Friday Confessions

by Lauren on July 25, 2014

Confession #1 –

It has been 84 days since I’ve last eaten Chipotle. 84!  With my flare in full effect, I was staying away from any foods that would trigger inflammation so Mexican food was a big no go.  But since I’ve been feeling much better, I figured it was time to make up for lost time.  I ordered my salad sans beans and corn (two of the worst culprits for digestion during a flare) and dove into this big bowl of heaven for lunch yesterday.  I also ordered this during a moment of extreme hunger and started eating the side of guacamole with a spoon in the car on the way back to the office.  You can judge, I certainly am. #pregnancyhunger

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Confession #2 –

I’ve been feeling pretty unmotivated to workout these days.  Despite being extremely tired, huge, and uncomfortable every moment of the day, ever since the doctor told me I had to slow things down on the workout front, I keep thinking, “what’s the point?”  I’ve always had a “go big or go home” mentality when it comes to working out so now that I’m waking myself up at 5am to walk, I feel quite unenthusiastic about it.  All I really want to do is sleep, eat, and sleep some more. #pregnancyproblems

 

Confession #3 –

Speaking of sleep, I’m pretty sure I dosed off for a few minutes at my desk the other day at work.  Thank goodness no one saw me, but staying awake the entire workday is a huge feat for me right now.  I’m not kidding; I go into work every day with a plan on how I will make it nine hours without falling asleep at my desk.  My solution for the past week has been drinking a small cup of coffee around 2pm.  I’m really not supposed to be drinking coffee (more for my UC stuff, not necessarily because of pregnancy as I know a small cup a day is perfectly fine) but it has become a necessity.

 

Confession #4 –

I, like many of the other billion females, watched the 50 Shades of Grey trailer yesterday and became filled with anticipation for it to come out.  I then became filled with annoyance when I found out it doesn’t come out until next Valentine’s Day.  Talk about a major marketing ploy!

 

Confession #5 –

This was by far the funniest thing I read all week.

 

Confession #6  -

I really want to get a dog.  I mean bad!  We have a new thing at work where we send each other sad or heartwarming videos from dog rescue websites and it’s killing me.  My heart actually hurts after seeing some of these and I have come dangerously close to pulling the trigger one too many times.  Now, only to convince John to jump on board….

 

Confession #7 -

I’ve been all about sandwiches lately but my jam right now is BLT’s. I made one the other night that blew my mind!  How do you make a BTL even more delicious than it already is?  You add egg of course!  Oh and avocado.  Avocado, egg, and bacon….yep there is nothing better, trust me!

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Have a lovely weekend!

 

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Baby Update: 30 Weeks

by Lauren on July 22, 2014

We’ve officially hit the 30’s!  I always felt like 30 weeks was a milestone and while I still have about 10 more weeks left, I’m finally starting to see the end in sight.  For a while, I was beginning to feel like I’m just always going to be pregnant.  It starts to become your new normal.

 

Okay let’s get right into some updates!

Week 30Baby Update

 

Baby’s now the size of a cucumber

As baby’s skin smoothes out, his brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue. He’s also adding some brawn — her grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger.

 

 

Mommy Update

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UC Stuff: Still happy to report things are good there!

 

Weight Gained: At my last appointment, I still haven’t gained anything but I also haven’t lost anything so collectively, I’m at 21 pounds total.

 

Workouts:  The intensity of my workouts have definitely slowed down.  I also stopped running as advised by my doctor at my last appointment.  He said that since the baby is smaller than average and I’m not really gaining any weight that I should cut back on any cardio that is elevating my heart rate too much.  Even though I’m not pushing myself hard in my runs, I definitely feel way more pressure than I used to so I figured that is my cue to nix it.  He said walking and light cardio are still okay.  I’ve still been getting in about 5 planned workouts a week but switched to just incline walking, ET, and the stationary bike for cardio and still doing light hand and body weight exercises.  My workouts are usually 30-40 min of cardio and 10-15 min of strength.

 

Symptoms: EXHAUSTION!  It’s hitting me hard.  The other day, I woke up, watched a movie and then fell back asleep for another 2 ½ hours.  Getting through the workdays has been tough and I’ve had to resort to a small coffee some days to keep myself from falling asleep at my desk.  Other than that, just some leg cramps, mild cramping/contractions, heartburn, bloating and increased bowel movements (not from the UC though, I think these are all pregnancy related).  My nausea has subsided a bit and I’m thinking it had to do with my prenatal.  I ran out and bought a new bottle thinking it was the same.  It was the same brand but the bottle looked different so this leads me to think the vitamins were causing my issues. Since I’ve stopped taking it, I’ve been SO much better.

 

Cravings: I hate to admit this but I’ve been craving candy again like I did in my first trimester.  Since my nausea is better, my candy cravings have gotten better, but last week, I wanted very random things to help me from not wanting to throw up; Swedish fish, Jolly Ranchers, and Starbursts to name a few.  I’ve declared this week a candy free week!  I’m finally feeling better on the UC front and definitely don’t want to add any unnecessary inflammation to my colon.

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Aversions: Still want little to do with bananas or peanut butter.

 

Wedding Rings On or Off:  On!

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Belly Button In or Out: Sill in there.

 

Overall Mood:  I feel great most days!  I definitely have some moments of worry and fear but I’d say 95% of the time, I’m so incredibly happy.  Now I’m just feeling more anxious than ever.  I honestly can’t tell you how much love I have for this little guy already. I feel like we’ve been through a lot over the past seven months but we’ve stuck it out together.  He already is my little trooper and I know he’ll be such a fighter.  I just can’t wait to meet him, see what he looks like, and of course hold him in my arms.

 

Miss Anything:  I cannot WAIT to have a real turkey sandwich again.  I’ve been craving one so bad lately!

 

Looking Forward To:  We have an appointment with our potential pediatrician tomorrow.  We already met him at a class we took a last month and both John and I were very fond of him so hoping tomorrow goes good.  I just need to collect my list of questions to ask him.

 

Daddy’s Thoughts: I still think John is more excited than I am but ultimately, I see how much he worries and cares for both me and the baby even now.  He asks me every single day how I’m feeling and how the baby is doing and then proceeds to talk to my stomach telling the little one to behave and be good for mommy today.  We are the most important people in his life and he certainly lets us know that every day.

 

Question: What are some good questions I should ask the pediatrician tomorrow? 

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Maternity Shopping in the Third Trimester

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Baby Update: 29 Weeks

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Weekend Highlights + Menu for the Week

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Loving Lately

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Overcoming Your Pregnant Body Fears

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Oh the joys of pregnancy! Trust me, there are so many countless joys of creating human life, but along with growing a fetus comes many changes physically, mentally, and emotionally.  It’s easy to talk about how we as pregnant ladies feel about our epic mood swings or our constant urge to go the bathroom.  Heck, [...]

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