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!

My Pregnancy: 22 weeks and counting…

Not that this makes any sense, but this week is slated to be super crazy, really fun, and extremely relaxing. But then again, what does make sense when you’re pregnancy hormones are high and volatile, when you’re trying to plan more…

Not that this makes any sense, but this week is slated to be super crazy, really fun, and extremely relaxing. But then again, what does make sense when you’re pregnancy hormones are high and volatile, when you’re trying to plan a killer party, you’re renovating a house, you’re working, and.. you’re trying to take a little time to get away to relax and unwind? You know the saying, “Go big or go home?” Well, David and I take that to a whole new level and like to put as much on our plates as possible whenever we can. I guess we secretly like the stress.

My workouts have been awesome this week! 5 days of solid cardio and lifting, although I have to admit, I am a little exhausted. I was a little nervous I wouldn’t be able to get in a workout on Friday because I would be in LA visiting my sister, but boy was I wrong! I mentally went into “Beast Mode” and decided to tackle the beautiful Hollywood Hills neighborhood my sister lives in. Tons of rolling hills and even a set secret stairs that would prove to be the death of me. I did a full hour walk (walked down hills), run (ran up hills) and stairs (dominated the secret stairway 6 times), then finished with bodyweight leg exercises in her driveway. When I finished I felt like a powerhouse…until the next day. OMG – I could barely move my legs hurt so bad. And for three days. The hills showed me! hahahaha

Our nursery design is officially complete as of this week, which is exciting! Since LA is a fashion hub, my sister and I spent a lot of time scouring fabric stores and made final decisions on nursery fabrics. Now we can begin having all the custom bedding made so it’s ready in time for Baby Brickhouse’s arrival. (I’ll snap pics when the nursery is all done!)
*Side note: apparently light peach is not a common fabric color. Orange – yes. Peach – no.

Before hopping on the train to head back to San Diego (have I ever mentioned how awesome it is to hop on the train and travel Southern California?) my sis and I bonded over my first 100% vegan meal. I had no idea we were going to a full vegan restaurant (neither did she) and by the time we were there we threw caution to the wind and gave it a go. Never again. It was disgusting! Soy Chicken Salad – No Gracias Amigo!

The week ended the best way possible – a relaxing getaway to Palm Springs. The weather was perfect and David and I finally had a chance to unwind and relax in the desert heat. While laying by the pool, the babes was busy moving about and we got our first glimpse of the movements from the outside of my belly. Shocked and excited, David and I made sure to get video of this millstone.

Here’s my belly poolside in Palm Springs.  It’s getting bigger and bigger every day!

 

22 weeks pregnant

 

My 22 week pregnancy symptoms:
Itchy skin around belly and legs
Skin clearing – finally!
Food aversions at night – past 6pm nothing sounds good.

Here is a sample of my bicep/tricep/cardio workout for this week:
30 min Stair Climber (non HIIT)
Bicep Curl 21’s (using preloaded bar)
Overhead Tricep Extension
Hammer Curls (across front of body)
Concentration Curls
Tricep Dips (using assisted dip machine)
Dumbbell Bicep Curls
*Superset with tricep push down
30 min Incline Treadmill Walk (speed 4.0 – Incline 7.0)
Foam Roller rollout
Current weight: 151.4 lbs (up 13 lbs since finding out I was pregnant)
Check out the adorable, but obnoxious, onsie I got our little nugget while in LA at Kitson Kids.

 

Billionaires Onsie