Wednesday, September 5, 2012

25 Weeks: Not Running with Racheal

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Sorry for the sleepy eyes - this was taken waaay past my bedtime.  

I talked to my midwife about the pressure I am feeling and she confirmed what my sister thought - I have developed varicose veins below the baby.  They are also popping up on my leg - very sexy, I know.  As I stand up, blood pools in these veins and they are painful.  

So, as far as running goes, I think I will be out of commission until after the baby comes.  Whomp whomp. I know that is very bad news, but the longer I stand up the worse the veins get and the more painful they are.  So, I don't want to add that on to the amount I already walk and stand throughout the day.  The varicose veins are no risk to the baby at all - just not so fun for the momma.   They are supposed to disappear after delivery.  Fingers crossed.

She checked my cervix just to make sure I wasn't describing any other type of pressure, and we are good to go on that front.

I am hoping to start swimming a few days a week next week.  I need to start looking to an active maternity swimsuit. 

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(Lilly wants to be a momma too.)

Other updates:

  • Margaret is moving more and more.  The other day I swear she did a complete flip.  It was more that her normal kicks, almost like a fish was flopping around inside my belly.  I was driving with Dan in the passenger seat and I felt it and squealed.  We laughed about it after I assured him everything was fine and he stopped freaking out.
  • I am starting to freak about about baby supplies.  My parents are generously getting us a crib for my birthday and told me to pick one out.  Sounds simple enough, but there are so many choices out there.  Every time I try to pick one out I feel so overwhelmed that I quit and do something else.  What is important in looking for a crib?  I have no freaking clue.  it doesn't stop there.  What about bottles, pumps, car seats, strollers, baths, diapers, pacifiers, etc?  I have no idea what is good and what isn't good in the land of baby.  I am going to steal my sister and take her with me to Babies R' Us.  
  • My running shorts are starting not to fit.  This is sad news, because they are my weekend uniform.  
  • Everything else checked out perfectly at my midwife appointment.  She measured my belly for the first time, which was exciting.  Next appointment is the glucose tolerance test.  Yippee.  
  • I thought I wanted a circus nursery.  But now I have changed my mind.  I want a circus playroom and a pink and black nursery like this one.  So cute.  
  • We are going on a BabyMoon next week!  I am getting mentally prepared for a long flight.
  • Other than above I have had a delightfully easy and healthy pregnancy, so I don't want to seem like I am complaining.  In general, things are going wonderful still!


It was a buy-food-at work-type day, because our fridge was bare.  I am so happy I did because I discovered the awesome combo that is cottage cheese, cold quinoa, and fruit.  This is the perfect balanced breakfast and so tasty!  I plan on making a big batch of quinoa and keeping it in my fridge for quick breakfasts on the go.

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Lunch was a gyro (I don't have the ability to resist) and cold grilled veggies.  

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I snacked on a peach, which made me want to make peach cobbler.

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Dan's parents came over for dinner.  He made cheeseburger pizza and I made peach cobbler. 

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I made the peach cobbler following the easiest recipe ever, but definitely not the healthiest.  I need to look for a healthy peach cobbler recipe.  

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We actually stayed up late enough to watchThe Daily Show and I have decided that I am going to start DVRing a talk show to watch the next day.   I think it would be more entertaining and informative than the reality TV that is on right now.  Which one is your favorite?  

Thought for the day


  1. Your food looks delicious! I make a cold breakfast yogurt bowl with oatmeal and love it!

    Oh the woes of pregnancy - I remember them well although my "baby" will turn 23 next week! Where does the time go?

    Swimming might be the perfect exercise for you right now.

  2. That pink and black nursery is adorable! And I'm not even in to pink!

    I still can't do cottage cheese and fruit! Maybe it's just that I grew up with savory cottage cheese - salt and pepper. It took me forever to even think about putting tomatoes in there... ;-)

    I love that thought of the day. Glad all is well!

  3. I used to work at Babies R Us in high school, and even though I hated working there, the sales people are really knowledgable. Associates are specialized in their designated areas. Go talk to someone there and they'll set you at ease! You're going to be a great mommy!

  4. Just make sure when you are shopping to check the recall list. Hopefully the stores are on top of things have the items pulled, but just to make sure!! :)

  5. That pizza looks ridiculous! Love all the food pics - they're making me hungry.

  6. I bought alot of baby stuff at Babies R Us and Target. They were the two main places I registered for my showers. I did alot of research online when I saw a car seat, stroller,etc online. I was usually able to look it up on Amazon and read the comments and go based on that. Most of your cribs are within safety guildlines now. The slats cannot be a certain width. I used the playtex bottles and they really worked for me. Their the ones with the drop in liners. If you choose to use dry formula later, it makes taking in a diaper bag so much easier. I tried nursing, but it didn't workout for me. You sister would be a great person to take because she can make suggestions and tell you what worked and didn't work for her.


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