005 – 19w6d – Happy New Year

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Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 7:53 PM

Hey little traveler,

I’ve been feeling a lot better, so I flew to Washington D.C. this weekend to visit some old friends. We’ve all known each other for many years, and I’m glad I could spend time with them before they left the city.

My friend took a few photos of my pregnant belly while we were out exploring.  We also had dinner in Chinatown for Chinese New Year. This reminded me that you and I are both year of the rooster.

I also took some time to visit your Aunt Jessica. She gave me some clothes for you, and she has many more to send later. Since she has two kids, I talk to her a lot about being a mom. It was great to see her and the little ones in person.

I’m home now, getting ready for work tomorrow. Things are going to be busy for the next few months, so I’m glad I got to take some time away. We also hit our halfway point tomorrow. I’m going to see you soon!

I love you.

~
* Names have been changed to protect privacy.

Miranda at Union Market's heart wall
Miranda at Union Market’s heart wall in Washington, D.C. (Photo used with permission).

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