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You will never believe this.

27 Feb

I know you won’t believe it because it happened to me and I’m still in shock.

Do you see that goal there? "to have a Baby Boy!" Totally not accomplished.

Do you see that goal there? “to have a Baby Boy!”
FAIL.

The unthinkable has happened. I am sitting at home and am still pregnant.

After a sleepless night last night, I got a call at 5am saying to come in for the induction and we arrived at the hospital about an hour later. I hadn’t dilated at all since my appointment last week, so they put some kind of drug (I can’t remember what it’s called) on my cervix to make it soften and dilate.

Over the course of the next 12 hours I started having contractions about 1.5-3 minutes apart, but they never really started to get painful or intense.

See the printout on the right? Those are my contractions!

Please refer to printout on the right for proof that I WAS actually having contractions.

My doctor finally came in and checked my progress and absolutely n.o.t.h.i.n.g. had changed during the 12 hours I had been there. What? Yes. No progress.

Our doctor gave us our options:
1. Go home and wait a few days
2. Have the doctor break my water and hope things got going

Even though the thought of having him break my water was really appealing at the time (because then we definitely would be having a baby within 24 hours), we realized that the risks were just too high. After all, nothing happened after the first round of drugs, so if there still was no progress after that I would just end up having to have a c-section. No thank you.

So here I am at home, hanging out with Michael and my mama (who traveled here just for this… sorry mom!), trying to figure out what to do for the next few days. Any ideas? Watch more 24? Um, yes, don’t mind if I do. Obviously there will be another few rounds of self-therapy self-tanning…

Induction pt. 2 coming Saturday, March 2. Stay tuned. Let’s hope this next round is more successful…

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SDRC 10K Turkey Trot Race Recap

28 Nov

*Sorry all the pictures look so goofy! I left the camera in a weird mode and it stayed in that mode until the next day when I realized the problem. Whoops!

Starting Line

Annie and Ashley looking cute at the start.
Somehow my face got lost in the shuffle, but don’t worry. You can still see my belly poking out of the crowd.

Where to start? This race was so much fun and I’m so glad Ashley and Annie decided to do it too! In the days before, they both said they were nervous because they hadn’t been running a ton, but I was pretty confident that my slow pace would keep things easy (turns out I was right… I’m one slow chick these days).

We got to the South Davis Recreational Center around 8am to pick up our swag bags and race shirts and then hung out for an hour before the start. I guess the race must have been pretty popular because I was the only one of us who had signed up early enough for a shirt. Bummer, huh? They said they would send the rest of the shirts out in the mail though. If only I could squeeze my ever-expanding belly into mine…

Finish

Annie finishing like a champ. Hair billowing behind her and everything. THAT is a good finish.

I decided that for the sake of my pride I needed to wear my Ogden Marathon shirt. I figured that if I didn’t come in dead last it would be somewhere very close to dead last, so I needed to let everyone who was judging me know that even though I was the slow kid who needed occasional walking breaks I had, in fact, run a marathon.

Finish

I’m aware that I look like a complete lunatic in this picture. I think I was laughing at something Michael said… But I kind of like the view of my belly 🙂 Ps… check out that form, Ashley! Landing on your toes and everything. You should run a marathon. Sorry your legs look yellow.

When we got to mile 2 my calves were burning like crazy, so I stopped for a second to stretch them out. Those things are getting a little too high-maintenance for me. Other than the calves, though, the race went really well! It went like this: walking break, calf stretching, water break, walking break, and then we crossed the finish line.

Well… there was some slow jogging on a seriously annoying course (that wound around blocks to get to 6.2 miles) and a white Accura following us around with camera-clad husbands (I should clarify… my husband and Ashley’s husband. Not a car full of random husbands. That would have been funny though), but other than that it was pretty uneventful.

Finish

THE END!!!

3 turkey trotters decked out in race bling.

My official time was 1:20:01, making my pace 12:54 min/mile. I’ll take it!

I think I’m done with running for the rest of this pregnancy. I love it and it’s really helped to keep me feeling good (and sane), but it is just killing my back. I was gimping around for a few days afterward. I don’t want to hurt my back for good because I didn’t know when to call it quits. I’m thinking that there’s a lot of walking in my future…

You Win Some, You Lose Some

15 Sep
Just a Day at the Rodeo

Top left: This event is seriously called the “Indian Relay” and involves Native Americans racing bareback around the track on horses. It. was. rockin.
Top right: All the cowboys communing on the track. Have you ever seen so many cowboy hats in your life?
Bottom left: This cowboy won the steer wrestling competition! I didn’t even know it was a real thing, but it was pretty exciting to watch.
Bottom right: The bull riding was so exciting! Those things are so mean. You really couldn’t get me on one of them if you tried. This cowboy won the whole competition.

So… the Pendleton Round Up was a ton of fun (except for the part where it was reeeaally hot and I had a pregnant woman meltdown…). It made me want to buy a horse and sign up for a rodeo. But then I realized that I never want to be on a horse (or any other animal, for that matter) that’s traveling faster than I can on foot. Once I resigned myself to my life as a city girl, I just sat back and enjoyed the show.

Michael & Me

Me and Michael (sporting our BYU blue) at the roday-oh.
I highly recommend this experience to anyone who is not an active member of PETA.

After the rodeo, we went to my grandparent’s house for dinner and some fun family time and then headed home to watch the BYU/Utah game.

Which was about where the fun ended. Such a travesty! I mean seriously. The Muss stormed the field twice before the end of the game and we still lost. My dad, Michael, and I have been muttering under our breaths about it ever since the game ended. It would have been so awesome for them to have stormed the field (twice) and then had the game go into overtime anyway. WHY COULD THAT NOT HAVE HAPPENED?? Sigh. I guess there’s always next year.

Now, before moving on, let’s reminisce about better times…

Anyway party animals, I’m all birthdayed/rodeod/football gamed out. It’s off to bed for this little lightweight. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend (what’s left of it, anyway)!

Wogging with My Mama

10 Sep

Today was day 1 week 4 of my Turkey Trot 10K plan and it felt grrrreat (think Tony the Tiger there) to get out and mooove.

I tell you what, there are some huge differences between regular old running and pregnant running. Let’s start with the most obvious. Umm… I felt like Pamela Anderson on Baywatch. Is that obvious enough? If you don’t get that reference, let’s just say that my cups runneth over, to put it biblically. It’s definitely time to start looking for a heavy-duty sports bra. Suggestions welcome!

The second difference was that I could seriously feel my little man bouncing up and down on my bladder. Uncomfortable? Definitely. I’m not sure what to do about this problem, other than plan my wogs around public restrooms. I’ll probably be more careful about how much I drink before I lace up my Asics.

Running with my Mom

Wogging didn’t really improve how we looked, but it definitely left us feeling better!

Isn’t my mama so cute? She has never been into exercising (she has historically reserved a special vehemence for jogging and running), but somehow I used my silver tongue to talk her into doing a Couch 2 5K program. The biggest surprise? She actually likes it!

My road to running started with a woman named Suzy Cole blowing her whistle and ordering me to go run 3 miles, but if you are new to exercise, a couch to… whatever distance you want (I’m doing a Couch 2 10K right now!) program is an awesome option. If you have a smart phone you can choose from a lot of different apps that will tell you when to run and when to walk. It’s super handy.

Now back to wogging with my mama… One of my favorite things about coming to visit my family is my exercise sessions with my mom. I like thinking that there are three generations of Richardses out on the road. So presh.

Since there are only 3 days a week of the C210K program, I am doing weights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I have never loved doing weights. Ever. But I know that weights are really important to do to maintain muscle mass, so I’m gonna bite the bullet and live like a gym rat 3x per week.

I’ll let you know tomorrow what weights I am doing and why they are important, so stay tuned 🙂 In the meantime, I hope you have the time and energy to get out and sweat!