Monthly Archives: November 2012

Random Facts Friday

  1. This morning I was getting out of my car at work and my favorite pair of jeans ripped right up my back. It was so obvious from the back and the front that I had to tie my jacket around my waist. Kevin went back home (a 20 minute commute both ways) to get me new pants, because it was definitely not appropriate for 5th grade! Time to go shopping!
  2. I have a crazy addiction to Burts Bees chapstick. If I do not have it with me for some reason I will not be able to think about anything else except how dry my lips feel. I have to store them around the house and in the car so that I always have access to one. When I was in labor I asked for my chapstick in between every single contraction, even when my pain level was at its highest. Yup, addicted.
  3. I really think that I have undiagnosed ADD sometimes. My mind is always jumping from one thing to another, and I find myself starting something then going off to do something else in the middle of it, which gives me another idea, etc. Kevin hates watching movies and TV with me because I won’t pay attention and then I will ask him a bunch of questions. I work with kids that have ADD/ADHD every day and I totally feel their pain!
  4. It really bothers me when numbers don’t end in a 5 or 0. When I get gas I try to make the total price and/or gallons end in one of these numbers. I always tip waiters and waitresses by adding 20% and rounding up to the closest whole dollar. Also, when I run I HATE ending on a number of miles that doesn’t end in a 5 or 0, like 5.41 miles for example. Annoying! I almost always try to run to the next whole mile marker, or at least the quarter mile, halfway, or three quarter mile point.
  5. I am really creeped out by weeping willow trees and huge oversized flags. I know it’s weird. I have no idea why!
  6. I am a huge sucker for Top 40 music- the songs you hear on the radio over and over again. I love to run to them and sing along while driving. It’s my guilty pleasure!
  7. I used to have lots of piercings. I had my belly button pierced from the ages of 16-21, my nose pierced from age 18-20, and I had 8 holes in my ears! Now I only have one hole in each ear pierced.
  8. Along the same lines of body art, I have 4 tattoos. I have a little heart design on my hip that I got when I was 17, a star on my wrist that I got when I was 19, “love” written in my mom’s handwriting on my side near my ribs when I was 23, and my running tattoo that I got last year on my ankle.
  9. Kevin actually dated my friend before we started dating. It didn’t work out between them at all, but it was quite scandalous when we got together (even though I talked with her and asked her permission). What can I say? It all worked out how it was meant to, didn’t it?
  10. I have TMJ that causes bad headaches and I grind my teeth at night too. Because of this I have to wear a super attractive night guard to sleep. Kevin loves it, haha.
  11. When I was a junior in college I studied abroad for 5 months in Sydney, Australia. I was able to travel all around the country and also to New Zealand while I was there. Those 5 months were some of the best of my life so far. I had so much fun and made amazing memories- like skydiving and bungee jumping! So scary.

There you go! Pretty random alright! Now it’s your turn- tell me something random about you!


It’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)!

Life has been ridiculously busy. I have barely any free time between being the mommy of an 11 week old, working full-time at a job that extends way beyond the hours of 9-5, pumping, and marathon training. I’m trying REALLY hard to make good food choices and eat enough to provide me with energy to get through my long days. This can be tough as a vegetarian who also needs to avoid dairy because it aggravates Baby Kevin’s reflux. Here is a very quick glimpse of what I ate today, a typical Wednesday in my busy life! Sorry for the terrible iPhone photos- my phone is more convenient than my big camera!

6:45 a.m. My regular morning breakfast: oatmeal cooked with banana, cinnamon and almond milk, with almond butter stirred in and topped with blueberries. Coffee in a gorilla mug on the side 🙂 Eaten in my bedroom while getting ready for work and entertaining the baby who is on my bed on the Boppy.

10:00 a.m. Fast forward a few hours and I am now at school. I have my 45 minute planning period during this time so I grab my morning snack: two hard boiled eggs. This is always a reliable snack that keeps me full until lunchtime.

12:30 p.m. Time for lunch! I only have 30 minutes, so I hurry to bring my students to the cafeteria, go to the bathroom, and get started with pumping in my classroom. Once I have my hands free thanks to this bra, I can eat. I used to bring salads everyday for lunch, but they take too long to eat with everything else I need to do (I’m a really slow eater). So instead I usually bring some sort of sandwich because it’s quicker and easier. This one was hummus and avocado on whole wheat bread. Carrots on the side.

3:30 p.m. The students are dismissed and I eat a Larabar before heading home.

7:00 p.m. I tried to make dinner when I got home at 5 but was not successful due to a very hungry baby followed by a massive poop followed by baby not wanting me to put him down. Kevin got home at 6:15 and made dinner for us. We had one of our favorite go-to meals: Tex Mex Quinoa with homemade baked tortilla chips. Pretty sure I had this in another one of my WIAWs too. Do you like Kevin’s artistic food presentation?

7:30 p.m. I wanted something sweet after dinner so I had a So Delicious mini coconut milk ice cream sandwich.

10:00 p.m. I had a small bowl of cereal before going to bed. If I don’t have something little before I go to sleep I’ll wake up with a growling tummy in the middle of the night. I have a bit of a cereal addiction and love to mix different types together.

Looking back on my day of food, I just realized I really lacked in the veggie department today. Since I no longer eat salads at lunch I try to eat them with my dinner, but tonight it didn’t happen. I really need to work on that tomorrow. I love my veggies and need to make them more of a priority, even when we are busy!

Myrtle Beach Marathon Training: Week 5

I had a great 5th week of training! I completed all my runs, and more importantly I felt strong during each one. I also finally got in a double digit long run for the first time since June.

Monday: Rest & hobble around. The Turkey Trot 10K that I raced hard on Saturday left me sore for days!

Tuesday: 3 miles in 28:52 (9:36 pace). Another early morning at the gym! It’s getting easier to wake up and go, I think because I have realized how good it makes me feel for the rest of the day. Totally worth the 4:30 a.m. wake-up call.

Wednesday: Rest. I decided to run on Thursday & Friday rather than Wednesday & Thursday, because we were going out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday and leaving straight from work. We had to finish packing everything up in the morning so I knew that getting up to run in addition to that would make things even more stressful.

Thursday: 3 miles in 28:00 (9:20 pace). Thanksgiving Day! I usually love going for a nice long run on Thanksgiving morning but I slept too late and had to do a quick 3 miles on my Dad’s treadmill instead. Not the most exciting run but I got it done!

Friday: 6 miles in 53:27 (8:54 pace). I went out the day after Thanksgiving with tons of excitement about running in my hometown again and lots of calories to burn… and then I started out way too fast and underestimated how hilly my town is. My mile splits were all over the place but I averaged out a sub-9 minute pace somehow. I need to re-learn how to pace myself again!

Saturday: Rest. Eat Chipotle. Eat leftovers. Drink wine. Shop. Hang out with friends. Spend time with family. 🙂

Sunday: 10 miles in 1:33:57 (9:23 pace). My first double digit run since June! I planned a big loop around my hometown that again, included a lot of hills that I somehow forgot about since last time I ran around there. I tried to maintain a more even pace than Friday and not walk up any hills. The only time I walked was when I went DOWN a really steep hill. I was afraid to run down it because it was so steep I kept having visions of myself falling and somersaulting down it. Haha! Anyway, I really started missing my two guys toward the end. There is no better feeling than coming home from a run feeling accomplished and  seeing your husband and your baby waiting for you.

Total: 22 miles! Haven’t seen weekly mileage that high in 5 months 🙂

This week of training looks similar to the last, except that my long run will be 12 miles. Moving on up 🙂

5 weeks down, 11 to go!

Very Thankful.

I can’t even explain how thankful I am this year on Thanksgiving, and every other day.

I have so much to be thankful for.

I am thankful that we were able to conceive this little boy. I’m thankful that I was able to have a healthy, active pregnancy and the birth that we wanted for him. And I am thankful for every day that we have had together so far. He fills our days with so much happiness, and I am overwhelmed with love whenever I think about him and look at his adorable little face.

I am so thankful for my family and friends. This year we spent the holiday in Pennsylvania, but I am thankful for those that love us all from around the country- in Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Oregon.

I am thankful for every fun, new milestone. Whether it’s the first smiles or the first holidays spent together. They are all special memories that I will never forget.

I am thankful for Kevin, who is the most supportive and loving husband, as well as the most amazing father. Watching him as a daddy makes my heart so happy.

I am thankful for my journey into motherhood. It has not been easy but has taught me so much about myself. I learned that it feels a lot more natural than I thought it would be, and I truly feel like I was always meant to be a mommy.

I am thankful for the food we are able to eat, and the hilarious memories we make while eating it.

I am thankful for failed family photos that make us laugh.

Most of all, I am thankful for my new little family of three. Every day when I wake up next to both my husband and my son I can’t believe that this is my life. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I know that I will never take what I have for granted.

So very thankful.

Myrtle Beach Marathon Training: Week 4

This week started out slow for me but ended on an awesome note! I PRed at the Turkey Trot 10K, and I am fully recovered from my fall last week. Time to get back to my original training plan! Woo hoo!

Monday: Rest & recover from fall.

Tuesday: Rest. Another day of rest. I probably could have run, but I was still feeling some pain when I bent my knees so I decided to wait one more day.

Wednesday: 3 miles in 25:21 (8:27 pace). Oh, it is SO hard to get myself up at 4:30 a.m. to go to the gym. But I never, ever regret it. It makes me feel so much better throughout the day if I get a run in before work. This was supposed to be 6 miles, but- 1) I would have had to wake up at 3:30 a.m. for that to happen, and 2) I wanted to take it easy because this was my first run since my fall. My knees felt fine and I was so excited to be back at it.

Thursday: 3 miles in 28:11 (9:23 pace). Another early morning and boring treadmill run! Having good music helps take some of the boredom away but treadmill running is still very difficult for me. After the run I went into the locker room and as I walked past one of the mirrors I remembered a picture I had taken 10 weeks ago- in the exact same outfit! I’m just a little smaller now 🙂 Actually it looks like I had a balloon under my shirt that I deflated. Haha!

Friday: Rest. 

Saturday: 6.2 miles in 49:35 (7:59 pace). The Turkey Trot 10K that ended in a surprise PR- 9 weeks after giving birth! Nobody was as shocked as I was about this. I decided to push myself for the first time since finding out I was pregnant last January, and the results were amazing! Maybe I’ll have to add some speed work into this training plan after all 🙂

Sunday: Rest. I was SO SORE! It’s been a long time since I ran hard like that and I was definitely feeling the effects of it.

Total: 12.2 miles

I’m feeling anxious to get some longer runs under my belt. I was supposed to do 10 miles the week I fell and then I had to skip it. Then I had the 10K planned for this past weekend so I knew that would be considered my ‘long run’. This weekend I’m going to shoot for 10 again. Double digits here I come!!!

4 weeks down, 12 to go!

Turkey Trot 10K

Today I ran my first post partum race, the Turkey Trot 10K, 9.5 weeks after Baby Kevin was born! This race is part of the Marine Corps Marathon event series, and I was really excited about it because the races are always really well done and a lot of fun. I was also looking forward to it because all 3 of us would be racing- including Baby K in the stroller! We all woke up bright and early this morning and got dressed and ready for the race. It was chilly outside (in the 40s) so we made sure to bundle up the baby and bring the weather shield for the stroller. He looked so cute (and big!) in his warm fuzzy outfit!

The race took place on the Quantico Marine Corps Base, which isn’t far from where we live. We got there quickly and found two of our friends, Danielle and Cassandra, who were also running. After a few quick photos we made our way to the start line.

Unfortunately we parked in the wrong place, and ended up having to walk over a mile to the start! There were ‘Event Parking’ signs close to where we had parked for the Gender Defender 5K this past August, so we assumed it was starting in the same place. We were wrong. By the time we got there the race had already started, and they were gating off the start area and sending the sweep van to follow the last runners. Oops!!! It was quite a sight to see us all sprinting to make it in time, but we did. It definitely got the blood flowing earlier than expected!

Going into this race I wasn’t sure what to expect from myself. I started running again 5 weeks ago but have been taking it pretty easy, and I knew (or I guess I should say I thought) my speed was nowhere near where it used to be pre-pregnancy. Once I started running I felt really good, and decided I was going to push myself. It has been a LONG time since I’ve been able to do that while running and it felt amazing! I started off fast, maybe a little too fast, but it felt effortless so I went with it.

  • Mile 1 – 8:02
  • Mile 2 – 7:37

The course definitely was not flat- hardly anywhere in Virginia is- but hills have always been one of my strengths so I tried to attack them without losing too much speed. It was kind of awesome starting all the way in the back and passing so many people. It motivated me to run even faster! I grabbed a water cup around mile 2 and inhaled some up my nose as I tried to drink it. I didn’t bring a water bottle like I usually do and I regretted it almost immediately. I would have liked to have easier access to water when I needed it- I was really thirsty!

After the water stop I hit a turn around point and headed back in the direction I had just come from. Right before mile 3 I ran past Kevin and Danielle. They had decided to run together and it was so awesome to see them. We excitedly took pictures of each other before continuing on our way 🙂

  • Mile 3 – 7:52

I hit the halfway point around 24:10, and I remember thinking that I kind of wish this race was a 5K because I would have crushed my current PR (23:07). I was holding back a bit for the second half of the race and I knew I could have run faster! But I continued on my way, starting to feel the effects of running so fast (for me) and being thirsty. I couldn’t wait for the next water stop! I should also mention that I didn’t have a chance to use the bathroom before starting to run since we were late, so I had to pee the entire time. If you have given birth, you know that afterwards there are sometimes ‘leakages’ that happen that you cannot control. Well I was leaking all over the place. Sorry for the TMI, but it’s true. Somehow, despite this I was able to hang on to another sub-8 minute mile.

  • Mile 4 – 7:58

I started hurting in the 5th mile. It was getting harder to maintain my pace and I was ready to be done. There was finally another water stop, so I took two cups and stopped to walk for a few seconds to make sure I actually drank them instead of inhaling them up my nose. The water made me feel a lot better and I was able to pick it up again… until a terrible hill that destroyed me for a minute or so. My mile 5 split was a lot slower than the previous ones but I was able to recover afterwards and picked up the speed again for mile 6. Right as I hit the 6 mile mark and headed toward the finish line I saw Danielle and Kevin on another out-and-back, which made me smile and forget about how I was hurting. I looked down at my watch and saw that there was a possibility that I could PR if I kept the pace I was running, so I booked it to the finish and claimed myself a brand new Personal Record!

  • Mile 5- 8:27
  • Mile 6- 7:47
  • Mile 6.2 -1:46
  • Finish Time – 49:35 (7:59 average pace)

I could not believe that I PRed at this race, a year after my last 10K PR, the Veterans Day 10K that we ran on our wedding weekend. Over that year I was pregnant and had a baby, and I felt like I had lost a lot of my fitness. But somehow I was able to take 24 seconds off that time at only 9.5 weeks post partum. I was so proud of myself!

I immediately got my little box of food and my Warrior Chip coin and found a place to sit and stretch. When I got up to go to the bathroom I realized (TMI alert) that I was STILL leaking pee a little bit and didn’t even realize that I was. Ugh. Thank God for black capris! Note to self: do more kegels. Just keeping it real over here! 🙂

After actually peeing in a toilet rather than all over myself I went to the finish line to wait for Kevin and Danielle. I also found Cassandra there, who had finished in 53 minutes!

They came through at 1 hour and 14 minutes- not bad for Danielle’s first 10K and Kevin’s first 10K with a stroller! That is hard work!

After the race we had some fun in the finisher’s area.

Kevin and Cassandra both wore Steelers gear and didn’t even plan it that way! Crazy!

Danielle looking for her size in a box of shirts!

We even got to go on the winners’ podium! The first place male was nice enough to let us borrow his prize for our picture, which was a frozen turkey. Good thing I didn’t win. I’ll pass on the turkey!

It was so nice to be racing as a family. I am excited to run many more races together in the future. Maybe someday little Kevin will be running alongside us rather than sleeping in the stroller the whole time!

My boys, so tired after their race 🙂

A Day in the Life of a Working Mom with a 2 Month Old

When Baby Kevin was only two weeks old I did a “Day in the Life” post describing what we did over a 24 hour period of time. After rereading it I realized that a lot has changed since then! I feel like I have more of a handle on things now that he is older (9 weeks) and a little more predictable, and I went back to work. Returning to work has brought with it a whole bunch of new challenges and a new routine, so I thought now was a good time to document my day again. Here is how I spent Tuesday night into Wednesday!

10:30 p.m. Kevin and I go to bed after a long day at work. The baby has been sleeping since 10:00. We have been trying to get to bed earlier but it’s just not happening with all that we need to get done in the evenings when we get home.

2:50 a.m. Baby wakes up and needs to eat. He slept for almost 5 hours, which is pretty normal for him at this point. We can usually get a 4-6 hours out of him during his first sleep stretch of the night.

3:10 a.m. He finishes eating and Kevin goes to change his diaper. I go back to sleep!

4:40 a.m. My alarm goes off. SO EARLY. But it’s necessary if I want to run before work. I am really trying to do this when both of my boys are asleep rather than run in the afternoons. Running in the afternoon when Kevin gets home means I have to give up quality time with my boys. Now that I’m working again I want to spend as much awake time as possible with them! Plus, I have found that I feel better, happier, and more awake on the days I wake up earlier to run, despite not getting much sleep. I get dressed and go downstairs to pump before heading to the gym. I always need to either feed the baby or pump before running to make myself more comfortable. Since the baby wasn’t awake to eat I had to pump.

5:05 p.m. I left to drive a mile to the gym.

5:10 p.m. Arrive at the gym and start running! I run 3 miles in 25:21. I was feeling speedy! I hate the treadmill, but I have to use it if I want to run in the morning. We all know I can’t run in the dark anymore! See the below evidence…

5:40 p.m. I leave the gym and come home to my still sleeping boys. I hop in the shower, wake up Kevin so he can start getting ready, and get myself ready for the day as well.

6:15 a.m. Baby wakes up! Daddy is still getting ready for work and I’m pretty much finished (except for my hair which I let air dry) so I change his diaper and get him dressed for the day. One thing hasn’t changed- he still hates getting his diaper and clothes changed!


6:20 a.m. I take the baby downstairs to feed him while Kevin makes both of us breakfast and packs our lunches.

6:40 a.m. Kevin and I eat breakfast and drink coffee while the baby hangs out next to us. For breakfast I have my favorite banana oatmeal with peanut butter and raspberries.

7:05 a.m. I finish getting ready and make sure I have everything I need- school bag, lunch, pump, water bottle- my hands are full! While I do this baby hangs out with daddy. Our babysitter arrives and we talk for a few minutes before I have to leave.

7:30 a.m. I leave for work without crying for the first time ever! Then I sit in traffic on the way there. Gotta love 95 and Northern Virginia!

8:00 a.m. I arrive at school and rush to an 8 a.m. meeting.

8:30 a.m. Left the meeting a few minutes early to pump before the kids come. I am getting better at relaxing while pumping and it doesn’t take me as long most of the time, which is good!

8:45 a.m. Finish pumping and go to my classroom when the bell rings. I don’t have any pictures from my day because I am a teacher and obviously can’t put photos of my students on here. But just know that I am very busy during the work day and basically running around like a crazy person!

10:00 a.m. The kids go to specials (P.E., music, art, library, or technology) and I head to a meeting with my fifth grade team. I eat a snack of 2 hard boiled eggs in the meeting. Ideally I would like to be able to pump during this time, but we almost always have a meeting so I can’t.

10:45 a.m. I go to pick up the kids and we get back into what we were doing before specials. In the morning I teach Language Arts and Social Studies to one class, and then after lunch I teach the same subjects to another class.

12:20 p.m. I take the kids to lunch and practically run back to my room to pump and eat. By this time I’m pretty hungry and my boobs are desperately in need of emptying. I am usually frantically trying to get things done during my 30 minute lunch, but made an effort to take it easier today because the day before I SPILLED some of my milk by trying to multi-task too much. So sad! I forgot to take a picture of my lunch but it was a leftover Smoky Sweet Potato Burger on a sandwich thin with avocado, and some carrot sticks.

12:50 p.m. We go to recess for 10 minutes and then head back inside. My afternoon class comes into my room and teaching begins.

3:30 p.m. The students are dismissed and I have one last pumping session before heading home.

4:00 p.m. I leave school and sit in traffic on the way home. I also eat a Larabar for my afternoon snack.


4:45 p.m. I finally make it home and chat with our babysitter for a few minutes. When she leaves I sit down to feed the baby and give him a million kisses!

5:25 p.m. I start making dinner with baby smiling at me in the bouncer. I also prepare bottles for the next day.


5:50 p.m. Kevin gets home from work and immediately starts helping me in the kitchen. We are having a vegetable and chickpea stir fry over brown rice with Mmm Sauce. I forgot to start cooking the rice in the rice cooker so it takes way longer than expected for dinner to be ready. In the meantime we hang out and play with the baby.

6:30 p.m. I put away a ton of asparagus that I got from school. We have a grant for a fresh fruit and veggie program that provides the students with a variety of new foods for them to try 3 times a week. It’s an awesome program but many of the students refuse to eat some of the fruit and veggies, so I am often left with a bunch of food that will otherwise be thrown away. Rather than waste it I take it home and cook it, or freeze for later. Only one student tried the asparagus, so I had A LOT to take home.

7:00 p.m. Diaper change then baby needs to eat again!

7:20 p.m. Dinner is finally ready! It is sooooo good 🙂

7:40 p.m. After dinner the baby is sleeping so I work on some stuff for school: planning, grading, etc. A little while later I eat a mini coconut-milk ice cream sandwich for dessert. My favorite non-dairy treat!

9:00 p.m. Baby wakes up! Diaper change, feeding, and some cuddling too!


9:20 p.m. I could tell that baby was ready for bed, so I went upstairs to get him ready (pajamas, swaddle, vitamin D drops, sleep sheep) while Kevin cleaned up and did dishes downstairs. After eating one more time to top off his tank he passed out.

10:00 p.m.  We start getting ready for bed now that baby is asleep. I get clothes ready for work the next day and get all my running stuff together for the gym. We also make sure I have all my pump parts and bottles washed and ready for the next day.

10:30 p.m. Mommy and daddy go to bed, and do it all over again the next day!

In case you were wondering what baby was up to while I was at work- our babysitter writes everything down for us which I LOVE! Here was how his day went after we left.

  • 7:30 a.m. Mommy & daddy leave for work and he is awake and happy.
  • 8:25 a.m. Diaper change and bottle, then awake time.
  • 9:45 a.m. Long nap!
  • 12:00 p.m. Baby wakes up- diaper change and bottle, followed by happy awake time.
  • 1:30 p.m. Another diaper change- poop this time! He only goes every 2 days now.
  • 1:45 p.m. Nap
  • 2:00 p.m. Awake! It was only a short cat nap.
  • 2:30 p.m. Bottle, then awake time.
  • 3:40 p.m. Diaper change then nap
  • 4:00 p.m. And he’s awake again. Not sure what’s going on with these super short cat naps but he seems to be waking himself up. Hmm…
  • 4:45 p.m. Mommy’s home!

Once he is 3 months old we are going to try to get him on more of a schedule when it comes to sleeping. All the books I have read suggest waiting until this time, so we’re going with the flow until then. I like doing these day in the life posts every couple of months to see how things have changed, so I’ll do another one in a month or two!

24 Hour Totals

  • # of feedings: 9
  • # of diaper changes: 8
  • # of outfit changes: 2
  • # of hours of sleep for mom: ~6 hours
  • # of hours of sleep for baby: ~13 hours (usually a little more but he skipped his long afternoon nap)
  • # of hours spent nursing: 2 hours
  • # of hours spent pumping: 1 hour 20 minutes