Monthly Archives: March 2012

What I’m Loving: First Trimester

The first 14 weeks of my pregnancy were quite an adventure. There were so many changes happening to me physically, mentally, and emotionally that were out of my control. I really had to take it day by day most of the time or else I would get totally overwhelmed. Here are some of the things that helped me get through the first trimester!

  • Running: Of course this has to be #1 on the list. This was by far the one thing that saved me throughout the first third of my pregnancy. I’ve said it before, but it made me feel like “me” when so many crazy changes were happening, it gave me back the energy I didn’t have, and it took away many of my symptoms like nausea, headaches, and “digestive issues.”

  • Kevin: Yesterday I wrote all about my amazing husband and why he is the best. He is so supportive and the main reason I didn’t lose my mind during the first trimester. I love him!

  • BabyCenter: This website was my main source of information during the first trimester when I was worried 24/7 and googling everything I could think of. I especially loved the support and community I found in the forums. I was automatically put into the September 2012 Birth Club because of my due date, and I also joined a few other groups that looked interesting. I love reading people’s posts, commenting, and getting to hear from other expecting moms that are due around the same time as me.

  • The Panic Free Pregnancy: I read a bunch of books in the first trimester, but I think The Panic-Free Pregnancy is the one that I find myself going back to the most. It’s written by a doctor and gives you the truth about what you REALLY need to worry about during pregnancy and what you don’t. It helped me relax and enjoy my pregnancy more, without worrying myself to death!

  • Snoogle Body Pillow: Almost as soon as I found out I was pregnant my sleep became terrible. I would wake up constantly and could never find a comfortable position. I did some research and found the Snoogle pillow, which many other moms were raving about. When I got it in the mail I was surprised by how huge it was, but I grew to love it instantly. It can be used for many different sleep positions, and it has improved the quality of my sleep so much! I have a feeling this will be a necessity throughout my entire pregnancy.


  • Hair Ties: In the first few weeks when I was really bloated and my regular jeans were really uncomfortable, I learned a trick that was my savior! You use a hair tie, loop it around your button, put it through the button hole, then back around the button. It extends the waist of your pants by a few inches and helps them stay up at the same time. This was the best trick ever and made me so much more comfortable!

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  • Belly Band: The belly band from Baby Be Mine Maternity was one of the first maternity items I bought. It goes around your waist so that you can unbutton/unzip your pants without it being noticeable. I wear it most often with my work pants. It doesn’t always stay in one spot and does need to be adjusted occasionally, but it’s worth it if it means I can keep wearing my work clothes! I’m trying to make it to summer break with my regular work clothes so that I don’t have to buy maternity ones.

  • Maternity Jeans: I started wearing these more toward the end of the first trimester. My regular jeans started to get way too tight in the waist and wearing them was like torture, even with the hair tie trick. I found these at Target (Liz Lange maternity brand) and they are so comfy and cute! I have a feeling I’ll be getting a lot of use out of them from now on.

  • Victoria’s Secret Lounge Bralette: I went to Victoria’s Secret shortly after I found out I was pregnant because I needed some comfortable but supportive bras to wear around the house and to bed (they hurt!!!). I found these and bought 4, and I love them! They’re so comfortable. I bought them a little bit big and I’m so glad I did, because I have already grown into them nicely, LOL.

  • Salt: I could not get enough salty foods! Chips, pickles, popcorn, soft pretzels with tons of salt on them… mmm.

  • Breakfast Foods: Cereal, bagels, pancakes, eggs… all so delicious and so comforting. I could eat these types of foods for every meal!

  • Milk of Magnesia: I only used this 4 times during the first trimester, since my doctor told me to use it only when I really needed it. It’s a natural and gentle way to help food move through the digestive tract (a.k.a. relieves constipation). I truly did NEED it each of the times I used it, and when I did I felt soooooooo much better.

  • The Couch: Ooh my couch. He was my BFF during the first 14 weeks. If I wasn’t working or running I was planted on the couch. I was so exhausted that I had no energy to do much else. Now that it’s the second trimester and my energy is coming back, I am hoping that my butt imprint on the couch will disappear!

 

All About My Baby’s Daddy

I need to brag for a few minutes about my amazing husband.

Kevin has impressed me since day one, when he made it his mission to make me a part of his life (and it was quite the mission!). But lately he has been doing more and more to make me proud and make me realize how lucky I am to have him forever. Here are a few recent things that I feel the need to brag about.

  • A great daddy-to-be. We’re only 14 weeks into this pregnancy and already Kevin has made sure to play a very active role in making decisions and supporting me with whatever I need. He wants to come to every doctors appointment and he is always putting my needs and Baby K’s needs first. Some of the specific things he’s been doing are…
  • Cooking. Kevin makes me breakfast every single morning so that I can relax a little before work and get ready without being rushed. He helps me make dinner every night and always does all the dishes. He also helps me meal plan and comes up with ideas for dinners each week.
  • Cleaning. Since I’ve had no energy and been busy with teaching, grad school, and growing a baby, certain things have moved down on my priority list… like cleaning! Kevin has been such an amazing help with this. One night I came home super late from grad class and exhausted, and walked into a totally spotless house. And this wasn’t the first time he’s done this. He’s also the laundry king!

  • Running errands. Kevin has offered to do so many things for me, including going the grocery store, picking up packages, going to the bank, etc. so that I can spend my time doing grad work. Sometimes during this time he also…
  • Makes me take naps! I’ve never been a huge napper, but I’m finding that I need to nap more than ever. I feel really guilty taking naps when I know there are a lot of other things that need to be done, but Kevin tells me not to worry about it and to go rest by taking a nap or going to bed early.

A beautiful shot that Kevin took during one of my spontaneous naps while trying to do some grad work!

  • Deals with my mood swings and craziness. This is a big one! I don’t know how he does it, but somehow he puts up with all of my emotions, that range from excited to happy to sad to angry (sometimes in the span of a few minutes, LOL). He never makes me feel bad about the way that I feel and act and he understands that my hormones are all out of whack. Instead he just stays quiet or comforts me if I’m upset. He also doesn’t complain when I wake him up to take my weekly picture before I run on Wednesday mornings 🙂
  • Defends me to all the doubters. Many people have questioned Kevin and me about whether it’s okay for me to run during pregnancy. Some others have questioned my vegetarianism (I plan to write a post about the crazy things people have said to me later!) Kevin is my biggest supporter and public defender. He will explain how it’s safe for me to run and not eat meat, and that it’s healthy for me and the baby. It feels good that he has my back!
  • Running. I have written about Kevin’s journey to running before, but the difference with his running now is that he is doing a lot of his training runs alone. This was a HUGE change for him. For the last two years, Kevin has done all of his running and training with me by his side. Lately he has been running alone because I can’t run as fast as he can right now, and he has specific time goals he’s trying to meet. He did his first ever solo long run (15 miles!) a few weeks ago and KILLED it at an 8:45 pace, on a super hilly route. That day I went out and took pictures of him running, like he has done for me before. It was such a special moment for me to see him dominating a long run like he was, and really enjoying himself! He has come such a long way! We still run together sometimes, and he will slow his pace down to my new 9:30 – 10:00/mile pace without any complaints.

  • Beer making. Kevin has recently developed a new hobby- making his own beer! He received a Mr. Beer kit for Christmas and fell in love with the beer making process. He has since bought more materials and has been using recipes to make batch after batch of different types of beer. I love that he has a new hobby that makes him happy. When he’s happy I’m happy 🙂 I just wish I could try some of it!

  • Biking to work. Kevin recently got interested in biking to work since the weather in northern Virginia has been beautiful. He also only has a 2.5 mile commute to work that sometimes takes a while because of traffic. He thought biking to work would be easier, quicker, and fun! So far he has been correct. He’s been loving getting some extra exercise and fresh air before and after work. Plus he looks pretty cute doing it!

Yup, I picked a good one 🙂 I’m pretty lucky!

Sharing Our News With Friends & Family

When we found out we were expecting, we knew we wanted to announce it to our family and friends in fun, creative ways. Here are some of the ways we told the people we love our special news. Stay tuned for a video compilation of our friends and family’s reactions to these surprises at the end of this post!

The first person I told was one of my best friends Ashley. I told her only 3 days after we found out, because I had planned to go to her house for dinner that night and I knew I couldn’t keep it from her all night. I told her to close her eyes and put out her hands, and I gave her the pregnancy test. She actually guessed that I was pregnant before I even gave it to her! She was super excited, and so was I because I was so happy to let someone in our own secret!

A few weeks later we decided to tell Kevin’s sister Kara and her fiance Brandon. One of the things we love to do together is go geocaching, like I wrote about in this post from last summer. We decided to invite them to go geocaching and made a special geocache that we hid ourselves. Kevin spray painted a tupperware container black and we put two baby bibs inside that said “I love my aunt” and “I love my uncle.” We put a paper inside that said “Congratulations, you’re going to be an aunt and uncle!” and the official geocaching document on top so that the secret wouldn’t be given away immediately. We got to our location ahead of time and hid the container, and when Kara and Brandon got there we let them find it and open it. It took them a little while to get it, but once they did their reactions were awesome!!!

That night we told the rest of Kevin’s family. We decided to go over to his parent’s house for game night. We brought Guesstures (one of our favorite games) and played for a little while. Eventually, it was Kevin’s turn. He acted out his first three cards. Then, for his final card, he pretended like he had the word “pregnant” and started to gesture like he had a big belly, and pointed to me. It took a long time for his parents to get it and when they did, they jumped out of their seats and sprinted over to me, almost knocking me down in the process! Priceless!

We also told his other sister, grandma, and aunt over Skype and the phone that evening. Their reactions are in the video at the end too 🙂

A week later we went home to Pennsylvania to share the news with my family. For my sister, we put a little blue hippo that she got me into a box filled with blue and pink M&Ms. The blue hippo signifies the goddess of fertility, and she gave it to me at my bachelorette party because she’s been dying for me to give her a little niece or nephew. I put a sign on top that said “It worked!” so that she would see it when she opened the box and then look to see what was underneath. When we got to PA I took her out to get ice cream and gave her a ‘late Christmas present’ in the car. She opened it up and didn’t understand at first, but then it clicked 🙂

We decided to tell my Dad by putting our ultrasound picture at the end of a wedding photo book that I had made for him. We gave him the book as a gift and watched him look through the pages. When he got to the last page he paused for a few seconds and stared at the ultrasound photo. He was shocked and excited for us!

 To tell my best friends from home, I made cookies with pink and blue M&Ms and brought them to my friend’s house one night for a little get-together. I told them I brought a special dessert and showed them the cookies. At first they thought they were for Easter (LOL) but they realized quickly what they really meant and we had a good old fashioned shriek fest!

Once I reached 12 weeks, we both told our bosses and the staff at our workplaces. There was an interesting mix of people who were totally surprised and others who claimed they knew it all along! (How did they know?!) Later that evening we announced it on Facebook by having a little photo shoot with our sneakers and baby sneakers, and me in my Running for Two shirt. Then we created this image and posted it when I hit 12 weeks. The response was amazing and so supportive. I had something crazy like 94 ‘likes’ and 45 comments, and Kevin had the same on his page. We felt the love!

These are not the only people we told ahead of our ‘public’ announcement, but the rest of them were told either over the phone, over dinner or at some kind of get-together, or by showing them the ultrasound picture.

Here is a video we made that has the reactions of the people we caught on camera  as we surprised them with our news 🙂

Announcing our pregnancy was so exciting and fun. It was great to feel the love and support from everyone. This little baby is already loved more than he or she knows. We are so lucky!

Baby K: 14 Weeks

I am so excited to finally be in the second trimester!! These weeks have crawled by so slowly and it felt like this day would never come. I feel like a weight has been lifted now that I’m past the riskiest stage. I am also finally blogging my weekly updates ‘live’ at this point, which means I am actually 14 weeks today- March 28th. I had been writing all my other updates as I hit each new week and saved them for after we announced, then I posted one a day. Now I am finally all caught up!

What’s Happening With Baby?

Baby K is the size of a lemon this week!

BabyCenter says that the baby is about 3.5 inches long and weighs 1.5 ounces. Baby is able to, “squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.” I can’t believe the baby can do all of that already!

How I’m Changing

I think I’m starting to see a little bit of a bump! Well, it’s a bump compared to what I had there before at least. Some of the kids at school actually started noticing it and were asking if I was having a baby, so I figured it was time to tell them. I teach 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, so I got all kinds of comments and questions like, “How did you find out?”, “Is it a boy or a girl?”,  “Did you throw up?” and “I thought you were just getting fat” (hahaha, that was real comment from a very honest 4th grade boy).

Now that I’m in the second tri, I thought it would be a good time to do a little comparison. Here’s week 4 compared to week 14.

    

    

Ooooh yeah… there have definitely been some changes over the last 10 weeks! Bigger boobs, thicker waist, wider hips… and more to come! I actually am loving the changes. It is exciting to wake up and notice my body looking different each day. I think it’s amazing how my body knows what to do to grow this baby. I feel blessed to be able to experience this!

How I’m Feeling

A lot less worry and a lot more excitement!!! Although as I write this I’m watching  19 Kids and Counting and Michelle Duggar just went for an ultrasound and learned that she had miscarried at 17 weeks. My heart broke for her- so devastating and so scary. But I know that what happened to her is not common and that the chances of that happening to me are slim. I know there aren’t really any truly ‘safe’ times during pregnancy, but I’m learning to let go and relax a little more, and it feels good!

Also still feeling nauseous again! What the heck… aren’t I in the second trimester now? It actually got so bad this afternoon that I started dry heaving a little bit. Then I went for a run and felt 100% better 🙂

What I’m Eating/Not Eating

I am officially DONE with dairy. I can’t take the pain and suffering that comes after eating it and it’s just not worth it. I had Dairy Queen on Sunday night and paid for it for 3 days afterwards. As much as I love cheese and ice cream I just can’t do it anymore 😦

How I’m Staying Active

Before Sunday's long run!

I am finding myself appreciating running so much more than before. Every time I go out for a run I feel thankful and happy to be out there. It feels good to not care about time, pace, or distance and just enjoy myself and listen to my body. Last weekend we did an 11 mile long run. We went out thinking we’d try for 15, and we ran a route that kept us close to home just in case we wanted to cut it short and come home early. When we got to the 10 mile mark we had the option to run the 1 mile home or add on a few more miles with an additional loop. Kevin’s knee was bothering him and my hip flexors were feeling tight, so we opted to run home early. I felt good with that decision and happy that I listened to my body. Plus I was proud to have run 11 amazing miles! I had an extra long stretch session when we got home, ate a delicious bagel and smoothie, and relaxed on the couch 🙂

  • Run: 20 miles
  • Strength Training: 1 Body Pump class

   

Here’s another comparison shot (5 weeks vs. 13.5 weeks) since I wore the same shirt for my long run this past weekend that I wore in my 5 week picture. Definitely more boobs and more bumpage!

    

Week 14 Summary:

  • Weight gained this week: +0.4 pounds
  • Total weight gained (first trimester total): +3.8 pounds. Recommended gain for the first tri is 1 – 5 pounds so I’m right where I should be! From now on I’m supposed to gain about a pound per week.
  • Favorite pregnancy book this week: The Runner’s World Guide to Running & Pregnancy (more about this next week!)
  • # of times I peed today at school: 10 times from 8:30 – 3:30 … seriously. And yes, I counted because I was curious!
  • # of days until baby’s next race with mommy: 4! Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on Snday!
  • # of days until SPRING BREAK: 2! I seriously can’t wait to relax and catch up some much needed sleep.

For more pregnancy posts, visit the Baby K page!

Baby K: 13 Weeks

The biggest news this week is we got to see our baby again! This time for longer than a second, like last week’s surprise ultrasound when they couldn’t find the heartbeat with the doppler. I had my NT (Nuchal Translucency) Screening scheduled for this past Tuesday, which consists of an ultrasound and a blood test that must be done between 11 and 13 weeks 6 days while baby’s skin is still transparent. The ultrasound is done to measure the fluid at the back of baby’s neck, which assesses the risk of the baby having certain chromosomal abnormalities (like Down Syndrome) and congenital heart problems. They also took my blood to test some hormone levels- which are another indicator of these problems. We knew going into it that no matter if the results were positive or negative, it wouldn’t really change anything. We decided to do these tests because they are safe, covered by my insurance, and they give us information that we feel is valuable for us to be prepared for our baby’s needs. The good news was that the baby’s nuchal fold measured in the normal range and I haven’t heard anything about my blood work, and my doctors say no news is good news 🙂 So there is no need for the invasive and risky tests like CVS and amniocentesis.

More good news: the baby was measuring perfect for 13 weeks, and it’s heartbeat was a strong 150 beats per minute! Best of all, we got an amazing profile shot of the little one. It blows my mind that there is a little HUMAN inside of me! It took a while for the sonographer to get baby in this position. She had to do a lot of belly jiggling, but eventually baby listened and got into position. Next ultrasound will be our anatomy scan around 20 weeks… which means we need to start thinking seriously about whether we want to find out what we are having or not!

What’s Happening With Baby?

Baby K is the size of a peach this week!

BabyCenter and The Bump say that baby is the almost 3 inches long now and weighs .81 ounces. He or she actually has fingerprints now! The head is becoming more proportionate to the rest of its body. The baby is also forming its vocal cords and teeth, and its intestines are beginning to move from outside the body to the inside.

How I’m Changing

My stomach is definitely getting rounder and I’m not able to suck it in anymore. I finally bought some larger running shorts to accommodate my growing size and it’s made a world of difference in my comfort level while running! Still loving the maternity jeans too 🙂

Other changes include boobs that continue to get bigger and big, blue veins!

    

How I’m Feeling

I actually had a little return of nausea this week. It came in the afternoons right before school let out. I was able to fight it by eating a snack and going for a run- two of my favorite cures! I think the baby is growing because I also felt very hungry and very tired this week. Growth spurt?

Also this week I found out that I had strep throat. I had an extremely sore throat last Wednesday and Thursday it got even worse. It felt like I was swallowing knives. I knew that one of my students had been out with strep throat a couple days before, and I’m no stranger to strep and had a feeling that I had it too. I stopped by the CVS Minute Clinic after work on Thursday and the results of the rapid strep test said positive as I suspected. However I didn’t have a fever, which was strange because usually I do with strep. The doctor gave me some antibiotics and I stayed home on Friday. I felt a million times better by Friday night!

What I’m Eating/Not Eating

My two new favorite things are jalapenos on everything and popcorn. I just discovered how to make popcorn from plain kernels in a paper bag from the Fitnessista and it’s become my new favorite nighttime snack. I add a little Earth Balance and salt and YUM. Salty, crunchy perfection 🙂

How I’m Staying Active

Well, the biggest news this week is that I successfully completed the Rock & Roll USA Half Marathon and loved every minute of it! It wasn’t my fastest half marathon but it wasn’t my slowest either. I finished in 1:57:54, a 9:00 average pace, and was very proud!

While running I had no discomfort whatsoever and made sure to maintain a comfortable pace and not get too hot. In the hours that followed the race I started feeling some soreness above my pelvis on both sides, surrounding my uterus.  It only hurt if I pushed in on either side. I found out this is probably round ligament pain, which is a normal symptom of pregnancy. The round ligaments are what surrounds your uterus. Here is what I read on BabyCenter that perfectly described what was happening and why:

You might also feel it as a dull ache after a particularly active day – when you’ve been walking a lot or doing some other physical activity. You may feel the pain starting from deep inside your groin, moving upward and outward on either side to the top of your hips. The pain is internal, but if you were to trace it on your skin, it would follow the bikini line on a very high-cut bathing suit.

I rested for the remainder of the day and the next day too, and it was gone when I woke up. Just a reminder to take it easy and take plenty of rest days!

  • Run: 27.1 miles
  • Strength: 1 easy day of a bunch of push-ups (sets of 10) – took it easy on strength because of the half marathon.

    

Week 13 Summary:

  • Weight gained this week: +0.0 pounds (same as last week)
  • Total weight gained: + 3.4 pounds
  • Maternity items bought: 2 larger pairs of running shorts, a Gabrialla maternity support belt to wear while running (will need this around 20 weeks), and The Runner’s World Guide to Running & Pregnancy. Very excited to read this book!
  • Best thing I ate this week: A delicious egg, leek, potato, and cheese frittata at my friend’s St. Patty’s Day brunch after our race. SO GOOD!
  • # of times I fell asleep reading for my grad class: at least 4
  • # of years since I’ve had a sober St. Patty’s Day: 8! That is crazy. The last time before this year was 2004.
  • # of days until baby’s next race with mommy: 11! :) Our next race is the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on April 1st!

For more pregnancy posts, visit the Baby K page!

Baby K: 12 Weeks

So many exciting things happened this week – we announced our pregnancy to our workplaces, my blog, as well as the general public via Facebook! Telling people our happy news has been such a fun experience. It’s great to feel the joy that other people have for us and know that we are supported by so many people. We also had my second prenatal doctor appointment a few days ago which was dramatic at first but ended with us all smiles 🙂 More about that later in this update!

What’s Happening With Baby?

The Bump says that baby is the size of a plum this week!

Baby is on my right side according to our ultrasound 🙂

Baby is a little more than 2 inches long from its crown to its teeny tiny butt, and weighs half an ounce. Pretty much all of his or her parts and systems have formed and are functioning. At this point baby enters the growth and maturation stage, and will continue to grow quickly from now on. The baby is also beginning to develop reflexes, and will move around in response if you press on your abdomen (We actually saw this happening at our ultrasound! It looked like a little jumping bean and was moving its arms and legs too.)

How I’m Changing

My sense of smell is INSANE lately! I can smell food from a mile away, and sweaty kids coming in from recess smell extra bad. I also went for a run yesterday afternoon and almost threw up from all the ‘spring’ smells… there were men laying down mulch, and tons of those trees with white flowers that smell DISGUSTING! Please tell me other people know what tree I’m talking about!? Gross.

Digestion is back to normal for the most part, which has made me feel so much more comfortable… YAY! It was cured with a good old fashioned diet of extra fiber and veggies, lots of running, and avoiding dairy products. The belly is continuing to expand, but my doctor told me that it’s my intestines being pushed up like I suspected. She showed me where my uterus is, and the top of it is just now peeking out above my pubic bone. I can sort of feel it when I lay down on my back! So baby won’t make his or her appearance for a little while still until my uterus heads more north and baby grows a little more 🙂 I can’t wait to actually look pregnant and not like I ate too much!

    

And I finally got a bigger and more comfortable sports bra! It feels so much better and is so much more supportive. I still have some room to grow in it too, which is good because I know I will!

How I’m Feeling

So, so much better since our appointment on Monday! My anxiety and worry has been lifted for the most part. My appointment was with one of the doctors this time. It started out normal, with me asking questions and the doctor patiently answering them all- never making me feel stupid or rushed. Then it was time to find the heartbeat. I had been thinking about this since our last ultrasound at 8 weeks. Would they be able to find it? Is everything still okay in there? I was extra worried because just that morning I found out that a good friend of mine had miscarried. I was heartbroken for her and just hoping that I would get good news.

The doctor turned on the doppler and held it to my belly, moving it around and searching for a heartbeat. Nothing. She moved it to another spot and looked for a few more minutes. Nothing. Kevin looked at me and I started to cry. She searches for another couple of minutes. Nothing 😦 So she goes and gets the portable ultrasound machine, asks me if I had any bleeding (no) or cramping (no), and if I had an ultrasound previously to confirm and date the pregnancy (yes). She puts the gel on my lower abdomen right above my hipbone and immediately the little baby showed up on the screen. At first I didn’t see its heart beating, but then it was there flickering away. The baby was jumping around like a little jumping bean and moving its arms and legs. I was SO relieved and immediately cried tears of joy. The doctor said the baby was probably too deep and too small to hear the heartbeat with the doppler yet. It felt so good to see the baby and have it actually look like a baby, since last time it just looked like a little blob. My worry and fears were instantly GONE and we were so happy, especially since that was the first time Kevin had been able to see the baby in person.

On the other hand, I’ve been extremely tired again. My sleep has been very choppy and I find myself waking up at least once an hour. It’s not because I’m uncomfortable – I’m actually very comfortable since getting the Snoogle pillow last week – so I don’t really know why I’m waking up so much. Maybe it’s my body preparing me for the sleepless nights to come once the baby arrives?

In my clothes, I am feeling much more comfortable now too thanks to some new maternity jeans! These things are COMFY and hilarious! I got them from Target. Even though I’m not really showing, my regular pants have definitely gotten too tight for comfort in the belly area, so these feel amazing.

   

    

What I’m Eating/Not Eating

Love: Salty foods, honey mustard salad dressing, fruit and protein powder smoothies, hard boiled/scrambled/fried eggs, pickles, cooked greens (spinach, collards, kale), bagels, CEREAL. I go through so much cereal it’s insane.

Hate: Cheese and dairy. Well that’s a lie… I actually love them and want them all the time, but hate what they do to my body and my digestion! Also haven’t been wanting fruit lately unless it’s in smoothie form. I gagged my way through a whole apple yesterday. Blech!

Kevin caught me eating out of the pickle jar... such a stereotypical pregnant woman!

How I’m Staying Active

I had another good week of running and even made it to Body Pump this week! Kevin and I ran 15 miles this past weekend and it went well, except that I wasn’t fully paying attention 8 miles in and I tripped over a huge crack in the trail and fell. The fall wasn’t too bad – I landed on my hands and one knee and then rolled to my back – but it really scared me and made me panic for a few minutes because of the baby. I went on to finish the remaining 7 miles and felt fine.  But it was definitely a reality check that I need to be more aware of my surroundings and not ‘zone out’ like I do so often when I’m running.

    

  • Run: 25 miles
  • Strength Training: 1 Body Pump class

Week 12 Summary:

  • Weight gained this week: +0.4 pounds
  • Total weight gained: + 3.4 pounds … I swear it feels like 1 pound to each boob and 1.4 pounds to my mid-section!
  • Maternity items bought: 3 items of clothing. I couldn’t take how uncomfortable my jeans were in the belly region anymore and bought a pair of maternity jeans and comfy leggings from Target. They actually aren’t that bad! Also bought a larger sports bra. Ahhh, instant relief!
  • Gifts for baby: My aunt Sacha sent us baby’s first outfits!!! It’s a set of shirts/pants/onesies that are frog themed. SO CUTE… I couldn’t stop smiling when I opened them.
  • # of days until our next appointment: 6! NT Screening is on Tuesday (more about that next week!)
  • # of days until baby’s first race with mommy: 3 🙂 We’re running the Rock & Roll DC half marathon this weekend!

For more pregnancy posts, visit the Baby K page!

My Running Story As Told By Facebook Timeline

Facebook Timeline is amazing. I just spent hours looking back on the past 8 years since I joined Facebook in 2004, and it was extremely entertaining and embarrassing at the same time. One thing that I found really interesting was seeing my running story unfold and evolve through status updates and pictures over the past  5 years.

The first time I ever mentioned running on Facebook was when I announced that I wanted to run a half marathon. Before that I was someone who ran a couple miles here and there, mostly on a treadmill, to burn off last night’s college drinks and late-night food. When I made this decision a lot of people were surprised. I was surprised at myself too. But it turned into something that I never expected and running became my passion. My status updates went from being about drinking and hangovers to long runs and race plans. My priorities changed. I grew up and found what was important to me: setting goals, challenging myself, and never giving up. And apparently I posted a lot of stuff on Facebook about it all!

Here’s a glimpse (not all) of my running story as told by Facebook Timeline, starting with the first running-related thing I ever posted on Facebook. Warning: this post is LONG!

After that half marathon (ran in 2:02:04) I was hooked! Fast forward to the next year. I was just beginning my first year of teaching and in the middle of training for my first marathon. I had become someone who actually craved long runs and was learning all the ins and outs of marathon training.

Not long after my first marathon, I was contemplating my next one.

Before long I was totally addicted to running and all the endorphins that came with it.

And I signed up for even more races, increased my mileage, and started getting faster…

My training and determination was put to the test when I ran my second marathon in the pouring rain.

And I kept coming back for more…

Summer break began, and with it came many nights out, vacations to the beach and the west coast, early morning runs in the heat and sun, and a brand new training plan!

It’s official… status updates about running had completely taken over my Facebook page. Haha!

And Marathon #3 was underway…

Then I witnessed the most amazing race in the USA, that motivated me to run it myself the following year.

The love affair with running continues…

Until someone named Kevin came into my life, then I had to share my love 🙂

It’s obvious that around this time running became a little less important as I fell in love with Kevin, because I posted about it much less (and was running less too!)

Then Kevin and I moved in with our friends in the middle of winter and it became difficult to get the training in for my next marathon.

I had to get creative sometimes, but somehow I fit it all in.

Finally it was time to head to Texas to see my friend DJ and run the Austin Marathon!

Then I took a bit of a break and cut back a bit on the running. When I did run though Kevin was starting to come with me!

I also started fundraising for Team for Kids around this time, trying to raise $2,620 before the NYC Marathon!

And we started the Insanity program for a change of pace. We wanted to get rid of some extra weight we had put on and wanted to try something new!

And then Kevin ran his second 5K and I was so proud of him!

We continued to run together, and after Insanity was finished Kevin started feeling stronger on his runs and we began to add distance.

We ran another 5K and for the first time, Kevin beat me!

Then he signed up for his first half marathon and began adding on the mileage.

Then I went to Ireland to visit my sister who was studying abroad and was able to add to my list of amazing places I’ve ran before.

Training for the NYC Marathon began, and Kevin trained for his half while I trained for the full in the heat of summer.

Another summer trip! This time to visit family in Oregon. The running continued and I even convinced my family to run a 5K while we were there! I surprised myself by pulling off a PR at high altitude 🙂

Kevin’s first half marathon weekend finally came, and before even running it we signed up for his first FULL! Then he killed the half the next day!

Marathon training got more intense.

Went out of my comfort zone and ran a Warrior Dash full of mud and obstacles.

And the NYC Marathon weekend FINALLY arrived! I had the race of my life!

I was able to run the last 6 miles of my good friend Cynthia’s first marathon, in the same race that was MY first marathon – 2 years later!

Then I took a little break from serious training and enjoyed the holidays with friends and family.

2011 began and so did training for the Country Music Marathon. Kevin and I began training together and it was awesome to have him there for every run. I loved watching him get stronger and add on the mileage.

We experienced the highs and the lows of training… and Kevin had to take a wisdom tooth hiatus.

We ran an awesome half marathon where we both PRed, and started feeling more confident for Nashville.

I had no idea what was coming… We headed to Nashville where I had the toughest race of my life!

Then we took a little break from training for a month, then started yet ANOTHER training plan 🙂

Summertime came along with higher temperatures, more training, and some fun races too!

Training in the summer is definitely challenging…

But despite the heat I felt myself getting stronger and faster, and I was excited to run marathon #7 in Ohio.

Then it was finally Air Force Marathon time! I ran my heart out and had my best race yet! REDEMPTION!

Post-marathon my priorities switched from training to last minute wedding preparations. But we made time for some fun 5Ks, and we started a running club at my school for 4th and 5th graders! Running helped me deal with the stress and made me feel so much better.

Our wedding day came and went and was perfect. Two days later we ran our first race and husband and wife!

And I signed up for a bunch of races like a crazy person… little did I know that my plans for these would change when I found out I was pregnant a few months later!

I had fun running a race with some friends…

And I dove into training for my first trail ultra-marathon…

And got a very important and exciting phone call!

Training continued and I enjoyed a very mild winter.

When 2012 began I was deep in ultra-marathon training and had some really great runs, including a 20 miler at 8:43 pace!

And then I found out I was pregnant 3 days later! I was careful when posting about my running now because it had changed quite a bit, and we weren’t telling our secret quite yet! Kevin even started doing some long runs without me…

Once the secret was out, I could be more open about my pregnant running.

Wow… that was long! And now we’re all up to date! What a transformation since my very first post back in 2007.

All you Facebook users should go through your timeline and take a look at how it tells your story. It’s so fun to look back and think about where you once were and where you are now. It also makes me wonder where I’ll be in five more years. I challenge you to make a post of your own story!