Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Almost 39 weeks!

Sorry I've been MIA lately.  My computer was down and I started maternity leave two weeks ago so I've been trying to catch up on little things around the house so I can relax as much a possible. 

I'm almost 39 weeks now, very pregnant and very ready to not be pregnant anymore.  My doctor has continued to tell me she thinks I'll have her early because I'm so petite but I'm staring to think she's going to make a late arrival because there are just no signs of her coming as of lately.  I've had lots of back cramping off and on that will last for a few hours but it's not consistent and seems to only happen every few days or so.  I have some days where I feel so good all day that I hardly feel pregnant and I also have days where even walking for longer than a couple of minutes is nearly impossible before everything on my body starts aching.  Each day is different.  When I hit 36 weeks I gained a good 5/6 lbs in a matter of two weeks.  She must have went through a big growth spurt because that's the most I've gained in a two week period.  Since then I haven't gained any weight, in fact I've actually lost 1 1/2 lbs which puts me at a 22lb weight gain.

I started maternity leave on October 7th and I'm so glad I decided to start leave sooner rather than later because it's truly helped me relax.  The first week I was off I got all the baby's clothes washed and put away and my husband completed her nursery.  I also spent time deep cleaning parts of the house that were driving me nuts.  The following week I did some meal prepping so that I wouldn't have to worry about cooking right away once the baby arrives.  I made a huge batch of my turkey chili and my spaghetti sauce with ground turkey and froze both of them.  I also stocked up on oatmeal and protein powder for breakfast and froze a bunch of fruit and spinach in individual bags so I could make smoothies easily. Since being home I've had a smoothie for lunch almost every single day. My smoothie usually has 1/2 banana, 5 strawberries, handful of raspberries, handful of spinach, ground flaxseed, two tablespoons of Greek yogurt, almond milk and crushed ice. I'll also have an open faced chicken sandwich with that or a chicken salad.  This week I plan on relaxing as much as I can, working out lightly when I feel good and maintaining a clean house.  It feels so good to not have to worry about waking up for work, getting ready for the day when I don't feel like it, driving and being uncomfortable and stressing about what else I need to get done before our baby arrives.  I actually feel very relaxed about everything right now, except how labor is going to go lol that freaks me out!

I have more energy at night than I do in the mornings and afternoon and really have to push myself to keep my body moving because I can easily plop myself on the couch all day and not move.  It's much easier to get my workouts in now that I'm on maternity leave because I can get them done whenever I feel my best which usually happens to be around 11:30ish.  I'm so grateful that I learned so much about lifting before becoming pregnant because cardio is very minimal right now.  For the past few weeks my only source of cardio has been uphill walking on the treadmill (inclined at 10 and walking at 3.5) for about 20/25 minutes 3/4 days a week.  I've continued to lift 4 days a week and feel best after lifting. Sometimes the uphill walking kills my back for about an hour or so after doing it.  I'm extremely proud of myself for staying active up until the end of my pregnancy.  I feel it's made a huge difference in how good I've felt throughout this pregnancy.  I've continued to eat as healthy as possible but I always allow a treat at night which is usually a little bit of Ben & Jerry's half baked frozen yogurt.  I buy the small little container of it and that will last me about 4 nights so I really don't eat a whole lot of it each night but I do look forward to it : ) I've had a few nights where I've craved REAL pancakes (not protein pancakes) for dinner along with bacon and eggs but other than that my meals stay pretty clean. 
My next doctor's appointment is Thursday and I thought my doctor would have started checking me by now to see if I'm progressing at all but she hasn't which kind of sucks.  I'd like to know if I'm getting anywhere at this point but I also understand that even if I am dilated or my cervix is thinning out it could still mean labor is very far away.  She won't start checking me until I reach my due date, which is next week.  I really don't want to be induced but I have a feeling that's what will happen to me because I have no real signs that she's anywhere near coming yet. I've tried pineapple, sex, walking, bouncing on a yoga ball, squats, spicy food and today I started taking primrose oil.  So far nothing has helped : ( Any suggestions on how to get this little girl moving?  I really don't want to be pregnant for another 2/3 weeks, ugh!
The most uncomfortable part about pregnancy in these final weeks is the pressure of the baby pushing down on your pelvic area and butt along with the non stop Braxton hick contractions that constantly squeeze the crap out of your stomach making you feel like you can't move or bend and have to pee really bad suddenly.  Both the pressure of the baby and the non stop braxton hicks make it really hard to walk around for long periods so I've spent a lot of time on the couch these past few weeks.  I've been really lucky and haven't had to deal with heartburn other than maybe twice during my whole pregnancy, nor have I had to deal with constipation, bloating, leaking, etc., however, I have had really weird pain in my hands these past few weeks.  My hands hurt really bad in the morning, throughout the night and right before bed.  Sometimes they hurt so bad I can't even open a bottle of water.  It hurts whenever I try to bend my fingers. Hopefully this goes away post baby.

Well, just in case this is my last blog update before Atiana arrives, I'd love to hear any advice or suggestions you all have on labor, delivery and these final days of being pregnant....

How far along: 38 weeks and 6 days, almost 39 weeks ahhhh.

Weight Gain: 22 lbs (I lost 1 1/2 lbs at my last appointment)

Stretch Marks: None

Belly Button: What belly button lol, it's completely flat.

Wedding Rings On/Off: - Took them off about a month ago when they started feeling a bit tight. 

Movement: Definitely a lot less active these days.  She gets the hiccups multiple times throughout the day and I'll feel her roll from one side to another but the kicking and punching has stopped. 

Cravings: No big cravings, I crave boba a lot and now that I'm on maternity leave and have time in the mornings my go to breakfast is a piece of Ezekiel bread with a little bit of cream cheese, sliced avocado and chicken.  If I'm a bit more hungry I'll have it on a wheat bagel instead.  This has to be my favorite thing to eat right now.  I've also craved breakfast for dinner a few times, mostly craving REAL pancakes which is something I haven't had in years until now.

Symptoms: Feeling nauseous some days, back cramping other days, lots of Braxton hick contractions randomly, everything on my body hurts when I'm on my feet for longer than 10 minutes and sitting straight up is nearly impossible because I get so many Braxton hick contractions that I can't bend or move very much. 

Missing: Going out to dinner and being comfortable, walking around for longer than ten minutes without feeling awful, being able to get up and down without it being such a chore and exhausting me, sleeping without a big pregnancy pillow between my husband and I, being able to shave my legs comfortably, etc...and SUSHI!  My husband and I have agreed that sushi will be our first post pregnancy date night.

Looking forward to: As scared as I am of labor, I'm also looking forward to getting it over with already so we can meet this little girl and start this new chapter with her!

Sleep: I wake up multiple times now but when I knock out I knock out hard so I really can't complain.  Some nights I only wake up to use the bathroom once and other nights it's 2/3 times.  I wake up all the other times just to switch sides because my hips get sore.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

35 week Pregnancy Update

With only 5 weeks left until my due date I can't help but feel anxious, scared and excited all at the same time.  I'm excited to meet this little girl that I've been carrying in my belly and excited to start our life with her, I'm anxious to know when she will make her arrival but I'm scared of what labor is going to be like and how much our life is going to change once she's here.  I know these are all normal feelings but man is my mind going crazy these days.  The past few nights I've had a hard time falling asleep because I have so many things running through my head.  I start thinking about how labor is going to feel, wondering when during the day/night it will start and when will I'll know it's time to go to the hospital, will she be late, early or on time, will I end up with a c-section like my mom...oh so many questions.  Then I start thinking about what kind of mom I'll be.  Will everything just come naturally to me?  How will I know how much and how often to feed her, change her diaper?  How am I going to function once I have to go back to work having had very little sleep?  The questions I have are endless but I guess that's what being a new mom is all about.  You learn as you go and everything works out eventually, right?

Regardless of how scared I am about everything right now I also cannot wait to be a mommy to this little girl.  I feel like God has given me a little girl for so many reasons and one of those reasons being that I get to make up for everything my mom didn't do with and for me growing up.  I'm not saying my mom was a "bad mom” because growing up I had everything I needed and more (although I give my dad credit for that), however, she was and still is very selfish.  Her selfishness took away a lot of special moments for me and it also prevented us from having a close relationship of doing mother and daughter activities.  I can honestly say I’ve never gotten a manicure/pedicure with my mom, never have had a spa day with my mom, I can’t even remember ever going to the movies with her or her taking me out to dinner just the two of us.  I can say we went shopping a lot, but that was only because I begged my dad for new clothes and he would give her the credit card to take me shopping and then she would hardly let me pick out a whole lot and would buy herself a ton of new stuff. I never got a sex talk from her, nor could I talk to her about any of the boys I dated or was interested in, heck I couldn’t talk to her about anything. She attended my wedding but didn’t help plan it and wasn’t there until minutes before walking down the aisle.  I can go on and on about all the things she didn’t do but really what good does that do me?  All I know is that I’m going to do everything my mom didn’t do and more with my daughter.  I want her to feel like she can come to me with anything.  I want to build a relationship with her that I never had with my mom and take her to do all the things that make you feel girly and special.  God is giving me the opportunity to make up for lost time and I can’t wait to be the mom I always wanted my mom to be.  

I need to start packing my hospital bags within these next few weeks. Any suggestions on some MUST bring items?

I don't really have much of a birth plan.  People think I'm crazy but I really want to go into this and enjoy the process rather than worry about something not going the way I planned or scaring myself half to death. I know I want to try and labor as much as I can at home where I'm most comfortable and then once the pain becomes unbearable on our way we go.  I rather not be induced because I hear it makes labor ten times more painful but if it needs to be done then it needs to be done.  If I need an epidural (which I'm sure I will) I WILL get an epidural.  I've also prepared myself that I may end up with a c-section just like my mom and while that scares the crap out of me, so does a baby coming out vaginally LOL.  That's about as far as my "birth plan" goes, pretty basic huh?

Now that I’ve put all my thoughts out there, let’s carry on with my 35 week update.  Only 2 weeks left until I’m full term and right about now this little one is doing a lot of growing  She’s putting on about 1/2 a lb a week which explains why my stomach feels so incredibly heavy now and why my feet hurt super bad after standing for longer than 10 minutes. While pregnancy has been pretty easy for me I'm soooo ready to be done. I think I'm at the part of pregnancy where everyone says they are done and it's no longer as enjoyable as it once was.  I felt GREAT until I hit 34 weeks and then slowly started feeling more tired, sore and uncomfortable.  This week has been the most exhausting week I've had during my pregnancy.  I feel completely drained, a little bit of swelling coming on, nauseous, sore and the pressure I'm feeling down below when standing is soooo uncomfortable.  I'm now getting up to use the restroom twice during the middle of the night and I've had a few sleepless nights that really suck, especially when you have to work the next day.  However, I've also had some really awesome nights of sleep like last night and the night before so you never know what you’re gonna get.  I'm really looking forward to going on maternity leave so I can relax and nap more often and not feel so stressed because there is so much to do both at work and at home. I honestly feel a bit overwhelmed right now just thinking about all the needs to be done still.  

Speaking of maternity leave, I had my 34 week check-up last Thursday and my Dr. insists that I stay off my feet for long periods of time.  She doesn't want me going into pre-term labor so she said I need to start resting as much as possible.  She also wants me to start maternity leave next week, so October 4th will be my last day at work.  I've gone back and forth on whether I want to take a whole month off before or work until two weeks before my due date, however, after talking to my doctor I've decided taking a month off (well actually 3 1/2 weeks) before my due date is best.  I cannot wait until I'm officially on leave, I am exhausted, not to mention I have so much organizing I have to get done on very little energy.

This past weekend was our baby shower.  Everything turned out so beautiful thanks to my mother-in-law and best friend and all our other family members that helped put it all together.  They really went above and beyond and took care of everything so I didn't have to do a thing.  Josh and I feel so blessed.  We had about 80 people at our shower and the day went by so quickly that I felt I didn't even have the chance to talk to everyone.  We got just about everything we need and more for this little one so we are set!  Now I just need to figure out how to organize everything and wash everything.  The day after the shower I was so exhausted I felt sick.  Thankfully I took the following day off work because there was no possible way I would have been able to function.  Every part of my body was sore, my eyes were burning and my feet hurt so badly.  I felt so awful that for the first time in 5 years of being married I made my husband a grocery list and had him do our grocery shopping so I could stay home and rest.  I'm so thankful for that man, he has helped me so much during this pregnancy with cleaning, doing the dishes every night, picking up dinner the nights I don't feel like cooking and offering to do anything and everything he feels is too much for me. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful husband who truly cares about how I feel and I feel even more blessed to know our daughter is going to have one amazing daddy who will do anything for the both of us.

Lately I’ve been missing my crazy workouts that I use to do pre-pregnancy.  Maybe it’s because I tend to push myself harder during fall/winter that I’m starting to miss my old workouts and since we are now officially out of summer it makes sense that I’m starting to think about my old workout routines.  Last week I did 3 days of cardio and 4 days of lifting (a total of 5 days).  Two days of jogging for 45 minutes and 1 day on the bike for 25 minutes.  I was super tired every day after work last week so it was really hard to get out there and get my workouts done. I'm pretty sure my jogging days are now over until this little girl arrives (my stomach just feels too heavy now) so I plan on getting in some uphill walking a few days a week from here on out and continuing to try and lift when I can. I really want to try and push myself as long as I can.  I figure once I’m on maternity leave it will be a bit easier to make time because I’ll be home all day so I can workout when I feel the best which is usually mid-morning.  My husband and I are already coming up with a plan to get back into shape after the baby is born and my doctor approves me working out.  I’ll be sure and share that plan with you all once that time comes.  What I can share right now it that it will include a few days of insanity, lifting and running.  

There’s not much more to update as of now, however, I did promise you guys some more maternity photos, so I've shared some more below as well as a 33, 34 and 35 week belly pic.  I post most of my belly updates on Instagram (stephani_fitlifehappywife) and share only a few on Facebook.

How far along: 35 weeks (almost 9 moths, yikes)

Weight Gain: 17 lbs at my last appointment.

Stretch Marks: None

Belly Button: Flat but starting to pop out a tiny bit.

Wedding Rings On/Off: - off for now : ( they were getting tight and I was afraid I'd wake up one morning and not be able to get them off.  I feel naked without them!

Movement: Lots of movement all day long and nonstop hiccups which feels like a twitch I can't get rid of lol.  This little girl is active all throughout the day and less active at night which allows me to sleep pretty well.  Her movements are painful these days, I feel like I'm being elbowed from the inside 24/7 and each movement causes me to tense up, it's really hard to relax with how much and how hard she moves.
Feeling: Exhausted!

Cravings: My mom swore up and down that I would have these crazy cravings eventually but it hasn't happened yet.  I still want fruit a lot or anything cold like Thai Tea Boba mMmmm

Symptoms: Shortness of breath.  It's getting harder to breath the further along I get, especially after meals.  I hate the feeling of not being able to breath, it's one thing I definitely won’t miss.  I'm also feeling a little nauseous and my feet hurt constantly.  I've had a few nights where I've felt some sharp pains down below and cramping in my pelvic area.

Missing: Sushi I want sushi BAD.  Being comfortable after meals and my hardcore workouts.  Hopefully I can do pull-ups, pushups and dips again one day soon.  I know it sounds crazy but I miss being able to do them!

Looking forward to: Maternity leave so I can relax both physically and mentally.

Sleep: Sleep is still better than it was pre-pregnancy, however, it's getting harder to initially fall a sleep at night.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

8 Month Pregnancy Update

First of all, I cannot believe it is September already OMG!  Why oh why did summer come so late.  I hate how hot it is, I really do : (  Baby girl is nearly 4 lbs now and we are now 8 weeks away from my estimated due date. Wednesday I had my 8 month checkup and everything is looking good.  I've gained a total of 15lbs so far (I didn't gain anything from my last checkup 2 1/2 weeks ago) and my doctor says for being pregnant I don't have a lot of fat on my body.  That's always nice to hear, especially considering I’ve missed a few days of working out because the past couple weeks have been busy and it's been incredibly hot.  I always get at least 4 days of workouts in, however, I like to shoot for 5/6.

These past few weeks went by so fast!  Two weeks ago my husband and I had our 4D ultrasound where we got to see our chubby cheeked little girl and from there we went on a little baby moon/anniversary trip to San Diego.  The 4D ultrasound was an amazing experience!  I highly recommend everyone who is contemplating on doing it to do it.  It was so awesome to see all of her features, her eyes open, her fat cheeks, her mouth moving and sucking.  The ultrasound lasted 30 minutes and we got a DVD of the whole thing with about 6 songs we got to pick to have on the DVD.  We picked some of our favorite country songs and it really makes watching the video that much more special. This little one has been head down for about a month now with not much room to move around.  Her head was partially covered by the placenta making it hard to see her real good.  I’ll share some of the pictures we got of her below.

Our little getaway to San Diego was so amazing!  It was a weekend of being on our own little private beach, laying around in our cabana and room services for breakfast, lunch and dinner!  We had plans to go out to a nice dinner one night but our room was so relaxing we decided to stay put and just order in room service. We had breakfast on the beach in our cabana every morning and lunch too.  We rented a speed boat one day and just had this awesome relaxing weekend of doing nothing but enjoying each other and the beautiful weather!  It was such a memorable weekend and much needed.

Last week a few of my wonderful co-workers/friends put together a beautiful Dr. Seuss themed baby shower for me. They spoiled me with some really awesome gifts.  One thing I have been dying to get is the 4Moms Mamaroo (if you haven’t heard of it, look it up, so awesome) one of my really good friends at work bought it for me! I was so excited! I also got tons of clothes, a few pairs of baby uggs, tons of Dr. Seuss books, blankets, diapers, frames, a super cute diaper cake someone  made for me, swaddle blankets, headbands, video monitor, nursing pillow (aka Boppy), A Moby baby carrier (which was so confusing on learning how to use until I looked it up on YouTube lol), etc… and tons of gift cards for Babies “R” Us, Buy Buy Baby and Target.  My boss was so thoughtful and on top of getting the baby a few gifts he also gave me a $250 gift card to Lulelemon, how awesome is he!?  After arriving home the day of my shower there were also a few gifts left on our porch.  One of my best girlfriends who cannot make our shower this month sent us the highchair we registered for and another girlfriend of mine sent us the changing pad and cover we registered for.  We still have our big family/friends shower this month.  This little girl is going to have so much stuff!  My husband and I had so much fun setting up all the gifts we got.

This past weekend we had our maternity photos done.  It was so hot out the day we did them, like 95 out, ugh!  I felt like my makeup was melting off and my hair went flat almost immediately: (Anyhow, I love the photographer we picked.  She made us feel so comfortable and made the experience so enjoyable regardless of how hot is was outside.  I'm waiting for her to send me the proofs and once she does I will share some of them with you all.

I've had lots of Braxton hicks contractions this past week.  I told my doctor my stomach has been getting really tight lately and it feels a bit uncomfortable and heavy when it does.  She said those are Braxton hicks contractions (very common during this part of pregnancy) and when I feel them I need to stop doing what I’m doing, sit down, rest a little and drink some water/orange juice.  I wasn’t aware that I should be resting when I feel them coming on, I usually keep doing what I’m doing.

It has been so hot out that working out has really been a challenge for me.  I’m still managing 4/5 days a week but boy is it hard to drag by butt into the hot garage and get it done.  My cardio is still done on the treadmill jogging at 5.0 for 25/30 minutes 4/5 days a week and I’m still lifting for about 30 minutes 4 days a week as well.  For those who have asked what my workout regimen looks like while pregnant, it’s pretty similar to what it was before pregnancy.  Doctors say as long as you were working out that way before pregnancy, it’s perfectly fine to continue to do so.  However, to start working out in a way you never did before pregnancy while pregnant is not safe.  Lucky for me I’ve been a runner for 8/9 years and lifting weights consistently for about 2 years so continuing my routine wasn’t a problem when I found out I was pregnant.  I definitely run A LOT slower than I use to but I still manage to jog just fine.  My comfortable treadmill speed before pregnancy was 8.2 – 8.5 and now I’m jogging at 5.0 which is about a 12:00 minute mile.  I use a belly band when I run to help lift the baby away from my bladder.  Without a belly band I would not be able to jog like I do.  As far as lifting goes, you can find my typical lifting regimen on Facebook under my pictures in the album labeled “our home gym and workouts”.  The only difference in how I lift now is that I do not lift as heavy.  I’ve lowered the weight just a little bit (not much, maybe 5/10 lbs depending on which workout it is) and I DO NOT workout ABS at all anymore and haven’t since becoming pregnant.  

As far as my eating goes, I have to admit it’s pretty boring these days.  I pretty much eat the same thing over and over again because once I find something I like I get stuck on it.  My breakfast is the same and has pretty much been the same since finding out I was pregnant.  One of the most common pregnancy symptoms is constipation.  I have yet to deal with constipation because throughout my pregnancy I’ve had a high fiber diet. As most of you know, a high fiber diet mean more carbs.  Prior to becoming pregnant I would moderate my carbs and would only eat them in the morning and then taper them off after about noon.  One thing I did not want to have to deal with while pregnant was constipation because I know how crappy it makes you feel so I switched my diet up some and increased my fiber intake a lot. Having a high fiber diet during my pregnancy has really helped with my energy levels. Every morning for breakfast I have Fiber One Cereal (the rabbit pellet looking one that’s only 60 calories and contains about 60% of your daily fiber intake) with one whole banana chopped up inside, blueberries, raspberries and almond milk.  This is my breakfast staple and has been for the past 8 months.  Yes, I am aware that Fiber One isn’t “clean” but that doesn’t bother me one bit because I truly feel this morning combination is what keeps my metabolism up and going all day.  For lunch I’ve alternated between two meals most of my pregnancy.  Meal one is an open faced sandwich on one slice of Ezekiel bread with mustard, tapatio, spinach, cheese, cucumber, avocado and chicken breast (I buy the pre-cooked ones at Sprouts/ Ralphs because it makes meal prepping 10x easier) with a fruit of some sort, usually green grapes/cherries. Another lunch favorite of mine is 1/2 cup of brown rice topped with a teriyaki chicken breast (I make my own clean sauce for the chicken and my husband BBQs it) topped with a grilled pineapple.  As for dinner, most of you know I’ve been on a taco kick almost my whole pregnancy!  Thank god my husband doesn’t mind and has been ok with eating them multiple times in a row haha.  I use lean ground beef/chicken/turkey (I change the meat I used each week), corn tortillas, chopped spinach as a lettuce replacement, Greek yogurt as a sour cream replacement, tomatoes, tapatio and cheese!  I’ve also made my tortilla soup a few times (you can find this recipe on my Facebook page in my “Notes” section), quesadillas (I posted this on Facebook the other day) anything that’s simple, clean and lasts all week so I’m not slaving in the kitchen.  My go to snack almost this whole pregnancy has been wheat thins and cheese and I do allow myself  little bit of ice cream every other night or so.  I've been very fortunate and haven't had any crazy cravings.  Usually when I'm craving something it's fruit or some sort.
How far along: 32 weeks and 3 days (8 months, shut up!)

Weight Gain: 15 lbs

Stretch Marks: None

Belly Button: Flat, hoping it stays this way and doesn't push out much further.  Also hoping it goes back to normal one day lol

Wedding Rings On/Off: - Still on, however, I have noticed it being a bit tighter with this hot weather.

Movement: Huge rolling movements still in the same exact spots and they hurt!  This is the most she has moved around and the hardest movements I have felt since being pregnant. She's active all day long! She's been in the same position for over a month now.  Her head is wedged pretty low within my pelvic area on the left side and I don't feel too much movement there unless I cross my legs a certain way.  I'm pretty sure it squishes her because it's the only time I feel her head move.  She's usually curled up and I can feel her butt pressed up under my rib cage and I always know when she's stretching because she pushes her feet up against my side and they bulge out.  I like to tickle her foot/give it a little grab and it makes her squirm : )  When she's kicking around she tends to kick and push against my ribs and that HURTS!

Feeling: Pretty dang good actually aside from this heat.  I can honestly say I hardly feel pregnant most days, until I eat a big meal and my belly doubles in size and becomes heavy lol then I get super uncomfortable and it becomes hard to breath.

Cravings: Still no real cravings...

Symptoms: Nothing new really other than my lungs feel a bit crowded making it hard to breath after meals oh and major hot flashes lol but it's hot as heck so what do you expect : ).  No heartburn, pain or feeling uncomfortable yet : ) Shaving my legs and getting in and out of my little sports car is becoming harder though. 

Missing: Having a drink when I want to.  We have gone to so many events this past summer and it sucks not being able to drink with everyone.  I'm so happy that there are no more BBQ's, birthdays or holidays until after I have the baby so I can finally enjoy a glass of champagne with everyone.

Looking forward to: Our big baby shower this month and maternity leave so I can finally start nesting and figuring out what else we need to buy and get done.

Sleep: I really can't complain because I sleep pretty dang good.  I only wake up once around 2 a.m. to use the restroom and knock out right away.  The hard part is getting comfortable when I first lay down at night, however, once I knock out I'm good the rest of the night.  A lot of women say sleep becomes harder around this time of pregnancy.  I've been very fortunate thus far and sleep has been amazing for me.  I drink about 5/6 water bottles a day but stop drinking water around 7:00 p.m. and I truly think this helps with having multiple bathroom trips in the middle of the night.
 Our little one in 4D, poor thing is so squished in my tummy, but she's smiling : )
 Work Shower
 Super cute diaper cake that one of my friends made me : ) I'm in love with the little uggs!
 Slowly adding some pink to our little girl's room

Thursday, August 22, 2013

30 Weeks Pregnant (7 1/2 Months).

Ahhh week 30 baby girl is now the size of a large cabbage (she sure feels like it too).  At this point I feel like my belly grows daily.  It’s scary to think I still have another 10 weeks of growing to do because I feel like I can’t grow any more.  People think I look tiny but I sure don’t feel that way.  It’s getting harder to do the simplest things like put on my shoes, shave my legs and get off the couch lol.  

Last weekend we got the family together to go see this little girl in 4D.  I wanted to make sure she was active so we got a good look at her so I ate a sugary cake pop on the way to the sonogram place.  We were 10 minutes late for our appointment because someone decided to steal the catalytic converters off of our Toyota Sequoia which put a HUGE damper in our day and also required us to figure out another driving situation as we had 13 people with us and we didn’t want to have to take multiple cars.  It’s really sad that some people don’t know how to work for their money and steal from others who work hard.  That’s a $4,000.00 problem we now have to fix before the baby gets here because that was the car I was planning on driving once she arrives.  I’m pretty sure my little 2 door sports car is not gonna work with a baby haha.  Anyhow, because we were late for our appointment they had to push us to an 11:30 appointment (our original appointment was at 11:00) and by the time we got in the room to start the ultrasound this little peanut was sleeping the WHOLE time!  So much for that cake pop I had earlier, she must have had a sugar high for about 30 minutes and then knocked the heck out.  I was so upset because this was the ONLY time we could get all of us together to see her and we had no such luck.  She was so active prior to going in the room too!  Aside from her sleeping she also had the umbilical cord in front of her face.  At one point we saw her licking the cord and that was about it as far as any action shots.  The ultrasound tech had me eating candy, drinking water, walking around the room, jumping, etc….nothing would wake this little girl up.  In fact after about 10 minutes of trying to get her moving she turned her back to us so all we had was a clear view of her spine LOL what a brat.  Prior to her turning her back to us the ultrasound tech was able to measure her and get a little glimpse of her profile.  So far we have almost a 3 lb baby girl with a lot of hair already, long eyelashes and at least one dimple! We also learned that she's already positioned head down and butt up towards my ribs and they are guesstimating that she will likely weigh about 7.5 lbs. Luckily this place allows you to redo the 4D if you don’t get a good look at your little one so we go back tomorrow to try again.  I’m bummed that our family won’t be there to see her but we are getting a 20 minute video of her that we can share with them later : ) The cool part about the video is we got to make a 20 minute playlist to go with the video and we picked out some really awesome songs! We are so excited for tomorrow!  Since this little one is most active in the morning after breakfast, I plan on eating breakfast right when we arrive rather than a few hours before like I did last time.  Hopefully my next blogging session will include some awesome pictures of her : )

Tomorrow my husband and I are celebrating 5 years of marriage!  We’ve been together for 7 years and married 5.  I feel so blessed to have married someone who fulfills me in every way possible.  God sure knew what he was doing when he placed us together. I’m so thankful for everything we share, for this indescribable bond we’ve built together and for the never ending love I have for this man.  I married someone I cannot imagine my life without and now I get to experience a whole new chapter of life with him in just a matter of 10 weeks.  I cannot wait to learn even more together, to parent together and to show this little one how much love we have to offer.  We are off to San Diego this weekend to celebrate our last anniversary as the TWO of us : )  Boy do we need this little getaway!

So far the third trimester hasn't been too bad.  I had one week of being super tired and nauseous but once I got past that week I was back to feeling normal again.  I'm starting to feel the pressure of the baby now when standing too long.  She's head down already so that's probably why everything starts throbbing when standing for long periods of time. The pressure I feel now from this little 3 pounder feels so heavy, I cannot imagine what it's going to feel like when she doubles in weight.  I still have yet to deal with most complaints during the third trimester, acid reflex, constipation, hemorrhoids, leg cramping, insomnia, having to pee multiple times during the night or having lost control of my bladder.  I'm sure some of it's bound to happen though so for now I'm thankful for how great I've been feeling thus far.  I’m up 15 lbs as of my last doctor’s appointment this past Monday, I’m curious how much more I’ll gain with 10 weeks left.  Although they say it’s about a pound a week from here on out so I’m thinking I’ll gain the average 25lbs.

We have our maternity photo session next weekend!  I have two dresses I need to choose between wearing.  One is more vintage looking and one is more modern looking.  If I go with the vintage looking one then I need to find shoes that will go with it and I’m at a complete loss as to what shoes will look best.  Once I pick which dress I’m going to wear we need to find an outfit for my husband.

How far along: 30 weeks (7 1/2 months with only 10 more weeks to go ahhhh)

Weight Gain: 15 lbs as of my last doctor's appointment this past Monday.

Stretch Marks: None

Belly Button: I think it's safe to safe it's flat now.  I give it a few more weeks and it will be completely flattened to my belly.  My poor belly button : ((

Wedding Rings On/Off: - Still on so that's a good sign because that means I haven't started swelling up yet.

Movement: Big movements still in the same spots all the time meaning she must like the position she's in because she's been in that same position for weeks now.  Her head is near my bladder so I feel her head once in a while and her knees/feet are always pushed up against my right side under my ribs. She does this weird jolting thing sometimes and it looks and feels so funny. She also gets the hiccups a lot now and they usually last about 5 minutes, drives me nuts lol

Feeling: Really good this week,  Last week I was tired, nauseous and feeling uncomfortable and this week I've pretty much felt the opposite.  Each week is different.  

Cravings: Still no real cravings...I pretty much eat the same as I was before just more carbs now because I feel my body needs them.

Symptoms: I can't stand for long periods of time or the pressure of the baby starts hurting my back, butt and lower stomach but other than that I feel good.
Missing: Sushi.  I thought I would be missing champagne by now but to be honest I'm really not.  I miss being able to get around easily though and how easy it use to be to shave my legs and put on my shoes.

Looking forward to: Our vacation in San Diego this weekend and our 4D ultrasound.  Praying she's awake this time so we can finally see her!

Sleep: This week I slept great.  It always takes me a while to get comfortable when I first lay down but once I knock out I knock out good.  So far I still only have to use the bathroom once in the middle of the night.

Here Is an updated belly picture and the picture I promised to share with you guys that we used for our baby shower invites.

Friday, August 16, 2013

29 Week Pregnancy Update!

Week 29, man the weeks sure are flying by now. I forgot to post my updates these past couple of weeks due to some family drama (that’s something I may blog and vent about later) and how busy I have been with both work and at home.  I’m in desperate need of a vacation!  Next weekend cannot come soon enough.

I'm now in my third trimester which means the countdown is on now.  She is now the size of butternut squash, weighing about 2 ½ pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel.
As of a couple of weeks ago, her lungs are already capable of breathing air and her vascular system can now handle oxygen/carbon exchange and her brain stem can now regulate rhythmic breathing.  She has plenty more time to bake but if she were to be born now (prematurely) chances are she would survive yay!  

I had my glucose test last week.  It wasn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be.  I was hungry from fasting but the drink wasn't that bad and didn't make me feel sick either.  I’m happy to report I passed, however, I already knew I would pass with how healthy I eat and how much I workout.  She also measured my belly, took my blood pressure, weighed me and listened to the baby's heartbeat.  Everything went well.  Now I start seeing my doctor every two weeks as opposed to once a month.  I have another appointment this upcoming Monday.  My doctor also informed me that she generally likes to put women on maternity leave around 35 weeks.  I'm still not sure if I want to start at 35 weeks or somewhere around 38 weeks.  I guess it just depends how I feel as I get closer. Most of my co-workers suggest I take a full month off before her due date because she can come sooner than expected and so that I take the time to relax.  Everyone seems to think because I am so small and active that she will come a few weeks early.  I’ve always heard your first is always late so who knows.  I’ll be taking 12 weeks off after she’s born and my husband will probably take close to a month off after I return to work to have time to bond with her and also to prolong her going to daycare so soon.

We have our 4D ultrasound this Sunday and we are so excited!  We have the whole family going with us so we are really hoping she’s not hiding behind anything and we get to see her clearly.  We had a regular ultrasound last Friday and I had the ultrasound tech confirm that she was in fact still a girl haha!  He also informed me that she’s already positioned head down and her butt it up near my ribs, which now explains all the painful rib and right side kicks I’ve been feeling.  My goodness they hurt!! A lot of times when driving home from work a foot will be sticking out of my right side and it does not feel too good so I place my hand over it until she tucks it back in.  Sitting up straight is also starting to get uncomfortable for my ribs.  If I sit straight up I get kicked or bumped in the ribs forcing me to slouch again.  This is where having a shorter torso sucks!

Aside from the rib kicking this third trimester has started making me tired.  I have the hardest time waking up in the mornings and after dinner I am exhausted.  I really have to push myself to workout right when I get home now or I can easily sit on the couch and not get back up the rest of the night.  I’m still managing 5 days of working out and that’s 5 days of cardio and 4 days of lifting.  On the days I lift I do 25 minutes of cardio after lifting which is usually uphill jogging and walking.  I also do one day of no lifting and 45 minutes of cardio.  I’m starting to notice that I have to workout at night in order to be hungry for dinner.  I get full so fast now and can’t eat nearly as much as I use to without feeling like I can’t breathe.   I skipped my workout on Wednesday and also skipped dinner because I just wasn’t hungry.  My stomach just felt super tight and I felt like everything was pushed up into my lungs and there was just no room for food.  However, working out at night does help me build up an appetite and it does make everything feel a little less compressed.

A few weeks ago my dad took us to Babies “R” Us to buy the mattress for the crib.  We did not expect him to buy her mattress so we were super surprised when he said he wanted to go pick it out and buy it for us.  I told him that we had picked out a mattress that was pretty expensive. It was one of the most expensive ones there but my husband really wanted to make sure she had this specific mattress. Luckily my dad didn’t mind, he wanted us to get exactly what we wanted.  Now we just need to add the bedding.  My mother-in-law bought her bedding and had it ordered online, I can’t wait to complete her crib with it! This little girl is going to be so spoiled between my dad and Josh’s mom.  It’s so neat to see how much joy she has already brought them and she’s not even here yet.

Last week our baby shower invites were completed YAY!  My mother-in-law really wanted to make our sure our invitations were personable and about the both of us since we are having a co-ed shower.  We really wanted to use one of our maternity photos for the invitations but there was just no way possible considering the invitations have to go out this month.  After a lot of going back and forth we finally settled on a beautiful invitation.  They came out perfect! Once they are sent out, I will share the picture we used for them with you guys.  

I purchased a new baby book not too long ago that I've been reading little by little, although I have to admit it is a bit overwhelming.  It’s called What to Expect The First Year.  I haven’t done a whole lot of reading thus far.  I mean I’ve read about what to expect during pregnancy but nothing on how to care for the baby once she’s here.  With less than 3 months to go I guess I better start reading and taking notes. There is so much I don’t know yet!  I have sooooooooooo much to learn! I’m thankful my best friend is a labor and delivery nurse and that’s she’s going to be with me when I go in the delivery room.  She can help answer a lot of my questions and make me feel a bit more at ease.  As for now, I’ll just read…a lot!

With only a few months left I’m starting to get a little bit nervous. I’m not sure what to expect as far as labor goes and that’s the scary part.

How far along: 29 weeks

Weight Gain: 12 lbs as of two weeks ago at my last doctor’s appointment.  I have another this upcoming Monday so we shall see….

Stretch Marks: Still none, hoping I get lucky like my mom and don't get them. My doctor claims its all genetics and that I probably won’t get them.  Hmmm I sure hope so.

Belly Button: Not flat yet but I know the time is coming because it’s getting there!  I want my belly button back whhhaaaa! LOL

Wedding Rings On/Off: - On and yesterday it was really loose.  I must be doing pretty good with staying away from too much sodium because I haven't had any swelling just yet.

Movement: She's found my ribs ahhhh!!!  Her movements have become a bit painful now.  She just loves kicking me in my ribs when I least expect it and it does not feel good. Sometimes I will try and push her out of that same spot she sits in because I swear my insides are bruised from her kicking the same spot over and over again and when I do try and move her she kicks me twice as hard.  I can pretty much guarantee I’ll find her kicking and moving in the same spots daily.  She’s found where she’s most comfortable obviously.

Feeling: Pregnant now haha

Cravings: No cravings really…just fruit.

Symptoms: Tired and nauseous.  I feel like I’m in the first trimester all over again with a heavier stomach!

Missing: The usual, sushi, having a few drinks on a nice summer night and moving around quickly.  I'm also starting to miss my hardcore workouts.  My husband and I are already coming up with a plan to get back into shape after the baby is born.  I'm so thankful I workout from home, it makes me stay even more motivated because I really have no excuses.

Looking forward to: Our 4D ultrasound next weekend, our little getaway to San Diego the following weekend, my work shower and maternity photos...we have a very busy month of fun stuff ahead!

Sleep: Has been good once I knock out.  However, I do have a hard time getting comfortable at night and I wake up to go to the bathroom at least once.  I also switch sides a lot during the middle of the night because my sides hurt from staying in one position all night.  The baby kicks me when I switch
                                                  27 Weeks Pregnant
to the side she's laying on and that keeps me up for a while too.

Here is a picture of the nursery and some updated belly photos from the past few weeks.  I’ve been posting them on Instagram (Stephani_fitlifehappywife) but somehow my Instagram is no longer connected to my fitness page, now it’s connected to my personal Facebook page and I’m not sure how to fix it just yet.

Friday, July 26, 2013

6 1/2 Months Pregnant

Yesterday marked 26 Weeks pregnant! It feels like I have been pregnant forever. The other day my husband reminded me that I feel that way because I have already been pregnant for about 10 months (I had a miscarriage in January and then became pregnant again 2 weeks later) which totally makes sense why I feel so deprived of my normal life lol. This week our little girl's eyes have opened and she can see. She now the size of a head of lettuce and there is nearly 2 lbs of baby in my belly. I don't feel like I'm carrying around 2lbs of baby but my back sure does take a toll on me after standing for long periods of time.

I had a rough week this week of not feeling that good. I was out shopping all day Saturday and wasn't feeling too hot the next day or a few days later. I had an awful migraine that kicked in Monday, body aches and no appetite. I stayed in bed and slept most of the day. My husband brought home 7Up and soup for me that night and it was pretty much the only thing I could stomach all day. The following day I felt a little better but the migraine was still lingering so I stayed home from work again and caught up on more rest. I’m feeling much better now. I’m hoping my body was just undergoing a lot of change this week and that I won’t have to experience feeling like that again. This is the last week of my second trimester. I’m a little nervous of what the third trimester is going to bring! One thing I’m proud of thus far is my consistency with working out. I worked out nearly every day during my first trimester and at least 4/5 days a week during my second trimester. If the third trimester gives me a hard time at least I can say I worked out a majority of my pregnancy and be proud of that.

Our little one’s nursery is just about done! My wonderful husband did such an amazing job on her room! I’m hoping to share pictures with you guys soon. I’m so in love with the crib and dresser we decided on. Oh, and my new glider, it’s just perfect! Her room is done in a light gray and white and is suppose to have light pink accents but we haven’t added any pink just yet. I need to find the perfect light pink curtains still.

Today I scheduled an apportionment for our 4D ultrasound. It’s scheduled for August 18th when I’m 29 weeks and 4 days. I wanted to do it at 32 weeks but unfortunately we have something going on almost every weekend for a month straight. We also wanted our family to be able to make it so we had to schedule it when they could come too. We are so excited to see our little one up close and personal. I wonder who she will look like.

Our 5 years wedding anniversary is coming up on August 23. Normally my husband and I go on a big vacation for our anniversary. Last year we went to South Africa and decided that we were ready to settle down and start a family. Now here we are a year later starting a family. It feels weird not having a vacation planned for once in 7 years we have been together. A few days ago my husband sent me a text saying he just booked a mini getaway for us on our anniversary weekend but he’s not telling me where we are going. So excited to just get away, even if it’s just for a few days and especially if it means alone time relaxing with the one I love. After all, this will be our last little getaway for quite some time.

How far along: 26 weeks (6 1/2 months)

Weight Gain: Last time I went to the doctor I was up a total of 12 lbs. My next appointment is on August 5th so we will see where I'm at then.

Stretch Marks: None although I had a horrible dream that I had them lol

Belly Button: Still In preparing its self to go flat in another month or so.

Wedding Rings On/Off: - On

Movement: She rolls around a lot and I swear she's sideways in my stomach because she also kicks my left side when I switch sides during the middle of the night. There’s definitely a head on my right side (that’s where I feel the big rolling movements) and just today she decided to park herself right under my rib. She’s definitely more active during the day than at night. I rarely feel her at night. If this is a sign of her sleeping habits once she’s born then YIPPY!

Feeling: Better than I was at the beginning of this week now that the migraines have stopped and my energy levels are back up again.

Cravings: Still not craving much of anything. I still continue to eat as healthy as I can.

Symptoms: Bad migraines a few days this week. I'm not sure if the flu or if I was just going through a phase but the beginning of this week was just awful. I feel great now.

Missing: Being comfortable. I feel really uncomfortable when sitting, sleeping and walking for long periods.

Looking forward to: Our 4D ultrasound in the next couple of weeks and our little getaway!

Sleep: Hasn't been the best this week. Lots of tossing and turning at night to try and get comfortable.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

25 Weeks Pregnant!

Today I am 25 weeks and this little nugget is now the size of a head of cauliflower, woah that just seems so crazy to me! She's weighs about 1.5 lbs which could explain why I'm hungry more often now. She now knows which way is up and down in my tummy and her hair and fat are growing rapidly.

These past few days I've noticed my appetite increasing. This is something I have yet to experience until now. My appetite since being pregnant has pretty much been the same as before so I haven't really felt the need to eat more than I normally do. However, now I notice myself getting hungry about 2 hours after breakfast and right before falling asleep at night. My 10:30 a.m. snack has been wheat thins and cherries and at night I'll feel myself getting hungry but I'm too tired to get up and eat so I end up falling asleep and not eating anything. We eat dinner pretty late so chances are my food is still settling from dinner anyway. My favorite snack when I get home from work is still wheat crackers and cheese : ) The only thing I have changed diet wise since finding out I was pregnant is I’ve increased my carb and fiber intake. I use to moderate my carb intake based on my workouts and that’s pretty much went out the door since being pregnant because I know my body needs more carbs right now. Most of my fiber comes from fruit. I eat way more fruit now that I ever have. It’s pretty standard that I have blueberries, raspberries, cherries and a banana every single day. So far eating this way, along with working out, has really kept my metabolism going.

Last week I only got 4 days of working out in. We had a super busy week so my time was limited. The one great thing about being pregnant is not stressing over my workouts if I miss a day or two. I think I worked out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. I did cardio for 25 minutes all four days and then 30 minutes of lifting each day as well. For cardio I walked uphill (inclined at 10 and walked at 3.5) because my back was pretty bad last week so I thought running would be a bad idea. I also switched up my lifting and did full body workouts 3 days out of the week and legs on the 4th day. Each day I did 2 different chest workouts, 2 shoulder workout, 2 back workouts, a bicep and a triceps workout. I did supersets each workout and did 3 sets of 15 per each workout. I’m still lifting fairly heavy while I have the energy. I’m only a couple weeks away from the third trimester so I want to make sure and take advantage as much as possible. This week I’ve decided to switch up my routine again to keep my body guessing. I’m doing full body workouts (2 of each muscle group) but in a circuit. Tuesday was day one of circuit training and I was going into failure by the second round. I’m also getting 25 minutes of jogging in before lifting (I’m currently jogging at 6.0 on the treadmill. That seems to be the perfect speed without killing my back and lower stomach). I have to say these past two days have been the best workouts I’ve had in a long time. I’ve had so much energy during my workouts these past two days.

My 6 months doctor's appointment was a week late because my doctor was on vacation so I had it this week. At 25 weeks I've gained a total of 12 lbs so far, which is pretty average, I think. When the doctor went to listen to this little ones heartbeat she was moving around so much that all we could hear is her kicking noises. Shortly after, we found her heartbeat down near my pelvic bone. People think I'm carrying high, but it's really just the way my tummy grows because she sits very low, it's rare that she's ever above or even near my belly button. I have an ultrasound scheduled for next Friday, so excited to see our little girl again! August 5th is the dreaded glucose appointment. I'm so not looking forward to it.

This past weekend my husband and I bought all the furniture for the baby's nursery. We picked out everything a few months ago but because we were in limbo about our home situation we didn't want to purchase anything until we knew what we were doing. Last week we cleared out our spare room so we could start prepping the nursery. Once my husband had it all painted we were eager to go buy the furniture for her room. We went to Buy Buy Baby and purchased a beautiful gray glider chair. I was having the hardest time finding a glider to match her room and finally found the perfect one. I didn't want a glider with any wood and almost all of the ones we came across had a wood frame. So thankful for the lady at Babies "R" Us who recommended we check out Buy Buy Baby. We went back to Babies "R" Us after purchasing the glider and bought her crib and dresser set. Both my husband and I fell in love with Heidi Klum's Truly Scrumptious line and had our eyes set on this beautiful whitish/grayish crib and dresser. We looked at soooooo many different cribs and kept going back to this particular one. So of course we bought it : ) My husband doesn't want me posting pictures of anything until the room is complete. So once the room is complete I will share pictures with all of you. I'm so excited to see how the room turns out! We are also redoing our own room once the baby's room is done.

Our next few weeks are so busy. Aside from work we pretty much have something going on every single weekend. Once August arrives we will be just as busy! I have my first shower in August, a 4D ultrasound and maternity photos the beginning of September along with our big co-ed shower. I have a feeling these next few months of being pregnant are going to fly on by.

Although I'm not someone who loves being pregnant, I do have to say I love my husband for being so amazing during my pregnancy. I feel completely blessed that he is so interested in every aspect of my pregnancy. He makes me feel so special and so taken care of constantly. I don't have to ask a thing of him he takes care of everything with no questions asked. On top of that he gets excited to do all these things for both the baby and I. Every day I come home to something new he’s done to her room or to our room to make me more comfortable. Every night after dinner he makes me stay on the couch while he takes my plate away and washes the dishes. Not a day goes by without him asking me how I’m feeling and if she’s moving around. On Tuesday he texted me and said “I’m taking a half day at work so I can go pick up the crib and build it”. I came home and the crib was built and blinds were hung in her room. He also picked out two cute little outfits for her and hung them in her closet. God had truly blessed me with an amazing husband. I haven’t had to do much to prepare for this baby (other than carry her in my belly lol) because he’s done it all for me. I cannot wait to experience parenthood with this man.

How far along: 25 weeks

Weight Gain: 12 lbs, so I’ve gained 5 lbs in the last 6 weeks.

Stretch Marks: None

Belly Button: In, I’m sure it will go flat by the last month.

Wedding Rings On/Off: - On

Movement: Her movements are big but I don’t feel her as often as I did a month/month ½ ago. I wonder if she’s running out of room in there already and waiting for my stomach to expand some.

Feeling: Content and a little anxious now that her room is partially done. It’s so weird to think we are only a few months away from it just being the two of us. This little girl will forever change our lives and that empty crib won’t be empty for too much longer.

Cravings: No cravings. I more so want fresh fruit and salads as often as possible.

Symptoms: Really tired by 9:30 at night and super tired when waking up in the morning but my energy levels are up during the day so I guess I can’t complaint. I’m also starting to get short of breath after eating big meals or walking to and from my car. I feel like my lungs are starting to get crowded. Not liking that feeling and I know it has only begun.

Missing: Sleeping on my back, champagne, my body….sleeping close to my husband without a pregnancy pillow between us, blah!

Looking forward to: Completing the nursery and our room.

Sleep: Sleep is wonderful. My hips get cramped about ½ through the night so I have to switch sides often.

Here are a couple of updated belly pics.  We moved my closet room so lighting is horrible in the mornings.  The first picture was taken the night before right when I got home from work.  I think my stomach looks a bit smaller because all my food had settled from the day and also because the lighting is a bit brighter.  The second picture was taken this morning after drinking 32 ounces of water which could be why I look a little more popped out.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Hello Month 6!

Yesterday I hit the 6 month mark (24 weeks), yay!  Someone told me that everything goes by so fast after the 20 week mark and boy were they right.  Baby girl is now the size of a cantaloupe. She’s almost a foot long now and about 1.25 lbs, holy heck, maybe that’s why my stomach has suddenly grown.  Within the last two days her movements have become so strong.  I feel either a head/butt pressed up against my stomach. It's such a weird feeling! It’s getting harder to stand for long periods of time.  My back has been killing me and standing for longer than 20 minutes really takes a toll on me. I never thought I would dread grocery shopping or shopping in general.  I’ve been able to continue to workout at least 4/5 days a week (I think last week I actually got 6 days in).  My workouts haven’t changed a whole lot.  I’m still lifting 4 days a week (shoulders/bis, chest/tris, back and legs) and doing cardio at least 4 days a week, however, I find myself walking at a 10 incline more than I do jogging.  I jog the days I can but when my back has been sore all day, I skip jogging and just walk on incline.  It seems to burn the same amount of calories anyway.  I think keeping active during this pregnancy helps with my energy levels and also helps keep my metabolism up.  I’ve been very fortunate this far and haven’t had to deal with constipation/hemorrhoids yet, which is something I’ve been warned about during both the second and third trimester.  I’m three weeks away from the dreaded third trimester, I hope it’s good to me!

Last week my husband and I made a big decision and that was to take our house off the market and stay put!  It was becoming extremely difficult for us to show the house during the week with our work schedules and with my due date only being 3 ½ months away, we kinds need to start preparing for this little ones arrival.  We decided it was best to work with what we have for now and then add on next year (which was our ideal plan from the start).  This past weekend we rearranged our own room and bought some new furniture and paint for it (our room is getting a total makeover).  We also cleared out our spare room so we can start the nursery.  We bought the paint for the nursery and my husband is actually starting that project today. So far, everything is working out great and we finally feel at peace with our decision to stay.  I think our animals are happy too!  Once our room is complete and the nursery is complete I will share pictures with you guys.

Aside from the back pain I’ve been having I have also had a lot of side pain.  I had two days of intense right side pain.  It was the kind of pain I felt when I had that large cyst a while back.  I know cysts are common during pregnancy so it could very well be that.  I was ready to make a doctor appointment if the pain didn’t go away but it subsided the third day.  I still can’t get up to quick or roll over in bed too fast or it hurts but at least it doesn’t feel like a sharp shooting pain all day long. I have an appointment Monday so I plan on talking to the doctor then.  It doesn’t feel like ligament pain, it definitely feels more like pain from a cyst.

Last but not least, whoever says the love/loved being pregnant is crazy haha!  I am definitely not one of those women who LOVE being pregnant.  Although, my pregnancy has been pretty easy thus far I really do miss the little things I can’t do right now and I can’t wait until I can do them again.  I miss feeling comfortable in my own body for the most part and I miss my nice skin! Oh and for those who are thinking about becoming pregnant, try and avoid being pregnant during summer, it’s horrible!  The only bright side to being pregnant during summer is maternity leave is during winter and I get to stay home and cozy up on the couch with my little one when it’s cold out and not stress over holiday stuff because I have to work so much.  

Last night my husband and I are had dinner with some friends we met in Cost Rica two years ago.  We met this older couple (I think they are in their 60’s) back in 2011 when we were in Costa Rica.  We talked to them just about every day we were there and found out that we’ve traveled to a lot of the same places.  They live on their boat and end up somewhere different every few months (what a great life huh).  We exchanged e-mails and told them to keep in touch so we can continue to talk about our traveling experiences. Well, it just so happened they were about an hour away from us last night and wanted to meet up for dinner so they could see all our pictures from Africa.  Of course we jumped on this opportunity and headed out to see them last night.  They prepared a wonderful dinner and appetizers for us on their boat docked in Dana Point.  It was so awesome to catch up, exchange traveling stories and share pictures.  They have been married for 30 years and have such an amazing life together full of so much love.  They were so excited to hear we were pregnant and starting a new journey.

How far along: 24 weeks (6 months)

Weight Gain: I’m guessing somewhere around 10/12 lbs.  My doctor’s appointment was canceled last week so I go this upcoming Monday and will find out then.  The last time I went to the doctor (about 6 weeks ago) I was up a total of 7lbs.

Stretch Marks: Still clear of them.

Belly Button:  Still In.

Wedding Rings On/Off:  On, although my fingers swell when incline walking in the heat and it’s hard to get off.

Movement: Her movements are so big now compared to a month ago. I can tell the difference between one of her limbs poking me and her head/butt bumping me haha. Sometimes she sits so far back towards my back that when she moves all I feel is popping I my stomach.  Those are the days my back kills me.  These last two days she's moved up closer to my belly and her movements are so strong it still trips me out.  Speaking of movement, there’s a head/butt pressed up against my pelvic area right now, not comfortable lol.

Feeling: A lot more relaxed these days since we figured out our housing status.  I’m also starting to feel a lot more back pain.  I can’t stand for long periods of time without my back killing me.

Cravings: I really don’t crave anything….weird, I know.

Symptoms:  I’ve felt a little nauseous this week.  Usually only in the mornings and even water makes me gag.  I’ve also had a lot of side pain (right side) that was pretty consistent for two days.

Missing: Running, sleeping comfortable and being able to stand for longer than a few minutes without feeling like I need to sit down right away.

Looking forward to: Working on the nursery these next few weeks.

Sleep: I love that I can fall into a deep sleep now but I hate that I cannot sleep on my back.  I wake up multiple times to switch positions.  The last two mornings I overslept by 20 minutes...oopppps!

Here are updated 6 months pics for those who are not following me on instagram:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

22 Week Update/Belly Picture

I forgot to do an update at 21 weeks. We have had something going on almost every weekend so I haven't had much time to catch up on much. It's hard for me to maintain posts on my page these days, hence the reason I hardly post anything anymore. I try and post picture updates as much as possible on Instagram though. These next few weekends are all busy too, ugh. I just want one free weekend!

Anyway, today I am 22 weeks (5 1/2 months) and this little belly has started to grow finally. Our little girl is now the size of a papaya and weighs about a pound. I swear she went through a growth spurt this past week because all of a sudden I work up one day this week and had a little belly. She still tends to sit very low, near my bladder. Right when I hit 5 months I started to have a hard time running due to how low she sits. My bladder would hurt and my back would just kill me. As some of you suggested, I purchased a belly band for running and it has been such a lifesaver! The one I bought is thicker around the back area so it supports your back and then it scoops down under your belly and kind of lifts your belly up. It makes a hell of a difference when jogging (I don't really run anymore I jog at 6.0) and I'm able to do 3 or 4 miles with no problems. Some days when I'm a bit tired I will walk uphill for 30 minutes and I've found that's just as effective as my jogging. I'm only doing cardio about 4/5 days a week and lifting about 5 days a week at this point.

I also have to let you all know that I finally bought one of those Snoogle pregnancy pillows you all told me about and HOLY COW that pillow is such a blessing! I was using a body pillow before buying that and it was just not working for me at all. I can honestly say I sleep 100% better with the Snoogle. I even use it at night when we are watching TV on the couch, it helps support my back so much! My husband often makes fun of me and says it looks like I'm sitting in a large inner tube ha ha. Speaking of sleeping, the other night I woke up to my right leg cramping so bad! My leg was so cramped I couldn't even move it. After about a minute of it being stiff and cramped I was finally able to relax my leg a bit. The next morning when i woke up my leg was sore from how cramped up it had got. Has anyone ever had this happen? Holy cow that hurt!

How far along: 22 weeks (5 1/2 months)

Weight Gain: The last time I went to the doctor I was up a total of 7lbs. That was about 3 weeks ago. I have another appointment on Tuesday so we will see how much I have gained since my last appointment. I feel like she's done a lot of growing since then so I expect to have gained a few more.

Stretch Marks: No stretch marks or cellulite yet. I'm hoping I have my mom's genes because she didn't get stretch marks or cellulite.

Belly Button: Still an in. I don't think it will pop out because I have a pretty deep belly button, but it's definitely stretching.

Wedding Rings On/Off:  On, please let me be one of those lucky people that gets to keep it on the whole pregnancy. I love my ring and would really miss it if I had to take it off due to swelling.

Movement: I always feel her after I eat, Josh get's to feel her every night before bed. She's getting stronger each passing week, those little love taps aren't so little anymore. She kicks hard sometimes and it always trips me out. I also feel big rolling movements from her, such a strange feeling. It's almost like the feeling you get when your stomach drops at the top of a roller coaster ride.

Feeling: A little overwhelmed right now, mostly because of our housing status. It's getting harder to show the house because we have been so busy this past month.

Cravings: People think I'm crazy but I really don't crave anything. There are a few things I can't eat so I resort to the same foods for breakfast and dinner, but nothing that I HAVE to have.

Symptoms:  The last two days I've gotten really tired after lunch and I've had two nights of bad headaches. This happens every couple of weeks or so.

Missing: Running like I use to, sleeping on my back/stomach and having a drink on a nice summer night with my husband. It's the simple little things I miss right now.

Looking Forward to: More baby shower planning, maternity photos and seeing our baby in 4D. We are 2 months away from all that, but I'm still excited : )

Sleep: I'm sleeping better than I ever have because I actually fall into a deep sleep now. Although I do wake up multiple time during the night to switch my sleeping position, I fall back to sleep within seconds. Before becoming pregnant I would wake up several times a night and not be able to fall back to sleep for at least an hour.

And for those who don't follow me on instagram, here is an updated belly pic: