Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Back Running

I can’t believe I am now a Mom of a seven week old son.  The time has flown by and I honestly can’t imagine my life without Little Stevie. Steve and I were at dinner a few weeks ago with my close friend Sara Hall .  She asked,  “What is most surprising thing about being a parent?”  It is a great question. For me it is the unconditional love you have for this person you have just met.  I didn’t think I would always be this way.  I was never a real "baby person".  Don’t get me wrong there are some adorable babies, but I was not the person that had to hold  or rock a new baby.   Now, I have had trouble getting anything done since Stevie was born.   It isn’t because I don’t have time to do anything.  It is just when I am not feeding  or playing with him, I just want to hold and cuddle with him.  As I write this blog he is curled up across my lap.  He makes me so happy!   I mean how can you not be happy looking at this guy! 

His birth was a little scary, and made me very thankful for modern medicine.    My doctor decided to induce me at 39 weeks.  I labored for 16 hours with strong pertocin induced contractions before the doctors decided I needed to have an emergency c-section .  Stevie’s heart rate was dropping too low and the labor process was too much for him to handle.   The delivery went amazingly fast, from the time my doctor ordered the c section to the time Stevie was born was 6 minutes.  Steve didn’t even have enough time to scrub up and get into the delivery room before Stevie was born. I am a pretty squeamish person and told the doctors I did not want to see anything during the c section so the doctors had a sheet up in front of my head so I could not see anything.  I was awake during the surgery but had been given an epidural and a high dose of drugs.  I could not feel any pain but I could feel the pressure when the  incision was made, which was so strange.  I told Steve that it felt like my organs were being moved around.  Steve said that was because they were.  They had to move my organs around to get Stevie out.  In fact,  they had to take an x-ray after the surgery to make sure everything was back in place and there wasn’t any instruments left inside(scary to think).  I was so grateful to have a talented team of doctors to make sure Stevie and I were healthy and make the process so smooth.  Stevie was born 6lbs 10oz, and 20 inches.  He was in the 10th percentile for weight and 50th percentile for height.  Although he was a skinny baby at birth he has quickly caught up.  At his 1 month appointment he weighed in at 9lbs 12oz and 23inches, and is now the 50th percentile for height and 50th percentile for weight.  He’s Even Steven.  

It has now been 7 weeks since the delivery and I am starting to get back into training again.  Initially, I was very nervous about having a c section because of the recovery.  However, I was back doing normal activities within a few days and felt pretty normal within a week.  Although I felt recovered  early on, I wanted to wait the full 6 weeks before I began running again.  I know that your joints post pregnancy are very elastic and can make you more vulnerable for injury.   Last week, I got the ok from the doctors to start training.  Coming back, I am focusing on building my foundation.   I am building back my running slowly and working on a strong base.   This has been the longest amount of time I have ever been away from running.  My first run back was not as ugly as I thought it would be.  I have actually been running at a decent pace., I just feel like I have a weight vest strapped to my chest, which I technically do since I am 20lbs heavier than my racing weight.  I gained 40lbs during my pregnancy and have lost 20lbs so far and I have 20lbs to go.  In addition to running, I also met with my therapist John Ball of Maximum Mobility to access my strength and bio mechanics on my return to running.  We are starting my program by mastering the most basic core exercises and building a strength program once I  master the basic exercises.  I feel like I have hit the reset button and I am starting from square one in the training process.  I have a ways to go with my fitness but it will be fun to see the improvement each week. 

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