Things I Couldn’t Say At The Time

Background – I thought I would keep a blog of when I knew I was pregnant to the time I announced it. I anticipate a lot of changes and feelings along the way and I don’t want to miss out on capturing them.

10.03.2012 – Day 1 of Knowing Officially

Agh! This is so amazing!!! So first, I knew something was up, but I thought it was just the start of the ole monthly time. I was SUPER crabby! Rob said I was so crabby I was all claws, but that at least crab claw meat is the sweetest. πŸ™‚ I had been feeling really tired, fevery, bloated and irritable for a few days. But I ran a good half marathon the past Saturday (baby’s first half marathon – check!). So last night I just had a really off day, tired and grouchy I started my run on the treadmill and the treadmill broke! It has been acting janky, the belt has been dead stopping mid-run and the console otherwise looks fine. So then I threw on my Garmin and headed out the door. My legs were dead. I felt so sluggish that I bagged it after 2.5 miles and came inside to ride my bike for a bit. I felt so off that I thought I better take a test first thing in the morning and then BOOM! Our lives have completely changed and Rob and I will be meeting our new best friend in 9 months!!

Us out at dinner knowing we will be parents!

The Chicago Marathon is this Sunday and I will be writing about it like any other race, but won’t be able to explain at the time that how I pace and how I feel is really cause I’m pregnant. Rob’s considering running with me. He’s worried that if I feel bad or anything that he wouldn’t be there to help me. So we have to talkΒ  about that. Plus Goofy Challenge is in January, which we will definitely run together. Without yet having my doctor appointment I suspect that I will be 4.5 months pregnant at the time.

Β 10.09.2012 – Doctor officially confirms the news on 10.08!

10.07 – The Chicago Marathon didn’t go as planned. Mile 9 my right calf and hamstring were VERY tight and I knew the last 17 miles would be painful. As expected my pace slowed with each mile as it became a struggle. I made one potty stop at Mile 19 and the stopping running did make it even harder as my muscles tightened up more. The one thing that got me through it was knowing this was our baby’s first marathon. I wanted this race to be a story of prevailing and not giving up so I hobbled my way through the finish. Baby’s first marathon, done!

10.08 – It was practically high fives all around when Rob and I went to the doctor office. They were amazed by my age that I got pregnant so quickly. Rob and I had just started trying at the end of June and here we are having our talk about our baby! Based on dates we have guestimate that we are 5 weeks along and a tentative birth date of June 8th! How exciting!!! The medical personnel seemed amazed with my activity level and nutrition and really just say keep doing all the things I’m doing. I’m only told to stop activity if I notice cramping/bleeding, which seems like a no brainer. Also, I intend to not improve upon my fitness, but keep my workouts moderate at a conversational level. I’ve been foam rolling my calf and hamstring and it is improving. I may get a sports massage, but I’m hopeful I won’t need physical therapy. We will see if I’m able to run the Rock and Roll St. Louis Half Marathon in two weeks. Rob is going to run every race that I run with me through the rest of the pregnancy. He wants to be right there in case anything didn’t feel right. Our treadmill broke and we have an order in for a new console and belt. It will take probably 3 weeks before we have it working again so any running I do will be outside or at the gym for awhile.

First month – 6 weeks in this picture

10.27.2012 – 8 Weeks!

I’m barely fitting into my pants. My clothes can’t handle much more than a 5 pound weight gain and it’s going to be time to get new clothes.

Rob and I had a great time running Rock and Roll St. Louis Half Marathon even though my leg wasn’t ready for all of the hills. Plus we bought our first baby clothing item!

Rob and I also started getting a baby registry together! It’s a great way to make a list of things we need to get. Plus we get front row parking since I’m preggo. πŸ™‚

Our 8 week doctor appointment is Monday! We can’t wait!!

10.29.2012 – First sonogram!

Sweet baby showed right up on the sonogram real quick! Heart beating at 162 BPM and we could see the head, arms, legs and little remainder of tail. πŸ™‚ They say by length they guestimate 7 Weeks 6 Days, putting our estimated due date from June 8th to the 11th. We’ve heard these fluctuations in date estimates will occur along the way. πŸ™‚

I haven’t gotten sick yet (knock on wood) and have only felt queasy a few times. Hopefully I will get by not getting fully sick.

My running has just been okay. I’m enjoying running and Β my legs feel good, but potty stops have taken over and I’m only able to make it 5-7 miles before needing to take a pit stop.

Peace people – well actually just saying 2 Months! πŸ™‚

First baby picture!

And the news is out!!! We can’t wait any longer and had to share the news! I’m so excited to share the journey of being pregnant and running. If you have tips to share please post them! I appreciate your advice!

19 thoughts on “Things I Couldn’t Say At The Time

  1. Just wanted to say congrats! (I’m a frequent reader, but I hardly ever comment). I am actually 40weeks1day pregnant myself, and have managed to run my entire pregnancy. I just did 3 miles today as a matter of fact πŸ™‚ My tips: don’t be too hard on yourself when it comes to pace. I was never as fast as you (my marathon PR is 4:11), but my run today was 12-12:30 min/mile. I have slowly watched my pace fall off as the weeks ticked by. It used to bother me a lot, but I have to remind myself that ANY level of activity is great for me and baby, and if I do nothing but walk each day, that is still OK! Also, I eventually got a under-the-belly support belt at 34 weeks, and I think that has really helped me the past month. Enjoy it, I have absolutely cherished the time on the road with just me and my little guy πŸ™‚ Congrats again!


    1. OMG you are my running inspiration! I hope to be running up to the end, that is outstanding!! Thank you for the advice! It will be a mind shift to feel so much slower. Good luck with your labor! Gotta be any day now huh?


  2. i have goosebumps and am BEYOND thrilled for you guys!!! i cant WAIT to follow your journey to parents!!! brings tears to my eyes!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  3. I’m so incredibly happy for you. You will be an excellent mommy! And with and Rob both being runners, your little fella or girly will be totally speedy! Hoping you continue to feel good throughout, CONGRATS!


  4. First off, congratulations!!!!!!!!!! I always wondered if you and Rob planned to have a family.

    Secondly, my due date with Anna was June 9th! We both got pregnant around the same time, just you in 2012 and me in 2011. I think our babies will need to meet at a race in the future. πŸ™‚

    You are going to thuroughly enjoy running while pregnant. Not only will that make you a badass (hehe) but it takes all the pressure off of speed, pace, time, etc… It’s just running to run! And its great for your body and for your growing baby.

    Make sure to hydrate more!! Even if you are not thirsty drink!!! Just wait, you think stopping at 5-7 miles is bad, it will only get worse. By the end of my pregnancy I was stopping .5 miles into a run.

    If you have any questions about running while pregnant, let me know. we are both close in age and carried our babies during the same months/seasons. Also, you can check my blog to read how my races/running went while I was pregnant.

    Again, I am so happy for you.


  5. Congratulations. I’m impressed how well and much you’ve kept running. I really had to back things down after I found out I was pregnant as I got winded really easily.


  6. I cannot tell you enough how absolutely thrilled I am for you and Rob!! I know you’re going to be amazing parents. I’m actually tearing up seeing that picture of you and Rob at the restaurant, knowing you were going to parents. πŸ™‚



  7. Congrats! (i’m also one of those readers/non-commentor types) but truly love reading your blog and all your running accomplishments. I know every pregnant runners goal is to run the entire pregnancy but like others have commented, take it all in stride and just enjoy it. I recently read a great article about pregnancy being a great recovery cycle for runners. We are forced to keep things easy and it allows those nagging ailments to heal.


  8. Congrats! I’m so happy for you! I fell out of the blogosphere for a while and popped back in to see what’s up and saw this great post! Looking forward to hearing more about your journey!


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