Saturday, May 30, 2009


I thought I'd post a few pictures of Nick's graduation. I don't know why, but I have my eyes closed in every single picture. Ammon says he thinks you must close your eyes more when you are pregnant. I'm not sure if that's the reason, but why not? Anyway, you can also see my late 4 month belly. Exciting stuff.

Friday, May 29, 2009

They were right

A few weeks ago I went to get my hair cut. I have been to this place a lot before, so I know the people that work there pretty well (as well as you get to know people in a place like that). There was only one other woman in there and she seemed like a nice sort. So, I made my announcement. The women who work in there are newly weds and were extremely excited for me. Just the sort of attention I wanted. But the new lady wasn't in the mood to praise, I guess. Rather than say anything she gave me the most patronizing smile I have ever seen. Anytime I said anything about my pregnancy she would give me the "you have no idea what you are talking about" smile. I hate that smile. I wanted to shout at her, "So, I've only done this once. You had to have your first pregnancy at one point too. And how do you know what mine is like? You aren't in my body!" Sometimes I have a temper.
I have noticed that women really like to know more than each other. We somehow take pleasure in thinking that we have been there and done that. I find that the worst offender is pregnancy. If you have been pregnant before than you know all there is to know about everything and all these new moms are just rookies. Well, that may be. But from what I've heard and from what I've experienced, no two pregnancies are a like, so how could anyone possibly know everything. I don't know. But some women do.
Despite my dislike for all of these know it all's that give "the smile" I have found that they are all right on one point. Every one of these patronizers has told me to just "wait until you feel the baby move." They all attest that it doesn't get better than that. They were right. I felt our little one move 2 days ago. It brings tears to my eyes and smile to my face every time that I feel that. Being pregnant has not been easy for me. But feeling that there is actually a person inside me makes it all worth while. While I hope that I will never be one of "the smile" givers I will fully admit that in this instance they were right.

P.S. Forgive my rant. I couldn't help but get that out there, it has been driving me crazy. And I don't think of everyone who has told me to look forward to the first time the baby moves as fitting in to this category, for the record.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Here we are

Wondering what has happened to the Ammon Dahls? Well, wonder no more. We are alive and well. We are all settled down in our little apartment in Helena, Montana. It is truly beautiful here. We miss our home and we miss our puppies, but we are happy to be having a new adventure. Ammon is extremely and painfully busy these days. I'm am extremely and painfully not busy, which may be worse. At least in Provo I had a yard to take care of. Up until today we have not had internet either, so I finished reading the Anne of Green Gables series and have been doing reading on pregnancy. It helps to fill in the time.

But we haven't spent too much time here in Helena. Ammon spent last week in Kansas City doing a big training. And I spent the week up in Helmer, Idaho with my family. I think Ammon had a good time and learned a lot from his training. I had a wonderful time with my family. It makes a big difference when you have someone to socialize with during the day. At the end of the week Ammon flew to my parents and we all got to see my brother graduate. There are few things better than a Troy graduation as far as graduations go. It was a whole 30 minutes. Not bad. Half of that was a slide show.

We are now back to Helena and looking forward to going on a few fishing expeditions and exploring the various trails that they have around here. My morning sickness is easing up some, though I still feel far from perfect, and so that is making life easier. I'm showing now. I'm in that awkward "Is she fat, or is she pregnant?" stage, which is sort of fun, sort of not. We will find out in 2 weeks what we are having (if all goes well with the ultra sound). We hope to have my anemia under control soon too so that I'll have a bit more energy.

That's the update on us. We are enjoying our little stay in Montana. I'll be excited to get back to Utah though, which is something I never thought I'd say.