Monday, December 22, 2014

It's October  December, and I'm sitting here trying to figure out how the heck I'm going to catch up on this dang blog. I don't really know why I stopped writing. I don't think there's really a reason other than I've been lazy! So now, here I am, trying to recall the last nine months of the Freemans' lives.

I guess I'll start with the thing that pretty much consumes every thought of mine these days...I'm pregnant! We found out in May just the week after Mother's Day. We were so excited and truthfully...also pretty shocked and a little apprehensive. Pregnancy after a miscarriage is definitely less magical at first! I was just asking Mark how I told him about this pregnancy and he was like, "I think you just texted me??" Yeah, original, right!? Don't get me wrong, OF COURSE I was excited. I immediately said a prayer of thanks. We waited longer before we told our families this time around...longer, as in, like a couple weeks haha.

The sickness came hard and FAST. I'll try to remember all the crazy pregnancy symptoms that came this time around vs. with Noah. Almost everything about this pregnancy has been different. I was still sick with Noah, but not THAT sick. I started vomiting probably a week and a half after we got the positive pregnancy test. And it was all downhill from there. Dramatic much? Always!

When I was barfing with Noah en utero, I still had the bladder and lady parts of Joan of Arc.  This time around? HA! Oh how pregnancy-with-Noah Amy would coil at what the future would hold with pregnancy numero dos. So, not only was I throwing up multiple times a day, but with all the pressure and strong contracting that happens with each hurl, other bodily fluids would shoot out. Yes, shoot. Yes even if I emptied my bladder just moments before (how?!?). Let's just say the removal of all the bathroom rugs was necessary for sanitary reasons. And I had to do a load of whites every other day to keep up with underwear usage. So, that was probably my least fun pregnancy symptom weeks 6-14. The great news? It pretty much stopped all at once at week 13-14ish. After that I was a new lady! Bring on the FOOD! Bring on the second trimester POUNDS!

We found out that we are expecting a little lady when I was 16 weeks along. We are shocked and over the moon. A little GIRL. I can't believe it still. I have a closet full of frilly dresses and bows and sparkly shoes...It won't hit me until she's here and I really feel so blessed, especially since we probably won't have six kids like we thought we might before we actually had any. haha.

Things about this pregnancy that have made it more difficult: violent vomiting, debilitating back pain (starting around 25-ish weeks), hip/pelvic pain, inability to do much vigorous exercise, inability to sleep well at night (I took Unisom every night for a few weeks even after the nausea subsided), and just having to take care of Noah each day and not get all the rest that I need.

Noah is so loving towards my belly and excited for this baby sister of his. It's the first thing he talks about each day, and he continually talks about her throughout the day. "She's my baby sister. She'll be here soon. I love her. She's so cute. I'll give her hugs and kisses. She's coming home today!"...are some of the phrases that he repeats day after day. He doesn't realize that his world is about to get turned upside down! Poor guy! MY world will be turned upside down. I'm so used to it just being me and my buddy! All I can say is that this baby girl hopefully is a little more laid back than her big brother or else I'm in for it! I'm just expecting her to be crazy (LOW expectations) and if I achieve keeping both little humans alive every day and my sanity in check, then that will be a SUCCESSFUL day! Low expectations.....

I'll be 37 weeks along in a couple days and have an appointment tomorrow, so we will see if I am progressing at all. I can't believe how different this pregnancy is. I am constantly feeling her ram into my pelvis these days and Noah was just floating around in there until we forced him out. She seems locked and loaded--she MUST stay in me until January 1st! I've been extra cautious (aka l-a-z-y) these days because even when I walk around the house too much I start getting crazy pains and it freaks me out. Mark is loving this (not!!)...he's such a soldier for putting up with me through this whole thing! I guess he's just as guilty of this pregnancy happening as I am...

I tell you what though-- I sure feel loved and this little girl will be one loved and spoiled little thing. My family threw me a beautiful shower last month and just a week ago my friends threw me another perfect one. She will definitely be dressing better than me at this point! Here is to committing to blogging again!
When I was 9 weeks along I ran the Utah Valley Half Marathon with my good friend Katie! It was HARRRD but I finished (couldn't have done it without her!) and didn't die of puking after the race! Success!

Just another barely along selfie.

After my first appointment with all the blood work I got sick and the nurses brought me apple juice and...crackers? I think? I had the same wussy reaction with my pregnancy with Noah too!

My little girl peanut.

In June two of my best friends had their baby boys. This is Callum, Holly's boy! He was huge and is so perfect. I can't believe how thin I am in this picture (I lost about 10 pounds from throwing up that first trimester!).

This was right when I started to feel better--July 4th, Stadium of Fire. Mark was in Brazil with his boss attending World Cup games.

Erica came for the Fourth of July activities and family reunion. It was so wonderful having her and Benny with us. We had to take our boys on a walk in their twinner jogging strollers.

13 weeks along

about the same?

This was in Arkansas when Noah and I flew out to visit Erica, Robbie, and Benny for a week. 15 weeks.

16 weeks--the day we found out our peanut was a little LADY!

The first set of baby girl clothes that I purchased myself.

Education Week with my mom. This deserves its own blog post.

How I typically dressed/looked/felt for this pregnancy. #reallife

Who knows how many weeks...20 something?

In my parents' new house in Dallas--end of September.

30 weeks!

Baby shower with family--33 weeks.

Thanksgiving trip to Cabo--33.5 weeks

Belly's gettin' biiiiig.

34.5 weeks 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Midway Ice Castles

About a month ago we took a little trip to Midway (like the rest of Utah) to take a look at these Ice Castles that everyone was talking about. 

I am really good at using "I don't want to spend the money" as an excuse to not do something, but luckily I have this friend who planned this trip ahead of time and I couldn't say no. It was really something! Much cooler than I expected! We opted to go during the day and it wasn't too crowded. 

Noah totally thought this was some kind of Paradise or something. He couldn't get enough of the snow and ice. As you can see, he was extremely annoyed that I picked him up for a picture. It made me feel like such a bad mom for never taking him outside in the snow! And when I say never...I seriously mean never. I'm such a wuss in the cold. See?...selfish selfish. I'm working on it, constantly!

We even found Olaf!

Mark's taking a quick nap during picture time.

Noah looks so old...stop it, just STOP IT!

Afterward, we went to Dairy Keen where they really went above and beyond to decorate Hawaiian style. In February. 
...Dat food do'....mmmmm

I had to capture the sunset views on the drive home. iPhone 5s--you did a good job lil' guy!

SO--thank you, Lacey and Nate for forcing me to put on snow boots and venture into the cold Ice Castles with y'all :) I wish we would've gotten a picture together!

Mom's 50th

This pretty mama of mine turned 50 on December 22nd. One of the celebrations was up at the Sundance Grill, followed by a surprise cabin party. It was a great surprise planned by my dad, aunt, and sis-in-law. 

Anyone who knows my mom, knows that she is the most happy, bubbly person to be around. She runs from anything negative, and I wish I could be more like her! 50 years young! Look at how great she looks.

Dad, sorry for the funny face I caught of you!

My dad was so cute and took cake, ice cream, and a bunch of Martinelli's and treats to this Sundance cabin earlier in the day so that it was all ready to surprise my mom when they walked up. She was certainly surprised. Mark was moving stuff into our house that night and Noah was with his Grandma Kerri, so I had a fun and hilarious night with my fam damily! I love when we all get together, especially the women! I missed my boys though! 

New House (!!!!!!!!!)

We officially closed on our house on December 19th, and the only time we could get a lot of people (big, burley men) to help us move was that Saturday, the 21st. 4 days before Christmas? Yes. AHH never again! *smiley face* 

We moved all of our stuff from my parents' house to our new place in two shifts...we were done unloading everything by like 11 a.m., which was a relief because the weather decided to be terrible that day and it was basically a blizzard. Mark's old high school buddies came to help (sooo nice), and his brothers Josh and Ryan and step dad Brent brought his big horse trailer. It worked out great. My mom and pregnant sister were so sweet and helped me unpack the kitchen first. We weren't accustomed to having so much storage space, so everything has fit so easily.

We were fortunate to be able to pick out all the little features that we wanted. We fell in love with this slab of granite and the white cabinet/ dark wood combo. 

It's probably a good thing that they hire cleaners to come wipe down the place from ceiling to floor before we moved in :)

That jacket is covering the second sink :) We have a separate shower and big jetted bath tub (my sanctuary!). The master bathroom and kitchen sold me on these town homes.

It was really impressive how quickly they got the ball rolling and had it done for us just in time for Christmas. We couldn't be more happy with the end result. It feels like we've lived here for a long time. We were so lucky to be able to save some money and pay off Noah's medical bills (over 30k---OUCH) with the help of my parents letting us live at their house for almost 7 months! That saved us! And Mark's mom helped us with a down payment on the house. It's a tradition that her own parents started when she was newly married and bought her first house. She and Brent have helped Mark's two older brothers and step-siblings as well. It's been a life saver. 

When you buy a new house, there's something that no one tells you--you have to buy A TON of stuff to fill the house! Well I guess you don't have to...but Miss Amy over here gets a little Pinterest crazy and wants wants wants...can you blame me?! We didn't have a decent kitchen table, so this is what I bought with my birthday money:

We love it! It comes with an extra leaf and we bought two more chairs all from the RC Willey Outlet.  It should last us awhile! The rug was purchased before we moved in on We are really pleased with the quality of it and we got a great deal on both the table and the rug.

Anytime we pull into the driveway, Noah whispers, "Noah'th houth" (Noah's house). He loves his new house as much as we do!

I'll have to post pictures of the whole house, when I get around to having every room spotless and orderly, which will be neverrrrrr :)

It's all coming together though little by little. This stuff takes time if you do it the way you want it ($$$$$$)
Now we have pictures up--still need something on that other wall! We didn't realize how off-centered that light would be...if I think about it too much it gives me OCD so I choose to ignore it most of the time!

This is our closet storage under the was so terribly unorganized, so one night I tackled it and it became this:

A "Toy Cave"--Noah loves it! and now I can throw all his toys in the closet and shut it and no one even knows what a mess it is :)

Noah's room also needed some major work. It's a good sized room but his books were just in piles all around his room and it was causing some major anxiety and sore feet. 

This is our view from our back porch...Isn't it pretty? It will be not so pretty when the summer comes and that marsh behind us becomes a mating ground for mosquitos and other bugs *smiley face*, so we are enjoying it now!

This is the view directly from our front door. They still haven't laid the sod, but the sprinkler system is installed. It will be nice to see some greenery and for the construction to be done! They go so fast though--hopefully by the summertime they'll be gone! 

Anyway, that's our casa.