Friday, March 27, 2015

Joe's Graduation Day!

It's Friday!!  How did Spring Break go by so quickly?  Oh well, today's a very exciting day because Joe is graduating from chiropractic school!
It's taken 3 years, but all of his hard work has finally paid off!  I'm so proud of him and so excited that today has finally come!  He's really looking forward to finally being Dr. Joe!

We've spent the week celebrating this huge accomplishment with his classmates.  On Wednesday, we attended his class's graduation banquet.  It was a really nice dinner at a resort right on the beach!
We had a great time with his classmates, and the food was delicious.
Next up was a dinner that the Campus Guides organization threw for Joe to celebrate his graduation on Thursday night.
They let the graduate (or graduates) pick a restaurant for the dinner and pay for everyone to attend.  Joe chose Vince Carter's, a nice steakhouse that we went to for our anniversary, and everything was fantastic!  Delicious food, great company, and Joe had a great time.  Perfect!

Now, it's time to wait for family to arrive, go to graduation, then celebrate with dinner at That's Amore!  Luckily, Baby Fish decided to wait to be born after graduation, which was exactly what I was hoping.

Hope you have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!  See you on Monday!

Question for you: what's your favorite way to celebrate a big accomplishment?
We seem to do it by eating at our favorite restaurants :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 39 Weeks + My Birth Plan

Hey hey!  How's it going?  I can't believe it's Wednesday already--spring break is flying by!  The weather has been a little crummy this week, but Joe and I are still getting a lot done around the house and having some fun, too!

It's time for another pregnancy update!  Can you believe that my due date is Sunday?  I feel like Baby Fish is going to be late, but still, the time has just gone by so fast!  So, enjoy this week's pregnancy update, as it could be the last!

Pregnancy Update: 39 Weeks

How far along? 39 weeks (and 3 days)

Baby Bump progress: 


Baby's Size? a watermelon! Around 7 pounds and 20-21 inches long.

What's happening this week?  
  • Baby's brain is still growing and developing rapidly
  • Baby's nails may extend past the fingertips now (gotta have those mittens ready for the hospital!)
  • Baby may be able to flex his/her limbs now
Total weight gain/loss: 33.8 pounds total since my first doctor's visit.  I actually go to the doctor today, so that number is probably a little different.

Stretch marks?: nothing new!  Just the little ones at my armpits, some on my chest (which have faded a bit), and a light one going down my stomach.

Sleep: not too bad as of late.  I'm getting up at least once during the night to use the restroom, but I fall right back asleep.  I'm also getting a little warm at night--Tequila likes to snuggle right up next me to at times and she's a little heater!  

Best moment this week: getting some "grown up" stuff done!  Joe and I went shopping for last-minute baby necessities (we had no bottles or breast milk collection bags for the breast pump!), met with a financial advisor, and put in an application for a house to rent!  Welcome to real world!

Miss anything?: Same stuff as last week: having lots of clothing options, having normal-sized feet, alcohol, sleeping comfortably, plus running and being able to sit however I want without the fear of swollen feet!

Movement: lots of movement still!  He/she is still moving the feet and butt into my ribs (ouch!0, but this week, I started feeling movements against my hip bone--that was kind of interesting!  I guess Baby Fish is moving his hands/head a little bit more!

Food cravings: Cold things, like ice cream, iced coffee, smoothies, slurpees, etc.  I guess the rise in temperature is making my mouth too warm!
Smoothies by the pool on Saturday!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I did have a little sickness on Friday night :-X  I either ate too much, or the sandwich I ate for dinner gave me some issues.  I felt so much better after vomiting, though!

Gender: We'll find out when Baby Fish is born :)  It's almost time!!!

Labor Signs: As far as I can tell, just some Braxton-Hicks contractions.  Baby Fish may have dropped just a liiiiiiittle bit, but that's about it.  I'm sure the doctor will check dilation today at the appointment

Symptoms:
  • Swollen feet/ankles (and some finger swelling)
  • Braxton-Hicks contractions
  • Maybe a little "nesting" this weekend
  • Just feeling uncomfortable a lot of the time
Belly Button in or out? still in!

Wedding rings on or off? Off most every day this week :( 

Happy or Moody?: Happy for the most part, though I did have a very quick mood swing when Joe told me something I didn't want to hear.  I think I scared him a little!  Oops!

Funny moments this week: On Sunday, we went to hang out with some of Joe's classmates.  It was all guys and me, and most of them would not let me get up to get more water, food, etc. b/c they were all afraid that I'd start giving birth right there!!  No matter how much I tried to convince them that even if labor started, they wouldn't see a baby, they just insisted on waiting on me.  Hey, I didn't mind :)  Guys are so funny when they dont' know anything about pregnancy!!

Looking forward to: JOE'S GRADUATION on Friday!!!, and of course, meeting Baby Fish sometime soon!!

Exercise this week: Still walking about 3x a week.  The labor/delivery nurse at our birthing class said that can help speed up labor, so I'm probably going to be taking daily walks, especially once we get past Joe's graduation!  

I was telling Joe yesterday that I am really itching to get back into my regular exercise routine.  I've been missing BodyPump (I now have schedule conflicts with the classes when I work), and Im really missing running right now, too!  I just keep telling myself that soon enough, I can work to get back to where I was.

Baby Fish Feature: Birth Plan

Some of the questions I've been getting now that I'm closer to the due date are, "are you planning to have an epidural?", "do you have a birth plan," and "will you have a C-section?"  These are all things that, now that we're done with the birthing classes, I feel very educated about answering!  The classes did a great job presenting all of the options, and I've been able to make some decisions about what I want.

So, I thought today I'd share my birth plan.  Before I do, let me just say this: a birth plan is a really personal decision people have to make for themselves.  I'm only sharing what I am choosing for myself because this is my blog and I want to!  I am in no way trying to say certain things are wrong or insult someone who chose/is choosing a different plan than me.  This is just what I want for my body and my baby and am not saying it's right for everyone.  So please don't be offended, and if your opinions differ than mine, that's great but let's have a respectful conversation about them :)

Of course, this is all subject to change depending on how things are going, and I am open to adjustments if it's what's needed for a safe delivery!
  • No analgesics.  These are medicines used to help relax the mother, but they act like/are narcotics.  They make the baby sleepy and could have trouble with the first feeding.  No, thank you!  Although, my mom did share with me that she had these when in labor with my brother, and he came out fine.  Still, I don't want to run that risk.
  • I'd like to avoid an epidural if possible.  I told Joe that I'm going to attempt this without an epidural, but if I'm going crazy, to tell me to get one.  My issue with it is that it confines you to the bed AND you have to have a catheter to keep your bladder empty.  Again, I'd like to avoid this if at all possible, but I do know that the pain may be too much.  I'm open to having one, but I'd just prefer not to.
  • For pain management afterward, I'd only like to have the ibuprofen.  Other options include narcotics, and while the L/D nurse at the class said they monitor the doses so it doesn't affect the breast milk, I'd still just like to avoid it.
  • I only want Joe in the room with me.  This shouldn't be an issue, as most family who plans to come is going to arrive after the birth.
  • I'd like to have a natural, vaginal delivery (aka avoid being induced or having a C-section) if possible.  Again, if it's necessary for either myself or the baby, obviously I'm going to have a C-section.  But, I'd like to just let nature take its course if the baby's late and it's healthy to do so.  I mean, cave women did this, so why can I?  Plus, I'm not really at the "get this baby out of me!!!!" stage that many women tend to be at when they reach 36ish weeks, so I'm not really thinking of being induced.
Well, there you have it!  Now it's time to go get that hospital bag picked and the car seat strapped in :)

Question for you: Moms and moms-to-be, do/did you have a birth plan?  Everyone, what cold foods have you been wanting lately?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesdays on the Run: My First Major Race of 2015 is...

Good morning, everyone!  When I got up this morning, I was planning to post my 39-week pregnancy update.  That is, until I checked my e-mail and saw that I am now registered for my first major race of 2015!
I was selected in the lottery to register for the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4th, 2015!!!  If you aren't familiar with the race, this is a huge tradition in Atlanta!  It's a 10K race through the city and is always run on July 4th.  Their registration cap for the even is 65,000 runners, so this is a big deal!

I got so, so, SO excited about this for multiple reasons, and I just HAD to dedicate a blog post to it.  Here's why:

I've never won a race lottery before.
Now, I've only entered two others before this one: the lottery for the Peachtree Road Race 2014 and for the NYC Marathon in 2014.  I wasn't too bummed about the NYC Marathon, especially considering I would have been about 4.5 months pregnant while running my first marathon had I done it this year.  But the Peachtree Road Race is special to me (see below), so I was upset I lost last year.  I had low expectations this year, but I'm SO EXCITED to win this race lottery this year and be one of the 65,000 runners this year!

I've been itching to sign up for races for 2015!!
Seeing other bloggers and friends on social media talking about their races so far this year has had me jealous.  I had to stop running mid-January because running just wasn't comfortable anymore.  I've since been eyeing races that I wanted to sign up for but haven't because of the uncertainty around Baby Fish's arrival (when will it happen, will it be via C-section, when can I run again, etc.).  So, I'm so excited that I won this race lottery and now have my first major race of 2015 on the calendar!

We'll make a racecation out of it!
We have lots of friends that live in Atlanta, so running this race will definitely turn in to a racecation!  Not only that, but it'll also be Baby Fish's first race-cation!  Plus, I already checked, and our beloved Atlanta Braves have home games that whole weekend.  Score!

The race will fit perfectly into my marathon training plan.
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I still haven't signed up yet, but if I run the Richmond Marathon this year as I plan to, this race distance meets exactly what I'll need to run for a long run that week.  Perfect!!

This is my grandfather's favorite race.
My grandfather (mom's dad) has always been a runner and loves to tell us stories about the races he's done.  The reason I even know about the Peachtree Road Race is because my grandfather has run it multiple times and speaks so highly of it.
When I started running, it's been so special to get to share running stories with him and have that hobby in common.  The picture above was from when we ran together this past Thanksgiving.  I can't wait to tell him I'm doing this race this year, and hopefully he'll be able to come watch!

Needless to say, I'm a bit excited about getting in to this race through the lottery!!  A 10K race on July 4th will be the perfect way to get back in to my training postpartum and hopefully lead me to work back up to half marathon (and maybe marathon?!) shape!

I'm linking up with ErikaApril, and Patty for Tuesday's on the Run!  Their theme this week is Race Signs (or anything else running related), so go check out their posts (and many others!) for some laughs.
Tuesdays on the Run

Question for you: What is one race that you've always wanted to run?  Have you done it, or is it still on your race bucket list?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Five: Spring Break Edition

Hey everyone!  We made it to Friday!!!  Hope you've had a good week, and that you have some great things to look forward to this weekend.  My day is off to a great start, thanks to the cashier at Dunkin' the morning.  She was so nice, friendly, and so excited for my baby!  So much so, that she didn't charge me for my chocolate glazed doughnut, AND she also gave me TWO!  Major score there!!!

I'm also especially excited it's Friday because when I leave work today, it's SPRING BREAK!  How appropriate that it begins on the official first day of spring.  So today, I thought I'd share five things that I'm looking forward to this spring break.
I'm linking up with Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar for the Friday Five Link-up!  Head over to any of those ladies' blogs to see what spring topics they and other bloggers are talking about today!

1. Heading to the Beach
The weather is supposed to be nice, and I live about 3 miles from the ocean, so why not??  Although, I don't think I'm going to feel much like getting in a bikini, but I can certainly sit out there in shorts and a tank top with a good book.  Nothing better!

2. Taking lots of walks
Another great way to get out and enjoy the nice weather!  Tequila will be happy about this, too.  Plus, the labor and delivery nurse that teaches our birthing classes said that's a good way to get the labor process going!

3. Attending a sporting event (potentially)
Joe and I have gone to an Atlanta Braves spring training game each of the last two years we've lived down here, so there has been talk about going to one of their games this week!  We also may look in to attending an Orlando City soccer game, the new MLS team that just started in Orlando!

4. Joe's Graduation!!!! (and all the festivities)
After 3.25 years, it's finally time for Joe to graduate chiropractic school!!!!!  I'm so proud of all his hard work in school and incredibly excited for him to be done with school.  It's going to be a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see him walk across that stage next Friday!

5. Baby Prep
Yes, some of this still needs to happen!  I've been getting a few tiny things done each day, but Joe and I will be (mostly) free all week to get things ready for Baby Fish!  And who knows...maybe he/she will decide to arrive over Spring Break!!!  I'm not counting on it, though, because I've had no signs of labor, and Baby Fish hasn't made much of a decent yet.

Question for you: What are you most looking forward to this spring?  Any fun events planned?