August 28, 2013

Pretty and Simple

I've started buying a few things for baby girl here and there.  She is so much fun to shop for, but I'm finding it trickier than I would have thought.  I'm very picky and particular when it comes to clothing (and most things really).  Whenever I browse the baby aisles I cringe at a lot of the outfits lining the racks.  I really can't stand anything with cheesy sayings or animal faces.  I don't understand why there has to be so many monkeys, bunnies, and kitties on baby clothes?  I am definitely finding myself leaning toward simple solids, pretty patterns and prints.  Really, the simpler the better.  After I dig for a bit I usually come away with one or two things I like, which is probably better for my wallet anyway ;).  One of my favorite places I've found baby clothing is the consignment store Kid to Kid.  That's where I found all three of the outfits above.  They were all used but are in mint condition and I only paid around $5 a piece for them.  I love finding cute outfits for that price.  It will be nice knowing I only paid $5 or less when she outgrows them too quickly or stains them with spit up.  
I'm also picky about headbands (surprise, surprise).  I'm not a fan of the huge flowers bigger than the baby's head.  I know a lot of people love them and think they are darling, but they are just not my taste.  I found a few etsy shops that sell smaller flowers and bows just the size I like.  I may be picky but I think this little girl is going to have a cuter wardrobe than me!


August 26, 2013

2013 Back to School Feast

DSC_0239 Yesterday we had our 2nd annual back to school feast.  Bryce started another semester only about two weeks after his Summer semester ended.  He is excited to start new classes and get closer to finishing his undergrad schooling (I'm looking forward that too!).

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For dinner we had Herbed Cream Cheese Stuffed Lamb Burgers and homemade Sweet Potato Fries.  The burgers sound weird but they are so yummy and they are a leaner/healthier option than beef.  They are actually one of Bryce's favorite meals.  Link to the recipe here.
  After dinner Bryce and Rory did dishes then we went to Beus Pond.
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Bryce picked a whole bunch of wild blackberries while Rory and I walked around looking at the ducks.

Here's to another school year.  This fall semester will be our last without a baby then things will really get interesting trying to juggle school, work, a baby, and a dog.  We've made it this far though so hopefully we'll be able to figure it out!


August 22, 2013

Pregnancy Update: 18 Weeks

8 Weeks
(Obviously not showing yet, this is more a point of reference picture)
12 Weeks
(Still not really showing)
16 Weeks
(Finally a little bump!)
17 Weeks
18 Weeks 

I decided it was time I do an actual pregnancy update.  We kept it secret for so long it still is kind of weird to talk about it out in the open.  I didn't start taking a weekly picture until I was actually showing, I just thought it was kind of pointless to have weekly pictures of me looking exactly the same.  That is why it jumps from 8 to 12 to 16 weeks.  Even still what I wear makes a huge difference with how "pregnant" I look.  I'm excited to really start showing and be out of the awkward in between stage.  All my clothes just fit weird.  They're not exactly too small but I just look weird in them and not obviously pregnant yet.  Anyway, enough of my rambling, on to the update...

How far along? 18 weeks
How big is baby? The size of a mango 
Maternity clothes? The only thing I've bought is a maxi dress for church.  I'm way past being able to squeeze into my pencil skirts anymore.
Stretch markes? Not yet...but I'm sure they are inevitable.
Sleep: I haven't had a huge problem sleeping, but I have to get up and pee like 4 times a night.  I never really wake up feeling rested.  The constant bathroom trips are probably why.
Best moment of the week? Feeling my baby girl move all the time.  I felt her move for the first time at 16 1/2 weeks and now I feel her wiggle around constantly.  It was a little weird at first but now I love it.  It's like she's sending me a little reminder saying "Don't worry mom I'm still doing good in here."
Food cravings? When I was first pregnant I had a hard time eating.  I wasn't really sick, I never had morning sickness or threw up but everything tasted gross and so weird.  I LOVE diet coke and couldn't even drink it for almost two months because it tasted so nasty.  Now it tastes great again ;)  During the first couple months basically the only thing I wanted to eat was macaroni and cheese.  It was really weird but it was the only thing that didn't taste disgusting.  Lately I've been craving Green smoothies. They are my favorite.  I used to have one almost every day but then I stopped for a while.  Now that I've been pregnant I want them all the time.  I've been meaning to post my recipe on here.  It's really yummy.
Symptoms? I've been soooo lucky so far in my pregnancy.  I really haven't had any symptoms.  I never had morning sickness and I haven't had heartburn or anything.  I get pretty tired especially after a long day at work but it hasn't been too bad.  This week I have started having round ligament pain.  It is awful!  My stomach is way tender and it just hurts from the constant stretching.  And I realize this is only the beginning...
Movement: As mentioned earlier, I have been feeling her move quite a bit lately.  It's usually when I'm sitting at my desk at work, driving in the car, or when I'm laying down in bed.
Gender? girl!
Belly button in or out? in.
Wedding rings on or off? on.
Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy this week.  I haven't been too moody for a couple weeks.  My husband has liked the change :)
Miss Anything? Having clear(er) skin, sushi, smaller boobs, and being able to function on less than 8 hours of sleep.  Of course I wouldn't trade her for anything though.  I am getting so excited to meet this little girl. 


August 21, 2013

Watch Me Grow: 25 Weeks

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Rory is 25 weeks.  She weighs 38 pounds and is still growing. She is doing much better learning not to jump on people.  She has learned to "drop it" really well when playing fetch.  She loves going outside and going for walks.  As soon as she sees her leash her tail starts wagging uncontrollably.  

We had a bit of a fiasco with her on Sunday.  I made chocolate covered pretzels for the ladies I visit teach and they were on a sheet of wax paper on the counter.  Bryce got home from church before I did and let Rory out of her crate.  He went to the bathroom thinking Rory would follow him and lay on the tile like she usually does.  He noticed she didn't come and tried calling her....but no response.  He thought maybe she was just eating her lunch but didn't really think much of it.  I got home and noticed white filmy patches left on the counter.  I asked Bryce what it was from and looking down at Rory he said, "Oh my gosh.  The pretzels!"  She had eaten the entire batch, wax paper and all.  We both (well mainly I) started freaking out since she had just eaten 12 ounces of milk chocolate which can be fatal for dogs.  We quickly started googling to see if there was anything we could do.  We saw a lot of scary symptoms that can result including seizures and her heart stopping if we didn't act quickly.  By this point I was crying and thinking my dog was going to die.  We finally found several vet websites that said to give your dog one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide per 10 pounds of weight to make them regurgitate what they've eaten.  It said to mix it with a little honey so the dog would eat it easily and quickly.  We hurriedly fed her the hydrogen peroxide/honey mixture and rushed her outside.  Within thirty seconds she was puking up all of the chocolate she had eaten.  I was pretty shocked it worked that fast!  She threw up for a couple minutes and then was done.  We were relieved but we still watched her really closely the rest of the day.  She ended up being completely fine and didn't have a single problem after.  She just scared the crap out of her mom.

This next picture Bryce says is Rory's face when she found out she was going to be a big sister...
I cannot look at this picture without busting up laughing.  I snapped a quick picture of her mid-yawn and this was the result.  Bryce and I were both in tears laughing when I first loaded it onto my computer.  We love our Rory girl even if she creates chaotic moments.  She definitely keeps our lives from being dull.


August 14, 2013

Dear Baby

August 6, 2013
Dear Baby, 

Today I had my third doctor’s appointment. I am now 16 weeks pregnant. Your daddy and I were excited for this appointment more than usual as we were hoping we would get to find out if you were a  boy or a girl. My appointment wasn’t until the afternoon so I worked most of the day, and it was torture! I was so anxious and excited I looked at the clock at least every hour. I left work around two and drove home to pick up your dad. We excitedly tried to guess what you would be, but neither of us had a strong feeling one way or the other. 

We got all checked in at the doctor’s office and only had to wait a couple of minutes until we were called back to see the doctor. He reviewed my chart and excitedly asked, “Well are we finding out what you’re having today?” I laughed and said “I hope so!” I got up on the table and the doctor started the ultrasound. First the doctor checked your heartbeat and said it was at a perfect 140 beats per minute. I smiled and felt relieved. I still get a little nervous before every appointment. I worry about you all the time already. Next the doctor checked your fluid levels, organs, and measured your size. He said you were exactly where you should be at 16 weeks and right on track for your due date of January 19th. 

The doctor changed views and explained we were looking at the signifier of the big news. He asked what we thought and your dad trying to see what he was referring to on the ultrasound asked, “Is it a….boy?” The doctor smiled and replied, “Nope it is definitely a girl.” Then he showed us how he could tell. He said he was positive you were a girl and we were safe to start buying girl clothes. 

We were so happy! We didn’t care either way but we were thrilled to find out you were a girl. I’ve always wanted a little girl and hoped I would get at least one! Your dad was pretty surprised as boys seem to be a little more common in his family. He grew up with four brothers & only one sister, and had five nephews before his first niece came along. 

You will have lots of cousins you will get to grow up with. Your aunt Laci is due with her baby girl, Lydia, on September 14. You and Lydia will only be four months apart. Laci and I are hoping you will be best friends! Your Grandma and Grandpa Mecham will get two granddaughters for their first grandchildren. You will bring the count on the Leishman side of the family to 10 grandchildren; 6 boys and 4 girls. 

Your daddy and I have decided to name you Claire. Your Great-Grandma Susan Mecham (your Grandpa Mecham’s mom) had a daughter named Marni Claire who passed away when she was a baby. You are going to be named after her, in honor of my dad’s little sister I never got to meet. We are not a hundred percent sure on a middle name yet, but we really like Amelia.  If we go with that your full name will be Claire Amelia Leishman. 

I can’t wait to be your mama! You are going to be so loved. I hope to teach you to be kind, charitable, smart, hard-working, brave, and proud of who you are. I hope to teach you about your Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ. I promise to share my testimony with you often and to help you build your own by teaching you, reading scriptures with you, and praying with you every day. And I really can’t wait for you to meet your daddy. He is so wonderful and is working so hard in school right now so he can get a good job to provide for our family in the future. I think he will be your favorite. He will play with you, tickle you, talk in silly voices, and make you laugh all the time. I know this because he already does all of that with me. 

We are finally announcing that we are pregnant tonight. We have kept it a secret for a long time but we wanted to be sure that you were healthy and that things were going okay before we told everyone. We are going to have to wait a week to tell everyone that you are a girl though. We want all of your family to be there but having the whole family come makes scheduling a little difficult. We are having a party next Monday to share the news that we will be having a baby girl join our family. We love you so much already and we cannot wait for you to get here! See you soon little one. 


*I have been writing letters to my baby once a month to put in her baby book.  I don't know if I will share all of them, but I may every now and then since this blog is like my little family's journal.  I like knowing that I can go back and read through old blog posts like this later in life. 


August 12, 2013

It's A.....

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We had our gender reveal party with our family today.  We had everyone cast their vote of boy or girl by choosing a pink or blue cookie.  Then for the big reveal I made scratch off cards for everyone.  Everyone was pretty surprised, the majority voted boy.  
We are sooo excited to finally share the news.  We had a hard time keeping it a secret for almost an entire week.  Bryce and I can't wait to meet our sweet little girl.  January can't come soon enough!


Watch Me Grow: 24 Weeks

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Rory is 24 weeks and has almost reached her six month birthday.  I've noticed that her hair growing in is more reddish brown than blonde.  I'm curious to see what she'll end up looking like full grown when she has lost all her puppy fur.  One of her favorite things is laying on the cold tile in the kitchen or the bathroom.  She loves playing with Bryce.  She gets so excited whenever he comes home.  She immediately grabs one of her toys and runs it over to him to play fetch.  She still sleeps a lot and is always cuddly when she is tired.  We have been working on trying to keep her from jumping on us when she gets excited.  It's been a bit of a challenge.  She's made a little progress but still jumps up quite a bit on us or on visitors when she gets excited.  Does anyone have any good tips that have worked for them to stop their dogs from jumping?


August 11, 2013

A Baby Shower for Laci & Lydi

DSC_0136 Yesterday my mom and I threw a baby shower for my sister Laci and her baby girl Lydia who will be here in about a month.
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We had lots of yummy food including Laci's cravings: cheetos, strawberries, and kit kats. 
Here she is with all of her gifts.  She got so many cute baby things! 
I gave Laci the mobile I made and a diaper bag.  Her husband Brian better appreciate that I specifically chose a diaper bag that wasn't purple or pink so he wouldn't feel a loss of manhood when he has to carry it.

I am counting down the days until Lydi's arrival.  I can't wait to meet her and spoil her rotten.  I am sure I will be her favorite aunt :)  And on a side note Laci and I are sooo excited that our babies will be so close.  They will only be four months apart and we are certain they will be best friends.


August 7, 2013

Guess What!?!

Baby Leishman is due January 19, 2014. 
 I am 16 weeks as of Sunday.

Goodness, we are so excited and so grateful for this blessing.  Since I'm finally starting to show a little we figured it would be a good idea to fill everyone in.


p.s. We know what the baby is :).  But we're making everyone wait until Monday to find out if it's a little boy or girl at a gender reveal party we're throwing.

August 6, 2013

Watch Me Grow: 23 Weeks

A day in the life of Rory at 23 Weeks:

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7:00 Go Outside with mom (or dad) for morning potty break
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DSC_0045 8:11 Take a nap while mom works 
DSC_0056 11:15 Chew on Toys
 DSC_0058 11:30 Go Outside for potty break. Try to dig in the yard and get in trouble from mom. 

12:00 Eat Lunch 
DSC_0054 12:45 Take another nap  
2:45 Go outside for ANOTHER potty break. Sit and watch birds. 
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5:43 Watch mom make dinner and do the dishes 
DSC_0072 6:24 Eat Dinner
DSC_0073 7:48 Play with Dad
DSC_0077 9:17 Fall Asleep 

Add a few more potty breaks, training sessions, and the occasional time out and that about sums up Rory's day to day life.