Week 23

We have quite the little soccer player or karate star on our hands! This week the baby has been SUCH a busy body! She has been kicking the (insert expletive of choice here) out of me! Don’t get me wrong, I love every minute of it and I am so glad that I have a constant daily reminder that she is healthy and strong, but it’s starting to hurt! Gone are the days that it felt like butterflies, it feels like she is trying to burst right out of there sometimes. The most exciting part of this new-found strength is that this week was the first time that I could feel her kicks from the outside, and Tuesday was the first day Sol felt her kicking! He was so excited, his jaw dropped and he had a big silly smile on his face. Since then he has felt her at least a few times every day. I don’t know if the novelty is going to wear off, but eventually he might get annoyed with me yelling “SOL SOL!” and grabbing his hand to feel every time she kicks my hand. Last night I was having trouble falling asleep because she was moving around so much, and I groaned “Why does she want to be awake when I want to sleep!” Sol told me that she was probably just trying to get me used to it because I am going to feel like that for a while. He’s right!

The last night that we were down in Orange County I woke up at 4am with horrible stomach cramps and other disturbing digestive distress. I was in so much pain and I was totally freaked out that I didn’t know what was going on. I got out my phone and Googled my symptoms and started to get really freaked out that I was going into pre-term labor. “No! It’s too early!” I was so upset and worried that something was going wrong with the baby, it really hit me how mothers can worry about their children so much more than they worry about themselves, and how this is only the beginning of me worrying about her. After an hour and a half without the cramps or pain subsiding I woke up Sol crying and told him that he might have to take me to the ER. I called the advice nurse and after her line of questioning she assured me that I didn’t have any of the big red flags, and that it was probably a stomach bug or something that I ate. This reassured me enough to be able to try and go back to sleep, although it was difficult at first because my brain couldn’t stop over analyzing how my body was feeling. It took me a couple of days to feel totally better, but Baby K was moving around a lot which helped reassure me that she was still alive and kickin’ (literally!) The next morning I checked in with the nurse again, and she said that sometimes pregnant women forget that it’s still normal to get sick from time to time because they are so used to over thinking every feeling and pain you have. It gave some comfort, and also made me grateful that my pregnancy has been so normal and boring that a little stomach bug is the scariest thing that has happened yet. If that’s the scariest thing I have had to deal with so far, I am a lucky lucky girl!

This week we also painted her nursery! The colors are so sunny and fun and will go perfectly with the “flower child” fabric and accents, I can’t wait to see the rest of it come together. We are trying to get as much as possible done this week during our break, so there have been lots of errands and nursery prep going on which is only making me more excited and anxious for her arrival!

Chris and Katie’s wedding!

Our second Chris and Katie *Katy* wedding of the year. Congrats Chris and Katie Hampton! It was a beautiful wedding and we had so much fun sharing your special day with you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you guys gonna eat?

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we had a lovely and relaxing day at the Dwyer’s house, eating delicious Thanksgiving faire, catching up and playing a rousing game of Taboo. I love all of the family and merriment (and of course FOOD!) that Thanksgiving brings, but I especially love that it encourages everyone to be extra reflective on what they are the most grateful for in their lives. So often we get caught up in our own daily ups and downs and neglect to appreciate how lucky we are. I count my blessings daily but this seems like an appropriate day to reflect in blog form.

I am thankful for:

My wonderful husband and partner. He loves me, supports me, challenges me, entertains me and fills my life with joy every single day. I am thankful for my strong and healthy relationship with him and how much happiness it brings to my life.

My normal, healthy, and (boring- in a good way!) pregnancy and my healthy little baby girl inside me who I will get to meet and shower with unconditional love in just a few months.

My amazing and fabulous family, who loves and supports me no matter what and have given me a lifetime full of happy memories and awesome experiences.

My wonderful friends who feel like family because they are so loving and devoted, and so so much fun!

My 3 crazy kitties who make me feel like the most important human in the world with all of their love, attention and snuggles.

My warm, cozy and safe home and all of the conveniences and sentimental items that fill it that make me happy and grateful to come home every day.

My awesome job, that is entertaining, stimulating, fulfilling and keeps me on my toes every day. It also provides me with opportunity to have the life I do and provide my family with health insurance.

I am thankful that I have so much to be thankful for…I am a lucky, lucky lady!

Happy birthday Amanda!

My best friend Amanda turned 27 today! Amanda is an amazing person and friend and I am so SO lucky to have her in my life. I count my blessings every day and Amanda is way up there at the top of the list. I literally don’t know what I would do without her and I wish her all of the happiness in the world. May all of your birthday princess dreams come true Amanda! I love you!

Even though we live far away, I have been lucky enough to spend *almost* all of her birthdays with her since the day she turned 18…(that’s almost 10!) and the last 2 we have spanned the length-of-California distance to celebrate together. This one is no exception, Sol and I are headed down to Dana Point tomorrow right after school for a weekend of celebrating in her honor. I can’t wait to hug her tomorrow!