Mustela Review + Giveaway

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Mustela is the #1 Baby Care and Stretch Marks Brand in Europe and just began selling their line of products, including the 9 Months and Bebe lines, in Duane Reade stores across the United States.  Mustela focuses on selecting only the most natural ingredients to use in their products – any questionable ones such as parabens, […]

Running Post-Partum: How Soon is Too Soon?

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I ran 5 days after the birth of my first son – an easy 1 mile run on the treadmill and then slowly increased the mileage over the next few weeks.  By the time he was 5-6 weeks old, I was comfortably running 30-40 miles/week which included long runs of ~10 miles and some speed […]

Birth Story

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I have tried to shorten this post for the last 24 hours, but am having a hard time cutting anything out…so I apologize for the length of this post AND the number of pictures!! Tuesday morning I began having light cramps and didn’t feel right.  I spent most of the remainder of the afternoon lying […]

Meet the Newest Addition to Our Family: Ryan Thomas

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Good Morning and Happy Monday!!! First, just want to say thank you to everyone for the wonderful prayers, thoughts, and wishes the last few days. For those that aren’t aware, my husband, son, and I were thrilled to welcome the newest member to our family, Ryan Thomas Gonzalez, last week. Ryan is already back to […]

Guilt With a Second Child

Playing with his Thomas trains!

Baby #2 will be making his/her arrival any day now and I’m excited, ecstatic, and anxious for my son to have a sibling.  Both my husband and I come from families of multiple children and we always knew we wanted the same. He will forever have a playmate and friend. BUT, there is this feeling that […]

Happy Bump Day (39 weeks)!!

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I have entered the two week window of my due date – did you know that 80% of babies are born within two weeks of their due dates?!? Appointments: I have weekly appointments with my midwife and my OB-GYN specialist (for my gestational diabetes) from now until I deliver.  Definitely thankful that I have tons […]

Pumpkin – Boy or Girl??

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When my mom was pregnant with my youngest sister, my other two sisters and I had so much fun guessing everything from the date she would be born, to the sex, to her height and weight…it made the birth a little bit more exciting (and interesting since we were are competitive with each other).  We’ve […]

Hospital Packing List

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The idea that we will soon be a family of four became much more real this past weekend.  Since I am ~4 weeks from my due date, I figured it was probably time to pack my hospital bag (I went into labor with my son a week early and my midwife thinks that I will […]

Happy Bump Day (37 weeks)!!

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Today marks the start of my 37th week…one more week until I’m considered full term! The last two weeks have been exponentially better than the 5-6 – partially because I’m able to run again, partially because I feel more prepared for the arrival of #2, and partially because I know how close I am to […]

Back to Running!!

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After going full circle and finally accepting the fact that I wouldn’t be running until after baby #2 is born at the end of September, I have been able to run again without any pain.  Isn’t that weird how that always happens?  It’s like we have to have no expectations before we can really begin […]

Happy Bump Day! (35 weeks)

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Another two weeks have come and gone and with it comes lots of updates regarding Pumpkin and I. Glucose test – First the bad news.  I have developed gestational diabetes (GD).  I feel somewhat embarrassed saying it aloud.  I’ve had this preconceived notion that you develop GD if you are unhealthy, overweight, and/or inactive (because […]

Pregnancy and the Marathon

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As I approach my due date (6 weeks!!!), I’ve begun thinking back to my son’s birth…trying to visualize what it will be like this time around.  It’s easy for me to remember the moments post labor & delivery and much harder to recall the period just before.  I vaguely remember what the contractions and pain felt […]

I’m Scared to Run

I’ve been virtually pain-free for almost a whole week.  I say virtually because there are still moments when I overextend myself and feel a small twinge of pain in my lower back/buttocks area due to Posterior Pelvic Pain. The last 4+ weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions for me: – During the first week, […]

How To Avoid PPP During Pregnancy

As I’ve discussed in earlier posts, I developed Posterior Pelvic Pain (PPP) at week 29 of my 2nd pregnancy.  One of the first questions I asked my chiropractor and my OB-GYN was what caused PPP?  I had made it through my first pregnancy with no complications, so why was I having issues this time around? […]

Happy Bump Day! (33 weeks)

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It’s been SIX weeks since my last pregnancy update.  Between a few mini-vacations with the family and being a bit mopey and pouty about my lack of running, I haven’t had the heart to do an update. BUT, my back pain is almost totally gone and I’ve come to terms with the prospect of having […]

Friday Night Cry Session

I normally don’t complain on here or blog about things that get me down.  I try to stay pretty positive and would consider myself a glass-half full kind of girl. But the recent pain in my lower back has made the last two weeks extremely tough: I’m frustrated that the pain is affecting my parenting […]

Posterior Pelvic Pain

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It’s 630am.  My husband and son are enjoying this beautiful scenery and weather as I sit alone in our hotel room.  It’s not where I want to be.  But, unfortunately, I am in a good amount of pain and am  having trouble walking. Let me backtrack a moment.  I began feeling some discomfort in my […]

4th of July and Why I Need To Run

Pretty good stride for an almost 18 mo old!

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!!  My husband and I took our son to the beach for the first time this year.  I knew he would enjoy the sand and water, but I wasn’t prepared for HOW much he would love it. It was a perfect day. —————————————————————- I haven’t posted much since […]

Random Things I’m Loving

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I have a lot of random thoughts going through my head lately and decided to share some of the things that I am currently LOVING!! – Third Trimester  - Today officially marks the start of the 3rd trimester.  Knowing that I am in the home stretch is a wonderful feeling.  I will do a pregnancy update […]

Running During Pregnancy: Monitoring Exertion

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*Note: I am NOT a healthcare professional.  This post is in response to many questions I have received in regards to my running pace during pregnancy.  The below information is what I have learned from my current OB-GYN as well as research on this topic.  Before you engage in physical activity during pregnancy, talk to […]

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