Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Request

Dear Baby-

I used to enjoy sleeping straight through the night, but unfortunately you make me wake up every two hours to go the bathroom. It is getting kind of frustrating and is somewhat of an inconvenience for me. If you could let me sleep through the night, that would be great. I guess this is your way of preparing me for what is to come. Sincerely-Your Mom

Today you are 10 weeks. All those clothes I packed away because they were too big are making their appearance again. My belly is not as huge as it once was so I am guessing I was just bloated. It really depends on the time of day and what I have had to eat. You are still making me very queasy but the ginger seems to help.

Here is a picture from Christmas Eve. It says you are 9 weeks and the size of a green olive! Again, I think it looks like I am eating too much junk food and not pregnant. I think I am having another ultrasound on Friday so I am excited to see how you have grown!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

9 Weeks

I am in my 9th week now and I have been feeling very queasy lately. My stomach has gone down a little bit, but it really depends on the time of day. My acne is still here, and you are still making me ugly :)  This morning Daddy let me sleep in which was nice, and while he went to workout, I vacuumed and cleaned the downstairs bathroom. I was not feeling all that well, but I took a shower, got ready, and then when I was making my lunch, I ran to the bathroom. I threw up 6 times (maybe more). I am wondering if this is your doing or if it is a stomach bug. I also wonder if it relates to the prenatal vitamins I am taking. For a long time I have been taking the ones with Ginger in them which is said to help morning sickness. Today I switched to new ones, without ginger, and I threw up. Not sure what to think of this. I hate throwing up (who likes it) so I hope this is not a regular occurrence. I asked Carolyn if she threw up while she was pregnant and she said "projectile exorcist vomiting." That made me laugh. At least it wasn't THAT bad. I think I will be going to Vitamin Cottage today to pick up some Ginger.

Friday, December 16, 2011


You are currently on your first trip to Mexico. I am 8 weeks now and for some reason, I have ballooned on this trip. I am not supposed to be showing so maybe it is me just being bloated but on the first day I looked like a whale:

It goes down a little in the morning but then after I eat, I am large. I have lots of acne and as I was getting ready the other morning I told Daddy, "This baby is making me ugly and I do not appreciate it." He laughed and said, "The baby has a name. It is TBD (to be determined)." Since then we have been calling you TBD until we know what you are.

I wake up crazy hungry here (and at home) and I am so thankful Daddy found sugar donuts at the coffee place downstairs. That has saved me every morning. Mmmm donuts. I am not much of a big drinker but man oh man, it is hard seeing everyone drink and me not being able to indulge myself or go in the hot tub.

Today Daddy and I went to downtown Cancun. As we were walking, the vendors kept calling us Honeymooners. One guy who said that said, stopped, saw my belly and then said Oh! Baby! Why do I have such a pooch already?

Tomorrow is our last full day here in Cancun. Thank you for not making me all that sick. I appreciate it!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Telling Your Brothers

Today Daddy really wanted to tell your brothers about you. I thought it was too soon but he said I might get presents for you at Christmas and then they would know, so we should tell them. We brought them into the bedroom and said I was pregnant. Camden asked what that meant and we told them. Camden said YAY! and was excited. He asked, "What are we going to name her?" I said I was not sure if it was going to be a girl. His Mom had a little girl 3 months ago so he thinks every baby is a girl. Torrin said, "If it is coming out of Dani, it is going to be a girl." As you know, I am convinced you are a boy. Every old wive's tale says I am having a boy and I am just going to plan on you being a boy. What on earth will we name you?

The boys seemed pretty happy and then Camden asked where everyone would sleep. We asked him what he thought and he said he should move into the playroom, Torrin should move out of his room and into his current room, and then Torrin's room would be the baby's room. We said that was the plan and we told him about how we are going to repaint the rooms and they get to chose the color. Camden was very excited and when he realized he was going into the playroom he asked if he gets to keep the TV in there. Of course Torrin said he wants a TV then he had a meltdown after learning he will not be sharing a room with Camden. I think he thinks he is going to be upstairs all alone. Ever since he was born he has had a room next to his brother and it is probably a little scary for him.  He said he really wanted to stay in Camden's room. Camden pulled Bryan aside and said, "Please don't let that happen. I really want my own room."

Overall it went well. They saw the pictures of the baby. Camden was wondering how they get a picture of something inside my tummy. I told him he could come with me sometime and see and he wants to do that!

My belly looks quite large today. I have been feeling a little queasy but nothing too bad. Still super tired. I can hardly wait until March when we find out for sure who you are!

Friday, December 9, 2011


Today I am not feeling so well. I am super tired and starting to feel queasy. The doctor said this is the week where morning sickness starts. If it does start, I am hoping it waits until December 21st. Our trip will be over and our pre holiday plans will be completed. I do not do well with throwing up.

I was so excited to go to an all inclusive resort with Daddy next week. I planned to drink it up for one last time before really trying to get pregnant (thinking I would not be pregnant at all by the time the trip came around) I am not a big drinker but I do love daiquiris and the fact that they are included and I CAN'T have any just makes me want them more.

I have convinced myself you are a boy and I am only looking at boy names. I can't believe I have to wait until March to find out what you are. We still have no idea what we will name you. Not a clue. We have a lot of time to think about it!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

We saw you!

Today Daddy and I went to the first doctor appointment. As soon as we got there, I had to pee in a cup then we went right in to the ultrasound. As they did it, the technician said my bladder was completely full. See what you do to me?! She showed it to me on the screen. Crazy!  She then pointed out where you were and showed us the little flutter that is your heart. It was beating at 120 beats per minute. I was not expecting to get emotional but I cried a little bit when I heard your heart!

Apparently you are measuring a week behind where we thought I was so I am not 8 weeks, I am 7 weeks. I guess we can disregard the picture I took already and start again! Because of how you measured, your due date has changed from July 24th to July 31st.  I am kind of hoping you come in August because I don't like odd numbers :) I do think it would be fabulous if you showed up on July 25th though since it will be 3 years to the day that Daddy and I met.

Here is the first of many pictures that will be taken of you!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Your Parents

One year ago Daddy and I got married. Hard to believe a year has gone by already! Where does the time go? I am sure I will feel the same way about you as you grow up.

Last night was the first time I felt queasy. I slept with the trash can by our bed just in case I threw up but thankfully nothing happened. I woke up at 4 this morning super hungry (again) so I ate some cereal. Today I have been overly emotional. Everything is upsetting me and I have been crying. I wonder if that is your doing? I had planned for a very long time to be in my wedding dress when Daddy came home from work today. I thought it would be hilarious to just be sitting on the couch in my dress with your brother Torrin as if it was normal. I put on my diamond earrings and necklace, did my makeup more so than usual and texted Daddy asking him when he would be home. I had the dress out and ready to put on when Daddy walked in the door. This is the first time ever he did not text me he was saying he was on his way. This made me cry as well. What is wrong with me?! I hope it was a freak occurrence. I don't enjoy crying.

Tomorrow is the start of week 8. Then on Thursday, hopefully we will get to hear your heartbeat!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

7 Weeks!

I still am having a very hard time believing you are in my belly. So much of a hard time that I took another test today and it said 'Pregnant' so I guess you are still in there :)  We are ending week 7. Here is a picture to show what I look like this week:

I don't think people could tell I am pregnant. They probably just think I have put on some weight and gained a bigger muffin top. I am in awe that my stomach went from fairly flat to puffy. I am still super hungry and tired. Another strange thing is I am so hot when I am in bed. Daddy calls me a heater and I am constantly on fire!

Daddy and I have decided we think you are a boy. Daddy tends to produce boys so we are planning on another one. We have NO idea what we would name you. I love the name Preston but Daddy worked at Preston Junior High years ago and it kind of ruined the name for him. Daddy wanted to name your oldest brother Cam after Cam the Ram at CSU where we both went to college but wound up naming him Camden. Your other brother is named after an island in Scotland.  We shall see what your name will be.

We hope to hear your heartbeat for the first time on Thursday. It is my first doctors appointment!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Are you in there?

I am having a really hard time believing I am pregnant. I have no sign of any sickness whatsoever so that makes me a little nervous. Maybe I am one of the lucky ones. I HATE throwing up more than anything-it scares me and causes me to have panic attacks. They say it starts around week 5. Well, we are on week 7 and so far.....nothing. The only symptoms I have is I am suddenly very tired and I am insanely hungry all the time. You also make me go pee a lot. Sad, but true. That is really an inconvenience, so I would appreciate that you would stop. :)

I was in awe to learn that you have already had three sets of kidneys in your short lifespan. This week you have your final set of kidneys that will be with you your whole life. You are also 10,000 times bigger than you were at conception and your brain cells are producing at 100 cells a minute. No wonder I am tired!

I made a sign to hold up for when I start taking weekly pictures of my belly. I feel like you can tell that I am pregnant but people have been telling me I look like I lost weight. I am thankful for elastic pants because you are making it hard to button my pants!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Telling Your Great Grandparents

On Friday, we arrived in Lake Tahoe. We had just got there and Daddy was talking to Great Grandpa and Great Grandma and he simply said, "You know, Dani is pregnant." I was surprised he just said it but later he told me he did it because it was just the four of us. They said Congratulations and were excited for us. They are wonderful people!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

California Trip

Daddy and I flew to Sacramento, California on Tuesday to spend Thanksgiving with Grandpa and Susan. We did not tell them when we arrived since we did not get to see them for that long. We decided to wait. That night we picked up Aunt Megan and almost Uncle Tyler (they are getting married soon!) They were talking about going into the hot tub and grabbing a drink somewhere. Tyler got a new job so they talked about celebrating it. I said there is also something else to celebrate. I did not even have to say anything and Aunt Megan screamed. Both of them were really happy and excited. Daddy was happy at their reaction! Nothing compares to Nana and Papa's reaction, but it was a close second!

The next day we had something to do so we did not eat lunch until 3 p.m. You make me insanely hungry so I needed a snack. Grandpa kept saying we would eat soon, but I really needed food. I felt like a brat telling him I needed to go to a gas station to get something to eat and I wanted to tell him why, but we waited a little longer. At lunch we made a toast to Megan and Tyler. Daddy then finally spilled the beans. Grandpa smiled and nodded and said Congratulations. Susan did the same. I felt better knowing they knew! Up next, telling your Great Grandparents!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Telling the Girls

Your Mom (that would be me) met some great friends while in college. Alyssa, Carolyn, Kate and Tracy are their names and all of us, except for Alyssa (she lives in Georgia) met for lunch last weekend. Although it is soon, I told them. They were excited and happy for me. Carolyn called me the next day and said, "I am just calling to tell you that you are pregnant." She is silly like that! We are off to Sacramento today to go see Grandpa, Susan, Aunt Megan and soon to be Uncle Tyler. While their we will also tell your great grandparents. They are two of the greatest people and you are so lucky to have great grandparents!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Telling the Holder Family

On Tuesday we are going to visit your future Grandpa and Grandma Susan. While we are gone, Aunt Denise will be watching our adorable dog Mickey. I hope you love him as much as we do!
I may be crazy, but ever since we found out about you, Mickey always comes up to me and puts his head on my belly. He has never done this before. I wonder if he knows you are in there :) 

We took him up to Ft. Collins on Saturday. Aunt Denise and I sat around talking. I wondered how or when I should tell her. Daddy texted me awhile after we got there asking me if I told her yet. I said no. He said I should. So, as we sat there talking, I said, "Soooo, I am pregnant." She said, "Is that a good thing?" I did say it out of the blue and you will learn, I am not an excitable person so I was pretty blunt. I told her it was a good thing. She said congratulations, and then said, and I quote, "You are going to get SO big." She may have said huge but it was something along those lines. It was funny! She said she couldn't believe her baby sister is pregnant which I thought was sweet. We chatted about it for awhile, and then Quinn, my 16 year old nephew, came upstairs. Denise asked him how many people were on the couch. He said 2 and we said he was wrong. Someone (maybe me or Denise?!) said it was 3. He was confused, so I pointed to my belly. He said, "Really?" I did not expect a teenager to care but he seemed genuinely happy about it.  Ethan came up a few minutes later and we asked him the same question. He guessed wrong too, and I did the same thing and pointed to my belly. I think he said something like shut up, then "really?" I said yes, really. He said, "Cool." He also informed us if it is a boy and we don't name it Ethan he will never speak to us again. Love that kid. 

That night, we met Uncle Jeff for dinner. We asked him the same question and he also got the number wrong. We told him and he said that was not what he was expecting to hear. He shook our hands and said congratulations. 

The next morning Aunt Denise said she was thinking about how she had asked if it was a good thing and how I was going to get big. I said it was not a big deal and I did not think twice about it. She said I did not say it with "jazz hands" or excitement so she was wondering. I said it is a good thing, I just don't get excited about most things, and I want to be further along before I get excited. :)

Up next: telling Uncle Johnny.

Uncle Johnny and Aunt Noelle

Aunt Noelle is so excited to meet you! She said REALLY? and gave me a hug. She will be such a good Aunt to you!  I saw Uncle Johnny at school (your brothers go to the same school as their cousins) and I told him I was pregnant. His response was, "Do you know who the father is?" It was funny. He also said Congratulations and hugged me. He never hugs me so this was a big deal!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Telling Nana and Papa

I wanted to wait to share the news until Christmas Eve with Nana and Papa but Daddy could not wait. He wanted them to be the first to know. You are giving me terrible headaches (it is ok, I still love you) so   being overly creative and crafty was not possible. I decided to give Nana and Papa a gift at dinner that night....

We met them at the Outback for dinner. Nana asked me why I was not drinking-I said I had a headache. That was true, but I also can't drink since we found out about you. After they ordered their drinks, I told them we had a present for them. I told them that I could not wait until Christmas, and I wanted them to open it now. Nana asked me why I was giving her a gift early. I said she could use it for the holidays and I really wanted them to have it. She said it was heavy (which it was).

This is what was in the bag:

They opened it, and Nana said she did not need spaghetti sauce.  I told them to read it.  Papa said, "100% natural Prego, Heart Smart." We found this funny because he was not getting it.

Nana read it and she finally got it...

Papa was still confused so I said, "I am pregnant." The look of shock on their face was one I will never forget. Nana just kept saying, "Oh My God, Oh My God. I am in shock." She said she wanted to see me puking in the toilet so she would believe me. My Dad had no words.

It was something I will never forget. They said they thought it would take awhile (as did we) but I said it was the first try. Nana said I am a "Fertile Myrtle" like she was. I showed them the ring Daddy got me and told them the meaning behind it. Papa asked why Daddy's birthstone was bigger than mine and Nana said, "Because he got her pregnant on the first try." Funny!

Later on that night Nana sent me an email and said they were still in shock but thrilled. She also said to take care of myself because I am carrying precious cargo. It was very sweet. We all can't wait to meet you!

We are going to Ft. Collins this weekend so we will be telling Aunt Denise, Uncle Jeff, and your future cousins Quinn and Ethan!

Your First Bronco Game

Not only was it your first Bronco game, it was also Daddy's first non pre season game! You loved being in the club level seats. You enjoyed some prime rib before the game but of course we were STILL hungry so Daddy got us a pretzel. It is amazing how many times you make us go to the restroom! Here are some pictures from that night. The Broncos won the game! I think you were good luck!

Someday you could be a mini mascot-even if you are a girl! I want to be one too but I think I am too old. :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Oh Baby!

Yesterday, on November 16th, 2011 we found out we are expecting you in July! The positive test was in a Winnie the Pooh bag and I let Daddy open it to see the results. I just knew I was pregnant, but I was still a crying mess when I found out. Here are some pictures from the moment. Yes, we were in a parking lot.

I kept crying. Daddy asked if I was excited, but I blurted out that I was scared. I don't want anything to go wrong with you and being the terrible eater I am, I worry. I just hope everything goes well and you are perfect when we meet you in July.

I have not really noticed too many changes except my belly is puffier than usual. I am insanely hungry at all times, and I have been waking up at 4:30 a.m. for the past two days. I have a bad headache but I can't take anything for it. I have to cut out caffeine which worries me, but I can do it!

Daddy wanted to take me out to dinner lat night to celebrate but I already had plans with some friends. I want to tell everyone I am pregnant but I think it is too soon. I planned on waiting to tell Nana and Papa on Christmas Eve but I don't think that will work since I want to tell them. You are so lucky to have them as your grandparents. They are going to love you so much!

After I went out last night, I got home to something under the tree. I was very surprised:

A teddy bear was under the tree!

Very sweet of Daddy. No, he is not the best speller, but he loves us! 

I was not expecting anything under the sign!

Daddy loves jewelry (Which might be great for you if you are a girl!)

Bryan said it was your first teddy bear. That was so sweet! He loves rings so he got me one with his birthstone in the middle, my birthstone on the outside and diamonds in the center because, "diamonds are forever." Very sweet. He was worried I would not like it. It is very pretty!

On December 8th, we will be having an ultrasound and will see you for the first time. We won't know if you are a boy or a girl yet-it is far too early but they said you will have a heartbeat by then. I find that amazing.  I still can't believe I am pregnant. I am excited, but also so very nervous. 

I will be writing as the pregnancy goes along and hopefully one day you will love that I did this!