What a whirlwind of a week! That is an understatement for sure:) Last week we drove from Colorado to Florida in 3 days. Prior to the trip I was experiencing a lot of apprehension about the looming drive hanging over my head.
THE DRIVE. Though the drive was long and was not easy, I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how well my body responded to 28-30 hours on the road. We drove through Colorado, Kansas (which felt like 5 years straight), Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. We stayed overnight in Missouri and in Georgia. Overall, I felt pretty comfortable. The one small complaint/issue I experienced was swelling in my feet and ankles. Prior to the road trip, I had yet to experience any swelling. I did some research and learned that the swelling was due to my lack of circulation because I was sitting in a car for such long periods. To help combat the swelling, any time we took a pit stop for gas, I walked around for at least 5 minutes to get my circulation going.
ARRIVING IN FLORIDA. We finally arrived in Florida on Wednesday. What an exciting feeling after traveling for what felt like ENDLESS days. We checked out our condo (which is beautiful, I might add), went to the grocery store to get groceries, and got my first Florida run done (at sea level!!!!! —great for a high-altitude gal!).
So far while I have been in Florida, my friend Kristin and I went to Disney World Magic Kingdom, gone to the beach and pool everyday and worked out everyday. Disney World was fun because it was my FIRST time to ever go there in my entire life! The humidity was pretty unbearable, but the magical experience of Disney trumped the moisture in the air.
5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. July 26, 2008 marked the day that I married my best friend. On Friday we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary by going out to dinner at the Tiki Bar on Port Canaveral. We actually got to see them gutting two small sharks at the restaurant!! How crazy. It was neat to watch but I felt a bit queasy watching the shark get cut open. Needless to say, I did not eat shark for dinner, but we did indulge in a decadent chocolate cake dessert as part of our anniversary celebration.
PREGNANCY WEEK 30
My age: 27
How far along: 30 weeks
How big is baby: the size of cabbage. She is 16.5 inches long and weighs 3.5 pounds.
Exercise/Activity Level: I somehow managed to workout all 7 days this week despite a hectic travel week! Some of these days the exercise was pretty limited (like a couple of my runs were only about 1.5 to 2 miles long because of limited time availability). I did no weight lifting this week except for one day, so my gym workouts were cardio only. My cardio goal is to always complete at least 40 minutes (40 minutes for 40 weeks of pregnancy!). I exceeded that cardio goal on all of my gym days this week.
My 7 days workouts consisted of: 4 outdoor runs (1 in Missouri and 3 in Florida, lol) and 3 gym workouts. Since we are now in Florida and I have a new gym, I incorporated the rowing machine. Normally I wouldn’t think the rowing machine would work very well during pregnancy because I have a huge belly and no core strength. Turns out, as long as I focus on using my leg and arm muscles to perform the exercise, I can somewhat eliminate the core part of the movement. I think the rowing machine is going to be a new staple of my cardio at the gym.
Maternity clothes: This week I have worn shorts, tank tops, dresses and swim suits. That is all. But mainly shorts or swimsuits. Such is the life of living on the beach, I guess! There was one day that I forced myself to put on “real” clothes at night because all I’d worn that day was: my workout clothes (to workout) and then a swimsuit all day. I have a feeling this is going to be a new norm for me.
Stretch marks: None.
Belly button: A bit of an outie. 🙂 I predicted this would happen by 30 weeks.
Sleep: My sleep has been incredible this week! We traveled for several days and I think the pure exhaustion of the trip helped me sleep like a baby (even in hotel beds). Now at our condo in Florida we have a super comfortable bed and I LOVE my fantastic sleep! Keeping my fingers crossed that this lasts a while.
Newest baby milestones this week: Baby girl’s eyesight and brain development are continuing to improve in the womb. She can also now regulate her own body temperature, so she is shedding her lanugo hair that covers her skin. She continues to put on more body fat!
Best Moment of the Week: This week my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. It is so special to be married to someone as incredible as Eric is. I love him 100 times more now than I did when we even got married 5 years ago! In August, we will have known each other for 9 years, and in February we will come up on our 9-year-anniversary of being together. We have been through so many ups and downs over the years. We feel that God has blessed our relationship beyond measure. This baby girl is just one piece of proof that God is blessing our lives!
On our anniversary this week we celebrated by going out to dinner at the Tiki Bar on Port Canaveral. It was really fun to go out, have a good meal and eat a delicious dessert. 5 years is a big deal!
Worst Moment of the Week: Last week’s worst moment of the week was about my failed 1-hour glucose screening test. I want to update you on my glucose tolerance test (the 3 hour test I had to take to screen for gestational diabetes). Thankfully I found out that I passed the test and I do not have gestational diabetes!!!!! I am so relieved and thrilled by this news! Out of the 4 blood draws (fasting glucose, 1 hour, 2 hour, and 3 hour draws), I passed all 4 with flying colors. My numbers were no where near the cut off range. Praise the Lord!
Food cravings: Yogurt (Muller Greek Corner), milk, fruit roll ups, salad, fruit, ice cream, and FOOD! My appetite has really grown lately. I feel like I’m starving a lot.
Food aversions: None. In fact, I am actually loving chicken now!
Symptoms: Terrible heartburn (boooo!!) and growing belly.
Movement: She has started pushing herself into certain spot and pushing into that spot HARD! When I was at the doctor 2 weeks ago, the doctor said she was lying in the transverse position (lying across my belly, not up and down). I can feel her pushing into my sides a lot.
What I’m looking forward to: My parents and 2 of my younger siblings are coming to Florida for a week-long vacation! I can’t wait to see my dad, mom, Mark and Christine. It’s going to be so much fun having them here, playing on the beach, swimming in the pool and just spending time together. My brother and sister are heading off to start their freshman year of college in a few weeks, so this will be my last chance to spend time with them while they are still “kids.”
What I’m nervous about/praying for: Not a thing! This time in Florida is just what the doctor ordered for my 3rd trimester! Relaxing on the beach and at the pool is amazing. What am I praying for? I continue praying for a healthy baby girl and a healthy pregnancy.
Next appointment: TBD.