Happy Monday and a happy belated birthday to our now two year old, Mary. I can’t believe how quickly the past two years have gone (if only I knew that during those first sleepless weeks!).
This past week was full of ups and downs and this blog title is in honor of Mary who loves to play with my zippers and say, “Up and down.”
The week started off really great. We stayed out at our lake house and the weather was fabulous for the weekend. I had a long day at work on Monday and then Tuesday was another great beach day. I was able to swing into a local gym for a quick 8 miler on a treadmill and I felt so awesome after that run. It didn’t hurt to receive a few compliments from gym patrons on my running and keeping up during my pregnancy. I left in a pretty good mood.
But Tuesday night had other ideas for me. I woke up at 2am with back spasms and soon realized it was a subluxated rib I have randomly dealt with since a figure skating injury in high school. Basically it is a dislocated rib that slips itself out of position and makes sleeping and breathing very difficult. I believe that I caused this to happen a few weeks ago by doing a few too many sets of upper body strength exercises and that combined with the relaxin that my body is producing right now, have left me in a lot of pain.
Usually I am able to find a comfortable position after awhile and get some sleep. But Tuesday night was a different story. I tried a few different warm showers and changed positions on the couch and nothing worked. I did get to witness a fantastic storm that came across the lake. There was pounding rain and thunder and the lightning lit up the sky. It was beautiful!
It continued to storm Wednesday morning and I was able to take a nap at my parents before we took off to grab a few supplies for a small birthday party for Mary. For the second year in a row, they graciously hosted a pool party and she absolutely loved it. She is a huge fan of Minnie Mouse (or Mousie Mouse and she calls it) and we did simple themed things for her along with pizza and cake. I’m not a fan of big parties for little ones and since she is far too young to even know what is going on, we kept things very simple. Needless to say, it was a blast.
Mary’s godfather recommended that I try sleeping on the futon out at the lake and that worked quite well for me. By Thursday I was starting to feel like myself again, but still not able to get a run in. Fortunately, by Friday I was feeling like myself again and got 11 miles over two different runs on the treadmill. Even better, our treadmill is now fixed and I got to catch up on some Netflix!
Saturday was another great running day and then we headed out to Glen Arbor for our annual family vacation. The weather was beautiful and the place we are staying at has incredible views. It was so great to see all of the family again and have cousins running around together.
Unfortunately, my rib decided that 2am was the perfect time to move around again and I spent another sleepless night sitting on the couch. I was a bit bummed because I spent the first half of Mary’s birthday catching up on sleep. Some 4am research lead me to discover that unfortunately, this is something that happens during the third trimester as the baby moves upward and the body continues to produce relaxin. My fingers are crossed that I can keep it from continuing to be an issue. But if anyone has ever experienced this, I would love some input.
In the meantime, we are looking forward to some family beach time and summer weather. Hopefully there will be a few runs in there for me too!
How was your weekend? Ever dealt with a subluxated rib?