Friday, May 29, 2015

Five Things for Friday

Since I haven't written in a hot minute, I'm going to get back into this slowly with an easy, random, unstructured Five Things on Friday! Here's five things on my mind this evening:

1. Pregnancy, Week 26 down!

I can't say it was quick, but I have to say it's true that the second trimester is the best! This week I started dragging a little bit again, and I miss all the energy I had! I am back on the grand Army schedule, and up around 5:45am for an hour of PT, then working 9-5, all without caffeine! I know I've been having problems with my nutrition, and focus on getting enough protein and vegetables but not enough on eating small, frequent meals, which makes my energy drop quite a bit during the day.

Also, being back in a unit brings out my competitive side, and now is not the time to try to keep up on the run! My feet have been hurting a little more, despite new inserts, but this week I still managed to get in a 4 mile run, a gym day, a day of ab work/slow sprints, and then a two mile walk. Not quite what I've been putting in over the last few months, but I'm still exhausted!

In the last few weeks, though, I've definitely been feeling this little sweet potato start moving, a lot! Maybe it's because I've been squeezing her into uncomfortable Army pants, but laying in bed and watching my belly jump around is definitely a little weird! It's also good motivation to keep moving, because she definitely starts kicking more when I stop to walk during a run or workout.

Some things I am loving right now: my Bao Bei belly sports bra, all of my water bottles (I usually have two with me and one in the car), and watermelon! So much watermelon!

2. New SOAS Herringbone tights

Today, SOAS announced a special run of Herringbone tights! How cute/adorable/awesome are these!

Of course I ordered a small right away, and now I'm seriously considering going back and adding a matching sports bra to my order. I haven't tried the SOAS tights yet, since I just couldn't decide which ones I wanted (I've almost ordered the Barcelona Nights and Team 2.0, but keep missing my size), so I'm pretty excited for these. I packed THREE pairs of the SOAS run shorts, and I pretty much live in them (right now I'm sitting on my bed in my ambassador shorts, tank top and hoodie), and I just missed delivery of the new razor tank top and Sunset Cliffs shorts, so those are waiting at home for me. The waistband on these shorts and tights is so perfect for my growing belly, and even when I wasn't pregnant, I loved them! (Don't forget you can use code HANNAHHE to get 10% off if you want to order some)

3. Nashville

I've been working on my list of things I want to see/do/eat in Nashville while I'm here. So far I've been there to go to the airport (to fly to SD to visit my dear husband for MDW) and to pick up groceries at Whole Foods. Of course I will have to find the best cupcakes in Nashville, probably find a cute little coffee shop for all this work I need to squeeze in on weekends, and maybe even hit up some antique shops. I'll probably also be looking for a nice spa for a prenatal massage/facial before I leave too, just to keep me amused on the weekends. And, of course, visit places like Belmont and the Hermitage. Any suggestions?

4. Races for 2016!

While I've been trying to make it through 4 mile runs (and looking forward to the Baltimore Women's Classic 5K in a few weeks!), I've also been obsessing about perfecting a training plan and race schedule for next year. So far, I'm already signed up for the RnR DC half in March, the RnR SD Full in May (eek!), I'm waiting patiently for the Glass Slipper Challenge registration, and would LOVE to do Superfrog 70.3 in September. It's also my last year in Baltimore, so I will hopefully be able to jump on all those local races that I love or haven't done yet, like the Zooma Annapolis Half (though I think it's the same weekend as SD), and the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler. I definitely plan on building up from zero after recovering from this baby and crushing it next year!

5. Nursery planning

Of course, even though I'm out here in Kentucky, I have all kinds of plans for the nursery for when I get back. I've been trying to pick out the perfect pieces for a nice San Diego-themed gallery wall, and building up my online registry with pretty much everything covered in sea horses and mermaids. While I was out in SoCal last weekend, I picked up this adorable onesie:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Summer in Kentucky: Packing for TWO MONTHS

Now that the craziness of finals week is over (no really, have you heard how Baltimore has been lately?), it's time to relax.....just kidding, I'm leaving tomorrow for eight weeks at Fort Campbell, KY, for my summer on the job training with the Army. No, I am not really looking forward to spending two months away from home while I'm six months pregnant, but I'm trying to stay positive about all I'm going to learn, and take advantage of the opportunity to focus on staying healthy.

Today I packed everything I thought I'll need for two months in a hotel suite. I tried to write this all down so I don't forget anything.

2 x ACUs (I refuse to wear the maternity ACUs, but I hear most CIFs don't have them right now anyway because the Army is starting to field a new camo pattern. Hopefully my small-shorts will stay on with a rubber band for the next two months...)
6 x PT uniforms (shorts and t shirts)
5 x tan t shirts
2 x boots and 5 x boot socks
2 x running shoes and 10 x ugly ankle-length white socks

I'll have access to a laundry room, so I'm just planning on doing laundry every weekend. I'm bringing Tide free & clear pods, since they're easier to pack and I've never worried about spilling half a tub of laundry detergent.

Kitchen stuff:
different sized tupperware so I can pack my own lunches
an immersion blender and cup
protein shakers
Clif bars and Picky bars
Beach trail mix from Trader Joe's
3 water bottles
2 months of prenatal vitamins and DHA
I just ran out of protein powder, so I'll just have to find something clean and chocolately when I get there

Honest sunblock spray
Honest belly balm
Honest shampoo/body wash
Lush conditioner bar
Sea salt body scrub
Neutrogena foaming face wash
Neutrogena liquid sunblock/face lotion
tons of hair ties/bobby pins/clips and all my new fancy SweatyBands

J.crew maternity jeans
J.crew minnie pants in black
5 tank tops/3 t shirts
bao bei bellyband
2 SOAS shorts, 1 pair of black shorts
SOAS tri top and black swim bottoms
Lululemon LBD/Pinkblush maxi dress
rainbows sandals and black Sperry flats

On the one hand, I feel like I'm way overpacking. On the other hand, this is a tiny percentage of what I live with on a day to day basis. Maybe it will help me "downsize" a little bit when I get home (though I doubt K will have the same ideas), but for now, I'm fine with not having too many options for clothing. Right now, I still feel like I haven't quite hit that "cute bump" stage and only my close friends I see every day think I look pregnant. I know wearing a uniform everyday, and gym clothes in my spare time, won't make me feel great, so maybe I'll need to find a new way to make myself feel good about being fat (other than knowing that every day brings me a little bit closer to meeting my little girl); maybe I'll revert back to my deployment habit of ordering colorful new under wear every month.

Other than work, though, I'm definitely looking forward to some adventures! A good friend is having her bachelorette party in Nashville in June, Pitch Perfect 2 is coming out soon, and I might even do something fun for Memorial Day. Can't wait to explore the area!