Friday, August 8, 2014

Swimming Lessons and 16 weeks

After a ton of fun in the sun in Hilton Head Island, Colin's obsession with all things water-related convinced us that it was finally time to bite the bullet and shell up some dough for swimming lessons.

We started class two Sundays ago, and Colin is definitely a fan.  We enrolled at the Goldfish Swim School for a 30 minute group lesson once a week.  David goes in with him (or I guess I should say that "a parent" - who is 99% of the time going to be David), and they practice kicking, getting in and out of the water, floating (which he HATES) and dunking.  Colin would be kicking butt if he would willingly shut his mouth instead of trying to drink the pool water (which is undoubtedly filled with pee - gross). 

They give out report cards quarterly, and on his second week, it just happened to be report card week. So we got to see that Colin has progressed all of 2 check marks out of a zillion in his approximately 60 minutes of swim lessons.  Um...duh.  

In other news, I just officially reached 16 weeks.  It has seemed like this pregnancy is tip-toeing at a snails pace, and yet suddenly, I am a month away from the half-way point, growing by the day.  I am starting to feel little flutters, and all of this growing is leading to some lovely sciatic nerve pain.

I seem to have forgotten about how pregnancy can be a literal pain in the ass.  I scheduled a prenatal massage for tomorrow morning which I am hoping and praying will relieve the pressure and pinching that drives me crazy every time I stand up or walk around.  Thankfully, my morning sickness has subsided for now, only to be replaced by strange sneezing at the butt-crack of dawn.  Seriously baby, you are kind of driving me nuts. I posted the detailed nitty gritty comparing my first trimester this time versus with Colin over on the Hellobee blog, if you're curious to hear more about my lovely pregnancy symptoms.  

That's all for now folks.  You will be happy to hear that you won't see any more silly bump pictures of me for 4 more weeks.  Between now and then, I have my 16 week appointment (next Wednesday), two weddings, lots of other visitors and fun lined up, plus a not-so-exciting birthday of mine that I'll be "celebrating" (thirty...yay?).  So hopefully I'll update with some other random nonsense between now and 20 weeks.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Bump Debut

When I was pregnant, I took a series of blurry, crappy iPhone photos documenting my bump as it grew.  This time around, I have a much nicer camera and a set of skills to actually use it.  So it only seemed right to turn on the DSLR and take a much improved set of bump photos this time around (especially since once this baby actually arrives, I will probably never have the time to use the camera again!).

I never got around to taking a "before" picture like I did with Colin - in fact, this time around I was so nervous about jinxing anything that I waited until today, the official first day of my second trimester, to take the first of my bump photos.  I am hoping to do this once a month or so between now and my due date.

I set up my camera on a tripod with the detachable flash pointed to the ceiling, and then set the 5 second timer and jetted in front of camera, and bam!

Totally forgot about focus.  Yikes.  Blurry, indeed. It is pure silhouette, since all the details are out of focus.  However, this one might still be my favorite, and I will probably take one like this every time I take bump photos.  
Anyways, once I finally solved that problem, here is my fourteen week bump!

This time around, my bump is certainly more prominent (aka MUCH BIGGER) than it was last time around.  From straight on, it isn't super obvious, but when I turn sideways, it is very clear that there is a little person growing in there. Wowzers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Feeling the love and summer photo blast

Thank you so much to everyone for the warm well-wishes on this new adventure as we move toward becoming a family of four.  We are feeling very lucky these days.

Since I have been a bit absent over here at The Friedbaby, I thought I would share a smattering of cute pictures from the past few months to catch you up, and today I will be sharing some serious cuteness from this summer, most from our recent trip to Hilton Head Island.

These first few are actually from the Crown Family Farm Party - we had a blast out in the suburbs showing Colin a real live dairy farm, complete with cows, pony rides, face paint, and an epic mess of ice cream cone consumption.  So so cute.

While it wasn't quite Friedbaby related, the main reason for the trip to Hilton Head was the wedding of two fabulous people - the newlywed Candun and Shannon Griffin.  We were so lucky to join Lawrence and Bo as the only non-family guests invited to the beach ceremony, which was so beautiful.  

The bonus of the trip was that we made it a full-blown week-long vacation, brought Colin along and the rest of the Friedman/Craddock clan scheduled their beach vacation for the same trip.  This meant that we got a ton of awesome family time as well!

It was so adorable watching Colin discover his love for the water.  This trip finally lit the fire under our butts to register Colin for swim lessons (which start this weekend) - although he was great with no floaties AND with the awesome puddle-jumper floatie that the Craddocks so graciously passed down to him (huge win - best invention ever!).  We loved hanging at the beach with the fam, playing at the pool in our complex, checking out the seafood restaurants on the island, visiting the lighthouse at Sea Pines, seeing Shannon Tanner's kids concert, frolicking with the cousins in the splash pad and more.

It's amazing that summer has been flying by as fast as it has.  Watching Colin grow makes me want to stop the clock sometimes and just freeze him at this stage - he is curious, adventurous and loves trying all things new. I can only hope we can pack even more fun into his last summer as the only child.
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