Running update

Oh wait, this is supposed to be a running blog? I suppose it is time for another post-pardum running update. I have consistently been running 4-5 days a week, almost 100% with the stroller and my favorite little running buddy.

What, you thought I would do a post without a picture of my little monster? Ha.

I have been trying to time our runs to coincide with Kai’s morning nap, and that has been working out swimmingly. He is usually asleep within 10 mins, and if I am lucky and there are no loud noises (rare – it is the season of leaf blowing and there is always work going on on the homes in the area) he will sleep for a whole hour or more.

I have been able to drop my pace quite a bit since I started. The first few runs I could barely crack an 11 min mile. Now it is very comfortable to hold a 9-9:15 pace for an easy run with the stroller. Sometimes I even dip into the 8:45 range without much extra effort. Speaking of easy pace, that is all I do with the stroller. I figure it’s good base building and I am gaining endurance and keeping my HR lowish. I haven’t worn a HRM at all, I am just going by what feels good. I will also say, pushing the stroller uphill is no joke! My legs burn and I feel like I’m getting a little strength workout as well.

The last weekend in September I ran a 5k for fun. My goal at the time was sub-9 min miles, which was tough for me back then. Well, I ended up running 7:45 pace which was shocking to me. I was pretty stoked about that, given I had done zero speed training and had only been back to running for a few weeks.

Since then, I have just been trucking along with the stroller. I’ve hit the treadmill just a few times, and it was torturous. As the weather gets worse I am going to have to make more use of it, and my workouts will have to change a lot. Given that Kai usually only naps for 30 mins at a time, I will be able to run in short bursts. The only way to make the treadmill tolerable for me is to do some type of speed work, so maybe I’ll be able to focus on faster running for 20 mins at a time. I have yet to try out the day care at the gym because Kai’s napping is all over the place. It is really hard to time out when I would be able to go to the gym between his eating and napping. Hopefully he will learn how to nap longer and his schedule will become a little bit more predictable so I can make use of the gym. Lord knows I need to start doing some strength work too, but I just can’t get motivated to do it at home when there are so many other things to get done.

This past weekend while I was up in Door County, I got to run in my favorite place, Peninsula State Park. I only had time to squeeze in 5 miles on Sunday, but those 5 miles were so great. I took it easy for the first couple miles, and then picked it up at the end, finishing with a 7:40 last mile. That pace used to be no big deal for me, but right now it is a stretch and I couldn’t believe how good it felt.

I have thought a little bit about what I will train for coming up, and I am pretty sure I will end up doing a spring half marathon and a fall marathon. I haven’t run a marathon since Boston 2011, so it’s time. I am planning to put triathlon on the back burner and return to my first love for a while. It will be easier schedule wise especially with Steve training at the same time, and I really want to see what I can do if I focus on one sport.

Update since I first wrote this out: We tried out the Kids Club at the gym today and it was a success! I just did a 4 mile run on the TM to keep it short in case of any problems, but the ladies said he did great and he can come back anytime. It will still be a little hard to squeeze in gym time while Kai is awake and not needing to eat, but we will do what we can. He fell asleep instantly on the way home (it’s a 4 min drive) so he must have played pretty hard in there ;-)

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Kai: 16 weeks

Instead of waiting until the 15th for Kai’s 4 month post, I have a few items to report on right now.

First of all, Mister Man rolled over 5 days after his 3 month birthday! Somehow I managed to capture this milestone on video.

He did it twice in a row like it was no big deal, and now two weeks later he has yet to repeat his feat. He is so close a lot of the time, and he can do it with barely a nudge from me. I am kind of ok with the fact that he hasn’t done it anymore, because once he is over he gets stuck. I see him trying to roll over in his crib on the video monitor, and if he does it in there and gets stuck I imagine he will be less than pleased.

Now we have to talk about this past weekend, when I was gone for two nights on a ladies weekend and Kai was Daddy’s boy all weekend long. I was pretty anxious before I left, not worried that Steve couldn’t handle it or anything, but worried about how Kai would eat, sleep, nap, etc. while I was away. He is used to hanging out with me all day every day for the most part, except when I am with clients.

Friday around 1pm I dropped Kai off with my step-brother, who offered to watch him until Steve got off of work. I brought over two bottles thinking he would only take one, and tried to get him down for a nap before I left. Justin also had his 11 month old to take care of, so I was hoping that Kai would be a little angel for him. Turns out Justin has the touch and got him to nap for 57 minutes. However, Kai refused to take his bottle. I told Justin this might happen because he has been a little stinker about that a couple of other times for my mom and/or Steve. When Steve arrived to pick him up, he tried again with the bottle without success. When Steve got him home though, he finally ate and took another bottle before bed.

I mentioned in my last update that Kai has been sleeping well at night, usually just waking up once to eat. This is the part I was most nervous about with being away, because during those middle of the night wake ups Kai is used to me coming in and immediately feeding him. Well, Steve was going to have to heat a bottle, which was not going to be instant gratification for the little man. So around 3am that first night, Kai woke up crying. Steve threw a bottle in the warmer right away and then went and got Kai. After it was heated, Kai flat out refused to drink it and Steve said it only made him cry harder. He rocked him for a little while but he wouldn’t calm down. Steve changed his diaper in case that was the problem, and then thought that maybe the bottle wasn’t warm enough. He set Kai down in his crib and came out to heat the bottle a little more, and literally one minute later Kai stopped screaming, passed out and slept until morning. When I heard this, I though to myself hmm, maybe it’s a good thing he didn’t eat in the night…

Saturday morning came, and Kai still refused the bottle. Steve started to panic, because now he missed his middle of the night feeding AND wouldn’t eat in the morning. He said he was ready to make the three hour drive to Door County so I could feed him. The other ladies reassured me that when he was hungry enough he would eat, and not to worry. Sure enough, a little bit later he took the bottle. That day Steve took Kai out to his parents house to spend some time with Grammy while he helped with some things around the house. I got a call later that afternoon from Steve asking if we still had any infant Tylenol at home because Kai was showing signs of teething and he was miserable. He was chewing on his hands, refusing to eat, and acting really whiney. When Steve tried to feel his gums he would cry hysterically, and he was gnawing on anything that got near his mouth. I didn’t think that teething happened this early, but I guess it can. He got Kai home, gave him some Tylenol, and 15 mins later he was so much better. He ate and even had some smiles.

I talked to my guys on Facetime to say good night, and hoped that Kai would sleep ok after not feeling well. Sunday morning Steve texted me how many ounces Kai ate for breakfast (yes, I am anal and demanded to know about every bottle so I could keep track of how much he ate) and I asked how he slept. And get this: HE SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR 12 HOURS!! Sorry for yelling, but holy cats, I couldn’t believe it. At first Steve reported that it was 11 hours, but later realized that he forgot to factor in daylight savings time and it was actually 12. So, two nights in a row without eating in the middle of the night. I was really hoping that this would now be a new trend, but I wasn’t holding my breath. I figured that once I was back (with my boobs), he would go back to wanting a night time snack. Well, lo and behold he SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR 11 HOURS on Sunday night, and AGAIN ON MONDAY!! (though this morning he woke up just before 6am which is too early for him, so I did feed him and he eventually fell back to sleep from 7-7:45). You guys, three nights in a row my baby has slept through the entire night. It is glorious. I am afraid to actually publish this post and jinx everything, but I couldn’t not report on this monumental development. I am going to continue to thoroughly enjoy it while it lasts (and hopefully it will last a long time!).

Kai is still a cat napper and can’t seem to get past the 30 min mark in his crib during the day, but he has taken some longer naps when out and about in his stroller/carseat. Just today, he snoozed for almost 3 hours (!!!) between errands to vote, the mall, and he even stayed asleep in his carseat when we got home which hardly ever happens anymore.

Kai had no problem returning to nursing when I got home from the weekend (another fear since traditionally he has loved his bottles). He still gets his big (6-7 oz) bedtime bottle every night which I think is part of the key to him sleeping so long.

Well, after that I guess any more updates will seem anticlimactic. Kai is super strong and still rocks at tummy time. Some of his 6 month clothes are getting to short (but most of them still fit), and 9 monthers are fitting pretty well too. Last I checked he was over 16 lbs, so I’d guess he is probably in the 17 lb range now.

He is still reluctant to smile on camera, but smiles or not, just look at that face. Such a cutie pie!

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Kai’s first Halloween

There was never a question as to what Kai would dress up as for his first Halloween. Over 40 years ago, my grandma made a little devil costume for my Aunt Beth. Since then, all of the new babies in the family have worn the costume on their first Halloween. I was the fourth little devil in 1981.

We figured out the Kai was the 14th baby to wear the little devil, and he was pretty darn cute in it.

The tail!

Side by side:

We got together with family and went to a Halloween parade. Luckily, it was the weekend before Halloween and the weather was beautiful.

My cousin Kelly almost blew away and her little dog too.

We skipped out on the Trick or Treat portion of the evening because I didn’t feel the need to have a bunch of candy sitting around the house, and it was Kai’s bed time. All in all a fun day, and it will be even better next year when our little man can actually go Trick or Treating.

Of course Kai has been sporting his Halloween diaper all month, and he’s been pretty happy about it.

And of course on Halloween itself, we made “Pumpkin Kai.” Heehee.

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Kai: 3 months

Boy oh boy, where to begin. I really should have done an update in between two and three months, because reading back over Kai’s two month post, so much has happened/changed/etc. But here we go. Our little dude is three months old already, and he is pretty awesome. And cute. And challenging. Yes, he is a handful.

First, a couple of comparison shots.

 

He almost looks chunkier to me in his two month pics, but much more focused and alert at three months. Stubborn little guy does not believe in smiling for the camera. He will be all smiles and grins for me, but the second I put the camera in front of his face he just stops and stares at it like what the heck are you doing you crazy lady? He also really can’t be bothered to stay still ever and is always moving and shaking like he has places to go.

Sleep: Kai is still sleeping well at night almost every night. We even had a couple 10.5 hour straight stretches a few weeks ago, but that has not become the norm. He goes to bed between 7-8pm and gets up between 7-8am and usually wakes once to eat. Pretty good, right? Often he will wake up a few times within the first hour or two and need his pacifier replaced or to be soothed back to sleep, but after that he is usually good to go. He normally wakes up either between 2-2:30 or 4-4:30 to eat, and he goes back to sleep until 7:30ish regardless. Here and there he will have a rough night where he is up more often, and I think it is usually due to tummy troubles. He started really fighting against his swaddle sack a couple weeks ago, so we decided it was time to try to wean him out of it. We started by swaddling him with one arm out, as I was instructed by the internets. The first night was rough getting him to sleep because he kept startling himself awake, but once he was really asleep he stayed asleep. After five nights we tried swaddling him with both arms out. Well, he was not ready for that much freedom. Both arms were flailing all over the place and no sleep was being had. So here we are in the second week of the one arm swaddle. It’s working for now, so we’ll stick with it for the moment.

While night time sleep is going really well, naps are another story completely. If there was a city called Cat Nap, Kai would be the mayor. His average nap time is 20-30 mins, with an occasional 40 min sprinkled in occasionally. He is ready for his first nap about 60-90 mins after he wakes up in the morning. I sometimes try to run with him around that time, but I think that also results in a less than stellar nap. While he used to always take his morning nap in the swing, he isn’t too keen on falling asleep in there anymore, so I have been trying to put him in his crib for all naps when we are home. I really don’t know how to get him to nap longer. We installed a light blocking shade in his room over the weekend which I think helps, but he still cat naps. Side note – don’t cats nap all freaking day?? Mine does, so why do they call it that? All of Kai’s cat napping wouldn’t be a huge deal to me if he was a happy boy when he is awake. As it is, by early afternoon he is overtired and cranky, and that often carries over to the rest of the day and progresses into Mr. Fussy Pants by late afternoon/early evening. I know it is because he is over tired, and all I can do is try to get him to take more naps. He takes 3-4 a day, but they are not long enough to do much good. I really really hope this improves soon and we someday have a well-rested, happy boy during the day.

Nursing: So this has become slightly frustrating over the last week or two for a few reasons. First and foremost, Kai is very demanding when he eats and gets very frustrated if the milk is not coming out fast enough for him. We don’t have problems in the morning or in the middle of the night, but as the day goes on and my flow slows down, he is not happy about it, and will pull at me and continuously pop himself off in protest. What he loves is bottles. We have started giving him a bottle of breast milk before he goes to bed every night so that he is sure to get a full feeding and not go to bed hungry. This means I do have to pump after he goes to bed, but I like that it has become part of his routine, and that Steve and I can now take turns feeding him and putting him to bed. I think that part is good for him.

Just over the past few days he has also started to become distracted by everything while he eats. Sometimes he will seriously pop off every few seconds and just look up and stare at me with his cute little face. Love that we’re bonding and all, but I wish he would just concentrate on the task at hand.

The other problem: I used to pump about an hour after his first feeding in the morning to continue to build up a freezer stash for when I am working or whatever. It got to the point though, where whenever I did that and Kai tried to eat one and a half to two hours later, things were not replenished enough for his liking and we would start an entire day of frustrating nursing sessions (see above). So I am no longer pumping in the morning, which means nothing is going into the freezer because what I pump at night is given to him the following night. Sometimes at night I get a couple extra ounces, but not a lot. Eventually what is in the freezer is going to dwindle, so I’ll have to decide what to do at that point. I am not willing to sacrifice any more sleep to pump in the night after he feeds, which would probably be the best time to do it. I am not really opposed to him having a bottle of formula once and a while if need be, but we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

 

Kai is still growing like a weed, and last time I weighed him at home he was over 16lbs already. He is no longer wearing any 3 month clothes at all, 6 months are fitting him pretty perfectly, and he is already in some 9 month outfits as well. I love bundling him up in his cute cozy fleeces to go for runs in the stroller.

He loves stroller runs now, and will usually just look around at everything for a while before he drifts off for a little cat nap. He will often be awake again by the time we get home, but he no longer fusses, preferring to enjoy the nice scenery instead. Our longest run together so far was 6.7 miles, but our usual route takes us 4 or 5 miles. Our pace has also decreased significantly since we started, and it is now comfortable to average under 9:30 pace on an easy run. I haven’t had many chances to run without the stroller lately, but I imagine it is going to feel pretty good.

My boy is still rocking his one of a kind hair do, and I still can’t get over it’s amazingness. He still loves his baths, and while usually Steve and I both do bath time together, we had our first solo bath experience while Steve was out of town.

Kai rocks at tummy time, lifting his head all the way up with ease.

Another thing he is great at is drooling. Holy cow, kid can drool. I don’t know where it’s all coming from, but he can soak through three bibs a day at least. He loves to eat anything that gets near his mouth including his hands, and I often just give him a washcloth or burp rag and he will go to town on it. This does double duty, as he is occupied with something plus he is wiping his own drool. Win!

The last weekend in September Kai took his first overnight trip to Chicago to visit Uncle Mike and Auntie Omoleye. They recently moved into a new condo with a pretty sweet view from the rooftop deck.

He had fun hanging out with Uncle Mike, though it was pretty tiring.

Lucky boy even got to take a nap on the rooftop.

Kai will still tolerate being worn, but only if he is facing out so he doesn’t miss any of the action.

He is still the king of amazing facial expressions, even if is stingy with his on camera smiles.

Please note the belly and the chunky thigh rolls. Love them.

Kai likes to rock his Packers outfit on game days, and this past Sunday he enjoyed watching the game with Great Grandma Joan.

Last week he also got to meet Great Grandma Lee for the first time.

Man, I love that face. Oh Kai, you are one challenging little guy but I love you to the moon and back.

 

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Kai: 2 months

Our little mister is two months old today! How? It seems like the past two months have gone by so fast, yet looking back they somehow seem like forever as well. Kai is doing great, and I just love this boy more and more every day.

He had his two month check up today, and he is doing an amazing job at growing. Little chunk weighs 13lbs 15oz and is 24.5″ long. That puts him in the 85th percentile for weight and the 97th percentile for height. It is no wonder that he is now officially wearing 6 month clothing. He is too tall for most of his 3 month outfits, which is sad because some of them are so cute. However, now that summer is apparently over, it is time for his long sleeved 6 month outfits anyways. Poor guy also had his first round of vaccines today, one oral and 3 shots in his legs. He cried so hard his face turned bright red, and this mama may have been fighting back a tear herself. Luckily the crying didn’t last long once it was over and I was able to hold him. He slept for a couple of hours after the appointment, woke up to eat, then dozed off again. When he woke a second time, he was screaming bloody murder. He didn’t feel warm to me but was obviously in pain/not feeling well, so I gave him some Tylenol. He cried/whimpered for a while before falling asleep yet again. I hope he feels better when he wakes up because it is so sad to see him not feeling good.

Sleep: Kai continues to be a great night time sleeper. He goes to bed between 8-9pm, and wakes up once or twice to eat. Lately it has been only once more often than not, which is great. His longest stretch of sleep so far was 7hrs 15mins. It was glorious. He is usually good for 5-5.5 hours as a first stretch, and then usually another 3-4 after that. He wakes for the day anytime between 6-8am. Then he is up for about an hour before he takes a nap in his swing. He is now fighting naps during the day, which does not make for pleasant evenings. If we are out and about and he is in his carseat, he will take a killer nap the whole time, but on days when we are home all day, he does not like to go to sleep. I haven’t been able to get him to nap in his crib lately (his eyes pop open as soon as I lay him down), so almost all naps occur in the swing, on me or Steve, or sometimes in his rock n play.

His unwillingness to nap during the day is most apparent after 4-5pm, when he believes sleep to be out of the question until he is in bed for the night in his crib. Occasionally he will accidentally fall asleep on me in the evening after nursing, but will typically wake up 10-15 mins later crying and super-pissed that he allowed himself to drift off. This brings me to the not so great part of the post, what his pediatrician referred to today as the witching hour. Kai has been super fussy pretty much every night starting at 5pm and continuing until he is in bed for the night. Some nights are worse than others, but it is pretty much every night. He also cluster feeds during this time, demanding to eat at least every hour. It would be fine with me if this trend stopped at any time, and I have to remind myself that it will pass and he does sleep well at night, so I have to be thankful for that. His doc said we should maybe try putting him to bed for the night earlier, but if he goes down at 7pm instead of 8-9pm, he will likely wake to eat an hour earlier, this one less hour of sleep for me before I have to get up. We may try it and see what happens though.

Speaking of nursing, he is still eating every 2-3 hours during the day, and like I said he pretty much wants to eat constantly in the evening. I remind myself that he is stocking up for the night, and this is the reason he sleeps for long stretches, so it’s ok.

Skills: Kai is still pretty stingy with his smiles, but he lets a few more slip out each day. I even caught a big one on camera on his 8 week birthday.

He still loves his activity mat, and has started to bat at some of the toys hanging above him. He coos and tells stories while laying on his mat as well. He can roll up onto his right side, but has not rolled all the way over yet. He is also a champ at tummy time and can lift his head up to look around, though sometimes when I turn him over he just rubs his face on the mat in protest. He is much less of a bobble head now and has almost full control of his neck/head when we sit or stand him up. When we stand him up, he will often actually stand with his strong legs. He loves to look around at everything around him, and especially loves being outside.

Kai loves bath time, especially when Daddy rinses him off with the sink sprayer. He also no longer cries during every diaper change, which is a welcome development. I guess he realized that it is in fact a nice thing to have clean dry pants.

Still loving the cloth diapers, and it has become sort of an addiction for me. Above is my new favorite. So stinking cute.

Now, can we talk about this kid’s hair for a second?

I have always struggled to capture it in all of it’s glory, until I realized that I had the angle all wrong. Instead of a profile view, his fluffies needed to be captured from behind. I kid you not, this is his normal hair. I do nothing to it and this is how it is. It doesn’t go any other way. There is no taming it. I love it so much. Everyone comments on how awesome it is and I concur.

Fun stuff: Kai had his first trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo, where he loved riding on the Zoo train. Such a fun thing that I remember doing when I was little.

We also spent a weekend in Madison cheering for Steve at Ironman WI. I wanted to do a separate post on that but didn’t get around to it, so I’ll include some pics here. Steve did great and took 8 mins off of his time from last year.

Of course Kai got dressed for the occasion. He was such a good little spectator.

Our guy is turning into more and more of a little person every day, and it is amazing how much he changes from week to week and even day to day.  Just look at this face. Love this little guy so much!

 

 

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Kai: Six weeks

This kid. I can’t even. The most notable thing that has happened over the past few days is smiles! Not huge smiles, but little ones like the photo above. Love love love it! He looks so big and grown up in this picture, I can’t even believe it.

Sleep: For the most part, Kai is still a pretty great little nighttime sleeper. He goes to bed in his crib usually around 9pm (earlier if he is super crabby). Sometimes he eats right before bed, but not always. He still wakes up twice on most nights, but there was one magical time that he slept from 9:15pm-3:45am and then wasn’t up again until 7:45am to start the day. That 6.5 hour stretch was his longest ever and has not been repeated since, but hopefully that will start to become the norm sometime soon. He usually does go 4-5 hours for his first stretch and then 3 hours after that. Sometimes he sleeps in until 7:30-8am, but other times he thinks anywhere between 4:30-6am would be a great time to start the day. Naps during the day are all over the place, but usually occur in the swing. I am trying to get him to nap in his crib more often, but it is hit or miss. Sometimes if I can tell he is tired, I will swaddle him and lay him down in the crib, and occasionally he will take a great 2-3 hour nap. Other times he wants nothing to do with it and will wake up and start thrashing around within two minutes. He is a very wild sleeper and needs to be in his swaddle sack at night or he will be all over the place and wake himself up within five minutes of laying down. He grunts and moves around in his sleep all the time. Sometimes he even starts crying and when I go in to check on him he is still sleeping. He often falls asleep more easily with his paci, but sometimes it wakes him up when it eventually falls out. A couple of times in the early morning I have gotten him back to sleep by simply putting the paci back in his mouth. It’s like magic.

Nursing: As evidenced by his rapidly increasing chunky thigh rolls, Kai still loves to eat. During the day he eats every 2-3 hours, sometimes more often if he is in more of a snacky mood. I have been pumping once a day about an hour after his morning feeding and I am now consistently getting 4-5 oz at a time, which is enough for one bottle. I think I have enough for about 8 feedings stashed in the freezer right now and am adding one each day, which is great. He will never really need more that one bottle when my mom or Steve has him while I work at this point (I have started seeing 1-2 clients at a time), so this is plenty for now. Kai is still very demanding and will not tolerate a diaper change or anything else before he eats. Sometimes I think it would be so much easier to get him back to sleep in the middle of the night if I could change his diaper first and then feed him instead of the other way around, but screaming would ensue so I give in to his demand to eat.right.now.

Kai really loves laying on his activity mat, and he loves music. He sometimes prefers to lay on the floor rather than be held if he is fussy. He looks at all of his toys and you can really tell that he sees everything now. His favorite song is Rumor Has It by Adele, so we dance to that one whenever it comes on. He also enjoys Dave Matthews Band, Bon Iver and Coldplay, clearly great taste already. He loves to look around outside, and sometimes tolerates rides in the stroller while he is awake now if they aren’t too long. He also loves to look out the window.

In fact, during the day I always nurse him while sitting on the couch, and sometimes he gets distracted by the big window behind me. He also likes this toy that rattles, so I’m going to start throwing that in the diaper bag when we go out in case he needs some distraction.

Ok, now lets talk about fussy babies. Namely, we often have one on our hands. In fact, most nights we do not need a clock to tell us when it is 7pm, because 7pm is also known around here as fussy time. Kai will start screaming for no reason, and we can identify this cry from anything else. When this happens, the swing is usually our best friend and the only thing that can get him calmed down. There have also been a few times when we were out at either a restaurant or a party with a lot of people and noise when he became overstimulated (and overtired), and when this combination hits he is practically inconsolable. Sometimes the Bjorn carrier helps him calm down and fall asleep, but even this will usually take a little while of walking, swaying, talking to him, etc. We are hoping he grows out of his fussy phase soon, but we are thankful that he is usually pretty content for most of the day, and there have even been a few nights lately when we didn’t have the major fussies. Speaking of the Bjorn carrier, I returned the ring sling I talked about in my last post. It was too much of a hassle to get him in and out when he was crying, and he didn’t really love it. We ended up borrowing a Bjorn from Steve’s sister and it is so much better for us right now. Super easy to get on and off, and he usually tolerates it pretty well.

It does hurt my shoulders and upper back after a while so I can’t imagine using it once he is bigger, but for now it is great. Once he is bigger I will revisit the Ergo we have and hope it is a better fit at that time, and more comfortable for Steve and I.

I am sure I will say this at the end of every update, but Mister Man is growing and changing so fast. Some of his three month clothes are getting too short for him, and he even wore a small six month outfit the other day. We had to raise the straps in his carseat one notch too. I am looking forward to seeing more smiles from our serious little guy over the next couple weeks!

 

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First post-baby run!

I decided that today was the day to try my first run, 5 weeks 4 days postpartum. I am a rebel, I know, not waiting the full six weeks. Close enough. I will start by saying that I have been walking briskly with the stroller almost every single day since day nine, so it’s not like I have been doing nothing, but I was still a little nervous about my first run.

I had to look back at my logs to see that my last real run was on February 27th on the treadmill. By far the longest I have ever gone without running since 2003 when I started running marathons. While on our walk yesterday, I did throw in two 5 min jogs just because I felt like it. I know you are not supposed to run with babies in the stroller until they have head control, but I was on a smooth road and Kai was in his infant seat right in front of me so I could see that his head was not bouncing and he was just fine. Let’s just say those little 5 min jogs were a rude awakening. I think I MIGHT have approached an 11 min mile pace at one point. I also realized that my target sports bras were in no way going to cut it for actual running. Ouch.

I was excited to get out today sans stroller and with my new big girl sports bra to see how things felt. I charged up my Garmin and my iPod in preparation, and I was ready to hit the road. I had a goal of three miles in my head, but knew I would have to listen to my body and adjust plans accordingly. I took off down the road and within the first two minutes I got an amazing runners high. I was smiling ear to ear because I was just so happy to be running again. This feeling lasted approximately 24 seconds, and then my body realized what was happening. Oh man it was hard. I hit the first mile in 9:53 and was thrilled with a sub-10 min pace. Then things got rough. Mile 2 was 10:36. My legs were heavy, my lungs started to burn. See also: thigh chafing. Mental note: body glide. On the way back I thought I was going to have to walk up the small hill in mile 3, but I shuffled along and completed the final mile in 10:56. Nothing like running each mile slower than the last.  My average pace was 10:29, so that shall be my starting point moving forward.

Four hours later I am already sore. Where am I sore you might wonder? A little in my legs maybe, yes, but I am mostly sore in my ribs (??). And my back. Hello no core strength. I am making sure to hydrate like a champ and am going to focus on eating like a champ as well. I read that when some women who are nursing start exercising more, their milk supply drops due to not consuming enough calories or not staying properly hydrated. Kai loves to eat (a lot), so I am going to try and make sure that doesn’t happen.

For now my goal will be to build back some consistency with running, which will not be easy while Steve is still training for Ironman (two more weeks!). I am probably going to have to resort to some treadmill time and hope that Kai doesn’t mind playing on his activity mat while mom runs, and I will get outside whenever I can when Steve is home. I know it is going to take some time before running feels good again and I can run under 10 minute pace, but I will think of it as a good challenge. As for my run today, three miles never felt so awful and so good all at the same time :)

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