Davis: 6 Months

December 7, 2016

Dear Davis,

Hey little guy! This month has been a lot like the others you’ve experienced – it’s flown by! You experienced your very first big holiday, Thanksgiving, and were a champ the whole time! You snoozed on and off throughout the day and watched your very first Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day parade with your dad and Grant while I was off running the turkey trot. The day before Thanksgiving, Mimi actually discovered your very first tooth! Just a couple of days after, your second tooth came in as well, so now you have both bottom chompers! Your toothy little smile is pretty adorable!

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You are completely obsessed with your little feet these days. Whether you are in your car seat, on the changing table, or hanging on your playmat, those toes are in your mouth. I’m pretty sure it is my favorite little trick of yours! You are working hard on sitting up unassisted, but you just aren’t there quiet yet. I’m sure you will be there in just a couple of weeks, if not sooner. You weigh 15 pounds now and the pediatrician says you are perfect. You are on the smaller size in terms of weight, but you are pretty long in length! You are definitely taking after your daddy in so many ways.

We introduced some solids at the very end of your 5th month, right before your 6 month birthday. So far, you’ve eaten sweet potatoes, hummus, peas, avocado, and yogurt. You LOVE the yogurt and hummus, and can just tolerate the others. We are really just in explore mode at the moment with food, and you seem to really enjoy it.

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You are still breastfeeding like a champ and it is such a nice time we spend together. Although, your brother does like to hand out with us in the chair sometimes while you are eating, and you think that is pretty funny. You will take a few sips, laugh at him, and then get back on the boob. The two of you are already quite the pair!

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Davis, are rocking your 6 month clothes and are still in size 2 diapers. You are grabbing for anything and everything right now, especially my hair! You love taking a huge handful and giving it a good tug – its definitely not my favorite 😉 Rattles seem to be a lot of fun for you, as well as taggie blankets. I’m pretty sure you would spend all day in your bouncer if we let you – it gives you the best view of the house, for sure!

You are still an amazing sleeper, taking 3 naps a day, ranging anywhere from 1-3 hours at a time. You pretty much just sleep for as long as you need to, and then wake up super happy, just babbling away. Nighttime is pretty similar, as you love 12-14 hours of straight shut eye a night. Thank you for being such an amazing sleeper! We are all so incredibly thankful!

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Your best friend these days seems to Winnie B! Any time she walks by, your eyes are absolutely glued to her. You will just watch her every move, and pet her ears and back whenever we hold you close to her. She gives you big kisses and it doesn’t even phase you. I’m pretty sure you want her to do it more!

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The next month is going to be the absolute best! We have both Christmas and a new year to look forward to, with lots of celebrating with family and friends. I can’t wait to experience every minute with our little family. It’s going to be amazing!

Love you so much sweet little boy!

A Pink and Gold Baby Shower

December 5, 2016

Over the weekend, my amazing friend Mary and I had the privilege of showering our best friend in preparation for the arrival of her baby girl! Baby Amelia is due late January, so we planned her shower to fall right before the holidays. We did a pink and gold tea party theme, and everything turned out absolutely perfect. I can’t wait to meet this little one and see our kiddos grow up together!

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Thanksgiving 2016

November 28, 2016

The holidays are always the highlight of my year. Now that we have 2 amazing little boys, this season is even more fun!

As always, I woke up on Thanksgiving to go run the local turkey trot. I opted for the 10k, as I prefer the distance over the 5k – I don’t excel in 5k speed, so for me, the longer the better! My friend Steph and I carpooled over together and it was so nice to have a friend to pal around with before the race started.

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The long and short of the race was it was hot – I was dying mid race for going out too fast, but I finished well and really can’t complain. It was my slowest 10k in quite some time, but oh well! Doing no speed work will do that to ya! We each grabbed our top finisher mug, a cup of coffee, and then scurried back home to see the boys!

They were all happily watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade when I got there, along with simultaneously cooking breakfast. After eating bacon and eggs, the rest of the day was a bit of a blur. We hosted a decent sized group – our whole immediate family and a good friend, so there was a lot going on! Everyone brought a dish, so we were just responsible for the mac n cheese, butternut squash, and the mashed potatoes.

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There was tons of cooking, relaxing, and laughs to be shared by all.

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It was an awesome Thanksgiving! Come Black Friday, we didn’t step foot into a single store. We #optedoutside instead and spent some special time with the animals at the zoo! It was a gorgeous day and we had so much fun together.

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The rest of our weekend was full of playing at the park, finishing up our leftovers, and running with these two cutie pies.

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Davis went on his very first stroller run without his carrier since he’s big enough now. It was pretty nice to have a little less weight to push!

We rounded out the weekend fun with a little Christmas decorating. We put up our outside lights, picked out a tree, and played Christmas music. It was definitely my kind of heaven 😉

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Seeing Grant light up was absolutely amazing! This obviously isn’t his first Christmas season, but it is definitely the first one he really understands what is going on.  I have a feeling the holidays will just be getting more and more fun each year!

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Tips For Running with a Double Stroller

November 21, 2016

Exercise is a part of my life I’m really not willing to compromise on when it comes to having a family. There are so many things I no longer get to do – sleep in on weekends, go to movies on a whim, and the list goes on. Running is my time to make myself feel normal and get some stress out, even if it only for 30-45 minutes at a time. Sometimes, running solo just isn’t feasible, so I am so so thankful I have a Bob Duallie running stroller. It was gifted to me last Christmas by my family, as everyone knew it would be the perfect gift for our growing family. I’ve been running with the single stroller for 2.5 years now, and feel like I really have it down pat. The double seems to be a whole new game, and since Davis is bigger now, I am getting comfortable running with him too! Here are a few tips on surviving (and enjoying) a run with 2 kids in the stroller.

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Concentrate on Your Form

My first couple of long runs with a stroller, my low back absolutely killed me! I was obviously using the wrong muscles to push, and mile after mile was just making me ache more and more. Stay as upright as possible, and try not to you use your low back too much. A very slight tip at the hip hurts a lot once you finish up. You will use your core pushing a double (or single!) stroller more than you ever realized so concentrate on a night tall back and tight abdomen.

Don’t Pack Too Much

I think this goes for any stroller run – the more you pack the heavier the stroller weighs, and the tougher it is to push. Plan and simple.

Pick Fun Places to Stop

Especially when it comes to long runs, scheduling your run around places for the kids to stop and play is pretty necessary. I love it when Grant comes and asks me to go for a run. He’s actually been coming in our room in the morning, bright and early, asking to go running. I’m not a huge fan of the bright and early, but the running part is pretty cute! He really looks forward to going because we tend to stop and look at animals in the water, do pull ups at a little outside workout space, and search for trucks, busses, and fire engines. If he’s really lucky, like he was yesterday, we will even stop at the park for a little fun. I know Davis could care the least now, but getting him out of his car seat is a big perk in his eyes. It tends to give him the break he needs from being in the stroller to make it the last couple of miles home.

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Switch Arms Often

You will create a pretty solid imbalance if you use just one arm (the same arm) to push your double stroller. When I get tired, I tend to use both arms to give me the extra push I really need, but for the most part, I tend to switch arms every handful of minutes or so. I am able to strengthen both sides of my body, and I don’t get that fatigue either.

Build Up Your Distance

As with just about anything to do with running, start small and slowly increase – this refers to distance and speed! It takes quite some time to get used to running with a stroller. Heck, its tough to get used to running with a water bottle! Cut yourself some slack and just keep at it. Before long, you will see your splits getting lower and your mileage getting higher.

 

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Realize How Wide The Stroller Really Is

Remember, you are sharing the sidewalk with everyone, and a side by side double stroller is not exactly the most easily navigable item. Hug your right side as much as possible when passing so you give everyone ample space. I find most people are pretty pleasant and give you the space you need since you are pushing two little humans, but you always find those people you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Being a parent is all about adapting to the new norm. I’m pretty happy there are amazing strollers out there so I can keep doing what I love and bring my kids along for the ride!

***This is not a sponsored post, nor did I receive any sort of payment. I really just love this stroller!***

Election Food For Thought

November 9, 2016

I shared this on my Facebook earlier today, but felt the need to share it here too. The day after election day is always a tough one for one side or the other. There is always a group whose candidate doesn’t win. All we can do is look to the future and hope our system will support success for the new President elect, and of course, be hopeful change will come in another 4 years 😉

I am one of the many that is disappointed today on the outcome of the election. I am not one to be political at all, however I do feel obligated to share a really great article I found to help me wrap my head around things. Last night as I was watching the results trickle in, I felt so many emotions – rage, anger, and of course, disbelief.

As I woke up this morning and took to social media, the amount of hate running through my feed was deplorable. Don’t get me wrong, I am not happy about the outcome, but to divide our country when we need to be unified most is tough, to say the least.

If you are like me and looking for a little bit of hope, check out this article from the Huffington Post, What Do We Tell The Children. I feel like it brings up some good rationale and little bit of solace for us all, no matter your age.