12.5 hours driving one day. 8 hours driving the second.
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado.
It was my first time driving that many miles on my own. Phil and I took both cars on this move across the country so we followed each other all the way from Seattle to the Denver area. I got to drive through 3 states that I had never seen before. They were all beautiful. We started driving before sunrise both mornings and it was breathtaking to watch the sunrise over the hills and mountains. Utah was way more scenic than I expected, and Wyoming was crazy windy. There were a few times I was sure the wind was going to sweep me right up! The drive was not horrible, the only down side was my feet swelling up from being pregnant.
The first day of driving was a long day. By the time we got to our hotel we were both wiped and after a quick dinner we slept like rocks. The second day of driving was full of anticipation to make it to our destination. The closer we got the more nervous, excited, and scared I became. We arrived at our new apartment on Thursday afternoon. After unloading our cars and going through our lease orientation we were finally able to sit down and relax. The next day was full of errands going to the grocery store, Target, Xfinity, and figuring out where things are in our new town. After all the excitement of the week our bodies needed some rest so our first Saturday was spent being lazy watching reruns of Lost.
Sunday was our first day at our new church. It was wonderful. The people are extremely friendly, and it felt natural and comfortable, like we were coming home to a family gathering. The senior pastor took us to lunch and later we got to catch up with Phil’s aunt and uncle for dinner.
Monday, we drove around and randomly decided where to turn. We did not have a destination in mind, we were just trying to get to know the area. The moving truck with our stuff was supposed to come on Monday, but we got a phone call Sunday saying that the truck had broken down and it would be later in the week, so Phil and I have been using camping chairs and an air mattress. It has actually been kind of fun! Feels like we are camping in an air-conditioned apartment.
Moving is always scary. It is full of the unknown. I remember being so nervous to move out to Seattle, but that ended up bringing some of the biggest blessings in my life. This time is a little less scary because I have my husband by my side, but the fear is still there. After Sunday afternoon most of those fears and nerves went away. We both feel at home here already and I can’t wait for our baby to experience growing up here. There are lots of families in our new church with little kids which makes us even more excited for our baby, as if that is even possible.
Speaking of baby, it has been a while since I have given an update on what is happening with the pregnancy. We are currently 20 weeks! Halfway there! We are so excited for our baby to arrive in November. We got our mid pregnancy ultrasound, and everything looks good. We also found out that we are having a baby girl! We went in fully prepared to find out we were having a boy because of the fact that since the beginning Phil and I have both felt we were having a girl, so naturally we figured we must be having a boy. However, our intuition was correct! We are overjoyed with the news that so far baby looks healthy and growing just as she should be.
A few weeks ago, we were on vacation with my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and niece in Florida and I felt baby girl kick me for the first time. It was the coolest feeling. I had felt little flutters here and there before and thought oh that must be baby, but this was a for sure kick. I have been feeling them more frequently the last few days. Maybe she is just trying to get used to the altitude like we are. When we went in for our ultrasound baby was just chillin on her tummy and kicking her legs. Then she’d flip over onto her back and move her arms. We got to hear the heartbeat again which still is the coolest sound. I am in awe that there is a tiny human being in my belly and that I could feel so much love for her already.
As far as symptoms go I feel great. No more nausea, praise God. Sleeping has become an interesting game of finding a comfortable position. Baby bump has made itself known to the world. I am a stomach sleeper so it has taken me a while to get used to having to sleep on my side. Laying on my back is super uncomfortable so I have been flip flopping sides throughout the night. The doctors say shortness of breath can become common now, however at this point I never know if it is pregnancy or just the altitude. Either way I have an excuse to say no I am not this out of shape, it is the baby and the air.
This is a crazy time for us. We prayed for opportunities and apparently God said, “Here you go!” Between moving across the country, preparing for baby to be here in a couple months, myself starting a new job, and Phillip job hunting this could not be a wilder time for us. I am so thankful to have my husband who has been nothing but supportive of this whole transition stage. I do not think I could do this without him. I am thankful to be in a place that already feels like home and to be honest I am thankful to be closer to my family, but sad that we are away from Phillip’s family. It is going to take some time to fully settle into this new life and we ask for you all to pray for us as we try and figure out a new routine for our family.
Until next time
Peace and Love