6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Baby Growth Week by Week

Hard to believe but our baby girl is 2 months already!!  The adjustment going from 2 kids to 3 kids has been pretty easy on me and Muscle Man, although having a baby around means much less downtime.  The boys are in love with their sister and seeing her react to them with a smile melts my heart.  What a blessing to have 3 miracles in our lives. 

I have been back to work nearly 2 weeks now.  It has been an adjustment.  I find that I am OK in the morning, but by afternoon I miss her like crazy making it difficult to focus.  I do my 'Mom Duty' in a little conference room which is a bit strange as well but I am getting used to it, it saves us money and keeps my baby girl healthy so I will keep it up.  I am TIRED by the end of the day which has put a damper on my running... Although last night I was able to bust out a PPPR- Post Pregnancy Personal Record running a 5K in our HILLY neighborhood with MM.  We finished with a 28:27, my goal was sub 30 so I was pretty thrilled. Taking baby steps to getting my speed back, for now I will push it when I have juice in the tank.

Below is photo proof of her growth, I was not great at taking photos on the exact day week by week but close enough.
1 Week- barely focusing with no hand control
2 Weeks- The sleepy stage
3 Weeks- More alert and tracking those around her
4 weeks- Seeing real smiles off and on
5 Weeks- Starting to get into a routine, she LOVES to sleep on Mommy and Daddy
6 Weeks- Really showing her personality and getting cuter by the minute
7 Weeks- Sleeping beauty loves to nap in her carseat and the jogging stroller
8 Weeks- Smiling, making eye contact and playing little games with Mommy.
I will take her 2 Month photo tonight, hoping to catch her dimple in the photo but she makes funny faces with the camera/flash come out.  For my own record here are a few more details about Minnie-Me at 2 months old.

Likes:
  • Napping on Mom and Dad
  • Watching her brothers play
  • Her carseat
  • Helping Daddy around the house in the baby carrier
  • Bright colors
  • Bathtime
  • Her swing
  • Visits from Grandma and Auntie
  • Sucking on her hands
Dislikes:
  • Pacifier, she may take one when she is really tired but overall she is not a fan
  • Wet/dirty diaper, she wants to be changed almost immediately
  • Being cold after the bath
  • Going to sleep before 9:30 or 10 at night
  • Waiting to be fed
  • Hats, she will pull them off
  • When Daddy is loud cheering on his team or sneezing
  • The dark
This girl is a smiley and happy baby.  She loves to coo like she is having a conversation.  If I take my eyes off her when she is sitting with me when I look back down she will be watching me with the prettiest smile.  She does not like to cry in general, she really only fusses when she is getting tired.  If we stand up and rock her she stops almost instantly.  Her schedule is not set in stone yet but Daddy and her are getting into a rhythm during the day.  I am hoping that bedtime will be 9pm soon, in the mean time I am cherishing the extra time with her at night.

On the running front I have a 5K I may run next weekend...although I dont feel fit to race it will be fun to get back out there.  I will keep you posted if I do run.

Hope everyone is doing great... and as Ellen says "Be Kind to One Another."

Monday, September 9, 2013

Running and a 6 week update

I am so excited to write a post about RUNNING!!!!  Last week Muscle Man, me and the family recorder 13.3 miles.  I was cleared by the doctor and am feeling back to normal.

If you want to follow my training you can find me on Dailymile HERE

Labor Day 5K- Pace: 11:33
First post baby real run.  I pushed Minnie-Me in her carseat/jogger while Muscle Man pushed the Little studs in the double.  I am fully aware that we are well beyond the weight capacity in the jogger, but our boys are not interested in riding bikes, so we are stuck.  We stopped 3 times during the run but not because I needed to stop.

9/5 5K- Pace: 10:11
Muscle Man pushed the little ones so I got to run normal.  We kept a good pace and I pushed it the last half mile, which felt AMAZING!!

9/6 4 miles- Pace 10:23
My knee was a little sore and it was humid and muggy.  I wanted to go beyond the 5K mark so we took the long way :)

9/8 Hilly 5K- Pace 11:33
This was a Sunday so we had all the kiddos which meant 2 strollers.  We took the sidewalks in a local neighborhood with a GIANT hill.  We walked the hill which impacted our overall pace.  My quads were pretty sore after.

9/9- Pace 10:17
It was a crisp morning, we dropped both boys off at school!!  Little Stud #2 is in Kindergarten and LS#1 is in second grade.  Minnie-Me was sleeping and stayed asleep the whole run, such a good baby!!  My knee was a little sore to start but warmed up quickly.  The trail is packed with Fisheman.  We set out from Orting so we could go to the bakery after, but it is closed on Moondays, BUMMER!
First Day of school 2013
Yep 13.3 miles total last week at 6 weeks post baby!  I am very proud of that.  Staying active during pregnancy was key to being able to get back to running so quickly.  I am sad to report that next Monday I return to work... BOOOOO!!  It is going to be hard to leave Minnie-Me and I have truly enjoyed running with hubby anytime I want.  But Muscle Man is a stay at home Daddy so she will be in good hands and he said he will come visit me for lunch!!

So how is our little lady??
We went on our first shopping trip together, she slept the whole time.  she also came with me to lunch with my co-workers and slept the whole time.  And has slept the whole time on ALL of our runs... Yes she loves he carseat, which is GREAT!!
 Proof of her favorite place to sleep.  Muscle Man jokes that if he needs a break during the day he just needs to drive around the block.
This week is transition week for us.  What does that mean? A few things.  We transitioned baby to her crib, this will help me to sleep better and help so I dont wake her up when I get ready for work.  The first night was ROUGH I was very anxious, but with a few nights now I feel GREAT!  She likes her crib and needed the room since she loves to have her arms above her head.  I have a night light in her room and play white noise while she sleeps, I think it helps for her to not feel alone.  She is on a schedule to sleep for about 4.5 to 5 hours, up to nurse and be changed, back down and up about 2.5 to 3 hours later.  This schedule will work well as I would like to nurse before I leave for the day.
 
Another transition is getting her used to the bottle.  I have been pumping to get the reserves stocked but also keeping a few ounces in the fridge for Muscle Man to feed her.  I figure this will help since she will be bottle fed during the day.  She seems OK with this but it is not her favorite.
 
Moving the work clothes to transition back to work wear.  My pants are a little snug but will work.  I may be wearing dresses a lot until things tighten up again. 

I am still not 100% set on her Blog nickname but Minnie-Me works for now.  As you can see she is my little clone, matching nose, ears, lips and dimple....BUT she has Muscle Mans blue eyes!! 

Well she needs me so I better log off..

Blessing to all!!