Tuesday, March 29, 2016

39 Week Pregnancy Update

Tuesday morning I had my 39 week appointment. I am still pregnant! Baby is due Friday and I am well aware that everyone in my life has me on baby watch! It's such an exciting time. As we all know, baby's have their own agenda, patience is a struggle, but he will eventually arrive! 

This week I weighed in 4 pounds less than last week, which was really alarming to me. My first thought was of the baby and worrying over his fluids, etc. His heart rate got an A+ at 160 bpm and no one was concerned about my weight loss. I did spend less time on my feet and I have been trying to drink more water, but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't had my share of Reese's Eggs over the weekend. Pregnancy is so strange.

We have a little progress - eeek so exciting!- and it could be "any day now". However, if I'm still pregnant at my last scheduled appointment, they will do an US to check fluid levels, placenta, etc to make sure it's safe for both of us to continue the pregnancy. 


Work has been such a blessing, I look forward to week days more than weekends right now. Keeping busy has made waiting bearable!




How far along? 39 weeks

Total weight gain: 16lbs

Maternity clothes? Almost all maternity though there are some pre-pregnancy items still in rotation. Those items are things like tops, outerwear, and of course, yoga pants #tillidie

Sleep: Sleep is a real challenge. I'm not sleeping for more than a 2-3 hour stretch at this point. I constantly have to use the bathroom. I find I'm having a harder time calming my mind so that I can fall asleep, but I will say I feel well rested in the mornings

Best moment this week: Hearing my baby's heart beat. I find myself constantly concerned about him. 

Miss anything? All of the same things I've been missing for awhile now. I miss challenging exercise. And caffeine. And being comfortable in my skin. And, literally, running around town. I find myself fantasizing about getting uber fit and back down to goal weight. These fantasies are usually interrupted when I get up and start waddling around.

Movement: All the time though it is less aggressive each week. I try not to let my imagination run away with me even though I know he's ok

Food cravings: No one thing in particular... unless Reese Eggs are still half off at CVS

Anything making you queasy or sick: The thought of making it all the way to 42 weeks pregnant

Gender: Boy :)

Symptoms: I'm pregnant in all things now. There is no getting around it

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly I am happy, a little stressed about the unknown, but overall happy!

Looking forward to: Meeting my baby. I want to know what he looks like, what he weighs, how long he his, does he have any hair, what does his cry sound like? I want to count his ten fingers and ten toes. 


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Monday, March 21, 2016

38 Week Pregnancy Update

This morning I had my 38 week check in, 11 days to due date not that I'm counting...

These appointments are much of the same. Baby looks great, no progress for you Mom, see you next week! High five, gold star, girl bye! Watching the scale start to creep up hasn't been fun. I have gained five pounds in two weeks and haven't changed a thing I've been doing. Means my baby is gonna be big right?! Right! 


How far along? 38 weeks

Total weight gain: 20lbs

Maternity clothes? Almost all maternity though there are some pre-pregnancy items still in rotation. Those items are things like tops, outerwear, and of course, yoga pants #tillidie

Sleep: Sleep is a real challenge. I'm not sleeping for more than a 2-3 hour stretch at this point. I constantly have to use the bathroom. However, I don't find it difficult to fall back asleep, which is good. It could always be worse!

Best moment this week: Attending a friend's son's birthday party! It feels good to continue to do normal social things with friends and family

Miss anything? All of the same things I miss challenging exercise. And caffeine. And being comfortable in my skin. And, literally, running around town. I find myself fantasizing about getting uber fit and back down to goal weight. These fantasies are usually interrupted when I get up and start waddling around.

Movement: All the time though it is less aggressive. I'm assuming he is really running out of room in there. I had a moment this week when I was really concerned by lack of movement. I got myself worked up and worried and then started feeling him again. Everyone tells me this is what being a Mom feels like

Food cravings: No one thing in particular

Anything making you queasy or sick: The thought of making it all the way to 42 weeks pregnant

Gender: Boy :)

Symptoms: I'm pregnant in all things now. There is no getting around it

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly I am happy. Random things make me cry. Emotions all over the place. 

Looking forward to: Meeting my baby.I want to know what he looks like. I want all the medical people to tell me that he is OK. I want to snuggle with him. Mostly I just can't wait to meet him. 

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Week in Review + Weekly Goals

Good morning and TGIF!!! I am really looking forward to the weekends these days. I'm taking advantage of staying in bed way longer than is considered productive, and just generally putting my feet up. No big plans this weekend, lots of R&R on the menu. I feel like I need it and I know I should enjoy these last few weeks before life changes in such a big way!

This week was a little rough. Tuesday and Wednesday were really great days. I had amazing energy levels and was overall pretty comfortable. Monday, Thursday, Friday. Meh not so much. Between low iron and being SO pregnant I am pretty tiered. I'm starting to feel anxious and find myself constantly worried about the baby. Is he moving enough? Is he ok? I hear this will be a theme for my life now, constantly worried about this little boy. I know anxiety/worry is a totally worthless use of time, but it hasn't made it any easier to avoid. Sometimes I just take a deep breathe and remind myself that everything is going to be OK. Have a little faith!

That said, work is really my saving grace right now. Keeping my mind busy is so important for me, and I love having a place to go everyday. I mostly sit at a desk all day aside from taking the stairs, and walking around the office. It's easy for me to put my feet up at work too. Overall, it was a good week. Things are just getting tough at the end, which is to be expected.

Here's what is happening at the gym:

Monday:
35 Minutes Elliptical
Core & Glutes

Tuesday:
35 Minutes Stair Master
Bicep & Tricep Strength

Wednesday:
35 Minutes Elliptical
Core & Glutes

Thursday:
Rest

Friday:
35 Minutes Stair Master
Shoulders & Chest

Saturday:
Rest

Sunday:
Incline Walk


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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Zydeco Marathon Race Day ReCap: Volunteer Style

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to participate in race day from a different perspective! As a running participant, I LOVE race day. I love everything about it. The anticipation that leads up to a big race you've been training for, the feeling of camaraderie as everyone makes their way to the start line, the good juju you get from other people out on the course, the feeling of accomplishment at the finish, and of course the party at the finish line festival! 

I knew from the beginning of the run season that I wouldn't realistically be able to run Zydeco this year. At 37 weeks pregnant, this was an unrealistic goal to set for myself. I've run the race the previous two years, since it began, so I couldn't imagine not participating in this event in some form or fashion. I was able to run the Cajun Cup at 20 weeks and the Cajun Country at 24 weeks, rounding out with Zydeco participation just felt right. These are the big three races in our area. I went back and forth over being an official volunteer, to cheering out on the route with a sign and fun hand outs. However, when two other ladies from my run group couldn't run the race this year and decided to volunteer, my mind was made up! We signed up early for a job we knew would be fun- awarding medals to finishers!



Congratulating people is a really tough job, but someone has got to do it! We got to award medals to so many of "our people" which made handing out medals that much more special. I saw so many people I knew crossing the finish line, it was good to just get out! I forget how chatty people are after they finish a big race. Happy people like talking. As a group, distance runners are super happy people, and I love happy people.This was an overwhelmingly positive experience, a fun and rewarding day.


Full disclosure: volunteering wasn't all glamorous. We were asked to do some not so fun tasks too. At 37 weeks pregnant, I got tiered from being on my feet for so long, squatting over a port-a-potty is much more challenging when you're smuggling a watermelon under your t-shirt, and once I made it home, I was basically useless the remainder of the day. It's really eye opening how much work goes into these events behind the scenes. When you run, you show up, and it's your day. ALOT of  time and effort goes into making that happen. The experience made me even more grateful for all of the race day organizers, and volunteers who put so much time into making these events so successful. Much respect! If I ever find myself in a similar situation as I am this year, I would absolutely volunteer again.

That said, I can't wait to get back on the road. Running a race is a million times more fun than volunteering at one. This event made me miss running even more than I already was. I hadn't realize how much I relied on running for stress relief and overall decompression "me" time, until I couldn't do it anymore. I ran across the parking lot at Sams Club last Saturday and even that felt so so good. So silly. I'm really looking forward to getting back on the road. I've got me some running shoes, a jogging stroller, and zero excuses. Countdown continues....


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

37 Week Pregnancy Update

Monday morning I had my 37 week check in. 37 Weeks ya'll. I feel like it took eons to get here and there's a marathon to go. Or maybe just the last 5k. I'm feeling dramatic. You know when you're 3/4 of the way into a long run and you start question your sanity and how on Earth you will ever pull through? But there's only one way to finish so you have to trudge along? That's where we at.

 In hindsight, I know this time will feel fleeting. I'm trying to stay busy. Busy busy busy. The more uncomfortable I get, the more impatient I become. The more impatient I am, the more uncomfortable I feel. Vicious cycle. I know it's best for the baby to stay put and keep baking until he's ready. I can totally do this. Good news is this week, no fainting! My blood pressure was on the low end of normal, which is good I'm told. I have no progress, like at all. Nothing is happening. I don't have any of the braxton hicks deals either. Everyone at the doctor's office is confident I'll be in this condition for a few more weeks. Good news is they don't let you go over 42 weeks, so there is light at the end of the tunnel.



How far along? 37 weeks

Total weight gain: 17lbs

Maternity clothes? Almost all maternity though there are some pre-pregnancy items still in rotation. Those items are things like tops, outerwear, and of course, yoga pants #tillidie

Sleep: Sleep is a real challenge. I'm not sleeping for more than a 2-3 hour stretch at this point. I constantly have to use the bathroom. However, I don't find it difficult to fall back alseep, which is good. It could always be worse!

Best moment this week: Volunteering at the Zydeco Marathon! It was so good to see so many ladies from my run group and to have a different perspective on race day. I'll share more about that tomorrow.

Miss anything? I miss challenging exercise. And caffeine. And being comfortable in my skin. And, literally, running around town.

Movement: All the time. Right now he's playing my rib cage like a washboard :)

Food cravings: I'm obsessed with green giant veggie steamers, and boneless skinless grilled chicken thighs marinated in orange juice and soy sauce. It's delicious I swear. A lot of other random things too, but this is most prevalent this week

Anything making you queasy or sick: No one thing specifically. If I don't eat frequent enough though I do get nauseated. If I eat too much in one sitting I get nauseated too. And when I say too much it doesn't take very much. Again with the running out of room....

Gender: Boy :)

Symptoms: I'm pregnant in all things now. There is no getting around it

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly I am happy. Random things make me cry. Emotions all over the place. We were watching Forest Gump this weekend and when Bubba died, I balled. Bubba was my best good friend. Que the water works.It's getting tough to stay positive though, not going to lie. I'm pretty uncomfortable and I'm looking forward to the pregnant part coming to a close

Looking forward to: Meeting my baby.I want to know what he looks like. I want all the medical people to tell me that he is OK. I want to snuggle with him. Mostly I just can't wait to meet him. 


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