Week 23

23 down, 17 to go. YIPES! That’s not very many weeks. How fun! I have my 24 week check up Monday and am hoping to get Sam and I signed up for a couple baby classes in the next week. I’m really pumped (no pun intended) to take a breastfeeding class…Sam on the other hand…

The 23rd week brought a growing belly and even more protruding belly button. I can’t touch it, it freaks me out.

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Now we Bumpin!

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Outtie

I feel like I’ve been a little more tired lately so I’ve been sleeping in in the mornings and doing my workouts outside  after work since it’s been a gem of weather lately. I’ve now been going to Anytime like 3 days a week and doing at home workouts the other 2-3 days of the week. I still feel pretty good but take breaks when I get super tired and try not to let my heart rate get above 135. I’m loving the at home workouts though because I can take my weights and go out to the backyard and workout in the sunshine. Ruthie likes it too because she usually gets a PB treat to keep her occupied for the 13-15 minutes I can’t pay attention to her.

Runs have been nothing more than 3-4 miles. I have been running to the gym which is a nice 1.15 miles one way and a great way to warm up/cool down. My running pace now is about a 10 minute mile. Pre-pregnancy I was doing around 8:10 min miles so I am taking it much easier and it feels really nice. Ruth and I even went for a nice run this week….I probably enjoyed it more than she did.

I’ve also been taking Ruthie on lots of walks/hikes. There’s this great 6 mile loop at the State Park we try to do once a week. It tires her out for a couple days which is nice. She’s just so snuggly and adorable when she’s tired. Ruth and I also went for a fun walk with my gal pal Chels and her 11 month old son yesterday. It was Ruthie’s first time meeting an 11 month old baby and I think she did pretty darn good. It makes me feel better knowing she likes being around kids.

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Little Snuggle bug

Cravings this weeks have been kind of odd. I craved a tuna melt every day and finally had one last night. It probably was the best thing I’ve ever tasted. I’m also craving Italian Dunkers (if you remember these from High School)/Punch Pizza, Rice Krispies with blueberries and sugar, tacos, and hamburgers. Cool. At least it’s a fun variety of things.

I did have a spectacular time meal prepping last weekend. My mom gets the most amazing cinnamon rolls from work (except not anymore cuz she is now a retired lady!!!!) and gave me half a case (whadup rolls). You just let them rise for like 2 hours then bake and frost them. They are seriously the best cinnamon rolls ever. Besides the ones from Sand Pedro Cafe in Hudson. But that’s besides the point. So I made the rolls and frosted them then ate almost all of them. I got a hungry baby inside my belly OK?

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Does eating rolls give you rolls?

I also had some fun picking fresh rhubarb from the plant in our backyard. I’ve never actually picked anything from my backyard and I felt so cool going out with a pail and getting about 2 cups of fresh rhubarb. I decided to try my hand at a rhubarb crisp but since I only had 2 cups, I added strawberries and apples. It was super simple to put together and really the only bad ingredients in the crisp were the butter and the sugar (but are they really that bad?). I also pretty much ate the entire crisp but again, whateves Bevs.

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Crispy Crisp

I asked Sam what I should make for breakfasts and he sent me a recipe for egg cups with a sweet potato crust. I was very shocked to see he sent me a recipe with sweet potato in it. I’ve also never made egg cups so I tried those out. They looked disgusting and some of the egg spilled into the empty muffin tin slots but they tasted like a dream. They had ham and pepper and eggs and cheese. I’d probably make these again and double the recipe since it only made 8 and I ate 2 at a time. Again, I ate all of these. I asked Sam why he didn’t have any and he goes…”I picked that recipe because I thought you would like it.”  Aww man, what a guy.

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Getting J(eggy) with it

Other than that, my life has been pretty much same ole same ole last week. I did finish another book which was exciting and I currently have another waiting for me at the local Library. PS have I ever told you how much I love the Library? It’s the most magical place. You can get any book, movie, magazine…it’s pretty neat.

Sam also planned our baby moon road trip but is keeping it a secret. I am so excited!

I’m probably going to go vacuum or do something productive now. Have a swell weekend!

XO

-Hales

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