This week marks the 25-mile mark of a 40-mile run. I can’t help but relate my pregnancy thus far to a very long and very slow race. Although I am getting closer, I definitely experienced a lot of mental struggles this week in preparing myself for the long journey ahead. With “only” 15 weeks left in my pregnancy, I am starting to think about how I am going to survive the uncomfortable weeks ahead as I grow larger and slower.
Baby is now the size of: A cauliflower. He weighs somewhere around 1.5-2.5lbs (depending on the source).
Total weight gain: Did not weigh myself.
Maternity clothes / preferred attire: I am really fighting the battle of spending money on maternity clothes. I have a couple of formal/business events coming up and I’m not quite sure what to wear. The last thing I want to do is spend money on a dress that I will only wear once or twice, but we’ll see. Can’t I just wear my SOAS shorts and sparkly slippers?
Sleep: This was not the best week of sleep. I am still falling asleep quickly, but the combination of outrageous dreams, uncomfortable positions, and the frequent need to pee just doesn’t allow me to sleep peacefully throughout the night. The cat isn’t helping much either, as he seems to have become nocturnal since we moved into the new house.
Cravings and favorite foods: Justin’s homemade fish/chicken/insert-protein-here tacos are pretty amazing. I could eat these on a daily basis. I’ve also been craving donuts (still) and eating a lot of cottage cheese, cereal, yogurt and grapes.
Food aversions: None.
Exercise: I am still trying to run, hike, and walk as much as possible, but the overall volume is starting to decrease. My longest run this week was 6 miles and I felt as though I had powered through a difficult half marathon by the time I was finished. Thank goodness for wonderful friends who keep me going!
My husband has been really supportive as well and took me on a great hike up in the Cascades near Devil’s Lake and Hosmer Lake. I’d say we spent about three hours hiking on Saturday morning exploring new trails around the area.
The weather has been beautiful lately and we had a good mix of cloud cover and sun. By the time we finished, temperatures were hovering around 73 degrees and blue skies took over the mountainous region. It’s amazing how quickly conditions change around here.
Justin and I have also been running a lot together around our new neighborhood. We have discovered a few loops that average around 4-5 miles, which is perfect for me. I’m not sure that my body can withstand anything beyond 6-8 miles right now, unless I have a really “good” day. A lot of ligament pain and tightness takes over my belly and it becomes uncomfortable, particularly after I complete the run.
Mood: I’ll be honest… I’m kind of a hot mess right now. Physically I must be having one of the easiest pregnancies ever, but emotionally I am all over the place. Hormones. Gah!!! Now that vacation is over and things are settling around the house, I have a lot more time to think about and prepare for baby. It’s a bit overwhelming and even picking out what color/pattern of Pack ‘N Play I should add to my baby registry makes me tear up. So many decisions.
Symptoms: Epic mood swings and some general body achiness.
Missing: Everything this week. Wine, a flat stomach, bending over to tie my shoes without a giant belly obstacle in my way, hard workouts, sleeping on my back, triathlon, riding my bike…etc.
Best moments this week: Hiking and exploring up in the mountains. Discovering a new trail system about 10 minutes from my house and running under “an angry sky” with my friend Karly. I honestly feel best when I am outside, running, hiking, or doing something active.
Interesting Pregnancy Moments: I’m beginning to think my brain and clumsiness are preparing me for life with a child. I find myself spilling and creating unnecessary messes at the most random times. For example, I will be holding my cup in the kitchen and will all of a sudden knock it over. Instead of cleaning it up right away, I get really frustrated and want to kick myself for being clumsy. The other day I also tried to walk through a door that slides open. Nope, I guess I don’t have superhero powers.
Best Quote: “I just need to cry.” I drove to my husband’s work and sat in the driver’s seat crying, for no reason at all, while he sat in the passengers seat trying to console me. My poor husband. Later that day when he came home from work, he had a beautiful bouquet of flowers and sweet card for me. Tears be gone!!!
P.S. I can’t help but laugh at myself after the fact. Hopefully someday I will read back through all of these “moments” and laugh.
Second Best Quote: “Some days are going to suck. Some days we will fail at parenting. But they will suck and we will fail together.” These were a few of the words my husband wrote in the card he gave me after my meltdown, in an effort to remind me to take things in stride and that a bad day or a bad experience is not the end of the world.
Worst moments this week: Crying for no apparent reason is pretty bad. Also, getting the straight truth about labor and delivery from my friend Bri, who has a four week old baby (her second) and isn’t afraid to tell it like it really is.
Buying: I started our gift registry and went furniture shopping with my mom yesterday. My husband and I finally settled on a nursery set from franklin & ben that we both love. Now that we have the furniture picked out, it’s time to make decisions about colors and themes. Right now we are leaning toward a travel/adventure/outdoorsy theme…. Any suggestions?
Dreaming About: Life once our little guy makes his big (well, hopefully small) debut into this world. Oh how life is going to change!