Friday, June 29, 2018

Short Run on a Long Day 5k - First stroller 5k

Happy Friday! Going to be a hot weekend in Chicago (mid-90's) and looking ahead, next week will be close to the same. I don't mind personally but it's too hot to push the baby in the stroller in that weather.

Last week, I participated in the Short Run Long Day 5k for the 6th year in a row. I love this race for a few reasons. It's in the town I live in and is only a hop-skip-jump away! I can find parking right near the start. My run group FNRC is a HUGE presence at this run. Which basically means...lots of my friends are there! Every where I looked from the minute I got out of the car, I saw gold FNRC. Even the volunteers! It was so fun!

Frankfort/New Lenox Running Club
(Timmy and I are front right - not in stroller)
When I signed up for the run, which is on a Wednesday evening, I forgot my husband was going to be out of town for work. I had planned to bring Timmy anyway but thought I'd have my husband for "help" with the baby if I needed it. Oh well...I was going to try it anyway. He loves the stroller but never ran 3 miles with it before.

Actually long story short, we ran it, we finished, he fussed a little in the third mile but nothing a little "Elvis" couldn't handle.  My friends seemed to all love him and I enjoy bringing him out every once in a while so everyone can see him. He really is a cutie!
Friends (Jill, Julie & Melanie)
I ran 3:1 intervals with a couple friends. I had very low expectations going into this race with the jogging stroller. I only ran with it twice and only up to 2 miles. And it was HARD! But, it seemed easier running with my friends, we kept a pretty decent pace (for me with the stroller), and we stayed with our intervals the whole time. I was pretty tired by the end but very happy with the run itself.

Almost finished!

"Mommy, why are you so sweaty?"
All in all, it was a successful run. I'm much slower than I was prior to having the baby but I'm actually working my way back up a bit and noticing some progress. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Almost 1 year! - Short Update

Wow! It's been 11 months since I last posted. I was 37 weeks pregnant and getting pretty uncomfortable by the end of that week and the beginning of 38 weeks. I remember thinking I needed to do an update for you all and ... then it happened. My water broke (started leaking) at work. Sorry for the mental image (for all the men). lol

I actually have typed out a birth story but never posted it yet. Ha! Life is CRAZY!  I'll finish that up one of these days. Maybe for his 1st birthday!

But quickly, my little bundle of joy was born on July 28, 2017 at 3:17 p.m. Meet Timothy James Taylor.

He is almost 11 months old now and a cute little handful!

A LOT has happened in the past 11 months. Some good and some not so good. The not-so-good is unrelated to Timmy. I plan on touching on that at some point in the near future. But for now, I wanted to give a quick update to hopefully return to blogging a bit more.

Hope you are all having a great summer!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pregnancy Update - Weeks 35 & 36

I wrote this at the end of 36 weeks, just never posted it.  (I'm currently 37 weeks 3 days)...eeeekkk!!!

How far along/size of baby: I turned 36 weeks on July 9th and according to Baby Center (which at this point is definitely not accurate since all babies are growing at different rates at this stage, baby weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18.5 inches long, about the length of a head of romaine lettuce (where do they get this stuff??).  However, I'm convinced my baby is a giant so I'm sure he's 12 pounds by now!

(I'll post my week 36 photos first. My week 35 photos are from the maternity photos I took and will be a bit below!)
36 Weeks

Work Selfie - 36 weeks 4 days
Sleep: I do have some good nights where I wake a few times but I sleep pretty good. Still having some bad nights where I'm up constantly. It's pretty 50/50. But I'm definitely more uncomfortable sleeping now. Turning over is hard, getting up is hard. I breathe like I just worked out when I'm trying to get comfortable in bed. lol. But all in all, I'd say it's a bit better than it was a month ago.

Best moment of the past 2 weeks:  My friend Jill (she's so awesome) took my maternity photos for us so that's exciting. Getting them back was even more exciting! We don't have many pregnancy photos of me and my husband so it's definitely nice to have. I mostly just have my weekly updates. So thank you Jill!!
Maternity - Bump Shot

With the man behind the bump!
(Literally, he's behind my bump... get it...never mind)
Miss anything:  Everything right now. But it doesn't bother me. It will be over soon. And I think I'm going to miss having this baby in my belly sometimes.

Movement: Yes very often! I wasn't sure a few weeks ago but since then, the baby definitely moves much more. I don't necessarily see the outward huge movements but it's more inside. Baby is just running out of room.

Symptoms: Feet/ankle swelling. It actually was a little better in week 35 but week 36 is back to some of it's old tricks.

I also wasn't sure if I was feeling Braxton Hicks contractions or the baby moving. I'm still not sure. I thought BH but now...I don't know. Clueless first-timer here.

Looking forward to: My next Doctor appointment on Thursday. I had one this week (36 week) and the doctor said I was dilated to 2 cm (!!) and head was low. That made me convinced I was going to have this baby any minute and freaked me out royally earlier this week. Granted I could stay this way for a few weeks but I'm anxious to get back to the doctor after 10 days and see where I'm at.

Food Cravings or Aversions:  None.

Belly button in or out: In. And should stay that way. Sorry hubby.

Wedding rings on or off: Off now. Both my engagement ring and wedding band. I don't like it but it is what it is.

Running/Working Out:  No more running. I stopped after my last 5k on June 21st. I did try to come back out of retirement around the beginning of July but decided it's better not to push anything.

I've been walking 2-3 times per week mostly. Although this week since I was so freaked out about going into labor early, I skipped a few days and "rested". Although resting turned into nesting and did some cleaning that needed to get done.  I really haven't done any other exercising because I'm lacking motivation. I guess it's ok now that I'm nearing the end anyway. Getting some rest in.