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Baby A Update: 21 Weeks

Hi there!

I’m so relieved its Wednesday, this week has been exhausting! I’ve diagnosed myself with an insomnia hangover, I’ve been seriously lacking sleep the last few days. I woke up at 4 am on Monday, and last night I had a killer headache keeping me up – I even slept with an ice pack on my head (Weird right? It was totally one of those hard square ones made for lunch boxes). Here’s hoping I sleep like a baby tonight.

Anyway, let’s get to the get to the good stuff!


This week we made it to 21 weeks!

Baby Details:

Little Baby Alexander is now just over three-quarters of a pound, and 10.5 inches long, the same length of a big carrot! Her eye lids and eyebrows are now present. The doctor told us yesterday, she can hear now so should talk to her. She is also tasting what I’m eating through her amniotic fluid, so I need to start eating peas so she likes them early!

She is moving around all the time! I feel her squirming and kicking a lot. I love it. Last weekend, Blake even felt her moving! I’m starting to notice she is more active in the mornings which is concerning,  we are so not morning people! Yesterday the doctor was having trouble keeping her little heartbeat on the Doppler because she was squirming around all over the place.

Mama Details:

Well, I already mentioned that this week has been rough! The insomnia hangover feels just like an alcohol induced hangover, headache, exhaustion, upset tummy…the works. Hopefully this passes soon. Basically, I either wake up crazy early, toss and turn all night long, or wake up 50 times at night. Its really quite annoying.

Other than that, I’m feeling good. My workouts are getting more frequent, about three week right now. However, I made myself a deal that if I go for a walk (20 minute minimum) every single day until October 4 – I get to buy myself something I want. Maybe this hoodie

In addition to walks, I want to get in a couple yoga session and weight lifting each week. I’m slacking a little this week so far because I felt so crappy but I’m optimistic I can get it done!

My bump is getting bigger each day!

22 weeks pregnant baby bump

Those pants are actually regular pants that were a little baggy before, but today they were too tight. A sure sign Baby Girl is growing big and strong! My official weight gain from the scale at the doctor’s office is now up to 9 pounds. I was worried about how quickly I gained weight this past month, but I think it’s probably because I finally stop puking on the daily. I think my body is finally adjusting, but I do want to pay attention to what I eat and make sure I get enough exercise. Just want to make sure I stay on the right track and gain the right amount of weight for my body and my baby.

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At our appointment this week, we did find out that we will be having a third ultrasound because they were unable to get picture of her kidneys and umbilical cord. Of course, I have no complaints there, I love seeing baby up on the screen.

Overall, things are pretty normal – just waiting for things to happen. The pieces to her nursery are starting to come together! Here’s a sneak peek at the dresser we are updating. I’m hoping it will be done this weekend. We don’t have too much left to do. One (hopefully) more coat of paint, purchase and install the pulls, plus I want to lay contact paper on the bottoms of the drawers.

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And the beautiful lamp!  I also had a little upholstered rocking chair that I had planned on using for night time feedings, but Baby’s furry four-legged sister decided to destroy it! It was sitting on the back patio airing out because it was stinky and in desperate need of cleaning. My bad. It was such a surprise too, because Kia has never destroyed any furniture in our home. Oh well, guess we will buy a new fancy glider or something.

All in all, I’d say things are going pretty great! Now if you will excuse me, its 8 o’clock and I’m going to try to get some sleep! Wish me luck!

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Gym Membership or No Gym Membership?

Is a gym membership a necessity?

For the life of me, I can’t figure out if I should keep my gym membership or not…

I’ve had a membership at South Campus Athletic Club for 3 or 4 months now but I’ve been really debating if I really NEED it. Since becoming pregnant, I’ve struggled to get the gym as much as I’d like to, sometimes I’m sick or tired or just plain lazy. And the truth is, I lost all the weight without the gym.

Its best to make a pros & cons list:

PROSI enjoy the group exercise classes.
Treadmill usage in the heat/cold
Bigger variety of weights

CONSCan’t usually get the classes due to the schedule/work.
Its overcrowded.
I don’t really know what to do with all the equipment.
It costs $45/month.
Not using it as often as I’d like


The biggest con for me, is the cost. Its not easy for to spend $45 each month. I’m a huge worrier especially when it comes to money and bills. Obviously, its not the biggest bill ever, but it feels like a lot when I feel like I don’t really need it. I could workout at home. I have plenty of DVDs, several sets of hand weights, even a punching bag!

My gut says cancel my membership, I just worry about the winter when its icy, and yucky outside. I don’t feel comfortable running when there is ice because I am very clumsy. I’ve fallen plenty of times on run with only my feet in the way.

What do you guys think? Do you have a gym membership?


A Regular Wednesday

Hello All!

Today was just a regular day for me.

summer sunflowers

But I did find these purdy sunflowers in my backyard today!

The plan was to hit up RIPPED after work, but to make the most of my time I thought it would be a good idea to go grocery shopping before the class started at 6:20. I was right on track to make it with perfect timing, but then I got stuck waiting in line forever…and ended up missing class.

Now that I come to think of it, the original plan was to go to Power Hour this morning at 5:30 am, but my normal Wednesday night plans were cancelled so I figured why wake up early for no reason!

This is why flexibility is my middle name! Things almost never workout the way planned.

This means today & tomorrow will be flipped on the workout schedule: yoga today & one of my  full body workout DVDs tomorrow.

When I make the schedule I also forgot that Friday is the Relay for Life event in my town, I’m supposed to walk for an hour, so I can get my 3 miles in that way! I’m signed up for the glow lap so I need to stock up on my glow in the dark jewelery!


Oh and I woke up to this little gift on my kitchen counter today … what a sweetheart! The S’more Big Bite was only 250 calories….not bad for a nice little treat! Plus then Jillian will help burn them off! This was a nice surprise because I gave up buying magazine months ago to save money.

Now its time to do my yoga and do some reading!

library books

Thank you to the public library! I’m planning on use the Big Book of Exercises and the Women’s Running book to develop a workout plan for the rest of my pregnancy…but that’s a big project for this weekend.

I can’t wait to see the little peanut again!



Wow, this week has flow by! One day until the weekend!!

Actually, work has been slow but my free time just disappears!

However, I am pumped that I have been totally back into the swing of things workout wise. I have not missed a workout this week, although I did end up switching my morning workout to after work yesterday. It actually turned out to be really fun because my friend joined me for RIPPED class. Ripped workout


2013-07-10 19.19.06And after! The class was a lot of fun yesterday, and a really good workout. We were soaked by the end of the session. Plus so much fun workout with my best friend!

Getting in all my workout has been great for my spirit! Its a good thing I’ve been getting them done in the mornings because by the time I get off work I just want to crash. Making a tiny human being is tough work! Even tonight I took a little nap and I’m still ready to hit the hay.

Tomorrow is another run day so I’ll be getting up at 6 again, so I don’t feel too guilty about turning in early.

On the blog front, I’ve been working on getting some ideas on paper so that I can get more posting done instead of napping!

Fears & Expectations

Along with starting a new program comes some fears and expectations. It’s sort of expected right? I want to get these things laid out, along with some goals I have over the next two months.

What if this doesn’t work for me? A lot of the people who have these huge results after doing Insanity don’t have any exercise background, they have been sitting on the couch for week, months or even years. Of course, when you start a new exercise program you will have huge results. But I’ve been working out for months, doing really tough workouts. I’ve been consistently workout over for over a year now, but I really stepped up my game the last several months. What if it’s not enough? These workouts are just as hard as I’ve been doing, but with no weights. Adding weighting lifting has made a huge difference in my body. I really credit my transformation to the addition of weight lifting.

I don’t want to do this forever. I read on a few websites that you have to keep doing these crazy hard intense workouts after the 60 days. I have no intention of doing that. I need to start training for Bloomsday in a few weeks, and after that I want to run a half marathon. I guess its really something to worry about this after the program is over.

Expectations & Goals
I’ve got to admit, I was scared to start. I thought I’d fall over dead, but now I know I can do it. But I don’t want to set my sights too high. I’m hoping to loose 10 pounds in the next 60 days, just over a pound a week. I’d also like to lose belly fat, and tone my arms. Those are for sure my two trouble areas. I took a pre-insanity picture.


Can I take a minute to admire my hard work? My belly is so much flatter than it was months ago. My legs look tiny. I’ve always had muscley legs but now they are getting toned. Thank you split lunges! I’m so proud of how far I’ve come! Oh and excuse the terribly lighting, we have no overhead lights so we have to use cheap lamps.

So I’m hoping to tone my arm muscles and to have a flatter belly.

It feels nice to get my fears and goals out there. I was feeling terribly anxious and as always writing it out feels much better!


Bootcamp Start Stats

I got a little side tracked in the last few days but I finally got my starting stats for my 4 week bootcamp of Jillian Michaels DVDs.


There are 5 DVDs, I plan to do one every day of the week giving myself the weekends for running or other activities like roller blading now that it’s nice weather. I also want to go paddle boarding and kayaking!

I’m going to be starting on Monday because I will be out of town this weekend for my friends graduation. But I’m ready to post my start stats including a picture of my in a bikini. Yikes!

Start of 4 week bootcamp stats:
Weight: 198.8
Height: 5’7
Jeans size: 8
Mile time: 8:07
# of pushups: 5
Hips: 40 inches
Smallest part of torso: 36.5 inches
Around thighs together: 38 inches

Before Photo


Goals: Tone up, 20 pushups, and decrease mile time by :30.

I’d like to lose inches but I have no idea what would be a goal for that so I’ll just wait and see what happens. Although I’m not specifically trying to lose weight I wanted to include that as a baseline anyway.

I’m totally ready for this challenge! I really hope to see some results! :)