Thursday, August 17, 2017

Life Lately: July

Life Lately...what a blur it's been! July flew by much faster than I would have liked and here we are in August and trying to find our new normal...again! I started back to work last week and B started daycare for the first time. I meant to get this posted before heading back to work, but those last few days at home with my boy were just that...me and my boy! I spent as much time with him as possible and even indulged in some snuggles during nap time...so needless to say I didn't have much time to blog or do anything else #IDidn'tMind

Then I started back to work, blinked, and here we are :) I feel like July was pretty low key...and yet again I didn't get many pictures of any thing but B...it's like he is the center of our world or something?

In July...


We celebrated Ben's birthday with a backyard BBQ...and I only remembered to take one photo #facepalm


We hosted a 4th of July get together with our friends and family
 

We enjoyed the unseasonably mild July temps! 


We put the lil' man to work...with daycare starting soon he needed to start earning his keep :) 
 

We celebrated our buddy Theo's 2nd birthday, and B tried out the pool for the first time. 
 

B an I flew to Ohio to visit Great Grandpa John and our cousins.


 We survived another round of shots...although, I am dreading his 6 mos shots already! 


We capped off the month with our anniversary <3
 

We started off with dinner at Main Event....


Headed to the arcade...


and ended with the Gravity Rope course, which I was not a fan of!

Not the most exciting month...but definitely a good one! 
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#MarathonMonday: Back to School


It's not Monday...it's not even Tuesday....it's Wednesday. Wednesday at 5AM no less...

I went back to work last Thursday and honestly it's been a tough transition. I haven't worked in over 4 months and getting back into the swing of things has been harder than I thought it would be. 

B still isn't consistently sleeping through the night, and some nights he is still waking every 2-3 hours...add to that the anxiety of a new school year and my mile long to-do list and you have one tired mama. Luckily, last night lil' man gifted me with almost 7 straight hours of sleep...I am a whole new woman today...until about 2PM that is ;) 

When I first decided to run a fall marathon I knew the back to school crazies and this new season of life as a working mom would be my biggest challenge. How will I fit it all in?

My only option for fitting in a run right now is early, early in the morning.
B has been waking up around 7, which gives me plenty of time to feed him and get him ready for daycare, but that means I have to be ready by 7...which can be tough if I am also trying to throw in a run. It's only been a couple of days and I have already had to cut a run short due to a lack of time (and motivation) and I have a feeling this won't be the last time this happens. 

I am working hard to give myself grace in this process and allowing myself the time to get adjusted. A new school year is always tough...and throwing in a new baby and marathon training surely isn't going to make it easier :) 

And while marathon training is important to me...my family and spending time with B is more important. There will be days where something's gotta give...and that something will never be Bennett. I am prepared for some shortened (or missed) training runs and lots of flexibility with my training plan and hopefully over the next few weeks I can find my groove...and B will start to consistently sleep through the night #FingersCrossed
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#MarathonMonday: The Declaration

Yep...it's happening and today it's officially official...

I am running a marathon :) 

I signed up weeks ago, but haven't said much about it to anyone...because to tell you the truth I was scared. I was scared to make the declaration and HAVE to follow through with it. 

I did sign up for a full marathon that also has a half-marathon option and while I tell myself that if I am not ready I can always drop down to the half...but that's a lie. Once I say I am going to do something on this little ol' blog of mine it quickly becomes something I NEED to do ;) That's not saying I haven't failed at a few goals or not followed through with some of my plans...but when it comes to running and this race...it kind of feels like one of those things I will do just about anything to accomplish.

So there you have it...my declaration. I, Heather Smith, will be running a marathon...and not just any marathon...a post-baby marathon. So while I have run 2 marathons before this, I have a feeling this will be a brand new experience. 

Training for a marathon is hard...add in being a mom, going back to work full time, and maintaining my sanity...I think I am in for the ride of a life-time!

To some it may seem silly to throw this in the mix at this time in my life...but with running, it's the struggle and overcoming not only my fears, but the challenges that make it all worth it. I am sure there will be tears shed and moments when I want to quit...but there will also be those moments where I feel strong, proud, and accomplished....and when I cross that finish line and see my sweet baby, I have a feeling I am in for a whole new rush of emotions...

As with my last 2 marathons I will be documenting my journey here, each Monday...or Tuesday depending on how crazy life gets come Thursday when I head back to work. I have been throwing around the idea of doing a vlog instead or in addition to my weekly posts...but I am not sure. I tend to bite off more than I can chew and I can imagine editing videos each week may send me over the edge...so we shall see!

Until next week....


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Life with Benny: 4 months



Weight: 14lbs 6 oz (42%)
Height: 24. in (33%)
Head: 16.3 in (31%)

Diapers

We switched over to size 2 diapers when we ran out of our size 1's. They were a little big at first, but thanks to a growth spurt a few weeks ago they fit much better now. We have been really lucky to not have to buy many diapers for the first 4 months, since we had received so many as gifts. We are now down to the last of our size 2's so we set up a subscription on Amazon and they will be delivering a box each month. We are still sticking with Pampers Swaddlers since they seem to prevent the most blow-outs.

Clothes

It seemed like he went from comfortably wearing his 0-3 month sizes to rockin' a wedgie overnight #GrowthSpurt ;) We had to retire most of his 0-3 month clothes and he is now comfortably wearing 3-6 month sizes.

Food

He is still eating every 3-4 hours, and sometimes more frequently in the evenings as it gets closer to bedtime. He is still nursing like a champ and taking a bottle pretty easily, although we had two incidents where he refused to take a bottle (from Grammy and Daddy) but luckily mommy was there to save the day :) Let's just hope he isn't boycotting the bottle now right before I go back to work! 

Sleep

Predictably, unpredictable...that is the only way I can find to describe his sleeping habits. At the beginning of the month he was doing a great job. We were laying him down awake and unswaddled and he was falling asleep on his own, and he was sleeping anywhere from 6-8 hour stretches in his crib...and then BAM a HUGE regression....for about 2 weeks he was waking up every 2-3 hours starving. We chalked it up to him going through the 4 mo sleep regression a few weeks early, and right smack dab in the middle of it we went to Ohio. My aunt was able to borrow a Rock n' Play from a friend and I knew that he would at least sleep a couple hours at a time in that....turns out vacation is all we needed to get back on track! He slept REALLY well the whole time we were in Ohio...we are talking 6-8 hour stretches again. I worried a little when we got home because he would be in his crib again, but he surprised us yet again by sleeping really well. There was even one night that he slept a 9 hour stretch (which is a record) We have gone back to swaddling him at night (and leaving one arm out) and that seems to have helped a bit. He isn't rolling over from back to front...and doesn't seem to be close so we will slowly wean away from the swaddle.

Naps were pretty unpredictable this month as well...my sweet baby who was consistently taking a couple of 1.5-2 hour naps each day became a cat-napper. Prior to going to Ohio I started really trying to put him on a schedule hoping that a strict routine would help him to sleep better at night...and after Ohio and seeing that the less scheduled I was with him the better he slept (and the happier I was) I gave up on micromanaging his sleeping. I watch his cues and put him down for a nap when he seems tired (which is usually every hour to hour and a half) and if he wakes up and seems happy I don't try to get him to go back to sleep. Not only is he sleeping better now...but I am much less stressed trying to control his naps and plan around it.

Milestones

Lil' man rolled over last month and since then has only rolled over about 6 times. He is as coordinated as his mommy and daddy and gets himself stuck and VERY frustrated.

He is definitely noticing the world around him even more. He will spot AJ or I across the room and make eye contact and even smile at us.

He is grabbing his toys with much more accuracy and everything is going in his mouth...especially his hands.

He is constantly wanting to stand up and look around. He is even sitting up, supported by either us or his boppy and this makes him a happy camper! Tummy time isn't/wasn't his favorite...but sitting up sure is! 

He is talking up a storm! Lots of coos, squeals, and screams if you aren't talking to him ;)

He is now riding in his stroller like a big boy, and he LOVES it! He would get fussy when riding in his car seat but now that he is facing out and can see everything he is happy, happy, happy! I can't wait until we can start running together! 

He took his first plane ride this month and was a champ! The pressure didn't seem to bother him one bit. The only time he got kind of antsy was when the plane wasn't moving.

Likes

He is still a big fan of his play-mat and talking to and grabbing his animal "friends"
He LOVES Sophie the Giraffe and his elephant lovie...he is always trying to eat them!
Sitting or standing up and looking around is by far his favorite activity...gone are the days of my snuggly little babe...he prefers to be in on the action.

Dislikes

I have a hard time making a list of dislikes for him, because he is a pretty happy go-lucky kiddo. He is pretty content as long as he isn't hungry or tired.


Month Two Highlights


This month our sweet boy...


Spent many afternoons entertaining mommy and snuggling his puppy


 Enjoyed every single bath! Kicking and splashing have now become part of our routine!



Celebrated Ben's (and America's) birthday in style ;)









Had the BEST 4th of July! Food, friends, and cute babies!


went up to school with me...it lasted approximately 20 minutes and ended with an exceptionally poopy diaper :)


 worked on his fitness :)


Found his thumb...uh oh!


tolerated tummy time ;)


got cuter and cuter by the day!


rode in his stroller like a big boy...he thinks he is pretty hot stuff now ;)


gave the mohawk a try


Did some light reading...


and helped daddy out around the office ;)


decided that sitting up was a new trick he would like to try


worked on his modeling career...


just kidding :)


spent even more time with his furry best friend! Some days I am not sure how she feels about this...but after being gone for 5 days her excitement at their reunion tells me she is a fan :)


went swimming for the first time.


practiced rolling over...Gracie kept trying to show him an easier way ;)


soaked up ALL the snuggles with mommy!


Spent an afternoon with his Aunt Caitie and his cousins while mommy went to her hair appointment. 


took his very first plane ride and surprised us all with how well he did!


He met his great-grandpa John and was a big fan :)


Spent a day shopping with the ladies and was a total trooper! 


Loved all the attention he got from his Aunt Kathi and cousins!


 Even though it really wore him out!


practiced sitting up!


and even MORE snuggles with his puppy! These two make my heart SO happy!


He discovered his lovie and is infatuated. 


Had his 4 month shots and was a total trooper! I think it was more painful for mommy! Although, for a few days after he was a little fussy and only snuggles would do #IDidntMindABit


Discovered his reflection in the mirror and is pretty impressed :) 


smiled, and smiled, and smiled! This is a happy little guy!


He got a new toy and I think it's safe to say he loves it! 

This month was bittersweet...each day that passes brings more fun with this little guy, but it also brings us closer to the end of our 24/7 time together. I have a feeling next month will be a tough one...for me at least.