Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Running For Two

I'm pregnant!!!

This was Baby S's second race (the Firecracker 5K was the first).

See - there is Baby S! (at 11 weeks)

Q: When did I find out?
A: June 20, 2008. Chasen and I wholeheartedly agreed that it would be best if we waited until we got through the first trimester before making the announcement. At first it was a very tough ‘secret’ to keep… but since we now live in a place where we know no one, it has actually been pretty easy to keep tight-lipped (except for on this blog, of course).

Q: Was this planned?
A: YES! Although it did not happen overnight… apparently our little one wanted to be conceived in Mississippi.

Q: When am I due?
A: February 23, 2009. I’ll be 34 years old. This due date is why I elected to drop out of the American Odyssey Relay in April 2009.

Q: How far along am I?
A: 13 weeks, 2 days

Q: Have I been sick?
A: That’s a tricky one. Not officially. I have not thrown up, nor have I been nauseous. However, I’ve had a general feeling of ‘ick’ quite a lot. But that has dwindled as the first trimester comes to an end.

Q: Have I been tired?
A: Oh. My. Lord. YES! Very few days have gone by that I have not had to take a midday nap. Thank heavens I now work for myself and can afford to do so. Of course that means I have to work extra to make it up – but it’s all good. And like the icky feeling, it is subsiding.

Q: Do we have names picked out?
A: Of course!

Q: Do I have weird cravings?
A: From time to time.

Q: How does Chasen feel?
A: He’s ecstatic! And you thought he was supportive of my running? Well multiply that times 10 and you’ll get close to how good of a “pregnancy husband” he is.

Q: Have I been to the doctor?
A: Well of course! We first went at 6 weeks (they wouldn’t see me before then) and most recently at 11 weeks. A practice was recommended to me, and the particular doctor assigned to me is a distance runner. She’s great!

Q: Did my doctor approve my running and, specifically, training for the Worldwide Half Marathon?
A: YES. She said since I am already a runner, it is completely safe to continue throughout the pregnancy – so long as I listen to my body and not push too hard. It’s a deal. What a gal! And FYI I am A-OK with all of the walking I have been finding it necessary to do. I am not overdoing it!

There ya have it! We're ecstatic!


PLANET3RRY said...

Well, crap. You're going to have change your blog title for a while:

I Run for My Life and My Baby

That's totally awesome, congrats to you and Chasen! Can't wait to hold baby Stout!

So... the big question is... are you registered yet? or do you just want gift cards

ShirleyPerly said...


Congrats on the big news. Great that you're not dealing with the usual morning sickness stuff and also have a doc who is a runner!

CewTwo said...


Annette said...

OH wow Susan that is just wonderful!!! I am so happy for you and Chasen and can't wait to keep up with your pregnancy and running progress! :)

Southbay Girl said...

CONGRATS!!!!! Awesome news!

peter said...

Congratulations! How exciting. I was 33 (as was my wife) when we had our first and a few weeks shy of 37 when we had our third. You'll both do great.

Cheryl said...

HOLY COW!! I actually was told the persons place I took on the American Odyssey Relay was pregnant, but when you didn't say anything I didn't either.....

Jessica said...

Congratulations! What an amazing year for you and Chasen. I'm going to tell Matt right now.

Bev said...

How awesome is that! I'm so happy for you! What a wonderful little blessing. The running is going to help you so much to stay healthy and to have a great pregnancy. I can't wait to read all about every step of your pregnancy.

Anonymous said...


WOW - Congrats!!! Glad Annette told me to read your blog!!!

aka "Boston Betty" to you :)

Arland said...

Congratulations Susan!!

Kim said...

Wow, that's big news!!! I'm excited for both of you. My birthday is 24 maybe your little one will be born a day late and we can share the same special day!

Road Warrior said...

Congratulations, Susan! I see another runner in the family.

gabsatrucker said...

Awwwww!! Congratulations!!!!!!! It's great that you have doctor that's supportive of your running. Looking forward to baby bump pics.


Nat said...

Congratulations!!!! Glad to see you're still running... too.
(I'd hoped that was the mysterious news Pokey alluded too.)

jeanne said...

well have mercy! i'm glad i checked on you! CONGRATULATIONS!! You look wonderful. I'm glad things are going so well. How exciting!

IrishBlue said...

Susan, awesome news!!!! Wow, I feel like I know you well enough to know that's one lucky baby. You and your husband seem like naturals for parenthood. It's the hardest job you'll ever love!


MarathonChris said...

Congratulations!!! (from me and from my older daughter who was born when I was 32). Now you get to eat, sleep and run for two.

We are very excited for you!!! :-)

Maddy said...

That is awesome news! Congratulations to you and Chasen!

I am so excited for you and I can't wait to read about your progress!

Gordon said...

Congratulations MOM!!!!! Kids will change your life and drive you crazy. I don't know what I'd do without my 2 crazy boys!

So happy for you.

mrjwhit~ said...

Congrats! Wow, how cool is that?