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Pregnant and Running: 17 Week Update

Man oh man, did my belly ever add on some additions to this sweet little baby’s home this past week! Closed in the sunroom, added a den off the main, an ensuite to the master, and is that a hot tub on the new balcony, or did the toilet in the main bath have another flood? In other words? Belly went BOOM. Baby packed on a solid happy meal or two because I can feel its legs and arms giving my insides the ol’ whatfor. I can feel it from the outside now, and even Katie felt it too!

Here are the down and dirty stats, the only things anyone really cares about, right? 99% of you don’t give an reticulated python about what I’m craving or whether or not I’ve painted the nursery. For what it’s worth, we don’t have a nursery. The baby will sleep nestled up beside me and my over-productive boobies and drown in breastmilk for the first year of its life. Callum is barely out of our room, so I have no doubt we’ll be sharing our marriage chambers with a bunk bed and some Power Rangers for a couple more years. #dreambig

I weigh 126 lb. I dropped a pound, and you know what? It’s FINE. Because I can visibly see the size of my belly growing and I can physically feel the baby getting big enough to kung fu my colon. It’s healthy, I’m healthy, and we will all make it.

In case you missed it, I did have some issues with the pooper, but it’s worked itself out now. Literally. Other than that I’ve felt great! I am feeling 110% pregnant now, though. It’s like I got sucked out of my old body and put inside a completely different one, which is normal and legit and as it should be. So I am treading lightly, literally, because I can feel my hips more loose and my boobies don’t bounce anymore–they sway. Don’t even try arguing with me when I say that I can feel my child, safe and secure of course, held tightly within my womb, pressing heavily upon my bottom region with each step. It’s not just its weight (not even half a pound yet!) but the increased blood flow, the pressure, the…other stuff. I can feel it all.

If you’re interested, here is my mileage recap for week 17. Why do I keep running? Because I can, and because I love it! It’s why I do most things. I frigging love sports. I’m not going to be an Olympian, but that isn’t a reason to stop practicing my sport. I’ve been squishy and milky, and I’ve been lean with a six pack and wrinkly skin-folds for boobies and I’ve felt exactly as I should be in both circumstances. I love pulling on my leggings and feeling a softness spill over the edges of the back of my waistband. I frigging LOVE it. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t cup my boobs in my hands and give them some love before I jump into the shower. Bodies are magical. Absolute magic. The lines of my muscles along my thighs, my sunken eyes from giving too much, the sunspots that tattle on my teenage years, they’re all a part of me, and I love it all. I want that for all of us. What a gift. What an undeserving gift, to feel peace like that. My body has weighed 183 lb, and my body has weighed 115 lb and it’s always been Suzy’s eyes looking back at me through the steam of the shower, through the impossibilities, through the pain, through the everything. If I don’t love her, I lose her.

Yeah so, uhhh… I dropped a pound. I can feel the baby move. It’s amazing.

I love you guys. <3

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  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 28, 2017, 12:19 pm

    I like your pregnancy recaps way better than the usual I’m eating blah, blah, blah, and the baby is the size of a acorn.

    Also I love Suzy whether she’s 183 pounds or 115 pounds.

  • Helly March 28, 2017, 12:26 pm

  • Ange // Cowgirl Runs March 28, 2017, 1:17 pm

    I love your love for YOU and your body!
    I wish more people recognized that we’re good, and okay, and AWESOME whether we’re squishy or not.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 28, 2017, 2:07 pm

      You know what helped me the most? Surrounding myself with people who loved their own bodies, their own selves. The people who knew how to accept grace, how to share grace, *those* people are the wild dancers, the flower pullers, the dirt rubbers and bouncy talkers. They’re my favourites, and about half of them are squishy and half of them are ripped.

  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles March 28, 2017, 1:45 pm

    I just love this post :). You say it all so so well. It’s amazing what our bodies can do and what we have seen ourselves through! I remember being so proud when I was pregnant, to think my body was capable of such a thing as if I was the only person in the world to be pregnant lol. Keep feeling good!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 28, 2017, 2:01 pm

      Even though I’ve done this five times, it still amazes me each and every time, with each and every stage.

  • molly rose March 28, 2017, 2:27 pm

    and I love reading YOU! probs the most real pregnancy no froufrou update ever, and I love it.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 28, 2017, 2:39 pm

      Mollyyyyyyy. Anti-froufrou sisterfriends forever! *bellybump*

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile March 28, 2017, 4:12 pm

    You’re the best! I love you how talk so honestly about the experience but also from such an amazing perspective.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 28, 2017, 7:34 pm

      My hope is to bring a different slant to the whole pregnancy experience. An edge that maybe gets overlooked, you know? I’m glad you appreciate my writing and thank you for your kind words. <3

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run March 28, 2017, 4:21 pm

    Woot!!! I am glad you are healthy and loving every minute of this and FEELING pregnant, because I can tell you love feeling pregnant!!!

    I feel like most women must be wired to want babies because… well, how would our species survive???? So I am wondering how the hell I didn’t get the mother gene? Don’t get me wrong, I am not sad I didn’t get the mother gene, but I really think it has to be something that is actually IN US to make us desire to be a mom or not. Yes, I’m a teacher and take care of kids all day but this is WAY FREAKING DIFFERENT than being a mom. So… off I go.

    Did you always know you wanted to be a mom?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 28, 2017, 7:32 pm

      Nah. I don’t think all of us need that gene for our species to survive. I think I balance out the two of us, right? There are a few of you guys, and a few of us crazies, and so it all balances out in the end. Actually, I think we have an overpopulation problem, but ehhhh uhhhh… oops?

      So, I love your question! Did you know that I never held a single baby until I held Jake? The only time I ever babysat was for my uncle and aunt–I hung out at their house while my younger cousins slept, and I ate their treats and drank their pop. It was the best gig ever. And then there was the one time I “helped” my friend Katherine babysit some kids down the road from me but all I did was raid their liquor cabinet and chug a shit mix of booze and dance around to the Green Day concert on Much Music. I have two older sisters but they’re 8 and 10 years older than me so I very much grew up as an only child. I was, and still am, so self absorbed. Kids annoyed me, and they still do. I’m not a fan. I love my own kids, but I’m not naturally enamored with other people’s kids. I could NEVER be a teacher. EVER. But I’ll never forget the day that my sister Tracey walked into the family room and I was sitting on the ground in front of Jake, who was 4 months old, standing inside his little exersaucer, his cheeks trying to swallow his lips, drool dripping down the front of him onto his chubby hands and she said to me, “SUZY! You’re in love with him, aren’t you?” And I swear, Jake was the first person I ever truly loved, in the most meaningful way I could ever describe love. I loved Jason, of course, and I still do. I love my parents, my sisters, I love Andrew and his kids, but the love that grew out of seemingly nowhere when I birthed Jake is something that will stay with me forever. It’s unreal. It’s awful, and awefull. It’s painful and healing, it’s before I can ever begin and it carries on after I could ever finish. I can’t put it into words.

      Being a mom is the greatest gift I have ever known, and I do not take it lightly, and I do not take it for granted, and I hope with all of me that I can represent motherhood in a way that brings honour to mothers.

      • Megan @ Meg Go Run March 29, 2017, 8:34 am

        I agree, I think all of us women balance each other out!

        I used to baby-sit all the time. I couldn’t wait to be old enough to baby-sit because I was obsessed with The Baby-Sitters Club books growing up. I always just kind of figured I’d have kids but then somewhere around age 23 I realized I didn’t really want them.

        So did you want kids before you had Jake, or did you realize after you had him that you wanted kids?

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 29, 2017, 12:22 pm

          I *did* want kids, yes. I just had no idea what the heck that even meant, or what I was doing, or how much work it would be or how it would change me. I was so young. I didn’t feel that young back then, though! When he was a newborn, I had anxiety issues for sure but for the most part, everything came to me. Breastfeeding was hard at first but I stuck it out and ended up loving it. It’s like I went from a maternal disposition of zero to one hundred, not as soon as I gave birth, but soon afterward. It kinda doubled and tripled like the pregnancy hormone does in the early stages of pregnancy, before the placenta takes over. Everything felt all dizzy and sick at first and then I settled into a groove. It was amazing.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home March 28, 2017, 5:12 pm

    I love that you love being pregnant. I also love that you can keep running. I couldn’t run when I was pregnant–growing another being sucked the energy right out of me!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 28, 2017, 7:22 pm

      I’m often tired but over and over again I notice that if I force myself to get out for a run, I ALWAYS feel better afterwards.

  • Allie Capo-Burdick March 29, 2017, 3:30 am

    You have certainly popped my friend and you look awesome!! My favorite quote is “my boobs don’t bounce, they sway!” LOL!! Yep, that kid is growing!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 29, 2017, 7:06 am


  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes March 29, 2017, 2:43 pm

    I love how much you love being pregnant! It is amazing what the human body can do. I hope everything continues to go well for you! <3

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 29, 2017, 3:24 pm

      Thank you Laura!!

  • Ana March 30, 2017, 8:08 am

    You look so beautiful and happy!! It is beautiful to read the details of the amazing things your body is always doing!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 30, 2017, 5:39 pm

      Whyyyy thank youuuuuu my dear friend!!! I loved reading about all the amazing things YOUR body was doing during that 3 hour zumba class!

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