A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life

I have been doing most of my work from home while I’ve been off with little bit (and with a LOT of help from my most precious co-workers) however, I am usually in the office at least two half days during the week and yesterday was one of those days.  This time Miss Mia got to come with me and stay for a while…She seemed to take really well to Miss Tiffany :)

Mia and Tiffany

After work, I grabbed up my Rylnn and we went home to play for just a bit.  My precious baby girl is so very in love with her big brother it’s just beautiful.

photo 1 (30)I just love my babies! (the owl blanket TOTALLY photo bombed my picture)

IMG_1412.JPGThen this happened…I have NO IDEA what Rylnn is doing, but it was way to funny not to share.

photo 2 (28)

(and don’t be jealous of my Halloween Batman pants please…I know they are super hot)!

After we got the chillins in bed, I did make myself get on the treadmill and I’m so glad I did.  I’m always SO tired at the end of the day, but running always makes me feel so much better if I can just convince myself to get out there and go!  I ran 2 miles at 12:00/mile with only a 15 second break and while I’m not gonna lie, it was still hard, I felt better running last night than I have since I started running again, so maybe I’m finally making some progress :)  Now to get my nutrition back in check…

 

Terrific Tuesday

Terrific Tuesday

Since I missed Marvelous In My Monday this week (it was a bit of a crazy Monday) I’m just going to create Terrific Tuesday instead!  So, as usual, this is my Terrific Tuesday…

photo 2 (27) photo 3 (21)My goodness I love these babies and they are growing SO fast!!  My Mia is 7 weeks old today and I have already had to pack her newborn outfits and put them away (she’s too long!) and my Rylnn is 3 1/2 going on 12 as I watch him grasping more and more concepts and ideas that I would’ve never dreamed possible at his age.

After watching a video recently (It Starts At Home) Gary Thomas mentioned that this time or period in a young parent’s life is made up of “long days, short years.”  While this may be some deep philosophical saying that’s been around for years, I’ve never heard it before, but it sure hit home to me as absolute truth.  I am so tired at the end of most days, it’s all I can do to scrape out a mile on the treadmill or a quick circuit workout before I shower and fall into bed, but then I wake up one morning and realize how tall my baby boy is (When did that happen?) or that my baby girl has already been smiling for weeks (Are you kidding me, I just had her!).  Long days, short years…I am learning that it’s hard and it’s exhausting, but I’m trying to cherish each and every moment I have during each phase of their lives :)

1/2 Choices

It is with great sadness that I have to report I have not worked out at all since my last update when I was so excited about getting back on the horse!  I think I’m just having a hard time keeping my motivation up when I get SO tired at night, so I’m not going to get too down on myself, knowing that I am still waking up during the dead of night and still adjusting to being Mama to two babies, and instead am just going to take it slow and not give up!

After Michelle asked me yesterday what 1/2 marathon I was thinking about doing in the fall, I thought, hey!  I hadn’t decided on a particular race, but picking one and committing to a training program would be a great way to keep my motivation up and still go at my own pace, so here are two of my top choices.

BG 26.2 & Half Marathon

bg262

This would be a fun choice for me, after going to school in Bowling Green and having run through several parts of the city before, being able to go back and see everything again would be exciting!  Plus, its in November (I have a while to train!) it’s close to home and the proceeds go to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a great cause.

Go Commando Half Marathon

No, this is not a naked run…I will leave that there, but the Go Commando Half Marathon in Clarksville began in 2011 as a shout out to the troops at Fort Campbell and I am all about supporting our military and it also supports a few other charities as well.  This half is on October 19th which could be a problem because that’s Rylnn’s birthday weekend, but I think it would be a great race.

Those are my two local favorites (right now, anyway) but since my sister lives in Florida, I am also looking down south a little bit to see what they have to offer as well, plus I may get a running partner if I go there (wink wink, Philip).  I am definitely looking forward to picking one and getting a good training program in place.  I’m already more motivated!

 

Back to the Dreadmill…

Back to the Dreadmill…

Oh the treadmill, how I loathe thee.

photo 1 (29)

On a positive note, I got back on the dreadmill last week and have run every other day since!

The first day I started running again, I actually ran outside and ran one mile in 12:55 and walked another mile after that, which after about 6 months of basically no exercise, I thought that was pretty sweet!

A few days later, it was back on the treadmill.  The first treadmill experience resulted in an 12:00 minute mile and I walked another half mile after that.  Then the second day, I ran 1.25 miles at an 11:30 pace and walked a half mile.  I did that same thing on the third day and then just yesterday I decided to try something a little different.  I ran 1.4 miles at an 11:00 minute pace, but I would jump off every .3 miles and take a 10 second break before hopping right back on.  I don’t know if that’s more beneficial or not, but I didn’t feel like I was going to die after the 1.4 miles (honestly I wish now I had continued that on for 2 miles) and I really liked changing it up a little bit.

Sometimes I’m still so tired from getting up in the dead of the night for an hour or so and then running around after Rylnn in the afternoon that I don’t even want to think about working out after they get in bed, but I’m always glad that I did and it always makes me feel better.

I am going to be starting a new program (hopefully in the REALLY NEAR future) that combines workouts with portion control, which I honestly think is the ONLY way to achieve lasting weight loss and good fitness/health and I am so looking forward to it.  I will definitely be sharing more about that as soon as I get that information!

Then, just for a cute picture on the blog today…

photo 2 (26)

Have a great Wednesday!

MIMM #37

MIMM #37

It’s Monday folks!  Time for Marvelous In My Monday!

6-10-13 MIMM

Today, my Monday is marvelous for several different reasons, but I’m going to focus first on this.

Rylnn and Mia

Learning how to be a Mama to two babies is NOT easy, as I’m sure any Mama of more than one can attest to, but these two precious babies are my world.  Without getting too deep or extra sentimental, I truly believe these are God’s children that he has loaned to me and given me the blessing of being called their Mama, to guide them as best as I can through this crazy world.  I take the responsibility VERY seriously and I know that I lose my patience and I get crabby and I don’t always take the time with them that I should, but I hope that one day, my babies will be able to remember all our fun times and all our laughs and that one day they will have their own babies and understand the true meaning of unconditional love.

One Month

One Month

I can’t believe that a whole month (plus one week) has already gone by!

photo 1 (26)

I mean seriously, look at this face!

When my sweet Mia was born, she weighed 6lbs 130z and only lost about half an ounce before we left the hospital.  At her two week appointment with our pediatrician, he told us that he likes to see most babies back at, or very close to, their original birth weight.  Well, not a problem for my sweet eater.  She was not only back at her birth weight, she had gained another half pound and the doctor said that she had one of the most beautiful complexions he had ever seen.  Let me tell you, this proud mama took that as a HUGE compliment, coming from a doctor that sees babies all the time!

We only had one hiccup right after we left the hospital and had to go have her blood drawn again to re-test her thyroid, but it came back absolutely perfect, so we have an extremely healthy (and most of the time) happy baby.

She eats about 3-4oz every 3-4 hours and most of the time she will burp while you are picking her up to burp her before you even pat her back (which is phenomenal) and has only spit up twice.  She has slept up to 6 hours at a time at night, but usually will sleep from about 9-2 and then sleep until about 4-5 and get up for the day around 7, which works wonderfully for us, since we take turns getting up with her, we only have to get up once per night.

Mia loves:

Tummy time on her boppy

Kicking it out

Her swing

Laying on my knees

Her Bubba (She is enamored with her brother and it is SO precious to watch her eyes when he talks to her or when she hears him in the room)

photo 1 (27) photo 2 (24) photo 3 (19) photo 4 (16) photo 5 (10)

Is she not the cutest little girl ever?!  You don’t have to answer that, I already know :)

I did get my workout in yesterday, and while I only ran another mile, I ran it a minute faster than I did on Tuesday (and apparently burned 153.8 calories while doing it)!

photo 3 (20) photo 4 (17)

I also walked another mile after that (to help me cool down because there was a LOT of huffing and puffing) and hopefully tonight I can run at least 1.25 or 1.5 miles.  It’s incredibly hard, but it feels great to be running again :)

Elizabeth Turns One and My First Workout

Elizabeth Turns One and My First Workout

As promised, here are some more pictures of my precious niece Elizabeth at her one-year-old birthday party.  She turned one on March 5th, but my sister and Philip  decided to have a big party when they were able to come home last week so family could celebrate with them.  I know I’ve said it before, but my sister and I are so close, I swear I feel like this is my little girl and she just turned one :)

photo_1[1] photo_2[1] photo_3[1] photo_4[1] photo_5[1] photo 1 (25) photo 2 (23) photo 3 (18) photo 4 (15) IMG_0300

It was a great time and my Rylnn had a ball running around like a crazy kid, eating pizza and cake and trying so hard to figure out why he couldn’t climb up the slide :)  On the way home, this happened…

photo 5 (9)

so you know, he had a LARGE time!

On a post-pregnancy workout update…Monday afternoon, I decided to go for my first jog/walk/run in 7 months.  It was a BEAUTIFUL afternoon and I was ready to get out and try it, even though I was a little scared about how it was going to go for several reasons.

1.  I haven’t run in how long now?!  Oh yes, 7 months.

2.  I sprained my ankle so bad while I was pregnant it is still swollen and hurts every single day, so pounding that on the asphalt over and over didn’t appeal to me at all.

3.  I am carrying about 30 extra pounds that I knew was going to hurt my legs and lungs even more when I started running.

But guess what…the way to remedy all of these reasons?  Get my tail out there and go for it.  So I did.

photo (4)

Do you see that?!  I did a whole mile!  I (VERY SLOWLY) jogged an entire mile and then I walked another mile to cool back down.  Did I feel like I might die the whole time?  Quite frankly, yes I did, but I knew I could do it and now I have a great foundation and starting point to move forward from.  My legs were a little sore yesterday and while my precious newborn is sleeping really well, I am still getting up at least an hour every night so my sleeping schedule is not exactly where I need it to be yet, which led me to take yesterday as a rest day.  Today, I plan to get back at it!

It’s EXTREMELY hard for me to not look at a scale because I have done that my entire life, but I’m really going to try to take this journey as one where I get stronger and more fit (and back into my pre-pregnancy clothes) without focusing on a  specific number.  Wish me luck!

My sweet Mia was 5 weeks old yesterday (are you kidding me?!) so tomorrow I am going to do a (little over) one month update on her and how she’s been doing and what she is loving.  Wow, time is flying!

MIMM #36-Dr. Mueller

MIMM #36-Dr. Mueller

Hello Monday Morning!  Time for Marvelous In My Monday!

6-10-13 MIMM

This past week has made my Monday super marvelous…LOTS of family time and a Chuck E Cheese birthday celebration (which I will have more pictures of later).

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5

One other thing that is making my Monday super marvelous…Dr. Susan K. Mueller and office staff at Contemporary OBGYN.

contemporary_ob_gyn_logo

If you have been following me for a little while, you will remember this post when I was 32 weeks pregnant and decided to switch doctors, which sounded like total and complete lunacy.  Let me just tell you, when I first switched doctors, I mean from the very first appointment, I decided it was the best thing I had ever done, and I can now reiterate to you, that it was indeed the best decision I could’ve made for me and for my precious baby girl.

From the first office visit at 32 weeks and then every week from there on out, there was no question I had that was not answered, there was no appointment cancelled by the office, there was not one time that I did not see Dr. Mueller herself, there was not one time I was not asked if there was anything else she could do for me or if there was anything else I needed, and there was not one time I waited on anyone in that office for over 15 minutes.

And the biggest deal to me…When I was lying in a hospital bed that fateful night, Dr. Mueller herself was called at midnight, 2am, and 4am to be updated on my condition and on how Mianna was handling everything and then she walked through my door at 5am, held my hand, and told me exactly what was going on, what she could do, what she WOULD do, and asked if I had any questions at all.  Then, when Miss Mia didn’t react the way we wanted her to, Dr. Mueller was right there beside me telling me that she was going to deliver me because it was best for my baby and after the crazy turn of events that transpired that day and I was able to have my baby, she was there hugging me, congratulating me, telling me how good I did, and how beautiful a baby my little Mia was.

I can’t say enough good things about her and her staff and if you are in the West KY area and need a good OBGYN, I HIGHLY recommend her!  Not only has she made my Monday marvelous, she has helped make my entire life marvelous by helping me to deliver the most beautiful baby girl in the whole world!

What’s making your Monday Marvelous?

Cousins

Cousins

I forgot to mention in my lengthy blog post on Tuesday that my sister, Philip, and Baby Elizabeth (who is SO not a baby anymore, she’s growing up WAY TOO FAST!!) are visiting this week and we have had so much fun introducing them to sweet Mia.

Look at those precious blue eyes on my niece!!

Elizabeth Faith

We had a shortouting a few days ago, but it was too much for these new cousins to handle.

Cousins

These precious girls are just one year apart so I can’t wait for the next few years, watching them grow up and play together hopefully just like sisters would.  My poor Rylnn will be so outnumbered :)

We’re celebrating Miss Elizabeth’s first birthday while she’s here so I know that I’ll have the most wonderful pictures to share with everyone of her and Rylnn playing at Chuck E Cheese, I mean, is there anything better than a birthday at Chuck E Cheese when you’re a kid?!

Also, my doctor visit is this afternoon, so hopefully I will be given the all clear and I’ll be able to start working out a little bit again.  I have really missed being able to just go for a run after a hard day to clear my head and I’m hoping that I can start training (SLOWLY) for another half-marathon sometime this fall.  Still searching for a good workout plan too, so please comment, email, etc. so I can get some great ideas!

One Month

One Month

At this same time 4 weeks ago, I thought I was going to die as I waited for my precious Mia to enter this world.

Mia-Newborn

I’m not gonna lie, it was awful, but so totally worth it.

On February 24th, I really thought my had water broken.  It had broken with Rylnn when I was 37 weeks, so on that Monday afternoon in February, I thought the same thing had happened and it was just about show time.  I figured I would wait until the contractions started and got stronger before heading to the hospital, but they really never did.  Then I realized at about 4pm, I hadn’t felt Mia move since around noon and I started to freak out just a little bit, but trying to remain calm around my 3-year-old, I grabbed a snack and waited a little longer.  About 8pm, mom came over and stayed with Rylnn and we made our way to the hospital where they promptly put me in a room and told me (3 hours later) that my water had in fact not broken, but my contractions were getting stronger and they did not like the way that Mia was handling them.  This was about midnight and this is where the fun began…First, they decided to just monitor me and when she didn’t look any better, they pumped me full of fluid (and when I say pumped, think two massive bags of fluid in my body in about 30 minutes) and when that didn’t work, here came the oxygen mask.  After all this fun, my doctor came in at around 5am and broke my water to see how Miss Mia would react to that.

Well, let me just tell you, the pain of having your water broken on a scale of 1-10 would be about 239847923487644.  Holy crap.  I believe I levitated off the bed and about turned poltergeist on the doctor before that was over.  Now, water broken, tears rolling down my face from pain and sheer exhaustion (hadn’t really eaten since noon and hadn’t slept for 24 hours) we waited to see what Mia was going to do.  She did nothing.  My doctor came back in and told me that this was it, she was taking baby now.  I lost it…started shaking, panicking, texting one of my dearest friends that had c-sections with her babies to calm me down when the anesthesiologist walks in to have me sign the papers, explaining what’s going to happen when he administers the spinal block.

I had just about made my peace with the situation (in the whole 5 minutes I had been given to do so) when the doctor comes flying back through the door exclaiming that Miss Mia looked better on the monitor than she had the entire night so we were going to wait it out.  For the love of pete.  At this point, I am begging for an epidural, which I immediately received but it got kinked in my back so it didn’t work.  Right after the anesthesiologist had given me my epidural, he had to go into surgery so I had to wait around 2 hours before I received my second epidural.  I think that could’ve been the longest time period of my entire life.  When I finally got that blessed second epidural, it was like my entire body just relaxed and I actually got to nap a little.  The next time the nurse checked me, I was READY TO GO!  I pushed three times and my beautiful Mianna entered the world on February 25th at 11:10 weighing 6lbs and 13oz.

Mia 2 weeks Mia 2 weeks1 Mia and Rylnn

This first month I decided to give myself a blogging break as I adjusted to being Mama to two precious little ones (and if you know me at all, I am such a routine and scheduled person, this has been a HUGE adjustment) but she has been a rockstar of a baby and I fall more in love with her every single day.  She looks just like her brother did when he was a newborn so I can’t wait to see if she’s going to look just like him or if she’s going to grow out of it and look totally different.

I don’t know if it’s true for everyone or not, but this second baby has been SO much easier than my first one and I feel like I have actually been able to enjoy this newborn time so much more.  It is also so amazing to watch my 3-year-old crazy boy love on his baby sister, even though he can be a little rough, he is super sweet with her and “helps” me change her diaper every time I change her when we’re home.  God has blessed me beyond belief with these two precious babies!!

Now, getting back to the basics.  I go back to the doctor Thursday and am hoping that I will be released to start working out again.  I need help!!  I know I’m going to have to go about this gradually, but what is the best post-pregnancy workout I can do to shred this baby weight??  I will take any and all suggestions!!

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
%d bloggers like this: