Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 26 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 26 – July 18, 2015

At 26 weeks, the pregnancy is already 65% complete…it’s going so fast! She will be here in approximately 3 months, how am I already 6+ months pregnant?! The baby is the size of a cucumber, weighing it at almost 2 pounds and 14 inches long.

We went camping as a family (just Eric, Winter and I) this weekend and had an enjoyable time. We bought a new air mattress because the one we had on our camping trip a few weeks ago had a leak. That one got thrown away since it gave us such a terrible night of sleep! The new air matress held up great and Eric, Winter and I all slept fantastic this weekend! (Winter slept in a pack n play in the tent.) It was fun to go camping with just the three of us, even if it did pour rain for a good 45 minutes on Saturday afternoon. Winter was frightened by the storm, but that just meant I got to cuddle her for a while (I loved that)!

I’m back to running and feel so grateful to be doing so. My foot is holding up great. I plan to run my 5K race next weekend!

This week there has been a major baby boom. I’ve known of 8 friends who have given birth within one week! Wow! And I have several more friends who are currently due or due within the next week or two. I guess 9 months ago there must have been a major blizzard, if you know what I mean. ūüôā

My age: 29

How far along: 26 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a cucumber (14 inches and 1.9 pounds)

Gender: Girl

Events of this week: Celebrated with friends at a couples baby shower for their baby boy, met with friends to walk, dressed up at a cow to get free food at ChickFilA on “cow appreciation day,” went on a date night, had some play dates, completed more sewing projects for the nursery, celebrated birthdays with our life group, went camping.

Symptoms: Growing belly, slight heartburn, and a new symptom….(sorry if TMI) pubic bone pain! It’s like I get lightning strikes to that area that are super painful, especially if I shift from side to side or pick up something really heavy. It’s called Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction. I looked it up and it seems to be related to the fact that the hormone relaxin is loosening my joints and can cause this symptom. It’s actually very uncomfortable, and I have never experienced this with my first pregnancy.

Exercise/Activity: Logged my 5 days this week. I am proud to say that my foot has recovered enough that I’ve been back to running! I completed 3 runs this week and lifted weights 4-5 times this week. My calves feel SUPER tight when I run. I experienced tight calves much earlier in my pregnancy last time, so I feel grateful that it started up so much later this time.

Sleep: I’m not sleeping the greatest, but not terribly. I am 100% getting up nightly to use the bathroom at this point. At least once, if not more.

Maternity clothes:  Yes.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: Out.

Food cravings: Swiss cheese.

Food aversions: None.

Movement: Moving like crazy.

Best Moment of the Week: Camping with my family this weekend. It was fun to see Winter enjoying herself so much.

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Our ultrasound in less than 2 weeks!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Nothing.

What I miss: Nothing.

Next appointment: Friday, July 31 @ 8:00 am – checkup, 28 week ultrasound & glucose test.

Comparison of pregnancies:

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26 weeks with baby #2:

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Post Baby Body – 5 Month Update

Happy 5 months to Winter and happy 28th birthday to me today!¬† I am working on Winter’s 5 month update that will be posted this week, but for now it’ time to get an up-to-date glance at Mommy’s postpartum progress in relation to health and fitness!

Here is how I’m looking now:

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Here is a comparison of last month versus this month:

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 And here is a look back:

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28 years old today…I can’t believe I’m just 2 years shy of 30, which is exciting!¬† I think 30 is a fun age to be.¬† Not only am I marking a new age today, we are also celebrating Winter turning 5 months old.¬† She is such a sweet little girl.¬† My baby is much less of a newborn and much more of an interactive sweet baby girl!

I’ve continued making great progress in regards to my post baby body.¬† At 5 months postpartum, I weigh less than I did when I got pregnant, my jeans are all fitting me better than they have in a long time, and I even am able to wear some of my¬†size 4 jeans that haven’t been able to fit me for several years!¬† It feels really great to whip my body into better shape than it was when I first got pregnant.¬† I wasn’t happy with my pregnancy starting weight, so now I have taken control of my fitness and am getting close to my goal: getting back to my wedding weight from 2008.¬† I’m almost there!!

If you missed my previous ‚ÄúPost Baby Body‚ÄĚ updates, you can catch up here:

2 Month Post Baby Body Update

3 Month Post Baby Body Update

4 Month Post Baby Body Update

WEIGHT LOSS

To date I’ve lost 38 pounds.¬† Wow!¬† I lost another¬†5 lbs since my 4 month update in February.¬† I’m getting so close to my goal weight!¬† My goal weight is my wedding weight from 6 years ago ūüôā

EATING

My calories are logged every day on myfitnesspal app on my phone.¬† I’m eating anywhere from 2000-2200 calories per day.¬† Previously I had reduced my caloric intake to 1900 and I found that it was unrealistic for me.¬† Giving myself an extra hundred (or two or three!) calories makes me feel like I’m able to relax a little bit more.¬† Obviously I’ve still been able to lose weight even though I increased my calories a bit.¬† Breastfeeding really helps me be able to eat this much and still lose weight!!¬† During the first week of March, I participated in a “7 Day Clean Eating Challenge.”¬† During the entire week I only ate clean foods: mainly fruits, vegetables and chicken.¬† It was kind of fun to “clean out” my body and focus on consuming¬†zero processed or sweetened foods for an entire week.¬† It was hard at some points, but overall I enjoyed the experience.¬† It got me to eat a lot more vegetables than I’m used to eating.¬† I made tons of fruit smoothies, which were absolutely delicious.¬† After a week of 100% only¬†clean foods, I feel lighter, fresher, and more energetic!

WORKING OUT

I workout 5-6 days per week (usually 6).¬† I’m pretty much mostly running for the main source of my exercise.¬† We are¬†4 weeks out from our half marathon, and¬†yesterday we did a 9 mile¬†training run.¬†¬†I felt GREAT on this run!¬† My gym days are almost nonexistent.¬†¬† I am making it there barely once per week.¬†¬†But the reason is because I’d much rather run outside or workout at home because it saves¬†so much time.¬† When I go to the gym, I¬†am¬†restricted to¬†evenings (so that Eric is¬†home and can watch Winter) and I also waste 20-30 minutes roundtrip commuting=dumb!¬† So I run outside, run on my treadmill, do kickboxing¬†DVD in my livingroom and use my stability ball for exercise.¬† My half marathon training has me running 3-4 times per week (2-3 shorter runs of 4-5 miles and one long run on the weekends).¬† The non running days are either gym¬†(approx. 1 time per week) or¬†a kickboxing DVD.

GOALS

I want to successfully complete my half marathon in 4 weeks from now!¬† I don’t know that I’ll achieve a new PR (personal record), but if I do, I would be absolutely thrilled!!

REALITY CHECK

Life isn’t going to go perfectly 100% of the time and sometimes I’m going to miss workouts.¬† No biggie.¬† We all got sick in this house recently.¬† When¬†I was sick I had to take a break from running for several days to allow my body the time to rest so I could recuperate.¬† With my personality, it’s difficult for me to slow down and relax/take a break from fitness.¬† But it was good that I took a few days off.¬† We had to skip our long weekend training run–but honestly it was perfect timing because both weekend days that particular weekend were snowing and too cold to take a baby out.¬† Such is life…sometimes we need a break.

I’m glad that I have a healthy mentality about my body.¬† This has not always been the case.¬† Years ago, I struggled with negative self-talk and basing my self worth on what the scale said.¬†¬†To help my disordered mentality, I put away the scale for about 5 years and didn’t weigh myself until a year ago when I started my¬†pregnancy.¬† The scale and I are now in a healthy relationship with each other, praise God!¬† Instead of basing my value on how much I weigh or how I look, I now put my self worth in how Christ sees me–I am a daughter of the King!¬† God sees me and loves me no matter what size jeans I wear, so I choose to love me regardless of that too.¬† If you have struggles with negative self-talk and feeling insecure about yourself and your body, I encourage you — you aren’t alone!¬† Though it never 100% goes away, it can get better, and I find that viewing myself through God’s eyes has been very helpful for me.

Here is a comparison looking back (wearing the same top!):

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Post Baby Body – 4 Month Update

I can’t believe Winter is 4 months old today!¬† It’s amazing how quickly time flies by.¬† In the early weeks (and months), time seemed to move a tad slower, but now that I know what I’m doing and have a solid routine down, time is flying!¬† It’s time for another monthly post baby body update.

At four months post-partum, I am feeling fantastic about my progress in regards to my health and fitness!  I have settled into a good fitness regime and have been training for my upcoming half marathon race for a month.  Less than two months until race day in April!  I continue to see positive changes in my body.  Running is getting easier, my clothes are fitting better, and the number on the scale continues to drop as keep faithful to my fitness and eating goals.

If you missed my previous “Post Baby Body” updates, you can catch up here:

2 Month Post Baby Body Update

3 Month Post Baby Body Update

Here is how I’m looking now:

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Here is a comparison of last month versus this month:

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 And here is a look back at 2 months, 3 months and 4 months:

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For me it is exciting to still be seeing changes in my body.¬† There were times I felt discouraged that I wouldn’t ever be as fit as I wanted to be again.¬† My discouraged days are gone because I am continually seeing my body change, shrink, tighten up and overall improve.¬† I don’t know why I expected to get into tip-top shape within 5 minutes of giving birth! ūüôā¬† Now I know it’s a process that takes a little time, and I’m liking the positive changes more and more as I put in the work and¬†time goes on.¬† My waist is still getting smaller — my waistbands aren’t as snug as they were (even from¬†just a month ago!).¬† My abs are getting stronger.¬† My clothes are fitting better overall.¬† My legs and arms are feeling more trim.¬† My endurance is increasing — I can run for longer without having to stop for breaks.¬† My face looks¬†thinner to me than it used to.¬† All good things!¬† I’m feeling very happy with the process and I’m not trying to expect myself to be perfect.

WEIGHT LOSS

During my pregnancy, I gained a total of 23 lbs.¬† After 2 months I was down those 23 lbs (exactly).¬† At 3 months I was down 28 lbs.¬† Now, at 4 months I am down 33 lbs!!¬† So I’ve lost another 5 lbs since last month.¬† I started my pregnancy at a higher weight than I’d have liked, so I have a goal in mind of where I’d like to end up weight wise.¬† I’m getting close to that goal, and would like to settle at that goal weight within the next 2 months (by 6 months postpartum).

EATING

I am faithful to myfitnesspal app on my phone to track my daily calories.¬† Because of breastfeeding, I am still successfully¬†losing weight by eating approximately 1900 calories per day.¬† I would say that I usually do well at tracking my calories¬†6 out of 7 days¬†per week.¬† At least 1 or 2 days per week I do run over my calorie limit, but I’m not too worried about that.¬† Some days I just feel more hungry than others — so I listen to my body and eat more.¬† Occasionally I do have a bowl of ice cream, but for the most part I try to limit any desserts or sweets.¬† I mainly eat healthy foods.¬† Lots of fresh produce, lean proteins, greek yogurt, protein granola bars,¬† etc.

WORKING OUT

I started training for my upcoming half marathon a month ago.¬† After 4 weeks of training, I can say that my stamina and endurance are improving!¬† I usually run 4 days per week and cross train at the gym¬†2 days per week.¬† My weekday runs are currently¬†3.5 or 4 mile distances¬†and my weekend runs are were I do my “long distance” run.¬† This weekend I ran¬†7 miles.¬† Every weekend my long distance run increases by a half mile or mile.¬† Race day I’ll be trained and ready for 13.1 miles!¬† I love getting outdoors and running with my BOB stroller with the baby in tow, but on especially cold weather days, I’m grateful I can run on my treadmill.¬† My hubby has been so sweet to join Winter and I on our weekend long runs, and now¬†I’ve finally convinced him to sign up for the race and run it with me!!!¬† This will be his first race besides doing a 5K.¬† I feel honored that he is training with me despite his strong dislike of running.

GOALS

I’m still working towards my half marathon goal (maybe even a new PR!).¬† This month I want to continue to be faithful to my training program and not miss scheduled runs or workouts.¬† I’m hoping to lose another 4 pounds by next month.

REALITY CHECK

I’m really happy with the changes in my body.¬† Though I’m happy with myself, it’s very important for me to remind myself NOT to compare myself with others.¬† There are always the “flaws” in our bodies that will never fully be perfect.¬† We are our own worst critics.¬† My body type might never be the body type of another woman, so I need to remember to only compare my body with MYSELF and not with OTHERS!!¬† So important to continually remind myself of this!

Here is a comparison of the days after birth versus 4 months postpartum:

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Post Baby Body Update – 8 weeks postpartum

The female¬†body is an amazing thing.¬† Not only does it create and carry a human life, it shrinks back down after birth!¬† At 2 months postpartum, here is my post-baby body¬†progress thus far…

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I was 40 weeks +2 days pregnant¬†when I gave birth to my daughter on October 10, 2013.¬† I gained a total of 23 pounds during my pregnancy.¬† I kept my weight gain under control by eating a healthy diet combined with exercise all the way throughout the end of¬†pregnancy.¬† Currently, at 2 months out, I have lost exactly 23 pounds.¬† Though I’m back to my pre-pregnancy starting weight, my body still has a ways to go to get it back into the fit/toned shape I’d like to be back in.¬† I’m still carrying extra in my midsection.¬† Most of my pants/jeans fit, but they still are snug in the waistband.¬† I know that continuing to work hard with exercise will get be back into the form I’d like to end up in.

As I mentioned, I exercised all the way until the end of pregnancy.¬† I went for a run on my due date!¬† On the day I went in labor, I did a tough workout at the gym¬†– I did the stairclimber, Jacob’s ladder, treadmill and lifted free weights.¬† I really tried hard to stay in shape during pregnancy.¬† I knew that once I gave birth, I’d have to take a bit of a break to let my body recover and heal.¬† I wanted to give myself at least 2 weeks to rest.

After giving birth, I started daily walks immediately.  My doctor said that this was totally acceptable for me to be walking so long as I felt up for it.  I took Baby Winter out in the BOB stroller for these daily walks of 45-60 minutes.  I felt great!

At the 2 week postpartum mark is when I started running.  It felt WONDERFUL to have some of that extra weight off of me.  At that point, I had already shed 15 pounds.  I felt incredibly light, yet I could feel how weak my ab muscles felt as I took each step.  My tendons/ligaments in my pelvic area felt very fragile and weak too.  My pace was slow, but I just felt so great to be back to it.  Because a newborn baby consumes your entire life, I only managed to do maybe 2 or 3 runs per week and that was the extent of my exercise.  I continued walking on all of the other days.

At my 6 week check up, my doctor cleared me to exercise normally, so that’s when I made my return to the gym.¬† Eric and I sat down and wrote a gym schedule so that we are BOTH able to get regular gym days in.¬† I get to go on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and he goes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.¬† On my non-gym days, I run outside with the BOB stroller or run inside on my treadmill (depending on the weather).¬† My running days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

Originally when I bought my treadmill, we put it in the garage.  I found this to be very hard to stay motivated because the garage is cold and dark.  I had to stare at a blank wall while on the treadmill.  We just recently moved it into our bedroom so that I can watch TV while running on the treadmill.  This has been a smart decision because it makes me so much more motivated to stay on the treadmill for longer!  I love having a distraction while exercising!

As far as eating goes, I use an app on my phone (MyFitnessPal) to track my daily calories as well as my exercise.¬† I try to eat somewhere in the range of 1900-2100 calories per day.¬† Because I am breastfeeding, it is crucial that I don’t drop my calorie consumption too much.¬† If I drop much lower than 1800 per day, it would inhibit my milk supply…not worth it!¬† Eating around 2000 calories per day is still allowing my milk supply to stay strong as well as allowing me to lose weight.

Now, here is a look at my daily-weekly body progress:

IN LABOR…LAST PREGNANCY PIC!

Here is my last photo while I was pregnant!

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MORNING AFTER BIRTH…

This is the morning after giving birth.¬† I thought I looked SO SKINNY already–now I look back and realize¬†I still looked pregnant here.

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2 DAYS POSTPARTUM…

On this day we got discharged from the hospital.  I felt really swollen.  My fingers, feet, etc were all retaining water.  But I still was amazed at how fast it felt like my tummy was going down.

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3 DAYS POSTPARTUM…

This was our first full day at home and I started going for my 45-60 minute daily walks at this point to get my body moving.

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4 DAYS POSTPARTUM…

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6 DAYS POSTPARTUM…

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¬†8 DAYS POSTPARTUM….

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¬†10 DAYS POSTPARTUM….

I remember that I felt like a million bucks by this point.¬† It felt incredible to be losing weight and watching the number on the scale rapidly dropping.¬† My swollen days were far behind me.¬† I wanted to start exercising, but I promised myself I’d take at least 2 weeks off.

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12 DAYS POSTPARTUM…

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2 WEEKS POSTPARTUM…

This is when I went on my first run!¬† I was hoping to start working out and running 5 days per week, but that didn’t happen.¬† I was lucky to get in 2-3 runs per week and that’s about it.¬† Though I did keep up with my daily walks on the days I didn’t run.¬† I had lost 15 pounds by this point.

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3¬†WEEKS POSTPARTUM…

I still was only scraping by with daily walks and 2-3 runs per week, but the pounds were still coming off.

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5¬†WEEKS POSTPARTUM…

Walking daily and 2-3 runs per week was the name of the game.  My weight loss really staggered, but I was down about 19 pounds at this point.

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6 WEEKS POSTPARTUM…

We traveled to Florida to see my husband’s work project launch into space.¬† I wore a maternity swimsuit because I was too self conscious to put on any of my regular bikinis.¬† Not only did I still feel that my tummy had a ways to go, but My boobs didn’t fit into a single one of my swimsuit tops!¬† They looked like porn star boobs.¬† I guess breastfeeding will do that ūüôā

As soon as I returned from Florida, I made my return to the gym.  It felt great to get in other types of exercise besides just running.  I like using the Arc Trainer machine and other cardio machines that the gym has.  I also started lifting weights and doing ab exercises.

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7¬†WEEKS POSTPARTUM…

With my return to the gym, combined with running (4-6 days per week of exercise, depending on the week), I noticed the scale got moving again.  I was hovering right around my pre-pregnancy weight, though my body was still NOT even close to what it used to be.  My waistbands in my jeans are still tight.

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8 WEEKS POSTPARTUM…

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2 MONTHS POSTPARTUM…

At 2 months postpartum, I have been working out at the gym 3 times per week and running 3 times per week.¬† It feels great to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’d like to continue working hard to get my body back.¬† I know that with more time and hard work, I’ll reach my goals.¬† I started my pregnancy at a higher weight than I’d have liked, so I want to lose a number of pounds in addition to toning up.¬† I hope to be back in rockin’ shape by the 6 month mark.¬† In fact, at the 6 month mark I am signed up to run a half marathon (in April).¬† I will start formally training for the race in January.

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BUMP REPORT – 40 Weeks

ImagePREGNANCY WEEK 40

Here we are at 40 weeks.¬† I honestly did not think there would STILL be a baby¬†in my belly at this time.¬† With the way I have been feeling for the past few weeks, I was dead-on sure that our baby was fully cooked and ready to make her appearance before her due date.¬† With the amount of super frequent/strong Braxton Hicks contractions and other “labor signs” I have been experiencing, I was just SURE this baby was coming a few times within the past week.¬† Guess I was wrong.¬† Now technically the “official” due date is Tuesday (when calculating it originally, some charts put me to Oct 7th and some put me to Oct 8th).¬† I have always been in the habit of writing weekly blog updates on Mondays…so I guess there is still a chance she could be born on time.¬† At around 37 and 38 weeks I was freaking out because I didn’t feel mentally “ready” for baby girl’s birth yet.¬† Then there was a 180.¬† When I hit 39 weeks, I all the sudden was “READY!”¬† This past week has been an emotional battle of ups and downs as I kept thinking that “this is it” or “tomorrow is definitely the day!”¬† Talk about feeling frustrated.¬† I know she will be here any day, but I am mentally SO OVER IT!¬† I just want her here.¬† So does Daddy.¬† If there is a 41 week blog update — I will be beyond annoyed, HAHA!¬† Please pray that this baby comes.

Here is a month-by-month recap of Baby Lute’s bump progress….

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…And a look at some of my pictures that include the size-comparisons…

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….and here are all of the pregnancy weeks below!¬† Started with a plum and ended with a pumpkin!

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My age: 27

How far along: 40 weeks

How big is baby: the size of gallon of milk.  She is approximately 19-22 inches long and weighs 7.5-8 pounds.

What have you been up to: This week had much less on the calendar than the previous week, which was MUCH NEEDED.¬† It allowed me down time to relax and take it a bit easier.¬† I had a chance to get together with three different girlfriends all on separate days.¬† I also had the opportunity to re-read labor & delivery chapters in several of my pregnancy books.¬† Eric and I went on our weekly date this weekend, we tried a new restaurant called the Hurricane Grill.¬† It is a beachy/surfer theme place — so much fun.¬† It was delicious food too!¬† I got grilled chicken sliders with a HOT sauce called “the boss” (and no, the spicy food didn’t induce labor).¬† Also this week we made a belly cast (I’ll talk more about that in a minute).

At my O.B. appointment¬†last Wednesday, the doctor was pleasantly surprised that things really seem to be progressing nicely.¬† When she did my cervical exam, she estimated I was 70% effaced and a good 2 cm dilated already!¬† She really seemed to think that labor could coming be any day….so that started getting my hopes up.¬† Ever since Wednesday I have been on this emotional rollercoaster thinking that the baby is finally coming!¬† On Thursday, I was just SURE it was the day.¬† And then Friday, same thing.¬† And NO–she hasn’t come yet.¬† I have been experiencing non-stop Braxton Hicks (some are very regular and even painful), but then they always end up stopping and never resulting in real labor.¬† And I am so exhausted of well-intentioned friends/people texting me asking for updates or to see if I am in labor yet.¬† Those text messages make me feel frustrated, because there is literally zero I can do to control this situation.¬† Yes, I want to be in labor, but no, I am not.¬† Stop asking.¬† I know people care and are excited, but it makes me feel defeated.¬† I finally started responding with “there is currently nothing to update on, and I will keep you posted when that changes.”¬† So if you happen to be someone who I have told that to, please take no offense, I am just really emotional and frustrated with my body.

Now, with all that emotional negativity out there, let’s focus on some fun!¬† Let’s talk about making a belly cast!¬† Over the weekend, instead of focusing my energy on the fact that I STILL wasn’t in labor yet, we decided to make a memento of this pregnant belly.

BELLY CAST.¬† I’ve seen people make molds of their pregnant bellies before and thought it was kind of a neat keepsake to have.¬† I was not sure I would end up doing something like that or not.¬† Well, I decided to do it — on the cheap was the only way!¬† I did not feel it necessary to buy one of those expensive kits, so if I could find an easy and cheap way to do it, I was all in.¬† And I did!¬† All I needed was a product I found at Michaels.¬† It is a “plaster wrap” or it can also be called “rigid wrap”…. it’s basically gauze that you dip in water and it hardens.¬† I spent less than $10 on this project and it turned out great.¬† Here is the tutorial I found to make mine: http://entergentlyblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/make-your-own-pregnant-belly-cast.html

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STEP 1: Cut a lot of strips of the gauze and lay them out.  I used 2 rolls.  Get out a shallow pan with warm water in it to dip the strips.

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STEP 2: Protect your skin with olive oil.¬† It felt really yucky to wipe cooking oil all over my skin, but it was worth it to protect my skin.¬† I also put plastic wrap over my pants since it was a messy project.¬† It also didn’t hurt to cover the table and floor too.

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STEP 3: Work quickly because these set up fast.  Have your husband/helper dip the strips of gauze in warm water and place them all over your belly.  Make sure you smooth out any air pockets.

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STEP 4: After putting 2 layers all over, allow it to set up and dry.¬† It will literally come away from your skin–don’t pull it off until it comes off on it’s own.

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STEP 5: After it comes off your skin, let it dry for a while — as in a few days.¬† It’s going to be really neat to have this keepsake in the future when I forget how big my belly was!

Exercise/Activity Level: I feel very proud that I’m still working out (and running) 6 days per week at 40 weeks pregnant!!¬† 3 runs and 3 gym days.¬† I think that’s a real accomplishment.¬† It has been NO FUN working out this week as my body is kind of feeling “over it” at this point.¬† Somehow God gives you what you need to keep on going though.¬† At all 3 of my gym workouts this week¬†(45 minutes cardio & 20 minutes weight lifting), each day there was at least one individual who approached me and gave me very nice compliments.¬† One day a lady walked up to me (while with 15 lb dumbbells over my head doing shoulder presses) and told me what a beautiful photo I’d make (a photo of a woman lifting weights while pregnant).¬† Another day¬†a lady told me “you are so smart to be exercising during your pregnancy, girl.”¬† And another day, one of the young male personal trainers told me “You are doing such a great job.¬† I was watching you workout and you are doing so great — you will have no problem getting your body back after the baby is born.”¬† God used all 3 of those people this week because I really needed to hear some positive feedback with the way I was feeling.¬† I know all of this exercise is important and will pay off — I’m just READY to be done with pregnancy at this point.¬† My body just hurts.¬† Running somehow feels better than walking though, I still find that amazing.¬† (I think it may have something to do with my gait—I strive to be a toe/midfoot runner instead of a heel-striker.¬† I think that walking, a heel-striking gait, hurts my achy body worse than my midfoot/toe running gait.)

Maternity clothes:  Somehow my belly has gotten so huge that some of my shirts are having a hard time covering it up!

Stretch marks: Still none.

Belly Button: Outie.

Sleep: Sleeping really solid.¬† Thankfully.¬† At least I have that.¬† I’m taking advantage of the clich√© “sleep as much as you can before the baby comes!”

Newest baby milestones this week: Baby is fully cooked.  Now just come on out, little girl!

Best Moment of the Week:¬†At my doctor appointment after the nurse weighed me, she said “Wow, you haven’t gained any weight since July!”¬† I know this seems like a weird thing for me to be excited about, but I really feel proud that I have been able to keep my weight gain within a healthy amount (23 pounds).¬† It makes me so happy that after the baby comes out, I won’t have 50 extra pounds clinging to my entire body — hopefully just 13 pounds (I’ve heard 10 pounds is usually the amount lost during birth).¬† When I was 30 weeks pregnant, I was on a road to high-weight-gain with my habits at that time….it has taken a lot of work to remain firm in my decision to eat healthy.

Worst Moment of the Week: Getting into a miscommunication with my husband.  I hate those.  Thankfully we love each other.  A lot.

Food cravings: Apples with peanut butter.

Food aversions: None.

Symptoms: Strong and regular Braxton Hicks.¬† Baby feels very low in my pelvis.¬† I’ve been getting a lot of “menstrual pains” in my belly.¬† My sciatic nerve is KILLING me (left side of my low back that shoots pain down my left leg).¬† Feeling UNCOMFORTABLE and sometimes I can barely walk.

Movement: She is totally out of room.¬† But yet she still moves all over.¬† It’s uncomfortable at this point because she is so low in my pelvis that it sometimes feels like she could “fall out!”

Gender: Girl

What I‚Äôm looking forward to: Meeting baby girl!¬† Holding her in my arms for the first time.¬† I also can’t wait to see the look in Eric’s eyes when he finally gets to see her for the first time.¬† I have been experiencing this baby inside my body for 9 months, and once she is born¬†he will FINALLY get to start experiencing her too.¬† I¬†know¬†he is so ready for that.¬† I just¬†can’t wait to¬†watch him as he finally gets to have that magic happen.¬† He is going to be the best dad EVER!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for a safe delivery for baby.  I hope things go smoothly and that a normal, uncomplicated vaginal delivery happens.

What I miss: Feeling like a normal human being.  I just want to be un-pregnant:)  I know, soon!

Next appointment: Tuesday, October 8th @ 3:45 P.M.

To-do list before baby‚Äôs arrival:¬† It’s an awfully short list this week:

-HAVE THE BABY!

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Pregnant Running — Run all the way until delivery?

Pregnancy Running – Run Until Delivery

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Running while pregnant.¬† I never thought I’d be the lady who is strong enough to be a pregnant runner.¬† Or a runner into my 3rd trimester of pregnancy.¬† Let alone potentially running all the way up until delivery!¬† At almost 39 weeks pregnant, it’s truly AMAZING that this body is still going.¬† I am starting to believe that I am indeed a strong lady — heck, I have continued to run regularly for my entire pregnancy!¬† I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t proud of myself.

I have been a runner for years.¬† Just in 2012, I ran a number of races, including four half marathons, a 10-mile trail race and a number of 5K races.¬† When I became pregnant in January 2013, my goal was to have a healthy pregnancy.¬† The way I intended to maintain above-average health was by continuing to exercise and eat a nutritious diet.¬†¬†Going into the pregnancy I had no complications or reasons that I shouldn’t be exercising, so I continued running as normally as I could on a regular basis.¬†¬†Later, I will¬†break down the three trimesters and what my exercise/running looked like during each of those phases.

Running while pregnant is NOT easy.¬† It’s only for those who are strong and determined.¬† Only for the extremely motivated.¬† Had I not been motivated and determined, I would have taken it easy a long time ago and settled for just walking.

To me, as long as¬†there is no medical reason that prevents exercise during pregnancy, it’s a no brainer: EXERCISE!¬† It’s¬†going to make a healthier baby and a healthier momma….¬† I understand that there are special circumstances¬†or medical situations that¬†do not allow an expectant mother to exercise; that is different.¬† Only¬†exercise while pregnant with the medical clearance of¬†an O.B. doctor.

First, let’s talk about some of the benefits of exercise during pregnancy:

1. Healthier baby & healthier momma.

2. Easier time getting through labor & delivery.  (Possibly even a shorter time laboring!)

3. Keeps pregnancy weight gain under control (healthy range for an average size woman is 25-35 pounds).

4. Gives more energy to expectant momma.

5. Keeps stress level under control.

6. Helps momma to “bounce back” and regain her previous shape after birth.

Here are the reasons I {THINK} have been able to run up until delivery:

-I listen to my body. This has been my #1 rule when it comes to running during my pregnancy.¬† If I were to push myself past the point of what my body is capable of doing, it would have benefited no one.¬† Listening to my body means this: if I can do it, then go for it…if I can’t do it, then slow down or stop.¬† At all stages of this pregnancy I have allowed myself the freedom to stop and take walking breaks during runs as necessary.¬† Do I like taking walking breaks??¬† My pride doesn’t, but sometimes my body needs them.¬† Listening to your body is KEY.

-I don’t run every single day. Years ago, I went through a phase where I ran six days per week.¬† I did that until I became injured.¬† I have found that running on alternating days is the best thing for my body.¬† This averages out to 3-4 days per week.¬† I do workout 6 days per week, but only half of those days are running workouts.¬† The other¬†days are spent in the gym.

-I crosstrain.  At the gym I typically perform 40-45 minutes of cardio exercise (elliptical, arc trainer, rowing machine, bike, etc) and spend 20 minutes doing a variety of free weights/cable pulleys/weight machine exercises.  My weight training is usually performed in 3 sets of 12 repetitions at a heavy weight (no sissy stuff!)  By lifting weights on a regular basis, my overall body strength is much higher than if I were to only have performed cardio exercise.

-I kept my weight gain under control.¬† Most of my weight was gained in the 2nd trimester.¬† In the 3rd trimester I have gained almost nothing.¬† I guess everyone’s bodies are different.¬† At almost 39 weeks, I have gained 23 pounds, so I doubt I’ll top out at more than 25 (if that).¬† I think that keeping my weight gain under control, it has allowed my body to keep going because I’m not as heavy as, say, someone who gains 50 pounds during their pregnancy.¬† 50 pounds gained + trying to run = won’t work.

-I wear a maternity support belt.  Mid-pregnancy (around 25 weeks), I began researching maternity support belts.  Several blogger friends were using the Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt for running, so I decided to give it a whirl.  At 27 weeks, my amazon purchase arrived in the mail and I was excited to try it out.  Talk about a major difference!  The belt is designed to support a growing belly and displace the impact to other areas.  Without my support belt, there would be NO WAY I could still be running.  It truly is amazing how well it helps keep my body feeling better and puts my mind at easy that the baby is safer.

-I don’t run far distances.¬† I’ve heard of these extreme runners who run full marathons at term….no way, this gal isn’t that big of a champion!¬† I have consistently ran a distance of 3-5 miles.¬† Never any more than that.¬† I’m sure some people could, but I never cared to push myself any further distance than that.¬† Now that I’m full term, some days I only run 2 or 2.5 miles…but I think that is to be expected.

-I accept that my running now barely resembles my pre-pregnancy running.¬† Before I got pregnant, my typical running pace averaged between 9-10 minute miles.¬† Usually I ran around¬†9:30/min/miles, but the better shape I was in, the more like 9:00/min/miles, and if I was in worse shape, I usually was never quite as slow as 10:00/min/miles pace.¬† This changed pretty drastically once I became pregnant.¬† I had to stop using my Nike Pro app on my phone.¬† Seeing just how much SLOWER I was running was killing my mojo, so I decided to just run based on feel.¬† This was smart, because I’m way too much of a perfectionist, so I didn’t need to hear my slower pace recited in my headphones.¬† In my 1st trimester I was still probably averaging 10:00/min/miles, 2nd trimester I slowed to (I’m guessing) 10:30-10:45min/miles and NOW at the end of my 3rd trimester I am running 11:45/min/miles.¬† WAY SLOW!¬† But—no matter how slow I am, I am just proud that I am still going.¬† Doesn’t matter that I’m slow:)

-I never stopped running.  I have maintained my 3 times per week running routine throughout the entire duration of the pregnancy.  I never took a week off.  Had I stopped and given myself a break, I might not have ever resumed.  It allowed my body the ability to adapt as my body and the baby grew.

-I have had the support of my doctor.¬† My doctor has been 100% supportive of my active lifestyle.¬† She spent time talking to me about all of the benefits for both me and the baby.¬† She also recommended that I “listen to my body” and take my level down if it became necessary.¬† At my appointments she asks if I’m still running and I see her excitement when I tell her I still am:)

What my running has looked like during the 3 trimesters of pregnancy:

1st Trimester.¬† I suffered from morning sickness throughout my first trimester.¬† Yuck!¬† I did not throw up a lot, but I did have constant nausea 100% of the time.¬† I felt extreme fatigue and overall awful.¬† It was hard to maintain a high level of fitness during that phase because I felt so awful.¬† But I did push myself to keep on going, even if it wasn’t pretty.¬† During the first trimester, I averaged 4-5 days per week of exercise, with at least two of those days being running days.¬† Because it was still winter, I did majority of those runs on the treadmill.

2nd Trimester.  During my second trimester is when I started to get my energy back, but as my weight increased, I felt heavier as I hit the pavement.  I ran a 5K race with some friends at 17 weeks and felt great.  Once I hit week 20 or so, I was really beginning to FEEL my weight gain.  I felt slower, but I continued to push on and listen to my body.  Somewhere around weeks 16-18 is when I started battling calf tightness.  That calf tightness has stuck around ever since, boo!  I think it has to do with my center of gravity affecting my running gait or from the added weight on my body.  Not sure.  Throughout this trimester, I maintained 6 days per week of exercise, with 3 of those days being running days.  Most of my running in this trimester was outdoors.

3rd Trimester.  When I got to the third trimester, I had a renewed sense of excitement for running since I had just started wearing my Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt.  I also felt really proud of myself that I was still continuing to run.  We moved to Florida for 6 weeks when I was 29 weeks pregnant, and my running actually improved between weeks 29-35!  I think it had something to do with being at sea-level instead of mile-high-altitude.  Because of the extreme heat & humidity of Florida, I did majority of the runs during weeks 29-35 indoors on the treadmill.  During those weeks I actually STOPPED taking walking breaks!!  I could consistently run 3.1 miles (5K distance) without ever stopping to walk.  I felt amazing and so EMPOWERED!!

Ever since returning home to Colorado, I have transitioned back to outdoor running, with the occasional indoor treadmill run.¬† As I am getting close to delivery, my runs are getting much harder day by day, but I just listen to what my body is telling me.¬† I am no longer able to run 3.1 miles without stopping for a walking break.¬† Sad, but it’s the truth.¬† Typically I make myself run the entire first mile without a walking break and then I allow myself to run in intervals of 3 minutes running/3 minutes walking until I have reached my final distance.¬† I usually try to run at LEAST 2-3 miles.¬† I’ve started staying close to home on my runs (JUST IN CASE!)¬† In the past two weeks I have been running laps around my neighborhood (boring, but then I’m not far from home in case I go into labor).¬† I calculated that 5 laps is 2 miles, so I try to run at least 5 laps (or add in more laps if I need to add walking breaks).¬† My calves continue to be extremely tight.¬†¬† I just grin and bear it.¬† Here is to running all the way until delivery!

Getting to the end—delivery is near….

Summary.¬† With my due date looming in the near future, I have no intentions of¬†ceasing running unless (God forbid) something happens.¬† My doctor has really been an encouragement to me.¬† At my appointment¬†earlier this week she asked for an update to see if I was still running.¬† She was really excited to hear that I was.¬† Even though I¬†can honestly say it’s not all that FUN to be¬†running anymore, I want to keep going¬†as long as I can — even if it’s just to “say that I did.”

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Disclaimer: These are just my own personal thoughts, opinions and personal experience.  I am not a doctor.  You should only exercise under the care of a doctor.  I am aware that there are situations where it is unsafe to exercise during pregnancy.  I also understand that when someone becomes pregnant, it is NOT the time to start up a brand new, intense routine.  The only way I was able to continue running is because I was ALREADY a runner before pregnancy.  I would never encourage someone to become a runner if they were not already doing so before their pregnancy. 

BUMP REPORT – 35 Weeks

35weekshoneydewPREGNANCY WEEK 35

My age: 27

How far along: 35 weeks (only 35 days to go!)

How big is baby: the size of a honey dew melon.  She is approximately 18.5 inches long and weighs 5.5 pounds.

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GOODBYE FLORIDA.  Look what has happened in regards to growth since we have been in Florida!!  How crazy.  We actually got to Florida when I was 29 weeks pregnant, but it was hard to make a collage with 7 photos (because of the odd number), so I just started with the 30 week picture.

FLORIDA BABY GROWTH:

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What have you been up to: Our time in Florida is wrapping up.¬† We are packing up and getting on the road for our trek across the country to Colorado.¬† Home sweet home.¬† We were originally supposed to leave early on Tuesday morning (Sept 3), but Eric’s project needed him for an extra day, so our drive begins super early Wednesday (Sept 4).¬† We are going to drive from Cape Canaveral, FL all the way to Dallas, TX on Wednesday.¬† Thursday we will drive from Dallas, TX to Denver, CO.¬† So our drive is going to be a very LONG two days, but this is better than three days.¬† This route is entirely different from our route out here, but it will be fun to switch it up a bit.¬† Drive time is estimated at 29 hours, so realistically it will take 30+ hours with stops taken into consideration.¬† If you think of me on Wednesday or Thursday, send a little prayer up (lol — I’ll need it!).

We had our last Florida doctor visit on Friday.¬† My doctor said that everything looks great with the baby.¬† I’m glad I was able to get such¬†good prenatal¬†care while in Florida.

As I mentioned last week, my sister Melody and her husband Andrew were in Florida visiting us last week.¬† We had such a fun time spending time together.¬† We had a full week of fun in the sun (and the occasional showers).¬† We went to the pools a lot, played in the waves on the beach, went to “feed the gators” at mini-golf, took a boat tour of the Banana River and saw dolphins and manatees, ate out at a few on-the-water local¬†restaraunts, went running, worked out, played games and the husbands played tennis.¬† It was a blast spending time with them.¬† Here are some photos to highlight our time together:

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Melody, Andrew and Eric somehow were all matching.¬† These guys are twins and they didn’t even plan it!

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My sister and I.

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Melody and Andrew.

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My sister and I on the beach.

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Playing around in the pool.¬† These guys never sat still — they were always jumping, diving and flipping in the pool!

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This was a rare moment when they guys sat still ūüôā

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Melody and I could often be found floating around the pool.

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We went on a boat tour of the Banana River.  The 2 hour tour featured manatee and dolphin viewing.

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A group shot on the boat tour.

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It was really neat to see tons of manatees and dolphins right outside of our boat!

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Eric and I enjoying manatee and dolphin watching.

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Enjoying the pool.

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This was post-run one morning…it was SO HOT outside.¬† And THIS is why I do mostly treadmill running now ūüôā

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Andrew and Eric are good friends (and brother-in-laws).

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My sis and I on the beach.

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It was so much fun seeing them!

Exercise/Activity Level: I exercised my usual 6 days this week.¬† 3 days of cardio/weights and 3 days of running.¬† My running went really well again this past week.¬† Two of my runs were fantastic and one was really tough and somewhat mentally defeating.¬† On that particular workout, I coached myself that “Katy, in just a few weeks you have to get through BIRTH!¬† You can do this run, it’s nothing compared to birthing a child!”¬† That was a crazy thought, but it gave me the mental capacity to get through that run.¬† Running was 100% treadmill based this week — on my run yesterday I ran for 41 minutes STRAIGHT without any walking breaks (3.5 miles).¬† WHOOP, WHOOP!¬† Running feels better than walking does at this point.¬† Weird, I know.

HERE is a picture of what I’d like to think I look like while I run:¬† (this is pre-run one day)

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HERE IS THE REALITY of what I actually look like when I run:¬† (haha—this is real life!)

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Maternity clothes:¬† Swimsuits and workout clothes.¬† Looking forward to wearing “normal clothes” now that we are going home to Denver.

Stretch marks: None.  I use lotion religiously.

Belly Button: Outie.

Sleep: I’m still sleeping pretty well.¬† As long as I keep my water consumption limited to 9pm and earlier, I am usually only getting up an average of once per night for bathroom runs.

Newest baby milestones this week: Our little girl is putting on lots of fat to give her a softer and more filled out body.  She is putting on an average of a half pound per week.  Her length is almost birth length, but she will still gain another 2 pounds before birth in a few weeks.  Her kidneys are fully functioning.  Her lungs are almost full term.  This baby is nearly fully cooked!

Best Moment of the Week:¬†¬† Getting to spend the entire labor day weekend with my husband.¬† I can’t remember the last time we had uninterrupted “just the two of us” time like that.¬† I know we need to cherish it while it lasts.¬† Baby is coming soon and then our twosome becomes a threesome.

Worst Moment of the Week: Nothing in particular.  Just getting a little worn down from pregnancy exhaustion.

Food cravings: Eating lots of healthy foods!  I still crave apples with peanut butter like crazy!

Food aversions:¬†We went out for breakfast over the holiday and my eggs did not settle well with me.¬† Yikes…I felt super nauseated after eating them.

Symptoms: Starting to get waves of nausea (GREAT, I’m so excited it’s back!).¬† Lots and lots of braxton hicks contractions.¬† My hips and joints make popping sounds since relaxin (hormone) has kicked in since birth is nearing — I am shocked at how easily my hips and wrists pop.¬† I also am really noticing exhaustion kicking in.¬† I just feel worn out a lot.¬† Naps are becoming a daily deal for me.

Movement: Eric thinks our daughter is a gymnast!  She sure has a lot of energy like her high-energy-personality momma!  She is constantly on the go.  She occasional gives a super strong kick, which is suprising considering how cramped she is in her space.

Gender: Team Pink

What I’m looking forward to: Seeing my friends at home!  Eric and I have absolutely loved this time away from our day-to-day lives, but we really are so excited to get home and see our friends.  I also REALLY missed our church, so I am so excited to go to our church!!

What I‚Äôm nervous about/praying for:¬†Our drive.¬† I. CAN. DO. THIS.¬† My doctor said to keep a very strict schedule of stopping to get out and walk.¬† Circulation is key to avoid blood clots.¬† I also bought some knee socks, so I am going to be super stylin’ with those babies on!

What I miss: Friends and my church.¬† Only a few days until I get to see my friends (yay for girls’ night planned for this weekend) and only a few days until I get to go to my church!

Next appointment: Monday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m.

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BUMP REPORT – 34 Weeks

34weekscantaloupePREGNANCY WEEK 34

My age: 27

How far along: 34 weeks (countdown ‚Äst6 weeks left)

How big is baby: the size of a cantaloupe.  She is approximately 18 inches long and weighs 5 pounds.

What have you been up to: This week has been so much fun.¬† My sister Melody and her husband Andrew are currently here in Florida visiting us.¬† We have really been enjoying our time with them.¬† I will post more about that next week.¬† I’m a little delayed on writing my BUMP REPORT this week because it’s hard to pull away from the fun in the sun and spend time on the computer!¬† Thankfully it’s the morning so I’m the only one awake – so I have time to write.

This past week we had our ultrasound!¬† We were SO EXCITED to see our baby girl since we hadn’t had an ultrasound since 19 weeks.¬† It was really cool to see her and how much bigger she is.¬† Also, we were only expecting to see the regular 2D sonography, but the ultrasound tech occasionally would turn on the 4D imaging so we could see different things.¬† At first, I could barely tell what was what, but then when we saw her face it was such a crazy experience!¬† Our little girl has chubby cheeks, hair on her head and¬†my nose!¬† We could see her opening and closing her eyes, and even making faces.¬† Eric and I agree that we are so excited to meet her in person in “real life” and see those features for real.

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In the waiting room before the ultrasound.  We were so excited!

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Post ultrasound with our photos of Baby Lute!

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Proud momma!  Do you see the resemblance?  Haha, just kidding!

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Exercise/Activity Level: I did 6 workouts like usual for this week.¬† 3 runs and 3 cardio/weights days.¬† On my cardio/weights days, I’ve been using the rowing machine for cardio almost exclusively.¬† It’s interesting doing the rower with a big belly, but I make it work!¬† For weights, I’ve focused on free weights and kettle bells this week.

For running, two of the days were treadmill-based and one was outside (it was overcast, yay!).¬† Running continues to be hard, but I keep having really empowering/successful runs each week, so I feel really fulfilled!!!¬† This week I had a new¬†8-months-pregnant¬†accomplishment: I ran for 36 minutes STRAIGHT without a single break for walking.¬† 3.1 miles (5K distance) took me 36 minutes (a far cry from my pre-pregnancy pace)….I really felt on top of the world.¬† Go me!¬† I know this won’t be possible too much longer.

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My sister and I post-workout yesterday….I can’t believe how big this belly is!

Maternity clothes:¬† All maternity.¬† Still swimsuits.¬† Only one more week left in Florida, so I will probably never have opportunities to wear those swim suits again this pregnancy.¬† I am looking forward to wearing more fall-like clothes…leggings with boots and cardigans.

Stretch marks:¬†None.¬† My sister is going to jinx me though, she is shocked that I don’t have any.¬† I told her, “heyyyyy, I still have 6 weeks, hopefully I’ll still be ok!”

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My belly is pretty huge, but thankfully still streak-free!

Belly Button:¬†It’s out.

Sleep: Sleep is great.¬† My no-drinking-any-water-past-9pm rule is working flawlessly!¬† I average one trip nightly to the bathroom.¬† Otherwise I sleep like¬†a rock.¬† I’m sleeping better now than I have in my 1st and 2nd trimesters.

Newest baby milestones this week: Baby continues growing rapidly!  She is putting on lots of body fat to fill out her frame.

Best Moment of the Week:¬†¬† We had our hearts melted watching her on the ultrasound this week.¬† As I mentioned, we were not there for a 3D or 4D ultrasound, just the normal 2D sonography.¬† But the ultrasound tech turned on the 4D imaging multiple times to “double check” something.¬† I think she just wanted to give us a thrill¬†so¬†we could see our baby’s face….and I admit,¬†it was really crazy to see our baby.¬† She is pretty squished in the womb, so her arms were covering part of her face.¬† But we could clearly see her open and close her eyes and even scrunch up her face to make a pouty-face!¬† So neat!!

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Worst Moment of the Week: Getting into a fight with my poor husband….¬† I can’t wait to get these hormones back to normal.

Food cravings: My eating is still really healthy.¬† Still no dessert/sweets or junk foods consumed in over 3 weeks.¬† I’m pretty to the book on eating.¬† My snacks I crave are apples and peanut butter or greek yogurt.

Food aversions: None.

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions.¬† Trouble rolling over.¬† Feeling heavy.¬† Feeling like my belly is huge.¬† Can’t touch my toes.¬† Need assistance to get up from the couch.¬† Hip and joint pain (that has DEFINITELY kicked in!!)…I think it is starting to cause me to walk a little differently (uhhhmm, waddle?)

Movement: She moves so much.  My entire belly gets mis-shapen when she rolls around, lol!  She still gets the hiccups a lot too, sometimes as much as 3 times per day.

Gender:¬†It’s a Girl

What I‚Äôm looking forward to:¬†I’m looking forward to this last week in Florida.¬† I want to enjoy every last drop of time we have left!!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Our 28-30 hour car trip back to Denver next week.  I think it will be fine, but I am slightly nervous with how much more frequently I have to pee now compared to the drive out here.  We did a 3-day drive here, but our plan for the way home is to shove it into 2 days.  It will be hard, but we think 2 15-hour days will be better than 3 days.

What I miss: Simple things…like tying my shoes without struggle or painting my toe nails.

Next appointment: Friday, August 30 at 9:45 am.

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BUMP REPORT – 33 Weeks

33weeksdurianPREGNANCY WEEK 33

My age: 27

How far along: 33 weeks (countdown – 7 weeks left)

How big is baby:¬†the size of a durian. ¬†Hopefully not as spiky as a durian. ūüôā Baby is 17.5 inches long and weighs approximately 4.5 pounds.

What have you been up to:¬†Florida beach life. ¬†This week was more of the usual.¬† My days consist mainly of going to the beach, going to the pool, exercising and reading (and I throw in some cleaning and laundry on a regular basis too).¬† Honestly I couldn’t be more content.¬† I thought I might be bored of this trip by 4 weeks in, but I am far from bored.¬† I feel so blessed and grateful for this time to relax and grow this baby!

We had an O.B. appointment on Friday.¬† The doctor said everything looks great with the baby.¬† Her heartbeat was 151 bpm and belly fundal height was 34 cm.¬† 34 cm, WHOA!¬† That is a jump from last visit two weeks ago when the fundal height was 30.5 cm.¬† Guess this baby is growing like a weed!!¬† My mom and sister both speculated that different individuals’ measurements may vary though, so take the number with a grain of salt.¬† The measurement was taken by the nurse practitioner last time, whereas the doctor did it this time.¬† Also, exciting news: the doctor ordered an ultrasound for us!¬† She thinks it would be good to check on baby and make sure everything looks good before another 30-hour roadtrip.¬† We go on Thursday for the ultrasound.¬† We are so excited!!

On Saturday we drove down to Fort Lauderdale to visit an old friend from college.¬† This friend is someone I hadn’t seen in over 6 years since we live in different states!¬† It was fun to see him and meet his wife and their 3 kiddos.¬† We spent the day hanging out in their pool, taking the dogs to the dog park and fishing in their pond (well, I didn’t fish, but Eric did).¬† It was fun.

Exercise/Activity Level: I did my usual 6 days of exercise this week.¬† 100% of those workouts were INSIDE!¬† This Florida heat and humidity is unbearable to try to brave an outdoor workout, unless I wake up early (which we know isn’t happening these days), so the gym it is!¬† I did 3 days of running and 3 days of weights/cardio.¬† Doing my running in the gym on the treadmill has been kind of a nice change of pace.¬† I feel that running on the treadmill gives my joints a bit better cushion than running on concrete or asphalt.¬† Plus, a perk of running inside is temperature control!!¬† The gym is not only air conditioned, but there are also fans that you can blow directly on you!¬† Heaven!

My running felt very successful this week.  One of my runs I felt really accomplished when I ran 16 minutes straight before breaking for a walking bout.  Then on my run on Sunday, I felt even MORE accomplished when I ran for 26 minutes straight before breaking for a walking bout.  I feel so proud of myself!  On my runs this week I ran an average of 3 miles and walked 0.5 to 1 miles, totaling about 3.5-4 miles.

Maternity clothes:¬† Swimwear 90% of the time.¬† Funny story…on Friday I wore a maternity shirt that I will not be wearing again.¬† It no longer fits my belly.¬† It kept creeping up and exposing the lower part of my bump.¬† That was frustrating!

Stretch marks: None.

Belly Button:¬†It is fickle…in or out depending on how I’m standing, lying or sitting.

Sleep: I’m sleeping great!¬† I have a rule that I am not allowed to drink any fluids past 9pm to potentially avoid a million pee breaks in the middle of the night.¬† I usually gulp down a few last drinks of water at about 8:45pm, trying to get in the rest of my allotted water for the day!

Apparently I did a weird thing one night during my sleep.¬† Eric said I jumped up and stood on top of the bed.¬† He panicked and asked if I was ok… (in my sleep) I responded with: “I’m just putting these things on this shelf.” ¬†(There is NO SHELF above the bed!) ¬†I have zero recollection of this incident.¬† Poor husband, he thought something was wrong!

Newest baby milestones this week: Baby keeps her eyes open during wake periods and keeps eyes closed during sleep periods.  The amniotic fluid is maxed out by this point in pregnancy, providing less cushioning.  Her immune system is continuing to develop and perfect itself.  Her bones are hardening Рgetting ready for life outside the womb!  Our little girl is hiccuping at least once per day if not two or three times per day now.

Best Moment of the Week:  Spending a lot of quality time with my husband over the weekend was so refreshing.  It was fun to go out on the beach and relax together!  I do a lot of beach & pool time by myself (or with Eric at night after work), but the weekend is just more fun to spend the ENTIRE day together!

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Worst Moment of the Week: I can’t recall anything negative from this week.

Food cravings: I am doing really well with my eating goals.¬† So much so that the number on the scale at my doctor visit showed a bit of improvement (that is a great feeling!).¬† I haven’t had strong sugar cravings and I still haven’t eaten any sweets in 2 weeks!¬† I find myself going for peaches, apples with peanut butter and vanilla greek yogurt.

Food aversions: None.

Symptoms: Braxon Hicks contractions are becoming more of a regular thing now.  My belly is growing rapidly, I pee a lot, have trouble bending over and getting up from sitting, and I rarely get mild heartburn.

Movement: Lots of rolling, twisting and stretching going on in there.¬† I can tell she is running out of space.¬† She still loves my right side — she pushes her whole hips & butt into my right side all the time.¬† It’s to the point where I have to lean to the left so my ribs don’t feel like they are going to pop out on my right side!¬† She just loves her spot!

Gender: Girl

What I’m looking forward to: I’m excited that my sister Melody and her husband Andrew are coming to visit for a week.  They arrive on Wednesday night.  It will be fun to spend time with them!

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Nada.  Just praying regularly for a healthy baby.

What I miss: Being able to bend over and pick things up off the floor.

Next appointment: Thursday, August 22nd at 1pm for an ultrasound.¬† I am SO EXCITED to see baby girl!¬† We haven’t had an ultrasound since 19 weeks, so this feels like a huge deal to us.

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BOB Stroller—check!

Well folks, we got a BOB stroller!¬† I have been going back and forth on what kind of jogging stroller I wanted to end up with.¬† Originally, when I was thinking of getting a Jeep jogging stroller.¬† After much research and comparison, the BOB wins.¬† In Colorado pretty much everyone has the BOB.¬† I don’t like that it’s a “thing” and everyone has one.¬† So I wanted to be different and skip getting a BOB.¬† Well, after doing a lot of hard thinking on it, I decided that I don’t care what people think of me!¬† The BOB stroller really is the best when it comes to joggers, so I really do need the best.¬† I am a runner and therefore I need a BOB.¬† I’m SO excited about this stroller!!¬† Part of my mother-in-law’s gift to us was contributing a certain dollar amount towards a jogging stroller.¬† So thanks, Dian!

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As soon as we got it home I made Eric take a picture of me with the stroller.  Can you see my excitement?!?

Let’s talk about the BOB.¬† We got the BOB Revolution.¬† The Revolution model is a bit better than some of the jogger models because it¬†has more features.¬† If we¬†were getting a BOB, we were getting the right one.

Now, one of the first things I noticed about the BOB was how incredibly LIGHTWEIGHT it is!¬† I mean, seriously light!¬† Other strollers can feel heavy and clunky, but this stroller feels like you are pushing a feather.¬† Not only is it really lightweight, but it also GLIDES like a bird soaring in the wind.¬† It’s just effortless.¬† I am going to borrow my friend’s baby and take him out on a run in the BOB one of these days.¬† I just can’t wait to use it!!

Here are some of the stats (from Bobgear.com):

  • Swiveling front wheel allows for superior maneuverability.¬† Locks forward for increased stability when jogging or if the terrain turns tough.
  • Easy, two-step folding, lightweight frame for convenient transport and storage.
  • State-of-the-art, adjustable suspension system provides an exceptionally smooth ride.
  • Accessory Adapter allows for quick and easy attachment of BOB Infant Car Seat Adapter or Snack Tray.
  • Ultra-padded, adjustable reclining seat for enhanced seating comfort. Five-point padded harness helps keep your child comfortably secure.
  • Multi-position canopy adjusts for protection against the elements. Large viewing window lets you keep an eye on your baby.
  • High-impact polymer composite wheels with pneumatic tires and tubes take on tough terrain.
  • Low Boy Cargo Basket provides plenty of undercarriage storage. Additional space in large seatback pocket. Internal seat pockets provide a great place for snacks and toys.
  • A simple twist of the front wheel tracking adjustment knob keeps you rolling straight.
  • When engaged, the parking brake helps secure a stopped position.
  • Padded handlebar for comfort; wrist strap helps you secure stroller when strolling and provides handy fold lock when folded.

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Uh oh, look who likes riding in the stoller?  Silly dog!  He will be doing the running outside of the stoller, but I wanted to use him as a test subject.

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