So, um, yes, it's been almost a month since I blogged..YIKES! I have had some subtle reminders here and there....so, why haven't I been blogging? You know, no real reason, I still stalk other people's blogs, leave messages and read blogs, so why don't I update mine? Hmm, well, I realized I didn't want to bore people to death with "baby talk" yet, at the same time that's what I have going on these days in addition to quite a bit of travel and WORK! YAYYYY! Ok, who cheers about work? ME. After sitting on my butt for months it feels great to be back in the world of "helping others."
Some pics from Kauai which was absolutely amazing.....just a perfect balance between being busy tourists and chilling. Next time I go though i'm eating sushi and gulping Mai Tai's..this time it was water and cooked shrimp =0.
If you look closely you can kind of see a "bump" I swear it truly depends on what i'm wearing these days, not really "pregnant" looking but if i'm wearing something fitted you can sort of say "hmm she's either eating a lot or maybe she's pregnant!" =0
On our rafting trip on the Wailua River......so crowded =0. We were the ONLY ones on our "tour" so it was kind of a private tour!
Oh, look at that, Mer is "hiking"......contrary to popular belief that all athletic people love all aspects of the outdoors, I do.....not =0......I used to call hiking "walking without a purpose." This was different, it had a purpose, see below....
Not quite this purpose......Dave......and yes, it was *that* muddy for most of the hike, but hey, like i've said it was KAUAI so who's complaining....
Those Asics went promptly in the trash....thank goodness for worn running shoes right? =0
Here is where the hike ended, Wailua Falls, we have better pictures, but seriously how many pictures do we need on a blog? You get the idea...
I thought Dave was actually really brave..I stood in the water and he's like "oh, i'll get in," what you can't see is him nearly hyperventilating as he is "floating".......=0
I just couldn't believe how BIG the falls were!!
Dave studying for his next anesthesia rotation at the Sheraton beach =0
Our boat cruise...i'm the loser trying to do the "hang loose" sign.....
This picture makes me laugh....for those of you who don't know me that well, this picture above is a very "Mer' face.......somewhere between laughing and slightly annoyed =0
Our boat cruise up the Na'Pali coast
Can't keep noodles away from this guy!! We found an awesome Japanese noodle house.....YUM!!
SO! That is Kauai in a nutshell........so, what's going on in the world of "Baby Developement?"
Well.......as you read: It's a BOY!!! And I had a gut feeling it was a boy, but for no other reason than a lot of my friends have boys, so I was naturally thinking "BOY," but I really had no idea to think either way! The last time I wrote I was almost 15 weeks. I had a "quick" ultrasound at 17 weeks and they said 75% boy......75%?? Right. Well, that isn't quite good enough for me, so my "20 week" or BIG ultrasound was actually scheduled for this past Monday, so I was 18 weeks and 3 day (you getting all this?)
ANYWAY: verdict on Monday: 99.9% boy and all looks great! I called the doctor this morning for the results....after I talked to my friend Lauren (HI COMES!)-----she made a good point, the doctor would have called me very soon after if something had been "off" with the ultrasound. The doctor had previously said my placenta looked low, so I held off on a bit of running, and got the "go ahead" to continue today.
Sadly, I ran out of time to run today (hehe, ok, so I ran a mile with the dogs!).....but yes, I can still run.....although I must admit, it's a "run/walk" at this point, but I can still do the 4.6 mile loop I have and it's just slow.
For those of you who follow my blog you know running is my achilles heel to begin with--yeah, i'm still banging out 11:30 miles. However, I count every day that i'm out there exercising as a "YAY" for me.....and i've started swimming again.
F****......I lost my swim ability ....that quickly. I used to knock out 3-4,000 no problem. I swam 1,000 last week and nearly died. Yesterday, I lifted weights and then I swam 1200.....swimming was much easier, but I get winded! My goal is to get up to a mile (1600) again!
So....other nitty gritty: weight gain. So, yeah, um, that whole "your body knows what it needs" apparently mine has needed weight, but I can't figure out honestly where it is....my thighs definitely have grown and my stomach.....but 15 pounds?? In almost 19 weeks. I read things where women are like "I gained 4 pounds in 20 weeks".....I skipped right over four and was in double digits before I could think about it! I'm TRULY not complaining, I actually think it's amusing.....my doctor wanted to know if I was really hungry......what's funny is that I AM hungry, but I eat when I'm hungry and I exercise, so I guess my body is doing what it needs! Don't get me wrong, I do indulge, but my body must need the extra weight! I'm guessing the whole quick weight gain may have been something to do with going immediately from Ironman into pregnancy. Just an interesting observation.....I guess I just thought I would be one of those "four pound" people, but everyone is different and so far, honestly, i'm still able to exercise comfortably and I think i'm doing ok! And as long as the baby is growing healthy I consider that awesome!
Just being honest here, I don't mean to sound all "analytical" with weight gain, but come on..it IS part of the process and if it means the baby is growing then i'm glad!!
It has been really fun getting weekly updates to see how/what is going on with the baby...and realizing that we are having a SON is just really amazing!! It's so fun to think about him and what he'll be like! Oh yeah and wondering how the two bags of Baby Gap clothes I have sitting here will look like on him =0. In my defense it was ALL on sale.....like crazy sales, like $5.00 onesies, I couldn't resist.
Dave is currently in San Antonio for a month...guess i'd be more jealous if he were like in Paris or something, but you know that military, the more boring the place, the better!
I just got back from my friend Jill's baby shower in Minneapolis and i'm headed to Denver tomorrow until Tuesday to visit with my family.....YAYY! It's been way too long and I miss them!!! So, stay tuned and I promise to get some pictures up when I get back!!!
Thanks for reading, sorry so boring, as things get busier here, I think i'll have more fun things to write about, right now it's all "Plus One development", some travel and getting ready to move. Yes, move..just up north a bit and the funny thing is, we move May 1st....Dave comes home April 30th....I wonder who is going to pack?? Hmmmmm.....