Monday, May 20, 2013

Mother's Day

I am so grateful for mother's day.  I remember back to Mother's day a year ago and I was depressed, sitting at my "cubicle" at work so upset that I once again wasn't pregnant.  To make matters worse, my period had started that very morning!  I was trying to hard to be happy and grateful for the mothers and motherly figures in my life, but I just couldn't be happy.  I didn't understand why we had been trying to over a year and still had no luck with any procedures we were attempting.  I was to put it lightly a mess that day.

Now a year later I see that the trial we faced was such a blessing.  This baby is going to come into the world at such a perfect time with me done with school and hopefully a new home to settle into.  Things happen for a reason and on this year's mother's day I am so grateful for the reminder of how precious it is to be blessed with the role of being a mother.  I am grateful for my own mother, and mother in law. I am grateful for those mother's of my dear friends who help raise me into the person I am and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be blessed with a growing belly and a baby on the way.  There is truly no greater gift in this life than being a mother.

To celebrate my graduation from nursing school, mother's day, & our upcoming 3 year anniversary my dear sweet husband surprised me with a beautiful eternity band.  When we were getting married I had a matching band picked out, but when we went to order it was out of commission and it was going to cost double to make.. and wouldn't arrive until AFTER our wedding day.  So we then went and ordered just a plain band.  I have loved the symbolism in this plain band, but oh am I so grateful for this very pretty and sparkly new band :)

We're expecting a...

Well most of y'all already know but we are expecting a BABY BOY!! 
We went to Fetal Fotos at 15 weeks and were able to spend 20 minutes just watching our little guy move, bend, kick, and roll around.  It was so amazing to see that even though he is so small, he still has all the necessary parts: 10 fingers and 10 toes, a little heart beat, and cute little eyes and a little nose. 
he is upside down with his little hand showing off all 5 fingers

his little boy parts.. three little circles.

it isn't super visible but his leg is up in the air resting on the other side of the uterus.

profile shot with all his little vertebre visible

Seventeen Weeks : Finally a real BUMP

Total weight gain: 10! Ahh a little frightening
Maternity clothes? just some regular women's maxi dresses
Stretch marks? none.  
Sleep: loving sleep.. 
Best moment this week: finally showing... 

Food cravings: no real cravings... I did eat my first set of french fries this week which I haven't been able to do since pre-pregnancy.
Anything making you queasy or sick: teeth brushing!
Gender: BOY!!!!!!!

Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: spending the summer relaxing and traveling.

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Thank heavens the busy month of April is over!! The end of April was filled with family, good food, a growing baby in my belly, finals, graduation, and taking my state boards to become a registered nurse!
my companion through nursing school, Nicole!

Getting my official nursing pin!

We did it!!!

my mom, brother, and father came up from California/Las Vegas to celebrate.

my amazingly supportive husband.

Lance's Dad, his wife and her children came to join in the festivities. 's 
 Following my graduation it was time to hit the books once again... this time for a much more serious test... the NCLEX!  I traveled down to BYU and spent a day in the library taking practice questions.. 180 of them to be precise .
 On Monday, May 6th I traveled up to Bountiful to take the world's WORST exam ever.  190 questions of torture got me this....
 My Registered Nurse License!