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Before, after, after: 2 months postpartum

The ability of the human body is amazing, especially one’s skin. 2 months ago I was stretchy and vein-y (39 weeks).

Week 39_aAfter 4 weeks, I was at my “set” weight. I say set weight because this is the weight I could easily maintain without really working out and eating a SAD (standard American diet).

2WeeksPostTwo months postpartum and I’m still pretty much at the same weight, give or take a couple of pounds either way.

DSCN4748The difference now is that I’m firming up which is slightly more evident from the front.

2WeeksPost_bI was a sweaty betty in these photos but I had a moment. Those moments don’t come very often these days!

DSCN4749Squeezing a workout in has been extremely more difficult this time. At night I’m exhausted (I have to do the bedtime routine solo); and now that I’m back at work part-time, I prefer to sleep in until baby wakes me…well after a 5am feed, burp and pump, it’s basically time to get ready for work, then little bug’s brekkie, pump again on both sides (I have a manual pump for now) and it’s out the door AND I’m still late for work. Whew, I’m tired just thinking of the morning. I TOTALLY get it now when friends have said, “you really become a parent when you have two.” I get it, I get it.

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It’s so much fun though! Never a dull moment, never a completely clean house or face 😉

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DSCN4743When I do get the time to workout, it’s either an Insanity workout or run; Saturday through Tuesday are the best days for me. Here are the workouts from the past week.

Sat: 30 min run
Sun: 2 mile run
Mon: Insanity Workout – Pure Cardio and 25 min walk
Tue: Inanity Workout – Cardio Recovery
Wed: 15 min hilly run
Thu: off
Fri: off

I bitch and moan like my world is going to end because I can’t sweat it out most days but it’s MY me time. I NEED this. But you know what, it’s not the end of the world. I DO have better things to do!

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Above is a rare occasion where we were all together at night and I could get a pic with my babies. I have tired eyes, greasy hair, probably smelly clothes but luckily the kiddos don’t say anything…yet! I love a good snuggle 🙂 xoxo

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Pregnancy Nook: before, before and after

2 1/2 weeks postpartum already! The hormones have finally evened out and my “birthing muscles” don’t feel as if they are going to fall out anymore! It is time to start some form of a workout plan and say/write this because I NEED to do something just for ME that involves getting out of the house.  From little bug enjoying my time off work (play with me mommy), to working on the house and getting ready for the in-laws to visit, and regular mommy chores and the fact that I can’t be away from baby C any longer than a couple of hours due to nursing…it’s a crazy state of always being busy. So the unfortunate part here is that I really have to plan to make these workouts happen; once I’m done nursing, it’s shoes-on and out the door…no time for doddling!

I have worked out a whopping 2 times. Workout 1 was a 30 minute walk with the stroller 4 days after birth…not a good idea about 8 hours after the fact. My pushing muscles were aching and I thought they were going to fall out…plus my hormones were up and down like a roller coaster and I ended up staying in bed for about 12 hours that next day. Workout 2 was a stroller jog with little bug on Sunday…a huge success and this motivated me to start-up again! 

Plan of attack: I’m keeping this simple, workout every other day with a focus on running/walking and lots of pelvic floor exercises. The pelvic floor exercises will not only help get the “birthing muscles” back in shape but also help flatten the belly and make running a heck of a lot easier (and safer). 

For fun here are the before, before, after pics.

5 weeks pregnant:
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39 weeks pregnant (4 days before baby C was born): weight gain was 28 lbs doctor’s scale, 26 pounds home scale.

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2 weeks postpartum: down about 16 pounds so about 9 to 10 pounds to go if I want to hit pre-pregnancy weight.

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Luckily nursing is going to suck most the weight off but I know that about 5 will stay on due to nursing and needing extra fat. I’m not super concerned about the weight, I just want to be active again. It feels as though I’m glued to the recliner and boppy all day! I crave movement!

On the family front…I AM loving this time around SO much more! The ease and confidence have helped the transition into mommyhood of two. Hubby and I are beaming!!

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Pregnancy Nook: Highlights of Week 38

May 8-14th, 2013

Welcome to Week 38…any day now right?
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Labor Signs:
Baby has dropped and there is a lots of pressure. LOTS of pressure. I feel like the baby is going to burst out of my crotch when this happens. It’s not painful at all, just a TON of pressure. The pinching kind of contractions are happening when I’m active and on my feet, especially during runs. My stomach looks like a giant purple spiderweb as my tummy veins are so bright and purple it’s almost alien-like! My body is getting weak and tired much quicker than normal 😦 boo hoo!

Baby still moves like it’s on a constant caffeine high, heartburn is still terrible. I thought the heartburn was supposed to lessen as the baby dropped, whatever.

Nutrition Nook:
I’ve been craving smoothies and fruit all week. I cracked open the juicer as well as made large batches of strawberry/pineapple and Green Monster smoothies. Another big comeback has been cottage cheese! I love it with pineapple or used as a salad topping instead of dressing!

Baby Prep:
Hubby and I worked together to make a few batches of food to freeze (oatmeal muffins and Sheppard’s pie) and we are stocked up on various meats like whole chicken, local beef, natural chicken-dogs and a giant ham! I double checked the hospital bags and so the only bag needing packed with be little bug’s overnight bag for the grandparents.

I’m still listening to Pregtastic almost every morning while getting ready for work. I never get bored with listening to the labor stories!

I’ve been attempting to rest more and take more baths to relax at night. I usually go all-out one night with projects and then take it easy the next night with 1 small project.

Names are officially picked out. Hubby changed his up slightly in regards to the middle name but the baby will have a name right away. (Again, I pick out the girl’s and he picks the boy’s name)!

Week 38 Workouts:
Because of the pressure, running hasn’t been the most comfortable activity but it’s not painful yet.
Wed: 40 min run/walk, 5 min stretch
Thu: AM= 10 min walk and 10 min stretch; PM= 3 mile lunch run with bit of walking
Fri: REST
Sat: 30 min power walk; 10 min stretch
Sun: 20 min hike and 20 min walk
Mon: 40 run with a bit of walking; 10 min stretch
Tue: REST

Week 38 Highlights:
-My boss and his wife had their first baby…a boy (it was a surprise for them). Needless to say, now they are antsy to find out what we are having!

-Mother’s Day! Hubby and little one got me a massage! Because hubby had to work all day, it was a mommy-daughter day and a wonderful outdoor day at that which included hiking, a picnic and playtime followed by a BBQ at my parents.
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Tuesday was a great date night with hubby. We crossed off many to-do items and then celebrated by going out to eat!

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Could this perhaps be our last date night for a while…hopefully the next date night will include a giant glass of wine for me!

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Pregnancy Nook: Highlights of Week 37

May 1-7, 2013

Baby’s coming soon and I feel ready. Bags are packed, car is clean, house coming together well and front yard is almost done with the very good start to the back.

Week 37 Lows: getting little bug’s cold 😦
Night time potty breaks have gone from once a night to about 5 times
Real contractions but short length (yes I do call this a low as I didn’t get any pre-term contractions with the 1st)

Week 37 Highlights: taking little bug to her first circus! I forgot how amazing American circuses are!
Still being able to run!
Finally getting to go out for our anniversary which was over 2 months ago!
Every single extra day with little bug before she becomes a big sis

DSCN4225Size-wise: I still don’t wear “maternity” clothing except for what’s been handed down in larger sizes or given to me. I have come to love my layers tanks from the GAP which transform most outfits from unusable to tolerable. With all the amazing dresses I was given in Spain, as well as the versatile stretchy skinny jeans there’s been no need to buy extra. I don’t even remember the last new item of clothing I bought. If I need anything it’s actually a new pair of running shoes as mine are shot!

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Week 37 Workouts: Yay for still working out. I gave up doing burpees as I could visualize baby getting pissed off with me when I performed them. I wish I’d have more time to do weight training but between carrying a toddler and all the yard work, my arms are anything but lazy!
Wed: 48 min Insanity workout
Thu: Run/walk 3.5 miles
Fri: ?
Sat: REST
Sun: REST
Mon: 30 min power walk
Tue: 4.2 mile run

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37WeeksWeek 37 Stats
Gain: 25 pounds (doctor’s scale)
Stretch marks: none
Most consumed food: chips and salad (usually together so it feels like I’m eating nachoes)
Most Interesting Craving: Horseradish sauce on anything
Best meal: Steak
What I want most days: any other liquid besides water

As I finish up this post and starting Week 39 in a couple of days, I wonder if I’ll get another blog in? 🙂  We shall see!

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Pregnancy Nook: Highlights of Week 35 & 36

Week 35: April 17-23
Week 36: April 24-30

Ravenous appetite, amplified heartburn, late nights, landscaping progress…I’m STILL enjoying pregnancy and loving home ownership  Around this time is when I feel most are just “done” being pregnant; not this gal. This baby needs to keep on cookin and getting cute and fat. I still have plenty of room and don’t really feel stretched yet. I think I’m one of those people who’s built for pregnancy, it’s sad to think that this will be our last.

All spare time — whatever that means — is spent decorating the new house and now working on the front and back yards. Hubby is now an expert and getting stumps out!
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Little bug LOVES being outside helping…aka getting super dirty!

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Excited about…
-finishing the kitchen! Glass panels and final shelving came Friday; all that’s left is a new over-range micro wave!
-finishing the baby room:  rug and a very other decor items are all that’s needed

Baby Nook:
-Baby’s decides to stick it’s heel out anytime I’m on the phone at work…which is a lot of my day. Silly billy.
-Hospital bags are packed
-Birth plan has been revised
-Head is down and heartrates remain in the high 120s and 130s
-I am so excited for labor because of my doctor; she’s excellent and we are completely on the same page in regards to labor progress and procedures

I’m feeling…
– so fortunate that I’m sleeping so well. I’ve had 2 awful nights of sleep this entire pregnancy! I usually need only one bathroom break (compared to 4-5 with little bug)
– not ready. I’m not ready mentally or emotionally. I am snuggling with, carrying and holding my little girl as much as possible. We are pals and I’m scarred of MY reaction to the new baby. Little bug’s so excited and SHE is ready for a new little buddy to play with. (She goes on and on about how she’s going to teach it to jump on the bed and play snap!)
-amazing. I love being pregnant, that’s all there is to say (except the heartburn)

Workouts Week 35:
Wed: 35 min run/walk and stretch
Thu: 10 min Insanity warm-up and 10 min prenatal yoga
Fri: 30 min run/walk and stretch
Sat: REST
Sun: REST
Mon: 35 min run/walk and stretch
Tue: 20 min Insanity Cardio power workout

Workouts Week 36:
Wed: 30 min Insanity Cardio power workout, 2.5 mile lunch run/walk and stretch
Thu: 5 min warm-up, 5 min stretch, 4 mile run/walk, 10 min misc standing pilates exercises
Fri: 4.2 mile run to work (Run to Work Day)
Sat: 6+ hours heavy yard work
Sun: 2+ hours light yard work
Mon: 45 min walk and stretch
Tue: REST

Week 35 Belly Pic:
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Week 36 Belly Pic: it’s all about the angles
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Time’s a tick-in as I start week 38 tomorrow; I think to myself it could be any day now but I’ll take each day as it comes. The preparation is completely different from baby 1. I’m already a Mom so I’m not anxious, nervous or full of anticipation; I’m not rushing to get the baby out or doing all the so-called tricks to make the baby come out. The baby is probably a Type A like myself and has it’s own agenda…I’m just excited to find out if it’s a little boy or girl!

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Runners Nook: Supporting Run to Work Day 2013

What did you do this morning?

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I supported Run to Work Day 2013! Thanks to this blog and the nice weather…AND my insane stubbornness to stop running, I knew I MUST take part!

With only 1 potty break and a 2 minute walk break during a large hill, I’m proud to say I chugged along the entire 4.2 miles for a time of 48 minutes with a 5 minute warm-up and cool-down.

Now I get to be lazy all day 😉

Have a fantastic weekend! I will be outside soaking in the sun and working on our yard. I’ve never been so excited to get dirty and gross!

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Bits + Pieces

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This weekend was filled with lots of shopping for the house on Saturday and then staying home to work on projects on Sunday. BUT somewhere in middle I squeezed in something I’ve been wanting to do with little bug for ages…take her to a fancy restaurant for dessert! With Care Bear playing cards in hand we set on a very special mommy daughter outing to the Wine Cellar. I can’t believe in about a month this will all change.

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I love the “place” our little family is in right now — we have a great routine that seems to work, little bug is so happy and truly a good little girl, hubby and I somehow keep the flame sparked even with our lack of seeing each other and every day is really an adventure (or comedy)…mostly due to the a certain toddler. But as I look at my belly, I’m baffled that this pregnancy is almost over and we’ll be starting again. Sharing love is hard enough between the two, how does one share even more!

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And if there is a dull moment, lame stuff like this happens 🙂 Hubby is sure making up for never having to shovel before!DSCN4168[1]

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Pregnancy Nook: Highlights of Week 34

April 10-16, 2013

So close, yet so far away.

Thoughts and stuff…
After sleeping-in 3 days, checking my alarm clock was a smart choice. It was turned off; this resulted in minimal workouts and being very stiff and a bit cranky on a few days. Not good especially with carrying the extra weight.

I feel like my growing belly could really start to hamper on projects around the house and with a yard that needs a huge makeover, I’m not thrilled with the snow. If it was just a few degrees warmer it’d be rain 😦

I have a feeling this baby will come early. Please stay in there baby until at least 39 1/2 weeks!!!

Week 34 Highlights:
-Getting the baby’s room ready. Ironing the tiny clothes is so fun! Little bug is talking about the baby more each day. We try to have a little discussion each night at story time.

-Starting my freezer meals! I prepped one last week “World’s Best Chicken” and this week plan on prepping an additional as well as making a turkey and dividing the meat up for the endless possibilities that come with turkey leftovers!!

-Using my new kitchen more! In one night we made homemade bread, juiced, prepared a full supper, made homemade applesauce and baked oatmeal muffins! Even though the kitchen not quite finished, I’m feeling back to my normal cooking self! My little helper loves all the changes too!

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-Girls night out! I had the BEST meal I’ve had since our last weekend in Spain, (Zoi Zois, July 2011). Good food and good conversation does wonders for the soul!

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Week 34 Low:
We JUST realized that with my nephew’s graduation on the weekend of May 17-19th (6 1/2 hours away), my parents may not be in town for the birth (due date is the 22nd). Back-up overnight care for our girl has been taken care of, but to potentially not have my mom around really bums me out. I just have this feeling that baby is coming on the 17th or 18th. I’m not going to stress out about it, but I’m still allowed to be bummed.

Week 34 Workouts:
Wed: None
Thu: Lazy Bum
Fri: Likes to Sleep
Sat: Getting lazier
Sun: 30 min Jillian Michael’s workout (Cardio 2 Phase 2)
Mon: AM=5 min warm-up, 10 min prenatal yoga; 30 min lunch walk
Tue: 30 min treadmill lunch walk, 15 min stretch

Nutrition Nook:
I’m a bit obsessed with getting my veggies in, preferably spinach. I can go through the big tubs on my own in about 8-9 days. The lazy method is to just throw some in Tupperware with other random leftovers and have it as a big salad for lunch. Other, more planned out uses are either in a Green Monster smoothie or to whip up some creamed spinach (yum) with cream cheese and cheese.

Cravings for this week would be in the Nacho category. If there is a way for me to have nachos, I will find that way.

I’m upping my protein intake because my body is telling me I need the extra calories and since the veggie and fruit category are topped off pretty well, protein is my best bet for what my body really needs right now. I’m getting about 1 full serving or 1 1/2 servings a day now.  I love the fulfilling effect animal protein has but I just don’t care for it unless it’s in the form of taco meat or a burger. Laziness, simple and pure laziness.

Belly Pics: none to report of, sorry. With sleeping in, pics took a backseat! This is a little peak from last night…this shirt does wonders!
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Have a great weekend! I’ll be spending mine enjoying my little bug and hopefully accomplishing many, many indoor decorating and organizing projects!
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Pregnancy Nook: Highlights of Week 33

April 3-9, 2013

As I see the endless white fluffy snow on the ground and everywhere, I can’t believe that I was running outside last week during Week 33! 33Weeks_runMy bump and appetite may be growing rapidly but my ambition and motivation has also exceeded my expectations for this 3rd trimester. Energy levels continue to INCREASE, I feel this is due to the excitement of home improvements and progress as well as the lovely weather that was brought during this time.

We are pretty much gutting our back yard with the help of my parents. The good old fashion hard work and dirty sweat have been literally a breath of fresh air!

Week 33 Highlights:
All day Saturday (race and spending quality time with my little girl)
Snow day on Tuesday. I’m so glad we finally got some moisture, not only for our lawn but more importantly for the farmers.

Week 33 Lows: NONE, it was a great week!

Week 33 Symptoms: heartburn, increase in braxton hicks

Week 33 Cravings: cookies (now that Lent is over) and either lemony desserts or desserts in general. A good trick though is that your body is actually craving protein when you think you want sweets; therefore, I’ve been having a few spoonfuls of greek yogurt when I think I’m craving cookies

Nutrition Nook: With a 100% functional kitchen, I’ve been working on getting used to cooking again! Let me tell you, we definitely got into a groove of eating the same few meals that involved little preparation and then one day I thought, what am I thinking, our kitchen is pretty much complete and ready to use (pics to come as soon as we get the last few bits)! I’ve been reading up on all the “cook ahead” pins and freezer meals that I want to start getting prepared but we have one little problem…or should I say 2 little problems.

Yup, that’s 2 turkeys! They were free and they have been hanging out with us for 5 months now. I think it’s time I cook my first turkey, what do you think?

Here’s a rundown of my typical nutrition this week:
Breakfast: greek yogurt with berries or overnight oats
Snack: apples, cuties or bananas
Lunch: “Nacho” salad made with spinach, spicy cheese, crushed up chips and salsa
Snack: PB, milk, more fruit and something crunchy like cereal
Supper: kid friendly foods lately like eggs, chicken crockpot meals, carrots, sweet potatoes

Week 33 Workouts:
I was more than excited about my increased running and getting used to working out at the new house. Because I’m lighter and “empty” in the morning, I prefer to exercise in the morning. After little bug heads to bed my tummy feels like it’s going to explode and the thought of fast movements or burpees is not appealing to me or my lovely heartburn. But here is what I did accomplish this week in the workout world.

Wed: 30 min morning workout
Thu: 20 min run with 5 min warm-up and cool-down; outside work in the yard for 40 minutes
Fri: AM: 20 min workout (insanity warm-up, weights and stretching); 30 min run “runch”
Sat: 4 mile race + 2 additional miles walking
Sun: REST
Mon: REST
Tue: 10 min insanity warm-up, Burpee Challenge (I started at 5 instead of 10), Trouble Area Workout (1 time through but I jogged in place for 20 seconds between each exercise), prenatal yoga stretch= total time about 40 minutes

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Work Belly Bumps: 29 and 33 weeks (both 2nd pregnancies). Having 2 pregnant co-workers has been so enjoyable. From moods, cravings and symptoms…it’s wonderful having someone to talk with daily who literally knows exactly how you are feeling and thinking!

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Additional thoughts:
Boy or Girl? No clue, time will tell. I’m leaning towards girl (today); I just don’t know. The kicks are movments are similiar to little bug’s but stronger.

I know that once this baby is born my whole world will center around a fun summer of maternity leave with the kids (the Black Hills in the summer is pure awesomeness), but I really do hope I can document my journey back to “getting the pre-baby body back.” As a fitness nerd I do find it fascinating and inspiring to see “real” people get back into pre-pregnancy shape and I hope to be one of those people. I would have liked to document this pregnancy better but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. We bought a house, which was not expected, and I’d much rather make sure I have a home to bring this baby to come May. We shall see though. I would love to do the Crazy Horse 1/2 Marathon in October but I don’t know how nursing and long distance training would work into the schedule.

In the meantime, I’ll keep plugging along with the endless to-do lists and savoring every moment as a mommy of 1! Check out the senior picture pose here!

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Pregnancy Nook: Baby Week

Welcome to Baby Week! The paint brushes are out, clothes and blankets are sorted into respective piles and lists have been made.
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With the ever-so-lovely spring weather…Baby Week was moved forward. Case in point.
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Here’s our canvas for the nursery:

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To-Do:
Paint (yay for my mom being here)
Make inital art pieces (we have 3 names picked out so I will just make “initial” art hangings for the wall)
Hang curtains and order blackout blinds
Wash old and new clothing and blankets
Scrub-up the Gracco stroller, car seat and bases
Scrub down all little bug’s baby gear we’re reusing
Organize closet
Organize chest of drawers
Organize diaper area
Wipe down baby toys
Stock feeding station
Sterilize
Make list of freezer meals to make
Assemble any new baby gear


Luckily, today is a snow day for work AND I have the best helper!
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Tick, tock, tick, tock!

Happy Snow Day!
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