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Week 39 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a water melon? Somewhere over 7-8 pounds – based on ultrasound THREE weeks ago.  What do you think based on the picture below?  Can you tell I’m over it?

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Weight Gain – 25 pounds. I actually lost weight this week.  I literally can’t wait to see how big this baby is.  I can feel the mold of what makes up her back and torso and it isn’t small.  My first daughter was 7 lbs 11 oz, 21 inches long.  My second?  7 lbs 12 oz, 21 inches long.  Both were born earlier than this one.

Movement – One word.  Uncomfortable.  Movement these days is intentional.  When pressed in certain directions, I literally almost jump out of my seat.

Sleep – I’m sleeping!  Less anxiety these days.   After finding out another week would go by before our daughter would be born, I finally accepted that I have absolutely no control over child birth.  Maybe I was a little cocky going into round 3?  Like, I know my body – I got this.  Nope.  I don’t got this.  Clearly our third daughter is in charge.

What I miss – I can’t really think of anything.  Seriously.

Best Moments this Week – I made the most out of this week with my girls.  Neither of them were in camps or activities this week, so we got to spend some quality time together.  I have never been and will never be a mom who gets a sitter for the day only to go on with my own activities all day.  I left my full time job to be a mom, so I take pride in finding ways to stay engaged with my children.

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We went out to breakfast.  Even if it’s only a half hour activity, getting a chance to sit down and eat together at a restaurant is way more fun than staying at the house.

We finally went to the Myers Park Library to get our library cards and attend story time. Surprisingly, we ran into several friends that we had not seen in weeks.  We got there early enough that we could play with puzzles, check out our own books and read some stories before the FREE event began.

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We took ownership in our “makeup” and nail polish.  No.  I don’t think my girls need make up.  I certainly don’t wear a lot.  However, they are intrigued by touching and using  the products right now.  That said, I have realized that if I make them responsible for their own products, they are more likely to take care of my products.  We headed to Target so each girl could get their own small make up bag, some chapstick, a bottle of nail polish, some powder and some make up wipes.  Nothing big, but they now have a place to put their jewelry, toothbrushes and overnight accessories.  They are “big girls”.

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My husband took Friday off of work in anticipation that I might be admitted to the hospital to meet our daughter.  Either way, we had tickets to the PGA Tournament that day (so he had a back up plan).  After learning that I had not progressed much during the week (and we would not meet our daughter), we asked the girls what they wanted to do.  We headed to the park.  What a way to shift focus and move on with our day.

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After we went to the park, I told my husband to go to the tournament.  While I would miss the event, I didn’t want our tickets to go to waste.  I sat around and felt sorry for myself for about two hours before I rallied the girls to go shopping with me before stopping at Sunflower Bakery for some cookies.  They obliged.  I absolutely love shopping with them now.  Not only do they actually enjoy it, but they are so freaking cute!

Thank you Pink Social for carrying such adorable Carolina Panther gear.  We even picked up a little tee for the baby to wear as we wrap up summer.

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And, I’m still not done.  After spending all day with the girls during the week, I convinced my husband to go with us to see the Lion King in theaters on Saturday.

Looking forward to – I mean.  Do I have to answer this?  Labor.  Do people really look forward to that?  I am dying to feel like I am going into labor.  I know my husband is as eager as I am to meet our final addition.  He sure does love his girls.

Cravings – Not many cravings these days.  Favorite at home meal this week was turkey tacos with fresh guacamole, cooked corn, and jalapeños from the garden. My husband and I snuck out for dinner at Cafe Monte on Saturday for some much needed adult time.

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Symptoms – I have trouble getting in and out of the car.  I don’t know why I was ever worried about diastatis recti.  I have no control at this point.  I have no abs.

Workouts – Lots of Flywheel.  I lost interest in strength workouts this week.  My large stature makes lifting uncomfortable and undesirable.  Further, the chance of rain most of the week put a damper on my intentions to walk/run.

  • Monday – Strength workout in the garage.
  • Tuesday  – Ride 3:30 PM Flywheel with Shelby.
  • Wednesday – I went for a RUN! 3 miles at that.  I mean thanks (but no thanks) to everyone who has told me I should walk to get the baby to drop.  I’m pretty sure that running would get me there.

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  • Thursday – Ride Flywheel Charlotte with Brandon.
  • Friday – Ride (AGAIN) Flywheel Charlotte with Shelby.
  • Saturday – I got myself together and did a short strength workout in the garage.  I can still do pull ups!
  • Sunday – I rode with Brie at Flywheel.  Girl.  That class.  The best I have taken in months.

Week 37 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a cantaloupe. Somewhere over 7 pounds – based on last week’s ultrasound.

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Weight Gain – 26 pounds.  I am staying consistent with my weight gain from my previous two pregnancies. However, I am in much better shape strength wise with this pregnancy than I was with number one and two. I would say more of my weight gain is lean muscle mass at this point. It will be interesting to see how that translates when I take several weeks off from heavy lifting following delivery.

Movement – Whoa, movement. At my ultrasound last week the baby was rolled over to my left side. In what seemed like a 48 hour period, she completely shifted down and her back is now facing out. She is riding low. Getting out of bed is a struggle.

Sleep – After several rounds of severe Braxton Hicks this week that made me question whether labor might be impending, my anxiety level is heightened. Hence, I am not sleeping my best. With two kids to look after full time, not knowing when I will be heading to the hospital for a 48 hour period is nerve racking. I’m doing my best to rest throughout the day on the nights that I don’t sleep as well, as I know that I need to.

I have been trying to keep the girls on a pretty consistent schedule which means that we try to get as much activity in before lunch time (in case we don’t want to play outside in the afternoon heat).  The girls are also finishing up their summer session of soccer.

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Spending the afternoon indoors can be boring.  To fill the time with less physical activities, we have been painting, baking and watching movies.  I am nesting now.  I take a deep breath every time I take out all of the tools that I know will bring on a huge mess (i.e. clean up).  The more we try these activities, the more we get used to learning how to clean up right?

What I miss – Competing!  This weekend I had several athletes complete the Asheville Super Spartan Race.  I have favored this course in past years, as it has been a strong course performance wise for me.  I didn’t even get to drive up to watch because of my impending due date.  I am so proud of them for heading up the mountain and crossing the finish line.  We will see what my race schedule looks like the rest of the year post baby.

Best Moments this Week – While I wasn’t competing this weekend, I stayed busy at home spending time with the family (we never know when any activity will be our last as a family of four).  IMG_6072

After a crazy thunderstorm knocked out the power at our house Friday evening, we decided to walk out to watch the kick off for 24 Hours of Booty (i.e. the biggest tailgate of the year for residents of Queens Rd).  After a half mile walk (in which my oldest daughter scootered the entire way), we ended up at an F3 party.  Live band – check.  Barbecue – check.  Kids – check.  The girls lined the streets with the other children to give out high fives to the riders.  They are finally at an age where we can trust them not to walk out in front of (bike) traffic.

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We laid pretty low on Saturday.  As I mentioned above, I slept in, watched the Asheville Spartan Race live and completed a short workout in the garage before running a few errands with the family and calling it a day.

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We kept with that theme Sunday.  After teaching at Flywheel that morning, we grabbed breakfast at Flying Biscuit, went to Lowes and the grocery store and occupied the rest of our afternoon at the house.  Paint shelving – check.  Water balloons – check.

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Looking forward to – Meeting our third child.  Could we get any closer?  Time sure does creep by the last few days/weeks.  I have one of my final doctor appointments on Wednesday afternoon.  No camps this week for the girls, so I will be taking them with me.  My oldest daughter will actually help measure my belly at some visits.

Cravings – Let me name them all in order.

  • Peanut butter.  I eat it several times in a day (whether it be on a bagel, in a bar or in a smoothie).  I can’t get enough.
  • Desserts.  Preferably chocolate.  Cookies, cakes and brownies.
  • Quantity.  Any and everything.  This baby is growing bigger and bigger by the day.  With nesting going on, I am filling up plates full of food (and eating it all).

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Symptoms – I’m going to be real here.  Some time on Wednesday afternoon, I started to feel serious Braxton Hicks.  Like the kind that make you question if labor is lingering.  If you have never had a child, you won’t get this.  Essentially your stomach tightens up all around the baby, everything starts to compact down and you aren’t sure if you need to poop your pants.  That’s real.  It’s inconsistent and sometimes quick, sometimes long.  After going away the next morning, it happened again on Thursday.  After going to bed early, drinking a TON of water and taking off Friday, I was back to myself (and I have been since).  Eek.

Workouts – See symptoms above.  Serious Braxton Hicks contractions created a need for me to slow things down this week.  That said, as I sit here and type, I feel great (like I could go a few more weeks carrying this child).

  • Monday – I taught my regular 6:30AM Flywheel class.
  • Tuesday – Strength work in the garage (as always, I will send if you would like to see).
  • Wednesday – I went for a RUN!  See picture below.  I squeezed in almost 4 miles.  That said, this is the day I started to feel yucky in the afternoon.  Maybe the running started to make her drop?  Either way, I’m done with that.

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  • Thursday – I rode with Abbie (who is due just a few weeks after me) and taught my final 3:30PM Flywheel class before baby number three arrives.
  • Friday – TAKE A DAY OFF.  Regroup.  It’s time to start conserving energy.
  • Saturday – Sleep in.  Short Strength workout in the garage.  I’m still hanging in there (quite literally!)

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  • Sunday – I taught my final 7:30AM Flywheel class before baby number three arrives.  So bittersweet.  I L.O.V.E this crew!

Week 34 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a honeydew. Approximately 5 pounds.

Weight Gain – 25 pounds.  It’s pretty incredible how my body has responded to my third pregnancy.  Now that I have two others to compare to this one, I have to say my body is pretty happy around 150 pounds by the time I give birth.  Regardless of my starting weight, I have hovered around 150 pounds on delivery day.  For reference, that means I have been gaining around 30 pounds each pregnancy.

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Movement – Move, shake, drop.  Kick.  Baby girl moves when she feels like moving regardless of what I am doing.

Sleep – Some days are better than others.  Fourth of July fell during the middle of the week so that threw my schedule for a loop.

What I miss – My clothes.  My day job has given me the ability to avoid most maternity clothes my entire pregnancy.  Workout clothes can be pretty forgiving.  The problem now is that my workout clothes are getting a little small.  Eek.  With just a few weeks to go the last thing I want to do is spend money on clothes I will literally never wear again.

Best Moments this Week – Spending some quality time with my girls and celebrating a low key Fourth of July.  It has been HOT in Charlotte over the past two weeks.  Muggy. Humid.  The kind of hot that makes you (or maybe it’s just me) want to sit inside in the afternoon to avoid the oppression.

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Since my husband was off work on the Fourth (a Tuesday), he helped set up a number of outdoor activities to keep the girls cool.  We bought the girls a new bike with training wheels to go along with their Strider Balance bike.  So far they have done a good job of not only sharing but working together to get better at both.

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Ever since my youngest daughter has started to show some interest in playing Soccer Shots, my oldest daughter all of a sudden wants to participate.  Thankfully, the coach allowed her to join practice this week at which point I asked her if she would like for me to sign her up for her own team.  Her response?  “Only if I can be on Morgan’s team”.  That melts my heart.  I am so glad that they have the opportunity to participate in activities like this together.

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The girls toughed out the heat this week to get a solid practice in before spending a decent amount of time in the house resting over the weekend.  We went ahead and set up our tent in the backyard (per their request), so they could mock camp and stay in the shade.  That’s my kind of camping.

Looking forward to – My next doctor’s appointment.  You got it.  Friday.  I haven’t seen my regular doctor in several weeks.  I can’t wait to catch up with her.  Since the girls were looking for things to do inside this week, we started to prep the baby’s room and even the car for her arrival.

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I don’t know why I was surprised when my youngest daughter attempted to get in the baby’s crib, sat in her car seat and played with her diapers.  I now operate my own version of a bus.  With the baby needing to go in the second row of the car, that meant one car seat had to go to the third row.  The girls weren’t complaining.

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Cravings – I was all about the sweets with pregnancy number two.  I’m all about the salts with pregnancy number three.  Maybe it has something to do with the sweat (see symptoms section below).  We put together homemade taco salads this week that were on point.  Fresh grilled corn, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce and onions, black beans, ground turkey, and last but not least, rice.

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Symptoms – Sweating.  More sweating.  Maybe it’s just the weather.  Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant.  Either way, I hate wasting my time taking a shower when I go outside for five minutes and need to take another.  We decided to check out Food Truck Friday in Dilworth on Friday night.  Before we even got to the venue, we realized it was too hot to sit outside for an entire meal.  Instead, we ate inside at a nearby restaurant before walking over for dessert.

Thankfully someone sitting in the shade saw us coming and invited us to share a picnic table with them.  The event was not well attended at the time (it was still early).  I’m hoping that the momentum builds though.  It is a great location and there were several good options for a variety of food.

Workouts – Heat has made garage workouts tough.  I have to get up early to get a workout in or I am riding the struggle bus outside.  That said, strength workouts are my go to workout right now. It is much easier for me maintain my own tempo.

  • Monday –  I taught the 10:45 AM class at Flywheel.
  • Tuesday – Strength workout in the garage.
  • Wednesday – NOTHING.  I trained a client early in the morning.  I took the girls uptown to go to the dentist, Discovery Place, and the park.  We took a lunch break before heading to soccer practice.  I then trained a group that evening.  I didn’t sit down much.  I would say that was a workout in itself.
  • Thursday – 30 minute morning run/walk before teaching my 3:30 PM class at Flywheel.
  • Friday – Strength workout at the Harris Y.  See Instagram post for details.
  • Saturday – Trail running with my OCR training group.  Run/walk 3 miles over 40 minutes.

Week 33 – Round 3 (How Did We Get This Far Already?)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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