Friday, July 31, 2015

Shoreline Duathlon Relay: It's Gettin' Hot in Here!

It's about a week later, so Mom and I say sorry for being late with this race report.....since we ran another 5k this past weekend, I told her she better get to taking some short hand so I can tell you about Shoreline before we write about the 5k this morning!  And since I am in charge (for now....ok, in chagre, who does she think she is kidding?) Mom said ok, let's do it nugget!

The real story for this race starts back in January....Fleet Feet ran a sale for running races and local tris dirt cheap.  Two sprint tris for $75 is a friggin steal and Greg signed up at once.  We were thinking maybe baby so I hesitated and we figured well, if it happens it does, if not, you can do both and pay $25 more, no big deal.  We aren't all of the smarts but in this case it happened to be a wise move...12 days later we were looking at a big fat positive pregnancy test :-)  I know I still wanted to race through this pregnancy if nugget let me (which s/he has TOTALLY been on board with) so I sought out my biker friend Brennan, who was awesome enough to agree to do a duathlon team with me and nugget - he would do the bike and I would do both run portions.  Sweet.

Now I'll let nugget take over.....

Mom and I decided to train enough for the race where we were super comfortable running 2 miles at a time a bit quicker, just for fun.  She thought the race was 2 miles - 15.7 mile bike - 2 mile run,. which was totally doable for us - I have to pee alot, so we figured 20 minutes or so of running was perfect (spoiler alert - she was wrong.  But we'll get to that).  Race day dawned with high humidity and warning clouds....not the best weather, we hoped for Daddy, who was doing the full tri (.5 mile swim, 16 mile bike and 4 mile run) that it would cool down!  It did not....low 90s by 10am made the race...interesting.  But Mom and I had fun anyways!

Pre Race, we hung out with Brennan, Mommy's relay partner, and got body marked.  We happened to see a guy with teh same number on our way to transition...wait...that isn't right!  So they switched us...and then found someone wearing the same number again!!  Mommy told the RDs just to give us the fastest time possible (hah) but we thought it was funny, as this was just a funsies race anyways.  We headed over to the art about 10 minutes before the race and gave daddy a smooch (different starts because he was swimming first!)  and got ready to do our first 2 mile run.  At the pre race instructions, Mommy realized that the second run was 4 miles (she thought it was 2)  whoops!  No big deal, I told her we could do this!  Before I knew it, we were off!!

Run #1:  17:36 (2 miles).  We rocked this run.  Mommy and I both felt good, tried to take it easy, but we thought a sub 9 minute mile 7 months preggo was pretty darn decent, so we were happy!  It was HOT but the section we ran was flat and fun and the ladies running it were super nice.  We got into transition without much happening, handed over our chip to Brennan and he was off for his bike!

During the wait, we hung out with some other people doing the relay and tried to stay cool.  Didn't work...it was getting so hot!  We saw Daddy come back from his bike and do his first loop and he looked pretty beat (even though he was kicking butt!)  About an hour later (and many potty breaks) Brennan was back and we headed out for run #2!

Run #2:  43:04 (4 miles).  This run was much harder heat wise, but Mom told me we were gonna be smart and listen to our bodies.  She was right - we walked when we needed to and just had fun!  We ran the first loop with Mom's friend Kim, who has two small kids of her own and did the whole tri!  Loop 1 was 20:34 and then we headed back out, dumping ice water all over ourselves (so cold and so good!)  Loop two we ran for 5, walked for 1 and walked all the small hills.  It was super hot but we knew we were almost done and Mom and I have so much fun running together that I didn't mind.  We cheered on all the other racers who cheered us on too (which is why Mom says tri's are so cool because most people are so friendly!) we hit the finish in 43:04 for a combined 6 miles of 1:00:40, or a 10:06 pace.  Yay for us!

Post race, we got our medals and then ran into the lake fully clothed!  Mom is so crazy but it felt so good.  daddy gave us hugs and we went and got food and checked the reults/.  As we sort of thought, they gave us the second persons results (we were so much faster) but hopefully they can fix it - either way Mom says its no big deal because we had a good time and that's what counts, right?  I said sure...until I am big enough to race her then I will beat her anyways :-)

Loved this race...and I can't wait till I'm old enough to race on my own!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Week 31 - Time to get rollin!

Here we go for another weekly nugget update!  Got hit hard with some reality this week....one of my runner friends that was due a few weeks before me just delivered at 33 weeks, yikes!  Looks like Mom and baby are doing just fine, but it was a huge wake up call that Nugget will be coming soon soon soon....hopefully baking at least for another 6 plus weeks, ok kiddo?  Thanks, love mom :-)

Your pregnancy: Week 31

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (about the size of a small football) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Moving alot?  You don't say.  Lil nuggster likes to throw dance parties with regularity, which gives this momma to be a reason to smile - love that kiddo says "hi mom!"  all the time.

Total Weight Gain: Up 18.5 pounds.  Gettin' there, one step at a time.  I've been super hungry lately, but my belly fills up super quick so we have been eating smaller meals :-)

Return of the gym selfies!
My Body:  Seems to hate me.  Here I am, thinking, yup, I got pregnancy under control.  Morning sickness, NBD.  24 hour bug, NBD.  Poison Ivy for 5 weeks?  WTF.  We finally got over that one and then at the ball game on Sunday I got stung by a frickin bee.  On my leg.  Oh, did I mention I'm allergic to bees?  Now my leg is about twice its normal size in a 10 inch diameter above my knee and that $hit hurts!  I'm icing every few hours (whats sleep?) and taking benadryl like its my job.  I go to the docs today for my 32 week check up and will have her take a look, but the one upshot is that the Rx for Prednisone I have chillin at the pharmacy for the ivy will work for the bee sting.  Is my body seriously in rebellion against me?  Body, you can quit now.....My mother in law suggested cardboard box sequestration for 8 weeks.  If I can bring my kindle and some cheeze its, I am all for it!

Cravings: Anything cheese or cheese or fake cheese flavored.  Freakin delish.  Also quite addicted to sugar cookies now, though one is plenty - any more is super sugar my body can't handle.

Aversions: Anything itchy or rashy.  Period.  

Rob, I am so jealous!
Sleep: Not even a little bit.  Rob's been waking up a few times a night, which is kinda weird, and I'm at the stage where finding a comfy position to sleep is a bit difficult.  Add in the every two hour ice schedule since Sunday and I am seriously sleep deprived.  Hoping to catch  up this weekend!

Baby Items Bought/Received: Nada.  Nugget helped me pick out a present to give to his or her older brother when Rob comes to visit but that's a secret of course....shhh!!

Best Baby Moment: Nugget and I ran another race this weekend - local 5k.  It was super hilly and humid, but we came in at around a 9:30 pace, which I'll take!  Last scheduled race in the books, aside from a low key trail race on August 19, so it's coast time - mostly swimming and biking now!  Also big news - Greg found that if he listens to my heartbeat from my back he can hear both mine and nuggets, which is kinda cool :-)  Daddy only perk!

Goals: Finish clothing nursery prep, and to meet with my doc about L&D.  I have my birth plan prepped and a few wishes that "now that I know" I hope to convey to the hospital staff - last time I was on continual fetal monitoring and I really wanted to be active, so I am hoping to be able to do that.  We have been working on Bradley method and the ultimate goal is another drug free natural birth.  Of course, healthy baby is all that matters, but I can hope :-)  Working on some yoga daily to help labor - who knows if it will help but it can't hurt!

Worries:  I wonder if my body will ever be normal and rash free again?  Will it??


This Week:
Run: 13.2 miles
Bike: 70 miles
Swim: 3 miles
Total: 86.2 miles

To Date:
Run: 332.3 miles
Bike: 1900 miles
Swim: 81 miles
Total: 2264.3 miles...or, the distance from Rochester, NY to Los Angeles.  Way to go, Nugget, you have crossed the country!  WOOHOOO!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week 30: Blazin' Saddles

Into the 30's, holy cow!  It's just amazing to think that in about 10 weeks we get to meet this lil nugget - I can't wait!  (But stay put, dude/tte, ok? You need to bake some more :-))

Your pregnancy: Week 30

During this 30th week of pregnancy, your baby continues to steadily add weight and important, insulating layers of fat to his body. 
  • At Week 30, your baby weighs about 3 pounds and is about 15-1/2 inches long , or about the length of a bunch of celery.
  • From this week until week 37 of pregnancy, your baby gains an impressive half a pound a week.
  • Your baby might be practicing breathing movements as he rhythmically moves his diaphragm. You might even notice a slight twitching in your abdomen when this happens.
  • Your baby's brain continues to expand and develop, creating additional grooves and folds in the brain's surface. These wrinkles give your baby's brain tissue the needed room to expand as he develops and learns throughout his lifetime.
  • Your baby's brain can now regulate his temperature, so he begins to lose the lanugo, which is the fine hair that has been covering his body for warmth.
Holy cow.  I can't believe how big this child is getting!  Yep, I know, I'll be saying that for the next 18 plus years....already can't believe how big Rob is!  Greg and I started pulling out the old baby clothes last week and the newborn ones are soooo teeny!  Seriously, did Rob ever wear those?  I think not.  
Total Weight Gain: Up 17.5 pounds this week.  I ate like a champ :-)

Baby Nugget's first duathlon (relay)!

My Body:  Like a bored townie in a college bar, this friggin ivy keeps plaguing me.  After a few weeks of no rash but itching, the ivy rash is coming back AGAIN.  I went to the docs yesterday and they gave me an Rx for high dose prednizone...which I am still on the fence about filling.  I shouldn't google things.  It's just a bad idea.  I know they wouldn't give it to me to fill if it was bad for the kiddo, but the studies on premature birth are just so inconclusive.  And I keep telling myself...it's just poison ivy.  For 5 weeks.  All over my damn body.  Seriously, Greg, kill that $hit in the backyard, please!  (For the record, no I haven't been back there.  The doc said I can basically breathe the air and get it now because my immune system has no resistance.  Eff.)  Other than that, doing well.  My belly is large and in charge but the rest of me is good.  Cutting back on the cardio a bit but sill managing 45 minutes to an hour a day of swimming, biking, running, kickboxing or yoga.  Mostly low key. :-)

Cravings: Chips n cheese is back, as are berries and peaches.  Love summer fruits!

Aversions: Sleep. But not really.  I want it.   My body does not want to cooperate.  Grrrr.  Also averse to work this week - I love my job but there have been a number of small annoyances that just make me want to start this whole maternity leave right about now :-)  (Shhh....don't tell my boss that - except I already (teasingly) did).  Hah.

Sleep: See above.  Body, please be kind to me.  I promise to be lazy if you let me!!

Baby Items Bought/Received: Few more wipes.  I do the pampers rewards and all my wipes were huggies, so I bought a few packs for points this week = 300 wipes for $4.  Not too bad - we'll use em :-)  Also got a few christmas gifts for nugget on a mega sale kohls was having - but it's a secret...Santa told me not to tell!

Best Baby Moment: Nugget helped me run his/her first duathlon this weekend - in Hamlin NY.  I've done this tri before, and Greg wanted to race, so I asked my friend Brennan to do the bike part, and like a saint, he agreed.  It was a 2 mile run/16 mile bike/4 mile run - I did the run part and Brennan biked.  We did rather well for it being 90 degrees out and being 30 weeks preggo - first two miles in 8:46 pace, last 4 in a 10:40 pace.  I'll take it!  Nugget wants to know when the next race is!

Goals: Sleeping.  Please.  Also, hoping to take a few days off in the next few weeks, or else I will never pull it all together before this kiddo is born!!

Worries:  I sound like a broken record.  Does sleep exist?  really, does it?

This Week:
Run: 11 miles
Bike: 75 miles
Swim: 4 miles
Total: 90 miles

To Date:
Run: 319.1 miles
Bike: 1830 miles
Swim: 78 miles
Total: 2188.1 miles...or, the distance from Rochester, NY Vancouver, BC.  Think there's an Ironman out there somewhere...just sayin' Nugget.... :-)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Week 29: Itchi boom

3/4 done.  Wow.  This has flown by!  I know the next 10(ish) weeks will be the nuttiest, but I would say baby g2 has done pretty well so far!  Let's see what's cookin' this week....

Your pregnancy:  Week 29

Your baby is growing rapidly now. This week he weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash - uh oh, thats rob's nickname!) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is getting bigger to accommodate his growing brain – which is busy developing billions of neurons. Every day, about 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby's skeleton, which is now hardening. With this rapid growth, it's no surprise that your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester. 


Total Weight Gain: Up 16 pounds this week. I am the most boring pregnant woman alive.


My Body:  It's almost gone!!  The ivy, not my body :-P  I went to my doc who prescribed prednizone, telling me it was fine for baby except it increased lung development.  WELL, with my history of birthing early kiddos, Greg and I talked about it and decided we would give it through the weekend with LOTS of oatmeal baths, chlorine and rest.  And while I still have the lingering itchies, it is 99% gone!  Whew.  Crisis averted.

Cravings: Grilled cheese!  And burgers.  Now that I have a (doctors) excuse, I have been eating a bit more red meat....it's honestly just something I usually don't think about!

Aversions: Sleep.  But not really, just seems like it!  Grease.  I ate a burger and some Sweet potato fries at a training yesterday and they were divine....just not so much 3 hours later.  Yech.

Sleep: Nope nope nope nope nope.  Seriously, need to have a chat with my pregnant body.  I will be SLEEP DEPRIVED ENOUGH in 10 weeks!  Get the memo!

Baby Items Bought/Received: Nothin'.  I', starting to worry if I am missing on something.  We bought ALL the things for Rob, which we still have....I should probably start going through them and making sure we have enough :-)

Best Baby Moment: Continuous movement from my soccer champ this week - Nugget is less of a kicker than his or her older brother, but it's more constant and more squirming....it's a nice kinda feeling - maybe he or she will be a swimmer?

Goals: Racing a team relay for a local du this weekend...4 miles running, nothing crazy.  Looking forward to it!

Worries:  Will I make it through 10 more weeks of work?  Will I get even a day off before this kiddo is born?  I hope so....I'm tired :-P

This Week:
Run: 3 miles
Bike: 88 miles
Swim: 5.5 miles
Total: 96.5 miles

To Date:
Run: 308.1 miles
Bike: 1745 miles
Swim: 74 miles
Total: 2098.1 miles...or, the distance from Rochester NY to Seattle - a place I've always wanted to visit!  Seems we have crossed the country now...I wonder if we can make it to Hawaii, Nugget??

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Week 28: Mousekatools!


2.5 months (ish) to go...holy cow!!  I'm at that stage of pregnancy right now where I feel like I've been pregnant forever but at the same time I can't believe we will be meeting our little nugget in about 2 months!!  It's been quite the week at the Glaser casa - Rob turned two and we had a great Mickey Mouse Birthday party for him (details coming soon)....then I decided to go and get an infection from  my poison Ivy right before leaving for a business trip (first time away from the boys for more than a day!) and of course in the 48 hours Mommy is gone, Rob gets actually sick for the first time :-(  Nothing worse than being away from your sick kiddo when all you want to do is hold him.  I'll be so glad to get home to him!!  But, in the midst of all of it, our little nugs is going strong, kicking up a storm and taking DC by the horns with Momma!  So what's up this week?....

Your Baby: Week 28
By this week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (about the size of a stuffed Mickey Mouse!) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels.
She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Total Weight Gain: Up 15 pounds this week. One pound a week, right on target!  Go Nugget!

My Body:  It's probably best we don't talk about it.  I have the Ivy EVERYWHERE and sadly, I think my arm might be infected.  All the swimming, calamine and benadryl are just not working...as soon as I get back to NY, we're calling the docs.  Lame.

Cravings: Chicken and banana chips.  Weirdness.  Also, lemonade has become my best friend.  Nom nom nom.

Aversions: Poison Ivy.  Taxis (holy crap they drive like hell).  Humidity.  And sadly, this week, running.  Hopefully week 29 gets better!!!

Sleep: Fuhgeddaboutit.  Up hourly, taking a hot shower in the middle of the night.  I know labor is a zillion times worse, but do we really have to test that theory right now?  Yes?  Fine.  They owe me a Rob 2.0 birth then :-P

Baby Items Bought/Received: Nada.  Dare I say I think we are almost ready, "stuff" wise?

Best Baby Moment: Little Nugget is really giving me the ole shoulder rub lately!  Nothing crazy, but almost constant movement.  He/She does an awesome job resting when the night comes, but is a constant flutter of activity during the day.  Since I've been sitting more during this conference, its even easier to see the movement...go Nuggster, go!

Goals: NO MORE IVY.  And spending some QT with my eldest.  48 hours without Momma is apparently way too much!!

Worries:  Will my arms and legs ever stop looking like an extra from the Creature of the Black Lagoon? Just wondering here....

This Week:
Run: 6 miles
Bike: 94 miles
Swim: 3 miles
Total: 103 miles

To Date:
Run: 305.1 miles
Bike: 1657 miles
Swim: 68.5 miles
Total: 2001.6 miles...or, the distance from Rochester NY to Las Vegas.  Hopefully, Nugget has a lucky streak :-)


Monday, July 6, 2015

And he's 2! Rob updates - here comes the toddler!

Yep, I know.  You thought I was done with Rob updates...well, 2 seems like the occasion to post!  I cannot believe that my little buddy is now a full fledged toddler - no more baby, for sure!! My little guy (and you always will be)    Every single day I am so darned amazed that I was picked to be your mommy - you bring such joy, laughter and fullness into our lives and I can't wait to see what the next year brings!  So, what's Rob up to at the ripe old age of 2?  (Aside from telling people he is 3....it starts already!!)


One week old...
One year old!!
My big two year old!
Size - 28 pounds.  You are right on the mark at 50% for your weight, and have been all along.  So glad we don't have to fret about that - we KNOW you are a growing boy!!  Good thing Mommy coupons...

Likes: You are beyond obsessed with Mickey Mouse (we are ok with that...it COULD be Teletubbies or Barney., thank goodness you have better taste than that!!).  You LOVE LOVE to read - we read at least a dozen books a day, and you are getting so good at the names of the characters and what is in the books- your vocabulary must be at about 300 words by now- such a smart dude!!  You also adore riding your trike, your cozy coupe (Which you can propel yourself on now!) playing outside in your pool and on the "go ga" (Slide).  And your kitties.  You love "Mebby" so much and he is such a good sport!  

Dislikes: Red meat (you are your Mom's kiddo).  Turning off Mickey.  Leaving the park.  Leaving anywhere fun!!  Naptime (though bedtime is usually cool with you).  That's about it.  You're a pretty laid back kiddo - aside from a few standard toddler temper tantrums, you are an even keeled dude!

Sleep: I never thought I would say this, bud, but you are every parents dream kiddo here.  We had a rough first year, but we introduced the toddler bed in March, and after a week, you never went back.  Must have been the height or bars on the crib, but ever since we introduced Thomas the toddler bed, you sleep like a dream.  Naps most days are 1-3, bedtime at 8, and you rarely get up before 6-6:30.  We have the occasional wake up, but overall, you rock!!  Hopefully that lasts when nugget arrives....

Eating: Once again, you are a dream most days, bud (are we sensing a theme?  Yes, I am biased but its true!)  You love your fruits and veggies (especially berries, "manyas", corn on the cob, and "boccli").  You adore cheese and yogurt, and tolerate meat - thankfully you do like chicken and beans (once again. my kiddo!)  You gobble up turkey dogs like a champ, and have reached 3 in one sitting (yikes).  Love it, kiddo.  Keep up the good work - no matter what the kids say, veggies and fruit are GOOD!

Milestones/Firsts:
Running - you ran two official races!  Iron Rob, here we come!

Walking backwards - you find this hilarious
Phrases and sentences - yep, we are up to 4-5 words.
Counting - You are strong up to 9, sometimes 10.  Yowza.
Vacation - we went to New Orleans and the Outer Banks - you loved the beach!!  (And water, in general)
Again, I know there are more - you just keep amazing us every day!

Best Moment: Watching you love running.  And racing.  And every little piece of outside fun activity you can.  As an adult, it's easy to get jaded to the "every day" stuff that is simply amazing to a toddler - and Daddy and I have really found that again with you.  I love it, little guy. You make my life so much better every day just by being in it! 

Looking Forward to: Our Taking you camping, the zoo, Seabreeze, and every bit of summer fun we can soak up!  Then watching you become a big brother this fall....you already love the "babbbeee" and give Nugget "mooches every day.  But make no mistake...you'll always be my baby, my little guy, my amazing Ro-Bear.  Love you so so much, my kiddo!! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Week 27 - Welcome to the Main Event

Welcome to trimester 3, nugget!  We kicked off this week with a bang by getting our glucose test results - a big fat negative for gestational diabetes (yay!) and, no shocker, found out I am anemic.  Which is funny, because I was really looking for an excuse to eat some Bill Gray's Burgers....doctor's orders!  Pregnancy perks aren't all that frequent, but this is definitely one :-)

Your Pregnancy:  Week 27

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

Total Weight Gain: Up 14 pounds this week (as of yesterday).  I'm apparently a boring, model pregnant woman.  Normally boring would annoy me, in this case, Ill take it!
My Body A hot mess.  Apparently poison ivy loves me to pieces, and we are still bffs.  I've started getting spots on my tummy and hands, which means it's personal now.  Drowning myself in the pool and oatmeal baths, but I'm still a miserable mess.  However, externally, my basketball 

Cravings:Nothing too special.  I've been loving shredded chicken breast with salsa and veggies, and also still loving tuna fish with chopped celery and Italian dressing.  Been drinking alot of Iced tea, and still, of course, on the cheese kick!

Aversions: Itching.  Nighttime waking.  Mosquito's.  Rain.  Work.  It's a mad, mad world, folks.  

Sleep: This sucks.  I'm up twice a night itching like a mad woman.  I feel bad for the guys in my life - it cannot be restful to have a crazy preggo muttering curses under her breath as you try to sleep!

Baby Items Bought/Received: A few more diapers - 65 ct for $4.50, cant beat it :-)  Also got the curtains for baby's room from Mom - it's almost done, Ill post a new pic next week!

Best Baby Moment: We went over to a neighbors house a few days ago and they have a son who is one month younger than Rob, and they just had a baby girl a few months back.  Rob and the little boy were being shy, but Rob thought the baby was the coolest thing - he kept saying "baby!" and going over to her and rocking her car seat.  We showed him how to be gentle, but he obviously was really intrigued by her.  So sweet to watch, I think he will be a great big brother!!

Goals: Throw a bang up birthday party for my soon to be 2 year old - it's gonna be a Mickey Mouse kinda weekend!  So excited!!

Worries:  Whats the world record for poison ivy?  Theoretically, of course, ya know.....

This Week:
Run: 8 miles
Bike: 80 miles
Swim: 4 miles
Total: 92 miles

To Date:
Run: 299.1 miles
Bike: 1561 miles
Swim: 65.5 miles
Total: 1898.6 miles...or, the distance from Rochester NY to Belize!  Hey, we have family there, maybe they would welcome a visitor :-)