31 weeks is HERE!!!!
Let’s talk about some updates:
*THANK YOU for all of your recommendations the other day about my leg cramps… a bunch of you recommended eating more bananas to help avoid the leg cramps at night and since I had them on hand, I started with that right away. Haven’t waken up from a leg cramp since then. Thank you very much.
*She is now about 16 inches long and weights about 3.3 lbs. She still has the space to move around like nuts and so I feel her doing back flips all day long but I love it because I don’t worry about her when I feel her moving so much.
*My life explained in 24 words currently:
*A friend of mine that is due about a week after me just told me about this maternity hoodie from Target so I ordered it and I cannot wait to try it out, it’s adorable.
*I think I need to order this for the baby to wear but we might have to change 2 to 5 for our family;)
*Running is going well still (HALLELUJAH). This pregnancy has been rough on me mentally and physically but running helps a lot (both mentally and physically) and I just feel lucky to be able to get in the miles and feel better after each run—> 41 miles last week! About half of those miles on the treadmill and half outside.
*Thoughts on these?! We have found some used ones online for cheaper but I’m wondering your opinion if it is worth it….
*I really need to sign up for a breastfeeding class…. has anyone had a good experience with any online ones? Or do you recommend taking them at the hospital etc? I’d love to find a good online one!!!
*I had to laugh when I saw this the other day;) PS How much did you weigh or your kids weigh when you were born? I was 9 lbs 7 ounces and Brooke was 7 lbs 2 ounces.
*I feel like we have approximately 500 things to do before the baby gets here but that is probably a normal feeling right:) At least I have a car seat already this time… with Brooke I was buying her car seat while I was in labor at Buy Buy Baby and I may or may not have peed my pants in the store because one of the contractions was so strong. I’m sure you wanted to hear that story;) But at least I’m a little bit more prepared than last time so it has to all work out!
26 ways that pregnancy is JUST like the marathon (thanks Jennifer for the idea to do this post)!
*Both take quite the support crew…. Marathon = your family motivating you, crowds cheering you on, people passing you water. Pregnancy= Andrew going to the store for whatever sounds good during that exact moment, my mom listening to me tell her every possible side effect I am experiencing and the kids bending over to zip up my boots because I sure can’t do that anymore.
*You absolutely cannot wait for the day to be there (delivery/race date) but you are also a little nervous (a lot) about that day too!
*During marathon training there are certain foods I avoid (depending on how it makes my running feel) and pregnancy comes complete with 245 food aversions for me;)
*Emotional mood swings are definitely a part of the marathon for me (one minute I feel like I’m on top of the world and the next I am wondering how I am going to make it another step) and absolutely a part of pregnancy.
*Staying awake is rough for both marathon training and pregnancy. I’ve never been one to love staying up late (probably because I’m usually in marathon training mode) but pregnancy has brought about an 8 pm bedtime quite often.
*You have to focus on segments of both. Stay in the mile or in the week… thinking too far ahead of getting through the hard parts is not good for my mental game. Staying in the moment is key.
*You are hungry all of the time. It never stops. Even right after you eat a meal, you are still somehow hungry.
*An insanely good sports bra is necessary for BOTH the marathon and pregnancy. PS I am LOVING this sports bra from lululemon (it is pricey but amazing and they let you change it out for different sizes for free throughout your pregnancy and breastfeeding when your chest is constantly changing sizes… amazing).
*Lots of people do both the marathon and pregnancy and we each have our own ways of enjoying it, training for it, coping through the hard parts and finishing the race:) Cheering each other on in both is incredibly crucial.
*Just because someone is smiling on the outside doesn’t mean they feel great on the inside in both pregnancy and running a marathon.
*Getting up and out of bed is hard. Marathon = sore from the race or hard workouts to get you to the race. Pregnancy = being pregnant makes this really hard.
*You hurt in places you never knew existed in both cases;)
*Food sounds disgusting right after a long run or right after the marathon… food sounds disgusting for the first trimester;)
*You can’t get away from awful smells in both circumstances… ever run by a restaurant that smells awful in the early morning? Running on trash day during this pregnancy almost killed me off.
*”All you want to do is slap people in the face when they tell you that you are almost there” -Quote from Andrew Baron. Telling me I’m almost there during a marathon when I have 6 more miles to go or 9 more weeks of pregnancy is pretty similar hahah. I kid, kind of.
*You can’t walk normal for days after the marathon or after having a baby;)
*Seems like you have to use the porta potty/bathroom at the absolute worst times (or in the case of pregnancy, every 20 minutes).
*Each marathon is VASTLY DIFFERENT… each pregnancy is completely different too!
*You have moments where you wonder what the heck you are doing… and then you get to the finish line or delivery and realize why you do it and want to do it all over again shortly after again ha. You forget all of that pain and want to or do it all over again.
*Distractions are key at points along the way of both.
*There is an incredible sense of accomplishment that comes with both things.
*You sweat a lot during the marathon and during pregnancy (I rarely went outside this summer unless it was early in the morning or to be in a pool because being hot while pregnant is the worst).
*Both are really long;)
*You’re body changes all along the way during pregnancy and during marathon training.
*It feels good to surround yourself with others going through the same thing and talking to them all about it… I swear I could talk to my pregnant friends for 24 hours straight about what we are going through together and that is something I love about marathon training friends too! Also, that is what I LOVE about this HRG Baby blog… you guys give the best advice/ideas/help.
*You chafe a lot.
How much did you and/or your kids weigh when they were born?!
4moms mamaRoo thoughts?!?
How was/is pregnancy like marathons/any races or the training?