Life and Parenting

Day19:  Okay, what’s going on, I’m going to the gym 6 out of 7 days and I don’t lose weight!!  What the heck! My eating has only slightly improved but it definitely hasn’t gotten worse.  Not even a pound.  Well I still went, right after work.  I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked so I only got to hop on the treadmill for 45 minutes; no weights. But I did okay.  I did  3 minute walk at 3.3 mph and 5 minute jog at 4.7 mph for a total of 3.07 miles in the 45 minutes.  Not too bad for a novice.   But my legs were definitely sore, especially my calves.

Day 20: I ran off as soon as hubby got in.  I got there a couple of minutes before my 7 o’clock class.  I hopped on the treadmill for a little warm-up and did 5 minutes.  Then we had class.  It was more weights this week.  It was fun and went by quickly.  I would say 10% cardio and 90% weights; but my heart was going the whole time because of the weights.  I like Donna, she does a good job.

It’s been hetic trying to get to the gym but I think I finally got my schedule down.
Sunday= morning while the older one is at Sunday School
Monday = right after work, before I get the boys
Tuesday = 7 pm for class
Wednesday = right after work again
Thursday = OFF
Friday = 8 pm after hubby is home and kids are more settled
Saturday = 8:30 am class

And I just have to stick to the schedule and make it part of my daily routine for now untill I lose the weight and then cut back to 3 days a week.


No time to write. . . . . . . .

screaming kids


hot tub waiting for a home in NC  *hint, hint*

sister’s maybe divorce

back to work full-time

entertaining company


friend can’t handling the family life


sooooooo tired

and he wants to nurse again!

By this time tomorrow I’ll be in a room with another son!  I can’t believe this long journey is just about over.  I am definitely ready to not be pregnant, but another child, hmmm, I’m still nervous.   We need to be at the hospital at 7 am!!!  And I will be in the OR by 8:15 and with another child by 8:30!  Because I was able to stay home this week I kept my 2 year old home with me today so we could spend time together.  Not that he has any clue as to what is about to happen.  Oh, we keep telling him, but he’s only 2, he doesn’t get it.   Well, he’s done his snack and now we’re off to play outside!  Wish us luck and  the next time you here from me, I’ll hopefully be a lot ‘thinner’!!!

I can’t believe there are only 6 days left before our family goes from 3 to 4.  This time next week there will be another baby boy gracing the world with his presence and I’m not sure if my 2 year old is ready.   He’s such a mommy’s boy.  He cuddles and clings any chance he can get.  I really don’t think he will adjust very well.

I, on the other hand, am definitely ready to be not pregnant.  I am so tired of watching everything I eat, checking my sugar 4 times a day and getting shots.  Oh, and measuring and spacing meals out every 3 hours.  I just want pizza!!!  I can definitely sympathize with a diabetic at this point.  I don’t know how anyone can do this for the rest of their lives!  I can barely make it 8 weeks.

And on top of all that, I’ve been having contractions for 2 weeks now.  It’s now up to about 10 a day.  But since it’s nothing ‘regular’ (which it really isn’t) they send me on my way and tell me that they’ll either see me on the 17th or when I’m having them every 5 minutes for over an hour!  So I grin and bear it.

At least I am done working!!!!  Well at least going to work, those yahoos will be calling me every 5 minutes with questions.  And definitely emailing me all the time.

As I said, I’m definitely ready to not be pregnant but am I ready to be a mom to 2, hmmmm, the jury is still out on that one!!

So I’ve been trying to figure out my maternity leave schedule. Since I don’t get any paid time I need to use my sick and vacation days that I have saved up. However that had me returning to work one day a week when the baby would only be 5 weeks old. And also taking 2 whole weeks unpaid until my sick and vacation days renew. I then could use more time and I would be back full time when the baby’s 15 weeks old.

2 weeks unpaid! Well, we’ll figure it out but it’s definitely going to be tight. I decided to call HR to confirm my sick days. And apparently I have 28 more sick days than what I thought. WHAT??? How many days??? So now a lot changes.
– I don’t have to work up to the day before my c-section, I’m taking the 3 days before off.
– I don’t have to return when he’s only 5 weeks old, I’m starting a one day a week work schedule when he’s 8 1/2 weeks old.
– I don’t have to take ANY unpaid time!!!!! Woo-hoo!

I almost went into labor when I heard the news. Do I think it’s 100% accurate? Who am I to argue with HR. I’ve been there for 8 years, my sick days to carry over from year to year; so possibly. I am soooo excited! YEAH!!! So I only have 6 more work days to go!!!!

How in the world are people pregnant with children??  Meaning how can they run around pregnant chasing a child(ren).  The first go around I was able to go home and nap for an hour or so.  Now I have to chase a one (almost 2) year old around.  It’s exhausting!  It wouldn’t be so bad if I was a stay-at-home mom, I think.  But I’m working and then coming home and having to clean and cook (sometimes).  The hubby does more cooking than me but I do more laundry and cleaning.  Lately I’ve given up so it has been more 50/50 and messier!!  But I am tired!  And I never get a second because my son is going through a phase, well he started it at birth, but all he wants is me.  I remind him that he does have another parent but for some reason he doesn’t get it!! ; )   I’m alone with him more than my hubby due to travel time to and from work.  I can’t even go to the bathroom without him.  But then I feel guilty for wanting a minute because I chose this life.  I want kids and I know they are totally depended on you and unconditionally love you.  And even at 30 something I still ‘depend’ on my mom and she helps when I need her to.   And in a way I am afraid of missing something because he’s so cute and does a lot of cute things and he does make me smile more than he frustrates me.   But it is tiring.  We definitely sleep in on the weekends.  And I’ve been very lucky to have a child like me, he likes to sleep and will sleep until 9 or 10 in the morning (depending on when he falls asleep the night before).  But I know all that will change with baby number two.  And I’ll even have less breathing room.  These 2 will be 27 months apart but I definitely think we’re waiting a bit longer if there is a number 3!

On another note, 2 more days until we see the baby!!   I can’t wait, I’m definitely bigger than the first go around so I hope it’s A) not twins; B) not bigger than normal; C) not farther along than what originally we had thought.  And I can’t wait to find out the sex!!  Oh and I have only put on 9 – 10 pounds.  So I am doing good with that and I have roughly 20 weeks to go!!

Well I gave it a go this morning.  I got up bright and early (5am) and headed out the door to meet my running partner.  I’m still feeling groggy with this head cold and from getting dressed and ready this morning I was already registering at 120 bpm.  How in the world am I going to run under 140 bpm??

So I met my running partner and told her the news.  She was ecstatic!  And I explained my running situation and she was completely understanding.  In fact, she hadn’t registered for the race yet and she found out the other day that she had a wedding she needed to attend in Baltimore.  She thought it was the following weekend and she just got the invite.  So she was unsure about what she was going to do about the race.  So the decision was made in her eyes, no race.

We agreed to still exercise together.  So we went to the track and walked our warm-up lap.  Then we started to run our first lap.  Half way through, about 1/8th of a mile, I check my heart rate.  144!!!  WHAT?  How can it be that already.  So I walked the second half.  126, alright let’s run.  Half way through a lap and I’m at 141 already.  Jeez, this 140 number sucks!  So I ended up running and walking every eighths for a mile and then just walked a mile since my running partner was only running a mile today.

Hopefully it was just due to me being sick and I’ll be able to ‘run’ a little more next time.  But it did feel good to get out.  I’m just going to do every other day until I feel better.   Then I will contemplate my cross training but I may just end up walking on days I’m not running.  During my last pregnancy my physician wanted me to walk every day for at least 45 minutes.  Boy was that hard during winter when I was huge!  But this time I have to go through all of winter and I hate winter!  But it’s not about me now is it?

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