Friday, June 28, 2013

Adventures of weddings and random ramblings

We were just in UT or as I like to call it Mormonland. I love UT always have always will. I love the mountains, BYU, temple square, and that fact that there are temples and church's that literally dot the landscape.
 My dear cousin got married and it was beautiful, it was the first sealing that I attended since Troy and I have been married ( which has been three years this past Wednesday- mark it down its a momentous day). I don't know if my hormones were barking or what but I didn't cry until I hugged her and then I was like a complete idiot, rambling starting to blubber and then I walked away and it stopped. Pregnancy is not for the weak minded I tell you. But it made me think about how grateful I am for my family and that we are all sealed together forever. Literally. ( now in my weaker moments I'd like to take the chain and hit certain members of my family over the head with it but I digress :) ).  I also took zero pictures.... Yes I am fantastic at blogging.
In other news my belly is getting bigger but right now it looks like I ate too much at my last meal so I will spare you the picture. I do find myself being extra emotional and wanting to hug people ( I am not a big hugger which as a side note  marrying into the Richey family was the best thing to cure that ;) )
 I also rub my belly frequently and find my hands there quite often,  I found this weird that women would do this before I got pregnant and still find it just as weird that I do it. Sometimes I tell myself a genie will come out if I rub such luck although my wish that morning sickness aka lazy days would end did come true and I now only get sick occasionally. And on that glorious note I will leave you, as my house looks like a dumpster and I need a snack :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Adventures of Weight

Weight... what a heavy word :)
Weight gain is such a popular topic in our society. Mainly because we (society not necessarily you) are getting fatter. It's the truth... no most people aren't big boned it's just that McDonald's is a heck of a lot easier than cooking. And let's be honest most people would rather have fries with that than green beans. Some people blame our society's weight obsession on the media. I'm calling baloney, it has nothing to do with the media. 90% of people in society aren't obsessed with their weight because the media has stick thin models who have been airbrushed down to a fragile concept of what they actually look like. No, it has to do with us. Women and men who compare themselves to those around them. If we were all 400lbs. no one would care.
Women, we compare ourselves to everyone, and if you are sitting at your computer talking about how you don't I got news for you... you're lying. We all do it. I do it, you do it, we all do. And here's why it's so stupid... if I learned anything from science and statistics, circumstances have to be EXACTLY THE SAME  for comparison to occur. no one in this world is exactly the same. If you are comparing yourself to a woman, you would have to live in the same exact place with the same exact husband, body, children, immune system, income, education etc. If you really want to compare then find someone that matches those features and boom compare away. But 100$ and a year's worth of diapers says you're never going to find someone like that. This brings me to weight gain.
In all these books they talk about exercise and weight gain and you know what every woman is different. SURPRISE! The average weight gain for pregnant women is 15-40 lbs. that's a lot of room for variation. Most women fall around the 30-40lb. mark. is that bad? no. Sometimes your body does what it has to, and sometimes you eat too many Twinkies (too soon hostess?). Either way women should not beat themselves up. You can't you're growing a human and that is dang hard. Why in the world would you want to stress about weight when in fact there are other more useful things to stress about. If you are really worried about it start going on walks for 30-60 min a day. That will do a lot for you and your weight gain.
After pregnancy is also an issue. Did you know it takes your body about 3-4 months to magically shrink your insides and come back to the homeostasis you knew before you were pregnant. yeah. so if you are 5-6 months out and the "baby weight" isn't gone. It's OK. If you are 5 years out it's still OK, just get healthy. Your body just did the greatest magic trick of all, creating and pushing out a human. A HUMAN. If you are stressed about it call me we'll talk about eating right and working out. But you gotta give yourself a break. A lot of you do hard things (work long hours, take care of your kids all day and you're a mom hello that's hard stuff city right there whether or not you're a SAHM or a working mom). 
*Now I know that some of you read this and think she isn't even "really" pregnant, she doesn't understand. I do actually, because I am a woman and I have been heavier than I wanted to be and I lost it through diet and exercise and it was hard and I hated it but I did it. I also studied this stuff for longer than I care to admit and so I have an idea about what the body does and what it doesn't do.
Moral: Please don't beat yourself up! That's what punks do and you ain't no punk. So check yourself before you wreck yourself!
Questions, Comments, Concerns? no? Class dismissed :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

adventures of traveling in the first trimester

Most of you  know that when I do, I do it big. I'm talking big. There is no such thing as waiting for a convenient time. No way, I'm talking full ice cream sundae with the cherry enough whipped cream to choke a small rodent and hot fudge that melts your ice cream way faster than anticipated big. Well according to tradition big was done again.
For the recap.
 Troy quits job, we move out of our apartment in with the in-laws (Troy's parents) and Troy goes to TX to start new job. (That was October/November). In May (last month) we were finally reunited. cue hallelujah chorus. Not only did we pack up the bedroom we were "renting" in his parents house but I graduated from college, his buddy from college came to visit, and we had a big ole beach bash. (ps this all happened in the time span of 4 days). Not to mention during this time I had the exhaustion (everyday mind you) that resembled someone who just ran a 100 miles and the dry heaves of well a pregnant woman. Like I said when we do big we do big.
This was all fine and good but looming ahead of us was a 3 day cross country drive to TX (with national park stops along the way) and a 5 day reunion in OH with a flight the day after arriving in TX.
For those that are thinking wow she's an idiot. Thank you I came to that same conclusion two days in. Don't get me wrong I love road trips and national parks and I love my family and I am super grateful I got to see them but stupid was the name of that game. I got more sick than you care to hear about and just for the record hilly OH roads and morning sickness go together about as well as Josh Groban and Girl Talk (the DJ) (the key here they don't mix).
Nevertheless we did it with numerous bathroom retching sessions and side of the road pull overs and made it to TX and back in the span of a week. Where I proceeded to get the cold from the devil himself and my morning sickness got progressively worse.
Moral to this story: please if you know someone who does big, tie them up and leave them in a room until they come to their senses.
Another side note morning sickness is not reserved for the glorious morning. yes a shocker to some of you I assure you it lasts ALL. DAY. LONG. the person who named this wonderful miracle was never sick or just has never met a pregnant woman who had this issue, or because that's the mood i'm in was probably a man who has never been close to a pregnancy.

adventures of starting and stopping

I have gone back and forth, to start a blog or to not start a blog (that is a question). Those of my friends who are readers from a past blog will know I get caught up and write a few posts and then the vacuum of life appears and the blog gets sucked into it. This is to be no more (at least I'd like to think so). Having moved to a new placing forcing me to keep those I love across all parts of the continent informed this seems like the easiest way. Who knows how many posts I will make but I know at least a little bit. This blog will be a public dumping ground. Count yourselves lucky because who knows what I will say. I have lost my filter (around the same time that I saw two little lines on a white pee stick). You're welcome for the warning.

I have way too many stories to share from the past 12 weeks because believe it or not I have gotten funnier (or not). Let me believe what I want for now especially since most of my day is spent trying not to yak (that's upchucking for the less informed). It really is the small victories right? yeah well anyway I gotta get this stories down somewhere and maybe the interweb isn't the best place but typing a document and sending it to everyone I know seems like a lot of work so for now a public blog will be my stomping ground.

I would also like to address the picture issue. I am terrible at taking pictures and getting my picture taken (please consult my husband or good friend Kate for confirmation of this fact). I don't like or nor do I do it well. Troy on the other hand kills the photog world mainly because he is so anal retentive about taking the perfect picture that he really does get the perfect pictures. So I am going to just have him be the photographer for this wonderful little blog.

I think that's about it for now but I'll leave you with a preview of things to come.

morning sickness worst time of a first pregnancy or best? more on that later
moving to a new state where the humidity shows resemblance to satan's sauna.
buying a new couch more like bartering with a gremlin.