Time flies!

It dawned on us that on Tuesday I will be 24 weeks pregnant, which when phrased as “6 months” sounds that much farther along. Time certainly seems to move at warp speed when you are in denial, or simply ignoring certain life changing events in favor of trying to keep up with daily life events: work, travel, exercise, yard and other chores, friends & family… this weekend we’re continuing our denial a while longer since thinking about the “to-do” list causes significant stress. Instead our attention will be focused on the Ft Worth Major Zone tennis tournament, with some water aerobics and family pool time in between matches to hide from the 106 degree temps.

Speaking of time flying by, it’s been about 5 weeks since the first post with belly shots. I figured it’s time to provide the next round of activity and photo highlights. Enjoy!

June 22, 2012: Walking the beach on Nantucket after some brisk swimming in the Atlantic. At 19 weeks, 3 days our baby girl got to enjoy the taste of freshly picked strawberries to start out the morning, then feel a drastic temperature change as we floated about the ocean to cool off in the afternoon.

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June 24, 2012: Annual dock photo our last day on the Cape, sporting my new Cowgirl-like hat from Nantucket, 19 weeks, 5 days:

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July 5, 2012: Today’s anatomy sonogram was recorded for us to enjoy over the years and share with our daughter as she gets older. Our little wiggler is already weighing in at exactly 1 pound today and measuring right on track at 21 weeks, 2 days with a strong, steady heartbeat of 155. The top photo has a nice image of her hands above her head in a relaxed pose, while the bottom picture shows her little foot that is already waging a war with my ribs.

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July 15, 2012: Baby was quite active after a pint of Phish food frozen yogurt, enough so for her daddy to feel her wiggling around that night for the first time. Perhaps she was saying thank you for finally beginning to make progress on her new bedroom, agreeing on the color after trying out our chosen paint samples and loving them … too bad that’s just the first step of many to actually finish the nursery.

July 16, 2012: Taking advantage of a black stretchy dress for work to hide the growing belly, 22 weeks, 6 days. Each day this week the “baby belly shelf” has become more and more prevalent, especially from my bird’s eye view, and apparently from my co-workers’ view as well as they constantly point to my belly before and after meetings and smirk. Not to mention the comment Thursday night from a new friend in the water aerobics class I have recently discovered: “wow, your belly is really starting to show now!” Gee, thanks?

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July 21, 2012: Purchased the majority of the paint for the nursery … each little step counts!

 

 

Nantucket

Growing up on the east coast means spending the summer in, on, or near the water. Despite having moved inland to Texas, this does not mean that our baby girl will miss out on east coast summer traditions, starting from the very beginning. We spent a glorious few days on Nantucket at the end of June, adding to Ben’s list of island’s visited (we covered Martha’s Vineyard last May).

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Having two jeeps that could go on road or sand, the 6 of us were able to explore the island completely hitting all the labeled beaches and then some. Even the “labeled” beaches were only so crowded as the first picture shown here, a bit different from Martha’s Vineyard!

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Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, we managed to stay cool with a couple dips in the Atlantic (or at least most of us did including baby’s first dip in the Atlantic ocean). The southern coast had cooler waters and crazy waves, while the northern coast featured calmer, warmer waters the following day.

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Aside from beach exploration, we found time to peruse the downtown shops, go strawberry picking, share home-cooked meals in our beautiful rental home, and many, many photo opps since it wouldn’t be a Cronin vacation without them. We also can’t forget to mention the lovely game of after-dinner Spades that everyone thoroughly enjoyed, maybe some more than others. Results: Dane & Kara reigned supreme, Dennis & Karen held their own, Ben & Claire crashed and burned…

Saturday brought a return to reality and population as we finished up our shopping, boarded the ferry and made our way back to Cape Cod for Cullen & Sarah’s wedding celebration.

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It’s time for new flags to fly almost three years after our big wedding tent dwarfed the lawn.

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Click here to view many more pictures from Nantucket and Cullen and Sarah’s party. We’ve tried to add some captions to help guide you along; unfortunately Boston exploration and others are missing since they reside on Dane and Dennis’ cameras.