36 weeks

and feeling… good.

(Random: the Pilot recently found a video on his old computer of my friend and I doing our pointe dance to that song. It was one of my faves)

Is there some kind of pre-labor euphoria that hits? If so, maybe that’s what’s going on. Even though my hips still hurt like the dickens and I’m not sleeping as well, I feel pretty great this week.

15 weeks:                                                                    26 weeks:

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Thar she blows, my friends:

34 weeks 

I’m kind of boring this week. Not too many changes –just excited to be full-term next week!- but here’s what’s been going on:

-I don’t expect my brain to come back anytime soon.. it’s been gone for so long. Tom was talking about all of the things we have to do this weekend to make sure we’re ready and I can’t remember 90% of them. Sticking out in my mind: installing the car seat and packing the suitcase.

-He’s officially on baby watch. I called him earlier to say hi, and didn’t leave a message. He called me back instantly.

“Are you ok?!”

“Yes, just calling to say hi and see how your day was going.”

“Ok good, just making sure!”

His boss was asking him about when we’re due, so until game day he’ll only be flying locally and will be available via radio if anything goes down.

-The baby bag you guys twisted my arm into getting (heh heh) just arrived as I started typing this.

I LOVE it.


It’s large without being too big –bigger than most of my lulu bags- and has a changing pad + tons of compartments. I know I’ll get very good use out of it.

-Eats are pretty much the same, but right now I’m craving more bland and salty foods.


I’m still loving spicy, but it’s started to give me heartburn, which I’ve never experienced pre-pregnancy.


Seafood sounds absolutely horrendous to me, except for anchovies. I’m kind of obsessed with them. In front of the crackers in the pic above, I made a paste out of a can of anchovies, lemon juice, mayo, hot sauce, sea salt and garlic, and scooped it onto crackers. I also like them in pasta sauce


and plain, which I never thought would happen. The idea of little fish in a can always seemed so gross to me, but I guess don’t knock it until you try it 😉

Also, lots of trail mix

trail mix

(a chocolate chip in every bite)



and yogurt, in addition to the usual fare.

Bonus: when little bro the cheffer makes gf cookies


Some pregs crave ice cream… I’m more of a cookie/cake/brownie girl 🙂

-Sleep is hit or miss. Either I’m crashed out for the entire night, or will toss and turn uncomfortably. Last night, I tossed and turned, got up twice to go to the restroom, and then woke up again when I somehow ended up flat on my back and the baby’s entire foot was prodding out of my stomach. I think she was trying to wake me up and tell me to get back on my side… it worked. Then I laid there for a while rubbing her little foot, and she would kick back.

-Baby will be in her second dance show at work this week. I was in one shortly after I started teaching, and remember driving to the recital, feeling so gross and weird – I found out that week that I was pregnant. I’ll ask the girls if it’s cool to post a video of our dance- it’s a fun one 🙂

-Still sappy. I cry really easily, out of happiness, when I read or hear something sad, or for no reason at all. Yesterday I lost it while watching this video – I know what it’s like to see a little tail shake so hard you think it’s going to fall off. Last time Tom came home from deployment, Viesa jumped high enough to kiss him on the mouth.


-Total weight gained: 27 lbs. as of last Friday’s midwife appointment

-I have midwife appointments every week from now on. It’s kind of a pain because the office is far, and all they do is check your blood pressure, weigh you, and see if you have questions, but the fact that I get to hear the baby’s heartbeat makes it 100% worth the trip. They’re supposed to start internal exams next week, but told me if there are no signs of labor and I’m feeling good, we can skip it. Apparently it’s not the most fun thing in the world :/

Keep growing strong and healthy, little baby. Can’t wait to meet you <3

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  1. Jessica on December 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I can’t get over how toned and lean your arms and legs are still! You look absolutely fabulous and glowing! Keep it up girl!

  2. Kristen on December 7, 2011 at 11:05 am

    You are SOOOO close to the beautiful ending!!
    I just started my third trimester and my sweet tooth has been off and on the whole time. When it’s on, your vegan chocolate chip cookies (way better than tollhouse) have been my go to. I made a big batch and keep them in the freezer!

  3. Megan on December 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

    If I could go back, I would skip the internal exams I had last time. They weren’t too bad, and I wanted them just so I “knew” how things were going- Well. I “knew” at 37 weeks I was already 3cm. We were SO STOKED. 1cm away from active labor! Active labor that didn’t start (after MANY more internal exams) until 41 weeks. So like…I was stressed out! And there were so many opportunities for bacteria and whatnot to be introduced to my netherlands and the baby. Totally skipping it this go around!

  4. Allison on December 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Baby bumps are so precious! It’s so beautiful… I can’t wait to be pregnant, maybe I can, but I love the thought of cuddling with and dressing up a little baby 🙂

    I always wonder if I’ll have any weird preggers cravings?! I already love pickles and ice cream 😛

  5. Catie on December 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Don’t worry about the crying — I bawl when I see the video, too, and I’m not pregnant!

  6. mary on December 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Good lord, you’re going to have that baby and be back in skinny jeans in 2 weeks!

    I doubt it was related to the soup, but my SIL and I both went into labor the morning after eating French onion soup together!

  7. aj on December 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Wow. You are all baby at this point. I second another reader by saying I’m amazed by how toned your arms and legs look.

    Also so cute the pilot is on red-alert. Baby watch, lol.

  8. Crystal on December 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    You are sooo cute!! You’ve got the perfect, round belly that I hope to have someday if I get preggo 🙂 That is so cute that your hubby is on baby-watch, lol

  9. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on December 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I’m heading to a baby shower next weekend for my sister in law and that bag is to DIE FOR!
    Also, you are, quite possibly, the cutest pregnant woman I’ve ever seen! How refreshing to see such a healthy woman with child.

  10. Kimberly on December 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Where did you buy your baby bag??? Any idea if it’s still on sale anywhere? Thanks!

  11. Brett Marie on December 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    You look amazing! You are all belly- arms, legs, and boo-tay still look great! You’re gonna be the cutest mama everrr

  12. shannonmarie (rawdorable) on December 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    You just keep looking cuter and cuter. Pregnancy looks good on you. You wear that baby well 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      thank you, shannon 🙂

  13. Ashley on December 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Internals aren’t that bad (unless they sweep your membranes… ouch! but sent me into labour the next day). BUT they can be a little crazymaking. If you’re dilated, it gives you false hope. If you’re NOT dilated, it is discouraging. I was only at like 2cm the day before my due date, when the aforementioned membrane sweep occured, and then went into labour the next day! Or you can walk around at 3-4cm with no action for weeks. My vote would be skip til more like 38-39w.

  14. Laura @ backstage balance on December 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

    You look great! The little fitnessista will be here before we know it 🙂
    That video also made me cry. That a good one!

  15. Megan on December 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I know you were discussing looking for something cute and covering to wear to the hospital, and I stumbled upon this website and had to share:


    Obviously NO clue if it’s something you might like but thought it was worth sharing 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely Friday!

  16. Abby on December 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    You look so beautiful and strong! Keep up the good work mama!

  17. Jess on December 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    So I didn’t have internal exams before I was in labor, but that was the way to go for me. I was all worried, even when i was in labor, that they would tell me that nothing was happening and I’d be pregnant forever. Of course that wouldn’t really be the case. Even when they checked me at the hospital I was like, ek, what if I’m only 3 cm or something. Much to my surprise I was 8. Phew. Keep in mind that during your check if they tell you you’re X cm dilated, that can change in an instant. You can walk around dilated for weeks or you can not be dilated at all and then next day go into labor.

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