Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a head of lettuce. Approximately 4 pounds.
Weight Gain – 24 Pounds. Mostly all anterior chain (front of body). My belly is getting exponentially bigger each day that passes. I can’t believe that I still have several weeks to go. I also can’t believe we are already this close to welcoming our third child to the world.
Movement – There is movement when I stand, when I ride, when I sit down, and when I lay down. It never stops.
Sleep – My schedule kind of came together perfectly this week to allow me to get a lot of rest in over several days. While I was up early training people or teaching at Flywheel the first part of the week, I was able to sleep in as late as 8 AM on Saturday. The girls have been sleeping later which has helped everyone get more rest on the days that we don’t have to get up early.
What I miss – Beer. College football. Just a few days after baby is born college football will literally be kicking off! Let the fun begin.
Best Moments this Week – Where do I begin? I mentioned in my post last week that my youngest daughter opted not to participate in soccer practice at all. It is incredible how much things can change any given day or hour with children. This week she not only participated in practice but she showed me another level of skill that I had never seen from her. She literally did everything the coach asked her to do. That was enough for me to come back next week.
My oldest daughter even cheered her on and felt so inclined to join her to clean up soccer balls after practice. It will be interesting to see if she asks me to sign her up too.
People were asking me all week what my big plans were for the Fourth of July. My answer? Not much. The heat and humidity have definitely been less tolerable for me lately. I have never been this far along in a pregnancy during the hottest time of the year.
Our plans of attending the fireworks at Pops in the Park on Saturday evening diminished as a thunderstorm rolled through right around dinner time. There was a chance of thunderstorms the rest of the evening. We didn’t want to press our luck with the girls, so my husband settled in with a drink at the house and we watched a movie.
The next evening we helped the girls light off sparklers and grilled out with my family.
Looking forward to – My next doctor visit. Let’s talk about all of the decisions that I am weighing. At this point, my husband and I do not foresee us wanting to have another child. Each time that I go to the doctor they ask me if I have considered birth control for post partum. I anticipate that happening but it wasn’t until the doctor (not my regular) asked me if I wanted my tubes tied should I need a c-section that reality struck me. Do I really want to be done? There is a very low chance that I will need a c-section (since both of my children were born naturally), however, after giving it a lot of thought, I don’t think I am ready to permanently close the baby department.
Here’s the thing. I am 32 years old. That is SO young. I feel so fortunate that I have been able to conceive children somewhat easily even with PCOS. My doctor is incredible at reading my body and making me feel at ease every step of the way. I feel like I went off on a tangent, but the point is, I see my regular doctor next week and I am looking forward to talking through all of these feelings with her at that time.
Cravings – Too much food. The girls love going to the Chick-Fil-A down the street from our house to play on the playground. While the food is tempting, they actually prefer not to eat when they are there, but rather play. Maybe it’s because it’s shaded perfectly? I don’t know, but I have no problem letting them run out their energy there assuming I can keep my food temptations under control.
On the days that I feel pretty hungry before rolling up to the “fast food” restaurant, I order a chargrilled chicken wrap and large water. You have got to love the ice chips there. If I am not feeling that hungry, I have figured out that I can order a six piece chicken nugget, large fry, two milks and large water to feed the three of us.
Symptoms – A little swelling on days I don’t drink enough water.
Workouts – At this point in my last pregnancy I was done running. In fact, I answered the question, “What I miss” with a long run around Charlotte. Thanks to the new belly band that I am wearing in my bump picture above, I have been able to maintain run/walks around the neighborhood over three miles.
- Monday – I taught my regularly scheduled 6:30 AM Flywheel class.
- Tuesday – Strength workout in the garage. Ask and I will send!
- Wednesday – RUN around the neighborhood. Workout was 5 minutes run, 1 minute walk for six rounds. Average pace including running and walking was 10:43/mile for 3.4 miles. Note, prior to being pregnant, I would be running around a 7:00/mile pace before walking. I have slowed down quite a bit!
- Thursday – Since I dropped my Thursday morning run group, I have been trying to ride at Flywheel on these days to get some cross training in. For two weeks in a row, I have jumped in Meghan Lee’s 9:45 AM Flywheel class. To give you some perspective on exertion level, my total power number was 263 this week (while maintaining an average heart rate of 127 bpm). I went on to teach my regularly scheduled 3:30PM class that afternoon.
- Friday – Friday has basically become my strictly strength day in the garage. As I said above, check out some of my workouts on social media or just ask.
- Saturday – I went for yet another run! Same loop as Wednesday at about the same pace. Run/walking is the name of the game.
- Sunday – I taught my regularly scheduled 7:30 AM Flywheel class.
I want to use this section to also thank everyone that I have trained or still train both personally or at Flywheel over the past few months. Your support as I continue to slow down my ability to demo many of the things I ask you to do has been incredible. I received a sweet card and gift from the high school students that I coached pole vault to this past spring in the mail this week. I also had a friend and rider at Flywheel bring us some homemade pesto to make grilled flatbreads with.