Glad to Be Back + 17 Week Update

I am so glad to be home. Not in a car, not in a plane, just home.

Now if only I could get all of our west coast family to move back here with us...

Home sweet home

Our week-long trip to northern California started a bit rough when E came down with the flu the day before we left. On our way to the airport early Saturday morning, he threw up all over the carseat, himself and me. Despite our morning surprise, we did make it to the airport on time even after a wardrobe change and quick trip to Target!

E generously shared his flu with me (pregnancy and the flu just don't mix!)... and then Leo, Grandma, and Grandpa got sick, too. This trip has been interesting and we have learned a few lessons along the way!

#1 Lesson Learned: Pack extra carry-on clothes for the toddler AND for parents. E ended up being a wonderful little flier for us but he still wasn't completely over the flu. In between flights, he threw up again all over himself and me. He had extra clothes in my carry-on bag... I didn't :s

Happy to be flying!

#2 Lesson Learned: Always bring your running shoes in the carry-on bag. The airport lost my bag and our car seat for 3 days!? They seriously couldn't tell us where they ended up, yet Leo's bag did make it to the right place. Over those 36 hours, I missed my running shoes the most! We had a replacement car seat for the time being and who really needs makeup anyways. Now running shoes, you can't just replace those! After 36 hours, the airline found our stuff and we were able to pick it up.

So glad to have my shoes and Boston coat back!!!

#3 Lesson Learned: Chick-fil-A is so good! I went to Chick-fil-A (the airport version) for the first time ever yesterday. The chicken nuggets were delicious, though I did get heartburn later... Pregnancy makes me very heartburn-prone. This place makes awesome chicken and they have godly values - win, win!

Toddler-approved :) 

#4 Lesson Learned: Fit in vacation workouts as life allows. After the flu battle and losing my shoes, I wasn't out running much this week but I fit in mini-workouts when possible. Leo and I went on the most uncomfortable 3-miler ever. We left in what seemed like a gentle rain and returned in an ice storm! It's funny to look back on but wasn't very funny at the moment :)

Solo run on Christmas day

#5 Lesson Learned: Spending Christmas with family makes all of the traveling drama worth it! Our time with family this week was truly priceless. E even met his Great Grandma and Grandpa, his aunt and a few other cousins for the first time! Plus he learned two new words: grandma (pronounced "dama") and grandpa (pronounced "gampa"). That definitely makes our trip worth it!

Daddy's old stomping grounds

Pregnancy Week 17: Baby #2

We just got home at 1:30 that morning, so forgive my tiredness in this picture!

Baby's Size: Onion, average fetus size: 5.1 in, 5.9 oz.

Cravings: Breakfast food, especially eggs.

Aversions: Traveling!!!

Eating: Definite appetite increase this week. Maybe it doesn't help that it was Christmas and we had all kinds of good food around!

I'm Feeling: Much better since having the flu on Saturday evening and Sunday. I feel like it is taking my body a while to recover. I could feel Baby's kicking this week, especially while we were traveling in the car and in the airplane! I was surprised at how much he/she moves around - sometimes in my lower belly and sometimes already up in my ribs.

Sleep: Adjusting back to our time zone. I could use a lot more sleep!

Weight: Up 7 lbs. from pre-pregnancy weight.

My Prayer for Baby: "Lord, thank You for keeping us safe on our Christmas travels and for helping E to be so calm with all of these new experiences. Thank You for time with family and for the blessing of being able to travel. I pray that our family is an example in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity to all who we meet each day. Amen."
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 TIMOTHY 4:12
Last Week's Workouts:
Monday: Recovering from the flu. Car travel day.
Tuesday: Played outside in the beautiful northern CA weather! Still recovering from flu.
Wednesday: 3.07 miles outside with Leo, 9:17/mile. Got caught in an ice storm!?
Thursday: 3.1 miles outside, 9:46/mile. Beautiful, sunny and 30°F!
Friday: Brief lower body strength training before another car travel day.
Saturday: Lots of walking. Airplane travel day.
Total Mileage: 6.17 miles
Have you had the flu while traveling?
How was your Christmas?

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  1. Girlfriend, you look amazing! Can't even tell you just got in from an early morning/late night travel session!!! Great job on all the activity too!! How do you find the time? I feel like I was so active in my first pregnancy but with this one, time is quite the predicament!

    1. Thank you, Amanda! Fitting workouts into the early morning is what works best for me. And my workouts aren't super long these days either - run days are usually 30 minutes and strength is around 15 minutes! I'm not doing anything hardcore, but that little workout each day sure helps!

  2. So sorry you had the flu! Being pregnant and sick is just a miserable combination. I never got the flu, but I did get a stomach bug and it was awwwful. Also, I so relate to your aversion of "traveling". I hated traveling while pregnant! There was something so unsettling to me about being away from home. After we took our last big trip for the summer, we came home and I just let out a big sigh of relief.

    1. Getting back home is such amazing feeling after a long trip! I'm glad to be back and hope I won't be pregnant the next time we make this flight :)

  3. Our Christmas was WONDERFUL :D I've been sick with a strong cough and some congestion this month -- and I think I'm hitting the tail end of it now. I too am pregnant (30 Weeks today!!) and have a toddler, so I know that you have been working overtime, momma! I pray you will be strengthened!

    1. Thank you for the prayers, Andrea, and congratulations on your pregnancy with Baby #2, too!

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    1. Everyone had been bragging it up so much I was glad to finally try it. I wish we had one closer to our house! Those nuggets were SO good!

  5. It's so cool how soon you feel #2s kicks! I can imagine that you have a definite aversion to traveling ;)

    1. Feeling the kicks is one of my favorite parts of being pregnant! I started to feel Baby move around week 16 and am loving it.I might not love it so much when Baby is kicking my bladder later in the pregnancy :)


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