Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fuel Belt

How does a fuel belt work? I am drawn to this belt but I am not sure what to put in the cute bottles. I could have used this for water many times in the past but I am not sure about the idea of carrying it. Does it chafe? Does it bounce? Would it freeze in the winter? Also, I think most of my future running in the heat will include a jogging stroller that holds water just fine. I am contemplating asking for this for Christmas. That way its something I want but maybe not something I need to spend my own money on. That way if it bonks I will not have to think about the fourty dollars I have wasted. I did buy some yaktrax because living in Michigan that seems like a totally needed purchase if I plan to use the outdoors as my personal gym.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Christian Yoga

I have been debating about going to this yoga studio down the street that specializes in Christian yoga. I am honestly not sure if I should though. I got really into yoga when I was living in another city. I felt like it was just not right how addicted I was becoming to this endevor. I just felt like I was not honoring Christ by practicing the moves that were meant to be praise for another religion. I looked into and bought Praise Moves. Its an alternative to yoga for Christians but I really did not like it because it was not a good workout for someone who was more advanced fitness level. It was not relaxing either so it did not fit that purpose in my workouts. It would be good for someone who was looking for a low impact, easy exercise routine. I have been reading articles and I am honestly torn. Can I use my body to praise Jesus using this yoga? Or is there no separating yoga from its Hindu roots? I am not sure if I will try a class or not. I continue to read about Christian yoga as I make my decision.

http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-yoga.html

http://holyyoga.net/aboutholyyoga

http://praisemoves.com/about-us/why-a-christian-alternative-to-yoga/

Friday, October 21, 2011

First Post C-Section Outing

Today I left the house! I was beginning to get into my OCD tendencies and honestly I was thinking that I might never leave the house again. I think I was happy about that. But the day must come where we stop eating take-out and I restock the kitchen with some food that is (somewhat) healthy. Also, my friend needed my big car to get her jogging stroller. So I finally left. It took about two hours of preparation and a last minute nursing top-off. It really was okay. I was fine, baby was fine, and all was fine with the world. We may leave the house again....(next week).

I had a great Trader Joes trip where I got some of my favorites...

Pesto and whole grain pasta with Parmesan  (I can live on this stuff)
Stuff to make lentil tacos
Sourdough bread and cheese
Butternut squash ravioli
Banana chocolate protein muffins
Pre-cut fruit and veggies
Pumpkin butter (Seasonal Amazing....)
Pumpkin pancake mix (amazing)
Baked chips
and the rest of my staples....eggs milk etc.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

No more sleep (for the next few months)

I like any newborn parent am completely sleep deprived. Baby and I are sleeping about one hour or two hours at the most in between feedings. I had great plans to eat healthy during this time after birth and bounce back to my old self. This is laughable. I am at the mercy of whatever my husband gets from the grocery store. I have been eating doughnuts and caramel apples galore. I eat what I can grab during sleep times or when he is content and someone is holding him. I know that there are women who plan to have all sorts of healthy frozen meals planned and packed for the birth of their child. If I could go back I would not worry about meals at all. My husband and friends have been great about meals. I would however stock up on healthy grab and go snacks. I would have all sorts of stuff prepared to eat that is not junk. Stuff that is easy to grab and stuff into my mouth in about five minutes flat.
I love my Keurig coffee maker. Its amazing to at least have an easy cup of decaff hazelnut in the morning. No work required. I got it from my husband for my birthday and did not use it because I was not drinking coffee pregnant. I am now drinking one cup of decaf flavored coffee. I have not had it in so long I can actually feel the caffeine in the decaf. I am off to sleep a few minutes now before baby needs to eat again.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

How I plan to get off the couch....

I just purchased a pair of yaktraks pro. They are like treads that you put on your shoes so that you can run in the snow and the ice. I plan on running in the winter here in Michigan (no time for the gym, and no money for the membership). My husbands membership is the only one we can afford and he goes religious on his lunch break. For me I prefer the gym out my front door. I also bought a running skirt from Skirtsports called the Ice Queen. Its a windproof number that will keep my legs and butt warm. I also purchased a new watch for dual purposes...see post above. These are my push presents to myself.

I am going to follow this couch to 5K program from cool running.
http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

I have not run at all this pregnancy so I have no basic fitness to start with. I am thinking that this is a good starting place for me right now.
My 5k race will be Superbowl Sunday on Feb 6th. That's eight weeks after the all clear.



WeekWorkout 1Workout 2Workout 3
1Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
2Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
3Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
4Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
5Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.
6Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 22 minutes) with no walking.
7Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
8Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
9Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

Things I actually needed....

This is what I brought to the hospital and the stuff I wish I had....

I wish I had...
More treats. More chocolate and candy. It was amazing to eat a turtle brought by my mother. I wish I had a few boxes for the really great nurses that worked on the labor and delivery floor. They were amazing and I wish that I could have had something to give them right away.

I wish I had brought more yoga pants. Even after a c-section I wanted to be in my own clothes as soon as the catheter came out. I did not bring enough for changes and for the extra days bc I had emergency c-section.

Was glad I packed...
Comfy socks.
Chapstick
Depends (better than meshy panties and pads as big as a boat).
Some small toiletries (my own toothpaste)
Breastfeeding tank tops
Deodorant
Hair ties and clips
My boppy (my husband said we should buy two bc it was so very useful for his comfort and mine).
My e-reader...after I got the epidural I actually read a lot.
The laptop so that my husband could play his Internet poker for the 20 hours we were in labor and delivery.
Cell phones and chargers
Camera
BATTERIES! That camera sucked batteries like craaazy.


What I was glad they had at the hospital...
I asked to pump so that I could get as much colostrum into my baby. He had low blood sugar and they started him on formula. I asked to pump so that I could give him all I had too. The nice bonus to asking to pump (even if you don't use it) is that they give you a kit with tubes and bottles and a hand pump that would cost you about fifty dollars to buy on Amazon. It was compatible with mine at home so its a huge bonus to have extra parts at no cost to you.

They pretty much have everything that you need for baby at the hospital. No need to pack a lot for the baby. Just a car seat, outfit, and a blanket. They have everything else for baby care. Diapers, wipes, and all the goods are already there so no need to pack them. Bring the diaper bag though so that you can fill it with all the stuff to take home and use.

A soothie pacifier for the car ride home.

Stuff that was actually pretty useful for me at home and stuff that just is not...

The baby does not like the co-sleeper or any means of sleeping separate from me or Dad. Okay, I will admit I don't like to sleep without baby either. He will sleep a bit in the swing as long as its not moving.

I love my glider and I am glad that I put it in the family room where the TV is located. It does me no good in the nursery. Booooring.

I actually love the wipe warmer. It seems frivolous but babies hate freezing cold but wipes in the middle of the night. Babies actually hate diaper changes in general but warm wipes make it a little more tolerable.

Huge bottles of hand sanitizer in the living room and by the diaper changing table. My older son got his first cold of the year the day that we brought the new baby home. Everyone who has visited seems to be sick this week for some reason. I have been the sanitizer queen and I demand that all who enter all also well sanitized. My husband calls me the sanitizer nazi.

Lots of blankets and onsies. This baby has had his share of blowouts and we go through about three onsies a night. We get a lot of crap on the blankets (both literal and figurative).

A great pump I inherited. My sister in law gave me her medela pump in style. Its a great expensive pump that is really useful for stocking up on breast milk. I was leery about borrowed pumps but I must say after I used it I can see that its nearly impossible for any cross contamination with old breast milk. There is just no way with clean tubing that any breast milk could get into the motor and back into the bottle. I cleaned everything with alcohol when I got it but there is not a reason that I can see not to use a well taken care of used pump from someone close to you.  Also, the medela breast milk storage bags are something that I went back and purchased bc they are so handy for freezing the milk for when I go back to work.

The baby did not need the fifty different pacis. He liked the one from the hospital.

Breastfeeding the first week

Breastfeeding is not easy. There are women out there that will tell you that it came so natural and it was so wonderful right from the start. I think that these women have amnesia. I think that they forget that their nipples are cracked and bleeding and that a baby needs fifty tries to get a latch that he likes that does not cause you to screech in pain. I love breastfeeding but I love it like training for a race. I love it like a really hard run. Its not easy but that's what makes it so awesome. There I am feeding my baby. He needs nothing else but my milk and I am doing it. I have managed to do it for one whole week! I am amazed and empowered by the fact that although not easy and totally consuming I am giving him the best start I can.

When I had my first son I was a young mom. Still in college and back to school one week after birth. I had tried to breastfeed but I was not successful for long. There were possible physiological reasons that I was not successful such as him having a poor latch. Also, not enough time to establish the feeding from a breast before I had to start pumping. I have always felt guilty that I could not keep it up for as long as I would have liked. It was not fair that he and I could not have that. I actually shed tears of frustration over how hard it was and how I could not do it. I am determined not to have those same regrets with this little guy. I am not going to say its easy. Its also not going to be easy to pump at a job like mine teaching physical education to students with disabilities. If I have to work then I am going to surely give him my milk when I am gone. Easy or not... I am determined that we will do this for the next six months.

Some things I have learned so far....
Breastfed babies need a lot of diapers. I am not kidding....A LOT.

Their poop can be runny and that is normal, this is not diarrhea.

It will take a lot of trial and error before you will get the latch thing right so that it does not hurt.

Babies can have a favorite boob.

When my milk came in I felt like I had the munchies for two days.

Engorgement is not eased by pumping. You will just make more. Its fine for stocking up but not for milk reduction.

Constipation and thirst go with breastfeeding.

A sports watch is really handy when breastfeeding. Stop watch feature can tell you how long since the last feeding and how long baby is eating. No one will use those fancy timers at three am that you can buy for breastfeeding, the watch with indiglo is indispensable.Until wearing a watch I have only been able to tell what time it is by looking out my window. I just purchased a new timex that I am waiting to come in the mail. I can use it for all of the above and also when I return to exercise to time my first very slow miles.
I still look about four month pregnant but the rest of me is looking a lot more normal. I have put my wedding rings back on my finger. I have still not left the house (one week later) and I have no intention to do so until my appointment on Friday to look at my incision.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Had that baby!

I had the baby! Yay. Baby is good. Mom is good. Dad is good. Kids are ok. I say that the other kids (my other son (12) and step son (17) are just ok because this is honestly a huge adjustment. Both of them were used to having our undivided attention as "only" children. Now they must share the love, which I was not anticipating would be a huge issue because at these ages they have their own lives. But it is. We are looking to do something special for the boys like have Dad take them to a ball game.

When I left the hospital I would say its true that I looked to be about six months pregnant. I am now looking about four months pregnant a week later. I spent a ton of money on the bellibands but I have not worn it regularly. Mostly because I am already pretty uncomfortable. I might try it today and see if it will help me with the pooch.

I am starving because of the breast feeding. Kind friends have been dropping off meals that I devour. I ate about a half a pan of brownies in a breastfeeding state of delirium. Screaming newborn in one hand, shoveling brownies with the other. I sent my dear husband to the TraderJoes to pick me up some more reasonable treats. Such as the chocolate european style yogurt that I love. I also love to eat their pesto on the whole grain pasta. Yumm. So hopefully I can rein in the eating and then the breastfeeding might help me to lose the weight that I gained.

I gained 45 pounds with this pregnancy. That is how much I am up from my pre-pregnancy weight. Here is a breakdown of weight according to the American Pregnancy Association...http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/eatingfortwo.html

Where does all the extra weight go?

Here is an approximate breakdown of your weight gain:
  • Baby: 7-8 pounds
  • Placenta: 1-2 pounds
  • Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds
  • Uterus: 2 pounds
  • Maternal breast tissue: 2 pounds
  • Maternal blood : 4 pounds
  • Fluids in maternal tissue: 4 pounds
  • Maternal fat and nutrient stores: 7 pounds
According to my calculations I should lose about 25 pounds after having the baby right away. So really I am dealing with about 20 pounds to get rid of now that baby is born.

I originally had a goal to run the Turkey Trot but now I am thinking that is not reasonable because of the c-section. Now I am thinking that the more reasonable timetable would include the jingle bell run or the new years run. Maybe even the superbowl 5k. I will need to see how slow the return to running will be after the all clear in eight weeks.

My running background is not impressive by any means. I am a turtle. I like to run slow and long. I do dream of being a gazelle. But that would take speed-work and I hate speedwork. I run races for the fun and atmosphere. I also like to run races to give me a goal. I do not run races for time. Just to complete them. I would love to run a marathon next year. I have run a half marathon and I really thought that was a loooong way so I can not imagine doing it twice but I would like to have that notch on my belt.

I bought a great jogging stroller ( A Bobb) so I can not wait to bust it out when the weather is nice. I am going to buy myself the Ice queen skirt from Skirtsports right now because most of my training will be in the winter here and that is my push present to myself. It will be nice to look forward to a head clearing run (in about seven more weeks).

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The last week and husky pants.

There is no way to describe what pregnancy is like in the ninth month if you have not experienced it. It is so wonderful and exciting, and slooooow. My husband says that its the fourth quarter with 30 seconds to go. Somehow this has been the longest 30 seconds of my life. I am ready ready ready. Did I say ready? I am ready. I am 38 weeks and four days. My doctor is going to induce my on 39 weeks one day because my baby appears to be super sized. This does not surprise me because my diet has been less than optimal through the pregnancy. I have completely used pregnancy to give into my cravings. I ate an entire coffee cake yesterday. Its not that I lack will power, I am actually very disciplined if I set my mind. It's that I lack motivation. I just have been happy to eat what I want BC I knew no matter what there was no fighting the gain and change to my body in pregnancy. So change must come.
My family needs the change too. My son is what you would call Husky. We spent an entire day trying to find jeans that fit him. He is now in middle school, so they must be decent looking also. My son is "huskyer" than a normal husky. Thank you SEARS! After an entire day of shopping. We found four pairs of nice Levi's that actually fit.  They carry different size husky clothes such as a 32x28 which fits him PERFECT! Husky is not a one size fits all thing and with kids being overweight these days I am surprised that more stores did not carry larger sizes. I know that the idea is that the kid should lose some weight but in the "in between" can't we just have a nice pair of jeans like everyone else? These are kids with self esteem issues already why should they have to look strange compared to their peers? 
We are off today to watch my son play football. I plan on stopping by the apple orchard which is a mile away from the field. I am going to try to resist the donuts and go for the apples instead. If they have caramel apples all bets are off.