Tuesday, March 20, 2012

17 Weeks


image from BabyCenter.com

Baby is the size of a turnip, and is about 5 inches long!

How far along? 17 Weeks
Total weight gain: probably about 7 pounds by now...quickly gaining now I think!
Maternity clothes? Wore my first maternity shirt today, other than that, I've just improvised my wardrobe to include comfier things. Bought a few things this weekend, now just need to shop online for some work dress pants that are long enough...typical problem!
Stretch marks? none yet 
Sleep: Yes, please! Can sleep well these days, and often! Horray!
Best moment this week: Buying some new clothes that fits...and FEELING THE little turnip move around! Cody and I were laying on the sofa, and we were definitely feeling some movement. Also, last Thursday we had an appointment and heard the heartbeat again, Dr. said that bebe was moving around like crazy and she could barely keep the heartbeat on the monitor. 

Miss Anything? Hmmm, at this point, I'm probably missing just having a good old fashioned red beer while watching March Madness games with the hubby! 
Movement: Yes! See above, felt first movement on Sunday, March 18.

Food cravings: Pizza always sounds good, Subway always sounds good...Zesto, duh.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing major right now, sense of smell is greatly heightened so some things certainly are flagged!
Gender prediction: Grace is back to thinking boy. Cody is still rooting for boy. I'm still thinking (and wishing) for a girl. I don't think I know how to deal with boys!

Have you started to show yet: Yes! Can certainly tell, however, sometimes I still just feel chubby..
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Tiredness, some nausea, short of breath.
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Good mood unless it's getting close to bedtime, or I've been withheld from a nap on the weekend! :)
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender in a few weeks! Yay, let the shopping begin!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cabrillio National Monument & Tide Pools

Cabrillio National Monument  is on the coastline of San Diego. Old Point Loma Lighthouse was one of the original eight lighthouses on the west coast. It has been restored and refurnished to reflect what life was like in the 1800s. In addition to the lighthouse, are a system of tide pools. These are known as some of the best protected tide pools on Southern California. We were most excited about the tide pools...Grace loved it!

The view




So happy to be near the water again...beach babe!! She really enjoyed finding shells/


Searching for shells and critters...brrr, the water was cold


So much fun exploring the beach and tide pools








Ferry Ride, Coronado, Biking, and Whale Watching

We planned to spend the better part of one day exploring the area of the harbor in San Diego. We knew we wanted to take a ferry ride to Coronado Island, and we had signed up for whale watching that day also. It was going to be a full day on the coast line of San Diego.

Grace had a lot of fun on the Ferry Ride, of course she especially enjoyed the snack bar and snuggle time with Poppa. The ride over to Coronado Island isn't very long, but also provides a great view of the harbor.


Other critters knew about the snack bar on the Ferry also....beggers.

View of the Midway.



Once we got to Coronado Island, we decided the best way to explore the island was by bike. This four person pedal bike was available, and Grace even got to ride up front. We thought this was going to be a great options. However...there weren't any gears, and it was tough getting up hill!



Somebody was happy to be leading the way.

Still having fun at this point.

Mom and G, having a blast.




Ended up going further than we should have, and somehow got off the designated bike path. Made for an interesting trip, which involved going up a pedestrian side walk, and having to back down it with this huge bike. We went through some beautiful neighborhoods and saw some amazing homes. Our thighs were burning, and we were struggling to keep it moving, especially when we were laughing so hard. Grace the entire time couldn't understand why we weren't going fast enough.


We ate lunch at a nice fish market on Harbor Drive and next up for the day was whale watching. The whales  were in migration from up by Alaska down to the bays near Mexico. We saw SO many whales and tons of dolphins. It was fun to watch the dolphins play around the boat, it was as if they knew they were entertaining us.

Statue outside of the fish market


Grace was tuckered out by this point, it was supposed to be nap time.

Searching for whales...they were hard for Grace to spot.



Harbor seals

This gal showed us all the parts of the whale...pretty cool to see.

The combs that filter the whales food



View of the sunset from our hotel
(my mom took these two, nice work Ma!)



More to come...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Just a note...

To say thank you to all that read our little blog. It was created to keep our family who didn't live so close up to date on our life. That was when we lived in Minnesota. Now all of our family lives quite a distance from us, and it's important for them to see the changes happening in our lives. It's not only a tool for our friends and family to keep up with us, but it's an amazing journal tool that I've come to love.

It's amazing how "busy" we think our life can get, when just a simple phone call even can slip away. However, we're amazed at our entire family, their willingness to travel, to listen, to call, and to be present in our lives despite the distance. We wish we could see everyone more often!

I'm not sure if this will be useful to anyone, but I've added a "subscribe" option to our blog. It's toward the bottom you just need to enter your email and our blog updates will automatically be sent to your email.

Thanks for sticking with my sporadic schedule of postings and of course, my rambling. Lots of rambling.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Little Toes in the Ocean

I had these videos on our camera and comptuer, and wanted to get them uploaded here. Just in case someday we have an incident where our videos no longer can be played off the computer - we'll have a back up.

This was Grace's first experiences in the ocean! It was too bad it was really too cold to go swimming. At least she was able to dip her toes in the ocean. Fun that she was probably old enough that she'll always remember this.



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sea World

The first full day we were in San Diego we really wanted to show Grace a good time. We wanted to make sure she knew that there was much more to San Diego than the airport. I have lots of photos to share here, so I'll let the pictures do the talking with a few comments here and there. So many photos. SO many!

Up first was checking out the California Tide Pool. Grace was able to get up close and personal (even touch) sea stars, and check out sea urchins. She had a great time learning about all of these creatures from the man at the exhibit. He overheard us say her name, and then called her by her name, she thought he was some god that he figured out her name without telling him. Amazing.







Up next was checking out the fascinating turtles at Turtle Reef. You'll see a lot of Poppa holding Grace throughout the San Diego photos...they were attached like glue...or, Poppa would always give into the "hold me, my legs are tired" bit. It will only happen for so long!



Up next was the Bayside Skyride. Keep in mind, two people in our party (my mom and Cody) are both freaked out by heights. Couple that with the fear of water for my Momma, and all I can say is I'm proud that the 5 of us actually accomplished this. Does Grace have either of these fears - heck no. Fearless! We were able to enjoy a relaxing ride over Mission Bay, quite the view! Grace even held her Daddy's hand to keep him safe.



so brave!




There's Nana and Poppa in the next car!

The shows! The shows were great! We watched the killer whale show, "One Ocean," where the whales did all sorts of amazing tricks. They even SOAKED the audience, we're glad we moved out of the "soak zone." Other shows we took in were the dolphin show (Grace loved this one, mostly because it involved a pink princess also) and the Pets Rule show, which was Nana's favorite. Amazing what they can do with these creatures...especially amazed they could train cats for the Pet Show.








Another favorite for Grace this was was the Sesame Street "Bay of Play." It was filled with kid-friendly rides  and all sorts of play equipment, include a maze of rope netting to climb and inflated bubble jumping mats. She could have spent the entire day in just this small portion of Sea World.


Mom and Grace riding the flying fish




Nana didn't think she'd do well on this ride, she got photos instead. We really got spinning!

Jumpin' her heart out.

And of course, the visit wouldn't have been complete without the chance to meet Grover and Elmo. How fun!