baby bump #2: 23 weeks

Happy September!  We are now officially only 4 months away from meeting our little Moose!  Whoa.  This pregnancy is flying by, which believe me, I am thankful for, but mostly for other reasons (ready to move in to our new house, ready to have my life back a little, ready to meet this little fella).  But, I also really want it to slow down so I can continue enjoying this pregnancy.  I LOVE being pregnant, which is part of why I would have another baby in a heartbeat, so I just want to soak up every second I get with all the kicks and wiggles I’m feeling inside.

Bump

Pregnancy - 23 weeks

I was reading back on my pregnancy post with MacKenna at 23 weeks and I was complaining about how small my bump was.  They really aren’t too much different in size and this time around, I feel absolutely HUGE!  But, again, I absolutely LOVE it!

Symptoms

Still exhausted more than I care to admit.  This week was a little better, thanks to not having as much work to do in the evenings at home, even though I had 3 games this past week (we are 2-1, so pretty good start to the season).  So, I got a little more sleep.  But, even with the extra sleep this weekend, I would still feel the need to pass out around 3 PM every afternoon after MacKenna would wake up from her nap.  I’d be busy trying to get things done during her nap that as soon as she would wake up, I’d realize just how tired I was.  I won’t lie that I took a few power naps this weekend, thanks to my wonderful hubby who took MacKenna during those times.

I’m also starting to get a bit more uncomfortable.  My skin gets uber sensitive during pregnancy, so I’m particular about how clothes feel when I have them on.  Certain fabrics are particularly uncomfortable if they’re tight, and shorts have to sit a certain way for them to be comfortable.  Moose is also sitting up a little higher (I still carry low though), so my ribs are starting to hurt by the end of the day, as well as my back.  Boo.

Workouts

Pretty great week in workouts.  I actually felt great all week, even with being tired.  My runs are getting slower and I know my mileage is going to continue to decrease as I get farther into my pregnancy.  But, I’m OK with that.  With as well as my running has been going so far, I’m pretty happy that I’m still running just about 20 miles each week.  My longest runs are topping at 5 miles, but I know that even that is going to start to be cut short since I’m still having pubic symphisis  pain after I finish (only when I go sit in the car).  The next day, I’m perfectly fine though.  So, I don’t know.  We will see.  Just thankful for a chiropractor who truly cares about my running and will tell me when I need to cut back.

Monday:  3 mile treadmill run + PiYo strength intervals
Tuesday:  4 mile easy run
Wednesday:  PiYo Sweat
Thursday:  4 mile easy run
Friday:  3 mile treadmill run
Saturday:  5 mile easy run
Sunday:  rest day

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Baby Stuff

Confession:  I am enjoying being pregnant with Moose more than MacKenna.  Yes, first trimester was much worse and losing his twin certainly was not easy either.  But, other than that, he has been so much fun to be pregnant with!  He is soooo much more active than Kenna was.  He is constantly kicking and rolling around, even when I’m up and around doing things.  It’s like he wants to remind me that I’m pregnant, which I admit I sometimes forget with how busy I am lately.  I’m already feeling him roll and push too – something that I didn’t feel until much later with MacKenna.  Maybe it’s because I’ve gone through everything once before, but I’m enjoying it much more this time.

On another note, we know for sure now that Moose is indeed a boy!  I showed my uncle (who is an OB/GYN and does his own ultrasounds and is in the same practice as my OB) pictures of both my 12 week ultrasound and my 20 week ultrasound.  He looked at the 20 week and said, “Oh yeah, definitely a boy.”  I’m getting more and more excited every single day to have a little boy!  It’ll be different for sure, but I know it will be an exciting new adventure to undertake.  I won’t say I’m ready, but I’m excited for something new!

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my first month of piyo

So, I’ve talked about PiYo a little bit so far, but I haven’t gone in to much detail about it.  It all started about 6 weeks or so ago when Madeline posted on Facebook needing a few more people for her PiYo challenge she was hosting.  I’ve been following Katy Widrick for awhile now (she is one of the people who helped me get my blog up and running) and I’ve been fascinated by her journey into being a group fitness instructor, as well her PiYo classes that she teaches every week.  Plus, I can’t help but see how awesome she looks and wonder if this is the program that got her looking so great.

I’ve done yoga at home before (thanks to 20 Minute Yoga Sessions on my iPhone) as well as taken a few Pilates classes, including reformer Pilates.  While I liked both of them (yoga was totally relaxing for me and Pilates made me hurt for days), neither of them were able to keep me interested for a long period of time.  But, I was hopeful that PiYo would be different.

Thankfully, I was not disappointed!  PiYo is the perfect combination of all my favorite yoga moves (I absolutely LOVE warrior poses) but you are continually moving and challenging your body.  You’re not holding the poses forever (which was one thing I hated about yoga) and by the end, your arms and legs are completely exhausted. Plus, I was in desperate need of a workout program I could do from home since my gym is a good 15 miles away and not exactly an option for me right now.  And the majority of the workouts are less than 30 minutes!  Perfect for this busy working mama!

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I wish I could show you pictures of amazing results I had, but let’s face it… At 5 months pregnant, I’m certainly not seeing those sorts of changes in my body right now.  But, I will tell you that my maternity clothes are feeling a little looser (not nearly as much of a muffin top as I used to have) and I feel like I have gotten a little stronger thanks to the massive amount of pushups I have done in the last month.  (If you do want to see someone who has had some incredible changes in just one month of PiYo, you can check out Callie’s post!)

I also did PiYo as a supplement to my running.  I knew I didn’t have time to run AND do the full schedule of PiYo.  Instead, I fit in PiYo to compliment my running, doing PiYo only 3 days a week and running 5 days per week.  It really worked well for  me and I feel like I have gotten just a little more flexible with less ankle pain than I’ve had in months (thanks to PiYo and the help of my chiropractor).

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So, will I continue to do PiYo?  You bet!  I am to the point where I have to do all the moves modified (which are always shown) and I still do have to spend some time in child’s pose (I desperately need a yoga mat – the carpet kills my hands), but I really feel like it is absolutely perfect for pregnancy.  I actually don’t really even miss lifting weights either.  I plan to do it for the rest of my pregnancy and probably after I’m cleared to workout again, but I also would really like to do a hybrid program with PiYo and T25 after the baby comes.

Anyone interested in trying a month of PiYo with me in September?!  I’m co-hosting a challenge with my friend Elena and we would love to have you join us!  We are there to help motivate you to workout and achieve your goals, as well as help keep you accountable for your workouts and nutrition.  I have noticed how much better I am eating now that I have been a part of a challenge group.  No worries – there is no judgement in this group.  We just want to help you achieve your workout and/or weight loss goals!  If you’re interested in joining, you can email me at klvanhorn [at] gmail [dot] com.  Let’s see the changes you can achieve in just a month of PiYo!

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baby bump #2: 22 weeks

It’s still so weird to think that we’re actually having a boy!  Especially after the first ultrasound (which I realized I totally didn’t post last week, whoops)…

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Matt and I are still a little cautious with everything because of that ultrasound.  I’m ready to plan a nursery, but I’m still nervous if it turns out to be a girl.  Ha!  I still trust it and have felt that it was a boy for awhile, but it’s so weird to see baby boy stuff and think that that’s what we’re having.  I’m just so used to my girly girl with princesses and bows and everything pink!  It’ll definitely be a change!

The Bump

Pregnancy - 22 weeks

It feels like I’m growing every day!  But, at this point in the school year (crazy to think we’re only one week in), I’m so busy that there are times I totally forget I’m pregnant.  Until someone asks me about the baby (which is literally all day long) or I remember that I have to pee (which I sometimes forget about too).  I’m thankful that I can still wear pretty much all my clothes still, except my coaching polos, which are just too short to cover up the bump, even with a tank top.  Once we get into colder weather (please come back soon – I’m not liking the 100 degree temps we’ve had this past week) I’m going to have to go out and find some jeans and dress pants, as well as some tops.  But, I think I have a little bit longer…

Symptoms

I’m hoping my exhaustion has reached it’s peak.  I’m pretty sure it really has nothing to do with pregnancy and more with the lack of sleep I’m getting, but being pregnant on top of that is just making it worse.  And having to drive to school in the morning has been miserable.  I’ve started drinking water on my way to work (I can only drink coffee from a restaurant or gas station now because it just tastes better) because it is helping keep me awake a little better.  And I’m doing my best to be strict about my bedtime.  Some of my work/volleyball things can wait, but sometimes it can’t.  I won’t lie that I’m ready for the season to be over already just so that I can have some of my time back and get a little more sleep!

I’m still thankful that I’m not really having any aversions and that my meals have been mostly healthy.  My PiYo challenge group with Madeline has been extremely helpful with keeping my eating on track.  I’m still eating plenty of food (3 meals a day plus 2 to 3 snacks) but I’m making much healthier choices for the most part.  I don’t think I ever would have chosen to eat a salad with MacKenna but they are just tasting so good right now!  Hopefully this means Moose will be a much better eater than his sister!

Workouts

Because of being so exhausted, my workouts haven’t been great.  I got a mile into my run on Friday and just plain felt uncomfortable.  So, I decided to stop and skip my PiYo workout and sleep for an extra 30 minutes on the couch instead.  I’m starting to realize more and more that I need to be getting more rest.  The extra active rest day off of running has helped, but I think I will soon be adding in another one and giving myself a little more sleep.  I’ve got about 8 weeks left of volleyball (our first game is tomorrow) and then workouts will be only in the afternoon and I will be getting an extra hour of sleep – in our NEW HOUSE, I might add!

Monday:  3 mile treadmill run + PiYo Lower Body
Tuesday:  4 mile run
Wednesday:  PiYo Sweat
Thursday:  4 mile run
Friday:  1 mile treadmill run
Saturday:  5 mile run
Sunday:  rest day

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Baby Stuff

Now that I’m back in school, I’ve had to start thinking about maternity leave.  With MacKenna, I took 12 weeks unpaid through FMLA and had to pay for my insurance.  At the time, I was a full-time employee paid hourly.  Now, I have a salary paying job in an actual school district, so I was hoping that my maternity benefits would be a little bit better.

Unfortunately, it looks like I will be taking FMLA again, unpaid (they will actually pull from my paychecks since it’s already divided up by 12 months) but they will pay for my insurance and I have about 3 weeks worth of sick days saved up to use.  I still really want to take 12 weeks off, but we aren’t sure it’s worth losing so much money after just buying a new house.  I still need to talk to my HR department to find out what exactly I can get out of this, but right now, I’m just hoping that I can still take short term disability through my insurance so we at least have something.  It’s sort of depressing to think that I might only get 6-8 weeks off (on the higher end if I have another C-section) with him, but I know it’s better than what some other people get.

We will still need to look at our finances after closing on the house and making a few house payments to see if we can make it work, but at this point, it’s just not looking very good for taking all 12 weeks I get from FMLA.  Someone please tell me that it’ll all be OK…

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