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6 Months with the Grom’

“Isn’t it crazy to think how different your world was a year and a half ago, and yet now you can’t imagine your world without her?

This was a message a friend sent me via Facebook Messenger.

I didn’t respond to the message right away.   Honestly, I wasn’t sure exactly how to answer.   She didn’t notice my failure to answer her question.  I started talking about diaper rash or baby drool or something else instead.

But, I thought about this question a lot.  Somehow, I felt a bit guilty because I don’t feel like having a baby has totally changed who I am or how I have decided to live my life.  Birthing a baby didn’t suddenly enlighten me to a deeper purpose or provide some meaning to my life that it didn’t previously have.  Am I a bad mom for this?

Life is different because we have a little girl we get to share our lives with now. But, it isn’t really different at all because we still do all the things we would normally do.

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Our first trip in the Cougar trailer (just 1 week old and only went for a quick 2 mile walk.
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Our first hike to Arthurs Rock less than 1 week old.
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Our first bike path ride.
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Taking the Addy to Cross of the North night races. We totally know what we’re doing (don’t we look like it?)
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Riding to Mike’s birthday!!
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Hiking to the top of Horsetooth.

We still ride bikes. A lot. After Addy was born we used my maternity leave as a vacation. We drove to California to introduce Addy to some of our family who live in LA and Palm Springs. Along the way, we stopped in Eagle and Grand Junction to ride bikes. Then got to ride some cool trail and jeep roads while we were out visiting family. Then, on the way home, we stopped for some trail riding in Gooseberry Mesa (woot-woot!), Fruita and Breckenridge. Each place we stopped, Tyson and I would take turns trading off watching Addy and riding.

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Spending time with family in California.
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Hanging with family in LA.

 

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Gooseberry Mesa!! Hanging with the ‘Grom while daddy rides his bike. Mom gets to ride next.
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Fall colors in Breck on the way home from California.

 

We have also made 3 weekend trips to Pueblo/Canon City this winter to ride dry trail. We bring Addy with us every time. While one of us rides trail, the other can ride bike path with Addy. Or, we can hang with Addy and play with her

 

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Canon City bike path with Addy.
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Tunnel trail with Addy in Canon City.
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This bike path has a stegosaurus!!

We also traveled to Texas to do my first bike race since getting knocked up (got 3rd in Cat 1 19-39 and missed 1st by about 1 minute) and brought Addy with us for that. Grandma Laurel babysat for us that time.

 

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Hanging at Grandma and Grandpa’s 6 String Ranch in Texas.

My point is… we still do all the things we always do. The only difference is that now, we do these things with Addy. This means that when we ride up and down the Horsetooth dams, we are pulling Addy along behind us in her Chariot. It’s an extra 50 pounds to drag up those hills, so it takes more time than usual. But we still do it. We have to make several stops feed her, change her diaper or entertain her. But we still do it.

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3 Men and a Baby.. riding the dams.
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Snuggly warm in my Ursula Grom suit and the Chariot sleeping bag.
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Ursula Grom and I see a Golden Eagle at Walden Lake

We still ride our bikes and still love every second of it. It is super cool being able to experience this biking that I love so much with this new little person I love so much.

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That smile. Always happy!!
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I don’t blame her. I want to eat her toes too!!!
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6 months… 1000 miles in the carrier.

So, I’m still not sure exactly how to respond to my friend’s message. Yeah. Life is different, but not really.   But could I ever imagine my life without here. Well, oddly enough, I can imagine my world without her. Without Adalynn, I would ride my bike more, possibly faster, at higher elevations and in remote locations. I would also sleep more. But, the experience of becoming a mom and being a mom has been such a unique and exciting experience. I got to experience amazing changes in my body as I carried Adalynn for 9 months.  I had the awesome experience of birthing Adalynn and the excitement of finally seeing her face for the first time. Being here to care for her, and to watch her grow and change every day.  Every day, discovering a bit more about the person she is becoming. I enjoy the uncertainty and adventure about what the future will be. She adds so much to my world.

She deepens how I feel about Tyson.  He is an amazing person. I knew this before Adalynn was even conceived. But, watching how he interacts with her, how careful and thoughtful he is with her and with his actions around her. I love seeing his enthusiasm and excitement each time she does something new!  Its been hard going back to work, but knowing she’s home with him makes it so much easier.  Now that I’m working close to home (less than 3 miles by bike path), Tyson and Addy come visit at lunch.

 

The Bump… is gone.

My belly looks about the same as it did before I got preggers.  But it didn’t happen overnight.  Took about 6 months.  Sorry.  No more baby bump pictures :o(.

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This is me just after delivery.  FYI, the belly doesn’t just go flat immediately.  It takes a few weeks.
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Home Stretch!

Only about 2 weeks left to go.

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At Home Depot trying to get a backsplash so the kitchen can be done before the baby gets here.  Well..we give up, and lay on the store floor instead.  Kitchen is still not done.  Chuckleheads.

Today, we are officially 38 weeks.  A lot has changed in the 9 weeks since my last blog.
I’ve gained about 24 pounds so far and my poor belly button!  It feels like baby Adalynn is going to come exploding right out of my belly button at any moment.  I can imagine sharing my birth story with other women, “Oh.  I didn’t have a vaginal delivery or a C-section.  I sneezed and had an unexpected belly button delivery”.

Surprise Baby Shower

Everyone at work decided to put together a SURPRISE BABY SHOWER!!  Got me all misty-eyed and emotional.  They heard I had wanted to avoid too much pink, so they went with a honeybee theme!  They also knew that I had wanted as many hand-me-downs/recycled items as possible.  So, they included a clothesline full of hand-me-down items from their own children.

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Also received boxes of gifts from my sister Sarah (and my nieces Taysha and Gabby), Laurel and Bill (grandma and grandpa), and Aunt Katie.  My sister Heather and her family came to visit and brought tons of gifts too (with a diaper wreath).  And Mattie and her family sent a thoughtful gift too!!!  The generosity is overwhelming.  I think we have everything we need!!

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Heather and her family came to visit on their way their way to their new home in Texas.
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…and Heather and Rebecca made this diaper wreath!!
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Mattie sent a backpack carrier, but we already had one. So, she helped me exchange it for a co-sleeper. This is going to get a lot of use, I’m sure.
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From Laurel and Bill. Do they make adult-sized bike blankies?

Preggo Adventures

Woah!  Biking still feels really good for my body, but I’m having to change a lot of things about my riding.  First of all, I had to get a stem with major rise just so I can ride more upright.  When I’m hunched over, it feels like I’m crunching Lil’ Grom.  Also, any steep climbing… fairly impossible.  So, I’ve had to adjust my riding a bit.  Less climbing, more gravel road adventure/exploring.  And I have to ride very slow. If I push too hard, I start having Braxton-Hicks contractions.

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Went for a hike up to Horsetooth Falls with Amanda, Skylee and Izaiah. Got to test out the backpack carrier with Skylee!! It worked super well!!
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Swift Campout ride (sans campout for me) with a group of highly motivated women with an interest in bikepacking.
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Wanted to show Tyson the Cherokee Park climb. But, kept having Braxton-Hicks contractions even at 3 mph pace. Didn’t make it to Cherokee Park. Poor Tyson struggles with my painfully slow pace and decides to ride in the rocky ditch near the road to help make the ride more entertaining.
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Teresa doesn’t mind my painfully slow pregnancy pace.  Then again, she also doesn’t mind painful photodermatitis on her legs.  Love this woman!!!
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Yup. Bar ends are flipped up (so I can use them to hold myself more upright when climbing).
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Don’t know why, but I thought the baby bump profile was kinda cute.
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Preggo riding means going slower and frequent stops.  Even an occasional stop to go swimming.  I have ridden by Eltuck many, many times and never stopped to play in the water and climb around on the rocks.  Don’t worry.  I’m not naked (I brought a swimsuit with me).

Didn’t get to Race the 40 in the Fort.  Did get to be a Bacon Angel with Georgia Gould.

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Strava Data

So far this year: 354 hours of riding, 3045 miles, 250 PRs, and 112 total activities.

This time last year: 366 hours of riding, 3097 miles, 498 PRs, and 107 total activities.

The Bump

I’m at 38 weeks and it seems the bump is growing more than any other time during the pregnancy.  …and she dropped at 37 weeks.  Getting closer!!!

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30 1/2 weeks
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32 weeks

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37 weeks
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38 weeks

3rd Trimester – The Adventure Continues!!!

Today, we are officially 29 weeks. Passed the glucose test (which means I don’t have diabetes…. Yay!!!!).  Guess that means the Corndoggies have really helped with my nutrition!!!

Starting to get a little cramped up in my little body. I’ve gained about 15 pounds so far and supposed to gain another 10 more, but I honestly don’t know think there is room for anything more. Maybe I’ll get taller… that would help.

 

Most Comfortable Place: My Bike

As everything is getting bigger, bigger, BIGGER, I’m starting to feel it affecting my back and pelvis. I’ve been so lucky that I’m still able to keep biking.  Being on the bike is the one place where my body feels so relaxed and comfortable… relief!!!!  It’s literally more pleasant for me to ride my bike to work than to be crunched up behind the wheel driving to work.  I can’t breathe well when I’m sitting at a desk or while driving, but I can breathe quite comfortable still while riding.  Wish I could just be on my bike all day!!!

Been able to do a couple trips to Fruita, Grand Junction, and Pueblo.  Also got to do an overnight bike ride with Teresa.  ..and I even did a 61 mile single speed RACE!!!!! and I finished last place.  The sweep van was following right behind me the whole time.  I asked the van to please pass me (mostly because I really needed to pee), but the van wouldn’t pass (so I had to pee in front of the van… 5 times…).

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Practicing with the Siri dog.  She managed to jump out within the first 2 miles. Good thing I practiced with the dog first.  Would be awful to have that happen with an infant.
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Fruita, Western Rim Trail.  Beautiful.  I’m riding a lot slower now, but it gives me an excuse to take in the views and enjoy riding in a different way.
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Family picture with the Dino Truck in Fruita!!
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Tabeguache Trails/Lunch Loops in Grand Junction.  Tyson has been so patient riding with me while I’m “pregnancy pace”.
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Nice hike up to Hanging Lake on the way home from Fruita.
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Keeping our overnight bike packing skills sharp with a S24O (sub 24 hour overnight) on Horsetooth.  This is luxury bike packing compared to our usual shelter.
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S24O on Horsetooth with Teresa.
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One of my favorite parts about finishing the One Speed Open Race (a 61-mile single speed gravel grinder), was getting mama goat love at the finish.
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My other favorite thing about finishing the One Speed Open Race was the super-thoughtful “Maternity Hoodie” that they gave me for finishing.  I think Lil’ Grom might have been the first fetus to finish the One Speed Open Race.
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This is my version of “nesting” apparently.  The nursery isn’t ready.  We don’t even have a crib yet.  But we certainly have a Thule Chariot Cougar with jogging and bike attachments.

Chopa and Michelle’s Wedding in Sedona

Even flew to Sedona for the weekend to celebrate with Chopa and Michelle.  Got to do a few cool hikes and take in some beautiful scenery while celebrating Chopa and Michelle with friends!!

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This is where Chopa and Michelle got married.  No filters.  Its just THIS beautiful.
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How many bike tan lines can you spot?  Hee hee!!
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Trails at Soldiers Wash.  Hunting for vortexes and javelina.

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Strava Data

So far this year: 249 hours of riding, 2164 miles, 213 PRs, and 83 total activities.

This time last year: 218 hours of riding, 2171 miles, 395 PRs, and 91 total activities.

The Bump.  

 

I’m at 29 weeks and just started showing enough that it’s pretty obvious to most people.  People used to be afraid to ask me if I was pregnant because they didn’t want to be rude.  But now, people ask pretty openly.

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22 weeks
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25 weeks
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26 weeks
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28 weeks