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Weeks 36 & 37 – The Final Countdown


It’s fun to be at a point now were with less than 3 weeks to go I can countdown the time in days….”about 18-ish days to go!” It makes it feel close, but then there are moments where mentally I feel like she will never come out. I hear that’s a normal feeling around this last part, plus I’m just plain impatient. πŸ™‚

At week 36 we had a little baby drama come up. We were at my regular weekly appointment and they thought they caught a deceleration of her heart rate on the doppler. They don’t take those things lightly so that resulted in 8 hours of fetal monitoring at the hospital. It turned out everything was okay and there was absolutely no issue. Still it was quite a mentally draining day, lying there still wondering if something would happen that would cause it to be Baby J’s bday. Just in case I took a picture of us since we weren’t sure if this would be the moment just before we became parents.


It was nice getting to hear her heartbeat all day long and know she was healthy. We also got to have an ultra sound because they want to check her amiotic fluid, how the umbilical cord looks, etc. All was good! She was even using her little lungs, stomach, and bladder. She was weighing in at 6 pounds, which was spot on for 36 weeks.

Week 36 bump picture


Tan Tank Top – Ann Taylor Loft, Tan and Navy Striped Top – The Limited

Blue Skinny Jeans – Jessica Simpson Maternity, Brown Wedges – Coach

The week 37 appointment had no drama, but no indications that anything has started yet. Just mild cramps that come and go. Plus I could use extra naps. πŸ™‚ Keep cooking baby!

Week 37 bump picture


White Tank – Motherhood Maternity, Jean Jacket – Old Navy

Blue and White Striped Skirt – Motherhood Maternity, Gold Sandals – Coach


My doctor has advised me to slow down and rest more. He knows I’m a busy body and while I get tired easy, I still keep trying to be busy. I have respected my doctor’s wishes and have been resting more and have just been walking for exercise lately. I don’t even take my running watch with me and just go for walks with my fitbit or nothing to track. It feels good to be outside and move around. Not having a goal time or distance has been a nice mental break.

Nursery/Baby Stuff

In baby items we got our running stroller!!! We got the Mountain Buggy Terrain. I can’t wait until we can use it!! πŸ˜€




I will do a review on it once we have logged some time with Baby J. We got the Peg Perego attachment to use it with her car seat as well. There are a lot of great running stroller options out there, but here are some of the features that had us picking this one:

  • Hand break
  • Shocks
  • Adjustable handrail
  • Zipper compartment
  • Double bottle slings standard
  • Seat fully comes out for cleaning

I’m getting Baby J’s clothes organized and just need to add bins for all of the little stuff.


In the nursery we have new furniture thanks to Rob’s handy work! He adjusted plans that I found on ana-white to fit our nursery.

He made Baby J a book case and some book shelves. While it’s great that making furniture is incredibly inexpensive versus buying something from Pottery Barn or another store, the best part is that the furniture is completely custom to the dimensions that work for our space and it’s sentimental because it was made by Rob. πŸ˜€ I couldn’t be happier!

Walking into the nursery.



Material cost to make this size of bookcase was $80

Glass Canister for hair bows and accessories – Pier 1, Rainbow Sock Monkey – Pier 1



Bookshelves material costs $20


We have just some odds and ends left to get. An end table next to the glider, bins for closet and shelves, one more book case, a set of hooks for purses and jackets, a new floor lamp, table lamp, and art for one more wall. All of which we can add at any point. Everything is otherwise in place and ready for Baby J’s arrival! πŸ˜€


35 Weeks and Pregnancy Brain

As the countdown gets closer to Baby J the doctor has been real pleased with my health and progress. He was even encouraging my continued activity as long as I’m comfortable.


I had my running interview with the Champaign, IL news. I wasn’t sure what questions they would ask and I have a tendency to be long-winded in my responses. I hope they are able to edit something together that makes some sort of sense. πŸ™‚ I haven’t been given and air date yet. When I do get notified it should also be posted on their website and I will post a link.

This week I did the following:

Monday (5/6):

Bike 8 Miles (Trainer, 43:13, 11.1 mph)

Tuesday (5/7):

Bike 10 Miles (Trainer, 47:16, 12.69 mph)

Wednesday (5/8):


Thursday (5/9):

3.1 Miles Run/Walk (Treadmill, .5% Incline, 41:25, 13:22 Pace)

Friday (5/10):

1.5 Miles Run/Walk (Treadmill, .5% Incline, 20:52, 13:55 Pace)

5 Minutes Upper Body Weights

Saturday (5/11):


Sunday (5/12):

2 Miles Run (‘Hood, 22:15, 11:08 Pace)

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 6.6 Miles

Bike: 18 Miles

Strengthening: 1 Time


Lately I haven’t had any specific pregnancy symptoms that would indicate that the baby is getting ready. No real Braxton Hicks type feelings or anything. I just have the standard feeling winded easily and minor swelling if I sit too long, but it goes away after I move. The biggest symptom I have is pregnancy brain. I have it MAJORLY bad this week. I forget what I’m saying mid-sentence. Even my attempts at making lists AND having Rob remind me haven’t been enough from me forgetting exactly what I need to do next. It’s quite frustrating and in fact, a bit embarrassing at work. My job requires me to be able to think on my feet and collaborate with others most of the day. The foggy brain has also cause my vocabulary to be smaller so I can’t seem to find the right words to what I want to say, let alone remember the point I’m trying to make. It’s been a big challenge this past couple weeks since I’m used to being able to keep pace with a conversation and have a bunch of other lists going in my head at the same time. I’ve had some women tell me that foggy brain will continue and turn into parent brain and others say they feel back to normal altogether. Fingers crossed that the fog will lift a bit at some point post-baby. πŸ™‚

35 week bump pictures!


Purple Tank – Liz Lange Maternity, Black Short Sleeved Top – Ann Taylor Loft

Black Skirt – Gap Maternity, Rose Gold and Cork Heels – Coach



Mint Green Long Sleeved Top – Nike, Grey Sports Bra – Old Navy, Black Capris – Nike

Grey Socks – Swiftwick, Pink Boston – adidas

Rob and I have been taking baby classes and this week we had to practice simulation of breaking and relaxing through pain by clipping clothes pin on your ears. After about seven times of doing it our ears were bruised. Rob relaxing through simulated contraction….lol. πŸ™‚



We have a nursery update! Our glider and ottoman came in. It’s the Monte Luca Glider in charcoal with white trim.




We have an Italian restaurant chain in the area called Biaggi’s. I was inspired by their roasted beet salad to make a similar style at home. I didn’t do any measuring on the dressing, I just guestimated based on looking at how much salad I had.


Arugula and Beet Salad

    • Organic arugula
    • Dried Cranberries
    • Pistachios
    • Avocado
    • Beets Sliced
    • Dressing: Honey, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aged Balsamic Vinegar all whisked together

For dinner I made up this:


Spicy Turkey Sausage Ziti

    • Cooked hot spicy italian turkey sausage according to instructions
    • Cook whole wheat penne pasta according to instructions
    • Add sliced red pepper, green pepper, and red onion to the sausages when they are done
    • Remove sausages, slice, and add back into the skillet
    • Add pasta sauce (I had Wolfgang Puck Tomato Basil) and cooked whole wheat pasta to skillet
    • Optional: Put in a glass baking dish (sprayed with olive oil) and add reduced fat cheese to the top and bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted

Mother’s Day

This was my first Mother’s Day and Rob made sure it was absolutely special. He got me an adorable necklace from Tiffany’s with a little teddy bear for our baby that’s about to join us. πŸ™‚


Rob also made me an amazing breakfast with something he’s never made before. He made crepes with chocolate sauce and raspberry compote. He even made them with reduced fat, fat-free, and sugar-free ingredients because he knew I would love that best! πŸ™‚


We had such a wonderful day at home. I hope all you mamas out there had a great day!! Happy Mother’s Day!!


Weeks 33 & 34 – Baby on Board

If you’ve been reading my posts then you know that the last couple of weeks have included two 5Ks and a 10K (here and here). I had sent out some tweets over the IL Marathon weekend and the local news in Champaign, IL saw it and now wants to do a feature on me for one of their segments that is about news in the local community. How exciting! I will be interviewed and I will post a link to video when I have it. They did mention potentially filming me running. I am a little nervous about that. My running form isn’t graceful looking in general. Now my version of pregnant running, especially this late into pregnancy, is more just getting my body to move forward than an actual running style. I just keep telling myself this may be the only time that I am pregnant and that I need to enjoy it and celebrate even this version of running and walking.

In the latest issue of Runner’s World there’s a short article from professional runner, Lauren Fleshman about being pregnant and her thoughts and fears about how she will balance her running career and family. Just always nice to see an article that highlights pregnancy and running moms.

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Here are some bump pictures.

33 Weeks!


Purple Maxi Dress – Liz Lange Maternity from Target, Denim Jacket – Old Navy, Wedges – Coach


Black and White Top – ASOS Maternity, Black Fold Over Maxi Skirt – Gap Maternity

Black Wedges – Coach


Coral T-Shirt Dress – Gap Maternity, Wedges – Coach

34 Weeks!


Black Tank – Destination Maternity, Light lime colored top – Ann Taylor Loft

Black Fold Over Maxi Skirt – Gap Maternity, Black Wedges – Coach


Baby preparations have been going well! The car seat bases are installed in our cars. All the baby clothes and bedding have been washed. Now I just need to pick out some outfits to take to the hospital.


And I’ve started packing for us too. Items I’m packing include:

  • Contacts, probiotic, medication for thyroid
  • Toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash, white strips
  • Makeup remover, Q-tips, cotton balls
  • Old hairdryer, hairspray, hair products, shampoo, conditioner, hair brush, hair ties
  • Deodorant, lotion, shave gel, razor
  • Shower puff, soap
  • Origins Ginzing, mascara, blush
  • Pads, nipple cream
  • Underwear, nursing bras. socks with grips on the bottom

Other than clothes and flip-flops, what else am I forgetting?

For the nursery, we got a framed magnetic chalkboard from Etsy store ShugabeeLane. We love it! It was such high quality, I plant to order more products from this store for the home.


Up next – hopefully more nursery progress and a link to the news segment about me and pregnant running! πŸ™‚


2013 IL Marathon Weekend – 8.5 Months Pregnant

This weekend was the IL Marathon events in Champaign, IL. This event has evolved and improved over the years.

For my past reports on this race you can view those here:

2012 – IL Marathon – 3:46:03

2012 – IL Marathon – 5K – 23:32

2010 – IL Marathon – 3:25:05

2010 – IL Marathon Expo

2009 – IL Half Marathon – 1:57:19

2009 – IL Marathon Expo

Over the years the IL Marathon has added a 5K option on Friday night. If you complete the 5K and then one of the other races Saturday (10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon) you get either a Mini-I Challenge, Half I-Challenge, or Full I-Challenge medal as well.

This year being 8.5 months pregnant I would be tentatively participating by walking the 5K and 10K if I was feeling up to it. Last year we ran the 5K at an easy pace before our marathons. This time Rob would be walking with me. The 5K has 6,000 participants and is very crowded. It’s a relaxed environment and it appears that running strollers may be allowed to (always check first though). It’s a great way to get into running if you haven’t raced a 5K before because it’s a casual environment. If you are a seasoned racer, just expect for this to be more about a casual pre-event to Saturday.

The 5K started at 7:30pm and I wish I would have brought my jelly ring that has lights in it. This would be a good race to bust out any glow necklaces, etc.


Rob and I walked with a little running mixed in. It was awesome to have so many people cheering “Go pregnant lady!” and “Go Mama!”.

I have to say being pregnant and staying active has really changed my outlook on running. I used to focus more on my running times and the race aspect of it all. Being forced to slow down has allowed me to enjoy the environment and appreciate the running community in a way I hadn’t before. Seeing so many different people: ages, weight, health conditions toughing it out. I always enjoyed seeing people out working hard, but now I was witnessing it mid-race and it is awesome! I said to Rob, “this confirms for me there will NEVER be an excuse or reason to not be out running a race”. Okay the only reason would be a doctor saying ‘no’, but that would be the only reason. The people around us were doing it and it reaffirmed for me that this is something I want to do forever.

We finished in 44:22 (14:17 pace).



2013 IL Marathon 5K Medal


Saturday morning was perfect race weather: low 50s, no wind (later it got up to 8mph), a little overcast. We were up at 3:30am and got on the road about 4:30am. We were parked and settled before 5:30am and got to catch up with some of our friends that were also running.


Rob in corral A. The marathon and half marathon started at 7:00am with the 10K starting at 7:40am.


I got to walk with my friend Jaime. Rob and I both had our phones in case anything came up with me and the baby. Jaime and I walked very casually and time flew as we just girl talked the whole way. Again, I got lots of encouragement from people along the way for being out active while being pregnant. We decided to count how many people said something along the way and I think we came up with 22 compliments. πŸ™‚

I was expecting to need to stop a few times for the bathroom, but actually I felt fine and made it the whole way without any pit stops. The funniest thing that happened on our walk was that about .5 mile to the finish. This older lady in the run/walk lit up a cigarette and was smoking while walking! We couldn’t believe it! Then she started to pick up her pace and I was like “oh hell no, we have to pass this lady”. So we picked up our pace and ran into the finish to get away from this lady and also because it’s fun to run into the finish of Memorial Stadium on the 50 yard line.

All done 1:44:05 (16:45 pace). Me with my 10K medal and Mini-I Challenge medal.


Rob texted me while running the marathon, which I immediately knew if he is texting, it’s not going well for him. He had leg cramping earlier into the race and was just toughing it out to finish. He finished in 4:07:38 (9:27 pace) and got his 11th marathon completed.

Rob with his Full Marathon medal and Full I-Challenge medal.


A successful IL Marathon weekend for us. We got out there and are keeping active!


2013 IL Marathon Mini-I Challenge, 10K, and 5K medals.


Me with my medals.


We all hope that those of you that were out at the IL Marathon weekend had a great time!


2013 CCHS 5K – 37:01 – 8 Months Pregnant

Today Rob and I went to the CCHS 5K to run/walk. I’m just over 8 months pregnant so we would just run or walk whatever felt comfortable for me.

Ready to go, wearing the 2012 Boston Marathon shirt. I bought an extra one from another runner that was oversized so I could wear it pregnant.


It was upper 40 degrees, sunny and windy. We got to catch up with our friends and hear about their recent races and training schedules.


Finally we were out lined up in the back to start the race. Rob let me set the pace, which was 10 – 11 minute pace. After 1 mile I did a walk break, then again around 1.75, and one last one around mile 2. Race spectators were great and cheered us on, including baby. πŸ˜€

Rob was an awesome husband and checked on my often to make sure I was okay. My heart, lungs, and even hips felt good! The only thing that was sore was my pelvis and I was feeling all the pressure of my belly and the baby. When we got to the last mile I picked it back up. The race finished with about 400 meters on the high school track. I loved that part and picked up my pace to 7:30.

For run/walking I ended up at 37:01 (11:56 pace). This will likely be my last version of running in a race until after the baby. If I’m able to do the 5K and 10K at IL Marathon next weekend, I will be walking. It all depends on how I feel that day.

It felt so good to be out today and see everyone!