Friday, December 31, 2010

adios 2010

I seriously can not believe 2010 is over!!! This year seriously flew by like super fast!!

2010 has been a pretty great year for me though I kicked off the year marrying my best friend and I am so lucky to now call him my husband!!

We then went on a fabulous honeymoon to Antigua which was the best vacation I have ever taken, we had so much fun and wanted to go back for our one year anniversary but obviously there has been a change of plans 

I ran my first 1/2 marathon of 2010 in Bastrop, Tx, setting a PR.  It was probably one of the best races I have participated I look foreword to doing again post baby and celebrated my 25th birthday that same weekend.

Went to Vegas for my first time as an adult with the hubby...had a splendid time

Met one of my favorite authors and blogger Jen Lancaster

Ran my 2nd 1/2 marathon of 2010 with my mom, grandma, uncle...and baby Lopez was there too merely a floating ball of cells too early to be detected at that point

Found out we will soon be a family of 3!!!!

Went on a vacation to Chicago... had a blast until the last day when good ol morning sickness decided to kick in

We finished out the year celebrating Christmas with hubbies family and getting to meet our sweet nephew for the first time, it was cute watching hubby try to hold the baby, he clearly has some learning to do :) I however am a loser and did not take any pictures, although I have no excuse this coming year seeing as I got my beloved and long awaited camera for Christmas!!

2010 has been such a blessed and amazing year! God never ceases to amaze me with the plan He has for my life.  I can only look foreword to 2011, we have so much to be thankful for and look forward to and I cant wait to see what God has in store for us in the coming year.

I hope everyone has a SAFE and happy new years celebration, I will be at work ringing in the new year with the lil babies, I just hope they are nice to me tonight :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

18 weeks

The last two weeks have been pretty crazy not because were super busy people but my work schedule has been really weird and when I don't have many days off between the days I work it effects my motivation level and things like blogging go out the I forgot to take pictures both weeks...not like there was much to see anyway :)

How far along? 18 weeks 2 days

Baby's size? Bell pepper  or about 5 1/2 inches long

Weight Gain? Well, I had gained a pound for about a week and today I stepped on the scale and was back to pre-pregnancy weight...I don't know what gives

Maternity clothes? I don't foresee needing this for quite a while although I do have a bebe band I wear with many of my jeans because they fit comfortably when standing but when I sit they squish my tummy

Stretch marks? not a single one :)

Belly button in or out? Very much in

Sleep? My sleep schedule has been really wacky the last few weeks, on days I work I have a hard time staying asleep more than 6 hours, on days I'm off I will always wake up at 3 am wide awake and cant go back to sleep so on the nights I'm not working I usually take a quarter of a Unisom to help me stay asleep 

Foods I am loving? Papa Johns Pizza, Lucky Charms, fruit, mac and cheese, sprite

Foods I am hating? eggs, peppers or onions, garlic

Best moment this week? well when i was 16 weeks I felt the baby move for the first time, I was at work charting and was sitting kind of hunched like with bad posture...I know it was baby and not gas or any other tummy grumblings because it was down right above my pubic bone and there is nothing right there but baby and uterus.  Also it was a feeling I had never felt before kind of like a poking feeling but from the inside.  I feel it a lot more lately, mostly around when I eat, when I am at work, and if I'm sitting or lying with my legs pulled up towards my belly.  Its a pretty amazing feeling and a good reassurance that there sure is something in there and its still alive and moving

Movement? YES!!!

Symptoms? My hunger and queasiness are still at a battle HA, I was super hungry and couldn't eat enough for like three days and then all of a sudden I'm back to having no appetite and needing to take Zofran once a day on many days to have the slightest appetite and not feel all queasy and gross.  It seems I mostly feel kinda crappy when I have to work I think the night shift schedule screws with my sleep patterns and really effects my eating abilities.  I force feed myself on many occasions because I know how important it is I eat often.  I have found though If i keep pretzels or something in my pocket at work and munch on a regular basis it helps some but its just really frustrating...I want to like food again!!!

Gender? don't know yet...really really thinking its a girl on most occasions but some days I feel like maybe its a boy...I really just would like to know what this little person is

What I miss? being able to run like I used to and sleep on my back oh yeah and eat like a normal person

What I'm looking forward to? finding out what this little human is... we have a week and a half!!

Weekly Wisdom: I tell myself often God is in control He gave me this life to care for and He is in control me worrying about all the crazy weird things that can happen will do no good!

Milestone: I feel like I am finally showing just a tad

Emotions: excited and really anxious to find out the gender!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award

The other day I received the Versatile Blogger Award from Melissa over at Hanging with Mr. Cooper! Thanks Melissa!!
For this award I pass it on to 7 other blogs I have recently found, I follow so many blogs already so I'll choose some of the newest ones I follow.

Also I need to tell ya'll 7 things about me

1. I despise cleaning the bathroom floor...any other thing I don't mind cleaning but whoever decided on the tile and grout selection in our apartment bathrooms obviously isn't the one who has to clean them...they are impossible!

2. I love trying new recipes and I rarely make the same thing twice except for a few all time faves

3. Christmas is my most favorite season ever!!

4. I love not being a dog owner anymore, and hope not to be for a least not until we have a house

5. We are hoping to buy a house very soon...At times thinking of the whole process gives me great anxiety

6. I could and often do watch Home Alone on a daily basis now that its christmas season

7. I plan to use cloth diapers on little SHIM when it arrives

Now for the ones I will pass this award on too:

I think that about does it...5 is close to 7 right?!?

Monday, December 6, 2010

15 weeks

How far along? 15 weeks 5 days

Baby's size? navel orange

Weight Gain? None so far, at the Dr's office today their scale showed 1lb gain but I told her on my scale at home that I use everyday I'm still at no weight gain...she said its ok as long as I'm not losing weight

Maternity clothes? I don't foresee needing this for quite a while as I am still fitting into my XS regular clothes with no problems

Stretch marks? not a single one :)

Belly button in or out? Very much in

Sleep? sleep is great I sleep better during the day but that's possible because I work night shift and my body is accustomed to that...On days I work it doesn't matter what time I go to bed or how tired I am I will always wake up at 530 AM wide awake, its pretty annoying

Foods I am loving? Papa Johns Pizza, Beefaroni (totally random I know but I seriously can eat this stuff on a daily basis and I often do)

Foods I am hating? Not a fan of eggs and definitely no onions 

Best moment this week? I had a Dr's appointment today, it was very uneventful but I love going to see how things are coming one month we find out the gender!! YAY

Movement? none yet

Symptoms?  Over this past week my hunger and queasiness have been at a battle HA, I almost passed out twice because I guess I went too long without eating but I didn't feel hungry it was like in a split second I felt like I was going to pass out and thank Jesus for the sweet tarts in my purse.  I'm trying to be better about making myself eat more often but some days I still have quite a bit of queasiness, its very frustrating to try an figure out

Gender? don't know yet...really really hoping for a girl but would be thrilled with a boy too

What I miss? being able to run like I used to

What I'm looking forward to? finding out what this little human is... we have one month

Weekly Wisdom: nada


Emotions: I worry a lot, but due to my job and the crazy stuff I see on a daily basis I don't think that will ever go away until this baby is born and is at home and healthy, today though the Dr did a good job of reassuring me and not making me feel crazy for worrying about the random crap I worry about

Ok now for pictures...I'm telling you I don't look pregnant at all, I went to a friends daughters birthday party and all day I heard how I don't look pregnant blah blah...I feel like I'm in this in the middle stage where I don't look pregnant but I feel bigger than I was, and wishing I was showing more

please excuse the stupid look on my face
there is slightly something there
and for some comparison...this is me technically 2 weeks pregnant hah on labor day
so you see things have certainly shifted around even if I have gained no weight and to most don't look pregnant

Monday, November 29, 2010

14 weeks

How far along? 14 weeks 5 days

Baby's size? a lemon

Weight Gain? None so far I am actually down 1 lb from pre-pregnancy weight

Maternity clothes? I don't foresee needing this for quite a while as I am still fitting into my XS regular clothes with no problems

Stretch marks? not a single one :)

Belly button in or out? Very much in

Sleep? Oh how I love sleep!! I can literally sleep 15-17 hours on some days if I want to, usually I'll wake up for about 30 min to an hour in there to get something to eat

Foods I am loving? Pasta, Papa Johns Pizza, Mac and Cheese, sprite, ramen, Coke with cherry from Sonic

Foods I am hating? Not a fan of eggs or red meat and definitely no onions 

Best moment this week? getting to see family at thanksgiving

Movement? none yet

Symptoms?  If I don't eat for long periods of time I feel very sick, but the waves of nausea have greatly subsided and I have some energy but still get tired very easily...the acne is the worst symptom of all though I would take all the morning sickness and exhaustion in the world over this 16 year old boy type acne... its just awful

Gender? dont know yet...really really hoping for a girl but would be thrilled with a boy too

What I miss? the occasional glass of beer or wine

What I'm looking forward to? finding out what this little human is... we have 37 more days

Weekly Wisdom: nada

Milestone: not needing to take a Zofran every day

Emotions: I worry a lot, but due to my job and the crazy stuff I see on a daily basis I don't think that will ever go away until this baby is born and is at home and healthy

I will start putting up pics with the 15 week post, I was going to put one with this post but my battery is dead on the camera and to be quite honest it doesn't even look like I'm pregnant, just looks like I ate a big meal or haven't taken a poo in several days LOL just sayin', I mean really if it weren't for the doppler and the few ultrasounds I've had I would wonder if something is really growing in there!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Its really a baby in there!

We had our second appointment today, It was an exciting one because at the last appointment the baby looked more like a blob on the ultrasound than anything else and I knew today it would look like a real baby!

We had the ultrasound first and the lil thing was so cute! It was kicking its legs so it would bounce off the side of uterus it was neat to see it moving in there.

Everything went perfect at the appointment and I am 12 weeks tomorrow, which I am thrilled about since that means one more week of the first trimester and hopefully some relief from the yucky feeling and non-appetite I have been having, although I truly cannot complain because things have honestly been pretty easy this first trimester.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Spillin the beans

sorry I have been a bit MIA lately I have been hibernating...thats what I call it at least.  I literally have been sleeping like 16 hours on my days off...really unproductive, but I am taking advantage of my uninterrupted sleep time as I know soon it will be a thing of the past.

Telling Hubby 
So I really found out on Sept 15, 2010 a Thursday, I went to work as usual and it was so hard not texting Mark or something. This particular week was a bad one for our schedules as I was going to go 4 days without seeing him, So at work on Thursday I asked my manager if He could possibly take me off the schedule on Friday since our census was low and it was an overtime day for me anyways, I was so tired, and I really wanted to tell Mark the big news!! He was able to take me off the schedule so I surprised Mark later that I was off work that night.  

So I went out and bought a daddy to be book and I found a magazine called “I’m Pregnant” So I tied up with a ribbon the two books and the positive test.  
(sorry I couldn't get it to

He got home and I gave him a hug as usual especially since I had not seen him in 3 days and told him I had got him something.  We came into the bedroom and I gave him his gift…He looked at it a second and was all “what is this?” He tossed the ribbon and HPT (Home pregnancy tests) to the side and was looking at the book and I was like “UMMMM Hello!! what do you think this is?!?” and I put the test that said “pregnant” in front of his face and it took a second and he goes “Oh your joking!! NO way!!” I was like nope you can’t lie on that test its real!! Several minutes of disbelief and happiness ensued and then he says, “I thought you got me a book about how to increase your sperm count or something” Um no most certainly  not! He was so excited and I think He was ina bit of shock for a few minutes, but it was so cute to see him so excited about it!
It was such a sweet moment and one I had looked foreword to for so long

Telling The Parents
We had decided we would wait to tell the parents until after our first appointment for a few reasons.  We wanted to have an ultrasound picture, we wanted to make sure everything was going ok in there, and I really wanted to wait to tell my family in person and it just so happened that the weekend we could get to San Antonio was the weekend after our first appointment.

The week before, we had gone to Chicago for a me and hubby vacation just because.  A friend at work had given me the idea to take a picture of ourselves holding a sign that says "Were Pregnant".  So thats what we did.  When We got home from Chicago I busted my but to finish a scrapbook of all our pictures from the trip with that being the last one followed by a picture of the Ultrasound.  It was a lot of work, but so worth it.

We got to San Antonio around 730 that thursday night and the parents were getting dinner ready and whatever.  As soon as we walked in the door I was like ok I want y'all to see our pictures from the trip and they couldn't figure out why the rush but agreed anyways, I guess they thought I was just excited about our trip.  They were flipping through the pages and probably only half paying attention as my dad was totally already ranting about politics (good job Mark getting him going!) My mom came to the page and glanced at it and did a double take to read our signs...She started to cry and was trying to get my dads attention who then finally realized what the deal was!! It was a really sweet moment and Im glad I got to tell them in person!

I told my other dad and my brother the same way but at dinner the next night and they were both over the moon excited as well!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

1. What is your favorite decor item in your house?
probably the picture frames we have...I don't have much in the form of decor right now as it seems pointless to spend time and money decorating so we can turn around and move again
2. What is your favorite hair product?
A good conditioner, which I haven't found yet, i try a new one every time and just cant seem to find one i love yet
3. Are you a good dancer?
Not so much
4. You get some good news, who’s the first person you call?
Mark, definitely. Then my mom.
5. Would you rather take pictures, or be in pictures?
I would rather be in a picture for sure!
6. What is your shoe style?
anything super cute!!
7. How often do you eat out?
we actually don't eat out too often I like to cook so we usually eat at home and maybe eat out once a week
8. If someone has food in their teeth, do you tell them?
Yes, even though its super awkward to tell them, i do.
9. Do you fold your underwear? 
yep. but then when i put it in the drawer i just throw it in so really its pointless to fold in the first place
10. Milk, dark, or white chocolate?
Dark chocolate for sure!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

On How Things Came About

It is so amazing how God works sometimes.  I knew all I needed to do was completely trust in Him, and that's all it took! I'm referring to the little blessing (or huge blessing) He has given us recently!

Back in Feb we decided to chuck the bc pills and try for a baby, even though we were recently married we had been together 6 years already and weren't getting any younger, WE felt that our life was stable and perfect to bring a baby into.  I tracked and charted everything, as others around me became pregnant I became frustrated and every period that came every month came with more frustration and I knew I should be trusting the Lord, that  He is in control yadda yadda...easier said than done I guess.  I had fears that maybe something was wrong with either one of us and maybe I would be one who had to wait years to finally have my precious baby.  Finally, in August I started my period for the 6th time since starting to try and I was more frustrated than ever, but I knew that obviously what I was doing wasn't working and maybe I really needed to hand it over to the Big Man, I had a half marathon coming up in a few weeks so I threw myself into training and being healthy. We had so much in September to look foreword to I was able to stay busy and distracted...This cycle I didn't track anything I didn't count anything, I didn't check any cervical mucous or position..this was all God I was done!

On the seventh cycle since starting to try for a baby I realized a few days before work that my usual routine of waking up having coffee and going to work without eating anything was causing me to feel slightly dizzy and sick to my stomach...but nothing majorly noticeable, I had no idea when I was supposed to start my period as I wasn't tracking anything this month, but I figured what could it hurt I would just take a test for the heck of it...but I was so scared, I had learned that the best way to make your period come sooner was to take a pregnancy test, so I did, I just wanted to get it over with.  That thing was so faint at first I thought it was negative but then when it dried there was the faintest line I could only see if I held it up to sunlight just so.  I figured it was an evap line from letting the test dry.  I went to work, and of course googled the crap out of super faint lines.

The next day(Sept 16, 2010) I thought I would be brave and take a digital test, I had heard those need a higher level of Hcg to detect a positive but i just wanted to give it a shot, what did I have to lose.  whelp sure enough!!

I really was just in disbelief...was this seriously real, I think I paced through the apartment a million times and kept walking back to look at the test, I seriously couldn't believe it!! Unfortunately the hubby was at work and I had to go to work as well so I had to keep this a secret as there is no way I was going to text him this crazy big news!!

I took more tests the next day, you know just to make sure and I asked my manager to take me off the schedule since our census was low. I knew they were cancelling nurses anyways and holy moly I could not go four days knowing this and not telling the hubby, due to our work schedules I would not have seen him for 4 days!! So on the third day I told him, which will come with another post :)

The month I finally let go and let God be TOTALLY in control was the month I got pregnant.  He knew this was the perfect time in our Life.  Being due in late May (May 25, 2011 to be exact) was perfect for us, we were already planning to buy a house in Feb or March, the hubby is hoping to get a promotion come spring, and I have always wanted to be pregnant in the winter/spring months.  God knows what He is doing, and I love when things like this happen as more reassurance why I need him in my life.  I know in the big scheme of things 7 months of trying is not much at all, some people try for years and still cant get pregnant on their own, for me it felt like an eternity and I feel so blessed beyond all recognition that it took us ONLY 7 months.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Today I leave you with a lovely little picture from our chicago trip...more updates and info to come

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Chicago P2

Sorry, I kind of forgot I was going to do Part two of our trip, I got a little distracted, anyways here we go.

On Thursday we decided to check out the Lincoln Park Zoo, it was only a two mile walk from our hotel and the weather was so nice so we decided to take the trek.  On the way we came across the Chicago History Museum but they wouldn't let us bring our drinks in and I was not about to dump a full pumpkin spice latte, so we decided to come back.

The zoo is free to get into and probably was one of the nicest zoos I have ever been to, even better than many of the zoos you have to pay to get in to.  The way they had the cages set up you can almost see the animals from every angle so if they are hiding in a little corner in the back you just walk around to the other side and you can see them.   Many of them had an inside portion of the cage so if the animal was sleeping inside all you had to do was walk to the inside part and check him out.  The weather was so nice that pretty much all the animals were out and frolicking so it made it that much more fun.  Also since its a free zoo and anyone can come in there were lots of these people, I don't know if they are homeless or just street musicians playing music, but they were playing some of the most beautiful music I have heard, it really added to the whole experience!

After the zoo we wanted to try this hot dog place that I had seen I think on the travel channel or food network and Mark really wanted to just eat a hot dog so we ventured out to find it, it was kind of close to the zoo, but ended up being about a 30 min walk.  The place was called Wieners Circle and I remember on the show I saw them on, they are notorious for being rude that's what they are known for, well Mark was unaware of this and we got our dogs and sat down and he goes man they are so rude here! I was like yeah I think that's their "thing" he was kind of confused and not impressed, and said the hot dog didn't taste like anything special...I am not sure what he was expecting but to me a hot dog is a hot dog?  

After lunch we decided to head back and stop at the museum we had passed earlier.  We go in to get our tickets and they let us in for free as they were closing in 30 minutes.  we went upstairs and covered the whole upstairs and part of the downstairs...we don't dwell long in museums as it is so I guess it worked in our favor.  We headed home to rest and decide where to eat for dinner.

That night we didn't want to walk far since we had done so much walking that day so we went to an Italian restaurant by our hotel.  The food was so good! I honestly don't even remember what I got, I was too busy eating I guess.

Friday we headed out to check out Soldier Field, the Shedd Aquarium, and The Adler Planetarium.  We walked half way and decided to take a cab the rest of the way as this location was a pretty far walk and by this time in the week we were not into the walking thing so much anymore, also becuase we were running out of time. Mark saw Soldier Field, it was all locked up of course but he just wanted to see it so we did, then headed across the street to the aquarium.  We kind of got gypped on this one we said we wanted a basic admission so that's what she gave us it was $8 and all we got to see was a few fish and sea creatures in tanks...we didn't get to see any of the big animals like the sharks or whales or dolphins :( oh well on to the planetarium we went.  

The planetarium was pretty nice, I liked how it was layed out but I am not really into planets and outer space so this was more for Mark he really wanted to see the planetarium so we did.  From the top steps to go in to the planetarium though you got an amazing view of  the city skyline!

We went through the whole museum and by the time it was over we were so exhausted! We took a cab almost all the way back home but got out a little before home because Mark wanted to do a little shopping before we went to dinner, so we shopped a little and then walked back to the hotel.  We had some time to rest before we got ready for dinner.

That night we had reservations at the Signature Room on 95th.  Its a fancy restaurant on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building.  The sun was setting and the view was amazing! The food was also delicious.  I had a pork tenderloin and Mark had the Salmon and then we shared the sides of cheddar potatoes and a seasonal vegetable mix which was summer squash and zucchini.  For desert we shared this little apple cake thing.  We thought it was weird when we ordered the desert and the waiter asked if we wanted just one and we said yes just one and he then asked if we wanted two spoons, we said yes and he looked at us a little crooked.  Well when the desert came out it was like the size of a Ritz cracker haha! no wonder he thought it was weird we wanted to share that little desert.  In reality though it was perfect because we were so stuffed by then we didn't need to eat that much more. It was a prefect ending to an awesome vacation!

please excuse the blur the waiter wasn't very good at using the camera 
I'm Katie a 27 year old mommy and wife. Welcome to my blog where I will chronicle the happenings of my life as I find the balance between being both SAHM by day and CVICU nurse by night.

I love Jesus and strive to be more like Christ every day. Running, reading, and cooking are some of my favorite past-times. I love photography but I am no pro, but it helps I have such a cute subject to practice on!!




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