Working On My Prenatal Fitness: March & April

May 21, 2018

This pregnancy has been humbling (understatement!) in that what I "thought" I would be able to do (working out 5/6 days a week like with my 1st pregnancy, to start) and reality were vastly different. This go round I'm so utterly exhausted the mere thought of physical exertion makes me want to weep. Or vomit. So I wear my Garmin daily and try to walk as much as possible.  And while I'm not diligent in recording, the sheer act of doing something makes me feel a bit better.

2 walk 10 minutes

5 walk to library .90mi

27 Krav Maga/Self Defense class - a peer is an instructor so we got a small group together . So. Much. Fun.


10 walk to/from drop car off for detailing before bebe dos arrives.

11 walk to/from drop off Mark's car for detailing (he legit said my car looked "brand new" and changed his mind real quick about the same service for his vehicle). Also, walked to lunch and ran an errand to parking office. Overdid it real good and had Braxton Hicks like a mother.

13 walk O to school

20 walk O to school

21 30 min walk to/from dinner

(?) walk to post office, Jimmy Johns

27 walk to city garden for lunch. I say Braxton, you say Hicks...

The Business Of Being Knocked Up (Bebe' Dos): Second Trimester

May 15, 2018

Digestive issues got me like - Uber uncomfortable.  Thank goodness for prunes. Despite being cold around the clock and the persistent need to pee, the second trimester is a dream! Started thumbing through my Bradley Method {book} notes and feel like I’ve forgotten EVERYTHING.


No food aversions, none!! I find myself eating day, night, and every moment in between. Plus snacks. Meal planning is still a joke, and packing food for work is futile because it sounds edible whilst I pack, and once I go to consume said food, it sounds about as appealing as a root canal.

Minimal effort. MINIMAL:  Sept-DecJanuaryFebruary

Total Weight Gain: 20.4lbs

Surprises About Being Pregnant
Feeling those first flutter kicks are the best! This time they began sooner which is absolutely welcome, in my book. The human body does incredible things.

New This Time
My hair, oh man. It is so dry and tangled it resembles a rats nest, on a good day. My feet and legs swell a bit as the day draws on — nothing major, but enough for me to take notice because, ouch. Compression socks make it worse.

 This Bebe is riding low, low, lower than my first pregnancy which is a welcome reprieve for my ribs.  My bladder and sciatic nerve, on the other hand, would like you to ease up a bit...

Bought Anything
 Wubanub, wet/dry bag, and adorable outfit and lamb romper, plus this sweater that I stopped wearing daily only because Spring finally arrived and its 80+ degrees outside.

Calls to my OB
One, tearful call standing in the middle of the pharmacy as she tried to patiently explain that no, I probably had no broken ribs, and the only relief I could try was Tylenol for an awful week-long cold.

week 14: (ATL business trip) Bump, there it is. Hello maternity wardrobe. Oh how I've missed your coziness.

week 17: boob aches.  Expert level exhaustion.  My skin is sooooo dry.

week 18: my boobs hurt, infinity. constipation, station. You kick, and flip.

week 20: rib pain. Prunes, help? Kicks are getting more noticeable.  Fatigue fog is alllmost disspated.

week 21: I can feel your kicks externally! Moods swings. 

week 22: My ribs feel like they are being stretched over a canvas...  Also, I split my maternity pants. Gestational self esteem: 1, Marcia: 0.  Midnight eating, not snacking.

week 23: Sitting low, low, LOW. My lungs say "thank you". My bladder says "scoot over a bit".

week 24: (Chicago/Princeton for Christmas) Cold from, HELL. Can you fracture ribs from coughing?

week 25: (Chicago business trip) Resting snugly on my sciatic nerve.

week 27: (Family trip to Denver where we were minutes from missing our flights) Hello Braxton, Hello Hicks.

First Trimester/Owen
Second Trimester: Owen

K Beauty: No Make Up Glow

May 14, 2018

In a gestational fit of "I feel like absolute crap" I stumbled upon the Little Book of Skincare by Soko Glam and decided to give it a whirl. It's no surprise my current skincare regime needed revamping, add in pregnancy hormones and -- my face was a bit of a "situation".  

More than a bit skeptical of the seemingly time consuming 10-step skincare routine (day and night, no less!), I decided a) it couldn't hurt and b) a little self care is always welcome.  A  month in and I'm happy to report not only has my complexion perked up, but so has my mood. I've even gotten Mark on-board and he has been more diligent than I on more than one night time cleansing occasion.  Shockingly enough, the process takes about 5-10 minutes start to finish, with sheet mask days averaging 30-45 minutes which sounds like a long time, but has been a welcome addition to my nightly routine once Owen is tucked in for the night. And on nights when "I can't even", I breeze through five steps (steps #1, 2, 4, 5, 9). Or not, because #sopregnant #soexhausted. Progress, not perfection - am I right?

Below are the products we are using currently:
  1. Oil Cleanser: Green Tea Cleansing Stick (it feels and smells amazing!)
  2. Water Based Cleanser: same as #1 -- I double cleanse on days my face feels extra wonky or if I've skipped my night routine.
  3. Exfoliate: Murad Skin Smoothing Polish I also use my Foreo Sonic Cleanser for added exfoliation
  4. Toner: Dear Hydration Toner
  5. Essence: Advanced Snail Mucin 96 Power Essence
  6. Serum: InstaNaturals Vitamin C Serum/Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate (for nights when my face needs added hydration)
  7. Sheet Mask: Brightening Sheet Mask set 
  8. Eye Cream: Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
  9. Moisturizer: {day} Ultra Facial Moisturizer {night} Birch Juice Hydro Sleep Pack
  10. SPF Protection: #9 Kiehls has SPF
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