Hello! I hope many of you felt encouraged to try out some preserving this week with my canning peaches or freezing corn posts. Preserving food is a very healthy, frugal and time honored way to prepare food. It’s becoming somewhat of a lost art, but I’m glad so many of you are excited to give it a try!
Anyways…on to the baby update!
What’s going on with the baby? Our baby is now 4 inches long and about the size of a navel orange. She/He is also forming taste buds this week! And right about now (if we had an ultrasound) the baby’s sex would be identifiable. Our doctor’s office makes us wait till 20 weeks though so we won’t find out what we’re having until the first week of October.
What’s going on with mom? Well after a rough couple weeks there (as far as the hormones go) I feel like I’m starting to level out. Nate and I went shopping last night for some maternity jeans. All mine are tight and Motherhood Maternity had a sale so I got two pairs. AND I’m just going to say I like maternity jeans. I mean, it’s like sweatpants on top, but skinny jeans on the bottom—awesome! Where have these been all my life. haha! I also tried on the belly sizer which was fun to see what I could look like in the future. AND they gave me a ton of free stuff! Like over $100 worth of coupons!
Weight gain? Still holding steady at 155 which is up 3 from my lowest, but still my starting weight—although I’m positive my current weight is composed very differently from my starting weight. Goes to show the scale isn’t everything! I’m happy this week that I feel like I’m starting to see a belly and that Nate is too. It’s pretty cool to actually look pregnant! (Although not that pregnant! That’s with the baby expander thing at Motherhood Maternity.)
How’s exercise going? Well, I would say good, but not great.
Monday: Ran/Walked 2.5 miles—it felt so good to be running again! I did 1 minute of running and 2 of walking.
Tuesday: Strength workout I did at home with a good mix of bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, pushups, etc.
I know taking a walk is good, but I felt like I could have done more, like gotten another strength or running workout in. So that’s my goal for the next week to get 4 high quality workouts in and 1-2 low impact days, like walking.
Scene from one of my walks this week.
Why did you decide to deliver with a midwife? I haven’t really shouted it from the rooftops, but I am delivering with a midwife at a hospital. I decided to go this route because I had a friend who had a really great experience doing the same and I get more personal attention from a midwife. Also, the classes that I attend are for patients of midwives which wasn’t why I chose it but it is still a good perk. I like the more personal approach of a midwife and I appreciate that although I haven’t decided if I’m going “all-natural” or not, I have both options with my situation. The birthing center at my hospital has labor tubs, big rooms, birthing bars, you can squat do your own thing, whatever, and you can also get an epidural if you want one and be wheeled down the hall if you have any complications. It’s really a win-win in my book.
Thanks for all the wonderful reading suggestions after my last update! I’m definitely going to check out some of those books!
Also, do you have any good jogging stroller recommendations?
Thoughts on getting a double stroller now since we will probably have another kid within 2-3 years of our first?