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Preggo update + exercise?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hi Sparkies!

I'm so bummed that I've not been able to document this journey and share regular updates, but work has just been TOO busy and I am freakin' exhausted in the evenings! Seriously, I have barely swallowed my last bite of dinner before I am asleep sitting up nearly every night. emoticon This baby-growing business is hard work! LOL

So all is well with Baby G and me! Hubby too. emoticon Had my glucose test (for possible gestational diabetes) and my iron checked last week at my 28-week visit, and all is well! The midwife also said my belly measuring right on target and the baby's heartbeat sounds great!

I'd been in TONS of pain for a few weeks (herniated discs + fibromyalgia + pregnancy evidently = CRAZY PERSON) but *knock on wood* this week I seem to be considerably improved. I'm back to my garden-variety tolerable levels of pain now, and I seem to be readjusting to my return to terrible sleep quality too (the bane of both preggos and fibro folks everywhere). emoticon

So now that I'm not SUPER miserable just walking the mile or so to the train this week, I am mulling a return to some Leslie Sansone workouts. I feel weak and woefully unprepared physically for this birth! I mean, Leslie's no Jillian, but at least it would be something! Any moms out there think it's a BAD idea - to restart an exercise regimen at 7 months pregnant? I'm thinking like 15-minute walking-based workouts (in case you're not familiar with Leslie). It's really very mild.

I am FINALLY getting a week off of work next week and plan to use it doing a tiny bit of relaxing (maybe finally reading my library book? Amy Tan's "The Valley of Amazement") and a lot of baby prep! I need to register the birth with the hospital and insurance company, I'm meeting with potential pediatricians *groan*, ordering my breast pump and STILL preparing half of our tiny "office" in our cramped apartment as a makeshift nursery! My baby shower is a week from this Saturday, and as I have relentlessly nagged my husband, we HAVE TO make room for the (already!) overwhelming generosity of our dear families and friends!

So what's new with you guys? Miss you all! Would love updates, though I will not even pretend I can respond appropriately! Who can believe this freakin' cold snap already? Thank goodness my MIL had one of her boys' old winter coats still lying around. It's a men's large parka that looks like a blanket on me, but at least it zips up over my belly! emoticon

OK, MUST stop neglecting work. emoticon


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GHK1962 11/15/2014 8:37AM

    Heeeey you! I should have sent you some emails sooner. I'm glad you and baby G are doing good. And yeah this freaking cold...what the heck!

So don't you be worrying about responding here. You have a lot on your plate (and bladder!) hahaha.

And glad to hear the tummy is rounding out. :-) You at first had to work at gaining if I recall correctly.

2 more months....woohooo. it seems exciting!

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TRIPLE_EMME 11/14/2014 10:57PM

    Good to hear your updates! Walking is great exercise... If the doctor gives you the green light, go for it!

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CMBELISLE 11/14/2014 10:32AM

    Good update and definitely a good idea to exercise during pregnancy. However, I would definitely get the doc's approval since you haven't been exercising regularly. That said, I have met women who ran daily until just before birth. Me? I was not the exercising type back in the day, but wish I had - the pregnancies might have been healthier. Exercise will help with the fluid build-up and circulation for sure.

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DDOORN 11/13/2014 10:57PM

    Super to hear from you and that things are progressing relatively well!

Leslie's no slouch, definitely worth re-visiting! :-)


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HIPPICHICK1 11/13/2014 10:24PM

    What a great update! So good to know you are doing well, doll face! :-D

I think exercising during pregnancy is a great idea. I've never had a baby though, so what do I know? LOL! But I'm sure walking would do you good, unless your doc has specified otherwise.

What's new with me? Damn, girl. That is a long story. Suffice to say it's November and it's craft sale craziness!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/13/2014 4:44PM

    It was really good to get an update from you and find out what is going on. I can totally relate in that I was so tired when I was pregnant. I'm glad you are feeling better. If you decide to work out again start slow and don't push yourself too hard. Enjoy your time off and get some rest. After the baby is born your free time will be minimal. emoticon

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20-week ultrasound

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amazing! Psssst...there's a BABY in here! emoticon

We've decided to be surprised about the sex, so I don't have that information to divulge, but I can share that the baby's size and weight are a solid-average 53rd percentile, and that the tech saw all the things they are supposed to and none of the stuff they aren't!

So ... by all accounts thus far, we have a healthy baby incubating in here. HOORAY! emoticon

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DDOORN 10/9/2014 1:17PM

    Wonderful news! We're all rooting for one of the healthiest most SPARK-ing-est babies to come along! :-)


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HIPPICHICK1 9/25/2014 9:21AM

    Good golly I'm behind on blogs!
Congrats on the great ultra sound reading. Gestate away, my dear.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/24/2014 3:28PM

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GHK1962 9/17/2014 9:06PM

    Just one of those times when I wish Spark would let me hit the Like button dozens of times!

Getting more and more excciiittting :)

I mean ... buying baby stuffs ... little tiny bike shoes....infant helmet ... and they gotta be making those baby gloves with palm pads right? Oh oh oh ... not a car seat, but a baby bike seat ... yup, yup.

Heh ... are you still riding by the way?

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/17/2014 11:21AM

    Great news. It's always a relief to get info like this. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 9/17/2014 9:38AM

    What a little miracle you have growing inside you! Children are such a blessing and gift. Congratulations!

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MCFITZ2 9/16/2014 11:02PM

    Healthy pregnancy and birth.

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HDHAWK 9/16/2014 10:54PM

    Congrats! Very exciting! I got to spend time with my grandson tonight. So fun!

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Fibro flare, pathetic yoga attempt and back to work!

Monday, September 08, 2014

I've been off work since the Friday before Labor Day, and man, was it a busy week or so!

I mostly unexpectedly had my 12-year-old cousin over for the weekend before the holiday. She had asked the week before but I didn't think I could swing it because I had soooooo many chores and such planned, but she must have called me three times that Friday while I was at the laundromat to ask (beg) LOL so at about 3 a.m. in my sleep I decided I felt too guilty not to have her over. She's more like a niece since my cousin and I are more like sisters, and she loves spending time here (weird, since we're pretty boring!) emoticon and I figured it will probably be her last chance before the baby so ... I drove out to my family's to go get her on Saturday morning. We made lunch (she likes to help cook) went to the park where a nice lady let her borrow an extra fishing pole for a little while (she used to go fishing with her grandpa, so she loves it), etc. We took her home late Sunday night.

My mother-in-law and brother-in-law came over on Monday for an impromptu Labor Day barbecue - nice and laid back as such things go, but it was another day I got NOTHING on my to-do list done!

I spent almost the entire rest of the week finishing a freelance job - copy editing a fun sci-fi novel for a friend of a friend, a paid job that I had promised around that time and just Didn't. Have. The time. that I thought I would before this, so I still had a lot of work to do. It was a good project as they go and I am glad to be done, but my ancient laptop made it aaaaaaagonizing! It finally occurred to me to use my husband's computer by about Thursday, which helped some. So it's done, but once again it means I spent an entire week of vacation WORKING, and I never did get to any of the purging and organizing of my apartment that desperately needs to be done -- I'm coming up on 20 weeks pregnant and much rounder, and I want to work on this stuff before I am very uncomfortable! emoticon

One day this week (Wednesday?) when I went throw out garbage, I finally pulled some weeds that had become out of control around the back gate, maybe 20 minutes of work -- and my legs, particularly hamstrings, are STILL killing me! This worries me -- how freakin' out of shape have I become again? What does this mean for birth? Argh!

So I fiiiiiiinally made myself try out the pregnancy yoga DVD that I bought a few weeks ago. Oh good grief. That ended after only about 15 minutes in tears (and yes, I know not to push myself in yoga since it defeats the purpose). Sigh.

This morning my neck and shoulders are also achy, and it feels like a mild fibro flare (weather's changing, etc.) but at least so far it just feels like it always does -- I worried that fibro + pregnancy would be positively unbearable. In fact, it's still early to tell for sure, but I am sort if hoping being used to fibro pain will mean pregnancy discomfort will just feel par for the course for me! emoticon I mean, come on - SOME good can come from years of fibro, right?

So I need to do a quick stretch (I have to prep to get back to yoga!) and hop in the shower and hope that, after almost 10 days off after which I magically feel MUCH rounder, I can still bike to work this morning! Otherwise I really have to scramble to get to the train!

And we moved floors in my building last week at work while I was away - I had to pack and such before my "vacation" - so I get to go back and unpack and get used to a new, more open (louder and less private) space. Wheee! But at least we're near a window for the first time in years. emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/7/2014 12:18PM

    Some beef gelatin added to soup cereal juices etc might help with the aches in your joints and help baby too... I get it from amazon or health food store - it's a canister with shaker lid that also has opening for a measuring spoon, like about $10-12 a canister (12-16 oz? I don't remember and am not looking at container.). I enjoyed having some of that while I was preggers...

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GHK1962 9/8/2014 10:58PM

    Wow...a working staycation ... yow!

Though also one that had some nice family moments too. I like the weekend you spent with the young cousin ... it sounds like you are her favorite cousin...that is beyond cool. And hey, I say keep cultivating that. I mean ... free baby sitting ... heh.

By the way, I was just about to email you to ask you how you were doing ... so I'm glad you posted this.

I was also wondering when baby G will get a bike haha ... yes, yes, its wayyy too early to think about ... but biking will be second nature to baby G I am sure!

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    It sounds like your vacation was very busy.

I'm trying to get back up to speed on exercise and have found that for the time being I will have to scale back my expectations. I'm looking for balance in my life and an doing some de-cluttering every day.

Try to pace yourself. It will make things easier. Don't put too much on your plate.

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HILLSLUG98239 9/8/2014 10:15AM

    Despite my dislike of yoga, I've decided to try a few classes at my club because I need to work on flexibility. So I completely understand getting so frustrated with yoga it makes you cry. emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 9/8/2014 9:53AM

    It'll all get done, or it won't. Such as life. When I look around my house there is an endless mental list of things that MUST be done. Some have been on that list for years and are still not done. LOL! But the point is that no matter what the list will always be there. What's important now is your health, so make that your priority.
Love ya bunches!!

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TRIPLE_EMME 9/8/2014 9:30AM

    You moved?!!! Which floor?

I hope all goes well with your return to work and your health. Halfway through the pregnancy already... time goes so fast.

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Dilemma: "wake-up" pic while pregnant! Help!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

We're almost back from an awesome weekend in and around Pittsburgh for a good friend's wedding! (Well, another 2 hours through Indiana.) The informal reception at a beautiful park was fun, and it was great to see our friend and finally meet his bride! (My husband has met her and has seen our friend more recently, but I was at work the last two times they blew back through Chicago.) And we got to share the news of my pregnancy!

But here's my super-sad moment that I just can't shake: I am shocked by how fat I look in the photo of us all together that my husband just posted to Facebook! emoticon And the kicker is I have only gained about five pounds so far during this pregnancy, so it's not even that!

I have been upset/annoyed/disappointed that I had gained back nearly 15 pounds before I even got pregnant and was majorly struggling just to maintain there (hungry all the time), let alone get it back off. But somehow I didn't think it was THAT bad. In the surprise pic from today, yes, my middle is looking rounder. And I'm OK with that. But also my arms are huge again and my face is WAY rounder too!! emoticon Plus I am sure the guilt over having not exactly eating well all weekend is not helping. At one point I started scarfing down cinnamon-sugar almonds (that of course I never should have bought anyway) in self-pity! I have not behaved that way with food in ages.

Sigh. So I'm faced with a huge dilemma! I'm really unhappy about this, and if I weren't pregnant it would serve as my wake-up call to buckle down, slash my calories and work my butt off again. But NOW what am I supposed to do? (Mind you, I'm already biking nearly 50 miles a week still, even pregnant.)

Can I start strength training again now? Truthfully it's been well over a year since I've done ANY with regularity. And my midwife is only OK with the cycling because I am already used to it -- they evidently don't want you to beef UP your workouts during pregnancy unless you were completely sedentary before.

I bought prenatal yoga and Pilates DVDs, which are waiting to be opened, which I'm sure will help me feel better, but not less fat. emoticon

So, um...HELP! Did any of you moms out there do Leslie Sansone's more rigorous workouts (including light weights) while you were pregnant? I'm thinking I could start back at just 15 minutes per morning?

And don't even get me started on my new obsession with whether I made the right decision to drink a cup of coffee nearly every day so far. emoticon I had sliiiiiiightly more this weekend, because of my travel exhaustion, than I've been allowing. And now I'm guiltily rethinking what I thought has been a moderate approach so far. (The research is all over the place, but my midwife did OK one cup of day -- but at first I didn't realize that even 3/4 full my usual mug was probably bigger than it should have been.)

So I'm a little sad that a great trip -- so rare for us! we are never able to go anywhere -- is being a bit clouded by my sadness and disappointment over those darn pictures. I really have not been able to let it go since I saw them.

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GHK1962 8/25/2014 5:16PM

    Ok ... so I'm so not going to be able to give any kind of advice on what kind of exercises to do while pregnant, or about eating. I just want you to do things safely and healthy ... but i also want you to feel good about yourself. Hopefully some of the others gave you advice that you can use.

I would like to say that I know Little G will have an awesome mom.

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TRIPLE_EMME 8/25/2014 10:28AM

    You are beautiful. We are our own worst critics. Try to love that inner critic and focus your energy on the positive ... Living healthy... one day at a time, while you grow new life within.

Try to enjoy your pregnancy.

Love you!

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    I would say the same - watch the sodium, sugar, processed foods. They are the problem. You are going to gain weight while pregnant and it is not an indication of how you will look afterwards. Just eat healthy and get some walking in and try not to worry.

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IRP1114 8/25/2014 9:24AM

    I'm sorry you are feeling this way right now : (. We all have those moments when we see a picture and we just can't be happy with it/ourselves in it.
It is not easy to get over I know. But you will. You have so many positive things you can try to focus your attention on. The best thing you can do for you and your little one is to not over stress things! Stop thinking so much about your weight/exercise/food. When you do think of it do it in a positive way. Think of keeping your body strong enough to keep riding your bike the way you like to! Pilates sounds great. It will help you stay and get stronger for the delivery too. As far as weight and food if your eating in ways you know are nourishing you and your baby, the weight will be just as it should be. Please try to enjoy your pregnancy! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 8/25/2014 8:50AM

    Ditch the sugar, babe. Seriously. If you are looking bloated there could be two (nutritional) reasons. 1.) Sugar 2.) eating foods that are inflammatory (lots of grains and meat). A thrid reason could be sodium and that is easily corrected by staying out of restaurants and staying away from packaged foods.
I wouldn't worry about additional exercise. 60% of weight loss/control has to do with what you eat. Control what you eat and get a lot of sleep and hydrate.
P.S. I wanna be your Facebook friend!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/25/2014 7:08AM

    Don't even think about fixing it all with exercise. But you're on the right track there, and you've found some good options. Water aerobics? That's good too.
Focus on what you eat; eat only real foods. Lose the processed food. You're growing a person who deserves the best.
I know you can do this! emoticon

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Mini update!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm 17 weeks pregnant today!

I had my regular 16-week checkup with my midwife yesterday, and she is pleased with my 3-pound weight gain. That's TOTAL so far, and I've been freaking out a little because at my last visit she told me she wants to see 10 pounds by 20 weeks, and I continued to gain nothing despite not even thinking about calories for the first time since as long as I could remember. And I seriously don't know how I could possibly eat more!

It is a serious head trip after working so hard to lose so much weight to suddenly be upset when I DON'T see the scale tick up. emoticon But as long as she thinks I'm progressing well enough, I guess I just have to roll with it for now!

I am astounded that Baby G will be able to hear soon! Seriously, wonderfully crazy stuff this growing a person thing is. emoticon I'm eager for the first perceptible movements even though I know it can still be many weeks. Relying on infrequent ultrasounds to tell me is all is well is nerve-racking at best.

I let them bully me a bit into genetic screening for Down syndrome and such because of my "advanced age" of 37 (BAH), and I am happy to report the chances are next to none, according to the results. It wouldn't have changed nothing, of course, but it is comforting to know that is one additional challenge we won't have to face. Facing first-time parenthood at my ripe old age LOL is challenging enough!

I am scrambling to find ways to make room for Baby G in an already cramped two-bedroom apartment. Creative ways to "divide" a small office/library into part nursery would be greatly appreciated from anyone who'd done this before! Or perhaps some pointers about what gear we'll really need and what we won't? I've been thinking about going the mini crib route, and there's one that is collapsible, has locking wheels AND converts, evidently, into a playpen and changing table. Or do I not need those latter things? Because I also would like to go the longevity route and get a mini crib that later converts to a toddler bed.

I am still biking and have finally ordered maternity jeans and yoga pants, although I really didn't want to take on that expense. But I can't stand this belly band contraption much longer (so tired of readjusting everything!) and I think I got a moderately good deal -- $25-$30 bucks each, but at buy one get one half off. So around $90 after tax for four pairs of pants. MUCH more than I would ever spend on regular clothes, but what can I do? Especially since I am 5'2" and REALLY need petites, I didn't think I'd have tons of luck shopping used anyway. emoticon

In other news, we are headed to the Pittsburgh area this weekend for our friend's wedding, and I'm pretty excited because a) this friend more or less introduced my husband and me over 10 years ago, and we're sooo happy for him, and I haven't seen him in years, and b) we never EVER get to go anywhere! We'll have to leave Friday after my husband gets off work, and it's about an 8-hour drive (so at least 9-10 with all my expected potty breaks! LOL). The wedding reception is Saturday afternoon/evening and we'll have to leave sometime on Sunday, but I still plan to enjoy the trip as much as we can!

More later, Sparkies. Hope all is well with all of you!

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IRP1114 8/21/2014 3:38PM

    Thanks for the update! So exited for you. No need to stress the weight. Your body knows what it is doing. I think the one with the changing table is a good idea! Good luck with the upcoming trip! emoticon

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GHK1962 8/21/2014 11:44AM

    heh ... I like when you say Baby G....that is so cool. Maybe that'll stick for awhile ... well ... unless Baby G ends up having a name that does not begin with the letter G.

And ... you have a great weekend visiting friends and wedding celebrating!

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TRIPLE_EMME 8/20/2014 3:29PM

    Glad to hear things are going well for you and Baby G!

Good luck figuring out the baby gear situation. It's so personal depending on your lifestyle and preferences.

Have fun in Pittsburgh!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/20/2014 3:24PM

    I've never had kids so I'm no help with that sort of thing, but I am glad that you are fine and the baby is fine. What's the "G" stand for?

I think $90 for 4 pairs of pants is a steal!

Have fun at the wedding.

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HILLSLUG98239 8/20/2014 3:05PM

    Congratulations! It sounds like you have a very healthy little one on the way. emoticon

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    Try not to worry. I had sever nausea and only gained 7 pounds my entire pregnancy. My son weighed 4lb 7 ounces. I ended up weighing less after delivery than I did before I was pregnant. You will be a wonderful mother.

We didn't need our big crib. Our little one hated it and slept in his pumpkin seat. You will need a stroller but they fold up. And a car seat. Most other things are optional. The mini crib you mentioned sounded great. An electric swing is nice. There are play pens that fold up for when your child is older. High chairs that fold up.

I hope you enjoy your trip!!

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