Thursday, June 26, 2014

19 weeks + Carolina travels

I'm really starting to feel pregnant... not sure if that's a good or bad thing! Nothing too crazy this week, I had a busy week of cupcakes and then it was off to the beach with my parents for a little getaway!

19 weeks at the beach

They drove from IL to OH and picked us up; then we journeyed on to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. What a cool place! It's a huge estate built by George Vanderbilt in 1895 (well, completed in 1895. It took about 6 years to build.) It has been restored to pretty much its original condition - complete with 65 fireplaces, 33 guest rooms, and 43 bathrooms. Nuts! We took a tour of the main house, and we also did a behind-the-scenes butler's tour, which was really neat.


After spending a day and a half at the Biltmore, we journeyed on to Myrtle Beach, SC, where my parents had a condo on the beach for the week. It was so nice to just relax and soak up time with family. You betcha we celebrated pizza of the week! (Yes, I brought my pizza stone on vacation. Ha.) We did a simple pepperoni & cheese, and also a vegetable.



The biggest question of the week with my parents - what do they want to be called as grandparents? At one point, we threw out "Mammy & Pappy" as a joke. Well, walking around later that evening, we came across this restaurant and thought it was pretty fitting. Who knows, that might be Poppyseed's nickname for grandma. ;)



We also spent a day in Charleston before flying home, which was SO much fun, I'm going to devote an entire blog post to that day itself. Lots of good food.

19 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: the size of a mango! Which is appropriate because I ate mango tilapia tacos this week and mango guacamole.


Sleep: Pretty ok... I've rigged up a good system with an extra pillow that helps me stay comfy. My Business Man bought me a snoogle pillow a few weeks ago, but that thing's way too big for the bed (at least right now). That could change in the future.


Movement: I'm definitely feeling flutters! Exciting. Can't wait to feel them more and more.


Running: Only 30 miles this week, no real long run. The days we were in the Carolina's, the heat & humidity were awful! My legs have also been super tight, but I attribute that to two back-to-back days in the car (8 hours + 5 hours). I know that doesn't seem like a lot but I think something is up with my blood flow because I got so stiff!


Cravings: Just enjoyed a lot of vacation food. I ordered a cheeseburger at the Biltmore and asked for extra pickles on the side... she brought me what seemed like a whole jar! Pregnancy cliche, I know.


This meal completely hit the spot! Except for the 5 hour drive afterward... didn't sit too well.
Looking forward to: The 4th of July! We are having a bunch of people over to grill out and watch the fireworks. My favorite race is also that morning - Lima's very own Freedom 5km. Though I'm pretty sure I won't be running a PR like I did last year.

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