We Are Here…32 Weeks

Thursday, July 25, 2013
32 Weeks, 5 Days

We are less than 2 months from my due date…and I couldn't be more excited. I'm so psyched to meet our little badass athlete girl, and I'm also kind of excited not to be carrying a watermelon in my abdomen anymore.

Last week I did a maternity shoot with my very talented photographer friend, from Brian Sumner Photography.

Here are just a couple of the shots…

I'm really pleased with how it went. I love all of the pictures he took!!!

Now let's check in on this baby situation!


Huge. Kidding. Well, not really. At my last appointment (31 weeks), I was up a total of 19 pounds. Third trimester is supposedly when the baby puts on all of her weight, so the  next few weeks will be interesting.

Speaking of third trimester…it's kind of a jerk and it's kicking my ass a little bit. I'm unbelievably exhausted. I'm talking worse than first trimester, worse than Ironman training, worse than post any race I've ever done. I have a very high tolerance for physical discomfort…but man…this is kind of inconvenient. And I would consider my pregnancy a pretty easy one. I can't imagine having a complicated pregnancy. That must be tough.

Aside from fatigue, I'm also still having a lot of trouble sleeping. I've accepted that may just be how it is the rest of the pregnancy…and until Aria turns 18.

Normally this would be an embarrassing subject…but I have no shame. I'm having some trouble accidentally peeing myself lately. I have a very short torso and the baby is already head down, so there has been a lot of pressure on my bladder for a while. Now that she's gotten pretty big, the pressure is intense. I've accidentally peed bending over. I've accidentally peed running. And I've accidentally peed while shaving my legs. I'm starting to think the baby is doing it on purpose.
Oh well, if you can't laugh about peeing your pants…what can you laugh about.

Every week her movements get bigger. I can see body parts poke out of my belly every day. It's very cool to see.


I mentioned in yesterdays post that I am finally off the dairy wagon. I just stopped wanting it about a week ago. And instead…I want salmon and avocado's.

My iron levels are a little low…so I've been trying to get some red meat and some (more) spinach in my life. I've also been on an egg kick.

Hard boiled eggs topped with homemade salsa, avocado and sweet potato. 

Grilled steak with sauteed mushrooms and onions, zucchini, tomato, yellow pepper, avocado.

4 Eggs, an entire avocado and tomato's. 

That's totally a normal amount of food, right?!

Now that I'm off the dairy, I've been able to transition back to almost totally paleo. I'm really happy about this because the more pregnant I get, the more I have to adjust my workout schedule. With me not burning as many calories as I usually do, yet having the same monstrous appetite... if I were to keep on a loosey goosey nutrition plan, I could potentially put on some unwanted weight.
And let me tell you, after seeing Kate Middleton leave the hospital and still look 7 months pregnant, the other day…lord help us normal people. I'm going to look like that blueberry girl from Willy Wonka, for a while.
Besides, who want's unnatural processed crap in their body? Not me.


I'm still on a 5 days per week training schedule. Here is this weeks workouts:

Sunday: Off - Traveling home
Monday: 40 minutes Elliptical Intervals, Upper body strength
Tuesday: 40 minutes Elliptical Intervals, Upper body strength, 2 mile Run
Wednesday: 2 mile walk with Harper, 2 mile walk with Sister
Thursday: 40 minutes Elliptical Glute workout, Lower body strength, 2 mile Run
Friday: Off
Saturday: 60 minutes Cycling, 2 mile run
Sunday: 60 minutes Cycling, Upper body strength

I still feel great working out. I'm very lucky.
Unfortunately I am having a little bit of trouble during runs. My muscles and my body feel great. I'm okay carrying all of the weight. And my back is feeling fantastic. The only issue I'm is the intense pressure on my bladder and the resulting pee pee. It's very frustrating because I do feel so good. It would be a different story if I felt like crap. I'm just taking it one day at a time. I'm very stubborn, so I'm still hopeful that it'll pass.

Pounds Gained: 19 as of a week ago

Cravings: Salmon, Avocado, Eggs, Bacon, Smoothies

Aversions: None right now. If it's edible, I'll eat it

Emotions: They are pretty under control these days. I haven't cried or tried to murder anyone in the past few days.

Things I'm loving: The fact that my belly button is getting pretty pokey!!!

Things I'm not loving: Maternity clothes! I'm so tired of them. Barf.

Favorite Activity: Rubbing my belly against people and telling them they are going to catch it.

Pregnancy Police: Since my husband has finished reading the Bradley book"Husband Coached Childbirth" he has turned into the pregnancy police. If I turn onto my back for a second, he's there. If I say I don't feel good, there's a glass of water in my hand. If I'm painting my nails, he's checking the label on the nail polish.
All kidding aside, he has be unbelievably helpful. Us reading the same pregnancy and childbirth books, has really been beneficial. We both have gained a really good understanding of the mental and physical aspects of pregnancy and labor. Sometimes I think he retained more information than I did! It seems like he is always there to help, which is a really comforting feeling. He has been an amazing coach/partner through this trimester, and I look forward to seeing him in action during labor.

Alright, it's time for my 8am nap. Happy Thursday everyone!

Have You Ever...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Put A1 sauce on your eggs?

Well you should. It was so good!!! Sometimes pregnancy has really good ideas!!!

On Sunday we returned from our little vacation. It was wonderful! We headed down to Maryland, where I grew up, for my Dad's Wedding. It was busy, but so much fun. I got to eat tons of delicious Maryland foods and see family who I haven't seen in so many years.

I'm very photogenic.

Now that were back home in CT, we're just trying to get back into the swing of things with work and not eating everything in sight.

Monday I made our weekly menu and hit the grocery store. Now that were home, were back on the paleo track (mostly). I say mostly because A1 is not paleo…but it is so good.
I know it's not impossible, but it is difficult to stick to a strict eating regimen on the road. Especially when you are a hungry hungry hippo like me, and there isn't a kitchen available. Not to mention, all of those wedding cupcakes.

Anyhow, something interesting has happened. So far I've been sticking to primal rather than paleo, throughout the pregnancy, for the dairy. Just recently, my desire for dairy has disappeared. Guess what I've been wanting in it's place though…Salmon. How weird! I haven't wanted fish since I got pregnant.

A few days after this need for fish came about, I was sent a baby update from this app on my iPhone, that talked about how Omega 3's during the third trimester are important for a boost in brain development for the baby. It blows my mind how our bodies know what it is supposed to do and when it is supposed to do it.

I missed my spin classes last Saturday and Sunday, which is a huge bummer. I'm mostly bummed because that means after this weekends classes my butt is going to be killing me. All the extra weight makes for more frequent saddle sore occurrences. Your welcome for that information.

I'm off to do some studying. This NASM personal training course is not for the feint of heart.

Happy Wednesday!

We Are Here…30 Weeks

Thursday, July 11, 2013
30 Weeks, 5 Days

Please disregard the unbelievably exhausted/puffy look in my eyes and on my face. I am so tired lately. I guess that's what happens when you don't sleep at night.


Getting bigger! And feeling it!!! 
I'm still feeling really good about my body. I love rocking my bikini at the beach and I feel beautiful when I look in the mirror. Well, from my head down. From my head up, I just look freaking tired. I suppose I should get used to that though. 

Speaking of tired…I'm still not sleeping. I wake up every night around 1am and I'm just 100% awake and alert for 2 or 3 hours. It makes for very tired days, but I try to fit a nap in when I can.

I'm also experiencing lava like heartburn. OMG! Every time I eat, the lava just gurgles in my esophagus. It's gross. 

As my stomach grows, I still find that standing up is the most comfortable position for me. Sitting puts so much pressure on my organs, so I tend to try to be moving often. The only downside is that all of this human making already makes me more tired than usual, so being up and about all just day adds to that. 

As the baby grows, her kicks and pokes are getting to be so pronounced. I love watching her move. I can see her poking around in my abdomen every time she moves. My belly changes shape sometimes, which is crazy looking. She can also kick and push pretty hard! Her movements startle me sometimes. I probably spend about half the day watching my belly. 


I've been eating pretty well throughout this entire pregnancy. Yes, I eat a lot, but I make sure to eat healthy, nutritious foods, all the time. I also stick to a gluten and wheat free diet most all of the time…Primal when I can. I don't eat processed foods if I can help it. 

Basically I haven't gone pregnant lady crazy this entire pregnancy. On Tuesday I woke up and really wanted a bacon, egg and gouda sandwich…so I had one. I would normally never do that. Then I figured, since I already ruined my GI system for the day with the sandwich, why not just call it a day and eat some of the stuff I wouldn't normally touch. So I did. 
I had 2 sandwiches, I ate a blueberry muffin, I ate a pasta, I ate an oreo ball. I even had some Doritos. I ate more bread products on Tuesday, than I had in the entire last month and a half…probably longer. By the end of the day I felt a little liberated. I finally gave into those pregnancy cravings. 

Then, I woke up yesterday and felt like absolute trash. My whole body felt sluggish, unhealthy and just disgusting. Everything was puffy too! Which is probably why I look like crap in this weeks pictures. I didn't feel like myself at all. I immediately regretted Tuesdays free for all. What seemed like a delicious idea at the time, was an awful idea. 

My body felt so out of whack that I worked out twice yesterday (AM and PM), in an attempt to rid all of that crap from my system! 

I will never do that again. No food is worth feeling like that. 

Aside from going balls deep in crap food, eating has been positive. I've been very hungry, so the quantity is up. I eat a lot of salads, yogurt, grilled chicken, bananas and Larabars! 

Peanut butter crunch is the best…but Lemon is a close second.


Over 30 weeks pregnant and still running! What. Up.

I talked about how my workouts have changed a little, in Tuesdays post. I'm still working out for about 1.5 - 2 hours, 5 days per week. I still feel fantastic when I'm working out. I'm very lucky, because I know not everyone feels like that this far along. 

I have moved my runs indoors because of the heat and humidity. I usually love training in the heat. But being pregnant, I know it isn't a good idea. I heat up so much faster now, than I ever have before. I feel like a werewolf. 

I'm actually loving all of the strength training I'm doing. I can see and feel the results, which is pretty amazing. Usually my training is based on swim, bike, run and I don't do much in way of additional strength. 

My muscles look different now that I've been concentrating on sticking to a routine. I'm looking forward to getting back into my normal swim, bike, run training, and continuing on with strength training, after the baby. I think it'll help me make some improvements in my performance for next year. 
Also, since starting the NASM program to get certified to be a personal trainer, I'm learning a lot about different and effective strength workouts, which is information I didn't have before.

Pounds Gained: 17 as of my appointment last monday. I have another appointment Friday, so we will see how much I'm up by then. My guess is 18.

Cravings: Bacon, Salads, Yogurt, Cheese

Aversions: Fishes

Nursery Progress: Almost finished! The nursery is mostly all set up! There are still a few things to put together, and I need to wash all of her clothes in gentle unscented detergent. But aside from that, it looks fantastic!

Ooops Moment: It happened. I accidentally peed myself. PJ and I were sitting on the couch, watching the baby move. Then she moved herself onto my bladder and suddenly I wet my pants. There was no warning, no "omg I might pee" sensation. It just came out. 

Weird things I'm looking forward to: Labor. I know that sounds ridiculous and crazy, but I really want to know what it's like. Its one of the hardest physical challenges that humans endure, and I'm very curious about it. I'm interested to know what it's like and  how I will respond to it. 
Btw, in 2 months when I'm screaming, remind me that I said this. 

Dreams: I've had 2 dreams this week about Aria as a teenager. In one of them we had 2 daughters. In the second one Aria had a boyfriend and he gave her a bracelet. 

Happy Thursday Everyone!!!!

It Wasn't Permanent!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
The week before last I was having a tough time with running. My heart rate was going berzerk and I couldn't figure out what the problem was (aside from the growing human that is crushing my organs from the inside out).

I resorted to working in some elliptical workouts, to get a similar cardio experience until I could figure out the running problem.

Well, the good news is…It wasn't permanent! After 4 days off of the treadmill and on the elliptical, I made a come back. I went to my normal Saturday spin class and then out of sheer habit, after class I hopped on the treadmill to get my brick in. Once I was cruising I realized "Oh crap! I'm back in action!!!"

I have scaled back from 5 days of running per week, to 4. I'm putting on some serious belly circumference, and the extra 17 pounds that has come along with this baby definitely make running more challenging. She's heavy and my bladder takes a serious beating.

The good news is that it seems I'm still kinda fast.

We took Harper to the beach for the first time this weekend and she was romping around with her boyfriend Memphis. The second I took my eyes off her, there she went, full speed down the beach. I sprinted after her, like a crazy person, yelling and waving my arms. Meanwhile, Boston, our little white maltese was running after me down the beach. I did catch her, and she apologized for making a 7.5 months pregnant woman chase after her with her belly hanging out of her bikini.

Don't tell her I said this…but it felt so good to go fast. I miss it.

Anyways, so what have I been up to with training now that I'm into my 30th week of pregnancy…

Running - Mama's still got it! I'm still running 4 days per week. My runs are shorter, around 2 - 3 miles usually. But I'm still out there!

Elliptical - 3 days - Because my runs are shorter, I'm still doing a lot of work on the elliptical. Generally I will do a 30 minute interval workout on the elliptical prior to my run. Except on Saturdays…I go directly into a run after my cycling class.

Cycling - 2 days - Saturdays and Sundays I go to a 1 hour cycling/spinning class.

Strength - I've still been strength training more often and more consistently than I ever have before. I do 4 days of tough strength training per week.

Swimming - I haven't been in the water in 2 weeks. I grew out of my swimsuit and I just can't bring myself to buy another one when I wont' be wearing it for very long. I may cave though, because I'm itching to get back in the pool.

Total - I'm still working out a total of 5 days per week.

I didn't post the 29 week update last week…so here is a picture of the beast from last week. Wait until you see this weeks picture. It's even bigger!

Harper is not amused. 

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!!
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