Friday, June 23, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 25

The big event this week was my shower on Saturday!  It was held at Calvary Church, in a perfect little room for the event, and decorated beautifully.  The flowers were gorgeous, the food was yummy, and all the small touches were just adorable.  It was everything I hoped for and I was overwhelmed with the generosity and love I felt at the shower.  Dave and I are truly blessed with amazing family and friends and Baby Midgley is already so loved!

After skipping the gym all last week (being sick on Monday, golfing Friday, with a ton of stuff jammed in between), I decided to make it a priority this week.  I hit the gym Monday (actually week 24) and hit a 115# clean and jerk, followed by a workout of 66 jerks at 75# and 25 calories on the assault bike.

Whoa meatball.

Wednesday (also technically week 24) we were snatching and I made it all the way up to 95#!  I love that lifting still feels so good.  The workout was 5 rounds of 3 snatches, 6 bar over burpees that I did as squat thrusters with a step over, 9 hang cleans, and I subbed the 27 dubs for 5 calories on the assault bike.  The Rx weight was 75# and I decided to take it a little lighter since sometimes hang cleans hurt my back, but 65# felt incredibly easy, especially in the snatches.  Oh well!  And Friday we did this gem of a workout.

I finished in 22:29 and modified with step ups instead of box jumps, 75# for my front squats, and I still have my kipping pull ups!  I keep wondering if I should cut them (to avoid overdoing it and ended up with a worse ab separation), but they still feel great.  I feel like just by listening to my body, it's been pretty easy to tell when I should nix a movement.  So for now, I'm keeping them.  I keep saying how easy they'll be when I'm not carrying around all these extra lbs.

On Tuesday I hit some front squats (2x5 at 99#) and then the workout was wallballs, burpees (squat thrusts for me), and running (assault bike) and my quads were on fire.  I'm definitely noticing it takes me a little longer to recover after the WODs these days.  I just need some time to sit and chill before I can run off to shower.

Other pregnancy things this week:  my feet always hurt!  They may be a little swollen, nothing crazy, but it literally takes zero time on my feet for them to start seriously aching.  I'm trying to wear comfy supportive shoes, but it doesn't matter.  Some mornings I wake up and they still hurt from the day before.  It's not fun.  My back has also started aching a bit when I'm sitting at work all day.  I try to mix in time on the exercise ball I'm borrowing from a coworker, but I usually get sick of that too.  I need to incorporate more awkward under my desk midday stretching.

I'm also going back and forth with my body image.  Sometimes I feel like I'm just belly (and GIANT boobs) and then other times I just feel like a whale.  Everyone at my shower was telling me how great I look, so that was a nice confidence booster.  But the scale tells a different story.  I also need to choose my clothing carefully.  I've had a few days where I've worn stuff that was restrictive and just made me extremely uncomfortable all day.  And the other day I swore I could feel a stretch mark forming lol.  Thankfully none to report yet.  My belly button is almost flat though, it's really weird.

Another new-ish symptom is I'm noticeably more emotional lately.  Little things will really set me off and I'll end up crying over something that's not really worth it.  I have a feeling this one is only going to get worse for most of the remaining calendar year.  Dave is screwed.

The third trimester is right around the corner, holy moly!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My Pregnancy: Weeks 23 & 24

Week 23:

I didn't make it to the gym most of the calendar week, but I went Friday and had another great workout.  The strength was back squat but my left knee has been a little cranky, so I decided to do the snatch complex from the day before and I made it up to a 90# power snatch!  Then the workout was Jackie, rest 3 minutes, and then a half Jackie (only 35# for women).

When I first started, I was thinking maybe I would do less time on the rower.  My hands were still kind of ripped up from Murph, so I was thinking about cutting some of the pull up reps too.  I also considered doing Jackie and then skipping the half or making it just 1/4.  And then I felt good on the rower, turned my brain off, and just did the whole damn thing.  I finished Jackie in 15:53 and then crushed the half Jackie in 6:23, with everyone around me cheering while I finished.  I felt so proud and remembered the first time I did Jackie in 2013 when I could barely do the pull ups with two resistance bands!

On Saturday we attended a perfect little farm wedding.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous and really made the night.  They had a Quaker ceremony which was incredible simple, but it was short and sweet and really suited the couple.  The flowers were dazzling and the reception barn decor was so cute.  It was a wonderful evening full of friendship, love, and dancing.  And photo shoots, thanks Heather!

My weekend ended with a rough Sunday night.  I either ate something crappy or picked up some germs off the train because I was up 5 different times sitting on the toilet and decided to skip work Monday.  I laid on the couch all day and tried to rally, but ultimately decided to skip our last birth class.  I was really disappointed, but getting in the car and driving to Philly was the last thing I wanted to do and I didn't want to risk getting the other girls sick.

On Tuesday, one of my mommy fairy godmothers came over with a van full of goodies for Baby M!  Aunt Kimber brought over a glider, a pack n play, a high chair, some clothes and toys.  Then on Wednesday Dave picked up our nursery furniture from Babies R Us!  The staff at the store kept asking him if he wanted to make two trips, but he said nope!

Dave and his dad lugged all the furniture in the house and set up the dressers.  Dave's dad wouldn't let me help carry anything, he didn't want me to hurt myself.  Insert all the eye rolls haha.

Week 24:

On Thursday I had an OB appointment and the doctor finally acknowledged my weight gain.  She was very nice about it and the topic didn't come as a surprise since I've gained over 30 lbs already.  She started tell me how I should be eating, focusing on protein and fiber and watching my carbs and I just laughed.  I know exactly how I should be eating.  I'm not doing a Whole30 any time soon, but I'm trying to take things down a notch.  Maybe I'll stop eating ice cream directly out of the carton.  Maybe.  We also talked a little bit about Hypnobabies and she was really open to hearing more about it, which was nice because some of the mothers in my natural birth support group on Facebook have posted about receiving a lot of negative feedback from their OBs.

On Friday I attended a golf outing for the American Society of Highway Engineers and I was really unsure of how I was going to play.  All week my coworkers had been joking with me about swinging around my belly, but I figured either way it would be a nice day out of the office.  And then I played the best game of my life!  I drove the ball straighter than ever, had a lot of nice hits in general, and my putting was actually decent.  I had a lot of fun and the weather was perfect.

On Sunday my dad came over to help Dave finish putting the furniture together.  I'm so happy all the furniture is ready to go in the nursery, it is so beautiful. 

And now I can nest!  I started going through all the hand me down clothes we have and I washed all the newborn and 0-3 month clothes.  The clothes were killing me, I was literally getting emotional.  Everything is SO tiny!  I just can't believe we are going to have such a tiny little baby to care for in a few months!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Our Long Weekend in Arizona Part 2: A Wonderful Wedding & Climbing Cathedral Rock

Part 1: Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock Hike, The Hudson, and Midgley Bridge

The ceremony was held in Red Rock State Park under the shade of a huge tree.  The weather was absolutely perfect (after the forecast was calling for rain all week) and the ceremony was really touching.  I couldn't help but tear up during the vows they had written for each other. It was beautiful.  Congrats Drew & Alexa!

After a few family pics, we were on our own for a few hours before the reception started.  The venue was the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, a really cool little complex with art galleries, shops, and restaurants, so we headed right there to check out Oak Creek Brewery.  Dave drank, I ate some fries, and we got to know some of Dave's cousin's long time family friends.  And soon enough it was time for the party to start!

The reception was wonderful.  The space was so cute with a lot of special touches from the couple including a Polaroid camera setup to fill their guest book with fun shots.  The chicken marsala dinner was delicious.  The DJ was great and we even got Aunt Linda on the dance floor for the cupid shuffle.  It was a really fun wedding and I think the couple really got to enjoy it!

After jamming all the decorations into the groom's car, we headed back to the house for the after party where I somehow managed to stay up until 2 am to laugh with/at all the drunk people.

Sunday had a slow start.  Dave was hungover and I was pretty tired too.  I spent the morning soaking up some sun on the back porch until we were finally ready for another hike!

We headed up the road to Cathedral Rock for a 1 mile hike up to a look out point.  The hike was labeled moderate difficulty so we figured we'd just take our time with lots of breaks and see what I could do.  A mile seemed doable.  The first part of the hike was fairly easy and when we got up to the base of the rocky portion the view was so cool.

Then we started heading up the rock and about half way, it got pretty steep.  There were foot holes in the rock and we started to use our hands for part of it.  When we got to the top of that section I suddenly felt a bit of regret, I really didn't want to go back down it.  We took a little break and I was feeling slightly anxious.  I wanted to continue and we were so close!  But my gut was telling me no.  The portion above us looked even more difficult and I decided that it wasn't a good life choice to keep going.  I am not a rock climber!


I went back down the steep portion with a crab walk, dragging my butt along some parts, and it wasn't that bad.  As soon as we got back down, I was so mad at myself for not going all the way.  I was really bummed, but just had to remember that I was better safe than sorry.  We hiked a little around the base of the rock and then called it a day.

We spent our last night in the house hanging with our family and enjoying delicious steaks on the grill.  Then we said our goodbyes and headed to bed nice and early.

To be continued with our awesome day at the Grand Canyon...

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