February 9th marked one year since the inception of this blog. Can you believe how quickly time has flown?! This time last year, I had just passed 15 weeks gestation and was lamenting my lack of baby belly; now, I have a six-month-old and am thrilled by my lack of baby belly.
To celebrate this milestone, I am going to recap my 10 most memorable moments from the blog’s first year.
10. Coming up with a comprehensive list of CrossFit modifications early on in the pregnancy… and then being astonished to find that I could still do most movements and workouts without modification well into the third trimester.
9. Busting two very pervasive pregnancy myths: “no heavy lifting” and “don’t let your heart rate go above 140 beats per minute.” I was especially shocked to discover that the heart rate myth is still being perpetuated by fitness and medical professionals, despite the fact that the recommendation was publicly rescinded 10 years ago by one of the doctors who originally developed it.
8. Joking that Oliver’s first solid food would be steak — and then actually doing that.
7. Doing a CrossFit workout at seven months pregnant, posting the video to YouTube, and subsequently having to remove and disable comments due to a number of seriously nasty and ignorant remarks. I learned that it simply wasn’t worthwhile to invest my time and energy into responding to trolls.
6. Actually having to take a “41 weeks pregnant” belly photo, as Oliver showed up nine days late.
5. Hiking the Stawamus Chief at eight months pregnant, carrying 35 pounds of camera gear on my back! More photos here.
4. Sharing my tips for being active outdoors with a baby. This post is near and dear to my heart, as I have always wanted to impart my love of the outdoors on my child(ren), and I hope I can inspire others to do the same.
3. Doing the Spartan Race at six and a half months pregnant (and the resultant article in Impact Magazine). I had so much fun seeing the looks on peoples’ faces as I climbed over obstacles and through the mud pit with my growing belly! More photos here.
2. My struggle with breastfeeding. I think it’s equally important to share the low points in my journey, and this was definitely one of the biggest challenges I faced in the weeks after Oliver’s birth.
1. My number one pick should come as no surprise — the raison d’être for this blog, and the most significant moment of my entire life to date: Oliver’s birth!