Birthday things

by Kim on April 22, 2014

Hey guys! Just thought I’d pop in and tell you a little bit about my b-day day off yesterday.


(Huge thanks to Heather for the sweet note!)

I’m extremely happy/relieved to announce that I did NOT turn 30…still hanging on to my 20’s at 29, baby!

I think I finally hit a turning point for birthdays and aging…this is the first year I haven’t welcomed my new age with open arms (or at least, not cared about it). This year, all I can think about is, “Phew, still in my 20’s! Barely…but STILL HERE.”

I have a bad feeling that it only gets worse from here. Not that I’m dreading my 30’s—I’m actually expecting them to be the best years of my life so far—but there’s something about leaving your 20’s that feels so…final.

Anyway. As expected, the day was way, way too short. What is it about days off that make them feel literally half the length of regular days?

It stormed a little in the morning, which gave me the thrilling privilege of lounging around, drinking coffee, and reading blogs to the sound of rain. Possibly the best part of the entire day.

Then, I headed to one of my favorite places on earth: Barnes and Noble. More lounging, and some reading, happened there. At one point, I found Angela’s book and thumbed through it for awhile.


This cookbook is so, so well done. It’s a work of pure art. And I want to eat everything in it.



Next, I met Brent for lunch at HuHot (where we won a free meal—bday karma!) and then launched into the Aimless Shopping part of the day.

Carter’s was my first stop—I was hoping to pick out a special little outfit for baby #2, but wasn’t that excited about any of the newborn boy clothes. Luckily, their preppy little toddler boy clothes are insanely cute, so Mason scored a few shorts and shirts. (I guess they’ll probably be baby #2’s eventually…)

Next, to Old Navy for some maternity clothes (zero luck) and then over to TJ Maxx for…God only knows, it’s TJ Maxx! I was technically looking for a brown crossover purse, but didn’t see any I liked. I ended up with a few pairs of those hidden socks (to wear with flats), a set of magnetic chip clips (always seem to need those things!), and a new Pyrex container to replace the one I mysteriously lost.

Impressive buys, huh? Gosh, I’m a party animal.

Final stop: a coffee shop, where I settled in to do some studying for my prenatal fitness certification and splurged on a vanilla latte and a slice of pumpkin chocolate chip bread.


I ended up taking half the latte home to drink it cold the next morning—even better!

After picking up the kiddo and spending some QT with the family, I topped off the day with a yoga fit class.

I wasn’t sure how it was going to go pregnant, and I was totally comfortable until we came to a solid 5 minutes of flat stomach-lying. Dang. When I asked for a modification, the instructor was clearly flustered. Eventually, she suggested bird-dog, which I awkwardly did by myself in the middle of a room full of people on their stomachs, working their glutes.

I wanted to be able to continue going to “regular” (non-prenatal) classes for a few more months, but I hate the awkwardness (and the non-comparable modifications). What to do??

I can’t lie though…it was kind of awesome when the lady next to me said, “I can’t imagine doing this pregnant” after class. Or wait—was she judging me?? Ahhh!

Speaking of the pregnancy, I owe you guys a full bumpdate, but will a sad bathroom selfie do for now?

22 weeks

That thing continues to pop, and I have the numbers on the scale to back it up. 4 months to go!

Fellow moms: did you do “regular” fitness classes while preggo? For how long?

What would you do with a day off?



{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

char eats greens April 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

I did crossfit for a bit in the first half of pregnancy, but that baby + reduced lung space just made it feel like I was running a marathon. So instead, I just switched to running FT (which IS like actually running a marathon — do I ever make sense?!).

Happy belated, seeing as I’m a few days late! I’ll be turning 28 next month, yet I feel like I’m 22 (in terms of how not together my life is haha). I agree that I think the 30’s will be the best years yet, but I am scared to have a 2 in front replaced by a 3. Ok, we still have time. Let’s not jump the gun ;).
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Alex @ Alex Runs For Food April 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

Oh what an amazing day off!!!!! I’d probably cook and lounge on a day off!!
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Presley @ Run Pretty April 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Seriously, what happens to all the chip clips??? Never have enough.

Sorry that I didn’t comment on anything but chip clips.

Just kidding. Your belly looks amaaaazing. ;)
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Kim April 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Happy birthday – sounds like you had a great day!!!
I worked out and ran through both pregnancies. With my 2nd one, I actually taught an aerobics class all the way through the week I went into labor – nice because I could modify as needed!
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Happy Happy Birthday! Glad you had a nice day off!

I did regular fitness classes while I was pregnant, but I just modified exercises!
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Jade April 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

For me, turning 30 wasn’t a big deal, it was turning 25 that made me feel my life was over! Even though it really wasn’t!

My last pregnancy, I did classes up until 37 weeks as that was when my punch card was up and I ever so thought I’d be like all my friends and have the baby early (I was wrong, I didn’t go until a 42 week induction…). This time around I don’t have ‘time’ in my schedule to go which I appreciate your little work out you posted the other day as I tried to do it!
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Ali April 23, 2014 at 11:01 am

What a nice birthday! Happy belated birthday! I love Hu-Hot!! I haven’t been there forever because the one near me closed.
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Katie @ running4cupcakes April 23, 2014 at 10:18 am

That sounds like a great birthday day!! And the 30s aren’t that bad. ;)
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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat April 23, 2014 at 7:01 am

Happy Birthday, Kim!!!! Sounds like you had an awesome day! I, unfortunately, turned 30 last year! I was totally freaked about it, but it’s just a number, right!?! Yay for hanging on to your 20s for just a bit longer!
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emma @ be mom strong April 23, 2014 at 4:56 am

Hey I’m 31 and it IS the best decade! So much more comfortable with myself and loving what I’m doing!

I keep on trucking through classes until my belly totally gets in the way (and I scare everyone else off!)
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome April 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Happy Birthday!!!! I meant to Facebook you but completely spaced. Mom brain! Glad you had a good one. Sounds like an ideal day to me :-) The older you get the more mellow birthday’s seem to be. For the best though, there’s no way I could party like I used to! You look adorable!
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