Monthly Archives: October 2012

Mom & Baby: Week 7

I feel like I just wrote baby Kevin’s 6 week update (which I did, because I was really late in writing it!), and now he’s already 7 weeks old! I say this every week, but I really can’t believe how quickly time is passing. Our 7th week was really exciting. We dressed up for his first Halloween as a “football game,” with baby Kevin as the football. We took him to a farm and got some cute pictures with pumpkins. We also had lots of family in town visiting. So many sweet memories made this week 🙂


I think Baby Kevin went through a growth spurt this week, because he’s starting to feel sturdier and bigger to me when I hold him! Very exciting!

He is becoming VERY vocal. He loves to exercise his vocal cords by cooing, making cute little screeching noises, and of course crying occasionally 🙂 I think he’s going to be a loud boy when he grows up!


Sleeping is going well. He wakes up to eat about twice a night. We will get a good first stretch of sleep out of him and then he will wake up around 2 or 3 to eat, then he will sleep more and wake up around 4 or 5. I can usually get another 1 or 2 hours out of him after that  if I take him out of his bed and let him cuddle with me. Despite all of my interrupted sleep I feel great during the day. I hope that continues and I don’t struggle too bad once I go back to work next week!

He is starting to show some interest in objects now. He will stare at the toys hanging from his activity mat and at rattles if we shake them in his face. He is obviously too young to grasp things on his own, but if we put a toy in his hand he will hold onto it for a while, which is very cute!

His constipation issue has gotten better. He’s been pooping once a day, with the exception of yesterday when he went three times after not going for another two days. I’ve read that it’s normal for babies to poop less after 6 weeks since their digestive system is maturing so I’m thinking it is a normal developmental thing. It is not hard like you would expect it to be if he is constipated. It comes out at the same consistency as it did before, so I’m not sure what’s going on. The way he strains and pushes and gets upset really seems like he’s constipated, but who knows! I’m going to ask the doctor at his next appointment. Sorry for all the poop talk- but this is life for me right now!

His reflux is getting better now that he’s been on the medicine for almost two weeks. We’re still trying to feed him smaller amounts more frequently throughout the day, holding him upright after eating, frequent burping, etc., which I’m sure also helps.  I have confirmed that dairy makes his reflux worse, because this week I ate some Halloween candy and he was super fussy and spit up a TON the entire day afterward. I also was accidentally eating bread with some dairy in it. Since I’ve cut that out his reflux has improved. Looks like no dairy for me for a while, which is sad but if it makes him feel better that’s all that matters.

He is loving the Ergo baby carrier still. At our Halloween party I put him in there when he started to get sleepy, and he slept for a solid 3 hours while we all continued with our party. It was great!

My view when I look down with him in the Ergo 🙂

This boy LOVES being naked now. He used to hate it, but now he smiles and coos when we take off his clothes- and then cries when we put them back on!

Finally, he is looking more and more like his daddy with every passing day! Seriously, I can’t get over it!


Still holding steady at the same weight (135), but I notice a slight difference in my body this week- AND most importantly, I can fit back into my old jeans. YAY! I was getting really tired of my maternity jeans but I couldn’t get my old ones over my hips until this week. Who cares what the scale says? The fact that my pre-pregnancy clothes fit again is way more important to me!

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The other thing that I think is really helping my body feel good is weekly visits to the chiropractor. I feel like it is putting my body back to its normal state after pregnancy and also helping to relieve some of the back pain that I get from nursing with bad posture.


Feeling a lot of anxiety this week. Between going back to work soon, Hurricane Sandy, and a pitbull puppy jumping on Baby Kevin I am feeling SUPER protective of him and very anxious about anything happening to him. Luckily the hurricane didn’t do very much damage in my area, but listening to the violent storm outside made me so nervous that a tree would fall on our house or something.

Some of our supplies for Hurricane Sandy

The other scary thing that gave me a panic attack was when someone let my sister-in-law’s pitbull puppy back in the house accidentally while I was feeding the baby a bottle on the couch. The puppy ran right over and jumped on the couch, almost right on top of the baby’s head. Kevin was sitting right next to me and pushed the dog away, but I couldn’t help but start to cry. I kept having visions of the dog biting the baby and it really freaked me out. That strong maternal instinct to protect your baby is VERY real.

The other thing I have been thinking about lately is my running and how it will be affected when I go back to work next week. I love running and it is definitely something that helps me so much mentally, especially with the stress that work brings. But I’m nervous about being able to find time for it while working and wanting to spend as much time as I can with my baby. I know that making time to run will make me a better mommy in the long run, but I can already tell it’s going to be hard for me to leave him to run once I’m home from a long day at work, especially because soon it will be too cold to take him out in the stroller.

Luckily, these two guys make me feel so much better about all of the things that give me anxiety 🙂

Another great week is in the books. I loved being able to celebrate Baby Kevin’s first holiday and we are looking forward to many, many more!


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A Fun Fall Weekend

This past weekend was so much fun. We spent it with family and friends doing lots of fall things – including hosting a Halloween party and going to a 1st birthday party at a local farm. We made some special memories that I will never forget!

First up- our Halloween party! We had a great turn out and had a lot of fun decorating and preparing. We made witches brew complete with dry ice fog, a keg made out of a pumpkin, spider ice cubes, a “decorate your cup like a Jack-o-Lantern station,” and lots of fall/Halloween food like pumpkin squares and “lady fingers”- soft pretzel sticks with a sliced almond for a fingernail. Our friends also brought food and drinks. We dressed up as a family and Kevin was a football player, I was a referee, and baby Kevin was the little football! We stayed up way too late and I drank way too much wine, but the baby slept through almost all of it in our Ergo baby carrier. It was a great night!

The next day (after taking some Tylenol) we were off to our friends’ daughter’s first birthday party at Clark’s Farm! Even though Baby Kevin is still too little to really do everything the farm offered, it was still fun to walk around with him and take pictures.




Clearly he had a blast at the birthday party!

Fall is my favorite season, and it’s even more fun now that we are creating our own traditions as a family and have a baby to share these special times with. I’m really looking forward to making more sweet memories during the upcoming holiday season!

Myrtle Beach Marathon Training: Week 1

I had a great first week of training! It feels so good to be back out there and following a plan again. If you have been reading my blog for a while now you know that I LOVE having a plan to help me work towards my goals and run for a purpose. After taking a year off from marathon training to have a baby I have so much motivation and renewed excitement for running. I’m excited to see what I can do this time around, especially since I feel like pregnancy made me so much stronger. I feel empowered after carrying my baby for 38 weeks and giving birth to him naturally without any pain medication. I really feel like I can do anything now and I am not afraid to push myself to the limit!

I am happy to say that I followed almost everything on my original training plan for week 1!

Monday: 30 minute walk with baby. I planned to walk a little longer than this but baby wasn’t having it after about a mile and a half, so we went home.

Tuesday: 3 mile run in 29:43 (9:55 pace). This was a tough run. It was really hot for late October (82 degrees at 6 p.m.!) and I didn’t drink enough water that day so I felt dehydrated and weak. Breastfeeding seriously drains me of all water and energy! I can’t keep up with my hydration. I also had a constant cramp in my side. But still managed to only walk once and was proud of myself when it was over.

Wednesday: 4 mile run in 38:40 (9:39 pace). Running redemption! This run was SO MUCH BETTER. I felt amazing- so strong and so happy. I ran a new route and had an awesome new playlist to listen to as well. I came back from the run and was on cloud 9 for the rest of the night while snuggling with my baby boy, who still loves me even when I’m sweaty 🙂

Thursday: 3 mile run in 29:02 (9:41 pace). I ran with the baby in the stroller after my chiropractor appointment in the morning. There is a smooth asphalt path right by the office that I feel safe running on with the stroller. I was a bit tired because I had done my 4 miler the night before, but I am getting more used to running with the stroller so that’s good!

Friday: Rest. I spent this day preparing for our amazing Halloween party that we had that night. It was so much fun!

Saturday: 6 miles in 56:50 (9:29 pace). I woke up on Saturday with a killer headache from too much wine at the party, so I didn’t go to Body Pump like I had planned. I started feeling better that afternoon and it was beautiful outside so I went out to do my “long” run of 6 miles instead of doing it the next morning. This is the longest I have run since July and it felt amazing. I ran the same new route that I did on Wednesday but went out one more mile and then came back. I wanted to keep going, but I know I need to build my long run mileage back up slowly and carefully. Toward the end of the run I felt like my boobs were super heavy and ready to feed the baby, even though I fed him right before I left! This is definitely going to be a challenge during training when I’m gone for longer amounts of time.

Sunday: Rest. I was going to get up and go to Body Pump this morning since I didn’t go the day before, but I slept too late. Oops! But it’s fine because my body needed the rest after a very busy weekend and running 6 miles the day before.

Total: 16 miles <–the highest my mileage has been since July! Exciting!

On my new favorite running route

I feel like I had a really great first week of training. I felt strong and I know I can only improve from here on out. This week I’m going to have to be a little bit flexible because of Hurricane Sandy hitting in our area, but my goal is to make it to Body Pump this week. My body is craving some strength training!

1 week down, 15 to go!

Mom & Baby: Week 6

I’m really late writing our 6 week update, but this little man has kept us VERY busy! His little personality reveals more of itself every day, and he is becoming so much fun!



The biggest thing this week is that we finally had the baby’s one month appointment. At this appointment we learned that he now weighs 8 pounds and 5 ounces, which the doctor was very happy about. He’s also 22 inches long! He’s a tall and skinny boy.

Such a long body!

He’s still wearing newborn clothes and diapers. I am not sure when he’s going to grow out of them. Some of the newborn clothes are getting small in length but the 0-3 size clothes are SO big on him still. His cloth diapers are huge as well. Every time it’s time to buy a new box of disposables I try them on him again to see if they fit, but nope. Still too big! He’s a little peanut 🙂

At the doctor’s appointment we found out that everything came back great from his hip ultrasound, which is great news! She said it was probably just a harmless clicking due to his ligaments and joints not being fully developed and in their place yet. I’m so happy it’s not hip dysplasia.

Happy boy!

We also talked about his acid reflux and how it had gotten a lot worse even though we’ve been trying all kinds of natural ways to reduce it. He’s always spitting up and I was worried he wasn’t getting enough food, but the doctor was happy with his weight gain. The more concerning part for me was the way his reflux is affecting his breathing. I took a recording of his gasping, coughing, wheezing sounds that he makes and played it for her at the appointment. She recommended that we try Zantac and we decided to go for it. It kills me to medicate such a little baby, but he’s been on it now for about a week and a half and it is helping. It’s not 100% better yet but the doctor said it takes about a week or two to fully take effect. However I’ve already noticed that he’s not having as many breathing issues, he’s sleeping better (5-6 hour stretch at night!), and he’s happier when he is awake and not always screaming in pain.

A new thing that started happening that I read is a side affect from the Zantac is constipation. Ugh. We can’t win! It’s either acid reflux or constipation. He usually goes multiple times a day with every single diaper. Then last week he went two and a half days without anything and he was obviously straining and upset while trying to get it out. I called the doctor and she said they don’t worry about it until it’s been 3 days. He finally went and has gone once a day since then, which is a lot less than before. But I also read that around 6 weeks baby’s bowel movements can slow down, so maybe it’s just a coincidence that it happened around the time he started on Zantac. I don’t know!

We got an Ergo baby carrier and he LOVES it! We love it too, it is so easy to put on quickly unlike the Moby wrap because the Moby has a lot of extra fabric that can be awkward to figure out if you are in public. The Ergo is great for putting on fast to run into the store or something, and it is also easy to take baby in and out of it. It is a little harder to do this in the Moby because I always have to redo the wrap afterwards. The baby loves being worn in both carriers. He likes to be close to us and hear our heartbeats. It puts him right to sleep.


Other current likes: music that makes him fall asleep, kicking off blankets, and sucking on daddy’s finger. Dislikes: having the hiccups. It always makes him really frustrated!



Still holding steady at 135 pounds and no change in how the body looks this week. I know this is due to sugar overload though. With Halloween approaching and a random cookie baking urge one night, I have been eating way too much sugar. It’s weird because I didn’t crave sugary stuff at all while I was pregnant, but now I can’t get enough. I know it is worse on days that I don’t eat enough, like my body is desperate for calories. I’m really trying to stay on top of eating enough, but it’s so hard now that I’m running a lot again!

Speaking of running, baby Kevin had his first stroller run this week! I know that technically I’m not supposed to run with him in there until he has better head and neck control, but I ran with him on a super smooth paved trail and put a blanket around the head support insert in his car seat. His head didn’t move at all and he loved it! We’ve gone a couple more times since then. Running with a stroller is definitely challenging but I love looking at his little face while I run!

I’m slowly increasing my running mileage and my body is responding well. It feels so good to move again and push myself. I have noticed that my abs don’t feel as weak as they did at first.  I’m not sure when I can start doing ab exercises again. I have heard that I need to wait for my stomach muscles to come back together, but how do I know when they have? I don’t even know if they ever seperated. Does that happen to everyone when they are pregnant? Let me know mommies!


I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of things. This week I was really able to be on top of everything while Kevin was at work. I even managed to make dinner (or at least start it) on my own every night this week! I’m also more productive when he is sleeping now, because he’s sleeping for longer stretches at night and I am not totally exhausted. This makes me feel so much more confident as a mommy. I even braved Target again (with Kevin) and fed him under my nursing cover while we walked around. That was a big step for me!

I am not feeling all great mentally though. I’m starting to get really sad and emotional about going back to work soon. I completely trust our babysitter 100% and we are lucky to have someone who is watching him in our own home, but I still have severe anxiety about being away from him during the day. He has been a part of me since we got pregnant in January and it makes me really sad when I think about leaving him. I just don’t want to miss anything and I’m afraid he will be sad or think we abandoned him, even though I know he doesn’t really think at that level yet. I wish there was a way I could stay home with him but it is impossible financially, with our mortgage, car payments, student loans, etc. I keep trying to think about the positive- that I am lucky to have a job at all, and that I am a teacher who has great breaks for holidays and over the summer. I know a lot of working moms aren’t that lucky.

Enjoying every minute with my baby

I am just falling more and more in love with my husband every day. It is amazing watching him develop his own special bond with our baby. He’s a great husband and father and I don’t know what we would do without him! Baby Kevin loves FaceTiming him at work on his lunch break and spending time with him when I go run. It makes my heart happy 🙂


Finally, we were invited with another couple to come to my Bradley Method teacher Marisa’s current class to share our birth story with them. It was awesome and special to be able to share what happened with these other expectant parents. We explained how Kevin and I worked together as a team and what we did to get through labor and make tough decisions when things didn’t go completely as we hoped they would. I hope that it helped them feel more confident about having a natural birth and that they took something away from it- especially the fact that things may come up and it’s okay to be flexible with your ‘birth plan.’ In the end we received the most amazing reward possible- a healthy beautiful baby boy- and it was perfect.

We’re already halfway through week 7 and it’s already been very exciting! Until then, we’re off to brace ourselves for Hurricane Sandy! Stay safe fellow east coasters!

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Myrtle Beach Marathon Training Plan

It has been over a year since my last marathon. Some seriously amazing things have happened in that year. I got married, bought a house, finished my Master’s Degree, and had a beautiful baby boy. It has been so exciting, but I have really missed marathon training. After training for and running 7 marathons since 2008, it has become a huge part of my life and something that I really love. One of my favorite things is creating a training plan and having a goal race to work towards. I love running in general, but I have found that I am so much more motivated when I’m running for a purpose.

My last marathon time that I worked SO hard for…

So it’s no surprise that before I even had my baby I was cooking up some potential race plans for myself post partum. With my doctors permission I started running again at 4 weeks post partum, and was surprised to discover that I actually felt great. Since then I have been running 3-4 miles every other day or so and loving it. I was so excited about this that I decided to sign up for the Myrtle Beach Marathon, which takes place on February 16, 2013. I will be just over 5 months post partum on the day of the race.

I know that running a marathon that soon after giving birth is an ambitious goal, and I kept that in mind when I created my training plan. Things are very different for me now- I have a new body, I am slower, my long distance endurance has decreased, I’m breastfeeding, I have less time to train, and most importantly, my #1 priority now is my amazing little baby boy. But running is still important to me too, and it’s something that I know will make me happy, which will also make me a better mom and wife.

Running together, just like old times- except now he’s on the outside!

The Plan. I am going back in time a little bit with this training plan. When I laid it out I realized it is pretty similar to how I trained for my very first marathon. It is simple, has 4 days of running, 1 day of strength training (most likely Body Pump), 1 day of cross-training and/or strength training, and 1 day of complete rest. It starts out with a long run of only 6 miles and builds up slowly to where I will run 20 miles twice. I always try to include at least two 20 milers in case something goes wrong with one of them- I’ve been doing this long enough to know that it usually does (for me at least). At this point, my plan doesn’t include any type of specific speed workouts and just focuses on getting in the mileage. I wanted to do it this way because I know that I can’t expect myself to pick up where I left off in terms of speed right from the get-go. I also don’t want to put any pressure on myself to achieve a certain time goal and then be disappointed when I don’t. My main goal for this marathon is to just complete it at 5 months post partum, and then my marathon next fall will be my chance to try to get a PR.

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Flexibility. With all that being said, this training plan is a working document. I plan to use it as a guide and change it as needed. If I start to feel like it’s too much to handle, I will scale back the mileage. On the other hand, if I start to feel like I can handle more, I will make it more challenging by adding in some speed work and tempo runs or upping the mileage. The key is listening to my body and how it responds to what I am doing. My #1 goal is to make it to the starting line healthy and happy!

Run/Walk. I know that my long runs will be the hardest part of this training plan. I maintained decent mileage while I was pregnant, and even completed my last half marathon at 26 weeks. But after that race I scaled back a bit at long distances. I still did a longer run each weekend, but they went down to 7 miles, then 5 miles, then 4 miles at the very end of my pregnancy. Since I haven’t run distances longer than 7 miles since the end of June, I fully expect to have to run/walk my long runs until I build up my endurance again, and I will probably walk/run the marathon too- which is totally fine!

Nutrition & Breastfeeding. This is a big one! I REALLY need to keep an eye on my hydration and calorie intake since I will be training for a marathon and breastfeeding at the same time. Both of these activities drain the energy and water right out of me, and I already know my marathon training appetite was crazy before without the breastfeeding added into the mix! I will also need to make sure I feed the baby and/or pump before I run to make it more comfortable (and get some more supportive sports bras while I’m at it!).

Afternoon Running. Another challenge that I will have to deal with while training is running in the afternoon/evening. I have always been a morning exerciser- until I had Baby Kevin. Now it is literally impossible to drag myself out of bed in the morning when I am so tired. Even if I could it is way too dark to run by myself in the morning before Kevin goes to work and while he stays with the baby (my neighborhood doesn’t have street lights). So once I go back to work I’m left with running when Kevin gets home. It’s hard for me to run in the afternoon and evening because the food that I ate that day sometimes upsets my belly. This is definitely something I will have to get used to!

My training starts this upcoming Monday, October 22nd. I prepared this week by doing runs similar to what I’ll be doing next week- I did three 3 milers and I plan to do my long run of 5 miles tomorrow morning. After that I should be ready to jump into training! Just like before I will do weekly run down posts that summarize my training for the week and how it went. I could not be more excited to get back into something that I love so much and I can’t wait to run marathon #8!