Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spartan Up! *Give-Away Closed!*

Friends,

I was contacted by the Spartan Race and asked to help spread the word about two exciting things!

Who likes PODCASTS?

On January 6th of 2015, Spartan Race CEO launched a PODCAST. Currently there are 13 episodes and can be found online on the iTunes store or at http://www.spartanuppodcast.com.

Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking answers from experts. He interviews with authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, CEO and  thought leaders to shift your thinking, make you laugh and applicable life lessons.

His mission? He wants to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life.

What makes these podcasts unique? After the interview he brings together a panel to break down and analyze the interviews.

I personally haven't made it all the way through the series. However, I did listen to the podcast with Angela Duckworth on Grit and found it to be really interesting!

If you don't have time to listen to the Podcasts, I encourage you to take a look at the website, as each Podcast has a Synopsis and some key points outlined for you. That way, you can go back when you do have time and listen.

Who likes CRUISING?

Obviously if you're reading this post you must be an adventure seeker, and what better way to have an adventure than on a cruise with some friends?

Spartan is going to the Bahamas, and they want YOU to join them! March 6-9, 2015, the SPARTANS will travel to the Bahamas for a unique race and cruise.

The cruise departs for Miami, Florida and goes to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas for a first of it's kind Spartan Sprint!

Don't miss the boat, sign up today!

Just released!! 50% off code for the cruise!!!!

Code: Cruise50 

Cruise Information. 


Not Ready to Spartan Up on a Cruise? 

Comment below with why YOU deserve to win a free entry into the Spartan Race. 

*Rules & Information*

Since the Tampa race is coming soon, the give away will end on Saturday, January 31st, 2015. 
  • Must be 18 or older to participate
  • Must comment on this post with why you deserve to win an entry into the Spartan Race. 
  • The code will work for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any Spartan Race in the continental us.
  • Comments will be assigned a number and the winner will be randomly selected
  • The winner will be announced on this post and contacted VIA email 
Want to invite your friends to Spartan Up?  Use the code SPARTANBLOGGER for 10% off any race. 

*WINNER* 
- All three commenters were assigned a number. 
- using random.org a winner was chosen 

Congratulations to Ruth, winner of the Spartan Up give away!! 


*Disclaimer - I am not affiliated with Spartan Race, I was contacted with the opportunity to spread the word about the launch of their PODCAST series and upcoming Cruise. In exchange for this post one lucky reader was given the chance to win an entry into the Spartan Race of their choice (continental US races only). All opinions expressed are my very own. 

Stuck on the Couch?

So, after the Goofy Challenge I got really sick and wasn't able to run. I'm all better now and entering the last bit of my pregnancy (13 weeks to go) so I wanted to do an easy to follow program that would get me and my baby bump out the door! 

A couple of my FB friends are using the Couch 2 5k app and I'd be lying if I said I wasnt inspired.

So, I downloaded the app on my phone (p.s. It's free) and will be starting the program tonight!! 

The program is 8 weeks long and since everything is progressing normally and I'm currently still all clear to run I am looking forward to the training. 

Maybe my husband will let me sign up for an actual 5k in 8 weeks?

Will you join me in my training? 

Note: if pregnant or not, you should always consult your physician before starting a fitness program. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Are Children a Blessing?


Psalm 127:3
"Children are a blessing, and a gift from the Lord"  -CEV

The bible is pretty clear that they are, but after 1-year of motherhood, do I believe it to be true? 

Being Little Lady's mom hasn't always been easy, it's hard to feel "blessed" of the Lord when you've been projectile vomited on countless times for 7 months straight. 

It's hard to feel "blessed" when you've been sick for your entire second pregnancy. 

But then, there are moments when it all becomes clear that maybe, just maybe the Bible is true. 

The other day I was really sick and after holding it together for my daughters lunch, I cleaned her up and ran to the bathroom. 

The scene, I'm crying, I'm puking, the dogs are barking, little lady is climbing on top of me desperate to be held. 

With all my strength, I pick her up and finish puking and it happens... 

She pats me on the back, and then gives me a kiss. As if to say "I love you mommy, feel better" 

So, yes. 

I DO believe the Bible to be true.

The gift of children isn't easy, but it certainly is a blessing from the Lord. 

I'm so thankful for her love and kindness. I am also thankful that she didn't get sick and join me (seriously, that'd be awful). 

To my friends and readers who may be dealing with this awful thing called "morning sickness", hang in there momma, it gets better. 


Friday, January 23, 2015

Why Goofy During Pregnancy?

If you are new to my blog, and only reading about my Marathon Weekend Adventures (Parts 1, 2, & 3) You might think I'm a little crazy and you know what, that's okay.

So, here I am. Answering the question that I've gotten already a few times, and if someone has actually asked me - chances are there are people who are thinking it, but not asking.

So, why goofy?  Why accept the challenge to run 39.3 miles at 25 weeks pregnant?

Medical Clearance.
Let's start here. My Doctor said I could... Now, I am NOT a medical professional, I am a mom-blogger who loves to run. My doctor cleared me to continue training and to run the Goofy Challenge. I reviewed all my fuels with her, my run/walk intervals and I promised that if at any time I were to get a cramp, felt weak, dizzy or any other symptoms of an injury or dehydration I would stop.   I was very open and honest with my doctor about my training - and very grateful for her support.

January 2013
Take a walk down memory lane with me for a moment. It was here that I first decided to run the Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World. I'd successfully made it through an entire year of changing my lifestyle and getting healthy, I was AT Disney World during Marathon Weekend, surrounded by hundreds (or thousands) of people who LOVED running and many of them were about to complete the Goofy Challenge themselves.

I was so inspired.

I was set to run my first half Marathon in about a month (the Princess Half) and completely hooked on running. I'd decided that in 2014, I WOULD run the Goofy Challenge, and I WOULD have a blast doing so.

April came along, and we registered. Around the time we registered, or a little before... I even posted about how we would be training for the next 9 months and compared it to another 9 month life changing experience ... (post here)

Isn't it ironic that instead of the 9 months of Marathon Training I thought I was going to have, I ended up spending the next 9 months preparing for motherhood? ... Crazy - I know.

Our family was growing, and I was due the weekend after Marathon Weekend. Goofy would have to wait... I was able to run until 38 weeks pregnant (all with medical clearance from my doctor), and continued to eat healthy and make plans for crossing the finish line for the Goofy Challenge.

January 2014, we welcomed Little Lady into our lives, and it was beautiful. Our little family of 2 had now grown to 3 and honestly... I hardly remember life without her (that's a lie, we slept more).

In late February i'd received medical clearance to run and resume all forms of exercise. I actually didn't start much more than walking until March of 2014.

From March - June I focused on my core doing yoga and programs such as PIYO, with the intent to begin training for the Goofy Challenge on July 1.

July 1 - day one of training.

YAY!!!! I'm finally training for the Goofy Challenge, it was AWESOME!! Our little lady was big enough to handle being in a jogger, and we were ready to train.

Around September I found myself in bed (or hugging a toilet) for 3 days. I thought I had been over training, or perhaps doing too much. I had recently returned to work, I was still trying to breastfeed, I was not sleeping more than about 5-6 hours a night and honestly I just thought I was tired.

On day 3 of not holding anything down, feeling weak and overly emotional I called my husband at work and asked him to take me to urgent care. I just wanted to feel better, I wanted to feel better so I could start running again. I HAD to cross that finish line...

While at Urgent Care they asked my permission to test for pregnancy. I honestly didn't think much of it and when the doctor came in evaluated me and told me he wasn't sure what was wrong other than severe dehydration i'd gone back to my original thought that I was over-doing it - and there was not a baby on the way.

When he ran back in and told me he "solved the mystery" I was a little stunned (mostly at how excited he was) - he says "You're pregnant!"

I burst into tears. I couldn't believe it... Pregnant,... again? Will I ever get to Run the Goofy Challenge? He put me on an IV with fluids, gave me some anti-nausea medication and told me to take a nap.

So, I napped.

When I got home, I called my OB and scheduled an appointment.

During my first appointment she sent me right away to have an ultrasound to see how far along I was and when I came back, her first question "Are we Marathon Training again?"

... she knows me so well.

Since I was only 7 weeks along, and at the time of the Goofy Challenge I'd still be in my second trimester, she agreed to let me train with the intent of running the challenge. We had many long conversations about fueling, and hydrating and hydrating, and hydrating... and through all the crazy morning sickness (that I still have) I was able to maintain 16 minute miles (with bathroom breaks etc...) so I felt confident I could complete the challenge.

It was an honor to run with my husband and my bump. I was very focused during the challenge. I was focused on hydrating, and staying in-tune with my body. I made sure I knew what type of turf we were running on so not to trip. I made sure I kept my blood sugars stable by eating constantly, and I made sure to stay away from the middle of the course so that there would be less chance of being in the way of a runner.

Final thoughts.

Training for a Marathon with an infant, a pregnancy (with crazy morning sickness), a full time job and a husband was one of the hardest things I've ever done. BUT - my husband was also committed, and we have such a supportive family that knew of our commitment so it was totally doable.

Would I do it again?

Yes.

Would I do it again pregnant?

I'd have to review the situation, it totally depends on the pregnancy.

Question of the Day: Who is in your circle of support for training, or big life commitments?


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WDW Marathon Weekend - Mickey's Marathon

Hello Friends,

Welcome to Part 3 of my WDW Marathon Weekend Recaps!!!!
In case you need to catch up here are the links.

Part 1 - Expo / Kids Races
Part 2 - Donalds 13.1 

If you read part 1 of my posts, you know how I've been thinking about this race since before I even ran my first 1/2 Marathon. That's right, before I even ran the Princess Half  I had decided that I wanted to run the biggest, baddest, RunDisney race (at the time) of them all!!

Goofy's Race & a Half Challenge! 

Of course, since then RunDisney has added the Dopey Challenge - so Goofy isn't as highly recognized as being a big deal... but... Mr. Goof' I think your race is pretty sweet, and to be honest... Even just part of the Goofy Challenge is pretty tough - and something you have to train for.

But ... enough babble - let me actually talk about the race.

The Night Before
The night before the race we had dinner with our families (yep.. OUR families) So, my Mother, Father, Sister and Brother in law. Along with my Mom, Dad, Grandma, Sister, Sister, Brother in Law & Niece all got together at the Olive Garden for some dinner.

Of course Little Lady and Miss S stole the show with their cuteness and I could barely eat. I just didn't feel good, and nothing on the menu seemed appetizing so... I picked at my food and shared with Little Lady.

We got back to the hotel room, organized our things for the race in the morning and went to bed as early as possible.

The Middle of the Night
Little Lady had gotten cold, and so I snuggled with her a little bit and... well, we both fell asleep before I could put her back in the pack-and-play (oops). The alarm went off and it was time to get ready to go.

Little Lady was snuggled warmly on our bed, and we began to get ready to go. I felt really stiff so I grabbed my headphones and my iPhone and went through a Yoga Sequence found on YouTube. Actually it's one that I've done very often (Yoga with Adrienne) and I highly recommend this channel.

After some yoga, water and breakfast we looked over to see Little Lady smiling at us. I have NO idea how long she was awake and watching us get ready, I only know she woke up smiling.

So, we grabbed some hugs and kisses and handed her over to Abuela.

Pre- Race
We were in Corral O - so like ... pretty much the last to start. I mentioned that there was whining before the half, and honestly... what's the deal? You knew you'd have to sit in corrals for an eternity, and you KNEW the announcers would probably say similar things to all the corrals as they go - WHAT DO you EXPECT or... what would you YOU say? anyway... To block out the whining I put my headphones in and got into the zone.

Miles 1-5 
Just like the half, these miles seemed to FLY by. We didn't really go FAST, in fact I was a little dehydrated, so I had to drink a little more water than I wanted to in order to avoid a cramp. So, an extra bathroom stop became necessary - which made our time a little slower. Oh well, my sisters and niece had decided to follow us along the course - it was a HUGE surprise to see them when we turned onto main street. I almost cried, because... there it was... The castle, and my sisters cheering me on! I defiantly had an "is this real life" moment.

Miles 6-12
A blur... I stayed so focused on my 1 min walk / 1 min run ratio, and was determined NOT to get swept, I just buckled down and ran. I will say, I do remember this being a really boring section of the course. A special thank you to the employee in Animal Kingdom the words "course to the left, bathrooms to the right" sounded so beautiful to this preggo.

At mile 12 I ate a Clif Bar and treated the second half of the course like "just another half marathon". I think breaking it down like that really helped me.

13.1
As we crossed the Half Marathon mark I heard a lady say her friend was swept at mile 10. I got scared... Truly - it lit a fire under me because I was NOT ready to be swept. I'd trained too long and hard for this, I WOULD finish.

13.1 - 17
So,  this was another really boring part of the course. My husband saw Little John from REALLY far back and ran ahead to get in line. Robin Hood is his FAVORITE Disney movie, and he'd never seen Friar Tuck out for pictures. So, we waited in line.

He didn't know about what I overheard, and how terrified I was of getting swept.

Also during this stretch someone tapped me on the shoulder and said "I know you", at first I was a little surprised, because like... I'm not really one of the "popular kids" on the social media world, but I was like  oh yeah,... he was like "yeah, you are StoryBookErin! Great to see you!" I thanked him for introducing himself and then introduced him to my husband and we lost him - not sure if I ran ahead or he did - but remember! I was FOCUSED!!!

Mile 17.
Is there anything as disheartening as seeing the mile marker for mile 17, then a BUNCH of people turning into the road that leads to MGM at Mile 21 right next to you? Yeah, don't think so.  I'd noticed it, but didn't want to think about it. Until some total stranger taps me on the shoulder and says "THAT'S MILE 21, AND WE ARE ONLY JUST AFTER MILE 17" ... I could see ESPN Wide World of Sports, and I knew it'd probably be a scenic 5 miles, but ... now all I could think about was how many miles we had left and how much I had to use the bathroom (again!).

ESPN Wide World of Sports
We made it. The Wide World of Sports, full of interesting things to look at, a banana fuel station, a cold wet towel, lots of people cheering you on - it was a dream. I (sadly) had to pee SO badly. Our time suffered greatly because we waited about 5 minutes for a bathroom. Annoyed almost to the brink of tears, I held it together. During the WWOS we also ran the track that we'd just run for the kids races, so naturally I started thinking about Little Lady about how much I missed her, and how someday I'd get to tell her and the little love bug inside of me all about our first Marathon. The two of them were such a big part of it - I guess mile 19 brought out the sentimental side of me?  We saw my sisters again, and got some more hugs and were on our way.

I'd saved a FunSize Hershey bar for mile 20 celebration. I knew if I made it to Mile 20 without being swept, I could do it!

Mile 21 - 24
We finally made it to MGM and the volunteers never looked more fabulous with buckets full of chocolate for us back of the pack runners. (One of the fuel stations was empty before we got there) We moved pretty quickly around the park and before we knew it, were on our way to the Board Walk. As soon as I saw the boardwalk I got so emotional.

Why?
1) I just ran a WHOLE lot of miles with a 25 week baby bump - I'm allowed to get emotional.
2) The crowd on the boardwalk was vibrant! So many runners with their medals, and families, and people with "way to go" signs.
3) We were almost "safe"

Mile 24-26.2

As soon as we turned the corner into the World Showcase of Epcot, I could NOT stop the tears. I'd made it. Only 2 more miles until I was given the title of "Marathoner". I'm not talking pretty tears, I'm talking big ugly tears. Through the rain, humidity, and COLD we followed the Galloway Run/Walk, and we had done it. About the same time we made it to Epcot I noticed my watch had died, so we just did what felt good for the end. 

We soaked in the energy from the crowd, high-fived small children, and waved to people on the sidelines, and then as we approached the finish line we smiled and waved at our families and I blew some kisses to my dear friend Lena who came to cheer me on.

A hug from Minnie Mouse, and we crossed the finish line.

Goofy Challenge Finishers.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I would be running a Marathon. Never would I have imagined I'd run a Marathon at 25 weeks pregnant, but sometimes dreams change.

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to complete the Goofy Challenge without anything more than bruised and ugly toenails.  My husband was my constant beacon of love and support, I knew he believed in me and together we could cross both finish lines for the goofy challenge. 

I'm also thankful for our families who supported us, watched little lady for us during long training runs, fed us when I was too tired to cook, and came and cheered us all the way to the finish line. 

We are truly blessed. 

Now, to focus on havin' this baby in just about 13 more weeks... 


Friday, January 16, 2015

WDW Marathon Weekend - Donald's Half Marathon

Welcome to part 2 of my WDW Marathon Weekend Recaps!!

In case you missed part one, here's a link!  WDW Marathon Weekend - Kids Races & Expo

Now, onto the WDW Half Marathon Recap!!!

The night before the race we had a dinner at Chef Mickey's,  and spent some time organizing our outfits and getting ready. I was pretty nervous, but I was in good company. My husband also had a little bit of nerves to deal with.  I hadn't really thought about the distance we were going to be running over the next two days, I was just focused on finishing.

The alarm went off bright and early at 2:40 a.m., and suddenly... our daughter began to cry.  Not a simple sleepy whimper, but .. like actual giant tears. My husband and I took turns getting ready and holding her, trying to soothe her tears - but her diaper had leaked so we had to get her cleaned up and back into some dry clothes. As you can imagine, she was NOT impressed.

My husband takes over the diaper duty while I go grab a bottle of milk, hoping a little milk will save the day (nope, I was wrong). About the time I was going to grab milk my Mother in Law knocked on our door and offered to take her. So, while little lady was screaming we continued to get ready for Part 1 of the Goofy Challenge.

Oh, is it here that I should mention I was well aware of my pregnancy as Braxton Hicks joined the party?

goodness - what a morning!

I drank some water, took some deep breathes and we made it out the door and loaded onto the bus around 3:15 a.m.

Still dealing with nerves and Braxton Hicks my husband and I took some photos and skipped out on the meet ups with various RunDisney fan groups. Around 4:20 we started the long walk to the corrals, and there we sat for about 2 hours until our turn to start.

I had packed a pair of old sweats to wear until the start and then toss, but it was SO cold that I ended up wearing them the entire race. - This was new for me, I've NEVER in my life run in sweats, in fact... I even had on two layers of shirts and I never once felt the desire to take one off. 40's is much colder than I'm used too..

In the corral there was a LOT of complaining around me. People whining about the weather, and whining about the announcers, and this and that and ... basically everything. So, I put on my headphones and got myself into "the zone".

So, around 6:30 a.m. it was finally our turn to start and I was ready!  I popped out my headphones to soak in the fireworks, and then...we were off.

My fingers were FROZEN. It was so bad I looked around on the ground for a pair of gloves. I couldn't believe how cold I was - even though we were running!!! Anyway...

Since I was 25 weeks pregnant, it was a big deal to keep myself fed, hydrated and my heart rate stable. It's important to remember that whatever your heart rate is, the baby's is faster. So, with that in mind I'd trained with a 1:00 / 1:00 ratio of running and walking.  It was how I trained and I was ready to go all 39.3 miles that way. Determined to finish!

The first 5 miles seemed to fly by! I was surprised because our time didn't indicate that at all. I blame the long lines for the porta-potties.

**Sigh** Preggo Problems, always have to pee...

We approached Cinderella's Castle and were greeted by Elsa, Anna and Kristoff. I was hoping this would be our chance to actually RUN through the castle... but... nope. Every single person decided to STOP and WALK SLOWLY through the castle and down the ramp.

*Tear*

It was so annoying.

We were finally able to get running again and I still felt pretty strong.

The next miles were also a blur, I was focused on my 1:00/ 1:00 run-walk so I don't really remember much about it. When we approached Epcot my heart began to leap for joy.

We were almost done with Part 1 of the goofy challenge, and did NOT get swept by the "balloon ladies"

Since we were IN the park and not going to be swept, we stopped to say hey to our good friends Phinea's and Ferb, Of course we asked "Whatcha doin'??" snapped a photo and continued on our way.

Hooray, the finish line!! We did it!!!!

Time: 3:17:35

Question: Do you ever get so focused on your run that you lose sight of how far you've gone, or how much you have left to run?


Thursday, January 15, 2015

WDW Marathon Weekend: Kids Races and Expo Fun!

Welcome to Recap 1 of one of the most exciting weekends EVER!!

My husband and I started our health Journey in January of 2012. We began by simply tracking our calories on MyFitnessPal , walking and drinking more water. I started running one morning when I was embarrassed that an older larger man could run and I couldn't. So, I took off and ran too. Surprisingly... I didn't hate it!

So excited about my new found form of exercise I told a co-worker who then encouraged me to run the Everest Challenge!  We ran the challenge in May of 2012 and from the moment we were hooked on running   crossing finish lines.

January 2013 we attended the WDW Marathon Weekend (ran the 5K). Marathon Weekend is so inspiring, I hadn't even run a 1/2 Marathon yet and I told my husband (and announced on Social Media) that in 2014 I was going to run the Goofy Challenge.

Obviously, the Lord had other plans and instead of running the Goofy Challenge in January of 2014, I was deferring the challenge to welcome our Little Lady into the World.

So, here we are... Two years later. Recapping the weekend I've been thinking about since the last time I was in Disney for Marathon Weekend!

Thursday, January 8
3:20 a.m. - The alarm goes off, and our daughter begins to go into hysterics. ... A bottle of milk saves the day and we make it out the door by around 3:45ish. Head over to CVS to pick up some last minute items and make it to my husband's parents house by 4:15.

Everything gets loaded into the car and we are on our way by 5:00 a.m.

Around 9:30 we make it to O-town and stop for Breakfast at Cracker Barrel!

10:30 it's EXPO time!!!

I'd done a bit of planning so I knew exactly what building we needed to go to in order to grab Little Lady's packet. There was NO line for her bib OR our Goofy Bib's so we went ahead and grabbed the bibs, snapped our "goofy challenge" picture and headed out to the field for Little Lady's race.

Unfortunately, it was about 40 degrees with a windchill so our little Miami lady was NOT willing to leave our arms for the race. We put her in about 3 different heats of the Diaper Dash and she flat out refused to move for either one.

**sigh**



Oh well,... another time.

After the kids races we went back through the Expo to pick up our shirts and check out the Merchandise. I was pleasantly surprised at how much official merchandise there was and how smooth everything seemed to be flowing at the Expo.

I purchased an "I did it" shirt for the Goofy Challenge and the Marathon, and promptly put them at the bottom of my drawer in the hotel. I was NOT going to even THINK about them as part of my wardrobe until I'd actually accomplished the Goofy Challenge!

Other than the official merchandise, we really didn't spend too much time at the Expo looking around. I was quite tired and getting hungry so we opted to head over to our hotel to check in and have some lunch.

It was great to run into my friend Lena from The Beginners Runner Blog and catch up.




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Little Lady's Birth Story (Warning: TMI Post)

I wrote this post a year ago, and wasn't sure if I would post it. BUT, as we celebrate one year with our Little Lady, I felt ready to share our story of induction.  Recaps from my Marathon will begin either late this week or over the weekend, but for now.. enjoy.

January 10th, 
This is the day that I was "supposed" to be giving birth. Due to a Policy enforcement from the Hospital, my OB was not able to induce me before 39 weeks. Since, I was 39 weeks on Sunday I had to wait. ... 

Not really a big deal except my OB was going to be out of the office during my 39th week. Therefore, the baby would be delivered by a different doctor. 

When I got the news of this Wednesday evening, I cried. I'd spent my whole pregnancy going over EVERY detail with my OB. I was comfortable with her, and was just ready to bring Baby Jimenez into the world with her help. 

I nervously waited to meet the new doctor, and was pleasantly surprised when I actually felt a sense of peace upon meeting him. He was nice, competent and very respectful that I wasn't exactly thrilled about the last minute change in plans. 

The Weekend
The weekend was exhausting. Since we were supposed to have already given birth, we had quite a bit of inquiries as to why I was still pregnant. It was exhausting, but we survived and Monday finally came! 

Monday, January 13th 
My only plans for the day were to get my nails done and sleep. Of course my phone charger had broken, and we realized we had several last minute things to do - so Chris took me to the nail salon for a manicure and pedicure while he ran all over town. 

8:30 p.m. - Time to leave. 

We excitedly left the house and drove to the hospital. I was so giddy with excitement, even though I'd been warned that inductions take time, I was just so excited and in my mind Riley was going to be here in a matter of hours. 

By 9:30 we were taken to our delivery room, and we began the exams, IV's, blood pressure ... etc, etc.. 

11:00 p.m. -  First dose of medication. 

11:20 p.m. - A visit from my parents. They visited for a while and then headed to our house to get some sleep. 

3:00 a.m.  - 1 CM dilated. 

8:20 a.m. - 1 CM dilated 

10:45 a.m. - The Doctor stopped by, told me not to stress. Sometimes inductions take time, but we were going to have the baby and we were not even considering a c-section. 

12:05 p.m. - Let the Pitocin begin. (p.s., still only 1 CM after 3 doses of the first medication) This was very frustrating for me because my contractions were getting ridiculously harder but nothing was happening! 

2:30 p.m. - Still only 1 CM, the contractions were out of control. I had just been told that another woman was in the same boat as me (only 1 CM after 3 doses of medication and pitocin) and she just came out from a c-section. I guess that they were trying to comfort me... but all it did was freak me out. When the Doctor told me I was still only 1 CM, I broke down in tears and begged for the Epidural. 

I'd had several conversations with the Doctor about the Epidural, and although I was nervous, he assured me that the Epidural would help me to relax and allow my body to progress.

So, the Epidural came. I (of course) cried through the whole thing. My nurse held my hand and told me it was going to be okay, I kept asking why I couldn't feel my legs, and if I was going to be able to walk again.  I think I might have been less stressed if the girl prepping me for the Epidural wasn't singing "I do what I want, what I want with my body..." But, it was a memory. I also kept looking over at Chris, and thinking "why is he still in here? - I hope he doesn't pass out". Chris didn't pass out and after my nurse assured me about 900 times that I would be able to walk again, I finally relaxed. 

By 3:30 I was still only 1 CM and was in no pain, so we allowed some family to come visit. It was fun watching all our family members inspect the room. Of course the medical family members wanted to look at the print out of the babies heart rate, and the non-medical people would explore all of the stuff prepped for Baby's arrival.

Around 4:30, my nurse came in and I told her that "I peed on myself". She laughed at me and said there is no way I peed on myself and I'm just feeling the effects of the epidural. Still feeling like I was sitting in a pool of water (gross, I know) I accepted it. 

Around 5:30 I still felt like I had peed on myself so I told her again. The nurse said she'd test my glucose levels and then check, but there was no way I could have peed on myself.  

Turns out ... my water had broken! 

What an answer to prayer! At 6:00 p.m., if I still wasn't progressing, the doctor was going to manually break my water (something I was quite nervous about) 

Doctor came in, the nurse explained the situation - we all got a good laugh about my description of my water breaking and I was now 4 or 5 CM dilated! 

I was told to take a nap because baby would probably be here around 11:00 p.m. Then, the doctor went off to have dinner and the nurse went to re-chart everything from when I "peed on myself".

Chris came over, gave me a kiss and I started to go to sleep, while he pulled up netflix on the Kindle. 

6:37 p.m. - The nurse RUNS in and says "I need to check you RIGHT NOW!, something strange happened" Now, I'm nervous. ... all I could think was something was wrong with Baby! 

I'd felt a strange urge to push about the time she ran in - but was now too scared to move. 

Chris was on my left side and the nurse shouts out "Oh my God, Oh my God! - I gotta call the doctor right now!" As she takes off her gloves she manages to say "9.5 CM!, get ready baby is coming!" 

Pause. 

The shift changes at 7:00 p.m., it's now about 6:40. 

The next few minutes felt like an eternity. 
  • I can hear the the chaos outside my room as they are trying to get ahold of my doctor.
  • I can hear the chaos of them trying to see if my evening nurse was in yet. 
  • I can hear the nurses laughing. 
  • I can see Chris pacing... 
We made the decision not to text the family that she was coming. To be honest, there wasn't time. Chris had to clean up our stuff, put the couch back together and then it happened. 

The doctor arrived. It was now about 7:10 p.m.. He and the day shift nurse prepped Chris to assist with the Birth of Riley while the evening nurse got herself settled.  

The doctor had given Chris instructions, and asked him to go over to the couch if he at any time felt nauseated. The doctor then performed an exam to see how I was progressing and said "Look Daddy, she's blonde like her Mom".

Now, I'm no doctor. ... in fact, medical stuff grosses me out. But ... doesn't that mean that I'm crowning? 

Yes. Riley was indeed ready to come. 

In the room is still only Chris, 1 nurse and the Doctor. Due to the change of shift, they were still trying to get everyone in place. 

With Chris on one side, and a nurse (who I still at this point don't even know her name) the doctor asks 

"Erin, Did you take a birth class" 

"yes"

"What do you remember, about pushing?"

In a very frighten, shaken voice I shout "NOTHING" 

"Don't worry, that's very common! We will help you through this" 

5 sets of pushing later, at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Riley Noelle was in our arms. A 6 pound, 3 ounce healthy little girl, full of energy!

As she was being born, the other nurses, and neonatologist arrived and began to introduce themselves to me. 

My birth experience was not how I could have ever imagined it, but it was perfect. The Lord blessed me with a quick and safe delivery of our baby girl. 




Sunday, January 4, 2015

'Twas the week before the Marathon!

Friends, 
It feels like forever ago I forked over the big bucks to register myself and Prince Charming for the Goofy Challenge!!

Of course, I forked it over twice - then waited for-EVER for Disney to refund me. 

Thanks deferral process. 😉

Anyway, ready or not - the time has come. 

I was supposed to run 10 miles tonight, but Mr. Charming has some sort of stomach bug and has been in bed ALL day. Little Lady is teething and I'm not sure I remember the last time I slept more than an hour without being woken up. 

So, on the week before my first Marathon... Here's what I did. 

A trip to CVS was in order. 

I needed some pepto for my love and while I was there I picked up some Disney essentials. (Bags to fill with ice, moleskin, emergenC & toothpaste!) 

We came home and little lady and I read books, watched some YouTube and then around 11:40... She fell asleep!!!!! 

During that glorious hour I was able to gather all the dirty laundry, put away our hanging clothes, organize all my clothes - start searching for things to wear in Disney and... Hydrate! 

After she woke up we checked on Daddy and gave him some apples and crackers for a snack. Thankfully he seems to be doing better! 

Next step was too put away little lady's clothes and start making sure clothes that i'd planned to take to Disney still fit!
 As you might imagine - we had a meltdown over this lovely outfit. How could you possibly put on a swimsuit and NOT go swimming???? 

Anyway... 

Daddy came downstairs and hung out with little lady while I got to crafting! 

Magic Bands [✅]
Minnie Mouse Bows! [✅]
Birthday Girl shirts! [✅]

I got tons of laundry done and I must have gotten some cleaning accomplished as well because I just took 3 bags of garbage to the dumpster! 

I've got a lot to do in the next few days but I'm starting to feel like I'm moving in the right direction. 

As for that run??? I hope to get one last nice long run in tomorrow evening - little lady will be at her Abuelas house so I'm thinking I'll run after work! 

Question: do you like to craft and do things yourself? 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

What's new in 2015?

2015 is here!! 

As 2015 approaches, here a couple things I am looking forward to this year. 

Completing the Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World. That's right, I want to complete the 39.3 mile challenge, and claim that beautiful bling and join the ranks of a select group on people who have completed a Marathon (all while being pregnant - because I'm slightly crazy GOOFY!)

I'm looking forward to welcoming Baby 2 this April! I've been working on pulling out all the tiny baby girl stuff, and organizing it - anything to help get ready for baby girl, and also keep my mind busy. Every time I have a spare minute I start to panic about the Goofy Challenge... yikes! 

I'm also looking forward too...
  • Reading more books with Little Lady
  • Sleeping less (wait? not really!)
  • More home cooked meals 
  • More Yoga pants / less heels 
  • Potty Training 
  • Weaning a baby off of a pacifier
  • More laughing
and most of all, ... I'm looking forward to transitioning into the role of Stay at HOME Mom!!!! 



 

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