Tuesday, December 31, 2013

13 in 2013 - Completed!

Last year I set a goal of completing 13 races in 2013. When May rolled around, and I found out I was expecting ... I wasn't sure that I'd be able to finish - but I DID!

About the Challenge. 

Here's a couple shots from my 13 in 2013 journey (in no order)
April 2013
First Half Marathon! 
Last pregnant run
Last Pregnant Event - (walked it)

October 2013, 26 weeks pregnant

June 2, 2013 (First Pregnant Race!)

In case you are interested, you can check my race schedule at the top of the screen to see a complete list of runs I participated in and below are a few of the recaps for your enjoyment.

First 1/2 Marathon! 

Iron Girl 1/2 Marathon!

Zoo Run - 22 wks along

May 5 by the 5th 5K

When I began 2013, I had dreams of finishing the Goofy Challenge in early January. As you know, I'm currently expecting our first child and due DURING MARATHON WEEKEND! Soo, my 2013 goals had to change. Instead of Marathon Training for the last half of the year, I focused more on the health of myself and Baby Jimenez. I'm pretty excited for her to get here, and to celebrate her first birthday at Disney in 2015 when I'll finally (Lord Willing) be able to run the Goofy Challenge!

What was your activity level like in 2013? Did you stay active no matter what the challenge or change in plans? 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Full Term Baby? - Week 37 Bumpdate!

AAHHHH!!! We are two days away from having a "Full Term Baby"! Do you know what that means?? It means that Baby Jimenez can come at anytime, and she will be fully developed. Of course, there are some serious health benefits for her to continue to develop inside the womb for the final 3 weeks of gestation. However, if she decided to come a little earlier than 40 weeks all would be well.

I CANNOT believe how fast my pregnancy flew. I have loved being pregnant! It's been a lot of fun bonding with my husband, learning new things, watching my body do some amazing things, running and interacting with the baby - truly it's one of the highlights of my entire life. I'm so thankful for this experience.

Here's a photo of how I look.

If you are a math whiz, you will notice that my due date and pregnancy week don't add up. Yes, you are correct. Since I developed Gestational Diabetes, we will be inducing me (unless Baby comes sooner) on January 10th.  I'm still feeling pretty good. 

Biggest Complaints (right now)
  • I get tired very quickly when going up and down stairs or carrying anything
  • All I want is chocolate, and I'm trying to be strong because of my GD - but ... I give in more than I should. 
  • Sometimes it's hard for me to get out of bed because my belly is so big. 
  • Heartburn can get out of control at times
Things I'm thankful for
  • minimal swelling
  • still able to walk 2 miles with my husband and puppies a couple times a week
  • able to manage my sugars with diet 
  • blood pressure has been great! 
  • minimal back pain 
  • my husband gives me foot massages whenever I ask (no joke, it's amazing)
Are you ready?

Still not quite ready, but since my last bumpdate i've made some serious progress! Here's what we've accomplished over Christmas Break! 
  1. Deep cleaned our bedroom (dusted, mopped, got rid of excess junk)
  2. Set up the Bassinet
  3. Finished the Dresser 
  4. Took the car into the shop for a tune up
  5. Created my focus cards for labor (more on that in a minute)
  6. Drafted my birth plan 
  7. Created my labor play list 
  8. digitized and downloaded some movies to watch on the kindle during labor (since i'm being induced, I will have to do all of my laboring in the hospital, and want to be sure I have whatever I might have wanted to do at home available)
  9. Wrote my Hospital Bag shopping list (will go shopping for the remaining items I need on Monday)
  10. Set goals to accomplish the remaining baby prep items over the next week and a half
Soooo, I'm not quite ready but we are making progress! 

Focus Cards
A couple weeks ago during birth class, they talked about having a focus card or image. It is an image that you look at to help you get through the contractions. 

Well, I'm going to be honest. If my husband were to put the same picture in my face for hours on end ... i'd probably scream. It'd annoy me for SURE! 

So, I got the idea of making several focus cards to read and look at as distractions during labor. Now, these may also annoy me but I'm willing to try. 

I organized my focus cards into 3 sections. 
  1.  Motivation
  2.  Bible Verses
  3.  Pictures
In the Motivation section, I have motivational quotes to remind me that I CAN do this! - I'd like to give birth without pain medications or other interventions. I'm already being induced, so if I can avoid any other interventions that'd be super! 

In Bible verses section, I have 8 or 10 bible verses to provide encouragement and peace during the experience. 

Lastly, in the Pictures section I picked 4 motivational images.
  1. Nacho Libre - A movie that no matter how stressed, or frustrated I am - I can think about that movie and laugh 
  2. Nike+ symbol - I also wrote "You never thought you'd run... but you DO" - just a little reminder that I'm capable of doing things I never thought possible. 
  3. A picture of Goofy - to remind me about setting goals
  4. A picture of Mickey - because Disney is my happy place
Here's a little collage of some of the cards so you can get an idea. If I remember, i'll have to post about whether or not I actually used the cards during labor ... we'll see!!

Lastly, a HUGE congratulations to my sister and her husband who are expecting their first baby in June!! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Number 5

Today's post is brought to you by the Number 5!

On this day 5 years ago, I had the privilege of becoming the wife of @cjmnz8. It's hard to believe that he has been in my life since December 1999. When we met in the dining hall of the summer camp during a staff reunion, I never imaged that he'd be my husband someday. 

As I reflect on the many years of our friendship, relationship and marriage I can only think of one thing... 

The LORD has done great things for us... (Psalm 126:3)

As we anticipate the arrival of Baby Jimenez, I'm thankful for the 5 years that we've had with just the two of us. It's been quite an exciting journey and we are very much looking forward to the next chapter in our story! 

Happy 5th Anniversary Christopher, I love you!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bump Date! - Week 35.5 Weeks!

Here we are, 35.5 weeks pregnant with Baby Jimenez and the countdown is on...

Since I'm being induced (you can read all about why here), I know how many more days I have left to enjoy my pregnancy before Baby Jimenez arrives. So, let the countdown begin.

Countdown to D. Day!
3 weeks and 2 days! - It's absolutely insane to think about that!! I feel like we just found out we were pregnant!!

Are you ready? 
Such a loaded question, and here's the truth.


We still have so many things on the to do list, and I think that I'm secretly avoiding them because as soon as I actually install the car seat, and finish her room, and set up the bassinet I'm afraid time will go EVEN FASTER!!!!

But, it's inevitable that I will be having a baby in 3 weeks sooo, here's my plan.

Friday my husband and I celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary (How did THAT creep up so quickly?). We are going to get up early and take our car into the shop to get the alignment fixed, walk home and then have breakfast together.

After breakfast we will re-arrange our bedroom, set up the bassinet and see where we are at with time. Around 12:30, we will head on over to the Mall to pick up Prince Charming's suit (oh, did I mention we have a family wedding to attend this weekend? - yeah, we are super busy this weekend!!), pick up the rest of the supplies I need from Joann Fabric to finish the dresser and hopefully get my hair cut.

My plan is to use the weekend to just stay super focused and get as much done as possible.

Wish me luck!

With a typical pregnancy you have appointments once a week during your third trimester. Well, since I have developed Gestational Diabetes I have the pleasure of going to two different doctors once a week. So, every Monday and every Friday I am either at one place or the other getting checked out. I don't mind all that much because I get to hear Baby Girl's heartbeat, and that is a sound that will NEVER grow old!

How are you feeling? 
I'm still feeling good!! I was able to walk the Pretty Muddy Course on Saturday and have been able to keep really active all the way through. The Braxton Hicks aren't always fun, BUT I just tell myself that it's a GOOD thing, and it will help with birth! - I'm not sure that's REAL, but it's what I tell myself.

The Hospital Bag. 
My girl @runchiquitarun has been on to me lately about the fact that my bag is still not packed. I know, I know ... I'm 3 weeks away from the big day, I need to pack. I had a pre-natal appointment on Monday, and went over ALL my questions about the induction, hospital policies, and random questions so NOW I feel confident that I can start my list of items to pack. So, Karina ... I'm GOING to pack by Wednesday 12/25 - by end of day on Christmas, I'll have my bag packed!

What items would you take? 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Dec. 16th, Weekly Chase!

This weekend I hit the 35 wk mark of my pregnancy, and am officially (as of today) not permitted to travel outside of Miami. 

Sooo, we had an early Christmas celebration with my parents, sisters and grandma at a Condo in Orlando. It was so much fun! 

We even took family photos all matchy-matchy and stuff! 

So how did I do with my goals? 

1) pack for "Christmas weekend" - done, it was last minute but at least it was done! 

2) finish Christmas shopping - done! 

3) walk a mile at least 3 days. - done!! 
Monday - 2.1 miles 
Tuesday - 1.1 miles 
Saturday - 3.1 miles (Pretty Muddy) 
Sunday - 2.3 miles 

4) pre-natal yoga and squats 3 days a week. - only did twice... But, I am pretty proud of the mileage I accomplished last week! 

This week starts weekly appointments with my OB and also my husband and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary!! 

So, here's my goals! 

1) walk 3 days this week. 
2) celebrate our 5th anniversary 
3) finalize the menu for our annual Christmas Eve brunch! 

What are your goals for the week? 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bump Date & Weekly Chasing! - Week 34

Weekly Chase? - Yeah, it's been a while since I've shared my goals.

Weekly Chase is a link up with MindyMolly and several other bloggers to share our short term goals!

My Goals:

  1. Pack for "Christmas" - Since I'm going to be full term soon, I won't be able to travel home for Christmas day. So, my family is celebrating Christmas a little early. My parents booked a condo in Orlando, so we will be celebrating Christmas next weekend with the whole family!  
  2. Finish Christmas Shopping - Yeah, haha - I had a goal of NOT being 8 months pregnant fighting my way through a mall in South Florida. -All was going well until I realized i'd bought my sister a gift she'd gotten 2 years ago. 
  3. Walk a mile at least 3 days this week. 
  4. Do my Squats and Pre-Natal Yoga - at least 3 days this week

So, those are my goals! Now, on to my bump date!! 

As of yesterday, I am officially 34 weeks pregnant, and I'm REALLY not sure how it's already December 9th.  Since Doctors don't exactly encourage traveling after full term, I started to get a little bit of cabin fever and begged Prince Charming to take me on vacation! - I think the other reason I'd developed a case of cabin fever is because Prince Charming was in his semester of Graduate School, and therefore - working full time, taking a class, interning AND never missing a single baby appointment! With ALL that, we couldn't just pick up and go on any weekend get-aways, so we had to plan one. 

Since we both had Black Friday off work, my husband took advantage and booked a surprise vacation! He wasn't going to tell me, so of course I was like TOTALLY anxious - because I wanted to know all the details.  His surprise was going well until our reservation packet from DISNEY came in the mail!! I was SOOO excited, but I didn't open it - even when he left the packet on the counter, and all over the house I resisted the temptation and didn't look at the reservation. 

The only information I had was that we were going to the Magic Kingdom, and I needed to make reservations for whatever restaurants I wanted to eat in and ask my Doctor what rides I could ride. 

Let me tell you, the anticipation was out of control! - but it was worth it. My husband blind folded me as we drove into Disney, and then ... well, ... he checked in at the Guard gate and the employee said "Welcome to the Contemporary" ... I completely FROZE and started crying, and then stopped breathing haha. Since I can remember, I've dreamed of staying at the Contemporary, and that dream was a reality!  - It was everything I'd ever dreamed of. (Okay, so my dream was to be walking distance to the front gates of the Magic Kingdom...) 

So, final pre-baby vacation was a total success. Now, on to my bump. 

How are you feeling? 
I had a week of nausea and complete and total exhaustion - which was horrible! I almost didn't do the Turkey Trot (that's how bad it was). But, I did it and felt better afterwards. All was well, and then ... I woke up with a sore throat on my BIRTHDAY that just WON'T GO AWAY!!!!!!!!  

Managing Gestational Diabetes.
I had my appointment with my gestational diabetes counselor last Friday, and got some GREAT news! I've been able to manage my GD so well that I no longer have to test my blood sugars 4x a day 7 days a week! They've backed it down to 4x a day 3 days a week. YAY!!! 

Birth Classes.
Saturday we had our Labor and Delivery class. Okay, my husband is capable of many things. He has done 90% of the cooking since I got pregnant, he's helped with laundry, dishes, cleaning, EVERYTHING I could ask for. One thing he is not capable of ... well, let's just say he doesn't have a very strong stomach, and it's a blessing for both of us that I didn't have morning sickness. 

During our birth class ... they had us watch an actual birth video ... My poor husband, and I BOTH got queasy. Other than that - birth class was really informative, and I got a lot of questions answered, and formulated for my next appointment. 

The Countdown. 
We are less than 5 weeks away from Baby Jimenez' arrival!!! I'm seriously, SO excited!!

What are you plans for Christmas?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Birthday Princess!

A special thank you to my husband who has been treating me like a princess all week (starting with a trip to Disney!)  

I'm looking forward to a fabulous birthday  tomorrow (12/6). I get to see my baby girl and have lunch with my love. 

Pretty excited to kick off my last year in my 20's! 

How would you celebrate your 29th birthday? 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

You Can't Out Run GD, and other life lessons...

Since I shared with the world about my struggle with Gestational Diabetes, I've been kind of off the radar. It's not because I'm still struggling, it's simply because my life has been VERY busy!

Although it wasn't ideal to be diagnosed with GD right before my Baby Shower, Thanksgiving, My Birthday, My Husbands Graduation from Graduate School,  Noche Buena, Christmas, New Years and of course the family gatherings in between - but I'm doing okay!

It's been a couple weeks since I begin this journey, and here are the lessons I've learned.

1) To be Thankful.
Not too long ago I would be in tears during my long runs because it was during those times i'd pour my soul out to God asking why? Why wasn't it my turn to be pregnant? Why wasn't a baby part of my journey through life? - Why. ... 

The Lord taught me a lot during those times, and through it all I am reminded that our little baby girl is a gift and I for that precious gift, I am so thankful! 

2) You just CAN'T out run Gestational Diabetes.
It's true.  Gestational Diabetes is not always an indicator of your diet - it just happens. Some women's bodies struggle with processing sugars. 

Yes. A poor diet and lack of exercise CAN land you a reservation in the lab for a 3-hour glucose test. However, it's not the only way to get GD.  - Interesting stuff to read, or talk to your doctor about. 

3) Structure.
Another reason I've been MIA lately is because of the structure i've had to place on my life. Since I have to eat 3 meals and 4 snacks per day PLUS test my sugars 4 times a day, I've had a difficult time keeping my life in order. 

Just because I'm pregnant, and now testing my sugars, and emailing my GD counselor twice a week, I am still working my full time job, exercising regularly, picking my husband up from his internship twice a week, trying to maintain a house and get food on the table. 

You see, my little blog got lost in the mix of things that needed to be done. The truth is, i'd rather be blogging than some of the other above mentioned. 

Structure - It's just another lesson re-learned from my good friend GD. Without Structure, I start to get very stressed, and trust me. No one wants a stressed preggo on their hands! So, thank you GD for reminding me that structure is a key component for a healthy me! 

So that's where I'm at this week.  My Birthday is on Friday, and I get to see Baby Jimenez on the same day, SO - you'll have to wait until Monday for another bumpdate. If you're aching to see my belly, you can sneak over to my instagram - i'm always posting my belly on that site.

What lessons have you learned through an unexpected phase in life?

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