Baby Shower Recap!

This past weekend I flew down to Kamloops for a baby shower for Baby H! My mom and some of her friends hosted it at the lake where she has a place and several of my wonderful friends from Kamloops made the trek out for it.

My shower outfit. Both the dress and the kimono are from Pink Blush Maternity, and I’m really hoping to be able to wear both after baby as well!

A great spread of food!

My mom’s friend also organized some super fun shower games. We played “Price is right” for baby items, guess the gestation in days of individual mammals, people wrote notes on diapers for us to read in the middle of the night and they had a build-a-baby station set up with playdough, which was my personal favourite. My friends built some good babies 😉

I was very thankful we did not play the tasting / smelling chocolate in a diaper game 😉

Don’t be fooled by the “it’s a boy” balloon 😉 There was also an “it’s a girl” balloon right under it.

And of course the best part was seeing so many amazing faraway friends from different areas of my life. A friend from my old book club, my running group, a university friend, my old coworkers and just long-time friends all were there to help celebrate with us. It was so great to see everyone and I just wish I could have had more time with them all!

 

My good friend Katie is also pregnant so this was the first of many pictures of our little babes together. She is due in March 🙂

 

Life comes full circle sometimes. The picture on the left was 2.5 years ago when my coworker Geralyn was pregnant and then on the right, it’s my turn! We had just started trying to start a family when the photo on the left was taken, so I feel SO blessed and grateful that it was my turn to have a baby shower this past weekend. <3

32 weeks!

It was a wonderful day and I can’t say THANK YOU enough to my mom and her friends for planning it, for all my friends who made the trek out to the lake to see me and to shower Baby H with love. This little babe is so so lucky!

It was an incredibly quick trip down south as I only had one more day down there before we drove back yesterday. On Monday, my mom, grandpa and I made the trek to Vernon to visit Davison Orchards and pick up some honey crisp apples. We left with 7 cases of apples total, 2 of them may or may not have been for me 😉

I also got some cute home decor 🙂

Then yesterday my mom and I made the trek home. 1,050 km / 650 miles and 11.5 hours later of driving and we were home. This pregnant lady did not to bad for such a long trip. My mom graciously did ALL the driving.

Now it is time to get the nursery organized. It currently looks like this…

#reallife

My goal is to get you an after photo by October 1 at the very latest. Stay tuned 😉

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10,000 steps a day!

So long time readers of my blog know that I love a good random challenge. I’ve done my 30 day yoga challenges, my mile a day running challenges and last December I attempted to walk 12,000 steps every day (not in an easy feat in our super cold winter climate!)

So for June, I set the goal to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps every single day. Come the end of June I decided to carry my challenge on through July. Then August 1 rolled around and I figured why not keep going! So here I am on September 1 and from June 1 – August 31 I have managed to walk 10,000+ steps every single day (I track this using my Fit Bit Alta).

I am pretty proud of this accomplishment, especially with being pregnant. The last week of this challenge has honestly been the hardest as I approach 30 weeks of pregnancy and just in general starting to feel more uncomfortable and find myself having to slow down or I get round ligament pain.

Also 10,000 steps is just enough steps that I do feel like I have to put in the extra effort to reach them, especially with having a desk job, but it’s not a stretch like 12,000 steps was. To reach my 10,000 steps I had to go for at least one longer, and often two shorter, walks with Chloe each day and also make the effort to walk around the office regularly during the day. Luckily I am a pretty active person in general and don’t tend to just sit on the couch after a day at work. I’m more likely to be puttering around the house, kitchen or yard and just generally moving which also helps to get more steps in.

I thought about continuing this challenge right until I have the baby BUT with how difficult it has been to hit my 10,000 steps every day for the last week I think it’s time to take this ‘expectation’ off myself. In September, I am still planning on tracking how many days I hit the 10k steps through a habit tracker in my bullet journal, but if I’m at 8,000 steps at bedtime I will not force myself to go for another walk to hit my 10k (yes, I’ve done that!)

I’ve definitely found a new love for walking now that I am pregnant and no longer running. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited to get back into running when the time is right, but going for walks is so relaxing and a lovely way to decompress after a long day. Especially because I always listen to podcasts when I’m walking and it makes the time enjoyable!

I’m now coming up on a year since I got my Fit Bit and I’m so glad I asked for it for my birthday last year. I know some people are skeptical about how accurate they are, but all I know is that having it and seeing how many steps I’ve hit (or haven’t hit) motivates me to move my body more and that’s a win in my books!

Do you have a Fit Bit? Have you ever done a step challenge where you tried to hit a goal # of steps for a certain amount of days in a row? 

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Second Trimester Recap: 1st Half

You can read the recap of my first trimester of pregnancy here!

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I’ve decided to split the second trimester recap into two posts. Partly because the second trimester (weeks 14 – 28) has felt so so long and partly because I had a very different experience the first half of the 2nd trimester than I did the second half. I am actually not quite out of the 2nd tri yet, as I hit 27 weeks yesterday. So I will officially be in the third trimester on Monday, August 21. Also, halfway through the 2nd trimester would be week 21, but I started feeling very different physically and mentally around week 23, so that’s where I’m going to split this recap. My blog, my rules 😉

Weeks 14 – 16

Physically 

Honestly, weeks 14 – 16 were still very “first trimester-ish” for me. I still did not feel amazing physically and I got sick 2 or 3 times during this two week period as well.

Almost 15 weeks at Lisa’s wedding! 

I remember my blood sugar dipped super low at Lisa’s wedding and my amazing friends saved me by bringing me a sprite. I seriously thought I was going to pass out. I also threw up twice on my flight home. Ha! So the ‘1st trimester’ sickness was not totally gone at that point.

Once I got back from all my whirlwind traveling in May I started to feel better, so I’m sure all the travel had a lot to do with it as well. I also started adding back in regular workouts, which really helped me feel better. I just feel more like myself when I sweat regularly.

I did a Surf Fit class in Calgary with my friend Robyn at 15 weeks pregnant. I was still going on my belly in yoga and during workouts at this point. It was about 1-2 weeks later around 16/17 weeks that it became uncomfortable to be on my belly. When they say ‘you’ll know’, it’s so true. You will know when it doesn’t feel ‘right’ anymore! I’m still going on my back, but not for long periods of time.

Mentally & Emotionally

Mentally and emotionally I was feeling WAY better at this point because we had just had an ultrasound when we got back from our Iceland/London trip and saw our little babe at 13.5 weeks. How I feel mentally/emotionally throughout the pregnancy has really changed as we’ve gotten closer to big milestone appointments, like our anatomy scan later on in the 2nd trimester.

Weeks 16 – 20

Physically 

Aka: my favourite weeks of pregnancy so far! Actually, weeks 16 – 22 were all around pretty amazing physically as I was rocking my workouts, sleeping great and feeling tons of energy during this 6 week period.

Look at that cute little 16.5 week bump! I can’t believe I thought it was huge at the time.

Weeks 16 – 20 were awesome! I was at the top of my game physically and doing multiple challenging HIIT / Strength workouts per week from FitnessBlender.com. I was even doing some more high impact stuff like full burpees (not onto my belly) and jump squats during this time.

My sleep was ah-mazing! I was sleeping through the night and waking up in the morning feeling energized. I also had lots of energy throughout each day and had no problem being productive around the house. Overall, I felt really really good physically.

18 weeks when I did a very tough 5km hiking race with my sister-in-law!

19 weeks! Again, how did I think the bump was “big” then!? Ha

Oh and I also felt baby move for the first time around 18 weeks. I *thought* I’d felt a little flutter before (much earlier – around 13 weeks) but 18 weeks was when I first felt baby move definitively. The movements were very few and far between at this point though.

Mentally & Emotionally 

I was still feeling pretty good mentally and emotionally at this point. I think I was still ‘riding the high’ from that 13.5 week ultrasound and also riding the high of feeling so so good physically. It was around weeks 19/20 that I started to get a bit anxious again as we got closer to our big anatomy scan at 22 weeks.

Weeks 20 – 23

21 weeks is when Eric felt the baby move for the first time! So special! By this point I was feeling Baby H wriggle and move several times a day. Best feeling!

I celebrated Canada Day at 21 weeks. Those are maternity jeans but a non-maternity top. Even now at 27 weeks I’m still wearing a good mix of maternity and non-maternity clothes. Though my non-maternity leggings are starting to get uncomfortable for yoga/workouts so I just ordered two pairs of maternity leggings from Gap.

Physically, I was still feeling pretty good from 20 – 23 weeks. I was still doing HIIT/Strength workouts a few times a week, walking the dog lots and also going to both regular yoga and prenatal yoga classes. It was right around 22 weeks that my sleep started being less than stellar though and I found myself tossing from side-to-side a lot and also started getting up in the night to pee a lot more.

After a morning Fitness Blender workout!

22 weeks – aka the week I ‘popped’!

Not going to lie, it was around 23 weeks that I started feeling a little less than stellar but I will get into that more in the 2nd half of the second trimester recap 🙂

Mentally & Emotionally

Weeks 20 – 22 were a bit of a struggle mentally and emotionally honestly. So many people think that once you’re past the first trimester you’re ‘in the clear’ but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I also found out about two other infertility sisters who experienced second trimester loss around the 20 – 22 week range and it broke my heart to read their stories. I was feeling so so anxious for our anatomy scan on July 11… Most people can’t wait for the anatomy scan to find out the sex, I couldn’t wait to find out baby was healthy and thriving. I was feeling very worried about discovering something was wrong and I remember I had a high level of anxiety leading up to it…

…in the end, as you guys know, all was A-OK and Baby H was super healthy and happy in there and I felt huge relief after getting to see him/her and hearing that all was good. I’m not sure if everyone feels this much anxiety in their pregnancy, but after trying to get pregnant for 2 years and basically being told it wouldn’t happen for us without some major medical intervention, I not only feel incredibly blessed and grateful to have gotten pregnant after our first IUI but also like this pregnancy is very fragile. And when you have been through infertility you know alllll the statistics about miscarriage and pregnancy loss and it can be very hard not to focus on them or think about the worst happening. Especially when you have so little control over the little human growing inside of you. When you’re in the thick of it you realize you have NO idea what’s going on in there and if everything is happening as it should.

Ok, that’s it for the first half of the second trimester recap. I’ll be back in the next week or two with a recap of the second half!

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