Wednesday, September 26, 2012
We have officially reached the point where coworkers start placing bets on when you will finally pop that kid out.
Also? As much as I’m looking forward to three months off of work, I’m really going to miss these people.

We have officially reached the point where coworkers start placing bets on when you will finally pop that kid out.

Also? As much as I’m looking forward to three months off of work, I’m really going to miss these people.

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Saturday evening super-preggo hike.
I’m pretty sure I’m saying ‘stop taking my picture’!!

Saturday evening super-preggo hike.

I’m pretty sure I’m saying ‘stop taking my picture’!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
39+ weeks.
Eviction notice has been issued. This kid has til October 1st to make life easier for both of us and make his way out on his own!

39+ weeks.

Eviction notice has been issued. This kid has til October 1st to make life easier for both of us and make his way out on his own!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hump Day Pregnancy Brain Dump

  • 38 weeks. Every day at work at least five people say to me “You’re still here?!” and if I step away from my desk for more than 20 minutes someone assumes that I went into labor. I hate to break it to them that I could have 3-4 more weeks to go (please god, no!).
  • The best part about coming to work these days? I pretty regularly have surprises waiting for me on my desk! Gifts. Cards. Food. It’s like Christmas EVERY DAY.
  • I will never EVER take my core muscles for granted ever again. You don’t realize how much you use them until you CAN’T use them anymore. These days it’s impossible for me to go from laying down to sitting up without using my legs or arms. The abs are completely useless. I’m like a turtle that gets stuck on it’s back and can’t flip over. The husband finds this hilarious.
  • The other day I came across the picture I posted here from when I was 27ish weeks and thought I looked huge. HAHAHAHA. I had no idea …
  • Daycare. Holy hell! Daycare is REALLY FREAKING EXPENSIVE. And of course the place that we totally fell in love with is the priciest of the ones we looked at. There was about a $300/month difference between the most and least expensive places we checked out, which seemed like a lot of money until we visited the least expensive one on the list and the thought of leaving the little guy there made me want to cry. That extra $300 a month to send him to a place we LOVE doesn’t seem like so much anymore.
  • Speaking of not having any money, we got a new car! After test driving a whole bunch the clear winner for us was the Mazda CX9. Big enough to haul the kid, dogs, bikes, and camping gear up to the mountains but not SO huge as to be completely obnoxious. And not a minivan. And it’s super fun to drive. We were thinking we wanted something burlier but as it turns out to get big AND burly you end up with something the size of a Tahoe, which we definitely didn’t want. Zoom zoom!
  • My biggest piece advice to the newly pregnant? STAY ACTIVE AND HEALTHY. I definitely have moments these days when I’m uncomfortable. I’m 9 months pregnant. That’s expected. I don’t even want to think about how miserable (mentally AND physically) I’d be these days if I had gained 50+ pounds. It’s not just about losing the weight afterwards (although the Shape of a Mother website put the fear of god in me regarding excessive weight gain during pregnancy). It’s about feeling good, or at least as good as possible, WHILE you’re pregnant. 
  • Having said all that, in these last couple weeks my workouts have been reduced mostly to walks with the hounds. And I’m completely ok with that. I’ll get to hit it hard again SOON!
  • People always compared Ironman to pregnancy/childbirth (9 months to get ready … one really long and painful day that hopefully ends in elation …) and I think it largely works the other way too. As far as I can tell one of the biggest differences (aside from the fact that, yanno, one of them ends with you taking home a CHILD!), is that labor is like an Ironman …but with a completely unknown start date. That’s pretty brutal!
  • We are close. Really close! Excitement is building. I can’t wait to meet the little dude!
Monday, July 23, 2012
Want people to have a good time at your “holy crap we’re having a human!” party?*
Don’t call it a baby shower. Make it co-ed. Throw it at a picnic shelter in the woods. Have grilled meat and veggies and lots of good beer. Invite people to bring their kids and dogs. Pick a location along mountain bike trails so people can get a ride in before or after.
No pictures from during the party because we were too busy eating and drinking and hanging out. Yesterday was a pretty damn good day.
*Ok, so I’m being a bit presumptuous here. I know I had a good time. I’m going to go ahead and assume everyone else did too. :)

Want people to have a good time at your “holy crap we’re having a human!” party?*

Don’t call it a baby shower. Make it co-ed. Throw it at a picnic shelter in the woods. Have grilled meat and veggies and lots of good beer. Invite people to bring their kids and dogs. Pick a location along mountain bike trails so people can get a ride in before or after.

No pictures from during the party because we were too busy eating and drinking and hanging out. Yesterday was a pretty damn good day.

*Ok, so I’m being a bit presumptuous here. I know I had a good time. I’m going to go ahead and assume everyone else did too. :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dear Future Child,

While I appreciate the fact that you have made this pregnancy exceptionally easy for me, I do have one small favor to ask. I would really appreciate it if you could dislodge your skull from the bottom of my ribcage. Not only is it not especially comfortable for me, but I’m also a little concerned that you are going to be born with a rib shaped indent on the side of your head.

I think it’s about time for you to flip over anyway (I’d really like to NOT have a c-section), so how about you go and do it now? I have to believe that the bottoms of your feet in my ribs would feel a whole lot better than the top of your apparently very bony head.

XO,

Your Mother

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The weird thing about riding these days is that while I’m slow as molasses, I still feel like I could ride all day. It’s actually really pretty strange … feeling fairly fit but also REALLY slow.

We only got in an hour because a storm started to roll in but at 10,000 feet and 7 months pregnant, I can’t complain. I could have definitely gone farther … slowly.

Side note for those of you who know where this is: I cheated and parked where the pavement ends. Riding up Boreas from town was definitely NOT going to happen. I feel good but not THAT good!

The weird thing about riding these days is that while I’m slow as molasses, I still feel like I could ride all day. It’s actually really pretty strange … feeling fairly fit but also REALLY slow.

We only got in an hour because a storm started to roll in but at 10,000 feet and 7 months pregnant, I can’t complain. I could have definitely gone farther … slowly.

Side note for those of you who know where this is: I cheated and parked where the pavement ends. Riding up Boreas from town was definitely NOT going to happen. I feel good but not THAT good!

Saturday, June 23, 2012
An hour into my ride and I’m smiling because I’m feeling GREAT.
A couple days ago I headed out the door only to turn around after two miles because I just could NOT get comfortable. I was starting to wonder if maybe it was time to hang up the bikes for a few months and while I could accept it because I know it’s going to happen at SOME point, I wasn’t super happy about it.
While I’ve been able to avoid the VAST majority of pregnancy symptoms, including morning sickness, my digestive system just ain’t what it used to be. When they say your digestion slows down during pregnancy they MEAN IT. Food takes a whole lot longer to make its way through your system. Couple that with not being the tallest person on the planet, an inability to burp, and an abdominal resident the size of a cantaloupe and you have a recipe for all sorts of discomfort when you’re all hunched over on the bike. There’s really just NOT much extra room in there.
But I’m learning. Riding in the morning (before I get all bloated and gross) is a GOOD thing. Light meals before rides help. And for the love of god, save the watermelon gorging for AFTER the ride. All that watermelon (cue the mouth watering…)? It takes up a lot of space.
We also raised my handlebars a bit which definitely took some of the pressure off.
This morning I felt really good! I’m definitely slower than normal, especially going uphill, but overall I still feel surprisingly strong and relatively fit and I’m not having any balance issues whatsoever. I have a feeling it’s going to be hit or miss comfort wise from here on out but I can live with that. One more trimester to go! 

An hour into my ride and I’m smiling because I’m feeling GREAT.

A couple days ago I headed out the door only to turn around after two miles because I just could NOT get comfortable. I was starting to wonder if maybe it was time to hang up the bikes for a few months and while I could accept it because I know it’s going to happen at SOME point, I wasn’t super happy about it.

While I’ve been able to avoid the VAST majority of pregnancy symptoms, including morning sickness, my digestive system just ain’t what it used to be. When they say your digestion slows down during pregnancy they MEAN IT. Food takes a whole lot longer to make its way through your system. Couple that with not being the tallest person on the planet, an inability to burp, and an abdominal resident the size of a cantaloupe and you have a recipe for all sorts of discomfort when you’re all hunched over on the bike. There’s really just NOT much extra room in there.

But I’m learning. Riding in the morning (before I get all bloated and gross) is a GOOD thing. Light meals before rides help. And for the love of god, save the watermelon gorging for AFTER the ride. All that watermelon (cue the mouth watering…)? It takes up a lot of space.

We also raised my handlebars a bit which definitely took some of the pressure off.

This morning I felt really good! I’m definitely slower than normal, especially going uphill, but overall I still feel surprisingly strong and relatively fit and I’m not having any balance issues whatsoever. I have a feeling it’s going to be hit or miss comfort wise from here on out but I can live with that. One more trimester to go! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012
I officially got my first “when are you due?!” question from a random stranger this weekend (eek!) so I figured maybe it was time to post a picture. Sometimes I seriously don’t recognize myself. I really don’t FEEL this big .. so seeing a photo or a reflection in a random window is a little startling.
'scuse the wrinkled pants and squinty “what the heck is going on?!” face. I had just woken up from 12 blissful hours of sleep in the tent and hadn't had any coffee yet.

I officially got my first “when are you due?!” question from a random stranger this weekend (eek!) so I figured maybe it was time to post a picture.

Sometimes I seriously don’t recognize myself. I really don’t FEEL this big .. so seeing a photo or a reflection in a random window is a little startling.

'scuse the wrinkled pants and squinty “what the heck is going on?!” face. I had just woken up from 12 blissful hours of sleep in the tent and hadn't had any coffee yet.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
This is what I did last night. It was a long couple days of forced laziness but I survived. In all honesty it wasn’t TOO terrible, in part because by Sunday I broke the rules and went for *gasp* a walk. All is well and I have been cleared to go back to doing what I do. Hooray!

This is what I did last night. It was a long couple days of forced laziness but I survived. In all honesty it wasn’t TOO terrible, in part because by Sunday I broke the rules and went for *gasp* a walk. All is well and I have been cleared to go back to doing what I do. Hooray!