Why I don’t need a pregnancy test to know I’m pregnant

Right after my first month I start to notice the following and connect the dots….

  1. I get a weird zit on my face somewhere
  2. I find myself nauseous if I lay on my tummy to sleep
  3. I can’t get comfortable in bed and I realize I have 5 pillows and Mike has 1
  4. I wake up gagging from a horrible smell, and then realize it’s my own breath!
  5. I wake up in the middle of the night itchy all over, especially my lower legs!
  6. I wonder why I’m getting up  to go pee in the night again and then realize it’s every 3 hours on the dot. Seriously annoying!
  7. I find myself protecting my stomach (from accidental bumps from the girls, getting in and out of the car etc.)
  8. I get really cold really easily and shiver alot
  9. I  can sleep for 12 hours straight (except for getting up every 3 hours to pee) and still crave more sleep
  10. Then “morning sickness” hits….who ever named it morning sickness by the way?? It’s 24/7 sickness, like having the flu, a stomach ache and mono at the same time
  11. My friend catches me in the Co-op drinking three different tummy drinks all at the same time…a “good belly” probiotic juice, a “momma Chia seed” drink AND Keifer
  12. I pep-talk myself past a guy who’s shirt says bacon strips 5 times….”it’s ok, don’t read the shirt, keep breathing and just keep walking….”
  13. My nose suddenly has super capabilities so that wherever I go, I try not to smell anything. Everything smells repulsive, from the food wafting out of someone’s house as I walk by, to walking into a restaurant or grocery store
  14. Nothing sounds appealing to eat so I find myself in a constant state of torture….I know I need to eat every hour so I don’t feel so nausious that I can’t eat, but I can’t find anything I want to eat that doesn’t make me feel nausious at the thought of eating it. Bread – nope, candy – nope, fruit – not usually, chips or anything deep fried – gag me. The only thing I enjoy eating on a regular basis is milk.
  15. For the only time in my life I want to drink multiple glasses of cows milk a day, and night (helps with the nausea, especially at night)
  16. I have the weirdest, scariest and most vivid dreams, like I’m in a movie theater…and I hate scary movies!
  17. I start asking questions like “why is God so mean?” and “why can’t the men at least feel a little sick too?” and “If people felt this sick in real life they would be in bed all day!”
  18. I look around my totally messy house and find I don’t care. It’s called survival mode…just take care of the critical
  19. I keep looking at the calender wondering how quickly 3 months can pass
  20. Tears come to my eyes as I thank Mike for all his help as I’m fully aware I couldn’t do this on my own

Yup, this is an official announcement :)…

Lowry Baby #3 will be born if things continue to go this well (hopefully better than these first 3 months) around August 10th 2014.

Our girls are thrilled at the thought of having a baby in our house so that makes it great. We had a dance party when they found out because they were jumping around shouting and hooting for joy! Meanwhile Mike and I would look at each other and get weepy. This pregnancy was not planned and was a complete surprise so it’s a sudden mental shift to think of all the myriad of effects this little one will have on our next year.

We don’t know the gender yet but the ultrasound showed healthy baby this week so that is always a wonderful thing to see!

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013 was magical for our two little girls.IMG_1454

This year we decided to stay home rather than make the usual long drive to see extended family. It was so restful and exactly what our family needed. Although we missed seeing everyone, we we were happy to have a peaceful Christmas at home. We filled the time together with laughing and playing. Here is a run down of all that we did during the holiday.

To start the Christmas season Mike and I arranged for a baby sitter so we could go on a date to the University Christmas performance. The highlight was a couple who have been playing piano duets for 35 years. They moved as one. It was awe inspiring. (I just had to include a video, but you might want to skip to the more fun tubing videos below).

The holiday for the kids started with a trip to the library so we could stock up on Christmas books and movies.

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We made a gingerbread Santa Claus with four Rudolfs!

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After setting out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer we went to bed under the tree (Kaiya says Santa has magic powers to keep everyone asleep while he makes his deliveries).IMG_1471

Kaiya woke up once at about 3am and discovered Santa had already come. She was so excited and was earnestly waking everyone up. She was very good to listen to us when we said she needed to wait until sunrise.

 

Hannah was the first to wake up in the morning. Mike told her she could only look in her stocking  and wait to open her other gifts after Kaiya and I woke up. We were shocked with how patient and obedient our girls were on this very exciting morning. We were also very impressed with how grateful and enthusiastic they were with all their gifts. They loved everything they received and loved giving their gifts to Mom, Dad, and each other just as much as receiving their own gifts. It was truly surprising. Who knows how many more Christmases will be this easy! The morning was calm and peaceful because the first gifts they opened were “magic” coloring books that kept their attention for almost an hour! I played the piano while Mike snoozed on the couch until the girls were ready to move on to the next gift. Great job Santa that was a hit! Hannah’s next favorite gift was chewing gum in her stocking.  The wonderful simplicity of kids at this age. :)

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Kaiya’s favorite gift was her beautiful new Christmas dress and an umbrella.

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 They also loved the Fairy house they received from their cousin Abby.

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At lunch we went to a cookie party at the neighbor’s house and delivered gifts to friends, including a brussel sprout tree to our friends the Johnsons.

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The next day we went for a winter walk and found an icy pond to play on.

IMG_1480We went to Snowhaven our new favorite local ski hill. It is only an hour and half away and $25 for a full day of skiing and tubing! (5 yrs and under free) We stayed at the “Superb 8″ which was recommended by a friend. The girls loved the pool and hotub.

Mike and Hannah spent the entire first day tubing. Hannah loved every run and never seemed to get tired or cold. She just wanted more and faster! She loved the jump and trying to pick things up off the slope on the way down.

 

Hannah’s reaction was this excited each time! This is a great video:

They went tubing from 11am – 4pm! Unfortunately Kaiya was sick from swallowing chlorine in the swimming pool the night before. She and I spent the afternoon resting in the hotel.
Kaiya learned her lesson… she can’t “breathe” under water.

The next day Hannah tried skiing. She spent the morning with ski-instructor Mom and the afternoon with ski-instructor Dad.

By the end of the day when Kaiya wanted to try going really slow, Hannah felt she could be the instructor.

Back at home the girls and I had a great time with another Christmas gift – Shrinky Dinks.

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We took the girls to see their first movie in a theater this holiday. It was so fun to hear them laugh and cheer out loud in the theater. At the final climatic kiss scene Kaiya yelled out “Whoo hoo!” As we were walking out a women said our girls excitement made the movie for them. IMG_1514IMG_1515

It was a great Christmas, and like our girls, we look forward to next year!IMG_1475

Halloween 2013

This Halloween was a night of excitement and magic. Hannah and Kaiya were both sure they wanted to be fairies so Hannah was a Winter Fairy and Kaiya a Spring Fairy.

Both girls were giddy as they ran – actually they seemed to flutter – along the sidewalks from house to house. It might have been a combination of the sugar rush, literally lifting them off the ground, and/or their magical fairy wings equip with – of course- fairy dust!

Here’s a video to show the varying elements (excitement, amounts of sugar in the blood systems, attitude and their consistent pace from door to door)
It was really hard to get a good photo with the light. But here’s Hannah with her snowflake wand. Kaiya is looking for candy in her pumpkin (impossible to get a photo of her) and Mike dressed up as the girl’s favorite fictional character  (from the story that is most often requested at bed time) The Headless Horseman :) I guess in this picture Kaiya looking in his head…Headless Horseman with Fairies
Here is the best photo of Hannah this Halloween. You can see how stoked she was to get candy that night!! Candy is possibly one of the most important and most wonderful things in her life at the moment, so chalk Halloween up as one of the most exciting holidays of the year!
 Hannah the Winter fairy
We started out the night at our friend’s house (see photo of Teancum below) who is so all boy that he had our cute little fairies equip with guns on the onset….needless to say, it changed their look at bit! He helps balance us out! :)

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LDS Earth Stewardship featured us!

It’s been a while since we’ve blogged but this is an easy one…

Mike and I were just featured on the LDS Earth Stewardship blog that our friend Karl – who introduced Mike and I – is helping produce.

Here’s the link:  http://ldsearthstewardship.org/2013/08/stewardship-in-action-mike-and-brooke-lowry/

It’s fun to be a part of this very important dialogue.

Thanks for thinking of us Karl!

Resources to know about!

Here’s a list of resources and web-sites I use alot and want to share. I’m not getting paid by anyone to share these resources. I just love sharing good stuff and want my friends to know about the great things I know about! :)

http://www.screenr.com/ (Need a way to communicate an idea on a computer and record your voice at the same time? It’s called a web-based screen recorder. Totally easy and totally fun!)

www.Batchgeo.com (a way to sink an list of addresses into a map with the click of a button!)

Mint.com (an amazingly helpful and reliable way to keep track of your finances on-line)

Power of Moms (“A gathering place for deliberate mothers” my sister told me about this and has organized monthly Mother’s groups based on the discussions that Power of Moms puts out monthly). Side note: I also love the magazine “Brain Child” to get me thinking about Motherhood

H2o at Home (friendly to earth and family cleaning products that I use and love!)

Ted Talks (“ideas worth spreading” and easy to listen to because they are short, usually by experts of the field. If you don’t already know about Ted Talk, you need to click on this link!!!)

Audible.com (Audible books is my new way I “read” books, has enabled me to listen to 3 x more books this year than I did last! A must know about for busy Moms! Thanks to my friend Jenni for telling me about this idea and The Power of Habits book that has changed my life! The Power of Habits is a history, sociology, psychology, religion and just life lesson put into one book! This is one book I would add to the list of things every University student should know before graduating….a good idea for another blog later)

I’m sure this list will keep growing but that’s all for now! :)