Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bumpdate: 28 - 29 Weeks

How Far Along: 29 weeks, officially in the THIRD trimester (where is the time going?!)

Size of baby:  17 inches, 3 pounds, size of a head of cauliflower

Maternity Clothes: Yep!! I've moved on from the low panel jeans to full panel jeans and shorts - with the growing belly they are way more comfortable.
Gender: GIRL! Caroline Elizabeth :)

Movement: Yes!!! And baby girl is moving all the time.

Sleep:  About the same - some nights I get up, some nights I don't. Dreams are not every night anymore but still having a few.

What I miss:  Nothing really.

Food Cravings: Nothing really.

Food Aversions:  Nothing major.

Symptoms: There is one spot on my back that seems to hurt almost everyday - mainly towards the end of the day - but some mornings it is already hurting by the time I get to work! Other than that I really can't complain!

Best moment of the week: We had an ultrasound Friday May 22nd and it was so sweet to see our baby girl! I may or may not have had tears the whole time. We were able to get a good look at her sweet face and see her mouth and eyes move. The ultrasound tech was even able to see some hair on her little head! Matt was proud that she was measuring 3 days ahead and "threw up an X" as the tech told us - apparently she is already a Cowboys fan ;) Everything is looking good for our little girl!
What I’m looking forward to: Our first baby shower is this week - the sweet girls I work with are throwing me a shower at work and I'm so excited! We also have plans to get started on setting up her nursery which makes it all feel more real!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Boston 2015!

We had a wonderful week away in Boston last week! Matt earned the trip with his company and I couldn't have been more proud. I love the city of Boston and with Caroline on the way it was our last big trip pre baby so the timing was perfect. I'd been to Boston back in high school but it was Matt's first time. And I think its safe to say he's also a pretty big fan of the city (and all the food!) too ;)

{warning - long post ahead with lots of pictures!}

DAY ONE - Saturday May 16th

We went up a day early so we'd have some extra time to explore the city. The week gets kinda busy once the conference begins so it was nice to have some time to ourselves before it all got started. The flight was long (and even longer coming back!) but Matt got to feel Caroline kicking a bunch on the flight which was fun. He 'checked us in' once we got there and I couldn't stop laughing at his comment!

We got checked into the hotel and then headed out to the North End for dinner. Some friends of ours had told us about a restaurant called The Daily Catch so we headed there. What they didn't tell us was the whole restaurant sat a total of 20 people at a time ;) We stood in line for about 2 hours to eat but the weather was nice and we weren't in a rush so it worked out. Mike's Pastry was right across the street so while Matt stood in line for dinner I went and got in line to get us some pre dinner appetizers of cannoli and a lobster tail. The lobster tail was our favorite - it was a huge crispy crescent roll filled with cannoli creme. We saved some of it for breakfast the next day it was that big!

Dinner at the Daily Catch was delicious too - we had fish and chips + their housemade black pasta with shrimp. Our waiter was the son of the owners and when I asked him how long he'd been working there he said his whole life - his mom waited tables when she was pregnant with him and he's been at the restaurant ever since!

After dinner we met up with our friends Cody and Jill and went to the Parker House Hotel where the Boston Creme Pie was invented. It was good but not nearly as good as my grandmothers!

this was about as big as the restaurant was + our table and one other in the left corner that also just sat two people

DAY TWO - Sunday May 17th

Sunday was all about the Freedom Trail! We hopped on the subway (my favorite part of visiting big cities is riding the subway!) and headed out. We started walking and needed to take a restroom break so we stopped at this cafe. Well since the weather was beautiful all the restaurant's had their windows opened. Which Matt walked straight through - no doors for him! Best part was he didn't even realize what he had done. I couldn't stop laughing about it!

We had thought about doing one of those 'hop on, hop off' trolley tours since I'm 6 months pregnant but thanks to a friend loaning me a belly band I was able to walk without back pain! It was a beautiful day and really fun to walk through different parts of the city - some touristy with lots of history, others were little neighborhoods nestled in the city. We stopped for salad & pizza on the trail and even picked up a souvenir for Caroline - a pink and white polka dot bow :) We walked most of the trail that day and used google to learn the history of the different places. At the USS Constitution we watched a neat video that gave the history of the dock. We were both super impressed with the ingenuity of the workers on the USS Constitution back back in the day. It was a fun day of walking, history, and beautiful buildings!

outside Paul Revere's house
the Old North Church is behind us where Paul Revere had one lantern lit if by sea, two if by land

The Revere family's spot in the Old North Church

That night we had a dinner that featured food represented by the different neighborhoods in Boston & a concert by the Boston Pops!


While Matt went to meetings I stayed in bed watching the Today Show (a sign of a true vacation for me!) I went downstairs to get some breakfast and then came back up to the room to eat it in bed, it was truly a taste of summer (only two weeks to go!). After Matt's meetings we went down to Bolyston street and saw the site of the Boston Marathon Finish and had a delicious lunch at the Atlantic Fish Co. with some of our friends. It was here that Matt decided he'd be okay coming back to Boston just for the food! After lunch we walked some more of the Freedom Trail before going back to get ready for dinner.

Lobster Roll! Matt's favorite meal of the trip!

Caroline enjoyed the city as well - this was near the site of the first public school in America!
The meeting hall where they started the Boston Tea Party
This is where the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston

That night was the fancy black tie event! After dinner was a Jeremy Camp concert that was really good.

DAY FOUR - Tuesday May 19th

I got up and walked to a little dinner across the street for breakfast while Matt attended the morning meetings. It was nice to read while having breakfast! Then I went to look for a jacket since #babybrain decided to only pack a jean jacket and with the cooler than expected weather I needed something to wear with my jeans. Matt typically is the one who forgets to bring his jacket but this time it was me - and was a great excuse to go shopping! He loved the featured speaker that morning - Tim Hawkins - a comedian who had him in tears he was so funny. I was sad to miss out but thankfully he got a DVD of his comedy so we can watch that together. After he was done with the "business" part of the morning we headed out to lunch at the oldest restaurant in America - Union Oyster House. The food was just okay but the experience was really neat!

That night we headed to see the Rangers play the Red Sox at Fenway Park! Thankfully it wasn't raining like it was suppose to and was nice cool weather - not like the heat of Texas ball games! Fenway Park was really nostalgic feeling with all the signs and such feeling original to the park. Sadly the Rangers didn't pull out a win but it was a fun game and neat to attend a game at Fenway Park.

DAY FIVE - Wednesday May 20th

Again, I enjoyed another morning in the hotel room catching up on The Bachelorette, some blogging and having Starbucks for breakfast in bed (there was a Starbucks in the hotel lobby). Matt heard some great speakers - Lisa Fenn who was a producer for ESPN and had covered a story of two unlikely high school wrestlers - one blind and the other who had lost his legs. She stayed connected with them long after the segment aired and made a huge impact on their lives (and them on her's as well). He said it was really inspiring and he wasn't sure the next speaker could top it. But Nick Vujicic - a man born without any legs or arms - was just as encouraging and inspiring.

After Matt got out of the sessions we headed to Harvard! We ate lunch at Mr. Bartley's Burgers - where they had won several awards and had a fun menu of burgers named after celebrities and pop culture references. I ordered the Tom Brady to which Matt asked the waitress if it was suspended due to deflategate. He is great at making those dad jokes already ;) The tour of Harvard was really neat - lots of fun facts and history. The tours are given by Harvard students which makes it even more fun since they kinda give you a glimpse into the student life there as well. We saw where several famous people lived during their time at Harvard including Bill Gates, Matt Damon, and Mark Zuckerburg the creator of Facebook.

the most expensive building per square feet at Harvard is the little security building by the front gate! It was built after the gate was deemed a historical landmark so they had to go through 80 different plans submitted to the city of Cambridge to get it approved costing 57 million dollars per square foot

The last night was another dinner and concert by the rock band Heart. But since it was a little before our time and we didn't know any of their songs I headed back to the room to pack and watch the last David Letterman show while Matt hung out with his business buddies.

We flew out the next morning! It was another long flight but thankfully we were both able to sleep a little bit on the flight. It was a great trip but we were happy to be back home after a jam packed trip!