Monday, March 30, 2015

Week 36 Bumpdate

It's week 36 and I am very aware of the approaching birthday of our second daughter. 

I spend a lot of time giving Little Lady lots of snuggles, reading stories and telling her how much I love her. We also talk about ways she can help mom and dad. 

Newborns require a LOT of attention, but so do 1 year olds. I know I'm not super-mom, but I do strive to be A super-mom. 

Stats from my appointment.

Weight gain - 1 lb (total for pregnancy 8 lbs)

Blood Pressure - normal range 

Diabetes Managment - They got a little out of control over the weekend (thank you key lime pie, barbecue & junk food) 
But they've been find today.

Estimated Arrival? No time soon... :-/ unless a lot changes this week.

The to-do list. 
- finish my hospital bag
- pull out and wash the babies bed 
- find a way to organize both size newborn & size 3 diapers 
- figure out what the baby is coming home in.
- get my nails done 
- possible hair cut 

Big Sister Report!
She is getting more and more independent every day. On Sunday she didn't want me to sit with her for the singing. :-(

She loves to help me around the house with things like sweeping, unloading the dish washer, pulling things out of the washing machiene. I'm really proud of her, love seeing her grow up. It's WAY too fast, but I guess it's the reality of life. 


Monday, March 23, 2015

Week 35 - Bumpdate

Week 35 is here! 

Monday we had an appointment with my OB to check on the baby. Little Lady was over-tired from the weekend plus we are *still* working on those 4 molars. 

Poor baby, Sunday night she was just so tired, and her teeth were hurting etc... She was actually got so worked up she projectile vomited milk ALL over the two of us. My husband helped clean her up while I went and cleaned myself up and she finally settled down and went to sleep around 3 a.m.

THEN

At 6:00, I woke up with a stomach ache and was pretty much awake until the alarm went off at 7:00.

With my husband and daughter sound asleep, I got up and started getting up ready to get out the door. 

What a morning... 

Week 35 Stats

Diabetes Management - under control with diet and exercise.  

Weight Gain/Loss - lost 2 lbs since the last apt which brings my weight gain for this pregnancy to 7 lbs. 

Blood Pressure - normal healthy range

Contractions - every so often 

I'm now at the point where I will start going to the OB every week and due to my gestational diabetes I will have weekly ultrasounds to check the babies growth. 

Thankfully I am able to do the ultrasounds at my weekly appointments and follow up via email to the diabetic counselor. My last pregnancy I had to go to two different places at the end so I'm thankful my OB is allowing me to do everything in her office! 

Big Sister Report!
Little lady and I have had lots of conversations about the baby and how much fun it's going to be to help mommy take care of a new baby. 

I think she's going to be a great big sister - I'm just going to have to pay extra attention to make sure she doesn't end up treating her sister like one of her dolls... 

Over all I'm feeling okay. The constant monitoring of my sugars and following a menu is getting to me. On Sunday I had a free day - I didn't test my sugars and even ate ice cream for dinner! I had to confess to my OB that I ate ice cream FOR dinner and that's why my sugars were really high the next morning. My numbers have been completely fine when I actually eat properly so she wasn't too concerned - obviously she encouraged me to have some protein and veggies next time. 

Morning sickness is rare these days (praise the Lord!) and actually I went almost 2 weeks without throwing up! 

I am looking forward to our baby girl joining the family soon. I can't wait to share her name and the meaning behind it with you! 

Question: what's your favorite flavor of ice cream, and would you eat it for dinner?? 




Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jimenez Family Zoo Tour - Jacksonville Zoo

All about that bump...
34 weeks! 
Our third and final Zoo for the tour was the Jacksonville Zoo. We woke up a little later than we wanted, BUT our little lady was SO exhausted so it was nice to get some extra sleep.

When we arrived at the Jacksonville Zoo I was so excited, it was really big and organized, and pretty!   To be honest, it felt like we were standing in line to go to Busch Gardens.  It was also exciting to watch our Little Lady excitedly run into the zoo. By the time we made it to this zoo, she was a pro!

She would run from exhibit to exhibit to and shout "Dadda, Dadda" and point. I LOVED it! Chris and I love to go to the zoo, we love to walk around and see the animals and just enjoy a relaxing day together. There is nothing more magical than seeing your daughter enjoy the same things that you love.
"Dadda, Dadda!"
Showing Dadda the ducks.
Elephants!
Mommy's favorite exhibit at the Zoo.
The Giraffe Exhibit
Snack Break! 
We spent about 7 hours at the zoo, and just barely made it through all the exhibits before the zoo closed. Thankfully the zoo was well organized with one main road through the center with several loops of animals to look at.

Some of our favorite exhibits included:

  • Giraffes
  • Elephants
  • Aviary (not my favorite, because I'm scared of birds)
  • Leopard 
  • Zebra
Planning our next stop! 
Petting Zoo!

She LOVED petting the "dogs" at the Zoo. 
One tired little lady! 

Our Honeymoon
St. Augustine
December 2008
After Jacksonville we realized we were only about an hour from St. Augustine and... we had a rental car...so it wasn't miles on our car...and Little Lady would LOVE the Fort... 

Okay, really... she was asleep in the car and we really didn't want to just go back to the hotel at 5 p.m., so we decided to go soak in some more vacation in St. Augustine. We went there on our Honeymoon and just love the city, so we decided to go enjoy the evening together. 

The Gates of the City, St. Augustine
#awkwardfamilyphoto



It was great, we loved spending the evening together and with our daughter. I can hardly believe that that will be our last get-away adventure as a family of three before our love bug arrives! I'm excited for our family and looking forward to the arrival of our Love Bug in just a few weeks! 


Question: What's one of your favorite places to visit? 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jimenez Family Zoo Tour - Santa Fe Zoo


Next up on our Zoo Tour was the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo in Gainesville, Florida. This Zoo is affiliated with Santa Fe College, and is a place for zoo students to get real life experience during school. It only took us a few hours to see the whole zoo (at a slow pace), and we really enjoyed being shaded by the lush trees, and intimate atmosphere.

Some of our favorite exhibits included the Gibbons, the Ocelot and of course the Otters!


There is no splash pad at this zoo, but there is a nice play ground for the kids to enjoy, and a large picnic area out side of the zoo.

After the Zoo we went to visit my family for the afternoon.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Jimenez Family Zoo Tour - Central Florida Zoo

Family Vacation Day 1.

We over slept. 

Yes, completely slept through our alarms and woke up around 7 a.m.. By 8:00ish we were loaded into our rental car and on our way to the Central Florida Zoo

We decided to stop at Starbucks for some coffee and breakfast (yum) but while we were there my daughters diaper leaked ALL over me (gross) and Starbucks doesn't have any changing stations (what's up with that Starbucks, aren't moms your biggest consumer? - anyway!). Right next to the Starbucks was a Wal-Mart, SO... we went there to clean up the baby and buy me a new shirt to wear (I'd only packed 1 shirt per day of vacation). 

On the way into Wal-Mart morning sickness got the best of me, AND... I threw up in the plants outside of Wal-Mart. 

I went to the restroom, cleaned myself up now and headed to the ladies department looking for a new shirt. 

Back on the road, my husband announces that at a certain location we are going to stop for gas. I was playing Frozen Free Fall on my phone. I had no idea I was supposed to watch for the exit (oops). So, we passed it. 

Yep. 

Our car had been telling us we had 0 miles to go until we were stuck on the side of the road, and our GPS was telling us it was 14 miles until the next gas station. 

On a prayer (and fumes) we made it to the gas station. Thankfully little lady slept through the whole thing! 

We got some gas, changed a diaper & gave our little lady a snack and headed to the zoo. 

By the time we made it to the Zoo, we were exhausted. I still didn't feel well, but we were determined to have a good time and build memories with our little lady. 

My thoughts on the Zoo.

Things I liked: 
  • Nice Playground near a snack bar
  • LARGE Splash pad for the kids (also next to a snack bar)
  • Animals were easy to see
  • The Giraffes were active
  • Big play zone outside the zoo (for older kids - ropes course)
  • The boardwalks and trails
  • Lots of parking
Things I'd have like to see differently: 
  • Consider adding more boardwalk areas 
  • More shade around splash pad 
  • The bees around the splash pad should be re-located 
  • Add changing table to the regular bathroom (near splash zone) for guests not using the splash zone. 
Question: What's your favorite animal to see at the Zoo?


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jimenez Family Zoo Tour! - The Plan!

If you follow me on Instagram  you probably noticed about a not enough far too many pictures of us on an adventure! My husband came home from work a few weeks ago and declared that we needed a family vacation. Now that I'm a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM) I am very aware that vacations are a luxury, and certainly something to be budgeted for.

We started talking through ideas, and after some discussion we decided it was best not to fly - actually,... this was probably a good idea because when I mentioned to my OB that we were going on a little trip, she reminded me to stay local once I return.  Anyways...

One of the ideas was a Zoo tour. My husband and I love the zoo, we simply enjoy walking around, watching the animals and being together.  Our daughter (14 months) LOVES to be outside and is still free most places so it seemed like an economical adventure for us. BONUS - We are members of our local zoo, so we were able to take advantage of "reciprocal membership" discounts.

Our Adventure.

Saturday - Central Florida Zoo
Sunday - Santa Fe Teaching Zoo & A Visit to my Parents
Monday - Jacksonville Zoo & St. Augustine
Tuesday - Home for dinner with my inlaws!


Stay tuned for pictures and re-caps from the zoos & other adventures!

Question: When is the last time you went to the zoo?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tips from Jeff Galloway on Injury

I'm back from our family zoo tour, and am excited to re-cap our adventures for all of you. BUT! Before I do that, I wanted to bring you some tips about injury from Jeff Galloway.

From Jeff Galloway

  • Most injuries experienced by my runners are due to 1) pacing long runs too fast, 2) increasing the weekly mileage too quickly, 3) lengthening stride and 4) stretching. 
  • The principal in staying injuring free is to balance gentle stress with the right recovery periods - allowing for rebuilding. - Check out the book Running Injuries by Jeff Galloway for more info. 
  • Finding the right Run Walk Run strategy from the beginning of a run has been the best way I've found to stay injury free, come back from an injury and in some cases, continue to run while the injury heels. 
I agree with finding the right Run Walk Run strategy at the beginning, when I ran my first Marathon at 25 weeks pregnant, I knew I could keep up with the Disney Pacing requirements if I just stuck with 1 minute of running and 1 minute of walking for all 26.2 miles. That pace and strategy helped me to focus on the moment, and not the mile - it carried me to the finish line! 

More from Jeff Galloway
  • Are you concerned that running will damage joints, and other body parts? I was told this regularly, from my first week of running over 50 years ago but the research shows the opposite result: Runners have healthier joins, etc. than non runners as the decades go by. 
  • While researching for my book RUNNING UNTIL YOU ARE 100, I have reviewed dozens of studies and could not find one showing that running harms legs, feet, joints, etc. 
  • It may surprise you to know that many studies show runners have fewer orthopedic issues compared with non-runnersas the years go by. 
  • A respectful and large population study out of Stanford following thousands of runners over 50 who had run for more than 20 years concluded that runners had less than 25% of orthopedic issues compared to runners of the same age. 
As long as you stay below the threshold of irritation you can often continue to run while the injury heels - Jeff Galloway 

Question: Have you ever considered what it'd be like to run at 100? 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Earache or Molars? A lesson in Mothers Intuition

Admit it. 

You've been totally right, second guessed yourself and then... after hours on Google and straight up watching your child's every single move... Your confused because it could be a million different things! 

Just me? - figured. #firsttimemomproblems

On Thursday night of last week, I was 100% sure we were working on some new teeth (molars to be exact). 

But, she hasn't slept well, her apetite is off and so, after 6 days of not sleeping and everything that used to work with our teething little lady no longer works, I went back to my dear old friend Google. 

Now (thanks google), I'm convinced she has an ear infection. She has been pulling on her ears and even mine. 

So, what did I do? I called my husband and asked him to go with us to the pediatrician office. 

We sit and wait for our turn and what do we find out? 

Two things: 
1) in 6 weeks she has grown about an inch and a half (growth spurt = cranky baby explanation) 

2) there is nothing wrong - except she's working on about 3-4 molars... (Another explanation of cranky baby) 

So, yes. 

My mothers intuition from last week was right, but there is nothing better than to go in and confirm. 

I love my pediatrician - he always makes me feel better (except when he told me we should have twins... But that's a story for another day!) 


Question: do you google everything?



Monday, March 9, 2015

Bump Date - 33 weeks


Happy 33 weeks... 

Today I had an appointment with my OB, all was okay until she told me that due to my history and even though I'm SUPER borderline, she's going to treat me as a diabetic. 

Hello Gestational Diabetes label. 

So, I was sent down for a growth ultrasound and (surprise) baby is measuring small. It's not really a surprise to me because I've been measuring small my whole pregnancy. 

On Thursday I am going to have diabetic counseling. Basically I sit in a room with a nurse and learn about how to live a healthy lifestyle. 

It's so frustrating for me. 

I sat in Einstein Bagel and just let the tears fall... I couldn't believe I was back in this... 

The only thing that helps me cope is that by being closely monitored means our baby is being well looked after and I'm also being taken care of. 


This little lady gave me gestational diabetes and caused me to be induced, and look how cute she is! 






Thursday, March 5, 2015

Motivation & Tips from Jeff Galloway!

If you missed my first post, you can read it here. I was selected to be a part of the Jeff Galloway blogger program! So,  stay turned to my Facebook page & blog for tips and motivation from Jeff Galloway!

As always, you can check out Jeff Galloway's tips and motivation on his page www.runinjuryfree.com.

When I was training for my first Marathon, I used the Run Walk Run method. I really felt that it helped me avoid the "exhaustion wall" because I knew it was an interval and it helped me focus and stay in the moment!

In researching my book MENTAL TRAINING I discovered that running turns on brain circuits for a better attitude more vitality and empowerment better than other activities studied - Jeff Galloway.

Yes. So much yes!

In college, I went to the gym a lot - I never seemed to lose weight (and keep it off) and I never got that "feel good" buzz from working out. Finding running was truly a game-changer for me.

How about you, does running improve your attitude more than just working out?



Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Paperwork of Pregnancy - 32 weeks

After testing my sugars for a week I had my follow up appointment to discuss the gestational diabetes. Aaaaand after a week of eating my normal diet and testing my sugars 4x a day it was decided that sometimes my fasting sugars were a little elevated but I do not have gestational diabetes!!

The days it was elevated in the mornings it was typically after a meal out (Chinese, Mexican and pizza). 

Lesson: eating a home cooked meal is just healthier! 

I was so relieved. 

I still have to test my sugars fasting a couple times this week and meet with my OB, but I'm not concerned - especially after my check up with the OB that delivered baby 1. 

In most cases if you've had GD in a previous pregnancy, you will end up with it again - so I've read. Thankfully, I am able to manage my blood sugars with a healthy lifestyle and still have room to splurge on treats occasionally (a.k.a. the weekends).

On the way home from church today I was feeling really blah. My husband gave me his list of things he wanted to do today, and I just felt... blah. So, I asked him if I could sneak in a run. - He agreed and then reminded me that the weather was 82 and sunny.  I knew it was hot, but I just felt like I needed to  go for a run.

We then had a long conversation about how on paper, this pregnancy has been so much smoother than my first. With my first pregnancy I struggled with my blood sugars, my color didn't ever seem right and was in the doctor every two weeks for my first AND third trimester. Even though I had some challenges, I felt good! In fact, I felt wonderful.

With this pregnancy, my charts look fabulous. My blood pressure is stable, I've gained only 5 pounds and my blood sugars have not been an issue. So, on paper... it's great. However, I feel miserable 80 or so percent of the time.  I'm 32 weeks along (8 months) pregnant and still struggling with morning sickness. In addition to that, chasing our one year old around all day exhausts me. The only "me" time I get is on Friday's when our little lady goes to my mother in laws house for the day.

Anyway, I was complaining explaining the difference in pregnancies to my husband when he reminded me that with my first pregnancy, I got sleep. Our daughter is 13 months old and only sleeps through the night on very RARE occasions. He reminded me again that is was hot and sunny outside, but sent me off on my merry way for a run.

It felt great.

I took it slow because I really haven't run much in a couple weeks, and I've had some pretty crazy braxton hicks lately - but it felt wonderful to get my legs moving again.

I came home, got to take an uninterrupted shower and even snuck in a little nap while my daughter slept and my husband did some PIYO and cooked lunch.

Finally "me time" ...

My mood was improved, but more and more I'm looking forward to not being pregnant. It's just been rough. I'm so thankful for our two girls, but I am definitely ready to welcome her home.

I'll be full term at Easter. ... Maybe she'll hop on out?

Question: Do you think Easter is a good Birthday?



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