that time I took almost two months off blogging

I basically fail at this blog. In all fairness to me, I kind of got a little burned out after the whole drama of posting through the first trimester, and when Ryan left for WOCs, I just needed to clear my head, settle down and get things straight for myself. Ryan has come and gone again. He’s officially a Warrant Officer, and I couldn’t be more proud of all he accomplished in Alabama! He left again yesterday morning for BOLC (Basic Officer’s Leadership Course), and this time he’ll be gone for 7 weeks. The good thing is that he’s in a hotel this time around, and I can visit, so I’ll be flying to Alabama at the end of the month for 10 days.

In the time I was absent from le blog, I went to New Hampshire for a week, as well as Philadelphia, and I was really able to just get away from it all, which was amazing. We also found out that Ryan is looking at a deployment next year, and we’re starting to brace ourselves for that because, while we don’t know the actual date, we know it will definitely be happening. Army life, my friends, is not an easy one…that said though, I wouldn’t change it for the world!

All that said though…I figure it’s high time I give a little update on Baby Moore! Would you believe I’m well into my second trimester now?! Thank the Lord, my friends! It’s restored my faith in pregnancy. So, without further ado, a bumpdate for you all:

How far along: 21.5 weeks

Gender: We’re not finding out!

Weight gain: Right about 4 lbs. The weight gain started up right around 17 weeks and, luckily, seems to be mostly around the belly (and boobs), so I can’t complain too much.

Maternity clothes: None yet. I bought a pair of shorts though, and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing them soon. I’m also going to invest in a few tops because I swear…dressing for a growing belly is difficult!

Stretch marks: None yet.

Belly button in or out: In

Sleep: I sleep like the dead…once baby Moore decides to calm down. Right as I go to bed, little peanut decides it’s time to start kicking up a storm. It’s hilarious and fun to feel (and watch!), but it’s also not the most comfortable thing in the world when attempting to sleep. In other news, I’m totally buying a body pillow this week. MUST. BUY.

Best moment this week: This story is 100% true. Every time Ryan has tried to feel the baby kick, it stops, and he was getting really frustrated because he had to leave, and he wanted to really feel it. Finally, he put his face right up against my belly and yelled “dammit, baby!” and baby Moore readily complied, kicking him in the face. 

Miss anything: Besides my husband? Yes. I miss my smaller boobs. Guys, I don’t know why women want massive ta-tas. These suckers are huge and uncomfortable. I hope they shrink back down because growing a cup size in 12 weeks sucks.

Movement: All the time. We’ve got once crazy baby doing backflips in there!

Cravings: Ice water, cheese, strawberries, blackberries and lemonade for days. 

Food aversions: Meat, eggs, kale and spinach. These days, I put pretty much all my veggies in my smoothies to trick the baby. Thus far, it’s working.

Looking forward to: My 24 week appointment is at the end of this month, and we’ll start discussing my natural birthing options, as well as set up hypnobirthing classes for when Ryan gets home. It’s insane that we’re over halfway! 

And that’s I’ve got for you right now, folks, but I’ll leave you with a little picture of baby Moore for your viewing pleasure. Baby has ears for days…and I’m still calling boy! What do you think it is? (And no, there are no clues in the ultrasound. Our tech made sure!)