Chase:Every:Second

Enjoying every second of life and running.


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3rd Trimester and Nursery Update

The first two months of 2016 have been a whirlwind between work, Rob’s jury duty, illnesses, birthday celebrations, gymnastics, swim lessons, and outings, our calendar hasn’t let up yet.

Here are the bump progress photos 31 – 36 weeks.

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We finally got the nursery completed! I still have some items to add to the shelves on the walls and organizing the closet, but everything has come together. πŸ™‚

Entering the nursery

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Rug – Wayfair, paint color Bher “Grey Area”, Rob added crown molding to the room

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Bookcase – IKEA

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Metal Magnet Display Board – Restoration Hardware

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Ceiling Fixture – Restoration Hardware

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Changing Table – Pottery Barn, Pillow – Easy, Basket – Meijer, Kendall Crib – Pottery Barn, Print – Easy, Picture Frame – IKEA, Propeller – A Simpler Time

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Mobile and Crib Sheet – Restoration Hardware, Canvas Print – Etsy

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Wood Shelves – West Elm, Table Lamp – Pottery Barn, End Table – IKEA

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Lucca Glider – Monte, Floor Lamp – Target, Pillow – Etsy

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Canvas Print – Easy, Blackout Drapes and Drapery Rod – Pottery Barn

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Closet Organization System – Container Store (I haven’t organized the closet, that’s the next step), Hamper – Pottery Barn, Hangers – Bed, Bath, and Beyond

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Just a few more weeks and our baby will be here!!!


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So Long Summer

So I basically didn’t post all summer so it’s time to catch up.

I have a post of us celebrating Chase’s 2nd birthday. Also that month we got Chase’s birthday present, a play house set up. It took every night from about 6pm-9pm for like 5 days (not including the extra day for Rob to remove the sod for the rubber mulch)Β to get it assembled.

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We spent the summer enjoying the Farmer’s Market on the weekends and taking Chase to gymnastics class.

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I ran the Steamboat Classic 4 Mile in Peoria, IL – 38:02, 8:02 Pace and Chase and Rob watched me run.

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Chase got to join the Lake Run’s Kids Runs for the summer. Every Friday evening they had a run on a track or in a field. At the end of every run the kids get a ribbon and at the end of the summer Chase got her first trophy.

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We also checked out a couple Cornbelters baseball games.

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Our company has a fair every year and this was our first year attending. She loved the petting zoo the most.

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July 2nd we found out we were pregnant with our second baby! So for the 4th of July 5 Miler we ran easy with Chase in the stroller.

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We spent time at the park bubblers and also at our company’s pool.

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After our 9 week ultrasound we announced our pregnancy by involving Chase as a big sister in training. Chase is so excited for the baby. She changes her answer week to week if she thinks she is getting a baby brother or sister.

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We took Chase to the McLean County Fair and she enjoyed seeing all the animals and getting the chance to pet bunnies and a baby goat.

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We made trips to the zoo. Chase loved the butterfly garden at Brookfield and the carousel.

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Other summer fun included attending birthday parties, the Corn Festival of Normal, IL, and checking out the Hot Air Balloon Festival of Lincoln, IL even though we didn’t get to see the balloons take flight due to weather.

Labor day parade was a huge hit with Chase. It was very hot out, but she loved seeing all the bands and ISU’s Reggie Redbird.

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And our tradition to welcome in fall is a trip to Tanner’s Orchard in Speer, IL. Chase enjoyed her first apple cider doughnut, going off the largest slide she’s done so far, visiting lamas and goats, and picking out a pumpkin.

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I’m looking forward to fall, cooler weather, and some more adventures. Up this fall I will be posting about baby updates, home improvement projects, a couple of races, vacation, and more.


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Running for Two – The Interview

In a previous post, I mentioned that after the IL Marathon weekend my tweets about completing the 5K and 10K 8.5 months pregnant were picked up by the local news station in Champaign, IL. They came and did an interview and wrapped it up with the birth of Chase.

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Here is a link to the interview. The hosting of the video seems to have a performance issues, so you may have to refresh a couple of times to get it to work. It’s really nice that they aired this on their local news and make it available on their website.


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June 11, 2013 – The day we met our sweet daughter

We are happy to share the news that our sweet daughter, Chase Christine Johnson was born on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (her due date). She was 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and 20 inches long.

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Labor Story

Monday, June 10th I was able to work from home this day. It was nice to have the opportunity to keep my feet up being 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant. Rob and I had our 40 week appointment that morning. I was expecting to hear some news on my progress especially since I spent most of the weekend cramping off and on. One of those stints lasted 4.5 hours, so I felt good that something had to be going on down there. Turns out I was wrong. The doctor said I hadn’t had any progress. I was still a finger tip dilated if that, my cervix was still posterior (meaning the baby’s head wasn’t yet pressed up on my cervix), and the baby was at a -3 station (which the baby is way back, you want to get to zero and then +1 and +2). I was nervous about what all we need to be prepared to discuss if we made it to the 41 week appointment and were still in the same spot. The doctor said we would then get an ultrasound, do a non-stress test, and start talking options and dates. My doctor is not pro-induction, so that would only be happening if it was medically necessary.

Needless to say I pouted. I know it was a selfish feeling, Baby J is doing great and that’s all that matters, but it just felt like meeting her was still so far away. Rob and I had lunch and I sulked that all of the cramping over the weekend appears to have done nothing to help Baby J get here sooner. False labor is so annoying.

At the end of my workday I decided I needed to go for a walk. While it may not get the baby here any quicker since she wasn’t yet engaged, I needed to walk off some stress (since I can’t run it off these days). I texted Rob and said that I was planning to walk on the treadmill until he got home from work and then I would want to walk with him through the neighborhood. I put on my running shorts and sat on a bench to tie my running shoes. I made my way to the bathroom and felt a hitch, that’s the only way I know how to describe it. Kind of like if you have a joint in your hip or knee that catches funny. It doesn’t hurt, but it has a feeling of catching. That’s how this felt, except in my vagina. I took one more step and my running shorts filled with water and it ran down my legs. My water had just broke. It was clear, which we learned from our baby classes is a good sign that there are no issues. Since I was just told that the baby wasn’t close to ready, I was immediately concerned for her and wondering if bending to tie my shoes had somehow broke my water. I called Rob first and everyone in the meeting he was in began cheering in the background. Rob made his way home and I called the doctor’s office. They assured me that I didn’t do anything to break my water, it just happens sometimes. Rob got home and we were already packed for the hospital so it was easy to get out the door.

My contractions started in the car, but they were mild so we were able to enjoy some Dave Matthews Band and Jason Mraz on the way. We were check into our room by 4pm. They checked me and I hadn’t yet made progress. We needed the head to press against the cervix so that they umbilical cord couldn’t be there first and potentially cause a threatening prolapse. I was instructed to stay in bed for about an hour and continue to contract. My hospital allows clear fluids so I was given a cherry popsicle and jello for dinner.

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When I was checked again I was 2.5 cm dialated and the baby’s head appeared to be on the cervix. They Β wanted me to try different postions and movements to get the baby down from the -3 position. First, they had me in the yoga position called child’s pose with a stack of pillows for about an hour.

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Then I was allowed to walk for an hour. The contractions were getting more intense. When walking and a contraction would come on I would stop and grab the railing, focus on the ground, and breathe. Between contractions I was still able to relax and joke around, but I knew things were about to get more intense and it wouldn’t be that way much longer.

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Next I was put on a balance ball. Walking and the balance ball were my favorite methods of dealing with the natural portion of my labor process. The ball was quite comfortable because it provided support and counter pressure on my pelvis. We had seen birthing position options in our baby classes, but we hadn’t planned on doing yoga or the balance ball. It ended up being nice incorporating them into the process.

During a contraction I was able to focus on the ground, breathe, and roll slightly back and forth. The contractions were getting very intense. The rests between were shorter and some of the contractions would peak for as long as 2-3 minutes.

After that I was back in the bed and was checked. It was 12:30pm and I was 4.5 cm. The contractions were becoming unbearable. While they were becoming more intense they felt 100 times worse in bed than on the ball. After the contractions I was getting full body shakes in my legs, arms, and face. They said that it was hormones and completely normal. Also, my hips were killing me. I needed the epidural. It was after 1am when the anesthesiologist arrived. Other than the actual delivery this was the hardest thing I’ve had to do, to focus and be still amid painful contractions. It took all of my focus to remain perfectly still. After it was in place I fell into a deep sleep. I snored so loud like a lumbar jack sawing logs and Rob didn’t get any sleep because he was keeping an eye on the monitors.

At 5:15am they checked me and I was 6.5 cm. Rob was finally able to rest lightly. They flipped me from one side to the other since I was completely numb below the belly button and by 7am I was 7 cm. I got to have apple juice for breakfast.

Some of the nurses were trying to tell me that because of my marathons and running background that I could manage natural childbirth. I’m have to respectfully disagree. Maybe that’s true for some women, but they are completely different in my book. No matter how painful a marathon can be, I can adjust my pace or even walk if needed to manage. There is no negotiating the pain level of a contraction. I can’t adjust the intensity.Β So my hats off to those women who deliver naturally.

While I was getting an epidural, I was not okay with IV pain killers because most of them can pass through the placenta and affect the baby.

I had joked with the nurses that I would only consider a natural child-birth if the was a trophy or medal at the end. πŸ™‚ Our nurse said that even with an epidural, giving birth is medal worthy so they made me a finish tape and a medal signed by the nurses. Isn’t that so awesome?! πŸ˜€

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It was a beautiful day for Chase to be born.

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So if you were wondering, we picked out the name Chase before we even started trying to have a baby. We decided that if we had a boy it would be Chase Robert and if it was a girl, Chase Christine. We decided on the name Chase because it represents to of our favorite sports, running and flying. Running just because of the term “chase” and in flying when you are a flight of two, they refer to the second plane as flying “chase” (as shown here we are flying chase with our friend Jack).

At 9am my cervix hadn’t made progress, I was still at 7cm. Since my water broke at after 3pm the previous day, we needed to get the baby out within 24 hours to due to risk of infection. At this point the nurse was talking with my doctor’s office about potentially on boarding pitocin to keep my labor moving forward. I would rather not have to, but would if it was what was best for the baby. Luckily by 11am I was at 9cm and we didn’t have to introduce pitocin. πŸ™‚ It was really going to happen! They started setting up the room for delivery and I was allowed a popsicle for lunch, gotta carb up! πŸ™‚

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Monitor of baby and the contractions

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Just before noon I was 10 cm and we started the practice pushing to see how much progress the head would make. It was a challenge to push when I couldn’t really feel anything. I did notice the pain in my hips and pelvis. It was a pressure that felt like I had a serious running injury or something. After 40 minutes pushing, we had made head decent progress. The nurses then had me “drift” for an hour. Which meant just resting and letting the contractions help her continue her decent. They said that it would be better for me and the baby to just let things marinade if you will. It would be less stress on both of us. I took an hour nap and Rob looked up pushing techniques on his phone. When I woke up we started trying again at 2:30pm. Rob coached me on some tips he read that said instead of just focusing on pushing through my bottom (or pelvic floor), to concentrate on making a really good crunch more in my transverse abs in my upper rib area. I gave it a try and it made a world of difference. The nurses were like “oh my goodness” and on the second set, they said “stop”! The baby was past the pelvic bone and we were ready for the doctor. We waited about 15 minutes for my doctor to arrive and it was funny hanging out with my legs up chatting about random things with the nurse and techs.

Our doctor is amazing. It was so great to have him there. He immediately put some sort of mineral oil on me and we started pushing. He was very impressed with my pushing ability and it really didn’t take much to move the baby into place. The cool part was my doctor was determined to not have me tear. So he actually had me not push through a few contractions, added more mineral oil, and let things naturally stretch on their own. It totally worked! He was so patient and careful with the delivery.

Baby J was born at 3:11pm, exactly 24 hours from when my water broke the day before and on her due date no less!Β She came out arms and legs wide open and whaling. The doctor and nurses said she was so pink! They didn’t have to even wipe her down or get her to breathe, she was already at it. They put her up on my chest and Rob and I completely melted. It was the most amazing blessing from God and I felt that love wrap around the three of us. We had made our family.

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We are so overjoyed for this little girl. She is more than we could have ever dreamed for.

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Our doctor supports delayed cord clamping, which means letting the placenta pulse out the last bit of nutrient rich blood before Rob cut the umbilical cord. Our hospital supports skin-to-skin, which means if the baby is healthy they leave them right on the mother’s skin and don’t do any sort of weighing, shots, or eye treatments for the first two hours. Instead they let the family bond and start breast-feeding if the mother plans to try. I was planning to breastfeed and Chase took to it immediately. She nursed for 15 minutes three different times during that first two hours.

The baby never leaves the room unless there is a medical reason. So all of the weighing and standard treatments were done in our room. Chase weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long. πŸ™‚

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After her treatments she got her first sponge bath and hair washing. She love the hair washing part. πŸ™‚

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Proud daddy. πŸ™‚

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All swaddled up.

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Me with my motherhood club finisher’s medal and the best prize of all, our precious daughter.

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Our hospital has a photographer that comes and does photo shoots that the parents can purchase. I came prepared with outfits for Chase. Here are some of photos from her shoot (1 day old).

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Rob got me the most beautiful push present. A 1 carat pink sapphire surrounded in diamonds from Tiffany’s, called Soleste. We had talked almost 10 years ago about a pink sapphire as a future ring for me, but then I completely forgot about it. Rob didn’t and felt this was the perfect time for something pink to represent our baby girl coming into the world. πŸ™‚ Rob did some special ordering to get this ring. Tiffany’s is very selective in their standards for diamonds and other precious stones, so it takes some time to get it arranged, but it is totally worth it! I love it!!

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Finally we were able to go home and we were so excited for Chase to see her first home that she will grow up in and meet her big sister Coco. πŸ™‚ Daddy getting Chase ready for her first ride.

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In upcoming posts I will share with you how things are going with Chase, my recovery, and products that been a big help to us. Thanks for reading and sharing in our joy!


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Week 39 – Labor Fake Outs

Pregnancy

Our week 39 doctor appointment went without a hitch. No issues, but really no progress either. So at this point it’s just business as usual and playing the waiting game. It hasn’t been easy to go through the ups and downs of “is it time?” with the fake labor fake outs this week. I will get cramping and feel like that it could be the start of something and then eventually it all goes away and I feel completely fine. One time I even felt pretty significant cramping on and off for four hours. So then I was thinking, “okay this has to be the start of the real deal”. And then out of nowhere the pain completely stopped and I’m totally fine. So hard to tell when it will really happen.

I have been sleeping well. I must be getting prepared for Baby J’s arrival though because I can nap for 1.5 hours and then feel completely refreshed for a 3-4 hours and then I’m ready for a quick nap again.

When Baby J makes her arrival I will be posting to twitter so follow me if you want to get updates @MrsCJ2003. πŸ™‚

Week 39 bump picture

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White Tank – Motherhood Maternity, Lime Long Sleeved Top – Ann Taylor Loft

Navy and White Striped Maxi Dress – Motherhood Maternity, Gold Sandals – Coach

Nursery

For nursery progress we picked up a couple more things for Baby J’s room. First, we picked up the following lamp from PBTeen.com. We will likely be adding a dimmer to the outlet so this can work as a night light for night time feedings.

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Second, we got an end table for next to the glider from Pier 1. We needed a table for sitting bottles, burp cloths, or anything that we need handy while in the glider.

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Airplane

Rob has been hard at work on our next airplane, a Wag Aero Clipped Wing Sport Trainer (aka Clipped Wing Cub). This is one rib, of 26 that will ultimately form the wing. Each little piece of wood was cut and shaped by Rob and then glued (structural epoxy, not Elmer’s). The process requires a lot of attention to detail, which Rob is really good at and I think he is enjoying the process. πŸ™‚

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You can see the build progress at www.rv-builder.com.


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Week 38 – Baby J will be here this month!!

Week 38 and we are now in June! We can finally say she is a June baby!! πŸ˜€

38 Week bump picture

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Black Dress – Liz Lange Maternity (Target), Denim Jacket – Old Navy, Black Wedges – Coach

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Our week 38 appointment went smoothly. I’ve had the occasional cramps and Braxon Hicks, yet no major progress to speak of. I am 1-2 cm dilated, but no real effacement yet. So Baby J just keeps cooking!

This will be the shortest post in history because I don’t have anything major to report. I’m just nesting and updating our youtube channel and may post some new videos soon.


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Weeks 36 & 37 – The Final Countdown

Pregnancy

It’s fun to be at a point now were with less than 3 weeks to go I can countdown the time in days….”about 18-ish days to go!” It makes it feel close, but then there are moments where mentally I feel like she will never come out. I hear that’s a normal feeling around this last part, plus I’m just plain impatient. πŸ™‚

At week 36 we had a little baby drama come up. We were at my regular weekly appointment and they thought they caught a deceleration of her heart rate on the doppler. They don’t take those things lightly so that resulted in 8 hours of fetal monitoring at the hospital. It turned out everything was okay and there was absolutely no issue. Still it was quite a mentally draining day, lying there still wondering if something would happen that would cause it to be Baby J’s bday. Just in case I took a picture of us since we weren’t sure if this would be the moment just before we became parents.

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It was nice getting to hear her heartbeat all day long and know she was healthy. We also got to have an ultra sound because they want to check her amiotic fluid, how the umbilical cord looks, etc. All was good! She was even using her little lungs, stomach, and bladder. She was weighing in at 6 pounds, which was spot on for 36 weeks.

Week 36 bump picture

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Tan Tank Top – Ann Taylor Loft, Tan and Navy Striped Top – The Limited

Blue Skinny Jeans – Jessica Simpson Maternity, Brown Wedges – Coach

The week 37 appointment had no drama, but no indications that anything has started yet. Just mild cramps that come and go. Plus I could use extra naps. πŸ™‚ Keep cooking baby!

Week 37 bump picture

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White Tank – Motherhood Maternity, Jean Jacket – Old Navy

Blue and White Striped Skirt – Motherhood Maternity, Gold Sandals – Coach

Workouts

My doctor has advised me to slow down and rest more. He knows I’m a busy body and while I get tired easy, I still keep trying to be busy. I have respected my doctor’s wishes and have been resting more and have just been walking for exercise lately. I don’t even take my running watch with me and just go for walks with my fitbit or nothing to track. It feels good to be outside and move around. Not having a goal time or distance has been a nice mental break.

Nursery/Baby Stuff

In baby items we got our running stroller!!! We got the Mountain Buggy Terrain. I can’t wait until we can use it!! πŸ˜€

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I will do a review on it once we have logged some time with Baby J. We got the Peg Perego attachment to use it with her car seat as well. There are a lot of great running stroller options out there, but here are some of the features that had us picking this one:

  • Hand break
  • Shocks
  • Adjustable handrail
  • Zipper compartment
  • Double bottle slings standard
  • Seat fully comes out for cleaning

I’m getting Baby J’s clothes organized and just need to add bins for all of the little stuff.

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In the nursery we have new furniture thanks to Rob’s handy work! He adjusted plans that I found on ana-white to fit our nursery.

He made Baby J a book case and some book shelves. While it’s great that making furniture is incredibly inexpensive versus buying something from Pottery Barn or another store, the best part is that the furniture is completely custom to the dimensions that work for our space and it’s sentimental because it was made by Rob. πŸ˜€ I couldn’t be happier!

Walking into the nursery.

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Material cost to make this size of bookcase was $80

Glass Canister for hair bows and accessories – Pier 1, Rainbow Sock Monkey – Pier 1

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Bookshelves material costs $20

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We have just some odds and ends left to get. An end table next to the glider, bins for closet and shelves, one more book case, a set of hooks for purses and jackets, a new floor lamp, table lamp, and art for one more wall. All of which we can add at any point. Everything is otherwise in place and ready for Baby J’s arrival! πŸ˜€


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35 Weeks and Pregnancy Brain

As the countdown gets closer to Baby J the doctor has been real pleased with my health and progress. He was even encouraging my continued activity as long as I’m comfortable.

Running/Workouts

I had my running interview with the Champaign, IL news. I wasn’t sure what questions they would ask and I have a tendency to be long-winded in my responses. I hope they are able to edit something together that makes some sort of sense. πŸ™‚ I haven’t been given and air date yet. When I do get notified it should also be posted on their website and I will post a link.

This week I did the following:

Monday (5/6):

Bike 8 Miles (Trainer, 43:13, 11.1 mph)

Tuesday (5/7):

Bike 10 Miles (Trainer, 47:16, 12.69 mph)

Wednesday (5/8):

Rest

Thursday (5/9):

3.1 Miles Run/Walk (Treadmill, .5% Incline, 41:25, 13:22 Pace)

Friday (5/10):

1.5 Miles Run/Walk (Treadmill, .5% Incline, 20:52, 13:55 Pace)

5 Minutes Upper Body Weights

Saturday (5/11):

Rest

Sunday (5/12):

2 Miles Run (‘Hood, 22:15, 11:08 Pace)

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 6.6 Miles

Bike: 18 Miles

Strengthening: 1 Time

Pregnancy

Lately I haven’t had any specific pregnancy symptoms that would indicate that the baby is getting ready. No real Braxton Hicks type feelings or anything. I just have the standard feeling winded easily and minor swelling if I sit too long, but it goes away after I move. The biggest symptom I have is pregnancy brain. I have it MAJORLY bad this week. I forget what I’m saying mid-sentence. Even my attempts at making lists AND having Rob remind me haven’t been enough from me forgetting exactly what I need to do next. It’s quite frustrating and in fact, a bit embarrassing at work. My job requires me to be able to think on my feet and collaborate with others most of the day. The foggy brain has also cause my vocabulary to be smaller so I can’t seem to find the right words to what I want to say, let alone remember the point I’m trying to make. It’s been a big challenge this past couple weeks since I’m used to being able to keep pace with a conversation and have a bunch of other lists going in my head at the same time. I’ve had some women tell me that foggy brain will continue and turn into parent brain and others say they feel back to normal altogether. Fingers crossed that the fog will lift a bit at some point post-baby. πŸ™‚

35 week bump pictures!

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Purple Tank – Liz Lange Maternity, Black Short Sleeved Top – Ann Taylor Loft

Black Skirt – Gap Maternity, Rose Gold and Cork Heels – Coach

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Mint Green Long Sleeved Top – Nike, Grey Sports Bra – Old Navy, Black Capris – Nike

Grey Socks – Swiftwick, Pink Boston – adidas

Rob and I have been taking baby classes and this week we had to practice simulation of breaking and relaxing through pain by clipping clothes pin on your ears. After about seven times of doing it our ears were bruised. Rob relaxing through simulated contraction….lol. πŸ™‚

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Nursery

We have a nursery update! Our glider and ottoman came in. It’s the Monte Luca Glider in charcoal with white trim.

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Nutrition

We have an Italian restaurant chain in the area called Biaggi’s. I was inspired by their roasted beet salad to make a similar style at home. I didn’t do any measuring on the dressing, I just guestimated based on looking at how much salad I had.

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Arugula and Beet Salad

    • Organic arugula
    • Dried Cranberries
    • Pistachios
    • Avocado
    • Beets Sliced
    • Dressing: Honey, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aged Balsamic Vinegar all whisked together

For dinner I made up this:

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Spicy Turkey Sausage Ziti

    • Cooked hot spicy italian turkey sausage according to instructions
    • Cook whole wheat penne pasta according to instructions
    • Add sliced red pepper, green pepper, and red onion to the sausages when they are done
    • Remove sausages, slice, and add back into the skillet
    • Add pasta sauce (I had Wolfgang Puck Tomato Basil) and cooked whole wheat pasta to skillet
    • Optional: Put in a glass baking dish (sprayed with olive oil) and add reduced fat cheese to the top and bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted

Mother’s Day

This was my first Mother’s Day and Rob made sure it was absolutely special. He got me an adorable necklace from Tiffany’s with a little teddy bear for our baby that’s about to join us. πŸ™‚

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Rob also made me an amazing breakfast with something he’s never made before. He made crepes with chocolate sauce and raspberry compote. He even made them with reduced fat, fat-free, and sugar-free ingredients because he knew I would love that best! πŸ™‚

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We had such a wonderful day at home. I hope all you mamas out there had a great day!! Happy Mother’s Day!!


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Weeks 33 & 34 – Baby on Board

If you’ve been reading my posts then you know that the last couple of weeks have included two 5Ks and a 10K (here and here). I had sent out some tweets over the IL Marathon weekend and the local news in Champaign, IL saw it and now wants to do a feature on me for one of their segments that is about news in the local community. How exciting! I will be interviewed and I will post a link to video when I have it. They did mention potentially filming me running. I am a little nervous about that. My running form isn’t graceful looking in general. Now my version of pregnant running, especially this late into pregnancy, is more just getting my body to move forward than an actual running style. I just keep telling myself this may be the only time that I am pregnant and that I need to enjoy it and celebrate even this version of running and walking.

In the latest issue of Runner’s World there’s a short article from professional runner, Lauren Fleshman about being pregnant and her thoughts and fears about how she will balance her running career and family. Just always nice to see an article that highlights pregnancy and running moms.

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Here are some bump pictures.

33 Weeks!

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Purple Maxi Dress – Liz Lange Maternity from Target, Denim Jacket – Old Navy, Wedges – Coach

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Black and White Top – ASOS Maternity, Black Fold Over Maxi Skirt – Gap Maternity

Black Wedges – Coach

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Coral T-Shirt Dress – Gap Maternity, Wedges – Coach

34 Weeks!

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Black Tank – Destination Maternity, Light lime colored top – Ann Taylor Loft

Black Fold Over Maxi Skirt – Gap Maternity, Black Wedges – Coach

Nursery/Baby

Baby preparations have been going well! The car seat bases are installed in our cars. All the baby clothes and bedding have been washed. Now I just need to pick out some outfits to take to the hospital.

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And I’ve started packing for us too. Items I’m packing include:

  • Contacts, probiotic, medication for thyroid
  • Toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash, white strips
  • Makeup remover, Q-tips, cotton balls
  • Old hairdryer, hairspray, hair products, shampoo, conditioner, hair brush, hair ties
  • Deodorant, lotion, shave gel, razor
  • Shower puff, soap
  • Origins Ginzing, mascara, blush
  • Pads, nipple cream
  • Underwear, nursing bras. socks with grips on the bottom

Other than clothes and flip-flops, what else am I forgetting?

For the nursery, we got a framed magnetic chalkboard from Etsy store ShugabeeLane. We love it! It was such high quality, I plant to order more products from this store for the home.

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Up next – hopefully more nursery progress and a link to the news segment about me and pregnant running! πŸ™‚