2016: Year in Review

Happy New Year!

In each of my previous years’ recaps — 2013, 2014, and 2015 — I usually talk about all the wonderful places we’ve traveled, PRs I’ve run, and the 1,000+ miles I’ve run for the year. 2016 was different – it was the year of family. Josh and I welcomed our baby girl to the world in July. While many would like to forget 2016 and believe me, there are definitely parts of the year that were challenging, however, it will always be one of the most memorable years of my life.

—We started the year living in Connecticut and the announcement of our pregnancy. I tried to recap the pregnancy throughout the trimesters as transparently as possible without scaring away all readers! You can catch up on that here if you’re interested — 1st trimester, 2nd trimester, 36 week recap, and initial postpartum thoughts.

—We traveled to Southern California shortly after that and enjoyed our trip very much in Los Angeles and San Diego. A couple of weeks after that we went to Atlanta to celebrate my brother in law’s wedding. The last remaining trip before the arrival of the baby was to Providence to cheer on Coach Brian as he ran his 50th state marathon.

—We moved back to Hoboken in May. While this meant leaving my job, ending our lease early, and switching doctors late in the pregnancy, this was ultimately the right move for us. We’re happily settled back now and look forward to sharing more of our Hoboken favorites with our little one in the upcoming year.

—On the running front, the longest distance I raced in 2016 was 10 miles. I ran 4 races pregnant and 4 postpartum. Total mileage for the year was slightly under 300.

—And most importantly, 2016 is the year that I became a mom!

Cheers to a wonderful 2016 and a memorable 2017!

Pregnancy – 36 week update

We’re down to the last 4 weeks. Time sure really feels like it is flying. I have a feeling a full 3rd trimester recap may be much delayed (or non-existent) so here is a 36 week update.

Anxiety has certainly started to sink in. Since we moved about 4 weeks ago, I felt behind in many things pre-baby – nursery planning, getting the car seat ready and inspected, baby classes, and generally getting all of our ducks in a row before the baby arrives. I’m feeling excited to meet our little one, but also nervous about the responsibility and the labor process.

I’ve been fortunate that I have been able to sleep relatively well despite the 3-5 bathroom breaks in the middle of the night. I can generally fall back asleep without much trouble. Also, without a work schedule, I am fortunately able to take naps in the middle of the day if needed.

Hunger, Cravings, and Nausea
Still no cravings but I am finally getting my appetite for sweets back and I am eating a little more food than I did in the 2nd trimester, but still not as much as I was eating pre-pregnancy/marathon training. I am not tracking calories so much of this is a perception based on how many snacks I eat between meals and the size of my portions.

I’m still drinking one cup of coffee a day and trying very hard to not give into my sweet tooth too much. I had my glucose screening test at my 28 week appointment and fortunately, passed. However, when we moved back, I switched back to my doctor in Manhattan and they have a stricter guideline on the glucose levels, so I had to do a fasting blood test which fortunately came back normal. Despite wanting to eat ice cream and chocolate again, I am trying to be more conscious about how much food I am consuming that has added sugar.

Fortunately this trimester, the nausea has stayed mostly at bay. However, occasionally if I eat too much or too fast, I feel nauseous and I’ve relied on ginger beer or sparkling water.

DSC01674Baby Kicks and Movement
We learned at our 28 week appointment that the baby’s head is facing down, which is great news! Since she’s stayed in roughly the same position since then, I’ve felt her in the same spots and she is generally more active throughout the day and even more active in the evening when I am relaxing on the couch and getting ready for bed. The movements have changed rhythmically though due to her growth. Our doctor in Connecticut had a good analogy on how the baby feels – at 28 weeks, she has a 2-bedroom apartment, at 32 weeks, she has a 1-bedroom and at 36 weeks, she has a studio.

Tingling Arms, Leg Cramps, and Swelling
I started wearing a wrist brace on both wrists at night to help with support and the tingling. My arm is not as bad but my fingers experience the sensation when I am doing any repetitive motions. As for leg cramps, they have generally subsided. Since I am up so often in the middle of the night, I make sure to stretch out my calf if I feel a cramp coming on.

I started experiencing swelling in my hands and feet towards the later part of the 2nd trimester. I can measure how much my hands are swelling each day by how my ring fits. I can no longer wear my wedding band or engagement ring and now opt for either no ring or one that Josh purchased for me that is 1.5 sizes larger than my old rings. My feet are also getting gradually worst. My already wide feet can now only wear these Birkenstock sandals.

Pregnancy/Baby Classes
We started taking classes after we moved back to Hoboken. We went to two childbirth classes through the hospital and our pediatrician. We also took an infant CPR class as well and next week, I’m attending a breastfeeding class. We wish we were able to get in a newborn care class but unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we will be able to fit one in the schedule. However, Josh has done some reading throughout the pregnancy and most recently, the Baby 411 book we received as a gift.


The most traveling we’ve done this trimester is between NJ and CT for our move! However, we’re fortunate to celebrate our baby shower in early May with many of our friends and family who traveled the distance to join in our festivities.

This trimester, I was primarily on the hunt for clothes to keep me cool in this warmer weather and nursing products. Also, since I have exercised more since moving back to Hoboken, I needed to stock up on extra sports bras for barre and yoga. One of my favorites is from Old Navy. I love seamless sports bras and you really can’t go wrong with the price. I’ve invested in a handful of summer maternity dresses and non-maternity tops that are looser so I can wear them now and post-baby. Some of my favorite recent purchases are from Anthropologie during their weekend sale – check these out (they’re super cute!): linen tee, buttondown tee, and this beach haven tee.

I ran my last race of this pregnancy at 29 weeks and it was a memorable one helping celebrate Coach Brian’s 50th state marathon in Providence. I continued to run without walk breaks until around 32 weeks. Around that time is when I started feeling more pressure in the pelvis and could only run/walk comfortably. I would run for about 5 minutes and then walk for a short while and continue to do this for around 30 minutes. This is also the same time I switched to going on the elliptical more. Starting last week, I switched exclusively to the elliptical for cardio. In addition to the elliptical 3-4 days a week for 30-40 minutes, I am also taking barre and prenatal yoga classes. I’m glad to be back in Hoboken and continue with some of my favorite exercise routines. My goal these days is to exercise at least for 30 minutes each day (per my Apple Watch) including walks. I really miss being able to run easily without discomfort, but in the meantime, I am living vicariously through my running friends and building a marathon training plan for my cousin.

I have a couple of races post-baby that I am already signed up — NYRR Bronx 10-miler and the TCS NYC Marathon. Both races, I know, are aggressive to train for especially given the timing, not knowing what recovery will be like, and how different life will be with a newborn. While none of these races are intended to be PRs or even ones I train for aggressively, it is nice to have something on the calendar to work towards but I am going into it consciously aware that if I am not ready, I will not force myself.

(Do not read this next section if you’re not ready for too much information)
Bowel Movements
Some of the same issues I suffered from in the 2nd trimester continue to bother me. However, I am learning to manage the discomfort better especially since I am at home and can manage accordingly.

Finally, I am not a doctor or a medical professional. Everything written in this post is based on my experience. Please always check with a doctor first on any topic. However, I am happy to commiserate with others in similar situations!