Baby 2.0 – 6 Weeks

(Originally written on September 22, 2014)

These weeks are passing quickly since we have been so busy! I don’t want to wish the pregnancy away at all, but part of me is thankful that the early weeks are going by fast. I am anxious to see my little peanut on an ultrasound soon and get past the first trimester where I can relax a little bit more. I’m also looking forward to being able to share my news with everyone, since I’m already having a hard time hiding it with this belly that’s appearing out of nowhere! More on that later :)

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There’s definitely something going on in there! That belly was not there a few weeks ago!

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This week baby’s facial features have started to develop, and little buds are forming where arms and legs will be. The heart is beating strong and hopefully we’ll be able to see it on an ultrasound next week!

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Body

The most obvious change this week is the belly. It just seems to be a lot bigger than this point last time around! It’s not just bloating that gets worse as the day goes on either. It’s even there when I wake up. I was very aware of it at Kevin’s party since we were around many people who know me and what my body usually looks like, and we haven’t told some of them about it yet. We ended up telling Kevin’s best friend later that night once they were back at our house and his girlfriend said, “I thought you were just really full!” … yeah.

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Aside from that it’s more of the same from last week. Very hungry and thirsty, tired from not sleeping well (waking up to pee, crazy dreams, etc.). Achiness and a feeling of heaviness in my uterus, especially at the end of a long day. My skin has started breaking out more and my nails are growing like crazy! No real nausea or anything yet, which I am happy about because it started this week last time around!

Mind

This week was a lot better for me mentally and emotionally but I still had some highs and lows. One of the biggest sources of anxiety this week was starting at my new school after being destaffed a couple weeks ago from the school I was at for 6 years. However, it turned out that I really didn’t have much to worry about. I really love it here and the people I am working with are wonderful, especially the other reading teacher and my principal. It feels like a breath of fresh air! I son’t think I knew how badly I needed a change until I was forced to make one!

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The other good news this week was that my HcG numbers were tested again and came back looking great! My levels jumped from 468 to over 2,200, which the doctor was really happy about. The next appointment I will have is for my ultrasound on October 3rd!

On another good note, we had Kevin’s 2nd birthday party over the weekend. It was a lot of work but I tried hard not to let myself stress as much as last year. I accepted help from a lot of people and just tried to enjoy the day. We had a great time.

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Along with his party came family and friends, and we decided to tell some of them that we were pregnant while they were in town. First we told Kevin’s family on Friday night. We had him wear the Big Brother shirt and saw how long it took for them to notice. Kevin’s sister noticed first, then his mom, then everyone else realized once they started screaming and crying. It was a very sweet moment.

But my favorite moment of the entire week (and this will win the prize for a while) was telling one of my best friends. I told her that I was pregnant and we hugged and got all excited… and then she told me that she was pregnant TOO!!!! Not only that, but we realized that our due dates are very close together. I’ll share more about this later since she hasn’t officially announced yet. With all of this going on, no wonder I have been an emotional mess!

Food

​Surprisingly I’ve been still eating like normal. At this point last time around I didn’t want anything to do with veggies but I’m still able to eat salads, stir frys, veggies and hummus- all my usual foods. I’m thankful for that! But I have noticed myself wanting more sweets. I don’t know if it’s because we just had Kevin’s birthday so there were lots of delicious things available to me, but hopefully that one doesn’t last long!

Fitness

I was able to get in some great runs this week and felt amazing on all of them. Fall has officially arrived and I could not be happier about that! I had a few runs with friends and an amazing 12 mile long run with one of my favorite running buddies, Amanda. We were so caught up in laughing and talking that we had no idea where we were. Thank goodness for phones with GPS! I also made it to Body Pump twice this week again. Go me!

  • Monday – 3 miles @ 9:14 pace
  • Tuesday - Body Pump
  • Wednesday – 3 miles @ 10:26 pace
  • Thursday - 4 miles @ 10:15 pace
  • Friday - 3 miles @ 10:38 pace
  • Saturday – Body Pump
  • Sunday - 12 miles @ 10:55 pace
  • Run – 25.18 miles
  • Strength – 2x
Long Run Sunday with Amanda!

Long Run Sunday with Amanda!

Week 6 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: +0.8 lbs.
  • Total weight gained: -0.2 lbs. (still under pre-pregnancy, but not for long!)
  • Best thing I ate this week: Cupcakes. Darn leftovers!!! At least they were homemade?
  • # of blood draws: 1
  • Craziest pregnancy dream: a sex dream that did not involve my husband :/ felt very guilty about that one!
  • # of days until my first sonogram: 11! (October 3rd)

6 weeks last time around!

Baby 2.0 – 5 Weeks

(Originally written on September 15th, 2014)

Wow. What an eventful week! We were super busy with doctor’s appointments, birthdays, a trip to Pennsylvania and moving me out of my old school and into my new one. Needless to say this week flew by!

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Baby

This week Baby K has grown from a poppy seed to a sesame seed. BabyCenter says that baby looks like a tadpole this week and that it’s heart and circulatory system have formed. It’s heart will even start beating by the end of the week. The placenta also starts functioning this week, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the baby through its teeny tiny umbilical cord.

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Body

This week my symptoms from last week got a little stronger and more noticeable. I am still very hungry and thirsty all the time throughout the day and at night. I wake up multiple times a night from hunger and thirst, and also to pee since I’m drinking so much. When I do sleep I am experiencing the same vivid dreams as I did last time. It’s like watching a few movies every night. Needless to say, due to these things my sleep hasn’t been very restful and I’m tired most of the day. This is probably also due to the fact that my body is working hard to grow a baby AND I’ve cut down my coffee intake to just one small cup in the morning. Big sad face! I love my coffee!

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In addition to that I am feeling pretty achy in my lower abdomen/uterus. I can definitely tell something is going on down there. Lots of twinges and pulls and an overall feeling of heaviness. It’s like my uterus remembers exactly what to do and is getting a head start on it! I noticed that if I’m on my feet all day like I was this past Saturday, I feel extra achy and crampy. I’m not sure if this is round ligament pain already or what, but it’s pretty uncomfortable.

Like last week I feel like I am full of air. Lots of burping and gas on the other end as well (LOL- my husband is so lucky). I am also having a lot of reflux and heartburn which is not fun at all. I had pasta with a spicy tomato sauce the other night and tasted that for almost a full day afterwards, since my digestion has also slowed wayyyy down. This happened last time too and it is definitely not enjoyable. Luckily running gets my digestion going again pretty well :).

I’ve also noticed that I have significant “baby brain” already. I basically feel like I’m walking around in a fog the whole day. Here are a few examples of stupid things I’ve done this week: while going to meet my running group I got on the highway going northbound instead of southbound and had to drive 4 miles before I got to an exit and could turn around, I tried for about 5 minutes to open the door to my trailer at my old school before realizing it wasn’t my trailer, and I am constantly forgetting what I’m about to do or something I wanted to say. Basically my brain has already turned to mush!

Finally, I am still VERY bloated, to the point where I am glad I’m in a new school (more about that later) and nobody really knows me yet. If I was with people who knew me well they would definitely know something is up. People at my new school probably just think I have a little gut action going on. It gets worse as the day goes on but it’s there in the morning as well, which is a change from last time. If it keeps up at this rate I’m going to have a much harder time hiding it until the second trimester than last time.

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After an evening run. Check out that bloat!

Mind

This week started off a little bit stressful and then it eased up a bit toward the end. I started off the week with getting my blood drawn to test my HcG level and progesterone. My HcG came back at 135, which is on the lower end of the 4 week range but still appropriate considering I had just passed the 4 week mark the day before. My progesterone came back really good at 29.4 (they told me they want it between 13 and 30), which I was so happy about because I had been concerned about it begin low due to some signs I had while charting my cycle. However, since my HcG was on the lower end they wanted me to come in for a second blood draw 72 hours later, which was this past Friday. At this blood draw I also had a short appointment with one of the midwives who talked to me about the general early pregnancy things. I got my results today (Monday) and my HcG level came back at 468, so it more than tripled- which is great! BUT they told me they wanted me to come back again tomorrow because they like to see it above 1,000. Talk about a roller coaster of stress and emotion. But I’m confident in my numbers and the fact that they are rising. I can feel that they are rising too, due to my symptoms, so I’m choosing not to stress and worry too much.

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The other thing on my mind this week was everything going on with my job. After finding out I was being destaffed last Friday and not knowing where I was going to end up, I had an interview on Wednesday morning and found out I got the job. I was so happy because it was the only open reading specialist position in the entire county and I really liked the school and the principal. I spent the rest of the week finishing up my work at my old school and packing my things, and started at my new one today (Monday). So far it’s been amazing. There is a lot of work to do here but I feel very welcome!

Finally, I was really able to relax, smile and destress over this past weekend. Kevin and I decided to take off Friday to celebrate both of my boy’s birthdays. After Kevin’s 2 year doctor’s appointment and my appointment with the midwife, we headed home to Pennsylvania for the weekend. We were able to have a little birthday celebration on Friday night and shared the news of baby #2 with close family and friends. On Saturday I had my 10 year high school reunion and was able to catch up with a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time (and pretend to be drinking which was interesting since it was a tailgate style reunion). On Sunday we had some family photos taken by my dad, which was really nice and special.

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Food

Still hungry all the time, eating frequently to avoid feeling that blood sugar crash but losing a little weight. This happened last time too. I started putting weight back on during the 6th or 7th week. I’m still able to eat everything like I used to and am going to try to keep up my daily veggie and salad intake as long as I can. Like last time I am really wanting salty foods but surprisingly I’ve also been drawn to sweets. I didn’t have much desire to eat sweets last time around so that’s new. I’ll be curious to see if my nausea and aversion to veggies picks up in the 6th week like it did last time. I know there is some sort of hormone surge around that time too which makes you feel a lot more symptoms. Fingers crossed I keep feeling relatively good!

Fitness

I am still feeling my best in the morning so I’m trying to make the most of that and get up early to get my workout in. The weather was so much cooler and nice this week, which made me feel a lot stronger and better overall. I was able to run a total of 24 miles, including a 10 mile long run which felt great! I also make it to not one, but TWO 5 a.m. Body Pump classes! I was very proud of myself.

  • Monday – 3 miles @ 10:10 pace
  • Tuesday - Body Pump
  • Wednesday – 3 miles @ 10:01 pace
  • Thursday - Body Pump
  • Friday - 3 miles @ 10:33 pace
  • Saturday – 5 miles @ 9:06 pace
  • Sunday - 10 miles @ 9:24 pace
  • Run – 24 miles
  • Strength – 2x

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Week 5 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: -0.8 lbs.
  • Total weight gained: -1.0 lbs.
  • Best thing I ate this week: Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries after my high school reunion in Philadelphia. Basically fries with old bay and other seasoning on them. SO. GOOD.
  • # of blood draws: 2
  • # of times I woke up to pee: about 50
  • # of beers I pretended to drink: 4
  • # of days until my first sonogram: 18! (October 3rd)

5 weeks last time around!

Baby 2.0 – 4 Weeks

(Originally written on September 8, 2014)

Here we go again! Time for weekly pregnancy updates. Yay! I am so happy that I blogged about each week of my pregnancy last time around. It’s nice to look back on what I was feeling and experiencing, and how my body was changing during such an exciting time. I plan to do the same thing with this pregnancy. So let’s get into it!

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This week the baby is the size of a poppy seed! According to BabyCenter, week 4 begins the embryonic period for the baby which lasts until week 10. He or she will start developing organs this week and according to The Bump, the neural tube, which is the building block of the spine and brain has already been formed. The amniotic sac is also now in place, and the placenta is developing and getting ready to begin nourishing the baby.

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Body

This is the week I found out I was pregnant, but I had multiple signs that I was before I got a positive test. I have heard that pregnancy symptoms can be worse the second time around and so far that seems to be true. I am so tired, my boobs are so sore (and they feel fuller and heavier- already!), my headaches are worse, I feel overly emotional, I’m so hungry, I go back and forth between feeling really hot and really cold, my skin is breaking out, and I notice more achiness in my uterus. All of these symptoms didn’t happen until later on in my first pregnancy. Maybe it’s because I’ve been through it once before so I know what to look out for, but I am hoping this trend doesn’t continue! If it does I’m in for a much more difficult pregnancy than last time, that’s for sure! Yesterday I totally passed out on the couch for almost 2 hours because I was so tired. And it’s only week 4!

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I also feel like I’m full of water and air. I’m super gassy and burping all the time, which was also something that happened with my first pregnancy. The other night I had the WORST gas pain in my stomach. It really freaked me out and took my breath away, it was so painful. Eventually it went away when I worked on massaging it out of my stomach. I’ve also noticed my stomach getting progressively more bloated as the day goes on. By the time I go to bed I look like I’m a few months pregnant! It’s crazy.

Mind

I tried very hard to minimize my stress level this week but it’s been difficult. I was thrown two huge pieces of news this week. First, on Friday I found out I was being destaffed from my school which was a huge shock because I was starting my 7th year there. The next day is the day I found out I was pregnant. Talk about an extreme low followed by an extreme high. In both cases I’m trying not to worry too much. There’s a lot of unknowns about which school and position I will end up in, and of course there are a lot of unkowns during the first few months of pregnancy. I’m focusing on enjoying the present day rather than worry about what’s to come. So far I think I’m doing a good job, but it’s not easy.

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I’ll feel better once I get my blood tested to find out what my hCG and progesterone levels are tomorrow. My doctor recommended I do that when I get a positive test, since I was seeing signs of low progesterone in my cycle (very short luteal phase of 7-10 days, a lot of spotting before my period, etc.). Progesterone is very important, especially in the first few weeks before the placenta starts making it on it’s own. If it’s not at an optimal level I’ll need to supplement it so I don’t lose the baby. Obviously I also am interested in my hCG level (pregnancy hormone) so I can make sure it’s rising appropriately. I also need to get my thyroid levels checked, because they also changed pretty quickly once I got pregnant last time and I may have to have my medication adjusted. Whew! It’s a lot to think about.

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Another thing that’s been on my mind is that we have actually shared our news with a lot more people that we did at this point last time around. This is mostly because more people knew we were trying. We haven’t told family yet because we’re waiting until we see them in person in a couple weeks, but we have shared with close friends. The first person I told was obviously Kevin. Then I told my friend Laura, who already pretty much knew because I run with her almost every day and she was getting the play-by-play. She also charted her cycle using the same method I did, so I would ask her a ton of questions as the days went by. I also told one of my best friends from home because we have been trying to get pregnant at the same time and have been sharing stories/symptoms. I told the girls I run with every weekend and my former Bradley teacher/doula who had become a close friend of mine. I was hesistant to share with this many people at first but then I realized that if something were to happen, these are the people I would tell anyway and who would support me. So why hold back our happiness and excitement?

Food

Ummm… what am I NOT eating this week? I find myself feeling shaky and lightheaded when I need to eat (which is happening more often lately- every 2 hours or so). I’ve been even waking up at night hungry, which was one of the first signs that made me wonder if I was pregnant since that’s what happened last time. Despite all my eating I actually lost a little weight this week. I can tell my metabolism is working hard to grow this little poppy-seed sized baby. I’m still able to eat pretty healthily and haven’t really had any aversions or cravings. We’ll see how long that lasts!

How I told Kevin about Baby #2!

How I told Kevin about Baby #2!

Fitness

One of my goals when we started trying to get pregnant was to increase my mileage so I had a good fitness base going into pregnancy like last time, and also to keep a more consistent strength training routine. My goals are to run 20-30 miles a week and strength train twice a week. I’ll cut my mileage down from there when it starts to be too much. This week my pace was all over the place because I did speedwork early in the week before knowing I was pregnant, and it was a really hot all week long which had me slowing down after that (so excited for fall weather!). I’m happy to meet both of my goals despite being very, very tired. However, going to bed at 8 p.m. has helped me wake up bright and early and ready to work out. I feel best in the mornings right now so I know I need to make the most of that time.

  • Monday – 4 miles @ 7:58 pace (speedwork before knowing I was pregnant!)
  • Tuesday - 3 miles @ 10:07 pace
  • Wednesday – 4 miles @ 9:20 pace
  • Thursday - Body Pump
  • Friday – 3 miles @ 10:18 pace
  • Saturday – Body Pump + Arlington Memorial 5K  @ 10:44 pace
  • Sunday - 12 miles @ 10:46 pace
  • Run – 29 miles
  • Strength – 2x

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Week 4 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: -0.2 lbs.
  • Total weight gained: -0.2 lbs.
  • Pregnancy tests taken: 4
  • Days until bloodwork done: 1
  • # of crying episodes: at least 5- happy and sad tears.
  • # of naps taken: 3
  • Maternity items bought: a “big brother” shirt for Kevin :)

4 weeks last time around!

Baby 2.0 – The Details

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By now you’ve probably read yesterday’s post and know our special news- we’re pregnant with baby #2! Ahhh! I’m currently about 10 weeks along and have been dying to announce this pregnancy publicly for weeks. We are announcing a couple weeks earlier than we did last time, but at this point we’ve seen the baby on an ultrasound and heard the heartbeat multiple times at the doctor and with a home doppler, so we feel comfortable sharing our news! Things are quite a bit different this time around, and I’ve been secretly blogging all the details for weeks! This is a main reason why the blog has been quiet for a little while- I’ve been blogging but not publishing them yet! Let’s start at the very beginning… DISCLAIMER: Lots of TMI stuff in this post related to trying to get pregnant, tracking ovulation, etc. I blogged about all of this last time and I love looking back on it all. So here we go again!

The journey to getting pregnant was not so easy the second time around. With Kevin, we had gotten married a few months before and weren’t actively “trying,” but I was charting my cycle using the Fertility Awareness Method. The month I got pregnant I ovulated two days normal than usual, and Baby K was conceived. Surprise! Once it happened we were so excited and knew that it happened that way for a reason.

My husband and I did not take our decision to try for baby #2 lightly. It took us both a long time to feel like we were ready- physically, emotionally, and financially- since we all know babies are expensive (but worth it!). I always knew that I was going to attempt to time baby #2 a little better than #1- if possible. Kevin was born the second week of school. Not ideal to say the least. In a perfect world I would have liked to have a baby anywhere from March-June, so that I could take my maternity leave and then have more time with the baby over my summer break. This meant starting to try to conceive early to late summer.

I finally started feeling the baby itch this past June when Kevin was 21 months old. I don’t know what changed for me but I suddenly felt ready for another baby. We decided to start trying that month. I had been charting again for a month or so and began taking prenatal vitamins as well. When I started charting I noticed something surprising that was different from my charts pre-pregnancy. I had a super short luteal phase and a lot of spotting between ovulation and my period. My luteal phase was 7-10 days max, which can be problematic when trying to conceive. I figured it could just be my cycle still getting back to normal, especially since I had just completely stopped breastfeeding at 21 months post partum. My cycle had been back for over a year at this point but it was pretty inconsistent at times. I wasn’t too concerned yet and just decided I’d keep an eye on it as the months passed.

Our first cycle of “trying” was June. I was taking my temperature, tracking my ovulation signs and using Fertility Friend. We pinpointed ovulation and were able to time everything pretty well. I was hopeful but I also knew it was our first cycle trying, and I wasn’t sure what would happen between ovulation and when my period was due. Of course, as the days past ovulation went by I convinced myself that I was pregnant. I had spotting but I told myself it might have been implantation. We were in Oregon at the time and I was conservative with not drinking very much at the wedding we were going to just in case. And then I got my period the next day. My luteal phase was 10 days this month, which isn’t great, but 10 is considered the minimum to support a pregnancy so I was hopeful it would continue that way in the months to come.

The next cycle we continued charting and tracking my temperature and ovulation signs. We again got our timing aligned with ovulation and I was again, very optimistic that it would be our month. I paid attention in the days that followed and once again convinced myself that I was pregnant. My boobs felt sore, I didn’t feel great, I was getting headaches, etc.  But I started spotting again and then I got really sick while we were at home in PA. I thought it was food poisoning, but I couldn’t keep anything down. In the back of my mind I wondered if it could be pregnancy, but it would’ve been way too soon for symptoms like that. I think the shock of that severe illness caused me to get my period early, and my luteal phase was only 7 days long. Not good.

My period came on August 11th and I was actually scheduled for my annual OB appointment on the 21st. While she was doing my check-up I told her that we had been trying to get pregnant and that I suspected my progesterone might be low, due to the spotting I had through my luteal phase and also how short it was. In fact, I realized that my cycles had been short (only 20-28 days max, and usually on the shorter range of that) since February. I also had some other signs of low progesterone, like hair loss, being cold all the time, and very moody. These symptoms are also low thyroid symptoms as well (and I do have hypothyroidism which I control with Synthroid medicine), but all of my thyroid tests came back normal. It made sense that it might have been related to low progesterone instead.

The doctor told me I was stressing too much and that it’s only been a couple months, my hormones were probably a little out-of-whack due to finishing breastfeeding a few months prior (even though we were down to only 1 nursing session a day for many months, apparently that can still affect hormones). She said to keep trying and tracking my cycle and if I don’t get pregnant after 6 months to come back. She also said when I do end up getting a positive test, to come back for bloodwork right away to test my progesterone and make sure it’s at a good level. I left feeling a bit discouraged.

The next day I was running with my friend Laura and she mentioned using ovulation predictor tests this cycle. I thought I had my ovulation pretty pinpointed due to tracking my temperature, other ovulation signs (cervical fluid, etc.), and the cramping I felt each month on ovulation day. But I figured it couldn’t hurt! I bought a pack at the drug store and started doing the tests that night, which was cycle day 11. Laura also gave me some of her leftover tests to use (she’s currently pregnant). I tested each morning and night, waiting for the second line to get as dark as the control line. I felt excited to add something new into our plan and to see if it would help. Around cycle day 12 I started noticing some signs that ovulation was approaching (specifically my CF), so we started doing what we need to do every night to make sure we had a high chance of conception once I ovulation (TMI, but it was exhausting- LOL!). On cycle day 14 I got my positive ovulation test in the evening before bed, followed by another one the next morning- which meant ovulation was happening within 12-36ish hours! Sure enough, my temperature spiked on day 16, confirming that I had ovulated on day 15 (August 25th).

My first positive OPK test

My first positive OPK test

Test progression from CD 11 to 15

Test progression from CD 11 to CD 15

Then the waiting began. Oh, the dreaded two week wait. It is terrible! I tried very hard not to focus on every little thing I was feeling and psych myself out, but some of the symptoms were hard to deny this time. I kept a little log of what I was feeling as the days passed. I started feeling some things around 5 DPO. Here’s my log:

  • August 30th (5 DPO) – very slight cramps in afternoon/evening
  • August 31st (6 DPO) – crampy, hating everyone, weird dream
  • September 1st (7 DPO) – bad headache, really tired/long nap, bloated
  • September 2nd (8 DPO) – tired, headache, increased appetite, increased CF, tingly boobs, higher temperature than usual
  • September 3rd (9 DPO) – woke up in middle of the night hungry, woke up in middle of the night to pee, very warm, crampy, tender boobs, headache, acne breakout
  • September 4th (10 DPO) – took a pregnancy test when I woke up- NEGATIVE… but still hungry, sore boobs, crampy in lower abdomen all day
  • September 5th (11 DPO) – sore boobs, crampy in lower abdomen (feels like pinches and pulls), hungry
  • September 6th (12 DPO) – POSTIVE PREGNANCY TEST! Same symptoms as yesterday, very hungry, burping a lot (this happened last pregnancy too!), shaky/lightheaded
  • September 7th (13 DPO) – another positive test, same symptoms, hot and hungry all day
  • September 8th (14 DPO) – another positive test, missed period
  • September 9th (15 DPO) – pregnancy confirmed through blood test, hCG: 135, progesterone: 29.4 (both good numbers!)
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My barely there second line!

At this point I was 4 weeks pregnant and started blogging weekly about what was going on. Looking back on these symptoms now, it’s pretty obvious that this was the real thing when compared to the first two months where I convinced myself I was pregnant and I wasn’t. The mind can definitely play tricks!

My chart the month we conceived, with all the personal/TMI info cropped out :)

My chart the month we conceived, with all the personal/TMI info cropped out :)

I feel so thankful that it only took 3 months to conceive this baby. Even though at times I was very impatient and frustrated, I know many other people try for MUCH, MUCH longer than that. We feel very fortunate to have had two healthy pregnancies so far.

How I told Kevin about Baby #2!

How I told Kevin about Baby #2!

And those are all the details (probably more than you ever wanted to know!) Onto the weekly updates :)

From 3 to 4

Kevin has a very special announcement to make…

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Yes, our family will be growing from 3 to 4 this May! We are pregnant with Baby #2 and could not be happier!

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We are so excited for this next chapter in our lives. We love you so much already!

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365 Days of Fitness: September Recap

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Another late 365 Days of Fitness post! We’re more than halfway through October and I haven’t recapped September! Ugh, I am terrible, but I’ve been so busy. This month marked the end of my 101 day running streak but that didn’t mean I stopped being active. I was still able to move my body in some way every day in September. I’m extra proud of myself because this month I began going back to Body Pump consistently two times a week, and I’m really feeling strong as a result.

Here’s the picture recap!

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It’s hard to believe this year is 3/4 of the way over! Only 3 more months to go!

Previous Months

All of my pictures were taken with the FitSnap App (it’s free!). Check it out!

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This past weekend we went away for my favorite fall tradition- some good old fashioned time in the woods at French Creek! For almost 20 years my family and friends have been coming here over Columbus Day weekend and staying in the cabins. I have so many amazing memories from French Creek, and couldn’t wait to make more! We weren’t able to go the year Kevin was born because he was only 2 weeks old, but we went last year and had a great time. I knew this year would be even more fun and also challenging because he’s mobile now! I was right, but he had a blast!

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Our long weekend started on Thursday after work. We packed the car in the morning and left for Pennsylvania as soon as we got off. We couldn’t wait to get away and disconnect from the world (no cell phone service there!).

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We got there a little past 9 and our friend D.J. showed up a few minutes later. My dad and sister and some other family and friends were already there in their cabins. Like last year, we shared a cabin with my best friends from home, but only D.J. came on Thursday night. We hung out for a while and then we all went to bed since we were exhausted.

The next morning little Kev was up bright and early at 5:20 a.m. Yeah… vacations aren’t really “vacations” with a toddler! He doesn’t normally wake up that early but he was in an unfamiliar place and had gone to bed late the night before, so his routine was all thrown off. Kevin was full of energy and being loud while D.J. was still sleeping, so we decided to head out to the grocery store to get him out of the house. While we were out we saw a beautiful sunrise- the only perk of having a toddler who wakes up way too early!

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Once we got back from the store D.J. had woken up and we all laid around and relaxed. Eventually I went for a run, hoping to do 8-10 miles. But I was soooo unbelievably tired from my rough night of sleep and early wakeup that I was dragging. I decided I didn’t have it in me and stopped after 4 miles. The beautiful scenery helped distract me, but I knew it wasn’t my day for a long run!

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After running, showering and nap time for little Kev, we went for a walk with my sister and enjoyed the nice weather before the storms were forecasted to roll in.

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We also started a fire and made some s’mores! Because dessert before dinner is always a good idea :) Kevin tried his first s’more and was in love.

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He walked around with marshmallow all over his face and asked for more. It was really funny :)

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Later that evening we had more friends arrive. My sister’s friend Whitney came and my best friend Christy did too! I love having Christy at French Creek because she is the one who has come with me ever since we were in elementary school. It’s pretty amazing to think that we’ve been coming here for almost 20 years! We put little Kev to bed and started the party. (Thank God for Kevin’s sound machine that kept him asleep all night!)

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However, when you have a toddler who wakes up in the 5 a.m. hour party time isn’t as much fun! Again, I tried to keep him quiet but in a small cabin with thin walls it was kind of a lost cause. Luckily we have very understanding friends! We ate some breakfast and I was going to take Kevin for a walk but it was raining pretty hard outside. So instead we enjoyed some indoor playtime and waited for the others to wake up. Once they did we lazed around some more (have I mentioned how good it felt to relax???) and my husband practiced his swaddling skills on the adults. He’s the best swaddler ever! It put my friends right to sleep :)

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Eventually I headed out for another run. I figured since it was raining I wouldn’t feel like doing much and told my husband I’d be back in about 30 minutes. But once I was out there I felt amazing! I went back to the cabin to tell him I wanted to run more since I didn’t bring my phone, and ended up running 10 miles. Woo hoo!

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I was starving when I got home and luckily Christy had been making delicious veggie soup in the crockpot and it was just about ready. Our last visitors also arrived around this time- my other best friend Sandy and her husband Brian. I took a quick shower then we all ate. Around the time the rain stopped (yay!) so we all went outside for a walk.

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Every year since 2002 Christy and I have carved into our special tree. We went back to add ’14 for this year and the boys decided to carve into their own tree too.

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We even saw a turtle in the woods! Kevin was so excited!

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After our tree carving we walked over to the trail that goes around the lake. We found “our rock” and took our yearly picture on it. I love traditions like this!

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Once we started getting hungry again we headed back to the cabin. The boys started a fire and I laid down for a bit with little Kev. He had already taken a nap but was sleepy from his early wake up call.

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After our resting time we went over to my dad’s cabin to visit with him and his girlfriend for a little while, and then started cooking dinner. We had burgers (black bean for me) and hotdogs and fries, veggies and hummus, chips and salsa, etc.- so yummy!

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Eventually we put little Kev to bed and the games began again! Apparently they went on for quite a while too, but I didn’t make it that long. I was in bed by 11 :)

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Once again, our little cutie was up at 5 a.m. We started making breakfast for everyone as they slowly woke up, then had to start packing up to leave.

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It was an amazing, disconnected, and relaxing weekend that went by way too fast. I can’t wait to see how much Kevin has grown when we come back next year!

French Creek 2013 vs. 2014

French Creek 2013 vs. 2014

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