37 Weeks Pregnancy Chalkboard

I’m really trying to remain positive, and take this all one day at a time, but I have to say that I’m definitely over this pregnancy thing.

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How Far Along: 37 weeks, 1 day (37 weeks use to be considered full term, so I’m fine with him coming any time)

Exercise/Fitness:  I’ve really been doing my best to continue to workout.  To clarify, that means I’ve made it to the gym a few times over the past week and have also been using my treadmill at home.  My workouts continue to be about the same though….20-30 minutes on the treadmill at an incline, and about an hour of cardio/weights whenever I go to the gym.  I really can’t wait though until the day I can run and box again, plus lift heavier weights.  I know it won’t be as soon as I like, but every day I know I’m one day closer.

Griffin Update:  So I had my growth ultrasound on Wednesday morning, and Jeff went along with me.  It was fun because we actually got to see how Griffin’s growing, which makes it feel more real again, seeing we haven’t “seen” him since week 17.  It’s crazy how much he has grown.  According to all the measurements they took, the doctor is predicting that he’s around 6lbs. 13 oz. and really could be born any time now.  My next appointment is on Wednesday, and they will be checking to see if I’m dilated at all.  Not that that really means anything if I am, it just gets my hopes up that it will be sooner rather then later.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows:  As most of you know, (well those of you who have been following my blog) I really haven’t had a difficult pregnancy.  What I mean by this is that I was never sick, I was still able to work out, I kept my energy (for the most part), I didn’t have high blood pressure, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, etc.  However, with all that being said, now that I’m nearing the end of third trimester, I’m becoming absolutely miserable.  I’m starting to lack energy (naps help some), sometimes my feet swell, I have a lot of lower pelvic pain/pressure, my back tightens up everyday (which is pretty painful), and I keep getting bigger.  This heat is not helping either.  Like I stated before….I’m trying to remain positive though, and take everything one day at a time.

As of right now, I don’t really have anything else to report.  However, just a FYI….this will be my last week training at the gym before Griffin is born.  I’ll be gone for about a month or so, but then I’ll be back.  If I don’t see you before I leave, enjoy the rest of your summer!  I will continue to be checking email though, so if you need anything, please feel free to message.



36 Weeks Pregnancy Chalkboard

28 more days to go, give or take!!!!  I can finally see an end in sight and I’m so excited, yet also a little nervous.

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How Far Along: 36 weeks

My Week In Review:

Exercise/Fitness:  I’ve had a pretty good week when it comes to having the energy to workout.  I’ve managed to make it to the gym a few times to work on legs and arms, plus, I also made sure to incorporate cardio pretty much every day.  I either used my treadmill, a stationary bike,or an elliptical machine.  I can’t wait to get back outside though, and start running again.  I don’t think that it will happen though, until sometime in late August.


Food:  I’ve been trying to be really good with my food lately.  Often times it’s said that 3rd trimester is when one gains the most weight, and I’m doing my best not to gain more then what I need to, in order for Griffin to grow.  Surprisingly, I really haven’t even been hungry this trimester.  I think it’s mostly due to the fact that I’m just running out of room, and he’s crushing my insides. Often times, I’ve been forcing myself to eat because I always feel full, but know I’m not.  The acid reflux is getting bad too, and makes me scared to eat, because I know the pain I’ll have to suffer later on.  Thankfully it’s almost over.


My delicious “zero carb” protein pancakes

Doctor Visit:  I had my doctors visit on Tuesday of this past week, and will now start going weekly until Griffin is born.  I had to have my Group B strep test, and was also given my TDap shot.  People always say the shot hurts, and I was so thankful that it didn’t.  I felt fine all day, and even thought to myself, “I don’t understand what people complain about.”  Then it hit me.  I went to put on my pajamas Tuesday night and my arm was soooooo sore.  All day Wednesday it bothered me, and even as I sit here typing this blog entry, I can still feel my muscle throbbing.  It feels like I was punched in the shoulder and have a good size bruise.  Plus it’s a little puffy.  It was worth it though, knowing that Griffin will be safer until he can get his vaccinations.

My doctor also informed me that she wants to do a growth ultrasound next Wednesday, to see how he’s progressing.  According to her measurements of my abdomen, she was placing Griffin around week 33; however I think he might have just been curled up or something, because he’s been measuring on target throughout this whole pregnancy.  Although, if he’d rather be born at 6-7 pounds instead of 8-9 pounds, I’m completely ok with that, as long as he’s healthy.

What’s next:  Jeff’s cousin and his girlfriend are coming to visit us today.  They’re driving down from Michigan to pick up a new puppy and then taking him back home.  It will be nice to visit with them and catch up a little.

I’m also going to go get my hair done one last time before Griffin arrives.  I really can’t decide though if I want to cut it shorter or leave it the length it is.  My friends tell me that they really like the length it is now, but even when I have it in a ponytail and workout, I still get it caught under my arm.  I’m also starting to think it may be too long, especially with a newborn, and might be easier if it were slightly shorter.  At least I have until tomorrow to decide.

Jeff and I will also be meeting with a pediatrician this week, which is our last major task before Griffin arrives.  Hopefully we will like the practice and be all set, otherwise I will keep looking.  I’ve had quite a few recommendations from friends, which is always nice.


As sad as it is, because I love my job, I plan on next week being my last week of training until probably the beginning of September.  I still plan to workout on my own though, so hopefully I’ll see some of you around.  If not, enjoy the rest of your summer!

35 Weeks Pregnancy Chalkboard

Surprisingly another week has flown by and I can’t believe how quickly it went!  I thought people said that time was suppose to stand still towards the end of pregnancy.  I’m sure it will come July, because I’ll be so close to the end, but for now, the month of June has been, and will continue to be very busy for me.

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How Far Along: 35 weeks, 1 day

Feelings/Emotions:  I’m still finding myself completely over this pregnancy.  I really don’t want Griffin to come quite yet, because I know he still needs to grow some, but I’m definitely ready.  Every day tasks are becoming more and more difficult to complete, and I find that I tire out rather quickly.  In addition to this I’ve been sleeping in and taking some naps; and for those of you who know me, I’m not a nap person (meaning I never take them, unless I’m sick).

I’ve also been thinking about how many days I have left, 34 as of today, and I have to be honest and say that I’m beginning to freak out a little.  I’m really scared of, or nervous about the whole labor process.  I’m afraid I won’t know when I go into labor, that I won’t make it to the hospital, that there will be complications (I don’t want a c-section or to be cut), that Griffin will be breech, or something else will go wrong.  I know everyone’s labor experience is different, but do you ever notice that people only really like to tell you about the times things went wrong?  Thanks, that really doesn’t help my nerves.

Week in Review:   So, as I mentioned above, this past week flew by.  The two main reasons it went so quickly were because I had a cake I made for a birthday celebration, plus my little sister came to visit us from Las Vegas.  It was such a good time having her here and I was sad to see her go on Tuesday afternoon.


Visit:  My little sister flew in pretty late Friday night (way past my bedtime), so on Saturday we took it easy and kind of just bummed around.  We did decide to be active though, and despite the heat we chose to go for a walk around the trails at Latta Plantation.  Little did we know however, that when we got there, they’d be hosting a Civil War reenactment.  Needless to say we purchased tickets and decided to partake in the activities.  The reenactment was really cool to see, and we just caught the tail end of the canon demonstrations.  It was probably a good thing though, because the canons were incredibly loud and I don’t think Griffin would have liked standing next to one as it was being fired.  We still still managed to see and hear them though, but mostly just on our walk from the car into the reenactment.  Once we purchased our tickets, we walked through the plantation home, visited the gunsmith, walked through the confederate camps, learned about the flags used during the war, etc.



We also did some shopping while my sister was here, took her down to the city, played games, made dinner and cookies, watched movies, etc.  She was also very sweet and brought Griffin tons of clothes, and things she made!  I love that my family is so excited to meet him!

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Working Out:  With my sister being here it made working out a little difficult, but mostly because we had some late nights so I didn’t really have the energy to get up early and go to the gym.  Due to this, I made sure we did something physically active every day she was here.  Since she’s been gone I’ve been walking on my treadmill again, and I even went for about a two mile walk outside this afternoon.  Bad decision though, because it was HOT!!!!!  I really think I need to start going for those walks earlier in the day and not at noon. Lol….

What’s Next:  I have a doctors appointment this upcoming Tuesday, so hopefully they can tell me how things are progressing, if at all.  I can still feel Griffin moving around a lot, which is good, and I even feel like he may have dropped some; or maybe I’m just hoping he did and seeing what I want to see.  Even though I think he’s dropped some I can still feel him by my ribs, and to be honest, it’s quite painful.  I can’t even sit up straight for that long before I get this sharp pain in my gut.  I wouldn’t mind it too much, but it tends to make driving somewhat of a challenge, unless I’m not going very far.  In addition to this, I now think I might have a small hernia above my navel.  I have this weird little bump that pops out right under my ribs, and sometimes it feels hard and hurts to touch.  I plan to ask my doctor about this as well.

Jeff’s cousin, Eric, will also be coming down this week, but just for a quick visit.  His girlfriend and him are purchasing a new puppy, so they’ll be staying with us on their way to pick it up.  With everything that we have planned, it should be another busy week!  Hopefully time will keep going this quickly!


I’m not done training at the gym quite yet, so hopefully I’ll see some of you this week.  If not, remember what your personal goals are and know that you’re capable of whatever you set your mind to!


34 Weeks Pregnancy Chalkboard

I’m really counting down the days now, only 41 left, give or take.  My guess is that he’ll come a few days early; however I probably just jinxed myself and now he’ll be late.  Maybe I should change my prediction…..I think he will be a few days late.



How Far Along: 34 weeks, 1 day (Jeff was out of town, so I had no one to take the picture, thankfully he’s home now)

Workouts:  Sadly, I must admit that my workouts have taken a huge hit.  I did however make it to the gym once or twice to workout, but I tire so quickly.  I’ve also been continuing to walk on my treadmill every day and I aim for at least 1 mile on an incline, or 20 minutes.  It just depends on how I feel.  I’ve been having quite a bit of lower pelvis pain, and I don’t want to over do it, especially seeing I’ve broken my pubic bone within the last year and a half.

Heartburn/Acid Reflux:  This has been by far the worst symptom of my entire pregnancy, and really the only negative symptom that I’ve had to put up with (my heart issues didn’t last too long, so I don’t count that).  I’m seriously miserable some nights and can’t sleep because of it.  The best way to descibe the experience is that it feels like I’m going to vomit fire.  I’ll just be minding my own business, sleeping like normal, and all of a sudden I’ll wake up with this burning sensation in my mouth and throat and it feels like I’m choking on acid.  My doctor instructed me to take Prevacid everyday, because Tums was doing nothing for me.  It appeared to be working too; until last night.  Ugh!  It was awful and I thought I was going to die.  Not really, but you get the point.

Baby Gifts:  This past weekend I had my last baby shower and once again, Griffin was celebrated with love.  All my friends really went out of their way and bought him the cutest stuff and I’m definitely thankful.  (I don’t really have pictures from the shower, but I did manage to quickly snap this one of the dessert table.  My friends are so creative, and I love that they knew what my favorite cake was, even though I can’t remember ever telling them. *strawberry with cream cheese icing*)


There were still a few things left on the registry though, that we knew we would need, so Jeff and I went and picked it up this past weekend.  I finally feel that we are officially ready for Griffin to come.  However, I know I say that now, and as soon as we get him home, I’m sure Jeff will be running out to get some things that we didn’t know we would need.  Such is life.

Sisterly Love:  I’m so excited!  Not only did Jeff get home from San Francisco today, but we’re also going to be picking my little sister up from the airport around 11:00 tonight!  I haven’t seen her since Christmas, and it’ll be nice to have her around for a few days.  I’m not too sure what exactly we will do yet, but we’ll find things to entertain us.

I know that Griffin doesn’t have any siblings to be excited to see, and probably won’t (I’m thinking he will be an only child) but his “sister”, Buffy, is seriously very anxious to meet him.  It really is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  She still loves to cuddle on my stomach and feel him kick and she also loves to go up to his room and lay on the floor; or really just lay on anything that’s going to belong to him.  I can’t wait until they actually get to meet.


What’s Next:  I was suppose to go to the doctors this upcoming week, however she’s going to be on vacation and because I’m not high risk, and everything has always looked perfect, she gave me two choices.  1. I could go to my appointment and see another doctor, or 2. I could wait until the following week, when she returns, and go see her.  I have quite a bit that’s going to be occurring at my next appointment, so I opted for waiting until she gets back.  I don’t think a difference of about 4 days is really going to change much.


Well, I guess that’s about all I have to share for now.  I hope that everyone is having a good week and I’ll see some of you soon!  Keep up with your workouts.