Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hi Dad!

I sent this picture to Preston after my doctor's appointment last week with the caption "Hi Dad!" Pretty sure Preston's never been more proud of anything in his life. He's been giddy all week. I can just tell he is going to melt when he first holds this baby in his arms :)

I've been trying to take a good belly picture because in my opinion I am huge! It doesn't show as much in the pictures, but people have got to be thinking something's up. I haven't told anyone at work so I always wonder if they notice that I have a big belly that's always sticking out. Anyway, here's my lame attempts at a bump picture:

12ish weeks, 12.5 weeks, 13.5 weeks

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Our Baby

I'm so excited to announce that we're expecting!! I couldn't hold it in any longer because I feel like this pregnancy is already such a HUGE part of my life! And I guess unknown to me, I was already giving little clues in my blog like "packing snacks" and "not feeling very well anymore," so I'm just coming out with the news now!

It all started in May... well a little before that obviously ;)... I had been having really bad cramps, but my period just wasn't coming. I had been taking Ibuprofen, (I know, terrible mom) but one night they were just really bad so I got up at like 4 in the morning to take some stronger medicine, but I had the thought  "what if I were actually pregnant?" so right then and there I pulled out a pregnancy test (I was stocked up because I'd already had a few times of thinking I was pregnant) and there in my little bathroom in the early morning I found out I was indeed pregnant!! I remember I was so shaky and excited/nervous/skeptical.. I just couldn't believe it was for real this time! I didn't want to wake up Preston yet because it was still so early so I went into the living room to wait. I was seriously just watching the clock and pacing in circles because I wanted to make him breakfast but I couldn't start it too early. At like 6 in the morning I went to work making German pancakes, which we have most weekend mornings. I was trying so hard to be quiet and not wake Preston so he wouldn't come out and ruin the surprise. Luckily he happened to be sleeping like a log that morning so I was able to make my complete tray without him waking up!

And underneath that little paper that says "For the new daddy" was this pregnancy test!

Boy was he excited! Preston's always a little skeptical, so he was like let's just take another pregnancy test to be sure before you get too excited. But we were pretty positive that I really was. It was a fun time for us that morning just talking about all things baby. Great to have that moment because in the next couple days he became obsessed with finding out just how much having a baby would cost and insurance coverage and all of that. He really is the responsible one in this relationship!

I'm now about 13 weeks along and to be honest it has been HARD. Moving to Manhattan during extreme morning sickness didn't go so well. We had quite a little journey those first couple weeks before I had a doctor and nausea medicine. I was throwing up like crazy, had absolutely NO energy to get out of bed besides going to work, and wanted a home cooked meal more than anything. One weekend I tried to leave my bed and go out in the city, I ended up throwing up on people in the subway, and we decided that I had better get some help. Since I didn't have a doctor yet Preston took me to the urgent care and we found out I was super dehydrated. They gave me a whole bunch of IV's and I finally got some nausea medicine, and since that point there have obviously still been many bad times, but I've been feeling a thousand times better. These days I'm starting to feel almost normal again. I've heard that second trimester is a breeze compared to the first and third, and I am so happy to be going into that. (By the way, sorry for the gross details)

I've had three ultrasounds that were seriously the coolest things in my life. At this point it's still hard to believe that I really have a baby inside me because I can't feel it yet and my tummy isn't a bowling ball yet, so seeing my baby moving around inside of me on the screen and hearing its heartbeat was indescribable. And you better believe I got choked up and couldn't really respond to the doctor during it because I didn't want her to know I was crying. I guess I should just stop trying to hide it because I literally cry about every little thing these days... reading people's blogs, watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, watching Bachelorette, reading a book, walking down the street... you name it.

Here's some pictures of Baby Phillips growing:

Our little ghost: 7ish weeks?
Becoming more human-like: 9ish weeks
Profile shot: 12 weeks

And so it begins- the mommy blogger haha I'll try not to overload everyone with pregnancy posts :)

Anyway, we are SO excited and can't wait to find out if it's a boy or girl. I can't wait to have a big belly, buy baby things, feel it move, and bring our baby home for the first time. Preston can't wait to change his first diaper (haha he really never has), play with the baby once it's a little older, spoil it, and have a little buddy.

Oh and I forgot to mention our baby is due January 28th!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Manhattan Midsummer Updates

I thought I'd catch up a little bit with what's been going on in NYC the past couple weeks. The majority of my week is taken up with work, walking to and from work, walking to and from the grocery store, walking to pick up my laundry, etc.. you get the point. But, occasionally I get out to do some fun things. I'm not a big picture taker lately because I think I've mentioned I hate Iphone photos, and that's all I ever have with me these days. So here goes...

About 3 weeks ago Preston's brother and his wife came out to New York and we were able to spend the day with them (correction- I spent the day with them and Preston met us for lunch and dinner). It was so great having them here! Here we are eating in Madison Park after getting amazing prime rib sandwiches at Eataly. I'm drooling thinking about them...

Me and the other girls here went to the MOMA one day. It was actually way cool. There's a lot of super famous paintings there, obviously, and it was cool to see them in person. We were so disappointed though because we had really wanted to go in the Rain Room, but there was a 4 hour wait and the museum was closing in 4 hours, so that was a huge bummer.

I found a running path! And it's alongside the East River (2 blocks from my apartment) and it's absolutely wonderful! I wish I could go run more often but it's seriously been so hot here I think I would die. Last week I went during a storm and it was so exhilarating running in the rain, I loved it!

I have been getting eaten alive by mosquitos :(  And the worst part is I think it's in my apartment while I'm sleeping. So I have to wear bug spray 24/7 now or else I look like this:
This was only night one of the attack. The next night they doubled it. I couldn't sleep a wink because I was itching so bad. I just wish I was safe from them in my own apartment! :(

.....I thought I had more updates, but I guess I've forgotten! Preston is working like a mad man and I see him pretty much only for like a half hour in the morning while we get ready together, and for like ten minutes when he crawls into bed with me at 3:00 in the morning. Last Saturday I thought he was going to get off early so I was waiting for him outside his work to go to dinner, and he got thrown a last minute assignment. I wandered around town until about 9:00 and he finally got off and we were able to catch a late dinner. It was a miracle! We sure will be happy when this summer is over (never thought I would say that about summer.. sad). 

And one more thought before I end. My friend Ellee found this article about New Yorkers and it is SO true! If you're familiar with New York City you should look at it. One of my favorites is Pretend Like Crazy Stuff Isn't Happening While It's Happening. Working in Union Square, I see my fair share of crazy things. I guess that's all part of what makes NYC so exciting, you are never without things to see :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Show Some Love

I finally got a Bloglovin account! So you can follow me there... or in google reader still because to be honest I don't know if that is really going away. That rumor has been going around the blog world for like 6 months. But, I like Bloglovin better anyway so far so it all works out!

P.S. I just went through and added a whole bunch of blogs I follow and noticed that a lot of my favorite people never post anymore, and the highlight of my night is eating my dinner and reading through my blogs, so please please please write more blog posts :)

And here's this ugly code that I think I had to post to "claim my blog."
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

New Canaan for the 4th

Happy Independence Day!!!!
We sure had a happy one thanks to the kindest people I've never met. Our friends have some family friends who live in New Canaan, Connecticut that offered us their whole (gorgeous) house and their car  since they were going to be out of town. They even left their car at the train station for us to drive home in when we got there. Seriously it's hard to believe there are that generous of people out there in the world. I had been so sad that we wouldn't be with family or in Provo for the 4th, but this year turned out to be one of my favorites!

We got there the night before the 4th and were able to spend the night in a great bed for a change. :) The next morning we attended the church breakfast. Luckily no one asked us who we were. Then we headed out to the beach for a little sun. The beach we ended up at was kinda rocky, but it was still fun and there was plenty of shade for the boys.

Justin and Camille
Ellee and Clark
Notice my 4th of July towel. I was excited about that.

After the beach we went back home and played in the yard, had a yummy barbecue, (prepared by the boys) and played games. Then we went up to this big park/field for fireworks! New Canaan is amazingly beautiful. The trees, the houses there, and the downtown area were all so cute. I did not want to leave. Also the fireworks were fantastic! I thought Stadium of Fire was like THE place for fireworks but apparently even a smaller town like New Canaan knows how to throw a 4th of July celebration, and the fireworks were just as good as stadium of fire... maybe even better. And even though we didn't have Kelly Clarkson we had the absolute cutest band playing "rockin" music all night!

Oh yeah and this is us conked out after the beach :)
Walking up to the park

The Credit Suisse boys
The Credit Suisse wives

Waiting for fireworks
The band :)
Aren't these gorgeous?!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day!