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22 Week Bumpdate



Side Effects

– Definitely still exhausted, and thus, falling a little behind in grading and lesson planning.
– I’m wanting to eat all the time. I’m not sure it it’s actual hunger or just wanting food in my mouth….
– Carrying things or going up stairs is requiring more effort
– Only 1 more pair of jeans fit me and my two pairs of slacks are getting pretty tight–I may have to go shopping for stretchy pants soon!
Food Cravings
– Chocolate is becoming a bit more appealing to me, which makes me happy!
Exciting Things
– My mom is starting to plan a family baby shower for me for April (a little early, but a lot of my in-laws will be in Idaho/Utah for my sister-in-law’s wedding then)
– Justin was finally able to feel Rhys kick
– My doctor said that Rhys’s heart is very strong–that makes me so happy and relieved
– My mom told my husband/dad/brother to help me carry things, even though it still doesn’t strain me.
– My students are becoming more aware of my pregnancy (they already knew, but they are commenting on it more). One asked me if I expect them to believe that a pregnant teacher stays up to midnight to make sure online homework is turned in on time (I said no, I just look at the time-stamp). Another told me that I definitely don’t look like I’m half-way done with the pregnancy.
Things That Make Me Nervous
– Still indecisive about what I want to do next year–not that I can really decide until we know where Justin gets a job.
– I have a coworker who has gotten a lot of contagious illnesses recently, and that made me nervous for Rhys’s sake. So, I got both a flu shot and a whooping cough shot. Now, my right arm is sore!
I was given that weird juice drink for my 26 week appointment to check for diabetes stuff…but, having to work in West Jordan while living in Provo and only having 1 more paid day off I’m saving for my SIL’s wedding, makes me a little nervous about planning it. I did get a referral to do it at a hospital closer to my school, if I can find one that take my insurance. Thankfully, I still have a few weeks to work all the details out.
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

20 Week Bumpdate and Gender Reveal

I’m super excited to introduce you to our son, Rhys.
Rhys is one of my favorite Welsh names. It means both “enthusiastic” and “brave warrior,” which are perfect meanings to give to a boy’s name. It is pronounced Reese, but definitely not Americanized or Anglicized. 
We aren’t sure on a middle name yet. But, at least we know the gender and we know the name.
Both Justin and I have been counting down the hours all weekend to this ultrasound. Justin wanted a boy so badly that he started to believe that we would have a girl. I honestly wanted a girl more, but was hesitant because we couldn’t really solidly agree on any names for girls.
The ultrasound was so fun! The first thing the radiologist did was tell us of it was a boy or girl. She pointed out Rhys’s manhood, and said, “He is showing it off, so there isn’t any doubt.”
However, Rhys was being finicky with the radiologist–his back was turned to us, so she had a hard time getting pictures of his front side, which she needed to do. We both tried to get him to move, which he did quite a lot, but never in the way she needed him to be. Justin and I both agreed that the fidgety-ness and stubborness of Rhys definitely makes him my child, and makes me believe that he will most likely be a red-head like his mommy (because you know what they say about red-heads and their temperament).
I was also relieved to hear all the measurements were normal and everything was developing right on schedule. I was a little worried about Rhys’s size since I’m still not showing very much, but he is a healthy, average boy so far!
This is my first picture taken with my new tripod–thanks Justin! (Now, just to convince him to get me a DSLR to replace my 5-year-old digital Canon)
Side Effects
– My appetite definitely is growing…I’m wanting to eat more often…not necessarily more at once, but definitely more often.
– I’ve been getting more headaches recently, which has also affected my eyesight. Now, it’s been two years since I’ve updated my eye prescription, so needing new lenses could also be working against me, rather than it solely being second trimester headaches. Thankfully, I made an eye appointment to get that checked out.
– I’ve had another wave of fatigue. I want to sleep and stay asleep. I typically only get 20 minute catnaps in (when I have time) and still get up before 6AM, but I wish I could spend more time in bed.
– Definitely had two big pregnancy brains! #1 Put deodorant, instead of astringent, on a cottonball to put on my face. Thankfully, I noticed before it actually landed on my face. #2 I put leftovers from dinner (after serving Justin and myself) into a tupperware and put the tupperware away…in the tupperware cupboard. I didn’t notice until after dinner…
Food Cravings
– Mozzerrella Sticks (guess where I got them…Sonic!)
– Gummy foods (gummy worms, peach rings, starbursts, gushers)
– Fruity foods, especially fruity candy
– During my 17 Week Bumpdate, I mentioned I was craving Pepsi, so Justin bought me some Caffeine-Free Pepsi for my birthday last week.
Exciting Things
– Rhys loves to move, especially during the evening. He is kicking a lot. He’ll typically do it for about 10 minutes straight, then be done. However, every single time Justin has tried to feel him move, Rhys stops. It’s like he’s teasing his daddy or something.
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Place Your Bets!

Today, we find out whether we are having a son or a daughter, so place your bets!
What do you think we are going to have–boy or girl?


Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Well, I Guess I’m A Mom

For quite some time, I’ve been having teaching dreams–planning out lessons, giving my lessons, dealing with misbehavior, etc. Although they are annoying dreams, I’ve taken them to mean that I truly care about my profession and my students. I worry about them night and day. And that’s what makes me a teacher.
Well, I’ve started to have some unsettling mommy and baby dreams, and I haven’t even given birth yet.
My first dream was about a month ago. The baby came now–I am only 18 1/2 weeks…that’s not much. The baby was fully formed, although very small and weak. But there was some dream-logic health condition that required the baby being birthed then. So, I did. And then the doctors realized the baby was fine and suggested putting it back in. But I was nervous–would that help? would the baby survive? 
My second dream was a couple of weeks ago. The baby was born at the right time and in the right health. But, I had to go back to school–not teaching, but actual schooling for a grad program. Yet, it was at a boarding high school and I had to live there without my husband or baby…I don’t understand. Justin also had to continue with college, so he couldn’t take care of the baby. So, one of our good friends in our church volunteered to nanny our baby. I was so sad I couldn’t raise my baby.
Then, last night I had a scary dream. I was still pregnant–about as pregnant as I am now. My siblings, mother, and I were on a refugee plane, fleeing from a war area. But, it got shot down and the enemy started grouping us together. My sister and mother were put with the adults, and my brother and I (for some reason) were put with the minors–I guess I just looked like a pregnant teen in my dream. Well, they grouped all the babies together and they were crying. My brother (17) went to help calm down the younger children and I headed to the babies who were being piled up. One of the soldiers pushed me aside, noticed I was pregnant and said I was lucky I was already pregnant (scary innuendo). He took a baby and started bending it backward. I cried and begged him to let the baby go. Then, out of spite to me, or annoyance of the crying babies, he snapped the babies back. It went silent and he threw it aside and started coming to the rest of the pile. I was on my hands and knees crying. 
I woke up in the middle of the night crying. My husband heard and wrapped me in his arms. But, this morning, even now, that image of slaughtering babies and that gruesome snapping sound is still in my mind.
The only reason I can think of these dreams is because I am worrying about my unborn child.
As much as I would love, I doubt these dreams will ever, ever, ever go away. Once my child is born and has a face, it’ll be nightmares about them. I’ll worry about my child the rest of my life.
I don’t like it one bit, but, I guess it means I truly am a mom.
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Baby Bumpdate: Week 17

It’s beginning to look like a beautiful second trimester!

I will be honest. The first trimester was hard, but not in the way I was expecting. I wasn’t throwing up, I didn’t have unnatural cravings, and for all the times I got up in the middle of the night to pee, I still got plenty of sleep. But, there were trials. For one, I teach 45 minutes away. I was exhausted all day every day from the end of October to about Christmas break. Coming home at dinner time to a messy home (because I don’t have a lot of time to clean it) and lesson planning and family time, was extraordinarily hard. I had quite a few breakdowns. I felt sad, stressed, unmotivated, pathetic. I really, truly did. I was ecstatically excited that I was going to be a mom–one of my biggest dreams. But, I was mentally at my worst. I didn’t realize pregnancy could affect your self-mentality that much. I knew I’d be emotional, but I figured it’d be like a period. I knew there was such thing as postpartum depression, but I honestly feel like I had “pre-partum” depression. I was worn. And, I started to get nervous about being a full-time commuting teacher further on in the pregnancy.

However, I am getting better. Not only physically, but mentally as well (although physically much quicker). The nausea is all gone, and I’ve been able to sleep through the night for the past week or so. I also don’t have any more stomach pains. Even though I say that I had such a hard time, and am still struggling mentally a bit, I am happy and I have to remember that I am pretty darn lucky with this pregnancy. And I cannot wait to see if I am having a son or a daughter in a few weeks!



Side Effects

– I now have a permanent bump! It’s interesting…I’ve never had a bump of any kind before. Well, ya, sure a food baby for like an hour. But never a belly.
– I constantly feel full, but hungry at the same time. I still can’t eat a lot at once, but I do eat more often.
– Like mother, like daughter. My right arm tightens and constricts a lot–like the feeling you have after it’s been asleep for a while. But, it doesn’t fall asleep…
– Still a little bit of fatigue, but nowhere near as bad as 1st trimester.
– Beginnings of pregnancy brain. Just forgetting a few tiny things. Does more laziness/lack of motivation count as pregnancy brain?
– Snot like no tomorrow! I had the flu before Christmas Break, then a cold coming back, and I’ve just been stuffy since then. But, I’ve learned that being congested is part of the 2nd trimester.
Food Cravings
Sonic Chili cheese tots.  I made some homemade chili cheese tots and ate a bunch. But…they weren’t as satisfying as I wanted. So, my sister got me some real Sonic chili cheese tots…and I ate them. Less than half an hour after eating dinner. And I was happy.
– Sushi. I know, I know. I can’t have any uncooked sushi. But, I really want some.
– Pepsi. Now, I can have it…but I’m trying to stay away from caffeine during the pregnancy. I may end up caving and trying to see if a caffeine-free Pepsi will do anything for me.

Exciting Things
My pants are feeling a little tight. Now, to some, this wouldn’t be an exciting thing. But, for someone who has always had to wear a belt or pin up her pants, it is a little exciting. It’s proof that there really is a baby in there!
I felt the baby move earlier this week! A little rumble in my tummy and no noise…and it was more pinpointed than a stomach growling. Yaaay! It made me so excited!

I am also so excited that some of my friends are pregnant as well! One of my best friends ever is having a baby boy in April. A good friend from my church is pregnant for the 2nd time (she gave birth in like April or May) and she is due a week after me. My good teaching blogger friend, Brooke at Silver Lining, is due about a week before me! Another good blogger friend, after struggling with infertility, Jess from A Heart Full of Frost, is due in July as well. And….now my teaching blogger inspiration and idol, Bonnie from Life of Bon, has announced that she is also due in July! YAAAY! I can’t wait for July! We bloggers are gonna have so much fun!

Brooke, Jess, Bonnie, here is an idea…let’s make a July 2014 Baby club!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.