return to running: week 2

Two weeks in and I’m feeling pretty good.  While I’m ready mentally to be doing a lot more than running just 2 minutes at a time, I still have to remind myself that I am in recovery mode.  My body still needs more time to heal, but I am starting to feel more and more like my old self.  It really is the only time during the day that I actually feel like me.  But, that’s a post for another time.

I added 5 more minutes to each of my run/walks, so I’m running 10 minutes out of the total 35 minutes.  I’m planning on adding another 5 minutes this week before adding longer running intervals and shorter walking breaks.  I know my lungs can handle more time running, I just don’t know how long they will last until they give out though!

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Monday:  35 minute run/walk (2.75 miles @ 12:35/mile) – This was my first run outside without pushing the stroller since not being pregnant.  It actually felt pretty good, but I definitely had to watch my speed a little bit to make sure I wasn’t going too fast.  Just trying to be extra cautious.

Tuesday:  PiYo Drench – Holy crap, this workout is tough.  And loooong.  I will probably not be doing this one as often just because of the length (48 minutes).  But, I was definitely shaking afterward!

Wednesday:  35 minute run/walk (2.75 miles @ 12:43/mile) – Kenna was at the sitter and my mom came over to have lunch with me, so she took Miles while I went out and got an early afternoon run in.  I decided to take a different, hillier route, so that effected my speed a little bit.  Still felt good though.

Thursday:  PiYo Sweat – LOVE this workout!  Definitely one of the best ones in the bunch.  And yes, I was sweating toward the end.

Friday:  35 minute treadmill run/walk (2.75 miles @ 12:43/mile) + PiYo Lower Body – I decided to play with the speed a little bit and change it up.  I did my walking pace at 4.0 instead of 3.5 and added 0.2 with every run interval, starting at 6.2.  Great run!

Saturday:  35 minute run/walk (2.9 miles @ 12:04/mile) – This was by far the best run I’ve had in awhile.  I felt great on the run parts – the most like myself I’ve felt in a really long time.  It made me excited to start running more than 2 minutes at a time in a few weeks.

Sunday:  Rest Day

Total:  11.15 miles

As far as eating went this week, I did a lot better.  I’m feeling better about my body even though I am still feeling pretty soft.  But, I will be writing about that more on Wednesday.  There are still areas that need improvement, like not eating 3 cookies just while I’m putting dishes away, but I am trying to make a much more conscious effort of choosing better snacks.  I went a little overboard on dried mango this week, but like Matt said, it could definitely be worse.

That being said, I’m so ready to start my “Rock Your Jeans” challenge group on Wednesday.  We are prepping for the program this week and then will be jumping right in to workouts and meal plan next week.  I’ve been doing my research on things to eat and different meals and am so ready to start!  There’s still time if you want in – leave a comment or shoot me an email!  I’d love to have you join our group!

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baby boy: 1 month (+ a giveaway)

I cannot believe Miles is already 1 month old!  I feel like time is flying, but at the same time, the days and weeks go by really slowly.  Ah, the life of a mom of 2… That’s still so weird.  I turned to Matt the other day and said, “We have TWO KIDS!”

So, what’s my little Miles Guy up to this month?

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Eating

Breastfeeding is going amazingly well!  I remember struggling with MacKenna so much the first few weeks.  Miles, however, latched immediately and has never looked back!  Apparently, breastfeeding is like riding a bike – you learn how to do it once and no matter how long you go without doing it, it comes back naturally (or at least that’s how it was for me).  This boy is a great little eater.  He is eating about every 3 hours during the day and about every 3 hours at night as well.  I do feed him on a schedule during the day (although he wants to eat every 3 hours regardless) and we’re still working on establishing that as I am trying to switch it up so that maybe the stretches at night get a little bit longer.  He’s also pretty gassy, which doesn’t help at night.  He spits up about every feeding but struggles to burp.  I don’t get it.  I started giving him gas drops this past week to see if they help.  I’ll let you know when I remember to give them to him regularly.

I started pumping at 2 weeks and he has had a handful of bottles, and has taken them like a champ.  They don’t even need to be warm for him to devour them.  He’ll drink about 3 ounces in a bottle, which is perfect because that’s how much I’m pumping every day.  I’m trying to build up my milk stash as much as possible now so that hopefully we don’t have to start supplementing once I go back to work.  But, even if we do, no big deal… I’m still hoping to nurse for a year (although I don’t particularly want to pump for 11 more months), but I’ll be happy going 6-8 months.

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Sleeping

While we have a schedule for eating, I’m still working on his sleep schedule.  (I’m doing a loose Baby Wise schedule/routine.)  The first few weeks, he was sleeping A LOT during the day, but we are seeing his eyes more and more during the day now.  We just haven’t quite established when (and where) he is going to sleep.  Right now, he is sleeping in our room at night because we felt like we were going into his room every 10 minutes when he fussed just so he wouldn’t wake up MacKenna.  While it has helped a lot, I’m starting to get less sleep with him in our room because of the same reason.  I feel like I’m constantly having to stick a pacifier in his mouth (boy LOVES to suck) and that he is never happy.  I try to hold off feeding him as long as possible, especially as we get closer to 6 AM, but sometimes I give in and feed him, or just stick him on my chest and fall back asleep with him until about 6:30.  Probably not the greatest idea, but it seems to be working for now.  This is also one of the reasons why I’m trying to switch up our feeding schedule.

During the day, he sleeps a lot on the Boppy lounger or in the swing or in someone’s arms.  I am working to get him in his crib more and more, even if it’s just for 20-30 minutes.  He loves being held.

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Personality

It’s a little too early to tell, but I think he’s going to be just as happy as MacKenna was as a baby.  We really have lucked out with two really great kids – and shoot, we make pretty darn cute ones!  He is so much fun to cuddle with and he is already watching us move across the room.  He adores Matt and gives him a lot more smiles than I get, especially when he gets home in the evening.  Can’t wait until he’s smiling more consistently!  I’m really trying my best not to wish each stage away and just enjoy it while I have it, but that really is one thing I am looking forward to more than anything.

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Big Sister

One of the questions I get most is how is MacKenna liking being a big sister?  At this point, she could give or take him.  While she can be incredibly sweet to him, giving him kisses and holding his hand, other times she wants nothing to do with him.  I think he is just at a stage where it’s not really fun having a little brother because he doesn’t do anything.  I think once he is reacting to her more, she’ll be a little happier to be around him.  She is very starved for attention, which is obvious when I am feeding him.  She’s been acting up a lot more and it makes me feel so bad.  I know eventually she will adjust, but right now, it is HARD.  Thankfully, she is really cute with him and calls him Miles William all the time.  It melts my heart!

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Other Stuff

Weight:  We don’t go back to the doctor until next week, but I’m guessing he’s between 7.5 and 8 pounds.

Diapers:  We are in newborn cloth diapers (I’ll write a post about cloth diapering the second baby), but otherwise he wears size 1.

Clothes:  For the most part, he has outgrown newborn clothes but 0-3 months are still a bit too big.

Likes:  Eating, sleeping, sucking on his pacifier, being held, the Ergo carrier (thank goodness)

Dislikes:  Getting his diaper changed, baths, the carseat, tummy time (he could give or take on that though)

Firsts:  Breath, bath, Christmas, party (New Year’s Eve + birthday party), church service, smile + laugh (just recently!)

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Plus, a Giveaway…

Like I said, we are cloth diapering again.  Unfortunately, we quickly found out that Miles is in fact just like his sister and seems to get diaper rash more from the cloth diapers than from the disposables.  Boo.  And I am stubborn, so I refuse to give up on the cloth diapers.  Part of the reason he got diaper rash so quickly once we moved to cloth with him is that we hadn’t washed them correctly yet.  But, man, was his diaper rash BAD.  I felt so horrible that my 2 week old had this nasty, bleeding rash on his bottom.  Poor baby.

Thankfully, I received a sample of Baby Butz diaper rash cream to try out on him.  Baby Butz claims to clear up even the worst diaper rash in just a few hours.  It is all natural and cloth-diaper safe, so I was very hopeful that this would be the key to keeping his butt, well, cute!  Consistency in putting the cream on him was hard since we were changing him in two different places (his room and our room), but Baby Butz definitely worked it’s magic and he was diaper rash free within a day or two.  Much faster than any of MacKenna’s rashes.

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Baby Butz is the closest cream that I’ve found to Desitin that is also cloth diaper safe (Desitin is not).  It is thick and truly protects his cute little bottom from any moisture that may irritate his skin.  And a little goes a long way!  The big container that I received should last several months, especially since we don’t have to use it every time we change his diaper.  Baby Butz for the win!

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Want to try it for yourself?  Baby Butz wants to give you a free container of Baby Butz for you to try!  And you don’t have to be a cloth diaper mama to use it – it’s great for the biggest and smallest of babies who suffer from diaper rash!  Enter using the Rafflecopter below – I will pick the winner on Monday night!  Good luck!

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day in the life of a mom of 2 on maternity leave

I am linking up with Katie over at Moms Little Running Buddy and Jenn at Peas and Crayons for a Day in the Life post.  Now, of course, this is my life right now, but will be changing in a few months when I go back to work.  But, since this is my normal currently, I figured I’d give you an idea of what life is like for a mom home on maternity leave with a 3 year old and 1 month old.

1 AM – Miles is fussing a little bit, but I am trying to hold him off for a little longer so I’m not up again at 4 AM.  I stick a pacifier in his mouth a few times until he finally dozes back off.

2:30 AM – Miles is now really fussing, so I take him out of his bassinet and feed him while I browse Facebook.

3 AM – Miles is done and back in bed.  I listen to his grunts and squeaks until I am finally able to fall asleep around 3:30.

5 AM – Miles is fussing again, but I really need him to wait a little bit longer to start the day.  I spend the next hour waking up every 10-15 minutes to stick another pacifier in his mouth.

6:15 AM – Miles isn’t having it anymore, so I turn on the light and change his diaper and then feed him in bed while again, browsing Facebook and checking Craigslist for double jogging strollers.

6:45 AM – I hear MacKenna’s door open and she runs across the house into our bedroom.  She climbs into bed with us until Miles is done burping.

7 AM – All 4 of us are up and out of bed.  Kenna, Miles, and I head out to the living room.  Miles spends some time on his tummy on the playmat and I get breakfast ready for MacKenna.  Lately, she’s been getting poptarts because it’s the only thing I can get her to eat in the morning.  Otherwise, she won’t eat anything until lunch.  She’s gotta get some weight on her peanut frame!

7:15 AM – I make my breakfast and sit down on the floor next to Miles to eat it.  Vegan chocolate Shakeology smoothie with banana and strawberries, in a bowl with some gluten-free chocolate granola on top.  It was absolutely delicious!

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7:30 AM – Matt kisses us all goodbye and I get up to start cleaning up the kitchen and MacKenna’s playroom since I didn’t get around to it last night.

7:40 AM – Miles is fussing, so I get him and go change his diaper and clothes while MacKenna watches “Maya and Miguel” in the living room.

7:55 AM – I put Miles in the swing in our bathroom and convince MacKenna to come with us by giving her my iPad.  Not my finest parenting decision, but otherwise, both of us won’t make it through my shower.  It gives me an hour of peace and quiet, while I shower, get ready, and pump.

9 AM – Time for MacKenna to get ready for the day.  I change her diaper and put on some clothes and give her a box and a new Bitty Baby highchair to play with so I can feed Miles in peace.

9:20 AM – Miles is freaking out, so I change his diaper, grab my coffee, and sit on the couch to feed him, while Kenna asks me a billion questions and wants my undivided attention.

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9:45 AM – Miles is done being fed, so I spend some time playing with MacKenna while also picking up some of her toys.  I change Miles diaper and take his weekly picture.  He is happy, so I grab my planner and plan the rest of the week’s activities for me and the kids.

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10:35 AM – MacKenna has her first dentist appointment today, so I start the process of getting us ready to get out the door.  Kenna brushes her teeth while I put her hair in an “Elsa braid”.  Miles is already screaming so I try to get everything else packed up with one hand while trying to hold him.  The screaming gets worse when I put him in the carseat.

10:55 AM – We are out the door on our way to the dentist.  Miles was content once the car was moving and Kenna and I enjoy listening to church songs in the car.

11:10 AM – MacKenna gets to experience the dentist for the first time and does awesome!  She listens and answers all the questions, while I hold Miles (who was again fussing) and watch in delight!  I’m just so proud of how great she did!  She gets a sticker and a toy along with her new toothbrush.

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11:50 AM – We are home and I get lunch ready for MacKenna.  She has macaroni, 2 apple slices, and I bribe her with Elsa yogurt if she eats all her lunch.  I let her watch Bubble Guppies on my iPad while I make my lunch.  I have leftover potato soup from my sister-in-law and the rest of Kenna’s apple.  Plus, some flavored water so that I drink a little bit more, as my hydration has really be suffering lately.

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12:15 PM – I am done with my lunch and Miles is beyond ready for his.  I change his diaper, set up another Bubble Guppies on the iPad for Kenna, and nurse Miles.  Kenna of course falls off her chair and needs me about every 2 minutes.  She really hate me giving all my attention to the baby.

12:45 PM – Miles is done nursing and I get Kenna to eat a little bit more of her macaroni, so I give her her Elsa yogurt and finish picking up the rest of her playroom, for the most part.

1 PM – The long process of getting MacKenna down for a nap begins.  She protests, but I bribe her with letting her brush her teeth with her new tooth brush.  Because she did so well at the dentist, I let her pick an extra book to read, so we end up reading 3 books before nap time.

1:35 PM – Thankfully, MacKenna only comes out of her room once and my threat to lock her door keeps her in her room and she is sound asleep in a matter of minutes.  I change miles, give him a paci and put him in his swing.

1:45 PM – PiYo time!  Drench is no joke.  My shoulders were screaming at me!  Too many down dogs and not nearly enough child’s pose!  Ha!  Hopefully I will get better at that one, but 48 minutes was a little too long for my liking.  Looking forward to starting Insanity Max:30 in a week and a half!

2:35 PM – I sit on the couch and pull out the laptop to send a few emails.  I also turn on Friends on Netflix – I’m determined to watch the entire series while I’m on maternity leave, even though I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every episode 30 times already.

2:55 PM – I grab a snack and nurse Miles.

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3:10 PM – MacKenna is up and hangs out on the couch while I finish nursing Miles.

3:20 PM – MacKenna, Miles, and I hang out, watching TV, playing, and trying to get some work done while we wait for Daddy to come home.

4:15 PM – Matt calls and says he’s on his way home.  I try putting Miles in his crib while he is sleeping, but he isn’t happy about it.  I see his eyes when I go to pick him up, but he just falls asleep when I try to do tummy time with him.

4:25 PM – Daddy is home!  We catch up on the day with MacKenna and then he whisks her off to help him bake some breakfast cookies that her forgot to make this weekend.  I hang out on the floor with Miles (who is napping on his playmat), working on my computer and updating my training log (I’m ready for my backordered one to be shipped)!

5 PM – I send a few emails and answer some text messages and then go take Miles to get his diaper changed.  He is fussy again, so I hold him while we watch Matt and Kenna bake before going to settle back down on the couch.

5:20 PM – Miles is no longer wanting to wait to eat so I go ahead and feed him while Matt and Kenna color with markers.  Kenna has been a handful tonight, a sure sign that she didn’t get enough sleep with her nap, even though it was more than normal.

5:45 PM – Miles is done nursing, so I go start dinner.  Thankfully, I planned an easy to cook meal of crispy black bean tacos.  I am able to get it put together and on the table in just 20 minutes.

6:05 PM – Dinner time!  I won’t lie.  Matt pulled out the tortilla chips after we finished our tacos and I had more than my fair share.  Oops.

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6:35 PM – Matt takes on the dishes while I entertain the kiddos.  Miles is hanging out and MacKenna is playing in the living room, just begging to go downstairs in the basement.  Who knew toddlers love Foosball that much?!

7:15 PM – Matt takes MacKenna downstairs while Miles and I hang out talking upstairs and watching TV.  I grab a cookie to keep me entertained until the other 2 come back upstairs.

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7:35 PM – I go get Miles ready for bed, changing his diaper and putting on PJs.

7:50 PM – Time for MacKenna to brush her teeth and get ready for bed, a little later than usual because she was busy eating jelly beans on the couch.  We read a weather book and Good Night Moon, before I give her some quick kisses and step out because Miles is starving again and so I can jump on a Beachbody team call.

8:05 PM – I get Miles latched and jump on the call late.  I’m excited to build my business more this year (if you’re interested in what Beachbody has to offer or want in on my challenge, let me know)!

8:35 PM – Miles is done eating and my call is over, so we head out to the living room.  I grab some M&Ms and my computer and start working on this blog post as well as answer a few emails and Facebook messages while I’m at it.

9:40 PM – Stupid internet keeps going out and I lose everything I had written from 8:30 on and have to rewrite it all.  Soooooo frustrating.  I finish writing and editing pictures so I can head to bed.

10:05 PM – I get up from the couch and go get ready for bed, leaving the living room a mess because I simply just didn’t get around to picking it up.  I’ll get to it in the morning hopefully.

10:20 PM – Time to change and feed Miles.  I read 10 pages in my current book – Nick Saban’s “How Good Do You Want to Be?” while I try to keep my eyes open.

10:55 PM – Miles is done eating so I put him in the bassinet and turn out the light.  I’m hoping to get a good, peaceful night’s sleep tonight!

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