Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Naming Baby and Second Trimester Worko

I'm in my 35th week and I really can't grasp my head around the fact that very, very soon I will be holding sweet baby Remy in my arms. Did I mention his name yet?  Remington "Remy". We fell in love with the name Remy- it's origin is French and it means oarsmen or rower. We wanted little squiggles to also have a longer name, and wanted Remy to be his nickname, so we Googled and found that Remy was short for a few different names, but our favorite was Remington. Sounds legit if he's going to become a lawyer or something. :)
Remy: People with this name have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition....

One day, little Remy, you will have many of your own adventures. But that day is not today. First, you have to grow in me for a few more weeks, then together we will fight (well a little more me than you) to bring you into this world, and then I'm going to be crazy mama bear and love on you all the time and want to protect you from all harm, and then one day when you're good and ready (and I still won't be) you will have your own adventures and discover so many things this amazing world we live in has to offer. 

Anyway, onto my fitness life! I actually came down with a virus/sinus infection for the past few days and have been out of commission. I knew especially with growing a little one I needed to rest a lot more than usual. I'm not sure if it was getting sick or just this growing babe, but my back pain is back and it's been pretty painful. So when I have been at the gym, I've been sitting on the upright bike taking it easy. My routine has been 20 min. on the elliptical and 40 min. on the upright bike. Since all the pain and sinus issues, I've kept my heart rate exertion less than 80% (I wear a monitor when I workout). However, I've found that the best method to keep your heart rate in a good place for you and baby is to use the Rate of Perceived Exertion. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) says stay between 5-8 and ACSM says 3-7 on a 10-point scale.

Rate of Perceived Exertion

0 Feeling you get when sitting.
1 Activities like getting dressed.
2 Feeling you might get while doing laundry.
3 Taking a casual walk.
4 Walking briskly, but still maintaining conversation.
5 Feeling you get when rushing out the door.
6 Feeling you get when rushing up a flight of stairs.
7 Exercise while singing.
8 Slightly tiring exercise, but still speaking full sentences.
9 Feeling fatigue. Breathing hard.
10 All out exercise. Could not maintain for more than 30 seconds.

Workout below (remember I am just now posting workouts from my second trimester):

35 week pic :) with a bad, bad cold!
My gym selfie vs. some random girl :) :)

My sleepover with these two was the best!!! <3 my nephews!
post signature

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Maternity Pics and Pregnancy Workout #9 & #10...

It's been a month since my last post. Where has the time gone? Well, the holiday rush orders (for Jean & Grace) and then the holidays themselves just seemed to swallow up most of my month. It was a good month though. I spent lots of time with friends and family and J was home for an entire two weeks! Yippee!
On top of all that goodness, month 8 of my pregnancy was fantastic!! 
-My back pain has lessened 
-I had an ultrasound to check on my placenta previa and (praise God) my placenta moved!!
-Baby has lots of hair! (I got to see a sweet view during the ultrasound)
-Oh and I got to eat a ton of goodies over the holidays and this baby belly hid it all for me :)

I am experiencing a few new pregnancy "symptoms" as I grow..
-Indigestion! It doesn't matter what I eat, even a sip of water sends my digestive tract in a tiff
-Constipation. No one wants to talk about it, but it happens. I find amping up my fiber intake has helped quite a bit (of course that means drinking more h2o to compensate) 
-It's hard to get out of bed. I officially feel like a turtle on its back.

It's been a fast journey so far, not a moment has gone by slow and I am afraid maybe this is a little foreshadowing for parenting. I always hear people say "they grow up so fast" and even though this baby is still in me, I am already beginning to relate to some of those emotions.
I probably will regret saying this in a week or two, but for journaling purposes, at week 33, I can honestly say I love being pregnant. Love. There is something deep inside my heart that has been touched by this entire experience. And at the end of the day I might not like the stretch marks on my boobs, the inability to carry really heavy stuff, the rollover maneuver I have to make to get out of bed, or the baby foot jabs that hurt my ribs, but despite all of that I love this feeling of growing my son inside me. I love watching him move about in there. I love dreaming of the little baby he'll be, the littler toddler I'll chase around the house, the boy my husband will workout with, the teenager we will teach to drive and the man I'll one day have to let go of. I promise myself to do what I can to embrace all the moments of his life, to not let time slip by too quickly and to often think back to where it all began.

Workouts below (still for second trimester):

On a side note mine J's maternity pics came in and I couldn't be happier! Minted Photography is the best <3