23.00 – Changes & Challenges

23 weeks.

August 29, 2015

I’m really grateful that my working hours were recently reduced by about an hourIMG_1857 and a half each day because my energy was really taking a toll.  Working 8 to 5, making dinner, prepping for the next day, exercise, cleaning, showering, and hubby time all had to fit within the scope of 4 short hours.  Not only was I exhausted by 8pm, I was stressing so much over every little thing that had to be done… and that’s WITH Osiris’s understanding, help, and cooperation.  That extra hour at the end of the day has made a HUGE difference for my energy and our marriage.

I haven’t had many specific extraordinary cravings.  I still get hungry every 30-40 minutes, but I’ve been eating fruits and veggies and yogurt for snacks, like I should.  It’s been fine.  This week, however, I began to regularly crave cereal, which I’ve been eating almost every day when I get home from work.  That’s it.  Nothing crazy.

All the students at work just bring me FOOD!
All the students at work just bring me FOOD!

As far as weight gain, I’ve gained approximately 8-15 pounds from pre-pregnancy.  It’s funny, though.  In the last 3 weeks I gain and lose those 7ish pounds.  One day I’m 144, the next day I’m 138.  It goes up and down, up and down.  I keep exercising regularly- everything from cardio to high intensity to weight lifting.  I attribute much of the comfort and easiness of my pregnancy to regular exercise.  Three cheers for exercise!!!  Yeah!  Yeah!  Yeah!

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Current Challenges:

  • Smells.  I’ve hear other moms complain about how perfumes and colognes bothered them during pregnancy.  I, on the other hand, appreciate when people go the extra mile to wear these special fragrances.  What I’ve become keenly aware of, however, is body odor, sweat, smelly feet, and lack of hygiene of those around me.  Ew.  Ew.  Ew.
  • Bending over. This has become more of a challenge – reaching down to plug my straightener into the outlet, picking up items on the floor or underneath my desk, or in a bottom drawer or cabinet.  This is becoming more difficult.
  • Peeing.  Obviously, I have to drink water constantly.  I drink water all day long.  This also means my trips to the bathroom are frequent and annoying!  At least, I learned to time my water consumption to my bedtime so that I don’t have to wake up every 1, as I was early in my 2nd trimester.
My incredibly amazing and supportive husband!!!
My incredibly amazing and supportive husband!!!

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