Saturday, December 3, 2016

Growing Baby Rote - 22 wks

For anyone who only follows me here I'm happy to announce 

Blogging is clearly not a regular thing for me but I just got this crazy idea that I might want to remember this pregnancy down the road. I have been posting some bumpdate photo updates on Instagram but in all honesty this pregnancy is flying by and I have to look down to remind myself I'm pregnant at times!!

So I am not going to guarantee any timeline to these posts but hopefully I can stick to it a little bit.
Copied these promts from my lovely friend Erin

How far along: 22 Weeks

I’m feeling: Wonderful. This is no joke, only early in pregnancy did I get nauseous a few times for only 5-10 minutes.

Total weight gain: 13lbs

Baby Rote’s size: Piece of Sweet Corn

This week: We took two back-to-back weekend trips to The Cities and my back can not take those car rides like it used to so this week I've been trying to get my back to cooperate with me. Let me just say I wish I could go to the chiropractor every day or every other day and get a massage on the off days!!

Maternity clothes: I have not bought any maternity clothes, bought some shirts one size bigger than my normal size and got a larger size bra for the first time since I was in high school. Other than that I have been living in leggings for a month or so, and let's face it I am not a jeans person anyway so legging life is just fine with me!!

Sleep: I toss and turn more than normal but overall I sleep really well ... I just have a REALLY hard time not finding myself on my back. I think it is time to invest in a pregnancy pillow (recommendations welcome)

Best moment this week: Having people notice my little belly bump, makes the pregnancy seem more real along with all the baby movement I feel

Movement: Tons - This week I really started to feel an active babe in my belly. I have an anterior placenta so they told me it might take a few more weeks than 'normal' to feel the baby, well Baby Rote must be getting bigger and stronger because I feel the jabs now!!

Food cravings: nothing really - except maybe the entire jar of hamburger pickles I could have ate at work this week!! Seriously what is it about pickles?!

Food aversions: Everything (kinda) I just don't have much of an appetite, similar to when I wasn't pregnant but the only issue with that is now I have to eat for the baby's health and I can't just eat crap. So, easy, healthy food recipes are welcome!

Belly button in or out: In and I hope it stays that way! I did however take my belly button ring out this week, for the first time in 4 years - that looks strange!!

Looking forward to: Getting the nursery done. Steve is done with harvest now so that hopefully means the list of house projects can get underway!!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Rote West Adventure Days 3 & 4

Day 3 - 552 Miles - Yellowstone to Boise, ID

The camping spot just outside Yellowstone park was beautiful, we packed up and enjoyed campfire breakfast then headed into the park. We met here with some friends from back home before we both went our separate ways.
Leaving Yellowstone we went by the Grand Tetons and Steve and I were in awe, neither of us had seen these beautiful mountains before.

chemex, Rex Hale,

Rex Hale, camp breakfast

geyser, yellowstone


Day 4 - 410 Miles - Boise, ID to Kennewick, WA

We left Boise and headed to McCall, ID to visit Steve's uncle, Brett! This was a beautiful drive and then McCall blew our minds, especially when Uncle Brett let us take his 4-wheeler for a spin on one of his favorite trails and a breathtaking overlook of McCall and Payette Lake.
Drove through Hells Canyon on the way to WA and also along the way the farm kids in us were in awe of the wheat hills we drove by.
It was my first 4th of July in 6 years that I wasn't at the lake back home and I was totally okay with breaking tradition for this wonderful trip!!

Road Trip

Payette Lake

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rote West Adventure Days 1 & 2

This Adventure - a two week road trip with my husband to the West Coast and back.
Steve drove all 5,438 miles and we got along perfectly the entire trip.
The trip was such an amazing experience and it was an item we are both so happy we could check off our bucket list!

I don't have many words to share about the trip, plus I speak better through my photography so over the next days I'll be sharing our trip and I hope you enjoy!!

Day 1 - 461 Miles - Home to Miles City, MT

road trip, atlas, map

North Dakota, painted canyon
Western North Dakota is so beautiful

Day 2 - 545 Miles - Miles City, MT to Yellowstone

Beartooth Pass

mountain goat

Rex Hale Campground, camping, Milky Way
My first Milky Way photo - I'm in Love!! 

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Friday, June 17, 2016

From The Farm Friday : n u m b e r 22

I'm not sure if you knew this but I grew up on a farm. Yep, farmer's daughter and farmer's wife. Growing up on the farm taught me life lessons I know I wouldn't have learned any other way. There are some things you don't realize about farm life that you take for granted because you are around it all the time. One of the things I take for granted, I was reminded of in April when my cousins from Minneapolis came for a visit. I think these photos will speak for themselves but in short summary - cows and machinery are magical!!!

I present to you: Sweet Baby James visits #RoteFarms

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Mr. Gus

I had planned to update you all on the planting season in a From the Farm Friday edition but instead I bring you a sad post.
Our sweet Gus passed away yesterday.

I brought him and his brother home in 2011. A lady my mom worked with was getting rid of unexpected kittens. She brought them to me in a gym bag and they were squirming and meowing and it was a bag full of cuteness that I couldn't wait to bring home!!
Gus and his brother, Todd, have filled the farm with so much character and they are the best little hunters around. Gus was my cuddler, whenever I was outside he would find any way possible to get in my lap or be as close to me as possible. He was Ember's favorite and I know she is going to miss him a lot because Todd doesn't put up with any of her puppy shenanigans!
I am sure going to miss this handsome green-eyed guy!!

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