mackenna: 3 years

I’m going to totally be *that* mom right now, but how the heck do I have a THREE year old already?!  I seriously feel like I was just pregnant with her, and now she’s going to be a big sister in about 2 months (OK, that’s even scarier)!  My mom has been commenting all week about how she can’t believe she has a 30 year old.  I feel like I’m going to blink and MacKenna will be graduating from high school, college, getting married, and having her own kids.  Ugh.  Slow down, time.  Please?!

We spent a wonderful weekend with our Big Girl celebrating turning another year older.  We started her birthday off with a trip to the donut shop down the street for some donuts and then having all her little friends (and our friends and family too) over to celebrate her birthday, Bubble Guppies style!  It was probably the best birthday we’ve had with her yet, since we weren’t worrying about her sudden lazy eye or being rushed getting a party together at someone else’s house.  We truly enjoyed her birthday, and I think our little princess felt the love as well.  She sure is one loved little girl!


So, what has our little 3 year old been up to lately?  Even though the babysitter promised to have her potty trained by her 3rd birthday, Kenna is still wearing diapers or pullups.  She really has no urge to even try to use the potty, but will usually sit on it when asked.  (She did have a few drips in the toilet on Monday, but that’s about as much as we’ve gotten out of her.)  At this point, I’m not pushing it too much.  I’ve learned that she likes to do things in her own time and eventually she’ll get there, so even if I have 2 kids in diapers for a few months, I know that it won’t be like that forever.  Plus, we’ll have a little more incentive when she starts preschool next year since she can’t be in diapers.

MacKenna is also now in a twin sized bed full time since we moved into our new house last month.  We were really nervous about the transition, especially with it being a completely new and different environment, but she has been sleeping great!  (KNOCK ON WOOD!!!! — OMG, I’m not even kidding you, an hour after I wrote this she woke up.  Ugh.  Thankfully, she went back to bed fairly easily…)  She goes to bed around 8 every night (some nights a little later because I want to see her) and wakes up around 7 AM on the weekends, but I get her up at 6 AM during the week to get her ready to go to the babysitter.  She has only woken up once in the middle of the night since the move and seems to absolutely LOVE her Big Girl bed!  She shows it off to everyone who comes over!  I can’t wait to actually finish get her room all put together now that I have time again!

Eating definitely has not changed – she’s still as picky as ever but will thankfully eat some fruits and vegetables, although bread and cereal are typically her first choices.  She’s definitely a little peanut, only wearing 18 to 24 month clothing, although I put her in 2T’s because it’s hard to find shirts that aren’t onesies for her in baby sizes.  I haven’t weighed her in months, but I doubt she’s broken the 30 pound mark.  I think her size really affects her coordination – she’s still behind developmentally compared to other kids her age.  I’m hoping to get her in gymnastics again this spring because I feel like that really helped her at least catch up a bit with her peers.

The one thing that I simply cannot believe is her language development.  All of a sudden we went from short little sentences to being able to have full fledged conversations with her.  I can talk to her on the phone in the evenings now if I’m not home and she can tell me exactly what she’s done all day and what she’s been doing.  She asks a ton of questions and seems to understand the answers we give her.  We can already tell she is going to be a smart little girl.  I know, every parent says that.  But, she is able to infer things at 3 years old that I don’t think my middle schoolers could!  Ha!  OK, that’s a bit exaggerated, but she’s making connections to things that seem very advanced for her.  I am absolutely loving talking to her and can’t wait to see how much more advanced her speech and language get as she continues to grow.


Oh, my sweet little girl, I just can’t believe how big you have gotten and how much you have learned these past 3 years.  You are the reason I wake up every morning.  I love you always and forever!

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30 weeks on my 30th birthday

I’m totally a numbers person, so it excites me so much that the day I turn 30 years old is also the same day that I’m 30 weeks pregnant with my little guy!  Seriously, not even I could have planned that happening!  I realized it a few weeks ago and was totally pumped about it.  I’m hoping it’s a sign that this is going to be the start of a great birthday, a great week (it’s very likely my LAST week of volleyball, although I do have parent-teacher conferences this week too), and a great year.

I think I’m one of the crazy ones who has actually been looking forward to my 30th birthday.  Sure, it sort of freaks me out that I am actually 30 (although I look like I’m 18 still), but I feel like such a milestone means big things are headed my way and that it’s my opportunity to start really focusing on what’s important in my life and what I’m passionate about.  I learned so much about myself in my 20s, but I think my 30s mean it’s time to really “home in” on what exactly I want out of life.  And I feel like I’m well on my way to a good start – a brand new house, a new baby in just 9-10 weeks, and I’m sure more career changes are on the way too (don’t worry, nothing on the horizon yet, but I am looking for something new, whether in teaching or in the fitness/running industry, I’m not sure yet).  Plus, everyone has told me that your 30s are the best years of your life, so I’m ready for those years to start!

OK, enough about me, time to talk baby!


Baby Bump 2 - 30 weeks

I had my 28 weeks appointment (a week late) last Friday.  Baby sounded good and is measuring right on track!  MacKenna always measured a week or two behind, so to me, this is a good sign!  By now, I’ve gained about 20 pounds total, which is exactly where I was with MacKenna, but I feel so much better about myself this time around.  I’ve pretty much only gained weight in my tummy, but I can tell I’ve gotten a little softer (especially in my arms) since I’ve really been slacking on doing any sort of weight training lately.  I totally expect to gain another 10-15 pounds in the next 10 weeks, which just seems totally crazy since I feel huge already.  But, I know I still have room to grow!  And thankfully, I now have fall/winter maternity clothes to wear, thanks to birthday presents!


In the last few weeks, I really haven’t had to many besides my normal exhaustion.  I have been having some contractions, but they are few and far between.  Unfortunately, I am finding myself becoming more and more picky about what I’m eating.  I haven’t made a salad for lunch in weeks, but I think that’s mostly because I’m too lazy/busy to spend the time making one.  I haven’t had too many cravings lately… well, besides pasta con broccoli, thanks to the delicious one my aunt made a few weeks ago and I have been wanting ever since.

Other than that, still no swelling, rings are still on, and no stretch marks (yet)!  I’ll talk a little more about how I’m trying to prevent stretch marks, but I am also thankful for good genetics with that one.  My linea nigra is starting to appear and cholasma (dark spots) on my face are starting to show up as well.  And my skin is becoming super sensitive – my tummy itches constantly and I can only wear certain material on my skin, otherwise I will itch like crazy.  But, I really don’t mind all those things too much – they’re just my reminder that I’m growing a human inside of me!


Due to lack of sleep lately and just plain exhaustion, I’ve definitely cut back on my running.  I’m still running 5-6 days each week, but usually 2-3 miles during the week with a 5 mile run on the weekends.  I haven’t done any weight training in several weeks because I’m choosing to sleep in 15-30 minutes instead of doing an at-home CrossFit workout or PiYo video, but with the end of volleyball in sight, I’m excited not only to get back in to strength training, but also to start running in the afternoon again!  I love getting up early to run, but my body is craving for sleep!  It’ll be nice to start going to be a little earlier as well.  10:30 bedtimes with 4 AM wakeups are not good for this already exhausted pregnant lady!

I will admit that I’m still thrilled with my pace though!  I average usually between 9:30-10:30/mile each run, including my walking breaks.  I’ve definitely been walking less lately, but mostly because our neighborhood and running trails are fairly flat.  I’m hoping this means I will return to my pre-pregnancy pace quickly post-pregnancy and after I get the all-clear to run again.  I am enjoying pregnant running, but am so looking forward to some speed training again!  I’m starting to eye some races in the spring (possibly GO! St. Louis with my brother again, but I’ll only be 4 months postpartum), as well as some fall races.  I’m looking forward to running a race (not actually racing) in the next few weeks in Branson – it’s one of my favorite races of the year!  Of course, I won’t be defending my title this year though…


Baby Stuff

Moose has certainly been enjoying himself.  He likes to hang out transverse and kick my back (which I hate because I don’t feel him nearly as much) or my cervix (which I also hate because it’s freaking uncomfortable).  He’s definitely an active little fella, that’s for sure!

Nothing new on the nursery front, except that I actually have an idea in mind on the layout of his room!  We’re still waiting on his bedding to come in and I have been waiting to pick out a paint color until I actually had the time to paint.  His room and big sister Kenna’s room will be painted in the next weeks.  It’s crazy to think of just how soon he is going to be here.  I told myself I wasn’t going to be that mom who waited until the last minute to get stuff ready for the second baby, but I’m starting to see myself falling into that pattern!  I have NO idea what I still need for him, but I know we still need a ton of stuff!  Ha!  We will get there eventually… I just need to stop procrastinating!

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baby bump #2: 26, 27, and 28 weeks

Guess who’s back?!  After living in our new house for 2 weeks now, we are finally connected to the internet again!  Nothing like paying for the internet and not being able to find everything you need to actually connect.  Turns out, the modem and wireless router I had been searching for were both properly labeled and just hanging out in the basement.  Ugh.  I’ll blame pregnancy brain…

Here’s what you’ve missed the past few weeks…




We were so busy moving in 2 weeks ago that I forgot to take a bump picture.  So, no 26 week picture, but we were able to remember to get both 27 and 28 weeks pictures in front of the new house!  It’s definitely growing (although I really feel like it looks much smaller in person)!  And we are now officially heading in to the final stretch in the third trimester.  So crazy!  It’s gone by so fast so far, and I know that it will continue to fly by these last 12 (possibly 11, but I’ll get to that later) weeks.


Besides the constant exhaustion and pregnancy brain (I won’t even go into all the things I have forgotten to do the past few weeks), I have actually had a few contractions the past few weeks.  Only Braxton hicks contractions, but I am definitely feeling them.  I am also starting to get uncomfortable, but not nearly as much as I was with MacKenna at this time.  I can’t sit straight up anymore, I have to lean back, and I am definitely slowing down physically.  But, that’s to be expected.  I feel like this pregnancy has been super easy so far and I thank God for that daily!  I’m so thankful that I have felt so good the majority of this pregnancy, as I know I am one of the lucky ones.


I’m not going to go into as much detail this week just because I am covering 3 weeks worth of workouts (and Lord knows I can’t even remember what I ran this morning).  But, like I said with my symptoms, I’m definitely slowing down.  Not my pace, but I know I’m going to have to start cutting back on my mileage.  Pubic symphasis pain is real and not to be messed with.  And unfortunately, it’s only when I do my long runs.  I know my days are numbered, but I am definitely feeling good on my runs at this point.

In fact, I’ve actually been running faster lately than I have in a long time.  Still some slower runs, but I’ve also been doing some sub-9 minute mile runs as well.  And I’ve absolutely been loving the trails by our house the last 2 weeks.  Of course, I went exploring and ran much farther last week than I had intended, but it’s nice to have a flat-ish place to run and not have to worry about cars.


Currently, I’m averaging between 15 and 18 miles per week, which is much less than I wish I was running at this point, but I’m trying to be patient and just remind myself to enjoy these runs as much as possible.

Baby Stuff

We are far from getting anything done in Moose’s nursery.  The crib is still at my parents’ house, the walls have yet to be painted, and we are still waiting for the bedding to come in.  For the most part, I have it figured out, but we still aren’t totally moved in yet (we are waiting on a ton of furniture – and blinds) before I can even begin to start thinking about his nursery.

Moose is an active little guy for sure!  He spends much of the day kicking and rolling around and making me pat my belly or try to push him back down.  And I absolutely LOVE it!  It’s so fun to have a very active baby, since MacKenna’s placenta was anterior and I didn’t get to feel her kicks nearly as much.  Certainly takes away much of my anxiety with him kicking me constantly!

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