Monday, November 18, 2013

baby update (17 weeks)

I figured y'all would probably like some baby updates so just wanted to let you know that today I'm officially 17 weeks along.  That means the baby is about the size of a turnip (5 inches long and weighs around 5 ounces).  Yesterday, I felt the baby move for the first time which was pretty amazing!  It was so slight I felt like I could've imagined it, it felt like a little bubble in my stomach.  But then the bubble moved around a bit in the same place a few times so I figured that was the baby :)  Today I took my first prenatal yoga class and it was a lot of fun!  A little tough (because I'm not that flexible anymore, just due to lack of stretching) but definitely fun.  The class ended with a breathing exercise that calms your body down and I think the baby really liked yoga because it started moving around a little bit during the calming time.  I couldn't help but smile while I was supposed to be concentrating on my breathing.  I feel extremely blessed to have a sweet baby growing inside of me, it is truly a miracle.  We should be finding out if Baby Kelly is a boy or girl within the next week, yay!  Fingers crossed that it will cooperate and not roll up in a little ball and hide from us.  Here's a quick picture of me after my yoga class tonight.  I swear there's a bump there, no matter how slight!  :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

day 28: Pasadena, CA

Kyle and Colleen were so sweet and made us a huge breakfast of pancakes, bacon and eggs.  We ate so much!  It seems that large appetites follow the trail.

Since Kyle and Colleen had larger mirrors in their bathrooms I was able to notice the changes in my body.  It looks like I've slimmed down all over (I would later find out I lost about 15 pounds while on the trail).  My legs have more muscle tone and my waist and hips seemed to have slimmed down.

After breakfast we took our time getting ready, Kyle and Colleen took us to a French bakery where I got my first latte in over a month and we ordered tasty macaroons!  Yum!  John and I shared salted caramel, blackberry and raspberry, so tasty!  They they drove us around Pasadena and eventually  all the way to Rodeo Drive.  It was a lot of fun to see all the different places, California is so beautiful!  Oh and we stopped by Target so I could get some toiletries and a dress since all I had were trail clothes.  After that we returned to their home and they went to church.  We watched an Arrested Development episode on Netflix and hung out.  When they returned we went out for Mexican because I had been craving it on the trail.  They they took us on a tour of Cal Tech, where Kyle is a post doc.  What a beautiful campus.  The buildings are really cool and all of the landscaping was so gorgeous.  We returned to their house and were all exhausted so we headed to bed.

(Since we've been off the trail my feet have been extremely sore and have swollen up so that even my flip flops are tight.  It is really difficult to walk, I have to go at an extremely slow pace.)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

the adventures aren't over, I promise!

So, I have posted about half (maybe a little more) of our trip.  It doesn't end with us finishing the John Muir Trail.  We still have many more miles of driving and hiking that I need to blog about.  I have been awful at posting regularly mostly due to house renovations, fatigue (although that is fading as I continue to blaze into the 2nd trimester, yay) and working two part time jobs.  I promise to post more about our trip and eventually before and after pictures of our new home.  I want the "afters" to look as good as possible and that's a little difficult with tools and random light fixtures still hanging around.  But I promise there is more to come!  Thanks for bearing with me and continuing to check in, I have not forgotten you! :)