I am so excited to make this announcement today:
We will be adding another munchkin to our clan!
If you follow me on Instagram you have probably been able to infer because of the #fitpregnancy posts, or if you are personal friend with me on facebook you already know. This pregnancy announcement today is combined with a 3 month pregnancy update.
3 Month Pregnancy Update
That’s right, on Sunday I was 12 weeks pregnant already! I can’t believe how fast this is going and I am beyond thrilled to become a family of 5. I plan to share this pregnancy journey with you each month. I will be completely transparent on my weight gain, my food cravings, my emotions and of course my workouts. I hope you enjoy following along.
Ever since I wrote my post announcing my break up with the scale, I have done a good job staying off for the most part. I used to weigh myself weekly and decided that I would not let the scale define me anymore and instead let the weigh I feel take over.
However, now that I am expecting again I will keep track of how much weight I gain each month. For me, this really helps me stay on track with my eating and not let the “I am growing a baby, I can eat what I want,” mentality take over.
So far I have gained 3 pounds- although in the evenings my belly is so big it looks like it is much more. I wake up with my stomach looking normal but with each meal it grows.
Exhausted! I think the exhaustion is a combination of the pregnancy and chasing two kids (including one rambunctious toddler around all day long). Oh and probably the fact that I was staying up way too late trying to finish Friday Night Lights- mission accomplished, I can get some sleep now.
I have cut back my workouts from 6 to 5 times a week. I have been taking Wednesdays and Sundays off because I am so darn tired. More than anything, taking Wednesday off gives me extra one-on-one time with my little man while C is at school. Once I am through the first trimester and and am not so out of breath and tired all the time I am sure I will be back to my 6 days a week.
I am still running, lifting and teaching classes. In fact, I got my longest run in while pregnant a few weeks ago with friends: 9 miles for baby #3 and me. I also ran a 5k Personal Best at the Thanksgiving day run when I was just 8 weeks pregnant. With the other two I cut back on my mileage as soon as I was pregnant mainly because it was mid winter, but this time I hope to keep going. I am contemplating some pregnancy running goals.
I don’t think I have cooked chicken or broccoli in weeks. I found out I was pregnant right away and didn’t have any food aversions until about week 7.5 or 8 and since then I haven’t cooked chicken or broccoli. Sometimes I can order it at a restaurant on a salad, but it is rare. I prefer red meat. I am mostly not eating any veggies right now besides the occasional asparagus or salad (only from a restaurant). I also can’t drink my coffee black anymore- I had to go find a almond milk creamer.
Baked potatoes! I have eaten more baked potatoes from McCallister in the last 4-5 weeks than I have in my entire life. I pretty much like any carb and the only way I can stomach an egg is if I eat it with an English muffin and bacon.
If I could eat a butter burger from Culver’s every day I would. At the beginning I also loved marshmallows (more carbs). I don’t drink coke normally, but about every afternoon I crave a fountain Coke. Sometimes I cave in and sometimes I grab my La Croix water or mix up some Recover (even if it isn’t after a workout).
As I enter my second trimester I am really looking forward to getting rid of these terrible food aversions and eating more veggies. I hope to set some goals around number of vegetable servings per day, grams of protein and at the amount of sweets I eat. This will sure to get me back to feeling more like myself.
Uninterrupted sleep no longer exists. I probably wake up 3 times a night to use the restroom. If it weren’t for that bladder problem, I’d be sleeping soundly all night. I also take a nap in the afternoon every day when the kids have nap/rest time. I am so glad that even after C stopped napping I still made “rest time” a priority.
Looking Forward To
To be honest, I am just looking forward to this whole pregnancy. I am not one who loves to be pregnant, but I am 90% sure this is our last little munchkin so I am going to enjoy every part of this because with two others I know it will go fast.
Feelings & Fun
For those of you who are thinking, “she just had a baby!” you are right. M is 15 months old and he and this baby will be 22 months apart. All three of my kids will 2 years or just under 2 years apart. Life will be crazy and we wouldn’t want it any other way. This wasn’t a “surprise”, we weren’t preventing and knew exactly what could happen. Come next Christmas we will have a 4 year old, a 2 year old and a 5 month old and that makes me thrilled!
As this first trimester comes to an end and Christmas is just right around the corner (and I am dealing with pregnancy hormones), tears come to my eyes when I think that God has given us yet another child. I am so excited to share this journey with each of you and truly appreciate your readership. I hope and pray that I am using my gifts to inspire, motivate and encourage you in someway.