Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas and New beginnings

Christmas was very low key this year. The decorations are already packed away and our home has been getting a good declutter and scrub down to start off the new year fresh. The babies were spoiled by both sets of grandparents with fun toys and cute new outfits. We spent the day in our jammies, eating chocolate and enjoying family time. I couldn't have asked for more. 

I am really looking forward to the new year. 
Twenty-fourteen has been a roller coaster for us, filled with some of the highest highs and the lowest lows. 
This year has taught me so much. 
I learned that I am stronger than I ever imagined. 
I learned that life is precious and that it can be taken away at any moment. 
I was reminded that family is the most important thing in the world, and that it's important to strengthen those relationships because they are eternal. 
I learned to laugh more and be present in the moment. 
I learned that it's ok to not be ok once in awhile. 
I learned set aside my pride and ask for and accept help when I needed it. 
I learned that God will place people in your life, angels on earth if you will, when and where you least expect it. 
I was reminded over and over again to trust in the Lord and his plan and know that he will not give me anything that I can not handle. 
I learned a lot this year. 

I am thankful for the memories we've created as a family, for the good and the bad and everything in between. 
I'm excited for what will be learned in the new year, 
for a brand new baby girl, and all the blessings that she will bring. 
I am excited to grow as a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend. 
I'm ready for you twenty-fifteen. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Our Christmas Card

We are getting so excited for Christmas! We have been busy with last minute christmas shopping and tons of  holiday baking. Remington sings "dingle bells" on repeat and Olive hollers along with him. I just love this time of year. Our plans for the rest of the break include cuddling up and watching a ton of movies, eating lots of yummy treats and staying in our jammies! The babies hope we can get a little snow this year so we can  finally build a snowman. 
We are so blessed to have some many special people in our lives. We hope that everyone finds peace and joy this Christmas season and remembers that Jesus Christ, our Savior is the ultimate gift. 
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

David's Graduation!!!!

This handsome man graduated from BYU-Idaho last night. We are SO proud of him. His parents drove up from Utah earlier that afternoon and we met them in Idaho Falls for a celebratory lunch at Olive Garden. We got a sitter for the evening so we could enjoy the ceremony kid free. It was wonderful! I made Dave get dressed early so we could could snap a few photos with the babies before they went down to bed. Olive was super into his graduation cap haha! I can't believe a year ago, I walked across the same stage. Look how much the babies have grown since then. Where has the time gone!? So much has happened in a year, I can't believe it. 

For now, the plan is to stay here in Rexburg until David gets accepted into an ABSN program. Applications go out in the spring and programs start in the fall, so hopefully we will know where we are headed in a couple months. David will continue as a head supervisor at his call center job and be able to work full time which will be nice. I'm excited to stay  here until the baby comes in May as well. (The thought of moving mid-pregnancy totally stresses me out.) So until then, we will enjoy the rest of our time Rexburg as NON-STUDENTS. We are celebrating for the rest of the year. WE DID IT!!!!

(also, we were dealing with terrible indoor lighting...hence the sepia-esk photos haha) 
^^the loves of my life right there^^
^^Hip hip hooray! Daddy's graduating!!^^
 ^^I spy a stud muffin in the top left corner^^

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

20 weeks

^^I set my camera up on the tri-pod and Remington snapped away. He was saying the cutest things and totally cracking me up. "Wook wight here momma, ooh so pweety. Say cheese!" 

Yesterday we had our 20 week growth scan and learned that our sweet little rainbow baby is a girl! I had a feeling from the beginning she was a she. A few weeks ago I had a dream about her and even called her by name. I woke up and told David immediately. He loved it. We had never heard the name before but It has stuck with me since. Nothing is certain though because I love some many other different girl names. Naming a child is so hard. 

I can't believe I am already halfway through this pregnancy. Besides the awful nausea (that lasted way to long) and a protruding baby bump I really haven't felt pregnant. As I started the second trimester I started to get worried that I wasn't feeling flutters or kicks. I remember feeling them a lot earlier on with Olive. I figured 4th pregnancy in less than 3 years, I should have been feeling them by now. My Dr. was never concerned since baby girl's heart beat was nice and strong at every appointment. At our ultrasound yesterday, the tech explained that I have an anterior placenta which means it's positioned on the front side of my uterus instead of the back and makes it hard to feel the baby moving until your further along. I was so relieved! Now that baby girl is gaining some size, I should be feeling her in no time. 

Baby girl, had her legs spread from the beginning so we got to know right away. Watching her kick her limbs and open her mouth was amazing. I was so relieved to see that she was healthy and growing right on track. She weighed 12oz and measured a little ahead even which I expected because her brother and sister did too :) We have to go back in a few weeks because the tech wasn't able to get a good look at her kidneys, but everything else was perfect. 

^^I could stare at that sweet little face all day. Her profile is actually a lot similar to Olive ultrasound photo. I can't wait to see what she looks like. May feels SO FAR away. ^^

I also wanted to share my completed quilt that I made for our little girl. People have wondered about the term "rainbow baby" and why I chose to make a rainbow quilt. It was a way for me to honor this precious gift that we have been given. 

A Rainbow baby is a baby conceived after a loss. 
My favorite explanation is this, 
"A Rainbow baby is the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow appears, it doesn't mean the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with it's aftermath. What is means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and clouds. Storm clouds may still hover but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy and hope. "

How beautiful and special is that? I am so grateful to have the opportunity to carry this healthy baby girl. She already has brought us so much hope and joy. 

For those that have asked, I used this easy and straight forward tutorial. The author even links where to get the fabric from amazon. I was nervous to start because I have never sewn a quilt before, but It was quick and simple and a lot easier than I thought it would be. It's not perfect but I just love how it came together. It's so beautiful and it makes me smile every time I look at it. I can't wait to give it to her. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

we are anxious for next week!!

^^Graduation announcements by me! 

We are all looking forward to next week. David's graduation ceremony is next Friday! I seriously can't believe we are so close.  His parents are coming up to celebrate the day before. We have been looking forward to this moment for a long time. He's been working so hard and I am so proud of him! We are all praying that he doesn't get sick from the rest of us so we can finish his finals with a bang.

On Tuesday we have our 20 week growth scan and we get to find out the sex of our baby!!!! We are SOO excited. I am convinced we are having a girl, David says we are having a boy just to go against me. Either way, I can't wait to see him or her and make sure everything is still growing like it should be. I still trying to figure out a fun way to announce to our family and friends. Since we aren't doing a baby shower this time around I thought it would be fun to make the reveal more special. Anyone have any fun ideas? Can't wait for next week!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Crossfit and Pregnancy

A couple weeks ago I posted some videos of myself doing some olympic lifts at my Crossfit gym on my social media. Most of the feedback was positive and encouraging while others expressed their concern for my health and for the safety of my baby. I'm writing today in response to those loved ones who have expressed those concerns.

First off, I really do appreciate that you are concerned for me and my baby. I know that it's coming from a place of love and from people who legitimately care. Times have changed and new research has debunked the old thinking that staying active during pregnancy is bad for you. Even the familiar guidelines about keeping your heart rate under 140 bpm have been disproven. I have a degree in exercise physiology so I have had the opportunity to study the latest research in my field. Staying active during pregnancy is encouraged. Whatever you were doing before you got pregnant, you can continue to do throughout your pregnancy. It's not like I decided to start Crossfit after I got pregnant. I was going consistently for a year before we conceived. (I actually credit part of my fertility to Crossfit because it helped me lose weight and drop off excess body fat in a healthy and timely manner)

Second, I have continued with my workouts with the go-ahead from my Dr. I am thankful that we have an awesome relationship and I can ask tons of specific questions. He supports me and has approved my lifts. He encourages me to listen to my body, because really, we know best about what we can handle. It's been fun to go to appointments and hear the nurses tell me how my blood pressure has never been better and to see the weight gain come on steady like it's supposed to. (My weight gain with my previous pregnancies was out of control haha!)

Third, all my workouts are under the supervision of trained and certified Crossfit coaches whom I trust 100%. They help me modify weights and movements so I can still complete workouts safely. They make sure I am totally comfortable with what I am doing and also trust me when I say I need to slow down or cut back. Which leads me to my last point.

I am not stupid. I listen to my body. I am not killing my baby by doing Crossfit. After losing a baby earlier this year, I am actually more in-tune and conscious about what I am doing more than ever before. I've cut back the intensity and the amount of times I workout per week. Sometimes, I go really slow and I'm the last to finish. I never push myself more than I know I can handle. If it's too intense, I scale back. That is what is so awesome about Crossfit. Any movement and workout can be modified to fit your fitness level.

I am so thankful for a healthy and strong body. I'm excited to continue to maintain my fitness through this pregnancy. It the first time I haven't been in school or working full time while I've been pregnant and it feels nice to dedicate my time to being healthy.

If you're still concerned after readying this, keep it to yourself and trust that I know what I'm doing.

Below is an AWESOME video from Crossfit headquarters about doing Crossfit while pregnant.

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