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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 h…

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.

Walk or run, one day and a walk (or …

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? 

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…

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. 
Feelings.  Awful. 
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 co…

Happy Easter!

The ResurrectionLuke 24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing;5 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?6 He is not here, but He has [a]risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee,7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”8 And they remembered His words,9 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.1…

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:

kneesfeetcalfachilleshipglute 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 fo…