Friday, February 24, 2012

My Daughter is a Model

The first time I saw my midwife, she told us about an opportunity to have a 3D/4D ultrasound free of cost. In fact, they would pay US! There’s a company here in Washington that makes imaging machines and needs models to test their equipment on. I finally got a phone call from them a few weeks ago and we went up to Redmond yesterday to see our baby.

It was an interesting experience, since the ultrasound technician was being trained and didn’t really know what she was doing. A second technician was there to help her and make sure they got some good shots. They definitely weren’t as interested in us, or the baby as a normal technician would be, but I felt like they did a really good job of making sure Ryan and I enjoyed the experience. They even put all the pictures and a few video clips on a disc for us. I have to admit, I always thought 3D ultrasounds were a little creepy, but this was probably a once in a lifetime experience, and heck, they PAID us! It was so fun to see our little baby in so much detail.

So tell me- who do you think she looks like?







I think she definitely has Ryan’s nose and the same full lips that Nathan does. She stayed asleep for the whole ultrasound (we should have done it in the middle of the night) and quite enjoyed burrowing her face in her placenta pillow. She also covered her face with her hands and arms a lot while she slept. Considering the last ultrasound, I think we may have a shy one on our hands.

By the way, I made them check, and she’s definitely, definitely a girl!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Since Ryan had Monday off, we decided we wanted to do something fun together as a family. It took a while to come up with something inexpensive, not too crowded,  indoors, and local, but we finally found the perfect thing! Doughnuts! We went to Legendary Doughnuts and it was well worth it.

The doughnuts were HUGE, the prices were great, and the atmosphere was really fun.


Ryan’s Bavarian Cream and my Blueberry Fritter. They were monstrous!


Nathan chose the “Leonardo Da Vinci” and see what I mean?! That thing is almost as big as his head. It took all day, but he managed to eat the whole thing.


Just look at the determination on his face!


I think we were all in a bit of a sugar coma the rest of the day, but this was a treat I’d love to enjoy again!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Two Trimesters Down

This week marks the start of my third trimester so I thought I’d give a little pregnancy update.

28 weeks close(28 weeks)


When I was pregnant with Nathan, I planned and prepared in a way that I am realizing I won’t be doing with this one. I just don’t have the time or energy. I have pulled out my Bradley book and Ryan and I are going to start working on the birthing techniques, but I’m trying not to stress myself out about it. For one thing, I’m going to have this baby at a birth center, not a hospital, and that makes me feel better.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to have a baby here?!

It’s warm and inviting and there is literally a lake in the backyard. Also, the whole place smells like lavender. My midwife, Nancy, makes me feel calm and reassured and I know she loves what she does. Even though she isn’t a member of the church, I feel the spirit with her more than I did with my LDS OBGYN in Utah when Nathan was born.

I’m a little nervous about the fact that I haven’t hit the “uncomfortable” part of pregnancy yet because I’m already having a lot of pain in my hips and not getting much sleep. Now that the weather is getting warmer, Nathan and I have been taking walks, which helps a ton.

This baby kicks and wiggles a lot, but not as much as Nathan did. She’s also way higher than Nathan was so I’m interested to see if I can tell when she “drops”. Nathan was so low I really couldn’t tell.

I’m getting really excited to have a girl! I’ve been washing all her clothes and getting ready for her arrival. As for names, we have a few ideas, but we probably won’t tell you what they are. I honestly haven’t thought about it much. I remember making list after list to come up with Nathan’s name. I was constantly thinking about it. But, again, I just don’t have time to prepare that way. We want to meet her first anyway.

I think Nathan is going to be a great big brother. Don’t get me wrong, I expect this girl to get beat up on a bit, but I also know Nathan is sweet and tender and excited to meet her. We have all been given names from the Cars movies and he officially named the baby “Snot Rod”. He loves to tickle her and “roar” at her and talk to her.

She can’t get here soon enough, but I know I have a TON to do before I’m ready for a new baby again!

*I was going to blog about the ice storm we had here, and I still might, but I’m just not interested right now.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Dance Machine

I have so many more important things I could be blogging about, but I just don’t have the energy. Instead, here’s a new video of Nathan dancing.

It’s a little long, but well worth it.

Also, ignore my messy bedroom. I was in the middle of some major deep cleaning.

(Who am I kidding? It always looks this way!)

Untitled from Ryan Bartron on Vimeo.