The first picture was taken at 8 weeks and the second 28 weeks. It’s funny because I felt so big at 8 weeks just from the normal bloating you get and I wasn’t even close to being big. I also think it is funny that people are so afraid to assume that I am pregnant. I had a few people this weekend ask if I was pregnant and it was really hard to not say something smartass about beer. This week marks the beginning of the third trimester and I swear that my body and Ruby know that. She is has become way more active and feels bigger and my body is starting to feel the effects of carrying a bigger active baby. I feel like I did a bunch of ab exercises and she seems to like kicking in the same sore spot. Little stinker. I only have 12 weeks left or least that has been mantra the last couple of days.
I also had to go in for more blood work. I did the fasting glucose test that you normally do at 28 weeks plus they tested my thyroid levels again. It wouldn’t be so bad except they did the the glucose test at 9 weeks since I have such a strong family history of diabetes. At least this time they went straight to the two hour test instead of doing the one hour and then the three hour when I failed the one hour. As for the thyroid, my TSA levels have been low my entire pregnancy, but they keep showing improvement so we wait and retest every month. I am keeping my fingers crossed that both come back fine, because I am darn tired of getting my blood drawn.
This weekend my mom, niece and I drove to Garden City, KS for our family reunion. It is a trip that we used to make a couple times a year when my grandparents were still alive, but we now only make once or even every other year. It takes about 5 hours to get there and goes from green with hills and trees to brown and flat. A lot of people complain about the drive, but I love that slow transition and I love being able to see, for what seems like, miles away. Probably because I am a Kansan through and through. Aside from the landscape it was nice to get caught up with my family. There are some that I tend to see throughout the year and some that only see at family reunions. We mostly have different views of the world and I am pretty sure they think I am odd, but they never make me feel like that. It is nice to know that I come from good stock and that overall they are good eggs. Going back does make me a little sad that I no longer go there to see my grandma and that Ruby will never get to meet her. Thankfully, Ruby is blessed with two wonderful grandmas and I hope she has the same fond memories that I do.
Yesterday I went for my monthly checkup and everything looks good. Ruby seems to be right on track size wise and I am doing well. My doctor declared me a happy pregnant woman and I will take it! I still seem to have energy and am not too uncomfortable, but I am going into my third trimester and I hear that’s when it gets hard. Don’t you love how people love to tell you how miserable you are going to be? Does it make them feel better or people just jerks? It does feel like things are moving a little too quickly and I am starting to get a little nervous about it. Nervous about the birth, nervous about taking care of tiny baby and on the grand scheme being nervous about what kind of parent I am going to be. I keep thinking I need to keep a private journal to jot down all of the ideas about how I want to parent and then I think I will probably just laught at myself when I read it later on. For now my plans are to love her, keep her safe and teach her to not be an asshole. It is the asshole part that I worry the most about.
I think I might be crazy, but I agreed to take back my old cat, Lily. Kevin took her when he moved to Wichita, but her fur has been bothering his eyes and he isn’t home as much as we are, so he wanted to know if we could take her. I was hesitant with the baby coming and with the possibility of it making it harder for us to rent once we sell the house. It came down to my fear that I wouldn’t be able to give Minnie enough attention once Ruby gets here. So far I think I made the right decision, because Minnie seems pretty intrigued by her and I think she likes having another cat around. Lily on the hand is not so impressed by Minnie and will take some time to warm up to her. Thankfully, the spats have been very minimal and they are back to their sleepy selves.
As for pregnancy news everything is going well. My energy level is still high and I am most comfortable. I do have my moments when I sound like an old guy with all of my groaning when I move and I am not a fan of bending over. Which is why my flower beds are a disgrace right now. I have also begun stocking the freezer, so that I don’t have to worry about cooking during the early parts of my maternity leave. I don’t know how to not cook for an army, so I figured I would take advantage of that by freezing half of what I make. I would say that nesting has set in early.
I have finally gotten that second trimester energy burst that everyone talks about. I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to hit it or if I was just going to be a slug this whole pregnancy. I used my energy to get to work on Ruby’s rooms. Everything is cleared out in there and the furniture is moved in. Now I just need to decorate it and figure out exactly how I am going to organize when I have all of the stuff for her. I will post pictures when it is closer to being done. I did get my craft room done and I am most excited about the fact that I can now look out the window while I sew.
The weekend wasn’t all cleaning and organizing there was some cooking involved. Mom and I stopped by Rees Apple Orchard and bought 24 pounds of peaches. Mmmhmm. We froze some for pies and canned a bunch as preserves. I have to say that my favorite part of the summer is getting to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. I read an article about how what you eat during pregnancy impacts your baby’s choice in food later on. I really hope that means Ruby will enjoy all of the foods I like and isn’t a picky eater.
I have to say that this week has been the best part of my pregnancy so far. My energy is up, I haven’t felt sick, and I feel Ruby kicking in there on a regular basis. I also can’t help, but smile everytime I look down at my belly. It gets in the way now and Dan joked today about how I am going to feel like I have t-rex arms, because my arm length is going to be so shortened. Speaking of Dan, I have to mention that he has been pretty amazing throughout this whole time. He makes sure I don’t overdo it, rubs my feet and makes me feel beautiful. I really couldn’t imagine going through this with anyone else.
We decided to take a short road trip this week as a last little hurrah before the baby gets here. We started out with Big Brutus in West Mineral, Kansas. Dan has been wanting to see Big Brutus in person for years and figured it would be a fun way to start the trip. It was just as big and impressive as we thought it would be. The oppressive heat was pretty annoying though, but we still enjoyed climbing on it.
From there we drove to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It was another place that people had been telling us for years to check out. It is a great little artist community with winding streets and lots of character. I really wish that we had more time and less heat so that we could have done more exploring, but the parts we did see were pretty awesome. I have to admit that the best part of the trip was the jacuzzi tub in the room. There is nothing better than soaking after a day of travel. I would really like to go back in the spring or fall when I am not pregnant.
We decided that rather than explore Eureka Springs more that we would take a different route back home so that we could eat at Lamberts and stop by to see his mom. Lamberts home of the throwed rolls didn’t disappoint even if their slogan wasn’t grammatically correct. We both left feeling like we needed to be wheeled out and I promptly passed out in the car. Thankfully the little wiggle worm was sleepy too and let me sleep until we got Dan’s mom’s house. We had a nice little visit there and figured we weren’t done eating good food or visiting friends, so I called up my best friend, Dominic, who lives in Lawrence to meet up for dinner. We ate at the Burger Stand, which I happen to think has the best burgers around. It was my last super rich dinner and I will be eating healthy for the rest of the week to make up for this week’s overindulgence. Boy was it a good two days though.