My biggest piece of advice for any first time moms and dads out there is check Craigslist first before buying your baby gear new. The first time around, I bought or received everything new. Now I feel like an idiot. Every day items like pack ‘n plays, baby swings, high chairs, cribs, clothes, strollers, etc are listed for great prices. For instance I just bought a Papasan Cradle Swing ($149 new) and a infant vibrating chair ($65 new) for $80 together! I did just buy a Phil and Ted’s portacrib new, but it was on sale for $99 ($179 new). This is the lightest travel crib on the market (5.5 pounds), and I highly recommend it if you are planning on doing any air travel with your kiddo while they are still sleeping in a crib.
Now on the training and climbing side of things…
For the first trimester I was climbing pretty well. At Smith, I was working on my project, Taco Chips (13a), and making progress. Then in July we went on a road trip (9 weeks pregnant). I managed to redpoint two 12a’s and one 12b in Spokane. I also climbed the Grand Wall on The Chief in Squamish. This is an amazing multi-pitch climb with pitches up to 11a. I led a 5.8, 5.10b and the bolted 5.11a pitch (Perry’s Layback), which I fell on. Next time I’ll send it!
After that we went to Little Si outside Seattle. I managed on onsight an 11d and some easier 5.11s. Then we came home in August and I did really well on Taco Chips. That was at about 10 weeks pregnant. Then, it got hot! So, I didn’t get back on it until I was 13 weeks along. I’d only gained about 3 pounds, but those crimpers and 2 finger pockets no longer felt so good. My core also seemed to be not working as well. I “sagged” out on holds that I could usually keep my body close to the wall on. So, I started working some 5.11s instead. At 14 weeks I did a top-rope “send” of Blue Plate Special (11a). I’m still leading, but I don’t feel comfortable falling anymore, as I am showing significantly now. So, I usually lead something bolt-to-bolt and then top-rope it for the “send”. As for other training, I’m still lifting, mountain biking and training at the climbing gym.
Sorry for the lack of pictures for this post. I don’t have any of me climbing recently, but here’s my belly picture for 14 weeks. I feel a lot bigger than I look!