Quick Week 21 Update

Welcome to week 21! We’re about midway through the second trimester and for the past 2 weeks I have felt better than I have since the beginning of this pregnancy. Yay for that!

Sleep had been pretty good for a while but this week was dicey. Pregnancy is a roller coaster, for sure. Heartburn has intensified, but it is manageable. No puking for a few weeks – hooray. Even my piriformis has been better the past couple of days. I am cherish all of this.

Guess what. Another pregnancy first yesterday. On the metro yesterday a woman offered me her seat. How nice! I was touching my belly and she must have been able to tell I am preggers. I actually really wanted to sit. But my darn stubborn, independent side caused me to decline the offer. What the heck? I must learn to accept help, including nice offers like this. Something for me to work on.

This week I had a regular monthly appointment with Karen, the nurse-midwife. Everything looked perfect. At one point she said that I had a nice little belly coming in. So I did what any woman, pregnant or not, would do and started over-thinking her comment.

Is my belly too big? Am I gaining too much weight? What did she *really* mean by that? On the way out I felt compelled to ask and she assured me that everything was just fine and I am right on track for my weight gain.

Speaking of weight gain, it is really ramping up. I have gained 2.5 pounds since last week, bringing my total pregnancy weight gain to date to about 13 pounds. During my swim on Wednesday I had a light bulb moment. Is it possible that my sudden increase rate of weight gain is related to my renewed interest in sweets? Hmmmmm. I am pretty sure that’s a yes.

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve been overdoing it, well, except for the two donuts I had last Friday. If it makes a difference, one was in the morning, and the second one was in the late afternoon. Because, you know, the donuts were just sitting there in the office, calling me. And I had a green smoothie for breakfast and ate my serving of cottage cheese (before the first donut). 🙂

That’s all for the weekly update. In case you’re wondering, my mom is doing much, much better. Last night we surprised her and thanks to my friend S who loaned me her home Doppler unit, Mom and Laura got to hear the little Olive’s heartbeat. I knew they’d like that but I had no idea how MUCH they’d enjoy it. It was really great!

 

 

Pregnancy First

I swam this morning. But that’s not the first that the title references, although it is newsworthy. It WAS my first swim for the month of March. I swam once in February. I’m going to aim to at least double that in April. Hahaha!

While I was getting ready an older lady started talking to me. She asked if I swam there every day. Uh, no. Not quite. I mentioned that I was pregnant and the stream of typical pregnancy questions ensued. She asked me if I was going to continue working and when I said yes she gave me the “Oh” response in a somewhat judgmental and I-am-so-sorry-for-you tone.  Ha!

Honestly, my first thought was, oh, this is funny – I can’t wait to post about this on my blog. My second thought, well, that’s just the way it is. I’m glad that this didn’t bother me, as I am sure this is going to be the first of many, many unsolicited opinions, looks, judgments, etc., I get as a mom. I hope I continue to not let these things affect me.

Oh, and as it turns out, the lady doesn’t have kids herself. But she did tell me that now is a really good time to have children. You know, because of the availability of many day care options. Good to know, lady. Thanks!

Race Report: Scope it Out 5k

Yes, you read the title right. This is a race report.

I know, I know. I shouldn’t be “racing” right now. But I am still running so that’s what I did. I ran. 

History

First, please bear with me for some background about this event. Scope it Out is a local race dedicated to raising awareness of colon cancer. The organization also raises money for colon cancer research and other initiatives.

Did you know that Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths (in both men and women)? Did you know that it is mostly treatable? Colonoscopies save lives! And while the thought is unpleasant, they’re really not that bad. I know. I had one. Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss.

Anyhow, the Scope it Out 5k is the first race I did with Team Z when I joined in 2009. I remember not knowing many people, but being warmly embraced by my new teammates. For starters, it was the day that I met my good friend Holly. We had been emailing each other for a while in relation to her charity Cancer to 5k but had never met in person.

I also remember getting on the metro in my Team Z running top and quickly being accosted, I mean, befriended by this very outgoing and talkative girl named Andrea. She entertained me all the way home. Hi Andrea! She, too, became a good friend.

However, as wonderful as these memories are, what really stands out for me is remembering my friend Shawn Felty. Shawn was fighting colon cancer at the time and put together a team for this race in 2009. He had the biggest team that year and it was a great day for Shawn – and for his many, many friends. Unfortunately, Shawn passed away in December 2010. He is dearly missed!

So, as you can see, this race had some significance for me and I wouldn’t have missed it. There was no question that I would be there to run in Shawn’s honor.

Race Day

For those of you who don’t know, Team Z has a special role in this race. I don’t know who thought of this craziness, but I love it. Fifty Team Zers dressed in red shirts and red beanie hats with the slogan “Catch the Polyp.” We are actually quite a sight.

Joe and me before the race. This will serve as the substitute weight challenge photo for the week.

All of the Polyps!

 

Thanks to Coach Alexis for the pictures

As for the race, there’s not much to tell. I certainly didn’t go out there planning to race. Initially the Knight and I planned to run together. But when I thought about it, it occurred to me that this was a good chance for him to test himself and really go for it. He wasn’t so keen on that idea, especially since I sprang this on him on the drive to the race. Also, he had raced the Rock & Roll Half the week before.

In any case, I had planned to take it easy and run at my usual, comfortable pace. But you know me…probably better than I know me.

We started out together (with Joe and my teammate Stephanie tagging along for the first part). I kind of felt responsible for everyone’s times so I had a little extra fire in me. I was very careful to pay attention to my body and the baby and not hurt myself. I was running faster than I had in a while. I just couldn’t help myself. The energy of the race was getting to me and it felt terrific. (Terrific in an intense heartburn and constant spitting kind of way.)

About halfway through the race I told the Knight that he needed to get going.  He went for it.  Me? Yeah. I kept going. I mean, I let him get ahead of me but then I just kind of found a groove and I pretty much stayed behind him the entire time. My heart and lungs were on fire but my belly and the rest of me felt terrific.

Final result: I finished in 34:50. That is about 7 minutes behind my 2009 time and I’ll take it. I felt great afterwards – and I still do. I ran harder than I have in many, many months and I loved it!

I learned some things: 

  • At this point, it feels like a bit of a struggle to run at *any* pace. When I run 12 minute miles I feel like I’m working hard. But running 10 minute miles on Sunday wasn’t easy either. It really wasn’t that much harder, though. I think running is just challenging now.
  • I am incapable of not racing when surrounded by the energy of a race. I didn’t consciously try to pick people off on Sunday, nor was I trying to stay with the Knight.  It was just subconscious. Boy, I have missed it!
  • Call me crazy, but I love racing and I love running. I get a sense of satisfaction from running that I don’t get from anything else.

I keep hearing that after childbirth you become a faster runner. I’m looking forward to testing that theory. I plan to continue to take it easy and listen to my body over the next 20+ weeks. However, I am very much looking forward to being a running momma. I need to start shopping for a running stroller. Any recommendations?

Week 20 Update – Thursday Thirteen Style

1. Sing with me… Whoah,  we’re half way there, ohhh, we’re living on a pray-er. The Bon Jovi song keeps swirling around my head. It’s official! 20 weeks is  the pregnancy halfway mark.

I know this is confusing, because many people don’t realize that a full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks, which is more like 10 months than 9.  I’ll leave it at that.

2. We have lots of produce to choose from this week. According to the Bump, the baby is the size of a cantaloupe. Baby Center says it is the length of a banana, and AlphaMom, which I recently discovered, says a 20-week baby is a size of a butternut squash. Ay yay yay!

3.  How pregnant I look depends on what I’m wearing. People keep telling me that I don’t look pregnant. I find it very amusing. I think my reluctance to wear real maternity tops is the cause. However, last night I was wearing a little tank top and underwear and took a picture of myself because I couldn’t believe how pregnant (read: huge) I looked. That picture will not be published (I was in my underwear!!), but trust me, clothes can hide a lot.

4. I went to my first pre-natal yoga class this week. I loved it! It was harder than I expected it to be, which was good for me. The instructor told us that the pigeon pose, which happens to be one of my favorites, is good for sciatica (which is related to my piriformis issues). I think it has been helping.

5. Overall, I feel better than I have in months. Sleep has been so much better over the past week. I’ve been sleeping through the night more and that makes a big difference.

6. I feel like I’ve been going non-stop this week. My mom is doing well and I’ve been spending a lot of time with her. Tonight I have some downtime at the house. Downtime means finishing taxes and doing housework, but that is good for me. Party on.

7. Life is short! Some of you know that my boss in counsel’s office passed away back in December after a brief battle with cancer. Yesterday my supervisor’s husband died from a stroke he suffered last Friday. Both tragedies have been very sudden and sad. If nothing else, these events remind me to cherish every day and not to sweat the small stuff.

8. I am steadily gaining weight. I’m up about two more pounds from last week. My total weight gain is right where it should be at this point but I probably need to have a little less cake (hey, it was for my birthday – my birthday WEEK) and a bit more lowfat milk. It is probably not a good idea to continuing gaining at this rate.  I have an OB appointment next week and I’ll let the professionals decide.

9. I’m not sure about the fate of the weight challenge. Joe’s detail to our office ends this week 😦 and his new office is far away. We might need him to email in his photos. We’ll see.

10. We are nearing the end of the home renovation adventure. The upstairs kitchen was completed two weeks ago. Did I mention that we are thrilled with the final product? The downstairs kitchen just needs countertops, paint, and a few finishing touches. We had a bit of a hard time selecting the downstairs counters but finally picked something. They’ll be installed tomorrow, and hopefully we’ll be completely done with everything by the middle of next week. Then I promise to post pictures of both projects.

11. The next big house project will probably be getting the nursery ready. I am finally  – ummm – adjusting to this whole boy idea. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled. But I’m a little shocked. I have a few ideas for some fun color schemes. I’m just not into pastel blue and green.

12. I havent exactly met my cooking goal of one new recipe per week recently. I am hoping to change that. Springtime makes me crave veggies, which makes me think meatless meals. Mmmmm.

13. I have awesome friends. That’s just what popped into my head when I tried to think of one more thing for this list. I love you guys! Thanks for reading!

Funny Things

I often find myself laughing about something and wanting to share the joy. What better a place than here on my blog. Right?

For starters, I came across this little funny which describes how I often feel. I really don’t expect everyone I know to keep up with this blog, but sometimes I feel like I’m being redundant by talking about things I’ve written about.

Other funniness has to do with the reaction that I got to my cheering outfit on Saturday. I decided it was time to step up the costume. The old tutu was due for retirement. I found some good stuff on Amazon and wound up with this glorious combination:

I love this picture that our teammate posted of me greeting the Knight around mile 1.

I seriously want to wear the legwarmers to work.

Anyhow, I think the funniest thing that happened was the guy who tried to pick me up when I was walking from the metro.  He was just a guy hanging around the neighborhood and he probably had no idea about the marathon going on nearby (hence, no idea why I would be walking around dressed like that.) I mean, really? Is this what guys think is hot? He really cracked me up. When I declined to give him my number he told me he’d probably see me around. Yeah right, buddy.

Then a lady – who was not on H St, NE for anything to do with the race – was walking along on the phone and I heard her say “Ummm, I’m going to need to call you back. I need to take a picture.” Hahaha! I guess I was quite a spectacle.

She took my picture and then a guy from the Washington Post stopped and photographed me too. He asked me a bunch of questions including my age. It wasn’t until after he walked away that I realized that I answered WRONG. I totally forgot that it was my birthday and that I was no longer 36. Oops! It was a fun day!

Finally, I want to share what I just saw in my blog’s “statistics” section. There’s a part that tells you what search terms people have entered to land on the blog. Some of them make perfect sense but others really make me wonder… What exactly was the person looking for who typed “Shamrock Boobs.” Maybe I don’t want to know….

2012-03-14 to Today

Search Views
pregnancy weeks weight gain 2
belly weeks 2
pregnant gained lbs 2
inside pantyhose 2
shamrock boobs 1
“weight gain challenge” 1
“how to cook everything” app 1
sonogram at 7 weeks 1
11 weeks of pregnancy pictures 1
stone fruits 1
america test kitchen pad thai recipe 1
being cat 1
Unknown search terms 2

Hope you’re all having a great week! Thanks for all of the enthusiasm over our baby boy news.

 

It’s a……

Soooo….today was the big day. It was such a long morning. First, the sonographer was running about 30 minutes behind. Okay, so we waited patiently. Then the sonogram started and I thought they’d get right to the good part. Nope. She measured the head…click, click, click. Looks good. Then the arms…click, click, click….good. The legs, the hands, and seriously like 57 other body parts. I swear it took forrrrrevvvvver. Finally, finally, she got to the good part. And what did she see???

As the sonographer put it…there it was. A little BOY part. Hahaha! Yup!

We are having a BOY! A little Knight! Yippee!!!! We are very excited when we think of our favorite little men: Alexander, Patrick, and Hayden. I hope we are as lucky.

It is time to work on names…and nursery ideas. So send those suggestions along.

Oh, and who was the one person who voted boy on the poll? You win a prize. 🙂

PS – My mom is out of the hospital and doing much better. Thanks for all of the well wishes. She is very excited about her grandson.

Try This! (Avocado Pie)

Es specifically requested that I post this recipe, so I am obligated to do so.

You already know that last weekend was Pi(e) Night. Well, it is kind of funny how I arrived at the decision to make this pie. I wasn’t planning to bake anything. On Friday, the Knight was doing the grocery shopping and I texted him to request that he get my usual pregnancy supply of avocados. As it was the day before Pi(e) Night I joked, “How does Avocado Pie sound?”

Then I googled the idea and much to my surprise I found a bunch of Avocado Pie recipes that had really good reviews. Fortunately, the Knight was still shopping and kindly agreed to go back through the store and pick up the necessary ingredients.

As it turned out, the pie was delicious (if I do say so myself).

Avocado Pie

Food Network Magazine

For the Crust:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt

For the Filling:

  • 2 medium hass avocados
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream or confectioners’ sugar, for garnish (optional)

Make the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush an 8-inch springform pan with some of the melted butter. Mix the remaining butter with the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt in a bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.

Make the filling: Halve and pit the avocados, then scoop out the flesh and chop. Transfer to a bowl, add the cream cheese and beat with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the condensed milk, lime and lemon juices, and the salt and beat until fluffy, scraping the bowl as needed. Pour the filling into the crust, press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface and chill at least 4 hours.

Remove the springform ring and slice the pie. Garnish with whipped cream or confectioners’ sugar, if desired, and serve immediately (the top may start to brown as the pie sits).

 

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