Friday, August 31, 2012

Blast from the Past

I ran across this picture yesterday.  It would've been taken when I was a senior in high school--about 6 years ago.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Can't Wait

Labor Day weekend is non-negotiable in our family.  Every year we go to family camp.  My husband seriously is counting down the days until the next the day we get home :)  His family has gone for a lot of years and now it is tradition in our family too.  I just can't wait to unplug...unwind...enjoy nature...take!...and spend quality time with our closest friends and family.

This is a video that my friend put together last year...bonus points if you spot me :)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Lineman Rodeo

My husband competed in his first Lineman Rodeo this weekend.  {Electrical lineman compete in different job related events for accuracy and time--a total of 4 events}.

We've been in a drought all summer long and when does it choose to rain, but Saturday morning.  It ended up stopping shortly after they started and because it has been so dry it was hardly even muddy {except the parking lot that I tried to walk across, but that's another story.}

It was so fun to go watch Donovan compete {especially after all the races he has watched me run!}

I even remembered to take some pictures :)

Sleepy boys watching Paddington...this looks like a nicer
rainy day activity. :)

They set all these poles, just for this rodeo and will take them
all back down.

Donovan heading up the pole.

Their first event...changing a cutout?  Or
something like that?

Brian {Donovan's teammate} on the ground.

More of the same event.

There were 2 judges per event and they were judged on
accuracy and time.

Brian getting things together to send up to Donovan.

Getting ready to start Hurt Man Rescue...the
bull riding of lineman rodeos.

Donovan on the ground during
the Downed Primary event.

Cleaning up their stuff after their last event.

All the kids--our 2 and Brian's 5.

Banquet supper.  I was starving by the time we ate.
I forgot to take a picture of the dessert, but it was nothing

They ended up getting 3rd place in the
Downed Primary.  They were pretty excited :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

A List

  • I am currently obsessed with peaches.  I've eaten 3 today.

  • My husband had an abnormal workday today so he got us doughnuts :) {I promise I only ate one}.

  • And then the boys and I had oatmeal (with peaches!) to balance it out.

  • My husband had a stow-away in his work truck.

  • Well really he is the dummy for hurt man rescue, but when I went to leave for my eye appointment, I had to look twice.  And believe it or not this guy weighs 250 lbs.

  • I got a new prenatal workout video.  I did the first section yesterday and then the second section and the stretching section today.  Holy cow is it hard.  I decided on this one because of the reviews on amazon complaining it was hard...and that's what I was looking for, because most of those videos don't give me a workout.  I actually didn't expect it to be this hard, but I think it will be really good.  Lots of strength movements and it gets your heart rate up, but very, very low impact.  I also like it because it moves quickly from one thing to the next so you really are working hard the whole time.  It actually made me a little sore {especially through the shoulders :) }  And the lady is actually pregnant...I hate it when the instructor is not pregnant.  Oh, so you look all cute and skinny and I just feel like a whale {or a cow, or an elephant, or a rhino...}

  • I am 30 weeks pregnant today.  So at the most I have about 10 weeks left.  And both my boys were early, so it's possible that even before that!  That's hard to wrap my mind around.  Although, I'm getting toward the end of my rope with this whole pregnancy thing.
  • 1 mile walk with the boys this morning.  A beautiful breezy, cloudy morning.
  • There is a local 60 mile relay tomorrow and I'm super bummed that I can't run.  Next year!  But my husband is competing in the Lineman Rodeo at the State Fair tomorrow, so at least I'll be busy all day

What are your weekend plans?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bad Blogger, web finds, and my running status.

I am officially a bad blogger and a bad mommy.  We went to a family reunion this weekend and I didn't take a single picture the entire weekend.  I even thought about it, but decided I was too lazy to go get the camera.


  • My husband is literally counting down the days, but we're all excited for family camp {links to a video--bonus points if you can spot me :) }

Most unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that my running during this pregnancy has come to an end.  I really wanted to make it a few more weeks, but due to baby's position I get a lot of pain in the cervical area during running {even a minute at a time} and I start contracting.  So for the health of my baby, I'm going to have to stick with walking.  I'm bummed, but soon enough my sweet little boy will be here and I know I can get back in shape afterwards.  {After all, I've done it twice without running at all during pregnancy!}  I'm starting to get antsy for my baby boy after Janae just had her sweet baby girl and my best friend had a baby girl this morning!  But my to do list is still plenty long...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

79 days!

I just looked it up and I only have 79 days until my due date!  This pregnancy has really seemed to go pretty fast and I *think* that I am not as uncomfortable as with my first 2.  I have different complaints though.

28 weeks 5 days
I'm loving...

  • having my 3 year old talk to the baby
  • feeling lots of movement
  • knowing I'm already in the 3rd trimester
  • the cooler temperatures
Thumbs down to...
  • how low this little guy is.  He's making standing, let alone running uncomfortable.  Even with the support belt.  I've been doing lots of run/walking.  I was hoping to make it longer, but I'm not sure how long I'll be able to.
  • the Braxton Hicks...some of which are downright painful.  They tend to come sooner each pregnancy and my OB nurse friend said that most women who come in thinking they are in labor when they aren't are dehydrated and/or have been overdoing it.  So I skipped the run yesterday because I was contracting a little. {definitely not labor}
  • the heartburn/indigestion.  Ordered some digestive enzymes which are supposed to help.
  • the fatigue.  I was super tired in 1st trimester with my first 2, but this time I wasn't, but I am now.  It's making it hard to accomplish my to do list.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Kool-aid Days

My hometown is the birthplace of Kool-aid and every August there is a weekend celebration of Kool-aid.  We took the boys to the opening parade and my goodness it was a madhouse.  My sister-in-law said it was way worse than last year.  It was fine, but too many people for my taste.

I promise he is more excited than he looks.

The local fencing school.

My high school!

Miss Kool-aid.  I never ever aspired to be "Miss _____" 

The Kool-aid Man!

The World's Largest Kool-aid Stand.  You can buy a mug and then
try all sorts of different much as you want :)
Sugar overload anyone?

We made them wait until we got back in the vehicle to eat
any of their candy.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Jack woke up at 2:45 am with raspy breathing and a barky cough.  Sitting outside calmed it down, consulting Dr. Google at 3 am.  The most likely diagnosis...

the dreaded croup.

*sigh*  We did RSV with both boys a year ago last April and it's no fun.

A call to the doctor's office and a last minute appointment, I feel better.

And then we got to sit in the waiting room for over an hour {we just switched doctors and I was there 1/2 hour early to fill out all the paperwork}.  So by the time we saw the doctor, it was an hour past our appointment time.  Of course I braved it with both boys and didn't try to find a baby-sitter for Joel...I was fine at the doctor's office.  I was patient, I spoke calmly, I was firm, but kind.   I was fine during lunch {where I took the boys out because it was already 12:45pm} but on the way back to the vehicle when nobody could see, I wanted to lose it.  My patience was being tried, and I was tired of it.  On the 20 minute drive home, I heard my voice getting sharper and harsher.  I didn't want to be patient.  I was done.  But that's the lie.  I was choosing to lose my patience.  I was choosing to be good when people were watching and choosing to be sharp when the eyes were no longer on me.  And this verse popped into my head.

"Be completely humble and gentle, dealing with
one another in love."
Ephesians 4:2

I can be gentle with others, but with my family, I let myself turn into somebody I don't want to be.  Character is what you do when nobody is watching.  What kind of character do I want to have?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

First 3rd Trimester Run and Running While Breastfeeding

I am now in my 3rd trimester!  The end getting closer :)  I had a great run this morning.  Jack is spending the day with Grandpa and Grammy and I just had Joel in the stroller and it's absolutely amazing what a difference that 30 pounds makes!  I am continuing my set run/walk routine and this morning I did:

1:00 run
1:00 walk
2:00 run
1:00 walk
3:00 run
1:00 walk
4:00 run
1:00 walk
5:00 run
1:00 walk
1:00 run
1:00 walk
2:00 run
1:00 walk
0:48 run (to finish)
Total: 18:48 run
          7 minute walk

I could feel a little cramping in my lower belly and hips, but the walk breaks helped alleviate it.  I am now set on the scheduled walk makes everything better and I don't ever overdo it then.  And this morning had a definite fall-ish feel to it.  It stormed overnight and there was a wonderful cool north breeze this morning {I even turned the AC off, opened the windows, and lowered the inside temperature by 2 degrees} and even at 10 when I was finally able to go, it was still a little cloudy and only 67 degrees.  The humidity felt lower {hence the fall feel} and because July was so dry even the irrigated corn is dry and the sound of the wind in the corn sounded like fall.  I know summer will most likely still stick around for awhile, but it will not last forever!  I was daydreaming about hard workouts after Baby :)

Running While Breastfeeding
*disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional and this is my opinions, experiences, and research.  If you have questions or problems talk to your doctor or lactation consultant*

I exclusively breastfed my first for 9 months until he weaned himself and we switched to formula until he was a year and almost exclusively breastfed my second for 11 months {sometimes if I had to be gone, I would just leave formula instead of pumping as he got older and it got harder to pump}.  Here I will share my top tips to successfully run while breastfeeding.

  • Establish your milk supply before you start exercising.  For some people, especially, strenuous exercise can decrease your milk supply so it's important to make sure your baby is getting enough and gaining weight before you start really working out again.  And also, to establish a good milk supply, it requires a lot of time spent feeding, so you probably won't even feel like doing too much.
  • Drink, drink, drink.  Being properly hydrated is essential to keeping your milk supply up.  And if you are sweating you are going to need extra water.  A great way to remember to drink water is to have a cup or water bottle that you always have when you nurse the baby so while baby is eating, you are drinking.
  • Eat enough calories.  Breastfeeding can burn up to an additional 500 calories a day.  While this can be great for weight loss, if you are getting too few calories, that too can affect your milk supply.  Some people have to actually cut back on strenuous exercise for awhile because they can't keep their milk supply up.  Some other way to boost your milk supply are:  Mother's Milk herbal tea, fenugreek and brewer's yeast {can get in capsule form}.    
  • Run right after feeding or pumping.  This is important for 2 reasons: 1)  Your breasts will be much bigger and heavier than pre-pregnancy and even pregnancy and it is much more comfortable.  You are doing this mostly for your sake :)  It's also not a whole lot of fun having a starving baby and you are dripping in sweat either.  This is a bigger deal the more often they feed so for me, the older my babies were, the less of a concern this was. {And I have heard that the lactic acid can change the taste of breast milk and some babies don't mind, but other won't like it.} 2)  You have more time to be gone without worrying whether you have a hungry baby or not.  My children were on pretty predictable schedules and I knew about how long I would have before I would need to nurse again.  My husband was much happier about watching a happy baby as well.
  • Invest in a good bra!  You are going to need one with the bigger and heavier breasts and you really do not want to damage all those ligaments in your breasts.  And it is also extremely uncomfortable to be bouncing everywhere.  Before I ever got pregnant, I was a B cup and then during pregnancy and nursing I went up to a D {and after a few months and post nursing I was a C}.  Let me tell you, there is a huge difference!  I looked long and hard for a bra and was very disappointed with the lack of support in what were claimed to be high impact for larger chests.  I finally settled on Moving Comfort's Juno bra and I love it.  I bought it in a 36C first, but found I got better support with a 34D. However, I am layering a Nike drifit bra over it now during pregnancy.  If you are a C or larger, I would highly recommend Moving Comfort bras.  They are pricey, but worth every penny!  I found mine on sale for $20-25 and amazon has pretty good prices on them as well. {they are normally $52!!}.

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Friday, August 3, 2012

"Flying Pigs, Unicorns, and Amy Hastings in the 10K"

So was the article titled by Jon Gugala titled.  I am so excited to watch the 10,000 m this afternoon.  All I am doing at 3:15 is sitting in front of the TV and watch these crazy fast ladies run 25 laps around the track.  I love watching distance running.  And I have decided I love Amy Hastings.  She's so cute and she's gutsy!  I love her drive and competitiveness.


 "I know I'm the 
underdog right now in this race. I might not even be an underdog; I might just 
be counted out," Hastings says. "But as long as I get there and give myself the 
best possible opportunity, crazier things have happened.

"I'm going to go for it and see what happens," she says. 
"I think it will be good." (via

Go Amy!  I'm cheering for you!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Running Post-Baby {post #1}

As I near the beginning of the third trimester (tomorrow!!), I came to some conclusions on my run/walk this morning that make me feel better.  {I have been lacking in the running department lately.  After my race, I was severely lacking in motivation to continue running.  I was just getting frustrated mentally.  But after a week off and then I have been run/walking (2 minutes run, 1 minute walk or today 3 minutes run, 1 minute walk)  I feel like I can keep going}

  • I am running.  Period.  I am running more than many people who are not pregnant can run.
  • I cannot compare myself to anyone else.  Even if they are running a gazillion more miles than I am, it's because they were running even more before pregnancy and I am really right on for what I was doing when I got pregnant.  And along those lines, I am not a marathon runner.  I do not ever run volume like that.
  • It might seem like what I am doing is insignificant now, but it will help me after Baby.  There are benefits to labor {it's supposed to make it easier!} and I will be able to get in shape again easier.  And trust me, I have gotten back in shape twice after not exercising at all during pregnancy and it's not fun.
  • Use this time to cherish the season--cherish my pregnancy with Baby Boy #3 {no, he doesn't have a name yet...} and use it to dream about what I want to do after baby.

Like I have said, running during pregnancy is new to me, but running after babies is not.  So I want to share my experiences with my first two and also share some of the new things that I have learned.  {Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional nor do I claim to be.  This is simply a collection of information I have read and my experiences.  Talk to your doctor about your individual needs before exercising.}

Pelvic Floor Muscles
I'm going to jump right into the awkward part...If you've only had one baby you may not notice problems with your pelvic floor muscles as much as those who have had multiple children {unless you had a really awful labor or a really big baby...} But trust me, running is so much more fun if you don't feel like you are going to pee your pants the whole time...or do {fortunately I have not, but I officially do not like jumping jacks at all after babies...}  I am sure that every one of you have had Kegals preached at you.  But just recently I ran across an article I found extremely interesting.  This lady argued that Kegals perhaps are not the best way to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.  I would highly recommend that you go read this interview between blogger Kara from Mama Sweat and biomechanical scientist Katy Bowman.  Bowman instead argues that squatting is the way to go.
and the follow up also...

I think what is presented makes a lot of sense.  Kegals simply do not truly strengthen, but tighten the pelvic floor muscles.  Bowman argues, and I agree, that:

One of the biggest misnomers is that tight muscles are "strong" and loose muscles are "weak." In actuality, the strongest muscle is one that is the perfect length - you need Pelvic Floor Goldilocks - it's juuuuuust right. The Kegel keeps making the PF tighter and tighter (and weaker and weaker). The short term benefits are masking the long term detriments. Ditch the kegels and add two to three squat sessions throughout the day (anywhere). The glutes strengthen and as a result, they pull the sacrum back, stretching the PF from a hammock to a trampoline. Viola! You can still practice opening and closing your PF in real-time situations, but you don't have to approach it like a weight-lifting session or anything. It doesn't need to be on the To Do list :) {}.

And check out what squatting is good for....

In strength training, the squat is a compound, full body exercise that trains primarily the muscles of the thighships and buttocks, quads (vastus lateralus medialis and intermedius), hamstrings, as well as strengthening the bonesligaments and insertion of the tendons throughout the lower body. Squats are considered a vital exercise for increasing the strength and size of the legs and buttocks, as well as developing core strengthIsometrically, the lower back, the upper back, the abdominals, the trunk muscles, the costal muscles, and the shoulders and arms are all essential to the exercise and thus are trained when squatting with proper form.[1] {}.
I have started squatting already {no weight or anything} 3 sets x 10 squats.  And is definitely something I want to be diligent about post-baby.  Squatting also supposed to help in childbirth.  Check out this post.  It has a ton of great information about proper squatting and how it can help you during labor:

The First Run
I have to be honest and say that I started running before getting an "official" go ahead from my midwife.  However, I had been in for a 2 week check up and she said everything was fine, so when my babies were about 1 month old, I went for my first run.  I ran 1 mile.  As slowly as I had to.  And then I did it again and again until I could go a little farther.  Then a little faster.  And by circumstances, I didn't really build up mileage or run super consistently until they were about 3 months old.  But doing something, anything, was so good for my mind and body.  And as long as everything goes smoothly, I am planning to do the same with this baby.

My plan this time around {I am still working on specifics, but this is it in simple form}:

  • invest in a treadmill.  This would cure every excuse about the weather.  I will be getting back into running in early-mid December and sometimes winter in Nebraska really stinks and it's too easy to just not do it.  And in the winter it gets dark so early that I have a very limited window of time to run.
  • Start walking as soon as I feel up to it.
  • Be smart.  I'm not going to push things until I'm ready.  I would rather wait to start than injure myself and not be able to run at all.
  • Have races to motivate me to train.  For me, this is the single best way to motivate myself out the door on the days, I really don't want to run.
  • Add strength training/yoga and/or pilates.  I have always been horrible about cross-training, but I need to be strong to not hurt myself.  And for sure on the strength training, wait a few months out due to the relaxin {thus a higher risk of injury}.  Although I read that relaxin can be present as long as you are breastfeeding.  So I will proceed with caution.
  • Diet.  This is huge for me.  I struggle with this one.  I always joke that I run so I can eat whatever I want, but I severely lack self-control and that needs to change.  I am working on a plan that will work for me.  {I'll share it when I finish it!}
  • Have a plan.  A training schedule...something to follow and something that has the rest days I need built in.  If I know what to do, I am so much more likely to actually do it.
I have so much more I'd love to share with you like breastfeeding while running wait that doesn't work  running while breastfeeding, and abdominal strengthening, my goals and race schedule.  But I'll do that all in another post.