Thursday, November 29, 2007
See I can make it all about me - lol. Totally excited for you Brooke!! Now you must create a blog too (when you aren't sleeping or puking!)
And we went to the dentist today. Isabelle is not cool with dentist. Laying on my back in a dentist chair for 2 hours made us sick and very unhappy. I have a couple more appointments before she is due (getting some crowns) and I just don't know if I can muster it. We'll see.. For now we're just excited that feeling has be returned to our face and lips..
AND I'm off to my WA shower :O) A spa weekend with the famous Budwit ladies. We will be ringing in another one in true love & laughter. Can't wait to see ya'll!!
Much love - the derliously happy Jenn & Isabelle
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Here is a my list...
1. Wide Sargasso Sea - for its deconstruction of a novel and analysis of a woman. And yes I did one of my thesis' on it so I do have quite alot love for it.
2. Ulysess - for its amazing first take on internal dialogue.
3. The Photoshop CS2 book for photographers - it has become my bible (thanks Annalee!)
4. Great Expectations - the book I hold dear. It's a toss up on whether I choose it for love or the effect. To me it is what literature aspires to be.
5. Orientalism - the "other".. such a profound subject. It helped me to understand my fascination with the Wicked Witch... really it did!
Of course I love a gizzlion books.. but that was not the question :-)
And Miss Isabelle has moved into a full active stage. She reacts to Thomas' voice and *loves* when I have time to lay on my side - that's soccer time!! Izzy has kicked for her Daddy, her Grandma Bell, her aunty Reggie, and her cousin Chloe. Grandpa Bell is quite anxious for his turn!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Isabelle kicked so hard tonight she moved my belly! Thomas was able to feel a few swift kicks - a first for him! I'm so excited!!! He has been dying to feel her move and what a Thanksgiving treat :-)
Hope ya'll had a wonderful Turkey day..
Off to bed.. there are Black Friday sales to be had tomorrow!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Nici has a beautiful family!!
Isabelle had her 24 week apt. this week and is perfect!
And I've started working on my first project
And I bought a Moses basket used for 20.00!!
And one last crafty bit..
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I have been asked to do another photo shoot! A Christmas shoot with some of the most adorable cherubs I have ever seen. I'm hoping that their mom will be up for some non traditional pics. I was thinking pics of them "making cookies".. flour and chocolate stained cheeks :-) We'll see..
And my amazing hubby received a raise! He is such a great engineer!!
I've posted alot of the pics from Disney & the CA shower on Flickr.
Monday, November 12, 2007
It was so nice to be able to spend some time with Nicole
Too much reality to do today,
Thursday, November 8, 2007
And I have my bangs back..
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I am doing my first photo shoot for someone other than family today! I will be taking our friend's (Brooke & Tom) Christmas pictures. And of course we'll be including their wild dog Bubba! Batteries are recharged and rearing to go :-)
If they are okay with it, I will make their pics viewable on Flickr.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thomas & I are off tomorrow to Junior League's Black & White Night Gala. I am now an official SLC Junior League member and will soon be working on the Special Events committee.
We've been looking forward to this event all week! It's been awhile since we had a reason to dress up. And since I hate most of the maternity dresses for sale, I decided to sew my own. I did the pattern on the far right in a dark green stretch velvet. It is so comfy!!
And yesterday officially started my "birthday week"! I can't wait to get to Disneyland and enjoy my first baby shower :-)
Of course I'll post pics of the dress and trip later this week.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Utahans LOVE photocards. This is partly why BP hasn't been too embraced yet.. we're too pricey for this state. So.. I will be releasing a line of Photocards (save-the-dates, wedding invites, and baby announcements) at this Jan. Expo. We'll see... It's not any extra investment on my end, and I'm having a ball playing with PS2 and my new computer easel..
I've attached a "postage stamp" of Shilo.. The technique here was for me to learn how to do a scalloped border.. It's not perfect, but it was my first!
And if I can get "THE" picture of Thomas & I on our fall drive to Sundance this afternoon. Then you will receive a Thanksgiving photocard designed by moi...
because this year we are so truly thankful!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Again no awards will be won :-)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
And in just 2 days we get the news on the baby!!! I can hardly contain myself :-) My mom & dad flew down this evening and are just as eager.
Thomas says my belly looks like a basketball, but I think watermelon.. we soon shall see!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I know this technique is SO overdone, but I have never mastered it on Photoshop. So please accept my apologies :-)
This is a pic of part of our Halloween display in the front yard. I went a tad overboard this year..
We haven't even bought the pumpkins that we are to carve.. these seen here are to remain untouched for display. I'm a nut..
Well.. Aparently baby was as excited as I was that Thomas was returning home on Saturday from his elk trip (no elk..boohiss)
In the middle of a fundraising gig for Junior League, I feel a tap,tap,tap.. tap,tap,tap.. This went on for what seemed like a long time. Folks, baby has made his/her debut!!
It's been quiet today, but I didn't feel much till around 5pm yesterday.. so maybe baby is a late riser!!
On sad news, my adorable butter of joy foster cat Dewey is going down hill. I'm taking him in tonight & tomorrow to the vet. Please keep positive thoughts his way. He is pure love and deserves a long happy life!!!
Friday, October 12, 2007
And a week from today we will find out the sex!! I can't wait!!!!
On the photo side I've started doing photo challenges to increase my knowledge. Below is a pic of Shilo out side on Automatic and on Manual (and I didn't cheat!) I think I did pretty good :)
And here is one for humor.. It's one of the only things that really grew in my garden..
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
It hasn't been intentional. There is just something about my blossoming belly and enlarged chest that has calmed me down. I haven't said too much cause it's not too mommy-like to mention, but my chest is alot bigger (people I'm on my way to my 2nd cup increase and just starting my 5th month) I'm not bragging and given my more conserative move.. it hasn't been easy.
SO! Imagine my surprise when today a patron basically called me a harlot!! I was wearing maternity cords and a matching SWEATER set that my dear mom bought me. This patron told me I was "hanging out" and she could see everything. While she insisted I help her, she obviously stared at the ceiling..too appalled to look me in the eye.
I don't get it. And given my hormones, it put me into a state of tears.. still tears me up right now. I wasn't hanging out and the idea that someone would think I would dress salicious as a mother-to-be was a swift kick to the tummy.
Oh well. I asked God for big tata's when I was younger. Never have I regretted a wish more!
So I spent a mini-fortune and have outfitted myself with a brand spakin' new Nikon D80 with 2 mini-fortune lenses and everything else I "needed". It took 3 hours to get everything.. I think it was a salesman technique to wear me down! But I had done research for weeks now and needed some instant gratification!
Had a little buyer's remorse last night. That was until my battery powered up.. and then it began. Since Thomas is out elk hunting for the week, the animals were my defenseless prey. I LOVE MY CAMERA!!! It is amazing! Until I have time for the classes my camera came with, I'm all about pre-set settings, but I'm looking forward to learning all about it.
And yes I will post more pics (even of my belly now that I have a remote control to work my camera!) I just had work last night & work all day today.. so once the software is setup, you will be overwhelmed!
Long live Nikon!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
My heart goes out to my dad as I know this is a difficult time. And I'm sorry to know that my grandfather is gone, and all that should have been said and all the hurts that should have been mended will never be able to.
Soon after my grandfather divorced my paternal grandmother, he entered another marriage and had little to do with his 5 children and their families. I can probably count the number of times I've seen and conversed with him on one hand. He wasn't at my brother's nor my wedding.
I'm not angry. Just sad and disappointed. Just wished my father had the father he deserved. It's ironic that my grandfather passed just a few months shy of our baby's birth. Granted I don't know if they would have ever met, but it would have been nice.
People are who they are. Somehow in all that mess, my dad became one of the most amazing people I know & I know that he'll be the light of our baby's life. And for that I am appreciative of my grandfather.
Monday, October 1, 2007
If it is little Isabelle, then we will be decorating the nursery in vintage redwork. Redwork dates back from the late 1800's and was very popular at the turn of the century. It is embroidery that is done solely in red. My mom has been working on a beautiful redwork quilt just in case! And of course we'll add in some country denim.
If it is little Tommy rumbling in my tummy, then the nursery will be vintage again - only vintage cowboys & indians. Lots of toned down red, white, and blue. And of course a vintage Red Rider gun that will sit on a shelf till he's at least 5 :-)
So either way it's gonna be a lot of vintage red, white, blue!! Not exactly typical colors, but we aren't exactly typical parents ;-)
I can't wait to start decorating!!!!!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
I am getting more energy and feeling more motivated these days. I just hope this queasiness will subside soon!
We have our 14 week apt. this Friday. I'll let you know if we find out any juicy news. I think it's just going to be a pee & blood test day though..
And I've given up normal clothes. I did the belly band thing and it put way too much pressure on my bladder... not exactly comfortable. So I guess I will live in regular sized dresses and maternity pants for now :-)
Oh! And people are starting to realize on the their own.. I'm not fat, I'm creating life :-)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
November 10th - Southern CA shower
January 5th - Phoenix shower
December (first weekend) - Washington
February - Utah
Most of you live in one of those cities/states. If you don't or can't attend one, let me know your preference.
Feeling better today! Had my first water aerobics class. Loved it! It was SO nice to get out do something physical!!
Monday, August 27, 2007
It was a trick. A mean trick. My second day on the job and one would have thought I have the Ebola virus. After 2 changes of clothes & installing a barf bucket in the car, I am wondering if Thomas can carry the next child...
Ugh. I'm starving and the thought of food makes me ill.
Is it too early to celebrate Mother's Day? This woman deserves a party!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
During the physical exam the doctor discovered that my pelvic bones are very close set. Unless something really changes in the next months, our baby will have to be delivered via c-section. It wasn't the birth I had anticipated, but I am coming round to the idea.
We have another appointment in a little less than 4 weeks & we will find out the sex in November. What a great birthday gift for me!
I was finally given the "ok" to excercise! I will start my water aerobics next week and will be walking the dogs for about an hour a day (mainly to discourage their escapist tendencies!)
Had a great time catching up with friends in Arizona & hosting Karen's shower. Once I have time to load my pics on my computer, I will add them to the blog.
Oh.. and I had my first (and hopefully last) Exorcist moment yesterday morning. Aparently brushing my teeth on an empty stomach is bad, bad,bad.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
We can hardly wait for our first appointment! I am SO excited to the heartbeat(s)!!! I'm trying to be calm; it's possible it's still too early to hear it.
But I CAN'T WAIT!
And I seriously am getting huge.. As Bobbi has suggested, I will start posting pics.. Probably just monthly ones :-)
Thursday, August 2, 2007
But here's the thing. I've been this +4 maybe for the past week and a half.. and yesterday my body looks totally different! I'm already showing!!! Maybe if you saw me you wouldn't think so, but in a bikini.. totally..
It's SUPER early to be showing. I read most women don't show till 'round week 14.. Is it twins???
Twins will delight me, triplets will frighten me!! Twins runs in both of our families & the Clomid gives you a 10% increased chance of twins..
I'll let you know if in 2 weeks we hear heartbeat(s) :-)
Monday, July 30, 2007
Well we told our neighbors (the Foxes) that we are expecting and they must have told their sons. Now the favorite question is if I've had my baby yet. I'm thinking that baby=playmate=access to playground... They are in for a long wait on that one! :-)
Friday, July 27, 2007
I was always under the belief that hair color is a huge nono when you're preggers. Now I've read that is 'okay' after the first trimester. I'm not vain, but my hair is seriously going grey quick!!! But I'm not sure I want to trade my Bride of Frankenstein look if it could harm the baby. So, I've read about this all natural Henna treatment. I'm all about it! I will wait till the 13th week just in case...
And I knew you couldn't have non pasteurized cheeses (Brie, feta, etc) Turns out you can't have deli meat or hot dogs either for the same reason. Listeria (sp?) is known to cause miscarriages.. So good thing those aren't cravings!
Past couple days I was super nauseous, but today is better. I have totally lost my taste for sweet things.. no ice cream for awhile please! It's all about the salty these days. Just what I need, help in the water retention department!
And the strange-o dreams have started. Granted before baby my dreams have always erred on odd... but they are at a new level now!
Looking forward to hosting Karen's baby shower next month. It has been so great to be preggers at the same time of so many of my friends. I can't wait for a get together next year. Forget the keggers and bring out the hooter hiders! :-)
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I'm happy to report that aside from the fact I had to drive myself to the airport because hubby was hung over (you see what I'm driving him to!), it was uneventful. There was no huge tadoo with my Lovenox syringes in my checked baggage. My hands were clenched the whole flight... what if my bag was delayed or worse lost?? But nope baggage arrived and medication in tact!
I happily devoured my honey peanuts and read pregnancy mags. And even scored an Emergency seat - bonus extra leg room to keep my blood moving (but really who would want pregzilla to help with an air emergency??)
Aside from the teenage couple to my right that seemed trying to join a certain flight club (ugh.. people really.. ) it was fine.
Could baby be my flight charm? Has he/she broken the curse??
Well there still is the flight home :-)
Friday, July 20, 2007
The doc has yanked all driving trips for now! Aparently with my blood condition & medication it is still too dangerous for baby & I to be confined in the sitting position for too long. So I will not be able to come down with Thomas to AZ to celebrate his birthday. The drive to Kingman was out of the question. Even if I flew to Phoenix and we drove to Prescott.. still too far. So do me a favor & if you see Thomas, show him an extra fun time!
According to the books, the baby's little heartbeat should have started!!!! I can't wait for our 10 week visit to the doc!
** And the latest craving is peanut butter & toast.. yumm-o!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
So if I seem crazy or emotional, well I am. I should invest in some body armor for Thomas :-)
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
So saltine crackers have become my new best friend! I haven't had an Exorcist moment yet, but the nagging nausea is increasing..
And I bought "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy" at a friend's recommendation. Hilarious! I only got through the first couple of chapters before my sleepiness took over.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
And I went on my first shopping trip for baby today. Yes I know, it's early. However, I love deals and love the idea of spreading out some of cost before it all hits. Thanks to my super shopper pal Karen, I started to stock up on baby food. It doesn't expire till '09! Thank goodness for our food cellar/wine cellar. And I bought a box of diapers. I'm hoping to buy a box every week in varied sizes.. that way it won't hurt the budget so much next spring!! And I bought some work acceptable maternity clothes that were on clearance. So cute! And I think I can alter them after baby to fit me again.
When I was checking out of Target, the cashier told me she would never in a million years guess I was preggers. I laughed and told her I'm just an early bird preparing. I'm thankful my obsession with ice cream isn't showing!!!
Friday, July 13, 2007
* My tatas are killing me! Although I am sleepy, I am forced to find new positions
* I sweetly demand ice cream just about every night. Thomas thinks this is a "fake" craving.. but he eats it with me!
* Midnight potty runs! I never tinkle at night, and now I'm up at least once...This too could be linked to my increased amount of H20 and milk..
Fun stuff! I'm loving every minute!
It seemed too good to be true, so we waited. A day after coming back home I took a digital test, and much to our happiness it simply stated "Pregnant". Such an amazing word, a word we have waited for much longer than we had dreamed of.
After test upon test and many months of disapointment, we were blessed with a baby. But this was only the first step. I have a blood clotting issue that sadly places us in the high risk group. I daily inject a blood thinner into my belly and pray that everything will be okay.
We tried to hold the news in. We didn't want to get too excited and spread the news for fear of a miscarriage. But that isn't the way we wanted to start Baby Rodriguez's journey - scared. So yes the chance is there, but our thoughts are focused on the joy we have been given and preparing for the new chapter in our happy marriage!
We are due St. Patty's day!