And when I say "things" I'm referring to two different items commonly seen around our house.
The first thing is our tomatoes.
I'm so glad the tomatoes are finally doing their thing. They've done exactly what my Brit predicted and are all ripening at one time. The sad thing is, after months and months of pouring blood, sweat, and tears into these plants (remember, I've been growing from seeds since March), now the big moment has arrived, my counters are full of ripe heirloom tomatoes, and I just kind of look at them and think "Eh, not really in the mood." WHAT??? I am the girl who, in years past, has eaten SO many tomatoes in one day that I get sores in my mouth, and now I just look at them and shrug?? This is by FAR the weirdest thing that pregnancy has done to my body.
OK, so the 2nd thing really getting ripe at our house:
Oh my gosh!! Last weekend, for whatever reason, we didn't take our "weekly" belly shot out on the porch, so I'm sure that's part of the explanation, but I LOOK HUGE as compared to the previous picture! Baby Henry is really going through a growth spurt. Weight gain is still holding steady at 16 +/- pounds, so not so bad on that front, but this belly is ridiculous! I have to admit though that I'm kind of fond of my overly large midsection. In the picture above I am 32 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Less than 8 weeks to go!! Henry is obviously getting so much stronger. Last night Will was even shocked when he felt (and saw) the entire right side of my abdomen shift about two inches in one direction. This week Henry weighs in at about 4 1/2 pounds and is about the size of
a honeydew melon!
Our appointment at the OB's office went well last week. Henry was measuring perfectly. The only complaint that I had was that I had noticed some irregular heart beats at home. The next day when I got to work I used my stethoscope to listen to my heart, and have to admit I was pretty shocked to hear a heart murmur! This was something new! I remembered from school that irregular heart beats and murmurs are not uncommon during pregnancy because of the 40% increase in blood volume in the body, so I really wasn't overly concerned- especially since I haven't had any other symptoms like dizziness, swelling, or shortness of breath. However, I learned that you don't "casually" mention such findings to your favorite Brit, and then to your favorite Canadian physician, and expect to escape a trip to the hospital. So my friend Dr. B ordered an outpatient echocardiogram "just to be on the safe side" and I'm happy to report that all is well.
So other than the snafu with the heart murmur the pregnancy is still progressing along nicely. I can tell I'm having more fatigue lately, but other than that, things are dandy.
Saturday morning we took the pups (Layla & Preston) for a doggie photo shoot with my favorite photographer Sarah B. Gilliam. The dogs did surprisingly well (other than just a little bicycle chasing) and I can't wait to see the pictures! Obviously, they will be posted here as soon as I get them.
Later that day Will & I went down the street to the house of our good friends Bob & Jess. Their adorable daughter, Harper, just turned one and Saturday was the day of the big party.
Will & I were asked if we would be in charge of taking photos, and we gladly agreed. I learned quickly that day that I have a LOT of work to do on taking photos inside. Photography is SO much harder without the advantage of natural light, especially when a huge storm is brewing outside and bringing tons of clouds! We managed to get some 'okay' pictures. The best photos came from the photo booth that we had set up at the party. Jess made the cutest canvas backdrop and we brought a box of fun accessories. I think all the adults had a blast! Here are a couple of shots of Will and me in the photo booth.
I just got a phone call that the rest of Henry's nursery furniture will be arriving tomorrow, so we should have more nursery pictures to post soon!! How exciting! Things are really moving along!