Third Trimester musings

by Chase on December 16, 2014

Hello!  I’ve thought of you and this little corner of the internet a lot over the last 6 or so weeks!  I would have liked to check in a lot sooner, but real life happened.  I’m 33 weeks this week and Baby Leist is growing and kicking every day!   I thought I’d drop in and chat about what’s been going on lately. In no particular order, here are a few things that have been on my mind this trimester!

Elevator selfie

1) I’ve very much enjoyed this break from being a Fitness Professional.  I stopped doing Personal Training in January 2014 in anticipation of starting a family and I am currently on a break from teaching RPM (indoor cycling) since Halloween. Here’s what I mean about the break: I’ve spent the last 15 or so years in a role that requires me to be a role model, educator, practitioner of fitness and health, whether it’s being a Group Ex instructor or Personal Trainer.  I’ve got degrees and certifications out the wazoo about all things fitness, health, weight loss, etc.  People know this and often ask me questions and it’s a subject that I used to talk about quite a bit.

Since I got pregnant and we moved (and some other things in my life shifted) fitness and training has become a far smaller part of my life.  I’m not going to lie, I am loving the mental space that has opened up.  I used to spend so much mental energy about planning and executing workouts, organizing and prepping food, or on a “bad” day – eating/drinking what tasted good that day and then spending a ton of internal, mental energy beating myself up for it.  Looking back, it was exhausting.  Exhausting.  I was always either “on plan” or “off plan” and it was a lot of spinning my wheels.

Now, my focus has truly been “What feels good today?”  And not even today, what feels good right now?  My body tells me when it needs to rest (something I ignored all the time before) and my body tells me when it’s time to move (still loving my long walks with Callie.)  I come home from work and if I need it, I take a 30 minute power nap because it help me feel refreshed.  Then I can tackle whatever else I hoped to accomplish that evening.  I drink far less caffeine than I used to and even though I’m tired, it’s not a burned-out, drained kind of tired.

2) I have a new respect and understanding to the challenges that overweight and obese people face.  I’ve gained approximately 30 or so lbs so far in my pregnancy (7.5 months) and will probably gain another 10 or so before the baby arrives.  Most of it is in my belly, but I have swelling and fluid retention everywhere.  This means I have some of the normal third trimester side-effects: sore feet and back, hard to get in and out of bed, carpal tunnel, heartburn, hard to put shoes on… those typical challenges.   I can’t walk as fast and I get out of breath easily when walking up multiple flights of stairs or carrying heavy bags.  I tolerate it because I know it’s a temporary condition and it’s all for a good cause, but I can’t imagine how hard it must be to go through life feeling like this all the time, with no end date in mind.  It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut of inactivity when activity is so taxing and uncomfortable.  For that reason, I’ve continually worn my FitBit to just keep track of how active I am throughout the day.  It helps that I have to run to the bathroom to pee every 20 minutes, but there are days that I average 3,000-4,000 steps if I don’t make a point of moving around.

As a fitness professional, it’s easy to look at a client/member from the outside in and just say “We just need to get you moving more!” but that’s so much easier said than done when you feel weighed down and you have a million other priorities to juggle.  I have a new appreciation and understanding for why getting fit feels like so much more of an Everest than a speedbump to someone who’s significantly overweight.  If and when I do return to my role as a fitness professional, I think this experience will give me a better understanding of the challenges that my members and clients face.

3) I’ve enjoyed my sobriety.  Some women choose to drink small amounts of alcohol when pregnant and that’s typically OK for them and their babies, but I’ve chosen to abstain 100% throughout the duration of my pregnancy.  At first, I missed the flavor and scent of beer and wine (I would make Jeff let me smell his freshly opened beers) but over the last few months, it’s really waned.  I have zero interest in alcohol.  Of all the things I miss because of being pregnant, alcohol is just not one of them.  I miss smoked salmon, raw oysters, runny eggs and kombucha*, but I don’t miss alcohol.  I also don’t miss the lifestyle that went along with boozing and sleeping in, or worse, fighting my way through the day with a hangover.  I’m over it.  I’m sure with breastfeeding, which I hope to do, and being on an infant’s schedule, this won’t change any time soon.

4) I love being home.  Before I was pregnant and when we were living in the apartment, I used to feel almost claustrophobic about being in the apartment all day.  I couldn’t stand it — I just wanted to get out and do stuff!  Now that we have the house and it’s nearly completely outfitted with furniture and decorations, etc., I just love being home.  I have happily puttered around the house without stepping foot outside except to walk Callie a couple times and I love everything about it.  I love that the TV is in the basement, so if it’s on, it’s not overtaking the entire space (which is how it is when you’re in a small apartment).  I love my new desk with my new workspace and how clean laundry can sit on the guest bed for a week straight and not get in my way (like it did when it was on our bed and would make the move from the bed to the dresser and back again multiple times a week before it got put away — mostly because we didn’t have room to put it all away!)

5) I cannot WAIT to meet this little guy!  We went to childbirth class on Saturday and the more and more I think about him actually arriving and being a little person in our home the more excited I get!  The first two trimesters were all about being pregnant and feeling pregnancy symptoms and now it’s all about this little dude who’s joining our family!  If I let myself, I can daydream about him all day. I’ve picked out the outfit he’ll wear home from the hospital and I confess I just keep holding it up like he’s a little person inside those clothes already.  I feel him kick and move and thump around in my belly all the time and can’t wait until I can see him do it in person.

We still have about 6 weeks to go until he’s expected to make his grand debut, but as far as I’m concerned, whenever he’s ready, we’re ready for him.  Of course, that may not be until early February, but either way, we can’t wait to welcome him into the family.


*A note on kombucha – I chose to abstain because there’s no real medical documentation as to whether it’s safe for pregnant women.  It may be fine and there are anecdotal articles about it being fine, I just chose not to risk it since the risks are unknown.


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?

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{Thoughts} Body Image and Pregnancy

by Chase October 13, 2014

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 […]

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My Birth Plan

by Chase October 2, 2014

There’s so much on the internet and in literature about birth plans and natural birthing and water birth and more unusual options like lotus birth (yes, that’s a thing). Doulas and midwives and coaches and birthing methods and all sorts of things.  It’s enough to make your head spin. If you have a need as […]

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Week 20!

by Chase September 22, 2014

And like that, we’re halfway there! 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 […]

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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

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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