Chase is 5 months old! Holey smokes!!
This post is late, Chase was 5 months old November 11th. I’m again late to posting because we’ve been busy with celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary, Rob’s Birthday, getting ready for Thanksgiving, and then Chase got sick right after that. She’s finally feeling better, thank goodness! Between all of the celebrating, sickness, and working, there hasn’t been a moment of downtime. Here are some pictures of what has been going on with us lately.
Chase’s 5 Month Photos
Playing in her jumparoo, not holding still enough for a clear picture.
This girl is all smiles, we love it!!
We’ve started trying out feedings twice a day, once at daycare and once at home. It’s more about her getting used to the food and feeding process than nutrition, so it’s okay whatever ends up in he tummy. Bananas are her favorite. Apples, squash, and peas aren’t bad either. We’ve just started on pears as well, but it she makes a face like they are too tart. We quickly learned that variety is key. Too many bananas and apples close together caused some constipation. A little consult with the doctor got things back on track though. Now we will make sure to vary up the meals even more.
Sleep has been similar to 4 months. There will be a few days of very good sleep, she will get up just up once or twice. Mid-night to 5 am this month has been her most restful period. But after a few days, she’s back to very fussy and she’s up every hour or never really sleeps unless she’s held. Again this seems to align to developmental changes or when she is not feeling well. After being sick Thanksgiving she definitely needed extra comfort to rest.
Daycare had Thanksgiving luncheon for the parents. It was so nice to visit with the other parents and the teachers and reflect on the development of all of the kids over the past few months. It’s just so wonderful being parents to Chase, we are truly thankful.
Daddy and Chase
Mommy and Chase
We have also got the house ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Chase loved carefully checking out the Christmas tree.
We are looking forward to creating traditions for Chase. For Christmas it will include seeing Santa, Elf on the Shelf, Christmas Eve Service, Christmas PJs, reading “Twas The Night Before Christmas”, watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, making cookies for Santa, donating clothes and toys, etc. I can’t wait to create special memories for her.
Rob has taken a pause from airplane building to focus on building us a new bed for our 10 year wedding anniversary present. He’s also going to build us two nightstands.
He’s making the a king size version of the bed he made for our guest room.
Plus, Rob is going to do some more work on finishing the basement. Pics to come on the progress.
My running is coming back and it feels really good to get in a few miles when I can. When Chase sleeps well I have been getting up at 4am to run. On the weekends I’ve gotten in some running while Rob has daddy time with Chase. The days Chase isn’t well or isn’t sleeping well, running sometimes doesn’t happen. My training schedule will begin again at the end of December for spring races. I’ll share my plans when I get them figured out. I’m looking forward to it!
So it’s obvious now that I’ve changed the blog from FlyRunner to ChaseEverySecond. It felt like it was time to retire the FlyRunner moniker. Both running and flying will always be a part of our lives, but they are no longer the highest priority. ChaseEverySecond just feels like a better fit. Chase is every wonderful second of our lives and it also describes how we like to approach life in general. My posts were naturally becoming more than just running and flying, so it felt like it was time to change the blog name to fit where our lives are now. Moving forward with the blog I see writing more posts about our lives, travel, home projects, decorating, recipes, and who knows what else. Instead of planning it all out, I’m just going to write about whatever is of interest and just see where it goes. Hopefully I can get post up more often as well.
Every day with Chase seems to bring some new adventure is seeing her grow. From turning her head side to side with no wobble, to rolling from tummy to back, and sitting up in her Bumbo. It’s just amazing to witness!
I’m late in writing this post, Chase turned 4 months old on October 11th. We had her 4 month checkup and while her shots caused discomfort she actually slept pretty well compared to last time. At 4 months she is 25.5 inches long (87th percentile), 14lbs 15oz (64th percentile), and her head is 16.75 inches (93rd percentile).
4 Month Pictures
The doctor gave us the green light to start solid foods. There is no rush though so we are taking our time. After a few attempts she still wasn’t a fan of the oatmeal cereal. The doctor said some babies don’t take too it plain (even mixed with formula she didn’t care for it) and it’s okay to move onto other foods. Her first vegetable was sweet potatoes and she loved them instantly! Every time we tried them she would grab the spoon and try to help feed herself. After a few days of no allergic reaction, we tried carrots and those went over well too!
Chase had a couple amazing weeks of sleep where she was getting up only once during the night. Since then she’s started to be more fussy, even with an early bedtime and the same routine. There is a lot of information on this topic call Wonder Weeks or 4 Month Regression. Without writing a whole post on it (since there are already many great resources), suffice it to say that all of the developmental changes can affect a baby’s sleep. Knowing this is likely the culprit helps with the getting up multiple times a night. We had proof that she was sleeping well, so that gives me hope that it will eventually come back again.
Chase in her sunglasses.
I was excited for Chase’s first Halloween, but things didn’t go as planned. Since it’s not ideal to have her out and about in the cold weather we had plans to meet up with a girlfriend and her baby and go into our office and show off the babies in their costumes. We were all set, I went to pick up Chase from daycare in her costume and found out that she wasn’t feeling well and needed to go to the doctor. So no festivities for us. Chase didn’t even get her costume on. She was having a lot of sinus drainage, which caused her first ear infection. So we spent our evening snuggled on the couch while Rob managed the candy distribution. Needless to say that being sick doesn’t help with sleep either, poor thing.
Now that she is feeling better on her antibiotics I at least got to do a photo shoot with our little ladybug.
My workouts have not been blog worthy. A couple weeks ago I had bad tendinitis in my foot and rested it ten days. I was about to go for physical therapy to rule out a stress fracture, when it completely went away. I guess proper rest (and new shoes) did the trick.
Since then I have started getting in a couple miles here and there. We plan to start mapping out our races for next year and I can work on getting some base building back in before my next marathon training cycle started. I had originally thought I would be doing the Monumental Marathon this November, but I sorely underestimated how challenging it is to get in training workouts (let alone general running) with a new infant who is being breastfed and is up at night quite a bit still. No biggie, races will still be there. I’m looking forward to getting back into racing, but taking this time to be with Chase has been awesome.
Also, I’m looking to revamp the blog….it may take some time to complete and will be done bit by bit, so more on that over time.
This post has nothing to do about running and a lot to do about Chase.
This week was spirit week at daycare. Each day had a theme leading up to Homecoming weekend for Illinois State University.
Super Hero Day – Super Baby!
Fan Day – Go Bears!
Decade Day – Groovy Baby
ISU Day – Go Redbirds!
The last two weeks we had a fundraiser at daycare to benefit the United Way of McLean County. The top fundraising boy and girl would be Homecoming King and Queen of our daycare’s parade float in the ISU parade. Chase won! Here is our little Homecoming Queen!
Chase and Rob with Ronald McDonald
It was so awesome walking with our parade float (it got 2nd in the contest) and hear everyone saying sweet things about Chase being Queen. It was also fun handing out candy to all the kids that came out to watch. Chase ended up sleeping the entire way!
In other Chase news we went from 6 bad nights of sleep (probably from her being sick and/or another growth spurt) to 4 good ones! Chase and I both got some much needed rest. It will be nice if this trend continues for awhile.
Also, Chase has now been out for breakfast once and a quick dinner. Both were successful! It takes good teamwork between me and Rob and we will keep testing the waters with places now and then.
That’s it for now….Hope you all are having a good weekend!
Race Takeaway: Sometimes a downgrade is an upgrade.
Saturday morning was the We Care Twin Cities 10K and Half Marathon. As I talked about in my race post for the 5K the night before, Drew and I downgraded from the Half Marathon to the 10K. This turned out to be the best option because that meant that we could all run together as our wolf pack.
Chase was doing well and we got up with no issues and were out the door in plenty of time to get parked and wait for our race. The race start is at Eastview Church, which is so nice because we are able to use the facilities there and hang out. We got to see some of our fellow running friends and catch up about racing. It was so nice to see Anand, Kerry, and more. I hope you all had a great race!
The weather was perfect, light breeze and just about 60 degrees.
10K Race Start
I was expecting based on my time at Eureka Heart House 10K the weekend before that with those hills I could easily run this course, which is relatively flat at the same pace or better, but I was wrong. My legs felt DEAD. I couldn’t get my pace up so we hovered around 9:15-9:30s. It was disappointing that one of the race volunteers wasn’t paying attention and you could see that she let a large chunk of runners go the wrong direction in Tipton Park. We weren’t sure if this would make their race long or short in the end, but based on friend’s blog posts it sounds like they ended up running long.
By the turn around point, I was wiped. I really struggled through the last 5K. My legs were like lead and I was so exhausted. I think the week had finally caught up with me. I haven’t felt that miserable in a race in a long time. Rob and Drew were so nice and encouraging the whole way. To the point it actually got annoying because I was struggling so much I asked them to stop talking to me. Sorry about that! They were very conversational and we knew Drew would easily PR, but I wanted him to run ahead earlier on to gain every second he could. Finally by mile 5 Drew did break away and easily set a new PR with a 1:01, a 2 minute improvement. He wasn’t even hurting at the end so he can easily PR again, great job Drew! I on the other hand was dying the whole way back and came in at 1:01:30. I was really hoping to have a good day out there with perfect weather and a flatter course, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Still I’m happy that I we were able to be out and Chase slept the whole way again.
F 35-39: 8/25
Race Takeaway: Setting a healthy family example is such a wonderful responsibility.
The We Care Twin Cities race weekend includes a 5K Friday night and 10K and Half Marathon Saturday morning.
This race weekend almost didn’t happen for us. Chase was sick with hand/foot/mouth all week. She had just a couple spots and it never spread worse, thank goodness. But it was clear she was not herself and wanted to be held constantly day and night. It made for a very long week, which included me sleeping sitting up for 6 days straight. Needless to say I was drained. We just took each day as it was and decided if Chase wasn’t feeling well we wouldn’t be running. Thursday her spots were gone and she seemed to be getting back to herself. By Friday morning she seemed back to good and we took her to daycare to see how she did for the day. She had a really good day so we figured we would give the racing a try. However, I was signed up for the half marathon and so was Drew. We decided that we would downgrade our races to the 10K and all run together instead.
Friday’s packet pickup was at GE Park with the Kids Fun Run and 5K on the Constitution Trail. Packet pick up was easy and quick. This race revolves around energy management and environmentally friendly choices. Which meant that the race would also look for improvements, including having trophies from recycled/donated awards from any sport.
Also, the We Care Twin Cities races would have the Hydrapouch for water stops, instead of cups.
I’m all for environmentally friendly opportunities, but I’m not yet sold on these as a viable solution. Each runner received one in their race packet. I haven’t looked into the carbon footprint to make one of these, but it just seems that this versus paper cups that this would be less friendly if you don’t use this for more than one race. I can’t imagine how many of these will get tossed in the trash and never used. Also, this is a self serve option, which seems depending on the size of the race would make for congested water stops. While that was not the case during our races, we brought our own water since we had the stroller to stow it in.
So my question to you is, have you used these before in a race? What do you think? Why do you love them or hate them? Do you think these will become more popular at races?
So back to the 5K….as I was saying packet pickup was a breeze and we waited for our race to start at 6pm by watching the kids fun run. It was so awesome to witness all these families out with their children encouraging a healthy lifestyle of running. We got to see some of our friends with all of their kids and it’s just a fun site to see the whole family taking part. It’s going to be so fun to see Chase running in these races and getting her medal.
Us before the race that I posted on twitter.
The 5K was a small field of people and we were the only stroller. We started in the very back. It proved challenging because the path of the Constitution Trail isn’t wide enough for even the smallest race, so it gets congested easily. We carefully passed people when possible and finally got out in the open to set our own pace by Mile 1. The course winds through Tipton Park, which has sometimes caused race path direction confusion (more on that for Saturday’s race), but they had this course well marked with volunteers pointing the way.
It was a perfect night for running and we really enjoyed this race. I pushed as hard as I could, even though I hadn’t been running and was so exhausted from the past week. I was able to fight through it and come out with 25:42, which was an improvement on my previous post-baby 5Ks and good enough for 1st in my age group and 3rd in Rob’s age group.
Again, Chase slept the whole way while running. I think she really enjoys our running time. She usually looks mesmerized by the trees, sky, and breeze and then peacefully closes her eyes and starts to snooze.
We didn’t stick around for awards though. We haven’t done an evening race with Chase before and it was definitely getting close to her bedtime. So we got her home, fed, and ready for bed.
F 35-39: 1/7