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Pregnant and Running: 30 Week Update

I’m trying to think of what to complain about but rather than listing off my pregnancy ailments, I’d have to attribute the majority of my woes to the fact that I’ve got a 3 year old that doesn’t sleep. Sure, each time I bend over or get under the covers, whatever I ate 6 hours prior starts to burble back up. And yeah, my hips have been causing me a bit of grief lately as the weight gain starts to take a toll on this old girl. But seriously? CALLUM IS DRIVING ME CRAZY. The kid goes to bed fine, you know, right to sleep at 7pm. But then? he wakes up a ZILLION TIMES ALL NIGHT LONG. Oh, and if that’s not the worst of it? He gets up for the day in the fives. IN THE FIVES. I feel like I’m dying.

We have to come up with a new plan because there is no physical way I’ll be able to take care of Callum AND a newborn all night long. It’s just not going to happen. Right now Callum sleeps in Katie’s room on a mattress on the floor, which he loves, but Katie isn’t going to love it for very long. The only other place Callum will sleep would be in our room with us, but we’re going to have a baby in there soon. Andrew can’t breastfeed the baby, and Katie most certainly does not want him barging into her room a zillion times a night to console Callum.

This isn’t exactly the cute, romantic “bumpdate” you guys are looking for, is it? Ah, well. I don’t play pretend. Life is a little more “realy” around these parts and so I just tell it like it is. Don’t get me wrong, though! I’m so excited to meet this little baby!!! He’s getting SO BIG! I can feel his feet, his hands, his elbows, his little bum–he’s amazing! Callum kisses (and high-fives) his little brother all the time through my belly and he loves it when he can feel his big kicks and see my belly move. The newborn stage doesn’t last long, and Callum and his brother will both be sleeping through the night in God-knows-what-room, before too long at all. In fact, I already started converting the walk-in closet to a nursery. I need to do a few touches to it first before I show you guys.

Okay so here are the stats! I was able to run 68 miles last week despite having a bit of a janky hip. Here is the link to the Mileage Monday of my 30th week of pregnancy. I didn’t gain any weight this week and truthfully even lost half a pound. I do know that weight gain slows down a bit in the third trimester but I’m looking forward to my doctor appointment tomorrow just for reassurance.

Another thing I’ve been meaning to mention to you guys is my increased heart rate. My resting heart rate before pregnancy was around 40 beats per minute and now it’s around 60 bpm! Blood volume increases by a huge amount when we’re pregnant, so our hearts have to work extra hard to pump that stuff around. I’m kinda wondering if having the baby will mimic blood doping; I’ll have all of this extra oxygen carrying capacity flowing through my veins! Mind you, I’ll be expelling the contents of my uterus through a ragged vajayjay for a few weeks and I have a hunch that might put a damper on the whole blood-doping experience.

What is your resting heart rate? How low has it been? 

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  • Helly June 27, 2017, 2:07 pm

    My kids are not human. We put each in their rooms and said, Sleep, child! and they did.

    But oh my goodness, Callum is just the cutest brother ever. I live for seeing your videos and pics of him here and on Insta. Gah!!! I can’t wait to see the newest little Slane!!! <3

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 27, 2017, 6:00 pm

      My oldest, Jake was like that. He was such a good sleeper. Freddy is a champ too but he’s anemic AF because of his blood disorder so he sleeps anywhere lol. Ahhh he’s so cute. Katie’s terrible, but I nursed her until she was 2 and I have been pretty much wrapped around her finger ever since. Then I thought Callum was my last baby so he slept with us until forever, which completely screwed us over. I think I’ve learned my lesson now though so this baby is sleeping in his crib! And I will NOT nurse him to sleep.

      Ha. I’m totally nursing him to sleep. I am so screwed.

  • Amy Lauren June 27, 2017, 2:12 pm

    I can’t believe you are now 30 weeks along! It has to be hard too with so many kids already and even if the older ones can watch out for the younger ones, Callum is still super young and they are busy. I love the action shot of you running. It will be neat one day for you to share this with the baby too :).

    The lowest my resting heart rate has been was 49. It freaked out everyone in the doctor’s office, haha.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 27, 2017, 5:57 pm

      It IS rather amusing to get a reaction from nurses and doctors with the super low heart rates, eh? HA HA! Love it.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run June 27, 2017, 6:08 pm

    I am tired just reading about the sleep situattion. How many bedrooms are in your house and who sleeps where?? We have 2 bedrooms and lately they are hith being used because if Paul is not snoring he is breathing SO LOUD and it keeps me up at night and then i have to go sleep in the guestroom which makes me homesick for my bed and RESENTFUL. I have no idea what my resting heart rate is. I tend to be high strung so it is probably not that low. I just want to be healthy so as long as I am I don’t really care what it is.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 27, 2017, 6:20 pm

      Andrew snores too. It’s frustrating! Sometimes it keeps me up and I tell him to roll onto his side and that helps. Have you tried telling Paul to roll onto his side?

      We have a 5 bedroom townhouse. 3 levels. So there are 3 bedrooms upstairs. The master bedroom, and 2 other bedrooms. Ethan (Andrew’s son) sleeps in one bedroom and Katie (my daughter) sleeps in the other and Callum sleeps in Katie’s room on a mattress on the floor. He and Katie are very close, and as long as I keep him out of her room during the day and all the hours when he’s not sleeping, then she’s fine with it. She’s 11 and 11 year olds like hanging out in their room, but 3 year olds do not, so it works out well. The main floor has our kitchen, laundry, family room, living room and then the basement has 2 bedrooms. Kylah (Andrew’s daughter) sleeps in one and Freddy (my son) sleeps in the other. Jake (my oldest son) used to share a room with Freddy but Jake moved out about 2 years ago. I converted our walk-in closet to a nursery and it fits a crib and a dresser really well, so we will keep the door open in there and have the baby sleep in his crib in the nursery. I want to train him to sleep in his own bed so that he’s a good sleeper when he’s older! I’m not sure what exactly to do with Callum but it doesn’t feel that urgent right now because he’s really happy in Katie’s room and she doesn’t mind because he’s only in there when he’s sleeping. We can figure it all out at a future date.

      • Megan @ Meg Go Run June 27, 2017, 7:07 pm

        5 bedrooms is a lot! That is nice Katie doesn’t mind sharing during the night because then it sounds like everyone else has their own space. Yes if Paul rolls on his side he stops snoring but then he breaths loud which isn’t as bad but still keeps me up. Where does Jake live now?

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 28, 2017, 6:40 am

          I’ll PM you. 🙂

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile June 28, 2017, 1:55 am

    When I was wearing my Garmin 235 it would tell me my resting heart rate each day, but it bounced around quite a bit! Usually it was in the mid 50s.
    Thats pretty awesome that Katie lets Callum sleep in her room!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 28, 2017, 6:40 am

      Yeah, Katie is pretty amazing. 🙂

  • Allie Capo-Burdick June 28, 2017, 2:42 am

    LOL to blood doping!!! But OMG to waking up all night and then at 5 for the rest of the day. Oh hell no mama – you need some help!! I wish I could send a round the clock nanny for Callum…
    You look great though so keep holding on!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 28, 2017, 6:40 am

      The last two nights have been really great. He only woke up once, and he went right back to sleep. WHEW! Thanks Allie!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe June 28, 2017, 5:03 am

    I’ve no doubt that you are exhausted. I’m exhausted for you! My offer stands of having Ridley and Callum wear each other out…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 28, 2017, 6:39 am

      I’ll package Callum up and send him over!

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home June 28, 2017, 6:02 am

    See, your story is why I have the heart-to-heart with tired parents about the cry it out method. But we have this talk about age 4-6 months. I never force it on people–it’s not for everyone– but I do warn them what happens if a baby can’t sleep in his own bed. I have nothing to offer parents of toddlers who won’t sleep in their own beds. You poor thing….I feel for you!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 28, 2017, 6:39 am

      Jake is my best sleeper and he’s the only one that I used the cry-it-out method on. I totally agree with you!

  • Ana June 28, 2017, 9:25 am

    How is the situation with the anemia going for you? Do you have any extra weird cravings because of it… my friend used to crave ice…

    On Callum, it’s a bit too late for me to preach at you about the benefits of letting a baby cry himself to sleep, or as I call it, torture… But, i’ll tell you what I did with my son when he wasn’t sleeping through the night at age 4. We made a chart, and every night he slept in his bed, he would get a sticker. After 5 consecutive stickers, he could pick a random prize out of a bag.. small things that I bought at the party store. That helped for about a month, then a year later, we moved in with Roger, and he couldn’t jump in my bed, he learned to stay on his bed. I’m telling you this, because I believe that Callum will learn to sleep on his own bed when the baby comes.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 28, 2017, 11:12 am

      Oh THANK YOU for your reassurance!!! I need it! <3

      I don't think I have any weird cravings... other than lots and lots of feta cheese and salted everything! I keep taking the iron pills so I'm hoping my levels are getting back up to normal but I haven't had a blood test done since then so I'm not really sure. Maybe my doctor will send me for another one? We shall see.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes June 28, 2017, 12:07 pm

    That’s so sweet of Katie to let Callum sleep in her room! It must be so rough for him not to sleep through the night – I hope you both get good night’s sleep soon!
    I have a bad habit of going to the doctor after doing a speed workout just a couple hours before (usually, I feel like sh*t for a few days after my GYN appointments, so I have to get in a good run that day!) and my heart rate then is still pretty low. I would guess based on what it is then that it’s in the high 40s? Now I’m really curious.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 28, 2017, 12:16 pm

      In 1998 when I was training for my first marathon and playing varsity soccer, my resting heart rate was 38 beats per minute. Our prof had us take our pulse in one of our Kinesiology classes and I had a full-on panic attack because I thought I was dying. He reassured me that it’s just an endurance athlete’s heart!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets June 28, 2017, 1:57 pm

    You are one sexy MOFO. Also, Callum will eventually sleep when you need him to….I hope so anyway. I was just trying to make you feel better and warm and fuzzy, but it could be a crock of shit. Loving shit if that helps. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 28, 2017, 7:43 pm

      I’d love to take a warm and fuzzy shit!

  • Madeline June 28, 2017, 3:06 pm

    You’re such a cute preggo runner! I hope I am whenever that happens 😉 I really love seeing pregnant people at the gym and running–I get so excited that baby is already getting such a great start to their life and I picture it growing up to love exercise just like their mama! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 28, 2017, 7:42 pm

      Madeline!!! You’re my new favourite reader. Ha ha jk jk. Thank you! 🙂

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