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Highlights… better than when we were kids!

In exchange for a blog post, we received multiple issues of Highlights magazine. All opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.

Years ago, I was a Highlights kid. I circled all the differences between pictures, stuck stickers to everything insight, enjoyed reading articles with content designed just for me, and loved doing puzzle after puzzle of different mediums (I’ve always enjoyed word puzzles more than any!)… so naturally, as an adult, I am drawn to the brand again.

When Addie was under a year, I ordered her a subscription to Hello! Highlights magazine for the youngest of babes, from 0-2. They’re awesome- AND impossible to tear. We’ve collected them all to share with Millie!

#aisforadelaide #HighlightsHello #HighlightsMagazine #shop

I was so enamored with how much Addie loves getting her own mail and magazines, that I contacted Highlights to learn more about High Five!, their magazine printed up just for toddlers ages 2-6! I was delighted to get a few free copies so I could share them with Addie… who I knew would love them- I didn’t anticipate how much, however.

On a rainy day, we pulled  out the issues we were sent to try and Addie got right to work.

#Aisforadelaide #shop #highlights ##highlightsmagazine #highfive #highlightshighfive

What strikes you first is the beautiful, full size magazine itself. The covers are all beautiful illustrated and just like mine- with some of the feature articles on the inside. Addie felt pretty cool with her own mag.

#aisforadelaide #shop #highlights #highlightsmagazine #highlightshighfive #jointhefun

She loved reading the short stories, identifying hidden images and actions,  but became engrossed in the Read Aloud in English and Spanish section. The stories are really vivid, and offer lines in Spanish- which Addie repeats often and usually in context (she speaks more Spanish than I do now!), which integrate well into the story. Not only is she using another language, but she’s learning to identify different objects and emotions in Spanish.

#aisforadelaide #spanish #highlights #highlightsmagazine #shop #highlightshighfive

Each magazine is also packed with puzzles (“That’s Silly”, a find it game) and step-by-step images (with captions) showing different activities, like sitting crisscross applesauce, crouch, jump and jog (like a frog!), action rhyming with movement- different each month! And our favorite, a recipe or craft at the end!

#aisforaldeiade #HighlightsHighFive #shop #highlightsmagazine That's Silly

A super cool one we want to make for Daddy is a painted paintbrush! Taking a plain paintbrush with a wooden handle, you turn it into a colorful, polka-dot brush, perfect for spreading sauce over your favorite BBQ! Or in our April issue, where we learned how to make our own play-dough. And in May, we made some delicious Crunchy, Nutty Muffins- perfect because the ingredients were so basic- we already had them on hand, and it was simple for Addie to help me measure and mix! These mags are perfect because they offer SO much in each issue that we can come back to them time and time again and learn something new- plus, Addie loves to try and find things by herself and tell me stories about the pictures each time she revisits!

#aisforadelaide #highlightsmagazine #highfive #learning #toddlers

Addie helping me make Crunchy Nut Muffins- a Highlights High Five recipe!

I am so excited to order Addie her own yearly subscription so the fun can last all year- and every time we pull out the magazines! From rainy day activity, to a magazine to read during quiet times that will surely be needed after Millie’s arrival, High Five! is the perfect addition to our mailbox as a special treat for Miss A!

Also on my radar? Some NEW projects to be released for all ages! Highlights is working on releasing something for us parents, as well as a new magazine series sure to excite… don’t worry- I’ll share more info soon!

What’s your favorite memory of Highlights? Mine is the doctor’s offices that carried them so I could read a magazine in the waiting room, just like my parents!

 

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Marvelous Monday

So much to say about what’s been going on, but I keep reflecting on our wonderful experience in California.

If you followed my social media pages, you may have noticed #lpaSD2014 making it’s way around with pictures, quotes, and events… all leading to the LPA National Conference in San Diego. It was amazing.

It is also something that we could not have participated in without the help and support of our parents and my aunt and uncle. Both my parents and Dave’s helped us get there (via flyer miles, rewards, food, and accommodations). I am also extremely grateful for my dearest, who works his tail off at work and then each weekend doing repairs to save up for the cost of eating away from home (yes, a BLT in San Diego is $10!). But it is more than the money. It’s the understanding. My mother-in-law was initially going to come with us (she will be attending workshops with us in Boston in 2017!), but decided that it was just too much for her… however, she still supported us going, which means the world to our family. San Diego is an awesome vacation spot, but the conference, the LPA organization and the knowledge and friendships we gain each year are invaluable to us.

#Aisforadelaide #lpaSD2014 #family #friends #dwarfism

Addie was blessed this year with a gift from a family who lost their child to a rare(r) form of dwarfism with a Lifetime Membership to Little People of America, and we could not be more thankful. Knowing  that Addie will always have access to the best advocacy, community and medical advice, even after Dave and I are not here to guide her, eases my heart. There are so many lesser known facets to the LPA organization that I hope she explores- including scholarships and a deep-rooted community- that having this membership offers her access to all this and so much more- forever! #aisforadelaide #lpaSD2014 #LPANationalConference #SanDiego

With that, the opportunity to go to as many regional (local) and national events as we can gives us all opportunity to learn, play, educate and be educated. Last year, I was a part of a panel that focused on social media and how we present ourselves as a community, and this year I spoke about why I keep pushing (advocating) for more education and awareness. Dave got to learn about different home adaptations and how he can make our house more comfortable for Addie without making it difficult for us. Even the grandparents got to go to some workshops and learn a bit more about what it’s like to grow up as someone with dwarfism, the things they can help Addie with, and just take part in the community.

#aisforadelaide #lpaSD2014 #expo #travel #sandiego

All-in-all… this was an amazing experience. Made that much better by our trip a few hours north to see my Aunt Donna and Uncle Ted. While I am forever grateful to the LPA and being able to experience national events, being able to see my Uncle Ted meant more to me than I can express. My Mom did not find her brother until she was in her 20′s. Adopted at birth, she was able to reconnect years later with a lot of research… and I am so glad she did. My Uncle is amazing- traveling to see us a lot in my youth- and coming to stay with us for much longer than he anticipated, when my Dad passed. We often joke in my family that I was a wild child, but that didn’t really happen until my Dad died. My Uncle saw firsthand how out of control I became and how quickly I down-spiraled. But still, he stayed. Day after day he supported my Mom and did everything he could to help with the daily running of the house, and the big things that my Dad had been too sick to do in his last months of life. Going out to see him, hug him, talk to him and see the spark in his eye was more than I could ask for.

#aisforadelaide #lpasd2014 #family #vacation #travel

He’s sick. I hate that. I hate seeing a man who has rocked the world, serving our country, playing a major role in aerospace development, advancing the programs that offer guide and service dogs to those who need, and most of all being an amazing family man- he’s diminishing in body… but never spirit. I was afraid he would be fragile and was instead surprised to see him, stout as ever, never batting an eye when he needed oxygen or apologizing for needing a break. Quite simply, as Ted has always been, he just is. Maybe that’s where I get my no apologies life-view from… I am who I am, be damned if it upsets you or makes you uncomfortable. And my Aunt Donna, his rock, she’s kind of amazing, too. Her love, support and drive are inspiring. A teacher for years, she set Addie up with all the fun stuff while accepting oxygen deliveries, getting towels for Addie and I to swim, her beaming smile never fading.

#aisforadelaide #family #LPAsd2014 #sandiego #losangeles #travel

There are some days that are really hard. For everyone. I have a family who has taught me, and continues to do so, that there are way more rainbows than rain if we look for them. I am thankful that we got to Cali this summer… for the sun, sand, friendships, education, family.

Have you done a big summer vacation this year? What was your favorite part?

Happy Marvelous Monday, Reader! I hope you have a beautiful week!

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On being a special needs parent…

I read THIS yesterday as parent after parent on my Facebook feed shared the article. At the time, I was scanning the web from my phone from beneath my dearest Adelaide, softly crying.

Although I’ve posted a few updates on her, it’s been a whirlwind since we’ve returned from the LPA National Conference in San Diego… we landed late Saturday night, spent the day jet lagged, but as a family, on Sunday, then had an incredibly busy Monday running from Addie’s physical therapy, the OB and chiropractor for me, and fielding calls from 4 different doctors (have I mentioned that when an actual doctor calls, it’s usually not good?). On Tuesday morning I said goodbye to Dave as he headed to work, and he kissed me extra hard. The look in his eye told me what I needed to know; it pained him that I would be going through a surgery without him and he had no words. Neither did I. He carried our still-sleeping girl to the car for me and kissed her face and head as he hesitantly closed the car door.

I didn’t even cry. After she was under sedation, I calmly left the room, my head spinning as I attempted to control my breathing. I gathered our belongings for our overnight stay and meandered around the corner to the waiting room where, after spending  a solid 15 minutes staring at the surgical board, called my mom. Then I tried on one long-sleeve shirt, but then I was wearing too much gray, so I took it off and put on the blue one- it was from the 5k I did a few weeks ago. You’re strong enough for this, Chelley. I sat down and got out my work. I use 3 different spreadsheets to track my work, sponsored posts, links, blog posts and the like. I took out a pen and started to cross things off and move things around. I planned for a few days of recovery where I could do some work, but not a lot. I took out my highlighter and crossed off everything I’d done. I felt grateful that I have the option to push work aside when I need to because Dave takes care of us.

#aisforadelaide #specialneedsparenting #motherhood #specialneeds

So back to the article. It’s a few days post-tubes (second set) and adenoidectomy and Addie was on top of me, where she’s been a lot since her surgery. Perched on my chest, or curled up around my belly inciting kicks from her baby sister, inside. She was running about 100º and shaking, her little body clad in nothing but a Bumgenius diaper, snoring and sweating through my own tank top. Every now and again, she would stir and cry in her slumber. So I read, and I softly cried, too. If you follow along with the article, I cried because:

1. Sometimes lonely doesn’t describe it. Even when I have a moment to connect with friends and family I cannot express the fear I feel. The fact that everyone in the world could be there to hold my hand, and I would still feel like I was standing alone- especially when I am there without Dave. Because when we do have time to talk, I want to talk about Addie every moment and not at all, and not knowing how to process your own emotions is a lonely place to be.

2. Dave and I are a power couple. We aren’t changing the world, but we’re shaping our own. And we have to work at it everyday. We discuss a lot of medical things, we sleep very little large chunks… but we do it all together. Sometimes we snap and bite, but the lines of communication don’t close. Sleep, fancy cars, and, yes, even intimacy can wait… but not forever. We fight for that. For this. For us.

3. Enough said. I can go mama bear in 1.4 seconds flat, however.

4. All the time. This is also due to my losing a brother, young cousin and father before I was 13. But even more so, as we look deeper into Addie’s spine and decompression and blackouts and sleep… I feel relief when she wakes up. I hate that feeling. I just want to wake up and not have my heart leap and stop until I see her ribs expand and contract with the sweet sound of her breath. I hope this fear won’t last forever.

She is #aisforadelaide #strength #courage #laughter

5. Sometimes I know that my voice means less than my body. The length of my reach engulfing her body as she cringes in pain or fear at an appointment. The way she melts into my shoulder or tucks into my chest as they try to take another set of vitals, insert an IV, measure another limb. The way she won’t wear a mask unless I gently place it over her face. There are no words… just the touch of mom. Recently I learned skin-to-skin is important past infancy, as Addie craves feeling my heart beat and holding my necklace. She reaches into my shirt just to feel my skin, and I crave comforting her. Touch is so healing and speaks louder than words. When I ask her if she’s ok and she grabs my face into her own kisses me and settles into my arms. Words seemingly, in that moment, mean nothing.

6. While Addie doesn’t have speech issues, hearing your child come out of sedation like a lion screaming for you or waking in an apnea episode startled wanting only you… those are the times I cherish her communication most.

So, in light of her adenoids being removed, which gives off the most horrible breath, and my heightened sense of smell, her small shaking body, feverish and gripping, the hours we’ve spent in the same position (painful for me)… this is just what we do. And after the hours. The physical ache and mental exhaustion… the moments left in between. There’s still a light inside.

#aisforadelaide #sarifices #parenthood #specialneedsparenting

…been laying here for hours. Wouldn’t trade a minute.

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Do you believe?

Second in my doula series is Jessica Fuss. When I met Jess, it was at a DoRI event, and I fell in love with her. She’s like a big sister, mother and best friend all in one. Although Jess had another client when I was due with Addie, we remained in touch, and she is still one of my biggest supporters in motherhood! From her beaming smile to her incredible knowledge in all things birth, cloth diapering and motherhood, Jess is such a super-woman! I asked her a bunch of questions, and wanted to share her thoughts with  you and a bit more about her doula services at Soft Touch Doula.

1. What does “doula” mean to you?
To be a doula to me means to take care of a woman…To find out what her needs, her desires, her likes and dislikes, her wishes are…then to do my best to surround her with so much nurturing love that she feels protected and safe to be whomever she needs to be in order to birth her baby in the best way for HER.

It also means for me to provide enough information and assurance to the partner so that I can take away all of his/her fears and worries so they can just be the partner and provide the support they have always wanted to be.

2. What’s your specialty and why did you enter that niche?

My niche is Birth.  I’ve heard it say I’m very good at being that doula who “mothers the mother”.  I’m very nurturing.  It chose to be purely a Birth Doula (not a postpartum as well) because it just fits.  I have always wanted to have ‘something’ to do with birth, ever since I was a little girl and read my mom’s Lamaze books.  When I found out about the role of a birth doula, where I get to purely support and care for the couple, and not to have to do any of the medical care, I knew it was for me.

3. How many births have you attended?
Back in 2012 I stopped counting at 100 births attended.  I’m sure I’m up to somewhere around 150.
4. Favorite/most anticipated moment about birth… besides the baby!
Ahhhhhh… :-)  My favorite moment.  My favorite moment is special to me.  It’s when I see by the woman’s soft face, hear by her orgasmic sounds, can tell by her loose body, that she has truly given over to the Birth process.  She has surrendered to the intensity.  There’s no more fighting the surges.  She is now purely allowing her body to flow and open.  If one was in the next room and didn’t know what was going on, it would sound like she is having a wonderful orgasm.  But in reality, the sounds a woman makes at this precious moment in her labor is exactly the same.

5. Hardest part of your work?

The hardest part of this job is most definitely for me the anxiety involved.  There is anxiety of not knowing when each momma will go into labor.  I am pretty much always on-call.  And when that momma does go into labor, who will be available to watch my kiddos.  It’s the unknown that is very stressful.  And the anxiety also carries over into the birth itself in not knowing how short or long the labor will be.
6. What’s the most rewarding part of your work?
I think the most rewarding part of being a doula, for me, is knowing that something simple I might have done, (for instance helping her get through that “wall” that often comes up during transition when she often cries  “I can’t do it any longer”, but in reality she’s almost done!) and it has helped to completely change the outcome for that woman’s birth…That simple act of support and encouragement helped her to achieve her goals for her birth.  When I leave after the birth, I quietly smile and know in my heart that I did a good job.
7. A few words that you feel describe motherhood?
Empowering, tiring, amazing, overwhelming, fulfilling, glorious, momentous.
8. What areas do you serve in RI/MA/CT?
Southern MA, Eastern/southeastern CT, all of RI.

9. Your hope for the future of your profession?

My hope is that the Insurance Companies will recognize the role of a doula as incredibly beneficial in that it reduces the need for SO many interventions that cost them money.  I wish for Moms and Dads that the services we provide could be universally covered by their insurance companies.

I love how doulas know they are awesome, but give all the credit to mamas! Raising a child takes a village, but birthing a child is totally teamwork (at least for me!). You can contact Jess HERE, and get to know more about this amazing woman!

What was the most amazing or helpful part of your birth experience?

 

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Surgery Day!

So here we are again… Hasbro Children’s Hospital! Addie is headed in for her second set of tubes and an adenoidectomy.  I talked to 4 different doctors yesterday, and though I am pretty much not answering my phone if I see 401-444-#### (which indicates someone from Lifespan Hospital Network calling me), I am thankful that we have such an amazing team, willing to do all the research possible to keep Addie safe and healthy.

As many have read, we’re going through a lot of diagnosing and problem-solving for Addie’s blackout episodes, which included an MRI. Sadly, we did not have full follow through of the order, and Addie will need to undergo another round of imaging so we can get a better idea of what might be happening. For this, we will head up to Boston (in a few weeks)…. for today, we just want to get through the ENT battle.

#aisforadelaide #warriorgirl #HasbroChildrensHospital

After I wrote about needing sedation (Addie is intubated as her airways are constricted), and how incredibly apprehensive that makes me (pregnancy hormones don’t help), many people chimed in. I wish that I could say their words helped, but sometimes they hurt or scared me more. When I lost my father 16 years ago I remember a lot of other people missing “the mark” of things to say- there are a thousand articles about what to say to someone who is grieving, but what about parents and caretakers who are scared? I know that nothing said truly makes anyone feel better, but there are things that have made me feel a bit worse about what’s going on and I wanted to share them with you because many parents have told me they too feel the same way–>

1. Don’t worry.
See, the thing is… I’m WAY past that.
2. It’s not a big surgery.
If my child is in surgery, it’s a big surgery to me. It’s a part of me I’ve entrusted to the Earth in a situation I cannot even try to control.
3. Been there. Done that.
While I am aware we are not reinventing the wheel here, routine surgery for one is not for another. Please, try to not one-up others.
4. I had that, and I was OK. (Or my child did)
I know lots of people with  lots of stories. I know kids that do GREAT under anesthesia. I know kids that have gone into comas from it, too. I know that when Addie wakes up she is a mess, her throat hurts, she’s raspy, she needs to be held and fights needed oxygen. I know that she gets ill, but refuses to drink or eat to help it. I know that she will be OK because we have a handpicked team, but brushing off a parent’s fear doesn’t make them feel better… or at least doesn’t work for me.
5. I know someone who died from that.
No joke. Someone told me they knew someone who had a child who died during a routine surgery- then they IM’d me their prayers. Ummmmmmm… I know things can happen, please don’t share those personal stories with me as I’m scheduling a routine surgery.
6. Try having (insert different procedure here).
This one really gets me. For some society has created a need for constant comparisons. Pissing contests. Who has it harder. I’ll tell you what, I know what hardship is. Maybe it is experience (I am still just a mom to one, and if you think back to those days, you too will remember your feelings were different then than they are now), maybe it’s age, or financial status, or location… or maybe, just maybe, it is how I feel as an individual. And it  is OK for me to feel the way I do. Maybe, someday, I will experience a similar hardship to you- but if you’re that person who feels like your life is harder, it just won’t matter… I’ll never be justified. This is, if you truly think of it, tragic for you.

And now that that’s off the table… I appreciate your kind words, your loving emails, texts, phone calls. So many are pulling for Addie to feel 100%, and for that I could not be more thankful. For those who go through major experimental surgeries, I pray for you everyday and I am thankful for the love and support offered to those families. When any family is going through unusual circumstances, the support system that surrounds them gives them the most strength. Thank you, Reader, for your strength.

lots of love,

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Happy Fourth!

We are celebrating our wonderful country by flying the friendly skies! We are heading to the LPA National Conference, as well as a visit to my Uncle Ted (Camille Thea’s honoring him with her middle name), and we are so excited.

But before we go, this beautiful American girl wanted to wish you and your family a Happy (and safe) 4th of July!!

#4thofjuly #aisforadelaide

 

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Reliving those moments…

Sometimes parenting sucks. Not the waking up in the middle of the night, or the food that gets hurled onto your new white shirt. Who really cares about a scuff on those $50 Striderite shoes or the fact that someone cut their own hair with the kid-friendly scissors?

#aisforadelaide #favoriteday

The most awful of times is when we can’t fix it.

It is that thing that you knew was there, or the times you knew would come. Those moments of 2am sickness, fevers that won’t break, flushed cheeks, or in our case, brief spells of total blackouts. Those moments in life where the cliché, why can’t it be me, becomes alarmingly appropriate. I wish I could sacrifice myself. The bedtime routine of her body all arched up in bed and snoring- her throat drying out as she gently falls asleep… and when I want to cry… a big, ugly cry. But she just wraps a sweaty little arm around me in her stupor, I breathe her in, and I can’t help but fall madly in love with that little being. I wish I could fix it.

Our perfect beings somehow become injured, no less perfect, but more vulnerable… making us, as their guardians, more exposed than we knew we could be. Our little hearts walking outside our bodies left helpless for moments we can’t even track, with ailments we cannot heal. We wait for the phone call from some staff member that says, No worries, Mrs. Martinka, she’s just being a toddler. Instead my phone rings and the sweet voice of a doctor comes on.

Oh shit.

It’s all I can think, and as they tell me exactly what I knew and never wanted to hear, I’m dying inside. A piece of my heart is marching around the room in her colorful cloth diaper laughing, and the part of my heart that is stuck in me is screaming- simultaneously stopping and racing at the same time.

#aisforadelaide #thehardestpart #parenting

You know what I am saying to myself as I choke back tears and gather the important information is every curse ever spoken. I’m getting names and numbers, and big words I’ll later look up on Google. The heat in my face is rising and I can feel my unborn kicking me from the inside. Just stay in there, Millie. I can’t keep you safe out here. A piece of my heart is breaking, and yet the silliest part of me is right there, running around, happy and perfect as the day she was born.

The moments of gasping. Blackouts. They have a reason. A cause. And I didn’t want to hear what I already knew.

And I hate it.

It’s another unknown. It’s reliving her diagnosis all over again without the acceptance that it will all be ok… not knowing what is ahead for us and longing for the ignorance that’s kept me company for the past 26 months.

As I hang up the phone, and make another appointment, send another update in an email, request another referral and get another approval code, the routine is different. This isn’t preventative, this is proactive. This is taking the next step. This is fear and hurt and wonder. And I crash my face into the pillow and scream, hot tears saturating the fabric beneath my eyes. Does it mean surgery? It means the possibility…

Because this is what parenting is, some days. And some days I don’t know if I can do it. But it’s possible that I can.

This warrior keeps me strong. She keeps me brave. She’s taught me more about living than I’ve taught her at all… and she’s only 2. This kid knows that happiness doesn’t come from money or things, it’s not all about the places we go and the people we meet. There are days that happiness is a good bite of avocado, kisses from the puppy, splashing in the bathtub, or seeing mama after a procedure. Happiness is what we make it, and this life we get- we sure as hell better live.

So here’s to us. Mamas, papas, guardians. Warriors.

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy and #FitForTwo

There are so many ways that us mamas-to-be fall into a routine of life that involves everyone else, and not ourselves or the person we’re carrying inside. With nary a moment for a leg lift or meal preps, sometimes we need to carve those moments, schedule them, if you will, to make them happen. So how can you avoid pitfalls and keep on track this pregnancy?

1. Schedule the time:
It’s hard enough to have the time to do anything extra in our days. Whether it’s work, kids, errands- there is no time for extra. But what we sometimes forget is that our body, our sanity… those are not extras in Life. Those are Necessities. Taking the same time to care for ourselves as we do meeting deadlines and planning playdates, is key to staying healthy and happy during pregnancy and beyond. My favorite tip to getting things done that I “don’t have time for”, is to schedule them.Remember that 10 minutes three times a day is a 30 minute workout. You can’t create more time, but  you can schedule what you’ve got to be as productive as you imagine! No penciling yourself in, grab that pen and mark your workouts on your schedule!

#aisforadelaide #fitpregnancy #fortwofitness #yoga #prenatalyoga

2. Do what you want:
Yep, you read that right. Try out a yoga class, Zumba, jogging, a walk, hikes, DVDs, group classes, swimming… there are so many options out there and many can be tailored to pregnancy. Make how you stay in shape your choice. For me, I love yoga, running and swimming laps- especially later in pregnancy. I use DVDs for yoga so that Addie and I can do workouts together and I can get them in while she naps, but I enjoy taking classes when I can- and classes are a great way to meet other mamas and mamas-to-be!

#fitfortwo #fortwofitness #aisforadelaide #fitpregnancy

3. Stay comfortable:
This is SO important for me. I love jogging with my babe on board, but when I have to start pulling at my shirts, and the elastic itches on my shorts- I totally lose interest. That’s why my favorite workout gear is For Two Fitness. I first saw pregnant mamas at local races wearing the cute racerback tanks and did some research for myself. After checking out their selection of all things workout, I knew I had to try a few pieces. The tanks are perfect for my workouts (and really to wear anywhere) and the pants are made for movement- both pre and postnatal- I plan on wearing them during those first few recovery weeks, for sure. No matter what you’re doing, being dressed for it makes the whole process better! While you sweat, don’t fret about your comfort or let your style fizzle- check out #ForTwoFitness for yourself, or as the perfect gift.

Shoes are also extremely important- especially while pregnant. Joints are looser and feet can swell, so make sure you have good kicks! For me, this meant letting go of my old standbys. After over 1,000 miles (NEVER let your shoes go this long… it’s terrible for you), I traded them in for a new pair I’ve had for over a year, but didn’t want to break out too soon. My best advice? Go to your local running store and get fitted for the right shoe! They can help evaluate your stride and activity level so you find the perfect shoe for you!

#aisforadelaide #comfort #pregnancyfashion #fitfortwo #fortwofitness #fitpregnancy

4. Know what your cravings really mean:
Many times I’ve found myself craving sugar or salt. While I’d love to grab some candy or pretzels, I know these snacks will just leave me dehydrated and guilty. Check out my handy chart to know what  your body is really asking you for… and remember that sometimes all you want is chocolate- and that’s what you really need!

#Aisforadelaide #cravingschart

5. Be in touch with you:
Whether you’re tired or think you can push further, you’re right! It’s important, especially while pregnant to listen to your body and know what you’re capable of. Before your workout, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Are you ready for a few miles? Would you rather just one good mile? Maybe just getting in the pool is enough, or taking a walk with the kids is enough of a workout for the day. Keeping yourself motivated can only happen if your health is truly benefiting- rest days included.

Take care of you and that little one (or little ones) that you have on the way! I look forward to the days when my girls and I can run together. Til then, I’ll keep running for two!

What do you do to have a #fitpregnancy?

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Marvelous Monday

Ahhh… Monday. I’ve actually been dreading this Monday, afraid of it- if you will.

Today Addie heads to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for her MRI.

A lot of readers have asked me why I do not write about dwarfism more, and the simple answer is: because that is not all there is in our lives. Neither Adelaide, nor the Martinka family are defined by the attributes of achondroplasia, and as such, I refuse to let my writing (and my mind) be consumed by the diagnosis. On the plus side, there is a lot of information here- as well as in the blog roll- which I encourage readers to check out! All charts are updated and a great accompaniment to your regular pediatrician’s repertoire of monitoring your child, and there are different categories for other information, including one specifically about achondroplasia. If you’re looking for something specific, try the search box!

But, I find myself here. Wanting to embrace the week, but fearing its start. Addie is due for an MRI at 1pm. This means the usual things for children of such an age getting an MRI- no food for 6 hours, sedation… oh yeah. Sedation. Due to the complications involved with achondroplasia, namely the compression that is apparent in all patients (the severity is what differs), Addie has a special team and guidelines to her being under. I am thankful that we have such an awesome team behind us, but I am always fearing the unknown- especially when her previous experience with anesthesia was not good. CONSIDERATIONS FOR ANESTHESIA DOCUMENT.

As I’ve mentioned before, I want to share information on this blog, but I do not want to delve into all of Adelaide’s medical history. It’s entirety to share is her choice… but I do want to educate. So, I will share what’s been happening these past few months.

Addie has fallen a total of 6 times, and been unable to catch herself. Each time she has fallen (backwards), she’s landed squarely on the back of her head… after which her eyes roll, she goes limp and doesn’t breathe for a time of 5 to 10 seconds. After these episodes, she’s bounced back pretty well that day, with no walking or pupillary issues. But… she’s blacking out. Cold. Six times. This has more than a few of her doctors worried, and before she goes under for another set of tubes and adenoid removal, we need to confirm there isn’t a deeper issue.

Thus, an MRI.

This Monday, I ask for your good thoughts, prayers, and virtual hugs… because while I know Addie is strong enough to handle anything, I’m not sure I am.

To all the mamas and papas before me who have battled more than I could imagine, you give me strength. Thank you for your love and support- through the major, the minor, and everything in between.

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But… you didn’t think I would leave you there, did you?! It’s Monday! Marvelous Monday! There is too much to celebrate in life, and this week I am more than thankful for the love and support I have, but also the opportunities. My hubby is amazing, and his hard work has afforded me the opportunity to grow as a writer and mother… and athlete. I was recently accepted into the Fit For Two Ambassadors program- which I practically begged for (really), and just in time for their awesome Instagram campaign- beginning today!

For Two Fitness is a favorite of mine for so many reasons, including the company’s commitment to moms. Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, yogi, dancer, lifter, casual gym visitor, total gym rat… or just get into the groove when you can, the products offered will give you confidence and comfort in all of your workouts. The tops are made to move with you and your babe and the bottoms to cover everything, but give you movement… both pre and post baby. I love that the company is family-owned and operated- and think all new mamas deserve the love they have for their customers. So… what was all that about a giveaway?

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Don’t forget to enter yourself in this awesome contest- there are products for mamas-to-be and new mamas- and even a few pieces for in between moments! Good luck, Reader!

I hope you have a beautiful week… starting with this Marvelous Monday we have all been blessed to have!

xo

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Team in Training… Moms in Training!

Many of you know that I LOVE to run… for fun! The feel of the wind, the power of my body, the satisfaction of a good workout. I just love it all.. even when something hurts, or I have a bad day on the road, it’s been a favorite activity of mine, and is the catalyst that helped me quit smoking- COLD TURKEY- after 12  years!

One of my favorite charities happens to be Team in Training, and I’ve run two half marathons and one 5K with them, but since having Addie, I have not run nearly as much. Sadly, time constraints and a lack of funds to run bigger races have left me in a bit of a lurch… my last half marathon, in fact, I was about 6 weeks pregnant with my devious toddler!

#AisforAdelaide #MomsInTraining #TeaminTraining #TnT #charity #pregnancy

I emailed over to Team in Training and lamented. Any races with a stroller, or training with a babe (or two)?! I want back in! And then the reply… We have a new program starting soon! Here are the details…

Mind. Blown.

As I am sure many of my readers are, I am strapped for help with a late-working hubby, I want to get back into giving back- but have to do it on my time, and I have some insane desire to involve my kids in a healthy lifestyle- even if that means I never get a moment to myself. So, what’s the new program that has me ready to push at the end of September and up and racing a 10k by Addie’s 3rd birthday? Let me share what our fearless campaign leader has told me!

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Rhode Island Chapter is excited to announce our new program – Moms In Training.  This program is a spin-off of our successful Team In Training program.  It is designed for moms who want to Get Fit, Meet other Moms and Fight Cancer!

Moms In Training began in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s New York City Chapter in the Spring of 2012 with 28 moms raising $45,000 in support of the mission.  In the spring of 2013 they increased the program to 150 moms who raised $185,000.

Moms In Training soon spread throughout LLS chapters, and we are now training over 300 moms in New York City alone.  The program is projected to raise over $1 million for this fiscal year!  On average moms have been raising $1500 per event even though the fundraising minimum is only $500.  We encourage all the moms to set a personal goal and enlist us to help them get there!

The Rhode Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has decided to adopt Moms In Training in the next year to our programs offered.  We are going to be recruiting moms throughout the month of June and will begin training in July.  Moms of all ages are welcome- including the new moms looking for the support they need to get in shape after childbirth.

The training program is anywhere between 8-12 weeks, where participants will receive a weekly training plan from our coach to guide them as they practice on their own.  Each week there will be a group run with all the moms training for the race.  They will be held early in the morning to ensure that we don’t interrupt anyone’s schedule, especially kids.  Strollers are welcome.

We will be training for the following races in the 2014-2015 season:

  • October 5 – Ocean Road 10K in Narragansett, RI
  • April 2015 – Miles For Michelle in Smithfield, RI
  • June 2015 – Newport 10 Miler in Newport, RI (for those moms that want to push a little harder)

Did you get all that? Let me highlight strollers are welcome! …Group runs will be held early in the morning so naps aren’t interrupted. Oh, and did I mention: strollers are welcome! Best part? A little  note Meredith wrote in her emails to me, We are encouraging moms to bring their children with them.

Yeah… encouraging! I know it’s a bit over-the-top, but I’m not comfortable leaving Addie for long periods of time, yet, and know that sometimes I can’t get into a good flow because of “what if” thoughts. What if: she’s crying, her diaper leaks, she falls, I’m home late, she won’t go to bed, etc. The list goes on and on- as do my rambling thoughts. So, what do I do? I fall in love with programs like this. Programs that give me the opportunity to give back, and make myself better at the same time.

#Aisforadelaide #momsintraining Team in Training #charity

So, maybe you can’t tell, but I’m really excited! I will be registering for the April 2015 10k and would love to see some of my fellow mamas running out there with me (dads, too!). And if you experienced runners would be so kind, please share your suggestions for favorite double joggers! We need to start saving for one of those bad boys, for sure!

Please contact Meredith at 401.943.8888, check out Team in Training RI online, or come to the next information meeting at Rhode Runner in Providence June 28th at noon!

#aisforadelaide #teamintraining #momsintraining

Can’t wait to see you on the roads! Lots of love and miles,

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