Monday, April 30, 2012

One Month

Yesterday was Mason's one month birthday.  Time is going by so fast ... He's becoming more like a little person, full of funny faces and noises.  
He had his 4 week check up today at the doctor's office.  So far he is doing well and there aren't any issues.  His weight is 10 lbs, 8 oz, and he is now 22 1/4 inches.  Seems so much taller (longer?) and heavier than when he was first born.  He got one shot and wasn't entirely pleased, but that's expected.  Next appointment is in 4 weeks and he'll get a couple more vaccines at that time.

Today he even experienced his crib for the first time.  He lasted a full 18 minutes before he freaked out :)  
The past month has taught me a lot about being a parent ... mostly that at any given time there is a good chance you'll have some baby fluid on you.  Whether it's spit up, pee, or even projectile poop while you're in the middle of changing him ... it's all pretty gross but commonplace.

6am YOGA

I haven't been so ambitious with working out in a long ... long ... time.  This morning I woke up at 5:30am to get ready for a 6am hot yoga class at the YOGA ONE studio.  I had just finished feeding, changing, and putting Mason back to sleep at 4:45am so 5:30am came rather quickly.  Although the thought of staying in bed and sleeping another 30-45 minutes until Mason ultimately woke up again went through my mind, I opted for sucking it up and getting ready for the class.

Normally I would just change into my yoga outfit, grab a bottle of water, towel, and mat and head out the door, but unfortunately things aren't so easy anymore.  I ended up using the breast pump to have some food ready for Mason so that Ryan could feed him while I was away.

Class was great ... really hot and really hard.  There were numerous times where I had to stop the current position to take a rest, and felt like my pride was handed to me by the time the class ended.  I know eventually it'll come back to me, but for now I'll just deal with the fact that my whole body will be sore by the end of the day.  

Can't wait to go to another class hopefully this week!

Once I got home I made myself some breakfast.
I heated up some steel cut oats and mixed a cut up banana, handful of granola, and some vanilla soy milk into the bowl.
Served alongside a glass of orange juice and some coffee ... the mug was full prior to taking the picture.  I definitely needed the full mug after waking up before sunrise :)


Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Liberty - Burger Review

Yesterday was one of the days that I definitely ran for a cheeseburger.  Mason and I worked hard jogging with the stroller and completed 2 miles in 22 minutes.

Afterwards we headed to The Liberty for lunch.  Outside of the restaurant is a sign that advertises "Charlotte's Best Burger" so I was ready to give it a try.  

The menu





Mason was not as excited about their burger selections and opted to just nap the entire time.

I went with The Liberty Pub Burger, no tomatoes, and ended up taking the iceberg lettuce off mid meal. 

I may have my new favorite burger in town ... the brioche bun was a great choice to hold such a large burger together.  The toppings were spot on, although I would continue to skip adding the lettuce and tomato in the future.  The bacon, cheese, and herb aioli were incredibly tasty.  And the meat had a great flavor to it, although I had ordered it cooked medium and it came out well done.

I usually shy away from ordering hand cut french fries, but these were cooked perfectly and had a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese/salt on them.  At least that's what it tasted like to me ... 

And at $9 it is quite the burger bargain in a world of "boutique burgers" that cost upwards to $15.  

Looking forward to increasing my running mileage and treating myself to another fantastic burger from The Liberty!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Literally Running Errands

Today Mason joined me on my daily jog around the neighborhood.  We were even able to knock off some items on mommy's to-do list.  We literally ran 2 errands today around 10am using our new BOB jogger.

Mason was the perfect travel companion.  He fell asleep after the first 0.1 mile and never made a peep.

We stopped by the Post Office to buy stamps to mail his super cute baby announcements (maybe I'm a little biased) and then headed to CVS to buy random pharmacy products.  We headed back and completed a total of 1.5 miles together.

I tried to keep up a slow jog but ended up having to walk on occasion because I was getting so tired of pushing the jogging stroller.  Hopefully after a few more jogs I'll get used to the extra work of pushing it.

My goal by the end of May is to run at least 5 miles using the jogger.  Hope Mason is up for the challenge :)
 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Four Weeks

Mason is now 4 weeks old!  This past week has been a little rough for all of us around here ... he seems to be staying awake longer during the day, but isn't really sure what he should be doing with that awake time.  So I've been trying to entertain him and make sure he gets plenty of "tummy time."  I think all of the extra awake time has finally prompted me to take naps ... or at least 1 nap today for an hour.  It was a much needed hour of rest!

From Babycenter:
Your baby can probably focus on and track moving objects now. Try giving his new skills a workout by slowly passing a toy in front of his face or by having a little "staring contest" during which you walk slowly back and forth in front of him. Watch how his eyes lock with yours and follow along with your movement. This skill is a building block for hand-eye coordination, which will come later.
He's quite the little character and makes some silly faces while he's awake.  

We've also taken him on a few walks with the baby jogger.  Hopefully I'll start jogging with him next week, but until then I've had a good time jogging solo.  Today I was able to go out for 2.5 miles and even managed to have sub 9 minute/miles.  There is hope for me yet!

I'm still holding onto those last 8 pounds of baby weight.  I wish I could say that each boob weighs 4 pounds from all of the milk but that's probably not true.  I probably haven't lost any weight this week from all of the desserts and sweets I've been trying to shove in my mouth consume.  Starting May 1st I'll turn my eating habits around and hopefully have some more running and exercising done as well.  Fingers crossed for a motivated Jess.

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

the MOBY

and no I don't mean the singer from the 90's ... I mean the baby wrap awesomeness that Mason and I tried for the first time today.  

I'm fortunate enough to have my lovely sister, brother in law, and niece in town for a few days.  I snuck away this morning for a jog and left my BIL in charge of Mason.  It was a little chilly outside (55 degrees) and I don't think my lungs were happy with having to exert themselves, but I managed to run, I mean jog (remember I'm technically supposed to wait until my doctor's appointment on Monday), 2.42 miles in 22 minutes.

I even had time afterwards to take a shower!  30 minutes without having to be responsible for a baby is a win these days!  

Mason has been ultra cranky/grouchy the past 2 days.  Not sure what his deal is; I've tried to ask him and he keeps playing coy.  Today was the day the Moby showed up from Amazon.com and it has been a godsend!  Well, at least for the past 10 minutes.  
Hopefully he'll keep sleeping a little bit longer ... I definitely need a break from the crying.  Or else he won't be the only one shedding those tears.  

Oh and Happy Anniversary to the best husband ever!  Two years ago today I married my best friend.  I'm so lucky to have him.
 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub Burger Review

Friday marked the first time Mason went to uptown Charlotte.  We had a couple of friends in town so we decided to spend some quality time with them at a bar for daytime drinking.  Before we met them at Ri Ra Irish Pub we headed to Fitzgerald's Irish Pub for some lunch (at the time we didn't realize we had only picked Irish pubs to hang out at).

The menu at Fitzgerald's is overwhelming ... there are so many bar food options.  I tried to stay as healthy as I could and ordered the Black Bean Burger.

 

The return of weights

Today is a cold and gray day in Charlotte.  Not sure how we can go from 80 degree weather to 39 degree weather in literally the span of 2 days.  Since the high today seems to peak at 55 degrees I've decided to skip my daily walk (or newly instilled jog) and instead start on some weight training. 

It seems that whenever I re-visit using free weights I always start with working out shoulders.  Today was no exception.

I grabbed my pair of 5 pound weights out of the closet and headed out to the dining room where Mason was momentarily sleeping.
go ahead and work out mom ... I won't be too much of a bother

the lone set of weights
I did 3 sets and 12 reps of the following:
- side lateral raises
- front lateral raises
- overhead press

I rounded off my quick exercise session (Mason had become fussy at this point) with 3 sets of 10 reps of modified (girl) push-ups.

Looking forward to better weather tomorrow to resume jogging around the neighborhood. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I have a confession to make ...

On Thursday Mason and I were not jiving.  We weren't getting along AT ALL.  The final tipping point was when I tried to feed him from a bottle and he wasn't feeling it.  After a grueling 45 minutes and a whole lot of spit up, he finally finished the bottle, but left us both unsatisfied.

I did the one thing I knew would calm me down ... I went out for a run.  Correction ... walk and slow jog.  I knew I should've technically waited until my doctor's appointment on April 30th, but after walking for 4 minutes I just had to get away faster.  So I started jogging and it felt great.  I took it easy and alternated between walking and jogging in 4 minute intervals, and stopped after 20 minutes.  

It felt great.  Ryan was not pleased but he knows that I rarely listen to him anyways, so scolding me would not help.

Yesterday we were so caught up with friends in town that I missed out on my daily walk.  This morning I knew I had to get outside early for fear of missing out again.  Leaving Mason sleeping peacefully under Ryan's watchful eye, I laced up my sneakers and headed outside for what became my first real run in what seems like months.

Let's not get crazy here ... I walked for 1 minute as a warm up and then ran for 19:30 minutes at what seemed like a snail's pace.  As soon as I saw our house in sight I slowed it down for a 30 second walk as a cool down and then entered the house slightly out of breath and sweating like crazy.  I think Ryan knew right away what I had just done. 

Fingers crossed for no pain later on in my stitches area (don't worry I won't offer any more details on that).  

Only other thing to worry about now is ... when do I get my new pair of sneakers that I so desperately need?  And possibly a more supportive sports bra?  Cause we all know I'm not going to stop running ... oh no, it's on.

New shoe?

 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Return of a Tradition

Today was a pleasant blast from the past ... Ryan and I restarted our Friday breakfast tradition.  This morning was a little extra special since we had Mason join us for the first time.  I think he enjoyed his Panera experience.  At least he slept the entire time and didn't cry/scream so that's a win!

I had an everything bagel toasted with butter and strawberry preserves and an iced latte.  

Now we're listening to a little 90's music while I wander around the house looking for more things to clean.  Our washer has finally been repaired (almost 2 weeks broken) so I definitely have some laundry to catch up on.  Woo hoo.  Hope your Friday is as exciting as mine.
 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Three Weeks

It's crazy to think that our little peanut is 3 weeks old today.  It doesn't seem like that much time has gone by since we brought him home from the hospital.  
He's been fighting off a cold since last week, but the doctor said without a fever there isn't much we can do.  It's been keeping all of us up at night and unfortunately he's only been sleeping in 2-3 hour increments.  He's also gone (or is going) through some growth spurt and has been eating every 1-2 hours.  Luckily I started pumping this past weekend and have been able to get Ryan to help me feed the little monster.  

He's more alert and awake than he was last week and is very interested in bright lights.  He likes listening to Ryan and I read books to him nightly ... I think he might recognize our voices by now.

I am still 8 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.  My love of sweets from those pregnant days is still lingering unfortunately, and I find myself making some form of dessert almost nightly.  That sweet tooth is preventing me from losing any additional weight.  (maple glazed bacon donuts were made on Sunday)


Fortunately I started walking on Sunday and have done at least 1 mile a day.  I even started doing push-ups yesterday to add to my exercise routine.  I'm impatiently waiting for my doctor's appointment on 4/30 to hopefully get the go-ahead to start running.  

There's a 5k on May 19th that I would love to sign up for ...

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

chili, sweet potato biscuits, and a walk in the rain

Today was a gray and rainy day in Charlotte.  A little rain wasn't going to stop me from taking my daily walk so I put on a jacket and headed outside.  I combined my walk with an errand at CVS ... it was a win/win since I  got some exercise, got some much needed time to myself, AND picked up some necessities at the drugstore.  

throwback college jacket from Kappa Delta
After I got back from my short walk it was time to shower and get ready for dinner.  I had started the chili around 4pm and got the biscuits ready for the oven at that time as well.  

Making chili is one of my favorite dishes to make ... it ends up being a bunch of ingredients thrown into a pot.  Tonight's chili might have been one of my best.  It had black and red beans, tomato sauce, 1/2 can of Miller Lite, sauteed bell peppers and onion, some frozen corn, hot sauce and spices, and the star ingredient ... CHORIZO!  

On the side we had some sweet potato biscuits.  I found the recipe on Pinterest a week or two ago and made a batch of biscuits this past Saturday.

Sweet Potato Biscuits - recipe adapted from Sweet Pea's Kitchen
ingredients for 6 biscuits:
- 5/8 cups AP flour
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
- 1 tbsp soften butter
- 2 tbsp fat free milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl mix the sweet potatoes and butter. Add the flour mixture to the potato mixture and mix to make a soft dough. Add milk, a tablespoon at a time, to mixture and continue to cut in. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead until dough comes together. Shape into a disk, and pat to an even 1-inch thickness. With a floured 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits and place on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown.
Hot and satisfying ... a perfect meal for a dreary day.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups

Today I started prepping dinner around 3pm while Mason was napping away.  Since I knew it would have to bake later on, I figured getting it ready ahead of time was a definite time saver.

I made Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups, adapting the recipe from "The Girl Who Ate Everything" blog.

ingredients for 2 servings (one Ryan sized, one Jess sized):
5 lasagna noodles, cooked
3/4 cup fat free ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 clove chopped garlic
1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 tsp salt, oregano, basil, crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
Ingredients


Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic, spices, and 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese in a bowl. Pour about 1/2 cup sauce on the bottom of a baking dish (I used a round glass pie pan).

Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over a noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.

Spoon 1/4 cup sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top with remaining 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts. Makes 5 rolls.

pre baking
Final dinner included a slice of garlic bread and some steamed broccoli.  The added crushed red pepper flakes really brought a good flavor to the pasta dish.  Ryan's verdict ... "make this again!"


dinner

Sunday, April 15, 2012

One mile!

Today has been a glorious day so far! This is totally a mom/baby thing but I used my breast pump for the first time and got some bottled milk ready for Ryan to feed Mason.

Now I'm not the only person who can feed our baby which means I can leave the house without freaking out!

Where to first? A walk around the neighborhood of course. I did one mile in 15 minutes then came back home to start lunch. I thought Ryan was a good dad before, but now I think he's a GREAT dad!




Honey hadn't seen my sneakers in a while.



2 ounces down and 1 ounce to go for later! And another bottle in the fridge for tonight. Fingers crossed that Mason doesn't get tired of the bottle ... Or me!


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Two Weeks

Today Mason is Two Weeks old.  It's amazing how different he looks today from when he was born.  He went from weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces on 3/29 to 8 pounds 1 ounce on 4/10.  That may not seem like a huge increase but at least he has a little more "meat" on his tiny frame. 

I am happy to report that I have not gained any weight and am still losing some pounds.  I'm currently down to 8 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.  Other than a brief walk around our neighborhood the other day I have not done any other exercise.  Between breastfeeding and eating a healthy diet, I've managed to lose a couple of pounds this week.  

We still have not gotten any "real" schedule with Mason and sleeping at night.  Our best nights have been when he wakes up at midnight, then at 3:00-4:00am, and then again at 6:00-7:00am.  I haven't succumbed to many daytime naps (I've had 1 in the past week), and am somehow dealing with the exhaustion with minimal amounts of caffeine (just a cup of coffee in the morning and 1/2 glass of iced tea occasionally during lunch).

Things will only get easier (I hope) as Mason gets older.  I'm not trying to rush him along ... it's more important to enjoy the present with him than to wish for the future. 
From BabyCenter (2 week development):
"The only way your baby knows to communicate is by crying, but you can communicate with him through your voice and your touch. (He can now recognize your voice and pick it out among others.)

Your baby probably loves to be held, caressed, kissed, stroked, massaged, and carried. He may even make an "ah" sound when he hears your voice or sees your face, and he'll be eager to find you in a crowd."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Not so much stay at home ...

The past couple of days have been filled with running a lot of errands.  Does that count as actual running?  No?  Didn't think so.  It's kept me way more active than my original "stay at home mom" title suggested.  

Mason, for example, has been taken to the doctor's office 4 times in a little over 1 week.  Last week both visits were to measure his weight gain.  Yesterday I took him to the doctor's to get checked out since he sounded super congested and possibly sick.  Fortunately he did not have a cold but the doctor suggested buying a cool mist humidifier to help clear his tiny nasal passages.  That required a trip to Target to purchase:

Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Penguin Humidifier - fortunately for me this one had some of the best reviews online and was one of the least expensive options
Yesterday also brought me to Alex's apartment to do a couple loads of laundry since our washer has been broken since Saturday.  Do you know how inconvenient it is to have a broken washer and a newborn?  Not to mention the fact that the repair man said it could take up to 2 weeks for the repair due to an ordered part.

This morning I took Honey to the vet to get a shot then dropped her off at the groomers for a much needed hair cut.  I'm not digging her new look but I guess it's better than being the smelly dog.
After dropping Honey off at the groomer I got a phone call from Mason's doctor's office saying that the hospital had incorrectly done some blood work while we were there.  So it was back to the doctor's office for a prick in the heel (poor little guy cried). 
And now I'm waiting for Mason to wake up so I can feed him for the 100th time today.  Ah the joys of motherhood :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Return of the Walk

Today I ventured back outdoors for a walk around our neighborhood. I took the same route as last week but this time had a fellow walker with me.



Instead of only being gone for 10 minutes we were out walking for 15 minutes since SOMEONE had to stop to take 2 poops.

The verdict? I felt fine afterwards. No real pain from the exertion. This promising discover will hopefully lead to more walking this week with further distances. Yay to being active!

Tonight's dinner was my 6th vegetarian meal in 2 days ... Coconut curry vegetables with tofu over brown rice.



It's past 7:30 which means it's time for me to nap for the first time today before the terrible midnight to 7am shift with multiple feedings, diaper changes, and basically zero rest from my little monster.






Good night from Mason!

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Black Bean Burger with Corn Salsa

One of the great things of being a stay at home mom (wow it's so weird to say that) is actually putting thought into making good lunches for Ryan and I (when he's home and not traveling).  Today I decided to make some black bean burgers to eat alongside our salads.  I also made some corn salsa to add a little texture and spice to the meal.

I used the following recipe from Whole Foods Market, with only a couple of alterations:

Ingredients

1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
1 egg
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (I used 3/4 cup of panko bread crumbs instead)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or granules
Salt and pepper to taste
Hot sauce to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive or canola oil
**I added 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 chopped jalapeno, omitted the garlic powder and added 2 chopped garlic cloves**

Method

Put beans in a large bowl and mash well with a fork. Add egg, yellow onion, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Mix well to combine then shape into 6 patties.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Arrange patties in a single layer (working in batches, if needed) and cook, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to buns, top with lettuce, tomatoes and red onions and serve. 

Ingredients

Black Bean burger patties
The recipe for the corn salsa came from Jessica's blog, How Sweet It Is, "Just Like Chipotle’s Corn Salsa." I halved the recipe and still had plenty of salsa.

Please check out her blog for the recipe :)

Ingredients

Corn Salsa
Both recipes were really good and made lunch extra delicious.  I'm looking forward to eating the 4 burger patties that were left over sometime soon.  The addition of jalapeno and fresh garlic really added some extra flavor to the patties.  

I added a dollop of low-fat sour cream to the top of the burger along with the corn salsa and served it with a salad of romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms, and shredded Mexican cheese.  This was Ryan's 4th meatless meal in 2 days! 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Cuban Hamburger - La Frita

My parents have been in town helping us get settled with our new baby.  Between cooking, cleaning, or holding the baby for me to rush through a shower, they've provided those extra sets of hands that new parents so desperately need.

My favorite part of their helping has been making meal after meal, almost 3 times a day for over a week.  A couple of nights ago my dad stepped in to make dinner.  He made his usual, the Frita, Cuba's version of the hamburger.  Although it's not a cheeseburger, I decided to make an exception and fill you guys in on what constitutes a Cuban hamburger.

Here is a small write up from "Serious Eats - A Comprehensive Guide to Making & Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are" about these delicious burgers.



#28 on the "Where the Beef is: 30 Great Burgers" is El Mago de las Fritas in Miami, FL. 
... Regulars know to order the well-seasoned burger topped with super thin, incredibly crisp matchstick fries ...

Since my dad made the entire batch of Fritas using no measurements, there is no real recipe I can include (I tried searching for a recipe online but none resembled my dad's recipe, what I consider to be the holy grail of fritas).  My dad's version includes ground beef (sometimes ground pork or turkey too depending on what we have in the freezer), flour (can be white, whole wheat, once again whatever is in the pantry), pureed white onions, paprika, and salt.  Another missing ingredient was the spice clove which I did not have, but was told was an important component in the mixture.  Once the meat mixture is combined, thin patties are made and frozen in between slices of wax paper.

Once you are ready to eat, each frita is fried in vegetable or canola oil until crispy on the outside.  The burger is then topped with chopped up cucumbers and onions, ketchup, and those super thin matchstick shoestring fries.  The result is a delicious combination of salty and crispy goodness.  I ate two and am not ashamed.

It doesn't look like much but then again this wasn't the one I ate ... I had already eaten half of it before I realized I hadn't taken a picture.  Usually I would've made sure the photograph had a little more pizazz.  Oh well ... we still have a stack of frozen fritas in the freezer.  I can always do frita review round 2.  And I promise you it'll still be delicious. 

One Week

Yesterday was Mason's one week birthday. Can't believe it's already been one week since he came into our lives. He's already changed so much since that first time I held him on my chest for our first "skin to skin" interaction.

He's already had 2 doctor visits for weight checks in one short week. He had dropped from 7 pounds and 6 ounces at delivery, to 6 pounds 13 ounces on Monday, and then went to a whopping 7 pounds 7 ounces yesterday. The man is definitely eating more and thankfully putting on the pounds.

Talking about pounds ... I've been losing those 30-35 pounds I gained during pregnancy. Other than walking that one morning I haven't done anything else other than breast feed and eat somewhat healthier than I was during the last week or so of pregnancy. I'm down to about 11 pounds left to lose for pre-baby weight.

We've also had a slight improvement of sleeping/feeding through the night. Instead of waking up every 30-60 minutes to feed, diaper change, and basically soothe, we've just had our first 3 hour long break. Yay to getting 3 hours of sleep for dad and I. Hopefully it wasn't a fluke and will be somewhat of a pattern soon.

It's been great having my parents in town this past week to help with everything. Not sure how I'll do it by myself once they leave and Ryan starts traveling again for work. I guess we shall see what happens when that time comes.




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Thursday, April 5, 2012

A little too soon

This morning I thought enough time had passed since Mason's delivery for me to take a walk around our neighborhood.

To be honest it had been a rough night staying up with Mason and I just needed a break. I needed a chance to escape on my own, listen to some music, and just get away, even if only for a few minutes.

I laced up my sneakers, something I had not done in what seemed like forever, and headed out the door. It felt good to be outside, getting some fresh air. I wasn't even walking super fast; just a comfortable pace. I stayed out there for 10 minutes and walked our usual pregnancy route.

Once I got home I felt way better and much more level headed. The exercise aspect, though almost non existent, never really occurred to me. But I guess before I run again there will definitely be walking involved.

Without getting into too much detail, Mason's delivery was rough on my lower body. I was advised not to do any physical activity until 6 weeks after he was born. That 10 minute walk brought much discomfort and pain for the rest of the day.

I guess I'll hold off a few days before attempting another 10 minute walk. It was a very humbling experience and makes me wonder how long it'll be until I'm running again ... Until I can race again and ultimately get another 5k PR.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

5 days of Mason

This used to be a running blog with a HUGE emphasis on eating cheeseburgers during training and after races (or the night BEFORE the race).  

Life has changed and the biggest change of all is having a brand new baby boy.  Through my pregnancy I have blogged weekly updates on my progression along with the challenges that I was faced with running, jogging, and ultimately walking.  I even blogged about my fastest half marathon time, while 5 months pregnant.

The blog will continue to evolve as my life does.  Not to fear ... there will be plenty of burger reviews, races run, and now, occasional updates on my life as a running mom.  For now here are 5 pictures of Mason taken during his first 5 days of life.

Day 1 - 03.29

Day 2 - 03.30

Day 3 - 03.31

Day 4 - 04.01

Day 5 - 04.02