Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Second Trimester: Weeks 14 and 15

I am currently 18 weeks along, so we're just getting caught up on the specifics week by week. In case you missed it, click here for details about the first trimester.

Week 14

How I'm feeling: Still having a little bit of nausea. I bought a box of saltines to munch on to try to put the queasiness at bay when I'm not hungry.


Baby: is the size of a lemon.

Weight gained: 3 lbs 

What I'm wearing: H&M maternity jeans, Gap ponte pants (super comfortable, like thick leggings), Old Navy tamis tank, and the Gap pure body long-sleeve in addition to a lot of my normal clothes. All maternity items minus the jeans were bought on sale during cyber Monday or otherwise. 

Exercise: spinning, yoga, strength training, and a few shorter runs. 

Pregnancy purchases: Belli elasticity oil to help moisturize and hopefully prevent some stretch marks as well as this Bravado seamless bra. So far, I'm a big fan of both of these items. I'm debating whether or not to get a snoogle to help me sleep now that I am primarily sleeping on my left side. 

Week 15 

How I'm feeling: This was the week right before finals, so it was jam packed with studying and finishing projects and papers. It's hard to think much about how you're feeling when you've got things like tests and deadlines looming.

Love these Gap maternity ponte pants. So comfy. 

Baby: is the size of a navel orange. I got to his/her heartbeat at my second OB appointment. This time it was about 154. My doctor also mentioned that the baby was moving around a lot in there as evidence by the extra noise picked up by the doppler. 

Brief stop on an easy 5K around the neighborhood

Weight gained: 5 lbs

What I'm wearing: same as before. A few maternity pieces and most of my regular clothes. 

Exercise: Over the River and Through the Woods hilly 10K with friends was this week. I ran it in 59 minutes, which is about 7 minutes slower than my fastest recorded year. Ultimately, I'm just happy to still be running, even if it is at a more relaxed pace. I also fit in a few shorter runs, hiking and yoga. My body was sore and left foot was achy after the 10K, so I took a few days off high impact. 

Cravings: still the same. I want everything I can't have, including over easy eggs on toast, turkey sandwiches, wine and beer.

Baby preparations: Pete painted our spare bedroom, which will be the baby's room. It's always surprising how long it takes to prep and paint a small room.

Let me know if there's anything you want to hear more about and I'll see what I can do.

Related posts:
Pregnancy announcement
The First Trimester

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Getting Caught Up: The First Trimester

In case you missed it, I made a little announcement last weekend.

To catch you up a bit, I thought it would be fun to look back on the last oh, four months and what's been brewin'. I am currently 17 weeks along, so let's get caught up on the first trimester!

When we decided to have a family, we knew we didn't want to try to get pregnant until after our Europe trip so we could enjoy that fully. Being nauseous or not able to enjoy a glass (or two) of good wine in Italy or France would have been some kind of crime in my book.

From our wine tour in the Chianti region of Italy

In an ideal world, we hoped to get pregnant and have a baby in early summer so I could have the summer off to take care of and adjust to life with a baby before going back to school in the fall.

In late September when I didn't get my period, I took a pregnancy test to see if anything was happening. A few minutes later, I saw a faint + sign. I wasn't really that sure that what I was seeing was positive, so I waited a few more days and took another one, only to see the + sign appear even darker this time.

Sure enough, pregnant!

Now, we're not sure, but this little baby may have joined me for his or her first race early on as I ran the McKenzie River 50K on September 6. Part of me wonders if that's why my stomach felt off that day and I felt SO tired (granted, running 50K is tiring)?

We haven't been great about taking photos weekly, but I have included some of the photos we took of the nonexistent bump as well as thoughts from my journal.

Week 4

Breathing became noticeably harder this week during runs. I would start my runs at an easy jog, yet feel like I had just done a sprint. The body is definitely adjusting to all the extra blood and oxygen that needs to be provided to the baby.

By weeks 5 and 6, my boobs were already growing a lot (and feeling sore), causing me to need to buy a new sports bra and a few bigger regular bras. I also started feeling extra hungry and more tired than normal. During week 5, I ran the Berkeley Trail Adventure and enjoyed a great weekend in San Francisco.

Week 7

Week 8

How I'm feeling: So tired (and under the weather). The exhaustion of pregnancy has really hit, plus several large work events and midterms in school made this a tiring week for me. I nearly threw up in my nutrition lecture class. Thank goodness for ginger candies.

Baby: is the size of a raspberry.

Weight gained: 1 lb

What I'm wearing: Around this time, my skinniest skinny jeans no longer felt comfortable to wear. They cut in at my waist where things were just starting to thicken up. I immediately folded those two pair and put them on the top shelf of my closet so I wouldn't even be tempted to try them on again.

Exercise: minimal. Life was just too busy.

*This was my last week of work at a job I've had for almost nine years!

Week 9

How I'm feeling: A lot better. Trying to adjust to life as just a student. Happy to be back on the workout train!

Baby: is the size of a green olive.

Weight gained: 2 lbs

What I'm wearing: I bought my first pair of maternity pants - skinny jeans from H&M.

Exercise: Runs are steady at ~ 9 min pace and 5 miles feels like a chore. Gone are the days where I simply head out for an easy 8-10 miler. Did a few shorter runs, strength exercises and yoga this week.

Week 10

How I'm feeling: SO, so tired. Studying has been very challenging as I can't do much of anything without wanting a nap.

Baby: is the size of a prune.

Weight gained: 2 lbs

What I'm wearing: Mostly just rotating through a few pairs of my looser jeans. I did order a few tanks and a long sleeve from Gap maternity as they were having a 40 percent off sale.

Exercise: Ran a hilly 8 miles at Mt. Pisgah with my friend Laurel. Slow and steady with walk breaks as needed. Fit in a few other short, easy runs + yoga and weights.

Week 11

How I'm feeling: Started feeling some nausea this week, which has been really rare during my pregnancy. I threw up once. My guess is that the extra hormones surging through my system paired with the fact that I had only had part of my breakfast (a piece of toast) upset my stomach. Need more food, more often!

Baby: is the size of a lime. We got to hear the heartbeat and it was so strong!

Weight gained: 2 lb.

What I'm wearing: The same stuff. Squeezing into some of my jeans and cords that I know won't fit in a few weeks, like these black skinny jeans.

Exercise: Managed to do several runs and even ventured on to the Ridgeline Trail with some girlfriends to do a challenging 10 miler! Kept the pace easy for me and walked up hills as needed.

* I went to my first OB appointment and we got to hear the heartbeat (192 bpm)! And we finally told our parents we were expecting this week! 

Week 12

How I'm feeling: Things must have been busy because I didn't make any notes in my journal. I'm pretty sure I threw up this week right after walking the dog. Again, need more food first thing in the morning.

Weight gained: 2 lbs

What I'm wearing: My friend Laura who had her baby Amelia about 10 months ago gave me a bag of her maternity clothes. I was thankful to get some hand-me-downs so I won't have to buy as much!

Exercise: forgot to track it this week

Week 13

How I'm feeling: Not too bad, although I did throw up in the middle of a short run before heading to an early Thanksgiving gathering with my family.

Weight gained: 2 lbs (but more to come soon!)

What I'm wearing: Ordered a few more things from Gap and Old Navy maternity. Again, sale!

Exercise: Ran the local turkey trot at an 8:40 min/mile pace, which felt fast and hard. Gone are the days where that's my easy pace, I suppose. Managed to fit in 5 runs, weight training and some yoga.

Cravings: wine, beer, turkey sandwich, sushi (We actually went out for sushi and I ordered the few rolls on the menu that weren't raw. Yum!). I will say that pretty much from the moment I knew I couldn't have deli meat, unpasteurized cheeses, sushi, etc. was the second I wanted to eat ALL of these things.

I hope you're enjoying a wonderful Christmas filled with lots of relaxation, laughter, good food and people. We are just about to board the plane bound for Chicago and then we'll be on our way to Michigan!

This is just my experience as a pregnant woman. I know I enjoy following other's pregnancy journeys, so I hope you find these posts interesting and informative.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

There's Just a Little Somethin'

...I've been meaning to tell you. 

With much anticipation and excitement, the manfriend and I wanted to announce that I am pregnant! And we couldn't be happier.

Baby Moe due May 2015

The manfriend (AKA Pete) and I met in the fall of 2008 at a local running group. We went on our first date on January 4, 2009 (where he told me first dates were like interviews). Three weeks later I told my mom I was pretty sure I would marry the man. 

In April 2012, he {finally} proposed at the end of the Eugene Marathon on Hayward Field. In July 2013, we got married in Bend, OR. In June 2014, we went on a belated honeymoon to Europe to see the Tour de France (and so much more). 

More details to come next week!  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

There's Nothing Better Than...

I came up with this topic as I was making one of my favorite sandwich combinations today. Biting into a favorite food I haven't had in a while reminds me I need more of it in my life. Join in and tell me what there's nothing better than.

There's Nothing Better Than...

a grilled turkey, mustard, avocado and cheddar sandwich. The savory flavor combo is just the best in my opinion. Whoops, I ate a little cheese, but well worth it. 

a hot shower after a soaking wet run.  Brrr!

a hot cup of coffee, cider or hot chocolate on a freezing cold day. I often think about making hot cocoa this time of year, but rarely do.

that nap after a loooong run, food and a shower. I tried to fight the post long run naps for years and then one day I just gave into the manfriend's demands that I needed a nap and ever since, I've been a big advocate of naps post long run.

watching a movie cuddled up on the couch while it pours rain or dumps snow outside. 

ice cold water on a HOT day. Refreshing!

pulling on a pair of thick, cozy socks, your favorite sweats and a hoodie. Ultimate lounging bliss.

sipping a crisp beer on a hot summer day with friends. Yum.

laughing so hard it hurts. More laughter, please!

a massage that's so relaxing it puts you to sleep, thus reminding me I need to budget them into my life more often.

Tell me: What's one of your "There's Nothing Better Than..." statements?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Hustle & Bustle

It was fun to hear your budget tid-bits as everyone has different ideas and/or motivations around their spending.

This week, I'm focused on getting back on track. With a week free to clean the house, finish a few neglected projects, and just plain relax before we head to the midwest for Christmas, I really want to return to (mostly) clean eating + some serious workouts.

From last weekend's annual Over the River and Through the Woods 10K 

Last week was all about survival (finals are done. hallelujah.) and then this weekend included the manfriend's company holiday party and an early Christmas with my family.

Mom, my brother Max and his girlfriend Hannah.  Backdrop courtesy of Trader Joe's.

As Christmas celebrations tend to include plenty of good food, this weekend was no different. And when surrounded by a lot of it, I tend to lack the kind of control I do at home.

I don't regret the fantastic weekend we had filled with family bowling, neighborhood walks, Christmas movies, games, presents and food, but I want to get right back to feeling like my normal self.

The plan? Sweat it out every day, whether it's a run, a HIIT workout, or strength training. Drink lots of water. Focus on veggies and quality protein. Forget the cheese and sweets  (because sometimes there simply is too much of a good thing).

Saturday morning I got the manfriend to run with me on the river path.

Last week also included a few much needed om sessions, even the 10 min post-run variety. 

How are you faring with the holidays? What is your favorite tradition this time of year?

Honestly, we haven't had many celebration to attend so things haven't been too crazy, but I haven't had much time to think about many things beyond school and a little Christmas shopping. Two of my favorite things this time of year are laughing my way through Grumpy Old Men and Christmas Vacation and driving around looking at lights in the hills of Eugene. 

Workouts to try:
I tried all of these last week in addition to a few runs + yoga. 

Fitnessista's Kettlebell Rock (strength)
Sarah Fit's Booty Sculpting Moves (strength)
Your Trainer Paige's Abs-olutely Strong Core

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Budget Shmudget

I don't often talk money around these parts, but I'll admit that it's something I think about quite a bit. As we've moved to one salary (and some student loans), I have adjusted how we're budgeting our dollars and cents quite a bit.

I'll admit that neither the manfriend or I have been particularly amazing at budgeting previously, but this change in our finances spurred us to sit down several months back and go through our basic expenses and upcoming needs to develop our base budget (i.e. what we could exist on if we really didn't do or buy much of anything "extra").

While budgeting isn't the most thrilling activity or topic to think about, I confess that after going through the process, I feel much more confident about our financial decisions than I did before. Rather than just spending as we wish and making sure to pay our bills, we're being strategic with our $. And I like that.  

Our basics include:
  • Groceries
  • Electricity + water + internet
  • Mortgage
  • Car payment
  • Cell phones 
  • Home/auto insurance
  • Savings (a modest amount)
  • Private insurance (now that I won't be covered through work)
  • Gas + oil changes
  • Haircuts
  • Dog food
  • Manfriend's beer/coffee money (gotta keep things a little fun)

Honestly, seeing our basic monthly needs added up wasn't as jaw dropping as I might have expected. It was doable.

Of course, life throws curve balls, so there are things like a new roof or dentist visits that will come up and leave you rearranging said previous budget. But because I have this basic budget set up, I'm not panicking when these things come up. 

What has changed? 
  • I'm not doing as many fitness classes as I used to. Lifeforce has pretty much been removed and I am going to yoga about 1x per week. But I'm still keeping my yogaglo membership so I can do classes at home. 
  • We're sticking to one meal/dinner out per week. Even if it sounds good to grab burritos or Thai food on a Wednesday night, it's likely not happening if I think we might go out later in the week. 
  • I am testing out the cash envelope method for groceries. Every two weeks I'll get out a set amount of cash designated for our groceries and then I'll try to only use this $ when I go shopping. Granted, I just started doing this, so it's not yet perfect (i.e. sometimes I forget to bring the cash with me), but it's a start. Plus, cash has me less likely to grab random things I just want. 
  • I'm getting better at not buying things I really want (but don't need). This means avoiding LOFT sales or heading to REI to grab something I need/want for running. Those $30-40 purchases add up!
  • We're prioritizing bigger purchases more than we did before. Things like a new front door, a new chair, a rug for the bedroom, etc. 

So, that's it. It's not a perfect system by any means, but I'm happy that we feel in control of where our money is going and that we're making smarter decisions with our money. 

Do you follow a monthly budget? Any tips or tricks to share? 

I've also noticed that this time of year makes it a bit easier to avoid unnecessary purchases because I remind myself how much we have compared to some and that really, I have everything I need in life. Plus, when I spend extra money on meals or experiences, those are often much more rewarding purchases than acquiring more things. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Keeping your Favorite Runner Warm this Winter

Sorry I've been MIA this past week! The last two weeks of school have been a doozy. But the end is in sight {thank goodness}. I had a presentation and a few projects due this week and then I have three finals next week. Ugh.

First thing's first: this time of year really is one of the best. Yes, I LOVE the sunshine and frolicking outside 24/7, but that little extra feeling of cheer everyone seems to have this time of year is simply refreshing.

And enjoying Trader Joe's spiced cider {while wearing snowman socks} isn't so bad either...

I don't know about you, but as it gets colder, I find myself realizing that "Oh, I really wish I had X or Y to keep me warmer." Granted, we have few days that I might need to wear some of these items, but there are definitely times in December and January that will get pretty frigid around here.

Here are a few things I came up with that may just strike your fancy and end up on your Christmas list (or a shopping list for your endorphin-loving friend or family member).

Running Mittens - When it gets really cold, finger gloves just won't cut it anymore. That's when mittens are where it's at. Because your fingers are cozy together, they keep in a lot more heat than gloves do. I found these North Face Runners at REI that look decent. Plus, if you're a member, you'll earn dividend on your purchase. 

And for fashion and function, I really like these cute Thinsulate mittens that Ashley of (Never) homemaker featured recently.

Neck Gaiter - This is one of those items that could work multi purpose for running, cycling, skiing, and practically any outdoor adventure. The nice thing about a gaiter is that it stays close to your neck blocks the wind on those days you don't pull on a full running jacket or high-neck top. This SmartWool gaiter has a few fun patterns and looks a bit thicker with its double layers.

Good Socks - It may sound like a pretty boring gift to give someone, but honestly, any runner or cyclist will appreciate good socks. Plus, at $10-15 per pair, they aren't something easy to treat yourself to. A few sock brands I love or have hear good things about are: BalegaThorlo Experias, and Feetures. And while they may seem a tad expensive for socks, they last a long time. I still wear fancy running socks that I bought five years ago.

Cozy Vest - Okay, so this may lie more on the fashion and comfort side than the functional aspect of running or outdoors-ing, but with the popularity of vests and the amount of warmth and comfort they provide, don't underestimate the power of the vest. A few cute options for your post-run latte: Patagonia nano puffPatagonia Better Sweater Fleece VestOld Navy quilted tweed, and the Columbia Mighty Lite III.

A few of my other cold day + latte favorites are: this knit infinity scarf, this basket weave hat or this marled popover. And these Ugg slippers in grey (on my Christmas list) for that at-home latte.

What is your favorite piece of running gear? Is there anything you can't live without in the winter time?