Today, I am 33 weeks! Caleb should be approximately 4.5 pounds now (OMG) and now that it’s December, I can officially say that he will be here NEXT MONTH! It’s really starting to fly by now. I can’t believe Jerry and I are going to be parents in around 7 weeks! I also can’t believe that belly!
Jerry and I hosted our second Thanksgiving last week and had a great time. We’ve started a new tradition with our family and we look forward to hosting it every year now. We had tons of desserts here (I made pecan pie and Jerry made chocolate pie and apple pie… not to mention the desserts that my sister-in-law brought). We also watched “Let’s Be Cops” (really funny). I can’t believe that next Thanksgiving, our son will be celebrating with us! I can’t wait.
I had my 32 week appointment last Wednesday and my doctor said the baby is measuring perfectly. I was very upset about my weight gain though, and when I mentioned it to him, he said “pshhh. I don’t care.” Before you think this was rude, don’t worry… it wasn’t. I love my doctor and this is so like him. With him, there is just no BS, and that’s why I like him so much and think he’s pretty hilarious. Even though I’ve gained more than recommended, he said he is not at all concerned because my blood pressure has been consistently great (low, even) and I have no protein in my urine. Those are the things he said he would worry about. He does understand my weight loss history, but encouraged me to try my hardest to stop stressing about my weight. He did make me feel better, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still obsessing about it.
All that said, I’ve been very motivated to get back to the gym again ever since my last appointment. Tomorrow will mark my fourth morning in a row there, then I have to take three days off from the gym because I’m working mornings the rest of the week. I got some braxton hicks contractions from today’s workout, so the rest days will be good! I’ve just been walking about 25-30 minutes on the treadmill, quite slowly, but I’m still feeling a lot more positive and better about myself and I’m finding myself with a bit more energy throughout the day too. I’m definitely NOT pushing it because I don’t want to harm the baby or make my heart rate go too high, but it’s a little something.
I had very good intentions at the start of my pregnancy. I ran for my first 7 weeks and even ran a 5K, but then we had the threatened miscarriage, and I bled for two weeks which caused me to stop exercising for at least a month. Then I walked outside a few days a week for a couple of months, and stopped again because of all my back pain. So, it’s probably been about about two months or so since I’ve regularly exercised, and I’m planning on keeping up my gym visits for the remainder of the pregnancy. I’m really trying to slow down some of the weight gain, and also hoping that this exercise will make my delivery and recovery easier, as well as make it easier to stay fit post-birth too. I even set a goal over the weekend to run my second half-marathon in September 2015. That will give me about eight months to prepare after he’s born. My number one priority will always be my son and husband, but my health is also very important to me too. I worked way too hard to lose over 100 pounds, and I refuse to go back to that. I’ve also been working on getting my eating more in check with smaller portions and healthier choices. Hopefully this will help too. Don’t worry, I am still eating plenty enough for baby Caleb! I was just eating way too much before.
Moving on… we are getting more and more ready by the day for our baby boy! My parents bought us a glider for his nursery which Jerry set up this weekend, and I have officially washed and sorted ALL of his clothes, right down to his tiny socks (eee!) and hooded towels. He has tons of clothes and I am hoping he gets to wear everything at least a time or two! I am also thinking about packing my hospital bag soon and am getting ready to send my pre-admission forms to the hospital. My 34 week appointment is next week, and my 36 week appointment is Christmas week. After that, it’s weekly appointments. It really is almost show time!
All in all, I’ve been feeling pretty good lately! No new or unusual symptoms here. Phew!
Sunday is my work baby shower and I am so excited! The ladies from work threw me the most beautiful bridal shower last year and I am feeling so honored that they are doing it all over again, this time for baby Caleb.
That’s all for now!