pregnancy: week 26
I spent the 26th week of this pregnancy in South Jersey visiting with family.
Thanks to spring break, I had an entire week off, and JT & I packed up the dogs & hit the road. The 10-hour drive turned into 12 since we had to make a few extra stops & also since we thought it’d be a good idea to pull the dogs out & walk them a little more than we usually do (this was as much for me as it was for the dogs!). Still, it’s not a horrible trip, and it’s made much better (for me) by the fact that JT doesn’t mind driving the entire way.
My sweet MIL had a wonderful baby shower planned for us on Saturday, and we were lucky enough to have great weather for the event – sunny & warm! Yay! (On that note, I am a little jealous that they’re getting spring already… green grass, blooming forsythia & daffodils… sigh.)
Rico thought he’d play a little prank on me by NOT MOVING AT ALL Saturday morning. Not one to overreact, I spent the morning pondering how horrible it would be to have a shower for a baby that died in utero. You know, because this is like a super-normal thing to think when your baby decides to sleep in.
I drank a little of Jason’s Coke at lunchtime, though, and that seemed to get Rico moving. Checkmate, Rico.
We had a great time chatting with cousins, aunts, & siblings that we don’t get to see enough. And the number of cute (and very stylish) small children at these family gatherings seems to be multiplying faster than we can keep track.
The back-to-back belly shot cracks me up. Even if mine is bigger than his. And even though we both desperately need hair cuts.
My BFF & her fiance drove from NYC to join us for the afternoon, and I was so thrilled to see them and get a chance to catch up!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get many other photos than the ones above, but I think I can probably steal a few from other family members.
What we did get a lot of on Saturday were awesome presents! We were so blessed by the generosity of our family and friends – whoa! Notably, Rico can now head home from the hospital in his new car seat, and he’s got lots of bathy stuff & gear for solid-food feedings, as well as clothes & books & sheets & monitors. (Seriously, the car was so packed on the way home that one of the dogs almost had to stay in Jersey.)
I think, though, best of all is knowing how lucky our baby is to be surrounded by so many people who love him. Lucky, lucky kid.
Also, I’ll mention that it was nice to hear so many people say, “you look great!” even if I think that’s a standard line fed to pregnant ladies. 🙂 I’ll gladly take the compliments, but it’s interesting to me that even strangers have started commenting on my physical appearance like it’s their job. As long as none of them are like, “YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’RE GONNA POP!” or “ARE YOU DUE TOMORROW?”, I can probably deal with it.
Other than the shower, things haven’t changed much from last week’s pregnancy update: belly getting bigger, belly button still creepier than creepy, slight acid reflux at night, weird dreams, sleeping slowly becoming uncomfortable/difficult, Rico moving like crazy (except when he wants to give his mama a heart attack), etc, etc, etc. So this is good, I think.