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Weekly Chase

I'm officially two weeks postpartum, and as much as I want to get outside and go for a run I promised my OB that I would rest. So, I've been enjoying snuggling with my newborn and spending time with my husband.

In an effort to begin to put our lives back on some type of routine, I've decided to link back up with Mindy and Molly for the Weekly Chase! My goals will be small for now, but don't worry! I've got big plans for Riley's first year! 
My Goals! 
Home Maintenance  Clean 1 thing before lunch each day Example: Sweep the floors, clean a bathroom, load of laundry Baby Bonding Read 1 or 2 stories to Riley before 4 p.m. each day Tummy Time with Riley Personal Health Begin watching my junk food intake (oreo's are not a suitable breakfast)For the last two weeks I've been on survival mode, I've eaten whatever I wanted and avoided veggies - I need to stop that and get back to healthy eating. Walk Daily Take a daily walk with Riley during the middle of the da…

Introducing Riley Noelle

"From Life's first Cry..." Lyrics to a song I've always loved, but until 7:30 p.m. on January 14th, 2014 I could only dream of its beauty.

January 14th, 2014 after 22 hours of labor Ms. Riley Noelle was born. Weighing in at 6 pounds and 3 ounces, she couldn't be any more perfect.

When Christopher and I found out we were expecting, we began the journey of choosing the perfect name. We knew that we wanted Baby Jimenez to have a name that had meaning, and we knew that we wanted the name to begin with the letter R. Actually we already had our "If it's a boy" name picked out. In fact, while I was training for my half marathon's I used to pray for my future baby by that name. So, naturally I thought it was going to be a boy - I mean, i'd been praying for peace with whatever the Lord had, and was ready to accept that maybe motherhood was not something the Lord had for me. So, on May 21st when I saw the words "Pregnant" on the screen I wa…

All my bags are packed...

While my instagram, twitter and facebook feeds are full of images of costumes and packed suitcases for Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World this weekend, my bags packed for a much different reason.

My hospital bag is packed, the car seat is installed and I am so ready to have this baby! I procrastinated for far too long when it comes to packing my hospital bag. Most online forums will encourage you to have it packed by 36 weeks. That way, when you are full term (37 weeks) you don't have to worry about running errands, and packing a bag should you go into labor before you estimated due date. I  didn't finish packing mine until last Friday (just about 38 weeks). 
What's in the bag? 
I spent a lot of time on google, and youtube putting together lists of items I might want. When packing, I took a few things into consideration.
I don't like clutter. Since I'm not a fan of cutter, I wanted to be sure that I didn't over pack. I hate to be unprepared. Since I hate to b…

... 38 weeks!

Today I am 37 weeks and 1 day pregnant. Since I developed Gestational Diabetes I have been monitored more closely. This means weekly ultrasounds and fetal monitoring with my GD counselor and GD doctor, as well as weekly visits with my OB.

Yesterday was my last appointment with my GD counselor and last fetal movement test. I was excited to see the end of this stage in my pregnancy. Truth is, I loved my GD counselor - she's so encouraging and so fabulous! It's not that I don't want to hang out with her anymore, I just am ready to meet Baby Jimenez.

For the first time, I asked Chris if we could take the elevator to the office. I was feeling a little weak, and didn't want to arrive at the appointment out of breath.  I had no idea the adventure just ahead of me.

I almost passed out.

Yep. ...

I was on my back with a slight incline for the ultrasound, the room was warm, we listened to her heart beat, watched her breathe and then ... I started to feel dizzy, I couldn't foc…

2014 Goals!

The calendar has flipped from December to January.
Our Holiday decorations have begun to be packed away, and we are all trying to get into a post holiday routine. Yep. It's time for the New Year Resolutions to flood our newfeeds. Promises of "this is my year" and "I will lose weight" All well and good, but as one who has fallen in the trap I encourage you to make attainable goals.

My weight loss journey began with a simple goal of making a conscious effort to make the healthy choice. From January 2012 - May 2013 that simple goal helped me shed between 55-60 pounds, fall in love with running and complete 2 half marathons. So before you get discouraged over the scale refusing to budge - take a moment to change your perspective.

By the way, my own husband texted me his 2014 goals yesterday. Yes. They are weight loss / body composition related, and I encouraged him to set some smaller goal to accomplish his big picture
So, please don't misread this - if weight …