The date of my last post was November 26, 2016. Nothing like getting pregnant for the THIRD time to motivate me to get back on the bandwagon. Yes, you read that right. We are expecting our third child. There has never been a need for me to put together a fancy party to let everyone know the gender of our children, so I will go ahead and put it out there –SHE is due in August! Oh hey mom, dad, and big sisters!
Never in my life could I have imagined that I would be the mother of three girls. I mean, let’s be honest, I’m not the most girly of girls. I try. Sometimes. However, I would much rather be running on trails, having a craft beer, and hanging in my garage rather than getting my nails done, sipping rose and/or figuring out what outfit I’m going to wear. Case in point, what my life has been like since I completed my last blog post.
- First and foremost, we celebrated Christmas! I found out I was pregnant on December 10th. I remember the date for one and only one reason. As my husband and I were finishing up a marathon of Christmas shopping for the kids, we stopped for lunch at Chopt at which point I started to feel sick to my stomach. Reluctant to purchase a pregnancy test, I snuck away to snag one only to find out my suspicion was correct. I had not one, not two, but three Christmas parties to go to that evening. I immediately text my OB to get advice on how to skirt around the alcohol issue. Thankfully, I teach an early Sunday morning Flywheel class. I carefully carried around an alcoholic beverage through two parties (not really drinking) before retiring early for the night because I had to get up early. Looking back, did I trick you?
2. It snowed! A little. We shoveled all of our driveway snow into a pile big enough to make a snowman. When I say we, my husband did. We also managed to sled for a brief period of time (albeit on ice).
3. My husband and I hit up the Belk Bowl with my parents to see the Hokies take home a huge comeback win. Again, at this point, I floated around a game day atmosphere avoiding alcohol because of the 6:30 AM class I had to teach the next morning.
4. I powered through some serious fatigue to teach some incredible Flywheel classes. I never got sick in the first trimester. However, I did have some food aversions and fight serious fatigue. This pregnancy is somewhat abnormal compared to the first two. If you don’t remember, I was working full time with both of my previous pregnancies. As such, while I was teaching at Flywheel, I was sitting for at least 40 hours a week at a desk. Life as a mom and personal trainer doesn’t make time for a lot of sitting (resting). Thankfully, Flywheel brings me life. It motivates me to stay on a routine. To stay active. It is also a great social break for me during a day that I might just spend with toddlers.
5. I launched the second twelve week session of my OCR program. Y’all I knew I was pregnant as I was about to launch this. I had my doubts. Maybe I should call it off. Would people actually want to train with me when they found out I was expecting? Well, I’m here to tell you first hand, there is never a great time to get pregnant. As I saw my performance getting better and better, in a few short weeks, I felt myself slow down. This is life, and I can’t stop my life to bring another life into the world. Since this was something I had been doing prior to getting pregnant, it made sense that I shouldn’t stop it completely.
I have an incredible team of both 12 week participants and individuals who choose to drop in on a regular basis. They have become a part of my family. My girls recognize them, and my husband has vowed to fill in for me on days that I can’t make it (as he also enjoys being around them).
6. It was also during the past month that I was named a Spartan Race Brand Ambassador, began an affiliation with Ascent Protein and was introduced to new opportunities that I never could have imagined this early in my career. I am feeling proud of the people I train, I am feeling strong, and I am feeling the most confident (both mentally and physically) than I have ever felt in the first few weeks of my first two pregnancies. Maybe it’s because I already have these two amazing kids.
They sure do wear me out. Some days the afternoons go by way too slow. However, they are my world. I miss them when they aren’t around, and I literally can’t wait for them to come home from preschool. They do know another baby is on the way, but they don’t seem to have embraced it yet. That day will come. Maybe when I am a little bigger? Maybe when the baby actually gets here? Until then, we will embrace the time that it is just the two of them.
As far as what you can expect from me? I’m just going to keep doing my thing. You can’t get rid of me that easy! Spartan Race has agreed to follow my journey to provide other pregnant athletes with workouts to complete while they are progressing through pregnancy that will allow them to be ready to go when their doctor clears them. That said, on my blog, you can expect weekly updates. On the Spartan Race website, you can expect a monthly update. Thank you all for your well wishes. We truly appreciate it!