September 23, 2006 at 12:27 pm
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We are heading to Estes Park, Colorado (the “Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park”) on the heels of a winter storm. It’s going to be brrr….brrr….brisk out there, but we’re looking forward to our first vacation together in a full year. Last year’s vacation was to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. (And, yes, we still owe everyone more photos from that trip!)
Estes Park, Colorado, Current Forecast
I made an emergency run to Target yesterday to buy another pair of maternity jeans, since I have had to formally retire my last pair of normal jeans, and my Old Navy Maternity order is not going to arrive before we leave. Hell, I’ve even had to retire several pairs of socks because bloating has caused my ankles to swell a bit!
And don’t even get me started on my bustline …part of the emergency Target run was to purchase two properly sized bras for my newfound, uhm, “bounty” up top! I never had any complaints before, so it’s getting a little ridiculous, and I know it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Folks keep asking so I figured it belonged in the blog. I’ve been feeling very good. I’ve been extremely lucky, and had almost no morning sickness during my first trimester (tomorrow marks the start of my 2nd trimester).
I did get sick and have to worship the commode twice early in the pregnancy, but I quickly learned the cause — my prenatal vitamins and I do not get along until I’ve had a fairly good, solid meal in me.
Trust me, you really don’t ever want to throw up an entire apple you just ate… jagged edges, tough skin, acidic, yeah, like I said, you don’t want to go there!
I had some nightmarish headaches and allergies the first two weeks after I found out I was pregnant (August 3, 2006), but that was due to going cold turkey off caffeine and my once life-saving over-the-counter allergy (Benadryl) and headache (Advil) medications. Ever since our first pregnancy checkup on August 17, however, I’ve been doing terrific. It helps that I am permitted to take Benadryl and Tylenol (Regular or Extra Strength) as needed; even caffeine is okay’d though I have cut it back to almost nil.
I still have a small fountain Dr. Pepper about once a week. I’ve found that my old habit of drinking a chilled Dr. Pepper from the can is no good anymore — it’s too sweet and strong for my pregnant palate!
Anyway, that’s all for now. We’ll be hiking, taking photos, wildlife and bird watching and taking scenic drives throughout
(RMNP) during our week in Colorado. Can’t wait!
Archives from One Year Ago –,
September 23, 2006
Happy first day of Autumn, Shannon — hope you enjoy CO!
September 23, 2006
Hehe – you’re “doing a Disney”.
When we found out I was pregnant with you, we splurged on a Disneyland (Anaheim, CA.) vacation/anniversary celebration.
No airfare involved (we lived in Orange, CA. at the time), but we booked into a Disney hotel, allowed ourselves to be pampered and wandered all over Disneyland like two kids – knowing that our “freedom” would disappear soon;-)
When you need a “baby-break”, or Sprout messes up the focus on a wildlife photo-shoot, remember that the BBB&B (”Blackburn Baby Bed & Breakfast- plus other meals & snacks!) will always be available.
September 24, 2006
Since you will be starting to show soon, maybe you can answer something for me.
Why is a pregnant woman’s belly public property?
Perfect strangers don’t give a second thought to copping a feel.
Some people ask, “may I?” but even that is a little forward.
I dunno… the crap my mind dwells on.
September 24, 2006
“Why is a pregnant womanâ€™s belly public property?”
This isn’t a new phenomenon, either!
Probably something ‘deep, dark and mysterious’, having to do with the Collective Unconcious and Survival of the Species. Whatever it pertains to, it is incredibly crass and rude. If your sister reacts in a fashion similar to my own, transgressors will be lucky to draw back a hand which is simply bruised, not broken!!
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