Random thoughts/things that I’ve noticed:
-I’m definitely sloooowwwiwng down. Naps have always been one of my favorite things, and I’ve been indulging pretty often lately on the days that Liv will nap. If I can get a lot of my work done in the morning and at night, during Liv’s nap I’ll tie up some loose ends, and crash out. I’m taking advantage of it before sleep is a distant memory. (I wrote this part of the post before we dropped Liv’s nap… Now, during “quiet time” I get work done, and since she’s been going to bed much earlier, we crash out earlier too. There are pros and cons with every stage – for this one, it makes the days seem longer- and I never thought I’d say this, but I like the no nap!)
-I still haven’t been offended this pregnancy, but I guess there’s still time, especially when I’m “about to pop.” (What does that even mean? Like my belly is going to explode and a baby will appear?) I feel like last time, I got a lot of weird comments from well-meaning strangers about the size of my belly (“Are there TWINS in there?!”) allllll the time. And this time, nothing. I’ll take it. Everyone has been really kind and wonderful.
-The belly is officially too big to cross my legs. I feel like I’m constantly splayed out, because that’s really the only thing that feels comfortable. Tom walked into the living room today to find me completely sprawled out, belly up (with pillows propped under me), on the couch. He said, “No matter what they do in movies with all of the makeup/costumes/special effects to make actresses look pregnant, they cannot replicate this.” haha
-The biggest change in the past week is that I’m officially on “maternity leave” from BODYPUMP and Spin. I miss them so much already, but can tell that I was getting close to my limit. Still teaching barre and it still feels great! It’s also been fun to take classes again, since my workout schedule is usually 90% classes that I teach. I took Spin and barre last week, in addition to teaching barre, PiYo at-home workouts, and a fun TRX circuit.
-25 lbs. Last pregnancy, I gained 34 lbs, so I think for this one I’m on track to gain about the same.
Crazy pregnancy dreams:
Involve dinosaurs. We saw Jurassic World last weekend with some friends, and since then, I’ve been having insane sea monster dinosaur dreams. (For the record, I have this weird fear of dinosaurs. I went on the dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom years ago and CRIED during the ride haha)
Eggs. Sometimes I have them multiple times a day because it’s one of the few proteins that I crave.
Soft pretzels. I’ve been indulging about once a week with Liv -we share one at Target or at Belmont Park- but I wish I could find a gluten-free version. I looked in the freezer section at Sprout’s and didn’t see anything. Let me know if you have found any! I’d love to have some here at the house, like at this moment. It sounds so good.
Fruit, especially mango, pineapple, plums and peaches.
Food, especially of the dinner variety, is still kind of meh to me right now. I’ll definitely eat anything you put in front of my face, but nothing sounds particularly delicious at any time, unless it’s pizza, soft pretzels, fruit or chocolate.
Having long mermaid hair! I always tell Julie and Monica that I love their long mermaid hair, and would wish that mine would bust past the length plateau it’s been in for so long. It finally started growing when I got preg! I have no plans to hack it off afterwards this time. 😉
Acupuncture and chiropractor visits. Both have been helping with my hip pain quite a bit, and are also extremely relaxing.
Getting pedicures. I usually prefer to paint my own toenails, but since reaching them involves some Cirque du Soleil-style positions, I figured I’d leave it to the pros until the beeb is here.
Constant baby movements. I talked to the midwife about this, and she said usually you can feel the second baby earlier and more distinctly because you have more room. Little Miss is moving and rolling around all day, and it’s the best thing ever. I’ll gently rub her foot or baby bottom and she’ll push back. It’s like our own little game, and why I can’t wait to finally meet her and have here here with us, I’ll definitely miss feeling those kicks all day.
Belly button status:
An outie! I’ve never had an outie before, and it feels weird to have a little ball poking out where my innie used to dwell.
-Get the nursery together. We figured that we need to do it now because time is flying!
-Wash all of the newborn and infant items we saved from Livi and pick up some necessities (like burp cloths, diapers, swaddles, pajamas and breastfeeding supplies).
-Pack up a hospital bag. Thank goodness for the Push Pack! I’ll just add some other necessities to the suitcase like pajamas and going home outfits. (Getting closer, I’ll add some Shot Bloks and coconut water for labor + bars, dried fruit and jerky.)
Looking forward to:
-Our fetal echocardiogram. I’ve made a list of questions since our original diagnosis, so I’m excited for the opportunity to see our baby again, and also get a better idea of what’s going on (how big the hole is, and the plan from now on). Thankfully everything was approved and our appointment is set, so just praying it miraculously heals before then. Thank you again for all of your heartwarming comments, prayers, and kind words. I appreciate you so much. <3
-Visiting Tucson!! It will be our last family trip as 3 1/2, and I can’t wait to see the fam.