Monday, October 5, 2015

Seven months - Anderson

We've had a couple of developments since the 6 month update ...

  • Anderson can now sit up on his own
  • Anderson has been saying "dada"
  • Anderson has one bottom tooth poking through

He's also tried a few new foods - bananas, avocados, carrots, pears (in addition to last month's list).  He's still having 4 bottles of formula a day, around 28-30 ounces total, with 2 or 3 meals of food.

We are still struggling with the naps ... some days he has 3, and others he can barely manage 1.  We are thankful that he has been sleeping through the night unless there is some teething pain or stomach discomfort.  At the end of the day babies are so unpredictable (at least mine are) so we take what we can in the sleep department. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

first time pushing a double jogging stroller!

today was my last training run before the Volition America Half Marathon on Saturday October 3rd.  on the schedule was an (easy) 2 miles.  I met up with my friend Cindy and her daughter Vera Rose after we dropped off our boys at preschool.  She offered her double stroller to push VR and Anderson and it was a neat first experience.  I give moms a lot of credit that push a double jogging stroller ... those things are hard!  Cindy and I took turns pushing the stroller during the 2 miles then rewarded ourselves with some hot beverages from Starbucks.

Currently the forecast for Saturday is a whole lot of rain which makes me apprehensive about running the half marathon.  As long as it's not a torrential downpour, I plan on slogging along for 13 miles in the rain.  Worst case scenario, I take it easy on Saturday and just finish the race and find another fall half marathon to really rock it.  Fingers crossed the rain gods take it easy on me from 7-9am ...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Isabella Santos Foundation 5k/10k race recap

On Saturday morning I ran in the 5k 10k Race for Kids Cancer presented by the Isabella Santos Foundation.  It was my last long run before the half marathon on October 3rd so I wasn't really expecting to "race" it.  Plus it was raining ... the ENTIRE race. 

Aside from the rain, I didn't love the race course.  The 10k course was the same as the 5k course ... except doubled.  10k runners were dodging people left and right, especially since it was such a family friendly event.  Think lots of strollers, walkers, and even dogs. 

Once I finished I quickly got a bottle of water and headed back to my car.  I just wanted to get home FAST so that I could shower and warm up. 

Not every race is going to be a PR or the best race ever.  Weather on race days can be so fickle; I'm proud of myself for even going out there and running with the rain.  Bonus was not falling down and hurting myself!

  • I placed 39th out of 255 10k finishers (males and females)       
  • I placed 11th out of 154 female finishers
  • I placed 5th in my age group (30-39 years old) out of 67 finishers
  • time 49:02 minutes, 7:53/mile

42 months (3.5 years)

Mason Alexander ....

My little boy has gotten to be so big. I know everyone says that, but sheesh he's super tall and looks like such a big boy ... Especially compared to his little brother.

He started his third year of preschool a few weeks back. He's going four days a week from 9am-12:30pm. Today was his first afternoon of extended stay at school and I picked him up at 1:45pm.
Although people told me to give up on naps, claiming Mason was done with them, I kept at it. We try to implement quiet time every day so that I can have a breather and so that he can decompress. Most days he doesn't nap; but two or three days a week he does and those days make me smile ear to ear.

He loves Anderson. So much. Too much sometimes. There's lots of touching and poking and wanting to be right next to him. It's truly magic when Mason makes Anderson laugh ... And the way Anderson looks at his big brother can make anyone say "awwww."

If I had to describe Mason at this point in his childhood, it would be strong-willed, stubborn, extremely chatty, and such a clown.  He seems to know exactly what he wants and when he wants it. And the questions JUST DON'T STOP. He wants to know it all and won't give up until you've answered him.

He loves super heroes, Paw Patrol (show on television), and learning about the planets.

There are days he drives me crazy from sunrise to sunset ... But I'm so thankful to have my sidekick. He's such a blessing and I can't wait to see what the next 6 months will bring.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Only 5 left!

The countdown is ON to my half marathon on the 3rd. Only 5 more training runs to go!

Just took it easy with my 3 miler today. Jogged a slow 2 miles on the treadmill and did the 3rd mile along the indoor track at a faster pace.

After running 5 miles around the indoor track yesterday, my right foot/ankle hasn't been feeling great. Since I can't afford an injury this close to race day I'm going to take it easy during the last few runs. Well, except for the 10k on Saturday. It's a race and no matter how many times I tell myself I won't push it, I just can't help myself.

Tomorrow's 3 miler will be slow due in part to pushing Anderson in the jogging stroller. Hoping the rain stays away long enough for me to get my run done after Mason's preschool drop off. Otherwise it's going to be another indoor track day for me!

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Things I like to hear while running

Happy Monday! Today Anderson and I took it to the greenway and surrounding sidewalks to do my weekly scheduled 5 miler.

I wore my new Brooks Pure Cadence sneakers and he wore a bear beanie since it was 50 degrees at the start of our run.

While running I caught up to a guy running and passed him. As I ran by he said, "not only are you running faster than me, but you're pushing a stroller."

Why yes dude I am pretty hardcore in case you didn't realize it. Actually no, I was flattered since my runs with Anderson are usually right under 10 minute/miles.

After we ran 5.4 miles I walked another 0.6 miles to extend his nap a bit.

Next runs this week are two 3 milers and a 12 miler this weekend. Three weeks until the half marathon!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Six months - Anderson

We are half way to your 1st birthday Anderson!  This past month has been full of changes ...
  • it's been just over a month of being on formula
  • after a 2nd round of blood work at the allergist it was determined you were allergic to dogs and we sent Honey to live in Florida with your grandparents
  • you've been eating solids at least once a day, most days twice, and have had sweet potatoes, butternut squash, peas, green beans, and prunes on a no-poop day
  • you've slept through the night without a swaddle on more than one occasion
  • you traveled to Durham, NC where you had another round of allergy testing (this time skin testing) and we found that you were NOT allergic to dogs but were still allergic to eggs, dairy, nuts, and now sesame (no hummus for you)

Anderson's 6 month check up isn't until Thursday but he was weighed last Tuesday while at Duke's Children's hospital.
  • 15.5 pounds
  • 26 inches
Aside from eating solids once or twice a day, Anderson has been drinking formula 4-5 times, 6-8 ounces each time.

He's outgrown most 6 month clothing and has been wearing a lot more 9 month clothes. 

Along with sleeping (mostly) through the night, he's been taking 1-3 naps a day.  It's definitely a battle with napping with both of my kids.  I don't get it; what's not to love about all types of sleep?

We've seen a lot more rolling over and sitting up with support from mom or dad.  Lots of babble and laughing but no words yet.  I've begun to teach you some sign language in hopes of making the lines of communication broader. 

Your face lights up when you see Mason walk into the room ... until he bites your finger or hurts you in some other way.  You're still his biggest fan and I can't wait until the day when you both can play ... and finally leave mom alone for a few minutes :) 

You had a rough summer with all of your eczema/food allergy nonsense and I think we've put a lot of that behind us.  You seem so much happier, your skin is way clearer, and your hair has been growing back.  We haven't had to give you any itching/allergy medication in over a week and I really hope we don't have to any time soon.  Here's to another great month!