I’m now 55% of the way there! 22 weeks means the countdown is a mere 18 weeks until our sweet little girl makes her official entrance into this world. As a whole, this pregnancy (that results in an actual BABY GIRL) is becoming more and more real as these weeks pass. And lately the weeks are starting to FLY by compared to the dragging weeks, days and minutes of the 1st trimester of secrecy and sickness. I am not sure if time flying is a good or a bad thing. I’ll take it for what it is….it’s getting me closer to holding our baby in our arms.
This past weekend was CRAZY! Let me explain. I did not mention before that I had a planned trip to Indiana to visit my family. The reason I failed to mention even a WORD about it was because the trip was intended as a surprise for my brother and sister. Mark and Christine were graduating from high school and I thought that it would be very sisterly of me to make a surprise visit in their honor. Well, I must say, the surprise was successfully pulled off since both Mark and Christine were in utter shock when they saw me!! I think that they felt really special that I made an effort to be there to help celebrate their accomplishments. I am so glad I went.
Mark, my 18-year-old brother is the kindest guy you will ever meet. He simply has a heart of gold. He will also keep you entertained and laughing for hours. He is a leader and has shown that as the president of his class at school. Christine, my 17-year-old baby sister is the most intelligent little stinker ever. She skipped a grade years ago, putting her in the same grade as Mark. She was the homecoming queen this spring and she just graduated as salutatorian (2nd only to the valedictorian) of her high school class. Both Mark and Christine are going to Purdue University in the fall to pursue bachelors degrees (I also went to Purdue!). At their graduation there were three students who gave speeches…2 of the 3 speeches were from my siblings! So proud of them.
Here I am with my sister Christine and brother Mark. (Silly brother-in-law Andrew is purposely photo bombing us with his dog, haha!)
The surprise that keeps on giving. Now….if you recall, I just happened to mention that I planned my trip as a surprise to Mark and Christine. I pulled it off. My mom knew about the trip ahead of time and helped keep it a secret. BUT—my mom and OTHER sisters besides Christine (Jill, Maggie and Melody), pulled a quick one on ME! On Saturday afternoon they threw me a surprise baby shower. I was in pure shock when I walked in the room to a party full of purple and teal balloons and smiling faces. Apparently my sisters thought that this trip home would be the perfect opportunity to throw a baby shower (since I’m unable to get back to Indiana anymore pre-birth due to an overly busy summer schedule). They planned this baby shower for the past month (ever since I booked my flight). I feel absolutely loved beyond words. That baby shower made me feel really special. THEY GOT ME GOOD!
A few snapshots from the surprise shower. My sisters even did a purple and teal color scheme since they had checked out my blog and pinterest ideas!
My age: 27
How far along: 22 weeks
How big is baby: the size of a spaghetti squash. She is 11 inches long and weighs 1 pound.
Exercise/Activity Level: Despite my travels this week, I managed to keep up with my workouts really well! I am proud of myself for that. I got in 6 days of exercise…4 of those days I did outdoor runs and 2 of those days I went to the gym to do cardio and weights. When I was in Indiana, it was so much fun to go running (at low altitude!) on the flat country roads where my parents live. One morning I convinced my 9-year-old nephew Elijah to go on the run with me and he could ride a bike. Well, we figured out that the bike’s tires were in need of some air, so he ended up having to run with me and dropped the bike on the side of the road until we grabbed it on our way back. Poor kid….
Maternity clothes: I am wearing mostly maternity clothes. Most of my non-maternity shirts are getting to be too short to wear now. Motherhood Maternity sends me e-mails with online sales, and I scored on swim suits with the 50% off swimwear sale they had a few days ago. I will be in Florida this summer and will need to have appropriate fitting swim suits, so I am glad I found such a great sale.
Stretch marks: None.
Belly button: Innie.
Sleep: Sleeping well. The past two weekends I have traveled and slept in other beds, but none of that really phased me. Thankfully.
Best moment of the week: I have two best moments:
1. Surprising Mark and Christine.
2. Getting surprised at my baby shower.
More on these later. In fact, I will probably write an additional post later this week about the trip, surprise baby shower and my pregnant sister, Maggie.
Food cravings: Fruit and Gatorade.
Food aversions: Chicken. Although I bravely ate orange chicken from Panda Express. Then I realized the only reason I could eat it is because it doesn’t even taste like chicken with all the breading and sauce on it:)
Symptoms: Growing belly. Mild heartburn comes and goes. Feeling really great for the most part.
Movement: I know it’s a matter of days until Eric can feel her kicking. She is kicking harder and harder now!
What I’m looking forward to: My older brother Luke, his wife Ellen, and their two kiddos David and Emily, are coming to Colorado for a visit in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS! This will be my first time meeting my niece Emily since she is only 4 months old. Now that my Indiana tripped is done, my next big excitement is seeing Luke and Ellen. Can’t wait!
What I’m nervous about/praying for: I never answer this one because I’m rarely nervous, so I added the “praying for” part. I’m currently praying for our baby to keep growing and stay on track like she has been doing so far:)
What I miss: My family. It’s always hard getting back to regular life after a fun-filled time back home with my parents, brother, sisters, brother-in-laws and nephews. For the record, I am one of 8 kids, so family is a huge deal. I love my parents and am so grateful that they raised us to be successful and healthy adults. My siblings have each played a big role in my life and I wouldn’t trade my big family for a small one no matter what! I miss them!
Next appointment: Tuesday, June 11, 2013.