Introducing Breck

I kept wanting to update everyone on how my pregnancy was going, but I never got around to logging on the computer! The last 6 weeks of pregnancy are probably the longest, especially the last 4 or so. Towards the end I was really sore after walking/standing all day. I would be really exhausted after work. I exercised up until week 37, my last class I took made me sore for days on end so I knew my time was up! I went 4 days (only by 9 minutes into the 4th day) past my due date. I love reading birth stories so I wanted to share mine!


I had my 40 week +1 day appointment on August 19. I had a sonogram where they checked the baby and did all the measurements. We only had one other sonogram at 20 weeks so we were excited to see how much he had grown. We saw he had chubby cheeks which only made us more eager to get him here! I also had my non stress test, and everything looked good. After my check I was still not dilated and only 30 % thinned, which is what I had been for weeks. I figured I would make it to my 41 week appointment, but little guy had other plans.

At about 4:45 on August 21 I woke up to cramps. They would come and go and I remember thinking ‘is this labor?!’. I did what all first time pregnant ladies would do and got on Google right away to see if what I was feeling were contractions. I started timing them and they were sporadic, ranging from 5-8 minutes apart and lasting anywhere from :30-1:00. They still felt mild and I could talk through them. I was scheduled to work at 8am so I called in to say I wouldn’t be making my first assignment and that I’d let them know if I was truly in labor to make it in or not. I called the doctor and left a message to let them know what was going on. I got a call back around 9 from my doctor who said I could either go about my day to see what happened or I could go for an hour vigorous walk to see if the contractions would either go away or become more intense. I immediately changed and threw on my running shoes to head out the door. Andy and I walked for about two miles. Towards the end of the walk I would have to stop to breathe through the pain. I knew this was the real deal and was getting really excited!

Around 11 I called the doctor back to let them know I was still having contractions and they were becoming stronger but again, I was able to talk through them. They went ahead and scheduled me to come in around 2 to get checked out. I took a shower and ate lunch just in case they were going to send me to the hospital right away. Andy loaded the car up, we took one last pregnant belly photo, and we headed out the door.

When I got to the doctor I was surprised to see I had lost 2 pounds since my appointment on Tuesday, bonus! The midwife, who just so happened to be my favorite person in the practice, was the one working and was on call that day. She came in to do my check and we found out I was about 90% thinned and 2-3 cm! Progress was happening! She told me to head home and call as soon as the pain was more intense. She said I was still smiling so I was still feeling good. I do have a pretty high pain tolerance so I was nervous that I would never get to that point of not smiling. Plus, I had a baby coming-who wouldn’t be smiling for that exact reason!?

We got home around 3 and I went and laid on the couch. I could not get comfortable to take a nap. Andy and I were timing contractions again and they got to 5 minutes apart (sometimes less), and lasted for a minute. I was feeling the intensity increase and I knew it was time to call the doctor. The nurse put me on hold and as soon as she came back on the phone I had a contraction. I couldn’t answer her so I threw the phone to Andy who talked to her. They told us to go ahead and go into triage. This was it!

The hospital is about 1o miles away, but it felt way further than that. Contractions and the car really aren’t a good match! Andy did a great job letting me know when a bump was coming up. We finally made it to the hospital around 4:30. We got signed in and I headed off to triage while Andy went to get our bags out of the car. When I got check there I was 100% thinned and 6-7 cm! I was immediately admitted into a room and started getting all hooked up.

I didn’t really have a birth plan but I wanted to see how long I could go without getting an epidural. We called our families to let them know we were in the hospital and getting ready to have the baby! Everyone hung out in the room with us. The contractions were getting stronger at that point and I could feel my water getting ready to break. I was starting to feel exhausted by this point (about 7pm). It had been a long day so far! I asked the nurse what the do or die moment was for getting the epi and she said as long as I could sit still I could get it at any point. I also asked that once water broke if the pain would be more intense and she told me yes. That’s when I decided it was time to get the epi. I needed energy to get through pushing!

The epidural was great! As soon as I got it I felt so much better! Around 9 I got check and was fulled dilated! The midwife called to have them break my water, which ended up happening without any assistance. They then sat me up so that the baby would move into position a little bit better.  The midwife got to the hospital around 11:15 and it was show time!

Everyone except Andy, my mom, and his mom left the delivery room to go wait in the waiting room. I was told I had the perfect epidural. I could see move my legs a tiny bit and I could feel the contractions, they were just less intense. It was time to push! Andy had one leg while my mom was the counter.  After a couple pushes they switched and Andy was the counter while my mom held my leg. I was still feeling really good, so good that during one of the rests I asked when I’d be able to eat something, ha! Andy was such a great coach. He kept me focused and calm. We both were so ready to meet our son.

After about 20 minutes of pushing our son, Breck, entered the world at 12:09 on August 22. We were all shocked with his weight of 7lbs 13 oz. I could have sworn he would have been in the 6 pound range {I should have known better, I was sore for weeks from carrying that weight around!}.

That moment when they laid Breck on my chest is one I will never forget. As the tears were flowing I was just in awe of this little guy. It was most definitely love at first sight. Andy reached to touch his hand and Breck instantly wrapped his little fingers around Andy’s finger. My heart just melted. I waited a long 40 weeks for that exact moment.

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Life with B has been great so far. I recovered really well and have been even getting out of the house at least once a day since we came home. Andy took on the dad role like a pro! He’s always making sure B and I have everything we need and seeing him hold our son makes my heart turn to mush. I couldn’t imagine my life any different right now!

Enjoying the summer

 It has been way too long since my last update. My baby bump is growing by the day! Today marks 34 weeks, which leave about 6 weeks left until his due date! We are really close to getting his room finished and getting all those little things done before his arrival! We just got back from a long weekend at the lake and it was exactly what we both needed. It felt great just to relax and float in the water. I should make more trips to the pool! I’ve done some shopping, it’s just so hard not to walk out of Carter’s without some kind of little outfit! Plus, I’ve found really great deals there! A few weeks ago I had my baby shower, which my best friend Lauren did a great job of hosting! I will have to blog about it soon! I haven’t ran in a few weeks because it hasn’t felt all that great, even though I have a support belt (Thanks Jené !) but it does help with walking. I am still going to the gym 3-4 times a week for PE class, which is a lot like Cross Fit. I ride the bike for cardio and still lift weights. That is what feels good to me most of the time. I look forward to running again this fall after I get the all clear from the doctor. Plus, it has been super humid so the cooler temps will feel nice. I did mention to Andy the other day that I do miss those long runs of 16-20 miles. I know it won’t be long till I get back there!

Since there is no better way to catch up than through pictures, I thought I’d add some of all the fun things I’ve been doing so far!


33 weeks 6 days


The baby’s room is coming together


One haul from Carter’s. Not too bad for $19!


My last run/walk.


My favorite coworker retired :(


31 weeks


Andy and me at the lake! Crazy to think next year the little guy will be joining us!

Personal Training

Back in November I took, and passed, my ACE certified personal training exam. Since I became certified I have been training on the side. I want to get into a gym to train but I will wait til after the baby is here to really start applying.

I started with one client in March who had a goal of losing weight and getting toned. We started out taking measurements and getting a baseline of her abilities. We set it up that we will get together twice a week to workout at her apartment gym. The gym has all of the equipment we need and for the most part it is fairly quiet.

At the six week mark we took new measurements and saw about a 2 inch loss on her waist. I knew that there was some room for improvement so I suggested she started keeping a food journal to track her calories. We decided on a number of calories to eat in a day that would be what was best for her.

At the next six week mark (so 12 weeks after the initial measurements) we saw a huge loss in her waist, 8 inches! She said she had never felt better and was in a dress size she didn’t think she would ever see again! This is when we saw a drop on the scale as well. It felt great to be a part of such a huge accomplishment! Those text messages of “wow I feel great” & “I bought new pants today 2 sizes smaller!” will never get old!

After seeing the progress and success for this client I knew I decided to do the right thing (becoming a personal trainer). I still love my job as a sign language interpreter, so it is confusing for me as to which I was to pursue more. I have a strong draw to the fitness field and I am leaning towards that more.

As the time gets closer for the baby to get here I am struggling on what I want to do work wise. I know I want to work, but I have so many questions. Do I want to do part time training and part time interpreting? I could do a couple days a week of both. The beauty of interpreting is I have the option to do freelance work, which would leave me with time available to train.

I am possibly thinking of starting an online business for my personal training. With the technology day I could easily send workouts through email and then host Skype workouts for people to join. I just feel like I have a million ideas running through my mind that I need to work out!

Any trainers out there have any advice? Would people be interested in home workouts sent via email?

28 & 29 weeks

Last week flew by and before I knew it the week was done! The only “exciting” thing that happened last week was I got my RH factor shot (since I have O- blood). The wait was long and the shot hurt but it’s done now :)


I’m having a hard time believing I’m already 29 weeks, we are almost in single digits for the countdown!


29 weeks:
Weight gain: I had an appointment this week and found out I’m up 17 pounds. I feel like it’s mostly in my belly!

Workouts: I went to the gym 3 times and trained with my client. I tried to run on Saturday but after a mile it got uncomfortable.  I’m going to try again this weekend!

Symptoms: Occasional heartburn & lower back pain.

Movement: He loves to kick! He is very active from 9-10 am, after I eat lunch, & in the early evening.  One of my favorite things to do it watch my belly move!

Food Aversions/Cravings: Still loving fresh fruit, and ice cold water. No real adversions (yay, I can eat chicken again!).

Sleep: still sleeping great! I just wake up every time I switch from the left to right side.

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: We ordered a chair for the nursery from Zulily and it came in already! I love it! I can’t wait to spend many night rocking the boy to sleep!

Looking forward to: My friend who is due days before me is coming up from Tennessee for her shower and I can’t wait to see her bump in person!

Belly button: Sometimes it’s in, sometimes its out a little. I think it depends on where the baby is laying.

Wedding rings: still on, but I sent my engagement ring off to get sized. Its always been a half size smaller than my wedding band and it was getting snug. It should be back today!

Happy or moody? : I’m happy for the most part! But if I’m hungry I get grouchy :)

Hopefully this weekend I can sit down to type up some posts! I have so much to share about personal training but I never take the type to write anymore.

End of second trimester -27 weeks

The first trimester went so slow! The second. ..well it flew by! I have a feeling the third will be even faster! I hope the second trimester energy keeps up for a while even though I’ve read it slowly goes away.

27 weeks:

Weight gain: As of my 25 week appointment I’m up 11 pounds. Right on track!

Workouts: I ran 4 miles on Saturday and felt great running, after my hips felt sore. I think my long distance days are over. I’m going to stick to 3-4 miles. I got to the gym 3 days and really enjoyed that. I’ve been focusing more on cross training. Thats what feels good!

Symptoms: Occasional heartburn.

Movement: He loves to kick! I’m now feeling those wave type movements, so cool and weird! Andy felt him the other day and said the same thing!

Food Aversions/Cravings: Still loving fresh fruit, and ice cold water. I ate chicken a few times last week so I think that aversion is going away.

Sleep: still sleeping great!

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: Thanks to the Kate Spade 75% off sale I picked up this diaper bag for $99! I’ve been saving giftcards for a special treat and this was it!


We also ordered a glider for his room from Zulily that I’m in love with! I can’t wait for it to arrive! My best friend is throwing me a shower in June and the invitations went out this week!

Looking forward to: the three day weekend!

Belly button: Sometimes it’s in, sometimes its out a little. I think it depends on where the baby is laying.

Wedding rings: still on

Happy or moody? : I’m happy for the most part! But if I’m hungry I get grouchy :)