Sunday, November 25, 2007

Merry Christmas to me!
Christmas came early this year. Came home from a friend's baby shower and look what was waiting in the basement for me!?! We decided to go for the home gym since the littlest member of the family presents a bit of a challenge right now, not to mention the 6" of snow and ice outside make training a little rough!

November 25-30 weeks old! Weekly mileage: 20 miles (treadmill)

11/25 Sun- 2 mile jog/walk treadmill, 10 minute cycle (lost 21 pounds to date)
11/26 Mon - 20 minutes hills treadmill, 20 minute spin bike, cross train
11/27 Tue -2 mile jog/walk treadmil, 20 minutes spin bike, cross train
11/28 Wed-30 minutes hill walk treadmill, 30 minutes spin bike, cross train
11/29 Thur -1 mile hills, 3 miles jog treadmill, cross train
11/30 Fri -rest day
12/1 Sat -Woke up to -24 wind chill temp - too chilly to take baby out for santa shuffle, so I shuffled out a 10k on the treadmill.

Broke in the treadmill and spin bike today! It felt good to jog slowly - I put in a couple slow miles alternating walks in between. Everything feels pretty good! This will help get off those extra baby pounds quicker!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

November 18-24 2 weeks old!
11/18 Sun- 1 mile jog/walk (weigh in.....lost 20 pounds since baby day!)
11/19 Mon - Rest Day
11/20 Tue - 3 mile trail walk with hills
11/21 Wed- yoga/stretching
11/22 Thur - Happy Thanksgiving!
11/23 Fri - easy walk
11/24 Sat - easy walk
Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our precious son! He is a blessing to our family!
He is growing like a champ already! Mommy is recovering well and cannot wait to get clearance to start running again. (Doctor said only yoga and walking for now and that I could start jogging again at 4 weeks post partem). I did try a quick 1 mile jog on Sunday, but It was too soon and didn't quite feel right. The Doctor recommends a longer healing time for the pelvic floor so as to avoid any long term or permanent damage of the bladder, etc. He scared me into waiting a while longer! I am looking forward to stepping up the fitness program and starting my marathon training asap!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

November 12-19 (childbirth recovery week)
11/12 Sun- Baby's birthday celebration and Grandma & Grandpa Lynch's
11/13 Mon - Baby's first Pediatrician Visit
11/14 Tue - short walk
11/15 Wed- short walk
11/16 Thur - short walk
11/17 Fri -short walk
11/18 Sat -short walk

Baby Boy Lynch born at 10:02 p.m. Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
(just past his due date - 40 weeks and a few days gestation)

On Pregnancy Fitness:
On Pregnancy Fitness & Running:

Initially I thought running through the 9 months of pregnancy was going to be quite a challenge with the raging hormones, weight gain, and fatigue that comes with pregnancy. In actuality, continuing to run came quite naturally and helped my energy levels. While I was no longer racing in local events, I still participated. To be honest it was a new enjoyable race experience to simply run without a pace or goal in mind. I was thrilled just to be able to participate and continue running! It was even more fun to see and hear the reactions of other runners and spectators as they caught sight of my belly bump as I passed by. My pregnant running partner and I were astounded at the support and cheers we would get from other participants and the crowds on the sidelines.

It felt good to know I was taking care of my body and my baby! In hindsight, I definitely credit my running and exercise during pregnancy as the key factor in my healthy and complication-free pregnancy, delivery and now quick recovery. I was blessed with a quick complication-free labor and childbirth and a healthy 8 pound baby boy born at 40 weeks, 2 days!

Friday, November 09, 2007

November 4-10 (40 weeks)
11/4 Sun- 2 mile trail walk
11/5 Mon - 2 mile trail walk
11/6 Tue - Baby arrives! 10:02 p.m.

11/7 Wed - Toronto Hospital
11/8 Thu - Baby comes home!
11/9 Fri - Baby's first outing
11/10 Sat -Muskoka day trip with Sister Tami

The Baby Boy Arrival Story:

Woke up Thursday morning after a few days of increased regular braxton hicks contractions which increased my hopes that maybe it was getting close! I was starting to think baby was never going to make his appearance. Woke up Tuesday morning with regular contractions about 8 minutes apart. Woke up the hubby and my sister Tami who had arrived the night before from California and told him I thought it might be the real deal and that it was time to make the journey to Toronto. We were in the car on the hwy withing 20 minutes. I think he realized it was really getting serious when I told him "No, we didn't have time for Tim Hortons (coffee) stop on the way." Wouldn't you know we ran into morning rush hour traffic (at 9:00 a.m.!) heading to the city!! By now about 10 minutes into our hour long drive the contractions were getting closer - 6 minutes apart and starting to get uncomfortable. We were all silently starting to panic!

As we approached toronto, inching our way (painfully) through rush hour traffic, the contractions kept getting closer together, we were starting to think we might realize every pregnant woman's worse fear was about to happen....a vehicle birth! I tried to remain calm while hubby veered between lanes and took the shoulder of the hwy when available. It was getting hairy! By now contractions were about 4 minues apart. As we approached the city we were all in a state of panic as traffic was pretty standstill. We passed a police cruiser and hubby flipped a quick uturn, pulled over and waved him down. He was thrilled to see it was an old police buddy of his (how perfect!) Jamie quickly explained the situation "my wife's in labor and we have to get downtown to the hospital now" and minutes later we were in a full speed police escort (yes, lights and siren action) all the rest of the way to the hospital. I had to laugh (through the labor pains) at the comedy of it all. Who would have thought this story would end up this way - it was just like in the movies.

Minutes later we arrived at our hospital and made our way to labor and delivery. As soon as I checked in with triage and lay down, the contractions slowed down in frequency. I was convinced this day would end in yet another false labor and that the baby was just never coming! Luckily triage nurses confirmed I was indeed in labor and wanted me to walk around for a while to see if I could get contractions to pick up progress again. They told me, unless I was in a lot of pain, to go walking and check back in a few hours. What they didn't realize is that me and the baby had not only been walking, but running for the last 9 months and I wasn't convinced that this was going to change anything as far as progressing labor. After walking countless laps of the labor & delivery floor, we checked back in with triage. I was still having contractions, but they were only about 5 minutes apart still. I was convinced they were not going to admit us, but send us home. We were waiting in one of the triage exam rooms for the next exam when all of a sudden I felt a pop and a warm gush. I shouted to hubby to go get the nurse because my water had broken. By the look on our faces when the nurse walked in a confirmed my suspicion, you'd have think we had won the lottery! We were so excited since we realized that yes, we would be having a baby soon. (Ok - back to just like in the movies.) Of course immediately after the water broke I was back in intense labor with the contractions coming on stronger and longer by the minute...and I realized "oh my goodness, I am going to have a baby now". My smile was gone in minutes as the real painful contractions kicked in and realization of what I was about to do. Things moved right along and the pace definitely picked up. By 9:00 p.m. the doc announced it was time to push when I was ready, and 5-6 contractions or about 16 minutes later, baby boy finally made his appearance! Overall the whole labor process went perfectly, no complications or problems with mom or baby. Baby weighed 8 pounds and was born with more than a full head of hair! Wow! He is the love of our lives. We spent tuesday night & wednesday in the hospital and were thrilled to be released to come home yesterday.

More photos & videos coming soon!