We Are Here...23 Weeks

Friday, May 24, 2013
23 weeks and 5 days


Aw Yeaaaa!


Continue giving me all of the food! Please. Now.
I'm so hungry. So so hungry. I fell off my gluten free band wagon last week because I NEEDED to have each of the 30 bowls of cereal I've eaten over the past 10 days. And I NEEDED to eat all 12 tofu hot dogs that I ate in the past 5 days. And the Birthday cupcakes. OMG.
Eh, what can ya do.

I'm working on getting back on the straight and narrow. I'm okay with going buck wild every now and again, but I don't want to make it a regular thing.

I'm finally off of the feta and spinach omelet kick. I just woke up one morning and didn't really want it anymore. I've also been backing away from cheese more and my desire for  oranges has decreased. Instead I've moved to those dark red cherries, plums and bananas. I also started putting together vanilla yogurt, blueberries, and a mix of nuts and seeds (sunflower, almond, pumpkin, dried cranberries, walnuts). It's so simple, but ridiculously good! I especially love the consistency.

I also found myself wanting to put sour cream on a lot of stuff. Weird.


I'm feeling mostly good. However, I am noticing some changes in the way certain things feel, as my belly grows bigger.

First of all…my back is starting to hurt while doing remedial things. Ugh! I just feel so cliche saying that!
If I sit in a seat that is too low, for an extended period of time, my back starts to ache.
Then, last weekend I walked around the mall with my family for 2 hours, and my back started to hurt. It totally caught me off guard!
I'm not someone who get's "ailments". Every time I feel discomfort or pain, it's usually always training induced. So this was just weird.
I was also doing laundry earlier in the week, and bending down was hurting. I propped myself up on the bed with one hand, and bent over to load the baskets using the other hand. I felt so old and worthless.

How in the world can I run sub 7 minute miles with no problem one week, and then get a back ache from walking around the mall the following week? I'm not into this part of pregnancy at all! I guess it makes sense though because all of the extra weight I'm carrying is in one spot.

I've also met another wave of tiredness. The past week I've been REALLY tired and taking a lot of naps. That could be attributed to the fact that I've been waking up at 3, 4 and 5am and not being able to go back to sleep. Luckily Harper is always willing to keep me company during the early hours.

I had another doctors appointment this past Monday and they measured my uterus to check on her growth. It looks like I'm measuring one week bigger than I actually am, so far. This is not really that surprising because I feel big and because my husband is over a foot taller than me…so I can only imagine how large this baby is going to be.

A friend of mine really put it perfectly in a comment on my Facebook page:

Haha. Hilarious. And true. *sigh*


I'm feeling a little sad about backing away from racing for the next few months. I know it's the best plan for my body, but it still bums me out as we approach the summer and everyone else is gearing up for their races.

I also miss riding my bike outside. Womp womp.

Okay, let's get positive here.

I haaave created my own pregnant lady brick! Since I'm not doing the normal run/bike/run combo's, I came up with something new. My gym is 1.5 miles from my house, through my neighborhood. So, I've started running to the gym, working out, and then running home. It's only 3 miles of running, so if I need more, I hop on the treadmill at the gym for a few miles. It's been working out great so far!
I'm looking forward to it getting a tad bit warmer outside, so I can run to the gym, swim, then run home!

I've also altered a few exercises in my training the past 2 weeks.

I haven't been doing lunges for a few weeks now. My balance is just too inconsistent. I also backed away from squats, because my legs hit my belly and I feel some strain under my uterus when I squat...and it just doesn't seem right.
Because of the lack of lunges and squats, I have been feeling like my butt is getting flat, so I've been spending time on the stair stepper at the gym. Not my favorite, but better than nothing.

Push up's are also starting to get heavy! My mid section is weighing me down and making them more difficult. I've started to do them leaning up against tables or the seats of gym equipment.

Pounds Gained: Still 10, according to Monday's appointment. Which is unbelievable considering how much food I've been eating, and that I'm 2 days from being 6 months along. It has to be because I've kept up my workout routine, because the past 2 weeks I've most definitely increased the amount of food I'm eating, and I've been eating everything.

Cravings: Cereal, cereal, cereal! The funny thing is I haven't consistently eaten cereal in about 12 years! Also, Tofu hot dogs, sour cream, pickles. At work on Tuesday I at 6 pickles during staff meeting and then afterwards I made a pickle sandwich. It was amazing.

Aversions: I haven't really been into meat the past week. It comes and goes.

Symptoms: Back discomfort, when I bend certain ways I get very short shots of hip pain, tiredness.

Fun New Things: She moves ALL the time! I feel her kicking and bumping around in there at all hours of the day. Yesterday she was tumbling around and poking at me after PJ and I finished our run. I like to think it was her trying to join in on the conversation because PJ and I were chatting and laughing our entire run.

Birth Plan: I'm now working on our birth plan to take to my next appointment. My midwife instructed me to get going on it, so we can talk about it.

Books: Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin; Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, Susan McCutcheon; Husband Coached Child Birth, Robert A. Bradley.

Have a great day everyone!


  1. Love reading your blog. Im getting so excited for you guys. We need to get together. Mckenna is getting excited for a new playmate!`

    1. Thanks :) Were very excited too! We need to get together!


  2. My wife went thru an "Apple Jacks" phase with our first.....breakfast, lunch, and dinner sometimes was just Apple Jacks cereal. LOL


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