Baby Update: 35 Weeks

by Lauren on August 26, 2014

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Less than 5 weeks to go and I am counting down the days now!  I’m just about a month away from my due date now so it seems so close but still so far away.  Everyone told me these last few weeks are the hardest and on cue, everyone was right.  Sleep is a struggle, my body is experiencing more aches and I’ve been experiencing a lot of cramping.  It reminds me of having my period but without the bleeding.  But I hear that comes later so yippee!

 

I’m definitely feeling a little more prepared these days.  We had our first baby shower with John’s family in Connecticut last weekend and received so many wonderful gifts, including a huge pile of onesies and clothes.  We travel to Pennsylvania this weekend for baby shower number two with my family and cannot wait!  After that, I’ll plan on doing some last minute trips to babies-r-us for whatever items we still need.  I also did my hospital bag shopping last night and picked up some sexy underwear (note sarcasm) and maxi pads for after labor along with a few nursing bras and nursing camis to bring with me to the hospital.  I still have a lot to do but I’m definitely feeling a little more stable.  I swear “nesting” is just a nice way of saying “panicking.”

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On the health front things are good!  I’ll have an ultrasound tomorrow followed by my checkup and then will be seen weekly until the end.  I did have one small scare last week that was entirely my fault.  I decided to take a stab at jogging just to see if my body was still able to run a little.  Well, that was a stupid idea.  I hopped on the treadmill and did a very easy pace but immediately started to feel tightness in my uterus.  I tried to work through it but it got worse.  After 10 minutes, I switched to walking but the pain increased until I found myself on the floor of the gym in a lot of pain.  I called John (he was at work) and told him I was stranded at the gym.  No one was around and I still had to somehow get up and walk back to the apartment that included a HUGE hill I had to face.  He told me to call the neighbor but unfortunately she was not around.  So I waited it out for 10 minutes and eventually was able to stand and walk.  I finally made it back to the apartment but the pain did not go away, in fact, it lasted for the next 2 hours.  I finally called my doctor and she told me it sounded like I overdid it and was experiencing a muscle spasm.  Imagine a painful Charlie horse in your leg but in your uterus….yeah, that was not fun! I was told to rest, drink lots of water and take it easy for the next day or two.  Needless to say, I won’t be running again for the rest of the pregnancy.

 

Aside from that little mishap, it was a good week overall.  Here are some updates:

 

Baby Updates:

 

Baby is the size of a honeydew melon (I swear he was that size 3 weeks ago though.  I’m getting a little annoyed at these comparisons now).

 

From now on, baby’s growth is mostly in the plumping up department — though he won’t get much longer, he’ll put on a pound or more of baby fat before birth. (He’s about 15 percent right now and will be about 30 percent by full-term.) His hearing is totally developed (tip: baby responds best to higher pitches), really is a his testes have probably completed their descent.

 

Mommy Updates:

 

UC Stuff

Still staying symptom-free.

 

Weight Gained

I haven’t been weighed in 2 weeks but I will find out tomorrow if/what I gained from the last appointment.

 

Workouts

I took a little time off last week after my incident and definitely toned things way down. My cardio has been about 30 minutes on the elliptical or light walking and I’m still doing light weight exercises here and there.  I’m also doing more prenatal Pilates and yoga and John and I have been taking walks almost every night after dinner.  At this point, I’m just trying to stay active but listening to my body.

 

Symptoms

Definitely more cramping and mild indigestion.  I feel more and more pressure down there (especially when I stand) and have had a couple more intense Braxton Hicks contractions (especially after sex, sorry TMI).

 

Cravings

Liquids!  I’ve been more dehydrated so I’m drinking a ton now but sometimes plain water makes me queasy.  I’ve been digging lemon water or vitamin water and recently found a huge fixation for frozen flavored water.

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Aversions

I really want to like coffee again because some mornings, I need it more than ever, especially now. The only way I can drink a cup is if I add a lot of milk and/or stevia and even then, I still don’t “love” it.

 

Looking Forward To

Baby Shower number 2 and seeing my family this weekend!

 

Daddy’s Thoughts

John is such a huge help, especially when it comes to preparing for the baby’s arrival.  He has been putting baby furniture together left and right and has volunteered to do all the baby laundry.  He is still reading to him almost every night and continues to have “play time” with him when he’s awake and kicking.  It really is the cutest thing to see Baby Roy react so well to his voice now.

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Questions – What should I pack in my hospital bag?  I’ve made a list and included essentials such as nursing bras, comfy clothes, nursing tanks, socks, travel-sized toiletries, cell phone and charger, hospital forms, chap stick, boppy, underwear (granny panties), and baby’s coming home outfit. Am I forgetting anything? 

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10 Quick, Easy and Healthy Dinner Recipes

by Lauren on August 21, 2014

We all know eating healthy can be a challenge.  It requires planning and preparation ahead of time, which most of us don’t have time for.  I find myself going through phases of meal planning where I’ll be on such a roll for a few weeks and then all of a sudden life happens and I completely brush it off.  I can usually jump back into it, but in those weeks when I’m not planning ahead, I often face the dreaded fridge stare and complete and utter food rut.  Luckily, I’ve been writing some good recipes down for a few years (as I’m sure most of you have too), but then I thought it would be nice to have a post that featured a few of my favorite quick, easy, and healthy meals.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

 

Quick, Easy

Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowls

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Chicken Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

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Red Curry Tofu Stir Fry

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Citrus Avocado Salmon Salad

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Almond Crusted Tilapia

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Acorn Squash, Apple and Brussels Sprouts Sautee with Apple Chicken Sausage 

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Quinoa with Summer Squash, Roasted Chicken, Spinach, Corn and Tomatoes 

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Chicken and Feta Meatballs

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Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl with Chicken Sausage 

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Italian Balsamic Stir Fry with Chicken Sausage and Kale

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