1. Yep, I'm still pregnant. Still cooking that baby - it sure takes a long time! I had my 24 week appointment the other day and everything looked well - baby's heart beat strong at 146 beats per minute (bpm), my blood pressure was still rocking at 102 / 60, and I was up about 12 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight (15 pounds from my lowest weight during the 1st trimester), which seems like a freaking ton to me but apparently is right on track.
Bumpy abdomen courtesy of my refusal to wear maternity clothes. Yes they are more comfortable, but they NEVER STAY UP! It's so annoying.
Although I think it's pretty freaking obvious that I'm pregnant, I guess I can understand why it's not so obvious to everyone else that I'm not just getting super chubby. The lady who cut my hair the other day said, "Oh, I had no idea you were pregnant, I thought you just had a pooch". When I'm not accenting the baby bump it does seem a little less obvious:
Same outfit, but less obvious.
The doctor gave me the fun gestational diabetes test to take prior to my next appointment, which will be my last monthly appointment before I start going every 2 weeks! Eek! It's getting here soon! Only a few more weeks left until I'm in the 3rd trimester!
2. We spent last week on a babymoon vacation in EUROPE and it was freaking fabulous. AND JMan finally felt the baby while we were there! We went to London and Paris and I tried to pretend like the Paris Marathon wasn't happening while we were there. :-) LOTS to tell you about that so hopefully I get around to it someday and it's not one more post that never gets written!
Also, banana Nutella crepes are the best things in the WORLD. I really don't want to go back to living in a world where they don't serve them on every street corner.
3. I know all you runners already know this, but inner thigh chafe is NO JOKE. Seriously. It is NOT to be messed around with. Speaking of my weight gain - which is at least some in my thighs, annoyingly enough, and speaking of my maternity pants that don't stay up, AND speaking of the 30-40 miles we walked in London and Paris - inner thigh chafe was a HUGE issue during the first half of the trip. And it's not exactly like I brought my Body Glide!
4. Running is still happening! It's definitely become a run / walk and it causes a CONSTANT need to pee which is highly obnoxious but it's still happening! I ran 7 miles last Saturday and 7 miles again yesterday. I only ran one sad mile in between those two days though. Normally I LOVE to run while on vacation but a) it was freaking freezing cold in London and Paris, b) we were already walking 4-10 miles per day so it's not like I needed extra exercise, and c) the jetlag caused us to sleep weird hours like 2am - 10am so by the time I was awake it seemed necessary to start sightseeing!
Last weekend's run was GORGEOUS and felt like SPRING. Yesterday's run was stormy and rainy.
For some reason my right calf has been really really tight when I've been running though, and I'm not sure why. Do I need to stretch more? Foam roll more? I'll admit I don't think I've foam rolled once since I've been pregnant. It's hardly seemed necessary with the few miles I've been logging. Do you think my Brooks Pure Connects can't handle my growing weight? Maybe I need shoes with more support? Anyone have any thoughts?
5. Running had been happening enough that I even signed up for a race! The Seahawks 12k will be April 21 and will definitely be stretching my abilities, so hopefully it's not a horrible decision! Given my constant need to pee I'm also a bit worried about the number of port-a-potties the race will have (and how often on the course!), especially given that this is a smaller race. But I did it last year (although then it was part of a 15 miler in the good ol' days of marathon training) and it was a blast, so it seems like a fun repeat. Hopefully I'm also not dead last since I doubt many people will walk the 12k (there's also a 5k).
Who wants to join?????
6. I'm apparently the last person in the WORLD to finally WATCH Argo and READ Silver Linings Playbook (still haven't seen that movie) - which I did both yesterday on the 12 hour plane ride from Paris to Iceland to Seattle. I LOVED both. I HIGHLY recommend reading Silver Linings Playbook! I really didn't know what to expect or even what it was really about but for some reason I just LOVED it. Go read it!
What have I missed with you?? Who's pregnant / engaged / married / got a PR / ran a race / submitted a Nuun Hood to Coast application??