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Sunday, May 22, 2011

23 Weeks and Half Marathon

Friday, April 8th, marked 23 weeks. According to Babycenter, the baby's sense of movement is well developed. Since he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see him squirm underneath clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that the baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing him for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as the dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.


I slept in, we ate lunch and I did some laundry. Kaitlynn worked on some worksheet pages.


Kaitlynn played with Bailey outside. When Dave got home from work, we went to church for a TLW dinner. Dinner was catered by Viviano's. We talked to several people that Dave had been training with. After dinner, there was a program in the auditorium. It was so cool because Dave was honored with an award, "The little engine that could." He actually received that book, which was signed by many of the people he trained with since the end of December. It sounds silly, but it really meant so much to him and to me. It just showed how much this group supported him and kept him going. Before signing up for this in December, Dave had never run more than a few miles. Now he was able to run 13 (well 13.1 to be exact)!


It was a bit of a late night for us, so Kaitlynn didn't get to bed until after 10PM. Baby moved around some.

Saturday, the 9th, Kaitlynn was supposed to start t-ball. It was canceled. We didn't realize that until after we arrived at the ball field. A few other families were there, too. Finally, one of them called the weather line and it said it was canceled due to the fields being unplayable, too wet. Kaitlynn played on the playground at the park, even though it was wet. She had a good time.


We came home and rested until Dave got home from work. We ate lunch and went to the Go! St. Louis Expo. I saw a friend at the LWI table from Monday Makeover. It was nice chatting with her. We weren't at the expo too long. Dave had to get his bib number, his Go! St. Louis jersey and bag. Kaitlynn napped in the car for about an hour. While she napped, we sat in the car at a park not too far from church, looking at the marathon information. We attended church service. It was about contentment / gratitude. The TLW runners were acknowledged during the service.

Kaitlynn enjoyed her class. They learned "God wants us to help others" and heard the story about the First Church (Acts 2:42-47).

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The message at church made me realize that I need to start being more grateful. I am going to start including what I am grateful for each day. Of course the list could go on and on because we all have so much to be thankful for, but here is my short list for the day: grace, Jesus dying on the cross for me, my family, our health, this pregnancy, our home, food, our car, the internet and cell phone, the weather and our church.
Kaitlynn got to bed late. Baby moved around.
Sunday, the 10th was an early call due to Dave running the Go! St. Louis Marathon. Instead of waking Kaitlynn, Dave just picked her up and put her in the car (her carseat). She woke up and asked if we were having / going to get the baby. I thought that was so cute! We got to the marathon early and went to the TLW tent. After Dave and his team mates left to start the race, Kaitlynn and I walked around. Of course, first she had to get a snow cone. We went back to the TLW tent to watch the start of the race and talk to some people. We actually got to see Dave near the start of the race. It was extremely humid, the hottest the race has been. They actually ended up closing down the course if participants were at a certain point by a certain time. Kaitlynn and I walked around with a lady named Linda and her 2 girls (from our church). It was cool getting text updates about where Dave was during the race. Kaitlynn was Dave's biggest cheerleader! When she would see him, she would yell and cheer him on. Her behavior was absolutely excellent, especially since she went to bed late (the last few nights) and got up super early. It helped to have Linda and her girls to walk around with, too. Linda and I sure walked around alot, both of us pregnant and in the heat. We definitely felt for the marathoners. Dave completed his first half marathon and we were so proud of him!


We didn't stick around too long after Dave completed the half marathon. We were hot and tired. We went home and napped. Later we celebrated by going to El Nopal for dinner. Baby moved around through out the day and had hiccups. Kaitlynn was asleep before 9PM.

On this day, I was grateful for Dave's health, him completing the half marathon, cell phone updates, LWI, our church, TLW, meeting Linda to have someone to hang out with for about 3 hours and Kaitlynn's good behavior.

Monday,the 11th, I woke up early to clean house, since I didn't feel like doing it the day before. Kaitlynn was so excited about Ms. Amy, her PAT educator coming. From the time she got up, all I heard was "When is Ms. Amy coming?" They looked at an Elmo book that had letters and numbers, a car book (similar to I Spy) for pre-reading skills and played a game called Step and Launch. Kaitlynn had fun with Ms. Amy. Of course Ms. Amy left lots of handouts in regards to children ages 3 to Kindergarten and for 4 year olds. She also brought information for 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy. This was her last visit for the school year.

Soon after Ms. Amy left, Kaitlynn and I went out for lunch and then to MawMaw's. We took her to an appointment. Kaitlynn napped in the car. At dinner, Kaitlynn played with her Leapster Explorer. Baby moved around throughout the day. Kaitlynn was asleep by 9:20PM.

For this day, I was grateful for PAT program, Ms. Amy, photography and the internet, having the windows open - nice weather and Kaitlynn going to sleep quickly.