February is Heart Awareness Month

Every month I change the bulletin board at work–ONE of my favorite things to do!  Like I have said before, I can put whatever I want up on my board outside of my fitness center.  The past few months have been things like “how to destress” or “how to beat the winter blues”–so this month, since it is Heart Awareness Month, I thought I would change it up and go back to some educational information.  Heart Awareness Month is actually all about heart disease, how to prevent it, and how to manage it if you have it, but that seemed rather depressing since I work in a place where 70% of the people have some sort of heart issue.  So I decided to go with how the heart pumps blood through our body and how the heart contracts.  I made the bulletin board interactive this month too! I am quite impressed with it, the residents seemed to like it as I was putting it up on Friday, and my coworkers were quite impressed!

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February Bulletin Board.

You can lift up the lungs to see the location of the heart in our body and once you lift the heart up you can see how the blood flows through our lungs!  It has everything you have ever wanted to know about your heart, right?!

At the start of the new year I started ‘Wise and Well’ Wellness Newsletter.  I am currently working on writing them through May for sure, but hopefully June as well. That way my coworkers won’t have to do do that while I am gone.  I am half way through May, so it is looking good!  It’s kind of bitter sweet–this is the last bulletin board I will do until June! One of my coworkers is taking over that duty until I get back.   This month contains D-Day and I will have 12 weeks off after my little angel is born.  My last day of work is February 19th–her due date, but honestly at this point I am hoping she is early. I will be going back to work the middle of May and will be going back part time. I will be working Monday and Wednesday 8:00am to 4:30pm and Fridays 8:00am to 12:00pm.  I am quite excited that my boss let me drop down to part time, that way Baby M is only in daycare for 2.5 days! When I get back I will be very busy, but it will be a blast! Here is my new schedule–and NEW exercise classes!!

8-9:30am Supervised Gym Hours
10-11:00am Chair Exercise
12:30-1:00pm Lunch (The most important part of the day!!)
NEW!!! 1:15-3:00pm Hike around the Valley somewhere with the independent living residents in the summer and in the winter we will have a weight lifting class from 2:30 to 3:30pm.

8-9:30am Supervised Gym Hours
10-11:00am Chair Exercise
12:30-1:00pm Lunch
NEW!! 2:30-3:30pm Weight Lifting Class

8-9:30am Supervised Gym Hours
10-11:00am Chair Exercise
Home with my little girl by 12:30!!

During my down times I will work on my bulletin board if it is close to the end of the month, or work on my monthly newsletter.

I could not be more thrilled about my new schedule and so thankful that my boss thinks so highly of me that she allowed me to go to part time!


Bump Watch

Week 35:

I start going to the doctor every week now, which actually takes a surprisingly long time.  I never realized how long you wait in doctors offices until I started going every few weeks and now once a week.  But I have to say, my doctor is worth the wait, she is great! I told her at my last appointment that I need to go into labor when she is on call so that she can deliver my baby.  Baby M is active, healthy, and dropping!! She dropped a ton and I have officially started the waddling stage.

I think this week I have experienced every emotion in the book! Extreme happiness, extreme discomfort, anger, and sadness.  And lucky for James he witnessed every one of them!  I have gotten to the point where almost everything is rather uncomfortable, it doesn’t hurt, I would just rather not do it anymore. Sleeping is uncomfortable, sitting is uncomfortable, chair exercise at work isn’t comfortable anymore, and standing for too long now gets uncomfortable because my feet are getting swollen.  My sister reminded me the other day of how excited I was to be pregnant–well it isn’t all sunshine and roses like I had imagined.  It’s real and while it is crazy that my body can do this kind of thing and I am sure it is all going to be worth it; this week I was over just about everything.

Earlier this wee I fell asleep on the couch (like normal) but this time when James woke me up to go to sleep I was very uncomfortable and everything ached.  Being overly tired I started to have a mental freak out–not too noticeable from the outside (I don’t think) but I was freaking out in my head BIG TIME.  When we got to bed I was not able to find a comfortable spot and kept moving around and my mental freak out was getting worse.  This whole time James had his hand on my back and he finally told me that it is ok to cry, I told him it would not help anything so there isn’t any point.  He then said its ok, he knows how badly I want to cry (side note–don’t say that to a very emotional pregnant girl who is having a mental freak out and trying to hold it together).  I looked at him and started to bawl!

Needless to say this may not have been one of my best or favorite weeks of pregnancy.

Week 36:

This week Baby M is the size of a honeydew melon and is about 18.5 inches long and weighs approximately 6 pounds!
TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN: +35 pounds.
My doctor promises me that most of the excess weight gain now is water retention–which I might believe considering none of my shoes/boots/flats/running shoes or wedding band fit very well anymore. That happened almost over night!  But I have to say, the sweets are also calling my name at.every.hour.of.every.day..so there is always that too.
MATERNITY CLOTHES?  Yes and now the only thing I can comfortably wear are my two pairs of maternity leggings and James shirts–so finding something and getting dressed in the morning for work is a chore.
SLEEP: Not a whole lot–I am sleeping on the couch by about 7:30pm and awake all night because Baby M is on my bladder and then I finally get up around 5:30am or 6:00am because laying on my side is very uncomfortable now.
STRETCH MARKS?: Not yet! I am almost there! PLEASE HOLD OUT SKIN!!  Although some days it feels as though the skin under my sternum might just rip open horizontally–I might skip the stretch marks and go straight for the explosion..who knows.
BEST MOMENT: Hands down: The moment when James felt Baby M kick for the first time and the expression on his face.
MISS ANYTHING? Walking normally (without waddling), Subway (Yes, I still can not wait until I can feed my addiction again), having a closet full of clothes to wear, being able to go to the gym and working out or go for a run, sleeping on my stomach, and bending over without fear of smashing my little girl or breaking her in half!  Yes follks! I have officially hit the stage in pregnancy where I am done. DONE. I want to meet her, I want my body back–BRING ON THE LABOR PAINS! I AM READY!
MOVEMENT: She is an active little bugger! If she doesn’t change her sleeping schedule pretty soon I will be a mom with a very active girl in the middle of the night.  
 No crazy cravings these past few weeks–minus the sugar high Baby M seems need to need all the time (I know it’s not me who needs it..hmm)  Apples and cottage cheese are still my go to snacks though.
My poor feet and toes and now kankles are like little sausages and by the end of the day I have sock impressions along my entire foot.
LABOR SIGNS:   Braxton Hick contractions over the past week and some pressure low–maybe a few minor cramps.  My doctor is not worried, so neither am I.
SYMPTOMS: Weight gain and swollen ankles, feet, hands, and toes. Nothing crazy or out of the ordinary.
MOOD:  Over the pregnancy thing–now I just want to meet my little girl and move on!  I can imagine what she looks like, but I don’t want to get attached to what I THINK she should look like in case she looks completely different.
EXCITED FOR: To be done being pregnant and of course to MEET MY LITTLE GIRL!!  I can not wait–she will be perfect! James and I have MAYBE almost picked out a name for her–but you will have to wait until she is born.  We have not agreed on ANY names since the beginning, and the other day I was able to get a “well that’s not a horrible name” out of James.  So I think he is processing it now and I am hoping it sticks!
Start of week 37.  Front view too!!
(Please excuse the toilet in the background.)

Welcome to my New Normal

Since getting pregnant my life has changed quite a bit–obviously.  I have not ran since I found out I was pregnant, it started off because I did not want to cause a miscarriage (even though mentally I knew it would not increase my risk since I ran before it) and then it was not a comfortable feeling trying to run with a growing belly.  More recently we have put my gym membership on hold because I have not been going for the past 1.5 months–walking on the treadmill was getting incredibly boring.  I still waddle on the treadmill at work every once in awhile.  Teaching my exercise class is getting quite hard and I am doing more telling and sitting, than telling and doing.

Another new normal?? Take a gander at this!

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I have a built in table!  I can put the plate on my stomach and its completely flat and upright!  Its perfect! I can almost shovel the food into my mouth now!

My wardrobe has shrunk even more in the past month–I haven’t been able to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes for the past 3 months and now I can not wear half of my maternity clothes.  Luckily my coworkers and the residents understand that I wear the same thing week after week.

Brinks–the black lab/beagle mix has recently been sleeping on the floor in the baby’s room during the day.   She is always very interested in what I am doing in there and looks in the crib every once in awhile.  Maddie, the golden retriever, still doesn’t realize anything is going to change.  At night the dogs have been snuggling on their dog bed.  Maddie always lays down first and Brinks will squeeze her way onto the bed.

photo 2 (10)Maddie looks very unimpressed that Brinks is laying on top of her.  Brinks on the other hand looks quite comfy.

I have also been spending a lot of time in Baby M’s room. We don’t have anything baby-ish on the walls yet, but we have all the furniture in it!  Like I have said before, our changing table is my grandparents old dry sink and I love it!

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Yesterday James brought home this gem–John Deere cowgirl boots.  One of his friends, who is also having a little girl this month, had two pairs so he thought that our little girl would like them too. I must admit, I am not a big fan of these, but hey, you never know–my daughter may look great in them!



James and I have not been doing our normal winter activities of snowshoeing or skiing since I can’t get my snow pants on and that in its self makes it quite hard to go outside for an extended period of time in the cold, wet, snow. And lets not forget the fact that bending over to try to put snowshoes on or ski boots on is quite a daunting thought–and skiing is probably not the best idea anyways since my center of gravity has shifted SLIGHTLY.

This past weekend was marvelous!  It snowed a few times during the week so it was fluffy, white snow. On Sunday the sun decided to make an appearance and it warmed up to 36 degrees! So James decided he would go fishing and take our fishing dog–Brinks with him.  Sadly, Maddie, our other dog, thinks fishing is a fun game and chases the lures, so she stays home.  I thought that I should go with him since it was so nice out! So we ventured over to the river that is about 5 minutes away from our house and go fishing.  Well realistically, James went fishing and Brinks and I walked around in the snow and I threw some sticks for her to go find in the deep snow.

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Ahhh yes, glorious day!

When James and Brinks go fishing alone (in the summer) she stays right next to James in the water and watches him fish.  She was getting a little stressed out because he was too far out for her to reach him, but she kept trying. She even managed to get out into the middle of the river but was still to far away from James.  She broke through the ice occasionally but luckily it was only up to her chest, so she climbed right back out onto the shelf ice.

When we got home Maddie was very stressed out, so we took both dogs for a walk around the neighborhood and enjoyed the nice sunny day.

Baby Shower #2

My very thoughtful coworkers thought that I needed a baby shower in Montana since it is my first baby. I thought that one shower was enough–but they did not think so. I had my second baby shower this past week at my coworkers house with fellow coworkers and some of my friends who were able to make it on a Wednesday night!  It was a lot of fun and I think everybody enjoyed it.

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My coworker laughed then she showed me the cake because I guess the cake makers could not understand why I did not want a pink cake if I was having a girl. I love this one!!

I feel so blessed to have such great coworkers and friends, I was given so many more clothes and great gifts! I do not know how to thank them!

The hat is a handmade hat from one of the nurses that I work with. It has a pink ribbon at the bottom with little pink flowers in it. Very cute!  The dress is for when my little girl is 9 months old, I think it is perfect!

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This is all the gifts from the baby shower.  Brinks was very interested in the shampoos and lotions.  Again, I feel very blessed to have such great (and generous) people around me!

Bump Watch

Week 33

I think I have hit the time in pregnancy when many to be moms say that they are done being pregnant. I am getting very excited to meet our little girl!  A few weeks ago I was getting very nervous about the delivery, as my husband was getting more and more excited to have a little girl.  (Roles switched–at first he was terrified to have a little girl, I was excited!)  But luckily my attitude? (I’m not sure that’s the right word) has changed and I am not too worried about the labor and delivery–I am more excited to meet her!

So what’s new this week?  Well not a whole a lot, however some symptoms have been getting worse.  Like what you ask?  Well turns out carrying an extra 30 pounds around makes it impossible to wear my cute flat shoes anymore. I made the horrible mistake of wearing them to work the other day and holy cow!! half way through the day my feet hurt so badly.  Both of my arches were screaming at me and I did not want to walk around anymore.  In addition, my calves have been cramping repeatedly each night due to the extra weight they have to carry around.  Luckily the cramps go away if I straighten my foot out in bed, but it is still rather uncomfortable.  Waddling.  Yes–I have hit the waddling stage of pregnancy!  Every once in awhile I will catch myself at work waddling down the hallway; luckily I am able to semi correct my walking once I realize what I am doing still.  Baby M is pushing all of my organs into my lungs–I am finding it quite hard to breathe if I am doing too much, but it does not happen all the time.  Wednesday exercise class pretty tough, I had to stop and breathe every once in awhile in the middle of class. Talking and exercising seems to be getting harder.  Luckily my class is VERY understanding and they are taking the stance of “Do as I say, not what I do.”  Perfect!

Lately we have had a lot of people ask us what her name is going to be.  Well guys, we were never actually going to tell anybody what her name is going to be until she has arrived.  Frankly we did not want an input or criticism about her name and we figured if we wait until she is born, everybody will be so in love that it won’t really matter what her name is. But, even if we were going to share her name we could not yet–we have not come to an agreement on ANY names as of yet.  I just keep telling people who ask that we have not figured out a name yet and it may end up being whoever gets to the birth certificate first. I tell them that I may have the nurses give James the epidural so he is unable to walk to the birth certificate and I can choose her name!  We will see!

Also–Baby M’s room is getting closer to being done! Pictures to come once we are done!

Week 34

This week Baby M is the size of a cantaloupe and is about 18 inches long!
TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN: +30 pounds.
MATERNITY CLOTHES?  Yes and now they are getting too small, only about half of my maternity clothes are fitting now.
SLEEP: Nada! Once I have Baby M I am going to lay on my stomach for about 4 days straight!! I can not wait!
STRETCH MARKS?: Not yet! Thank you Baby M.
BEST MOMENT: Hands down: The moment when James felt Baby M kick for the first time and the expression on his face.
MISS ANYTHING? Bending over and reaching the floor, my feet, boots, ect.  I have however, been getting quite creative of how to get things done that are close to the floor.  I am determined to be able to do these things all by myself still!
MOVEMENT: She is an active little bugger! 
 Oh man! I had a killer craving this past weekend! I wanted a cake donut from Powder Ridge–a ski hill that I used to teach at! Sadly, it is in Minnesota and that was not an option.  I then preceded to eat EVERYTHING insight trying to compensate my craving.  It failed miserably and in the end I felt extremely sick.  Literally everything.  Yogurt, apples, carrots, pretzels, a whole bag of potato chips, sandwich, Hot Tamales, and brownies.  Yes–I was one sick puppy after that lovely binge. 
I’m sure there is something, but I can not think of anything at the moment.
SYMPTOMS: My ribs and where my ab muscles insert into my sternum are extremely sore and tender to the touch.  But the good news! My back has not hurt! Waawhoo!!
MOOD:  Overall happy–especially when I get a full nights sleep!
EXCITED FOR: To meet our little girl!
This week Baby M must have been pushing on my stomach, because I did get sick and threw up twice this week.  I felt fine up until the very last second and one time I threw up she moved drastically about 30 seconds before I had that insane urge to throw up.  Bummer.
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I was given this cute little giraffe (that plays a tune) from one of the head chefs at work. He was very excited to show me that this little guys head moves when the music plays.  It is very soft.  Ernie–our squeeze head is happy to have a friend as well.
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Start of week 35.

Bump Watch

Week 31

This week I really noticed that Baby M is taking all of my brains away from me.  I am no longer able to multitask like I used to, I can not remember ANYTHING unless I write it down, and I now know why I keep loosing when I play my Grandma and Mom in Scrabble.  Baby M is taking everything from me!  Hopefully I get it back once she is born, or everybody may be in trouble.  (Ok–so the Scrabble part may be my excuse for the fact that I keep loosing, but it could be a real excuse, right?!)

The lovely ladies at work are still telling me how swollen or fat I look, and while I know it is meant as a complement, it is getting quite a bit harder to cheerfully tell them thank you or even acknowledge that they said anything to me.  I am feeling quite large these days.  Sitting and sleeping are getting very uncomfortable.  Luckily my office is in a gym and I can waddle on the treadmill while I work.  Walking is still the most comfortable.  Standing however is not–me feet start to swell and get too tight in my shoes, boots, or whatever I am wearing.  Walking..yes. Walking is relaxing and comfortable.

Week 32

Baby M is the size of napa cabbage; on average she is 3 to 4 pounds and 16 3/4 inches long this week.

TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN:  +30 pounds (at the beginning of week 32)
MATERNITY CLOTHES?  Totally, 100%. I am finding it hard to fit into some of my maternity shirts that I was able to fit into–even a month ago.
SLEEP: Not a whole lot of that happening around here.  I do not have any trouble falling asleep, but I wake up constantly due to pains in my ribs or at the insertion point of my abs and sternum.  She is really preparing me for little sleep when she arrives.
BEST MOMENT: Hands down: The moment when James felt Baby M kick for the first time and the expression on his face.
MISS ANYTHING? Being able to put my shoes on and tie them normally. Now I have to sit on the floor and somehow maneuver my foot around so that I can barely get my shoe on and then tie them while my foot is on its side–its rather dysfunctional looking.
MOVEMENT: She is an active little bugger! 
 I must admit, red meat is pretty dang appealing ALL.THE.TIME. And for the people who know me knows this is not a normal thing.  
I’m sure there is something, but I can not think of anything at the moment.
LABOR SIGNS:   No more signs of labor since I started to feel better.
SYMPTOMS: My ribs and where my ab muscles insert into my sternum are extremely sore and tender to the touch.
MOOD:  Overall happy–especially when I get a full nights sleep!
EXCITED FOR: To meet our little girl!
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The start of week 33

This week at work we decorated picture frames.  I used tissue paper to decorate my frame and it turned out quite cute! It will match perfectly in Baby M’s room.
photo 1 (5)See the little piggy bank to the right? My sister painted that! It’s adorable!