Another week down and another week closer to meeting our little boy. Even with all of the distractions this week, I feel like time is starting to slow down. On the one hand this is a good thing because there is still a lot that needs to get done before the baby is here, but on the other hand I am definitely looking forward to not carrying around a big bowling ball tummy everywhere I go. Just getting back from my run today…
As football season quickly approaches, it’s a reminder to me that this baby has been growing inside me since the Seahawks beat the Packers in the NFC Championship back in January, which is the day I took the positive pregnancy test (okay, I took three of them just to make sure I was reading it right!). Needless to say, it’s been quite the off-season!
Baby is now the size of: A squash. Almost 4lbs and 17 inches long.
Total weight gain: Did not weigh myself, but will have an update after I get weighed at next week’s doctor appointment.
Sleep: I can fall asleep like a champ, but will usually wake up around 4am to pee and end up tossing and turning the rest of the morning trying to get comfortable. That’s also about the same time the hummingbirds and robins start making a lot of noise outside the bedroom window, which in turn gets the cat riled up, and makes it difficult to fall back asleep anyway. My back and hips really start to hurt from laying on them and I almost always feel a sharp pain that shoots down my legs to my toes. It’s funny how I am actually looking forward to sleeping once the baby is here. It may be interrupted sleep, but at least it will feel really good to be able to sleep on my back again.
Cravings and favorite foods: Popsicles (lime flavored Outshine Fruit Bars), chicken, salmon, and fruit.
Food aversions: No aversions this week.
Exercise: I attempted a run last Friday and it turned into a run/walk. I was experiencing a lot of pelvic pressure and pain, and my physical therapist said it was not worth the battle. I’ve been really good about listening to my body and walking when necessary. At least I got to spend some good quality time with the bump!
On Sunday I woke up feeling really good – as though I could conquer the world. Justin and I did not have any plans for the day, and it was supposed to be really hot in town, so we decided to head up into the mountains in search of cooler weather, and to do the 6.5 mile round trip hike into the crater of Broken Top via the Crater Ditch trail. I am all about taking advantage of high-energy days.
The hike follows a creek (actually a 100-year-old irrigation ditch that was re-routed from the original creek to provide irrigation water for Central Oregon farms) for the first few miles, then becomes more difficult as it heads sharply uphill until you get to the snowmelt in the center of the crater.
I would say this is one of the more scenic trails we’ve been on. Most hikes have some amount of less scenic terrain as you leave the trailhead or travel through dense forests, but this one was amazing from the first step to the last as you are always surrounded by wildflowers, mountain views, and cold, clear water. I made it through the grueling hike with little trouble or pain, thanks in part to my newfound love of trekking poles for added stability. Success!
Mood: Another great week, thanks to my husband, friends, and family.
Symptoms: Back pain comes and goes depending on my activity level. I haven’t had my back taped up for a few days and I definitely notice a difference. I guess that means it’s time to pay another visit to the prenatal physical therapist!
Missing: Triathlon. This was the week I was to be heading to Whistler for Ironman Canada. At least I will get to live vicariously through a number of friends who are doing the race. Also, my disappointment about not being able to compete at Ironman Canada this year is lessened a little bit by the weather forecast, which is calling for a low of 46 degrees and a high of 64 degrees, with a 70 percent chance of rain on race day. I know you can’t control the weather, and everybody has to compete in the same conditions, but I’m really hoping the weather for my IM debut in 2016 will be under perfect weather conditions.
Best moments this week: Over the weekend my mom and one of my best friends threw me a “Mommy-to-Bee” themed baby shower. My friend, Jess, drove up with her mom on Saturday morning and filled my house with bee-themed flowers and decor. It was incredibly special.
My mom provided all of the food and drinks, including Ida’s Cupcakes (my favorite), and we spent the afternoon mingling and celebrating Baby Yax.
After eating and playing games, I opened gifts and we took a few group pictures to capture all the fun. Our little boy is already a ladies’ man, can’t you tell? All of the women who attended the shower were so wonderful and made me feel so loved. It was a great day.
Hiking with Justin. As we get closer and closer to our due date, I begin to really savor the special moments I have with my husband. Even though Justin and I have a very strong relationship and love for one another, I feel like we have grown even closer over the past few months as we prepare for new roles and responsibilities. During our hike on Sunday I couldn’t help but feel beyond grateful to have him in my life.
Interesting Pregnancy Moments: On Monday evening Justin and I attended a breastfeeding class offered through our local hospital. While the class presented some great information, Justin and I both walked away a little disappointed with the overall structure and experience of the course. At least Justin entertained me and really got into the whole process of breastfeeding. I’ll never forget the image of him practicing the cross-cradle breastfeeding position with one of the baby dolls they provided. I think baby dolls are a little creepy to begin with, but they become less creepy when you watch your husband pretend to breastfeed one.
The instructor, although very knowledgeable, was a very slow speaker and did not answer some of my questions very well. My biggest question surrounding breastfeeding is how to do so while training and not being able to feed or pump every 3 hours (once we are 6-9 months in). Do any moms out there have experience with this? I’m trying to figure out how I am going to train for an Ironman and fulfill the duties of “mom” all at the same time.
Best Quote: “Oh no, I forgot the memory card for the camera.” – me, as I pulled out the camera during our Broken Top hike on Sunday, only to realize that the memory card was still in my computer.
“How ironic that you ‘forgot’ the memory.” – Justin, laughing at my pregnant brain absentmindedness. It was quite a funny moment, though it wouldn’t have been as funny if I didn’t have my phone’s camera and the GoPro as backup. Disaster averted!
Worst moments this week: Feeling pain in my back. I wish I could hire a full-time masseuse!
Buying: Aside from the room full of gifts that we received at the shower (little boy has more clothing than me), I ordered a Rock n’ Play, this bedding set from Pottery Barn Kids, a Pak n’ Play, baby towel, and boppy pillow. These were a few of the items left on our registry that I knew we would need. I also ordered a couple sports bras from Target for after the baby comes.
Dreaming About: Not necessarily dreaming about, but looking forward to our maternity photos on Monday. My friend Elena, who is an amazing photographer, is doing our photos up in the mountains during the evening hours. We are hoping to catch a great sunset and colorful sky!
I thought I would also share the results of our “Baby Names” survey! Not surprisingly, an overwhelming majority of you picked Miles Joseph Yax, which seems like the perfect name for the son of someone who loves to run miles and miles and miles. Although Justin and I have agreed that we are not going to permanently settle on a name until after he is born, I will say that Miles is not the name we are currently leaning toward. ☺