Pregnancy Weeks 25-26: Hiking Momma

Hello!  We had a great little babymoon in Sedona last weekend, which I’ll recap shortly – but first some updates.  (I fully realize many people don’t care for pregnancy blogs, but hey, this is my life right now, so I’m going to keep recording it.  Plus, only a few more months to go).

Symptoms: I had my first pregnancy “discomfort” this last week, which was some tingling/nerve compression in my left rib area.  I asked my doc about it and she says it’s very common, unfortunately.  With everything moving around, compressing, stretching, etc. I’m not too surprised.  But it only happens when I slouch or sleep on my left side right now, so trying my best to be better about my posture and sit up straight!  No stretch marks yet, knock on wood, but I started to apply Mambino belly butter about a month ago just in case.  I’ve had some chin/shoulder acne throughout pregnancy and it’s finally subsided in the past week or so; I don’t know if this is a sign of changing hormones, but I’ll take it! 

Latest Doc Appt: I had to take my gestational diabetes screening and drink the infamous sugary orange drink.  I was quite hungry by the time I took it, so it wasn’t all that bad (some ladies feel nauseated by it, but it just seemed like a very sugary sports drink to me).  Fingers crossed I pass.  I’m showing around 17 lbs of weight gain, which puts me right on track, maybe around 30 lbs or so total.  It’s hard to say since I’m not exactly sure where I started, but for my height 30ish lbs should be about right.  I’ve decided not to weigh myself at home anymore, because my scale fluctuates waaay too much and I get freaked out I’m gaining too little or too much.  But you can see my belly is definitely coming along!  But I don’t feel all too different except when it gets in the way :)

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Purchases: I got an Athleta rouched tech tee (not specifically maternity but worked really well!) for hiking and a Target maternity tee to wear around.  I also had to bite the bullet and get a larger 2-piece swim suit for lap swimming; since I only have a few more months I went with a Dolfin Uglies grab bag for cheap and it’s great so far.  My old stretched swim suits worked really well but are even now starting to feel tight.  I’m still wearing what I can from my old clothes, but a lot of my clothes are getting past the point of fitting now.  My work is not that formal, but I do need to go buy a few more maternity dresses since they’re by far the most comfortable thing for the office.  I think I’ll also be shopping for a few more bras and some maternity shorts since it’s getting warm around here.

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Exercise: LOTS of hiking last weekend!  We hiked probably 15 miles over the weekend; I was pretty worn out by the third day of hiking, so we did take a tourist day.  I tried my best to listen to my body and take lots of breaks.  I was noticing my lower back was feeling tired/achy after a couple hours, so we kept our “long” hikes at 2-3 hours.  I had a small pack, but it was only for my own water so that I stayed hydrated.  David carried the rest, which I found perfectly acceptable since I’m carrying around extra weight naturally.  Looking ahead, I’m guessing that for the third trimester I’m going to want to increase strength training, swimming and prenatal yoga if anything; it just seems like that’s what my body is going to need most.  I still swam 2200m the other day and felt great, hooray!   I might have one last road ride in me, but it will just depend on the weather in the next couple of weeks.  By third trimester I’ll be retiring my outdoor bike.

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing really!  I still don’t want sweets that much.  I did share a carrot cake cupcake with David for my birthday, but just 1/2 was enough.  I have no problem with my regular healthy eats – loving lots of kale, broccoli, quinoa, salmon, nut butter, oatmeal, eggs, etc.  We absolutely loved having a small kitchenette in our hotel and made healthy, hearty breakfasts each morning (and grilled some yummy dinners too). 

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Missing: Oh, what most pregnant ladies miss – wine or beer!   And generally anything I can’t have such as sushi, runny eggs, brie or goat cheese and a cold turkey sandwich.  Also sweating.  It might sound weird, but as a triathlete I miss the feeling of salt and sweat on my skin!  And bending over easily, haha.

Looking forward to: Moving into our new [rental] house in two weeks.  Finally we can start looking at nursery purchases and settling into a home.  Also my baby shower in June – I’m so grateful that I have some special family members flying in for it! 

Planning: David and I are signed up for FIVE baby classes in May/June – breastfeeding basics, infant care, infant CPR, birthing, and some intro to parenting thing.  A couple of them are two-day courses.  I’d heard from other first-time parents that it helped them feel very prepared, and we decided every little bit will help.  I also want to read a couple of newborn/parenting books in the third trimester.

And on a final note, I’ve been pretty proud of myself for not being too forgetful (though I have made a big effort to write everything down at work!), but I have noticed that placing peoples names seemed harder at times.  I thought I was doing great, until yesterday when I called David frantically telling him our car was stolen or towed from the parking garage at work.  I was a mess until David’s shrewd deductive reasoning helped me find out I was just on the wrong floor of the garage.  I hope I can blame that on pregnancy brain!

Ok – off to start dinner and get ready to catch up on GoT! Woohoo!

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Pregnancy Week 24: Happenings

Changing it up a bit and writing some current happenings or vignettes as some of the blogs I enjoy like to do (Erin and Hippie Triathlete).   Apologies for the many selfies – David was gone for work this week, so it was just me + baby.  He got to be man of the house for the first time.

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Celebrating // that we have a rental house to move to in May!  After a week of negotiations with two different landowners (we learned a lot in the first one and in the end did not agree with the contract terms), we settled on a cute, two-story home in our same neighborhood, just a few blocks off of a nice running trail.  This was high on our priority list since we don’t want a long commute, and we want easy access to somewhere we can take the stroller often.  Do we want to buy?  Yes, someday, but our gut tells us now is not the right time with the price of oil and more layoffs likely in the Houston area.

Stressing // over so many listeria recalls lately!  Two products I eat often and that have been in my fridge, Amy’s frozen meals and Sabra hummus, had major recalls over the past two months.  And also Bluebell ice cream, which I don’t eat.  But wow, frozen pizza, ice cream and hummus are all at risk?!  I asked my doc and she said if I haven’t had any GI issues I’m probably fine.  But still, it just seems like so many products could be potential poisons!  For someone who’s already a worry-wart, I’m looking forward to eating without anxiety post-baby.

Feeling // a little more “pregnant” lately.  David loves to comment on the bump (which is fairly straight out) by singing Black Eyed Peas “my hump, my hump, my hump, my hump, my lovely lady lumps”. My bump/uterus is getting bigger to the point where I feel it more when I bend over.  And also sometimes feel like my intestines are pretty far up near my ribs.  Thank GOODness for being long-waisted.  My poor mom is terribly short-waisted and said my head was in her ribs when she had me.  It must have been really uncomfortable.  Otherwise, my energy levels are staying up.  My only issue this week was some stomach-upset.  I’ve had only 2 or 3 days like this during pregnancy where I have stomach pains a lot of the day.  I think it might be due to all the dairy I’m eating and if I mix it with certain acidic fruits, but it’s so hard to tell.  I also don’t do well if I eat too much sugar.  A Nature Valley granola bar (sugar bomb) I grabbed at a work conference one day put my stomach in fits for a few hours.

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Adorable wrap dress my friend Amanda sent me

Moving // as usual, about 7 hours a week of moderate exercise.  I still got in a road ride last weekend (yay!).  It was the last time to wear my regular cycling jerseys though.  I’m also continuing with my personal trainer and she’s great about incorporating back as well as lots of squats/lunges.  I’m even using kettle bells – never thought I’d be using these pregnant, but they’re pretty great!   I also bought a Gabriella running belt.  Hard to say if it makes a huge difference, but I was having some soreness in my groin area so a little support of those extra pounds I’m carrying around can’t hurt.  I’m starting to notice the extra weight biking too, as I get discomfort in the saddle more easily.  Sidenote: lululemon running shorts and looong racerbacks have been pretty amazing through pregnancy.  I’m about to get a few more.  Just hope it doesn’t heat up too quickly here in Texas.  Once summer hits I’ll be destined to indoor treadmill runs to avoid overheating.

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Betty Designs trucker + lulu outfit.  Ignore the bedroom mess.

Planning // Babymoon + Babyshower!  David and I are headed to Sedona shortly for our last getaway together pre-baby.  If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know we love desert hiking and are really looking forward to the red rocks.  Of course, our hikes will be shorter this time and with poles for me, but we’ll still get around.  And we booked a little condo with a kitchen + heated pool, can’t wait!  This will be my last flight prior to baby arriving, which is hard to believe.  The third trimester is nearly here and I’m extremely curious about it and how I’ll feel.  I’ve also been working on baby registries, etc. for the baby shower in June which my mother-in-law is planning.  It is going to be an extravaganza!

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Moab – my first backpacking trip and one of my fondest memories!  I love the red rocks and blue desert skies.

Adoring // my hubby; he’s home from a week in Singapore (for work).  I know it’s not a long period of time by any means (as an Air Force brat my dad was away for months at a time), but it did make me miss him dearly!  These little absences often kick up your routine and make you appreciate how amazing your loved ones are.  He was happy to come home and talk to baby, who kicks a lot in response to his voice.

How is your weekend going?  What are you planning, adoring, celebrating, or stressing about? – Britt

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