Baby McGahen: 24 Weeks

Baby McGahen: 24 Weeks

Coolest developments: Apparently, this week marks a viability milestone! If baby were born today, he'd have a 50-70% chance of survival. Sorry to get political for a second, but thinking about that breaks my heart a little bit because in the state of Colorado, you're allowed to get an abortion up to 26 weeks, at which point the baby has a 90% chance or survival. As I've been thinking about this little guy more and more as a human who is rocked to sleep by me walking around, has memories, can hear my voice, does flips and turns in my tummy, etc., I get more and more sad about these laws.  

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Emotions. All the Emotions.

Emotions. All the Emotions.

Pregnancy hormones are no joke.

Things that would normally make me chuckle make me laugh till I cry. Things that would normally bum me out feel like the worst thing in the whole world. Things that I normally think are weird are now horribly disgusting. Things that I normally think are cute are so unbearably adorable that they make me weep. Crying is going to be a big theme here. 

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Boulder, CO - Forsythe Canyon

Boulder, CO - Forsythe Canyon

I love this little hike. It's easy & shaded for a summer stroll and not too steep/dangerous for a winter outing. We've done this hike twice now. Once the day after Christmas, and once last week. I had a friend in town visiting and we had done a 2hr bike ride the day before, so I just didn't want to do Sanitas or Royal Arch. Also, I'm 22 weeks pregnant and it was 95 degrees outside. 

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Uncovering My Vanity in Pregnancy

Uncovering My Vanity in Pregnancy

I don't know that I would have said that I have ever been completely not vain in my life. I've definitely struggled with body image pretty significantly in the past, but for some reason, upon re-discovering running and moving away from the world of "fitfam" where people post photos of their rock hard abs on Instagram every day, I thought that I was past it. I thought I had shifted my mindset more towards health instead of the number on the scale or the way I look in the mirror. 

I was wrong. 

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Baby McGahen: 21 Weeks

Baby McGahen: 21 Weeks

How I've felt in my workouts: Good. Definitely continuing to slow things down and to take it easy on weights because I get out of breath so easily. One of my books told me to not lift so heavy that you're holding your breath at all while lifting. Which for me means lifting pretty light weights these days. Lat pulldowns with 50lbs, curls with 10s or 8s, etc. 

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Seattle, WA - Snoqualmie Falls

Seattle, WA - Snoqualmie Falls

If you're looking for an intense, backwoods, secluded hike, this is not the one for you. If, however, you are pregnant and looking to see some pretty stuff with minimal effort/risk of falling/not having to carry a pack, this mini hike is perfect. 

There are two viewpoints for Snoqualmie Falls. Technically, you can just park at the lower falls, walk 5min, go back to the car, drive to the upper falls lot, walk 2min, and be done. We wanted to put a little effort in, so we parked at the lower falls, went to the viewpoint, then hiked up to see the upper falls viewpoint, and came back down to the car. 

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