My Pregnancy: 36 weeks and counting…

Have you heard the song by the band, Europe, called “The Final Countdown”? Well, I can’t get it out of my head and although it’s funny, it’s not exactly the song I would choose to have stuck in my head more…

Have you heard the song by the band, Europe, called “The Final Countdown”? Well, I can’t get it out of my head and although it’s funny, it’s not exactly the song I would choose to have stuck in my head for so long. So, I’ll roll with it and maybe add a little fun to things by playing the air guitar as I sing the only part I know of the song (the hook) around the house and make David laugh.

Mother’s day rounded out last week and I was shocked to get so many Mother’s Day wishes from friends and family. Even David and our unborn nugget sent me flowers to mark the special day, which was beyond thoughtful. I know I’ve been growing a human in me for over 9 months now, but I still don’t feel like a mother yet. It’s actually crazy to think that a year from I WILL be a mom and I’ll almost have a 1 year old!

My workout motivation tanked this week, but knowing the importance of having a healthy and fit pregnancy for me and this baby keeps me going. Cardio is proving to become more difficult with the increase in Braxton Hicks contractions, but I’m keeping to my 50 min cardio goal and have increased the resistance to keep my stamina up and burn those calories. I’ve even managed to keep my weight training similar to my pre-pregnancy routine, minus some leg exercises and ab work. Those things will return post pregnancy along with my favorite cardio choice….running!

Since I’m not carrying a ton of extra weight with this pregnancy, and because it’s my first, I have no idea if the baby has “dropped” yet or if I’m anywhere near delivering soon. At 37 weeks, the doctor says I could safely deliver, which would be AWESOME!!!!, but everything depends on when the babes decides she’s ready. It could be anytime within the next 5 weeks really (they won’t let me go past 41 weeks luckily), so it’s time to start thinking about packing hospital bags, putting the car seat in the car and prepping ourselves for the welcome surprise known as labor.

Check out my baby bump at week 36!

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My Pregnancy: 35 weeks and counting…

We’re back from our AMAZING babymoon and like usual, I packed up the car on the final day chanting “ONE MORE DAY! ONE MORE DAY!” Not only did we pick the perfect spot to unwind and relax, the weather was more…

We’re back from our AMAZING babymoon and like usual, I packed up the car on the final day chanting “ONE MORE DAY! ONE MORE DAY!” Not only did we pick the perfect spot to unwind and relax, the weather was on our side the entire trip. Upper 70’s and low 80’s during the day made for great workouts and days by the pool, while cool nights persuaded us to flip on the fireplace, enjoy the colorful sunset from our patio, and melt into the couch as we read baby books and watched movies. I know it’s too soon to say I want to go back, but I really do WANT TO GO BACK!

Early this week we had another doctor’s appointment (they are about every two weeks until week 37, when they make the turn to weekly appointments) and Baby Brickhouse is getting big! She kept her head buried in my hip during the entire ultrasound so unfortunately we didn’t get any good images, but measurements looked good and she’s in her final growth phase – 5lbs 14oz this week! And…she has hair, but we aren’t sure how much. She sure is making us wait until here arrival to get a clear picture of what she’s going to look like. Delayed gratification at its finest!

Workouts are still going great, although I’ve noticed a small increase in Braxton Hicks contractions this week. Luckily, they don’t hurt too bad. They feel more like a tightening with a little discomfort and only seem to come on when I’m doing cardio or when I bend over. Hopefully they stay relatively mild until the real contractions are here.

My eating and cravings haven’t changed much and the heartburn still lingers on. When I look at my pregnancy as a whole, there really isn’t much to complain about. I’m only up about 22lbs, my nausea was limited to the first trimester, my cravings are relatively mild, I haven’t experienced swelling, and most of my pre-pregnancy clothes still fit. I do have heartburn like I’ve never experienced in my life, sleeping is becoming more and more uncomfortable, and I still have a lot of food aversions, but if that’s the worst of it, I can’t really complain. My hormones are back level ground, or so I think, and I’m feeling almost zen-like as I wait for the end to come.

Milestones this week:
Stroller arrived and is put together!!!

David finished putting together the stroller
The new crib is finally here and we LOVE it!!!

New Crib
Bassinet is put together and ready!!!

Bassinet

 

 

My Pregnancy: 34 weeks and counting…

6 more weeks! 6 more weeks! WOO HOO!!!! It seems so crazy to think we’re so close, yet still have quite some time before this little nugget is finally in our arms and not just some mysterious alien living inside more…

6 more weeks! 6 more weeks! WOO HOO!!!!
It seems so crazy to think we’re so close, yet still have quite some time before this little nugget is finally in our arms and not just some mysterious alien living inside my body. Talk about delayed gratification at it’s finest! It’s been 238 days of pure insanity, so this final 42 day countdown seem like torture.

This week David surprised me with a relaxing Babymoon at our favorite so-cal vacation spot, Pelican Hill. Perfect weather and a relaxing atmosphere is exactly the type of vacation we need right now. Okay, okay…I lie. Vegas sound pretty incredible, but there is no way I’m making that trip until I get my pre-pregnancy body back and can enjoy sipping cocktails poolside during the day with friends. So, as far as vacationing while being pregnant, Pelican Hill is the absolute best. I like to call it “My Happy Place.”
This week I decided to try running intervals, which I admit was a mistake. Mentally, it felt great being back on the treadmill, but physically my body wasn’t having it. Strangely enough, my thighs felt itchy when I reached my top speed and my back…oh God, my poor back! That was a hard lesson to learn, but I’ve seen the light and will stick to the elliptical until this baby is out and the pain subsides.

Cravings this week are pretty similar to last week. Hungry all the the time and feeling like a whale, but that hasn’t stopped me from having a random cookie or two. Since we’ll be out of town, peanut butter will get a break but I’m sure I’ll replace it with something less healthy. Week 35 is a new week, so I’m just going to enjoy my vacation, splurge within reason, and have my sights set on a healthy and productive final 5 weeks of pregnancy.

 

34 weeks pregnant babymoon