Friday Free-For-All – 06/01/18

Friday Free-For-All

My coworkers threw me a Star Wars-themed baby shower! Once again, I’m simply blown away by their thoughtfulness, generosity, and creativity. Seriously. We received so many lovely gifts, and several Amazon giftcards that are sure to come in handy down the line as we figure out exactly what we need to keep our little one happy. While I’m obviously very excited to start my new role as stay at home mom, I will desperately miss my colleagues.

 

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We ordered a new pet fountain. You may remember several months ago, our kitty Rocket had a big health scare and spent four days in the kitty hospital. One of the number one recommendations was to get a pet fountain to encourage him to drink more water. At the time, one of my coworkers offered to let us borrow hers since her cat had recently passed away. Now that I’m about to leave work, though, my coworker has asked that we return the fountain. I went on Amazon and was thoroughly shocked by a) how many different options there are, and b) how EXPENSIVE they are. The version we had borrowed from my coworker retails for $85! Obviously, I wasn’t spending that. I got a slightly smaller ceramic version by the same company (for about half the price!), and I’m optimistic that it will suit our needs just fine. And the fact that it’s smaller will probably encourage me to clean it more often anyway.

I haven’t been to yoga in two weeks and I’m feeling it. I didn’t go last week because work was so crazy I had to stay late. Then this week, I had a vacation day on Tuesday and didn’t feel like driving into town just for class. But now I kind of regret not going, as my hip is complaining and my carpal tunnel has been really bad this week. My unlimited summer pass starts today, so I’m hoping to get to class more than once a week for the remainder of my pregnancy. Fingers crossed I actually get some time to myself after leaving work and before baby comes!

I got my hair cut last night. Unfortunately, she took quite a bit more off than I would have liked (we’re talking 3-4 inches total versus the 1-2 I was imagining), but thankfully it looks great, and does feel a lot healthier than it did before. It’s also funny that even though to me it looks DRASTICALLY different, not one single person at work has noticed so far.

We’re traveling this weekend. Ben’s great uncle Jipper passed away this winter, and his memorial service is tomorrow afternoon in Albany. We’re road-tripping down with my in-laws and splitting a hotel room, so the cost isn’t too crazy. And Albany is only about 2.5-3 hours from home just in case there is any early movement on the baby front. I’m a little bit nervous about traveling so close to my due date, but based on a conversation with my midwife, I really don’t think there’s anything to worry about at this point. This will likely be our last trip for the next little while, so I’m trying to focus on the positive of seeing extended family before the baby comes. We likely won’t make it to the family reunion because it’s scheduled for early July (aka right in the middle of potential baby time), so it will be good to get some family time in.

Are you hyper-sensitive about haircuts like me? 

23 Week Pregnancy Update

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According to my Ovia Pregnancy app, Baby Girl is the size of a bunch of grapes.

The biggest and most exciting change/development this week is that Baby Girl is DEFINITELY moving around in there. I didn’t feel the first few movements until week 21, and even then they were very small and sporadic. Seemingly overnight, at 23 weeks to the day, she started having a dance party in my belly. Feeling her wiggle and kick in there so much is immensely reassuring, not to mention amazing and cool. Ben also got to feel her for the first time this week, which was a lovely moment.

As far as workouts go, prenatal yoga is still my jam. I’ve tried a few more walks, but the motion really seems to irritate my round ligament. I’m planning to pick up a belly support band to see if that helps, but I’m not holding my breath. I need to get back to the gym and see if I can ride a stationary bike without pain. However, I’m also concerned about the post-exercise lightheadedness, so I’m being pretty cautious with workouts right now.

Symptom-wise, there’s not much new happening. The morning sickness that came back during week 20 has thankfully passed. My belly button is still an innie, but it’s definitely starting to push out. I haven’t gotten any stretch marks yet (knock on wood!). And I’m still not having any true food cravings or aversions, I’m just a bit pickier than normal. Oh, and I had my first ocular migraine since the first trimester. Thankfully I was just home watching TV so it wasn’t hugely inconvenient, just annoying.

The toughest thing for me right now is sleep. I’m simply not sleeping well at all. Pregnant women are encouraged to sleep on their sides, as sleeping on your belly is out for obvious reasons, and the weight of your baby/uterus can pinch blood vessels if you sleep flat on your back. I sleep on my side 75% of the time anyway, but CONSTANTLY sleeping on my sides is causing me a significant amount of hip discomfort. Even with a fancy body-hugging pregnancy pillow, I spend a significant amount of time every night tossing and turning. Every time someone says “Oh, you’d better get lots of sleep now, because once the baby comes, forget it!” I want to stab them in the eye.

As far as preparations go, I have mostly completed our Amazon Baby Registry. We’re trying to keep it fairly simple and not go crazy putting a ton of clothes and toys on there, because we know we’re going to get them anyway (I pointed my family toward the Zutano warehouse sale link this week and I think they bought one of everything). We’re mostly focused on the essentials like car seats and strollers. We still haven’t bought anything of note, but with a crib secured from one of Ben’s colleagues, and the hand-me-downs continuing to roll in, we can start actually putting her room together, which will be really nice.

Have you ever had to make a baby registry? Did you find it easy or overwhelming?

Friday Free-For-All – 02/23/18

Friday Free-For-All

I’m slowly but surely getting caught up around here! I’ve been super busy with projects around the house, AND we don’t have internet set up yet, so the only time I have to blog is breaks at work. But after this week’s flurry of trip recap posts, I’m nearly back to where I want to be. I’m hoping to get caught up on pregnancy posts next week so that I can maybe start doing a weekly update the following week. No promises, though. Not having internet at home is rough.

We scheduled our first mortgage payment this week. Eep! Talk about feeling like an adult. We’re planning to overpay our mortgage as much as possible through the coming years with the goal of ultimately owning our house and removing our mortgage payment from our budget early. Based on some rough calculations we did, we will hopefully end up paying off our mortgage 10 years earlier and save ourselves tens of thousands of dollars in interest payments in the process. Woo!

I went to prenatal yoga for the second week in a row! I’m so proud of myself for committing to exercise, and I really, really love prenatal yoga. It’s so relaxing and lovely. Here’s to making it a weekly habit for the rest of my pregnancy. I’m glad yoga is going so well, because…

I went for a walk on Wednesday and it didn’t go well. It was 65 degrees and sunny, so I couldn’t wait to get outside on my lunch break. Unfortunately, within 5 minutes, my round ligament started to hurt. A lot. It just felt really tight and uncomfortable. I stuck it out for a slow 30 minutes, but then when I got back to my office, I suddenly felt so lightheaded that I almost passed out in the elevator! I knew lightheadedness is a common pregnancy symptom, but it was really sudden and scary. I called the nurses at my midwife practice just in case, and fortunately (unfortunately?) this is all “normal” for the second trimester. The advice was to drink MORE water (I already consume at least 64 oz per day), eat plenty of healthy food (which I do), and that symptoms can vary from day to day. I’m really hoping that this ligament pain doesn’t continue, because walking and yoga are pretty much the only exercises I have been feeling comfortable with lately.

Pregnant women/mamas out there–any suggestions for relieving/avoiding round ligament pain?

 

 

Friday Free-For-All – 02/16/18

Friday Free-For-All

Remember that commercial I shot a couple of weeks ago? It’s live! It’s been airing during the Olympics and I’ve had a bunch of friends texting me about it. It’s a SUPER quick segment (literally only 15 seconds long), but I had a lot of fun filming. If you’re interested, you can check it out by clicking here.

Ben and I did something unusual for Valentine’s Day. We bought each other a couch! We’ve never really been super into the forced celebration of Valentine’s Day, but we decided it would be fun to buy a real couch for our new house instead of spending money on junk we don’t need. We’ve been using an old, lumpy futon that we got free from his parents, and it was time to upgrade.  We ended up investing in a really nice Flexsteel sectional. They were having a 20% off sale and the frame comes with a lifetime warranty, so we feel really good about it. And there’s a CHAISE on one end! Helloooo, relaxation! Unfortunately, it may take up to 10 weeks to actually be delivered. Boo.

I went to prenatal yoga this week! Real talk: I haven’t been to CrossFit since December, and I haven’t run/walked/otherwise worked out since early January. Pregnancy is rough guys! But I’m starting to feel a bit gross, so I’m making a commitment to get my body moving more, and prenatal yoga is just the ticket! I’ve been experiencing a lot of round ligament pain, and things have been just a wee bit stressful lately, so it felt incredible to just relax and stretch out my body.

We celebrated my four year anniversary at work this week. Holy crap! I simply can’t believe it’s been that long! The customary anniversary gift is a nice bottle of wine, but since I’m preggo, I got a really fancy bottle of olive oil instead. This was super handy, as we didn’t have any cooking oil at the new house yet. Even though I’m really happy with my decision to stay home and raise our daughter after she’s born, I’m going to miss the heck out of my colleagues.

How long have you been at your job? Do they do anniversary celebrations?