Baby Germain is Still the size of a baby but the app says swiss chard. So random.
This week's craving: Pizza and Cake
This week's aversion: Running
MONDAY- OFF- I promised my body I would give it some time off after I hit 1,000 miles, so that's what I did. Matt took Raea to his moms and I did some shopping for her birthday. I probably should have put a GPS watch on my shopping adventures because there was LOT's of walking around aimlessly trying not to spend money but spending money anyway. I really loved shopping for Raea's birthday. I realized how cool she is. This kid couldn't be more girly girl with her outfit choices, but I was getting her trucks for a toy because all she talks about are the "big big trucks" that she sees at my parents house everyday. She loves the "boy" things as much as the "girl" things. It makes me really proud.
TUESDAY- OFF- I contemplated running today because it was my third day off in a row, BUT it's Raea's Birthday! So instead I saved all my energy for an entire day of walking around Davis Farmland. It was an absolute blast for Raea. Exhausting for me but totally worth it. Another day I should have put a GPS watch on all my walking because it was A LOT!We were there for close to 5 hours and she would have stayed all day.
WEDNESDAY - 40 minutes of pool running I decided to take it really easy today but to start up some conscious exercising again. Jane and I cross trained in the pool. We ran clockwise for 10 minutes then reversed and ran counter clockwise for 10 minutes. We followed this pattern for 40 minutes. The resistance was good. The cardio wasn't hard but still effective. I realized that my piriformis was even worse than I thought it was for those last few miles of my 1000 miles. I literally don't know how I did that. I'm Stubborn.
THURSDAY- OFF: I had a doctors appointment today: 2cm, 80%, -2. I absolutely planned to run today, but after walking around at the ecotarium with Raea and her cousin (another missed opportunity for walking miles) my piriformis just felt terrible. Besides, Raea was having another birthday party at Sneakerama
FRIDAY- OFF: Contractions started at 2:30pm. They were about 10 minutes apart until about 3:30.. Then they were about 5-7 minutes... Raea's party was scheduled for Saturday so I did everything I could to get them to slow down and basically just lied on the couch drinking water at my moms house. I went in the pool just to cool myself down... They still weren't stopping... So then I decided if they aren't going to stop... they better start getting stronger. Matt and I walked a bit. It was about 9:00pm, and although they weren't severe, they were about 3 minutes apart. After my traumatic experience with Raea I really didn't want to go to the hospital until I couldn't breathe... BUT they were really close together! My mom thought it would be better for Raea if we just went in to get checked now rather than having a middle of the night emergency and having to pack her in the car. I called the doctor and went in. I was now 3cm, exactly what I told Matt I would probably be because the contractions were not very strong. They were strong enough that I was grimacing a little and having to maybe pause to regroup for a few seconds while walking... BUT... I wasn't there yet, I knew that... However everyone in L&D kept reading the monitor and saying "they are really close together... you might not be having that party tomorrow"... They sent me walking. St.Vincents has the best atrium to walk in so it was kind of nice. 7 laps to a mile, but we probably walked about a 1.5... I didn't measure (this week I obviously cared very little about mileage). The contractions got as close as 2:20 together for almost an hour, but I had barely any difficulty walking during them (with the exception of my piriformis muscle) so I wasn't feeling hopeful about having a baby... . All I could think about was "I'm not cancelling the party if this baby isn't coming now". Matt wanted to cancel, but I was like "not until I'm absolutely sure this is it". I was happy that my siblings were all coming over... especially my brothers who really never have anything to do with my life... or each others lives for that matter. I was looking forward to everyone getting together before the baby came. The party was technically for Raea, but also for family in general. I went back on the monitor and waited to be checked. Contractions still clocking between 2-4 minutes apart... but they were never any stronger... when I was checked I was still 3cm. We went home... and I was really torn on what to do about the party. I thought there was a chance I would just end up in Labor in a few hours or worse, I'd cancel the party and then everything would be fine and I'd be bored all day mad that I canceled the party (that we spent some money and time on) I was still having contractions at about 3am I stopped timing them because they had slowed to 6 minutes apart.
SATURDAY- OFF Raea's Party!
I woke up really early still having some contractions but probably like 10 minutes apart now. When I went to the bathroom I lost my "mucus plug" (sorry if it's TMI, this is part of the whole thing, right?) and now I'm debating on canceling the party... But I just decided "ya know what? We have all the food, we have cake, we have drinks... everyone already got Raea a present... I'm just doing it. Worst case scenario, we leave while everyone hangs out at our house and Raea will not even notice I left (apparently she cried for me Friday night... so weird). Since we were in the hospital the day before we didn't really have everything ready, so I really paced myself throughout the morning to make sure I at least made it to the start of the party. BUT I made it to the end, and had the best night of sleep I've had in a while!
SUNDAY-1.2 Miles walk/run- 90 minutes of Shakti Yoga. Okay, party is over. I'm ready for the baby now! Raea woke up and said "more birthday"... I think she's been spoiled enough- she needs a sibling now! Matt has had a hip injury all month and decided to try running today. I thought I'd try to get things moving by running as well... It didn't take too long for Matt to turn back. I was really sad for him and we both walked it in. Later on I went to Shakti Yoga and hoping some of that female creative energy gets things moving along, here! Tomorrow is a full moon (Raea was born on a full moon)
**TOTAL MILES: NO IDEA!**
I didn't do much working out this week, but I stayed very busy and on my feet walking and lifting and staying active. My body has completely told me that running any more is a bad idea.... Yoga felt great though! I couldn't care less about working out for the rest of this pregnancy. The only reason I still want to is because theoretically walking and running and bouncing on the stability ball speeds things up. I don't believe it... but I'll play along
Not much. I did do some drills, but not as often as I thought I would. I spent most of this week nervous about going into labor before Raeas party so I avoided anything that might speed things up (even though, lets be honest, nothing really works!)
Looking Forward To: C'mon Baby! I'm truly not as anxious this time. I'm ready to go but I'm also like "eh" baby will come when it's time. I think this coming week, but I could go passed my due date, too. Who knows? It is what it is. Since I'm not getting crazy prodromal labor it's not as big of a deal. With Raea I had Friday night every night. My body obviously doesn't do so well getting passed 3cm, but my big fear is how quick it went from 4-10 the first time.
Gender Prediction: Matt had a dream it was a boy... but seeing all of Raea's little clothes again made me emotional about having another baby wear those clothes. Also, I bought take home outfits for both genders but it was really hard to find one for a boy in the newborn size... and obviously I took that as a sign! ;)
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a. inspire, empower, and share my story with others since there is VERY LITTLE on running and competing pregnant out there
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Welcome to my blog! I've been blogging for a long time on various platforms. My intention has never been to reach the masses, but rather to give myself a chance to reflect and journal. I feel it at least challenges me to be somewhat coherent, however you can expect ramblings and grammatical incorrectness here!
I've recently been diagnosed with CECS and fPAES and had it treated with BOTOX of all things... So I suspect to see more and more people looking for answers with that in the future and hope to continue blogging so there will be easy to access follow-ups as that was helpful for me.
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