Ian and I arrived back from vacation yesterday and it feels great to be back home. Allowing myself the time to get away from work and spend time with Ian's family was wonderful. The mountains and the air were perfect. However, I find that being away makes me miss what I have in Columbia that much more, so what I take away from this is that my life is pretty great and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things. I can't thank my in-laws enough for the time away. We all had a great time. Some highlights:
~Ian and I stopped in Colby, Kansas to stay the night Friday before finishing our drive the next morning. I thought I would share the sign that Ian witnessed in the lobby
If you don't know whats so funny, than nevermind!
-I climbed the second most difficult mountain at Rocky Mountain National Park- 6 weeks pregnant! Honestly, I didn't really know what I was getting into at the time, but I had taken a 4 mile hike two days ago and it was pretty easy, so I thought a 9 mile hike wouldn't be so bad, right?? Well, the words "Flat Top MOUNTAIN" didn't really resonate. I realized soon after the whole 4.4 miles there were UPHILL! It took us 2 1/2 hours to get there, but I made it (I went with Andrew's girlfriend Lauren and Ryan). It was such a proud moment for me, at the risk of sounding corny. I knew in that moment if I could do that, I could do anything and I have what it takes to give this baby the best life he/she can ever imagine. Here are some photos, proof of my escapade:
My first checkpoint on the trail
On Flat Top- the scenery was amazing!
With Lauren and Ryan at Flat Top
~I took a ghost tour at one of the most notoriously haunted hotels in the US, the Stanley Hotel
The tour wasn't as scary as I had hoped, but I may have caught a small ghost(or dust) in one of my photos. You be the judge! (on the right by the door)
Either way, it was a good time and there is a lot of history to that place, so it was neat to say I had been there. We even went into the room that Stephen King stayed in where he began to write The Shining... RM 217.
That wraps up the vacay!
I found out great news for my friend Mandy- she gets induced on Wednesday! Congratulations to her! I can't even imagine whats going through her mind right now. Not only does it make the situation so much more real that I'll get to meet her little boy this week, but it made my pregnancy much more real to me as well. In the next 8 months, I will be in this same situation and I cannot wait. I am still struggling here and there with the baby's health and "what ifs" but I pray for God to just take thos worries away from me and spare me the hurt. Its not good for me or the baby.
As a side note, I turned 6 weeks on vacation and I am happy to note I experienced no pregnancy symptoms while away. They will either creep up in these next few months or I just might be one of the lucky ones. I don't want to speak too soon. I did start to feel nauseous around 7 weeks last time, so we'll see! I have a busy month ahead of me so I'll hope for the best!