24 Weeks: Hudson Valley Apple Picking Adventures

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The baby is not the size of a pumpkin quite yet, but he or she is definitely growing in there!

Every fall I proclaim that we should rent a car one weekend and go apple picking. Well, 8 years after moving to New York City, we finally got organized and planned a trip. I researched various apple orchards in the Hudson Valley, and ended up selecting Fishkill Farms as our destination. We woke up Saturday morning, picked up our Zip Car from a nearby parking garage, and drove about an hour and a half out of the city.

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I knew before arriving that we would most likely be limited to picking Golden Delicious apples (I had checked the farm's website and facebook page for updates). This past weekend was the last weekend of apple picking at the farm, but the weather was perfect and there were still plenty of families that came to pick either apples or pumpkins. We made our way to the Golden Delicious trees first and picked a bunch of apples before noticing that there was a large bin of Spartan apples that we could add to our bag. After tasting and enjoying one of the Spartans we ended up filling our bag with half Golden Delicious and half Spartan. 

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After walking through the orchards we made our way to the farm shop where we browsed through the produce and specialty items that they were selling (I wanted to buy everything, but abstained).

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And then Brian happened to notice a sign for pick-your-own vegetables. We immediately walked over to the vegetable patch and picked out some fairytale eggplants, some fresh sage and rosemary.

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After paying for our vegetables and herbs, we stopped by the fresh cider doughnut stand and couldn't resist buying one of the freshly made doughnuts to share. It was warm and delicious, one of the best doughnuts that I had ever had!

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Before leaving the farm we walked down to the pumpkin patch and took a few photos before driving 15 minutes away to the town of Fishkill to the Farm to Table Bistro. It was such a cute restaurant and we enjoyed a burger each (made from local beef) before driving back into the city. 

It was such a great day, and I can't wait to go again with the baby in a year or two. Speaking of the baby, how are we already at 24 weeks?!! I can't believe that we have only 16 weeks (4 months) left until we meet our baby. 

Here's what's happening with Baby Riley this week:

  • Baby is about the length of an ear of corn
  • Baby Riley is growing quickly and has gained about 4 ounces since last week (no wonder I feel huge!)
  • His or her brain is growing quickly and the taste buds are also forming

And what's happening with me:

Weight Gained: Still guessing 13-14 pounds but we'll know for sure in a few days.

Favorite Moment: Brian was able to feel the baby kick for the first time this week, he was so excited and has been feeling a few more kicks since then.

Workouts: I managed to get to the gym 5 out of 7 days this week. 

Symptoms: Still experiencing tightness around my uterus when I am walking for long period of time. Sitting down or just standing always helps and it subsides quickly. I'm going to ask my doctor about this.

Food Aversions/Cravings: Now that I've tasted the sweet delight of fresh cider doughnuts, I want more! I also bought Alpen cereal for the first time in years and years. I used to eat it as a kid very occasionally (especially during travels abroad) and it's still tastes just as delicious! I combine a small amount of Alpen, add sliced banana, milk, and some Nature's Path Heritage Flakes; I love it.

Sleep: So far I've been sleeping well this week, let's hope that last week's back aches don't kick in again.

Looking forward to: Our next doctor's appointment!