Back to Work + Workouts

Unless we end up with a snow day (we did get 4+ inches of snow, but by yesterday afternoon, the roads were looking pretty good), today is my first day back at work.  While in many ways I am totally ready to go back, I am dreading leaving my kiddos.  I know they are in good hands, but I’m just going to miss them so much!  Luckily, I will have 30 minutes in my car on my way to work to cry and regain my composure…

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So, my weekend was spent enjoying time with my family.  Kenna got to go to Frozen on Ice with her grandma on Saturday, so I got some extra snuggle time in with Miles (and a trip to the grocery store by myself, which was a treat).  It started snowing Saturday afternoon, so the rest of the day was spent by the fire, watching Frozen and get my last Friends fix.  I’m going to miss watching my favorite show every day during naptime.  I made it through 6 seasons in 8 weeks, so not to bad.

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We were supposed to go to a trivia night on Saturday but it was cancelled, so Matt and I decided to have another pizza night, this time trying a cracked egg on top.  Unfortunately, our oven didn’t cook them evenly and we ended up having to microwave it a little bit to get the whites to set.  A little bit of a disappointment, but we plan on trying it again.  Anyone have any secrets on how to get this perfect?

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My workouts were great this week and got me pumped up enough to register for my first postpartum race!  I will be running the Cowbell Uncorked Relay with Matt, my brother (hopefully), and Miles’ godparents on May 9th!  I am sooooo excited!  It’s no Ragnar, but it’s definitely going to be a good time.  I will be sharing my training plan for that and Rock ‘n’ Roll soon, I promise!

Monday:  2.5 mile treadmill run (7:49/mile)

WOD – 5 rounds of:
Squats 20x
Situps 15x
Dips 10x
Pushups 5x

Tuesday:  2.5 mile treadmill run (8:12/mile)

Pre-WOD:  Suitcase Squats 5×5, 20-25-25-30-30# DB

WOD – 21-25-9 reps of:
Squat Jumps
Pushups
Mountain Climbers
Situps

Wednesday:  2.5 mile treadmill run (7:49/mile)

Pre-WOD:  Overhead Lunges 3×20, 25# plate

WOD:
Squats 100x
Situps 100x
Pushups 100x

Thursday:  2.5 mile treadmill run (8:00/mile)

Pre-WOD:  Thrusters 5×10, 45#

WOD – 5 rounds of:
Box jumps 10x
Pushups 10x

Post-WOD:  Situps 5×20

Friday:

WOD #1 – 5 rounds of:
Run 400m
Front squats 10x, 45#
Bent over rows 10x, 45#

WOD #2 – AMRAP in 8 minutes of:
Pushups 5x
Situps 10x
Squats 15x

Saturday:  2.5 mile treadmill run (8:19/mile)

Sunday:  rest day

I’m not looking forward to getting up early again (my alarm is set for 4 AM so I can shower, pump, feed Miles, get both kids ready, and get out the door by 6:30), but I am looking forward to having so Me Time after school working out every day.  It’ll be nice to be in a little more predictable routine.  And of course, I’ll have this smile to look forward to every day…

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Body After Bump #2: 2 Months

Another month down and slowly making progress.  I was actually surprised to see the numbers this month, because let’s just say, this was definitely not the best month for me.  My weight has been all over the place and I’ve really lacked on getting my eating under control until this past week.  I’m sure if I had been eating like I am now this entire month, I probably would’ve seen a little bit more progress, but oh well.  Hopefully next month there will be an even bigger difference, right?!

[Here are last months numbers + pictures]

The Numbers

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Body Bump - 2 months

Body Bump - 2 months 2

Matt asked me a few weeks ago if I looked at my number from my first pregnancy.  Well, I didn’t until yesterday – and well, I didn’t have physical numbers, just the differences, until month #3, so I looked at that month instead.  I am actually ahead of where I was at 3 months postpartum the first time around.  So, I can’t be disappointed with that.  I just have to remind myself that it DOES take time, but that I do have to put some effort into it.

Workouts

I won’t get into my specific workouts since I share those with you guys every week, but in general, my workouts have been going great lately!  I have to admit though, I’m an Insanity drop-out.  I went to go do it on Monday and just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  So, I’m back to doing CrossFit workouts.  I mean, I would LOVE to look like the girls in the Insanity workouts, but I just want to feel strong again.  I’ve lost SO much strength during my pregnancy and I am dying to get it all back.  Plus, I know how much CrossFit has benefitted not only my weight + physical appearance, but also my running.  Plus, I will have to wake up at 4 AM anyway to get myself and the kiddos ready for the day once I go back to work and I am planning on running after work and with a weight room at my disposable, it’s just easier to do my entire workout in an hour at school than at home.  And it’ll give me extra time with my kids (and hubby) who I am already dreading leaving next week.

Nutrition

Like I said, I’ve still been struggling.  After too many desserts (like 3 or 4) every night, I finally admitted to myself that I have sugar addiction.  So, I gave up sweets (candy, cookies, ice cream, cakes, pies, etc.) and eating after dinner for Lent.  Matt + I gave ourselves Sunday as a “feast” day, as technically, Sundays don’t count in Lent.  I took full advantage of it this past week and could tell I did not have sugar in a few days.  So far, it’s going pretty good but I have to be really conscious about it.  I’m so used to helping myself to an M&M when I give Kenna one for going on the potty.  My cravings are getting better but I will admit that I have been having a glass of wine or half a beer after dinner, and sometimes a cappuccino or hot chocolate.   I’ve been trying to limit sugar as much as possible though.  Hopefully, by the time Easter comes around, I will be OK with only having sweets once or twice a week and not every night.

Mental Health

I really thought that 6 weeks would be my turning point.  That I’d be feeling completely back to normal.  But, here I am, almost 10 weeks postpartum, and I still feel like I am struggling.  However, my hormones ARE starting to even out a bit, as signaled by the amount of hair I am losing in the shower on a daily basis.  I do think that I have reached a peak and am on the downhill slope as I am feeling much happier and not nearly as overwhelmed as I had been.  But, that only really happened because I finally told Matt + my mom how I had been feeling.  I think I just needed to get out how I was feeling.  I also think that going back to work will make a big difference in my mental health.  Yes, it’s going to be really freaking hard to leave my kids.  But, I also know that, for me, I need that time to just not be a mom all day long.  I need breaks, for my mental health, and some days I just don’t get that when I’m home all day with both kids.  I hate admitting that, but I am someone who needs some time to myself, doing my own thing, and being on my own schedule.  I’ve admitted to myself that if I am still not feeling better after I go back to work that I will get help.  With a history of depression in my family, I know my risks and when running just isn’t doing it’s job, I know that something is not right.  Thankfully, I don’t think it’s going to get to that point though.

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Baby Boy: 2 Months

Miles turned 2 months this past Sunday and he is growing like a weed!  I absolutely LOVE these next few months because they learn so many new things and become so much more interactive!  He is such a good baby and I am absolutely LOVING being a boy mom!

Miles - 2 months

Eating

Breastfeeding is still going really well.  I know I talked a few weeks ago about how gassy he had been.  After doing some research (ahem, googling), I think I might actually have an overactive letdown and oversupply issue.  I’m still not sure about the oversupply thing, but a lot of the signs he was showing has me pretty convinced that my letdown was causing him to get too much foremilk and not enough of the nutrient-dense hindmilk.  So, I started feeding him on just one side at each feeding.  And guess what?  He’s doing soooo much better!  He’s not nearly as gassy and is sleeping so much better!

He eats every 3 hours during the day and can go about 4 to 5 hours at night before he needs to eat again.  He takes a bottle every once in awhile – mostly when I’m not around – and takes about 4 ounces now.  He takes a bottle like a champ too!

Miles - 5 weeks

Sleeping

We moved Miles to his crib a little over a week ago in preparation for me going back to work.  It’s amazing how much better ALL of us have been sleeping since making this move!  We put him to bed right after we put Kenna to bed, which is around 8 or 8:30 and then I usually wake him up between 10 and 10:30 to change is diaper and feed him one more time.  (He did go one night without the dreamfeed – I just couldn’t get him to wake up – and ended up sleeping until his normal middle-of-the-night wakeup.  So I might drop that soon, but I’m not sure either of us are ready for that yet.)  He wakes up between 2:30 and 3 to eat and then sleeps until around 5:30, which will be much more manageable when I go back to work since that’s when I will be feeding him before leaving for work.  But now, I usually just hold him until we actually get up around 6:30 AM.  I would love for him to just magically start sleeping through the night, but I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon.  I’m just going to have to deal with being sleep deprived when I go back to work.

Normally, he will sleep really well until those times (I can hold him for about a minute at bed time and put him down with his eyes open and he’ll go to sleep!), but other nights – like a few nights ago – I have to go in his room several times to stick the paci back in his mouth.  He usually sleeps until the sleep sheep turns off and then I have to go back in there again.  This is usually between 3:30 and 5:30 AM, and by 5:30 I just give up.  Again, hoping that he does better once I go back to work, but again, sleep deprivation is going to be the norm for a little while.  I think I can make it the next few months until school is out for the year…

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Personality

Miles is still developing his little personality.  He is a very happy baby and absolutely LOVES when people talk to him.  He will just stare at you and smile the biggest smile.  I absolutely love it!  I don’t think he will be as vocal as his big sister, but I think he will be a talker too.  I love his coos and can’t wait to hear more from him!

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Big Sister

I cannot believe how good of a big sister MacKenna is!  She absolutely LOVES her little brother!  Any time I have my hands full and he is screaming, she goes and pats him and tries to put the pacifier back in his mouth.  She loves to give him hugs and I really have to watch her now because she wants to lay on him all the time.  She kisses him at bed time and wants to help me give him baths and change his diaper.  She is going to be a great helper at the babysitter and I think she will be a little overprotective for a little while.

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Other Stuff

Miles - 8 weeks

Weight:  We went to the doctor on Monday and he weighs 10 pounds 14 ounces, which is up from the 10 lbs 1 oz at his 1 month (6 lbs 11 oz at birth).  So, he’s slowed down a little bit, but still growing!  He’s in the 16th percentile for weight, which is still bigger than what Kenna was at 2 months.

Diapers:  We are in the regular cloth diapers now on the smallest size all day and then switch to disposables at night.  The cloth just don’t hold enough for him to last through the night in them.  Kenna will be out of her night time cloth diapers soon (YAY!) so I will start using the hemp inserts with him at night soon.  He’s in size 1s in the disposables still.

Clothes:  He is in all 0-3 and 3 month clothes now and a few very snug newborn outfits.

Likes:  Eating, being held, sucking (he is trying to find his thumb), being talked to, spending time with Mommy, Daddy, and MacKenna, the mirror on his playmat

Dislikes:  Naptimes (not the actual sleeping part but the going to sleep part), being overtired, not being the center of attention – I’m reaching here, he’s a really good baby and doesn’t have too many dislikes!

Firsts:  His baptism, full day with daddy, smiling & laughing, rolling over from tummy to back, shots

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