Merfbaby the Carrot

Merfbaby is 21 weeks today!

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The length of a carrot, 10 1/2 inches head to toe! I have an old school ruler on my desk and I’m quickly running out of space to show people how big Merfbaby is. I may need to upgrade to a tape measure :)

How I’m Feeling: There’s a nasty cold going around our office this week. I woke up with a sore throat on Tuesday and took it easy all week. I drank of TON of water, and lots of hot water with lemon and honey. Since I can’t take any cold meds I just prayed my rest and increased fluid intake would kick it. I also sanitized my hands anytime I touched anything in the office. I woke up feeling much better today, so I think I’m on the mend!

Belly/Weight: It’s a bump for sure! Last night I was commenting to Merfman that my tummy feels “full” and tight, like I ate too much or something? It’s a funny feeling since I know I’ve got a long way to go in the belly department. I rubbed some lotion on it before bed and that helped. I noticed two faint stretch marks on my hips :( I asked Momma-son if she got stretch marks, since they are genetic and she said yes. Boo :( I’m hoping slow weight gain and some lotion will help lessen them.

Life Changes: It was really warm in the Valley this week…90 degrees! I’m starting to struggle with clothing options since I only have two pairs of bottoms that fit comfortably. I think I may need to make a trip to Target/Old Navy to see about adding in a few other things to my closet. I get really creative with my tops, but you can only do so much with one pair of jeans and capris when it’s a zillion degrees here in the summer.

Movement: His kicks are so much stronger now, even from last week! I can feel them from the outside now. Yesterday I think he had the hiccups and it woke me up. It’s such a funny feeling. I’m also noticing a pattern to his movement. He’s active after breakfast, in the late afternoon and around dinner time. I think he likes what I’m eating at least? LOTS of veggies and salads.

Sleep: I slept hard all week. My body was really fighting off that cold. With the darker mornings is was hard to crawl out of bed, but I think I’m adjusted now. I grabbed another pillow last night to prop under my tummy, and I had one against my back – it was like sleeping in a little nook, and it was awesome.

Cravings: Starbucks!!! I wanted a vanilla latte and blueberry scone SO bad yesterday. I kind of still do ;) I switched up my morning OJ with hot lemon honey water for most of the week which made my sore throat happy.

Exercise: I took a long walk with Betsy on Sunday after church. We went to a park nearby our house that has a  walking loop. It was a beautiful day, and my first trip to the park. I think I’ll try to make that a regular walk. I had big plans for a swim and spin workout this week but I think my body really needed some extra sleep so I skipped. Since it’s lighter later in the evenings I’m going to try to get some walking in after work.

Favorite Pregnancy Moment this week: Merfman got to feel Merfbaby kick for the first time! I’ve been looking forward to that for weeks and I’m so excited he got to feel! I don’t see Merfman much during the week and since Merfbaby is only active sometimes during the day I was really happy it worked out :)

On My Mind: We booked our Babymoon!!!! We’ve been talking about it for weeks and we finally pulled the trigger and made the reservation last night. 15% discount for booking in advance, woot! We’re going to the Ojai Inn and Spa. We went back on forth on where to stay and what kind of trip we wanted, and we decided the Ojai Inn and Spa was the best fit for what we wanted. We’ve been there once before for a short stay and we LOVED it. Seriously the best place I think I’ve ever vacationed. We also credit a meal we had there as one of our favorite of all time. I’m so excited to go back and enjoy our last vacation as a party of 2. We didn’t have a super fancy honeymoon – we chose to go camping at the lake with the dog, and it was perfect and very us. So, we’re both looking forward to a fancy mini vacation.

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