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January, 2012:

19 weeks – Fluttering, Snow, Rat

In the morning or when I am sitting up my belly is still pretty soft, but each night after a day of eating (I am assuming) it is hard as a rock and much bigger. This picture was taken at night. I have gained 5lbs so far which is on track for someone who had some “room to spare” so I am feeling great about that. I find myself snacking throughout the day and not able to eat as much at dinner. I am feeling more fluttering this week and am pretty sure I can officially declare it to be the baby moving vs. gas. 🙂 Rob and I really looking forward to our 20 week appointment next week, where we will be able to see BK moving again and hopefully get confirmation it’s a healthy baby as well as find out the gender. What a fun week it has been! I returned from Colorado to a snowy Seattle. I have spent 3 days this week working from home and enjoyed a walk in the snow each day. I also was able to make a little progress against a fear I hoped to never face. Two years ago when moving the lawn mower a rat ran out and I screamed… This week we noticed a hole next to our shed. I bought my first rat trap ever and then learned from Rob how to set a rat trap after his first attempt with peanut butter wasn’t successful. Let’s just say we learned they prefer string cheese, and it was one healthy rat 9″ long (without the tail!). Thanks to Rob and me, the rat is now in the garbage can and I hope I get to put that on the list for things we never have to do again, pregnant or not! I understand this is not related to being pregnant, but a big fear milestone that I felt the need to share 🙂

18 weeks – Pregnancy = Pat down

This weekend marked the 4th airline trip for BK (Baby Kochman). I have been pretty lucky with getting in the line that didn’t make you go through the full body scanner (thanks to Rob’s eagle eyes) until these past two trips. Both times I have opted for the full body pat down instead of the full body scan, not knowing if there are any longer term affects on a baby. Let’s just say I was preparing for the random strangers who could want to touch my stomach in the coming months, but the full body pat down is a little much… The pat down was worth it because I got to spend a fantastic weekend in Colorado with Nicole and her family. Here we are at the Western Stock show Rodeo, definitely one of the many highlights from the trip!

Wyatt, Nicole, Dylan and Kelly at the rodeo

17 weeks – New Pants

January 4th marked the official first day of maternity pants. Now that I am back at work after some time off for the holidays, I have realized that perhaps there really is a baby bump. I love the full belly panel pants to keep me even warmer during these winter months. Adrienne brought over two bins of maternity clothes for me to borrow, for which I am very grateful. I will be one stylish mama in the coming months!