Monday, June 29, 2015

What will Baby Sorensen be?

Our big appointment is tomorrow (!!) so we're making our final guesses on baby's gender. Here's what the old wives tales have to say:

The wives tales slightly lean toward GIRL, but it's super close!

What's your guess?


Sunday, June 28, 2015

19 weeks

I skipped a few weeks on the updates, but all is going well over here! The bump is out of control. I swear it grows every day. I’ve been feeling really good, and I’ve gotten to be very productive since school has been out. But let’s be honest, the bump and I have also spent our fair share of time at the pool with Marianne, and catching up on Netflix.

How far along? 19 weeks (almost 20…oops)
Baby is the size of: A mango!
Total weight gain/loss: I’ve been bad about weighing myself, but probably like 3 pounds.
Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep: It’s been great lately! I get up an extra time to go to the bathroom (thanks, baby) but it’s fine.
Best moment this week: Daniel feeling his first of the baby kicks from the outside!!
Cravings: I love cereal for breakfast lately. And these peanut butter/chocolate/banana protein shakes I’ve been making.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, but I feel like I am finally starting to smell things that other people don’t seem to notice…
Miss anything? Ibuprofen. Tylenol is not legit.
Have you started to show yet? Yep, yep, yep! But I’m still in that weird stage where I sort of just look fat.
Gender prediction: Girl? WE FIND OUT THIS TUESDAY!!!!
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy as a clam.
Maternity clothes? I bought a top, a pair of jeans, and a dress. All are amazing! Still a little big on me, but I’m sure not for long. I seriously underestimated how restrictive my clothes would feel after a while.
Movement: UM…..yes is an understatement. I think my child has a black belt in karate. Baby moves around ALL. THE. TIME. I love it! The kicks are super strong, too. Daniel has felt it several times on the outside, and I SAW my stomach move this morning!!! I know some people are just barely starting to feel kicks at this point, so I’m a little nervous about what my internal organs are in for in the later months when mango-baby turns into pineapple-baby….
Labor signs: No.
Belly button in or out? In.
Looking forward to: Finding out gender!!!!!! I seriously cannot wait.

I am so beyond excited to find out our little baby’s gender at our appointment on TUESDAY!! I got confused about when we would be finding out, so I was super bummed when I learned I had to wait 2 more weeks. Daniel and I both have the feeling that this baby is a girl. That probably means we’ll end up with a boy, right? HA!

In other news, I had another “pregnant lady” moment the other night. Daniel and I were talking in the living room, Baby was kicking up a storm, and suddenly I felt this really strong jab that just felt like…a body part. Like an arm or a leg. Of another human. My human. Growing inside me. Big enough and strong enough for me to feel it. I started thinking about what s/he must look like, how big it was growing, how it’s little heart was beating, how it could hear me talk, and how I will get to meet this little one in a few months and have the opportunity to be his or her mother. Suddenly out of nowhere in the middle of our conversation, I was on the verge of tears trying to explain to Daniel how much I loved our baby! He probably thought I was completely insane. He sort of just smiled and nodded and said “ooookay….” a lot of times. Haha! Poor Daniel, you guys.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

16 weeks!

Here's a 16 week update on Baby Sorensen! It's been a great week. Now that we've told the world, it's nice not to have to be sneaky about this little one. I've also kicked pretty much all morning sickness to the curb, and I couldn't be more psyched about that. To top it all is out in TWO days!! Can't wait for lazy summer days by the pool. Which will probably turn into not-so-lazy summer days of getting ready for a tiny new human to join our family.

How far along? 16 weeks 
Baby is the size of: An avocado!
Total weight gain/loss: Still about the same.
Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep: I'm getting a little better at staying up these days! No more 8:30 bedtime for me. I've also noticed I don't sleep quite as soundly as I did before I was pregnant. It's not too bad though.
Best moment this week: Having people start to notice the bump!! It's definitely made an appearance this week.
Cravings: All the cold, icy, fruity, ice-creamy things. Stealing leftover otter pops from the school's freezer like it's my job. #sorrykids
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not big on hamburgers or ground meat. And I still hate swallowing pills.

Miss anything? I made sugar cookies the other day, and I was super disappointed when I remembered I couldn't eat the dough! I held strong though. No salmonella for Baby and me!
Have you started to show yet? I think after this week, you could officially say YES.
Gender prediction: Daniel and I both think it's a girl. Who knows, though! We'd love either one.

Happy or moody most of the time: Just peachy.
Maternity clothes? Not yet. Belly band is a great thing though!
Movement: I've started to feel these little pop-flutter-jabs when I'm sitting down and relaxed! It's wild. But I don't feel it all the time.
Labor signs: No.
Belly button in or out? In.
Looking forward to: Finding out gender! And being done with school, let's be honest. TWO DAYS!!

With that, I'll leave you with the story of my first official crazy-pregnant-lady moment. 

I've been loving avocados lately, and I made some guacamole the other day to eat with chips. When I went into the pantry, I couldn't find the bag of tortilla chips I had just bought 2 days ago. Gone. No chips. I was so disappointed! I had to eat my guacamole with stupid club crackers. It was a tragedy. When Daniel got home and was interrogated, he admitted to eating the entire bag of chips in 2 days all by himself. So, I went to the store and bought some more a few days later. Unfortunately, the tale does not end there. On Saturday, the EXACT same thing happened. AGAIN! I made homemade guac and found the SECOND bag of recently-purchased tortilla chips completely decimated by my husband. Only this time, I was pissed. I put my guac in a tupperware and we drove to the store to buy two giant family-size bags of chips, one of which promptly got marked MANDY'S with a big black sharpie. Then I ate my guac out of the tupperware in the car on the way home from the store. Haha!! Now, I'd like to think this extreme overreaction on my part is a direct result of pregnancy. Poor Daniel. His argument of "just check the pantry before making the guac next time" is starting to sound more reasonable. ;)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Guess What?!


That's right! Daniel and I are thrilled to announce we are expecting a BABY in November! My official due date is November 15th. It's so fun to finally be able to talk about this little one. We are beyond excited!!

Back story: We found out I was pregnant early in March. An adventure ensued, because we had booked a cruise to Catalina + Mexico with Daniel's family months before we knew. Because of this, I got to have a super early ultrasound at 8 weeks to make sure all was well for me to go. It was! And that is how I ended up on my first cruise during my first trimester of my first pregnancy. Luckily, baby and I did just fine!

I actually felt pretty good for the first few weeks. Then, around week 8, food started to be less appetizing. After a few days of that, the full-blown "morning" sickness hit. I only had one truly terrible day with vomiting, but I pretty much hated food for a solid month. It was a constant battle of finding something to eat that didn't make me want to gag. Once I ate something though, I was perfectly functional. I know I had it a lot better than some others, so I feel very blessed.

That brings us to present day! I'm now 15 weeks (whaaat), and my relationship with food is much improved. We've even started to see a hint of a baby bump happening over here! I'll leave you with some stats, as well as a quick "wave" hello from Baby Sorensen at our last ultrasound!

How far along? 15 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Lost about 7 pounds in the first trimester, but I've gained a few of those back by now.
Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep: About this. These days, based on my sleepiness level, I can tell you with about 98% accuracy when it is precisely 8:30 at night. Usually I can stay up a little bit later than that. But, based on the amount of first-halves of movies I've seen lately, my track record is not so great. I do tend to wake up earlier because of this though. So that is one positive!
Best moment this week: Telling my students!! It was amazing, you guys. It deserves it's own post.
Have you told family and friends: Yes. Family has known for a while, and the rest of the world found out today.
Food cravings: A few foods have sounded good this whole time, even during the food-hating phase. Are these cravings? No idea. Anyway, they are: any fruit (especially honeydew melon), applesauce, mashed potatoes, plain goldfish crackers, cheerios, popsicles, and...banana Slurpees from 7-11. Also, I have recently rediscovered my love for Chex Mix.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Fish. Red meat is hit or miss also. AND...swallowing pills is officially the WORST. Gummy prenatals all the way.
Have you started to show yet? I can totally tell, and once I tell people I think they notice. But it's nothing major yet.
Gender prediction: Daniel and I both think it's a girl. Who knows, though! We'd love either one.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!
Maternity clothes? Not yet. I broke out the hair-tie trick on my jeans recently. I also purchased a belly band, but I've yet to use it.
Movement: It's so hard to tell! Sometimes in the evenings if I'm sitting still, I swear there is stuff going on in there.
Labor signs: No.
Belly button in or out? In.
Milestones: Baby and I checked off the first trimester a few weeks ago! Wahoo!
Looking forward to: Finding out gender!

And here is the official First Bump Photo:
(taken at about 14 weeks, at the end of the day, which makes a big difference surprisingly)

Thursday, January 1, 2015


This is my one little word for 2015.


I picked it because I love setting goals, but I have a problem with procrastination. I know what I want to do, but I feel like I'm constantly waiting for something. I need to learn that the conditions will never be perfect me to make things happen. If I keep waiting for everything to fall into place, I will be waiting forever. The time is now!

So that's my goal for 2015. Here's to starting things NOW.


Friday, November 28, 2014

a thankful list

Just wanted to stop by at the end of this beautiful Thanksgiving Day and share a few things I'm grateful for. Some are silly, and some are serious. Either way, it's hard to count them all!

1. Daniel
2. Friends that are family and family that are friends
3. Being raised in the Gospel
4. Temple covenants
5. Our apartment
6. Cars
7. Careers that pay for our needs
8. Being able to afford many of our wants
9. Dry shampoo
10. Cable TV (especially the Nat Geo WILD channel)
11. My iPhone, which survived an underwater adventure this week
12. Food. Yummy, yummy food.
13. Boots & leggings weather
14. Holidays
15. Modern medicine
16. Good books
17. My laptop
18. My good health, both physical and mental
19. Freedom
20. Technology (most days)
21. Our comfy bed
22. Design blogs
23. My college education
24. Prayer, and answers to prayers
25. Laughter
26. Animals
27. Kind strangers
28. The Atonement
29. Parties
30. Shopping
31. Close relationships with parents, siblings, and in-laws
32. My strong, happy, loving marriage
33. My new pink zip-up jacket
34. Warm coats
35. Missionaries
36. Inspired leaders
37. Good examples
38. Beautiful art and design
39. Cute clothes
40. Sweet Tooth Fairy cupcakes
41. Kneaders soup & sandwiches
42. The Scriptures
43. Kate Spade bags
44. Cozy blankets
45. Being able to sleep well
46. Beaches
47. Vacations
48. Cabins
49. Warm weather & sunshine
50. Good-smelling candles

...and so much more. Those are just off the top of my head, but 50 seemed like a logical place to start. 

Also, my wonderful mother-in-law recently shared a quote with us. It said: "What if you woke up tomorrow with only the blessings you thanked God for today?" That really made me think of all the things the Lord has provided for me in my life. It also made my nightly prayers a little bit longer!

I hope your Thanksgiving was the happiest one yet! 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Welcome Home Elder Jacobsen!

It's absolutely crazy to me that it's been two whole years since I wrote this post. It feels like so much longer, but at the same time, I never thought this day would come and now it's here! I am so happy that our family got to welcome home Elder Steven Jacobsen from his mission last month. He returned with honor from the Arizona, Tempe Mission this past July, and we are so glad he's home.

Here's some fun and happy photos of the day we picked him up at the airport!
Our house all decorated and waiting for his arrival!

Getting excited!

 Waiting not-so-patiently with my sign...

 And here he is!!! 
(photo credit to the sweetest lady at the airport who didn't know us at all, but sent me the pictures she took of us)

 Steven and Grandma + Grandpa

 Elder J and his cute cousins!

 So happy to see his good friends.

 Finally together again! (Minus Tommy...)

And my personal favorite picture of the day, taken by my Aunt Kim. I love that brother of mine!

And last but not least, a video. This never fails to make me tear up. Except at the end, when my Grandma asks Steven if they can "do a selfie." That part is hilarious!

Hooray for Missionary Homecomings!


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