So long and thanks for all the fish!
I have a lot to catch you all up on! First of all, I would like to publicly thank two people who made a really bad week slightly better. My dad sent me a box of snickerdoodles, which was a pleasant and delicious surprise. And my dear friend Stephanie surprised me with a potted Easter Lily at work. Stephanie came in on a day that she wasn’t even working just to chat with me and deliver a beautiful surprise. I have really enjoyed having that plant on my desk – five blossoms so far! Thanks to all the people who help me press onward especially when I am feeling weary.
My mom came down for a weeklong visit, and we had a lot of fun. We spent every morning doing something related to the baby, and now that she’s gone I feel a lot more prepared for this little guy’s arrival. One day, Aunt Jewel and Mom came over and we watched the dvd of our 20 week ultrasound (which I never did figure out how to upload on here – sorry, I wish you all could watch it) and we went out for lunch. On Tuesday, Mom and I went to get pedicures together. We picked out each other’s colors, and mine still looks great. Another day, Aunt Jewel and Mom took me shopping for all the things that I didn’t know I’d need. My favorite purchase was a new bathrobe from Gap Body – it is sooooo soft. We also found some really cute onesies and they treated me to an Orange Julius. On Saturday, James and I spent the whole day in Alpine. We watched general conference, had a big family meal with everyone, and went on a really fun easter egg treasure hunt that Aunt Jewel planned – she is so clever and creative. That night, while all the men went to the priesthood session of conference, us girls had a really fun baby shower. I got so many wonderful gifts – thanks to everyone who came and who helped plan it!! The decorations were especially cute – tons of matching umbrellas hanging from the ceiling, with matching M&M’s and dinnerware. I am so thankful for all my fun female family members.
On Sunday James and I watched general conference together at home. My very favorite talks from this general conference were Elder Hales’ talk, “Becoming Provident Providers: Temporally and Spiritually,” Elder Pino’s talk, “Faith in Adversity,” and Elder Holland’s talk, “None Were with Him.” General conference is always so enjoyable for me. I always hear something that I really need to hear. I missed our primary class, but I love cuddling with James on the couch in my pajamas and being spiritually fed.
This week, James’ parents and little sister are in town for spring break. On Wednesday and Thursday, we took a road trip up to Rexburg to visit BYU Idaho, where Jenny will be going to school this fall. We had a lot of fun. My favorite parts of the trip were hanging out at the hot tub with James (I just stuck in my feet), seeing the Rexburg temple for the first time, eating dinner at The Olive Garden, and especially visiting with my cousin Elaine – she was SO helpful – she took us to several different apartment complexes and we got to tour the apartments and figure out where Jenny might want to live this fall. And she answered tons of our questions. Thanks Elaine for all your help!
I had another couple of doctor’s appointments this week – I was very relieved to find out that I won’t need a C-section after all, and that Jem is looking healthy and strong. He weighs about 5 pounds now. I am getting more and more uncomfortable, which I’m sure is a good sign. Now when he kicks, it’s not so cute and endearing anymore, it’s actually very physically painful. I am so glad I have a job where I can just sit at a desk all day. I really have no idea how the pioneers did it. I feel like an old lady most of the time – my muscles and joints always ache, and I can barely get up without help. They gave me yet another date this week – now they are saying based on his measurements that it looks like he could come as early as May 18th – which is only five weeks away! Also, I asked my doctor which hospital she recommends. We are lucky to have good insurance that allows us to go to any hospital we want. My doctor recommended Orem Community Hospital, which I was a little skeptical of at first – it’s a very small hospital and I always thought that I would be more comfortable in a larger hospital, but now that I have given it some thought, I think my doctor might be right. She said at Orem Community there are 3 patients per nurse instead of 8 like at Timpanogos and Utah Valley. I also talked to a coworker who used to work in housekeeping at all three hospitals – she said Orem Community is a much cleaner hospital. Also, my doctor said that in the larger hospitals, after the birth, they move you to a smaller room, but at Orem Community you get to stay in the same room the whole time, and there is a pull-out bed in the couch for the dad. I like that part.
I am excited to celebrate James’ birthday this week – did you know, he was originally due at the same time as Jem, but he was born six weeks early? I hope Jem doesn’t come so early.