Monday, April 16, 2007

Team Sweet adds to Roster!

It’s shaping up to be a busy fall. September will see the entire Race Athlete Team racing together at Ironman Wisconsin. My brother gets hitched in October.

But, the REALLY BIG NEWS is that Cara and I will be expecting our first addition to the family in early November! Those of you that are better than I at math have probably already figured out that this equates to Cara being 11 weeks along. Most of the early risks have been passed successfully and we’ve even been in for the first ultrasound!

Through the wonders of Doppler, we recently found out that the little one’s heart rate is at 172 bpm! Now unless there is some crazy interval training going on in there, this is just too high for a Team Sweet recruit. I don’t know if coach Mike has ever taken on an unborn client, but I plan to find out! Seriously, though the heart rate is normal and the old wives tale is that a slightly higher heart rate indicates a baby girl! I find that I have absolutely no preference one way or the other.

I was an English major and Cara is currently studying linguistics as part of her Master’s in Spanish. Needless to say, we are very analytical when it comes to the naming process. Nothing is set, but the current top of the list is Lorien for a girl and Jonah for a boy. (Stu has been ruled out on principle alone!). First babysitting rights will go to whoever correctly identifies where the name Lorien comes from!

I keep using triathlon and training references in this post, but it just doesn’t feel right to me. Something doesn’t ring true. The problem is that triathlon is just one tiny part of my life. An important one right now, for sure, but still tiny in the big picture. Finding out that I will be a father in a few months completely dwarfs everything else. So far I am finding the whole experience to be very centering- it really has helped to bring my priorities into focus.

I’ll be incorporating some regular updates on the pregnancy here on my blog. Cara has joined the blogger community and will probably do a better job than I:

Best, Chris & Cara


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Tracy said...

SOOO AWESOME! Congrats to you guys! Man, be careful when you hug her at the IM finish line!

Michelle said...

I'm very happy for you. Enjoy every minute of newfound joy.

roman said...

That's great news! Congrats! You are now racing for two...I think that's correct ;-)

Jetpack said...

Only one word is appropriate here.......SWEET!

gavnunns said...

Congratulations Chris.

Fe-lady said...

Congrats to you both! I love the name choices also! (And the fact that you posted the sonogram complete with lables!)