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29 weeks

Baby is the size of an acorn squash. He is getting so big that things are getting a little cramped in there, but he will still triple in weight before birth. Um, omg. I can’t even imagine what that will be like. Let’s take a look back at last time I wore this outfit, which was at 21 weeks.

Ha! I looked so tiny just 8 weeks ago. I now get regular comments from strangers on a daily basis (all nice so far :-). Lots of updates this week, none of them exercise related. I believe I made it to the pool once last week, and went for one walk which resulted in an entire night of horrible SI pain. So, no more walking. I may give it another shot with the support belt and see what happens, because I do miss getting out for some fresh air.

Overall I am feeling pretty good, in fact my back pain has been a little better (except for the fateful walking day), which I can only attribute to less exercise. It’s tough because my job is so physical, some days I do 6+ hours of massage which is exhausting. I am still sleeping ok (not great), waking up a lot to shift positions, but surprisingly I very rarely ever have to get up to pee. Less than once a week I would say, and I am hoping I didn’t just jinx that situation. I did have to take a nap four days in a row last week in the afternoons. I would just hit a wall and there was no way I could do anything but sit down on the couch and close my eyes for a while. I have also noticed that I am not usually very hungry any more in general, but when I do get hungry, it is instantly and urgently. There is no in between, no “kinda hungry,” or “maybe I could eat a little something.” I will get suddenly ravenous, and need to eat immediately. Of course I can’t eat that much before I am full again, so it’s a vicious cycle.

In other news, we settled on a name for baby boy (!!!). I will not be sharing it here until he arrives, but I am super excited about it, seeing as it is the name I have been secretly calling him in my head for the last couple months :). Steve finally approved it officially and now I can order my custom wall decals for the nursery. Speaking of the nursery, lots of work going on in there too. My aunt came over one day last week to help me paint the blue wall, and I am in love with it.

Not the best lighting in this photo, but it is a brilliant underwater blue. I painted the wooden diaper pail to match, and also the dresser, which conveniently came from my mom’s basement. In other words, free! Here’s the dresser before painting:

And currently:

I removed the black drawer pulls, filled the holes, and will be replacing them with something awesome that I ordered on etsy. Can you stand the suspense? The crib has been ordered and should arrive by the end of the week, then the room will really start to come together. One more thing to show you. I found some decorative pieces at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, and this is my favorite find so far:

It is so weirdly awesome I just love it.

I can’t believe that next week I will be 30 weeks. Crazy.



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28 weeks

Third trimester baby! Speaking of baby, he is the size of an eggplant and busy putting on layers of fat and becoming less wrinkly. ‘Atta boy.

The weeks keep flying by, and this week I had some serious anxiety about my baby boy growing up too fast. Yes seriously. I realize he is not even born yet, but when I see little kids running around I almost have a panic attack (dramatic much?) that it is all going to happen too fast and suddenly I will have a full blown kid instead of a baby and what if I miss everything?? I am so excited to meet this little guy, but seriously, time can slow down just a little bit, m’kay?

No new symptoms to report this week, I’m still sleeping slightly better (yes!), and I am pounding down the fruit more than ever. I think the recent warmer temps make me crave it even more. It was in the mid-70’s on Easter Sunday which felt a little bit like heaven. I will not discuss the current extended forecast and the fact that I do not believe it contains one temperature that starts with a six, let alone a seven.

Remember when this used to be a running blog? Bahahaha! I may be done running for now, but I did make it to masters swim not one, not two, but THREE times this past week. That is a record for me, pregnant or not. Swimming continues to feel good, and it continues to be the same struggle in actually going to the pool. At least when I go to masters I know I have to be there at a certain time, and that I won’t have to come up with a workout on my own. So much easier than dragging my butt there solo these days.

Progress continues in the nursery, the most exciting part being the arrival of the rug.

Love it. The next step was to pick out a paint color for the blue wall. We are going with “tropical holiday” and the walls should be complete this week. We also found out we need to get a new crib. Turns out the hand me down from my cousin that I was going to paint white was recalled due to the drop side, which is a big no no these days. It’s a good crib, and chances are likely that nothing bad would ever happen and it would be fine, but the fact is that I am not willing to go through all of the work of painting said crib when we really aren’t supposed to be using it anyways. My mother-in-law has generously offered to buy us the crib as a baby gift, which I am so grateful for. We are going to get one with an attached changer to save space, and it will already be white (insert relief here). We will still be painting the diaper pail and dresser, but both of those projects will be significantly easier than painting a crib. The last piece we need as far as furniture goes is a chair. I have my eyes on this glider/ottoman combo from Babies R Us.

Honestly it is more than I wanted to spend on a glider/ottoman, but I realized that I don’t like the look of the traditional wooden models (which are just as pricey for a nice one anyways), and I really want a chair that will be comfortable to spend many hours sitting in. Hopefully I can make this one happen.

Lastly, Steve and I went on a date night on Saturday, which included dinner and a special stop for dessert at Kopp’s Frozen Custard.

Man, frozen custard is the best.

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27 weeks

Baby is the size of a rutabaga, is practicing inhaling and exhaling, and is showing brain activity. For fun, lets do a comparison from the last time I wore this shirt for a weekly photo which was at 19 weeks.

Wowza! It is already hilarious to look back at my earlier weekly photos and remember distinctly feeling so.huge. It’s also kind of scary imagining how much bigger I will grow over the next 13 weeks.

Overall it was a pretty eventful week. I survived the dreaded glucose test and passed with flying colors. FYI – the drink wasn’t that bad. Yes is was sweet, but it wasn’t much worse than gatorade. Anyways, no gestational diabetes over here, so keep the sweets a comin’.

I also got to see the baby on the ultrasound screen again, where the tech informed me that “it is still a boy”. The point of the ultrasound was to check on the location of the placenta. I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but during my 20 week u/s I had a partial placenta previa, meaning the placenta was resting right on the cervix. The hope was that over time it would move away by 3cm so I can deliver naturally. Well as of this u/s it had already moved to 2.5cm away, so my doc is very confident that by 32 weeks at the next check it will be just fine. Ok, enough placenta talk.

I made a huge cloth diaper score over the weekend. I found a listing on Craigslist from a couple that was selling their entire supply of Best Bottom diapers, which is the system that I have decided to use after many many hours of research. They were located in Madison, so I recruited my mom to make the drive with me on Sunday. I was just going to buy some of the things they had (a few covers, inserts, and some pail liners and wet bags), but once I was there they made me an incredible offer to take the whole lot.

So, I ended up with 8 covers (one that is in really rough shape), 30 inserts (basically 30 diapers because you just snap an insert into the cover and put it on the baby), 6 doubler inserts, 25 cloth wipes, 3 diaper pail liners, a bunch of wet bags (a few have zippers that don’t work), and a handmade solid wood diaper pail (not pictured, but made by the husband specifically to fit with the pail liners) all for $130. I plan to paint the pail to match the nursery, which should work out great. A lot of the covers with the velcro are pilled, but they are all totally functional, so this is pretty much a complete diapering set up. Of course I will still register for a few more brand new cute covers that I love and may have to buy a few other inserts over time, but I am pretty well set. I am anticipating that this system won’t be good right away at birth, and don’t plan to use the covers with these inserts until the baby starts eating solids. I have another plan for the newborn runny poo stage, but I’ll talk more about that when I actually have the stuff I plan to use.

And speaking of the nursery, progress is being made. Phillip the treadmill is settling into his new home in the office, and three of the nursery walls have been painted grey. I have ordered a rug, and am waiting for it to arrive before I pick out the shade of blue that will be on the final wall. I don’t have a good pic of the grey paint right now because the room is a disaster zone, but it is called “porpoise.” Kind of fits with my whole ocean theme, no? Hopefully painting of the crib and changing table will commence this week and everything will start coming together.

Notice how I haven’t mentioned any exercise this past week? Yeah, I swam once and walked 2 miles on the treadmill one day. Oh well, I really don’t even feel bad about it. I also gave the most massages I have ever done in one week, so that’s gotta count for something.

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26 weeks

Baby is the size of a head of lettuce. He is busy breathing amniotic fluid and soaking up antibodies to prepare for life on the outside.

I can’t believe I am going to say this for fear of jinxing everything, but I have been sleeping so much better this past week. I am still waking up at least every 2 hours to roll over, but in-between the wake ups I am sleeping soundly and waking up so much more refreshed in the morning. Hallelujah! I think I only took one nap this week on Saturday. I have been less tired during the day, and I think it is partially because I started taking my extra vitamin D supplements again. At my last appointment I asked the doc if it was ok, and she gave the green light so I’ve been taking an extra 2000 IU’s daily. Speaking of the doc, I have another appointment tomorrow which will include an ultrasound and also the dreaded glucose test. I am not looking forward to downing a bottle of sickly sweet drink within five minutes. At all.

This week I have been getting to the point where I get full really fast when I eat. Like uncomfortably full, and then I stay that way with an upset stomach for the rest of the day if I’ve eaten too much. This is very sad to me because I really like to eat a lot of food. I have really had to exhibit some control and focus on eating small portions at more frequent intervals. I’m still craving a lot of fruit, and there were a couple times this week when I didn’t want chocolate. I didn’t know what to do.

On the exercise front, I am still swimming and walking. I have only been doing my core exercises from the PT 2x/week, but I suppose that is better than 0x/week. I went for my first hike of the year over the weekend and it was great to be back out on the trails even though my back/butt was not the happiest about it. Thank goodness for spring! Sunshine and warmer temps really make everything so much better.

I still spend most of my free time researching baby stuff to register for. It is becoming a sickness, and I am driving myself crazy, but I can’t help it. I don’t want to make the wrong decisions and I am a researchaholic. Also, I am completely obsessed with cloth diapers (and researching said diapers). In fact, this came in the mail the other day:

I can’t even. It is so tiny and pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I got it from a website that was having a going out of business sale so I really couldn’t resist. I am not planning on using all fancy “all in one” diapers like this (especially at the newborn stage), but I definitely want to have a few around as an easy option.

Lastly, I can’t believe how fast the weeks are flying by now. Suddenly it seems like July will be here tomorrow and all of a sudden we will have a little human to take care of and be responsible for keeping alive. This is kind of blowing my mind at the moment and I’m going to go ahead and try not to freak out just yet. I have 14ish weeks left to wrap my head around it, so plenty of time. Right?


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25 weeks

Baby is the size of a cauliflower, and is busy fattening up and growing hair. He also can tell up from down, which might explain all of the flipping around going on in there. Seriously, he is all over the place.

So this update is going to be mostly about running, since nothing terribly notable happened in the past week. Last Wednesday, I tried running for the first time in a few weeks. I was on the treadmill sporting this get up:

It’s hot, I know. I thought wearing the support belt would help take the pressure off of my SI joint, and it sort of worked. I walked for 5 mins to warm up, and then I ran some 3 min intervals at 10 min pace with a 2 min walk in between each one. The first one felt awful and I almost stopped 30 sec in, but I decided to stick it out. The second one felt a little better, so I kept going and did a total of 5 running intervals, or a whole 15 mins of running. The next day I went for a walk because it was nice out, and my back was pissed. I have decided that the misery of trying to run is no longer worth it to me, so I likely won’t run again until after July <insert sad face here>. Now, if this stupid back problem ever goes away and spring sticks around for more than one day I might change my tune and give it a try, but I have decided there is no reason to do something that doesn’t feel good to my body. Looks like swimming and walking it is.

The other day my mom and I went to Target to register for some baby things and I realized I have no clue about baby stuff and what I need and what to pick out. After 20 mins we had literally scanned ONE item. We went through THREE registry scanning guns because they kept running out of batteries. Luckily there was another mom there in the baby department who was pregnant with her third and offered up some advice on a few things. I basically just scanned what she told me to and called it good. I am getting a little anxious to get our house projects done (or at least the treadmill moved) so I can get started on decorating the nursery, but I think it is going to be a little while yet.

Lastly, I totally have an outie belly button now:


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