Monthly Archives: January 2013

Day in the Life with a 4 Month Old (Weekend Edition)

I’ve been trying to do a day in the life post every month to document how Kevin’s daily “routine” changes as he grows older. I thought it would be fun to do a ‘weekend edition’ this time, because it’s much different than the weekdays (and more fun!) I wrote down everything we did last Sunday, January 20th, when he was 4 months and 1 week old. Here’s how our day went…

5:00 a.m. We hear baby start to make noise in his crib. He usually wakes up between 5:00 and 5:30 these days. On the weekends I will bring him back into our bed to see if we can all get another hour or two of sleep. When I go to get him he immediately falls back asleep in my arms, so I take him into our room and we all sleep.

6:40 a.m. Baby is up again, this time for good. He is hungry so I feed him, then change his diaper.

7:00 a.m. We wake up daddy and they play together while I fold a lot of baby laundry. He loves being naked, so I try to let him hang out in just his diaper for a few minutes each day.

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7:40 a.m. We get the baby dressed into a white onesie and take his weekly picture. We do this each week on the same yellow blanket. It’s crazy to see how much he has grown since week 1!

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8:00 a.m. We go downstairs and Kevin makes my breakfast (oatmeal) and coffee while I play with the baby.

8:15 a.m. Kevin leaves for his 5 mile run and I eat breakfast. The baby falls asleep on me and I let him nap there. I know these times are going to be few and far between soon so I am savoring them while they last! As he sleeps I read blogs and plan my running route.

9:10 a.m. Kevin returns and the baby is awake. I feed him again and change his diaper.

9:30 a.m. I go upstairs to get dressed and ready for my run while Kevin III hangs out with daddy.

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9:50 a.m. I leave for my run. On the plan is a 10 miler. I feel great!

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11:00 a.m. And then I start not feeling so great. Toward the end of my run my hips and muscles in my legs start to feel really tight and weird, so I stop to stretch and then decide to cut my run short. I could have continued with it, but since my knee injury I don’t like to take any chances!

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11:30 a.m. I return home after having Kevin come get me. I ended up running 9 miles in 1:25:28- a 9:30 pace. I stretch while Kevin informs me that while I was gone he changed two diapers- one pee and one very bad poop! After stretching I throw our cloth diapers in the wash (we’re cloth diapering 75% of the time these days and I’m loving it!).

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11:45 p.m. Kevin leaves to go to his football practice. I try to put the baby to sleep with the White Noise app but it doesn’t work. I try the swing instead but he won’t sleep – he is happily babbling to himself and kicking away. He’s been fighting naps and nighttime sleep like crazy lately. I think we’re going through the 4 month sleep regression. Not fun!

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12:00 p.m. My friend Sandy calls me to catch up. I make myself lunch (two eggs on a pumpernickel bagel) while talking to her and then eat it. I also try to drink water and coconut water to rehydrate after my run. The baby is still happily swinging away.

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12:40 p.m. I give up on the swing and take him out. It’s time for him to eat anyway, so I feed him and hope that he will pass out afterwards. He does!

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1:15 p.m. I put the sleeping baby down on his Boppy newborn lounger (which he is about to outgrow) and go downstairs to get the diaper laundry. I start a new load of wash and bring the diapers back up. I hang them to dry outside since it’s actually sunny!

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1:23 p.m. I come back inside after hanging up the diapers and discover that baby is awake after only a 40 minute nap. This is much shorter than usual- he has gotten into the routine of taking one long morning and afternoon nap. I change his diaper (another poop) and bring it upstairs to put it in the wet bag. Since we are in his nursery I try rocking him to sleep.

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1:50 p.m. Baby is asleep. Notice how I’m still wearing running capris, socks and compression sleeves. LOL. I try to transfer him to the crib and go to use the bathroom. While I’m in there the baby wakes up and starts babbling to himself. Ugh- this sleep regression is rough!

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2:00 p.m. Since sleep isn’t happening I put him down on his mat to play, first on his back and then tummy time.

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2:45 p.m. Baby gets hungry so I give him the bottle of formula that he gets each day. He finally falls asleep afterwards. Yes!!!

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3:35 p.m. Kevin comes back home bearing gifts – food from Wegmans! Veggie sushi and a salad from the salad bar. So yummy. Baby K wakes up and after a quick diaper change falls back asleep.

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4:15 p.m. I go upstairs to (finally) shower. I know, so gross.

4:35 p.m. After my shower I come back downstairs and do some more laundry. I get the diapers from outside, stuff inserts into them and relax with Kevin. Baby K is still asleep.

5:00 p.m. He wakes up in a good mood! I feed him and then we cuddle on the couch for a little while. I love my snuggly baby 🙂

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5:45 p.m. I change baby’s diaper then cut his nails. Why is this so hard?!? Afterwards he plays with daddy and then falls asleep again. I guess he is making up for not sleeping during the day.

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6:30 p.m. We eat dinner – leftover Spiced Red Lentil, Tomato and Kale soup. It is so delicious and full of flavor!

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6:45 p.m. My friend Cynthia comes over to visit. She is also a teacher and we both had the next day off for Martin Luther King Jr. day, so we were excited to get to spend time together on a Sunday night. Sometime during her visit the baby wakes up to say hi 🙂

8:00 p.m. Cynthia leaves and we start getting Kevin ready for bed. We change him into a disposable diaper (we haven’t figured out nighttime cloth diapering yet), put him in his PJs, swaddle him (still doing this for nighttime sleep), read a book, and I feed him. He goes down easily after that.

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8:50 p.m. And he’s up. We see him with his eyes open on the monitor and think that he might go back to sleep, but he eventually starts to cry. Kevin goes in to put him back to bed and I eat a bowl of cereal for a snack.

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9:05 p.m. Baby is back to sleep. I write my Post Partum: 4 Months post for the blog.

9:40 p.m. Baby wakes up again. Whyyyyyyyyy? What happened to my good sleeper who used to sleep 8 hours through the night? I go upstairs to get him back to sleep.

9:45 p.m. He falls back asleep right away, so I start getting ready for bed- hoping that he will sleep for longer this time! Before bed I pump a little bit.

10:15 p.m. We sleep!

2:00 a.m. I wake up to pump. I’m still doing this in an effort to maintain my supply. Sadly, my supply is continuing to struggle since getting my period back and then getting a stomach bug 😦

2:20 a.m. Back to bed!

3:30 a.m. Baby wakes up briefly after sleeping for almost 6 hours. This is actually a good stretch for him compared to the last couple of weeks. I bring him into our room for the last couple hours of the night.

5:30 a.m. Baby is up, ready to eat and start a new day.

What a day! I love the weekends with my family so much, even when baby Kevin fights sleep all day (and night) long. I am hoping that this sleep regression passes soon. It’s pretty rough and has made for very sleep deprived parents, just like when he was a newborn. It’s been a week since this day, and it already seems to be getting better. Fingers crossed it’s all up from here!

24 Hour Totals

  • # of feedings: 6
  • # of diaper changes: 8
  • # of outfit changes: 2 – Just in and out of PJs- accidents don’t happen as often anymore.
  • # of hours of sleep for mom: ~7 hours. Luckily I was able to nap a bit the next day because I had off from school and the baby actually napped!
  • # of hours of sleep for baby: ~15 hours of broken sleep, except for the one 6 hour stretch
  • # of hours spent nursing: ~1 hour 30 minutes. He is a lot quicker now when he nurses.
  • # of hours spent pumping: only 30 minutes since I wasn’t at work.
  • # of formula ounces eaten: 4 ounces

Previous “Day in the Life” posts:

Setbacks

I’m writing this post through voice text on my WordPress app while pumping. It’s 8:30 am and my students will be arriving in about 15 minutes. During my commute to work I couldn’t stop thinking about life lately and all the setbacks that I have experienced in the last few months. The last few months have been the happiest of my life, but also some of the most challenging. It seems like there’s been one thing after another – my fall while running that injured my knee, my struggles going back to work, milk supply and baby weight gain issues, my period returning and the stomach bug dropping my supply even more. I feel like as soon as things start going well and I get into a comfortable place, something else gets thrown at me. I was (and still do) get very down about these things at times. But I know the reason why they are happening is to teach me a lesson. I have always been an extremely Type A person. I like things planned and organized and I want things to go my way. I think that’s obvious here on the blog by all of the training plans I create and the races I sign up for. I’m learning that I cannot control everything, and this is so important to realize as a new mom. I think this is just the first of many lessons of motherhood. I am learning to let go of expectations and plans and not stress about things I can’t control. This sounds silly and obvious but it’s hard for me. It goes against my personality and everything I know.

I know in the grand scheme of things that the issues I’m having really are not that bad. I know it could be so much worse. I’m just reflecting right now on the lessons I am learning from all of these setbacks. I am learning to let go and accept not being in charge. I have to stop feeling guilty about not being able to provide enough breast milk for my baby. I have to accept that he needs more than I can give him and formula is ok. I need to get over the fact that I have to work and can’t stay home with him. I have to move on from the idea of running a full marathon right now when my body isn’t feeling 100%. I need to understand that when I make plans many times something will come up and I’ll have to change them. Most of all I need to realize that this is not something that’s going to go away and I need to get used to it. There are always going to be things that are out of my control, even when I try my best to avoid them. This post may not make much sense at all, and I’m not even going to reread it before I publish it. It’s honest and it’s raw and it’s just what’s on my heart right now. I hope some people out there can relate.

Mom & Baby: 4 Months

4 months already? Well, as of 9 days ago. Once again I’m late on writing this update. Life has been so busy and I’m recovering from a terrible stomach bug. It is so hard to believe that my baby is 4 months old! I love every month with him more than the last as he continues to grow and develop his personality. It is such a joy to be his mommy!

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Baby

Baby Kevin has changed so much this past month! There is a lot to say about him, so brace yourself for a long update.

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First and foremost, he is growing! We had his 4 month well baby appointment today (along with the shots… sad face) and baby is now weighing in at 11 pounds 6 ounces and is 25.5 inches long. At his 3 month appointment he weighed 10 pounds 6 ounces and was in the 3rd-5th percentile for weight and 75th for height. He is still the same percentile for both height and weight, although I can tell that he’s looking chubbier lately, especially in his face. Looking at these photos of him from each month of his life, it is really evident how much bigger he has gotten. Here he is at 1, 2, 3, and 4 months.

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He is in 0-3 month clothing, but some of it is getting to be too short because he is so tall! Exhibit A: His New Years Eve outfit. Isn’t it the cutest? Ahhh! But yeah, definitely too short. 3-6 month stuff is so baggy on him though, especially in the waist.

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Now when we dress him he officially looks like a little boy rather than a newborn baby. He even wears shoes sometimes! They’re just for show, but still, so cute!

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You may remember that at 3 months we started to have to supplement a little. I was having a hard time keeping up with his needs since going back to work and dealing with a drop in supply. At the time of my last update we were giving him 1 oz. of formula after each feeding or 3 oz. bottle of breast milk while I was at work. Since then we have changed it up a bit. We noticed that giving him formula after each feeding was making him too full, and he would spit up a lot afterwards and end up eating less overall each day. I started having MY breast milk left over, which wasn’t good, because we were trying to get him to have as much from me as possible. So after calling our pediatrician we now give him one full 4 oz. bottle of formula each day, and the rest of the time he drinks 4 oz. bottles of breast milk or I nurse him. This has worked out much better. He’s back to eating 6-7 times a day, with only 4 oz. of that being formula. It’s nice to know he’s getting most of his nutrition from me, and the pediatrician is confident that he’s taking in enough calories between both sources. The bottle of formula has taken some of the pressure off to pump so much milk at work, which helps me relax and not stress as much.

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He is also finally fitting into his cloth diapers! We just started using them about 2 weeks ago, and so far so good. I like them and I think baby does too. It’s been a learning process as we get used to them, but luckily our babysitter uses them too so she has been a big help at answering all my questions. We have 12 Bum Genius and 12 Fuzzi Bunz, and I’m washing them every other day. It’s a lot easier than I thought it would be. I’m really enjoying it!

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Sleep. It has been such a roller coaster this month! Literally the day he turned 3 months old he slept through the night for the first time (7 hours straight). Then he continued to do it for the next 2 weeks, consistently sleeping 7-9 hours without waking up. We were so excited, and planned to move him to his crib since I no longer had to feed him at night anymore. Then everything went downhill. I think the combination of moving him to his crib and the 4 month sleep regression caused us to have issues. He now wakes up again every couple of hours, and his naps aren’t great anymore either. Ugh. From everything I have read about this 4 month “wakeful” you just have to ride it out. So we’re sticking with the crib still. Sometimes if it’s getting close to the morning I’ll bring him back to our bed though.

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We are still swaddling and plan to wean him off that once he’s used to the crib. I didn’t want to throw too many changes at him at once. He’s not rolling over from back to front yet so that doesn’t worry me, but he does somehow manage to shimmy himself 90 degrees while swaddled. He is always so proud when I come in and discover that he has turned!

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The drooling and finger sucking/gnawing has continued, no sign of teeth yet though. I am pretty sure he is ‘teething,’ but I know that could last months and months! So we’ll see.

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Baby boy LOVES his toys. His hand/eye coordination is good enough now that he is able to grab what we wants and bring it to his mouth, or swing it around, or do whatever he wants with it. This includes our faces. He loves touching and exploring them for some reason!

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He also still loves music. When we play the Rockabye Baby station on Pandora or the music that his toys makes, he goes crazy kicking his legs and moving his arms around. He also likes when we sing to him. He’s a musical baby 🙂

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He likes tummy time most of the time, and we try to make sure we do it every day. He rolled from tummy to back for the first time at 9 weeks but hasn’t done it much since then, so we’re trying to get him to practice that. I also give him time on his back every day to catch his first roll from back to front, but it hasn’t happened yet!

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His neck strength is good, so we just started putting him in his little Mamas and Papas seat to help him practice sitting up. He can handle it for short periods of time right now. We also sit him up assisted by the couch. He likes this because he can see everything that is going on.

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He is very squirmy and active, and doesn’t like to be held as much anymore. He has his moments where he likes to cuddle and nap on us, but for the most part he wants to do things independently. This is great, but a little sad too! Just another sign that he is growing up. I think we are going to have our hands full once he becomes mobile!

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Even though he doesn’t like to snuggle with us as much as when he was a newborn, he surprisingly still loves to go in our baby carriers. He loves the Ergo, (especially when Daddy wears it), and certain wraps in the Moby. I did the forward facing one on a night that Kevin wasn’t home and I needed to make dinner. He liked being able to look out at everything I was doing.

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We get tons and tons of smiles every day, and we also heard his first LAUGH on Christmas (14 weeks 6 days old)! We had said earlier that day that it would be an awesome Christmas present if he laughed for the first time. That night when we were getting him ready for bed he did! It happened when Daddy kept popping up and scaring him. He laughed for a good minute straight. It was the cutest sound ever and made us both cry with happiness.

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Speaking of Christmas, it was so amazing to spend the holiday together with our little one. All of our traditions and everything we did felt extra special, and I really enjoyed being home with him on my winter break. He also experienced his first snow while we were visiting my family in Pennsylvania. He didn’t know what was going on!

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One of his favorite things is to look at himself in the mirror. I know that he doesn’t know that he’s looking at himself yet, but he just likes seeing a baby’s face. It is so cute to see him smiling at his reflection!

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Baby doesn’t know it yet, but we have officially arranged his marriage. My friend Alicia had her baby girl on December 19th and we can’t wait for them to fall in love!

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Another one of baby’s new favorite things is going up in the air. We just have to make sure that we wait a while after he eats before doing this 🙂

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Body

My body went through a LOT during Kevin’s 4th month of life. The good news is that after resting my knee a ton it is now back to normal. YAY! Now for the bad news. #1: I had gotten to a good place with my milk supply after taking all the advice of my lactation consultant, and then all of a sudden, a few days before Christmas, it dropped off the face of the earth for no reason. Well, on January 3rd I got my period. Surprise!!! Then I learned that your supply may drop before you ovulate and get your cycle back for the first time after pregnancy, so it totally made sense. I kind of thought it would come back soon since I started supplementing, but still was a little disappointed it didn’t stay away a little longer. About 3 days after I started my cycle my supply was back to where it was before, so I was happy!

Then came setback #2. A week after my supply returned I came down with a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad stomach bug (can you tell I teach elementary school? LOL). I had a fever, couldn’t eat and had a hard time keeping anything inside me. This took a huge toll on my body and again caused my supply to drop, no matter how hard I tried to stay hydrated and continue breastfeeding him. It took a week for me to feel back to normal, and my supply is still feeling the effects of it. I’m hopeful that it will improve again soon. I think I just have a super sensitive supply, so I need to be careful with my health and anything else that impacts it. Thank goodness for Daddy who took great care of me and the baby while I was sick!

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So after all of that here’s where I am with my body. I am now at my pre-pregnancy weight (130), if not a little below. But my body does not look like it used to at all. I have a lot less muscle tone since I’m not strength training (I need to get on that ASAP!), and my belly has the post partum bump. I can tell I have lost weight in other places on my body (mainly my face) but the bulge remains. I haven’t done any core work either so that could be a factor. I plan to start that again this month. I am not sure if I will ever loose the little belly, but I’m not really concerned about it. I look at pictures of myself right before giving birth and I am amazed that my belly even looks as small as it does right now! Here is a comparison of me at 4 weeks pregnant compared to 4 months post partum. These pictures are actually taken almost exactly a year apart! January 18, 2012 and January 19, 2013.

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And here is the comparison of all my post partum photos. Month 3 and Month 4 look the same to me. Click to enlarge!

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Mind

I did much better mentally this month compared to last. Much less tears, and a lot more acceptance. The holidays and being able to spend 11 amazing days with my baby on Winter Break helped me remember what is really important and what isn’t. Kevin told me he wants me to stop ‘sweating the small stuff’ in the new year, and I have been trying to do that. I’m far from perfect but getting there.

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Work is still very stressful but I try my best to leave it there and not bring the craziness home. When I get home I clear my mind as best as I can and enjoy every minute with my husband and baby. Especially those open mouthed kisses!

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Here’s to a happy and healthy 5th month of life!

Previous Post Partum posts:

Frozen 5K

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Yesterday I ran my first race of 2013 – the Frozen 5K. I was excited for this race because: 1) It kicked off my goal of running one race every month in 2013, 2) I had a bunch of friends running it, and 3) I wanted redemption from last week’s disappointing race. Luckily I have the world’s most supportive husband, who doesn’t mind getting up early to go to all these races with me!

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We got to the race shortly before the 8:30 a.m. start. I had just enough time to grab my bib and shirt, say hi to friends, run to the bathroom, and give both my Kevins a kiss before going to line up.

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I knew this was a flat course entirely on road (unlike last week’s difficult rocky course) so I decided to really push it and see what I could do. My previous 5K PR was 23:07 from October 2011, which was way before baby. I didn’t know if I would be able to beat that but I wanted to try. I knew I’d have to go for about a 7:30 pace, so I decided to push myself and hang on as long as I could.

I went to line up and found 3 of my friends near the back. We started talking and then all of a sudden, it was time to run! I realized quickly that I probably should have started close to the front because I wasted a lot of time and energy trying to get past people. Eventually I found a clear stretch of road and settled into a nice pace. I ran my first mile in 7:25 and was feeling good.

Just like the name of the race, the temperature was just below freezing during the race. My body was pretty warm, but at the last minute I threw my gloves to Kevin before starting thinking I wouldn’t need them. My hands ended up being numb and freezing the entire time. I also felt the chill in the air every time I breathed in deep. It hurt my throat and made it difficult to breathe at times. I know as I run outside more often I’ll get used to this, but it slowed me down a bit during mile 2. I ran my second mile in 7:35. I was able to see my friends on some of the out and back sections of the course, but I was really started feeling the fatigue at this point.

I really had to focus through mile 3. I couldn’t maintain the same pace and I started to feel a stomach cramp and nausea coming on. I wanted to walk so badly but kept telling myself I would be done in less than 10 minutes. I ran that third mile in 7:45. I knew I was going to be really close to my PR and probably wouldn’t make it, but I somehow found the strength to sprint the last tenth of a mile. My pace dropped below 7 minutes in that final stretch and I crossed the finish line in 23:16. So, so close! I barely noticed Kevin taking these pictures because I was in the zone.

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After I finished I got some water and leaned against the wall for a few minutes trying to catch my breath. Once I recovered I went to find Kevin at the finish line and we waited for the rest of our friends to cross. First up was Cameron, our friend’s daughter who is super speedy and way more athletic than I will ever be!

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Then came Amanda, who got a PR! She is joining me and running a race every month in 2013 as well.

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After Amanda came Gina, who was my Body Pump instructor before I moved to a new town. She actually ran a race every month last year and was the inspiration for my goal this year!

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Then came Darla and Danielle! It was Darla’s birthday and even though she has run a couple of half marathons, she had never done a 5K before (she is very ambitious!). She thought running her first 5K would be a great way to spend her birthday. I agree 🙂 Danielle is another friend of mine who is running a race every month. She’s actually already doing it, and has run a race each month since July last year!

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Once everyone had finished we hung out for a bit and took some celebratory photos together. Then we headed inside to check our times and warm up.

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With Gina, who got me hooked on Body Pump!

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My boys 🙂

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My amazing coworkers and running buddies

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Elaine (we missed getting her finishing picture) and her daughter Cameron

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Once we got inside I was shocked to discover that I had won second place in my age group (25-29). I have placed a couple of times in my age group when there were only 3 or 4 people in it (haha!), but this time I was 2nd out of 31! I was so excited!

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Even though it wasn’t a PR for me I couldn’t be happier with my performance and results in this race. Running fast is NOT natural for me. It is really, really hard. But over the years I’ve learned how to become more comfortable with feeling UNcomfortable and pushing my pace. It felt good to finish the race knowing I used everything in my tank and truly did my best. It was a huge bonus too that my knee didn’t hurt at all during or after the race. I’m slowly coming back to where I was pre-pregnancy, and I can’t wait to see how the rest of my 2013 races go!

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2012 By the Numbers

A quick recap of 2012 by the numbers…

The Monthly Breakdown:

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Total Miles Ran:

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Total Time Spent Running:

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Total Average Paces for Each Month:

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Top 5 Farthest Runs:

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Top 5 Fastest Runs:

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Total Workouts This Year: 299

Total Miles Ran While Pregnant: 762

Total Days Spent Pregnant: 252 (wow!)

Total Visits to the Gym: 68 (more than 2011!)

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Total Races Completed:  12- I ran six 5Ks, one 10K, one 10 miler, and four half-marathons. Check out my Running page for all the recaps!

Total New PRs: 2! I PRed at the 10K and 10 mile distance despite being pregnant most of the year 🙂

Total Pairs of Shoes I Went Through: 3

Total Pounds Gained: 26

Total Pounds Lost: 24 

Total Wipe-Outs:  2 – a scary little fall when I was 12 weeks pregnant and another one at 8 weeks post partum while running in the dark.

Total Injuries: 1 – my first ever! My knee as a result of my fall 😦

Thank you Daily Mile for all those amazing stats! I’m excited to see what numbers 2013 brings!

2011 By The Numbers

A Day in the Life with a 3 Month Old

Kevin is another month older so I thought it was a good time to do another day in the life post! I took pictures and recorded what we did one day last week since I was home for Winter Break. It was interesting for me too, because I haven’t been home with the baby alone since I went back to work at the beginning of November. Things are a bit different now!

My happy 3 month old!

My happy 3 month old!

5:45 a.m. Baby wakes up to eat. He has been sleeping through the night lately (anywhere from 7 to 9 hours straight- yay!) which means he wakes up between 5 and 6 a.m. pretty hungry. While I feed him Kevin showers and then goes downstairs to prepare a bottle with 1 ounce of formula for him to eat once he’s finished with me. If you missed why we have to supplement now you can read about it here.

6:20 a.m. Baby finishes eating so I change his diaper but leave him in his PJs. He usually goes back down for a cat nap shortly after waking. After changing him I put him in the Boppy and talk to him a bit. He is always happiest in the morning and gives us lots of smiles. It’s the best!

6:45 a.m. Kevin brings me all of my morning things: breakfast (oatmeal), coffee, Mothers Milk tea, fenugreek and blessed thistle pills. I usually go downstairs to eat but he brought it up to our room because he had to leave early for work this day and I wasn’t ready for the day yet. While I eat baby sits next to me and listens to the Rockabye Baby station on Pandora.

7:15 a.m. Kevin leaves for work and baby takes his cat nap. While he is sleeping I get myself ready for the day.

8:05 a.m. Baby wakes up and wants to eat again, so I quickly go downstairs with him to make his bottle and then feed him. He eats for a long time!

8:45 a.m. All done eating and time to play with his new glowworm that he loves. His face lights up and it plays music. He loves to touch his face now that he’s learning how to control his hands.

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9:15 a.m.  Poopy diaper! I change him and then weigh him while he’s in his diaper. Then I get him dressed for the day.

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9:20 a.m. Baby has tummy time on his play mat in the nursery while I pack up his newborn clothes and sort through his other clothes to find all the 0-3 month stuff that finally fits him. When he gets tired of tummy time I put him on his back to practice batting at the toys that hang from it. It’s so cute!! Eventually he gets tired of that too, so I prop him up in the Boppy and talk to him while I work in his nursery.

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10:00 a.m. I notice him starting to get sleepy so I put him down for a nap. While he naps I run down to put a load of laundry in, fold laundry, do dishes, and clean up around the house.

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11:15 a.m. Pack up and leave for our chiropractor appointment. Baby is woken up when I change his diaper and transfer him to the car seat but passes out again in the car. He usually takes a long morning nap of 1.5 – 2 hours so I felt bad that I had to break it up like this.

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11:30 a.m. We arrive at the chiropractor and both get adjusted. Ahhh- feels so good! He woke up when it was his turn.

11:55 a.m. We leave the chiropractor but baby is hungry, so before we drive home I feed him in the car.

12:15 p.m. Baby finishes eating and we start driving home. He’s wide awake and sucking on his fingers (his new favorite thing) for the entire car ride.

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12:40 p.m. We arrive home and I change baby’s diaper. Then he happily sits in the Babysitter Balance while I make myself an egg sandwich and salad for lunch. This was impossible to do while he was a newborn! While I eat he sits in the lounge and plays with his rings.

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1:30 p.m. He wants to be held after I eat, so I sit him in my lap facing out. That is his new favorite position because he can see everything.  Somehow he manages to fall asleep like this. I gently lay him down and transfer him to the Boppy lounger for the rest of his nap. While he naps I go to the basement to switch laundry and then grade some papers. I also prepare his bottle because I know he will wake up hungry.

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2:30 p.m. He wakes up for another feeding. His afternoon nap is usually a little longer than this, but I know he will sleep again in the stroller while I run.

3:10 p.m. He finally finishes eating and my food has digested, so we go upstairs so I can get ready to run. It’s chilly and breezy so I bundle both of us up. I also change another diaper.

3:45 p.m. I got distracted cleaning up in our bedroom so we finally leave for our run. I drive to a spot that has a smooth paved trail and park the car, then get out the stroller.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Running! Baby is awake for the first few minutes then falls asleep for the rest of the time.

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4:30 p.m. I drive home and baby is still asleep. I make his bottle and quickly wash my face while he’s sleeping.

5:00 p.m. Baby wakes up and eats. Kevin is on his way home at this point.

5:30 p.m. Baby K finishes eating and I change his diaper. Kevin comes home and I shower, and then we give the baby a bath together.

6:00 p.m. We eat leftover veggie chili for dinner.

6:30 p.m. Kevin’s family is in town and wants to come over for a visit tonight. We are going out of town the next morning to celebrate Christmas with my family so we take advantage of another baby nap and finish up laundry, cleaning, and pack for our trip.

7:15 p.m. I take a break from travel prep to feed the baby again.

7:40 p.m. Baby finishes eating so I change his diaper, and Kevin’s family arrives shortly after that. They take the baby to play with him and we do dishes and finish packing.

9:30 p.m. Right on cue, baby starts getting fussy and is ready for bed. I take him upstairs and do his nighttime routine (diaper, PJs, swaddle, white noise). It’s a little later than usual because we had visitors, so I skip reading to him because he is overtired and cranky. I feed him one last time and he’s out for the night by 10:00.

10:15 p.m. Kevin’s family has left by this point so we both get ready for bed. I pump a little bit and set my alarm to pump again at 1:30 a.m. I do that because of my supply issues. Now that K is sleeping through the night I want to make sure I maintain my current supply. It is worth sacrificing some sleep to make sure my baby gets enough to eat the next day (while I am working). During break this extra pumped milk goes right into the freezer because I try to feed him a lot on demand while I’m home.

10:30 p.m. We all sleep!

1:30 a.m.  Wake up and pump. Soooo sleepy!

5:35 a.m. Baby wakes up to eat and another day begins!

24 Hour Totals

  • # of feedings: 7
  • # of diaper changes: 8
  • # of outfit changes: 2 (just in and out of PJs- accidents don’t happen as often anymore)
  • # of hours of sleep for mom: ~7 hours
  • # of hours of sleep for baby: ~13 hours (he has been awake for longer periods of time lately)
  • # of hours spent nursing: ~3.5 hours… more than a typical day since I was home and not at work!
  • # of hours spent pumping: only 20 minutes since I wasn’t at work.
  • # of formula ounces eaten: 7 ounces

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Festival of Lights 5K & New Years Eve

Yesterday afternoon on New Years Eve, I ran the Bull Run Festival of Lights 5K. I ran this race two years ago and was excited to do it again because it goes through the Festival of Lights, which is one our favorite family traditions. I also love the idea of ending the year with a race to wrap up my 2012 running season.

My friend Danielle met us at Bull Run Regional Park where the race took place. We both got new Garmins for Christmas and were excited to test them out! It was chilly and the sun was nowhere to be found. The race started at 3:00 p.m. and we had about half an hour to kill before that. I couldn’t wait to start running and warm up a bit.

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My two boys were our support team. They were bundled up and ready to cheer us on.

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Real men wear baby carriers!

The race started at 3 p.m. on the dot and we were off!

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The course was different than it was 2 years ago, and it had us running on a “road” that was covered in large rocks. We also went straight up a hill for the first tenth of a mile or so, followed by some more hills. Right off the bat I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR for me because of those 2 things. The rocks made it hard to run fast because I was afraid of falling, rolling my ankle, or hurting my knee more. We ran on the rocky road for .50 miles, then we were on smooth road for about .20 miles, followed by more rocky road after that. I was relieved to see the rocky road ending up ahead, until the runners were diverted the other way to go do the same exact loop that I had just done AGAIN! Ugh. It was frustrating to say the least.  I passed the 1 mile marker while on my second loop and hoped that the whole race wasn’t just repeating this over and over again.

  • Mile 1 – 8:32
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Right after completing my first loop, not looking very enthused.

Kevin got this photo of Danielle starting her second loop a little bit behind me. She was also not very excited about the course, because I had told her it was a flat, fast one based on two years ago. Sorry D 😦

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Finally at mile 1.5 I got to the end of the second loop and was diverted toward an out-and-back part of the course. I’m not going to lie, by this point I was pretty annoyed after doing the rocky hilly loop twice in a row. I was mad that the course had changed to this one that I wasn’t prepared for and I was afraid of hurting my knee more. I was also disappointed because I had really wanted to run hard and try for a PR to end 2012 on a great note. I was not happy.

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After a few minutes I realized it was stupid to be mad and decided to change my attitude. I was running a 5K on New Years Eve after the best year of my life! So what if the course was hard and I wasn’t going to PR? I told myself to stop being a baby, suck it up, ENJOY myself, and push it for the rest of the race.

The out-and-back section went through the part of the park that I was familiar with- the lights! This made me happy, especially because they were already turned on and glowing against the sun-less sky. I progressively sped up, especially after I turned around to head back to the finish line. It felt good to finally be able to run fast.

  • Mile 2 – 7:55
  • Mile 3 – 7:40

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I turned to run the straightaway to the finish line and was once again running on the rocky road. I was afraid to sprint to the finish like I usually try to do because I felt unstable on the rocks. Instead I just ran carefully and smiled at Kevin and the baby as they cheered for me.

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I crossed the finish line in 25:25 (8:11 average pace). Even though this was far from a PR for me, I felt proud of my effort and the change in my attitude when things didn’t go my way.

Danielle came through a few minutes later looking strong!

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I am so proud of her! She is new to running and did her first race ever, the Gender Defender 5K, back in August. In the 4 months between then and now she has run 10 races, including the Army 10 miler! She is going to do a race every month of 2013 with me, and we are both running the Nike Women’s Half in DC this April- her first half!

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After the race was over we didn’t stick around for too long because of our New Years Eve plans. But I did have time to get some baby kisses and snuggles before getting back into the car and driving home.

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Once we got home we showered up and got ready for a small NYE get together at our house. We didn’t really dress up, but I couldn’t resist dressing the baby in this cute outfit. I was waiting for a special occasion to put him in it and it was too big for a while, but all of a sudden it’s getting too short for my tall baby (75th percentile!) He looks very fancy in it 🙂

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Our wonderful friends Mike and Alicia came over with their brand new baby girl, born on December 19th. Watching them with her reminded me of when baby Kevin was that small. It was only 3 months ago, but it seems like SO long! I can barely remember him being that little and having that newborn cry! Mike and Alicia are doing a great job as new parents, and I’m so excited for our babies to grow up together.

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A year ago on NYE Alicia and I were at a party having many drinks without another care in the world. We both had no idea we’d be holding our babies this year on New Years Eve! Oh how things change. Thanks to FAM charting I know that baby K was conceived only a few days later. This year on NYE we sipped on some wine while discussing breastfeeding, our birth stories, and baby poop… and I  loved it!

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Kevin’s sister and her husband came over too. They are expecting a baby in March and she just entered her third trimester! Her and baby K had a hard time staying up until midnight… 🙂

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It’s nice to spend time with people who are at the same point in their life as we are. They are understanding about babies crying and needing to nurse and change diapers. It’s very refreshing. My friends without kids are understanding too, but it’s just at another level when you are with someone who is currently going through the same thing or has gone through it before.

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It was a wonderful day and night! Here’s to 2013!