Ben and I have been married 3 1/2 years and, believe it or not, until this week we hadn't been on a "real" vacation since our honeymoon. We like to use our vacation time to travel home for holidays or big events, and if we travel around the midwest, we stay with gracious friends and family members who let us crash on their floor. I'm all for spending my travel budget on food and activities instead of fancy lodging!

With little miss on her way before too long (10 weeks left! Ahh!), we decided to treat ourselves to a week of uninterrupted time together in a place where the sun actually shines. A babymoon of sorts, if you will. We've been eating our fair share of Reese's cereal, cruising around the island with no destination in mind, building sandcastles like we're 5 years old, and attending the daily water aerobics class at the resort with the 50- to 85-year old ladies. (And watching out for the hoardes of invisible crabs! Okay, they're white. . .and I've only seen one over the last 3 days.)

Life is good.

baby growing: week 28

week 28 // 11-12-15 

How far along? 28 weeks.

How big is baby? The size of a Chinese cabbage. (The picture I've linked to made me laugh.)

Total weight gain? 18.5 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Yes. My non-maternity clothes are mostly too small and maternity clothes are just so much more comfy!

Sleep? Ahh. I feel like my sleep did a complete 180 this week! I woke up with some raging heartburn one night this week and - brace yourself - it made me throw up. A lot. (Sorry for sharing.) The next night I was up 3 or 4 times and was certain I was going to throw up at some point. Most nights I've been going to sleep in my bed and then bouncing between that and our recliner each night. All I want for Christmas is to sleep for 9 hours straight. :)

Food cravings? None really.

Food aversions? Maybe chicken a tiny bit? However, I'm avoiding salsa like the plague. Pretty sure that's what made my heartburn so awful on Saturday night.

Movement? Yes!

Belly button in or out? In.

Weird pregnancy things? Regular BH contractions, constant congestion, and some swelling. And I realized this week that I haven't had a headache in months! That's pretty amazing.

Best moment this week? Cafe Rio! :)

Random: a lady at work asked me today if I was having twins. Now I know why pregnant ladies don't like that question, ha.

baby growing: week 27

I'll be honest. My bathroom mirror was so dirty at this point, that the black and white filter was necessary. Ha. Too bad you can still see some of the toothpaste. . .
week 27 // 11-5-15 

How far along? 27 weeks.

How big is baby? The size of a head of cauliflower.

Total weight gain? 18 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Maternity pants and dresses mixed with old sweaters and shirts.

Sleep? Sleeping great! Heartburn woke me up a few times on some nights, but it's nothing unbearable.

Food cravings? Sugar.

Food aversions? None this week!

Movement? Yup.

Belly button in or out? In.

Weird pregnancy things? Regular BH contractions, heartburn that refuses to be controlled by anything, bending in the middle to pick things up is out of the question, and I'm started to get a little puffy in my face, feet, and hands.

Best moment this week? Went and got a prenatal massage this week and not to be too overly dramatic, but I'm a whole new woman. ;) My back would hurt after sitting for an hour or when I woke up in the morning, but now, now I can sit for 3 or so hours without getting too sore and I don't wake up in pain. I can guarantee another prenatal massage is in my future. 

Also, had my glucose screening test this week and that was not my very favorite. Drinking (gross) things quickly and heartburn don't mix so well. Fortunately, the results came back negative for gestational diabetes! Unfortunately, my iron was low.

i hope your friday is filled with doughnuts.

I've been thinking a lot this week about a few comments I heard in lessons at church on Sunday, which to be honest, is pretty rare for me. I'm definitely guilty more often than not of going to church and never giving a second thought to what was said as I go about my week unless it was one of those Sundays where I'm assaulted with everything I've been looking for/needing to hear. 

Here's a very rough summary of my favorite comment made on Sunday: we're all looking for lovely things in our lives and what one person considers to be lovely doesn't necessarily touch another person the same way.

I've been trying to focus more this week on what I find lovely. What makes me happy. What draws me closer to God and lifts my heart. And I've been thinking about why we're sometimes hesitant to share that with others around us.  

So here's a picture of a doughnut. To me it's a reminder of the morning after Ben had to meet a rather big deadline and the first morning in a long time that he was able to take a breath and slow down. Even though it was a work day, we didn't set any alarms for 5:30am and instead woke up to the sun. Upon discovering that it was (supposedly) National Doughnut Day (still can't tell if it was or wasn't!), we walked a few blocks out of our way to pick up doughnuts before jumping on the train. It started to lightly sprinkle as we ate our doughnuts and walked, and it was just a really fabulous start to my Thursday morning. To be exact, it was one of those times I found lovely

So here's to sharing more of the lovely moments in life, and I hope you do the same!

baby growing: week 26.

week 26 // 10-29-15 

How far along? 26 weeks.

How big is baby? The size of a head of lettuce.

Total weight gain? 17 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Maternity pants and dresses mixed with old sweaters and shirts. I'm definitely having to tug at my old tops all day long to keep them pulled down. . .probably a sign that I need to put them away for the next little while.

Sleep? Sleeping well, waking up sore. I've been thinking about going and getting a prenatal massage. Or buying a pregnancy pillow or mattress topper! Something's gotta give. ;)

Food cravings? Sugar. All the sugar. (I'm also getting really excited thinking about ordering a Cafe Rio pork salad and an In-n-Out hamburger next week when I go home!)

Food aversions? None this week!

Movement? Yes. I don't think I'll ever get over how weird it is to be able to feel a kick from the inside and outside at the same time. Most of which, for now, are on the sides of my stomach.

Belly button in or out? In. It's getting flat, haha.

Weird pregnancy things? Although they're still there, my hives have gone down in size and they aren't itchy anymore! That's been really nice. :) I have crazy baby hairs at my part that take after Miley Cyrus - they just can't be tamed. I'm having 4-5 BH contractions every hour usually up at the top of my stomach, but nothing painful or regular.

Best moment this week? Went to the optometrist and finally ordered some new glasses. Looks like pregnancy hasn't temporarily changed my eyesight though!