Saturday, April 25, 2015

An Earth Day Birthday and the Famous Lily

Introducing Robyn Zuzu

As you know from our first daughter, we spend a lot of time thinking, talking, and praying about a name for our children. Naming a child is a huge blessing and responsibility, and we are always sure to take our time.

Once we pick the name, we save it. We pray daily for our baby by name and spend the rest of our pregnancy bonding with our baby.  Now that we have two babies it was a little harder. We'd decided after our first that we wanted to do two things with our children's names.

1. We want them to start with the letter "R"
2. We want to incorporate Christmas into the middle name.

Christmas is a very special time of year, especially for our family as we got married at Christmas time  sooooo, why not?


I first came across the name while looking online at lists of Christmas names and when I realized that Zuzu came from It's a Wonderful Life, I was in love.

Literally in love.

It's a Wonderful Life has a special place in my husbands heart, and a growing place in mine.

So, the research started and here is what I found out.
1. Our Zuzu is not the only one, in fact one Zuzu was a popular Brazilian fashion designer.
2. It is a form of the name Susan (actually Zuzu is a nickname for "Susan" in It's a Wonderful Life)
3. It means Lily in Slavonic

Zuzu is not only fun to say, but it has personality and as each day passed, I couldn't imagine our baby to be named anything different.

She was Zuzu.

We struggled with the "R" name for a while, but when we started looking at meanings, everything was clear and the name Robyn Zuzu was hers.

Robyn, which means "famous" and Zuzu which means "Lily" reminds us of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So, when you meet our Zuzu, may not only your heart be warmed by memories of Christmas, and how wonderful life is but you think about our Lord and Savior.

The Lily of the Valley, Charles W. Fry.

I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll. 

He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul. 

2 He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tow’r;
I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart and now He keeps me by His pow’r.
Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,
Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal. [Refrain]

3 He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face,
Where rivers of delight shall ever roll. [Refrain]

Monday, April 20, 2015

Four Ways To Energize Your Day and Clear Your Brain

Good Morning Friends,

Happy Marathon Monday!!! I'm so excited for all those running in the Boston Marathon today. It's such an accomplishment to train for a Marathon, and the 26.2 miles is part of the celebration!
So, congratulations to everyone who lines up at the starting line!!

As you know, I am a Jeff Galloway Blogger. As such, I am given the opportunity to share tips and articles written by Olympian Jeff Galloway. Here is the latest article, hope you enjoy!

Four Ways To Energize Your Day and Clear Your Brain
by, Olympian Jeff Galloway

It's natural to become focused on the big things in life, and worry about outside forces, building stress.  A few simple lifestyle adjustments can result in greater control over attitude and energy, while reducing stress and fatigue.  Yes, you can exert more control over your life, produce positive attitude hormones, and blend together body, mind and spirit by planning and taking action.

  1. Walk or run, one day and a walk (or cross train) the next.  While the exertion will wake up the muscles, you're away from the phone, allowing the mind a little freedom.  Most who start with a blank mental state, finish their exercise session with the day planned, and a few new ways to deal with problems.  Others like to walk/run during lunch hour, while munching on an energy bar.  This can clear out morning stress and prepare mind-body for the challenges of the afternoon.  Many evening exercisers believe that the weight of the day's stress is erased or contained with the after-work workout.  Scheduling these outings gives you control over your existence.
  2. Don't sit--walk!.  The addition of a few extra short walks, throughout the day, will energize the body and activate the mind.  Park farther away from work, the food store, the transit station, etc.  Many of my clients use a step counter for motivation and calorie counting.  It helps to find one that is consistent and reliable (usually @ $30).  Shoot for 10,000 steps a day.  You are rewarded for  getting out of your chair (or  the couch) more often.  These short walks burn fat, which adds up (up to 30 pounds a year!).  The best reward is the head clearing effect, which can power you through the mid morning or mid afternoon energy crises.  Even a 3-4 minute “recess” walk at work, can result in clearer thinking, more energy, and greater self-confidence.   
  3. Eat more frequently.  Each time you eat, even a small snack, you'll boost your energy level. The longer you wait to eat, the more likely your metabolism will slump into drowsiness and laziness.  This also means that you're not burning many calories.  If you divide up your daily calorie budget into 6-9 snacks a day you'll burn more fat (up to 10 pounds a year).  Eat a snack every 2-3 hours, and you can feel better all day.  It helps to choose foods that have (percentage of calories vs total calories) about 20% protein, about 15% fat and the rest in complex carbohydrate.  This combination will leave you satisfied longer with fewer calories consumed.  To experience a fat loss, consumption can be managed through websites or journals.  For more information, see A WOMAN'S GUIDE TO FAT BURNING by Jeff and Barbara Galloway.
  4. Help someone exercise. The psychological benefits are significant when you help someone improve the quality of their life.  Offer to walk (run, hike) with your spouse, parent, friend co-worker, child—or all of the above.  My books WALKING & GETTING STARTED have proven programs with motivation which can lead you  and your “coach-ee” through the training. 
Question of the Day: Do you need to focus on any of these tips? Which one (or ones)?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Baby Wiggles & Braxton Hicks

We have completed our final full week as a family of 3. 

This week I spent lots of time cuddling with little lady, and even braved finger painting. 

Daddy took us out to dinner. 
And on several adventures to Lowes! 

We watched Frozen... 
Way too any times...

And then of course... 

There was that evening when we were doing general maintenance on the AC and... something broke! 

Thankfully Abuela and Abuelo live only a 5K away, so we've been having slumber parties at thier house. 

I don't think little lady minds too much, Abuelo gives her cookies in the pool. 

Tomorrow is my last pre-natal appointment. I'm in bed feeling all these wonderful baby kicks, dealing with heart burn, Braxton hicks and dreaming of what the baby will look like! 

Question: do you think she'll have blonde or brown hair? 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bumpdate! Week 38

We've made it to the official final countdown... 

It's so crazy, as soon as I stopped puking  (going into my 2nd week!) everything seemed to start FLYING with my pregnancy! 

We've also got some pretty big adventures coming up soon, so I've been busy. 


Weight gain - I gained 4 lbs this week bringing my total pregnancy weight gain to 12 lbs. 

Blood pressure - good 

Blood Sugars - stable - I was able to successfully convince my OB that medication wouldn't be necessary, I'd be a little better with my eating and exercise. 

Big Sister Report
Little lady is showing more and more signs of independence, but at the same time she is still super cuddly with me. She likes to sit on my lap and rub my belly. 

We talk about her sister every day, and every night we say good night and she gives the baby (my belly) a big kiss. I'm going to miss those sweet tender moments. She really is a sweat heart, a little feisty at times, but also gives the sweetest hugs ever.

I'm looking forward to watching the girls interact in just a few days...  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Bumpdate - Week 37

Hello Full Term Baby!!!! 

We had an ultrasound today, and got to see her tiny toes and listen to her heart beat. 

She is measuring at a little over 5 pounds  and in the next 2 weeks could gain about a pound more. 

Little lady was only 6 lb 3 oz at birth, so I'm figuring this one will be a little bigger. - but I don't think she'll be much bigger. 


If I'm being honest, I am feeling huge, way too many hot flashes and the baby is pressing on my sciatic nerve (which means when I have a contraction, my butt goes a little numb and I get a shooting pain down my leg).

I'm still nauseated most days, and all I want is coffee and cupcakes. 

[insert pathetic cry]

Blood Sugar Report. 
So, lately my fasting blood sugars have been on the rise. My OB was this close to prescribing me a pill to take before bed until I asked her to give me a week to get it under control with more exercise and a more strict diet. 

[read - no more cupcakes]

Estimated arrival.
If she doesn't come on her own, I will be induced at 39 weeks. 

To be honest, I really want her to stay out for at LEAST another week. We are having a yard sale on Saturday, and have some plans for the evening / next day. So, it'd be ideal for her to stay put. 

Weight Gain / Blood Pressure
I'm up another pound. So my totally weight gain is 8 lbs for this pregnancy. 

My blood pressure has consistently been 110/68 for the last several appointments. Sometimes it's lower, but 110/70 is the highest it's been this pregnancy. 

*does anyone else write down and track thier blood pressure and weight during pregnancy? I have a whole page in my day planner dedicated to it and another page that tracks the babies heart rate.*

Big Sister Report. 
Our big sister is starting to get VERY clingy to me... She always wants mom... I try to have lots of conversations about when baby comes and what will be different, what will be the same... She's only 14 months, so obviously she doesn't totally understand - but I know she knows change is coming. 

She still doesn't sleep well at night, butnshe does nap during the day very well. ... Sigh... 

Looking forward too...
Holding baby girl in my arms. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter!

The Resurrection

Luke 24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has [a]risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. 11 But these words appeared [b]to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings [c]only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.

From our Family to yours, Happy Easter! 
Easter 2014
Little Lady was 3 months old

Friday, April 3, 2015

Why do we get injured? - Jeff Galloway Tips for Running

I hope you've been enjoying all these tips on running from Jeff Galloway, I know that I have.

Motivational Tips.  More Tips.

On Injury. 

When following a training plan its important to know your body. Here are a couple tips from Jeff Galloway on just why we get injured.

1. Be aware of the irritation of weak links.

The key weak links are body parts where my runners tend to experience injuries are these:

  • knees
  • feet
  • calf
  • achilles
  • hip
  • glute
The body parts that YOU need to be aware of are the sites where you are injured or suffer more aches and pains. 

So, if you're sensitive to the first indication or irritation in these areas and take immediate action its possible to avoid injury. 

2. Stress build up due to the way we train. 
  • Training schedule is too intense-not enough rest between stress. 
  • Adverse training components - speed is too fast or has too much, too soon. 
  • Running form - too long a stride, forward lean, bouncing too high off the ground. 
So staying focused on the way one runs and following these guidelines, can often allow runners to maintain a manageable increase without injury. 

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Top 5 Ways to avoid Stress Buildup and avoid injuries

  1. Take walk breaks more frequently and run shorter run segments
  2. Form: shorter stride, feet low to the ground
  3. Slower long runs, with more walk breaks
  4. Avoid Stretching
  5. Be careful when running speed sessions 

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