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Monday, April 16, 2018

Cameron Ten Months

Cameron turned TEN MONTHS old on Sunday. Ten months! This kid definitely holds his own in our family and you definitely don't forget he's here. He will start scream-talking to remind you when his big brother and sister are super loud. While he's generally still a happy baby, he will def1initely let you know when he's not. He's also attached to his mama and gets pissed when I go anywhere without him. 

He now has seven teeth, five of which cut through in the last three weeks, super fun for us! Especially me because he has started biting me while nursing and it hurts so bad. They other two also bit me, it only happened a couple times. This kid though, it's his way of telling me he doesn't want to nurse right now! In the last couple weeks he's taken off Army crawling and definitely gets around. He can get up on all fours, but just can't coordinate moving like that. I'm glad he finally started really moving and it's how Ewan did so I think it's cute. Ewan and Cecily? They've had to learn that we weren't kidding when we said they have to start putting their things away once he's moving. They're constantly asking me to come get him because he crawled over to them and they can't play. 

He absolutely loves food and if you'r eating, you're expected to share or get yelled at. I don't think he's tried a food he hasn't liked yet. Such a big kid, his first birthday is coming up fast. It's hard to believe that the actual planning will begin very soon!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Papa John's 10 Miler

I ran this race with my friend Mary Rose, with whom I ran the Anthem 5k this year. I'm not where I was in running before Cameron so going into it I knew I wouldn't finish 10 miles in the time I did the River Run a few years ago. But when I woke up to this on the radar on my phone, I said screw it I'm just going to have fun hanging out with my friend and we will finish when we finish. I had no idea if it would be icy or not and running fast wasn't worth falling on my butt. 

It was SO COLD before the start of the race, even with my additional layers but I knew that I would warm up. I was afraid that I was going to be overdressed once we got going, but I was perfect. Warm, but not melting. The snow picked up and my hair was covered before we even started the race. Snow in April, but climate change doesn't exist, right?

Her dad took a few photos of us running at the start and near the finish. 

We started out pretty strong but within the first mile Mary Rose's knee started hurting so we took it easy alternating running and walking. The race goes around a park that has lots of hills and is really pretty. So we walked up the hills and ran the flats and downhills. It was really pretty going through there. 

Alan's parents live really close to the park and I was concerned that I might have to nurse Cameron somewhere at that point but when I texted Alan he said Cam was fine. Whew! I brought some pumped milk but he's never really taken a bottle before and this was the longest I have been away from him so I wasn't sure how he would do. Thankfully he did great. 

The course is basically an out and back, with the ring road around the park as the turn around. On the way back, somewhere around 7.5-8 miles Mary Rose mentioned that if we could finish in the next 30 minutes we would finish with an average pace of 16:30. Well, we blew that out of the water finishing right around 16 minutes per mile. 

You have to go up and over the bridge to get to the finish and that was the only part that was icy. We started running the downhill and once I realized she wasn't right behind me, I just went for it. I was so close to the finish and was just done with being out there in the cold and I wanted my pizza. So, I finished in 2:39:49. Mary Rose finished about 40 seconds behind me. 

We had a great time chatting about life and it made the miles go by quickly. And she talked me into doing a trail half marathon at the end of the month...the day after my second 10 miler. I think I really am crazy!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Break 2018: Washington D.C.

For the kids' spring break we decided to take a trip to Washington D.C. Since I was pregnant last year and then we had a newborn, we didn't take a vacation at all last year so we decided to do a short trip this year. We chose Washington D.C. because it's a full days' drive from us and there are a ton of things to do that are free. Plus, Ewan has been reading books about the city and we knew he would love to see everything in person. 

Because Easter was also the week of spring break, we came back a few days early instead of staying the entire week like we would've done otherwise. So we really only had three full days there. I was so looking forward to seeing the cherry blossoms in bloom and going to the festival but because spring has been drunk these last few weeks they weren't in bloom yet. In fact, it was pretty cold and rainy. But we didn't let that stop us! 

We spent the first day exploring the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and going to see the White House, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. The kids were so excited to see the dinosaurs and Cecily got these pterodactyl wings that she wore all day. It was so funny because she would "fly" across the street then beckon us forth once she had made sure it was safe. She was definitely a hit as we were walking around the city. 

The kids walked pretty much all of Monday and were exhausted. We took the metro back to our hotel in Virginia during rush hour and we decided that we would take it easy on Tuesday to give them a little break. All we did was spend the day at the National Zoo. Ewan has been going on and on and on about seeing the pandas - I think seeing them was the thing he was most excited about - so of course we couldn't miss it. Unfortunately it started raining about halfway through our trip and we had left our umbrellas and ponchos at the hotel so we cut it short. But we did see the pandas, elephants, gorillas, small mammals and some other animals that I can't remember. 

We started our third and final day at the Capitol building. Along with the White House and pandas, this was the other thing Ewan had to see. He and Alan explored while I fed Cameron and Cecily "napped" in the stroller. After walking around all day Monday she decided she was riding the bottom of Cameron's stroller. It wasn't worth the fight and she's so tiny that she fit perfectly. Afterward, we went to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, which is my favorite. I'm a total space nerd and I love seeing all the spacecraft and artifacts from various missions. Since we didn't go first thing in the morning, that place was nuts! It was so crowded and really stressful keeping the kids from running off in different directions. Cecily was bored after about five minutes and wanted to go ride the carousel in front of the castle building. But, we were able to get through a good chunk of the museum. 

Even though there were a few not so great moments (me throwing up on the metro from motion sickness...), overall we had a really great trip. It such a great place to bring kids and I know that we will be back again once they're all a little older. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fruit and Chocolate Quesadillas

I started making these a few weeks ago for myself as a snack and the kids asked to try it. They have seriously had one almost every day since.

They are super easy to make and relatively healthy. This is great because my kids come home from school HANGRY and want something ready before I pick them up. All you do is spread some butter and sprinkle cinnamon on the outside of the quesadilla, place in hot skillet, then put thin fruit slices with chocolate chips on the inside, melt the chocolate and you're done. I've only used apples and bananas but you could use whatever fruit you want really. I've also added marshmallows sometimes too. My son is super picky so getting him to willingly eat fruit or veggies in any form is a win.

1 small tortilla
1 tbs butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 small apple or banana, thinly sliced
1 tbs chocolate chips

Spread butter or margarine on one side of tortilla, sprinkle cinnamon and place in hot skillet buttered side down.
Place fruit slices ans chocolate chips on one half or the tortilla and fold the other half on top.
Heat through then flip to heat other side.

Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cameron Nine Months

Cameron is nine months old today. Just three more to go until he's one. I say this every time but it blows my mind. This past year, while much harder than I imagined has been a whirlwind. Now that we're going into spring (maybe - we had snow and ice earlier this week!) I'm starting to plan my garden, enjoy the outdoors more and really start planning someone's first birthday. Eek!

Little man is currently sick with a cold and pretty grouchy. A couple nights ago he had a barking cough and fever so I think it's actually croup. I was able to get a few smiles this morning though. He is normally super happy so I know he doesn't feel good, poor guy. 

He is very slowly Army crawling, but only when he's really motivated for something. I keep waiting for him to just take off but maybe he'll be one of those kids who skips crawling? Who knows. He still loves food and gets mad when you eat in front of him. At my in-laws last weekend my mother-in-law gave Ewan a sandwich and boy did Cameron not like that. He cut his third tooth and it looks like at least one more will be coming soon. 

He definitely has some separation anxiety and I have to be within reach at pretty much all times. He babbles all the time but when he sees someone he doesn't know he just stares. It cracks me up at the grocery because you can hear him throughout the store but when the cashier tries to talk to him, silence. 

We're taking the kids to Washington D.C. over spring break so it'll be interesting to see how he does on the trip. The rest of us are super excited though!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Anthem 5k 2018

This past Saturday I ran the Anthem 5k in Louisville with a friend of mine. We ran it together back in 2016 too. Back then it was her first race postpartum and while this technically wasn't my first postpartum race, I consider it to be because the Thanksgiving Day race I did was accidental since I missed the turn around for the one mile. 

I came into this race with no expectations because while I have been running regularly and training for a couple ten milers and a half coming up this spring, it's been super hard. I really just wanted to finish and have fun spending time with my friend. This year they did corrals based on the predicted finish time you put and we got put into the second to last corral. No biggie we thought as we lined up. Until we noticed what appeared to be walkers all around us. We slowly started inching forward and to the sides because we knew we were going to have to dodge them. 

And boy did we! We spend the entire race dodging walkers, some of whom were walking the entire width of the street. Which for those of you non runners, is super annoying and really bad etiquette. Our official time was 43:16 with a pace of 13:56, but it's not really accurate. That's based on running 3.1 miles, when according to my watch I ran 3.24 miles in 43:22 with a pace of 13:22 a mile. The discrepancy is because of all the weaving. 

We had a lot of fun catching up and will be running the first of my 10 milers together in April, also in Louisville. I didn't take any photos but my friend loves selfies, so here's one of us after the race. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Cameron Eight Months

I'm flabbergasted that I'm writing Cam's eight month update. His first year has been flying by and while he's at a really fun age now, I'm so not ready for my baby to be one. 

He turned eight months old on the 15th and loves life. He sits up very well and manages to move himself generally where he wants to go even though he's not crawling. The other two were crawling by eight months so I keep telling myself every kid is different and not to freak out. He is very verbal and constantly babbling though so maybe he's working on that right now instead. I'm pretty sure he was yelling at me a few days ago when one of his toys got out of his reach and he wanted me to get it. This kid can also eat. He just goes to town with whatever we give him.

As for me, physically this kid has wreaked havoc on my body during pregnancy and I'm still dealing with some issues. It's incredibly frustrating and I'm just over it. Stupid hormones. I am finally getting into a regular running/workout routine and that is really nice. Especially considering I have a 10 mile race and a half marathon coming up this spring. Now if only my running clothes fit...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Taking a Facebreak

Yesterday I decided to take a Facebrak for awhile. As you know, I've been suffering from post-partum depression. I already don't follow a bunch of people that I'm friends with because for numerous reasons seeing their posts was upsetting. I also deleted the Facebook app from my phone so I wouldn't get notifications nonstop and be a little less plugged in. However, I started using my phone's browser more and more to check. But yesterday I just couldn't take it anymore. I have good days and bad days, but Facebook in general makes me feel even worse about myself than I already do. So, I deactivated my account. 

Am I suffering from FOMO? A little. I know that some people only communicate through Facebook and that I will miss out on invites to birthday parties, game nights and other events. I even had a friend flat out tell me that they just don't have time to text. But for my own mental health I just can't look at all the happy go lucky photos or the political rants and memes right now. I know that people usually only share the happy moments, but it makes me feel like crap. Intellectually, yes I know that I have a pretty good life, but how I feel most days is a different matter. That's the beauty of depression. 

As I enter my late 30's I've realized that I just can't with so many people. Maybe it's a bad attitude to have but I'm so over constantly getting my feelings hurt and I just need a break.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Cameron Seven Months

Cameron turned seven months old last Monday. I was looking at his monthly stickers and it made me a little sad to realize that he only has a few left and that these months of babyhood before he turns one are going to fly by. I already have ideas for his first birthday but I'm trying not to think about that too much...

While wobbly, he can sit up for short periods before toppling over. He has definitely found his feet and chews on them constantly. He now has two teeth and is sure to try to put anything and everything into his mouth to test them out. He has started eating some solids, a mixture of purees and baby led weaning. Basically if you're eating he wants to be too, although Momma's milk is still his favorite. 

This kid loves to laugh and one of his favorite games is to grab your face and push it every which way. It's apparently the funniest thing ever. Now if only we could get to sleep longer than 2 hour stretches at night again...

Powder and Domino

We are surrendering our almost 12 year old cats today. For the last five years they have lived in our spare bedroom since one has horrible anxiety. Now that we have Cameron, that room is becoming his bedroom. We've tried several times to find a home for them with no luck. So to the shelter they go.

I know that they deserve more attention and care than what we have given them, but that doesn't mean I don't feel horrible about it. My grad school roommates adopted them when they were six weeks and eight weeks old and they've been with me ever since. They moved from IN to PA and back to IN. I'm terrified that they won't be adopted and will live the rest of their lives in a tiny cage. I'm upset that they're leaving the only home they've known and are going to be so scared and confused.Alan thinks I'm being ridiculous but I'm entitled to feel how I feel and my feelings are valid. Right now I feel like crap.  
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