Pregnancy Update – Week 26

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a turnip?  If anyone eats those?  Approximately 2 pounds.

Weight Gain – After finally detoxing from the stomach flu, it appears that I officially gained no weight during the past week.  Still holding steady at 15 pounds.  As hard as I try to eat more food, I can’t seem to get back up in weight.  I have a feeling that I will make a turn over the holidays.  I see lots of good (and unhealthy) food in my future.

Movement – Movement definitely picked up this week.  As far as movement when I exercise (a lot of people ask this) – the baby typically falls asleep.  Almost immediately following, she is up and ready to go.

Sleep – Could bad get any worse?  My daughter has officially gotten on a schedule of waking up around 2:30 AM and not going back to bed for at least an hour.  I have tried letting her cry it out.  I have tried letting her co-sleep.  Nothing works.  Anyone have any advice?  I sure could use the rest!

What I miss – Geesh, sleep!  Look at my little angel just staring innocently at me in the middle of the night.

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Best Moments this Week – Finishing up preparations for Christmas.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?  After a rough first introduction to Santa, my daughter did better our second go round.  See pictures below.

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First try with Santa – wouldn’t even sit on his lap.


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Second try with Santa – we made it on his lap!

My little elf dressed the part while helping me finish one final round of baking and wrapping.

photo 2-178A family favorite of ours around the holidays is cake balls.  I make these GIGANTIC!  They are undeniably one of the most divine, unhealthy treats.  Hence, why we make them once a year.  Recipes are all over the internet.

photo 2-177We display all of the Christmas cards that we receive on the face of the cabinets in our kitchen.  It is a visual reminder of how lucky we are to have such amazing people in our lives.  We will keep these up for weeks, if not months.  I love seeing how much everyone has grown up over the year.  My daughter also loves pointing at her friends and having me name family members.

photo 1-169Finally, I have to finish my best moments of the week, with my doctor’s update for baby Duf 2.0. I had an appointment Tuesday.  The doctor was not concerned about me having had the stomach flu since I was on the mend.  My blood pressure was 100/70 and the baby’s heart rate was 152.  Perfect ranges.  I go back in the first week of January to get my glucose test done and meet with my doctor again.  Before long, I will be going every two weeks!  I’m going to try to convince them to let us get one more ultrasound.  It has been almost 10 weeks since we saw this little one!

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Looking forward to – Lots of family time!  My parents and sister are in Charlotte from now until after Christmas.  I love that they are willing to celebrate the holiday with us.  My daughter truly adores my sister.  It is also nice to have a babysitter on call at most times of the day!

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Cravings – Everything.  Since I got my appetite back from the stomach bug, I have been consuming an excessive amount of food.  My mom made a classic vegetarian pasta dish for us for dinner on Sunday.  Look out for the recipe this week.  Healthy, yet melt in your mouth good.

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Symptoms – Tired.  Did I say tired?  Besides that, the big thing is restless legs syndrome.  If you haven’t experienced this, it’s a tingly sensation in my toes that makes me feel like I need to move them.  This usually just happens when I am laying down at night.  This is also a symptom that I had last pregnancy.

Workouts –  I am officially done running.  Not because of comfort, but because of time and other things going on.  I am on the bike three-four days a week, which is all the scheduled cardio that  I need at this point.  I have trouble gaining weight as it is.  The rest of my workouts involve weights and walking my daughter.

Monday – Tracy Anderson Pregnancy DVD

Tuesday – Teach Flywheel Charlotte

Wednesday – Tracy Anderson Pregnancy DVD.

Thursday – Ride Flywheel Charlotte with Meghan Lee (pre-ride picture with pregnant barre instructor, Carrie, below).


Friday – Teach Flywheel Charlotte.

Saturday – Tracy Anderson Pregnancy DVD.

Sunday – Teach Flywheel Charlotte.


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