I hope my favorites can become your favorites:)


    Sunday, November 3, 2013

    32 weeks!

  • How far along: 32 weeks
  • Baby Is the size of a: Honeydew (19 in, 4.5 lbs.)
  • Total weight gain/loss: +10
  • The Bump: starting to get a bit uncomfortable getting out up or out of bed. or even rolling over in bed lol. I run my belly into a lot of stuff (and people sometimes lol.) I forget how big I am.
  • Symptoms: Stronger Braxton hicks. and I feel like I'm peeing all the time lol.
  • Food Cravings: I'm loving yogurt with strawberries, bananas, apples and granola. I'm also loving Oreos lol
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: I'm not sure what it was but I threw up twice today:/ not sure why but I suddenly just felt really sick and I tried to hold back but it didn't work.
  • Sleep: I've been sleeping great the last few nights!
  • What I miss: wearing my wedding ring but besides that nothing.
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: off
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: Charlie Janae Simpson :)
  • Gender: Girl, Girl, Girl!
  • Movement: she's ALWAYS moving! I still love watching her move inside my belly. also she's been having hiccups a lot lately and I'm pretty sure she's head down because the lower I put my hand the stronger the hiccups are.
  • Maternity Clothes: still love my maternity jeans and leggings. my white shirt I wore on Halloween would have my belly hanging out if I wasn't wearing a longer white tank underneath lol. so some of my shirts are getting a little small...including this black one.
  • Labor Signs: I've been having Braxton hicks for a few weeks. my stomach gets hard and it makes it hard to breath for a min or two but this week I've had some painful ones. they actually woke me up the other night and even my back hurt so bad. I got up to move around, drank some water and then they went completely away. so no real labor signs but my body is def. getting ready.
  • Best Moment of the Week: dressing up my belly for Halloween! it was soo fun and I got so many complements when we were out trick or treating.
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: my baby shower this weekend! I'm so excited to see all my friends especially since we've been so busy and haven't been able to hang out with them since we've been home. I'm also getting really excited to meet Charlie and just hold and love on her. 8 weeks seems like nothing compared to 32 but its still two months and I'm getting anxious!

  • Also I know I should probably change my blog name since we will no longer be just I will happily take any suggestions :)

    Friday, November 1, 2013

    Happy Halloween!

    Our Halloween morning was great! Bella was so excited to trick or treat and I was excited for all the fun activities that night. I was especially excited to celebrate with Doug, Bella and my sister and her kiddos! 
    We planned on going trunk or treating at our new ward. I made plenty if soup. I also made Carmel apples, cake pops, and chocolate covered pretzels for my nieces and nephews and in case you didn't know I'm usually always running late but I was so proud of myself because I wasn't at all this time. Bella had even agreed to take a nap so I had an hour to myself in my kitchen baking which I enjoyed! 
    At 4:40 Doug texted me to tell me he was headed home and I thought "perfect!  He'll have plenty if time to shower and get ready without being rushed." Just as I was putting the kiddos goody bags together I got a call from Doug to come get him because he got in an accident but he was fine. I put Bella's shoes on, her sweater on backwards and we went and got him! Luckily he didn't have a scratch on him (thank goodness!) but his car wasn't so lucky:/ poor guy. 
    Can you believe Doug kept apologizing for making us late? I had to tell him to stop because I was just happy he was okay. I can't handle anything happening to this guy. Like I said he was lucky, everyone was fine and he just finished filing his police report and asked the owner if the property if he could pick up his car later. I thought it was really nice of the owner to tell Doug to not worry about the car tonight and to take his little girl trick or treating because that's more important and the car could wait. I should take him cookies or something for being so awesome. 
    We missed trunk or treating (anyone want soup?) and ended up just meeting up my sister and parents to go trick or treating. Doug and I were pretty bummed at first (he was still a little shaken up) but I'm glad we didn't let it ruin our evening. I'm not gonna lie being around family and especially those little cuties really helped. My nephew Jacob kept wanting me to hold him which I loved! I love that I'm not a stranger to him anymore and that he really knows I love him but poor little guy it's starting to hurt when I walk to much especially when carrying him so I couldn't hold him too long:/. Luckily uncle Doug was able to play with him too:) 
    Olivia and Bella are pro's at trick or treating now. They really are so cute! My dang parents kept hogging them and taking them up to the doors though lol. My mom even admitted it today and said she had so much fun with them so she didn't even feel bad lol. I don't really mind. I love how much they are loved. 
    After we went around the neighborhood we went to Doug's parents house so Bella could trick if treat there. Bella loves going to their house too! Debbie gave us some really cute goodies too. They were little haunted houses filled with candy. We got there at the same time as Doug's brother and his family so Bella was happy that she was able to play with her cousin jarron too. 
    We left a little after 9:30 because Doug and I skipped dinner and by then we were starving and exhausted. I was extra starving and Doug was extra exhausted. Bella was too. When we got home we had a quick bite and put Bella to bed. She's been doing really well with staying in her bed (took her a while to re-adjust after our move) but she came in twice and said she was scared. Poor girl is just like me and gets scared pretty easy. She said she already prayed and she was still scared so Doug and I prayed with her again and put bailey (our dog) in her room with her and Bella was happy with that. We didn't do anything scary but when she saw people with scary costumes id have to tell her "remember it's just a costume." But she'd still hold on to my hand extra tight. We don't like scary things. 
    I'm so glad our night ended up fun still. We love love love celebrating holidays together and especially with our families. I'm excited that Halloween kicks off the holidays and before we know it we'll be celebrating thanksgiving, (my favorite holiday!) Christmas, and then Charlie will be here! And the best part is we get to celebrate with family and we live here so when we get tired from all the running around we can come home and relax :) 
    Just such a happy time. 

    Bella dresses up as dynamight the lalaloopsy. She looked so cute in her costume! 

    I dressed Charlie up as a mummy :) so fun. 
    Bella and jarron last weekend at Debbie's trunk or treat. At least we got to go to one :)

    Bella is so lucky to have two awesome sets of grandparents. I love this picture! 

    The joyners

    Kiddos trick or treating. Theyre so stinkin  cute! 
    Bella thought it was so cool that her Tia dresses up as a cat. 
    My parents and jakey boo:)
    I thought I'd share this cute minion who will be 5 soon! What!? Sure miss him:)

    And my isst bissy! Seriously I can't believe how big she's getting. We didn't get to celebrate with these two but hopefully we get to see them soon. Love you chopkos!