I’m currently attempting to get Noe to nap following the Happy Sleeper method. I don’t think it’s working as of yet but a friend of mine sleep trained her little one with this book so I thought it was worth a shot. While I sit here and listen to her fuss I figured I’d pop in to share what we got up to this weekend…hiking with baby.

While I was pregnant my boss gifted us with her old hiking pack. It’s been sitting in our basement for the past 8 months collecting dust. While going through our closet in my relentless urge to purge (more on that some other time) we came across the hiker. Noe has been sitting up assisted for the past few weeks so we stuck her in the hiking backpack to test it out. I did a few laps around our basement and up and down the stairs, she was pretty happy.

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On Wednesday I made the solo trek out to Elk Meadows in Evergreen. I tried to get out early as it was supposed to be a scorcher of a day. We took our favorite four legged friend along too. He was in heaven.

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We hiked for about 3 hours. It was about 30 minutes too long for this little one. She melted down something serious toward the end. I was trying everything to calm her down. I sang her song after song and must have looked like a lunatic to the other hikers. hiking with babyAfter a pretty successful first hike, we brought Michael along on Saturday. We did a short hike through the Elk Meadows Dog Park which is a few miles worth of open space that’s off-leash. If you have a dog in Denver, check it out! There are creeks and trails and plenty of space for dogs to run around. We only went out for about an hour before getting caught in a rainstorm but Noe did really well the entire time. hiking with babyHaving completely caught the hiking with baby bug we went for a third hike to Red Rocks on Sunday. We got the the amphitheater right before it closed for an event but we’ll definitely head back there earlier in the coming weeks so we can run the stairs. The views up there are amazing.hiking with baby

Once we were kicked out of the venue we found an overlook trail not to far from the parking lot. The trail was only about 1.5 miles but again it was mid-day and HOT so we didn’t push it with the little one. She seemed pretty content to be outside though.hiking with baby

After hiking we headed downtown for some lunch. This was Noe’s first experience with sitting at the table, so grown up. We went to HopDoddy Burger Bar in Union Station. They had a hemp burger with sunflower seeds and avocado, delicious and no post hike meal is complete without a beer! IMG_0332

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We showed Noe the fountains after lunch.My little water baby was in awe of all the water. IMG_0335

All in all it was a lovely weekend. I’m so glad we tried out hiking with the baby. I see plenty of hikes in our future before the weather cools down.

Btw, she fell asleep long enough to let me write this whole post. Success.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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Holy lack of posting. This past month has been a bear. Not so much with Noe but on the work front. I went back to work part time at the end of May and took on a new project in mid-June. It turned out to be a little bit more labor intensive than I anticipated which didn’t leave much time for writing blog posts. The event was last week so I’m now coming up for air.

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Anyway, let’s talk about month five since I’m almost two posts behind now.

Noe is such a happy baby. All smiles, except right after getting out of the bath. You can pretty much make her smile just by smiling at her or singing “If you’re happy and you know it”. Making her laugh is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve become really good at funny faces, noises and bad songs.

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We spend a lot of time trying to keep her entertained and learning.

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She’s incredibly inquisitive and focused.IMG_9969

I’ve gone a little crazy with the books but I can’t help it. We have a great used children’s book store near us and the books are usually about $1. It’s sort of like the book shop in You’ve Got Mail. They are so nice I just have to support them.

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I think she likes books, but one can’t be sure.

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The big goal for this month was getting out more. We spent the spring mostly at home and we were all going a little crazy. We needed to do more outings. It’s been a lot easier over the past few weeks with the warm weather and all the farmer’s markets. We’re all much happier.

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We spent some time with family around the 4th.

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Napping continues to be our biggest daily struggle. She has been sleeping great at night, going down around 7:30 and sleeping until anywhere between 5:45 and 7:15. It’s been pretty amazing and I realize how fortunate we are. But she just won’t sleep during the day. Maybe 20 minutes here or there but nothing much beyond that. By the end of the day she is struggling so much that I may start putting her down earlier so she can get in the extra time, although that means she may miss her daddy on weeknights.

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She adores her daddy.

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And four wheeling, just kidding.

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Weight: She was 14.8 lbs at her 4 month appointment. She went through a crazy growth spurt right after that so my guess is she’s about 15 lbs now.

Likes: music of any kind: singing, the radio, her music cube. Toys with texture, shape, anything that makes noise. She’s also still really into water. She went swimming for the first time this month and loved it. She loves her bath, the hose, wet wash cloths. She also loves her nanny. She comes twice a week and Noe lights up when she walks into the room. It’s really sweet.

Dislikes: I’m sure I’m not thinking of something but she seriously loves most everything. In month five she wasn’t super keen on tummy time but that’s now changed.

Can’t live without: her exer-saucer, her feet, they fascinate her.

Favorite Noe-ism: she does this little dance on her back that is hysterical. She gets all excited and stomps her feet and wiggles her hands alongside her body.

Overall, she is really coming into her own. She’s definitely not the little, helpless newborn anymore. She’s much more independent, stubborn and vocal. The girl babbles all. the. time. I swear she already knows how to say mama and boom. She reacts to the things around her and is fascinated by the world. It’s given me a refreshing new perspective on things too.

Enjoy and Exhale!

 

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mommy and NoeThis week felt a little rough. I have been fairly stable juggling this whole motherhood, work, yoga teacher, housekeeper thing.

But, then, I was unloading the dishwasher and the dishes just weren’t clean. How dare the dishwasher not wash the dishes, it has one job, to CLEAN.

I lost it.

This was right in the hand off to the bedtime routine. Michael gets home around 7 each night and as soon as he gets home I hand off Noe for her bath and bottle feeding. The minute my hands are free the list of the day’s neglected chores starts moving in my head like a news feed at the bottom of the screen…feed the dog, warm the bottle, make dinner, change the laundry, finish the work emails that I didn’t have a chance to get to…and on and on.

On this particular night, with a lazy dishwasher, I started to cry. Michael, being gentle and sane, told me the one thing I knew but needed to hear, “the dishes can wait. Go downstairs and relax.” So I did, I sat on the couch, without my phone or TV or to do list and was simply still, minus a few tears of course.

And I was really still, no getting up and doing a little asana practice to clear my head or going out for a walk. No, I simply splayed out on the couch and looked at the ceiling. It felt slightly wasteful but as the minutes ticked by a clarity came to mind. It was in this stillness that I realized I’m worn out. I’m spreading myself a little too thin. Overlooking the importance of letting things just be has me chasing some imaginary finish line.

Sure there is plenty to be done, to accomplish, to clean (for pete sake there is always so much to clean) but I needed the reminder that these things can wait. That there is no medal or award for having a clean house, a week’s worth of workouts under my belt or five beautiful, Instagram worthy meals on the table.

It’s okay that we ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner at 9pm on Wednesday night, that there are little fur balls of pet hair in the corners of my dining room, that I took a few days off of running to recalibrate and rest my body.

The baby is alive and well, we all have clothes to wear and sheets to sleep on and the dog has been fed dinner every night this week! There is no race, no contest.

My to-do list is still there, lengthy as always, but it’ll all get done, eventually. In the meantime, I think we’ll go lay on a blanket on the floor, look up at the shadows dancing on the ceiling and if we’re feeling ambitious…we’ll try to grab our feet and find a little happy baby.

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Have a wonderful weekend.

Enjoy and Exhale!

 

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Currently I’m writing this while Noe sits in the swing and tries to grab her feet with her hand. She doesn’t have her binky in and yet, is surprisingly quiet and entertained. It’s a far cry from those early days of not being able to set her down. She’s turning into quite the independent little creature, although both Michael and I like our alone time so this shouldn’t surprise me.

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This picture sums up the last month. Suddenly she’s so big, it’s like we look down and she’s outgrown the day’s outfit. This is a 6 month onesie that she’s worn once. It’s already to small.

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This month the transition seemed big. Maybe it was that the weather finally changed. It’s so obvious which pictures were taken early in the month when it was nice and cool and which were taken later when we were sweltering in our unairconditioned house.

Regardless, she’s growing so fast. She’s alert and interested in her toys.

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In jewelry, watch out!

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In just about anything.

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Noe’s been incredibly interactive and expressive. Lots of smiles and laughs. She reacts to us smiling at her and she will mimic our laughs, which is the most adorable thing in the world.

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She’s still not much of a tummy timer but we’re getting there.

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Napping continues to be a struggle, although it does seem to be getting more consistent. She’ll nap for about 30 minutes in the morning, mid-day and in the late afternoon. I can usually get her to sleep in her swing or even the crib but on desperate days we still cuddle together for naps.

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We’re only averaging about 2 hours of naps a day, which seems like nothing but she’s sleeping through the night (knock on wood), which makes up for the lack of sleep during the day, hopefully. We’ve been able to put her down between 7:30-8:15 for the past week or so and she sleeps until anywhere between 5:30 and 7:30 depending on the day. If she’s up at 5:30 I try to put her back down, sometimes it’s successful, sometimes.

Getting her down earlier has given me and Michael some time together. We’ve been opening a bottle of wine and sitting on the front porch in the evenings. It’s been a nice change from just sitting on the couch watching TV.

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The summer weather has us outside more. We’ve spent some quality time in the park and running in the stroller.

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Or going for walks.

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She loves toys and has mastered the art of grabbing. She’ll pull her binky out of her mouth, hold it, then drop it. There’s no mastery of putting it back in her mouth.

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She’s such a happy baby. Michael and I can’t believe our luck. She’s so happy when we wake up and go into her room. It almost doesn’t matter what time it is. Seeing her smile is everything.

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This month also saw the return of racing. I ran the Bolder Boulder again. Last year this was the last race I ran before finding out I was pregnant. I was in really good shape and ran it in 47:51. This year my goal was to race it in under 50 minutes. I knew I’d never beat last year’s time but it felt like a decent goal. I missed it by 19 seconds :( It was still an amazing race and I’m happy to know that I can still run sub 8 miles. All that stroller training paid off.

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I have been feeling really good. I’ve actually had a few people ask me how I’m feeling lately and I’ve had to pause and think, “what are they talking about?” Breast feeding has become the norm and although I’m still hungry, I don’t feel crazy famished in the mornings anymore. I do sleep harder than I used to, falling asleep almost immediately, so I’m sure I’m still taxing my body quite a bit with the running, looking after her, the keeping her alive and all. :)

Weight: Not sure but Michael got on the scale with and without her last week and our home scale said 15lbs. Not sure how accurate it is but we have an appointment on Friday to find out. She’s wearing 3 month clothes all the way up to 9 month clothes so I don’t know if she’s on track for her age or not.

Likes: mommy, I’ll admit it, she’s pretty crazy about me right now, Michael has been having some trouble getting her down at night but she’s falling asleep just fine if it’s mommy putting her to bed.

Dislikes: she only really cries these days in the time between getting out of the bath, getting into her pjs and getting the dinner bottle. If we hesitate with the bottle it’s all over.

Can’t live without: summer clothes, books, she’s just like her mom, grandma and granny. She just loves books, yay!

Favorite Noe-ism: her laugh when you get her going

Looking forward to: her sitting up and being able to play off her back

Enjoy and Exhale!

 

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Since you like my first randomness post last week, here’s another.

1.) I read a lot of blogs but whenever I see a post on pancakes I skip it. I don’t know what it is, I like pancakes, I order pancakes from time to time but reading about them sort of annoys me, no matter how creative the recipe is. Do you have any foods like that? If I never see another blog post on pancakes that is quite all right.

2.) We bought patio furniture last weekend. Michael was pushing hard for it. I was ambivalent. I’m so glad he won me over. We’ve spent several lovely nights out on the porch. He also pushed for the outdoor pillows, he was right on that one too. Yes, I said you were right.

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3.) Breakfast, I’m still trading off between oat bars, cereal and yogurt with granola. So yummy.

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4.) We spent some time in the park this week. Noe’s first time with her toes in the grass! She’s staring at the dog in this pic.park time

5.) Children of the late 80s, do you remember Hey Dude? My sister, brother and I watched it religiously. Lately Sarah and I have been randomly texting this photo of Danny back and forth to each other, to our brother, to Sarah’s best friend and to Michael, who doesn’t even know who Danny is. We call it being “Danny’d”. Maybe it’s too inside of a joke but try Danny’ing someone who knows who he is. It’s hilarious.  danny hey dude6.) Okay, I get it, it’s impossible to make anything out in this picture but if the light were better you’d see Michael on the ball bouncing Noe to sleep.  I just wanted to freeze time and remember the feeling of the quiet, dusk and all the love swirling around our house.

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7.) My friends Kelsey and Colin bought her this onesie. Her face says it is not the best. day. ever.  Ha.

8.) She’s starting to love stuffed animals.

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9.) And sleeping with lots of ambient noise, like at coffee shops.coffee

10.) This doesn’t look like much and it’s not pretty but it was lunch today and so good. Quinoa, asparagus, soycatash from Trader Joe’s, avocado and blue cheese. The blue cheese and quinoa mixture was to die for. I recommend it.

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Happy almost Friday to all.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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Our days are starting to find a bit of routine. I’m still working everyday to set some kind of nap schedule. Some days are more successful than others. What has become more apparent lately is that Noe needs less of my undivided attention. She can go for 15-30 minutes happily playing on her play mat, hanging out in the swing or looking at/sucking on her hands.

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These short intervals of independence for her have become like little contests for me. Can I take a shower and get dressed before she starts to fuss? Can I make the bed and clean the kitchen? How many emails can I send out? Currently, can I start and finish a blog post? I’ve always played these little games, these days there are just more opportunities to partake.noodles in almond sauce

These noodles in almond sauce came from one such afternoon. Noe was on her play mat as I started browsing Tastespotting. I couldn’t find anything that looked appealing but my mind kept wandering to the newly acquired jar of almond butter in our fridge. I know this might sound weird but I’ve never bought or tasted almond butter before. Maybe it’s my unwavering affection for peanut butter and my rather ho-hum feelings about almonds but it has never been something worth considering before. Then it suddenly seemed like almond butter was in every recipe I was reading so I sought it out. Did you know that a jar of almond butter, on average, is like $8! What the what?! Thankfully I finally found some on sale but next time I’ll just make my own.

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This is my long winded way of saying that I had some almond butter in my fridge, a hankering for some rice noodles and a 30 minute window in which to create a meal that turned out to be noodles in almond sauce.

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I can’t decide if my peanut sauce would have been better, they have such a similar flavor but it was nice to have the nut butter effect without the overwhelming taste of peanut butter.

And in case you were wondering, yes, this meal can be made in less than 30 minutes and no this post was not written in one sitting.

Noodles in Almond Sauce
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Noodles in almond sauce made in less than 30 minutes. Vegan and gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • For the noodles and vegetables:
  • ½ package of brown rice noodles
  • 6 cups water for boiling
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ bunch of kale
  • ½ bunch of asparagus, sliced into small pieces
  • ¼ cup sliced green onion
  • One carrot, julienned
  • For the sauce:
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon Braggs liquid aminos, you can use soy sauce or tamari instead
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons of cooking water from the noodles
  • juice of ½ lime
  • Dash of garlic powder, onion powder and white pepper.
Instructions
  1. Bring water and salt to boil.
  2. Add noodles and cook 3-4 minutes until soft.
  3. Remove noodles and then toss in vegetables for 2 minutes until soft but still crunchy.
  4. Remove vegetables and reserve ¼ cup of the cooking liquid.
  5. Place noodles and veggies in a big bowl.
  6. In a separate bowl combine all ingredients for the almond sauce.
  7. Stir until well combine then pour over noodles and veggies.
  8. Toss everything together.
  9. Top with green onion slices.

Enjoy and Exhale!

 

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I’m currently in a battle against nap time. Nap time isn’t winning but I can’t say that I am either. She’s obviously tired, anyone can see that. But I guess life is too exciting and interesting to waste time on shut eye. I wish I could go inside her little baby brain and see what she’s thinking and experiencing. What is it that makes her fight sleep so hard? I love sleep. I wish someone would wrap me up in a warm blanket and tell me to take a nap.

In another life I probably wouldn’t have been able to sleep but these days a nap sounds heavenly, especially with the cold, rainy, dreary days we continue to have. It’s the end of May and the mountains are expecting another layer of snow and the sun hasn’t shown its face in several days. I thought we were supposed to get 300 days of sunshine in Denver? The unofficial start of summer is this weekend, I’d settle for spring.honey mustard salad dressing

Anyway, enough blabbing. Last weekend while my mom was here we had a little dinner. I dare say that it might have been the first dinner we’ve hosted since moving into the new house and definitely the first one since Noe arrived on the scene. We were a little nervous about how the bedtime routine would go down with guests and if she’d sleep through 3 additional voices outside her bedroom door but she did great. In fact, she did so well that we may plan another dinner party before she’s in middle school.

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For said dinner I made vegetable enchiladas and a big salad with this simple honey mustard salad dressing. These days everything is pretty simple but this salad dressing is stupid simple. I use a mason jar to mix everything together and to store leftovers in the fridge for less clean up. And although I’m partial to creamier dressings (I’m looking at you ranch), I really like the clean tangy flavor of this dressing. One can only eat so much ranch…said no one ever.

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Simple Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
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Simple honey mustard salad dressing.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except water into a mason jar.
  2. Stir well to incorporate everything.
  3. Add water to slightly thin out the dressing.
  4. Serve atop your favorite salad.
  5. Dressing will save in the fridge for up to a week.

honey mustard salad dressingEnjoy and Exhale!

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The baby is currently taking one of her 35 minute power naps so I thought I’d pop in to say hello and share the randomness that is my mind…

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1.) I really want to wear shorts and dresses but the weather gods have decided that Denver is now Seattle and we’ll be enjoying another week of rain. Sigh.

2.) Do you have little quirks and habits? Whenever I’m heating something in the microwave and want to take it out early I always wait until it’s not on a number that ends in 5 or 0. For example, I won’t pull my coffee out with 25 seconds left but 24 seconds is just fine. Just me?

3.) Speaking of time, my running watch has the world’s worst battery. I swear I’m charging it every 2 runs.

4.) And speaking of running, today I met one of my running partners for a rainy morning run. Running buddies are the best! 4 miles flew by with someone to chat with.

5.) Last Saturday night Michael and I sat in the dark after putting Noe to bed and couldn’t decide what to have for dinner. I ended up eating yogurt and granola. It was rather pathetic and kicked me into high gear to start doing some food prep. Last week I chopped about a billion vegetables and made some risotto and a big batch of quinoa. I’m hoping I can keep this up in the coming weeks as well.

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This was the start of a baked risotto with mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini and spinach.

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6.) My new strategy for cooking.
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7.) Noe and I currently have about 60 selfies on my phone. I just can’t get enough of her. Doesn’t she kind of look like she’s doing blue steel here?

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8.) I love her face here. Coffee is gross!

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9.) A few recent eats. Breakfast continues to be my biggest meal of the day.

Smoothie bowl.

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Veggie bowl for lunch. I wish I could eat something like this every day but it just doesn’t happen.

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10.) My mom was in town this weekend. We had such a lovely visit. I’m feeling sort of glum today.

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She babysat so Michael and I could have our first date night.

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Okay, 35 minutes are up, on the dot. Gotta run back to this love bug.

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Hope you’re all having a great day.

Enjoy and Exhale!

 

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It seems the months are going faster and faster. The first six weeks felt like an eternity but now a day slips by almost seemingly without me knowing. I should have been writing this update as the month progressed but alas I didn’t so I’ll have to go off what memory I have and these photos as proof it actually happened and that we are in month three.

All I can say is that Noe continues to get more and more fun with each passing day. She’s discovering the world around her and it’s so amazing to see. Our little baby is not so little anymore. The last time we went to the doctor at two moths she was 10.5 lbs but my guess is she’s closer to 12 now. She fits well into most 3 months pieces of clothing and is now officially out of all newborn clothes, including her sleep sacks which used to seem so huge on her. I sort of can’t believe the onesie she’s wearing in the photo below still fits.

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Time lapse.

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This might be my most favorite photo of her yet. She’s a really happy baby especially in the morning and mid-day. She smiles like crazy and has started to smile in reaction to things like singing and pretending to eat her feet.

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She’s holding her head up really well and can sit on her own if we can prop her against something with a back but does have a tendency to tip over, which is sort of funny.

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Her eyes continue to lighten and pretty much match mine at this point. I’m hopeful that they’ll stay blue.

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We’ve made it a point to get out of the house more this month. It’s been really good for all of us not to spend so much time at home. We visited Michael’s cousin and family. It was the most incredible thing to see Noe and Livy together. Liv was attentive and acted just like a big sister. We pretty much spent the entire visit snapping photos. It felt like every second was worth documenting.

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Noe’s begun to take some interest in books. She can sit through about one story before getting distracted.

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She continues to LOVE bath time and her only real screaming fit during the day is right after we take her out of the tub. She absolutely loses it. I don’t blame her, I love the bath too.

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She’s much more independent now. She can spend time on her little playmat and in the swing without crying. Making it much easier for me to get things done now. She’s also learning to grab at things, Mr. Starfish is a favorite.

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I could look at this face all. day. long. She’s much better sleeping on her own now and very rarely falls asleep on me anymore.

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She continues to love on her daddy, especially in the evenings. Michael is still doing the evening feeding. She goes to bed around 8:30 and has been sleeping pretty much straight until between 5 and 6 in the morning. It’s been great getting so much uninterupted sleep. She won’t always go back down in her crib after she’s up but will usually fall asleep for another hour or two in the swing while I nap on the couch.

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Sometimes daddy does her hair!

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She’s captivated by color.

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And is finally noticing the dog.

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And other people.

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Her smiles are out of control!

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Personally I feel great. I continue to run and do yoga and walk on days in between. I’m back in most of my pre-pregnancy clothes minus a few shirts that just don’t fit right over the girls. :) I’m going to begin teaching again starting this week at a new studio. We are also exploring daycares so that I can go back to work a few days a week starting this summer.

Weight: Not sure but guessing 11 or 12lbs.

Likes: her playmat, sucking on her hand, her little mousy toy, mornings

Dislikes: getting out of the bathtub

Can’t live without: her swing

Favorite Noe-ism: all of her amazing little faces

Looking forward to: laughter, she’s kind of giggling and she’s working on flipping from stomach to back, I imagine that will happen in the next month or so

Love you little No-Bird.

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Enjoy and Exhale!

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Staying active throughout my pregnancy was incredibly important to me. I didn’t have any real expectations to run throughout my entire pregnancy but I ended up feeling well enough to right up until the day before my c-section which was a wonderful surprise. I definitely attribute all that running and yoga to my speedy recovery and what I consider to be a successful re-entry into postpartum running. Here are a few tidbits I picked up along the way as it relates to getting back out there.

1.) Wait!

As anxious as I was to get moving after having Noe I was incredibly diligent about waiting the recommended six weeks before running again. I knew the healing time upfront would benefit me way more than starting too early. Don’t get me wrong, I had my running shoes on 10 minutes after I got the all clear from my MD but I do think that time allowed my body to fully recover without the added stress of the pavement. Plus, I fell back in love with walking. I started walking within the first few days of having Noe and continued to up my mileage until I was cleared to run.

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2.) Accept the slow down.

I see my running speed and distance from day 1 of pregnancy to today as an upside down bell curve (btw, I’m sure there’s a scientific name for that, sorry), slowly getting slower and slower until I bottomed out and had to climb my way back up. Shocker but you don’t just go back to your pre-pregnancy speed after the baby is born. :)

Last Memorial Day I ran the Bolder Boulder. That race was the fastest race I’ve run in years at a 7:40 10k pace, 2 weeks later I found out I was pregnant. From there my speed and distance naturally just decreased. In the early months I was able to continue running around an 8 minute/mile pace which slowed to 9, 10 and eventually 11-12 minute/mile by 40 weeks. The slow down was easy to accept while carrying a baby. What I wasn’t prepared for was how slow I’d be afterward. My first postpartum run was still about 11 minutes/mile. In the last 5+ weeks of running I’ve seen that number go back down again but it’s an ongoing process. Currently I’m hovering at about a 9-9:30 pace but did manage to run one mile at 8:09 yesterday, whoo hoo!

running with baby

3.) Find running buddies.

I’m was never big on running with groups. I like my solo running time but since being on maternity leave I’m craving the interaction. Our neighborhood has a mommies group that includes a group of mom runners. A few weeks ago I made the effort and posted to the group asking if anyone wanted to run. I’ve had several people reach back out to me including one mom whom I’ve set up a standing weekly running date with. It’s great for accountablity but also for speed. She’s a faster runner than I am and has been pushing me to take less breaks and run longer than I would have on my own. Plus, having someone to chat with makes that miles go faster.

4.) Set a goal.

I have my sights set on running the Bolder Boulder again this year. I know I won’t run it as fast but having a race to look forward to fires me up.

5.) Plan ahead.

Running used to consist of me deciding two minutes before I was ready to go. Now it requires making sure that Noe is changed and fed ahead of time, that the stroller is prepped, that I have Eli’s leash, etc. It’s a three ring circus as we head out but I’m slowly learning to plan my runs around feedings and naps. It’s also taken a few trials for Eli to get the hang of running with a stroller, not to mention getting my arms in shape to push 30 extra pounds (also a reason to accept the slowdown). This coordination has taken time and I just now feel like the three of us have found our groove. It’s all worth it though to see this happy face afterward.

running after baby

6.) Let your body be your guide.

I still take walking breaks. I still slow my pace. I take rest days or go to yoga when I’m not feeling it. Pregnancy taught me more than ever to LISTEN to my body. I’m so incredibly thankful that it allowed me to carry my little girl for 9 months, for healing with relative ease and for allowing me to lace up my running shoes 6 weeks after surgery. The least I can do is listen to what it has to say.

postpartum running

Looking back over these tips, I don’t think they are exclusive to postpartum running. Running should be enjoyable and not something that you have to do. I’m looking so forward to lots of summer of running and racing.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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