Monday Miles : July 1 – 7, 2019

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Well, I started running. I only added a minute of running for every four minutes of walking. It is a small step. A minute feels like nothing. But it feels big in that I have not ran for months and here I am starting to make my way. In some ways, I have a lot of hope. I am thinking about goals, especially now that I have a baby — what is possible, especially time-wise. But in other ways, it feels like I am starting completely over. Again. I fear I will never get faster, never go longer, and just stay in a sort of stagnant state, never improving. A little dramatic, I know.

I also did my first actual CrossFit work-outs this week. Yes, that is plural : work-outs. I did a rowing wod on Friday and joined for a partner wod on Saturday. Both days hurt in a good way. But I was happy to be sore in that just had a hard work-out way on Sunday. It felt good. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to start adding more weight yet. My core just still does not feel that stable. It feels stable for what I’m doing, but not more.

I’m hoping for a few last visits to my first and always favorite crossfit gym before we leave on Friday. We said a preliminary good-bye on Saturday and that was hard enough. I am going to be very sad for the official good-bye on Thursday.

Other than that, this week’s work-outs will probably be a little sporadic. We leave on Friday, so the main work-out will be packing and getting things in the truck and u-haul.

7 – 1 : Walk – 20 minutes, 1.17 miles.

7 – 2 : Walk/Run – 25 minutes – 4 minutes walk, 1 minute run – 1.63 miles. 2 x 15 bridges, 2 x 30 clam-shells.

7 – 3 : Rest.

7 – 4 : Walk/Run – 25 minutes – 4 minutes walk, 1 minute run – 1.64 miles. Bridges and clam-shells.

7 – 5 : Crossfit (!!!) – Rowing intervals. 1000m – 4:20 (this might be a PR for me); 500m – 2:16; 250m – 1:05; 500m – 2:20; 1000m – 4:40. So — yeah, this hurt. I’ve never been much of a sprinter and I was hoping to do a little better on my 500s (my last one, I was super pregnant and did 2:02). Still — it was a good way to see where I am and try to keep pushing forward.

7 – 6 : Crossfit (!!!) – Partner PK. Bruno was my partner. It was nice to work out with him again. 5 x 10 back-squats using 10 lbs. dumb-bells; 10 dead-lifts using a 35 lbs. kettle-bell; 400m run. All the weight stuff was heavily scaled, but I still felt it on Sunday. I ran every single one of those 400m. 1.31 miles (according to my watch).

7 – 7 : Walk/Run – 25 minutes – 4 minutes walk, 1 minute run – 1.74 miles. Bridges and clam-shells. Lots of stretching.

Totals : CrossFit – 2 hours; Walk/Running – 1 hour 53 minutes, 7.5 miles.

Onward!

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Monday Miles : June 24 – 30, 2019

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And so finishes four weeks postpartum. Two more to go until I start running again. Not that anyone’s counting… And yes, I plan on taking it very, very slow.

Suddenly it got hot in Michigan! So hot that I am starting to wonder how I am going to handle the Texas heat in two weeks. I’m still walking outside, but I wonder if that will continue when I head South. I suspect the dreadmill…I mean treadmill…and I will become close friends for the exact opposite reasons I used one in Michigan. Even with it being the eighties up here and spending only twenty minutes outside, I return to the house drenched in sweat.

I made my first post-pregnancy visit to CrossFit last week too. Admittedly, I wanted to do the workout. It was body weight, so I figured it would be fine. Thankfully, my coaches are smarter than me and to the rower I went. Still — it was nice to be back and the rower was a nice change from walking outside.

For the most part, I’m feeling good. I still have about eighteen pounds of baby weight to lose. I gained forty-five pounds total, a good half of that disappearing in the first week postpartum. I’m trying not to care too much about it and focus instead on what I can do, but it is hard not to think about those numbers sometimes. Also, I would like to not have to buy new jeans. Just saying.

Here are my miles for this past week. This week I’ll start walking twenty-five minutes and hopefully will get another rowing workout in.

6 – 24 : Walk – 15 minutes, .8 miles. Romwod.

6 – 25 : Walk – 20 minutes, 1.24 miles. 2 x 10 : pelvic dips, bridges, clam shells.

6 – 26 : Walk – 20 minutes, 1.22 miles. 2 x 10 : pelvic dips, bridges, clam shells.

6 – 27 : Walk – 18 minutes, 40 seconds, 1 mile. Joined in for the warm-up at CrossFit. Row – 5k – 26 minutes, 45 seconds.

6 – 28 : Walk – 20 minutes, 1 mile.

6 – 29 : Rest.

6 – 30 : Walk – 20 minutes, 1.1 mile. Romwod. 2 x 10 : pelvic dips, bridges, clam shells.

Totals : Walk – 1 hour, 53 minutes – 6.36 miles. Row – 26 minutes, 45 seconds – 3.15 miles. All work-outs – 2 hours, 20 minutes.

Onward!

Monday Miles : June 17 – 23, 2019

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Week three postpartum: The biggest struggle was overcoming the temptation to run. I feel really good. I would put my discomfort at a 1 or a 2. I can tell that I am not 100% yet, but I do not feel run down or sore or anything. That said, I know this does not mean I’m ready to go out for a run. I know this does not mean I’m ready to walk into a CrossFit gym and start squatting (what is for me) heavy. I’m trying to be patient, but when the sun is shining (finally!) and I am feeling so good it is tempting, really tempting to not just try a minute or two of a shuffle.

This week I added some core exercises to the routine. I know enough to avoid planks, crunches, anything that will cause coning and exacerbate diastasis recti. I did a test — though I’m not sure how accurate it is — and I felt maybe a pinkie finger width of separation in my abs. I’ve never had clearly defined abs, but I will say this post-pregnancy — it is weird how squishy my stomach is and that my core strength is completely gone. I’m hoping to build it back up with bridges, pelvic tilts, and clam shells. I did very little this week, but I’m hoping to increase every week — just creating the habit now.

6 – 17 : Pelvic floor/Core exercises – 1x 10 bridges, 10 pelvic tilts, 10 clam shells. Walk – 11 minutes, .64 miles. Followed by Romwod.

6 – 18 : PF/Core exercises. Walk – 15 minutes, .84 miles. Followed by Romwod.

6 – 19 : PF/Core exercises. Walk (with Henry!) – 25 minutes, 1.14 miles.

6 – 20 : Yoga with Adriene – Yoga for Pelvic Floor

6 – 21 : PF/Core exercises. Walk – 15 minutes, .85 miles. Followed by Romwod.

6 – 22 : PF/Core exercises. Walk – 15 minutes, .89 miles. Followed by Romwod.

6 – 23 : PF/Core exercises. Walk – 15 minutes, .91 miles.

Totals : Walk – 1 hour 36 minutes, 5.3 miles. Yoga – 40 minutes.

This week I’ll increase walking time to twenty minutes — hopefully managing to get a mile in each walk.

Onward!

Monday Miles (On a Tuesday!) : May 20 – 26 (38 Weeks Pregnant)

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I feel drained. I still am not sleeping much at all. I thought I knew what heartburn was, but these last few weeks are showing me what heartburn really can be. It is more than an unpleasant annoyance. It rages. I get up at 3 in the morning, sit on the couch and pop tums, waiting for it to go away. Today was not one of those days.

I keep looking at half-marathon plans, dreaming of a post-partum running come back. My best half last year was a three times a week plan. I think that really worked for me and my body, so I’m thinking about getting Run Less, Run Faster and following one of those plans, after I’m all recovered of course.

I am less than a week until my due date. I did half Murph yesterday (will post about that soon — you can see last year’s here) and will keep working out, however modified, until this baby decides to make his or her appearance.

5 – 20 : CrossFit – Helen (modified) – 3x 400m row, 21 kettle-bell swings @ 15 lbs., and 12 ring rows. Even though I heavily modified Helen, I loved this work-out. Every time I would get back on the rower, I would feel another swing of energy and would try to sprint through it. I think it was just hard enough — I did not feel like I was overdoing it, but I also did not feel like the modifications made it too easy. 12 minutes 4 seconds. Walked – 1 mile, 20 minutes.

5 – 21 : CrossFit – for time – 4x 3 hang squat-cleans @ 50 lbs., 6 box step-ups @ 20 in.; 2x 6 hang squat-cleans @ 45 lbs., 12 box step-ups @ 20 in.; 1x 12 hang squat-cleans @ 35 lbs, 24 box step-ups @ 20 in. 12 minutes, 29 seconds. Another fun one. I think the hardest was the second set with the two rounds of six. It got just spicy enough.

5 – 22 : Rest.

5 – 23 : CrossFit – Row for 120 calories. 9 minutes 56 seconds. I did actually come in with a goal for this. I wanted to stay under ten minutes. I thought 60-100 calories was the hardest part, but after 100 calories I could muscle through it and just get it over with.

5 – 24 : Rest.

5 – 25 : Rest.

5 – 26 : Rest

Total : 3 hours, Crossfit. 20 minutes, 1 mile walk. 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Onward!

Monday Miles : May 13 – 19, 2019 (37 Weeks Pregnant)

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I would be lying if I didn’t say it is just getting harder. I’m happy that I did a lot of walking this week, but I also have not been sleeping much — so nothing felt good for most of the week. Towards Friday, I started feeling a lot better, but I’m truly counting down the days now. My ankles are huge and swollen and everything for this week seemed to require a lot of motivation. I showed up though.

Things to improve on: Stretching, stretching, stretching. I suspect it is my lack of mobility, but the last thing I want to do is get on the floor and stretch even though I know my hips could use it.

5 – 13 : CrossFit. We did the Open Games 11.1/14.1 wod. Of course — I did it heavily modified. 10 minutes AMRAP – 50 single-unders, 35 lbs. hang power-snatches. I managed 4 rounds + 10 single-unders. Aside for all the jump-rope, I thought this was a fun work-out.

5 – 14 : Walk – 41 minutes, 1.5 miles.

5 – 15 : Walk – 40 minutes, 1.69 miles.

5 – 16 : CrossFit/Walk. The actual work-out called for a 5k time trial. I joined in for the warm-up and walked two laps of the 5k route. It was a good reminder that even when I really cannot do the work-out, it is nice to show up. 37 minutes – 1.89 miles.

5 – 17 : Rest.

5 – 18 : Walk – 53 minutes, 2 miles.

5 – 19 : Walk – 20 minutes, 1 mile. I actually stretched after this walk too.

Totals : CrossFit – 2 hours. Walking – Around 3 hours, 20 minutes. Around 4 hours of working out total (combined that crossfit/walk session).

Onward!

Monday Miles : May 6 – 12, 2019 (36 Weeks Pregnant)

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I am thirty-seven weeks pregnant. At this point, everything hurts. I’m exhausted. And while I was counting down the weeks and days until my due date (June 3) before, by the end of last week I became impatient. I woke up last week, just feeling different. Walking has become much more difficult. I waddle and cramp up. I cannot seem to get comfortable no matter what position I’m in — sitting, standing, laying down. These are all normal things, of course. Once again, I know I’m blessed that my only complaints about pregnancy have all been the normal things that come with pregnancy. But suddenly, I can see why that ninth month can be long.

I still managed to get some moving in this past week and hopefully will continue to until the very end. I’m not sure how much CrossFit I’m going to be able to do. Suddenly it seems that no matter what movement I do, I look down at my stomach and it is coning. From what I read, that is a big no-no and can contribute to diastasis recti, but it seems like no matter what movement I get torpedo belly. Just a couple more weeks, just a couple more weeks.

5 – 6 : Walk – 30 minutes. 1.34 miles.

5 – 7 : CrossFit – 3 push-press every 2 minutes, 30 seconds for 13 minutes : 55 lbs., 60, 65, 70, 70, 70. Alternate every 10 minutes: Held 20 lbs. overhead, 10 pull-ups with green band. This is what I mean by torpedo belly, I would be trying to do the assisted pull-ups (badly, I no longer can get my chin over the bar) and I would look down and boom cone. This was not there before.

5 – 8 : CrossFit – 5x AMRAP 2 minutes, 1 minute rest – 3 hang power-cleans, 50 lbs., 9 wall burpees (squat, wall push-up combo). 13.5 rounds. I loved this work-out. I’m sure it would have been much for difficult if I was actually doing the burpees, but it felt good to be able to move quick and to push myself. No cone baby, either. Walk – 40 minutes – 1.97 miles.

5 – 9 : Yoga with Adriene — Deep Stretch.

5 – 10 : Rest.

5 – 11 : Walk – 30 minutes – 1.37 miles.

5 – 12 : Rest.

Totals : CrossFit – 2 hours. Walking – 1 hour 40 minutes. Yoga – 45 minutes. 3 hours 25 minutes working out.

Onward!

 

 

Monday Miles : April 29 – May 5, 2019 (35 Weeks Pregnant)

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Greetings from the land of raging heartburn and three hours of sleep! I keep getting told to enjoy my sleep while I can get it and believe me, I’m trying. However — I think when I start giving pregnancy advice, I might consider that the listener, especially if she is in the third trimester, is probably already not sleeping much. Tums can only do so much.

I’m feeling pretty positive though, because it is four weeks until my due date – June 3. Though I know first time pregnancies are more than likely to go over, I know there is an end in sight. I’ll admit I’m ready to have my body back. I’m ready to run again. I’m ready to lift to failure. And if you’ll permit me some vanity, I’m ready to start watching the pounds go down on the scale instead of up.

4 – 29 : CrossFit. 5 rounds for quality – 90 single-unders, 30 seconds double-under attempts, 3 squat cleans. Managed 50, 55, 55, 60, 60 lbs. for squat cleans. Oh man, this one was rough. And I’m pretty sure the only reason it was rough is because of all that jump-rope and my bouncing 35 week pregnant belly. Let me tell you — those two things do not go together well. I would stop every thirty to let things settle. I’ll admit I barely tried during the double-unders. I managed a few, but I treated the thirty seconds more as a breathing break.

4 – 30 : I didn’t go to CrossFit today and I cannot remember why. I suspect lack of sleep. I did go for a walk though — 30 minutes, 1.29 miles. Afterwards I followed it up with Yoga with Adriene – Stretch.

5 – 1 : Walk – 30 minutes, 1.4 miles. I think stretching the day before significantly helped how my walk felt. My hips have typically felt really tight, but I think I could treat this more like a leisurely stroll than normal. CrossFit – 2 rounds for time : 25 box-step ups, 20 inches; 50 air squats; 900m row – 16 minutes, 56 seconds.

5 – 2 : Walk – 30 minutes, 1.38 miles. CrossFit – “Diane.” I jokingly referred to my version as “Knocked-Up Diane” because it was so far from the actual benchmark work-out. 21 kettle-bell dead-lifts from a stack of weights (53 lbs.), 21 knee push-ups, 15 k-bell dead-lifts, 15 knee push-ups, 9 k-bell dead-lifts, 9 knee push-ups. 5 minutes 46 seconds. Probably for the best, since dead-lifts feel terrible to me pregnant or not.

5 – 3 : And then I was sick. I felt really awful this day. I was not planning on doing anything at all and then managed a mile walk after my massage. That is it. Walk – 22 minutes, 1 mile.

5 – 4 : Still not feeling the greatest. Rest.

5 – 5 : Walk – 40 minutes, 1.72 miles.

Totals : Crossfit – 3 hours. Walking – 2 hours, 34 minutes – 6.8 miles. Yoga – 22 minutes. 5 hours, 56 minutes total.

Onward!

 

 

Monday Miles : April 22 – 28, 2019 (34 Weeks Pregnant)

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Finally — this week I actually managed do something, even if small, every single day. I’ve been pretty ok with going to CrossFit consistently, but I have lacked discipline and motivation to do anything on my own. For the last several weeks, I don’t think I’ve moved at all on the weekends, even if only to do some mobility work. I’m hoping to be able to keep this up — even with heading to Ohio this weekend. I want to keep reminding myself to just keep doing the best I can, knowing that what I can do is just going to keep declining in the weeks to come. I just need to work on trying to be ok with that.

4 – 22 : Row – 10k : 54 minutes 29 seconds. I’ve been keeping up with my one day a week of rowing. I thought I would try to see how a 10k felt. It was…boring. Also, it is really disheartening to google “what is considered a good beginner time for row 10k?” Even with pregnancy, I am slow, slow, slow. I like the rower though. I’d like to be able to continue with longer rows post-pregnancy too and add that to the routine.

4 – 23 : CrossFit – Find the 2 rep max on a hang power-clean. I did 80 lbs. The work out called for power-cleans, but I can hardly bend over to get things from the floor anymore. Still — 80 lbs. is a hang power-clean PR for me. Followed by – find max reps for strict ring dips. Of course, I cannot do one strict ring dip, so I used a green band and managed to do sixteen before calling it good enough. We finished with a 500m row, going as fast as we could. I managed 2:02. This is around my PR (I think is 2:01?) and I hope once this baby is out, I can finally get under 2 minutes for a 500m row.

4 – 24 : CrossFit – Filthy 50. I actually had heard of this work-out prior to ever starting CrossFit, but during the last (almost!) year of doing CrossFit still had not done it. For obvious reasons, I did not do it RX’d and completely skipped the 50 knees-to-blow for obvious reasons, but holy hell, this may be one of the hardest work-outs I’ve done. What really hurt me were the arches of my feet. All the jumping with the pull-ups, push-presses, and single-unders killed them. 50 box step-ups 20 inches, 50 jumping pull-ups, 50 kettle-bell swings – 20 lbs., 50 walking lunges, 50 push-press at 35 lbs., 50 back extensions at 35 lbs., 50 wall-balls at 10 lbs., 50 squats and wall push-ups, 50 single-unders. 29 minutes 50 seconds.

4 – 25 : Yoga with Adriene – Yoga for Tired Legs. I needed some serious recovery time after the previous day’s work-out, but still managed to do active recovery instead of sit around recovery.

4 – 26 : CrossFit – Find one rep max for strict press. 75 lbs. This is a PR. Some days these feel super hard for me and I feel like I struggle just lifting the barbell. Other days they seem fine — hard, but doable. I’m happy with this win! Followed by 3 rounds for quality – 10 jumping pull-ups, 20 knee push-ups, 30 squats, finished with a half mile bike sprint. This was Murph prep and though I probably will not be doing it this year, it was nice to see where I am. I mean last year I was doing ring-rows, so jumping pull-ups is a big improvement.

4 – 27 : Yoga with Adriene – Yoga for Beginners. Such a good recovery video, even though I keep having to adjust things for how big the baby has become.

4 – 28 : And finally, after weeks of saying I was going to, I finally took a walk. Bruno and I took a 30 minute walk in the afternoon. It was slow. My stomach felt cramped the entire time, but I walked about 1.3 miles. It was so nice to just be outside and enjoy the sunshine though. I still miss running, but it was nice to just do something outdoors.

Total : CrossFit – 3 hours. Row – 54 minutes. Yoga – 1 hour and 15 minutes. Walk – 30 minutes. Around 5 hours and 30 minutes. It was a good week.

Onward!

 

 

Monday Miles : April 15 – 21, 2019 (33 Weeks Pregnant)

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I cannot help but start each week with a countdown as baby’s due date gets closer and closer. This week I wrote down in my planner “42 days//6 weeks.” There are days where it feels like each week moves quickly and others where it drags. I am beginning to not enjoy the limbo position I am in – I am ready for so many things to start – the baby, moving to Austin, teaching. At the same time, I am trying to be patient and not wish the time away. It is a hard balance to keep.

I thought this week of work out’s went excellent. I wish I were better at doing things on the weekend, but maybe those breaks are good for me. I actually took part in the WOD four times this week instead of my usual two. That said, watching the Boston Marathon results come in last week Monday, I still miss running with all my heart. Every day I miss running.

4 – 15 : CrossFit. Every 1:30 minutes for 12 minutes – 3 position power snatch – 35 lbs. Followed by power snatches and burpees – 15 power snatches, 15 burpees, 12 power snatches, 12 burpees, etc. Power snatches and burpees are probably about the most awkward movements for a pregnant lady. Add my shoddy aerobic system and I was wheezing and huffing and puffing. The weight was fine — 35 lbs. — but I just could not catch my breath. We had a twelve minute time cap and I made it to the second-to-last amount 6 power snatches, 6 burpees. I tried not to be frustrated with myself. I mean come on, I’m 33 weeks pregnant, right? But I was still frustrated.

4 – 16 : CrossFit. Back squats are still my favorite. Also — after huffing and puffing through yesterday’s work-out, I like strength days because it seems to be the only area that hasn’t been declining due to pregnancy. In fact — even though I have not lifted heavier than what I could prior to being pregnant — all my lifts feel easier. Today — with 3 minute rests after each set — 10 back squats at 95 lbs.; 8 back squats at 100 lbs.; 6 back squats at 105 lbs. 4 back squats at 115 lbs.; and 2 back squats at 135 lbs. I should throw out there that 135 lbs. is my one rep max PR. Two at 135 felt hard, but I did not feel like I was struggling or straining or had to do anything wonky to get the bar up.

4 – 17 : CrossFit. 3 Rounds for Time – 100m walk with 14 lbs. medicine ball (everyone else ran 200m, but this was my accommodation), 20 hang power-cleans at 35 lbs., 100m walk with 14 lbs. medicine ball, 20 front squats at 35 lbs., 100m walk…, 20 push-press at 35 lbs. 25 minutes 12 seconds. I liked this work-out and thought it was a lot of fun. I always feel like I can get in the zone in these longer work-outs. My power-clean form is wonky, trying to avoid the belly, but for the most part I thought I probably actually could have added more weight instead of just using the barbell.

4 – 18 : CrossFit. I still managed to spend some quality time on the rower this week. This time for 3 x 1000m rows. I was super happy with how this went mainly because I was able to get faster with each round: 4:33, 4:29, 4:28. And it hurt. I tried to stay at 2:10/500m pace for that last one, but I could not hold on because it was so painful. I have never been able to do under 2 minutes for 500m, but I’m wondering if this is what I can do with a baby pushing under my lungs and a shoddy aerobic system, if I might be able to finally get under two minutes post-baby.

4 – 19 : Rest.

4 – 20 : Rest.

4 – 21 : Rest (unless eating counts as a work-out).

Totals : 4 hours CrossFit.

Onward!

 

Monday Miles : April 8 – 14, 2019 (32 Weeks Pregnant)

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Last week was kind of a wash. I did have one very good and very hard work-out (involving thrusters!), but for the most part being sick prevented me from doing much of anything. Every day I would put “Crossfit” or “Work-out” on my to-do list and each day it just did not happen. Thursday and Friday I hardly left the couch, watching more Netflix than I have seen in probably the last couple of months.

Thankfully, after some benadryl-induced sleep I am feeling much better although a cough and a stuffed nose still remain. This week should be better, but I still want to take it easy so that I don’t become miserably sick again.

4 – 8 : I was not feeling very well. Rest.

4 – 9 : Still not feeling well, but went to CrossFit to do the wod anyway (type A coming through). 80 calorie row, followed by 100 thrusters at 35 lbs. We had a fifteen minute time cap, but I asked if I could go over when fifteen minutes was up and I still had thirty thrusters to go. I wanted to finish so badly, so I did sets of ten, put the bar-bell down, persuaded myself to pick it back up and do another ten until the end. I’m sure I finished somewhere around 18 minutes (I’m slow and pregnant). It was one of those “I feel so strong” pregnancy moments.

4 – 10 : All movement feels awkward to me at the moment, so even the “easiest” yoga videos have been difficult for me. I really liked this Yoga with Adriene – Yoga for Beginners The Basics forty minute video.

4 – 11 : One of my favorite Yoga with Adriene videos — Yoga for Hamstrings.

4 – 12 : At this point, I was in a state of sheer misery. I’m proud of myself for even trying to move on this day. I did another Yoga with Adriene video – Yoga for when You Are Sick.

4 – 13 : Felt significantly better, but went down to Ohio to see family and for my baby shower on Sunday.

4 – 14 : Baby shower! And ate too much delicious cupcakes.

Onward!