Hello there my favorite followers! As you can tell my posting has not been the greatest. I tried writing a few different posts about running and racing but found it difficult to write the complete truth since I was pregnant and was not really telling anyone yet. My close family and friends knew but I was afraid to put it out there in the world of social media until I heard the first heartbeat and had my first ultrasound. I found out I was pregnant on Monday, March 3 and had my first doctor’s appointment on March 25th (when I was almost 7 weeks). They did not schedule my next appointment until May 5th (when I would be almost 13 weeks, for the heartbeat) so it was a very long 6 weeks of waiting to go back and hear that heartbeat. Once I did, it was a huge relief! On May 6th I had the 13 week ultrasound as well as the Harmony Prenatal DNA blood test. This blood test can also tell you the sex of the baby. We do plan on finding out the sex of the baby, but I will save the details of that for another post!
As many of you know I already have 2 awesome little boys. I find it funny that when I tell people I am pregnant again, their first comment/reaction is “oh, you are going for the girl!” No, actually I am not. I am going for a third, healthy baby. I would be thrilled with another boy as much as a girl. We did not decide to try to have another baby just to have a girl, I have always known I wanted 3 children. Eric would have been content with stopping after the 2 boys, but I really wanted a 3rd baby. So here we are!
The first trimester was rough. I think one of the blessings with being pregnant and giving birth (for me at least anyway) is that I forget the symptoms, uncomfortableness, etc. I have been pretty nauseous since about 6 weeks and it has not subsided as much as I would have liked. The exhaustion is ever present, I think as a parent, we are always tired. I do feel my energy slowly coming back which is nice.
Right now I am 15 weeks and I am still running and it has been going pretty well. I have not been able to run as much as I would like but I know with the summer months coming up I will be able to get some more miles in. During the school year I normally wake up at 4:20 am to run before getting ready for school. It has been hard getting up at 4:20 am to run, very hard. I have tried, and I am usually fine waking up and running and my energy is great at work. But then after school, I would go to pick up the boys and try to make dinner, and I would feel like I was going to fall asleep standing in my kitchen. It would take me a few days to recover from this exhaustion. So I decided I would run on the weekends and any days off from school, which I have pretty much stuck with. I may try to run before school next week (as I do feel my energy level improving).
I have never been pregnant through the summer before. Nolan is an April baby and Aiden is a June baby and after having both of them I used those summer months to gain back my running fitness. I have always loved having the summers to train for fall races so it will be an adjustment for me not to be doing that this summer. I do plan on running as much as I can for as long as I can (within reasonable limits). I do not have any set goals or ideas of how much I will be able to run or for how long into the pregnancy I will be able to run. One day at a time is my motto and I am just going to enjoy the running for as long as it lasts, and once I am not able to run I plan on walking to still maintain some level of fitness.
I am already itching to plan my race schedule for next spring. There are a few races I have my eye on but I will save that plan for another post as well.
This weekend we are heading to Burlington, Vermont for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. My husband is running the full marathon and has been training to qualify for Boston. His training has gone well (speaking as his coach as well as his wife), so I am hoping the running gods are on his side Sunday morning :)
So now that the secret is out, I plan on posting a lot more about running, running while pregnant, fall race previews, and everything else that comes along with me. Hope you are all doing well and thanks for reading!