Great Expectations II: 22 weeks

How Far: 22 weeks

Weight/ Clothes: Feeling about the same as last week weight wise. Trying to eat plenty of salad and well balanced meals. I also got out for a nice long walk this week with my friend Laura, we estimated it was about 4 miles. I'm trying to keep the walking up now that the weather has warmed up.

I got a really cute polka dot maternity dress from Adam and Levi as my Mother's Day gift. It was super thoughtful because I had shown it to Adam earlier in the week to see if he even liked it. I'm on the look out for a great maternity dress to wear to my cousin's wedding in June. He said it was cute but probably not formal enough for the wedding, so I didn't get it that day. It was so thoughtful of him to get me a dress plus I always like when he surprises me with clothes.

Cravings: Nothing fun to report.

Gender: It's a boy and Adam used the baby's name in my Mother's Day card. I really like the rare times when we use it and it just feels right. That card is hidden away so curious friends and family won't come across the name prematurely.

Movement: I feel the baby every night and occasionally during the day nowadays. It's still pretty subtle and nothing that can be felt externally, but the baby makes his presence known on a regular basis.

Symptoms: Heartburn, eye twitching and the occasional sciatic nerve pain...but nothing really new thankfully. My face had gotten a bit broken out, but it seems to finally be clearing up, phew!

Mental State: Adam was gone for four days doing his Airforce Chaplancy work, which makes for pretty long days for me and Levi since it's just the two of us. I don't know how single parents do it and I so appreciate having my husband to do this whole parenting thing together. We take turns getting up with Levi early in the morning and I love the break I get when Adam gets home from work at the end of the day. He comes home itching to play with Levi and I'm ready for a breather after a busy day keeping Levi out of danger...he likes to climb up on things and doesn't understand the whole time out thing yet. He thinks it's a game of come and get me! Plus I really enjoy the adult interaction which can go missing some days when it's just me and the baby (more like toddler these days). It's got me thinking about how days when he's away for reserve time and the missions trip will become even more interesting when I have both kiddos, but champions adjust, so I'll figure it out and hopefully have time to ease into it as well.

Appointment Updates
: No appointments for me this week. Levi did have his 15 month appointment and he only has one more set of vaccines until he's 4! Wow! We'll be done with shots just in time to start over with the new baby.

Best Moment of the Week: Adam surprised me on Friday with a Mother's Day lunch. He asked me if I thought we just weren't going to do anything together since he knew I had lunch plans with friends on the actual Mother's Day. I said I figured we were going to but not until after we'd gotten through the next couple weeks since they are pretty darn busy between his Airforce time and travel to DC for his Grandpa's memorial.

This was such a sweet surprise. He had gotten me flowers, the dress I mentioned earlier and ordered a delicious Thai lunch. My favorite moment from lunch was probably when he asked me what my favorite part about being a mom has been thus far? I thought about it for a minute because there are so many fun moments and I love seeing Levi learn and grow, but right now my favorite thing about being a mom is the special bond I have with Levi...that bond where he comes to me for comfort when he takes a tumble, his baby snuggles and how he loves it when I hold him in my arms quietly singing to him as I rock him to sleep. It's just such a sweet time with my baby boy.

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