IMG 9816 Im Losing the Race...and thats okay.This 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 icon sad Month Four 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. icon smile Month Four

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.IMG 9483 768x1024 Randomness 2

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.  IMG 9416 Randomness 26.) 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.

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

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9.) And sleeping with lots of ambient noise, like at coffee shops.IMG 9503 768x1024 Randomness 2

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.IMG 9429 1024x1024 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.

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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.IMG 8868 740x1024 Simple 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.

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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. icon smile Month Three 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. icon smile Postpartum Running

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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Two of my best girlfriends were in town from California a few weeks ago to meet Noe. Like best friends are known to do, we did very little, but the visit still felt amazingly rich and full. There was no need to entertain, they just cuddled, rocked, sang and all around loved on Noe. We did a lot of sitting on the couch catching up and walking around the neighborhood. However, we did manage to get out for breakfast both mornings they were here and Noe slept through both occasions. It was actually quite lovely.

As my love affair with oats continues to remain strong, I ordered oatmeal on both mornings. My favorite came from Sunny’s, this adorable cafe. They have several different oatmeal bowls with toppings like toasted coconut, honey, fruit, nuts and jams. I’ve tried a few of the bowls but my favorite remains the peanut butter and jelly oats. What’s not to love, all my favorite things mixed into one bowl.

The heat of the oats melts the peanut butter and jelly down so that it’s easy to swirl into every bite. I like to add banana slices because well, it’s breakfast and bananas are the perfect breakfast food and I also add chopped peanuts, if I have them, for texture. This particular bowl had strawberries which paired well with the jam but I don’t think they make or break the dish.

I’ve found that it’s best to add a little peanut butter and jelly to the bottom of the bowl before pouring in the hot oats, then adding another dollop to the top. That way you aren’t left with just oats at the end, not the worst thing but let’s be honest, peanut butter tastes better than oats.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats
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Serves: 1 bowl
 
Peanut butter and jelly oats
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup oats of choice (I used quick cooking for this particular recipe but steel cut would be lovely as well)
  • ¾ cup water
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 additional tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon jam of choice
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • Handful of chopped peanuts
Instructions
  1. Place one tablespoon of peanut butter in the bottom of your bowl.
  2. Next mix oats, water and salt together in a pot.
  3. Pour oats over peanut butter.
  4. Add second tablespoon of peanut butter, jam, banana and peanuts to the top of the oats.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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How did another month slip away? What a difference a few weeks makes!

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We saw some significant changes over the past 4 weeks. She’s such a little lady!

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Shortly after I published my Month One post, things started to get a bit easier. I’m not sure if we’re just getting used to being parents or if Noe getting even a day older makes a difference but I definitely feel like we’ve hit a more manageable stride in the past couple of weeks.

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Somewhere around 6.5 weeks we thought we were going to lose are minds. Noe was crying every night for hours and nothing seemed to calm her. Our doctor thinks she may have been dealing with some colic, which tends to peak between 6 and 8 weeks before beginning to dissipate. Every night around 5pm she would begin fussing and wouldn’t stop until we got her to bed and by fussing I mean blood curdling screams that can seriously unnerve you.

We decided to give her a pacifier around this time, seeing as we were at our wits end and were willing to try anything. Let me tell you, it made all the difference in those early days. It was a great self soothing tool. When she was overly tired it allowed for some calming which sometimes led to the rare nap. I know there’s a lot of controversy around pacifiers but for us it was incredibly helpful and seeing as she was already a very well established breast feeder, the pros outweighed the cons. She’s not crazy attached to it and can go without it for the majority of the day but it’s a godsend when she’s so tired that she can’t figure out what to do with herself.

I also began pumping this month and a new routine began that has helped our evenings immensely. Around 7pm one of us gives Noe a bath. She continues to absolutely love the water and would probably spend hours in the tub if she could.

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After her bath it’s daddy baby time.

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Michael is bottle feeding her dinner. It’s a really special thing to watch the two of them together. She takes anywhere between 3-5 ounces and then we try to put her down. Sometimes this happens right away, sometimes there’s some walking and rocking involved, sometimes there’s a small feeding by me if she just doesn’t seem satiated enough. Then it’s off to bed. For the past few weeks she’s been going down around 8:30 or 9 and sleeping until somewhere between 4:30 and 6:30. It’s been amazing! There have also been two nights where she’s slept through the night but those were after the 8 week mark.

She continues to love any type of movement, be it the stroller, the ergo, the exercise ball or the car. She tends to sleep in any of the aforementioned places which are our go-to when we can’t get her to rest.

This month also brought her first smiles, coo-ing and what I can only take to assume as a massive improvement in her eye sight. She now looks at everything and follows me with her eyes when she’s in her swing. She’s discovered her hands and puts them in her mouth when she can’t find her binky. It’s probably only a matter of time before she discovers her feet.

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We saw lots of family and friends this month as well.

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And we celebrated her first Easter.

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I’m loving how interactive she’s becoming and look forward to more of her adorable smiles.

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Personally I am feeling so much more like myself. My hormones have completely leveled out and I feel pretty much back to normal. I am working out 5-6 times a week, alternating between yoga and running. I went back to hot yoga which feels amazing. I’m getting into the swing of running with the stroller…hello arm workout…and with the stroller and the dog! It’s a lot to coordinate but we’re getting the hang of it.

Overall I’m loving watching Noe grow and explore the world around her. The first newborn weeks were tough but everyday is more fun than the last. She’s like a different baby everyday.

Month Two Highlights:

Weight: 10lbs 12 ounces

Likes: being held (no change here), bath time, bouncing on the exercise ball, she also doesn’t mind being changed nearly as much as she used to and doesn’t wail when a shirt goes over her head

Dislikes: nap time (but this is getting better), going back to bed after she wakes up in the morning, daddy’s scratchy face kisses

Can’t live without: her binky, zip up onesies

Favorite Noe-ism: how she opens her mouth whenever we bring a stuffed animal toward her faces for kisses

Exercise: running and yoga

Looking forward to: laughter, more smiles

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Cute little baby feet.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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