My Pregnancy – 31 weeks and counting…

It’s finally here! Our baby shower week! Friends and family are slowly filtering into town and David and I are busy finishing up the final touches on our home remodel. To say I’ve lost my mind is an understatement, but more…

It’s finally here! Our baby shower week! Friends and family are slowly filtering into town and David and I are busy finishing up the final touches on our home remodel. To say I’ve lost my mind is an understatement, but I’m attributing the crazy emotional ups and downs to hormones and the stress associated with having 40 people over to our new house and it not being 100% completed yet. Luckily, David understands, but I know he can’t wait for the calm after the storm so he can have his “normal” wife back.
This week is also Opening Day for the Padres, which we haven’t missed since we moved to San Diego. The city is bustling with Padres and Giants fans and everyone has begun partying in the downtown bars surrounding the stadium. It feels good knowing that I can be the designated driver for the day, but I also feel a little sad knowing I don’t get to partake in the regular Opening Day craziness and craft beer consumption. Baseball season is long, and since we have a killer team this year, I’ll make up for it post-baby.
It’s hard to pinpoint my pregnancy symptoms this week because life in general is so crazy. My cravings are the same – strawberries, peanut butter (does peanut butter really count since I crave it when I’m not pregnant too?) and guacamole. My hormones are all over the place, and although I know the wild emotional turns are part of the hormone surge, it’s hard to grasp that when you’re in the thick of an emotional breakdown. Feeling elated and on top of the world one minute, then crying and feeling like things can’t get worse is an insane feeling. I know it sounds crazy, but writing these blogs is my attempt to keep things “real” and with all the great parts of pregnancy, there are also some downsides. 9 weeks to go keeps me grounded and helps me laugh off the silly things that seem so major, but I know deep down are really miniscule.
Check out my bump at week 31!

Sorry Giants fans….I had to show some Padres love for this one:)

 

31 weeks

Even with all the other things going on, I managed to make this rattle as decoration for our shower.  Petal by petal – 25 plus hours!

Baby Rattle

Opening day 2015!

Opening Day 2015

 

 

My Pregnancy – 30 weeks and counting!

This week will have to go down in history as one of the craziest weeks of my life. Not only are my stress levels through the roof with house and work stuff, I was blessed with a random act of more…

This week will have to go down in history as one of the craziest weeks of my life. Not only are my stress levels through the roof with house and work stuff, I was blessed with a random act of kindness from someone who decided to slash my tires and key my car at 7:30am when I ran into Home Depot to grab contractor bags. Pregnant, vandalized car, and stranded in a parking lot is something I hope to never go through again in my life. And if I do, I should really start playing the lottery because I must have some special gift.
On the upside of things, we finally had our turf installed this week and I’m beyond grateful to no longer be living in a construction zone and dirt. Goodbye dusty house…hello beautiful beachy breezes!
Even with all the craziness, I’ve been able to manage getting my workouts in relatively easily. As the saying goes, “Early bird gets the worm,” so I make working out my first priority, then plan each day accordingly. And…I’ve been be sure to add in some extra pampering time for myself since pregnancy can make you feel not so beautiful by getting a facial and a massage and getting my nails done this week!

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