Sunday, June 16, 2019

Baby #2: Week 18

I think I'm finally starting to feel the baby kick!  They say second time moms typically feel movement earlier, so I really thought I'd be feeling it for a while now.  I was starting to get super antsy and then I was laying in bed one night and there she was!  I'm really looking forward to when it's more regular and noticeable.

On Tuesday night I had a phone call with my doula Keli.  It was great to touch base and I'm thinking that I'm going to start listening to my Hypnobabies tracks soon.  Last time, I listened to them before bed and they always put me to sleep, so I feel like it's something I can start without making too much of a time commitment.  Leah ordered me some Zenbands, a headband that has flat speakers in it, so I think those will be amazing for listening in bed since the ear buds I used last time were kind of uncomfortable.  Plus the headband can double as an eye mask.  I just got them from her over the weekend, so I'll be starting the tracks soon.  Keli recommended starting by 28 weeks, so I'm in good shape.

I hit the gym Wednesday morning and I think it overdid it.  We started with 5 rounds of L sit dumbbell presses and building up to a set of 3 heavy thrusters.  The dumbbell presses were easy but I went up to 100 lbs for my thrusters and they felt pretty close to max effort.  I felt fine afterwards and moved on to the workout.  The workout was 25 thrusters (55# for women), 400m run (I did 200m on the rower), 25 pull ups (I did 20), 400m run (200m row), and then 25 thrusters to finish.  55# felt super light after doing 100#, but I still get winded so fast and was already well behind everyone else in the first set of thrusters, so I decided that 200m on the rower was enough.  I was thinking about cutting the pull ups to 15, but they felt ok so I kept going, but then people started coming back from the second run so I cut it at 20.  When I got back on the rower, I was feeling something down in my uterus, so I just kept the rowing nice and easy and made sure my belly had space between my knees.  The thrusters felt fine, so I finished the workout, but my body was definitely telling me that I did too much.  I think I should've kept my heavy thrusters a little bit lighter and did a few less pull ups.  I also think I need to start eating something before the gym.  When I'm not pregnant, I don't like to have anything in my stomach before a 6 am workout, but now my hunger is raging.  Sometimes I will eat a little dry cereal on the way, but I didn't have anything this morning and I had regret.  I need to grab some Clif Bars, they were my go to last time.

The workout Friday was looooong.

I subbed the 400m runs for 10 calories (0.5 mi) on the bike, did squat thrusts for the burpees, and I just skipped the toes to bar all together.  I Rxed the barbell work at 85# and did all the reps and they felt great.

The worst part was really just the squat thrust barbell jump overs.  I was not a fan and I think I'm done jumping over any bars after today!  I finished in 35:03 and felt kind of like I may have overdone it again today.  I guess I just need to chill a little bit, just because I can do something doesn't mean I should.  Not the easiest concept for me.

My weekend was spent catching up with some friends via play dates, watching Dave lead church on Father's Day, and being somewhat productive.  Dave did a lot more work than I did this weekend and the office is all but empty!  The walls need to be patched and prepped, but we are getting close to painting.  And I need to pick a color!!!!

I was leaning towards mint green walls with pink and white accents.

But then I realized Vienna has a lot of purple things already, like blankets people made for her, that I don't want to clash with the room. Dave is still against doing purple walls and I'm not sure how I feel about purple and mint alone together.

Although I actually love this cacti inspiration!  I had considered mint and navy, but maybe a lighter blue would be more complimentary to any purple that's going to be included.  These two might be my favorite.

Or maybe I just need something more green, less mint.




What do you think?!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Baby #2: Weeks 16 & 17

Week 16:

Can I just say I am over extreme thunderstorms?  Thankfully our immediate area did not experience any tornadoes or major damage, but we lost power Wednesday night, which came back after 4 hours, and then lost power again on Thursday night.  It was around 9 pm and it wasn't even storming at the time when a transformer right in front of our house basically exploded.  It was loud, super bright, and pretty scary.  I was really stressed Wednesday night about losing all the groceries I had just purchased, but thankfully the power wasn't out that long.  On Thursday I was more relaxed.  We had cooked some strip steaks for dinner, so I knew they weren't going to waste, and enjoyed the labor intensive Mongolian Beef leftovers for lunch.  And I felt hopeful things would come back on quickly like the night before, especially since PECO was saying our estimated time was 11 pm.  Well we woke up in the morning with no power, threw out a few things in the fridge, and packed everything else up to be taken to my inlaws'.

We got our power back around lunch time. Of course, it really wasn't that big of a deal.  I know people experienced much worse and my heart aches for them, but it was still inconvenient and I'm hoping we get a break from any extreme weather for the foreseeable future!

I was supposed to go to the gym Friday morning, but with the power being out I knew Dave would need my help dealing with the fridge situation and I was also awake from 2:30 until 3 something, which is not ideal when your alarm is going off at 5 am.  I've honestly been so exhausted all week so the extra hour of sleep was worth it.  I went Saturday morning instead and hit some back squats (topped out at 135#) and a 20 minute workout of rowing, squats, and snatches.  I kept things pretty low key in general because I didn't want to start the weekend feeling worn down.

Saturday afternoon I took V to Lancaster for Dave's cousin's wife's baby shower.  She was the belle of the ball at the party: saying hi to everyone, twirling around in her adorable dress, playing with the trucks and shovels, and making friends with the boys who were years older than her.

The rest of the weekend a mix of relaxing and being productive around the house.  We did some yard work, some cleaning and organizing inside, and finally started making a plan for the stuff in the office that needs to go.

On Monday I had my 16 week appointment.  I got to hear baby girl's heartbeat which was approximately 150 bpm.  They also said I'm measuring right on track!  We went over a 48 hr food log I had completed and she said, even with some daily candy at work, I'm doing just fine.  Completing a food log was definitely something I did not do with my OB practice, they never really talked about my diet aside from telling me I should probably eat a little less ice cream (which was true).  Quite honestly, after my 8 and 12 week appointments, my OB visits all seemed rushed and sort of  impersonal.  They would come in, look at a few things, ask me if I had any questions, and then send me on my way 15 minutes later.  This is one of the biggest differences with Lifecycle WomanCare.
LWC’s model of care of LWC is founded on our firm belief that the highest quality of care and the best health outcomes are achieved only when healthcare is provided with input, trust, mutual respect, and continued partnership between clients and providers. We have spent the last 36 years dedicated to advancing this model of healthcare—the midwifery model of care—for our clients and, indeed, for all women.

Experience has shown us that when women can develop this level of trusted partnerships with their providers, they are empowered and educated to be more in control of their health and healthcare decisions, and that these positive outcomes are repeated throughout every stage of women’s lives.

Our appointments are designed to foster those relationships. LWC provides a full 30 minutes or more for appointments, offering individualized attention and support for each client and her unique needs.
I've definitely noticed the difference and just feel so comfortable there.  When I had Vienna, I feel like I had the birth I was hoping for in spite of the OB and hospital policies.  I'm really looking forward to birthing with a team who fully supports my birth plan and goals!

Week 17:

I  hit the gym at 6 am on Wednesday!  Started with some L-sit overhead presses, 10 rounds of 5 reps with 20# dumbbells.  I really wished I was doing handstand push ups, but oh well!  The WOD was three 5 minute rounds of dubs, overhead squats, and burpee box jump overs.  I subbed 14 cals on the bike for the 100 dubs, did the OH squats at #55/65/75 (instead of #65/85/95), and did squat thruster box step overs.  It felt challenging, but good.  I wanted to go a little heavier on the OH squats, but my left shoulder was bothering me a little bit.  I'm going to ask the chiro to take a look at it and see what I can do with some lacrosse ball massage/torture.

I went again at 6 am on Friday.  The workout was 40 push ups (which I did on my knees), 20 pull ups, and then 10 rounds of 3 power cleans, 3 front squats, and 3 jerks.  The Rx weight was 80 lbs, which I probably could've done, but my shoulder was still bothering me so I went with 65.  I finished in 17:59.  Yay for going twice in one week!  I hate getting up at 5 something, but I really like having a regular schedule and with the heat, I think mornings are my best bet.

Saturday was a fun day!  We went to the Wayne Music Festival for a bit and Vienna thought she was the star of the show.  We stayed for about 2 hours and then headed over to Dave's cousin's graduation party where she also got doted on by everyone.

On Sunday my mom came over to get her Vienna fix and Michelle and Alex stopped by too.  Otherwise we spent most of the weekend emptying out the office.  We put together a few boxes of donations, threw out a ton of paperwork and other crap, and moved the rest of the stuff and some furniture up to the spare bedroom.  We still need to get the big leather couch out of there.  It's destined for the burn pit at Midgley Lane!  And we need to take the giant book shelves down.  It felt good to really make some progress in that space though.  I'll share some before pictures when the afters can justify how embarrassing the space looked to start lol.

We closed out week 17 with a Phillies game!  Vienna was cheering and clapping and making friends with every employee at Citizens Bank Park.  She's at such a fun age, she's always so happy (as long as she can run wild and free)!

Look at those curls -->

I can't believe I'm almost half way!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Baby #2: Weeks 14 & 15

Week 14:

I'm in the second trimester now and things are pretty uneventful.  Weird smells can get to me and I'm still gagging once in a while brushing my teeth or swallowing my prenatal, but otherwise I feel pretty normal.  I am fairly tired on a regular basis though, but that could also be a product of doing too much... which is the story of my life.

We had Michelle's bridal shower on Saturday so I started my day at Produce Junction at 8 am to put together floral arrangements.  Then I headed to my parents with Vienna and a car full of shower stuff.  The shower was lovely and I was very happy to celebrate Michelle... but I'm glad the bachelorette party and shower are both over and I'm done planning parties until #2's first birthday.

After the shower I hung at my parents for a little and then headed out for a sushi dinner with the gals to celebrate Leah's bday.  I was a naughty preggo and indulged in some raw salmon.  It was delicious and so worth it!  We stayed at dinner for 3 hours until we were the last people in the restaurant at 10 pm.  To say I was pooped was an understatement...

So then Sunday I woke up at 5:50 am.  No alarm, no baby, just my body being a jerk.  Then at 8 am, I hit the gym and completed the hero WOD Murph.  This was my 5th Murph and my second one pregnant!  I followed the same modifications I made last time: 1.5 miles on the bike (instead of the 1 mile runs) and I did the push ups on my knees.  I thought about doing a half, which I did last year because I wasn't going to the gym super consistently, but I felt like I had more in the tank after I finished the half and had some regret.  Plus I wanted to match what I did during my last pregnancy, especially since I was 22 weeks pregnant last time!  I thought a few other people were going to show up to do it with me (the gym typically does it on Memorial Day, but we're always down the shore, and I usually do it at 6 am the Friday before but the coach who usually runs that was getting married that weekend), but nope!  Just me!

The first half was pretty uneventful.  I chipped away at the rounds (20 rounds of 5 push ups, 5 pull ups, 5 push ups, 15 air squats) and I felt pretty good.  The biggest challenge was the pull ups.  It was pretty warm and I guess humid because the pull up bar was very moist and hard to get a good grip on.  I love using chalk, but my coaches encouraged me not to use it to avoid ripping my hands.  

Around round 13 I feel like I hit some kind of wall.  I had more than a few rounds left and although my muscles felt ok, I just felt exhausted overall and really had to fight through mentally.  I knew I finished in 58:11 last time, so my biggest motivation to keep moving was to beat that time.  The pull ups were getting very difficult so I finally got into the chalk on round 15 and ripped both hands immediately!  At least I only had 25 pull ups left.  I kept counting down each round in my head... only 20 left, 15, 10, 5... done!  I got on the bike and the 1.5 miles seemed to take forever, but I finished and flopped onto the floor at 50:25!

Sometimes I think I'm so out of shape and dream of how fit I could be if I could ever actually commit to going to the gym 4 or 5 times a week, but I have to say I felt super strong throughout the whole workout!  In previous years my muscles have been super fatigued, my quads have cramped, and I haven't been able to walk for days after.  This year I completed all the reps without much struggle and my legs were barely sore at all.

Between the events of the day before and completing Murph, my Sunday was pretty much shot.  I ended up feeling pretty crappy and had a dull headache for the second part of the day.  I would've gone to bed super early, except I had to stay away for the end of Game of Thrones!  Still wish Jon and Dany just got married and lived happily ever after lol.

Week 15:  

I can't believe how big I am already.  I knew I'd show earlier this time since my body had already done it once, but geez!  I'm trying to avoid gaining 60 lbs this time around, but I'm not sure it's working lol.  I had really big gains from 16 to 20 and 20 to 24 weeks last time, so I guess it's a good time to focus on those veggies.  I finally pulled out all my maternity clothes and I could not be happier.  Everything is so much more comfortable and I forgot how cute everything is!

I skipped the gym completely this week.  I was so exhausted from last weekend that sleep took priority and I felt like completing Murph last week gave me a pass.  We also spent a good chunk of the week in Cape May for Memorial Day weekend.

Vienna was such a beach babe, the weather was awesome, and we had a wonderful time.  My in-laws are great, they help so much with V and spoil us with delicious food.

I did struggle after a late night out on Friday when we got back from the bars at 1 am and V was crying on and off, which is not like her at all.  I wasn't sure what to do because she would cry for a minute and then stop and she never really looked like she was actually awake, so I didn't want to rock the boat even more by going in.  But after a few times I took a bottle in and went to change her diaper and her arm felt ice cold.  I think the poor thing was just cold in the pumping AC, so I put her in more layers and that was that.  Then I finally got in bed and was almost asleep when Dave had a sneezing fit!  I think I finally got to sleep around 2:30.  Thankfully Vienna slept in a little, but 7:30 still came way too quickly and I was feeling rough.  After breakfast Dave took V for a bike ride and I went to take a nap.  When I woke up, I didn't feel super refreshed so I thought I slept for 20-30 minutes.  Turns out I took a 3 hour nap!  I still didn't feel 100% until I went to bed fairly early and got a decent night of sleep.  We stayed out kinda late on Sunday night too and I felt pretty good until the end of a long car ride home, entertaining a cranky baby who stayed on the beach all day instead of taking a real nap.

I'm looking forward to being home this coming weekend and not compromising on sleep, although I think we are finally going to start working on V's big girl room.  She's getting evicted from the nursery (so I can utilize the queen size bed again with baby #2) and we're going to redo the office.  We didn't really do much with that room when we moved in and quite honestly it's turned into a dumping ground for boxes of diapers and bins of baby clothes, so it's time to clean it out and do some painting!  Dave's so excited (lol he's not).  I have a few ideas for her room, but I'm not sure what color to paint it.  I'm anti pink, Dave's anti purple.  The man is crazy if he thinks there will never be a purple room in our house.  I'm thinking maybe a mint green with white and gray accents, maybe even some pink.  I don't think Dave's a fan of the mint walls either though.  I really feel like he just wants to paint every room in our house a nice neutral gray, but I think we all know how that's going to work out for him :)

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