Friday, April 12, 2013

29 Weeks

I feel like I have a thousand things bouncing around in my head right now. If my brain is an internet browser I literally have 2543 tabs open at once. Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but I just feel like I've got so much on my mind. Time feels like it's going by extraordinarily quickly. Only 11 weeks left! It seems like still quite a ways off but I'm getting so anxious. I know it's going to go by quickly especially with some really exciting events coming up in the next couple of weeks!

Outtake from my weekly belly photo session

Evening snuggles 

A splurge - well deserved after a busy weekend and my first ice cream since February

Delicious Cafe Kacao after our long run on Sunday

Location scouting for spring photo shoots - I thought this mural was cool!

Homemade pizza

Last Sunday I ran 12 miles with the Landrunners on the last 20 mile training run of the Spring. It was a beautiful morning to run and it smelled a little like race day (if you think I'm crazy just ask a runner what I mean). I'm very excited about running the half marathon and hopefully getting to see many different friends participating in the various events of the day.

I was asked to take the official Landrunner spring training group photo this past weekend. We set up at the Memorial and despite the early time, the photo turned out great! I love being a part of this great group of runners!  

Baby W is currently growing and getting bigger by the day. According to my weekly baby email she is now 2 1/2 pounds and growing quickly. Apparently thanks to putting on fat she now has more energy so combine that with getting bigger and it's no wonder I am feeling all sorts of kicks, punches and rolls much more frequently now. I'm thinking baby's growth could be why I feel so tired too? Coincidence...? Regardless, I absolutely LOVE feeling her move, even the sharp jabs. Knowing she's there, feeling her inside me, having my little babe with me all the time, it's just the greatest feeling. I lose track of time as I sit quietly feeling her move. It's mesmerizing and I know I will miss this feeling when I am no longer pregnant.

I really wish the weather here in Oklahoma felt more April-like so I could write about how great it is that it's spring and I'm enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. Instead the temperatures are hovering around freezing (although it is sunny out) and yesterday we had a freezing rain thunderstorm that left all our newly blooming trees looking frozen and broken. The weather is always an adventure here I guess.

Last week I finished a really great book. Amidst all the quilting and baby-raising books that are cluttering our coffee table, I found a really amazing book that I highly recommend to any Mom or soon-to-be Mom. Great with Child by Beth Ann Fennelly is an amazing and touching book and I am certain I will reread parts of it before June. I laughed and cried and loved her writing. And I'm just happy to say I finished a book I started.

I've been busy working on projects here, my ongoing craft and nursery projects of course and some new ones too. As expected I have ten million going on at once. Can I just start and finish one thing? Apparently not! I'm currently attempting to make progress on my goal to get my personal photos off my hard drive and out where we can enjoy them. After a lot of debate at the beginning of the year about how to do this I decided to create photo books. After even much more debate I decided on how to divide books up that makes sense to me. I'm currently working on getting caught up in the next 11 weeks (I thought I had more time) but enjoying the process and think it will work for us.

I've decided to create one big hardback book for our family to document what happens each year (this may be divided into 6 month periods with a Vol 1 and Vol 2) and then softcover smaller books to document big events in the year that deserve more showcasing. These events from 2012 are the trips we took to Boston and San Francisco and our Home Remodel project. As you might guess 2013's special books will include Baby Girl's birth and a Waiting on Baby book where I document my pregnancy journey. It's important that I include photos from these events in the main year book but use the smaller books to give the larger amount of photos and information the space they deserve without overwhelming the yearly books. I'm about halfway through with my San Francisco book and hope to start the Boston, Home Remodel and Waiting on Baby books after that. In a perfect world I'll also have my 2012 book created and my 2013 book caught up by June, but let's be realistic here, that probably won't happen. I'm just happy I've decided on a system and I'm excited to see my photos printed out. They are really quite awesome and deserve to be looked at and not forgotten on my hard drive!

Here are a couple random shots from my editing and book prep that I've been working on!

Boston skyline and Charles River bridge the morning after the marathon on my walk (hobble), 
most notably that famous Citgo sign in the background

Charles River

Saigon Sam's, best bahn mi I've ever had, San Francisco 

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