Monday, May 27, 2013

Week 22 - Hiccups and Kicks!

So we are back to our normal lives again. Matt has been very busy with fishing this week and I am playing catch up at work. I have also, however realized that I don't have much time to get things done before summer really takes over. My job is pretty demanding during the summer, so demanding I pretty much work nearly every day. And with the warmer than normal spring we have had summer is starting sooner than normal as well. So, to feel a little more in control I have started mini cleaning, or one could even say "nesting", projects around the house. I have successfully cleaned, organized and purged our linen closet, both bathrooms, my side of the closet, the laundry closet, the kitchen pantry and fridge/freezer. We still have the man cave, Matt's side of the closet, the kitchen cabinets, bedroom dresser and our desk to do. We also have a trip to the dump we must do as well soon. We have huge boxes on our porch, a mattress and spring board and a mess of other dump worthly items that must go. So it's spring/getting ready for the baby cleaning at the Heron household right now.

Once that is all done I can focus any spare time I get to the baby's room. I am thrilled that the baby crib, dresser and changing table is all assembled and good to go and only needs to be placed. The rocker is also ordered and on it's way, so really all I will have to do is the fun part. Decorating! I have been scouring and Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. I also have been filling up my three registries on all baby necessities. I will say, registering for a baby is a lot harder then a wedding registry. Especially when you are someone like me who knows squat about babies. I think I am getting everything dialed in though. Once I feel confident in my registries I will have two of my friends with kids look them over and let me know their thoughts. They each have two babies (one with her second on the way) under their belt so I consider them my personal baby gurus. For all you antsy pants out there, I will post links to the registries I have once they are finished on here. I hope to have them all done by mid June.

(Sorry I am always in my pajama bottoms, but they are just so comfortable!)

This week, baby Heron is the size of a Papaya. He is between 10.5-11.8 inches long and weights between 12.7 and 20.8 ounces. His eyes and lips are more developed and is looking more like a newborn. He is also sleeping in cycles - Between 12-14 hours a day. However, one night in particular, little man wasn't in any mood to sleep. In fact, he came down with a case of the hiccups which in turn seemed to make him fussy and start kicking between hiccups. I awoke to a super strange feeling in my belly at around 2 am and it took me about 30 seconds to finally figure out what was going on. However, after those first 10 minutes of awe and excitement i found myself wide awake and not falling back to sleep for another two hours. About 1 hour and 45 minutes after the amazing hiccup/kicking show. I was not a happy Mama the next day as i dragged myself through work. Sadly, Matt didn't get to feel the show as he was out cold. Im not worried though, I have a feeling this won't be the last time.


Just what we needed! We went to Monterey this week for 3 days. It was so nice to get off the mountain and see the ocean again. I can't remember the last time i saw it, all I know is that it's been too long since i dipped my feet in that salty water. We stayed at the lovely Marriott that was across the street from the Warf where we filled our bellies with all kinds of delicious seafood specialties. We walked the pier and window shopped along the way. The funny thing about the restaurants in Monterey is that they advertised their places by handing out generous tastings of their clam chowder like it was candy! I couldn't believe it! I was in heaven, though I will say by the end of the three days,  I was done with clam chowder.  It was great while it lasted. :)

We spent about 4-5 hours at the Monterey Aquarium which was awesome! The otters were my favorite, they are so dang cute. The jelly fish exhibit was breathtaking and the deep sea exhibit was amazing with a side of eeriness. Everything was so interesting, eye opening and well done I can not wait to take this little guy back one day for him to see. Here are some photos of the Aquarium.

We also wandered Cannery Row a little bit. It is a super cute town with a lot of touristy spots for sure, but it was so pretty and the weather was perfect. Wish we spent a little more time walking around, but I was about to crumble if i didn't sit down for a while after walking the whole Aquarium for 5 hours.

(One of the best restaurants with the best views on Cannery Row)

The next day we drove along scenic Hwy 1 to Big Sur. It was a gorgeous drive, but we thought we would eventually come to a little town. We did not find one. We found a lot of little pull off's along the way with 2 pump gas stations and local wares for sale, but that was it. We eventually found a cute little restaurant that was next to a small hotel/Inn with a pool. It was so comfortable, quiet and serene I simply didn't want to leave. I imagined lounging in a hammock with a book and cup of coffee the rest of the day.

(The little Inn we lunched at. Wanted to jump in that pool!)

(Sleepy husband with a full belly)

Our last day we slept in late and drove straight to the City to our next hotel for the night. I love San Francisco, but I loath driving through it. We both are so not use to "traffic" anymore that we get super antsy in anything longer than 5 minutes of waiting. The one way streets didn't help calm us either when we wanted to turn left and couldn't until we drove 10 more blocks. So we were very happy to only have to walk about 8 blocks to the stadium. I loved it actually. People watching and getting a chance to really see my surroundings is my favorite. We met some of our friends at this super busy restaurant where 8 out of 10 drinks were some kind of vodka cocktail concoction and the short ribs were the best i have ever had. We were elbow to elbow and i loved every minute of it.

(View from our seats)

The game was awesome. Neither Matt or I had ever been in AT&T stadium for a Giants game, and the fact they were playing the Braves made it even better. We had great seats on the far left side of the field. It got really cold when the wind blew, but otherwise was a really enjoyable game. Needless to say...
Soft Pretzel....$8
Braves beating the Giants 6 to 3 and my husband giddy like a little kid.....Priceless!

This trip was exactly what we needed. The two of us to get away and just be us. No work, no worries, no schedule. It was perfect. So perfect I didn't want to leave. Matt worried that when we had to finally leave to head home that I would act like this woman in the commercial. Honestly, I almost did...

Now for our darling baby boy weekly update. 

The little man is the size of a pomegranate, measuring 10.5 inches long and weighing 12.7 ounces.  
This week his digestive system is preparing itself for the outside world. Waiting patiently for this baby to start making big moves. I have felt the butter flies everyone talks about, but I really want Matt to feel him too. Bring on the kicks and punches little man! :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Week 20 - Half Way There!

I cannot believe I am half way through my pregnancy! How crazy is that?! Time is really flying by and summer isn't even here yet. This week was a short work week which was really nice. My parents came up for the weekend to hangout, see the growing bump and helped put together the baby furniture that was, until this weekend, sitting in boxes in the newly dubbed "Baby's room". They were a lot of help and it was so great to see them.

One would think that only a hour flight away I would see them more, but sadly that is not the case. Me and my family are awful with taking photos and it has sadly crossed over into Matt and mine relationship as well. So we only got one photo together, and turns out it was on my Mom's camera so I don't have a shread of proof they were here. But the photo below was taken after a really great dinner out we shared with some of our close friends, the Porter's, at Cottonwood on Cinco De Mayo. I never wanted a margarita so bad in my life!

This week Baby Heron is about the size of a Banana, weighing about 10.2 ounces and about 6.5 inches long. This week he is working on building up his taste buds. 

See you next week! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Week 19 - Drum Roll Please....


Yes! We are having a little future fly fisherman! Matt is simply over the moon to be having a son! I was honestly not shocked as I was convinced we were having a boy. We both felt like it was what we were having so we weren't too surprised. I also must confessed that i googled what the ultrasounds look like for a boy and girl and how to tell. When she was zooming in on the ultrasound it looked like a boy to me and before I could say anything the technician said "there are the little boy bits". Ha!  Since i am a nut for Chuck Taylors, here are the baby sized navy blue chucks we bought to celebrate our little guy!

Baby Boy Heron was giving the technician a little bit of a hard time as he was a big mover and shaker that day. I still haven't felt anything, but they assured me that it being my first pregnancy it was okay, maybe in the next few weeks. Apparently Week 22 at 12 ounces is the magic number for first time mothers.  Everything about the little man was perfect and healthy which made me very much relieved. I  have been getting major anxiety just before the ultrasounds because I want so badly for everything to be just fine, so I find I am a little ball of nerves until I hear that heart beat and see him on that flat screen TV. Here are some ultrasound photos of our little man. They aren't the best since he was moving all over. Perhaps a sign of what's to come??? :)

Here is his profile picture.

Here is his little foot. 

This is our little man showing off the goods.  

This is a 3-D image of him. I think he looks like cheese lumps more than a baby.

Our little boy is about the size of a Mango, weighs 8.5 ounces and is about 6 inches long. He is developing the vernix caseosa which is the protective coating that goes over the skin. Also nerve cells are developing in his brain for taste, hearing, sight and smell. Pretty amazing!

Until next week, Can you believe I am almost half way through this pregnancy??? Didn't it just start yesterday? 

Week 18 - What's it gonna be???

Oh Boy...or Girl!?!?

We are getting so anxious to know what we are having it's becoming all consuming! I have spent the last few weeks researching and registering for baby necessities that don't completely require me to know the gender like the stroller, furniture, glider, pack n play, etc. I think I have down everything thing I can do until we finally find out what we are having. Then I can get all the fun stuff like clothes, crib sheets, blankets and decor. So now I am at a stand still and just anxious to find out! Next Tuesday can't come fast enough! :D

Mystery baby Heron is about the size of a sweet potato, weighing 6.7 ounces and is about 5.6 inches long. He or she is yawning, swallowing, hiccuping and sucking; along with twisting, rolling punching, and kicking, but i have not felt anything yet. Though, I am really interested in knowing what that will feel like. Talk about weird. Amazing, but weird. 

All I have thought about and talked about is boy stuff, so I think we will be having a little man, but I have also been shopping for my friends who have little girls for their birthdays and I have to say...I really do want a little lady too. There are just SO many cute little dresses it's so hard to choose! 

The anticipation is killing me! Until next week for the big reveal! :)

Weeks 15, 16 & 17 - catching up!

Hey there,

So I have fallen behind a little in with the blog posts so I am combining weeks 15 through 17 here to catch up. So week 15 we celebrated Easter, while week 16 was a crazy whirlwind weekend of Matt's Fly Fishing Film Tour down in Reno and week 17 Matt and I were blessed with a gift of a brand new car! A Honda Pilot that has 4-wheel drive! That is huge for me to finally have a car that was made to drive in the snow! :)  Each week has been perfect with only a little sleepiness through some of the days.

The baby here is roughly the size of an orange, weight about 2.5 oz and is 4 inches long. His or her joint can move around now and baby is apparently squirming all over in there, but too early for me to feel anything yet. 

This week the baby is the size of an Avocado, weight about 3.5 ounces and is 4.6 inches long about. Baby can now hear my voice, is growing hair lashes and eyebrows and is forming taste buds. This baby has a lot going on in just one week! 

And finally, this week, baby Heron is the size of an onion, is about 5.1 inches long and weights a whopping 5.9 ounces! That is quit a growth spurt from last week. His or her rubbery cartilage is now turning to bone, she is getting meat on those little bones and growing a stronger & thicker umbilical cord. 

More coming soon! 

Week 14 - Being sick is the worst with out drugs...

Hey everyone,

So week 14 wasn't so fun. We were gearing up and getting sooo incredibly excited to head down to Florida for 5 days with my husband Matt for a Family Reunion. It would have been my first vacation since starting my new job last July and we were going somewhere tropical and warm! I was so excited. However, I ended up getting the worst cold of my life. It literally landed me on my pretty little butt for 6 days straight. Went to the doctor twice for this cold. At first they just said that it was a viral thing and I would have to just wait it through. Well, after two days of misery and zero sleep i went back again on Monday and they said it has turned into a bacterial thing and now were able to give me baby safe antibiotics. I am finally feeling more like my normal self, but very tired still and weak. Still blowing my nose and coughing like crazy, but as long as I am able to sleep I think I can tolerate the rest.

So here is our 14 week photo which is a little late, but we made it. Baby is the size of a lemon and we are about 2 weeks till hopefully getting an idea or confirmation if we are having a little man or little lady. :) We are getting so anxious!!!!! Once we know, let the crafting begin!!!!

More soon!

And now for something completely different...

The Heron's are having a Baby!!!

Yes, that's right, we are expecting our first child September 18th, 2013 and we could't be happier! :)
Now i know that is this is more of a crafting blog, but don't worry, there will be a lot of crafting to be done and posted on here, just more baby related than before.  Let's just say I've graduated to the next level of craftiness....

Here I am at 13 weeks and there is just a little bump now. Though it is my understanding that I will start progressing quit a bit form here on out. 

We did our 12 week check up and all is looking good. Here is a pic of the little lima bean. 

We told our parents just after my 8 week appointment once I got to see the heart beat and knew everything was looking great. We each went home and saw our respective parents to tell them in person the good news. We bought little infant onsies, customized them and since it was just before Valentine's Day I wrapped everything up to look like it was just a V-day present so they wouldn't be suspicious. Here is the 12 week photo we took to tell the rest of our friends and family of the good news. That was the onsie we gave our parents. 

We also snuck video of our parents reactions. They were just perfect and exactly what we each predicted, especially of our Mother's. I will try to get them up soon! They are a riot!

My first trimester went pretty well considering. I had morning nausea instead of sickness, mild mood swings and only a few foods that got me through a few days each week. However, I have been extremely tired since learning of my pregnancy. It is starting to subside, but i remember days where I couldn't do much else but sleep until the last minute before i had to get to work and head straight to bed once i got home from work. Literally ZERO energy. But, I would take the sleepiness over being sick any day. If you know me, you know how much I HATE bowing to the porcelain throne, so I can deal. 

Now to the Craft part of this blog. I have a shadow box I started for our little nugget. I plan to add a few more items as we progress. And once I know we are having a little mister or a little miss crafting will come easier and more frequent. Here are some craft 
ideas I have for either a boy or girl...

More to come soon! :)