Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Belly Pics: Weeks 33 & 34

Yesterday marked my 34th week! It's crazy to think that in 6 weeks or less we will have our sweet boy in our arms! I had a doctor's appointment today and Cayden's heartbeat was nice and strong. The other good news is that my doctor thinks from feeling my belly that he has flipped head down! We will still have an ultrasound at our next appointment (36 weeks) to make sure he's head down, but I really hope she's right! I have 2 weeks before my next appointment and then we are on to weekly appointments. I know from the last time that once we started weekly appointments the time flew even faster than the previous weeks.

My parents are coming in town this weekend and along with hoping to get free childcare for a date night, I'm hoping my mom and I will be able to get some things accomplished for Cayden's nursery. I love the room so far, but I have yet to actually start decorating. Maybe after this weekend we'll be closer to the decorating goal!

Here are my belly pictures from Week 33.

 34 Weeks

Adalyn and Dakota were so cute playing together while J was taking my belly pictures. There was a lot of squealing and laughing. So cute. Here's a picture of their cuteness (with a little sneak peek of the nursery.)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Jonathan's Race aka My Husband is a Stud

I need to take a minute (or a blog post) to brag on my husband. There are many aspects about him that I could brag about, but today's post is about his most recent accomplishment.  After he finished his MBA last winter he decided to focus his attention on fitness. He heard about a race called the Warrior Dash which is pretty much a 5K trail run with 13 obstacles through the race. (You can click on the link if you'd like to see the types of crazy obstacles.) He was intrigued but in the past had never been into running. He decided it would be a good goal since there was a Warrior Dash race in Kentucky this year and some of our friends decided to sign up too. (They hold the races all over the country.) In January he started P90x (which he blogged about - and is still updating his fitness info). Once he finished the 90 days of that program he decided to start running 3 days a week and then use the other 3 days to do strength training.

Back before I had Adalyn, I was the runner in our family and J has never been interested in running. So now that he's started in on running I have to say I've been a bit jealous that he's training and I can't right now. But I'm proud of how awesome of a runner he has become. Even if he doesn't love doing it, he has put some serious miles in and his pace is super fast. I really want him to sign up for a regular street race to see how well he'd do.

This past weekend was the Warrior Dash in Lebanon, Kentucky. First of all, let's talk about the Lebanon. When J first signed up for the race, it was supposed to be in Elizabethtown, which is a sweet little town and I was excited to go check it out.  But a few months later he got an email that the venue was changed to Lebanon. There is absolutely nothing in Lebanon.  I'm honestly not sure why people live there. Neither of us have ever been there and I never want to go back. There was one hotel in the town (which thankfully J was on top of it and reserved a room before they were booked up) and it was nice enough. There were only a couple restaurants in town so our dinner Friday night was a bit interesting. It was sloooow service with the greasiest pizza I have ever tasted. Everyone in the place knew each other. We just looked at each other and laughed. It was like we were these city outsiders. Oh, and the entire town had zero 4g connection and only about one bar of EDGE so we felt like we were outside of civilization.

Adalyn did great sleeping in the hotel room. I, on the other hand, did not. But what can you expect when you're 8 months pregnant? I was just hoping I wouldn't wake J up.

Jonathan, Billie and Tim signed up to run the 9am heat for the race. They thought that the earlier would be better for the heat factor and also for the race course to not get all torn up. There were heats every 30 minutes from 9am to 3pm. The race was sold out (6,500 participants but only 5,169 ended up racing).  This venue is different than most of the Warrior Dash races in that they didn't have parking at the venue. We had to park at the fairgrounds (for $20!!) and then they shuttled us into the venue by a school bus. Thankfully we only had to wait for one bus since we were there early. (Our trip back to our car took 45 minutes on the bus!) When we came back there were hundreds of people who have since posted on the webpage that wait time was 3 and 4 hours for the buses in direct sunlight!!  

When we got to our destination they dropped us off in the middle of nowhere. Army guys checked our bags and then we were off, or should I say up. There was a very steep uphill climb on a gravel path. We had no clue how far we were walking because it just kept winding through a very wooded area. I was huffing and puffing. Thankfully Jonathan was pushing the stroller because I had all I can do to get myself up the hill. 

Finally we started hearing music and the next thing we knew we were in the festival. You could feel the excitement all around! This was Jonathan's first bib number race and I knew he was nervous. I have run tons of (regular) races and I would have been nervous walking into this too (back in the day when I was in shape). But I knew his excitement was way more than the nervousness. I had to get pictures before of the racers!
Adalyn giving her daddy a good luck kiss.
 Billie, Tim and Jonathan right before lining up for their heat. 
Derek and I hung out with the kids during the race. We really thought we'd be able to see a few obstacles on the course, but the way the course was made was all through hills and woods so we literally could only see the final obstacle that was at the finish line. We were a bit bummed since we wanted to see what they were doing. Of course I had to get some pics of the kids. They were all so good in the heat and sun.

We had no clue at what time we should expect our people to come across the finish line since it's hard to know how long the course will take. The first guy came across around 24 minutes and everyone standing around started yelling for him. It was such a cool atmosphere. So we were just kinda hanging out watching the random few people come across the last obstacle. Then it got so that there weren't big gaps in between the runners but just kinda steady people one by one. I screamed when I saw Jonathan so soon! I couldn't believe it as he came running toward the obstacle.  The last obstacle was crawling under barbed wire and then crawling through a foot of mud and water, then up a hill and across the finish line. I was holding Adalyn in one arm, a camera in my other hand, screaming and jumping up and down. I tried to get the best pictures I could. I then started running toward the finish line to get a picture of him coming across.  This was the best I got...
(Those volunteers were right in the way! But they wouldn't move.)

 Uphill out of the obstacle towards the finish line.
 Pumped up! Finish line is in the background. He finished 18th out of the 500 in his heat!! (It was about 32 minutes...I don't have the actual chipped time.) I am so proud of him!! He was also way cleaner than I was expecting. But I guess it helps when you're one of the first to go through all the obstacles instead of doing them after hundreds of people have gone through them.  He also started at the back of the pack and although it is chipped timing so his time didn't start until he crossed the start line, he had to wait for a few of the first obstacles because they get bottle-necked.
Billie came across next. I always knew she was super tough and pretty much superwoman, but seriously she ran the race for the most part carrying her shoes. She was having issues with her feet so she just took her shoes off. I can't fathom running this race with shoes on, let alone with shoes off!!
 Eli wasn't sure about his mom being so dirty. It was hilarious!
Tim came across the finish line just a couple minutes after Billie. They all 3 did awesome!! Just to finish this race would be an accomplishment, but on top of finishing, they all finished in great times!

 Jonathan's personal cheering section. We were so proud of him. (Can you tell how hot it was? We were all a bit flushed even though we were just standing around.)
After all of the heats finished the official finish times were posted. Jonathan finished 302 out of 5169. In his age group he was 86 out of 1008. I am so impressed by that. It would be awesome if it was even just a running race, but knowing he did a bunch of obstacles that he has never done before in crazy heat makes it even more amazing. And in case you are wondering, he wanted to get back out there today to see if he could better his time by starting at the front of the pack. And yes, he has looked into other locations in Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee where the race is taking place later this year. I think he might be hooked... I'll be cheering him on next time too:) Can you tell I'm proud of him?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Little Swimmer

Adalyn had her first swim lesson of the summer last night. (If you remember, she took lessons last summer also.) Last summer the lessons were at the YMCA indoor pool (and they didn't allow cameras) but this year we got her in lessons through the parks & rec department at the local pool. It wasn't quite as organized as the lessons at the YMCA, but it was nice because it was outside (and way cheaper!) Of course there were other moms with their cameras taking pictures but because of my experience last summer I had left my camera at home so all of the pictures are from my phone. Next lesson you can be sure that I'll have my camera with me! :)

Here are some pictures I took before we left the house. She looked so cute in her little suit that I had to get some pictures. I was leaning over to get on her level, so she started leaning over. So I squatted and then she squatted. She is such a little mini-me and repeats everything! (Including using the big potty! If you didn't read my tweet from Tuesday night, Adalyn sat on the potty and went pee pee in it without being prompted or us trying to potty train her...she just likes to do everything we do! You can be sure that mommy and daddy were cheering and clapping and making fools of ourselves! We were so excited and Adalyn was so proud of herself!)

Adalyn was the youngest in the class (it's 18-36 months so it's quite a range) and she was one of the bravest kids! I was so proud of her! No tears!!

I think she had a blast! I cant wait to see how much of a little fish she is at the end of her lessons! Such a happy girl! I figured after all that swimming she'd be exhausted but I could barely put her to bed because she was being so loving and kissing and kept whispering sweet nothings (her new favorite thing to do) to me. She requests a specific bedtime song from me lately and then sings it with me and wants me to sing it over and over. All I wanted to do was just cuddle her and sing with her!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Baseball Game

Last Wednesday Jonathan's work department had a family night at the Lexington Legends baseball game.  We weren't sure how Adalyn would do since we knew we'd be out past her bedtime and we weren't sure if she'd roll with it or completely melt down, but we thought we'd try.  We haven't been to a baseball game this year and Adalyn has never been to a game so we were excited to give it a try. It was great weather that night. Thankfully the humidity had eased up a bit and it was a pretty evening. (Unfortunately our eating area and seats were facing directly into the sun so it was difficult to watch the game.)  Of course I had to get a few pictures on my phone...

Outside the ball park in front of the giant baseball.
 Adalyn loved this horse that was outside of our eating area. She made some friends with Jonathan's coworkers' kids and they were running through the horse's legs.
 Sitting like a big girl in her seat. She loved the folding seats and getting in and out of them.
 My sweet girl would barely be still long enough for a picture.
 We walked to the other side of the ball park so Adalyn could play on the play set. She loved the slide!
 At one point there were other kids on the smaller slide so she kept crawling up to the big slide. I about had a heart attack but she didn't seem to be worried a bit!
 Adalyn was playing with the table signs so I was trying to get a picture and right then the little boy she had been playing with was leaving so she was blowing him kisses and couldn't give me the time of day. So funny!
Adalyn did great being out past her bedtime (you just never know these days...) and we lasted until the 5th inning (the dinner started an hour before the game). We ended up leaving when all of the rest of Jonathan's coworkers were leaving. It was a great time and I'd like to do it again!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to my wonderful dad and also my amazing husband! They are both such great examples of Godly fathers. Here are some pictures from before church today. Adalyn was not up for smiling and ended up falling asleep on the 2 mile drive to church. Guess she was tired!

 She's got mommy's purse. Ready to go...
 Some pictures with her papa from Memorial day!
 Adalyn was asking for papa after church so we had to call him to wish him a happy Father's Day. So sweet:)

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Day at the Zoo

Last week Jonathan had the idea to take Adalyn to the Louisville Zoo on Saturday. (It's the zoo he grew up going to.) We don't usually do last minute things like that because we're planners. (I realize that it wasn't like it was same-day-last was week-of-last minute. But that's still a big deal for us.) Jonathan called his mom and sister to see if they wanted to join us since they live in L-ville so we ended up having a family day. When we pulled into the parking lot there were signs up that the park was closing at 2pm that day. We were upset since we had driven in for it and only had about 3.5 hours to spend in the zoo including time for lunch. We felt like we were sprinting through the different exhibits just to have time to get around the entire zoo. But we were able to see a few animals out and about. We had to skip the splash pad but by 2 Adalyn was melting down anyway. And the 90* day had worn us all out. It was BLAZING!!

Adalyn spent the day in her wagon and was happy about it. She loves that wagon and never wants to get out when we're done with walks so a whole day in the wagon was happiness for her! Also, this was her first time in pigtails. Jonathan said she looked way too old! So cute!! I love that her hair is long enough for them!

 Watching the elephants with her grammy and her cousin Sammy.
 Checking out the camels.
 She wasn't sure about the petting zoo.
 She would not touch any of the animals!

She slept the entire way home. She was exhausted. Lexington doesn't have a zoo so next trip will be to the Cincinnati Zoo maybe even later this summer. Last summer we went to the Toledo Zoo (the zoo I grew up going to) but with baby Cayden coming this year, we won't be making a trip up there this summer so she'll have to wait for the Toledo Zoo for either the Lights before Christmas or next summer. Although a lot of the animals were hard for her to see or pick out in a field, I think she had a good time and enjoyed the animals she could see. She liked waiving to the monkeys!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Belly Pics: Weeks 31 and 32

You all! I have 8 weeks left of this pregnancy. Less than 60 days. Crazy!! We had an ultrasound and doctor's appointment yesterday. Both appointments went well. Baby Cayden is growing well, but unfortunately is breech. Hopefully in the next 4 weeks he will flip! For the first time, he actually let us see his face in the ultrasound. We got a couple profile pictures and the tech even switched to 3D so we could see his little face! We got a couple partial views of his face but he kept putting his little hands over his face. It was so cute! The pictures that we did get looked a lot like Adalyn's 3D pictures. I wonder if he'll have the same big cheeks that his sister had:)  I now start appointments every other week for this next month and will have another ultrasound in 4 weeks. I remember last time that once appointments start every-other week and then weekly that the weeks seem to fly by even faster! I know these last 8 weeks will be a blur!

31 Weeks
 32 Weeks
And because I feel like I was standing at a weird angle, here's another 32 Week pic.