Second Trimester {Weeks 21-25}

by Chase on October 23, 2014

Well my friends, the weeks are flying by.  I meant to get an update each week over the last few weeks (ok month), but it didn’t quite come to fruition.  (This post has been in draft form for weeks!) So, here’s a few weeks all rolled up into one.

Not much has changed, really!  I kind of knew this would happen – once we had our Anatomy Scan and we knew everything was growing on track, I had a feeling that it would turn into more of a waiting game than not.  Baby Leist is on my mind all day every day, but now that I know he’s developing just like expected, I feel a little less anxious about it.  I think also now that I can feel his kicks regularly, he’s always letting me know that he’s in there and he’s doing good.

Plus, I think it might have to do with a lot of fun activities going on: weddings, house updates and some post-season Orioles excitement had me occupied over the last month. And oh yeah, work too!

Here’s me at 15 weeks on the left, and wowza, 25 on the right!  Me and little man still have a good 3 months to go … I can’t even begin to think what that belly will look like at 35 weeks!  Halloween weekend marks the end of the 2nd trimester, so we’re getting there!

Week 15 to 25

Getting ready for Baby

The nursery is currently a, er, work in progress to say the least.

Those are the old living room curtains on the floor. (side note: Is there anything you can do with them old curtains?  It’s so much high quality fabric, but it’s not our style so we’re not keeping them. I guess we’ll just throw them out?  I feel like I should make play clothes out of them a la Maria von Trapp.)  Like most of the other rooms were painted when we moved in, the room is a very light peach but isn’t going to stay that way.  We haven’t quite nailed down exactly what we want to do, but I want it to be something soothing and cute for a little baby, but not too severely “little boy”.  And educational, haha. We’ll figure out the exact color and decor scheme in the coming weeks!

Fun milestones

Just after I hit week 21, Jeff got to feel his first belly kicks.  I can’t tell exactly how Baby Leist is situated in his bedwomb, but I get lots of kicks in the space below my belly button and just above my pubic bone.  One evening he was kicking up a storm so I quickly got Jeff to come over and put his hand right where I felt him kicking and he was able to feel his first baby kicks!  Oh it was just the cutest thing ever.

House Updates

We’ve been working on the house quite a bit!  We ordered furniture for the living room which was delivered last week, and the dining room, master bedroom furniture should be delivered in the next few weeks. I’m very excited for my dining room furniture, but I’m also REALLY excited for our new mattress.  I haven’t been sleeping great lately. I tend to wake up with my hips and shoulders aching and hurting from sleeping on my side.  I’m hoping the new mattress will alleviate some of my hip pain that I get sleeping on my side!  I also went out and got a snoogle. The snoogle has been great and has allowed me to sleep halfway on my stomach.  Plus, I snore when I end up on my back and it wakes both Jeff and me up, so staying put on my side is best for many reasons.

I have another half-written post with a house tour, so stay tuned!

Childbirth class

We also signed up for our childbirth class and tour of the labor and delivery area of the hospital where I’ll be delivering. I think I generally understand what to expect during childbirth, but I figured better to be overly prepared than under prepared.  Hopefully, I’ll learn something new. I mean, I took an “Education for Responsible Parenting” class in high school, so this is all old news to me. ;)

But, one of the options we have at our hospital is to book a “Deluxe Maternity Suite.”  I can’t decide if this sounds like a fantastic idea or a horrible waste of money.  From their website:

Be Surrounded by Tranquil Luxury

Our two-room, two-bathroom deluxe suites provide lovely, truly intimate settings in which to bond with your newborn. Luxurious amenities cater to the needs of mom, baby and family members.
Standard amenities in our Deluxe Maternity Suites include:
  • “At Your Request” Room Dining Service: Order what you want from from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Meals are cooked-to-order and delivered to your room for you and your significant other.
  • Separate guest suite with sofa bed
  • Two bathrooms
  • Flat screen television and Wi-Fi in both the patient room and adjacent guest room
  • In-room refrigerator stocked with complimentary chilled juices and bottled water
  • Healthy snack basket
  • Fine linens, plush towels and robes
  • Rocking chair
  • Boutique toiletries
  • Free parking

Sounds lovely, but I mean, am I going to have any time or interest in the free wi-fi and the snack basket?  Or is that really more for everyone else? 

Other News

I went in for my glucose tolerance test to check for gestational diabetes last week.  It wasn’t nearly as bad as I was afraid.  The drink itself was fine – kind of like Hi-C, but the bad part was the miserable sugar crash from drinking 50g of sugar on an empty stomach.  I ended up with a terrible headache and no surprise, ended up in tears later in the day.  Proof once again that nutrition affects more than just how you look!  Luckily I passed, so no gestational diabetes here.


I wake up most mornings totally forgetting that I’m pregnant.  Other than things such as touching my toes and putting on shoes getting a little more difficult every day, I don’t feel terribly unlike myself.  I’m sure that will change in the coming weeks so try not to laugh too hard :)

Coming up

I’m desperately trying to get ahead on the holidays! I already ordered personalized Christmas cards from Minted plus a new address stamp from Etsy.  I just love stationery and never miss an opportunity to send a handwritten card or thank you note.   We picked these cards because it reminded us of new wooded back yard and our cute little deer friends that come to visit us!  I post videos of them on my instagram from time to time.


I don’t think the neighbors like the deer as much as we do, but I think they’re very sweet.  I don’t have any landscaping that I care about them eating, so that probably makes a big difference. I can’t wait until Baby Leist is here and we can watch the deer from the window. :)

And here’s the address stamp I ordered! Obviously that’s not my name (or address) but that’s the design I selected.  Makes sending cards just a hair easier.  Check it out here on Etsy.  I love the fonts.

Personalized Rubber Stamp - Custom Calligraphy Stamp - Eco Mount Address Stamp  - Williams

OK that’s about it for this week!


1) Deluxe Suite or no Deluxe Suite?

2) Any tips for heading into the third trimester?


It’s no secret that womens’ bodies change during pregnancy.  Body image, for me, has been something I’ve struggled with since I was a little girl.  Around age 10, I first got into aerobics and other “non-sport exercise” (a phrase I just made up to create a distinction between sport-based exercise such as being on a soccer team, playing in a tennis tournament or training to be a CrossFit competitor and just exercising for fitness) because I thought it would make me thinner.  (Turns out I loved it for more than just that.)  I played sports such as soccer, softball and tennis since I was about 6 or 7, but exercising for exercise sake was something that didn’t come until I was a pre-teen.  I don’t have a small frame – I’m sturdy, big boned, whatever you want to call it.

I was a chubby pre-teen, I was a moderately-chubby high-schooler, and I was a fit college student – my lowest adult weight was actually in college.  I was teaching step aerobics and toning classes on campus and I was an Exercise Science major which meant my classes included workouts, strength tests and using ourselves as our own exercise research subjects.  Plus, I was waitressing 3-4 days a week which meant walking around for 8-10 hours straight during my late night shifts.  The weight just fell off of me.  I weighed around 130 and was a size 4.

I don’t think it’s unrelated that that time of my life is one that I look back on fondly as one of the happiest times of my life.  I remember like it was yesterday – after not seeing me all summer, one of my sorority sisters told me, “You just look so comfortable in your own skin.”  It was such a powerfully confident and happy time of my life that I even got a tattoo to commemorate my life – to have as an anchor to remind myself of how I felt as a young 20-something with the world at my feet.  Now when I look at my tattoo, it brings me back to that time.

PageBreak.jpgPost-college, as a mid 20-something, my weight stayed mostly in check and I floated between 135-145, size 4-8 during that time.


My freshman college roommates and I reunited!  June 2004

During this time, I picked up BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP and RPM and it was effortless to stay in shape.  Working out was just so much FUN!


July 2005 – Bridesmaids at our friend Kim’s wedding

Me and Fala

Fala and me, FDR Memorial, March 2008.

In 2008, my life shifted quite a bit – I split from a long, bad relationship and started commuting 90+ minutes for work.  I also met Jeff and between running around 12 hours a day, that new relationship honeymoon period where you go out to eat and get drinks all the time, and some major life stress unrelated to work or Jeff, I gained 15-20 lbs over the next few years.

RPM Launch Jan 09

RPM Launch at Gold’s Midtown (RIP) – January 2009 – Me on the left.

Despite the weight gain, I managed to keep it in check for the most part.  I did Weight Watchers here and there and I lost and gained the same 20 lbs about 4 times over the next 5-6 years.  Not ideal, but it was what it was.

Christmas 2010 113

Christmas 2010 (Hi Cal!)

I dropped back to almost college weight before the wedding in June 2012.  I bought my dress off the rack at a nice discount, but there was no room to take it out at all.  It was a fit-or-die scenario. Luckily, it fit!


My sister/MOH, Claire, helping me into my wedding dress, June 2012.

I heart DC 1

Before the Rock N’ Roll Philly Half, Sept 2012. (I set a PR of 1:56 that day!)

PageBreak.jpgNow that my body is not my own anymore, at first I felt a bit funny about all the changes taking place.  I don’t have the energy to work out as much as I used to and on one hand, I think, “Meh, whatever – It’s all just part of the process.  It’s all for a good cause, it’s another 4 months of my life and then I can get back to feeling like myself again.” And on the other hand, I feel like I should make staying fit more of a priority, because, well that’s who I am.


Jeff and me at Great Falls Park, August 2014.

At first, it was hard for me to look at old pictures compared to new pictures and not feel a little bit weird about what’s taking place.  When this picture above was first taken, I was in disbelief.  Is that really me?  Is that how I photograph these days?  I confess: it was hard to see. I certainly wanted none of these pictures on social media.

I was embarrassed about my flabbier arms and my newly minted “back fat.” Are those dimples in my thighs? I needed new everything – pants, shirts, bras, even shoes.  It felt all wrong.  Is this really my body?  Why is my face so round?

It was like I was 12 again and not in that “Woo hoo no mortgage!” kind of way.

PageBreak.jpgFast-forward a few more months and I’m glad to say that I’m feeling much better about my body.  Yes, I have back fat, yes I need to wear spanx so my thighs don’t rub together and yes, oh yes, do I have a big round belly.  Now that my bump has gotten bigger and bigger and I’ve started to feel Baby Leist kicking around inside on what seems like an hourly basis, I’ve learned to accept that this is all part of my process.  There’s no use comparing myself to other pregnant women – nobody else is the unique mix of genetics that I am. Sure, I’m not the size 4 I was in college and that’s OK.  That doesn’t mean that I’m destined to never be fit or set PRs again, it just means not right now.

I do, however, care about how my body feels, so staying fit for labor and delivery is something that I am cognizant of.  But that’s more fitness for sport than “non-sport exercise.”  (I just called labor and delivery a sport, ha!)

Lately, I’ve been doing what feels good, fitness-wise.  Long walks are great, gentle yoga is great, even some low-impact step aerobics.  But I only want to do them on my terms and only for as long as I feel like doing it.  Usually that’s about 30 minutes at a time.

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy my elastic waist jeans and watch this belly grow.


My Birth Plan

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Week 20!

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The big reveal!

by Chase September 17, 2014

Jeff and I went this morning to the doctor for our 20 week Anatomy Scan.  As I mentioned in my last post, this is where they perform an ultrasound to measure all the various parts of baby’s anatomy: legs, arms, heart, kidneys, bladder, feet, brain, diaphragm, even blood flow… you name it, they measure it! […]

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Week 19!

by Chase September 15, 2014

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by Chase September 4, 2014

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Returning to CrossFit

by Chase August 6, 2014

Shortly after I got pregnant, I realized that I did NOT feel like going to any kind of workout, let alone CrossFit which is still, even 2 years later since I first started, the hardest workouts I know (well, maybe that at BODYATTACK — it just keeps getting harder!)  I told the owner of my […]

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First Trimester {Weeks 11-13}

by Chase August 3, 2014

When I first found out I was pregnant, I just wanted to tell EVERYONE!  It was way too much for me to handle silently, so I blogged about my experiences and kept them as drafts to post after it was safe to share the news!  So, here’s a short trip down memory lane about my […]

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First Trimester {Weeks 7-10}

by Chase July 31, 2014

When I first found out I was pregnant, I just wanted to tell EVERYONE!  It was way too much for me to handle silently, so I blogged about my experiences and kept them as drafts to post after it was safe to share the news!  So, here’s a short trip down memory lane about my […]

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