Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello Again: Let's Have Coffee and Catch Up

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, too.

- 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 moving again.

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.

I've 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 few months?

3 comments:

  1. Cecilia is PRECIOUS!!! Congratulations!!!

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  2. She is so, so sweet! Yes- ups and downs of the newborn stage is so true... it is not an easy phase but it does keep getting easier. Glad your recovery is going so well!

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