Last night I created an "instagram." I had seen several people on facebook using it and decided as a Mass Communications degree holder that I ought to check it out. I somewhat feel it is my duty to stay in the know with social media and all that it entails. One day I would like to own my own promotions company (Just Right) so I do think I am correct in thinking I should stay up to date. Anyway, my overall first opinion of instagram is as follows: like Pinterest, but all of your own photos. The photos are then posted via instagram and viewed by your followers. It seems like the photo version of letting people know what you are up to. Very facebook, meets twitter, meets pinterest-esk. I have decided I like it. I think that it will allow several people to express themselves via photos.

The title of this blog is, "insta-weight," we have covered the insta part ... now for the weight part. After going to the doctor for a prenatal visit I was horrified by how much weight I had gained in ten days. So much so that I didn't even want to tell my husband how much it was. I finally did tell him last night and he laughed. Everyone tries to assure you that the average weight gain is just an average. I think this is true, but it has forced me to reconsider a few of my diet choices. As mentioned in a previous blog I drink milk out the wazoo. This crazy trend is something I know that is contributing to the extra weight gain, but it's not one I'm willing to change. I figure if milk is the one and only thing that I am craving then I am going to continue to drink it because my body must need it. Plus, as cravings go, I must admit that mine is by far the most normal and healthy that I have ever heard of! But, with the help of a friend I realized that maybe my carbohydrate intake is a little high. I know I still need plenty of carbs, but the type of carbs can be altered. So, even though it will mean getting up a little earlier to create a better breakfast that's what I'm going to do. I have gotten a little relaxed when picking out bread. I used to buy two different types, one whole wheat (bagel, toast, muffins etc.) for me and then whatever Tim wanted for himself. Lately, his has looked a lot better than mine so I have taken a liking to his variety. Gone are those days, I refuse to be the pregnant woman who lets lose and just eats whatever because, "I'm pregnant." So, when I go to the store this afternoon I will make sure to purchase my version of carbs as well as a few different options for breakfast. Hopefully I can find a combination that is just right and it will allow me to stay at a healthy weight gain for this pregnancy!

Have a great day, it's Friday!


What a wonderful day it is! I was able to get a full nights sleep as well as a nap this morning, I am rested and ready to tackle the world, or at least my cleaning this afternoon.

After a nice walk Jake and I were able to spend an hour or so outside while we ate lunch. I am starting to see how living in places like Seattle would be a bit depressing...after realizing how wonderful it was to just sit outside and do nothing.

What's on my mind today...cameras! I would like to get a professional camera but have absolutely no clue where to start. I have enlisted the help of my friends on facebook and plan to ask all of my friends who have professional cameras what their criteria is for a "good" camera. Lucky for me, I don't think we will be able to purchase one for at least a few months so I have time to look around and learn a thing or two.

This leads me to a question, what kind of shopper are you? When making a big purchase do you have to have it right away? Is a good deal just too good to pass up? Or do you know that there is always going to be a good deal and are willing to wait and make sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck?

I would like to think of myself as someone who does my research, but I must admit that the camera I got for Christmas was not well researched, I wish I had looked into it a bit more and gotten a different point and shoot.

Anyway, tomorrow is Friday, can I get a woohoo!?!

Life is Like a Song

Wednesday, half way through the week...

The last few weeks I've counted my blessings while getting five hours of sleep in a row! Now, I really appreciate those hours. As for now, it's only a few hours at a time before I'm up because of some reason or another. Most often it's to frequent the restroom due to my ever growing stomach that is leaving little to no room for my bladder. The same bladder that is supposed to get more than a gallon of water a day. However, I have yet to complain about this because I know that soon my pregnancy journey will be over. I have tremendously enjoyed feeling our baby grow and move and I know I will miss this time alone with the baby.

We don't know the gender of our little bug, and in these last few weeks we have become increasingly more curious. But, not curious enough to want to find out! What a fun test of self control it has been. We decided we didn't want to know the gender of the baby as some what of a devotional. Our goal was to trust in the Lord and know that we will be provided with everything we need. As I mentioned, our baby shower was wonderful and we really did receive everything that we needed, and very few things that were just "wants." We are blessed beyond belief.

Time seems to be moving very slowly now. I am excited for this weekend, my mom and brother are coming up for my second baby shower, as well as a Rockies game. Despite the excitement I am making a full effort to enjoy every single day. There's a song out there somewhere, by some singer ... I'm horrible with songs and artist (movies and actors, totally different story) ... anyway, the song says something along the lines of enjoying today because you might not get tomorrow. So, my goal is to go to sleep every night thankful for the day I was given and feel like I made the most of the day. I think if you were able to really "live everyday like you were dying" (another song, might even be the same one, pregnancy brain) then you might have found the secret to living a just right kind of life.

3 Weeks

So, I've decided that blogging is like working out...once you stop it's hard to start it back up again! But, have no fear I have found the keyboard again!

The last three weeks have been a whirl wind of events. Tim's mom lost her battle with cancer and took her place in Heaven on March 19, 2012. In the days that followed we were shown great support by family and friends and were able to put together a beautiful memorial that she would have loved. I smile now in thinking that she really would have loved all of the flowers that were at her memorial. I am comforted in knowing that the colors and beauty of the flowers that we have here on earth are nothing compared to the flowers in her garden in Heaven.

We also were able to have a fundraising walk in honor of LuAnn that was extremely successful! The outpoor of support for LuAnn was amazing to see. The money that we raised has allowed for a little bit of relief and I am extremely thankful to everyone who sent their well wishes, came to the walk and made donations to the beneficiary fund.

In the mean time I have been able to connect with my mother and am very thankful for all of the extra time we have been able to spend together. We finally made it to "Canvas and Cocktails" and created beautiful masterpieces. Mom's is hanging in her bathroom, and when we move into a bigger condo I plan to hang mine in our guest bathroom as well! She was also able to come with me to one of our doctors appointments, it was nice for her to see where we have been going and to meet one of our potential doctors for the delivery. We also made sure to take a trip down to see just exactly where the hospital is so that when her and my dad make their way up for the birth they will know exactly where they are going.

To top off the last three weeks we had the most AMAZING baby shower! It was truely wonderful! From the fine details in the invitations to the very last flower on the tables, it was just right. We are truely blessed to have had so many people pitch in to help create a shower that was the shower of my dreams. I didn't have a traditional wedding, but boy did this shower make up for any lack of tradition that I didn't have with a wedding!

We had the perfect snacks, the fresh fruit was wonderful. Our dessert table was cute and had a little bit of everything for everyone. There were no silly games, instead we all decorated onsies, I am realizing now that I didn't get to decorate one. Hey mom, save one for me and keep the paint would ya, I'd like to make one!

All in all, it was just wonderful. To all who attended our shower or helped to put it together, thank you is not nearly enough to express our gratitude! One more thing, not knowing the gender of our baby proved to be the best way to ensure to get gifts that we needed, we now have almost all of the necessities for our sweet little one!

I have learned a lot in the last three weeks. One bit that I would like to share with you is the value of an apology. I have reieved two and have given out many. I am glad that I am the type of person who can take an apology for what it is and accept it. When a person says, "I'm sorry," I believe them whole heartedly and the problem or whatever the apology was for is erased to me. I am thankful to my parents that I have this value. I mean what I say when I apologize and I therefore feel the same way about what others say. So, my lesson for the day, "Say what you mean, and mean what you say." In doing this it allows for everyone to move on from a situation and in some cases, it may even make your relationship better in the long run.