Wednesday, May 20, 2009

We Got a New Running Partner

Why has Jason had to start training alone for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon?

How come Leah can't beat Jason in a sprint anymore?

Is that Leah wearing two sports bras?

The answer to all these questions is yes! Wait. The answer to the last question is yes. The answer to the first two questions is

Because Leah's Pregnant! YAY!
(pause for effect)

Yep, for the last 12 weeks, Leah has been running for two and at a much slower pace (gotta take it easy, you know). About, oh, 14 weeks ago we decided to try for a baby and 2 weeks later - well, you've seen Look Who's Talking - and two weeks after that: pink line! Holy Crap! Didn't really expect it to happen so fast (that's what she said).

As so now we are taking a new turn in life as we try to deal with bringing a baby into this world and not ruining it once it gets here. So answers to questions you might have:
  • Yes, Leah's already starting to show a bit, although it's the kind of show that's much more visible in the evening than in the morning (which we don't understand at all, but over the past few days even that's starting to change)
  • Yep, she's still running. The doctor cleared her for 30-45 minutes of easy running. The rule is that she has to be able to talk. So she's been doing 3 miles 3 times a week and 4 on Sunday at about 11 min/mile or as Leah likes to say a lot slower than her normal comfy pace of 9 or less.
  • No, Leah isn't runnning the 1/2, but Jason is. And, while he's sad to be training alone, he's surviving. Luckily it's only a half. Leah is now just Coach Leah and tells Jason what to do (insert joke here).
  • Is the baby a boy or girl: yes
  • We are in the 12th week of pregnancy and so just getting out of the first trimester, which is awesome.
  • At 8 weeks we got pictures from the ultrasound when the baby was only 1.87cm long. Now the baby is the size of a lime. That little guy (or gal) grows fast! We think it looks like a gummy bear at this point. Which is good cause we know how much we love our gummy bears. Here are some blobular photos (there will be way cooler photos in the future...I can't help how blob like it is at 8 weeks!):

So yeah. Baby. Should be fun.

Leah speaking now:

Yep, we are oh so excited about this new turn in life. When we got back from our trip to Zurich we thought well we could start trying to have a baby because you know it's going to take a few months to get things going and by that point we'll really be ready and so on. Turns out it didn't take quite that long and 4 weeks later we had a positive pregnancy test. So yeah, we were a little shocked with the pink line (I might have taken 4 home pregnancy tests).

Jason and I have been writing secret posts (which I accidentally published a few of over the past 8 weeks or so, so you might have gotten a sneak peak if you were on your google reader on time). I am going to publish all of those in a day or so and you can read them all, by filtering on pregnancy, and I'll include a link when I let those out. Of course these are going to be in reverse order of when things were happening and we highly recommend you read the earliest post first and work your way to the most recent. There is a lot of them, but they are pretty funny (at least we think so). There will also be a lot more posting in the future, it's hard to not talk about something this fantastic and so that's why there was such a slow down in our posting.

We hope you enjoy the posts, and we hope you enjoy reading about this next challenge in our lives. I am going to continue running for as long as I can, so that should be an interesting experience and I know I'll be looking for tips from any women out there that are currently pregnant and running or have been pregnant and running.



Cuckoo said...

AHHHH!!!! I am so excited for you and Jason!!! I did not even read all of your post yet, just saw the bolded part and got super excited that I had to comment first! CONGRATULATIONS and I am so excited a fellow Chicago runner is pregnant along with me!

OK, going back to finish reading your post now :)

Running Jayhawk said...

YAY!!!!! I'm so excited you've gone "public" now. :) Seriously, you're going to be the cutest big bellied mama around in a few months. (Not that you're not now, cause you are...just minus the big belly!)

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Scott said...

We get to be grandparents! See you soon! Wheeeeeeee!!!!!!


Dawnie said...

Congratulations! That's awesome news. I can't wait to read the rest of the posts on it.

mouse said...

"As so now we are taking a new turn in life as we try to deal with bringing a baby into this world and not ruining it once it gets here."

best. parenting quote. EVER. seriously! HAHAHAHAHAAHA

It was so good to finally see you guys the other night! And again, congratulations!!!

Runner Susan said...

WOO HOO!! A little baby physicist is on the way. Congrats!

Laura said...

Congratulations!! So many of my running friends are having babies - and yes, they are all still running. :)

Can't wait to read the backstory!

Danny said...

Congratulations!!! That's awesome!!

Firefly's Running said...

The Team Nathan would like to offer our sincerest congrads for your household!

runningtwig said...

Congrats!!!!!! They are great - that is why I'm typing with 1 hand now!!!!!

mg said...

Congratulations!! I haven't blogged in months, but I did blog some while I was pregnant if you'd want to read the archives. I not only ran throughout my pregnancy, but I ran the morning my daughter was born. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you'd like advice from someone that's BTDT (I also know of a parenting board that's filled with mostly sane people who can spell).

lifestudent said...

Ha. We were the same way. "Better start trying now because you know, it could take up to a year to get pregnant". Nope. One time did the trick ;)

And she just turned 8 months old...time flies SO fast.