Well Fall and Halloween are right around the corner and we are excited. This time of year seems to be almost everyone's favorite because of the cooler weather, all the holidays, fall fashion, tons of memories, etc. Anyways to get me in the mood I bought us some Halloween Oreos. I just can't resist their fun color seasonal colors and cute shapes and images they put on the cookie. Gets me every time.
I've been trying to take advantage of the cooler mornings as well. I woke up early on Saturday morning and took a nice long walk around town. It felt nice to be outside in no 100 degree weather.
So about a week ago, Derek and I sat down to plan out our favorite fall and winter activities. We wanted to make bucket lists for these seasons so we could make sure to fit everything in (I will post these later). Since this is our last holiday season child free we are trying to really take advantage of spending time together. Don't get us wrong, we are so excited for our baby girl to get here but realize that things will change so we want to make the most of the time we have.
Derek's #1 idea was to go ice skating. He was so excited about it and I am sure we'll be going more than once this season. With our Pass of all Passes we were able to get in and skate for just the price of skate rentals. We spent Saturday afternoon cruising around the rink. Derek was actually really great! I should've known...he loves activities that keep him in cooler temperatures. He used to love going as a child and just look really comfortable out on the ice.
As you can tell from the picture below, I wasn't that comfortable at first. I hadn't been ice skating in 10 years or something and it doesn't come back to you like riding a bike. ha After a couple of minutes though I started to get the hang of it and really enjoyed it. I found though that my balance was weird being pregnant. I kept tipping and leaning forward more often than normal. Derek was so wonderfully patient. He wanted to throughly enforce our "No Falling" Policy.
Also, below is my pregnancy update for those who are interested. I am excited I have this blog to write down what I am feeling and thinking during this experience. As far as the picture goes below... please don't mind my hand. The angle of the picture taken makes me hand look HUGE! There is no cropping that out either. I did my best...
How Far Along: 24 weeks, 5 days
Size of the Baby: Over a pound and as long as an ear of corn
Weight gain/loss: So I have gained 5 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I hope to only gain 15 to 20 pounds but we'll see. So far I don't think I am doing too badly. Still practicing my portion control techniques from WW.
Sleep: Oh heavens. This will always make me angry. Sleep is still not good. Oh well...at least I am getting some, right?
Best Moment of the Week: Finding a new doctor. My previous doctor was just the worst. I won't go in to everything on here but she truly was the worst. I went to check out Valley OBGYN this week to have an appointment with their Nurse Midwives. I loved them. Seriously. The way the appointment went was night and day compared to my previous ones. I felt they truly listened and cared. They openly told me about their c-section rate. Their birthing attitude. How the midwives have all the support of the doctors in the practice. I just felt great about it all. Side Note: I will be giving birth in a hospital...not at my house. No need to worry everyone. ha
Movement: She is still moving but not as much it seems like. Somedays more than others. I try not to worry about it. I figure she is moving like crazy in there I just can't feel all of those movements. All I know is that when she moves I just love it. Always brightens my day.
Symptoms: I think most of the grossness I am feeling is caused by all of my swelling. My poor feet and hands have seen better days. I feel like I started swelling quite a bit earlier than most. Also, my hip pain is just ridiculous these days.
Food Cravings: Water and Milk. I am trying to drink at least 80 fl oz a day. I just can't get enough liquid.
Gender: Girl :)
Belly Button - In or Out?: In.
Anything making you queasy or sick?: Still not the biggest fan on meat. I handle red meat or chicken a lot better when it is in a dish...not my itself. Bad smells.
Labor Signs: No.
Wedding ring on or off: Off. The sad news is Derek lost his at the beach this summer so we are both going ringless these days.
What I Miss: Wearing my wedding ring. Wearing shoes other than flip flops. Regular size feet and hands. Exercising more intensely. But really...it doens't bother me most of the time. I just feel so blessed to have her growing inside of me.
What I am looking forward to: Looking in to buying some baby things. We aren't sure if we want to buy a crib or not. Still trying to decide where the baby will sleep if we don't buy a crib. I just feel like you have to research everything before you buy it and that's just exhausting. I would rather just buy it.
Nursery: Well still the office but let me tell you. We did some hardcore cleaning this weekend and that office/nursery space looks great.
Emotions: One rough night but other than that...pretty good.
Stupid things I have done: Maybe go ice skating? ha I am not sure. I try to keep my baby pretty safe and sound so nothing stupid is done on purpose.
Ok this is a long update but I wanted to fit everything in it. Thanks for sharing in our weekend adventures and baby joys! Happy Monday.