Monday, November 16, 2009

24 Weeks...

I have been such a bad, bad blogger.

Unfortunately, all my time these days is focused on crib reviews instead of marathon reviews. After spending the last 17 weeks without my good friend running, I feel like I can officially say I have fallen off the wagon.

That’s not to say I can’t wait to get back out there. But for now, it seems like there is so much more to focus on. It doesn’t help that work is crazy-busy and we have either been out of town or had visitors for the past 3 weekends. Then this weekend, J’s parents are coming for a week for Thanksgiving and then we have a friend from Australia coming to stay with us until after the New Year. While I love to see everyone, it doesn’t leave me much time for anything else.

But J is still in the game. This Sunday he will be running (like a lot of you) the Philadelphia Marathon. He was hoping to PR since he wasn’t too thrilled with his performance in DC last month, but since then, his IT band has been all jacked-up. He has been stretching, icing and going to PT three times a week to help, but unfortunately, it looks like this may just be a race to finish. I told him at the half if he’s in pain, he needs to stop, but I know that wont happen. You know how stubborn marathon runners can be.

It should be a beautiful day though. The weather looks like it’s going to be amazing (sunny and 59 degrees) compared to the feels-like 17 degrees of last year. And J’s parents will be out there with me to cheer him on, so that will be fun.

Other than that, it’s just baby-central around here. This week we’ve made it to 24 whole weeks (yay!). That’s 6 months if you are counting. It seems like it’s going by really fast now.

Everything has been going great. The Bean has been kicking up a storm, which is fun. Those little bumps and bubbles that I thought were gas are definitely distinguishable as kicks, rolls and thumps. I love sitting on the couch at night after I eat and watch my stomach move around. It’s so surreal. There is a HUMAN in there!

I also seem to be growing at lightning speed. Every pregnant woman I know is assuring me that I am not even close to where I will be, and I know that, but I have gotten a lot bigger in the past few weeks and it’s staring to get noticeable. Not only in how I look, but how I feel. I get uncomfortable quite easily, so I can only imagine how it’s going to be 16 weeks from now.

The newest symptoms aboard the pregnancy train include total nasal congestion, which makes it even harder to breathe on top of the diminishing lung capacity, and dizziness that comes on suddenly and has caused me to almost pass out on more than one occasion, usually while I riding the train to work in the morning.

I was concerned about the dizziness at first, until I realized how common it was in pregnancy. I have always had a tendency to come close to passing out while giving blood or spending too much time in the sun, so it’s not like this was something new. And after I realized I had been drinking huge glasses of orange juice before leaving the house without much, if anything in my stomach before getting on the train, it all seemed to make sense.

After the 20 week ultrasound when we were told our girl looks absolutely healthy, I was finally able to take a sigh of relief, step back and start to enjoy the ride. All has checked out well at my appointments since then and now everything seems to be going full steam ahead.

My dad ordered us a crib, which is pretty exciting.

It's a babyletto that we found much cheaper at with $1 shipping and a 20% off coupon. Woo-hoo! It’s still in the box, but Jeremy’s dad is going to help him put it together while they are visiting next week. Last night, we moved all the office stuff out of the nursery into the guest room to make room for her to move in. For some reason, this made me really happy.

I have also been keeping the sellers on in business with all the cute stuff I have been buying and bookmarking for future reference.

Here is the tree decal I ordered from walldecors. It will be in white against the lime green walls.

Here is the new switchplate I ordered from funkychickendesign which I LOVE.

There's more, but I'll spare you...

All the registry stuff is basically set and we are even planning a short trip to Florida in a month for a baby shower/party my mom is throwing for us. I can’t wait to see all our old friends.

It’s just starting to get real to me. It seems like with the holidays, the next few months are going to fly by and before you know it, it will be late February...!

Good luck to all you Philly runners on Sunday! I'll be out there looking for you. I'll probably be around the half point somewhere. Runners, tell me what you're wearing. I'll probably be in a brown hooded Back on My Feet sweatshirt. Not sure if I'm doing a sign this time. We'll see.

Enjoy the weather this year. It's a far cry from last years frozen water stops :) Keep me and the Bean in mind while you're out there. We would LOVE to be running it with you. So jealous! :)


Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you and J!! Love all the baby stuff. Twenty four weeks girl is awesome!

Best of luck to J this weekend, Have fun with all your visitors.

Marlene said...

So glad to hear things are going well. Good luck to Jay this weekend and have fun specatating!

MCM Mama said...

You look great! I always enjoy hearing about all the baby shopping, especially for girls LOL. I have to live vicariously now that my boys are getting big.

Runner Leana said...

Good luck to J on the marathon!

You are looking fantastic Laurel!! Love the crib, love the lightswitch plate, and the tree looks neat too. Have fun with the family!!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

1. Run Strong J in the marathon!!

2. You look great!! I am sure you are enjoying all the baby moves!

3. Love the baby stuff. Post a pic of your mural. It looks like it will be amazing!

teacherwoman said...

Glad to hear all is going well with the little one. The pictures are wonderful! Good luck to J on his marathon!

joyRuN said...

You look awesome! The planning is so exciting :) Enjoy every moment - I miss having a little one bounce around on my bladder.

Good luck to J this weekend!

Heather said...

So happy that things are going well for you. The nursery is going to be so cute - you'll have to post pictures once it's all ready!

Jolene said...

Can't wait to see photos of the baby's room as it evolves! Trust me, other parents/mommas will NEVER get sick of hearing/reading about that stuff!

Denise said...

I love what you're doing w/ the nursery! Too cute!!

When you're back to running, we have to meet up. And hopefully I'll see you Sunday. I'll let you know what I'll be wearing once I know for sure. Can't believe this weather! Send good wishes to J for this Sunday!

N.D. said...

you look so cute!! :) Glad everything is coming togehter! so exciting! I'll look out for you on Sunday. I'll probably be walk-running and enjoying the day!

Ali said...

There is a definite bump there now! I love the baby stuff, especially the walldecors.

I Run for Fun said...

You are glowing!'s so exciting...and so close now.

Good luck to J...hope the injury leaves him alone.

Marissa said...

Loving the latest poses! I can't believe you can actually see your belly moving around. (Obviously, I have a lot to learn!) The decal you chose will be perfect for the Bean's room... as will the owly switchplate. We'll be thinking about J on Sunday! :o)

Jill said...

I hope J did well in the marathon - very exciting! Your baby pictures are awesome!!!!

Casey said...

yay! glad you are well! nasal congestion was big for me--and nose bleeds! :D

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