Friday, April 18, 2014

Adventures in Pregnancy: Week 23

Oh, my the weeks are going by fast! I've been meaning to do a little pregnancy update for a while now, but it just kept getting pushed to the back burner. But here it is! 
(Sorry, AGAIN, for the not-so-great picture...)
How Far Along: 23 weeks - well, now almost 24. But the picture was taken at 23 weeks. 

Size of baby: About the size of an ear of corn (about 12 inches and 1 1/3 lbs)

Maternity Clothes: Some of my regular shirts still work okay, I'm trying to make as many of them work for as long as I can. So, I'm about 50/50 with maternity and non-maternity shirts. All maternity pants (some days I wonder why everyone doesn't wear stretchy waist pants!?)

Gender: Girl! 

Movement: Yep! Daniel finally got to feel her move a few days ago - he was very excited!

Sleep: Still not the best, but I'm living with it. I guess it's good training for when she gets here!

What I miss: A good nights sleep, and wearing my wedding rings. I had to take my rings off the other day because my fingers were getting a little fat, and with warm summer weather quickly approaching (hopefully!! I mean it did SNOW here on Monday!) I know they will get even bigger and I don't want to have to get my rings cut off!

Cravings: Still nothing crazy or out of the normal. I've really been loving anything citrus and any kind of crunchy green vegetable. And my favorite afternoon snack for the past week or so has been a rice cake with peanut butter and raisins on it! 
Most Excited For: Picking a color and painting the nursery! (more on that soon! I've got a BUNCH of color samples from Home Depot to try out...) And my last girl's weekend get away before I'm a mommy is coming up in a few weeks - and I'm so excited for a little vacation and to visit with my girls!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Adventures in Reading: Tide and Tempest Review

I have always enjoyed a good mystery. Many of our favorite TV shows are the mystery/crime solving shows like Castle, Bones, and NCIS:LA. So when read the description of Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwid on the Bethany House book request page, I thought that this story would be a story that I would enjoy. 

Book 3 in the Edge of Freedom series, Tide and Tempest follows the forever connected lives of Tillie McGrath and Captain Keondric Morgan. Turn of the century New York, 2 years after Tillie was a passenger on Capt. Morgan's ship on her journey from Ireland to America. (A journey that was told in the previous books in the Edge of Freedom) Tillie has made a life for herself in American, but Capt. Morgan has discovered some information that will turn her world upside down. Taking it upon himself to protect Tillie and find out the truth, Capt. Morgan and his brother Cass become involved in dangerous string of events that were put into motion before Tillie ever came to America. Not knowing who to trust, Tillie and Capt. Morgan search for the truth about who killed Tillie's fieance 2 years ago, and who is now trying to kill them. And why. 

I have had a rule about books I read for a long time. If I'm not enjoying a book, I always read to page 100. Always. To keep this review 100% honest, I had to apply this rule to myself as I was reading Tide and Tempest. Having not read either of the previous books in the series, I struggled to understand the characters. Very little back ground information was given about anyone. By page 50 or so, I felt like I had just opened a book from the middle and started reading. Feeling lost, I kept to my rule, and by page 100, while I was still confused at times, the plot of the mystery had me hooked. The Ludwig's storytelling kept my attention, and contained many twists and turns I did not expect. While I very much enjoyed the book, and was very satisfied with the ending, I believe I would have enjoyed it much more having read the other books in the series first. 

As a stand alone novel, I don't think I would recommend Tide and Tempest. However, I very much enjoyed Ludwig's writing and story telling, and would recommend the series as a whole if you start with the first book. 

I received this book for free from Bethany House, and the opinions in this review are my own true and honest opinion. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Adventures in Pregnancy: It's A.....


To be perfectly honest, we were only praying for a healthy baby (and still are!). Boy or girl didn't really matter to us. But we are thrilled to be having a little girl! My parents were in town over the weekend, and we told our families all together at dinner on Saturday night - with these shirts I made. Well, I bought the white t-shirts at Kohl's, and then wrote on them with sharpies personalized them at home. 

I have to admit, it's already hard to pass up the adorable dresses, bows, and tiny pink shoes in every store I see! (but I have been able to keep myself under control thus far...)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Adventures in Pregnancy: Gender Predictions

We knew right away that we wanted to find out the gender of baby Hill. We are so excited to spill the beans this weekend when my parents are in town, but until then I thought you might want to make your own guess based on some common wives tales about pregnancy and gender...

Old Wives Tale #1: Heart Rate
If the baby's heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.
First time we heard the babies heartbeat it was at 152 bpm
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #2: Morning Sickness
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.
I was very nauseous until week 13. Since then I have thankfully been fine! 
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #3: Cravings
If you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you are having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.
I can't say I have really craved anything salty. Mostly sweet, crunchy, and citrus - Chick'Fil'A lemonade has been my FAVORITE! And Oberwise Mango Pomegranate Sorbet.
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #4: Protein
When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.
String cheese has been my go to snack! And I've always been a meat eating girl - cheeseburgers have almost always sounded yummy!
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #5: Shape of Belly
If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy.
I'm not sure on this one. I feel like my baby bump is low so...
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #6: Acne
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. If you skin is the same or clearer, it's a boy. 
My skin has really not changed that much, and is the normal clear with the occasional random blemish.
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #7: Headaches
If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy.
The first 12 weeks I had headaches several times a week. They have thankfully gone away!
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #8: Moodiness
If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you.  
Well... I would say I'm not that extra moody...Daniel might beg to differ!
Prediction outcome: Inconclusive

Old Wives Tale #9: Mom’s Beauty
If your beauty disappears during pregnancy, you are having a girl. It is said that the girl “steals” the mother’s beauty. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, a little boy it is.
I have actually had several people tell me that I look healthier/prettier - so I'm going with that!
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #10: Dreams
If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.
I can't remember having a dream with a gender specific baby, but Daniel has had dreams about a little girl...
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #11: Clumsy vs. Graceful
If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.
I am not normally clumsy, and have not noticed that changing yet...
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #12: Side You Most Rest On
If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl.
I have been liking my right side, thought hip pain causes me to switch back and forth quite often!
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #13: Dad’s Weight Gain
If the dad-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’s a girl. If he doesn't gain weight, you’re having a boy.
I think Daniel has stayed about the same the past 20 weeks!
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #14: Legs
If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy. If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl. 
Well, as far as I know I'm only gaining in the torso, legs seem to be the same at this point. 
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #15: Feet
If your feet are colder now that you are pregnant, it's a boy. If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you’re having a little girl.
I have not noticed any change here...
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #16: Thinking of Baby Names
It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particularly baby.
I have tons of girl names rolling around in my head, but boy names are harder to come up with.
 Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #17: Pee
What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.
Sorry, this one is kinda gross buy with out going into detail...
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #18: What Do You Think?
Much of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.
Before we found out for real, I thought we were having a...
Prediction outcome: I thought BOY, and Daniel thought GIRL (you will have to wait till next Monday to see who was right!)

Boy - 8
Girl - 9
Pretty close! 

So what do you predict baby Hill will be? Boy or Girl? 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Adventures in the Basement: Hooray for a 2nd toilet!

We've checked a few things off of our basement "to do" list this week!
We picked a color for the bathroom...

There were 5 different colors that I got sample of, and we decided that #1 would be the best. 
It's called Silver Birch. The color is a Gideon color, but I did a color match and tried the new Behr Marquee paint, and it covered quite well!

There are still a few little areas that needed some touch up on the drywall mud (like above the window) so we didn't paint them, but the majority of the walls are painted. The main reason why we wanted to get the pain up is....

so that Daniel could put in the toilet! 
I honestly never thought I would be so excited for a toilet!!

In case anyone is thinking about replacing their toilet, this one is a Gerber Viper toilet. Gerber is the brand, Viper is the model. As a professional plumber, Daniel deals with toilets on a daily basis, and he personally thinks this one is the best for the money. It's not as inexpensive as some models that you can get at HomeDepot, but Gerber is a quality brand, and worth paying a little extra for. We have the same one in our upstairs bathroom and for almost 5 years we have never had a problem (clogging or otherwise) with it. 
The supply line to the left of the toilet is just temporary until he gets one the right length, so it wont always look all crazy like that...

OK, enough about toilets!! 

The vanity is built and just needs a little paint, some handles, and a sink top. 

This room has come a long way in the past 2 years and is starting to look like a real bathroom!!
Here is a few pictures of the 'evolution of the bathroom'...
The window above that orange electrical cord roll in the top picture is the same window that is above the toilet, just for perspective.
Just a few more things on the list: paint ceiling, baseboard trim, finish vanity, lighting and plumbing fixtures.

And I need to pick a mirror/medicine cabinet for above the sink.

But today, I'm very excited to have a 2nd toilet in the house!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Adventures in Pregnancy: Week 19

I always love reading pregnancy updates on other blogs,
so I have been super excited to document/share some of our own
Adventure In Pregnancy Details! 
(I'm not sure if I'm going to do every week, maybe every other week.)

(sorry for the less than stellar picture!! I will have to practice!)
How Far Along: 19 weeks

Size of baby: Mango (about 6 inches and 8.5 oz)

Maternity Clothes: Most of my shirts still work okay, but I've been breaking in my new maternity jeans from Old Navy...Why don't all jeans come with an elastic waist?! 

Gender: We know, but you will have to wait another few weeks to find out! We have a mini gender reveal party scheduled for when my parents are in town at the end of the month.  

Movement: More everyday. We still can not feel any kicks from the outside, which Daniel is super bummed about. He talks to him/her and tries to get a response kick, but so far that plan hasn't worked! Side note: Daniel is really the only person that I don't mind touching my growing tummy. It really bothers me when other friends/family/strangers touch my a lot (thanks, hormones!). So I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to deal with this phenomenon? (I mean people don't just randomly touch you like that when you are not pregnant! So why do they think it's ok to do when you are??) Like do I need to make a shirt or sign that says "hands off the belly, please" or something? Just wondering if any other mommies have suggestions - or maybe I'm the only one who doesn't like to be touched?? 

Sleep: This has been the hardest part of pregnancy for me thus far! Weeks 7-13 I would just lay awake at night, feeling exhausted, but unable to fall asleep. Then weeks 14-16 I slept like a rock star - my head hit the pillow and I was out until my alarm. It was awesome! Now the past few weeks, my sleep has been constantly interrupted by trips to the bathroom and extremely sore joints, especially my hips. I have always slept on my stomach, and now that I have to sleep on my side, combined with the hormones that are making my joints looser, my hip bones slide around when I'm sleeping. Not fun! We have been trying everything (different shaped pillows and pillow arrangements, memory foam...), but are still searching for a solution to the hip pain problem. 

What I miss: A good nights sleep! 

Cravings: I haven't had any "I have to have _______ right now or I will die" kind of cravings. One day in the first trimester I really wanted Buffalo Wild Wings. I've been craving crunchy, fresh veggies this whole pregnancy. And since it's winter all of the produce tastes horrible! I'm excited for spring and fresh local produce at the farmer's market! 

Most Excited For: Getting to spill the beans about the gender of baby Hill!! 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A New Adventure

For the past few years, I have been sharing our different adventures with you on this little blog. 
Adventures in life, crafts, gluten free cooking, basement anything and everything. 

And for the past few months the Lord has blessed us with a new adventure...

Right now, it's "Adventures in Pregnancy", 
coming in August,

Adventures With Baby! 
To say we are thrilled would be an understatement. This little one is truly and answer to prayer and a blessing from God. 
(More details coming soon.)