Baby Baum: 14 Weeks

August 27, 2013

Week 14 is here! It was actually here Sunday, but I am the worst at taking pictures. I always tend to forget. This is something I am going to get better at. As for the quality, I was told to have them taken before Marcus goes to the gym, rather than after. I guess his muscles are too fatigued after to take a steady picture – noted! Better pictures to come for the next bump post – maybe I’ll do it without the post workout look. 😉

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Before I get to myself, here is what is going on with Baby Baum (BB) at 14 weeks:

  •  BB is now the size of a lemon! Considering one of the very first updates I read was when he or she was the size of a poppy seed, a lemon seems huge!
  • 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 think I am at about 5 pounds total, which is about 10 lbs from where I was before drastically reducing my exercise to get pregnant in the first place.

Workouts: I was able to get in 4 days of running this week, and 2 strength sessions. Unfortunately, I didn’t get in any yoga or swimming – woops! I already have yoga on the schedule for today, and hope to get to the pool tomorrow and then a day this weekend. I got in a 3 month mileage high run on Sunday – close to 5 miles! We had an amazing breeze and low humidity, so I took advantage of it. It felt so nice to be able to run more than 3-4 miles again. I was completely whooped the rest of the day, but was so thrilled about being out for a little bit longer than normal.

Symptoms: The second trimester energy surge is still hiding out somewhere, and I am definitely looking forward to it showing its face soon! For me, as long as I get good rest at night, and get in a nap here and there, I’ve been pretty good. I definitely crash pretty hard at night, so I am nearly useless after dinner. Otherwise, just the normal pregnancy stuff – sore boobs, random breakouts – ya know, the fun stuff!

Food Aversions: Most meat, unfortunately. I just can’t seem to stomach it lately, unless of course it is tossed in batter and deep fried –> trying very hard to stay away from that though! I’ve had a few completely vegetarian days in a row, which I am not a fan of. I tend to get stomach cramps when I don’t eat enough protein, and I feel like that has been happening. Hopefully this aversion will be on its way shortly.

Food Cravings: Salty, salty, salty! Specifically, potato chips! I was bad and bought a bag of Ruffles over the weekend and probably shouldn’t have. I have no self control right now, so I really have been keeping them hidden so at least I don’t walk by them and just grab a handful or two.

Sleep: Its been great, except for last night. I just could not get comfortable. I sleep on my stomach when I am just falling asleep, and then tend to roll to one side or the other. Obviously, I’ve had to change this, and I have not been liking it much. Even when sleeping on my side, I can’t find a comfy spot. I am really starting to be aware of my stomach now, which is making it a little tricky. A couple of nights ago, I got up 4 times (!!!!!) to pee, but luckily, that is way out of the ordinary. It is usually only once or twice each night.

Baby Items Purchased: Nothing has been purchased for the baby yet (and probably won’t be for a while), but I now own my first pair of maternity shorts and belly band! Something I hadn’t expected was how quickly my butt and upper thighs would be growing. I’ve only gained the 5 pounds, but whoa baby – I am certain my weight has been redistributing! I pretty much can’t fit into any of my pants anymore. I have picked up a few elastic waisted skirts that I can wear now and post baby, so at least I have a few things to wear. I plan to hit up a few places this weekend and hopefully find a few more bottoms. I haven’t had much luck so far, but am hoping that will change this weekend!

I am still working on exactly what I want for the nursery, so I have been pinning like crazy! We plan to start working on it in October, so we have some time. Knowing what I want ahead of time is key so hopefully we can find some deals :)

Miss anything?: Ohh sushi – so very much! I really need to go have a fix of some cooked sushi, just to fool myself a bit. Also, I wasn’t a big drinker before getting pregnant, but I do find myself missing the occasional glass of wine, mostly in the social setting. Going to happy hour and parties just isn’t the same at the moment! 😉

Any good places I can find maternity clothes? I’ve checked a couple of places and really haven’t had much luck!





Getting the Best Out of Your Workout: Preparation

August 21, 2013

There are plenty of ways to get to the gym and workout, but getting in a good workout is another story. Far too many times, I’m sure you seem the same people, day after day, just going through the motions. While their body is still benefiting from the calorie burn of exercise, they aren’t getting the maximum benefits they could be. Here are a few tips on ways to come to the gym prepared to really get the best of your workout.

Bring a Plan

Yep, surprisingly, many people come to workout with no real goal in mind. They don’t know what they are going to accomplish, and then don’t really know what they did last time either. Do a little research and bring some exercises with you to complete. You can keep track of your progress.

Workout Collage

Eat Before You Come

Regardless if you are trying to lose weight, bulk up, or just maintain, it is imperative that you eat before working out. Just like the gas tank in your car, if your body is on empty, you aren’t going to get very far. You could feel light-headed, nauseous, or even a bit faint. Grab a quick snack an hour or so before heading to workout. PB&J is always my go to, but just figure out what works for you. There are plenty of options to help you power through your workout.

Race Snacks


(less oreos, more bananas 😉

Meet a Friend

For a lot of us, just getting to the gym is a feat in itself. Schedule time to meet a friend to workout with. It’s a good way to get motivated, and to learn different exercises you may not have thought of yourself. Just be sure to figure out before hand who is in charge of coming up with the workout (see #1).

Put It In Your Calendar

Treat your workout like any other appointment or commitment you make. Put it in your calendar, so you are more likely to stick to it. I look at my calendar pretty frequently, and it really helps for me to see what I have coming up, and how I am going to fit in my workouts. You put your happy hour with friend in there, so why not put in that sweat session?

Yes, I still have a paper calendar :)

Yes, I still have a paper calendar :)

Lay Out Your Clothes

Whether you are an early morning riser or a post workday exercise fanatic, have your clothes ready to go. Having everything out and ready makes you that much less likely to skip out on the workout. Plus, when you see your tank and shorts just staring at, aren’t you going to want to throw them on and head to the gym?! 😉

What are some tips you have to get the best workout possible?




Exercise in My First Trimester

August 19, 2013

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I can finally be a little more truthful on here about my activities and exercise. It was really important to Marcus and I to keep everything a secret until we hit that 12 week mark, so now that it has come and gone (woo hoo!!) here is a little look into my exercise lately.


I am finally back to running 3 miles straight! Yes, I know, this doesn’t seem like a big deal, especially since I ran a marathon back in April. From around weeks 6-10 in the pregnancy, I was in walk run mode. I would walk for a minute, and run for 2, then repeat. It pretty much looked like a plan of someone just getting into exercise. I was very conscious about listening to my body and doing what it needed me to do. For those 4 weeks,my body didn’t want to run. My heart rate would go sky high, and I would be incredibly out of breath. So I walked – a lot. Then, around week 10, I miraculously got some energy back. One mile of running turned into a mile and a half. Somehow, I have slowly climbed back up to the 3-4 mile range.

Until it cools off a bit, I plan to keep this sort of mileage. I feel good running, but the heat is just a little bit too much still. I can handle about 30-40 minutes of it, but then I need to head inside. Morning workouts are definitely the best way for me to get the best quality in as well. Hopefully in about a month, I can slowly get to the 5-6 mile runs I love. We shall see – it all depends on how everything is going and how I am feeling. Oh, as for my pace. I do what I can do. Some days, I can hover around the 9 minute mile mark, other days, like this morning, it’s looking more like 10:30 pace. It is a humbling experience for sure, as I have never ran anything over 9 minute miles. All for the good of Baby Baum!

Garmin 3 mile run

Strength Training

I’ve been ok about getting in weights – not amazing, but ok. My workouts have been high repetitions and low weights. Before, I would really push myself and lift decently heavy (for me). Now, it’s really all about just getting in the workouts, but without the added stress. The goal is not to get stronger, but to maintain the muscle mass.

I am still leading my bootcamps at the gym I train at, but I am only doing about half of the exercises. There are certain ones I know will raise my heart rate too much (hello mountain climbers!), so I just sit those out. I usually have the group do a cardio, heart raising segment in the beginning, so I lead that part, rather than participate.

Tricep Dip Gym


I have been terrible about getting to the pool – absolutely terrible! I used to go 3-4 times a week, but then went to the wayside as soon as the morning sickness kicked in. The last thing I wanted to do was swim around – walking was hard enough to get into. Now that I am feeling really good again, I plan to get to the pool 2 times a week. It is nothing crazy, but I know it will make a big difference in the way I feel.

Pool lane


Here is another activity I have got to get back into. Once again, laziness has taken over. I am starting to feel some pain in my lower back, so I know I need to get to the mat. It isn’t like the pain I’ve had before. I know this time, it is completely pregnancy related. It is more of an ache than anything else, so it is time to get that pain released. If I can go just one time per week, I will be happy!

Evolation Yoga 4

That’s pretty much the skinny on exercise for the past 10 weeks or so. For those of you with kids, what was your favorite way to stay active when you were pregnant? If you haven’t had kids yet, have you noticed any popular forms of activity with family or friends?

Baby Baum – The Details

August 15, 2013

Thank you so much to everyone for your well wishes yesterday! I am sooo happy we could finally share our good news with you! For those of you who have been reading for a while, you probably already knew something was up. I mean, no fall races at all, and practically no running for a bit…. that’s just not me! After I finished my last marathon in April, the doctor told me if I was really serious about getting pregnant, I was going to need to cut down on the intensity significantly. She recommended 30 minutes a day, 3-4 times a week. This was crazy hard at first, but ended up being well worth it when I saw those pretty pink lines! I’m still working on getting a new tab on the top of the blog to house these baby posts, as I know a lot of readers come here for running advice and not baby information. I hope to have that ready in the next few days. Until then, here are a bunch of details about Baby Baum!

How did you find out you were pregnant?

I took a pregnancy test.

What kind of pregnancy test did you take?

The first was a generic Publix brand, then I took a Clear Blue, and the last was a One Step.

pregnancy test

How many?

Ohhhh, only 6. My first thought was that the test was a less expensive, generic brand so of course it was wrong. Well, it was one of a two pack, and the second one said the same thing. Later that night, I got the Clear Blue test, and it was pretty darn evident. I think I ended up with the last pack of tests because I liked seeing the positive test so much.  😉

What were your first symptoms?

A couple of days before I took the test, I was feeling a little off. My running felt really hard, and for no good reason. I wasn’t trying to run fast or anything – it was just difficult. Then I would get out of breath walking up the stairs in our 3 story condo, which never happened. The last straw was I noticed I was getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, which I never do! I am a crazy solid sleeper! So I went out and bought a pack of pregnancy tests.

Who did you tell first?

Marcus, of course. Well actually, technically I told Winnie. She doesn’t exactly understand boundaries so she was staring at me in the bathroom. Anyhow, it was the day before Father’s Day, and I had picked up a card for Marcus **just in case** I was able to tell him that month. I wrote a nice note in the card, sealed it, and told Winnie to bring it to Marcus. She brings the mail in for me every day, so it was pretty normal for her to carry an envelope. She carried it up the stairs and gave it to him. At first, he thought it was just a nice gesture since we were trying and it was right around Father’s Day. It took a few seconds, and then he got it – this wasn’t wishful thinking, I was actually pregnant!

My first reaction:

Total disbelief that quickly turned into the best news ever!

Was your baby planned?


How far were you when you found out?

Right at the 4 week mark.

How did your parents/family react?

They were soooo excited! We got everyone gifts that pertained to them to share the news. Our parents knew we were trying, so they were excited, but not surprised. Our siblings, on the other hand, had no clue. We got our sister’s the same things, just personalized for them. It was an insulated cup that said “Auntie Em” or “Auntie Morgs” on it, and inside was a onesie. It took each of them a split second to get what it mean, and they both had the same reaction!

How did you tell your friends?

We really told most of our friends in different ways. Some we showed the ultrasound picture, some we just shared the news over the phone. Once we got to the 10 week mark, we were comfortable sharing with our closest friends and family, and then we waited until 12 weeks to tell everyone.

Baby Details

Due Date: February 23rd, 2014

Do you know the sex? Nope

Will you find out the sex? No! We are waiting to find out on his or her birthday!

Any names? We will come up with names here or there, but nothing serious yet. I have a feeling that will be the hardest part ever!

Were you trying long? Since February

Any ultrasounds? Yep! I’ve actually had 3 ultrasounds already. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) so they actually will do the ultrasound really early one to check and see if everything looks right. I don’t plan to go too in-depth about that, but if you have questions, please email me. I’d be happy to talk about it with you!

Baby Baum 12 Week Ultrasound

Baby Baum at 12 weeks

Have you heard the heartbeat? Yep! It was the most unbelievable sound I’ve ever heard!

Will the baby have siblings? Winnie B, of course!

Have you felt the baby move? Not yet.


How do you feel?

I’m feeling pretty good now. Around week 10, I started to get a lot of my energy back. I was only able to do run/walk intervals for about 6 weeks, but I am back to running 3-4 miles at a time. 4 miles is still my max right now, which is what I feel comfortable doing in this heat. Once it cools down a bit, I plan to add a little more distance back – a little, nothing crazy.

Do you have morning sickness?

Starting at week 6, I felt awful, which just so happened to be at the end of our California trip. The only way I can really describe it is being in a constant state of being hungover. It lasted until about week 8, which was when I started with acupuncture. Let me tell you, acupuncture has saved me during this pregnancy. I plan to write an entire post on acupuncture and pregnancy, but that will be another day.

Do you have any cravings?

I have been all about the fruit snacks the past 3 weeks. I seriously eat like 3 little packets a day. They are soooo good!

Do you have any food aversions?

The past couple of days, I’ve been turned off by chicken. Random, I know. Otherwise, nothing is looking bad. It’s not so much a food aversion, but more so that my body isn’t really doing well with it – dairy. I used to eat all kinds of yogurt, milk and cereal, etc. but I can’t do that at all right now. Yep, that also means no ice cream :(

Do you have any mood swings?

Nothing crazy yet. I notice I get a little irritable at night when I am just tired and ready to go to bed from a tiring day. I’ve been lucky enough to take naps most days of the weeks, since I am able to make my schedule flexible with training and run coaching. I have soooo much respect for all of the 9-5 women that can’t take those naps. I’m not sure how it is even possible!

How far long are you now?

As of today, I am 12 weeks and 5 days. I hit the new week mark every Sunday.

Baby Baum 12 weeksI’m not sure if I plan to do weekly updates or not. I just can’t decide. I’ll definitely recap each month, but I don’t want to over do it for those of ya’ll that just aren’t interested.


The One Where Something is Announced

August 15, 2013

Something Marcus and I pride ourselves on is the amount of time we’ve spent to train our dog Winnie. We’ve had her since she was only 6 weeks old, and have spent so much time working on commands, good behavior, and of course, tricks. We have a big one coming up for her, and expect it will take her a solid 9 months to really catch on.

Winnie's Announcement V3

Details to come tomorrow :)