Hi Everyone!!! I'm trying to catch up from the weekend as I didn't have internet access the whole time, but I'm at work with a really slow connection.
So... we went to Healdsburg and visited with my family!
: That part was awesome and also bitter sweet, I miss them so much and realized that my pregnancy would have been/be so different if I lived close to them still. They are super supportive and I definitely haven't had much support; my Dh is gone most of the week and I've very few IRL friends that live around here (we've only been here a year). So I got a little weepy when it was time to say goodbye.
Physically, the trip was REALLY hard. It started out bad b/c I'd had an incredibly busy day on Thursday without enough time to eat properly and then we drove the 6 hours that night. By the time we got there my ankles were so swollen I could barely bend them and they really hurt. They hadn't gone down all the way by the next morning either, so I spent a lot of time trying to sit with my feet up. It was also really hot, so I think I was dehydrated the whole time, even though I was drinking SO much water. I was having a lot of contractions and sleeping on a pull out couch made my back just ACHE - I also think all the sitting reclined with my feet up had the babe really pushing on my back during the contractions too.
Anyways, that was my first experience of being really uncomfortable and a little worried b/c I knew I needed to do *something* (more protein? more water? etc.) to help the situation. Just brought it home that I've entered my third trimester and am PREGNANT and need to be adjusting my activity levels accordingly. I can't just run around all day without taking care of myself, even if I am distracted by being on vacation with my family.
On the better side, I've learned how to knit and am half way through my first wool soaker!!! It is so much fun and very satisfying to see the rows grow into a diaper cover that my babe will wear. My Mom, whose been knitting for 50 years (!), finished an entire cover in one day! Phew, she's fast. I also got to spend a lot of time swimming in the river and watching the wildlife (Osprey, King Fishers, Egrets, and lots and lots of minnows).
Anyways, sorry that got long! When I get home I'll upload some pics for fun. I can't believe August is almost here! I put in my month's notice at work AND it's my B-day this Sunady.