|Visiting our Cali BFF Andrea - 21 weeks|
The Second Trimester:
It was Heaven!! Just like they said it would be. So much fun to see my belly grow each week. I think most women grow up imagining what they would look like if they were pregnant - it was pretty fun to see that bump develop during the 2nd trimester and have strangers say things like "Excuse me Mama" while I was shopping for shoes! I also enjoyed feeling mostly normal and being able to travel a bit and stay active. I did have more than a few people tell me that I looked "big" or say things like "are you sure there is only one baby in there" around 20 weeks which mostly made me laugh....but was also a good exercise in self-confidence and restraint in comparing myself to others. Mostly though I loved the positive energy and support I received from people during this time - it was truly humbling.
|All the ladies at Solstice Chase|
We had our ultrasound on October 30th, the day after Tom's birthday. Seeing our little lady on the screen all happy and healthy was so much fun and such a relief. This was a big moment for us in terms of letting go of some anxiety. I'll remember that day forever... the sheer joy we felt leaving the clinic.
|Looking up at us!|
The Best Moment:
Tom's mom, Pam, had a stroke a few years back and as a result lost her ability to speak. We really wanted to wait until after the 20 week ultrasound to tell her - mostly because she seems to understand visual communication the best. Visiting her in the nursing home and showing her my belly and the ultrasound photos was easily the best moment of being pregnant. She was absolutely elated...we hadn't seen her this happy since her stroke and her beaming excitement and joy while she rubbed my belly brought tears to our eyes.
Baby Morgan is one strong lady!! Sometimes she kicks so hard and moves around so much I'd swear she was participating in a kickboxing class. I totally expected to feel the baby move and figured around 38 weeks I'd be able to see it on the outside...however that's all happened so much sooner than that and really the kicks and flips have been shocking to me!! Makes me so excited to meet the little spit fire.
The Bummer Moment:
Realizing that biking wasn't gonna work for me in pregnancy...this happened around 16 or 17 weeks. I might have cried a tad, but then decided to take my doctors advice and listen to my body...after all, this is only a small snapshot in a lifetime and our main goal this year is to have a healthy baby.
This has been far less than I ever imagined it would be in pregnancy. It's actually been hard for me to figure out how to fill all the time I used to spend on my bike. My workouts are generally 30-60 minutes and consist of a combination of treadmill walks, StairMaster intervals and prenatal yoga. I've loved having Yoga in my weekly routine as it's helped me stay pain free and balanced. It's also connected me with so many other mamas - the greatest gift ever.
|Hiking on our Babymoon in Sedona|
I felt mostly anxious until the 20 week ultrasound, but since then I've mostly felt excitement, anticipation and some nerves! I don't think I get any hormonal mood swings.
In the 2nd trimester I would wake up a lot in the middle of the night and feel wide awake. Poor Tom!! I got the stomach flu over Christmas and the only positive to that is that sleep has been way better ever since!
I've been mostly in denial that I do not have any cravings...well until last weekend when I woke up and couldn't get the thought of Eggo Waffles off my mind. Yes...I literally drove to the store to buy a couple boxes of frozen waffles and syrup. And lately I've been obsessed with Pancakes (even making them at home!!) ...and really I've never cared much about pancakes until now. So yeah - I blame baby.
Biggest Growth Area since 15 weeks
My stomach!! It's mostly straight out and not at all what I expected. I'm pushing it already with a couple of my maternity tops...yet my pants all fit the same as they did at 15 weeks. Thank God my chest also stopped growing because woah..that was freaking me out :)
None yet...but I think we've officially entered the high risk zone! I've been applying the belly oil like a mad woman!
I've gained about 27-28 lbs which has came steady at about a lb/week since 4 weeks. I'm guessing I'll gain 35 lbs (give or take) which is on the upper end of average... I'm 100% okay with this as my body is doing exactly what it was meant to do!
Medicated or Natural Birth:
We did something I never thought we'd ever do...we hired a doula. After a lot of thought, research and discussion Tom and I have decided to try for a natural hospital birth and we're grateful to have someone very positive to support us in this effort. Why? I'm inspired knowing that my body was designed for this and that I'm capable of enduring what's ahead of me. At the same time I believe in modern medicine so when the time comes I'm confident we'll trust our doctor and make decisions that are focused primarily on the health of our baby.
|Preparing for a natural birth feels oddly similar to preparing for an endurance race|
I'm pretty much a bird. Our nursery has been about 95% ready for the past few weeks! I just have some final touches. It's crazy to look in the room and think "we're gonna have a baby sleeping in there!" I've also bought way more baby clothes than normal because "everything is too dang cute!" to pass up.
It's been a bit weird to not race this winter and as such I'm so incredibly grateful to 45NRTH for helping me feel just as much a part of the team as if I were racing. I've enjoyed supporting Tom and my teammates - and this perspective has given me an even greater appreciation for the sport I love so much. Thank you!!! We're also grateful for all the support of our friends and family on this journey - it's meant the world to us. Lastly, to our dearest friends - thank you so much for your wonderful gifts to Baby Mo over the past month... she is already spoiled beyond measure.
Best Baby Purchase:
Okay too hard to pick just one...but I'm super, super pumped about two items we splurged on. The Thule Urban Glide adventure/jogging stroller and the Guava Family Travel Crib (which is basically a pack in play that turns into a backpack!!!) I'm mostly excited about these two items because they are going to help baby fit right into our current lifestyle. I can already picture her chilling out with Tom at the Marji Gesick!!
Speaking of the Marji Gesick!!
On Friday the 13th of October I took the exhilarating plunge to sign up for Marji Gesick 100 in September... about 6 months after baby is due. Marji is arguably the hardest 100 mile bike race in the country so naturally signing up was bit nerve wracking, but it's also been the best thing ever to have a big challenge event out there in the future - something to be excited about for after baby is born. I plan to approach it as more of an adventure than a race. I also bought my first full squish bike to commemorate the occasion, a Salsa Spearfish...which is on it's way to get painted by Cyclocarbon!
We have a lot of fatbike fun on tap in the coming month including a weekend up in Cuyuna (can't wait!!) Then we will be pretty much on travel lock down until baby is born. I imagine the last month will go by super slowly, but we're all about sleeping that month and saving up all our energy for the adventure that's to come.
Happy trails everyone....if you live in the Twin Cities...please get out there and enjoy all that that SNOW!!!! I am counting down the days until I get to race in this sassy kit!