Back to Normal? Never.

by TrainerMomma on October 26, 2011

Have showers ever felt so fantastic?

Has my chest EVER been this big?

Has my bed ever felt so delicious?

Have I started working out yet? (Only a bit of yoga and walking).

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Have I ever been more happy about weight gain (hers, not mine :) )?

Have I ever been more excited about bodily functions?

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Have I ever been so obsessed with somebody’s feet?

Have I ever wanted to care for my family and home this much?

Have I enjoyed every baby this much?

I’m sure I have. But, man, am I sure glad to be able to do it all again.

At Roxie’s two week appointment, the doctor asked me if things were “back to normal” around our house.  I pried my eyes off this beauty queen, looked at him and said, “No.  Not even close.”

Things will never be the same.  Life is better, so much better, with this little one as a new part of it.

Tired?  Exhausting?  Stressful?  Emotional?  Of course.

But, with the arrival of my new love I been reminded once again of my purpose, focus, and direction in my life:  to be a mother.

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I’ll be on a bit of a blogging break for the time being.

Foxy Roxie and I are still getting to know each other.

** All photos were taken by the talented Amy Nelson.  If you live in San Antonio and want some precious pictures, she’s your gal!  Find her here…

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Things Are Glowing Pink Around Here…

by TrainerMomma on October 12, 2011

It’s a girl!

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Roxie, me, and the very happy Doc

Baby Roxie Joy
Born October 6, 2011
7 lbs. 15 oz.
18 inches

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Roxie Joy

How wonderful life is, now that she’s in the world…

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Pregnancy Notes: Inducing Labor Through Exercise

by TrainerMomma on October 5, 2011

Does running bleachers help induce labor?

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The kids want to meet this new one as much as I do.

NO.

Neither does going on long walks, walking curbs, stair stepping, moving water heaters, jogging, walking on inclines, changing bed sheets on the bunk beds, and rearranging the garage.

I’ve done all these things.

I know, I know — we all have our stories.  But, I’m convinced, that in the end the baby comes when the baby comes.

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Here's some cheese. Really, though, it felt wonderful to really MOVE!

I must say, however, going up and down those bleachers FELT GREAT. Finally, I felt free to push myself without the fear of going into labor too early. I just enjoyed the weather, the music, the kids, my heart pumping, and the sweat.  And an occasional contraction.

Man, it’s been a long time, bleachers.

Too long.

I will be back.

I am officially due tomorrow and as of this writing this baby plans on staying put for who knows how long.  No signs, people.  Nothing.  Nada.

All I can do is enjoy the slowness of my days and pray for more patience.

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Pregnancy Notes: 40 Weeks and Pampered

by TrainerMomma on October 3, 2011

Last week was my personal pampering week.  I’ve done this indulgent routine a grand total of four times in my life, before each baby.  I highly recommend it.

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Pre-natal Massage.
Having someone rub my aching back, shoulders, and legs is the least I can do for this bod.

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Pedicure.
When the rest of me is falling apart, leaking everywhere and everything, I can always look at the Atomic Orange toes in the stirrups and feel cute for a moment.

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Hair is colored.
My hair is once again Fox Newscaster blonde.

OK, Baby Reading, the pampering is done.

It’s Week 40 and I’m officially ready.

Aren’t you?

It’s gotten a bit crowded in there, hasn’t it?

There are a whole lot of people out here waiting to finally meet you.

Anytime, really.

I’ll just sit here and wait.

‘Cause you know I’m not sleeping.  :)

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Fit Momma Question: Racing at Higher Altitudes?

by TrainerMomma on September 28, 2011

I received a great question from Fit Momma Audrey recently:

I’m preparing for my first ever 10K. I live on the east coast, which is flat and no elevation. The race is in Utah. The last time I visited, it took me quite awhile to adjust to the elevation, thinner air and hills. I don’t have very much time before my race to adjust, so I’m wondering what I can do in my training here to help prepare for that adjustment. Do you have any tips?

There are devices out there that simulate training at higher altitudes, however, unless you are training for the Olympic trials, save your pennies.

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Some people are more effected by altitude than others. Some are puking on the side of the road and others are just breathing harder. I don’t think with this length of race you’ll see that much of a drastic difference. Yes, you will be breathing harder and it may take you a bit longer to get into your “groove” — but just accept it and enjoy the fact that you are able to run such a gorgeous race in such a gorgeous place!

A few suggestions are:

- Run hills either on a treadmill or actual hills

- Run sprints on flats and hills

- Throw the kids in a jog stroller and run! You’ll feel like Florence Griffith Joyner during the race without them!

Instead of just miles, miles, miles, think intensity. Training for any sort of endurance race does need the miles, yes, however to dedicate some time each week to some HIIT is very effective, takes less time, and your body loves the change!

It’s great training for altitude training as well as just getting in great shape.

Also, I would definitely suggest to stay nice and hydrated during your stay there as well.

Good luck on your race!

Hey Fit Mommas!  What have you done to train for a race at a higher elevation?  What was your experience during the race?  Comment below and tell us WHAT WORKS!

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What Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

September 26, 2011

OK, friends.  Thirty-nine weeks down and one to go.  After being pregnant now 160 weeks, or 40 months, or 3.333 years out of my life, I’ve heard a few “interesting” comments about pregnancy along the way. I’d much prefer laughing over crying, however, I am admittedly overly sensitive during pregnancy.  I’ve gotten really good at [...]

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Jennifer is a Goal Getter!

September 23, 2011

Fit Momma Jennifer is 40 and FABULOUS! Jennifer decided to embrace her upcoming 40th birthday with style: by completing a triathlon.  Not too shabby for a gal who couldn’t swim a year ago! Jennifer was featured a few weeks ago on the “Today” show about her fantastic way of welcoming in her fourth decade. The [...]

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Fit Momma Question: What If I Hate Salad?

September 21, 2011

Ironically, I’ve gotten several Fit Mommas confessing to me lately about their detestation with salads: Every time I try to eat a salad, I gag. If I can’t eat salad regularly, am I doomed to be at this weight for the rest of my life? As you know, I’m a shameless salad-aholic.  If someone makes [...]

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Pregnancy Is Funny: Big Bellies and Unitards

September 19, 2011

I danced for the first 15 years of my life. All those years of toe shoes, blisters, and rehearsals played a large role into contributing to who I am today. However, around my sophomore and junior years of high school it soon became apparent that the directors of the Amercian Ballet Theatre were not going [...]

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Pregnancy Update: 37 Weeks

September 14, 2011

Let me be honest:  this pregnancy has consumed me completely for 37 weeks — my body, my thoughts, my energy, my conversations. Everything else suddenly fell to the back of the line when I saw that little red plus sign on the pregnancy test. Thus, the many pregnancy posts here on Trainer Momma. I AM [...]

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