F is for…

Lili’s learning the letter “F” in school so I figured, let’s get a themed post together. I tried to compile my own list of “F”s. So here goes.

1. F is for FAMILY: Last week we celebrated my (not so) baby brother’s 26th birthday. He’s the reason I wanted babies in the first place. I used to sleep in the crib with him when my mom would leave for the hospital. I would change his diapers, go to his parent/teacher conferences, attend his concerts, pick him up and walk him home from school, taught him to drive, etc. We also celebrated his girlfriend, Mimi, for passing her NCLEX. She now officially a Registered Nurse. GOOD TIMES.

Birthday/NCLEX Celebrations

Birthday/NCLEX Celebrations

We also have an amazing nephew and niece on P’s side. Sabrina is now 14 turning 15 and starting her freshman year in high school this September. I can’t believe it. She’s an amazing STAR student. All advanced classes. She is also a cancer survivor. We love her to death. And Julian is on the football team and a great student in school as well. He just turned 11! Gosh, I can’t believe how grown they are and we are happy that they still enjoy doing our silly Easter events.

Contestants with their Host

Contestants with their Host

By the end of the game show, P’s wig was falling off. HA.

2. F is for FITTING IN FITNESS. It isn’t always easy fitting in my workouts but I try to do what I can these days. I thought by now, Sebastian would be more regular with his sleeping pattern, but I was wrong. So last night before I got dinner together, I did a workout while the kids watched Toy Story.

Working Out

Working Out

Lili joined in towards the end. And then I got dinner together. This morning, I did have time to run on the treadmill.

Tread/Speed Workout

Tread/Speed Workout

I did a speed workout. 🙂

3. F is for FOOD. I love food. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I bought raviolis from Trader Joe’s and it’s actually pretty good. B likes it. Even P liked it. I think I’ll have to buy more. P had leftovers.

Ravs

Ravs

And I know I promised Nat my chocolate cake recipe. I’m going to post it today.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

4. F is for FRIENDS. I haven’t seen most of my friends in awhile, but I did get to see my soley last week as we met up at the track in our shammy shirts. We were celebrating our shammiversary. It was when she PR with a 3:42 marathon and I ran a marathon 12-weeks pregnant. Good times.

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And I'm currently scheduling plans with my other two close gals. My girlfriend's son, (my godson), turns 10 today which also means it's my girlfriend, Hazel's, 10 year anniversary as friends. Also, our good friend, Eric, (we're in a group text) just got promoted to Sous Chef at the country club. A lot to celebrate.

friends

The above pic was taken at my baby shower in May 2011.

And now the chocolate cake recipe. I got this from my girlfriend’s grandmother.

Nan’s Chocolate Cake Recipe

Ingredients (for cake):

2 cups of sugar
1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 unsweetened Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup of milk
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of boiling water
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Ingredients for Frosting:

1 cup of confectioners sugar
1/2 cup of unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa powder
1 pint of heavy cream

Directions:

1. Preheat over 350. Grease and flour two 9-in round baking pans.

2. Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder/baking soda and salt in bowl. Mix and then slowly add milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on low to medium speed for about 3 minutes. Slowly add in the boiling water. Pour the batter evenly into pans.

3. Bake for 30-35 minutes and cool for 10 minutes then remove onto a rack.

4. Once it is cool, use a long knife to cut as evenly as you, each cake to make 4 layers total. Make sure it’s completely cool before frosting.

Directions for Frosting:

Mix together the sugar, cocoa and add in slowly the creamer. Beat on medium for about 5 minutes or more until the liquid mix becomes more frosty like. (HAHA).

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I promise, it’s delicious. There wasn’t a lot leftover and my niece and nephew took a chunk home. We have our share in the fridge — but it might not last till tonight. 🙂

Do you have a yummy cake recipe? Share with me!!!!

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11:30 AM: 40-Minute Easy Run – COMPLETED

It’s been one crazy, long weekend and I’ll have the pics to prove it! I’ve been so tired with this emotional week I’m having but I was happy to be able to get an easy run out at lunch.

Perfect Running Weather

Perfect Running Weather

I was wishing I didn’t have to go back to the office. Unfortunately I had no choice today. So the weekend went a little like this:

Friday: On my day off, we had errands to run. Honestly, I just wanted to stay home and bum around especially with this cutie.who likes to give me mini heart attacks!

Really, Kid? Climbing the Piano?

Really, Kid? Climbing the Piano?

One was going to the dealership where we sat and waited for 2.5 hours. Lovely. My FIL was going to babysit Sebastian but something came up so I had to take both kiddos with me.

#whilewewaitselfie

#whilewewaitselfie

After 2.5 hours and a ride back to my in-laws, we hung out there for a bit before parting ways and heading over to visit Jacquie and Mila. Jacquie is due with baby #2 in November (right around Thanksgiving).

Play-Time

Play-Time

We had a great time and by 3:30, we headed over to my sister’s house. We wanted to see how Scarlett’s first few days of school went and Lili missed her dearly.

Cousinly Love

Cousinly Love

After 5 minutes they were fighting. HA. We ate dinner there and then headed home around 7:15PM. I really had a lot of things to do around the house before the next two days.

Saturday: We got up early and I did two loads of laundry, made breakfast, and fed the kids. I put the third in the wash and then we headed over to a Pajama party at Pump It Up.

CHEEEEEESE

CHEEEEEESE

Okay, is this better mom?

Okay, is this better mom?

It was my friend’s son’s, Ayden’s, 6th Birthday.

Happy Birthday, Ayden!

Happy Birthday, Ayden!

Friends since 6th Grade

Friends since 6th Grade

Lauren and I went to middle school together and then she went to a different high school. We were reunited via Facebook a few years back and now we actually talk often. She’s a great friend. I am happy to have her in my life. 🙂

Parttttayyyyy

Parttttayyyyy

Maybe I'll be a Pilot?

Maybe I’ll be a Pilot?

pajama parties are fun

pajama parties are fun

eating time

eating time

Really mom?

Really mom?

After the party, we headed over to get brunch for P and lunch for myself. Then home sweet home. We had a few more things to do before we headed over to party #2. I also finished another load of laundry. We got ready around 3:30 and headed over to Princeton for the next fiesta.

Are we still in Jersey?

Are we still in Jersey?

P’s best friend was in town. She’s doing a freelance job in NYC (moved to San Francisco over a year ago). We were excited to see her.

BFFs

BFFs

It was a lot of fun. Lili was in a terrible mood at first because she slept on the way there and it was a short nap for her. But after an hour (yeah, it took almost an hour), she was opening up.

TATTOO TIME

TATTOO TIME

With Drea

With Drea

Marian & I

Marian & I

Dance Party

Dance Party

Lili even joined in on the dancing festivities.

Lili dances...

Lili dances…

Buddies

Buddies

It was a lot of fun. We headed home around 7:45 because the kids were so tired, not to mention myself. Home by 8:30 and gave the kids a bath and put them to sleep. Then I fell asleep around 10:30. A long, but fun day.

Sunday: I woke up at 3:50 AM and ate breakfast. You know marathon morning always seems to be an early morning thing. Poor Pedro. Anyway, I leave the house around 4:30 and meet up at with Celeste by 5. We get to PA by 6AM. One hour ahead of schedule. We have time to pee, do dynamic stretches and take pics.

#marathonmorningselfie

#marathonmorningselfie

I love this girl!

Yes, I'm HAPPY!

Yes, I’m HAPPY!

Smiling for now... let's see how happy I am at Mile 26.2!

Smiling for now… let’s see how happy I am at Mile 26.2!

It was supposed to be a fun marathon for us. In fact, a come-back marathon post-pregnancy #2 for myself and a redemption marathon for Cici because she ran this back in 2011 when the humidity was crazy and the route was changed because of Hurricane Irene. She got sick at around mile 22 (I believe) and DNF but this time, WE WERE GETTING OUR MEDALS! And yes, we did. It was good — I didn’t hit any walls (thank goodness) and of course, the usual body parts started to hurt, but having Celeste there was awesome.

#solemateselfies

#solemateselfies

We saw Bart Yasso TWICE and I gave him a high five the second time around. Overall a great race and possible course to PR on and I believe it’s one of the last (if not the last) race to BQ. The only problem is September’s weather is iffy, especially in the beginning. I mean, the week before it was in the 90s and disgusting.

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Now, the only thing I did not like about this marathon is that it starts and ends at different spots. I mean, NYC will be same but I can figure that one out. Here we had to take a shuttle back to the parking garage and then the bus took us to the farthest end — we walked another half mile or more back to the car. I guess it was good for recovery. The drive home was tough for me… an hour and a half. Then I got home, pumped, showered and picked up the kiddos at my parents house. I was so excited to see them. Overall a great day/night.

Monday: It was a very emotional, exciting day for us. Our little one started school. It’s tough because she’s always with family so I knew she would have a hard day. But it only gets better, right?

<3 <3 <3

❤ ❤ ❤

We ran a bunch of errands while she was in school and it was definitely weird without her.

Me and Munch

I tried to recover my legs but must have walked up and down the stairs a hundred times. OUCH. Oh, and I wore my race shirt from the marathon and love everything about it. The way it feels and the color.

Race Shirt

Race Shirt

By 2:25, we headed over to pick up Lili. So exciting. We were happy to see her. Her teacher said she was upset most of the day (cried). It’s getting better though.

And on another note, guess who turns one tomorrow? Yes, that’s right!!! Sebastian. How is that possible. I feel like we just had him. Where’s the PAUSE button here. EMOTIONAL WEEK!!! A year ago yesterday and picture taken yesterday:

9/9/13 v. 9/9/14

9/9/13 v. 9/9/14

I miss the bump, but I’m excited to see all the fun things he’s starting to do.

Me & My Bubs

Me & My Bubs

OKAY, that was long.

Do you wear race shirts? What do you do with them?

Do you remember your first day of school experience? Did you cry? How old were you?

I was 5 going into Kinder. I wouldn’t cry when my mom was there but as soon as I saw her drive off — TEARSSSSSSS — hyperventilation. LOL

Happy Earth Day

5-Mile Run – COMPLETED

Happy Earth Day! We will be celebrating tonight at the Chestnut Chateau. Okay, really though, we’re celebrating my MIL’s 65th birthday, but I had you thinking we were really celebrating Earth Day, right?!?

Happy Birthday, Abueli

Happy Birthday, Abueli

Just thinking about the above-picture, I did “recycle” that balloons from my brother’s birthday dinner on Friday night. Now that’s using my noggin.

After work yesterday, the SUN was beaming and it was a nice 60-degrees, if not warmer. We took our time at my mom’s but as I was about to get into the car, I had to take advantage and bring the kids to the park. Lili was ecstatic.

Never Sick of This!!!

Never Sick of This!!!

Finally fell asleep.

Finally fell asleep.

We ended up leaving the park around 7:10 and as soon as we got home, I started dinner. P was already eating — I knew that he was famished. So I got my food ready and the kids — fed both of them and then gave them baths. Sebastian slept right away. Lili, she gave me a bit of hard time but finally went down at 9:30. P and I watched two episodes of Breaking Bad and then I called it a night.

I ran 5-miles at lunch — I was hoping to get up and run with Tamar but there was no way the kids and I were waking up. So, a 5-mile at lunch it was and today I dedicated my run to Infertility Awareness week. I attached the link if you are interested in reading more on it.

5-Miles for NIAW

5-Miles for NIAW

When I got back, my lunch was waiting for me.

Salad and Sushi

Salad and Sushi

Now I’m hungry again.

Is it just me or do you get hungry an hour or two after eating Chinese/Japanese food?

Anybody ever go out mid-week for dinner?

This will be Sebastian’s third time dining out — I’m hoping things go well. Two kids under 3 out to dinner, hey at least it’s a Tuesday night and not a Friday (I probably just jinxed myself!).

Okay, I gotta work. I have SO MUCH WORK TO DO!!! I’m such a slacker this afternoon.

Case Closed

3.15-Mile Run – COMPLETED

I was able to run at 11 this morning since both attorneys are out. Well, mine is in Vegas and the other was in Long Island for court. It was a beautiful Spring day and I’m happy I got out earlier. Sometimes waiting till 12-1, it’s easy to lose motivation.

Lunch Run - Spring/Summer Necessities

Lunch Run – Spring/Summer Necessities

I could already tell that it’s gonna be a hot summer and I don’t mind it, but I sweat. And I don’t have a shower here at work so I have to cool down a bit, body spray it, use deodorant (and YES, I prefer a guy’s deodorant, especially Degree).

Anyhow, yesterday, I went on my run and decided to check out if that car with the Stop sign was still parked there from Monday’s run. And then, it all made sense. The car is parked in front of an elementary school.

Stop Sign - still there..

Stop Sign – still there..

The person in the car is a… CROSSING GUARD! HA! Well, now I feel silly (and probably a little suspicious taking random pics of this car). At least it wasn’t a drunk driver.

And today’s lunch is from Salad House.

Salad & Sweet Potato Fries

Salad & Sweet Potato Fries

I’ve come to the conclusion that I will never have those abs I want but I’m totally OKAY with it. I love food! I love sweets!!! So yeah, that’s the end of that — for now. I’m sure next week I’ll want the abs. HA. On a good note, I didn’t eat that many sweet potato fries. The big wig came back and took one a fry my plate and exclaimed, “WOW, that’s a good sweet potato fry!”, then asked me if I was going to eat the rest of the ones I had in the container. I told him he could eat them. It was probably in my best interest because I am pretty sure I would have devoured them. Pedro would be proud of me. I don’t like sharing my french fries…

What one food do you not like to share (but only share with the ones you really, truly love — I share my fries with Lili all the time!)?

What diets have you tried? Paleo, The Zone, South Beach? The attorney I work for has pretty much tried them all. I try to just eat in moderation. I used to be big on counting calories but for some reason, I can’t log into the account at work.

I hope you’re all getting a taste of Spring!!! It’s gorgeous out. We’re going to the park after work!!!! I know Lili is going to be thrilled.

Tempo Tuesday

5-Mile Run (1-mile warm-up; 3-miles tempo [8:45 min/mi; 8:30 min/mi; 8:18 min/mi]; 1-mile cool-down) – COMPLETED

Big boss is out of the office so I was able to sneak out for a run at 11:30 AM. It is gorgeous out.

Sunshine

Sunshine

I had to make sure I charged my Garmin yesterday bc this happened on my run during lunch.

Boooo. Hissssss...

Boooo. Hissssss…

Sometimes it’s not so bad running without a watch. It’s kind of liberating. And you can enjoy the scenery a bit (though I won’t lie to you — I kept looking down at my wrist to see what time it was or how far I was going).

Today, I wore arm-warmers, just in case it was nippy, but I could have done without them. I guess better to be a tad overdressed than under, right? It was perfect though. And to be honest, I couldn’t believe how fast I was going. It didn’t seem like I was that fast at first. I guess that helps that I ran without a watch yesterday. I was having trouble finding satellite so I ran my normal 1-mile route as a warm-up before starting out the tempo.

Tempo Tuesday

Tempo Tuesday

It was the best run I’ve had in a long time. I haven’t done a tempo Tuesday since marathon training last year. It feels good to be back out there. ❤

On another note, I can't believe it's APRIL!!!

Anybody have any April goals? I think mine is to eat better (I say this every month). I’m not sure if this constitutes as eating better…

Salad & Sushi

Salad & Sushi

It is with brown rice at least. HA.

Did anybody get fooled or play a fool on someone? I try to get my husband good, but today he was in a bad mood. I was not trying to mess with that at all.

Happy April!!!

Winter’s Back and a Recipe

3.43-Mile Run – COMPLETED

Well, even though spring began last week, it appears winter isn’t quiet ready to make its exit.  It’s a tad cold and possibly some snow, but I don’t think anything that will accumulate.  It will most likely be more of a messy and annoying commute tomorrow. I’ll probably have to push myself out the door for a run today. I did the same yesterday. I honestly did not feel like going, but I convinced myself. It was WINDY but I tried to stay in the sun as much as possible.

Easy Run

Easy Run

So last night, I picked up Sebastian at my in-laws and hung around for about half an hour before parting ways.  I had to pick up Lili at Kidz Village.  It’s one of those indoor, funplex jungle gym places.  My sister took my niece and Lili.

Cousins

Cousins

My sister had to bring Lili out the door and she was definitely upset that it was time to leave. She really did have a wonderful time though.

Big Girl

Big Girl

We headed home, ate dinner, gave kids a bath and put them down to sleep. They both went down to sleep pretty easy. I was tired myself but for some reason, stayed up with P to watch the game.

So, quick recipe for my girlfriend, Keyri, on the Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars. I modified this a bit so I’ll put in parenthesis what it really calls for and what I used instead will be in bold. I got this recipe from my boss who found it in Health magazine.

Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars

Ingredients:

Cooking Spray
1/2 cup of whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup of creamy or chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup of egg whites (2 large eggs)
2 TBSP of fat free Greek yogurt (2 TBSP of cannola oil)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup of barley flakes or 1/4 rolled oats/1/4 cups of chia powder/seeds
3/4 cup of cranberries
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions:

1. Preheat over to 350-degrees. Spray a 13×9 inch baking pan part w/ cooking spray. (I have the individual pre-cut brownie pan which I absolutely LOVE).

2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar and peanut butter until well combined. Beat in egg whites, greek yogurt and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Add rolled oats, chia seeds/powder, cranberries, peanuts and 3/4 cup of chocolate chips, stirring to combine.

3. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and firm to touch.

Pop in the Oven

Pop in the Oven

Cool completely on wire rack.

Mmmmmm

Mmmmmm

4. In a small bowl set in a pan of simmering water, melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. With fork, drizzle chocolate over bars. Cut into 24 bars.

Each bar is 170 calories. Get the recipe and nutritional facts here.

Do you follow recipes to a T or do you modify?

Chia/Flax seeds? Do you love or hate?

Do you have a favorite energy bar that you make?

I’m ready for this day to be over. I know, only an hour has gone by. 😦 Hope everyone stays warm. Come on SPRING.

Unplanned Weekend

Did you ever have that weekend where you knew you had plans but they were never confirmed?  The one thing that we knew we had was a play-date and that was canceled and rescheduled.  Our nephew’s 10th birthday was on Saturday so we were still waiting to hear when the celebration would take place.  We heard originally it would be on a Saturday then back to Sunday.  So I couldn’t really plan my weekend out.  P finally said, “Whatever, just run a race if you want!”.  That’s all it took.  The three magic words.  RUN-A-RACE! HA!!! As much as I liked that idea, I still wanted to wait and see what the deal was because I feeling rushed.

So, on Friday, I took Sebastian to his 6-month appointment.  All went well and Lili drove us home after we hit the market.

Driving Mrs. Sanchez...

Driving Mrs. Sanchez…

We could start Sebastian on vegetables so he had his first spoonful of green beans.

Hmmm... Do I like green beans?

Hmmm… Do I like green beans?

GROSSSSSSS

GROSSSSSSS

The two kids napped and I was able to tackle 5 loads of laundry: washed, dried, folded and put away! Because the doctor’s appt took forever + the grocery shopping, we ended up rescheduling Lili’s play-date. It worked out for the best though because I had a ton of chores to do at the house. When P came home, I started his dinner. I made him a yummy steak and he had leftover potatoes from his mom’s. We did the regular night time routine. P tried to sleep early too. He had an early wake up call. He was getting his car fixed. By this point, we learned that Julian’s birthday party would be Sunday at 2pm.

When P got home, I started to get ready to go for a run with Tamar. I had plans to take Lili and Sebastian in the double jogger. Pedro fought me on taking the baby because he thought it was too cold out, so he stayed home with P. Lili was SOOOOOOO EXCITED!!! I couldn’t back out. So we went for a run with Tamar. The jogger is WONDERFUL!!! If you ever need to shop for a double or any jogger, BOB is the way to go.

BOB Revolution

BOB Revolution

BTW, Lili and Titi’s reunion was too cute. They were hugging and smiling and just loving each other. It was too long since they ran together.

Running Crew

Running Crew

After our run, we hung around the house and then both kids fought me on naps. Awful. They ended up napping WAY TOO LATE!!! Not good — when we all woke up, I still needed to run over to Target to get Julian’s birthday gifts. So Lili and I did that quickly. We got home and then I started dinner. Post-dinner, kids got baths and then I laid out their clothes for the party.

I talked to Cici off/on this weekend and we decided very last minute to run a 10k. It didn’t start till 11:30 and it was 20 minutes away. Unprepared for this – not registered – run for fun, kind of no-big-deal race. It was a Spring Race event, and we decided to use our Shammy uniforms from last year’s Shamrock Marathon. I am still shocked that this was a year ago. Really? How is this possible?!?

So, of course because bot kids napped late, Lili refused to sleep. She didn’t go down till after 10 and I still needed to get my things together for the race and the party. I wrapped the gifts, laid out race clothes, packed a post-race bag, laid out clothes for the party, etc. I think I was in bed by midnight. Cici and I didn’t even firm up plans on meet-up or anything. We had time in the morning. She wasn’t rushing so she was able to pick me up (and breakfast too). We headed to race site and did a few dance moves in the car — which is probably the main reason we missed our turn. HAHA. We registered easily and had time to go back to car. The race is VERY small. FUN FACT: THIS WAS MY FIRST RACE EVER BACK IN 2008. I never ran it again until yesterday.

Shammy-Versary

Shammy-Versary

Race started 10-minutes late. Very small — like 70 people, I think. We chatted the entire time. It was a fun, no pressure, race. I should probably mention that we were probably the two best dressed — and the least Irish runners out there. Where was everyone’s St. Paddy’s Day Spirit? I guess that’s why it’s a Spring Race and not a Shamrock Race.

DONE!!!

DONE!!!

WEEEEEEE...

WEEEEEEE…

We might do this again next year as a Shammy-versary — until we revisit VA Beach, Shamrock. We have big plans on that race.

I was home by 1:15 and kids hadn’t napped. I was excited to see them.

<3

1 year later

1 year later

And by 1-year later, I mean this…

2013 v. 2014

2013 v. 2014

But not happy that they didn’t take a nap. So that’s what we worked on. P got ready for the party while Lili went down for a nap, then I got ready shortly after. There was NO way we were making it at 2 and that’s okay. I wasn’t rushing. We left the house at 3:15 and arrived at 3:45.  Everyone was already eating.  So we just helped ourselves.

Birthday Boy & I

Birthday Boy & I

Me & Sab

Me & Sab

PopCorn!!!!

PopCorn!!!!

Cake Time

Cake Time

Some of the Fam

Some of the Fam

Sweet Lili

Sweet Lili

We got home by 7:15 and Lili was so tired. I gave them baths and she went down first. Now, Sebastian was having a harder time. He finally went down by 9:15. Then we watched some Breaking Bad episodes and then I called it a night.

Overall a good weekend, ESPECIALLY when I get to run most of the weekend.

Same day registry for races? YAY or NAY? Usually nay because you the heck wants to pay extra money? Though, sometimes it’s better because you have to cancel a race and not waste money.

Anybody hungover today? Anybody getting their drank on today?

Are you as excited for Spring as I am???  It’s rather cold today — and I’m hoping it will warm up SOON.

Wow, that was a long post — thanks for reading! Happy St. Paddy’s Day.

6-Months, Just like that…

1:00 PM: Lunch Run – PENDING COMPLETED

Today calls for speed run but I think I’ll be doing that run tomorrow on the tread instead since it’ll be raining.  It’s going to be 54 and sunny at 1pm, so I am looking forward to a run.  In fact, I’ve packed a tank for my run — but not shorts.  I was sketchy about whether to wear capris or shorts.  I’ll see if I regret not taking the latter.

On another note, can you believe my little stud is a whopping 6-months old today?  It’s hard to beileve that this was me 6 months ago.

BUMP AHEAD - 9 Months

BUMP AHEAD – 9 Months

It’s crazy that 6-months today, I was in the waiting room listening to those lives that were taken on 9/11.  We were patiently waiting for my ultrasound that would determine what the next step would be — and just like that, without breakfast or lunch, I was being told to admit myself into L&D and that I’d be delivering today.  WHAAAAAA???? Feels like a dream. And now, our baby is just getting bigger and bigger.

Happy 6 Months Buddy

Happy 6 Months Buddy

P and I were talking about how it’s amazing — one minute they’re helpless and now he’s rolling over, bouncing, almost sitting up, babbling, etc.  I absolutely love both my babies and being a mom of two.

Sibs

Sibs

Sure it gets rough.  I function on 4-hours of sleep at least 5-6 days a week.  My house is a mess most of the time.  I don’t get to run with friends as much as I would like to run — plans get rescheduled.  My patience is tested every.single.DAY!  Sometimes I hear my mother coming out of my mouth.  But then I stop — take a deep breath and remind myself, they will get older.  They’ll stop screaming “mommy, mommy, MOMMMMMMMY” — they won’t want to cuddle with me.   So with that, I smile and answer Lili the same answer 10x in a row if I have to and I carry the baby instead of getting that workout in.  It’s about compromise and priority.  And my family takes precedence– then running comes really, really close. HAHAAHA — Believe me, in two months, when the weather is nice out and Sebastian is 8-months, I’m coming at ya, full circle with two tots in a jogger.  Just make sure to move out the way because I don’t think you’ll be able to stop me.

I’m planning to run a 5k Shamrock Race this Saturday — I will try to make it work, if even with Lili in the jogger.  Chelsea is convincing me to DO THIS RACE!!! 🙂

Who else has spring like weather on this Tuesday? At what temp do you break out the open-toe shoes?  At what temp do you wear tank and shorts for a run?

I better get ready for my lunch run + Trader Joe’s run.  I need to get a few things for dinner tonight! Ohhh, maybe I’ll try Chelsea’s Spaghetti Squash recipe.

Grateful

8:15 AM: 4.25-Mile Run (1-mile warm-up; 5×400; 1-mile cool down) – COMPLETED

On Monday night, we had dinner at my in-laws.  I mentioned on that post that I prepped dinner the night before.  It came out delicious.

Lasagna

Lasagna

I helped myself to seconds.  While I was there, I got the message from my mom that they wouldn’t be able to take the baby yesterday — I wasn’t prepared but knew that there might be a day this week that I’d have to take him to work.  Fortunately, the big boss isn’t in so I knew I’d be able to take him in without any problems.  I hate to use a day off when we’ve (1) had so many snow days and (2) I’ll need to take a few days in March.  My mom leaves for the motherland this Sunday and honestly, the baby is a bit too much to handle for them four days in a row.  So, we woke up bright and early and I prepared everything to take the office — I tried my best to go “light” because I didn’t want to carry too many things.  One thing I definitely took was his rocker. It helped out at times.  And the baby bjorn — which wasn’t really helpful.  One thing I was thrilled about was that I wouldn’t have to PUMP!!!! And of course, I got to see this handsome face all day long.

My love

My love

He was such a pleasure.  I was able to do some light work while feeding him.

Sleep, Baby, Sleep

Sleep, Baby, Sleep

I brought my nursing coverup — He was so wonderful.  He even helped me work.

This is all wrong, mom...

This is all wrong, mom…

And then I tried to put him down for a nap in the back while I worked out — I did lots of lower body — OUCH. My thighs and glutes are SORE today.

Working Out

Working Out

He was so cute.  While I did leg workouts, he was in this zone watching my legs go UP and DOWN.  I think he’s going to be just like his big sis and will enjoy working out.  I eventually got him down for a real nap.

nap-time

nap-time

And I quickly got some work done because I knew it would be short-lived.  We went to the bathroom together.

#bathroomselfie

#bathroomselfie

And had lots of hugs and kisses…

Kissy, Kissy

Kissy, Kissy

It was a wonderful day with my man.  In fact, it was the first time ever that I spent time just with him and not with Lili too, since he was born in the hospital.  I am selfish with my babies and love spending every minute with both of them, but I really did enjoy him yesterday.  I love both my babies.

Best.Babies.Ever.

Best.Babies.Ever.

My boss told me I could leave an hour early, but I stuck it out and hung out.  I may need to leave early a few times next week so I don’t like to take advantage.  I did, however, come in an hour late this morning.  I really am grateful for my job.  Do I love what I do? It’s okay, but right now, with little ones, it’s flexible and they know me and are very understanding.  It’s the job you need when you have kids.   Anyhow, it worked out perfect though — I was able to get a nice, hot shower post speed workout.

The schedule called for 5×400 — It went well for the first time.

1-mile warm-up

1×400 @ 7:30 min/mi

1×400 @7:19 min/mi

1×400 @ 7:19 min/mi

1×400 @ 7:00 min/mi

1×400 @ 7:00 min/mi

1-mile cool-down

Between intervals, I did a recovery run @ 10:00 min/mi.  Here’s a cheat sheet for treadmill speed workouts.

TM Cheatsheet

TM Cheat Sheet

I’m happy with the way it went considering my legs felt heavy with yesterday’s lunges/squats/butt workout.

Oh, last night we had the pork in the slow cooker. It came out okay — I think I cooked it a little too long.

And a 24-week update.  I have to be honest with you — my diet hasn’t been great.  I just love my sweets and carbs and food…

24-weeks post baby

24-weeks post baby

I need to get on my brother’s outline plan that he designed for me.   Tomorrow… LOL

What do you do for a living? Do you love your job? What is your dream job?

Ideally, I would love to be a stay-at-home-mom. I say this often.  Dream job? My own business. Maybe something with crafts? Fashion?

I guess that’s why it’s called a “dream” job.  Though I should and could work on starting my own business.  That’s not really unrealistic.

Happy Wednesday.

Big Push #2

1:00 PM: 3-mile walk – COMPLETED

Okay, so it’s not as easy getting on here to blog, but at least I’m somewhat adjusting to having “kids”. It still sounds weird to me but I love it. I’ve been dying to share the “labor” story so here goes. I apologize if it’s too lengthy or boring, but hopefully it will keep you entertained.

If you recall, at my 37-week visit my blood pressure was still high. I picked up the container for a 24- hour urinalysis at the hospital and we took it from there. On Tuesday, I dropped off the urine and I asked when I’d get the results. The woman said 2-3 days at most. Okay, no big deal… I got home that night exhausted and hung out with Lili. We ate leftovers and then I got a Facebook message from my OB/GYN. She said I was spilling protein in my urine and that “mild preeclampsia” is >300 mg. I’m at 224 mg. So she wanted me to come in early to have my B/P done again and then to the hospital for an ultrasound and BBP to have my fluids checked and growth of baby. She says that I probably have gestational hypertension and that she’s not worried. Cool.

P and I drop Lili off at his parents’ house and head over to my doctor. Nikki, the nurse, takes my B/P and it’s still high. She listens to heartbeat and all is well. Then my doctor comes in and does everything again. Okay, she is lost but says that she’s sending me over to the fetal maternity office at the hospital. So I say, “What do you think? I’ll be induced next week?” She says yes, next week or even this Friday. Woah. Okay. She tells us to go to the office immediately but we may have to wait. My doctor brought me some snacks but. P and I were hungry. We said we’d eat after.

Tick-Tock… We had to wait at the hospital for 2.5-hours. There were people going in before us. But we waited. Hungry. But we waited. Finally we get in and have the ultrasound. Everything looks great. Baby was measuring around 7 lbs 1 oz. Heartbeat strong. Enough fluids. All well. Then the nurse comes in to take my B/P. She takes it twice and then tells us to wait. Finally the other doctor comes in and says, “OK. I just talked to your doctor. Here’s the thing, everything looks great. You’re 37-weeks and we took your blood pressure twice and it’s the highest it’s been since, 170/96. So we don’t think there’s any reason for you to stay pregnant. We want you to go upstairs to L&D and admit yourself to get induced right now.” Ohhhhhh. Okay. Then she tells us a few risk factor — baby’s lungs might not be fully developed so they might need to take baby to NICU, etc., etc. As we are leaving, I ask the doctor if I could eat and she says no. I have to have my blood pressure done again. Ugh. Okay.

As we are walking over to L&D so many things are running through my head. I didn’t have a hospital bag packed, Lili’s suitcase needed to be dropped off, i needed to contact family. So unexpected. I call my parents and tell my dad who is in shock. Pedro calls his mom. And I text the rest of the family. We get to the floor close to 1 and into a room by 1:30. We start the 20-question protocol. I write a list to P and send him home. By 2 we start the pitocin. I’m in contact with my OB throughout telling her how hungry I am. She says she’ll bring me doughnuts but had to go home first to do her squats. Ha. It sucked not having P there but I pretty much helped myself. I was able to unplug my meds and wheel myself to the bathroom. Lol.

P gets back to the hospital around 3:30. I’m having some contractions but nothing crazy. My OB gets in around 4:45 with a doughnut as promised. She says, “I wanted her to induce you Friday. If you don’t deliver today I can’t deliver you tomorrow. I’m at a different hospital!” Ugh. So much pressure. She then examines me, “ouch” I’m 3-cm dilated and she breaks my water. She leaves the room then I buzz them and say, “Okay, I’m ready for my epidural”. They all crack up.

5:15 PM, doctor comes in and starts the Epi procedure. It takes almost 15 min. Unfortunately, it’s taking long. I can feel the contractions. Turns out the Epi didn’t work. So he gives me something else. But that doesn’t work either. My doctor comes in to check me and ouch… I’m now 4-cm dilated. Then she says, “yeah. You shouldn’t have felt that… Need to do the Epi again.” New doctor comes in and here goes Epi #2. Ugh. It’s 6:15 at the point. 6:30 Epi is in and now I wait. I knew right away it was working. I wasn’t feeling much of anything. Contractions were there but wasn’t feeling it. Ahhhhh. Much better.

By 6:45 I told my OB she should go home for dinner because it might be a few hours. She says she will check me after the next shift then leave. We talk for awhile and I just hang out a bit. By 7:20 my night nurse came in and asked how I was feeling. I said okay. A bit of pressure but nothing major. She asked what kind of pressure I said, eh nothing crazy. She says, okay as long as it’s not like a bowel movement. Then I said, “Ohhhhhhhh. Wait. Yeah, that’s the pressure I’m feeling. This baby is coming now then!” She was like, “oh okay let me get your doctor.” I tell p to call everyone because it was happening any minute.

7:30 my OB comes in to check on me and I tell her it’s time. She says okay let’s check and sure enough she checks and gives me a look, “OH, you’re fully dilated. YOU are AMAZING! Let’s get started on pushing!” Pedro and I are like, “Oh do we have names?” Talk about last minute. 7:45 my nurse comes back and we start pushing. 7:50, they start breaking down the bed and getting ready. I do my final push and at 7:59 PM they say, “IT’S A BOY!!!” Pedro’s eyes are tearing up. They give the baby to me.

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It was the perfect delivery and I’m convinced that had the epidural worked the first time, Sebastian would have been born earlier.

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Best.Doctor.Ever. Seriously, who else sneaks in doughnuts for you before a delivery?!?

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I’m gonna miss her when I’m done with my appointments. But I’m sure we will be running together often.

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My kids.

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Big sis status.

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Our complete family.

And now I’m done. I thought about three kids. I’ve had people already say to me, “Are you sure you’re done? You’re really good at the pregnancy thing and especially delivering!” Lili’s delivery was easy but Sebastian’s (minus failed epidural) was cake!

How many kids do you have? Do you want? Failed epidurals?

Sorry for typos. I’m typing this on my iPad. I need to catch up with everyone. So much more to blog about also, i.e., adjusting to two kids, Lili adjusting to another baby, post-pregnancy body, etc. But I’ll end it here.