Monday, January 31, 2011


So I'm officially obsessed with my falafels that I've made. They are super yummy and I've made 5 batches of the recipe so far! Two were eaten yesterday and today (lunch), a third was mild and eaten by Lillian for dinner and myself, the last two are split between lunch tomorrow and storing them in the freezer. They are so good, and since I've been craving chick peas lately this is awesome that I have a healthy (as in baked and only good stuff in it) meal to meet my cravings. Even better is that my hubby and baby are enjoying them too. So now I'm a very happy pregnant woman, despite being huge and feeling a bit bummed out about having already gained over 25lbs this pregnancy. But I keep reminding myself that this is all for the new little person growing inside of me.

Baby Hanov I love you already, even if you are making me fat! And you better like napping when you are born so I can run off all this weight you're putting on my butt and thighs!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Feeling Inspired

So today was a busy busy day but I got so much done I feel inspirted. I got my 3rd run for this week in and it was the longest one yet, so that makes me feel great. For the last 4 weeks I've managed to run three times a week so now I feel like this is a habit again, meaning some days I run and love it, others I do it because I have to, but I still do it!!

I also managed to do a lot of things today that I wanted to. Some of them are normal mommy / house things like laundry, and tidying but others are helping make some costumes for the theatre group my hubby and I met in eight years ago, and I made awesome falafels! I found a great recipe on one of the blogs I read called Veggie by Season. The woman who writes it is called Ashlee and a lot of her stuff looks and sounds amazing but I have made Falafels before and they sucked, big time, but these were AMAZING and baked not fried. Even my hubby who is on weight watchers had some and he loved them too! So now I'm excited and have already whipped up another batch to bake tomorrow.

My husband is already running again, three times a week too, and is preparing to run the Waterloo Half-marathon again in May. I'm proud that he's going to run another race all on his own this time, since I did it in September in St.Catherines. Now I'm helping him prepare for his race and am feeling like a million bucks because of how much I managed to accomplish today. So even if I'm tired tonight I did so much that it was worth it!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Clothes are Here!

I got my new running t-shirts!! Hurray!! They came in the mail and I didn't have to pay any duty on them. Hurray! So now I have my awesome Speed Bump shirt and am feeling super awesome in it! Thank you to the fabulous mommies at Run Like a Mother for letting me order it despite being in Canada. I feel so loved!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Feeling like me!

Okay so I feel really amazing today. I got my first run of the week in, I planned a fun running and brunch date with my running best friend, and I am finally managing to get some real work done around the office. So all in all it's turning into a really great week, even if I am still gaining way too much weight because I keep eating so much food due to my lovely little baby. That's okay though, since she's our new little miracle baby and I know she's worth all the pounds I'm putting on, especially since they'll be gone in no time when I start running hardcore after the baby arrives.

Recently I've started to feel the baby moving a lot too and I just find it amazing since right now only I can feel it, and it's a very special time for me. I like being able to have this baby all to myself for now. Soon enough she'll be here and smiling at her daddy, stuffing herself with yummy food, running around my house and making huge messes so right now it's our special time together where she is easy to take care of and always with me.

I love being pregnant. It makes me feel truly beautiful and just all around amazing.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Quick update.

Okay so I did manage my three runs last week which makes me happy and today marked the end of the crazy part of the term so hopefully things will be less crazy for me the next few weeks. Our family is very excited about having another girl join the family. My father-in-law said he thought it was a girl because they come in sets (my husband has a brother, I had a sister, etc...) and my father's side is thrilled with the 4th granddaughter (makes the toys and clothes super easy) and my mother, well she's the mother of two daughters so she is just thrilled! I still have a few coworkers who think it's a boy pretending to be a girl, and if that is the case I will love him for his sneakiness and the fact that he's like me.

So now I am looking forward to some less crazy work time, and because my cleaning lady came today I could actually rest since my house was spotless. I only have her come once a month, but I love it. My husband works long and odd hours at times doing his programming thing (like is a serious issue comes up or a deadline approaches he can't always leave on time) so this is our way of helping me when he can't. So I hope everyone had a nice weekend and I promise to write more another night when it isn't 11pm!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's a GIRL!

The title says it all. Had the ultrasound today and we are having another baby girl! I'll post the ultra sound shots in a few days.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I haven't grown?!

So today was my second run of the week. Woot! I'm so glad it's over! :) Tomorrow at 1pm we go to the ultrasound technician to figure out if this new baby Hanov is a baby boy Hanov or a baby girl Hanov. Today is also my start of the 20 week mark, and that means another belly photo. But this time something weird happened, I haven't gotten much bigger. I feel HUGE mind you but when you look at the photos it's true. I'm the same size, which does make me happy that I haven't gained too much weight in the last three weeks and you can't see much extra on me since the start of my second trimester.

So I'll post again on the weekend with an update on the gender of the baby since we'll be away for a few days and posting away from home is not as easy.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Still star struck!

Okay so my husband is, in my opinion, a total genius and rather well known for what he does, on the internet. He writes a tech blog (, works for a big tech company in town here and does his own thing on the side too. The reason for my bragging about him in this case is that it's kind of become normal in my house for head hunters from major tech companies and call trying to get him to move to them. We've gotten calls from Google, Amazon and Facebook, which is why I find him to be a total smartie pants. So I got very excited the other day when I had a "Steve moment" of my very own!! I wrote a blog a few days ago about how I'm running and loving it right now, and noting about how inspiring the book that I'm reading right now is (Run like a Mother) and do you know what happened?? One of the authors of the book commented on my blog!! Eikkkk! I couldn't believe it!! I'm still giddy from it!! So that inspired me to keep myself going, and now I'm waiting for my fabulous t-shirts from the store and they are just awesome!!

For anyone who could use a good laugh I highly recommend reading the blog post on Run Like a Mother today. It's about Costco and if you've ever been or are a regular it will have you laughing your butt off! I know it made me crack up!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sharing some love.

Okay so for all the complaining I do about my hubby I thought I'd spend a day writing about how wonderful he is, because he really is. Not only is he a handsome husband, a wonderful father, very supportive of my dreams, and just an all around wonderful guy. He also happens to be really smart, I consider him a total tech genius. He even writes a blog about it ( He gets calls from major tech companies (think Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc...) who send head hunters to try and steal him but he's happy where he is.

The other amazing thing is that he goes to work at a job that isn't always his favourite and I know that he wants to work for himself one day but he knows with a wife and baby girl and another little baby on the way he has responsibilities and makes sure to take care of all of us. I love knowing that I won't have to worry about being taken care of while on maternity leave and about having a great man who will always be there for our children when they need him.

So he puts up with my cranky mood swings, lets me get my own way (95% of the time), takes care of my baby, makes me a better woman by letting me be me, and is just so wonderful, even if he leaves his socks on the floor some times.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Still Running and Loving it!

So I've been thinking a lot lately. First a quickie update. I saw my OB today and he said everything looks good for the baby and that I look the right size for 19 weeks and that everything (down there) is perfect. So now I'm a happy mommy and they are going to track my iron very carefully this pregnancy since I had so many problems with it last time. I saw my family doctor yesterday, for my back, and my iron is only 1/2 what it was when I found out I was pregnant and 1/4 of what it was in the summer, so I'm moving up to two iron pills a day now. My family doctor will be tracking my thyroid levels so I have to get lots of blood work done but no biggie. It's all worth it! Next week I'll have ultra sound photos!

So since everyone agrees that I can keep running with my sore back I did my first run for this week tonight. I want to do 3 a week and tonight was day 1! During the week I only have to do 20-30 minutes and 1 run, and on weekends I do 2 runs of 30-60 minutes. If I manage my next runs this weekend it'll be my third week in a row running three times. The wonderful news, this running is slowing down my weight gain! I went from an average of 10lbs a month for November and December to only 1.5lbs so far for January which rocks!

My photo is just a funny shot of me in my lovely Horror Hill Running shirt showing off all my metals and lovely board I've been working on with all our metals, bibs and race photos! I didn't get to put up many photos lately and thought this one would make people smile. I love the baby belly I've gotten now. And I can feel my little one move which is great. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the comic I've posted below. I stole it from a pregnancy website and it just KILLS me!

The other thing I've been doing a lot of lately is thinking and planning. If you haven't figured it out yet, I am quite the planner. I keep thinking of what race I can run first after this baby is born. I'm trying to figure out how long I realistically have to wait before getting back to running and then how much training I'll need for a 15 or 21km run of my choosing. I'm also starting to think about how much training it'll take for me to realistically train for my first full Marathon which I am hoping to do in 2012. I've been reading Run Like a Mother and I love the book. It makes me feel super inspired and is good to know that I am not alone, but when I look at how busy my life is I wonder how I'm going to be able to do everything I want to do! I want to be a loving mother, a supportive wife, physically fit (and preferably hot), and have a career. I just don't know how I can do that with only 24 hours in a day, unless I just stop sleeping. But I guess moms do it everyday and if it matters that much to me, I will find a way!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Okay so first I complain that running sucks. Then I love it again, and now I can't run. I hurt my back Monday morning and have a big ouchie. Luckily I managed to get in to see my doctor tomorrow so I can ask him if I'm still allowed to jog/walk while I heal or if he thinks I should be taking it easy.

So I'm sad I can't run at this moment but right now I'm going to focus on getting my back working again. I can't bend properly and I get stiff if I have to sit a long time but I can still move around and am not in as much pain as last time, despite not being able to take anything. So thank goodness for that!

Hope everyone is feeling great and doing well!

Wednesday Update: My doctor says I can keep jogging with my sore back! I'm one of the lucky ones where exercise and movement make my back feel better, while sitting or laying down too long makes it seize up and hurt more! Go exercise! :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Running Rocks!

So as you can tell from the title my feelings have totally changed today. I managed to run on Thursday despite being tired and complaining about the world. Then yesterday I managed to run the longest distance since I started running this pregnancy and today I ran AGAIN! So I feel great. I've run 6 times since December 31st so that means I've run 6 out of 9 days! I hope to keep it up and run an average of 3 times a week. 1 weekday run and 2 weekend runs. That means I've succeeded for the past 2 weeks. Go me! :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Running Sucks

So I did run today but it sucked. I started later than I wanted to, I ran slower than I wanted to, and ran for less time than I wanted to. I wanted to start at 7pm and do at least 45 minutes. I didn't get to start until 8:30pm and only made it 30 minutes or 2 miles. Can't beat myself up for it, since crap happens and life gets in the way. Tomorrow is a new day and maybe work won't suck so much and I'll have the energy to do more than 30 minutes. I did tell myself I only have to run 1 weekday and 2 weekend days so at least I hit that goal with this little run.

Go me!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

No Running, but I did get a NEW Car!

I had to face the facts that while I am wonder wife and marvelous mom but I am also a busy advisor and a radical runner and today I couldn't be all four. I managed three of them but after we picked up our new car (hurray - photos to follow) I didn't get home until after 7pm. Then I had to make and eat my dinner (which took until almost 8pm) and then I had to pack my lunch and breakfast for tomorrow and my hubbies lunch and dinner ( I do both b/c it only takes me five extra minutes to do his when it takes him 15-20 just to do his own) and by the time I'd done all that and the dishes it was after 9pm so running wasn't happening. But I did let my hubby run tonight and he said he'll return the favour tomorrow so now I can go to sleep and get up tomorrow and drive my new car to work (that's right no 1km walk in the snow for me tomorrow at 7am) and get my parking permit for campus and be a very happy mom.

So picked up a new car, installed baby seat in said car, packed my lunch, packed my breakfast, washed the dishes, fed the baby, took my vitamins, and wrote my blog. Not too shabby if I do say so myself! Hope everyone is having a great week. I'm counting down till the weekend. :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to 2011! It's going to be a great year.

Happy New Year my wonderful and inspiring readers! I hope you had a fabulous New Year's Eve and that 2011 is your best year ever and that your lives are filled with lots of joy an no sorrow. I have also picked my resolution for 2011. I plan to stay the wonderful, confident, radiant woman I became last year and not lose myself to being a new mom again and forget everything I learned in the past year. I loved myself more in 2010 than I ever have in my life! I was confident, healthy and empowered and happy! I want to make sure that after this little baby comes I don't lose that, because my family deserves the me that loves me!

So the last few days my little monkey has been a sickie boo and she still was today, as you can see by the photo of her to the right. She's still feverish but not as hot as yesterday and she's started to eat a little bit again today. But I had to post this photo because she is such a cute little sickie baby. At least she is starting to eat again. I just hope she doesn't lose too much weight because of this little bug.

The other cool thing is that her big girl room is now all ready for us to have another baby, even though I'm only 17.5 weeks along. So our plan of attack is to get little miss to be napping in her big girl bed first and then move her crib into her room so she can spend her nights in the crib but nap in the bed until she's ready to move up to her bed. I'm excited to let her play in her new room and she really seems to like the set up and all the toys that are just for her.
I am also so very excited that I FINALLY have gotten a bit a of my energy back, and managed to run not only yesterday but today too! So with my 4km yesterday and my 5km today I am feeling like a million bucks! Why do I have to go back to work Tuesday?!