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Week 24 – Round 3

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

Weight Gain – 17 pounds. It seems like every 2 weeks or so, the baby has a growth spurt (or mom has a burst of weight gain).  We went to a block party yesterday and I had a chance to talk to a mom of four about our last pregnancy.  Our conclusion?  It just seems more enjoyable.  I had my first child when I was 29.  Maybe it was my age, maybe it was because it was my first pregnancy, but seeing my body change was difficult.  I was definitely not one of those women who embraced the change and loved every second of being pregnant.  I was tired. I was uncomfortable.  I felt like time crept by SO slow.

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While I am still tired and uncomfortable, my perception of the whole experience is just so much better.  Time is going by much faster and better yet I am physically and mentally feeling the most clear and strong than I have with any of my other pregnancies.  Somedays I blame it on the fact that I know I only plan to do this one more time.  Other days, I beg to differ that I was in better shape going into this one.  Either way, the third round has been worth it.  In fact, I feel like our family wouldn’t be complete without us going through this process one last time.

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Movement –  I have started to notice the baby move more and more when I am standing than I did before.  The movement is still concentrated to the lower part of my abs (or what is left of them).

Sleep – Let’s just say, I am going to bed early and getting up early.  I taught a lot of early morning Flywheel classes this week.

What I miss – Climbing!  I held my regularly scheduled Cross Conditioning OCR climbing workout at Inner Peaks on Wednesday.  The girls usually go with me to hang out until dad has a chance to swap cars and pick them up.  They thoroughly enjoy watching.  They have both started to get the itch to try themselves.  That said, my bump definitely bumps into the climbing wall when I boulder now.  They do make harnesses that are adaptable for pregnancy, however, I am going to call it until  baby number three arrives.  I will be watching from the sidelines for a few months.

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Best Moments this Week – Since preschool is not in session when the kids can celebrate Father’s Day with their dads, my oldest daughter’s class had a dads and donuts get together at school this week.  The children’s dads were invited to join them for donuts prior to pick up.  At the event the kids sang two songs and gave them their Father’s Day gift (early).

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As much as I begged my daughter to tell me what she made for my husband or even practice singing the song to me, she kept things a secret.  Her teacher sent us some pictures, my husband recorded the song and I later saw the gift she made him.  A bookmark all about her dad.  It’s certain, she sure is observant!

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My husband’s parents also came to visit on Friday and stayed through the weekend. The girls spent hours playing with them outside and in the garden.  My mother-in-law was able to help us finalize any and all planting for our fruit and vegetable garden.

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Cravings – Whatever that old wives’ tale is that pregnant women having girls crave sweets doesn’t seem to apply to me.  I am craving french fries and grilled cheese.

Symptoms – Dare I say not much (other than a growing belly and weight gain).  I’m tired.  However, that happens when you have two kids under the age of three and you are getting up at 4:30 AM several days a week.

Workouts – It’s the end of another month, so I have some real life data to compare to previous months.

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Since I did teach more Flywheel this month, my running mileage was down.  Total mileage for the month of April was 35.5, as compared to approximately 60 miles in March.  I have been focusing on strength two days a week (in which I don’t try to get my heart rate up), only because I am running and cycling several other days a week.

  • Monday – I taught my regularly scheduled 6:30 AM Flywheel class.
  • Tuesday – I did some strength work in the garage before teaching my regularly scheduled 3:30 PM Flywheel class.
  • Wednesday – EASY 30 minute run.  My easy pace is now 9:45 – 10:00 miles.
  • Thursday – I met my running group for our interval workout.   See workout below.  I did most of the workout and without my belly band.  I am back to feeling comfortable running without support.  This is the best that I have felt running in weeks (albeit slower).
    • .75 mile warm up
    • 2 x1 mile hill repeats
    • 3 x 800 (I only did 2)
    • .75 mile cool down home

I went on to teach my 3:30PM Flywheel class that afternoon.

  • Friday – I subbed the 6:30 AM Flywheel class.
  • Saturday – I squeezed in some strength work in the garage EARLY.  Saturday is a big training day for me with clients.  With family in town, I wanted to be available to participate in activities that afternoon.
    • Still doing Pull ups, Toes to Bar, Turkish Get Ups, Kettlebell Swings, the list goes on.
  • Sunday –  I taught my 7:30 AM Flywheel class.
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Week 18 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a can of cola (approximately 5 1/2 ounces)

Weight Gain – Solid 12 Pounds – we had a growth spurt this week, not sure if it was baby or mama, but there was a lot of eating going on.  At this point in my second pregnancy, I had gained 10 pounds.

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Movement – Definitely feeling movement at this point.  It’s so exciting to know that the baby is active and continuing to grow.

Sleep – I’m sleeping quite a bit, but I have been more tired recently.  It seems like everyone around us has come down with something over the past few weeks, so I’m not sure if the new fatigue is a baby growth spurt or my body fighting off a bug.  Either way, I’m embracing the rest and trying to get as much as I can.

What I miss – It’s funny.  As I watch my girls grow up, I miss some of my loved ones that have passed before they ever got a chance to meet them.  The girls are so lucky to have one set of great grandparents in their lives and both sets of grandparents.  Making the most out of the time people are here with us is so important.  I was reminded this when I took the girls to Golden Living Center this week to have a tea party with some of the residents.

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I know they don’t know how much they made their day, but the presence of such innocent youth truly touched the residents who were able to attend.  It was a break from their monotonous routine.  I actually can’t wait to go back.

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Best Moments this Week –My youngest daughter’s second birthday party.   We kept things small and simple for birthday number two, just as we did with our first daughter.  The biggest difference was that my oldest daughter led the charge to keeping our youngest excited about the festivities all day.  She was ready to party the second she woke up.

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She wore her party hat most of the morning before joining me for errands all over town to pick up things for the party – balloons, cake, a nugget tray.  Surprisingly, she was aware that the party was not for her and did not try to take the spotlight off our youngest.

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The “big” and only gift we got for our two year old was a Little Tikes Bouncy House.  I actually expected it to be bigger.  It was reasonably priced, well made, and suited for the age range of my two girls (now 2 and 3 years old).  I expect we will get plenty of use out of the toy as the weather warms up.  See additional pictures from the party below.

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Looking forward to – The big anatomy scan is this week.  At our last ultrasound, we were able to see several of the things that we typically wait to see in the anatomy scan (hands/fingers/brain).  However, it will be great to get a better look at things and get some clarity that we are on the right track.  It’s hard to believe we are almost half way already!

Cravings – I’m back to operating on the 80/20 rule.  Approximately 80% of the food I eat is considered “healthy”, the other 20% is, well you get the picture.  With the slightly warmer weather, we have been able to roll out the grill and get some healthy dinners in.  Ain’t no shame in our paper plate game.

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Symptoms – At this point in pregnancy number two, I developed pregnancy rhinitis (essentially nasal congestion and a runny nose).  I was using a netti pot to flush my nasal passage ways.  In pregnancy number one, I experienced pregnancy gingivitis (bleeding gums).  I haven’t had either of these symptoms yet.  The biggest thing going on with me thus far is widening hips and a growing belly.

Workouts – I started this pregnancy in much better shape than I did with either of my other two.  That said, my workouts pre-pregnancy were higher intensity and my core was stronger.  I have been able to maintain many of the same exercises so far (many of which I didn’t even try to do my first or second pregnancy simply because they weren’t regular to my routine at the time).

  • Monday – I taught my 6:30 AM Flywheel class.  That’s it. Still no discomfort on bike.
  • Tuesday – Pump it Up 
    • Run 800m
    • 2 Rounds
      • Sit Up x 25
      • Tricep Dip to Push Up Jump Through x 8 each
      • Scapular Pulls x 15
      • Overhead Squat with TRX x 25
    • 2 Rounds
      • Plank Jack with mini band x 25
      • Side mini band walk with overhead press x 10, x 8, x 6
      • Pull Up x 10
      • Split Squat x 10 each
    • 4 Rounds (:40 on/:20 off)
      • KB Swing
      • Toes to Bar
      • KB Squat Clean
  • Wednesday – Body Weight Park Workout (anyone can do)  – Temperatures in Charlotte dropped to the TWENTIES overnight this week.  After dropping the kids off at school, I opted to layer up and get a run/strength workout in at the park (my favorite kind of workout).  With the cold temperatures, I wasn’t worried about too many kids being out on the equipment.

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  • 1.5 Mile run to park
  • 4 Rounds each set (:40 on/:20 off) – alternate exercises in sets
    • Set 1 – Grip Hang with Pull up AND Step Ups
    • Set 2 – Push-Ups AND Full Sit Ups
    • Set 3 – Wall Jumps AND Step Back Lunges
  • 1 Mile Run back to home

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I met my obstacle race training group (crossconditioningocr.com) at Inner Peaks that evening to coach them through a workout and get some solid bouldering time in.  I am still bouldering and traversing at this point.  The thing is, I’m doing it lower to the ground, with no legs, and on an inverted wall.  The purpose of me doing this is to maintain controlled grip strength.  Having my feet loose on an inverted wall makes me feel less concerned about my belly bumping into the wall.  I can easily drop to my feet if I need to.  That said, it is MUCH harder to climb this way.

  • Thursday – In our house, when we plan to get up to work out and opt to sleep in instead, we have essentially “fartsacked”.  It is an awful sounding word that is the perfect description of regretting when you should have just gotten your butt out of bed.  I will cut myself some slack while I am pregnant, but I “fartsacked” on Thursday.  I ditched my running group to sleep in.  That said, I did teach a class at Flywheel later that afternoon.
  • Friday – In an attempt to undo my Thursday snoozfest, I jumped out of bed (well rested) on Friday morning for a 5 mile run.  Pace was 9:33/mile and average heart rate was 155.

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Total distance running this week was 12.7 miles.  The week before was approximately 19.  Obviously the dip was a result of not running Thursday.

  • Saturday – I slept in again.  It was the day of the big birthday party.   I squeezed in a short 30 minute workout in garage before getting sidetracked with training and getting things ready for our youngest daughter.
  • Sunday – I taught a Flywheel class at 7:30 AM and 2:45 PM.