It’s been a couple of months since my last post…
Phew…Well, here you have it. A quick recap of my growing belly during my pregnancy. I made it the full 40 weeks before our precious baby girl was born on March 5th, just 3 days late. I can’t believe that when I was 21 weeks, I thought I was so big already. That bump was nothing compared to the way it bulged out toward the end.
I will admit to feeling great for most of the pregnancy though. I credit that to attending pilates 5 times a week up until week 38 when it was just embarrassing to go to classes. I would show up each week and have my workouts modified for me by the best instructors in the business. I felt so thankful that pilates kept my weight in check and me feeling great and energized.
I was so over it by the end and couldn’t believe that I actually was pregnant the whole time. I never thought that I would last 40 weeks being pregnant. Heck, I never thought I would actually be pregnant!
In the end, I had the worst edema ever and was super bloated in my hands and feet for 3 weeks before the delivery. Thank GOD it was winter time or I would have literally died. I never thought I would see my feet and or ankle bones again. I did eventually!
Overall, I actually loved being pregnant! I wouldn’t change a thing. I loved feeling my little one kick me, even in the middle of the night. It was fun to watch my body grow (a human) and change to prepare for the baby. It was fun to pig out on sweets and blame it on all the hormones too.
Up next…the birth story! It was so not what I thought it would be, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. The best part about it is that we are enjoying every minute with our newest family member. You will get to meet her soon!
This pregnancy is flying by…,
I can’t believe it is already 2013! This year will bring many exciting adventures to the Team Caspardo household. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our little bundle of joy, due to arrive in 9 more weeks. Domenic and I are so excited to finally meet her and we just can’t wait to have her in our lives.
At 31 weeks pregnant I can assure you that even though I feel great most of the day, I still have some minor pregnancy symptoms. Mostly, overeating of sweets (tis the season). I guess the holidays are a great time to be pregnant. All in all I have had a fairly normal pregnancy with some minor aches and pains, nothing too serious. A few weeks back I had my gallbladder checked out due to some pain that I was having on my right ribcage. Apparently everything looked great on the ultrasound and I have no infection or stones on my gallbladder. The pain has minimized and I am still going to the gym regularly. Sleeping through the night is a luxury now and I can’t even remember what that feels like. I wake up a million times a night with my arm or hip going numb. Then there is the 2 times a night bathroom break. I guess I’m gearing up for all of the late night feedings and crying. Thank God for naps!!!
This past week we went with some friends up to San Francisco for a quick visit. Below is a picture of my gal pal Amanda and me. We are both expecting baby girls, due the same weekend. I think I’m looking quite a bit bigger around then she is…
We had a fun few days in the city and visited some new places. We strolled through Golden Gate Park one morning. The weather was chilly but the sun was shining bright! We ate at a charming cafe on Haight Street near Ashbury called Squat and Gobble. Later in the day we made it to Ocean Beach and walked around the bluffs to snap this picture. After our “hike”, the two pregnant gals needed a recharge so we headed to Mitchell’s Ice Cream Parlor for a sweet treat.
My favorite new experience on the trip was eating our last fancy dinner before the baby comes. Sean and Amanda treated us to dinner at Prospect Restaurant, which is the sister restaurant to Boulevard. The creator is a female chef by the name of Nancy Oakes. The food is super fresh, found from local farms and inspiring. The first courses are on the small side, but the flavors are decadent and Earthy. All the main courses are worth the price, portion size. They are extremely rich and flavorful, cooked to perfection, and leave a lasting impression. I was especially fond of the atmosphere of the restaurant and the design quality. I will be going back here some day!
Overall, we had a blast in my most favorite of all cities in the world.
Tuesday was a pretty important day around here! Not just for me, but for the whole country.
I had a looooong to do list in front of me, editing photos, an online workshop, pilates, cooking dinner, laundry, and most important of all VOTING! I made sure that I carved out the time in my busy day to get to my polling place to vote. I consider it to be a great American privilege to vote for the candidates that we believe in to lead us through these hard times.
This year it was a bit different for me, so many new things to think about when you are a pregnant voter. I had to think long and hard about how these ballot measures could impact my growing family. I had to do more research on the candidates running in my area to make sure that I felt that they were right to lead my city. Throughout this process, I realized that it wasn’t just about me anymore, I had to think about the future for my child, my husband, and us as a family.
I know it is a corny picture of me in the bathroom again but here we are after we voted! I say we because I had a passenger this time a long for the ride. Congrats to baby Lombardo on her first journey to the polls. Even though she didn’t have a say in the matter, she kicked her way through it.
So, BIG NEWS around the Caspardo house, I’m pregnant!!! We decided to pull the goalie and practice making a baby in May, after we celebrated our 1 year anniversary. We both thought that it would take a while for us to get pregnant but apparently I am super fertile. We literally conceived the minute the goalie made way for the bench much to our shock and surprise!
At first I didn’t realize that I was even pregnant because things down there were carrying on as usual. I even took a home pregnancy test just to be sure and it came back negative. A few weeks later I started feeling tired, irritable, and nauseous. I wasn’t suspicious because I was due for my monthly dose of mother nature’s blessing. When the blessing from mother nature didn’t arrive the next day, I took another test and there it was…2 lines…pregnant. When we went to the doctor for the first time, the ultrasound confirmed that my earlier symptoms were signs that I was pregnant when I believed that I wasn’t. My doctor confirmed that I wasn’t just 7 weeks along, I was actually 10 weeks along. YAY! We are going to have a baby…Yikes…are we even ready?
I am now 21 weeks pregnant and all is going well, so far, so good. We just found out the sex of the baby. So, stay tuned for that.