Frankie’s birth story

My life officially changed on December 29th, 2015 when my beautiful baby boy, Frank Hickman IV was born. 

I woke up on the 28th around 3am and started feeling contractions, but was not sure if they were the real deal. I paid attention to their frequency and timing for the next 45 minutes and then woke up my husband. I said, “Babe, I think I’m having real contractions.” We called and were told to head over to the hospital and arrived just after 6am. I was feeling nervous and excited and wondering what the next few hours would be like. 

   
   
They admitted me after checking that I was 3-4cm dilated and then moved me to a Labor & Delivery room. One of my 2 nurses was one of the awesome nurses I had had while I was there hospitalized for pyelonephritis back in August. She got me a room with a tub, which I ended up using for about 20 minutes before I couldn’t take the pain anymore and asked for an epidural. My water ended up breaking not too long after they admitted me actually, so I was glad they didn’t send me home to wait it out more. 

To make a long story a bit shorter, I got some Pitocin to help me dilate more. I also ended having a fever due to my prolonged labor. My OB had me start pushing at around 6pm for 30 minutes but we made no progress. Three hours later we tried again for 1 1/2 hours and it was then that she determined my pelvis was just way too narrow for the baby. My husband is truly my hero for being there, holding my hand, offering a touch or massage when he felt I needed it. He was awesome and made a tough experience much easier to deal with. 

So I ended up having a C-section just past midnight. I had mentally prepared myself for the possibility of it since I am very small, but it was still a little scary. Seeing my baby for the first time though, I forgot everything that had happened. They have the 3 of us a few minutes to bond as a family and then whisked him off to give him an IV of antibiotics since I’ve had a fever. We both were fine. He’s been such a sweet little baby. There’s so much more I can write right now but where would I stop? 

   
   
I look at my son and I’m amazed at the little miracle that he is. He makes me believe even more in God. I feel love and peace within me because of Frankie 😊

Thanks for reading! I’m taking some time to rest my body so workout posts may take a while…

Christmas Love

In my family, Christmas Eve is a bigger deal than the next day. We cook delicious food, make “clericΓ³”, a Paraguayan sangria-like punch, and plenty of desserts and gather at my one aunt’s house. This year I made pizzelles to add a little bit of Italian flair to the table. We eat dinner around 10, play drinking games (non-alcoholic for me this year), and then toast our Savior’s birth at midnight. We then exchange gifts and party a bit more. 

     
 The next day we go to church and then usually my husband and I go to meet up with his family, but this year, we met up with my family again since we didn’t want to be too far from the hospital. Baby Hicky still has no interest in gracing us with his presence!

 

Opening gifts under our own tree on Christmas Day.

 
People were shocked when I told them I did this workout on Christmas Eve morning. I was secretly hoping that it would help kick off labor! 

6 rounds of:

60 jump ropes 

24 mountain climbers 

24 push presses

24 pliΓ© lunges

I posted it on Instagram, which reminds me, you should follow me on there as I tend to post more often there. My handle is @juliafastinista. 

I’m feeling extremely grateful as I reflect on all the great memories and great gifts from the past few days and pray to God to watch over those who weren’t as lucky to at least have a roof over their heads and be surrounded by their loved ones. 

My hubby outdid himself and got me lots of fun bling. The David Yurman necklace is blue topaz which is Baby’s birthstone and hubby said it’s from the stork aka my push gift πŸ˜πŸ€—…now Baby better be here by the end of the month! 

   
 The Chanel earrings are one of the gifts I got from my mom. I will cherish this gift forever knowing that my loving, hardworking mom went above and beyond to buy me something of such value.

I hope you all have special memories from the past few days. Whether there were fancy gifts under the tree or not, we all have so much to be thankful for.

Now, get a workout in and enjoy your Sunday πŸ™‚.

Baby’s Room

I can finally say that Baby Hicky’s room is ready and the only thing missing is Mr Hicky himself. I’ve never experienced this type of anticipation before…

I now introduce you to my little prince’s nursery. 

  The little toy train we got from Pottery Barn Kids and the elephant collection belonged to his Daddy. Most of those elephants are antiques.  
The dresser, changing table, crib and floating shelves were hand-me-downs from family members. 

 The curtains were hand made by my mom. The painting was a gift painted by a local artist. We didn’t even realize at first how it matched our front yard…we’ve got a big tree on our front lawn and a river across the street πŸ™‚

   
We saw this little puppy when we went into Walgreens today and his dad said he had to have it! 

 
Close up of the little toy train.

  
His bedding (and the fun, colorful rug) is all from Pottery Barn Kids. 

As you can see, we opted for a bright, boyish room with some eclectic details. We didn’t want the room to be too “babyish” and have to redo it again a year later. It’s all ready and waiting for you, Baby!

I’m really happy with the results! What do you think? 

Xoxo

38 Weeks

I’m getting to the point where I’m really anxious and antsy to meet my Baby Boy. Any little ache or discomfort and I think that it might be the start of labor…but no, still here, on the couch, with my feet up, waiting…
I had a nice weekend of seeing my husband’s relatives for their annual Holiday get-together. It’s always nice to see the extended family and catch up with them. We then attended a fundraiser event on Saturday night for the parks committee in our town. It took place at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum mansion, once owned by George Griswold Frelinghuysen, NYC attorney and president of Ballantine Brewing Company, it is now a center for educational programs, horticulture and botanical literature. We actually had our engagement photos taken on the grounds of the mansion, but Saturday night was our first time actually stepping foot inside the mansion. It was a true beauty! Everything I love about older homes- the architecture, the detailing, the fireplaces…

   
    
 I’m still working out here and there, although I’m so nervous about my water breaking at the gym…eek! I’m feeling pretty big lately so I have to be extra careful. I’m done coaching until sometime next year, and I hope to get a pre/post-natal certification to add to my fitness resume.

A good one I did last week at CrossFit was this EMOM (every minute on the minute) for 12 minutes:

14 front squats (35# barbell)

50 single unders (double unders make me nervous I’m going to pee myself!)

15 ring rows

I actually have really enjoyed doing ring rows throughout my pregnancy. I haven’t had to modify them and they make me feel strong!

I also went on a nice 30-minute walk around my neighborhood this weekend. The weather in NJ has been unbelievably nice and I’m taking full advantage.

That’s it for now…off to fold some laundry and keep my mind occupied!

33 Weeks and countingΒ 

It’s been a great week, very busy with work and training the person who will be filling in for me at the office, as well as getting some last minute details taken care of. 

Even though I’m a CrossFit coach (on the side) and love inspiring and helping people reach and maintain their fitness goals, sometimes I need a little help too. I joined Sweat Pink’s #holidaysweat challenge. I’ll be recording my activity and nutrition for the next several weeks. Let me know if you’re doing it too! I’d like to stay as active as possible over the next 6 weeks and could use your encouragement πŸ™‚

  
On Monday, I did a benchmark WOD called Ghost which was pretty awesome. It consisted of 1 minute of each: 

Rowing, burpees (I did a preggo scaled version against a box), double unders (I did these and my calves are still so sore. Be really careful with these if you’re pregnant), and rest. You go for 6 rounds which ends up being 24 minutes of work. I went at my own scaled back pace but still felt like I got a great workout.

Tonight I did 6 rounds of: 

20 arm curls 

15 weighted squats

10 push press

15 lateral leg lifts (each leg)

15 leg curls

50 side bends

  
It’s so important to keep your core engaged throughout these movements. I make sure to keep my belly button pulled in towards my spine the whole time. Your abs help support your spine and can help with the pushing stage of labor. I haven’t experienced any back pain and have my abs to thank for that. *Please make sure you have the ok from your doctor to workout if you’re pregnant*

Looking forward to a day off tomorrow that includes a mini spa day! And some more baby-stuff shopping πŸ™‚ 

Xoxo

WODing at 32 Weeks

It’s been great to be able to workout a bit more now that I’m back to “normal.” I made it to CrossFit twice this week and plan on going tomorrow as well. Very curious to see how far into my pregnancy I’ll be able to keep at it. Hopefully at least through the end of this month! 

This was Wednesday’s WOD:

20 minute AMRAP of-

10 power cleans w/15# DB

20 wall slams (10# ball)

200 meter row

I finished 5 rounds and 5 power cleans.

   
   

  
This morning I coached class which featured a fun little ladder of toes to bar, box jumps and dips. I miss doing toes to bar! 

Have a nice Saturday!

πŸ’•

Halloween/Marathon Weekend Recap

What a great weekend of nice weather, Halloween workouts, and shopping! I programmed a fun Halloween-themed WOD for Saturday’s class which seemed to be a big hit. I even gave out a prize of some AboutTime protein powder to the best costume. Winners of the 5-minute plank challenge got some awesome pink Sweat Pink shoelaces πŸ™‚

    
This week I’m 32 weeks pregnant which means I’m officially in month 8! My mom and I had a nice time at the mall shopping for Baby Hicky. Pottery Barn Kids was having a 20% off sale so we bought the rest of the items left on my registry. On sale items we got 10% off which is their registry completion discount. This kid made out pretty well!

The hubby and I also enjoyed a nice romantic date night at a local restaurant. I wore this sexy Splendid dress and over the knee Stuart Weitzman boots πŸ˜‰  
  And it was the 1 year anniversary of my running the NY Marathon! That was truly an amazing experience.  
What did you do for Halloween? Have you run the NY Marathon- or hope to do so one day?

Xo,

Julia

Sweat Pink

Today I received an email notifying me that I’m a Sweat Pink Ambassador. Sweat Pink is a community of inspirational, fitness-oriented women where connections and mutual support can blossom as we each strive to reach goals in health and fitness. I’m super excited! 

So in my last post I mentioned that I was getting ready to go to a cousin’s birthday lunch…well, it turned out to be my surprise baby shower. It was such a fun, memorable day surrounded by some of the women that will definitely be playing a big part in Baby Hicky’s life. All the gifts we got were just so thoughtful and awesome. I had a hard time sleeping Sunday night thinking of how real everything feels. Baby will be here so soon! 

   
 Here’s a quick little at home WOD I’ll be doing tonight:

20 bicep curls

10 lateral raises

20 front squats

30 sec wall sit

30 sec plank 

I might do 4 rounds of this but feel free to do more if you’re feeling up to it πŸ™‚

Happy Hump Day…or should I say #bumpday ?! 

Xoxo,

Julia

30 Weeks

Happy Sunday! This little big bump is now 30 weeks-yay! It’s been a long week of working, learning and not a lot of working out- but that’s ok! My husband and I took a CPR class earlier in the week and yesterday we went to an all-day childbirth class at the hospital where I’ll be delivering Baby Hicky. They definitely helped in making me feel a little more reassured that I can do this πŸ™‚ 

I did make it to CrossFit on Wednesday and did the following WODs:

5 rounds of:

10 single arm DB snatches (15#)

100 meter row

Then after a break, 5 rounds of:

12 ring rows

12 box dips

10 back lunges (45#)

I’m now about to get ready to go celebrate my cousin’s birthday so I think I’ll take another day off from working out…or I might do a quick 10 minute circuit before I jump in the shower πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful Sunday πŸ™‚

Xo, 

Julia 

   

Breakfast!

Falling into fitness

I was just thinking about my first half marathon 4 years ago in Seaside Heights…It was an awesome, kinda crazy experience that led me to run 8 more half marathons and 2 full marathons. And I’m not planning on stopping. 2016 races, I’m coming for ya! 

Fall is a great time to kick it up a notch. The weather is more pleasant, the colors are beautiful- it just makes you want to get outside. Unfortunately I’m stuck indoors 99% of the time, but if you’re not in the same boat as I am, you should definitely be doing some outdoor workouts including running πŸ™‚

Last night at CrossFit we did one of the benchmark WODs, Cindy. Although I feel like it should be renamed “Frank” because my husband loooves it and is constantly trying to get more reps every time he does it.

It consists of a 20 minute AMRAP of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 air squats. 

I used rubber bands for the pull-ups, but you can also do ring rows if you can’t do pull-ups. I also did push-ups on my knees. 

It’s all body-weight but man, you’re feeling out of breath by the 5th round with all that metabolic conditioning! 

So these are my last few days in my 2nd trimester…I can’t sleep very well and I’m starting to get anxious about getting stuff done around the house before baby’s arrival. Ahh! 

Hope you have a nice rest of the week πŸ™‚

Xo

 

Week 27 bump!

  
  

My first half at Seaside Heights πŸ™‚