Hi everyone! This is Erin, Matt’s wife. Hope you all are doing well! Due to popular demand, we decided that it was time to provide you all with an update on our little NMA baby, AKA Baby Fraz (our last name is Frazier).
I have been very fortunate to have had a very easy pregnancy so far. I am 28 weeks pregnant this week, 12 more to go! Time is flying by. Baby Fraz is due April 19th and we are looking forward to finally finding out if it is an NMA boy or girl!
In preparation for the baby’s arrival I have done a little bit of shopping, and I actually designed a No Meat Athlete onesie for the baby! It came out really cute. We’ll have to make a little t-shirt as well for when the baby turns ’1′ and gets to watch its daddy in the 2011 Boston Marathon. Instead of taking a picture of just the onesie, I put it on a giraffe that I recently knitted for the baby. It’s his or her first stuffed animal! So far the dogs like it; now we need to teach them to keep their paws off of it!
My activity level has gradually decreased throughout the pregnancy. It has been quite the change from my active lifestyle! When we found out that we were having a baby, Matt and I were in the midst of marathon training. I was quickly hit with a wall of fatigue and then before I knew it, things were getting uncomfortable! So the marathon never happened for me, but in exchange I was able to be there to see Matt qualify for Boston at the Wineglass Marathon last October, an unforgettable experience. Also very early in the pregnancy, my doctor told me that I had to stop with the road biking that I had been doing because any fall would be very dangerous for the baby. Now at the 28-week mark I am doing something I haven’t done in a long time—just walking. I miss all of the activity, especially as I see Matt running more and more, setting new training goals. It is all worth it though, to have the opportunity to bring Baby Fraz into the world.
As for my diet, I’ve had no trouble maintaining the vegetarian lifestyle throughout the pregnancy and, much to my relief, I have not had any meat cravings. The biggest change I’ve noticed is that I have had a bit of a chocolate craving, which is very unusual for me. I thought it was because of the holidays, but now I realize that was just an excuse! Matt has done a terrific job planning the meals and making some great dishes that satisfy both me and Baby Fraz.
As Baby Fraz continues to kick and roll with increased enthusiasm in my stomach, we can’t help but wonder if we will have a little runner on our hands. I am sure it will be hard not to be, with how much Matt and I love it. I suppose the first step, once the baby is big enough, will be to get him or her out in a jogging stroller. I have heard that the BOB strollers are good but there are so many to choose from. Does anyone have a suggestion about which jogging stroller to get? Initially I think the walking will continue and we will bring Baby Fraz along in a Baby Bjorn.
So as this journey continues, we hope that all unfolds as smoothly as possible. We feel so lucky that we will be bringing Baby Fraz into this world and can’t wait to be parents! There is so much that we are both very passionate about and can’t wait to share it all with our baby. We look forward to introducing Baby Fraz to all of you! We appreciate all of the support and enthusiasm that you have given us so far. It truly is incredible.
Before I go, Matt wants me to tell you to read his most recent Running Shorts post. It’s about his latest (crazy) idea to run a three-hour marathon. And I came up with the title!