Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Work That Belly

Wanna see some belly pictures? I know you do! :)

July 1 (I can't believe I'm putting this on up...) about 11-12 weeks I think.

This is when I got my new speedo swimming suits from donating to World Swim Against Malaria when they were giving away swimwear for every $5 you donated, up to $20. Look at the goods I got!

I was so excited about them, but I've only been wearing the biggest (maroon) one since I don't want to stretch the others out. I'll save them for when I'm ready to work on my speed again.

This is what my old swimming suit looked like. I have to say, that's not bad for being used A LOT over about 5-6 years.

August 8 - 17 weeks and 5 days.

Here I am August 14 at 18 weeks just after going running. Weird how I actually look smaller in this photo...

And here I am September 18 at 23 weeks, on the way to go maternity clothes shopping with Pete.

I'm now at 25 weeks, and I am feeling much better than at the beginning. That isn't to say I don't have my days where all I want to do is lay in bed until January, but at least I'm feeling better for the most part and the last 2 weeks have been much better.

Most days I ride my bike with the kids to school (which is about a mile away) and back (so 2 miles) to drop them off if we have time, and to pick them up (4 miles total!). If we don't have time to ride bikes in the morning, I'll usually put their bikes in the bike trailer and go pick them up in the afternoon with the bike anyway because Elle LOVES riding her bike, and I have to get my exercise in somewhere.

Last week I also started swimming again. I had taken a break for a little while because I had been feeling really sick again, and (it's embarrassing to say) I was feeling really self-concious about my belly. I know it's nothing to be embarrassed about, but I was feeling like I was getting too big for my swimming suit and that everyone was staring at me when I walked into the pool. I'm trying to get over that and just go especially since Elle has started preschool, and I just got a new maternity swimming suit in the mail today along with some sweet paddles and a lycra swim cap so no more excuses! I have really enjoyed my swims, and I actually feel normal while I'm in the water. I even dove in last time and that was so fun! I haven't done that in forever!

I also went running yesterday with Elle on her bike. I hadn't been running for a long time because last time, probably 3 weeks ago, I was getting a lot of pain in my belly. Or maybe it was just side aches. It's hard to tell if it's pregnancy related or not. I did start getting side aches right around when I got pregnant. Yesterday was no exception, but it didn't last long, and the last little part of my run was so fun, I had us go around the block because I didn't want to stop yet. I probably did close to 3 miles - some of that running around the park while Elle played.

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