Twin Pregnancy-Weeks 30 & 31 Recap

by Natalie on June 15, 2015

Hey there!

I hope you’re having a lovely week so far.  I’m just popping in with a recap of the last few weeks, which have really flown by.  I can’t believe we’re about 5-weeks away from meeting our girls!  It’s definitely surreal.

Highlights of the Week(s):

Colin and I have been spending a ton of time together and a lot of time with friends.  I think we both understand that life as we have known it for the past 14.5 years together is about to change dramatically, so we’re savoring every moment that we can just the two of us so we can savor all the good (and challenging!) times together as a family of four.

Last weekend I met a girlfriend for a pedicure and then we did a bunch of house stuff before meeting friends for dinner.  One of Colin’s good friends from college was visiting before heading out on a backpacking trip so we swung by their house to catch up for a while.

I had a pretty crazy work week but it went super fast and before I knew it, we were meeting friends for dinner last Friday.  We’ve been getting afternoon showers nearly every day since April and Friday was the first sunny evening, so we decided to hit up a patio for dinner and beers/iced tea.  It was a fun night of conversation and laughter.  Two of my girlfriends are going to Mexico for beach vacations in the next three weeks and to say I’m slightly jealous would be an understatement!  I could definitely go for a margarita and a beach right now 😀

On Saturday Colin and I had an infant care class that lasted pretty much all day, but we kicked it off with a workout (more on that below) and ended with an evening of grilling, sitting on the patio, and laughing.  It was so nice!

Yesterday I met a bunch of girlfriends for a day at the pool.  It was just what I needed and I don’t think I got out of the pool for 3-hours!  We had so much fun and I hope for a few more pool days before the girls come.

Workouts:

My goal has been to get in about three solid workouts per week and as much “activity” as I can manage.  So far, it has worked pretty well and has been about perfect for my energy level.  I’ve been trying to lift once per week and get in two cardio days in the form of walks, water aerobics, or another type of group fitness class.

This is the workout I did on Saturday morning and it was a great one:

Full-Body Strength

repeat each circuit three times through before moving on to the next

1A.  15 Chest Flyes w/ Band
1B.  18 Overhead Presses w/ 10# Dumbbells
1C.  18 Tricep Kickbacks w/ 8# Dumbbells

2A.  25 Body-Weight Squats
2B.  15 Walking Lunges (each leg)

3A.  15 Reverse Flyes w/ Band
3B.  18 Bicep Curls w/ 10# Dumbbells

4A.  25 Pulsing Plie Squats (alternating lifting heels)
4B.  25 Lateral Band Walks (each leg)

This workout took me about 40-minutes total and I felt really good after!

Food:

Still, my appetite isn’t very strong but I definitely had a few weeks’ worth of good food and some delicious indulgences!

IMG_2017[Grass-Fed Burger+Grilled Onions+Ketchup+Grilled Asparagus]

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Ginger Berry Smoothie
•4oz. Apple Juice
•6oz. Water
•1-inch Nob of Ginger
•3T. Hemp Seeds
•1T. Chia Seeds
•1/2 Frozen Banana
•3/4c. Frozen Berries
•2c Spinach

Blend all and enjoy!

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[Homemade Nachos]

IMG_2049[Frozen Custard-Oreo for Colin, Key Lime for me]

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Even thought we had a bunch of social outings and I got dressed in “real” clothes for all of them, I kept meaning to have Colin snap a picture but we both kept forgetting.  So this one will have to do for this week…in workout stuff, of course!

Here I am at 31-weeks:

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Twin Pregnancy-Weeks 28 & 29 Recap

by Natalie on May 31, 2015

Hi there!

I hope you’ve had a good couple of weeks.  I may combine two weeks’ worth of recaps into one post from here on out because there doesn’t seem like that much to share on a weekly basis, but we’ll see.

This past week was my first week not teaching any classes in years, and in all honesty it was really tough.  I love what I do and guess I didn’t realize just how much joy I get from the interaction, high-fives, and sweaty hugs I experience on a daily basis.  I’m already excited to get back to teaching eventually!

Highlights of the Week(s):

Visitors!  We had two “sets” of guests come stay with us over Memorial Day weekend and it was a blast.  We had a quick 48-hours with the first crew and had a great time.  They even accompanied Colin to my last scheduled class at Fitness in the City :)

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I had a smaller group than usual because of the holiday weekend but it was still a really good one.  I will sub a few classes in June but I can tell it’s definitely time as I’m feeling totally wiped out when I finish teaching.

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On Monday, our first set of guests left and tears were shed…and I picked Amber up for a short visit.  She came in the afternoon and we spent the evening grilling and chatting.  It was great!  I took Tuesday off of work and we did a long walk, some shopping, some lunching, and talking galore.  As fate had it, we left for the airport with about 2 1/2 hours before her flight (we live about 30 minutes from the airport) and it was bumper to bumper traffic all the way.  It ended up taking more than 2-hours to go 15 miles.  Crazy!  Well, she missed her flight but was able to book on the same flight the next day so we got another entire day to spend together :)  Even after an additional 24-hours we were both crying messes at the airport saying our goodbyes.  She’s planning to come out after the girls are born to help out and stay for a while, so we’ll get to see each other in a few months!

Workouts:

I got quite a bit of structured and unstructured working out over the past two weeks.  I did four barre classes, two water aerobics classes, two cycle evaluations, a few strength workouts (see below), and lots of walks.

Yesterday Colin and I ventured to Fitness in the City to take class because my good friend was teaching, and it was great!  I could pretty much do everything prescribed, just with lighter weight, and it felt SO good to sweat.

Last weekend I headed to our basement and knocked out this workout, which ended up being awesome!  I just kind of threw it together and think it would be really tough if you the walk was a run.

 Full-Body Cardio/Strength Workout

Walk (or Run) 1-mile

Repeat exercises A and B back-to back without rest before moving to the next.

1A.  18 Pushups
1B.  20 Squats (w/ or w/o weight)

Walk (or Run) .25 miles

2A.  20 Band Rows
2B.  12 Gliding Reverse Lunges (each leg)

Walk or Run .25 miles

3A.  20 Tricep Dips
3B.  18 Kettlebell Deadlifts (I used 12kg)

Walk or Run .25 miles

4A.  18 Dumbbell Bicep Curls (I used 10# dumbbells)
4B.  25 Gliding Knee Strikes from Low Lunge (each leg)

Walk or Run .25 miles

5A.  15 Lateral Raises (I used 8# dumbbells)
5B.  25 Lateral Band Walks w/ Black Band (w/ or w/o weight)

This was a really well-rounded workout and I loved the cardio intervals!  We’re lucky to have a treadmill in our basement and a bunch of equipment because I imagine there will be quite a few “at-home” workouts in my future.

Food:

I haven’t had a huge appetite over the last few weeks and I’m excited for when food tastes great again!  I randomly bought some sprouted bagels, though, and have enjoyed them a few different ways:

IMG_1995[Hummus+Pickles+Quinoa Chicken Salad]

IMG_2005[Heated Deli Turkey+Avocado+Veggies]

I had the urge to cook one evening and we didn’t have a lot to work with, but I ended up whipping up a pretty delicious meal.  There’s a cheesy sauce on the pasta made from nutritional yeast, almond milk, and spices that came out really well!  I’m going to try to make it again and tweak a few things, then will share the recipe.  Colin loved it too!

IMG_2007[Sautéed Veggies + Brown Rice Pasta with “Cheese” Sauce]

And now that it’s getting a little warmer, smoothies are in full effect.  I’ve been having one a day and have been cramming it with kale, chia seeds, frozen fruit, and protein.  This one was particularly delicious!

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[Almond Milk+Chia+Hemp Seeds+Frozen Banana+Frozen Cherries+Cacao+Kale]

And lots and lots of veggies and hummus!

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Looking Forward To:

We almost have the nursery finished…just need to hang a few pictures and get a rug!  I love how it’s coming together and will share pictures when it’s completely done.  My boss is throwing me a work baby shower this Friday which was a complete surprise, and I’m excited to hang out with many of the group fitness instructors outside of the gym.  June will be a busy month as we have quite a few friends and family coming to visit and will hopefully enjoy a few date nights before the girls come.  I have one more instructor evaluation (tomorrow at 5:45AM) and then I’m DONE!  I hope to keep working through June, but it’s nice to have something so big checked off.

And I think that sums it all up 😀

Here I am at 28-weeks (looking a little tired…):

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Here I am at 29-weeks:

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Have a great week!

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Twin Pregnancy-25, 26 & 27 Week Recap

by Natalie on May 18, 2015

Hiya!

It’s been a very busy few weeks and I haven’t had much of a chance to sit down and write a re-cap.  I was so lucky to be showered with love at three different occasions over the last three weeks that all my free time has been spent writing thank you notes! And being that my current emotional state is quite fragile, I found myself crying while writing about 99% of all of the thank you’s because I was so filled with gratitude…which definitely extended the time it took to get them written 😉

I’m not going to recap the baby showers here, as I hope to do a separate post on those, so I’ll just get to the “normal stuff” with a few shower pictures thrown in.

Highlights of the Week(s):

Definitely seeing friends and family at the baby showers.  My mom flew in and we drove to Kansas which was an insane amount of fun.  We realize we have never done a road trip together in the past and I’m already looking forward to our next.  Believe it or not (okay, if you know both of us I’m sure you can believe it) we chatted the entire way there AND back.  That’s like 18+ hours of solid talking!

Our first stop was the airport to pick up my sister.  I haven’t seen her since Thanksgiving and we were both teary messes!

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The next morning we picked up my Aunt and the rest of the weekend was a blur of laughter, tears, and catching up!

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In about 48-hours time I saw lots of friends-some that I hadn’t seen in years-and most of Colin’s extended family.  I spent Sunday afternoon visiting his grandparents on both sides which was really, really nice.

The time went so quickly.  If I could do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat.

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On May 9th we celebrated Fitness in the City’s 2nd Birthday party, which was a blast!  I’ve been there just about two years too and spent a lot of time catching up with members.  I taught a 30-minute circuit class as part of the festivities, which was fun.

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Last weekend my best friend from high school threw me a really nice shower/brunch here for friends and it was perfect!  It was a gorgeous day out and we spent the morning drinking mimosas (them), eating delicious food, and chatting.

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Other highlights of the week include getting the dresser finished and starting to set up the nursery.  I’ll post pictures when it’s all done but it felt like a huge feat for us over here.

Workouts:

My workouts have definitely struggled a bit over the past few weeks with traveling and then picking up a cold that hung around for a week.  I did get in quite a few walks and about 6 barre classes over the past three weeks.  Last Wednesday I hopped into a class at Fitness in the City and it felt so good to workout, even if most of it was just body weight!

I’m definitely feeling more energy this week so I hope to get in some solid workouts.

Food:

My appetite isn’t too strong but I’ve been eating a TON of berries (as you can tell!).

IMG_1958[Overnight Oats + Berries]

IMG_1937[Grilled Cheese+Roasted Brussels Sprouts+Berries]

IMG_1986[Cereal+Greek Yogurt+Berries]

I’ve also been enjoying more mini-meals throughout the day, like this:

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[Cheese+Crackers+Veggies/Hummus+Cherries]

Over the last few weeks I’ve done a poor job meal planning for dinners, but we’re back on track this week!  I have to admit that we picked up hot bar from Whole Foods a few too many times the beginning of May 😉

Looking Forward To:

This is my last week of teaching classes on a regular schedule at Fitness in the City.  It’s definitely bittersweet because I’ll miss seeing everyone, but I’ve been struggling with swollen ankles and feet by the end of the day, so knowing I will be able to rest after work with my feet up sounds SO good!  I hope to sub some classes here and there throughout June, but it will be a welcome break.

This weekend we have friends coming for Memorial Day and then Amber is coming to stay for a few days…  it’s going to be a social weekend and I can’t wait!

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I don’t really have week 25 and 26 pics to share, but I do have a 27-week shot for ya!

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