Sunday, August 25, 2013

Child Birth...

I've been feeling so anxious about this baby’s arrival.  When I used to hear about people getting pregnant, I always wondered if the entire nine months, they felt sheer panic about the birthing experience.    I have my moments, but somehow the birthing process now seems logical?

I've read a bit about what to expect in the last few months and then giving birth.  I consider myself having a fairly high pain tolerance, and I’m all about any sort of drug that will appease any pain I don’t want.  Therefore, I don’t think this whole thing is going to be that bad.  That being said, there are a few things I should think through a bit more.  First off, my husband has a very strong opinion about not taking a tour of the hospital before the baby comes.  Chris doesn't get very many strong opinions. Therefore, when the guy gets one, it’s probably best I live by it.  Mostly because I have about 62 strong opinions every day that he puts up with them like a champ.  Plus I really feel indifferent about it, but it's something my doctor told us to do. Did many of take a tour prior to giving birth?  Does it really matter?

The second thing I've been thinking about is birthing classes.  I've heard a few people tell me they've done them.  I've also had the majority of the people tell me that they are a waste of time.  Once again, I don’t have a strong opinion so I've opted out of any type of formal education regarding birthing.  I think if I were “going natural” or trying a specific method of birthing a course would be just fine.  However, since I plan on just taking the meds, and pushing it out I’ll just figure it out along the way.  Does anyone want to persuade me otherwise?

On that note, how about the whole knowing when to go to the hospital thing?  That is my third and final biggest worry.  I do not want to be one of those “false alarm” type girls.  I also don’t want to have to sit at the hospital for 300 hours prior to birth.  Whenever I read about girls “birthing stories” they say they started to feel Braxton Hick’s contractions, meaning the fake kind.  As if I’m supposed to know the difference between a fake contraction and a real contraction.   I really hope my water breaks and then I just know I’m supposed to go.  Did you know 90% of women’s water doesn't break at all, and the doctor’s do it?  Good grief! 

I know these all sound so simple.  Most new moms tell me not to worry about any of this type of stuff, instead focus on the nightmare of breastfeeding or bringing the baby home.  Maybe in a couple months all that will become a logical reality.

Until then, I feel great, except when I mow the lawn and pull weeds for a couple hours.  I love yard work and my little garden has been so much fun this summer.  Now that I’m getting bigger I think it’s time to turn over some of the yard work over to Chris.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cedar Canyon Camping...

Last weekend my cousin got married in St. George.  We stayed Friday night in a hotel, but took our tent to find a camping spot Saturday night.  We drove clear out to Zions National Park, only to find the place packed and expensive.  As it got later in the day, we took a chance and drove back to Cedar City to find somewhere up Cedar Canyon to pitch our tent.
 We got there around 6:30 with out turkey subs and ate.  Both of us forgot matches, so no fire.  I was beat from the wedding, so while Chris explored I just laid around playing a little Candy Crush!
 It was freezing!  Only about 40-45 degree's.  I never dared move in my sleeping bag for fear I'd spring a wind leak and never recover in the cold.  These pregnant hips were sure glad when the sun started coming up.  We packed up and left, but not before we took these pics...
 Ever since I've been day dreaming of fall.  I think it's because I'm pregnant.  The third trimester needs to go by quick!  I can't wait for the weather to change. 
 On the way out we stopped for a few good views.  Cedar City will always hold a special place in my heart!
Chris and I had spent some time at Cedar Breaks before.  You can read about it here.  So we didn't stay too long.  Also I forgot to note that near our camp spot we met a guy who I refer to as, "Chester the Molester."  He came and told us we had to pay $10 to put our tent up.  Chris gave him the money, even though we are pretty sure he just went and bought beer.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Fish Lake...

Fish Lake is one of the prettiest places I've been.  When I used to travel for work, I constantly had an overwhelming feeling when I'd see new places.  Because of it, for along time, I used to notice scenery a lot more.  I appreciated the Utah Mountains and loved going any place new.  Fish Lake renewed that feeling.  It made me feel excited about all the places on earth there are to see.

River Swimming...

While we were in Fish Lake the kids wanted to find a spot to swim.  We found this freezing cold river and all the kids swam, including my husband in all his clothing.  Bummer part is, he totally lost his wedding ring. 
I didn't swim since I am down to my last pair of pants that fit, and they had to last me the rest of the trip.  Chris still says this was his favorite part of the entire camp out.  Next year I'll bring more pants!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Fish Lake...

My father parental put together an awesome family vacation to Fish Lake.  Chris and I have been anticipating it all summer.  Not one of my sibs missed out.  Fish Lake is located in the middle of the state.  At 8,848 feet, it got a bit chilly, and boy did we enjoy that.  Hoodie weather is the best kind of weather.  My brother rented a party barge and we fished to our hearts content.  When the barge rental ran out, we fished some more....