Friday, April 17, 2015

Five Things Friday

Happy Friday! I haven't done one of these in a while, so I thought it would be fun. Here are five random things I've appreciated (or am looking forward to) this week.

1. After having both our first birth class and a breastfeeding class this week, I feel more confident that I can do this whole thing, even if I won't necessarily know what I'm doing.

Because it's been a while since I really did an intense run, I have felt a little disconnected from that feeling of knowing my body has just done some intense, impressive thing. I am remembering that I can trust my body in this whole birth process because it has done so much for me (50Ks, marathons, 24 hour relays w/ no sleep, and even growing a baby).

2. Spending quality time with the brothers. Yesterday, my youngest brother Max came with me to Portland to do a little shopping at Ikea. We picked up Kyle (the older of my younger brothers) on our way and spent a few hours shopping, going to lunch, and sitting outside in the 70 degree sun. I forget how fun it is to just hang out with the siblings.

Why yes, Ikea, we will try your chairs. 

3. Happier podcast by Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft.  A lot of people have been recommending this lately and I finally downloaded it this week and started listening. The episodes are perfect because they are only 20-25 minutes long and always give you one or two easy tidbits to make you happier.

The ideas that resonated with me: making your bed every morning and saying warm hellos/goodbyes.

Whether the manfriend makes the bed, or I do, I always appreciate the sense of peace I get when I walk into our bedroom and see a nicely made bed. And in terms of hellos and goodbyes, I always feel a bit uneasy if I don't tell the manfriend to have a good day and give him a hug + kiss before he jets off to work.

4. My belly officially resembles a torpedo. Overall, I find this pretty humorous. Watch out, I might knock something over.

And the little nugget inside is moving like crazy this week making my belly into all kinds of shapes. 

5. I'm looking forward to meeting my blogging buddy Elizabeth today! We met through Instagram or blogging a few years ago and are finally meeting for the first time today to do a little hiking. She lives near Portland, so we're meeting about halfway in between.

From last weekend's hike with the manfriend

Do you make your bed every morning? Or do you have any other daily habits that are "must do's?" How do you plan to spend your weekend? 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Third Trimester: Week 32

I think I have officially reached that point where reality is setting in. In less than two months, we will have a baby to take care of.

While exciting, it's also terrifying to be frank. Thoughts of parenting, sleep training, breastfeeding, and well THE BIRTH are consuming my brain quite often. And naming a little human? I never realized what big a deal that was. We have a list of boy and girl names we like, but nothing we're dead set on.

Week 32

How I'm feeling: Heavier, but still feeling good in general. Sitting has become increasingly more awkward. The belly and baby are bigger, so it requires reclining to some extent no matter what I'm doing. Baby Moe seems to kick and squirm as if to say "hey, I need more room in here!" Sleep was good this week. I considered any morning I woke up at 5 a.m. or later a victory (even if it did require a nap just a few hours later).

Baby: is the size of a squash (~15.2 to 16.7 inches, 2.5 to 3.8 pounds) and the same range as the last few weeks. Baby was head down with a heartbeat in the 130's at my midwifery appointment.

Weight gained:  23 lb.

I didn't snap a profile photo of the bump this week, so this photo of the manfriend and I from Easter brunch at my grandparents' will have to do.

I got a haircut this week and while I like my stylist, she tends to go a bit chop happy when I request just 2" off. Ugh. Not a fan of the current 'do.

Exercise: Yoga at home, several walks, and a few strength sessions.

I got a sinus infection this week, so my workouts were a little lighter than usual, but I still wanted to keep moving and make sure to give this illness the boot.

What I'm wearing: Much of the same. All maternity items (minus most of my workout gear).

Baby preparations: Another busy week. I washed and folded all of the baby clothes we've received from friends and family. So far, this has been my favorite baby 'to-do' as everything is so tiny and adorable. We also picked up our BOB stroller from REI.

Cravings: All sweets and BBQ flavored popchips.

What's the highlight of your week?

The weather is turning for us today, so I hope to get my hike on and enjoy some sun in the next few days.

Related posts:
Exercise During the Second Trimester
The Third Trimester: Week 31
The Third Trimester: Weeks 29 and 30
The Third Trimester (eeks!)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Exercising During the Second Trimester

Happy Saturday, friends! We're looking out at gloomy skies and rainy streets. I guess it was inevitable that we had to have a rainy weekend at some point. However, tomorrow looks promising.

You may remember I posted about exercise during the first trimester a few months back. While the first trimester brought some changes (predominantly in breathing and pace), the second trimester is where my routine really started to change. It's no surprise that this coincided with an increase in weight and the size of the bump.

The second trimester is considered by most to be weeks 13 or 14  of your pregnancy to the end of week 26. However, I feel like my third trimester (from a fitness standpoint anyway) didn't really start until around week 28. You'll see what I mean in a minute...

Staying strong
Around week 14, doctors recommend pregnant women no longer sleep on their backs because the weight of the little one + the uterus + extra fluid can restrict blood flow to both mom and baby. This also meant that around the 4-5 month mark I started spending less time laying flat on my back, whether it be for strength training, during yoga, or while sleeping.

Body Pump @ the university gym

However, I continued staying strong with my weight training, HIIT workouts (with some modifications: nixing burpees at times, less intense mountain climbers, etc.), and runs. Most of my strength workouts included YouTube videos from the Fitnessista, SarahFit, or the ToneitUp girls.

Push ups became much harder because of the extra weight and eventually turned into knee push ups by the end of the second trimester.

Running to Wogging
At first, I stopped doing Thursday night speed workouts because I simply couldn't run continuously for more than 5 min or so. Gradually, as I neared the end of my second trimester, all of my runs became "wogs" (walk/jogs).

22 weeks

23 weeks

While I would have loved to be one of those women who could sail through 40 weeks of pregnancy running straight through several miles at a time, I think they are few and far between. I was thankful to be running at all through the majority of my second trimester.

24 weeks - 5 mile group run

26 weeks - 4 miles w/ the manfriend

Around week 27 or 28, I headed out from the campus gym for a 4 mile run/walk and several other runners grinned at me and one even threw me the peace sign, so it was clear that the bump was becoming large and in charge to the public. Late in the second trimester, I rarely ran without a belly support band because everything just felt more secure that way.

On the yoga front
This was also about the time that I realized that my typical challenging vinyasa classes were becoming a bit too challenging and fast for this prego to keep up with. Sure, I could still do a lot of the asanas, but the transition from one to the next was at times hard to keep up with.

Instead of giving up on yoga around weeks 27 and 28, I decided to stick to the less challenging classes when it worked into my schedule, use a block as needed, and simply just do my own thing when I needed to. For example, one studio in town tends to incorporate a lot of core work into their classes, usually done lying on the back. I modified this by finding other core work I could do on my forearms or by taking breaks on my side.

Additionally, I stopped fully twisting one elbow to the opposite knee. Not only was it becoming nearly impossible to reach that opposite knee in chair pose or revolved warrior I, but you also don't want to squash the baby, so it just made sense. Instead, I did baby twists originating in my upper back so that I was simply twisting toward that opposite knee.

{FYI: Lindsey has a great post on yoga modifications during pregnancy you may be interested in.}

Water was also a necessity during workouts as my body was getting warmer with my little personal furnace keeping me nice and toasty. While I didn't carry water on my runs, I always brought water to yoga or the gym.

What I wore
By week 20, the bump started to become slightly visible. Slowly but surely, finding something comfortable to wear that covered the bump on runs or at the university gym became more challenging.

What worked for me

  • Sizing up on an Old Navy workout tank and a pair of Zella wide waist band yoga pants
  • Purchasing these maternity yoga pants from Target
  • Relying on my Oiselle and Lululemon tanks + shorts to stretch with the bump

So while the first trimester was more about running through exhaustion, the second trimester was all about being flexible and modifying my routine in order to stay active. 

Related posts:

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Third Trimester: Week 31

In case you missed it, Friday I posted a little look back on my Europe travels, which was a lot of fun. I highly recommend looking back on your favorite trips and just thinking about a few of your favorite moments now and then.

I'm currently 32 weeks along, so let's look back on week 31.

Week 31

How I'm feeling: Pretty good. The belly just keeps growing. Baby Moe is moving a lot, which has me gasping at moments with the strength of some of the kicks and movements, but it's fun none the less.

Baby: is the size of a pineapple (~15.2 to 16.7 inches, 2.5 to 3.8 pounds) and the same range as the last few weeks. He/she also has all five senses now, which is both crazy and cool to think about!

Weight gained:  22 lb.

From my hike w/ mom in Central Oregon

Exercise: Hiking, yoga, weights, and several walks happened this week.

Running is pretty much out of the question at this point. I am still able to jog for short spurts (1 min or so), but it sort of seems pointless and it's not super comfortable, so I'm looking for other creative ways to get my heart rate up (weight lifting, hiking/walking on an incline, aqua jogging, etc.).

What I'm wearing: I'm having to get creative with some of my workout attire, either wearing the same tanks again and again, wearing my Old Navy maternity tanks, or layering my long tanks with a shorter top so my belly is covered up.

Baby preparations: A lot happened this week! We picked up the crib from my old coworker who had offered theirs to us, ordered our Bob jogging stroller from REI, got a mattress pad/cover, met our pediatrician, and started washing some of the baby items. We also got a new chair for the living room so that we (and guests who come to visit) have more room to sit.

Cravings: Sweets and grilled sandwiches (but still trying to get 5-8 servings of veg & fruit per day). I made these NY Times chocolate chip cookies, but didn't let the dough chill. Come on, who thinks 24 hours in advance regarding baking cookies?

Random: My belly button has definitely popped out at this point. And my wedding ring still fits.

On a non baby note...
I finally jumped on The Girl on the Train bandwagon and am really enjoying the book. I totally understand why every blogger I know seems to have recommended it. I don't read a lot of books and I'm already 2/3 of the way through the book after two days of reading!

Besides The Girl on the Train, do you have any other favorite recent reads? What are you looking forward to this week?

Related posts:
The Third Trimester: Weeks 29 and 30
The Third Trimester (eeks!)
A Baby Shower
Where does all the weight go?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Reliving Europe

Happy Friday, friends! 

I don't know about you, but every year about the time I took a trip the last year (or the last few years), I have this intense urge to relive it or simply take a similar trip again. This urge mostly happens in the spring months when I'm starting to dream of warmer temperatures and simply being on vacation. Mostly, I dream of Mexico and Europe.

I thought it would be fun to look back on our European honeymoon because lately I've been taking walks down memory lane by scrolling through photos on my phone (I can't bring myself to delete most of them) and on my computer.

So, if I were to hop on a plane tomorrow, where would I want to go and why?

I would jet straight to Siena for the small town feel, an incredible sunrise, and the wine (oh, the wine). Oh, and I can't forget a few slices of fresh from the oven pizza from Menchetti.

I would jet straight to Barcelona for the beach, the best vegan roasted sweet potato lasagna, perfect morning runs along the marina, and hours of sitting inside La Sagrada Familia.

via Teresa Carles (a must if you like good Vegetarian food)

I would jet straight to Lucerne to take the train through Swiss country to Interlaken. The greenest grass, the cutest Swiss homes, and the most perfect cows can be seen along this route. I would then make my way to Gimmelwald and hike among the alps. Memory via 2009 Europe trip.

I would jet straight to Rome for the history.

I would jet straight to Paris to ride bikes up and down the Champs-Elysees and eat banana nutella crepes.

I would jet straight to anywhere in France for the best baguette and cheese I've ever tasted.

I would jet straight to Gerardmer for a relaxing weekend on the lake with the best airbnb host you'll find. Watching the Tour de France wouldn't hurt either.

I would jet straight to Florence for magical little evening walks through the city that land you in some beautiful town square.

The Duomo

And I would jet straight to the Cinque Terre to hike along the coast between all five little cities and then take a swim in the ocean. Memory via 2009 Europe trip.

Okay, that was fun (well, at least for me). Memories relived. 

If you could transport yourself anywhere tomorrow, where would you be? What are you looking forward to this weekend? 

Monday, March 30, 2015

High Desert Fun

Early Friday morning, I headed to my parents' house to pick up my mom for a little getaway. As she is a teacher and was on Spring Break, we were both able to get away to Central Oregon for a little fun.

By 7:45 a.m., we were on the road and making our way to Sisters, OR where we stopped at The Quilt Store (for fabric for some flags mom is making for Baby Moe's room) and then the Sister's Coffee Company for caffeine and lunch.

Recycled pic from last summer

Stopping at Sister's Coffee Company is practically a requirement for any visit to Central Oregon. It's like mixing a dude ranch with your favorite friendly and delicious coffee shop.

A blissful few minutes were spent basking in the sun

And then we were on to Terrebonne, OR, home of Smith Rock State Park. It was already in the 60s by the time we got there, so I put on shorts and a tank for the adventure.

I always seem to underestimate just how hard part of the main trail is. Misery Ridge is a step uphill section that lasts about a mile until you reach the top and have a great view of everything around and below you.

Misery Ridge trail below (the zig zags)

My mom made it up most of the way, but decided to turn around at one point. I figured it was safer for me to continue going up and come down on the back side as it's a bit more gradual. I made sure to take LOTS of breaks for water and to catch my breathe.

Baby Moe and I at the summit

I took the decent slowly as well, making sure not to fall. On the back side, you get a look at Monkey Face. I only saw one guy climbing on it that day.

Probably my favorite view of all is during the second half of the hike where the trail takes you right along the river and gives you this fantastic reflection.

My mom and I met up on the other side and happily finished the hike and headed to Bend to check into our hotel and clean up.

Upon arrival, the hotel handed us warm oatmeal walnut chocolate chip cookies and I am not one to turn down a cookie like that.

We showered and rested a bit and then decided to walk around downtown Bend. Because it's hard to stray from what you love, we ended up eating at Brother Jon's Alehouse. They always have good service and tasty food!

When we got back to the hotel, Baby Moe was camping out in his/her favorite spot - my left side! Can you tell?

The next morning, we walked a mile or so to Chow for breakfast, which I'd heard good things about, but had never been to. We waited outside next to their fire pit for just a bit until we were seated.

I loved the way our hot drinks were steaming in the sunlight.

Everything on the menu at Chow sounded amazing, but I chose the blueberry pancakes and my mom chose a caramelized onion, spinach, sausage scramble with roasted potatoes on the side. Both were delicious!

After a leisurely walk back to the hotel, we packed up and headed home {but not before stopping at Sister's Coffee Company one last time}.

I'm already looking forward to my next trip to Central Oregon (AKA the high desert) and enjoying a few local brews there this summer.

Do you typically order sweet or savory when out to breakfast? What's one thing you're already dreaming about for summer?

Tip for those visiting Smith Rock: You are required to buy a $5 parking pass for the day and the machine only accepts cash, so be sure to have some on hand when you visit!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Third Trimester: Weeks 29 and 30

I'm currently 30 weeks along. It's kind of scary to see my bump app telling me I have 9 weeks and 2 days until my due date. So soon! Things are about to get real around here! 

Week 29

How I'm feeling: Mostly good. This was finals week and it felt good to take my tests and be done for a bit. My mom came down to spend the day with me and attend my first appointment at the midwifery center.

It also happened to be my glucose test for gestational diabetes, which I passed! The glucose drink wasn't that bad. The kind I had was a lemon-lime flavor and clear without food dye and such. It basically tasted like a cold, flat Sprite.

The need to pee frequently has returned, likely because the baby is pushing on my bladder.

Baby: is the size of an acorn squash (~15.2 to 16.7 inches, 2.5 to 3.8 pounds).

Weight gained:  18 lbs

Exercise: Aqua jogging! I finally gave into the fact that I likely won't be running until the end of this pregnancy on ground, so I decided to head to our local city pool to do some aqua jogging and use their treadmill and weights. I also threw in some running, elliptical, and yoga into the mix this week.

What I'm wearing: My mom took me to Motherhood Maternity for a new pair of jeans (my H&M skinnies got too small), two bras, and a dress for the baby shower.

Baby preparations: I ordered our crib mattress after waking up several mornings worried that we had so much left to do and get for Baby Moe's arrival.

Cravings: All the carbs.

Week 30 

How I'm feeling: Baby is moving a ton. Sometimes it feels like he/she is trying to break out of baby jail. The kicks and movements can be so strong they can scare me at times.

After getting home from the baby shower, I was so exhausted I had a classic prego moment where I just sat on the couch with my feet propped up for a few hours trying to recover. For the most part, I've had a lot of energy throughout the pregnancy, but some days the lack of sleep and/or the extra 20 lbs really gets to me.

Nesting has definitely hit me hard. I just want to clean and organize everything in our house, which is good because there's plenty to do.

Baby: is the size of a cucumber (~15.2 to 16.7 inches, 2.5 to 3.8 pounds).

Weight gained:  20 lbs

Whoa, belly had some growth in the last week...

Exercise: More aqua jogging, walking, weights, and yoga. It does feel a bit weird not to breathe really hard after a workout (like I would with running or HIIT) or be pouring sweat from the forehead. But I know there's plenty of that in my future.

The bump in workout clothes. Likely one of my last walk/runs.

What I'm wearing: Same as before. Starting to wonder how long after pregnancy I'll still be wearing maternity clothes.

Baby preparations: I found a diaper bag (on sale!) and lotion caddy for the changing table at Pottery Barn Kids. We also got some great items at the baby shower, including a Rock 'n Play, baby clothes, hooded bath towels, and more. I also bought some disposable diapers, a NoseFrida, crib mattress protector, and baby lotion. On the nesting front, I deep cleaned our freezer to prep for the extra meals I'll stash away for us to have in those first few weeks.

Friends with older babies have also given me some great gender neutral clothing, so I'm hopeful we won't have to buy too much in that department for the first few months.

Cravings: Cookies, chocolate, and pastries. Yum.

Random thoughts: This week I sort of reached that point where I've just felt overwhelmed a few times about the amount of little (and big) things we need to check off our list. I know the baby will be fine no matter what, but I'm a planner and worrier by nature. Prepping for a baby these days is like training for a marathon - 24 hr dedication, affects your eating/drinking, requires a lot of gear, and can be exhausting.

On the up side, with my endurance background, I'm confident I'll power through many a sleepless night like a champ. Not saying it will be easy, just saying I feel a little prepared in that realm.

How's your week going? Is anyone else already looking forward to summer produce? I refuse to buy "fresh" berries at the store until they're in season here, so I'm impatiently waiting for summer.

Related posts:
The Third Trimester (eeks!)
Where does all the weight go?
The Second Trimester: Week 27
The Second Trimester: Week 26
Pregnancy Favorites

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Baby Shower

Last weekend, a few of my high school girlfriends threw a baby shower for me up in Portland. I thought it would be fun to do it at a restaurant (as Portland has so many fantastic ones), so I suggested Mother's Bistro, home of good food, fun decor, hipster waiters and delicious cinnamon rolls. 

My mom, aunt and I drove up to Portland together. We made a quick stop at Pottery Barn Kids where I snagged a diaper bag on serious sale and a lotion caddy for the changing table. Then it was off to brunch!

Mom and I

I can't wait for some summer sun. I feel so pale here.

Taylor and her mom

After ordering and chatting a bit, the girls had two easy games ready that we were able to play at the table. The best part was getting to read all of the name suggestions that were offered for Baby Moe. I had no idea it was such a good rhyming opportunity! As you can see below... Giz Moe, Pro Moe, Flo Moe, etc.

I gave Hunter and Pro Moe the winning prizes.

After brunch (I had a brie & caramelized onion omelet), I got to open presents. Baby Moe is much closer to having everything he/she "needs," which is awesome!

 The girls and their moms were invited, so it was a fun way to let everyone catch up.

The girls (minus a few who are out of state or had other plans)

Jessica and I

All in all, it was a great afternoon filled with laughter. Likely, the next time I see these girls will be with a little one in tow!

The drive home was a long one thanks to a few wrecks on the freeway, so I was more than ready to get out of the car, unpack the gifts, and relax when I got home. #pregnancyandnotsleepingmakesyoutired