True to form, I decided to start the c25k program at the start of summer. 9 weeks of running (okay….jogging) in the dead of summer might be self sabotaging but I am committed to completing this. Naturally, mother nature decided to show me what she is made of this week.
I knocked out the 3 days of week 2 despite the 90 degree temps outside. It was hot. Disgustingly hot. I did it though. Then in true over achieving form, I added a squat challenge to my exercise routine. 200 squats in 30 days. Just because I can, ya know?
What are you doing to challenge yourself physically?
I cannot believe that we are less than 5 months out until you are the big one!! The past 7 months have gone by in the blink of an eye. Your dad and I marvel at how quickly you are growing and changing.
This month has been a monumental
month of firsts for us! You took your first plane ride, first vacation and went swimming for the first time! You enjoyed it so much that we are ready for our next trip.
You have also started solid foods this month and have tried both avocado and carrots with success. You love both of these veggies just like ma ma and da da.
You are rolling over and sitting up on your own. You have just started crawling…rudimentary crawling…like your ma ma’s version of running….but we still count it!! You have also just started pulling yourself up using your crib rails!! I’m not ready for that….slow down, buddy.
You are still loving your exersaucer but also have developed a fondness for building blocks, stacking rings, balls and any toy that makes noise. You also fancy cell phones but those remain off limits for your digits.
You have taken a keen interest in the dog and cat too. You attempt interaction with the cat any chance you get which includes smacking her and pulling fur. The dog…not so much. Despite your age, you recognize he’s cray cray.
You’ve got two teeth already and are super focused on making more. We’ve been waiting for what seems like weeks for your uppers to arrive and look forward to some much needed sleep for all of us
It’s hard to believe that you are all ours. You’re growing up so fast and your personality is prevailing. Such a happy baby, we are so lucky to be graced by your presence every day.
Ma ma (aka boss lady)
I realize that the tooth fairy gets a lot of recognition and kudos picking up teeth from around the world and leaving cash money behind but who doesn’t get a lot of recognition though is the TF’s brother. The guy responsible for dropping the teeth off at your house. I imagine he doesn’t get much fanfare because he’s a lot like Clark Griswold’s cousin Eddie. Living in an RV, drinking Schlitz and wearing polyester. A lot of polyester.
My kid has been looking for him for days on end without success. He’s been crying out for him in the wee hours of the morning desperate for his new teeth. To no avail though. No tooth fairy brother here. Maybe his RV broke down or he’s serving time for a DUI. If that’s the case, he really needs a replacement to fill in for him. My stash of teething tabs, teething gels, amber necklaces, teething rings and motrin can only hold him for so long.
So if you happen to run into TF’s brother let him know we’ve been looking for him.
To be completely honest I’m not really running. More like jogging. Maybe speedwalking. Better yet, kind of like a cross between crawling, skipping and walking with a dash of jogging. Just a disclaimer in case you thought you were going to find yourself reading a post about my marathon training schedule. You’re not.
When I referenced running it was more like I have an intention to run rather than I am actually running. I do have running sneakers though and I fancy them quite a bit.
I’ve downloaded several couch to 5k apps on my phone but haven’t really ever used them. They have just been hanging out waiting for me to get motivated. I’ve found my favorite at run double. It provides verbal commands to make the run easier while tracking your distance and averages your pace. It also has an amazing number of features outside the c25k program.
I’ve done the c25k program multiple times in the past and never finished. Too hot, too cold, too dark, not enough time, etc. I figured that since I’m home every day it would be a good time to actually start and commit to the program especially since I found my self sedentary during pregnancy. I am just days shy of being 7 months post partum and am feeling physically great. I’ve found the momentum to really dedicate time and energy to our diet and wanted to supplement my diet with a healthy dose of physical activity.
I was an avid runner….2 decades ago. What I loved about running: endorphins, being outside, time alone. I know, I know. So cliche. How come I can’t say that I loved being thin or having kick ass glutes or something? Honestly, that’s not why I ran. That’s not why I want to run now either. I’ve lost the baby weight already so this has nothing to do with weight loss but everything to do with the crazy runner’s high one gets from long distance running. It’s moving meditation for me and something I am looking forward to.
With scenery like this, it’s hard to imagine not being able to meditate while moving.
These are my running companions who are bound to hold me accountable and keep me motivated.
Cheers to good health!
Happy baby daddy day for all the baby daddies out there!!
My baby daddy is celebrating his first father’s day today. I don’t say it nearly enough, in fact I am pretty sure I don’t say it at all, but I am honored to be part of this very special family we are creating. I am truly blessed and lucky to have such a loving and wonderful husband and baby daddy. He’s a wonderful provider and caretaker and graciously accepts our gifts even when he sees right through them. Like the all clad cookware he got today even though I am now doing all of the cooking. I figured he would want all of his food cooked in shiny new stainless steel cookware, right???!! Right. I thought so too. I knew it would be the perfect gift for me him.
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We successfully logged one mini vacation with roundtrip air under our belts. My kid totally rocked the trip and was a baby of leisure while we were away. He must have gotten the vacation memo before we left.
He rocked the whole moving jet in the sky with no where to go but my lap on both legs of the trip. He also was the complete dream baby while we sat on the tarmac for two hours waiting for take off. Apparently there was some sort of tornado behavior in the northeast keeping me trapped in my seat. A heads up would be nice mother nature….jus’ sayin’.
We made sure to pack his favorites again while flying the friendly skies.
He did all the normal things a baby does while on vacation. He belly laughed when he met the pool and tried to eat his float. Cried when he met the ocean. Second meeting went a little better but he’s pretty much not a fan. He took his first big boy bath and shower and pretty much just chilled while chowing down on avocado.
The trip was all well and good until we returned home with an unsuspecting rash. I’ve developed a rash on my leg and my little one is developing one on his face. We’ve already been to the derm who says it’s no big deal. A little antibacterial soap can handle it apparently. Personally, I find it absolutely disgusting and google is not my friend right now.
I’ve determined that Florida can keep its crappy parting gifts and dirty disgusting rash inducing pools. I’ll keep my new swimsuits and maxi dresses. Thank you very much.
Yesterday, I threw caution to the wind and decided it was time to pack my things and throw my 6 month old on a plane. I made sure to pack the essentials like stuffed kitties and bathing suits. One never knows when a kitty or bathing suit will be needed so make a mental note for your next trip.
While the rest of the moms are busy working on sleeping through the night I thought it better to groom my babypants to sleep through a plane ride. I was actually terrified of what may happen during this plane ride. It was a short flight, only 2 hours, but I didn’t really want to be “that person” with “that baby”. I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best that my kid didn’t scream and cry the entire time while 30,000 feet in the air in a moving vehicle with no escape.
Let me just say that waiting to board, I was so nervous I thought I was going to throw up. He was completely fine during the ride. He nursed to sleep during take off. Woke up and was easily entertained for the rest of the ride. A little “us weekly” and some toys to toss underneath the seats was all he needed. In fact, I would say he travels better than I do. Go figure. Not sure whose kid this is but he’s a keeper.
Totally wiped out from his travels, I just hope he enjoys vacation. Actually, I’m pretty sure he has no idea what vacation means so let’s hope I enjoy vacation.
I don’t know what kind of voodoo was performed last night but my kid was out like a light. Dr. Karp never showed up so clearly I’ve got the magic touch. Once I figure out the magic, I’ll write a book and pass it along. You can then keep my book in your nightstand and never read it.
Anyway, my kid spent the night doing what I’ve been secretly coveting and longing for….sweet, sweet sleep. He logged 9 hours last night with one waking.
In case you had a restless night, I’m not bragging. I’m about to go and totally screw myself out of this freshly new found glorious sleep. Trust me.
Dear Dr. Karp,
My child has a serious disdain for sleep anymore. He does not enjoy the soothing lull of white noise or the incessant rocking he requires. He is over the swaddle and is a mini Houdini in training. I am quite surprised that he hasn’t learned to break out of his crib yet. Honestly. The kid is smart as a whip and clever. Anyway, the title of your book eludes me as you speak of happy babies and great sleep. All on the front cover! I have neither a happy baby nor great sleep. In fact, I am going to go out on a limb and say I have had no sleep seeing that my child is currently waking up every 60 minutes crying with the need to nurse and rock only to wake up again in 60 minutes. We spend a lot of time awake in the middle of the night when we should all be sleeping. Not too mention the small fact that he suddenly feels alert and ready to start his day at 5 am now. I don’t really have time to read your book in detail with having a demanding baby and all. It would be really helpful if you could write a cliff note version of your book for me. Better yet, perhaps you could swing by tonight around 11pm when he is just getting geared up to start the all night crying marathon. You could rock him or do whatever hocus pocus magic you have up your sleeve to put him to sleep. My husband and I would appreciate this greatly. We would like some sleep too so feel free to swaddle us in the event that we can’t fall asleep. See you soon!!
p.s. gotta run….my kid just woke up from his super refreshing 20 minute power nap.