We are back from a wonderful time in Seattle. I had a conference and the whole family came along. We all had SUCH a wonderful time. One of the best parts? Jack’s first visit to the ocean!
Hi there! Long time no talk. Life has been good, and things have been busy. Some great workouts, some good family time, and lots of fun. We had a Purdue-Illinois game while Grandma Jayne, Aunt Tina and Uncle Brandon played with Audrey.
Still, somehow, it has taken me a couple of weeks to announce our winners. I wrote the names on pieces of paper and let Jack pick out two winners….and he selected Theresa and Jami. I will be emailing both of you today to set pick a TRX training session or Well Fed 2.
Jack was born very close to Christmas and I was walking around in a fog of new mommy love and complete sleeplessness. His second Christmas was celebrated after big changes of us moving, me finishing my first semester at Purdue, and on the heels of his first birthday. We kept Christmas gifts pretty minimal that year, but he was absolutely thrilled with his Fisher Price lawn mower. He pushed it all over for over for a good 8 months and it was a hit.
This year he is really getting into the Christmas spirit. He LOVES Christmas music! He has been fascinated with our Christmas tree, and gets very excited about Christmas lights.
Matt and I have been putting more thought into his gifts this year. In thinking about a gift that would be meaningful to him I have been reflecting on my childhood Christmases. I can clearly remember my favorite Christmas gift – my doll Martin.
Martin joined the Hathaway house around Christmas of 1988. I remember coming down to the Christmas tree and seeing the doll in a carriage Santa had left for me…and thinking it was not a very pretty doll. I was relatively unimpressed and moved on to other toys for most of the morning. When I came back to the doll I decided to change “her” clothes (as all little girls enjoy doing) and was surprised to find that my baby was a boy! (Anatomically correct doll for the win, Santa!) After finding out that I had the unexpected, a little boy rather than the typical little girl doll, I adored my little baby boy. He went on vacations with us, he got presents from Santa in following years, and my grade school friends definitely remember him.
Lucky for me, Martin still lives at my parents’ house and Mom was able to snap some pictures of him to send to me. Do you think this little boy should come live at our house with Jack and Audrey?
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We just had our 1 month doctor appointment. Audrey was 8lbs 1oz , 20.5 inches at birth and is now up to 10lbs 7oz (81%) and is 22.5 inches long (96%). I am so excited about my big baby!
She also has the funniest expressions – this is the Audrey frown. Can you picture this look on her as she tells Jack he is gross in another couple of years? Or, “Mom – are you really going to wear those shoes with that skirt?”
And she has such an even personality and really doesn’t fuss much. When she cries waking from a nap all I have to do is tell her “Mommy’s here” and she seems to immediately calm down and wait for me to get her and change her diaper before eating. Fingers crossed she stays this patient!
Sleep is going pretty well for a newborn. She gives us some longish stretches of sleep at night (up to 4 hours) but more importantly, when she wakes up she gets a quick diaper change, nurses and immediately goes back to sleep. I can handle wakeups when it isn’t hard to put a baby back to sleep.
Naps are ok during the day most days but other days she seems to only stay asleep if being held. Although I don’t get much else accomplished those days, getting extra cuddle time in is pretty special. I now know just how quickly these days go by and I am trying my best to be present and soak up this time with my sweet little girl.
Hello! I wanted to pop in and share a guest post I wrote for my favorite maternity fitness apparel line, For Two Fitness®
I’m looking for an excuse to drop in a little more regularly to say “hi” and thought I’d try out this week with Two Things Tuesday. I’ll plan for this to consist of things going on right now in life, food, or fitness and anything fun to share.
#1. My college BFF, her awesome hubby and adorable kiddos came to visit this weekend. It was the first time our boys have been together. I think Jack’s walking got better this weekend as he tried to follow the big boys around. And check out all boys sharing in Jack’s cabinet in our kitchen. Who would have figured Tupperware and spatulas would have been so interesting?
And who would have guessed that spending a weekend with three boys 4 yrs old or younger would have made me feel so young?
#2. Purdue’s Co-Rec is hosting a Thriller dance instruction tomorrow night. As much as I would love to go (seriously!!) it is right in the middle of bedtime and I try not to skip out of the bedtime routine much. BUT I found a relatively short video on YouTube.
I’ll be trying this out at home. Any takers in trying to learn it with me? Maybe it will justify a couple of pieces of candy corn…
Have a great week!
Jack was 5 months old yesterday. We are all smiles here in the last month. Jack has grown so much, and his personality is growing along with the rest of him. His squeals light up my day, and I can’t help but smile every.single.time he giggles.
We’ve had some great moments over this past month with Jack’s first non-friend/non-family babysitter (we all survived). Jack also figured out how to get his feet in his mouth. His first experience involved biting his toe so hard he left a mark. No crying from him, but I saw him slowly put his foot down. He also works hard to pull himself up to sitting. He loves to do this in the tub and basically holds a V position with his little abs. I bet he gets sore!!
One of the biggest developments this month is that he plays independently. He is happy to lay on his playmat talking and playing with his toys for a good 20 minute stretch. He entertains himself with squeals, looking at his hands, grabbing for things, and lots of kicking.
Sleep is going so much easier too. We have a nice bedtime routine of feeding, singing and rocking. We put him down in his crib around 8, awake, and tell him goodnight. He usually falls asleep shortly after we leave his room. He has a wakeup somewhere around 3am for another feed and then falls immediately back to sleep before waking for the morning around 6:45 or 7. For his morning wakeup, he likes to slowly wake up and talk to himself before Matt or I go to get him.
Kicking in the evening. He likes to spend about 15 minutes bicycling and rapid-fire kicking. He has such focus! Bonus if he can have Matt’s stomach to kick against.
Watching parents eat and drink
Most music, especially if mommy or daddy is singing
Going for walks in his stroller
Putting weight on his legs while “standing.” This always get a huge, open-mouthed smile
Funny noises and silly faces
Bob Marley – I don’t know what it is but we have to get it off the radio immediately because Jack protests whenever his tunes come on.
Having his nose wiped
Crashing noises. Matt got a huge frown and tears after dropping a bowl tonight.
I love looking back at how much he has grown and changed each month:
This next month will bring many more good memories and milestones. I need to do some food research in the very near future. Jack will be starting food soon!!
No, no, no. Not THAT kind of friends with benefits. I am referring to the benefits of being involved in the fitness community in Kansas City. One of my dear friends/running budding/favorite TRX instructor/Lululemon Ambassador, Jenny, invited me to a Lululemon Fit Session at the Country Club Plaza location.
Lulu asked Jenny to find some of her favorite fitness instructors/trainers that don’t wear a lot of their clothes to come in the store to try on lots of stuff with no pressure to buy. I have a couple of pairs of Lululemon yoga pants that I love but have always been hesitant about spending the money any of their clothes to get drenched in sweat from spinning or running. Their super fun staff helped me pick out clothes that fit for my activities (mainly spinning and running) and asked for feedback about what I liked most about the items I tried. And what a funny coincidence! Kellen, who helped fit me, took my spin class that morning. So he saw me in action during the morning and knew just how sweaty I get!
My favorites of the day included the Cardio Kick Tank, pictured below.
I really like the fabric “Luxtreme” because it is amazing at keeping me dry during a really sweaty spin class. And the pattern on the shirt flattering for the waist. I think I will like this shirt a lot for spin classes and other cardio or weights classes. I have worn and washed it a couple of times and have been impressed with well it has washed.
I also tried on and liked the Run: Back On Track Tank. The color is bright and fun and the fit is so comfortable. The length is especially nice in a spin class because it does not ride up. It has a drawcord that will make sure it does not ride up on outside windy runs either. The material is super soft.
I also picked up another pair of the Wunder Under Crops. I already have a pair but have reserved them for yoga. They are such great pants, though, that I decided I would get another pair for spin classes and running. I am loving them!
Be sure to check out Lululemon Plaza’s facebook page for new products and events at the store – like the Monday night run group from the store (LOVE!) and the awesome weekly Sunday yoga classes (free!) taught by some of the best yogis in the city.
(Disclaimer: Lululemon gifted me the Cardio Kick Tank to keep and try. I loved the other two items and purchased them with my own $$)
Matt was a cute enough baby, but turned into one of the most handsome men I have seen in person (in my humble opinion). It will be so fun to see what our little guy will look like when he grows up.
Today’s workout was inspired by Matt’s first day of being 31 and saying goodbye to 30.
30 Box jump, 24 inch box
30 Jumping pull-ups
30 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 30 steps
30 Knees to elbows
30 Push press, 45 pounds
30 Back extensions
30 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
30 Double unders
This is a Crossfit workout that is super tough but so much fun. Check out Crossfit’s website if you’re unfamiliar with any of the workouts.
Now off to enjoy a skillet cookie with the birthday boy. What’s your ideal birthday dessert?
Today was my first day back at work from maternity leave. I know its cliché but I can’t believe that it has already been 12 weeks! I knew Jack was going to be in great hands and was in for a fun experience, but I had underestimated the new protectiveness that comes from being a mom and the guilt of leaving your child. Plus Jack had some additional wake ups last night that encouraged me to skip my 6am spin class. Those of you who know me well know that it takes a lot for me to skip my favorite Wednesday morning spin class but I decided I needed the sleep and could use a little extra cuddle time.
So, from the physical health side today was not a win. I am not getting too hung up on one day of a missed workout but have my bag packed and ready for the gym tomorrow morning. I am a firm believer in the saying, “You’re just one workout away from a good mood.” I’m going to make it a priority tomorrow.
On the mental health side today ended up being a draw. I’ll admit there were some big lows this week but I love his day care (and if you’re in the KC area and want to hear more just message me!) and loved seeing his smile when I came to get him. I get a lot of pleasure from my career, and hope that I will be able to maintain a better balance of work time vs. non-work time than I have in the past.
I’m taking the steps to ensure that my physical health is on the right path this week. Any tips to keep the mental health at least stable through a big transition?