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Plans are for Breaking, Apparently (Food Poisoning Sucks, FYI)

Another great Suzlyfe plot twist thanks to the venerable force that is food poisoning.

Hey friends! I didn’t intend to get a blog post up today (if you saw my IG you are not expecting one today but instead tomorrow), but then I had anxiety dreams all night, woke up in sweat at 3:30 and decided to just stay awake. 


As happens at least once a month in the Suzlyfe household and, I’m quite sure, in most of your households, unforeseen events transpired leading to plans being broken, smashed, mutilated. And with me on the couch, which seems to be the trend (though likely not the trend in your household. Me being on the couch. Otherwise that would REALLY be a plot twist. Anyhoo).

Friday was a workfilled day, and mybreak between shifts was surprisingly uneventful when a running consult that I had scheduled was canceled last minute and then I had a lovely case of writers block for a piece I’m writing for another website. Ah well, I can just work on it over the weekend, right? WRONG.

I even got home in fairly good time from the restaurant (before midnight) AND Alex didn’t have to go into the hospital (he was on call AGAIN) after 11:30, so Saturday was looking up! 

In true Saturday fashion, I woke up with my body just needing more, so I took a series of naps until I felt humanoid enough to run around 10:30. The run with Alex went fabulously, actually, and we finished up at Erica’s apartment, where we caught up and scooped up a bunch of fun goodies from her exploits at Expo East.

Home for lunch and another nap. When I woke up after a solid hour of sleeping, Alex and I started going through the nursery closet (which has been a catch all for us) and rearranging things to make room for all the fun deliveries that had come! You see, after our moms had gone gangebusters on the major nursery purchases, by this weekend EVERYTHING they had ordered had arrived. And we didn’t really have the space for it yet! So we moved things around, threw things out, etc until we seemed to have the answer. But not enough time to a) build the crib or b) go through the attic floor storage. So I left Alex to.. something (I don’t remember what, maybe taking the recycling?) and I opened up my new wheels.


I knew that we would need a serious jogging stroller, so we went with the Britax + BOB Revolution Flex. It is an investment piece, sure, but as we are only getting one stroller for all purposes, I am comfortable with the price and I know that it will be a good friend for Yoshi, Alex and I! 

Oh, and we are calling it Rob, or Robbie, not BOB. Just to be difficult.

With the final recycling taken out, showers undergone, and fresh clothes donned, Alex and I headed across town to a joint that we had amazing memories of and knew that the food would be delicious. And it was! We had a fantastic time, a delicious dinner, and Alex had a great brown ale called Moose Drool (so good he got 2! BTW it is by Big Sky Brewing). We left full and happy.

And dinner was the gift that kept giving. 

Alex was fine, but I was not. by 8:30, I was feeling like I couldn’t breathe and had a lump in my throat (remember my morning sickness? Very similar, but more sinister. Not something that could be solved by sneezing). I decided to go to bed, and Alex was a sweetheart and ceded watching the Clemson game to come and keep me company. I was a sad puppy, but I hoped that I could sleep it off. 


I woke up about 10:30 and still felt icky, so I moved to the couch for a more upright position and so as not to disturb Alex. 

(Skip next paragraph if you don’t like things getting REAL)

Then all hell broke loose. And if you’ve had projectile food poisoning, you know that I mean “broke loose.” Luckily, I kept it in until I got to the bathroom, but it was everywhere (fun). I woke Alex up (in between spurts), and he was a champion not just then but throughout the night, as the same thing happened just about hourly (except for it turned to the dry heaving variety) until about 4:30. He even cleaned up all the mess. Except for the mess on me–a shower was the only option. Even Zofran (a powerful anti nausea) couldn’t curb the enthusiasm. But I was lucky that it only lasted a few hours, unlike the extravaganzas that my mom and I used to be privy to when I was a kid (we were awesome and always got food issues together. GO TEAM).

Ok, I’ll stop talking about that. 

I got some sleep (couch again), woke up around 8 and tried to eat and drink something (English Muffin+ Perfect Bar mini THANKS ERICA) and took the dog out, but didn’t get very far before turning around and coming home to lay down and not feel great. Over the course of the morning, I slept and Alex took the dog out, played with the dog, ran for an hour, and did the laundry. I did my best Rose Dewitt Buccater couch impression drooled and likely snored and just tried to recuperate. 

Another huge thank you to Erica, who basically fed me yesterday: I had a Vigilant Eats Rosemary Thyme Sweet Potato Superfood Cereal with a little extra maple syrup and cinnamon and then some yogurt, then needed to sleep again because I was feeling weird. When I woke up after another major nap, I needed to do something, but I couldn’t really move. 

So I went through my closet and pulled out all the things that didn’t fit. So now we have more things that won’t fit into storage. Meanwhile, Alex started wrestling with the crib.


I love my husband, he is BEYOND awesome; he is cool under pressure, he doesn’t get riled easily, and he is the clutch player you’ve always wanted.

BUT HE CANNOT HANDLE BUILDING THINGS. It is slightly alarming, sligthly adorable. 

I take my mom’s approach and just give over to the chaos. Alex frets and tries to do things in exactly the right order, only to get really angry when the directions aren’t great or don’t make sense. It is just one of his Alex-isms that makes just imperfect enough to be a real human being. 

But with a little input from me at the right time, we pulled through, and now we have a MONSTROUS crib (I’m putting the drawers together later) and basically all the nursery furniture done! We got a dresser as well, but there isn’t enough room, so we are sending it back. Thank goodness we cleaned out that little closet!

Dinner was kimchi fries (my appetite was for carbs, obviously, so more Erica goodies, and later, a few more Erica goodies while we watched Up and football. 

How it feels to be hungry again after being sick

Then it was sweaty dreams and a middle of the night shower, coffee, English muffin, and blogging, but at least I feel more like me!

Tell everyone what a star Alex is 😀Click To Tweet

I’m going to take it easy again today–just walk the dog, maybe walk to work if I’m feeling spunky. Then work and home and trying to get back on some sort of schedule. 

HUGE congratulations to all the marathon finishesrs this weekend: runners and labor and delivery survivors! I personally know 6 people who had babies this weekend, lol. And all of them boys, with one exception! I’d say it was New Years, but half were fertility drugs and the other half were early, so I think it was just the weekend for it. 

To all, runners and new mommies and newborns alike: rest up, rest easy, refuel, and the most heartfelt congratulations.

This week I have the 24 week OB appointment, and I’d say what other plans were, but good grief, like it will matter!

How was your weekend?! Please tell me there was no food poisoning…

Is there something that you or your significant other just CANNOT handle (which you would think they would be great at)?

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  • Reply Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real

    I’m so sorry you got food poisoning. Alex really was a champ for you this weekend and so kind to take over so many things around the house while you tried to feel better. The crib you have looks awesome with the storage!

    October 2, 2017 at 6:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think I’m just going to sleep in it myself.

      October 13, 2017 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    It is amazing how all the baby gear just fills up an apartment that you once thought was spacious! It’s a fun time though (except when you have food poisoning) hope you are feeling better today

    October 2, 2017 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Its amazing how big a crib is necessary for a tiny thing!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Oh my gosh this sounds like hell!!!!! UGH. It was food poisoning your think? I hope you have an idea what it was so you can stay faaarrrr away from it in the future.

    In nicer news – Rob is a BEAUT! I can see you two (er, three) swooshing by the water in all your glory. Soon enough. For now let’s just keep you away from the bathroom floor…

    October 2, 2017 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If you can ensure that in future, I would very much appreciate it…

      October 13, 2017 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

    Food poisoning sucks, but food poisoning while pregnant is a whole other level! I hope you’re feeling better now! Hey, at least you ended up getting a post up on the blog 🙂

    October 2, 2017 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Rae

    Oh no, food poisoning is the WORST! So glad to hear you are on the mend. And hooray Alex for being a champ!

    October 2, 2017 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Marina @ Happy Healing

    Urghhhh food poisoning is the worst!! I’m so so sorry. I got food poisoning on a flight back from Paris and it was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had…

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better, and hope you have a great start to your week!

    October 2, 2017 at 9:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooo and on the plane?

      October 13, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    You know, I just absolutely LOVE the fact that this wonderful man, an incredible doctor, who makes life or death decisions gets tied up in knots about putting furniture together.
    and you were the power drill queen at UVA!
    I love to build things like furniture and any large item made from molded plastic. Santa used to leave the big things for me to put together, then he got the credit for getting them down the chimney!
    I hope that you are feeling better by now.
    The Gma squad, as you named us, gets right into this buying-for-baby mode.
    I’ll save the pony until this child can toddle, at least!

    October 2, 2017 at 9:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She will have Ridley until then

      October 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    Ugh, food poisoning is awful, I can’t imagine dealing with it preggo. Hope you are feeling better now. It is always amazing how much stuff babies need, it totally takes over for a while.

    October 2, 2017 at 11:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know! WE have to start organizing it now…

      October 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Oh being sick while pregnant is the absolute worst! We had a similar crib and I loved having the crib and drawers/change table attached. As for “Rob”…you’ll love him!!!

    October 2, 2017 at 11:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I”m so excited to take Robbie for a spin!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Erica @ Erica Finds

    Ugh! I’m just glad none of my stuff gave you food poisoning! Hope this week is WAY better!

    October 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Are you kidding? Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to eat anything!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    OMG HOW SCARY FOOD POISONING WHILE PREGNANT! UGH, What terrible luck! Um Alex sounds EXACTLY like Paul, all things must be done IN ORDER. Recently wwe bought a kitchen cart off of wayfair and the arrow pointing which way for part of it was actually wrong. It was quite the fiasco lol

    October 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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      October 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Kat

    I’m so sorry to hear about the food poisoning! I’ve only gotten it once SUPER bad and it was from my grandma’s cooking. To this day I don’t let her BBQ my burger for me 😉
    Glad you and Alex could work together to get the crib together! My husband is pretty handy at that stuff, he’s actually an IKEA furniture pro so he does well with crappy instructions lol I mostly just try to stay out of the way!

    October 2, 2017 at 2:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can Ninja come over and talk Alex through furniture assembly next time?

      October 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Sorry you were so sick! Thats the worst. And being all thrown off on sleep like that is tough. Hope you’re feeling better!

    October 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily, it isn’t like I sleep normally anyway!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Food poisoning is the worst! So is norovirus ( I had THAT last winter). Fast and furious. That’s the way…

    October 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      UGGGGGHHHH norovirus sounds TERRIBLE

      October 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply

    So sorry for that hell you went through Susie with the food poisoning and I hope you are feeling better. Alex is a star! Not only for looking after you but for building that furniture. Believe me as I bloke I know how he feels! Let me tell you about the time when Lynne and I moved into our house 5 years ago and every single weekend for 3 months I was building stuff….. GGRRRRRRRRR! 😉

    October 3, 2017 at 3:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahahahaha I feel no sympathy for you lol

      October 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply dixya @food, pleasure, and health

    food poisoning is no buenooo…and i hope you are feel better. i am not a huge fan of assembling things so kudos to you and Alex for figuring it out together.

    October 3, 2017 at 5:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, then if you need someone to hlep you out… call me and not him lol

      October 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    OMG. WHAT did you eat?! That’s horrific. Puking is like the biggest fear I have. A phobia – no joke. Get LOTS of rest!

    October 3, 2017 at 10:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is weird, my nausea has changed since being pregnant. The nausea isn’t so unbearable!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Oh no!!!I’m so sorry– having that while pregnant–ugh! What a rough night. Glad you are doing better.

    October 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It just kind of sucks, right?

      October 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    Oh no… Food poisoning is not at all good from what I’ve heard from everybody who has had it. I’m thankful you are feeling better, and that there was some prep for baby that happened, even though you weren’t feeling tip top. <3 I love that stroller; jogging strollers are so wonderful to run with.

    October 4, 2017 at 1:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait to push Yoshi in it!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Oh goodness, you poor thing! Thank goodness Alex is a champion and the perfect at home medical team to look after you!

    October 4, 2017 at 4:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness indeed!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Ugh food poisoning is the worst! I had it while working in Mexico ALONE years ago. I remember having the hotel doctor come to give me an injection because it just wouldn’t stop. Glad you’re feeling better!

    October 4, 2017 at 10:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      uGGGGGh Montezuma’s revenge is the ultimate in food poisoning.

      October 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Katie

    YIKES! Sorry to hear about your food poisoning, that’s the worst! My weekend was good. The boyfriend and I ran an 8k race together, then went to Art Prize in downtown Grand Rapids which was fun. It was a very active and great weekend. Unfortunately my week took a turn yesterday when I was feeling super sick and then fainted (and fell HARD) so today I’m a bit sore, but I hope you’re feel MUCH better and back to normal now.

    October 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh my goodness! I hope you are ok! That sounds like an AWESOME weekend otherwise!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply San

    Ugh, I am so sorry about the food poisening… that must have been fun on top of the pregnancy side effects (NOT!).

    I had to chuckle about Alex’ inability to build things. My husband is the same way and he gets so easily frustrated. I usually take over the job.
    I must say though, your crib looks awesome! 🙂

    October 4, 2017 at 7:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness he didn’t have to get any tools out…

      October 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm

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