Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Super busy! Here's what The Paleo Baby is up to

I worked out today for the first time in 10 days, and it felt great! I almost forgot all about last week. Before the workout, I was apprehensive because I was concerned that the pain would return. It didn't, and the workout was really manageable for me. I have reached a point, though, where I need to slow down and modify quite a bit. Today, for example, I rode the stationary bike while the rest of class ran and jumped rope. I'm also using not just lighter but light kettlebells, and I'm doing push-ups when everyone else is doing sit-ups. And, because my heart rate gets high quickly, I really have to watch my pace. For the strength portion of today's workout, we did max body weight squats (I did 80 in two minutes) and it seemed like it took a long time for my heart rate to drop back down once I finished. I definitely need to start wearing my heart rate monitor.

Other happenings ...
  • The baby is due in 3 months and 11 days. I'm starting to freak out about getting everything together in time because the weeks are flying by. We still need to get a crib, a stroller, a car seat and basically all the other necessities.
  • I'm now 25 weeks along, but I'm measuring 27 weeks. The midwife I saw yesterday (not my regular midwife) said the measurements are subjective and since I am taking care of myself and gaining the right amount of weight (take that, weight gain calculator!) there is nothing to be concerned about. I'm glad, because when I heard 27 weeks I thought "aack, I'm going to have a huge baby!" The midwife said that is very, very unlikely. Phew!
  • My midwife, Christine, told me at our appointment last month that she, too, is expecting (she's having twins!). The thing is, her due date is just a couple of weeks after mine. So, she won't be at my delivery. I'm sad because I really like her, but she assured me that her colleagues are all very nice and compassionate. And I'll get to meet everyone in advance, so I won't be dealing with a stranger during labor and delivery.
  • I've learned that the Secret Fit Belly is not cool on hot days. Literally and figuratively. When it is 80+ degrees, the under-the-belly style is a must. Unfortunately, I only have two such choices -- one of which is a pair of shorts from Gap. I absolutely LOVE these shorts and need to get at least one more pair asap. 
  • Carl and I spent some time a couple of Saturdays ago in Mother Nature's, a super-cool natural/organic baby store in Southeast Portland. The owner, Judi Martin, is so, so nice! She gave us a crash course in Moby Wraps, diapers, wipes and safe sunscreen (for me to use right now). By the time we left, we were sold on the Moby Wrap, had decided to reconsider our previous decision about diapers (we were pretty set on the Bum Genuis -- now we're leaning toward the standard cloth diaper) and had chosen a sunscreen (ThinkBaby). Judi also suggested homemade baby wipes, and because we a) don't want nasty chemicals touching our daughter's skin and b) don't want to clog up our landfill with disposable wipes, we thought that sounded like a pretty grand plan. Homemade wipes involve a soft cloth and a gentle solution made out of essentials oils -- I'll post more about it once I find a recipe and try it out.
  • I. Am. Busy. I'm spending a lot of time writing, and I even took on an assignment from Alaska Airlines Magazine -- my first story in almost a year! I'm excited about it. Plus, I need the money for baby furniture!
  • The baby is very busy, too. She's moving all the time, especially early in the morning and late at night. And she seems to get stronger every day!
  • We're in the process of choosing a pediatrician. I totally planned to meet and interview at least three, but it seems this isn't really customary. We had one clinic in mind, but they only allow one meet-and-greet. When I asked the receptionist what happens if we meet with that person and decide he/she isn't the right fit, she said we can switch to one of their other docs later on (after the birth). Seriously? Hmmm, I don't like that concept so we didn't schedule anything. We have an appointment with a doctor at a completely different clinic this Friday. She's located about three minutes from our house, so I'm hoping we like her!
  • We've also been discussing birthing classes, and honestly I think we're leaning toward skipping them altogether. I'm just not convinced a class like that will be all that useful to us. Am I crazy (please don't answer for real!)?
  • Yesterday was part one of my glucose test alternative (just a blood draw after a 12-hour fast). The results, as suspected, were normal. In three weeks, I'll go in for part two. This involves a blood draw two hours after I eat a high carb meal. The midwife I saw yesterday (who doesn't really know me and doesn't know about paleo) told me to eat a big sandwich. I think I'll stick with fruit and potatoes instead.


  1. Hi Dawn,

    Don't know if you ever read my post about heart rate, but the ACOG actually rescinded their pregnancy max heart rate recommendations back in 1994 (and announced it publicly in 2002). They basically admitted that heart rate is an arbitrary and useless metric of exertion during pregnancy, due to various factors. Instead, they recommend using "perceived exertion" and maintaining a pace at which you can breathe well enough to speak a couple of sentences. So you can ditch the heart rate monitor without any guilt :)

    I'd love to hear more about your inclination to use standard cloth diapers versus the BumGenius. We are leaning towards the BumGenius, but still not 100% decided, and haven't bought anything yet (fortunately we're renting newborn diapers for the first two months). What made you change your mind?


    P.S. Birthing classes -- if you can manage to find the "right" ones for your needs -- are fantastic. We learned a surprising amount, and more importantly, connected with a whole bunch of local parents who have babies due within a month of our due date. J was very hesitant, but even he quite enjoyed them.

  2. I'm curious about your thought process of bumgenius vs. old school cloth diapers because that is exactly decision I'm waffling on at the moment!

  3. Hi Sabrina and Carli -- I'll reply to your comments real soon! Lots to do today! Thanks! :)

  4. Sorry it took me so long to answer you two! I think our main decision point on the diapers had to do with the fact that we just didn't like the pocket concept. It seemed like an extra step, and I want it to be as simple as possible. Although, who knows, we still might change our minds!

    Yay, glad to hear I can ditch the heart rate monitor guilt-free. Actually, I don't mind it so much anymore. I used to hate wearing it because it always slid down, but now with all the extra weight it stays right in place. My main concern last week was that my heart rate was spiking fast and not dropping. It felt weird to me!

    Good advice on the birthing classes, too. My midwife gave me a list, and there is one we might consider. I WOULD like to meet some people with babies due around the same time.


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