Baby Update Part III

Now that I’m in my third trimester, we are having more baby appointments and less travel, which I love. Baby’s heart rate was 133 at the last appointment. I find it so interesting how Baby’s HR changes so much throughout pregnancy.

I am growing every day and my body is slowing me down. I am exercising less, which allows me to nest. I have yet to buy the most important item: a car seat. But I did have a baby shower (thanks sister Elizabeth!) and now have most of the gear needed for baby’s arrival.

How many weeks pregnant: 30.

My guess on gender: A boy.

Pat’s guess on gender: A boy.

Food aversions: Ground pork is my only current food aversion.

Food cravings: Is salt a food? I am putting salt on everything, excessively.

Sleep: I am sleeping about 10 hours a night. During triathlon training I could never sleep more than 8 —  this baby making takes a lot of energy. I am also sleeping on my back. I’ve read this is a no-no, but my doctors and PTs say this is just fine as long as I am comfortable.

When I feel my best: I feel my best when running.

When I feel my worst: I feel awful at the end of the day. I also dislike how quickly I get full, and then I am starving five minutes later. My stomach has shrunk and I’m not able to eat big meals, except for breakfast. For some reason when I wake up in the morning there is room in my belly for a big meal, but come dinner my stomach seems to have shrunk.

Biggest area of growth: My stomach is growing and growing.

Times I go to the bathroom during the night: On average, I go to the bathroom three times during the night.

Belly button in or out? My belly button is neither an innie or outie. It’s quite strange to look at as the belly button is flush with my stomach.

Wedding rings still fit? Yep! My hands/fingers have not swollen yet.

Best moment of being pregnant so far: Feeling baby move.

Worst moment of being pregnant so far: Since my last update, there hasn’t been too many complaints from Baby or me. Yes I am slower, and can’t exercise as much (or as quickly) but that’s not the goal this year. The goal for 2017 is to have a healthy baby :)

On my to-do list: Patrick and I finally got furniture (from BabyAppleseed) for the baby nursery so we are going to be putting that together shortly and organizing Baby’s room. Patrick and I are still sleeping in our guest room as our bedroom currently has no bed nor dresser. We still do not have a couch or TV or dining table chairs, but they are ordered and on their way, so soon we will be relaxing in our home as we hoped.

Training: I am running quite a bit less than last time I wrote an update. I ran 40 miles last week and swam around 10,000m. Swimming is difficult for me as I get sharp pains in my stomach when I push off the wall too quickly. I have learned that pregnancies are all so different. Some women can’t run, while for me, that is what feels best. Other women praise the pool, while I notice discomfort. I love listening to my body and adapting as necessary. I have been commuting more on my bike and I ride my bike about once a week (when it’s safe to do so). As my training decreases, my physio, PT, and massage increases. My body is becoming more prone to injuries and rolled ankles with the relaxin and lack of coordination. I take every day as it comes and do what feels best on that day.

Thanks for following my journey. We are looking forward to meeting baby Lemieux.

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We love breakfast and Patrick likes it even more when he doesn't have to make it! 

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At the baby shower with friend Katie.  

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Thanks Elizabeth for the shower! 

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Spending time with family and friends in WI

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Had a great time at The Island House in the Bahamas. 

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Volunteered at a local tri club here in Portland. Love seeing the enthusiasm these youngsters have! Thanks Strive for having me. 

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Ran for those who can't (I can no longer run this long nor fast!) 

Baby Update Part II

Time for another baby update! We had another ultrasound on March 23rd, 2017 and Baby would not stop moving. This made it very hard to get a clear and cute picture. Thankfully, Baby did allow the doctor to check the heart, bones, kidneys and other organs. Everything looks great, which makes Mummy and Daddy very happy.

The past month, Patrick and I were in Flagstaff, AZ. It was my first time that high (7000ft altitude) and it made training with a baby extra difficult, but I absolutely loved it. The trails were beautiful and the sun was shining daily. We are now in Portland, OR where we just bought our first home. I can’t wait to move in and decorate (we have never owned a couch, TV, table, etc. so we have a lot of shopping to do).

Thank you to everyone who wished my dad well. He is still recovering and still in and out of the hospital. I really hope Baby gives him motivation to get better. Patrick and I are still hopeful he will be able to fly out for Baby’s birth with Mom and Elizabeth (sister). I am also hopeful Dad gets well enough to make some of his beautiful woodworkings to decorate our new home.                                                                                  

How many weeks pregnant: 22.

My guess on gender: Because Baby is moving so much, I think it’s a boy.

Pat’s guess on gender: Patrick says boy because it looks like a boy (I’m not sure you can tell in pictures this early though).

Food aversions: My only food aversion in the second trimester so far has been pork. Unless it is pulled, al pastor, or BBQ pork, then I will devour it.

Food cravings: My strangest craving was for a root beer from a glass bottle. It only happened once, and when I requested it Patrick looked at me and said “I’ve never in my life seen you drink a soda!” I also crave unhealthy foods and starches (white, processed breads, ice cream, shakes, and French fries). Thankfully, though, I am able to eat a more normal diet now and am back to eating (mostly) healthy foods; although, my dessert intake has increased quite a bit. 

Sleep: I am still sleeping more than normal, but not as much as the first trimester. I am currently sleeping around 10 hours a night with a nap in the middle of the day.

When I feel my best: I feel my best when running.

When I feel my worst: I feel my worst at the end of the day. I get very tired and exhausted and usually can’t function past 6pm. I’m often in bed before 8pm.

Biggest area of growth: My stomach!

Belly button in or out? My belly button is still an innie. 

Wedding rings still fit? Yep! Hands/fingers have not swollen yet, but my feet sure have.

Best moment of being pregnant so far: Feeling Baby move around 17 weeks was the best moment so far. My mom told me that was too soon to feel baby move, but even Patrick felt the baby move. Now I feel Baby all the time—every day Baby is moving, pushing, punching, and tumbling. I love the sensations and love knowing that Baby is still OK.

Worst moment of being pregnant so far: My feet grew and swelled an entire shoe size. My big toenails were turning black and blue and I almost lost them. It was so painful. It took me about a week to figure out what was happening (that my feet were bigger). The day I figured it out, Patrick went to the store and bought me new shoes a full size bigger. Patrick said the salesperson was so confused as to why the shoes had to be ASICS (“If your wife is sponsored, why are you buying shoes?” they wondered. But, I wanted to buy the shoes that day so I could go for an afternoon run). I am glad to say my toenails are saved, and I found a new favorite training shoe since the store didn’t have any DS Trainers. My new favorite shoe is now the Dynaflight. On a sad note, I’m not sure if my feet will ever return to their pre-pregnancy size and I have so many pairs of shoes I love.

On my to-do list: Too much! I thought this year (a non-racing year) would be less busy, but I’ve actually been more busy. I feel like I can’t say no to anything since I’m not training (I’m just exercising). Patrick and I finally closed on a home. In a month, we will have a lot to do (buying baby products and furnishing a home). Anyone know any good interior designers in Oregon or a furniture store that’s looking to sponsor an Olympic Gold medalist? Haha

Training: I have more energy now than the last time I wrote an update so I’ve been training two times a day (instead of once). I still feel my best when running. I enjoy running and it’s the only workout where I can push myself. When swimming, if I try to do an effort or if I push off the wall too quickly, I get a sharp pain in my stomach. Cycling has been limited due to lack of nice weather, so running has been my main source of exercise (notice I say exercise and not training). I am getting slower almost daily. I now sometimes struggle to go at a 9 min mile pace, although I still have some good days when I can average 7 minute miles. I am continuing to do strength work as well. 

Thanks for following my journey—please leave comments on what you would like me to write about next time.

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Baby's foot  

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Here is a picture of Baby. I think I even see a smile! 

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I've been staying busy with sponsor engagements and photo shoots.  

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Running has been treating me well during my pregnancy so far.  

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My clothes no longer fit so I now where Patrick's.  

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One of my favorite dishes Pat cooked up (recipe was from Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky's new cookbook. I was a taste-tester.)

Baby Update

Patrick and I did it – we are pregnant. It took two months (we were unsuccessful in month one and successful in month two). We waited the traditional 12 weeks before announcing the pregnancy. The first trimester was fairly rough, but I kept reminding myself of what my mother said “Enjoy this time. It’s not often that you are pregnant.”

Besides the happy news of baby Lemieux, there has been some sad news. My dad has been in hospital for almost a month now and it’s been stressful. Patrick and I have been flying to Wisconsin weekly to visit and keep Mom and Elizabeth company. I’m so thankful that I am not abroad this year and that I am pregnant and able to skip training to be with my family when needed.

Now, back to the fun stuff. Here are some fun things about my pregnancy:

How many weeks pregnant: 13.

My guess on gender: I thought it was a girl, until I saw the ultrasound and then I thought boy.

Pat’s guess on gender: Boy.

Food aversions: Weeks 5-11, I could not stand meat, vegetables, or salads. I also could not cook as the smell of cooking was awful (thank goodness for Patrick!). I would try so hard to have a salad, but a bite of anything nutritious made me nauseous.

Food cravings: I would call it food survival, not cravings, as nothing else sounded good. I could stomach white toast with butter, white pasta with butter and/or cheese, cottage cheese, bagels and cream cheese, crackers and cheese, mashed potatoes, and fruit. Basically I could eat anything that was white in color, or anything unhealthy. I also craved sweets. I had hot chocolate every night as well as cookies, pastries, donuts and more. Patrick said he was going to make a salad for dinner and I said, “That’s OK, but how about we just go to McDonalds? I’d be happy with a double cheeseburger, fries, and a shake.” I was eating unhealthy and am unsure if it’s the hormones or if I’m giving myself a “break” from my normal healthy eating habits.

Sleep: I am sleeping 10-12 hours a night, plus a long nap mid-day. This is not normal. Usually I sleep 8 hours a night with a short 15 to 20-minute nap.

When I feel my best: I feel my best when running. My nausea seems to disappear when I’m running so I’ve been running quite a lot to escape the first trimester blues.

When I feel my worst: I feel my worst when I have an empty stomach or when I smell cooking. I started to leave crackers and apples by my bed to eat in the middle of the night and in the morning. Poor Patrick wakes up to some loud crunching.

Biggest area of growth: My stomach was the first to get bigger, followed by my chest, thighs, waist, and more. For a month or two, I just felt flabby. Now I feel pregnant :)

Times I go to the bathroom during the night: On average, I go to the bathroom three times a night.

Belly button in or out? My belly button is still in and I think it’s even more pronounced now that I have more fat on my belly.

Wedding rings still fit? Yep! Although my legs get swollen.

Best moment of being pregnant so far: Seeing baby Lemieux move on the ultrasound and counting baby’s 10 fingers.

Worst moment of being pregnant so far: Waking up and feeling awful, followed by a day of laying in bed. One day I felt so sick and tired, I spent the entire day in bed without my phone, computer, TV, or book. Pat delivered food in bed and I spent the rest of the day with a bucket within an arm’s reach.

On my to-do list: Patrick and I are actively looking for a home and have been unsuccessful. We have a ticking time bomb to get a home (and then outfit the home with baby supplies!).

Training: I have been exercising about once a day. For the first trimester, I didn’t feel well enough to do more than one thing a day. Now that I feel better, I don’t have time with all the travel back home. It’s nice to take a break from the intensity and three workouts a day, although I do miss feeling fit. I have been mostly running just because that’s what feels the best and that’s what is easiest when traveling. I sometimes hop in the water for a swim, but usually only get in 1,000-2,000 yards. (I get bored quite quickly without my training buddies.) I haven’t been biking much as it’s winter and I don’t have the motivation to ride a trainer.

Patrick and I are going to wait to find out the sex of the child. 2016 was an amazing year, but 2017 will be the best by far (as long as Dad heals up!). Having a child trumps any and every athletic achievement. The joy Patrick and I have right now is indescribable and I can’t even imagine what we will feel when the baby is born. I will obviously stay state-side this year for medical care and will not be racing triathlons

 

Picture of Baby Lemieux  

Picture of Baby Lemieux  

Going for a walk as my second "workout" 

Going for a walk as my second "workout" 

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I went to the Pettit for a run while I was in Wisconsin.

I went to the Pettit for a run while I was in Wisconsin.

This is how I felt most days in the first trimester  

This is how I felt most days in the first trimester