Sunday, September 17, 2017

M A T E R N I T Y

A grand adventure is about to begin...


When I surprised my family by coming back to Utah a few weeks ago I realized it would be my only chance to get some photos taken to remember this pregnancy.  Luckily Megan was able to fit me in last minute for a maternity session. Megan is a long time family friend and so great to work with. She really worked her magic when I was already feeling huge and not very photogenic but she just knew what to say and how to pose me that we were able to catch some really great shots I can cherish forever! 

If you're looking for a talented family photographer, she's your gal!    
@Megan Poulton Photography 
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Ma + Pa Janson Visit

There is nothing we love more than company!! After my trip home to Southern Utah last week, I  was able to book my flight back with Shannon + Steve. It was a lot easier to travel with family than all on my own. Steve was the best and lugged my big carry on through the airports which was a huge help to my prego body. <3  Sadly we had a whole weekend getaway mapped out in Savannah and Charleston but good old Hurricane Irma had other plans. By the time it reached us it had luckily downgraded to a Tropical Storm and hardly did any damage. His parents will be here for about a week and then we plan to join them up in Greensborough, SC for Steve's extended family reunion. Shannon made a joke to someone out here that she's a storm chaser coming all the way from Utah just to see the Hurricane and someone walking past heard her and started telling their friends,  "No way, that lady is a storm chaser!" I felt pretty safe/fun to be with a storm chaser all weekend. ;) Despite the unfortunate weather, we managed to have a great weekend exploring Georiga, and Aiken, SC. Our traveling this weekend just made me fall a little more in love with GA. Below are some pictures of my favorite spots we found.


P H I N Z Y  S W A M P  -   AUGUSTA, GA

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H O P E L A N D    G A R D E N S  - AIKEN , SC


AIKENS MAKEN - AIKEN, SC 


FLANIGAN'S ICE CREAM PARLOR  - AIKEN, SC

Sunday, September 10, 2017

28 Weeks & Southern Utah



28 Weeks


Hello, 3rd Trimester!! Here's the update for those interested.

Biggest craving right now:

 Food. Any food. I think I may be out of the "craving" stage right now. My goal right now is just to eat well and enough to keep baby girl healthy. 

Baby is the size of:
A coconut. She weighs about 2.5 lbs and is almost 16 inches tall. She is getting so much bigger/stronger. Now it's more than just kicks. It's full on movements and pressure. I swear this last week she did a full on flip in there. Such a weird but cool feeling. I hope I never forget what it feels like to feel her growing and moving inside me. Random fact to remember: she favors my left side. It's where I feel all her kicks and see her movement the strongest. 

Best moment this week:

This week was such a blast. My sweet hubby let me leave him alone in Georgia at classes for a week so that I could go back to Utah and surprise my family at our annual reunion. The reaction from my parent was one I will never forget and made the whole 5-hour plane ride at 28 weeks worth it! If you know my mom at all, this reaction won't surprise you one bit. As much as I loved being home with family for a week, an equal best moment of this week was to come back "home" to Eth.  

How I'm sleeping:

I am officially a beached whale. When I try and roll over it takes a literal "humph" to get there or a good push when getting up from my unjudgmental husband. ;) I have been trying to avoid drinking too close to bedtime so I can cut back on my nighttime pit stops.  


Next Doctors Appointment:

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 @ 10:50
Fort Gordon Hospital 

  • I was scheduled with the chief of OB Dr. Seehusen ~ sounds like a man who knows what he's doing! And I found out they don't deliver on the base hospital (which is what scared me the most from horror stories I've been told) but that they are contracted with another hospital so we'll be delivering at one called Doctors Hospital which is in town. I'm registered for a tour and a bunch of free classes. They even have one just for new daddy's that Ethan willingly agreed to attend. You can never be too prepared.

  • I am getting my results back from the glucose test for Gestational Diabetes at this next visit. I don't think I have any of the symptoms in favor of it but it'll be reassuring to know for sure. Plus the test wasn't nearly as bad as everyone was warning me it would be. Maybe I just lucked out on a good flavor. ;)


Up next will be all about our week long visit with Ethan's parents in town! We visited some of the most amazing gardens and parks out here I hope we never forget.


PHOTOS FROM MY TRIP BACK TO SOUTHERN UTAH:

The best cousins in the world. Ethan wanted to talk to her!

This best brother spent a lot of his time accompanying me up the side of the hill to get service so I could check in with Ethan each day. We saw some pretty amazing sunsets from up here. Thanks, brother :)

Luckily I got to have lunch with my two favorite college girls while I was in town  + Berkley!

Grayson Spendlove Nephew #8 
This precious boy was born two days before we left to drive out to Georgia so we are still getting to know each other. I quite enjoyed our little nap together, he totally made me a little more anxious to get my baby girl here on the outside to cuddle with. 


Thursday, August 24, 2017

26 Weeks





  Wednesday, Aug 23rd, 2017

26 Weeks


Feeling all the feels this week as I am almost to my third Trimester! Time is FLYING. Here is a quick 26-week update for my little (but growing) baby bump.

Baby is the size of:
A butternut squash! She's now over 14 inches tall and weighs about 2 lbs. And I can feel her growing/stretching every day!

Biggest craving right now:

That's easy! Still cinnamon rolls. But they have to be homemade or it's not worth it considering all the heartburn they bring on!

Weight gain:

I honestly haven't weighed myself in a few weeks! Partly because I don't dare know and the other because I don't want to focus on that. I know that as long as I'm getting bigger/rounder and she stays healthy that's all that matters. But I have been attending the gym EVERYDAY to make sure she's the only one growing! As well as to hopefully help for a quicker recovery and return to my target weight goal post-partum. 

Best moment this week:

That's a tie! Being able to physically see her kicking from the outside + my mom requested I put the phone up to my stomach so she can talk to her grandbaby. #cuepreganancytears

How I'm sleeping:

Sadly, I am already seeing that getting bigger has affected my sleeping. My schedule is still about the same but my comfort level while sleeping is down to about a 7. I can't be touching my stomach at all or it's uncomfortable. Plus baby girl gets very active just before bed. Of course ;)

Symptoms: 

  • I've noticed I can feel her moving and not just kicking! At times it feels like someone has inserted a small balloon into my abdomen and they are just slowly adding air to it. 
  • My body can also feel the change with the extra weight it's carrying off my belly now. My bones ache a little when walking but I could tie that to my new increased gym habits as well.
  • They weren't lying when they said those baby girls bring on A LOT of heartburn. I just hope and pray that the old wives' tale is true about her having lots and lots of hair to make up for this constant heartburn. Although I'll love her just as much if she comes out balder than an eagle ;)
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New in life:

 The biggest is living in Georgia! We've officially been here for 2 weeks and I think I am finally getting used to my new schedule. Gym in the AM  with Paula (my new #armywife friend) + working for a few hours a day for STG Dental Care + laundry on days it's needed + attempting to cook dinner in a hotel room with very limited appliances + ending the day with round 2 at the gym or a nice walk with E. We try to find new ways to meet people or social events to attend on base so maybe that will bring some new faces & memories to our time here at Fort Gordon. 


Next Doctors Appointment: 

Thursday, August 30th @ 10:00 am 
 Fort Gordon Hospital

>This will be my first appointment since being on base and they are requiring me to meet with a family doctor to be established as a new patient before they will refer me to my new OB. 
> I am going just a little crazy not knowing who exactly is going to be delivering my baby or where. But I do have faith that Ethan and I made the right decision to have me come out here with him. To keep our family together + to allow him to witness all the milestones and challenges of pregnancy + and to be present for the birth of our first baby girl. 
> I absolutely know that if the medical need arose for me to return home to have the baby, Ethan wouldn't hesitate to put us first even if that meant he couldn't be there. I love that about him but I am doing everything in my power and outside my comfort zone to be here, with him, to start our forever family!  

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

24 Weeks


  Sunday, August 9th 2017

24 Weeks

Hit my halfway mark this week! I'm torn between wanting it to slow down + speed up!! Here's this week's updates!

Baby is the size of:
A butternut squash! She's now over 14 inches tall and weighs about 2lbs. And I can feel her growing/stretching every day!

Biggest craving right now:

Anything healthy. Fruits, veggies and you guessed it sandwiches. I feel those will never get old this pregnancy! Honestly, though, junk food and soda just make me feel soo sick! 

Weight gain:

I honestly haven't weighed myself in a few weeks! Partly because I don't dare know and the other because I don't want to focus on that. I know that as long as I'm getting bigger/rounder and she stays healthy that's all that matters. But I have been attending the gym EVERYDAY to make sure she's the only one growing! As well as to hopefully help for a quicker recovery and return to my target weight goal post-partum. 

Best moment this week:

Moving to GEORGIA!! The move itself has been a little bit of an adjustment for me but getting to stay together as a family makes it all worth it! 

How I'm sleeping:

As long as I'm not on my back I've been sleeping pretty great. She seems to move a lot at night and first thing in the morning when dad heads off to work/class. Sometimes really early so I'm turning in to a morning person whether I want to or not ;)

Symptoms:

 Been feeling a lot of round ligament pain lately.  I think she is just stretching out and getting comfortable since she's still got a couple months in there!

What's making me Nauseous: 

No nausea....luckily!!! Fingers crossed that old familiar friend doesn't come back! I'm finally starting to forget how bad it was during the first trimester that I think I'll actually do this again someday ;)
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Mood:
Tired and stressed from moving!Saying goodbye to family and friends was hard. Then I had to make sure our house was ready for the renters. Got the babies room set up as much as possible before we get back. Washed and sorted all of her baby clothes, burp rags, blankets, etc. And then pack and drive 31 hours to Georgia. Then once we got here, I had to turn this hotel room into a "home" for the next four months. STRESSFUL month, but gonna be worth it!


New in life:

>Obviously.. we moved! It's been a little stressful but I'm actually liking to so far. Aside from missing my family/house and my familiar schedule, it's growing on me. I just need to give myself time to adjust and get used to the new schedule and then it'll be a bit more comfortable.

>Ethan started his first day of Training today. Man seeing him in uniform <3 He's gonna do great here!
>I can't believe I'm almost to my third trimester! It's really been flying by now, I think especially with the move. It sometimes still doesn't feel real!

Next Doctors Appointment: 

Some time + some place in Georgia at Fort Gordon?!



Janson Family Reunion

New Harmony Aug. 5-6
Fun picture from the Janson family reunion where 5 of us were pregnant this year! From left to right. Kimi: Due Feb. Courtenae: Due December. Me: Due November. Jessica: Due September and Sam: Due August!  Next years reunion will be so fun with lots of new faces!!  



Monday, August 7, 2017

20 Weeks + Snow Basin Resort

BABY #1 : 20 WEEKS

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Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Sleep:
I can't be on my back for too long and have to have the body pillow between my legs or using Ethan as one. He prefers the body will since it's the middle of summer but he's nice at lets me cuddle with him for a little bit when we first lay down.

Best moment this week:
Going in for the Anatomy Ultrasound on Wednesday. So far at every ultrasound, she has been a little stinker and really made us work for it. Constantly having to poke and move my belly around to get her to face the right way. This one was no different. We were supposed to be checking her lungs, heart, etc but all we could see for the first five minutes was her little bum and spine! Finally, she flipped and we got that gorgeous profile I've been dying to see!! 






Food I'm craving:
Sandwiches...always sandwiches!! And lately cinnamon rolls.

What's making me nauseous:
Nothing! I still sometimes dry-heave in the morning but usually only if I don't eat something late enough before going to bed.

Symptoms:
Just some occasional round ligament pain which just means my body is changing and she's growing! I also get pretty sick if I don't eat every couple of hours. Luckily I like most food now!

What I'm looking forward too:
Getting baby girls nursery finished! It's coming along and getting me more excited for her to get here!

New in life:
> I'm almost done at work then we move to GEORGIA!
> Our house is really coming together! Can't wait to post about the before and afters.

 Snow Basin Resort

The Janson clan found out about a good deal to head up to Snow Basin Lodge for lunch and to let the kids ride the Gondola. Little did I know and thanks to my adorable "forgetful" husband he neglected to tell me that we were going to be hiking as well. Now because this lodge was the venue for a wedding we previously attended I imagined our family all dressing somewhat nice casual to eat and visit at the lodge. However, when everyone started showing up in shorts, hats and tennis shoes I immediately knew I was a little overdressed! Ethan was great though and helped me hike up the mountain with my 20-week belly/energy and even in my flip flops and all. I was so glad we decided to join them all on the hike after all because it was Gorgeous!! Snow at some spots really caught your eye for how warm it was out there. The kids were excited to play in the snow, even if it was a little dirty. You can't say no to a snow ball fight! We decided this will definitely need to be a Janson family tradition every year! 

Monday, July 3, 2017

18 Weeks + Kolob


Baby #1  18 Weeks
on Wednesday June 28th, 2017

Sleep:
I've been sleeping pretty well, as long as I'm not on my back. I still wake up about once for a bathroom break. Probably just due to how much water I'm trying to drink during the day to make up for how little I drank in the first trimester. It made me so sick!! Anyone else ever experience that?

Best Moment this week:
Our Dr.'s appointment last week. Hearing the heartbeat always reassures me everything is good and healthy with baby girl. I stress before every appointment that the Doctor is going to give us bad news, so when I hear that heartbeat I am one happy momma!

Food I'm craving:
Cinnamon Rolls. I need them. I want them. I almost drove to maverick at midnight just to get one. (It was the closest place to get them, but not the best ones) Today I am going to get one at Bishop's Grill. The best and biggest cinnamon rolls for $1. That's right. $1. I may have to buy extras for those late night cravings. I have also been craving salad and breadsticks. Mostly from Olive Garden. Mmmmh. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! 

What's making me nauseous:
*Knock on wood* I haven't been nauseous much at all this last week. In fact, I can't remember the last time I threw up. It's been heavenly! 

Symptoms:
One thing I've really been noticing this last week has been sharp pains when I stand up too fast. I talked to my doctor though, and he said that's normal. Also all of a sudden, I noticed that I "feel" big. Like getting up off the couch sometimes requires Ethan's help. Not that I need it yet, but just that it's easier! 

Appearance:
This week I've been getting told that I finally "look pregnant". At work last week I had my first stranger ask me when I was due, instead of just staring and assuming I'm pregnant but not daring to offend me in case I'm not. It completely caught me off guard because she said, "well it looks like you've gained some weight!" Then I realized she was talking about my baby bump! My hair and nails are also starting to take off. My hair takes forever to grow so I've been counting on pregnancy to really get the length!

Mood:
As always, just so happy and excited for baby girl to get here. (realizing I still have FOREVER!) I am in power mode trying to get everything ready and set up in the nursery since we leave for Georgia in basically 1 month!! 

What am I looking forward to:
Our anatomy test this month to make sure everything is good with baby girl. 
Also, I can't wait to feel her move!! I hear for first-time mom's you don't feel the baby move until about 18-20 weeks so I've been really trying to focus and pay attention to any movement so I don't miss it. I'm sure one day all her movement will drive me nuts, but for now, that's all I want is to feel her move!! 

Moments from this week:
The second trimester is making it way easier to get out and enjoy outings. Last weekend we went up to Kolob Resivor with my siblings. (Mom, Dad and Kyson are in Texas touring Kyson's mission). We met up there for lunch and took the canoe/kayaks out. Even got the dogs out on the water! I love living so close to my siblings. Hopefully, it stays that way for a long time to come!