Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Dropping is one thing this baby is NOT doing.  And actually, I'm not sure that either of my other girls really "dropped" significantly, but I was looking in the mirror yesterday and was thinking, "I'm not sure if this baby could sit any higher!" I had Jonathan take my weekly picture and sure enough, the baby is getting higher! ;)  Check it out :

                                                             35 weeks
                                                          36 weeks- what the heck?! it's like a basketball!
At my ultrasound last week they said my fluids and everything look fine, and the baby is somewhere between 6 and 6.8lbs. She's head down and facing the right way, thank goodness, because I never want to be in as much pain as I had to watch Kirsta be in with her "sunny-side-up" labor. Tomorrow is my 37 week OB appt and I'm sure nothing has changed.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January 2013

The beginning of this year has already been filled with some ups and downs.

Up: Elsha was here to kick off the new year with us, so we got crazy with some sparkling cider and Tetris Attack.  She stayed until the 6th, which was awesome because 1) We had an awesome time, and 2) By the time she left we were already a week into January!

Here are all the cousins minus Espen, who wasn't here, and Ethan, who was sleeping

Down: Addilyn and I came down with the stomach flu.  I think we all know how I feel about throwing up, so lets just go ahead and say those were the worst 2 days of January for me.  Addilyn's manifested differently and was a high fever and crazy fatigue followed by a rash, which actually her doctor told us today was probably Reovirus (a gastrointestinal virus followed by a rash.) Needless to say, there was lots of whining and crying in this house.

Up: Addilyn had her 15 month check-up.  She's still sitting pretty in the 2nd percentile. She weighs 17lbs, 6oz, and she is 28 inches tall.  She can sign "all done" "bath time" (both of which she tries to say while signing) "please" and "more".  My favorite thing about her is that she toddles around the house and then will come into the room you're in and say "Hiiii" in the sweetest little voice.  My least favorite thing is that she has this obnoxious, open-mouth, fake cry that's pretty annoying and dramatic.

Down: Our Broncos lost the playoff game. *Tear*  We were SO excited for the game and thought we had it in the bag.  What an exciting game the entire time, and then what a TERRIBLE ending.
 34 weeks

Up: Today Jonathan turns 34!! Happy birthday to my best friend in the world! Every day with him I am grateful that our stars aligned.  For his birthday he requested to wake up on his own, not to an alarm or kids, so we arranged for the girls to have a sleepover with their Grandma and Grandpa Norwood.  We went out to dinner at 3 Margaritas, did a little bit of shopping, then went to Kirsta and Joe's and played games and hung out. We got home late but that didn't stop him from opening the new Netflix-streaming BluRay player I bought him and setting it up to watch a movie. This morning we woke up on our own (wish granted) and had a delicious breakfast at Ihop. And then:

Up:  I had my 36 week OB appointment. I never wrote about my gestational diabetes but that's because I'm pretty convinced it's not actually there. Doctor says it IS there and that I'd never need insulin but that I do need to watch my diet.  I *guess* I watch my diet a little, and by that I mean I don't stuff my face with as much sugar as sounds good, but otherwise I eat like normal and my readings are never high. I'm actually down to 2 readings a day instead of 4 because they were so good all the time.  Doctor said she'd be ok with the baby coming any day now, and even did a cervix check early and said I'm at 1 1/2 cm!  Of course I know that that could very well mean NOTHING for the next 4 weeks, but it does make me freak out a little that things are already progressing... everything except my readiness for labor! I'm FREAKING out, to say the least.  I cried before my first labor because I didn't know what to expect, and I cry now because I DO know what to expect. I'm terrified.  Anyway~ tomorrow morning I have another ultrasound (YAY) so maybe you'll get lucky and I'll write another post about that.

Otherwise, one more week of January and it's on to February 2013, the month of my 3rd child. Hopefully it's a month of all ups!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2012 Wrap up

I stole this survey from Elsha, and thought it would be the perfect way to ignore all the posts I didn't do at the end of the year, and start fresh with January.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

Jonathan and I were sealed to each other and our kids in the Denver Temple.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I never make resolutions, so YES, I did! This year I think I'll resolve to have a baby and get less sleep, so it's a safe bet I'll keep both of those.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Both my sisters, one of my good friends from high school, and a couple friends at church. Babies everywhere!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Fortunately, no.

5. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Jonathan's.  Just when I think he couldn't be a better person/ husband, he gets better!

6. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Many, many people in the news. Locally and nationally. And Pueblo drivers.

7. Who did you miss?

Both my grandma's. All my family members who don't live here.  Lots of old friends who I wish I keep better contact with.

8. Who was the best new person you met?

My sister's new babies, Daniel and Ethan.

9. Where did you travel?

I think Grand Junction was the only place we went. I can't wait for a couple years down the road when we can take fun, sandy, ocean-filled vacations.

10. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

A bigger house. Another baby :) More patience. More sleep. More motivation.

11. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

March 11th, my nephew Daniel’s birth. Meeting a perfect baby boy within minutes of being born, only to soon find out that he had Down Syndrome, and what an impact that would have on Elsha, Brian, and our whole family. And having all the Gustavson kids there to find out together. What a blessing.

12. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Going through the Temple with Jonathan. Honestly, not something I thought would ever happen.

13. What was your biggest failure?

Patience with my kids. Keeping the house organized.

14. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Found out right before the end of the year that I have gestational diabetes. Overall, it was a pretty dang healthy year for me .  Hopefully 2013 is the same!

15. What was the best thing you bought?

My Acura MDX! Finally, a Mom car that I love!

16. Where did most of your money go?

The Acura. But don't you worry, I have OCD about money, so we have about the same as we did last year.

17. What did you get really excited about?

Kirsta and her family moving to Pueblo! Seriously NEVER thought that would happen. Funny how things work out and how awesome they are!

18. Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer?

Happier. I seriously consider myself very lucky in life. Fatter- I'm pregnant. Hopefully by this summer I'll be back to normal and loving it. The same financially.

19. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Saved more money. But that's just because I have OCD.

20. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Beating my kids. Jk, they deserved it. HAHA, JUST KIDDING.

21. What did you want and get?

Another pregnancy.

22. What did you want and not get?

A couple more months until I got pregnant. I really wanted a summer baby, and I'm a little nervous about a 16 month gap.

23. How did you spend Christmas?

For the first time ever, I didn't get to spend Christmas with my family.  We stayed in Pueblo this year with Jonathan's family. I was sad not to be in my childhood home on Christmas morning, but not having to travel (by myself, since Jonathan always works) was amazing. It was zero stress, and I think it's helped me to not  have the January blues, since I didn't have this great and wonderful time away that had to come to an end.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Dancing with the Stars. I also like Parenthood, Biggest Loser, The Bachelor, and Project Runway.

25. What were your favorite books of the year?

I don't think I did too much reading this year, but in December I read, "The List" in one day. Loved it.

26. What was your favorite music from this year?

Sadly, it doesn't seem to matter what my favorite music is anymore because all we listen to is kids music. Seriously, we can't even back out of the garage with the radio on without Amelia saying, "I wanna listen to MY music." Fisher Price Kids Classics it is.

27. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Jason Mraz, "I won't give up." From the first time I heard it I loved it and I made it Jonathan's ring tone on my phone. Later I asked if we could change "our song" to be this one, lol.  We agreed that our wedding song would never change, but that we could love this song for us just as much.

28. What were your favorite films of the year?

I bet I could count the amount of films I watched this year on one finger. I am SO not a movie person.  I liked The Hunger Games. Not as much as the book obviously, but it's the only new movie I can remember watching this year, haha.

29. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I was pretty obsessed with Emily Maynard from the Bachelorette for a little while.

30. What political issue stirred you the most?

Obama again? Yuck.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 27, and I have no idea what we did.  I'm pretty sure I had just found out I was pregnant again, so maybe I slept?

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A long, hot, kid-free vacation.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?

Well, the first half of the year I spent being annoyed at my leftover baby weight, the second half of the year I spent pregnant, gaining it all back. So a lot of hoodies and pj pants. Hopefully 2013 will be a year of losing it ALL, so I can get out of these fat-pants and back into something cute!

34. What kept you sane?

My husband.  Even when we were are so annoyed with the kids and we yell a lot, we never get so annoyed and yell at each other.  He really keeps me grounded.  And Pepsi.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

I'm so happy my parents never gave up on me, and that the lessons they taught me FINALLY came full circle.
Parenting is HARD. 
And I really hope my kids grow up to be as close to their siblings as I am to mine.