Holy cow, I am so far behind! I am 18 weeks pregnant and have only managed to get up to week 16 on the project. There has been so much going on in our lives lately – very sad news for friends of ours as well as huge professional successes. I’ve been working at all hours and nearly 7 days a week for three weeks now. Looks like the 2nd trimester burst of energy hit just in time!
I have been feeling really good lately, and the belly is really starting to pop. It’s visible enough now that if you compare my 4 week picture to the 16 week picture (or the [hopefully] soon to come 17 week shot), you can clearly see the bump. Still, it looks a lot bigger to me than it does in pictures. I have to go back to the pictures from my first pregnancy to remind myself just how much farther we have to go.
Even with all the craziness – and partly because I need a break from it – I’ve been really keeping up on my running. I get at least two 5 mile runs in per week, often more. Unfortunately, aside from pelvic floor work, that is the end of my fitness regime. Even though I think about it a lot, I have not yet picked yoga back up. Maybe when the free yoga classes at work start back up in a couple weeks…
And I look good. I don’t look much different than I normally do (just a little more plump), but I just look really good lately. My freckles are popping (part summer part pregnancy), my haircut is perfect lately, and people – whether they know I’m pregnant or not – keep commenting. I’m not sure if it’s pregnancy or just the fact that I’m so cheerful finally coming out of my listless and nauseous 1st trimester.
It’s a good thing, too, because I was unexpectedly on the news last week. Our marketing director came in while I was eating lunch and asked me if I could do an interview in 5 minutes. On TV. I don’t typically wear make-up to work (though I would if I knew I was going to be on TV!), I hadn’t really done anything with my hair, and (thanks to the pregnancy) I was sporting quite a lot of cleavage. But I pulled it off and it turned out wonderfully – and the response more than doubled my workload. Ah, mixed blessings.
Work is going to continue to be crazy at least through the rest of June – possibly for the rest of the entire summer. Huge things are afoot. And I still really, really need to finish redoing Flintstone’s room! And plant the garden. And write or finish the 5 articles I have committed to recently.
Hope you’re all having as great a June as I am – or better!
A quick note on the photos: I have stated many times that I don’t photoshop and that these are accurate and honest photos of myself, and that is completely true, but in the interest of full disclosure I wanted to point out that I DO adjust the brightness and colors in these photos (especially since I seem to be yellow in them lately, which is not accurate…). So blemishes and stretch marks stay; I don’t cut hunks of my body off or thin myself down; but if a shot is really dark (like the 15 week shot was), I do play with the brightness and color saturation levels.