9 More Weeks!

The Countdown is On!

So…this is it…our weekly countdown is in the single digits now!  Although I still have 9 weeks to go, Garrett will be considered full term in 6 more weeks, and of course, I want him to be as close to his due date as possible, but, if he decides to come just a little bit early, I’m pretty sure I’ll be ok with that : )  My belly is getting bigger and bigger as the days go on and it’s starting to make me a little bit uncomfortable.  Now, I know it will all be worth it in the end, but it’s only going to get worse before it gets better.
Symptom wise, I’m still feeling pretty good.  I’m walking 3 miles with my dogs almost every day, but the lower left side of my back has really been bothering me.  Especially when I go from standing to sitting or vice versa.  The Dr. said it’s completely normal because my ligaments are stretching, and my hips are widening to prepare for the baby, and obviously the extra weight is putting more pressure on my joints and making my back arch more, but it constantly feels like it needs to crack or stretch, and I can’t seem to do either. 

Also, lately my feet have been bothering me too.  I’ve had the swelling especially towards the end of the day or if I’ve eaten a lot of sodium, and my gym shoes and my walks help, but since it’s sandal season and of course I’m wearing sandals because they’re the easiest thing to put on, and because I have high arches and sandals typically don’t have much support, my arches, and the balls of my feet have been super sore!  I did some reading and researching and I know you’re supposed to get new shoes every 6 months or so, but since I’m not running any more, I guess I just didn’t think that rule still would apply as strictly to me.  Boy was I wrong!

See how worn out the soles of my shoes are!

I decided to read a little and I learned that due to the way that my soles are worn out, and the way my footprint looks in a “wet-test” I am a “normal” to “underpronator”  That means that I have normal to high arches so one type of shoe is better than another, and I was definitely overdue for new shoes!  Not to worry I remedied that situation yesterday as soon as I read about it, and now I’ve got brand new pink gym shoes with the right support, Check out the difference in the soles!

New shoes vs Old shoes

And boy is there a difference!  My feet feel 10 times better not only when I’m walking but even just doing things around the house!  Now I should be all set to get back into my workout routine after Garrett gets here and the Dr. gives me the ok to start running again!  Right now it’s my plan to train for another sprint triathlon that will be held up in Huntersville at the end of September, so that is going to serve as part of my motivation for getting my body back!
If you’d like to learn more about what type of pronator you are and what shoes are best for you, take a look at this website http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp/shoe-guide-print.html
I had a routine check up yesterday morning and everything is progressing exactly as it should be!  My weight is on track, my blood pressure was 110/70, and Baby Garrett’s heart was still beating strong at 150 bpm.  I was a little surprised at how fast it still was, but the Dr said not to worry it was fine and that as I get farther along the heart rate will lower a little.  He also measured my fundal height and told me that I was measuring at 30 weeks, which is just fine.  He was able to feel Garrett’s head and actually had me feel it too! It was pretty neat and  it’s exactly where I thought it would be, down, and he is curled around with his back towards my right side.  Also what I thought considering I usually feel a harder part on my right side (his rump) and he’s been kicking me in the ribs more and more frequently.  His movements are still very consistent, little and sometimes big kicks in the ribs but I think I feel him actually moving or sqirming more than kicking or punching anymore. Every once in a while it’ll be such a strong movement that it startles me!  I can also see my belly shifting and moving whenever I feel him move, and it makes me giggle every time!  So…..things are good, I’m still super excited and it’s not too much longer until we’ll meet our son!
We can’t wait! 

Here’s my weekly update!

How far along? 31 weeks
Total weight gain. 24 lbs (I blame all the yummy food and the malley’s chocolate I ate in Florida : )
Symptoms? Achy back, sore feet, swollen ankles, and starting to slow down on my walks,
Maternity clothes? Loving my yoga capri pants and my maternity T’s
Cravings of the week? Smashed red skin potatoes, fruit, and frozen yogurt
Sleep? Out like a light as soon as I lay down, but still having some trouble falling back asleep after I wake up to use the bathroom
Best moment this week? Hearing Garrett’s heart beat, sleeping in my own bed with my maternity pillow (they’re not exaclty easy to travel on a plane with) and getting my new shoes : )
Belly button? At the surface, wondering if it will actually pop
Movement? For Sure!
What I miss? Running and drinking wine with Dan while we cook a nice dinner
Looking forward to?  Getting up to Ohio to spend some time with my parents and family and my first baby shower!!
Weekly wisdom? Make sure you are replacing your shoes when you should be
Milestones? Weekly countdown is in the single digits!

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