Tuesday, June 17, 2014

18 weeks + travels all over the state

18 weeks, and feeling pretty good still! Nothing really notable this week... I'm starting to feel a little more bump-a-licious. Though a lot of people are still telling me I don't look pregnant at all. (Though I am hoping my usual summer 'six-pack' doesn't quite look like the picture below, ha.)

One of the highlights of the week was a day trip to Cincinnati with my friend Lindsey. We hit up IKEA, the mall (hello GapMaternity!), Noodles & Co for lunch, and my beloved Trader Joe's. I finally got myself some maternity skinny jeans, and I am wishing I would have done it weeks ago! They are so comfy. And exactly like the Gap skinny jeans that I usually wear. Except with a stretchy waistband.

On Friday night, we were invited to a Dayton Dragons baseball game... now I am not usually into baseball, but I'm not one to turn away free tickets to a fun event! We were actually in a suite with several other people from Lima, and enjoyed some tasty food. Unfortunately the Dragons didn't pull off a win, but we still had a good time.

Saturday was my Business Man's birthday, and I revived one of his childhood traditions of baking him a red velvet cake. His birthday is on Flag Day, and as a kid, his mom always made him a traditional red velvet cake - one layer red, one layer blue. I was a little nervous because I know the frosting can be tricky, but it turned out great! I even found some sparkler candles, so that was fun. And it was absolutely delicious! I think I ate more pieces than him.

So velvety and moist! Yum!

It was definitely  a friend-centered week, because I also got to see one of my best friends from college, Kristi,and her two kiddos. She is currently living in the remote village of Beaver, AK (only accessible by plane, no cars, limited running water, crazy!) She was visiting her family for a few weeks up in Michigan so I drove up for the day to see her. It was SO good to spend some time catching up!! Miss her so much. I am now planning a trip to Alaska for next summer... gotta take advantage of a friend living there while I can!

Kristi & I

Me with her sweet daughter Cora... Casey was taking a nap.

And we can't forget our pizza of the week! Kept it simple with BBQ Chicken... bbq sauce mixed with ranch, topped with mozzarella, chicken, bacon, onion, goat cheese, and cilantro. Yum!

18 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: Bell pepper!

Sleep: Getting worse... I've been dealing with some weird headaches that have me up several times a night. That, plus the whole peeing 3 times a night. Looks like I'll get some really good sleep in 4 or 5 years, haha.

Movement: I think I am starting to feel some flutters! Especially at night if I'm sitting on the couch. Last week, I had a piece of cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory around 8:30ish and I could definitely feel something. Perhaps all that sugar woke Poppyseed up and put him/her into hyperactivity mode.

Running: 37 miles total with a 10-mile long run. Feeling pretty good still. I'll take it while I can! My running buds have been on vacation so I've mostly been running solo. I even went lap swimming one day for fun! Ha, my arms were so sore the next day.

Cravings: Nothing crazy, but I got so excited when someone brought donuts to Sunday school. I definitely indulged in a blueberry cake donut and part of a bear claw. SO DELICIOUS! Donuts might be a new thing.

Looking forward to: Our next ultrasound and anatomy scan... not until July 8! We are also leaving later this week for a mini vacay with my parents to Myrtle Beach and Charleston, SC. It should a lot of fun. I've already done the most important thing - map out all the restaurants I want to eat at. Priorities. And I got a new bathing suit that fits my growing, voluptuous body... (TMI?? I'm not used to this many curves!)


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