Sunday, August 31, 2008

Just In Case You Were Wondering...

For those of you who have been wanting to see the belly, here it is. I'm nearly 38 weeks and I'm hoping I don't make it to 40 ;)

Please excuse the full laundry basket in the background. Can you tell what I'm gonna be doing tomorrow for Labor Day!? On 2nd thought, I hope Labor Day truly becomes "labor day" for me! I can dream, can't I?!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Gooooooooooo Pirates!

These pics are pretty self explanatory. Let's just say that the Dart boys take their sports seriously. It's not enough to just be a fan, they have to actually become a part of the team. Don't worry Grandpa, we still love the Cougars, but we just couldn't find pint size uniforms in Cougar Blue. I must admit though, we are looking forward to heading up to Dowdy-Ficklin Stadium in a few weeks! Pa, Uncle Joel, and Uncle Mike were pretty excited when they saw these uni's! Mike even whipped out his cell phone and started playing his Purple Haze ring tone. You know Zac just ate that up!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Restless Legs, No Sleep, and a Goal in Mind

Have you ever heard of Restless Legs Syndrome? If you haven't, you're lucky. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders says this "Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move when at rest in an effort to relieve these feelings." Under normal (unpregnant) circumstances, I only get restless legs when I'm extremely, overly, and completely exhausted. Not necessarily exhausted like I just ran 12 miles, but exhausted like I've just had a really hard day. Well, welcome back RLS! During my third trimester with all three of my pegnancies, I have experienced RLS. It is a miserable thing. For those of you who have it on a regular basis, I feel for you. It is truly a miserable thing to go through.

My restless legs manage to peak at night while I am trying to catch a little sleep. Between getting up to go to the bathroom and getting up to walk around and get my legs to stop twitching, I feel like I walk around all night long! Well, at least I can count those trips walking around the house toward my daily step count (you know we're all supposed to take at least 10,000 a day.)

So, on to other things. Most of you know (or maybe you don't) that I used to run quite a bit. "Used to" be the key phrase there. I have a marathon, a few half marathons, and several 10k's and 5k's under my belt. I must mention that all of this is thanks to my dear friend, Kellie. The first time I went running with her, we did 3 miles and I think I made her stop and walk about 10 times. She has run 15-20 marathons and countless other races, including the Boston Marathon. Her dad was my boss/drill sargeant who helped me prepare to run 26.2 miles. Gosh, I loved those days! Anyway- back to my point. I have decided to officially dive back into my running career after this little guy is born. Kyle and I have set a goal to run a half marathon together sometime next spring. He ran a few 10k's with me back in the day, but he has never done a half marathon, so we're both very excited. I also do better when I have a goal, so here's to setting a goal and meeting it!

Yesterday I went to TJ Maxx in hot pursuit of something totally different, but I ended up leaving there with a new Nike Dry-fit jacket and some Puma running pants. They, along with my running shoes are sitting in my room, anxiously awaiting their debut sometime near the end of September. I am officially pumped up about this! (The countless people I mentioned in my previous post who think I currently resemble a beached whale have nothing to do with me setting this goal!)

Being pregnant is such a wonderful thing. I know that I will miss feeling the pokes, prods, and punches from this little guy. We've gotten pretty close over these past nine months! But, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to get him out! If you've ever been pregnant, pat yourself on the back for making it through. If you haven't, tell your mom how much you appreciate her doing it for you.

That's all I got for now! Aly

Somewhat like the new jacket.
The running shoes wondering where I've been. The new pants.

Me, in a former life. I'm coming back, I promise!