Or “I think the hardest part of that workout was putting on my tights”
Thank God for CW-X Stabilyx Tights. I can’t fit into most of my pre-preggo clothes yet, but I managed to wedge myself into my running capri tights and at least felt a little athletic as I prepared for my first postpartum run (click here to see my first tight-wedging post-Sprocket). I mean, I might have felt like a tubed sausage, but wearing running tights again is a total win, and all I needed to get in them was a shoe horn and some Vaseline.
I had just fed Spark, but was worried about how the girls would fare on the run. So, I put on a sports bra and a shelf bra tank top for extra support. I bounded down the stairs to be met with laughter…LAUGHTER from my husband. My self-doubting-shoved-into-tights-with-some-muffin-top self interpreted it as laughing at me — but according to B, he was “laughing at my motivation to get back out there.” Uh-huh. Sure.
I loaded Sprocket into the jogging stroller and headed out. B cheered me on from our bedroom window and apparently documented my first few running steps.
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At the end of Part 1, I had just gotten to the hospital and walked past the NICU to Labor and Delivery Room #4. I changed into a gown and laid down to get hooked up to the monitors. At 1:30 a.m., the nurse checked me and I was 4cm dilated and 100% effaced. Progress! B excitedly crossed out the numbers on the little countdown board. The nurse also checked to see if my water was broken. She really didn’t think it was, but did a test for amniotic fluid and sure enough, it had. Apparently, baby was so low that it created a seal in my pelvis and didn’t let anymore fluid out.
The doctor came in to talk to me about my high blood pressure. It was running about 130/93ish and they were concerned about pre-eclampsia. I wasn’t feeling any other symptoms of pre-e and I was sure that it was just high bp, but she ran labs anyway. They took some blood and checked my numbers. She also talked to me about an epidural. She said that epidurals can often lower blood pressure and it would make them a little more comfortable to have me already tapped so that if I needed a c-section it could be done quickly. I knew that I wanted an epi, but wanted to progress a bit further since epidurals can sometimes cause things to slow down. She said “oh honey, your contractions are every 3 minutes, nothing is going to slow down your labor.” I decided to hold out a bit longer.
Labs came back completely normal and about an hour later at 3:30, I got 3 contractions within about 3 minutes and They. Were. Doozies. Read the rest of this entry »
Spark’s birth story is going to come to you in installments — I would like to say that it is because I am great at planning blog entries…but, really, it is because I am exhausted and am crouched in a corner typing furiously before the blonde-haired dictator toddler discovers that I am not giving him my full attention.
Oh, and this gets a little wordy and I don’t have any pics before we got to the hospital — so I will keep your attention with pics of my squishy little Spark.
|Sleepy, Squishy Baby
Spark’s birth story really begins in mid-July. While my friend Normie was here I had a full night of regular and painful contractions. I was only 35 weeks 6 days, but for us that felt pretty far along. So, we weren’t at all worried and thought maybe it meant an early arrival. I went to the doctor and found out I was 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. It was exciting and scary at the same time. I knew I wanted a shot at a VBAC (vaginal birth after csection) and this was definitely a step in the right direction. My body was already starting to do what it was supposed to do. But. But. BUT. I had no idea what to expect Read the rest of this entry »
I have always tried to make this blog an authentic representation of my shenanigans. Sometimes that has been easy — like when recounting a tough race or discussing a nutrition plan for a long run. But, sometimes, that has been hard — when things get messy, like a potential hysterectomy or dealing with preggo emotions. I struggle with the feeling of oversharing, but I feel like I don’t do my readers justice unless I am honest. Color me crazy, but it seems wrong to gloss over the hard stuff and only publish the shiny photoshopped version of life. That is what Pinterest is for.
This is a tough post for me to write, and I worry about what my son will think if he reads it one day — but, I need the therapy that comes from the purge of posting.
Being super pregnant and parenting a toddler in the summer was not a walk in the park.
|Okay, in this case it was literally a walk in a park.
All summer I have just felt a little off. Read the rest of this entry »
You know, sung like this…
Tuesday: B got home from his bike shop job at 8:30 and I had just put Sprocket to bed, fed Spark, and changed into running clothes. Normie had the idea to earn a reward for the small wins, you know, to condition yourself to make good habits. So, to celebrate my first-post-chubby-baby-birthing run, I got these flashy little thangs.
|Mama Needs a New Pair of Shoes
I put on my new blue bolts (I gotta get fast to be able to pull these off…but it was this or pink) and my dorky reflective vest Read the rest of this entry »
Because. You know. All the cool blogging moms have birth plans.
Here was my official Birth Plan as of 35 weeks, and by “official” I mean that I made my doctor type it into my chart this way.
1. Healthy Baby
2. No Magnesium Sulfate
3. Get Baby Out
Not what you expected? Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a terrible picture taken through the smudged side of the hospital bassinet — but here is our newest addition. We are home and doing well — definitely adjusting to our new family of four.
In See Teacher Run Land, she will forever be known as Spark Taco(I don’t need any students finding this blog!), but I thought I would take this one time to answer some FAQ’s about her name.
How the Heck Do You Say It?
It is pronounced Read the rest of this entry »
Six years ago today, I played in the rain with my best friend…
I am so thankful for Mrs. Kuiken’s AP Prob and Stat class.
I am so grateful that we ran into you and Taylor on RAGBRAI where you shamelessly flirted with me…in front of my boyfriend
I am so happy that you decided to come to Normie’s house for our New Year’s Eve Party.
I am so glad you came to visit me over 2 hours away a week after our not-so-amazing first date.
I am so incredibly happy to have you on my team through this crazy adventure that we call life.
More Dots Than You Will Ever Know,