17 April 2018

Third Trimester

We are now in the final stretch! It is funny because when you do IVF it makes the pregnancy processes seem so much longer... I feel like I've been pregnant for years :) My body seems to think so two as I've ballooned up quite a bit, despite having a solid three months more to go. 

Junior has been doing pretty well, other than a scare on Sunday after I noticed that movement had slowed down for a good day and a half. Luckily, a quick trip into the doctors calmed our fears and baby has ramped back up to being super active.

Baby isn't the only thing that is growing though! For the last several weeks I've had plants growing on virtually every open surface of our flat. I started to drive Jon insane, especially since they were taking over his table as well. This week I finally got everything out to my allotment. 

Unfortunately, I'm learning having a big belly isn't particularly helpful when gardening-- at not for the reasons you'd expect. While it certainly makes things trickier in terms of mobility, the real problem is how the belly seems to give others the right to tell you what to do. One of my allotment neighbours in particularly--Anne--is proving the most formidable garden pest. 

Every. Single. Day. she is there, gardening away and serving up unhelpful lectures. She is an older lady, and always wears a blue mechanics jumpsuit. She usually comes over after I've been working for about 10 minutes to give her daily dose of wisdom. Usually it starts with a comment on my large belly, then advice on what I'm doing wrong.
"It rained last night, you really shouldn't be watering those."
"When are you going to get a wheelbarrow? There are so many things you really should be buying."
"I don't think you should be using that bucket when you get water. You shouldn't be carrying anything."
"Where is your husband. Why is he letting you do all this gardening all on your own?" 

IT IS DRIVING ME INSANE. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to work out when she is there and when she isn't. I may have to start early morning or evening gardening just to avoid her. 

In other news, I'm now in the Relief Society presidency. Here are the other lovely ladies in the trio... Ashley and Claire. It has already been really wonderful working with them and they've been helping me grow. 

Jon and I also celebrated our 6th anniversary this past month. It is crazy to think it has already been almost a full year since we moved to Bath. Time is flying by! Excited to see what this next year brings.

27 February 2018

In the first months of the year

Life has been busy busy busy in the first couple months of the year. The two major events are my graduation and our trip back to the states for my bro-in-law's wedding.

My graduation was at the end of January and was a fun excuse to have a weekend back in London. Jon was a champ and took loads of photos of me around campus-- both at Somerset house and the Maughn Library.

A few weeks later we headed back to the states for my brother-in-law's wedding. My mom and brother came to Utah as well, which made it extra fun to see everyone (including my sister and brother-in-law that live in Provo, Utah). We spent an afternoon in the family history center interactive floor on temple square. We discovered the green screen which resulted in this hilarious and bizarre image. 

Then we had Andrew and Sabrina's wedding! 

I'm always impressed by the fact that so many of Jon's cousins show up to weddings and family events. It is a real testament to how close everyone is.

All the sisters/sisters-in-law apart from Rachel, who is about to give birth to a little baby boy, and Sabrina (who was busy being the blushing bride).

The weirdest brothers photo I've ever seen.

One extra special surprise was that my sister-in-law Lisa planned a surprised baby shower for me. I am never surprised by things like this, so it was pretty shocking everyone managed to keep it under wraps. Lisa did the loveliest job and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect shower.

03 January 2018

New Year 2018

Happy New Year!

Suddenly 2017 is gone in a blur--like 24 flu you're happy to see the end of but can't totally remember. I have high hopes for 2018 as eight is my lucky number and things are looking rosy.

But 2017 hasn't been all bad. There have been some pretty big milestones worth remembering.

For one thing, Jon and I moved to Bath. We spent our fifth anniversary scouting out housing in this beautiful little town.

In the summer I got to spend time with both Jon's and my sides of the family.

For my birthday in September, Jon surprised me by taking me to the Bee and Pollination Festival, which probably sounds outrageously lame to most people but I was over the moon. I want to have honeybees in the worst possible way so I was in heaven.

Also, since I finished my dissertation, I've been able to post several more episodes of Seer, my youtube channel about Mormon art. Here are episodes 1, 2, and 3!

I've really enjoyed making them, though they are about 100x more time consuming than I had originally anticipated. I think part of my struggle is the fact that I've been writing and editing the videos while going through IVF.

IVF was a waking nightmare. It was literally the physically difficult thing I've ever done in my life, partially because my ovaries hyper-stimulated part way through (which is actually quite dangerous and some people have even died from it).

Me mid IVF. I felt like I was dying. The medication pictured is only about 1 weeks worth (up to 3 injections per day + pills and suppositories). I took medication all the way from early September until mid December.
But it turns out it was all worth it because it actually worked! I chronicled the miracle in the fourth instalment of Seer (along with some apropos images of the annunciation):

To celebrate we had a two pronged celebration. First, we spent the weekend in London for Jon's birthday where we enjoyed my favourite yearly ritual of Winter Wonderland (this time with some friends from Bath) and we were even blessed with the rare snowstorm right as we were by St. Paul's cathedral.

Part two has been in the works for a couple of years. Once we learned that modern day druids are basically these crazy hippies that dress up like unicorns and renaissance faire robes and chant around Stonehenge twice a year, I decided we simply had to take my pregnant belly to watch the sunrise on Winter solstice and bask in their nature-loving glory. Let me tell you, they didn't disappoint. 

Just a few days later was Christmas, and let me tell you Bath really does it right. The whole town turns into this magic place, covered in fairy lights and little Bavarian market stalls. We went to midnight mass on Christmas Eve then went home, pulled the mattress off the bed and slept under the Christmas tree. It was a perfect Christmas. 

So that was 2017, at least all the major happy bits. Excited to see what this year brings.