Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Graduation Day

Such a special day for all three of us :)

 We started off with the big Commencement ceremony where everyone just gathered in the Huntsman Center and we heard from the man who founded Pixar (I feel terrible I don't remember his name) and a few other speakers. A whole bunch of our family came out to support us and my Grandma Fletcher said she actually grew up and went to high school with the man from Pixar! She got to see him afterwards and he still remembered her. 

 This is with My mom, Sisters, Dad, his girlfriend Connie, Mitchell, Grandma Fletcher, Aunt Kelly, Grandma and Grandpa Taylor and also Steve's Dad, Mom and Reed were here, we just didn't get any pictures with them at this point. 

 Right after the big Commencement ceremony was my Convocation. I graduated from the college of Behavioral Science with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Luckily my major was called up first because the college of Behavioral Science is one of the biggest colleges that graduated that day! Everyone else was glad too because we were starving and didn't want to wait through another 2 hour ceremony! My mom caught me on the jumbo tron looking so photo ready... haha Afterwards I gave my little red sash called the Stole of Gratitude to my Grandma Taylor because it is meant to be given to the person who helped you through college. She has been the one who paid for every dime of my college education! Without her I probably wouldn't have been able to finish! I owe her so much for her generosity and willingness to put me through school. This was actually a pretty special time because she NEVER smiles for the camera so I was glad I got a picture with her. :)

 We got a break in between my ceremony and Steve's ceremony so we went to lunch and Training Table. (We figured that would be the least busy place in town, which it was!) Then we got to go back and watch Steve graduate from the David Eccles School of business with a Marketing degree. He was sitting in the very back and was one of the last names to be called! But that was ok because my mom got some great shots of him down on the floor! Here is some good pictures with Steve and his dad and then all three of them with Reed, his Mom, him and his Dad. 

We were so happy to graduate on the same day. It was a bittersweet moment because we knew our time at the U was finally over, but now we look forward to graduate school and baby Jack on his way :) 


37 Weeks

Ugh I promised myself back in like March that I wouldn't miss another week and what do I do? I miss another week... So sad but life gets crazy around here! It's really hard because our house is super dark and I need to rely on natural lighting to get a decent picture, but when you have a husband that works during the day and even on Saturdays its hard to get a good photo! So excuse the dark shadows as well...

Anyway the baby is finally full term! Ahhhh! I can't believe this little guy could be here any minute. I am getting so excited just thinking about spending my days rocking him and feeding him, going on walks at the park, and spending time with my family and watching them just love all over him. Oh this summer will be GREAT! I am scared for labor though.... That's a whole other topic I'd rather not get in to. haha I can't believe how big my belly is now! It seriously just pops out more and more each day!

How far along: 37 weeks or 9 months or full term :)
Babies measurements: 19.25 in. 6.3 lbs.
Total weight gain: 22. lbs Gosh I gained 2 pounds in just a week!
Maternity clothes: This shirt is actually pre pregnancy. I love it so much more while I'm pregnant though! It was really loose and baggy before and I like the tightness of it now. Speaking of tight, I can't really fit into ANY of my summer t shirts! So not only am I stuck in my one and only pair of maternity jeans, but now I am limited to literally about 3 short sleeved shirts that will fit me. Oh baby you better come soon!
Movement: He is slowing down just a bit now. I can tell that his bum is right under my left ribs and his feet are still in their famous right side. His head is most certainly down because I can feel it just crushing my bladder now! It is probably the most horrific pain I have ever felt. He loves to play more with others. Before when ever someone would go to feel him, he would get shy and hold still. Now he goes crazy and puts on a show!
Food cravings: I don't know why I haven't mentioned this before, but I have this unhealthy obsession with Sonic's Cherry Limeades. Like I can't stop thinking about them... ever... I get one and drink it up in two minutes and just think about the next time I can get my hands on one! haha its so bad... That's probably why I gained 2 pounds in just a week!
Anything making you queasy or sick? We saw What to Expect When Your Expecting and it was such a cute movie! Loved every bit of it, except when the girls decided to throw up like every 5 minutes. I am no longer sick, but when I see a pregnant woman puke I am immediately rushed back to those terrible months of puking and I want to cry! haha
Miss anything? My own personal space. I can no longer bend or even hunch over without a bum in my ribs and a head stuck on my bladder! I miss going about my day without even knowing there was a little human attached to my front. Now it's way too obvious to miss that!
Belly button in or out? It's out.
Looking forward to: His arrival! Lets hope it's sooner rather than later! I am going weekly to see the doc now and the last time he checked me he said I wasn't dilated at all but my cervix is 50% thinned. So lets hope there is more progress by the next appointment! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

35 Weeks

This was right before my family shower! I love having showers... they are so much fun! haha and this is my favorite maternity shirt I have gotten :) Can you believe only 35 days to go!? I am starting to feel more prepared though, so I'm ok it's only a month away!

How far along? 35 Weeks or 8 months
Babies Measurements: 18 in. 5.25 lbs. The size of a honeydew melon!
Total weight gain: I have now hit the 20 lb mark!
Gender: Sweet baby boy
Maternity clothes: Like I said this top is maternity. I only have like two of them but I couldn't help buying this one cuz I thought it was so cute! (from Old Navy)
Movement: He is still moving like crazy! He never seems to stop! The doc said he should be slowing down a bit, but I certainly don't feel it! ha He did say that he thought he felt his head down and I can tell when he decides to push on my bladder! Ouch!
Food Cravings: Sweets. And I keep hearing the commercials for those disgusting Doritos tacos from Taco Bell and I just drool every time I hear it. haha I guess I have a thing for tacos! 
Miss anything: Not having heartburn. This has been the worst part of my later half of the pregnancy! I can't stand it!
Belly button in or out? It's now slightly out
Looking forward to: My last few showers! People have been so sweet and given me so many amazing things! I can't wait to post about each one!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A New Chapter

Well the time has come...
 Can you believe we are both graduating on the same day!? When does that ever happen!

Steven and I have been married for almost 3 years now and we have been going to school for our entire marriage. We actually both started college about a year or so even before we got married. We have only known what it is like to study all night and be poor college kids who only have part time jobs! Steve still has to go to graduate school, so the journey doesn't end here, but it is a huge stepping stone! I started college right out of high school and I have been a student ever since I was 5 and in Kindergarten! 

Needless to say I am kind of nervous about this part of my life ending. I am so grateful that I am now trading being a student for being a mom! I couldn't be any happier to move on from this lifelong commitment to books and tests. It's just... Change is scary... I don't know how to be anything but a student! I'm sure I'll be loving my new role as a mommy come August when everyone else is starting school, but for right now, I am just a little sad to see it all go. I have loved this chapter of my life but now it's time to start a new one! I feel so grateful that I did get an education before we started having a family. I know I'll never regret it!
Graduation here we come!
We took this picture of our feet and sent it out with our announcement and wrote a little caption at the bottom saying we were excited to welcome baby Jack coming this June! I could just melt over how stinkin cute Winston is in this pic! He is such a sweet little puppy!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

34 Weeks

So sorry this is a little late... I have been in the thick of finals! I'm also sad because my go to photo editor picnik is no longer alive... :( So now I have to play around with photoshop for way too long just to get a half decent photo. So I have been putting this off for some time!

How far along: 34 weeks or 8 months
Babies measurements: 17.75 in. 4.75 lbs.
Total weight gain: 18 lbs.
Gender: Boy
Maternity clothes: This shirt is maternity and it looks a bit like a tent, but I thought it was cute!
Movement: He is getting so strong its painful! He loves my ribs and can make my entire belly twitch at just the slightest movement!
Food cravings: This sounds sick, but I just crave sliced turkey with mustard! haha I don't just eat those two together... I usually want them in a sandwich :)
Miss anything? My back. All it does is hurt now! and I can't stand this heartburn. I have pretty much just accepted a heartburn filled life but its so terrible I could just die!
Belly button in or out? It has officially started to pouch out...
Looking forward to: (if this was on time) Two showers this week! We had so much fun! I can't wait to share pics of both of them!