Thursday, August 17, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 33

Friday's WOD was a long mix of many different movements including wall balls, pull ups, rowing, burpees, handstand push ups, and lunges.  I'm happy to report, I still have my pull ups!  I subbed incline push ups (on a racked barbell) for the HSPUs and it seemed like they were going to be really easy, but apparently I haven't been using those muscles much lately because I ended up being really sore through my chest.

Friday night we went out in Phoenixville for both a little going away party for Shayna and Kyle and to celebrate our friend Jaclyn's birthday.  I failed to snap any pics, but it was a really fun night at a new brewery called Root Down.  I honestly felt like a champion hanging out at the bar after 11, 8 months pregnant and having gotten up for the gym at 5 am.  Jaclyn was fawning over my belly and told me I was a goddess.  It was just what I needed :)

Saturday Dave let me sleep in while he took the dog for a nice long walk.  When I woke up we headed to Duck Donuts!  They are so tasty.

The rest of my day was consumed by cooking!  I spent 5 hours in the kitchen prepping 4 different recipes for the freezer.  I made Leftover Roast Chicken Soup with Roasted Vegetables, this Paleo Shepherd's Pie (with an added layer of cauliflower mash), Cheesy Chicken Tuscan Pasta (plus some zucchini, spinach, and mozzarella), and a super simple Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Rice Casserole.  I started with the more labor intensive tasks (prepping all the meat, chopping all the veggies, etc.) but within the first hour I was already feeling over it and actually started to feel ill.  I think that I was experiencing a sugar crash after only having donuts and coffee in my system, so I took a little break on the couch with some water and a string cheese and felt a lot better.  It was a long day of cooking, even with trying to stay off my feet using a stool at the counter and sitting at the kitchen table as much as possible.  Dave was downstairs continuing to organize the basement, but he came in clutch to do some dishes and chop most of the chicken just when I needed the help the most.  Each recipe made two 9"x13" pans of food (and 6 containers of soup) so I think Dave and I will get around 6 meals out of each one!  5 hours for 24 meals for 2 people... worth it!

Sunday started with a short dog walk, followed by church.  Then I met up with Leah to spend the day together and run a bunch of errands.  We ran around KOP, enjoying each other's company, and got a lot done including basically robbing Motherhood Maternity.  A while ago I ordered a bunch of items online but they sent me someone else's order.  I got a full refund for my stuff and they told me they would send me a return label for the incorrect items.  I kept all the clothes in the mailing bag for months and then finally just decided that they were mine now!  I kept a few of the items but still had a really fancy dress and a bathing suit that I didn't care for or need, so I returned them and got $90 store credit!  The woman working at the store was amazing, she really made me feel great about myself and even volunteered to check out my items with two separate transactions so I could use both my coupons.  I purchased a bunch of pricey nursing items that I wouldn't have splurged on otherwise and after their sales, my coupons, and my store credit I spent $21 on $150 worth of merchandise!  Boom!

After doing all that cooking on Saturday, we woke up around 2:45 am on Monday to a huge flash of light and a barking dog!  A tree randomly fell and took out the power lines and all I could think was MY FOOD!  I was stressing all morning and kept waking up worrying about losing all the meals I worked so hard on.  When we got out of bed at 6 something, the tree removal team was out there but PECO was no where to be found.  Dave packed everything in coolers and took it to his parents' house for the day.  Our power was back on around 11 am.  The freezer food probably would've been fine without getting moved, but anything in the fridge would've definitely been ruined.  Everything turned out ok, but it wasn't exactly how we wanted to start the week.

Wednesday morning I dragged myself out of bed for CrossFit.  I was starving when I woke up but then I forgot my Clif Bar, so I kind of felt off throughout the workout.  We started with a 20 rep back squat at 50% of your max.  I went with 85# since my knee has been iffy on and off (it didn't hurt this morning, yay!) and it was so many reps.  It felt pretty heavy and was really unenjoyable (for everyone in the class based on the general complaining going on).  I felt a little something in my belly immediately afterwards and think I really should've broken up the reps.  The WOD was a mix of kettlebell swings and handstand push ups (I did more incline barbell push ups).  The kettlebell swings were a little iffy with my back, even though I know I was using good form and I used the 26# KB which is light for me, but not enough to make me want to stop.  The push ups were challenging again and I enjoyed that.

Other week 33 odds & ends:
  • There's always a body part poking out of my stomach!  I feel like her feet are constantly kicking away and it feels so cool.  Of course whenever anybody wants to feel her move, she will immediately stop.
  • Dave installed both of the car seat bases on Tuesday night, now we just need to get them checked at the police department near his work.
  • Most of my pregnancy I've stayed away from drinking coffee on a daily basis, but lately I'm on the caffeine train.  I only drink a tiny cup in the morning, which is well under the recommended amount, but I just wish I wasn't feeling so dependent on it.  I could try and cut it out like I've done before, but I've been finding myself trying not to face plant at my desk before I've had it.  Oh well.
  • My feet and ankles are super swollen.  I basically only fit in flip flops now and jamming my feet into my sneakers isn't fun.
  • I got quoted on my doula's facebook page!

What a difference 10 weeks makes!  Only 6 to go!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 32

Friday night we had a Lift Off at CrossFit, where everyone tested their 1 rep max snatch and then clean and jerk.  When we got there I was totally surprised to find a row of diaper cakes for all the pregnant couples at the gym!  We were very generously showered with diapers, an adorable onesie, and a Babies R Us gift card.  And our friends Eric & Megan made us a really neat growth chart ruler!  Our gym is full of such awesome people, I love CFVF!

I was always planning on going at night to cheer Dave and everyone else on, but I was thinking maybe I'd lift in the morning since that's when I usually workout.  I blew it off because I wanted to sleep in, but I was having some regret thinking my body would've felt better if I had just gotten it over with.  I decided that it didn't really matter since I'm so pregnant and that I would just stop whenever anything felt uncomfortable.  But I secretly really wanted to PR my snatch.  I hit 100# pretty easily in week 29 and I was thinking 7-10# more seemed really doable.  I easily put up 100# and then 105# was still pretty easy aside from feeling a little something in my back.  Side note: I miss my lifting belt!  I wanted to put 2 little 1 pounders on for a PR at 107#, but they were all in use so I said what the heck and put 2.5# on each side figuring I could always just bail on it if it wasn't right.  But I did it!  A snatch PR at 110# at 32 weeks pregnant (only 105# in the video, didn't want my final attempt taped it was too much pressure).  I honestly still can't believe it.  Dave PRed his snatch too!


I got up to 135# on my clean and jerk, which is only 10# under my max and I honestly probably would've gone higher if I hadn't felt some pain in my left wrist between the clean and jerk.  I was really proud of my lifts and it was an awesome night!


Saturday my mom and sister were supposed to come over to do some baby prep and crafting, see the nursery, and just hang out... which turned into my entire family coming over for the day!  My parents brought over 4 lbs of bacon and a brand new toaster and we all stuffed our faces with delicious BLTs and then got to work.  The guys fixed a bed frame that had been broken for 2 years and hung all the nursery art while the ladies did some crafting and closet organizing.

I bought this beautiful decal on Etsy that I was super excited about (the quote is from Alice in Wonderland), but apparently putting it on the wall was a giant pain in the ass.  There was a lot of curse words muttered and frustration and it got to the point where I was just steering clear of the nursery.  Apparently my dad's patience was the only reason it didn't end up crumpled up in the front yard because Dave told me if I ever buy another one, he will divorce me.  On the bright side, it looks amazing!  And the felt flowers Michelle made compliment it perfectly.

So without further ado, the nursery:

I am so in love!  The gorgeous blankets were both gifts, the one on the chair is from my cousin Janet and the one on the crib was made by our friend Jenn.  And I'm pretty sure we have two more blankets on the way!  Baby Midgley is already so spoiled aka we are spoiled by having the best friends and family :)

The very last thing that needs to be done for the nursery is to craft an initial to hang over the changing table.  I searched Etsy and really liked this, but it's only 8" tall and I wanted something bigger.  So I decided to make one.  I have a big wooden letter and the fake flowers to put on it, but Dave needs to paint it!  Hopefully this weekend.  And no, her name doesn't start with a C :P  I actually slipped and said the baby's name out loud to Michelle, but she totally missed it!  Dave and I have been using the name in conversation a lot more and so it's getting a lot harder to hide it.  Later I accidentally said the letter, which she caught... so she's the only one that knows the first initial (unless she blabbed to Alex).

Otherwise the nursery is done!  I am so happy!  The last big baby task is installing the car seat bases and there's a few things left on my registry that I still want to purchase, but we are feeling super prepared.  This weekend we'll be cooking a few batches of freezer meals, continuing to organize the basement, and now that the bed frame is fixed, we can make the spare bedroom look nice again.

I've been debating doing maternity photos and sort of settled on skipping it (do I really want professional photos of myself + 50 extra pounds hanging in my living room?), but this week I put out a call for newborn photographer recommendations on facebook and my friend Megan offered to snap maternity and newborn photos for us just to build her portfolio.  She's not a professional photographer, but has a high quality camera and some really nice shots of her son and niece.  The 30 different comments on my facebook post became extremely overwhelming and most of the packages I've seen so far start at $300... which makes my head spin!  I'm still undecided, but thinking of taking Megan up on her offer!

On Tuesday I took the dog for a short walk, about 3/4 of a mile and it didn't exactly feel great.  I thought it was cool enough at 80 degrees, but by the time the walk was over I felt like a wilted flower and I was experiencing some discomfort in the bottom of my belly.  I thought I might feel crappy when I got up for the gym this morning, but I felt fine.  The workout was DT: 5 rounds of 12 deadlifts, 9 hang power cleans, and 6 push jerks.  The women's weight was 105#, so doing it at 65# felt really light.  Deadlifts are starting to get awkward with my tummy, but I made it work.  I finished in 9:21 and was just glad to get a workout out in and that everything felt good.

I had my 32 week OB appointment today as well.  It was uneventful, my stomach measured perfectly, my blood pressure was normal, and I saw my favorite doctor in the practice.  I'm officially up 50 lbs and I think my face is finally getting fat LOL.  After my appointment we went to a pediatrician meet and greet and we both liked the doctor and the practice, so that's another thing to cross off our list.

Last but not least... I was planning on missing this year's Folk Fest since the festival last year.  I figured I'd be massively pregnant or with a brand new baby, and I was right.  The festival is next weekend and it does not seem like an enjoyable place for someone that's 8 months pregnant.  I'd be hot and not able to make the slightly treacherous hike down to the creek, the hills would leave me breathless, the port-a-potty trips would be endless, sleeping on an air mattress would be garbage, and the festival would be just a little different completely sober.  But after 8 consecutive years, I am devastated to be missing it!  Our entire group opted to take the year off and we're planning a little Faux Fest gathering to fill the void, but I think if everyone had purchased their tickets and had a plan in place, I'd probably be buying a ticket and making it work.  I just have to keep reminding myself that we are saving money, saving ourselves a lot of prep and clean up work, and there's always next year!  My parents live 10 minutes down the road, so I'm picturing a little "sun chip" crawling around during the day and then Didi picking her up for the night.  But in the meantime, mild depression...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 31

The nesting is getting pretty serious at casa de Midgley!  Over the weekend I purchased some lamps and more decor, Dave built a book case, and we finished all the baby laundry.  We still need to stock up on a few things (mostly diapers), but if the baby came tomorrow, the nursery is pretty much ready.  The last big task is actually decorating the room.  An Etsy decal that took it's sweet time coming from Ukraine finally arrived, I have one craft project that I need to force Dave to help me with, and my mom and Michelle are coming over Saturday to create some felt flowers and help me finalize the layout of the rest of the art I have.  I'm hoping to wrap everything up in the next week or so and then I will post some pics of the room!

We've also been trying to tackle some other housework that isn't imperative before baby, but we figure once she comes we won't have the time or the desire.  Dave has been chipping away at the basement!  We honestly just threw things down there when we moved in and it has been in disarray since.  He has been building lots of shelving units, getting rid of trash and donations, and organizing the rest of our crap.  I've been chipping away at my closet room, which is a giant mess of piles of clothes that don't fit me.  We also still need to set up our spare bedroom, which became a storage room for random furniture and who knows what when the nursery furniture arrived.  And I have a few hallway closets that I really want to organize.

I repotted 13 of my houseplants on Sunday morning.  I used to have a serious black thumb at Midgley Lane, but our house gets way more light and it's hard to forget to water them when you have 2 dozen starring at you.  I rehomed a bunch a few months ago and they are thriving and it seemed obvious that some of my plants really needed bigger pots, so it was time.  We also have two tomato plants in the backyard that our friend Kraemer grew from seed.  My only goal was not to kill them so I'm pretty pumped that we're seeing little green tomatoes.  I really want to do a small raised bed next summer.  Now if only I could find an ounce of passion for the rest of our landscaping...

I got wild and went into the city for a concert Monday night!  I had a deadline at work the week before, so I worked a few extra hours and was able to take a half day on Monday and head into the city at lunch time.  Michelle and I checked out Cafe Square One in Old City and had a yummy meal, grabbed some iced coffees at Starbucks, and then hung out for the afternoon.  Then we headed to the Mann Center with Alex and Devon to see Animal Collective and Fleet Foxes.  We got there nice and early and it was nice to check out the scene before it got crowded.  We hit up their food trucks for dinner and I got a delicious al pastor pork bahn mi sandwich.

Animal Collective was pretty good, I'm only a casual fan and they didn't play my favorite song, but they were entertaining and the hipster people watching was great.  Fleet Foxes was everything I hoped for and the show was wonderful.  It was extremely hot and we had to kick some dumb kids out of our seats, twice, but it was really fun!


Still staying strong with my Wednesday and Friday workouts.  Friday was a hero WOD called Rene:  7 rounds for time of: 400m run (I did 6 cals on the bike), 21 walking lunges, 15 pull ups (I did 6), and 6 burpees (squat thrusts as per usual).  I definitely took it easy on this one, the 6 calories on the bike took me a lot less time than everyone's 400m runs and 42 pull ups seemed like plenty for the day.  I finished in 34:05.

Yesterday the strength was power snatch 6x2 at 65% of your max, so I did 65#.  The WOD was some more power snatching (I Rxed at 65#), bar facing burpees (squat thrust step overs for me), and overhead squats (which I did with no weight because I wanted to squat below parallel).  It was a quick workout that I finished in 8 minutes.  It's a deload week because we're doing a Lift Off on Friday. 

Yesterday we also attended a breastfeeding class and it was amazing!  The instructor was both knowledgeable and absolutely hilarious.  We learned so much and laughed through the entire class.  She taught us how important the first few days are and really that first two weeks set your supply for the duration.  I feel a lot more prepared for that role now.

I'm starting to get a lot of people asking me when my due date is, followed by mixed reactions.  Some people are like "homestretch, you're almost there!" and then others react like they assumed I must've be due next week.  I've taken all the commentary in stride so far, but I can see my replies getting a lot less diplomatic...

Friday, July 28, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 30

I really should start carrying my actual camera... oh well. These pics were too cute to pass up, but they were taken in the dark and the rain and on a phone.

On Wednesday (technically the last day of week 29) I snatched 100 lbs at the gym!  Power snatching has been my favorite lift during pregnancy and I had been hitting 95 without any issues, so I decided to load it up and go for it.  It felt great.  I honestly feel like my belly gives me some extra power through my hip drive.  My pre-pregnancy PR is 105# so I cannot wait to see what I am capable of when I am not growing a person!  The WOD was "death by burpees and rowing" so 15 minutes of that, not particularly enjoyable but I took my time and didn't completely hate it.

Friday was pretty typical, except that I thought the workout would take me 30 minutes and instead I finished in 19:42.  I subbed 5 calories on the bike for the 200m runs and I did 65# for all three lifts.  The snatches were good, the clean and jerks I probably should've gone heavier for because they felt super easy, but the thrusters did not feel great.  I wasn't squatting to depth, but I was still feeling a little something in my left knee and for some reason switching from the front rack position to an overhead grip wasn't feeling great either.  I'm thinking I'll probably just switch to dumbbells for any future thrusters since they felt fine last week.  Still have my pull ups!

Saturday morning started nice and early because this preggo was craving donuts!  We took a trip to the newly opened Duck Donuts in King of Prussia and it was awesome. You can customize your donuts any way you like and they make them fresh right then and there.  They were delicious!

Then we took Mela to Valley Forge and did about 1.75 miles in the shade.  I had to take a ton of breaks, but I feel like I haven't been doing enough walking lately (since it's been so unbelievably hot and humid).  It was nice to get out and get some exercise in before it got unbearable.

On Sunday Shayna came over and we did a ton of work in the nursery.  We opened up the last of the random gifts that hadn't been touched, organized the diaper changing supplies, tried out my Boba wrap, did lots of laundry, and she set up the rock & play.  We have so much adorable clothing, it's legit overwhelming!  I'll be changing baby girl into new outfits just to try and actually get her into everything.  Mela isn't quite sure what to make of all the new stuff in the house, but she didn't hesitate to get cozy in the middle of all the laundry.

Monday I had my 30 week appointment where I met the last OB in my practice... and I did not enjoy her demeanor.  It was little things throughout my appointment that turned me off but the specific incident that really drove things home was when I asked her about Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, which keeps being brought up in my natural birth facebook groups and is supposed to help strengthen the uterus and shorten labor.  First she acted like she had never heard of it, which I'm definitely calling bullshit on, and then she told me "do not drink anything like that because you will go into premature labor, have the baby at 30 weeks, and she will go into the NICU and you'll be going home without her."  Ummmmm what?!  How about "I do not recommend this product" or even "this type of product may cause premature labor"?  Either of those would've been professional answers to my inquiry.  But instead she went with intense fear mongering and left me hoping she'll be on vacation when I give birth.  I'll be using my Hypnobabies bubble of peace when I see her again at the beginning of September.

Tuesday we went for another hike in the park.  We headed to Midgley Lane and hit the trail that used to be right outside our door.  I still really miss having the park right in our backyard!  We did about a mile including a large hill at the end, but I felt really good and didn't need to take many breaks at all since the temps were only in the low 70s.  It's crazy what a difference the temp makes for me.  We let Carmela off the leash (for only the second time ever) for some creek stompin'!


Wednesday morning I hit CF.  We started class with a clean & jerk complex, an 8 minute EMOM of a clean liftoff, power clean, and split jerk.  I worked up to 100# and it felt great.  My coach joked with me about straightening out my bar path, but I really do think I'm going to have to break some bad habits when I'm not pulling the bar around a huge belly.  The workout was dubs, handstand push ups and clean and jerks, so I ended up doing the assault bike, some dumbbell strict press, and clean and jerks at 80 lbs.  It was a shorter workout and I guess I took it pretty easy because I recovered very easily compared to what I've been used to.

Wednesday we had another baby class at the hospital called "Welcoming Baby, a Family Affair."  It went over what to expect immediately after delivery, at the hospital, and after we get home plus the basics of newborn care.  The classes through Paoli Hospital have been great so far and I'm looking forward to our breastfeeding class in two weeks.

Other updates this week:
  • Sleep has been hit or miss.  Sometimes I roll around throughout the night and have to get up to pee, other times I sleep wonderfully and don't have to get up at all.  Dave's still loving my pregnancy induced snoring.
  • I haven't experienced anything like the heartburn I had the weekend before.  I've had a touch here and there, but nothing that has kept me up all night.  I'm trying to avoid eating super late dinners and laying down after eating, but I haven't been perfect with it.
  • My feet ache horribly when I get out of bed.  The first few steps to the bathroom are super painful.  And I woke up to a charlie horse in the middle of the night Friday.  The worst!!!!
  • I've been having a bit of pressure/pain down in my pelvis.  The OB said it's because the baby is head down (yay!) and totally normal.
  • I'm up 45 lbs which officially puts me over 200 and I don't give a shit!  I feel good and my doc doesn't seem to be concerned, so it is what it is.
  • The baby's movements are now visible from the outside!  So cool.

My guess date is 2 months from today... OMG!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 28 & 29

Week 28:

I spent the first part of Week 28 still down in Cape May.  Dave had to come back and work Wednesday through Friday since he's trying to save some vacation for when baby comes, but I spent 10 whole days there and it was so lovely.  I got to the beach every single day except Thursday when it rained on and off all day so I spent the entire day in my PJs, only left the house to walk Carmela, and took 2 naps.  It was a super relaxing week and floating in the ocean was wonderful.

Baby has been having a party in my belly!  I've been feeling kicks for a while now, but over the past week or so, the movements have been a lot more intense and sometimes I feel an entire body part sticking out.  And before I would typically feel the movements when I was relaxing or laying down, but lately it's been at random times too.  According to The Bump app she's almost 15 inches, so I guess she wants to stretch out.

On Monday I had the dreaded glucose test to check for gestational diabetes.  Women on the internet made it sound like it was going to be the worst thing I've ever had to drink, but I honestly think it just tasted like overly sweet orange soda.  I downed it in 2 minutes and felt a little gross right after but it wasn't bad.  No news is good news, so I was happy not to hear from the doctor.  Yay!

My shower was almost a month ago, but we've been so busy that the nursery still looked like this.

And it was starting to give me anxiety!  By the time we got home from vacation, I was itching to nest.  I made a nice long to do list and I split my free time between organizing and writing Thank You notes (which I meant to take down the shore with me but totally forgot).

Before my vacation, I was planning on hitting up a local gym so I didn't take a 10 days off from CrossFit.  I was scared that if I spent that much time away, I'd be done for good.  But I did SO much walking, some dancing, and a little bit of swimming and I just wasn't feeling a formal trip to the gym.  Honestly, carrying my beach bag across the sand felt like a pretty good workout every day.  But on Tuesday, I was back at it!  I hit the gym at 6 am for some front squats (not going below parallel anymore), box step ups, and dumbbell squat clean thrusters.  My quads were screaming during the workout, but otherwise I felt great.

Week 29:

Friday's WOD was 20 rounds of 3 burpees (squat thrusts), 3 chest to bar pull ups (regular kipping pull ups), and 1 squat snatch 115/75 (I did 75 and was dropping under the bar, but they were mostly just power snatches).  I hadn't done pull ups in a few weeks, so I thought they might be gone, but they still felt fine.  The girl at my gym who is due 2 days before me said she didn't feel great afterwards so she was probably dropping them, but I didn't have any ill effects other than ripping my hands in the last two rounds.  The snatches felt great and I finished in 25:01.

Friday night our friend Rachel came over and we chowed down on some pizza and a delicious chocolate peanut butter pie she brought over to spoil me with... and then I had the worst sleep of my life.  I was tossing and turning with heartburn pain all night and even threw up in my mouth a little, twice!  It was AWFUL.  I've never really had heartburn before, so it came as a shock.  I had a repeat night of crappy sleep on Saturday with the same feeling.  Apparently, that's a thing now.  The internet advises eating smaller meals throughout the day, avoiding eating 3 hours before bed, and avoiding laying down after eating in general, so I am trying to incorporate those changes.

On Sunday I spent a lot of time in the nursery and I'm feeling much more prepared now!  The room is a lot more organized and I have a better feeling for what I still need.  I also ordered a few decor items and have an improved idea of exactly how I want to decorate.  Now I just need to force Dave to hang some things ;)  He did spend some time putting together our pack & play though!

He also spent some time Sunday installing our new dryer!  Our old one died when he tried to be a good husband and wash our sheets while he was back at the house for a few days and I was still hanging in Cape May.  I'm so happy it happened now and not when we have mountains of newborn laundry!  Dave was extremely enthusiastic about doing a load of laundry Sunday night and kept saying "I don't know why I am so excited about a new appliance!"  I do, we're old lol!

We took our first baby education class at the hospital on Monday night.  It was Happiest Baby based on the book Happiest Baby on the Block.  It was all about calming your baby in the first 3 months of life using the 5 S's: Swaddle, Side/Stomach Hold, Shush, Swing, and Suck.  The instructor was really awesome and I feel like we learned a lot.  And now I don't need to spend time reading the book.

Thursday marks 30 weeks... then we'll be in single digit countdown!  Here comes the torpedo tummy!

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