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The BoldHeartMama desires to enjoy living out the choices that she’s made for herself and for her family. She is a relentless learner: curious, inquisitive, and open to the possibilities of her life and of the human condition. She understands that there isn't one right way—she asks questions that dig deeper to make sense of it all and to find her own path.

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The BoldHeartMama is willing to take calculated risks to make her biggest dreams come true. She is living out her BoldHeart in the moment, making small moves and taking little steps that add up, and she's cultivating a good life for herself and her family in the process. Read More!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Momma's Monday Check-in: 32.5/40 (or, hopefully 32.5/38!)

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 7.5 weeks.

Due Date: April 8, 2011

Total weight gain: 30
Cravings/Aversions: None
Pregnancy Symptoms: My fingers are swollen, and my hip joints are really loosening up. Even side-lying is uncomfortable now--too much pressure on my hips!!
Sleep: Andy brought Roscoe back in the bed, I think he gets better sleep with this arrangement. It's not been so bad the last few days, and I do love being close to Roscoe at night. We've been staying up until 11:30 and 12:00, which is dumb, but Roscoe's also been taking 3 and 4 hour naps in the afternoon, and I've been able to join him for at least part of that time. It's given me both a chance to catch up on rest, and to have quiet time during the day.
I can't live without: I broke down and bought more maternity clothes. I started out this pregnancy with every intention to remain stylish and sexy for 40 full weeks, with the help of Bump It Up by Amy Tara Koch. All I can think about now is comfort. That. is. all. I've never weighed this much and I have NOTHING to wear. I've even run out of pajamas. So I threw out all the rules and bought a bunch of comfy stuff. Items that will last the next few weeks and become staples postpartum. Stretchy tanks; sweat pants and stretch pants with full panels. Oh my gosh, I feel so much better!
I am looking forward to: My prenatal appointment was rescheduled from last Friday to tomorrow.
Best moment this week: I had the opportunity to attend a hospital birth on Friday morning! Also, our Valentine's Day weekend was awesome! We had an amazing, and much needed, date night and devoted most of the weekend to quality togetherness. I'm refueled for the busy week ahead.
Aha Moment: Roscoe's birthday party is almost fully planned (we're trying to save ourselves from the stress of party planning in the weeks following Little Sears's birth). A good friend of ours pointed out that this time next year we'll have a one year old and three year old. Crazy how the time will pass whether we like it or not.
Milestones: I feel like my face has finally been taken over by the pregnancy. So big and round, I'm counting down the days to birth-day and the start of weight watchers.
Movement: This baby has developed a mean cervix punch.
Gender: Boy!

Exercise: Lifting weights was a success this week. Of course, there's always room for improvement, but doing something a few times a week feels so much better than not doing it. Most nights I'd so prefer to veg out and catch up on things in the evenings, but I'm glad that I'm making the time for exercise.
Diet: I'm hungry all of the time! And being tired doesn't help. Ugh...while I'm really counting on a baby next month, the reality exists that I could be pregnant for another 10 weeks (unlikely, but still!). I'm getting a little nervous about the potential for insane weight gain in these last weeks.

Goals for the upcoming week: Lift weights twice, take advantage of the forecasted fifty and sixty degree weather (SPRING is coming!!!) and walk with Roscoe at least twice in the afternoons--it may be the perfect opportunity to finally download a book on tape.

Belly Shot:

Labor Signs: Light cramping, with a few more substantial (and uncomfortable) ones mixed in.


  1. Being comfortable is priceless, don't feel guilty about the clothes! I'm getting pretty sick of the maybe 5 things that still fit me, and sleeping in my husband's huge t-shirts feels strange and very unsexy (what feels sexy at 39 weeks pregnant though?)

    I'm planning to maybe look for P90X buddy this spring in hopes that my stomach will look normal for the summer... be honest with a first time mom, am I dreaming?

  2. Aaaahhhh....don't even SAY you could be pregnant for another 10 weeks!! I'm having enough time wrapping my head around the fact that I may be pregnant for another FOUR weeks, and that just brings me to my due date.
    I did weight watchers to lose the baby weight last time too...I never thought I would say that I can't wait to start dieting, but I really can't.

  3. Honestly, you will probably be pleasantly surprised at how quickly everything returns to (mostly) normal. It only takes 4-6 weeks for your uterus to shrink down, and so much of the weight drops off on it's own in the first 3 weeks. I did P90x and really enjoyed it--I was probably 9 or 10 weeks postpartum. There were some modifications that I had to do for some of the workouts (full lunges and anything that required full body weight on one leg or the other were tough for me--I had Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) postpartum) but otherwise, I could do everything just fine. By June you'll be well on your way!! Of course, from the outside, I'm always so impressed with the way everyone seems to bounce back. From the other side, I know I was much more critical of myself--only you know what things were REALLY like pre-baby. You know? I didn't feel 100% until about a year out--and then I got pregnant again, oy :)

  4. I'm so uncomfortable now too- especially at night, before I could at least sleep on my side, and now tha thurts too. 8(ish)more weeks...8(ish)more weeks...8(ish)more weeks...

  5. This was such a refreshing and timely post! I feel massive right now at 30 weeks and so self-conscious of my face especially! I didn't think I would feel like this so soon when there are still months to go. Feeling like I'm trapped in a fat suit that I want to detach for just two hours to go for a fast run and feel normal again.


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