Pregnancy Journal #2: 32 Weeks

How far along: 32’ish week
Due date: Even though I’ve consistently been measuring a full week ahead, we are going with August 11th because I don’t want to feel pressure to induce earlier
Gender: BOY!! Still not sure on the name yet. We have it narrowed down and I definitely have a favorite, but I think we’ll wait and meet him first.
Size of baby: A head of lettuce, weighing in at almost 4 pounds
Weight gain: At my appointment last week it showed I had gained 31 pounds, which is how much I gained throughout my entire pregnancy with Asher Wade. Yikes! Still have 8 weeks to go too.
Maternity clothes: Oh yeah. And they have to be comfortable maternity clothes. I feel like I’m carrying around a little heater, so the less fabric on me, the better. I recently bought several summery dresses from Pink Blush Maternity that are made of super lightweight fabric, and they have been my favorite. I’ve had to retire most of my heels and wedges thanks to swollen feet.
Sleep: Not great, but not terrible. It’s starting to get a little harder to fall asleep, where before I was pretty much passing out as soon as I turned my Kindle off. Then a lot of nights I wake up once or twice to use the potty, or if I sleep all night I’ll end up waking up really early. I’m tired, but I know I’m about to be really tired in 8 weeks or so!
Movement: Yes, still lots of big movements, like he’s stretching in there or something. He often turns “sunnyside up” which is not a good feeling on my lower back, but I can usually get him to flip back around with some cat-cow yoga moves. Exercise puts him to sleep for awhile.
Cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary. I have noticed that my appetite has gone down, maybe because I don’t have as much room in my belly. Still loving sweets, like cakes and pastries. Lately I’ve been on this scone kick and our cafeteria at work happens to have some tasty ones, which is a good thing and a bad thing. Also craving protein. I love to have anything cold, like fruit (especially pineapple), frozen yogurt (I’ve even been sticking a Chobani Greek yogurt in the freezer for an afternoon snack most days) and popsicles. I’m eating a lot of cereal for dinner as well. Lunch tends to be my most well rounded and filling meal of the day. I’m not overly hungry in the evenings and like to just snack or have cereal.
Aversions: Not really anything in particular, but there are a lot of times where things that I normally love, just don’t sound good at all. I feel like I rotate 10 or so things, and I’m pretty content with that.
Symptoms: Well, I wouldn’t say I’m terribly uncomfortable, but I’m definitely not comfortable. He’s really bearing down and I have a lot of pressure in my lower belly and sometimes in my lower back. I’ve Google’d “premature labor” on multiple accounts. There’s been several times where I’ll be walking through the hallways at work and I have to stop and grab the wall because the pressure takes my breath away, and kind of scares me for a second. Still having a lot of Braxton Hicks, and often my belly gets so tight I have to lie down to get it to relax. The swelling in my feet has gotten a little worse, and I’m still having a lot of pain in my ankles, shins and calves, although it’s primarily on my left side. This is also the ankle where I have the most swelling and spider veins. I try to wear compression socks to bed at night, but they make me even hotter than I already am, so I usually end up stripping them off at some point during the night. They do help though. I sweat a lot more, probably a combo of carrying around a mini furnace and the fact that it’s getting hotter outside. I’m also so tired as of late, and I don’t think this is entirely due to my inconsistent sleep. Yesterday at work I literally had to shut my door and lay my head down on my desk for a little bit. I contemplated going to my car, turning the AC on and taking a nap. I literally struggle to keep my eyes open. Otherwise though, just peachy, lol! Believe it or not, I’m still going strong at Orangetheory Fitness 4-5x per week. I’ve completely retired the treadmill, but I use the strider or spin bike and am still using the rower and doing most of the weight training, with a few modifications. Staying active makes me feel so much better.
What I miss: Wine and sleeping on my belly. I’ve treated myself to my allotted 4 ounces a few times so far and it was fabulous. I also miss being able to jog outside, or even walk more than 10 minutes for that matter, without the stupid pain in my ankles and shins. And I miss being able to get dressed and put my shoes on with minimal effort!
What I’m looking forward to: We have three showers this month that I am looking forward to. I know…how blessed are we?!
Best moment of the week: The 4-D ultrasound we got last week was pretty awesome. They even gave us some short little videos, which were really neat. Also happy to see a healthy, growing baby.
Thoughts on pregnancy: Well, it’s no secret that this pregnancy has been a lot harder than it was with Asher Wade. I remember when I was pregnant with him, particularly towards the end, and as excited as I was to finally meet him, I was so sad at the thought of not being pregnant anymore. I just loved it so much and never really felt uncomfortable. This go around? I would be perfectly happy if this baby came early. Like, really early. I mean, obviously his development and health is of utmost importance, but I’m just over being pregnant. I’m trying to enjoy it since this is likely my last baby, but it’s getting harder. I’m just ready to hold him, but in my arms instead:-)
Here are some pics…
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Motivation Monday

I don’t know how I got so off on my MM posts. I promise I’ve been exercising! I always document what I do…I just keep forgetting to put it in an actual post. Although I’m still having ankle/shin/calf discomfort, I feel like it has maybe gotten a little better? Or I’m just getting better at improvising. I’ve started mixing in the strider for the treadmill at Orangetheory for at least part of the time, which has helped, and I’ve pretty much stopped walking outside. I can still jog on the treadmill for 15 minutes or so, but otherwise it’s the strider, the rower and definitely more focus on weight training. I still feel pretty good and can hang with my usual weights. The exercises I’ve really cut out are anything that uses my abs or core, other than planks (with my hands on the bench rather than the floor so I’m somewhat at an incline), and obviously anything that requires me to lie on my belly. I feel really strong and healthy, which I hope means BB2 is feeling strong and healthy as well:-)

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Stats from the week before last:

Monday: 10 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Sports Drill class (cardio intervals alternating with some strength exercises)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: At least once a week I have a day where I’m just not feeling my workout, and today was that day. I usually will go down to the locker room on auto pilot, change into my gym clothes and at least try to do something in the gym. Today all I managed was a very slow 15 minute walk on the treadmill and then 15 minutes on the elliptical. Something is better than nothing.

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: Pretty much took a rest day other than a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood

Sunday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Stats from last week:

Monday: 45 minute walk outside with a friend…the chit-chat distracted me a little from the ankle pain and shin splints

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: 10 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (primarily strength training using free weights, with a few cardio intervals thrown in)

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Total rest and relaxation day….Happy Mother’s Day to me!

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Told you it was a total rest day;)

On another motivational note, Matt ran a 25K trail run. While he’s done that distance before, this was his first trail run. And apparently it wasn’t like the “trails” we are used to with the clear, well defined paths. There were some very steep climbs up the mountain, lots of rocks and creeks to go through and very uneven terrain. He was struggling when he crossed the finish line, but he made it! Asher Wade and I were there waiting and cheering him on:-)

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Pregnancy Journal #2: 28 Weeks

{I keep forgetting to post an update! This poor, poor second child…it’s already started.}
How far along: 28 weeks…hello 3rd trimester! Only 12 weeks left!!
Due date: Even though I’ve consistently been measuring a full week ahead, we are going with August 11th because I don’t want to feel pressure to induce earlier
Gender: BOY!!
Size of baby: A cauliflower, weighing in around 2.5 pounds
Weight gain: At my 4/24 appointment I had gained 22 pounds, so I’m guessing around 25 right now?? All I know is that I went back and checked my pregnancy update around this time with AW and I had only gained 14 pounds. Yikes!
Maternity clothes: Loving them. There’s a small handful of non-maternity clothes I can still wear, but that’s dwindling. I’m doing lots of sun dresses this go around. I’ve been burning up lately, which is weird because I am usually always cold. I had Asher Wade right before the weather warmed up, so this is all new for me. Thankfully work has a pretty casual dress code. I’m literally wearing a tank top and linen pants that are borderline pajama pants today.
Sleep: It varies, but for the most part sleep isn’t great. I’ll have a good night, and then several not so good nights. If I fall asleep and stay asleep all night, I’m good, but if something wakes me up I’m screwed and generally cannot fall back asleep. There have been several nights where I’ve just turned on my Kindle and started reading at like 2 a.m. because I’m wide awake. I also tend to wake up well before the alarm goes off.
Movement: It’s really picked up a lot lately, and I’m noticing more BIG movements in there. A lot of the time it feels like he’s repeatedly tapping me from the inside, like he’s playing the drums or something. I’m also feeling him roll over and flip around, which almost takes my breath away. Exercise puts him to sleep for awhile.
Cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary. Still loving sweets (all the cake). Also craving protein. I love to have anything cold, like fruit (especially pineapple), frozen yogurt (I’ve even been sticking a Chobani Greek yogurt in the freezer for an afternoon snack most days) and popsicles. I’m eating a lot of cereal for dinner as well. Lunch tends to be my most well rounded and filling meal of the day. I’m not overly hungry in the evenings and like to just snack or have cereal.
Aversions: Not really anything in particular, but there are a lot of times where things that I normally love, just don’t sound good at all. I feel like I rotate 10 or so things, and I’m pretty content with that.
Symptoms: Some swelling in my feet, which is really annoying. Most of my cute shoes are too tight:( Still having a lot of pain in my ankles, shins and calves, although it’s primarily on my left side. This is also the ankle where I have the most swelling and spider veins, so I’m not sure what’s going on. I talked to my OB about it at my last appointment and he said unfortunately it’s just one of the joys of pregnancy and that it will probably go away shortly after birth. He told me to order some compression socks, which I am waiting on to be delivered, so hoping that will help. Still having a lot of Braxton Hicks, and often my belly gets so tight I have to lie down to get it to relax. I sweat a lot more, probably a combo of carrying around a mini furnace and the fact that it’s getting hotter outside. Lord, help me during June and July. I wouldn’t say I’m terribly uncomfortable, but I definitely don’t feel comfortable;)
What I miss: Wine and sleeping on my belly. I’ve treated myself to my allotted 4 ounces twice so far and it was fabulous. I also miss being able to jog outside, or even walk more than 10 minutes for that matter, without the stupid pain in my ankles and shins. And I miss being able to get dressed and put my shoes on with minimal effort!
What I’m looking forward to: No change from last time…I’m so ready to have a weekend at home where we have nothing on the agenda so we can get some things done! We have had such a busy spring and I’m so ready for some downtime so I can start “nesting.” We have everything for the nursery and now we just need to pull the room together and put on the finishing touches. I still need to pull out all of Asher Wade’s baby clothes, wash and sort, and figure out what else we may need. I also still want to do some major deep cleaning throughout the house.  There are several other house projects I want completed before D-Day as well. We have another busy weekend coming up, but then I am hoping to slow down and start focusing on baby prep. And rest. Lord knows I need to rest. Also excited for Mother’s Day this weekend. Oh, and Matt and I have a little getaway planned for the end of the month! Definitely excited to lay by the pool and relax for a few days.
Best moment of the week: I’ve really loved the increase in movement I’ve noticed this past week. It really is one of the coolest things about pregnancy.
Thoughts on pregnancy: It’s funny how much more I get stopped this pregnancy compared to last time. I literally have people stopping me in the hallways at work, at the store, definitely at the gym, and really anywhere out in public, just to say something sweet about my belly. There’s been a lot more belly rubbing this time, which doesn’t bother me at all, but it’s kind of funny. People just seem to love a pregnant person!

Motivation Monday

Not the best week for me exercise-wise. Y’all, I am having so much pain in my ankles and shins. It’s incredibly frustrating. I can handle about 10 minutes on the treadmill, and even less walking outside. Thankfully the elliptical and stationary bike don’t seem to bother me, but I’m not a huge fan of either. Guess we’re going to have to become better acquainted though. Strength training is totally fine, and I’m still able to handle the rower at OTF, although my belly is definitely starting to make that a challenge. So overall there’s about to be a lot more modification with my workouts. I talked to my OB at my appointment this morning and he basically just lent a sympathetic ear and told me it’s par for the course when you’re pregnant and while there’s not much I can do to help the discomfort right now, there’s also not anything I need to be concerned about, which is obviously a good thing. Basically I just have to endure. He did suggest some compression socks for when I’m working out, so I guess I’ll try those. I think I’m just frustrated because I love running, and the treadmill in general, but I guess I just need to come to terms with the fact that I’m going to have to improvise.

Stats from last week:

Monday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: Tried walking outside, but made it 25 minutes and my shin splints were too bad and I had to come back in. Finished up with 15 minutes on the elliptical.

Thursday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Friday: Really short on time today since we had plans to head out of town early afternoon, but I squeezed in a quick 30 minute workout between the treadmill and the elliptical

Saturday: Attended a marriage retreat this weekend, so did not have free time to workout, although we definitely had some outdoor activity

Sunday: Really unusual for me, but I took a total and complete rest day. I was signed up for the 12:30 OTF class, but between Asher Wade being sick, terrible weather outside, and generally feeling really worn out myself, I pretty much just laid around the house all day. Not going to lie…it was pretty nice.

Pregnancy Journal #2: 25 Weeks

{I’ll tell you what’s crazy. When you see in your little countdown app that you have 15 weeks left! I still feel like this pregnancy is dragging, but overall, 15 weeks doesn’t seem that far off.}
How far along: 25 weeks
Due date: Even though I’ve consistently been measuring a full week ahead, we are going with August 11th because I don’t want to feel pressure to induce earlier
Gender: BOY!!
Size of baby: A rutabaga (no clue what that even looks like) and over 1.5 pounds
Weight gain: I have no clue since my last appointment several weeks ago (which showed a 15 pound weight gain), but I go this coming Monday so I’ll come back and update after that. I’m still primarily gaining in my belly, which seems to be sticking straight out more and more each week. **Update – Had an appointment today (4/24) and I’ve gained a little over 2o’ish pounds.
Maternity clothes: Oh yeah, pretty much all the time. I do have several non-maternity pieces, like tunics and loose fitting tops and dresses, that have continued to work, but for the most part I need more room in the belly area. Being pregnant in the warm weather is a whole new thing for me. Asher Wade was born in April and it was still relatively cool and I pretty much had all cooler weather maternity clothes. It’s already so hot for April this year and I’ve had to buy quite a few summer maternity pieces. I’m kind of obsessed with maternity shorts…so comfortable! My favorites are the Liz Lange brand from Target because they are the perfect length and have cute little cuffs on the bottom.
Sleep: It varies and I’ll have a few good nights, and then several not so good nights. If I fall asleep and stay asleep all night, I’m good, but if something wakes me up (usually Asher Wade as of late) I’m screwed and generally cannot fall back asleep. There have been several nights where I’ve just turned on my Kindle and started reading at like 2 a.m. because I’m wide awake.
Movement: Yes, pretty regularly. It’s still not as much as Asher Wade and he seems to sleep a lot more. I’ll get a random kick or punch every hour or so, just to remind me he’s there I guess. He’s most active in the evenings when I’m relaxing. Matt has finally been able to feel him move. For awhile there, when I’d have Matt put his hand on my belly during a particularly active spurt, baby would suddenly go completely still…almost like he just knew Matt was trying to feel him, lol. Asher Wade has been able to feel a few kicks as well, which is very entertaining for him.
Cravings: Really nothing out of the ordinary, other than maybe cake. Give me all the cake. Like, I’m talking we keep a full on cake in the fridge at all times. Maybe it’s just sweets in general, and definitely still fruity candies. Still though, it’s not like with Asher Wade where I was eating Tazikis and Panera for 90% of my meals. Most evenings I really just want cereal. Lunch has been my biggest meal of the day, and then I just kind of snack throughout the rest of the day. I can already tell that I’m running out of room in my belly because I get uncomfortable pretty quickly if I eat too much.
Aversions: Not really anything in particular, but there are a lot of times where things that I normally love, just don’t sound good at all.
Symptoms: Some swelling in my feet, which is new this go around, and really annoying. Most of my cute shoes are too tight:( Still having a lot of pain in my ankles, shins and calves, although it’s primarily on my left side. This is also the ankle where I have the most swelling and spider veins, so I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m definitely going to talk to my OB about it on Monday, just to make sure it’s nothing I need to be concerned with. It helps a lot if I can keep my feet elevated, but that isn’t easy to do at work. I may bring in a small ottoman or something. My belly tightens up a lot to the point where I have to lay down, especially in the evenings, and I’ve been having a lot of Braxton Hicks, something I didn’t experience much with Asher Wade. I wouldn’t say I’m terribly uncomfortable, but I definitely don’t feel comfortable;)
What I miss: Wine and sleeping on my belly. I’ve been wanting a glass of cold wine so bad lately and I ended up treating myself to 4 ounces the other night while sitting on my neighbor’s back porch. It was fabulous. I also miss being able to jog outside, or even walk more than 20 minutes for that matter, without the stupid pain in my ankles and shins.
What I’m looking forward to: Having a weekend at home where we have nothing on the agenda so we can get some things done! We have had such a busy spring and I’m so ready for some downtime so I can start “nesting.” We have everything for the nursery and now we just need to pull the room together and put on the finishing touches. I need to pull out all of Asher Wade’s baby clothes, wash and sort, and figure out what else we may need. I also have this urge to do some major deep cleaning throughout the house.  There are several other house projects I want completed before D-Day as well. We are out of town this weekend, and then we have family in town for Asher Wade’s birthday party next weekend, but starting in May, I am planning to slow down a lot and starting focusing on baby prep.
Best moment of the week: Kind of random, but the other day when I went to pickup Asher Wade from school, several of his buddies were standing with him and they are all so fascinated with my belly and always want to touch it and ask about the baby. (Most of them have never seen a pregnant person up so close and personal and they just think it’s the most interesting thing in the world, while I on the other hand feel like a science experiment). Asher Wade just stood back, hands on hips, with so much pride, telling everyone “Yep, that’s my baby brother. He’s getting really big and strong and he’s going to pop out soon.” He truly sounded like a proud, big brother, and I just thought it was the sweetest thing.
Thoughts on pregnancy: I’ve started thinking about how much things are going to change, particularly our family dynamic, and it has started to make me a little emotional. I guess I never really considered how different it will be to divide time and energy between Asher Wade and the new baby. I mean, it’s been just Asher Wade for 4 years now. He’s gotten all of our time, love, energy and attention, like any only-child, and now that is about to be completely rocked. I almost feel a little (ok, a lot) guilty about how much things are going to change, knowing that he doesn’t even realize it. I could go on and on about this, and it probably deserves its own blog post at some point, but it’s been a very emotional process for me lately as I think about the changes coming and how Asher Wade is about to lose his only-child title. I guess I just worry about how I’m going to divide my time between two kids, and give them both everything they deserve. I will say this, I am SO GLAD we waited to have a second, mainly because I’m happy that Asher Wade had all this time to himself, and that Matt and I were able to devote so much to him. I don’t feel like he missed out on anything. I know we will start creating wonderful, new memories as a family of four, but I’m so thankful for the 4 years of memories we created as a family of 3. Long live the 3 musketeers:-)
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Motivation Monday

We spent Easter weekend in Gatlinburg with Matt’s side of the family (pics to come tomorrow) and while we had a wonderful time, I definitely indulged on too many goodies! I have been craving sweets so much lately and unfortunately (fortunately?) Easter seems to bring out the plethora of sweet treats. I have GOT to get back on some sort of healthy eating track pronto or baby boy is going to come out addicted to Cadbury eggs and Starbursts.

I accidentally threw my beloved FitBit away several months ago (don’t ask….stupidest move on my part and one that I totally blame on pregnancy brain), but Matt surprised me with an Apple Watch a few weeks ago and I’ve enjoyed tracking my steps again and using it to gauge my general activity level throughout the day. I particularly like how it reminds me to stand every 20 minutes, especially on those days when I’m stuck at the computer working on some project. So even on those days where I don’t feel like I got in a good workout at the gym, I can at least make sure I get in my 10K steps and move throughout the day.

Stats from last week:

Monday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Tuesday: 35 minutes on the elliptical

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (primarily strength training using free weights)

Friday: Left early this morning for Gatlinburg and while I didn’t “officially” workout, we did walk around Dollywood for several hours and I at least got in my 10K steps.

Saturday: Headed outside for an hour long walk. Shin splints are still so bad, but the weird thing is that if I can just push through those first 1-2 miles, the pain starts to subside. That first mile though….so painful!

Sunday: After we got home I headed to the gym at my office (thankful it’s open on the weekends on days like this where I’ve overindulged and really need a good workout) and did a full body strength workout using free weights, with several 5 minute cardio bursts thrown in between sets, using the treadmill. The other good thing about going to the office gym late in the day on a Sunday is that no one is there to see me busting out of my workout top that I obviously didn’t realize was too small until I got there;)

Motivation Monday

Lots of Orangetheory Fitness classes have been mixed in my exercise routine lately because I have some terrible shin splints and ankle discomfort going on right now and the most comfortable surface for me to run or walk on is the treadmill at OTF (they are cushioned well and generally just amazing). I have no clue if it’s pregnancy related or what, but I am assuming it is. I think my body, specifically my legs and ankles, are trying to adjust to the extra poundage I am carrying around. It’s really been a struggle and I’m hoping it subsides soon.

Stats from the week before last:

Monday: Went for a 4 mile run outside with my running buddy and it was a struggle. I don’t know if it was because I just hadn’t given my legs enough rest time since the half marathon, or if it’s because running is just becoming difficult with my 22 week (now 23 week) pregnant self. I was so out of breath, my belly felt ridiculously heavy, and like I mentioned above, I have shin splints from hell. Just overall not a good experience. I’m going to give it another few days and then try again, or maybe I’ll just stick with the treadmill, which doesn’t seem to bother me as bad.

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: 50 minute walk outside along the river…shin splints are still awful:(

Friday: 20 minute run on the treadmill (5.0 mph) and a 30 minute Step class

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Took Cody for a 60 minute walk outside at a local greenway. I had to take several breaks to stop and stretch my ankles and legs, and generally walked a lot slower than normal, but I still feel like I got a good workout in and it was an absolutely gorgeous day.

Stats from last week:

Monday: 30 minute “Chisel” class (all strength training using free weights) and 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: Wasn’t feeling it today, but I bucked up and did 20 minutes on the elliptical followed by about ¾ of a 45 minute Total Body Training class (full body strength workout with some cardio intervals thrown in)

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Pretty much a rest day other than taking Cody for a stroll around the neighborhood

Pregnancy Journal #2: 21 Weeks

How far along: 21 weeks
Due date: Even though I’ve consistently been measuring a full week ahead, we are going with August 11th because I don’t want to feel pressure to induce earlier
Gender: BOY!!
Size of baby: A banana, and at my appointment he was coming in just under 1 pound
Weight gain: 15 pounds…pretty much all still in my belly and thighs
Maternity clothes: Yep, unless it just happens to be a loose fitting dress or tunic that I previously had. I have a lot of Lilly Pulitzer swing dresses and tunics, so they have come in handy. I’ve also picked up several of those body hugging dresses with the ruching on the side. I don’t like my clothing to be big and boxy, or I feel even bigger, but I need the stretch in my belly. There’s not many maternity clothing options in stores, so I’ve been ordering mostly online. Gap, Target and Isabella Oliver have been my go-to brands. I wear a lot of Lululemon and have just gone up a size to accommodate my growing belly.
Sleep: It varies and I’ll have a few good nights, and then several not so good nights. If I fall asleep and stay asleep all night, I’m good, but if something wakes me up (usually Asher Wade as of late) I’m screwed and generally cannot fall back asleep. There have been several nights where I’ve just turned on my Kindle and started reading at like 2 a.m. because I’m wide awake.
Movement: Yes, it has picked up a lot over the last week or so and he is especially active in the evenings when I’m finally resting. My activity during the day seems to keep him in a constant state of sleepiness, so I guess he likes movement. He’s definitely not as busy as Asher Wade was and the jabs and kicks are more sporadic.
Cravings: It still changes day to day, or meal to meal, but nothing unusual. I’ll get something in my head and I usually have to have it. Mexican has continued to be a staple. I’ve had Tazikis on the brain for the past several days and I really need to make that happen soon. I want frozen yogurt a lot, although mainly for the toppings. I pretty much always have some sort of chocolate on hand. I’ve been craving protein as well. Other staples have been bagels, Clif bars, salads with salmon, PB&J, hard boiled eggs and Smoothie King. Oh, and I’m embarrassed to say how many boxes of Girl Scout cookies I have gone through:-)
Aversions: Not really anything in particular…and I’m thankful that coffee finally tastes good again.
Symptoms: Some lower back and hip discomfort, especially after sitting for extended periods, a lot of tightness in my belly, especially in the evenings, a swirl of spider veins around my left ankle and I’ve still been pretty itchy, although that has gotten a little better. Then of course there’s the general exhaustion. I am so wiped in the evenings it’s all I can do not to just get in the bathtub the moment I get home from work and crawl into bed. It’s not so much that I’m tired, but that my body is physically exhausted. The highlight of my day is when I finally crawl into bed and sink into the mattress.
What I miss: Wine and sleeping on my belly. I’ve been wanting a glass of good red wine so bad lately and may end up treating myself to a small portion.
What I’m looking forward to: Finishing up the nursery. We are so much further along than we were at this point with Asher Wade, probably because we already had the furniture and because I had a clear vision in my head of what I wanted it to look like. The shiplap accent wall is all done and looks great and I’m waiting on some artwork to come in to hang on that wall over the crib, and a fluffy white rug and a few other decorative pieces.
Best moment of the week: Receiving a good report at my appointment on Monday and getting some great shots of our little guy. He was so cooperative for the pictures. We brought Asher Wade with us and I loved how excited AW was to see his baby brother on the screen.
Thoughts on pregnancy: It still feels like it’s going really slow. Maybe it felt like this with Asher Wade and I just don’t remember. One thing I know is that I didn’t have this level of exhaustion with Asher Wade, but I have to keep reminding myself that we have so much more on our plates now, simply from the fact that we already have a kid. Plus I know I am working out a lot more than I did during my first pregnancy.
Here’s a few ultrasound pictures from this past Monday and a few bump pictures from the last week or so…
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Motivation Monday

{Forgot to post this yesterday}

Well, the main highlight from the last two weeks was the half marathon I did in Sarasota two Sunday’s ago! It was definitely a struggle, but I came in 5 minutes under my goal time of 3 hours, and I was able to jog a good portion of it, so I was pretty pleased. Normally I run a half in 2:20 (2 hours and 20 minutes), and this one took me 2:55, but taking into account that I power walked about 4 miles of it and literally stopped at every single porta-potty, it was a decent pace. I also dealt with some sharp knee pain early on that required me to stop and stretch a few times. I definitely felt 20 weeks pregnant, lol. Between the constant need to pee, the knee pain and the heaviness of my belly, I’d be lying if I said I felt great during the run, but I didn’t feel terrible and it was absolutely manageable. Thankfully the weather was perfect and obviously the scenery was beautiful, and I ran with an old friend that I literally hadn’t seen since high school, so that made it more fun. I always feel accomplished when I cross that finish line, but man, I felt super proud this time. I also really enjoyed the breakfast buffet that was waiting for me on the other side of the finish line;)

So in case you’re wondering, completing a half marathon while pregnant (at least in the 1st or 2nd trimester…I would personally not attempt one much further along than what I am right now) is absolutely doable assuming you’re already conditioned. I honestly did not train for this one. The last long run I’d done was a half marathon back in November, but I run on average around 15 miles per week between Orangetheory and my own workouts, so my body is definitely conditioned to running, even if not entirely conditioned for long runs. Had I actually trained and done a couple 8-9 milers prior to this race I probably would have done better and felt better, but oh well. It’s over and I finished unscathed and I’m just going to pat myself on the back and move along. I plan to just stick with short runs from here on out, at least until that gets uncomfortable, and then I’ll move on to power walking. I’m just trying to listen to my body and pull it back when I feel like I need to, which is definitely a day to day evaluation.

Stats from the past two weeks:

Monday: Really short on time today so I was only able to squeeze in a 30 minute run on the treadmill (gradually increasing speed every 5 minutes)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 10 minutes on the treadmill followed by a 45 minute kickboxing class…a little too much jumping around so not sure I’ll go back to that one!

Thursday: 25 minutes on the treadmill (5.5 mph) and 15 minutes on the elliptical

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: Flew out to Sarasota today, and knowing I had my half marathon the next day, I just took a walk around the neighborhood with my mom.

Sunday: Half marathon!

Monday: Walked around the neighborhood with my mom, mainly just to loosen my legs up a little

Tuesday: Power walked around my parent’s neighborhood for 30 minutes and then took another walk with my mom, pushing AW in the stroller, later that evening

Wednesday: 45 minute power walk around my parent’s neighborhood

Thursday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class…it was a ROUGH one

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Pretty much a rest day other than taking Cody for a walk around the block a couple of times

Motivation Monday

Looking back I see that this was a pretty heavy week of exercise, although it didn’t really feel like it. Four OTF classes in one week is kind of unusual for me, but I try to take advantage of it when I’m able to go, since that’s not always the case due to scheduling conflicts and sometimes lack of energy. Pregnancy, and all the not-so-fun side effects that often come along with it, can make it so easy to slack off on the exercise. I did not sleep well this week and subsequently had very low energy and would have preferred to go lie down on a park bench during my lunch break. However, I know that 99% of the time I will feel better and more energized if I go exercise. Even if that just means heading outside for a walk. When I was pregnant with Asher Wade, all I really did was walk and do the elliptical, which is still great and definitely better than not doing anything at all, but this time I am doing OTF and a lot more weight training, and running of course. After I had AW I found that I had lost a lot of muscle tone because I basically didn’t lift any weights during my pregnancy. I don’t want that to happen again. Between OTF and regular strength training, I am probably the strongest I have ever been and I am absolutely not going to let all the hard work go to waste. With my first pregnancy I was more concerned with gaining too much weight, and I thought cardio was the best way to avoid that. This time I am more concerned with holding on to my muscle, and I’m putting more focus on strength training, but still doing a decent amount of cardio. I guess it’s kind of an experiment to see which route will ultimately yield the best results, so the jury is still out on that one.

Stats from this past week:

Monday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.5 mph) and a 45 minute Sports Drill class (alternating cardio intervals and strength training intervals)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: Was really not feeling it today and basically just walked down to the gym on auto pilot and told myself I would change and at least walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I ended up running into my friend in the locker room and she was struggling with the same lack of motivation so we decided to head outside for a walk and it ended up being so nice and just what I needed! Exercise buddies are the BEST.

Friday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Sports Drill class (alternating between cardio and strength intervals)

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Full disclosure…I had planned to make today a total rest day, but after a few hours of dealing with a VERY ornery almost 4 year old, I decided I needed to escape and de-stress and went to a 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class.

On another note, I am technically supposed to be running/walking a half marathon this coming Sunday. Asher Wade and I are flying to Sarasota for a few days while he’s on spring break and there’s a half going on while we are there. I committed to doing it awhile back, knowing the route would be beautiful and the weather likely nice, as is the usual in Sarasota in March, but now I’m totally psyching myself out. I haven’t done any long runs since my last half in November. I couldn’t find any training buddies this go around (other than 4-5 mile runs, which I have done a lot of) and I absolutely cannot stand running by myself. SO BORING. So basically I am going into this completely unprepared. I know I can do a combination of jogging and walking, and honestly, I don’t know that I should be running 13.1 miles at 5 months pregnant anyways, so a jogging/walking combo is probably better anyways. Not to mention I’ll be stopping at every single porta-potty along the route;) Wish me luck!

I just had to post this picture because it kind of cracks me up. 

It snowed in the early hours of Sunday so while Matt headed to church, I decided to keep AW home. He’s had a little cold and between that and the new sleeping arrangements, his sleep hasn’t been the greatest this week, and he’s been rather grumpy and ornery. At some point that morning he was literally losing his mind over I don’t even know what, and I snapped this, sent to Matt and texted, “S.O.S., I will meet you at OTF at 12:30 and hand him off to you. May the force be with you.” Matt met me there and took Mr. Grumpy Pants to lunch and then promptly met me back at OTF an hour later and gave back Mr. (still) Grumpy Pants so he could do the 2:00 class. Parenting ain’t nothing without teamwork.