tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5336524447899288872019-09-17T06:33:35.317-07:00Tall Mom on the RUNMel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.comBlogger1052125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-61115995297955342412018-03-01T09:56:00.003-08:002018-03-01T09:56:35.880-08:00March RESTART <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4LL8qFW1ouo/Wpg78abokLI/AAAAAAAAPRg/XL_qr5D6h94sHNKile9FGV1EPKmSCsWbwCEwYBhgL/s1600/March%2BRestart.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="720" data-original-width="960" height="300" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4LL8qFW1ouo/Wpg78abokLI/AAAAAAAAPRg/XL_qr5D6h94sHNKile9FGV1EPKmSCsWbwCEwYBhgL/s400/March%2BRestart.jpg" width="400" /></a><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">D</span><span style="font-family: Calibri;">o you feel you aren’t living the <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">BEST</b> version of yourself?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I do, often.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I made a list of 18 things to accomplish this year, <strong>18 for 2018</strong>. May seem excessive, some are simple/easy, I have been chipping away with positive results. The results- I am showing up better in my life, but still not my BEST self.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;">I often get caught up comparing myself to others, which takes me down a negative path of self destruction.&nbsp; This month I am letting that go.&nbsp; All I can control is ME and being the best version of ME!!</span></div><br /> <span style="font-family: Calibri;">March I will <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">RESTART</b>. The best version of me has <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><u>Balance</u></i>. When I was in life coaching class we talked about our personal balance wheel.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Your wheel is where you spend your time and effort each day- Family, Career, Health, Spiritual, Financial, Social, etc…<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>You can’t give 100% to everything, you will be depleted. Over time your priorities or areas of focus will shift depending on which parts of your wheel need more attention.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Do a quick Google on “Life Balance Wheel” and you will get more information than you will need.<o:p></o:p></span><br /> <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><o:p><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></o:p><span style="font-family: Calibri;">I did a quick swag for my March <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">RESTART</b> balance wheel.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Each piece of the pie has key actions I will accomplish this month.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It is exciting to have a map like this to reference on my journey. Maintaining balance will be key for me.</span></div><o:p><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sfpOtk-uucs/Wpg8AUS4PGI/AAAAAAAAPRk/_b3X9f1whCc67abCQa1wt8qr7STuceXbQCLcBGAs/s1600/Tall%2BMom%2BBalance%2BWheel.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="720" data-original-width="960" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sfpOtk-uucs/Wpg8AUS4PGI/AAAAAAAAPRk/_b3X9f1whCc67abCQa1wt8qr7STuceXbQCLcBGAs/s400/Tall%2BMom%2BBalance%2BWheel.jpg" width="400" /></a></div></span></o:p> <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><u><span style="font-family: Calibri;">PHYSICAL:<o:p></o:p></span></u></b></div><span style="font-family: Calibri;">Do you remember my bloggy buddy Kerrie, formerly Mom Vs. Marathon, now <a href="https://disfitlife.com/" target="_blank"><strong>DISfitlife</strong></a>? <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>She and her husband Jamey are hosting a FREE #MetabolicMadness challenge starting on March 5th. They will provide targeted workouts for the&nbsp;Fitness portion of my wheel.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span><br /> <br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><o:p><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></o:p><span style="font-family: Calibri;">I joined the gym at my work, I start Yoga for the first time tomorrow at 5:15 am. I will take Yoga class every Friday this month.<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><o:p><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></o:p><span style="font-family: Calibri;">If you want to kick up your workouts another buddy of mine <a href="http://blondeponytail.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Blond Ponytail</strong></a> also has free workouts in March!!<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><o:p><span style="font-family: Calibri;">&nbsp;</span></o:p><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><u><span style="font-family: Calibri;">FAMILY:<o:p></o:p></span></u></b></div><span style="font-family: Calibri;">By connection I mean targeted 1:1 time with my husband and children. This will be the FUN part of my month.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Date night with hubby. Taking Kiddo #1 to basketball tournaments, solo, just him and me.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Taking Kiddo #2 to a private swim lesson. And special Kindergarten fun times with Kiddo #3.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I also want to pull away from the screen more in the evenings, as I have developed a BAD habit of getting eaten by the couch monster.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;">As the month progresses I will check in on how I am doing, what is working, what I learn, struggles, etc.&nbsp; I would love your comments and thoughts as well.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Calibri;"></span><br /><span style="color: purple; font-family: Calibri;"><strong>QUESTIONs:</strong></span><br /><span style="color: purple; font-family: Calibri;"><strong>1- Any tips for my first Yoga class tomorrow?? HELP!!</strong></span><br /><strong><span style="color: purple; font-family: Calibri;">2- What are your focusing on in 2018? How is it going?</span></strong><br /><strong><span style="color: purple; font-family: Calibri;">3- Anything you plan to RESTART in March?</span></strong><br /> <br /><br />Go Rediscover the BEST version of YOU!! You will like what you discover.<br /><br />-Tall MomMel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com150tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-38309655853161748062018-02-26T06:56:00.002-08:002018-02-26T06:56:50.250-08:00Introduction- Again<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I believe that a <strong>re-introduction</strong> is in order, just the key facts...</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Melanie, working toward age 40, current goal is to avoid buying bigger pants through a RESTART! I set 18 to-do's for 2018, some easy, some take more effort, all attainable when I set my mind and heart to success.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">We&nbsp;have 3 kids ranging from age 12 to 4:</div><ul><li><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Kiddo #1 plays hoops, this time of year you will find me in a gym.&nbsp;To be honest I am a HORRIBLE sports parent and currently beating myself up for it.&nbsp;I want to be better and I will be!</div></li><li><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Kiddo #2 is a sweet kind soul who is finding his way in the world.&nbsp;My goal this year is to help him find his passion and an outlet for his amazing imagination</div></li><li><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Kiddo #3 is a feisty little lady who keeps us on our toes.&nbsp;She is the definition of sweet and sour.&nbsp; My total mini me with dimples for days. She will start Kindergarten in the Fall so we are in major teaching mode.</div></li></ul><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">We have a Bo-Jack (Boston / Jack Russell Mix) puppy&nbsp;named Rey (Like from Star Wars)&nbsp;who will be 1 in April.&nbsp; She has a lot of energy but has been a great addition to our busy household.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Married to my handsome hubby, we are building our dream home which closes in June.&nbsp; Our new&nbsp;place is&nbsp;5 houses down for a&nbsp;trail through the woods, our happy place!!&nbsp;Our weekends will consist of getting our current home ready to sell, and looking for&nbsp;unique&nbsp;items for our new place.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>I love to run</strong> but cant remember the last time I hit the pavement. I know for sure I will run Rainier to Ruston first weekend in June with 5 of my BRF's (Best Running Friends)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>I love to write</strong> and have the beginnings of a song, novel and children's book series, one of which I WILL finish this year.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>I love to shop</strong>, Goodwill, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, Target and Garage sales&nbsp;are my main obsessions.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I&nbsp;work in an office and sit 83% of my day, key career passions are communication, engagement, and positive development.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">My favorite quote is "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden&nbsp; </div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ukGATDkoYmI/WpQaxZhdxBI/AAAAAAAAPRE/bkRnqWSOgwo80CHEs-Rn0DWrY3f3HdXaACEwYBhgL/s1600/20180224_102608.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ukGATDkoYmI/WpQaxZhdxBI/AAAAAAAAPRE/bkRnqWSOgwo80CHEs-Rn0DWrY3f3HdXaACEwYBhgL/s320/20180224_102608.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sS3t__46y3I/WpQaFqMIy_I/AAAAAAAAPQw/RB3LvXqBTQ8mSq67GtIBkoP4F6bA1xMeQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_20180101_173154_467.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1600" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sS3t__46y3I/WpQaFqMIy_I/AAAAAAAAPQw/RB3LvXqBTQ8mSq67GtIBkoP4F6bA1xMeQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_20180101_173154_467.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>&nbsp;That's me!!&nbsp; If you have a minute please re-introduce yourself in whatever way is fun for you!<br /><br /><strong>Happy Monday!</strong><br /><br /><br />Aspire to Inspire,<br /><br />Tall MomMel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com17tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-69975741692531152282018-02-21T11:40:00.000-08:002018-02-21T11:40:24.312-08:00HELLOHello it's me.... (Insert Adele lyrics)<br /><br />I basically slashed my blog to bits and hit RESTART.<br /><br />I need a major RESTART.<br /><br />3 is my favorite number and March is the 3rd month, so a March RESTART it is.<br /><br />Blogging always helped me to maintain accountability.&nbsp; After all if I am sharing my life with others, I should probably be doing something worth sharing.<br /><br />Not sure anyone will even read this and that is OK.<br /><br />I plan to start updating about my RESTART next week- March 1!!<br /><br /><br />Aspire to Inspire,<br /><br />Tall Mom on the RUN!!!Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com19tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-85932700398170011792015-01-01T14:10:00.001-08:002015-01-01T14:10:59.724-08:00Day 1Wow this Blog is DUSTY!! 2014 was an amazing year for me, I achieved several personal goals but my fitness took at hit while trying to maintain balance.<br /><br /><u><b>What I am proud of??</b></u><br />-Earned the role of Temporary Manager for a team focused on Safety and Culture for 8 months, I have always aspired to be in management.<br />-Attended the Diversity and Inclusion Conference in New Orleans, LOVED IT!&nbsp; I geek out on that stuff.<br />-Read every day starting in April, including completing over 15 books! - This is huge since I am a slow reader.<br />-Put my family first in many ways <br /><br /><u><b>What I am not proud of??</b></u><br />-Watched much more TV than I should, often neglecting my kiddos<br />-Drank more adult beverages than I should in the name of STRESS<br />-Failed to get on a fitness and eating schedule <br />-My weight ballooned to 215lbs!! I told myself I would never be over 200 pounds again. UGH!<br /><u><b><br /></b></u><u><b>What I WILL achieve in 2015?</b></u><br />-Eat dinner at the table atleast 3 nights a week<br />-Every Friday night is family night<br />-Create a running/training schedule to be in Half Marathon shape by May<br />-Track my eating and exercise to get back into onderland<br />-Watch less TV<br /><br />Looking back just a few years before I blogged I can hardly believe how different my life was.&nbsp; I have some of the most amazing Friends, all of whom I met in some way through this Blog.&nbsp; We celebrate Birthdays, race together, cry when we need to, laugh all the time, and enjoy each others company even if it is via a group text.&nbsp; Below are a few fun picture from this year, 2015 will be even happier and healthier.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ftOvqzsn-Ww/VKW-A0Hkp-I/AAAAAAAAPLY/16bZ_q4H0oY/s1600/Santa%2BRuns%2BStrong.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ftOvqzsn-Ww/VKW-A0Hkp-I/AAAAAAAAPLY/16bZ_q4H0oY/s1600/Santa%2BRuns%2BStrong.jpg" height="320" width="290" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bjTapjme9jU/VKW-Ar15B6I/AAAAAAAAPLM/m51AdiYurk8/s1600/Santa%2BRuns%2BTired.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bjTapjme9jU/VKW-Ar15B6I/AAAAAAAAPLM/m51AdiYurk8/s1600/Santa%2BRuns%2BTired.jpg" height="320" width="292" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cx09g5ATWmk/VKW-BLgM86I/AAAAAAAAPLQ/FQzonW8EGmk/s1600/Santa%2BRuns%2BTogether.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cx09g5ATWmk/VKW-BLgM86I/AAAAAAAAPLQ/FQzonW8EGmk/s1600/Santa%2BRuns%2BTogether.jpg" height="314" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rHlBmfdITK0/VKXFNDdB9jI/AAAAAAAAPLw/ngwOSz3c1mg/s1600/At%2Bthe%2BTrail.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rHlBmfdITK0/VKXFNDdB9jI/AAAAAAAAPLw/ngwOSz3c1mg/s1600/At%2Bthe%2BTrail.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GiealuXbxAM/VKXFM3moYOI/AAAAAAAAPLs/PpxgDoGI0Oc/s1600/BJ%27s%2BDinner.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GiealuXbxAM/VKXFM3moYOI/AAAAAAAAPLs/PpxgDoGI0Oc/s1600/BJ's%2BDinner.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RQkg8KidXdk/VKXFNjGsu-I/AAAAAAAAPMw/ayOH82kwBQ0/s1600/Christmas%2BKids.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RQkg8KidXdk/VKXFNjGsu-I/AAAAAAAAPMw/ayOH82kwBQ0/s1600/Christmas%2BKids.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mDIm063nT_w/VKXFOIWu2eI/AAAAAAAAPL4/fofaMUCD6_o/s1600/Go%2BHawks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mDIm063nT_w/VKXFOIWu2eI/AAAAAAAAPL4/fofaMUCD6_o/s1600/Go%2BHawks.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6kO9jnv7zz8/VKXFOpz9bcI/AAAAAAAAPL8/7mH57x74JG8/s1600/Hot%2BChocolate%2B2014.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6kO9jnv7zz8/VKXFOpz9bcI/AAAAAAAAPL8/7mH57x74JG8/s1600/Hot%2BChocolate%2B2014.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mgd1OoOPuLE/VKXFPS4y8LI/AAAAAAAAPMI/7U7YhfYqLn8/s1600/Rainier%2Bto%2BRuston%2B2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mgd1OoOPuLE/VKXFPS4y8LI/AAAAAAAAPMI/7U7YhfYqLn8/s1600/Rainier%2Bto%2BRuston%2B2.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-luTy5SYOxso/VKXFP07mRrI/AAAAAAAAPMM/iwx_FWskUSg/s1600/Rainier%2Bto%2BRuston.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-luTy5SYOxso/VKXFP07mRrI/AAAAAAAAPMM/iwx_FWskUSg/s1600/Rainier%2Bto%2BRuston.jpg" height="240" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YyM3Y6MYvPk/VKXFQoPDNnI/AAAAAAAAPMY/SX7BOsNRxqE/s1600/Run%2BLove.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YyM3Y6MYvPk/VKXFQoPDNnI/AAAAAAAAPMY/SX7BOsNRxqE/s1600/Run%2BLove.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DiXc39G2UR0/VKXFRIR5iRI/AAAAAAAAPMc/8Vv7KaY43Ko/s1600/Santa%2BRuns%2BFriends.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DiXc39G2UR0/VKXFRIR5iRI/AAAAAAAAPMc/8Vv7KaY43Ko/s1600/Santa%2BRuns%2BFriends.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MR3kzk8s3cc/VKXFRyGdJpI/AAAAAAAAPMo/tt1E9AcR8wU/s1600/Seahawks%2B12K.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MR3kzk8s3cc/VKXFRyGdJpI/AAAAAAAAPMo/tt1E9AcR8wU/s1600/Seahawks%2B12K.jpg" height="320" width="180" /></a></div>I hope to be better about Blogging...but really living is taking up most of my TIME.&nbsp; All the best friends.&nbsp; You can always find me on Instagram at runtallmom.&nbsp; Happy New Year!!<br /><br />Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com72tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-78988254302671678202014-05-05T21:25:00.000-07:002014-05-10T21:25:30.019-07:00New Balance Fresh Foam ReviewI have had the pleasure over the last few years to make friends with the good people at Onlineshoes.com.&nbsp; Through our partnership my feet have been blessed to test out some amazing shoes.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jKzWhF8ktfM/U273m-ek0vI/AAAAAAAAPKk/KV1_DsM7IKE/s1600/10010471_10152352661803421_2708214002688898854_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jKzWhF8ktfM/U273m-ek0vI/AAAAAAAAPKk/KV1_DsM7IKE/s1600/10010471_10152352661803421_2708214002688898854_o.jpg" height="320" width="180" /></a></div>These New Balance Fresh Foam shoes are AMAZING!!&nbsp; Check them out <a href="http://www.onlineshoes.com/womens-new-balance-w980-fresh-foam-blue-orange-p_id321011" target="_blank">HERE.</a>&nbsp; When they arrived about a month ago I couldn't wait to lace them up.. I didn't think about how it had been raining non-stop for days... My beautiful new shoes took on mud as we tried to side-step the puddle that covered the trail. I realized pretty quickly that these are nor trail shoes or very water resistant.<br /><br />Since that day I have worn these shoes out countless times running errands and for runs around the neighborhood.&nbsp; They are light weight, comfortable, fit my foot great which is nice because I have wide feet and they look pretty darn cool.&nbsp; <br /><br />These shoes are a Summer style for me, I look forward to wearing these on steaming Summer runs.&nbsp; The shoes is very breathable and has lots of cushion.&nbsp; I have purchased&nbsp;2 tanks and a sweatshirt&nbsp;to match the shoes which shows you how much I love them...I am funny like that.<br /><br />In regular shoes I wear a 10 wide.. I wear a 10.5 in this shoe and it fits perfect.&nbsp; I would say it runs very true to size and the toe box is not overly narrow which makes my feet happy.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dj04n2abegw/U2755F0gv7I/AAAAAAAAPKw/0K8Bjcrq3jE/s1600/1614465_10152290299658421_917982014_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dj04n2abegw/U2755F0gv7I/AAAAAAAAPKw/0K8Bjcrq3jE/s1600/1614465_10152290299658421_917982014_o.jpg" height="320" width="180" /></a></div><br /><strong><u>DETAILS from Online Shoes:</u></strong><br /><div id="description">Wearing the New Balance W980 Fresh Foam athletic shoe, you can feel the science of softness with Fresh Foam technology, a performance midsole compound that delivers soft, plush cushioning to runners seeking a lower, more natural underfoot feel. This women's trainer features a minimal, no-sew mesh and synthetic upper with a lightly padded collar for extra cushioning around the ankle. A blown rubber outsole provides durability and supportive cushioning to the New Balance 980 running shoe, ensuring an incredibly soft, incredibly stable ride for mile after mile. </div><div><ul><li>4mm heel-to-toe drop</li><li>Air mesh upper</li><li>Blown rubber outsole</li><li>Competitor Magazine "Best Ride" award</li><li><a class="popup" href="http://www.onlineshoes.com/techpop.asp?id=4753" rel="nofollow" type="pdp-ScrollResize-600-600">Fresh Foam</a></li><li>Lace entry</li></ul><ul><li>Lightly padded collar and tongue</li><li>No-sew material application</li><li><a class="popup" href="http://www.onlineshoes.com/techpop.asp?id=4590" rel="nofollow" type="pdp-ScrollResize-600-600">REVlite®</a></li><li>Running Network "Best Neutral Shoe" award</li><li>Weight: 7.8 oz. / 206g</li></ul></div><br />With Free Shipping, Free exchanges and Free online returns <a href="http://www.onlineshoes.com/womens-new-balance-w980-fresh-foam-blue-aster-hot-pink-white-p_id321011" target="_blank">Online shoes</a> is the place to go to get New Balance Fresh Foam.<br /><br /><br />*Although I was given the shoes my opinion is my own.Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com54tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-67452233604066255172014-02-22T22:15:00.002-08:002014-02-22T22:15:40.808-08:00Stick and Stones . . .I set out on my run, 38 degrees&nbsp;and lightly raining, hoping to get in a few miles to prepare for a 5K run next weekend.&nbsp; To save time I opted to run in my neighborhood, passing a busy baby shower and more Seahawks flags that I could count.&nbsp; Ahead I saw 3 boys maybe 10-12 years old, at my pace I was bound to cross paths with them.&nbsp; I sped up to avoid getting in their way, as I did I heard <strong><span style="color: #cc0000;">"nice running lardo</span></strong>" by one of the boys as the others laughed.&nbsp; I cant 100% say they were talking to me, so I didn't turn to say anything, instead my pace quickened and I was transported back to age 13.<br /><br /><br />One of my favorite things about running is interacting with people.&nbsp; In general folks will wave, pass a kind word, or flash a smile.&nbsp; I have been honked at, whistled at and received other suggestive comments from men, creepy yes, but I file those in my brain as compliments.&nbsp; You never know what you are going to get when you step out the door for a run.&nbsp;&nbsp;Overall the experiences have been about&nbsp;<strong><span style="color: lime;">95% positive</span></strong>... so why is it that I remember the negative??<br /><br /><br />While playing college basketball I was at the Freethrow line and 2 guys yelled "Hey 33 you are putting a little stress on your Nikes!" They were drunk, stupid and trying to get in my head, as an athlete I had to shake that stuff off.&nbsp; Today I remember that moment like it was yesterday, but<strong><span style="color: cyan;"> I can't remember my best performances</span></strong>, the moments when I shined and the crowd cheered.&nbsp; <br /><br /><br />The mind is a funny thing...&nbsp;Studies show that&nbsp;it takes&nbsp;6 positive comments to erase 1 negative comment.&nbsp; As a society we are conditioned to fixate more on the bad things that happen to us than celebrate the good.&nbsp; What a BUMMER that is!!&nbsp; <br /><br /><br />Words hurt whether you are 5 or 34, the sting is still the same.&nbsp; I cant control what other say but I can control my reaction.&nbsp; This "lardo" pushed the pace and finished strong, I took the comment and used it as fuel to push harder.&nbsp;&nbsp;Then when I got home I talked to my 8 year old about what happened, telling him that he needs to be careful with his words and how they impact others.&nbsp; Who knows if that conversation will sink in?&nbsp; It is possible the mother of the kid today has uttered the same words to her son.<br /><br /><br />Here and there I say things I know I shouldn't and I realize it in the moment.&nbsp; This was a healthy reminder: 1.&nbsp; I need to watch my negative words because they have power&nbsp; 2.&nbsp; I need to always say the kind things that I am thinking because people NEED to hear it.<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="color: magenta; font-size: large;">What interactions have you had while running both positive and negative and how did it impact your performance?</span></strong>Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com77tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-6444205807604921612014-01-15T08:09:00.002-08:002014-01-15T08:09:38.300-08:00Tall Mom Catching up<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> 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mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"></span></span></span>We visited Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast for an early Thanksgiving with my in-laws.</li><li><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"></span></span></span>Hosted Thanksgiving at our house with my family then partook in very light Black-Friday shopping including purchasing Turbo to watch for Family movie night (cute move!)</li><li>Went on our annual trip to the Christmas Tree Farm</li><li>I ran Santa Runs 5K with many running buddies </li><li><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"></span></span></span>Hosted Christmas at our house</li><li><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"></span></span></span>Had 2 full weeks off from work and did NOTHING bit spend time together <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">and shop a little</i></li><li><span style="font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"></span></span></span>Watched the Seahawks WIN!! And lots other football.</li></ul><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Tall Mom:</b> I am 5 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight <i>and holding</i>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Breastfeeding is going great, although I am starving and thirsty all the time!!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I drink water like a crazy person and am still thirsty.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I am PROUD that I have been able to keep up with the breast feeding. I was not successful with the boys mainly because I hated not knowing how much food they were getting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Little lady is a champ feeder and I love the cuddle time.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>My office recently completed a Mother’s room which is so peaceful for the pumping breaks...before I was using a small office in HR which worked but was not fantastic.&nbsp; I am not sure how long I will keep it up, but at this rate 1 year does not seem too tough.&nbsp; My original goal was 6 months ad we are almost there!!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> &nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">When the New Year came I thought about goals a little….<span style="color: lime;"> <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">I have no resolutions this year</b></span>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Being present with my kids, husband, friends, etc. is a focus for sure.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I need to put away my phone and not check Facebook every 2 seconds.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>As for running and working out, I am not very motivated right now, I feel physically drained and do not like being away from the baby.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It is a struggle and that is OK.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="color: lime;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">My goal is to get back into Onederland</b></span> (under 200lbs) by the time she is 1 year.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I have 12 pounds to go so I will need to get back to moving and eating better ASAP.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">There are some fun local races coming up in the next few months.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I need to get registered and start training.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Having a race on the schedule is fun for me.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I REALLY loved Santa Runs this year because most of my running buddies were there, like old times.&nbsp; I ran a 25:53 which is 8:21 pace and under my 26 minute goal.&nbsp; I placed 8th in my age group.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The social aspect keeps me smiling; I am not shooting for PR’s these days <span style="color: lime;"><b>I am shooting for PE- Personal enjoyment</b></span>.<span style="font-family: Wingdings; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-char-type: symbol; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-symbol-font-family: Wingdings;"><span style="mso-char-type: symbol; mso-symbol-font-family: Wingdings;"></span></span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I have put in years with loads of miles, earned PR’s I will probably never hit again, run 6 Marathons, 14 Half Marathons…. I run because I enjoy it period.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This year is about finding ways to fit it in my busy life and ENJOYING the miles.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-txB0IZj3x8g/UtayDi8QguI/AAAAAAAAPIc/lA8Fp_-UTu4/s1600/Santa+Runs+2013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-txB0IZj3x8g/UtayDi8QguI/AAAAAAAAPIc/lA8Fp_-UTu4/s320/Santa+Runs+2013.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Muscle Man:</b><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>As usual my husband is AMAZING!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He has adjusted to having 3 kids magnificently.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Out little lady does not like to nap, I am unsure how he gets anything done during the day.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>With the weather being a bit colder I can tell he is getting cabin fever and really wants to run and workout.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>As a Seahawks fan he is on cloud nine right now<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="color: lime;">He has a goal to run at least 1 mile every day this year</span></b>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I am supporting him 100%, so far he is 13 days in and going strong, including an unplanned 7 mile trail run where he was exploring a new area and got a little lost.. OOP! </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Little Stud #1:</b>Turned 8 in early November and wanted a small family get-together.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He is at the top of his class for reading and math.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He does not like to read which is a bummer since he is so good at it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Our big boy is very helpful with that baby and his brother.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>We have dealt with some minor jealousy issues but nothing that a little extra TLC can’t fix.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Little Stud #2: </b>He is doing well in school and well liked by his teacher.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This kid is always moving, twirling things in his hands and making noise at home, so I was not sure what to expect when he started Kindergarten.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It was a great surprise to hear the good things his teacher has to say.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I love the funny things that this almost 6 year old says.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>He turns 6 this month and is having a Disney Planes themed party.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Minnie Me:</b> She is about 5 1/2 months.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Her happy and smiley personality is so fun.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> She is sitting up unassisted and is super strong.&nbsp; She loves playing with her brothers and peek-a-boo with Mommy and Daddy.&nbsp; She is down to waking about once a night around 3am which works great for me.&nbsp; She loves to shop with me and naps or just looks around.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">And for your enjoyment here are some fun pictures... All the best- Tall Mom</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Cep7IzkclEY/Utau2qelh9I/AAAAAAAAPIA/wyMmk2HKun0/s1600/Family+2013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="255" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Cep7IzkclEY/Utau2qelh9I/AAAAAAAAPIA/wyMmk2HKun0/s320/Family+2013.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jvdC5PMXigY/Utau1zTjvlI/AAAAAAAAPHw/oAwLn-iHdzc/s1600/Christmas+2014+(4).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jvdC5PMXigY/Utau1zTjvlI/AAAAAAAAPHw/oAwLn-iHdzc/s320/Christmas+2014+(4).jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3UbzbaUWsHU/Utau1b6Dd6I/AAAAAAAAPIE/8XNkuyndRaA/s1600/Christmas+2014+(2).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3UbzbaUWsHU/Utau1b6Dd6I/AAAAAAAAPIE/8XNkuyndRaA/s320/Christmas+2014+(2).jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pS7q1dV0Fj8/Utau1JY17OI/AAAAAAAAPHg/feamn9zQsMQ/s1600/Christmas+2014+(1).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pS7q1dV0Fj8/Utau1JY17OI/AAAAAAAAPHg/feamn9zQsMQ/s320/Christmas+2014+(1).jpg" width="227" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Klg6jNFubic/Utau15FU2gI/AAAAAAAAPH4/CrU4Ee1yHUQ/s1600/Christmas+2014+(3).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Klg6jNFubic/Utau15FU2gI/AAAAAAAAPH4/CrU4Ee1yHUQ/s320/Christmas+2014+(3).jpg" width="213" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MeSc4I9UH00/Utau3MRMVQI/AAAAAAAAPIY/gy7W1beYlJA/s1600/Seahawks+Kids.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MeSc4I9UH00/Utau3MRMVQI/AAAAAAAAPIY/gy7W1beYlJA/s320/Seahawks+Kids.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-54YgTdazYLA/Utau0gIaK2I/AAAAAAAAPHs/j03vowXEhww/s1600/1-11-14+%25281%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-54YgTdazYLA/Utau0gIaK2I/AAAAAAAAPHs/j03vowXEhww/s320/1-11-14+%25281%2529.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Zt-Tcpqxvxc/Utau0m6T-ZI/AAAAAAAAPHk/tv0XRlLT5GM/s1600/1-11-14+%25282%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Zt-Tcpqxvxc/Utau0m6T-ZI/AAAAAAAAPHk/tv0XRlLT5GM/s320/1-11-14+%25282%2529.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bOyxEelxnaw/Utau0vP4VxI/AAAAAAAAPHo/CzW_83NByWg/s1600/1-11-14+%25283%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bOyxEelxnaw/Utau0vP4VxI/AAAAAAAAPHo/CzW_83NByWg/s320/1-11-14+%25283%2529.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="color: lime;"><b>GO SEAHAWKS!!!!</b></span></span></span></div>Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com22tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-79921329995289750632013-12-09T18:21:00.005-08:002013-12-09T18:21:55.336-08:00TIME is flyingWow it has been FOREVER since I have found time to Blog.&nbsp; I have a few adorable reasons that have kept me away from the computer, baby girl cries whenever Mommy starts typing.&nbsp; With Christmas just around the corner it is the best time for me to post my review of <strong><a href="http://watchco.com/">Watchco.com</a></strong>, I was contacted to review a watch of my choice, and believe me it was a TOUGH choice.&nbsp; I narrowed it down to a&nbsp;couple brands that really stood out <a href="http://www.watchco.com/citizen-watches/" target="_blank">Citizen</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.watchco.com/tokyobay-watches/" target="_blank">TOKYObay</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5pgA4-69tuc/UqZ20B8aV6I/AAAAAAAAPG4/0f61YEiPLSg/s1600/Watchco.com+Citizen.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5pgA4-69tuc/UqZ20B8aV6I/AAAAAAAAPG4/0f61YEiPLSg/s320/Watchco.com+Citizen.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br />I chose the Citizen Watch above- <strong><u><a href="http://www.watchco.com/citizen-watches/eco-drive/fb1158-55d.html" target="_blank">Citizen Women's Eco-Drive Sport Chronograph Stainless</a></u></strong>.&nbsp; This watch is amazingly light weight, classy and easy to read.&nbsp; Other than running a little big on me (I need to remove a link or two) this watch is great to wear every day.&nbsp;I&nbsp;expected this watch to be heavy and was surprised when it felt more like a bracelet.&nbsp; <br /><br /><strong><u>Watch Details:</u></strong><br /><br /><table class="data-table" id="product-attribute-specs-table"><tbody><tr class="even"><th class="label">Model Number</th><td class="data last">FB1158-55D</td></tr><tr class="odd"><th class="label">Gender</th><td class="data last">Womens</td></tr><tr class="even"><th class="label">Display</th><td class="data last">Chronograph </td></tr><tr class="odd"><th class="label">Movement</th><td class="data last">Eco-Drive</td></tr><tr class="even"><th class="label">Crystal</th><td class="data last">Mineral </td></tr><tr class="odd"><th class="label">Case Material</th><td class="data last">Stainless steel </td></tr><tr class="even"><th class="label">Case Color</th><td class="data last">Silver</td></tr><tr class="odd"><th class="label">Case Diameter</th><td class="data last">35mm </td></tr><tr class="even"><th class="label">Case Thickness</th><td class="data last">11mm</td></tr><tr class="odd"><th class="label">Band Width</th><td class="data last">18mm</td></tr><tr class="even"><th class="label">Band Color</th><td class="data last">Silver</td></tr><tr class="odd"><th class="label">Band Type</th><td class="data last">Bracelet</td></tr><tr class="even"><th class="label">Dial Color</th><td class="data last">Silver</td></tr><tr class="odd"><th class="label">Warranty</th><td class="data last">Five-year</td></tr><tr class="last even"><th class="label">Water Resistance</th><td class="data last">100m <a class="tooltip" href="http://www.watchco.com/citizen-watches/eco-drive/fb1158-55d.html#"><img border="0" src="http://static.watchco.com/helpicon.png" /></a></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><strong>What they say about their brand:</strong><br /><div aria-expanded="true" aria-hidden="false" aria-labelledby="ui-id-3" class="ui-tabs-panel ui-widget-content ui-corner-bottom" id="tabs-4" role="tabpanel" style="display: block;">Citizen Watch Company was established in 1924. The founding fathers selected the name Citizen so it would be "close to the hearts of people everywhere", and soon after adopted the company's formal name, Citizen Watch Company.&nbsp; During the last seventy-five years, Citizen has expanded its business throughout the world and has achieved recognition as a global watch brand. The past 25 year period has coincided with the company's dramatic rise to its current position as the world's largest watchmaker, a distinction Citizen has held every year since 1986.&nbsp; Beyond sheer size, Citizen is also recognized as a worldwide leader in advanced technology. From the world's slimmest LCD watch to the first voice recognition watch and the world's first professional dive watch with an electronic depth sensor, Citizen's record of "world's firsts" is unmatched. More recently, Citizen Watch Company has staked out a new position as the leader in Ecologically-friendly timekeeping with its Eco-Drive collection of light- powered watches. With models ranging from dress watches to sport watches, to professional dive watches, Citizen Eco-Drive runs continuously in any kind of natural or artificial light for a lifetime use. Fueled by light, it never needs a battery.<br /><br />The watch I nearly chose was from TOKYObay below-<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wSgmLaWyHxc/UqZ4vaVn3qI/AAAAAAAAPHE/mAZqVncLwiI/s1600/Watchco.com+ToKYObay.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wSgmLaWyHxc/UqZ4vaVn3qI/AAAAAAAAPHE/mAZqVncLwiI/s320/Watchco.com+ToKYObay.jpg" width="240" /></a></div>I don't usually wear leather bands, but how cool is the look of&nbsp;this watch?!?!?!&nbsp; Hmmm maybe Muscle Man will read this and pick up a last minute gift for me.<br /><br /><strong><span style="color: blue; font-size: large;">Head over to Watchco.com and check out their Holiday gift guide, shop with FREE shipping on orders over $50.&nbsp; From kids watches, to high end amazingness you cant go wrong.</span></strong><br /><br /><em>**Note- I was sent a watch for review free of charge, however my opinions are my own.</em></div>Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-89268441887138392382013-09-26T07:09:00.001-07:002013-09-26T07:09:42.374-07:00Baby Growth Week by WeekHard to believe but our <span style="color: magenta;"><b>baby girl is 2 months</b></span> already!!&nbsp; The adjustment going from 2 kids to 3 kids has been pretty easy on me and Muscle Man, although having a baby around means much less downtime.&nbsp; The boys are in love with their sister and seeing her react to them with a smile melts my heart.&nbsp; What a blessing to have 3 miracles in our lives.&nbsp;<br /><br />I have been back to work nearly 2 weeks now.&nbsp; It has been an adjustment.&nbsp; I find that I am OK in the morning, but by afternoon I miss her like crazy making it difficult to focus.&nbsp; I do my 'Mom Duty' in a little conference room which is a bit strange as well but I am getting used to it, it saves us money and keeps my baby girl healthy so I will keep it up.&nbsp; I am TIRED by the end of the day which has put a damper on my running... <span style="color: lime;"><b>Although last night I was able to bust out a PPPR- Post Pregnancy Personal Record running a 5K</b></span> in our HILLY neighborhood with MM.&nbsp; We finished with a 28:27, my goal was sub 30 so I was pretty thrilled. Taking baby steps to getting my speed back, for now I will push it when I have juice in the tank.<br /><br />Below is photo proof of her growth, I was not great at taking photos on the exact day week by week but close enough.<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jPjRL8xC0cI/UkNZcc5Ex1I/AAAAAAAAO-o/gi51Snit_wA/s1600/1+week.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jPjRL8xC0cI/UkNZcc5Ex1I/AAAAAAAAO-o/gi51Snit_wA/s320/1+week.jpg" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">1 Week- barely focusing with no hand control</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-01l1lZUyz2Y/UkNZcVeTYqI/AAAAAAAAO-8/whwzR1ZDPhE/s1600/2+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-01l1lZUyz2Y/UkNZcVeTYqI/AAAAAAAAO-8/whwzR1ZDPhE/s320/2+weeks.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">2 Weeks- The sleepy stage</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jtmzJXo9OBQ/UkQ5XG_nM6I/AAAAAAAAPAM/nKK8Y9kkgTo/s1600/2013-+Quinn+053.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jtmzJXo9OBQ/UkQ5XG_nM6I/AAAAAAAAPAM/nKK8Y9kkgTo/s320/2013-+Quinn+053.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">3 Weeks- More alert and tracking those around her</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QCPmgkhNvmA/UkNZdOzjzoI/AAAAAAAAO_A/awGm49ucbbE/s1600/4+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QCPmgkhNvmA/UkNZdOzjzoI/AAAAAAAAO_A/awGm49ucbbE/s320/4+weeks.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">4 weeks- Seeing real smiles off and on</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tAqgpMLMsVA/UkQ54CXuC4I/AAAAAAAAPAU/lN6t0T6aiWE/s1600/5+Weeks+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tAqgpMLMsVA/UkQ54CXuC4I/AAAAAAAAPAU/lN6t0T6aiWE/s320/5+Weeks+1.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">5 Weeks- Starting to get into a routine, she LOVES to sleep on Mommy and Daddy</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1CaTL_zydsY/UkNZdjljoJI/AAAAAAAAO_M/g1JLpK8AX5I/s1600/6+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1CaTL_zydsY/UkNZdjljoJI/AAAAAAAAO_M/g1JLpK8AX5I/s320/6+weeks.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">6 Weeks- Really showing her personality and getting cuter by the minute</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1LCUAyK6mYA/UkNZdhrWijI/AAAAAAAAO_Q/ExBBK2UQq2M/s1600/7+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1LCUAyK6mYA/UkNZdhrWijI/AAAAAAAAO_Q/ExBBK2UQq2M/s320/7+weeks.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">7 Weeks- Sleeping beauty loves to nap in her carseat and the jogging stroller</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Qawh_UyHAFo/UkNZeJi_f8I/AAAAAAAAO_U/NqYDJIRkQLI/s1600/8+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Qawh_UyHAFo/UkNZeJi_f8I/AAAAAAAAO_U/NqYDJIRkQLI/s320/8+weeks.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">8 Weeks- Smiling, making eye contact and playing little games with Mommy.</td></tr></tbody></table>I will take her 2 Month photo tonight, hoping to catch her dimple in the photo but she makes funny faces with the camera/flash come out.&nbsp; For my own record here are a few more details about Minnie-Me at 2 months old.<br /><br /><span style="color: magenta;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Likes:</b></span></span><br /><ul><li>Napping on Mom and Dad</li><li>Watching her brothers play</li><li>Her carseat</li><li>Helping Daddy around the house in the baby carrier</li><li>Bright colors</li><li>Bathtime</li><li>Her swing</li><li>Visits from Grandma and Auntie</li><li>Sucking on her hands</li></ul><span style="color: cyan;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Dislikes:</b></span></span><br /><ul><li>Pacifier, she may take one when she is really tired but overall she is not a fan</li><li>Wet/dirty diaper, she wants to be changed almost immediately</li><li>Being cold after the bath</li><li>Going to sleep before 9:30 or 10 at night</li><li>Waiting to be fed</li><li>Hats, she will pull them off</li><li>When Daddy is loud cheering on his team or sneezing</li><li>The dark </li></ul>This girl is a smiley and happy baby.&nbsp; She loves to coo like she is having a conversation.&nbsp; If I take my eyes off her when she is sitting with me when I look back down she will be watching me with the prettiest smile.&nbsp; She does not like to cry in general, she really only fusses when she is getting tired.&nbsp; If we stand up and rock her she stops almost instantly.&nbsp; Her schedule is not set in stone yet but Daddy and her are getting into a rhythm during the day.&nbsp; I am hoping that bedtime will be 9pm soon, in the mean time I am cherishing the extra time with her at night.<br /><br />On the running front I have a 5K I may run next weekend...although I dont feel fit to race it will be fun to get back out there.&nbsp; I will keep you posted if I do run.<br /><br />Hope everyone is doing great... and as Ellen says "Be Kind to One Another."Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-60068708041188110872013-09-09T18:11:00.000-07:002013-09-09T18:11:16.041-07:00Running and a 6 week updateI am so excited to write a post about RUNNING!!!!&nbsp; Last week Muscle Man, me and the family recorder 13.3 miles.&nbsp; I was cleared by the doctor and am feeling back to normal.<br /><br />If you want to follow my training you can find me on Dailymile <strong><a href="http://www.dailymile.com/people/tallmomontherun" target="_blank">HERE</a></strong>.&nbsp; <br /><br /><strong>Labor Day 5K- Pace: 11:33</strong><br />First post baby real run.&nbsp; I pushed Minnie-Me in her carseat/jogger while Muscle Man pushed the Little studs in the double.&nbsp; I am fully aware that we are well beyond the weight capacity in the jogger, but our boys are not interested in riding bikes, so we are stuck.&nbsp; We stopped 3 times during the run but not because I needed to stop.<br /><br /><strong>9/5 5K- Pace: 10:11</strong><br />Muscle Man pushed the little ones so I got to run normal.&nbsp; We kept a good pace and I pushed it the last half mile, which felt AMAZING!!<br /><br /><strong>9/6 4 miles- Pace 10:23</strong><br />My knee was a little sore and it was humid and muggy.&nbsp; I wanted to go beyond the 5K mark so we took the long way :)<br /><br /><strong>9/8 Hilly 5K- Pace 11:33</strong><br />This was a Sunday so we had all the kiddos which meant 2 strollers.&nbsp; We took the sidewalks in a local neighborhood with a GIANT hill.&nbsp; We walked the hill which impacted our overall pace.&nbsp; My quads were pretty sore after.<br /><br /><strong>9/9- Pace 10:17</strong><br />It was a crisp morning, we dropped both boys off at school!!&nbsp; Little Stud #2 is in Kindergarten and LS#1 is in second grade.&nbsp; Minnie-Me was sleeping and stayed asleep the whole run, such a good baby!!&nbsp; My knee was a little sore to start but warmed up quickly.&nbsp; The trail is packed with Fisheman.&nbsp; We set out from Orting so we could go to the bakery after, but it is closed on Moondays, BUMMER!<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mT-0QvMKLRA/Ui5u_tRgogI/AAAAAAAAO9w/ZTXbPxfDJiI/s1600/First+Day+of+School+2013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mT-0QvMKLRA/Ui5u_tRgogI/AAAAAAAAO9w/ZTXbPxfDJiI/s320/First+Day+of+School+2013.jpg" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">First Day of school 2013</td></tr></tbody></table>Yep 13.3 miles total&nbsp;last week at 6 weeks post baby!&nbsp; I am very proud of that.&nbsp; Staying active during pregnancy was key to being able to get back to running so quickly.&nbsp; I am sad to report that next Monday I return to work... BOOOOO!!&nbsp; It is going to be hard to leave Minnie-Me and I have truly enjoyed running with hubby anytime I want.&nbsp; But Muscle Man is a stay at home Daddy so she will be in good hands and he said he will come visit me for lunch!!<br /><br /><strong>So how is our little lady??</strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zYfe4RCzbG0/Ui5rW3NLxKI/AAAAAAAAO9M/Q5gks0EuOJI/s1600/6+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zYfe4RCzbG0/Ui5rW3NLxKI/AAAAAAAAO9M/Q5gks0EuOJI/s320/6+weeks.jpg" width="240" /></a></div>We went on our first shopping trip together, she slept the whole time.&nbsp; she also came with me to lunch with my co-workers and slept the whole time.&nbsp; And has slept the whole time on ALL of our runs... Yes she loves he carseat, which is GREAT!!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pCOEEoQUSHY/Ui5rXH2-JTI/AAAAAAAAO9U/LdyhzRacElQ/s1600/Pretty+in+Yellow.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pCOEEoQUSHY/Ui5rXH2-JTI/AAAAAAAAO9U/LdyhzRacElQ/s320/Pretty+in+Yellow.jpg" width="240" /></a></div>&nbsp;Proof of her favorite place to sleep.&nbsp; Muscle Man jokes that if he needs a break during the day he just needs to drive around the block.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9XXsbBrP-nU/Ui5raHF7ZII/AAAAAAAAO9k/_UxA0J-vEls/s1600/Sleepy+Baby.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9XXsbBrP-nU/Ui5raHF7ZII/AAAAAAAAO9k/_UxA0J-vEls/s320/Sleepy+Baby.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>This week is transition week for us</strong>.&nbsp; What does that mean?&nbsp;A few things.&nbsp;&nbsp;We transitioned&nbsp;baby to her crib, this will help me to sleep better and&nbsp;help so I dont wake her up when I get ready for work.&nbsp; The first night was ROUGH I was very anxious, but with a few nights now I feel GREAT!&nbsp; She likes her crib and needed the room since she loves to&nbsp;have her arms above her head.&nbsp; I have a night light in her room and play white noise while she sleeps, I think it helps for her to not feel alone.&nbsp; She is on a schedule to sleep for about 4.5 to 5 hours, up to nurse and be changed, back down and up about 2.5 to 3 hours later.&nbsp; This schedule will work well as I would like to nurse before I leave for the day.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Another transition is getting her used to the bottle.&nbsp; I have been pumping to get the reserves stocked but also keeping a few ounces in the fridge for Muscle Man to feed her.&nbsp; I figure this will help since she will be bottle fed during the day.&nbsp; She seems OK with this but&nbsp;it is not her favorite.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Moving the work clothes to transition back to work wear.&nbsp;&nbsp;My pants are a little snug but will work.&nbsp; I may be wearing dresses a lot until things tighten up again.&nbsp;</div><div align="left" class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rIcLvnzcjVQ/Ui5rYvG42mI/AAAAAAAAO9g/uKZ3U_c0uhc/s1600/Quinn+and+Mommy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-rIcLvnzcjVQ/Ui5rYvG42mI/AAAAAAAAO9g/uKZ3U_c0uhc/s320/Quinn+and+Mommy.jpg" width="263" /></a></div>I am still not 100% set on her Blog nickname but Minnie-Me works for now.&nbsp; As you can see she is my little clone, matching nose, ears, lips and dimple....BUT she has Muscle Mans blue eyes!!&nbsp; <br /><br />Well she needs me so I better log off..<br /><br />Blessing to all!!Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-20340690750007934762013-08-28T13:27:00.002-07:002013-08-28T13:27:48.054-07:00Tall Baby 1 Month Update1 month already!! Time has flown by and has been great.&nbsp; I am really enjoying having the Summer off with my family and getting to know our little lady.&nbsp; With 4 weeks left in my leave I am savoring every moment.&nbsp; I am not sure what I want to do on the blog for updates for her, afterall this is a Running Blog.&nbsp; Will see??&nbsp; I have my 5 week checkup next week, hoping the Dr. will clear me to run, I have tried a little and felt great other than needing more support.&nbsp; I had tried to get weekly photos but now am hopeful for good 1 month photos, below is my first attempt.&nbsp; I plan to always have the pillow, bear and block in the photo which will really show her growth.<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EtxssNQCrSI/Uh5ZRFxPg0I/AAAAAAAAO5w/GHJ5gQvSWQQ/s1600/1+Month+Old.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EtxssNQCrSI/Uh5ZRFxPg0I/AAAAAAAAO5w/GHJ5gQvSWQQ/s320/1+Month+Old.jpg" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo take 8-26 at 1 month- she was a bit stunned by the flash which made for a funny face</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nW4UNkxEjvA/Uh5ZQ6YvtbI/AAAAAAAAO5s/Z9lNhjAzZ5U/s1600/1+Month.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nW4UNkxEjvA/Uh5ZQ6YvtbI/AAAAAAAAO5s/Z9lNhjAzZ5U/s320/1+Month.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Photo taken 8-28 after her 1 month checkup</td></tr></tbody></table><h2>1 Month:</h2><strong>Weight:</strong> 12.2 pounds 95%&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Height:</strong> 24 inches 95%<br /><br /><strong>Special Moments</strong>: We went on a family vacation to Lincoln City Oregon, it was awesome.&nbsp; Baby slept for most of the beach trips and was a good girl overall.&nbsp; Travelling with an infant is hard but we made the best of it.&nbsp; I did not eat as well as I hoped but thankful for nursing I didn't gain any weight!!&nbsp; It was great to relax and watch the boys explore and play.&nbsp; I did not want having a baby to impact the boys summer, and this trip was key to the fun factor.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GVg19sN1asQ/Uh5Zqdw2umI/AAAAAAAAO58/lnqNXZY17CI/s1600/Family+Beach.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GVg19sN1asQ/Uh5Zqdw2umI/AAAAAAAAO58/lnqNXZY17CI/s320/Family+Beach.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ltqS5_tVMt0/Uh5Zq1FRfJI/AAAAAAAAO6A/pcPN9if4_Ag/s1600/Peaceful.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ltqS5_tVMt0/Uh5Zq1FRfJI/AAAAAAAAO6A/pcPN9if4_Ag/s320/Peaceful.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WrJFhpi2o_4/Uh5Z9YzGhfI/AAAAAAAAO6M/7_GJ7tBcCkc/s1600/Tall+Mom+on+Vacation.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WrJFhpi2o_4/Uh5Z9YzGhfI/AAAAAAAAO6M/7_GJ7tBcCkc/s320/Tall+Mom+on+Vacation.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br /><strong>Notable Accomplishments:</strong> SMILES!!&nbsp; This little lady is already starting to smile, which is amazing.&nbsp; She smiles more for Muscle Man, she seems to only think about food when I talk.&nbsp; She tracks with her eyes and makes great eye contact.&nbsp; She loves to play with her brother on the activity mat.&nbsp; LOVES her carseat which served us well when stuck in traffic on our way home 5+ hour trip!<br /><br /><strong>Sleep:</strong>&nbsp; We have been working on a good schedule for her, although vacation messed with it a bit.&nbsp; We have found that if we keep her up from 5pm on she sleeps best, as a general rule no naps longer than 20minutes in the evening.&nbsp; She likes to go down about 10PM, up around 2:30AM for a quick diaper and to eat, up again about 6:00AM, and up for the day about 8:30 or 9:00AM.&nbsp; I am guessing that I will be able to reduce the feedings soon and maybe go down to once a night.&nbsp; Either way I am HAPPY!&nbsp; Our Little Studs were up every 2 hours for a long time....so having her quick turn and back to bed is AMAZING!&nbsp; It is going to be tough when I have to put her in her crib, for now bassinet is great.<br /><br /><strong>Mom's Recovery</strong>: 7 pounds to pre-baby weight!!&nbsp; I feel like my loose belly skin is showing more these days but that could have been from poor diet on vacation.&nbsp; My clothes almost fit but are tight in the thighs and waist.&nbsp; I purchased a couple pair of $19 jeans at&nbsp;Old Navy to hold me over until I can run my thighs back into shape.&nbsp;Other than slight back pain&nbsp;and headaches (dehydration from breast feeding??)&nbsp;I have been GREAT!&nbsp; Dr.&nbsp;apt next week will tell us for sure.&nbsp; Muscle Man is looking forward to having his running partner back, although we don't yet have a plan for carting 3 kiddos on the run.<br /><br />There you have it.&nbsp; I HOPE that my next post will be about my first run post baby and an update on races I have registered for.<br /><br /><br />Wishing you Well- Tall MomMel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-75023978633805225752013-08-13T16:19:00.004-07:002013-08-13T16:19:51.405-07:00Welcome Baby Girl<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FzrWlx7UEfs/Ugq61QX0KiI/AAAAAAAAO3w/Zj_jLSUS8SM/s1600/Tall+Baby+First+Wedding.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FzrWlx7UEfs/Ugq61QX0KiI/AAAAAAAAO3w/Zj_jLSUS8SM/s320/Tall+Baby+First+Wedding.jpg" width="240" /></a></div>Sorry I have been MIA I am a little busy enjoying our new addition and spending time with my boys and Muscle Man.&nbsp; Maternity leave in the Summer with a Stay-at-home Dad is AWESOME!!<br /><br />Baby Girl came into the world on 7-26 at 10:57AM weighing 9'15 and 21.5 inches.&nbsp; BIG BABY, I am not sure where I was hiding her, guess it pays to be TALL!<br /><br />Last post talked about the the failed induction, after that I had a sour taste in my mouth for induction and prayed that baby would come on her own.&nbsp; 4 days later she did..<br /><br /><strong><u>TALL BIRTH STORY:</u></strong><br /><br />About Midnight I started to feel some cramping, it woke me up but I was able to flip over and get some relief.&nbsp; This continued throughout the night about every 30 minutes and then getting closer and more intense.&nbsp; At 4AM the contractions were coming stronger so I got up to take a shower and start getting ready.&nbsp; I woke Muscle Man at 4:30AM and we let Uncle Marky know that we were going to the hospital, he had stayed overnight to watch the Little Studs.<br /><br />We called the hospital, ANNOYING to talk to the people this is baby #3 I know what a real contraction is.&nbsp; By the time we left the contractions were 2 minutes apart.&nbsp; We arrived and I had to fill out some more ANNOYING paperwork while working through contractions.&nbsp; They put us in a triage room to check me, I was already dialated to 5cm so they put us in our real room.<br /><br />The BEST part was that I ended up with Gretchen a nurse we had met earlier the week who was a Runner and my good friend Tammy's neighbor.&nbsp; Gretchen was training Jessica who was also amazing!!&nbsp; By about 7:30AM I was in major pain and opted for an epidural, the Dr. was great, I barely felt anything and had some movement in my legs.&nbsp; Once the meds hit Muscle Man and I took a nap for about 90 minutes.<br /><br />By the time we woke they decided to check me again, I was at a 10!!!!&nbsp; Amazing I could be so relaxed while my body did the work.&nbsp; Trouble was my Dr. and Tall Sister had not arrived yet.&nbsp; There was another Dr. there who checked me and said we could wait since baby was still at a high station.&nbsp; Thankfully I had the epidural or I would not have cared to wait.&nbsp; Both arrived and it was time to PUSH!&nbsp; I am a good pusher, this I already knew, so when it was time I went for it.&nbsp; About 5 pushes or 5 minutes, not sure, and Baby Girl was born.<br /><br />I asked Muscle Man to check and tell me 100% that we had a girl, confirmed.&nbsp; They put her on my chest and she stopped crying and was cozy with Mommy.&nbsp; Her birth was so peaceful and wonderful I could not have asked for a better experience all around.<br /><br />The first night was a little tough since she was so big and I was not producing milk yet, she was up often and when she was sleeping I was staring at her.&nbsp; We were able to leave the hospital the next day at 3pm once she and I were cleared.&nbsp; I felt GREAT the whole time, very little pain and lots of energy.<br /><br />She is now 2 1/2 weeks old and a complete JOY!&nbsp; We have gone on walks, went to the zoo, went to a wedding and really enjoyed our family time.&nbsp; We are learning her sounds and needs.&nbsp; She is up a couple times a night generally to get a diaper change, nurse then back to her bassinet.&nbsp; We were due for a good sleeper, and are feeling very BLESSED!!&nbsp;&nbsp;Her carseat is her favorite place to sleep, making car trips a breeze.&nbsp; <br /><br />I was not successful with breast feeding with the Little Studs so although it is new I feel like she and I are doing a good job with it.&nbsp; I even fed her while the boys played at the park, whole new world for me!&nbsp; One thing about Breast Feeding is it makes me HUNGRY and THIRSTY!!&nbsp; WOW!!<br /><br />On a personal note I am 9 pounds from my pre-baby weight!!&nbsp; There is still some puffy tummy but I am super happy with how I feel and look.<br /><br />Baby knows when I have food on my plate and when I am on the computer....so I must depart.&nbsp; Hope to Blog again soon but I cant promise anything #priorities.<br /><br /><br />All the Best,<br /><br />Tall Mom and Family<br /><br />Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com15tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-49283063445781088252013-07-25T12:22:00.000-07:002013-07-25T12:22:09.142-07:00Pregnancy week 40!!I truly cant believe that I am still pregnant!!&nbsp; My whole pregnancy I had a feeling that I would have her early.&nbsp; This lead me to end work earlier than planned and make a few other choices that I am now regretting :(&nbsp; Our unborn child is already teaching me that I cant plan everything as much as I would like to.<br /><br />On my due date we had scheduled an elective induction, I made this decision for a couple reasons but it really came down to childcare for the boys and not taking more time than necessary off of work.&nbsp; The plan was that the hospital would call after 5am on Monday 7/22...&nbsp; We dropped the boys with Tall Grandma the night before and settled in, both Muscle Man and I hardly slept.&nbsp; 5am came and went.. WAITING!! WAITING!!&nbsp; I called the hospital at 6:45am, they said I was second on the list and that they were very busy..<br /><br />We sat around the house ALL DAY waiting for the call.&nbsp; This was SUPER frustrating!! I called my Dr's office and the hospital again.&nbsp; Finally around 3pm they said we could come in at 7pm.&nbsp; Having been away from the boys all day we went to visit them for a while.<br /><br />Got checked in at the hospital and had the first TINY dose of Cytotec at about 9:30PM.&nbsp; It did nothing!&nbsp; Tall Sister, Muscle Man and I did what we could to pass the time.&nbsp; Eventually we settled in to sleep.&nbsp; I got the second bigger dose at about 1:30AM and thought for sure it would do something.. It didn't!!&nbsp; Baby's heartbeat was good so I tried to sleep more.<br /><br />Seemed like we waited forever for the next step.&nbsp; They began Pitocin the next morning.&nbsp; Again NOTHING!!&nbsp; Wow!!&nbsp; I could not believe that I was feeling no contractions.&nbsp; I had read a lot about inductions and the risks, etc. but nowhere did I recall seeing that it may not work.<br /><br />At about 1:30PM I was starting to think that we should stop, clearly baby was not ready..&nbsp; There was some confusion on who my nurse was as one had gone to lunch...they called my Dr., a lady came in with the table for delivery?!?!&nbsp; I found this very annoying, we were trying to decide if I was going home and someone brings in the delivery stuff, UGH!!&nbsp; My Dr. had the Dr. on call come in to check me.&nbsp; The Tall strong gal started talking about breaking my water, which I was TOTALLY against, I had not had one real contraction, there was no way I was going to let her do that.&nbsp; After checking me it was clear that baby girl was not moving toward the station to be able to deliver.&nbsp; We all decided it was time for me to head home.<br /><br />We had to wait 1 hour and monitor the baby while the Pitocin left my system.&nbsp; I felt horrible guilt for putting my body and baby through all of that.&nbsp; I started crying and could hardly stop.&nbsp; We headed home about 3pm.&nbsp; <br /><br />That was Tuesday, now it is Thursday and I am not feeling great.&nbsp; My body went through a lot so it is hard to tell if I am still recovering from that or if this is the early stages of real labor.&nbsp; Time will tell.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8b0B7mdD9w4/UfF1N5eNfqI/AAAAAAAAO3g/xfMJR-nQT08/s1600/40+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8b0B7mdD9w4/UfF1N5eNfqI/AAAAAAAAO3g/xfMJR-nQT08/s320/40+weeks.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Monday- 40 weeks Pregnant</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><br /><strong><u><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Pregnancy Week 40:</span><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span></u></strong><br /><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span><strong>Miles Run Pregnant:</strong> 225 total, done running at about 30 weeks.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Miles Walked Pregnant:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> I have not walked much, have heard mixed things about walking.&nbsp; Right now it is painful so I am resting mostly.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Weight Gained:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> 33 pounds total.&nbsp; Which is amazing!!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Current Cravings:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">&nbsp;the only thing that&nbsp;sounded good when we left the hospital was KFC&nbsp;boneless wings, they tasted AMAZING.&nbsp; I also am loving Velveeta shells and cheese macaroni.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Current Aversion:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Nothing really, but also not much sounds good.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Baby Likes:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Baby girl likes it when I lay on my left side, this was very clear in the hospital when I was on the heart rate monitor.&nbsp; I told the staff that she would calm down once I switched positions and it worked.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Baby Dislikes:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> At this point I think she dislikes getting into position to be born.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Excitement:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Her Birth!!&nbsp; When????</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Gripes:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Hormones.&nbsp; Feeling Guilt for my decisions.&nbsp; Failed induction.&nbsp; Feeling judged.&nbsp; Going past my due date.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Purchases:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Gifts from the baby to her big brothers for in the hospital.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">So there you have it.&nbsp; <strong><span style="color: lime;">Due date +3</span></strong> and not sure when baby will come into the world.&nbsp; In case you are curious we have tried SEVERAL natural induction methods.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"><strong><u>(Rumored) Ways to Naturally Induce Labor:</u></strong></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Walking</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Resting</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Sitting on a medicine ball</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Being on all 4's on the ground</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Eating Pineapple</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Intercourse</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Stimulation of upper region</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">And on and on</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">I don't eat spicy food so that it out</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">I may try to get a massage or reflexology today or tomorrow</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Thanks to everyone for the well wishes!&nbsp; Will keep you posted.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div>Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com21tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-46201020575466996192013-07-16T09:02:00.000-07:002013-07-16T09:02:28.568-07:0039 Weeks Pregnant<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">At 39 Weeks Pregnant yesterday it has been a bit CRAZY since my last post.&nbsp; For those of you who follow me on Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tall-Mom-on-the-Run/370010728420" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: blue; font-size: large;">HERE</span></strong></a>, you already know that at my 38 week apt last Wednesday the Dr. discovered that our little wiggly baby had moved from her head down to a breech position!!&nbsp; This was not even a worry in my mind, she had been head down since week 32.&nbsp; So I went home with some exercises and a plan to go to hospital for what I called the "flip appointment."&nbsp; </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">All weekend I did the exercises, walked and prayed.&nbsp; I was at peace with whatever had to happen.&nbsp; Tall Grandma took the boys on Sunday night so Muscle Man and I could get to the hospital at 7am.&nbsp; When we arrived they quickly hooked me up and my Dr. started the ultrasound...&nbsp; Her head was back down and I got a glimpse of her cute little cheeks!!&nbsp; What a relief.&nbsp; We spent more time completing the discharge papers than the actual apt.&nbsp; Since it was still early we went home, had breakfast, took a little nap, then went for a 2.5 mile sunny walk.&nbsp; It turned out better than I had hoped for, hope she keeps that head down.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I have another checkup tomorrow, will see if there are any signs of movement toward labor.&nbsp; In the mean time I am resting, walking, eating and enjoying time with my boys.&nbsp; It is a relief not to have to think about work and just BE this week!&nbsp; +- 6 days!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aIiYZlc_Q2E/UeVqMhAqi_I/AAAAAAAAO2s/0LirFX9pX6M/s1600/39+weeks+walk+with+my+love.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aIiYZlc_Q2E/UeVqMhAqi_I/AAAAAAAAO2s/0LirFX9pX6M/s320/39+weeks+walk+with+my+love.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OlbF9f8l5m4/UeVqPXXHwFI/AAAAAAAAO20/R6Z0QYeEcS0/s1600/39+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OlbF9f8l5m4/UeVqPXXHwFI/AAAAAAAAO20/R6Z0QYeEcS0/s320/39+weeks.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><strong><u><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Pregnancy Week 39:</span><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span></u></strong><br /><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span><strong>Miles Run Pregnant:</strong> 225 total, done running at about 30 weeks.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Miles Walked Pregnant:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> I have lost track, I think I am at 175.&nbsp; I plan to walk a lot this week to help get things MOVING toward meeting our baby girl.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Weight Gained:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> 32 pounds and holding.&nbsp; I am proud of this number and feel very fit.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Current Cravings:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Ice Cream, Fruit, Corn on the cob and Taco Bell&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Current Aversion:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Nothing really, but also not much sounds good.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Baby Likes:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Baby girl likes it when her Daddy and brothers talk to her, she calms almost immediatly.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Baby Dislikes:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Sleeping!!&nbsp; Hehe.. She has been moving in the middle of the night, making it a little tough for me to sleep.&nbsp; Hopefully this is not a preview of what is to come.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Excitement:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Being done with work and knowing that we will meet our baby girl in about a week!!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Gripes:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Not knowing when she will come and feeling like I am going to spoil plans of the people I love.&nbsp; This is a busy week for my family, but I cannot pick when she will come.&nbsp; As long as the boys are taken care of and Muscle Man is with me all will be fine.&nbsp; I am a planner so this all stresses me out.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Purchases:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Pedicures with Tall Sister.&nbsp; Shopping trip with Tall Grandma to get gripper socks and a robe.&nbsp; Nothing new for baby, we have so much already :)</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">I am hoping that the next post will have pictures of our newest addition!!&nbsp; Thank you for your well wishes and positive vibes.</span></div>Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-75308235018192296042013-07-10T10:00:00.001-07:002013-07-10T10:00:48.063-07:0038 Weeks Pregnant<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> <o:TargetScreenSize>1024x768</o:TargetScreenSize> 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mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Mexican food, blended coffee drinks, blueberries and frozen treats</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Current Aversion:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Smelly things that people cook in the work microwave, GROSS!!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New 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class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Excitement:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> I have decided to make this Friday my last day at work, although she is not due until July 22<sup>nd</sup>I am not feeling well and would like to spend the time with my boys.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Gripes:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Unsolicited opinions, I am too hormonal to hear it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I will do what is best for me and my baby PERIOD!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Swollen feet are sore, but this is not every day so I should not complain.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Insomnia is setting in, but I think that will subside when work stress is over. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Purchases:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> We bought a used once Baby Trend Double Jogging Stroller off craigslist for $90 and an almost new Baby Trend Single Jogging stroller for $20 at a Garage Sale.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The single works with our infant car seat.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>$110 for 2 Jogging strollers that will give us miles and miles, I could not be more thrilled!! </span></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZEpzETQEDpc/Ud2SrxiN4aI/AAAAAAAAO2I/zifr8YbV6Ew/s1600/July+2013+001.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZEpzETQEDpc/Ud2SrxiN4aI/AAAAAAAAO2I/zifr8YbV6Ew/s320/July+2013+001.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">First outing with the new Double Jogger and my BUMP</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EKhxXF4wEd4/Ud2Sr7coesI/AAAAAAAAO2M/b1Amvs8IzJk/s1600/July+2013+002.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EKhxXF4wEd4/Ud2Sr7coesI/AAAAAAAAO2M/b1Amvs8IzJk/s320/July+2013+002.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">This was take week 37 I think?</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ksQnWpM4OFs/Ud2SseGUMCI/AAAAAAAAO2U/2mSSM4Swddk/s1600/July+2013+003.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ksQnWpM4OFs/Ud2SseGUMCI/AAAAAAAAO2U/2mSSM4Swddk/s320/July+2013+003.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">We know LS#2 is too big for this stroller, but oh well we will make due.</td></tr></tbody></table>Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-34337450447303607202013-07-10T05:30:00.000-07:002013-07-10T10:04:31.486-07:00Tall Baby ShowerI had an AMAZING baby shower in Mid-May.&nbsp; Here are some of the highlights. Included are photos of all the women I have met through Blogging, Friends and Family also attended. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ED2T2ecNN0s/UcuiG6-oS-I/AAAAAAAAO1Q/kCaCbfbuVaA/s1600/IMG_9942.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ED2T2ecNN0s/UcuiG6-oS-I/AAAAAAAAO1Q/kCaCbfbuVaA/s320/IMG_9942.JPG" width="228" /></a></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MNMgF9Q7WeQ/UcuiXpu8hVI/AAAAAAAAO1Y/QSGKYU8Mbvc/s1600/IMG_9960.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MNMgF9Q7WeQ/UcuiXpu8hVI/AAAAAAAAO1Y/QSGKYU8Mbvc/s320/IMG_9960.JPG" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Alma and I bumping it up</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-605tqaICckM/Ucuii0VeqEI/AAAAAAAAO1g/y3J7fEExVwo/s1600/IMG_9961.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-605tqaICckM/Ucuii0VeqEI/AAAAAAAAO1g/y3J7fEExVwo/s320/IMG_9961.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Bloggers: Zoe, Alma, Kerrie and Chelsea</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tVfrcN4Fz1I/Ucui5lGNeQI/AAAAAAAAO1w/dHlwvVB38oc/s1600/IMG_9962.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tVfrcN4Fz1I/Ucui5lGNeQI/AAAAAAAAO1w/dHlwvVB38oc/s320/IMG_9962.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Yes we are cheeseballs- but that is the FUN part!!</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Li9IGmYdTMc/UcuiuXbTz2I/AAAAAAAAO1o/9Gr0j3tRETw/s1600/IMG_9958.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Li9IGmYdTMc/UcuiuXbTz2I/AAAAAAAAO1o/9Gr0j3tRETw/s320/IMG_9958.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Bloggy Buddy Tiffany</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-egm877Xv7xc/UcujG6cOfVI/AAAAAAAAO14/pNHJGys36j8/s1600/IMG_9936.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-egm877Xv7xc/UcujG6cOfVI/AAAAAAAAO14/pNHJGys36j8/s320/IMG_9936.JPG" width="228" /></a></div><div style="text-align: justify;"><b>We have EVERYTHING we need, her closet is FULL and I am BLESSED!</b></div>Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-57753826610756295862013-06-28T13:17:00.003-07:002013-06-28T13:17:46.623-07:0036 Weeks Pregnant<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> <o:TargetScreenSize>1024x768</o:TargetScreenSize> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><br /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> 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font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text1;">36 weeks, and some change, pregnant, +-25 days to our due date!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Although this is our 3<sup>rd</sup>child, I feel like I am starting over.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>LS #2 is 5 ½, we have been well beyond the baby stage for years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I can’t remember all of the little things about having an infant, but I know that when she is here it will all come back.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I am truly amazed by all the baby related products that have hit the scene in the last 5 years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The variety and astronomical prices!!!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>With one income we have relied on generous friends/family, garage sales, consignment shops and hand-me-downs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Her closet is full and we have everything we need for the first stages of her life.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text1;">Right now I feel very <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">ANXIOUS</b>!!&nbsp; Not about giving birth, I have done that and will make it through, I am more fit than I was with the boys so I am tempted to try without an epidural, but I am also a big wimp so I am not ruling anything out.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I am anxious about <span style="color: magenta;"><b>when she will come</b></span>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I have a strange feeling that she will be early, how early?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Who knows?<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Both boys were 5 days early, so possibly she will keep trend.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Bags are packed, work processes are documented, I feel as prepared as I can be, but I am still on edge.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text1;">I am way behind on posting pictures.. Posts to come with Baby Shower, Rock N Roll Seattle spectating and general bump growth.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text1;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><u><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Pregnancy Week 36:</span></u></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Miles Run Pregnant:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> 225 total, done running at about 30 weeks.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Miles Walked Pregnant:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> 158.3, I walk about 6-10 miles a week, I need new shoes!!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Weight Gained:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> 29 pounds</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Current Craving:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Mexican Food, Thai Food, Fruit and ice cream, this baby knows what she likes</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Current Aversion:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Any meat products.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I was able to have turkey meatloaf the other night but anything with any texture to it still makes me gag.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Baby Likes:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> She likes doing laps and pushing my belly to its limits.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>She is lucky that I am big and she has room to move…and move she does!!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>But she does not perform, the second I have someone put their hand on my belly she stops, little bugger.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Baby Dislikes:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> I am not sure if she dislikes it but whenever I lay on my right side she squirms constantly until I move positions.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I try to avoid it because it seems like she is in distress.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">Excitement:</span></b><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;"> Belly button is still an inny and my rings still fit.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Soon I will be able to shop for NORMAL clothes again.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>16 work days left if I make it to my due date, last work day will be July 19<sup>th</sup>!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Most exciting of all is meeting our Baby Girl next month!!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; 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mso-themecolor: text1;"> Lots of fun things using generous gift cards!!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Baby monitor, score on a swing at a yard sale for $7, diaper bag and super cute clothes.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-themecolor: text1;">&nbsp; </span></div>Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-82483084346030690322013-06-26T19:05:00.000-07:002013-06-26T19:05:31.004-07:00Baby Girl Nursery on a Budget<div style="clear: both; text-align: left;">With Baby #3 on the way and one income, we were on a budget.&nbsp; But I have never had a real nursery/baby room that I have designed and decorated so I really wanted to do it this time.&nbsp; The room was blue, so I knew that paint would be a must.&nbsp; I did not want to go gender neutral, so hopefully she likes pink :)&nbsp; Muscle Man learned how to put in a simple chair rail and had the room transformed in a couple days.&nbsp; The paint and supplies were a bit more than I would normally spend but I think it makes the room look classy and will really grow with her.</div><div style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OGJz76LZE9U/UcuXgXvAFMI/AAAAAAAAOzg/viLF4NXjFac/s1600/IMG_9821.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OGJz76LZE9U/UcuXgXvAFMI/AAAAAAAAOzg/viLF4NXjFac/s320/IMG_9821.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The crib and changing table came from a friend, and the mattress from another buddy.&nbsp; Since this was our guest room there is a Queen bed in the room, which we will keep for a while.&nbsp; I spent a bit on the dresser but it is something she will have for a long time and I got it on SALE so it really was not too much.&nbsp; </div><div align="left" class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1L6t8KKghvU/UcuVzgwibRI/AAAAAAAAOyY/1oSrQDwDiP0/s1600/IMG_9834.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1L6t8KKghvU/UcuVzgwibRI/AAAAAAAAOyY/1oSrQDwDiP0/s320/IMG_9834.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>&nbsp;My Mom had an antique dresser in the back yard that had once been my Grandmothers.&nbsp; One look at the wood and I had an idea.&nbsp; Muscle man took pieces and made me a shelf, and added hangers to the back. I found a decal at a local craft store and collected little decor from around the house.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-urUys3aVhCk/UcuV-wDQSCI/AAAAAAAAOyg/5rQ6-1AQom8/s1600/IMG_9840.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-urUys3aVhCk/UcuV-wDQSCI/AAAAAAAAOyg/5rQ6-1AQom8/s320/IMG_9840.JPG" width="213" /></a></div>&nbsp;The Little Studs LOVE to play in their sister's room, it is pretty cute!&nbsp; <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SY2o7_6NN4s/UcuWORlyehI/AAAAAAAAOyo/DuNbNbaK_Ak/s1600/IMG_9844.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="276" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SY2o7_6NN4s/UcuWORlyehI/AAAAAAAAOyo/DuNbNbaK_Ak/s320/IMG_9844.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>&nbsp;An old beaded&nbsp;frame with a graphic from a card and her first pair of converse purchased at a consignment store..&nbsp; Cute shelf decor that will eventually be worn.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dCWa7uEIzew/UcuWbsgCSgI/AAAAAAAAOyw/DrtqwMz3yzo/s1600/IMG_9835.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dCWa7uEIzew/UcuWbsgCSgI/AAAAAAAAOyw/DrtqwMz3yzo/s320/IMG_9835.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>&nbsp;I took this photo in our garden at our old house years ago.&nbsp; I entered it in a photo contest at work where they blew it up.&nbsp; Muscle Man took old pallet boards and made them into a frame that I spray painted.&nbsp; Total cost was $2.78 for the spray paint. <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7SM0L6yFvTM/UcuWoHaeFtI/AAAAAAAAOy4/eO2vaWcJ7ig/s1600/IMG_9825.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7SM0L6yFvTM/UcuWoHaeFtI/AAAAAAAAOy4/eO2vaWcJ7ig/s320/IMG_9825.JPG" width="213" /></a></div>&nbsp;I loved the shape of the mirror so splurged at Marshalls for $20, the window is small and only took 1 panel which was on sale for $6.98 at Bed Bath and Beyond.&nbsp; The lamp was $16 from Wal-Mart and is needed since there are no overhead lights in the room.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uiny2eITw34/UcuW115zhkI/AAAAAAAAOzA/monEs0XdQRY/s1600/IMG_9843.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uiny2eITw34/UcuW115zhkI/AAAAAAAAOzA/monEs0XdQRY/s320/IMG_9843.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>&nbsp;Could not pass up this quote for above the window for $5<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fTUsxRqpP7w/UcuXBPUE9iI/AAAAAAAAOzI/bwDCg5xMlbY/s1600/IMG_9826.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fTUsxRqpP7w/UcuXBPUE9iI/AAAAAAAAOzI/bwDCg5xMlbY/s320/IMG_9826.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>&nbsp;I had a gift card and found the pink elephant bedding online at Nordstrom, FREE for nice bedding.&nbsp; The bumper is from the friend who gifted us the crib.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LHUm-gSoGg0/UcuXKfgomTI/AAAAAAAAOzQ/1h4_g5eSCbM/s1600/IMG_9836.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="288" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LHUm-gSoGg0/UcuXKfgomTI/AAAAAAAAOzQ/1h4_g5eSCbM/s320/IMG_9836.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>&nbsp;I have always loved this quote, wall hanging just $5 at Marshalls..&nbsp; And it is also pretty humorous because it is above the changing table- get it??&nbsp; HEHEHE<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3ZYzFRW7i68/UcuXYCJSW8I/AAAAAAAAOzY/Une9KfTzCdk/s1600/IMG_9842.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3ZYzFRW7i68/UcuXYCJSW8I/AAAAAAAAOzY/Une9KfTzCdk/s320/IMG_9842.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Grandma bought her first Piggy Bank when we went on a short vacation in April, I had the baby girl frame in my hope chest and found the cute board book and rattle cheap at Marshalls.<br /><br />The room has changed a bit as we have received more toys, gifts, etc.&nbsp; I love the peaceful and tranquil vibe that I get when I walk in.&nbsp; This is a space that will grow with her and that I hope she will love and be proud of.&nbsp; We will have her in our room in the bassinet for a few months but the room is ready when we are.<br /><br /><strong><u>Tips on how to save $ for a baby nursery:</u></strong><br /><ul><li><strong>Ask for hand-me downs:</strong> You may have a friend, co-worker or family member who would love to give you furniture, decor or gear for baby.</li><li><strong>Check out the Garage Sales, Craigslist,&nbsp;secondhand or consignment&nbsp;and facebook forums:</strong> People are always selling lightly used items, if the timing and price is right you could save a lot of money.&nbsp; Safety and cleanliness are a top priority so be sure to do your homework for any recalls, etc.</li><li><strong>Shop Around:</strong> I live down the street from Marshalls and frequent it often.&nbsp; Going back regularly I end up finding some great things at low prices.</li><li><strong>Re purpose:</strong> Do you have an old frame in a box, or a basket in the corner?&nbsp; Think about what you already own and if it could be painted or simply dusted off and used in a new space.</li><li><strong>Forget about name brands:</strong>&nbsp; Yes everyone may want a 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<w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="37" Name="Bibliography"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Today is my Birthday and I am not 34!!&nbsp; For those who have been reading long you know that 33 is my favorite number.&nbsp; 33 has been a stellar year for me and I cant wait to see what 34 brings.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><u><b>33 things/thoughts/facts as I enter 34</b></u>:</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;"><span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"></span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">1.&nbsp; I love Ice-cream</span> </div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">2.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">3.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">My husband is the BEST, I am reminded of that fact daily</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">4.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I am most happy when I am out in nature with me family</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">5.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Time with my girlfriends is cherished and necessary</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">6.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Our oldest son is amazing, I know that he has a BIG future ahead of him</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">7.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I love that our 5 ½ year old still wants to cuddle with me and has a sweet little voice</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">8.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">There are so many things I would buy and do if I had endless funds, it is fun to dream</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">9.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">My height makes me happy, I have always loved being tall</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">10.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">It makes me sad that our little girl won’t get to meet my Dad, he was an AMAZING Dad and Grandpa</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">11.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I believe that a good quote can lift your mood</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">12.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I will always take the time to hold a door open and smile at passers by</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">13.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I have regrets in my life, but I would never let them hold me back</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">14.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Pandora.com SAVES me on a daily basis</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">15.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Working while pregnant is HARD!!!</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">16.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Flowering trees are among the most beautiful of Mother Nature’s creations</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">17.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">A good umbrella is necessary living in Washington State</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">18.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I am not patient</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">19.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I have no respect for people who take other’s ideas/work and don’t give them credit</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">20.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Most technology confuses me, I am NOT up to speed at all</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">21.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Getting a card in the mail is a special treat, I need to send more cards</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">22.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">8 hours of sleep is pretty essential for me and not often found</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">23.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Hershey Kisses make me smile and taste oh so good</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">24.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Family traditions should be upheld whenever possible</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">25.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Mean people suck!</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">26.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I have always loved fruits and veggies but I doubt I could got vegetarian</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">27.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Doing the little things makes all the difference</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">28.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Running is often hard but always worth the effort</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">29.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">If you have a bad pair of scissors toss them away and get a new pair</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">30.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Summer Break takes on a new meaning now that my boys are in school</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">31.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Giving a compliment is important, so is being able to accept a compliment</span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">32.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">You are never too old for a Slumber Party, and cupcake tasting </span><span style="color: #17365d; font-family: Wingdings; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-char-type: symbol; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-symbol-font-family: Wingdings; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;">33.&nbsp; Every year of life is a blessing, I will never ever complain about getting older.</div><span style="color: #17365d; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-ascii-theme-font: 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style="color: magenta;">39 days left!!</span></strong>&nbsp; Feels really good when people ask when I am due to say "Next month."&nbsp; Official due date is July 22nd, so will see when she decides to make her grand entrance.&nbsp; Tall Grandma's birthday is July 20th, so possible she will share.&nbsp; <br /><br />This has been my best pregnancy of the 3, she seems to be smaller than her brothers who weighed in at 9'10 and 9'1 at birth.&nbsp; I truly believe that keeping active and focussing on "Eating For Two"&nbsp;by eating healthier has made a huge difference.&nbsp; I still crave icecream constantly, but am sure to get in my full serving or fruits and veggies every day.<br /><br />The other night I had a dream that I was fit, fast and running across all sort of terrain....I awoke feeling amazing!&nbsp; I look forward to pushing my body to my limits again when I am cleared to run. I feel positive that I will be able to get back to running quickly, slowish 5K's anyway :)&nbsp; We purchased a used Jeep single stroller for $40&nbsp;for baby girl, countless family miles ahead for sure.<br /><br />Currently I am really slowing down and have to pace myself throughout the day, which is difficult!&nbsp; I am often in bed by 8:15pm, lame but necessary when I wake at 5:15am for work.&nbsp; Baby girl is generally predictable, moving mostly after I eat and around 8:30 at night.&nbsp; <strong><span style="color: lime;">Today she was BONKERS</span></strong> and kept rolling around from 6am to about noon!!&nbsp; Not sure what that was about, but it made for an interesting and breathless day at work.<br /><br />I am tempted to sign up for my first post-baby race...but I don't want to rush away the precious 8 weeks of maternity leave.&nbsp; All will depend on her, my recovery and our family plans.&nbsp; Since MM is a stay-at-home Dad and our boys will be out of school thie Summer is going to be the perfect time to welcome this little lady.<br /><br /><strong><span style="color: cyan;">Am I uncomfortable?</span></strong>&nbsp; Of course, but all is worth it!!&nbsp; I cherish the miracle I am growing and can already tell that she will complete our family perfectly.Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-75903720451328553292013-06-03T18:08:00.001-07:002013-06-03T18:09:00.664-07:00Catching up to 33 weeks<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Wow I have not blogged in over a month, life is speeding by these days and I barely have the energy to keep up.&nbsp; <strong><span style="color: magenta;">Special THANK YOU to Running Skirts</span></strong> for helping this growing Mamma feel cute during my workout today.&nbsp; I love their maternity line, so comfortable and pretty, check it out, you will not regret it! Link <strong><a href="http://runningskirts.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: magenta;">HERE</span></a></strong></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PY90ISj1b_s/UYiGJbE01kI/AAAAAAAAOuw/eFiLtT9ybJQ/s1600/Buckley-20130506-00006.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PY90ISj1b_s/UYiGJbE01kI/AAAAAAAAOuw/eFiLtT9ybJQ/s320/Buckley-20130506-00006.jpg" width="228" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">29 Weeks</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="238" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PMvsgZjcjVI/UYiGO7v8AHI/AAAAAAAAOu4/Ms17SKPG5dU/s320/IMG-20130506-00012.jpg" width="320" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Documenting on of my last runs while prego</td></tr></tbody></table>Catching up WOW so much has been going on these days..&nbsp; First Weekend in May we headed to Oregon Coast, we lucked out with an AMAZING weekend with temps in the 80's, rare for beaches around here.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vhHLKkG48gY/UYiGXmdEhVI/AAAAAAAAOvA/3AaKnswKeLA/s1600/IMG_9862.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vhHLKkG48gY/UYiGXmdEhVI/AAAAAAAAOvA/3AaKnswKeLA/s320/IMG_9862.JPG" width="229" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GoakKVCqUDc/UYiGi2MQneI/AAAAAAAAOvI/vwzxTrSd9OQ/s1600/IMG_9923.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GoakKVCqUDc/UYiGi2MQneI/AAAAAAAAOvI/vwzxTrSd9OQ/s320/IMG_9923.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K9sWScY7Gd8/UYiG0_V3QrI/AAAAAAAAOvQ/YfGMR9x-GS4/s1600/IMG_9874.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K9sWScY7Gd8/UYiG0_V3QrI/AAAAAAAAOvQ/YfGMR9x-GS4/s320/IMG_9874.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>Although I am not running much I try to fit in walks 3-4 times a week.&nbsp; The extra weight has caused some pain, making it harder to stick with it but I love to get out and enjoy the trail.&nbsp; Lately we have been supporting Muscle Man as he preps for the Seattle Rock N Roll Half, we drop him off, drive ahead, walk a few miles, stop at the bakery, and meet Daddy 10 miles down the road.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NcVWgLKDYmc/Ua03vYgXxoI/AAAAAAAAOwo/zufezgnaULI/s1600/30+Weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NcVWgLKDYmc/Ua03vYgXxoI/AAAAAAAAOwo/zufezgnaULI/s320/30+Weeks.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">30 weeks I love my posing boys in the background</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X6ReXix_5Qk/Ua033XMOUkI/AAAAAAAAOww/CXQ1dNC0WYQ/s1600/32+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X6ReXix_5Qk/Ua033XMOUkI/AAAAAAAAOww/CXQ1dNC0WYQ/s320/32+weeks.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A few days ago, nearly 32 weeks, fast walk family 5K</td></tr></tbody></table>&nbsp;Work is getting harder as hormones take over and my focus is tested.&nbsp; I always seem to remember to take bump shots at work... so here is me from 28 weeks to today..<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zMucRX8hrZw/Ua05DWpwc3I/AAAAAAAAOxo/SHq7ZJv_CrU/s1600/28+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zMucRX8hrZw/Ua05DWpwc3I/AAAAAAAAOxo/SHq7ZJv_CrU/s320/28+weeks.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">28 Weeks- Just after belly popped BIG</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gkJYWDAjmc4/Ua04mxJg8CI/AAAAAAAAOw4/MLuGHAA8-vY/s1600/29+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gkJYWDAjmc4/Ua04mxJg8CI/AAAAAAAAOw4/MLuGHAA8-vY/s320/29+weeks.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">29 weeks Not sure why I changed my normal photo??</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5pz23eStJyE/Ua04qZtQ3PI/AAAAAAAAOxA/vVbG7rLzxPg/s1600/30+Weeks+Work.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5pz23eStJyE/Ua04qZtQ3PI/AAAAAAAAOxA/vVbG7rLzxPg/s320/30+Weeks+Work.jpg" width="199" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">30 weeks looking BIGGER!!!</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QXcQgJQl7Iw/Ua04u3owbmI/AAAAAAAAOxI/1pNnYtEYmAk/s1600/31+weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QXcQgJQl7Iw/Ua04u3owbmI/AAAAAAAAOxI/1pNnYtEYmAk/s320/31+weeks.jpg" width="186" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">31 Weeks</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7iGaUlFse_M/Ua046svDp1I/AAAAAAAAOxY/xH_tZxNx-a0/s1600/32+Weeks+Work.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7iGaUlFse_M/Ua046svDp1I/AAAAAAAAOxY/xH_tZxNx-a0/s320/32+Weeks+Work.jpg" width="195" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">32 Weeks- Slowing DOWN!!</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dSF8wLFx1a0/Ua04-RTi5RI/AAAAAAAAOxg/Y9j1hHFm4Y8/s1600/33+Weeks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dSF8wLFx1a0/Ua04-RTi5RI/AAAAAAAAOxg/Y9j1hHFm4Y8/s320/33+Weeks.jpg" width="180" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">33 weeks- This morning wearing my old XL maternity shirt which was too big!!</td></tr></tbody></table><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Update on Tall Mom:</span></strong><br /><br /><strong>Running:</strong> Stopped running a few weeks back having logged 224.5 miles while prego, I plan to get in a couple laps to get to an even 225.&nbsp; Speed walking has been great so I will stick with that.<br /><br /><strong>Weight Gain:</strong> I have gained 27 pounds so far and holding since my 30 week apt.&nbsp; I am happy with this and think I will be able to stay under 35 for the pregnancy which is GREAT!&nbsp; I gained 50 and 65 with the boys so I am very happy and I don't feel like it will take much to get it back off.<br /><br /><strong>Cravings:</strong> I craved macaroni salad yesterday, WEIRD!!&nbsp; Mostly I want fruit and ice cream.&nbsp; I try not to indulge too much but I do love the new frosty waffle cone at Wendy's.<br /><br /><strong>Excitement:</strong> Feeling her move makes me so happy!!&nbsp; I was blessed with a couple amazing showers and we now have nearly everything we need.&nbsp; Her nursery is done, closet is full and hospital pile is starting to accumulate in the corner.<br /><br /><strong>Gripes:</strong> Hormones!!&nbsp; I am having a hard time keeping it in check :(&nbsp; Also suffering from major fatigue and heartburn.<br /><br /><strong>Items Needed</strong>: We are on the hunt for gently used baby swing, single and double jogging strollers...then I think we are set for now :)&nbsp; I am stalking craigslist and garage sales to save some $$.&nbsp; <br /><br /><strong>Her Name?:</strong>&nbsp; I don't generally share my kiddos names on the Blog so I will call her Baby Q, her initials are QW, so guess if you like I will reply via email if you are correct :)<br /><br /><strong>Fun things:</strong> Little Stud #1 ran his first race, a 1K...it was WAY TOO EASY for him and he wants to do another.&nbsp; I think he will be ready for a 5K soon but I dont want to push it.&nbsp; MM ran a 5K and got a PR.&nbsp; I went to cheer on my team at the Rainier to Ruston Relay this weekend.&nbsp; It was HARD not being able to run, but I truly enjoyed my time with my pals cheering and taking photos.. I leave you with one more photo, running friends are the BEST!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dPm_E8V-74k/Ua090bCobSI/AAAAAAAAOx0/R2OYS-_N_ls/s1600/32-6-+Honey+Buckettes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dPm_E8V-74k/Ua090bCobSI/AAAAAAAAOx0/R2OYS-_N_ls/s320/32-6-+Honey+Buckettes.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>How are things in your world??&nbsp; Catching up...Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-71475462214761118152013-04-30T11:12:00.002-07:002013-04-30T11:12:58.156-07:00Pregnant Running Must Have and Tips<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> 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mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Although this is our 3<sup>rd</sup> child this is the first time that I have run while pregnant.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>When I first found out I was pregnant I searched the web for “Pregnancy running gear”, “Pregnancy running clothes”, followed by “Cheap maternity running clothing”, <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>“Pregnancy running tips”, etc.. I wanted to find out what I could to set myself up for success.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>As helpful as the information was each pregnancy is different and I soon realized that I would be learning as I went.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I am 28 weeks along in the start of 3<sup>rd</sup> trimester and I ran 4 HILLY miles yesterday.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is <span style="color: magenta;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">SUCCESS</b></span>in my mind.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I am not comparing myself to anyone.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I am celebrating each day that I am able to train in the sport I love.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Along the way I have come across what I am calling <span style="color: lime;"><b>Pregnancy Must-Haves</b></span>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is my short list; if something on it helps you while running pregnant it was worth posting.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><u><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="text-decoration: none;"><br /></span></span></u></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><u><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Pregnant Running Must Haves:</span></u></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Support for the Girls:</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><a href="http://www.movingcomfort.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: magenta;"><b>Moving Comfort</b></span></a> has SAVED me.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Having never been a big girl in the upper region I did not know what to do with my new assets.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Moving comfort had the solutions.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I wear my <a href="http://www.movingcomfort.com/Juno/350025,default,pd.html" target="_blank"><b>Juno</b></a> and <a href="http://www.movingcomfort.com/Fiona/350003,default,pd.html" target="_blank"><b>Fiona</b></a> bras for all my runs, so much better than doubling up on constricting sports bras.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The hooks in the back make the bras much easier to get in and out of as the bump grows.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>And they have SALES online <a href="http://www.movingcomfort.com/Sale/sale,default,sc.html" target="_blank"><b>HERE </b></a>.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Comfortable pants:</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I know many women are resistant to convert to maternity pants, if you can fit in your regular workout gear more power to you.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I have not been that lucky.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I also do not have the budget for high priced gear.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I was lucky to find pants I love at <b><a href="http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=33380" target="_blank">Old Navy</a> </b>and <a href="http://www.motherhood.com/maternity/activewear-bottoms.asp" target="_blank"><b>Motherhood Maternity</b></a>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I think 2-3 pairs is enough, but I am only running about 2-3 times weekly. </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">LONG tops:</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Tugging to keep a top down is the WORST!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Thankfully the styles right now seem to be headed toward longer lengths.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I have had success going up a size at TJMaxx, Ross, Marshalls, and the like.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; Clearance racks are great.&nbsp; My worst fear is ruining my favorite tops because I try to stretch myself into them.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span>I am in love with my t-shirt from Run Like a Mother <span style="color: cyan;"><a href="http://anothermotherrunner.com/store/" target="_blank"><b>BUY HERE</b></a></span>, the top that my buddy Zoe made for me and the decals sent by my friend Mandy to add to a clearance top I found.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It is FUN to wear something that lets the world know you are bumping.</span></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YuUYvFRV7MM/UYAFP2NjV7I/AAAAAAAAOuA/WfLthMZ3XO8/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+166.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YuUYvFRV7MM/UYAFP2NjV7I/AAAAAAAAOuA/WfLthMZ3XO8/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+166.jpg" width="213" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">"This is not a speed bump, and I am not slowing down."</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_A5s7oQ2Xqo/UYAFFuiEvHI/AAAAAAAAOt4/qkzekyXQziI/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+470.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_A5s7oQ2Xqo/UYAFFuiEvHI/AAAAAAAAOt4/qkzekyXQziI/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+470.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Tall Baby Runner On Board</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-k2JPv7k0JBE/UYAFU-mdzLI/AAAAAAAAOuI/FUr2HC07J9g/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-k2JPv7k0JBE/UYAFU-mdzLI/AAAAAAAAOuI/FUr2HC07J9g/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Sweating for Two</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Compression socks:</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">As I gain weight I notice the stress on my calves and feet.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Compression socks have kept me from mid-run cramping and aided in recovery after runs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It is getting hotter which makes me a bit nervous, but I may need to keep wearing the tall socks for the support.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>My favorite compression socks are sold by <a href="http://www.recoverysock.com/" target="_blank"><b>The Recovery Sock</b></a></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Support Belt:</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"></span>I bought mine at a consignment shop for $12, since it does not go directly on my skin I was not worried about second hand.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I highly recommend scoping out local consignment shops and sales for items like this to save some $$.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The style I got was similar to the <a href="http://www.motherhood.com/Product.asp?Product_Id=922000113&amp;MasterCategory_Id=MC32" target="_blank"><b>Motherhood Maternity style</b></a>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>&nbsp;</div><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-v1DdDnEEXTA/UYAFym6F6RI/AAAAAAAAOuQ/f8HuwSUHwDo/s1600/Tall+Mom+Support+Belt.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-v1DdDnEEXTA/UYAFym6F6RI/AAAAAAAAOuQ/f8HuwSUHwDo/s1600/Tall+Mom+Support+Belt.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I don’t wear the top strap.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>What I LOVE it the back-support, the breathable fabric on the back and the easily adjustable waist.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I don’t love how it makes mid-run bump photos look, but I feel like the extra support has kept baby girl off my bladder.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Also the belt keeps my under tank top down and pants up, double bonus!!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Running Buddy Support:</span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">As you get slower you may feel like you are holding back your partner. DON’T!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>That person agreed to run with you and is there for YOU!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Having someone there is important (especially as you enter 3rd trimester), don’t feel guilty, enjoy the company it will keep you from solely-focusing on your ever-present bundle of joy bouncing on your front-side (and your bladder).</span></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kbmkD7_91zQ/UYAHtoUz8oI/AAAAAAAAOug/YTPlFF3FtFM/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+040.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kbmkD7_91zQ/UYAHtoUz8oI/AAAAAAAAOug/YTPlFF3FtFM/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+040.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">I slow him down and he supports me.... TRUE LOVE!!</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Good Shoes:</span></b> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Pregnancy is not the time to test new shoes.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If you have a brand/style that is your old faithful keep with it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I love my Brooks Adrenalines, I have not even thought about putting on any minimal support shoes since I have been pregnant. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>My feet are flattening and widening as the weight increases making supportive shoes all the more crucial.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><u><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Tall Mom Pregnant Running Tips:</span></u></b></div><br /><ul><li><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">1.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Take credit for every movement.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I run, jog, walk, etc. I keep my Garmin on and record the final mileage and finish time regardless because I am proud of what I have done!!</span></li></ul><br /><ul><li><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">2.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Pace does not matter.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>As a competitive person I find myself fixating on my Garmin at time, willing it to move back to a lower pace….but now is not the time for that.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>No one cares how fast I am running.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I am running for myself and my baby not to set any speed goals.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></li></ul><br /><ul><li><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">3.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Set yourself a goal of time/distance/etc. going in, but be prepared to through that goal out if your body does not respond.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>This is NOT the time to push through the pain.</span></li></ul><br /><ul><li><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">4.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Give yourself a BREAK.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If there is anything I have learned while running during pregnancy it is that my body is very fickle.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I can set out with the best of intentions and quickly realize that it is not going to work that day. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>Running 2 days in a row does not work for me and that is OK. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>There will be days I think I am DONE running, then follow it up with an amazing 5 miler a couple days later.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></li></ul><br /><ul><li><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">5.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Use Bodyglide everywhere!</span></li></ul><br /><ul><li><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">6.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Drink water, then more water, and more water. This will help with cramping and keep you moving on your runs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I will drop in a Nuun tab every once in a while for some added electrolytes.</span></li></ul><br /><ul><li><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">7.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Start and end your runs at a bathroom and use it before and after.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The unpredictability of internal NEEDS has been a tough adjustment for me.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>When nature calls I want to know how far I am from the nearest facility (or bush if in dire need).<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></li></ul><br /><ul><li><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">8.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Take photos of your pregnant running.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I have really enjoyed looking back at my mid-run bump shots.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>Maybe it is vain, I do love having my photo taken, but I think of it as an addition to my pregnant running journal.</span></li></ul><br /><ul><li><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">9.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Keep a record of your workouts.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I love using DailyMile (<span style="color: magenta;"><a href="http://www.dailymile.com/people/tallmomontherun#ref=tophd" target="_blank"><b>find me HERE</b></a></span>) it helps me keep track of walking, hiking, running, etc. and is also a very supportive community.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The comments that people leave on my runs make me smile and remind me that what I am doing is “inspiring.”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I also have a simple week by week spreadsheet for the 40 weeks of my pregnancy where I record my mileage and little notes about the week.</span></li></ul><br /><ul><li><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">10.<span style="font: 7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp; </span></span></span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Take care of yourself and your little one!<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>That is the most important tip I can give you.&nbsp;</span></li></ul><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">I am sure there are plenty of things I have missed.&nbsp; So drop additional tips in the comments.&nbsp; Sending Positive Vibes your way!!&nbsp; </span><span style="color: #17365d; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 11.0pt; mso-themecolor: text2; mso-themeshade: 191;">Pregnancy update and more photos coming soon!!</span> Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com19tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-38409024221835930452013-04-21T15:54:00.003-07:002013-04-21T15:54:56.776-07:00Seahawks 5K and 27 weeksThis week has been tough for the running community and the world.&nbsp; I am blessed to have a friend in Boston who I could connect with and focus my love toward..&nbsp; This week my runs were dedicated to all those impacted by the tragedy.<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3w8zFPdbfO4/UXRmvFUnQSI/AAAAAAAAOtY/xAs7cUbRL_k/s1600/920707_10151376619715869_2113665722_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3w8zFPdbfO4/UXRmvFUnQSI/AAAAAAAAOtY/xAs7cUbRL_k/s320/920707_10151376619715869_2113665722_o.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">2.62 miles run at 26.2 weeks pregnant..</td></tr></tbody></table>When I picked out my outfit for the SeaHawks Glow 5K I did not have too many options, imagine my surprise when the <strong><span style="color: blue;">Nike top I wore after I finished Boston in 2011</span></strong> fit and covered my ample 27 week bump.. I wore my Boston 26.2 necklace under the top and spent most of the run people watching and relishing being a part of such an amazing community..<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--KL3eCsD2nA/UXRmncAOVmI/AAAAAAAAOtQ/vczBrn0SafY/s1600/Prayfor+Boston.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="219" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--KL3eCsD2nA/UXRmncAOVmI/AAAAAAAAOtQ/vczBrn0SafY/s320/Prayfor+Boston.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div align="left" class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The BONUS was running the 5K with Tall Sister.&nbsp; We were supposed to run the St. Paddys 5K together in March but I came down with a horrible cold.&nbsp; Today we chatted through the whole race and had a great time... I counted 5 dogs, 4 jogging strollers and a handful of tiny boys smaller than LS #1 passing us.. I was not worried about pace...this race was to be with my sister, get a workout and have fun. <strong>We Finished at 33:31 which is about 10:40 pace</strong> which we were both happy with!!</div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lLXWOyViNRE/UXRngVCUVgI/AAAAAAAAOtg/JbvXJIBekEc/s1600/903222_10151381492620869_1591147515_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lLXWOyViNRE/UXRngVCUVgI/AAAAAAAAOtg/JbvXJIBekEc/s320/903222_10151381492620869_1591147515_o.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Before the race, baby Q even made the photo..</td></tr></tbody></table>It rained a bit but I felt comfortable..&nbsp; After the race I felt my little lady jumping on my bladder so we took a pit stop, went to get coffee to warm up, then went shopping for a bit in nearby stores.&nbsp; I really liked the location and the overall logistics of the race.. and the course was FLAT which was great!<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-M7U8X5XrVtQ/UXRmj_HwKzI/AAAAAAAAOtI/wbhp28pLkcE/s1600/524645_10151869503763761_157960242_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-M7U8X5XrVtQ/UXRmj_HwKzI/AAAAAAAAOtI/wbhp28pLkcE/s320/524645_10151869503763761_157960242_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">After the race.. It rained a little and we were getting chilly..</td></tr></tbody></table>Funny the last time Tall Sister and I ran a 5K race we ended up posing in front of the same backdrop..<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qEmiTCWF_PY/UXRnkl4zPCI/AAAAAAAAOto/rNumfAGaTII/s1600/425784_10151451534663761_254105214_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qEmiTCWF_PY/UXRnkl4zPCI/AAAAAAAAOto/rNumfAGaTII/s320/425784_10151451534663761_254105214_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Hoping I can get this shape back by next Fall.</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">To follow with my&nbsp;Tall Baby growth journal I will be <strong><span style="color: lime; font-size: large;">27 weeks tomorrow</span></strong>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>Cravings:</strong> Waffles with whipped cream and berries, Ice Cream and tater tots....not great for weight gain.&nbsp; Really trying to keep my diet in check but the HUNGER is extreme.&nbsp; I eat a lot of fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, etc. to keep me satisfied.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>Running:</strong> I ran 3 times this week and felt GREAT!!&nbsp; My support belt has been&nbsp;a great help&nbsp;and keeping the distance low makes for easier recovery.&nbsp; I am still around 10:15-10:45 pace, although I don't obsess if I need to walk.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>Sleep:</strong> Overall sleep is good, I am cherishing it as I know what having a newborn can bring.&nbsp; I could do without the creepy and vivid dreams which are a result of interrupted sleep.&nbsp; The fatigue throughout the day is very draining wishing that corporate America would bring back the nap.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>Purchases:</strong> Dresser, paint (pink and white),&nbsp;chair rail and supplies to transform her room, hot pink converse from a consignment store...and more..&nbsp; </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>Growth:</strong> The BUMP is fully sprouted.&nbsp;Hoped that I would be smaller this pregnancy but with the rapid growth I am doubtful.&nbsp; I went through my clothes and arranged so that I only have to look at items that fit me. I still have an inny belly button and have no swelling.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>Baby Movements:</strong> This little lady likes to do her pilates!!&nbsp; She is very active after meals and at bedtime.&nbsp; Really cherishing this time...while a bit nervous how these movements will feel when she is bigger.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">That is about all I have for now..&nbsp; Wishing you all clear pavement and loads of energy!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div>Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-59563134865951364782013-04-15T19:24:00.000-07:002013-04-15T19:24:27.302-07:00My Boston Finish<span style="color: #ffcc66;">The horrific events at the Boston Marathon today leave me sad, heartbroken and in fear.&nbsp; I cant help but put myself in the position of the runners, the spectators, and everyone in the city.&nbsp; I will never understand evil!!&nbsp; Why do people chose to take something so special away??&nbsp;</span><br /><br />For so many their Boston Marathon experience today was not what it should be, marred by fear, injury and death.&nbsp; The tragic&nbsp;event will live in the nightmares of my friends, fellow runners and all those who were there to support the Marathon.<br /><br />I ran the Boston Marathon in 2011 and although the day did not go as I planned, it was all that I could have imagined and more.&nbsp; I cant help but let myself focus on my moment and not take myself to that dark place of what happened today in the city that holds a special place in my heart..<br /><br />I sat on the Finish Line the night before the race with my training partners and friends.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SiqYyO26UU4/UWyxxw42_CI/AAAAAAAAOsw/KUwwcdGfzYI/s1600/Boston+2011+before.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="244" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SiqYyO26UU4/UWyxxw42_CI/AAAAAAAAOsw/KUwwcdGfzYI/s320/Boston+2011+before.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>I flexed my muscles crossing the Line just over 4 hours.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NW3M65qgMVA/UWyxtIrrXwI/AAAAAAAAOsg/CWuA25TOzJg/s1600/Boston+Finish+2011.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NW3M65qgMVA/UWyxtIrrXwI/AAAAAAAAOsg/CWuA25TOzJg/s320/Boston+Finish+2011.jpg" width="212" /></a></div>&nbsp;I earned my medal and joined the foil blanket fun that followed..<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kXvl8HMZFcE/UWyxvEaQp5I/AAAAAAAAOso/pxIULdmYr0I/s1600/boston+2011+medal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kXvl8HMZFcE/UWyxvEaQp5I/AAAAAAAAOso/pxIULdmYr0I/s320/boston+2011+medal.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>Maybe it is selfish to&nbsp;take my head and my heart there... but&nbsp;at the end of the day the Evil cannot take my moments away..&nbsp;This was my Finish Line in Boston just 6 months after the unexpected death of my Dad.<br /><span style="color: #ffcc66;"></span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><strong>I pointed to <span style="color: #9999ff; font-weight: bold;">Heaven</span> as I crossed the line and hope that all who were watching could see me Finish. I dug deep and did not give up!! Yes I let my time goal escape but that didn't matter, I made it.</strong></span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><strong></strong></span><br /><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><span style="color: #66cccc; font-size: 130%;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">FINISH LINE!!!</span></span><strong> <span style="color: #ffcc66;">I was zombie, the pack of people was so tight.. What I do remember is the Medals, I picked a pretty young lady with a dimpled smile. She put the medal around my neck and I turned away. Tears flooded down my face and suddenly the world melted away....</span><span style="color: #33ff33; font-weight: bold;">I could feel my Dad giving me a HUG</span>, <span style="color: #ffcc66;">I could smell him, the crowd was gone and I was with my Dad... I felt him say "I am proud of you, and the family. Keep going, I am with you." People probably thought I was</span> <span style="color: #ff6666;">CRAZY!!</span> <span style="color: #ffcc66;">I am not sure how long I stood there motionless, it felt so GOOD to feel his presence.. Suddenly he was gone and I was ALONE, in a sea of people but alone.</span></strong></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3VeOGAULFqc/UWy0dKYP9AI/AAAAAAAAOs4/imjOwl4Ueek/s1600/Boston+with+Bethany.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3VeOGAULFqc/UWy0dKYP9AI/AAAAAAAAOs4/imjOwl4Ueek/s320/Boston+with+Bethany.jpg" width="240" /></a></div>My friend Bethany Finished today in 3:41....an amazing time!!&nbsp; She was able to connect with her husband and they were together when the bombs went off.&nbsp; She should be celebrating with greasy food and a milkshake instead they departed to the safety of their home in Boston... She has so many GREAT Boston memories, I pray for her heart to heal in this tough time.<br /><br />If you have a positive Boston Moment please share....let yourself remember because we cannot let Evil take this away from us.Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-533652444789928887.post-46662718308299888642013-04-02T07:17:00.001-07:002013-04-02T07:17:23.174-07:0024 WeeksI need to start labelling my photos from my phone so I can keep track of the bump growth :)&nbsp; It is getting harder and harder to tell one week from the next as baby is in a MEGA growth phase right now.&nbsp; Thankfully I have been posting on facebook to keep track of the weeks.&nbsp;<br /><br />I am still running (jogging) about 2 days a week and walking most other days.&nbsp; I have been wearing a <b>support belt</b> because baby girl likes to hang out low and the pressure is a bit much.&nbsp; My gripe right now with running is calf cramps and soreness in the muscle in my abdomen.&nbsp; I am getting some <span style="color: lime;"><b>FUNNY</b></span> looks at the trail these days which is fine by me.&nbsp; <br /><br />It is funny because some days I am much bigger than others, you will notice in my montage of photos below.&nbsp; My phone camera is NOT the best, I want to get a new one before baby is born so her first years are not blurry..<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2mY0Icxau0k/UVrgpEEfVzI/AAAAAAAAOqs/q9ZFR0PDzxE/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+394.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2mY0Icxau0k/UVrgpEEfVzI/AAAAAAAAOqs/q9ZFR0PDzxE/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+394.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">22 Weeks 4 days 5K in 31:28</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NPXKnmHNTy8/UVrgpTJtMrI/AAAAAAAAOq8/JRM-mn_nBZs/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+407.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NPXKnmHNTy8/UVrgpTJtMrI/AAAAAAAAOq8/JRM-mn_nBZs/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+407.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">5 mile run at 5 1/2 months</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fyln7ISBzfw/UVrgpG_TYHI/AAAAAAAAOq0/X8RZdXuSTx8/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+401.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fyln7ISBzfw/UVrgpG_TYHI/AAAAAAAAOq0/X8RZdXuSTx8/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+401.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">My feet are starting to disappear</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_lSpLFMs94o/UVrgpet5sKI/AAAAAAAAOq4/DuxE9ZC3pWA/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+415.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_lSpLFMs94o/UVrgpet5sKI/AAAAAAAAOq4/DuxE9ZC3pWA/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+415.jpg" width="191" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">23 Weeks</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OaAfnsnJV4c/UVrgrH__WbI/AAAAAAAAOrg/c3w50xi2-VM/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OaAfnsnJV4c/UVrgrH__WbI/AAAAAAAAOrg/c3w50xi2-VM/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">23 weeks baby girl is now over 1 pound</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5-_Zy6x9YIA/UVrgp73tQ7I/AAAAAAAAOrE/iZC8UkVGt_E/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+465.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5-_Zy6x9YIA/UVrgp73tQ7I/AAAAAAAAOrE/iZC8UkVGt_E/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+465.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">5K in 33:15, painful day.. just about 6 months</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fi5uyXDFIpY/UVrgqKqDDbI/AAAAAAAAOrM/YHCFCpb0i3Y/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+467.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Fi5uyXDFIpY/UVrgqKqDDbI/AAAAAAAAOrM/YHCFCpb0i3Y/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+467.jpg" width="320" /></a></div>&nbsp;Easter Weekend we had AMAZING weather and really took advantage of it with multiple egg hunts, family time and a trip to the river for the boys to adventure. <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yDKTbnqCInM/UVrgqWdK39I/AAAAAAAAOrQ/ztTesCkFzAI/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+468.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yDKTbnqCInM/UVrgqWdK39I/AAAAAAAAOrQ/ztTesCkFzAI/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+468.jpg" width="213" /></a><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-49P6V2QRvls/UVrgp2kUzdI/AAAAAAAAOrA/PTS5rJFwgV4/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+466.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-49P6V2QRvls/UVrgp2kUzdI/AAAAAAAAOrA/PTS5rJFwgV4/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+466.jpg" width="240" /></a></div>&nbsp;I have struggled some with the pain of running, but I am determined to keep it up as long as I can.&nbsp; I pay attention to my body no need to push through any pain that will cause more harm than good.<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NdmFB6ke_OM/UVrgqaZ50II/AAAAAAAAOrU/ccuEe1PFRYI/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+469.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NdmFB6ke_OM/UVrgqaZ50II/AAAAAAAAOrU/ccuEe1PFRYI/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+469.jpg" width="189" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">24 Weeks </td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0rU7svdgFg0/UVrgq2v40DI/AAAAAAAAOrY/5HwQVAptCEg/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+470.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0rU7svdgFg0/UVrgq2v40DI/AAAAAAAAOrY/5HwQVAptCEg/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+470.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">24 weeks 5K in 31:50 for 10:15 pace</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aY4c-1IPyp8/UVrgq7GciDI/AAAAAAAAOrc/MGu_aTVC7M0/s1600/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+471.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aY4c-1IPyp8/UVrgq7GciDI/AAAAAAAAOrc/MGu_aTVC7M0/s320/2012+&amp;+2013+Phone+pictures+471.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">My running partner, love him!!</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="color: magenta;"><b>&nbsp;Our 5K last night was AMAZING!!</b></span>&nbsp; I had slight calf cramping but other than that I felt "normal". Special thanks to my good buddy <a href="http://www.runzoerun.com/" target="_blank"><b>Zoe</b></a> for the tank top, it was a surprise in the mail last week!!&nbsp; I forgot I was wearing a tank with words and noticed a lot of people staring at my chest..hehehehe..&nbsp; Muscle Man is now training for Seattle Rock N Roll which means that ours runs together will be add-ons to his training, yesterday he ran a fast 5 miler in the afternoon and a 5K with me that night.. 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Name="Bibliography"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="39" QFormat="true" Name="TOC Heading"/> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><u><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Pregnancy Week 24:</span></u></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><i>*My goal is to walk/run 10-15 miles a week as long as I can.</i><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>Miles Run Pregnant:</b>187.7 (bummed because I got a bad cold which slowed me down)</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>Miles Walked Pregnant:</b> 94.5</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>Current Craving:</b> Thai food, Easter candy, ice cream and last night popcorn- but we were out!!&nbsp; I want to eat everything in site which is making it harder to stick to my weight gain goals :(</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>Current Aversion: </b>Meat products, although the Easter Ham hit the spot.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>Baby Likes: </b>March Madness!! She is super active when I watch basketball. She also really responds to music and loves to play when I am reading before bed.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>Baby Dislikes: </b>I felt horrible when I was sick and coughing I could tell that it was not comfortable for her.&nbsp; So far peanut butter is the only thing that she really does not seem to like.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>Excitement: </b>Feeling her move and seeing the boys talk to my belly.&nbsp; It is starting to get real for them and us as a family and that makes me very happy!!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>Gripes: </b>Calf cramps!!! The endless hunger is NOT FUN when I am trying to keep my weight in check.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><b>Purchases:</b>Found an awesome bassinet for $25 and have bought many items for her nursery.&nbsp; We still need to pain the walls and buy a dresser.</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">That is all I have for now.&nbsp; Hope everyone is doing well. Be sure to check me out on<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tall-Mom-on-the-Run/370010728420" target="_blank"> </a><a href="http://www.dailymile.com/people/tallmomontherun#ref=tophd" target="_blank"><span style="color: #3d85c6;"><b></b></span></a><b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tall-Mom-on-the-Run/370010728420" target="_blank">Facebook HERE</a> </b></span>and <a href="http://www.dailymile.com/people/tallmomontherun#ref=tophd" target="_blank"><span style="color: orange;"><b>Dailymile HERE </b></span></a>as it is easier for me to keep those updated these days.</div><br /><br />Mel -Tall Mom on the Runhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03777751504773574393noreply@blogger.com7