We can’t believe Chase is already 1 month old! It really feels like we just left the hospital last week or something. It’s just amazing that labor and delivery is now a month ago, that just seems unreal.
Chase has really been doing some growing up in the last couple of weeks. She is eating more and sleeping longer. We still have our days/nights were it doesn’t go smoothly, but at least there seem to be less and less of those.
She is really bulking in up, which is awesome to see. We did a check on her since the last time 8 days ago and she has gained another pound! So she is ahead of the .5 – 1 ounce a day requirement.
Month 1 Pictures
Headband – Von Maur, Dress – BabyGap
Month 1 – Lessons Learned/Tips
I wanted to capture some things that I felt that we’ve learned over the last month with raising Chase.
- I set loose goals for the day. Like, “send out birth announcements” , “Chase naps in her room”, or “take a shower”. I may only get to sending one baby announcement that day or only get one of her naps to happen in her room, but that’s something. I’ve learned to let go of having a more set list for the day. What really happens that day depends on how Chase is feeling. Is she well rested, is she going through a growth spurt, etc. So I just have a loose list of things to do ready at all times in case an opportunity arrises to get something accomplished.
- Babies crave structure. We try to keep a similar routine through each day regardless if it’s a weekday or weekend. It’s not like Chase is going to get that it’s Saturday so it’s okay to sleep in. Even if she doesn’t jive with the morning or afternoon, it’s okay. We just keep attempting the same set of activities: feeding, changing, play in the afternoon, bath and book at bedtime, etc. I’ve noticed that she seems to be taking to the routine more and more each week. She settles down more easily into her naps and doesn’t seem as upset by changing diapers, etc.
- One of my favorite times is listening to music with Rob and Chase before bedtime. It’s like our own mini-concert moment.
- Also I love story time and having Rob read to us.
- My friend Natalie is a new mom this May and she provided me some good advice. In all cases of trying to get a baby used to something, you just try it and some days it may not work and you just have to step back and say “okay today is not the day for it” and then try again tomorrow.
- Learning your baby is key. Chase loves to be close so I was excited to use our Ergo Baby or K’Tan sling to have her close to me and get both hands free. However, something Chase also loves is to stretch her legs out and kick a lot. If she can’t do that, she freaks out. Based on her size right now her legs can’t hang free in either sling so she hates them both. Perhaps in time she will like it, but it’s just going to be a trial and error, and responding to what Chase seems to like. Or perhaps I need to look at other slings in the meantime that fit her better.
- Also, Chase isn’t a 100% a fan of pacifiers. It would be nice if she was for breaks between breastfeedings, but every brand we try seems to tick her off and make her more upset. On a rare occasion she will use her Nuk or Soothie, but it’s not that often. I see babies very young using pacifiers easily, but Chase never seemed to take to it from day one.
- I’ve gotten better at accomplishing tasks one handed with my non-dominant hand. I had no idea how important this would be. Not being able to use a baby sling is part of the reason. Making lunch one handed is a feat and I make my lunch in steps and can take 1.5 hours before I actually get to eat. Perhaps I’m picking challenging meals because it’s mostly salads, but I think getting the veggies is important. In the future I plan to start pre-cutting everything so it’s ready to go for a couple meals at a time. If I can get a sling to work with her it would make a world of difference for both of us.
- Speed showering is an art. When I’m home alone I have to seize the opportunity for a quick 5 or 10 minute shower when I can and ‘focus and hustle’ through it.
- Online shopping is the best! I’m so glad we got signed up for Amazon Mom Prime and also found sites like Diapers.com. Online shopping has allowed me to order items as they come to mind. I hope this has helped a little with Rob having to manage the errands and shopping. He’s already had to take on so much so I can tend to breastfeeding and napping for myself. It’s been nice to get things ordered online possible.
- I’ve learned that my workout schedule won’t be set for awhile. I do remind myself that I got cleared to workout 3 weeks earlier than I planned for, so it’s okay that I don’t have my plans all ready to go yet, Chase is my priority. It’s more important to put her needs first. And a side bonus is getting her schedule shaped is longer term even better for my workouts anyways. So in the meantime I’m trying to be creative.
- The weather is super hot and muggy and not good for running with the baby. When the weather breaks we will definitely be outside either in the morning or in the afternoon with Rob.
- On hot weekdays, Rob will watch Chase with a bottle ready and I can get out and run a couple miles in the neighborhood and get my sweat on.
- On days that I can get out for a quick walk with Chase in her stroller, I have a jump rope handy so I can park us in the shade and I can do 5-10 minutes of jumping rope.
- I’ve had Chase in her swing watch me lift my hand weights while I count out the reps out loud. I figured it’s a good way to at least get her to count to 20.
- I have workout DVDs and once naps are more settled I plan to use them and run on the treadmill at home.
Month 1 – Essential Item
Moving Comfort Nursing Sports Bra Juno and Fiona – I found out about a great running sports bra that is also a nursing bra by doing a google search. Thank you google for taking me to this Triathlon Mom’s blog. She is a mother of 3 and recommended this bra as the best option. It was enough of an endorsement for me to give it a try and it truly is amazing. It’s very supportive, has velcro straps for nursing, and the Fiona has bra hooks which is great for my ever changing chest size day to day. Triathlon Mom’s blog has a write up about the bra so I won’t repeat all of the information. If you are going to be breastfeeding and working out, definitely consider this bra.
Rob built Chase the final bookcase for her room and it came out perfect! It’s exactly what I was wanting and fits the space perfectly. This one I wanted without a backing so I can put all the electronics (monitor, sound machine, humidifier, etc.) in easily. I love it!!
I need to rearrange some things in the room and then I may do a nursery room tour on YouTube.
My workouts are really just when they fit in for that day. Here are the highlights of what I have been able to do.
Sunday 7/7: Off
Run/Walk: 17.9 Miles
Strengthening: 1 Time
Monday 7/8: Off
Tuesday 7/9: 2 Miles (‘Hood, 19:19, 9:40 Pace)
Wednesday 7/10: 2 Miles (‘Hood, 18:56, 9:28 Pace)
Thursday 7/11: Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD (24:00, Level 1)
Friday 7/12: .51 Mile Walk (‘Hood, 10:13, 20:20 Pace), 1.37 Mile (‘Hood, 15:09, 11:04, w/stroller)
Saturday 7/13: Off
Sunday 7/14: 5 Miles (Const Trail, 49:30, 9:54 Pace)
Run/Walk: 10.9 Miles
Strengthening: 1 Time
Us out with Chase
Other Running Stuff
The latest issue of Runner’s World had an article about “Spirit of the Marathon II” and “Miles and Trials“, both hopefully coming out later this year. While checking out the status of the movies online, I found “Fast Women” and we rented it on Amazon. We love movies about running. And if you are into documentary type movies, this one is more independent film edited, but a great story of Arizona women working on their qualification for the 2008 Olympic Trials. Perhaps I’m the last to know about this movie, but I wanted to share in case anyone had not seen it yet. Also, we loved Spirit of the Marathon so much and we got a chance to meet the director and part of the cast at the 2009 Chicago Marathon Expo.