Wednesday, March 21, 2018

happy spring, jerks!

23 weeks
It's been a bitterly cold winter. But the beginning of daylight savings time, some sunshine, and hearing the birds chirping in the mornings over the past few weeks had me feeling hopeful that I'd made it! I'd survived another winter! But on the first day of spring, Mother Nature dumped a pile of snow on us.
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23 weeks down, 17ish to go

It was actually our first/only significant snow of the year. This winter was cold, but we only got a few dustings of snow - the kind that melted before you could even put your boots on and head outside. I always get suspicious that there will be a spring snowstorm if we have a snowless winter. If it's going to be cold, I don't mind there being snow in the winter, but once it's spring - no thanks! I lived through five Syracuse winters where it snowed from October through May, and there's a reason I left that city behind when I graduated from college!
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But it was nice to have Larry home from work and to cozy up with my family - dogs napping, fire in the fireplace, chili simmering on the stove, peanut butter blondies baking in the oven.
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23 weeks
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The snow will be melted by tomorrow, and hopefully Mother Nature gets the message that winter is over. I'm ready to bust out my Tevas for real! Here's what I'm looking forward to this spring:

+ A belated fifth anniversary trip to California in April. It's not Hawaii as we'd originally planned, and I won't be drinking virgin tropical drinks or wearing sundresses on the beach, but staying in a cabin among the redwoods and exploring Big Sur still sounds pretty relaxing. Plus, it doesn't require an 11 hour flight to get there!

+ I feel like I've finally hit the sweet spot of pregnancy. The first trimester (and let's be honest, beginning of second trimester, too) symptoms are gone, and I'm not yet feeling heavy and uncomfortable. (Yes, I know I look huge in the photos, but maternity shirts do a really excellent job of accentuating the bump! So far I've gained a quarter of the recommended weight, which means the belly will quadruple in size over the next 17 weeks. Yikes!) But right now, during the day I'm starting to forget that I'm pregnant, until I see my own reflection and think WHOAH! Thankful to be feeling pretty good right now and hoping to make the most of it.

+ Getting back on the trail! I can't wait to get outside and hike this spring. My regular winter walking loop around my neighborhood has gotten so boring, so I'm looking forward to a change in scenery. And maybe I can find some friends to walk with so I can get in some social time, too. It's been a long and lonely winter.

+ Getting back in the pool. When I first found out I was pregnant, I said to myself "I'm going to swim and eat spinach salads every day!" Yeah, that lasted about a week. Then I spent two months lying on the couch and surviving on scrambled eggs and pears and bread. But it's not too late for me to start swimming again. I just need to see if I can squeeze into my swimsuit!

+ Trying new recipes and reading more books. I'm finally starting to enjoy cooking and reading again! I've been making lots of trips to the library and am looking forward to spring at the farmers market and eating fresh veggies. (Maybe I'll finally start eating those spinach salads again!)

+ Creative projects. Creativity has taken the back burner lately, and starting up on painting/drawing/sewing projects again sounds daunting. My brain and hand feel rusty. I need to make this happen.

+ A last hurrah getaway with Larry. I don't know if I'll feel like traveling in May, but I'd love to go to Savannah for a long weekend. I hate the term babymoon, and last hurrah makes it sound like Larry and I won't have any fun after the baby is born (hopefully this isn't true - we're looking forward to doing fun things and traveling with the baby), but a short trip for just the two of us before finishing up the baby prep sounds great. If we can't make Savannah happen, then maybe we'll just take a road trip to somewhere within driving distance of home. The Eastern Shore? West Virginia? We'll see...

Speaking of baby prep, we haven't started yet, so that's also on the schedule for spring. I feel like we have to finish all the house projects that we haven't done over the past 10 years of living here, get our shit together, AND get ready for the baby. Overwhelming!

Lots to do and look forward to. Happy Spring!


Unknown said...

See, Larry *can* take good photos! 😜 And you don't look big for 23 weeks at all. I feel like I had two bump growth spurts - one right after my first tri (when I finally looked questionably pregs instead of looking like I ate too much) and then again around 27 weeks.

I don't think I ever felt good this entire pregnancy and now that I'm in my 3rd tri, the nausea is back (intermittently) and the fatigue is like 20x worse than first tri. I can't do anything for more than 30 min without falling asleep. It has made organizing/cleaning/preppimg for the baby (yeah still doing that) take forever. On top of that, I was told by the "specialist" that I should be on bedrest. My regular dr never said anything about that so I've just been taking it easy and not pushing myself to accomplish too much. It's annoying because I want to have everything done and ready to go and I feel like I'm running out of time. That will probably be my life from now on though, "better get used to it." Hopefully your 3rd tri will be smooth sailing!

Where are y'all staying/what are you doing in Big Sur? And how far along the coast in each direction do you plan on traveling? I'm pretty familiar with that part of the world of you need recs (and if my pregnancy brain can remember anything).

I hate the term babymoon too. You guys should go to Bora Bora! J/k. After getting pregs we had to cancel our anniv trip bc I was too sick. Luckily (?) our annual Hawaii trip was also canceled bc I would have probably died in the flight to/from or had to cancel anyway. We knew the beginning of the second tri was our best bet for our "final" solo trip since we had the Olympics coming up and then my 3rd tri where I knew there was no way I planned on traveling. So even though I still didn't feel great, we told ourselves we'd go slow amd take it easy. Oz wasnt our first choice bc of the distance, but all the places we wanted to visit were zika threats. Normally, I don't buy into the fear, but since mosquitoes love me, I thought it was a higher than average risk that I didn't want to take.

Have you guys decided on a theme yet? 😁

Funnelcloud Rachel said...

Oh, my energy level is still low and I'm not accomplishing anything, but the other day I realized "I guess I'm not feeling bad", so this is probably the best I'm going to feel! At 18-21 weeks I had crazy bad sciatica (they told me the baby was sitting on my sciatic nerve) and awful joint pain that made it feel like my pelvis was being ripped apart. I figured that it was only going to keep getting worse, but it's actually gotten better over the past couple weeks. I fully expect the aches and pains to come back/get worse as the baby/belly gets bigger though. Feeling a lot of pressure to get shit done now, but I'd still rather lounge on the couch!

The zika threats are so freaking annoying. It's so irritating that the obvious/easy location (for those of us in the Eastern U.S.) for a pre-baby trip in winter (the Caribbean) is entirely off limits. But I'm looking forward to going anywhere, since we haven't traveled since August. The big trips we took last year (Japan and Alaska) were with friends, so it will be nice to have some alone time.

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