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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Growing Baby Rote - 25 wks

How far along: 25 Weeks

I’m feeling: more pregnant but still great! The right side of my jaw was really acting up this week but got that all taken care of at the chiropractor.

Total weight gain: 16lbs

Baby Rote’s size: almost 14in and 2lbs - around the size of a cabbage

This week: The flu has really been going around our community so I've been making sure Steve and I are helping our immune systems out with Essential Oils - Thieves & Lemon tea with honey!! This is definitely going to be an oily baby :-)

Maternity clothes: Still fitting into everything I have - one thing I really want to avoid buying is a new winter jacket but my current one is getting pretty snug

Sleep: found myself a little more tired this week but still sleeping great through the night

Best moment this week: being able to see the movement - even caught a kick on video

Movement: the dance parties started this week, or at least I could finally feel them - so much movement from this little one. Auntie Kayla was even able to feel it when we celebrated Christmas!

Food cravings: none

Food aversions: none

Belly button in or out: In

Looking forward to: All the Christmas celebrations - we are supposed to be getting a Winter Storm though and I'm not looking forward to that!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Rote West Adventure Day 6

Day 6 - 215 Miles - Seattle, WA to Arch Cape, OR
July 6

We dropped Steve's cousin, Matt, off for work in the morning - it worked perfect because he works right across the road from the Space Needle and we had a reservation to go up to the observation deck.
We left Seattle fueled with Starbucks and stopped for lunch at Salty's on Redondo Beach with my dad's cousin.
Next stop was Cannon Beach and this was a highlight of our whole trip, can for sure see a trip back here in our future! Also the purple hydrangeas were my absolute favorite - I think we need to try and grow those at home.
We spent the night in a cute little Airbnb just a few miles down the coast from Haystack Rock.






OR Coast

OR Coast

Cannon Beach, OR Coast

OR Coast

OR Coast

OR Coast

OR Coast

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Rote West Adventure Day 5

Day 5 - 245 Miles - Kennewick, WA to Seattle, WA
July 5

Full day in Seattle hanging out at Pike Place Market and the Seattle Aquarium. We met up with Steve's cousin and his girlfriend for seafood supper at Chinook's and a wonderful evening at their apartment!







Seattle, Starbucks




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Friday, December 16, 2016

Growing Baby Rote - 24 wks

How far along:  24 Weeks

I’m feeling: Overall I'm still feeling great! Had some dull pain due to ligament stretching this week but was hardly noticeable. My gums have been pretty tender so just trying to be more gentle when I brush and floss.
If I sit for long periods of time the left side of my back really flares up so my sedentary job is super fun right now - which is why you will find me being the crazy pregnant lady taking laps around the conference room table!!

Total weight gain: 14lbs

Baby Rote’s size: about the size of an Eggplant {13 in & 1.5 lbs}

This week: We had our midwife appointment on the 14th and all went well! Measuring right on track and heartbeat at 140bpm. {my guess is we are having a girl}

Maternity clothes: Still don't have a need for them

Sleep: Happily enjoying 8+ hours of sleep

Best moment this week: Steve got to find the heartbeat at our appointment so that was pretty special, instead of him just sitting there!! He also felt the baby kick this past week, although it probably doesn't feel as cool for him as it does for me!!

Movement: Feeling it more and more as this little one grows

Food cravings: sweets {hello Christmas goodies} - My new addiction is scrambled eggs on toast with shredded cheese

Food aversions: nothing but really trying not to consume too much sugar this holiday season

Belly button in or out: still in but seems to be getting more flat as this belly grows

Looking forward to: getting the glucose test out of the way at our next appointment

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Growing Baby Rote - 22 wks

For anyone who only follows me here I'm happy to announce 

Blogging is clearly not a regular thing for me but I just got this crazy idea that I might want to remember this pregnancy down the road. I have been posting some bumpdate photo updates on Instagram but in all honesty this pregnancy is flying by and I have to look down to remind myself I'm pregnant at times!!

So I am not going to guarantee any timeline to these posts but hopefully I can stick to it a little bit.
Copied these promts from my lovely friend Erin

How far along: 22 Weeks

I’m feeling: Wonderful. This is no joke, only early in pregnancy did I get nauseous a few times for only 5-10 minutes.

Total weight gain: 13lbs

Baby Rote’s size: Piece of Sweet Corn

This week: We took two back-to-back weekend trips to The Cities and my back can not take those car rides like it used to so this week I've been trying to get my back to cooperate with me. Let me just say I wish I could go to the chiropractor every day or every other day and get a massage on the off days!!

Maternity clothes: I have not bought any maternity clothes, bought some shirts one size bigger than my normal size and got a larger size bra for the first time since I was in high school. Other than that I have been living in leggings for a month or so, and let's face it I am not a jeans person anyway so legging life is just fine with me!!

Sleep: I toss and turn more than normal but overall I sleep really well ... I just have a REALLY hard time not finding myself on my back. I think it is time to invest in a pregnancy pillow (recommendations welcome)

Best moment this week: Having people notice my little belly bump, makes the pregnancy seem more real along with all the baby movement I feel

Movement: Tons - This week I really started to feel an active babe in my belly. I have an anterior placenta so they told me it might take a few more weeks than 'normal' to feel the baby, well Baby Rote must be getting bigger and stronger because I feel the jabs now!!

Food cravings: nothing really - except maybe the entire jar of hamburger pickles I could have ate at work this week!! Seriously what is it about pickles?!

Food aversions: Everything (kinda) I just don't have much of an appetite, similar to when I wasn't pregnant but the only issue with that is now I have to eat for the baby's health and I can't just eat crap. So, easy, healthy food recipes are welcome!

Belly button in or out: In and I hope it stays that way! I did however take my belly button ring out this week, for the first time in 4 years - that looks strange!!

Looking forward to: Getting the nursery done. Steve is done with harvest now so that hopefully means the list of house projects can get underway!!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Rote West Adventure Days 3 & 4

Day 3 - 552 Miles - Yellowstone to Boise, ID
July 3

The camping spot just outside Yellowstone park was beautiful, we packed up and enjoyed campfire breakfast then headed into the park. We met here with some friends from back home before we both went our separate ways.
Leaving Yellowstone we went by the Grand Tetons and Steve and I were in awe, neither of us had seen these beautiful mountains before.

chemex, Rex Hale,

Rex Hale, camp breakfast

geyser, yellowstone


Day 4 - 410 Miles - Boise, ID to Kennewick, WA
July 4

We left Boise and headed to McCall, ID to visit Steve's uncle, Brett! This was a beautiful drive and then McCall blew our minds, especially when Uncle Brett let us take his 4-wheeler for a spin on one of his favorite trails and a breathtaking overlook of McCall and Payette Lake.
Drove through Hells Canyon on the way to WA and also along the way the farm kids in us were in awe of the wheat hills we drove by.
It was my first 4th of July in 6 years that I wasn't at the lake back home and I was totally okay with breaking tradition for this wonderful trip!!

Road Trip

Payette Lake

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