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Max hit the 37 week mark yesterday, so this is a post for the last two weeks of his life.
To say Max ha started eating is an understatement. The boy is devouring finger foods. Everything from dried blueberries and apples to sausage and sauerkraut! He ate the sauerkraut like it was running away from him! This weekend he enjoyed my cucumber and tomato salad in oil and vinegar … with garlic! We still do pureed foods just because sometimes I don’t have a meal made that doesn’t have dairy in it, but he is eating a LOT more finger foods. I can’t wait for him to try watermelon and cantaloupe this summer.
We still only have two teeth, but I think he is working on the top two. They’re a little white but not puffy yet. He has been napping great! Most days are 2 1.5 hour naps, sometimes a cat nap at 4:30 if he is really tired. But we usually just do early bedtime at 6:30pm instead.
Crawling … well, he is moving about 2 feet at a time before he falls on his belly and decides to roll over. So yes, he is crawling, but not for long distances. He rolls and scoots around a LOT more than he does crawl. **EDIT: he crawled all the way across the living room floor today! I know, it’s a 37 week update, but had to add it! YAY MAX!**
He enjoys being outside, and playing in the water. We have had beautiful, warm weather as of late. So Mama has been laying out while the kids play. He sits in the baby blow up bath tub and Lexie plays in her kiddie pool. Speaking of which, they are finishing our fence! Woo hoo! I am so excited. It should be complete tomorrow morning. They did most of it today. Lexie is so excited, she has been waiting on her fence for a very long 3 months.
|Helping mama make the salad …
Last weekend was Mother’s day; we went to church at the Methodist church (which I liked a lot, surprisingly, coming from a full gospel girl. It was really homey). JTom got me a bread maker for Mother’s day- woo hoo! We have already used it several times and LOVE it. way better than doing it by hand, any day.
This past weekend we stayed home and worked around the house. JTom and Lexie got the garden in and JTom got the sprinklers set up in the flower bed. He cut into the sprinkler system and put little sprayers in the flower beds. They’re really cute. Our garden this year is just: tomatoes (roma, big beef, early girl, burly boys, and cherry), red and green bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and butternut squash. We put the bed in on the south side of the house, where they dug out for flower beds. It’s the perfect spot, and J.Tom may cut in some sprayers for the garden as well. I sure hope so.
I got some petunias for the back porch and filled the hanging baskets for the front, like I do every year. Lexie and I planted some giant impatience in a big pot for the front porch; they smell SO good. (I love having a front door that we use to come into the house)
JTom also got some new burners for the inside of his grill, so we can get back to grilling again soon.
Overall it has been a low key couple of weeks. Some how things have seemed really busy, but in all honesty we haven’t been super busy.
How have you spent your last few weeks? Anything exciting happening?
|she couldn’t resist; we didn’t have a kiddie pool yet|
|Our record heat one day last week- 100 degrees here in lil ole York (we had snow on the ground the week before …)|
|Daddy and Mister|
|Reading a gymnastics books while waiting on class to start.|
|My morning Yoga|
|My Mister’s curls|
|wearing Daddy’s hat and looking like my cousin Wesley’s twin when he was this age. Like, if she didn’t have on the lace night gown, she would look exactly like him.|
|wearing daddy’s hat|
Ive been going back and looking over my blogs from when L was Mister’s age. Turns out they are so much alike it’s unreal. On my Nov 12th post, when Lady was 2.5 months old, she was sleeping exactly as long as Mister is, about the same size, and eating about the same amount. The biggest difference is with her, I didn’t start meds for her reflux, and I didn’t have her napping quite as well as M does. I think that just has to do with A) him being no meds and B) me knowing what to look for as far as him being sleepy.
However, I’m worried his Zantac isn’t working anymore … The last two days have been horrible. He’s been in a lot of pain and only naps well in his swing. I’m not sure exactly what’s going on but I’m going to give it the weekend before I call the dr about upping dosage (for weight increase) or changing meds; he has started pulling off while nursing again, and after eating he will cry out and then gulp/choke/gasp for breath. So I know the reflux is hurting him; and I don’t think the rice is helping. I can’t make it any thicker and it go through the nipple, so I’d have to spoon feed it to him, and I think he’s just too young for all that. Anyway, after the weekend we will see. The Coliccalm doesn’t seem to be doing anything for the reflux, not sure about his gas?
My days now are a bit more structured, mainly because I understand what baby whisperer and baby wise are saying and also because I have a 2 year old smack dab in the middle of her terrible-ness. At that time, I had L on a great routine, but looking back she was definitely way over tired by the time I was putting her down for naps, and therefore wasn’t napping well. But she always had good night time sleep (thank goodness!). So that was an okay trade off!
But, at almost 8 weeks old, here is what Mister’s routine looks like:
- 5:00-6:00- Wakes, Zantac, small feed, goe back to sleep (either in crib or with Mama in chair)
- 7:00- wake for the day, regular feeding, nurse then 3-4oz bottle
- 8:05- Down for nap- rests on and off depending on gas/reflux until
- 10:00- Eat, nurse 3-4 oz
- 11:05- down for nap- rests on and off depending on gas/reflux until
- 1:00pm- Eat
- 2:05- down for nap (however he usually has not slept well at this mid morning nap, and therefore goes to sleep closer to 1:30pm, sleeping until about 3:30 in the swing if necessary)
- 4:00 Eat
- 5:30pm Cluster feed
- 7:00pm last feeding of day
- 7:35 asleep in crib
- 6:40-7:00- wake, daddy gets her from crib, she demands milk
- then snuggle time with Mommy and “my Max” while mommy nurses and daddy gets ready for work
- 7:30- breakfast (yogurt, toast, oatmeal, fruit, etc)
- play time
- 11:30-12:00- lunch depending on am wake time
- 12:00-12:30- down for nap depending on am wake time (here is when she usually poopies in her pullup (this whole potty training thing has us all out of whack), I have to go change her, then put her back down for nap… but because this interrupts her getting ready for sleep, I’ve been going back in at the hour mark and rocking her to sleep.)
- 2:30- if she didn’t nap I get her out of bed at the 2 hour mark
- 3:00- if he napped, she is awake by 3:00
- play outside, crafts, etc if napped… relax and keep it low key if she didn’t
- 5:45pm- dinner
- 6:30-7:00- bedtime depending on morning wake time
…. is less than a week away! I am excited that we are heading to Memphis this year for my Granny’s famous Thanksgiving Dinner. We were going to leave Tuesday, but …. I have now signed up for a 4 mile race at Shelby Farms. The race is Wednesday morning, but packet pick up is Tuesday morning. You can always pick up the morning of race day, but that lessens your chances for a t shirt. 😉 The t-shirt looks like a super cool long sleeve technical-t, and let’s face it,m we only run races for the cool t shirts! Okay, okay, I am just kidding. But it totally stinks when you register early and get gypped out of your t shirt.
So, back to the point of my post. We will probably leave for Memphis Tuesday morning. My car is at the dealership getting
a million dollar tune up the oil changed, tires rotated, transmission checked up, all that 4wheel drive stuff … it’s so dang expensive but necessary if I don’t want a car note anytime soon.
My 10K Saturday went well, really well actually! I had no cramps, felt good the whole time, sweated LOTS, which was a good thing. I really wasn’t sure I was hydrated enough, but turned out I was. My final time was 77 minutes 9 seconds. Not the best, well actually it was one of the worst overall times. But since my personal preliminary goal was 74 minutes, and I knew a month before the race I wouldn’t hit that time, 77 is okay. My time was better than my original time on this race of 80 minutes. =/ I guess I have something to work towards for next year. =) 74 will be my goal for sure!
The worst part, which was the beginning, turned out to not be so bad. I really lost the pack when it came to the first incline on the mountain. Those that were better prepared or more fit made it right over that first incline much faster than I did. Had I been able to run that part better, I think I would have been in the main mix of the group. Oh well, lessons learned. The most important thing is to NOT STOP now that I have that mileage under my belt. My next goal is a half marathon, and luckily I have some running friends with the same goal! As soon as we pick out a race, we will begin our training. In the mean time, we are continuing to run with the Pacers a few times a week, and because I have a wonderful husband, I am able to do it without pushing a toddler in a stroller. =)
Speaking of that toddler …
|ready to go in my hat and boots!|
|first bath in big tub!|
|on a mission for the camera!|
|coloring left handed|
|nope, I think I will try right handed …|
|“tip me over, and poor me out”|
|playing with her farm|
|getting ready for church|
|the curls ..|
|yes, that’s her leg. She finally passed out for her morning nap.|
|sweet girly face|
|those curls …|
|pretty face- I promise I did not do this to her hair.|
|“help, please, mama”|
|playing with her farm|
The Hot Springs Spa 5/10K is quickly approaching. Like many in town, and throughout the state, I have been hard at work preparing to run the 6.2 miles of which the first 4 are all up hill. Did I mention it goes over the mountain? Oh, well, yes. There is a mountain involved. Here, “involved” means torturing the runners attempting to conquer it.
I began the journey of training for the 10K in September. The Spa Pacers, the running club here in town, puts on a clinic to help members of the community train for the race. I have been a member of the Pacers since 2008, when I started my running journey. They are the most wonderful group of people and give so much back to our community.
For the first 6 weeks or so of training, I cannot for the life of me figure out why I always return to running. But then, the 7th or 8th week rolls around and ah. There it is. The whole reason I love running- the people, the ease of moving, the challenge, the fulfillment of accomplishment. Knowing that you have accomplished something because you pushed yourself to do so is a wonderful feeling. It is a feeling that keeps you coming back for more. Truly, the runner’s high. And while mine is a delayed gratification, it is still fulfilling, none the less.
My first 10K was in 2009, this same race, and I completed it in 80 minutes at just under a 13 minute mile (in other words: S-L-O-W-L-Y). That’s an hour and ten minutes of running/walking. Last year I was 3 weeks postpartum when training began, so I ran the 5K. This year I want to complete the 10K in under 75 minutes. We will know tomorrow if that goal is attainable, since we are running the route for practice. Thursday we completed 5 miles in 57 minutes, so add another another 15 minutes to that … and I am thinking I can complete it in 72 minutes. Geesh. I sure hope so. That will be awfully hard for me, though. I am a slow runner. After this race I hope to prepare for a half marathon, which is 13 some odd miles …
Here is a map of the route:
I will update on the practice run tomorrow night.
Wish me luck!
It has been a few days, and what have I done with my time rather than FB? Well, I’m not sure..
I do know that at night, rather than sit down to read updates and leave comments, click links and research other’s topics, which then leads me to playing on pintrest for hours, I have been knitting. I am almost done with Lexie’s first scarf =) I like the colors, but they don’t match her winter coat, so I will have to make her another one. I have the yarn already, and I am thinking I have enough for a scarf and a hat, and quite possibly a pair of mittens! You know why people knit mittens v gloves? Because gloves are hard. Well, the mitten pattern did not look easy, but it definitely read easier than the glove pattern.
Today I: vacuumed (twice), ran to the village (30 minute drive) to drop off business cards at the real estate companies, went to party city and old navy, met J.Tom for lunch, came home and finished decorations for Lexie’s Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday party, did a bit of laundry, washed and folded diapers, and made Lexie some pears. Oh, then I knitted for a bit tonight.
You’re probably thinking one of two things: wow, she did a lot today (and) OR why did she just tell us what she did today? I got so much done because Lexie was at school. It is Tuesday and she has school on Tuesdays and Thursdays; it’s easier to get things done when you don’t have a 12 month old following you everywhere 😉 Which I actually miss on days she is not there; but appreciate the time. I told you everything I did because I felt like I accomplished more today than in the last month. But really, Monday I accomplished the most because I got almost all my cleaning done-WITH an 11 month & 3 week old daughter
tagging along totting around. Minus the bathrooms. I did not get that far..
But the bummer part is I wish I’d had a cleaning job rather than my own chores today. I need to fill my Tuesdays with regular customers.. I’m putting out the effort through networking and following up on leads from friends, putting out my cards and talking to people. It’s just not happening yet. Maybe soon.
Despite all I HAVE accomplished, there are some things I’ve not accomplished. The bathrooms, for one thing! haha But the main one is running. I have not ran in two weeks. Grrr I really need to get my butt in gear.. I think I may set my alarm for the morning but I never get up. How do you get yourself out of bed at 5:00 in the morning when you don’t HAVE to? I did it most days for quite some time when I was in school. When I had 8:00 AM classes in Arkadelphia, I had to wake up, get ready, and maybe finish some work by 5:00 so I could leave the house by about 6:45 to get to class (and get a decent parking spot). And most nights I was up WELL after 12:00-1:00. And I ran with my group in the afternoons, and I didn’t feel too worn out.
What has happened?!
Maybe it was because I ran and exercised that I was able to keep that schedule. Actually, I am pretty certain that is why. OK, so I am running in the morning… 😉 Really, I would have to get up before 5:00, because JTom has been leaving the house about 5:30, WALKING to work, then walking back about 7:00 so he can get Lexie up and play with us until he has to leave again about 7:45. Oh, ehum. Yes you
heard read me correctly- walking.
My husband has started walking to work. I am so proud of him! For those of you who do not know-we have hills. And mountains. I didn’t really know those land forms existed as a kid; I thought they were just fairy take things teachers forced us to make from Playdoh so they had something to teach us in geography… Well, guess what? There really are mountains and BIG hills. We have them in Hot Springs. You cannot walk, run, drive, skip, or cart wheel for a mile in the Spa City without going up a pretty steep incline at some point. I think that is why I like running here; I hate running on flat surfaces, it’s causes too much impact. Hills are much easier on my body. (I say “run” like I have really been running.. but you know what I mean.) Anyways, so I am very proud of J.Tom for his efforts.
But this brings me to my most favorite part of this blog- FREECYCLE! woo hoo
My brother loved freecycle. Whenever I would ask him if he had extra computer speakers, CDs, an ink pen, a
cigarette lighter, heck anything- he would reply “check freecycle.” So finally I wised up, and I did!
Now you know my whole “trying to live more simply, save money, live on less because it CAN be done” lifestyle change I am working on? Well, freecycle helps…. and it can hurt a weeeee little bit. =) See, you post on the group if you have something free to offer; this post shows up in all the group members email inboxes. You can also post if you are in need of something. If you’re lucky, someone may have what you are looking for and be willing to give it to you. This helps the earth and our pocket books by keeping lots and lots things out of the landfills and while families receive second hand goods vs buying.
So tomorrow, I am calling a lady tomorrow about picking up in response to her post for …. wait for it ….
A TREADMILL! Yes ladies and gents you heard me correctly. She posted her grandma’s rarely used treadmill on the group for FREE. Who do you think the first person to respond was? That would be M E!!! She was finally able to get back to me today; she asked that I call her in regards to picking it ALL up. “All up? But Meghan, you said you were just getting a treadmill?” Yes, yes dear reader I did. But I ALSO happen to be getting a 2 drawer metal filing cabinet, a diaper pail, and sippy cups! This lady posted half of my wishlist on freecycle in a matter of minutes. Now how stinkin-freakin awesome is that?
“But Meghan, nothing nice in life is free…” Oh yes, that fine print. Hrm. Well, see what had happened was… *ehum* A side story: I posted Monday that I was looking for a small, nice printer in good working condition just to print coupons. Nothing fancy. People are all the time posting printers on the group. So this old lady responds, everything sounds great, I head out to her house. The printer is an AWESOME printer. The problem? It smells so badly of cat pee that I was afraid to put it in the back of my car. I DID, but it wasn’t fun.. and then when I got home, I put it in the trash. In between, I disinfected my hands about 10 times. Not only did I throw away the printer, but I will be calling animal services after a few days (so she doesn’t know it was me). The stinch emanating from her trailer was so horrible I wanted to run in and save all the animals that I could hear crying. What stopped me, you wonder? A) Lexie was in my arms and B) I pictured all those episodes of Hoarders where the old people take in the stray dogs and cats and they multiply so quickly they don’t even know there are like 1000 dead ones buried under everything. I imagine that is what her home looked like; it is certainly what it smelled like. Granted, she was old and kind… but that’s not healthy for anyone.
So, is there a catch to freecycle? There can be, yes. Do I know what “good condition” means to someone else? No… hence the free-ness. But you can always say “no thank you, that’s not what I had imagined or what I am looking for.” But I do know that people offer really great, like new items all the time. So I am hoping that these items we pick up tomorrow will be in great condition. I want the treadmill for obvious reasons and also for JTom to walk on so he can get exercise for his back. The sippy cups I’d like because those suckers are anywhere from 5-10 dollars and now that Lexie likes hers we need a few more. The filing cabinet has been on my wish list since my nesting days while pregnant with Lou. We need a secure place for my family filing system. And the diaper pail- “But Meg, you mostly cloth diaper.. why do you need a diaper pail?” Because I can get a diaper pail liner like this one: http://planetwiseinc.com/Planet_Wise_Diaper_Pail_Liner_38_cat.html and have a place to put stinky diapers until it is time to wash. I have a hanging wet bag, but when it is in the wash with the diapers, I have no smell-locking place to put the other dirty diapers. I have friends that use plastic bags, which I could do.. but this is just as easy, maybe easier and the pail part is free! Can’t beat that. I can prob find the liner for nearly free on my diaperswappers. Frugal doesn’t have to mean doing without. =) It just means doing with less using less.
I will post pics on the items after I pick them up. Let’s hope the treadmill is at least in good condition; those are hard to come by on the group and even harder to get first dibs on! I almost got a stair stepper a while back but wasn’t fast enough. Dog-nabbit.
So you see how this amazing FreeCycle could make de-cluttering, simple living harder? Like all things, it is to be used in moderation. If you are going to buy something regardless, it’s a good place to get it for free if you can wait a while for it to be posted. But it is NOT a good thing if you’re someone who can “always use one of those..” haha Fortunately, I’m not of that personality. I don’t think.. well, not yet anyways. =)
Lou Bug is officially 8 months old! =( I know it is a good thing but it is sad too. She has learned several new things since 7 months; she is now: waving, clapping, bouncing to get where she wants to go, sliding around to get places (but not necessarily to meet a specific destination yet) and is cutting TWO top teeth. Poor baby, no wonder she hasn’t felt good lately. She is also trying to bounce from her bottom onto her knees, ans she CAN but once she gets there they slip out from under her. She plays better on her belly than she used to though, so that is good. She is still trying to pull up on EVERYTHING! It is really funny, because most things are still too tall and she gets very frustrated.