Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Second Trimester: Week 25

Happy Thursday! I hope your week is going well. Here's a look back on week 25.

How I'm feeling: This week I started feeling more connected to the little nugget growing inside me. It might sound a little odd, but as the baby is kicking more and more, especially when I'm in class or driving to Corvallis, I feel like he or she is trying to communicate a bit with me.

At this point, I could really use a shoe tying assistant! The belly is making crouching down difficult, so I often do this awkward lunge to tie my shoe.

Baby: is the size of a head of cauliflower (~13.6 to 14.8 inches, 1.5 to 2.5 pounds). We're talking pounds now not ounces!

Weight gained:  15 lbs

Exercise: Hiking, yoga, running and weight lifting. I'm done with burpees, but still able to do things like jump squats. I have to be careful of not overdoing it as my low back gets tender if I'm doing too much intensity in one day (i.e. a hike and a run).

What I'm wearing: I like my new straight leg LOFT jeans that are a little more casual and cute when I peg-leg them and pair them with these slip on Converse. Also, all my regular t-shirts are nearly too short at this point. I look like I'm trying to wear children's clothing or something, so it's likely that most tops will be maternity from here on out.

Baby preparations: I spent several hours cleaning out and organizing our spare bedroom closet and our attic, which felt so good. The manfriend and I went to the local midwifery center for an orientation to see what we thought. I am leaning toward switching to the midwives for my birth, but it's a hard decision.

We also went to Portland and bought a car seat and a dresser for Baby Moe, and we have also decided on a jogging stroller. Lots of preparation going on this week!

Snack of the week
I wanted to whip up something sweet and semi healthy last night to have around for snacks. I had some shredded zucchini in the freezer, so I whipped up this recipe with the addition of 1 large shredded carrot and 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips.

It actually turned out really well and was enough for two loaves. Yum! After letting them cool (and enjoying a few pieces), I sliced the loaves and separated them into single servings putting some in the freezer for later. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Second Trimester: Week 24

Oh where does the time go? Today marks week 26 of the pregnancy, so I better get caught up on week 24! Also, I'm glad you guys liked the Best of Lately style post. It seems like something I should do a bit more often if even to remind myself of life's little highlights. 

How I'm feeling: There is no denying I'm pregnant with the belly I'm sporting. I went to the OB this week and heard the heart beat and had my belly measured, which was right on track. My next appointment will be the lovely glucose test to screen for gestational diabetes. Heartburn is a regular occurrence in the evenings and papaya extract has been a savior (easily found in the vitamin aisle).

Baby: is the size of a cantaloupe (~10.5 to 11.8 inches, 12.7 to 20.8 ounces). Interestingly, the same length and weight range the app said baby was last week.

Weight gained: 15 lbs

Ran 20 min straight without stopping to walk! #preggovictory

I am honestly surprised that at this point (where my skin is stretching quite a bit) I'm not seeing any stretch marks. I'm guessing they are still coming as I have a hard time believing I could escape without any. I've been using this Elasticity Belli Oil 1-2 times per day.

Exercise: Thankfully, things have been a bit more normal in terms of being able to run and not feel a ton of pressure and pain in the pelvis. This week I did a good mix of yoga, running and weight lifting. I really like how this combo of workouts makes me feel strong, a little sore at times, and relaxed too. Still doing some of the Fitnessista's strength workouts!

What I'm wearing: Much of the same, but I did buy a pair of regular Zella yoga pants from Nordstrom Rack that just feel so much better around the belly than my Lululemons. The waist band is wider and the fabric is just really comfortable.

Baby preparations: Ordered a breast pump through insurance (yippee skippee!). The manfriend touched up the baseboards in the spare bedroom so they wouldn't drive me crazy anymore. And we looked at rugs yet again. I can't seem to find any I like that are soft and in the price range I want to pay. Any ideas? So far I've looked at Home Depot, West Elm, Pottery Barn Kids, Ikea, etc.

Cravings: Nothing really. Just my normal eats.

For a little Friday Fitness...
I dare you to try this 'Thailand Tush' workout from the Tone it Up girls. I know it sounds silly, but you won't be laughing when you get to minute 8 or so of this video. Your glutes will be on fiiire. Don't say I didn't warn you!

And with that, I hope you're having a fabulous Friday. I'm heading to Portland to see my friends Taylor and Randie get married at the courthouse! 

Related posts:
Pregnancy announcement
The First Trimester
The Second Trimester: Weeks 14 and 15
The Second Trimester: Weeks 16 and 17
The Second Trimester: Weeks 18 and 19
The Second Trimester: Week 20
The Second Trimester: Week 21
The Second Trimester: Week 22
Chocolate, Please: Week 23

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Best of Lately

The weekend was a busy one, but awesome at the same time. As it seems to happen cyclically, I'm struggling with school/life/career decisions. But there are a few things that have really filled me up lately and these are just a few of the highlights.

This big salad after a day light on veggies. My plate included mixed greens, microwaved sweet potato, organic free-range rotisserie chicken, zucchini, hazelnuts, feta and balsamic with a side of whole grain sourdough.

This fog sun (and the five miles that went with it). Beautiful morning to be out with my thoughts and the crisp air.

Foam rolling tight calves. Much neglected, but much needed. I then proceeded to roll down the foam roller all the way into my upper back. It was a nice little self massage.

This muesli from Ikea. Random purchase after buying a dresser, but the Swedes know what they're doing. A whole lot of variety, pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, and very low in sugar. Why America, can't we figure this out? It reminds me a lot of the cereal you find all over Europe.

This sunset. I've counted three evenings in a row of epic sunsets in our area. I'm pretty sure we have these warm temps and lack of rain to thank for this. 

Checking off a few things on the baby list. We now have a dresser/changing table in the baby's room thanks to the manfriend's hard work and Ikea. We also have a car seat! 

Biking in the sun. I had told myself I would continue to bike through my pregnancy, but weather and timing just haven't worked out. But yesterday, in the midst of 60 degree weather, I hopped on my commuter bike and headed downtown for a little studying. I do have to ride with my knees a bit wider than normal, but it's still comfortable. 

Tell me: What's filling up your cup lately? 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Chocolate, Please: Week 23

Our What to Expect When You're Expecting book says I'm officially in month six of the pregnancy. Holy cow! Somehow, month six seems so much further along than 24 weeks does. Funny how that works, eh?

Here's a look back on week 23...

How I'm feeling: The belly seems to be growing almost daily. Sleep is mostly good and I typically have to get up just once a night to use the restroom. My low back was pretty cranky with me this week, so I called my massage therapist for an appointment. I had to lay on my side during the massage, but other than that, it was just as relaxing as always.

Baby: is the size of a grapefruit (~10.5 to 11.8 inches, 12.7 to 20.8 ounces) and is moving a ton.

Weight gained: 14 lbs

Exercise: I decided that I really need to stick to running every other day if I want to stick with it a while longer. My pelvis area just seems a lot happier with more rest. I've been incorporating Gina's winter shape-up workouts into my weeks, which has been a fun change. For the HIIT workouts, I'm making modifications as necessary.

What I'm wearing: For a few weeks now, jackets have been getting a bit tighter, but I've started wearing them unzipped most of the time because they are more comfortable that way.

I ordered a few pair of LOFT maternity jeans (50% off!), which should arrive soon. It will be so nice to have another pair or two to wear.

Baby preparations: I searched for cribs online, bought a new pillow for between my knees as I'm trying not to buy a Snoogle, and I started working on our baby registry, which is harder than it seems.

Cravings: As noted above, I may or may not be craving chocolate these days. While I'm normally a sweets girl, I rarely give in to full on treats. This week, I purchased some chocolate crackle cookies at our local market and then a few days ago, I bought some Coconut Bliss dark chocolate ice cream. Yum.

Tell me, how's your week going? What's the best thing you've made this week? 

Meal of the week for us? These meatballs over rice noodles and zucchini.

Pregnancy announcement
The First Trimester
The Second Trimester: Weeks 14 and 15
The Second Trimester: Weeks 16 and 17
The Second Trimester: Weeks 18 and 19
The Second Trimester: Week 20
The Second Trimester: Week 21
The Second Trimester: Week 22

Monday, February 9, 2015

Week in Workouts

The last few weeks I've decided to play it a little smarter in terms of listening to my bod and not just running or working out because my ego tells me I should. So, I made a rule that I can't run two days in a row unless a really perfect opportunity comes up (running with a friend or in a cool location) or I'm feeling awesome.

So without further ado, last week's workouts:

Monday - 30 min barre strength {as part of winter shape up}

Tuesday - 2.6 a.m. miles in the pouring rain - there's something about an early morning run that just makes the day a million times better, no matter the weather!

Wednesday - 20 min HIIT workout + 15 min upper body strength - so hard after HIIT! 

Thursday - lower body leg burner, 2 rounds + 4 mile lunch run

Friday - power yogaglo flow {w/ focus on core + upper back opening}

Saturday - power yoga + 30 min walk with the dog

Sunday - 5 mile run {with only a few stops to walk}

Tank - Old Navy (sized up), Shorts - Oiselle rogas, Shoes - Brooks Ravenna

+ A few weeks ago, I thought I was totally losing my push up strength to the pregnancy, but I'm happy to say I pushed through and feel like I'm back! No, I can't do the 10-15 in a row straight push ups from my toes that I used to do, but I can still do ~5 before modifying.

+ Sunday's run felt kind of magical because I ran 20 min with friends at run group before I opted to walk. These days, that is a rarity, so it felt great to just keep going rather than having to stop every few minutes to walk. Thank you, pelvis, for not being cranky with me.

What was your best (or favorite) workout in the last week or so?  

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Second Trimester: Week 22

It's crazy to me that we're on the downhill slope now {and there's still so much to do}!

How I'm feeling: The pelvis and ligaments attaching to the pelvis were pretty sore this week, especially after runs. My friend Jess sent me her belly bands to try out, which I hope will help as I continue to grow, but haven't proved to be a miracle cure just yet.

The bump is finally looking "round," which is exciting. Strangers are starting to smile at me knowingly or look as though they're trying to determine if I am indeed pregnant.

The skin near my belly button is clearly starting to stretch as it is often itchy and my belly button is starting to flatten out. Who knows how long it will take to pop out?!

Baby: is the size of a papaya (~10.5 to 11.8 inches and 12.7 to 20.8 ounces)

The manfriend felt the baby kick this week and then a few days later, we even saw a kick one evening as we were laying in bed staring at my belly! Seeing and feeling it is just a reminder of what a crazy miracle the whole process is.

Weight gained: 13 lbs

Exercise: The highlight of this week was our hike up Spencer's Butte on a sunny Saturday. I usually venture out on my own for workouts or hikes, so it was fun to have the manfriend there and soak up the sun from the top.

A few short run/walks (2-3 miles each), yoga and a few weight lifting sessions were also fit in this week. Accepting where I'm at is the name of the game right now with running and yoga. I went to a challenging lunchtime flow that reminded me I need to go at my own pace and possibly avoid the harder classes.

What I'm wearing: Much of the same as far as regular clothes go. My yoga gear and sports bras are starting to feel just too tight. It's probably time to break down and get a few larger pieces. But man, the $$ you spend on pregnancy things between new bras, prenatal vitamins, new sports bras, etc. really adds up!

Baby preparations: We moved our guest bed out of the spare bedroom/baby's room so the room is mostly empty and ready for baby stuff. I also picked up a few books at the library, including a few baby name books and the Yoga Birth Method.

How is your week going? 

I just finished my Nutrition Through the Lifestyle midterm, which I felt pretty good about!

Pregnancy announcement
The First Trimester
The Second Trimester: Weeks 14 and 15
The Second Trimester: Weeks 16 and 17
The Second Trimester: Weeks 18 and 19
The Second Trimester: Week 20
The Second Trimester: Week 21

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Change of Scenery

Our second getaway weekend in Central Oregon proved to be a fun change of pace (as always) from life in Eugene. We love Eugene, but getting away and escaping your usual environment and routine is always refreshing. 

It was a short weekend (arriving late Friday night and leaving Bend around noon on Sunday), but a good one indeed. My only wish is that the entirety of Bend had been covered with fluffy white stuff, but we're experiencing very low snowfall levels this winter, so no dice. 

Highlights of the weekend included: 

a challenging 8-9 mile snow hike with Dawnetta and Sarah; I literally crawled or sat on my butt and slid on a few really slippery sections.

...sunshine. from my favorite bike/coffee/beer shop (unique, eh?).

...this tasty black bean burger and a heavy side of laughter with friends.

...and a few quiet moments of serenity. 

And that, my friends, is why they call it Mirror Pond. Ah, Bend

I hope you're finding some moments of serenity amidst what could be a crazy week. 

I have been thinking lately how interesting it is that the week seems to frantically rush by as I attempt to check off so many things on my list and only until we reach Friday afternoon do I allow myself a little peace.