It’s been a very long time since my last post, but all for good reasons. I’d found out I was pregnant!

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Me and my little bump (24 weeks)

While I probably *should* have been here on this site documenting my pregnancy month to month, I found myself (as many new moms do) Googling the heck out of anything and everything prenatal and baby related. My nose was buried deep in books about childbirth, and meanwhile I was still teaching my Zumba and barre classes and training clients at the gym. Any leftover time was spent sleeping and lazing around with my big belly. 🙂

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Me and my big bump (39 weeks). The look on my face says it all!

With every intention of working until the minute I went into labor (no, seriously – I had visions of my water breaking as I jumped up and down in front of my Zumba class), I made it to week 37 before I had to take my leave. (The story is long enough to tell in a separate post.) I always knew to expect the unexpected and that anything can happen, but I guess I didn’t think it would *really* happen that way. In fact, because of my family history, I was so sure Little Mook would arrive late.

Ian was born on February 15 – four days before my due date (so we made it to week 39, at least). 6 lbs 7 oz and 20.5″ long. Other than the jaundice we had to take care of a few days after his birth, he is super healthy and just so adorable.

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At one month old

Life is very different now, to say the least! I’m back at work, but even working part time is a balancing act between taking care of his needs, and taking care of classes and clients at the club. But I am over the moon to have my little boy as well as a wonderful place to work. Everyone at ACAC has been so supportive of me, both during the pregnancy and afterwards. Life is good!

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Back at work, 10 weeks postpartum

{P.S. – Pregnancy left me with a LOT to talk about, so I’ll be recapping each trimester and some postpartum stuff in future blog posts. From the physical to the emotional, I’m eager to share my experience in the hopes that it will help other women, too. (At the least, give them a story with which they might identify.)}

See you at the gym!