First, I would like to start by saying thank you to everyone who reached out to me and/or commented on my last post. You all had so many encouraging things to say and it’s allowed me to really reflect on this time and feel more accepting of my decision to stop running for the remainder of my pregnancy. Like many of you said, I will be back and hopefully stronger than ever. For now, I am just going to enjoy the rest and allow my body to prepare for a different type of physical challenge. We are getting so close to meeting our little guy!!!
Baby is now the size of: A cantaloupe. We actually had an ultrasound this week and found out he is 5 pounds and around 18 inches long.
Total weight gain: I have gained 31 pounds and expect to gain a few more as he grows in these final weeks!
Sleep: Could be better, could be worse. I have added another pillow to the mix for my belly and am officially surrounded by a sea of pillows while I sleep.
Exercise: If you read my last post, you know that I am starting to really slow down on the running front. In fact, I don’t think I will be running again until after the baby is here. I may throw in a few strides here and there for muscle memory, but for the most part I will stick to hikes, walks, and swimming.
Speaking of hiking, this past weekend Justin and I went up to the mountains and did a gorgeous 8-mile round trip hike to No Name Lake. It’s a glacier lake that is tucked away at 8,200 feet on the side of Broken Top Mountain, and if it weren’t for a faint side trail and word-of-mouth, I guarantee that no one would no this lake exists.
Unfortunately, because it was a hot weekend in Bend, everyone else had the same idea as us and there were SO MANY people everywhere. I don’t think I have ever seen that many people on one of the hiking trails up in the mountains. I guess it is just a reflection of how many people (I would say over half were from out of town) are visiting and recreating in Bend. I really wanted to dive in, but didn’t want to shock the baby. It was COLD!!!
I held up pretty well considering that a couple of the miles were a steep climb and the sun was beating down on us. There was one area that required us to cross a small creek (thank you trekking poles) and one area that had us climbing over larger rocks and boulders. It was all well worth it though. I can’t wait to revisit this trail at another time when there aren’t as many tourists.
Cravings and favorite foods: Food is kind of meh right now. I still enjoy my smoothies and popsicles, but no real cravings although I did eat an Eggwhite McMuffin from McDonalds, which is a definite sign that my body is out of whack. I NEVER eat fast food.
Food aversions: I don’t have any specific aversions, but food in general does not sound good right now.
Best moments this week: Hiking and spending time with Justin. Our days with just the two of us are numbered, so we are making each day count.
My friend Jessica was also in town visiting family and I met up with her for a pedicure. She just started her own business called Just a Little Pampering, and I got to be one of her first clients. I love the look of the gel polish and Seahawks colors. This girl is ready for football season.
Another highlight of the week was a baby shower that Justin’s coworkers threw for us at his work. They ordered my favorite cupcakes from Ida’s, gave us a card filled with words of encouragement, and surprised us with a Bob Revolution Pro stroller. It was beyond generous. The stroller is incredibly light and perfect for the trails. I can’t wait to go running with my little sidekick!
Mood: All things considering, I’ve been in a fairly good mood. Not my usual energized self, but still positive and on the happy side of the spectrum.
Symptoms: General body achiness, nausea, and constantly feeling hot. I know something is off when I’m hot and my husband is cold. That never happens.
Missing: Being able to fit into normal clothes. My options are really limited right now, but at least it’s summer and I can easily slip into a maxi skirt or dress. I’m really looking forward to reuniting with my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.
Interesting Pregnancy Moments: Justin and I took a couple childbirth and care classes this past week and learned all about the labor process, infant CPR, diapering, swaddling, and general survival tips during the first year. The information was a little overwhelming, but very helpful. One thing that really surprised me is that we shouldn’t use a bumper on our crib as they pose a suffocation threat to the baby. Why on earth do crib sets come with bumpers if they are linked to SIDS? And of course, the bumper is one of the most expensive pieces of the crib set.
Best Quote: “He’s a stubborn little guy.” – the ultrasound technician. “Just like his mother.” – Justin. We finally got a chance to see our little boy and he decided to be really shy and cover his face with his arm and some of the umbilical cord. We saw part of his nose and upper lip, but that’s about it. Apparently he wants us to be surprised when he makes his debut into the world. At least we know he is head down and in the correct position for giving birth. Good baby.
Worst moments this week: Feeling nauseated, light headed, and low energy on Tuesday and Wednesday. Nothing that the Eggwhite McMuffin mentioned above didn’t cure.
Buying: We finally purchased a diaper bag. Because Justin is going to be helping out a lot with our little guy, I wanted him to choose the bag. We both fell in love with this one from Nordstrom. I have several huge purses that can probably be used as a backup/spare as well.
Dreaming About: What it’s going to be like giving birth. On second thought, maybe I shouldn’t think too much about that.