Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jogging Update

The latest issue of Fit Pregnancy came in the mail yesterday and it confirmed what I have been researching for a while- the 140bpm heart rate limit is obsolete. I was always suspicious of it since it applied to women of all ages and fitness levels- totally didn't make sense to me. Instead, I am supposed to measure my RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion). As long as I can comfortably maintain a conversation while performing my physical activity I'm not working too hard. And, of course, I have to chug lots of water and keep my body temperature low. So today I ditched my heart rate monitor and was able to get through my 3 mile jog fine, and I'll probably nix the walking intervals permanently (or on the days I can handle it). Now I'm jogging at about 5.5mph, which is still EXTREMELY slow for me, but it is much more enjoyable now that I don't have to check my heart rate every 30 seconds. The rule is "as long as you're comfortable the baby is comfortable." Well, at least according to literature.

As for the doctor's opinion? Who knows. I don't get to meet him/her for another three weeks! That's right. I'll be 10-12 weeks pregnant before I get to meet my OB (I don't know for sure because I haven't been dated). Apparently this is pretty normal unless you have a high risk pregnancy, but I think it's pretty strange. I feel like I'm all alone in figuring out how to take care of myself for the first three months, which is supposed to be the most critical part of pregnancy. I thought I would at least be able to hear a little heartbeat by now. It stresses me out a bit, but I guess I'm just going to have to deal with it.

Symptom Update:
  •  24/7 exhaustion. I'd be sleeping all day if I didn't have a final next Monday and a paper due Tuesday. 
  • Nausea has been coming and going. I haven't puked yet and I'm usually fine as long as I keep my belly full. Smelly stuff bothers me. 
  • Sore boobies, but I seem to have either gotten used to it or it has eased up a bit.
Welp, I guess that's all for now!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Baby Buys

So I made my second official baby purchase today. I couldn't help myself. It was too perfect. "Chalupa" is a Mexican lottery game I grew up playing at my grandmother's house with all my cousins. A couple of years ago I painted several of the cards and hung them in our dining area. I wanted to get through more of them but law school got in the way. It also happens to be part of my blog theme.

Here's a pic of my paintings in our dining area:

The first thing we bought was when I visited D in the Philippines. I didn't know I'd be getting preggo so soon then but baby fever was in full force, along with shopping fever because I was at the Mall of Asia (biggest mall in Asia). It was too cute to pass up:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Surfing for Two

Had a blast this afternoon surfing with the hubbs and one of our friends from back in Texas that just got stationed here. I'm trying to savor it as much as possible because I probably won't be able to for a while once I get a baby belly. It's already getting hard for me to paddle back out after a wave because I get tired and breathless so quickly. It'll be cool to tell my kid he/she has been surfing before he/she was born, though. Haha. 

Once the baby is born D and I will have to take turns staying on the beach with him/her. Our baby is going to be such a little beach rat. I can't wait til we can teach him/her how to surf and then go on family surf trips and what not. <3

UPDATE: No more surfing for me after 12 weeks :(

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Workout Routine

So here is the weaksauce workout I've been doing since I found out I have to keep my heart rate under 140bpm.

Morning Cardio:
I know I'm supposed to switch up my cardio routine, but I'm a runner and I find machines extremely boring, so I usually just stick to the treadmill. Every now and then I'll hop on the stairclimber or stationary bike because I know the importance of mixing it up. I do cardio 6 days a week for 30-45 minutes. Here is my "usual" workout:

5 minutes jogging at 5.0mph (so freakin slow!), followed by
5 minutes walking at 3.0mph on a 10-15% incline (I adjust it based on my heart rate).
I repeat these intervals until I have gone 3 miles, which takes about 45 minutes.
Sometimes I add 10 minutes of an arm cardio exercise, like the rower or the rope pull.

Afternoon Weights:
I switch up the specific exercises every workout.
I try and do 3-5 exercises per body part, 3-4 sets of 15 reps (lighter weights than I'm used to.)

Monday- Legs (squats, lunges, leg press, hamstring curls, leg extensions, donkey kicks, etc.)
Tuesday- Back/Biceps (lat pulldowns, cable rows, barbell rows, straight-arm pulldowns, lower back machine, bicep curls, preacher curls, hammer curls, etc.)
Wednesday- Shoulders/Triceps (shoulder press, upright rows, front raises, lateral raises, delt flyes, tricep kickbacks, cable pushdowns, etc.)
Thursday- Legs again
Friday- Back/Biceps again
Saturday- Shoulders/Triceps again
(I don't do chest exercises because my boobies are EXTREMELY sore and I really can't handle it. I can't even do pullups anymore because of them.)

I always eat an hour before and immediately after my workouts to make sure I'm not depriving the baby. I drink tons of water and wear my heart rate monitor at all times. It's a big adjustment but it's for the best.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I gotta pee!

Fat Mike must have written this song when he was pregnant: 

So far this is my main symptom. I feel bad for the hubbs because I wake him up several times a night when I get up to go. Other than that, my boobies have started becoming really sore. Also, I get this annoying metallic taste in my mouth every now and then. So far no real morning sickness. I get a little queasy if I go too long without eating but I feel fine as soon as I get something in my belly. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Womanly instinct?

So I was on the treadmill at the gym today and one of the older local surfers that works there who always chit chats with me and my hubby came up to me asked if we were going to get wasted at Bayfest this weekend. (Bayfest is an annual festival at the Marine Corps base where there are different events and shitty bands like Puddle of Mudd.)  I told him I couldn't drink anymore because I'm pregnant and he said "no way!"  He explained that just this morning, the sweet local janitor lady that also works there told him she thought I was pregnant.  He said he told her he didn't think so and was surprised to learn he would have to tell her he was wrong. I'm only 6 weeks or so, so it's not like I'm showing. Maybe she noticed I replaced my morning Monster energy drink with water and have been running WAY slower than usual, but I'm starting to think there is such a thing as womanly instinct.

Speaking of running, figuring out what I can and can't do in the gym has been a nightmare. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a gym rat, and it is sooo hard to tone down my workout. There is so much conflicting information out there about what exercises you can do and where your heart rate should be. I haven't seen an actual doctor yet, but the neonatal nurse told me I can still run as long as I keep my heart rate under 140bpm. In order to do so, I have to run at like 5.5mph on the treadmill and take breaks every 5 minutes or so, which is ridiculously annoying to me. I feel like I can walk faster than I'm running. I'm used to running at about 7-8mph with faster sprints. I've read a lot of research online says that the heart rate limit doesn't really apply anymore, and that if you ran before you got pregnant you should be able to continue to run as long as you can keep a conversation while you're exercising. But then it says if you have had a miscarriage in the past you should avoid running. This is my first pregnancy, but that information stresses me out. If it isn't safe for people who have had a miscarriage why would it be safe for someone's first pregnancy? Ughh... I can't wait 'til I can meet my actual OB in a couple of weeks (July 27!) and see what he/she has to say. Until then, I'll continue to lift (lighter) weights for an hour a day and jog/walk 3 miles at a snail's pace...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

D's Reunion

Here are a few pics from D's reunion weekend back in Texas. 
It was fun getting attention as the newly pregnant lady.

That's my bestie, ashley, and me!She will be planning a baby shower for me when I go back down in December.

Israel (my hubby's friend) on the left and my hubby on the right.
Overlooking the "Laguna Madre," a beautiful Texas bay.

No surf that weekend but D went skimboarding for the first time in years. 

The final event was a black and white party. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Telling the world!

I've heard a lot about waiting until the second trimester to tell everyone you are pregnant, but who could keep a secret like this? Especially since we just arrived in Texas for D's 10 year highschool reunion weekend and we're surrounded by family. My mom basically already knew I was pregnant before I even hinted at anything. When I got in the car at the airport she asked, "Are you having a kid soon or what?" I said that Daniel and I were thinking about it. We waited until we got to D's grandparents house to tell everyone that was there together (my mom, his mom, his mom's parents, and his cousin). It was awesome. Both the mommas cried, of course. They're going to be grandmas for the first time! When we got to D's mom's house to unpack and unwind after a red eye flight, D's sister (Sheala) stopped by after work and we broke the news to her. "You're gonna be an aunt!" I said. She was stoked for us and clarified she will be called "Tia Sheala" instead of "Aunt Sheala." I like that better too. After taking a nap we met my Dad's part of the family at D' Pizza Joint (an awesome restaurant where my little brother works). My step-mom, Maria, also noticed something different about me. She couldn't figure out what it was but she asked if I was taller or something. I said "No, but we have other news..." "YOU'RE PREGNANT!" she yelled. "Yup!" She and my dad were so happy. My grandmother, mother-in-law, hubby, one of my brothers, sister, aunt, and cousin were there too. We pretty much talked about baby stuff the whole time, and how the three grandmothers are going to have to divide spoiling time. It was so exciting! My Dad was the first to make a facebook post saying, "Just informed that I'm going to be a grandfather! Double drinks in order!"  My phone has been going non-stop since then. I had to text my two other brothers and my besties to make sure they didn't find out via facebook. Yes, it is kind of early for the world to know but if anything bad happens I know I'll having the loving support of the best family and friends a girl could ever ask for. I'm so stoked they are on board with our adventure!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

First Doctor Visit

Went to the doctor today! After confirming my pregnancy via a blood test at the lab I met with the nurse and she went over a bunch of stuff with me. She said that based on the start of my last period I am about 6 weeks pregnant and my due date is around February 22. I have a feeling this will change when I get my ultrasound, though, because I have really long cycles (more like every 40 days than 28 days) and I think I'm really only about 4 weeks pregnant. She gave me an "OB Registration packet" to take home which was a really long series of questions about my medical history, etc. A week from today I'll go back and take a bunch of other tests and schedule my first OB appointment. I can't wait to learn everything I need to know!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Two Pink Lines

Happy Independence Day! The hubby and I woke up to some very exciting news this morning... we're preggers!!!

I'm not quite sure who we'll be telling yet or how we are going to tell them, but I'm starting this blog (my first and only blog) so that my family and friends can keep up with us & the pregnancy from so far away. 

So how did this happen you ask?? Well, we've always wanted kids but thought it would be best to wait until I finish law school. During my hubby's latest deployment (8 months in the Philippines), a friend's blog sparked my baby fever big time (and also inspired me to create this one!) Exactly one month ago today, Daniel returned from that deployment and... I guess the baby couldn't wait! :) Looks like I'll be having it in March of 2012, two months before I graduate. It will be a little difficult having it in the middle of the semester, but I know it has been done before and I can do it too! 

I'm so excited and nervous and happy at the same time. 

We took some pics today to start off my belly progress pics.

Here is me at week 4:

It'll be interesting to see how big my belly grows!
Here we go!
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