Week 19!

by Chase on September 15, 2014

Week 19!  Nearly halfway through!

19 weeks

Yup, that’s a huge pile of boxes behind me!  I’m standing in our new master bedroom but all we’ve done is test a paint color on the wall and move our boxes of clothes in so we can find what we need.  A new bedroom set and a new mattress is on order, but it’s going to be another month or so before it’s delivered. Our current bed (which is just a simple frame with a boxspring and a mattress) is in the future guest room because that’s where it will stay long term.  We had two old dressers – one had a broken drawer and got demoted to the garage and the other is going to be in the baby’s room. So, we live out of boxes.

We decided against that paint color too.  We went with dark wood furniture, so we’re going to go much lighter with the paint.  I love the dark gray, but it just won’t work with the furniture, especially since there isn’t a lot of natural light in the bedroom!  The room looks out to the woods, so there’s lots of shade on that side of the house. We’ll have to paint at some point between now and when the furniture is delivered. Plus, I plan to do a whole house tour post soon!

Anyway, on to the pregnancy!


Nothing terribly unusual!  Normal appetite, sleeping fine, nothing too crazy.  My fingers are feeling a bit swollen (could be swelling, could just be gained weight) but my engagement and wedding rings aren’t fitting anymore.  Wamp wamp. I decided to stop wearing them before they got stuck on my finger, so that’s a bit of a downer, but I’ll survive,  Only 4.5 months left!

I’m feeling the baby move around more often now – still nothing from the outside, but I can definitely feel him/her move around inside!


None this week, but we go next week for the 20-week ultrasound and anatomy scan!  That’s where they measure all the various parts of the baby: The baby’s length will be measured, around his/her middle, around his/her head, the 4 chambers of the heart will be viewed, as well as the kidneys, bladder, stomach, brain, spine, and sex organs. (source) So that means we’ll be able to find out if Baby Leist is a girl or a boy!

I know that there are two schools of thought whether you choose to wait or choose to find out if it’s a boy or a girl before he/she arrives.  We elected to find out because Jeff really wanted to find out and I didn’t have a strong opinion either way, so I agreed that we could find out when it became an option.  Now that we’re planning to find out, now I can’t wait. I still feel like it’s a girl.  Either way, I just can’t wait to see him/her again!

I also scheduled an appointment for the first week of October: I’m allergic to dental anesthetics – you know, novocaine, etc.  I break out in total-body hives. It was first discovered while I was in the middle of getting a filling about 8 years ago.  It was nothing short of a form of torture – having to sit totally still while your teeth are drilled and your arms and legs feel like they’re itching from the inside out- it was BAD.

When I mentioned my allergy to my OB at the last appointment, she told me I really should go to the hospital to do pre-admission testing to see what anesthetics, if any, I can use.  If we can’t find one that I’m not allergic to, I may not be able to have an epidural.  I’m optimistic that they’ll find one that’s OK (I’ve used lidocaine for mole removal), but if an epidural is out of the question, then so be it.  It is what it is.


This week was better than the past two!  Now that the dust has settled from the move, I’ve got a bit more energy to devote to fitness again.

I haven’t been able to make it back to CrossFit since the first week back in early August.  My box is close to work, but now really inconvenient to the new house.  The problem is that there is no parking at all except for early in the morning or late at night, but working out at those hours are not compatible with me these days.  I could also go at lunchtime, but I feel it would take too long during the work day.  It’s a 10 min walk there, 10 minute walk back, 1 hour WOD and some time to change/shower.  It would be a 90 min commitment during the work day (plus I’d still have to eat lunch), so it’s just not feasible right now.  I’m trying to decide whether I just cancel the membership and start up at a new box near the house after the baby arrives, or what to do.  It probably makes sense to just cancel but that makes me feel like a quitter, so I’m really conflicted by it!  But it’s way too expensive to pay for and not use, so I really should make a decision soon.

Anyway, here’s what I did get into last week:

Saturday – rest
Sunday – rest
Monday – rest
Tuesday – BODYPUMP
Wednesday – Incline walking 30 minutes while listening to This American Life  podcasts. (Loved the “I got 99 problems and a pitch is one” segment!)  I was laughing out loud on the treadmill at 6:45am
Thursday – rest
Friday – Taught 60 minute RPM

Mental + Emotional

I’ve been feeling pretty good lately!  No pregnancy loss anxiety like the last few weeks (I think because I’ve started feeling him/her move around!) I totally think that getting back to working out has helped keep me busy instead of sitting around reading about what could go wrong on the internet.

Other News About Town

I’m absolutely loving our new neighborhood!  The first day we moved in, the next door neighbors came over with a pizza and a bottle of champagne to welcome us to the neighborhood.  So sweet!  Then, this weekend, the neighbors from 2 doors down came by with a bottle of wine and some lemon cookies to say hello.  It’s such a nice thing this day and age – I’ve never felt so welcomed before.

Week 20 will be an exciting one!  Be sure to check back next week to see if Baby Leist is a boy or a girl :)

Moms who’ve been there, done that:  I’ll be OK if I can’t get an epidural, RIGHT??


Baby Leist {Weeks 14 -18}

by Chase on September 4, 2014

Wooowee I meant to give an update WAY sooner than this!  August was an extraordinarily busy month, but all good things.

First things first, we are homeowners!!

new home

We settled on our new house in early August!  It didn’t take us long to decide that we needed extra space with our family expanding, so we started looking back in June.  Even though we settled early in the month, we knew that we wouldn’t be able to move in immediately.  We arranged with our apartment to have our move out be at the end of the month, so we had the better part of 30 days to clean out, organize and do a few things to the house to make it our own.  Not to mention weave in some travel and visitors in the middle of the month.

The same weekend we settled, my Mother-in-law came to visit!  This visit was on the calendar for months, and we had originally planned to tell her about the pregnancy when she visited, but just we couldn’t keep it a secret that long.  We took her all around DC and NoVA.  We also took a trip out to Great Falls, where I had actually never been before!  After Baby Leist arrives, I really hope to go back and do some picnics and hiking.

013_thumb.jpgCheck out that bump!

We spent another weekend painting the living room, the dining room and the hallway.  The house was entirely in a light peach color, so we agreed immediately that it had to go.  We spent another weekend in NJ at Jen’s wedding, and then we finally moved in last weekend! Phew!

Pregnancy update

I’m finally not grossed out by healthy food!  Vegetables, protein, eggs, chicken – things that I was totally grossed out by 2 months ago are making their way back into my diet.  I’m not craving anything really unusual and funny enough, as much as I loved carbs in my first trimester, I’m kinda grossed out by crackers right now. I think now I’m associating them with feeling nauseous, and since I feel better, it feels really good to fuel my body with high-nutrient foods.  And I’m not saying that because I’m supposed to say that, I swear.  I really truly do finally want vegetables which is a nice change.  (I’m eating them with salad dressing or sauteed in butter, but hey, they’re vegetables!  They have nutrients!  I’ll take it.)  I had a fantastic salad with romaine, carrot, broccoli, hard boiled egg, cheddar cheese, raisins and honey mustard dressing the other day.  I could go for another one of those today!  I’m also batty for brothy soup.  Any kind.  Thai coconut basil.  Tomato.  Seafood.  The more flavorful the broth, the better.  We went to a Mexican place near the new house for lunch the other day and I ordered their seafood soup.  I kept raving about it to Jeff for days!

13 and 15 weeks13 weeks vs. 15 weeks!

Feeling pretty good these days!  Having some weird patchy dry skin in random places – low back, upper torso and underarms, (but my Beautycounter Glow Sugar Scrub and Rosemary + Citrus Lustro Oil is really helping), sometimes I wake myself up snoring (sorry Jeff) and I definitely get worn out by the end of the day, but really, no major complaints.

Except my feet.  My poor feet!  I noticed it with all the manual labor over the last few weeks, but my feet just don’t have it in them for long periods of standing or walking these days.  They’re not too swollen, but they hurt and get tired really easily, even with supportive shoes.  On moving weekend, I had to keep taking sit breaks because my feet just ached so badly.

Some weeks were way better than others.  Weeks 14-15 were pretty good and I even managed 5 workouts including RPM and CrossFit during week 14!  Weeks 16-18 were a big wamp wamp on the workout front.  The physical labor of cleaning, packing, taping, and painting was exhausting enough, but on top of it, I came down with a late summer cold.  It just about did me in.  (I even called out of work sick so I could rest.) Turns out, being sick and pregnant at the same time is pretty exhausting – makes sense, right?  My body is busy building a baby, so throw in being busy fighting a virus and it’s just about enough to knock you flat on your butt.

Now that we’re settled in the house and there are no more moving-related deadlines to meet, I definitely plan to devote more of my limited energy to fitness.  When it’s missing, it’s SO noticeable.  I’m more tired, I get winded more easily, I feel less like myself.

Also, our new house even has its own workout room!  As soon as I get the boxes moved out of there, I’ll be able to use it!

I had an appointment at the doctor during week 16, just for some blood work and and a check up.  No ultrasound.  We elected to do genetic testing to see if we were carriers for any chromosomal disorders, and we are glad to say that everything came back normal and the heartbeat was a steady, strong 155 bpm.

13 vs 18 week13 weeks vs. 18 weeks!

Mental + Emotional
I cry at everything on TV and on the internet.  Big, fat, ugly cry, too. I usually will get choked up at something emotional on TV or in a movie, but this is a whole new level. For instance, I’m a huge fan of So You Think You Can Dance and I found this Buzzfeed article linking their top 25 routines from all 11 seasons.  I watched these one Saturday morning while eating breakfast and was SOBBING so hard I had to stop eating because I couldn’t breathe.  Especially during numbers 18, 4 and 2.  So moving.

Real Talk: I also find myself occasionally preoccupied with the potential of pregnancy loss.  I generally follow the mindset of assuming that everything is fine until the doctor tells me otherwise, but I can’t help but worry if something will go wrong.  I think this fear is fairly common with pregnant women, and while it’s not an all-consuming fear I do find myself researching and reading a lot about things that could go wrong.  Some people choose to avoid hearing horror stories; I’d rather have some familiarity with the various complications so if it does happen to me, I feel somewhat aware of and educated about them.  So I read the sad stories and somehow they comfort me. Maybe it’s also just the first phase of 18+ years of worrying about your children? :)

But otherwise, things are all good.  I think I’m starting to feel Baby Leist moving around and kicking in there.  Once every so often I’ll get a thump on one side or another.  The books say that movement is expected between weeks 18-22, so hopefully it’s the start of feeling him/her bebop around in there all day.

We go for our next ultrasound in the middle of the September where we, fingers crossed, find out if Baby Leist is a boy or a girl!  I don’t have a preference, but my intuition is leading me to think it’s a girl.  But my parents also thought I was a boy, and didn’t even bother to pick out any girl names, so I ended up with a last-minute brainstorm of Chase. So who knows.


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