Week 36 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a melon. Approximately pounds 6 pounds, 10 ounces.  Coming directly from the 36 week ultrasound!  She is head down and ready to go!  For reference, my second daughter (who is holding the ultrasound picture) was 6 pounds, 11 ounces at the same ultrasound.  It’s pretty amazing how consistent they are.

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Weight Gain – 25 pounds.  Weight has stayed pretty consistent.  My belly, on the other hand, continues to get bigger.  Each and every week that passes, I feel a big shift in the outward size of my belly.  Someone told me this week that they hope I have my baby soon because I look really uncomfortable.  Okay then.

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Movement – The baby is most certainly running out of room.  Movements are becoming more and more uncomfortable.

Sleep – The weekends have turned into big training days for me:  I have been waking up early both days to either teach at Flywheel, train my obstacle training group or train my own individual clients.  That said, I was able to catch up on some rest during the week while the girls were at camp Tuesday-Thursday.  Not feeling the need to wake up early to workout definitely helps me rest easier.

What I miss – Cooler weather.  Holy heat wave.  I would give anything for high temperatures in the eighties.  I have heard pregnant women complain about the heat before, but I thought they were just being high maintenance.  I’m there.  It’s just plain hot.  So hot it is hard to breathe outside.  Even my clients have told me they are worn out from the intensity of the change.

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I don’t think it would be as bad if I didn’t need to find something for the kids to do (specifically in the afternoon).  Most days involve living room furniture forts, stickers and crayons, pretend play and playdoh.

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The girls are still playing soccer one afternoon a week.  Practice is thirty minutes.  I don’t think any of the kids could take much more.  Fortunately, there is a shaded area that they spend the majority of their time in.

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We have also tried to spend time outside early enough in the day that the heat doesn’t wear us down.  Both girls thoroughly enjoy “scootering” around the block (a solid half mile) and riding in their covered wagon.

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My sister recently moved to Charlotte and she has been more than helpful by inviting us over to her apartment complex to go to the pool.  Let’s face it, it is more trouble than I want to take on to head to the YMCA pool by myself with both girls (in this heat, with this belly, blah, blah blah).  I would rather walk around the mall.

Best Moments this Week – The ultrasound.  I have been dying to see this little munchkin.  I love going to the doctor to hear the heartbeat and measure my belly, but there is nothing better than actually seeing your love bug on the screen!

Looking forward to – Meeting our third and final girl!

Cravings – With increased energy the past two weeks (possibly nesting instinct?), I have been motivated to cook.  Spice things up!  After cleaning out several drawers in our kitchen, I came across some healthy recipes that I had ripped out of magazines years ago and decided to finally test out.  Quick and easy turkey chili over spaghetti and harvest grain couscous.  Good quality food that makes you want to eat in more.

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My parents offered to watch the girls on Saturday night so my husband and I could go out to dinner.  It’s restaurant week in Charlotte, so without reservations, we headed out EARLY and enjoyed an incredible meal at Napa on Providence.  Because we decided to choose items off the restaurant week menu, we were able to try items that we typically wouldn’t choose.  For once this swung in our favor.  We each enjoyed the gnocchi appetizer, chili rubbed salmon (seen below) and a brownie fudge sundae.  Yes, we really ordered the same exact thing.  There is a reason why we got married.

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Symptoms – I’m going to be real here.  I have felt pretty invincible this pregnancy.  On Tuesday of this week, I started to feel random pinching in and around my belly button.  The pain was not consistent, not tender to the touch and not something that would happen upon moving a certain way.  It was gone by Wednesday.  I reached out to my doctor and she mentioned it might be a hernia.  Eek.

While the pain is gone, I am concerned that after having three kids in less than four years, I may have some ab separation post partum.  I had my belly button pierced before I got pregnant.  I haven’t gotten stretch marks anywhere from any of my kids (I’m lucky), but I have started to notice at the point where my scar tissue is on former piercing there are two stretch marks starting to form that look like a “V” up my abdomen.   There is nothing I can do at this point but slather on the lotion and hope everything pieces itself back together.

Workouts – This is the first week in which I feel like the size of my belly has limited my range of motion and left me feeling like I just need to accept the fact that I am way closer to having a baby than I think (see picture below).  I have no desire to run (rather walk or go to Flywheel) or do pull ups without assistance (sometimes opting to do TRX rows altogether instead).

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  • Monday – I taught my regularly schedule 6:30 AM Flywheel class
  • Tuesday – Strength work in the garage.  Ask me for the workout, I can send it!
  • Wednesday – I went for a run that went on to turn into a walk.  It’s just not comfortable.  Just over three miles.
  • Thursday – I rode in the 9:45 AM Flywheel class before teaching my regularly scheduled 3:30 PM class that afternoon.
  • Friday – Strength work in the garage.  This heat though!  I had to tone the intensity down and take breaks to keep my heart rate from skyrocketing.
  • Saturday – After training people most of the morning, I jumped in a Flywheel class for 30 minutes that afternoon just to get my legs moving.  IMG_5989-1
  • Sunday – It was my 5 year “Flyversary”  ride.  Wow – I cannot believe I have been an instructor with this incredible company for FIVE years.  It seems like just yesterday I was just a rider like everyone else.  I have so many incredible memories with individuals who I would now considered my best friends.  The support at the ride was everything.  You know you appreciate your job when you can tell the people you instruct you love them and they say it back.

 

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