We Are Here…28 Weeks

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Were now a week into the third trimester! Woo hoo!

28 Weeks 6 Days




My hair is pretty sweet in this picture. That's what happens when it's 90 degrees with 100% humidity and you have awesome Salvadorian hair.


Last weekend I made my way into the third trimester and like clockwork, things changed. It's so crazy how your body just knows when it's time to do what. 

Body:

In the past week I've gone from comfortable and slap happy second trimester bliss, to an uncomfortable, peeing, zombie. As soon as I made my way into the third trimester, I stopped sleeping. I haven't slept a full night since last Saturday. I'm tired at normal bed time, I lay down to go to sleep, and fall asleep quickly. Then I wake up around 1 or 2 and suddenly I can't sleep anymore. So I'm awake for hours in the middle of the night…then when morning comes, I'm exhausted. It's very frustrating because I love sleeping. It's also tough because it makes for some very rough days. I've been supplementing with naps, but it's not the same as a solid sleep. 

I've also had some super leg aching. I read that in the third trimester women experience hormone surges because of the babies growth spurts, which can cause muscle aches.
That is an accurate statement. On Sunday my legs ached so bad that I felt like I had run a marathon the previous day. I'm talking throbbing muscles, pain while walking, burning tendons. 
I have a very high threshold for discomfort and pain. I love that point in training and racing, where you're at the peak of pain and you're just pushing through strictly on willpower. I love love love that. It makes me excited. But this unwarranted leg aching was just unbelievable. 

Baby Aria has also had a growth spurt this past week. I'm psyched because my belly button is so close to popping out! I think in the next two weeks it should make it's appearance. The growth spurt has added some extra weight in my mid section and her room for moving around has decreased. Which means…her movements are very pronounced! She's moving all the time and sometimes I can see my stomach move with her.

She has also started responding to different things I eat and drink.

Because she is bigger, she's putting pressure on the top and bottom of my abdomen, simultaneously…which is interesting.


Food:

I want peanut butter. 


Mini peanut butter and banana sandwiches, minus the bread. 

I've also started drinking a lot of Vanilla and Chocolate Soy Milk. A few days ago I bought some on a whim and I can't stop drinking it. It makes Aria move around a lot too, which is fun. 
This week I've also been eating giant, veggie only salads. I haven't been in the mood for too much in way of meat, so I've been supplementing with a ton of fruits and veggies. I actually made this huge crock pot of paleo chili on Monday, for us to eat for the week. I ate it Monday night, but haven't been able to even look at it since. PJ is happy, because that means 12 servings of chili for him. 

As for my appetite, it's back up. I'm hungry all the time again. I've been making a lot of snacks to keep in the fridge so that I eat healthy things during these snack attacks. 


Training: 

This week I've had to make some adaptations to training. I don't know that they're permanent or not. I'm just going with the flow of what my body is telling me.

A few days ago I talked about my ego check on Tuesday. I was having trouble keeping my heart rate in check during Tuesday's run, after banging out a speedy 3 miles on Monday. It just didn't make sense.

Wednesday I headed into the gym with the intention of a 3 mile run, a 1200 yd swim and 30 minutes of strength training. 
I started out with a 10 minute warm up walk, then worked into strength training. Once my arms were sufficiently ready to fall off, I grabbed my belly belt and hopped on the treadmill. I didn't feel awesome. I didn't feel as bad as Tuesday, but I definitely didn't feel awesome. 

I ran 1.5 miles and then started to feel bad. By bad, I mean my stomach just didn't feel right. I was also getting a really intense feeling that I was going to pee myself. I think both of these things are because of her size. She's positioned right on my bladder most of the time, and she's also able to reach up to my stomach and diaphram. I'm a small person with a short torso, so there isn't really anywhere else for her to go.

I decided to call it on the run. I got on the elliptical for 30 minutes and did a glute interval workout. The gliding of the elliptical really takes that pressure off my stomach and bladder. After the elliptical, I hopped in the pool for my swim. 

I have no idea if shortening my runs is permanent for the rest of the pregnancy, or if it's just the result of a weird week. I'm just thankful to be running at all, and that I still feel great while working out so much. 

Pounds gained: 14.5 at my last check up. I'm positive it's more now. We'll see on Monday.

Cravings: Soy milk, peanut butter, salads

Aversions: Fish, meat

Nursery progress: The crib is put together. Everything else is in boxes. 

Movement: I feel like she is moving all the time! A few nights ago it felt like she was walking in place inside my uterus. 

Ability to balance objects on my stomach: Almost, but not quite there yet. 

Things I'm excited about: My belly button is almost popping out!

Update on the dogs intuition: Boston is still oblivious. I don't think he can tell that anything is up. Harper however is still in tune with the fact that something is going on. She still follows me from room to room around the house. When I shower she lays on the bath mat and waits for me to finish. When I brush my teeth or put on my make up, she is on the floor right at my feet. When she lays with me she puts her head on or against my belly. During our walks she always looks back at me to make sure I'm still there. It's really so sweet.

Weird dreams I've had lately: Last night I dreamt that I was at a 98 Degrees concert and Nick Lachey licked my husbands face.


Happy Saturday Everyone!

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