OBX Vacation 2015

We spent the first week in May on our first real family vacation in the Outer Banks, NC. We stayed in a huge beach house with Steve’s whole family, which is a perfect set up for a trip like this. We took our first trip there in April of 2012, and I was excited to go back for a relaxing week on the beach. What I was not excited for was the drive to and from, which google maps tells me is just over 17 hours, but it took us 22 hours to get there and a little less to get back. Of course I was nervous about how Kai would do on such a long drive, how he would sleep in a strange house, etc. Of course he surprised us and did great.

We left around 8pm on a Friday night in hopes that Kai would sleep through a good chunk of the drive. He was asleep by 8:30 and slept soundly until 10:40, when he decided to wake up and serenade us with the song of his people for the next 45 mins. Then he went back to sleep until about 5:30am the next morning when we stopped for gas. We gave him a bottle and he slept again from 6:30-7:30 before waking up for the day.

We stopped for breakfast and much needed coffee at Starbucks and Kai got some of his wiggles out before getting back into the car.

I won’t lie, Saturday was a very very long day of driving. I sat in back with Kai all day and tried to keep him entertained, but by the time we got there (actually about an hour or two before we got there) he was done being in the carseat. I had packed a bin of his favorite toys and some new ones and kept it in the back seat with us, but Kai’s favorite game was to throw each toy over the opposite side of his carseat where no one could reach them until we stopped and opened the door and the toys avalanched out of the car. We also had a tablet rigged up with some movies for him, but not his beloved Little Baby Bum or Baby Einstein videos, so they didn’t hold his attention as much as we had hoped.

Rest stops in PA were very pretty.

I think Kai took two naps on Saturday after much fussing and crying, and they were 45ish minutes each. This kid is just not a huge car sleeper. We sang, played with toys, read books, ate snacks, stopped when necessary, and finally made it to the house around 7pm on Saturday (6pm our time).

We got settled in, set up Kai’s pack n play in his own bedroom and got him to bed. I had ordered a pack n play mattress and sheet from Amazon so it would be more comfortable for him than the crappy little pad that it comes with. We brought our video monitor (so glad we did that!), and I was surprised that he went to sleep without a fuss. I was scared that he would wake up crying all night long because he was overtired and in an unfamiliar bed, but he didn’t make a peep until 7:30 the next morning! In fact, this trend continued throughout the whole trip. He napped and slept great the whole time, which I couldn’t believe.

Sunday morning we checked out the view from our balcony, and it didn’t suck.

We also walked down to the beach to check it out. It was high tide and the waves were coming right up to the dune so we didn’t go all the way down to the water, but we watched and listened to the waves for a bit. I just love the ocean, and it makes me happy to be near it.

Later that morning Steve and I went for a five mile run barefoot on the beach, which was great. I forgot my running belt to hold my phone, so I didn’t bring it on the run to take pictures since there would have been an 83% chance of it ending up in the ocean, but you can picture us frolicking happily in the surf.

I couldn’t tell you what we did every day during the week because we actually didn’t do much besides hang at the house, run, shop, go out to breakfast a couple times, and hang out by the beach. It’s just that kind of relaxing trip. We brought Kai’s walker which turned out to be the best thing because he was able to tear it up on the huge wrap around balcony at the house and chase around his cousin Aiva. (Side note: Kai and Aiva share a birthday, exactly one year apart, which I think is pretty cool. Also, she only weights two pounds more than my chunka monka).

Action shot:

The kids both got a bucket with sand toys from their Grammy, and were testing them out inside.

The weather was beautiful all week, mid 70’s and sunny. It is always a little windy there, but it wasn’t too bad compared to the last time we were there. Kai liked to start his mornings with a little yoga on the deck.

Note that the 24 month summer outfits I bought on clearance last fall already fit him perfectly.

One day we went down to the beach for a little photo session.

Kai loved stomping his feet in the sand. What he did not love was getting his feet wet in the ocean. I dipped his feat in a wave and he promptly freaked out crying, I think it was because the water was so cold. After that, Steve was holding him and standing in the surf, and every time a wave would come up by Steve’s feet, Kai would whimper a little.

The best we could do for a family selfie on the beach:

And my favorite pic from the whole trip, which I have already printed out and framed:

Kai got his first taste of ice cream at Dairy Queen.

He approved.

One late afternoon we walked down to the water to look at a school of dolphins that was hanging out near the shore.

On our last night, Steve and I got to go out on a date while Steve’s mom and sister watched Kai and put him to bed. We went to a restaurant in the town that was about 15 miles down the highway called Pangea Tavern.

All of the draft beers were from North Carolina, which I thought was really cool. Steve and I both tried a local IPA, and for dinner I had shrimp and grits, which was delicious.

Before we knew it, the week was over and it was time to drive home. We decided to leave at night again in hopes that Kai would sleep, so we headed out on Friday night around 8pm. Kai did not sleep nearly as well on the way home. He woke up every 30-40 mins all night while Steve was driving. I took over at the wheel around 5am, and luckily Kai slept for almost 2 hours so Steve could at least take a nap before getting back behind the wheel.

In the car on Saturday Kai took 2 naps again, but they were only 20 mins and 30 mins respectively. All day. Surprisingly, he remained somewhat chipper the whole time and seemed slightly less crabby than on the way out. Steve was able to download his two favorite videos on youtube, and he spent a lot of the ride home watching them which was fantastic. We stopped at a service plaza in PA or OH, one of those, and after changing Kai’s diaper I had to go to the bathroom. I noticed that the handicap stall doubled as a “mommy and me” stall, where they had this:

Brilliant.

The drive went smoothly until we hit Chicago, where we were stuck in stop and go traffic for an hour. Despite that setback, we still made it home by 4pm on Saturday afternoon. I don’t think we have ever been so happy to get home and out of the car. All in all we had a great trip, but it was a very long drive that I don’t care to repeat any time soon. Kai was so tired that he slept for 11 hours the night we got back, and took a 3.5 hour nap the next morning. It took him a few days of extra sleep to get back into his groove, and almost a week later he is right back to his normal schedule.

So long OBX, until next time!

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Kai: 9 months

This kid. He is just too much. Nine months old and such a little person with such a big personality.

Fist off, Kai is still a big boy. His nine month check up isn’t until next week, but we weighed him at home last week and he was about 25 lbs. He wears 18 month clothes, size 4 diapers (5 at night) and size 4 shoes. He still has eight teeth and has been very drooly the past few days, so I wonder if another one is on the way. He is a little tank and is getting very hefty to carry around on my hip. Let’s compare:

Side note: It was almost impossible to get a chair shot this month, as Kai no longer sits still for longer than one second. Most of the pics turned out like this:

Sleep: Not too much has changed from last month, and we are still rocking a schedule. He wakes up at 6:10 (on the dot most days) and happily plays in his crib until at least 6:30 when I go in to say good morning. He has been super happy to see me in the mornings which is the best.

Kai takes a nap at 9:15-9:30 which is usually an hour and fifteen minutes, occasionally a little longer or shorter. He takes his afternoon nap around 2:30, and lately it has been taking him quite a long time to fall asleep for this one. He usually just rolls around and plays in his crib until he falls asleep, which can be anywhere from 5-25 mins from the time I put him down. He typically sleeps for another hour and fifteen here. He goes to bed for the night around 7:30 and sleeps through the night, though he always always cries a few times throughout the night. He always cries around three hours after falling asleep. Sometimes it can literally be one cry, and sometimes it lasts for a minute or two. Occasionally this will be the only time we hear him, but often he cries out a couple other times throughout the night. We very rarely have to actually get up and go to him, he usually stops and goes back to sleep within a couple minutes, just long enough to make sure we are really awake. I am starting to wonder if he will ever stop doing this and remain quiet for an entire night. I still wish he would sleep in a little later (7am would be amazing), but overall I cannot complain.

Eating: We have made some major progress in this category over the last month! Kai is becoming a pro at eating finger foods without gagging, and loves to snack on cheerios, puffs, teething wafers, biscuits, and yogurt melts. He has also graduated to some non-baby food items such as toaster waffles and peanut butter bread. Kid loves his carbs. He is skeptical of anything you place before him, and will examine everything thoroughly before deciding whether it will make the cut for a taste test. If so, is is often a brief touch to the tongue and that’s it. He has been a little more adventurous about at least trying a lot of things, even if it never makes it all the way into his mouth. Though he has definitely made progress in the finger food arena, Kai still loves his purees. LOVES them. He will usually down between 8-12 oz of purees at each meal (2-3 containers or pouches) in addition to his finger foods.

A few weeks ago, Kai dropped one of his four daily bottles on his own. He would normally drink an 8oz bottle after his morning nap around 11am at Kids Club (at the gym). For several days in a row he flat out refused it, as apparently he is very grown up now and was too busy playing to be bothered with a bottle. We were also having a problem with his afternoon bottle getting too late since he is napping later, and it would interfere with dinner and his bedtime bottle. So I moved his afternoon bottle to before his nap, and the problem was solved. He has 8oz three times a day now, so 24oz total. He eats three solid meals and snacks a couple times throughout the day.

Skills: Kai is FINALLY crawling. It happened just a week before his nine month birthday, and of course it was the iPhone that he was after. Here is his first crawl:

Since then, he has taken up the army crawl full time, as no one has time for the hands and knees business. He still doesn’t crawl a ton from room to room as he finds it too much effort, but if he sees something he wants there is no stopping him.

Kai can now pull himself up on the furniture and thinks he is pretty amazing when he does so (which is at every opportunity). He can cruise the furniture with both hands, but sometimes forgets to hold on when he gets a hold of a toy, so he needs a spotter pretty much all the time.

Kai has also gotten very good at going from sitting to all fours to belly and back to sitting.

Last month I mentioned that Kai seemed to like the walker that he inherited from his cousin. Oh my gosh, it is by far his favorite piece of baby apparatus ever. He is a crazy man in that thing. He runs around the whole house, and he drives it amazingly well. He can do Y turns to get out of a tight space, go in reverse if need be, and get into every little area that he is not supposed to. This is by far his favorite mode of transport, and he would probably be happy to spend most of the day in there if we let him. It has everything he needs: wheels, toys, and a tray for his snacks.

Kai is very vocal, and loves to tell you exactly how he is feeling at any given time. He has developed quite the little attitude at times as well. He likes to fake whine to see your reaction, and he yells when he is mad, tensing up his whole body which is quite hilarious. I’m sure his little temper won’t be as amusing as he gets older, but for now it cracks me up. He also acts like a total goof ball sometimes, which is my favorite. He gives sloppy open mouth kisses (the best!) and claps on command.

Diaper changes are almost always a ridiculous ordeal. Not only does Kai become a maniac and roll himself all over the place, now half the time you lay him down he cries/yells/whines like it is going to be torture to get a clean diaper. I have to pull out every trick in the book (toys, singing, tickling, acting like a total crazy person, talking sternly, etc etc) just to change him and get him dressed. It is exhausting, and sometimes I find that I am sweating by the time we are done. I hope this is a phase that he will grow out of, or else he better plan on potty learning by the time he is one :)

Whenever it is nice enough outside, I put out a big blanket on the deck and we play outside. It is so nice to not be cooped up in the house 24/7. We love fresh air!

Firsts:

Kai’s first Easter was a great opportunity to dress him up a little, and he enjoyed having brunch at our house with Steve’s family.

The night before Easter, we celebrated Uncle Mike’s birthday, and the two guys played music together.

Kai had his first swinging experience at the park, and was rather non-plussed. He seems to like swinging, though he never shows much enthusiasm. He did enjoy swinging with Daddy one day though.

We have been making the five minute walk to the park whenever we get the chance. Again, love not being cooped up in the house.

I am sure I am leaving things out and could never actually capture Kai’s personality in words, but I can’t think of anything else at the moment. Basically he is the cutest kid (not biased at all) with a big personality. He is the best.

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A Day in the Life – Spring 2015

Welcome to my first Day in the Life Post! I always enjoy reading these, but until now have never undertaken the challenge of recording an entire day in detail with pictures. I chose a pretty typical Monday to record so you can see my day as a much of the time stay at home mom :)

Monday, April 13th 2015

I am 34

Steve is 38

Kai is 2 days shy of 9 months

Zooey cat is 13

5:50am – I wake up to Zooey meowing and feel rage. She has been such a little jerk lately, meowing in the wee hours of the morning for seemingly no reason. Anytime anything wakes me up that is not the baby I get a little stabby. A few minutes later Zooey jumps up on the bed and tries to get to my water glass. I get up, throw on sweats and head out to the kitchen. I thought maybe she was out of food, but no. Just as I was yelling at the cat I noticed her water dish was empty. Fail on my part. I fill her water and turn on the coffee maker, then make Kai’s bottle and throw it in the fridge. Make a single cup of French roast in my favorite mug. Wow, the coffee maker needs to be cleaned.

6:05am – Kai starts making noise. I check the video monitor. He is rolling around and playing with his monkey lovey in his crib and talking. I leave him be, as I always try to leave him in there until at least 6:30.

He dozes on and off, and I figure at least he is content and still getting some rest. I check my email and calendar and note that I have one client this afternoon who I see in her home. I check the weather and do a little browsing for new shoes online. I am on the hunt for a simple pair of canvas sneakers.

6:40am – I put Kai’s bottle in the warmer and go to say good morning to my baby. He is very excited to see me and gives me a huge smile. The best.

I get him out of his sleep sack and we look at the fish in his aquarium lamp, as we do every morning.

I change his diaper and he rolls over on the changing table as I try to put his socks on. Stinker.

We head out to the living room and Kai drinks his breakfast bottle, all 8oz.

We hang out on the couch for a bit, Kai gives me some nice slobbery kisses on the cheek, and then he stands up and looks out the window.


7:15am – I put Kai on the floor with some toys while I make another cup of coffee and my breakfast. I decide Monday is reason enough to upgrade my usual pb toast to waffles with pb, banana and maple syrup. I sit on the couch and eat, and Kai looks interested so I give him a couple small bites of my waffle.


As I am eating Kai pulls himself up from sitting to standing on the couch. I pause my breakfast to spot him, and he looks pretty proud of himself. We play for a little while longer, I finish my last bites and Kai decides he has had enough of sitting with his toys and army crawls over to the entertainment center, as he is obsessed with electronics. I note that I really need to vacuum the floor since he is now scooting himself all over the place.


7:50am – Steve is in the shower. I put Kai in his walker and get out the vacuum. Monumental, since up until a few weeks ago Kai hated the vacuum (too loud) and I could never vacuum during the day. I always had to wait for Steve to be there to occupy him in another room. I vacuum the entire house with our little hardwood floor vacuum, perhaps the best $50 ever spent on Amazon. Kai follows me around to each room to make sure I don’t miss any spots.


8:10am – We are done with the floors and head to Kai’s room for a diaper change before breakfast. I prepare his beloved oatmeal with applesauce and it is time for breakfast.

8:20am – Kai has a blueberry purple carrot teething wafer as an appetizer. He is not teething at the moment I don’t think, but he loves to munch on this newfound treat. Then he eats his entire bowl of oatmeal. I give him not one but two highchair toys to play with while I clean up and he is not pleased. He starts whining and I can tell he is tired, but it’s not quite time for his nap yet.


8:45am – We go into Kai’s room to play and he chooses his alphabet elephant. He plays with the elephant and rolls around and crawls all over his room.


9:05am – Time to get ready for Kai’s morning nap. I change his diaper and get him dressed, which is no small task with him rolling around like an alligator. We read a Dr. Seuss book and put him in his sleep sack. We sing Twinkle Twinkle and I put him down in his crib at 9:17am. He is not happy about it. Usually he goes down for his morning nap with little to no fussing, but not today. He is crying by the time I shut the door.

I start a load of laundry and begin my morning tasks according to my home routines app. Gold stars for me. Kai falls asleep at 9:30am.

Yes, I use an app to help me clean the house and complete mundane daily tasks. I am not good at cleaning and organizing (I secretly wish I was a neat freak and sometimes I try to pretend to be one, but I just can’t). I check and see that my “focus zone” for the week is bathrooms, so I am supposed to spend 15 mins deep cleaning them every day. Ugh. I set my timer and clean the bathrooms. I finish both of them and pat myself on the back.

10:05am – I change into my workout clothes and pack my gym bag. I plan to go there when Kai wakes up. My throat feels a little wonky, so I take an Airborne to ward off any sickies.


10:20am –  I catch up on a little bit of business paperwork.
10:30am – Start typing this blog post.
10:40am – Put the laundry in dryer.
10:47am – Kai wakes up. He is still crabby. I change his diaper and we head to the gym.
11:05am – I drop Kai off at kids club (the gym daycare). I drop off my bag in the locker room and head up to the fitness floor. I run an easy 5 miles on the treadmill while watching HGTV. I forgot to bring my phone with me, or I would have snapped a nice sweaty selfie to show you. I was going to do my four minute plank afterwards, but I got sucked into the show and I had to see if the couple would “love it or list it.” I returned to the locker room, showered and got ready.
12:20pm – Picked up Kai from kids club. So nice not to have to bundle up in jackets before we left. I snapped a selfie in the gym lobby because I felt like a tool trying to get one in the daycare. Kai looked at me like I was crazy. We made the five minute drive home.


12:30pm – Kai is in high chair eating puffs. I prepare my own lunch of a strawberry smoothie and avocado toast. I give Kai some of my bread crust and he throws it on the floor. He eats a container of apples and chicken and a fruit and veggie pouch, along with some yogurt melts for dessert. During lunch a message comes in on my business google number. I call the person back and score a new client for this week. Nice! We finish lunch and I clean up.

1:20pm – I lay out a big blanket on the deck and we go outside to play in the sunshine.


1:50pm – We go in and I make Kai’s bottle. While it is heating up I change his diaper. As I am changing the diaper, my client calls and has to cancel her appointment today. Bummer. I was looking forward to a little break in my day, and also the money is nice :) Kai drinks his bottle, we read two stories, and I put him down for his nap at 2:08. I call my mom to tell her that I won’t need her to babysit this afternoon.

2:18pm – Kai is asleep. I briefly think about taking a nap myself, and then decide to make coffee instead. I have developed a bad afternoon coffee habit lately, but it is just so good. I sit down with my coffee and start typing this post.

I work on it for a while, then get a few other things done on the computer. It is close to 4pm and Kai is still sleeping. This is an epic nap and very unusual. Normally I never let him nap past 4pm, but something tells me he needs it today, so I let him sleep a little longer. I realize I am hungry and pour myself a mug full of the best cereal on the planet for a snack.

I think I cleaned up the kitchen a little bit here, and was just getting ready to go in and wake Kai up when he woke himself up at 4:15. A two hour nap is unheard of, and I go in to find that he is still crabby. Not sure what the deal is today. I change him and decide we are going to the park for a few minutes before dinner.

4:30pm – We walk over to the park and swing for a little bit. By the way, this is Kai’s standard facial expression in the swing. He likes it just fine, but acts totally non-plussed by the whole experience. He will chill in there indefinitely, but has never gotten excited about it and fails to see what the big fun deal is.

5:00pm – We are back home and so is Steve. We wash Kai’s hands in the sink which he loves, and I put him in his highchair with some puffs while I get his dinner out. He ate two different purees and still seemed hungry, so I made him a small bowl of cereal which he ate about half of.

He poops whilst eating (totally standard), and I let him finish up his yogurt melts for dessert before changing him. I pick him up to find that pee also leaked onto his outfit so I decide that since dinner is over, he can get into his jammies early. I change him and head to the bathroom to spray the poop off of his cloth diaper.

5:45pm – I come back into Kai’s room and throw his dirty diaper in the pail, only to discover that he has pooped yet again. Geez kid. I change him again, spray his diaper again, and then wrestle him into his jammies which becomes a two person job with Steve distracting him and keeping him from rolling all over the place while I get his legs in.


We play in Kai’s room for a bit, then Steve takes him and the guys hang out on the couch while I clean up the kitchen.

6:15pm – Beer me. Yes.

Steve notices that Kai’s fingernails are dangerously long, so we put on his favorite Little Baby Bum videos on YouTube to distract him. This is the only thing that makes trimming his nails a possibility. Kai is seriously mesmerized by the tv, and he watches his videos for a little longer before bed. My client from earlier calls and reschedules for tomorrow. Excellent.

6:55pm – I make Kai’s bottle and throw it in the warmer while we change his diaper. Once it’s ready, Kai drinks his bottle and we do his bedtime routine: brush teeth, read stories, in sleep sack with white noise, sing Twinkle Twinkle, kiss his face approximately 100 times and lights out with his lullaby monkey playing.

7:18pm – I leave Kai’s room, and as is the theme for the day, he is already crying. I fold the load of laundry from earlier. Still crying. I talk to him through the monitor and tell him to go night night, and he is quiet for a minute (seriously, that thing is creepy and I think it startles him into being quiet, but sometimes he actually does settle down and go to sleep). Not tonight though. In the meantime I start assembling a big salad for my dinner.
7:35pm – I have to go into Kai’s room, which is very rare. 99% of the time he cries for less than 5-10 mins (if at all) then goes to sleep. Often he doesn’t even make a peep. I don’t pick him up, but I move him to the middle of the crib again (he is wild in there), make sure he has his lovey, and tell him it’s time for night night. Steve and I hear a muffled meow, and realize that Zooey is in Kai’s room. She must have stuck in when I opened the door. Little jerk. I quietly open the door to let her out.

7:42 – He is finally asleep
7:55 – I put on a comedy on Netflix (The Interview) to have on in the background and eat my salad: greens, leftover grilled chicken, carrots, potatoes, avocado and ranch along with a piece of un-pictured garlic toast.


8:30pm – After chilling on the couch for a bit with Steve, I do some more work on this post. In case it’s not evident, it is very time consuming.

9:30pm – I eat my nightly square of 85% dark chocolate while watching the rest of the terrible movie that is playing. I think maybe I doze off for a few minutes.

9:55pm – Pry myself off of the couch, feed the cat, say goodnight to Steve, brush my teeth and go to bed.

10:03pm – Lights out. Goodnight!

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Weekly workouts

Ha! So here I am, three weeks later. I am a terrible blogger. Last week was a pretty good one running-wise for me, so here’s how it went down:

Monday: 6.75 miles with the stroller on a beautiful day, 8:34 pace

Tuesday: 7 miles on the treadmill, speed work (1 mile w/u, then alternated between 800’s @ 6:40 pace and 400’s @ 6:15 pace. 400 recoveries and a 1 mile c/d) 8:04 average pace

Wednesday: 5 miles on the treadmill, easy 8:34 pace

Thursday: OFF

Friday: 3 miles on the treadmill during Kai’s nap, 7:53 pace

Saturday: 11 miles outside, 8:21 pace. I felt GREAT during this run, it was so nice out and I was able to do the last two miles at sub-8 pace.

Sunday: OFF – I really wanted to get in a few slow miles this day, but my right knee felt ever so slightly wonky so I decided against it.

Total: 32.75 miles

Anytime I can get 30 miles for the week is a win these days. I am starting to feel a little bit more like my old self running, and I am getting excited to start marathon training pretty soon. I signed up for Milwaukee’s Lakefront Marathon on October 4th, am doing a 50 mile relay with Steve on October 24th, and am signed up for another marathon in Milwaukee on November 1st. That was originally going to be my A race, but since we signed up for the relay the weekend before I am making Lakefront Marathon my A race and will either do the other marathon just for fun, or drop down to the half.

I still want to get a half on the calendar, but it looks like it might not be until June or July. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going this week!

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Weekly workout recap

I decided I am going to start posting my completed weekly workouts on Sunday or Monday, mostly to motivate myself to be consistent (I don’t want to end up posting a bunch of rest days!). I haven’t picked out a spring half marathon yet. Unfortunately I have scheduling conflicts with most of the ones I was interested in. I am going to keep looking and pick something, even if it doesn’t end up being until late May or early June. More time to train that way :)

So here’s how the past week shaped up:

Monday: 4.1 miles outside with the stroller 8:49 pace

Tuesday: 30 mins on the AMT machine at the gym and a 4 min plank (1 min front, 1 min each side, 1 min front with no rest)

Wednesday: 4.1 miles outside with the stroller 8:47 pace

Thursday: Speed work on the treadmill – 1 mile warm up, 8×400 repeats at 6:30-6:40 pace with 400 recoveries, 5 miles total

Friday: 5.1 miles outside with the stroller 9:00 pace – legs felt pretty tired for this one and it was WINDY!

Saturday: REST (but I did take Kai for a 30 min walk in the stroller)

Sunday: 10 miles at 8:45 pace with last two miles fastest

Totals: 28.3 miles + 30 min cross training

I’m happy with how the week went, since I am just starting to consistently run again after straining my calf. It is clear that I really need to do some core/hip work, but it’s hard to get it done at home. When I run at the gym, I almost always make a little time afterwards for core work and stretching, but since the weather was nicer this week and I was out with the stroller a lot, it fell by the wayside.

Speaking of running, this guy has been cruising around the house in his walker like a pro:

Look out!!

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Running lately

Wait, is this supposed to be a running blog? Ok, prepare for a post that is not about Kai, this one is all about me :)

Towards the end of my pregnancy, I couldn’t wait to, well, not be pregnant so I could get back to running. I waited the full six weeks (almost) after delivery to run, and I started back slowly. I started running with Kai in the stroller when he was really tiny, because we had the infant seat adaptor for the BOB stroller.

What, you thought I was going to post without some pictures of Kai? Ha.

Throughout the fall, I logged a lot of miles with the stroller. I would most often run in the morning to get Kai to take a good nap. At home he would nap for no longer than 30 mins at a time, but in the stroller I could often get over an hour. I ran as long as he would sleep, and if he was still napping when I got home, I would do circles around the neighborhood until he woke up. I was regularly running 7-9 miles with the stroller and feeling good. By late fall, I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight (though it was distributed differently) and my clothes were fitting great, including jeans.

I had grand plans of busting my butt to train for a spring half marathon. I knew it wouldn’t be a PR race, but I hoped to get some speed back in my legs. I already had the endurance from all of the slow miles with the stroller, I just needed to add in the speed work. I set my sights on a late March half marathon, and wrote out a training plan. As the weather got cold, we started to make use of the gym daycare, and most of my running shifted to the treadmill or the track at the gym. The track is 11 laps to a mile, so not ideal, but I did some easy runs on there until all of the constant turning started to mess up my ankles. I love doing speed work on the treadmill, so I was excited to get going.

The week my training plan was to start in earnest, I got sick. I ended up with a cough that lasted at least 3 weeks, and while I was able to run easy, I did not start any speed work. As the weeks went by, my motivation waned. I did get out for a few longer runs on the weekends of 10 miles or so, but they were painfully slow. I eventually did get started with some speed workouts on the treadmill, but since I never signed up for the race and knew it was too late to be ready for it, I was never consistent with training. Then recently I strained my calf during an easy run which basically put me out for another two weeks. I swam a lot during those weeks and wondered if maybe I should do a triathlon this year, even though I wasn’t planning on it originally.

Now my calf is fine, and I have started to build up my running mileage yet again. I feel slow and heavy, likely because I ended up gaining 8 lbs back over the winter. I always tend to pack on the pounds in the winter, and it didn’t helped that I stopped nursing right around the first of the year. My clothes don’t fit, I don’t feel good running, and I have no races on the horizon besides the marathon I signed up for on November 1st. I have a couple halfs in mind that I would like to train for, but nothing set in stone. I really miss working with a coach, but since I am not working a ton right now (and babies are expensive), it is not in the financial cards. Wow, this sounds whiney.

I guess where I am going with this is that I need a goal. I need something to light a fire under my butt. I need to sign up for something to get me going. And I suppose that is the answer I was looking for when I started writing this out. I am going to do a little research, look at race dates, and actually sign up for one. I am also doing a “healthy eating challenge” with a friend of mine starting yesterday. We never really hammered out exact details, but for me it means curbing my sweet tooth and finding healthy snacks, as well as cutting down on eating after dinner (ie. dessert), even if it is something healthyish like greek yogurt. I know I feel my best when I am eating well and running consistently, and I am ready to do my best to make it happen. And come November 1st, I will have a new marathon PR.

Me and my sidekick after yesterday’s run on a 70 degree March afternoon!

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Kai: 8 months

Guys, our little monster is eight months old. It is freaking me out. He seems so grown up now, and for some reason eight months to me seems almost like one year. I know we have four months to go before we hit that major milestone, but I also know that July will be here tomorrow. Time, please slow down. But spring, keep up the good work!

Kai is still growing bigger by the day, and is wearing mostly 12 and 18 month clothes. I think he weighs around 22-23lbs. He has officially outgrown his infant car seat and passed it along to his soon to be baby cousin, and it in his big boy seat full time. Let’s see a comparison, shall we?

He looks a little less roly poly to me now and more like a toddler. Ok, let’s talk about sleep. Mister is on a pretty good and consistent schedule now, though he is still waking up too early for my liking. He wakes up at 6am, naps from around 9:15-10:30, then again from 2:15-3:30 (all give or take 15 mins or so). We have pushed his bedtime back to 7:30 in hopes of a later wake up, but so far that has not made a difference. We went though a rough patch this month full of pre-5am wake ups, which I think was due to teething and illness, so I can’t complain too much about the current situation. I had much hope pinned on daylight savings time to shift his whole schedule back by an hour, but it fell apart on the first day with a super early wake up and never worked like I had planned.

The main thing is, I don’t want him to have to go to bed in the 6’s at night, because summer is coming, and we have things to do. You know, places to go, people to see. I do not want to be chained to the house at 6pm every night when the weather is glorious and it is light out past 8pm. So we are doing our best to push bedtime back a little without making Kai too over tired. I am actually looking forward to the time when he takes one long nap a day instead of two, because it will be easier to be out and about. Having a pretty strict schedule is working for us at the moment though, both for Kai and my own sanity.

Kai was sick again this month, this time with a nasty stomach virus and it was the worst ever. He had diarrhea, fever, vomitting, the works. It was miserable. I have never in my life dealt with so much bodily fluid everywhere, sorry for TMI. But he was basically pooping out of every single diaper onto his clothes, my clothes, everywhere. He also puked down my robe in the middle of the night, it was awful. He wasn’t eating any solids, and would only drink 4oz of formula at a time. All he wanted was water from his sippy cup. We tried Pedialyte but he hated it (two different flavors). I felt so bad for him, and basically let him watch his beloved Baby Einstein videos all day until he felt better.

Kai has eight teeth now and another one about to pop through, but ironically he still really only likes to eat pureed baby food. We have found that he has an incredibly sensitive gag reflex, so any time a chunk or lump of something finds itself too far back on his tongue, he gags and sometimes vomits. We practice every day with baby puffs or yogurt melts, broken in half and placed right in his front teeth so he can chew it up. He really likes the puffs and has even placed one in his mouth by himself on a few occasions, but mostly I still have to put in in there for him. He takes forever to chew it up, so in a 5 min span, he may eat two entire puffs :) Here is how long it takes him to eat 1/2 of a puff:

He still loves to eat anything that is smooth and sweet. His apple cinnamon oatmeal is a breakfast staple, and lunch and dinner is always baby food. He is very skeptical of anything you try to feed him, and will examine the contents of the spoon before allowing it to be placed in his mouth. He ate his first non-sweet meal (Gerber Chicken Noodle) a couple weeks ago, which was monumental. He loved it. However, it turned out to be an isolated incident, and he refused to eat the same meal again. Kid can pound down 1.5-2 pouches/food containers at a time. I have started to buy some of the gerber containers and other jars in addition to the pricey pouches. He is also quite the little ham apparently.

Kai likes to play with his spoon and make a mess, but shows no interest in actually feeding himself unless it is from a pouch, and even then he mostly likes to chew on the spout. As picky as he is, there was also the one time that Mr. Crabby Pants was instantly calmed by a lone piece of asparagus.

There is hope for him yet.

Skills: Though Kai has been getting up on his hands and knees in crawling position for over a month now, he still has not put two and two together and figured out how to move forward. He even goes up into full on downward dog position and moves his feet like he is going somewhere, but he hasn’t figured out how to pick up his hands at the same time to move forward. When he gets frustrated, he does this hilarious swimming on dry land thing and whines until you pick him up, at which point he rolls right back onto his belly and repeats the whole scenario. I am starting to wonder if he will actually crawl at all, or if he will move straight on to walking.

Kai loves to stand up by himself at the couch like a big shot, and is often no longer content to sit on the floor with his toys. He can’t pull himself up yet, but he can move a little bit from side to side to grab his toys.

He just got this walker from his cousin Aiva, and seems to dig it.

So far he goes backwards more than forwards and steers himself directly into whichever wall is closest, but it keeps him occupied for quite a while.

Kai also likes to drive his car, though he mostly keeps it in park and tells a lot of stories.

He likes to babble, yell, screech, scream and sing. Basically he likes to hear himself making a lot of noise. He loves to yell and sing in his stroller, now that the weather has been nice enough to get out for some walks. Fresh air for the win!

Kai had his first official bubble bath in the sink sans bath chair, and he absolutely loved it.

He tried to grab all of the bubbles and sat happily playing with his rubber ducky and other bath friends for quite some time. During his second bubble bath, he learned how to splash water all over the kitchen, so I think we may need to graduate to the big tub soon.

Recently (like over the weekend), diaper changes have become a nightmare. He will do everything in his power to roll over on his changing table, and it is like wrestling with an alligator to get his diaper on. I have resorted to changing him on the floor, giving him a toy or two, and pinning him down, which goes over about like you would imagine. I have gotten good at snapping his diapers on upside down, as well as putting pants on that way.

Kai is turning into a pretty rad little dude, and can even play the piano with grandpa and auntie.

Kai loves Zooey cat, and will stop whatever he is doing to grab her and give her a hug. She loves it, obviously.

He does not like strangers at all, and will cry if someone he doesn’t know gets too close. He even takes a little while to warm up to people he does know but hasn’t seen in a while. Overall he is pretty darn attached to mom and dad, and is content if either of us are holding him.

He is growing up way to fast, but each stage is more and more fun. I have a feeling I will be saying that every day until he is a teenager :-)

 

 

 

 

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