August 15, 2016

Baby Snow is a... (only a little late)

I guess it slipped my mind, but I never even posted about finding out the gender of Baby Snow. If you read my last post (or follow me on social media), you might have noticed that we're having a girl!

At our first ultrasound, the tech predicted a little girl, but it was too early to confirm. This same ultrasound tech had also predicted that Taylor was a girl at his first ultrasound so I wasn't putting too many eggs in that basket. But lo and behold, she was right this time around. Baby Snow is a girl and we are excited for all that has in store. Well Taylor hasn't exactly told us his opinion yet of getting a baby sister so we'll have to wait and see how he feels further down the road.

Bring on the tutus and itty bitty bows.

August 11, 2016

22.5 Week Bumpdate

I figured I better do a bumpdate before this baby actually arrives. I'm shocked that I'm already over halfway through. With Taylor, the weeks and months seemed to go by sooo slow. This time around, it's the complete opposite!

How far along? 22.5 weeks. Baby is the size of: an ear of corn.  Maternity clothes? I'm starting to wear maternity clothes, but mostly just men's t-shirts from Target. I definitely can't fit into my old jeans anymore though. Sleep? Sleep is fine for now. I struggled more with sleep during the first trimester and now it's just the problem of having to use the restroom in the middle of the night. Movement? I'm starting to feel tiny kicks quite frequently. It's so much fun to feel baby girl moving. Food cravings? First trimester my big food craving was corn on the cob which was really random. This trimester I am loving Arby's classic roast beef sandwich. I could eat one every day. Weight gain/loss? I've gained about 10 pounds so far. Last pregnancy I gained almost all my weight in the last trimester so I'm sure that will be the case again this time. Belly button in or out? It's about half-way out? Haha. It popped a lot faster this time around. Stretch marks? None thus far. Keeping my fingers crossed that continues. Happy or moody? Very happy. This pregnancy is flying by. Looking forward to: this baby getting here! I'm pretty sure I'm going to blink and she's going to be here. I guess having a 16 month old makes pregnancy go by a lot quicker. 

July 13, 2016

Snowstorm Blog

After a little blogging hiatus, I spent some time reflecting over my corner of the internet. I thought back to when I first started blogging. It was called "Hearts and Chances" (I still cringe at that name). I blogged about nothing really, sometimes dating mishaps which sort of inspired that cheesy blog name. Pretty much that entire first year of blog posts embarrass me (yet I can't make myself delete them).

Eventually I started dating Andrew and we got engaged. The blog underwent a huge change because I was no longer experiencing the hilarities that ensue from single's ward attendance. I switched the name to A + A (because Alicia and Andrew) to document our adventures together as a couple. After a few weeks of that, I decided that it wasn't very memorable and I wanted something unique. I finally settled on Snowstorm, because our last name is Snow and I thought it was catchy. Blogging soon became post after post of wedding pictures. And then we got pregnant and my blog turned into pregnancy posts. Taylor soon arrived, and pretty much every post consisted of too many pictures of him.

At this point, I had three years of blogging under my belt. I started getting more paid opportunities, which is awesome because blogging can be time consuming and a little money to help me keep up this hobby of mine is always a good thing. Now that I'm pregnant again, this blog will evolve again. Pregnancy posts will probably be back, and of course, Taylor posts will continue. Once the baby arrives, I'm sure there will be some posts on adapting to being the mother of two.

I'm rambling here, but what I'm getting at is I love having a slice of the internet all to myself. It constantly changes as my life changes, but I still can look back on all the parts of my life I've documented.

That being said, I feel like I'm in a weird relationship with my blog right now. I don't know what I want to do with it. I'm not quite ready to let it go, but I'm also not ready to devote the time it needs in order to make it into a business. This blog and I are sort of in an in-between, not yet defined place of our relationship, and I can't figure out what to do about that.

This pregnancy has taken a lot out of me. At 18 weeks, I'm starting to get some of my energy back and my morning all-day sickness is starting to subside (finally!). So maybe now, I'll be more motivated to keep up the blog. Maybe not though. I feel like I'm in a different place now.

Of course that doesn't mean I'll abandon the blog. I still consider it a sort of journal and I couldn't imagine not writing about Taylor occasionally so I can look back and remember this particular time in life. I still have a few blog drafts that I'm slowly working on (when I get any spark of motivation).

I guess what I'm saying is that posting will be sparse and sporadic. But don't lose hope in me, I hope eventually to be back and more serious/intentional with the direction my blog is heading in. Until then, I hope you stick around for occasional life updates from me (I can say with confidence that most of them will be about Taylor and the new baby, but we are going on a long vacation soon so you can bet you'll see pictures of that).
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