Happy Birthday Ben!!

Happy birthday to my awesome husband!!!  

I have to post it to every social media site because he's that important in my life (plus I did with my dog's birthday and heaven knows...haha).   ;)

Ben makes everything in life happier and I'm so lucky to call him my husband.  I love you so much and hope it has been a great day so far!!  Happy, happy birthday!

And not to be a kill joy to such a wonderously happy post (at least I made you scroll), but we haven't seen a scorpion all year until last night.  Gross.  At least it was outside?  I'm not sure what kind it is because I don't think the bark scorpion gets this big...

I called the bug guys telling them we found a scorpion on steroids, and they are coming back out to re-spray for FREE.  Thank goodness because this creeper has been haunting my mind all day long.

32 Weeks - Energy is waning!

My age:  29

How far along:  32 weeks, I can't believe it.
Yesterday's traveling attire wherein I froze on the plane.^^  I usually wear pants and compression socks.

How big is baby:   3-3/4# and 16.7" long.  Baby is gaining 1/3rd to 1/2 his weight in the next 7 weeks!

What have you been up to:   I've been working lots of overtime (new RC Willey in Orem this time), but it hasn't been bad except for the days have flown by and nothing else has gotten done.  I am starting to feel a little worn out by it, but I'm still planning on keeping it up for the time being.  Lots to get done.

We recently spent a few days up in northern Utah to watch my sister tie the knot and for a baby/bridal shower.  We are thrilled for my sister and Spencer!  I am cleared to drive to Cali for the upcoming Cali reception, but after this past weekend I am not sure I am going to be able to handle long car rides and another jam packed weekend on my feet, especially after working more OT.  My energy and comfort-ability are waning.

Look how cute!

Summer randomly arrived full force and we hit a triple double+ a couple of times.  We also got our biggest haboob/monsoon storm while out of town (boo) but one haboob did ground my brother's flight up to Utah and he arrived at 6am wedding morning instead of 11pm the night before.  Close call.

Exercise/Activity Level:   I'm still going to CrossFit but I'm also taking it really easy and drinking a lot of water [in my awesome new hydro flask!].  My contractions have slowed since I took it down a bunch of notches, so goal accomplished and my doctor just cleared me to continue as I'm doing.

Maternity clothes:   I bought another pair of cute patterned yoga capris!  I have also taken over Ben's t-shirts and really need to consider maternity undies...like three months ago.  :P

Stretch marks:   Not yet.

Belly Button:   Stretched.

Best Moment of the Week:   I had my 31 week appointment last week and all went well and baby is measuring perfectly and has a strong heart beat!  I also passed my 3-hour glucose test so praise the heavens.

The wedding trip to Utah and the shower were also big highlights (THANK YOU all for coming)!  It all went so quickly as it always does.

Worst Moment of the Week:   Que the obvious... the 3-hour glucose test.  It was kind of a miserable experience.  The drink was double the glucose as the 1-hour test, and if I threw it up the test would become invalid, so the first two hours I just sat there and didn't move since my stomach was saying no.  They draw blood 4x, one tube each time instead of four, and you leave with some nice bruises if you're lucky.

I got the fruit punch this time (the orange one just ruined my love for Sunkist) and it wasn't too terrible.

Food cravings:  Fruit and grilled chicken with lime squeezed on it.  I have been eating lots of peaches, nectarines and plums from Costco and they just recalled those exact items for chance of listeria.  Lovely.

Food aversions:   None when not nauseated.

Symptoms:   Recently I am wondering if I am having some sciatic pain issues with some shooting pains, even numbness, that I'll probably call my doctor about this week.  It's another thing I had never heard about pregnancy until it showed up!  There seem to be lots of those.

Also the regular pelvic pain.  The last two weeks I have noticed a big change in agility/whale-ness and exhaustion from simple activities like climbing stairs.
Things are starting to get a little puffy (like when I take off my shoes) especially after being vertical.  I'm still wearing my rings though.  It all sounds like a lot of symptoms, but really I'm doing pretty well most of the time.

Movement:  Yes, still a lot of movement, especially when I drink cold things or sugary stuff (or a giant bottle of fruit punch glucose)!  The hiccups are pretty funny to watch and they are soooo low I wonder if baby is head down.  If not, he had better start thinking about heading that direction!

Gender:   Boy!

What I’m looking forward to:   Getting more work done in the nursery and getting to the point where I feel like we're ready if he were to come.  I'm also excited to celebrate Ben's birthday this week!!

What I’m nervous about/praying for:   The typical everything!  Starting to worry about labor and delivery a little bit, especially after watching that YouTube video where the husband has a GoPro on his head while speeding to the hospital with his wife in labor in the passenger seat just screaming.  They made it to the hospital just in time for her to stand up out of the car and have the baby delivered right THERE next to the car by the husband.  Ben decided he didn't want to watch it.  hahaha  You can watch it here if you haven't seen it.

What I miss:   Energy and being able to do my shoes up by myself.  Thank you Ben.  :D

Next appointment:   8/13 regular check up, 8/27 regular appointment +my final ultra sound, then weekly appointments start I believe!

30 Weeks - Taking it easy!

My age:  29 - I turn 30 the day I hit full term, 37 weeks.

How far along:  30 weeks -- crazy!

Rykar missed the shot above ^^ because, well, he has a new giant bone in his life:

How big is baby:   15.7 inches, the size of a "large cabbage" and about 3# (and doubling+ in the next two months!)

What have you been up to:   I've been working a lot and we've been staying pretty busy which is making time fly by almost a little too fast!  Ben put up some new blinds in the nursery (the previous sellers took two rooms' blinds which we hadn't yet replaced), and a rod and curtains!  I would like to get some sheer drapery panels behind the brown, and possibly tie the brown up.  It's a work in progress but coming along!

I am looking for a rug now, but I can't find anything I like that's not $800+.  Any rug shop recommendations?  Something brown...or brown/blues/white...or not $800.

Also we still haven't hit 110 degrees and summer is practically half way over already.  We did hit a balmy 109 which was pretty close.  So far the summer heat hasn't bothered me in my pregnant state.  The monsoons have started rolling in which is fun though.  Many of our days have been looking like so...

I use this app called MyRadar because I am a nerd and like to storm watch.  Last night's storm was pretty good.

Exercise/Activity Level:  My gym activity has plummeted over the past two weeks as my once random contractions increased and started coming on almost every time I worked out or exerted myself a little extra.

We did a workout the other day that consisted of five rounds, and I started getting contractions during the first round while completely scaling down and going slowly, so I obviously stopped.  I was really bummed out that I actually started tearing up and sweet Ben came over and pep talked me back to my smile.  He is the best and I love him!  The gym and running are huge parts of our lives, but this lil guys trumps them any day!  I had just hoped to get a little further into pregnancy before having to take it easy, so the reality of having 10 more weeks of little activity (plus 6 recovering) is a semi-defeating thought.  Those put on bed rest are rockstars.

My doctor thinks the heat isn't helping the fitness situation, but meanwhile I am still allowed to go to the gym and do something light, and I am also trying to drink extra to stay hydrated which could really help the Braxton Hicks.  Ben ordered me a big pink water bottle that stays cold all day long, and I am going to drink the eff out of it.

Maternity clothes:   I bought two more long shirts and a non-maternity skirt that'll just go under the bump.  I still love the maternity section at Ross.

Stretch marks:   None yet.  Still lubing my stomach/etc. up everyday.  Not sure that does anything, but might as well.

Belly Button:  Borderline flat but not exactly an outie yet.  That's possibly debatable.

Best Moment of the Week:   My brother moved here which is awesome!!!  He starts his new job this week.  We also bought a new car which is a lot of fun.  The truck sold which I guess was kind of sad.

No pictures to share of the new car, but it looks like this white one:

Worst Moment of the Week:   The glucose test that I was dreading.  Drinking the orange stuff wasn't that terrible at all until the end of the bottle when the volume was becoming a bit much.  The blood draw, meh, a little woozy, do-able.

The almost worst part was that amount of glucose unexpectedly hitting my stomach like a brick.  For over a week I had been planning to buy donuts to celebrate a good appointment, but for the first time I didn't want sugar.  Not even oreo donuts!  (I would like one right now though.)

The worst part was a week later finding out that I FAILED MY 1-HOUR GLUCOSE TEST by 6 points.  Suck.

Food cravings:   None really, more fruit and watermelon.  These...

Food aversions:   Still nauseated in the morning but after that goes away I can eat.

Symptoms:   Hmmm just super, super tired.  I did find out I'm low on iron though, which probably contributes.  My pelvis hurts when I move.  I have noticed my hips are a little wider than they were before.  I wonder if that'll go back at all or if I'm going to be getting all new jeans post baby.  But that's all I can think of.  Doing pretty good these days

Movement:   All the time, especially when I eat watermelon and cold things!  I have felt him having the hiccups too (like right now).  Ben was able to feel him hiccuping too.  So awesome.

Gender:   Boy!

What I’m looking forward to:   Seeing my family/friends at my sister's wedding soon enough.  We are really excited for her!  And meeting our lil man.  So many fun things in store.

This is an amazing video that my mom posted on my Facebook page.  It really is miraculous and gives me chills (and the music is awesome).

What I’m nervous about/praying for:   I sound like a broken record, but I'm dreading the glucose test and blood drawS.  This time, however, it's probably actually going to be a little rough because it's the 3 hour test and I'm a pansy.

And I pray things continue to go well with our cute lil munchkin.

What I miss:   Pushing myself at the gym.  Knowing my relationship with food like I used to.

Next appointment:  7/23/14, I am going every three weeks now.

Last Week

Well the 4th of July has come and gone again so faaast.

The 4th used to be my all time favorite holiday when our family had traditions and we had a float in the Layton parade each year (this was the first year we didn't).  

It's still a big deal holiday in Arizona (how can it not be?), but it's not our "prime weather season" so it's not as hugely celebrated throughout the day time and I don't think you are allowed to do fireworks within the Phoenix city limits (which is actually GREAT when you have a dog or slumbering baby <-- that one is a conclusion drawn from Facebook).

The other night our neighbors shot off fireworks in their backyard (so inconspicuous) while Rykar was out back.  I ran out there and found him hiding at the side of the house where he never goes.  Sad!!  Anyways, there are lots of city celebrations, but it's just not the same!  I loved Layton City's traditions and do miss them.

Below:  2010 4th of July in Layton, fun memories made

This year Ben and I just spent the holiday weekend doing whatever in the cooler /cloudy weather (monsoons have arrived!!!).  And we bought a car.  No night celebrations for this prego grandma, but we did see an airplane show of sorts.

We didn't buy this car (I wish!) but BMW just released their new X4 and it is AWESOME.  It's smaller than the X6, cheaper too, but similar.  We've been waiting for its release for longer than the Macan, it just took forever!

[My 4th of July outfit was lame as.]

Last week Rykar celebrated his 11th birthday!  I'm not sure he ate any dog food that day aside from treats.  Happy Birthday to my cutest lil puppy, partner in crime and co-worker.  He's pretty stoked here... OMG SIX treats.... 'are you serious right now?'

Over the past while we came to the realization that it was time to sell our truck.  :(  It has been Ben's baby since long before we ever met, but it has become my sole way of transportation since Ben commutes greater than 50 feet. 

Big Red is just too big for me to haul around a baby in, and is just too gas guzzling for a daily commuter, so it went up for sale last week, and bittersweetly sold last night.

Last week I was told to tone it down because my workouts (I think it's the heat) have been bringing on long contractions (long is bad, oops).

I've started sporting my compression socks to see if I can't combat the swelling that I know is around the corner, but frankly just putting them on is probably enough to put me into preterm labor.

Heaven knows I can't get them off by myself.

Last week my little brother moved to Arizona which is beyond awesome and we're pretty stoked about (AZ is now 2 for 2 for my brothers).  "We" helped him move, and he is about to start a new job.  It sounds like he is enjoying it so far.  :]

Last week the monsoons really started rolling in and we have been facing some haboob-age, storms and lots of cloudiness.  I will have to take some pictures or at least find some good ones of the haboob that grounded the whole airport.  Craziness.

Somebody posted this one to Fox10's FB...

Now we are almost through with this week.  Thank heavens.  We're ready for the weekend!  Have a fantastic remainder of the week.  Tomorrow is FRIDAY.

Baby Showering!

Last week I flew up to northern Utah to celebrate little baby Buhr in all my his growing glory.  It was a wonderful trip and I had so much fun!  It was fun to see family and friends and to hang out with my mom and step-dad.  They're awesome!

My mom & grams threw me a shower and we had it at my grandma's house.  The weather was gorgeous that day and we all ended up under the shade of a ginormous tree.

Below:  Josie and Kara standing next to the table with goody bags that my wonderful mom put together!  They had blue "It's a boy" Hershey's kisses that came straight from Hershey Pennsylvania thanks to my step-dad, Jeff!

Seriously the cutest...

It's still crazy that we are having a little baby soon.  I open gifts and think 'why am I opening baby gifts, I don't have a baby!' Then I'm immediately like "Holy crap!!  We're having a baby!!!"  Then he kicks me and I'm amazed at the whole miraculous process.

Talking with Jamie...seriously...apparently.

This giraffe liked to put his head in the fan.  lol

Our photographer, James.  Also I'm sad Maddi's eyes are closed.  Sorry!

Lacey handmade her gifts which is especially amazing to somebody who can't sew.

The Thunderbirds were out doing the air show so we kind of got one of our own.

Then it was up to see my sister in law, Liz, and crew!  Liz is wonderful and I'm lucky to have her as my sister in law.  She put on my epic bachelorette party a few years back, and is always thoughtful.  (The picture below is close, by not quite complete.)

Thank you for the wonderful gifts!!!

A pic of my Jessica Simpsons appeared on the camera.  Well of course I had to post them.

You can't see the millions of chocolate chips under the giant cloud of whipped cream, but they are definitely there.

Then it was back to Arizona to see my hunk of a husband.


On a really funny side note, while I was baby showering, Ben sent me these pictures:

"Guess where I am?"  Hahaha.  Such a dreamer.

Thank you to everybody for the wonderful gifts and for taking the time to come out and help us celebrate this lil guy!  We are getting really excited to meet him and we are so grateful for the love and support.  What an awesome trip!!

Have a fantastic week!