Tagine!!

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I’m half-way, but the blogging had to start sometime!  We’re taking photos weekly and I’ll try to post weekly like last time, but make no promises.  Enjoy – the baking of baby #2!!

(Note: We’re calling our bundle “Tagine”, which is a slow-cooked dish of savory stew, typically made with sliced meat, poultry or fish with vegetables or fruit in Morocco – where we traveled to in April – and where we decided we were ready to expand our family again!)

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Compare to Wyatt at 20 weeks

  • How Big Is Baby: A banana, about 6.5 inches long and weighing 10.2 ounces.  I have no idea what he/she is doing in there right now, lets just go with growing.
  • Sleep: Aside from up to pee a time or two, very good.  And since we said goodbye to Coog, Lady sleeps basically on my head, so I’m also getting a LOT of purring snuggles all night long.
  • Diet/Cravings/Aversions: So far this pregnancy, sweets (I know, I know – that could mean girl).  Specifically ice cream and lemonade.  No major aversions this time, which is different than last, aside from the aversion to EVERYTHING for the first 14 weeks.
  • Exercise: Chasing a 2.5 year old.  Also, walks as much as I can around the neighborhood and hiking in the mountains.
  • Sex: This is the only time I’ll have this bullet, because we’re not finding out!!  Guesses welcome!!
  • Movement: Started to feel flutters and jolts a week or two ago! My favorite part.
  • The Belly: As you’ll see from the progression below, I popped much earlier this time.  So, belly is prominent and round.
  • What I’m Loving: When Wyatt loves on my belly.  He will come up and yell, “HI BABY!”, and then give my belly a kiss.  This kid is going to be the best big brother around.
  • Worries: Having less one-on-one time with my sweet big boy.  He’s really into snuggling lately and playing board games and puzzles and I worry how the time away to take care of Tagine, will effect him.
  • Other Symptoms: The start of sciatica?!  Totally foreign to me as I didn’t experience at all last time, but by the end of the day sometimes I can barely walk normal my left butt is so sore!!  Will keep you updated on this fun one.
  • What I’m Looking Forward to: Our basement being completed, so I can start nesting!  We’re finishing the basement (should be done in about 3+ weeks), so once that is complete I will really work on the baby’s room, Wyatt’s new playroom, and my new workspace.  Also, the 20 weeks ultrasound next week where we can stare at the magic in my belly for two hours while they measure everything up.
  • Best Moment of the Week: The running hug I get at pick-up from pre-school on M/W/F’s.  Makes me tear up every time.  Love my big boy!!

Bump Progression…

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Morocco–Part 2

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Once our time in Marrakech was complete, we drove to Rabat, with a stop in Casablanca on the way… including a drive-by of Rick’s Café.  In Rabat, we ate dinner THREE times at Dar Naji, a restaurant recommended by our Riad, because it was that amazing.  I also ate my weight in olives while we were in Morocco; best I’ve ever had.

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After a restful night in our Rabat hotel, Riad Kalaa, we had a half-day tour of the city.  Rabat is where the King’s main palace and all administrative buildings reside, so it was a bit of a political tour, too.  Also, in Rabat, outside of the main Medina there are many agricultural gardens and thousands and thousands of storks.  Yes, storks.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen any in person and certainly not without the magical blanket with a new baby inside, so it was really neat to see their extensive (read: freaking HUGE) nests surrounding us.  We also saw the Mausoleum for King Mohammed V.

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The next day, we headed to Fes, stopping in Meknès and Volubulis on our way.  In Fes, we stayed at Riad Fes, which was another incredible place.

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The following day we had a tour of Fes.  Including a mosaic factory and the largest UNESCO Chouara Tannery in the world.  We spent two additional days in Fes, exploring the narrow corridors of the Medina and relaxing at our resort-like Riad – complete with vacation massages for the adults and naps for Wyatt.  What an incredible experience this trip was and we’re especially grateful we could bring Wyatt along for the journey.

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Where should we go next?!?

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Morocco–Part 1

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In mid-April, we started our two week journey to Morocco!!  We began in Marrakesh, spent a few days in Rabat (seeing Casablanca on the way), and ended in Fes.  It was a trip full of cultural emersion, which I will not do justice to in our photos, but I will certainly try.  And all this “we” talk.. yes, we took Wyatt.  What an amazing experience to see the country through a toddlers eyes.  We stopped often, met many locals, and relaxed as best you can with an energetic and curious 2 year old in tow.

First, we flew to the east coast, then an 8 hour flight to Madrid, a 4 hour layover, and then a 1.5 hour flight into Marrakesh.  Even with our joy of a child who did AMAZING on the flight(s), that was a LONG trip and the use of the word tired doesn’t really capture how we felt by the end.  The layover in Madrid was actually the most challenging part, because we just wanted to get there already.  But, when we did arrive, what a worth-while trip it was.  Also, iPad for the win!!

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Even our room at Les Jardins De La Koutoubia greeted us with rose pedals… in Wyatt’s pack ‘n play.  As soon as we were settled, we headed to the center of the Medina market in the old city for a traditional dinner of meat, vegetables, and cous-cous (Tanjine).  We relaxed and began to take it all in as we had our first taste of the amazing Moroccan mint tea – something we enjoyed several times a day the rest of the trip.

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The following day, we slept in, had breakfast in bed and spent the rest of the morning on the rooftop of our hotel enjoying the view from the pool.

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After nap, we went back into the Medina and started our tour of the souk (huge market full of negotiating opportunities and kitties).  As luck would have it, we stumbled upon “the shop” for our purchases to begin and ended up falling IN LOVE with a hand carved wood and metal mirror and wool rug.  Turns out we’ve still got it in the negotiating world and can’t wait until the pieces arrive in 4-5 weeks, hopefully.  We had another traditional dinner, this time with Wyatt awake, and then danced to some music before heading to bed.

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The next day, we had a tour of the old city and ended the day with a swim and a sunset.

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Next, hiking the Atlas Mountains, trekking and lunch next to the Ouzoud Falls, feeding monkeys, and then one more relaxing day in the Medina complete with Henna.

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Next up: Casablanca, Rabat, and Fes!!!

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Wyatt’s East Coast BFF visits in July

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As if I could forget about you, Jordana.  At the end of July, my baby-mama soul mate and her family came to visit us in CO.  The weekend not only marks the visit of Wyatt’s east coast BFF Benjamin (who he endearingly refers to as B), but also Wyatt’s first steps.  We didn’t need to do much, but be together, but we did go to the zoo, a splash pad, the pool, the park, and ate a lot of snacks.  For the blog world, Jordana and I met in childbirth class just over 2 years ago and after some awkward phone number exchanges at 7+ months preggers we met for lunch and a moms group.  It’s as if we’re the same person and I literally wouldn’t have survived these past two years without her.  Jordana, thanks for being you – and more.  Lots of love and visit again soon – Wyatt misses B ALMOST as much as I miss you. xo

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More July 2014 Highlights

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In July we celebrated Gigi’s (my mom) birthday twice, Grandpa Al came for a visit from FL, we went hiking with Aunt Leslie and Uncle Michael in Nederland, played at the pool, visited Uncle Charlie, Aunt Cindy, cousin Mordechi and family in C. Springs, and Aunt Leslie also came down to us for some playtime!!  It was busy and it was awesome.

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July 4th Weekend, 2014

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July 4th weekend our dear dear friends from NYC, Karen, Kete, and Tessa, came for a visit!  We had a blast celebrating the holiday at our pool and with friends (complete with a fire truck excursion), went for breakfast at Snooze and then to the zoo, took walks, etc etc.  Tessa and Wyatt have known one another since they were in the belly, so it’s a blast to watch them interact and play together as they grow.  And Karen and Kete, well we just love them to pieces.  Our adventures are slightly different now than before kids, when Karen and I took a weekend jaunt to Paris, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Come again soon!!!!

P.S. This makes me miss my long hair and Wyatt’s curls.

 

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