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Week 30 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a small cabbage. Approximately 3 pounds.

Weight Gain – 21 pounds. About a pound a week at this point.  I average about 30 pounds per pregnancy.  Seems like I’m right on track!

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Movement – Wow.  It’s crazy how the body can be trained.  After reading the week 30 blog from my second pregnancy, I responded to this question by saying the baby was situated mostly to my right side.  I don’t know why I’m surprised to say that is EXACTLY what I feel like at week 30 with my third.

Sleep – Doing a lot more of it!

What I miss – A strong cocktail.  Whisky at that.  After spending several hours in training with my fellow Flywheel instructors on Saturday afternoon, my husband and I snuck out for a date night at Kid Cashew.  His first time, but not mine.  The food menu may be small, but the drink menu is legit.  As he sucked down some jalapeño mules, I sipped on a water and enjoyed the shrimp appetizer.  It’s all about the food these days!

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Best Moments this Week –  My husband has been awesome this week.  He must be anticipating a big Father’s Day weekend.  On the days that my energy levels have been low, he has been the first to jump in and help so I can rest (without complaining or making me feel like a bum).

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He took the girls to the splash pad Sunday while I enjoyed brunch with some girlfriends.  He also watched the girls most of the weekend while I participated in continuing education at Flywheel (as mentioned above).

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Looking forward to – I will probably give the same answer every week until my due date.  I am most looking forward to the baby getting here.  It’s hard for me to believe that I still have to go the entire summer with this big belly.  The kids had their last week of official school two weeks ago, but they had their last week of preschool camp this week.

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While I have signed them up for some camps in the summer, they are 2-3 hour morning camps.  I was limited in what I could sign them up for due to my own reasons.  For one, I wanted them to be able to attend the same camp (so I only had one drop off).  Two, I still want to get some quality time with them before I am preoccupied with a newborn.

Cravings – At this point in my pregnancy, the baby is gaining approximately a half a pound a week.  To keep up with that, I am eating a lot.  I would like to point out that eating a lot is different than eating for two.  Nothing annoys me more than when women literally think they can eat as much as two adults while they are pregnant.  Let’s not go overboard.

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With limited space left in my stomach, I am eating more frequently during the day with smaller portion sizes.  That said, I was actually able to join my family for breakfast Sunday morning before going to a late brunch with some girlfriends.  At both meals, I enjoyed my meal, but did not finish it all.  See breakfast pizza at 300 East above that we split as an appetizer for brunch and the oatmeal that I ordered as my meal below.

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Symptoms – Fatigue has set in.  After battling a cold and sinus infection for almost six weeks, I finally gave in to the fact that I need to slow down my activity.  Not only was my body not recovering from the illness, but I was left feeling irritable.  Since pulling back on my workouts (see below) and spending more time off my feet, I have seen a serious change in my energy levels.  Note, my doctor did warn me that at some point a high level of activity would create more fatigue throughout my day.  I’m there.

Workouts – I realized this week that in order to get over the major hump of my cold, I needed to pull back.  If you know me, you know this is hard for me.  I am in go, go, go mode most of the day.  Telling myself it’s okay to take a break is very difficult.  That said, I started by pulling back some of my workouts for the week.  I am still running my Cross Conditioning OCR workouts, however, I am not participating.

  • Monday – I taught my regularly schedule 6:30AM Flywheel class.
  • Tuesday – Rather than do my strength work on Tuesday, I pushed it to Wednesday and taught a 7:30 AM Flywheel class.  I typically teach at 3:30PM.
  • Wednesday – Strength Day in the garage.
    • Warm Up (2 Rounds
      • Row 2 minutes
      • Band Pull Down x 15
      • Turkish Get Up x 5 each
      • Bulgarian Split Squat x 15 each
    • 4 Rounds
      • Pull Ups x 5
      • Row x 10
      • Pistol Squat to Bench x 10 each
    • 4 Rounds
      • Kettlebell Swing x 15
      • Ball Slam x 15
      • Overhead Press x 10 each
  • Thursday – Again, I skipped my usual running group workout to sleep in.  I later taught my 3:30PM Flywheel class.
  • Friday – I rode at Flywheel with the one and only John Wellman (305 as my score!  Not too bad!)
  • Saturday – My energy levels started to build again!  For once, I woke up early (on a non-teaching day), itching to get some activity in.  Before the rest of the house woke up, I snuck in a workout in the garage.
    • Warm Up (2 Rounds)
      • Row 2 minutes
      • Max Dead Hang (30-45 seconds)
      • Single Arm Chest Press Glute raise on Bosu x 15 each
      • Step Up with Bicep curl x 10 each
    • 4 Rounds
      • Pull up x 5
      • Deadlift x 10
      • Goblet Squat x 15
    • 2 Rounds
      • Side Plank x :45 each
      • Push up to Dip x 8 each
      • Side Lunge with TRX x 15 each
      • Heavy Carry (Kettlebell racked position) x 25 yards
  • Sunday – I taught my regularly scheduled 7:30 AM Flywheel class.

Week 26 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a turnip? If anyone eats those? Approximately 2 pounds.

Weight Gain – I have been craving not so good for me foods.  French fries.  Burgers.    Salt.  More salt.  See picture below.  At least I have been compensating it with a decent amount of fluid.  I have gained 18 pounds and I eat a lot.  My level of activity has been significantly higher with this child due to several factors, mostly attributed to: being a mom of two and expanding my fitness services.

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Movement – FINALLY movement has really picked up.  I have to say, I was getting a little worried that she wasn’t moving all day like I remember the other two.  Again, I think with my level of activity, I don’t pay attention as much as I used to when I would sit at my desk job all day.  She’s there and boy is she kicking!

Sleep – Well, all of that talk that I was not having any symptoms came back to haunt me. The cold that I mentioned in my last post has continued to linger.  I woke up Saturday with a stuffy right ear that I couldn’t hear out of.  I immediately packed up the girls (while my husband was at his workout group) and went to urgent care.  Low and behold, I had an ear infection and sinus infection.  I felt like someone punched me in the side of the face.  The doctor prescribed me a Z-pack in which I waited to pick up because I HATE taking medicine while I am pregnant.  After tossing and turning from tooth pain (as a result of my sinus infection), I was convinced to start the antibiotic. Insert sad face.

I know someone who isn’t having a problem sleeping.

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What I miss – I don’t want to wish away this pregnancy because I am essentially wishing away weeks of my two oldest daughters childhood, but I truly miss not worrying about everything I eat or drink.  Recent thoughts, “I wonder if the woman at Dunkin Donuts accidentally gave me a caffeinated coffee, not decaf?”, “Does that fish have mercury, I can’t remember? Search Google”, and “if I can have a 4 ounce glass of wine, could I have a craft beer?”  I stuck to scallops and a wine “spritzer” at a family dinner at Cafe Monte.

IMG_4862 Best Moments this Week – MOTHER’S DAY! Happy Mother’s Day to all my moms out there.  This was a busy weekend for us socially.  Very rarely do we go out both Friday and Saturday night.  My grandparents (the girl’s great grandparents) came to Charlotte to visit with my sister.

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Four generations of women.  Three generations of moms.  That’s a pretty special moment.  The girls call my grandma “Gigi”, my mom “mimi” and my grandpa “Grandpapa”.  We celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday, however, the girls shared their very own special gifts with me from school all week.

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We topped off a great weekend by checking out Two Scoops Creamery in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.  I don’t mind if I do.

IMG_4892Looking forward to – As my husband and daughter’s would yell as they fist pumped their arms in the air, “BEACH! BEACH! BEACH!”  Last vacation before baby number three arrives is closing in.  That means summer and some good quality time with my sweet girls.

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Cravings – See weight gain above.  Salt.  More salt. Beer.  Just a few more weeks!

Symptoms – Belly bumping and a bad head cold.  That’s that!

Workouts – I actually got some good solid runs and strength workouts in this week.  Given how I have been feeling, I have to say I was impressed with myself.  At this point in my last pregnancy I was done running (for several reasons).  I managed to pull off over 10 miles this week (albeit slow).  Maybe I was motivated by these incredible Flywheel moms to be who are completely rocking their first pregnancies.

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  • Monday – I taught my regularly scheduled 6:30 AM Flywheel class.
  • Tuesday – Strength work in the garage!  Two to three solid strength days a week is enough to leave me feeling confident and on track to be ready to work post baby.
  • Wednesday – 30 minute easy run with some strength work.  I also was able to manage some legless bouldering at Inner Peaks that night with my OCR training group.

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  • Thursday – I circled back with my run group for an early morning speed session.  I don’t really have “speed” anymore, so I just try to keep moving.  I got dropped in a one mile warm up.  They waited on me to start the rest of the workout.
    • 5 minutes hard, 2 minutes jog, 30 seconds rest (repeat x 4)

I ran three rounds at which point I found myself conveniently in front of my house      and called it a day. I still managed to squeeze in 3.5 total miles.  I also headed to Flywheel that afternoon to teach my 3:30PM class.

  • Friday – Strength work in the garage!
  • Saturday – I can’t even believe how slow I ran, but I got four miles in.  I only say this because my back typically begins to hurt the slower I run.  It is just more comfortable to walk.

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  • Sunday – I taught a double at Flywheel on Mother’s Day (7:30/8:30AM).  I will admit that I was exhausted after a long weekend of social events and 90 minutes on the bike.  I actually fell asleep sitting up in my mom’s living room chair post brunch.

Week 22 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a small doll.

Weight Gain – 16 pounds (Yep!  I put on 2 pounds this week).  My belly definitely popped and became noticeably bigger this week.

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Movement – The baby is moving quite a bit more these days.  The movements are less low in my belly becoming stronger up top.

Sleep – I have been worn out this week.  I can always tell when the baby is going through a growth spurt because it sure does hit me.  Not only do I feel hungrier, but I just don’t feel like doing much at all.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of time for me to straight up lounge, so I am in bed early.

What I miss – Not being pregnant.  With my belly bump growing significantly this week and the weather warming up, I realized how uncomfortable the summer is likely going to be.  While some women embrace pregnancy and the joys it brings, it is really hard for me to constantly be aware of what foods, drinks and even moisturizers I am putting in and on my body.  I miss sushi, craft beer, bottomless cups of coffee, and lunch meat that doesn’t have to be heated up in the microwave.

Best Moments this Week – It was Spring Break for my girl’s preschool.  We did a staycation.  They are too young to really hit camps for Spring Break that they can go to together.  As such, I enjoyed spending some quality time with both of them together bouncing around town visiting every toddler hot spot in town.  As tiring as it was, I really did enjoy getting some quality time with my oldest for the entire day.

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We ended up making it to several parks, Discovery Place, lunch uptown with dad, Chicfila (of course), the Harris YMCA, Pike’s Soda Shoppe (for ice cream), and haircuts.  When we weren’t driving around town, we kept ourselves occupied doing projects at the house:  making bracelets and necklaces with beads (fine motor skills), dying Easter Eggs and decorating them, reading new books, and coloring (sometimes missing the coloring book).

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Spring Break was capped off with a serious Easter celebration.  While we did our own egg hunt after the kids discovered that the Easter Bunny had left them Easter surprises, we actually did head down to a larger egg hunt on Saturday that the actual Easter Bunny appeared at.

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The hunt is held at a farm that our friend owns South of Charlotte.  The land is incredible with various activities for kids to do along with a barn that is the home of a horse.  My youngest loved getting a chance to feed the horse.

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Looking forward to – Celebrating my husband’s birthday.  He hates making a big deal out of his big day, so we will keep things small at our house (planning to get a donut cake).  My oldest daughter also asked if we could all go to a baseball game for his birthday.  SOLD.

Cravings – I think I mentioned it above, but I could really go for a craft beer.

Symptoms – Restless legs hit me this week!  I have had this with all of my pregnancies which is why I am not surprised.  It doesn’t necessarily affect my ability to sleep, but I have noticed when I lay down on the couch at night to watch a tv show, I find myself fighting the urge to move my legs around to get comfortable.

Workouts – With less energy this week, I found my workouts took a hit.  Sure I am putting on serious weight these days, but I am also still teaching a lot (as compared to either of my first two pregnancies).  I now have four standing classes at Flywheel (in which I participate) as compared to two during my second pregnancy.  I was done teaching at this point in pregnancy number one.

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  • Monday – I taught my regularly scheduled 6:30 AM Flywheel class.
  • Tuesday – I typically sleep in on Tuesday, however, with both kids at home, I forced myself to get up early and workout before my husband left for work.
    • 10 minute run
    • 2 Rounds
      • KB glute raise with halo rotation x 5 each side
      • Marching crunch on Bosu x 25 each side
      • KB lunge to OH press x 10 each side
      • Scapular pulls x 10
    • 3 Rounds
      • KB Swing x 25
      • Rope Pulls (Legs Out or Touching the Ground) x 10
      • Burpee x 15
      • Deadlift x 15
      • Knees to Elbow x 10
  • Wednesday – 30 minute easy run around the Harris YMCA track.
  • Thursday – I actually got myself up and back into the swing of my run group again on Thursday.  I modified the workout, but they completed it all.  I also still managed to squeeze in 4 miles at an 8:42/mile pace.
    • 2 mile progressive warm up
    • 8 x 400m, 200m recovery (I did 6 instead of the full 8) – however, I did stick around to cheer the group on.

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

  • Friday – I have been having some lingering issue with my shoulder and low back that have forced me to really focus on mobility and adapting my exercises over the past week.  Friday was all strength (I did a lot of other cardio during the week).
    • 2 Rounds
      • Turkish Get Up x 5 each side
      • Mini Band around thighs walk forward x 15, back x 15
      • Flex Arm Hang Max
      • TRX Row x 15
      • Band Squat TRX x25
    • 2 Runds
      • Lunge with Foot on Wall x 10 each
      • Side Plank x :45 each
      • Overhead Press x 15
  • Saturday – I subbed the 2:45 Flywheel class.
  • Sunday – I taught the 7:30/8:30AM Flywheel class.  Yikes!! Lots of time in the saddle this week.  Less time running.

 

Week 17 – Round 3

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of the palm of your hand (approximately 3-5 ounces)

Weight Gain – 10 Pounds – Holding steady at about a pound a week in the second trimester.

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Movement –Starting to feel little kicks very low in my belly.  I typically feel nothing when I am on my feet moving around with the kids/working out.  It is when I finally sit down at night that I feel something.  My one cup of a coffee a day doesn’t even get her moving.

Sleep – Sleeping great these days.  I am less restless and sleeping through the night.  My parents offered to have the girls over for a “sleepover” this week, so we jumped at the chance to have a parents night in.

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The girls took ownership in packing for their trip up the road.  While the picture above may seem like a lot of stuff, there was actually more.  I thought they would miss me, but I missed them more.  We didn’t hear from them all night.

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We haven’t had a date night in a few weeks, so we bounced around a few places (while I enjoyed “mocktails”) before joining friends for dinner at Block & Grinder.  We were still in bed by 10PM.

What I miss – It’s funny because I looked back at what I said week 17 in my second pregnancy, and I feel exactly the same.  The answer?  I don’t miss much.  Right now, I am enjoying the second trimester energy surge and the fact that this will be my last time experiencing a baby growing in my belly.

Best Moments this Week – I would say date night in, but I have already talked about that.  In all seriousness, spending quality time with my girls has been the best part of the week.  They were out of school on Tuesday because of a teacher workday.  Lucky for us, the weather was nice, and some of the other parents had coordinated playdates for the week.

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Realizing my time with just the two of them is getting shorter, I am trying to get them out of the house (either together or by themselves) and excited about doing something with their mom.  If something fun comes up, I work to be unselfish with my own time to let them have time with me to themselves.  Even if that means my youngest daughter asks me to take her to the playground at Chicfila for lunch at 10:30 AM.

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Cravings – I am finally starting to enjoy eating healthy foods again.  I am craving less salty, high fat foods and more fruits and vegetables.  I opted to eat a salad several days this week.  Bring on the veggies!  The picture below is a salad from Johnny Burrito.  If you haven’t made it over there, you are missing out.

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Symptoms – Whatever took over my hands last week is gone and hasn’t come back since.  No real symptoms other than a bigger stomach.  I haven’t started wearing maternity pants yet.  However, my wardrobe most often revolves around elastic waistband athletic pants.

Workouts –To be honest, I am feeling stronger than ever.  My OB/GYN rode in my Thursday Flywheel class, so I had time to catch up with her outside of the office.  Having a relationship with her like this has made all three of my pregnancies significantly less stressful.  She encourages my workouts and supports all FOUR Flywheel instructors who are pregnant at this moment in time.  That’s right, I said FOUR.

  • Monday – 6:30 AM Flywheel – I just taught my class.  I have also been volunteer coaching pole vault in the afternoon at Myers Park High School.  I consider all of the walking around that I do in the track area a workout.

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  • Tuesday – Knowing the girls had a teacher workday and I would not get any time to squeeze in a workout, I woke up early to do a garage workout before my husband left for work.
    • 15 minute warm up Run
    • 2 Rounds
      • Bosu knee to chest crunch, raise legs over hurdles x 8 each side (HARD)
      • Bosu Burpee x 10
      • Ape Crawl x 25 yards (this will be the last week I can do this, belly is too big)
      • Glute Bridge, heels in TRX, mini band around thighs x25
    • 2 Rounds
      • Side Knee to Elbow on Bosu x 25 each
      • Lunge on Bosu with Bicep Curl x 10 each
      • Leg Raise with Flex Arm Hang on Gymnastics Rings x 10
      • TRX row x 15
    • 2 Rounds
      • Side Step Up x 10
      • Ab Mat Sit Up x 25
      • Pull Up x 10
      • Overhead Press x 15

*Let’s talk about the fact that I am still doing straight leg toes to bar.  My doctor was surprised I could still do these (not in a bad way, but she is interested to see how much longer I can do them).  That said, I will attempt to continue to do them before modifying by doing knees to elbow.

  • Wednesday – While I have energy, I have been trying to keep my strength work consistent.  I did a shorter workout Wednesday that embodied aspects of obstacle race training.
    • 2 Rounds
      • Run 800m easy
      • Marching crunch on Bosu x 25 each
      • Pushup with one arm roll out x 10 each side
      • Elastic Band Upright Row with shoulder rotation to overhead press x 10 (HARD, but great for shoulder mobility)
      • Miliband around thighs, side walk x 15 each leg x 3 rounds
    • 4 Rounds
      • Run 400m
      • 15 Pushups
      • 5 Pull Ups
      • 25 Squats
      • 5 Pull Ups
      • 15 Pushups
  • Thursday – I ran an early morning workout with my run group before teaching Flywheel at 3:30.

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*Let’s talk about my run intensity on the one day I do interval training a week.  The workout that the group did was as follows:

  • 1.5 mile warm up
  • 5 Rounds – Run 1000m, recover 400m

I only did 4 rounds, and my pace was somewhat consistent outside of the first round.  If you look at line 3, 5, 8, and 10, you can see my 1000m breaks.  I averaged about an 8:00/mile pace when I was on.  When I was recovering, I was closer to a 10:00 mile.  That said, prior to getting pregnant, my average interval pace would have been somewhere around 6:45-7:00 pace.  I am dropping anywhere between a minute to a minute and a half of speed when I am on.  I am totally okay with this.  I am also totally okay with being done when I feel like being done (which on this day was before everyone else).  I feel excited about the fact that I am just outside being active.

  • Friday – After a long week, I spent some time playing around in the garage, but not doing a structured workout.  I did end up seeing how many pull ups I could do.  Somehow I managed to do 12.  I am shocked I still have the ability to pull up the additional weight that many times.
  • Saturday – For two weeks in a row, I have gotten up early to get a “longish” run in before the kids wake up.  On these days, my goal is to run easy.  That said, I try to keep my heart rate in the 140s, leaving my pace somewhere in the 9:30/10:00 mile range.  On this day, I squeeze in 4.78 mile at  9:41 pace.

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I went on to train my obstacle training group later that morning – this time only watching people workout and not actually doing a workout myself.  The first Charlotte Spartan Race is coming up in less than 4 weeks!

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  • Sunday – I taught my regular 7:30 AM Flywheel class, which was rough with the time change!