Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Week 36: Comfy cozy

Week 37 is here (as of today)!  Which means Nugget is in theory fully baked.  Yay nugget!!  (assuming they dated this pregnancy right, which wasnt the case with Rob :-P)  Needless to say, I'm pretty freaking tired at this point.  I'm so cool with a few more weeks (no way in hell am I ready for this kiddo yet) but I definitely see myself slowing down...alot.  I haven't been able to swim for a week or so and it's super frustrating....I know why I never got swollen with Rob and the answer was = pool.  Thank goodness for compression sleeves and keeping your feet up..when you can!  I finally broke down and told my boss yesterday that I was done being superwoman and we put an end date on my coming into the office (I can pretty well work form home, which is so wonderful to ice and put your feet up when you need to.)  Of course, I seem to remember the last time I said that and the next day.....yikes!  Hopefully I won't be a hot mess when it's go time this way....but are you ever really ready? :-P

But let's talk about the bambino....

Week 36

Your baby is gaining about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long (about the size of a head of romaine lettuce). She's shedding most of the downy hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Next week, your baby will be considered full-term. Most likely she's in a head-down position, but if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version, where she'll try to turn your baby by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.
Total Weight Gain: Up 24 pounds. I think some of this is water weight - been battling some swelling.  Thankfully ice baths and compression help....probably not so much my stubbornness to continue riding, running and kickboxing.

Cravings: Cookies and creme pop tarts, hot fudge, almonds, and iced tea.  WTF.  You're only preggo for so long, and they sound good.  I'll thank myself when I'm training for my next ultra :-P  (yes, I have one planned for 2016.  Don't judge.)

Aversions: Anything work.  Will I ever get it done?  NO!  Why am I worried?  Also, sleep.  Having to pee every 5 minutes (this literally happened last night - Greg said...didn't you go downstairs 5 minutes ago?  Babe.  Just. No). People telling me i 1) look HUGE! and 2) am carrying high.  I know my tummy looks ready to pop, I live with it and last time I was told it would be forever because i was carrying high, I delivered 5 days later.  So :-P  pffft.

Sleep: Are you joking me?  That's just mean.  I don't want to talk about it.

Baby Items Bought/Received: Our first baby gift!  A really cute animal outfit with a giraffe on the tushie :-)  Thanks Norbert and Lorena!

Best Baby Moment: My awesome husband has started to do the cocoa butter belly rub.  No stretch marks that I can see of but it makes my tummy feel so good.  He's a keeper :-)

Goals: Just keep swimming....oh wait.  Hopefully the pool is open tomorrow and I can do that :-P

 Worries: I'm done with it.  I did what I needed to and got to September.  Keep baking kiddo, but I won't stress.  Much.

Running feet....with a big ole belly #preggorunnerproblems
This Week:
Run: 2 miles
Bike: 90 miles
Swim: 0 miles
Total: 92 miles

To Date:
Run: 355.3 miles
Bike: 2350 miles
Swim: 90 miles
Total: 2749.3 miles...or, the distance from Rochester, NY to Georgetown.  Hey, whatever works.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Week 35: No Half Baked.

So I am officially 36 weeks today...let the record show that I never made it to 37 the first time....Rob was pegged at 36.5 weeks.  IShhhh...don't tell my boss that.  I get the impression lately that he might think that I'm just sort of kidding about this whole baby thing...or that I might just drop it during a lunch break then come back for my 2pm meeting with him cause...why not?  Seriously, I love my job but right now I'm about ready to be done :-)  During an event freak out (we are hosting a lunch next Tuesday for kinship care month because we are nuts) I told him that if I didn't love my job I would be entirely checked out amidst onesies and diaper pre-runs.  He totally got it and quoted Spongebob cause that's how we roll.  

In other news, I am up to here pregnant and have even been having some nasty swelling lately, which I managed to avoid 99% of this pregnancy - blame the 90 degree heat!  Thankfully, my rockin hot pink compression sleeves (nothing says pregnant runner like compression, yes?) and early morning swims at the Gananda pool have been a livesaver!  We also did a nice family trip up to Alex bay this weekend to spend some time with my brotha from anotha motha and his family and had such a wonderful time, which was great for a nice little breather and break from reality (no cell or internet = awesome).  

So what's my lil nuggster up to this week?  

Week 35

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (about the size of a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

This poor kid is so regulated to bathroom selfies...
Total Weight Gain: Up 22.5 pounds.  All in the belly.  And it really shows!

Cravings: Grapies (as Rob would say), cashews, and diet coke.  Trying to take it easy on the acid, but oh man, it is so good.  Hey, if I can't have a glass of red.....

Aversions: Swelling.  3-4 times a night wake ups.  Braxton Hicks.  SLOWING DOWN!  I finally realized after a hellish 3 hour car ride on Sunday that I cannot, in fact, go 90 miles an hour anymore.  This saddens me.  I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off, and then wanted to do my own relaxing by riding my bike...and I couldn't.  It gave me all the sads.  I am not a resting on the couch kinda girl...even though I know I'll have no time to do it post baby :-P

Sleep: Meh.  BNL says, "Who Needs it?"  They are right.  I just give up at this point.  

Baby Items Bought/Received: A godfather.  Can't beat that.  We asked my friend Drew to be Nugget's godfather and he agreed.  So happy - he had the best time with Rob this past weekend and it's obvious how good he is with kiddos.  Busted, buddy. I love ya.

Best Baby Moment: Greg and I decided on two girl names and two boy names pretty firmly, so thankfully Nugget will not, in fact, have to be a nugget forever.  Whew.  

Goals: Let's get to September.  Baby steps.  No August babies!

Everyone gets a beer but Mom.  It's not fair.
 Worries: Time is moving so fast!  I realize that every mom says that, and I myself am victim to that fact for Rob all the time, but it's getting real that I am almost at the end of this pregnancy...and being pregnant forever (YES, I AM ONLY HAVING TWO!)  I am ready to be done with this kiddo baking, but it's still sad to think that it's the last pregnancy experience :-)

This Week:
Run: 0 miles
Bike: 93 miles
Swim: 3 miles
Total: 96 miles

To Date:
Run: 353.3 miles
Bike: 2260 miles
Swim: 90 miles
Total: 2651.3 miles...or, the distance from Rochester, NY to Bogota, Columbia.  Not so sure about that Nugget, thats some pretty crazy 'splorin'!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Week 34: $hit gets real, yo

Week 34, yikes!  I know I say that every week, but its so weird to know that if last time was any sort of indicator....I have about 2 weeks left.  OMG OMG!!  Luckily, I had some time this past week, so I washed all baby clothes, installed the car seat, cleaned out the house a bit, and sterilized bottles, etc.  Silly things.  But they made me feel better and somewhat more equipped to deal with a nugget, lol.  We still have quite a list of things to do, including some basement clean out and freezer meal making.  But we might be in good shape...for now!  Enough about me, though - let's talk about the star of the show, shall we?

Week 34:

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies. 

Total Weight Gain: Up 21.5 pounds - amazing what a few days off will do!  Doc says I am at the healthy low end of weight gain, so its all good.  Also, I am no longer anemic, yay!

Week 5
Week 34
Cravings: Fresh fruit and Popsicles.  Of course, it could be the fact that it's 90 degrees out so....maybe it's just a summer thing.  Rob agrees - we eat about 3 icees a day (thank goodness they are low sugar :-))

Aversions: Sleeping through the night.  Freaking again.  Every night I'm up at 1am and 5am.  Nugget.  COME ON.

Sleep: see above.  I've also had quite a few BH contractions - nothing crazy, just enough to be annoying.  Doc says to hydrate and stop running outdoors.  Yeah, I wasn't about to do that anyways....when it's this hot, the treadmill and I are BFF's!

Baby Items Bought/Received:A coming home outfit for nugget and a gift from rob to nugget.  Can't wait to share :-)
Best Baby Moment: The constant heads up from the kiddo I get at least once an hour...MOM, I'm here!  Yep, I know nugget.  And thankfully I think your Daddy and I might just have picked out a name for you FINALLY.  But we do have 5 weeks to change our minds....Nugget's a good name, right??

Goals: Make it to 37 weeks.  I could be so wrong but I believe this will be another early child!  I would like to throw out labor day as an option (LOL).  Also partial to September 14th :-)

Worries: Please no labor yet kiddo.  I am not ready.  Thank you, Love, Mom.

This Week:
Run: 3 miles
Bike: 105 miles
Swim: 1 mile
Total: 104 miles

To Date:
Run: 353.3 miles
Bike: 2157 miles
Swim: 87 miles
Total: 2545.3 miles...or, the distance from Rochester, NY to Juneau, Alaska.  Oh nugget, you are good!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Week 33: Divin' Right in!!

Well, here we are, done with another week.  This past week has been a crazy week - budget deadlines, lots of work OT, out of town guest, family picnic, and a "race"!  Yikes!  Hoping week 34 is more low key...baby and Momma both need it!  So what's nugget up to this week?
Yikes, another week gone by???  Well, time is flying, as always....I MAY be at the stage where I have had a few melt downs about wishing for my pre pregnancy body and stamina back (hey, it's tri season.  I'm human).  But then Nugget reminds me of how cool he/she is with a little impromptu dance party.  God I love this kid already!

Week 33

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark (about the size of a pineapple - my boss would like this....he is obsessed!). He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Total Weight Gain: Up 21 pounds.  It's been a stress eating, salt laden week, so who knows how much is baby, how much is cake, and how much is wine.  Just kidding on that last part.  I wish I wasn't...I would kill for a glass of wine! :-P

Cravings: Lemonade, cheese, and baked potatoes.  MMMM.  Still weirdo cravings from normal. but most are healthy so I won't complain!

Aversions: Chocolate.  Oh kid, you're killin' me.  For reals.

Sleep: is for sissies.  I've woken up one too many times with work on the brain at 3am, and have resorted to some QT couch time.  Poor Greg.  I adore my job, but only a male boss would tell me that he hopes to "get the ground running" on September 1.  With what, a 37 week preggo woman?  I laughed.  Out loud.  And since he has a sense of humor, he didn't fire me.  (Ok, he laughed back.  I have the best boss).
Who needs sleep?

Baby Items Bought/Received: More diapers.  They had a deal for 380 diapers for $18 after gift cards ($53 oout of pocket and $35 in target gift cards back).  I know, I know.  But I'll be such a happy momma when I NEVER HAVE TO BUY THEM.  

Best Baby Moment: "Racing" Sodus this past weekend (report coming).  I have raced this course every year since 2005- would I let an 8 month preggo body stop me?  Nahhhh....stay tuned (No, I did not officially participate.  You can breathe now).

Goals: Rest.  Finish house must haves.  Pack hospital bag.  Install car seat. AHHHH!!!!

Worries:  I'm past it.  I must be a parent.
This Week:
Run: 12 miles
Bike: 72 miles
Swim: 3 miles
Total: 87 miles

To Date:
Run: 350.3 miles
Bike: 2052 miles
Swim: 86 miles
Total: 2441.3 miles...or, the distance from Rochester, NY to Greenland.  We have officially crossed international borders...sweet!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Week 32: Here comes the Sun!

Yikes, another week gone by???  Well, time is flying, as always....I MAY be at the stage where I have had a few melt downs about wishing for my pre pregnancy body and stamina back (hey, it's tri season.  I'm human).  But then Nugget reminds me of how cool he/she is with a little impromptu dance party.  God I love this kid already!

Your pregnancy: Week 32

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. 

Moving alot?  You don't say.  Lil nuggster likes to throw dance parties with regularity, which gives this momma to be a reason to smile - love that kiddo says "hi mom!"  all the time.

Total Weight Gain: Up 19.5 pounds.  Belly seems super huge this week - even my uncle said he thinks I'm surpassing his "baby bump"!

My Body:  Bee sting gone.  Ivy gone.  Prednisone, I hate you but I love you.  After a nauseous and sicky week brought entirely on by the meds and the fact that my staff deserted me (oh, ok, with my blessing) AND moving office space...I'm pooped.  I've had a few melt downs, a few tantrums, and then just sat back and admitted defeat....with some cookies.  And life is good.  Hoping life gets a little less stressful after this weekend!

Cravings: Cheese puffs.  Cherries.  Iced tea.  And popsicles (which is shared by Rob....hey, what's good for mama...)

Aversions: Oatmeal.  Maybe it's the summer, though.  

Sleep: Nuh uh.  I've resorted to the couch becuase it's just not fair to Greg....I get about 3 hours a night.  Just can't get comfy, but I think its stress again.  I went to my OB and my BP is up again - of course, high for me is 118/78,  so I'll just show myself the door (normal bp 90/60-65.  I'm probably clinically dead.

Baby Items Bought/Received: A matching set.  That's all I'll say :-)

Best Baby Moment: Nugget is the coolest kid ever.  I don't need to do kick counts, because I get tap dances every 30 minutes or so like clockwork, unless I'm working out.  But then past 11pm...nothin'.  Am I sleep training my child in utero??  Fingers crossed.

Goals: To get some awesome maternity shots this weekend - it's our family picnic at Stoneybrook on Saturday (and our anniversary!) and Greg and I are hoping to steal away to get some shots and have a nice hike together :-))

Worries:  Just want sleep.  And to freeze time...I will never be ready for this kiddo, but that's life :-P

This Week:
Run: 7 miles
Bike: 80 miles
Swim: 2 miles
Total: 89 miles

To Date:
Run: 338.3 miles
Bike: 1980 miles
Swim: 83 miles
Total: 2353.3 miles...or, the distance from Rochester, NY to San Francisco.  Ahh, love it there.  And Nugget, can you pick me up some Boudoins and Ghiridelli while you're out that way?  Don't get stuck at Alcatraz :-P

Friday, July 31, 2015

Shoreline Duathlon Relay: It's Gettin' Hot in Here!

It's about a week later, so Mom and I say sorry for being late with this race report.....since we ran another 5k this past weekend, I told her she better get to taking some short hand so I can tell you about Shoreline before we write about the 5k this morning!  And since I am in charge (for now....ok, in chagre, who does she think she is kidding?) Mom said ok, let's do it nugget!

The real story for this race starts back in January....Fleet Feet ran a sale for running races and local tris dirt cheap.  Two sprint tris for $75 is a friggin steal and Greg signed up at once.  We were thinking maybe baby so I hesitated and we figured well, if it happens it does, if not, you can do both and pay $25 more, no big deal.  We aren't all of the smarts but in this case it happened to be a wise move...12 days later we were looking at a big fat positive pregnancy test :-)  I know I still wanted to race through this pregnancy if nugget let me (which s/he has TOTALLY been on board with) so I sought out my biker friend Brennan, who was awesome enough to agree to do a duathlon team with me and nugget - he would do the bike and I would do both run portions.  Sweet.

Now I'll let nugget take over.....

Mom and I decided to train enough for the race where we were super comfortable running 2 miles at a time a bit quicker, just for fun.  She thought the race was 2 miles - 15.7 mile bike - 2 mile run,. which was totally doable for us - I have to pee alot, so we figured 20 minutes or so of running was perfect (spoiler alert - she was wrong.  But we'll get to that).  Race day dawned with high humidity and warning clouds....not the best weather, we hoped for Daddy, who was doing the full tri (.5 mile swim, 16 mile bike and 4 mile run) that it would cool down!  It did not....low 90s by 10am made the race...interesting.  But Mom and I had fun anyways!

Pre Race, we hung out with Brennan, Mommy's relay partner, and got body marked.  We happened to see a guy with teh same number on our way to transition...wait...that isn't right!  So they switched us...and then found someone wearing the same number again!!  Mommy told the RDs just to give us the fastest time possible (hah) but we thought it was funny, as this was just a funsies race anyways.  We headed over to the art about 10 minutes before the race and gave daddy a smooch (different starts because he was swimming first!)  and got ready to do our first 2 mile run.  At the pre race instructions, Mommy realized that the second run was 4 miles (she thought it was 2)  whoops!  No big deal, I told her we could do this!  Before I knew it, we were off!!

Run #1:  17:36 (2 miles).  We rocked this run.  Mommy and I both felt good, tried to take it easy, but we thought a sub 9 minute mile 7 months preggo was pretty darn decent, so we were happy!  It was HOT but the section we ran was flat and fun and the ladies running it were super nice.  We got into transition without much happening, handed over our chip to Brennan and he was off for his bike!

During the wait, we hung out with some other people doing the relay and tried to stay cool.  Didn't work...it was getting so hot!  We saw Daddy come back from his bike and do his first loop and he looked pretty beat (even though he was kicking butt!)  About an hour later (and many potty breaks) Brennan was back and we headed out for run #2!

Run #2:  43:04 (4 miles).  This run was much harder heat wise, but Mom told me we were gonna be smart and listen to our bodies.  She was right - we walked when we needed to and just had fun!  We ran the first loop with Mom's friend Kim, who has two small kids of her own and did the whole tri!  Loop 1 was 20:34 and then we headed back out, dumping ice water all over ourselves (so cold and so good!)  Loop two we ran for 5, walked for 1 and walked all the small hills.  It was super hot but we knew we were almost done and Mom and I have so much fun running together that I didn't mind.  We cheered on all the other racers who cheered us on too (which is why Mom says tri's are so cool because most people are so friendly!) we hit the finish in 43:04 for a combined 6 miles of 1:00:40, or a 10:06 pace.  Yay for us!

Post race, we got our medals and then ran into the lake fully clothed!  Mom is so crazy but it felt so good.  daddy gave us hugs and we went and got food and checked the reults/.  As we sort of thought, they gave us the second persons results (we were so much faster) but hopefully they can fix it - either way Mom says its no big deal because we had a good time and that's what counts, right?  I said sure...until I am big enough to race her then I will beat her anyways :-)

Loved this race...and I can't wait till I'm old enough to race on my own!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Week 31 - Time to get rollin!

Here we go for another weekly nugget update!  Got hit hard with some reality this week....one of my runner friends that was due a few weeks before me just delivered at 33 weeks, yikes!  Looks like Mom and baby are doing just fine, but it was a huge wake up call that Nugget will be coming soon soon soon....hopefully baking at least for another 6 plus weeks, ok kiddo?  Thanks, love mom :-)

Your pregnancy: Week 31

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (about the size of a small football) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Moving alot?  You don't say.  Lil nuggster likes to throw dance parties with regularity, which gives this momma to be a reason to smile - love that kiddo says "hi mom!"  all the time.

Total Weight Gain: Up 18.5 pounds.  Gettin' there, one step at a time.  I've been super hungry lately, but my belly fills up super quick so we have been eating smaller meals :-)

Return of the gym selfies!
My Body:  Seems to hate me.  Here I am, thinking, yup, I got pregnancy under control.  Morning sickness, NBD.  24 hour bug, NBD.  Poison Ivy for 5 weeks?  WTF.  We finally got over that one and then at the ball game on Sunday I got stung by a frickin bee.  On my leg.  Oh, did I mention I'm allergic to bees?  Now my leg is about twice its normal size in a 10 inch diameter above my knee and that $hit hurts!  I'm icing every few hours (whats sleep?) and taking benadryl like its my job.  I go to the docs today for my 32 week check up and will have her take a look, but the one upshot is that the Rx for Prednisone I have chillin at the pharmacy for the ivy will work for the bee sting.  Is my body seriously in rebellion against me?  Body, you can quit now.....My mother in law suggested cardboard box sequestration for 8 weeks.  If I can bring my kindle and some cheeze its, I am all for it!

Cravings: Anything cheese or cheese or fake cheese flavored.  Freakin delish.  Also quite addicted to sugar cookies now, though one is plenty - any more is super sugar my body can't handle.

Aversions: Anything itchy or rashy.  Period.  

Rob, I am so jealous!
Sleep: Not even a little bit.  Rob's been waking up a few times a night, which is kinda weird, and I'm at the stage where finding a comfy position to sleep is a bit difficult.  Add in the every two hour ice schedule since Sunday and I am seriously sleep deprived.  Hoping to catch  up this weekend!

Baby Items Bought/Received: Nada.  Nugget helped me pick out a present to give to his or her older brother when Rob comes to visit but that's a secret of course....shhh!!

Best Baby Moment: Nugget and I ran another race this weekend - local 5k.  It was super hilly and humid, but we came in at around a 9:30 pace, which I'll take!  Last scheduled race in the books, aside from a low key trail race on August 19, so it's coast time - mostly swimming and biking now!  Also big news - Greg found that if he listens to my heartbeat from my back he can hear both mine and nuggets, which is kinda cool :-)  Daddy only perk!

Goals: Finish clothing nursery prep, and to meet with my doc about L&D.  I have my birth plan prepped and a few wishes that "now that I know" I hope to convey to the hospital staff - last time I was on continual fetal monitoring and I really wanted to be active, so I am hoping to be able to do that.  We have been working on Bradley method and the ultimate goal is another drug free natural birth.  Of course, healthy baby is all that matters, but I can hope :-)  Working on some yoga daily to help labor - who knows if it will help but it can't hurt!

Worries:  I wonder if my body will ever be normal and rash free again?  Will it??

This Week:
Run: 13.2 miles
Bike: 70 miles
Swim: 3 miles
Total: 86.2 miles

To Date:
Run: 332.3 miles
Bike: 1900 miles
Swim: 81 miles
Total: 2264.3 miles...or, the distance from Rochester, NY to Los Angeles.  Way to go, Nugget, you have crossed the country!  WOOHOOO!