January 12, 2013

My little Olivia is nearly nine months old. O.M.G.

She is such a joy. And a hand-full. That’s why you haven’t heard much from me since her birth. It really is true: once they start crawling, your world will never be the same again.

But this is a post about Finger Foods. I don’t have much to say other than, it is possible. She’s nearly nine months old and she’s feeding herself egg and sauerkraut.

Here are a few pics.

Lunch for mama and baby! Pastured eggs and sauerkraut! Mama also has liverwurst.

Lunch for mama and baby! Pastured eggs and sauerkraut! Mama also has liverwurst.

Olivia uses her Pincer Grasp!

Olivia uses her Pincer Grasp!






December 20, 2012

Olivia got her first cold this week. She just turned 8 months. I think that’s pretty good!

Update: it was pretty mundane. A few sniffles. A mild cough. Nothing to write home about.


August 20, 2012


We’ve just passed the 4-month mark. I’m still feeling mildly squishy but I feeling more like a complete return to pre-preggie is possible. It will take time, but it feels attainable. I’ve been reading “It Starts with Food” from Whole9 and I’m LOVING it! I want to buy many copies and give them away to people. It presents such a great version of the whole paleo/primal protocol. I feel my best and look better when I’ve been following the Whole30 protocol for even just a few days! I highly recommend!

It Starts With Food, from Whole9


She had her four-month doctor’s “well-visit” this week. She grew an inch and a pound in the last four weeks! Whoo-hoo! She’s now 26.3 inches (98%) and 14 lbs 10 oz (59%). She’s reaching all the developmental milestones on time (some a little early!).

And did I mention that she’s sleeping through the night? Love. Her.


It was difficult to get my workouts in this week. My in-laws are in town.

P.S. My head is fine from last week. 🙂

Monday, August 6 – 100 KB Swings 15#

Saturday, August 11

Here’s the WOD:

  • For Time: 100 Double Unders (5 Minute Cap)
  • Stone Shouldering- 1/1/1/1/1/1/1 (Max Effort/15 Minute Cap)
  • For time: Half Tabata- Stone 2 Shoulder / 800M Run / Half Tabata- Stone 2 Shoulder / 800M Run
  • EMOM (every min on the min) For 10 Minutes: 10 SuperMan/10 Hollow Rock

I got about 30 double unders. I would have gotten more if I weren’t dealing with plantar fasciitis. :( Perhaps I shouldn’t have even attempted them today, because of the foot. But the Versa Climber tuckered me out last week and I didn’t want to face it again today.

I got the 75# stone shouldered a few times. Tried the 95# but no go.

I sub’d 1000m rowing for the running because of the pf and other ligament issues. 13:48 was my time…? I think. I got 16 total stone shoulders in the tabata. And my time on the rower was about 4 minutes each time. A little more than 4 the second time.

Finally, today I did super-mans for the first time since delivering the babe. I couldn’t do the hollow-rocks because of something going on with my hips. Possibly inflammation? Possibly persistent pelvic tilt? Or perhaps just simple physics. 😉

My shoulders are bruised.


Here’s a photo of Ryan with Olivia!

Ryan with Olivia (18 weeks!).



August 13, 2012


So I’ve got plantar fasciitis. I think it’s because of impact and weight during pregnancy and limited walking during early pregnancy recovery and continued pregnancy hormones making my ligaments wonky. My groin area ligaments are almost better so I’ll be able to start running again soon, once the plantar fasciitis dies down.

I still have the dark line.

The placenta is still in my freezer.

Regarding my emotions… It’s amazing the difference regular sleep makes. I feel so much more like myself than I did in the first two months. I feel like I’ve crawled out of the hole and I’m reacquainting myself with myself again. Except now, I’m a mother. And that’s no small thing.

I’m also beginning to feel more confident about mothering. Part of it is that Olivia is just a delight as a baby, but I’m getting to know her better too. I’m learning how she needs to be comforted and what makes her happy and what makes her feel safe. I’ll feel more confident the second time around. Yes, I’m already thinking about baby #2!


She is nearing the 4-month mark. So crazy! She’s started falling asleep on her own more often now. She’ll nurse to almost asleep and I’ll put her in her crib and she’ll fall asleep on her own! Yay! Usually she falls asleep between 8:30 and 9:00 pm at night. We tried moving that back to 7:30, but she wasn’t having it. She would just wake up. So, 8:30 it is for now. We’ll keep an eye on her dozeyness and see if it changes or gets earlier over the next couple of weeks. I think she’s growth spurting now too (nursing way more often!), so that will affect her sleep.

I’ve discovered that I don’t need to stress. She will sleep. She will eat. I will sleep and I will eat. Otherwise I just have to keep us both clean (and the apartment) and we’ll both be happy!


Monday, August 6 – 100 KB Swings 15#

Tuesday, August 7 – 21/15/9 of KB Swings + Good Mornings w/ 15#

Wednesday, August 8 – 100 KB High Pulls 25#

Thursday, August 9 – rest

Friday, August 10 – rest (I wasn’t supposed to, but I ended up “resting.”)

Saturday, August 11

Here’s the WOD:

  • Warm Up- For Time- 50 Jumping Jacks/200M Run/30 Steps OH Lunge(45/25)/25 Ab Mat Sit Ups
  • Snatch- 3@60/70/80/90% 1RM (20 Minute Cap)
  • 15 Minute AMRAP of: 3 Snatch @60% 1RM/200M S.B. Run (45/20)/6 Box Jumps (30/24″)/9 Air Squat

Here’s what I did…

  • Warm Up: 50 Jumping Jacks/60 sec on the Versa Climber/20 Steps OH Lunge (10#)/25 Abmat Sit Ups => 4:10
  • Snatch => 5×15, 3×40, 3×50, 3×55, 3×60
  • 15 Minute AMRAP of: 3 Snatch @ 45#/60 sec Versa Climber/6 Box Jumps (12″)/9 Air Squat => 5 rounds + 3 Snatch

I did the versa climber instead of the run in the warm up and amrap due to persistent ligament issues.

I was intent in getting deep in the squat for the snatches today. Not going too heavy on the weight. I felt successful there.

I did 5 rounds of the AMRAP and three squat snatches with the bar before I accidentally dropped the bar on my head! There was 2:42 left on the clock. Ouch.


Here’s a photo!

Olivia at 16.5 weeks!



August 6, 2012


Ligaments still achy. Still have the dark line.

But emotionally, feeling more like myself!


She is sleeping better and sleeping more! Hurrah! She is picking up and releasing toys on her own! She is talk, talk, talking to anything and everything. She talks to the wall, to the lights, to the toys, to me, to her crib, to everything. She loves to practices her noises. It’s delightful.

Cradle cap is 90% contained.


Monday, July 30 – 50 Russian KB Swings 25# / 50 American KB Swings 15#

Tuesday, July 31 – Walked about 2 miles, baby wearing.

Wednesday, August 1 – Rest

Thursday, August 2 – 80 American KB Swings 15#

Friday, August 3 – 60 KB High Pull 25#

Saturday, August 4

Here’s the WOD:

  • Warm Up: 3 Rounds of: 30 seconds each: Squat Jumps/Mountain Climbers/Flutter Kicks
  • Power Snatch- 5@50 SN 1RM + 3@60/70% + 1/1/1 Max Effort (15 Minute Cap)
  • Isabel= For Time: 30 Power Snatches(135/95) (18 Minute Cap)

Here’s what I did…

  • Warm-up => modified.
  • Power Snatch => 5×15, 3×35, 5×40, 3×50, 3×55, 1×65, F@70, 1×70
  • Isabel @ 55# => 5:07
  • Cash-out => 10 push-up / 10 abmat s.u. / 10 DUs / 10 p.u. / 10 s.u. in 5:00 min
Due to persisting ligament issues (from labour) jumps and flutter kicks are out. So I did plain air squats and some sort of crunch instead of flutter kicks.

My pre-preggie 1RM for the Power Snatch was 80. I think I could have gotten 75 today, at least if we hadn’t run out of time.


Here’s a photo!

Olivia at 15.5 weeks!



July 30, 2012


The pubic symphysis achy-ness is getting better but still not quite better. Also, I briefly tried sprinting this week, but I could tell my ligaments still need a bit more time. However, the GOOD news is that while they are still sore, they ARE much better than before. Yay!

I’m still a little squishy and just barely fitting into my pre-pregnancy jeans. But I’m reluctant to cut carbs because I’m still breastfeeding. Cognitively, I know it shouldn’t make much of a difference to my milk supply, but I’m still a little nervous about it. That said, I know I can lose the extra weight. I’ve done it before. I know how I did it. And I feel confident that once my little babe weans I will be able to do it again. So for now, I’m enjoying being a new mommy. I’ll pull out the pride card later and go for the postpartum weight loss gold after I’m done nourishing a child.


She. Is. Amazing. It seems like she’s learning and growing Every. Single. Day.

She practices her sit-ups and her leg-raises on her own. Just like as if it were her natural instinct or something (which it is!). She’s getting more familiar and “okay with” tummy time. Her neck strength is even better than two weeks ago when the doc was impressed with it! Her hand-eye coordination seems like it improves daily. It’s so interesting to watch. How she plays with her “toys” changes based on her ability to control them. And yes, they each make their way to her mouth as she explores everything in that way.

And her sleep is getting better and better. Earlier in her life, she was flying way below average. Now she’s right about average. It makes her happier and it makes me happier – both because I’m getting more sleep and because she is!


This plan (one WOD per week plus a few short KB workouts) is working out better for me (schedule-wise and recovery-wise) than the previous plan of two WODs per week.

Tuesday, June 17 – 100 KB Swings 15#

Wednesday, June 18 – 60 KB 1-arm high pulls each arm 15#

Thursday, June 19 – rest

Friday, June 20 – rest (this was supposed to be a KB day, but oh well!)

Saturday, June 21 

Here’s what the WOD was…

  • 3 Rounds of: 200M Sprint; 1 minute rest between efforts
  • Push Press- 1/1/1/1/1 (Max Effort/15 Minute Cap)
  • 3 RFT of: 500M Row/21 Push Press (115/75)/20 Jump Lunges each leg/500MRow/15 Push Press/20 Jump Lunges each leg/500M Row/9Push Press/20 Jump Lunges each leg

And here’s what I did…

  • 3 rounds of 1 min rope undulation; 1 min rest between efforts

Because of pubic symphysis pain (which as I mentioned is getting better but is still nagging), I can’t run. So instead of the sprints (to which I had been looking forward!), I did rope undulation – 3 x 1 min (with 1 min rest between sets).

  • Push Press => 5×15, 1×35, 1×45, 1×55, 1×65

My 1RM for this is 75#. I was hoping to attempt that but ran out of time.

Met Con… I did 35# and regular lunges instead of jumping lunges because of the previously mentioned pain. Yes, it makes a difference. I finished *at* the time cap, 25:00.

P.S. Olivia finally christened the gym. She spit-up on the med balls!


Here’s a photo!

Olivia at 15 weeks! Happy baby.


July 23, 2012


Still have the dark line which means I still have some relaxin hormone which means my ligaments ‘n’ stuff are still loosy-goosey. Consequently, I’ve actually had a little bit of a problem with plantar fasciitis. I’d developed it when hubby and I first moved to NYC. And it got better after rest. But it flared up again during pregnancy. Understandably.

Otherwise, I’m doing fine. I love being a mommy, despite the chronic sleep deprivation. I do look forward to more settled sleep for all of us. But her smiles and giggles and daily advancements more than make up for a little sleepiness!


Olivia is still trying to roll over from her back to her front. She favours the right side. It’s so cute. She also uses her feet to bring the toys that are hanging above her head to her hands. And she does sit-ups. I say to her, “Olivia and Mommy are working on their abs at the same time!” And she smiles and rocks out another one. She does more sit-ups each day than I do!

This week, her Nana and Poppy were here visiting! They had so much fun with her and she with them! Because they do *new* things and say new things and have different games!!


Tuesday, June 17 – 1.5 mile walk

Wednesday, June 18 – 80 KB high pulls 25#, 2 x 0.5 mile walks – babywearing

Thursday, June 19 – rest

Friday, June 20 – 100 KB swings 15#

Saturday, June 21 

Here’s what the WOD was…

  • For Time: 100 Double Unders (3 Minute Cap)/50 Air Squats/40 Sit Ups/30 Ball Slams (20/15)/20 Knees To Elbows/10 Hand Stand Push Ups (10 Minute Cap)
  • Low Bar Squat- 1/1/1/1/1/1/1 (Max Effort/20 Minute Cap)
  • 21/15/9 RFT of: Pistols each leg/K.B. Snatches each hand

And here’s what I did…

  • In 10 mins => 25 DUs / 50 Air Sq / 40 Abmat Situps / 30 Ball Slams / 20 Hanging Knee Raises
  • Low Bar Squats => 5×15, 5×35, 2×45, 2×55, 2×65, 2×75
  • 21-15-9 RFT of 18″ Box Pistols / KB Snatches 15# = 10:50
  • 3:00 min Cat-Cows

I was so excited to be able to do Abmat Situps today! It’s my first sit-ups since giving birth! YAY!


Here’s a photo with Nana and Poppy!

Olivia at 14 weeks with her Nana and Poppy!

Olivia at 14 weeks with her Poppy G!



July 16, 2012


So here we are! Three months!

Several mommy-friends said that at about 3 months I’d start to feel like myself again. A few said it would be sudden. Others said, it’s gradual. For me, I’ve had a few minor realizations that all add up to a gradual “feeling like myself.” I feel like I’m digging myself out of a hole. A hole made up of a mix of culture shock and sleep deprivation.

But BOY do I have the best hole-partner!

Olivia is an absolutely JOY! She’s is fun, spunky, giggly, and cute-as-all-get-out! She snatches my heart everyday. Even on the worse days when she’s overtired and crying and I’m at my wits end. She’ll surprise me with a smile or a giggle and my day is made.

I’m still dealing with my abs not being back to normal. I’ve still got my dark line; so my understanding is that I’ve still got the pregnancy hormone relaxin floating around in my body. And I’m blaming that for the mild aches and pains I’m still having in my pubis  symphysis. I haven’t tried running in a while so I’m not sure if those ligaments are still loose. We’ll see…

I found my placenta still frozen in my freezer. I’m thinking about having it encapsulated…


This week Olivia did so many new things! She grasped a rattle for the first time. She kicked both legs at the same time – coordination! She reached for a toy! She’s been batting at the toys for a while, but this time she REACHED for one of them! She’s been bringing her hands together to play with them and look at them and suck on them. It’s amazing how these seemingly little things are just so awesome to me!

Olivia is talking up a storm! It’s so fun. She loves to practice all her new sounds and it seems like daily she’s discovered a new sound.

Also, we had our 3 month doctor’s appointment today! We got lots of feedback and answers for our questions about sleep. Our paediatricians (Tribeca Pediatrics) recommend the “extinction method” of sleep training. We haven’t been bold enough yet to try it, and Olivia is sleeping pretty well from about 9 pm until 5 or 6 am. Sometimes in the morning, she goes back to sleep right away (after nursing); sometimes she stays awake and takes her morning nap (usually 1-2 hours) about 90 minutes after waking. Mommy naps then too. Whew!

Her three month stats: 25.3 inches (>97%) and 13 lb 11 oz (82%).

My looong baby is already wearing 6 mo clothes. The doc actually referred to her today as a 4-month-old when we were talking about sleep. She’s tall!


Monday, June 9 – 100 KB Swings 15#

Tuesday, June 10 – 1.5 mile walk

Wednesday, June 11 – 100 each arm KB high pull 15#

Thursday, June 12 – rest

Friday, June 13 – 50 KB high pulls 25#, 0.75 mile walk

Saturday, June 14 – 2000m row in 9:19 (8 seconds off my PR!), Grace @ 55# in 7:05

My previous Grace attempt was at 18 weeks preggie and I used the same weight; but I finished in 4:21. For this attempt, I think I was too gassed from the 2K row. That and lack of sleep. 😉


Here’s a photo!

Olivia at 12.5 weeks and Guard Kitty.


July 9, 2012


Nothing about me this week. I’m tired; but loving my baby. 🙂

Also, I’m looking forward to watching the CrossFit Games this weekend on the internets,  live-streamed from California!


We visited Grandma and Grandpa this week for the fourth of July. Olivia loved “talking” with Grandma. And she tried to roll over several times! She’s smiling at everyone and continued sleeping through the night even though we were in a different house! We were in the same time zone, but still…! Also, she sleeps in the Graco Pack n Play and we brought that with us – so that helped. Day time naps are still disorganized. Also, she’s started kicking both legs at the same time!


None! I’ll be back in the saddle next week.


Here’s a photo from Grandma and Grandpa’s!

Olivia with Grandma & Grandpa! (12 weeks!)


July 2, 2012


So more info about relaxin… I’ve learned that if you still have the “dark line” then you still have relaxin! Well my dark line is about 50% faded. It’s like a progress bar. I feel like a science experiment! Ah well. So I still have relaxin in my body! And I’m still having slight pains in that cartilage between my pubic bones. Also my ligaments are still sore. I’m hoping that once this “dark line” fades, then I’ll be better able to handle CrossFit etc.

I feel slightly more exhausted than before pregnancy. So still not up to par. I’m guessing that lack of sleep and possibly lack of calories has something to do with it? I’m still squishy (read: I haven’t lost all the baby weight yet) so I don’t know of lack of calories is really it. I’m still eating the same way I’ve eaten throughout my entire pregnancy (with slightly lower carbs); good animal fats and meats, good veggies, bone broth, fermented veggies, etc. I also just got some raw milk last week. Boy! was that a treat!


This week Olivia discovered her hands and her feet and she’s been totally delighted with them! She’s still not grasping things yet, but getting close! Her nighttime sleep has organized – she sleeps from about 10 pm until 5 am, wakes for a snack at 5 am and then sleeps more until about 8 am. I’m wondering when that 5 am wake will subside. We keep putting her to bed slightly early and slightly earlier and she keeps getting tired earlier and earlier. It seems that this dance is working! Day time naps show hints of organizing.

She is a super smiler! Very social! Loves to stare and smile at strangers! She’s also quite into any toy that has a face. She loves to talk and is constantly trying new noises.

What an amazing baby!!


Tuesday, June 26

Here’s the WOD:

  • 3 Rounds of: 50 Double Unders (3 min Cap per round);1 min rest between rounds
  • Jerk- 3/3/3  @65/75/85% 1rm
  • 12/9/6/3 RFT of: Jerk(155/105)/Ring Dip

Here’s what I did:

  • 3 rounds of 2mins of DUs: 24/21/20

These were the first DUs I’d done since stopping early in my pregnancy. In other words, it’s been 8 months since I’ve done them. I had a little trouble with my cartilage pain (sustained in labour) but I found that if I kept my feet together, then the cartilage didn’t hurt. The first round I did three singles then a double. The second two rounds I tried doing two singles and a double. It was much harder than I’d anticipated but I’m happy to have tried them again!

Also, holy boobs batman! I’d never done these with actual boobs, since mine were small to begin with. Now that they’re being used for their intended purpose, they’re a little bigger and they bounce!

  • Push Jerks: 3×45, 3×60, 3×70
  • 12/9/6/3 of push jerks & ring dips = 6:48

For the jerks I practiced push jerks since split jerks hurt because of my ligaments (from labour). My 1RM is 85 from March. I’m sure that I’ve gone down a little from being off for ten weeks, but it felt doable.

I did the first 12 with 55# but when I started the second set I felt like my arms were going to give out, so I removed the plates and just push jerked the 45# bar. I used the green band on the ring dips but I made sure to lock out at the top and get the full range of motion in.

Wednesday, June 27

Walked about half a mile, baby wearing.

Saturday, June 30

Here’s the WOD:

  • Row 3 min @ 90% RPE
  • 5 Minutes of: Snatch Practice
  • Isabel= 30 RFT of: Snatch(135/95;scale as needed)
  • 21/15/9 RFT of: HRPU/Pistols each leg
Here’s what I did…
  • WU: Row 3min => 696 m

My 500m avg was 2:09. Felt proud of that. Ave 29 spm.

  • Snatch Practice => 4×15, 4×35, 4×45, 3×55
  • Isabel at 55# => 3:57
  • 21-15-9 of HRPU / Pistols => DNF

I was finding the pushups hard on my knee (hurt it last Saturday). And the pistols were hard on my knee and my ligaments. Dang. I got thru 21 push-ups and 10 pistols each leg with the heavy band. Done. Sometimes it happens.


Here’s a photo from July 1st…

Dual Citizenship Baby says, “Happy Canada Day!”


June 25, 2012


I’m still feeling tired from the lack of sleep/broken sleep. Even at 10 weeks PP. It’s hard to adjust to. I learned this week that my body still has Relaxin floating around and keeps floating around until about five or six weeks postpartum – no wonder I don’t feel like myself still. I have the ligaments of a second trimester preggie! I’ve read that once the hormone finally leaves the body (or stops being produced?), the body will feel more like it did before pregnancy.


Olivia had a busy week! She had a doctors appointment, discovered her hands, and visited the gym!

At her two month check up (which was at two months five days), Olivia weighed 10 lbs 12 ounces (87th percentile) and she was 25.5 inches long (>97th percentile)! We have a tall girl!! She met all the other developmental milestones. When the doctor picked her up to put her on her tummy, I was nervous. Olivia doesn’t enjoy tummy time (what baby does?) and I usually only do it every other day instead of daily (I’ve heard conflicting reports of it’s effectiveness). I expected her to cry when the doc placed her on her tummy. However! The doc placed her on her tummy and she immediately did the mini-push-up that three month olds do! I was so proud I nearly cried.

In the middle of the week, I was video chatting with my momma (who lives in Canada). I had the camera pointed at Olivia, and she was flailing around her arms and smiling and cooing. While we watched, she stopped flailing and stared intently at her hand! Again, I nearly cried. It was so neat to share the moment of this developmental milestone with my momma!

Olivia notices her fist! 10 weeks old.

Olivia notices her fist! 10 weeks old.

Finally, our gym had a BBQ on Saturday so we brought Olivia down to visit. There’s some photos below!

P.S. The cradle cap is about 4/5 resolved.


Tuesday, June 19

Walked about a mile and a half, baby wearing.

Wednesday, June 20

Walked about a mile, baby wearing.

Saturday, June 23

CrossFit HOPE => 134

  • Box Jumps (mod): 16, 17, 18
  • Pull Ups (scaled): 8, 9, 6
  • Power Snatch (scaled): 8, 8, 6
  • Burpees: 8, 4, 3
  • Thrusters (scaled): 7, 7, 9

My box jumps were box step-ups. My pull-ups were with a heavy band. My power snatches and thrusters were at 45#. My burpees were causing me to nearly puke up my breakfast!

I planned to just-keep-moving. And I kept to my strategy. Overall, I’m happy with my postpartum performance.

Sunday, June 24

Here’s the WOD:

  • 5 Rounds of: 40 Yard Sled Push (1.5 x’s BW/BW); rest as needed between efforts
  • Power Snatch- 1/1/1/1/1 @50/60/65/70/75% (15 minute Cap)
  • 5 RFT of: 10 Power Snatch (115/75)/15 Pull Ups

Here’s what I did…

  • Sled Push 40 yards

WU: sled +25 +(15×2) = 72# … ?
1: sled+25+(15×3) = 87# … 17.2 seconds
2: sled+25+(15×3) = 87# … 18.8 seconds

  • Power Snatches: 1 @ 50%,60%,70% => 40#, 50#, 55#

I don’t have a 1RM for Power Snatches so I used my Squat Snatch 1RM.

  • 5 RFT of: 10 Power Snatch / 15 Pull Ups => 20:40

I used 45# and a heavy band. I had in my head that I was going to only do 3 rounds and then head home to Olivia. But I finished three and people were still going so I figured I’d do the fourth one. And then when I finished the fourth, Julie was still going so I figured I’d do the fifth one too. Ugh. I’ve regressed so much on my pull ups. 😦


Here’s some photos from HOPE!

Yawn! Olivia at 10 weeks.

Coach Tami with Olivia Grace!

Our new little family! Olivia at 10 weeks.


June 17, 2012


So after working to improve my macronutrient ratios, I’ve felt less squishy. Yay! I’m not weighing myself because that gets me too neurotic. But I do fit into my early pregnancy jeans.

Still hurting in the “pubic symphysis” on occasion – when I lay on my side for two long. I’m guessing that’s because it puts pressure on the top of my hip bones and pulls them apart at the bottom. I’m taking arnica still – at the recommendation of my midwife.


She’s been “sleeping through the night” according to the textbook definition since June 1st. That’s just shy of seven weeks. She’s still sleeping most of her naps before noon. I wonder when her cycle will rotate backward to 8pm to 8am or even 6pm to 6am? Or do I have to help her with that?

Hubby and I moved back into our own room on Friday night. It was emotionally difficult but we ALL got better sleep. She awoke at the same time as she usually does (between 5 and 6 am) and fell back asleep immediately after nursing. We’ll see how the next few weeks go re sleep. I’m going to continue to try to get outside each day. She seems to sleep better at night after a day in which we’ve been outside.

Everyone says that she’s tall for her age and so much more alert than they’d expect for a 2 month old! We don’t have anyone to compare her to; so we are just delighted with the little person she is! She’s found her fist to suck on. She smiles socially at strangers. She’s mostly content when she’s not hungry and if we put her in her crib when she yawns, she puts herself to sleep. Yay happy baby!

The cradle cap is about 2/3 resolved.


Wednesday, June 13

Here’s the WOD:

  • 5 Rounds of: 40 Yard Sprint; 45 seconds rest between efforts
  • (20 Minute Cap) Ascending Ladder from 1-10 of: Muscle Ups/Cleans (165/115)
Here’s what I did…
  • 4×40 yard sprints => 9, 9, 10, 9 seconds

I still have soreness in my ligaments. Makes quick leg turnover difficult. When I was 5 weeks preggie, I did a 40 yard sprint at 6.49. I could go faster than 9 seconds now if my ligaments weren’t hurting while I run. Perhaps I shouldn’t run until they’re better? But how will I know when they’re better if I’m not running (since that’s the only time they hurt)?

  • 1-5 ascending ladder of: muscle up progression / power cleans @ 75# => 14:35

For the muscle-up progression I did three ring dips with the blue band and three slightly jumping pull ups with the bar. Strangely, jumping hurts. Hurts the pelvic area.

I scaled the WOD because I had to get home to baby.

I really do think both of these things I’m dealing with (1. pelvic ligaments and 2. pelvic cartilage) are injuries from labour and not from having done CrossFit until 38 weeks.

Saturday, June 16

Here’s the WOD:

  • CrossFit Regionals Event 2! For Time: Row 2K/50 Pistols alternating legs/30 Hang Clean (225/135) (scale as needed)
  • GHD Back Extension- 15/15/15/15
  • Strict Knees to Elbows- 10/10/10/10
  • 3 Rounds of: Max Effort Plank; 1 minute rest between efforts

Here’s what I did…

  • FT: Row 2000m (9:10.5) / 50 Pistols alternating legs w/ heavy band / 30 Hang Clean (55) => 23:20

I PR’d on the row portion. My previous 2K row was 9:55 one year ago! 🙂

I used to be GOOD at cleans. Since giving birth (and being off for 10 weeks), they have gotten difficult.

And then I took my time with a scratch of the other stuff…

  • Mod planks => 30, 30 seconds
  • GHD Back Extension => 15, 15 (I nearly puked up my breakfast)
  • Grip strength => 7, 5, 7, 10, 10 seconds

After not doing pull ups or knees to elbows for MONTHS, my grip strength is shot. Those cross fitting women who had pull-ups, or K2E, before getting pregnant were likely able to keep doing them while pregnant. I, however, didn’t have any such thing and consequently, I did fewer pull-ups and K2E so my grip strength weakened. Ugh.

I’ll work on it.


Here’s a family photo!

Our new family! Olivia at 2 months old!

And here’s a few of just Olivia. 🙂

Olivia at 2 months!

Olivia at 2 months!


June 11, 2012


I’m still getting the occasional ache in my pelvic bone area but I think that’s an injury sustained during labour. Nothing to do with CrossFit, really. I’m feeling stronger every day.

I’ve still got a bit of a pooch from the extra skin and my abs not being all the way back. If I really suck my tummy in, I can make it go away, but who wants to walk around all day like that? Anyway, it’s smaller this week than last week (which is the same story every week), so I’m not complaining until I hit 9 months PP. It took 9 months to build the full-term body, so I’m not going to make myself crazy to try and regain it before then.

Here’s what I am going to do…

I’ve been maintaining a similar macro-nutrient ratio as my last trimester because I’m tired and breastfeeding. In other words, up until now, I haven’t had the will or the inclination to lower my carb intake (in order to lose weight). Last week though, I started eating a few less carbs and consuming my cheat grains (rice and corn) less often. I’m psyching myself up for complete elimination, while I watch my milk supply closely. I’m not too much squishier than before I got pregnant – just a little. But I’d like to lose it eventually. And cycling my carbs really helps me with that. Before I discovered I was pregnant, I’d been doing a carb cycling schedule that looked like this: Monday and Tuesday, very low carb; Wednesday, moderate carb; Thursday and Friday, very low carb; weekend, moderate carb. It really helped me get down to my ideal weight, and then I discovered I was pregnant and then morning sickness caused me to throw that right out the window. So for the last 10 months, I’ve been eating moderate carb, gleefully. But in order to be at my best, I need have at least four days per week that are very low carb. I love how I look and feel when I follow that plan. So that’s what I’ll do…

For the record, my hubby and I had our blood cholesterol checked 10 days after Olivia was born, for personal reasons, and I just got my results back last week. According to the Chris Kresser method, my numbers are awesome! And my LDL is light and fluffy! Yay! My husbands is also good.


She is so smart and alert! She makes excellent eye contact and has started to recognize her toys!

She’s done 2! seven-hour stretches since last week and the rest have been 5.5 to 6 hours. We’re getting close!! We’re still in the same room as her but I’m almost ready to move back to our own room.

The cradle cap is about half resolved.

Here’s a pic!

Olivia Grace Fritzsche, at six-weeks-old.


Tuesday, June 5

Here’s the WOD:

  • 1 Round of: 3 min Jump Rope singles/50 Air Squats/40 Sit Ups/30 Push Ups
  • Helen= 3 RFT of: Run 400M/21 Kettlebell Swing (1.5/1 pood)/ 12 Pull Up
  • Press- 5/5/5 @60-75% 1rm
Here’s what I did:
With arms still sore from Saturday…
  • 3 min jump rope singles => 260 / 50 air squats / 20 sit ups (slow and steady) / 30 push ups (mod)
  • (Scaled) Helen => 3 RFT of: 200m run / 21 KB swing (26 lbs) / 12 pull ups w/ heavy band
  • Strict Press => 5×35, 5×40

Got a toe cramp after Helen. Must’ve been dehydrated. Bad for EBF momma!!

(7 weeks + 2 days postpartum)

Saturday, June 9

Here’s the WOD:

  • 5 min hip/back/shoulder mobility
  • For Time: 400M Run/25 Burpee
  • Power Clean- 3/3/3 @ 65/70/75% then 1/1/1 Max Effort  (20 Minute Cap)
  • 5 RFT of: 7 Power Clean (135/95)/15Wall Ball (20/14)
Here’s what I did…

I didn’t scale the run today, but I did “scale” the burpees! Thanks Coach Tami! :)

  • 400m run => 2:44 / 18 burpees => ???

I took note of when I got back from the run but I forgot what my time was when I finished the burpees.

I’m still feeling soreness/looseness in my ligaments; so I’m running slowly. Hopefully that tightens up soon.

  • Power Cleans => 3×65, 3×75, 3×80, 1×90, 95F, 95F

My previous 1RM was 110 in November. Oh well. Now it’s 90. That’s whatcha get for taking 10 weeks off! ;)

  • 5 RFT of: 7 PC @ 55 / 15 WB @ 12 => 10:34

Boy, my cardio needs some help too! Had to partition the WB in sets of 5!

(8 weeks PP after 10 weeks off, 4th class)

Monday, June 11

Walk 1.5 miles, baby-wearing.


June 5, 2012


I’m almost back to normal. I still have some ‘extra skin’ on my belly and some beautiful tiger stripes. I earned those! The little ache in my crotch is still there sometimes, depending on what I’m doing and how I’m moving.

I had my 6 week postpartum check-up with my midwife this past week! She checked my bits and everything looks normal. My one stitch is almost perfectly healed and everything else looks normal. She checked my abs and said that while they’re not all the way back in place, they’re doing really well. She cleared me for CrossFit! You can read about my first two CF workouts below!


She is squishy and beautiful. She’s only 7 weeks old but she’s so TALL that she’s started to grow out of a few of her 3 month sleepers! Our two month check up is in two weeks. Can’t wait to see how she’s doing!

Her sleep is still a little disorganized. It mostly occurs between midnight and noon, but it’s not consistent. The longest sleep section occurs just after midnight for between 3.5 and 5.5 hours. We’ve gotten 6 hours only twice. We’re currently sleeping in the same room as her but she’s in her own crib. Because she’s such a noisy sleeper, we’re thinking of moving back into our own room (we’ve been sleeping on the futon in her room). This week she’s stopped going right back to sleep after she’s nursed. It’s been kind of exhausting.

The cradle cap is still there and the coconut oil helped a little. But I’ve decided to let it resolve on it’s own. Her baby acne is pretty much gone now.


Wednesday, May 30

Here the WOD:

  • 5 Min Hip Mobility
  • 20 Min AMRAP of: 200MM.B.Run/12 Wall Ball(20/14)/6 Plyo Push Ups (on medicine ball)
  • TGU- 1/1/1/1/1/1/1/1/1/1 each (Max Effort)
  • Back Extension- 10/10/10
Here’s what I did:
  • 5 min him mobility
  • 20 min AMRAP of: 200M MB run / 12 wall ball (12) / 6 mod push ups => 4 rnds + run + 6 w.b.
  • Pelvic Tilts: 10/10/10
  • Back Extension: 10/10/10
I ran slowly. But I ran. I felt strong on the wall balls. It was encouraging. I felt weak on the push ups. I didn’t have the core strength to do plyo on the med ball so I just did plain mod push ups on the mat.
When we got to the TGUs, I couldn’t do them at all. Two reasons, both related to pregnancy:
  1. I stretched the cartilage in the middle of my pelvic bone during labour
  2. My abs are still not completely back in place yet
TGUs stress that pelvic bone cartilage more than I should be until it’s healed. Also, my ligaments in that area are still a little loose. And my abs still have some separation. Consequently, TGUs push my abs out instead of in. Not good. I’ve got to work on gaining my core strength back slowly.
Someone needs to remind me to do Pelvic Tilts daily.
Also, I wasn’t terribly sore after this workout. It felt good!

Saturday, June 2

Here’s the WOD:

  • Row 3 minutes @ 90% RPE
  • Power Clean- 3/3/3/3/3 65-85% 1RM
  • Tabata- Burpees
  • 21/15/9 RFT of: M.B. Clean Wall Ball (20/14)/Strict Chin Ups
Here’s what I did:
  • WU: 400m run => 2:54
  • Power Cleans => 3×70, 75, 75, 80, 80
  • Burpee Tabata => 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3 = 24
  • 21-15-9 of med.ball cleans + chin ups => 11:38

My “leg-amints” are still a little weak and stretchy. Running is slow.

The power cleans were not 85% of my last 1RM which was 110. But hey, I’ve not done them in two months. Coach Tami said my bar-path was straight. Yay! I’d been worried about that since I’d been maneuvering it around my baby belly.

For the 21-15-9, I used the 12# ball. Felt strong on the wall balls. I felt weak as hell on the chin ups. Used a green band and a little jump too. Ugh.

And even with the band and little jump, my arms were sore for THREE DAYS after this workout!


After my first two workouts back at CrossFit, I feel strong. I’d been out for two months, basically, and so obviously, there’d be losses and no gains. But it’s interesting where the losses have been.

  1. CORE STRENGTH: Obviously, my core is still working it’s way back to “flat.”
  2. ARM STRENGTH: I didn’t anticipate the weakness in my arms. I thought my legs would be weaker, but they still seem strong.
  3. LEG LIGAMENTS: My ligaments near my crotch are still rather sore and loose. I wonder if that’s from pregnancy or specifically from labour. It makes running difficult.
  4. PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN: Very mild. But it does have an effect on my mobility.

So I’m going to continue at CrossFit but take it slow.


May 28, 2012

Giving birth was so much harder, more painful, and more challenging than I had anticipated.

I’m grateful for the presence of my husband Ryan – he was my anchor once I was in active labour; my mother, Fay – she provided countless moments of strength and comfort; my father, Glenn, who was with us for a while but later slept in a hotel room while I laboured; my doula, Piper, and my midwife, Kristen, who were both AMAZING!! I chose not to have a birth photographer because I knew that it would make me more self-conscious.

My parents were staying with us. They were sleeping in the guest bedroom (which has now become the baby’s room). The previous day, we’d visited Coney Island. My mother and I had ice cream and my father had a Nathan’s Hot Dog.

I stopped by the CrossFit gym on the way home to say hi. I had a premonition this would be my last time visiting before the babe arrived. I don’t remember what we did that night. We might have watched a movie…?

At 3:30 am in the morning, I woke with what felt similar to the Braxton Hicks contractions I’d been feeling in previous weeks – except that this one hurt in a different place: lower. I went to pee and saw bloody show! I raised my hands and cheered quietly to myself, “Bloody show!” I knew this was it. I went back to bed and waited. Yup! There came another one!

It shocked me that they felt different than the Braxton Hicks. To be honest, it also scared me. The Braxton Hicks had been so bearable that I’d gotten a little cocky about how well I’d handle labour. After three or four of these contractions, I got out my iPhone and started timing them using an app that I’d downloaded. They were 7 minutes apart and at least 60 seconds long. I muscled through them by myself until about 5:45 am, when I sent an email to my midwife and doula to let them know that I was in early labour.

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May 28, 2012

My birth story (or rather, the story of my daughter’s birth) is almost ready. It’s not a work of art, but the point is for it to accurately reflect my physical and emotional experience. It should be posted with in the week or so.


I’m still feeling that “horse-kick-in-the-crotch.” I feel like my abs are still working their way back into position. I haven’t been doing much ab-work. My midwife suggested that I do cat-cows, but I haven’t done them many times. Running is still a little loosey-goosey. But each day that I wake up after a workout (even as short as they are), I do feel better. Tighter, even.


She is growing and maturing by leaps and bounds! She’s making sustained eye contact and laughed her first laugh this week! And she is sleeping from about midnight until 10 am with only two awakenings for nursing. She’s been doing that for about one week now. So amazing that she actually goes back to sleep at night after she’s nursed! And she’s put herself to sleep several times this week. I’m so proud. She’s not wonderful at taking nice long naps during the day yet, so I don’t get daytime naps either; but I’m not complaining too much since she’s started sleeping at night!

She did develop cradle cap this week, but it looks like it’s resolving quickly. I put some coconut oil on her leg to test to see if there would be a reaction. So far nothing. If there’s still nothing tomorrow, I’m going to try to relieve the cradle cap with coconut oil. Everyone says to use olive oil and that’s all well and good, but I like coconut oil better, if she can tolerate it.

Her baby acne has all but cleared up. Yay!

A few other mothers held her this week and commented on how strong she is. Again, me = proud momma. 😉


Tuesday, May 22
0.75 mile walk with baby in ERGO

Wednesday, May 23
21 KB swings 15#
10 R-arm barbell snatches 25#
10 L-arm barbell snatches 25#
15 KB swings 15#
20 good mornings 15#
9 KB swings 15#

Friday, May 25
30-40 minutes of easy basketball shooting

Sunday, May 27
Quick walk around the block, baby-wearing

I’m looking forward to starting back at CrossFit this week. I’ll start slow; I promise!


May 21, 2012

My first babe is 5 weeks old. So far, I think my postpartum experience has been typical.


I did have baby blues (I’m over them now). The jury is still out on whether that was hormone related or sleep-deprivation-related or a combination. My vote is on combination. But I did experience blues. I mourned the end of my pregnancy. I mourned the “disconnection” of my baby from my body (even though we were breast-feeding!). As I said, I’ve come through it, but there were a few dark days and lots of tears. Thankfully, my husband took time off and my mother spent several weeks with us. Both were extremely helpful.

Other notes:

  • I bled for two weeks and had normal lochia for the three weeks after that.
  • My uterus took about two weeks to “disappear”.
  • I lost most of my baby weight in the first three weeks PP. But I still have “extra” weight that I put on “unnecessarily” to lose. But I’m EBF, so I’m not worrying about that right now.

I have been eating organ meats and have been mostly paleo postpartum; but I’m not “strict” paleo. I’m still eating “safe starches.”

My placenta is still in my freezer. I’m still considering having it made into pills.


She had her one month doctor’s appointment this week and is in great health! She’s in the 75th percentile for weight and is “off the curve” at greater than the 97th percentile for height! She’s already wearing 3 month-old sizes! She’s got some baby acne (due to Mommy’s estrogen) but the doc says that will go away soon (update: It’s already better).

She’s also started to sleep at night. Yay! She wakes up a couple times to nurse but she goes right back to sleep. ON. HER. OWN! She doesn’t sleep much during the day, and is still on a 2-hour nursing schedule, but I don’t have to go back to work (Ah! The joys of a freelancer!) so I’m not nervous about pumping or anything.

She is a prolific pooper. 😉


Wednesday, May 16
3×250″ sprints
80 kb swings 15#

Monday, May 21
100 kb swings 15#

Somewhere in there I went for a few walks too.

Next week, I’m looking forward to starting back at the CrossFit gym too. We’ll see how that goes!


May 14, 2012

Can you believe that it’s been four weeks already? They say that once you’re a parent, the days are slow but the years are fast. So true.

Olivia Grace at 3.5 weeks!

I’ve been feeling so much better this week thanks to my wonderful amazing mother who, since last Monday, has taken the “night shift!!” Last Monday I tried hand expressing some milk and feeding it too Olivia via a bottle. She took to it like a champ! So then I tried the pump for the first time. Worked great! So for most of the week I pumped extra milk for my mother to do the feedings at night! And all this week, I’ve been getting sleep! What a mother’s day gift!! It’s been awesome. Momma goes home today. And tonight I will be back on 24/7 duty. 😉

Another reason I tried the pump is because my one nipple still had a crack that hasn’t healed. Using the pump on that boob for a few days for the nighttime milk, and feeding the babe with the other boob all day, helped that crack heal! Yay!

Speaking of sleep, Olivia is still flying way under the radar, averaging only about 11 hours per day. We did begin to notice a pattern emerging. She’s awake from midnight until about 2 am. Then she’ll sleep pretty well from 2 am until 6 am. Nurse. Then she’ll sleep from 6:30 am until about 9:30 or 10 am. The she kinda follows a three-hour eat, wake, sleep routine until 8 pm when she likes to cluster feed until midnight. And repeat. I’m hoping that her melatonin comes in soon so that she can figure out when nighttime is! Perhaps we can shift this whole routine to sleep from 10 to 6? Rather than 2 to 10? She’s still only 4 weeks old… I guess we’ve got a few weeks yet for that.

As for me, getting sleep has helped both my emotions and my body. I’m feeling less empty. I’m feeling so much stronger in fact that I’ve asked my midwife how she felt about me exercising again. She asked what kind of exercise I was thinking about. I said, sprints and kettle bells. She gave me the green light! Yay! I haven’t started yet. This past week I’ve still just walked. I even walked 1.5 miles on Friday while carrying the babe in the Ergo. I felt extra tired after we got home but glad I did it. Slowly. We’ll see how I handle the sprints and kettle bells this coming week. I’m still getting a little lightheaded a few times a day, and walking up the stairs to our apartment leaves me feeling breathless, but less so than before. I’m still shedding lochia; but it stopped being bloody. So that’s nice.

I’m way more thirsty than normal. Than ever. And it’s been a challenge to stay hydrated! I’m drinking twice as much as I drank during the pregnancy and still I am thirsty! Gotta start to use a bigger bottle!

For the most part I’m eating primal. Yesterday, Mothers’ Day, I threw it all out the window and ate a cinnamon bun, an English muffin (under the hollandaise sauce, poached egg, and smoked salmon), and a homemade apple tart. Got a headache. So this week I’ll be back to only cheating with rice and organic corn. I do find that I need my easy carb sources, just like in pregnancy.

UPDATE: Ryan, my dear husband, took Olivia for a while when he got home and I was able to get outside for my first attempt at “sprints.” Yay! Well, let me tell you, it was harder than I thought it would be. I still feel loosey-goosey. My ligaments around my hips feel like they’ve still got some tightening to do and my abs feel like they’re still figuring out that I’m not pregnant anymore. But other than than, four sprints, the length of a New York city block, were fine. I didn’t run super fast, but I ran. The tiredness that I feel is reasonable. Doesn’t seem to be too bad. When I came inside, I did 100 kettle bell swings (4×25). That felt totally fine. Nothing seemed physically out of place. And it seemed like an appropriate amount of effort. So there you go, my first workout!


May 7, 2012

So I’m three weeks in and let me tell you: it’s been challenging. Lack of sleep for anyone is difficult. Lack of sleep for someone who knows knows knows how important sleep is is not only difficult, it’s demoralizing. Add to that the milk and the tears and the hormones… I was quite the mess this Saturday past. So, my mother has decided to return for another visit and help us out. Praise. The. Lord. She arrives tonight!

Other than severe lack of sleep, I’m doing much better. I have a little concern that I stretched that little cartilage in my pelvic bone a little too much so my midwife has suggested that I lay off the squats until further notice – not that I was doing any anyway. I have been going for a few walks. That’s been both morale-boasting and tiring but good. Otherwise, I have not begun exercise. My belly has continued to shrink while my breast feeding boobs have continued to grow!

The babe is doing well. She’s getting heavier every day. Her one month doc
visit is coming up soon and I expect her to blow their socks off! 😉

She needs to sleep more. Most babes get 14-18 hours. Our little girl is averaging 11. That’s why my mother’s return is so welcome (aside from the fact that we love her and like hanging out with her!). I’m looking forward to a few more naps!

Ryan went back to work this week. The lack of sleep has been extra hard on him.

That’s all I got! Love from the newborn trenches!!


April 30, 2012


I’m still feeling achy in the crotch. Like I was kicked by a horse! Tailbone is doing better though!  It only aches occasionally. My uterus potbelly is smaller everyday! My organs feel like they’re mostly finished doing the cotton-eyed joe. Breathlessness has lessened quite a bit. Only shows up after being up and about for more than 20 minutes. Or after taking the two flights of stairs in our apartment building. I’m still bleeding a little bit. But I’ve gone from telephone book to notepad (if you  know what I mean). 😉

Still more recovery is necessary; but with too little and irregular sleep, it’s difficult to recover confidently.



Textbook two-week-old. Sleeps, eats, poops. Cries. Is extremely adorable and “delightfully” unpredictable.



We just got back from a ten-minute walk. Our second. My first without hubby. It was lovely outside. She fell asleep in the ergo within minutes!! So she missed the whole thing.

Walking made my crotch hurt. And I walked slowly! I wonder how long it will be before I can do a squat clean?!

Here’s some pics…

Gilliebean, with Olivia, at 2 weeks post partum.

Olivia at 15 days old!