Painting, baking and running

It’s almost baby time! I’m 37.5 weeks so just two and a half weeks until my due date.  Although, since I’m full term, this little man is welcome to make his entrance anytime he wants now.  We can’t wait! I’m delivering at a different hospital this time so we went for a tour of the birthing center this week.  Seeing the teeny tiny babies in the nursery was crazy.  It’s hard to remember when Zain was so little.

I’ve finally made some more progress on Zain’s new room.  I just have a little more painting to do then we can move his furniture in.  I can’t wait to see his face when we show it to him.

Painting complete

Painting in progress

Zain got all dressed up last week for his Christmas program at his preschool.  The program was the absolute cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  His 2 year old class sang “Santa Claus is coming to town.” Too stinking cute.

Nothing is cuter than a 2 year old in a tie

I made Christmas cake pops for his preschool teachers this week.  Plus, we gave them Starbucks gift cards – they’re going to need the sugar and caffeine to keep up with all those 2 year olds.  I neglected to take good pictures of them before packing them up so you can refer back to last year’s cake pops (don’t mind the fact that I clearly put more effort into them then – it’s far easier to spend hours on my feet when I’m not so pregnant) for a better idea :) .

Cake pops

I’m still slowly chipping away at my Winter 100 Challenge mileage.  I’m up to a whopping 18 miles of walking so far in December.  I have a little confession: on my walk yesterday with Zain, I snuck in some running.  I was blessedly on a street where no one was around to see how absurd I looked running in all my hugeness.  I only ran a tiny amount…mostly because it was cold and I wanted to get home faster.  Although, at the pace I was moving, it probably didn’t make much of a difference! The best part was that I didn’t feel a single twinge of pain in my ankle which I used to feel within a few steps of running a couple months ago.  I’m not going to be consistently running at this point, but I’m feeling a little more hopeful that my ankle will be okay and I’ll be able to return to [fingers crossed] pain-free running after the baby is here.

In case you didn’t see, we have a new sponsor for the Winter 100 ChallengeAltra Zero Drop footwear is donating a pair of running shoes to one lucky winner.  How awesome is that?!

How is everyone else doing with the Winter 100 Challenge?

Happy Running and Happy Holidays!

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Mama, I wanna run

One of Zain’s favorite activities since he could walk was to run in circles around our kitchen island. He likes for us to run with him and he’ll come up to me and say “Mama, I wanna run! Come on, mama!” It’s really the most adorable thing and it’s impossible to say no to his sweet little face. He gets such a kick out of running laps.

When we go on walks, he always asks me to run. I totally understand his need for speed since walking gets boring and I miss running like crazy. It’s pretty funny though to hear his little voice in the stroller saying “Mama, run! Run! Come on, mama!” Today, I had to do the closest thing to running I’ve done since the Turkey Trot. About a quarter of a mile from home on the way back from our walk, Zain announced quite urgently “I need to pee potty!” Ahh, the joys of potty training and attempting to leave the house. Luckily we made it home just in time.

I logged a little over 2 miles for the Winter 100 Challenge with today’s walk. I still have quite a way to go! Thankfully, I’m finally on the upswing after my terrible cold that hit last week. I still have this pesky cough lingering, but hopefully that will be gone soon.

I’ve been hearing from a lot of my Winter 100 Challenge participants and am so inspired by how well everyone is doing already. How is week 2 going for everyone?

Happy running!

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Challenged by my own challenge

Last year, the miles in my Winter 100 Challenge log filled up quickly so I didn’t really experience what a “challenge” it really was.  Had I not been training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon, it definitely would have been more difficult because I wouldn’t have had that training calendar to keep me logging the miles.

During the first week of the 2012-2013 Winter 100 Challenge, I logged a whopping 5 miles of walking.  I hadn’t been logging my walks in Dailymile like I used to.  Once the challenge started though, I needed to keep track.  The week started off well, but I’ve had a cold that has gotten progressively worse over the course of the week.  If I wasn’t pregnant and was able to run, I’d probably suck it up a bit more and still get out there.  However, given how bad I feel and how very much pregnant I am, physical activity doesn’t have much of an appeal to me.  I’m hoping this cold will let up a little soon because it’s been kicking my butt.  Having a really bad cough at 35.5 weeks pregnant seriously sucks.

I really appreciate the Winter 100 Challenge more this year since I see what a real challenge it is.  A little over 33 miles a month is certainly doable for anyone I think.  This year though, I’m seeing how it’s going to take me a while to get up to 100, something that came relatively easily last year.

In the meantime, I’m less than a month from my due date (how did that happen?!) and I think we’re just about ready for baby boy #2′s arrival.  My hospital bag is half packed – the half that is packed is all snacks.  So at least we’ll have things to munch on during our hospital stay even if we don’t have clothes and toiletries.  We have our name choices narrowed down, but quite not nailed down just yet.  We have our BOB Duallie waiting for another passenger.  Zain loves the stroller already and always wants to sit in it.  I, on the otherhand, am more than a little terrified of it’s size and the thought of pushing it!

The other major thing I’m trying to get done before the baby’s arrival is Zain’s big boy room.  We’re turning our guest room into Zain’s new room and keeping the nursery as is for the new baby.  Since I can’t do anything the simple way, I’m making extra work for myself to make his room super awesome.  He loves planes, trains, cars, boats, etc so we got him the Transit Authority bedding from The Land of Nod.  I couldn’t find any artwork or decals that matched it well enough for the walls.  Sooooooo, I decided to trace some of the images (7 of them to be exact) from the comforter, transfer them to the wall and paint them.

The reason I’m ambitious enough to do this is because I did something similar for the nursery when I was pregnant with Zain.  Except that time, I found a website that sold this really cool silhouette that you transfer onto the wall then paint.

It was a ton of work, but it turned out so well that I wanted to do something like that for Zain’s new room.  The best part is that we’ve been keeping that room’s door shut so he doesn’t know about it.  I can’t wait to see how excited he is when he sees all his favorite things in his new room!

So it’s back to painting for me and hopefully back to walking again soon when this nasty cough decides to give me a break!

Happy running! If you’re doing the Winter 100 Challenge, how did the first week go for you?

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