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Pregnancy #2 Update: 8 Months

11 Feb

My lack of blog posts lately is the result of pregnancy exhaustion. Even though I have ideas about posts to write, I just can’t bring myself to sit down and write them. By the time Emma’s naptime rolls around, all I can think about is a nap myself. And by the time bedtime rolls around, I’m wiped and either want to read or watch TV and then hit the sack.

I’m 32 weeks as of today and being pregnant is definitely getting challenging. Being pregnant while chasing around a toddler is no joke!

32 weeks then now

I can only stand for a few minutes before needing to sit down. My big belly makes it hard to hold Emma on my lap or get down on the floor with her to play. Sleep is still decent — I get up 2-3 times a night to pee, and have started to be awake for 20-30 minutes at 3 a.m. for no apparent reason, but I can still get up before Emma 3-4 days a week. (It really just depends on when I go to bed.) I’ve started to have some back pain if I stand too long, or sit slouched over (which is easy to do when you have no core muscles!). Overall though, I am still blessed with a very easy pregnancy and a healthy, active baby. Only 2 months to go!

I made a ridiculously long to-do list of all the stuff — baby-related and otherwise — I want to get done before Junior comes. I’m trying to do at least 30-45 minutes of something during Emma’s naps instead of heading straight to my bed after putting her down, but some days that doesn’t happen! I keep waiting for that whole nesting instinct to kick in, but so far, it hasn’t.

Junior’s nursery is pretty much done though, so at least there’s that. We hung up the curtain rod this past weekend, and I found and hung picture frames for the prints that I made. I still have to paint the frames though, and finish a few minor details. I also bought newborn diapers and a few more gender-neutral sleepers so we’re good to go on that stuff until we find out if Junior is a boy or girl. Slowly but surely! I’ll do a separate post on the nursery once it’s all done.

So far, since signing up for the Northwoods Triathlon on August 8, I’ve swam and biked twice each. My speed and stamina are pretty pathetic (I’m blaming pregnancy), but I only want to get familiar with those activities again before giving birth, not actually make much progress. I swam for about 30 minutes each time (doing about 1,000 yards total I would guess). As for the bike, my butt is SO not used to a bike seat (I set my tri bike up on the trainer in the basement), so I’ve only lasted 5-7 minutes before switching to our elliptical. And my belly is too big for me to reach the handlebars, so I just hold myself up with my fingertips on the aerobar pads… But still, it’s better than nothing! I have to admit, I’m a little nervous about this whole thing, but it has been good motivation.

I haven’t done one of these ‘lists’ yet so I’ll close with one for this post:

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, back pain, exhaustion, some inner thigh/pelvic pain

Cravings: Chocolate, but I think that’s mostly because Travis and I have been doing this ‘diet’ for the past month where we can’t eat sweets or refined carbs (more on that in a separate post)

Weight gained: 23 lbs at last week’s prenatal appointment (same as last pregnancy)

Movement: Baby is kicking a soccer ball in my belly — and only on the right side! I am noticing more defined times of activity and rest though.

Rings on or off: On, but sometimes tight in the morning

Belly button in or out: Starting to poke out!

Stretch marks: None that I can tell

What I Miss: Running! Wine. And my pre-pregnancy clothes.

Favorite Moment This Week: It’s not a single moment, but Emma has been really fun the past couple of weeks — I’ve been loving her quirkiness and crazy antics!

Least Favorite Moment: One of our dogs having diarrhea all over our carpet, causing an impromptu carpet cleaning on Saturday.

Looking Forward To: My sister-in-law having her baby — she’s due March 7!

Pregnancy Update: 32 Weeks

13 Feb

32w2dMy 32nd week of pregnancy brought with it an increased feeling of being pregnant. I feel bigger, my rings no longer fit, I officially have cankles, and I have been informed by a few different people that I now do the pregnant waddle (at the speed of a grandma). Sweet.

I’m keeping up with walking the dogs, but my 1.7 mile walk this morning actually wore me out. I also have noticed my energy lagging a bit the past few days but maybe that was due to traveling?

Sleep continues to be a challenge – between acid reflux, an aching back, sore hips, and inner thigh pain each time I roll over, I’m amazed I get any sleep at all. Some nights are better than others, but I am SOOO ready for this part of pregnancy to be over. I’m kind of thinking 9 hours of crappy sleep isn’t any better than only 2 hours of good sleep.

Emma continues to kick away, though she goes through periods where she does hardly anything. When I was in Minnesota last weekend, she was hardly kicking around at all. Maybe a growth spurt? I did gain 3 lbs this past week so we’ll go with that (and also water weight from swelling).

Overall pregnancy is still treating me well, but I can see why so many women say they’re ready to be done by the end of it. It just gets old dealing with all this stuff.

Anyway. My workouts last week:

Su: 1.55 mile walk

T: 1.15 mile walk

W: 20 min prenatal Pilates

Th: 1.15 mile walk

F: 1.15 mile walk


Symptoms: See above

Cravings: Frozen yogurt – which I satisfied at the airport on my way to MN!

Weight Gained: 3 lbs this week (26 lbs total)

Rings on or off: Off – even a ring that’s usually too big for me is too snug now. I could barely get it off the other morning! So now I’m completely sans rings. *sigh*

Belly button in or out: Mostly just flat

Stretch marks: None so far

Baby purchases: I went to Carter’s with my mom in the Twin Cities and bought Emma some cute little outfits. I can’t wait to dress her up! I also got a lot of baby stuff from the shower (duh) but I’ll post about all that stuff when I recap the weekend.

Best moment this week: My baby showers in Minnesota!

Looking forward to: Flying to FLORIDA on Sunday! I’m excited for warm weather, sun and spending a whole week with my family.