Two Months

Two Months

I can not believe how fast two months can pass.  When you’re 30 weeks pregnant, 2 months is an ETERNITY but when you have a newborn, you’re running around wondering where you left the last 2 months!  My precious Mia has already gone from this…

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To this!  And what a facial expression, right?!

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My sweet girl is 2 months old today (and I will find out how much she weighs and how long she is on Friday at our doctor’s appointment) but I can tell you, she is growing like a weed!

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Since she’s only 2 months old, it’s not like she is really “doing” a whole lot, but I can already see glimpses of her personality, her sweet little grin, and she is SO close to a giggle I just can’t wait to hear it.

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Right now she is still loving her swing, she has discovered the floor gym is pretty fun and she really gets to kicking it out on there, she is even more in love with her brother (if that’s possible), and she is starting to really like baths too.  I think her brother’s entertainment is what is making the bath so great, but whatever works.

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She is eating about 4 ounces every 2-4 hours during the day and she has been going to bed around 8:30 and has slept until 4am once but usually wakes up between 2-3 and then will eat and go back to sleep until about 7.  LOVING this only getting up once a night thing!

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It’s crazy that sometimes I feel like I had her yesterday and sometimes I can’t remember what life was like without her.  The first two months with her have been an absolute blessing and I look forward to seeing her sweet face every morning and to marvel at how much I think she’s grown just overnight.

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MIMM #38-Happy Easter!

MIMM #38-Happy Easter!

Today, my marvelousness comes from watching my boy play all Easter weekend long…and of course, my sweet Mia’s first Easter outfit!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and have a marvelous Monday!

Spring?

Spring?

I would love to say that Spring is here, but every single time I get ready to believe that, the temperatures drop back down below freezing and then the snow flurries come back and I get all angry again.  However, yesterday afternoon my mom brought over some of the most beautiful tulips and March flowers to plant in the yard and now I feel like Spring may finally be here.  Aren’t they just gorgeous?!

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On another note, this is how my son believes you should use Mia’s bouncer…

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Oh that boy.

And finally last night I jumped on the treadmill and completed 2 miles in 23 minutes with only a 15 second break in the middle to catch my breath!  Woohoo!

I’m ready for this Easter weekend!

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 :)

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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.

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(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

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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.

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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…

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Have a great Wednesday!

MIMM #37

MIMM #37

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

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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!

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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)

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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)!

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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 :)

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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…

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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.

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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!

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