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Know the feeling?


Sometimes, you really do just have to shove your booty out of the chair or off the couch and get out the door.  James and I ended up going for a post-work 30-minute walk – I was quite proud of myself for not totally blowing off exercise. 


Walking for the win!


However… halfway through the walk, I started to get really, really bad cramps.  So bad that I thought it could be a contraction. At this point, I’m pretty much on constant high alert (which I realize could be extremely frustrating considering that I’m still 3 weeks from my due date, but I can’t help myself).  I found myself clutching my knees (like so) and heh-heh-heh breathing in the middle of the street.  Very melodramatic, I’m sure.


Unfortunately/fortunately… False alarm.  Feeling went away and never returned.  I’ve noticed that the baby seems to become a lot more active on my walks (I waver between thinking he/she is aggravated and excited), so that was probably the cause of the sensations.


Meanwhile, James was taking a giant doggie poo and sniffing the grass.  Thanks, James. 


Anyway…. eats of the day included a few random handfuls of this and that, as well as a yogurt mess (Greek yogurt, raspberries, oatmeal, coconut, sunflower seeds):


And this lovely dinner – a salad, creamy polenta from Trader Joe’s (found in the frozen food section), and canned baked beans.


Going to take my false-alarming baby bump to bed.  Goodnight!



  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 22, 2012, 10:14 pm

    That polenta looks so good!!! I’m going to have to look for it!

  • Hilary May 22, 2012, 10:17 pm

    Eek! You’re so close- hang in there! Chin up… And every other Lame cliche meant to make you feel better 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 22, 2012, 10:20 pm

    You can never be too prepared! Take care of yourself and baby HTP! Sleep well!

  • Mandy Barrington May 22, 2012, 10:36 pm

    I’m sure this sounds extremely odd, but your ankles look great for being so close to term! I keep getting shocked by my pregnant friends posting pictures of their pregnant cankles and it terrifies me! (I am, obviously, yet-to-be-preggers). Anyway, good to know not everyone gets an attack of the cankles! Wonder if it’s because you stay fit/eat well?

    • Shannon May 23, 2012, 6:47 am

      I hate to say it Mandy, but it’s all luck! 🙂 Anyone can get swollen ankles, at any time during pregnancy, and there’s nothing you can really do about it! That said, I never got them! 🙂

      • CaitlinHTP May 23, 2012, 7:44 am

        yeah – i think it’s luck/genetics too. a lot of it has to do with the size of the baby and how much amniotic fluid you have as well. my midwife thinks my baby is small, which makes sense considering that my husband and i weigh 260 combined normally. LOL.

        however, one area that i have NOT lucked out on is my hands. my hands are so swollen, i haven’t worn my wedding rings in nearly two months. it sucks. i have balloon hands.

  • Jane May 22, 2012, 10:50 pm

    I ate that exact polenta from TJs for lunch today! It’s really good if you throw chickpeas in it 🙂

  • Lauren May 22, 2012, 11:25 pm

    Eek! Scary/Exciting! I started having lots of more intense braxton-hicks at around 35 weeks. I actually thought I was going into labor from one cramp/ contraction a day shy of 38 weeks and then was induced the next day. Hang in there Baby HTP!

  • Anne May 22, 2012, 11:28 pm

    If I would have seen a pregnant lady bent over with heavy breathing on the street, I would have called the ambulance! Agh! Good luck and take care!! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP May 23, 2012, 8:06 am

      haha i was totally afraid that it was going to happen.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well May 23, 2012, 12:22 am

    Good for you for being active and walking! I have always wondered where, when I’m pregnant, my water will drop….like, will it drop in Trader Joes? Seriously. You are brave!!

  • Jen May 23, 2012, 12:55 am

    Oh, MY!!!  Totally off-topic, but remember your April Fool’s joke (which, by the way, I LOVED)?  Check out this blog post:

    I did a search online & apparently, this is for real!  Scarrry…

    By the way, I promise that I do not know this blogger (actually, just discovered this blog fairly recently), but highly recommend for anyone who loves to laugh…this chic is hilarious!!!  🙂

    • CaitlinHTP May 23, 2012, 8:07 am


  • Sana May 23, 2012, 1:07 am

    It was prolly just gas! But take your cell phone where ever you go!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 23, 2012, 2:22 am

    Ahhhhh 3 weeks! I can’t believe it’s here already 🙂

  • Cailin May 23, 2012, 4:39 am

    I would say “fortunately” – as impatient as we moms get to meet our little ones, the longer that baby cooks the better it is for the baby. even those last few weeks make a difference in development.
    That being said, with my first pregnancy I went to the hospital twice with “false labor”. 🙂 By the third time, the nurses were chuckling and said “we are going to have this baby this time no matter what !”. well, I was 8 days overdue at that point and I did have the baby. Decond pregnancy I had one false alarm but called my mom and she convinced me to stay home.:) now I am on my third and hopefully this time I will know !

    • CaitlinHTP May 23, 2012, 8:08 am

      I agree. I was like, man i want this baby OUT of me, but then I did all this research and there really are huge advantages for him or her staying put for a least a few more weeks. AHHHHH.

  • Shannon May 23, 2012, 6:45 am

    I had lots of Braxton Hicks with my 2nd pregnancy. From about 7 mos. on they would happen when I was active. I got so used to them that when I did go into labor I didn’t believe it was true labor for 7 hours and then I had to wake up a friend at 1 a.m. to ask her to come over and watch my first baby so we could go to the hospital. Whereas if I had just believed it from the beginning I could have called her at 5 p.m. 🙂

    But by the way, I went into labor at 38 weeks with baby #1 and 37 weeks with baby #2 so….you are definitely ready to go! 🙂 Interesting side note: my first was born on June 3. I went into labor on May 31. Yes, it was 4 days of labor and it really sucked. But my point is, I was due around the same time you are. It may have even been the exact same due date, I just don’t remember now! 🙂

  • hilary May 23, 2012, 7:02 am

    I have almost constant contractions when i walk. I’m 38 weeks. I think its normal! Although with my first it didn’t happen as much. Use it to help practice your relaxation techniques 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP May 23, 2012, 8:09 am

      Good point 🙂 it’s a nice opportunity for relaxation!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 23, 2012, 7:40 am

    Almost there! I am sure you will be super sensitive to anything that may feel like a contraction!

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not May 23, 2012, 7:44 am

    Love that you stopped to take a photo of yourself clutching your knee – a true blogger! haha 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP May 23, 2012, 8:10 am

      hahah i recreated the scene 😉

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 23, 2012, 8:02 am

    Both of my friends just had their babies early… one was 3.5 weeks early (baby was already over 8 lbs! She was supposed to be induced but then her water broke before that.) and the other was 2.5 weeks early. So you definitely could be a mama any time 😀

  • jael May 23, 2012, 8:18 am

    my water broke at 37w1d probably because all the walking my dog i did on a daily basis (3x a day). And had to get an emergency c-section because my baby boy breech…
    and he was perfectly fine, big and chubby :O)

  • Kelly May 23, 2012, 10:27 am

    The picture made me LOL! Observation from my 2 pregnancys – the baby stopped moving around so much about a week before I went into labor! 🙂

  • Johanna B May 23, 2012, 11:38 am

    I have a friend who carried a big jar of pickles around with her during the last week of pregnancy. Not to eat mind you – to drop on the ground so no one would realize her water had broken if she was somewhere public. Fortunately she was at home when that happened and didn’t have to use her pickles.

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker May 23, 2012, 12:35 pm

    I had about a gazillion Braxton Hicks with my pregnancy. Like insanely early, around week 17 ON. But they definitely got worse in the final weeks. Usually while walking. It’s just your body preppin’!

  • Amber K May 23, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Glad everything is okay! I’d be super nervous that someone would see me and freak out.

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