Monday, June 25, 2012

Twizzlers, Gummy Worms, and Sour Patch

Life continues to be an adventure. When I started getting "morning sickness" before I knew I was pregnant, I never dreamed that it would last this long. However, after attending my first appointment at my new doctor's office, I finally feel that there's hope. Although the baby continues to grow, I am coming up on 24 weeks and still 5 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight. I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum aka morning sickness on steroids. I was referred to a home health agency that is going to come and help take care of me-give me IVs if I need them, zofran pump, etc. I am SO thrilled to feel that there's hope. 

I LOVE being able to feel my little guy squirm, kick, and jab. It's one of the coolest feelings in the world and reminds me of the wonderful blessing that will soon be in our lives. Dayne loves talking to the baby and feeling him kick. The baby becomes extremely active when he hears his daddy's voice. I can tell already that they are going to have such a special bond.

Here's my "preggo" shot coming up on 24 weeks. 

Although I haven't "craved" a lot of food, there have been a few foods that sound good all the time: Twizzlers, gummy worms, and sour patch. It's funny because I've never hated these candies, but have never loved them. They are now staples in our home. As soon as I run out, I make Dayne take me to the store to replenish my supply. I know they aren't healthy, but they help get me through my day.

My Staples
Dayne continues to work hard in school. He's not too fond of his biochemistry class, but really likes his other classes. He studies hard, but still manages to spend a lot of time with me. I think I see him more now than I did during his undergrad. Although we both wish we lived a little closer to Midwestern University, it's nice that we can separate his school life from his home life. We're best friends and still just as in love as ever. Last night as we were both dying from laughter over the stupidest thing, I thought to myself, "Wow, I really am SO blessed to be married to my best friend." I'm sure he gets tired of my complaining and sickness, but he's such a trooper and I'm so in love with him.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Life in El Mirage

Moving from our life in Rexburg has been harder than I ever imagined. As the homesickness has set in, I am realizing more than ever just how blessed we were to have such amazing friends and family so close to us. Although it has been really hard not knowing ANYONE, on a positive note, I feel that Dayne and I are closer than ever before. We've only been down in Arizona a few weeks, but I feel that our marriage has already been strengthened and I love him more than ever before. 

El Mirage, AZ is quite the little town. Dayne says that parts of the town make him feel like he's back on his mission in Jamaica. Pretty sure we are the only Caucasians and members of the church in the entire neighborhood. Although this is something that I've never experienced before, I'm looking forward to this grand adventure. Last week the temperature got up to 113 degrees. To say the least, it's HOT down here! However, the good news is that we are still alive:) Here's the family update:  

Dayne: Started PA school this past week. He really likes Midwestern University and is already crazy busy with homework. However, he enjoys learning and really likes his anatomy lab. He got into a little car accident our first week here, but luckily everything turned out okay. He loves all of the authentic Mexican restaurants around town so we have enjoyed a lot of really good food.  

Gunner: Hates this heat! However, he likes chasing all of the lizards in our backyard. He loves lizards so much that he brought one inside yesterday. He keeps me company while Dayne is at school and NEVER leaves my side. He enjoys going to the dog park in the evenings when the weather has cooled off (to like 98 degrees haha). 

Me: Through a lot of prayer, I passed my nursing boards! Wahoo! However, still sick and throwing up around 10 times a day.  Dayne likes to make remarks about me "kneeling down at my porcelain throne" haha. I've been job hunting a little bit though because I can't stand being home alone all day every day with nothing to do. Hopefully I'll start feeling a little bit better so I can work. I've had some requests to post a "preggo" picture. I look terrible, but here's a picture at 21 weeks:

I can tell already that life here will be a definite growing experience. However, Dayne and I are up to the challenge. We have so much to be grateful for including the love and support from our family and friends no matter where we are!