My Pregnancy: 25 weeks and counting…

Is it wrong to be excited knowing I only have 15 weeks to go?  Maybe so, but it feels amazing to know I can say I have less than 4 months until I am no longer pregnant and am back more…

Is it wrong to be excited knowing I only have 15 weeks to go?  Maybe so, but it feels amazing to know I can say I have less than 4 months until I am no longer pregnant and am back the road to becoming my pre-pregnant self.  Bye bye heartburn, backache, and weight gain…Hello caffeine, long runs and my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.  As much as I already love my little growing Brickhouse, and know I will love her even more when she arrives, I’ve learned over the past 25 weeks that I am so not one of those girls who loves being pregnant.  If you are, kudos to you!  I envy you :)

Since I’m still having sleep issues, my workouts are happening earlier in the day and I love it! Driving to the gym in the dark isn’t exactly fun, but not being rushed and finishing early feels amazing!  By the time noon rolls around, I feel like I’ve accomplished so much and my outlook on the day and tasks at hand take on a positive vibe.  So to me, my early morning rise is really a blessing.  And, I might as well get use to it now because I can only imagine there will be plenty of early mornings in my future.

Even with my consistent back pain, I’m keeping strong with my 5 day a week workouts.  I’m still lifting and trying to slowly increase the weight I’m throwing up, which I’ve been cleared to do as long as the progress is slow and safe.  My leg workout has suffered slightly from my back pain, but I know any further tweaking could put me out for good, so I’m not risking it.  The possibility of bed rest freaks me out, so I’m going to do everything to prevent it!
Since we’re leaving for a long weekend in Palm Springs at the end of the week to celebrate David’s birthday, I decided I had to suck it up and buy a bikini that fit this expanding body (really just the three B’s – boobs, belly and butt). This can be summed up in one word … DEPRESSING! If you’re flat chested and love the idea of pregnancy giving you big boobs you won’t be disappointed. But, if you’re already big chested get ready for super giant boobs #keepingitreal. There are very few cute bikinis for DD’s and if these bad boys keep growing I don’t know what I’m going to do.

The remodel is finally coming to an end and our move date is on lock.  Paint complete, lighting and plumbing work done, appliances in, stucco finished, and concrete poured.  We’ll be in for a crazy five weeks ahead with doing the finishing touches like building the fence, landscaping and building the outdoor kitchen, but I know my “ahhhh” moment will come when the baby shower is over and we can finally relax.  Maybe I’ll just sit in the nursery and relax in the rocker for a bit :)

Cravings this week:
Guacamole (I have no idea why)
Strawberries (of course)
Peanut Butter (I gotta stop!)

My Pregnancy: 24 weeks and counting…

6 months down and 4 to go! It’s time to get the show on the road Baby Bricken! When I first heard I was pregnant I thought “4 weeks – 36 more to go. This is going to take forever!” more…

6 months down and 4 to go! It’s time to get the show on the road Baby Bricken!

When I first heard I was pregnant I thought “4 weeks – 36 more to go. This is going to take forever!” And believe me, IT HAS! But now that the 4 month countdown is on, I’m starting to think that time is about to fly.  Before we know it, David and I will be welcoming our little nugget into the world thinking, “WOW! Those 10 months flew by.”

Now that we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, all things baby are falling right into place. Maternity photos are in the works, our shower is slated for April, we’re painting the nursery, and we’re looking forward to our next doctor’s visit, where we’ll have our 4D ultrasound done and finally be able to see what this little nugget really looks like. Will she really come out looking like the image or will it just be some sort of freaky 4D baby that doesn’t look anything like what I end up pushing out? I guess only time will tell:)

 

Nursery Paint

 

For whatever reason, my stomach isn’t cooperating with me again this week. It’s almost like I have a bug, but the “yuck” feelings only come on at night, so I know it’s pregnancy related and not me getting sick. The upside is that David and I have stopped eating late dinners, which we are known for, and have opted for healthy snacks instead. Rolled oats, shakes, fruit and protein muffins seem to be our go-to right now, which David is welcoming because even he feels better and he says his pants are getting looser (win – win!).

This week we had our week 24 doctor’s visit and it was a breeze. Doppler confirmed the heartbeat was strong and our mini-ultrasound showed she was doing great! Now the size of a cantaloupe, she is beginning to get a little crowded in there, so movements are becoming more and more frequent and I think I’ve finally “popped.”  When I told my friend Liz this (of course had to send her a pic of my belly) she replied, “Only you would send me a pregnancy photo from an elliptical machine.” Yep, that’s me! I think I may start a pregnancy photo workout montage to send her once a week :P

 

My belly pop'd at 24 weeks!

 

Like I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, David and I like to bite off more than we can chew at times and this week has been no different. David’s birthday trip is officially on the books (Hello Palm Springs!), we bought a baby approved car (the two-seater just won’t work anymore), we’re moving full steam ahead on the house renovations, we have company in town Friday night, and are going to celebrate my sister’s birthday with her this weekend at our favorite resort in Newport Beach, or as I like to call it “The Happiest Place on Earth.”  Our constant on-the-go way of life sure does make time fly by, which I’m all for right now.

 

Car for the babes!

 

Workouts are going great this week too! I’m still aiming for 5 days a week – 2 hours plus a day. Something happened with my back this week and I’m not sure if it’s the pregnancy and extra weight or if I tweaked something from lifting, but it’s killing me. Lots of massage (I have the best hubby ever), trigger point with the lacrosse ball, foam roller and stretching to try to work it out and get back to 100% for next week. Since I’m so hard-headed I’m not letting the pain hold me back, which I know is stupid. At least I can admit it. Hopefully taking Saturday and Sunday off will help me be golden by next week!

Here I am at 24 weeks.  Hopefully this belly will start to resemble a basketball soon :)

 

24 weeks pregnant

 

 

 

 

 

My Pregnancy: 23 weeks and counting…

In 4 short months from today, David and I should be welcoming our new baby girl into the world if everything goes according to plan. I’ve heard all kinds of stories about first pregnancies going past the due date, and more…

In 4 short months from today, David and I should be welcoming our new baby girl into the world if everything goes according to plan. I’ve heard all kinds of stories about first pregnancies going past the due date, and since the suspense is killing us….we’re keeping our fingers crossed this little nugget wants to come out on time. Too bad every month can’t end at 28 days to speed this process up!

Now the size of a grapefruit, this little girl is moving around like crazy. I seem to notice it more while sitting down or relaxing before bed, so the little kicks, punches, and rolls are a welcome part of my daily relaxation. Every little movement make me fall more and more in love with her!

This week I took my second flight while being pregnant and luckily it’s been really easy. We had to fly to Houston for a funeral and although funeral dress shopping seemed to be somewhat hard with my expanding belly, traveling was surprisingly nice. I can’t help but wonder if she’s noticing the change in pressure or if she notices anything at all. Hopefully it’s soothing for her.

This week I’m struggling with the mental aspects of watching my body change from pregnancy. Obviously I spend a lot of time focused on health and fitness, but along with that comes high focus on my outward appearance. I try to keep the negative body image thoughts at bay, but in all honesty it’s hard. I feel like I look like a beached whale from the side and staying motivated is a day-to-day struggle. I just have to keep telling myself that a healthy pregnancy will give me a healthy baby, so I need to work on just enjoying the entire 10 month process.

My appetite is doing a weird switcheroo this week too. No more cravings for cottage cheese and chocolate. Instead, I’m going crazy over granola, fruit (yes…I’m still addicted to fruit – fresh and dried!), and peanut butter.

Dear Peanut Butter,
I’M BAAACCCKKKK!