Sunday, May 20, 2012

Weeks 23 & 24

Week 23
5/7/2012 - 5/13/2012
Milestones: My first Mother's Day!  I'm not sure if this year really counts, but Ken and my Mom made me feel extra special.  And the messages from friends had me smiling all day.
Size of Meatball: Over a pound and a foot long.
Symptoms: Cankles.  Awesome.
Food cravings: Artichokes.  I want them for dinner every night.
Food aversions: Still the "c" words.  A few random things make me think "ewwww", but clearly my food aversions aren't enough to overcome my gluttony.  (See below for weight gained this week.)
Exercise: 1 bike, 2 runs, and 1 strength workout.   Not impressive by any means, but I was out of town for 5 days, which pretty much derailed my good intentions.
Weight gain: Up 2.6 pounds this week!  That's seriously embarrassing.  In my defense, I was in Atlanta for work most of the week.  Two long flights, sitting on my ass for 10+ hours a day, and eating crap food really took its toll.  Overall gain this pregnancy is 6.6 pounds.
Other random crap:
- We are leaving in a couple of weeks for a Hawaiian vacation.  It will be our last trip of just the two of us for quite some time (aka "baby moon").  So I started swimsuit shopping this week.  Let's just say that trying on bikinis, combined with my new found cankles, really had my self-esteem sky rocketing.
- We headed to the farmers market over the weekend to enjoy fresh produce and the sunshine.  We spread a blanket out on the grass for lunch in the park.  Things were going great until I rolled onto my belly without thinking.  Rather, I tried to roll onto my belly.  Ken, after nearly choking on his lunch, described it as something like a human teeter-totter.  Can't you just envision that self-esteem climbing? 
Week 24
5/14/2012 - 5/20/2012

Milestones: Viability!  This means that if baby girl were to make an entrance into the world, she has a chance of surviving and they would make efforts to save her.  However, I hope that she stays in there for a long time and doesn't come out until fully baked.
Size of Meatball: Still over a pound and a foot long.  Apparently they gain about 3 ounces this week.  Considering that's almost 20% of their body weight, it's quite a growth spurt.  I wish I could blame all of this weight gain on her.
Symptoms:  Since I am prone to over sharing, I might as well put this out there.  Gas.  A lot of it.  Ken has made the mistake (twice) of curling up near my legs on the couch.  Poor guy.
Food cravings: Banana bread and coconut ice cream.  Also, watermelon again, so it isn't all bad.
Food aversions: Same old stuff, but some of the nausea has come back this week.  I just eat what I can.
Exercise: 1 run, 2 bikes, and 1 strength.  One of those bikes was an awesome 27 miles with my friend Jessica.  She was very gracious and didn't complain when my speed topped out around 12 mph.  That's a sign of a good friend for sure.  And yes, I still have my IMAZ sticker on my bike.  It makes me feel good.  (Actually, I'm just lazy.  I haven't cleaned the gel spills off the frame yet either.  So what.)
Weight gain: I don't want to play this game anymore.
Other random crap:
- For those of you who are pregnant, make sure to not touch the urine dipstick against your skin at your prenatal appointments.  Apparently "girl bacteria" can contaminate the sample and cause false positives for bad things.  I may or may not have had a horrendous panicky 15 minutes at the beginning of an appointment this week.
- If you have been thinking "gosh, she sure looks big for only 24 weeks", you would be correct.  And thank you very much for keeping it to yourself.  My uterus is measuring quite large (29 cm at 23.5 weeks).  No cause for alarm yet, but I don't think I can blame my size on a bad camera angle anymore.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Race Report: Cinco de Mayo 5k

Cinco de Mayo 5k
Date: 5/6/2012
Finish time = 39:46 (12:50/mile pace)

At 22 weeks pregnant, and horribly out of shape, this certainly wasn't my fastest 5k ever.  But it wasn't the slowest either.  And I'm happy as hell that I'm still able to run.  Of course I use the word "run" very loosely here, but I think that anything faster than a walk qualifies.
I started the morning shivering at Pioneer Square with Ken & Jessica wondering where the sun disappeared to.  Within the first quarter mile Jessica was long gone ahead of us (and she had a great race!), but Ken hung with me the entire way.  We walked a handful of times, mostly because baby was wedged firmly in my side, causing something very similar to the worst side-ache ever.  But for the majority of the course we trotted along at a nice conversational pace.  Nothing very exciting to report.
Oh, if you're pregnant and running, get a support belt.  I have one that is too small/ill-fitting and one that is too large.  So I didn't wear one at all.  And I would have killed for either of them today.

We wrapped up the morning with a yummy burrito and Lagunitas IPAs at the finish line.  Well, Ken enjoyed the IPAs.  I enjoyed imagining how delicious they tasted.
And then we saw a couple of girlfriends come in from the other distance events.  Here we are with Jenn, who rocked the hilly half-marathon!
All-in-all it was a great race.  Maybe if I can find another 5k this summer I'll be able to score a "pregnant PR" sometime in the next 4 months.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Weeks 21 & 22

Week 21
4/23/2012 - 4/29/2012

Sorry for the blurry photo this week.  Ken took a few pics, and instead of deleting this one I accidentally deleted the good ones.  Whoops.  My growing belly is pretty obvious though, so it will do.
Milestones: We felt baby girl kicking from the outside for the first time this week.  I've been feeling movement for well over a month, so it's great that Ken is finally able to feel her too!  And I totally reserve the right to take that back later on in the pregnancy when I want some peace.
Size of Meatball: Supposedly 10.5 inches and 10.6 ounces.  But since my little chunker was estimated at 13 oz before even hitting 20 weeks, and they grow about 1.5-2 oz/week, she is probably closer to a pound now.
Symptoms: "Pregnancy brain" is now in effect.  And while I still have the fatigue from the first trimester and a bit of nausea, I'm feeling pretty good.  Not as good as I was pre-pregnancy, but certainly better than the last 4-5 months.
Food cravings: Fruit.  Strawberries, melon, grapes.  Mmmmm, grapes.  Nearly frozen, sweet, juicy, yummy grapes.  Mmmm...  And chocolate milk.
Food aversions: I think I can pretty much cross chicken & coffee off my list for eternity.
Exercise: 2 runs and 2 strength sessions.  I had big plans for the weekend, but work and the couch won out.
Weight gain: Mooooo.  Up 3.8 pounds this week.  That's over half a pound per day!  I'm now up 1.8 pounds from pre-pregnancy.
Other random crap:
- The other morning I woke up for my usual 4am bathroom break.  Except that I forgot that I was pregnant, and when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror I had a split second panic attack when I saw my belly.
- While getting a mani/pedi, the technician asked me "How far along are you - about 8 months?"  Um, no.  About 5 months, thankyouverymuch.  8 months?  Come on!  I know I'm big, but not I'm not THAT big!

Week 22
4/30/2012 -  5/6/2012
Milestones: Nothing major this week, other than she has grown up to my ribs now.  Lots more kicking and jousting going on in there.  We can definitely feel her from the outside more frequently.
Size of Meatball: The size of a spaghetti squash.  If spaghetti squash have arms, legs, and black belts in judo.
Symptoms:   Oh, the reflux!  If the old wives tale is true, this little girl is going to come out with a ponytail down to her knees.  Supposedly papaya extract is an all-natural remedy, so I'm on the hunt for that.
Food cravings: Banana bread.  I woke up from a nap and HAD to have banana bread.  Like right now.  Warm and with butter.
Food aversions: Same old things (coffee, chicken, fast food).  Only 18 more weeks of typing those utterly disgusting words.
Exercise: 1 bike, 1 run, and 2 strength workouts.  I came down with another wicked head/chest cold, which landed me in bed for a large portion of the week.  Oh, and I did a 5k race!  Race report coming soon.
Weight gain: Up another 1.8 pounds this week.  My Mom told me to stop moo-ing.  So, "oink".  Although my total gain is at 3.6 pounds so far.
Other random crap:
- I think my boobs have finally stopped growing!  I haven't had to upgrade my undergarments in several weeks now.  Hooray!
- The inside of my belly button has become really dark.  Like it's tan or dirty.  Normal?