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Our First Year with Nash

I did not get monthly (or even quarterly) posts of Nash’s first year (like I did with Chase). Really after having Nash and going back to work the blog just became a low (or no) priority. I’m still deciding if and how much time I will have for blog posts now a days.

So to catch up on the amazing-ness of being a family of four and having Nash bless our lives here’s a recap of our first year with Nash Feb 29, 2016 to is first birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nash was delivered via c-section because he was breech the entire pregnancy. Rob picked Leap Day for his birthday because we just thought it was fitting for a boy who was trying to enter the world bottom first. ๐Ÿ™‚ Turns out we ended up knowing two others in our town who also had Leap Day babies (not their plan), which with our town’s population I thought was pretty amazing. Here’s my post about Nash’s delivery.

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Transitioning from one kid to two brought a lot of changes. I think Rob and I were much more ready on what to expect and handled all the baby things that come up well. The biggest adjustment was that we couldn’t tag team getting Chase ready in the morning, and bath and bed at night. Instead we were divided up man on man for those logistical moments. How people manage more than two I can’t even imagine. Hats off to you if you wrangle more than two kiddos. ๐Ÿ™‚ While it takes more time in those more task oriented moments, the pay off is seeing the love between Chase and Nash. It’s so awesome seeing how much Chaseย smothersย her brother in love. And it’s so fun to have dinner together at home and have two kids with dirty faces cracking each other up with their little games and sounds. It gives us a glimpse that this is just the beginning to their antics. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nash has been nothing but the opposite of his sister, which is cool. He’s his own dude and all boy. He goes to sleep easily most days, eats very well, and is very chill about day to day things. His smile is just so big and warm. He lights up the room with this giant smile when he’s a happy dude. However, when he is hungry, sleepy, or told ‘no’ he can’t stand it. His flare ups are epic and very physical, throwing his body weight around.

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Nash does not like to sit and read books on end like his sister Chase. Instead he loves to throw and destroy things around the house. He is very interested in how things work and attempts to take things apart often. He’s always trying to pry open doors or cabinets, even with repeated ‘no’. Chase on the other hand only had to hear ‘no’ once or twice and never challenged what not to do. Nash LOVES sports. At this very early age he was very quick to learn to throw and catch a ball. It was amazing the first two times we took him swimming to splash around a bit. He leaned forward and started moving his arms, head, and feet just like a swimmer! We will be looking into swim teams in the future.

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Nash is just the perfect ‘little’ man in our family. He was an infant for like a week and then turned into a giant over night. ๐Ÿ™‚ He has our hearts forever, we love him so much. ๐Ÿ™‚

 


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Nash: Months 1 and 2

I want to capture a bit of Nash’s growth through the first year and how things are going with us as a family of four.ย This being our second child we knew what to expect regarding the basics. Really we just needed to learn Nash’s preferences and how to coordinate managing as a family with an infant and toddler (knowing that there will be adjustments through many milestones).

The first thing that stood out what Nash’s sleeping habits were much different than Chase. Nash can nap with noise around him (thank goodness since that will be a given in many situations). Nash would nap 1-3 hrs at a time right off the bat. He still prefers to cuddle versus sleep in a bassinet/swing/crib, but he will for some of his naps. He LOVES sleeping in his carseat. At two months we started small ventures out and walk/runs and he just snoozes comfortably.

He is NOT a fan of being swaddled so we put all the swaddle blankets away pretty early on. He is also not a fan of a pacifier. He would use one a limited amount in the early days but he quickly realized it’s not the real deal and has no interest in it.

Nash is a great eater, just like his sister was. I’m so glad that breastfeeding worked out for a second time. I plan to keep it up as long as my body will allow. I know my supply will take a hit when I go back to work and pump, but any day I can still breastfeed is a blessing.

Nash is hitting all the development milestones so I won’t list them all here. It’s fun to watch his smiles and coos and he tries to talk to us. ๐Ÿ˜€

He’s wearing size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothing is snug in some brands. It may be time to bust out full-fledged 3 month clothing.

He was hating his baths, but recently he started enjoying them. One of his favorite things is enjoying music time of John Mayer and Jack Johnson. He gets so calm and focused when we play their music and sometimes even seems to bop in time to the music.

Nash is a very calm and easy-going baby. However, it’s funny though that when he doesn’t like something he goes from completely calm to instant very loud shrill scream. There is rarely a build up of crying, just a big scream that gets our attention immediately.

A few photos ๐Ÿ˜€

1 Month Old – Rocking the baby acne

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Month 2

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Arrival of Nash – Our Delivery Story

Before jumping into the delivery of our son Nash, let me wrap up the pregnancy with the final bump photos.

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Nash was ‘frank breech’ (meaning presenting bottom first and feet up in his face) the entire pregnancy. It made things very uncomfortable from about week 20 on and affected my ability to workout or even walk beyond 1 mile. We had many ultra sounds to see if he would flip around to a head down position, but he never did so we were scheduled for a c-section. This would be my first experience with a c-section and I was anxious about the procedure and feelings of the baby being removed. We work for a large company so it was easy to find many women who’ve had c-sections and could help ease some of my fears that their procedures all went well. Still it’s the not knowing that remained with me and was my only apprehension to the whole process.

Since we were having a scheduled c-section, we got to pick the delivery date that week and Rob chose Leap Day. ๐Ÿ˜€ He thought it would be cool and since this baby was a boy I figured maybe he would agree with his Dad. People asked us how we plan to celebrate his birthday on non-Leap Years. I think we will celebrate on the last day of February so that we stick with the birth month (which will then work for school when they acknowledge the birth month of the students, it would be Feb).

Our c-section was scheduled for 7:15am and I had to get checked in 2 hours ahead. I was surprised to find out that between questions, monitoring, IVs, etc. that the entire 2 hours is needed and filled with activity.

They had us ready to go and things moved really fast from there.

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They had me walk down to the operating room. I said to the nurse, “it’s funny we are going to a room that is basically like your office everyday and for me it’s a very intimidating scene”. The room was bright with two very large surgical lights over the bed and there were a lot of surgical tools on tables on one side. I made sure not to look, but I did catch a glimpse of one of the spreader type tools that would help open me up – yuck! That stuff freaks me out and I can’t even watch it on tv, let alone see it in person.

They sat me on the table and proceeded with the epidural. It was different getting it this time without the contractions. The pain of contractions over played my nerves about the pain of receiving an epidural last time. This time I just had to psych up for it and let it happen. It wasn’t the worst pain the world and it takes affect so quickly. My legs became warm dead weights and the staff picked them up and positioned me on the table.

We brought in our own music for the surgery including music from Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, and Christina Perri. I’m so glad we had the music so I could focus on it and and Rob. I avoided looking straight up into the two large lights because you could see a reflection of the surgery in the glass.

I had heard people describe pulling and shifting of your insides. A couple of statements made by the staff was “your stomach was distorted by his position in the womb”, which matched my feelings carrying him and not being able to comfortably work out the final trimester. And they also mentioned “there is no way he would have flipped on his own with how he was folded up in there” and “wow he’s big”. What I was not prepared for was the popping feeling up near my ribs that felt like a rib bone being popped out of my body. And with that final feeling he was here!ย It was amazing that by 7:00am I was getting my epidural and by 7:30am our little man had arrived. It all happened so fast! I was happy that we were still able to have delayed cord clamping and skin on skin right away. I was able to hold him right then and there, it was perfect!

Baby Nash – 8 lbs 5 oz, 21.5 inches long

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While the deliver was fast the recovery not so much. I felt great afterward, but in the matter of an hour the drugs that were in my system started giving me side effects. I was quite ill feeling for a few hours and got sick a couple of times which is painful with an incision in you abdomen. I couldn’t cough or sneeze without terrible pain either. Eventually I was allowed to walk to the bathroom and finally eat food later that afternoon. I had forgotten how busy the whole process is of having a baby too. Nurses in doctors are in the room constantly checking on the baby and me. Needless to say I was ready to go home as soon as possible. We were able to be discharged after 48 hrs.

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I know each child is different about meeting a sibling. In Chase’s case it was completely smooth because she wanted a sibling from the beginning. She had been anticipating her brother’s arrival for so long and she is completely in love with him. We had them exchange gifts since we knew others that had done that, but she didn’t need that at all, it was just a bonus. Chase gushes on Nash every chance she sees him, it’s so wonderful to watch. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hanging out with Daddy

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Heading Home ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’ll post more about Nash and his development in an upcoming post. Now back to baby snuggle time for me. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Our baby girl is 1 year old!!

I can’t believe it, Chase is 1 year old!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ We are so excited that our baby girl is one year old! It’s amazing to look back a year ago our world was completely changed by this amazing little angel and here we are and she is already a year old!

A look back at June 11, 2013…

ย The day we met our sweet daughter

We had a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family the weekend before her birthday. First, Chase had all of her friends over to celebrate and then we had a nice relaxing lunch with family the next day. Here are some pictures.

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ย Bounce house with slide that was even big enough for adults. It was so much fun!

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Ombre purple cake with three flavors (top to bottom) – Cookies and Cream, Vanilla, Birthday Cake

Sugar Mama Bakery

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Custom Grape Cotton Candy from Sweetopia Cotton Candy

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Candy from Candy Warehouse, The Fresh Market, and Wal-Mart

Favor bags from The Paper Candy Shoppe

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Cake pops also from Sugar Momma Bakery – White with purple drizzle is red velvet, purple with white drizzle is cookies and cream

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Custom M&Ms with Chase’s Picture, her name, and others that said “1st Birthday”

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Cupcake paper wreath from Crook N Savvy

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For the sweets buffet we had cake, cake pops, cotton candy, lollipops, salt water taffy, pop rocks, rock candy, jelly beans, M&Ms, candy sticks, and hershey kisses.

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Drink bin from Wal-Mart. Purple drinks included grape G2, sparkling grape drink, and grape Crush.

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Chase woke up from her nap to find a party with about 40 friends over. Not every family has their child’s picture on out on the internet, so to respect their privacy I will limit posting photos of families to those whom have been on this blog before.

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“Happy Birthday” ย and “Photo Booth” signs from A Banner Affair

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We had an area set up in our study with some goofy photo props, where people to take a picture.

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We had horse and carriage rides for everyone too.

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All of the nicer photos were taken by professional photographer, Jamie. You can find her on Facebook: JLP Photography.

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Picture from my phone on our carriage ride.

Chase’s “One” onesie and ombre purple tutu was from: PDS1113, her headband with little crown was from OnceUponATimeTuTus

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We got Chase her own ‘smash cake’ cupcake. She isn’t a fan of being messy so she had a taste of frosting and a few bites of cake and was not really into much more than that.

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Coco was even dressed up for the occasion with a purple bow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The following day we had family over for lunch. She had her second ‘smash cake’ and ate it the same way, very carefully so not to get messy. ๐Ÿ™‚ She wasn’t interested in being held much and wanted to keep practicing her walking skills. We did get a very quick picture of her with her cousin Mike and great grandma Ada.

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It was such a special weekend to celebrate our little sweetheart.

Then on the big birthday we got up early to open presents with Chase. She wore her “birthday girl” shirt to daycare. After work we picked her up and took her out to dinner at Biaggi’s and bought her flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

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One of her presents was late, so we opened it when it arrived. Her first Tiffany’s, the Elsa Peretti Heart Baby Brush for her keepsake to keep as she grows up.

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Chase’s 1 Year Milestones and Info

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Chase started walking on June 6th! She started with a couple of steps that day and now does 4-6 at a time. She has 6 teeth (4 on top and 2 on the bottom), the last two popped in right after the 11 month post. From what we can tell there are no others yet ready to sprout.

Chase is sleeping so much better! During a week typically 5 nights she will sleep through and put herself back to sleep. A couple nights a week she stands fully up and needs a little water and rocking and goes back to sleep. This is a huge improvement from where we started!!

She is 29 inches long (44th percentile), 22 lbs 14 oz (88th percentile), and 18.5 inches head diameter (94th percentile).

She’s transitioned from baby food to table food and from formula to whole milk. She will enjoy a sippy cup with water, but we haven’t fully transitioned her milk to a sippy cup just yet.

When she talks she is very close to saying ‘dog’ when she sees Coco or another doggie, ‘hi’ or ‘bye’ when she waves, and ‘uh oh’ when she drops something. ๐Ÿ™‚

We can’t wait for what is next for this little girl. She is just a blessing and a joy. We love her so much!!


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Chase 11 Months Old – Our Little Book-worm

Chase is 11 months old, which is so hard to believe! She’s got four teeth now and a couple more ready to pop through any day now!

Chase’s 11 Month Photos

Springtime School Pictures at Daycare – 10 months old here

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Getting Chase to sit with the chalk board is proving more difficult every month. I plan to stop here at her one year birthday with making them so we are in the home stretch!

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OMG I love that smile! And the laugh she makes just makes my heart jump. ๐Ÿ™‚

Baby Milestones

She’s such a happy baby all of the time. It’s been fun to take her out to different restaurants and go for walks. She really enjoys her surroundings and pointing at everything. A bonus has been that she has really good table manners. She feeds herself carefully and only starts to “race car” drive her food around when she’s close to finished. She will sign “all done”, which confirms she’s finished her meal. Chase hasn’t been a fan of her sippy cup until recently. We’ve been offering it with water and she’s shown little interest. Until one day she grabbed it and just started chugging away. Now she’s a sippy cup pro. We haven’t yet started putting her formula in it and will be working on that next. Plus we will start introducing whole milk soon too. Lots of big changes to come there!

She’s walking while holding on to the side of things like a table or chair. She won’t take our hands to walk just yet, but she will stand with no hands and look like she wants to take a step and then plops down on her bottom instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

She’s become such a book-worm! Chase will pick up a book and crawl to hand it to us and then curl up in our lap to have it read to her. We’ve been buying books like crazy because she can’t get enough. It’s been so fun that story time is something we do now multiple times a day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chase is also loving dancing to music. It’s the sweetest thing to see her sitting rocking to music or standing up and bebopping up and down.

Every month just gets more and more fun with her!


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Chase 10 Months Old – Springtime Fun

I’m late posting this, but Chase is 10 months old! She is just growing so fast! She’s getting so tall and is fitting into 12 month clothes already.

Baby Milestones

Milestones this month include: crawling up a storm, pulling herself up, standing no hands for a few seconds, pointing, waving hi/bye, and she has two teeth (one on the top and one on the bottom) and more that are about to pop through!

Chase’s 10 Month Photos

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Baby Nutrition

Chase has been a really good eater. Around 9 months after she would finish her baby food we would introduce some easy finger foods. This month she has shown that she would prefer to feed herself so we start off her meals with finger foods and then follow up with baby food as needed to complete her meal. She is getting a lot more variety in finger foods too. Here are some example meals:

  • whole wheat pasta, steamed broccoli, pasterized goat cheese, steamed diced apple
  • scrambled egg, pancake, steamed diced apple
  • diced banana, toast, scrambled egg
  • diced turkey, mixed veggies
  • grilled cheese, diced avocado
  • diced sweet potato, fiesta corn (with green and red pepper)

She’s also enjoyed: soft pretzels, ham, egg noodles, and hawaiian rolls.

Springtime Fun

Springtime fun has included taking rides with her first trike (our Easter present to Chase).

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Chase’s first time on a playground slide.

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Chase’s first Easter, including visiting the Easter bunny, going to church, and lunch with family.

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Chase did not like the Easter bunny, so I provided some interference.

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We can’t wait to see what the next month holds!

 

 


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Chase 9 Months Old – Such a Big Girl!

I know I say this in every monthly milestone post, but I seriously can’t believe our sweet baby girl is 9 months!

Here are some 9 month photos

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We had a professional photo shoot and got some spring and Easter pictures with Chase’s Easter basket.

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Pink Dress – Von Maur, Pink Headband – Etsy Store Pinkpaisleybowtique,Easter Basket and Liner – Pottery Barn, Purple Easter Grass – Target, Easter Bunny and Books – Diapers.com, Plastic Easter Eggs – Meijer

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Coral Dress – Target, Coral Headband – Etsy Store Pinkpaisleybowtique

Baby Milestones

Chase has been crawling backwards and now has started moving forwards! She’s also pulling up to stand. She’s now also eating cut pieces of banana, avocado, and steamed carrots. She’s just started drinking some from a sippy cup too. She doesn’t have teeth yet, but her two bottom front teeth are trying to pop through. Should be any day now! She loves saying mama and dada all the time and babbles often. ๐Ÿ™‚

She’s 20lbs 1 ounce (77%), 29 inches long (90%),  18″ head circumference (97%)

We have a lot of events coming up, one we are in the middle of driving to while I write this post. ๐Ÿ™‚ More on that coming soon!


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Chase 8 Months Old – Lots of Love

Chase is 8 months old! I can’t believe it!!

8 Month Pictures

I only got two pictures with her chalkboard when she realized it was there and took her hand and swiped it across the writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Some photos that I have posted on Instagram.

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Big Changes

Since our last update, Chase has graduated to a big girl car seat. Instead of moving the carrier in and out of the seat base, she is in a big comfy seat and we carry her into/out of the car. It’s nice to not have to lug a heavy car seat carrier around anymore. She never made a peep about the change. She seems to still like driving and just quietly plays and sometimes falls asleep depending on how long our trip is.

We got her a Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 5/70 in Licorice (black leather). Since the seat doesn’t unsnap from the base (like a carrier), we got one for each vehicle. We were very happy with our Peg Perego carrier so we just went with the seat, plus it had good reviews. We are very happy with how well they fit in our SUVs and how the seat/leather look.

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Chase is also using rolling around as a mode of transportation. ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s also able to move from lying down to sitting up in her crib. She is also very close to crawling and loves to pull herself up to standing.

Baby Nutrition

Chase is now on to Stage 3 foods, including new flavors like organic salmon, chicken, and leeks. Stage 3 foods are heartier combinations and chunkier in consistency. We still feed her Stage foods sometimes just because she enjoys the flavor combinations.

Baby’s First Valentine’s Day

Chase’s first Valentine’s Day was so nice. We got her a card, a couple valentine books and a Pottery Barn chair with her name. She seems to really enjoy her presents. ๐Ÿ™‚ We then took in valentines for her class and her teachers.

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She really enjoys reading. Here she is having story time with daddy before bed. So sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lots of love!! Can’t wait to see what next month brings!

 

 

 


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Chase 7 Months Old – Baby Love

Ugh! 7 Months snuck up so fast!! My mind is swirling on all the items that are happening with Chase and to what is ahead of us. Like changing from lying back to get a bath to sitting up, mastering the sippy cup, enjoying teething biscuits, and drooling a ton, and biting everything. Plus soon she will be ready for actual pieces of foods, we need to baby proof, she will be changing classes at daycare, and we need to get new car seats soon!

Here are some sweet 7 month pictures of Chase. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Baby Sleep

I still can’t believe that after not being a great sleeper for the first 5 months, that Chase now sleeps really well at night. She goes to be around 7pm and we may get up once or twice at night. She rouses around midnight and if she can’t get herself back to sleep I feed her. If she does get back to sleep then she’s up again at 3am for a feeding.

Baby Nutrition

Chase has been eating very well! She has explored a lot of stage 2 foods which include mixes of various fruits and vegetables. Chase has added to her palate the following foods: blueberries, broccoli, quinoa, apricot, white beans, pumpkin, avocado, and chick peas.

Other Stuff

Chase got to attend her first birthday party ever for her friend Kyleighย who was 1 year old. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hanging out with her pug Coco. Coco is not good at holding still to be pet, but Chase keeps trying. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t think Coco will know what to do when Chase is able to run after her.

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A couple sweet moments with Chase in her nursery.

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Ugh!!! So much baby love that my heart bursts!!!


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Comeback Year

I hope you all had an amazing holiday! I’m so late posting this that I’m sure most of us have moved on from thoughts of Christmas. I’ll just say quickly it was an amazing time for us as with our new family. It was such a joy to see Chase experience all the aspects of Christmas for the first time: church, opening presents, lots of toys. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just warms my heart!

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So on to the new year! Happy 2014!!

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As Drew likes to say, “it’s the year of the comeback”. Meaning we are all ready to get back to the business of running and training hard. Well in my case training hard, will be easy to accomplish. My fitness is so low that most runs feel hard. It’s like I’m starting all the back to the beginning. Except in this case, I know that with consistent hard work the pain will eventually become less and less and the euphoria that running brings will be back.

I won’t be crushing my PRs and still I like the idea of referencing this year as a “comeback year”. I think it will be a year of finding balance of everything we have going on. My training is lighter, but the time I can commit will be more meaningful. The time I’m committing takes me away from Rob and Chase, but at the same time promotes my health so I can hopefully be with them more in the long run. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also can’t wait for the warm weather to come back so we can get out for walks and bike rides as a family. ๐Ÿ™‚

My race plans for 2014 are starting to form, right now I have the following on my radar.

  • St. Pat’s 5K – March
  • Lincoln Memorial Half – April
  • CCHS 5K – April
  • IL Half Marathon – April
  • Lake Run 12K – May
  • Galesburg 5K – June
  • Park to Park 5M – July

More to come as events get announced. For now I’m gearing my training to get me in shape to run IL Half Marathon. My training plan is very easy and comprises of 3-4 days of running. As I was saying, I’m basically starting over from scratch so I have to be careful and ease back into things to try to prevent injuries. Also, this light plan will also work best with balancing working, taking care of an infant, and taking care of the house. I built this training plan from Runner’s World Smart Coach and adjusted the days of the runs to fit my schedule. Since I am just looking to get more fit, I don’t have a race time goal. I’m basing my paces by level of effort. Which actually works out perfect because perceived effort can change if it’s been a hard night with baby or something like that.

Here’s how my easy training has gone so far:

Week 1

  • 4 Miles Easy
  • 3 Miles Easy
  • 4 Miles Tempo w/2 Faster Pace

Week 2

  • 3 Miles Easy
  • 5 Miles Long
  • 4 Miles Interval

Week 3

  • 4 Miles Easy
  • 4 Miles Easy
  • 3.7 Mils Easy (Baby woke up, didn’t get to 5 miles, oh well)

Week 4

  • 4 Miles Easy
  • 3 Miles Easy
  • 2 Miles Easy (bagged long run, wasn’t feeling well for a few days)

I feel good that while this plan won’t bring a bump up of speed I do feel like it’s getting me into a good practice how to fit running in around everything else. For weekday runs I try to get them done at 4am if the baby is sleeping. Weekends I try to complete them during her first nap. Onย weeknights I’m studying for an insurance exam (which is hard to do and not fall asleep). I’m terrible at taking tests so this may not end well, but at least I’m trying. ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t believe a month of “training” has already passed. I know it’s not much, but I’m excited that the running year has all begun!

Please share any goals you have for 2014! I would love to hear about what’s on your radar for the coming year.