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July 2010 - Birthday!

Photo: 18th July 2010. Only 4 hours old

Little Felix Rutter arrived safely and quickly on Sunday 18th July 2010 at 1:47 am.

There was no waiting around for the little man, who decided at about 10:00 pm that it was nearly time to make an entrance.

I wanted to stay at home as long as possible and was coping ok. Tony was timing contractions and decided that we should probably head to hospital soon (this was at 11:30 pm). I thought that labour was meant to last for hours, so I wasn’t too keen on going in too early. But they could only tell us to go home. And I was vomiting by this stage.

So at Midnight we headed off in the car to the hospital, which was about 10 mins away (but took us 20 mins as I got Tony to pull over each time I had a contraction).

We got into the birth suite at about 12:30 am, where the midwife stated that the baby was nearly here and it wouldn’t be too long. At this stage I was thinking ‘what, how can it be almost here? It’s only been 2.5 hours.’

They tried to do some obs on the babys heart rate and on me, but it was too hard to get a reading as I was moving around too much. I didn’t even get time to consider drugs for pain relief as it was going so quickly. The pain wasn’t too bad.

By about 1:20 am things were moving quickly and before we knew it little Felix was jet propelled out and into the world. He cried straight away and got to come up for cuddles for a good hour before being weighed and measured.

It was a fast labour of only 3.5 hours. I think I was in shock for a bit because it all happened so fast. He was 3.7 kg and because he was born so quick, I had to get taken to surgery for stitches.

Photo: Me getting wheeled off to theatre after he was born to get stitched back up.

Now I just have to heal and get my strength, posture, and back/pelvis alignment back in order and then I can start to do some more physical activity.

We are all pretty happy and glad that all went well throughout the pregnancy and birth!

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Riding pregnant - Week 39 - 41

Photo: 17th July 2010. 8 hours before the arrival of little Rutter (with my mum) 41 weeks pregnant!

Weight = 61 kg

I finished work 2 weeks before the due date at 38 weeks. Starting to get really hard to sleep at night and its uncomfortable doing most things (putting on shoes, driving, sitting, walking, sleeping).

I have now cracked the 60 kg mark.

So this last few weeks I have not been doing much. Just trying to get sleep and relax as much as I can. Still doing gardening, walking and stretching. But not much more physical activity.

Now we are just waiting.

Photo: 39 weeks and drinking coffee

Week 40 Photo

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Riding pregnant - Week 35 - 38

Photo: At home with Rampy at 37 weeks. Just thought I would test out the bike to see if it still worked after sitting in the garage for so long :(

Weight = 58 - 59 kg

Yes we have baby names sorted. This is one of the favourite questions people have (after ‘when are you due?’ and ‘do you know what your having?’).

It’s my birthday in the first week of June, and Tonys in the second week of June - 7 days apart. We hoped that baby didn’t come early as we want our birthdays to be spread apart a little bit! Looks like we get to keep our birthdays to ourselves. Yay.

It’s starting to get colder now. So I’m not missing riding that much. But my mind wanders and I have grand plans for our huge backyard. I want to get some dirt delivered so I can build a pump track and dirt jumps in our yard. The existing dirt is really hard and clayey. Maybe I am missing my bike more than what I think...

My fleet of seven bikes, has now been reduced to six. I sold my DH bike. The Commencal Mini DH has been with me for a few years, and we have had some good times together (and a few bad crashes...). But it is unlikely I will have time to ride DH when baby arrives, so I figured it was best to sell the bike. I can always get a new shiny one later.

Photo: Me on the Mini Dh last year in Canada. I just sold this bike :(

It’s getting hard work carrying things up and down the stairs at home. Its more the bending over and picking stuff up, than the actual carrying part. It just seems like things always need to either go up the stairs or go down the stairs. It may sound strange, but pushing a shopping trolley is actually really hard work! You must use your ab muscles a fair bit to steer it through the isles. Seeing as my ab muscles are stretched beyond belief this means hard work for trolley pushing.

I plan to finish work 2 weeks before the due date. I’ve been working full time for 10 years, so it will be strange not going to work each day.

I can fit into a few pairs of my ‘non pregnant’ stretchy work pants still, but have one pair of maternity jeans and one pair of black maternity work pants that I tend to wear a bit. Thanks to Kmart for cheap clothing options. There is no way I want to spend $100 on ‘designer maternity pants’!

We are going to use reusable nappies in combination with disposables. The amount of nappies that babies churn through we will have our own little landfill dump if we use disposables. So we figured reusables are the way to go. They have come a long way from the Terry Towling type that I was in as a baby. You can get all kinds of cool colours and designs. If we have a system set up for washing and drying it might not be too bad. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

I haven’t packed my ‘hospital bag’ yet. There are websites full of lists of things to take. By the sounds of it some people spend a long time planning and packing their bags. I don’t usually pack my bags for a holiday until the day or two before I go. I figured all I really need for about 4 days in hospital is some toiletries and some comfy clothes.

Went to Mt Gravatt with friends who were downhilling. Tony spent the day doing runs, and I had to miss out. :( I had a roll around the car park on a bike and would have loved to have done a run. But probably not the most sensible thing to do. So I went shopping instead.

I have stopped all riding for now.

Sleeping is getting harder. I am so tired, but wide awake. Apparently it’s the hormones. I have also managed to get a cold (at 37 weeks). It is terrible. Everytime I cough or sneeze, poor baby gets squished into all kind of shapes in there. It will probably come out with its body contorted in a strange position. I guess it should be pretty ‘bendy’.

At least I look pregnant now!

Week 38 Photo

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Riding pregnant - Week 29 - 34

Weight = 57 kg

Starting to get more tired now just from every day activities. But still out riding the MTB when I can. I need to be selective about how much I ride, otherwise I have no energy left for housework and other stuff.

My ribs are starting to hurt where the baby is trying to take over more space. I still have bad heartburn, but the bleeding gums have stopped.

Signed up for Team Banshee Australia for the next season. I am so keen to get back out on the bike. I know it will be tough though when the baby arrives, but we will try to make it work.

Photo: Personalised Banshee stickers.

Had another scan at 32 weeks to check the growth of the baby. All is looking good and contrary to what people may think, the baby is not a midget. The Dr says its below the average size, but still well within ‘healthy’.

Filled out forms to get ‘baby’ on a childcare waiting list for next year. We aren’t sure of our plans yet, but figured we should get our names down so the option is there.

We had our 3 antenatal baby classes. Some of the ladies there were huge. I am grateful I am not enormous. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable they must be. They made us put a shirt and a nappy on a doll. Tony managed to get the shirt on upside-down. heheh. Made me laugh.

Had my first day where I rested on the lounge for an hour or so. Not my idea of fun when there is lots of other things to do, but I had run out of energy.

The cat pee’d inside so I had to get on my hands and knees to scrub the floor. Nice. Then I hit my head on the sink when I tried to get up. Bending over to put on my shoes, pick things off the floor, hang washing on the line is really hard work.

Went out for drinks with friends and had to stand up the whole time. My back was so sore, I feel like an old person needing to sit down all the time.

At 34 weeks I stop playing volleyball. Im too slow to chase the ball and when I dive in the sand I take a while to get back up...

I’m still doing yoga which is good, but much less enthralling that MTB rides. At least I get a good stretch once a week.

Week 34 Photo

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Riding pregnant - Week 26 - 28

Photo: Baby Banshee t-shirt

Weight = 56 kg

XC rides are now down to about 10 km or 1 hr. The bumpy trails make the baby push on my bladder, which isn’t too comfortable.

Flew down to SA for a wedding. Flying wasn’t too bad, but still need to get up to pee a lot.

Did a 7 km fast walk with my normal running partner at 28 weeks. My back, hips and pelvis were so sore afterwards, probably not the best idea.

I have stopped my weight training now as my trainer has moved interstate. Started doing yoga though instead – not exactly the same, but at least I’m stretching and doing something. I’m still walking about 5 km a day most days just getting to work.

Went to the gold coast to watch tony in a triathlon. See the race report here. I spent the day chasing him around on the MTB taking photos, which was good fun.

The obstetrician says it will be a small baby but still in the healthy range. That sounds good to me.

Threw up on the way to work today (29 weeks). I think my stomach is just squished up and there isn’t much room in there for food. My ribs hurt a bit now from baby pushing on them.

At 28 weeks the average baby weighs about 1.1 kg.

Photo: We built the cot and set up the baby’s room

Week 28 Photo

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Riding pregnant - Week 22 - 25

Photo: Mountain biking at 24 weeks pregnant

Weight = 55 kg

Starting to struggle on the way home from work now. The ride in is fine as I have the energy, but coming home I am buggered.

Tony feels kicks now! yay. If we watch patiently, we can see moving from the outside.

Did a 35 km road ride. Took it pretty easy and wore my new roadie shoes!.

My gums bleed now, which is horrible. Apparently it’s just a side effect… great.

Tony is worried about me riding on the road now (25 weeks) because of cars, so I have decided to stop commuting into work. It’s not worth it.

Photo: Ride data from my commute to work. 21 kms

Babies born between 24 and 26 weeks have a good chance of survival. Although they would need a lot of special care.

Week 25 Photo

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Riding pregnant - Week 18 - 21

Photo: Checking out the 19 week tummy at Gap Creek. Xc Riding still going good.

Weight = 53 - 54 kg

I can feel fluttering now, which must be the baby swimming around. Its more like butterflys or when your eyes twitch, but from the inside.

Finally not feeling so sick in the afternoons anymore. I thought morning sickness was meant to finish after 12 weeks! I’d rather have it mild for longer though, than vomiting and not being able to get off the couch for 2 months straight.

XC rides are getting shorter and shorter. Limiting them to about 15 - 20km or one and a half hours. I struggle to keep my heart rate low on the climbs. Descents are still just as fun as ever and I don’t notice any changes to my ability to ride.

Photo: My ride data from my commute to work

I can notice my belly a bit bigger, but probably no one else can. I have bought some ‘pant expanders’. I don’t need them yet but thought I should get some in case I suddenly pop out!

My arms and legs are really itchy at the moment. Not sure if its pregnancy related, but it’s a real pain. I can’t have any antihistamines or anything. So have to stick to ‘nana style’ calamine lotion. Oh well, it does the trick.
I’m still riding in and out of work at least once a week and doing my weights training. But I’m getting more tired now, which isn’t fun.

Met another girl who was also 20 weeks. She actually looked pregnant. I am excited for when people can actually tell that I am pregnant.

Had a detailed scan at the doctors at 20 weeks. They can look at the heart, kidneys and spine. It’s pretty amazing.

We didn’t want to find out the gender of the baby, so we are keeping it a surprise.

Week 21 Photo

Riding pregnant - Week 13 - 17

Photo: West Beach Dirt Jumps on Xmas Day. I got really sun burnt (13 weeks).

Weight = 52 kg

Into the second trimester now.

Riding still feels fine. Just feeling a little bloated (like when you have had 4 beers). Have still been doing XC rides but limiting them to about 20 km and trying not to overheat.

Photo: Noosa Tewantin Forest. Riding pregnant.

Getting bad headaches now, and still feel a bit seedy in the afternoons. Riding to work is ok, but not when its super hot and humid.

It’s amazing how many people ask if I’m still riding. I’m fit and healthy and there isn’t any reason at this stage why I shouldn’t be riding.

Spent some time in Adelaide over xmas with family and then went back again for the Australian National Champs later in Jan. As we don’t have a car when we are in town, I have been riding everywhere.

Being 15 weeks pregnant now, I decided not to race at the National Champs. I even booked my flight down the day after the race so I wouldn’t be tempted to enter. I sounded like a broken record telling everyone why I wasn’t racing. I hated being on the side lines, but at least it’s not due to an injury. I will be back!

Photo: National champs spectating

Back in Brisbane, I’m still riding in and out of work (40 km total) but starting to feel tired on the evening ride home. Thursday mornings I am still at Race Elements doing my weights training. All my weights have been lowered now, so then I don’t do any injury to myself. Joints and ligaments loosen when pregnant, so I have to be careful.

We have finally decided to look into ‘baby stuff’. We picked out the toughest looking pram we could find (Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle). Its even got 1 inch of rear suspension, so it will still be comfy off road. Cool!

Apparently from about 17 weeks the baby can recognise songs and sounds and is about 19 cm from head to toe.

Week 17 Photo


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