Wednesday, December 24, 2008

more Luca please

things are a little crazy around the erbeck dwelling...but i do promise to get some more photos and the birth story up soon!

so far, things are great! luca is quite an eater, and he's pretty mellow so far. of course, it's early, things could change at any moment. we love hanging out with our new little man though! true loves his baby brother very much, even if he does get a little frustrated when he is not the center of our attention. i think we'll all adjust soon.

merry christmas everybody!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Luca Wayne Erbeck

whew! he's here! what a great story we have to tell...but first i need some sleep.

in short, he's healthy, we're happy.

do check out heather keeling's blog for the first photos:

Game On!

no contractions, but my water broke! i'm thinking it will come fast and furious, so we're on the way to the hospital. we're just waiting for dave rider to get her to watch True...

stay tuned, next update will likely be the birth announcement.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ornamental Sentimental

True gave Aaron and me a Christmas present! An adorable tree ornament that he made at his preschool! Aaron and I both avoided tears, but we were pretty close...

My mother has held onto a tree topper angel that I made for her when I was in kindergarten. She put that damn thing up every single year. And every single year I begged her to dump it! It's only now that I understand how impossible it would be...and I look forward to showing off the Christmas ornament that True made for us every year, despite his eventual pleas for me to leave it off the tree. Sorry True, there are some requests a mother must ignore.


i love snow! and the holidays! and it's snowing and it is holiday time! what could be better?

i'll tell you....watching True enjoy all of the snow and holidays is better than anything i could have imagined. every morning he runs out of bed to go look at *his* christmas tree. he begs us to turn on *his* christmas lights. he loves walking up and down the street to look at all of the houses with the colored lights. and the snow....he jumps around in his pjs begging his dad to take him outside to catch snowflakes on his tongue. he's just beside himself with joy and i love every minute of it.

oh yes, i'm still pregnant. though this snowstorm and the bad roads just might finally do the trick.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

No Action

quick is the official adjusted due date. no action. doesn't look like it's going to happen.

but wait.....i'm watching two kids today (true and enzo), there's a storm moving in with predictions of 3-8 inches of snow, my bathroom is dirty, we're low on groceries, and aaron is working all day.

according to murphy's law....based on all of the conditions above, i should go into labor as soon as the snow storm hits.

i'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

In other news....

aaron was offered a full time, permanent position with simulab! he has accepted and will start after the first of the year. this is exciting and great news for aaron, and for us as a family! aaron's work is challenging and exciting, which really is the absolute best part. he likes his boss and the other people he works with. although treacherous in a few spots, his bike commute is relatively easy, and true's preschool is only 1 block out of the way. perfect!

way to go papa bear!!!! we're feeling pretty fortunate these days!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Due in Two

my due date is fast approaching and it's not looking like baby steve is going to make an appearance before then, or even then. the doc found NOTHING to indicate that i may be getting close to delivery. of course this could all change in an instant, but i'm not holding my breath!

if i'm still pregnant next monday we start with a series of NSTs, or non-stress tests. in short, they hook me up to a bunch of monitors and record fetal movement, heart rate, etc. if my womb environment still looks good, they do nothing. if things look like they are deteriorating, then they induce labor. inducing would likely involve pitocin, which according to friends who have gone through this, it's a speedy and painful dilation. so i hope baby steve finds his way out before it comes to that.

and in other news...looks like the baby grew this week! doc still thinks we're on target for a smaller baby(7 lbs), but compared to True, that's big enough for me!

Castor Oil

enough people managed to stop me from ingesting castor oil before i even got to the store to buy the bottle. popular consensus is that it just makes you uncomfortable and craptastic.

i tried to walk 3 miles. nothing.
i put up xmas tree lights standing on a ladder on our 8 ft tree. nothing.
i went xmas shopping WITHOUT a change of clothing. nothing.
i made aaron rub the bottom of my feet for hours. nothing.
i had a pedicure. nothing.
i begged and pleaded with my baby. nothing.

i guess he's warm and cozy. i sure would love for his birthday to not be so close to xmas (for his own sake), but too late for that.

i'm off to the doctor this afternoon to talk about horrible things like *stripping my membranes* (painful), and *induce date* (well, at least i'd have a better idea about when this whole thing goes down...).

thank you to all who have expressed interest and concern...i'll keep you posted.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Still Cooking.

yes, i am still pregnant. which is fine. i have too much to handle today. christmas tree must go up, presents must get wrapped. and tonight is the pathway of lights around greenlake, and i must go to that!

again, i've left my calendar open for a birth tomorrow- that really does work best for me. i hope the kid cooperates. if i'm not in labor by mid-morning, then i'm off for a pedicure (supposedly this can help kick labor into gear), then i'll drink some castor oil (another way to get labor moving) and then if that doesn't work i'll try a few other tricks the nature of which i can not mention in a public blog (who knows if that will work, but at least aaron should get some fun out of it...).

i'm pretty excited to finally meet this baby!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Still All True

we've been trying to prep True for the birth of his little brother...i think he's getting it. he gets into the car and points the baby's car seat and says, "that's for my brother. he's still in mom's belly".

tonight i went through his back pack with him, showing him everything i packed for his stay at the Rider house while we're in the hospital. he's pretty excited to go stay with his friends, ethan and jaxon, as well as show them his back pack. we couldn't get him out of it tonight....he'd topple over from the weight, not quite used to changing his balance to accommodate...but he was determined to run laps around the house anyway.

i've officially started my maternity leave and i have to admit that it feels decadent to be at home alone while my husband works and my child is at preschool. i feel relaxed. even productive. and i'm managing to sneak in a few hours of sleep here and there. i feel like a pampered princess. i'll enjoy it can't last much longer!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wishful thinking

well, it's sunday. and there are no immanent signs of me having this baby today. you never know....but the possibility is looking slim. i still have another 14 hours, so i'll keep chanting (thank you heather for helping out here).

aaron's new prediction is next friday. that would interfere with crossfit's 12 days of christmas workout and potluck. i know i have no business doing the 12 days of christmas workout (it's gonna be more than tough), but it would be quite a sight for a woman in her 39th week of pregnancy, and quite an accomplishment. so, if i don't have this baby today, i'm shooting for next saturday, dec 13. wait, no, actually that is the "pathway of lights" celebration at greenlake. i really like that holiday tradition, so i guess i'll have to wait until sunday, dec 14.

ok, sunday the 14th it is. grandpa erbeck, does that work with the Packers' schedule?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

oy vey

tonight. i'd like to have this baby tonight. i'm ready. actually, tonight isn't a good night for it...aaron is out with the boys playing cards. yes, upon further reflection, tonight is not a good night.

tomorrow night is a good night. maybe right in the middle of aaron's office holiday party. shoot. maybe tomorrow night isn't good either.

ok, saturday. yes, saturday is good. crap. maybe not, we're going to Ikea to buy lord knows whatever it is that we think we need from there. labor at Ikea doesn't sound fun. ok, we'll need to put this off until sunday.

sunday, perfect. sunday....i can't think of a reason to not have the baby on sunday.

sunday it is. i am going to have this baby on sunday. come on people, chant with me....

(can you tell that i've had precious little sleep in the past week??? can ya? is it that obvious?)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Baby Weight

guessing a baby's weight in the womb is not an exact science. particularly so if your doctor is calculating using a measuring tape, mother's weight gain, and a pressure exam of the stomach. regardless, looks like baby steve is currently between 6.5 and 7lbs. this is exciting news to me as we are now well passed the 5 lb mark, which is where true was when he came into the world. while there's nothing wrong with having a small baby, from what i have seen, it's easier on everybody if your baby is a bit bigger- their little systems are better equipped to handle the outside world and they seem to have less issues (feeding, colic, etc). i'm obviously not an expert, but i know that i'd like for this baby to be a little more issue free!

and congrats out to john and karina for the birth of their second daughter, adeline madrona bull stambaugh. from the start of labor to the final push, total time of ONE hour. that's what i call efficient!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

auntie gayle and the keeling feast

auntie gayle joined us for thanksgiving this year...and it was a blast. true and his aunt bonded in no time, as evident in this photo.

the keelings managed one of the most epic turkeyday dinners ever (how did they do that with 4 mos twins?). we just love our thanksgiving day tradition of making sure we are wherever the keelings are...we'd follow them to the far ends of the earth just to have some of greg's turkey and heather's sweet potato bake. seriously, i look forward to this little tradition all year!

Monday, November 24, 2008

More GB pics

Here are a few more pictures from True's trip to Green Bay. I thought it was important to include a picture of Grandpa Erbeck (I don't think I've ever posted one of him), and Great Grandma Berens. Both precious moments!

I'm Still Pregnant

I have these dreams every night now that I am no longer pregnant and I'm racing my bike or snowboarding through thick powder. And I wake up and I can't yet feel the weight of my mid-section and I start wondering if I forgot about giving birth. Then I try to roll over and it hits me...indeed, I'm still pregnant.

Which is a good thing.

I want to keep him in there for a few more weeks. But I'd be pretty happy to not go the entire 40. 38 has a nice ring to it.

This week's doctor appointment was just as uneventful as the last....everything is normal (I'm measuring on the small side, but the tape measure is not an exact science). I'm trying to think what we even talked about...oh yes, my shoes. I've been seeing the resident who will be at my birth along with my regular doctor, and she likes my shoes. I like them too...I bought them 8 years ago and I wear them one year, forget about them for a few years, find them, then start wearing them again. Exciting, I know.

True got a hair cut this weekend. I grew tired of everybody commenting about how moppy his head looked. I admit, it was long, but I liked it. His new cut is so generic. Why did I bother to tell her exactly how I wanted it? From the appearance of all the pictures on the wall of her *customers*, she's got about 3 cuts in her repertoire. Oh well, it will grow back one day.
Stay tuned for a picture...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Getting close to week 37

So, little baby Steve has now been in the womb longer than True. Which is great, but man, I'm starting to get uncomfortable. Plus every time I have any kind of pain I assume I'm going into labor and I start to get slightly panicked (after all, I don't have my hospital bag packed). But then alas, I fart or something and the pain goes away and I'm back to being just rather large and uncomfortable and wondering when boy wonder will start making his way down the chute.

I did buy some cute sweat pants as my *after delivery* outfit for the hospital. Problem is, I keep wearing them. They're now either constantly being worn, or in the laundry, or hanging up to dry. They probably won't make it to the hospital with me and I'll undoubtedly send Aaron home to pick them up and then get mad at him for taking so long in getting back. And they'll be dirty. So I'll be mad at Aaron for that too (surely it will be his fault).

We keep trying to make a go of a name, but we're still undecided. Poor kid.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Adventure Thursday

looks like aaron, true, and enzo had a guest today for *adventure thursday*. now i wish i could say definitively which rider twin is pictured, but alas, i can not. although the rider twins are not identical, they are really hard to tell apart! my guess is that this rider twin is jaxon.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Heather V Keeling Photography

how lucky are we to be friends with heather keeling???? extremely so. she's not only a dear friend, she's a damn talented photographer. she did maternity photos when true was in my belly, and now here are maternity photos with true outside my belly....he's curious to meet his little brother (he says "my baby butter").

heather also did true's birth photos and provided us with our favorite wedding photos (even though she was not the hired photographer).

check out heather's blog for more photos.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


go vote folks! i feel like this is the most important election of my lifetime. i could rant about what we have endured for the past 8 years, and how long i think it will take to clean up our country and our image...but that's just wasted energy. instead, i'm choosing to focus on our future, to focus on all the great things this nation can accomplish under better leadership....
i got up early so i could go be the first in line to vote (my voting poll is a mere 50 steps from my house). i would have had to gotten out of bed much earlier to be the first in line! it was crazy- the parking lot was full, the neighborhood was full. there were kids, dogs, parents, grandparents, punk rockers and everybody in between waiting in line ahead of me. i would have been happy waiting 5 hours...the line didn't bother me at all. i know most people vote absentee these days, but nothing beats the feeling of standing in line next to your neighbor, casting your ballot, knowing that yes, you can make a difference.
and i got a sticker too. absentee voters can't top that!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


aaron joined in the halloween festivities! sounds like everybody had a great time and i'm certain true was a hit in green bay!

the keelings came over to keep me company and help pass out candy. as usual, our 'hood was packed! it was fun to hang out, eat chinese food and try NOT to eat from the candy bowl. amazingly, i actually had enough candy this year, even with a few of our favorite neighborhood kids grabbing more than their fair share (better them than us). unfortunately, now i'm stuck with about 20 leftover pieces. i had to hide the bowl from myself.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Green Bay Halloween!

Aaron and the grandparents have been kindly updating me with pictures and reports of True's adventures. And while here in Seattle it is raining and cold and miserable, in Green Bay is warm and sunny! Aaron enjoyed some mountain biking this afternoon, and True enjoyed napping in his big boy bed (not a crib!). In the pictures above, True models his custom monkey costume, created by Grandma Erbeck, and his new "OBAMA!" t-shirt (purchased just for the delight of Grandpa Erbeck).

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane....

i put my boys on a 6:30am flight to greenbay, wisconsin today. true and aaron are going home for a visit and to have some fun treat-or-treating with the erbeck grandparents. my poor, tired little boy! the kid takes after his mother here...8 hours of sleep are needed in order to be fresh and pretty for the public. (and yes, i will miss them dearly...i feign that i can't wait to have my alone time, but in reality, i'll think of them every minute).

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

33 weeks...7 left

baby shoobie-doo (aaron is terrified that "steve" is going to stick, so i just use whatever silly name comes to mind) seems to be coming along quite well. he's measuring exactly where he should be, he's head down in preparation for his journey into the world outside of the womb. aside from some coccyx pain, i can confirm that i am having a completely normal pregnancy (ie, i'm tired, i'm uncomfortable, i'm sick of my belly getting into the way of everything...). i guess i can also say that i'm getting pretty excited. who will he look like? what color hair? eyes? when exactly will he come? how will true handle all of it? how will true's parents handle all of it.....

and on the naming front...we're still struggling with a name. i think we're close, but maybe not. with true, it was easy, we both just felt the same way about the name. this time we both have not felt that strongly about the same name (although we have each felt strongly about names, they have been vetoed by one or the other).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

old pic, still funny

i'm in the process of cleaning up my machine a little bit and found this old picture of me taken the day after a rather nasty mountain bike spill. from what i can tell, this was in march of 2001. i remember the crash clearly and my slowly swelling face and blacking eye. i even remember the pain...i couldn't move my mouth on one side for days. amazing that i still love mountain biking...but i'll tell you now that whenever i ride that trail, i WALK that spot. it got the best of me and i don't care to ever try and overcome that fear.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Father knows Best!

don't you love these photos?!

grandpa erbeck is not afraid to let his political opinions be known to anybody he encounters. and for those that he does not have a chance to encounter in person, he still makes his opinion abundantly clear! I LOVE IT!

Lincoln too!

we love that uncle lincoln is back in seattle....he's racing bikes, taking care of our yard, entertaining true, and taking lucy for much needed walks. he's also pretty fun to be around!

take a look at this link for a cool photo of him racing. his facial expression embodies what cyclocross racing is all about!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Outings with Aaron

On Thursdays, Aaron always takes the kids on some sort of outing. Of course I prefer when they come to see me at work...but looks like they had some beach time at Lincoln Partk with Heather and the twins today (no current picture of them, but do check out Heather's blog Notice True's cute new boots, complete with pink pull laces (Aaron picked them out!).

Friday, October 17, 2008

True's Preschool Field Trip

aaron, miss colleen (true's preschool teacher), a handful of parents and all the kids headed out for a fall celebration field trip. sounds like the packed a whole bunch of activity into the hour and 1/2 they were there....pumpkin patch tour, wagon ride behind the tractor, bean pick and farm animal viewing (chickens, goats, alpacas). true doesn't look like a happy camper in these shots, but i've been assured he had a fantastic time (he told me so!). aaron made some delicious soup from the beans that true fact i'm off to have some for my lunch right now!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Right...errr.... I mean THE CORRECT VOTE!!!!!!!!

hey case you were wondering how to vote in the upcoming presidential election, aaron has demonstrated proper technique, form and choice. note the perfectly marked oval for obama/biden. this is EXACTLY how to mark your ballot. there's no confusion, nor hanging chads here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Just for the Grandparents

Really, stop reading now if you are anybody but grandparents of True McCaig will undoubtedly get very bored, very quickly.

Aaron took True to swimming lessons last night as I had to work late (oh and I can't fit into a bathing suit any longer). True sometimes likes lessons, sometimes hates lessons. Last night was a good session. We had a conversation about it when he got home (keep in mind this is the exciting son is having conversations, not just eliciting demands). It went something like this:
(me)- hey True, how were swim lessons?
(him)- fun Mama!
(me)- what did you do at swim lessons?
(him)- I kick-kick-kick-kicked
(me)- wow, what else?
(him)- I jumped! (along with a demonstration of him jumping into the pool)
(me)- you did! cool...what else? did you blow bubbles?
(him)- yes. (blows air to demonstrate, ends up spitting all over himself, laughs)
(me)- did you sing any songs?
(him)- yes! we sung hokey Mama! (process to sing parts of hokey pokey, while turning himself about, falls down, laughs). I'm not hurt Mama. I was careful. You ok Mama?

oh how my heart swelled with this conversation and I found myself crying like a little girl (or a hormonal pregnant woman). It just seems that True has learned so much, so quickly in the last few months. His brain is a sponge and he's not letting anything get past him.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Some Cute kids....

Sometimes you just gotta post some cute pictures, regardless of whether or not you have a storyline.

Aaron goes racing!

Aaron has been sick for two weeks, working, taking care of his very pregnant wife, taking care of his very demanding 2.5 yr old, taking care of the bikes...and taking care of the house. It's a very demanding job to be Mr. Aaron McCaig Erbeck! And yet, he still managed to get out of the house and go race his bike. He may not have posted his best finish ever, but he's on his way to being back on track.

Many have inquired how I'm doing pregnancy wise. I'm entering week just about 2 months to go (give or take). I'm still healthy and feeling great, save for the heartburn. I'm still working out and still riding a bike. Although I'll admit that riding the bike is getting hard....Aaron is working on a more upright solution for me (as it is now, my belly hits my saddle and I find that I have to splay my legs out a bit to compensate for my wide load...this causes a little knee pain). I've grown out of some of my maternity clothing and I wanted to buy more, but Heather just saved me by providing a ton of stuff to wear. Thanks Heather!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fall has arrived

It is inevitable...we can not escape it....Fall is here and the rain is back. We've had a good dry run in September, so you'll not hear me complain. I still might even have some residual tan left in my face (that's how good it has been around here!).

Of course, the rain does not stop any of us in Seattle from doing either what we love to do, or what needs to be done. This is picture is proof- the kids love to get outside and the shopping needs to get done. Aaron accomplished both at the same time.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

the Zoo!

looks like aaron took True and Enzo to the zoo today. the weather is relatively cool with some sprinkles, so it was probably a great time to be at the zoo (read=no crowds). we're lucky enough to live just 30 blocks away- a quick bus ride (which the boys love) and they're there.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Super Super Model

hey, regarding yesterday's post, this is the link you should really check out...more pics of aaron!

i love the IF jersey....and aaron now owns one. it actually fits even with my ginormous belly. but i would never wear it, for fear of stretching it out, even though it matches my IF road bike. not me, nope i would NEVER wear any of aaron's super nice, well constructed, cool looking rapha gear.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Super Model

For those of you who don't know, Aaron rides for Rapha Continental, West Coast his spare time (husband, father, professional, daycare daddy, cyclo-cross racer, super-model, all around great get the picture).

Take a look at this link for some recent photos of Aaron in his super-model role. Foxy!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ride Your Trike

True loves riding his trike (thank you August for passing it down to us!). I think True is ready to come out and do a little kid race, Aaron thinks it is too early. Aaron is probably right, and I don't want to be one of those moms who push their kids too hard, so I'll back off. For now.


Aaron and I ended up at Serafina last night for our anniversary dinner. We had been to this spot before with the Keelings, so we knew it would be great. They have a lovely patio for outdoor dining and we scored a spot there! The weather was perfect- warm with a little breeze. I'm always cold, so the addition of the gas heater next to us was an added bonus.

Aaron warmed up with a manhattan. I had a virgin mojito (didn't know those were possible, did ya?). Aaron had prosciutto wrapped apricots for an appetizer, I had butternut squash soup. We were both pleased! We both ordered a glass of wine, me to drink only half, but I didn't like it, so Aaron drank mine too. He ended up ordering me a glass of something else that I ended up flipping for! Oh how I miss fine wine! On to the entrees....Aaron eats meat when we go out, mostly because I can't stand the smell of it in the kitchen. Last night he had a 3 meat lasagna, which sent him over the moon. I had the chantrelle mushroom pasta and we were both amazed that I easily ate every last bite (portions are well sized at Serafina). Desert was chocolate grappa cake and because we are gluttons, strawberry semifreddo with balsamic glaze. Yum!

We lingered for a while at our lovely table, but were eager to get back and relieve our teenage neighbor of her babysitting duties. Molly has a full schedule with her academic studies and extra curricular activities, so we knew she'd be on the couch studying, but eager to get home. She was, and was. We sent her off with some lemon cake from Serafina and proceeded to True's room to watch him in slumber. He's just so unbelievably adorable to us, even when he's not in entertainment mode.

Then...after everybody had settled into hit.....PREGNANCY HEARTBURN!!! I'm telling you now, this was the worst heartburn ever, to the point that I was in tears and had to attempt sleep propped up against the wall. To date, this has been my only difficulty in pregnancy, so I'll shut up and be happy that in general, I'm feeling fantastic.
Did I mention how much I love my husband and the fact that I'm married to him?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

3 year Anniversary!

Do you recognize the picture above? It's the photo (Scott Keiper photo credit) that we used for our "Save the Date" card...3 years ago! I have to give Heather Keeling credit for today's blog idea, a direct rip off of her blog on July 9th, her 3 yr anniversary with Greg. Wow, this is the second time this month that I have plagiarized Heather's blog!

Aaron was up and out the door at 5:30am this morning for his workout, but he left me a super sweet card and a present. A new bike light! Now, it may not be earrings, or a necklace, or anything like that...but it is shiny, bright and pretty! I know there is somebody out there who is jealous!

And if you think a bike light is an unromantic should hear what I got him (underwear). Sometimes, you just have to play it practical.

At least we'll have some romance at dinner tonite (I hope). Our neighbor is watching True and we'll hopefully have a fantastic dinner.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Keeling Twins

is it ok to blog about a blog without actually adding any content? in other words, here's the link, go check out True holding Maggie. he's getting some practice in before his brother arrives.

catching up with the keelings was great. we just don't see them enough and we live in the same damn town! i'm consistently amazed by heather, who looks fantastic and seems to have endless energy. she's impressive, that's for certain.

hey heather, let's go escape and go get a spa treatment soon...

Thursday, September 4, 2008


my sweet, sweet husband came home last night after races with a bouquet of flowers, just for me. i was in bed reading and he brought them down in a vase and placed them next to me. i panicked...crap, did i forget our anniversary? no, thankfully, i had not blown that one yet. i racked my brain for info, but could come up with nothing. i turned my head sideways and said why?

aaron shrugged his shoulders and said, "because it's wednesday... because i felt like it... just because."

how completely cool is that?!

Friday, August 29, 2008


Yesterday was an exciting trip for a 25 week check up at the doctor's office. Because my doctor is also an instructor, I get the pleasure of first meeting with a student practitioner and then again with my doctor and the student. This makes my appointment lengthy, but I don't mind. I feel like I get two perspectives of what's going on.

During this check up both doctor and student agreed whole-heartily agreed about this: I'm gaining too much weight. That's just about the last thing a girl wants to hear... but I have to admit I've been hitting the ice cream pretty hard lately. And I think I'm up to consuming about 5 meals a day. Keep in mind that "they" only want you to take in 300 extra calories a day. Sheesh. That's about a spoonful of peanut butter. Boy that really takes the edge off the hunger.

At least the requisite pregnancy heart burn has kicked in and due to that, I should be consuming less (or at least less quantity in any given sitting). I've given up sugar as of yesterday- no more sugar (except for some brown sugar on my oatmeal)! The heart burn and no sugar combo should suffice in my quest to stop packin' on the lbs at an unreasonable rate.

At least that's the goal. And really, I'm not too concerned about it, or thinking about it too much, nor am I obsessed with it.....not me...not at all....

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Miss Maribeth

one of my dearest friends, miss maribeth who now hails from NYC, made it to our humble little seattle over the weekend. i love when mb comes, it usually means a good mountain bike ride and a night out with the girls.

from the picture you can surmise that we made it out for mountain bike ride...the weather was iffy, so we headed to a fairly close stand-by, Tolt. one big climb and you're to the top- the rest of it is a series of little rolling trails. come out of one, pick another. i've been there a million times and i still get lost. somehow, doug graver managed to get us out there. the trip was super fun because i got to ride not only with mb, but holly AND seth as well as the big bonus, my husband (we ditched True at the rider's house for the day...thank you guys!). i don't know how mb manages it...but after not riding in a year she was cruising the technical sections and leaving me eating her dirt. she's just one of the best chick mtb riders i've ever encountered. i aspire to be like mb and this is just one of the reasons why... (shall i name the millions of other reasons?).

i went home, showered, napped, got all pretty like and met roberta and mb for dinner. it was pouring rain and we certainly didn't expect the pike place market restaurants to be PACKED! matt's in the market...closed. cafe compagne...1/2 hour wait to sit at the bar....etta's....1/2 hour wait, or sit at the bar...we went with etta's when we decided it would suck to walk around in the rain and get our pretty hair all wet. etta's was lovely, but really, i was there for the company. it's funny how easily 3 hours slide by when i'm gabbing with the ladies. we had so much catching up to do (even roberta and i, who live in the same damn town). it ended too soon and my time with the girls was too short, but really appreciated!

we miss mb!

Monday, August 25, 2008

6 Months and still going strong

Baby Steve is all tucked away and comfortable in my belly, even when I take him out for a 2 hour mtb ride. He likes it! When I stop, he starts kicking as if to say, "come on Mom, get moving!" I still feel pretty good, a little slow, a little big, some heart burn...but that's all normal and not worthy of complaint.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rapha, Aaron and Santa Cruz

Aaron had a big weekend with the Rapha team- his words about the ride above below:
(photo credit to Jeremy Harris,

this was a super fun day. i think we were all really tired after back to back century plus rides and three nights sleeping on a floor.

i rode with a 68 year old guy who could drop me if he wanted. 40 miles into a 70 mile ride with hot long climbs and a windy rolling section he still had full water bottles didn't need to eat and looked great. i don't even know what to say, some people are just made differently.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Little Schmoopy Goes to Preschool

Today is the first day of preschool at Creative Kids for our little boy. I dropped him off at 8am this morning... there were no tears, no tantrums, no hanging on to my leg for dear life (as I expected). Instead True ran up the steps into the house, turned around and said, "Bye bye Mama".

I did come in to drop off his favorite blanket for nap time and a change of clothing in case of an "accident" (Miss Colleen does not do diapers and True's still not 100% on the potty). I sat at the art table and dallied as long as I could, reluctant to let my little boy start this new adventure. Apparently it was me who wanted to hang onto True for dear life, it was me who wanted to throw a tantrum, and it was me who cried all the way to work. While I'm ecstatic for Aaron and his new job (which he loves) and I know that this is a great thing for True, I just seem to be having a hard time coming to terms with it all.

Friday, August 15, 2008

No time for NCR

I have been trying to find 1/2 an hour to sit down and blog about the North Cacades Ride last weekend, but seriously, I don't have the time this week. Things have been insane! I'm so anxious to get the weekend story out there, pics up, awards granted...maybe this weekend.

Suffice to say, it was the BIGGEST NCR in the 30 year history of the NCR! Super cool!

So, I don't have time right now to write all about it, but I have a few minutes to highlight a Jana and Hahn, shown here on their new (to them) tandem. It's not easy to ride a single over that mountain pass (hello 40+ miles of climbing), let alone a tandem. Sure, Jan and Peter have been doing it for years, and Henry and Karen for the last 5 or so...but this was the maiden voyage for Jana and Hahn. The only other time they have ridden their tandem was to Madison Park and back, from their home in Madison. That's about 15 minutes. Compare that to 6 hours and you can get an idea of the accomplishment here. Not to mention that I don't think Jana is accustomed to long road rides.

Jana, you get the punk rock rider of the year award (and that's not just for your fashion sense). I guess Hahn is a part of that, but really, riding with you was awesome. You were fun, strong, energetic and positive. I loved it! Nice work!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Love and Hate

Aaron sent me a picture of his crossfit workout from Friday....I have to say that I'm jealous I was not there. This is the type of workout that I love, even if I hate it too. Thus, I guess, the name.

Let me try and break this work down in simple terms for those that don't know about crossfit workouts....KIDS, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!! ADULTS, GO STRAIGHT TO LEVEL 4 CROSSFIT , PAY $$ AND LEARN THE PLEASURE OF THE LOVE/HATE!!

50 wall ball- this involves squatting with a medicine ball (8, 12 or 20lbs), standing up and thrusting it to the top of the green line (about 8ft), catch, repeat. Doesn't sound too hard, but trust me, you're thighs and shoulders burn at about 10.

50 KB swings- KB stands for kettlebell, an old fashion Russian training implement becoming popular in the US. It is an cast iron weight with a handle, looking much like a cannonball. They come in varying weight, adjust according to your strength. The swing involves grabbing the weight with both hands (can be done single handed), swinging between your legs and raising it up to shoulder height. It ends up taking a lot of hip motion, and the more "pop" you give it, the easier it will be to keep swinging the thing. I love the KB swing, I love the way it makes my shoulders twitch and my inner thighs hurt when I'm done!

50 DB thruster- DB stands for dumbbell, and most of you should know what those are. For the thruster, you start with the weights resting on your shoulder and then you quickly thrust it up over your head. It helps to add a little jump to your thurst, and without the jump, you'd have a hard time getting to 50. As you get stronger, you increase your weight. I love these too! I end up with bruises on my shoulders, but the burn feels good.

Run 400- sounds easy, until you've already just completed the exercises above. Your legs feel like lead. I hate running, but not as much as I used to now that I do it on a regular basis.

25 DB Deadlift- the dumbbell deadlift is can easily hurt your back if you do not perfect the movement. You start with your legs in a shoulder width stance, dumbbells on the ground, bend your knees slightly while keeping your back straight, grab your dumbbells and then stand up, hips moving forward, dumbbells ending mid thigh. Repeat. The trick is keeping your back from rounding. This movement is hard for bike racers, we're used to being hunched over our bars. Dave at Crossfit is constantly on me about my rounding back, but hasn't had to harass me as much the past few months as my body has adjusted to the movement. Deadlifts are great for building cycling power!

Run 400 (shit, really Matt?!)

25 Burpees- Oi Vey.... The burpee is a difficult exercise, but folks who can do them make it look so easy. Essentially you drop/thrust to the floor into a plank position, do a push up, your feet come back to your hands and then you stand up and jump, arms in the air. When people like Dave and Matt do a burpee, it looks like one fluid motion. When I do them, it looks like a chopped up conglomeration of about 5 different movements. I've been doing burpees for a year and I still do not look graceful. I used to get through about 12 of them before I started falling apart. At 5 1/2 mos pregnant, my modified burpee looks even more choppy.

25 KTE/KTC- (geez Matt, you really trying to put a damper on the weekend of your class...). Knees to Elbows, or modified version, Knees to Chest, is a full core engagement movement. Hang from a pull up bar and lift your knees all the way up to your elbows. You want to avoid swinging too much so that you are getting the full benefit of your core muscles. You end up really contracting and squeezing all that you have to lift your lower body that high. On my best day I can get about 5 to my elbows, but then I quickly must revert to my chest. I can still get my knees up pretty high pregnant, but elbows are a thing of the past.

25 "what you love"- awwww Matt, you're so nice! Aaron chose to do push ups. If it were me, I would have done knees to chest on the ground (others call this rowers). Better yet, I might have done 25 more kettlebell swings.

Nice workout Matt. I'm sure everybody loves to hate you. Or hates it that they actually love you.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Grandma Erbeck meets Baby Steve

Kathleen joined me on my 21 week ultra sound today. It was the first time that she's seen the technology, and the first good look she's had at her second grandchild, so it was exciting for all of us. Baby Steve cooperated and the technician was able to get all of the measurements needed- particularly the heart, which we were not able to get at 16 weeks.

The good news is that everything looks like it is progressing normally and we were given a thumbs up from the geneticist. There is no bad news, but additional news that we are now 100% sure that this is a baby boy, not a girl (as so many had hoped). Aaron and I have been sure in our minds since week 12 that this was a boy, but the grandmas were not convinced and still had dreams of pink. Then again, Aaron wears pink, so no reason Baby Steve can not!

Oh, and a bit about the name Baby Steve- it's really catching on and most folks refer to to him as Steve. And some folks even wonder if we are actually naming the baby Steve. While Steve is just a perfectly fine name, it's not our intention of naming him that. It was actually a bit of a joke, started by our friend Greg and well, you know how it goes, some things just stick. Rest assured we are busy throwing some apropos names around, nothing decided yet, and likely will not be announced ahead of birth (we have already shared some possible middle names and we'll leave it at that).

Anyhow, we have both grandmas and one grandpa for the next few days and that's pretty darn exciting!