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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Kai: 7 months

Seven months, you guys. Here we go. Grab a cup of coffee and a snack, I have a feeling this could get a little wordy. Our little man is seven months old and looks like a one year old, heaven help me.

This kid is huge. He weighs a solid 22 lbs and is starting to outgrow some of his 12 month clothes. We have received multiple comments from people recently about how big he is, that he looks like a one year old, etc. The best was when we were at the hospital visiting our tiny sweet brand new niece the other day, and one of the nurses said she was wondering why he wasn’t holding his own bottle because “that is a grown man right there.” I explained that he was only 7 months old, and she was floored. He is still fitting into his 12 month onesies sort of, but 18 monthers are a little more comfortable. Most of his 12 month pants still fit perfectly, but some are getting to the point of being slightly short. He wore a pair of 18 month pants yesterday and they fit. Sniff. Kai has six teeth, three on the top and three on the bottom, and he can and will bite hard. He bites my shoulder while I am holding him, fingers if you get them close to his mouth, pretty much everything. He loves his vibrating teething toy and will go to town on it, so I’m sure he’s got a few more teeth on the way.

Ok, let’s talk about food. I hate to say it, but Kai is becoming quite the picky eater, taking after his dad. He still loves his bottles, and downs four 8oz bottles a day. He eats solids 3x per day, and this is where he can be Mr. Fussy Pants. Kid loves anything sweet that comes out of those dang pouches. Sometimes he likes to do it himself, sucking on the spout until it is all gone, but more often than not he likes to be fed off of a spoon. I suppose he figures why do it himself when he has someone else to do it for him. We have breakfast nailed down, and he enjoys his apple cinnamon oatmeal almost every morning. I just mix baby oatmeal, his beloved applesauce, and a little cinnamon and he loves it. For lunch and dinner, I have been giving him some finger foods on his tray to play with before his food pouch. He must be in the exact right mood to even think about eating a little piece of finger food, and even then it must be fed to him from my fingers instead of his own. He will pick up some bits of food and mash everything around on his tray, but he will not put it in his mouth. He likes baby puffs ok, and other real foods he’s tried include cheese, chicken, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, avocado, and hard boiled egg whites. Oh, and a pea. Yes, one pea. His pediatrician said he can have anything except for honey before he is one, so we will keep trying with a variety of morsels. He typically tolerates zero to three bites of said finger foods before he very dramatically closes his mouth, whips his head to the side and starts to whine.

That is when I give in and give him his food pouch, which must be store bought. Yes, I tried making purees and smoothies for him and using the refillable pouches, but his bat sense told him that his mom made the contents and they should be avoided at all costs. His favorite flavors include pear pea broccoli and pear blueberry baby breakfast, both made by Ella’s Organics. Like I said though, as long as it is sweet, he will probably like it. He also likes the pouches made for toddlers with some more daring combinations, such as kale strawberry millet greek yogurt. At least he is getting some veggies in there I guess. I really hope that he can broaden his taste horizons as he starts eating finger foods on his own. I don’t know why I always pictured having the kid who would eat anything, but Kai is pretty much the opposite of that kid.

He is getting the hang of his sippy cup and seems to like water, though he still does this adorable little surprised breath every time he gets some in his mouth. This is one thing that he now prefers to do all by himself, and half the time he sucks air because he doesn’t get the whole tipping it up part, and occasionally I look over to find him sucking on the bottom or the handle.

Sleep: We hit a bit of a rough patch right after Kai’s 6 month shots where he was waking up for bottles in the night. He got a bit of a cold and refused solids for about four or five days straight, so I guess he was hungry. Now he is sleeping better again, though he is waking up for the day at a ridiculous hour. He is usually asleep right around 7pm, and wakes up any time between 5:20-5:45am lately. Ugh. I always try to leave him in his crib until 6:30, and when he fusses I have resorted to going in and turning on his projector that projects swimming fish onto the ceiling. This usually buys at least a few more minutes. I refuse to start getting him out any earlier because A. he needs to start sleeping later, and B. If I get him out he wants his bottle and giving it to him that early throws the whole day off.

Naps have been so much better, and we have officially transitioned to two naps instead of three. His first nap is around 9:15, and his second one is around 1:30. If it’s a good nap day, both of these will be over an hour. Sometimes he wakes up after 30-40 mins, and if I don’t go in right away he will occasionally put himself back to sleep. Love when that happens. Kai is pretty sleepy by his bedtime and will start rubbing his eyes and sliming himself with drool, but I don’t want to put him to bed any earlier because that almost guarantees he will be up by 5:30am. He still cries out sometimes in the night (and sometimes I don’t know if he’s even awake). It’s like he needs to wake everyone up to alert us that he is rolling over or switching positions. Thanks buddy. Other times he will wake up and fuss for a little bit, but he almost always goes back to sleep on his own within 5-10 mins.

Skills: Kai can sit up unassisted pretty much indefinitely now. The only time he tips over is if he is really reaching for a toy, but otherwise he is solid. He is rolling both ways all of the time, and rolled all the way across his room the other day. He loves to grab his feet and will occasionally get a toe in his mouth, and he continues to try to pull his socks off at every diaper change.

He gets up on his hands and knees and will sometimes rock back and forth, so I am guessing we will have a crawler on our hands soon enough. Lord help us.

He also loves to stand up and thinks he is a big shot standing by himself at the couch.

He still loves jumping with his super strong legs, as long as you are in the same room with him. This kid cannot entertain himself for five seconds, I swear. He will be having a grand old time in the jumper, and the second you leave the room he starts to whine and fuss. He demands our complete attention at all times, and will frequently look up from whatever he is doing to make sure we are still watching him.

Just look at that face. Kai likes to sit on the floor and take all of his toys out of the toy bin. He likes to taste every single one, and he also loves to bang two toys together and make as much noise as possible.

We got Kai a big boy car seat, as he has just about outgrown the infant one. We have tested it out and he seems to find it roomy and comfortable, but we are back to using the infant seat at the moment because of the frigid temps. It’s nice to be able to buckle him in inside and cover him up when we head out into the cold. He is a bear to carry around in that thing though, so I think it will be very soon that we switch over full time to the big seat.

Kai likes riding in shopping carts like a big boy as well, and is so much happier when we go shopping now than when he was stuck in his carseat. He loves to look around at everything, but he was not pleased about going out into the cold in the Target parking lot. Me neither buddy.

He can also sit in high chairs at restaurants now which is great, and he even has his own collapsible highchair that we bring with us when we go out to eat.

Kai is definitely showing signs of separation anxiety, and almost always cries when random people come up and talk to him in public. He does not want to be held by anyone he doesn’t know or see on a regular basis. He gets excited when Steve comes in the room in the morning or gets home from work, which is the cutest.

We tried out the back carry in the Ergo, and of course he just wanted to pull my hair.

One thing that Kai is definitely not a fan of so far is winter sports. I thought he would love being pulled around in the baby sled, but not so much.

Real tears and everything. I seriously cannot wait until it is warm enough to go play outside all of the time, because I think we are all feeling a little cooped up lately. One thing I am so thankful for is the day care at the gym, because it gives us something to do outside of the house almost every weekday. Kai has fun playing in there, and I get my workout in.

We did try out the BOB one day without the infant insert, and Kai seemed to enjoy it. Again, cannot wait to make outdoor activities a regular part of our days.

Those blue eyes. Gah! Kid is going to be a lady killer someday. I think that’s it for this month. Our little man is turning into quite the fun, strong-willed, stubborn little boy, just like his parents, and we couldn’t love him any more.

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Kai: Six Months

Half a year, you guys. Woah.

Reading back over Kai’s five month post, it seems so long ago. Like it was so last year or something. Since then we’ve celebrated Christmas and New Years, and we are now settled in for a long winter. Blech. Ok, where to begin. I feel like this kid grows bigger by the day, and he is getting really heavy to carry around now. His six month check up isn’t until Monday, but a couple weeks ago at the doctor he was over 19 lbs and I am quite certain he is at least 20 lbs now. He is solidly in 12 month clothes, having outgrown his nine monthers in length. Let’s do a little comparison.

Chunka monka!!

I also need to show you his thigh rolls. They are amazing.

He has three teeth on the bottom now and one of his top teeth is beginning to poke through as well. Luckily he hasn’t seemed to bothered by teething lately, but he does chew and suck on anything and everything. Which brings me to my next topic, nursing. As in, we’re not doing that anymore. About a week before Christmas, Kai bit me while nursing for the first time. It took me by surprise, and I yelled out, which didn’t seem to bother him at all. At this point he still only had one tooth, but man that was a sharp little bugger. I won’t go into all of the details, but I will say he did not stop doing it, and on Christmas morning we had a rather traumatic experience for both of us, and that was that. I continued to pump for the next couple weeks, so he was getting both breastmilk and formula. I cut down to two pumps a day, then one, and then none. We spent a night away last weekend and I decided I didn’t want to bring the pump with me, so Tuesday of that week ended up being my last pump. He is still getting one breastmilk bottle a day from my freezer stash, which is nearly gone. So while I didn’t make it to my goal of nursing for six months, he has at least gotten some breastmilk for that length of time and I feel totally fine with that now. I did feel a bit guilty at first for “giving up,” but it was the right thing for us to do. Could I have kept pumping? Yes. But the thought of doing that for six more months made me cringe. Kai has never been one to really nurse for comfort, and he loves his bottles. LOVES them. When he sees one being prepared or in the warmer, he gets all excited and starts breathing rapidly, kicking his legs and flailing his arms. It often becomes a serious matter and he needs to have that bottle RIGHTNOW. He likes his bottles warmed up but does not like to wait for that to happen. Once it is ready we sit down on the couch and he opens his mouth and leans toward it like a frantic little baby bird. You would think he is starving or something, like we never feed him (see thigh rolls above). We had to upgrade to the level 2 medium flow nipples, and I am starting to think we could have just skipped straight to level 3.

Kai is also now a pretty big fan of solids, which he now usually gets twice a day. His absolute favorite right now is cereal mixed with applesauce. He would keep eating and eating applesauce until the whole big jar was gone I am fairly certain. He also loves prunes, pears, peaches, and sweet potatoes. So far not a fan of peas, green beans, or butternut squash, but that may have been because he tried all of those when he was tired and crabby. He loves to play with his suction cup highchair toys after he eats while I clean up.

So his eating schedule roughly includes a 6 ounce bottle when he wakes up around 6:30 or 7:00. Then he has some solids about an hour later. We were doing cereal at this time, but since this is his best (least crabby) eating time, I’ve been trying some other fruits or veggies here and saving the cereal for the evening. He has a 7 oz bottle around 10am, and then an 8 oz bottle around 1:30 or 2:00 depending on how long he naps. Another 7 oz around 4:30 or 5:00, and then 7 or 8 oz at bedtime with his cereal either in the afternoon or early evening depending on naps. So he usually averages about 32-36 oz a day (five bottles) plus solids. He gets hungrier as the day goes on and sometimes I can believe how much he can put away within a few hours at night.

Speaking of naps. I am so happy to report that Kai has relinquished his mayoral duties in the city of Catnaps!! He has now been known to take at least one, if not TWO naps that are longer than one hour per day. He still averages three naps a day, but sometimes only takes two. He is still ready for his first nap about 2-2.5 hours after he wakes up, and goes down sometime between 8:30-9am. This is usually his best nap of the day, often lasting an hour and 15 or 20 mins. He goes down for his second nap between 12:00 and 12:30, and this one is often just over an hour as well, though sometimes he wakes after only 35 mins or so. If he takes a third nap, it is usually around 4pm and is a cat nap, but he really needs it to make it to bedtime. On the days when he refuses that third nap, he is in bed for the night by 6-6:30. I don’t like doing that because he then he wakes up by 6am a lot of the time, but there is often no way he can stay up any later. If he takes that third nap he is usually asleep by 7:30, which is perfect. He almost always sleeps through the night for 11-12 hours. I cannot tell you how amazing it is to have him napping for more than 30 mins at a time, so I can get things done like writing this post. Also, he gets really excited when he hears me come in to get him when he wakes up, kicking his feet and smiling while he cuddles with his monkey lovey.

Now on to the sad part of the post. Kai had his first ear infection over new years and it was awful. It started with him coughing a little bit the Sunday before new years. His cough sounded pretty bad, but it didn’t seem to bother him too much, in fact he would cough at night and sleep right through it. He was still coughing by new years eve (wed), so I called the doctor and spoke to the nurse. She asked if he had a fever, and I said I didn’t think so (we never checked because he didn’t feel warm at all). She said to just keep an eye on him and let them know if he developed a fever. Well, we decided to take his temp just to be safe and it was 101.6. I called back and the nurse said I could just give him some Tylenol and keep an eye on him, and their office would be open again on Friday. Looking back, I think that advice was totally wrong, but I didn’t know. First time mom here. That night, he was a little more fussy throughout the night than usual, but it seemed that the Tylenol was helping. New years day he was still coughing and congested, and had a really low grade fever. We continued with the Tylenol, but that night was horrible. Kai was up crying non stop for two hours in the middle of the night, and nothing made him feel better. We fed him, held him, etc and he just cried and cried. Finally after another dose of Tylenol we got him to sleep and he slept though until morning. I called the doctor back and talked to the nurse again, and said I wanted to bring him in. He was crying when I would lay him down for a diaper change and pulling on one of his ears. This was the same nurse, and she told me I could come in that afternoon to see a different doctor, or I could wait until his doctor was available on Monday. Um, no. I took him in that afternoon and sure enough, double ear infection. He got his first dose of antibiotics that night, and that night was the worst. He went to sleep ok, but woke up soon after crying. The only thing I could do was hold him upright on my shoulder in the glider and he would stop crying and immediately fall back to sleep. The second I would go to set him down he would cry, poor guy. I tried taking him into bed with me and laying with him propped up, but he wasn’t having it. I was finally ready to just hold him in the glider all night, but he finally went to sleep. Luckily after only two doses of the antibiotics, he was feeling so much better on Saturday. He slept ok Saturday night, and by Sunday he seemed back to his normal self. Having a sick baby was the absolute worst, and I am hoping and praying he will stay healthy for the rest of the dreadful cold and flu season. Of course Steve and I got sick as well, and I had some oral surgery over new years too, so that was a fun week.

Alright, lets back up for a minute to Christmas. Of course it was so great to celebrate Kai’s first Christamas. I kind of never wanted the holiday season to end. He got to sit on Santa’s lap and as you can see he was thrilled.

Of course he got so many wonderful presents, but his favorite part of all of it was trying to eat the tasty wrapping paper.

We had a blast hanging out with family, and even though he was an overtired mess by the end of it all, I would say it was a great first Christmas indeed.

Kai still loves his saucer/jumper, and he is such a ham in there.

He prefers for you to be in the room with him while he jumps, and will let you know he is not happy if you so much as leave for a few minutes to throw in a load of laundry or God forbid, go to the bathroom. He frequently looks over to make sure are indeed still watching him and his fancy moves before flashing a big cheesy smile.

He can sit up unassisted for short periods of time, and likes to sit on the floor in his boppy pillow and play. He will grab anything and everything within reach and will also put anything and everything in his mouth.

When he is on his tummy, he will reach for things and go up on his knees like he wants to crawl, but he hasn’t quite figured that one out yet. He will concentrate very hard on reaching his toys, and has even figured out that he can pull on the mat to bring the toy closer.

He still won’t roll from tummy to back even though he has shown on multiple occasions that he can. He continues to prefer to whine until you pick him up or flip him back over. Silly boy. Kai enjoys going to kids club at the gym most weekdays after his morning nap. They seem to like him there, because obviously he is the cutest one :)

My favorite duo. I love listening to Steve play with Kai, it just melts my heart. Kai is very vocal now, and likes to yell, babble, shriek and giggle, and it is all too much. He also loves walking around the house in the Bjorn carrier (facing out of course), holding his feet up and taking off his socks during diaper changes (so helpful), and reading stories in the glider. He still has some crabby times, usually only when he is overtired, but overall he is a happy boy most of the time.

I think that’s it from the world’s longest update, though I’m sure there is plenty I am leaving out.

I just love this kid so much I want to eat him whole!

 

 

 

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Kai: 5 months

I’m sure I say this every time, but I cannot believe how fast this past month has flown by. I suppose time flies this time of year (and always), but it’s hard to imagine that our little dude is 5 months old. He is so much fun now, I find myself wishing for time to speed up and slow down all at once.

Little man is growing by the day, and is 19.5 lbs according to my home weigh-in method. He is so tall that he is into some twelve month clothes already. Most of his nine monthers still fit, but he is indeed pushing the length on some of those. I am glad we didn’t stock up on too many nine month outfits, because he truly will be in them for such a short time.

Let’s do a little comparison.

He also requested to do an artistic creative modeling pose, so I obliged.

I can hardly stand how freaking cute he is, and he continues to have the most amazing facial expressions. Hearing him giggle is the best, and he is super ticklish just like his mom. We tickle torture him pretty much daily just to hear him laugh, poor kid. He loves to talk as well, and his conversations range from quiet and composed to yelling and shrieking at the top of his lungs.

Let’s talk sleep, shall we? Well, we hit a bit of a rough patch right after his four month update, in which I reported him waking 0-1 times per night to eat. It started with Thanksgiving, where two late nights led to some extreme over-tiredness and lots of night wake ups. We went back to nursing twice for a few nights, and then Kai got his first cold. He was waking up every hour to every few hours for almost a week straight and I was ready to drown myself in a giant pot of coffee. Luckily once his cold cleared up he started sleeping better once again, but was still waking up at 3am wanting to eat. One night I decided to just let him fuss for 10 mins before responding, and lo and behold, he put himself back to sleep. For the next few nights he continued to wake around 3am, fuss a little, and go back to sleep. Now he sleeps all the way through the night without eating, and has done so for almost two weeks. I really think he was waking up to eat out of habit, and not because he was starving. Lets face it, this kid is not in danger of wasting away. So he usually goes to bed between 7-7:30, sometimes 7:45, and he sleeps until 7ish the next morning. (I know!). Most mornings he will wake on and off between the hours of 5-7 and either babble to himself or practice rolling in his crib, but he will doze back off and I never get him out of his crib before 6:30.

Speaking of rolling, we have a two way roller on our hands! He is still a tummy sleeper, and often practices rolling back onto his back when he wakes up from naps or before he falls asleep. It is really hilarious to watch him on the video monitor with his little butt in the air trying his hardest to right himself. Well, today after he woke up from his nap, he did it. He still hasn’t done it in front of anyone and prefers to cry during tummy time until you flip him back over (easier I suppose), but little does he know we watch him in secret and know he can do it :)

And speaking of naps. I am happy to say that our 30 min naps have now extended to 40-45 mins, and on a few occasions Kai even slept for 90 mins during his morning nap. He almost always goes down for his first nap at 9am, then is ready for a second nap around noon. Depending on timing, his third nap happens sometime between 3-4pm, and he really never takes a fourth nap anymore. We have a new nap (and bedtime) routine where he gets a diaper change, a bottle (only at bedtime), then a story or two. Then we put him in his sleep sack and turn his noise machine on before singing twinkle twinkle and setting him down wide awake. He sometimes fusses for a few minutes, but in general he has become very good at going to sleep on his own.

Now lets talk feeding. I am still nursing, but we have started to supplement with a little bit of formula, usually one bottle a day. I know he takes in more from bottles than when he nurses, especially as the day goes on and my flow slows down, and it was becoming frustrating for both of us during his afternoon nursing sessions. It is very important to me that he eats enough during the day so that he doesn’t need to eat during the night. For a little while I was pumping a few times a day to ensure he got a full bottle, but that became old real fast. So lately I have been nursing him for his first two feedings in the morning, usually around 7-7:30 depending on when he wakes up, and then 10-10:30. Around 1-1:30 he gets 7 oz of formula, and then I nurse him again at 4-4:30. At bedtime he gets 7-8 oz of breastmilk which I pump every night for the next day. I realize that with this schedule my production will adjust and slow down, and that is fine. As we need to, we will replace another feeding with formula and so on. My goal from the beginning was to nurse for six months and then reevaluate, and that is still my plan.

Kai tried his very first solid food on Thanksgiving, when we gave him some avocado mashed up with breastmilk to thin it out. He was very unsure what to make of it, and I’m not sure if he actually swallowed any of it or not. We did avocado for a few days, then tried rice cereal, then rice cereal with banana, then peas, and finally sweet potato. Honestly, he doesn’t seem too interested in any of it. I give it a try every couple of days, but I’m not pushing it since technically the official recommendation is to wait until six months anyway. I think most of the problem is that he hates sitting in his high chair, and we’ve had a little bit more success while feeding him in his bouncy seat. The sweet potatoes were by far the biggest success so far, so I think we’ll stick with those for the next little bit. I have made all of his veggie purees myself and froze them in ice cube trays, so they are ready for him whenever he does decide he is interested.

The weekend after Thanksgiving we made our annual pilgrimage to cut down the perfect Christmas tree, and Kai loved it. I wore him in the Bjorn carrier and he helped pick out our tree, and I have to say he did a mighty fine job.

He loves to look at the tree and the fire, and I love this time of year. I can’t wait to celebrate Christmas this year with our little guy.

My mom dusted off her knitting needles and knitted Kai his very own stocking, and he was pretty stoked about St. Nick delivering a cool toy for him.

Kai loves to grab anything and everything he can get his wet drooley little hands on, including faces, hair, sweatshirt strings, toys, the cat, and pretty much anything else within reach. He is very interested in the cat now, and if she gets near enough he will grab a handful of fur and pull. Oddly enough, she seems to like it and will roll over next to him wanting more pets.

I’m sure once he is bigger and better able to torment her she will change her tune and keep her distance, but for now they are buddies. Kai is still a big drooler and requires a bib at all times, and two days before his five month birthday I discovered that he cut his first tooth. He smacks his jaw with his fists a lot and is constantly chewing on his hands or a toy, but other than that he didn’t seem too bothered by the whole ordeal. He still loves his saucer/jumper, and will jump like a madman in there. It still blows my mind that he knows how to work the toys, spinning and grabbing them like an old pro.

We still spend a lot of time just hanging out on the floor with toys or his activity mat. He is getting pretty close to sitting up on his own as well. He can balance for 5-10 seconds before tipping over, which sometimes I think he does on purpose. He still loves his baths, and I couldn’t resist snapping this shot before his bath the other night.

You guys. His wrinkly baby butt and waist crease. Does it get any better?

We had some family portraits taken last month for our Christmas cards, and this was my favorite shot. He just looks so big and grown up here.

I just love this kid more and more every day, and he is in such a fun stage right now. Looking at his older cousins, I know we are in for it once he is able to move around, so I am trying to enjoy this part while it lasts :)

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