My Pregnancy: 29 weeks and counting…

Hello week 29 and hello to a bigger belly! If this little babe cooperates, we are almost 75% through this 40 week process, which seems crazy! I remember thinking, “This is going to take FOREVER!” at week 8 and to more…

Hello week 29 and hello to a bigger belly! If this little babe cooperates, we are almost 75% through this 40 week process, which seems crazy! I remember thinking, “This is going to take FOREVER!” at week 8 and to be honest, it has! Curious how the waiting game feels? Think about a time when you were a kid waiting for that awesome school field trip to finally happen. Remember how the night before the field trip you had a hard time sleeping because you were so excited? Well, this is like that, but that “tomorrow” feeling just keeps going on and on and on. At first, the countdown was focused around when I would return to feeling normal again. Now, the countdown is focused on how much the baby is growing and how much longer we have to prepare ourselves for this life changing event. It kinda funny to think about the day when David and I open the car seat box, look at the instructions, and attempt to put it into our cars for the first time. Or the first time I look at a breast pump and think, “what the hell am I doing?” I can feel a lot of laughter in our futures.

With hormones raging high this week, life as we know it feels more like a roller coaster than smooth sailing. I’ve gone from laughing to crying in a matter of minutes and go from feeling nervous one minute to feeling like Wonder Woman the next. It’s honestly the strangest thing ever. At least I’m not the mean, pregnant wife I’ve heard horror stories about…or am I? lol

Baby Bricken’s nursery is transforming into a beautiful space that mixes sweet baby vibes with the chic baby look I had envisioned. The crib and the dresser are finally here (these were ordered in January, so if you’re pregnant be sure to plan your furniture accordingly because some things take 8 plus weeks to get) and after looking at the crib for a few hours, I decided it just isn’t right. So, it will be going back and we have a new crib on order. This one will no doubt it will be perfect! Now, we just need to get going on picking a rocker since the one we had custom-made arrived so dirty we had to reject delivery. Sniff – Sniff. Maybe that was a sign that it wasn’t the right rocker and that there is a better one out there waiting for us to find it. As soon as I get the crib and bedding in hand, I’ll be sure to take a pic of the finished room and post it online:)

My workouts went great this week too, which gets me excited for getting my post baby body back. I’ve decreased my cardio from 60 minutes to 50 minutes, but I’m keeping with heavy weight lifting sessions. My ultimate goal during pregnancy is to keep my overall fat gain low and keep as much muscle as possible all while being safe about my workouts. My philosophy is that the more in check I keep things now, the better chance I have at bouncing back after baby.

Here is a sample of my bi/tri/cardio for the week:

30 minutes stairs
20 minutes elliptical

Foam Roller Rollout – 10 minutes

Alternating Arm Dumbbell Bicep Curl – 12 reps
*Superset: Lying Barbell Tricep Extension – 12 reps
***REPEAT 4 TIMES***

Incline Bench Seated Bicep Curl – 12 reps
*Superset: Overhead Tricep Extension – 12 reps
***REPEAT 4 TIMES***

Alternating Hammer Curls – 12 reps
*Superset: Rope Tricep Pushdown – 12 reps
***REPEAT 4 TIMES***

Barbell Bicep 21’s
*Superset: Assisted Dips – 12 reps
***REPEAT 4 TIMES***

My pups are already having bonding time with Baby Brickhouse!

Stella & Marley Bonding with Baby

Dresser is here!

Baby's Dresser

 

 

 

 

My Pregnancy: 28 weeks and counting…

Now that boxes are unpacked and life is starting to go back to a somewhat normal state, I’m finally ready to wrap things up and begin this whole “nesting” phase of my pregnancy. Sure, there are still pictures to hang more…

Now that boxes are unpacked and life is starting to go back to a somewhat normal state, I’m finally ready to wrap things up and begin this whole “nesting” phase of my pregnancy. Sure, there are still pictures to hang and finishing touches to add, but this week I was able to let a little sigh of relief out that the move is done. Small touch-ups to our downtown pad were made early in the week and we handed in the keys, making for a bittersweet day. As much as I love the downtown lifestyle (I will no doubt be back!), this new journey in our lives calls for more space and a yard for our Baby Brickhouse to play in.

Workouts are back on track this week, which feels great! And…to make things even more exciting, I decided to join a new gym closer to our new house. After almost three years, it’s nice to have a little change in workout environments. I’m still keeping my downtown membership because I can’t tear myself away from the awesomeness of FIT all together, but I’ll divide my time between the two until things calm down in the next couple of months.

At 28 weeks, the doctors appointments take a new turn. Blood glucose testing for gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) was done this week and we also got our first glimpse of our growing baby via 4D ultrasound. Unfortunately Baby Brickhouse was busy playing with her umbilical cord and chewing on her hands, so the imaging wasn’t amazing, but we still got a great glimpse of our growing nugget and I know seeing her precious face in a few shorts months will be incredible.

My pregnancy cravings have gotten crazy this week. I can’t stop thinking about eating some serious Houston style Mexican food and I’m on avocado overload. Guacamole anyone? And, I’m totally and completely addicted to sandwiches. Yes, sandwiches! Not sure what that is all about, especially since I’m normally “anti-sandwich,” but as I say, “baby wants what baby wants.” Luckily I have steered clear of Girl Scout Cookies this season – not one box, which is impressive, especially for any pregnant woman. hehehehe

Check out how big my baby bump has gotten in my 28 week pregnancy shot. It literally “POPPED” out and there is absolutely no hiding it anymore!

28 weeks pregnant 28 weeks pregnant - front view

 

My Pregnancy: 27 weeks and counting…

There is only one word to sum up this week and how I’m feeling – EXHAUSTED! Holy cow…did we pick the most ridiculous time to remodel and relocate. Waking up at 6:30am and falling into my pillow at 1:00am is more…

There is only one word to sum up this week and how I’m feeling – EXHAUSTED! Holy cow…did we pick the most ridiculous time to remodel and relocate. Waking up at 6:30am and falling into my pillow at 1:00am is taking a toll, but I just keep telling myself that it is all worth it and in the next month or so, when the dust settles, we will say we are so happy we made the jump into being true Californians.

Since I’ve been so busy this week, it’s been hard to pinpoint pregnancy symptoms and just feelings of being tired and sore. I’m still dry and itchy, my back still hurts, and my Linea Negra is getting a little darker, which honestly freaks me out. Where I use to see the outline of my abs, I’m now seeing a round belly with a line that moves up towards my belly button – eek! I know the belly and the line will fade, but it’s hard seeing these changes when you’re use to something so completely different. Just keeping it real:P

This week I also had to major milestones. First, true to “brickhouse” form I took things too far and decided to change out the receptacles in our new place so they could have a pre-made baby safe cover. I turned off the power, did the re-wiring, and turned the power back on. Success! Well, I decided to mess with the receptacle one last time (with the power on like an idiot) and got shocked. I freaked! And when I say I freaked I mean I lost my $hit! OMG, is the baby okay? Did I hurt her? Why isn’t she moving? I immediately called my husband crying and he tried to calm me down, which didn’t work. Then my friend gave me some things to try (drink a really cold drink or eat something sweet), and still nothing. I researched google like a madman with tears streaming down my face and finally started to calm down when I read that if there is no burn from the shock the babes would probably be fine. Whew!

Fast forward one day and the coolest thing happened. Baby Brickhouse rolled over and I left some of the biggest movements ever! Apparently the shock to my finger didn’t hurt her cause she was moving everywhere. I first noticed my shirt moving while taking a moving/packing break and decided to grab my phone and see if I could get it on video. Score! When I went to show David his jaw dropped and he kept asking how weird it was for me to feel it. Yes, it was so weird, but was so awesome at the same time. Ahh, I love this little 27 week old nugget!!

Stay tuned next week for more pregnancy symptoms, milestones and pics.