38 Weeks

Size of baby: 19-22 inches, about 6.5lbs (Watermelon)
Symptoms: Pretty much the same as last week: backache, sore ribs, some pelvic pressure, braxton hicks contractions and a few (what I think are) real ones. 
Fetal Movement: She shifted slightly- now she kicks me in the side of the belly and her bum is pressed up between my ribs. 
Sleep: It’s really impossible for me to get comfortable. My sleep sucks. 
Cravings: Well all the pictures of delicious looking food people are posting from Charro Days have definitely got me salivating. 
Aversions: Yesterday in class a bunch of people were eating microwavable meals and the smell was really grossing me out for some reason. 
Belly Button: Flat and stretched.
Best Moment this Week: My doctor’s appointment. They did an ultrasound to check my fluid levels so I got a little peek at my baby. They used a low frequency because they were just looking at the fluid, so I really didn’t get to see much of anything, but when the ultrasound wand went over where her feet were she kicked it really hard. I could see the outline of her little foot for a second. I kind of wish I could have seen more, but it’s okay. I got to hear her heartbeat too which was around 127. (Don’t listen to the old wives’ tales that say girls’ heartbeats are over 140… it’s bs.)
What I Look Forward To: Having this baby!!!!
To-Do List: Same as last week. I haven’t gotten anything done. I still need to pack the hospital bag, finish the labor playlist, install the car seat, and finish the nursery. Time is running out!

Charro Days

(My grandpa on the left.)
I always get particularly homesick this time of year. At the end of February, my little hometown celebrates  “Charro Days,” a week-long celebration honoring the relationship between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico, sister border towns. It celebrates our unique Mexican-American/TexMex culture. The festivities start out with a “grito” and go on to include parades, traditional dances, delicious food, and lots of drinking. 

That’s me in 6th grade with my dance partner for the Charro Days parade. 🙂
My dad is one of the people behind Sombrero Festival, a 3-day festival during Charro Days. There are tejano and mariachi concerts, jalapeno eating contests, and lots more. My favorite event is the frijolympics, a charro bean cook-off. (I love beans, haha.) Every last weekend in February of my childhood was spent running around Sombrero Festival with all the other directors’ kids. I miss those days and the Sombrero Festival family. It’s sad to think that the last time I was there was my senior year in high school. 🙁 I’m surprised I don’t have more pictures, but here’s what I could find… 

My mom and I at my first Sombrero Festival
Sombrero Fest kids! 🙂
My little brother D.J. & cousin Robby after they won something or other
My daddy speaking at a party for the SF crew at our ranch
My daddy with other past-presidents of Sombrero Festival
Anyway, I just wanted to share a little about this awesome holiday unique to my little hometown. I can’t wait to dress Eva in a beautiful little dress and take her to her first Sombrero Festival. Here are pictures of some of my Charro Days dresses over the years… 

Toddler me at one of my first Charro Days dances. I wish I could find the picture of me with the little boy I danced with. I don’t remember him but I remember hating him! Hahaha.
I was probably 4 or 5 in this one.
and 6 in this one.
My sister Steph and Me.
Celebrating Charro Days in Hawaii. 🙂
I’ll leave you with my favorite Mariachi song. It’s kind of played out but I love it and this video.

37 Weeks – FULL TERM!

Size of baby: about 6.5 lbs and 19-22 inches… the size of a WATERMELON!
Symptoms: This week I’ve been having loooootssss of braxton hicks contractions. I’ve also had my usual backache and rib soreness. I can’t wait to feel normal again.
Fetal Movement: Her movement is getting slower and slower (she’s not really moving less, just slower). She’s so strong now, though. She likes to push her little feet up in my ribs or on the top right corner of my stomach and her little elbows way on the left side of my belly above my hip bone.
Sleep: Absolutely terrible.
Cravings: I’ve been craving a good restaurant salad, which I finally got last night. I don’t know if it was a pregnancy-related craving though.
Belly Button: All flat and stretched. Pretty gross looking, actually.
Best Moment this Week: Just making it through it. And finally reaching full-term today. I’m ready to meet my baby girl.
What I Look Forward To: I look forward to the next couple of weeks (days, even?) monitoring my body for labor signs. I’m actually really excited to experience labor and delivery. I have a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday, too, which I’m excited about.
To-do List: pack hospital bag, install car seat, finish nursery, make labor playlist

Third Trimester Fitness Update!

I haven’t talked about my exercise routine in a while, mostly because it hasn’t changed, but I wanted to post what will probably be my last pregnancy exercise update… for this pregnancy at least ;-). 

 Cardio:
I’ll be full term in 4 days and yes, I’m still running. Well, my non-pregnant self would call it “jogging” or even “a warm-up,” but boy does it feel like running. I’m running at about a 10 minute/mile pace, sometimes a little slower. I try to go three miles every day. Most days I can, but some days I’m just too exhausted. On those days I’ll do run/walk intervals or use the elliptical or stationary bike for 30 to 40 minutes. My mom bought me this maternity support belt to wear and I really think it makes a big difference.
Weights:
I also still lift weights 4-5 days a week. My split is: legs, back/biceps, chest/triceps, and shoulders. Some weeks I add an extra day of legs. My sessions are usually 45 minutes to an hour long and I do about 4-5 exercises per body part (3-4 sets per exercise consisting of 12-15 reps). 
I’ve definitely noticed a pretty dramatic decrease in strength and energy levels in the past few weeks. All the books say that all the crazy hormones from the first trimester return during the third, but I think my exhaustion has a lot to do with the fact that I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in months. Most days I just really, really, really want to stay home and relax but I never ever give in. They say if you stop during your third trimester you don’t get the benefits of an easier delivery or quicker weight loss postpartum. My doctor gave me the okay to work out right up to delivery, so unless anything changes, that’s exactly what I’ll do!