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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!


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!


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).


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).


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.




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.


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.


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.

Baby + Mama Doctor Update

Week 30 has come and gone.  I am now starting week 32 of my second pregnancy.  It just so happens that my 30 week check up was the same day as my daughter’s fifteen month well visit.  For those of you that have been following our progress, I thought that I would share with you how our appointments went.

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First things first – my daughter.  See her stats below:

  • Weight/Percentile – 20 lbs 4.5 oz (36%)
  • Length/Percentile – 30 inches (30%)
  • Head/Percentile – 44.9 cm (29%)

At 15 months, she is doing the following:

  • Walking, well now running.
  • Saying several words – “Mama”, “Dad”, “Ball”, “Bye”, “Hi”, “Bot” (drink/bottle)
  • Pointing at things when we ask her where they are (ex:  Where is the tree?)
  • Climbing up stairs and ladders at the playground.  Going down the slides by herself.

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  • Getting off the couch/bed by herself by rolling over onto her stomach.
  • Grabbing books for us to read to her.
  • Trying new foods.  Favorites – hot dogs, pizza, cheese, yogurt, blueberries, raspberries, pasta and several pouch varieties.

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  • Dancing.

Some of the things that she is doing are not all that great – throwing everything (food, temper tantrums, toys), waking up/talking in the middle of the night and just plain not listening.  We will start setting boundaries soon.  In the mean time, we will count our blessings that the good outweighs the bad and any not so great things are an indication that she is developing as she should.

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That leaves me with my mommy update.  At my 30 week appointment, the baby’s heart rate was 140 exactly.  My blood pressure was 110/60.  I am rotating doctors at this point.  Not really for any reason other than it fits my schedule better.  I have pretty much seen every doctor in the practice in the past two years between my first and now second pregnancy.  It’s funny because every time that I go in there, the doctor and I somehow end up talking about fitness.  The same happened at this visit.

First born

My first daughter after delivery.


The doctor was completely fine with me continuing to teach at this point.  In fact, he mentioned that I should consider teaching at a gym that he works out at.  How’s that for thinking that you need to take it down a notch during pregnancy?  My belly measured a week ahead this week.  This is no indication that the baby will be coming early, but just that things are going fine.  People always seem shocked when I tell them that my first child was 7 lbs 11 oz at birth.  The doctor’s seem to think the second might be around the same size.  Regardless of the size, all we can hope for are more healthy well visits.

Surviving the Cold – Recipes + Workouts + Rest

Temperatures in Charlotte were as low as single digits this week.  I’m sure that you heard.  I was on lockdown mode.  Last year during the big freeze, our pipes froze.  No bursting, but no hot water.  Due to our streak of bad luck, I was all over doing everything I could this year to prevent the same thing from happening:  cabinet doors under sinks open, hot water dripping throughout the night and thermostats above 68.  It worked!

photo 5-63What’s not better to eat on a cold night than a comforting bowl of chili?  Even better it’s healthy. In my last post, I showed the start of a crockpot dish that I put together Thursday morning.  See the end result below.

photo 4-123Just a reminder on ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 pounds of chicken – Slice the breasts in half and just place them in the bottom.  Nothing else necessary.  Over the span of the cooking time it will shred itself!
  • 1 bag peeled/chopped carrots
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 16 oz can drained/rinsed black beans
  • 1 16 oz can drained/rinsed red kidney beans
  • 2 16 oz cans of diced tomatoes – not drained
  • Season at your preference

You can add/take out vegetables depending on your preference OR what you have on hand.  Either way, I ran the crockpot on low for 8-10 hours while I ran errands and cleaned up the house.  When the family congregated at home around 5:30, we had a fantastic filling dinner.

photo 3-159Speaking of errands.  One of the things that I had to do on Thursday was stop by the new Athleta store in Southpark Mall.  This store is incredible.  Women’s only at the moment, but the variety of clothes from both workout to casual is great.  Prices are reasonable.  My reason for stopping by?  Getting registered for my fitness instructor discount.  Is that not incentive enough to get into the field?  I can’t wait to start shopping once baby number two gets here!  While i was there I took some bump pictures.  I hate side profile shots, but I wanted to give you a chance to see what things are looking like at close to thirty weeks.

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I am feeling like I can’t get any bigger, but I will be the first to tell you that I know I have a LONG ways to go.  By the way, my daughter might not be able to put two and two together that a baby will be coming out of that belly, but she sure does know where my belly is.  If you ask her where it is she will point and smile at it.  She has also started lifting up my shirt to look at.  This was the first week that she lovingly played with it.  See photo stream below.  I love this sweet girl. (Excuse the blurriness – we were getting ready for bed).

photo 4-122 photo 3-158 photo 2-187Snuggles with her are great.  Even better, she has started sleeping more. I feel like my mind is more clear all of a sudden.  I rode at Flywheel Friday morning, but I woke up early Saturday with the motivation yet again to put together my own little light weight strength circuit.

photo 5-1The workout was approximately thirty minutes (including warm up).  For the warm up, I walked in place, competed side to side toe touches, imperial walkers, hamstring curls and various stretches (about two-three minutes).

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For the workout, complete the following exercises sequentially, repeating the circuit three times.  Dumbbells are the only equipment necessary.  Mine were very light weight.

  • 20 Squat Thrusters
  • Plank hold – 20 seconds, straight to left side plank hold – 20 seconds, straight to ride side plank hold – 20 seconds (careful on the transition)
  • 20 pushups (I was on my knees)
  • 20 Step back lunges with bicep curl each leg
  • 20 Dips (I did these off the side of my couch, knees bent)
  • 20 Kickbacks/Fire Hydrants each exercise, each leg (place dumbbell behind your knee)
  • 20 oblique side raises