learning to be positive

Bump Date: 27 weeks – last week of my second trimester!

This week has been quite the whirlwind for Braden and I! We both had a TON going on and got through it all with each other’s help, support, and positive vibes. I am happy to say that we are a little more than half-way through the semester! Knowing that if I’ve made it this far gives me confidence that I can make it through the last half too! It also means that William’s arrival keeps getting closer with each day and week that passes. We can’t believe that he will be here with us in 3 short months.


We really enjoyed our Sunday because we had time to rest and be with family. For dinner we went over to my grandparent’s (abuelos) house. My sweet grandma spent hours and hours preparing a delicious cannelloni dish for Braden and I. It was all delicious and much better than our usual, simple, dinners. My grandpa shared the scripture John 16:21 with us, which has taken on a whole new meaning for me being pregnant.

A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

I love that! Being pregnant and giving birth aren’t easy tasks. However, when you have the child you no longer remember all of the hard things you went through, but are instead filled with joy. It gave me a new perspective on the trials I am facing, and much to look forward to when our little William enters the world.


We started the day sleeping through our alarm and rushing out the door to get to class by 8am. That happens a lot on Mondays…It was a busy day at school, and we didn’t get home until close to 7. We had some of our neighbors over for a small FHE, and I managed to make some brownies (from a mix of course) just before they knocked on the door. After watching a short message, we introduced them to the game “code names” which I think they enjoyed as well! We are trying to be more social (because we have pretty cool neighbors) instead of only doing things with each other.


Tuesdays are my homework day, so that is what I did! I was really productive and got a lot done which put me ahead for the week. My new visiting teachers came over in the afternoon and were both really nice. Its always comforting to know that I’m not the only one struggling to balance life. I also did my visiting teaching with a new companion. We were kind of late this month, so we just dropped off brownies and asked how they were doing! I spent the rest of the evening editing a first look video, which has turned out to be the video I am the most proud of. I’m really grateful for the growth I’ve experienced in my work, and that people see quality and want to hire me. That has been a huge blessing for both Braden and I.


Today was fun (insert sarcastic voice)! I finally made it to the dentist after 1.5 years and it was probably good that I did. My teeth had really been bothering me, so I figured it was time. Who knew that I’d leave the dentist with 5 sealings, 5 fillings, and 3 shots in my gums! ha I couldn’t even feel my mouth, lips, or tongue for hours after the appointment which made school interesting! The dental hygienist was so excited about my baby and kept giving me tips on pregnancy and dental care, which was fun, especially since he gave me a onesie at the end of the appointment!

I didn’t plan things out very well though, because I hadn’t eaten since the morning and couldn’t really eat anything until the swelling subsided. I was starving, and William was not happy! Braden saved the day by bringing me a Jamba Juice in-between classes – oh how I love him! That was probably one of the best smoothies I’ve ever had.


This is the first day of the last week of my second trimester! How did I already get to the third trimester?! It’s gone by so quickly. This morning William woke me up with his kicking, which was new and exciting! Even though I’m not a morning person, that was one of the best ways to start my day! I love feeling him move because it reminds me that he is there, that he is ours. Fun facts: “he’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes, and perhaps even sucking his fingers. Any tiny rhythmic movements I may be feeling could be baby hiccups, which may be common from now on” (baby center).


We had two shoots today! It’s already been a crazy weekend, and I am exhausted! After class Braden picked me up and we headed to SLC for a temple shoot, followed by my bff Chelsey’s first look at the Capitol Building. In between Braden and I took some maternity pictures (for fun) and fueled up at Blue Lemon. Braden has been such a great assistant and never complains about helping me at my shoots. I LOVE HIM.

That evening we crashed at my parent’s house and I worked on designing William’s nursery with my mom. She’s a talented interior designer and had a lot of great ideas! It was fun putting together our ideas and finding things we liked online. I love thinking about William’s room and the many hours I’ll spend there once he’s born.

nursery mood board


Braden’s dad was kind enough to help us with our taxes this morning, and Braden’s mom made us a delicious breakfast. It was good to see them and spend time together, because we really don’t see our families often (even though we live close).

After a long week, this weekend was kind of frustrating because we were having some camera difficulties. When we got back from a few of our shoots on Friday, we realized something was off and that the footage was shaky and jerky. Both of us tried to fix the problem, but weren’t able to figure it out completely before the reception we filmed tonight. Towards the end of the reception we realized what was wrong. We think it was just a setting on the camera that needed to be changed.

On the drive home, I was really frustrated with what had happened because it was such an important weekend to have things run smoothly (3 different shoots). I was also worried about the editing process and whether I’d be able to fix the footage. Braden patiently listened and gave me the drive to vent, but once we got home he said I had to leave it all behind, move on, and make the best of the situation. It was really hard for me to overcome the frustration, so I took some time to cry in the car, inhaled and exhaled a few times, and then felt ready to make the most of the situation without letting negativity get me down.

Lessons Learned

Braden has really helped me to not be so hard on myself, and to have a more positive outlook on difficult situations. Emotionally, I don’t think I could’ve gotten through this weekend without him. I’m really glad he is there to calm my frustrations and anxieties, and always reminding me to be more positive.

We’ve both been learning so much this semester. Since it hasn’t been easy, we’ve really had to come together in different ways than before. We’ve demonstrated a new level of support and commitment to each other, our work/schooling, and our future family. As we’ve navigated through these stressful, overwhelming days and weeks, I realize I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life!

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