Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pregnancy Update - Weeks 26 & 27

I'm currently in my 3rd trimester starting at 27 weeks. To be fair, some things say 27 is 3rd trimester and some say it's 28 weeks. However, when I hit May 6th and realized I only had 3 months left, I figured 3rd trimester it is. And my doctor's report also lists the same so there you have it.

I seriously can't believe it. It's FLYING by, I'm VERY overwhelmed by that. There is a ton of stuff that needs to be done. But I guess that's the way it always is, right?

I'm currently 27 weeks and 4 days. And some days, I'm feeling every bit of that. Bending over is not as easy and let's not talk about putting on my right sock (yes, just my right one). I'm sighing, moaning and groaning a lot more!

But I really can't complain. I'm still feeling pretty good. I know I've had a much easier pregnancy than a lot of people and am very grateful.

Left - Week 26/ Right - Week 27
For the record, I absolutely LOVE the tank top from Old Navy on the left. It's really comfortable and I will probably buy a few more heading into warmer weather.

Also, I realized I'm wearing the same shirt and pants in my week 27 picture as I was in my week 23 picture. Boy, that baby has grown (ok, and so has my tummy)...

Week 23 versus Week 27
And just for fun... my weekly pictures don't always turn out this spectacular. They usually also include pictures like this from my wonderful husband (and/or me)...The one on the right, he was supposed to be taking the picture of me. Thanks hun.

I'm sure he's going to love that I added these!'s life.
So let's get down to it. I took out some of the obvious questions (yes I'm showing, yes I'm wearing maternity clothes and regular clothes, no weird food cravings or aversions, and my beautiful baby is a boy!)...

How far along/size of baby: I'm 27 weeks 4 days today. Baby is as big as a head of lettuce or cauliflower. The baby, according to the apps, measures around 14.5 inches long and is about 2 pounds!

Sleep: It's been pretty awful to be honest. Like I've said, I've never been a good sleeper so I'm somewhat used to it, but the past few days, I've gotten up about every 1-2 hours to pee. If my husband gets home late from work, I'm having a really hard time falling back asleep. I'm not hugely comfortable and have some back pain or hip pain, although this isn't too terrible. It's just getting a bit rougher. Sadness. I really like sleep.

Best moment of the past 2 weeks: My cousin was kind enough to give us her old baby furniture! I want to do a little work to it before we put it all together but I was excited to get it! It makes things feel that much more real. She gave me a crib, dresser, changing table, glider, and tons of maternity clothes to go through (we are different heights and sizes so I picked through what might work for me).

I also heard the baby's heartbeat again on Monday at my doctor's appointment and it sounds strong and healthy. I'm sorry, but that sound melts my heart and never gets old.

Miss anything: Running comfortably without having to worry about shortness of breath or where the bathrooms/port-a-potties are (if any!).  I'll talk more about running below.

Movement: Yes! Especially this past week. I've been feeling much more movement throughout the day. The baby is definitely getting bigger, which is most likely why I'm feeling more of his movement. He actually seems most active during the workday. I haven't "seen" any movement yet, with the exception of my belly jumping once at a kick but I know that will come soon.

Symptoms: Week 26 I was having a lot more round ligament pain. It's not as bad this week (27). This week I've having more back aches, however.

Running: Still running at 27 weeks. I tend to go week by week to see how I feel and will stop if I ever feel like I should. Since I'm still doing ok, I'm shooting for at least running through the end of May. I'll reassess as the summer approaches because I'm a bit paranoid about running in the heat and getting too warm. But if I'm still able to, I might keep going. However, the mental thought of it gets exhausting sometimes. Since I don't know how I'll feel during my run that day, if I can make it through the run or need the bathroom, etc. Last Tuesday, I thought I was nearing the end of my running but this past Tuesday, I wanted to run forever (I ran 2 miles, haha).

I'm typically running 2 days a week now around 3 miles each. This varies depending on how much time I have after work since running takes me longer now.  By running, I mean run/walking. Some days I will do a 2:1 run/walk interval. The other day I felt pretty good and just ran what I could and walked what I needed, even running 6 minutes, 5 minutes, and 4 minutes at a time! I know, seems so easy right? Until you are lugging around my little guy who I joke around is... "sucking the life out of me!" and "smashing my organs!" Kidding little guy! (Not really).

Instead of running the 3rd day now, I'm probably just going to walk that one.  Still hopping on the bike trainer one day a week but my bike shorts don't fit and my bike seat just hurts so I'm not as inclined to do this as much right now.  I also would like to hop back in the pool, so we will see.

Oh and I signed up for barre classes again so I'm hoping to go to those 1 or 2 times per week when I'm able to get there.

That's it for now! Happy running, walking, cycling, whatever! Just get out there and move!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pregnancy Update - Weeks 24 and 25

I can't believe I have less than 15 weeks left. Can.Not.Believe.It. Added a few extra comments near the bottom from the standard update this time too.

How far along/size of baby: I'm 25 weeks 4 days today. Baby is the size of a rutabaga or cauliflower. lol. These size comparisons are ridiculous! The baby, according to the apps, measures around 13.5 inches long and is about 1.5 pounds!

Left 2 pictures are 24 weeks/Right is 25 weeks

The 24 week pictures are actually the day before I turned 24 weeks but whatever. I just got back from a warm 5 mile run/walk and was happy I could still wear that shirt! So I wanted a picture. Haha!

Maternity clothes:  So we can take this one out right? lol. All bottoms except for maxi skirts are maternity. I don't have many items but I try to make due with what I have. Like my ill-fitting saggy butt jeans in my week 25 picture. Those jeans are a little too big but I don't have many jeans.  I have several casual shirts I bought but my work shirts are still mainly my regular non-maternity wear. It's getting harder to wear these items though and I will definitely need something else soon.

Sleep: (Same as last update) Still the same. I was never a great sleeper and everything wakes me up. I've been sleeping with the snoogle and I think it definitely helps me sleep better. When I don't, I definitely have hip pain and just more uncomfortable. It helps keep my hips and body more in line so my back and hips aren't as sore.

Best moment of the past 2 weeks: Sooooo... right after my last blog post, I had some really large kicks and my husband has now been able to feel them! I was SO EXCITED! You have no idea. I'm more excited than he is, I think. The baby also did some weird roll thing last week and he felt that too before I even said anything. But, the baby probably just sleeps a lot and I don't feel much that often.

Miss anything: Yes kind of. I wouldn't mind a drink of wine or beer or a margarita or something. And yes, I know some people say you can have a glass of wine. I choose not to. I don't need it and I will be fine without it. BUT...I was in the grocery store the other day and just wanted beer! Out of the blue. Not even good beer. And I rarely drink beer. So you know how the story goes. lol

Movement: Yes! As stated above! But I want more kicks! I know I'll regret saying that later. lol.  I've had a few strong kicks and they just make me laugh! I want more of those.

Symptoms: Some lower ligament pain every once in a while. I had a bit of nausea for about 1.5 weeks but nothing severe. I've been really lucky though.

Food cravings: No, not really. My hunger isn't too bad these days.

Anything making you queasy or sick: A little nausea as I stated before but not from anything specific.

Have you started to show yet: Another question that seems like it can be removed now!

Gender: BOY!!!!

Belly button in or out: In. My husband still teases me about getting an outie. "How's that belly button doing today?" He's such a funny guy. Not amused. lol

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Been feeling pretty happy these days.

Exercise: Still running 2-3 days a week although I really need to tell myself to go do it. I did a 10k last weekend but that is really my last "long" run. My motivation is lacking and my pace is just getting slower and slower. I'm typically running/walking a pace of 12:30-13:00 per mile these days. Far cry from my 9:30-10:30 pace pre-pregnancy. So my 3 mile runs take 40 mins now and it's exhausting. Plus bathroom breaks.

Also still a day of bike trainer, walking, whatever else I feel like doing. I try to get movement/activity in 5 days a week if I can at a minimum. I love going for a walk on a nice day!

Looking forward to: Figuring out what we will actually name the baby (this is a whole other story) and maybe figuring out nursery stuff. I'm a bit overwhelmed on all things baby related these days.

Other: I started my recap for my half marathon on April 1st but never finished it. I promise it will be up next week. Also did the 10k at the Illinois Marathon in Champaign on a whim. I finished and that's all that needs to be said! Ha!

Husband: Decided to add this in for a post. He's been great! I don't know if he actually reads these or not so I guess I'll see. Ha! But really, he helps me if I need it. He rubs my belly if I ask him to. It makes my lower ligament pain feel better. He will do some work around the house if I'm not getting to something. I get really tired sometimes and need to sit down. It seems he understands I'm going through things even if I'm not saying it. I still try to "pull my weight" but I have more weight to pull these days (lol) so it's not easy and he has been really great about it.

Doctor and weight - I will need to do an update on this but I will say there was a period of time I was SO hungry! I never had severe nausea or got sick and I was just so hungry for a period of time, that I gained a bit of weight in the month between January and February. My doctor did her doctor duties by telling me to watch that. So I've been mostly tracking my food during the week to keep my bad food habits slightly in check. Its definitely helped. But I also need to try not to feel bad about myself or my weight gain so I've been looking at it with a grain of salt. Every "body" is different. Every person gains weight during pregnancy differently. I think I might do a blog post just about this. I'm pregnant and I want to LOVE myself and my pregnant body changes. Eating healthy is always a good option. And I'm glad I started monitoring it at least somewhat. But I'm not going to restrict myself completely. If I want a burger and fries, I will have one maybe on a weekend. I still workout and I'm still doing good for myself and I'm healthy (very healthy according to my stats) and my baby is healthy and that's what matters to me. Love yourself. Right?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pregnancy Update - Weeks 22 & 23

How far along/size of baby: I'm 23 weeks 3 days today. Baby is the size of a grapefruit or papaya (or whatever else these apps say these days). The baby, according to the apps, measures around 11 inches long (or more) and now is about a full pound!

22 Weeks (Left) & 23 Weeks (Right)
I think I look SO much bigger in the 22 week picture. Maybe it's the shirt, maybe it's the day, I don't know. Also, I always take the photos on Sunday when my week switches over but I take them at all times of the day. Oh and the ugly yellow socks have made a reappearance in the photos! NOOOOOO!

Maternity clothes: Definitely wearing whatever maternity bottoms I can. I have a couple workout capris, one pair of saggy-butt jeans, and just bought 2 pairs of shorts and a pair of leggings. I still wear the normal maxi skirts to work also. I have made some casual maternity shirt purchases that I have been wearing but at work I'm just wearing my normal non-maternity stuff.

Sleep: Still the same. I was never a great sleeper and everything wakes me up. Now I just get angry when the dog or husband does something that wakes me up. lol. I also did purchase the snoogle and I think it definitely helps me sleep better. It helps keep my hips and body more in line so my back and hips aren't as sore.

Best moment of the past 2 weeks: Feeling kicks! They feel like small stomach twitches but they definitely have to be kicks (right?) and they have been getting stronger. Nothing felt from the outside yet.

Miss anything: Same stuff. Not enough to care really. lol

Movement: Yup. See above. It's pretty funny sometimes when I feel the kicks.

Symptoms: Calf cramps when I stretch out in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. They can be SO BAD! Some slight nausea lately but it's pretty minor.

Food cravings: Not a whole lot of cravings for anything.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Have you started to show yet: We should just take this question out now. My belly is so big (I think). Sometimes I think it looks bigger than other times.

Gender: BOY!!!!

Belly button in or out: In. I won't even get started on my husband's nonsense! lol

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy. Getting excited. But I'm really overwhelmed at how fast this is moving.

Exercise: I'm still doing the same 4-5 days. It's pretty easy workouts these days. 2-3 days of running (3-4 miles each time), 1 day of bike trainer. I did do the elliptical last Saturday. Some walking. My runs are generally between 12-13 min mile pace. I have done faster and slower but this is the general pace these days with lots of walking included.

Looking forward to: Feeling the kicks from the outside so my husband can feel it.

Other: I finished the half marathon on April 1st. I have been meaning to do a blog post but it hasn't happened yet. Soon!

Also, I was playing mad libs with my husband (remember those??) and was laughing my ass off...until I had the sudden urge to break down into tears. Not happy crying, but crying crying. Ugh. Hormones.