It’s Friday – Let’s Chat!

February 7, 2014

Happy Friday Everyone!

Friday ecard

1. I am planning to do some serious cooking this weekend to get ready for the baby. I am thinking easy food I can freeze and then eat on the go, and here and there if needed. All I know so far, is I am definitely making these jalapeño cheddar sweet potato puffs. They look delish! Any other ideas for food I can make in bulk?

2. I came across this article last night about epidurals prolonging labor and thought it to be an interesting read. I am all about educating myself on all of the different birthing methods, so I definitely wanted to get this article read and in my arsenal of information. Speaking of arsenal of information, I can’t help but laugh at how my reading collection has changed.

pregnancy books

3. This just makes me smile. Who can’t smile at animals that look like baked goods – I mean, come on.

4. I have only 2 weeks and 2 days until my due date. How on Earth is that possible?? I really can not believe it! It is way hard to believe this belly is going to be gone (somewhat) in what could be days.

Baby Baum week 37

5. I walked out of lunch on Wednesday to a nail, straight in my tire. Of course, this also meant the tire was completely flat. This has happened to me 3 times in less than a year! There is a ton of construction on the roads where we live, but dang – I can’t catch a break. Glass half full side – at least we weren’t on the way to the hospital or something 😉

Nail in tire

6. We have decided to hire someone to clean our house for the first few months the baby is here. I feel like it is the best treat I can give myself, so I can concentrate on the little one and not worry about a dirty house. Anyone else consider doing this when you had kids?

What do you have planned for the weekend? Any wisdom you can share with my questions above?!

Baby Baum: 37 Weeks

February 5, 2014

First off, thanks to What To Expect for having me contribute to their site! Go check out the article I wrote about running during pregnancy. :)

Only a little bit of time left! Today marks 37 weeks and 3 days, and it is definitely starting to feel like it! I feel like a few weeks ago, my belly was quite torpedo-like. Now, I feel like it is starting to round out a bit. There is a big baby in there 😉

37 weeks baby baum

What’s going on with baby?

  • Baby Baum is the size of a wintermelon, measuring 18.9 to 20.9 inches in length, and weighs 6.2 to 9.2 lbs <– anyone else feel like that is a crazy big spread!??
  • He or she is practicing some skills: inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking.
  • He or she is getting its first sticky poop (called meconium) ready for its first diaper.

My details:

Weight gained: Based off of this morning’s appointment, I am still up the 25 lbs. I probably won’t gain too much more from here on out.

Workouts: I decided last week was my last week of running. I got in a couple of runs last week, and they were both terrible. I was uncomfortable during, but even more so, I was very uncomfortable after. It truly felt like my pelvis had been punches for miles after I was finish. I’ve told myself from the beginning that as soon as I was hurting, I would stop. That time has definitely come! I am a-ok to walk and to strength train as well still, so I plan to continue on with that until the end.

Labor Symptoms: On my last appointment, the doctor told me I was having contractions while she was checking everything. I couldn’t feel a thing, and I guess the same thing has been happening this week. I feel a little bit of tightening, and then it goes away. No pain is accompanying the contractions, so its all just early stuff to get my body ready for the real deal. Otherwise, the baby has dropped for sure, because I feel like I need to pee even more so in the past week or two than ever before!

Movement: He or she is a mover and a shaker, thats for sure! A ton of movement, all the time.

Food Aversions/Cravings: I have definitely been craving carbs a bit more than usual lately. They are just so tasty! I’ve been doing oatmeal for breakfast, an egg sandwich for lunch, and then a more nutritious dinner most days.

Sleep: Its been less than stellar, unfortunately. I’ve been waking up 3x a night now to pee, so that just takes it out of me a bit. I’m not working my job at the running store anymore though, so I have been able to get in a nap nearly every day, which makes a huge difference for me!

Stretch marks: None!

Fun Things from the week: We finally installed the car seat in the car. Better late then never, right!?

Belly Button In or Out? Out out out. Can’t ya tell!?

Baby Baum week 37

Wedding Rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time? Very happy!

New Baby Items: I got an infant insert for the Ergo carrier from the lovely Beth! She didn’t need it anymore for her two boys, so she passed it on to me. Thanks so so much Beth! I also received my breast pump in the mail from our insurance company. Still feel so so lucky insurance covers that now!

Looking forward to: I have a feeling this answer will not change for the rest of my updates. I am most looking forward to meeting Baby Baum and seeing whether its a girl or boy! I am getting so so anxious to find out at this point! Based off of what the doctor said today, the latest that will be is March 2nd or 3rd. Hopefully I won’t have to wait that long, but we shall see!

Hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday!

My New York City Marathon Experience

February 3, 2014

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of the New York Road Runners.

In 2010, I decided to try my hand at entering the lottery for the New York City Marathon. I had heard plenty of people talk about the race and how difficult it was to get in, but I figured, whats the worst that could happen. A few short months later, I logged into my profile and saw one word that definitely changed my running life forever: “Accepted”.

I started training in the summer months, which was a challenge in itself. Sure, summer running is tough, but just come to Florida and give it a try. At times, it can be down right miserable. Waking up at 4:30 am before a full 9 hour work day became the new norm. I had one goal in my mind – kicking ass in NYC.

Before marathon weekend, I had never made it up to the Big Apple. Since the race, I still haven’t been back. The only vision I have of New York City is running through the 5 boroughs back in November of 2010. What a race it truly was!

The race starts later than any other one I have ever ran in the past, and yet, I was still up long before dawn. If I remember correctly, my start time was around 10:15 or so, and I remember having to be there around 3 hours before my wave. It starts in Staten Island, so everyone is required to get there with plenty of time to spare. I had plenty of throw away clothes with me, a trash bag to sit on the cold ground (it was in the 30’s that morning!), and plenty of fuel to power me before and during the race. I found a comfy place to sit and just chatted with the other runners around me – the energy was contagious!

NYC Marathon

Once it was time for my wave, I made it to my corral pretty quick, and then listened to something which brought such a smile to my face – Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York. It is hard to even explain that moment, but it was truly special. I was getting ready to run my biggest marathon ever, after months of grueling training, in one of the most renowned cities in the world. It was unreal.

Heading over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge at the start into Brooklyn was a very neat moment. All you could hear were the pitter patter of runners’ feet beside you, along with the puttering of helicopters above, taking in the massive crowds. There were no spectators, no volunteers, just all of us embarking on the same 26.2 mile journey. We could see the entire skyline from the bridge – for a NYC newbie, this was an amazing experience.

NYC Marathon

Once we got off the bridge and into Brooklyn, it was all screams and cheers from there on out. I was shocked by the amount of people lining the streets. It wasn’t just a few people here or there, it was hoards of people, 3, 4, 5, people deep. The entire way! I had run much smaller races before and had experience nothing like this. It was a natural high I just couldn’t get enough of!

NYC Marathon

Brooklyn was the first place I caught a glimpse of Marcus and my sister, Emily. We agreed for them to always be on the left side, and decided on a few points as to where I could look for them. They had a couple of signs so I would know where they were, and I was able to catch them each and every time! We really weren’t sure how it would go since there were so many runners and so many spectators, but we made it work. They even made a little guide for all the spectators out there – check it out!

NYC Marathon

After Brooklyn, we headed into Queens, the Bronx, and then finally Manhattan. My lack of hill training started to become apparent as I reached about the mile 22 mark. The tiny rolling hills were killing me at that point, and I knew finishing was my only goal – not a certain time. I did my best to keep a positive attitude and just keep looking around. There was so much to take in – I was running through all the amazing parts of New York City!

I remember crossing the finish line after running through the rolling hills of Central Park and never having felt so relieved! The last couple of miles were brutal, but worth every step. At first, I swore off marathons for a solid hour. Then, of course, my thoughts completely flipped and I was on Cloud 9. Where would my next race be and how could I get faster between now and then? Such crazy runner talk 😉 I meandered through the crowds and finally caught up with my support team – the best a girl could ask for!

NYC Marathon

There are so many amazing races throughout the world. How on Earth do you choose which one to dedicate months of training to? If the TCS New York Marathon isn’t on your bucket list, I strongly suggest you add it! It is truly a world-renowned event that ever marathoner should have the privilege in participating in at least once. I can not wait to have the opportunity to run it again!

Luckily, the lottery is still open for the 2014 race! You have until March 18, 2014 to submit your entry! Even better, there are 6 weekly sweepstakes drawings that pull (1) winner from each of the 5 boroughs and 5 National and International runners from the Marathon Applicant database. Each winner will win a non complimentary, guaranteed entry (yes, you get the entry but still have to pay) into the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. Drawings will be held each Monday (including today!), through March 10th.

There is also a Twitter chat, this Thursday February 6th at 9pm EST. Follow the hashtag #TCSNYCMarathonApply for a Q&A with Coach John Honerkamp. Coach Honerkamp has a few very notable accolades, including:

  • Completing the 2010 NYC Marathon in 2:44:22
  • Pacing Apollo Ohno and Summer Sanders to their fantastic marathon finishes
  • His personal bests include 1:47.26 (800 meters), 3:41.58 (1500 meters), and 4:01.30 (one mile)

Have you ever ran the NYC Marathon? It is on our bucket list, or are you adding it now?!


Baby Baum: 36 weeks

January 29, 2014

9 months and counting! My oh my, this baby is getting big!

36 Weeks baby baum

The baby’s details:

  • According to our ultrasound from this morning, Baby Baum is measuring in the 50th percentile (great!) at 6 lbs 11 0z. This, of course, is just a guess really and could be off by up to a pound in either direction.
  • He or she is getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on their own.
  • His or her skin is getting smooth and soft and gums are rigid.
  • His or her liver and kidneys are in working order.
  • Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go, too.

My details:

Weight gained: Up a solid 25 lbs. They don’t expect me to gain too much more, since as this point its pretty much all baby. I should be expecting another couple of pounds, but that’s it.

Workouts: Still did well in the workout department. Last week included 3 runs and 1 strength session. I didn’t make it to yoga though – I’ll be back this week! I did notice my pelvis was quite sore after yesterday’s run. I think the baby has dropped a bit and is putting added pressure down there. If it happens again, I’ll be sticking to walking from here on out. No need to be hurting just for a silly 2.5 mile run.

Labor Symptoms:

  • Low back pain at night
  • Have to pee A LOT! It is getting to the point where it is interrupting my sleep – so not cool.
  • Feeling full pretty fast.
  • Minor contractions. The doctor said I was having one this morning as she was measuring my belly, but I didn’t feel it. At this point, she said that is super normal.
  • I am 1cm dilated, 50% effaced, and measure at -3, which the doctor said is all on point. So far so good.

Movement: The baby is still in my ribs a bit, but not nearly as bad as before. I feel like jabs and rolls all the time though. This baby makes his or her presence known.

Food Aversions/Cravings: I have been somewhat been turned off by some food lately. I have been craving carbs again, but not nearly as bad as the first trimester. I’ll be grossed out by veggies at lunch, but then fine with them at dinner. It is pretty give or take

Sleep: Sleep hasn’t been quite as great as it was. Since the baby has lowered a bit, there is a lot of pressure on my bladder, so I am having to pee a lot more. Its been taking me a little longer to fall asleep at night as well, which is less than ideal. I’m still getting 8-9 hours, just not quite as soundly as I once was.

Stretch marks: Nada

Fun Things from the week: We had our very last ultrasound today. We’ve been getting one every month to monitor the baby’s growth since the umbilical cord is in a strange spot in the placenta. Next time we see the baby, it is going to be on its birthday. That is hard to believe!

36 weeks baby baum

Belly Button In or Out? Out!

Wedding Rings on or off? On!

Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy!

Miss anything? I am getting to the point where I really want to run – fast. I had a dream this past week where I was doing a workout with my friends, and I actually woke up jealous that I wasn’t able to actually do it – silly, I know. I’ll be taking plenty of time off post baby, but I know I’ll be excited to get back out there and get a good sweat on.

New Baby Items: Things here and there from the registry that we need, but didn’t receive at the shower. We have little boxes of things showing up most days of the week. All that’s left is for the breast pump to come in (thank you insurance!) and to choose a baby monitor. I would like one that we can use our cell phones to view, as well as a regular monitor too. Does anyone have one of those? Are they overkill, or nice to have when you are out of the house and want to check in?

Looking forward to: Meeting the baby on its birthday! I am getting anxious to find out the gender, without a doubt. Only a few more weeks at this point! :)

What baby monitor do you use? Any good suggestions?

A Shower for Baby Baum

January 27, 2014

Last weekend I was lucky enough to have an amazing baby shower thrown for me by sister Emily and my sister-in-law Morgan. They both live out of state and flew in for the occasion. What an occasion it was!

Baby Shower

They both worked for months, planning and executing some absolutely adorable details. Just by the way the invitation was designed, I knew it was going to be amazing.


Baby Shower Invite

Since we are not finding out the baby’s sex until its birthday, the colors were all gender neutral – yellow’s, teals, and tans. The theme of “Whoa Baby” was incorporated into everything, which was a lot of fun. I tend to say it a lot to Emily and Morgan, so it was great to have it transferred over into the party theme.

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

There was a lot of homemade, yummy food.

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Yep, even these yummy cupcakes!! My friend Mary is quite the baker :)

Baby Shower

Plenty of smiling faces and friends to go around

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

And of course, lots of presents for Baby Baum!

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

I mentioned having a diaper cake at the shower months ago, and my sister Emily remembered. The Winnie the Pooh theme was too adorable for it – I love how it turned out!

Baby Shower

My mom gave me a really amazing gift at the shower – a quilt she made for the baby. We picked out the fabric together and then had been working on it together (and by together I mean she does all the work and I gave her my opinion) on and off for the past 6 weeks or so. It is absolutely perfect – the baby is so lucky to have a one-of-a-kind quilt, just for he or she.

Baby Shower

One of my favorite parts of the day was everyone was asked to bring a book instead of a card. All of the guests brought their favorite one from their childhood, which was a lot of fun to see. There were only a handful of duplicates – shocking, I know! Now the baby has lots of books to read over and over again, many with amazing messages from the giver. Pretty amazing!

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

A huge thanks to these two ladies, Emily and Morgan, for hosting such a special day for me!

Baby Shower

As well as to my friend Sarah Beth, who captured all of these amazing photos. By the way, if you love the decor for the party as much as I did, Morgan  is happy to make your party plans come true! From the invites to the decor – she can do it all! Contact me and I am happy to set you up with her –>

Baby Shower

Thanks to everyone who made the day so special!