Category: motherhood



During the salmon run, John’s dad and Vera made the trip up to go fishing with us in the Sound. We learned a new fishing technique called “mooching.” It’s a technique unique to the PNW. According to our boat’s captain, they hold competition each year in hopes of keeping it alive (many people have abandoned mooching in favor of the more popular trolling method). Our captain was really knowledgeable about the local species, I enjoyed gleaning that information from him. It rained, hard, off and on throughout the day. We managed to catch three salmon that we could keep (4 would’ve been our limit), and see some other wildlife while we were out.


john fish


At our twenty week ultrasound we learned we have a healthy baby girl! She was doing great and moving around the whole time.



In November we visited Franklin Falls. It’s a short hike, and for the minimal effort you get a great view from the base of the fall.

franklin falls

For thanksgiving we headed over to Bainbridge again to spend time with the Harrison’s. We enjoyed a big meal, watched football, and played games on Thursday. Friday morning we had plans to drive out and pick out a Christmas tree together. We woke up to freezing rain, so the trip was shorter than expected as we rushed to find a tree. We did make it home with exactly what I was wanting despite the hurried search!

We had a low key December as I couldn’t travel far. We celebrated my birthday on Friday night, at home with my favorite meal, just the two of us.
John’s company Christmas Party was my actual birthday, so we got fancied up and headed into Seattle for that. We had a great time enjoying the casino, photo booth, caricatures, and food that was ever present.


With all the snow falling, I’d been begging John to take me to the mountains. So, we headed out for some light hiking for some exercise one weekend. I cannot remember where we went :/


On Christmas Eve, we had an early dinner and attended our new church’s Christmas Eve Service. Afterwards, we came back home for desserts and presents.

Christmas Day we woke up early and headed out to Crystal as fresh snow was falling so John could ski. I spent the day sipping hot chocolate and reading in the lodge. While it was a nice relaxing holiday, I’m looking forward to next year when we will be surrounded by our families and celebrating with our sweet little girl!

Thoughts from my First Trimester


(15 weeks)

Expectations verses Reality

On Morning Sickness: a small tickle in the mornings that passed after a morning cup of coffee and some breakfast. Usually last for the first ten weeks of pregnancy, which means 5 weeks of discomfort before the blissful second trimester.

A giant monster that spends all day making you either throw up or wish you were. Cannot be appeased with saltines, water, ginger ale, almonds, or any other “remedy” known to man. Causes you to hate the smell of, well anything. Sees the exit for 12 weeks, accelerates, and blows right pass with an evil cackle spilling from deep within its throat. When you’ve finally had all you can take, you break your vow for a drug free pregnancy and call your midwife, in tears, asking for a prescription because you can’t go another day subsisting on nibbles of saltines and bottles of water. She obliges. You’re wonderful husband picks up the prescription, and finally, finally you are able to slay the monster and have an actual meal, or five.

On Exercise: to keep baby healthy, and to make labor easier, you’ll walk several miles three times a week and practice prenatal yoga on the off days to get you in tip top shape by 40 weeks.

Between the constant need to run to the bathroom and sleep, the notion of exercise leaves your head and you focus on just making it through the day alive, besides all the hurling has to be good for you abdominal muscles and the quick runs through the house for a trashcan count as cardio right? Soon you’ll spend 15 minutes walking around the mall and need an oxygen mask and two days to let your sore muscles recover, welcome to my life.

On Cravings: odd, yet adorable, urges to eat unusual combinations of food that you’ll laugh about with your friends as you compare notes

Food, you actually want me to eat something besides these crackers? Ha, that’s cute.

With all that said, I love this baby dearly and am so excited to hold him or her in my arms come February! Grow little one, grow! And please stay healthy!