Friday, January 30, 2015

One Marker at a Time

Hey there Friday!

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(I failed at teaching Ina the purpose of a potholder)

After five days of having a fever, I took Ina to her doctor again yesterday. It was funny because I came home from work early to take her. I (of course) was running late, and rushed in the door a few minutes before her appointment to find her completely covered in markers from head to toe - face, ears, shirt, feet, hands, etc.

Apparently Dan didn’t adhere to the “one marker at a time rule”. Everyone at the doctor’s office got a big kick out of her appearance, but it was slightly difficult convincing them she was sick when she looked like she just came back from a rave.

Regardless, they confirmed that she did have the actual flu, but had also developed an ear infection, so hopefully time + antibiotics will make this girl fever free sooner rather than later.

Dan made up for the marker fiasco by cooking us dinner while we were away - 

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He made a gluten free chicken, bacon, and broccoli alfredo bake. I tried to ask him what he put it in, because we will be recreating it soon.

I didn’t make it to my water class yesterday due to a clinging Ina, so I am hoping to put in some treadmill miles today.

I hope you have a blessed weekend!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Good morning! How is your Thursday treating you?

As always, mine is going wonderfully as I think about all the things I have to be thankful for.

I am thankful for my gym’s pool that offers a slew of classes, which is pretty much a pregnant girl’s dream. I tried another class yesterday morning, and although I was the youngest participant by at least 30 years, I found parts of it challenging and plan to go back when Dan’s schedule allows. I am also thankful I went to the class because as soon as I changed into my swimsuit I could hear Ina telling Dan, “I miss Mommy and Baby Gary."


I almost climbed back in bed with them, but knew I was going completely stir crazy and needed to get out and move those muscles, which I am so glad I did.

Speaking of Ina, she still has a fever and is wheezing, but if we stay on top of her ibuprofen and albuterol schedule she mostly seems OK, which I am unbelievably thankful for. If she has a fever today, it will be Day 5, which I think means we need a second opinion on her situation, just in case.

I am also thankful for all my friends and family who have checked up on her. <3

I am thankful for my midwife’s super old bedside ultrasound machine.


A video posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onJan 28, 2015 at 2:57pm PST

Baby Gary was hiding from the doppler, so we couldn’t get his/her heart beat for more than a few seconds.

I think that is a good excuse to see the baby up close and personal, don’t you? We were able to see him/her kick and wiggle. I made my appointment for the gender-revealing-ultrasound in 4 weeks! I can’t believe that time has already come.

I am so thankful that Dan let me go to sleep last night after I couldn’t get albuterol-induced-hulk-Ina calmed down. She couldn’t even stay still to listen to me read her a book, which is so unlike her. I brought her downstairs to Dan and he told me to go to bed, which I happily did.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On the mend?

We slept through the night last night! 

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I hope this means that Ina is on the mend, because poor girl had a rough day yesterday. That isn’t to say that we didn’t have fun.

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When the ibuprofen is working, she acts and feels great, but the second that baby wears off, she is so sad again. Thankfully, my mom came by yesterday so I could make a CVS run to stock up on the liquid gold. According to her doctor (who I called again yesterday), this fever can last up to 7 days!

Regardless, Dan is off work today, so I am tapping out and he is taking over. After 3 days, I may have forgotten what the real world looks like. Has anything changed?

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Side note: I am so thankful I made quinoa, spinach, Greek yogurt, and bean muffins on Sunday. They have sustained me over the past few days, when I didn’t really have time to cook breakfast or lunch. The ingredient combo sounded weird, but nutritious, so I gave them a try and I love them (especially with hot sauce). 

I am praying that Ina feels well enough today to go outside and enjoy the 70 degree forecast!

I am off to a water aerobics class. Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Phases of a Toddler on Albuterol

Ina is still sick - it seems she is getting worse.


But, instead of complaining about that, let’s talk about how funny a toddler is after an albuterol breathing treatment.

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Albuterol is meant to work on the lungs, but also gets absorbed systemically and causes increased heart rate and an overall “jittery” feeling. Watching Ina breath the stuff in was hilarious, and she had many phases, which repeated each time she did a treatment yesterday:

1. The “I love everyone” phase. 

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At first she fought the mask, but as soon as she took a few breaths, a look of calm spread over her face, and she only wanted to take the mask off to smile at me or kiss me, which happened about 10 times during her 15 minute treatment.

2. The hulk phase.

Ina almost jumped off the table at the doctor’s after it was done, and she couldn’t sit still.  She walked around, picking up one thing and quickly dropping it to pick up the next. At one point, she even jammed her fists in the air, squeezed her whole body, gritted her teeth, and “vibrated” to get the energy out.

3. The loud drunk phase.

After the doctor’s office, we had to go to the grocery store pharmacy to pick up more breathing treatments.  As we were walking in, she kept on YELLING, “We are in the pharmacy!’ 

Seriously, the lovely people behind the counter (who I worked with for years) looked scared. As we were waiting I tried to entertain her by walking around the aisles and she would yell out random things like, “Monkeys go MOO!” (which she knows they don’t) and then would laugh.  Or she would see an allergy medicine bottle and go, “Wow, I LOVE that!"

When we finally got her prescription (they got us out of there in record time), she grabbed the bag from me and yelled, “This is the medicine for my mouth!” and then pointed to a nice gentleman waiting in line and said, “and his mouth too!"

4. The coming down phase

After about 30 minutes, this effect seems to wear off and we are back where we started.

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Poor, sad, little Ina.

When I was taking this picture, I told her to say cheese and she said, “that is too much for me right now."

Last night she woke up pretty upset with a temp of 102.2.  Healing prayers would be very much appreciated today.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Another Sick Day

Poor Ina is sick again. 


A photo posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onJan 25, 2015 at 2:45pm PST

On the way home from church yesterday she told me she was cold, so I took her temperature when walked in the door and it was high. I am starting to think our thermometer is broken, because every time I take her temperature, the reading is over 100*. However, when I took mine it read 98.7, so I suppose it works.  

We had to cancel small group last night (I just hate doing that!) and stayed around the house all day yesterday. Along with her fever came some pretty bad congestion and cough, which kept us up a good part of the night last night.

To end on a positive note: I am thankful for ibuprofen and that our sometimes-works-humidifier decided to work last night. I am so thankful I have a job I can work from home. I am also thankful for our DVR full of Mickey Mouse and Veggie Tails to entertain my daughter while I work from home. I am thankful I went grocery shopping Saturday, so I have absolutely no reason to leave the house, except for maybe an afternoon walk after Ina gets miraculously better?

Is that too much to ask?

I am praying that your Monday starts out great!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My Food and Fitness Plan [1/25]

Good morning!

A few sentences per pictures to sum up my weekend:

I am having dreams about this spreadsheet.

Budget Jan 2015

Saturday morning I couldn’t get my coffee maker to work and Yahoo answers didn’t do me any favors.

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Courtney and I met for a glorious 3 mile walk around the lake.

Ev and Ina

If it is above 50 degrees, we go to the park.

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Here is my plan for the week. Dan starts working 12 hour shifts this week (he passed his test on Friday with fly colors!), so four of the nights before I am going to be cooking solo. You might notice a casserole/slow cooker theme. 

The perk to this new shift work is that I will now have time to go to my gym’s water fitness classes more often!  


Also prepping: brown rice for the week, quinoa, some no-bake energy bites, and these savory muffins.


  • Sunday: rest/active rest (we miiigghht walk to the park)
  • Monday: 3 mile walk
  • Tuesday: rest
  • Wednesday: Water cardio class
  • Thursday: Water aquabata class
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: prenatal pilates

What are you up to this week? Thanks to Mommy, Run Fast! for hosting the link-up!.

Friday, January 23, 2015


Good morning and Happy Friday! This was a long week over here, so I am happy to have the weekend in sight.

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(Dinner last night: Asian glazed chicken with roasted broccoli and brown rice.)

Yesterday morning my in-laws were sleeping in with Ina, so I decided to take advantage of it and made the last minute decision to try out a new-to-me water class at my gym.

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The class’s official name was “Aquabata Blast,” but after attending a class, I think it should be called Aqua HIIT.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is short(isn) bursts of movement designed to get your heart rate up fast, with breaks in between.  We did things like jumps or kicks in the water, and I have to say, it worked.  I think yesterday was the highest my heart rate has been since I have been pregnant.

My favorite part was moving into the lazy river and doing resistance work.  Who knew some crazy looking movements against water could make someone’s arms so sore?

Other things to be excited about:

- Our sink is fixed! Thanks to my friend Courtney who recommended a very nice and affordable plumber.

- I upgraded to an iPhone 6 yesterday! Dan’s needed a new phone, so he inherited my old 5, which he seems to be happy with.

- Pending Dan passing his test today (prayers would be appreciated) he is for sure starting day shift on Monday. Yay!

I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Good morning! I hope your week has been good//productive/insightful so far.

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Ours has been interesting. We broke out the big guns last night when Danielle and Kyle let us borrow their electric snake. Although it made lots of noise and moved around a ton, a clog remains in our sink.

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Whomp, whomp. Dan said that it feels like something is grabbing the head of the snake, so I am pretty sure a mongoose is stuck in our pipes. NBD.

BUT, I am thankful that Papa Gordon had the patience and knowledge to help Dan through this process, because it was likely best I wasn’t the one pressing the button. I am also thankful that we planned to stick a larger chunk of money in savings this month.  It is almost like we knew we were going to have a $$$ plumber’s bill.

OK, who is sick of reading about my sink?  Other things I am thankful for:

-Prenatal pilates. Danielle let me borrow her DVD and I love the workouts so far, especially the stretches.  They feel so good!

-Large boxes

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-Piggy back rides

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- This “letter.”  I think I started crying two paragraphs in and was full out sobbing by the time I was finished. 

-My new casserole dishes I received for Christmas- they are especially beautiful with sour cream noodle bake inside (served with roasted green beans and a kale salad)

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-Good news for Dan’s job. He found out this week he is 95% likely to be put on day shift, and we originally thought he would have to start out on nights for a year or so. This news is a huge blessing and answered my daily prayers of not having to be alone at night with a baby and a toddler.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Things Ina Says: Pregnancy Edition

Me (telling people I am pregnant): I’m pregnant

Ina (squealing): A PRESENT!!!  

This was right about her birthday and she was incredibly confused. But, then again, maybe not?


Me: Ina, do you want a baby brother or baby sister?

Ina: a PINK baby!

This answer has stayed consistent for about 3 months


In the middle of the night, she sat straight up in bed

Ina: Momma, the baby is your belly is me?

Me: Yes, honey, you used to be in my belly, but now there is another baby is my belly.



Ina: I tell your baby no.  NO BABY!  (screaming at my stomach)


I was tickling Ina on her stomach and she said, Momma, be gentle! There is a baby in my belly! Her name is Violet.


Every night we pray and Ina says what she is thankful for.  First were the usuals - Thank you God for cheese sticks and cottage cheese.  

But then - Thank you God for Baby Gary. 

She must be pretty excited about this baby, because nothing tops cheese in that girl’s world.


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Momma, here is your handy-came!

She calls candy canes “handy-cames” and that is what she calls my Snoogle pillow, which tries to steal from me every night.


(Groaning) The baby in my belly is getting bigger!


Ina: Mommy and Daddy have a pink baby. Mommy and Daddy were bad.

As told by Danielle’s husband Kyle.  Ha!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Did and I Didn't

Yesterday was kind of a different day. It didn’t go as planned, but it was nice.

I didn’t work on any of my own projects at work.

I didn’t exercise (that was planned).

I didn’t cook dinner.

I didn’t really sit up after I got home, I was too tried.

I most definitely did not work on un-clogging my sink drain. The clog will still be there today.

BUT, I did do a few other things.

I helped another scientist with an interesting project.

I went with Dan and Ina to the park and mostly sat and laughed at them playing. (Dan came home from work 20 minutes before sunset and begged to go to the park. I wasted to stay horizontal for the rest of the nights, but couldn’t say no to his excited-ness.)

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I put together Ina’s alpha-gator puzzle approximately 6 times. That puzzle is seriously a life saver and has taught her the entire alphabet. 

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I happily munched on Chipotle for dinner, that Dan sweetly picked up.

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I went to bed with Ina at 7 and watched Lilo and Stitch before dozing off to sleep.

I thought that fatigue was supposed to disappear when the second trimester started, but mine is just getting worse. However, when I look back at Ina’s pregnancy, I don’t think I stayed up past 7 once in weeks 14 and 15, so maybe this is typical for me. 

Here’s to more energy today! <3

I hope you have a blessed day!

Monday, January 19, 2015

A "Glamorous" Day

Good morning! 

I hope your weekend was fantastic! Here in KC, our heat wave is continuing and I couldn’t be more pleased.

My day was pretty glamorous yesterday.

First, we went to church. Nothing too crazy to report there, except that we took a new friend with us, which is always exciting.

Then, I took Ina grocery shopping at Aldi, where I spent most of the time trying to bribe her to stay in the cart and not yell, “POOP!” 

After lunch, Danielle and I went on a beautiful run/walk (but mostly run!) around the lake that was still frozen over even though I was wearing a t-shirt and capris.  

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Next comes the glamorous part - when Dan and I spent the next few hours trying to unclog our sink. I now know more about the anatomy under there than I ever cared to.

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Sadly, when our small group showed up at 6, we were still on the ground trying to snake the clog out with no success. Ina was extremely interested in the whole ordeal and kept asking me, “Why are you doing that mom?"

Dan wants to try the snake again today, but if it doesn’t work, we are throwing in the towel and calling a plumber. Wish us luck tonight. 

Have a good week!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Heat Wave + My Food and Fitness Plan [1/18]

 Hello and Happy Sunday!

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I am happy to report that everyone here is well and happy! We are experiencing a glorious January heat wave here in Kansas City which is food to my sunshine loving soul.  

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Ina likes it too. 

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I wish I had more energy to play with her outside longer, but baking a baby takes a lot out of me, so instead we baked sweet potato brownies.


This kid has a rough life. 🍪

A video posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onJan 17, 2015 at 9:14am PST

While I was working yesterday morning, Ina and Dan went on an “adventure,” otherwise known as a walk around Longview Lake. They came back smelling like outside and ready for a nap.

Then last night we dropped Ina off at my sister’s house to play with her cousins while we enjoyed a suite at the hockey game with our friends Nick and Michele.  

Today is church and then trying to unplug a clog in our sink. We have already tried the plunger and sulfuric acid. I think a phone call to the plumber might be in our future.  

Here is what I am up to this week (assuming we having a working sink):


Also, a few snack and breakfast preps: hummus, hard boiled eggs, and carrot cake breakfast cookies


  • Sunday: 3ish mile walk/run (have to take advantage of this beautiful weather!)
  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: prenatal pilates
  • Wednesday: 1000 m swim
  • Thursday: rest
  • Friday: 1000 swim
  • Saturday: rest

What are you up to this week?  Linking up with Mommy, Run Fast!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Reading, Wearing, Watching, Listening, and Eating

Good morning!  

I am here, live from Sickville, where people won’t stop getting sick. Poor Ina still has a fever and got sick a few times yesterday. Instead of focusing on what lies ahead of me today (please God, don’t let me get sick again), I thought I would answer a few questions that I saw on Gina’s site

Reading: the Bible.  Between my #SheReadsTruth bible in a year and my small group reading Ephesians, I am studying scripture twice a day.  I also have a few books on my reading list that I will get to in three years: Love Does, Unbroken, and Carry On, Warrior

Wearing: not maternity clothes.  Yet.  Last time I waited until 19 weeks, and this time I think I will last until maybe 15 weeks. I am going to try to build a capsule wardrobe, and thinking about posting my attempt here. I know you can’t wait.

Watching: Parenthood (why, oh why, are you ending?) and Downton Abbey. Also lots of NBA basketball, which I am not that thrilled about. I keep telling myself that it is only 3.5 months until baseball season.

Listening: I can’t really think of anything I listen to, other than Ina singing songs. Current favorites are Five Little Speckled Frogs and Six Little Ducks. I have been in the habit lately of driving to and from work in silence.  Beautiful silence.

Eating: Last night we threw some frozen chicken breasts, a few peeled potatoes, and a bottle of Italian dressing into the pressure cooker and in 30 minutes we had an amazing dinner.  Oh pressure cooker, I love you.

Right now I am drinking my morning cup of coffee with a splash of Ina’s whole milk in it (so creamy!). My in-laws made these brownies last night. There is one left.  Someone tell me not to eat it for breakfast.  

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Good morning! How are you doing?

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My morning has kind of been meh. Ina woke up with a fever, but only needed about 2 minutes of cuddles before requesting her dinosaur puzzle.  

I am so thankful that Dan’s parents are here to take care of her today, because I have a few work meetings that really shouldn’t be missed. Leaving a sick girl is always hard, so I am planning on lots of check in calls today.

I am also thankful for:

- Neck massages. I did something to my neck during my swim on Tuesday and Dan has been helping me out. This “injury” might last a while. 

-Oranges the size of my face.  

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Dan’s parents bought these at Sam’s Club last night and they are some of the sweetest I have tasted.  

-The learning tower my grandpa built Ina for Christmas. He “loosely” followed these directions. By “loosely” I mean he lost everything I printed out but the first page that had a picture of the thing and two measurements.  

Ina climbs in it every night while we are cooking dinner and uses it as her home base for everything. If you have a toddler and try to get anything done in the kitchen, I would file this under the “need” category.

-Greek Chocolate

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Our fellow at work went home to Greece for the holidays. She brought us back a delicious treat! I am also thankful you didn’t notice my chipped nail polish.


What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Back in the High School Locker Room

Yesterday I walked into the locker room at my gym dripping with water and in a hurry to change out of my swimsuit.  I was feeling pretty good about the swim my pregnant body had just completed, and looking forward to many more to come in the next 6 months. I saw two high school aged girls changing when I opened the door.  I know they were high school aged because I know one of the girls.

Well, I knew one of the girls, when she was 6 or 7. Let’s call her Annie.  Although the last time I talked to Annie was over 10 years ago, I remembered her, because she was one of those kids you don’t forget.  One that stands out in a sea of other kids.  Annie was hilarious, spunky, confident, and brave.  She had the most adorable freckles and a toothless grin that melted your heart.  She always made me laugh and had her way of getting what she wanted out of me and any other adult around.  She was also beautiful, in the cute way.

As I walked by her yesterday I noted that Annie was now beautiful in the beautiful way.  I smiled and said hi to her, and she politely said hi back, although I am pretty sure she did not remember me.  

I shut myself in a bathroom stall, a few feet away from where they were standing and couldn’t help but overhear Annie’s friend say, “Ugh.  I just feel so fat today."

I sighed, hopefully not too loud.  In the seconds before Annie responded I was making up her response in my head.  I was cheering for her to say something like, “I don’t want to hear that, you are beautiful.” or “that word isn’t in my vocabulary."

Instead, Annie said, “Me too. I have gained two pounds since yesterday."

In shock, I listened to her continue, “I just feel so disgusting.  I talked to my mom about getting plastic surgery.  I want to get rid of this and then this would go away too."

I have no idea what “this” was because, remember, I am still hiding in the bathroom stall trying to peel my wet swimsuit off.  Annie’s friend must have agreed that “this” needed to go, because she didn’t say anything else and the next thing I heard was silence.  

I flashed back to myself at her age.  I certainly had similar thoughts, although not as extreme, and I would have never said them out loud.  That type of self trash talking just wasn’t done in my amazingly unique group of friends.  

I wanted to chase her down and tell her she was wrong.  That she was beautiful both inside and out.  Even more I wanted to ask her what had happened?  What happened in her life to make her change from the confident girl I knew to the woman I heard today?  Because if she has those thoughts, then so does every other teenage girl in existence. 

Is that where we are?  Just accepting that those types of thoughts are a part of life?  That every girl has to go through a self-hating stage?  

What a waste.  A complete waste of time, energy, emotions, and potential.  

I don’t accept it. Not for my daughter. Not for my nieces.  Not for my friends.  

Do you?  

What are we going to do about it?  

I know that I am going to give it everything I have and what I have it quite a bit.  I am going to do everything within my power to make sure that those thoughts never cross Ina’s beautiful mind.

I am going to tell every woman and girl that I know (including you) that God designed you like a piece of art.  You were created with intention for a beautiful purpose.  Then I am going to tell you that Jesus loves you beyond measure.  I love you.  You are loved.  You are worthy.  

Oh, and please don’t get plastic surgery.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Bright Side and a Down Side


There are always two sides to every story:

Example 1: Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken 

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Bright side: I walked in the front door to a house that smelled deliciously of roast chicken.  

I put onions and carrots at the bottom instead of foil.  In my opinion, you absolutely cannot waste an opportunity to cook carrots in chicken drippings.  

Downside: I messed up the slow cooker settings before I left and the chicken was slightly undercooked. 

Bright side: My slow cooker insert did not explode in the oven at 400*

Downside: When Ina saw our dinner she asked what it was and I told her it was a chicken.  She looked at it for a little bit and then I swear I could see the dots connecting and she had a look of horror on her face.  Needless to say, Ina did not eat any chicken for dinner.

Example 2: Teaching Ina to pump lotion into her hands

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Bright side: Free back massage

Down side: After my body, her body, and Dan’s feet (ew) were completely saturated with lotion, Ina did not want to stop pumping lotion into her hands

Example 3: Pregnancy Workout Motivation Chart

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Bright side: I walked 3 miles on the treadmill yesterday

Downside: My legs hurt the rest of the day.  Time to shop for compression leggings!

Have a great day! <3

Monday, January 12, 2015

My 2nd Trimester Fitness Plan

Well hello there, Monday!

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We spent yesterday the way Sundays are meant to be spent.  Making pancakes (<--if you haven’t tried that recipe yet, you should.  They don’t even taste “healthy.”), going to church, watching football, taking naps, and then we had small group over for dinner.

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(Can you see Cinderella in the pancake?)

After the long holiday break, I am so thankful our little group is back in business. I missed those people!

This week I also get to say goodbye to my first trimester.  I won’t miss it. Like most women will tell you, I just didn’t feel like myself the past few months.  I wasn’t overly sick or overly exhausted, I was just, well, blah.  Along with the blah came little motivation to exercise, so I listed to my body and rested more days than I moved. 

However, now that I am starting to feel like me again, I am not ready to completely stop exercising for the next 6 months.  When I was pregnant with Ina, I had to stop running at 25 weeks because of painful varicosities.   During that time I bought a swimsuit, but never wore it and pretty much stopped exercising the rest of my pregnancy.

At that time, all I knew was running, and if I couldn’t do that, I really didn’t know what else to do.  However, since then I have tried SO many different things and am confident that I will have options to stay active this time around.

Let me be clear, I am not trying to go crazy and exhaust myself, but instead energize myself and be my “best self," even while pregnant.  Here are a few things I am going to do to stay active:

- Walk/jog on the treadmill while wearing active compression tights (these will help with the varicose pain)

- Yoga (although i will soon have to find a new video or modify the one I do now)

- YouTube pregnancy workout videos (I did Denise Austin’s yesterday and it was very mild.  Maybe a little too mild?)

- Weight lifting (maintaining my current strength)


My weekend swim reminded me that I feel so strong when I am in the pool.  I want to make it a point to go swimming at least twice a week the entire second trimester.  Will you hold me to that?  

My general goal is going to be to do something active at least 4 times a week.  

One way I like to stay motivated is read about other women’s active pregnancy.  Do you know of any currently pregnant active bloggers?  If so, please send them my way. Also any active pregnancy advice would be greatly appreciated. <3

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Winter Weekends + My Weekly Food and Fitness Plan [1/11]

Good morning and Happy Sunday! 

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(Dan made my favorite turkey burgers on Friday and I recently discovered how lovely they taste wrapped in iceberg lettuce with a [healthy?] dollop of [organic] mayo on top.  Must double recipe next time.)

How has your weekend treated you so far? Ours has been pretty low key, which is how the past few weekends have been.  At first, it was nice, but now I am starting to go a little stir crazy.  However, every time I think about going outside I rememberhow cold it is.  I did make it out (temporarily) for a few actives:

- a great 1000 m swim

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- an epic grocery shopping trip with Ina, who has recently decided that she does not want to stay in the cart anymore.  Sadly, it appears that grocery shopping has become my “winter activity” because we are now 1/3 the way through January and 2/3 the way through our January grocery budget.  Hmph. 

-Dan drove to our favorite Indian place for takeout last night.  I have been craving it for weeks, and the tikka saag did not disappoint. 

Another weekend highlight: we finally got Ina excited about brushing her teeth.  

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Our trick?  Letting her pick out her toothbrush at the store.  She picked Hello Kitty and kept saying all day, “I love Hello Kitty.  It is my favorite.”  Once she started she didn’t want to stop and I bet we used 4 squeezes of toothpaste.

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Making up for lost time.

Here is my plan for the week:



  • Sunday: Denise Austin 2nd trimester workout
  • Monday: 1000 m swim
  • Tuesday: rest
  • Wednesday: 3 mile walk/run
  • Thursday: 1000 m swim
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: active rest (hoping to get in a walk to the park!)

What are you up to this week?  Linking up with Mommy Run Fast!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Thoughts from my (Second) First Trimester

Good morning!  

Thank you so, so much for your sweet comments, messages, etc. on our announcement yesterday.  You guys are the best.  I am very happy to finally be able to talk about my pregnancy here.  I hate not being completely honest, but for many reasons, had to keep this news a secret. 

During my first trimester, I made a few notes along the way.  Here they are:

4 weeks

  • Yay!  I am so excited!
  • What did I do?  What was I thinking?  Can I actually take care of two children and have a job and have a life?  How is this going to be possible?
  • Ina will be so excited to have a baby sister/brother.  Dan doesn’t believe that I am pregnant.
  • How am I already tired?  It must be in my head. 

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(the Ina-leftover-bump)

5 weeks

  • I bought maternity clothes because Gap was having a huge sale and for some reason that made this pregnancy feel much more real.
  • What am I doing?
  • I miss my 3 (OK 4) cups of coffee each day (I cut it down to one in the morning and one in the afternoon, which is very necessary if I want to stay awake past 6 PM)
  • I feel great.  I feel like crap.  I feel great.  

6 weeks

  • How in the world did I think it was a good idea to get pregnant days before I am going to a foreign country?  What was I thinking?

7 weeks

  • I saw the baby during an ultrasound at my first prenatal appointment!   And his/her very little heartbeat!  I told Dan I saw the baby and he said, “So you really are pregnant?!?  Yay!”
  • I am so glad Ina was wrong when she said there were two babies in my belly.  And was counting them every day.  
  • I don’t want to exercise.  At all.  But I do, at least every other day.  Most of the time it is yoga or walking.  
  • I am having waves of nausea, but nothing that has made me think I better find a bathroom pronto.  
  • Dan lost his job.  Many minor freak outs occurred.
  • Dan got another job. Yay!

8 weeks

  • I love cottage cheese
  • Changing diapers just got a lot harder
  • I can no longer cook raw meet with out gagging
  • Chewing ice is the only thing that doesn’t make me want to hurl

9 weeks

  • I had a dream that the baby has holes in it.
  • Having the stomach bug while pregnant is not so fun.  
  • Ina is starting to tell people that I have a baby in my belly.  
  • My sister told me that the uterus doesn’t move until 12 weeks, so I shouldn’t even kind of show until then.  I am going to ignore that.  

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10 weeks

  • I went to brunch at a restaurant that makes homemade eggnog and ordered some.  It came with alcohol.  Hmph.
  • I ate an entire jar of (room temperature) pickles on the drive home from the grocery store

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(I got a Snoogle for Christmas and Dan is already trying to steal it!)

11 weeks

  • Pregnancy insomnia is real 
  • The last thing I want to do is exercise.  
  • It is insane how much bigger my belly feels at the end of the day compared to the beginning of the day.
  • I swear I have already felt the baby kick.  My midwife says that it isn’t uncommon for 2nd time moms to say that this early.  However, I “felt” Ina kick for about 6 months after she was born, so who knows?
  • I heard’s the baby’s heartbeat again!  Such a lovely sound.

12 weeks

  • I have slept so well the past two nights, I feel like a new woman.  I think my lack of motivation to exercise mainly came from not getting enough sleep.  
  • Pregnancy dreams are weird

I also can’t help but compare this pregnancy to Ina’s:

Last time and this time I told Dan within minutes of finding out, even though I wanted to surprise him in some grand way.

Last time I wrote a post for every single week and this time I lumped them all into one.  Last time I obviously had more free time to write.

Last time I was more tired, but less nauseous.  This time I was less tired and more nauseous, but I think I have a new “baseline” for tired.

Last time I was so excited to tell everyone about my pregnancy and made “announcements” with my family and friends. This time I told people as I saw them, and it was awkward.  How do you casually bring up pregnancy in a conversation?

Last time I trained for a half marathon during my first trimester.  This time I ran maybe 10 times total, never more than 4 miles, and mostly walked and did yoga.  Running doesn’t hurt or anything, but I just feel like I want to relax a little more this pregnancy.

Last time I ate like crap (lots of PopTarts, pretzels, and cereal).  This time (with the exception of the holidays), I have done a decent job of eating my fruits and vegetables.

Last time I thought it might be a boy.  This time I am pretty sure it is a boy.

Last time we named the baby Margaret while she was in my belly, this time the name is “Baby Gary."

Last time I had no idea how my life was about to change, so I was equally excited and scared.  This time I think I have a pretty good idea, and because of that I am equally excited and scared.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jogging Stroller for Sale (Here We Go Again)

After A LOT of discussion, thinking, and going back and forth, Dan and I have decided to sell our B.O.B.


I know you are probably confused, because I loved that thing for a long time.  Ina and I have spent countless hours with it and I am positive it helped me keep my sanity during Ina’s first few years of life.

However, it has one problem.

One defect.

One thing that simply won’t work.


It only has ONE seat.


When July rolls around, one seat isn’t going to cut it anymore.



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