Week 20!

by Chase on September 22, 2014

And like that, we’re halfway there!

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I felt pretty darn good this week! Whenever anyone asks me how I’m doing or how the pregnancy is going, my answer is always, “No major complaints!”

I also love maternity clothes.  I don’t know if it’s the lack of a waistband or what, but I find them so comfortable. I could sit around in my maternity work pants all day.

On to the deets:


We had our 20 week ultrasound appointment this week!  Did you play the BIG REVEAL! game?  I’ll save you the click – it’s a boy!  Anatomy scan went great, but I’m a little sad that there are no more ultrasounds.  The best part is getting the sneak peeks!

Next appointment is the as it were dreaded glucose test, but I hear that it tastes just like McDonald’s Orange Hi-C which, if I’m being honest, kinda got me through my first trimester.  I admit that I love orange soda so I think this will be no big deal for me.

The appointments are scheduled out between now and the end of the year which is up through 35 weeks.  Oh lordy we’re moving right along!


Umm… Steak & Cheese sandwiches.  Like Philly Cheesesteaks.  We’re not talking organic cheese, grass-fed beef on gluten free bread.  I’m talking all-in, greasy cheesesteaks with fried onions and mayonnaise.  I’ve had 4 (FOUR!) in the last 2 weeks.

In related news, I had my total cholesterol checked and it was 217.  I assumed it had to do with my cheesesteak kick, but I read online that for pregnant women, your total cholesterol goes up because you’re producing more of it due to the hormones.  They said that anything under 240 doesn’t warrant additional testing.  (Source)  So bring on the cheesesteaks!

No but for real, I need to get some more variety in my diet.  I’ve been eating a lot of cereal, bananas, and yogurt for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch (egg salad, steak and cheese, chicken) and random stuff for dinner – pizza, mac & cheese (this truffle mac from Evol Foods is so fantastic) or just something simple like a bagel.  I don’t have much of an appetite at night.  But, I read this week that baby now has tastebuds and can taste whatever flavors I’m eating!  I’m not sure  if it’s connected, but maybe a varied diet will lead to a less picky eater? We shall see.


Just a few good long walks with Callie and an RPM class.  Nothing really noteworthy.

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I did however, cancel my CrossFit membership.  As good as it felt to get back to it a month ago, it doesn’t feel good anymore and it’s too expensive to pay and not go.  I actually cried when I sent the email to cancel. I kind of blame hormones, but I think some of the tears were just because it signaled a change in my life.  A change, don’t get me wrong, that I’m 99.9% happy about, but there’s a part of me that’s sad to let it go.  Not to CrossFit as a sport – that I can pick up again after he arrives – but to the spontaneous happy hours, the living in a young, urban area and the whole pre-kid, carefree lifestyle.  I’m so looking forward to parenthood and can already feel my heart swell when I feel my son kick, but I’d be lying to not admit that it was a good run while it lasted.  Any change brings a bit of nostalgia, I suppose.

I think RPM is coming up to the end as well.  My knees bump my belly which gives me a side stitch and is annoying.  So I find myself taking my knees out of alignment to avoid my belly, which is bad for your knees.  I’m fine on the standing climbs, it’s the speedwork that’s bothersome.  I’ve adjusted my handlebars but it’s still not quite right.  I’m taking it week by week, but I might end up giving that up sooner than I might have expected or hoped.  It’s ok!  I’ll pick it back up when I’m ready to in the Spring.  He did love the music in RPM class last week though – I could feel a ton of kicks and flutters during the Mountain Climb!  (Or he was annoyed that there was to much jostling and loud music and heavy breathing going on haha)

My MO with fitness is: I’ll do it as long as it feels good!  So far walking and BodyPump feel the best.  I’m going to go to a pre-natal yoga class next week too.

Mental + Emotional

It’s funny, now that we know what the baby’s sex is (and I’ve talking to him by his name), it feels so much more real.  I’m no longer thinking of it in terms of ME being pregnant, but HIM growing big and strong.  I couldn’t care less about pregnancy symptoms or little annoyances like sleeping on my side. Granted, I don’t have many symptoms – no heartburn, no constipation, no morning sickness (thank GOODNESS) – but this week I noticed a real shift in my mindset all the same.

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Next up

Registry is the next big thing!  We have a shower coming up next month for our out-of-town family, so I need to start getting some items together!  I’ve gotten so many good suggestions from so many moms and dads already, but I’ll seek guidance here too: What’s the one baby item I have to get?  What’s one thing that is so useless I shouldn’t even bother?




The big reveal!

by Chase on 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!

Of course, this is also the big opportunity to find out what baby’s sex is!  We decided early on that we would find out, so I was waiting, waiting, waiting for this day!  I couldn’t wait to see our little one again.

Everything went great at the scan and they said that everything looks normal and Baby Leist is measuring right on schedule for his/her January 31 due date.  Phew!

I know it’s a trendy thing these days, but we’re not pomp & circumstance people, so we opted against some kind of big gender reveal party or pink/blue cakes thing.  (I don’t even like cake that much.)  Plus we have 2 showers coming up so I felt that another party in our honor was a bit overkill.  So we just called our family to share the big news!

So, since we didn’t do any kind of party, in good fun, here’s a little mini-game!  Guess what you think Baby Leist is!  Click on one of the below and you will find out!



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Week 19!

by Chase September 15, 2014

Week 19!  Nearly halfway through! 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 […]

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Baby Leist {Weeks 14 -18}

by Chase 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!! 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 […]

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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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First Trimester {Weeks 4-6}

by Chase July 29, 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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So, hey! I’m pregnant.

by Chase July 24, 2014

It’s definitely still a little weird saying that because I’ve pretty much spent the last 15 years trying NOT to get pregnant.  But I am. And we’re thrilled. Before all of this Did I ever mention that Jeff and I met on eHarmony?  We did.  Back in 2008, the way it all worked (I understand […]

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Popping in to say hi! And…

by Chase July 23, 2014

…to let you all know! More baby fun to follow! (In the meantime, can someone get me some saltines??)

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