Baby 2.0 – 18 Weeks

As of today I am 18 weeks pregnant! It’s crazy to think that I’m only a couple weeks away from the halfway point. I know I keep saying this but it’s crazy how quickly time is passing lately. It’s awesome in a way but also sad since this is most likely my last pregnancy! I really need to remember to enjoy this time! Here are the details about week 18.

Family snuggle time!

Family snuggle time!

Baby

This week baby is the size of a sweet potato! That seems huge! His or her reflexes are developing more fully, and baby is now able to hiccup, yawn, suck, swallow, and move easily. Apparently baby is growing quickly at this point, which makes sense based on some of the symptoms I’ve been experiencing this week.

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Body

I did so much better with sleep this week, which has really helped me get through another very busy week. It makes a huge difference when I get to bed early, even if I don’t sleep the whole night through because I have to get up to pee or something. I know I’m going to need to make this a priority for the remainder of the pregnancy, especially since I’ve also been getting up early to work out. I’ll do what I need to do in order to continue feeling good!

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I spent the majority of the week feeling like things are changing for me physically. I was pretty achy in my stomach/uterus area and I feel like things are growing rapidly. This is also true for my boobs! They just keep growing, and the blue veins are fully visible at this point. I’m getting out of breath more easily when I walk up stairs and things like that, and I’m feeling a lot more movement in my belly so I can tell he or she is growing!

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Little Kev had me laughing in the above pics when I took my shirt off. “Mommy nakey!”

Mind

Things are starting to wind down a bit in terms of work and life stress. I had a night event at school this past Tuesday that I had to bring little Kev to since my husband was working, and that was rough. I had to try to juggle talking with parents and watching my toddler who was overtired and not having it. But once that was over the rest of the week was pretty smooth sailing. We had an amazing weekend as a family, doing Christmasy things like riding on the Santa Train, putting up more lights and watching Christmas movies.

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Fun on the Santa Train!

Fun on the Santa Train!

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I filled out my maternity leave paperwork this week and was so happy to be able to fill in “school year 2015-16″ for my expected date of return. I am so excited and thankful to be able to have a longer time at home with this baby than the short 8 weeks I had with Kevin, even though some of it is going to end up being unpaid. I know it’s worth it. Maternity leave in this country is a joke! But thankfully, the timing we hoped for worked out so I’ll be able to take my maternity leave and then have the whole summer as well. Depending on when the baby is born, this will end up being 3 to 4 months. So much better than 8 weeks! This is giving me so much peace of mind.

I can tell there are some changes going on with my hormones though, because I was pretty emotional and moody this week. I found myself getting upset and/or angry at things that wouldn’t normally set me off. I am thankful to have a very patient husband and fellow pregnant/mommy friends who understand! And a little boy who loves me unconditionally :)

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Food

Once again, I did super well with my eating during the week and then let myself indulge a bit this weekend. It started on Friday when I met my former colleagues for happy hour at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. I wasn’t planning on eating dinner there but I was having so much fun catching up with my friends and got hungry. I ordered veggie fajitas which were delicious, but didn’t end up mixing well with the Mexican salad I packed myself for lunch that day. Too much Mexican!!! I was up all night with a stomachache and wasn’t sure I would be able to run with my friends on Saturday morning, but it ended up being okay. Lesson learned though! Last night my neighbor brought over a huge container of homemade cookies. I haven’t craved many sweets this pregnancy but damn, these were so good! Of course I had to sample some! Being pregnant during the holidays is definitely going to cause me to gain more than the 26 pounds I gained last time I think!

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Fitness

I felt pretty sluggish on my runs this week, so I listened to my body and cut back a bit in distance and pace. I know it was necessary due to the half I ran last weekend and the fact that I’m streaking. I did get in a couple really good runs, including a 6 miler with my friends who are just as crazy as me for being willing to run at 6:30 a.m. on a freezing cold Saturday morning! I also got to take Body Pump with another friend on Sunday, followed by a 3 mile run with my boys.  After we finished my hubby went on to run 3 more (much faster) miles by himself. We officially signed up for the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon yesterday, so he’s trying to build his mileage back up. The last time we ran a half together was when I was 26 weeks pregnant in Seattle. This time I’ll be 26 weeks pregnant again, and the race is on Valentine’s Day! I’m so excited, even if we go so slow he’s shuffling beside me, at least we’ll be together :)

  • Monday – 2 miles @ 10:23
  • Tuesday – Body Pump+ 1 mile @ 10:11 pace
  • Wednesday – ​3 miles @ 10:18 pace
  • Thursday – 2 miles @ 10:06
  • Friday – 3 miles @ 10:20 pace
  • Saturday – 6 miles @ 10:40 pace
  • Sunday – Body Pump + 3 miles @ 10:35 pace
  • Run – 20 miles
  • Strength – 2x

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Week 18 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: +? My scale needs new batteries! Will update this later
  • Total weight gained: I think I’m at least 10 pounds up as of this week
  • This week’s guilty pleasure: The Snooki & JWoww show, although I’m embarrassed to admit that! I just find it hilarious because she has a toddler and is pregnant again. It’s crazy that I can relate to Snooki, LOL.
  • # of days until winter break: 4! I’m so excited for two wonderful weeks off!
  • # of days until our gender reveal party: 12! Eeek
  • # of times I peed in one day (yes I counted): 16. About once an hour. Yeah, that’s insane!

18 weeks last time around!​

What I Ate Thursday

It has been a long time since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) post! I planned to do it this week and then forgot, so this will actually be what I ate on Thursday :) Pregnancy, running, working and chasing after a toddler has me pretty hungry these days!

7:15 a.m. After having green smoothies for breakfast for months, I am back to loving my oatmeal now that it’s gotten colder! I make it with almond milk, banana, cinnamon and blueberries. I also mix in some peanut butter at the end. It’s so yummy! I also have a small cup of coffee with breakfast every day. I can’t have very much caffeine during pregnancy so I savor every sip. I eat after my husband and little Kev leave for daycare. I really enjoy this quiet time before my work day begins.

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10:00 a.m.  Tummy starts growling for my mid-morning snack! I love bringing hard boiled eggs for a snack because they have a lot of protein which keeps me full until lunch time.

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12:15 p.m. After working some more it’s time for lunch. It’s freezing outside and in my office, so I am regretting my cold lunch choices. I decide to make a cup of decaf coffee to warm me up. I have this along with my salad (spinach, Mexican roasted chickpeas, corn, red onion, roasted red pepper, avocado, and a broken up corn tortilla shell). I use Zesty Lime Vinaigrette dressing by Kraft, and have cucumbers with cilantro jalapeño hummus on the side. I am LOVING the Mexican flavors these days :)

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4:00 p.m. My work day is done and I begin my commute home. I’m usually starving by this point and today is no exception. I eat a Larabar while on the road.

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6:00 p.m. Dinner time! When I got home I went for a quick run then started getting dinner together for the family. We had planned grilled cheese and tomato soup, which was perfect for this cold and windy day. It was so delicious and brought me back to my childhood.

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9:00 p.m. Lately I have been getting hungry right before bed, and have found that if I ignore it I end up waking up starving in the middle of the night and have a hard time sleeping. I started having a late night snack which has helped a ton. I guess my body needs the extra calories right now. My go-to snack before bed is a little bowl of cereal. A bowl of different cereals mixed up with cold almond milk always sounds so good to me! On this night I had Kashi Heart to Heart and Kashi Cinnamon Wheat cereal.

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And that’s what I ate this past Thursday, at 17 1/2 weeks pregnant! I have been trying very hard to clean up my diet after really slacking on it during my first trimester where all I wanted were carbs. I still want carbs all day long, but I’m trying to balance them with salads, veggies & hummus rather than crackers/pretzels, choosing oats instead of pancakes or toast for breakfast, etc. I obviously still enjoy my bread and especially my cereal, but that is a-okay in my opinion :)

What’s the best thing you ate this week?

Baby 2.0 – 17 Weeks

Week 17! I feel like time is flying! I can’t believe I’m getting closer to the halfway point. We have been so busy that the weeks seem to go by in the blink of an eye, and I know that will only continue throughout the holidays. Here’s how week 17 went down!

Rocking my For Two Fitness gear at the gym!

Rocking my For Two Fitness gear at the gym!

Baby

This week baby is about the size of an onion! He or she is a little over 5 inches long and weighs about 6 ounces. The organs are now well developed and functioning- including the heart, liver and kidneys. The bones are starting to harden and from now on, baby will start putting some fat on its body. The umbilical cord is also thickening and delivering even more nutrients to baby from mama.

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Body

Physically I’m feeling pretty good except for being sleep deprived. There are many times that I don’t feel pregnant at all- and then I have to pee about 20 times a day and I remember! The reason I’m sleep deprived is really my own fault and not the pregnancy. I haven’t been going to bed as early as I should because I had a lot going on and a lot that I had to do each night this week (more about that later). But things should be a lot better from now until Winter Break, which is strange to say because usually the holidays are the busiest time of year for us! We’re taking a low-key approach this year and keeping it simple, which is exactly what my tired body needs!

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I had my last appointment with my old doctor’s office this week. Baby was doing great with a strong heartbeat in the 140s, however my appointment only confirmed my decision to switch to a birth center with midwives. I had an okay experience with them during Kevin’s pregnancy and birth, but things seem to have gone pretty downhill since then in terms of patient care, organization and professionalism. I could not be more excited to start going to my new midwives and begin preparing for a birth center/possible home birth! Ahhh!

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Mind

After a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving break I was back to work and reality this week. I worked long days with meetings before or after school every day, and then came home to put on my Mommy hat and also prepare to throw one of my best friends a baby shower brunch. The shower was on Saturday and it went really well- but whew! I was exhausted afterwards. I’m so excited for her though. I have known her for 20 years- we went to elementary, middle, and high school together, then lived together in college, then we both moved to Virginia to teach. She’s been a great friend to me for a long time and I was so happy to be able to shower her and her baby with love this weekend!

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With all the craziness of this week we still had time to do some fun Christmasy things as well! We took some fun pictures with our tree and finished decorating the house. We also got together with our friends who are moving to Germany to go to a Christmas tree lighting event. It was on their military base so Santa came in riding in a fleet of cars, a fire truck and a tank! It was awesome.

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On a less fun, positive note, I have realized lately that my road rage is out. of. control. It’s usually pretty bad when I’m not pregnant, but the hormones make it extra bad. I just hate everyone that is driving on the road all the time. Grrrr!!

Pardon my language :)

Pardon my language :)

Food

I did much better in the food department this week! I kept my meals clean and very healthy during the week, and then let myself indulge in baby shower yumminess on Saturday and then a delicious pancake breakfast after my half marathon on Sunday. It’s all about balance, right? One of the best things I ate this week was a dish my colleague made me. She’s from Pakistan and made me a rice and chickpea meal called Pulao from her home country of Pakistan. It looks very simple but the flavor is out of this world! I want more!

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I do think I’m not eating quite as well as I did during my first pregnancy, which is starting to become evident on the scale. I gained exactly 10 pounds at 20 weeks last time around, and I’m getting very close to that now at only 17 weeks. It’s not a TON more, but enough for me to notice a difference. I think it will be easier to keep my food choices under control once the holidays pass, but I’m enjoying it while I can and trying not to stress. I know it will all come off later!

Delicious waffle bar at the baby shower brunch

Delicious waffle bar at the baby shower brunch

Fitness

I made it through another week of the running streak and am feeling amazing. I ran my second half marathon of this pregnancy yesterday and surprised myself with how great and strong I felt. The second trimester has definitely been really good to me in terms of running and physical fitness. As hard as it is to get up early (especially at 4:15 a.m. to get to run and go to Body Pump at 5!), it’s worth it when it makes me feel great the rest of the day. And it wouldn’t be so hard to get up if I actually went to bed at a decent hour, which is my goal for this upcoming week!

  • Monday – 2 miles @ 10:46 pace
  • Tuesday – Body Pump+ 1 mile @ 9:50 pace
  • Wednesday – ​3 miles @ 10:06 pace
  • Thursday – Body Pump + 1 mile @ 9:37 pace
  • Friday – 3 miles @ 10:07 pace
  • Saturday – 1 mile @ 10:36 pace
  • Sunday – 13.1 miles @ 9:35 pace (Blue & Gray Half!)
  • Run – 24.1 miles
  • Strength – 2x

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Week 17 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: +0.4 lbs.
  • Total weight gained: + 9.0 lbs.
  • # of days until my first appointment with our new midwives: 7! My appointment got moved up a few days- yay!
  • # of days until our gender reveal party: 19! I seriously cannot wait!
  • Mama’s gender prediction: I still really feel like it’s a girl. I will be very surprised if I’m wrong!
  • Daddy’s gender prediction: He’s sticking with boy. He just wants to go against what I say :)
  • Little Kev’s gender prediction: When I ask him what’s inside mommy’s belly he says baby girl!

17 weeks last time around!​

Blue & Gray Half Marathon

This morning I ran the second half marathon of my second pregnancy, the Blue & Gray Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This is a race put on by a local running store about 20 minutes from where I live. I’ve done the 5K for the last couple years (2012 & 2013) but hadn’t done the half yet- mostly because the weather is usually terrible this time of year. Over the last few years the weather has included snow, sleet and freezing temperatures, so I wasn’t really sure about signing up to do the half this year, especially considering I’m pregnant. However, I knew it might be my last chance to run a half for a while since my pregnancy this time falls during the winter and my options are limited. By the time the spring races roll around I’ll be way past the point where I should be running those kind of distances. So I decided to take a chance on the weather and go for it, and I’m so glad I did! I ended up running a great, strong race and felt amazing the entire time. Here are the details!

Before the race, sporting my 17 week baby bump :)

Before the race, sporting my 17 week baby bump :)

I woke up this morning to cold temperatures (in the 30s) and even colder wind gusts. I knew I didn’t want to drag my boys out for that, so I hitched a ride down to the race with my friends James and Chanda who were also running the half. Kevin & Little Kev were going to come later closer to when I would be finished to see me at the end. I went back and forth on what to wear. I didn’t want to overdress because I HATE the feeling of being too hot while running, but I didn’t want to freeze either. I decided on capris, a long sleeved base layer that holds in heat, and a lightweight jacket. I knew I would warm up once I started running (I was right, what I wore ended up being perfect). I wore more layers while we picked up our bibs and waited for the porta-potties, but luckily since this race is relatively small we were able to park close by so I could throw them in the car before we started. We were also able to wait inside the running store where it was warm until a few minutes before the 7:30 start time, which was so nice!

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Eventually we reluctantly went outside and jumped up and down shivering until it was time to start. The wind gusts were pretty bad, and I knew it would add an extra challenge into this race. I also was very familiar with the course since we run in Fredericksburg all the time, and I knew it was also very hilly. I was definitely thankful to be going into this race to run for fun with no expectations for performance!

The race started at exactly 7:30 (I love small races!) and we were off! It was so hard not to run too fast at the beginning, because I just wanted to warm up and the first two miles are mostly downhill. It was awesome running down two of the most infamous hills in Fredericksburg (Hospital Hill & Cowan Boulevard Hill), but I also knew that later we’d be running back up during miles 12 & 13. Luckily, I have trained on these hills and run them many times, so I wasn’t too worried. I enjoyed my downhill miles though, that’s for sure!

  • Mile 1 – 9:08
  • Mile 2 – 9:01

I wasn’t really sure what to expect in terms of pace for this race. Most of my longer runs have been between 9:45 and 11:00 pace, and I figured with the course and the weather it might be on the slower end. I predicted I would finish around 2:15, which I would have been super happy with. So when I saw my first couple mile splits I was surprised (even though they were a lot of downhill), but I figured I’d just go with what felt comfortable to me in the moment and adjust when I felt I needed to. I was able to keep this momentum for the next few miles, but did need to stop around mile 3.5 for a bathroom break. Unfortunately there were others that needed to stop as well, and I ended up waiting in line for almost 3 minutes total, causing my split for mile 4 to be pretty slow. But it was totally fine because I NEEDED to pee, and would’ve been super uncomfortable the rest of the time if I hadn’t! I got right back into it afterwards and felt a lot better!

  • Mile 3 – 9:10
  • Mile 4 – 11:43 (<— potty break!)
  • Mile 5 – 9:10

During mile 5 my friend Amanda met up with me to run a few miles with me. My pace naturally slowed down at this point because we were busy chatting and my energy wasn’t being totally directed towards running anymore. It was so awesome to have company for a few miles! I loved that she was able to be my wing woman like I was for her in Richmond a few weeks ago and during some other races as well!

  • Mile 6 – 9:32
  • Mile 7 – 9:53
  • Mile 8 – 10:01

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When Amanda left I got myself mentally focused for the challenges ahead. We were about to run by the water again where it was beautiful but super windy, and I knew I had the two big hills looming ahead starting at mile 11. As I got more focused I started running a bit faster too. I think I was trying to build my momentum to get up the hills :) During mile 11 I got a little pain in my belly that ended up being a gas bubble (gotta love pregnancy!). It went away quickly and then I felt great again. It was the only pain I experienced during the entire race.

  • Mile 9 – 9:25
  • Mile 10 – 9:30
  • Mile 11 – 9:38

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Pretty soon I was staring up at the first monster hill- lovingly called “Hospital Hill” because it’s right alongside a hospital, and I heard a rumor once that someone once had a heart attack while running up it?? Hospital Hill is basically a long, slow, steady incline that seems like it will never end. I tried to focus on a point in front of me rather than looking at how much farther I had to go, and that strategy worked for me. I didn’t have to walk at all even though many others around me were, and I was shocked to see that my mile split wasn’t even that slow!

  • Mile 12 – 9:40 (including Hospital Hill!)
At the top of Hospital Hill!

At the top of Hospital Hill!

After Hospital Hill we got a little bit of a break running on flat and slightly downhill road before the next one. The Cowan Boulevard Hill is a shorter, steeper hill that I think feels harder in a way, since you’re already tired from Hospital Hill. I knew I was almost done though, so I charged up it and again, didn’t have to walk at all. Once I got up the hill I knew I was almost at the finish, so I picked up the pace and booked it there! I was so happy to see my boys at the finish line and couldn’t stop smiling!

  • Mile 13 – 9:03 (includes Cowan Boulevard hill!)
  • The last .1 – 8:30 pace :)

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I ended up finishing way under my goal of 2:15 and I couldn’t believe it. With my first pregnancy I ran a half at 20 weeks pregnant and finished in 2:06. I didn’t think that was even a possibility today since I’m already running slower than I did at this point in my first pregnancy, and I’m bigger too! I definitely surprised myself, especially when I realized that it would have been closer to 2:02 without my 3 minute potty break :)

  • Official Finish Time – 2:05:42 / 9:35 average pace

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As soon as I finished I very quickly realized how cold and windy it was. I grabbed a blanket that was in the stroller that little Kevin wouldn’t keep on because I was so cold. I shivered while we waiting for James and Chanda to come through. Chanda came through around 2:17, beating her time for another race that was on a very similar course (including the hills) this past May!

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After she came through I headed inside the running store with little Kev to get warm, while Chanda and Kevin stayed and waited for James. This little boy is such a trooper and loves coming to races no matter if it’s hot, cold, windy or snowing! He loves cheering on the runners and saying, “Go, go, go!”

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James had a tough day and ended up injuring his knee. He came through later on, but was determined to finish his last race in Virginia before they move to Germany in a few weeks.

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After we all finished we went to breakfast where I ate the most delicious pancakes, eggs, and biscuits of my life. Seriously, they never tasted so good! Once we got home and got the toddler down for a nap, I passed out straight out of the shower (in my towel and everything) and slept for a solid 2 hours. I woke up feeling like a million bucks :)

I am so thankful to be able to run, especially during pregnancy. Pregnant running and racing is the best, with no real stress or expectations. I was able to go out there, have fun, and ended up surprising myself with how amazing I felt. I love that I can share these special moments and accomplishments with my little one before he or she is even born!

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My December race is complete! Now to register for my January one :)

Other races during pregnancy #2:

365 Days of Fitness: November Recap

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It’s so hard to believe that I’m recapping November, and I’m in the final month of my 365 Days of Fitness challenge! When I first had this idea last December, I thought it would be a good goal to keep me motivated throughout 2014. I was so right! I was more active this year than any other year in my life. November was another great month. I made an effort to fit some sort of activity in every day except for two. As you can see from the photos, we can quite the variety of weather here in Virginia this month. Some days I was in shorts and a t-shirt, and others I had to break out all of my cold weather gear. But now that I’m in my second trimester, my energy levels are so much better and so is my motivation! I was able to support some wonderful friends as they raced in Richmond, and participated in my first ever Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. I ran a lot with my friends and with my boys. I finished the month with 100.3 miles. My goal was 100 :) It was definitely a month that made me thankful for my ability to run!

Here’s the picture recap!

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Only 1 more month! And I shouldn’t miss any days in December because I’m doing the Runner’s World Winter Running Streak. What a great way to end the year on a strong note! I guess I should start thinking about what my 2015 challenge will be :)

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Previous Months

All of my pictures were taken with the FitSnap App (it’s free!). Check it out!

Baby 2.0 – 16 Weeks

I am a couple days late writing my 16 week update this week! All is well, but I haven’t been sleeping enough this week for a few reasons, so I’m writing this post while trying not to doze off on the couch. I apologize in advance for the typos! Here are the details about week 16.

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Baby

This week baby is about the size of an avocado- almost 5 inches long and 3.5 ounces! At this point he or she can hear noises from the outside. Baby is also growing hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows, and forming little taste buds. He or she is also starting the prepare the lungs for breathing by expanding and contracting the chest, drawing amniotic fluid in and out of the lungs. They grow up so fast!

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Body

Physically I’m feeling pretty good besides being a little sluggish in the energy and digestive areas after our indulgent Thanksgiving holiday. I’m already back on track with eating well this week so I know I’ll be feeling fine again soon. I know baby liked all my eating though- I’ve been feeling him or her move like crazy lately!

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However, my sleep went from good to not so good. I’m having a hard time staying asleep for long periods of time and wake up either to pee or for no reason. I did get my Snoogle pillow in the mail this week which has helped some. I love this thing so much!!! I hope it also helps me sleep in better positions because I’ve been waking up with some lower back pain.

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Mind

I finally had the less stressful week I’ve been waiting for! It wasn’t completely relaxing because we did travel to Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family (traveling up and down 95 on a holiday weekend = craziness), but it was so much better than the stress of the last couple of months. I am already really enjoying being pregnant during the holidays since I didn’t get to experience that last time. It makes everything feel extra special! We got to spend some good time with family and friends, take some fun photos (my dad is an awesome photographer!), and of course followed through with some of the holiday traditions we love.

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Family photo taken by my dad!

Once we got back to Virginia, we spent Sunday morning doing fun Christmasy things! We got up, had breakfast together, headed out to get our Christmas tree, and spent the day decorating. We’ve really been playing up Christmas this year since Kevin doesn’t really remember anything from years past, and he can really fully experience and enjoy it now. He had so much fun helping pick out our tree and putting ornaments on it later. He’s totally mesmerized by the lights!

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We even picked up a little stocking for baby #2 :)

Food

I’m a big believer in enjoying food that makes you happy in moderation, especially on special occasions like holidays. I’ve seen these graphics around the internet that show you how much you’d have to run/exercise to burn off different  Halloween candies or Thanksgiving foods, and they make me mad. I don’t think anyone should be made to feel guilty about enjoying some of their favorite foods on special holidays. It’s just one day and it’s not going to make or break your overall health. So yes, I definitely indulged in my family’s famous macaroni and cheese recipe, sweet potato casserole, delicious rolls, apple pie, and plenty more. I loved every bite!

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Fitness

I haven’t mentioned it yet because I wasn’t 100% sure, but I’m going to attempt the winter Runner’s World Run Streak this year (from Thanksgiving to New Years). I did the summer one a few months ago and ended up streaking from Memorial Day to Labor Day- 101 days! I decided to streak because we’re about to enter the cold, dark months and I wanted some extra motivation to keep active.  I do plan to modify the “rules” if needed though since I am pregnant. I did a running streak two years ago when I was pregnant with Kevin and made it my goal to run or walk at least a mile every day, which I will be following this time as well. However, so far I haven’t needed any walk days. I’ve just been doing easy 1 milers in between longer runs. That may change as the weeks progress but we’ll see! Last time I did a streak pregnant I was much farther along AND it was summer, so I definitely needed more walking days. This time around my body feels really good now that I’m in the second tri. I’m excited to have a new goal, especially since some of my friends are doing it too and we like to check in with each other.

  • Monday - Rest Day
  • Tuesday - Body Pump
  • Wednesday – ​3 miles @ 9:51
  • Thursday - 3.1 miles (Turkey Trot!)
  • Friday - 4 miles @ 9:34
  • Saturday – 9 miles @ 10:03
  • Sunday – 1 mile @ 10:16
  • Run – 20.1 miles
  • Strength – 1x (I could only make it to 1 Body Pump class this week since we were out of town. My first time not making it twice a week since August!!!)
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Running around my hometown, all decorated for Christmas!

Week 16 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: +1.8 lbs. (Honestly surprised it’s not more because of how much I ate!!!)
  • Total weight gained: +8.6 lbs.
  • # of days until my next race: 4! I’ll be running my 2nd half marathon with this baby :)
  • # of days until my first appointment with our new midwives: 15! So excited for a change and for the birth center experience instead of hospital.
  • # of days until our gender reveal party: 24! AHHHHH

16 weeks last time around!​

Fredericksburg Turkey Trot 5K

Happy Thanksgiving! I love this holiday because it is a time to reflect on what’s really important and all of the blessings in my life. On Thanksgiving and every day I am thankful for my family, my health, my job, my friends, and for this little hobby of mine that I love so much- running! We started our day by doing a local Turkey Trot 5K. This was the first time I had ever done a Thanksgiving Day race and I was so excited!

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Kevin was too!

The race didn’t start until 9:00, so we were able to relax a little at home before heading out, which was so nice! We made the short drive down to Fredericksburg, found parking easily, and made our way to the high school where packet pick up (and warmth!) was. It wasn’t too terribly cold- maybe 35 degrees- but we definitely enjoyed being able to stay warm inside while we waited for the race to start.

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While we were waiting two of my running buddies came in to meet us. Amanda, who rocked the Richmond Marathon a couple weekends ago, and Laura (and her husband), who is now 34 weeks pregnant! Whoa!

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We decided us girls would stick together and I would push the stroller so our husbands could go ahead and try to actually race. The race was broken up in waves so they went toward the front while we had to go to the back with the other strollers. We knew that we would be keeping it nice and easy since I haven’t run with the stroller in a while (my amazing hubby always does) and Laura is doing more walk/running these days. Finally they called our wave and we were off and running! They moved this race from a commercial shopping area where it’s been for the last couple years back to the historic downtown area this year and I loved the course. We ran the first mile and a half straight through and then stopped for a walking break. Laura has some varicose veins that cause her legs to hurt when she runs sometimes and today they were flaring up pretty bad. We stuck together and enjoyed just being together and getting active on Thanksgiving- it didn’t matter to me whether we were walking or running.

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One of the coolest parts of this race was the awesome energy it had surrounding it. Lots of locals came out to cheer us on, and there were a lot of people running in costume. We were right near a guy running in a snowman costume the whole time. He kept running ahead and then stopping to cheer and give high fives, and Kevin LOVED it! He thinks every snowman is Olaf (from Frozen) and got so excited every time he saw him again. It was great entertainment for a 2 year old :) We started running again and eventually saw Kevin walking back to meet us after he finished. He grabbed the stroller so I could finish without it, which felt great! We also saw our other running buddy Leslie cheering right by the finish line, which was so nice. She also ran the Richmond Marathon a couple weeks ago!

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Finish Time – 42:53 (13:48 average pace)

Once we were all done and had a chance to talk, Kevin told me that he ended up finishing in 23:16 (7:29 average pace)! He hasn’t been able to run a 5K that fast in over 2.5 years! I was really proud of him. After we all finished we started walking back to the car and saw this epic finish by all of these runners in costumes. SO AWESOME!

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After the race we drove straight up to Pennsylvania to be with my family. Since we knew we’d be in traffic for a while and getting there in the late afternoon we opted to relax the rest of the day and order Chinese take-out for dinner. It was delicious! Tomorrow we will cook our Thanksgiving dinner :)

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Kev loves his Yaya (my sister)!

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How did you spend your Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for this year?

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