Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Twenty Twooooo-oooooh Weeks


Hi there! Hello! Howdy! He...just kidding. I'm done.

It's 11pm and I had the itch to talk, and Garrett is already asleep, so I decided to talk to y'all and go ahead and write my 22 week baby update. Also, today is my last day of being at 22 weeks! 

I can't believe how quickly this is going by, Baby Cypert will be here before we know it. Oh God, that is TERRIFYING. And also so so exciting. Every time I think about Garrett and I with a baby, I get teary eyed, I still think that it hasn't fully sunken in. 

22 Weeks

How far along? I've been constantly singing 22 by Taylor Swift all week. But, honestly, when am I not singing Taylor Swift songs?  (Side note: Her album comes out November 10th and I AM SO EXCITED!!!)

Weight gain/loss? I don't weigh myself at home, so I'm not sure. I guess I will find out tomorrow at our appointment. 

Maternity clothes? Still fitting into most of my normal clothes, but I did buy my first pair of maternity leggings from Target this week! Ok...WHY don't we wear maternity pants all the time? These leggings are comfortable!! I did try on jeans though and they were terrible. Talk about major crotch sag....I felt like a homeboy in those.

Sleep? Same as last week. Constantly peeing and constantly tossing and turning because my ass cheeks and legs hurt. A friend told me about some stuff that she used on her legs that really helped (thanks Neesy!!), so I am going to be on the hunt for that this weekend.

Garrett was gone this past week on a business trip, so I had to sleep alone. I'm used to him being next to me, and used to knowing that he will fight off all of the bad guys that are going to break into our house and get me. So, needless to say, without him here, I didn't sleep as well.

Best moment this week? Face timing with Garrett while he was gone and both of us getting teary eyed when talking about the baby because we already love this child so much! Also, getting to see Garrett tonight a bit before class. I had missed him while he was gone! Ok, and also cuddling with our new kitten Martin. We had this moment where I was holding him like a baby and we were just looking into each others eyes and it was the sweetest thing.

Movement? Yes! Still only feeling little flutters and twitches here and there, but I love it. It really helps ease my mind when I start worrying too much that something is wrong. (I have no reason to worry as much as I do, it's just who I am apparently. When I love someone, it's a given that I'm going to worry about losing them way too often.)

Miss anything? I think that at this point, what I miss most is just being able to eat normally without having to count carbs and be mindful of it all. I already had such a love/hate relationship with food, so having to focus so heavily on it at every meal has been difficult. At the same time, it's been sort of a blessing in disguise because I have had to be mindful of what I eat.

Food cravings? My mind has really been on doughnuts lately? And just sweets in general.

Food aversions? No, nothing specific.

Symptoms: Peeing often. And feeling like I need to pee when I stand up but then not being able to when I try. I guess this child is hanging out on my bladder? Oh, and the good 'ol C word. Constipation. Apparently that's part of it, too.

Started to show yet? Yes, but I'm not sure it's enough that anyone notices besides Garrett and I.
  
Mood this week? I was a little bored and lonely this week with Garrett being gone. I'm so glad, and so thankful, that he is back safely!

What I am looking forward to? Our appointment tomorrow and seeing the baby! Also, having the weekend with Garrett!

Next appointment? Tomorrow!

Now it is time for an episode of PLL before I go to bed. That show is SO DUMB but I love it for some reason. Hope your week is going well!

Love love love, Whitney

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I'm Baaaaack with a Weekly Baby Update


Wow....HELLO!! 
Are there any of you left out there? It's been a minute, hasn't it?
I assume the only people left that might see this are my mom and mother in law....hi y'all!! In case there is anyone else out there, hi to you too! 

Awhile back, Garrett and I made a big announcement...WE ARE HAVING A BABY!! Since making that announcement, I have decided that I wanted to start blogging again in order to have this to look back on one day. Long story short, I have been putting it off for several reasons, one being that photobucket no longer hosts photos on 3rd party sites (hence my header photo being completely gone and not being able to add photos to this post). I have absolutely no idea how to fix this, so bare with me until I can pester my husband into taking a look at it. 

My plan is to make a weekly post documenting that week of pregnancy and, true to style, I am already behind. Big surprise! Anyways, I'm 21 weeks as of now, but wanted to include last week, so here we go:

20 & 21 WEEKS 

How far along? Well...see above please. 

Weight gain/loss? Currently still down about 5 pounds. 

Maternity clothes? Not yet! Still able to wear my normal clothes for now, but they are getting a little snug on my stomach so I'm thinking I'll need to start shopping soon. Any recommendations?

Sleep? Listen y'all....I am a SLEEPER. I have always loved to sleep. But this getting up to pee at all hours of the night is getting in the way. I've been sleeping ok otherwise, except for I'm starting to think I have a form of restless leg syndrome? Almost every morning I wake up and my butt cheek and legs hurt and feel like I need to move them? So I have a kicking fit and stretch and sometimes that helps, sometimes it doesn't. 

Best moment these weeks? Hearing the baby's heartbeat at one of our 20 week appointments! If you know me, you know that I worry like it's my full time job, so being able to hear the heartbeat is so reassuring. ALSO, I started feeling little movements this week (20 weeks)!! Just a little twitch here and there, but pretty sure it's the baby! Either that or my uterus all of the sudden became twitchy?

Movement? See above. 

Miss anything? Good Lord do I ever. I might discuss this in a different blog post later on...but really early in this pregnancy we found out that my blood sugar was already starting to rise, so since about week 9ish I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and have been monitoring my blood sugar at home, as well as counting carbs at each meal. As of right now it is all under control, but I miss eating sweets like you wouldn't imagine. Don't get me wrong, I splurge every now and then but have definitely had to cut back in order to keep my blood sugar in the range it needs to be in. 

Food cravings? All of the sweets in the world, but particularly chocolate cake. Honestly, I haven't really had specific food cravings yet. I think wanting sweets just comes from the fact that I can't have many : ( 

Food aversions? Nope! I have been very lucky so far and haven't been sick at all or had many other issues (other than with blood sugar). Although, this past couple of weeks, I randomly gag? Out of nowhere, I just gag and then that's it. Garrett can't help but laugh every time he see's it. 

Symptoms: Just peeing quite a bit! That's really been the only symptom I have had so far. 

Started to show yet? Yes, I think so, but nothing dramatic. I didn't have a flat stomach to begin with, so it's tough to tell how much I am showing exactly. But my stomach is definitely more rounded than normal. 
  
Mood this week? Thankful and excited! We had our first 20 week appointment two weeks ago (when I was technically 19 weeks) and they did the anatomy scan to check growth, organ functioning, etc. and everything was right on track! I always go into appointments holding my breath, thinking something might go wrong, but so far we have one healthy little baby!! Hearing the heartbeat last week was also reassuring and put me into a good mood. This specific week has been pretty uneventful, but feeling the baby move around is exciting.

What I am looking forward to?  The growth scan on the 14th! Any time we get to have an ultrasound and check on baby, I feel excited (as well as nervous). Also, continuing to get the nursery ready, we have so much left to do. 

Next appointment? September 14th! 

Maybe one of these days I'll get blogging figured out again and add pictures to this post. We'll see.
Hope you are all having a great week so far!

Love love love,
Whitney

Monday, April 20, 2015

Kinley's 1st Birthday!


Hey guys! 

It's been awhile since my fingertips have graced the keyboard in the form of a blog...AKA long time no see! A couple of exciting things have happened in our lives since the last time I blogged and I decided I needed to document them here.

Towards the end of last month we celebrated my niece's 1st birthday! I flew into Austin and was able to spend the entire weekend with my family celebrating our sweet Kinley. 

The day I arrived, she decided she wanted to go through my wallet. She pulled out and examined every single card I had in there.


We spent that day/evening baking and icing cupcakes and her cake, making signs, and resting up for the party. Mom cooked spaghetti and garlic bread for everyone and we spent several hours visiting. It rained all day so Alyssa decided to move everything into the garage. She had planned on having the party in the backyard so the kids could play outside and everyone could enjoy the fresh air, but was a good sport about having to change her plans. You can't control everything!

Spaghetti face! (And bib, and arms, and hands...)




Putting her to bed and taking selfies!


The morning of Kinley's birthday we all got up as soon as we heard a peep out of her on the monitor and sang her happy birthday complete with showering her with balloons! 

This picture warms my heart so much because she had just woken up and was probably wondering what we were all doing in there singing to her, but look at that little grin! 


All dressed and ready for her birthday party! Her party was Alice in Wonderland themed...she was Alice!




Time for presents!


Cake tiiiime!


Still haven't stopped laughing at this picture!


Group picture!


Fresh and clean and playing with one of her new stuffed animals with her PawPaw.


That evening we had dinner at Papadeaux and were all in bed pretty early. The next day, Sunday, we had lunch and mom and dad headed back home to Sweetwater while Alyssa, Kinley and I headed to the mall.

I got the cutest little floral dress for K!


Monday it was time for me to head back to Denver. We had lunch at Pluckers, one of my faves in Austin, and couldn't quit giggling at this little one's hair! She took the bow out of her hair which left it looking like this...


* I wanted to share my favorite memory from the weekend so that I don't forget, even though her little face in this moment is forever in my heart.* I was putting her down for a nap one of the days I was there. We were in Alyssa's rocking chair and Kinley had her bottle as I rocked her trying to get her to fall asleep.  Her eyes were fighting to stay open. All of the sudden she opened her eyes, looked at me and grinned real big. I said, "What are you doing silly girl?" She grinned and rolled over onto her stomach and laid on my chest just grinning. It was the most precious moment!

I am so thankful that I got to spend Kinley's first birthday with her and my family! Kinley is such a sweet and precious little soul and I love her so much. I can't believe she is already one! She is definitely a blessing and has made this past year so much fun and filled with love.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Louvre/Our Last Day in France


Monday August 26th

Even though I didn't want it to, our last day in France had crept up on us. While I was tired and ready to see Garrett and our two cat sons, I was not at all ready to go back home. I swear I would live in Europe if it were feasible.

I'm getting to where I am having a hard time remembering exactly what we did, and since I didn't write in my journal everyday like I promised myself I would, I kind of have to wing it. 

Mom and I slept in that morning and then met the girls at the mall. This mall was HUGE, like 7 stories, and was home to some of the most expensive things. We left with a couple of souvenirs, but none of the Charlotte Olympia or Alice & Olivia things I wanted but couldn't afford.

Later, we all went to the Louvre. At this point I was about museum'ed out. We had been to so many! But, nonetheless, it is the Louvre and it's not everyday you get to go there. We had a tour guide and we only saw the "big" things. This was by far the most awesome and encompassing museum I have ever visited. You could spend all day there, hell all month, and still not see everything. My favorite thing about this museum was that it wasn't all paintings. There were paintings of course, but also sculptures and ruins. Unfortunately, it was insanely crowded. 

I don't have a ton of pictures because I actually didn't even bring my camera this day. Just my trusty iPhone! One thing I learned from this trip: carrying around a big camera gets old!

One of my very favorite things I have ever seen to this day is this Sphinx. The Great Sphinx of Tanis. For some reason this half lion, half King really mesmerized me and still does to this day. It also creeps me out and gives me the willies a little bit.


It weighs 24 tons and is made from granite. It is huge and definitely awe inspiring. The creepy part? It is so old. It's the oldest thing I have ever seen. It was inscribed with Pharaoh's names that date back to 1929 BC. BEFORE CHRIST! Archaeologists think that it actually dates back to an even older period- 2600 BC. Just think about that for a second. It's mind-blowing that something that ancient Egyptian Pharaohs created is still around today. Ahhhhhh! My mind is blown. 

Side story: One night Garrett and I were laying in bed talking about this Sphinx and how creepy it would be if you woke up one night and it was just there, in your room. I mean, it's got to be haunted. See? I told you it was creepy. 

One of the next things we saw that I got excited about was Venus de Milo.


I am definitely no art connoisseur, but as soon as I saw this I recognized it. This sculpture is believed to be of Aphrodite and was found in Greece in 1820. The sculptor is unknown and she is dated back to about 120 BC. When in the presence of things that are so incredibly old, I always think about the things they would have seen if they had eyes. It's incredible all of the things, people, and era's that have come and gone while this statue remains. 

Last, but not least, the Mona Lisa was also something that I was really excited about seeing. 


That painting had more security than Taylor Swift. It was encased, you couldn't get all the way up to it, and there were guards there. Also, it was fight to the death to be able to get as close as I did. That room was crowded and people were pushing each other to get up to it. You bet your ass I pushed my way to the very front. 


The painting in the center of this picture is the Mona Lisa, that is how many people were crowded around her.


Everyone had warned me that I would be disappointed in the Mona Lisa because it is so small, so I wasn't surprised by the size at all. The fact that that is the real thing is what is so spectacular, not the size. It is worth it to get past the crowd just to say you have seen it.

That night we went to bed fairly early after getting all of our belongings packed up and ready to go. The next morning we were shuttled to the airport and flown home. That was it. The trip I had anticipated for so long was over. And it had been amazing. Something I will never forget!

After a long flight, a several hour lay over in Dallas, a short flight to Denver, and 306839 tissues (I had a wicked cold), I was home with my little family. 





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Vincent & a Sparkly Eiffel Tower


Hiiii! 
Yes, I realize it has been almost 3 months since my France trip (don't remind me) and that I am still blogging about it. When I first started this recap I had no idea how long it would take, especially when I only blog every week and a half! So, to those of you who are still reading anything I post, THANK YOU and I swear it's almost done! 
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Sunday, August 24th

One of the optional excursions on our cruise was a visit to Auvers-sur-oise (don't ask me how to pronounce it) where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last days of his life. As you may remember, I am a little intrigued by Van Gogh, so of course we chose to do this excursion. (Thanks mom!)

One of the first things we saw was this gothic style church that he had painted in 1890. Right next to it was a copy of his painting. It was really awesome to be able to look at the same church Van Gogh had looked at to paint, and then to compare it to his painting.


After looking around in the town, we took a walk to the cemetery. Van Gogh, and his brother Theo, are both buried here. It was crazy to see Van Gogh's grave! It was in a normal cemetery, nothing special, with no guard or anything. For some reason that surprised me.


I had always heard and read that Van Gogh had shot himself, but during this tour we learned another theory. I won't go into detail, but basically it just goes that he was shot by someone bullying him and died from that. That would be crazy, and story changing, if it were true. 


After the cemetery we went back to the town and saw the tiny room Van Gogh rented and where he passed away after his gun shot. Of course we weren't allowed to take pictures, but there really wasn't much to it. It was a tiny room with nothing but a small window and chair in it. Kind of sad.


Little Van Gogh.


Another building he painted with his painting near it.


That night we headed back into Paris for our last night of vacation. While I was so excited to see Paris again, I wasn't ready for it to be over! Our captain said he was going to show us a special "treat" on the way back, and we stopped in front of this miniature Lady Liberty. America gifted her to France after they gave us the original.


After dinner mom and I went up to the top deck and saw the Eiffel Tower. At night, every hour on the hour, the Eiffel tower sparkles! It looks so pretty!



We decided to leave the ship and walk closer to the Eiffel Tower before the next hour struck so that we could see it sparkle a little closer. Next time I am in Paris (yes there will be a next time) I'd like to be right up to it when it lights up. It's so pretty!


 
One more short post and then my France recap is over! Looking back through these posts and pictures makes me miss it so much. Why does travel have to be SO expensive? I am ready to go back ASAP. If I could spend my entire life traveling I swear I would.

Byyyyee. ; )




Thursday, October 16, 2014

France Day 7: Les Andelys

Saturday, August 23rd

Today was a day full of cruising and a short stop in Les Andelys.

After docking, we had the option of roaming around the small town on our own, or doing a guided tour up to the castle. Mom chose to go and see the castle, I chose to venture around the town on my own. I mean, the castle was a major uphill walk and I wasn't in the mood to get sweaty. Plus, like I said before, roaming around a town in France by yourself is pretty cool.

Like every other town we visited, Les Andelys was breathtakingly gorgeous.


Chateau Gaillard, the castle mom hiked to. This was King Richard the Lionheart's castle. He feared an attack from the king of France, so he built this in 1196 for protection.


Les Andelys Church


While waiting on mom to return from her tour, I decided I might as well stop at the local bakery. Nothing like eating an eclair while staring out onto the Seine.


Look how cute these tiny, fuzzy, French baby birds are!


Our boat!


View from the castle of our boat and Les Andelys. #nofilter


On our way to Conflans!
There were so many swans in the river.


Going through a lock. If you are like I was and have no idea what a lock is, it's basically just a way to raise/lower boats to match the differing heights of the river at certain points. We went through several of these.


On board drink and dessert. : )


Tomorrow is Van Gogh's town!