Part 1 is from May 2008 to Oct 2008
After finding out that Jesse and I were expecting a baby, I made the choice to move back to CDA (Coeur d’Alene). My parents are here and I really wanted to be close to them.
Jesse and I talked about it and I would move up as soon as possible and he would stay in Lewiston until he had a new job. This also began our wedding planning. We set the date for June 6, 2008, the day before my younger brother graduated from high school. It was a lot of stress and pressure to put on my mother. However, we talked about it and agreed that it was not fair for our family to choose between my brother’s graduation and my wedding. This was also when gas was about $4.00 a gallon!
Most of the wedding planning was done by my mother, for me, while I was trying to get some packing (and much needed sleep) done. At this point I had quit working at Taco Time. Scott was awesome about everything! Still working for good ole’ Starbucks. Ben (the store manager) was great to me as well. I pretty much told both of my bosses from the get go that I was pregnant. Working in food service, I had no idea if it was going to make me sick or not. I lucked out and the smells that I loved so much, never did bother me.
I moved to CDA a full two weeks before Jesse did. My parents drove a U-Haul down and helped Jesse load everything up. I was allowed to lift very little. This was a little upsetting because I hate feeling like I am not pulling my own weight. All in all, the move went pretty smoothly. It was SO warm and nice that weekend. And since I was not allowed to load the moving truck, I wasn’t allowed to unload it when we got to CDA. After unloading my car, my mother sent me on to their house, which was also to be Jesse and I’s house for as long as need be, to turn the a/c on.
The next day, we (mom, dad, Jesse and I) drove to Marcella’s bridal shop. I knew I wanted white, strapless and lace up, but other than that, I had NO idea what kind of dress I wanted! Not to mention, this had to be on a budget, and I needed the dress in three weeks! This is the dress I fell in love with.
It was perfect! And I don’t look 9 weeks pregnant in it! Plus, I was able to get the color I wanted in the BEST way!
Jesse moved up to CDA a week before the wedding. I had transferred with Starbucks and he started the 2nd of June at Boatwerkes. It was a busy week with getting the house cleaned for guest and for the reception, getting Jesse his Tux and ordering the food for the reception. During all of this I was hoping for the weather to turn around. It stayed in the 50′s. Not as warm as I was hoping but not that bad either.
Wedding Day!! At this point in my pregnancy I am taking 1/2 a unisom at night, so getting sleep the night before my wedding wasn’t that hard. I’m 12 weeks and looking great! The best part, my dress still fit! LOL I got my makeup done for free at Macy’s. The gal who did it, did a WONDERFUL job! After makeup it was off to get my hair done. This didn’t go over so well. I wanted my hair back off my face but not all the way up. Plus I had some really cute clips to use. Well the hairdresser used the clips but put WAY too much of my hair up, if it stayed that way, I would have ended up with a roaring headache by the time I needed to say “I do”. So like any good bride, I pitched a fit….. to my mom! I called her crying that it wasn’t what I wanted. I am proud to say, that this was my only meltdown of the day and it wasn’t Bridezilla worthy. Mom came back, took me back to the hair salon *at this point I need to say that my mother had left me there by myself, so she could finish getting things ready for the wedding and reception* and helped me and the hairdresser better figure out how I wanted my hair. So much happier with the end result.
Off to the church we went, about two hours before the wedding. This is where things got tricky. I had to locate the closest bathroom (suffering from overactive bladder, otherwise known as pregnancy), which was across the street. Now it became a covert operation anytime I wanted, no needed, to use the bathroom. See, I didn’t want to see Jesse before the ceremony. We were married at the Fort Sherman Chapel in CDA. I believe it is oldest church in the area. It was everything I wanted. Front steps, center aisle, wooden pews. I fell in love with this church went I went to college at North Idaho College.
The wedding was everything I could have asked for (well, it would have been nice if it had been warmer, but the weather held for the ceremony and pictures). My family was all there, I didn’t get sick, I got to share it with the people that mean the most to me. I had wonderful family and friends that helped to make the day something that I will never forget.
Fast forward a few weeks, and we find out that our baby is a BOY! I knew from the get go. I kept telling my mom that it was a boy. He gave us a GREAT shot of the “goods”.
During the summer, I left Starbucks for Costco. It was great. Better hours, better pay, great benefits. Jesse and I also moved into our own place. Ugh. We were SO eager to move, that we didn’t think about the place, or care. It was a dump! Oh, cute an all from the outside, but lacking on the inside.
Not long after, I was let go from Costco. Still somewhat bitter about this. I was told that I wasn’t working “hard enough”. Are you kidding me? I am 7.5 months pregnant, can do everything but lift the trash (so, any heavy lifting), and I have only gone home sick once, I was having contractions!
Its about this point in my pregnancy that I start having pre-term labor. Not enough for me to end up in the hospital over night or get any meds, but the contractions were there.
6 months pregnant
Please ignore the mess in my room (at my parents house, before we moved). And the fact that I look gross!
To be continued….