Pregnancy Update: 20 Weeks and Running (literally)


I can’t believe I’m halfway done with my pregnancy. Well, I kind of can. I feel like I’ve been pregnant for a really long time (everyday of 2014) so halfway seems about right. But it’s hard to believe that this journey is halfway over. Have I been enjoying it enough? I think that’s a hard question because the first half of my pregnancy was kind of… boring and crappy. Not crappy because I didn’t feel good, but crappy because I felt normal but kept getting bigger without looking pregnant. Crappy because I couldn’t feel the baby move yet and because I just felt very unpregnant (with big boobs and an expanding waist). Not exciting. I think pregnancy gets mentally easier and more exciting once you’re noticeably pregnant.

Now that I definitely have a pregnant belly I take a picture of it everyday. I’m just so in awe, every time I get dressed – “Oh my gosh, look at that belly! Let’s take a picture!” Ross makes fun of me for it a bit, but I just ignore him.

Each new week of pregnancy starts on a Friday for me, so this was the first picture I took, after I went running on Friday morning (which I’ll talk about in a few minutes).

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I had Friday off from work and it was so nice to sleep in and cuddle with my puppy! Ross had to get up very early for work so unfortunately he couldn’t cuddle with us.

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Saturday I made Ross take a picture of me outside our Bed and Breakfast. Most of the belly pictures I post are selfies that I take and my hair is usually a mess, so it’s nice to get a good one thrown in every now and then.

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By the way, the shorts I’m wearing here are the most comfortable shorts ever! They’re maternity shorts that I paid full price for ($35) and they were worth every penny! Check them you here if you interested.

Later in the day I asked a stranger to take a picture of us, so we could actually have a picture together from our anniversary weekend. Look at that belly!

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Here’s a comparison of me in the same shirt at 13 weeks next to the picture of me at 20 weeks. Definitely not the same belly!

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When we got home from our weekend away on Sunday I couldn’t resist taking another picture of myself. I’m just so excited about the belly and I can’t wait for it to get bigger!!

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Last night I went to yoga for the first time in about six weeks. My scheduled has just been getting away from me lately and I was so happy to finally make it to class again. Unfortunately, I had some mild heartburn during class which made any position where I was bending at the waist unbearable. I had to stand upright while everyone else dangled there, otherwise I was afraid I’d throw up all over my mat. Here’s a post-yoga picture from last night.

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I really love comparison photos, so after I posted pictures of me last week in a non-maternity dress I went back and found pictures of me in that same dress from last May, so almost one year apart from each other.

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In addition to seeing that my belly is a lot bigger now, it also seems as though my arms are bigger too. I need to work on that.

Speaking of working out, let’s talk about that for a bit. We’ve got our triathlon coming up in less that two weeks and I’m really nervous. I went running on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of this weekend and it was just not pleasant. Lately when I run it’s really uncomfortable in my lower abdomen and after a while it becomes kind of painful, so I’m taking A LOT more walking breaks that I’m used to.

Friday I got in a total of 2.54 miles and I think that last half a mile was all walking, in addition to the walk breaks I took during the running portion. Saturday I did 4.5 miles, which was my longest run since October 20th. Can I really say that though given the amount of walking I did? Sunday I did another 2.69 miles. I talked to Ross about it and I’ve just got to accept the fact I’m going to need to do some walking to make it through this race. My breathing is great and my legs feel pretty good too, but all that jostling of my belly is just so uncomfortable. I told Ross I’d be happy if I finish the race averaging 15 minute miles or less. I know that sounds crazy slow and it is, but that’s just where I’m at right now.

I’m probably going to quit pregnant running after our race but I don’t want to crap out on my cardio all together. We’re going to Colorado at the end of June to visit my brother and sister-in-law and I imagine we’re going to be doing quite a bit of hiking. I need to make sure that my 29 week pregnant ass can at least keep up with my 6 and 7 year old nephews, so I’m going to start doing the Stairmaster 2-3 times per week. This will keep my legs and my lungs strong but won’t shake me up so much so I think I’ll enjoy it a lot more. Plus, I’ve always had a weird love for the Stairmaster so I’m actually excited about this.

I already told you that I haven’t been going to yoga regularly, but I’m hoping that last night was the first night of me being on track and going at least twice a week. I am still lifting weights twice a week but that might change soon too. My personal trainer is moving to the other side of town (a 30 minute drive from the gym in perfect traffic) so she’s quitting. I completely understand and would do the same thing in her situation, but I’m still really going to miss her and I’m sad we only have two more sessions together. I’m pretty picky about personal trainers and feel like I got really lucky with Shannon, so I’m hesitant to sign up with someone new.

Hannah (my BFF) just signed up for a gym membership again and we’re going to try to meet twice a week to workout together. Shannon is going to give me copies of all the workouts we’ve done together so Hannah and I will have a specific plan we’re following, but I’m still a little worried. Honestly, I’m afraid Hannah and I will be excited about this for a couple of weeks then slowly more things will start getting in the way and soon we’ll be meeting once a week instead of twice. Are you reading this Hannah? I’m counting on you to be consistent with me so my pregnant ass doesn’t get any bigger than it needs to, okay? Oh, and my arms! Wish us luck, guys :)

One Year Later


On Sunday Ross and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. Shortly after our wedding I wrote three wedding recap posts (a quick summary, then a more detailed part I and part II) but never got around to writing part III, which would have talked about the actual ceremony and our reception. I had every intention of doing it, I just never got around to it. Now I really wish I had done it when it was fresh on my mind.

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I absolutely loved our ceremony. It was my favorite part of the day. I loved that two of my best friends from college co-officiated for us. I loved that we worked on it together to make it a true reflection of Ross and me.

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I loved that when Ross and I were standing up there together, holding hands and looking at each other, I felt completely at peace and like we were the only two people up there. I loved that he and I quietly joked with each other a few times during the ceremony.

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I loved that his vows were better than mine and made everyone cry. I loved that our friend Milly sang during our ceremony (A Thousand Years by Christina Perri) and also made everyone cry.

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I loved how beautiful everything was that day, and how happy I felt. I love that for weeks after our wedding people told me how much they loved the ceremony and how great the day was. I love that Ross and I both look back on that day and think it was completely perfect.

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I loved that we had people from all over the country travel to share the day with us. I loved that our niece and nephews were the perfect ages for our wedding and them being a part of everything made the day that much more special for us.

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I loved that all of the decorations my bridesmaids and I spend MONTHS working on turned out so beautiful and made me smile throughout the day.

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I love that one year later Ross and I still look back on that day as one of our favorites, and that we’re still happy together and looking forward to what is to come.

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To celebrate we went away to a Bed and Breakfast in Wimberley, Texas and we had a wonderful time. It was so relaxing and especially nice to just unplug from the world and escape from our house (and pets) and spend the weekend simply enjoying each other’s company!

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – I LOVE YOU, ROSS!