Tuesday, August 18, 2015

40 weeks 4 days

Over the weekend, we went to David's family's house to celebrate his mom's birthday party!  Alot of family was there and they were all shocked I was still pregnant.  (Trust me, I am too.)  We had a great time though - good food and catching up with everyone!

David is going to make such a great daddy!!!  Although these bump pictures have been fun, I am SO looking forward to having pictures of the three of us together.  I can't wait to see how our little family looks :-) 

Me at 40+ weeks and David's cousin Nora at almost 20!!  Super exciting that we're both expecting. 

I feel good most days, and still able to run about 15 miles a week (I'm happy with that for now).  The only thing I HATE about being past my due date is analyzing every little twinge or cramp, thinking, "is that it!!!????".   I think I'm giving up on ever having this baby.  And for those of you who have asked, no, I am definitely not opting for an induction.  I'm not that impatient!  

Food-wise I feel like I've been starving recently.  (Though that was supposed to decrease or something the last few weeks?)  So I've been eating more, at least it seems like it.  Smoothies with chocolate protein powder in them are my favorite right now, as are crackers with avacado and cheese on them :-)   I also experimented making my own frozen yogurt last week and WOWZA! It was good!!!  

My ending weight gain at this point seems to be about 9-10 lbs (so hard to tell with water-weight and stuff).   My doctor is completely fine with that, and I am very happy with it as well!  It's been a challenge, but I have worked really really hard at eating clean and working out this entire pregnancy, more than I ever thought possible.  That coupled with this being my first baby, I think getting back to my normal ole' self shouldn't be too much work afterwards!  

Which is good, because I started school yesterday and yikes - my schedule is full this semester.  On top of having a brand new baby, I feel like sleep will be my ultimate priority, not working out :-/  I'm trying to really up my water intake too, as it's been super hot out and the more dehydrated I am, the more Braxton Hicks I have and the more crampy I feel (yuck).   I never thought that I would have this many Braxton Hicks, or that they could be so intense at times!  I know they aren't the real thing, but they can sure suck the breath right out of you!

 I'm so tired of being pregnant!!!!!  I haven't loved it most of it, honestly.    But I spend the majority of my time these days dreaming of what it will be like to look into my daughter's eyes for the very first time after all these months of waiting and preparing.  I know it will be totally worth it at that point.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

40 weeks / NOT here yet

No picture today.

(No baby, either.)

Perhaps I'm just a little sick to death of these pregnancy posts.......because I'd SO much rather be doing baby-update posts instead of mommy posts!!

But I just wanted to let you all know that I am still here, hiding behind this computer (and my house) trying all possible methods of inducing birth.  So far they haven't worked (obviously).

BUT the good news is that Elenna is head down!! So at least she's getting ready.

I promise you I will update AS SOON as we are headed to the hospital for the real thing .

Just so you know, we did a dry run there the other day due to a LOT of braxton hicks (I knew I wasn't in labor but they were just really intense) and found out two things about future trips to Labor and Delivery:

1.  In addition to our baby bag, David needs to bring food. Like, alot of it.  He was starving the entire time I was hooked up to the monitors.

2.  Hope for a room that has a door that closes, not just a curtain.  Hearing blood-curdling screams down the hall of a fellow mom-in-labor was not particularly comforting.  :-/

See you all later!  I start school on Monday and hoping to start motherhood sooner.  :-)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Running / Balance

Growing up (and being homeschooled), one of the things my dad *made* us do was a daily P.E. routine.  There was truly nothing I hated more.  If there was a way I could get out of it, I would.  Much to my delight, I remember finding this verse in the Bible and quoting it often to my dad!!

"See dad!!  God says that exercise profits little.  Like, probably VEEERRRRYY little."
I tried valiantly.....but he was never convinced.  Ever.  :-/ Somehow he always had a spiritual comeback like "your body is a temple" and stuff like that.  

Yeah, well, temples don't need muscles.  
*16 year old struggles.*

Anyways, as a teenager, fitness was definitely not something important to me.  At all.  Eating healthy was the same thing - salads and veggies? Eh, give me bread, muffins, chocolate, and potato chips ANY day.  

But around 19 or 20, I started getting interested in running.  Mostly because buying workout clothes was fun (hehe).  But it made me want to run, so it worked!  However my "workouts" were pretty sad at the beginning -  I would run for a few minutes and start feeling SUPER winded and nauseous, and call it quits.  I had no idea how far I was going (probably not even half a mile) and no way of knowing if it was even making a difference.

I started running more seriously last year, about 6 months before I got married.  Obviously I wanted to tone up more and be fit ('cause duh....getting married is a big deal!!!) but I also found more and more that I enjoyed it.  But I haven't ever been more focused or serious about running than I have since we've been married.  Running with someone always makes you go farther AND feel motivated to work harder.  David did track in highschool and I was starting to enjoy running more, so once we got married, we started running together.  It was fun!  And there is truly nothing more motivating than working out with your husband!! He's my biggest cheerleader and very encouraging.

When we starting running together, I could barely make it 1/2 a mile without stopping to catch my breath.  But here we are a year later, and, though it's been hard, my endurance has gotten so much better and now, 4 or 5 mile runs are no big deal.  We don't get to run together quite as much as we used to, since his work schedule leaves him exhausted 3 to 4 days a week....but when we can, we'll hit the gymn together, and it's still a great time! 

Monday: 4 mile run
Tuesday: nothing
Wednesday: 4 mile run
Thursday: nothing
Friday: 3 mile run
Saturday: 1.6 mile run
Sunday: nothing
Monday (today): 5 mile run

38 weeks
As of last Friday, I was ready to call it quits - my pregnant-running-career, that is.  
As much as I wanted to be able to run up until the day I give birth, I was reaaaally feeling it my last two runs. 

 For one, I've been super tired the last few weeks, and leaving my runs for the end of the day is just a bad idea anyways! Secondly, the last two runs were so discouraging that I was like, "okey doke, this is it, this is how it ends...."

Friday's run I barely made it 3 miles.  Nothing hurt but I was just EXHAUSTED.  
Saturday I barely made it 1.6 miles when I started having continuous and really painful contractions that weren't going away, so of course I stopped.

By that point I was thinking my body had finally won and my running days were going to be over til after baby!  But the thing I've learned about running pregnant is that every day of your pregnant life is totally different than the day before.  One day you can be feeling half-dead, moody, and hungry as you pig out on SIX Reeses peanut butter cups (*ashamed* this was me a few weeks ago), and the next day you can have an amazing spurt of energy that allows you to run 4 miles and feel on top of the world.  

So....up and at-em this morning, for some bizarre and unknown reason I was able to run FIVE miles.  I mean sure I stopped for a bathroom / water break (who doesn't) but seriously! Five miles is no joke for me.  Why did I have the energy to do that today?  I have no idea.  Apparently Elenna was in a good mood or something.  

It's hard to make the call, knowing when to stop running when pregnant.  Because it's not my body anymore.  I'm doubling as me AND a home for Elenna.   When you do any sort of workout, you really have to have the mindset of "pushing through the pain" to actually get the results you want; but when you're pregnant it's a whole different story.  Discomfort I'll run through, but actual pain? Nope.  Not when I know Elenna is in there feeling some of this too.  

So for me, it's been very much a day-by-day see-how-I-feel way of working out.  I felt great all 5 miles of my run this morning, so I did it.  But who knows what tomorrow will bring? 

However, one thing that has definitely been a struggle for me is finding balance in all of this.  Running is great - but it's not the be-all-end-all of life.  Being in shape is important to me....but there are other things in life that are more important (hence the 1 Timothy verse).  While I don't think fitness and godliness are mutually exclusive, I do know that my relationship with the Lord HAS to come first.    But finding that balance between working out and just regular life can be tough.  (Has been for me, anyways.)

One thing I do love about my runs is getting to listen to The Boundless Show.  It's seriously become my favorite thing to listen to while the miles pass on the treadmill!   If you're not familiar with it, basically it's a talk show (with a hilarious host) for Christian young adults, kind of college-aged or post college.  They focus alot on relationships, marriage, dating, jobs, and just stuff in general that 20 and even 30-somethings face these days.  It's a 50 minute podcast so it works great for my runs :-)

But anyways.  Balance.  What do you all think?  

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Back from Vacation / SHE'S NOT HERE YET

37 weeks and baby's still hangin' out in her little amniotic hot tub :-)

David was able to get some much-needed time off of work and take me on a nice little vacation to Sedona!  We had SUCH a nice time!  We got a really nice cabin for a very good price and also brought our own food for breakfasts / lunch to save money - making it possible for  us to go out for one nice meal each day we were there (3 days).   Sedona and Flagstaff are both very tourist-ey, so we spent most of our time just walking around the towns and checking out every little shop they had (and buying pretty much nothing lol).  However we turned out to be AVID samplers when it came to fudge shops and bakeries.  Lol gotta love those free samples....

We got (as usual) every kind of comment you can imagine from people on the street regarding my baby-belly.  After three days of it, David was like "NOW I see what you mean about getting so many comments!! It does get old!"

At the fudge shop, sampling fudge, I looked down and said "Rats, look at that, my belly just caught my crumbs."   To which a rather large older man replied, pointing at his big ole' belly, "Got the same problem here, sweetie..."

Passing a vendor advertising helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon, the sales-lady let us know that "babies LOVE helicopter rides!!!"  *wink wink*  yeah, no, we didn't fall for her sales pitch lol.

Getting an iced mocha at a coffee shop, the coffee lady working there, after exclaiming at how "cute" and "perfect" my bump was (WHY does it feel like neither, I'd like to know lol), said, "Now, you'll want a DECAFF of course, right?"  Nooooooo thank you.  This mama needs her caffeine please! *Official bad mom award for caffienating my un-born child*

Got told by another sweet lady that I "don't even look pregnant, just looks like you have a little beer belly going on."  A beer belly.  Oh thanks.

Literally every place we passed by, someone asked 1) when are you due (followed by look of shock), 2) is it a boy or a girl, 3) is this your first, 4) do you have a name (followed by a look of totally-not-impressed-with-THAT-name), 5) and are you excited (duh).

Perhaps I'm being too negative but when you get 20 comments a day like this it can really get old lol!
Ah, the joys of pregnancy :-)

Well at least I only have a few weeks left.  And then it shall begin:  a lifetime of being told by others what we are doing wrong as parents and "oh my gosh you aren't REALLY doing THAT are you?!" type of comments.

Here on the home-front however, things are going well and I'm just nesting away, getting last minute things organized, washed, and packed!!  It could be any time!!  My next projects to get done before Elenna gets here is to make and freeze mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, sync my ipod with a labor playlist, bleach the bathroom shower curtain liner, wash the windows and blinds, and re-organize the kitchen cabinets.   Oh, and probably one last really good pedicure :-)

Friday, July 17, 2015

36 weeks / Getting Ready

36 weeks!!!!  Phew.  Seriously I'm getting close.  It could TOTALLY be any day now.  It's so weird to wake up each day thinking, "today could be the day!!"  (And slightly disappointing going to bed each night thinking "rats....so I guess it wasn't...")

36 weeks
 We had a doctor appointment this week.....and we got to see our little girl on our LAST ULTRASOUND!!  Woo hoo!  They wanted to do this last one to check and see if my placenta had moved up or not (some of you may know I had marginal placenta previa).  And, praise God, it had.  Otherwise I would have been looking at a c-section for sure :-/  I am so happy though that now I can look forward to a (hopefully) normal and natural delivery!!

on our way to our last ultrasound!
The sonographer checked again to make sure Elenna hadn't turned into an Eduardo or something  - haha thankfully she is still a she!!  Good thing, since we've already had two VERY girly baby showers and have LOTS of pink :-)

It was super cute, too - during the ultrasound, as the tech was looking at her head, we saw her little lips start sucking and swallowing!!  It sounds dumb but it was SO adorable and made us laugh.  The tech then pointed out the the umbilical cord was draped across her face, maybe that's what was making her hungry lol.  We could also see her little tummy "breathing" in and out - the tech said that's a very good sign as it shows she is practicing her breathing already by swallowing amniotic fluid.

And most exciting of all - THIS GIRL HAS HAIR!!!!  It was so clear on the ultrasound, it was pretty much the first thing we saw was all this "floating" hair lol.  That's so awesome!!  I can't wait to put her in cute headbands and bows :-) Since she still has a few weeks left to go, she ought to have a nice little head of hair by time we get to see her :-)

Yesterday I started packing my hospital bag.  If she could come pretty much any time now, I kinda want to have the basics ready to go.  AND I want to have the house clean and organized too - I'm trying to have the kitchen spotless every night now (as opposed to leaving most everything in the sink and getting them the next morning - BAD wife, I know), having our bathroom super clean all the time, and staying mostly caught up on laundry.   Plus I'm in a state of constantly thinning out and asking myself "do I really need this"...... It's so easy to accumulate junk and things you don't need.

It has become inevitable to the point of almost feeling bad about it - EVERYONE who sees me out in public always asks "oooo, when is baby coming?" And when I tell them next month, the shocks spreads across their face, they do this finger-spin-thing meaning "turn to the side",  and then say with disbelief "Oh MY GOSH you're sooooo little!!  Is the baby OKAY!!!!????" 

Yes, the baby is fine!  I usually explain by telling them that 1) I eat really healthy and 2) I run alot. The grandma cashier at Fry's just about passed out the other day when I told her that.

"WHY on earth would you run?"
To which I told her that it's one of those last remaining things I feel like I can still "do", it makes me feel like "me", not "pregnant me".  To which she replied,
"Well I did alot of running when I was pregnant too - to the BATHROOM that is."
And....yes, I do plenty of that as well lol.

The Target cashier yesterday informed me that I looked just like one of their other pregnant employees, who apparently "looks like she swallowed an olive".  Why thank you, yes I do feel that way sometimes.

Another elderly lady cashier pushed her glasses down her nose and peered around her checkstand to get a closer look at my apparently non-existent baby bump. "Well bless your heart you don't got an ounce of fat on you. I hope she's ok." 

For the first time in my life though, I had ONE really sweet mom come up to me in the store and simply say, "Awww, you have the cutest baby bump! I love it!"  And that was it.  It was nice to hear. 

Elenna's going-home outfit!! (Unless I change it - again.  lol)
Seems like not a day goes by without someone telling me how small I am, asking if the baby is ok, am I eating enough, you need to stop running, etc.  It's frustrating sometimes because this is my first baby and I want to do everything right for her - I want her to be healthy and grow normally.  So I'm doing everything I can do make sure that happens.  But what people don't realize is that babies are not made out of ice cream, potato chips, soda, pudding, and other junk food!!!!  I feel like those kinds of calories are completely useless towards building a baby!  They won't go to her, they'll just make ME fat.   So I avoid those foods almost 100%.

Also, there is such a mis-understanding about the concept of "eating for two".   Your body only needs an additional 300 calories or so when you are pregnant.  That's NOT alot of extra food.  That would be like.....a bagel with cream cheese.  Or an extra chicken thigh at dinner.  Or two bananas and an apple.  Or a 1/4 cup of roasted peanuts with a thick slice of cheese.  It's not that much extra to be eating.  So the approach I've taken to eating while pregnant is to eat mostly whole foods, and eat just a little more than I normally would.

The doctor the other day mentioned my weight and, though she wasn't concerned about it, did suggest eating more snacks like nuts, seeds, meats, etc.  But everything is right on track growth-wise - she whipped out her little measuring tape to check fundal height and was like "yup, you're right exactly where you need to be!".  She said that baby must be just grabbing everything I eat because I'm ALL baby and no fat, which, she said she can't say for a lot of people.

As far as running, I've had many people tell me to stop.  My sister thinks Elenna will be born with a pre-existing six pack lol, and mom says the only way I'll get her to go to sleep after birth will be to get on the treadmill with her haha.   Many many people think I'm CRAZY to exercise while pregnant, and often tell me to stop.

But there is so much evidence out there to support moms exercising (yes, even running!) while pregnant.   I run because if mom gets cardio benefits, baby will too.  I run because if mom is in shape and strong, baby will be too.  I run because the more in shape I am now, the easier labor will be - and possibly faster too! I run because getting my post-baby-body back is important to me.

I run because I love it, I truly do.  It is the one thing left that I feel I can still do really well being pregnant, and it makes me feel like ME.  Although being pregnant is amazing and truly miraculous, I can honestly say I have not been one of those women who just LOVES being pregnant.  I haven't.  I am going to LOVE being a mama, but.....this whole having her inside me thing is just not my cup of tea lol.  And so, when I run, it makes me feel like I can still do something that isn't effected or changed by being pregnant.

So all that being said - in just a few weeks I will get to hold my baby girl in my arms and all this pregnancy-stuff will be over.  I am SO READY!!!  I literally wake up every day now praying that she'll come today.  Who knows?  Maybe today will be the day!

Finally, I found this on google today and thought it was a pretty comprehensive list of reasons!!!

Fifty Reasons to Run During Pregnancy

  1. It’s free.
  2. It’s fun.
  3. It’s good for your heart.
  4. It’s good for your lungs.
  5. It helps keep your core muscles strong.
  6. Running during pregnancy is a stress-reliever.
  7. It can strengthen your baby’s heart.
  8. It can help your baby’s brain develop.
  9. Running during pregnancy can help you sleep better.
  10. It’s easy to modify as your pregnancy progresses. (You can slow down and add walk breaks.)
  11. It’s a chance to bond with your baby.
  12. It will give you a reason to buy a super cute “Running for Two” tank.
  13. Running during pregnancy helps prevent unnecessary weight gain.
  14. You don’t need any special equipment.
  15. If you run outside, you’ll get the added benefit of Vitamin D.
  16. It helps prevent high blood pressure.
  17. Sweating can promote circulation and fight infections.
  18. It supports your metabolism.
  19. Running during pregnancy can help you appreciate your body.
  20. Running during pregnancy is an opportunity to practice controlling your breath.
  21. As your belly grows, you’ll have a reason to “borrow” your husband’s workout clothes.
  22. You may experience less shortness of breath during pregnancy.
  23. If you run outside, you can connect with nature.
  24. It’s a chance to be social – run with friends, your spouse, or even an older child in a jogger!
  25. It keeps your bones strong.
  26. Running during pregnancy makes it easier to get back in shape postpartum.
  27. It can help prevent lower back pain.
  28. It will give you more energy (and less fatigue!).
  29. You may experience less nausea.
  30. You may experience less heartburn.
  31. You may have fewer varicose veins (or none at all).
  32. You may get fewer pregnancy-associated leg cramps.
  33. Running during pregnancy can help prevent swelling in your hands and feet.
  34. It can improve posture.
  35. It can prevent constipation.
  36. Running during pregnancy is an opportunity to listen to your body.
  37. It can increase your tolerance for labor.
  38. It can improve your body image.
  39. It can reduce your risk of developing preeclampsia.
  40. It can reduce your risk of developing pregnancy-induced hypertension.
  41. You’ll be less likely to develop gestational diabetes.
  42. You might inspire other pregnant women to stay active.
  43. It can shorten your labor.
  44. It’s associated with a lower risk of having a c-section.
  45. It can reduce your risk of developing postpartum depression.
  46. Running during pregnancy can increase your stamina and muscle strength.
  47. It can reduce bloating.
  48. It will help you feel like your regular, non-pregnant self.
  49. It can decrease your chances of needing medical interventions during labor.
  50. You’ll spread the word to other men and women that it’s OK to run while pregnant.

Friday, July 10, 2015

35 weeks

Wow, I'm going to be done with this bump-dates in just a few weeks, huh?  I'm sure my weekly updates from there on out will consist of baby-updates mostly!!  I can't wait to take tons of pictures of my little sweetie in all her cute outfits that people have given us!  She's going to adequately flowered, ribboned, and headbanded-up DAILY.  This mama is a girly-girl, so it's no surprise that I'm super excited about all things pink and princessy for Elenna :-)

35 weeks
How I'm Feeling: Still super tired and draggy by about noon every day.  Somedays my stomach feels more sore than others - today I felt like everything was stretched to the max.  Then it can get kind of uncomfortable when Elenna pops an elbow or a head out.  She is truly running out of room in there.  Can't imagine she must be very comfortable these days either!

My belly button has graduated from an innie to kind of an outie-wanna be.  It's flat most of the time, but when I do a plank or cough or sneeze, it pops out. :-/  Ugh!  How embarrassing.  Ah well.  Wont last for too much longer though haha.  Still no stretch marks, I don't even put lotion on every single night like I should.  I tend to put it on when I remember (every few days or so) or whenever I just start feeling "stretched" or super tight.  I don't think I'd mind a stretchmark or two, except for the fact that a friend told me recently that they actually are kind of painful when they first make their appearance :-/  But I'm good so far!

How Big Is Elenna? According to Baby Center, "Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (about the size of a honeydew melon). Because it's so snug in your womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight."

Weight: Still about 9 pounds.  I've had a hard time feeling very hungry recently - I was suuuupper hungry in the first trimester and even second, but it's definitely slowed down which is weird.  I do try to make sure I eat three good meals a day, even if I don't feel like snacking in between.  But it can be hard when I just feel like sleeping / laying around / drinking chocolate tea.   Bing cherries were on sale for $1/lb this week (be still my fluttering heart....) so I got several pounds and cannot express how much I have been LOVING them.  Oh goodness.  If this child comes out one big giant fruit I will not be surprised.  I've eaten so much fruit this pregnancy!!

Exercise:  When I MAKE myself get out there and do it, I can still impress myself with how far I can run being 35 weeks pregnant lol.  It's just the making myself part that can be hard some days.

Monday: 4 mile run
Tuesday: 3.6 mile run
Wednesday: 55 minute Jillian Michaels workout
Thursday: nothing because of shin splints :-/
Friday: well that's today!  I'm SUPPOSED to go for a 4 mile run.  I will.  I promise.

Labor: NO I am not in labor.  But it's definitely on the forefront of my mind these days!  And I can honestly say that I'm not worried about it one bit, I'm really not afraid or anything (maybe I should be?).  It's inevitable and....definitely too late to turn around.......and, well, it's going to happen so I'm just like, "bring it on!" .  Plus, it's what will bring that amazing moment that I dream about ALL the time, when they finally place my baby girl on my chest and I get to see her and feel her and hear her tiny cries for the first time.  What could NOT be worth that?   I'll do anything for that experience :-)

Additionally, there is so much hype and stereo-typing about labor and women screaming or cussing or going out of their minds during it that I'm.....well, slightly curious to see what it's all about.  Is it REALLY that bad?  It can't be.  Gosh, my mom did it three times lol.  As long as David is there and I can just breathe and focus on something besides the pain, I think I'll be fine.

So today I am headed up to Tucson for our church's women's retreat!  I'm super excited about it.   I'm honored to be able to lead worship again this year and have really tried to take more time to focus on learning how to actually worship vs. perform.   It's hard when you get nervous.  But I've realized that I do SO much better when I'm not nervous, and the nervousness all comes from being worried about what people think or if I mess up.  And I've gotten to the point where I'm like, you know what, I am here to lead others in worship.  Who cares if I mess up?  That's totally not the point.  I have to get to a place in my mind where I separate how I sound from my personal place of worship in that moment.
That helps alot.  I'm just really excited to see what the Lord does this year, and to listen to all the great teaching.  This year is all about marriage so yay!  Good stuff to implement!!  

Plus there will be plenty of yummy food there and great fellowship - so I'm looking forward to relaxing and enjoying every minute of it :-)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Life

Phew!  Summer is hot!  But I hate the winter so I'm pretty much enjoying these hot summer days :-) I was BORN for tank tops and swimming and being outside and baking in the sun and just feeling alive in the warmth. Something about winter makes me feel....non-human.  lol

Someone posted this on facebook and I loved it.  It's so true!  I love the idea of making your kids your reason to workout and be healthy.  Elenna needs her mommy - and I want to be there for her, keeping up with her every step of the way.  I've found that exercising daily really does help boost my energy levels (who would've thunk) and so, if I'm feeling sluggish and tired, I know the BEST thing I can do for myself is to go for a run.  I feel so good afterwards.   So I'm guessing that when those 1AM feedings and midnight diaper changes happen, the only way I'll be able to survive the next day is if I can squeeze in a run .  :-)

My sister is here this week for a visit, yay!!  She came on Friday and will be here til Wednesday.  This was us at the 4th of July parade the other day.   It was muggy out, but we had a great time - and it was SO good to see her!!!  I haven't see her since Thanksgiving so we have lots to catch up on.  Plus she hasn't seen me pregnant yet, so she's getting her "bump-time" in before it disappears here in few weeks!!!

So, I found that Sierra Vista finally created a No Excuse Mom group!  I was really excited to join.  I don't make it to every workout (because often I just do my own at home) but this one was especially fun.   We had a lady come do a Zumba class with us - and wow, I didn't know you could work up such a sweat just dancing!!  What a fun way to get cardio in, though!  (I'm in the grey top and pink hat there on the left).

Lastly, this has become my montra for pretty much anything and everything in life.  For my workouts of course, and then for all those other priorities that can get pushed aside: devotions, keeping the house clean ALL the time, keeping up important friendships, and then of course, school.  Bleh - school - it's coming up again next month.  Nooooo!!!  

*sigh* but also with it is coming my sweet little baby girl.  :-)  So bring it on, August!!