Time Flies

Time flies when you’re having fun! We must have been having fun around here because I can’t believe my little(est) man just turned 9 months old today. How did that happen?

adam Here’s a bit about sweet baby Adam:

  • Has 2 teeth
  • Still immobile but belly crawled about 3 inches to get to a toy today
  • Generally a happy little guy
  • Mama’s boy
  • Still breastfeeding but finally took a bottle last night when I went out (yay!!)
  • Ticklish
  • 2 naps per day, sleeps about 10 hours at night with 2 wakings
  • He doesn’t have a favorite toy since he generally prefers his brother’s things.
  • Weighs approximately 17.5 lbs

I’m happy he finally took a bottle last night, though my mom had to be pretty persistent about it. I  need Kevin to start giving Adam a bottle once every two weeks so that we can wean him more easily come September.

We tried a bottle last night because Kevin and I met my friend out at a local brewery. NoDa Brewing was hosting a 5k, so of course I had to sign up. Unlike most races, this one was at 6pm. Oh, and it was hooooot hot hot – a humid 95 degrees.

race

That’s us with race bling and food truck tacos. Yum!

Despite staying up too late the night before and a few poor diet choices, I ran well. I started further back than I should have, thus making the first half-mile slow and difficult. However, I finished faster than my last 5k, 23:25, or 7:32/mile.

I’m not sure when my next race will be, but I’m already looking forward to it!

  • What’s on your race calendar?
  • How is my baby 9 months old?!?
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Investing In Me

Here I am blogging during the boys’ naps. Should I be sleeping? Cleaning? Cooking? Exercising? Yes, D – all of the above. Do I want to? Heck no. I just want to rest a bit, and I think I deserve it. I’m just proud of myself for blogging instead of popping a bottle of wine at 2 in the afternoon.

::pat on the back::

So I am sort of following this genius new diet/exercise plan. It’s called, “Take Care of Mama.” I need to invest a little more in myself if I expect to keep on keepin’ on.

prepDuring Sunday nap times, I prepped a healthy lunch for the week for MYSELF. (brown rice, zucchini beans, bell pepper, onion, salsa) I also prepped a couple other things for Monday’s dinner, but you get the idea.

snoozeI am also putting workouts first during nap times, followed by shower (if time), and cleaning (if a miracle). My house might be a little more dirty, but I need this. I’m worth it. No one notices any difference on the days that I bust my butt cleaning, but they do notice my butt… at least the hubby does. #allthesquats

sauconyI also invested by spending a little extra $$ on myself. I bought chocolate brownie Quest Bars to keep the cookie cravings at bay and new running shoes because my others have a hole in them, not even joking.

Speaking of cookies – I made it 3.5 days without a cookie and lost 2 lbs. I blew my streak today. I split one with Ethan, but we all know shared calories don’t count.

Here are the workouts (at least for the next few weeks):

  • Monday – split squats, plie squats, single-leg deadlifts, inner/outer thigh work with band
  • Tuesday – run at gym, quick abs during naps
  • Wednesday – pushups, curls superset with triceps dips, single-arm flies with band, bent-over rows superset with reverse db flies
  • Thursday – run at gym, rest/clean during naps
  • Friday – this 30-min circuit at the bottom of Naomi’s post
  • Saturday – rest (if you consider chasing a toddler while carrying an 18-lb baby rest…)
  • Sunday – Sunday Runday! (maybe a longer run if time permits)

It’s a no-pressure plan. I still eat nightly ice cream. I’m still drinking beer. The workouts are short and manageable. Let’s just hope the house doesn’t go to $*@&.

  • Following any new plans?
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Good Things

Hello again! I’m back with some good things. When you’re really sleep deprived, thinking about good things helps you from biting your family members’ heads off. (Adam is still getting up multiple times per night, so if anyone has baby sleep tips for me, please leave them in the comments section.) As for the good things – here we go!

1 – Workouts have been fun lately. I’m complete most of them during nap times, which feels great. I started doing the Tone It Up Bikini Series to keep things interesting. The pros: short workouts, easy to do at home, very motivating. The cons: my body doesn’t respond quite as well to that type of training, and my flat feet really can’t handle that many lunges and plank variations. In fact, for feet’s sake, I may be quitting the program or modifying soon.

tiu2 – I love racing. Running is okay, but it’s really just the racing I love. I have signed up for another 5k, which is in about two weeks. Fingers crossed for good racing conditions because I want a PR! (Well, I don’t expect to out-run my high school cross country times, but a post-college PR would be pretty awesome.)

race3 – Fake it ’til you make it. Erin referred me to Nature’s Gate self tanner, and I love it.

tan4 – Breweries! I’ve kind of been on a wine kick lately, well, my first choice is usually ice cream, but then wine. However, there’s nothing like a cold beer fresh from the source, especially if the source has a great family-friendly patio on a beautiful sunny day.

brew5- Reading children’s books to my boys is always a good thing. Newer favorites include, Those Pesky Rabbits, Bear Says Thanks, Good Night Good Night Construction Site, and Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Old favorites are good too, like The Napping House, Are You My Mother, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Go Dog Go.

book*The bear books by Karma Wilson remind me of my grandmother, and The Napping House remind me of Mema. Isn’t it wonderful how seemingly everyday things remind us of the people we miss?

  • What good things are you loving?
  • Got baby sleep tips for me???
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I Pity The Mom…

I pity the fool… I mean, the mom…

I’m probably being over-sensitive, but I sometimes hear pity in my friends’ voices when I say I’m a stay at home mom. Sometimes these friends are just learning of my occupation, but more often I hear it from fellow mom friends who work outside the home and ask how I’ve been doing.

adamIf there is in fact pity, all I can say is that I appreciate your concern, but we’re doing OK over here. We have good days and bad, or actually we have good phases and bad, but on the whole, it’s usually a pretty fun job.

Here’s a taste of a day in the life with all we did yesterday.

  • 6:30 – I’m up, and I’m happy. Adam often wakes at 5, so any day that he sleeps past 6 is great. The boys end up sleeping until 7:15!
  • 8:00 – Breakfast (I’ve already eaten, but they A&E get Cheerios and waffles, respectively.) We follow breakfast with light cleaning and play.
  • 9:00 – Adam naps, though he doesn’t  fall asleep for a while today, and Ethan and I get some quality time together. We make bird nests with jelly beans for eggs. (aka: haystacks)

haystacks

  • 10:30 – Adam is up and ready for snack. After a quick feed, we high-tail it to the library for story time. Ethan enjoys story time, and I enjoy watching him interact with the other kids. I also enjoy switching out our library books very regularly since I tire of the same old reads over and over and over again.
  • 12:15 – We’re home for lunch, and everyone is hungry!
  • 1:15 – Both boys go down for naps, so I get to work. (The boys won’t always nap at the same time in the afternoon, so I’m trying to enjoy it while I can!) I squeeze in this Tone It Up workout, clean up lunch, clean the downstairs bathroom, and spend a little time with the first born (Leia the cat) before the boys wake.

cat

  • 2:45 – The boys are up. I feed Adam another snack, and then we all head out for a stroller run. We pick up a few other essentials while we’re out.
  • 4:00 – After our run, we play outside with neighbors a few minutes before going in to cook dinner. To be perfectly honest, we’re not an anti-TV house. Ethan usually gets to watch a show or two while I cook.
  • 5:50 – Kevin is home! Yaaaaay!
  • 6:00 – Dinner! We enjoy a super cheap and easy dinner last night of roast carrots, roast broccoli, and baked potatoes. We’re not normally quite that healthy. Ha! It was delicious though. Ethan ate all his veggies and even asked for more carrots!
  • 7:15 – Adam takes a bath and then gets book, boob, and bed. Kevin puts Ethan in the tub shortly after Adam gets out, so both boys are in bed around 8pm.
  • Relaaaaxxxxxx. I relax from 8 until about 8:45 when I go to bed. I know, that’s crazy-early, but Adam is still waking 2-3x per night, so I need my sleep!

So, my friends, no pity needed. We play. We get out. And I get loads of snuggles. (Tantrums too, but still…)

catBy the way – we made “nests” today because it’s Bird Week at our house. We made a bird feeder Monday, painted a little birdhouse Tuesday, and made those treats yesterday. We also checked out bird books from the library, my favorite of which was Owl Babies and my second favorite was The Little Red Hen.

  • What’s your bedtime?
  • What have your days been like lately?
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Beach!!

Hi Friends! I’m just popping in to share a bit of beach news. A lot has been going on around here, but I won’t smash it into one post. I guess that’s what happens when you keep busy but don’t stick to regular posting. Oh well – I’m just here to share a bit about our short beach getaway

I prepped Ethan for the beach by having beach themed activities the week prior. We checked out these books from the library. (All are great except for Beach.)

beachWe also made this crab art. We made Ethan’s hand prints with red paint. I painted  eyes on the crab before painting craft glue along the bottom. He shook sand (actually cornmeal) onto the glue with an empty spice shaker. It’s a little silly but very much adorable!

crabEthan also did a sorting activity by matching cut-out construction paper fish and matching colored Goldfish. It was a special snack for him that day.

goldfishI prepped my bod for the beach by eating slightly less cookies than usual and running slightly more. I only run about three days per week, and though I say I’m going to add in more strength training, I really just don’t have the time or energy. Maybe when Adam is sleeping through the night I’ll manage it. At any rate, I ran another race with a buddy of mine and got 2nd place for my age group. Yay!

raceSo how was the actual vacation? Hmmm… well it was good, but I wouldn’t call it much of a “vacation.” I enjoyed spending time with the boys and my mom, and I absolutely loved watching Ethan on the beach.

beachHowever, it turns out Adam is just as awful a traveler as Ethan was. He woke up hourly, which caused me to cut the trip short and come home a day early.

Not all babies do this, right? I think some parents can actually go places with their kids, like visiting distant family or friends and even Disney World, but it’s a mystery to me.

beachAnyway – like I said, it was fun except for the times it wasn’t. But at least giving it a shot was definitely worth the drive. Cheers to the beach!!

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