Wednesday, August 28, 2013

let's catch up

It's been a while since i've blogged for my habits! i got a cute text from my sis-in-law yesterday, "Hey, Girl. You doing okay? No blog post in over 2 weeks.... Something has to be up! I'm a worrier. You can't scare me like that!" hahaha I take that as a compliment that we are blog close! Life is so busy that blogs keep us together. I really need to see Kin soon considering our baby infant girls will be causing us no sleep and house arrest tendencies soon!  
Last week was crazy with managing the tent sale in the middle of August. Hot! Sunny! Pregnant! It was an interesting combo. Got there at 9. worked till my Korean job at 3. Went back to the sale at 7 after my korean job and closed the tent up till 10 pm! Long days for this lady and I wrangled Chase into helping me and his height and muscles were put to too much use in his opinion for minimum wage. hahaha. it will be nice next friday when those two checks come in though :) 

And it's been busy with my sister and her two cuties here! 
  Andrew has the most beautiful big precious moment eyes that make him look sad and I love it. He was finally watching "choo choo" (Thomas the Train) with Uncle Chase and was in heaven- yet looks like a melancholy baby model!! 

Shelbs has her in-laws up near Ogden so I'm sharing her but still so excited she's here- she doesn't get to visit Utah much!! and with her moving to Virginia- it will be even more rare! but having t&t's wedding to look forward to that will reunite us is good. it's nice knowing when you'll see family again. 
Also, on the rare occasions both Chase and I are free- we are trying to cram in time with our friends before school gets too crazy and baby girl is here! we had a fun time with Kerri and Jeff and chase's fam on Saturday. I never know what strangers will think of my loud, loving, crazy in-laws but K&J seemed to be smitten! I know why :) but we are a certain breed! Swimming pool time. Wits and wagers game. The new movie: 42. and Many laughs!
Then last night we had Ashley and Clark over. Just fun to relax in more intimate settings. We love our game nights but getting to talk more one on one is legit!
  i only took this pic really to mock my cute dad (marissa, no one likes to be ridiculed) bc he is always sending us pics of his dinner and detailed captions and i sent him my set up of the fulton-anderson dinner :) i really do love those texts, his words, and feeling connected to the texas family and when he goes on his worldwide business trips! and let's be honest. i am my father's daughter. talks a lot and shares a lot!

Now prepare yourself for baby talk! It's therapeutic for this future baby mamma. And yes in Chase's phone I am now: Marissa My Babies' Mamma. 
37 weeks and full term and I can't believe it! 
I cannot imagine not looking like a bloated blow fish, but this can't last forever!

I like to say Chase is in denial (even if he is more excited for her to come. I don't think he realizes how quickly three weeks will pass.) Let me explain.
I try to get Chase to help me with getting the stroller ready, rearrange the room to be ready for her to sleep in our room for the first couple weeks with the pack-n-play, talk about the hospital bag last minute items, etc. [i admit i'm a little over planning but still- i think it's an appropriate time to cover all my bases.] 
see my hospital bag, boppy, and two car seats (stacked) ready!!

But Chase replies every time: "I'll get to it when the time gets closer!" Closer? Closer? Yes I'm planning on her coming late and being induced September 27 but still- I'm technically full term and she can come any day!! hahaha. I'm sure it has more to do with procrastination than Chase actually denying the fact that the baby is coming so soon! hahah. Case and point: He hyperventilates and shakes with joy when people bring up the baby coming. "AHHHH I'm so excited!" he shouts!  he is the most baby ready daddy and hands on helper!but still in denial that we should get the furniture and what not totally ready when he's on the comfy couch watching netflix ;) i just do it myself till the guilt overtakes him. works every time. classic! 
Anywho- I'm so excited for her to be here, but (of course there is a but- i'm the one giving birth) I think it would be awesome if someone could invent teleporting fetuses right about now. 
I have been talking a lot with my friends about giving birth and it seems that the last couple girls i've chit chatted with went all natural?! oh my! I don't think I'm one of those girls. I trust epidurals and feel like if I can enjoy it even the slightest- I choose that course. And TMI I haven't had a period cramp in almost two years (the birth control I was on before prevented all periods) and I cannot fathom the pain of a contraction! I ask everyone to describe them to me but it's still impossible for me to imagine! I haven't had braxton hicks at all! I know digestive, ulc col pain like no one else but uterus contractions- i'm lost! All births are different and it's crazy that giving birth is just an accepted part of life- it has to be for the human race but I still can't believe more people aren't shocked by it. I remember first learning about periods and having babies- I was driving to gymnastics with my mom and I was horrified. "How do you not die after bleeding for so long?" was my exact question! hahah. and since that 9 year old conversation till I was 19 years old, I was set on adopting. Like seriously. But then when my sister had little Aubrey- I thought.... maybe I want one of my own, too. And I toughened up. And when Chase and I discussed trying to get pregnant, I pushed the part about squeezing out a child out of my mind. Well the last couple weeks- that aspect of pregnancy cannot escape my thoughts! freak nasty- i just am trusting that my body will know what to do bc my mind is a scary over analyzing place as Chase would say! 
looking at my calendar overwhelms me! the month is here! 

Something else quirky that me and Chase do all the time is give our baby spankings. It might sound cruel but it's the truth. Whenever I'm barfing, or rolling (not really bc that'd squish the baby) in pain, or etc.- Chase will give my belly a little spankin' and lecture her about being nice to her mamma. This has been going on since week 7, but I think we have a discipline problem. 30 weeks of spankings and she doesn't listen! 
Ope guess what tomorrow is? THE doctor appointment where they check dilation and effacement and who knows what else they search for up there. I will have a full room, too, bc my sis and her kiddos are invited! the nurse in her loves those kind of things. She will miss the birth and meeting baby Capri until she's 3 months old so she can be a part of this. lucky sis. I kinda wanna see Chase's face, too. The cna in him has seen births and what not but he's psyched himself out of seeing me in that state and position. he has declared he will stay up by my head for the birth but i think seeing her crown and come out will be a miracle- i hope they can hold one of those mirrors for me! hahaha. 
i can't help but talk about baby things all the time- accept it. On Sunday I received three new stretch marks on the front of my belly! Ah these next 3 weeks the number of 6 total belly stretchmarks might turn into 60! Settle down in there! I've felt less movement lately but I think that's bc she is wedged. She seems healthier than ever and knows just what to do. Less movement doesn't mean calm nights though. Getting up to pee and rearrange every 3 hours is really getting old! perhaps this is the body's way of preparing you for the night feedings of a newborn? insightful!
Chase and I (and apparently Kelly on my fbook wall like a mind reader of what i was blog posting) have made predictions of this little baby's arrival. Hence:
Mine: She will be born at 2:00 am September 28 at 8 lbs 3 ounces. It will take 20 hours of labor for her to arrive. She will have brown eyes (eventually) and dark black thick hair. She will be off the charts of cuteness to me but maybe a little manly like her daddy to the stranger's eye for a while. I'm preparing myself.
Chase's: She will be born on September 23 at 8:30 pm at 8 lbs 2 ounces and 19 inches. It will take 10 hours of labor for her to arrive. She will have blue eyes ( permanently) and brown hair. She will be 14 out of 10 on the cuteness scale.
Kelly: She will be born in the morning on September 20th at 8 lbs 13 oz and 20.5 inches. 

Anywho! hope this catch up wasn't too much for you even though it was almost too long for me! ha!

Monday, August 12, 2013

baby girls are precious

goddaughter, neice, and baby daughter

yesterday was a special sunday with this little one being blessed. i'm so grateful kelly and lance invited chase into the circle because he was truly touched by her strong spirit and the intensity of the Holy Spirit during her blessing! Daryn is a miracle baby and a testament to us all! Since her family and friends found out about her struggling lil body at kelly's gender ultrasound, she has been a testament to God's miracles and so many answered prayers and fastings! she is growing so healthy and such a little beauty. Her parents and big sister have so much love for her! There is even more love in that home now!
During her blessing, i really felt the Spirit when thinking that she is the one who will show us an incredible love in the next years to come. she will be a serious warrior!
i can't wait to get up there wednesday and spend some more time with my brunson fam.

also, along with yesterday's activities, a lot has been going on here. i'm in the middle of working right now. i love my stay-at-home teaching job. it is so chill and just creates an environment of more security for our growing family. 
i received a new calling thursday as the first counselor of the primary presidency and overwhelming is definitely how i felt. however, today i called my new visiting teaching companion (who happened to be the second counselor and i didn't know it yet bc i missed my own sustaining at church bc daryn's blessing was at the same time) and we chatted forever. just 30 minutes later and i'm still on the phone! it was a nice surprise that we get along so well already. i haven't met her in person yet but i feel that there is some serious friendship and support blossoming. our primary will be rockin'! the timing of little baby girl and the primary program isn't the most convenient but i know i'll be given the strength to handle it all :) 

i had more to say but i am too sleepy and i think i'll shut my eyes before my next korean call.

oh wait. this, then sleep:
cute phone convo with millie today:
-Hi, Millie!
-Hi, Riss! I want to come to Riss's house and you read me a book.
-So do I, but I can't! It's too far away.
-I'll come in daddy's truck.
-It's too far. 
-You come swim at pappa's pool with me.
-It's still too far, Millie! But Uncle Caleb and your daddy will have fun with you.
-Get in your car and come to pappa's pool!

Oh that sweet little angel. She makes a good point. I should just get in my car! 
Ha I can only imagine how my little (aka BIG) prego body would do in a 24 hour car ride. Yikes.

Last picture: my mother cross stitched the two frames on the outside for me when i was younger and my grandma schroedter gave me the frame in the middle after she died. I feel so much love and support when I look at them hanging above little capri's crib!
And have been reflecting a lot about how little Capri is probably enjoying her time with my grandma and chase's grandpa hanks up there. I can see my grandma showering her with abundant love and chase's grandpa causing a riot of laughter!
2 weeks till full-term. 5 weeks till due date. 6 weeks till induced if baby girl wants to be late!! i'm just mentally preparing for the late date! zoo wee mamma!!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

the family baby shower!

Yesterday, I had an amazing family baby shower! Julie, Kina, and Ciara did an incredible job! They really know how to decorate, make pinterest come to life, and show a granddaughter/niece some serious love! I was really excited and anxious about the shower bc I heard how much effort they were putting into it and I wanted it to be everything they hoped for and wished for! It was more than I could imagine and the turn out, gifts, and support was pure perfection! I took a lot of pictures! I had to..... your eye can barely take in everything so the close ups help me really appreciate and recall all the magic!

 They went with a baby animal theme! Chase let it be known that I adore baby animals and baby animal print for baby clothes and blankets and what not!! Pink and green everything!
 These were the party favors. Candies and what not- my favorite part was the little Capri Suns in the bags! I'm sure this baby will be sick of Capri Suns after all her parties bc I plan to constantly use them :) hope the company doesn't go out of business. I think Capri Sun is a cute nickname- people try to warn me about that nickname but I embrace it :) She will be a bright beam of sunshine in our lives!
the cupcakes. delicious. my mother-in-law knows her way around a kitchen! 
they also made these popcorn treats (covered in chocolate. ok!!!!) - they have a little note that says "ready to pop" on them. precious!
oh this looks like heaven! i'm really hungry as i'm bloggin' and i have some leftovers in the fridge! oh so yummy! and courtesy of ciara (the great harvest employee)! delicious!
ok  my heart is melted over this diaper cake and the ultra sound and all the cuteness! thank you so much, kina!
the game table here!!
here we have to guess the number of salt water taffy's in the bottle on the right corner of the pic. take a guess......there were 87. did you guess right? Linda guessed it spot on! Also some mother's advice pages. I need to go read those actually. As soon as I click "publish" i'm on it!

and with this game you guess the price of all the objects on the pic in the left. i didn't realize till half way through that their was a display of the items. i was just picturing in my head what they were at walmart or something! and i got to keep all those goodies! take a guess.... for the total.... i guessed $136. correct answer: $62. I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe a baby won't be as expensive as I'm planning. ha!
I saw this on the table and was especially giddy! I was going to take this on as a project- make a carseat cover. but the talented Julie already was one step ahead :) [with a matching receiving blanket]!! cute!!!!! and the cutest straps! I'm so happy and grateful because mine would have come out lookin like a blind person made it, but Julie's looks profesh!

And the presents!!! I told Julie and Kina (to relay to the questioning guests) what items I could still use and they sure fulfilled that wish list!!! Odds and ends, clothes, diapers, and wipes galore!!! It's still sitting in my living room and I'm overwhelmed to put it all away :) but that's a good thing!
 all i can say is freak nasty! and thank you :)
these lucky parents of this loved baby are so grateful and had such a blast yesterday. chase wasn't there for the party but he was drooling over the presents afterwards! 
I feel even more loved and close to my family ladies and love them so much! This is my sister-in-law Kina!! She is due with her baby girl Sept 17 and I'm due Sept 20. She really worked so hard for this shower and I just want to shower her with so many thanks!! We can't wait for our girls to arrive, be bestie cousins, and get our bods back (but Kina has been working out and staying sexy still- she told me she still can run a mile. Impressed. I can barely walk a mile!!) These baby girls are coming into an awesome family that loves them so much already! so blessed!
THANK YOU SO MUCH KINA, JULIE, and CI!!!! It was the most amazing day! xoxox