Latest on the NMA baby

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!



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  1. Congratulations, Erin!! Good luck these last 12 weeks.
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  2. awwwww! You look totally fabulous! Glad to hear things are going well so far and that the veg lifestyle hasn’t been a problem. The giraffe is so freaking cute! Nice job on the knitting and I LOVE the onesie
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  3. I love that onesie! I think all of us in the blogging world look forward to meeting Baby Fraz!
    .-= Whitney @ Lettuce Love´s last blog ..The Best Salad Ever and Oprah =-.

  4. That onesie is adorable. And I think I have a chocolate craving my entire life, haha, so that doesn’t sound too weird to me
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..20 Blessings To Count =-.

  5. that giraffe is to die for! you need to mass produce them.. I would totally buy one (or 4)!!

  6. Congrats to you both!
    .-= Matt´s last blog ..Time of day… =-.

  7. Wow…you look amazing! I think I had already gained 20lbs. by that point in my pregnancy…yikes! I’m glad to hear that things are going so smoothly with baby Fraz! I love the onesie and the little giraffe you knitted is super cute too! I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes just as smoothly!

    I actually have a double BOB jogger and we absolutely love it! I have friends that have the single and they are really happy with it too. We run with it all the time with our two boys and actually race 5ks with it too! Ohh..and a baby bjorn is a must too! It is perfect for walks, hiking, grocery store trips, and just about every other time you would have your baby with you!
    .-= Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)´s last blog ..Humpastry Day! =-.

  8. So glad you could give us an update Erin! The onsie is adorable. I have a feeling your little one will be a runner too once he/she sees how enthused you two are about it.
    .-= Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather´s last blog ..Fancy Eggs =-.

  9. You look so vibrant and happy! The stuffed animal and onesie are absolutely precious and Baby Fraz is going to have two of the best parents in the world. Congratulations!
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  10. I love this blog, and it was really nice to hear about the pregnancy from Erin. I wish you guys the best!
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  11. Awe you are so cute and talented! You MADE that giraffe…what?!? That is so cool!

  12. It’s so funny to read blogs of people that, technically, I don’t know, yet feel so invested in their lives. You look great and so happy for you and Matt and the puppies. =)

  13. Awesome onesie, awesomer giraffe, awesomest wife! So excited for you guys…
    .-= Laura Georgina´s last blog ..Read and Run: In Which I Nurse a Bad Case of Mafia-Lit Obsession =-.

  14. Love this update! You look absolutely gorgeous … you are most definitely glowing in your pregnancy! I’m sure Baby Fraz/NMA will be run before he/she crawls! 🙂

  15. That giraffe is completely adorable! Congrats! I assume you’ll be raising the baby to be vegetarian? I’ve always wondered how parents deal with such eating choices once kids grow old enough to begin eating with their friends’ families.
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..The blink of an eye =-.

    • Caroline – I’ll answer for Erin, since she’s at work 🙂 I figure we’ll feed the baby vegetarian food and cook vegetarian food in the home as the baby grows up, and explain why we don’t eat meat but let the child make his or her own choices about it. But if the child wants meat at home, he/she will have to cook it him/herself! I don’t think I would have a problem with the child eating meat at friends’ houses. All this is, of course, subject to change depending on the child’s nutritional needs. If I became convinced that eating meat was necessary for the child’s health, I would cook it for him or her.

  16. So glad everything is going well, and Erin you look great!
    Awesome job on the giraffe, it’s adorable:)
    .-= meatlessmama´s last blog ..Tea and Creativity =-.

  17. Thanks for all of the comments! Glad you all enjoyed the update! I too was surprised that the giraffe came out the way it did! I am excited for it to be one of the baby’s favorite toys! Once the baby fits in the onesie we will be sure to post picks. Oh and last night I had my first real baby dream and dreamt that we had a girl…….. 🙂

  18. I’m so excited for you guys! I really like that you posted, Erin, because i know I’ll be doing the same thing sometime down the road 🙂
    .-= Abby´s last blog ..Eating Healthy on the Go! =-.

  19. I am almost exactly the same time as you! We are due April 13th and didn’t find out what we are having! We can’t wait for him/her to arrive. I feel great too and am still working out, working and doing everything like normal just with a little bump! So happy for you guys! 🙂 Keep me posted! I got a baby jogger stroller. It was recommended in a bunch of running magazines because wheels are the same size which is supposed to be good. Let me know if you have any other great products you plan on getting!
    🙂 YAY!!
    .-= The Healthy Hostess´s last blog ..Spicy Shrimp Pasta =-.

  20. What a great post! You look adorable and your love for your baby really comes through. That giraffe is adorable and even cuter with the onesie. I hope the pregnancy stays easy and I can’t wait to see pics. Good luck!

  21. That is the most adorable little giraffe ever!! :mrgreen:
    .-= Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)´s last blog ..Beautiful Blogger Awards =-.

  22. New follower from googling Thrive reviews.

    Giraffe is super cute! Congrats on the pending babe!

    We have had a BOB for almost 3 years and it is super and still going strong! We have the SUS and have found that the nobby tires are good for doing some off road riding (we have taken it on dirt paths, etc.) and to manage the rocks that are sometimes on the roadways. I would have liked to tried the Ironman b/c the tires are supposed to be super smooth and would help with my speed, but this works for the terrain that I run on wonderfully. We began by using it with the infant seat adapter starting when he was 2 mos old. It also worked to velcro toys onto the toy bar once he was able to sit upright in the stroller seat. A weather shield is also an awesome investment – I previously would stop running after is became cold or when raining – no longer! Best of luck!

    Love the recipes!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..And each one only wore one shoe… =-.

    • Thanks Michelle! I appreciate your advice. We were looking at the ironman as well and it looks like that one is best for roads only. We run on a rail trail often that can be a bit rocky with some ruts in the trail so it seems like a stroller such as your SUS may be a better choice. I would assume that having 3 tires the same size may be better too for running? Do you use another more standard stroller for everyday use then?

      • We used a Baby Jogger City Mini when we needed a stroller. However, we were baby wearers – ring slings and Ergo carriers. We used the sling the most – so convenient and keeps the public from trying to touch the baby all the time.
        .-= Michelle´s last blog ..9 Pirate Girls… =-.

  23. What a great update and post, thanks Erin! The second trimester is such a wonderful phase of pregnancy too. You belly is big enough that people are noticing (you are so cute!!), you’re feeling so much more fetal movement now (one of my most favorite parts of pregnancy!) and your due date is drawing closer and it’s starting to feel real!

    If I could do it all over again, I would buy this stroller in a heart beat, the Phil and Ted P3, especially if you expect there to be a Baby NMA #2 anywhere in the foreseeable future.

    It’s expensive, but it’s an awesome stroller and should be the only stroller you’ll ever need. Good for jogging, but not so huge or difficult to maneuver that you can’t get into the car, stores, etc. I didn’t have this stroller, but I wish I would have! Instead my garage was filled with a variety of different strollers for a variety of different purposes.

    The other thing I have to share and is filed under “wish someone would have told me this sooner” is baby wearing! Get a sling and wear Baby NMA as much as you can. Do some reading on baby wearing, both you and Matt can do it, and it’s a great way for you both to bond with the baby. Babies carried in slings sleep better, nurse better, are less fussy/cry less… it’s an awesome parenting technique.

    I’m so excited for you guys, keep these updated coming! 😀
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..Buckle Up For Safety =-.

    • Thanks Alison! That stroller looks very similar to the BOB stroller! It is nice to have the second seat as well. I wonder if it makes it harder to run behind? I was thinking that having 2 children in a stroller may by itself make it hard to run behind 🙂 I would be one strong mom! Ha ha. Also thanks for the sling recommendation. I went ahead and bought one and am really excited about the concept! A friend of mine was telling me about a book called The Happiest Baby on the Block that actually talks about a similar concept. I can’t wait to try it!

  24. P.S. – I had and loved (and still use occassionally for my 3 year old!) a zolowear ring sling.

    Don’t even bother with the slings they sell at Babies R Us, etc – you’ll find the best (and cutest!) ones online.
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..Buckle Up For Safety =-.

  25. I am an avid vegetarian runner too. I have two kids and ran (albeit, VERY slowly at the end…more like a shuffle!) almost till my due date. I have a Baby Jogger brand jogger that I LOVE, but I know BOB is also a very high quality jogger. It is my most used and cherished piece of baby equipment/paraphenalia along with my sling. Both of our kids are vegetarian too (although my husband is not completely) and it has really never come up as an issue.
    Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

  26. Congratulations on the Little Fraz! You are carrying high…it must be a girl?! I totally respect your views on raising Baby Fraz as a vegetarian, but at the same time allowing him or her to choose for him/herself. Looking forward to following future posts about Baby Fraz, the Littlest No Meat Athlete! Love the onesie!
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  27. Stephanie says:

    You look GREAT! I can totally understand your pregnancy fatigue…I had to quit running with my first baby because the doctor said I could run as long as I ran slow enough that I wasn’t winded. Well, that meant I had to walk! Even a slow jog resulted in me getting out of breath. It’s all worth it though.

    I predict you’re having a girl based on how you’re carrying and because of your cravings. I craved burgers with my little guy and sweets (chocolate included) with my girl. Good luck with the last weeks of pregnancy!

    • Some people say they craved salty also with a boy and sweets with a girl! I am getting so very excited to meet our baby and can’t wait to find out when he/she is born! The majority are guessing girl? Matt’s family will be ecstatic b/c they havent had a girl in 21 or so years…..all boys!!!!!!!!!

  28. For some reason most of my comments have come in as the NMA! It’s Erin, logged in as Matt! Ooops!

  29. Yeah Erin! Thought I’d check in and see how you are doing!!! Can’t wait to meet the little one! We have the BOB Ironman and I love love love it! Little man goes for runs in it almost everyday. You have to get the weather shield that goes with it, makes running in the rain, snow, wind and everything do-able. It has been durable for everything we have put it through, probably about 30 miles a week! Can’t wait to catch up with you!

  30. How exciting! You look beautiful. I love the giraffe, definitely not something I could pull off!

  31. You are looking so cute Erin! I love the onesie. I bought the Bob ironman but if I had to do it again I’d go with the Revolution – since you can lock the wheel and have it both ways!

  32. I’m thrilled to hear that everything is going so well!
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