Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Baby booties

A week or so ago, Mr. Rochester, Trotwood, and I went to Target to pick up a few things. While we were there, I suggested that we buy something for the baby. It's been seven months now and we haven't done any of the new baby preparations that most people would probably be working on. Because we're trying to be realistic about what could happen with this pregnancy, we haven't set up a crib, bought a car seat, or even purchased any fun cute clothes to put in the baby's closet in expectation of the her birth. I've actually asked friends and family to wait to buy anything or host baby showers until after the baby is born so we know we actually have a baby that we can bring home from the hospital and shower with gifts.

Throughout my past pregnancies, Mr. Rochester and I would always look at different baby clothes and items and buy something here and there for the baby. We just did the normal things you would do when you're expecting a new baby. In fact, we still have a brand new unopened crib, dresser/changing table, and high chair in the garage. It's been over two years now and honestly, I don't even remember what the crib is supposed to look like.

So, in light of our decision to be optimistic, we bought some baby booties. Mr. Rochester and I picked out these cute newborn shoes.
And Trotwood picked out these 6 month size baby booties.
We actually have a few storage bins full of girl clothes that we'd bought or received from past baby showers or shopping trips for our other girls. The other day I realized that all the clothes we have were bought for baby girls born in January in Utah and with this baby being a September baby born in the South, I'm not really sure how much use we'll get out of the clothes we already have. Yet, even if we never use the clothes, I'm not sure I'll be able to get rid of them or even give them away. They were for my two sweet babies who never got to wear them. As sentimental as it may sound, I just want to keep the clothes...

So far, everything with my pregnancy has gone well. Every four weeks, I've been getting ultrasounds that specifically check for things like blood flow and brain hemorrhaging and so far, there are no abnormalities. The ultrasounds and labs are all clear and the baby moves around a lot. We plan on delivering in mid-September sometime around 36 weeks with the hope of preempting whatever happened around 37.5 weeks with our other two girls. Even though 36 weeks is early to deliver, I keep hoping for a healthy baby who doesn't have to spend time in the NICU although we realize that might happen one way or another.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chocolatey goodness!

My parents came up for a visit this weekend. Last week was my step-dad's 64th birthday so I thought it would be fun to surprise him with a chocolate cake. Also, when I took my glucose test for this pregnancy a few weeks ago, my blood sugar was high so I cut out all refined sugars and simple carbohydrates before going in for the 3 hours glucose screening last Tuesday. By Saturday, I still hadn't heard about the three hour glucose test so I thought I could treat myself to a slice of the chocolate cake since I'd been going without sugar for a few weeks. I was really pleased with how the cake turned, especially since I don't think I've ever attempted a chocolate cake from scratch before.

Cake reviews from the family: My mom and step-dad seemed to like it. Trotwood said it was "too chocolatey" for him, and Mr. Rochester had a very small slice (he's also not a huge chocolate guy). I thought it was awesome. Here are the recipes I used: Moist Chocolate Cake & Fluffy Chocolate Frosting. I think I originally saw this recipe because one of Mr. Rochester's cousins posted online that she made this and it was amazing. So, when I had the chance to bake for some chocolate lovers, I wanted to try it out.
Obviously, my decorating job isn't anything to write home about and I should have take a picture of just a slice of the cake to show the texture but if you like chocolate, this is an awesome cake to make. Oh, also, instead of using coffee in the cake, I just used boiling hot water and it still turned out deliciously.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Swimming lessons

Last week, Trotwood started swimming lessons again. We did them last year and he loved being in the pool and well, he still doesn't know how to swim so we did them again this year. He's slowly progressing but I have a feeling we'll be doing them yet again next year. We just don't get to practice with him any outside of his lessons (also I don't own a maternity swimsuit). Yesterday, at swim lessons, Trotwood wanted me to take a video of him going off the diving board. Last week was his first time this year to jump off the diving board and he was really hesitant about it. He actually had one of his swim instructors pick him up and pretty much place him in the water where the other instructor was waiting. On his next turn, we coaxed him into jumping off himself and he thought that was really fun. Since then he's lost all hesitation to jump off the diving board as evidenced by this video below:

I think it's funny to see how he looks like he is running in the water after he jumps in the water and he tries to "swim" to the pool edge. He just hasn't quite grasped that it's easier to swim when your body is horizontal instead of vertical in the water.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

4th of July Crafting

I made this cute table centerpiece for the 4th of July. Basically, it's a soup can with a piece of scrapbook paper glued on it. Then, I stuck some flowers in the can, an American flag, and a little mini-flag I made that says freedom. During the middle of the project, one of our printer heads unfortunately went out so I wasn't able to print out any other crafty items to decorate it with but I still think it turned out nicely. Hopefully, the flowers will last a few more days and make it to the 4th!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hey Mom!

Trotwood is really starting to like his own version of swimming. He even begged us to let him have swimming lessons again, which he will start up this week. I know I'll feel a lot better when he can swim on his own without a life vest. I just wish we had more opportunities to go swimming together as a family during the summers.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mr. Rochester's Adventures in Utah

Tuesday, Mr. Rochester left to attend an academic conference held in Provo, UT. Usually, I would have done everything I could to go with him because I would have loved to visit with friends in Utah and revisit some of our favorite places together, but since we are expecting a new baby, I'm trying to save up all of my vacation time for when the baby is born. So, instead, I get to live vicariously through him as he visits his favorite University - the University of Utah.
Check out those blue skies over the almost looks like BYU blue to me. Mr. Rochester and I halfheartedly banter back and forth about BYU and the U but since I'm an alumna from both, I actually love them both. BYU was great for me during my undergraduate program and I loved attending the U as a graduate student.
Mr. Rochester visited Crown Burger and I'm sure got the famous pastrami burger. We miss so many great restaurants in UT like the Red Iguana, the Bombay House, the Training Table, Crown Burger, and more! There were lots of places we wanted to try but never got to and lots of places we never got to see while we were there. Alas, such is the life of a student.
Since Mr. Rochester has been gone, there's been no end to Trotwood saying "I miss Daddy." and "Daddy does it this way." and "Daddy is better at this than you are." and "When is Daddy coming home?" It's actually kind of funny. I've also learned that I'm a horrible working, single (pregnant) mom. Seriously. I admire single parents and all that they do. My sister and sister-in-law have both had to do single parenting from months to years at a time because their spouses were away on active military duty assignments and there is no end to my admiration for them and what they did. (My sister was even pregnant with her second child and had the baby while her husband was on a foreign military tour - pregnant and working full-time while caring for her first child). Amazing. I'm going to try and learn from their examples and be grateful we will be reunited with Mr. Rochester after only a week. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


This year, I wanted to plant a vegetable garden, but we were just too busy wrapping things up with school during the normal planting season that we couldn't make it happen. So, instead, we have four potted plants - two tomato plants, one bell pepper plant, and one strawberry plant and we're going to see how that goes. Back in April, we planted everything and then got a late freeze causing everything but the strawberry plant to die. (I had no idea strawberry plants were so hardy! Oh, and the freeze took me by surprise or else, I would have brought my portable potted plants inside.) So, we tried again with tomatoes and peppers and now, I can see a lone cherry tomato growing on our cherry tomato plant. A few days ago Trotwood harvested (and ate) the first strawberry from his strawberry plant. He was really excited about it, and oh yes, the strawberry plant is his plant!