33 Weeks

Finally, hubby took me hiking! I have been begging him to take me hiking for weeks and he always looks at me with a sympathetic face that says it all…..“baby, you get winded walking up the stairs and you get frustrated after 30 min outside in the heat and your shoes hardly fit over your swollen feet and you have to pee every 10 min…..I don’t know about a full blown hike” I then argue with his concerned look that I ‘hike’ (aka walk briskly) several times a week in the open space behind our house which in turn only gives me the itch to go ‘real’ hiking. All our weekends this summer have been spent traveling, working or sitting next to the air conditioner which has left no time for our normal favorite summer past-time: playing in the mountains. This weekend the weather is finally cooperative (less that 95 degrees) and our schedule allowed for a Sunday hike in Lyons, CO. We found a new spot that allowed doggies off leash (a must in our hiking criteria) and provided great views of the Rockies. I could tell Andrew was a bit nervous when I trotted downhill and stopped every 100 yards going uphill but everything ended up fine…slow but wonderfully fine.

I am not complaining (Texas pregnant people) but check out that swelling! Impressive!

After the hike I took Andrew to his favorite mountain brewery (at the moment), Oskar Blues for a beer to say THANK YOU for slowing walking in the mountains with me and our baby bump … you’re the best! We met some first time parents at the brewery who said their now 6 month old little boy was supposed to be a girl. The 20 week ultrasound was wrong for them but of course they couldn’t be more thankful for their healthy boy. Kinda makes you think…. 80% guarantee does leave a lot of room for error.

This week baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (like a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. She’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

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