It is officially my last week in the 20’s. By this time next week, I’ll be 30 weeks and counting down the days until Baby Yax arrives. We currently have 74 days to go!
Baby is now the size of: A butternut squash.
Total weight gain: Did not weigh myself. The doctor says he’s not worried a bit, so I’m good with that.
Maternity clothes / preferred attire: It’s been 100+ degrees, so I have been living in lightweight flowy dresses and trying to stay close to the nearest A/C vent.
Sleep: Pretty good, as long as it stays cool in our house. I sleep better when it is colder. I LOVE my snoogle.
Cravings and favorite foods: Chicken, hamburger patties, smoothies, and chocolate chip cookies. When I was visiting Jessica last week, she took me to this adorable little bakery where I had the BEST bagel sandwich I have ever had and bought the worlds largest cookie. It was literally the size of my head, and yes, I shared it with my husband.
Food aversions: Pepper and spices.
Exercise: A lot of walking and hiking, with a sprinkle of running. Once again, Justin and I escaped from the heat and ventured up to the mountains on both Saturday and Sunday to hike two trails that neither of us had wandered before. On Saturday we hiked along Soda Creek Trail and did a 7.6 mile out and back along creeks, waterfalls, and meadows filled with wildflowers. On the way down we stopped to soak in the ice cold creek which was heavenly.
On Sunday we went out to Three Creeks Lake and climbed 1600ft to Tam McArthur Rim, where we were welcomed with gorgeous views of the Three Sisters and Broken Top. I used my trekking poles for the first time, which helped significantly with the climbing, descents, and overall balance. I don’t think I will hike without them for the remainder of my pregnancy.
See those dark clouds? That was a nice little summer rainstorm that decided to pass over us on the way down. We were thankful that it only lasted a few minutes, as it was windy, rainy, and COLD!
I will admit that running is now getting much more difficult and I find myself wogging due to increased pain and pressure in my pelvic region. Some days are good, while others force me to walk and take it easy. Even walking these days can feel challenging.
Mood: Pregnancy is a serious rollercoaster. Think Kingda Ka. This week I happened to be going up, so things were pretty good. I find that the more distracted I am, the better off I am.
Symptoms: Sore back, heart palpitations, and a beat up rib. The baby has taken up residency on the right side of my belly and in the process, enjoys giving my ribs kicks and jabs on a daily basis. Some of them actually hurt and I experience a lot of soreness in my rib area.
Missing: High levels of energy. My body. My tri bike.
Best moments this week: Visiting one of my best friends, Jessica, in Southern Oregon. It was fun to get away on a weekday, drive down, and spend a night visiting and catching up on life. We lounged in her pool, went out to dinner, and cooled off in a nice air-conditioned theater to watch Jurassic World. It was so great to catch up with her and see her before the baby shower in a couple weeks. She is helping my mom plan and organize everything, so I couldn’t be more appreciative of the time and effort she has invested to make the day special.
Hiking adventures with Justin are always at the top of the “best” list. I love spending undistracted time with him and being able to talk about everything going on in our lives. It gives us a chance to discuss the future, fears, excitements, hopes, wishes, and everything in between.
Watching and cheering on athletes at the Pacific Crest race weekend. My friend Rainie crushed her half marathon record and went sub 2 for the first time. I know the feeling of joy and accomplishment all too well when meeting and surpassing athletic goals, so to see her kick butt out there on a hot day was inspiring. I was going to run the 10K but decided to pass due to the heat and warmer than average temperatures.
Interesting Pregnancy Moments: On Sunday after Justin and I were on our way home from hiking, I had a quick bout of heart palpitations, which was really unusual. It happened so fast that I thought nothing of it. After we were home and settled, I started feeling more heart palpitations and freaked out. My heart was racing and pounding at different speeds and I felt a lot of pressure in my chest/throat area. I stood up, sat down, stood up, sat down, trying to do anything to make them go away. I expressed concern to Justin and he quickly Googled heart palpitations and pregnancy. Turns out it is quite common for women to get palpitations during pregnancy because of all the extra blood. My doctor later said that it is no cause for concern unless they last over 20 minutes. Whew!!!
Best Quote: “Is this a stretch mark?” – Me
“No, that is not a stretch mark. I don’t think you will get stretch marks.” – Dr. Murphy
“Really? I cried for two days thinking I was already getting stretch marks.” – Me
“Do you have my phone number?” – Dr. Murphy
“No.” – Me
“Here’s my number. Next time text me a picture and I’ll save you two days of crying.” – Dr. Murphy
Our doctor is awesome. He has been so great and supportive throughout this entire pregnancy.
Worst moments this week: Struggling with the changes in my body. As my doctor continues to remind me, my body is on loan for 9 months and there is not much I can do to prevent the changes it will naturally undergo. I haven’t gained an excessive amount of weight, but I am noticing that my legs and arms are softer and I have lost a lot of tone and musculature that was developed during triathlon training. I get excited when I think about working hard to get it all back!
Buying: Nada this week.
Dreaming About: How this little guy is going to change our lives!