We’ve Got a Bun in the Oven

In my last post, I snuck this big news in at the very end.

Brody and I are having a baby!
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The questions you may have (or ones I’ve been asked often):

How have you been feeling?
Not too bad! I consider myself one of the lucky ones (unlike Kate Middleton) who have had very few negative side effects. There was a little nausea around weeks seven and eight and no throwing up. I became quite tired at night and could’ve easily fallen asleep most nights by 8pm. Lastly, I am hungry more often and have started keeping a bag of mini-snacks in my desk at school.

When are you due?
Baby is scheduled to arrive June 10, which means I am just starting my fifteenth week. This is good timing because my last day of school is a few days before. I am hoping I don’t go into labor early so that I can finish out my year and not have to be grading final exams from a hospital bed.

Have you had any cravings or food aversions?
Early on I craved pita chips and hummus, and for a few days, strawberries. Pretty consistently I have been into cheese for most of the first trimester. My eating schedule has changed a little; now I eat breakfast right away after showering at 6am, a snack at 9:30am, lunch at 11:45am, a snack at 3am, another mini-snack at 5pm, and dinner at 7:30pm. I have been consciously eating a little less so as to not go way over the extra 300 calories I should be consuming.
The only aversions I’ve had are towards meat on commercials, especially for burgers and tacos. Barf! I am completely fine eating this stuff (we had burgers Friday night and will have tacos tonight), but it’s something about the visuals that makes me want to gag.

Have you met with your doctor?
We’ve had three appointments so far: one with my PA at eight weeks, one with my doctor at twelve weeks (when we got to hear the heartbeat), and one with an ultrasound tech at thirteen weeks (when we saw the baby). Brody and I both thought seeing the baby was the best ever; however, we thought the 3D (or is it 4D?) pictures were kind of creepy.
That night we celebrated with a fancy dinner at Chipotle.
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How did you tell people?
I had to tell the Wine and Recipe ladies when I was only about eight weeks along because we had the ladies weekend up in Minocqua scheduled. There was no way I would’ve been able to fake drink, and there was no way I wasn’t going to go. One friend knew, and she was responsible for bringing the alcohol; she totally hooked me and another pregnant W&R lady up with O’Douls.
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A couple weekends later, we told my mom and sister. I bought them each onesies and said I had an early Christmas present for them. My sister figured it out first and started hitting me with the onesie saying “Shut up! Shut up!” while my mom hugged Brody twice and repeatedly said “I’m going to be a grandma.”
When we were in DC, we told Brody’s mom and sister. Brody casually slipped it into conversation on Thanksgiving day before we had eaten and took everyone by surprise. They were both very happy as well.
We made it Facebook official on Thursday night. Brody had the idea of posting a picture of a single bun in the oven with no description or comment.
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*Please disregard our super dirty oven.
People got it right away. I hope our baby gets Brody’s sense of humor.
Our friends found out around week twelve. Brody texted it to most of his friends, and I called or emailed close friends. It was so much fun telling people. People who are already parents seemed to be especially excited.

Are you showing?
Not really. I have a little bump that becomes more pronounced at night. I am still able to wear all my regular clothes, but I did, per Kelly’s advice, go buy a few maternity items from Target for that day when nothing fits. I do need dress pants – suggestions? From week eight to week twelve, I gained two pounds but who knows if that was just general weight fluctuation or the start of my “gaining baby” weight.

How has your exercise routine changed?
It didn’t change much at first. If you recall, I was training for a half marathon this fall. I was two weeks away from the race when I took a pregnancy test, and after talking to my PA, decided to run it. At eight weeks, I ran a half marathon and PR’ed. I was not expecting that, but I listened to my body and paid attention to my breathing.
Since the half, I haven’t run more than 3.5 miles at a time. Most weeks I have gotten at least two runs in and walks at the dog park about five times a week. I have recently committed myself to attending at least one yoga class a week, as I purchased a 20 pass package for $20 that expires in six months.
One reason for the decrease is from tiredness. For many weeks I was exhausted after teaching, walking at the dog park, making (or throwing together) dinner, etc. Now that I’m officially in my second trimester, I am hoping my energy levels will increase and I can hit up the gym at least one more time a week.

There’s my first official pregnancy post. I don’t know if I’ll be able to swing a weekly post, but I’ll keep you all updated as things progress. I will soon begin forcing Brody to take photos of me so we can all see how my belly grows.

Have a great night!

Questions:
If you are pregnant or are a parent, what was the best and the worst things during your pregnancy?
If you aren’t pregnant or a parent, how has your exercise routine changed now that it’s winter?

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A Balanced Weekend

Welcome to Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend like I did.

Wanna know what happened?

Oh good, because it’s show and tell time – I took a decent amount of photos!

Madison holds a pretty incredible beer festival every year called The Great Taste of the Midwest. When tickets go on sale, people camp out for hours. Brody had heard it was actually quite easy to get tickets the day of, either at the event or buying them from people with too many. Sadly, he forgot about the date and bought tickets to see My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses in Milwaukee on Saturday with a buddy. Once again, we missed out.

Friday night, though, we did not miss out. Lots of restaurants and bars feature breweries and have their beers on tap. We headed downtown to Coopers who was featuring Lagunitas.
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We love their beer and their glasses! I ordered the American Strong Ale while we sat at the bar. It was strong and pretty hoppy.
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The six of us (we were with two other couples, including Mel and Tim), got seated outside! Although the table was small for six, we made it work and continued drinking and eating. We ordered the pretzels and poutine to share, and I had the Brussels sprouts salad for dinner. As always, the food was amazing.

We proceeded on to Merchant who was featuring Six Point whose owners/brewmasters met at the UW, but now live and have their brewery in Brooklyn. According to Brody, Six Point only distributes to New York and Madison – lucky us! While the beer was tempting at Merchant, my favorite drink called to me. I gave in and took the bartender’s suggestion of using gin instead of vodka. The Regret with gin was a winner. As he explained, the pine flavor of the gin complemented the rosemary perfectly.
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Moving on to Saturday. I woke up and wanted a special breakfast. It had been a while since I had made pancakes, so I broke out the Kodiak cake mix. A little peanut butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a nectarine on the side rounded out the meal.
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Mel and her friend Jill were running 15 miles (they are also running the Madison Mini half marathon next weekend), and I wanted to meet them for the last five. The running bug may be giving me little love bites again…

It felt awesome to run outside in perfect weather and to run with friends again. We ended the run on the square where the farmers market was in full swing.
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Mel and Jill were craving doughnuts, and as good as they looked, eating one after running just over five miles and right before lunch did not justify it in my head. Mel was kind enough to give me a few bites.

I was ridiculously lazy for the rest of the day; I had a Chipotle salad for lunch, attempted to make almond butter with my Ninja (major fail – too embarrassed to even provide a photo or tell you how long I worked at it), and watched the entire sixth season of Weeds on Netflix.

Sunday morning I had breakfast plans with my friend Nicole who lives in Wauwatosa. We met in Delafield at Panera; it was so nice catching up. She hadn’t heard about Brody’s rhabdo and the intimate details of my crypto, and I hadn’t heard much about her trip to Spain with thirty-eight high schoolers. She’s a brave woman.

The rest of the day included a shopping spree at Banana Republic outlet, a grocery shopping trip, BodyPump, and a little cooking.

I introduce you to the best pasta salad ever!
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The hot pasta melts the avocado and coats the noodles. So unique! A few changes I made to the recipe: I omitted the oil, used lime instead of lemon juice, and added one chopped shallot.
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Brody suggested adding chicken next time for a little more protein. My meat-loving husband is smart.

There you have it. It was a good mix of time spent with friends, Brody, and myself. I indulged a little but also worked out both days. It’s all about balance.

Questions:
How was your weekend balanced (or maybe unbalanced because that’s okay too!)?
Have you ever been to a beer festival? Where, when, and what’d you think?

I Survived 18 Miles (and have no t-shirt to show for it)

*I loosely based this title off of Mel’s posting on Dailymile
Three hours and seven minutes of my day were spent running this morning. That’s a lot of time, and while I wish I could say I loved all of it, I can’t. This run kicked my butt. No, literally – my butt hurts, as do other parts of my body. It metaphorically kicked my butt mentally too, and if it hadn’t been for a two breaks at the car and a few short walk breaks, I wouldn’t have made it.

Doing multiple loops through the Arboretum lacks the landscape variety I need. I love seeing so many runners, bikers, and walkers in there, but going past the same even beautiful scenery two or more times mentally frustrates me. Next week we’ll likely not loop anywhere, as Mel, Tim, and I plan to run nine before Crazylegs (which is an 8K).

Running that far is very stressful on my body, and my IT bands need some rolling love tonight and tomorrow. As another way to help my body heal, I took a wimpy ice bath to help reduce the inflammation.

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If you recall, my first attempt at the dreaded ice bath did not go so well (tears and about two minutes in the water). Tim, who has lots of medical background knowledge, shared with me a better way somewhere during the first six miles:
1. Take off sweaty clothes and put on a warm top (for me, swimsuit bottoms and hoodie)
2. Make something warm to sip on (black mango tea with honey)
3. Fill a tub with cold water
4. Sit for a bit (unintentional rhyme) and then add eight cups of ice
5. Stay in the tub for 15 minutes (while reading blogs on your iPad…that was my addition to the steps)
I didn’t add a ton of ice, and I may have had both the hot and cold water going into the tub in the beginning. Goosebumps covered my legs, though, once I added the ice, but they melted (which is why you see none in the photo above). Brody came home from Crossfit in the midst of my ice bath, and as I expected, he scolded me for my use of an expensive electronic device in a bathtub. Thanks, Mom.

I had grand plans to do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day, but Brody persuaded me otherwise. Because we had no food to compose a lunch of substance, we drove to Chipotle and I demolished a burrito salad bowl. Paying extra for guacamole is totally worth it when they put an entire avocado on top of the salad creation. Our next adventure involved the dog park; two SLOW laps ensued as I felt like an old woman and Brody’s legs were shot from Crossfit.

The laps obviously depleted my energy, so I convinced Brody to take me to Dairy Queen. The sweet and salty combo of vanilla soft serve and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups makes me happy.

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Hmmm…this position looks familiar.

I am currently lying on our new patio furniture while Brody mows the lawn. I am being a good helper, although I did complain initially when asked, by taking the grass clippings to an empty lot whenever the bag fills up.

A nap sounds good about now…on this outdoor couch.

Have a great Saturday!

Questions:
Do you have any ice bath or recovery tips for me?
What is your favorite blizzard from Dairy Queen?