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Monday, December 6, 2010

Momma's Monday Check-in: 22/40

Note: McFatty Monday's is no longer! Instead I will post Momma's Monday Check-in. Join me as I eat and exercise my way through the next 18 weeks.

Due Date: April 8, 2011

Total weight gain: 13.5
Cravings/Aversions: fresh squeezed orange juice
Sleep: Roscoe's been sick this last week so that means lots of night parenting for me and Andy, and not a lot of zzzs.
I can't live without: The Internet. I'm having way too much fun searching for nursery gems.
I miss: La Leche League meetings--Roscoe and I used to go every week when we were just starting out but we haven't been in a long time because his nap schedule and my job have proved a challenge to work around. I attended a great meeting on Saturday in order to meet part of the requirement for my Bradley certification. It was inspiring, and affirming, and helped me to figure out what I want moving forward from my and Roscoe's nursing relationship.
I am looking forward to: A midwife appointment on Friday. I will be traveling to her this time, so Roscoe and I will have an adventure crossing state lines to Maryland.
Aha moment: Reebok has a new maternity fitness line at Destination Maternity...unfortunately, it looks a little blah to me.
Best moment this week: Andy painted the nursery this weekend and it is distinct, and sublime. I love it. My purchases over the weekend have taken the room in yet another direction....
Milestones: Carpal tunnel syndrome?! My left pinky finger was numb much of last week, but has improved over the weekend. I'll have to wait and see, but this pregnancy has been filled with all kinds of new aches and pains, so I won't be shocked.
Movement: I've been trying to figure out what position the baby is in but I've deduced that little guy still has plenty of room to move around and hasn't settled into any one spot.
Gender: It's a boy!

Exercise: The weather has definitely turned so walking/running outside has lost its appeal. Cycling continues to be my exercise of choice, for the moment. I'm also looking into buying a heater and a weightlifting bench for our garage--I think we'd use our weight set more frequently and more efficiently if we had a bench to use.

Diet: I logged my food for my upcoming midwife appointment, and after looking at the big picture I learned:
1. I should drink more liquids--most days I only drink 1 to 1.5 12 oz. bottles of water
3. I should eat more green vegetables, or more vegetables in general
4. I am enjoying mightily my fair share of chocolate/homemade goodies

Here's the first day I logged for November 30 (a side note: a grocery run was imminent and there was no meat to be found, otherwise I would have eaten some! Bare cupboards also account for beets in the morning.):

Breakfast: 8:00 am
1 cup roasted beets, 1tsp olive oil, lemon, Fleur de sel
1 egg
1/2 whole wheat pita
1 tablespoon hummus
1 slice low fat cheddar cheese
8oz water

Snack: 10:20 am
2 clementines
1 tablespoon peanut butter
4 mini mozzarella balls with balsamic vinegar, Fleur de sel
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Lunch: 12:30 pm
1.5 cups butternut squash soup
6oz. hot chocolate, 1 marshmallow, 1 small gingerbread cookie

Snack: 2:50 pm
1/2 whole wheat pita
3/4 cup fresh beets
1 slice low fat cheddar cheese

Dinner: 6:00 pm
3/4 cup whole wheat pasta with peanut sauce
6 spears asparagus with Parmesan cheese and lemon
1 cup pineapple

Snack: 8:00 pm
6oz. hot chocolate with 1 marshmallow and another piece of chocolate

Total Protein: ~71 grams

Goals for the upcoming week: Exercise 3 days, lift weights twice.

Belly Shot:

Labor Signs: None


  1. hey mama!
    I have this weight bench, it's smaller and folds down, since i got it when we were in our apartment, but i love it, i can set it up in front of the tv and be a couch potato and work out at the same time :) The price is also appealing!

  2. I had pins and needles in my hands from about 6 months with Madame. Physio told me to alernate them under hot and cold water just before bed (my problem was at night) and the try to sleep with them above my head. Don't know if that will help!

    Can I ask how you are moving forward with your nursing Rosco? Always curious as we look to the future with Madame. I am realistic but I would love to be down to just morning and through the night feedings by a year as nursing and I have had a strained relationship to say the least. (I would do it all again but I have really not enjoyed it like I had hoped I would)

  3. A new direction with the nursery?!?! Can't wait to hear about it!
    And as for your carpal tunnel syndrome, I don't want to jinx myself as I have recently been the queen of preggo symptoms, but I haven't experienced that during pregnancy yet and I hear it is rather common. Isn't it crazy how different one pregnancy is from the next?! While it makes me nervous for my future pregnancies, it also makes me hopeful that my next will be different...more similar to my first with any luck!
    Your diet seems very healthy...I laughed when I read that you ate beats twice that day. I am obsessed with beats and my husband insists that I am the only person on earth who actually eats beats. I guess he is wrong!

  4. ***beets*** pregnancy brain has been getting the best of me lately!

  5. You are all belly, girl. & look wonderful!

  6. Mama Tully: As for the nursery, not a complete 180 or anything, just not the punchy, colorful, space I first envisioned :) As for the beets, which I spelled as "beats" in my first draft too (!), I love them roasted with the salt and lemon and olive oil.... My pee was pink for two days afterward though, which at first was alarming, but then I remembered! It reminded me too that I want to try the "natural" egg dyes this year at easter, lol!

  7. Yankee: I will post more on this soon. I've been putting some pressure on myself to get Roscoe weaned before the baby comes but now I'm feeling more relaxed about it, and a lot less concerned with any particular outcome. I'll send you an email :)

  8. Thanks BA! It's what every pregnant lady loves to hear!

  9. Hey Lisa! Amazon is out of stock! But that is the basic style I was hoping to get...I'm debating on whether or not I should buy a bench that can also accommodate bench presses.

  10. Beet fan here too! (Well, normally). They are so pretty on salads and I love borscht. When we were little my mom would dye our little pool's water with beet juice and we would go swimming in our underwear. We loved it (but how weird!!).

    I"m interested to hear more about the direction you want to take your nursing relationship and what your plans are, esp since I'm trying to figure that out myself with #2 on the way. How often is he nursing these days? I'm starting to get some pressure to stop nursing. Irritating :(

  11. Carpal tunnel is the pits. I've got it in my right hand, and it can be very painful!

  12. I love roasted beets! I should get some they should be in season over here right now. I love the orange and yellow ones you can get at Whole Foods the different colors are so fun!

  13. Can't wait to see what's happening in the nursery. Also very interested to hear about the nursing developments. Your belly is looking adorable!! As for the beets - I was never a fan (well, actually never had them, just didn't think I was a fan), until I recently had a beet salad and it was yummy! So, another beet lover here too!


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