Baby on the Run: Week 28

Date: August 7, 2018 at 10:42 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 13

So much baby stuff this week!

In addition to settling into our new apartment, there were a whole bunch of baby-related activities on the agenda.

On Wednesday night, Brian and I went to a childbirth education class at our midwife’s office, led by our doula and another doula. It was like a really weird little date night! At one point, the doulas were talking about the signs of impending labor (water breaking, contractions, the “bloody show” which I remember hearing in the movie Knocked Up and definitely thought was a “bloody shell,” but OK), and one woman was like, “Um, I have a question…”

Because HER WATER WAS BREAKING. During class! It was awesome. She was so calm about it! That’s the part I feel like I won’t be calm about — the waiting part. The labor, NBD. (I mean, not really NBD, but I’m not worried about it or stressing over it.) But I feel like the time between those first few signs of labor and the waiting to go to the hospital, and then the waiting for big labor to start… I have to mentally prep for that part, and for being super chill. (I have three playlists ready to go. So I’m clearly focused on the important stuff.)

Anyway, the class was fine, and I’m really glad we’ll have Doula Jessica with us on Game Day. She likes Celine Dion, so we’re good to go. I also liked that they talked about postpartum depression in the class. I think it’s great to see that discussed more, and appreciated that it was included in the conversation.

Baby on the Run: Week 28

Hooray for jumpers and comfy maternity clothes!

What else? I get emotional every time I walk past the baby’s room. We keep finding Ellie sleeping in there. My heart is in for a wild ride, isn’t it?

Here’s the rest of the week.

Baby on the Run: Week 28

Pregnancy face! (Brian insists he “doesn’t see it,” but I know he’s smart and nice and lying.)

BABY IS THE SIZE OF…

an eggplant. Again. Or a head of cauliflower. Also again. (These apps are getting repetitive!) One website said baby is the size of a kabocha squash, which I could definitely not pick out of a squash lineup.

HOW I’M FEELING

Larger. Listen, these photos aren’t doing me much justice. This belly is growing. My face, too, is growing, and based on recent chafing situations, I’d say my thighs and arms and boobs are also growing. I’m pregnant everywhere!

Baby on the Run: Week 28

When does the pregnancy face go back down?! Like immediately after birth? Weeks? Months? YEARS? NEVER?!

WHAT I’M EATING

I’m mostly just eating more of everything, and more often. I’ve noticed an increase in hunger lately. I’m having some acid reflux, which isn’t a big deal, but it’s a bit unpleasant. I constantly feel like I just finished vomiting for an hour straight. So I guess I feel like I did every Sunday until 5 PM in college.

ON THE WORKOUT FRONT

It was a good week for workouts! I went to Orangetheory most days, and did a workout in our building gym on Saturday morning. (I did 12 400m repeats, slowly, and did arm stuff — bicep curls, tricep dips, etc. — in between. It was fun!)

On Wednesday, I was able to do the entire Orangetheory treadmill block as prescribed, which was nice! I was able to keep my paces at a 6 mph base, 6.5–7 mph push, and 8–10 mph all-out. (Again, for reference, my paces pre-pregnancy were 7 base, 8–9 push, and 10–12 all-out. So I’ve slowed down, but am still going!)

Baby on the Run: Week 28

SIGNATURE POSE.

The peeing has really amped up on the run, though. I don’t know how women run 10 miles and marathons and stuff in the third trimester. I pee, and then I start running and feel like I have to pee again, and it’s this constant cycle of feeling like I have to pee.

During the childbirth class, I asked a few questions about timing, like how long contractions tend to last, and how long the transition phase is during labor. And now I translate those into fitness terms. If a long contraction is two minutes, that’s a two-minute push on the treadmill at Orangetheory. If transition lasts 30 minutes, that’s racing a 5K. I can do this!

WHAT I’M WEARING

These pants. (The palm leaf print looks like it’s sold out, but there are some other fun ones!)

Baby on the Run: Week 28

Brian has been making me cocktails at night! It’s just ice water with cucumber slices, and I LOVE IT.

WHAT I’M READING

Nothing baby-related. It’s fine. It’ll be fine.

HOW I’M SLEEPING

Meh. I’m not going to lie to you: I’ve been a bit gassy at night lately. And when that’s the case, I don’t sleep well. Otherwise, sleeping great in the new place!

Baby on the Run: Week 28

BEING HELPFUL.

WHAT I’M WONDERING

Why my belly is so pointy?! I always thought pregnant bellies were all cute and round and basketball-like, but mine looks more like a little torpedo. Or a pyramid. Or wedge of brie.

Baby on the Run: Week 28

See?! Pointy!

Strangers have really been commenting on me being pregnant, so I know I’m really showing now! And on Saturday, Brian and I did our hospital tour at Hackensack University Medical Center, where I’ll deliver. It was basically two hours of mostly useless information, but we learned where to park on the big day, and got to peek in the nursery, which was sooooo cute! And then we went shopping for baby things, and got the baby’s crib, dresser, and rocking chair. Stuff is starting to come together!

Baby on the Run: Week 28

Turns out, the labor and delivery unit is, tragically, not dog friendly. I checked.

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