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Running during Pregnancy

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It's been an interesting journey keeping up my running during this pregnancy.  During my last pregnancy, I ran a marathon at 15 weeks.  I had already completed a lot of the training for the marathon when I found out I was pregnant and I was willing to make some modifications to my running to make sure I was keeping my baby safe (I answered some questions about that here). Basically, I brought along plenty of water, added some walk breaks, and changed to a marathon that happened when I was 15 weeks instead of 20.

But along the way, I struggled with a knee injury that made the marathon hard to complete.  After the run, I kept off my legs for a few weeks to recover and let that injury heal, and by that point, I just didn't feel much like running again.

This time around, I started the pregnancy as a much stronger runner.  I've run a half marathon every year since 2011 and I've done well at keeping up a basic 10K fitness this year.  It's been years since I took a walk …

One a Day, Week Twelve

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Potty Training Fail, Illness, and New Toys

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Potty-training Cami didn't last long, darn it.  After starting two weeks ago Monday, she, she got sick on Wednesday and between throwing up and explosive diarrhea, we went back to diapers.  She's better now, but says she wants to stay little a bit longer and not wear underwear.  So we'll try again in another month or two.

* * * Speaking of illness, Cami felt better by Friday.  Then Saturday night, four of the little girls threw up in the night.  They felt fine by Monday, when I got hit with it.  Then Tuesday of last week, Michael threw up, followed by Katie on Wednesday.  If I'd been smart, I would have just cleared my calendar for two weeks once Cami got sick.  But I'm ever the optimist and always hope the rest of us will be spared.  It's been nearly a week since the last one got sick and I'm hopeful we've seen the last of it.  DH, Lillian, and Joey were the only ones spared.
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I got a couple of new camera toys last week.  I'd saved up enough f…

One a Day, Week Eleven

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One a Day, Week Ten

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I had a couple of days this week where I almost forgot to take a photo.  But I still haven't missed a day yet!






Potty Training Tips from a Mother of Nine

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I started potty training Cami yesterday.  She sat on the potty, wiped, flushed, washed her hands and got her potty treat a dozen times.  She also peed -- in her underwear -- twice, both quite soon after having visited the bathroom.  She has yet to actually deposit anything into the potty.  Yeah, I'm really good at this.  :)  Some of my kids have been super easy to train and others super hard, and it doesn't always match up with their personalities.  Katie was pretty tough as a toddler, so I dreaded potty-training and put it off as long as I could.  Then, a few months after she turned three, we potty-trained her in the course of a couple of days.  And that was it.  No accidents, she stayed dry at night, and no complaints.  Others of my kids had accidents for months afterwards.  About half of my kids have needed pull-ups at night for years afterwards, but that's more a matter of how deep they are genetically programmed to sleep rather than any kind of potty-training dos or …

It's a . . .

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I think I'll let Cami share our news:


We're super excited, at least as "not excited" as Cami is.

Lillian, Allison and Sarah had a good time trying to interpret the different blobs on the ultrasound screen (they don't have quite as much experience with that as I do).  They were especially excited when the gender was revealed.  I had Lillian call to tell her dad, then the four of us went out for lunch.

Best news of all, though, is that everything looked great with baby's development.  That's not something to take for granted.


One a Day, Week Nine

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