According to my pregnancy calendar, I have officially entered my 7th month of pregnancy, and with it the third and thankfully final trimester. Homestretch, baby! Unfortunately, I feel like these last three months are going to creep by slowly, like the last 6 miles of a marathon. Let the real race begin!
Baby is now the size of: A head of cauliflower. We had an appointment today with the doctor and were informed that the baby is measuring 29 weeks, which suggests that the baby is going to be long. Long is ok, just please don’t be too wide.
Total weight gain: 20 pounds
Maternity clothes / preferred attire: I live in dresses, maxi skirts, and my SOAS shorts these days. I prefer clothing that is flowy and allows my body to breathe.
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping really well lately. We open our windows at night allowing the cool air to circulate throughout the bedroom. I couldn’t do it without my snoogle. That thing is as good as gold (or, as good as my amazing tri bike).
Cravings and favorite foods: Cereal, yogurt, and chicken.
Food aversions: Pepper and other spices. I’m really sensitive to pepper right now – keep it away!
Exercise: This week I enjoyed a combination of biking, hiking, and running. My husband and I took another trip up to the mountains last week after work, and did a nice and easy hike around Todd Lake. There were wild flowers everywhere and frogs jumping about. It was the first time I had been up there during the evening hours, and it was Justin’s first time without six feet of snow covering everything.
Last week, my mom and I spent an afternoon biking from Lava Lands to and around Sunriver for a couple hours, stopping for lunch along the way to refuel and hydrate. I thought the ride would be on the easy side since we were riding on fairly flat terrain and pavement, but boy was I wrong. It was probably one of the hardest workouts I’ve done during the second trimester and I BARELY made it back to the car. Pushing myself on a mountain bike is much different than a road bike — lesson learned.
Over the weekend Justin and I went up to Devil’s Lake and did a 1700ft hike to Moraine Lake, located near the base of South Sister. The 5.5 mile round-trip route was beautiful and we left early enough to avoid the crowds and heat. It was a little chilly when we left Bend, and we nearly froze with the top down in the Jeep and the thermometer reading 40 degrees at the trailhead.
We scoped out a few beautiful campsites as well, and will likely have one last camping adventure before the baby arrives. That is, if I can take my snoogle with me. ☺ Yes, my husband likes to test his pain threshold by walking around in ice cold lakes.
Mood: Fairly good. Overall, I’m just ready to be done with pregnancy.
Symptoms: General body achiness and back pain.
Missing: Triathlon. Racing. It hit me hard this week.
Best moments this week: Hiking with Justin and spending time with my mom. Any time I am doing something active and outside, I would consider it to be a “best moment.”
Interesting Pregnancy Moments: The other day when Justin and I were hiking down from Moraine Lake, which shares a portion of the trail with the South Sister (elevation 10,358′) climber’s route, we passed a couple of guys heading the other direction who asked if we had just “summited.” You know you live in a recreational mecca when someone naturally assumes that a 7-month pregnant woman just climbed 5,000 vertical feet and made the 12 mile round-trip trek up and down the mountain. I might be trying to stay active during pregnancy, but that’s a little crazy.
Best Quote: Me: “Wow, this book has an entire chapter about living with a pregnant wife.”
Justin: “Just one chapter?”
Now that it is summer and I have a small break from classes, I am hoping to do a lot more reading in prep for the baby’s arrival. I need all the help I can get. Apparently, my husband needs more help. 😉 This also got me thinking, wouldn’t it be great if we could switch places with our husbands for just a day? Not that I want to see a pregnant version of Justin or anything like that, but it would be nice for him to better understand what I am going through each day.
Worst moments this week: After realizing that my sporty one-piece bathing suits no longer fit me, I went out on Tuesday in search of a two-piece that I can wear for the rest of my pregnancy. I really want to start building some mileage in the pool this summer. Let’s just say that trying on bathing suits while 7 months pregnant is not a mood-booster. I cried in two different dressing rooms, but finally settled on a suit that was at least comfortable and semi-cute. I have to constantly remind myself that I am loaning out my body and growing a life inside of me – more on my body image struggles later.
Buying: A bathing suit. It’s time to start swimming again. No excuses. Yesterday was my first time back in the water since finding out I was pregnant. More on that later.
Dreaming About: Life once the baby is here. Although nothing could prepare me for what’s to come, I feel ready to embrace change and a new chapter.