Travel Often

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” — Rosalia de Castro

Love Deeply, but Laugh Along the Way

"Happiness is only real when shared." - Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

View Marriage as an Adventure

"Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage." ~Finnish Proverb

Fuel your body with GOOD (It's the only one you get)

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. - Arabian Proverb

Open your Soul to Motherhood

A Grand Adventure is About to Begin - Winnie the Pooh

A New Kind of Love is Born

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Being Pregnant and Going to a Concert, Vegas and a Magic Show - Month 7

27 weeks

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.
My family in Vegas (at Bellagio)

Who would have thought I'd being having so much fun at seven months pregnant? Not me!! I thought I'd be miserable and unable to move. So far, this had been pretty fun besides the feeling tired part (but I really don't mind getting sleep - it feels good). Oh, and I don't like the pants getting tighter! Hate that.

Brad singing Then! Felt like our first dance all over again!

So I barely go to concerts when I'm not pregnant but I won tickets to see Brad Paisley in concert at the Xcel Energy Center via Twitter. All I had to do was tweet my favorite Brad Paisley song. Of course it's Then, since it's our first dance. And low and behold, I had won us a pair of tickets. Score!

Off to the show Karl and I went. Scotty McCreery was first and The Band Perry was next. Karl and I didn't show until 9:00 p.m. considering we were leaving for Vegas to celebrate my younger brother's 30th birthday the next day at 6 a.m. We had a very early morning ahead of us and were already tuckered out so we didn't want to be out for too long. Lucky for us both Scotty and The Band Perry played with Brad during his show, so we were able to see all of them perform too. Yay! The concert was great and not too loud. I was worried I'd blow Baby Koester's ears out. He/she was pretty chill during the entire show.

Side note: I will say I do know why Taylor Swift was Entertainer of the Year though. Her show blows Brad out of the water. Okay, so maybe I do go to more concerts than I thought... 

We stayed until 10:30. We knew we'd be getting up at 4:30 a.m. but were a bit excited to meet my family in Vegas. We maybe got four hours of sleep. And anyone who is pregnant knows you NEED more than four hours of sleep to function. I tried to pretend I wasn't tired and I will say the only way to travel is with my older brother Mike. We always get the best seats on the plane, covered parking at the Park N Fly, Sky Club access... Jeesh. Let's just say it was nice.
Even though it wasn't 60 out, we still hit up the pool for Vitamin D!

Vegas was fun but I will be honest. It was hard being pregnant. I wanted to drink. I wanted to stay up late and gamble with everyone. I wanted to do more. But I was exhausted most of the time, and all that smoke in the Casinos is nasty. I was scared the baby would be breathing it all in. So I'd climb into our wonderful fluffy King Size bed and grab a book. I finished Jenny McCarthy's Belly Laughs - totally LOVED it. She even tweeted me back in response after I told her how I thought her book rocked! And I finished another one of my other baby books. More to come on those in another blog post.
Yeah, Jenny McCarthy and I go back to MTV's Singled Out! Ha!

Not going to lie, I had my moments where I'd freak out while in Vegas - the selfish Christie would start to come out. I wondered a lot how life would change once Baby K was born. Would I get to do any of the fun stuff again? Would Karl be the one getting to experience all the fun while I took care of baby and kept my body healthy for baby? But then the more I thought of it, I realized I was the one who woke up refreshed (not hungover or tired) and I was still able to have fun and remember things. And with baby we'll have new different kinds of fun adventures.

But it's still scary because it's the land of the unknown. I don't know how things are going to change. I can worry myself about them, but I think like everything else in life everything will turn out just fine. I don't know if we'll be able to travel like we have been. More signs point to no, but I'm constantly reminding myself to take one day at a time. Nobody can predict the future. Things change all the time! And my life so far has been quite the ride. Why stop now?

My brothers and Karl (and dad) playing Craps for four hours!!!

All in all, we had fun. And I mean lots of fun. Karl has been to Vegas five times and he said this was by far his favorite out of all the times he went and that makes me super happy. I love how he's able to fit right in.

This time we stayed at Mandalay Bay

We stayed at Mandalay Bay (ate brunch there three times...shhhh), hung out by the pool, won $209 at Wheel of Fortune (what up Vanna!!), saw the fountains at Bellagio, walked all the way to Battista's Hole in the Wall Italian Restaurant starting from Mandalay Bay (that's behind the Flamingo....holy stairs), took the Deuce to Fremont Street and also saw Criss Angel in action.

Places we ate in Vegas:
The Bayside Buffet at Mandalay Bay
Red, White and Blue at Mandalay Bay
Ri Ru Irish Pub at Mandalay Bay
Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay (this was really good!)
Battisa's Hole in the Wall

Karl, Kid Rock, my brother Mark and TuPac...he lives!

And with all that commotion and travel and noise, Baby Koester seemed to survive! Criss Angel was probably the loudest out of all the places I've been these past seven months and there was no crazy kicking or anything in response!

But I do think he/she was wondering what was going on today as I sat at work because there's been lots of kicking. Probably wants me to move some more or something. Or else he/she is missing all the bells and whistles of those slot machines. Ha!

Up next: Why am I freaking myself out so much? And the results of our two-hour Car Seat Safety Class. Good baby books.