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Friday, December 10, 2010

I'm Back!

I have been thinking about my blog this past week, and when my friend Shannon mentioned the blog's absence last Friday in conversation, it made me miss it. And, that my friends, is what I had been waiting for. When I embarked on this hiatus, I told myself I needed to wait until I missed it before resuming writing; otherwise, I was just doing it to do it. So, here I am. You can go ahead and resume your prayers for world peace -- this prayer has been answered.

So, what's been up with Jess? Running, wife-ing, mom-ing, teaching, and baby brewing. Frankly, it's been a bit exhausting. But things are good on all fronts:

  • I've been running regularly and raced a 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and am tentatively planning to run a 5 mile race this weekend.
  • Jerry and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving as well (he's very thankful for me, and who wouldn't be? I'm a kickass wife).

  • Norah is doing well: She's talking and getting into all kinds of toddler mischief -- chief mischief right now is unwrapping wrapped Christmas presents, the stinker!

  • Teaching has been busy, but I'm almost done with the term. Just a few days left, and a bazillion papers to read, and then it's Christmas break!

  • Lastly, the baby brewing is tiring, but going well. Chief among my reasons for the blog hiatus was that with all of the above, I felt I had very little energy left in me at the end of the day to devote any meaningful time to blogging, and for me, baby brewing in the first trimester is an awful combination of nausea and fatigue. In some ways, this pregnancy has been easier than when I was pregnant with Norah because I have known what to expect (whereas, with Norah I had no idea I would feel THAT sick for THAT long); but in other ways, this pregnancy has been a lot harder for me. Mostly that's because with the first pregnancy I had the luxury of just taking care of myself, which meant that I napped nearly every afternoon, and if I didn't feel good, I could often just lay down for a bit. But, with Norah, I don't have the convenience of napping whenever I feel tired. So, taking care of a toddler and working full time and brewing a baby definitely zapped me of just about anything extra.

But, at 16 weeks and 2 days, I now feel as though I'm beginning to feel better and some of my energy is returning. I have more good days than bad ones, and it's been 5 days since I last barfed -- a new kind of streak! Here's a pic I snapped of myself last Friday before I went for my run: I am definitely showing earlier than I did when I was preggo with Norah, even though my weight gain, so far, has been about the same. To compare, below is a pic of me preggo with Norah when I was 18 weeks. Looks about the same. In fact, I dare say that at 18 weeks with Norah, I looked less pregnant than I do right now.
"They" say that you show earlier after the first pregnancy, and it seems to be true for me.

Anyhoo, I do have a stack of papers to get to, Christmas shopping to finish, and a few finals left to procter, so I can't linger here in the blogosphere long, but I'm hoping that after my term is over (Thursday!), I'll have some time to begin posting again regularly and catching up with all of you. Hope all has been well with you guys in my absence: I'm sure it was tempting to ball up in a corner and cry while I was gone, but I hope you were resilient!

44 comments:

Xenia said...

It's great to have you back! Glad everything is going well, especially with the baby gestation.

James said...

Welcome back! It's good to see you've found the joy in writing here again.

Jamoosh said...

Welcome back - just in time for the holidays!

Razz said...

good job. Now write a post for me. :)

Firefly's Running said...

Welcome back!

Wes said...

welcome back :-)

Adam said...

YAY! Glad to have you back. I mean, it isn't like you've been busy or anything. :)

Katie A. said...

Glad you're back - and you look fab!!! Good luck this week :)

Mel said...

Nice to have you back! Glad all is going well.

d.a.r. said...

I was just thinking about you this weekend (I hope that isn't weird....) so I am glad you are back! You've been missed.

lee said...

Yay, glad you are back!

Heather said...

Welcome back. Glad all is well, you look great!

Scarlett Elliewood said...

Glad yr back; I love your blog! You look fantastic!

Krissy said...

Since I am addicted to my blog list I was wondering when you were coming back! hahahah...

BTW- I am finding to be the same exact way showing much earlier this 2nd pregnancy than the last time. Same weight gain but at 20 weeks my belly came out and it is huge now! I look how I looked w/Eli at the last 2 months I think. This one is going to be a big one!

Beth said...

I'm glad you're back. I love reading your posts! Cheers to no barfing for five days.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Nice streak! I hope this is one you continue through delivery.

Glad you gave us an update. You look great!

Marlene said...

Welcome back Jess! You look great!

nicole said...

Welcome back! It's great to see your posts again

N.D. said...

welcome back! you are looking great! how far apart are these nuggets going to be? I showed so quickly with #2 but the weight gain was the same. I actually gained quicker but it tapered off.

StephanieC said...

i'm glad you're back! Looking good too :)

TNTcoach Ken said...

Welcome back Kotter!

Nikki said...

Nice to see you again! Great bump too - "they" were right about my bump showing earlier too.

Nobel4Lit said...

Yay! Glad you're back for however long you'll be back! Glad you're feeling better!

Carly said...

Welcome back!

Christine said...

Welcome back! I'g glad you are doing well. Looking forward to read your blogs again :)

Christine said...

I'm also glad you're back! As a newish runner who would like to have a baby in a few years I'm depending on your insights!

ps- the security captcha I have to put in to post is "belly." Love it!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

welcome back!!! oh my gosh you are teh cutest little preggers lady! I love it

Erin said...

Welcome Back!

The Jogger Blogger said...

Love the baby bump!

MCM Mama said...

Welcome back! You look awesome! I was just thinking of sending you a note when you left a comment on my blog today. Glad to hear all is going well.

Nicole @ "Haute Runner" said...

Welcome back!! Glad you are feeling better!

Love the cute belly!!

fancy nancy said...

Yay! Welcome back! Glad you are feeling more yourself...good luck finishing up the semester!

X-Country2 said...

Weee, you're back!

heathermareed said...

Welcome bsck! You've been missed :)

Triathlete23 said...

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It's called 220 TriLog.

iTunes Link:
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diana said...

Yay! glad you're back.

aron said...

welcome back, we missed you and glad you missed us too ;) you are looking adorable!

Agate Lake Girl said...

Glad to have you back! My world feels right side up again. :)

Elizabeth A. said...

When I saw the title if this blog I was filled with excitement! I've often checked back for new posts.. Needless to say, missed you! :)

Jess said...

Glad to have you back Jess! I hope your barf-y phase is almost over! Good luck getting through the last bit of your semester and enjoy your winter break!

Her Name is Rio said...

Welcome back!

Charbelle said...

I've missed you and now that I can only read blog posts in reader I had to remember to come back and comment and tell you that I've missed you!! Welcome back :)

runner26 said...

I, personally, am so glad you're back!! I wanted to thank you for all the helpful comments you left on my blog re: my pregnancy. I'm also very eager to hear about how things are going w/ your second one. Also, you look great! I'm glad you're feeling better and hopefully the barf-free streak will continue!

Heather said...

So glad you are back! You look wonderful!