23 Weeks and the Baby is a …

Baby bump at 23 weeks! Boston is always stealing the show.

file_000-20I was hoping to write weekly or biweekly updates to my pregnancy (for my benefit and memories) but that clearly hasn’t happened. #firstmomfail  But I quickly learned that the pregnancy process ebbs and flows so quickly, you really just do your best to keep up and anything extra was simply that…extra.

I’ve had several people ask how I’ve been feeling and how are things going. So a quick update on weeks 1-23…things have been pretty good. When you wait so long to finally get pregnant, you try not to complain about actually being pregnant. You feel guilty because this is what you wanted after all. But really, I have been very blessed and not had too many pesky symptoms.

Don’t kill me when I confess that I really didn’t have morning sickness. I attribute this to all of the hormonal treatments leading up to this point that have continually asked my body to be changing hormone levels all the time. (This is probably not true, but I found comfort in it.)

I did however experience extreme fatigue. Never in my life have I been so tired as I was in the first trimester. I was actually sleeping at night (first time ever in my life). I would take a quick nap at my work desk (sorry boss). I would walk to the train (stopping at Temple Square to use the bathroom –thanks again Sisters!) and sleep on my way home. Once home, all I wanted to do was sleep. Even after all that sleep I was still exhausted! It was during this time I took about 5 weeks off of running. I tried to walk for an hour on the treadmill but this was usually more wishful thinking than anything.

Starting at 13 weeks I began running again–and feeling like myself again. I have minor aches/pains/discomforts but when I run, it all goes away. I’m not running fast or far but I am running. I have no great pictures though because all my running has been done inside. We’ve had a brutal winter and I simply don’t trust myself to not fall on the snow/ice. So picture me on my treadmill, watching the Today show, with the AC blowing directly on me–and that’s how I’ve been running. 🙂

16 weeks is when I felt the baby for the first–and it was not a magical moment. I was so excited to experience this and had heard it was such a special moment. However, the baby would roll and I immediately felt so sick! I would get up and walk around to get the baby to stop rolling. Don’t worry, now I really do enjoy feeling the baby kick and move. We also found out the gender of the baby at 16 weeks.

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17 weeks I remember not being a favorite. This week for some reason was way more difficult. Lots of aches and new pains. No sleep due to my hips aching all night long. I had nausea off and on. It was a tough week and I remember being glad it was over so I could move forward.

I was able to go to Disney World with my sisters, Zak, and Maddie at 20-21 weeks. We had a 7 day hopper pass and 3 “rest” days. I was fairly nervous about how I would do and how much I would slow the group down. But it went really well! I got sick my first day at the park when it got hot (apparently a stark difference from the 10 degree Utah weather we left behind) but once I learned I needed to hydrate earlier prior to the heat and eat ice chips (or let’s be honest, a Dole Whip) to cool down, I felt great!  I also learned the fastest way to     every.single.bathroom in all 4 parks! So if you’re ever in need, I’m your girl.

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Upon coming home from Florida, I got the Utah cold that has been around all winter. In a nutshell, it was awful and I’m so glad to be on the up and up from it. Once I felt better, I started running to help break up the congestion which I hear stays forever! But again, returning to running makes me feel like myself–not an ever growing belly, pregnant lady. 🙂

This Boss comforting me during my cold. Such a snuggly pup!

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I’m still wearing my normal jeans/pants but switched to some maternity shirts around week 21. I will probably have to break down soon here and get some maternity pants. I had read several articles that talked about the moment you “pop” and it happened in Florida. I woke up one morning and looked down and thought, “Where did that come from?!” There is no denying now that I’m pregnant and not just the person who ate too much during the holidays.

And probably the only reason you’re still reading…the baby’s gender!

Gender reveal brought to you from the Magic Kingdom in Orlando.

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Baby Sroufe is a boy!!! We are beyond excited. Mike thought the baby was a girl and I thought it was a boy. Mom intuition for the win!

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We made cupcakes and filled them with a blue colored frosting and shared them with loved ones.

As luck would have it, we had a name all picked out for a girl so naturally we’re having a boy. We’ve learned that naming a child is hard! It’s a big deal but we’re slowly narrowing the options down and will eventually decide on one.

We’re super excited! Baby boy is growing big and healthy. We can’t wait to meet him in person!

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Any advice for having and raising a boy?

Any advice for the remainder of pregnancy? This is all new territory to me.

 

 

 

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016

We went to Florida for Mike’s fall break. We were delayed a day due to Hurricane Matthew but we’re grateful we were still able to go. We weren’t sure what we’d be flying into as there was just a hurricane, but we didn’t notice anything too out of place.

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We splurged and attended Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. We haven’t attended the Halloween party before and albeit expensive we were so glad we went! It was the best day of our vacation (yes, we’re biased–we absolutely love Disney).

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We couldn’t get into the park until 4 PM so we hit up Disney Springs for the first part of our day.

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We love walking around the ginormous World of Disney store–it’s seriously the biggest store! Full of everything Disney an addict could possibly want.

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We also found the best pizza place! It’s called Blaze Pizza. You can pick your crust, cheese and toppings–all for one price! We absolutely love pizza and love creating our own.

Look how happy Mike is watching his custom pizza be made!

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The finished product! Yum! Both were equally delicious but mine (the white one) was a little bit more delicious. 🙂

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We also got a delicious lemonade — we can’t remember what was in it. We’re thinking maybe a pomegranate lemonade. Regardless, we drank and ate until we were stuffed. The best part was we had leftovers to pack with us into the park.

After filling up, we headed over to the Magic Kingdom.

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We had some extra time so we took the ferry. The ferry also offers a great view of the castle. As you move across the water, the castle becomes bigger and it’s quite the sight. Everyone crowds the front of the ferry to get the best view.

Once we got inside the park we were off. We had a lot to do before the party started. We lucked out and saw the train come into the Main Street station so we hopped on it, took a short ride to Frontierland, and hopped off. Within 5 minutes being in the park we were on Splash Mountain –thank you Fast Pass +.

We ran around riding rides and we also met the talking Mickey. No joke–he speaks! And he speaks your language! How cool is that? We only speak English so we went with English. He was fun and personable in a “I-only-say-a-handful-of-phrases” sort of way 🙂

A  few pictures of Main Street before the party started.

There is so much going on for the party–character greetings, parades, trick-or-treating, fireworks, castle shows, and the Hocus Pocus show. We ran as fas as we could. We left with pounds of candy!

Ok–This is not a picture of candy but I can’t leave the park without an amazing caramel apple! Doesn’t it look like a sugar coma with all those sprinkles?!

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Along the way we also did a few character greetings. We were disappointed in the fact that the character lines moved so slowly. Then right as it was almost your turn, they would leave for their break. But we did get to meet some people and took pictures of others we didn’t want to stand in line for.

We managed our time so we could watch the parade twice! It was that good! Great music with lots of villains out and about.

My favorite part of the night happened at the very end. The Hocus Pocus show. It was nothing short of fantastic! The Sanderson sisters and oodles more villains! Apparently I only took videos though and no pictures. Maybe when Mike uploads his photos, he’ll have one I can snag one and add it.

We had such a great evening at the park and it truly felt magical. As always, Disney did not disappoint. We got one last spooky picture in front of the train station.

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The headless horseman lead the parade and it was one of the coolest things I’ve seen. And one more…we’re cheap so I didn’t buy it but alas the screen shot!

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Good night Neverland!

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Girl’s Day Out — Park City 2016

Once a year, we –the ladies of the office– take a day off and have fun at the Park City Mountain Resort. This year we went in early October and the day turned out quite perfectly.

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We start the day off by stuffing our faces full of delicious Mexican food served by the same grouchy waitress as last year. We even splurged and got fancy virgin margaritas. Sorry no pictures were taken as the food was gone before I could take one.

After growing an inch in the belly, we then go cascading down the mountain on various contraptions. We started off the the Alpine Coaster. It’s essentially an mini-individual-roller coaster. You can share your tiny seat with another person, but we (or maybe just me) simply can’t fit two people after all that yummy food.

 

After getting told you can’t bring your purse or any loose article and being asked to leave it out in the open for any dishonest person to steal (sorry Eileen),  you strap on your seatbelt and off you go!

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The track pulls you up the mountain. It’s actually very relaxing and great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountainside in Fall.

 

Once at the top, you get the A-OK to go and you start your descent. Release the brake and enjoy the ride! It’s over so fast but not too fast that you don’t get in some good, fun screams! Oh and sometimes you break the rules and record the whole ride down and smile to the camera while holding your phone–in my defense I didn’t know this was a rule.

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Look how happy we all are after surviving the tiny seats with our very full bellies.

This is the crew–Ana, Abbi, Linda, Me, Laureen, Eileen, Tina, Jessica and the one and only Gina. (She’s my boss and she’s the greatest). Oh and Eileen’s purse was still sitting there out in the open, not stolen. 🙂

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Next we headed to the Alpine Slide–the best part of this is cramming onto the ski lift and enjoying hilarious stories as told by my great coworkers. It’s seriously a great 20 minute ride.

Once at the top, you have to quickly hop off the ski lift and run out of the way. Then you’re handed your sled and you start a long walk while dragging  your heavy sled.

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I’m always proud when we have pulled our sleds to the starting line. Maybe next year I shouldn’t eat as much food and the long ascent will feel easier?

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Bare trees can only mean that Fall is here and winter is coming. 😦

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All lined up and ready to go! For the slide you go down on at a time and you are in control of your speed. The track is just like a big slide so if you go too fast you fly off the track so you have to watch the turns.

I have also dreamed of being a bobsledder. Since this is probably as close as I’ll get to attaining that far fetched dream–I really try to imagine I’m in a bobsled, cruising down the icy track. Except I hate the snow and cold weather so I’d have to join the Jamaican bobsled team for any future success.

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No “Girl’s Day Out” could ever be official without eating some ice cream at some point. We found this froyo shop in a local grocery store. (Sorry everyone for the terrible picture but it’s all I got).

See that TV screen in the background? It appeared they took a picture of everyone who has ever had their froyo. So the lady who owned the store insisted she take our picture to be added to her shrine. She had little success so after too-many-to-count attempts, her son came and took the picture.

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This day is always one to look forward to. Not only do we eat yummy food and do fun activities, but hanging out with the girls is so memorable. Spending the day up in our beautiful Utah mountains is a relaxing way to enjoy the day off and a change in the seasons.

Thanks ladies for being awesome and letting me giggle the day away with you.