Pregnancy Update – Week 24

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of an eggplant (approximately 1.7 pounds)

Weight Gain – 15 pounds. Still averaging about a pound a week.

Movement – The baby is moving a lot down low.  At times I can feel the baby stretch out.  This allows me to feel movement in two places.  It’s always exciting starting to feel the jabs!

Sleep – Dicey.  My daughter has been waking up for 1.5-2 hours in the middle of the night before falling back asleep and not getting up until 7:45 AM.  Unfortunately, I am still getting up at the same time. This equals less sleep for me.  I have to admit, I hit my breaking point this week.  It seems like once every 3-4 months I have a mini tempter tantrum.  I’m being honest here.  All of the patience that I have held in erupts.  Oops.  That happened in the middle of the night after several days of not sleeping much.

What I miss – Nothing related to pregnancy!  I missed my oven this week.  Our oven/microwave blew out.  After three visits from an appliance technician and a couple hundred dollars, we were back in business.  Cross your fingers that I make it through the holidays.  Girl loves to bake!

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Best Moments this Week – This was my first full week of my new full time job – “Mom”.  It was really better than I thought it would be.  Rather than being completely stressed about the oven repair, I was able to take it one day at a time.  My daughter and I stayed busy.  Aside from daycare, we did some Christmas shopping, went out to breakfast and spent time at the park!

photo 4-109photo 2-170While my daughter was napping, I was finally able to get my computer files organized.  In the process, I found several great pictures of her from her first few weeks at daycare.  It is crazy how much she has grown in just a few months!

010_042514093121_LY - CopyMcDowell-st-Pictures-377_072114102134_OK Looking forward to – Feeling like our house is our “home”.  If you didn’t know, we completed a big renovation on our house around this time last year.  We literally moved back into our house December 23rd. Our daughter was 2 months old.  It was crazy.  Since then, life has been so busy that we haven’t had a chance to really get the house to the point decoratively that I would like it.  In just a week, I already feel like it is coming together.  We will have a house warming party one day!

Cravings – Straight up chocolate cake.  Like devils food cake chocolate cake.  Not just icing, but icing made with cool whip.  Nice and soft.  You can make it healthy too.

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Healthy Whipped Icing

  • 1 5.1 ounce package of instant sugar free vanilla pudding
  • 1 8 ounce container fat free cool whip
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract

Prepare vanilla pudding according to package, adding the vanilla extract.  Once ready, fold cool whip into pudding mixture.  Spread on top of cake.  Delicious!

Symptoms – Pregnancy Gingivitis is officially back.  If you don’t know – bleeding gums.  Extra sensitive when I brush my teeth.  At least something is consistent with my last pregnancy!

Workouts –  Lots of Flywheel.  On purpose!  I’m subbing some of the classes during the day now that I am not working full time and my daughter is in half day daycare.  Teaching truly makes me happy and has been a wonderful way for me to connect to the community.

Monday – Tracy Anderson Pregnancy DVD

Tuesday – Short Run – I’m talking less than three miles.  I had a busy day!

Wednesday – Day off!  I knew I was going to be doing a lot of cardio the next few days.

Thursday – Teach Flywheel Charlotte.

Friday – At home Strength Workout.

Saturday – Teach Flywheel Charlotte.

Sunday – Teach Flywheel Charlotte.

photo 2-169Teaching during the day has opened up my schedule to actually riding with and seeing other instructors.  So happy to see Miki in my 9:45 Thursday class.  Even happier to see my husband and daughter after my Sunday morning class!

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