Baby Baum #2 – 20 to 21 weeks

January 25, 2016

The half way point has come and gone – crazy fast might I add. I just passed the 21 week on Saturday and it’s hard to believe I am on the second part of this pregnancy now. I am at the point I am really enjoying the belly and the way my body looks and feels. There truly is such an amazing thing about pregnancy and growing a little human inside of you. Truly indescribable!

Here is what is going on with Baby Baum #2 at 15-19 weeks:

  • BB #2 is about the size of a carrot and is about 3 quarters of a pound
  • The baby’s eyelids and lips are now present
  • He or she is moving and shaking! I have so so much movement going on in my belly right now and I love it!

BB #2 21 weeks

What’s going on with me:

Weight Gained: I am up 13 pounds as of my 20 week appointment. The doctor said this is higher than she would like to see at this point in time. She said 6-8 pounds is a better area to be in right now, but honestly there is nothing I can do about it. I have been working out and eating well, so I feel like my body is just holding on to the extra weight for some reason.

Workouts: Last week was my highest mileage running week since I got pregnant! I was able to tackle a whopping 12 miles ;). It is funny how big of an accomplishment this was for me, because every run was in the 3-5 mile range. I feel like I am finally back to normal and actually getting some fitness back. I would imagine the incredibly cool weather has also made a big difference as well.

BB #2 21 weeks

Symptoms: I have really been feeling great lately. Hello 2nd trimester energy!! I haven’t been nearly as tired, especially at the end of the day. From weeks 15-19, I felt a real heaviness in my hips, but that has somewhat gone away. I feel like some of the weight is redistributing to the baby and isn’t weighing me down quite as much. It’s a great feeling.

Food Aversions: Nada :)  I’m liking it all!

Food Cravings: Nothing too crazy here either – which was the same story with my first pregnancy. I am definitely liking having salads and healthy food. It just makes me feel good.

Sleep: The past 2 weeks have been amazing! I’ve been sleeping from 9 or 10 to 6 or 7 am, which is exactly what I need to be doing right now. My boppy pillow is back into the rotation, which just makes life amazing!

Baby Items Purchased: We haven’t bought anything for the baby, and I have a feeling it will be like this for a while. Unless there is something I just have to have, I am waiting until the baby is born. We have so many boy clothes and gender neutral stuff for that matter, so I think we are going to be set for the first few months of the baby’s life.

Miss anything?: Wine. Definitely wine. I feel like it was no big deal at all during the 1st pregnancy to not drink. But this time around, a glass of wine to finish out the day sure would be nice.

Do you know the sex? Nope! We could have found out last week, but we didn’t. It was so much harder this time for some reason! I really didn’t care for the first pregnancy, but for some reason, I am just dying to know this time around. It is going to be a long few months waiting for this little baby to arrive!

Has anyone else struggled not to find out the sex for their 2nd baby?


The Best Equipment for Exercise Modifications During Pregnancy

January 19, 2016

Pregnancy is filled with so many rules – plenty of do’s and don’ts. Be careful about this. Watch out for that. Luckily, if you are cleared by your doctor, exercise is something you can do for your entire pregnancy. Of course, this go ahead doesn’t come without limitations. Here are a few of my favorite pieces of equipment to help modify every day workouts to continue throughout an entire pregnancy.

TRX Straps

I find TRX Straps to be the most useful piece of equipment to help modify exercises, as you use just your body weight and can control how much (or how little) weight you are really working with. During my first pregnancy, I wrote a post all about how I use the TRX straps while working out pregnant. Take a look for some pictures and examples of everyday exercises you can modify. The picture below is from my 1st pregnancy – the bump isn’t that big yet 😉

Pregnant TRX Pushups

Stability Balls

I love using stability balls to make workouts more difficult when I am not pregnant. The great thing is they can serve a double purpose and help when pregnant as well. Place one behind your back, between yourself and the wall. As you squat down, use it to help support your good form while lowering down, and then raising back up. With so much weight pulling you forward with a growing belly, it is incredible to be able to support that extra weight with the guidance of a stability ball.

Stability Balls

The minimal use of the core during pregnancy proves to be pretty tough, so take a seat on the ball while doing exercises like shoulder presses and bicep curls. It is so important to not lose the correct form, so taking a seat definitely helps. If the ball is too unstable, then sit in a stationary item, like a chair.

The Treadmill

Ok, so this one may sound silly – a treadmill, really? Just think about it. One of the toughest things for me to run during pregnancy is not knowing quite how long I’ll last. Stamina, cramps, and the big one – needing to pee. Hopping on a treadmill can really prolong your workout session since you can get on and off to use the facilities whenever you feel like it. Weather also isn’t a problem, so if you are one of the lucky ones to be super pregnant in the summer, your running workouts don’t have to suffer.


There are so many ways to help exercise throughout the entire 40 weeks, so finding the right equipment is key!

What other items do you like to use while pregnant so you can continue to stay fit and reduce the aches and pains that (sometimes) accompany pregnancy?


Baby Baum #2 – 15 to 19 weeks

January 12, 2016
19 weeks

5 weeks came and went super fast, and I didn’t have a single update in between. The holidays consumed us over here, with Grant’s first nasty upper respiratory issue for the holidays. We are here now so that’s all that matters!

Here I am at 17 weeks for Christmas

16 weeks

and then 19 weeks just this past weekend

19 weeks

19 weeks

Here is what is going on with Baby Baum #2 at 15-19 weeks:

  •  BB #2 is about the size of an heirloom tomato, measuring 6 inches from head to bottom and weighing about 8.5 ounces.
  • He or she can probably hear voices now so singing and talking is a great thing for baby :)
  • The brain is developing areas for all of the different senses.

What’s going on with me:

Weight Gained: I am thinking between 10-12 pounds. I haven’t weighed myself in a bit, but based on how everything is fitting and how I am feeling, I’ll go with that. I have my 20 week appointment on Friday, so I will know the real deal then.

Workouts: For the past few weeks, I’ve been averaging 5-6 workouts a week. This includes 3 runs, 2 days of strength training, and some occasional yoga. I am back to feeling really great these days and plan to stay as active as I can for as long as possible.

Symptoms: I am feeling a bit heavy these days, really feeling the extra weight in my hips and thigh for sure. It is really crazy how fast I have gained weight in those areas this time around. I also have some round ligament pain on the right side of my belly that I didn’t have with Grant. It is most definitely a strange feeling!

Food Aversions: Nothing at all! I can eat any and all the food and have been working pretty hard to stick with lots of fruits and veggies every day. I’ve been loving salads and

Food Cravings: I haven’t had all that many cravings. There was one night I asked Marcus to grab some ice cream, but that has really been it.

Sleep: I’ve been struggling a little bit with some insomnia, but it hasn’t been too bad. I tend to wake up around 3:30-4 wide awake. The best thing for me has been to not look at the clock, and just not have a million thoughts running through my mind. I also found some great meditation videos on YouTube that I can listen to calm my mind a bit and get back to bed.

Baby Items Purchased: We’ve purchase nothing – my mom on the other hand did get us a little baby girl outfit “just in case”. Hmmm, I wonder what her guess is for the gender :)

Miss anything?: Having a larger set of clothes to choose from for work. With the weather cooling down the past couple of weeks, my clothes for work have been super limited. I have only 2 pair of pants that will fit, and then dresses are too cold right now. I need to invest in some prego tights to prolong some of the dresses

Do you know the sex? No! We are able to find out Friday, but are electing not to. We will be waiting until his or her birthday, just like with Grant. I have a pretty strong feeling it is a girl though, and have since the very beginning.

This Little Blog

January 5, 2016

4.5 years ago, I started this blog. I had lost out on a job because I didn’t have enough creative examples of my talent and experience, so I figured I would give the whole blogging thing a go. I had no clue what I was doing but I couldn’t care the least. Blogging was so much fun, and I loved it!

My little piece of the internet grew to be one of my favorite hobbies I was able to indulge myself in. It gave me reasons to cook and try new recipes, do different things around town, and most importantly, meet so many great people. I’ve met some amazing people through this site and am so thankful for each and every one of them.

Blog Anniversary 1

When I started writing about my life in 2011, I had just gotten married just 3 months before. I needed something to spend my time with after wedding planning was over and done with, and the blog was really the perfect place for it. For me, documenting running and training was the most logical direction. I was pounding the pavement on a daily basis, it was fun to write about, and I was able to connect with others who I could easily relate to.

The races I have been able to run and the documentation of my training from beginning to end have all been amazing. Each and every one posed new and different challenges, and I am so thankful to have each memory not only in my head and in my heart, but also in the over 500 posts I have written thus far. I can’t wait for the day I am able to sign up for another race, and document training as I push 2 kiddos in the stroller along with me.

Chicago Marathon 15

A lot has changed in the blog in the past 4 years. What started as a place to post some pictures and talk about running and fitness turned into a true passion. That passion opened all sorts of doors for me, both personally and professionally. I would have never dove into the internet marketing world for a professional path, nor would I have become a personal trainer. This blog (inadvertently) led me to both of those places.

The most obvious change here at Food and Fun on the Run has been the addition of a bigger family. Documenting my pregnancy with Grant probably had me lose some readers, but it also attracted a whole new audience I had never had here before. Not only is fitness a big part of what fuels me, but my family has added a whole other element as well. This blog has morphed into something completely different from where it started, and I am a-ok with that. I can’t get to posting as regularly (which I do miss a lot), but that sacrifice means I am spending more time with my family, which I wouldn’t change for the world.

Grant 8 Months

All of the moms who can post daily or even 3-4 times a week while working full time – you all are amazing. I just can’t seem to do it. It is something that has really weighed on me for a solid 6 months, and has made me feel really bad about the effort I’ve been able to dedicate lately. These days posting 2 times a week is a huge feat, and even then, once a week is much more likely. At this point, I am learning to let go of that. I’ve got work, my health, and most importantly, a husband, 22 month old, and bun in the oven I have to focus on.

I guess what I am trying to say is thanks for sticking around – that is if you’ve made it this far into the post 😉 . And not to worry, I’m not going anywhere. I may not be here as often, but I still love this little place I created back in July of 2011. I plan to have the site grow with me and my family to include my main focuses – my love for my husband and kids, fitness, and enjoying life to the absolute fullest, whether you hear from me every day, once a week, or once a month.

I appreciate each and every comment, tweet and shout out. I’m excited to continue to connect with you all for years to come!

Baby Baum #2 – 13 & 14 weeks

December 10, 2015

I’d though about skipping the updates this pregnancy, but then I realize how much I like reading other people’s as well as how great it is to look back at the check-ins from last time.

Here I am at 13 weeks

Baby Baum #2 13 weeks

And then again at 14 weeks

Baby Baum #2 - 14 Weeks

It’s nothing sort of crazy how much bigger the bump is this time around. I had always heard how fast it can be 2nd time around, and this is definitely no different.

Before I get to myself, here is what is going on with Baby Baum #2 at 13-14 weeks:

  •  BB is now the size of a lemon! I can definitely tell – this belly is getting bigger
  • He or She can suck on its thumb, wiggle its toes, make urine, and breathe amniotic fluid as the liver, spleen, and kidneys continue to develop
  • Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over the body for warmth

What’s going on with me:

Weight Gained: I am honestly not sure where I am at this point. I think its about 7-8 lbs or so. I am definitely up a bit more than last time

Workouts: I am doing my very best to run 3-4 days a week and then get in 2 days of strength training. Some weeks are better than others, but I am pretty happy with the workouts so far. I am just hoping to keep up the running throughout my pregnancy. It hasn’t been as easy this time around, so if it gets too much tougher, I may have to throw in the towel. I’m just not ready to do that yet.

Symptoms: I had a pretty rough first trimester – a lot of morning (or all day) sickness and I was beyond exhausted. Luckily, I am feeling really good these days. The sickness is gone and energy is starting to come back. Hopefully it’ll be back in full swing soon!

Food Aversions: At this point, nothing! During the first trimester, I felt like I didn’t want to eat anything and then one day, it just went away. I am doing my best to eat healthy and stay away from too many hamburgers 😉

Food Cravings: Salty – just like my 1st pregnancy with Grant. This really isn’t a surprise because I tend to lean to salty foods all the time.

Sleep: No problems here yet. Over Thanksgiving, Grant had a cold which really killed the sleep. But now that he is better, I have no problem sleeping straight through the night. I don’t have to get up and use the bathroom all the time like I did when I was pregnant with Grant, so that is a very nice change.

Baby Items Purchased: Nothing at all. We have everything we need from when Grant was born, so I don’t plan on buying anything. We are going to move Grant into a big boy room after he turns 2 and reuse his nursery for the next baby since it is gender neutral (somewhat).

Miss anything?: Wine, definitely wine! And sushi of course – the cooked sushi just isn’t the same. I am missing running effortlessly for sure. It’ll be a while until that happens again, but its all worth it for the little baby in my belly!

Do you know the sex? Nope! We didn’t find out the first time and we won’t be finding out this time either!