Sunday, August 24, 2014

18 weeks + 28 weeks = Pregnant BFFs

This weekend, Jacey and Aaron came to visit at the tail end of their month of freedom before Aaron starts his second year of business school at UW-Madison. We had a ton of fun, and it was awesome being able to celebrate my last week of my twenties with them!

I can't tell you how excited I am that I get to be pregnant at the same time as my best friend.  She is going to be the best mama, and she is seriously glowing as she enters her 3rd trimester - she is the cutest preggo ever (especially with the glam humidity-fueled curls!).

Since neither of us knows yet what we are having, it's too soon to say whether these kids will be destined to be besties or betrothed, but I am certain that they will be close no matter what.

Thanks Aaron for indulging us and helping with our silly photo session.  Seriously can't wait to meet these babies!

Kenzie did NOT love being left out of the fun, so we let her come visit with the gummy bear and Snart (the babies current nicknames).

Two and a half more weeks until we find out if this gummy bear will be a boy or a girl - can't wait!  Until then, the primary excitement around here revolves around lots and lots of visiting family (Aunt Katie is coming home, grandma is coming in, and Colin's Pap-pap and Uncle Cam are visiting too).  It will be an activity-filled couple weeks!

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.

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