Baby 2.0 – 40 Weeks

May 18th, 2015. The day that’s been in my head since early September when I found out I was pregnant. My due date is here! I can’t believe it, and I especially can’t believe that I’m writing a 40 week update! It’s exciting and weird to think that I’ve cooked this baby for two full weeks longer than Kevin. I’m so looking forward to meeting him and seeing his little face for the first time!

40 weeks

Baby

This week baby is the size of a jackfruit, whatever that is! He could be anywhere from 6.2-9.2 pounds (or more!) and about 19-21 inches long. At my appointment last Tuesday my midwife felt my belly and estimated that he was approximately 7 1/2 – 8 pounds. However, that was almost a week ago now so who knows! He’s continuing to perfect his lung development and grow his hair and nails- and he’s fattening up!

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Body

The good news is that my allergies/cold/whatever it was I was dealing with the last couple of weeks is SO much better, which has made me feel better overall physically and emotionally. This is also helping me sleep a little better. At this point, sleep is SO important so this makes me very happy!

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Onto the things that are a little tougher to deal with these days. This week it’s been harder to walk, due to almost constant pelvic pains and pressure. My joints also feel very loose this week, most likely due to the relaxin that’s building up in my body. My hips and pelvis feel like they’re constantly moving and popping in and out. My ankles and legs also feel a little like jello, which is making it harder to run (more on that later).  Along with that, I’m continuing to have a LOT of Braxton Hicks contractions – sometimes they seem to last forever and it feels like my belly is constantly hard. Lately they’ve also been coming with menstrual-like cramps. I also keep seeing signs of cervical effacement (mucus) – TMI :) My former doula/Bradley teacher/friend has been so encouraging telling me these are all amazing signs that my body is warming up to slowly bring me into labor, rather than throw me into it too early like last time with a slow leak in my water. I keep thinking about that and it’s reassuring!

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I had a doctor’s appointment last Tuesday and everything looks great with the baby. He’s head down and in a great position, and as I mentioned above seems to be of average size, around 8 pounds. She’s not worried at all that this pregnancy is lasting longer than my first and is pretty sure things will start happening soon. She also agreed to write me a doctor’s note at my next appointment tomorrow, so that I can stop working now that I’m overdue. I’ll explain more about this in the next section, but I am SO thankful for that!

Mind

I’ve felt a lot better mentally since I know that tomorrow will be my last day of work. Everything has been ready for the baby for weeks now, so when I am at home I feel very relaxed and ready. However, having to continue to work has kept me extremely stressed. Teaching is not a job that you can really relax or stay off your feet while doing. If I am at work I’m expected to WORK, and it’s been very difficult to do that lately. I’m a reading specialist which requires me to be up and walking all day, working with groups of students/in classrooms all day, and keeping very busy. It leaves me exhausted and gives me BH contractions all day long. It’s also been difficult to get to and from work since I commute, and with traffic it takes 1.5-2 hours to get home some days. Not comfortable at this point :( Needless to say, I’m so relieved that I can stop working as of tomorrow. I have been feeling so much more at peace with the fact that my due date is coming and going knowing that I can stay home and relax until it’s time.

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Sitting in an empty nursery, daydreaming about this sweet baby boy :)

Things are amazing when I’m at home. I’m really enjoying quality time with my little boy while he’s still the only child. He’s been super sweet and snuggly lately and very attached to me. He tells me he loves me constantly and that he wants his brother Kyler to come out. I can’t wait to see him as a big brother- he looks like such a big boy to me lately!

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However, one thing I could do without are the comments and questions asking if baby is here yet. People have seemed to be so confused for weeks now why I haven’t had him yet, even though today is my due date. I’m trying not to let it get to me because I know they only care about us, but I don’t want to feel as though my body is doing something ‘wrong’ or failing by not giving birth yet. So instead I’m choosing to focus on the positive. I keep thinking about my baby, what he’s going to look like, and what his birthday will be. I wonder if he will be laid-back or not so much (like Kevin was as an infant). Will he be a little peanut who wears newborn sized clothes for 3 months like Kevin did, or will he be bigger? How will labor start and how will it all unfold? How will Kevin adjust to not being the ‘baby’ anymore and transition into the big brother role? So many unknowns, and while it can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming to think about, it’s also so exciting at the same time! I am so ready to finally lay eyes on this kid that never stops moving inside of me and have him join our family.

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Food

I did much better this week with food! We planned out all our meals and actually stuck to them. I ate better than the last few weeks and I think that’s why I felt so much better too (duh- makes perfect sense, doesn’t it!?) I’m not going to lie though, I’m really getting tired of cooking. Thankfully, my amazing husband has been doing a ton of cooking since he knows I’m tired and over it. I’m ready to start eating some of the amazing freezer meals I made, but I refuse to do so until baby is actually here! One of the best meals we had this week was pasta with spicy zucchini-tomato sauce. Perfect for using up summer produce like zucchini and tomatoes! We just added some white beans for extra protein :)

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Fitness

As I mentioned earlier, running got hard this week due to the increased pelvic pain and loose joints. I was still able to manage 4 runs, one 3 miler and three 2 milers, but I’m definitely feeling it. I expected it to get hard, especially because I’ve now surpassed how long I was able to run during Kevin’s pregnancy by over two weeks. I’m just trying to enjoy myself while I’m out there and remember that I am so lucky to still be able to do what I love and run!

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Still no Body Pump for me this week, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to stay that way until after baby. I’m just not able to make the 5 a.m. classes anymore during the week and I’d rather spend the weekend mornings relaxing with family than going to the gym. I don’t feel bad about that at all :) The best part of this week was definitely yesterday morning, when my family went out to spectate and cheer on the runners at the Historic Half Marathon! I love this race and was sad to not be running this year, but it was awesome to see so many friends out on the course. We situated ourselves right before mile 12 on the last big hill to encourage the runners (the course is super tough!) While we were out there I ended up running a total of 2 miles and felt pretty good. Kevin was able to jump in and run with 4 of my friends and ended up running a total of 5 miles! Little Kev had fun giving high fives to everyone, which made a lot of people smile even while running uphill. It was an awesome experience!

  • Monday – rest day
  • Tuesday – 3 miles @ 11:04 pace
  • Wednesday – ​2 miles @ 10:54 pace
  • Thursday – rest day
  • Friday – 2 miles (untimed)
  • Saturday – rest day
  • Sunday – 2 miles (untimed)
  • Run – 9 miles
  • Strength – 0x

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Week 40 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: +0.6 lbs.
  • Total weight gained: +28.2 lbs.
  • Belly button status: Obviously poking out of my shirts now.
  • Linea negra status: Faintly there.
  • Stretch mark status: Still none, but I check every day!
  • Best part of the week: Cheering at the Historic Half yesterday!
  • Looking forward to: Tomorrow being my last day of work until late August!
  • # of days until my next appointment: 1!

Will I be writing a 41 week update? Eek!! I guess we will find out!

9 Races in 9 Months (again!)

When I was pregnant with Kevin, I made it a goal of mine to run one race for each month of my pregnancy. I was so happy to be able to complete this goal, and wrote this post recapping them all. This time around I decided I wanted to do the same thing. Running a race per month kept me motivated and gave me monthly milestones to look forward to as I progressed through my pregnancy. Since it’s officially baby month, I am happy to say that I have completed my goal! I ran a total of 9 races while pregnant from September to May – 3 half marathons, 1 10K, 4 5Ks, and one fun run with my little boy! Here are all of the races I did with the original recaps linked below.

09/06/14 – Arlington 9-11 Memorial 5K (33:19) *4 weeks* [I found out I was pregnant the morning of this race!]

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10/05/14 – Wilson Bridge Half Marathon (1:56:20) *8 weeks*

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11/27/14 – Fredericksburg Turkey Trot 5K (42:53) *15 weeks*

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12/07/14 – Blue & Gray Half Marathon (2:05:42) *17 weeks*

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01/04/15 – Frozen 5K (28:12) *21 weeks*

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02/16/15 – Myrtle Beach Half Marathon (2:14:04) *27 weeks*

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03/28/15 – Ukrop’s Monument Ave 10K (1:05:12) *33 weeks*

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04/18/15 – Stafford Hospital 5K (30:31) *36 weeks*

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05/03/15 – The Caboose Run – Kevin’s First Race! *38 weeks*

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I am so happy that I was able to make such special memories with my newest little running buddy Kyler, as well as all the friends that I was able to run with throughout my pregnancy. This may be the last time I ever get to run races while proudly rocking a baby belly, and I definitely think I made the most of this time :)

Baby 2.0 – 39 Weeks

I have officially written two more weekly updates than I did with Kevin! That is crazy to me. This week has definitely been a challenge physically and mentally, but I made it through.  Here are all the details about week 39!

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Baby

This week baby is the size of a watermelon… Ahh! He is probably at least 7 pounds and 19 inches. By now baby can flex his limbs, but he’s running out of room to do that! His movements have definitely become less pronounced, which my midwife said is common once they reach a certain point and are getting squished! While he continues to grow, his brain is also developing rapidly in there. Woo hoo!

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Body

I said this week was challenging physically- oh boy, it definitely was! First, I am still dealing with allergies that leave me so stuffed up and congested. It’s miserable to deal with at any time, but especially at 39 weeks pregnant. It makes it difficult to breathe, talk, work and sleep. I actually ended up taking off last Tuesday because I was up almost all night with these issues, and so unbelievably exhausted that I couldn’t fathom actually going to work and dealing with people. I ended up getting a lot of sleep and rest and it was VERY needed. Since then I have felt a little better day after day, and my nighttime sleep has been getting a lot better too. However, despite getting more sleep I’m still pretty tired. I find myself dozing off on the couch, like in the photo below that Kevin captured :) I guess my body is just trying to rest as much as possible to prepare for the big day.

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I’m still experiencing a lot of Braxton Hicks, along with some cramps that have gotten pretty uncomfortable at times. I know my body is warming up between those and the lightning crotch I’m still experiencing- it feels like he’s knocking on the door down there! This is why most of the time if I’m sitting at home it’s on my birth ball. It’s just the most comfortable place right now. Even little Kev wanted to join mommy and bounce on his own ball :)

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I’ve had some headaches that I just can’t shake despite drinking a ton of water, getting rest, and even taking Tylenol and using essential oils. I was worried about it at work this morning so I had the school nurse check my blood pressure and it was fine (108/80). I think it must be hormonal, but I hope it passes soon because it’s not fun. Other recent symptoms include on and off nausea, LOTS of bathroom trips (#1 and #2) and I lost part of my mucus plug this morning. Sorry for the TMI, but hey, it’s a pregnancy update and I’m a week away from my due date. Oh well. Just keeping it real!

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I think I would feel a lot better if I didn’t have to work. I find myself wanting to hide out in my office because it’s such an active job and I’m constantly walking, carrying materials, and teaching all day long. It’s hard being on my feet for that long. I also want to hibernate to escape from people’s comments and questions. Sigh… but the county I work for says I must work until delivery unless I have a doctor’s note with a legitimate medical reason excusing me, which I don’t. I’ll just hang in there until the end I guess!

Mind

I fully believe and understand more than many people that pregnancy can and usually does last beyond 40 weeks. I know all the benefits of keeping baby in longer and fully agree that it’s what is best (in most situations at least). We even experienced some minor difficulties with Kevin being born 2 weeks early when it came to being able to breastfeed well and mucus/breathing issues- let alone the fact that I still don’t think my body was truly ready for labor, and my water just broke prematurely. I know all of these things and I know I’m not even due for another week- however, the fact that my baby was already a week old last time is eating at me a little bit and making me feel crazy. I have no reason to be impatient. I’m healthy, have no medical issues, and everything is good with the baby. But it’s hard when you only really have one previous experience to base pregnancy/childbirth on. I have had a feeling for a long time now that this baby would come later than Kevin, and that’s turning out to be right! I just need to accept it, relax and let my body do what it needs to do.

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Luckily, I did have things happening this week that kept me busy. Probably the best part of the week was spending the entire weekend relaxing and taking it easy with my boys to celebrate Mother’s Day. We’ve gotten literally everything ready for baby at this point, and this was the first weekend that wasn’t packed with to-do lists and projects. It felt amazing! I was totally spoiled by my boys and it was a lot of fun.

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Food

I did not do very well cleaning up my diet this week like I wanted to, haha. I wanted all the food! However, unlike the last few weeks, it did show on the scale this time. I gained about a pound and a half after not gaining anything for a few weeks. Oh well! I’m almost to the finish line! The best was when Kevin knew I had a rough day and came home with all the ingredients to make me something special. He ended up making a peanut butter pie, and it was delicious! I munched on that throughout the week. Aside from that I did crave fresh fruit and anything cold (probably because it was in the 80s all week long- what happened to spring?).

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Fitness

My running was pretty much the only thing that made me feel great this week! Funny how that works! My two favorite runs were the family run we did on Saturday and my solo 4 miler on Mothers Day. I felt strong and happy on both of them. One thing I did skip out on this week was Body Pump. I just wasn’t feeling motivated to go and at this point I don’t think it’s really necessary to force myself. Instead of dragging myself there on Sunday morning like usual I slept a little later and then took myself on a great run. There will be plenty of time to get to Body Pump another day, even if it means after baby :)

  • Monday – rest day
  • Tuesday – 3 miles @ 10:46 pace
  • Wednesday – ​2 miles @ 11:11 pace
  • Thursday – 1 mile w/ kids at running club (untimed)
  • Friday – rest day
  • Saturday – 2 miles @ 10:28 pace
  • Sunday – 4 miles @ 10:37 pace
  • Run – 12 miles
  • Strength – 0x

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Week 39 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: +1.6 lbs.
  • Total weight gained: +27.6 lbs
  • Belly button status: Obviously poking out of my shirts now
  • Linea negra status: It’s there, but a lot more faint than it was with Kevin’s pregnancy
  • Stretch mark status: Still none, but I check every day!
  • Best part of the week: Mother’s Day :)
  • Looking forward to: Finally meeting this baby. Come on Kyler!
  • # of days until my next appointment: 1!

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Post-Baby Race Wish List

Now that I am almost 39 weeks pregnant and still running, I’m starting to let myself think about some races I’d like to do after baby. I was hesitant to do this before now and still am to a point, because I want to have realistic expectations and not put too much pressure on my future postpartum self. I know that what I am able to do in terms of running and races after this baby is born pretty much depends on three main factors:

  1. How long I am able to run during pregnancy (or how close to delivery)
  2. When baby is born
  3. What type of birth/recovery I end up having

With Kevin, I ran until the day my water broke. I had a smooth labor/delivery and I was cleared by my midwife to start running again at 4 weeks postpartum. There was exactly a month between my last pregnant run and my first postpartum run. Obviously my body had been through a LOT during that month, but my baseline fitness was still there so I was able to start up again and run 3 miles straight pretty easily. In my opinion and knowing myself as a runner, there’s a big difference between taking 1 month off from running during pregnancy/recovery and 2-3 months, or more. I was lucky last time with how it worked out, but I wasn’t sure it would be that way this time. The only thing I know at this point is that I’m almost 39 weeks pregnant and still running- which is good! But what I don’t know yet is when my baby will actually come. It could be as early as tomorrow or as late as June 1st when I am 42 weeks. I also don’t know how birth will unfold and how quickly I’ll recover this time. This second pregnancy has been harder on my body so I imagine recovering from a second baby will be more challenging than the first. So many unknowns still!

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Family run at 38 weeks & 5 days pregnant

Despite not knowing what will happen, I have some late 2015/early 2016 races that I would love to complete and I think are pretty realistic for the most part, especially considering my goals and expectations for them are very low. Here is my post-baby #2 race “wish list” :)

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Hartwood 10 Miler (August 16th, 2015). This one is a HUGE maybe. Obviously, the farther I get in pregnancy the least likely this race is to happen because it’s in mid-August. I just love this local race and have done it for the past few years. If I end up running it, it will be solely for fun – no watch, no expectations, and most likely a run/walk approach. I’m not making any decisions until after I start running again post-partum to see how I feel. As of last week at 38 weeks pregnant I was still running 5 miles semi-easily, so I don’t think it’s impossible to build back up after baby – assuming I have a smooth labor/delivery and recovery. But I also don’t know if I’ll even have the desire to do a race like this that soon after baby. We’ll see!

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Wilson Bridge Half Marathon (October 4, 2015). This one is a lot more realistic! I did this race last year for the first time and absolutely loved it. I did my first post-partum half marathon 5 months after having Kevin, and this would be about the same timing. Again, I would be doing this half just for completion and not to push myself at all.

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Richmond Half Marathon (November 14, 2015). Very excited about this one! I have never run this race before, but last year I went down to support my friend Amanda as she did the full marathon. I loved the energy and the organization and everything about this race. This year a bunch of my friends plan to go down to do the half and I am going to join them. Like the Wilson Bridge half, I don’t plan to put any pressure on myself in terms of time or a goal. It is a much flatter race than the Wilson Bridge race though, so it will be interesting to see how the results vary.

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Myrtle Beach Marathon (March 5, 2016). Yes, I plan to go back to Myrtle Beach to conquer the full marathon that beat me the last time I attempted it. I told myself I would never want to try to ‘race’ the Myrtle Beach Marathon again after my DNF, and that the next time I tried it I would do it for fun, without a watch or any expectations. I don’t think there’s a better time to do a marathon with this mindset than after having another baby. This is the same approach I took when I did my first full after having Kevin (The OBX Marathon) and I had an amazing experience. The difference between this one and OBX is that I ran that race at 14 months post-partum, and this one would be around 10 months post-partum, which may make it more difficult. My plan to prepare for this marathon is to take more of a laid-back approach- not doing speedwork or anything and just focusing on growing my long run, walking and running if necessary. I will also have to be mindful of breastfeeding during it all too, so it will take some figuring out, but I’m excited to go back and run this race for FUN without any stress. I definitely have unfinished business to take care of :)

Those are the big races I would love to complete within my first post-partum year. I would love to do some shorter races too, like 5 and 10Ks, but those aren’t set in stone yet and won’t be for a while. My plan after the Myrtle Beach Marathon is to take it easier for a couple months, and then start training harder  that summer for a fall marathon, where I’ll have more of a time goal in mind. By the time I run a fall 2016 marathon I’ll be closer to 18 months post-partum and my body should ready to ramp it up and go for it! I am excited to see what I can do, especially since I was able to get new PRs in all distances (5K, 10K, 15K, 10 mile, and full marathon- all but that pesky half marathon!!) after having Kevin. Here’s to becoming a stronger and faster mother runner!

Stridebox: March

Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 9.11.18 PMIt’s finally time for another Stridebox review! Stridebox is a $15 monthly subscription box that contains samples of all things running related- nutrition, gear, and fun extras. I’m a little behind on these posts (clearly), but my husband and I have now tried everything that was in my March box, and we are ready to review the items we received.

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When I received this box, I recorded a video of myself opening it and talking about some of the items like I did a few months ago. However, I couldn’t get it to upload to Youtube like last time. I’ll keep trying and insert it later if I can, but for more, I am video-less :( Anyway, here are the items we received this month and our review of them all!

Bonk Breaker – Energy Chews (Orange Tangerine): I was excited to see these in my box because we recently were able to try Bonk Breaker Energy Bars and loved them. I wasn’t super excited about the flavor though. I’ve mentioned this a lot before, but I don’t like oranges or orange-flavored things. I gave them to Kevin and he liked them a lot. He said they are pretty comparable to Honey Stinger Chews, which are our absolute favorite, and they weren’t overly chewy or difficult to eat. He said he would buy them again- and I’d be interested to buy them in a different flavor to try! Retail: $36.00/16 pouches ($2.25 each).

Untapped – Pure Vermont Maple Syrup: When I first saw this in my Stridebox I was a little confused. I had never heard of using maple syrup as running fuel, but it does make sense! I tasted it and then Kevin had the rest of the packet before a run after work for a boost of energy, since we hadn’t had dinner or anything yet and he needed something. It tasted just like the pure maple syrup we buy for pancakes and waffles and was delicious. Kevin said it did give him a nice boost at a time of the day when he’s usually tired and sluggish – once he was able to get over running with the taste of maple syrup in his mouth! Retail: $9.95/5 packets ($1.99 each).

Health Warrior – Chia Bar (Mango):. I was interested to try this energy bar made with chia seeds, dried fruit, cashew butter, rolled oats, almonds, and more. I have tried a few products lately that are made with chia seeds and have really enjoyed them. Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3s, fiber and protein – great for runners and especially for me as a vegetarian! I loved the small size of this bar, it was the perfect amount to eat right before early morning Body Pump. It digested super easily and kept me full until breakfast a few hours later. I would definitely purchase these on my own and would love to try some other flavors too, like apple cinnamon, chocolate peanut butter, coconut and berry! Retail: $23.50/15 bars ($1.57 each).

SOS – Hydration Drink Mix (Citrus): Kevin got to this one before I could! SOS Hydration Drink Mix comes in a little packet and is supposed to improve focus, stamina,and physical performance as well as keep you hydrated. He didn’t read the instructions that suggested drinking it before or during a run though, and instead had it after a super hot and sweaty run. He said the citrus flavor was good and it dissolved well in water, but it was a little salty tasting, I’m assuming from the electrolytes that are in it. It wasn’t his favorite drink mix he has tried. Retail: $7.99/10 packets ($0.79 each).

Honey Stinger – Energy Bar (Peanut Butter & Honey): I was super excited to see this bar in my box! I love Honey Stinger products, and actually used to eat this peanut butter and honey bar before most of my long runs a few years ago. Eventually I got sick of them (like my Clif Bar phase) and hadn’t had them since then. I read on my Stride Guide card that they recently reformulated the bar for better texture and taste, and I have to say I love them all over again! It tasted delicious and kept me full and fueled. I also like that this product (and all Honey Stinger products) are made with a good amount of real honey in addition to other natural ingredients. I think that’s what makes them so easy to digest and gentle on my sensitive stomach. Retail: $4.50/tube

Arena Sciences – Ice Cooling Towel: Okay so I haven’t actually used these yet, because it just started getting warm enough here to need them. I think they will be amazing this summer when I get back into running after having this baby! Retail: $4.99/5 towels

Stridebox – Stretch Strap: This is a cool little piece of equipment to add to my running gear stash! This strap can be used before or after a run to stretch more effectively, improve flexibility, and can lead to a better range of motion. I am guilty of not stretching enough, but having a strap like this is encouragement to do it. It came with a little card that had suggested stretches, but I wasn’t able to do them all because I am 9 months pregnant and some were just impossible! I’ll try them again after baby :)  Retail: $10.00.

Running Sticker. I always love this cute monthly addition to my box!

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Overall I thought this was a good month for Stridebox. It had a nice variety of products and most of them were great! I received my April box a month ago but haven’t even dug into it yet! I told you I’m behind. I need to get busy! Hopefully I’ll be back soon with my next review :)

Previous Stridebox reviews:

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Stridebox (I wish I was! LOL). I purchased this subscription myself and all opinions are my own.

Baby 2.0 – 38 Weeks

Eeeee!!! I am officially more pregnant than I have ever been! I had Kevin at 7:49 AM the day I turned 38 weeks, so I’m already past that point! I have thought this whole time that I’d go longer with this baby than I did with Kevin. Now that I actually have it’s kind of exciting to see what’s going to happen next! Remind me of that if/when I pass my due date… :) Here are all the details about week 38!

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Baby

This week baby is the size of a pumpkin…uuhhhh, what? He is anywhere from 6.2 – 9.2 pounds and 18 – 21 inches long. At this point, he’s starting to shed the vernix that covers his skin, but if he were to be born soon he might still have some of it on (Kevin did and he was born at exactly 38 weeks). He is also continuing to grow hair, and could possibly have an inch or so already! Basically, he’s just getting bigger and stronger and waiting for the perfect time to make his debut :)

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Body

Oh this baby boy is getting SO LOW and I am feeling it! I have a lot of random pelvic pain. It’s happening more and more often and sometimes at awkward times- like when I’m walking down the hall at school or in the grocery store. Haha. Other than that I am continuing to have Braxton Hicks contractions, mucusy discharge (TMI alert), and my body has started doing some ‘cleaning out’ if you know what I mean. I’ve also been cleaning and prepping everything in sight.

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I haven’t really done anything proactive to prep my body for labor this time, except for starting to drink Red Raspberry Leaf Tea to tone my uterus. You can read about the benefits of it here. I am not taking evening primrose oil like I did last time starting at 36 weeks (as recommended by my former doctors/midwives). My new midwives have said this could have been a factor in why my water broke semi-early (37 weeks 6 days) before my body really seemed ready to be in labor. I don’t know if that is true or not, but since I’m trying to avoid that happening this time I am skipping it. Since I was already 60% effaced at 36 weeks and continue to have signs of a thinning cervix like mucusy discharge, my midwives have said they don’t think I need it anyway. I’m just letting my body progress and get ready on it’s own at this point, and I feel good about that. We’ll see how that changes if I’m still pregnant in a few weeks!

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Mind

I am a LOT less stressed now that this past work week is over. At this point, everything is finally officially ready at home AND at work, woo hoo! It is a wonderful feeling, and I feel like I can finally relax. I honestly do feel prepared for this baby to come and it’s becoming more and more real. We have two kid rooms in our house, two car seats in the car, and this week we received our double BOB stroller in the mail. Little Kev immediately fell in love and insisted we take it out for a walk, showing us the whole time where baby Kyler is going to go :) So adorable. We’re ready for you, baby boy!

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Food

I did not eat the best this week. I indulged in ice cream, Chipotle, soft pretzels (It was National Soft Pretzel Day, yum!!!), and more… but I feel like my metabolism must be in overdrive or something because I am still not gaining weight- despite a larger stomach every week! I guess baby is taking all of the food for himself, which makes me wonder how big he’s going to be… eek! I’m going to make sure to clean it up in terms of nutrition this week. These foods are not going to fuel me well for labor!

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Fitness

Another amazing week of running. My two best runs from the weekend were my amazing 5 miler on Saturday with Laura, and the quarter-mile Caboose Run with my little boy on Sunday.

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I am so thankful that my body has allowed me to run through both of my pregnancies. It has kept me sane emotionally and strong physically. In the photo below on the left, I was 37 weeks during Kevin’s pregnancy and the photo on the right was taken this past Saturday right before 38 weeks. I can’t wait to meet my newest running buddy!

  • Monday – 2 miles (untimed)
  • Tuesday – rest day
  • Wednesday – ​3 miles @ 10:56 pace
  • Thursday – 1.5 miles w/ kids at running club (untimed)
  • Friday – 2.5 miles @ 10:43 pace
  • Saturday – 5 miles @ 10:47 pace
  • Sunday – Body Pump + .25 miles of a very slow run/walk with Kevin :)
  • Run – 14.25 miles
  • Strength – 1x
Running @ 37 weeks, last time and now!

Running @ 37-38 weeks, last time and now!

Week 38 Summary

  • Weight gained this week: +0.0 lbs.
  • Total weight gained: +26.0 lbs
  • Belly button status: Actually not as tender as it was, but it’s definitely out at this point.
  • Linea negra status: Starting to see a faint line from my belly button up now, rather than just underneath.
  • Stretch mark status: Still none, but I check every day!
  • Best part of the week: By far- running with my little boy this weekend!
  • Looking forward to: having this baby! LOL
  • # of days until my next appointment: 1. My appointments are every Tuesday now.

Kevin’s First Race: The Caboose Run!

Today my big boy ran his first race, and my heart is bursting with happiness when I think about how happy he was and how much he loved it. He participated in the Caboose Run, which is a quarter mile race and one of the events in the Great Train Race just for kids in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is only 2 1/2, so this was a perfect way to introduce him to running a race of his own. We thought he would enjoy it because he asks to go running pretty much daily, loves all things related to trains, and one of his favorite little friends Stephanie was doing it as well!

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We picked up his race packet yesterday at a local running store. He’s done this many times with us before but we made a big deal about it being HIS race bib and HIS race shirt, and he was so excited! Once he got his bib he knew exactly where it was supposed to go on his shirt, and he kept saying he was just like mommy. *cue heart melting*

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The race was the next day and started at 11:30 a.m. It was pretty warm outside (high 70s/low 80s) so we dressed him in light clothes, made sure he was hydrated, and covered him in sunscreen before we went out. The Caboose Run was the last event of the day and is for kids that are 5 and under. It was ADORABLE to see all these little ones with race bibs pinned onto their shirts ready to run, especially seeing Kevin and Stephanie together.

Fueling up for his run on the way there!

Fueling up for his run on the way there!

He matched daddy :)

He matched daddy :)

Ready to run!

Ready to run!

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Since Stephanie and Kevin are only 2 1/2 and we had no idea what they would actually do when the race started, Laura and I decided to run the race with them. We realized quickly that we probably didn’t need to do this, because they were such naturals and knew exactly what to do- except Kevin needs to work on running in a straight line rather than all over the place :) It was a lot of fun to have that experience running a race side-by-side with my little boy, rather than with him in a stroller or on the sidelines. Seeing how excited and determined he was made me melt, especially because someone gave him a balloon right before he started and he refused to let it go!

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He was extra excited to see his daddy and all the other people waiting at the finish line. He even stopped to say hi to the photographer right before he was done.

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After the race they received their very own medals, got a cup of Goldfish and animal crackers, some water and a popsicle. They were so proud of their accomplishment!

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He also did a little post-race dancing on the stage :) That’s my boy!

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I am so thankful for this amazing memory that we made today. I have a feeling there will be many more kids races together in our future! What a special day :)

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