Winter’s 8 Month Update

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BABY WINTER’S MONTHLY UPDATE: 8 months old

Again, I am posting late this month (considering she’s nearly 9 months old), but all of this was written and the stats are as of June 10, 2014!

Baby’s Age: 8 months old

Height: 27 inches

Weight: 17 lbs 14 oz

Head: Not sure

Diaper Size: Size 3

Clothes Size: 9 months

Here is a look back at the past few months:

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Here is Winter in her Bumbo:

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June 10, 2014 – Our theme this month: NO SLEEP!  Those glorious sleep days are OVER.  I’ll explain in a minute…

Can you tell that I am a busy mom with an 8 month old to take care of 24/7??  The fact that I keep getting around to posting Winter’s monthly updates late is just a taste of how little time I have for things these days.  Especially blogging! 🙂  I made a goal to continue with monthly updates on Winter until she is 12 months old, so I’ll bust out a few more months.  I know that when Winter is grown, I will look back and appreciate the time I took to write monthly updates on her during her first year of life.

Winter is growing, growing, growing!  Between 7 and 8 months, she has grown an inch (by my amateur measuring skills, that is).  It’s amazing to see the difference in how much “taller” she looks.  She not only looks longer, but her body is thinning out a little.  Don’t get me wrong, she is still PLENTY chubby, she is just not as roly poly as she was before!  Right before she turned 8 months, we finally put away her 6 month clothes and moved into the 9 month outfits.  I notice I hold out as long as possible to keep her in smaller sized outfits because I hate saying goodbye to her clothes!  Poor thing was stuffed into some of her 6 month clothes like a stuffed sausage!

I have been swearing that we have a teething baby on our hands.  Everything has been pointing to it!  But I am still seeing no “true” evidence of it.  She has been very cranky and fussy.  I am looking forward to seeing something actually pop through at some point.

As I have written about every month, Winter has been a champion sleeper.  She started sleeping through the night at 9 weeks old, as has consistently been a fabulous sleeper (usually 12 hours at night).  That is, UNTIL THIS MONTH!  Over Memorial weekend (she was about 7.5 months old), we said “so long” to those beautiful sleeping patterns.  Her nighttime sleep and daytime nap routines went out the window!  For 3 weeks straight, Winter was waking up 2-3 times every night.  Not just once, but TWO TO THREE times!!!!  That is very, very hard on parents who have been spoiled by a baby who sleeps like a rock for 12 hours.  VERY hard.  Not only did her nighttime change drastically, she also didn’t want to take very good naps during the daytime.  She would only sleep for short periods, or sometimes not at all.  She was cranky, fussy and making mommy feel completely exhausted.  Thank goodness, we seem to have passed the worst of it.  As I said, she was doing that for 3 weeks straight, but she seems to be tapering off—she’s now only waking once per night and she’s back to doing two 2-hour naps per day.

She isn’t crawling yet, but she is very close to it.  She gets up on her hands and knees and rocks.  She can transition from sitting to moving into a crawl position.  It took her a little while to master that maneuver. She would often get “stuck” on her leg.  But now she has skillfully mastered the technique.  Part of me thinks the reason she hasn’t started crawling yet is because she can successfully roll everywhere she needs to go.  She just rolls and rolls and rolls.  🙂 We know that once she begins crawling, our lives will drastically change, so I am in no utter hurry to see her crawl just yet.

Winter is very expressive.  She loves to wave her arms around and clap when she gets very excited about something.  Her little feet and hands are always moving–usually in a circular motion.  Constantly.  She also makes the most hysterical facial expressions!  She loves to scrunch up her nose a lot.

We got to see several family members recently.  At the end of May we took a trip to Hermosa Beach, CA to visit my brother Paul.  While there, we also go to visit Eric’s great aunt and uncle and cousin.  We had so much fun there!  We also had Eric’s parents here in Colorado for several days the first week of June.

Milestones: She is clapping, nearly crawling, is trying to pull herself up on things, and stands against a object.

Sleep: As I mentioned, we have experienced a rough month of sleep.  We really hit a low!  We seem to be somewhat getting back on track, as Winter is only waking up approximately once per night instead of 2-3 times.  She usually goes down around 8pm, wakes to eat anywhere from 12am-5am, and then wakes up for the day around 7 or 8am.  She is back to napping pretty well again.  Her morning nap is 2 hours and her afternoon nap is 2 hours.  The afternoon nap used to be consistently 3 hours, but oh well!

Best Moment: Getting to spend several days with her Grandma and Grandpa Lute!  She adores her grandparents.  We had a great time when they came to Colorado to visit.  We also had a wonderful time seeing Uncle Paul (my brother) in California.

Worst Moment: There have been a lot of bad moments this past month.  Lots of crying, screaming and overall fussy baby…..

Health:  She is healthy and I believe she is teething.

Eating:  Breastfeeding is still going well!  She eats 5-6 times during the day, and lately 1-3 times during the night.  We are eating at around 7-8am, 11-12pm, 2-3pm, 5-6pm and 7:30-8pm (plus any night time wakings).  She is eating 2 meals of solids (morning and evening usually).  She begs for EVERYTHING we eat, so I often feed her tiny pieces of whatever I’m eating (grapes, broccoli, chicken, peaches, banana, watermelon, etc).

Likes: Standing up, playing with her feet, the pets, swimming, eating my food, and jumping.

Dislikes: She dislikes getting her diaper changed lately.

How Mommy is doing: I am doing well.  But I’ll be honest…this lack of sleep is KILLING us.  I mean, we are so exhausted all of the time.  We are doing so many things trial and error to try to get her back to sleeping well.  I know that it’s just a phase and she will eventually get back to sleeping through the night.  But it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel (especially because as I’m posting this blog, it’s been 6 weeks since she has slept through the night, and that’s a long time!).

It probably doesn’t help that we are going through the stressful process of selling our house and house hunting to buy a new one.  That is a full time job right there!!  The good news is that our house received multiple offers within a weekend and we got under contract quickly.  Now the hard part is finding the right house to buy.  We need a bigger house, bigger yard, etc.  I know we will find it!!  It’s just stressful and very time consuming to go through this process.

As far as “post partum” goes, I am feeling great!  I haven’t had time to do a post-baby body update in a while.  I’ve been maintaining my 40 pound weight loss for the past several months.  Breastfeeding is really allowing me to eat whatever I like without much consequence.  I love that!  I still exercise 5 times per week (mostly running and some weight lifting too).  I am registered to run my next half marathon in October, but haven’t begun officially training for it yet.

***Also, I apologize if I have been less than stellar at responding to comments!  I love and appreciate all of your comments, and do plan to eventually write back!!  So sorry that I am not very good at all of this blogging stuff now! 🙂

If you missed her previous updates, you can check out:

1 Month Update

2 Month Update

3 Month Update

4 Month Update

5 Month Update

6 Month Update

7 Month Update

Photos of Winter and Our Family:

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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 – 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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