three lists of three.

by Janetha on May 5, 2014

in family time,oh baby,random rambles

helllllo! how was your monday? and your weekend? hopefully everything is good in your world. i thought i would pop in to share a few odds & ends with you. how about 3 my weekend, 3 from today, and 3 bits of randomness for good measure. 

three highlights from the weekend.

#1 highlight…

attending my niece izzy’s baptism! can’t believe this little lady is eight years old. 

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we attended the baptism and confirmation at the church and then headed to her house for a get together afterward.


iz was beaming and excited and all smiles!

NewImageside note: that is not chewing tobacco in marshall’s pocket, it’s sour icebreakers haha.. he pointed that out after i posted the pic on instagram.

lindsay (izzy’s momma) put together an awesome spread of cafe rio-inspired eats. 


i wasn’t very hungry, but i can never turn down delicious mexican.


the dessert spread was so fun–everything was white (because you wear all white when baptized!) 


at first i wasn’t sure there were that many white desserts.. but i was dead wrong. i made my mini white chocolate cheesecakes to contribute to the table. they had to have cherries.. so i broke the rules with a little red. ;)


can i tell you guys a little bit about my nephew, greyson? he LOVES to work. there’s always a job to be done. he’s a busy boy and there is never a minute where he’s not working on a project or telling someone about his latest job. so funny. all the kiddos were playing in the yard… 


and grey man was busy weed whacking. because there was “work to be done!” as he put it. 


omg.. he is the very best. 

anyway, it was a fun-filled family celebration. congrats, iz!

#2 highlight.. 

marshall & i attended the first of two childbirth classes. i think i am more scared of labor now that i was before. ignorance is bliss, folks. i know way too much now.  it was a four-hour class and we covered a lot of bases regarding third trimester nutrition, all the phases of labor, and all about natural delivery. next week’s class will cover pain meds. i thought for sure, hands down, that i would want an epidural. however, a few things i learned on saturday have me second guessing myself. 

once you get the epidural, you are basically paralyzed from the waist down.. meaning getting out of bed is out of the question. yeah, i knew that, but i didn’t know that it could possibly prolong labor due to not being able to change positions and use gravity to stimulate the whole process. hmmm. we also learned that getting into water can sometimes be as relieving as an epidural (not sure i buy that, but that’s what she said!) and my hospital has tubs in many of the rooms.. so that’s something to consider. of course, it’s nice to not get an epidural because you can move around right after the birth.. which is the one reason i was toying with the idea of not getting one in the first place. my friends who have done both are big advocates for NOT getting one.. but.. uh.. ouch.

i kind of think i am a huge wuss and when it comes down to it, i will be like screw everything, give me an epidural. but i guess ya never know. i am not writing some long, drawn out birth plan like some women do because.. let’s face it… i am a first timer. i can’t write some plan and expect it to go down like that. i will just play it by ear and hope for the best.

#3 highlight…

my asiago bagel with sun dried tomato cream cheese. yep. it made the cut for highlights.


how about some monday highlights??

three highlights from today.

highlight #1…

today is cinco de mayo and we celebrated at work. i am lucky enough to work with some pretty awesome mexicans and they make killer mexican food. we had carne asada tacos, rice, and beans for lunch today. so good.



highlight #2…

my 24-week doc appointment! all is well with the baby inside of me. nothing exciting to report, but no news is good news, right? my next appointment is a month from now and i will have my glucose test to check for gestational diabetes. after that i move more frequent appointments.. which means this baby is getting closer to being on the outside of me.. which is, quite frankly, a trip. but we are super stoked!

highlight #3…

one last highlight from today is that my BFF is amazzzzing. mandy brought us some STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE RICE KRISPIE TREATS



mmm two of my favorites combined into one tasty treat.


yeah. she’s the best ever.  thanks, mands!

and, of course, what blog post would be complete without a few random bits? 

three random bits.

bit #1…

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bit #2…

i don’t think i have showed you guys this dresser yet! i am seriously lusting after it for the nursery and it is my biggest want at the moment.. look how gorgeous.


 ahhh! i love it! i look at it every day. it is so random and mismatched and would go so well in an eclectic nursery. BUT (and this is a big, huge but) it is a whopping $1300. ay ay ay. damn you, west elm. anyone want to get it for me?! ;) i am actually thinking of trying a DIY version of it. there are several tutorials online and i have a very crafty sis. we shall see.

bit #3…

i saw the hashtag #fitfetus today and wanted to stab my eyes out. #fitpregnancy is bad enough.. do we have to bring the fetus into the equation? REALLY?! jessica and i were then joking about #fitlabor.. fitting in some crunches on the birthing ball mid-contraction. i would not be surprised if that was a thing… now that i know #fitfetus is. oy. eye roll.

mmmk. that’s it! have a great week! check ya later, dudes.


1. what weekend highlight do you have to share?

2. what is the most eye-roll-inducing hashtag for you?

xo. janetha g.

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Leianna May 6, 2014 at 1:09 am

Chiming in on the epidural question. I had my son (second labor) 2 weeks ago. I was induced with both kids. Everyone says that means longer labor. Also had an epidural with both. I only labored and pushed 3-4 hours with both, the epidural then comes out and I was standing/moving around right away.Everyone is differernt. If you listen to all the stories you wont want to do anything labor related. Epidural was a great experience for me!!

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

thanks for your feedback on the matter! i really am 99% sure i will get one. i am a HUGE baby when it comes to pain.

Jenn @ Mark My Miles May 6, 2014 at 3:21 am

#fitfetus?! Seriously?! Definitely an eye roller for me…

Erica May 6, 2014 at 4:58 am

hahahhahaha hastags are hilarious. Oh people…strawberry krispie treats? I need these. Your family is so cute! I want to dive into your fresh REAL Mexican food from work yesterday nom. Glad everything is well with the peanut to be

Lauren May 6, 2014 at 5:03 am

Sounds like a perfect weekend! Too funny about Marshall’s mints. :)

So glad you and the baby are doing well! And I love that dresser! I know, everything I want for the baby is way more than I would ever spend on myself. I guess that is where that spoiling comes into play. :)

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

lol right?

Lee May 6, 2014 at 5:19 am

Hahaha, fitfetus. How can anyone even use that without laughing?

julie May 6, 2014 at 5:20 am

#instagood #instagreat #instafood #instacool #instarad #instanight anything “insta” really.

i’m loving your approach to your pregnancy…you don’t sugarcoat how WEIRD it is to have a whole person inside you then having to extract it somehow. i want kids someday but my god – it’s just bizarre to me. the whole process, you know? mind blowing.

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

omg you have no idea! it’s freaking strange. yesterday marshall and i were discussing the weirdness of having something living inside of me…. it’s weird. real weird.

Valerie May 6, 2014 at 11:29 am

but all in all, it’s a MIRACLE that a human being is growing inside of you. like carrie said, “do you realize you’re growing a teeny tiny penis inside you? that’s so sci-fi!”


Janetha May 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm

lmao seriously it’s crazy! a miracle indeed!

Becky @ TheBexFactor May 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Babies are basically parasites.

Livi May 6, 2014 at 6:09 am

Your niece is so adorable! Looks like a great weekend!

betty May 6, 2014 at 7:09 am

umm, speaking of the ice breakers in marshall’s pocket.. there is a hashtag for #ladydippers on ig and vine .. like.. girls who chew tobacco and document their nasty dips in their mouth. omg. makes me want to vom. WHY WOULD YOU POST THAT.

i need those rice krispies in my life.

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

what? ewwwww

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List May 6, 2014 at 8:12 am

marshall and chewing tobacco…lmao.

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

right lol

Krissie J @ Philly Nerd Girl May 6, 2014 at 8:25 am

Weekend highlight was running (and PRing) my 10 mile race with my bf. First time I ever did a race with someone I was dating and it was great. :)

I have to say the #fitfetus hashtag is now my newest eye-roll inducing one. FFS.

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

yay! congrats! and i am happy you found someone who loves to do things you do–how cool. i miss you!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life May 6, 2014 at 8:41 am

#fitfetus???? What in the world is wrong with people?? I’m just going to start labeling everything on instagram as #fit. #fitcupcake. #fitnailpolish. #fitsuperawkwardcarselfieIswearI’matastoplight

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

lmfao best comment (and idea) ever

Ella May 6, 2014 at 9:02 am

Just throwing it out there.. but I’m PRETTY sure #fitfetus is a joke…

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

no. the photos i saw on the hashtag (which, surprisingly, were all deleted this morning–maybe she reads here) were not joking around. they were clumped up with #sweatingfortwo #fitpregnancy #fitmom #workitout etc… and the photos were not in humor. this girl was dead serious.

calee @ life + running May 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

Oh man. I want all that mexican food. I need to meet some awesome Mexicans so they can share authentic recipes with me. Turns out a lot of them don’t have the things I’m allergic to in them, contrary to our Americanized versions of their dishes.

Annette@FitnessPerks May 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

Yay for your niece!

I loved having a natural birth–yes there were parts that were painful, but I loved being able to get up right away–and the recovery was crazy fast.

Highlight from my day yesterday: going to bed at 9:15 pm :) haha

natalie@thesweetslife May 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

re: the epidural, mine was perfect! Yes you’re numbed waist down (which is glorious in terms of eliminating contraction pain!), but I could still move around (i.e. lift my booty when the nurses asked me to and even pushed on my hands and knees at one point)…so don’t feel like an epi is out of the question! as with all things birth and baby related, do what’s best for YOU!

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 11:07 am

oh it’s not out of the question lol. i am sure i will get one. i just was interested to find out there were reasons not to get one. before i was like why the hell would you not?!

Valerie May 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

in all honesty, i don’t think there is such a thing as being “prepared” for labor when you’re a first time mom. you can’t really describe a feeling, ya know?

this is coming from someone who didn’t take labor classes and was in denial after my water broke that i was in labor. i didn’t tell my husband my water broke until about 3 hours after it had. haha. needless to say, he wasn’t very pleased.

weekend highlight: watching my kiddo laugh and play in our backyard pool for the first time. yay for spring!

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm

lol i love that you were in denial even after your water broke. i feel like i will be like that. i am scared shitless. and i second the yay for spring! so nice!

Kim F May 6, 2014 at 11:58 am

The goods news is research shows that an epidural only prolongs labor by 20-30 minutes!!! I just finished my OB rotation and we discussed this quite a bit. I think there are pros and cons to it and it is a very individual choice.

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Good to know! Our teacher did not make it out to be that way at all. Thank youuuu

Katy Taylor May 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm

The dresser is super cute!! Maybe try and find a vintage style dresser for cheap and just paint or stain the doors : )

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 1:16 pm

That’s the plan! I am just having a hard time finding a dresser with different sized drawers (that’s one of the things i like about it.. the mismatched sizes) but I may have a carpenter build me one and finish it myself! Good to hear from you! xoxoxo

Caroline L May 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Janetha, I’ve been reading your blog for a while but today I must comment because I have eaten two things inspired by you. For breakfast I had Chobani and Belvita – good on their own, delicious together. And right now I am in the middle of enjoying a snack of faux protein frosty. SO good! Thanks for the ideas and recipes!
Congratulations on your pregnancy and best of luck finding everything for the nursery. My weekend highlight was spending a few hours with my family at a strawberry festival. I used to live across the country from my parents and 1.5 hours from my sister and we all live within 30 minutes from each now. It’s wonderful!

Janetha May 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Color me jealous! I am craving strawberries big time right now and that festival sounds amazing! So fun!

Megan May 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I’m also weighing in on the whole epi debate :)

With my first, I did all the research, read all the books, took all the classes, and was going to go without any pain meds. I was worried about interventions slowing down my labor, etc. After 30 hours of labor, and only being 3 cm dilated (my water broke on its own at home at about hour 26), I decided on the epi. Within minutes of getting the epi, I was 8 cm. About an hour later, I was fully dilated. I pushed for maybe 25 minutes.

With my second, I wasn’t sure if I wanted the epi or not. I knew the reasons not to get it, but I had a wonderful experience with my first epi. I got to the hospital and was dilated to 4 cm (water still intact). I decided on the epi and was dilated to 6 cm by the time I got it. Was again fully dilated within 2 hours and pushed for 8 SECONDS. I’m not even kidding – that baby flew right out.

Both of my babies were super alert and latched right away.

Here is the thing, you won’t mind laying in bed while in labor with the epi. It’s actually a nice little break (calm before the storm!). I do think it is important not to get the epidural too soon. I also asked for a low dose with both of my epis so I still felt pressure, building of contractions, etc., just not the intense pain. I also never pushed the button to top it off (I think you can push it every 15-20 minutes if you need more meds).

My SIL was induced and got an epi immediately (before she even experienced painful contractions) and she had every side effect in the book. My niece was born grey and they called code blue. It was terrifying, and I was in the room. I don’t know if it was a bad anesthesiologist, bad OB, or if it was because she pushed that button every 15 minutes whether she needed to or not…

I think as long as you educate yourself and go with your gut, everything will be just fine! Labor hurts – there is no getting around that! But don’t fear it! At the end you get the most precious little gift EVER.

Janetha May 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

thanks for your input!!

Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Looks like you all had a wonderful weekend together! Nothing better than that :)

Katie May 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Most eye rolling hashtag— Yolkporn. Drives me up the wall. Or when someone uses about 10 hashtags on a simple photo! However I love your long drawn out hashtags, they always make me laugh :D!!

Janetha May 7, 2014 at 11:28 am


Linz @ Itz Linz May 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm

so i had an epidural and it didn’t slow down my labor at all – i needed no pitocin and i was worried about being bed-bound but it was actually fine and allowed me to rest which was nice. obviously whatever you choose will be the right choice for you, just letting you know because i had the same apprehensions :) :) the body is an amazing thing – trust it! :) :)

Janetha May 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

haha i trust that i am a wimp and will need all the pain meds possible. but we will see.

Becky @ TheBexFactor May 6, 2014 at 8:37 pm

The bath thing is semi true. I didn’t want to be one of those people that went to the hospital too early and had to be sent home so I toughed it out at home for awhile. I sat in a nice warm bath for hours and it really helped with the contractions. But turned out I stayed home too long because I had transitioned and was in active labor when I arrived at the hospital. Whoops.

Also, I totally wanted to go all natural but once things got intense I wanted to change my mind. I was too far along for the epi though so all they could give me was laughing gas.

No matter what happens during labor, as long as baby arrives safely, that’s all that matters. Labor will be a long forgotten memory after so long anyways.

Carla Runs the World May 7, 2014 at 3:35 am

There’s such a thing as a walking epidural — I didn’t get that, but I was not paralyzed from my regular one though. And yes, it slow down labor, but I was in so much pain I had been stuck to the bed anyway, so I was not up for moving around. The epidural was heaven, until then it felt as if my body was being ripped apart from the inside. I’m convinced every labor is different, it’s not a pain tolerance thing, but that bodies just handle labor differently the same way people have different pregnancies.

I’m a crappy blogger, but I did blog my birth story:

Janetha May 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

lmao being ripped apart from the inside.. yeah.. epidural it is

Carla May 7, 2014 at 5:13 am

I am loving eight here.
still a child.
so grown up.
all at once

KaraHadley May 7, 2014 at 6:36 am

O’m’gah! I saw that dresser and all its siblings — night stand, buffet, armoire — at West Elm a few months ago and absolutely fell in love. It is so awesome and, if you have a West Elm outlet near you, definitely more affordable. I think I saw the dresser there for $800 and they had some scratch and dent ones that were assembled wrong or missing a handle (which you can easily replace since none of them match anyway) for way less than that.

Janetha May 7, 2014 at 9:35 am

thanks for the tip! i don’t have one but maybe my sis does

Janetha May 7, 2014 at 11:30 am

wtf we do have a west elm in SLC haha it’s new! wow, thanks, google

Nicole C May 7, 2014 at 9:48 am

This is weird about that dresser. My Grandma had this cabinet in her entry way, that essentially looks very similar to that dresser. It’s 3 drawers on the right though and I don’t think quite as tall. Since my Grandma has passed away, I’ve been wanting to adopt that cabinet. People keep breaking into her house and I’m afraid of what else they will take.

Janetha May 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

you need to go get that!

LG May 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

Ahhhhh I thought that stuff about your nephew Greyson was son cute!! Weed-wacking – ha ha ha.

Sorry, I cannot assist about the epidural thing, but I bet you’ll handle the situation super well, whatever you decide.

Janetha May 7, 2014 at 11:29 am

he’s seriously a riot. you should see some of the videos.. so funny. i hope my son is that weird.

tracey May 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

the epidural was my only relief for all 36 hours of labor. I’m a fan. lol

Trisha May 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm

That dresser is awesome and you can totally do a DIY version! Baby G is going to have the coolest room, I just know it!

Jessica B May 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

I don’t comment often but do read often!!! One thing about the epidural — do what you feel you need to do — I told my doctors / nurses that if I asked for pain meds to give it to me but please don’t push it on me unless something is needed for the baby :) Also, my dr turned off the epidural before I pushed (for both births) so I could feel all contractions and pushing and then when all was done that needed to be done and I was able to get up, I could :) Best of luck and you’ll do great!!!!!

purelytwins May 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

love your musings girl ;)

I have the same thoughts about labor as you. I have no plan…for anything really haha I am just hoping my body will know what to do


Hayley May 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Long-time reader, seldom commenter. But, I wanted to weigh in on the labour debate. I gave birth to my son on October 19th last year, and he was two weeks early. So don’t believe doctors or anyone who says that the first is usually late. Also, I know everyone and their dog is wanting to give you advice, and possibly scare you with terrible birth stories but remember everyone has a different experience.
My experience and a few things I wish I knew:

1. I agonized over a birth plan, not because I had to have things go a specific way, but because I knew I would forget all about my wishes during labour. Also I guess I’m a bit of a control freak. I was still typing and printing it off in between contractions. Seriously. That piece of paper didn’t even leave my hospital bag once we were there. I gave birth just three hours after being admitted into the hospital. Once you’re in labour the last thing on your mind is a music play list, lights, or any comforts you wrote down. All you can think is “get this baby out of me!”.
2. Speaking of hospital bag, the best things and only things I really used were my pillow, toothbrush / paste and a ton of coconut water! I was so damn dehydrated! Between that and water I drank about 4 litres. No joke.
3. If you can, hire a birth doula. Best money we spent! We met with ours several times before I went into labour and I was 100% comfortable with her being there. On the day of I texted her and she came over as soon as I my labour started (lost the plug and my water broke, just a tablespoon or so). We laboured at home for several hours until she gave the green light to head to the hospital. When we got there I was already 7cm dilated and an epidural didn’t even cross my mind.
4. Get a room with a big bathtub. I couldn’t believe how much this helped with the pain of the contractions. I was kicking myself for not getting into the tub at home. Be warned though, once you get in you won’t want to get out.
5. I am a red-head and have a very low pain tolerance. I really wanted a natural birth because I’m scared of getting a huge needle stuck in my spine and our birth class instructor scared me too. I surprised myself (and probably my husband and family) that I only needed laughing gas and a hot bath. I stayed in that tub for almost two hours and actually started pushing in there (a no-no at my hospital). I didn’t say anything because I really, really didn’t want to get out.
6. I wish our birth classes had given us more information on caring for a newborn once they are born (changing, feeding, sleeping, etc.) and all the crazy stuff that happens to our minds and body postpartum (I’m not talking about pod). She spent two whole days covering labour when it’s really just a blip in time in the grand scheme of things.
7. One of the best things I did was have my mom videotape my son’s birth. I don’t know if it was the laughing gas or endorphins but I was feeling drunk and had a bit of an outer body experience while pushing. Time escaped me and I couldn’t tell you how long I was pushing. They had asked if I wanted to see his head – all I could do was shake my head no. I don’t think I opened my eyes once during the final stage of labour. A few weeks after he was born and I was healing I was brave enough to watch the video. It is so special to me to have that memory and to be able to see my son born, again and again. So if you’re comfortable with that I highly recommend it as you can always delete it afterwards.

Whew, sorry I didn’t realize I had so much to write! I guess I could go on and on about my birth story.

Emily @ Fit as a Mother... May 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Highlight of my weekend: finishing my 7 mile run. (Notice I said finishing it, not running it!)

Not sure there’s one single hashtag that irks me the most, but I do find hashtags that are in and of themselves full sentences to be a bit much! :)

Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut May 14, 2014 at 4:59 am

Omg your nephew with the weed-whacker! Too cute! I kind of wonder if I was like that…probably not with yard work but with taking care of things while the others were playing..

Yeah the older I get and the more I hear about birth, the more I want to just say screw it and adopt! I do think some ladies like to brag about how tough they are with their terrifying details… can’t unhear some stories!

Of course you will do great!! I have heard it really helps if you are fit and I know you work your butt off in that area!

#fitfetus HA

Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt May 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

I’m on the lookout for your #fitfetus hashtag. Don’t let me catch you using it! ;)

I love the all white desserts. Cute idea! And doesn’t show up if I spill it all over myself when wearing white. WIN!

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