I'm tired. But I've never been 9 months pregnant and gone on vacation with my family before. This is a new and special kind of tired. The kind where I sign onto my blog account, type two lines, and immediately have the urge to lie down on the floor and go to sleep.
We went to Virginia... which means that we were surrounded by incredible picturesque beauty at every moment, but also that there isn't an inch of flat land to be found. I was either climbing mountainous-like terrain or descending it. My constant internal monologue went something like this:
Breathe. Walk. One step at a time. Hoo. Ha. Ooh. Breathe. Slow and steady. Don't have a baby.
Someone would turn around once in a while and ask how I was doing...
Good. Good. Yup.
There is no question that the trip was entirely worth it. We all had a great time. And when we finally hit the Ohio turnpike on the way home, I did a mental fist pump into the air in triumph. I felt a huge sense of personal accomplishment. It was a little like labor and childbirth... completely worth it but it takes a good deal of endurance and pain management.
Would I go on another vacation this late in pregnancy? Never say never. But I'm in a "no" moment. I need a vacation to rest up from my vacation.
I don't have the energy to organize my photos yet so I'll just post a couple. The first is one I just had to get. Since I have already posted one very awkward public bathroom belly bump shot this pregnancy, I thought it wouldn't be so weird to get another. In fact, it made tremendous sense at the time. 36 weeks...
The above picture was taken in a public restroom about 5 minutes off the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was a campsite bathroom and impressively clean. I could have scrawled "Melody and baby were here" on the pristine wall. Instead, I took the photo.
First load of baby girl clothes are in the wash. But why are they all stained yellow? They were definitely washed before going into the attic and did not look like that. It is a great mystery. We'll see how they turn out... if not so good then it's a lovely excuse to go garage sale hunting later in the week!