Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Weekly check-up: It’s a …

Workout: Ran 3.21 miles

Capris, ‘twas nice to wear you again.

It was 35 degrees and partly cloudy when I set out this morning, borderline capri weather. However, I was determined to wear them this week and I did – along with a long-sleeve top and thin jacket. No gloves. No hat. No ear covering (though that might have been nice). The sidewalks were clear save for a few rough patches at the park. I pretended it was spring. And I loved it.

We’re supposed to hit 49 today, with a low of 44, so I’m hoping that tomorrow I can not only wear capris but run somewhere other than the fancy boulevard and the park!


Yesterday was the big day - “Show Me Your Parts Day” – at the OB’s office. I could tell you the story about how I ate a cookie to give the baby a sugar high (aka get him/her moving) or how Mark met me there or how the baby looked sort of creepy – like a dancing Halloween skeleton.

Or, I could just tell you what you want to know … what we all wanted to know.

Please cue the video to 3:59.

Did you watch it? Did you?

So, yes, it’s a boy! He’s healthy with two arms, two hands, two legs, two feet, a beating heart and, of course, one … well, you know. Mark and I are both excited though I think Mark is more excited than I am. Something about having a boy boosts a guy’s manhood and pride. It’s like they did something right. Whatev.

While Mark was basking in his “accomplishment,” I was being taken down a notch by the doctor. I asked, because my grandma will ask me later, if it was still OK to run. I was expecting his normal encouragement but instead I got a very vague response that boiled down to “not much longer.” I tried to assure him that I was running slower over a shorter distance and fewer days a week. He nodded as if it was OK but not before asking: “Can you speed walk?”

I bet you know my answer. So, I’m running. For the next four weeks, at least (that’s when I see the doctor again). It’s a bit hard to swallow that my desire to be be one of those Runner’s World chicks who run till 8, even 9, months probably won’t work out. I’m hoping, instead, that he’ll let me go through to the end of my second trimester.

How far along: 19 weeks

Weight gain: 13 pounds (within normal range)

Cravings: Can I say cookies? HA! Actually, I’m wanting for nothing specific. I am eating pretty much as I did before being pregnant except that I’m eating more.

General feelings: The fatigue of the first trimester has dissipated, and I can now stay up to 10 p.m. to watch all of “The Biggest Loser.” Except last night – I fell asleep on the couch at 9 p.m. as I watched the Westminster Dog Show.

Sea monkey FAQ: Now the size of a mango, Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid.


  1. Hooray!!

    Did he say why you can't keep running much longer?

  2. Yay for a boy! and I ditto the above poster - what was the reason you can't keep running? Just out of curiosity?

  3. No word on why - so frustrating! I'm wondering if it's a balance thing or a heart rate issue. I think next appointment that I just won't ask for permission.

  4. Congrats! Boys are so much fun :) They eat dirt and random stuff , which is always.... amusing, yea we'll go with that.
    Kim- It gets harder to breath the farther you get into your pregnancy, not sure if that would be the reason why.. maybe the concern of oxygen. Does that sound dumb? I would def. call one of the midwives and ask.

  5. I'm sorry about the running - I know how you feel. Its walking for me too!

  6. Yeah I would totally want to know why he said "NO." It's so hard to think of all those questions when you are being rushed in and out of a doctor's office though.

    Love the comment about Mark and his man pride.

  7. Congratulations! Tell Mark I said "Good job" and give him a fist pump, too!

    I'm not very coordinated so I stopped for fear of falling on the uneven running paths around me, so I really took advantage of my swim pass!

    My friend's wife was able to run up to the end with some those belly support bands.

    They give a good overview here:

    I used the bella bands but wouldn't recommend them for running, the other ones might be better.

    Good luck :)

  8. OMG, that is SO exciting! And hopefully the doc will let you run as long as possible! Congrats.

  9. Congratulations!!!! I can just see your hubby beaming with pride over his "accomplishment". Curious about the running, oh well, walking will still keep you healthy and heck, I'm sure your walking is still faster than any of my running!!!!! congrats!!!!

  10. Congratulations! I'm 19 weeks and we find out the sex (hopefully) on Tuesday. I'm so excited. I'm really jealous you're still running, my bladder just won't allow it anymore.