Thursday, August 29, 2019

Baby #2: Weeks 27 & 28

Week 27:

Week 27 kicked off with my glucose test!  Last time I had to sit in my doctor's waiting room for an hour after drinking something that tasted like gross extra sweet flat orange soda, but through Lifecycle I got to drink 16 oz of OJ at home and then head into the office for my blood draw.  I was told I'd receive a phone call if I didn't pass, but I haven't heard from them so I'm assuming that I am diabetes free!  The rest of my appointment was pretty uneventful, the baby's heartbeat was around 140 bpm again and I think my stomach may have measured at the top end of normal, but it was still within the normal range.

Then the majority of week 27 was spent at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.  I was honestly kinda nervous about attending while 6 months pregnant but I rocked it!  I was really worried about the pelvic pain I was experiencing the week before, but I actively avoided overdoing it on move in day  (Dave was a rockstar and our friends helped too!) and I somehow felt better after Fest than I did before.  My back did ache throughout the festival, which usually happens even when I'm not pregnant.  Sitting in camp chairs or on the ground for 4 days in a row is rough!  But my air mattress body pillow sleeping set up was legit.  I only slept for approximately 18 hours over 4 days and somehow didn't feel like total garbage, a Fest miracle!  And somehow the only time I was really bothered by the all the partying around me was when I went to sleep around 4, finally fell asleep around 4:30 and then woke up to someone playing bagpipes at 6 am.  Yup bagpipes... 6 am... f*ck that guy.

Otherwise Folk Fest was lovely.  I saw tons of amazing shows and did some serious dancing.  I reconnected with old friends and made some new. Someone brought me life changing ice cream during the hottest part of the whole weekend.  I played my favorite drinking game and doled out all my drinks to unsuspecting victims.  Vienna came for a few hours each day and had a great time.  She even got a shout out from one of the bands when she ran up to the stage!

Week 28:

I think this is the first week that's officially considered the third trimester and boy did I feel it.  I was definitely exhausted trying to recover from Fest but it was also a crappy week of pregnancy symptoms:
  • I got my first middle of the night charlie horse.  Ever wake up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain with a rock hard calf that you can't seem to release?  It's really fun.
  • The heartburn is here, right on schedule.  I woke up in the middle of the night Saturday feeling like my throat was on fire and like I was going to throw up.  That was the worst of it, but it's definitely been around somewhat often in more mild forms.
  • My back is aching a lot at work.  I think I'm officially heading to the chiro twice per week now.  Dave got me a prenatal massage for my bday but it's not until 9/7, so I'll be counting down the days until that!
  • Not a pregnancy symptom, but I have poison ivy.  Thankfully nothing like last time (praise the Lord), but I have patches on both legs and I really have no clue how I got it.
I skipped the gym all week since I was just trying to survive getting back to normal life.  My pelvis was feeling really good at the beginning of the week, but by the end it was a little achy.  I think I may have just been doing a little too much since it felt so good.

In other news, after getting home from Folk Fest, I started feeling really antsy about everything we still have to do before the baby gets here.  We moved Vienna out of the nursery a few weeks ago, but it was still super dusty where the furniture used to be and cluttered with random crap, so I spent sometime over the weekend wiping down the floor and floorboards and putting things away.  Then Monday night our friend Strobel came over to help Dave carry up the new dressers from the garage.  I am really excited they're finally up there.  Dave is going to unbox everything and set up the crib next week.  And then we can start getting all the teeny tiny clothes laundered and put away!  I still need to wipe down V's new closet and sort through everything in the nursery closet to see what stays and what goes to her new room, but I'm already feeling better with the progress.

And I'm a bad blogger because I took zero pics this week, including no bump pic.  Fail.  All I got is this selfie that shows my curly girl method progress and how much my face is already swelling... enjoy.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Baby #2: Weeks 25 & 26

Week 25

The week started off with a midwife appointment (that would've been at 24 weeks, but we were away).  The appointment went really well.  We went over my totally normal ultrasound results, my belly is measuring perfectly on track, and I got to hear the baby's heartbeat thumping away at 140 bpm.  I've been feeling tons of movement and love when I feel big kicks from the outside.

On Wednesday I finally got myself back to the gym.  I went to an evening class because one of our coaches is leaving, bye Leslie!

I did regular kipping pull ups for the chest to bar, subbed bird dogs for the toes to bar, did 85# for the deadlifts, and did 15# for the OHS.  I kept my squats above parallel and everything felt really good.

On Friday I peeled myself out of bed for the 6 am class.  The strength was walking lunges and I knew they were not a good idea for my already aching pelvis, so I skipped them and did a bunch of snatches that were prescribed the week before: every 90s, 5 touch and go snatches, 5 rounds.  I did them at 55#.

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The WOD was a bunch of rowing, dubs (I biked), dumbbell snatches (I used 20#), and burpees (I did squat thrusters).  It wasn't my favorite workout, but everything felt good.

The big event of Week 25 was Michelle and Alex's wedding celebration!  They got married in Glacier National Park, Montana about a month ago and then had a lovely brunch celebration in Stroudsburg.  I am happy that I unplugged and just let myself be in the moment, but I didn't take any pictures at the reception... not the family pic I wanted to get of myself, Vienna, and Dave, and not 1 bump pic while I was all dressed up.  They had a photographer there for the day, so I know we got some nice family shots, but... fail.

The only pic I took at the reception... Vienna and her donut.

We stayed at their house for the after party and I stayed up until almost 3 am... and then heard the baby at 6 something.  We didn't get out of bed until 8 am, but Sunday was ROUGH.  On top of not sleeping, my back felt wrecked from sitting in camping chairs all day and night, so now I'm trying to think of how I'm going to combat that at Folk Fest.  When we got home, we all took a nice long nap and then I went to bed at 9:15.

Week 26

Shout out to Fotovic & Company for the awesome backdrop!

The third trimester is looming and I feel it.  I said last time that this week was a turning point for my body and I was starting to feel less comfortable and my stomach was starting to feel heavy... yup!  I went out for a field visit on Tuesday, which involved a bunch of walking around in the heat and humidity and it really wiped me out.  I was feeling pretty crappy when I got home from work and thankfully Dave swooped in to make dinner.

I was starting to think that my pelvis was feeling a little better and then I ran through a parking lot in pouring rain on Wednesday evening and suddenly felt like my pelvis and back were both in a bad place.  I called my PT's office last week and apparently my PT is still out on leave.  They asked me if I wanted to see one of the two other women's health PTs there and I said sure, then they asked me if I had a prescription.  I told them I was never discharged so I shouldn't need one.  Apparently since I haven't been there in a few months (because they canceled my last appointment and then never bothered to call me to ask if I wanted to continue my care with another PT...) they closed out my account.  They had no problem calling me multiple times to collect my last payment, but apparently updating me about my PT's status or checking in on me was too much for them... so that's irritating.  I am going to ask for an Rx at my next midwives appointment, but I won't be able to get in before Fest.

So I talked to my chiro and doula and consulted the internet and right now I am just trying to do whatever I can to feel better before all the walking next weekend.  I was instructed to avoid excessive walking and stairs, I need to keep my pelvis as symmetrical as possible (when sitting - no crossed legs, when getting out of bed, when putting on pants, etc.), I have a few PT glute exercises I'm doing, and I'm just trying to take it easy in general.

I was considering going to the gym Wednesday morning, but after feeling crappy Tuesday night and trying to give my pelvis a rest, I decided to just skip it.  I did go Friday morning and didn't do any of the normal workout.  I did some of my PT exercises and then my coach came up with a great arm/upper body only workout that did not affect my pelvis at all.

I did 4 rounds of each instead of 3.  I used a 15# dumbbell.

I'm starting to wonder if I'm done doing any kind of olympic lifting, pull ups, etc... but right now I'm just trying to focus on feeling as fresh as possible for Folk Fest and then I'll have to see what the PT says whenever I get there.  I've read about pregnant women who end up on crutches due to pelvic dysfunction, so I'm going to do whatever I have to do to avoid making my situation worse.  Maybe I'll just be working on my guns for the rest of this pregnancy.  Can't say having super strong arms would be the worst thing for a mama that will be lugging around 2 kids!  It is what it is, so I'm just going to stay as active as possible and not stress about it.

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