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:: Halfway There ::

Well, we are a bit more than halfway at this point. Today I am 23 weeks along and the month of September is rapidly ending and I am thrilled. We had a really busy month full of traveling and family fun and I am exhausted. Our October calendar is empty, and I am planning on keeping it that way! Over the last month we’ve had two visits from family members, a full family weekend getaway, and I travelled solo to my sister-in-laws to shop her baby storage. Hopefully I’ll get back into more consistent posts now that I can breathe for more than a day without planning for another trip.

In the mean time, Joseph has continued to finish the last building project for the craft room, and that should be ready to go soon! Next up is the nursery, to which I’ve finally figured out how I want it to be decorated. Here is a run down though of how the month went so maybe you’ll see why I am ready for a month of nothing:

  • We had Joseph’s brother and his wife stay with us for three days, they drove from Colorado for the big family gathering and spent some time hanging out. We went hiking and were fairly active.
  • I had two days after they left to prepare for the big family weekend, a surprise retirement party for my father-in-law. For some perspective, I had to plan and figure out a way to transport all the prepared components of a cake, ready to be decorated the moment we arrived, in order to have it all ready for the surprise, as well as all the snacks and decoration. I love party planning and decorating, and would do it again in a heart beat, but man was it a long few days. Oh and it was a 4 hour drive away…and we also had our 20 week anatomy scan that morning at 7:30am. Needless to say it was one busy Thursday!
  • We spent three days with family, drove back home and had Josephs mom, dad, and other brother and his wife stay with us immediately after the family trip. This was awesome because Samuel and Zuzka live in the Czech Republic and we don’t get to see them often.
  • After they left I did have a week off before heading out on my own to Sarah’s, 5 hours away, where I scored big on baby clothes and toys.

So there you have it, that was the month in a nutshell, and most of it happening all in the same week span. Here are some photos of our hiking adventures during the big weekend trip.

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Look at how cute my boys are! 

The party itself was fishing themed, and with the travel I kept it as simple as possible. We had bait (goldfish crackers), fishing rods (pretzel sticks), shark teeth (cheese cut into triangles w/crackers), seaweed dip (spinach dip), and salt water (basic party punch). For the cake I did a small 6in round vanilla with a tropical lemonade buttercream and coordinating cupcakes. This made it easy to transport and quick to assemble and decorate right before the party. Normally I spend two full days on my creations, this one I had to figure out how to do in an hour. Overall I kept it organic (read messy) and stuck with a two toned lake style with grass/seaweed/typical lake greenery. It tasted great and that’s what counts!

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And now for a baby update:

We had our 20 week anatomy scan and everything went great. We saw our baby for the first and probably only time during this pregnancy, as they only do one ultrasound unless medically necessary. We did find out if we are having a little miss or mister, but won’t be sharing that news until the baby shower. Baby does have a name, but you also won’t find that out until birth. Being pregnant already comes with its own host of unsolicited advice, the last thing we want or need are more thoughts and opinions on what we’ve decided to name our child, or that we want gender neutral basics to be reused for future babies, or how the baby doesn’t really care if its in all pink or blue regardless of gender, even though I’m the one who has to look at the baby 24/7 and I’m sorry I don’t like super girly or super masculine baby items and refuse to put my child into a onesie that says “ladies man” or “i break boys hearts” or whatever else you want to imply a baby who doesn’t even know the difference between night and day would do or say. End rant.

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Also this past week I’ve been a bit touchy, in case you couldn’t tell, lots of things have been bugging the crap out of me and I’m not apologizing.

I’ve been craving sweets, but that isn’t too out of the ordinary, just now I have little self control and really enjoy tootsie rolls.

Baby moves like crazy, sits really low, and I haven’t been sleeping very well because of it. Yeah I know it’s only going to get worse, and wait until the baby is born and blah blah blah, just shut up because right now I will probably punch you. Here’s a bump pic from the middle of 19 weeks, I’ve not taken one since, mostly because its been too hot here and none of my summer clothes fit, which doesn’t make for a flattering bump image!

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A weird thing I really wasn’t expecting was the upper back pain. I’m used to lower back pain and frequently suffered from sciatica before being pregnant, so I was prepared for that increasing during pregnancy. But I hadn’t quite grasped the concept of all your organs shifting around to make room for a growing uterus, sure you know it’s going to happen, but when things get pushed up your ribcage expands to accommodate for this, and man is that sore, my back hurt for a full week and I was convinced it was muscular and I was sleeping on my sides wrong or something. Nope, it’s your ribcage expanding and the skin stretching and it’s painful, like really painful. Thankfully it’s stopped, for now.

I have my 24 week appointment next Tuesday, and then I’ll be scheduled for the dreaded glucose test! I’ll be sure to mention how that goes. So far my doctors are pleased with my health and expect things to continue to go smoothly. We are incredibly blessed and thankful for a healthy me and baby so far, and continue to pray for a smooth last half and delivery!

:: Upcoming ::

  • Craft room
  • Nursery
  • More baby stuff

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