Monthly Archives: June 2014

Runner’s World Run Streak: Week 5

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Week 5 of the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak is complete! This was an awesome week because it was the official start of my summer break! Little Kevin and I have been having a ton of fun at the pool, playing outside, getting together with friends, of course running too!

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Here is a recap of how my week went, followed by Kevin’s account of his week.

Katie’s Miles (6/23 – 6/29)

  • Monday: 2 miles @ 10:00. Wow. This was difficult. I waited until Kevin woke up from his afternoon nap to go out (3:30 p.m.) and it was 85 degrees. I wanted to run to a playground about a mile away, let Kev play and then run home. I forgot that it was almost all uphill on the way there! Not easy with the stroller, but at least I had a break before running back home. What a way to kick off the week!
  • Tuesday: 3 miles @ 9:34. I felt like I was running a relay this morning! Kevin got home from his run, passed me the water bottle and I ran out for mine! It was a lot cooler this morning but still pretty humid. Luckily I had a beautiful view as I ran around a lake in a nearby neighborhood. I even ran into a huge flock of geese who refused to move out of my way for a minute or so. Haha!
  • Wednesday: 4 miles @ 8:53. This run turned into an accidental progression run! It was a nice morning and I was feeling really good. As my watched beeped for each mile I noticed myself getting faster, so I pushed myself the last one to finish strong. It felt great because I haven’t done any type of speed work in a while, and I love progression runs! My splits were 9:32, 9:03, 8:47, 8:13.
  • Thursday: 3.5 miles @ ? On this day I ran with a friend who I am coaching. We planned to do only 3 miles because it was really hot, but she was having issues with her asthma and didn’t have her inhaler, so we ended up walking the second half of it to be safe. When I got back I made dinner and then my boys got home, so we headed out for a quick 2 miles together.
  • Friday: 4 miles @ 9:22. This run was a tough one mentally and physically. My body felt tired from running the night before, I kept getting cramps and of course I picked a very hilly route. It was not an enjoyable run. But I tried to remind myself that not every run can be great, and it takes the difficult ones to make us stronger. I switched into a “just do it” attitude and got it done without walking up any of the hills or cutting my planned run short. I was proud of myself for pushing through!
  • Saturday: 12 miles @ 10:02. What a great morning for running! I met two of my friends early to run at a local battlefield and park and it might be my new favorite place! It was pretty and very shaded, with a ton of other runners, walkers and bikers around. We ran 9 miles together, and then I met up with my boys because Kevin recently joined a running group, and they also run there on Saturday mornings. Their run started after I was done, so I decided to join them for 3 more. I pushed the stroller too since Kevin wanted to run 5 miles and was going faster than I could after already running 9! He went ahead and I turned around early. Such an awesome way to spend a Saturday morning 🙂
  • Sunday: 2.5 miles @ 9:11. Ran to and from the gym and took Body Pump. Felt so good to be back at pump! I really gave it my all and my legs felt like jello when I ran home!
  • Total Miles This Week: 31
  • Total Miles So Far: 141
  • Total Days Streaking: 37

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Kevin’s Miles (6/23 – 6/29)

  • Monday: 1 mile @ 8:45. I continued to learn that I hate running after work. Only did 1 mile after my long run on Sunday and it was tough.
  • Tuesday: 2 miles @ 8:23. I ran in the morning, and it was cooler than usual which felt good!
  • Wednesday: 2 miles @ 8:27. Another nice morning. Definitely thinking that morning runs are the way to go in the summer.
  • Thursday: 2 miles @ 9:36. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to run with my wife after work. It was good to run as a family during the week. It took my mind off the fact that it was the evening and it was super hot.
  • Friday: 2 miles @ 7:54. Obviously I felt good this morning! Good enough to make me want to push myself and see if I could do two faster miles.
  • Saturday: 5 miles @ 8:57. I really enjoyed running with my new running group, team RWB (Red White and Blue). It was really cool to run with new people in a new place. Time passed quickly and I liked running through the battlefield. It was nice and quiet and we didn’t have to worry about traffic or anything like that.
  • Sunday: 1 mile @ 8:32. It was a good recovery mile after my long run. I wasn’t feeling very well so 1 mile was all I wanted to do.
  • Total Miles This Week: 15
  • Total Miles So Far: 67.2
  • Total Days Streaking: 36

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It’s crazy that it’s almost July! Kevin and I are getting excited for our 4th of July 5K in Myrtle Beach. This is supposed to be a rematch since we didn’t get to actually “race” each other at the Memorial Day 5K due to some last minute changes. This time we have Kevin’s mom to be with little Kev during the race and it is ON! We love to compete with each other!

Onto week 6, which is the last “official” week of the streak! Will we continue until Labor Day? Find out next week 🙂

Summer fun with my boy :)

Summer fun with my boy 🙂

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Day in the Life with a 21 Month Old: Summer Break!

It’s Day in the Life time! Our days lately have been very different than my last DITL post since I am currently at home with Kevin on my summer break. Yay! He is definitely in toddler-mode now, and while 85% of our day is fun, we do have the meltdowns and occasional trips to the time-out chair. Here is a snapshot of what life is like with Kevin at 21 1/2 months old.

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6:00 a.m. Our alarm goes off. My husband gets up, gets dressed and leaves for his run. I lay in bed for a few minutes and eventually get up and get dressed to run too, since I will go after he gets back. Once I’m dressed I go downstairs to pack his lunch.

6:30 a.m. He’s back and like a relay race, he hands me the Garmin and the water bottle and I run out the door. I wanted to run 4 miles this morning, and surprisingly felt pretty good despite it being warm and humid. I noticed as my watch beeps for each mile that I was getting faster, so I decided to push it my last mile to finish it off strong. An accidental progression run :).

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7:05 a.m.  I get back home and my husband is in the living room with little Kev who got up around 6:45. They are both drinking their green smoothies, and I grab mine that he made for me and put in the fridge. I drink it while I stretch for a few minutes and get tackled by the baby over and over again. When I’m on the floor he automatically thinks it’s time to wrestle!

7:15 a.m. I go upstairs to shower and get dressed.

7:35 a.m. My husband leaves for work. I drink coffee and watch the Today Show while Kevin plays. He’s pretty good at playing independently in the mornings but after I finish my coffee I join him. He loves showing me his block creations and brings me books to read to him.

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8:30 a.m. We take a trip to the time-out chair, because he wouldn’t listen to me when I told him not to jump on the couch. Clearly, it’s a VERY effective punishment… sigh.

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8:45 a.m. Breakfast part 2 for Kevin: toast and oranges (kid loves his fruit!). While he eats I unload and reload the dishwasher.

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9:15 a.m. We go upstairs for nap time. I’ve been trying to get him to drop his morning nap and just take one longer one in the afternoon, but he was showing signs of needing one (yawning, rubbing eyes, getting cranky) so I decided to put him down. I sit with him in the glider and enjoy these moments where he still wants to cuddle with me :).

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9:35 a.m. He is asleep. I start cleaning up our bedroom and organizing, two things that are long overdue! I’ve been waiting all school year to have time to do a long list of projects around the house, and have been trying to accomplish a couple things a day. I also eat a snack during all of my hard work! This is currently my favorite KIND bar. Yum!

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10:55 a.m. Kevin’s awake and actually ended up sleeping later than I wanted him to because I lost track of time. We get dressed to go to the pool and pack up all of our stuff. Kevin climbed into this laundry basket and said “bot” (boat). I guess he was ready to be in the water!

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11:25 a.m. Pool time! Kevin had a blast, although we are trying to get him to be more confident in the water. He was very hesitant at first and didn’t want me to leave his side or let go of him. Toward the end though, he was walking around the kiddie pool by himself and playing with friends. I hope he continues to grow his confidence before we start swim lessons next month!

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1:10 p.m. We make it home from the pool after a meltdown when it was time to go. Transitions are tough for little Kev these days. We eat some lunch which makes him feel better. He has some rice, chickpeas, pineapple and avocado, and I have a black bean burger with avocado on whole wheat bread, with some cucumbers and carrots with hummus. We both devour it all- swimming works up quite the appetite!

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1:45 p.m. Kevin’s yawning, time to take him up for a diaper change and nap #2.

2:05 p.m. I put him down in his crib and he is suddenly not interested in sleeping. He’s rolling around, singing, playing with his stuffed animals and talking to himself. I continue working on my cleaning and projects and he eventually falls asleep.

4:10 p.m. He’s up. I go in his room and discover a diaper mess. I put him down with just a t-shirt and a diaper on and clearly that was the wrong choice. He pooped and then tried to take the diaper off. Yeah, I will let you imagine the scene that caused. Anyway, I spent some time cleaning all of that up and then we went downstairs.

4:30 p.m. Kev has a cheese stick for a snack and I start prepping dinner. He won’t leave my side and keeps saying, “Help mommy cook?” (his only 3 word phrase so far). It is adorable, so I let him help me get the potatoes ready to roast. After I washed them I handed them to him to put on the towel, then I chopped them and gave them to him to put in the bowl. I let him try to stir them around with olive oil, then he put a few on the baking sheet for me and spread them around with my help. He was so proud of himself!

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5:00 p.m. While the potatoes are roasting we go into the living room to play some more.

5:45 p.m. Daddy’s home! I finish making dinner and we eat. We’re having breakfast for dinner tonight- veggie omelets with roasted potatoes. I totally forgot to take a picture but we all loved it and cleaned our plates.

6:15 p.m. After dinner Daddy and Kevin had some play time together. This is their special time since he doesn’t get to see him all day.

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6:50 p.m. Daddy takes him up for his bath and bedtime routine.

7:25 p.m. My husband tries putting Kevin to sleep and he doesn’t want anything to do with him anymore and is calling for me. This is weird because he’s been going down fine with his Daddy since he has stopped nursing 2 weeks ago. I took over and rocked him for a little bit, while my hubby started some laundry and cleaned up the kitchen.

7:40 p.m. I put him down in his crib and he goes right to sleep.

8:00 p.m. My hubby and I watch Big Brother. He got me into this show a few summers ago and now I love it! Any other Big Brother fans out there? I was planning to have a glass of wine after my busy day, but wasn’t feeling it anymore once I finally sat down. Kevin’s had a little cold the last couple of days and I finally caught it. I’ve been congested and sneezing and would rather just go to bed! I feel old.

9:00 p.m. Type this blog post!

9:30 p.m. Bedtime! I have to get my sleep because I’m headed to an early Body Pump class in the morning!

That’s life for us these days, busy and fun and full of special little moments that make motherhood and life in general so rewarding. I wouldn’t change a thing- well, except the poop situation after nap time. I could have done without that :).

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Runner’s World Run Streak: Week 4

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I can’t believe how quickly the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak is going, and how many consecutive days I have run so far! My body is holding up great and I actually hit 30 miles this week for the first time in a long time. Kevin and 3 of my friends are also still streaking. It’s so great to have people to do this challenge with who will hold me accountable! The week started off kind of rough but got better as it went on. I am so in love with running right now!

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Here is a recap of how my week went, followed by Kevin’s account of his week.

Katie’s Miles (6/16 – 6/22)

  • Monday: 2 miles @ 9:00. I was not really looking forward to this run because I knew it would be tough! I spent the weekend celebrating at my friend’s wedding, and woke up not feeling too great the next day. By the time we got back to Virginia temperatures were in the 90s and it was very humid. I decided to wait to run until after dinner and we put Kevin to bed. By that time it did feel a little better outside, so I went 2 miles instead of the 1 I had planned. It wasn’t easy and I felt like I had wine coming out of my pores, but I got it done! I was drenched afterwards but it was a good way to start cleansing my system after an indulgent weekend!
  • Tuesday: 2 miles @ 9:22. I did 2 miles before Tabata Bootcamp and CX Worx. I still had some time to kill so I walked one more mile afterwards. Why does running 2 miles on the treadmill feel like 20? It is just not my friend! I think I would have preferred running outside in the 95 degree temps we had instead!
  • Wednesday: 3 miles @ 9:26. It was another morning of 100% humidity here in Virginia, but I don’t think it would have been that bad if I hadn’t done bootcamp the night before. My Wednesday morning runs are usually tough after that evening class. But I got it done anyway and I’m glad I didn’t wait until after work, because temps were in the high 90s by then! Geez, it’s not even officially summer yet! I also took a new route which I didn’t know included a giant hill. Whew!
  • Thursday: 3.5 miles @ 9:10.  My last day of school! I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning so I ran once I got home. It was storming while I was driving home and I tried to wait it out by prepping dinner. Once I was finished it cleared up, so I quickly ran out to try to squeeze a mile in before it started up again. Much to my surprise it stayed clear, so I kept going but stayed close to home. I ended up doing 3.5 miles without any rain at all. I hate ending on not a whole number (OCD), but it was worth it because I explored a new area of my neighborhood that I never knew existed. I love when that happens!
  • Friday: 5 miles @ 8:55. This run was pure bliss. It was my first day of summer break, I got a solid 8 hours of sleep, and ran in cool temperatures. My husband took the baby to daycare because I had a staff pool party, and it was so weird to be home without him. I didn’t know what to do with myself! I actually had time to stretch, roll out my muscles, and do some planks and push ups afterwards!
  • Saturday: 4.5 miles @ 9:01. What a great morning! I made pancakes for my boys, then we went for a run and had some playground time. We ran along a new route and alternated pushing the stroller. I love our weekends together. I was so proud of my husband because this is the longest distance he has ran in a very long time. I wanted to do an extra .5 to round out my 3.5 mile run the other day. Anyone else weird with numbers like I am?
  • Sunday: 10 miles @ 10:30. I ran with one of my friends who is also streaking, and we had a lot of fun! I planned a new-to-us route around a nearby town, and we got a little lost along the way during our first loop due to some construction and detours. Luckily we were much more prepared for our second time around. It was a little cooler out and actually rained a little while we were running, which felt good in the humidity. Our legs were a bit tired and we contemplated cutting it short at 8 miles, but ended up sticking it out to do the whole 10.
  • Total Miles This Week: 30
  • Total Miles So Far: 110
  • Total Days Streaking: 30

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Kevin’s Miles (6/16 – 6/22)

  • Monday: 1 mile @ 8:12. It felt good to get back on track after our wedding weekend away.
  • Tuesday: 2 miles @ 8:20.  This run felt like the fast food challenge. I was running down a road with a ton of restaurants and they smelled really good, it took more to resist going in to eat than it did to run. I was hungry!
  • Wednesday: 1 mile @ ? I had a case of “bubbly guts” on this run. Not good. I didn’t wear my watch but did one of our regular 1 mile routes and just tried to get it over with before having a bathroom emergency!
  • Thursday: 2 miles @ 7:30. I did some loops around a shopping center on the way to pick up Kevin at daycare. I stopped there to fit my run in real quick because I saw a storm coming. I was booking it!
  • Friday: 2 miles @ 8:03. I have been doing most of my runs in the afternoon but I did this one in the morning. I was so hungry all day afterwards!
  • Saturday: 4.5 miles @ 9:02. This run felt great. It was awesome to run with the family. I’m happy to be building up my long run mileage again.
  • Sunday: 1.5 miles @ 8:21. I did 1.5 miles to even out my weekly total so Katie wouldn’t complain about ending on a weird number. My legs were tired!
  • Total Miles This Week: 14
  • Total Miles So Far: 52.2
  • Total Days Streaking: 29

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I can totally see why people who streak find it addicting. Kevin is determined to extend his until Labor Day and I’m considering it. I figure I can always fit 1 mile or less than 10 minutes of running in a day – right?! Onto Week 5!

Even Little Kev wants to streak with us!

Even Little Kev wants to streak with us!

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Mom & Baby: 20/21 Months

Well hello 21 months. I realized that I never wrote a 20 month update, and now all of a sudden here we are at month 21. I am going to combine Kevin’s 20 & 21 month updates into one this time. A LOT has happened and I can sum it up in two words: language and independence. WOW!

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I don’t know how big Kevin is now officially but he’s getting close to 30 pounds. I know he has grown because I’ve had to buy him all new size clothes. He is wearing 2T tops and most of his pants are 3T (!!!) because he is just SO tall. He also got another haircut and this one really makes him look more grown up. We’ve had many people who don’t know him ask his age and guess that he is around 3. He’s not even 2 yet!!!

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Here are the monthly comparison shots: 1 month to 21 months.

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His favorite foods this month are… everything!!! Seriously, this kid loves his food. He is always asking for more and will try to eat off our plates even when he says he is all done. His current favorites include his daily green smoothies in the morning, pancakes, cheese, all fruit and eggs. He still loves to “dip” his food into marinara sauce, ketchup, dressing, peanut butter, applesauce, hummus, BBQ sauce, yogurt… the possibilities are endless and it works like a charm. It can be messy but it’s fun for him and worth it if it means he actually eats a full meal. I’m sure this is an old trick for veteran parents but for us it was eye-opening. It’s a surefire way to get him to eat almost anything. He also has a sweet tooth already and is obsessed with lollipops (“pops”) and his gummy vitamins (“candy”).

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I can now say with confidence that Kevin has officially weaned himself. On the day he turned 21 months old, he refused to nurse before bed. He cuddled with me for a few minutes in the rocking chair and then went to sleep without it. I thought it might be a fluke, but then it continued to happen every night afterwards. It’s been a week now and he’s not interested in it at all and hasn’t asked once. Although it’s sad to end this chapter after 21 months, it’s definitely bittersweet. I am ready to move on and give my body a break. Kevin took this picture a couple weeks ago when I was feeling like the end was near. It will always be special to me, and I’m proud that I kept going and waited until he was done on his own terms.

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Even though he has not wanted to nurse, he’s been fighting sleep recently. It has been taking him longer to fall asleep at night and he goes back and forth between 1 and 2 naps during the day. I’m planning to do some experimenting this summer when I am home with him (tomorrow is my last day!) to hopefully get him down to one nap. Sometimes he fights his second nap but then is miserable way before bedtime and will end up falling asleep while playing. It is tricky!  I would love for him to take one longer nap because it’s easier to plan around, but I also want him to wait until he is ready. Clearly, I don’t think he is. See Exhibit A, B, and C below. He fought his nap and ended up passing out in random places later on, even with a little finger puppet in his mouth in the car!

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By far the biggest development this month is his language. I can’t even keep track of all the words he knows at this point. I swear he says something new that surprises us every day. He’s always walking around and pointing at things and saying what they are. I have no idea where he learns some of the words he knows! He’s also starting saying two and three word phrases like “help mommy cook,” “mommy go bye bye,” and “hi daddy.” We’ve gotten to the point where we need to be careful with what we say and do around him, because he loves to copy us. Through watching us he learned how to take my chapstick and put it on (something he sees me do about a thousand times a day), yell at cars while we are driving (we really need to tone down the road rage I guess), and fake sneeze. He thinks all of these things are hilarious!

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Even though he’s learning a lot of words he still uses his signs regularly. He learned two new ones over the last couple of months- I love you and book. Other than that he probably uses the signs for more, please and help the most.

He LOVES his books. Drinking his morning smoothie while I got ready for work :)

He LOVES his books. Drinking his morning smoothie while I got ready for work 🙂

These last couple of months he has learned a ton of animal sounds, and he loves practicing them. He also likes to read animal books and do the sound of the animal when he sees it. It’s really entertaining when we are driving in the car :).

One of the coolest things to me is that he’s remembering people and their names. He can recognize his Papaw and Mamaw (Kevin’s parents), Poppy (my dad), Yaya (my sister Lauren- he can’t say that so we went for Lala and that’s what we got), Bobo (our family friend Coco), Nanny and Manda (from daycare), some of his daycare friends and of course Mommy and Daddy. He loves to call people by their names, and he even knows that his name is Kevin. If we ask him where Kevin is he will point to himself. It’s too cute!  The only thing we need to work is that he calls every runner he sees Mommy, regardless if they are a male or a female. LOL!

With Aunt Yaya at Trader Joe's where she works

With Aunt Yaya at Trader Joe’s where she works

He really blows my mind with the things he’s learning. The other day I got this picture sent to me from daycare. They were having a snack of colored goldfish and he had sorted them all by himself by color. We’ve been sorting things at home like blocks, but he’s never done it himself until now. I was so proud, and so was he!

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He loves music, especially dancing and singing. One night I was putting him to bed and he started singing something. I realized it was the song “Happy” and I almost fell off my chair, it was too cute. He’ll also sing and hum to the tune of the ABC song, which he learned at daycare.

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We are not actively potty training, but he has shown interest in the potty and peed on it a few times now both at daycare and at home. We bought him some underwear so that he can practice wearing them, and we will sometimes put them on before bed to give him a break from the diaper. I bought Elmo ones because he is obsessed with Elmo. He doesn’t get the concept that we don’t pee in underwear quite yet so we’ve had many accidents- which is fine. I don’t want to rush anything!

Wearing his big boy underwear and practicing sitting on the potty

Wearing his big boy underwear and practicing sitting on the potty

Kevin started to get his final teeth this month- all four of his 2 year molars all the way in the back starting cutting through. I can tell mainly because he is wanting to chew (and bite) everything. Other than that though, it doesn’t seem to bother him, which is crazy because those teeth are huge! I think he is just used to it at this point. I’m so ready for a break in the teething madness!

Ice cream helps sore gums :)

Ice cream helps sore gums 🙂

He still absolutely loves going to daycare and spending time with his “nanny” and his friends. Even though I am off for the summer, I am planning to send him to daycare once a week when we are not traveling. It will give him a chance to see his friends and his nanny, and keep the familiarity so it’s not too hard for him to go back in late August. I think it will also be good for me too, because let’s face it, mommy’s going to need some time for herself! I have some trainings to do for work, and also would love to be able to take a class at at the gym during the day or meet friends for lunch. I think it will be a good thing for both of us!

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I have become very aware that Kevin is getting closer to turning two. Most of the time he is super sweet, loving and affectionate, and loves showering us with hugs and kisses. He is very independent and wants to do things for himself most of the time, like picking out his clothes, eating, and playing with certain toys.

Picked out his own outfit and he chose an Elmo bib and my race medal- LOL

Picked out his own outfit and he chose an Elmo bib and my race medal- LOL

But he also still loves doing things with us too. He loves to bring us a book and sit on our laps so we can read it to him, and he still wants to be held and rocked to sleep most of the time. When we are outside he wants to hold both mine and Kevin’s hands while he walks. I love these moments because it gives me a glimpse into the baby he used to be before he grew into a bigger, more independent little boy. I hope he does those sweet things for a long time!

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With that being said, he can flip to the dark side very quickly. With trying to be more independent, he gets frustrated and has meltdowns more easily. He does his fair share of screaming, saying NO and temper tantrums- both at home and in public. We’re trying to teach him to ask for help before he gets too frustrated, and we’re doing better at learning what triggers him so we can avoid these situations.

Our failed attempt at a Father's Day picture

Our failed attempt at a Father’s Day picture

Being outside is his favorite thing and we try to get out at least once a day. Most of the time we let him run free in our backyard or cul-de-sac, but we’ve been running and walking a lot with him in the stroller and he loves it.

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Kevin did have one pretty bad sickness this month. He randomly developed a very high fever one day after his nap and it got all the way up to 104.3 degrees. He was very tired, warm and lethargic and it was very scary because he has never had a fever that high before. He didn’t want to eat either. I was worried because my husband had high fever seizures when he was little, so I took him to the doctor. He ended up having strep throat, which made me feel terrible because I know I brought it home from school. He went on antibiotics for it but then developed a horrible reaction and rash from the Amoxicillan, which was also scary. He has been healthy since then (knocking on wood), and I’m hoping a summer at home and away from some of those nasty germs will help!

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LOVES: books, pointing and naming things around him, balls, being outside, Elmo, trucks and cars (“beep beeps”), climbing on everything in sight, puppies and all other animals, hugging trees, being tickled, the bath, jumping on everything in sight, lollipops, music, his ‘babies’ (stuffed animals).

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HATES: diaper changes, thunderstorms, being constricted for too long, being tired, the voice on the baby monitor telling him to lie down (Daddy- LOL)

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What I had to do to convince him to let me change his diaper…

Body

The past two months I worked hard on losing the weight I gained during marathon training this past winter.  I always gain some weight over the months of marathon training- 5 pounds or so. I don’t stress about it because I’m so hungry during training and it usually comes off once the race is over. But this time around it’s been a lot harder to lose afterwards. I had been feeling frustrated lately wondering why it was so difficult to lose only a little bit of weight. It doesn’t seem like much but on my body those pounds made my clothes fit differently and I could feel every one of them.  We stopped eating out as much (only about twice a month now) and really worked on cleaning up our diets and getting out to exercise every day. Kevin has lost 16 pounds and I’m back at my regular weight. I don’t really want to lose anymore weight now, I really want to focus on toning everything up and maintaining it.

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In other body news, I started charting my cycle again using the Fertility Awareness Method. This is what we used to conceive Kevin, and while we aren’t trying to get pregnant right now I do want to know what my body is doing in terms of ovulation and everything. My last two cycles were only 23 days, so it’s been interesting to track my fertility signs and see what’s going on. I’m hoping to get it all figured out soon so we can start thinking about baby #2 within the next year or so.

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Mind

The last two months have been very stressful as I finished up the school year. I stayed late at work almost every night, Kevin was coaching middle school baseball and I started working as a running coach on the side. I also did a lot of traveling and celebrating some important milestones in my friends’ lives. We celebrated a couple of holidays (Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day). I’m ready for life to slow down a bit now as summer break begins!

Easter Fun!

Easter Fun!

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

Even though summer will be a ‘break’ we are still doing a lot. We’ll be going to Myrtle Beach to visit Kevin’s family over the 4th of July, then heading across the country to visit family and see my cousin get married in Oregon a couple weeks later. I am super excited and nervous about traveling that far with little Kev! We’ll also be spending some time with my family in Pennsylvania in August. Even though we’ll be busy I’m really excited to make some special memories. Life is great right now.

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I love you so much my sweet big boy! It’s hard to believe you’ll be two in September!

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Since I did two months in one post, here are a few more pictures that I want to include to remember Kevin at this fun age.

With his cousin Austin who is 6 months younger than him

With his cousin Austin who is 6 months younger than him

Swinging with Leighton, another Bradley baby :)

Swinging with Leighton, another Bradley Method baby 🙂

Playing with his new puppet theater- a gift from a friend!

Playing with his new puppet theater- a gift from a friend!

Reading books all by himself... upside down :)

Reading books all by himself… upside down 🙂

Love that smile and those blue eyes!

Love that smile and those blue eyes!

With our Bradley Method Birth class family!

With our Bradley Method Birth class family!

Look how much I've grown!

Look how much I’ve grown!

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Runner’s World Run Streak: Week 3

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Week 3 of the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak is in the books, and it was another good one! There were some nice ups, like the fact that I was able to run with both of my boys 3 times, which always makes me really happy. There were also some lows, like dealing with a ton of 100% humidity days which left me feeling sluggish and slow.

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Here is a recap of how my week went, followed by Kevin’s account of his week.

Katie’s Miles (6/9 – 6/15)

  • Monday: 1 mile @ 9:22Neither of us woke up this morning to run so we ran as a family while our dinner was in the oven- how’s that for multitasking? It was really hot and we were tired so we just did 1 mile- and trust me that was enough!
  • Tuesday: 3 miles @ 9:07. It was 73 degrees and 100% humidity when I ran at 5:45 am. Are you kidding me?? It felt like I was running through quicksand and I could not take a deep breath- the air was so thick!
  • Wednesday: 3 miles @ 8:30. This day was a doozy! I set my alarm to run in the morning and before it could even go off I woke up to a very loud and scary thunderstorm and pouring rain. I decided to run after work instead, but then there was another severe thunderstorm warning. The skies looked dark when I got home but I decided to chance it. I tried to run fast to outrun the storm and it worked. I also ran into Kevin who was out on his run on my way back to the house, which was fun!
  • Thursday: 2 miles @ 9:59. I cannot accurately convey how sweaty I was after another 100% humidity morning. I did 2 slow miles and even walked up a big hill at one point. My body felt really tired and heavy from the humidity and running at a harder effort less than 12 hours before. It wasn’t my best run but I got it done!
  • Friday: 4 miles @ 9:10. On this day when I saw it was 100% humidity again I expected to struggle and was only going to do 2 miles. Once I got started I actually felt fine, so I decided to go farther. At 3 miles I still felt good so I went ahead and did 4! I was so happy to finally have a decent run. Maybe I’m getting used to the heat and humidity already?
  • Saturday: 9 miles @ 8:50. That’s more like it! This run was the definition of the Brooks slogan “Run Happy.” It felt great outside, and it reminded me what it’s like to run and be able to breathe and not drown in my own sweat. I did 8 miles alone and then picked up the boys for 1 more. There were tons of other runners out too, which always makes me smile.
  • Sunday: 3 miles @ 9:01. This run took place in New Jersey! One of my best friends was getting married on the beach and we did a quick family run before the wedding day festivities begin. It was 57 degrees and windy- a little bit different than the weather we have been having in Virginia, but I loved it. 
  • Total Miles This Week: 25
  • Total Miles So Far: 80
  • Total Days Streaking: 23

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Kevin’s Miles (6/9 – 6/15)

  • Monday: 1 mile @ 9:22. I ran with Katie and Kevin during the week for a change. We got one quick mile in after work before dinner.
  • Tuesday: 1 mile @ 8:00. Katie was at her usual Tuesday class at the gym so I ran a mile with the baby after picking him up.
  • Wednesday: 3 miles @ 8:05. I ran two miles before picking up Kevin at daycare to try to beat a thunderstorm, and when I got home it still wasn’t storming yet so I went out and did 1 more with the stroller.
  • Thursday: 2 miles @ 7:26. I was just going to run 1 mile but decided to do 2 instead because I had some time to kill after work before meeting up with my brother-in-law. It was fun running back in my old stomping grounds. It brought back good memories.
  • Friday: 1 mile @ 8:30. Got a quick mile in before dinner.
  • Saturday: 2 miles @ 8:00. Katie was out doing her long run, and she let me know when she was getting close so I could come out and run her last mile with her. After a mile she stopped and started walking back with the baby in the stroller. I kept going for one more mile and it was fun to try to catch back up with her.
  • Sunday: 3 miles @ 9:01. It was a good family run before the wedding. It felt amazing because there was no humidity and it was breezy outside. It was nice being able to run with the family both days of the weekend.
  • Total Miles This Week: 13
  • Total Miles So Far: 38.2
  • Total Days Streaking: 22

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I’m so proud of Kevin for his dedication to the streak. He has really worked hard to fit a run into his busy days and has lost more than 15 pounds over the last couple of months. He says he’s feeling better than ever, and I have to agree. I have also lost 5 stubborn pounds I’ve been working on since I gained them during marathon training this past winter. We’re both feeling great, especially since we’re doing it together.

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How are my other streakers doing as we begin week 4? We are officially past the halfway point now. Who else is still streaking? How do you feel?

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Runner’s World Run Streak: Week 2

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Week two of the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak is in the books, and it was another good one! I am now up to day 16, since I started 2 days before the “official” start on Memorial Day. That is by far the most consecutive days I have ever run before, since last time around I ran/walked the streak while I was pregnant. It’s a great feeling!

With my new running group!

With my new running group!

Here is a recap of how my week went, followed by Kevin’s account of his week.

Katie’s Miles (6/2 – 6/8)

  • Monday: 1 mile @ 9:11. I started week two with one quick mile before work. My left leg felt a little weird so I wanted to keep it easy. Since I’m doing the streak I really need to make sure I stretch and roll out my muscles every day and I’ve been slacking on that. I spent some time on it Sunday night and after my run today and it started feeling better.
  • Tuesday: 2 miles @ 9:24. My leg felt a lot better today! I did a quick 2 miles on the treadmill before Tabata Bootcamp and CX Worx class.
  • Wednesday: 3 miles @ 9:20. I had a wonderful run on National Running Day. I started it off by running 3 peaceful miles while watching the sunrise. I love that there is a special day for this passion of mine!
  • Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:53. This morning I had one of those runs where you get lost in your thoughts and don’t even notice the miles ticking by. It was awesome! The weird pain I was getting in my left leg is pretty much gone, so I’m assuming it was shoe related since I just got new shoes this past weekend. I didn’t realize just how worn down my old ones were, but WOW. They feel so much better.
  • Friday: 2 miles @ 9:10. Kevin and I took turns going for our runs this morning. I was only going to do 1 mile, but it felt amazing outside- cool with no humidity- FINALLY!
  • Saturday: 3 miles @ 9:00. I got to run with my hubby this morning stroller-free for the first time in months! My mother-in-law was here so we snuck out for a quick 3 miler. It felt great to run together and it went by far too quickly!
  • Sunday: 8 miles @ 10:12. Sunday Runday with 3 of my favorite running buddies! I’ve run with each of them before individually but this was the first time we all got together. I wanted to start a running group to do weekend long runs, maintain our fitness through the summer and keep us motivated. The miles flew by and we all talked the entire time. It was so much fun! I can’t wait for next time.
  • Total Miles This Week: 23
  • Total Miles So Far: 55
  • Total Days Streaking: 16

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Kevin’s Miles (6/2 – 6/8)

  • Monday: 1 mile @ 7:53. Did this run after work and had to dodge cars because of tons of traffic, but other than that it was great.
  • Tuesday: 2 miles @ 8:30. I bumped it up to 2 miles today and actually ran in the morning for once. I was hot and sweaty all day afterwards.
  • Wednesday: 1 mile @ 7:49. Quick and easy after work with Kev in the stroller.
  • Thursday: 1 mile @ 9:17. Katie was busy after work again so I ran with Kev in the stroller. We went to the commuter parking lot near our house to do a quick mile. I spied on the lovers that meet there after work on a daily basis and ran past them 3 times. (Hahaha!! I lost it when I read this).
  • Friday: 2 miles @ 8:37.  I ran in the morning again and this time I didn’t run into a tree.
  • Saturday: 3 @ 9:00. It was really great to run with just Katie for the first time in forever, since my mom was here visiting. I didn’t have to walk at all on this day. It’s been a long time since I’ve run that far without stopping to walk but I did it!
  • Sunday: 2 miles @ 8:42. I ran. I felt fine. (He’s so descriptive).
  • Total Miles This Week: 12
  • Total Miles So Far: 25.2
  • Total Days Streaking: 15

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One of the best parts of this week just happened to fall on National Running Day (June 4th). I received an email that said I am now officially a certified running coach. It was the best news and I am so excited to embark on this new adventure!

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How are my other streakers doing as we begin week 3? Are you all still hanging in there? 26 days to go!

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365 Days of Fitness: May Recap

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Just like that, May is over. Life has been so unbelievably busy lately! I have so many blog posts I want to write and no time to do it. I can’t believe how quickly each week passes. Somehow it’s now June and I have only 2 more weeks of school until summer break. Wow!

May was definitely a great month for fitness. I ran 4 races (The Potomac River Run Half, Historic Half, Civitans 5K and Purple Stride 5K) and paced two people to get new PRs. I have been enjoying running with my boys and taking it easier in my “off season”. I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried a couple new classes that I’m learning to love (blog posts coming about them soon!) I also started my running streak! I did miss one day this month and my only excuse is that I just completely forgot. Lame! But the good news is that with this running streak, I will hopefully not miss any days in June. Progress, not perfection 🙂

Here’s the picture recap!

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Physically I’m feeling better than ever. Making time to workout or do some type of physical activity every day has made a huge difference in my mood, energy and body. This challenge has been great motivation for me so far this year. 5 months down, 7 to go!

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All of my pictures were taken with the FitSnap App (it’s free!). Check it out!