About two months ago, I was off to the airport and on a direct flight from Austin to Seattle. Scott left earlier in the week to attend a conference, which had ended that Friday. The conference was in Bellevue, so just about 25 min outside Seattle. I landed around 10:00 pm and took an Uber from the airport to Scott’s hotel in Bellevue. During our stay in Seattle, we stayed one night in Bellevue, one night in the Laurelhurst neighborhood at Scott’s cousin’s house and 2 nights in Downtown Seattle. I’ll try and share our experience in chronological order! Saturday
I arrived in Bellevue late Friday night and crashed pretty hard! Pregnancy+travel=pretty darn exhausting. We woke up the next morning and had a yummy breakfast at Lot No. 3 before heading into town to meet up with the cousins. We met up with the cousins around noon and got settled into our room for the night before we were off to our first adventure.
Fremont Troll! I’ve read up on a couple of sights to check out while in Seattle and the Fremont Troll was one of them! We learned that it was created by 4 sculptures as a way to improve the area that had become a dumping ground. Now, it’s a popular attraction!
Fremont Brewing: Shortly after we saw the troll, we walked the area a little bit before we ended up at Fremont Brewing. It was a cute little brewery that reminded me a lot of something we might find in Austin. It was indoor/outdoor, kid friendly, with people sitting at community picnic tables playing games. It had a great vibe to it! I didn’t get to try any of the brews this time, but maybe that means I’ll have to make another trip ;)
We ended up coming home and resting a bit before heading to a yummy dinner at Mamnoon, a Lebanese restaurant in the Capitol Hill area. It was located in a really trendy part of town and right across the street from the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. After dinner, we stopped in to check out the roastery. It was quite the set up and smelled amaaaazing!
Sunday morning we woke up slowly and ate breakfast with the cousins before we were off to our next adventure. We stayed at the Marriott Downtown, just a couple of blocks from Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market. Everything was really close and an easy 10 min walk. During our two days in Downtown, we tried to make the most out of it! We seriously did ALL of THE THINGS!
The first thing on our nonexistent agenda was the underground tour in Pioneer Square. We learned about about the city and it’s history. It was really informative considering I really didn’t know much about Seattle at all!
Afterwards, we toured around Pioneer Square and looked for a place for lunch. We tried a place called Delicatus for a quick and easy lunch that included a roast beef sandwich for me and a reuben for Scott.
From there we made our way down to Pier/boardwalk area and got in line for the big ferris wheel. We got a great view of the city including the Seattle Seahawk stadium, Mount Rainier, and the bay. It was beautiful!
The Seattle aquarium was really close by so we thought, what the heck! We didn’t have a set agenda so we went! And it was SO FUN! There was a little area where you could touch sea urchins, starfish and sea cucumbers, which was really cool. The best part by far was watching the adorable sea otters swim around together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in person and I was in love. They were so cute!!!
We had plans to meet up with one of Scott’s coworkers and his wife for dinner. They live just outside of Seattle and drove into town to meet us at this yummy pizza place right outside the infamous gum wall. Even before approaching the pizza joint, we were hit by a wall of old, stale gum smell. Initially, I had the gum wall on my list of things to see/do but after that encounter, I was severely grossed out! We made our way in to the restaurant really quick as the smell was nauseating me! The pizza was great though!!
After dinner on our way back to the hotel we stopped by the famous little piggy bank at Pike Place Market and snapped a pic. Evening was the best time to go check it out as there was no one around and no line! and of course when we passed by a gelato place on our way to the hotel, we had to make a quick pit stop for dessert!
Biscuit Bitch! Our morning started slow as we made our way over to Biscuit Bitch for breakfast. We got there pretty early around 10 to try and beat the crowd. There wasn’t much of a line when we got there. I ordered the bitchwich with bacon, egg and cheese and Scott got the hot mess bitch. OMG everything was so good!!!
Toured around Pike Place Market. Of course we saw the famous fish throwers, fresh bouquets and flowers and all your other typical farmers market finds. I couldn’t believe how cheap the bouquets were! I told Scott that if we lived in Seattle, I’d expect fresh flowers weekly :)
From there we made our way over to the monorail and road it over to the space needle. Honestly, not that impressive. It was neat looking back on the history of the Space needle, but we weren’t crazy about the experience.
After touring the space needle, we walked next door to the Chihuly garden and glass exhibit. WOW, talk about incredible. We were blown away(get it, because it was a blown glass exhibit…) with all the talent and beauty of it all. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
Afterwards we were pretty worn out so we made our way back to the hotel for a little nap before dinner. Seeing as we were on the water, we wanted to indulge in some yummy fresh seafood. We made reservations at Elliott’s Oyster House on the pier and were not disappointed. Of course Scott ordered a variety of oysters while I got the halibut. We finished dinner just before the sunset, which worked out perfectly. We got ice cream from a little vendor on the pier and watched the sunset from the pier. It was beautiful! It was the perfect ending to our sweet little vacation with just the two of us. :)
First off, I’d like to make a statement on behalf of all pregnant women….
Never ask a pregnant lady how much she weighs(…unless you’re the doctor, pregnant as well or BFF). Can we all agree that a question like that is inappropriate?? Ok, moving on :) …
We finished painting the nursery and put the crib together. I’m loving the neutral color we picked. I’m very impressed with the quality of the crib too, considering we got it on Amazon.
I started reading Ina May’s guide to childbirth. It’s a two part book. The first half has personal stories from women, mostly non medicated births and the second part is practical advice. It’s been really interesting so far! I’ve loved reading people’s personal birth stories and experiences.
Celebrated baby Hamilton with my in-laws with a little shower hosted by Scott’s mom and Aunt Connie. Aunt C made a special trip down from Iowa just to host the shower. It turned out beautifully!
Finally started feeling the effects of pregnancy. More huffing and puffing, breathlessness, tired, not able to do my normal everyday things, etc. But relatively speaking, this pregnancy has been great!
I felt the baby hiccup for the first time at 27 weeks. I was laying in bed before getting up for the day and felt a rhythmic thump on the left side of my belly. It was really neat!
Scott says a lot of funny/cute things and I happened to write this one down. He was watching videos of “kids reactions to Luke finding out his dad is Darth Vader.” He says, “Oh, I can’t wait to show Hazel and see her reaction.” Maybe Hazel will like Star Wars more than her mama ;)
Varicose veins have made an appearance and I don’t see them leaving any time soon :( They’re pretty gnarly and a little bit painful.
Had another celebration for Baby Hamilton. This time it was a couples shower hosted by my sweet friends. We went to Jester King for a casual get together of pizza, beer and desserts. The location was perfect and the weather couldn’t have been nicer. We felt so loved!!!
I took my gestational diabetes test at 27 weeks, 6 days. You hear all of these horror stories about how awful it is, but honestly, I had no problem drinking mine. Fasting was probably the worst of it. I’ll probably get the results today, at 28 weeks. Fingers crossed! My doctor also gave me a talking to about weight gain. Yikes! I think he was speaking out of caution because these next two months you really start to pack on the lbs. Thankfully, I’ve only gained 16 lbs at this point but I could use the accountability. I tend to have a sweet tooth… and a carb tooth… if that’s a thing…
We got to see our little girl again! The umbilical cord was right across her face so we weren’t able to get a real good look at her features. But we did get to see her sweet little button nose and lips!
Lots of fun things to share this time! As the time goes on, it just keeps getting more and more real that we’re having a baby. Sometimes I still have to remind myself of that fact.
We picked out a paint color for the nursery! Scott started painting around week 22, and the room is almost finished! The paint definitely didn’t go as far as we thought so another coat is on the todo list. We chose Benjamin Moore’s old prairie. Very neutral!
Our crib was delivered! I actually found this one on Amazon and it had great reviews. I wanted something simple and convertible and this one seemed to fit the ticket. Once we’re finished painting, we’ll start putting furniture together and filling the room.
I finally felt the baby move! First at 20 weeks, 3 days, I felt some distinct little kicks and flutters, almost like my tummy was growling something. It wasn’t until around 22 weeks when I felt some really strong kicks. I happened to look down when I felt the kicks and couldn’t believe I could already see them from the outside. That moment was surreal!
Feeling like I really popped between week 20-21 but now after writing this recap at 24 weeks it’s kinda laughable. I keep “popping” daily. I love the bump!
We had our dog consultation and found out that Melvin is an asshole. Surprise, surprise! The trainer says we have a very tough case and a long road ahead of us but we’re feeling very confident with her teachings! Which reminds me, we need to book our first session!
We took a babymoon to Seattle from September 8th-12th which I plan on recapping soon! We had a great little get away just the two three <3 of us.
Celebrated my 29th Birthday with a big dinner party at our house. Scott grilled a beef top loin roast and friends brought over yummy sides to share. We had the best time!!!
Pregnancy insomnia. :( I wake up like clockwork at 2:30 am and will usually be up until 4. It’s been brutal. My sleep has been all over the place. I usually just lay in bed and think about cereal.
Working out… I had such high hopes pre-pregnancy to continue working out the way I was but that just hasn’t happened. With my schedule, the only class I can make it to is at 5:30 am and it has been a STRUGGLE to get up that early with my terrible insomnia. I have been walking daily but it just doesn’t feel like enough.
We had another appointment at 22 weeks, 6 days and got to see our healthy baby! The sonogram tech switched from 2D to 3D and we got to see a little bit of our baby’s face. She was being shy and didn’t want any pictures. <3
That same day, we were sitting on the couch and she started flipping around. Scott placed his hand on my belly and got to feel her for the first time. She was moving so much!!! He was surprised by the strength of her kicks and punches!
I started shopping for the nursery and I’m finally coming up with some sort of theme/color scheme. I also pulled the trigger on a rocker! I’ve been eyeing a rocker at Pottery Barn Kids for the longest time but there was NO way I was going to spend that kind of money on a chair. I happened to check the website over the weekend and saw that they were having a sale. Not only were they 20% off, but the fabric I chose dropped the chair down about $500+. We got a darn good deal!
And for the MOST RANDOM tidbit… I got stung by a scorpion on my back!!! Like, what?! It was the weirdest thing. The scorpion was hanging out on my towel and when I went to dry off after the shower and it stung me right on my back. Of course my first reaction was to freak out and cry thinking scorpions were deadly. Scott reassured me that it was nothing more than a bee sting. I mean, the scorpion was about the size of a quarter. After the fact, my reaction was pretty darn funny!