Wednesday, June 30, 2010

28 weeks - 3rd trimester BABY!!

I just entered the 3rd trimester today! Yay!! I'm so excited!

How far along? 28 - that means 6 1/2 months pregnant
Total weight gain: 20 lbs! I better slow down. Aren't I only suppose to gain between 25-35 pounds. Honestly, I don't really care though.
Stretch marks? No new ones. :)
Sleep: I feel like I'm teaching first grade again with how tired I am. I use to be exhausted at the end of the work day, but now I'm exhausted at the end of the day after having done nothing!
Best moment this week: My mom being able to feel him kick. I love how wild he has gotten!
Movement: a wild man! Mason's favorite thing to do is wake him up as I am going to sleep. Then the little guy kicks for a while and Mason just laughs. Yesterday he kicked Mason in the eye. Mason was honored.
Food cravings: Still no major cravings. I'm a little disappointed that I haven't made my husband get up in the middle of the night because I was craving KFC and needed it so badly I was going to die if I didn't get it. Maybe that's just a pregnancy myth.
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: I get the Braxton Hicks contractions A LOT. But they are usually only at the end of the day.
Belly Button in or out? Half/half
What I miss: My face not being fat in pictures. Oh well. I guess I just need to not smile as big in pictures anymore.
What I am looking forward to: Wearing more than these 5 outfits I've been sporting lately.
Weekly Wisdom: I'm not sure. We are going to our first "New Born" class at the hospital tonight. We will be taking a birthing class in August, but the new born class is tonight. So I'm sure we will get lots of wisdom tonight.
Milestones: 3rd trimester! Also, he gets the hickups all the time and I just have to laugh. I wonder how air gets in his lungs to begin with... but I love the little feeling.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Yup for some reason my apple computer that I bought NEW last January (a year and a half) ago totally crashed on Monday! It was practically brand new! All I can say is it's a good thing I bought the extended warranty this past January that covered it for 2 more years. If this new hard drive crashes in less than 3 years, I won't buy another apple computer. I can't believe how fast it crashed!!

To everyone out there who owns an apple... buy that extended warranty! We didn't have to pay a dime. The only thing that really stinks is that I was making online scrapbooks through Blurb and I didn't back up ANY of those files. It's a sad day. I have to start over from scratch. I don't think I will... I can't seem to find the motivation.

Luckily I had all of my pictures saved on an external hard drive. The only pictures I lost are the ones that I took of us on our 3 year anniversary. Luckily (again) we didn't do anything that night except go out to dinner because Mason had homework. So it was nothing too heartbreaking.

Just frustrating!

Monday, June 14, 2010

100 Days...

During school we'd always have a party on the 100th day of school. Well today is 100's day for me too! 100 days until my baby is born! *Please notice both counters* :)

I can't wait. I wonder what is in store.

In 100 days I get to...
  • I hold my new baby in my arms
  • I get to see Mason holding our new baby
  • I get to use all this fun baby stuff that I have
  • our family becomes a family of 3
  • my lazy summer days are over
  • we have to get a sitter whenever we want to have date night
  • we are OFFICIALLY parents
  • my dream of being a mommy comes true
  • I get to stare at and kiss his sweet face
I will stop there. And this is all depending on the fact that he comes right on schedule, which I know rarely happens. But still! Happy 100's day to me!!

Friday, June 11, 2010


Yesterday at around 2:00 as I was driving home from a lunch date with my mom and Grandma I got rear-ended. It was a bit crazy! I was only two blocks from home turning off of a busy street into the subdivision. Well, the guy behind me apparently didn't notice that I was turning and slammed into me going about 40 mph. I was already in the process of turning right (there was no turn lane) so he only clipped my left drivers side.

Luckily neither of us were hurt, but it scared me so much. At first I wasn't sure what to think being I'd never been in an accident before. The first thought that went through my head was, "You better not keep driving, buddy." Because I had turned right and he had pulled to the side of the road straight ahead. I don't know what I would have done had it been a hit and run. Luckily he backed on to the street where I was parked. After I saw him pull onto the street my next thought was panic. My seat belt was really tight across my stomach and I became TERRIFIED that something had happened to my baby.

I burst into tears and start shaking but luckily the people who's house I had stopped in front of came out and started talking to me asking if I was okay. They had heard the screeching tires and the crash. It's a good thing they calmed me down. I went over to the man who was probably 65 or so who was driving an old pickup truck. I asked him if he was okay which he was too, thankfully.

The people who's house I was in front of called the police and they told them that I was pregnant. Well... did you know that if a pregnant lady gets in a car accident it is taken very seriously? Yeah, I felt pretty special as two fire engines and an ambulance, along with three police cars show up in a matter of minutes. There were about 14 medics/officers standing around my car trying to get me to go in the ambulance saying that it's better to be safe than sorry. I didn't want to go because being we moved down here my insurance doesn't cover everything and I was worried about the small fortune that would be quickly built.

Plus right after the accident happened I said a small prayer that everything would be okay and that Heavenly Father would watch over my sweet little baby and protect him. While the medics were checking my blood pressure I felt him kick. So I knew that he was alive. That was one of the first questions they asked me, "When was the last time you felt him kick?" He was kicking at the moment they asked me that so I felt okay in not going in the ambulance.

I assured them that I would have my mom drive me over to the emergency room. About that time my mom showed up. Keep in mind this is all happening at around 2:15 in the middle of the Arizona 104 degree day. It was HOT! The people whose house I was in front of brought me a gatorade and then invited me in while the report was filled out.

I was a little worried because my license expired in January and I thought for sure I was going to get a ticket. But I think the officer felt bad enough for me that he didn't say anything or write me up. I swear I was going to do it tomorrow... but I'm sure that's what everyone says when they get caught with something like that. Sure, sure... but I really was!! I was just waiting until I moved down here.

SOO... (if you are still reading, I'm impressed) We got the report (all his fault) and then headed over to the hospital. But before we left the sweet, little driver of the truck came over to me in tears saying that he was so sorry and that he had no idea I was pregnant. He said he was a Grandpa himself and that he was so worried. He told me he would call me the next day to make sure everything was okay. That was very nice of him.

Once I got there they immediately put me in the maternity ward and hooked me up to a machine where they monitored the baby's heart rate and to see if I was having contractions or leaking fluid. They did a couple of blood tests and an ultrasound to see if the placenta had separated. Halfway through this time Mason got off school and found out what happened and headed over. He got there just in time to see the ultrasound. They did a 3D ultrasound which was so cool!! I had never had/seen one before so it was amazing to see the little guy. We even got a picture of his face. Oh I just love him to pieces.

After the 4 hours was up and everything was fine I got to go home. I was so blessed that it wasn't more severe. I am so thankful that our baby was kept safe and that there were no complications. We were so blessed.

Here is a picture of the back side of my car. It doesn't look too bad, but if you look closely the entire truck is shoved up and to the left. I open it. It's actually sitting on top of the back window a bit. I think it's a good thing he was driving a truck that was a bit higher off the ground. Otherwise there may have been more damage.

And here is that beautiful baby boy that I got to see close up. Isn't that the sweetest face you have ever seen? Oh I am just in love.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

3 years...

3 years ago I married this handsome devil. 3 years ago he made me the luckiest girl in the world. I am so thankful for him and I couldn't imagine my life without him. He is my other half, my better half, and so much of what I want to become. He makes me happy on the days that I am sad. He is my best friend and I am more than thankful for him. Time sure does fly. I can't believe it's been 3 years since he became totally and completely mine. Happy Anniversary hun. This is the last one with just the two of us... next year we get to get a sitter. :)

This video is a video Mason took last night. He thinks that my half-in/half-out belly button looks like a lions' mouth. It's hard to see but he has drawn a mane and eyes around it. Whenever I flex my muscles he thinks it looks like the mouth is opening and closing. I am posting it (not because I want you to see my weird belly button) but because this is one of the many reasons I am in love with this guy - his sense of humor. I love this video because of how hilarious he thinks it is. He was laughing so hard he was crying. It makes me laugh everytime I watch it. :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

The new guy...

When I was in college one of my friends and I use to enjoy pretending what it was like to be 'the new guy.' You know... the guy at the parties who would stand in he circles desperately wanting to be accepted into the crowd, but feeling so awkward it was painful to witness - eager and willing to laugh at any and every joke.

Yeah... I'm the new guy right now. Except I don't really walk into circles hoping to fit in... I just feel pretty isolated. Granted I have only been here a week, but you forget what it's like to be surrounded by friends!! But we're getting along. We drove down to my parents last night for dinner and that was nice. I know I complained before about being too far away from my mom's house... well I still have that complain. An hour and a half is still too far.

But I just had a good chuckle as I was sitting in church yesterday feeling like 'the new guy' and offering a smile to anyone who would take it. *Sigh*

Anywho... so on Saturday to get me out of the house before I reached insanity we drove out to Lake Pleasant. Surprisingly it's only about 20 minutes from where we live! That was fun! We had a little picnic and went swimming to get out of the heat.

Here's the little Mister and I contemplating life...

And here goes Mason swimming across the lake... I don't think he realized how far it really was until he got half way to the other side.

It was fun to be out in the sun. That always cheers me up!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

When one door closes another opens...

The door closing is my teaching career. Oh how I have loved it. What a blessing it was to be able to work with those sweet little 6/7 year olds for 4 years. This blog is a tribute to the past 4 years:

I have met so many wonderful people and children over the past 4 years. I have made some of my closest friendships with my fellow teachers at Ridgeline. I'm so sad that I can't find my external hard-drive that has pictures of my team on it... it's packed away somewhere in the millions of boxes. But I love each and every one of them and will miss them dearly. Dearly, dearly, dearly.

As I was packing up my room this past week I had a bunch of different emotions come over me. One of which I was laughing about as what seemed like box #45 was going out the door was my memory of first moving into that room 4 years ago. Being our school was a brand new school it was barely finished in time for school to start. It opened for teachers to begin setting up 3 days before school started. I remember all the other teachers frantic about how they were going to have enough time to set up. They had trailers and truckloads of things that they were hauling in the building. I walked into my room that had a forklift left in it with my single, 1 box in my arms, set up my room in an hour, and then burst into tears. (See the picture below - you can clearly see I am trying not to cry) My mom just laughed and comforted me as she told me that everything would work out and be alright... it was. Here I was on the last day of school, lighter, shorter hair, plus a few pounds... feeling what could be perceived as the same emotions, but far from. The tears that I shed this day were not tears of uncertainty, but tears of memories and joys that I had in that one single room.

My entire life as a girl I dreamed of being a teacher. I use to play school in my house with my brothers and stuffed animals. I got to live my dream and I plan on living it again when my youngest gets into school. There will be so many things that I miss about my little first graders:

-my little trail of ducks in a row behind me in the hall
-Halloween parades
-them accidently calling me mom
-them writing me notes telling me that they wished I was their mom
-all their hilarious notes
-their forgiving personalities
-the simple excitement over any and everything
-loose teeth (I know i complained about it, but secretly i love it)
-reading chapter books to them
-watching their progress as they learn how to read
-drying tears with bandaids
-pizza day excitement
-all holidays
-the friendships I've made with parents (each year I made 30 new friends!)
-hugs and high-5's as they walked out the door
-butterflies in the spring
-listening to their conversations/logic of things
-the list could go on and on...

But I will tell you what, Friday morning when I walked into school for the last time and did everything for the last time it was impossible to hold back tears. It all happened as I walked over to my light switch and flipped it on for the last time while over looking that room that I loved so much. Then as the kids were dancing around to a song that we all loved to sing together, I had so much love and thanks for what I had been able to do the past 4 years. Like I said, it was such a blessing to have been there in Highland. I have so many memories and friends that I will forever cherish. It was scary and hard to walk away, especially in an economy where jobs are short and teachers and not in high demand at all and I was secure.

But where one door closes another opens and I am knocking on the mommy door right now. I am just peeking inside and won't fully walk into it until September. As I am in between portals right now it's a little hard not to get down on myself. I am just so thankful for the opportunities I've had in my life and for that past door I just closed that said Mrs. Lefler's First Grade Monkeys.