#rnrchi training: update + week 10

We are now 2 weeks away from Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K and half marathon.  And I am officially in taper mode – thank goodness.  I will be the first to admit that my training wasn’t nearly what I had hoped it would be.  While I was able to get in every single run, most of them were not what I had planned and not the quality I had expected.

Since my last training update, I began dealing with some major hip/pelvis issues.  They began during my 10 mile run a few weeks ago.  At first, I thought it was just some lingering soreness and inflammation.  I had the chiropractor do some ART, which seemed to help, but didn’t really get rid of the problem.

It wasn’t until our vacation that I realized it was my sacroiliac (SI) joint – again.  A day of rest and less mileage made it feel better, but as soon as I walked on the sand, it was screaming at me.  As the day went on, it felt better, but would get worse every morning when I ran.  Again, the pain would subside by the end of the day.  I ended up taking last weekend off and completely skipping my 11 mile run for a shorter mileage week (17 miles total for the week).

I went to the chiropractor a week ago, let him know it was my SI joint again, and VOILA!  No pain!  For awhile there, I was thinking I was going to need to switch to the 10K instead of the half marathon, but I am happy to report that I have gone a week without ANY pain and will be doing the half marathon as planned!  I even had a really GREAT 12 mile run on Friday – probably my best long run so far this training cycle – and feel totally confident on running 13.1 in 2 weeks!

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Monday:  5 mile easy run (8:00 pace) + core strengthening exercises

Tuesday:  5 min WU, 8 x 30s w/ 1 min recoveries, 5 min CD (8:10 pace)

Wednesday:  3 mile easy run (8:00 pace) + core strengthening exercises

Thursday:  Day 1 of “From Flat to All That”

Friday:  11.8 mile long run (8:16 pace)

Saturday:  4.8 mile easy run (8:12 pace) + 600m open water swim

Sunday:  OFF

Total:  27.6 miles

I’m looking forward to the next 2 weeks in preparation for RnR Chicago.  I’m planning on getting some last minute key 5K workouts in.  I am desperately missing speed training and will definitely be focusing on that starting next month!  Can’t wait to get back into competitive running shape!

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baby boy: 6 months

Miles officially turned 6 months last week – where has the time gone?!  He certainly has made our family feel complete and like he has always been a part of it.  I love him so much it hurts sometime.  Yeah, I’m that mom…

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Eating

I talked about starting him on solids yesterday, so I’m not going to go into much detail on that.  But, he’s still my great little eater.  We are down to nursing 4 times a day, at 7AM, 11AM, 4PM, and 7PM.  He is eating 3 meals a day and seems to be doing well with them.  I can even update from yesterday’s post and say that he absolutely LOVES avocado and banana.  Good choices, baby!

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Sleeping

Miles is still a great sleeper too, although we struggled a bit on vacation since his schedule was thrown completely off.  My goal during summer break was to get him on the same nap schedule as MacKenna – and so far, so good!  He takes one nap in the morning for about 30-60 minutes, and then a longer nap in the afternoon for about 2 hours.  He sleeps from 8PM until 7AM pretty consistently as well.

Most of the time, he is awesome at going to sleep, but we have been struggling a little bit.  He fusses for a good 5 to 10 minutes before he really calms down and goes to sleep, both at naps and bedtime.  But, if he gets really upset, there is no way he will sleep unless you hold him.  There was one day where I couldn’t get him to calm down, ended up putting him in his crib (I was going to go insane if I continued to listen to him scream) and he cried for 30 minutes straight, until I went back in and picked him up.  After 10 minutes of rocking him, he finally went to sleep – only to sleep for 30 minutes.  But, for the most part, getting him to sleep is not a big deal – he just wants to fight it as much as possible.  He’s a nosy little guy!

Miles - 23 weeks

Personality

He is such a silly little guy!  He definitely is happy, although we went through a pretty tough leap and he has been fussier than usual.  He has been babbling a lot lately, and I have been working on him saying “mama” and “dada”.  He is very easy going and is happiest being held but loves being on the floor, playing with toys.  He will laugh and smile at anything and it makes me so happy to see how much he adores all 3 of us.  He is mostly a Mama’s Boy though and will cry if he sees me and I’m not holding him.

Miles - 24 weeks

Big Sister

MacKenna still has been an awesome big sister to Miles.  However, I am the one who struggles the most with our relationship, as it has been difficult for me to balance my time and attention toward both kids.  I try to do my best to let her feel loved and worthy of my time, but sometimes I don’t think I do a very good job.  That being said, she is still the silly, sassy, outspoken little girl she’s always been, so I know I must be doing something right (or Matt is).  I have learned that I am MUCH better with babies than I am with toddlers (I don’t do well with the whole pretend thing – unless we’re pretending to put on makeup or do hair), but I think MacKenna and I are learning to adjust in our relationship, and for the first time since Miles was born, I feel like we are starting to understand each other so much better.  I have so much more to talk about regarding balancing both kids, but I haven’t exactly figured it all out yet.  If I do, I will do my best to share, because I think it’s important for other moms to understand that balancing your love, time, and attention is really hard when another baby comes along.

Miles - 25 weeks

Other Stuff

Weight:  12 pounds 15.5 ounces – down 3 ounces from his 4 month appointment.  I was guessing he was close to 15 pounds this appointment, so I was a little surprised when I saw the 12.  He is no longer on the charts, but is a pound heavier than MacKenna was at 6 months.

Diapers:  Cloth diapers full time for the most part, but he wore size 2 disposables while we were on vacation – the 3s were still a little too big on him.

Clothes:  Mostly 6 months clothes, but still fitting into some 3-6 month too.  I plan on moving him up to the 6-9 month clothes in the next month.  (Sidenote:  Kenna, however, went to bed last night in 12 month PJs… *sigh*)

Likes:  Mama is his favorite by far now, with MacKenna in a close second; playing with his toys (this little Easter bath book is his favorite); blabbling; army crawling to find any cord he can find (time to baby proof the new house); Kenna singing “bedtime story” to him (which is just a song she made up)

Dislikes:  long car rides; his carseat – especially on long car rides

Firsts:  He’s up on all 4s and is ready to move for sure!  He has the army crawl down and is one determined little dude.  He also had his first beach trip and dip in the pool!

Miles - 26 weeks

I am doing my best to try and cherish every moment with my little guy.  I get a little depressed with every new milestone as it might be the last time I get to experience that with one of my babies.  Cutting back on breastfeeding and starting solids really had me feeling all the feels.  I’m not ready to let my little guy get older but I know we have so much more to look forward to!

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first foods for baby #2

Miles officially turned 6 months last week, but since we were on vacation, I wanted to wait until we got home before we started him on solids.  I have to admit, adding solids to the baby feeding mix is the most stressful thing for me during the newborn stage.  With the potential for choking and the fact that MacKenna was a terrible eater, my anxiety is sky high right now.  I am doing my best to not be too overprotective, but, well, that’s not exactly happening…

We did baby led weaning (BLW) with MacKenna and I really loved the ease of it, even though she didn’t really get the hang of it too much.  But, I completely believe that going the baby food route wouldn’t have been any different.  I’ve been doing some research, reading up on BLW as a refresher, and pinning everything I can about BLW and feeding baby.  This time around, I will again be doing BLW with Miles, but I will also be spoon feeding him from time to time.  Or at least putting some food on a spoon and handing it to him.  This, along with the advice of waiting 10 seconds if he gags, have helped ease my anxiety slightly.

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So far, things have been going really well!  And as far as I can tell, thanks to his diapers, he’s actually swallowed some!  Ha!

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We started with some sweet potato half moons (Brittany’s recipe from her book) on Monday at lunch and dinner.  After his 6 month appointment on Tuesday (he lost about 3 ounces in the last 2 months), we got the go ahead from the pediatrician to feed him 3 meals a day and not to worry about waiting a certain number of days before introducing a new food.  She was also completely on board with skipping baby food too – have I mentioned how much I love her?!

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Since then, he’s had avocado (in the mesh feeder), oatmeal for breakfast (he kept grabbing the spoon so I just went with it), and broccoli.

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For the most part, I think he gets it.  The issue has been that he will get a piece of food in his hand and then, if it doesn’t stick out far enough, he will just suck is thumb.  Sometimes, even if he has a piece of food in his hand, he will try to suck his thumb, which has led to some gagging.  He’s gotten a little frustrated, but I’m just trying to be patient and remind myself (and Matt) that the main source of his nutrition should be from breastmilk for the first year.  He’s had a few bit pieces in his mouth that I’ve chosen to fish out, but otherwise, he’s doing OK.

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Yes, that is my hand trying to fish a big chunk of broccoli out of his mouth…

It’s a good start and I’m excited to start including him in more of our meals.  He’s still getting separate meals for now, but hopefully he’ll start loving all the food we do!  Let’s just pray he’s a better eater than his big sissy!

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