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Baby on the Run: Week 18
This week was very exciting and baby-focused!
First exciting thing: We had our anatomy scan appointment with our midwife on Wednesday. Everyone said this appointment would be so fun, and while it was great to see the baby onscreen for a full hour, I do feel we’re a bit spoiled by getting ultrasounds at every appointment. (I also imagine most people love this appointment because it’s generally when the ultrasound tech can tell the baby’s sex, which we have chosen not to be told.)
Also, I was really tired. I was flat on the table. It was dark. I almost fell asleep like 14 times.
But, the baby is measuring “perfect” (the ultrasound tech used that exact word, and I didn’t hate it, even though Brian says I shouldn’t use the word “perfect” — a sentiment echoed by my former editor at Dance Spirit), and weighed in at an estimated 8 oz. The baby was in a breech position, which made getting some of the measurements tricky, but ultimately we got to see two arms, two legs, two hands, 10 fingers, two feet, and 10 toes, as well as the brain, all four chambers of the beating heart (which was going around 141 BPM), and the kidneys.
As always, I asked the midwife what to keep in mind right now, and she asked if we were planning to take childbirth classes. My gut reaction was no. (We are doing infant/child CPR, though.) I’m in good hands with an OB/GYN, a midwife, and a doula, and I’m going to do whatever they tell me to do. I don’t want too much information, to be honest. Right now I feel very calm about giving birth and want to keep it that way. But she suggested one class (that our doula leads!), so I think we’ll do that, plus she recommended seeing a lactation consultant soonish (as in, pre-birth) to troubleshoot any issues I may run into postpartum when it comes to breastfeeding. I loved this suggestion, because I never would have thought to do that.
Next exciting thing: Immediately after the appointment, I got back home and I swear I felt three little kicks! I felt some movement when I was in Florida during Week 16, but these were definite kicks. By Friday night, baby was kicking like crazy (after dinner, full belly, flat on the couch = prime baby moving time, it seems), and on Saturday morning, I was in bed with Ellie and Brian was brushing his teeth and I started feeling the baby moving and kicking quite a bit. He came running in mid-brush, and felt a whole bunch of kicks. It was as awesome as everyone said it would be.
Finally, we started baby shopping. Well, we started baby searching. We went to some baby stores and decided on furniture we like, nursery styles, and some basic things. We haven’t started carseat research, so feel free to chime in with expert opinions on the very best ones!
And for the weekly breakdown…
BABY IS THE SIZE OF AN…
artichoke! One day this week, I was going to order a sandwich that sounded so good, but it had artichokes on it, and I felt like I couldn’t get it because that was basically like eating my baby. So I didn’t get the sandwich, and these stupid baby-is-the-size-of apps are confusing life-ruiners.
HOW I’M FEELING
Pretty good. Good energy, skin isn’t too bad right now, and I generally feel like a normal human. Except the lower back / sacrum / sciatic pain I started feeling a few weeks ago is officially a thing. When I’m still for too long, like when I first wake up in the morning or after I’ve been sitting in my office for a few hours nonstop, it’s particularly stiff and painful. I got a great prenatal massage on Friday, and I felt nice and loose after. I also feel better after I exercise. But it’s annoying.
WHAT I’M EATING
I worked from Brian’s office one day last week, and it was so funny talking to some of his employees about pregnancy so far. Many of them are in their 20s, and the first thing they asked was how I’m surviving going “this long” without drinking. Drinking is the thing I miss the least! I’m happy not to drink. I don’t miss it at all. I miss runny eggs and I miss spicy tuna rolls. I surprisingly don’t miss eating prosciutto. (OK, now that I thought about it, I kind of do.) I do miss Ambien, though…
ON THE WORKOUT FRONT
This week was meh as far as workouts go. I was supposed to run the Spring Lake 5 Saturday morning, but had a change in plans, which I was very much OK with. Instead, I slept in (until 6:40 AM, rockin’) and had a lazy morning before eventually going out to run three miles. I think it took me 45 minutes. It was hot. I took lots of walk breaks. I made one bathroom stop. I think I’ve officially retired my Garmin, too. I’m just not concerned with how fast or slow I’m running, and I definitely enjoy running sans data right now. I also did the usual Orangetheory workouts, which were fine. I’m still hanging in around a 6 mph base pace, a 7-8 push pace, and a 9 all-out pace. (Pre-pregnancy paces were 7, 8-9, and 10-12.)
WHAT I’M WEARING
Bigger sports bras! I finally ordered the Lululemon Enlite in a size bigger than I normally wear, and I am so much happier! Though I have a feeling I’ll be outgrowing this one in no time.
WHAT I’M READING
Do websites count? In that case, buybuybaby.com, potterybarnkids.com, and various websites that make fun and cute baby clothes. (AKA not ones with sayings like “Daddy’s Little Princess” or “Mommy’s Little Slugger,” which I do not like, or the one that made Brian flip out at buybuyBaby, which would be the one with “dad-proof” instructions for dressing a child. “Seriously, is ANYONE that stupid?” That onesie is not funny. And is kind of insulting, IMO. I guess I have strong opinions about words on baby clothes…)
HOW I’M SLEEPING
Fine. Nothing to report here. But getting out of bed in the morning is annoying because, after being horizontal all night, my back tends to hurt the most in the morning.
WHAT I’M WONDERING
Nothing. Last week was a big baby week. Now this week is all about going to San Diego for the LIVE SHOW!
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