Well, I’ve been AWOL. Where have I been, you ask? Oh, you know…curled up in a ball on my bathroom floor, begging for mercy and praying my esophagus endures the 9 months of torture… Yeah. That.
For some reason, opening my computer made me want to vomit. Random aversion to blogging. Maybe my body’s way of telling me to take a break from all my projects and just chill? Who knows. But at any rate, I’m approaching the mid-way point, and I’m still on Zofran but at least able to keep food down and am getting ready to start projects again.
SIDETRACK: I was sick with my first baby, and I was on meds all 9 months. But the second two were classic, textbook “morning sickness” pregnancies. I’d force myself to wake up early, eat a couple crackers, immediately jump on the treadmill, and push through nausea.I’d maybe vomit once in the morning, but then I’d be fine the rest of the day. Completely gone by 16 weeks.
All girls, so gender played no part in any of it. The only thing I can attribute it to is running… I was a lazy, lazy beast during my first pregnancy. I felt like it was my time to just kick back and take it easy. So I did. And I gained 40 lbs. And had a 6 lb. baby. That calculates into one disappointed mama after giving birth and expecting to fit right back into pre-pregnancy clothes and lifestyle. Boo.
So I bought a treadmill and started running. Like, a lot. Like 1/2 marathons. Then I got pregnant with baby two at 10 months post-partum, and all that misery was still fresh on my mind, so I was determined not to let history repeat itself. I kept right on running (with my doctor’s approval). I eventually started slowing down my routines, watched my heart rate, ran fewer miles, etc. But I ran a 5K at 29 weeks and did it in 35 minutes (and only because I had to wait around for my sisters-in-law to catch up to me…lol…are you there Erin and Jami??). I ran three miles the day before I delivered.
I still gained 35 lbs. That just seems to be what my body needs to gain, but I was walking on my treadmill again within days and up to slow jogging within two weeks and full running by 6 weeks. I lost the weight so fast, my only problem was keeping up my milk supply…but I even worked through that.
Baby 3, repeat story with baby 2. Except I ran the morning I delivered this time. 🙂 40 weeks on the dot.
Then we moved to Hawaii, and my treadmill did not survive the trek. Something went haywire, and the belt keeps slipping when I get up to full running speed. Ummm…not safe. Being DIYers, we made many attempts at fixing it, but to no avail. I know lots of you out there are saying, “RUN OUTSIDE”! And that sounds fine and dandy unless you have a husband who leaves the house at 4:50 every morning, so there’s no way of running “before the kids get up”, and are too stinking scrawny to push a double or triple jogging stroller at a comfortable pace. Blah.
Yes, I bought one. And yes, I intended to run with it. But 65 lbs of stroller + 85 lbs of kids – 110 lbs of mama just wasn’t happening. I walked a 5k with it. Once. Then I sold it because it was just plain ridiculous. I had to be let in the “vehicle entrance” if I wanted to use it at the zoo. lol
Add to all that the chaos of renovating the entire house in such a short amount of time, and exercise just got pushed to the bottom of the priority list. Then we moved. AGAIN.
Once school started, this might have been a good time for me to buy a single jogging stroller and started to run again. But frankly, I was out of the routine, and I hadn’t gained any weight, so I was feeling lazy and unmotivated. If I had unlimited fundage (that’s totally a word), I’d go out and buy another $700-1000 treadmill and start walking. Or if anyone on our local Craigslist would post one for free or even $100, I’d be all over it.
Baby 4. Lazy mama. Again. Sick mama. Again. Coincidence? Call it what you want, but I’m 100% convinced there’s a correlation.
So I’m curious, did any of you exercise (specifically running) during pregnancy? And were you sick? I’d love to take my own little poll here. My husband is so convinced after seeing me all 4 times that he’s using me as an example to try to encourage his OB patients to get a little exercise.
So hopefully we’ll be seeing more of each other, and I’ll be seeing less of the inside of the toilet bowl. You’re much prettier. 😉