34 Weeks

How far along? 34 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Still not looking.
Maternity clothes? Yes!  I hope I have enough cool maternity dresses to wear when I go back to work because my classroom has been HOT!
Stretch marks? Nope and I am hoping it stays this way
Sleep: I have slept so well this week thanks to my good friend A who brought over this awesome pillow.  I am not only getting up to potty.
Best moment this week: Finishing my summer phase of grad school and feeling prepared for the first week of school.  And of course, constantly talking to Daddy about how great life is going to be once you are here.
Fitness Level: My running is dwindling… more fast walking now.  Still trying to do some light weights to keep some tone.
Miss Anything? The itch to run long and fast and train for a race is back.  With everyone from back home training for the Fort -4- Fitness half marathon it is killing me once again!  I keep reminding myself that it won’t be much longer.  I am looking forward to durning the Wishbone 5k on Thanksgiving Day with my hubby & baby in the BOB.
Movement: Yes, and I am starting to figure out what body part is where!  It is amazing! I can’t believe this baby ways about 5 pounds!
Food cravings: Cereal!  I am not sure what I am going to do when I go back to work next week and I can’t just have a bowl of cereal whenever I please.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Have you started to show yet: I am a growing Momma 🙂  Although all of my colleagues are so sweet and complimentary of my pregnant body- sure makes me feel good!
Gender prediction: This week I think I am having a little girl.
Labor Signs: just some braxton hicks contractions this week after working in the heat of my classroom.  I sure hope they get that air fixed before next week!
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? Off, but sometimes I wear them for a few hours if it is a special occasion.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, excited, at ease 🙂
Looking forward to:  The Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw concert this weekend with my husband, aunt, sister and sister-in-law, and Childbirth Class on Sunday (because that means it is getting closer).  I am also actually looking forward to starting school on Monday.  I feel more prepared than I ever have in my career, I feel really good about my new teammates, and I know that as soon as I start school, time is going to fly by and our baby will be here before we know it.

A Bittersweet Sunday

For the past three years, Josh and I have had the same routine (besides on weekends we are out of town).  We wake up, head to church, stop at home make the grocery list, go to Meijer (yes, together) to complete our grocery shopping for the week, come home and unload all the groceries, in the fall & winter I put on a soup, and the I head to the YMCA to teach my 12:00 interval training class.  Yes, we are creatures of habit, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

And yes, for those of you that are wondering, we always go to the grocery store together- it is just something we’ve always done.  We have it down to a science: I start with the produce while he waits at the deli counter (there is always a long line) to get his lunch meat for the week.  Then when it is time to checkout, we go to the self-check lane and I scan (I still remember the produce codes from working at Kroger in high school) while he bags.  I love that we do this together, and we are very quick.  In fact, this Sunday I said to him, “I am starting to think our joint grocery shopping days are numbered because I doubt we will also want to add a newborn to that mix.”  He went ahead and volunteered to stay home with Baby N while I went grocery shopping.  Our lives are changing, but I’ll cherish the last few Sundays we have to go together.

Although it wasn’t the last Sunday of our joint grocery shopping, it was my last Interval Training class at the YMCA- so bittersweet.  I have been teaching this class for three years!  For the most part, I have the same people there every Sunday, and I love that!  I have gotten to know these members and they are so very dear to me- I look forward to spending an hour with them every Sunday.  They have been so supportive and thoughtful through my pregnancy.

Originally, I thought I was going to teach this class up to the end.  This class has intervals of both cardio and strength moves.  The cardio moves are pretty high impact: plyometrics, jumps, running, etc.  The intensity of the cardio moves are very similar to the P90X and Insanity cardio moves.   The cardio segments of the class have been getting harder and harder for me each week, but I have managed to do them- sometimes with modifications, and definitely not to my usual intensity.   However, I have learned through this pregnancy that what I want and my plans aren’t always the ones that happen. (I am sure I will be learning this more and more through parenthood.)  So, contrary to my said plans, my doctor told me I needed to stop teaching my class at 36 weeks because of the intensity.

This 36 week deadline meant that last week was my last week of my Sunday class.  Although I am not yet 36 weeks, this coming week I childbirth class and the following week I have a shower, so it forced me to stop teaching last Sunday.

I ended my class thanking all of the members for being such an encouragement for me to stay fit during this pregnancy.  Knowing that I still had to get up in front of them every week and deliver a tough workout has kept me motivated to stay fit through this journey.  As we were putting all of our equipment away many came up to me giving me sweaty hugs and delivering messages of well wishes.  I feel so grateful to be a part of such a caring, healthy community.

I left that Sunday with tears in my eyes and joy in my heart!  I am sad that it will be quite some time before I can return back to my Sunday crew at the YMCA, but am thrilled that it is getting closer to D-Day for Baby N.  And I do know that when I do return, they will be such a great support system and ever so encouraging as I work to retain my fitness level post-pregnancy.

God has bountifully blessed me- my Sundays at the YMCA are just one way.

Baby Shower #1

Wow, do I ever feel blessed!!!

On Saturday afternoon I had my very first baby shower to celebrate the soon-to-be arrival of Baby N.  Josh’s aunts and cousins put on a wonderful day full of yummy snacks, fun games and of course spoiling this child of ours.

We played some fun games one of which they asked Josh questions ahead of time about the baby and my pregnancy and I had to guess what I thought he would say- I didn’t do so hot!   However, I was right on when the question, “What do you hope the baby’s first phrase will be?” was asked.  Of course, he said, “GO HOOSIERS!”  The guests at the shower also played along and received points when they were right on target with Josh.  My mom won the game, which didn’t surprise me at all!

I left feeling overwhelmingly grateful of all the wonderful items we received.  We were so excited that as soon as we arrived home, we starting putting things together and finding a spot in the nursery.  Man do babies have a lot of stuff!  We received a lot of the big items we needed: carseat and both bases, diaper bag, baby bathtub, baby monitor, umbrella stroller, bouncy seat, baby einstein play gym, gift card to go towards our jogging stroller and a lot of other fun toys, sleepers and goodies.  We are so thankful!

Here are some pictures from the day (And for the record, all my “hoopla” is “Mommy to Be” gear and not bachelorette gear.  When Josh walked in at the end of the shower that is what he thought it was… BOYS!)

My mom (Grandma) and me.  I think she looks pretty good for a Grandma 😉

One of the fabulous hostesses of the day.

With Josh’s aunts and cousins who all put on such a wonderful day.

33 Weeks

(I wrote this on Thursday, but was waiting for some pictures from my shower to publish it, and then I didn’t take any- I will add them when someone sends me some.)

How far along? 33 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Still not looking- only going by what the doctor says and I am good to go!
Maternity clothes? Of course
Stretch marks? Nope and I am hoping it stays this way
Sleep: Sleeping much, much better this week.  I hope this continues once I go back to work.
Best moment this week: Continuing preparations in the nursery- it makes it more and more real
Fitness Level: Running and teaching class, but this Sunday will be my last class until after I have the baby 😦
Miss Anything? Not really
Movement: Yes, a lot, but it is more of rolling and stretching.  I have a feeling this little one is getting quite cramped in there.
Food cravings: I have eaten a TON of cereal this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Have you started to show yet: Yep
Gender prediction: No idea!  Josh is positive this baby is a girl though
Labor Signs: Not yet
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? Off, and now I really can’t get them on at all because my hands are really swollen
Happy or Mood most of the time: I just can’t wait to meet this baby and begin our life as a family of three
Looking forward to:  My first baby shower on Saturday.

32 Weeks

How far along? 32 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: No looking 🙂  But I am getting anxious to be able to shed this baby weight and not have a chubby face 🙂
Maternity clothes? Of course
Stretch marks? Nope and I am hoping it stays this way
Sleep: Up in the middle of the night ALL the time.  In fact, I am posting this at 4:15 a.m.
Best moment this week: Putting the crib up in the nursery– it’s getting more and more real
Fitness Level: Running and teaching class… slower and less, but still doing it, which is what matters.
Miss Anything? Not really, just my brother
Movement: Yes, but I still can’t figure out which body part
Food cravings: SAME- Fruit, fruit, more fruit… and ice cream too :)  Oh and I have sort of lost my taste for Speedway Slushies… probably a good thing
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Have you started to show yet: Yes!  And I have learned that some people don’t have a filter.  This week I had two women say two polar opposite things to me about my size.  The first one, “you are 30 weeks?  Wow, you are not very big, I hope everything is okay!”  Another lady, “You are only 30 weeks?  You are going to have a big baby!”  Okay… I have learned what NOT to say to pregnant women.
Gender prediction: Honestly, I have NO clue!
Labor Signs: Not yet
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? Off, but sometimes I wear them for a few hours if it is a special occasion.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy & so excited!
Looking forward to:  Finishing hanging things up in the nursery- it is almost done!

31 weeks

How far along? 31 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: I have decided that I am not going to look at the scale anymore this pregnancy.  Instead, I am just going to base everything off of what the doctors say.  Today, the Doc said I am very healthy: great blood pressure, perfect weight gain, measurement is perfect, and I am looking good!  I was relieved!  I also asked if I’d be getting another ultrasound and he told me that there wasn’t one planned and healthy ladies often get the short-end of the deal because they are healthy there is not as much to worry about.  I am okay with this!
Maternity clothes? Oh yes!  In fact, some of the shirts I bought that were smaller maternity shirts are getting tighter around my belly!
Stretch marks? Nope and I am hoping it stays this way
Sleep: I wake up a lot in the middle of the night and I am more tired during the day.  I am back to mid afternoon naps.  I better take advantage of them now because once I go back to work, I won’t have this luxury… and I really won’t have the luxury  once the baby is here.
Best moment this week: Josh coming home from a LONG four days of traveling!
Fitness Level: Still exercising but this week I noticed I am MUCH slower and it is MUCh more difficult.  Josh always says, “I have a theory behind that… you are pregnant.”  Sometimes I get frustrated because I can’ workout like I used to be able to, but I should be thankful that at 31 weeks pregnant I am still running & teaching my class.
Miss Anything? My brother.  He left on Tuesday for a long deployment and won’t be around when the baby is born.  He is going to be the BEST Uncle and I just wish he could be here.  On the positive note, he can Skype and receive pictures… much better than 10 years ago!
Movement: Constantly.  I wish I could figure out which body part is where.  If your recent movements are any indication of how you will be when you get here, you are going to be a busy body.  Mommy & Daddy better be ready!
Food cravings: SAME- Fruit, fruit, more fruit… and ice cream too :)
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Have you started to show yet: Yes!  And I have learned that some people don’t have a filter.  This week I had two women say two polar opposite things to me about my size.  The first one, “you are 30 weeks?  Wow, you are not very big, I hope everything is okay!”  Another lady, “You are only 30 weeks?  You are going to have a big baby!”  Okay… I have learned what NOT to say to pregnant women.
Gender prediction: Today I noticed myself ONLY looking at girls clothes when I was out and about… I wonder if that is a sign.  Either way, I am so excited, nervous and anxious to meet this child.
Labor Signs: Not yet.  I about died though when the doctor today told me just 5 more weeks (36 weeks) and we won’t stop labor.  I guess I have always had in my head 40 weeks, 40 weeks and then when he said this baby could come at 36 weeks I about fell off the table!  Now, I am not getting my hopes up because I am certain God is going to test my patience with this one!
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? Off, but sometimes I wear them for a few hours if it is a special occasion.
Happy or Moody most of the time: A range of emotions: happy, overwhelmed, anxious, scared, proud… you name it, I feel everything but sad and mad.
Looking forward to:  Being home for the rest of the weekends (besides one weekend when we will go back to New Haven for my baby shower) until you get here, and finishing up all of our home renovations and the nursery.   Not looking forward to?  Going back to work

No picture update this week, but I will update next week.  However, while doing some online browsing, I found these two onsies for Baby N today.  I will definitely be ordering one of these two for Baby N to wear when we welcome my brother off the ship after his deployment which will be the first time he meets his niece or nephew.

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July, Friends!

I sure wish I had something excited to report this fourth of July, but alas.  We have been so busy the past 6 weeks and have spent very few weekends at home, so we are taking today to spend at home… working on our house.  After an unexpected breakfast in bed prepared by my thoughtful husband, we began working on our to-do list.  As you can see, mine isn’t going so well as I have taken a “break”.  I have officially entered the “nesting stage” and cleaned and reorganized all of our kitchen cabinets, our laundry room and linen closet.  It occurred to me the other day that with a baby comes more “stuff”: bottles, extra towels, wash cloths, bibs, and more laundry.  I have the cabinets under the sink to do and then I am finish.  Thanks to pinterest, I have come up with some great organization techniques.  

My husband on the other hand, has chosen to take on a much more daunting task this Fourth of July, he is working on our hardwood floors.  He has finished all of the ceramic tile in our bathrooms, laundry room and kitchen and is now putting down wood floors everywhere else besides the bedrooms.  Essentially, he has replaced 2/3 (maybe more) of the flooring in our house- he is awesome!  Don’t worry, before and after pictures will come once we have a final project.

I wish I had to report that this was how I was spending my Fourth of July…

but alas!  I mean, after all, I just love Jackie O pictures so much and this is one of my favorites- I thought it’d be perfect to post today.  Although, I wouldn’t mind hanging on a boat somewhere today…or any day for that matter.  

Luckily we don’t plan to work all day long.  Later we will spend some time on our back deck grilling a traditional Fourth of July meal: hamburgers, corn on the cob, salad, and strawberry shortcake.  Enjoying some fireworks is also in our plans for later this evening.  A day of productivity and an evening of American tradition is perfectly okay with me.  Not to mention, I am thoroughly enjoying being able to watch the quarterfinals of this:

As I sit here, watch Wimbeldon and think about tonight’s activities, I am not quick to forget the reason for today- our INDEPENDENCE!  Especially this year, I am reminded of the “reason for the season” and all the men and women that continue to put their lives on the line to make sure our independence in defended day in and out- for that I am grateful!

For the first time, I am not just thinking of those men and women, but also their families.  Today, I am (on a very small scale) understanding how the families feel not having their loved ones near.  I am so proud of this man who is not able to enjoy this Independence day, but instead just left yesterday for a seven month deployment.  I am proud to be his big sister!

The sacrifices these men and women make and the bravery they display is hard to put in words:  missing holidays with loved ones, milestones of children and the joys of every day civilian life to make sure that you and I continue to have the life we know and love-  incredible!  

Thank you to ALL our service men and women… past and present for making sure we can spend every Fourth of July indulging in cookout food, relaxing with our family & friends and seeing those beautiful fireworks light up in our night sky.  May we not only remember them today, but always!  

And a special “shout out” to my favorite service man, my brother: may you always remember how much you are loved, cherished and how many are so proud of the sacrifice you are making.  You are a man of honor and I feel blessed to be your sister.  May your time at sea be safe, quick and uneventful.  We look forward to your safe return!  

God Bless the USA!