Jazzercise Pregnancy Challenge: Complete!

It seems like a long time ago that I set my goal of completing 100 Jazzercise classes while pregnant, which worked out to also be my 150th class for the year.

On Tuesday, I met my goal!

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The instructor brought me flowers and balloons to celebrate, which was so sweet! I also earned my Fit Club shirt but my center is out of my size right now (I’m getting the smaller size so I can wear it after the baby is here) so I’ll be getting that later.

So what now? I’m planning to continue to go to class for as long as I can. For the most part, I feel better when I’m active and moving. I’m hoping I can Jazzercise until the baby makes his appearance and am crossing my fingers for a quick postpartum recovery. I can’t wait to be back on stage teaching!

And just for fun…

A picture from my 50th class, about 4 days before I found out I was pregnant, and a picture from class #149 on Sunday-check out that belly grow!

Bump Update: Weeks 30-35

Wow, have I really not done a pregnancy update since Week 29? That’s crazy-once I hit 30 weeks, it started to seem much more real; something about that 3 in front!

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Size: Because of my high blood pressure, we had ultrasounds at 30 weeks and 34 weeks to make sure the baby is growing okay (high blood pressure can restrict nutrients to the placenta and interfere with growth). Well, he’s definitely doing okay growing-at 30 weeks, he measured 3 pounds, 5 ounces and at 34 weeks, he measured 5 pounds, 2 ounces. He’s a big little guy!

Feeling: I’m in a bit of disbelief that my due date is one month from today and he’ll probably be here sooner than that. People keep telling me that pregnancy has to make you miserable or else you wouldn’t want it to end; I don’t think I’ve hit that point yet. I’ve definitely had days that have been more uncomfortable (when he’s sitting low, Jazzercise and even just walking don’t feel very good) but for the most part, I’m still feeling pretty good. Insomnia comes and goes; some nights I sleep great, others I wake up for 2 hours in the middle of the night. I’m not loving my new stretch marks or the fact that I basically have no cute clothes or jackets that fit but that’s about it. And I know it’s all totally worth it.

Movement: He doesn’t really have room to kick anymore but I feel him a lot pushing on the sides of my stomach. Sometimes he drags something that I know must be a foot but I haven’t been able to make out an outline yet; I’m hoping I will. The poor little guy gets hiccups a lot but my doctor reassured me that’s a good sign. It’s easy to see my whole stomach move and I love just watching. I’m going to miss this once he’s born.

Preparedness: Can you ever really be ready for a newborn? We have most of his stuff set up and ready to go with just a few loose ends (we still need crib sheets and to install his carseat, that kind of thing). We have plans made for the dogs while I’m in the hospital, we’re taking care of some insurance issues, and I’m almost done with all my assignments for the semester. But, no, I still don’t feel ready; pretty sure I won’t ever feel totally ready.

Looking forward to: My baby shower at Jazzercise is this weekend and should be a lot of fun.

I think that’s about it. Anything else you want to know? The way I’ve been blogging lately (you know, like not at all), there’s a good chance this might be my last pregnancy update!

A Baby Shower for Someone who Hates Games & Attention

If you know me at all, you know I don’t like being the center of attention. I’m much happier hiding in a corner somewhere. When I got married, I didn’t have a bridal shower and my bachelorette party was two of my friends and me at a couple bars. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure I wanted a baby shower. But my mom threw me a wonderful one and I’m so glad I was able to celebrate Baby Boy with my closest friends.

When my mom and I first started talking about a shower, I told her under no circumstances was anyone to put a piece of string around my belly and that there would be no candy bars in diapers. Her response, “Okay, no games. So what are we going to do?”

So here’s a recap of my baby shower and some ideas if you’re not fan of traditional baby games either. Sorry there’s not a ton of pictures. I’m (1) a bad blogger and (2) having some serious camera aversions right now.

It was a small shower with only about 10 people, so we were able to have it at the house. As guests came in, they started on two activities: How I Met Your Mother and Diaper Messages.

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Then there was lots of food to snack on while we waited for everyone to arrive. Fruit, veggies, cheese, crackers, chips, pretzels, hummus, guac, dip, and cookies-we might have gone a little overboard; I’ve been eating leftover cheese and crackers for two weeks now.

Once everyone I arrived, I read the How I Met Your Mother cards aloud. Most of my guests didn’t know each other so it was a great way to introduce everyone and so sweet for me to read what people had written. When you’re picky about people, you end up with the best friends!

We played two games after that (I’m not opposed to all games, just the ridiculously silly ones). First we did a cell phone game, where you earn points by having certain things on your phone, and a name game, where you had to think of a boy’s name for every letter of the alphabet as fast as possible. There was an extra prize if anyone guessed Baby Boy’s first or middle name but no one did. Then the biggest surprise of the shower-I shared his name! My sister-in-law thought I was joking because I’ve been so adamant about keeping it a secret. Luckily everyone loved it as much as Ryan and I do (at least that’s what they said). Sorry, I’m not telling here; I still want it to be a surprise 😉

Then we moved on to our last and, in my opinion, most fun game: Baby Jeopardy!

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Didn’t my mom do an amazing job with the board? The guests split into two teams and played with categories like Nursery Rhymes and “Kaci or Ryan”. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Finally, I opened presents. I requested books instead of cards and love that we’ll have special messages to read whenever we read a book. Plus, Baby Boy has a pretty impressive library going on already!

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I feel like opening presents in front of everyone is one of the most awkward things but I was overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity. I’m definitely going to have the best-dressed baby.

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After that, there was just chatting and hanging out. I showed off the nursery and Ryan finally came out of hiding in the basement (totally his choice) to join us.

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As people left, we gave out these cute bags of “It’s a boy!” Hershey’s Kisses. We over ordered these too, so I’ve also been eating them nonstop for the past two weeks.

It was an incredible day and I’m so thankful for the amazing people I have in my life and my little one’s life. Mom, thank you so much for throwing a wonderful shower and loving us so much.

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The day finished with this beautiful double rainbow, the most perfect celebration of our rainbow baby.

Checking In

Hello again! I have no reason for my disappearing act other than I didn’t feel like blogging so I didn’t. I thought I’d pop in though to say hi and fill you in on the latest in my life.

  • I’m 33 weeks pregnant now, almost 34, and am feeling every bit of it. I’ve officially reached the stage where putting on my shoes is a challenge and sometimes I get stuck when I try to get up. I’m to the point where I am just so excited to meet him! Right now though I’m enjoying all his movements and having him all to myself (I’m not ready to share him just yet). I’ll try to do a pregnancy update next week, probably after our final ultrasound.
  • I’m currently on class 94 out of 100 for Jazzercise (95 if I made it out of bed this morning like I planned). I’m definitely slowing down both in terms of getting to class and moving once I’m in class but I’m feeling pretty good that I’ll be able to reach my goal and maybe a little extra.
  • I met with my advisor earlier this week to set my spring schedule and plan out the rest of my program. I’m so thankful to have a helpful, supportive advisor because to be perfectly honest, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and discouraged about finishing my degree. I’ve about reached the limit on online classes and my final semester will be pretty intense/not flexible with a 120-hour practicum, 60-hour capstone, and classes on the CSU campus. However, after talking to her, I’m feeling more confident that I can and will finish.
  • Speaking of school, I have a plan to finish all of my assignments by the first week of November. However, I’m having a really hard time sticking to the timeline I made. Anyone want to send some motivation and/or self-discipline my way? Either works.
  • I had my baby shower last weekend. It makes my heart happy that my little guy is already so loved. I’ll do a separate post on my shower because my mom did an AMAZING job.
  • If I’m induced at 38 weeks like the doctors keep saying, I’ll have a baby in a little over 4 weeks. That is just crazy! I can’t believe how fast it’s going.

That should be about it. I’ll try to check in next week but no promises. Have a great weekend! (Is that mean to say on Thursday? Sorry!)

 

Fitness in a Week 9/4-9/10

Just a quick recap a day late because I don’t really feel like blogging but I’m losing track of my 100 Jazzercise classes.

Monday 9/4-Jazzercise

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Since I was in Nebraska, I took my mom’s Jazzercise class. She did a Plank & Plie theme that killed my legs.

Tuesday 9/5-Rest

Wednesday 9/6-Walk and Yoga

Bailey and I went on a nice 1.5 mile walk before I left for yoga. The class is the same Gentle Integrative class I was doing before and it felt great to be back. I’m probably the youngest there by about 20 years, which makes me laugh.

Thursday 9/7-Jazzercise

Friday 9/8-Jazzercise

Saturday 9/9-Rest

Sunday 9/10-Jazzercise

My mom was in town so I took her to an instructor I thought she’d enjoy. And I was right; they have similar teaching styles and she did a kick butt set.

Then my mom and I went shopping and walking around all afternoon did me in. I couldn’t believe how tired I was and how sore my legs were after that but I guess carrying around a big old belly will do that.

Not a super exciting week but I am on class 87 out of 100 for my challenge. Only 13 left to go to meet my goal!

Bumpie Friday: Weeks 28 & 29

So today’s post is late going up because I honestly didn’t realize it was Friday until this morning.

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I’m officially in the third trimester now! And feeling more pregnant every day.

Size: Baby weighs around 2 1/2 pounds and is just over 15 inches long.

Movement: I feel him all the time now! He doesn’t kick so much as wiggle and he’s big enough now that he makes the whole side of my stomach jump. I love just laying down and feeling him move.

Feeling: Like I said, I’m definitely feeling pregnant now. When we visited my parents last weekend, going up and down the stairs left me winded. Things like turning over in bed are becoming a lot more difficult. Also my stomach is ginormous. Period. And my belly button pokes out of most my shirts now.

I’ve been having some what I think is sciatic pain. It started during our trip to Nebraska and I’m guessing is the result of sitting in the car for three hours. It’s lingered since then but isn’t too bad. It’s the worst first thing in the morning but goes away once I’m moving. My logic: Hmm…I can barely walk. Better go to Jazzercise! Being active really does help it though, as long as I’m careful on leg routines.

Food: All the Cheerios, all the time. We were out of milk one day and I seriously almost went crazy without my cereal. Chocolate shakes have also been big the past few weeks.

Baby gear: I need to stay out of baby clothing stores because he now has even more outfits. We still have a lot more work to do on his nursery (mainly cleaning our junk out of the closet) but it’s slowly coming together. I’ll wait to share until it’s all finished but here’s a picture of the adorable decal I found.

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I can’t believe how close we are to meeting our little man! This past week went really fast; if the rest of the weeks are like that, he’ll be here before we know it.

Weekly Randomness #3

Hi all! I know I haven’t been posting very consistently so I thought I’d pop in today with some randomness from the week.

  1. The start of the semester has been extremely stressful. I explained the classes I’m taking here but unfortunately quickly ran into some problems. My Health Systems, Management, and Policy class came with a very rigid schedule and a very unsympathetic professor. None of the materials were available early (not even the readings; everything opened the week it was due) and the syllabus stated no fewer than 4 times “Do NOT email me and ask for material to be opened early or for assignments to be accepted late”. In other words, this was not the class for me to be taking now, knowing that the baby could surprise us early and I probably won’t be very on top of schoolwork once he’s here. So I needed to change classes but nearly everything was full and I was waitlisted. Long story short, at one point, I was enrolled in three extra classes, in addition to the HSMP class, and didn’t know what I would actually be taking. Fortunately I just found out that I got into my top choice and can start to plan all my assignments now.
  2. In happier, less serious news, it’s September. That means it’s the start of pumpkin season! Human Bean, one of my favorite places for coffee (it’s better than Starbucks), is doing its 7 Days of Pumpkin, meaning speciality fall drinks for only $2. So far I’ve enjoyed a pumpkin latte and a pumpkin mocha and am pathetically excited for the rest of this week.
  3. Speaking of coffee, Ryan and I are planning to buy a new fancy Keurig soon, sort of as a baby present to us. Ours is already on its last leg and I have a feeling we’ll both be using it a lot once Baby Boy is here. My mom graciously offered to sponsor our coffee need and treat us to a new one. She probably doesn’t want her grandson to have a cranky mom 😉 Any recommendations? We’re looking at one that does a carafe. 
  4. Jazzercise has an amazing sale going on right now! You can find more details here but basically you can sign up and go for all of September for less than the price of one drop-in class. If you’ve thought about trying it or are looking for a new workout, now’s the perfect time. But it’s only through September 10 so hurry!
  5. I have several blog posts I need to write. I definitely want to do a post on my ACE Health Coach certification and I’ve had several other ideas floating around my head. For some reason, I’m really struggling to find motivation right now. I’m hoping now that I have my school situation figured out, it will be easier for me to get into a routine and hopefully I’ll start blogging more.

So I think that’s it for the week. Nothing too excited but I figured I should check in.

How is your week going?

Fitness in a Week 8/28-9/3

Hello again! I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. And knows that today is Tuesday, not Monday (I needed to type that out to remind myself). Baby brain has really kicked in and I don’t remember much about last week. So just a quick check-in for today!

Monday 8/28-Jazzercise

Tuesday 8/29-Jazzercise

Wednesday 8/30-Rest

Thursday 8/31-Rest

Friday 9/1-Jazzercise

Saturday 9/2-Rest

Sunday 9/3-3.3 mile walk with my mom and Bailey

Ryan, Bailey, Benji, and I visited my parents in Nebraska this week. My friend’s little boy turned 6, so we attended his birthday party and then my mom and I spent some time planning my baby shower. A morning walk was the perfect time to start brainstorming and coming up with ideas for my little shower (just a few family and friends-perfect for me). It was in the 50’s for most of the walk, which was such a nice change from all the hot weather. Bailey enjoyed the cooler weather too; 3 miles is the longest she’s gone in awhile. Benji made it around the block too!

I ended last week with my 83rd pregnant Jazzercise class. We’ll see what this week holds. I’m having some pain that I’m hoping is just related to being in the car so much this weekend and will go away soon. I’m not ready to be sidelined yet!

Future RD Possibility

I debated about sharing this but decided to go ahead since this blog is about school and becoming a registered dietitian. It’s definitely not a given and not something to get my hopes up too much but I did find a possible RD program for the future.

University of Northern Colorado offers an online DPD program. Because I already have a bachelor’s degree (and will also have my MPH by this point), I could complete only the dietetics courses I need to be eligible for an internship and then to take the RD exam. The majority of the classes are offered online, as the program is designed for those who are working and/or have families, which would be ideal for me as I’ll either be working or home with a kiddo/kiddos (because it might be far in the future).

The online portion offers 15 courses and then are 15 additional courses that must be completed as part of the curriculum. The 15 online courses are designed to take 18 months and then however long the 15 additional courses take. I actually have a good chunk of them completed and believe it would take me no more than 2 years, possibly only the 18 months.

The program doesn’t offer any kind of coordinated internship, although UNC does offer a a separate internship that gives preference to its students. That bodes well for me, as I also completed my undergraduate degree at UNC.

Of course there are financial concerns, as neither the DPD program nor internship are eligible for financial aid (aka loans) and I’ll be trying to pay off my boatload of debt from my MPH. If I could just win the lottery, I’d be set.

I’m trying not to worry about any of that now. I’m sticking with my plan of finishing my MPH and will see what comes next. There’s no way to know what the future holds in terms of career and family but this is definitely something I’m going to keep in the back of my mind. I can’t predict the future but I do hope mine includes becoming a registered dietitian and it’s nice to know that this program is a possibility.

Fitness in a Week 8/21-8/27

Hey guys! Sorry I’m a little late posting today. Ryan and I spent yesterday doing some baby gear research and before I knew it, it was time for bed. So, anyway, let’s quickly look back at last week.

Monday 8/21-1.75 mile walk

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1.5 miles with Bailey and a walk around the block with Benji. I felt so bad the day before when I went for a walk with my friend without Bailey. She knows my walking shorts and shoes and gets excited when she sees me get them out. Ryan said she cried when I left without her, so I definitely owed her a walk.

Tuesday 8/22-Jazzercise

This was such a fun set with some new routines and some older favorites, including a tough leg routine.

Wednesday 8/23-Jazzercise

This was another great set that was also heavy on the legs. I seriously could barely walk afterwards.

Thursday-1.55 mile walk

Another walk with Bailey. Monday seemed to wipe Benji out, so I let him sleep.

Later that afternoon I met my friend for coffee and we walked around a bit but I didn’t last long.

Friday-Jazzercise

The instructor put together a “Happy/Grateful” set and I loved it. It was exactly what I needed after feeling kind of down on myself after getting together with some of my cohort from school the night before. I did not love almost crying during Grateful which gets me normally but was taken to a whole new level by hormones. It’s a beautiful song though and I left the class in a much better mood.

Saturday and Sunday were much needed rest days. My legs were actually bothering me a bit and I woke up this morning with some leg pain. I’m going to keep moving and hope that helps keep my muscles loose. I’ll keep you updated!

Edited to add: This week put me at 80/100 Jazzercise classes for my challenge. I had to put it on here because I’m having a hard time keeping track!