Monday, September 6, 2010

These past few weeks...

Well here we are, 8 months pregnant and ready to POP... literally! I can't imagine getting any bigger, but some how I do. Some how every Dr's appointment the scale keeps climbing higher and higher- what a confidence booster! Man Alive am I ready to be done! At my 36 week appointment I was dialated 1 cm. and 70% effaced. Yahoo! So, I have pretty much given up on an October baby, but that is ok because now we'll have 3 birthday months in a row!

August 30- Andrew
September ?- Baby Bear
October 1- Me!

Did you guys start dialating and effacing at 36 weeks? Just wondering what the norm is, but everyone is SO different I don't think there is a norm...

So I am still teaching ballet and it is so good for me. It is good to still feel involved, get a little bit of exercise and I really do still love it so much. Last week I made Emily take some pictures of me just because I am a dork and just to remember that I could still do a few things being 35 weeks pregnant.

Splits! (Sorry this pic won't flip!)



Andrew turned 25! Yep, he's a quarter centery- what an old guy! I can't even explain how much I love him and how amazing he is to me. I really am not kidding- he NEVER EVER complains! He is always happy! Normal, I hate people that are always happy because I think that as a human you get mad, angry, frustrated, stressed, blah blah blah, but no- he doesn't. He always has things the way they need to be and everything works out so great. I couldn't have married a better man and I truly feel bad for everyone else cause no one else gets to be married to him but me!

Yes, this is the pathetic cake I made him... I have so much more respect for the ladies with the hair nets at the grocery store who decorate the cakes- this was super hard and it looks super not so good!


We didn't do anything too spectacular because I had ballet til later, it was pooring rain that day and I was just to dang tired! I got us Firehouse to go and we ate a fabulous dinner and then watched Date Night- one of his presents. We LOVE that show- it is seriously our favorite show!

I also got myself a rocking chair/ glider. I am in love with it! I seriously can't tell you how awesome it is! Sitting in one for 2 minutes in the store is great, but sitting in one for fifteen minutes at home just about puts me to sleep it is so relaxing! I think it is a for sure must for any mom! Andrew was not too thrilled with this prchase, but I have found him multiple times rocking away in the nursery because I know he loves it too- even if he won't admit it.

For Labor Day weekend my mom's side of the family rented out this cabin/lodge/ big open building thing up Logan Canyon at Camp Lomia. It was such a great weekend with everyone- I love having nothing planned, tons of food and family and games to play- we really did have so much fun!

For Sunday we had our own little meeting. My musical Aunt Julee did the music, my spiritual giant of a father did a little lesson and my grandpa did a great job conducting the whole thing and it was so great. We had a mini testimony meeting and it was really great. I love my family and am so grateful for the gospel in our lives.

This was the only part of the trip that I HATED, not hated, but HATED!!! We decided to drive up to Old Ephraim's Grave. Old Ephraim was like the world's largest bear and was buried up Logan Canyon. The reason that I hated this was because the road that we had to drive on was EXTREMELY bUmPy and EXTREMELY nArRoW! I don't do well with bumpy and narrow rides because it makes me nervous that our car will tip over or something. SO, adding the pregnancy too it made the trip even worse! And, when someone tells you that it is "just about 10 miles" you don't think that it will take AN HOUR to get there! Seriously every bump hurt my bump and it really was painful to try and hold my belly while we were going over such horrible roads! I cried a little bit on the way up, had a few contractions and complained the entire time. On the way home I didn't cry, I BAWLED my eyes out, had some very real contractions and made sure that everyone knew how much I hated the entire experinece! I'm just a real treat aren't I... ; )

Don't let these smiles fool you- I was in pain...

We also did SMORES- my favorite! My cousin Blakelee had THE BEST idea to use Reese's Peanut Butter Cups instead of chocolate- it was SO yummy! You have to try it!

It wouldn't be a normal Ripley Camping Weekend without a few campfire songs. Wonderfuly talented Julee had tons of songs to sing that brought back so many fun memories of camping when we were just little ones. Thanks Julee!

Singing songs and playing games!

I LOVE my family more than anything and really am so blessed to have them in my life!

Here is my last really great story... So you might know that I am a little superstitious. I am a littlestitious as Michael Scott would say. On June 6 I got a fortune cookie that said,

"Remember three months from this date. Good things are in store for you."

SO, three months is today- September 6... LABOR DAY! Seriously if I have this baby today (I'm sure I won't) I might have to change my religion to the Fortune Cookie Church of Truth!

I'll keep you guys informed on my progress with the pregnancy- I go back in to the Dr on Wednesday and I am SO excited to see how much more I am dialated and everything! And yes, our bags are packed and we're ready to go!



Ali @ Mommie Life said...

Okay what a fun post! Lots to comment on! First, your adorable! I did not look that good at 8 months! I was dilated to a 2 and 80% at my 8 month if I remember right... and yep, everyone is SO different!

I can't believe you are still teaching ballet! Holy Cow!! Your the most gorgeous pregnant ballerina I've ever seen! I am so impressed at the splits by the way! Way awesome!!!!!

Fun family vacay!! I LOVE phase 10!! Looks like you've been having lots of fun before the summer is over! Live it up cause once that baby comes, your pretty much grounded! :)

I just love you girl, your too cute!

Kip & Alisha said...

First of all, I am AMAZED that you can still do the splits! Holy crap :)
Best of luck having the baby! We're excited to hear when you have him!

Mandy said...

Ali... All I can say is that you AMAZE me w/ your Ballet at 36 weeks!! SHEESH! You are AWESOME!!!

Gosh, I'm so happy for you and I'm so glad I found your blog! I hate that I never see you and your family. It looks like you had a great time at your family reunion! Sorry about that road! :) I can't even imagine! I remember being 7 months prego and they were re-doing the St. George BLVD. and Brad (my hubby) would forget EVERY TIME to take the back road and It was horrible!!! So, I can SORT of relate.
Good luck w/ everything and sorry I didn't make it to your shower. Hey if you would like, and I can make it up North, I would LOVE to take baby photos of baby bear since I didn't get you a baby gift :) I don't know if you know I do photography, but I do. And if you are a little weary, you can check out my photo blog..LOL...@

Well, I love ya and I'm so glad to hear you are happy and that you have a wonderful husband that treats you well. And you are right, you are very lucky to have him and you should feel bad for everyone else :D hahaha..
Take Care Ali!
And seriously let me know if you would like newborn pics:) I would be happy to do it!!

leah jane said...

you look adorable and those splits have me more than impressed!! childbirth will be a piece of cake for you! :)

Sean Carson and NIxon said...

Hey Ali! I just came across your blog! It's so cute. You're adorable prego! I was induced at 37 weeks and dilated to a 3. At my 36 week appointment I was a 2. It's so crazy how different everyone is. I hope he comes soon!

Crystal said...

oh my gosh those pictures of you in your dance positions are KILLING me! I think my favorite was the 'tilt'... how do you even stay balanced with that belly?? I couldn't even walk without tripping when I was pregnant. P.S. I did a back handspring yesterday and about ripped in half. Way to go on keeping up your skills, because trust me, you would seriously lose them.

By the way, gliders are AWESOME! They really are the most comfortable thing and tell Andrew that you REALLY do need something when you're up every few hours feeding a newborn.

Magdalena said...

oh baby! so, so close! you do look bomb doing the splits, and how you managed a tilt is beyond me. as for the glider, it seriously saved me during the early nights and i used it when mini was sick in her toddler years because it soothed her. thanks for your kind words and so sorry i missed your call - check your voicemail if you haven't already. love you ali!

Lithie said...

you are the cutest thing ever ali!!! miss you girl! dude you look great! and that would be sooo cool if baby comes in sept! october is awesome too though! emett was oct 30 and I cant believe this time last year i was ready to pop too like you!
enjoy it though it such a crazy time!
what are we gonna do about getting you that present!?
well like u said there really is no "norm" i was dilated to a 7 and was at freakin work! but yeah emett came 2 weeks early... but i was so happy!
i cant wait to see what baby bear will look like. love the pics of you. and andrew too happy belated to him
see you soon love ya!

Taiya and Cam said...

Props to you for still being able to do ballet at 38 weeks!! That's crazy! It was so fun getting together the other night! We love you guys!

Jules and BJ said...

Ali! You're baby is coming so soon and I am so excited for you! You and Andrew are so cute and I love that you still teach ballet and can do all the same things you could do when you weren't pregnant. I can't even do those things ever. ha ha. I'm excited to see your cute baby when he comes! Love you!