Sunday, March 02, 2008

Gone, but not forgotten...

I'm not dead, I promise.

I know, I know, I have been the world's worst blogger. Sorry I have been so absent lately. I promise there is a really good reason. And I really want to thank those of you who sent me messages through email and myspace just to say, "What's up, are you breathing still?" I appreciate all my cyberbuddies looking out for my life.

That being said, I would like to introduce all of you to the reason I have:

A) Been so freakin tired the last 3-4 blog entries

B) Ran a much slower time during the Miami Half Marathon (not all injury related)

C) Been a little too preoccupied to update this damn thing...

TADAAAAA...look what I did!
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That's right...I'm one of "those people" now. This is Little Baby Z as J and I like to call it. Our little peanut that at the moment is 9 weeks 4 days old (for those of you interested in that sort of thing).

Jeremy and I planned all along to try to start a family after running Columbus and Miami. I insisted I wanted to run a full marathon before I became a mother and since I signed up for Miami before Columbus, I was determined to finish both.

But as I got injured and time went on, I realized that running another full in January was out of the question. One night in early December, after a couple of Dirty Martinis, Jeremy asked me why we were still waiting. "You can still run a half marathon if you get pregnant now!"

Rationalizing this in my drunken haze, I realized he was right. And besides, we're not spring chickens. It would probably take us like 6 months to get pregnant anyway!

We didn't get pregnant in December, but we did in January. Yes kids, sometimes it really is that easy. We were very lucky.

And with that, Baby Z was conceived. And the little bugger has already completed it's first Half Marathon. Here are a few pictures of the happy, running family.

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Notice how freaking tired I look.

Since that day, Baby Z has been keeping mommy busy. Busy keeping her sick as a dog and making her feel like she has had non-stop motion sickness. Making her feel like she is 2 seconds away from puking (without actually puking...oh no, that would be sweet relief). Busy making her so dizzy every waking moment, that the thought of moving her head even 4mm to one side or the other makes her break out in a cold sweat and start crying. Busy making every food/drink taste like crap (with the exception of peanut butter crackers and pop tarts). Busy making mommy second guess everything in her life from her job, her house, and what city she wants to live in (we are currently looking at about 4-5 different options). Needless to say, the past month has been a little crazy. And with the dizziness I have while staring at the computer for 8-9 hours at work, the last thing I can do when I get home is go online. I have barely touched my home computer in weeks.

So there is my excuse, I hope you will forgive me :)

That all being said, I have started feeling a bit better this past week. My doctor (bless her heart) suggested I try B6 vitamin to help ease the nausea. She also wrote me a prescription for Zofran but I figured I would give the vitamins a try before I drugged up the kid. So far, it seems to help take a lot of the edge off. Still dizzy and foods taste bad, but not as intense and instead of it being constant, it's more like 1-2 days a week. Or maybe my body is just finally used to being a green, miserable wreck. Either way, I haven't needed to fill the Zofran yet. I hope it stays that way.

Other than all of that, life is good. We are happy, excited, scared as hell and freaked-the-f out all at once. But Baby Z is good and strong and right now that is all I really care about. We finally told everyone in our family and most of our friends, so I feel it's finally safe to announce it over the internet without pissing anyone off.

As far as running goes, I still venture out every week. But instead of 5 days a week running, it's more like 1-2 days of running (no more than 3 slooooooooow miles at a time) not for fear of running, but just because I am exhausted. But I also make it to the gym 1-2 days a week and get a lot of dog-walking in. Today J and I went for a 6 mile walk on South Beach, which was fun (and exhausting).

So this is my new marathon. I hope you guys are as interested in watching me train for this one as you were (or pretended to be) for the ones I trained for in the past. I have a feeling it will be the toughest race yet.

Do babies come with shiny medals and tech t-shirts?

27 comments:

Sonia said...

I knew it!!!! I really tought that was the reason why you stopped posting! Premonition.... maybe! Call me nostradamus!

I'm so happy for you guys! This is great news =)

Baby Z is going to have great parents! And he/she already ran a half-marathon!? A little racer coming up!

ws said...

congratulations, Laurel. I think your baby will definitely come with "shiny medals and tech t-shirts." Otherwise you'll get them as shower gifts. Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Laurel said...

Sonia, I almost told you at the Miami Marathon, but it was so early (4-5 weeks) I didn't want to say anything to anyone yet.

Guess I'm not so good at keeping secrets. The people at work guessed after they walked in from lunch one day and I was passed out face first on my desk! Haha...

Cara said...

awww congratulations!!

Marcy said...

SHUT UP!! OHH.MY.GAWD!! Holy Mother! CONGRATS CHICA!!! WOW, I was so NOT expecting this LMAO! I'm so HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!! ;D ;D ;D ;D WHOOOO HOOOO!

You poor thing! The early part of pregnancy always stinks, hopefully it will subside for you soon enough.

You better keep us posted from time to time on this pregnancy thang! Welcome to the jungle, baby! :P

P.O.M. said...

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. YOu're my 2nd blogger friend who is sperminated. Congratulations. So exciting! You'll start feeling better soon. You'll have to keep us updated with progress belly pics!

Ted said...

Wooooohooooo!!!! A big congratulation is in order! Move over Paula Radcliffe!!!! This is so cool. BTW, you are not the worst blogger. I am sure WE all can understand what you are going through. I wish you all the best with your pregnancy!

Lori said...

Oh yay Laurel! This is such great news! I have been feeling that someone was pregnant, I just thought it was Jessica! (Don't tell her I said that ;)) LOL I am so excited for you! You are going to love, love, love being a mom!

See Zanne Run said...

congratulations!!!! great news! i was totally wondering why the blog was so quiet - was hoping it wans't because of any injury that had gotten too bad! this is great news - i remember these days of debillitating exhaustion ... i cannot believe you ran an HM! you rock!! you are going to have a little runner - congratulations laurel - the sickness & fatigue will go away soon enough - you'll feel like your old self again.

Leah said...

Congratulations Laurel! Wishing you a happy, healthy pregnancy :)

Jess said...

Congratulations!

I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well, though. My friend Erin, who's 7 months preggo right now, was sick the entire first 4 months, so I hope the B6 helps!

Josie said...

Yay! I have a partner! Congrats!!! You're in for quite a ride! I hope you feel better soon!

Michelle said...

OMG, congratulations!!!! How awesome is that??!! When is your due date?

I had a horrible first trimester with my second child and was on Zofran, too. Hopefully it will help you, too!

You know you must keep us updated at all times regarding the pregnancy now, right? ;-)

Lily on the Road said...

Laurel, congratulations to both you and your sperminator as well as baby Z,

Fantastic news!!!

Please keep us posted in-between all the whoofffinnng....

Laurel

D10 said...

Congratulations!! You both are going to be wonderful parents. Hopefully you will start to feel better soon.

My Life & Running said...

Congrats again! Can't wait to hear all about your new "training plan!!" ;) xo-T

Running mama said...

Stumbled upon this blog - have to say congrats. As a mother and runner, I have to say it gets better. Post baby, you'll be faster and stronger. Hard to believe now, but it's true.
As a marathoner, you'll be better prepared for the birth. My first marathon was decidedly harder than drug-free labor.
You might want to check out seemommyrun.com/blog to read posts about your future. Good luck.

Mendy said...

Congratulations Laurel! I found you via Marcy and her latest funny post. I really hope your morning sickness subsides soon. I didn't have it that bad but most of my friends did. Enjoy your pregnancy (otherwise) as much as you can!

IrishBlue said...

Laurel, congratulations!!! That's so exciting.

I feel for you on the dizziness and all day flu like blahs. I was the same way when I had my kids. I actually had barf bags hidden everywhere - in my car, in my desk at work, in my nightstand. It was terrible. I think by kid #2 I had learned to vomit without breaking stride.

BUT, you will survive and the baby thing, well it's the best. Can't wait to share the journey with you Momma.

Dori said...

Congratulations! That's very exciting. Hope the nausea passes soon.

Michelle said...

Laurel, you still around?

Hope all is well with the baby bean. I miss you blogging, though!!

Josie said...

Just thought I'd check in and see if you're doing okay...you haven't posted in awhile so I'm hoping everything is fine and that you've just been tired/busy. My thoughts are with you!

Sonia said...

Hello Pregnant Lady!

Hope everything is going well with Baby Z! You should give us an update on the pregnancy even if you're not running! That's another kind of race my friend!

I won a free entry to the Miami half or full in 2009! Because I answered some survey! So, if you're still there, I want to see that Baby at the finish line, or even passing me by in a stroller!

chescaleigh said...

i'm so excited for you!! keep us posted!

Dori said...

So how's it going? Are you showing yet? You should be about the 5 month milepost. Post a picture of your beautiful pregnancy.

Sonia said...

BABY NEWS PLEASE!! PRETTY PLEASE ;-)

N.D. said...

Hi there! I just came across your blog, and good timing. I'm almost 6 weeks pregnant and a hardcore runner. How far along were you when you did the "family race"? That's awesome!! I hope that I can continue running through most of the pregnancy (otherwise I'm doomed!) and also maybe (?) do some races. Good luck to you!!

 
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