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Pregnant and Running: 22 Week Update

I know I don’t usually include the typical details like how big the baby is and what vegetable it resembles but this week is particularly cool because the baby hit the 1lb mark! And it’s the size of a spaghetti squash. That just seems huge to me, but hey, I guess it’s true. I can feel him all over the place, kicking and rolling and throwing punches.

Did you catch that pronoun?

It’s a boy! Callum’s going to have a little spaghetti squash BROTHER!

Katie was pretty pissed off about it, and I don’t blame her. I love my sisters and I can’t imagine life without my very own sister! But now she gets to have me all to herself with no comparisons or competitions with other females. Plus, I convinced her that Callum won’t follow her around and bug her so much if he has a little brother to play with.

Sure, I would have loved to have had a girl with Andrew, but there’s just something about a mama and her boys. I’m not the most girliest of girls, and so I don’t feel the need to bond over fancy tea and shopping trips and anti-clumping mascara but if I ever get the urge, I have Katie. And if she ever gets the urge, she knows I’ll stop running and farting long enough to meet her halfway. <3

The only symptom really worth noting this week is just how much I always have to go pee. I can’t just put my runners on and head out the door for a 10 miler anymore. Oh, no no no no no. I have to time it so that I don’t have anything to eat or drink at least 2 hours before, or I’ll be soiling my shorts. I also have to make sure I have something to eat or drink that day, or I won’t have the energy to push through it. If I run in the morning, I have to make sure I eat and drink in the middle of the night (which isn’t a problem these days) and save my coffee for post-run. And, the most notable of all, I don’t just have one morning poo anymore; I poo all day long. I guess because of the pressure from the baby, or something. Or maybe it’s the mass quantities of food I’m consuming to keep up with the pregnancy and my mileage. But either way, I spend a lot of time on the toilet.

Pregnancy isn’t glamorous.

Oh, speaking of which, I found puffy vag veins. The books and the websites tell us that our breasts and bellies get sparkly new webs of veins during pregnancy because of the increased blood flow, which makes sense. And it only makes sense that said veins would blow up the vag-ay-jay too since it’s the swinging exit door, except nobody really tells us those things. At first, when I saw it, I thought it was a cut or a bruise or something and I began trying to rub it out but naturally, I couldn’t. But boy oh boy did I put in a good effort.

Posts comparing the size of the baby to fruits and vegetables sound way more normal right about now, don’t you think?

I weigh 131 lb still. Same as last week, so about an 8-11lb weight gain so far. Belly is growing like cray, and the baby feels like a Costco-sized spaghetti squash, so we’re all good. I have my next obstetrician appointment on Wednesday, so that will be good too. I’m curious to hear back any information from our detailed scan we had last week.

I don’t have a photo of my belly at 22 weeks pregnant with Callum, but I do know I weighed 136lb, and I was having so many contractions even at 22 weeks pregnant that I had to go into the hospital and get monitored and given some IV fluid. This pregnancy is a walk run in the park compared to the last one! I’m no fool though; it can change at any moment. Here’s a belly pic of me at 23 weeks pregnant with Callum:

These pics were taken at the physio clinic I worked at. Don’t mind the garbage can–I had no idea back then that I’d be putting these up here! The gentleman in the photo behind me was one of the founders of the clinic and he passed away, so there’s a plaque in his honor and several pieces of his artwork hanging on the office walls. <3

If you’re interested in my weekly running mileage, here is the link to my Mileage Monday for my 22nd week of pregnancy.

Do you have siblings? If not, do you wish you had them? If you do, do you have both brothers and sisters? If not, do you wish you had both?

What are the pros and cons of having a sister and/or a brother?

Where are you in the birth order and how do you think it affects your personality and your life choices?

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  • Heather Troupe May 2, 2017, 10:10 am

    Congratulations!! I’m sure that you have the cutest spaghetti squash of all.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 2, 2017, 2:37 pm

      HEATHER!!!!! I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe May 2, 2017, 10:25 am

    I am considered a pretty typical first born. Except I’m not. My brother is 3 years older 😀
    And if being pregnant means that you pee more, I’m going to need a catheter.
    CONGRATS ON THE BOUNCING BABY BOY

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 2, 2017, 2:37 pm

      Ha ha ha. Thanks, Susie! Leave it up to you to defy the odds and put a dent in the system. YEAHHHHH

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes May 2, 2017, 10:47 am

    OMG CONGRATS on the baby boy! Oh I bet Callum will love having a little brother!
    I’m a typical first-born overachiever child to a tee. My sister is 6.5 years younger than me and I still try to mother her when I see her.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 2, 2017, 2:33 pm

      I can totally see you being all nurturing and motherly. AWE, LAURA!!!! K, that’s cute. Probably drives your sister crazy though, but I’m sure you know that.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home May 2, 2017, 11:51 am

    I have 3 sisters, all younger than me. I’d like to say I’m a typical oldest, but my sister Lisa is 11 months younger than me and she’s pretty bossy too. I wouldn’t have minded a brother. Our family had LOTS of drama with all those girls. Ick. So glad I have boys.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 2, 2017, 2:32 pm

      Well, Lisa sounds like your Irish twin and when those come along, they wreak a little havoc to any particular system, the birth order no exception. I LOVE IT. We have 3 girls in our family and we didn’t have a whole lot of drama just because they were both 8 and 10 years older than me. So, I had three mothers. :/ But they’re my best friends now.

  • Amy Lauren May 2, 2017, 12:49 pm

    Congrats on finding out the gender and hooray for a little brother for Callum! I love that you mentioned a Costco sized spaghetti squash because that means he’s even bigger. Everything is super sized at Costco!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 2, 2017, 2:30 pm

      I know, right?!?! Their grapes are the size of apples!!!

  • Catie May 2, 2017, 3:00 pm

    I’m the youngest of 4, but I’m laid back but definitely the “motherly” one of us kids. However I do have a twin brother with Down syndrome, so I think I was always taking care of him and making sure he was doing what I was doing 🙂 having both brothers and a sister is the best! Congrats on baby boy! We are not finding out the gender of our first baby due about 2 weeks after you! 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 2, 2017, 3:23 pm

      Catie!!! Being the youngest of 4, and a twin, and a sister of a brother with special needs, makes you someone I REALLY wish I lived close to because you’d be made of ALL the good stuff. Congratulations on your first baby! SO EXCITING. I remember it like it was yesterday, but it was SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO. Crazy, eh? Always remember that the days are long but the years are short. And don’t ever isolate yourself, even if that’s all you want to do. And… and… ha ha ha! I’ll shut up now. I hope your pregnancy is smooth for you, and that you’re able to enjoy it as much as you can!

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run May 2, 2017, 4:12 pm

    What did you do at the physio clinic? And what exactly is physio? I think it’s what we call Physical Therapy?

    I have an older brother (18 months) and younger brother (2 years). When I was growing up, I wanted a sister but obviously now I don’t care. My older brother and I look A LOT alike, but I think my younger brother and I share more of the same personality qualities, mainly that when we do something, we go ALL IN. Which can be good and bad.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 2, 2017, 6:51 pm

      Yeah, Canadians call it physiotherapy and you guys call it physical therapy or PT.

      The three of you were super close in age! Whew! Your mom must have been run ragged! Especially if two out of three of you have the tendency to go ALL IN. Ha ha ha. Totally relate.

      • Megan @ Meg Go Run May 3, 2017, 2:32 am

        Physio sounds way cooler! What did you do at the clinic?

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 3, 2017, 4:00 pm

          It’s like what the bus boy is to the server. Or maybe what the server is to the cook. When I first started University in 1997, we didn’t need our Masters degree to be a Physiotherapist but by the time I went back and finished my degree in 2009, a Masters was mandatory and the one and only program at the University of BC was and is extremely difficult to get into. So when I worked at the physio clinic, I was equal in age or older than a few of the therapists there. The older therapists had undergrad degrees (and a zillion years of experience). Interesting dynamic.

  • San May 2, 2017, 4:42 pm

    Congratulations! Another boy! How exciting 🙂
    Although I understand Katie’s disappointmant… I have a fraternal (sororal? ;)) twin sister and we’re so close. I love having a sister…. but of course, I also always wanted a little brother. Figures!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 2, 2017, 6:50 pm

      I always kinda wanted a brother too. I think it’s so cool that you have a twin sister!

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile May 2, 2017, 4:47 pm

    See, I told you I am always wrong! Callum will love having a little brother! Umm a spaghetti squash seems so big. They’re really only 1 pound? How do you run with that in there?!?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 2, 2017, 6:49 pm

      I laughed when you guessed girl and said you’re always wrong! So funny. Spaghetti squash isn’t one pound–the experts use the squash as a gauge for size, not weight.

  • Gretchen May 3, 2017, 5:26 am

    I was also wrong but I’m so happy for you!! Callum is going to be such a great big brother. I only have one sibling, and I always wish I had more. We definitely had a rough relationship for most of my life but it’s now starting to get better. I’m the youngest and you can definitely tell that from my personality 😉

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 3, 2017, 3:57 pm

      Three cheers for being the youngest! Woohoo! The kinks in sibling relationships seem to work out as we get older.

  • Kelly May 3, 2017, 7:13 am

    exciting!!! congrats on another boyyyyy 🙂

    I saw you running on Monday! right by Yale…as I was driving down the road (same direction as you), from the back I thought, “that looks like Suzie’s run.” HOW did I know that?! No clue…but it was you, looking not pregnant at all. The friend I was with couldn’t believe you were pregnant. This sounds weird…like we were watching you…umm… …

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 3, 2017, 3:56 pm

      Yeah! That was me! I can’t remember what I was wearing… I think a grey maternity shirt and pink shorts. I learned today that those shorts need to stay at home only; black shorts are for wearing in public. Because when I sweat in the pink ones it looks like I peed my pants.

      • Kelly May 3, 2017, 8:35 pm

        There was pink, but pretty sure it was on the shoes. Top looked like a dark grey/black jacket? and black running capris…pretty sure you didn’t have shorts on. But I remember pink and black…more black than pink.

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 3, 2017, 8:51 pm

          Oh yeah, the capris. Now I remember. And I also remembered that I need to order a couple pairs of my Nike shorts in black! Gonna go do that now. YASSS.

  • Ana May 3, 2017, 7:53 am

    Baby boy!! Congratulations! The pregnant wonders I know are both having girls! My sister and my co-worker’s wife… both wanted boys.

    I have both, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. The boys are twins and the babies of the family… they are men now, but we will call them the boys for the rest of their lives!

    I am the second child, but act like the older sister. See, my older sister had a learning disability, so I always looked after her and the rest of my siblings.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 3, 2017, 3:55 pm

      Disabilities of any sort certainly cause shifts in the birth order! It’s so fascinating! I love learning about this stuff and hearing other people’s stories and experiences.

  • Alaina @ The Simple Peach May 4, 2017, 6:56 am

    Yay for a baby boy! I have a sister who is 4 years younger than me and my best friend. Siblings are gold!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 5, 2017, 8:19 am

      Thank you Alaina! I love that you’re best friends with your sister. That’s so sweet!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets May 5, 2017, 7:17 am

    Tell Katie she can borrow Ave for a bit and it’ll be like having a sister. Also I grew up without any sisters (all brothers here) and I turned out ok….hmm, on second thought.

    Congratulations. I can’t wait to meet the little guy and the rest of the family.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 5, 2017, 8:14 am

      YES! You totally turned out okay. Better than okay! I think girls who grow up with guys develop a much-needed thicker skin.

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