And That’s Term!

This week marks the big 38 weeks gestation for my little guy, so for a whole week he has been FULL TERM!  This is a pretty big deal because my baby will never be considered pre-term.  If he made his grand entrance today, he would likely be a very healthy little dude ready to rock my world.  I can’t wait!  Bring on the sleepless nights, sore body and my little angel I’ve been waiting to meet.  I hear all the time, literally to the point of annoyance, “Enjoy your sleep now.”  I really understand you can’t understand that until it happens but stop beating the pregnant person with this stuff.  I mean, some people daydream about their perfect experience with the PERFECT baby who sleeps and eats and is blissful, well TRUST me, I’m not that person.  I’m a realist.  I have read the books, listened to friends, read blogs… I get it the sleep is going to stop and especially because I plan on breastfeeding I understand (to the extent I can, not having lived through any of it yet) that I will literally be a milk factory every 1.5 hours (sometimes a glorious half hour more, or a miserable hour less) for the next several weeks following my rock star’s entrance but I’m as ready as I can be for the challenge and BEYOND LUCKY to have the support of friends, and family, and my incredible husband to get me through those crazy emotional days.

Crazy fact:  Did you know that pregnancy hormones completely leave the body and go back to pre-pregnancy levels in just FIVE days!  That is enough to drive anyone insane I’m sure let alone a new mom, with no sleep… Yikes the things we have to look forward to, my supporters and I – PS read the blog Lucie’s List if you are expecting.  She is HYSTERICAL and just a great read with lots of helpful advice on gadgets and postpartum stuff!

 I’m really not sure why I’m not more anxious about delivery, I mean the moment I find myself freaking out even slightly I’m able to coach myself out of being anxious.  I think I lost MAYBE 3 minutes of sleep last night wondering, when I’d go into labor, how much pain I’d be in or if I’d have to be induced.  I was very pleased with how I was able to calm myself down and drift off into a peaceful sleep (only awoken for my hourly trip to the bathroom, good times).  But the odd thing is these trips are really my fault.  My darling son has not dropped but I continue to drink water and eat watermelon like I may get dehydrated but my output (TMI, oh well) tells me that isn’t the case.  ;-)

Anywho, I had my 37 week appointment a few days ago, where I was surprised by my first internal exam.  Literally, surprised, why?  I don’t know, I thought they’d wait until next week.  Plus I KNEW that Evan hadn’t made any progress.  I have no pressure, no contractions, no NOTHING except sleepiness.  Still the doctor insisted on a baseline, and SURPRISE – cervix completely closed!  He even commented on how high the baby still was, and I was like, “Duh, I could have TOLD YOU THAT – and sort of did!!” Haha, at least I know my body pretty well and know that I have some serious walking in my future (even though I stay pretty active, I’m bumping this up) – my next appointment is bright and early next Friday morning maybe a day shy of 39 weeks I may have some progress… I hope.

37 week baby bump!

I find it very difficult to concentrate on anything but baby related things.  From breastfeeding fears (this is something I DESPREATELY want to do and would be devastated if I couldn’t make it work), to being prepared as far as material items, to how I’ll handle it emotionally to already fast forwarding to the future wondering if it will be impossible for me to return to work.  I so desperately want to be a stay at home mom, even if it could only be 6 months but the reality is Hector and I are a dual income family, and that is what we have to do for our family.  I’m hoping writing this down will help calm some of my anxiety – positive thinking is what I have adopted lately.  Luckily I have found in my life, probably because of my faith, is things just work out and I need to remember to take things one day at a time.

Another thing I do a lot?  Hang out in Evan’s room.  I’m so happy with it; it is such a peaceful room and pretty much EXACTLY what I wanted.  I know it isn’t “themey” but I’m not themey and neither is Hector and until little Evan has an all-out personality I’m sure he won’t mind that everything in his space was well thought out and filled with love.  It is a calm place with soothing colors and items and I simply can’t wait to share with him I daydream about rocking him in his glider and giving him endless hugs and kisses.  I know he won’t sleep in the room off the bat (we will have a bassinet in the bedroom with us, for ease of feeding/changing those early weeks) but I still plan on hanging with my little guy in that room, a lot!

Raspberry Leaf Tea – who knows if this actually works, but I’m down to try just about anything to move things along or prepare my insides😉

How am I feeling?  Good!  Minus the energy I just can’t seem to figure out.  I’m not swollen, I’ve gained a total of 23 lbs (at 37w 4d), my rings still fit and my butt still squeezes into my Friday jeans with the help of a handy dandy rubberband.  Cravings?  Still none!  I’m sorta bummed, maybe it is my personality that doesn’t allow me to have them but I did indulge in a burger last Saturday (with fries!) but haven’t indulged since.  I guess I just like the healthy clean eats and so does my little man (ahh, he knows the key to my heart, healthy living!).  Maybe watermelon can be considered my craving but I have been addicted to summer watermelon for as long as I can remember. Fitness:  Slow going, I get in my weights, my squats and lunges and my yoga poses but the heat has kept me away from walking as much as I’d like this week.

As for plans for today?  Maybe a trip to the Farmer’s Market (maybe not) and a graduation party.  Also a lot of cleaning, I want things as prepared as they can be! Hope your Saturday is wonderful!!

Preparing to Race Again

All day every day over the past 200 plus days I day dream about my little baby boy.  I think about how he will change our lives, enrich our lives and how lucky I am to have the opportunity to raise the little man.  We have prepared a nursery, done hours of reading, bought the carseat, installed the base and put together the swing, pack and play and read up on how to introduce our wonderful dog to the baby.

What else have I been doing for a great many days?  Missing running, particularly racing and drooling over yoga poses that I never thought I’d miss (hello, crow).  Sure cat/cow and childs pose make it in my days but I can’t wait to really do those sun salutations again.  Fitness is such a huge part of my life and I literally daydream about jumping back into it when I no longer have baby in the belly.  As I’m sure my baby will be what I work around as far as workouts go, I plan on getting slowly back into some sort of plan as soon as my doctor says it is ok.

As excited I am about baby gadgets and all things baby I’m really excited for things like this again:

Preparing for races, lots of stretching!
Early morning photoshoots – pre race ready shots

Showing off my bibs!

 

Getting DIRTY!!!
Post-Race highs and my favorite cheerleaders❤

There is nothing that compares to preparing for races.  Getting in long runs with friends, and even on your own.  Finishing up those miles just felt like the largest accomplishments.  Nothing mattered when my feet hit the pavement, not my job hunting, wedding planning, or the bills that needed to be paid (they got paid of course, but I still agonize over how expensive life is).  I miss the wind in my face and finding my stride.  I even miss my disappointing runs, the ones you do and when they end you thank God and hope that your next one is better.  Soon I’ll be working out with my new Bob, but I’m really excited for solo runs.  I think it will be important for me as a new mom to find my me time and what is better then 30 minutes, pavement and some peace and quiet (I hear I’ll be begging for quiet and may not even want to run with my iPod).

There are so many things to look forward to in my little family’s future and I’m so excited for the ride.  I really plan on taking things one day at a time and know that running is still out of the question at least for another month BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t daydream about it.  As my baby gets closer so does my running and yoga and sleeping on my tummy.

So I’m prepping to race again.  In so many ways.  <3

Are you a runner?  Are you a running mom?  Did you daydream about fitness goals while pregnant?  I’d love to hear stories, suggestions on how to get re-started with my fitness goals…