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DaemonCorax becomes less round (incubating pt. 6)

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Well last night was no fun. I woke up at 2 and felt ferociously uncomfortable for a variety of reasons. Wandered around the house, got back in bad, eventually got some sleep. Tuesday afternoon I was super emotional and isolated feeling. Got hugs and pie when MFH got home, but still was pretty sad. And my belly hurt a lot - oodles of belly button shoving happening.

 

This morning I wasn't stoked about lifting, but I wanted to move and get to the gym. MFH and I bouldered - something I haven't done in months. I stayed on the less overhanging stuff and chose lower routes or routes that were so easy I could downclimb them. It felt good to break up the stiffness from the night before and move in a lot of different directions. My back is strong enough now that if I needed to switch feet or something, I could do it without making my abs take much of a load. But I still backed off of things that felt like too much of a gamble. I didn't want to slip on some little crimpy thing and jerk anything. Still, it was nice. And it was nice to sort through puzzles with MFH together.

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Glad you got a little bouldering in! It's so good to have these little things that make you feel like yourself for a bit. 

 

On 4/29/2019 at 11:08 PM, DaemonCorax said:

 

Sort? Of?  I live on the Front Range in Colorado - it's a funny little bubble full of athletes and money and therefore therapists and doctors for EVERYTHING. Including pelvic floor specialists. So if something turns out really badly, there are fancy expensive resources around here. (yes, this is said with some amount of eyerolling. The number of times someone has told me that the secret to making pregnancy better is to go spend money on acupuncture/chiro/massage/skin treatment/therapy/etc etc etc is insane. Obviously I HAVE followed up on seeing a therapist, but the judgement between "I'm uncomfortable" and "I'm really unhappy" is very different.) Anyway. But yes.

 

The plan is to closely monitor my own stubborn tendencies. Which is to say, I could see myself coming out of giving birth, doing something hard, and my recovering body not liking it or getting injured. But my stubborn tendencies have also carried me through pregnancy with good physical strength, and no matter how much I feel dissociated from my body throughout pregnancy, the moments where it performs strongly are moments where I am proud of it for doing such a good job. So I will let myself push and do hard things, but only CERTAIN hard things. Walking->hiking->hiking with a big pack will be gently oozed into. Crunches and other forward folding motions in yoga, strength training, and to some extent climbing will be off the table until I can see my core stitching itself up from wherever it ends up. I am trying to give myself things I am allowed to do - like working in the garden, climbing in the gym, and lifting weights - where I can stop if something doesn't feel right, and keep control of the situation. I have mentally been charting some road rides that should take less than and hour for somewhere after the first couple weeks of recovery. I KNOW I will get out in the sun and want to ride for hours, but my body and the tiny human feeding schedule must be given consideration. Planning like this reminds me that none of this is all or nothing. It's all incremental. MFH has been playing on the crazy roof crack we built in our basement and says he misses debugging climbing moves with me. Getting on that thing (we built after I was too pregnant to climb it) is definitely a goal, but I'm not sure when.

Really that sounds like a pretty good plan. You have fall back options (even if they're eye roll worthy) and it sounds like you know yourself well enough to know where the pitfalls are. Do you know how to check for yourself how your abs are doing? 

And you know.. every plan really all depends on how you'll feel anyway. Maybe the crazy baby hormones will chill you the f*ck down and you won't even feel like getting out of the house. Who knows!

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You're doing great; keep up the good work!

 

I do stair laps too, now and then, but I haven't tried feet-wide.  I'll have to do that today.  :-)

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2 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Do you know how to check for yourself how your abs are doing? 

 

The finger check? Yeah. I'm cautiously optimistic, but there's a little halo around my belly button that is pretty tender. KT tape to the rescue for now.

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The waiting at the end is definitely the worst.  At least, that's what I'm told by the mother of my children. 

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Bad sleep last night, but I took it slow at the gym and finally got 5reps at 225 for my deadlift.

And the awesome whiteboard cartoons continue:) My workout is in the top right corner.

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14 hours ago, Cheetah said:

The waiting at the end is definitely the worst.  At least, that's what I'm told by the mother of my children. 

 

Yeah. That seems to be the consensus. >< Lol.

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They are very smiley :P (and awesome, I agree)

 

I remember being soooooo not ready at 38 weeks and hoping she would stay put for a little while longer. x) 

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I think the waiting part is so that you are so desperate to finally just have the baby, you are ready to do anything, even go into labor.:friendly_wink:

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On 5/3/2019 at 2:23 PM, KB Girl said:

They are very smiley :P (and awesome, I agree)

 

I remember being soooooo not ready at 38 weeks and hoping she would stay put for a little while longer. x) 

 

Gosh.  I was approaching the size of a small whale (40-50lbs gained.  Once the puking stopped, I was starving the whole time.  Amazingly childbirth took care of all but 10 of it) I was ready to just yank that sucker out.  I was so tired of the “haven’t you had that baby yet” and “you sure you’re not having twins?”   He was 4 days late.  And came on balls to the wall.  Slept through the first 2 stages. Fun times.

 

 

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On 5/4/2019 at 12:38 PM, Elastigirl said:

I think the waiting part is so that you are so desperate to finally just have the baby, you are ready to do anything, even go into labor.:friendly_wink:

So.Much.This!!!

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So tired.

Morning workout - my hips moved around again two nights ago, and I definitely focused more on form than weight with my squats today.

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The bouldering was a nice warm up, but I definitely am having a slow, tired day. More overhanging stuff isn't feeling great - there's a big empty space under my sternum it feels like, since the belly monster is so low, so having my feet "in front" of me on the cave routes isn't very useful. Soon. Soon we will be done and he will get to be right-side up. When I woke up at 3am this morning, I was definitely bummed that he hadn't decided to arrive yet.

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It's Thursday. Still pregnant. I'm going to walk to the store in a bit. It's snowing and 35 degrees colder than it was this weekend. Colorado, you're weird.

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yeah, my daughter tells me the rockies (she goes to school in Idaho) are Really cold right now!

yuck.

 

this has Got to be hurting the flowers!

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21 hours ago, DaemonCorax said:

It's Thursday. Still pregnant. I'm going to walk to the store in a bit. It's snowing and 35 degrees colder than it was this weekend. Colorado, you're weird.

 

Springtime in the Rockies.  Gotta love it.  (I’m south of you). It’s weird looking out the window and seeing hummingbirds in the snow.  They’re having some epic battles over the feeders, tho.

 

15th is the eta, right?  Any time now......you’ll rock this!

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So on Friday I didn’t go to work. The belly demon spent the day faking me out. I woke up at 3, got up at 4:30. I called in to a meeting but then spent the rest of the day alternating walls and Netflix with MFH, who stayed home to keep me company and hopefully drive to the birth center.

Total fake out.

I probably walked about 5 miles.

Yesterday we went shooting and I got sunburned because (1) I forgot my hat and (2) Preggo me is apparently my sun sensitive than regular me.

Oof.

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19 hours ago, DaemonCorax said:

So on Friday I didn’t go to work. The belly demon spent the day faking me out. I woke up at 3, got up at 4:30. I called in to a meeting but then spent the rest of the day alternating walls and Netflix with MFH, who stayed home to keep me company and hopefully drive to the birth center.

Total fake out.

I probably walked about 5 miles.

Yesterday we went shooting and I got sunburned because (1) I forgot my hat and (2) Preggo me is apparently my sun sensitive than regular me.

Oof.

 

Braxton hicks suck.  Esp. at the end, when you’re done and ready to pop that sucker out.  In my pregnancies, the real deal was waaay more intense than the fake ones.  Fingers crossed that it comes soon.(He/she?)

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Well, not on the topic of fitness (although I did walk from my house and around the lake this morning, mayeb 2 mi total?)

 

My mom sent me this: The last one I think is going to be spot on.

10 moms define motherhood in 100 words

The last one is:

 

"Motherhood is like that one dream you had when you were 16 where you have this big test at school in history. You study for weeks about the American Revolution, but when you get to your chair you find out that the test was actually in math. So now you’re stuck trying to figure out the square root of an elephant multiplied by the weight of a neutron star and it isn’t until after the test is over that you find out the answer was Purple.

–Malinda Ruzicka Carlson"

 

Thanks for all the support and positive words, especially from the parents on here. It's been really nice to hear from you.

 

If I'm still pregnant tomorrow, it will be a normal gym morning.

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8 hours ago, DaemonCorax said:

spot on

 

Sounds about right.  I'm only half way through with mine, and I'm constantly getting my expectations turned upside down.  You're going to love it.  ;-)

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