Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 18 & 19

How far along/size of baby: I'm 19 weeks 2 days today. Baby is the size of a mango. Mmmmm mangos! They are so delicious! Anyway, the baby measures around 6 inches long (head to rump) and 8.5 ounces. Two weeks ago that was 5 inches and 5 ounces. This baby is getting bigger!
Maternity clothes: Yes! Give me ALL the maternity pants! I bought a couple work pants and a pair of jeans. The jeans I bought online for 50% off and they are a bit big and saggy in the butt. But it's fine. The work pants are from motherhood maternity and were an arm and a leg in price. But it feels so much better than my regular pants. Not wearing any maternity shirts except a plain black tank top. My shirts are mostly fine for now.

Sleep: Still the same. Some nights are better than others but I at least get up 2 times a night. Sometimes a lot more.

Best moment of the past 2 weeks: I heard the baby's heartbeat at the doctor's office again and it's always such a sweet sound! Heartbeat is in the 150's.

Miss anything: Not really. Maybe just wearing some of my old clothes that are the smallest size I own.

Movement: Nothing yet!  I'm impatiently waiting! Sometimes I think maybe...but nope. Just wishful thinking. Ha!

Symptoms: Not much going on right now. Shortness of breath is my main one.

Food cravings: Pickles and 7up or sprite. Not together. I've always loved pickles but they taste SO GOOD right now!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope! I'm good there!

Have you started to show yet: I'm not sure what happened but I feel HUGE now! I'm definitely showing. So if some people don't know at work that I'm pregnant, I'm sure they are wondering how I could be doing so poorly on Weight Watchers! lol. (No, I'm not doing WW while pregnant).

Left 18 weeks & Right 19 weeks
I don't like the sweater picture much but I didn't feel like changing clothes. And I'm thankfully getting a haircut! Also, Camo always likes to make her appearances in my photos.

Gender: I find out NEXT WEEK!!! EEEEKKKKK! I'm so excited! Still going with boy but girl has been running through my mind lately for some reason.

Belly button in or out: In. Hopefully this never changes. Side note: my husband says he thinks I'm getting an outie. He's crazy. Totally not! So much innie! He knows he's driving me crazy!

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly happy. But life stresses easily make me unhappy at times. I'm partially blaming hormones. But I'm seriously good.

Exercise: Nothing new here. Running 2x a week prepping for my half on April 1st! Among other workouts. Shortness of breath and bathroom breaks are the major problems here.

Looking forward to: First, finding out gender!!!!!! But obviously, wanting to feel some flutters or kicks. Waiting. Waiting.

Other:  I tripped while running outside in the dark alone a couple weeks ago and almost face (and stomach) planted. How I didn't is beyond me. I held on for dear life. I have to say I was pretty shook up from it and haven't run in the dark alone since then. Luckily with the time change, I shouldn't have to. 

Also, I fell down the stairs leading to our basement last weekend. My sock slipped and I probably fell about 3/4 of the way down the stairs. Luckily I fell all on my bottom end and didn't hit my stomach at all. Just a bruise on my arm from trying to grab the railing and a big painful bruise on my butt but I'm ok and I'm sure the baby is too. That also shook me up a bit.  If I make it to August in one piece, I'll be amazed. Sorry baby. I'm trying to be careful here!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Running O' the Green 8k

This past Sunday I participated in the Running O' the Green 8k in Tinley Park. I have done this race a couple of times before but this time I would be running while entering my 5th month of pregnancy, so things were going to be a bit different.

First, I love doing this race for a couple of reasons (pretty much the same reason I love doing ALL of Tinley Park's races).

1.  The race provides an option when pre-registering of getting the race shirt or not. I generally opt not to get the race shirt as I always have tons (and they are unisex) so I only have to pay $16! Not bad!

2.  It's a local race and getting to the start is never more than a 10 minute drive! Plus, I can park right in the lot to the rec center where the race begins.

3. You can wait in the rec center before and after the race to stay warm if it's cold outside. Which includes indoor bathrooms!

4. Tinley Park races offer TONS of food. This time around...bagels, oranges, bananas, granola bars, cookies, mini cinnamon rolls, mini Jimmy Johns sandwiches. And they ever rolled in pizza after a small delay. Yes please! It's pretty hard to justify eating all of this after only an 8k but ... whatever.

5. I can guarantee several friends will do it (or get suckered into doing it) and it's always fun doing races with friends!

On to the race. Since I was clearly not trying to PR this race (or even come close), I decided to do a run/walk interval with my friends Becky and Jannelle. They were doing a 4 min run/1 min walk interval throughout and I thought that sounded just fine for me!  We all met up for a pre-race photo (obviously!).
This photo includes MANY of my most favorite run friends!
We headed outside to the start about 5 minutes before the race was going to begin.  I have to say, I was MOST nervous going into this race due to not having any bathrooms on course. Yes, I know it's "only" an 8k. Yes I know an 8k is "only" 4.97 miles. BUT...I'm pregnant and as soon as I start running these days, I need to use the bathroom. No a pre-race jog doesn't clear this up for me. So the thought of running 5 miles without a bathroom to hop into was totally stressing me out! Haha! #PregnantRunnerProblems.

Becky, Jannelle and I started our 4:1 interval and did it throughout the entire race. I thankfully did not have to use the bathroom. Well, I did but I was able to make it through. lol. Ok enough of the bathroom situation. You aren't here for that. I felt good throughout the run. Some of my runs have been rougher lately so I was glad that it was a good day.  I think the baby is a runner and enjoys it. Good because I'm putting you in a kids dash as soon as I can! Haha! Just kidding little one! ... maybe.

My friends rocked it out, as usual. A couple even brought home some first place bling!

The weather was a bit windy but when the wind calmed down, the temperatures were actually quite nice. The race generally runs through neighborhoods with the last half mile on the trail near the rec center. All in all, another great race put on by the Tinley Park District! I'm glad I live so close (and lived in Tinley until I got married).

Next race on my calendar...Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon in Lexington, KY. April 1st. Gulp. Ready or not, here I come! All in all, I feel fine when running. I'm just slower. I do lots of run/walks these days. My breathing is just a bit more difficult. So I should be good to go for this half.

And I purposely haven't been saying much (or anything) to the non-runner about even doing this half because they don't understand. And everyone has an opinion. As much as I'm always willing to hear advice and opinions, I don't need them from people that don't understand and just judge. I'm not doing anything that will harm the baby. I just need encouragement and positivity in my life right now.

I also checked and the half marathon says there are 7 locations for bathrooms throughout the course. This makes a pregnant runner very happy.

Keep on running friends!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

16 & 17 Weeks: Pregnancy Update

These weeks are seriously flying by. I can't believe it was 2 weeks ago since I last did an update!

A few weeks ago, I was all about saying how unhappy I was with my growing belly. More with the shape of it as opposed to just growing a baby. I wanted to be a "pretty pregnant woman" with a nice "round" belly. And I felt as though I had some weird "2 belly" thing going on.

Since then, I've been trying to be kinder to myself. It's a baby. My "top" belly is not just food. It's actually really firm and is growing a human being! It's a beautiful pregnant belly and I should be happy that we are both healthy, no matter whether it's the "perfect" shaped pregnant belly or not! So let's just all be kinder to ourselves and our bodies, pregnant or not! Right??  Ok, back to the update!

17 Weeks (plus my cat Hazel)
How far along/size of baby: I'm 17 weeks 3 days today. Baby is the size of a pomegranate (or a turnip or a pear...depending on what app/website you look at). The baby measures around 5 inches and 5 ounces. I had to go back and double check my last post because at 15 weeks, baby was 4 inches and 2.5 ounces. That means the baby just double it's weight in 2 weeks!

Courtesy of "The Bump" app
Total weight gain: No new info. I have a doctor appointment on Monday. As of last time my weight gained since my first doctor visit mid December was about 9 pounds. I expect it to have gone up a couple pounds.

Maternity clothes: No but I really need to start. I ordered a pair of jeans and workout capris online and bought a tank top and casual shirt at target. I desperately want to get some maternity work pants because I just can't deal with a button and zipper squeezing my belly anymore! (Edited: bought 2 pairs of work pants tonight. I can bet you I'll be wearing one of them tomorrow!)

Sleep: About the same. Some nights are better than others but I at least get up 2 times a night. Sometimes a lot more.

Best moment of the past 2 weeks: Not much as happened although I'm definitely getting bigger. Not sure if I have a "best" moment these past 2 weeks though. Whomp whomp. Definitely next time! (Edited: We got our first baby onsies as a gift! SOOOOO CUTE!)

Miss anything: Not really.

Movement: Nope.  But I'm patiently waiting! Hopefully soon!

Symptoms: So many... Out of breath frequently (like just walking down the hall). And I believe I was having some round ligament pain on Monday. That was not much fun. I've definitely also got "pregnancy brain." I forgot to take off my shoes at the beginning of my barre class once (and you are supposed to be in just socks), and sometimes I forget the names of my coworkers when I go to say "hi" to them. "Hi!... Uh..." *Walk Away* Oops.  Otherwise, normal fatigue and some headaches. A little lower backache sometimes but nothing to be concerned about.

Food cravings: Not a whole lot these days. Just food.  Give me all the food.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I think my aversions are going away. Nothing is really making my stomach churn. But nothing is really sounding outstandingly appetizing either. Except maybe pineapple and grapes. Yum!

Have you started to show yet: Yes. So much yes. I thought it was just a food belly but it's not. I have gotten so much bigger in the last two weeks. And I feel it.

Gender: Not sure yet. Finding out March 21st!  My guess would be a boy.
Belly button in or out: In. Hopefully this never changes.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly happy.

Exercise: Same as before. Trying to stay active. Running 2x a week, did a prenatal kickboxing video. I try to walk at least 10-20 minutes on lunch at work when it's nice out. I am giving myself an extra day of rest after my long run (8 miles) this past Sunday. I think my body needs it these days.
Looking forward to: Feeling a kick! Come on baby! Tell me you're there!  Also, finding out the gender.

Anyone want to venture a guess as to the gender of the baby??