Thursday, January 31, 2013

Eventful Day

Hello!  How are you today?  Sorry for being silent yesterday - I was busy!  Yes, busy DOING!  

My dad came over yesterday to hang with Miss Jillian, so that gave me some time to get some stuff done, which was super duper awesome.  But man, I was exhausted by the end of the day.  I haven’t had that much activity in a while.  What did I do?  Well, I …

- Went to the gym!
It was my first day back to the gym after giving birth and it was fantastic!  For the last couple of months I have been taking it super duper easy at the gym due to my large, pregnant size - slow walking, super slow elliptical to keep my heart rate low - so yesterday I pumped it up a notch.  I walked a little faster and ellipticized a little faster, and it felt really good to do so.  I kept up the momentum of my “a mile a day” goal for the fourth day this week, and did a mile on the treadmill and then I did 15 minutes on the elliptical and a pretty good clip.  It felt really really really good.  Hopefully I can get back to the gym one more day this week - maybe sometime during the weekend.  Until then I am going to continue my evening walks around the block to get some cardio in.  Loving it!  What else did I do?

- Read my book
As you know, I read at the gym, so you know I was getting my reading on while on the elliptical and the treadmill yesterday.  I know eventually I will have to really pump up my workouts, which will probably put a damper on my gym reading time (at least on the treadmill), so I gotta take advantage now.

- Spent a stupid amount of money at Target
Who doesn’t love a good Target trip?  I had a list a mile long (mostly things for Jillian - diapers, wipes, etc etc) so I went and I executed.  It felt nice to leisurely walk around Target and peruse the aisles.  I got everything on my list and then a little something else:

I’ve decided to take up a new hobby while I am home - scrapbooking!  I’m the perfect candidate for scrapbooking - I love organizing my pictures into date stamped photo albums with captions, I love making photo books on Shutterfly - so I’m not sure why I never got into it before.  I figured now is the time!  I’m home, I have time on my hands and I have a million mementos and pictures of Jillian’s life thus far, so I am going to start a Jillian scrapbook.  How fun!  (FYI - the scrapbooking materials I bought attributed to the “stupid” amount of money I spent at Target, thankfully I had a $20 gift card from my boss to spend.)

- Got a car wash
I’m not sure why my car was so dirty, I haven’t driven in like 3 weeks, but it was embarassingly dirty so I had to wash it - and get gas.  I hadn’t gotten gas since 2012 (gotta love not having to drive to work every day).

- Cleaned our bathroom
I haven’t cleaned our shower in about 9 months.  Before you think of us as disgusting people, I haven’t done it in 9 months because when pregnant you’re not supposed to breathe in the fumes of cleaners and whatnot (or so they say), so Hubs was in charge of shower duty for the last 9 months.  Yesterday was my first time doing it again and dare I say I enjoyed it?  I kind of did.  

- Vacuumed
I have been wanting to vacuum for a week now but didn’t know if Jillian would be freaked out by the sound of the vacuum.  So I had my dad take her into her room while I vacuumed the house without her in the room.  Mental note, she’s not afraid of the sound of the vacuum at all, only my voice when I talk too loud around her.  (she should be used to that since she lived in me, and was forced to listen to me all the time, right?)

What a good day.  I felt like I accomplished a lot and I still got to spend a lot of time with Jillian (when Grandpa wasn’t holding her, playing with her, feeding her, etc) - it was a great day that totally tuckered me out.  So today the plan is to hang on the couch with Jillian and watch season one of Suits on Netflix.  Better go get started on that!  Have a great day!!

Questions for you …

- Do you scrapbook? Any tips for a novice?
- Anyone go to the gym today?
- Who watches Suits?  I hear it’s great from everyone!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I Did

So I deemed "DO" as the word of the week, and yesterday I DID. I said that I would do a little more around here rather than just zone out, watch TV and tend to Jillian (although a mere two weeks after giving birth that is certainly OK to do in my eyes). So yesterday instead of watching TV, I read and listened to music (something I have really been missing lately).

I am currently reading three books (yes all at once, such a multi tasker!). I'm reading The Happiness Project, which I am really enjoying and learning from. I'm reading No Need For Speed, which is getting me pumped to run again. And I'm dabbling in the fiction book that I started before I quickly abandoned when I realized Lauren Conrad had a new book out, The Men I Didn't Marry, which is kind of dumb, but entertaining. So I did a bunch of reading yesterday which was good for my mind.

I wanted to do some cleaning, but Jillian wanted to cry every time I put her down, so that didn't happen. Maybe another day. Tomorrow grandpa (my dad) is coming over to get his mid week Jillian fix so that will give me a little time to vacuum and stuff like that. There may even be an outing in my future as well!

Yesterday I DID exercise! I got out of the house and walked a mile. No running this time because I forgot to put on a sports bra (dur - hey, I'm tired, I forget things sometimes). The walk felt great! The weather was perfection, it was good to get out of the house and it just energized me. I'm going to stick with one mile all this week and then increase mileage starting next week. Right now I just don't want to be away from home for too long or do too much too soon, ya know? After my walk I started up something I haven't done in a while (sadly) - my physical therapy exercises. 

During the last months of my pregnancy I couldn't easily get down on the ground or bend to reach my foot to do my PT exercises (this sounds sad doesn't it?) so I neglected them and I can definitely tell a difference! All of the progress I made after going to physical therapy, pretty much gone. So I'm starting at square one again. This is especially important since I want to start running again soon. Tendinitis be gone!!

And then to top it off I also did some arm work (something else I neglected towards the end of my pregnancy). I just read something in one of my magazines from Tracy Anderson (celeb trainer) that says to get ripped do more reps with less weight. Since I haven't lifted a weight in a month, I decided to embrace this by getting out my 5 pounders. I did 25 reps of each: bicep curls, bicep curls with a twist, hammer curls, shoulder presses, front shoulder raises and side shoulder raises. I'm sure Tracy had like 100 reps in mind when she said this, but this is not too shabby for my first day of exercising since having the baby.  Right?

Yesterday I feel like I accomplished something good for myself - body and mind! Here's hoping I can keep this up!!

In other news we took our little munchkin to her 2 week pediatrician appointment and she's perfect! Doctor said so, so it's not just my new mom bias, she really is perfection! Yay!!!  Here's a picture of her in her carrier waiting to go...and Zeus getting curious.

(FYI, it looks like Zeus is REALLY close to her, but he's not - it's just the picture.  He definitely keeps his distance, but he's getting a little more curious these days.)

And with that, I am out of here. Hope you're having a terrific Tuesday! (It's Tuesday, right?  I have no concept of time anymore, it seems.)

Questions for you ...
- Anyone reading anything good that I can add to my list of books I'm reading simultaneously?
- Did anyone run today?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Word of the Week: DO

Hey! Happy Monday to you! Hopefully it's a good one so far for you. Jillian has decided that she's not going to sleep his morning so she's just hanging out with me right now trying to doze.

We had a great weekend over here! I left the house not once, but twice on Saturday - oh happy day! Seriously, you don't realize how wonderful getting out of the house is until you don't do it for days and days. I went to the grocery store (my absolute favorite place to shop) on Saturday afternoon and had a blast. Yeah, life is pretty simple over here.

Later that day my parents came up to get their Jillian fix and told Hubs and I to go out and have fun for the evening. My first thought was DISNEY, but we were both too tired to fight the crowds and actually walk around, so instead we decided to eat. We had a gift card to Outback so we made a night out of yummy Outback food (salad included). It was really nice to get out with Hubs and talk about something other than feedings and poop (we talk about poop A LOT in his house lately). And we knew that Jillian was in the best care so we didn't worry at all (although we did miss her a ton!). Nice night! When we got home they told us to go to bed and not worry about feedings all night, they had it under control. A night out and a full night's sleep? Hell yes!

And just to cap off a great night, I woke up on Sunday morning and did something I haven't done in a while ... I worked out! Nothing crazy, I just did a mile walk around the neighborhood, but it felt soo good!! I even ran a little bit! Yes! Granted I only ran for about 12 seconds, but I still ran. Yay!!! It got me so excited, and also showed me that it's going to be a long journey back to Runningville for me. Eh, baby steps. (No pun intended).

 I am hoping to get out for a walk again today sometime because I've decided that this is the week I get back to it! It's been 2 weeks since Jillian was born and about 2 1/2 weeks since my last trip to the gym (my last workout was the Thursday before I went into labor - I'm still mighty proud of this), so I'm starting to get antsy. I have decided I am going to do something exercise related everyday this week. Whether its walking or yoga or just weights in front of the TV, I am going to do something to move my body every day. Can't wait!!

The rest of our Sunday was fabulous. My BFF from growing up and her mom came to visit the baby and we had an awesome day visiting and grilling out and just chatting. It was great!! Great weekend all around!!

This week I am going to work on doing more. Not just exercise wise but also just doing more than sitting around watching TV and staring at Jillian. I'm going to read, I'm going to do some house stuff, I'm going organize, I'm going to DO! That is my word of the week: DO!!

And now it's time to do something called showering. Have a wonderful Monday!

Questions for you ...
- What do you hope to DO this week?
- Did you workout today?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Things I've Learned ... So Far

Hi! How's it going? Did you love our guest author yesterday? Dad is going to pop in here and there when I can't get to the blog just to keep things interesting around here. Good stuff!

So the last 11 days have been a complete whirlwind, as you can imagine. So I thought I'd share my learnings (and some cute pics), bullet style (since I can't seem to form real paragraphs with all I have to say). So here we go...

- First and foremost, my parents are a godsend. And the best grandparents (and parents) in the world. They stayed with us from the day Jillian was born (a Sunday) until Thursday of that week. This was so amazingly helpful for Hubs and I that first week when we were trying to figure everything out. They got to spend time with us, spend time with Jillian and they even took the night shift the night we got home from the hospital to allow Hubs and I to sleep for 10 hours straight (since we slept a total of 3 hours the two nights we were in the hospital). I cried when they left. So did they. Luckily they come back every few days, since they can't stand to be away from their granddaughter! 

And if Jillian wasn't lucky enough with my parents, she's also got another amazingly wonderful set of grandparents in Hubs' parents.  Seriously, she is one lucky girl!!

Jillian got to meet one of her great grandmas today - she has four!
- I am convinced we have the best and cutest baby in the whole world.  I know all moms think this about their newborns, but I’m really serious.  She sleeps at night, she eats, she doesn’t cry much, she’s an absolute angel and she is SO stinkin’ cute!  We really wonder how we got so lucky.  Thank you God for making her healthy, happy and perfect.  

- Every day is different. Just because Jillian naps after her morning feeding one day does not mean she will do this the next day. It's a crapshoot.

- Jillian LOVES her room. The name of the paint color in her nursery should be called "Baby Whisperer Purple" because as soon as she enters that room her mood changes to happy. And her favorite place in that room, her changing pad. Weird huh?

- Time is of the essence.  Case in point, the other day I took a 3 minute shower while she napped.  Later that day I tried to make a grilled cheese sandwich, but she started crying in the middle of my grilling, so I had to abandon mission halfway through.  I’m also learning that time goes by fast and she changes fast.  I know this is going to continue over the next few months/years and it makes me sad.  I just want to freeze time some days.

- There's not much time to do stuff for yourself. It seems odd since she sleeps so much that I wouldn't have time to do stuff for me, but I don't. Or maybe I'm just too lazy to do stuff for me? That could be...  I do have time to shower (Hubs and I do it in shifts) and put makeup on so I feel like a human being (even though I don’t leave the house), but it’s the other things I am talking about.  Like, I had grand plans for reading and doing productive stuff around the house. Have I done that yet? No. Am I complaining? Nope. I don't know that I have the mental capacity right now to read a book. Maybe next week... I’ll get there.

- You miss stuff. The Inauguration happened? Beyonce lip synced the National Anthem? Ben Affleck won a Golden Globe? (I actually did see this in the hospital, go Argo!) Who is playing in the Super Bowl? All things I need to catch up on.

- I don't leave the house...ever. I have not been outside in days. I've only left the house twice since January 15th (the day we came home from the hospital) - once to go to Jillian's first trip to the pediatrician on the 16th and once to go to Babies R Us with my mom on the 21st (Jillian stayed home with daddy and grandpa). You would have thought that mom and I were shopping on Rodeo Drive, I was so excited to get dressed and out of the house and spend money. Even if it was on a diaper pail and some baby wipes. We are slowly working up to leaving the house with the baby. Maybe next week. However I will say its not so bad hanging out at home all day, very relaxing.

- I’m eating really well.  News flash - I still like salad!!!!!  Oh happy day!  I was thinking it was just going to be a “pregnancy thing” and once I had the baby I would go back to not liking salad.  Nope!  I’ve eaten salad several days this week.  I think that is here to stay.  Hallelujah!!!  Also, since I don’t leave the house too much, there’s no fast food or eating out in our house very much anymore.  I’ve been eating at home and cooking at night, which is more I can say for that last month when I was pregnant.  It feels good and I am seeing results already.  (I’m going to do a whole post on post baby body sometime next week, exciting yes?)

- I’m not that tired.  I mentioned above that Jillian sleeps when she needs to sleep.  I mean sometimes we have to wake her up to eat, that’s how well she sleeps.  Because of this (and the awesome schedule Hubs and I have) I get enough sleep to where I am not a walking zombie.  I’m sure things will change as time goes by, but for now I am relishing in the fact that I can still have lucid conversations with people and keep up with my Words With Friends.  

All in all, I have learned a TON in just the last 11 days from this little lady.  And I know I will learn so much more in the days to come.  Can’t wait!!  

Questions for you ...
- If you have kids, did you find your first couple of weeks to be overwhelming? Or just a huge learning experience?
- Did anyone workout today?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Post From Kerry's Dad

Hello, Kerry and Jillian are a bit occupied these days and I told Kerry I would act as a substitute author now and then to give her a break.  I am Kerry's dad and Jillian's grandfather (golly that sounds good, my very first).  Let me begin by saying that my daughter is one incredible person.

The way she has handled herself these last 10 days has been beyond wonderful.  To follow the theme of this blog a little her conditioning during her pregnancy was a tremendous asset in delivering Jillian.  Kerry handled labor fantastically, as all 8 of us in the room observed.  A contraction came Kerry got silent breathed and continued enjoying the company in her room. Wow!

We were all kicked out of the room around 3:00 pm and one hour and eight minutes later little Jillian was born. (we'll get to her in a minute).  Kerry and hubs(Rob) made a great team and worked  as a real team during the delivery process.  After delivery they both bragged about the other and told us what a great job they did.  Golly we have great kids.

We (all grandparents) got into the room about an hour later. What an experience to see your daughter and new granddaughter, can we say tears.  After about five minutes I made a beeline to hold the Princess or as my wife says I elbowed her out of the way.  It felt great!!!!!!!!!  Everyone got to hold the baby and all were mesmerized by her.  She is and will be a heartthrob.

Now about Jillian.  What can I say but she is the most beautiful, well behaved, cuddly thing a grandfather has ever seen.  My wife and I let the kids get some sleep the second night at home and she was perfect, of course.  She sleeps between feedings and has to be woken up to be fed.  Did I mention she was beautiful.  I am proud to say that I have fed her, burped her and changed her diaper. Kerry even let me babysit her by myself for three hours. Loved every minute.

Anyway that what I have to say for now.  Finally thank you Kerry and Rob for the most wonderful gift you can give a parent.  You are an amazing couple and a beautiful family.

On The Horizon

Hello! Two days in a row of blogging! What what!  I think I'm getting used to my new schedule. I'm not gonna lie the first few days Jillian was home I had no motivation or desire to do anything except stare at Jillian and do Jillian related things. Now that we've got ourselves a little schedule going I'm starting to be able to do stuff that needs to be done, ie blogging. Heck I might even make a trip to the gym next week. Grandpa (my dad) said he'd come over and watch Jillian if I wanted to go and walk on the treadmill for a while. I may just take him up on that!

I am watching The Biggest Loser from this week and the contestants were challenged to run a 5K. Oh man it got me excited. Watching them push themselves to complete something they had never attempted before gave me so much inspiration and hope that I can get back to running soon too. I totally got misty when everyone crossed the finish line. Wow!! Inspiring for this girl.

My triumphant return to running won't be happening for a little while longer. I need to start back with just walking so soon after having the baby. I cannot wait to get the stroller out and walk with Jillian, but it's a little soon and a little chilly outside to do that just yet, but it's definitely in the horizon! As is running! I even downloaded a Couch to 5K app on my phone and iPod Touch to get me started. Woohoo!

Gotta scoot, someone is hungry...

Questions for you ...
- Are you running? How's it going?
- Who is your favorite contestant on The Biggest Loser this season?

I don't have a favorite person yet.  Although I do have a soft spot for the white team since they are down to only two.  And Danni is going to be a huge competitor!  
- (I'm taking this question from HRG) Which Biggest Loser trainer would you want to have train you?
While I like Jillian's workout DVDs, she would totally make me cry if she was my trainer, and then she'd yell at me and kick me out of the gym and then I'd cry some more, which is just counter productive. And I love Bob, but he can be pretty tough too. So I'd go with Dolvett. I really really like him.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Story of Baby Jillian

Hello!  What day is it again?  I seem to have lost all track of time in the last week and a half.  Understandably so, it’s been a busy time.  

As you probably already know, the baby is here!  9 months of waiting, 9 months of wondering are over and our daughter, Jillian Diane is finally here!  The last week and a half has been a dream come true.  She is an absolutely angel and we could not be happier parents.  Seriously, being a mommy is SOOO fulfilling and amazing.  You really don’t realize what that means until it actually happens to you.  

So how did it all play out?  Here’s the minute by minute …

Saturday, January 12th - Around 8 o’clock in the evening I started having a weird feeling in my stomach.  I didn’t think it was contractions because they didn’t really hurt, they just felt weird.  However, when the same weird feeling kept coming at normal intervals, and got increasingly more intense I knew that it was getting close to showtime.  I timed them while we watched a movie (The Company Men - excellent!) and then went to bed and continued to time them out.  Around 2am I decided that I was definitely in labor, with my contractions coming about 4-5 minutes apart, and Hubs and I made the 30 minute drive the hospital.

Sunday, January 13th - I honestly didn’t know if the hospital would admit me or tell me “nope, you’re not in labor, go home.”  They checked me out and evaluated me for about 3 hours.  They had me walking for about an hour (hey, my favorite thing, exercise!) to help speed things along, and that seemed to do the trick!  Around 6am they admitted me and got me into a labor suite.  At this point the contractions were intense by manageable.  

Honestly, after all of my fretting over labor and the pain associated to it, I was pleasantly surprised at how ‘not so bad’ it was.  I refused the epidural right away because I wanted to continue to walk around because it took my mind off of it and it got me up and moving (you know I prefer to move).  Once you get that epidural your legs literally do not work and you’re relegated to bed (that was the weirdest feeling). After another few laps around the labor and delivery floor Hubs and I decided to retreat to my room to rest.  This is when the contractions started coming faster and were definitely getting to be a little less manageable pain-wise.  

I had planned on getting the epidural once I got to a point where I just couldn’t take it anymore, and honestly I think I could have gone a little further, but why? So around 10am I got the epidural and felt relief soon thereafter.  Oh yeah.  

My labor suite was like Grand Central Station that day.  I had my parents, Hubs’ parents, J and her boyfriend, family friends, and my friends in and out all day long.  This is exactly how I wanted it.  I wanted all of my loved ones there to help make the day go by faster and take my mind off of the impending inevitable - delivery.  It really was a fabulous day.

After another check up I learned that it was almost showtime, almost ready to push.  EEE!  About an hour later the room emptied out and it was just me, Hubs and the nurse and we got the party started.  

We took control of the waiting room!

I’ll spare you all of the "pushing" details, but I will say that it was not at all the traumatic experience I always thought it would be.  I was actually making jokes in between pushing - what?  After an hour of pushing there was no more joking and things got real - more painful, contractions coming more often, sooo tiring and I was soaking wet with sweat.  

About 30 minutes later Jillian made her way into the world.  Wow is all I can say about that moment.  Wow.  I think about that moment every single day, no lie.  And when I do I get a little misty.  It was such a moment for me and Hubs.  I was crying, Jillian was crying, I think Hubs was crying (I’m not sure because I was wailing so much), it was so emotional.  And then they put her on me and it was like “oh hello baby whose been living inside me for 9 months” - it was so surreal.  She was alive and alert and loud and had her eyes wide open, just an amazing amazing moment.  

After a little while of bonding time for Hubs, Jillian and I, my parents and in-laws were allowed into the room.  Another wow moment for everyone.  

Meeting Grandma for the first time

(Dad - of the 900 million pictures I have, I don't have any of you and Jillian!! Please send!!)

And a couple of hours later I was moved to my new room where everyone could come and visit and meet baby Jillian.

Wonderful wonderful time!!!  

Hubs and I were exhausted and starving (we hadn’t eaten in almost 24 hours) and my request for my “first meal” was Subway.  I hadn’t had lunchmeat in almost 9 months, so I wanted a turkey and ham sub, double meat, American cheese on wheat.  Man, did that sandwich taste good.  

I'm not ashamed.
It was an amazing day and an amazing night with our new little one!!  

I’ll be back tomorrow (or sometime soon) to talk about how the first week and a half has been.  (Spoiler alert:  It’s been awesome!)

Questions for you ...
- What have you been up to lately?

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Letter From Jillian

Hi everybody!  It’s Jillian!

Even though I sleep a lot, I still keep mommy inexplicably busy

Sorry my mom hasn’t been able to blog lately.  She’s been really really busy with me - feeding me, tending to me and just staring at me for hours - but she wanted me to tell you that she will be writing soon to get you up to speed on how the first days as a new mommy have been.  (it’s been AWESOME!)  Check back soon!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jillian's First Days

Not a lot of time to chat, so I thought I'd just share some moments from the last couple of days ...

Time with Daddy...

First time in the car - going home from the hospital, yay!!!

Looking snug as a bug...

 First time in her big girl bed, looking so tiny!  

Chillin' on the changing pad...

And the money shot, taken by big sis Jordyn...

"I'm SOOOO cute!!"
Talk to you soon!

Monday, January 14, 2013

She's Here!!!

JILLIAN DIANE was born on Sunday, January 13th at 4:08pm.  She was 7 pounds 9 ounces and 19 inches long. 

Mommy, Daddy and baby are doing great!  

She is amazing!  Gotta go play!  

Friday, January 11, 2013

No Need For Speed (But a NEED for Running)

Days Until Due Date = 6

Hello!  It’s been a great day so far!  Last night my parents came up to spend the night with me.  Hubs had to go on a last minute business trip and since I’m uber close to d-day, I invited my parents to come up and hang with me “just in case” anything happened while I was home alone.  Nothing happened, but we did have a nice time.  We had a very nice dinner last night and then this morning we have just been chilling.  Now I'm about to show my dad how to post on the blog so that he can keep you all updated on the baby when I'm in the hospital. Haha! Gotta keep everyone in the loop right?

Yesterday I talked about John Bingham books and how I wanted to read The Courage to Start, about learning how to become a runner.  Well, that was a bust.  I tried to find it on my Nook and they don’t offer it.  Booo.  So instead (since I’m cheap and don't want to go buy a book at the bookstore) I am going to not read that one (since I am technically already a runner in some respects) and instead start reading the John Bingham book that I do have, No Need For Speed, which basically covers what was talked about in The Courage to Start in the first couple of chapters.

It’s no secret that I am a s-l-o-w runner.  My last half marathon was over 3 hours (though I did walk a majority of it, but anyway), so that puts me clearly in the back of the pack.  And I’ve never had any shame or regret for that.  I look at running as a great way to stay in shape, relieve stress, have “me” time, listen to good music, get outside in the fresh air, participate in races, meet new people, etc etc etc.  

Running for me isn’t about winning or coming in first, it’s just about me (so selfish!).  Whether I run a “fast” half marathon (my best time is 2:51) or a “slow” half marathon (my worst was 3:27), I always always have such a feeling of accomplishment at the end.  I may be sore for days, but I always know I just did something really great for my body, my mind and my spirit - and that always makes me feel wonderful, even if the clock says some crazy number.  

I picked up No Need For Speed last year because I was interested to hear someone else’s take about slower running.  The back cover of the book says, “You don't have to run fast to be a real runner!”  Ain’t that the truth?  As long as you’re out there doing it and doing the best that you can, who cares how long it takes you?  I suspect this is what the book talks about.  I actually never read this book after I picked it up last year.  I was sidelined from running due to injury and then pregnancy, so I didn’t feel the need to read it at the time.  Now that I am ready to start running again, I am ready to begin reading!  I actually got through the first couple of chapters last night and so far, so good!

Why all of the running talk lately?  This weekend is the Disney World Marathon Weekend - an event I am always a participant in.  I’ve run the half marathon every year since 2007 (with the exception of 2011, not sure what the heck I was doing that year) and I am a little sad that I won’t be able to participate this year.  (But I get to have a baby instead so it’s a really wonderful trade off!!!)  But just knowing that thousands and thousands of people are in town this weekend to run the 5K, the half, the full or the Goofy (both the half and the full back to back - God bless those crazies) makes me so giddy and excited and jealous in a way that they get to go out there and run!  Is that dorky?  I have half a mind to go and crash the expo just to buy a Bic Band or a cool running tee for my triumphant return to running, but I won’t.  Because that would be really dorky.  But my point here is, running in infectious - especially when you can’t do it.  I cannot wait to get back into it, and that day is coming soon (I hope!).  

If you want to read more about my past Disney-fied Half Marathon experiences click here, here or here!
Anyway, I’m going to stop talking running now because I’m starting to sound like a broken record.  I know that running is in my future.  How soon in my future?  Not sure yet.  We’ll see how this baby thing goes.  But I will make one promise ... I WILL be back at the Disney Half Marathon next year! Who's joining me? We can run slow together! :) 

Questions for you …
- Is anyone running the Disney 5K, Half, Full or Goofy this weekend?  If so, I want ALL of the details!!
- Did you ever take a break from running and then go back?  Was it hard?  
- How do you feel about running?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Courage To Start

Days Until Due Date = 7

Hello week 39!  I honestly didn't think I would go this far.  I thought the baby would be like her mom and be uber early for her birthday party.  She's not uber early, but there's still a chance of her to be early.  I just hope she's not late.  And if she is, she'll be "fashionably" so.

Today started off good.  I got back to the gym since I didn’t go yesterday.  Did 35 minutes on the elliptical and a short (very short) arm routine.  When I hopped on to the elliptical today at the gym, the girl next to me was like “dang girl, you must be close!”  I replied, “one week!” which prompted her and the girl next to her to be like “dayum good for you!”  Then I joked about how I really hoped to not go into labor while at the gym.  She told me that she worked out until her 7th month of pregnancy and then her doctor put her on bed rest.  Thank you Lord I did not have to be on bed rest.  I would not like that very much.

Yesterday I found myself doing the ultimate teenage multi tasking - lounging on the couch finishing Lauren Conrad's book Starstruck while catching up on episodes of Pretty Little Liars on Netflix streaming.  Wow, this is what happens when you don't work. I've turned into a 17 year old.

I finished LC’s book and it was just “eh.”  Usually her books are so good and entertaining, but this one was just “eh.”  The story line was a little bit of a bummer (all the characters had angsty problems in this one) and it was just okay to me.  But it ended really well, paving the way for a pretty good book three in the series.  I checked it out and the next book comes out in June!

Now I’m going to read some grown up books.  All morning I have been reading my “textbook” from my Gift of Motherhood class which describes (in all its gory detail) the labor and birth process.  I want to know exactly what I am in for, so I read it all again.  I feel enlightened now and totally ready for what’s coming my way in the next week (or so).  Although I know no delivery is exactly “textbook,” but at least I know what my body is about to go through (yeeks!).

After that I am going to take a cue from Sarah and read a non-fiction book (something I did not do last year).  I have a couple I want to start.  The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin - to help me get happy and organized in 2013; MacBook For Dummies - to help me understand my new computer; and either The Courage to Start or No Need For Speed by John Bingham.  

John Bingham is an avid runner who looks at running for fun instead of winning - a “slow and steady” advocate (I like that!).  He’s written many books and has a column featured in Runner’s World that focuses on the fact that he’s a penguin or a tortoise when it comes to running, and that it’s totally okay to be.  I embrace this and appreciate this since I am such a slow poke.  Sarah (my reading buddy, although I could never surpass her yearly book total) is reading The Courage to Start right now, which focuses on starting your journey to becoming a runner.  Here’s a blurb about the book from Amazon:

Has the idea of running crossed your mind, but you haven't acted on it because you don't think you have the body of a runner? Have you thought about running but quit before you started because you knew that you would be breathless at the end of your driveway? Well, put aside those fears because you can do it.

Yes and yes.  With 11 half marathons under my belt I’m not exactly a novice runner, however, I have been out of running now for almost a year between my tendinitis and my pregnancy, so I feel like I am going to be starting from scratch when I finally get out there again.  So a book like The Courage to Start might be great for me.  Because yes, at this moment I feel like, a) I don’t have the body of a runner; and b) I feel like I am going to be breathless at the end of my driveway (and I’m sure I will be).  So this might be just what I need to get back into the running game - something I am so desperate to get back to.  I think I’ve just found my next book...

And now I’m gonna go download it to my Nook with my nifty gift card I got for Christmas from Hubs and get started!  I hope you’re having a super Thursday, talk to you tomorrow!  

Questions for you …
- Are you a runner?
- Have you read anything by John Bingham?
- Are you a fast runner or slow runner?
A “fast runner” to me is anyone who runs faster than me.  And I run a 12-13 minute mile, so I’m pretty sure that’s everybody!  :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

I Got an "A" in Healthy!

Days Until Due Date = 8

Can't have enough pregnant pictures

I took this one over the weekend and forgot to post.  I think I’ve dropped a bit, yes?

Hello there!  Sorry for the late start.  I had an early doctor’s appointment this morning, so I had to get up and out, which means no workout today.  Boo.  Tomorrow is another day.  

Doctor’s appointment went well - no baby yet.  My doctor actually walked in and was like “you’re still pregnant?!” - yeah, that’s how I feel too.  I’m so ready to not be pregnant anymore.  I just cannot wait to meet and hold my daughter and see how crazily life changes after she is here.  It’s so crazy to think how life is going to completely change in just a matter of days.  But for now, we wait.

Today I snuck on to my work computer and fired off a few emails.  I know I know, I’m not supposed to do that while on maternity leave, but I feel dumb as a doornail lately, (want proof … see my post yesterday - dumb thoughts) and I’m tired of just sitting around watching TV or cleaning.  

OK, I didn’t really work (though I did check up on one project I left hanging), I had to fill out a Health Risk Assessment for our insurance so that I could get a credit on my medical insurance premium.  Our company is doing a really good thing to get employees to embrace a more healthy lifestyle.  Each quarter we can receive a discount on our insurance premiums just by participating in programs about healthy eating, working out, stuff like that.  Last quarter we had to get a physical, this quarter we had to fill out a health questionnaire and then call and talk to a health advisor.  Since I like discounts, I did mine today and I passed!

91/100!  Woohoo!  And that was even entering my pregnancy stats (oof!).  They told me my BMI was a little high (haha, ya think?  I’m 39 week pregnant!) but that I had some great healthy habits (like working out, eating well, sleeping 7+ hours per night, haha that will change, keeping my blood pressure low, etc), so that was cool.  It’s nice to know that even though I feel like a total blob at the moment, I still rank high on the scale of healthy-ness.  Whaddup!

Now I am doing another load of baby laundry because I feel like her having already a closet full of clean clothes is not enough.

Plus it’s all SO CUTE!  

Alright, I’m outta here.  Have a wonderful rest of your Wednesday!!

Questions for you …
- Did you work out today?
- What’s your favorite snack?  
I need to adopt healthy snacking, because lately I have been snacking on cookies (I know my cookie eating days are coming to a close soon) and I know that is bad. So what's your fave go to healthy snack?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dumb Thoughts

Days Until Due Date = 9

It’s the final countdown!  9 days left - how crazy is that?  It seems like only yesterday I found out I was pregnant. some respects.  When I actually think about the day we found out we were having a baby, I realize that it was actually a long time ago (June), but it all seemed to fly by somehow.  

I’ve gotten to a point where I am not worried so much about labor and delivery (I learned all I need to know in my Gift of Motherhood class), now I am fixated on seriously dumb things related to packing for the hospital such as:

- Will I wash my hair while I am in the hospital?
- Does the hospital have hair dryers in the bathrooms like at hotels?
- Should I pack my flat iron?  
(I seriously have no idea why I am thinking so much about my hair)
- What if I forget my phone charger?
- Should I bring my own blanket?

And then some more serious stuff like:

- Should the baby sleep in a bassinet in our room or in her nursery/crib when she comes home?
- Where will she nap?  Her room or in the Pack n Play?
- Can I appropriately change a diaper? (since I’ve never done that before on a real baby)
- What does it feel like to not sleep for days?

I’ve also been fixated on having enough food in the house.  I’ve been to the grocery store like 4 times in the last week, just picking up food items that I can store or freeze.  Apparently I have the notion that once I have a baby I will never be able to grocery shop again, so I’m stocking up now so Hubs and I don’t starve.  It’s really stupid.  Publix is literally a 1 minute drive from our house, if we need food, we’ll go get it.  But for some reason I feel the need to stockpile.  I’m weird.  This is what happens to you 9 days before you’re due to give birth - it’s really wacky.

Anyway...  Today was one of my final workouts at the gym before d-day (my last day at the gym will be Saturday - sniffle).  I did a repeat of yesterday minus the arms.  40 minutes on the elliptical while reading my LC book.  I’m almost done.  If I focus and make the time to read I could finish it today, but I may just wait until my next date with the elliptical to do that.  

When I came home from the gym I had some very important TV to watch - last night’s episode of The Bachelor.  It was good, but I’m not sold on Sean as The Bachelor.  He seems so wholesome and these girls just so not.  

After that I watched Sunday’s episode of The Biggest Loser.  I haven’t watched The Biggest Loser in about 5 years.  It bugs me that every episode is 2 hours long - it’s such a commitment, that is why I stopped watching so long ago.  However, I am going to have some big weight loss goals after the baby, and I figured that watching this would motivate and inspire me.  And so far it has!  That first episode was grueling just to watch!  The trainers are SO MEAN to these people, it’s kind of crazy.  I don’t remember them being so awful.  I get the tough love thing, but sheesh!  People passing out left and right and JIllian is yelling at them to get up and keep moving.  Um, if I’m passed out on the ground, you can bet I’m not getting up on the treadmill anytime soon.  And if they don’t, she kicks them out of the gym.  Yikes.  I know she’s hard core, but it’s a little hard to watch.  Anyway, now I’m invested in the show because I like the people.  I cried at least 12 times during the episode, so now I’ve got to commit to the 2 hours per week for the next 6 months that this show is on (or however long it’s usually on).  Thank God for DVRs because I know I’m going to be up at all hours of the night some nights and will need something to watch.

OK enough about that.  I have some things to do on my To Do list for the week - you know that list of things that HAVE to get done before your life changes forever and ever and ever.  Yeah, that list.  I hope you’re having a great Tuesday!  

Questions for you …
- Do you watch The Biggest Loser?
- Do you watch The Bachelor?
- Anyone ellipticize today?