wiaw: daily eats at 8 months pregnant

So, it’s been months since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday.  I will admit that I do hesitate sharing what I eat while pregnant because I feel that everyone has an opinion on what I should or shouldn’t be eating and how much I should be eating.  I will preface this by saying that I am an intuitive eater – I try to listen to my body as much as possible as far as what to eat and how much to eat.  Does that always mean that I make the best choices?  Oh, heck no!  And I will be the first to admit that I am far from the healthiest eater on the planet.  But, please know that I do think about what I am feeding my baby and how much I should be eating.  In addition, I have been gaining just the right amount of weight for my pregnancy, so I think how and what I’ve been eating has been working for me.

OK, enough of that.  Here is my day of eats, 8 months in to my pregnancy.  Definitely far from perfect (gosh darnit, I like sweets!), but still pretty good, and I went to bed satisfied and not stuffed, which is always a win for me.  Of course, I did have a bit of heartburn from dinner, but large glassed of water certainly help with that.

Breakfast

Oops – forgot to take a picture before I devoured it.  I started drinking Shakeology a few months ago and have fallen in love with it!  I definitely think it helps curb my cravings because when I don’t drink it in the morning, my eating seems to be much much worse.  As far as giving me more energy though, I really can’t judge because I’m always exhausted!  Ha!

So, every morning I drink a scoop of vegan chocolate Shakeology mixed with banana and milk, and a cup of dry Quaker Oatmeal Squares on the side in my car on the way to work.  Keeps me full until lunch most days!

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Lunch

I took a half day yesterday in order to take MacKenna to the doctor, and sadly spent most of the afternoon working on homework.  Only 3 weeks left and as long as I continue getting 100% on my papers, I don’t have to take the final, so as much as I would have rather gone and gotten a massage with my extra time, working on homework was well worth it.

I decided that it would probably be a better idea to do my homework someplace other than home otherwise I would be tempted to just take a nap all afternoon.  So, Bread Co. was my lunch of choice.  I absolutely LOVE their Autumn Squash soup, with a tomato and mozzarella panini on the side.

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I lasted about 15 minutes trying to do homework before I gave up because the amount of people there at lunch time was way too distracting for me to work.  So, I ended up heading home and got a good chunk of it done.  Still have to work on it more tonight before it’s due tomorrow, but at least I’m not too far behind.

Dinner

One of my absolute favorite meals, and one of the easiest too – Mexican Quinoa Casserole.  So delicious with tortilla chips!  And an added bonus, MacKenna loved it as well (as long as we call it rice and not quinoa).

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Snacks

I had some trail mix in the car on my way to pick up MacKenna for her doctor’s appointment.  And of course, a few cookies after dinner, all to satisfy my sweet tooth.  There were also some Starburst, a Reese’s, and another cookie in there at some point too.  Plus plenty of chiplets (crumbs at the end of the tortilla chip bag) during dinner.

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IMG_0015Thanks as always to Jen for hosting another week of WIAW!  It’s been awhile for me, but I’m happy to be sharing my eats again!  Who else is linking up today?

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baby bump #2: 34 weeks

It’s official!  We’re having a baby 5 weeks from today!  But, I’ll talk more about that in just a minute…

Bump

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I had my 33 week checkup on Friday (we haven’t been doing the “every 2 weeks” thing, which is just fine since my pregnancy has been easy-peasy for the most part).  I am measuring exactly 33 weeks, heart rate sounded wonderful (LOVE hearing his little heart beat – nothing can beat that sound, well, except maybe MacKenna’s giggle), and I’ve officially gained about 20 pounds.  According to my scale (that I finally went and put a battery in this week), I’ve gained more like 25, but I have no idea what my starting weight was, so it could really only be 20 pounds.  I’m definitely satisfied with that!

Even though I am right on track for weight gain, I have been feeling pretty big lately.  Of course, it doesn’t help when people tell me how big I’ve gotten or how much bigger I am that I was with MacKenna.  But, I really am not any bigger with Moose than I was with Kenna.  I keep thinking that maybe he won’t be a 5 pound baby, but I’m starting to think that if he is bigger than Kenna was, it’s not going to be by too much…

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Symptoms

I have really felt great the past couple of weeks.  Yes, I’m getting uncomfortable and always exhausted, but for the most part, I have no complaints.  I have no swelling, rings are still on, and the majority of my work clothes (which are workout clothes) still fit comfortably.  My skin is itchy and if I sit too long, I walk with a nice limp, thanks to pubic symphysis pain, but seriously, I can’t complain with how great I have felt this pregnancy.  Even now, relative to my pregnancy with MacKenna, I am much more comfortable.  And believe me, I am extremely thankful for that!

Still eating/craving ice, which it didn’t help that I had a sore throat and cough for the last week.  That was the only thing that made it feel any better.  I’ve also been craving comfort food – anything warm and/or cheesy sounds like the perfect meal.

Workouts

I had a really great week of workouts this week, except for the fact that it’s been too cold for this wimpy girl, and I ended up on the treadmill the majority of the week.  I hate the treadmill and have avoided it for the last few months (even though it scares me to death to run outside at 4 AM), and if running while pregnant wasn’t hard enough, running on a treadmill while pregnant definitely takes the cake.  Much more walking than usual, but I have to be OK with that.  Shoot, I’m 34 weeks and still running 5-6 days each week, even if it is only 2-3 miles at a time.  Again, can’t complain…

Monday:  PiYo Lower Body + 3 mile easy run
Tuesday:  PiYo Sweat + 2 mile treadmill run
Wednesday:  PiYo Upper Body + 2 mile treadmill run
Thursday:  PiYo Sweat + 3 mile treadmill run
Friday:  PiYo Strength Intervals + 3 mile treadmill run
Saturday:  rest
Sunday:  rest

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Baby Stuff

So, as I’ve mentioned briefly before, I’ve decided to have a scheduled C-section.  I went into this pregnancy knowing that I wanted a VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section).  I mean, my intention with MacKenna was a natural childbirth in the first place.  But, I ended up being induced (strike #1) and she was wanting to come out nose first instead of head first (strike #2), so I ended up with a C-section, despite really not wanting one at the time.

So, yes, I completely intended to try the whole natural childbirth thing again.  Until I learned about my maternity benefits (um, nothing really) and that I wouldn’t have pay taken out of my salary any day the school is closed.  That would include any breaks, snow days, or other days off we have during the time I am on maternity leave.  Every other day (except for the sick days that I have saved up), they deduct a certain amount of pay from my paycheck.  All of a sudden, the labor and delivery part became unimportant and spending as much time as possible at home with my baby boy sounded much more appealing.

I will be 39 weeks on December 22nd – the first day of our winter break.  Legally, my doctor cannot take him any earlier than 39 weeks unless their is a medical reason to do so.  This would give me 2 whole weeks extra of maternity leave since it doesn’t not count toward my 60 days through FMLA.  Plus, Matt will be off during that time to help us adjust to being a family of 4.  To me, it just made the most sense and would take the guess work out of the whole labor and delivery thing.

So, I am scheduled for a C-section on December 22nd!  All of a sudden, things got real.  We have so much to get done in the next 5 weeks!  But, I am getting more and more excited about Moose’s arrival!  I may or may not be home for Christmas (my OB thinks there is a chance for me to come home the afternoon of the 24th), but we are going to try to make Christmas, whether it’s on December 25th or not, as special for MacKenna as possible.  It definitely won’t be our normal Christmas where we go to church and open presents on Christmas Eve and then spend Christmas Day with our extended families, but that’s OK.  I’m excited to be celebrating Moose’s first Christmas this year and enjoying being a family of 4.  Whoa…

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race recap: run to the lights 5k 2014

This had quickly become one of my favorite races!  This is the third year Matt and I have run this race, and each year has been different than the previous year.  The first year, I ran it with Matt as it was his first race he had done since graduating college (he was a collegiate runner – I’m still jealous…), running in the middle/front of the pack but not really “racing”.  Last year, Matt gave me the go-ahead to go all out and actually race it.  I had no real expectations since the fall is usually the worst season for training for me.  So, I was pleasantly surprised when I actually won the race!

This year, I obviously was not returning to defend my title, and I actually considered not running it at all since it is a fairly hilly course.  But, it is such a fun and absolutely beautiful race (nothing beats the lights in Silver Dollar City) that I just couldn’t pass up the chance to run it again this year, despite my current “condition”.

One big issue I had with the race this year was that it was WAY too late (a 10:20 PM start time) for my exhausted, pregnant self.  We went to the park early to pick up our packets and give Kenna a chance to ride a few rides before the park actually closed.  By the time the race actually started 2 hours later, I was ready for bed!

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Matt hadn’t really had the opportunity to train for the race this year, so he was happy to run it easy with me.  We lined up in the middle of the pack and quickly realized that even with running it much slower than normal for both of us, we probably could’ve started a little farther up.  We spent the first quarter mile dodging slower runners and walkers, which is still frustrating, even when you’re not trying to race.  We finally got to a point where we could settle in to a pace and chat.  It was nice to just enjoy the race and not really worry about how fast or slow you are going.  Even the first year, it was hard not to race it while running with Matt and I worried about how slow I was going.  So, it was really nice to just enjoy our surroundings and talk to each other, mostly about the past 2 years of racing.

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My plan was to run as much as possible and walk the hills.  If you know the Ozarks and/or Silver Dollar City, you know exactly how hilly it is.  There were 2 hills I knew for sure I would be walking, but I found myself needing to walk one long hill early on in the race.  My legs were burning and I felt out of breath, which is my sign that it’s a little too much for me.  And of course, Matt was a trooper and walked with me, which made me feel a little bit better.  He let me set the pace and stuck with me the whole time, even though he could easily run 2-3 minutes per mile faster than what we were running.

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Thankfully, this is one race where the more time you spend on the course, the better.  The last mile is all in the park, with the hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights lighting the way.  It’s a race that you can’t help but want to slow down and enjoy, and that’s exactly what we did.  It was a great way to close out this part of my “training” before the baby gets here in just 6 weeks.

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