I have been keeping a secret and staying very quiet (partly because I am exhausted) because I’ve been distracted growing a baby in my belly! That’s right, we are expecting Baby #2 in May 2018. I am currently 23 weeks.
I can’t keep it a secret anymore and my bump is definitely bumping! It came on fast and furious this time. I feel like my belly is tracking a good 4 weeks ahead this second time around.
So far, I am feeling ok. I vaguely remember when I was pregnant with Emerson this stage was a challenge. I didn’t quite look pregnant but I had a bump, my clothes didn’t really fit and it was getting uncomfortable to do certain things. That is where I am now!
I am still trying to get my workouts in (when I can) and my priority has been my nutrition because I can control that (for the most part). Workouts are hard to fit in with a toddler who gets up at 5:45am and I am working full-time. I try to fit in quick 20-30 minute workouts whenever I can.
I will try to do bi-weekly updates on how I am feeling, any cravings, etc. I think it will be fun to track this pregnancy and see how my belly grows. I can’t believe we are already more than half way!
I’ve got the urge to write… I know I’ve been M.I.A for a while and I am not going to make excuses or say I’m back, but today I want to write. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do and where I want to be and every time I come back wanting to be involved in health and fitness. I’m not sure how but I know I have this platform to share my own thoughts, experiences and ideas so why not use it!
Granted my life’s been a little busy and things are changing a lot so it’s harder to be as fit and healthy as I would normally like. In 7 short weeks, I will be expecting my first baby. My experience with pregnancy has been hot and cold. I always thought I would be crazy abut my diet, eating only organic, lots of veggies and tons of lean protein, but that is not the case. It’s a real challenge to eat well and resist the urge to eat sugar, junk food and fried food. Now that I am pretty far along and have a nice big belly I am way more comfortable being pregnant. In my second trimester, while I had energy, I felt funny. I had a hard time adjusting to my growing belly, the lack of control when it came to food and the inability to work out at the intensity I wanted. To be honest, I felt lazy, and I hate that feeling. Now in my third trimester, I embrace it. I have accepted my belly and pregnancy for what it is; an amazing journey, creating life and starting a family!
I have good days and bad days. Some days I have “normal” energy levels, some days I am exhausted. I don’t always eat well but I try to always incorporate some fruit and veggies. Sugar is by far my biggest downfall! The elliptical, or going for a walk, are my new go-to workouts. Although I still do try to run 3-5 miles, 2-3 times a week. Strength and HIIT are incorporated too but a lot of moves are getting really hard to do. It’s been an adjustment. But, it’s all for a really GREAT reason. Maybe that’s why I’m craving writing about health and fitness. It’s a way for me to still feel connected to the lifestyle and community I love.
In terms of this pregnancy, it’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I have a baby growing inside me. It’s the craziest thing ever…like there is a human being inside of me! The baby is moving a ton now which is so cool. It really makes this whole experience of becoming a mom feel real. For a while it felt surreal and I struggled to really feel connected to the baby. Now, I feel like we have conversations and talk to each other through all the baby’s movements. Sometimes I feel the babies foot or hand; I can literally feel the shape of its body part. I can not wait to see the baby, it’s hands and feet, in the outside world!
I guess, technically, today is my first Mother’s Day. How weird is that? I get really emotional thinking about it. It’s truly incredible and I feel so fortunate for this next chapter in our lives. Being a mom is something I have always aspired to be and it’s now becoming a reality. Honestly, it still doesn’t feel quite real…But it is and that’s what makes me so emotional. I’m a mom! How f-ing cool is that?