Friday, December 28, 2012

17 Weeks

Today I am 17 weeks and the baby is now the size of an onion.

 My baby at 12 weeks. Sucking his thumb, perhaps?

I have been having dreams about the baby (which I usually love, unless it's one of my countless miscarriage nightmares). But when the dreams are good, I don't want to wake up! The latest dream was about seeing my babies feet kicking. In the dream it was a she, and I could see the outline of the foot pressing against my belly. The feet kept getting bigger and bigger throughout the day and the foot was sticking out ridiculously far. Like 4 or 5 inches out from my belly.

And then I suddenly had a kangaroo pouch. I could look in my pouch and see my baby. I took her out for a minute to see her. She was about the size of a 4 lb baby (at 17 weeks) and I thought I'd better put her back and let her grow and get a little cuter. She kept hanging on to me and didn't want to go back in, but eventually I got her back into my kangaroo pouch.

Meanwhile, I was in some kind of princess pageant and I was upset because the Snow White dress they were having me wear was too small. What, they don't have princess maternity wear? Psh.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gina is Enceinte

That's right, I am pregnant! Expecting, with child, knocked up, got a bun in the oven, "gestating." Ha! We found out in October and recently went "Facebook official" with our good news. I am due in June 2013.

Our Christmas Card Announcement

I am 16 weeks and I am already showing quite a bit. There is pretty much no hiding the bump. And remember when I was obsessed with babies? That obsession is back, especially after finding out the gender. Now I can really start to plan, and boy do I love planning. I'm a planner!

These last few months have been very happy ones, I have found myself (despite the crazy hormones) to be quite a happy person lately. But these last months have certainly come with their challenges. The morning sickness wasn't too terrible the first trimester, mostly just nauseated and had the constant need to feed with no appetite. It seems to have gotten worse in the second trimester. I throw up more regularly and have gotten a couple of stomach bugs recently. Not to mention my tooth experience from hades.

I guess my teeth are starting to really fall apart, even though I brush religiously. The little one must be sucking the life out of them. As my dear aunt says, one tooth per child. So, I had to have a root canal. A few months ago the pain started during dinner at Benjas. I kept it under control with Sensodine until we could get it taken care of in my second trimester. Then about 3 weeks ago it came with a vengeance. The pain was unbelievable. I could not take it. I was up all night for a few nights just holding on tight to my blankets and praying for the pain to ease.

I know I will be going through labor in 6 months, but I am just going to say it anyway, I don't think I have ever felt THAT much pain in my entire life. Tylenol didn't even touch it. It radiated through my entire head. I tried everything, vanilla extract, garlic, garlic salt water, orajel, nothing worked. I really don't even know how I got through it (ok, yes I do, my father in heaven, duh). And then finally I got some anti-biotics (a double dose for them to work) and I got some relief. 

And then the magical, wonderful day of the root canal came. I expected to be better. I was looking forward to it. Ha. That night was one of the worst. Apparently if your tooth is really bad pre- root canal, it is going to hurt after the procedure. Bad. Luckily my OB is a pretty chill guy and hallelujah, I was able to get some Lortab. I survived and I feel like I can take pain a little better now. Maybe. Ok maybe not, but I must have got something out of that experience. Right? Let's hope so.

I still can't chew on the left side of my mouth but gosh darn it, I don't really need to eat solid foods, anyway! Having a little bundle of amazingness will be so worth it.

We are SO excited. I will keep my blog updated more now. Forgive me, but it will probably be mostly about pregnancy for a while. Just consider this my new pregnancy blog. You 2 people who read this. Haha.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloweeny Front Porch


The new blogger is driving me crazy and wouldn't let me post my photos how I wanted yesterday. I wanted to say that all those throw pillows are the ones I made last year. The ones that are halloweeny with the spiders and crows and whatnot I did using iron-ons that I printed on my computer using images I purchased from Etsy. The other pillows I hand stitched and created using fabric and the one below on the bench was made using a Wal-mart place mat.

For the witch shelves I actually got my inspiration from a store in Disneyland. In the store that sells Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise they have all kinds of realistic creepy stuff that decorates the top of the shelves. That is what I was going for with the skulls and crows and herbs and whatnot. I love how it turned out and I am sad that all of the creepy stuff has to come down soon. This month has gone by so fast for me!

Here are some photos of our porch this year.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Decorations 2012

Halloween is very near. And here are my decorations for this year!

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Porchy Porch

Yeah so apparently I do not blog anymore. I'm lazy. But I finally uploaded photos off of my camera and I am going to post them. They are not good photos. Don't look too closely at them. Just a warning.

2 months ago we made our porch to be more "us" and less "grandma." Literally, my grandmas stuff was still out there. So Cody built the most amazing bench ever and we made the porch into something we actually like. Here is how it once was:


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Much Better!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I like trees

The last mug I made for the collection is a birch tree mug. I freaking love it. It definitely took some time to do, but it was worth it.

Birch Tree Mug

Birch Tree Mug

Birch Tree Mug

Now my collection is complete! I am ready for summer to be over so I can sip some hot chocolate.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Mug Project - The House Mug

Hi there. For the next mug I wanted to do a row of little houses. I wanted their chimney smoke to say something cute, but I wasn't sure what. I came up with the idea to write different ways of saying hello, which turned into "hello" in different languages. It wasn't what I was going for, but when Cody saw the houses he said "Went for the small world look, huh?" I guess it sort of looks that way.

{english and chinese}








I love this mug. So cute... and educational!