Pregnancy Weeks 17-19: Mid-Second Trimester & COP 10K

Hey friends!  The last few weeks have seem to go by in a bit of a blur – I was traveling to NOLA area for work one week, in a training class the next, and honestly just overall swamped!  I’m making best efforts not to let the stress get to me, but it’s difficult considering so much is going on.  At least my day at work goes by quickly.  At home I’m trying to unwind with re-reading one of my favorite books, Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run – her writing style just speaks to me and I drink it up.  My other favorite books lately are Swimming to Antarctica and A House in the Sky, which I suppose also fall into the strong female memoirs category.  I’m doing 100% terribly at meditation and only hitting yoga once a week. I think I should jump back on those efforts…

Anyway, the last few weeks were all pretty similar as far as the pregnancy goes: growing bump but feeling overall really good.  Still no aches or pains, fingers crossed.  I had been worried a little earlier since I haven’t felt little guy much yet, but this week I’ve started to feel what seem like muscle spasms, so I assume it is him kicking (I hope!).  We go in for our 20-week detailed ultrasound next week, so we’ll get a really clear picture of how he’s doing then.  It’s supposed to be 30 minutes and checks everything – baby size, placenta, etc.

Around week 18 I ran the ConocoPhillips 10K Rodeo Run on a very chilly, windy day here in Houston.  I’m still going at my 10+ pace (the pace that allows me to stay conversational and keep my breathing steady – I get short of breath more easily now).  David ran too and had to wait quite awhile for me to come in.  As far as my pregnant race recap goes – I had to pee a gazillion times, both before and once during the race.  But I was overall happy and proud of myself.  My only complaint was that I wish I had a “running for two shirt” since it was not very obvious in my gray long-sleeve that I was pregnant.  I was pretty fatigued and my hip flexors/groin was sore after (could have been due to waiting so long + the cold) so the 10K was probably the last “long run” I will do for a bit.  I think I’ll keep it closer to 30-45 minutes from now on.  I don’t really have much more desire to do a race until post-pregnancy; it’s hard to pay to take it easy in races.  That being said, my 2016 season is already being dreamt up!

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I started with a Physical Trainer this week too, something I thought I’d never do!  But my company gym was having a special that was too good to pass up and has a PT that is experienced working with other women during prenatal fitness, so I tried her out and bought the package.  My PT is a runner, mother, and very focused on functional fitness and form.  We started with a lot of balancing drills and by the end of the workout I could feel the burn in my hips.  And have you ever tried a balance ball/board? Impossible!  The sessions give me something to look forward to during the week.  She’s also shown me some exercises to strengthen my lower back (since I don’t do superman anymore) and core without doing sit ups.  Marni also provided a bunch of new band exercises I an do at home, which are harder than they appear.

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Workout Snapshot

  • Monday: 30 min trainer + 25 min strength
  • Tuesday: 1 hr swim
  • Wednesday: 40 min run w/ David
  • Thursday: 50 min trainer + 30 min strength with PT
  • Friday: 1 hr swim
  • Saturday: outdoor bike + core/stretching (planned)
  • Sunday: run (planned)

I wrote about body image last time since I was at an odd in-between stage, but my bump is finally showing more and I’m embracing it.  I’m looking more obviously pregnant now, so it feels good.  Plus I bought bigger bras and feel SO. MUCH. BETTER!  Why did I not do this earlier?

Lastly, we’ve been all over our preggers to-do list: signed up for birthing, breastfeeding & infant care classes, on a waitlist at one daycare and signed up for a tour of another, started the registry, researching pediatricians, and searching for a rental house.  Phew!  How do procrastinators get through all this?

Hope you have a lovely weekend planned.  My mom is in town this week!  It’s going to be so fun to see her while I’m pregnant.

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Convenient Online Services: ThredUP & Instacart

Hey friends!  How was your weekend?  It was pretty rainy/cold around here, so my weekend revolved around bra shopping and registry research, and now I’m a little maxed out of both.  But I have lots of help with the registry thanks to friends and Facebook, so it’s coming along.  We also enjoyed dinner with friends on Saturday night at True Foods Kitchen – have any of you been?  I really like it; lots of fresh, healthy options.  That being said, I got the bison burger (thanks, pregnancy cravings!), but it was with kale salad and sweet potato hash, and all together pretty amazing. 

The rest of this post is kind of random, but maybe a nice reprieve from the pregnancy ones.  I wanted to share a couple online services I’ve used recently that I was really happy with.  The less places I have to drive, the happier I am!  Both were so convenient and easy to use, I wanted to share them.  I think I’ll be using online services more and more with a little one to take care of!  I did paste referral links below, but these aren’t sponsored in any way.  I just liked them.

ThredUp – I’m the first to admit I don’t have great fashion sense.  So I hate trying to go to those consignment stores like Buffalo Exchange where they shift through your clothes and reject lots of them.  How degrading is it? So when  I saw ThredUp online and was instantly intrigued.  I had a few old brand-name occasion dresses, high heels (too much work – I’m a flats/wedge girl now), and tops that were in good condition but I knew I wasn’t going to wear again. I contacted ThredUp and they sent me a HUGE garbage-bag size mailing bag (at no cost) with postage paid to send back in. 

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I chose the option not to have anything returned that wasn’t accepted as I didn’t want to pay for return postage.  To my surprise, 4 of my items went for $36 upfront payment, and two dresses were put up for bids, and earned $112 after fees!  I was psyched as ~$150 was a lot more than I thought I was going to get (these dresses were years old and would have been donated otherwise). 

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I will be using ThredUp again – it was so easy and had a great return.  I just wanted to recommend it to you all in case you are like me and have some great condition occasion dresses you won’t re-wear or just some nice clothes you bought that aren’t really working for you.

Instacart – this online service allows you to place online orders for grocery stores in your area, but more importantly it lets you order from Costco without having a membership and without the pain of fighting all the people in Costco that are aimlessly wondering around!  (Anyone else get annoyed by that?).  Anyway, I like to stock up on certain items – frozen mango, oatmeal, almond milk, toilet paper – to name a few.  And having it delivered to my doorstep for $3.99 plus tip saves me hours and also the pain of lugging stuff too/from my car.  Once your order is placed, you have a shopper that texts you if any items are unavailable, etc.  It’s pretty great.  My only complaint is that Instacart’s online selection does not always match what is available in store, but in general it’s fairly close.

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What conveniences do you use?  Have a good week!

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