Air Travel continued…

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Traveling on a plane alone with a newborn is tough, but not impossible.  Don’t get me wrong, I have no regrets about traveling with her.  But I did learn some things of what worked well and what wasn’t such a great idea.  Here are my experiences:

1- Babies require a TON of stuff.  Spend the extra $25 to check your luggage because you only have 2 hands.  On the way to FL, I had a carry-on suitcase, diaper bag, breast pump (it’s built into a small backpack), a snap-and-go stroller, a car seat and a baby.  TOO MUCH STUFF!  On the way home I cut down what I carried on the aircraft.  I checked my luggage bag and put my breast pump inside the suitcase.  That is 2 entire items I didn’t have to worry about.  So all I had on that flight was: diaper bag, stroller, car seat and a baby.  Much more manageable.

2- Wear your baby, if you can.  I used my Moby Wrap, and that was the best decision ever.  You are not allowed to wear babies during take off and landing (some sort of airline rules), but you just slip the baby in and out during those two times.  On my first flight I didn’t have the Moby on, so I held her.  That means you only ever have one hand.  That’s ok for the most part except for when you NEED both of your hands.

3- Plan your feedings ahead of time.  What worked for me was to breastfeed Winter right before boarding the flight.  On my first flight I breastfed her several times in the air and used my nursing cover.  I was sitting next to a lady, so I felt totally comfortable doing this.  On my way home I was sitting next to 2 grown men and decided to forego breastfeeding and give her 2 bottles of pumped breast milk in the air.  This was ok until my breasts were SO FULL that they leaked through my breast pads, bra, and 2 shirts!!  What a mess….  As soon as I arrived in Denver, I had to get my breast pump out and pump in a family-style restroom to empty myself out.  So I would have rather just breastfed her on the plane and not worried about the 2 guys sitting next to me.

4- Get help from others.  I could not have made it without taking the help from strangers.  A nice gentleman brought my carryon bag onto the plane for me on my first flight.  On the way off my first flight, and older man took both my diaper bag and my carryon for me.  Someone else helped me break down my snap-and-go stroller to drop it at the gate check.  A flight attendant held Winter for a second when she noticed I didn’t have my seatbelt on and asked me to buckle it.  I was very grateful that others were kind enough to help me.  I really couldn’t have done it without the help.

5- Security goes smoothly if you WEAR your baby.  I know I already talked about the Moby Wrap, but my experiences of not wearing her vs. wearing her in security were night and day.  When I didn’t wear her (I just held her in my arms), I only had one hand to put all of the things on the belt go to through the xray scanner.  Breaking down a stroller and putting a car seat up on the belt with one hand is TRICKY.  They let me wear Winter in the Moby Wrap when I walked through the metal detector, no questions asked.

6- Plan for everything to take 3 times as long as it usually does.  I gave myself a TON of extra time for my first flight and still was rushed.  On my return trip home, I had plenty of time and felt much more relaxed because I wasn’t hurrying around.

7- Be assertive if you need to, don’t worry about being polite.  When I arrived to the airport, I wasn’t checking any bags, so I simply planned to print off my boarding pass at the kiosk.  The kiosk prompted me to get in line and see an attendant because “assistance is required”.  GREAT.  So I waited in the long line.  I was called to a station, but my airline attendant was helping someone else.  She kept saying, “sorry, it’ll be just a second” and other people were getting called to other attendants.  People who were in line behind me were already helped and finished before I was.  It was probably 5-10 minutes I waited on my attendant.  Looking back, I would have been assertive and said, “ma’am, if you cannot help me, can I please be directed to a different person who can?” because I lost valuable time waiting on her.  Do what you need to do.  Don’t worry about politeness.

8- Get everything out that you need on the plane and put it in the seatback pocket.  I had a bottle of breastmilk, pacifier, burp cloth, protein bar and a blanket right there at arms reach.  On my first flight I wore my nursing cover for the duration of the flight, whether I was nursing or not.  That was helpful too.

9- If you have a choice, choose to not travel solo if you don’t have to.  Having a helper (whether your spouse or a friend) would have made the whole experience a million times easier.  Someone who can help you is priceless.

10- You will probably have to change a diaper on the plane — good news, they do have a changing table above the toilet in those tiny bathrooms.  Winter did great with her diaper changes.  It was helpful to leave my diaper bag under the seat and just take a fresh diaper, wipes and changing pad in my hands to the bathroom.  It’s such a tight squeeze anyway that my bag would’ve been too big for the space.  Plus, wearing her in the Moby was good too so I could go to the bathroom myself.

Well, I am sure there is more to it, but that’s what I’ve got for you.  When traveling alone, just make sure you have plenty of time and a way to feed your baby (whether it’s breast feeding or having enough bottles).  GOOD LUCK to any of you who will air travel with a baby in the future….it’s tough but totally doable!

Much love,

Katy

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BUMP REPORT – 36 Weeks

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Ok, how crazy is this?!?  36 weeks pregnant, is this for REAL?!  Check out the count-down-ticker on the side bar of my blog…it should read how many DAYS are left now, instead of months.  Today it shows 29 days left.  Whoa.  I think that Eric and I are realizing just how quickly our due date is approaching.  We are getting the final touches on the nursery done, buying items off our registry and momma is even starting to do a bit of nesting!  36 weeks means baby girl could be here anytime.  Now we are fully hoping for a full term baby (give us at LEAST 2 weeks, baby girl!).  But honestly she could make her appearance at any time.  We can’t wait to meet that little gal!!!

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I realized that today (September 9th) marks 6 years since Eric proposed to me.  I am so happy that I said yes!  I love him more and more with every day that passes.  I just can’t wait to watch him transition into his new role as daddy.  I think I love him now, but I can only imagine how much MORE I will love him when I watch him as a daddy to our baby girl.  So excited for that.  Look at HOW YOUNG we looked on September 9, 2007:

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My age: 27

How far along: 36 weeks (LESS than a month)

How big is baby: the size of a watermelon.  She is approximately 19 inches long and weighs 6 pounds.

What have you been up to: Since last week’s post I have traveled MANY miles.  We drove from Florida to Colorado in a mere two days, and I was amazed at how well the trip went!  On Wednesday we logged 17.5 hours from start to finish, driving from Cape Canaveral, Florida to Dallas, Texas.  Thursday we logged 13.5 hours from start to finish, driving from Dallas, Texas to Denver, Colorado.  Both days went flawlessly!!  Eric and I enjoyed driving along the coast and seeing some new scenery.  We had a bulletproof system: we alternated on 3 hour shifts of driving with walking breaks between shifts.  My feet swelled only slightly and I felt great throughout the entire trip.

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Since getting home, we have gotten together with friends, spent time in the nursery getting organized, purchased several baby items (glider rocking chair, video baby monitor, etc), gone to church and cleaned our house.  It feels so nice to get home and start final baby preparations.

I had my 36 week doctor check up today.  Everything is looking good, but there was one slight area of concern.  The nurse practitioner saw me at the appointment today, and she questioned my slight weight loss (I lost a few pounds in Florida and then have stayed the same weight for about a month).  As of right now, my total weight gain is 23 pounds, and she was wondering why I have not been gaining (and even lost a bit).  I explained that my eating habits have been super healthy (avoiding all processed/junk foods and all desserts/sweets).  Upon the explanation, she was very understanding and seemed to be fine with that.  Aside from the weight issue, she was also just slightly concerned with my fundal height measurement.  I measured at 34-35 cm, which is the same as my previous measurement from my last doctor visit a few weeks ago.  Just to double check on baby’s growth, she ordered an ultrasound for Wednesday morning.  She said there is no reason to stress or be concerned since at my 33 week ultrasound the baby was measuring right on track.  The NP said my fundal height might be based on baby’s positioning since she is so squished in there.

At first I felt slightly worried and stressed, but after talking with my sister, I know that everything is just fine.  She has 3 kids, and with all 3 of her pregnancies she gained most of her weight in the 2nd trimester.  Her 3rd trimesters is where her weight gain slowed down and she said there was some weight loss that occurred for her too.  As far as fundal height goes, she also measured on the smaller side with her pregnancies too.  All of her babies were born at healthy weights with no problems.  Sounds like she and I have had similar experiences.  So I will just NOT stress about this and be EXCITED for another opportunity to see my little girl on an ultrasound this week!  Here is a picture of my sister Maggie at 36 weeks pregnant with her 2 older boys (taken in early June):

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Exercise/Activity Level: With two full travel days last week, I managed to still get in 5 days of exercise.  There was zero way to squeeze a workout in on either of those days, except for the walking breaks I took every 3 hours during the drive (which doesn’t count!).  I ran 3 days and did cardio/weights 2 days.  I had been preparing myself to get slapped in the face with the mile-high altitude upon returning to Colorado, but honestly the 2 runs I have done since being here have been GREAT!  Yesterday my sweet husband went running with me around a nearby lake, and it’s incredible to see the gorgeous mountains and Colorado scenery.  Can you tell I’m happy to be home?!

Maternity clothes:  All maternity, and I’m excited to actually WEAR more of my maternity clothes now that I’m not living in swimsuits anymore.

Stretch marks: None.

Belly Button: Outie.

Sleep: Sleep has been pretty solid with a few hiccups.  Last night I was in and out of sleep all night long because my hips were hurting so bad.

Newest baby milestones this week: Baby is nearly full-term.  Most of her systems are up and running.  Her liver and kidneys are fully functioning, her immune system is all squared away and ready to attack germs, but her lungs still have just a bit more developing to do this week until they are ready for life outside the womb.

Best Moment of the Week:   Getting home!  Being back in our own house with our comforts, friends, community and church is just splendid.  I love being home.  I LOVED Florida, but there is just something about getting home that feels the best.

Worst Moment of the Week: Waking up in the middle of the night with sharp hip pain earlier this week.

Food cravings: I’ve continued eating super clean and I feel great.  I eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, greek yogurt and granola bars.  My go-to is still apples with peanut butter and vanilla greek yogurt.  Oh and also banana/peanut butter smoothies too (made with 2 bananas, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a dash of water and ice cubes blended together).

Food aversions: After feeling nauseated from eggs over a week ago, I haven’t attempted eating any since then.  Not sure if they still would make me sick, but I’d rather not find out.

Symptoms: Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, loose joints, hip pain, trouble rolling over/getting out of bed, slight swelling in my feet, growing/feeling like my belly is so huge it is going to make me topple over, etc.

Movement: This girl is a mover and a shaker.  In church on Sunday she was bouncing off the walls the entire service.  The music in our church is pretty loud and I think she was doing a little dancing:)

Gender: Girl

What I’m looking forward to: I’m looking forward to taking our maternity photos tonight.  We have a really great photographer lined up (Dueck Photography), and I am just so excited to capture some great shots tonight.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for our baby girl to continue to be healthy and grow.  She sure FEELS like she is growing a ton!!  She is making momma so uncomfortable and tired sometimes.

What I miss: Being able to run faster.  Yesterday there was a fit girl who ran past us (probably running my old pre-pregnancy pace).  Watching her get further and further ahead of us made me feel like I was literally running in slow motion.  I can’t wait to be lighter so I can run faster!!

Next appointment: Wednesday, September 11th @ 8:30 am for an ultrasound.  The doctor just wants to get some current measurements to see if baby Lute is still on track.

To-do list before baby’s arrival:  (I’m adding this one now that we are getting so close!)

THINGS I WANT TO GET DONE THIS WEEK:

-Hospital tour (tomorrow night)

-Pre-register at the hospital

-Buy items off baby registry

-Get the nursery 100% finished

-Wash & organize baby clothes

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BUMP REPORT – 31 Weeks

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My age: 27

How far along: 31 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a pineapple.  She is 17 inches long and weighs approximately 3.8 pounds.

Exercise/Activity Level: I was sick all week long (booo!!!  It’s fun to have a head cold in the summer!).  Despite being sick, I pushed myself to still workout 6 days this week.  The one day I did give myself complete rest I was pretty darn sick that day and NEEDED to rest.  On the days I did workout, it was mainly at the gym in an air conditioned setting.  I still completed 3 days of running.  Only one of those runs was outdoors, the other 2 were in the gym on the treadmill (with A/C and a fan blowing on me).  The heat and humidity of Florida are enough to about kill this pregnant lady!  I realized that if I am going to do any outdoor runs, it HAS to be early in the morning.  Even going at 8:00 am is WAY too hot and humid to safely run outside here.

For my non-running days, I have consistently been doing at least 40 minutes of cardio followed by weight lifting.  I swear the other people in the gym have never seen a pregnant lady working out before!  I feel like they are all looking at me funny when they see me on the rowing machine or ellipital trainer or (GASP!!!!! Heaven forbid!) running on the treadmill!  Having others around actually gives me even more motivation to keep pushing myself!  I want to give them something to talk about at home to their spouses. “Dude, I saw this pregnant chick was at the gym and she just kept running and running on the treadmill.  I hope she doesn’t go into labor right there in the gym!  I don’t need to see her water breaking.”  Haha!

Maternity clothes:  Mostly my swimsuits.  Since I live in a beach condo for another month, I doubt I’ll wear much else.  Swimsuits, workout clothes (to workout) and pajamas (to sleep)!

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Here I am in one of my swimsuits.  I have several that I bought from Motherhood Maternity.

Stretch marks: None. I even got a compliment at the doctor’s visit on how nice my skin looks on my belly.

Belly Button: Out.

Sleep: Sleeping continues to be excellent.  The only hiccup in my sleep was due to being sick with a head cold all week long.  There were at least 2 nights in a row where I was absolutely miserable because I was congested, coughing or blowing my nose.  Aside from the sickness causing ill nights of sleep (pun intended!), I am sleeping wonderfully.

Newest baby milestones this week: Baby girl is head down!!!!  I had my first Florida doctor visit on Friday and our little girl is bottoms up and head down.  I’m so excited about this!  For the past week and a half, she has found a new favorite spot in the womb.  She pushes her whole back and butt into my right side and stretches out.  She does it everyday.  A few times she has pushed so hard that it nearly takes my breath away and I have to stand up to “make more room.”

Best Moment of the Week:  I love living (temporarily) in Florida.  Last week it was so much fun to have my friend Kristin here with me!  She is such a doll—-she actually did the 3 day drive with us and then stayed in Florida for a week.  The 10 days were such  blast.  We spent lots of time on the beach, many hours soaking in the pool, went to Disney World Magic Kingdom for a day, went running together and she even helped me find a doctor (which consisted of us driving around to 5 different O.B. offices to drop off my medical records before a doctor would even consider letting me schedule an appointment!!)  What a hassle—but Kristin went along and supported me that day.  Anyway, it was so much fun having her.  She left mid-week and then my parents & siblings arrived the day after she left.  So now I’m enjoying my time with my family this week.kristinfl

Kristin and I at the Florida state line on our 3 day drive!  Thanks hunny for taking the pic:)

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Kristin and I enjoying the beach!

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We tried to stay in the shade as much as possible — this Florida sun is strong!

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Kristin’s last night in Florida.  We went out to dinner at Coconuts on Cocoa Beach.  It was a neat place.  She and Eric split a bucket of beer on ice — this pregnant lady just got to jealously watch.  Fun times!

Worst Moment of the Week: Being sick.  It was a full week of sickness, yuck!  I had a sore throat, head congestion, runny nose, stuffy nose, cough, etc.  No fun.  I just tried to tough it out until Friday when the O.B. told me it was ok for me to take Tylenol Cold & Sinus.  I started taking it on Friday and it helped me feel better the past few days.

Food cravings: I’ve eaten TERRIBLY this week.  Ice cream, cookies, fruit roll ups, etc. I’m motived to start a new week with fresh goals for eating better!

Food aversions: None.  Just hungry.

Symptoms: Pregnancy symptoms.  The usual!  Mild heartburn, trouble bending over, trouble getting up from the couch, growing belly, peeing a lot, etc.

Movement: My entire belly changes shape.  The other morning Eric and I lied in bed just watching her move all over the place.  We could be entertained for hours doing this.  Also, on Saturday morning I felt & saw baby’s hiccups for the first time!  That was so neat!

Gender: Girl

What I’m looking forward to: My family is visiting right now for several more days, so I’m just looking forward to continuing the fun with them while they are still here!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying to stay healthy now that my cold has tapered off.  It’s no fun being sick!

What I miss: I miss being able to reach my toes.

Next appointment: Friday, August 16 at 9:45 am.  I did have my first Florida doctor visit on Friday, August 2nd.  I love the doctor’s office I chose!  Everyone is really nice there and I felt like they spent a lot of time with me.  The nurse practitioner really seemed to care about me.  It was fun to be able to take my mom along to the appointment since she is here visiting.  She got to hear her grand daughter’s heartbeat (which was 156 bpm).

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Here are just a few more for fun!  We took a few watermelon pics…inspired by Pinterest, of course!

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BUMP REPORT – 30 Weeks

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What a whirlwind of a week!  That is an understatement for sure:)  Last week we drove from Colorado to Florida in 3 days.  Prior to the trip I was experiencing a lot of apprehension about the looming drive hanging over my head.

THE DRIVE.  Though the drive was long and was not easy, I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how well my body responded to 28-30 hours on the road.  We drove through Colorado, Kansas (which felt like 5 years straight), Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.  We stayed overnight in Missouri and in Georgia.  Overall, I felt pretty comfortable.  The one small complaint/issue I experienced was swelling in my feet and ankles.  Prior to the road trip, I had yet to experience any swelling.  I did some research and learned that the swelling was due to my lack of circulation because I was sitting in a car for such long periods.  To help combat the swelling, any time we took a pit stop for gas, I walked around for at least 5 minutes to get my circulation going.

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ARRIVING IN FLORIDA.  We finally arrived in Florida on Wednesday.  What an exciting feeling after traveling for what felt like ENDLESS days.  We checked out our condo (which is beautiful, I might add), went to the grocery store to get groceries, and got my first Florida run done (at sea level!!!!! —great for a high-altitude gal!).

So far while I have been in Florida, my friend Kristin and I went to Disney World Magic Kingdom, gone to the beach and pool everyday and worked out everyday.  Disney World was fun because it was my FIRST time to ever go there in my entire life!  The humidity was pretty unbearable, but the magical experience of Disney trumped the moisture in the air.

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5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY.  July 26, 2008 marked the day that I married my best friend.  On Friday we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary by going out to dinner at the Tiki Bar on Port Canaveral.  We actually got to see them gutting two small sharks at the restaurant!!  How crazy.  It was neat to watch but I felt a bit queasy watching the shark get cut open.  Needless to say, I did not eat shark for dinner, but we did indulge in a decadent chocolate cake dessert as part of our anniversary celebration.

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PREGNANCY WEEK 30

My age: 27

How far along: 30 weeks

How big is baby: the size of cabbage.  She is 16.5 inches long and weighs 3.5 pounds.

Exercise/Activity Level: I somehow managed to workout all 7 days this week despite a hectic travel week!  Some of these days the exercise was pretty limited (like a couple of my runs were only about 1.5 to 2 miles long because of limited time availability).  I did no weight lifting this week except for one day, so my gym workouts were cardio only.  My cardio goal is to always complete at least 40 minutes (40 minutes for 40 weeks of pregnancy!).  I exceeded that cardio goal on all of my gym days this week.

My 7 days workouts consisted of: 4 outdoor runs (1 in Missouri and 3 in Florida, lol) and 3 gym workouts.  Since we are now in Florida and I have a new gym, I incorporated the rowing machine.  Normally I wouldn’t think the rowing machine would work very well during pregnancy because I have a huge belly and no core strength.  Turns out, as long as I focus on using my leg and arm muscles to perform the exercise, I can somewhat eliminate the core part of the movement.  I think the rowing machine is going to be a new staple of my cardio at the gym.

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Maternity clothes:  This week I have worn shorts, tank tops, dresses and swim suits.  That is all.  But mainly shorts or swimsuits.  Such is the life of living on the beach, I guess!  There was one day that I forced myself to put on “real” clothes at night because all I’d worn that day was: my workout clothes (to workout) and then a swimsuit all day.  I have a feeling this is going to be a new norm for me.

Stretch marks: None.

Belly button: A bit of an outie.  🙂  I predicted this would happen by 30 weeks.

Sleep: My sleep has been incredible this week!  We traveled for several days and I think the pure exhaustion of the trip helped me sleep like a baby (even in hotel beds).  Now at our condo in Florida we have a super comfortable bed and I LOVE my fantastic sleep!  Keeping my fingers crossed that this lasts a while.

Newest baby milestones this week: Baby girl’s eyesight and brain development are continuing to improve in the womb.  She can also now regulate her own body temperature, so she is shedding her lanugo hair that covers her skin.  She continues to put on more body fat!

Best Moment of the Week:  This week my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary.  It is so special to be married to someone as incredible as Eric is.  I love him 100 times more now than I did when we even got married 5 years ago!  In August, we will have known each other for 9 years, and in February we will come up on our 9-year-anniversary of being together.  We have been through so many ups and downs over the years.  We feel that God has blessed our relationship beyond measure.  This baby girl is just one piece of proof that God is blessing our lives!

On our anniversary this week we celebrated by going out to dinner at the Tiki Bar on Port Canaveral.  It was really fun to go out, have a good meal and eat a delicious dessert.  5 years is a big deal!

Worst Moment of the Week: Last week’s worst moment of the week was about my failed 1-hour glucose screening test.  I want to update you on my glucose tolerance test (the 3 hour test I had to take to screen for gestational diabetes).  Thankfully I found out that I passed the test and I do not have gestational diabetes!!!!!  I am so relieved and thrilled by this news!  Out of the 4 blood draws (fasting glucose, 1 hour, 2 hour, and 3 hour draws), I passed all 4 with flying colors.  My numbers were no where near the cut off range.  Praise the Lord!

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Food cravings: Yogurt (Muller Greek Corner), milk, fruit roll ups, salad, fruit, ice cream, and FOOD!  My appetite has really grown lately.  I feel like I’m starving a lot.

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Food aversions: None.  In fact, I am actually loving chicken now!

Symptoms: Terrible heartburn (boooo!!) and growing belly.

Movement: She has started pushing herself into certain spot and pushing into that spot HARD!  When I was at the doctor 2 weeks ago, the doctor said she was lying in the transverse position (lying across my belly, not up and down).  I can feel her pushing into my sides a lot.

Gender: Girl

What I’m looking forward to: My parents and 2 of my younger siblings are coming to Florida for a week-long vacation!  I can’t wait to see my dad, mom, Mark and Christine.  It’s going to be so much fun having them here, playing on the beach, swimming in the pool and just spending time together.  My brother and sister are heading off to start their freshman year of college in a few weeks, so this will be my last chance to spend time with them while they are still “kids.”

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Not a thing!  This time in Florida is just what the doctor ordered for my 3rd trimester!  Relaxing on the beach and at the pool is amazing.  What am I praying for?  I continue praying for a healthy baby girl and a healthy pregnancy.

Next appointment: TBD.

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BUMP REPORT – 21 Weeks

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My age: 27

How far along: 21 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a carrot.  She is 10.5 inches long and weighs 12.7 ounces.

Exercise/Activity Level: Due to traveling for Memorial weekend, I got 5 days of exercise in this past week instead of 6.  I try to shoot for 5 days in a week, and if I make it to 6 then I feel extra good.  I did a lot of weight lifting at the gym again this week (feels so GOOD to be back to lifting).  On days I lift weights, I still try to do 40-50 minutes of cardio in addition to weights.  I did 2 outdoor runs this week….getting harder and harder to maintain running.

Maternity clothes:  I wear mainly maternity, but I’m still trying to wear some of my favorite shirts while they still stretch over my belly.  Motherhood Maternity was having an online sale for the holiday weekend, so I got a few more shirts that will arrive next week.  I love sales:)

Stretch marks: None.

Belly button: Innie.

Sleep: Good.  Minus one night where I awoke at 3:00 a.m. due to terrible heartburn.  My body pillow has been great.  Even while traveling and sleeping in a different bed for 3 nights I slept well.

Best moment of the week: We went out of town for Memorial weekend to southern Colorado.  It was a LONG drive (8 hours in the car each way), but the drive was worth it!  Our best friends took us to their parents’ ranch.  It was a fun weekend filled with fishing, playing with their dogs, going to a native American reservation museum, helping brand two baby calves, going to Four Corners (where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah all meet), eating lots of home cooked food and riding horses (not me, but Eric did).  Here are a few photos to sum up the weekend:

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Beautiful scenery along our drive down to southern Colorado.

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Eric and I relaxing on the porch swing at the cabin.

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The cows on the ranch.  The two mommas and their babies (about 6 weeks old).  HOW CUTE!

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Eric got to help with the process of branding the calves!  That was very interesting to watch.

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The calf with the finished product.

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The ranch was so pretty.  Their cabin is right in a canyon.

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Eric riding Smoke, our friend’s horse.

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Me and my best friend at Four Corners (where Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico meet).

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Four Corners.

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Rowdy, one of their dogs was absolutely adorable.

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At the Anasazi Indians reservation/museum.  Very close to Mesa Verde, where ancient native American’s lived in cliff dwellings.

Food cravings: Fruits and sweets.

Food aversions: Chicken (and fish….but I have always hated fish).

Symptoms: Growing belly, heartburn, sciatic nerve pain, low back soreness, leaking colostrum, shortness of breath and easily fatigue while running/exercising.

Movement: I feel stronger and stronger movements each day.  Soon Eric will be able to feel her too.

Gender: Baby girl!

What I’m looking forward to: Summer and the pool!

What I’m nervous about: Bathing suits, lol.

What I miss: My old body.  I love my new body and watching my belly grow nice and round, but I do miss my small waist and feeling light and fit.  I get out of breath easily and that’s hard to wrap my head around sometimes.

Next appointment: Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

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