Sunday, August 12, 2012

A few observations on pregnancy.

* You are cute for about a two-month window - 4 months to 6 months. During the first trimester, you are so tired and nauseated that you don't have the energy to make an effort. And once you hit six months, in my case at least, you just became huge. I think that's when the "You're such a cute pregnant lady!" comments stop.
* Half the people you see will tell you that you aren't sticking out very much yet. The other half will ask if you are having twins, or if you are due tomorrow, or if you have been overeating.
* You should wear your non-maternity clothes for as long as possible, because the novelty of wearing maternity clothes only lasts so long.
* Being pregnant makes you automatic friends in lines and grocery stores. Everyone wants to talk to you about your pregnancy.
* There is some instinct in women to terrify pregnant women about their impending discomforts, whether that is the third trimester or labor. It's some kind of badge of courage or something.
* Feeling the baby kick never grows old.
* For me at least, I have stopped looking for things for myself when I go shopping. (Nothing fits anyway, and I've long since exhausted all the stores I frequent of cute maternity clothes). Now I am always looking for cute little boys' clothes. Which is nice, because I feel justified in spending the money, because it isn't for me.
* People feel justified in openly staring at you.

That's all for now. More of these will probably resurface over the next few months. I feel like it is already impossible for me to get any larger, but people tell me it is only the beginning. :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

This summer.

I can't believe that it is already August, and that so much has happened this summer. It has been one of the hardest, but also most rewarding, summers of my life.


I finished my capstone on the immunocompromised (cancer and transplant) floor at Primary Children's. Learning to be a nurse (especially on night shifts) was demanding both physically and emotionally. There have been kids that have broken my heart and kids that have tried my patience, but all in all working on ICS has reaffirmed to me that I want to work with kids who have cancer.

I also finished nursing school!! This means that I am finally, finally done with college. Six years later. I'm still getting used to the idea that I don't have homework or obligations related to school. I still have to take the NCLEX to become licensed, so for the next month or so I will be studying for that, but I'm not super worried about the test because I did well on my predictor test. I guess it will ease me out of student status gradually. I feel like so much of my identity has focused around being a student for the last 21 years of my life, but I feel really free and excited to pursue some of my own interests now that I am done.

Boot Camp

Scott spent six weeks at the Basic Officer Leadership Course for medical professionals. He watched a lot of powerpoints about how the military worked, passed his fitness test with flying colors, learned to survive on MREs, and spent two weeks in field training, learning how to navigate and shoot M16s. I went over on my cell phone minutes for the first time in my life. It was a really hard few weeks without him, but my friends, family, and ward were very supportive and helpful. And we are really grateful to be able to go through dental school with the Army. We have a goal to have as little debt as possible through dental school and the Army is making that possible. We also have a great deal of respect for those who serve our country and I am proud of Scott for being a part of that. :)

Baby Lemmons

Things are continuing to go well with Baby Lemmons. If you haven't heard, he is a boy. He is kicking hard every day, and I still get excited every time I have a book on my stomach or something and it bounces up. Scott was very excited to feel the baby kick for the first time once he returned from boot camp (and very surprised to see how much bigger I was from when he left). We had a scary moment a few weeks ago where I had to go to the hospital, but after the doctor checked me out it appears that nothing is wrong. I've concluded the baby wasn't happy with his first set of ultrasound pictures and decided he just needed a second photoshoot. Nothing has been wrong since then, and aside from fat fingers and being really, really tired, everything is going smoothly. My biggest pregnancy woe was not being able to eat sushi, and my brother-in-law introduced me to tempura shrimp, so now that issue is taken care of. Speaking of which...


Jenna and Alan were married on June 16th in the Salt Lake Temple. I can tell Jenna is happier than she has ever been, and we love having Alan in the family. :)


Finally, we have moved from Provo. Yesterday we packed up three U-Boxes and dropped them off, to be delivered to our apartment in Los Angeles in about a month. I still can't believe that I won't be seeing Provo for a long time. It was my home for six years, and while I am happy to be moving on to new things, I will miss the beautiful mountains and the friends and family that we are leaving behind. Right now, Scott and I are in Eagle, Idaho with my family. After that, we will travel to central California to see Scott's family in Modesto and Visalia. Then, at the beginning of September, we will be off to Los Angeles. It should be an adventure!
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