Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Growing Up, Patience, and Faith

For those of you wondering what is going on in our lives since JT graduated in December, our life has required of us a lot of patience, persistence, stress, emotions, choices, and faith. With that we are so happy that JT has accepted a job in Riverton, Utah to start February 10th.

The journey to get here has been full of stress, with a few times that stress made the pregnant and emotional Kjersten have meltdowns. When we first moved back to Rexburg in September JT immediately started applying for jobs for post-graduation. Throughout his last semester he contacted companies and did a great job networking. With lots of family and friend connections he applied for so many great jobs, then got interviews with so many of them. But then we had to wait, and then keep waiting. Graduating right before Christmas made it hard, he interviewed for a couple dream jobs right before Christmas, but they wanted to wait to make any hiring decisions until well after the holidays.

Finally, in the last week we heard back from a couple of them. JT ended up getting two job offers, first with the LDS church in Utah which offers great pay and awesome benefits, and second with the hospital here in Rexburg which offered okay pay with decent benefits. We have put so much of our time thinking about all the pros and cons of moving to Utah instead of waiting for a job in Idaho Falls (one he interviewed for in December and they have told him they do plan to offer him a job, but in time since they are still figuring out when they will be expanding their company). Making the decision to move is hard, especially when you are in the middle of your pregnancy and you're poor. But after much prayer, fasting, and visiting the temple, we feel confident that moving to Utah is the best decision for us right now.

When thinking about all the hard decisions we have had to make, we are grateful for family support. But more importantly, for the faith we share. We have found great comfort in our faith and that the decisions we make will help better our life for our baby boy that will be joining us in a few months. Staying positive JT is the most happy that he got a couple job offers, and that he is finally done with school!

Some pictures from JT's graduation:

Brittany walked with JT! She plans to finish with everything after her internship finishes in April.
So proud of my graduate!! 
With Brittany and her fiance, Jason.

With the Associate Dean for JT's college (College of Business and Communications), and our old Bishop from when we were Single, he was my Bishop for 2.5 years!

Although it was stressful, getting married in the middle of our college careers and then working hard to find jobs, we feel so blessed. When I first moved to Idaho in 2009 I never intended to get married and stay in Idaho/Utah post-graduation, but the life I had planned for myself is no where near as great as the life JT and I share. Sometimes we just have to have faith that God's plan for us is better than the plan we have intended for ourselves. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Baby Update

Since my last post we have had a couple more doctor appointments, including one most recently to find out the gender of Baby Dewey! We have also slowly noticed my baby bump growing!

{We took this picture right after we found out we were pregnant, at 4 weeks.} 

17 weeks. Baby is the size of an onion! Some people don't think it's much, but to me everytime I look down I see a bigger belly, a baby belly.

At the beginning of my 18 week mark I had my next doctor's appointment. It was just a simple check-up with my first blood test. I have noticed that throughout my whole pregnancy little things are different, like I'm always fatigued. I have always been a tired person, but usually resulting from not enough sleep and too much stress at school. But I'm not in school and I always get at least 9-10 hours of sleep. So I got the results back on my blood tests, and the baby is healthy! But apparently I have a thyroid problem, and a symptom is fatigue, so it's not just my pregnancy! It's my hormones! After a couple days on medication for it I started to notice a difference and have started feeling better, more myself.  

On the last day of my 18 week mark I felt my first real baby movement. My mom told me that if I wasn't sure, to press on where the movement was to see if the baby was kicking there. I did it and baby was kicking back on my pressure! It was such an awesome and weird moment. Everyday after that I started noticing babies movements more and more, even starting to notice some patterns in the movement. And sometimes I feel like baby is moving too much!

I made my next doctor's appointment quickly after my 18 week appointment, at 20 weeks. Why? Because that was the earliest my doctors would let me get my second ultrasound to see what kind of human is growing inside of me! 

It was very evident during the ultrasound that this little one is a BOY! And wow does he love to move around, throughout the ultrasound we could see him moving, which was nice for the ultrasound tech so she could check all the parts of him. And it was quite beautiful to see him moving around, seeing the heart beating, his arms moving around and covering his face, and seeing the ultrasound tech check the blood flow in the arteries. We have a healthy boy growing inside of me! With all the blood tests and ultrasounds he appears healthy and on track with his development at 20 weeks. Although, he does appear to be in the 55th percentile for size, so a little on the small side which makes perfect sense since his mom is so short.

And I'm sure many of you might be wondering what we plan on naming our little boy, and you are just going to have to wait and find out! We started picking names for our kids when we were engaged to be married, so we have a few names in mind but have decided to wait on picking which name to use until we meet him.