Pregnancy has turned into a big waiting game. A lot of people have advised me to enjoy the quiet time, get lots of sleep, and pamper myself when possible, but it’s hard to do these things when you feel like an uncomfortable blob 24/7 with an alien (albeit a cute little alien, I’m sure) growing inside of you. While I really do not enjoy being pregnant, I keep reminding myself of the bigger picture. The feeling of my boy’s kicks, turns, and movements keeps things in perspective and helps me to stay positive. I love everything about him already. With the obvious exception of the large, uncomfortable, and awkward space in which he has taken up residence in my belly.
Baby is now the size of: A pineapple. A little over 4 pounds and 17 inches long.
Sleep: When sleep isn’t good or comfortable, all I want to do is get up. Story of my life lately. Sleep pretty much looks like this every night:
Fall asleep quickly.
Wake up at 1am and roll to other side.
Continue rolling from one side to another every hour.
Each roll takes about 10 minutes because I am moving a bowling ball in the process. Wake up at 4am to pee.
Say hi to my husband because getting out of bed always wakes him up.
Talk a little.
Fall back asleep.
Continue to toss and turn and look forward to 6am.
Cravings and favorite foods: The only foods I have been craving lately are smoothies and popsicles. It has been HOT and that does nothing for my appetite aside from make me want to consume ice cubes faster than our freezer can make them.
Food aversions: Nada. The aversion days seem to be over.
Best moments this week: The Cascade Cycling Classic, the nation’s longest standing bicycle stage race (36 years), took place this last week and we hosted two of the Sram neutral race support mechanics for 7 nights. For those who aren’t familiar with neutral race support, they follow the race in a vehicle filled with LOTS of extra wheels, tools, and spare bikes. If a rider has a problem (mechanical, crash, flat tire, etc.) they stop to fix the problem and get the rider back into the race as quickly as possible.
As a result, Justin and I got to ride around in the support car during a couple of the stages and get a behind the scenes look at the race from the caravan. It’s a lot of down time in the car, listening to the officials talk over the race radio and chatting about life in general, but when something goes wrong with a rider or riders, it’s like a Chinese Fire Drill for a few minutes until everything gets sorted out and the chaos subsides.
We also got to hang out with Chad, one of the mechanics who has also become a friend over the years, during the downtown crit over the weekend. It’s always fun to watch the cyclists zoom by and watch Chad do his thing when riders crash or suffer mechanical issues. Amidst all of the chaos, Chad is always calm, cool, and collected, which I’m sure is reassuring to the racers during their moment of panic.
Our garage looked like a Zipp storage warehouse and I did everything I could to keep from drooling all over the fancy equipment. Chad was nice enough to clean my bike and leave me Justin with some great cleaning products for when I can start riding again.
Exercise: Somehow I am still managing to run 3 miles, 3 times a week. Physically it can be very uncomfortable, but psychologically it makes me feel like me again. I just can’t let go for some reason despite the struggle, pain, and recovery time. It was a fairly busy week with houseguests, so aside from running and walking, there was not a lot of diversity in my workouts this week.
Riding in the neutral support car behind the peloton definitely got my heart rate up. Does that count? It gets pretty wild!
Mood: Fairly good, although I did have a slight breakdown at the doctor’s office on Wednesday. As I continue to get bigger, everything continues to get harder – and I struggle with that.
Symptoms: My body has been really achy all over, especially at night when I am trying to sleep and get comfortable. My poor back! I am also hot ALL THE TIME. This unusually hot summer is not playing in my favor.
Missing: My body. The doctor reminded me on Wednesday that it’s not my body right now, and that I am renting it out for something greater than me. Understood, but that doesn’t change the fact that I want my body back!
Interesting Pregnancy Moments: There weren’t too many interesting pregnancy moments this week, as it was a pretty mundane one with houseguests for seven days. On Monday we did do something that probably fits better into the best pregnancy moments section, but it was also interesting as well.
My friend Elena (whose sister Nicole is mentioned later in this post) is a local photographer, and as a gift to Justin and I she offered to spend an evening with us taking maternity photos. So after work on Monday we drove up to the mountains to spend a few hours in a few different locations (Devils Lake, Sparks Lake Meadow, and Sparks Lake), taking some fun pictures to remember the pregnancy by.
We got a sneak peek at a few of the photos, and they really turned out great as the lighting was beautiful, the setting was ideal, and Elena is an amazing photographer. The interesting parts were that a) it had to be the coldest day of the summer and after weeks of temps in the 90s, it was in the high 50s that evening and we were shivering in our summer clothes, and b) it was a little weird to be taking photos literally right next to people who were camped at Devils Lake, almost like we were putting on some strange little fashion show photo shoot for them. I’ll be sure to share some of the photos once we have them.
Best Quote: “Maybe pregnancy was a blessing in disguise for not doing Ironman Canada this year.” – me
Of course pregnancy in and of itself is a HUGE blessing and I couldn’t be more thankful for the life that is growing inside of me. However, it has turned into a blessing in other ways as well. As many of you know, I had registered for Ironman Canada a few weeks before finding out I was pregnant back in January. Justin and I knew we wanted to have kids, but were going to wait until my tri season was over to “start trying.” It really bummed me out that I was not able to train for my first Ironman, as I had so many goals and high expectations for myself.
Looking back now, the timing of this pregnancy probably could not have been better. The conditions in Canada this year were far less than ideal, and many athletes were unable to complete the race due to hypothermia and terrible weather conditions on the course. I don’t know how I would have handled the weather that day, but I’m really glad I did not have to find out. Major kudos to all of those who raced (whether they finished or not) and braved one of the hardest Ironmans of all time. And huge congratulations to my friend Nicole for finishing 2nd in her AG and earning herself a ticket to Kona for the second straight year!!! So inspiring.
Worst moments this week: My little breakdown after stepping onto the scale at the doctor’s office. And finding out that our due date was pushed back from Sept. 15 to Sept. 17. I realize that’s only two days, but with each day being a physical and emotional challenge, two more days sounded like two more weeks at the time. All I kept thinking to myself was “just make it out of the door with no tears.” Although we are in the “home stretch” September seems SO far away.
Buying: I purchased a lot of smaller items that remained on our baby registry list including a baby bath, bottles, Sophie the giraffe, crib mattress pad, change pad cover, thermometer, and back seat baby mirror.
Justin also called our insurance company and they are sending us the Medela Advanced breastpump with tote for FREE. Score! Thank you insurance.
Dreaming About: What our little boy is going to look like. We have a 34-week ultrasound scheduled for Tuesday and needless to say I am really excited!!!