Monday, August 31, 2015

things i'm dreaming of {august}:

fall, so I can make crafts like this.
energy balls taken to a whole new level - chocolate!
a trip to the Northeast this fall.
colorful blooms.
this salad that actually sounds appetizing.
the patience to make homemade hand soap.
fall (again :)), so I can make crafts like this.
a marriage of the best ingredients.
this fall outfit.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

First Trimester Helps

There are lots of things I would never wish on someone: cancer, homelessness, blowing a tire on the freeway, being framed for a crime, canned black olives, shrinking new clothes in the dryer, being forced to kill a giant spider, a bad hair day, and constant morning sickness. Sure, I haven't experienced half of those, but canned black olives are no joke.

I'd also argue that constant morning sickness is no joke--but it's bearable when you find what works for you. I feel like it took me a rather long time to figure out what worked for me and my nausea, whereas some women figure it out quickly. I guess I just like to do things the hard way. :)
Here's what worked for me...

1 // Plain, simple snack foods. Basically, anything that didn't have too much flavor. My go-to's were saltines, animal crackers, fruit snacks, and dry cereal. I found that if I ate something as soon as I woke up (literally, the moment I opened my eyes! I kept a box of cereal on my nightstand.) and if I continued to eat something (anything!) every 2 hours, I didn't throw up as much. Constantly keeping some fruit snacks and a bag of animal crackers in my bag was a lifesaver on more than one occasion. In fact, since I'm still getting nauseous and throwing up every once in a while, I keep 1-2 snacks in my purse at all times.

2 // Gatorade and Sprite. Hydration, hydration, hydration. I quickly learned that throwing up was even worse when you haven't been drinking very much. I've never been a fan of soda/carbonation, but Sprite really helped with my upset stomach and those times when food sounded like the worst thing in the world, it was nice having something in the fridge to fall back on.

3 // Unisom + Vitamin B6. Okay, if I were the kind of person to worship things, I'd worship this drug combo all day long. This stuff saved me. My doctor wouldn't prescribe Zofran since he's against it (he's also just a weird guy in general and I'm looking for a new doctor) and basically told me to call him if I was still sick at 14 weeks. Since I was convinced at one point I was going to throw up an organ wasn't okay with that, I started googling things and found that taking 25mg of Vitamin B6 and 1/2 of a Unisom (two thumbs up for the cheap knock-off brand!) at night worked for severe morning sickness. I always took/take mine at night since Unisom is a sleep-aid and I didn't want to be falling asleep at work, and they seemed to last until the next evening. I only wish I had discovered this sooner!

4 // Ziplock baggies. It's gross, but these were great for throwing up. I didn't even think of using ziplock baggies until my mom gave me a handful as we headed out the door to drive home from Utah. They fold up small and are easy to stash in your purse or in the car door, they contain the smell (so gross- I can't believe I'm blogging about this), and they're disposable...no mess to wash out/clean.

5 // Preggie Pops. A girl at work recommended trying Preggie Pops. I bought the kind with vitamin B6 added and they helped quite a bit the first week or two that I had morning sickness before it got worse. They're especially helpful when you can feel the nausea coming on but can't entertain the thought of eating anything.

6 // Sleep. So simple, so helpful! Days when the morning sickness was really bad, I'd come home from work and sleep for an hour or two before Ben got home and then I'd end up going to bed early so I could get 9-10 hours each night. It definitely wasn't productive, but it helped!

7 // Ice water. I've been a little turned off from the taste of water the last few months, but I found that drinking ice water (or just really cold water) helps with the taste and I was/am able to get my recommended amount. 

Let me know if you have any morning sickness tips or tricks! Anything is appreciated!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

reading recommendation: The Wednesday Wars


The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

I laughed out loud at least 10 times collectively while reading this on the metro each morning and afternoon for a few days. And it was totally worth the sideways glances and even the full-on head turn accompanied by a quizzical look from a very small, old woman. The author did a fabulous job of invoking all the emotions; it was sweet, heartbreaking, hilarious, embarrassing, and even enraging at points. But. I couldn't love more how it brings to light the fact that people often surprise us--usually for the better.

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Goodreads summary: In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year in Long Island, New York.

Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation—the Big M—in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

baby growing: week 15

week 15 // 8-18-15

How far along? 15 weeks.

How big is baby? The size of an orange.

Total weight gain? No weight gain this week.

Maternity clothes? I pulled out two maternity dresses this week for work and church, but I mostly stuck to wearing scrubs.

Sleep? Sleeping great! But no matter how much I sleep, I wake up tired and ready for a nap. ;)

Best moment this week? I'd be lying if I didn't say making and eating homemade cinnamon rolls.

Food cravings? Nothing has sounded super delicious this week, except homemade cinnamon rolls and fresh peaches. Oh, and burgers and fries- but only with lots of ketchup, tomatoes, pickles, and onions!

Food aversions? Chicken!

Movement? None.

Belly button in or out? In.

Weird pregnancy things? 1) I've never been able to grow out my nails, but they're SO long and strong now! 2) I haven't been too nauseous this week, and only threw up once on Sunday morning. 3) A small dark spot showed up on my cheek this week. It isn't too noticeable to anyone else and I can easily cover it with makeup, but still so weird! 4) Heartburn. I've never experienced it before so when it hit as I was climbing into bed one night, I was really confused.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

reading recommendation: In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

Disclaimer: I love history.

This was a book I had saved for the holiday break a few years ago because I knew I'd become hooked and completely disregard normal life until I reached the end. I've never read Moby Dick--gasp--but this incredible true story of heartbreak and triumph inspired Herman Melville's tale. I love reading and learning about historical tragedies and struggles because of the strength and courage that comes to light when people are put in truly difficult circumstances. And this novel did more for me than simply teach me about a historical event. I walked away from the book feeling encouraged and inspired to face my own storms in life because of the way the group of young men came up with solutions to survive and focus on their end goal.

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Goodreads summary: In the Heart of the Sea brings to new life the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex—an event as mythic in its own century as the Titanic disaster in ours, and the inspiration for the climax of Moby-Dick. In a harrowing page-turner, Nathaniel Philbrick restores this epic story to its rightful place in American history.

In 1820, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.

In the Heart of the Sea tells perhaps the greatest sea story ever. Philbrick interweaves his account of this extraordinary ordeal of ordinary men with a wealth of whale lore and with a brilliantly detailed portrait of the lost, unique community of Nantucket whalers. Impeccably researched and beautifully told, the book delivers the ultimate portrait of man against nature, drawing on a remarkable range of archival and modern sources, including a long-lost account by the ship's cabin boy. At once a literary companion and a page-turner that speaks to the same issues of class, race, and man's relationship to nature that permeate the works of Melville, In the Heart of the Sea will endure as a vital work of American history.