Tuesday, April 28, 2015

36 Weeks

By now, I'm 36 weeks along in my pregnancy, and boy, has April been an eventful month!

First up was Easter! We had my sister and her brood in town for a week, which was so much fun, that I forgot to take any photos. I cantored at Easter Sunday Mass, and we had a grand old time!

The next weekend, my group of girl friends threw a wonderful shower with my mom. The theme was "Wild" and they did such a great job with the food and decorations. It was so much fun to hang out with everyone and see some friends that I haven't had the energy to go out and see as much through the pregnancy.

I finished the first baby knitting project, a Baby Surprise Jacket! It was a quick knit and I'm glad that my baby will have at least one handknit ready to go when s/he arrives!

The third weekend in April, my PRBC (Post Rehearsal Brew Crew) group threw James and I a baby shower at the Flying Saucer in conjunction with each of the hosts earning a plate on the wall! A good time was had by all, and my choir friends were able to celebrate our impending arrival with us.

At 35 weeks, we finally started getting things put together in the nursery, building the dresser and putting away baby onesies. We're still not quite finished with the nursery, but we're getting closer and closer with every day that passes. Soon enough, we'll have art on the walls and books on shelves.

Which brings us to the 36th week. Only 3 more weeks until my scheduled c-section, and I'm starting to feel better from a cold I caught last week. There is nothing more miserable than being heavily pregnant and sick at the same time (okay, that's hyperbole, but it's not fun). I'm breathing freely again, and am looking forward to what May has to offer us! James's birthday, our anniversary, starting maternity leave, the arrival of our bundle of joy, family and friends coming in town to visit!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

On Tuesdays, We Take Photos

And apparently, we wear our bangs twisted back and our hair up...

St. Patrick's Day! Had to wear my green and wear my gold shoes!

I think that this non-maternity shirt sang its swan song at week 31!

Still one of my favorite maternity dresses.

I wish I had a photo of me in my bikini from this weekend, but I tried to unplug as much as I could. James and I spent the weekend away at the beach and getting spa treated as an early anniversary/babymoon trip. I swear that I got a bit of color. I was asked how long I had to go many times, and when I said 2 months, most people's eyes bugged out. Yes, I will get bigger. Yes, I still have 7 weeks before we meet our baby.

I've been keeping track of my weight on my home scale, and right now, am up 23 pounds from when I got pregnant. I have not been paying attention to what the scale at the doctor's office says and looked at it last week. The difference in weight between home and there was over 15 pounds! So I'm just going to keep ignoring it and focusing on the consistent scale that I weigh on at home, in the buff, after my morning routine rather than at the doctors office fully clothed and I may or may not have had breakfast or food. No need to freak myself out over it if I'm staying well within range of weight gain at home and my doctor isn't harassing me.

I have noticed that my cheeks are starting to puff up a bit more now that I'm so far along.
The belly is bigger every single day, and putting on walking shoes is becoming something that I have to ask my husband for help with.
Heartburn is a daily ritual starting at 2 pm. 
I crave burgers, and have the dining habits of a college kid.
I have a love affair with Noosa yogurt that I'm sure I won't be able to continue when I don't have the pregnancy excuse. It is delicious, but it has a high sugar content from the mix-ins and it's rather expensive. I'll have to go back to plain yogurt with fresh fruit.
The baby likes to have a rave starting at 10:30 pm and going until about 12:30 am. I'm sure if I had an ultrasound, that baby would have glow sticks.
I keep wondering what the baby likes and how s/he'll react to our voices and what s/he'll look like and if s/he'll like music.
The nursery is the very slightest touch more done. We have a mattress in the crib and paint colors tested and picked (I went through about 4 trips to the paint store before deciding on the final colors).
I have pretty much decided that jeans and dresses with leggings are going to see me through the rest of this pregnancy.
We have some names picked out, but you never know.

I already love this baby so much. I can't wait to see this goober's personality develop and get to know him or her!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

29 Weeks, and Counting

Today marks the first day of my 29th week carrying this kiddo.

I'm still within 20 pounds of my starting weight (yay!), but I haven't been that active through my pregnancy. One of my Lenten commitments is to take Riley for a walk on the non-rainy days (that I get home from work at a decent hour). I've been able to stick to about 4 days a week, and we walk about a mile, sometimes only 3/4 of a mile. My bladder can only take about that much.

Re-adjusting to a normal diet will be interesting once the baby comes. I've been craving all of the junky comfort foods and totally giving into the cravings. I think James will be very happy when I don't have the pregnancy excuse for wanting to order pizza every third night or have hot dogs and mac & cheese for dinner. Desserts are also a common presence in my world. I love them.

So: not the healthiest eating during this pregnancy. I'm working at getting some quality food into my system each day. I eat at least one tub of yogurt a day. I have also been keeping fruit around to curb my sweet tooth. This week, it's cuties. I could eat them by the half dozen, which doesn't do anything for my reflux, but it's better than reaching for a cookie or a cupcake. I'm glad that I don't have gestational diabetes because I would be in real trouble struggling to stick with a low-carb diet right now. My numbers for the test were great, and my insulin is doing its job so that there is none leftover to make the baby fat.

I've been fortunate that I don't have any major gripes about pregnancy. My body's been doing really well, and I actually have a better body image while pregnant than I did in the months before getting pregnant. Maybe it's because the extra padding I have is easily explained by being where it should be. Maybe it's because I'm not having adverse swelling. Maybe it's because of a hormonal glow. I still have a waist, when I look from the front.

I have a few aches that will probably get worse with the coming weeks, especially around my ribcage and my hips, but that's to be expected.

The baby is moving around like it's dancing at a Mahoney wedding.
We've finally got the nursery underway!

I am glad I didn't hold out on ordering the crib because the lagoon color is not available anymore.
I did wait too long on the fabric for the crib skirt I originally wanted, but that's okay. It means that I got to choose a different scheme that isn't dedicated to any one icon. It's all about color.


Okay. Finally and update, you're welcome.

Friday, December 5, 2014

When the Routine Stops

I had a pretty good routine going for a while:

Wake up
Rush get ready
Home Workout
Shove food in mouth
Hang out with Husband
Maybe do some chores or bath


And then I got pregnant and moved and it went to:

Wake up
Rush get ready
Home packing
Oh crap! Eat

And now it's moved on to:

Wake up
Rush get ready
Feed Animals & do some chores
Home chores
Eat something
Hang out with husband or bath

Notice something that fell out of the mix?
Working out after work

By the time I get home, I'm exhausted and I just want to eat something, take some time to decompress, and for the day to be done.

My original goal for December was to get back into a working out routine. My new goal is to simply work out more than once every couple weeks. Once or twice a week would be great. Does doing 10 squats each morning and evening count as a workout? Because I already started doing that!


PS I totally want to do a photo log that compares me now to when I started this blog. I have a feeling that I'm still looking more trim and fit than when I started. And that gives me a huge sense of accomplishment because I have come so far both mentally and physically in the past nearly two years!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello Again!

Well, now that I'm moved into the new house, and things have settled down a bit, I'm back to evening workouts.

I signed up for a 5k on November 22nd to help motivate me to get out & use the very convenient hike & bike trail that connects to our neighborhood. I will admit to not doing much more than a 2 mile walk every week, or two, for the past month and a half.

I've been exhausted pretty much 24/7, which is the most significant symptom I've had in my first trimester. Built in portion control from a body that can eat about a cup and a half of food in one sitting has helped me avoid gaining weight this first trimester. Not going out due to exhaustion & moving also helped keep me away from pub grub, lending extra help to lose 8 pounds between conception & now. My doctor is not worried, he's supportive as long as I'm eating enough & not suffering nausea.

So, not much working out, and 5k coming up.

Add to that, daylight savings time, and not being someone who wakes up early, and there was a possible excuse for continuing not working out when I know I need to train for this 5k. 

Enter the excuse buster:

This little light of mine, well, I let it shine!

By the end of 3 miles, I was ready to rip it off of my forehead, but I'll have to adjust the band. It worked great & it kept me from using the cover of darkness as an excuse.

Here's to a continuing healthy pregnancy!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Got Buns, Hon?

Just finished a killer buns workout this evening!

This has been a stressful & full couple of weeks! However, I haven't hoovered any bags of candy, and my nutrition remains at a higher quality than normal. I'm not sticking to 21 day fix adamantly, but I have been bringing my lunch 3 out of 5 days, cooking dinners at home, and upping my water intake. 

While I haven't been doing as many DVD workouts, I've been fitting in 30+ minute walks into my week at least twice a week.

While it's less than I have done in the past, it's better than I've been for most of the past year, which is fits & starts of 2 weeks on, 4 weeks off.


~ Katie

Saturday, September 20, 2014


I'm slowly familiarizing myself with the different PiYo workouts. Not really following a schedule yet, but I'm happy when I actually do a workout about 3 times a week.

Today, I did the Core workout.

James convinced me to workout before we could go to brunch. Now I have to shower & he has to shower, so who knows if brunch will even materialize.