The Art of Running in the Rain

"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." -Prefontaine


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Pump and Post I

You can thank Dave for that creative title 😉 I have a feeling it might turn into a recurring theme so I’m making this the first installation.

So now that you know what I’m up to atm, I thought I’d fill you in on the last little bit of my life. Something about the number three is sticking in my head today so I’m going to share three things from a few categories of my life.

Favorite Third Trimester Workouts:

I. Body Pump – Up until week 39 I was able to do 2 body pump classes a week and it felt great! The energy that lifting gave me was so helpful and I think it definitely helped me through my labor.


II. Walking – It’s been a family tradition to complete bloomsday every year and I wasn’t going to let pregnancy hold me back from that. It was the slowest bloomsday I’ve done yet and I had to stop four times after mile 5 due to some horrible cramps (TMI, but I was having some digestive issues that I believe added to the difficulty), but I DID IT!


III. Spin – It’s interesting how the difficulty of spin evolved throughout the pregnancy. During the second trimester I felt some pain in my hip flexors and then in the third trimester it became hard to sit on the seat. It was never too painful to do though and I’m proud of myself for getting myself to classes up until the very end.


Baby Shower: 6/3/2017

I. Friends – Thank you to these ladies for throwing an amazing baby shower (and to my mama, who also helped out a TON but I didn’t get a photo with her)

Baby shower ladies

2. Cugina – Kate helped from afar by getting this beautiful cake, she was missed for sure, but the cake was delicious! Also, did you see the donuts? My mom and friends know me so well 🙂


III. Shower dress – In general I haven’t LOVED Target’s maternity section but I found this dress and it was amazingly comfy and pretty cute!


Labor: 6/15/17-6/16/17

I. My labor team – Dave was an amazing support during labor. Him, my doula, and the labor and delivery nurse really helped me through it all.


II. Partial drug free labor – Though it didn’t go exactly as planned I worked so hard for a drug free labor and I’m proud to say that outside of a few doses of fentanyl I stuck to it. My nurses face (Pauletta was literally the BEST) says it ALL! I am also proud to say that I was the loudest person in labor that night 🙂


III. Dave’s tears – If you know me then you know I’m a crier, but I guess I don’t cry at major life events (e.g., weddings, child birth). But I love that my husband does, I’m so happy Mira will grow up knowing a man that shows all his emotions.


Mira In The Hospital:

I. The Five A.M. Crew – Mira was born at 4:23am on Friday June 16th, so need I say more about the people who stayed up until five a.m. to meet our new little human. Nonna brought the nurse’s donuts too, she’s the besht!


II. Family of three – Although I felt I could have left the hospital in the evening on Friday they had us stay until Saturday. It ended up being nice spending those first 24 hours in our little hospital room nook with my newly expanded family.


III. Watching the love of my life become a dad – people talk about how amazing this is all the time and they definitely aren’t exaggerating.


Favorite Post-Partum Items:

I. First Forty Days – This book is amazing. It is primarily a recipe book and everything Dave has made so far has been delicious, I’m just so glad that he’s always enjoyed nourishing me with his amazing culinary skills. I have also really enjoyed the lifestyle portion of the book. They talk about the Chinese traditions/philosophies for the first forty days post-partum and all that goes into setting yourself up for the best healing possible. I highly recommend it!


II. Belly Bandit – I haven’t had it officially diagnosed yet but based on self assessment I experienced some diastasis recti, which is when your rectus abdominis separate due to the tissue thinning. Although the belly bandit has not been scientifically proven to bring the muscles back together (I’ll be doing my deep core workouts to help promote that) it feels good to wear it and I feel it has helped assist my uterus in contracting and bringing my belly in.

Belly Bandit

III. Nipple Whip – This stuff is literally the best, the end.

nipple whip.jpg


Mira’s First Few Weeks:

I. Holding her ciuccio – I mean when it’s you and your chooch against the world you gotta hold it tight!


II. Fisher Price Rock ‘N Play – Mira really enjoys sleeping in this thing, of course she prefers being held (who doesn’t???) but this thing has been really nice for naps.


III. First Bath – the actual bath was a real upset for little Mira, but I really wanted you to see the adorable towel picture when she was so relieved to be out of the water.


Parent Judgements – I have to preface this one with my love for growing as a person and admitting/working on my faults. Before becoming a parent there were silly things that I looked at and judged, now that I’ve lived it I definitely still have some judgements 😉 but there are a few things that I have a better understanding of, so here they are:

I. Riding in the backseat with your baby – I have no idea why I hated seeing parents do this, but now I know that in the first few weeks of your babies life it’s hard not to want to ride with them. For me it had to do with anxiety about how she was sitting in the car seat. People like to say shit like “Oh just wait, the worrying only gets worst” but I have to say that for me the level of anxiety has decreased in just the last week of getting used to her. Also, I can’t wait until I can work out again (which ALWAYS helps me with my anxiety).


II. Bed Sharing – I understand why it’s not for everyone and why it wouldn’t be safe in all situations; however, it works for our family and it’s so nice to get 4-5 hour stretches of sleep 🙂


III. Okay, so Dave and I have been sitting here for the past five minutes trying to think of another one and I can’t think of anything. I turned to him and said “I don’t think there is a third one,” he laughed and said, “it’s just that you judge so much.” HAHA my husband knows me.

So I’ll leave you with a few pictures of Mira meeting her nonno, nonna, and grandma.




Be well.


Weekend recap

Hi Hi!!!

I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday?  Clearly time has gotten away from me as I’m recapping my weekend a little late in the game.  This weekend was just so jam packed with amazingness that I thought I would share some of the deets with you all.

It started on Friday night when my friend, Savannah, and her husband came over to watch the movie “Teeth.”  Yeah I’m talking about this movie:

Don’t shy away, this is a terribad movie that you just shouldn’t pass up!

WAIT, hold up, rewind to Thursday night, Dave and I had a mini date at Chuck’s Hop Shop.  Prior to getting there we procured some pizza from Mio Posto (I think I just peed a little thinking about the potato pizza).


IMG_0014.jpgThe best part was seeing a couple families at Chuck’s with toddlers, I don’t know why I liked this but it made me think of when Dave and I have kids 🙂 🙂

It also made me think about how much I love pizza


Okay, fast forward to Saturday morning, bright and early I took a spin class at Beautiful Bike.  Don’t let the term ‘spin class’ fool you, this is anything but a typical spin class.  I felt like I was riding with a crew on the Tour de France.  I CAN’T wait to get back into that studio to try another class, so hard, and yet so much fun!

Later that morning we were enjoying a lovely brunch with our friends Kelley and Russell at Revel.  Always such a treat to eat at Revel, but it was definitely amplified by the awesome company.  Then we walked around and sat by the water, soaking up as much of the gorgeous day as we could.  I’m shooting myself in the foot for not taking photos of the delicious meal, but aw well, sometimes you must enjoy life and be totally in the moment.

By the time we got home I was exHAUSTED.  I had forgot that we had made reservations at Il Corvo for dinner about a month ago.  Don’t judge my journey, but I kind of wanted to bail on our reservation.  I summoned all my energy and got my butt into a date outfit, and out the door.


I love the ambiance at Il Corvo, it reminds me of my nonna’s house and it makes me long to go see her, and go to Italy!  The meal was prix fixe, and you could tell it was made with love and skill, the Italian way for sure.

Sunday morning it was time for my friend and co-worker’s baby shower at my place.


It was very fun and I’m going to have a full post on it later.

After all the ladies left and I tidied up I headed out for my 7 miler.  I went towards Bellevue and EVERY time I go across the 90 bridge I get really freaked out that a car/truck is gonna kick something up at me.  I swear, every 5 seconds I visualize it and have a full body spasm.


It NEVER gets better!

All in all a great weekend.

Be well.

Kalli’s baby shower

I was honored to be able to hold a co-worker and friend’s baby shower at my place on Sunday!  Kalli is such a great person, she is very sweet and when I’m around her I find myself smiling more!

Her baby is coming very soon, and all the other SLPs at Boyer and myself decided to have a baby shower for her.  She is having a little baby girl


And we just can’t wait to meet her!!  Even though we all knew she was having a girl I had this urge to make a gender revealing cake.  My plan was to make cupcakes with pink cake hearts in them, but then that seemed like too much work so I turned it into a cake.


Turns out the recipe for both the cake and the icing weren’t that great, so this cake was all for the unnecessary gender revealing factor.  It satisfied something in me and I think Kalli was amused 😛

The decoration committee was in full force and I’m so proud of those girls!


Kalli and Josh’s theme is “Welcome to the world.”  They love to travel (they recently went to Thailand), and so we went all out with maps!


Everyone chipped in on food and dessert and there were so many yummy treats to eat.


Jenny left me a few of the pretty plants and the Canadian flag!! Yay shout out to my homeland 🙂


Rebecca did a great job with the baby shower games, my favorite was ‘guess the baby’


Mostly because the set up was so pretty.  Can’t go wrong with an old fashion trunk!

Baby made out like a bandit, and so did the babies papa with some yummy beer.


The shower was so much fun, and Kalli is such a warm person and it’s so easy to see why people love her!


We all had so much fun putting it on, I guess if we ever want to branch out of speech therapy we could always go into baby shower planning 🙂  Love these girls!

Be well.

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