The big reveal … place your bets here!

Provided this little mango cooperates, we’ll know if Baby H. is a boy or a girl sometime tomorrow morning. I thought it would be fun to take a little [anonymous] poll and see what you think it’s going to be!!

A couple fun facts to help you guess a gender: Continue reading “The big reveal … place your bets here!”

Sitting in Silence

Today I had to go to urgent care for a nasty sinus infection that just wouldn’t go away. Of course, this would be the weekend we are moving into our new casa.

Fortunately, Luis and his BFF (visiting us from El Salvador) have been doing everything. I’ve helped pack stuff, but they rented a U-Haul and have been hauling boxes and unpacking at the new house while I have stayed here with Maya. To say I am grateful for their hard work would be a dramatic understatement. Continue reading “Sitting in Silence”

Just Because You CAN Doesn’t Always Mean You SHOULD …

Yesterday at my non-stress test (a complete oxymoron, BTW … ) they saw more contractions — erratic contractions I don’t feel but we see on the monitors.

What I do feel is a tightening (called Braxton-Hicks contractions) in my uterus when I exercise, walk, get up the wrong way, etc … and while those are very normal for the third trimester, the nurse warned me to essentially stop doing the things that make me tighten up.

While a baby could survive outside the womb at 33.5 weeks … I don’t want to incite that by any means, and so if it means cutting back even more on my activity levels, so be it. I do NOT want to end up on bed rest … and it’s a very real concern. Continue reading “Just Because You CAN Doesn’t Always Mean You SHOULD …”

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today I am 31 years old! 30 was an incredible year … between going to visit my brother in Korea, seeing my name in ink in Fitness magazine, speaking at FitBloggin,getting Rocco, watching my husband become a citizen, and discovering I was pregnant …30 was amazing in so many ways.

That said, I’m looking forward to 31 with gusto! πŸ™‚ Continue reading “Happy Birthday to Me!”

The Mind!@$!@ of “Eating for Two”

“Eating for two” is a total myth during pregnancy.

While it’s true you DO need about 300 extra calories a day (specifically in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters; usually only 100 in the 1st trimester) weight gain recommendations are really individual and dependent more on your pre-pregnancy weight than anything else.

So given the fact that I was about 15 lbs. over my comfortable weight pre-pregnancy, I’ve had 15-20 lbs. as a target gain from the get-go from my OB — which sounded quite doable, especially when you read about what that weight REALLY is.

And truthfully, I’ve been comfortable with that gain. In fact, given where I’m at now (26 weeks/about to start the third trimester next week) I am on track to gain about that much — which makes me (and my doctor and husband and family) happy.

All I know is, to get to that gain, I need to eat more than I had been pre-pregnancy … and so I have — without much difficulty πŸ˜‰

I’ve felt like I was doing fine with my eating until the past week or so. You see, I didn’t mean to … but I sure felt like I ate for two this week, or at least one and a third. Continue reading “The Mind!@$!@ of “Eating for Two””

Friday Night Musings

The past few days have been quite monumental.

1) I’ve developed an official baby bump. (And it’s kind of cute, if I do say so myself! ;))

2) I’m more comfortable talking about my pregnancy now that I’m showing, but more so now that that the bulk of our testing is behind us (we still have the fetal echo on August 10 … but I am feeling good about it — at least, I’m thinking positively about how it will go!).

3) The flutters I’ve been feeling for about two weeks have been incredible, only to be topped by a first official kick last night around midnight. It threw me for a loop because it really felt like a poke … then nothing … then another poke. Today she’s been moving around quite a bit, and it’s comforting … especially since I won’t “see” her til 8/10. I haven’t been able to sit quietly yet tonight, but when I am rested/quiet, that’s when she seems to be the most active. Continue reading “Friday Night Musings”

Unveiling “The Situation”

No, not THAT “Situation” who makes me totally embarrassed to be from Jersey … I’m talking about a much different one.

I realize I haven’t been the best blogger or even a completely honest blogger the past month, but trust me — it’s not for lack of wanting.

Some of you who have been reading my blog for a long time or know me in real life may have guessed …

Continue reading “Unveiling “The Situation””

NYTimes — Goal for the Obese: Zero Weight Gain

Check out my latest blog post over at WeAretheRealDeal.com, “NYTimes — Goal for the Obese: Zero Weight Gain.” You can also read it here after the jump. Continue reading “NYTimes — Goal for the Obese: Zero Weight Gain”

Digesting and Reframing Scary Pregnancy Stats

reframing1Back in June when I began blogging, I divulged that pregnancy is something that I am excited for in the near future, but also fearing to some extent, given my past (and present) history with body image issues, weight struggles and disordered eating behaviors.

While we aren’t planning on starting a family in this very moment (my husband just began an MBA program at University of Michigan this fall, so ideally we’d like to wait a little longer), it’s been on my mind a lot more lately.

So when I came across this article, “Dieters Gain More Weight During Pregnancy” in the health section of the New York Times (coincidentally published on my birthday), I was immediately interested. Continue reading “Digesting and Reframing Scary Pregnancy Stats”