Friday, August 31, 2012

ummm... hello?

I think I need this. I mean, I have a lot of graveyard shift time on my hands to scour the internet for baby products, and I've found a lot of cool stuff .... but this.

From the 4moms website:
The Origami is the world’s first power-folding stroller: at the touch of a button, it folds itself. It’s also the world’s first cell phone-charging, mileage-counting, LCD-sporting stroller, with generators in the rear wheels that charge the stroller as you walk. Plus, the Origami has daytime running lights, pathway lights for low-light conditions, and sensors that detect when a child’s in the seat (so it’ll never fold by accident). From power folding to cell phone charging, it’s everything a stroller should be.

Oh really, I can just charge my cell phone while on a walk? Cool.

PS It's nearly a thousand dollars after all the accessories you have to buy to make it worth it. Ha. Sorry we're not those people that buy $1000 strollers.

But I actually do want this:

Same company, but this is only $299.....

Just for fun, here are some more things that are out of my kid's price range:

Heart Dress

Ursa the Bear

Pink skinny cords

Owl Fiesta (even at 5-pieces, not worth it)

Sleepytime Rocker

Sunday, August 26, 2012

a bunch of random

Here are a bunch of fun things from the internet:

Anyone want to go to this calligraphy workshop with me? It's Saturday in Draper.

A couple of things I want from Sephora: eyeshadow & eyeshadow & lotion in my very favorite scent.

How cute is this diaper bag? Any diaper bag recommendations? I'm a tad overwhelmed by the choices out there ...

Punchfork - my new favorite recipe website.

Nymbler - the personal baby name assistant ... we're still taking suggestions :)

You're kidding me with these, right?

If I had a million dollars, I would buy everything from this store for baby girl.

Read this blog. It might make you cry a little, but it's an awesome story from a very brave girl (she lives in my ward and is incredible!)

Listen to this, it's hilarious.

My favorite new blog - Little Band of Brothers

On Empathy & Apathy - good little article

And maybe I've watched this commercial a hundred times. I die laughing every time.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


*Thanks to my favorite ever seminary teacher, Bro Johnson for the title and for helping me build a strong testimony of prayer.

I know I haven't been very open about this pregnancy, but I feel like it's important to talk about the last week or so ...
We went in at 18 weeks for an ultrasound (no biggie, I have them every 2 weeks), checked out the sex - GIRL! - and did the usual vag check of the cervix. Dr Bean got kind of quiet and said there's a little tiny bit of bad news, that he could see a triangle shape (looked like a shadow), and said it could be funneling. Cervical funneling is what happened last time with the twins, at about the same time. It's basically a sign of an incompetent cervix and can lead to early dilation and premature birth. BUT, this shadow could also just be the way the baby was positioned. He wanted us to come in a week later (rather than our usual 2), and to take it easy that week. He also said he wasn't worried, just a tiny bit concerned.

I expected a pretty rough week, sleepless nights, and panic every time I felt anything unusual. But after talking it through with Lucas, we realized that we have zero control here. There is nothing I can do to strengthen my cervix, nothing I can really do to keep it from funneling if it wants to. We realized that it's all up to our Heavenly Father. So ... I got a wonderful Priesthood Blessing from Lucas, went to the temple, and we prayed our guts out all week (thanks to everyone who prayed for me also!).

I love knowing that my Heavenly Father is aware of me and loves me. I loving knowing that He is excited that we are becoming parents and having a family. I love knowing that He is happy to send me a baby girl to take care of. He blessed me that I would feel peace throughout the week and the pregnancy as we deal with these issues. And even though it's hard to hear, I love knowing that He will help us through the trials we will have to endure in the future. I am so grateful for the Priesthood and the opportunity to have blessings whenever I need them thanks to a wonderful husband who honors this great power.

I decided that even if I ended up on bed rest until January, I would be okay with it.

The week went by very smoothly, I didn't worry hardly at all, and we had another appointment at 19 weeks. Heartbeat sounded awesome, the little shady triangle was gone. My cervix is still measuring perfectly average and things are looking great with the baby. We are so grateful that I can continue the pregnancy normally, and so so so grateful to get to bring this little gal into the world.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

baby girl

I might have ordered this from etsy today:

(the headband, not the baby)

If you haven't heard, I'm knocked up. Today we found out it's a baby girl, and we're pretty freakin excited.

I had been dreaming about a boy and hoping for a boy all along, but the last couple of weeks all I could think about was girl stuff. Girly outfits and tiny bracelets, girly everything.

Lucas and I couldn't be happier.

The only bad news: we have a list of about a hundred boy names, but zilch on girls. This website, babynamewizard, has been helpful (and fun and addicting) ... but maybe you have some ideas?

PS One more thing - if you get a chance, will you say a little prayer for my cervix? It needs to stay closed and even though it looks great now, it's my greatest cause of stress. Thanks guys.

PPS For those who aren't aware: I'm at 18 weeks, due January 15th, it's a girl. We're dying of excitement.

(17 weeks. I hate taking pictures of myself.)