It’s A… (Gender Reveal!)

If you have been keeping up with my posts, you probably remember that we were scheduled to have our anatomy scan on Tuesday. At the anatomy scan, parents are given the option to find out the sex of the baby along with other vital information about the babies main body systems. The gender suspense was killing us. We caved and asked the ultrasound technician to tell us the news. I had an idea of what it might be, and I was right! BUT, before I spill the beans, let me tell you how my day started!

Tuesday Morning Med Ball + Dumbbell Workout

After several nights of bad sleep, Monday night I finally slept through the night with no interruptions (for almost 8 hours!). My daughter woke up at 4:45AM, only to let me rock her back to sleep. Since I was up (and feeling good), I decided that I would do a short strength circuit before getting ready for work. I can now do my workouts in my family room since I am no longer jumping and gasping for breath. It isn’t coincidence that our DVR player is in the family room, so I can multitask by not only working out, but playing catch up on my shows. Workouts go by SO much faster when you are watching (or listening) to something you enjoy.

photo 3-1 So what’s the workout? Grab a medium weight medicine ball and light dumbbells. When I say light, I typically use 10 pound dumbbells and I switched to 4 pound dumbbells.

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The workout took me right under thirty minutes. Complete the following exercises sequentially before repeating the entire circuit ONE time. That’s right. Complete the circuit twice (or three times if you want a 45 minute workout and a lot more soreness).

  • Burpees x10
  • Reverse lunge to high kick x15 each side (no weight)
  • Plank hold 1 minute – you could vary this by doing plank holds with your feet stabilized on a swiss ball or even piking your hips up while rolling the ball in. A solid plank is enough for my pregnant self.
  • Platypus walk w/med ball overhead x5 steps forward/5steps back x 5 times – Squat low and wide.
  • Squats with one dumbbell overhead x10 each arm
  • Plank hold 1 minute – see variation above
  • Squat to side kick to squat jump with med ball x10 each leg
  • Side oblique crunch x 15 each side
  • Forward to Reverse Lunge x 15 each leg – hold a medicine ball overhead to make this harder
  • Pushups x 10
  • Med ball wood chop to lateral lunge x 15 each side
  • Plank hold 1 minute

My legs are tired and sore. Let me know if you tried to do three rotations of this workout!

On To the Good Stuff

I took my daughter to daycare early and stopped at the office to do a little work before my appointment. Upon my company moving to a new owner, my access to work from home is very limited. Hence, the need for me to scoot into the office as much as I can. I grabbed a small cup of regular coffee before the appointment to ensure the little one would be awake and ready for his or her debut. Little did I know that this little nugget already seemed to have as much energy as my one year old daughter.

Almost immediately when we started the ultrasound, I could feel the baby kicking. Here we go. The first side profile shot gave the ultrasound technician a perfect picture of the baby’s brain, nose and skull. We both sighed when she told us the baby’s brain activity looked fantastic.

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From that side angle, we watched as the baby extended both legs straight out. Someone already thinks they own that small space that they will grow in over the next few months.

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Count it. Two feet. Ten toes. Two hands. Ten fingers.  What about the gender? She wanted to get us the perfect picture. She knew at the last ultrasound what we were having, and she remembered. She wanted to make sure our first view was clear. The proof is in the pictures. It’s a(nother) girl! We both knew it.

photo 2-153 I love knowing that my daughter will have a little sister just a grade apart from her in school. I love thinking about all of the fun they will have growing up beside each other. My sister and I are sixteen months apart, and I love looking back at the pictures of us growing up. I love her with all of my heart, and I will always be proud of her. There is a different (very special) relationship that two girls develop when they spend their lives growing up together.

photo 5-49 After finding out the gender it took almost fifteen minutes for the ultrasound technician to get the baby in a proper position to take measurements of her heart. We tried everything. A cough here. A cough there. Pressing to the right on my belly. Pressing to the left. Finally, the baby got caught off guard long enough to give us time to see that her heart is growing like it should. From what they can tell, we are having a healthy baby girl. I am an anxious person by nature. I fear things in the future that I can’t control. Any little bit of reassurance about my sweet girl is enough to make me glow.

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