Archive | October, 2012

Pregnancy Update: 17 Weeks

29 Oct

Sorry for another crappy bathroom photo – my photographer (Travis) was up in the mountains hunting. Only 1 more weekend and elk/deer season is over (for Travis)!

Travis left for a work trip Sunday afternoon, got home around 8 pm on Friday and left for hunting at 6 am Saturday. And since he was working 14 hour days, I got to talk to him about 10 minutes all week. I was about to have a meltdown yesterday from not seeing him so I asked him to come home early to have dinner with me. We went out to eat at El Tapitio (a Mexican restaurant) and it was absolutely wonderful getting to spend some time with my husband. I so often take him for granted but not seeing him for an entire week reminds me how I love that man.

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Rewinding back to Saturday morning, I volunteered at the Kooky-Spooky 5K & 10K my good friend D was putting on with her new race company, All-Out Multisport Productions. I had to be to the race site by 5 am and it was 24 degrees outside. Brrr. I dressed warm enough though so only my hands got really cold (and then warmed up by hand warmers that D provided). I was in charge of packet pickup and late registration, and it brought back so many memories from when I worked for the triathlon company almost 2 years ago. Mostly good ones. 😉

Anyway, the race was awesome! D is an amazing race director – she thinks of everything, is very organized and doesn’t cut corners (she’s directed over 20 triathlons previously). She had about 170 athletes register, which I think is a great number for an inaugural race. There were great prizes, cool awards, burritos and chocolate milk for the athletes and volunteers, and tons of volunteers helping out. If you’re in Denver and looking for a 5K or 10K to do in December or February, definitely check out All-Out Multisport Productions. (I’ll be there volunteering too! Come say hi!) {D did not ask me to write this – they’re my own opinions.}

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We had another prenatal appointment this morning and Travis came along to hear the heartbeat. It was reassuring and amazing just like last time. Our baby’s heartbeat was 160 bpm – which seems a little high according to things I’ve read but the doctor said it was right where it should be so I’m not worried. I also had blood drawn for the quad screen test. We opted to not do the sequential screening test at 13 weeks because it seemed like nothing much more came from it than being informed. But our doctor explained that the quad screen was also used to personalize the late pregnancy care and labor setup if any abnormalities were found. So we figured why not.

I finally feel like my energy is returning. It’s not an overnight difference but I can finally think about doing something besides plopping on the couch after work – like make dinner! Or even walk the dogs! My workouts this week shows that:

Su: 1.15 walk with pooches

M: 1.7 mile walk with pooches

T: 1.15 mile walk with pooches, 25 min prenatal yoga

F: 1.15 mile walk with pooches

{I plan on doing a full post about prenatal workout videos I’ve tried but I’ll just say right now that I wasn’t a fan of that prenatal video – too much talk about delivery and creating a ‘safe environment’ for my baby for my taste.}

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Symptoms: Feeling emotional but with less acne! And I think I must’ve been bloated before and not known it because my belly feels smaller?!? (I’m measuring right where I should be though, not to worry.)

Sleep: No more tummy time for me. I alternate between both sides and laying on my back with a pillow under one side so I’m tilted slightly. But I’m sleeping pretty good overall.

Cravings: Ice water, soft pretzels with the fake gooey cheese (which I had at BWW on Saturday after the race – so good!)

Weight gain: 9 lbs total

Elk Camp 2012

23 Oct

The best thing about elk camp this year was that I wasn’t miserably cold during the day OR at night like I have been in past years. That wasn’t a side effect of pregnancy though – Travis just did a better job in keeping the stove stoked.

The worst part about elk camp this year was that we didn’t get an elk. 😦 It happens. We’ve been lucky the past 3 years.

It was cold and rainy when I got up to camp Friday night – and before we went to bed, that rain turned into snow. We woke up to this on Saturday:

Beth and I spent most of Saturday in the tent. We read, played Bananagrams and talked about baby stuff. This is what the dogs do while we’re chilling in the tent:

 

They lay on my bed.

The guys came back for lunch and then it cleared up a bit so we went on a walk on the road near our campsite.

 

 

The guys came back around 7 and we ate dinner around the campfire.

Sunday, we hung out in the tent until the afternoon and then the sun came out! So we went on another hike on Ute Pass Trail. We were camping and hiking in the heart of hunting territory so we have to wear blaze orange and keep the dogs on a leash.

It’s hard to find any “easy” hikes around in the mountains so we just took a lot of breaks on the uphill parts.

When we got back to camp, I made a fire (with quite a bit of help from Beth) while Beth started on dinner. Then the guys came back, we ate and went to bed around 9:30 (while was late compared to the previous 2 nights!)

Monday was by far the nicest day we had. It was 60 and sunny. Beth and I went on another hike up Morgan Gulch. I forgot my camera so I don’t have any pictures. But it was pretty. We saw a pack of about 8 deer on the top of a ridge. After our hike, we ate lunch with the guys. They went back out and we sat in the sun for a while reading and doing a crossword. I actually got a little sunburned! Then it was time for me to head home.

Even though camping is a lot of work, it’s fun to get up into the mountains. And I got to do a lot of reading and hiking, which is what I wanted! I finished the book Unbroken – VERY good book. It’s a little intense (since it’s about POW camps during WWII) but the ending is awesome. And it gives a different perspective to WWII than I had ever read about before.

 

 

Pregnancy Update: 16 Weeks

22 Oct

This past weekend was the most productive one I’ve had in months. Due to Travis’ travel schedule for work and hunting seasons galore, this was the only weekend we had to move his home office before my parents come in November. Travis’ parents took the big dresser, full-size bed and elk antlers (yay!) from our guest bedroom home with them when they left last Friday. So Saturday morning, we started straight in on moving the office.

While we had the rooms emptied out, we decided it would be the perfect time to rent a carpet cleaner and try to get out some of the stains from the previous owners and our dogs. So we rented a Rug Doctor from King Soopers and went to town. We cleaned the rooms now known as the office and nursery and hallway on Saturday night. Then Sunday morning before church, we moved all of the furniture out of our living room and cleaned that carpet.

Professional carpet cleaner

All the furniture sitting in our kitchen

Travis’ new office

After church, the carpet was already pretty dry so we replaced all the furniture. Travis had to leave for a work trip by 2:45 so we quick moved all the furniture from our master bedroom to the office and nursery and after he left, I cleaned that carpet. And now I’m sleeping in the office until he comes home. 😉 But we got all the carpets in our (small) house cleaned! And let me tell you, I am SO glad we did that. It didn’t completely remove all the stains but it removed a lot of dirt. Our carpets were DISGUSTING. We should’ve cleaned them before we moved in 4 years ago, but we didn’t think about it at the time. I also discovered that a lot of dog hair can accumulate under our bed over the course of 2 years. Ew.

Since I was on a roll with all that cleaning, I also got a car wash (biggest waste of $10 ever) and vacuumed out all the dirt from elk camp, cleaned both bathrooms, gave the dogs a bath, did laundry and the dishes, and walked the dogs both Saturday and Sunday. I think I earned a night on the couch tonight.

I also went shopping for more maternity clothes after work on Friday. I bought a pair of skinny jeans and the cutest sweater from Old Navy and some way-comfy black pants from Macy’s. I expected Macy’s maternity stuff to be expensive but it wasn’t – a lot of it is Motherhood Maternity. I think I’m good on maternity clothes for a little bit now. Sadly, the fun green skinnies from Old Navy are being returned. They just didn’t fit right.

On a different note, the coolest part about pregnancy right now is that when I lay on my back, I can feel my uterus in my lower abdomen. And when I lay on my stomach (very briefly now because it’s really not that comfy), it feels like I’m laying on a ball. The Biscuit is growing!

{Side note: I found a children’s book at Walmart yesterday called Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch. I totally bought it, even though Biscuit is a dog.}

Workouts:

Su: 90 minute hike

M: 60 minute hike

Sa: 1.5 mile walk

Symptoms: Tiredness and a little irritability

Sleep: Most nights, I no longer have to get up to pee, which is nice. I can also sleep on both sides now – perfect timing because time on my stomach or back is fasting disappearing.

Cravings: Big salads (my salad streak has returned!), fruit snacks

Weight gain: 8 lbs total

My next prenatal appointment is a week from today. Travis is coming this time so that he can hear the heartbeat!

Pregnancy Update: 15 Weeks

17 Oct

My biggest dilemma this week is still What to Wear. I have a handful of maternity shirts and plenty of pre-pregnancy shirts that still fit but I am down to zero pairs of pre-pregnancy pants (because for some reason, I really don’t want to buy a Bella Band) and 2 pairs of maternity pants. I do have 2-3 skirts that are fall appropriate and still fit but unfortunately all my fall/winter boots are too tight on my calves!  I don’t think that has anything to do with pregnancy weight gain – I think it’s more a lasting effect from marathon training. Regardless, I’m also on the hunt for a new pair of boots. The problem is, I am the pickiest boot buyer ever. I would say that I like about 5% of the boots that are out there. And while I like black boots on other women, I just can’t imagine myself wearing them. So I’m trying to find a flat or low-heeled camel colored pair that I like and aren’t more than $100. I’ll let you know how that works out for me.

Anyway, so there is more maternity shopping in my future this weekend, just for pants. I asked the other girl at work who’s pregnant what stores she recommends and she said Macy’s, H&M, Old Navy (the one near our work sells maternity in the store), and Kohl’s. The green Old Navy skinnies I ordered arrived yesterday but I’m not sure they’re going to work out. They’re really tight in the legs but the belly is really loose. I really thought that finding maternity pants would be easier than finding real pants – due to the elastic waistband and all – but frustratingly, that’s not the case.

Workouts:

M: 1.15 mile walk with pooches

Sa: Hour hike with mother-in-law

Symptoms: Still exhausted

Sleep: I’m sleeping fairly well but the limited sleeping positions have started to annoy me. Until just last night, I haven’t been able to sleep on my left side at all – after about a minute, my stomach hurts. So I’ve been alternating between my right side and my back (since my doctor said it was fine until 20 weeks). In the mornings, I usually roll over onto my stomach for a little bit too – it’s getting less comfortable but I miss sleeping on my stomach a lot. The other weird thing is that I’ve woken up several nights completely sweaty but I don’t feel hot. Maybe my dreams are freaking me out? Speaking of which…

Dreams: I’ve heard it’s common for pregnant women to have crazy/vivid dreams but the thing I notice most about my dreams is that I will have the same dream all night long. Even when I wake up and roll over, I fall back asleep to the same dream. Which is nice when it’s a good dream.

Cravings: Potatoes and potato chips, big salads with lots of dressing (at least it’s veggies!), fruit snacks (these have calmed down quite a bit)

Weight Gain: 7 lbs total (need to lay off those potato chips!)

Pregnancy and Weight Gain

16 Oct

 

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Hey friends. I’m back from elk camp, which I’ll recap when Travis gets back with the camera. I also forgot to take a bump picture this morning so I’ll do my 15 Week update tomorrow.

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on weight gain during pregnancy, two aspects in particular: food and body image.

Food

For an average-sized person like me, the recommended amount of weight gain is 25-35 pounds. And despite the familiar idea of eating for two, the extra calories required daily to grow a human being are pretty much 0 in the first trimester, 300 in the second trimester, and 450 in the third trimester (again, for an average-sized person like me).

It’s funny, though, how prevalent the mindset is of eating whatever you want now that you’re pregnant. All of a sudden, eating an entire chocolate cake by myself is not only acceptable, it’s encouraged. “The baby needs chocolate!” I can’t lie and say that I haven’t already often said “Hey, I’m growing a baby” as an excuse to eat more than I would normally (mostly to avoid being hungry an hour later), but I haven’t been demolishing everything in sight either. I may be pregnant, but I still can’t stand the feeling of being too full.

All that said, my approach to gaining weight during pregnancy is going to be the same as my approach was to maintaining weight before pregnancy: Intuitive Eating. The main two principles of Intuitive Eating are 1) Eat when you’re hungry and 2) Stop when you’re full. Sub-principles are 3) No food is off-limits and 4) You feel better when you eat healthy foods.

Now that I’m in the second trimester, the amount and quality of food I eat is especially important to The Biscuit. I’ve been pretty consistent in eating at least one serving of vegetables a day – last Thursday and Friday I had enormous salads for lunch (which cost me $7.50 each at the work cafeteria, no big deal). Tonight, I’m going to buy and prep the ingredients to keep that salad streak going. I’d also like to start cooking dinner more often – even if that only means making our own mini pizzas instead of throwing in a frozen pizza. I’ve also been putting strawberries on my cereal for breakfast and eating an orange and grapes or canned fruit for snacks during the day. {Side note: I love canned mandarin oranges.}

That’s about where my healthy eating ends. The rest of my diet has been a mashup of fruit snacks, licorice, potato chips, ice cream, pickles, sushi and white dinner rolls. And the love for meat I had during Weeks 5-7? Pretty much gone. Even chicken tastes kind of weird now.

To sum it up, my eating habits since becoming pregnant haven’t been the greatest and I’m aiming to improve them for the sake of my baby. But I’m not going to be a Nazi and count calories, or use a checklist to make sure that I’m eating everything I’m supposed to be (like the one that What to Expect When You’re Expecting has). Even in pregnancy, healthy eating is about making good choices, one at a time.

Body Image

Before getting pregnant, I’d heard pregnant women whose bellies were growing lament the loss of their former shape. I always thought it was kind of silly – I mean, what do you expect when you get pregnant? Having your belly grow is inevitable. But now I have a different perspective/understanding of that lament.

Don’t get me wrong – I love that my belly is growing because it makes pregnancy so much more real. But I wasn’t expecting to feel the same apprehensions as the other women I judged. There are days when I wonder if I’ll ever be able to run a 10 minute mile again, or ever have a stomach that’s even remotely flat. There are days when I feel like my belly is just fat, not baby, and compare myself to other women who have barely-there bumps even at 19 weeks. I wonder if my boobs are still growing, and if they’ll ever return to the sufficient size they once were.

Probably the biggest struggle I have in regards to my body image is my fear of getting out of shape. For the past 8 or 9 years, I’ve been consistently active. Over the past 3-4 years, I’ve done sprint and Olympic triathlons, half marathons and a full marathon. Now, I count cleaning my house or walking the dogs as a workout – because honestly, I don’t have much energy for more. I went on 3 hikes this weekend with my mother-in-law, each lasting between 60 and 90 minutes, and that was my limit. I get tired a lot faster and easier than I used to, and I’ve already noticed that my fitness level has dropped significantly. I keep waiting for the “second trimester energy” to kick in but so far, I feel just as tired as I have the past 3 months.

So just like with eating healthy, I am just going to take it a day at a time and try to do as much as I can. If that’s only 2 workouts one week, that’s what it is.

How did/do you feel about gaining weight or losing fitness during pregnancy?

Life lately.

12 Oct

It’s that time of year: elk hunting. Travis and his parents headed up this morning and I’ll head up right after work. Since I spent pretty much all of my PTO going to Alaska for two weeks and I can’t take unpaid time off without VP approval (stupid corporate policy), I will only be going up for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, heading down Monday night. Everyone else will come back down Wednesday. If you’re wondering, I don’t hunt. I hang out with my mother-in-law and we do fun stuff. 🙂

Read about our trip last year here.

Even though I’m going to freeze my butt off and I am really not looking forward to heading out to the lug-able loo at 2 am (thanks to pregnancy), I am looking forward to doing some hiking and lots of reading. The forecast calls for snow near us so we may or may not see any snow. Luckily, I have my warm boots this year. No more cold toes for me!

One more thing I’m excited about – driving my new car!

After 3 trips to the dealer and much hemming and hawing, we finally signed the paperwork for a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The Tribute is just the Mazda (and slightly less expensive) version of a Ford Escape.

I absolutely love it! It handles like a car and accelerates really fast (thanks to the V6 engine). And best part, I won’t have to spend 20 minutes on a Friday afternoon sitting in the parking lot at work because my car won’t start. (Yes, that happened last week.)

This past Monday night, while Travis was heckling with the dealer, I went to Starbucks (car shopping stresses me out because Travis and I have opposite buying personalities) to read my book Unbroken and have a good hour-long phone chat with my dear friend Holly who lives in Minnesota. It was so enjoyable. (Oh and Unbroken is a good book too!)

I tried the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. It was ok, but I wouldn’t order it again. Too rich.

Last week, we awoke one morning to a light dusting of snow. Now I know that the weather (especially that of a week ago) is not breaking news but I bring it up because I am LOVING Denver’s weather this fall. It’s been cold, dreary and rainy – reminds me so much of Minnesota.

 

This next picture is kind of dark but you can just barely make out a pile of grass sitting on the carpet in our living room. What is it doing there? Charlie puked it up. We’re convinced that she’s part cow. Who eats that much grass? No wonder it didn’t agree with her. (I promise she gets plenty of dog food to eat and is not starving to death.)

 

And lastly, a quick thought I had this past Sunday at church – I was standing in the sanctuary during worship and thinking about how amazing everything is in my life right now. It’s not perfect by any means but I can honestly say that 90% of the time I am completely content and grateful for all of the things God has blessed us with. At the same time, I recognize that my joy is partly because God has worked everything out with Travis’ school and PE, getting pregnant, finances, house stuff, a new car, etc. exactly how I wanted Him to. But He didn’t have to do that. He didn’t have to make everything happen this way. And yet, He did. He chose these circumstances for us, as much as we so do not deserve them. So I am praising and thanking Him for this season of excitement and joy, knowing that it won’t last for the rest of my life, but embracing the wonderful reality of NOW for the gift that it is.

I also recognize that this attitude of contentment in my heart is God’s doing – on my own, I am naturally bent toward discontentment and ingratitude. Like Ann Voskamp says, “Ingratitude was the fall – humanity’s discontent with all that God freely gives.” Without God, I would find something to be discontent about even in this season of abundance. So I am doubly thankful, not only for God’s blessings, but also for His allowing me to recognize them as such.

We sang this song in care group the other night and I think it sums up these ideas well:

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Pregnancy Update: 14 weeks

8 Oct

I’m officially in the second trimester! The baby has grown to be the size of a lemon. I celebrated yesterday morning by throwing up for the first time during pregnancy. I think it was caused by drinking tea on an empty stomach? It was kinda weird – I have a lot of energy in the morning so I was tidying up the house and all of a sudden, I felt sick. It lasted for about 5 minutes, I puked and then I was fine – but I made sure to eat something so that it didn’t return.

On Thursday, I ran almost a full 3 miles. Even though I’m still ridiculously slow and have to stop and walk every once in a while to keep my heart rate under 150, it felt great to get out there. It reminded me of why I love running – I love getting outside and I love how even a slow jog feels like a good workout.

I bought two pairs of maternity pants at the used maternity store on Saturday. They cost half of what I would pay for new pants so it was definitely worth going there. The lady said they get new stuff in all the time so I plan to go back.

The rest of the weekend was spent car shopping and room organizing. We bought a bunch of totes and filled them with all the stuff that was in the dresser that we’re putting in storage. Progress towards the nursery!

Side note on cravings: I used to prefer sweet things over salty any day of the week but now, my tastebuds are completely reversed. I would gladly pass up chocolate to eat potato chips. It’s so very strange.

Also, if I hadn’t discovered that I can still eat cooked or vegetarian sushi, I would be very sad. We have eaten it more often during the past 3 months than we did before. Probably another result of the salty tastebuds.

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My week of workouts:

Su: 1.55 mile walk

Th: 3 mile jog

Sa: 20 min Pilates

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Symptoms: 1 episode of morning sickness, face acne (though it’s improving)

Cravings: cucumbers with French dressing, egg sandwiches, sushi, licorice, POTATO CHIPS, nachos

Weight Gained: same as last week (5 lbs)

The irony of pregnancy

3 Oct

You have headaches often but can’t take aspirin.

You feel like a zombie but can only have 200 mg of caffeine. And coffee sounds disgusting anyway.

You’re overwhelmed by monthly checklists, diaper options and product reviews, but can’t have a drink.

You’re actually supposed to gain weight by eating more, but nothing sounds appealing.

You need new clothes but have no idea what size you are and 80% of stores that sell maternity clothes only have them online.

That last one is the one I’m struggling with.

Buying maternity clothes has been one of the things I’ve looked forward to most about pregnancy. A valid reason to buy more clothes? Heck yes!

But the frugal side of me wants to find good deals, make sure I love the things I buy and try my best to not duplicate things I already have (pre-pregnancy or otherwise). Needless to say, it made my head spin a bit yesterday.

So I decided that I needed to plan a wardrobe and not just buy random pieces that I happened to like (yes, I do overthink things). I pasted screenshots into a Publisher file and finally narrowed it down to the things that I want to buy (at least for now).

 

Most of the pieces are from Old Navy, some are from Target and a few from Kohl’s (but I plan on buying pants in person, with the exception of those adorable green ones!).

But since I don’t have $360 to spend all at once, I narrowed my list down to $150 (which is my Blow Money amount) for this month. Pants are my most urgently needed item so I bought the green pants from Old Navy and will look for a pair of black and tan dress pants this week or weekend (planning to spend about $35 on each). After much deliberation, I decided to also buy the black maternity tank, camel sweater, and taupe dress top from Old Navy. And that will probably be it for this month (assuming everything fits well, that is).

I’ve been hesitant to go buy pants because the used maternity store I want to go to is only open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm. I’d really like to see what the prices are like and if it’s even worth shopping there, but I can’t find out until Saturday. But I can probably survive until then.

In other news, our Ford Focus, which we’ve been driving “until it dies” is on its way out. I went to start it on Monday and nothing. It’s working again now but Travis is very skeptical of its reliability. We know we need a new car eventually (the Focus is a 2001 with almost 170,000 miles) and we’re thinking we might as buy it now rather than wait (since the Focus has been sketchy for several months now – it’s not the first time it hasn’t started). So this weekend will probably also involve car shopping in addition to maternity clothes shopping. We’ve pretty much decided that we want a certified pre-owned Ford Escape with a V6. It will definitely be the nicest car either of us has ever owned. I’m pretty excited!

Pregnancy Update: 13 Weeks

1 Oct

I have officially outgrown pretty much every single pair of pants I own – they no longer button, or at least, button comfortably enough for sitting down 9 hours a day. I have 2 pairs of jeans left and one is slowly becoming borderline. Since I find the rubber band trick annoying and not really that helpful, it’s time to buy real maternity pants.

I had planned on going to a used maternity store this past weekend but I had coffee with a friend Saturday morning and then spent the rest of the day moving all of the now-too-small clothes out of my closet and organizing some other stuff. I also made an actual dinner (not from a box!) and took the dogs on a walk. Yesterday, I was beat. We went to church, ate lunch at Arby’s, then I took a long nap during the Broncos game. We had a church meeting last night, so I took the dogs on a quick walk beforehand. We didn’t get home until almost 10! Way past my bedtime.

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I actually did a pretty good job this week at being active. Katy decided that she had had enough with not going on walks everyday so she started chewing things – like the comforter on our bed – to let us know that she was not happy. So I took the dogs on a walk 4 days. And I realized that being active is not only good for my physical health, it’s also good for me emotionally – instead of feeling like a lazy blob, I felt happy and thankful for doing something. Hopefully this is the beginning of a trend in the right direction.

Here’s what my week looked like:

Su: 30 minutes Pilates

Th: 1.55 mile jog, 10 minutes Pilates

F: 1.15 mile walk with dogs

Sa: 1.7 mile walk with dogs

(Su: 1.55 walk with dogs)

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Other than still feeling a little more tired than usual, I feel pretty much like myself these days. I’ve even been able to sleep on my stomach a little more (since my constipation/bloating has gotten better).

I had an ergonomic evaluation at work in the hope of nipping my back pain in the bud. In addition to adjusting my workstation, the lady also recommended stretching, since tight hamstrings can cause lower back pain. No surprise there, as my hamstrings are as tight as a fiddle right now. Duly noted.

Symptoms: none really

Cravings: tortilla chips with queso dip, tacos, fruit snacks, cucumbers, french fries

Weight gained: 5 pounds (which my midwife said was “textbook”)