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Week 28 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a cucumber. Approximately 2.5 pounds.

Weight Gain – 19 pounds.  I can legitimately tell when the baby goes through a growth spurt.  A few things happen in no order:  her movements slow down, I eat more, and I am more tired.  By the time my energy level resumes, my belly is bigger and my weight has gone up.  Do a happy dance!


Movement – After a few days of less movement, things picked up drastically over the weekend.  Rolls rather than punches.  Even the girls can feel the baby move at this point. They often ask to touch my belly to feel the baby move.  Too bad I can’t get her to do it on command.

Sleep – I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think I have finally beat my sinus infection.  After a whopping TEN days on an antibiotic, the pain in my face has subsided enough that I am no longer taking Tylenol for relief.  Hence, this has made sleeping much easier over the past week.

What I miss –  Gosh, not much!  I’m savoring the last few weeks of my last pregnancy.

Best Moments this Week – Memorial Day festivities.  I am so thankful for those who sacrificed their lives to protect the incredible country that I live in.  While we didn’t have any big plans for the weekend, we did end up staying busy each day.



We had been to a crawfish boil before, but we had never been to a shrimp boil.  Saturday evening we joined some of my favorite Flywheel riders for our first shrimp boil.  We were unprepared for how incredible the food would taste.  My husband ended up eating more than his fair share of the delicious main course while the girls wore themselves out jumping up and down in the bouncy house.  We left with full hearts and full bellies before crashing once we got home.


Memorial Day weekend is a huge travel weekend for many of our Charlotte friends.  Since we had gone on our own vacation the week before, we felt no pressure to get out of dodge.  That said, after Flywheel and a family breakfast Sunday morning, we hit the pool for our first swim session of the summer season.


It used to be a process to get the girls to stay at the pool for an hour before they were overheated and ready to go home.  That phase has passed.  We can now spend at least 2-3 hours at the pool before I have to suggest we take a break.  Our youngest is the water bug.  She has caught on to using her legs and arms to maneuver around the pool and has no fear.  Let’s just say you have to keep an eye on her!



After two days of serious outdoor activities, we were sure the girls might hit the wall and take a nap for us on Monday.  Nope.  We had tickets to the Memorial Day Charlotte Knights minor league baseball game from a prior game rain cancellation that we opted to use.   Start time was 2:05PM.  We had tickets in a section that was situated in the scorching sun.  While an usher in a shaded section helped someone to their seats, we took the initiative to sneak into some seats that were in that section.


The biggest highlights of the two and half innings that we made it through?  The team store (we bought a girl’s soft bat and ball), Dippin Dots in the team replica hat and Homer the mascot.  After an hour and a half, we trekked back to the car with tomato faces.  It’s the effort that counts.  They enjoyed it while it lasted.


Looking forward to –  SUMMER! School is officially out.  We celebrated on the last day with the rest of my daughter’s classmates toasting to ice cream sandwiches on the playground.  I have taken the initiative to sign the girls up for some activities that they can participate in together this summer (as I anticipate I will experience some fatigue as the third trimester sets in).  IMG_5166


Gosh, ever since we got back from the beach my girls seem to have reached a new level of friendship.  The conversations that they have together are literally priceless.  The pictures don’t do justice how much they love (and hate) each other at times!


Cravings – Any and all food.  As I said before, any time the baby is growing I feel my appetite increase.  I feel like I was hungry all day every day this week.  With decreasing space for my stomach, I also walk a fine line of what is enough and what is too much.


Symptoms – Pregnancy literally goes to my head.  In ALL of my pregnancies, I have experienced significant symptoms in and around my face.  The most common?  Pregnancy congestion and sinus issues.  Next up?  Gingivitis and teeth pain.  The only time I ever use a Netti pot or feel the need to constantly be cleaning my teeth is when I am pregnant.

Workouts – After an incredible week at the beach (and some much needed time off), I was back on my full group and personal training schedule this week.  On the days that I feel the most tired, forcing myself to get a workout in tends to make me feel better.  Routine and consistency are everything to me.

  • Monday – I taught my regular 6:30 AM Flywheel class.
  • Tuesday – See my garage strength workout below.  Later in the afternoon, I taught my regular 3:30 PM Flywheel class.
    • Warm up (2 Rounds)
      • Row 2 minutes
      • Curtsy Lunge with Band Extension x 15 each side
      • Dead hang 45 seconds
      • Miniband around thighs walk sideways 10 steps, 10 front raises each direction x 3 rounds
      • Deadlift x 15
    • Strength Circuit (3 Rounds)
      • KB Swing to OH Press x 10 each side
      • Pull up x 10
      • TRX Squat x 25
      • Pushup to Tricep Dip pass through x 10 each
  • Wednesday – EASY DAY!  Run/walk through neighborhood for 30 minutes (I accumulated approximately 2.5 miles).  At a training session with my group later that evening, I also got some hang time in at the bouldering wall.  Here is great drill to try for grip strength:  Hang 10 seconds, 1 Pull Up.  Do that as many times as you can before dropping.  Move your hands if you can!


  • Thursday – Most of my run group was out of town or busy (except for my girl Cara!).  I reassured her that it would be okay for her to push pace ahead of me, but she insisted on staying with me as long as I was actually running.  Thank you for that.  I made it about halfway before I started walking on the recoveries.
    • 800m warmup jog
      • 6 Rounds (2:00 on, 1:00 off, 1:00 on, :30 off, :30 on, :30 off)
    • 800m cool down

I accumulated approximately 4 miles before heading home to get my kids up and moving.  We spent the morning at Chuck E Cheese before I headed to Flywheel to teach my 3:30 PM class.

  • Friday – Sleep in.  Check.  With both kids out of school, I did my workout in the garage at lunch as my oldest ran around me practicing her own exercises. See strength work below:
    • Warm up (2 Rounds)
      • Jump Rope 2 minutes
      • Turkish Get Up x 5 each side
      • 15 Scapular Push Ups
      • 15 TRX Lunges each leg
    • 11’s workout
      • Perform 10 Pull ups, 1 Pushup
      • Next 9 Pull ups, 2 Pushups
      • Etc., until you reach 1 Pullup, 10 Pushups
    • Basic Strength Work (3 Rounds)
      • 15 KB Swings
      • 15 KB Overhead Press each side
      • 15 Side Raises KB
      • 15 Single Leg Squat TRX each
  • Saturday – 30 minute WALK around the block!  Two miles is all I had time for.
  • Sunday – Double time baby!  I taught the 7:30/8:30AM Flywheel class.  I have to admit this will be the last time that I teach back to back Flywheel classes with no break until the baby is born.  Mama needs time to hydrate and rest before jumping back on for round two!

Week 16 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of an avocado (approximately 3-5 ounces)

Weight Gain – 8 – 9 Pounds

Movement – Still nothing in the movement department.  Some days I wonder if she is even in there?  My belly has gotten bigger, so she must be!

Sleep – Whoa, what a week.  Weird things happened that made it hard for us to sleep (but they had nothing to do with pregnancy).  My youngest daughter woke up us in the middle of the night Monday throwing up all over her bed.  My husband took care of throwing her in the bath, while I stripped her bed and made my rounds on cleanup. We were up for at least an hour just trying to console her while she gagged repetitively.  Ladies, this is why I say you should enjoy your first pregnancy.  This is simply something you don’t have to deal with.  EVER.


It wasn’t two days later until an unreal storm came through our neighborhood, demolishing trees and cutting out our power.  We sat in the basement until the storm passed (in fear a tree would fall on our house) before my husband jumped in bed with my youngest and I slept in the room beside our oldest.  No night lights when the power is out. You don’t realize how dark it gets!

Best Moments this Week – Gosh we had fun this week.  I am surprised everyday with the things that happen (both with the family and professionally).  I got an email from Momentum Jewelry this week informing that I was named an official Ambassador for 2017.  I couldn’t be more excited.  I have given several of these pieces to both clients and friends. I also wear one almost every day myself.


I will be holding some upcoming giveaways and sharing discounts over the time that I am an ambassador.  This is something I am truly excited to represent.  It is such an incredible gift idea.


We got our photos back from the photo shoot the week before.  I have to say, the photographer did an incredible job not making me look pregnant.  I will be working with her again over the next few months to capture some images of my final pregnancy.  Why are we wearing “Happy Birthday” props?  Flywheel Charlotte is celebrating its 5th birthday March 18th.  Save the date. This is something you don’t want to miss.


Enough about me professionally, let’s talk family. These two girls are growing up faster than I could imagine.  They really do thrive off of each other’s energy.  Morgan is on a kick where she wants to wear her Peppa Pig pajama shirt every day.  My oldest wants to be a movie star, opting to carry around a purse with bracelets.



Going out to restaurants with them has been become much easier (if we pack the appropriate toys/books).  They will actually sit and eat their meals now.  They also love being as close to dad as possible when he is home.

Cravings – Craft beer.  Maybe it’s just the time of the year.  It seems like everyone is sitting on patios or headed to breweries to enjoy this incredible time of the year.  Could someone have OMB make an NA beer for pregnant women?

Symptoms – Y’all things got weird this week. I mean really weird.  To the point that I was afraid I was sleep walking.  I woke up Friday morning and my hands looked like this.



Trust me.  I didn’t try to use tanning lotion and forget to wash my hands.  I was freaked out a little (or a lot).  I immediately texted my doctor who assured me that something on the surface of my hands would not affect the baby while we worked out trying to figure out what could have caused it.  Her thought is that it may have been the result of using a cleaning product to absorb a mess in my refrigerator.  It subsided by the end of the day and has not come back.  Has anyone else seen anything like this?

Workouts – I am very surprised how strong my body has stayed through week 16.  I truly underestimate myself.  I have been continuing to do consistent strength workouts at home to maintain basic body weight strength that I already had (including hanging and pull ups).  I have been posting videos to not only hold myself accountable but show people it can still be done.


Monday – 6:30 AM Flywheel – just taught my class

Tuesday – ROT Workout (Run to Obstacle Transition Workout)

Run 800m warm up

2 rounds

  • Sit up progression (hands out in front, arms crossed at chest, hands behind head) x 15 each – 45 total
  • Bosu on round side, rock left, then right, then push x 8 each side
  • PVC pass through x 10
  • Step back lunge x 15 each leg

3 rounds

  • Run 400m
  • Burpee pull up x 10
  • Pull up x 5
  • Deadlift x 25
  • Box Jump x 25
  • Side Toes to Bar x 10 each side
  • Bulgarian Split Lunge x 10 each

Wednesday – Recovery Day

Thursday – Hill Intervals

.75 mile warm up run to hill

1 mile repeat on hills x 4 (total gain was around 750) over the 4 intervals

.75 mile cool down run home

I did this with my group, who was very supportive about what I was doing as compared to the speed they were going.  

I also taught a Flywheel class that afternoon.

Friday – MOCK OCR Day

Warm UP – 2 Rounds

  • 25 Sit ups holding PVC pipe OH for chest stretch
  • Inchworm pushup x10
  • 15 pistol squats with trx each leg
  • Max dead hang

3 Rounds (rest one minute between rounds, no time between exercises)

  • Kettlebell swing x 15
  • Pull up x 10
  • Step back lunge x 15 each leg
  • Side V Sit Up x 15 each leg

4 Rounds (1 minute rest between rounds, no time between exercises)

  • Run 400m
  • 1 pass through the rig
  • Mini band around shins, walk backwards 15 steps, forward 15 x 3
  • Burpee x 10

Saturday  – With second trimester energy upon me and the fact that I am not subbing as many classes at Flywheel, I am trying to increase my mileage. I squeezed in a 5 mile run before training my OCR group that afternoon.  On my easy run days (like today), I work on maintaining my average heart rate around 150bpm.

Sunday – I taught my usual 7:30 AM Flywheel class