Lurking off and on but not posting as I have no forward motion to speak of. I barely feel like a dingo but I think things are easing up now that DD is back in school and I am hiring some temp help at work. Missing you all.
Have you seen this?
DH and I do this like you all seem to do with vocab stuff on facebook. It's addictive.
Shanti... dearest lady, I wish you strength & peace as you tackle yet another hurdle in this journey.
DrJen -- did you have to have elasto-arms, or did you get to catch each baby separately? :-)
CathToria... just keep asking! Sometimes I think you think too much ;-)
So... bummer alert: the race photographer for that Oly Tri I did has NO photos of me posted. None. It's as if I wasn't even there. If they're going to have a time cutoff, they should announce that. Otherwise... get the staff to have someone at all legs, all times, and respect ALL the participants! Anyway, I wrote a slightly nasty, but mostly sad e-mail to the organizers. There were two behind me, so obviously I'm not the only affected party.
RR: um... nothing since the aforementioned Oly Tri. Just working tons around the house and enjoying my last two weeks of freedom. I need a kick in the motivational butt about going back to school. I literally want to cry when I think about going back. The last few weeks of the last year were just sooooo... demoralizing?... tough, anyway, that I am still smarting. Unfortunately I'll never get licensed to give out my sanctimonious advice (legally!) until I finish the degree, soo... guess I better suck it up.
Anyway, I'm going to try my hill walk/run at the park tomorrow with less caffeine in me!!!
ohhh, caffeine can raise HR... (duh).. another reason to cut back my coffee consumption. As a general rule over the last 2 weeks, I am brewing tea in teh mornings (I drink less tea and I drink it with less milk so it is lower in calories). I'm saving my coffeee for teh weekends with dh. If I'm feeling really tired in teh afternoons (PROBABLY from overtraining/bonking).. then I will brew a cup for iced coffee then... I've done that 1 day this week out of 3.
Anyway, I'm going to try my hill walk/run at the park tomorrow with less caffeine in me!!!
Megs, that sucks that there aren't any pics. And as for getting your mojo back, why not just enjoy the next 2 weeks without thinking so much about school? Maybe you just need some more mental time off. How much longer do you have?
So DH and I have discovered Vortex on our ipods. We were just laying in bed each playing our game. As DH said, we are LOSERS.
I called on the drive today and got an appointment with the ortho for Monday. It still hurt this morning, of course after I made the appointment it started feeling better. I figure I'll see how it feels on Friday and cancel if necessary. The drive went ok, although not as smoothly as the way up. I think DS needs some down time, but it probably won't be until Monday.
My mom decided we didn't need reservations for hotel or for the train in Durango, that we could wait. I tried to tell her that although it's down time most other places for vacationing, it's the beginning of fall colors in Colorado. So, she just spent half an hour trying to find hotel reservations for tomorrow night and now I'm worried that the train will be sold out. I might as well not even go if that's the case, it's the whole reason I wanted to go with them!
Plady, we stopped in Hot Springs on the drive today, but just long enough to visit the mammoth site.
Gaye, single mama to Tyler (5/06) and Baxter the labradoodle
Wait...I signed up to DO an Ironman??? I thought I was signing up to go SEE Ironman!
karyn - I meant to comment about your blister earlier, but when I first started my (former) job at the pulp mill and had to wear steel toe boots, I got the worst blisters, and I couldn't not wear those shoes every day, so what worked for me was to drain the blister, put something 'sterile-ish' like a bandaid right over it, and then to put a layer or 2 or 4 of duct tape over that...
Megs - How dare they not be taking pictures! That sucks.
tjsmama - I often laugh with my own clients about "therapeutic dr appts" - the kind where, you make the appt, and miraculously the problem resolves.
Yesterday was such a day. In the very early morning (around 6, I think) I was dozing in a chair at the nurses' station. Both my laboring clients were there, but one was actually able to sleep for a bit, and the other was preferring to labor with just her dh, so I was trying to catch some zzzs. Suddenly, a nurse starts yelling for me to "Come here, right now!!!" I jumped up, confused from being asleep, and ran, and realized I'm running towards the other doctor's labor room, where 2 nurses and yelling for me to come immediately. I get in the room, and the nurse is holding a small baby (I knew that doctor's client was just 36 weeks - she'd come in with her water broke in advanced labor) and the baby is bleeding from her umbilical cord, and the frantic nurse tells me she can't get a cord clamp to stay on. I had her lay the baby in the warmer, and I just grabbed the base of her very short cord stump and held pressure, which immediately stopped the bleeding - and then I started asking what was going on. It turns out, the doctor had broken the bed apart (taken the foot of the bed off to convert it into a delivery bed) and raised it in the air because he's tall, and put the client's legs on the foot pedals, and then he turned around to get some drapes. As he had his back to the client, she suddenly vomited, and the force of it forcefully pushed her little baby out (she was a 5th time mom, and the baby only 5 lbs) and the baby fell on the floor, the cord snapped, and the baby slid across the floor. Nobody was even actually looking at the mama when it happened, so no one saw how the baby fell exactly. The doc scooped up the baby, passed it to the stunned nurse, and started trying to clamp the mama's end of the cord while the nurse yelled for me. Baby's cord stump broke so close to the skin a plastic cord clamp could not be used - but we got out some cord tape and I was able to tie it off with that. Thankfully, the little baby is fine - she had a CT scan of her head just to be sure, but she is just fine. I told the doc (who is new to our hospital and this was just his first delivery here) that this is why I never break the bed apart, and why you should never turn your back on a grand multip.
Later in the day, though, I had my own excitement. Somehow, my 2 clients ended up birthing their babies within 30 seconds of each other. The first time mom was pushing for a long time, and progressing very slowly, when they suddenly yelled for me to come next door where the third time mom had suddenly started pushing. I had them call for my partner, then, and ran to the other room. The third time mom birthed her baby on hands and knees very quickly and easily. Our nurse in training ran back and forth giving me updates on the first time mom who of course suddenly started progressing quickly as soon as I left the room. The first time mom ended up pushing her baby out 30 seconds before my third timer. My friend who is training for the marathon with me - and is a fantastic labor nurse - ended up catching the first time mom's baby. My partner arrived in time to deal with the third time mom's placenta and to check her and the baby over, while I went back to the first time mom who ended up having a pretty big hemorrhage after the baby. The first time mom had been so exhausted and having such a hard time pushing her baby out - what finally worked was semi sitting, with her feet resting on the bars of the squat bar, and the nurse playing tug of war with her with a sheet. In the end, the dad took over the sheet, while the nurse ducked under him to catch the baby, leaning under the squat bar under the dad's arms. Both babies are gorgeous little girls - the third time mom's baby was 8 lbs 5 oz, and the first time mom, who is a tiny person, birthed an 8 lb 12 oz baby!
RR - It turns out adrenaline is sometimes better than sleep. I finally got home late afternoon, took the kids to the library, fed the younger 2, and then got dressed and went for a late run. I drove over to the YMCA, to run on the 5K course that starts from there on Memorial Day, because it has big hills. I did a 1 mile warm up, and then 3 miles of hill repeats, first running down the big hill 5 times fast, with jogging up, and then up the big hill 5 times fast, with jogging down, and then a 1 mile cool down. 5.21 miles altogether. I only had about 3 hours sleep the night before, but my heart was still pounding from all the excitement and the run felt easy and took the edge off a bit for me.
Later, poor little ds had so much homework, that dh and I sat up in the living room with him keepin him company while he did it. I crashed big time on the couch, just before he finished his homework. I was so tired that I could barely get up to walk to bed! I slept great last night, though!
I did 25 min of abs yoga this morning. and I HAVE to get cracking on my sermon but nothing's popping out yet. Wanted to share this pic from my race. That was right at the end and I was working hard. the end was a short UPhill of course. :P
mamabeth, you look smokin in your pic.
So I finally got my rollerblading in. Wow, I could really feel the gluts working on the uphill. I am not sure how far I went (wouldn't know how to judge it anyway), but I think that I went about 40 min, give or take. I think that I would prefer biking for crosstraining, but my bike is a bit small for me, and I am not sure that is so good for my neck.
Getting a massage later today. :
I ran today, yay for me! about 2.75 miles in 40 min. I walked/ran to keep my HR under 155/160. My HR was much lower without the mega caffeine doses..... And I feel good 3 hours later.
I have a running etiquette question.... if you are on a trail and another runner is running toward you, are both of you supposed to move to your right? I had a lady almost run into me today, I think she wanted to be on my right hand side as there was a turn coming up to her left (So she wanted the inside). I know if 2 runners are running the same direction, slowere to the right, but I've never been forced to teh left by an oncoming runner....
The mom is one of my birth assistants. She putters around most of labor and then suddenly has to push. She called me out to the house about 2 PM because she thought things were about to accelerate after she had puttered most of the night. By 6 things were slowing down and we figured too little sleep and too many distractions. The other birth assistants went to the local grocery and Panera's and came back with fixings for vegetable lentil soup and a loaf of bread. They made the soup while I talked with the family and we decided what to do next. We figured that she needed food, sleep, and quiet. So after eating she had a little wine and a shower and headed for bed. We left the house at 8:30.
Her DH calls me at 11:20 and says "It's time". Me, with 45 minutes of sleep, can't figure out why this guy is calling me on my cell phone. (Clients are told to use the pager first). I start to ask "Who is this?" and am instantly awake when I hear his wife moaning in the background. I am out the door in less than 5 minutes, call the birth asst. and 10 minutes later get another call from the dad asking how far away I am.
In the end she had chosen the solitude and quietude of her bedroom to labor and the bathroom to birth. Their 9# son was welcomed into dad's hands with mom on the birth chair about 30 minutes after I got to the house. The 15 y/0 who was awake never heard all of us come in and the rest of the children and the GM slept through the whole thing. All is well.
fmr: had thought to swim this morning but a bike ride feels like a better idea a little bit later.
mamabeth, you look great!
Gigi, sounds like it's going well with less caffiene. Good for you for keeping at it.
I ran 5 miles this morning. First mile easy, next 3 miles at a 7:40 pace , and then one more easy to cool down. It felt wonderful . And one of the other Moms at DDs school asked me if I was a runner and said she could tell because I had great legs !!!!! Still, nice to hear.
so i totally chickened out on the cyclocross race last night. it was intimidating as there really weren't any other first timers and there were only 40 or so people there. but i checked out the course and will try to give it a pre-ride next week and maybe get brave enough. looked like fun though.
so no exercise yesterday. today i have my cross bike and i'd like to try to find some time to do a 40 minute ride this afternoon but work is so busy i don't know if it can happen.
Dr. Jen - I was, literally, on the edge of my seat with your births! Amazing! Congrats on the great run afterwards, too.
Shanti - : I hope your mom has a swift recovery.
Not perfect, Just amazing!
Shanti..hugs to you!
We went to the school couselor today. We are going to send dd to talk to him too, just as a back up for what we are going to tell her. Sometimes an "outside" voice backing up what the parents are saying is a good thing.
I misplaced my cell phone this week! How did we ever live without them?!
I just found it this afternoon.
I have some great energy today for a run! DH will be home earlier, so I can go while he takes the kids to tumble!
callie~Oooh, duct tape. So hardcore! Loooooove it!
Thanks for all the blister input. I rearranged the setup of my orthotics before I ran 9 miles yesterday and it felt much better. Now to see how it does after 5 miles today.
Mama to three crazy, wonderful kiddos: dd1--12/2002, dd2--3/2005, and ds--3/2006
drjen~What a crazy story!! I'm so glad that little baby is okay! They should name him/her something like "Crash" or "Plummet".
great pic MB
MBelle, what did your family decide? Stay at current private school?
I took some advil and iced my chin. My chin and nose are scraped up, as well as various other parts of my body. I just hope that my chin doesn't completely swell up. It does rather hurt to move my jaw too much. Thank goodness I am seeing the chiro tomorrow. Any other tips to make the pain go away easier?
And I totally want to move to Amsterdam, where it is bike friendly.
doctorjen ~ Glad the slingshot baby is well. Yikes! What a rush of a day for you huh? Can't imagine running back and forth between birthing mamas...
I just got in from a walk in the rain. I don't know why I love being out in it so much, but it sure is refreshing when it's a light drizzle and it's not too cold. My dog is still licking herself, so I don't think she enjoyed the rain as much as I did. Now I'm off to a community forum at the college...
Jen - Mama to V (b. 2-18-09) and AJ (b. 10-9-11) Wife to DH
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