We had a great Thanksgiving! The day started off with a little 5k and I think everyone had fun. Maybe.
My goal for the race was to run it in 34:00 but I didn’t really know what to expect because I’m learning that pregnant bodies are unpredictable. I started off the first mile slow and then realized that I was feeling really good so I spent the last two miles passing all kinds of people. I would never consider myself a competitive person but passing people when you are pregnant is exciting. I crossed the finish line at 30:17- my slowest 5k ever and probably the one I am most proud of.
Also, I don’t know if I’ve introduced you guys to this handsome little fella. This is my parents (really mine…I manipulated my dad into buying him when I was in 7th grade) dog, Calvin. He is the worst dog on the planet and he is incredibly old and he just won’t die. He has eaten remotes, a box of staples, and tons of chocolate.
Something very exciting: my brother is engaged! I stole this picture from their Facebook because I forgot to take one. We like her- a lot!
And then we went Black Friday shopping til I couldn’t stand up anymore. Best deal I found: this holiday sweater for Lainey.
Baby update: I don’t have anything to compare this to but I feel like this kid is outa control in there. My mom got to feel him kick while I was home!
I read somewhere that he can recognize our voices now! Nick preached today and in case you were wondering- Nick with a microphone is extremely loud. And our little Colin was going CRAZY! HA!
ONLY 15 TEACHING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS BREAK!!!
November is leaving blustery and cold. Every day I say that it is “too windy/freezing cold and I am NOT running!” Then 5 minutes later I am lacing up and heading out the door before the sun comes up. I know all you runners out there understand- my soul needs running.
I need those quiet miles- the ones where my headlamp is the only light for miles on the Maine country roads- before a crazy day of teaching. I love that when I run I can feel the worries and anxieties shed off of me as the miles pass.
It is when I hear God most clearly- where I find peace. I’m so thankful that running still gives me this even when I am getting “heavy” pregnant (Nick’s term HA!), moving at the pace of a snail and peeing my pants.
I have been trying to bully Nick into training for that 5k with me. This is a very useful form of persuasion that I learned from my communications professor in college. I tell him things like “your heavy pregnant wife is going to kick your butt” and “you’re going to be finishing with eighty year olds.” It hasn’t worked.
Things my students have told me this week:
“Mrs. Lutzo, I will trade you my brother for your baby.”
“If you want your baby to be a dancer, you’re going to need some suction cups.” – I was afraid to ask any questions about this one. And this…
“You need a net for your baby. Ya’ know- so you can swing it back and forth and it will have good equilibrium when it gets older.”
Someone (not a student!) asked me if I was having twins. Nick and my mother thought it was hilarious.
I think Colin is going to be just like my sister. He loves Chinese food, diet coke and gets the hiccups a lot (my sister gets hiccups that sound like a pterodactyl in distress).
Oh, crazy Lainey. Love her.
It is freezing cold outside. We had our first snow a few days ago! I think Nick must be busy or something because he hasn’t put up our Christmas tree yet and it’s usually up by now.
By now, it’s pretty obvious that I am pregnant and my students have had plenty to say about it! I thought 6th graders would have more of a filter than little kids…but they don’t. Here’s some of my favorites:
“Mrs. Lutzo, everyday I am just thinking that you are soooooo pregnant!”
“Wow, your belly is getting really big!”
“I think you are getting slower at going up the stairs.”
“Mrs. Lutzo, I know this has nothing to do with division, but Sally thinks your pregnant.” “I am!” …. Student starts weeping…. After they compose themselves she says “Well, I hope you haven’t been standing in front of any microwaves.”
“Mrs. Lutzo, I’m just wondering if you were thinking of going on a diet.”
“I can’t wait til your baby gets here. I might steal it.”
Doesn’t that just look cold?!
Lainey has been her sweet little needy self lately. This is what she does when we are not giving her enough attention:
Any snow where you are?!
November is my favorite, I think. I just love thanksgiving so much! AND- we’re all signed up for a 5k Thanksgiving morning and I am overly excited about it. Even Nick signed up (I promise I didn’t nag him about it at all…) Now I just need to find the perfect race outfit that will cover my ever growing
Today I drove 5 minutes away to run because I am bored of my running route! It was gorgeous.
I ran 3 miles at the blazing pace of 11:00.
I’ve been putting Lainey in her vest even during our day-light runs because its hunting season! (I am so proud of myself for knowing that- just don’t ask me what type of hunting season it is…)
A lot of people have asked me if Nick is freaking out about having a baby. And the answer is “NO.” Nick is as cool as a cucumber about the whole thing. He already has set up the crib, the swing and folded and organized all the clothes we’ve been given.
Who’s freaking out/ being irrational about things? ME! That’s probably not surprising at all to those who know me well but the whole “raising a human and still trying to work and being no where near our families and remaining sane” thing is kind of overwhelming to me. I’m sure we’ll survive.
Other things: Colin either really loves or hates my piano playing but when I play he goes outa control in there. Elaine hates it and climbs under the covers- every time .
Yesterday I bought all kinds of clearance Halloween candy. Mostly peppermint patties because those are now my favorite.
Here are one thousand pictures of Elaine.
She loves when the 1800petmeds package comes. Then she searches the box for 20 minutes because she is sure there is another treat in there.
Days are getting crisp here! And fall has fallen.
I’m trying to convince my entire family to do a turkey trot on Thanksgiving (just a 5k!)….but no one is really cooperating but my sister (you can convince her to do anything ) and my brothers girlfriend (who is super sweet and I’m pretty sure I’ll have her running marathons soon…).
Nick is being the LEAST cooperative about wanting to run one so I think you guys should comment on here and peer pressure him into running it.
Crows and turkeys have been in our yard and Lainey loses her mind. Also, I promise we feed her- she is just so skinny. I was hoping that with running less she would fatten up but that’s not happening.
AND- we’re having a boy!!!! Which is good- Nick needs a boy in the house with all the sass Elaine and I have.
And we have reached the halfway point- 20 weeks! We’re still running- usually only 3 miles and I’m getting really slow- like 11:15 pace.
We’re naming him Colin James because that is the only name we agreed on and James is Nick’s middle name. I never thought I would like being kicked so much. The ultrasound lady commented on how active he was (I think they say that to everyone!) and that his mouth was opened the whole time! Is that surprising to anyone who knows Nick?!
Happy best candy week of the year!!!
yes, I am aware that posting this many pictures of your dog is weird/too much.
This weekend I went on the ladies retreat with church and it was just so pretty I had to share my pictures.
And I even found some time for a quick run down the mountain and then a walk back up.
They are saying that the 4-letter S word might happen this week. S-N-O-W.. My overly dramatic self might just cry about it!
Stay tuned tomorrow- we find out if we’re having a boy or girl!!
This weekend I had an extra long weekend and it was fantastic! On Thursday, after school, I headed to Lynn to spend the weekend with my family. And I only took 4 pictures the whole time and they are all of the same thing.
On Friday I went to Rockport to visit some dear, sweet friends. I used to work there- this is where I spent most of my lunch breaks.
Then I did a hundred million things with my family- most of them involved eating and shopping at my favorite places. And running at my favorite place (even though it smells bad- if you’ve been there, you know what I mean!).
One bad thing about city running is that you cannot just pee on the side of the road when you need to. In Maine, there is a 99.99% chance that there are woods near you and you only have to worry about critters seeing you.
Speaking of critters, there is one living under our porch. It makes Elaine crazy. I only have a picture of it’s poo that it left for us and I sent it to some people to see if they could identify it but no one really could. If you are an expert in animal droppings, please let me know.
Cravings: I don’t really want to tell you guys this one because you might judge me. It starts with a diet and ends with a coke. I’ve only given in a few times.
Things the baby hates: pumpkin everything. If I drink pumpkin coffee, eat pumpkin anything- I will throw up bright orange everywhere.
We find out next week if we’re having a boy or a girl! Nick thinks it’s a boy. I think it’s a girl. Classic. Agreeing on a name has been one of the hardest things of our lives. Haha!!