Hello out there. Yes, I know I haven't posted anything on this blog since March. You might also have noticed that I switched my Instagram username so it is more reflective of my personal use rather than use for this blog. I'll admit, I wasn't sure if I was going to pick this back up.
But here I sit, and the past few weeks I've felt that craving to write again. So I hope you'll be patient and stick it out with me. I've got things to say and I am ready to rejoin the blogosphere as a new and (I hope slightly improved) version of me.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. I thought--what better way to fill you in on the past 5 months or so than to have a virtual coffee date? So grab a cup of coffee or tea, pull up a chair, and let's get caught up.
You might be wondering why I disappeared from the blogging world these last few months. I don't have a good answer for you. Pregnancy really wore me down, and I found myself so wiped out at the end of the day after work, trying to keep exercising, and getting ready for baby, that I just didn't have anything left in me to write. Have you ever felt that way? I hope it's not just me.
So what has happened in these last few months? I can try to give you the highlights.
- I did a decent job of staying active all the way through the end of my pregnancy. I walked a 5K with my friend Stephanie at 26 weeks pregnant. I continued working out on the weekends with a personal trainer until about 30 weeks. I rekindled my relationship with the pool at our local Rec Center and spent some time swim
ming laps. All in all, I'm very happy with how active and fit I
managed to stay during my pregnancy. I know it helped during delivery
and recovery, but more on that later.
- I was fortunate to
have the chance to continue traveling and took several great trips. In
March, we went to Nashville, Tennessee, and visited my family and had a
lovely baby shower. We spent a long Easter weekend in Naples, Florida
with my parents, sister, and her boyfriend. Adam and I celebrated our
anniversary and a mini "babymoon" with a quick weekend trip.
- I did the things I love to
do. I got a few great rounds of golf under my belt this spring despite
my growing belly--and even beat my whole family and shot an 87 on
Mother's Day. I made it out to three Reds games early in this season,
- I've spent the past six and a half weeks
experience the joy (as well as the ups and downs) of parenthood. Our
daughter, Cecilia Jean, decided to make a dramatic entrance into this
world on June 18, about six weeks ahead of schedule. Her due date was
just yesterday! My water broke on June 16 and I found myself checked
into the hospital for two rounds of steroid injections for lung
development, and then Cecilia was born via c-section on June 18 at 5
pounds, 1 oz, and 18 inches long. She had a short stay (8 days) in the
NICU, but we were so fortunate that she didn't have to stay longer and
she has been an amazingly strong and healthy little girl.
As I mentioned earlier, my recovery from my c-section delivery has gone
amazingly well, and I attribute that almost entirely to the work I put
in during my pregnancy. I was able to be up and walking the halls of the
hospital only a day or two post surgery, which I really think helped
with the longer term recovery. My doctor told me I could start slowly
run/walking again and doing upper body weights only 3 weeks post
delivery. It's done wonders for my sanity to be able to get out and
So, that about catches you up on the past
few months of my life. Which probably lends the questions--what next?
Luckily, I have an answer for that!
I'm still off
work until the day after Labor Day, so I'm spending the next month
snuggling with my baby, trying to organize the house, and trying my best
to get back into shape. I've been able to get back to running a little
more than 2 miles at a time using my run/walk intervals. I have slowly
been getting back to strength training at the gym when time allows. I
have plans to run the Air Force Marathon 5k at the end of September, and
I can't wait. I've run the half marathon the past two years, and I
signed up for the 5k thinking I'd probably just walk it but not wanting
to miss out on the race weekend festivities. Now, I am excited that I'll
be able to run it!
I also have plans to get back with my personal
trainer to use my last two sessions and possibly renew for some more--or
sign back up for her early morning bootcamp
(once Cecilia decides to
sleep well enough that I think that is a realistic possibility, that
is). I've also signed back up for Weight Watchers (I was down four pounds after my first week) and I am hopeful that
I'll be able to lose the remaining baby weight and then some. I've been
enjoying my time off work because it's allowing me time to hunt for and
cook healthy new recipes. I hope to find some new staples that I can easily incorporate into our routine once I head back to work. Now that life has settled down (as much as that is possible with a newborn in the house) and I feel more myself again, I hope to use this blog to track my journey to regaining my fitness and losing the baby weight. I also have my eye on the Indianapolis 500 Mini Marathon in May, so I'm sure I'll be sharing my training for that when the time comes. It's my goal to be able to post a few times a week again to share these things.
certainly been rambling for this entire coffee date, but I think you
are about caught up on my life. What have I missed with you these past