weekend report / 36 week update

November 13, 2017
We did a lot this weekend – so much that I couldn’t bring myself to run this AM (wanted to, but truly felt too tired and at this juncture, I’m not going to ignore those kinds of internal pleas to get more rest!).
But despite fatigue, I can say it was one of those weekends I truly enjoyed.  I got in enough time for me (rested; did barre3; did some podcast prep – including one that we recorded today that had me in full-on fangirl mode – I hope it went okay!).  And we had a date night, which is always nice, and it had been a while!  But I also had a lot of fun with the kids.  I am learning over and over again that the keys are to DO SOCIAL THINGS and GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.  These two things always work for me.  And both require at least a little bit of planning but soooo pay off.
– did barre3 workout/aforementioned podcast prep in AM; I told Josh he was in charge of kids
– 10:30 am – 4pm – marathon playdate (first at playground, then at their house/pool) – with a family I had meant to reach out to for some time, because their daughter is in K with A and their son is in Cameron’s preschool class!  It went really well overall and the kids had a blast. 
– date night – out for Indian (random craving?) and then we saw a community theater production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  Admittedly we only saw half of it – the first act lasted an hour and 45 minutes and I was sooooo tired / uncomfortable in my chair that I asked Josh if he wouldn’t mind leaving (he was fine w/ it).  But honestly, it was good!  And thought provoking – it was clearly a farce/satire sort of musical but still had glimpses of what it must have been like to be a working woman half a century ago.  And we were home so I could pass out before 11 pm, so I’m glad we bailed. 
– We were supposed to go to the Book Fair but I had misread the details and — as it turns out — the main portion of the fair is next weekend.  Luckily neither of us are on call then, either.  So with a blank-slate day in front of us and decent weather, I suggested the zoo.  For the first time, we trusted the kids enough NOT to jump out of one of those surrey-bike type things and we pedaled around for 2 hours and then hit the playground/splash area.  We tired them out so thoroughly that Cameron slept 4:30 pm until 5:45 am.  We tried to wake him for dinner (like tried pretty hard!) but it failed so . . . I guess he needed it.  Annabel also took a 2 hour nap and still went to bed just fine.  Wow.
new phone background!
baby giraffe!
loving everything
– I passed out at 8:30.  And I was off today (so I didn’t need to do my usual early AM workout/planning/etc!).  So C’s wakeup didn’t bother me one bit 🙂
36 weeks:
My office threw me a HUGE shower complete with about 834723 baby outfits so this little one is going to be the best dressed ever despite my (futile) attempts at minimalism.  I also went through A’s clothes (some I had saved, and some a dear friend sent back to me!) so we have bags with outfits in each size — admittedly not all washed yet, but that will come.
it was QUITE a surprise honestly!  I did not think 3rd babies were supposed to get anything. . . I feel like I’ve already exceeded my official allotment of babies!
But it was lovely.
As I write this I’m 36 2/7 weeks.  And we are somewhat ready for a baby!  The bassinet came in the mail on Friday, and the Vitamin D drops arrived today.  @*$#!# is getting real.
At the zoo, taking an A/C break in the reptile exhibit.  It was hot!  But I survived.
For posterity (honestly, mostly for MY posterity as I love to look back at times like this!):
Symptoms: some nausea/random aversions at times but nowhere near first tri levels, starting to have some leg swelling/foot swelling when I sit for prolonged periods, TIRED
Rings: still wearing ’em.  For now.
Weight gained: 22 lbs.  I think my ‘final’ weight will be in a similar range for all 3.  And EVERY TIME I did the same thing – gain a ton first tri, then slow waaaaay down ending up with a lowish-but-normal total.   So if this is you – don’t panic.  
Workouts:  Still doing them – ran/walked 3 times last week + one barre3 prenatal session (Saturday).  All of my running was at 5mph on the treadmill last week, with walk breaks.
Last week:
M – 35 min, run 5 / walk 2 x 5
T – rest
W – 32 min, ran 10 / walked 2 / ran 8 / walked 2 / ran 10
R – rest
F – 30 min, ran 12 (1 mi!) / walked 2 / ran 13 (another 1.1 mi) / walked 3
S – prenatal barre3 (30 min)
Sun – zoo (lots of walking/biking on the surrey thing but no real workout)
Measuring:  Don’t know, my OB stopped measuring after the 34 week appointment.  And I have had only one U/S at 20 weeks.  I think my OBGYN is on the laissez-faire side (and I’m not necessarily so thrilled about that . . .) as I know I had a growth scan of some kind with both A&C!  
Impatience:  I’m not impatient in terms of discomfort but I am dying to know WHEN this baby will come, what she will look like, and honestly I have a little anxiety about never even seeing her face (she was blocking it at the 20 week anatomy scan with her hands) so I guess I just want . . . ANSWERS.  And concrete plans.  Which obviously at this point are an impossibility, but oh well!  3 weeks + 5 days . . . or less . . . or more . . . to go!  Will do another one of these at 38 weeks which will be THANKSGIVING weekend already.  How did that happen!?  


  • Reply Lou March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Regarding your podcast, and the recyclability of Nespresso capsules – https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/blog/recycling-y
    Stop creating waste and get a filter coffee machine. Or an aeropress. Or a cafetiere. Or one of the million other ways to make coffee which don’t create so much waste and use up so much resources.

  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Oh man… it’s funny to see you still pregnant because I feel like we’ve been practically on the same timeline and – surprise – I ended up delivering last Wednesday at 37/1 (!). I had been measuring behind and the doc at my 36wk appointment ordered a growth scan for right before my 37wk appointment and they measured the baby at only 4lbs 15oz and my amniotic fluid level was really low so the OB wanted to deliver the baby THAT DAY or the next day at the latest. This of course happened the day that my in-laws left town after a visit AND my parents (who live locally) flew to Oregon because my brother’s wife is having a baby (today as it happens). So we raced to find childcare for the next afternoon (so thankful for their wonderful preschool!), my
    MIL was able to get back on a flight to FL to stay with the older 2 while we were in the hospital, and I had the C-section at noon the next day. Crazy. And now we’ve had a teeny tiny baby for nearly a week. He was – thankfully – not as small as they thought, 5lbs 5oz at birth. He had some blood sugar issues at first (actually I suspect we had some unreliable glucometer issues at first…) but his breathing and eating were all really good and he only lost a few ounces of weight before it was time for us to leave (we supplemented with formula before my milk came in) so he was able to room in with us and come home at the normal time. My oldest was also delivered early because of SGA so I feel like the universe has told me loud and clear that it’s time to be incredibly grateful for my healthy 3 and move on from the baby making/having stage of life!

  • Reply Lily March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I don’t have time right now to do the research but if/when I ever get pregnant I would love to know what the actual evidence base is on patterns of weight gain during pregnancy and what is/isn’t healthy for mom and bub. I feel like many of my friends who are first-time moms get extremely anxious about being at the ‘right weight’ – whether not enough (because they couldn’t face food during first tri nausea) or too much (because they are eating too many crackers to deal with first tri nausea) – and that health professionals often fuel this anxiety with lots of weigh ins and lectures etc (although perhaps this varies a lot by doctor/location?) and perhaps people are also often misinterpreting health communication materials (ie books says average around 0.5kg per week and mom freaks out if she’s only put on 0.46kg…) It sounds like in reality some people put on a ton in the first tri and slow down, some gain it during the second tri…and as long as mum is eating a healthy diet and baby is growing fine then, NBD–let’s trust our bodies. I hope I don’t sound judgmental – these things are easy to say as someone who hasn’t had kids – but I do worry it’s like when breastfed babies were found to be growing too slowly/quickly because the weight gain curves were based on babies who were fed formula (and therefore were advised to supplement), and it wasn’t until they did research with breastfed infants they realised the weight gain patterns were different. Anyways, I probably should have spent 10 mins on google scholar instead of writing this comment but I just really liked AwayEmily’s comment!

  • Reply Angina March 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    You’ve had a great weekend. I love spending free time with my kids somewhere outside the house. We frequently go to the zoo, theatre and attraction parks. It is great to watch your kids having fun.

  • Reply tiaa cref March 10, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

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