Candice & Matt Copier TTC
Matt and I were married June 27th, 2010 in Draper, Utah. We have been together for over 4 years now and are ready to start a family. Matt has 3 kids of his own, we only get to see his daughter. His two sons we never get to see :-(
We plan to try and conceive in April 2010, which would put us around December 2011/January 2012 as of when our bundle of joy will arrive. We're both very excited! This will be my first child, his 4th, lol.
I've been reading up on the Doctor Shettles method of conception and attempting for a boy for our first try. I have been tracking my CM regularly, I'm pretty sure I have my cycle down and when my ovulation begins. I'm very confident that we will both be great parents, just nervous about the entire process. lol
Well 1st times a charm with us! Our efforts, charting and all that fun stuff has paid off and little jr. is to be expected in October 2011, Super excited!
Another test, Yes another just to make sure!
Hahaha... I have to laugh at myself for having to take another test. I get worried nothing is in there because I don't feel sick, even though my boobs have taken over my body and I crave protein like crazy.
As soon as I took the test the second line appeared, it was 2 seconds after I peed on it! Just needed the reassurance before the big day on Thursday, my first doctors appointment! SO EXCITED! Next milestone will be April fools day, going to announcing to friends and family the big news!
We're having a girl! Found out on June 3rd, that Matt and I will be blessed with a beautiful baby girl. Izabella Michelle Copier should arrive October 27th, 2011, we couldn't be more thrilled.
We were expecting a boy and hoping for one, but have never been so excited to hear it's a girl. We'll just try for a boy next time. She'll just have to be the protective older sister.
YAY! We closed on our house the other day and will be moving these next 2 weekends. So excited to set up Izabella's room. I have a few people who offered to help me paint, can't wait!
Our house will give us so much more space, we were in a 2 bedroom apartment which barely was 1000 square feet. Our house is 6 bedrooms with almost 3000 square feet! Even has an extra room for Matt and his dj equipment, it's his personal man cave :-) Super excited to get everything moved and in its place. Will finally be able to get organized.
Oh goodness, if we can get organized and situated in our new house that would be great. I'm just so tired by the time I get home from 10 hours @ work, the weekends seem to be filled with buying things we need for the house and then putting them together. Luckily we have all the blinds purchased and all we have to do is put them up. This weekend is going to be busy busy busy, I have my check up on Friday (Yay! Get to hear Izzy's heart beat again) and then I'm going to get the house organized. Goals this weekend are to finish the kitchen, clean the bathrooms and get things put away, put the towels in the linen closet, and attempt to get our bedroom closet situated and clothes put away.... We'll see how much gets done. Having a house is nice, but also takes a lot to put together, being pregnant definitely drains my energy and motivation to get things done, but I think my determination will prevail!
Oh the many joys...
Oh the many joys of being pregnant. I recent read an article about what women miss most about not being pregnant, there were a few that I had to agree with. 1. My normal emotions: Ugh, I am so emotional and it's silly. I miss not crying at every little thing, even ASPCA commercials get to me. 2. Eating foods I love, I seriously miss eating sushi, the raw fish kind, veggie sushi is good or tempura shrimp, but nothing beats the real stuff, and of course I crave it like crazy. I think sushi is what I miss most, I could care less about drinking. 3. Being included, it kind of sucks being the prego one when people are doing stuff you can't especially during the summer time. I miss roller coasters and water slides, can't wait to go to Lagoon next year. You kind of feel like an outcast with certain things. 4. My clothes not fitting! Ugh this seriously sucks! I really miss my old clothes, and things just fitting, nothing fits right now and it's just ridiculous! I just ordered some maternity clothes which should be here today or tomorrow, it's mostly shorts I need, I have a few pairs of pants that fit, but jeans really aren't comfy while pregnant and during the summer, I could live in yoga pants and t-shirts lol.
All in all being pregnant isn't bad, I never got sick and I'm pretty happy over all. I do get upset at silly things or aggravated easily, especially with Matt. Sometimes I just need to go in the other room and not say anything or have him not say anything, cause man he can really annoy me! It doesn't last too long though, which is good, he's my best friend and I can't stay annoyed with him for long, of mad for that matter. I feel that he just doesn't think before he does things sometimes and it REALLY frustrates me, he is such a boy lol.
My favorite thing about being pregnant would be how close it has brought Matt and I together. We were already really close, and tell each other everything, but this is a different kind of close. I hate being away from him and I love when he touches my tummy and talks to Bella. He is so cute and I can't wait to see him with her when she finally arrives, he is such a good dad to Skigh and I know he'll be the same with our little girl. I already know he's going to turn her into a mini him haha, he is so stoked on the fact she is going to be a Scorpio like him. Maybe we'll have a Leo boy next time hehe.
I really hope Izzy has some of my features, especially curly hair, even though I hate my curly hair I want her to have curly hair, Matt's blue eyes, my nose and eyebrows, and a combo of both our lips lol. I'll love her regardless of course and she will be beautiful with any of our features. I'm super excited for this chapter of our life, this is a big step, and I'm fully confident in it. I'm so glad we waited until now to have our first baby, we have both matured so much just in the time we've been together, which is exactly what we needed. We kind of made each other grow up in many ways, it's amazing to look back at how we use to go out all the time party and drink, now we're home bodies that just like to be with each other and set up the house, talk about the baby, and plans for the future. Such a change.....
UGH! Well the doctors appointment on Friday went well, besides the fact I've gained 12 freaking pounds in 4 weeks!!! WTF?! I don't even know how I have gained so much in such a short period of time. My doctor wants me to keep a food journal to see if I've changed anything in my diet which would cause such an increase in my weight. I really haven't changed much in my diet, maybe since we've been going to BBQ's and birthday parties I have been mindlessly snacking, but that shouldn't cause a 12 pound gain. I'm hoping a lot of it was water weight, and the fact we haven't been able to go to the gym as much as we would like since moving into the new house has taken up most of our lives/weekends. Luckily I was able to get into the gym twice this weekend and once during the week last week. I'm keeping a close eye on everything I eat and making sure I can get into the gym at least 3-4 times a week like I was doing before the move. Other than the gain I'm healthy, my doctor wasn't too concerned about the gain, it just 12 pounds is a lot to gain in 4 weeks especially since that's all I'm supposed to gain throughout the rest of my pregnancy. It's more depressing than anything for me, gaining weight is the hardest part of the pregnancy for me, which I knew it would be. But 12 pounds, I've double everything I've gained already in such a short time frame... GAH! My both Matt and my Mom said not to worry so much about it and not to freak out, Friday was the hardest, but I'm slowly getting over it.... just got to make sure I'm not eating just because food is in front of me, especially refined sugars and carbs since everyone has those @ their BBQ's, maybe I just need to bring lots of veggies and hummus with me so I have healthy things to snack upon.... not going to put my baby in danger because of a few (a lot) extra gained pounds. :-p - 6 months and counting.....
To the left, to the left....
So sleeping on your left side seems nearly impossible for me to accomplish. I go to sleep on my left side as recommended everywhere for better circulation and such., but wake up on my back. But seriously, my body doesn't believe in sleeping on my left side. Now when I sleep on my right side I stay in that position all night, what the heck is up?! So weird how my body is so use to sleeping on the right side that it refuses to sleep on the left. I have never been a back sleeper but now that I'm pregnant and trying to sleep on my left side, my body thinks it needs to be on it's back. At least the back ache goes away in the morning, but when I first wake up to shift back to my left side it is very sore. Oh the silly things of pregnancy!
My little trickster and the best moment of my pregnancy so far....
Well Izabella is a little trickster already, which makes me think she'll be arriving on Halloween! Every time I have her daddy feel my tummy when she is moving, punching, or kicking she stops. Once he moves his hands she will start moving again, he put his hands back on my belly she stops! So silly, I can't help but laugh, she is just too silly in there.
Last night was pretty much the highlight of the pregnancy, I already love feeling her move in there and feeling the kicks, it brightens my day and it's just so exciting. So last night I was laying in bed reading about hypnobirthing, and I felt Izzy moving like crazy! I look down and I actually see my tummy move, I saw her roll inside my belly! So weird but so amazing and crazy cool! I started laughing hysterically, I couldn't help it, to see your stomach move like that is quite a site to see. Then she punched or kicked and I saw that too! Of course when I tell Matt so he can come watch how cool it is she stops, I think she is playing hide n seek with Matt. I don't think he's a big fan of her joking but I can't help but laugh at it. She is my little trickster, go figure her and her daddy are the same sign... my silly little Scorpios. Love them both! <3
Happy Birthday to Me!
August 1st, 1983 @ 6:20am a 7pound 2 ounce little girl was born! ME! haha Had a wonderful birthday yesterday. Matt was wonderful (as usual) Gave me my card and roses @ 6:20am right before we went to work. The card was super cute, said "To my baby on her birthday with my baby in her tummy" He is so adorable. We went out for sushi (prego safe sushi) on Saturday night and he took me to a movie. Then yesterday (the day of my birth) He took me to get a Mani and Pedi, then we went to Village Inn and had some Birthday Cake Pie, which was absolutely AMAZING I could have skipped dinner and just ate a while pie haha.... Then we rented a movie and just relaxed together. He is so amazing every day and I fall more and more in love with him. He is such a hard worker during the week at work and then at home on the weekend he spends time getting stuff done around the house and in the yard. He is so proud of our home it's the cutest thing ever. I look at him in pure amazement sometimes and I am so grateful to have him in my life. We both have gone through so much in life it's such a blessing to have each other and have such a strong relationship. Our baby is going to be so blessed to see so much love in her life, between her parents and for her. Can't wait for Matt to have a child in his life who will always be there for him to hold and love. Today is his oldest sons birthday, he is turning 16 today! Matt hasn't seen his son (not by choice) in 13 years. It's so sad that Ethan hasn't been able to know his father and know what an amazing man he is. I really wish I could have the two of them together, I'm sure that's all Matt would want. Things would be awkward since they haven't seen each other and I'm sure his mother hasn't had the nicest things to say about Matt, but regardless they both deserve to have each other and know one another. One day Matt will be reunited with his son and be able to tell him how much he loves him and never wanted to be away from him, I can't wait for that day, to see the smile on Matts face when he sees his son would be the greatest day. Happy Birthday to Ethan, your dad thinks about you and loves you very much.
My belly @ 27 weeks and stuff for the baby's room
My belly @ 27 weeks and a few days. Bella is starting to poke out a bit more and is become VERY active. I feel her all the time, some times it feels a little crazy in there. I always feel like she is being smooshed when she pokes out really hard or a lot. It would be interesting to know what it's like in there for her and what she is thinking, if she is thinking anything lol. Went to the craft store on Sunday, I think I may ban myself from the craft store lol. I spent $60 buying stuff for Izzy'z room. I'm super excited to decorate and may buy her bed before the baby shower so I have it and can get it set up and figure out how I want to decorate. I honestly feel like time is going so fast and I don't want to scramble to get everything done. September seems a little far away and so close to my due date for my baby shower, GAH! lol I'm sure once the room is all set up I'm be begging for things to do so time goes by faster, but it seems like it's already going so fast! Anyway, I got a bunch of super cute things to put up on the walls, not sure how I'm going to hang them just yet, but was thinking I would drill a hole in the items and then put ribbon through them and hang them. I also got a few things to paint. Got letters for both her nicknames which will be green with brown polka-dots and then some flowers and such. Super excited to get started on decorating I can't wait!!! :-)
And now thew fun begins...
Time to plan the nursery and the baby shower. Fun stuff! Going to buy the crib, mattress, bedding and bassinet this weekend. I'm super excited to get most of this stuff purchased, might even paint the baby's room this weekend if the Doc gives me the ok to do so. I really hope I'm able to paint so I can get it done. We're just going to do an accent wall, I'm also going to paint 2 shelves, I think we'll do one shelf pink and one purple with the paint my Mom gave me, it will go great with the green paint and with all the cute things I bought for the baby's room. Baby shower planning has also begun, finally! I'm super excited that we have figured out a date and time and place for that matter. We're going to have it @ my house that way I wont have to lug around gifts from one place to another. I really hope I get some of the big things on my registry... I guess I could always take things back lol.
What an eventful weekend!
Goodness this weekend was busy busy busy! Friday We had to rush to the doctors appointment and were almost late! I had my 4 week check up with Doctor Stevenson, I lost a pound and a half, she said my diet is VERY healthy but I need to add 100 more calories to the mix. I need to gain a 1/2 pond each week from now until the end of my pregnancy which will put me at exactly 30 pounds gained, she said it honestly shouldn't be a problem with how amazing my diet is. I'm going to continue to keep my food journal to ensure I stay on track. We had our company summer party which was fun, love having the summer party because we can bring our family and they have family pictures, bouncy castles for the kids, snow cones, a lots of food! We got pictures done, we had a a big group of Me, Matt, Skigh, Mom, Grandma Tawny, Michael Jr., Cyruss, Nick, Cassie, Raeleigh, Summer, Joel, and Marley. Then we all broke down into smaller groups, can't wait to see the pictures, and will definitely post them once I get them. The kids were pretty good for the most part, some points they didn't listen which ended up with Michael Jr. getting hurt when he flew off the swing. Skigh was pushing him WAY to high and fast and he fell off and landed right on his back, UGH! So stressful, luckily he just had the wind knocked out of him and just had a sore back afterwards, nothing a little ice cream didn't fix lol. I ordered the crib set this weekend, it came with the changing table and a dresser, not the original one I was going to get, but I think I like this one better anyway. So we will have the bed, dresser, changing table, bassinet, mattress, and bedding this upcoming weekend. Can't wait to get everything put together. Sunday was really relaxing, laid in bed forever with Matt and he played with Bella. It was really cute he would squeeze and poke my belly and Izzy would respond by poking, kicking or punching back at him, they did this for like 15-20 minutes! It was really cute to have them interact with each other, and it made Matt really happy to have her respond, it's so amazing how smart they already are just in the womb.
29 Weeks and counting!
WOW! Can't believe we've made it this far! It's coming up quick... Things are getting accomplished, I got the bassinet all put together on Friday, set it up all by myself which was a fun little task. We got Bella's room painted with the help of Uncle Nick and Auntie Cassie, and her nickname letters. This weekend we'll be putting together the crib, dresser, and changing table and getting Izzy's room situated and decorated. I'm SO excited to start getting the room all set up and cute, especially want to get it done before the baby shower so everyone can see it :-) . I love how the color turned out, I was a little worried about the green when we first applied it, looked almost neon, thought our little bundle would be kept up by the bright color, but once it dried it mellowed out. You can see from the letters what color it is, the letters are going to go on the white wall on a shelf, we have two shelves, one will be painted purple and one pink, still unsure which color will go best with the green... I'm thinking purple then the shelf that will actually be utilized will be pink..... May need a little help in deciding on that one. Bella is growing like crazy, my tummy gets more and more in the way (but it's a good thing) There's no confusing the fact I'm knocked up that's for sure! haha. We start baby classes today, YAY! I'm super excited to start our baby classes this week, today it's parenting 101, there's only 2 classes in this series, then it's on to birthing classes on Thursdays for 6 weeks! Got my test results back from blood work 2 weeks ago, looks like everything is good! No anemia and no gestational diabetes, which is fabulous news! So glad everything is going so well with my pregnancy, our little Izzy is a good girl already ;-p
Apparently being compassionate means to hide your joy..... I guess the dictionary is incorrect when it says the meaning of compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering..... I don't know how expressing your joy is not being compassionate, maybe if you were to put someone down after expressing your joy and telling them their experience is because of their own actions, then yes that wouldn't be very compassionate at all. I love how people throw out words they don't even know the meaning of. Oh well, just lame chicks I don't even know, nor really care about. Was frustrated with someone who seems to always be super negative regardless of the good going on in their lives and thought I'd vent and get some kind of support (which I did) but somehow also got a lot more negativity, probably because they don't know the full situation or fully understand, and I don't have the best way of explaining things. One thing I want my child to know is it's never wrong to share how you're feeling, whether you're happy or sad, share your feelings never hold them in! When you hold in your feelings, even happy ones, it causes issues later in life. Izabella you will always be able to share your feelings with me and I will have compassion for you, and rejoice in your joys, cry with you when you're in pain, laugh with you and be understanding of your problems. I will teach you that even though you have pain there is a brighter side to things and yes bad things happen, but they happen for a reason, either to teach us or make us stronger, it hurts at the moment but you can move past the pain and see the silver lining. You dad and I learned that when we had a home invasion and your dad was shot 5 times, I ended up losing my job during that time and of course daddy couldn't work. We stayed with some friends and my car was broken into and everything stolen out of it. I had a very negative attitude for some time, but your dad brought me out of it by knowing/believing things would change for the better. His faith was what made me have a positive attitude. I got a job, it wasn't the greatest, but it was going to bring in money and help get us into our own place. Every day I had to go and work in a packaging, product assembly warehouse and lift 20-50 pound boxes from 7am to 7pm for $10 an hour, when I was making $15 at a desk calling clients. Before I'd go to work I'd clean your dads wounds, take out the gauze and put new gauze in the bullet holes tape him back up then go to work, do the same when I would come home, and help your dad shower, and make dinner. Finally he was ready to try and get a job, luckily my brothers helped him get a sales job @ CLEARLINK, which was the best thing that happened to him. I was then able to get a job with BigLocal (now LocalResults) which is a sister company to CLEARLINK. This was truly a blessing, we both have been working here for almost 3 years. We both had to stay very positive, yes we had breakdowns and cried when we thought we were never going to get through the days with me making the only income and Matt not being able to do anything. It was truly the hardest thing we had to face, not knowing if we were going to be able to pay bills, maxed out all my credit cards, had to drive in the winter w/no heat in the Yukon, and needing new tires... we pushed through and found ways to get through it all. I look back at those moments and feel so grateful now for everything, it has really made me see how lucky I am to have your dad, and have my amazing job, have you in my belly and our beautiful home. We are so blessed, sometimes god puts you through things that make you feel like you wont make it, he does this so when you have the things you need/want you will see how truly blessed you are to have those things in your life. Hard times aren't meant for you to dwell on once you get through them, if you constantly dwell on the negative it makes it impossible to see the positive things going on and truly be grateful and appreciate what you have. I am truly thankful for all the experiences in my life and will never take for granted what I have, or will have once you come into our lives. Your daddy feels the same way, he doesn't even have to say because he shows it every day. <3
So close, but yet so far away
We're getting closer, can't believe I'm already in my 33rd week! It's exciting and scary all at once. I'm excited to see Izabella, hold her, kiss her. I'm nervous about everything else lol. Labor isn't too scary to me, it's everything afterwards. I want to be able to nurse and provide for our little one, Matt is really supportive and always tells me how I'm going to be a good Mom, but it still sits in the back of my mind, what if I'm not. Having a kid is crazy scary sometimes, you can't control everything in life especially with a little one. I already know I will be super stressed the first little bit, about everything. I guess one step at a time, that's all you can do. This weekend was busy (as every weekend has been). I got Bella's second shelf painted and the wall by her crib is so adorable! I was able to find some super cute wall decals, her room is finally starting to come together. Going to try and get the shelves up this week. I want to have most of the room ready b4 the baby shower this weekend. I'm super excited to her the baby's heartbeat on Friday at our doctors appointment, it's pretty much the only thing I look forward to lol. Made a cute picture frame for the ultrasound photo and have been getting more and more clothes put away. I'm sure I'll organize and re-organize everything before I feel it's perfect, I just want the room to be somewhat presentable when everyone is over for the baby shower. 7 more weeks doesn't seem like nearly enough time to get the house and everything ready, AAHHHH!!! haha
Class is in!
We're in week 5 of our birthing classes. We both really enjoy them, very informative and I think we both take new knowledge away from each class. Our instructor Amy is awesome, she is really funny and upbeat. I hope she is working when we go into labor. We have been taught a lot of breathing and relaxation techniques that I think help both of us. I want both us to remain calm and relaxed as much as possible during the laboring and birthing of Izabella. I'm truly confident in myself to be able to give birth drug free. My body knows what it's doing and have no worry about the process. I love that Matt wore the sympathy belly at our last class, now he knows what I'm carrying around, now only if they could give him swollen feet and gas lol.
Baby's room coming together
Baby Shower and Gifts Received
Baby Shower and Gifts Received
Baby Shower and Gifts Received
Maternity Photos by Sarah Schmock
Last weekend (10/1/11) we got our maternity pictures done. It was a lot of fun, and surprising! Matt wanted a picture where I basically bare all, so we did it! haha They actually turned out really classy and cute, and I can't believe I'm posting them as I'm usually shy about my body, especially with gaining weight. But, I love my belly because I know what is going to come from it. We're both so excited for Izabella and can't wait for her arrival, only a few more weeks! WOW! Can't believe it, a few more weeks. Seems like we were just planning to try to have a baby, and now she's weeks away from being here, time sure goes by when you're having fun lol
Well Izzy is staying put and is definitely not coming early. She is a happy camper right where she is at the moment. I haven't made any progress, still no dilation, effacement, or anything. It's to expected though, I think I was late when I was born, and her being late only proves further she is my husbands child lol. I'm not expecting her to come out until October 31st, that's my prediction, hopefully no later. Pregnancy really does teach you patience, you have to learn patience with yourself, everyone around you, your body and baby. I trust my body and baby know exactly when the right time will be for things to get going, just hope it's on or before Halloween so Izzy can wear the cute outfits we have for her. :-p
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