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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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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.