Thursday, January 26, 2017

~Baby N#3: 21-22 Weeks~

How big is Baby N#3?


Baby is the size of a burrito with the works! He/she is getting bigger- ~ 11.38 inches and over a pound! And now I want a burrito.

Aversions or Cravings?
 No aversions but I still want all the carbs and sugar. I'm really trying to plan healthy meals for myself so I don't give in too often to those sweet cravings. Gestational diabetes testing is coming up.


Movement?
Definitely lots of movement all the time! Little kicks and jabs all throughout the day and night. Pretty awesome feeling!

How I'm feeling?
I was feeling great until hubby and I came down with a stomach bug last week at the exact same time! It was awful! Thankfully it only lasted 2 days. My energy is still low, especially when I have super busy days so I'm forcing myself to take it easy when needed.

I'd be lying if I didn't say I am struggling with the weight gain, lack of working out and body changes but I try to remind myself that it's all temporary, important for the baby and focus on the positives of how amazing it is to be able to grow a baby again! 

What I'm Wearing?
All the comfy maternity clothes. I'm sticking with basics that are comfortable, make me feel good and I can easily accessorize. I find I am so much warmer this pregnancy (and it's not even warm out) so I mostly try to wear short sleeves and layer with sweaters.

Belly Button?
Still in but getting shallow.

Sleep?
Still good. Sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep at night but I'm still comfortable.

Workouts?
I've managed to do 2-3 workouts a week for the last 2 weeks. Considering I was sick, had some hip/back pain and had lower energy I am happy with what I did do.

I had some bad hip/lower back pain a couple weeks ago. The first chiro appointment made it worse but the second one helped. I'm trying a new chiro to see if his technique helps me more (he uses a similar technique to what my chiro by my old house used). Basically my glutes are super tight because they and my core are weak (typical pregnancy stuff), which causes my hip to get aggravated. He gave me some stretches to do daily and said to still work on strengthening my glutes (squats and lunges) to help prevent the other areas from tightening too much. 

My weekly prenatal yoga class is super gentle and slow paced but I am actually quite enjoying it. 

What I'm Excited for? 
The kids, especially Audrey are so excited for the baby! Audrey talks about the baby daily, says "hi" to my belly, gives it kisses and insisted the other night that we all sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" to the baby at bedtime. I know three will be insane at times but seeing how excited they are now about the baby reminds me that it will all be worth it.

What I Miss? 
Clothes fitting and being fit. All temporary!

Highlights?
We heard the baby at the midwife appointment again. He/she sounds good. Heart rate is between 145-150 bpm. I'm so thankfully I am able to have such loving care with my midwives again.

Baby Purchases & Projects?
Our infant car seat expires just after the baby is born so while I was out buying a baby gift for a friend, I saw our same car seat on sale so I bought it. It's a good thing we don't know what this baby is or else I would be buying everything!

Not quite baby related but we are finally getting around to hanging pictures and art in our house! It's only taken us 5 months! I'm trying to knock off these projects since I know I will have zero time when baby comes.

Belly Picture



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Revive Lifestyle Fitness: Workout Review

Last weekend, the blog squad was invited to check out a new workout studio in Calgary-  Revive Lifestyle Fitness

I quickly checked to see if the studio owners recommended if I try the workout given that I am ~22 weeks pregnant. They assured me that given my exercise experience, and low-risk pregnancy that I would be able to do the workout, with a few modifications. Excellent!

Upon entering the studio, I immediately noticed how serene the space is-- simple yet calming and inspiring. It reminded me a bit of a yoga studio and I immediately felt at ease and not as intimidated by the equipment as I am at other gyms. 

The workout studio



Workout of the Day


Lockers! They also had private change rooms and showers and complimentary towels to use for the workout.



Mike, the owner and our instructor for the day explained that Revive workouts combine low impact training with high intensity (or slightly lower intensity for me). The workouts change daily and are a combination of spinning (low-impact), rowing, TRX and kettle bell circuits. Personally I've had a bit of experience with each of those but never combined!

There are three types of classes at Revive:

1- Fundamentals which is an intro class where you learn proper technique using all the equipment and the different training zones to personalize the intensity. 
2- Revive which is their signature class and what we did. It incorporate H.I.I.T (high impact interval training) circuit training using the spin bikes, water rowers, TRX and kettle bells. 
3- Restore focuses on self myofascial release (foam roller and release balls) functional movements and mobility exercises. Excellent for rehabbing problem areas and creating balance in the body.

Once Mike gave us an introduction to the equipment and the workout, we started on the spin bikes. Instead of using heart rate training, you input personal information like your weight, age, and number of hours of cardio a week into the bike's computer and it sets your intensity levels for you. There is a light at the top of the computer so no cheating!!




White- warm up
Blue- low intensity/recovery
Green- medium intensity
Yellow- medium-high
Red- high intensity

The TV screen in front of us would tell us what zone we should be in, with a countdown and what the upcoming zone is. Plus Mike would coach us through, helping us push and reminding us to turn our bike dials up or down. 


Some red zone! Burn!


Spinning is hard work! I didn't spend as much time in the red zone as the workout called for but it was important for me to listen to my body and not push myself too much right now. Spinning was definitely more comfortable for me right now than running would be!

After about 16 minutes of a sweaty workout on the bike, we headed over to the rowers. These water rowers were gorgeous! They were made of wood, with water that helps minimize joint impact.

We kicked off our 2 circuits of the day with several minutes of rowing.


Then we picked up our kettle bells and did some dead weights and arm raises.


We hit the mat for some ab crunches- I modified and didn't use the kettle bell.


And then it was time for the TRX bands for some squats and pull-ups. These were fun!


We did another circuit that involved more ab work, incorporating the TRX. I modified because my abs are slightly compromised right now and I didn't want to hurt myself.

For our last round, we did partner work! Extra motivation!

One person was on the rower for a certain distance, starting at 500 m. Their partner was on the floor doing 10 burpees and then holding a plank until the rower was done! We did this for 7 minutes, alternating and then reducing time on the rower. I modified the burpees but it was still a workout getting up and down. I even developed heartburn which I rarely get!


The workout lasted about 50-55 minutes and it was a tough one! That stretch at the end was well deserved!


The blog squad and Mike, the owner and our instructor

Laura, Jen, Ange, Jo, Leslie, me, Leigh and Alison

What I loved about this class:
- Low-impact!! Not everyone can or wants to run so spinning is a great way to get that high intensity cardio workout without aggravating your joints. And with these bikes you can't cheat with those intensity lights!
- I never once checked my watch to see how much longer the class was! Definitely not boring!
- I was able to modify the workout to suit my specific situation and still felt like it was a great workout
- Mike was great at motivating us to push a little bit harder

Revive has a great selection of membership and pass options. Your first class is FREE and they have a great first month intro rate. You can check out all the pricing details here.

A huge thanks to Jen for organizing this class for us and to Mike at Revive Lifestyle Fitness for taking us through a tough, yet fun workout! I can't wait to try this class again.

Huge thanks to Laura at Scribbles and Sass for taking photos of us in action!

Monday, January 23, 2017

~Weekend Recap~

Oh this was a busy week+end so I'm glad I was able to relax most of Sunday!

The week started off with hubby and I getting a stomach bug. Not fun! Thankfully the kids were spared (I actually think they had a touch of it before).

Thursday was a busy day with appointments. We tried a new chiropractor in the area which involves a long initial consultation. Add kids into the mix and it was stressful. I can't blame them trying to sit still for 1.5 hours.

We came home for lunch and then headed out for our midwife appointment. Good thing the clinic is set up for children!


We then had to rush home because the plumber was coming to look at a couple things. Thankfully nothing major- just some drips to take care of.

In the evening I had a hair appointment so at least that was relaxing! My hair dresser is going on maternity leave for a year now so I need to find a temporary hair dresser until she is back up and running. Ahhhh- I might end up trying ombre! It's so hard to find a good (affordable) hairdresser.


Friday was another busy day of appointments. A couple weeks ago I got a rock chip and crack in my windshield. We only replaced the windshield a few months ago so we headed to CalAlta Glass to have the crack hopefully stopped. It actually didn't take very long at all- maybe 15-20 minutes. I'll definitely go back since I know more rock chips are in my future.

We went back home for lunch and then had to drop off Audrey at Preschool. I did my usual Friday routine of stopping at Starbucks and my buddy fell asleep on the way home! Transfer success!


After we picked up Audrey we dashed to Costco to get new tires on my car. We roamed around there for 45 minutes, trying all the samples and picking up a few things.

Afterwards we met up with Daddy at Kinjo for dinner. Audrey requested chopstick food!


Yes, Audrey is in her PJs- it was PJ day at school!


That night hubby and I watched The Heat which was hilarious!! Watch it!



Saturday Audrey had ballet in the morning and her class put on a little show for the parents. It was pretty cute and she did a great job keeping up! Leo was a bit upset at first that he didn't get to run around with her!


After an epic meltdown by Leo leaving the dance studio, we headed to Amelia's birthday party. I still can't stop laughing at how mad she gets when you sing to her!


I looked over and Leo was standing beside Amelia, waiting for his picture to be taken!


He then wanted me to sing happy birthday to him!

The kids enjoyed trying on the various animal masks!


After I dropped the kids off at home, I headed out to Revive Lifestyle Fitness to try a new workout with the blog squad. More on this to come in a later post. Spoiler alert- it was tough and sweaty!


Needless to say, I did nothing on Saturday night.

Sunday morning I slept in and still had a hard time getting up!

I skipped grocery shopping with the family since I had a lady coming by to check out some of my maternity clothes on Kijiji. She was over an hour late but she bought a few things.


I seem to have a crafting bug- I am finally getting around to doing a gallery wall in our bedroom (still haven't put the kids up in their rooms). I have looked all over for some art but wasn't loving anything so I decided to get creative. Good thing I hoard craft supplies.

Sneak peek at a canvas I made with doilies.


Audrey saw me painting and wanted to as well. She is much more creative than me! 

The doily at the top is for the baby!


I had to go back to Costco to have my wheels tightened (standard procedure) so I ran a couple more errands and then went back to relaxing for the rest of the evening. I'm starting to do birthday party prep so that is going to start filling a lot of my spare time in the upcoming weeks. 

Ok week- I'm ready for you! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

~Baby N#3: 19-20 Weeks~

How big is Baby N#3?


Baby is the size of a girl's bun! I laughed pretty hard at this since I've been wearing a lot of mom buns lately! Also this is subjective because bun sizes can vary! 6.46 inches and 10.58 ounces.

Aversions or Cravings?
 Still craving lots of sweets but I think that's more holiday related than baby ;) Now that the holidays are over I need to focus on healthy eating and not having chocolate with every meal. Meat still isn't my favourite but I can eat it now without gagging.


Movement?
As suspected, the anatomy ultrasound confirmed that I do have an anterior placenta, which is different from my last 2 babies. However, I have started feeling lots of movement, and even some kicks from the outside, especially in the evening so I'm excited for that!

How I'm feeling?
I'm continuing to feel better. I have a bit more energy which is great. No nausea or vomiting so I'll continue on Diclectin for awhile. I am definitely feeling pregnant though- aches, pains, hard getting up and bending over! And I'm only half way!!!

I also had a co-worker tell me this week that my belly is big for 5 months. It's so hard to not take comments like that personally but I'm glad I have a bigger belly this time because last time I had a small baby so they are actually watching the baby's growth more closely this time. 

What I'm Wearing?
Mostly maternity clothes with a few regular shirts. I'm definitely sticking to the capsule wardrobe this time. I lived in leggings over the holidays, only putting on jeans when I really needed to!

Belly Button?
Still in but getting shallow.

Sleep?
I still get tired easily so I slept in a lot during Christmas holidays. I need to go to bed earlier though so I don't get too sleep deprived.

Workouts?
With the holidays, I finally found the time and energy to workout a few times with consistency. I feel so much better physically and mentally when I workout so this is a priority. I'm doing the T25 Alpha and Beta workouts, with lots of modifications. Partially because I'm pregnant but also because I'm out of shape for not working out for 2-3 months! My cardio and stamina is so low!

I signed up for a prenatal yoga class. While I'm not expecting it to be much of a workout, I am looking forward to the weekly hour that I can just focus on me and this baby and relax a bit.  I am having a hard time finding other prenatal workouts close by and I find a lot of places don't want you to start working out there if you weren't already doing the activity pre-pregnancy. Also, once I registered for this prenatal yoga, the confirmation says they require a ParaMed-X for Pregnancy form signed off by your doctor! For YOGA??? I'm sure they have their legitimate reasons for requiring this but I had to book a last minute appointment with a doctor (not even my doctor!) to get it signed in time for the first class. It would have been nice if they had mentioned in the class description that this form is required, rather than after I paid.

Ultimately I'm just glad that I am moving again!

What I'm Excited for? 
Feeling more movement and the kids being able to feel the baby kick too! I think they will enjoy that. 

What I Miss? 
Energy, working out and wine. Plus lots of winter activities aren't recommended for pregnant women for risk of falling so I feel like I am missing out on skiing, skating, tobogganing, etc.

Highlights?
Our anatomy ultrasound was last week. Baby was very busy and not very cooperative for some of the measurements. Heart rate is around 160 bpm. We did NOT find out the sex which was very hard but also exciting for it to be a surprise on birth day!

I'm probably a bit biased but I think this baby is pretty cute already!





Baby Purchases & Projects?
Trying to figure out names. Why are boy names so hard? Our girls name list is much longer although we still haven't narrowed it down at all. I think we have one boys name that we kind of like but aren't sold on. Sometimes I wish babies were like cabbage patch dolls and came with a name already! Please share your suggestions!


Weekly Belly Pic



Monday, January 9, 2017

~Weekend Highlights and Lowlights~

Brrrr while I am not overly sad that the weekend is over, it is so cold right now that I don't want to venture outside much!

I thought I would change things up a bit form my usual weekend recap and share some of the highs and lows of the weekend. Not to complain, but so you can all laugh!

High
I tried a new breakfast recipe! I found this Apple Pie Oatmeal recipe in the Oh She Glows recipe book. It looks so delicious and was easy to make.

Low
Sadly, I don't like oatmeal and no matter how good this looks, it didn't taste great to me. I think you need to be an oatmeal lover to appreciate this one.



High
The kids found some sticker books they haven't played with in awhile so they spent a good chunk of Thursday playing with them.



Low
The mess that came with finding the sticker books. Could have been worse!



High
Babe and I had a workout on Thursday morning while the kids played contently around me.



Low
Said workout required a shower and Leo got into my body lotion while I was in the shower. Thankfully it cleaned up easily. But a few minutes later, Audrey started throwing up all over the house which was not easily cleaned up. I'll spare you a photo of that! The washing machine, the stain remover and my elbows got a workout that day.



High
Audrey's bug didn't last long and she was busy playing. These connecting beads she got for Christmas kept her and Leo busy for hours!


She made herself some fancy jewels!



Low
There are now small beads all over my house. She was also losing them when we were at the store the other day. 

High
Shopping and ice cream with my girl!



Low
Her shopping stamina needs some work. Good thing I brought the stroller (the 2 stores we had to go to were at the opposite end of the mall).



High
Playing cards with my girl and puzzles with my boy! They are both at such a fun age- I love seeing them learn new things.

These card holders are the best. My mother-in-law found them in the US.




Low
Trying to find all the cards after Leo hides them all! 

With this extreme cold we have been hibernating inside a lot, which leads to cabin fever. Let's hope it warms up soon so we can get outside and burn off some energy! And not have to wear 5 million layers to go outside ;) 


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

~2017 Goals~



This year will be different since we will be welcoming a new baby mid-year and with that brings a lot of changes and the need for flexibility as we all adjust to the wonderful chaos of a baby.

That does not mean that I won't set goals for the year, they will just be different and more realistic to our current situation. I likely won't be running much but I will be focussing on my family and self-care as we all embark on this new year.

Personal

1) Read more books. I loved Brie's virtual book club from last year so I look forward to reading more books with her as well as some personal development books. Since I am being realistic here, I hope to read 12 books in 2017- one per month.



2) Less screen time. I need to turn off all screens by 10pm at the latest on my work nights and even try to keep that up on the non-work nights.

3) Go to bed by 10:30 on my work nights. By 11pm at the latest the rest of the time.

4) Stay in better contact with my friends and family. Schedule monthly family dinners again, and invite more friends over for dinner (helps that my hubby loves to host).

Professional

My current work-life balance is excellent with me only working 3 days a week. I love my time in the office, collaborating with co-workers and having some me-time. Working part-time makes me a better mom, and leaves me more fulfilled. I am grateful for this balance.

My Rodan + Fields business has been growing at a steady pace. While I would love to devote more time to it this year, I am mindful of the changes that will be coming my way so I will be patient with myself and accept that I can't do it all yet. What I've been able to accomplish with the part-time hours I devote to my business is satisfying and I love that I can pursue this passion when my time allows.



My goals for R+F for 2017:

1) Continue to grow at a steady pace- both with customers and team members.

2) Continue to remind myself: "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good" Learning is part of the process and doing will make it easier.


3) Love what you do and share with others. Simple as that.

Blogging

1) I would love to re-do the layout and design of my blog. If time permits, I would like this to happen in 2017.

2) To be honest, I write this blog for myself. The people that I have met through blogging have been amazing and I cherish those relationships. However, blogging is just a hobby for me so I won't allow it to stress me out too much if I don't post regularly.

3) I really need to figure out a better way to post photos which mostly means figuring out a better way of managing my photos on my computer/icloud. This is a big goal this year for me since I don't use the dSLR as much because it's so hard to find and edit the photos after I download them.


Fitness &Nutrition

1) Workouts will be less running focussed this year and more about just moving! My hope for the next 5 months is to 'move' at least 3-4x a week- whether it's a beachbody workout, a long walk, or yoga. I will make a monthly calendar for myself to put on the wall to keep track of my 'workouts'.


2) I will accept my changing body, knowing that it is doing an amazing thing growing a baby. I've already gained more weight with this pregnancy at this point but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I know I will be able to get back into shape once the baby is here and for now I need to listen to my body.

3) Don't use pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I want, especially now that I have the all-day sickness under control. I will make better food choices, reduce my sugar intake and eat more colourful foods.

I will participate in weekly meal planning- lunches as well.


4) Increase my water intake to 2L per day. Pre-fill water bottles at the beginning of the day so that they are readily available. Choose water over other drinks.

Most of all, my goal this year is to embrace the changes and not be hard on myself or other family members. My priorities will shift and it will be a struggle to temporarily give up some things that I enjoy doing (like blogging, socializing, racing, etc) but remember that that is not forever.. Babies are not little forever so I will soak up all of the needy, dependent stage that I can.