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Early Fall

Even though fall doesn't *technically* begin until September 22nd, it comes earlier here in northern MN. I'm always torn as to weather I should cling to the last days of summer, or go ahead and admit that, weather-wise, it's totally autumn.

In any case, these photos were taken a day or two before September 22. The leaves were just starting to turn, but some of the summer flowers were still holding on. Early fall in Minnesota.

16 Week Pregnancy Update | Baby #3

18 Weeks
I turned 16 weeks last week, but I never got around to writing up my pregnancy update. It was a CRAZY week.

So here's my 16 week update, a week late:

Weight this week: 115.6 pounds

Measurement around waist: 28"

Measurement around belly: 30"

How big is baby? Baby weighs about 3 1/2 ounces and is about 4 1/2 inches long. About the size of an avocado!

Maternity Clothes: Definitely! I started wearing them more full-time around 15 weeks. That's when my belly really popped out! Which seemed early compared to my previous pregnancies...

Movement: I started feeling the baby move for sure! I was wondering if that was what I was feeling at around 15 weeks, and there was no doubt at 16 weeks.

Cravings: My cravings have really subsided. Nothing significant comes to mind.

Aversions: Again, nothing major. The queasiness has let up. Hooray!

Aches/Pains: Around 15 weeks I was having some pretty bad hip pain if I was on my feet too long. That went away, but now my belly gets tight and tired if I'm on my feet too long. And it will hurt if I poke it in a certain spot. My back pain from sleeping has gone down a lot, but that could be because I'm not sleeping as long...

Sleep: I can't really sleep for 10 hours at night anymore. 8-9 hours seems about right. I was having some awful insomnia, but it seems to have subsided a bit for now...

Fitness: It's been hard to keep up with my fitness routine lately. We had a crazy week, and then school, work, and sickness have made it difficult. I'm hoping to consistently exercise at least 3 days a week...

And that's my 28 week pregnancy update! 


We're Building a House!

I'm so excited to be able share with you guys that we're actually going to be building a house!

A little back story: We've been living in a small basement apartment (about the size of a mobile home) for over 7 years. It's the only place we've called home since we got married. It's a 2 bedroom, 1 (small) bath, and it was starting to feel very cramped. 

I knew I didn't want to spend too many more years here because I don't want Helen and James to share a bedroom forever. So the process of deciding on new housing options began!