Wednesday, December 30, 2009

want {this precious birth poster}

Someone remind me to leave room on the nursery wall for this ADORABLE birth poster from Chaiv's Etsy shop. I can't get over how cute it is!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

{199 days!}

As of today, I've officially left the 200s and entered the hundreds! 199 days left until Baby Sanchez should, hopefully, arrive. Yay! What an exciting milestone. :o)

Here's the message I was greeted with when I logged into today...

And the cute little animation on my blog...

Ahhh, *only* 199 days left. Haha. Tick, tock, tick, tock...

Monday, December 28, 2009

nursery idea {dwellstudio owl crib set}

Cutest. Bedding. Ever.

As a set, it's wayyy too expensive {$349!,} but I'm considering buying a bunch of the sheets, {$36,} and asking my lovely mother-in-law to turn them into bumpers, a quilt, etc. I keep watching for the set to go on sale, but it's one of DwellStudio's best sellers, so no such luck {yet.}

DwellStudio Owls Crib Set:

They even have matching bibs & burp cloths... I die.

{bib & burp cloth set, $32 @}

And this hooded bath towel? Precious!

{200 days!?}

Only 200 days left until our due date, July 16th, 2010. Wow. 80 days down, already. That went by fast!

Here's a list of the landmarks we've already experienced...
  • Positive Pregnancy Test: Friday, November 6th after a yummy dinner at Pizza Nova in San Marcos.
  • 1st Ultrasound: November 18th, 2010 @ 5 weeks, 5 days. Saw heartbeat flicker on the screen. Found out the fertilized egg dropped from my right ovary.
  • 1st Preggo Trip: Visited Mom, Dad & Mel, and Daddy Chris in the Bay Area November 19th-22nd.
  • 2nd Ultrasound: December 18th, 2010 @ 10 weeks. Saw fingers, toes, arms, legs... and his junk! Heard his heartbeat- nice and strong at 148 beats per minute. So precious.

{junk pic, haha}
{face shot}

{profile shot}
  • First kick {maybe?}: December 27th while laying in bed on a lazy Sunday morning with the husband. I definitely felt something, and I'm convinced it wasn't gas. Hehe.
I bought the cutest little owl journal to keep all these landmarks in and write little entries about what's going on with my pregnancy. I need to get on that! Our little one is going to be here before we know it. :o)


Sunday, December 27, 2009

{12th week}

All the baby books say it's too early, but I swear I felt a kick this morning. Evan was resting his head on my belly in bed when BAM, I felt a swift kick right by my belly button. Evan didn't feel anything, but I sure did. How exciting. We've got a little soccer player on our hands!

Here's some info on how big Baby Sanchez is and what he's up to this week...

As you move into the second trimester, baby shifts into the growth and maturation stage. After weeks in the critical development stage, almost all of baby's systems are fully formed.

  • How far along? 11/12 weeks
  • Total weight gain/loss: 5 lbs according to our last doctor's visit {I swear a LOT of it is bloating!}
  • Maternity clothes? I got these GREAT pants from Nordies called "Lounge Pants." They have a stretchy waistband but aren't technically maternity pants. I've been living in yoga pants around the house.
  • Stretch marks? None from baby, not yet.
  • Sleep: Really struggling to stay up past 9pm. Waking at least 3 times to potty each night. Arg.
  • Best moment this week: Saw our little boy on the 18th, and Christmas this week. Yay!
  • Movement: None yet.
  • Food cravings: Not really craving anything. Loving fruit, granola, & yogurt. Mmm.
  • Gender: It's a boy!
  • Labor Signs: Nope.
  • Belly Button in or out? Still in.
  • What I miss: Energy
  • What I am looking forward to: New Years! What a year 2010 will be. :o)
  • Weekly Wisdom: Just breathe...
  • Milestones: Told all of Evan's family at Christmas. Grandma Betty is VERY excited to be a great grandmother. ♥
  • Sunday, December 20, 2009

    {our little lime}

    Your fetus currently enjoys a 1:1 ratio between body and head, and has skin so transparent that blood vessels show right through. But, fingers and toes are no longer webbed, and hair follicles, tooth buds and nail beds are forming -- setting up a significantly more attractive future.

    Friday, December 18, 2009

    {it's a boy!}

    After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, we had our 10 week ultrasound with Dr. Biter today. Totally unexpectedly, we found out that Baby Sanchez is, as we suspected, a BOY! He sucked his thumb throughout the ultrasound, and his heart rate was 148 {normal is 120-160.}

    We are over the moon!

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    {10 weeks!}

  • How far along? 10 weeks
  • Total weight gain/loss: I'd guess about 5 lbs...
  • Maternity clothes? Nope, not yet, but the pants are getting a bit snug.
  • Stretch marks? None from baby, not yet.
  • Sleep: As much as possible, please.
  • Best moment this week: No more morning sickness, and we have our first appointment with Dr. Biter on Friday. :o)
  • Movement: None yet.
  • Food cravings: Asian food is the only thing that sounds TERRIBLE right now. I'm eating a lot of string cheese and yogurt. Mmm.
  • Gender: I've started calling Baby Sanchez "he." Just a feeling...
  • Labor Signs: Nope.
  • Belly Button in or out? Still in.
  • What I miss: Being able to stay up past 9pm. My occasional soy Chai Tea latte.
  • What I am looking forward to: Our next ultrasound 12/18, and CHRISTMAS!
  • Weekly Wisdom: Never underestimate your husband. Evan has been cleaning and being totally amazing, without even being asked! I'm a lucky lady.
  • Milestones: We're 1/4 of the way there. Wow.
  • {our little prune}

    You're getting so big so FAST! ♥
    With bones and cartilage starting to form and vital organs beginning to function, baby is making major progress. Body length will almost double in the next three weeks, and arm joints are now working. (Soon, legs will too.)

    Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    {our little green olive}

    Your little embryo has now officially graduated to fetus-hood. Adding to the excitement, a Doppler ultrasound device might be able to pick up the beating heart. With basic physical structures in place and increasingly distinct facial features, baby is kind of starting to look like... well... a baby!

    {mmm, mac&cheese}

    Talk about a crazy rain/wind storm yesterday, wow! Evan & I spent the evening cuddled up under blankets watching our favorite TLC shows. Come 8:30pm, we were both pretty beat, so we hopped into bed and turned on an episode of Law & Order: SVU. Cue intense craving for macaroni and cheese. Thankfully we had some, so Evan went out and threw a pot of water on the stove. That's about all I remember... until he wandered in about 20 minutes later with a steamy bowl of cheesy goodness. I has fallen asleep the second Evan left the room, hehe. The joys of being pregnant! Constantly sleepy, hungry, funky cravings, exhaustion, more cravings. Gotta love it. :P

    I found this cute little preggo survey on another blog, so I thought I'd start filling it out each week. Enjoy.

    • How far along? 9 weeks
    • Total weight gain/loss: Last week I had gained 2 lbs...
    • Maternity clothes? Nope, not yet! Pants still fit great.
    • Stretch marks? None from baby, not yet.
    • Sleep: I've been getting a ton of sleep. Usually wake up once for a potty break around 5am.
    • Best moment this week: Discovered "Ultragest," a digestive enzyme supplement that has curbed my heartburn and bloating after each meal. Yay!!!
    • Movement: None yet.
    • Food cravings: Nothing too severe. Most of the time only one thing sounds good... pizza, mac&cheese, or cereal.
    • Gender: Chinese Gender Chart and old wives tales say "boy."
    • Labor Signs: Nope.
    • Belly Button in or out? Still in.
    • What I miss: Energy to go running, staying up late with Ev.
    • What I am looking forward to: Our next ultrasound 12/18, and Vegas this weekend!
    • Weekly Wisdom: Person who coined term "morning sickness" must have been a man.
    • Milestones: Baby Sanchez has graduated from embryo to fetus!

    Monday, December 7, 2009

    {9 weeks!}

    Evan thinks it's crazy that I already want to start taking belly pics, but if not now, when? In order to document the entire transformation, we have to start now! :o)

    My first official {non-iPhone} belly pic:

    Monday, November 30, 2009

    {call me crazy}

    ...but I'm considering natural childbirth. That's right- no pain meds. They say the recovery time is soooo much faster. Am I nuts?

    {quick update}

    Happy Monday!

    In a nutshell, I'm feeling...


    Thanksgiving was great, but gosh was it tough not telling any of Evan's family about the pregnancy. We're waiting 'til Christmas to share the news. ;)

    The last few weeks have been rougher than expected, mostly due to a terrible colitis flare-up I've been struggling with. Please go away soon, flare-up. I beg you.

    The mild morning sickness I had been experiencing has taken a bit of a back seat to all the fun colitis symptoms... for now. There's always a bright side, so they say. I'm trying to stay positive, but I worry about the little baby. Is he or she getting enough vitamins and nutrients? Is Baby Sanchez as sleep deprived as I am, {considering I'm up every 2 hours each night for at least 30 minutes?} Arg. I hope you're ok in there, little one.

    Yes, I called our little one "Baby Sanchez." It's an inside joke. For as long as I can remember, Evan has referred to himself, our cat, and other random things as "Sanchez." Totally random. He asks, "How's baby Sanchez doing?" or if I playfully ask, "What's your name?" he says, "Sanchez." Makes no sense at all, but it makes us laugh. Don't worry Mom, we're not actually considering the name "Sanchez." No, no, no.

    Ooh, I've been craving pizza and mac&cheese SO badly lately. Since my current diet consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast {dang flare-up,} seeing any food at all is like worst form of torture EVER. I'm seriously counting the minutes until I can go get a massive slice of pizza and a bowl full of cheesy mac. And some Indian food, and a turkey sandwich with cranberry chutney. And a bean & cheese burrito. Mmm.

    Today is one of those days that I could easily lay my head down on my desk and sleep for hours. I have zero motivation to do... anything. Arg. Here's to hoping this funk goes away soon. 32 weeks to go! {Seriously??}


    Monday, November 23, 2009

    back from norcal!

    Wow, this past week FLEW by! I've been so bad about journaling, sorry baby!

    Evan & I went in for an early ultrasound on Wednesday, which was a lot of fun. We got to see our little baby's heart beating, and we received confirmation that I was exactly 5 weeks, 5 days pregnant {on 11/18.} It's crazy to think there's already a little heart beating inside me. Here's our ultrasound...

    The next day, we were off to Northern California to celebrate Thanksgiving with Mom & attend my cousin Jacob's wedding. Since my mom's birthday was last week, I came up with a sneaky way to break the news to her. She picked us up at Oakland airport early Thursday morning, and off we went to San Francisco at Mama's Kitchen {cute, right?} Once we were seated, I handed her the card I made, which had a little envelope inside containing letters that spelled the word "Grandma." It took her a minute or so to piece them together in the right order, but when she did... WOW, talk about excited. Evan captured it all on video, which I will be sure to upload ASAP. Needless to say, she was ecstatic. I had started a scrapbook for her too, completely with the pic of us holding the + test, and our ultrasound, which she thoroughly enjoyed. After breakfast, "Grandma" picked up a couple stuff animals for her new grandbaby at a cute little toy shop in the Mission Districkt, and then we were on our way to Pleasanton. That night, we had an early Thanksgiving dinner. Mmm, pumpkin pie! Lots to be thankful for this year!

    On Friday, we had a relaxing morning which included a yummy breakfast and "Sleepless in Seattle." We hopped in the Tahoe and left for Folsom around 2. Jacob & Disa's rehearsal dinner started at 6, so we checked into our hotel as soon as we arrived in town, relaxed a bit, and then headed down for dinner. It was so nice to see everyone- Dad, Melissa, Beverly, Aunt Julie, Jacob, & Joshua. Ooh, and the food was delicious. Mmm. After dinner, I persuaded Dad, Mel, & Bev to stop by our room for an early birthday party for Melissa. I made her a similar card, complete with the letters. She figured the word "Grandma" out in no time. There was lots of hugging going on in that tiny hotel room of ours! After about an hour of Dad reminiscing back to my childhood, everyone wandered off to their rooms and Evan & I went to sleep. Long day!

    Saturday was the wedding, which was beautiful. It had rained the day before, but there wasn't a cloud in the sky the morning of the ceremony. Evan & I got all dressed up, then wandered down to meet up with the family around 11. The ceremony started promptly at 11:30, and we were eating a delicious lunch by 12. There was this penne pasta with sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts, oh my goodness. Seconds, anyone?! :P Speaking of yummy treats, Disa made these little candy favors, called Buckeyes, that were de-li-cious. I got to spend some time with Uncle Jeff at the reception, which was really nice. It's days like those that make us wish we all lived closer. Evan & I said our goodbyes and left shorty after the reception ended. We had a long drive ahead of us, and it was already getting dark. Dang these short winter days! We stopped and said "hello" to Evan's cousin, Ian, at his frat house in Berkeley {I've never been in a place that smelled so much like beer before, EVER,} and then we were on our way back to Pleasanton. Mom made homemade spaghetti sauce, so we stuff our bellies, then went to bed.

    Daddy Chris came and picked us up Sunday morning for a day in the city. First, we stopped by the Skyy corporate office on the Embarcadero right across from Pier 39. Talk about an amazing place! After a really cool tour of the offices, Dad poured us a bunch of different drinks at the bar {yes, there is a full bar in the lobby.} I kept saying "I can't drink this," but he wasn't picking up on it. Dad walked away to grab some ginger vodka out of his boss' office, so I asked Evan, "How should we tell him?" Evan said to have him pour himself a drink, then make a toast. Good idea, babe. We toasted, and I said, "Dad, you are going to be a grandpa." He was so excited. We took a bunch of pictures, hung out for a bit, and then headed over to Sam Wo for some lunch. Ahhh, Sam Wo. Best chow mein ever. We ate and ate and ate, then went to Union Square to check out the Christmas decorations. Who knew that the massive tree they put in the middle of the square is a real tree? Crazy. People were ice skating, there were wreaths in all of Macy's windows, and there was the most adorable SPCA window display of baby kittens along Sutter Street. Gosh, I missed Dexter more than I thought! After walking our lunch of for a while, Dad took us to the airport. It was time to go home... already. Our trip went by soooo fast!

    Now it's Monday, and I'm back at work. I should be tackling the piles that accumulated while I was gone last week, but I had to jot down some thoughts before they escape this increasingly forgetful brain of mine...

    Random Thoughts...

    .My Daddy Rich still has my crib in storage @ his house in Washington. And cute little dresses, and Rainbow Bright sleeping bags. Amazing, right?
    .I'm still not really "craving" anything. Wonder when that will kick in?
    .I'm peeing about 3x an hour. Fun times.
    .Dexter slept on my chest last night. He never does that. I was in heaven.
    .I'm so lucky to have such an amazing family! ♥


    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    {i am bliss}

    I'm pretty sure yoga just saved my life...

    Last week, a couple days before Evan & I found out we're having a bebe, I started private yoga lessons with Robin @ Coast Sanctuary in La Jolla. I had called to schedule a session about a month prior, mostly because I'd been feeling a little... blah. Also, my chiropractor Dave gets on my case about running and pushes yoga as a fitness alternative. Finally, I gave in and made the appointment.

    There really aren't even words for how amazing I felt, both during and after my session. We focused on learning the correct form for basic poses like "Warrior," "Downward Dog," breathing exercises, and some chanting. {Yes, she chants while I do yoga, and it's amazing.} After my first session, I felt like a different person. I felt peaceful and happy and relaxed and just amazing. Sore the next day? Sure. But I couldn't wait to go again. It was like crack or something. Not that I would know, but they always say "you do it once and you're hooked." That's me. Hooked.

    So I made my next appointment for this morning at 8am. Talk about a struggle, getting to La Jolla by 8! {Keep in mind that I had to get Evan up and drop him at work first, and he is NOT a morning person!} Thankfully, I am able to continue with our sessions, now that I'm preggo and all. We spent 75 minutes breathing, stretching, doing some pretty brutal poses, and then chanting and meditating at the end. There was this one chant that I really enjoyed:

    "I am the light of my soul. I am bountiful, I am beautiful, I am bliss. I am, I am."

    We chanted it over and over again, together, to music. It was really touching. Then, she had me lay down, visualize both my & the baby's body relaxing, and focus on the thought:

    "I am completely relaxed. My baby is completely relaxed."

    That one made me cry. It was a really peaceful moment for me. I don't think I had really concentrated on the baby's body yet. I've thought about how big he or she is, but I hadn't really focused on the baby being alive in there. It was intense.

    Then we stretched a little more, gave thanks to each other, and I was off to work.

    I feel like a different person. This morning was amazing, and I cannot wait to see Robin again next week. I feel like she just may have saved my spirit.

    word{less} wednesday

    So there's this thing going around the blogger community called "Wordless Wednesdays," where people post photos every Wednesday that sum up their state of mind without using any words. Click here to check out lotssss of other entries.

    Here's mine:


    in one word {exhausted}

    While I'd love to journal every day during this pregnancy, I know it's just not going to happen. There's this thing you may know about called "life" that keeps getting in my way, arg!

    Here's an brief {or maybe not-so-brief,} sinopsis of the last 4 days:

    .Took Evan to work @ 8am.
    .Got the car washed {so dirty and dusty!}
    .Drove home, had a snack.
    .Left for photo shoot in Presidio Park with Kara and her son, Javon.
    .Had an awesome time shooting pics for Javon's zed card {he just signed with an agency!}
    .Definitely exhausted after shoot, whew!
    .Drove downtown to House of Blues
    .Bought concert tickets at box office to save on fees {boo, Ticketmaster.}
    .Drove home, cooked lunch.
    .Picked Ev up from work @ 4.
    .Cooked shrimp tacos for dinner.
    .Contemplated what 6oz of shrimp looks like, and whether I should be eating shrimp at all. Hope so.
    .Watched documentary called "Food, Inc." Don't ever want to eat poultry, beef, or pork again. Ever.

    Overall, Saturday was a great day. Javon's photos turned out great. I'm realizing it's much easier to shoot kids who are a bit older and can take direction. Duh. Other than being extremely {EXTREMELY,} tired, I'm feeling great. Little bloated, but hey- I can't complain. Things are going well. :o)

    .Evan was off, so we slept in a bit.
    .Got up, went for walk/run. Ran 2 miles, walked 1. Not as much energy as usual, but not bad, right?!
    .Cleaned up and then drove to Temecula for Andrea's Tastefully Simple party.
    .Broke the news by putting the pic of us with the test and "Andrea- you're going to be an AUNTIE!!!!!" on my laptop screen {she had asked to see Ireland pics}
    .Andrea cried. Told her the details. Excited would be an understatement.
    .Ate yummy food with the girls for a couple hours.
    .Told James when he got home. He's soooo excited.
    .Got the book "What to Expect When You are Expecting" from Andrea. Cute.
    .Drove home, spent some time relaxing with Ev.
    .Watched the Chargers beat the Giants. Yay!
    .Don't remember much else, except for reading and that I was TIRED!

    The belly:

    .Ev & I both had to work.
    .Work, work, work.
    .Met with Moira & her three daughters to discuss our photo shoot on Saturday. They're adorable, can't wait.
    .Got home around 6, just in time to have dinner with Ev & Jared- shrimp tacos again. Still hoping shrimp is ok, because I don't eat much else meat. Hehe.
    .Made white chocolate-covered pretzel sticks with sprinkles w/ Ev. Soooooo yummy.
    .Super tired again, so I relaxed and then went to beddy bye.

    Pretzel Sticks...

    .Ev & I took the day off because he had an appointment with his surgeon down in El Cajon.
    .Went for a 3 mile run/walk. Ran further than Sunday, woohoo. Felt great.
    .Went to Ev's appointment. Surgeon took x-rays, then said Evan can start walking again. Yay!!
    .Went to Fashion Valley to return a bunch of shirts I had bought at Anthro the day before we found out the good news. {There's no way they would fit with a belly.}
    .Went to LensCrafters, got Ev and eye exam.
    .Talked to Mom. She could tell I was beat and recommended that I take it easy, get a good night's sleep. She still doesn't know. It's killing me!
    .Ran to Michael's & Paper Source to buy materials for my vanilla sugar jars that are going to be in an eco-chic wedding magazine article called "Etsy Love." How exciting!
    .Tired doesn't even BEGIN to describe it. And I have to be at yoga @ 8am tomorrow. Yikes!

    Friday, November 6, 2009


    I'm at a bit of a loss for words! Where do I start?

    Ok, so Evan had physical therapy this afternoon. We ended up in San Marcos at 5pm, hungry, dreading Friday night rush hour traffic on the 78. I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone @ Pizza Nova, this yummy Italian restaurant across the freeway? We filled our bellies with yummy garlic balls, salad, and pizza, and then had a relatively traffic-free drive home. Thank goodness.

    As we got off the 15 in Escondido, I asked Evan, "Soooo, should we stop anywhere on the way home?" He asked if we had any tests at the house, which we didn't since I had taken all of them in the months prior. At the last minute, I went straight instead of right at Valley Parkway so we could run into Target. We get inside, and Evan asks, "What did we come here for again?" Gotta love men. "Wellll, we need shaving cream, toothpaste, ummm, pregnancy tests..." Right. It's so much easier for men to forget. They aren't the ones who sit around thinking, "Is there a BABY growing inside my belly right now?" So crazy.

    He wandered off to who knows where while I strolled downed the feminine care aisle. Another woman was hunched over examining the differences between ovulation predictors. She must be trying too. I almost felt bad grabbing a box of tests right in front of her, like it was mean or something. Weird, right? Must be the hormones. So I bend over and quickly grab a 3-pack of Clear Blue Early Detection tests. Yes, a 3-pack. Why? Not quite sure. Guess I figured we'd go home and the test would be negative, so I would need those extras for the next time I convinced myself I was preggo and wasn't. Always thinking ahead, I am.

    I tossed the box in my little red hand basked, found Evan, grabbed some shaving cream and toothpaste, and then asked if we needed anything else. "We should probably get a toy for the baby, right?" he says. Too cute. I say "Absolutely," and we had back, through all aisles that look like Christmas exploded on them. Evan goes straight for the miniature skateboards- you know, one of the least baby-friendly items they stock at Target- and asks if it would be ok to buy the baby one. He makes me laugh. Instead of any easily-to-swallow toys, we decide on a Rubik's Cube. Evan & I both know how to solve the cube in less than five minutes, so why shouldn't the baby be able to learn? "He, or she, is going to be a genius," says Evan as we check out.

    Did I mention I had to pee soooooo bad at Target, but that I didn't want to go because then I wouldn't have any left for the test? And I wasn't about to take the test at Target, so I held it? So we pull up to the house, I run in, grab the box of tests, and make a b-line for the bathroom. Evan wants to watch, but I make him wait outside the door. I frantically tear open the little foil wrapper that says "ept" in purple all over it, remove the plastic protector cap from the end, and here we go... testing in progress. No sooner had I put the cap back on, placed in on the counter, and started to wipe, and Evan is bursting in. "Soo, are you?! Are you?" The instructions always say to wait 5 or 10 minutes, but our test started changing within a couple seconds. We could see the pee traveling through the first window and over to the second window. I was pretty sure I could already see lines showing up in both, so I looked closer. As we both hovered over the little plastic wand, I noticed that a + sign was slowly appearing in the indicator window. A plus sign! I blurted out something like, "Oh my gosh, I'm pregnant. See, I knew I was!"

    And then Evan turns towards the toilet and starts peeing. Yep. No hug, no kiss. I guess he had to go just as bad as I did! We hugged and kissed once he was done, and then we wandered back into the living room. "You are going to save that, aren't you?" he asked, looking at the test. "Of course." We took a couple pictures of ourselves holding the positive test, and then Evan called his friends Jason & Chris, and I called Jennifer. Talk about excited! They were all so cute. We decided to tell my mom when we see her in two weeks... It'll be better in person, right?

    We're still in shock. It hasn't hit us yet. Not that we're not excited, but it's just so weird to think that there's a human growing inside me... that we're going to be parents... When does that shock go away? Soon, I hope! :o)

    Here's the picture we took with the test. Cute, right?!

    never been {this} late!

    My period always arrives on Mondays. Maybe Tuesdays. Never Wednesdays, and definitely not Thursdays. Whether I've been on birth control, which I was from ayoung age until August 16th, 2009, or not, I've always started on Mondays or Tuesdays. Like clockwork.

    Well, not this week! It's Thursday, and there is no sign of a period in site. No cramps, no tender tatas, I'm not crying more easily than normal, or anything that might resemble PMS. Well, that's not entirely true. I'm definitely bloated, but what's new? Arg.

    On a scale of 1-10, I'd say I'm pretty freakin' sure I'm pregnant. Except for the bloating, I don't have any "pregnancy symptoms," per say. Besides the late period, which is a pretty huge symptom, now that I think about it. But the big ones- morning sickness, food cravings, heightened sense of smell, sore boobies? Nope. None of the above. I have been peeing in the middle of the night more than I'd like, but hey- I also drink massive glasses of ice water all night, so it's like, "Duh Danielle. Cut that out, would ya?"

    Evan must think I'm nuts, because I've been sure I was pregnant every month since we decided to pull the ring out for good back in August. One month I was nauseous, the next I swore I could smell everything a million times better than normal. I took tests each time, and each time I saw a big blank indicator window staring back at me. Negative. Not pregnant, just a bit crazy.

    I've mentioned to Evan that I'm late a couple times now, but he doesn't seem to be taking me very seriously. Reminds me of a certain story my mom told me as a child- there was a girl, a wolf- I'm sure you remember the rest.

    Anywho. Did I mention I bought this application for my iPhone a while back- iPeriod- that tracks my cycle for me? Best app ever. It predicts when I'm ovulating, when I should be getting my period, it sends me reminders so that I know to bust out the "period panties," all that good stuff. For the last three days, little messages have been popping up on my phone screen- "Your period is one day late." "Your period is two days late." "Your period is three days late." Thanks, I noticed!

    It's time to buy a test. Definitely time. Here's a pic I took while getting ready for work this morning:

    {Little did I know, at the time, that it would be the first picture of my growing baby bump. :o) }