THREE YEARS | DEAR ZACH

August 26, 2014

Over the weekend we celebrated our third anniversary! I simultaneously can't believe it's been three years, and can't believe it's only been three years. I often feel as though we've been together for-like-ever, and imagining life without him by my side is nigh impossible.


 
Dear Zach,
I love you because...
  • you always check for eggnog for me at the store, even when you know they don't have it
  • even if we go to bed grumpy with each other, we always seem to cuddle in the night and wake up not-grumpy :)
  • you're a good daddy to our kitties
  • you sat on the cold bathroom floor with me and held me through all the morning sickness
  • you know me so well
"zach, i'm going to play a song for you & you might be surprised.
the artist kind of goes against everything i stand for.
but i only like this song and that's it."
"is it by kanye?"
"yes how did you know?!"
  • you're perfectly content with sitting in bed with me and just reading; we're so old & married ;)
  • you're so excited to be a dad, and it's pretty much the sweetest thing I've ever seen
Thank you for not giving up on me those months when I allegedly turned you down for bowling every week. And thanks for making every day since we finally dated the best day ever. I can't wait to spend a bazillion more with you throughout the eternities to come :)
 
Love you forever,
halestormBAM!

 

PIE (chart)

July 26, 2014

Hello my (2) lovely blog followers! I am typing this post while sitting on my fabulous new sofa (new to us- Craigslist is ahhhhmazing), which I am all too ecstatic about. I might have gone a little Craigslist-crazy and also bought an armchair spontaneously that I plan to re-upholster. But seriously. Couch & armchair totaling $75? WHY WOULDN'T YOU?! When I finally get our living room together I'll have to post some photos because I'm thrilled and it'll be mucho cute.
Anyway!
I thought it'd be kind of fun to put some family/friends' guesses for Baby Bloomfield's gender into a little chart!


Clearly the general consensus is I'm growing a little lass!
Feel free to add your guess in the comments! I'd love to read them :)
According to some old wives' tales, our babe seems to be a 'she', but we'll find out for sure on Thursday, July 31st! There is a countdown and I am nearly peeing my pants (uhm literally maybe?) with excitement.


You May Be Having A Boy If:

1. You’ve never experienced morning sickness throughout your pregnancy: yeah, no.
2. Your pregnancy cravings include food of the salty or sour flavors: ice cream & cheese/spinach sandwiches...
3. During your pregnancy, you look radiant. No drain in color and you feel wonderful all over: nope!
4. Your pregnancy weight is all in the front. You can barely tell that you’re pregnant from behind: yes... i think??
5. Your baby’s heart rate is consistently under 140 beats per minute at each hearing: nope! 165 & 152

You May Be Having A Girl If:

1. You are carrying your baby weight everywhere, not just in the front: i don't know, i hope not!
2. You and morning sickness go hand-in-hand, be it just in the beginning stages of your pregnancy or throughout your entire nine months: yessssss
3. Your pregnancy cravings have been a constant desire for sweet, sugary, and indulgent foods: not constant, but there!
4. Your skin has seen better days. You may feel drained of color, acne may be rampant in a concentrated area of your body or wide spread everywhere: uhm acne hardcore on my face. hello middle school, never wanted to see you again!
5. Your baby’s heart rate is normally higher than 140 beats per minute at every listen: yep yep!


Whatever the gender, we will be happy with a sweet, healthy, baby! I just am dying to know because shopping and baby crafts duhhhh.

Here are couple photos featuring my giant bump! (Okay so maybe it's not giant, but it feels that way to me! I can't imagine it getting any bigger; I'm seriously freaking out!!)


BABY BLOOMFIELD: HAPPENINGS

July 7, 2014

Noteworthy occurrences since the last blog post:
I had to use my pretty leather backpack as a barf bag in public the other day. Totally classy. It was very sad... And embarrassing.
In addition to the "morning" sickness, I've been getting headaches every day. I am typically prone to headaches/migraines but am pretty good at avoiding my triggers. However, since becoming pregnant it's like my triggers are suuuuper sensitive! So that's been pretty fun too.
I guess partially because of the headaches, one day, while visiting my parents & brothers, everyone was being super loud and I asked if they could just tone it down and then my brother Ethan exclaimed, "Haleigh, you're making a baby, not a souffle!!"





This is probably my favorite note ever to be left on our love note board. My baby daddy's love for and kindness to me are amazing, and I feel so blessed to be experiencing this with him! I'm reminded daily of how perfect we are together, and all his tremendous qualities as a husband reassure me he'll be a wonderful father too! 

Also, Zach feels obligated to remind me, "You can't just whip out your boobs to get whatever you want!!" something I've apparently been doing. Whatever.




We couldn't resist purchasing this onesie at the Mariners' game the other night! 

Not pregnancy related: I have invested in a waterproof phone case after my 3rd, and crossing my fingers, final water vs phone incident. First I dropped my phone in the Great Salt Lake, then in a glass of water at work, and most recently the (clean, thankfully) toilet. We can't really afford to buy another iPhone, so these extra precautions are necessary. Oh, and luckily my phone was just fine after sitting in rice all day. Hooray!

On the bright side...
I'm getting more and more energy back, so completing homework and making our house cute are now possible! 
I found a new way to get to work! No, this is seriously a big deal. I have about a 35-45 minute commute to my job and it always stresses me out because traffic is sooo bad on the longest part of my route! But I found this back-way that's about 15 minutes faster, through gorgeous countryside, and just so much less stressful! 
It's the little things guys. There are sheep.
We've heard our little babe's heartbeat twice now. The first time at 165 bpm and the second at 152 bpm! Each time we hear it, Zach and I look at each other with the same expression we get when looking at kitties or puppies hahah. Baby Bloomfield is so cute already!!



How we told our families. 3 tests! Just to be sure :) 

At my last OB appointment (15 weeks 4 days) we scheduled the ultrasound that will hopefully allow us to determine the baby's gender!! Unfortunately we still have to wait another 3 weeks and 3 days, but we're SO excited. We took guesses at dinner tonight and every single person feels like baby B is a little girl! We'll  have to wait and see though. I'm just hoping for a human because my dreams have been extremely odd, and our baby has ended up being a cat in all of them. So..... Yeah. A human baby, whatever the gender, will be just fine! We have a definite boy name picked out, and a tentative girl name so I suppose we're set either way!

I lost another 2 pounds since my first appointment, (-5lbs total) but hopefully all the throwing up will stop soon and I can start gaining weight. My doctor is not worried in the slightest, so I probably shouldn't be either. 


We tried to take a cute 'excited to be at the OB' picture at the last appointment, and then this happened. #trexarm

I think that's about all that's happened lately! I'll have to take a progress photo soon because I'm starting to show a little! It really just looks like I need to suck in, except when I'm lying down. But anyway I'm excited about it! So is Zach, he thinks it's adorable. Hopefully it'll stay that way and he won't be too weirded out when I get to the watermelon-smuggling stage!

'MERICA CAKE

July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July everyone! This is one of my favorite holidays because, A: it's in the Summer, my favorite time of year! B: BBQs. Need I say more? C: What's better than sitting by a lake with your friends and family watching things blow up? Not much!
I wanted to make something festive for the celebrations, and decided upon this raspberry filled cake-it's so good! Perhaps I'm just obsessed because my wedding cake was similar. Whatever the case, it's delicious, cute, AND festive.



Cake Recipe: 
I used the recipe found on this website.

Makes 4 - 9" layers

Ingredients

1 cup + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
6 egg yolks
6 egg whites
4 cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups plain greek yogurt, not fat free

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 320°F. Grease and flour four 9" cake pans and line bottoms with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Separate eggs, putting yolks into one bowl and whites into another. Set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites until medium peaks form and set aside.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add flour mixture slowly and mix until just combined. Add yogurt and mix until combined.
  6. Gently fold in egg whites until almost combined. You should still see small blobs of egg whites.
  7. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Completely cool before frosting.
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Buttercream Frosting:

Ingredients

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
2-6 Tbsp water or milk

Directions

Mix all ingredients, adding more or less water/milk to your desired consistency

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Raspberry Filling:

Ingredients

1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Mix softened cream cheese and raspberry jam together until well combined-about 2 minutes
  2. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until it reaches desired consistency.
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Enjoy!




Hope you all have a fantastic Independence Day! Zach is working all night (BOO) so I'll be spending it with the fam, and then at a BBQ with some of our friends from church :)

BABY BLOOMFIELD: 12wks

June 11, 2014


Expected to Arrive:
December 25th, 2014
When I initially discovered I was pregnant (via pee stick) I estimated myself to be about 5 or so weeks along, with a rough due date of January 8th, 2015. At my first OB appointment they determined I was actually farther along than that, and that Baby Bloomfield would arrive on Christmas Day! I was happy to meet our babe sooner, but not so excited that they'd be a Christmas baby. I feel like their birthday celebrations are always less special because there's so much going on that time of year! Hopefully they'll arrive a little early or late, so the separation is a bit easier.
Although, my baby daddy and I find ourselves being slightly sacreligious when singing Christmas Carols like "Joy to the world! A Bloomfield is born!"


How Far Along:
12 weeks
I still can't believe that there's actually a growing baby in my belly. When I had my first ultrasound I was filled with so many emotions: amazement, happiness, excitement, and shock! It's so strange to me that I'm pregnant. That mine and Zach's child is coming to life inside me.
The shock came again upon hearing Baby B's heartbeat a couple weeks ago. "Our baby is so cute already!" were the only words I could muster!
Sometimes I have little chats with my babe, and then get really emotional and can pretty much only say, "I love you so much! I'm so excited to meet you!"



Symptoms:
Morning ALL DAY sickness like nobody's business. Wake up: puke. Eat food: puke. Take pre-natal: puke. Drive: puke. Talk: puke. I couldn't even think about Facebook, Instagram, blogging, or my online courses because they made me sooooo nauseated- which is why I've been kind of MIA. It was loads of fun. Poor Zach was beside himself as he'd hold my hair every couple hours. BUT! At my last doctor appointment my OB didn't prescribe any medication because we're a bunch of hippies up here, but she suggested taking Vitamin B6 in conjunction with half a Unisom sleeping pill every night, and since I started doing that my nausea has disappeared completely! It was a legit miracle. I can wake up before 11 and actually be a productive person! Everyone at work is like "you look human again!" hahah.
I also bought some motion sickness wrist bands and those seem to help, but they leave little bruises on my wrists.
My boss is the sweetest lady and she gave me some essential oils to help with the nausea, which they have!
Other than that I'm just really tired a lot of the time. Oh and hip hip hooray I have pregnancy acne. And just how do you take care of that when you can't use salicylic acid?!?
I'm fairly certain I'm not showing yet, but because I'm so bloated I sometimes look like I am!
Total Weight Gain: (-)3lbs

 Cravings:
Sushi Sushi Sushi! I'm so sad I can't eat any of the good stuff.
Harmon's salad bar. Cafe Rio salad. Salad. In fact, every freaking restaurant we left behind in Salt Lake City. Why did we move again? I asked Zach if he'd fly me down if a craving got really bad. He said no. We'll see.
I haven't exactly been craving soda, but I've been drinking A TON of it. I typically never drink it, but it helps calm my stomach so yay I guess. Pictured below: Peach Italian Soda-YUM



Miss Anything:
Welp I feel like this is a selfish thing to admit, but yes, yes, absolutely yes. The husb and I had purchased Disneyland tickets & flights for our anniversary this August, buttttt now we can't go :( I suppose we could still go, but I couldn't ride hardly any rides, which part of me doesn't care because it's Disneyland, and I love just being there! But Zach says he'd feel bad and I'd be grumpy, so I guess we're not going. Instead we're planning on spending a week or so in Salt Lake City to satisfy those cravings, meet up with friends and family, and enjoy the city in which we fell in love!
I miss hot-tubbing, especially since our new apartment has a hot tub!
I'll tell you what I don't miss: pre-pregnancy boobs! The twins are totally awesome as of late.


Mood:
Most of the time I'm super happy! Zach and I will just sit and talk about our baby and he is just over the moon excited. It's very sweet to witness. However, I have noticed that my road rage has skyrocketed, which isn't a good thing for a plethora of reasons. But maybe that's because I also have a much longer commute than before I was pregnant, so who knows if it's actually hormones or I'm just a mean person. But I'm gonna plead hormones haha. It's not that I'm doing anything crazy/dangerous while driving. Just saying not-so-nice things. Sometimes loudly. I need to work on that!
I also find myself crying over things like the Harry Potter soundtrack, the fact that there's a Cafe Rio in Lynnwood, and when my kittens do something sweet. That's what I get for making fun of overly-emotional people, right?

Here are some more of my favorites from our pregnancy announcement shoot with the ever talented and amazing Kylee Ann Photography!! (the rest can be found {soon} on our Facebook)


GUEST POST @ HOUSE OF SPRINKLES

April 25, 2014

So my totally awesome sister-in-law, Natalie, and her friend, Rebekah, have created probably the cutest blog you'll ever see! They also invited me to guest post fashion once a month, and I'm simply elated! It's really flattering that someone thinks I have good style haha. 
Head on over to House of Sprinkles for a look at my first guest post, plus a plethora of delicious recipes, helpful tips, and spiritual messages from the ladies behind the blog. 

Photo credit: Ty Chen

THAT NORTHWEST BRIDGE

April 17, 2014

Our Adventure to Vance Creek Viaduct, Washington, USA
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