16 lovely weeks – Our Mango Munchkin

2010 December 24
by Jamie

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With 16 weeks of baby Hodges growing under my belt, your now slightly beginning to grow up and my belly is just beginning to pouch. You are now the size of a mango! This week I’m going to start photo documenting the growth of the baby bump. Subtle right now, but it’ll be fun to see how fast you grow! I’ve been little tired but overall I’ve had it easy! We let people know that we were blessed with you on Thanksgiving and now I’m starting to blog and document this journey on Christmas! I noticed this morning a little more of a baby bump. What a great Christmas present. We’re so looking forward to meeting you and can’t help but think about next year when we’ll get to celebrate with you! So far, you’ve been easy on me. Thank you!

Cravings:
Tomatoes
any kind of COLD fruit, I’m very inclined to Clementines and OJ ;)
and so cliche…PICKLES!!!
french fries with mustard
The first couple of weeks I lived on fruit..pineapples, peaches, apples…I hope this trend continues! You’ll be one healthy baby :)

At my last check-up, I had only gained 2lbs since the beginning. I thought this was good! The Dr. said he’d like me to up my calories…so…this I will do. Anything for you!

I’m not sure if I feel you fluttering just yet. It’s subtle if so, but I did start to feel a little something!! Your dad and I bought a heart monitor so we could hear you anytime we want. Your heartbeat is usually around 145-150 beats/min. Perfect! Every night before bed, we listen to you and it makes us so happy. Tomorrow we’ll wake up and celebrate Christmas! Looking forward to the next when we will wake up with you :)

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Lavi!

2010 April 25
by Jamie

Lavi – little black friend from Michael Hodges on Vimeo.

Little Lavi doing her thang!

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A Happy Birthday in Texas!

2010 April 18

Michael here again…

This past week we made an impromptu trip back to Austin to celebrate my sisters 30th birthdays! It was a whirlwind few days, but was a blast! We surprised Angela and Tiffany as they were eating with the rest of the fam at Jack Allen’s Kitchen, which was fantastic by the way. It was a great night with great food and (half of) our dearly missed family.

Happy Birthday Tiff and Ange!

Happy Birthday Tiff and Ange!

The next day, we slept in then leisurely made our way to The Salt Lick to meet Rayner, Tanya, and little Gillian for some great bbq. On the way back into Austin, we saw a cyclist being trailed by a Nissan Armada. I joked that it was probably Lance Armstrong. When we got closer, I noticed the yellow accents on the jersey and realized it was, in fact, Lance! We snapped a picture, gave him a ” GO LANCE” and left him to his ride. It was pretty cool! We then went out with the crew for some more good times at Freddies for some additional tasty foods. My face was sore the next morning from smiling and laughing so much! Good stuff!

At the swimmin' hole

At the swimmin' hole

The following morning, we got up and went out to drive the Willow City Loop north of Fredericksburg to check out the amazing wildflowers that make their annual appearance in this special area. This loop would make a GREAT race! 40 miles on back roads through some of the most beautiful terrain Texas has to offer. I may have to go run it at some point just for fun – race or not! We made it back in time for a short nap, then went out to meet my sisters again at Red’s Porch. Another great evening with the girls!

Near Willow City, TX

Near Willow City, TX

All in all, another fantastic trip back to ATX. Here are a few more pictures… Click on THIS! Enjoy!

Michael

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