Saturday, June 20, 2015

Five Life Updates

Hi there!

Back again on a Saturday.  My baby boy is napping and my hubby is at the gym, and here I am!  I could jump on the treadmill, but I just ate cookies from my Vegan Cuts box that happily arrived today, so later it will be.  Here are some updates from my life since I pop in so infrequently these days...


1.  I'm running again!  I ran 5 miles on Wednesday and it was awesome.  My husband put Sage to bed and I took off for a night run which is totally new for me (used to be an early AM runner) and I really enjoyed it.  I actually ended up running 5 miles, but I stopped at our community garden at mile 4 and didn't record the last mile.  This was my first run on the road without Sage in the jogger and I felt like I was flying.  Slowly getting back to my old pace...


2. I'm officially done breastfeeding/pumping for Sage.  This is just bizarre.  I nursed Sage exclusively during my 4 month maternity leave and when I returned to work in January I started pumping four times a day (twice at home and twice at work).  Around nine months postpartum Sage stopped nursing in the night (sleeping through the night more - woohoo!) and my supply took a dip.  I kept up pumping, but I wasn't producing nearly as much.  Over the last month my supply continued to decrease and we were using our freezer stash and then formula (we like Baby's Only Organic!).  I first dropped my work pumps and then a week later the night pump and this morning was the first time I didn't pump upon waking. 

Part of me is happy to be done pumping because our lives basically revolved around my pumping schedule, but another part of me is sad because it represents my baby growing up.  Mixed feelings, but it feels like the right time for us.  I did feel a little nauseous/fatigued when I dropped my work pumps.  My friend had warned me that it feels like the first trimester and she was right!  I was wondering why I felt sort of off and then it made sense.  Just my body acclimating.  

3.  I'm going back to blonde (Tuesday)!  I haven't colored my hair in close to two years and I need a change.  For a while I was set on sticking with my natural color, but now I want to liven things up.  Back to blonde I go...and then I'll probably go another two years without coloring it.  This picture is from summer 2012 in Seattle.  I want that color back.


4.  I'm making most of Sage's food now and it's fun.  For a while we were relying on the Beech Nut and Earth's Best organic jars.  They are convenient and Sage loved them, but they get expensive and really it just makes more sense for me to make the food.  Especially considering a bag of organic carrots is like $2 and makes A LOT of food for Sage.  We are trying to get him to eat more finger foods each night, but he's not at the point where he gets enough in his mouth for it to be considered a meal.  Therefore, we still need purees on hand.

5.  Tomorrow is Father's Day (as I'm sure you know).  We are going to lunch with my parents to celebrate.  Listening to my husband and Sage laugh together and watching Sage light up whenever he sees his daddy fills me with such joy.  The picture below is from the first day in the hospital with our boy.  They were buds from the start.


And I truly cannot believe my boy will be a year soon.  I'm finding myself quite sentimental and often reflecting on the last year.  I have a post I'd like to do about it, but we'll see if I actually get it up here.

That about sums things up!

What's going on in your world?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sage: Month Ten Baby Update

Hi there!


Back again with another Sage update.  10 months old!!!  This is just nuts to me.  How has 10 months gone by sooo fast?!  It's crazy because those early weeks are so scary, incredible, exhausting, precious, amazing, exhausting (oh wait I already said that...), but then I blinked and Sage is almost a year.  I feel like my baby is turning more toddler by the day and I'm just holding tight onto these baby moments with him.  

This month was all about Sage being on the move and getting into everything.  It's been a blast.




Likes:  Sage loves to explore everywhere and anything he can get into.  He enjoys walks/runs in his stroller.  If he's tired or a little cranky, it completely relaxes him.  His favorite toys are his yellow dog stuffed animal, farmhouse (which he can now pull the lever to open the farm door), his new chair, his car, and his ball (which he rolls back and forth with mommy).  Sage loves going to the grocery store, farmers market, and anywhere in his baby carrier.  He also has a great time sitting in the cart.

Dislikes:  Sage does not like getting dressed when he's either tired or just wants to play.  He does not want to stay still.  Diaper changes are a challenge.  We have to distract Sage and change that diaper FAST!


Play:  Sage wants to be on the floor so he can go everywhere! Crawling is how he gets places but standing up and using the furniture to balance is the main event.  He stands up everywhere.  If he sees the fridge or dishwasher open he flies to the kitchen.  If the dog bowl is down then he's there and we quickly scoop it up.  Sage loves the fan in our bedroom and laying in our King bed staring at it.  He also loves walking (new this month!) in his rolly chair.  He walks in his rolly chair around in the driveway and on our street.


Eat:  Sage eats three meals a day and drinks 20-25 oz of breastmilk.  This month I started making more of his food.  He loves fresh (puréed) green beans, peas, oatmeal with blueberries, and he also is really digging the Beech Nut organic jar of butternut squash and black beans with cumin.  He also started having the little pouches of fruit/veggies, but still needs help eating them.  We are trying to get Sage to do more finger foods and so far potatoes are his favorite.  Before bed Sage has been having a 7-8 oz bottle.  This is the first month that my supply hasn't kept up with his demand so we were using our freezer stash and introduced formula.

Sage had his first formula bottle (Baby's Only Organic and Honest Company) at the end of the month and chugged it down no problem.  We then made the decision to switch to formula 100% for two weeks or so to see if it helps Sage's eczema (possible food allergy from something I eat?).  I'm currently pumping and putting everything in the freezer.

Sleep:  Oh sleep, you have come back into my life!!!  Yup, this is the first month that Sage slept through the night many times.  Not every night, but it happened and it's a really big deal.  It's the first time in 10 months I slept like 7+ hours and I think my body still is processing that much sleep.  But this is about Sage and great job baby boy!  We had to play a little tough and teach him to self soothe and it paid off.  Sage typically sleeps 8-6ish overall.


New this month:

Wearing 18 month clothes

Went in kiddy pool

Goes to farmers market with parents

Eczema got bad on face again at end of month. We are trying all natural creams now (babyganics).  Trying to figure out if there are certain triggers.  It is looking much better.

Walks in rolling chair

Likes to stand/walk holding our hands

Sits in grocery cart and loves Wegmans and Target (like his mama!)

Takes bath in big tub now and likes to drink water from faucet (ha!)

Fascinated with refrigerator/freezer when door open

Opening all cabinets

Teething!  Sage has 6 teeth and a third too tooth on top just came in.  There were some tough nights for baby boy. 

We transitioned to formula at end of month


Key Dates:

May 16 - Slept through the night.  First time!!

May 18 - 20 pounds at Dr. Mild ear infection.

May 20 - Took a few steps holding onto his car and next day walked across family room holding onto car.

May 27 - Slept 9-6:45!

May 29, June 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 - slept through the night from 8-6!

Baby boy, you bring us such joy.  You are our sunshine and we love you so much.  Can't wait to see what the next month brings!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Running Mama + Trying Formula

Hi there!


I'm back again as Sage naps and my husband works in the garden.  There's (always) plenty of housework to be done, but I don't dare make a sound because Sage just fell asleep and he needs a nap.

Today I ran my longest run yet since having Sage.  It's almost 10 months later, but I'm pleased.  Conquered 4 miles with Sage in the jogger stroller.  I really think running with the jogger is making me stronger and faster.  Pushing 30 pounds is no joke so when I go to run without the jogger I hope it pays off.  Sage had fun checking out the world.  It's a great way to start the weekend.


Once again we headed to Starbucks, the farmers market, and then Wegmans after my run.  Nice to fill the house with food all by lunch time on Saturday.  My husband fired up the grill when we got home.

And then it was time to play!  Sage practiced walking around our circle in his rolling chair.  First time and it was a blast.  


Hard to believe I'm going to be posting his 10 month update in another week.  The last few weeks we've been experimenting with Sage's diet to see if anything triggers the eczema that appeared on his face in the last month.  It could be the weather or some other environmental factor or it could be food, so we had to explore that option.  So, a few days ago we switched Sage to formula and plan on doing so for the next week.  It was brought to my attention that he could be allergic to something I eat, even if Sage doesn't, because he was exclusively breast fed it could be causing an allergic reaction in Sage.  Of course it's not for sure, but a possibility.

At 9 1/2 months old, Sage had his first formula bottle.  I had mixed feelings about it, but at the end of the day I want what's best for Sage.  We've been giving him Baby's Only Organic formula and my Honest Company sample just came in the mail today.  He's been taking the formula no problem and it doesn't seem to phase him at all.  We've also been using Babyganics soothing wipes and Babyganics Eczema Care Skin Cream.  Sage's cheeks are looking better!  Not 100% yet, but improved.  So it could be just the cream is helping or it could be another factor.  We aren't sure.  I'm going to keep pumping and freezing milk (plan is to go to one year) and we'll see how things go.  I thought I'd share our experience though because I know there are many mamas out there who deal with similar situations.

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Did your baby have eczema?  Any tips?

Have you run lately?

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Three Mile Run + Farmers Market

Hello!

I'm getting into a sort of rhythm with this weekend posting.  It just happens to be the only time I'm really free to post.  Sage is napping after our busy morning.

Sage slept 8pm-5:45am last night which is incredible.  Sage is a wonderful baby, but up until this month sleep has not been great.  When I went back to work when Sage was 4 1/2 months old he was still getting up all night long.  I wondered how I'd ever get through the day.  You just make it happen though.  I've learned that sleep is not a necessity, but a luxury.  Well, yeah a certain amount of sleep is necessary, but I learned I can actually get by on a lot less than I thought.  New mama lesson #1.  Anyways, I felt so well rested when I woke up that I knew a run was in order.


I'm proud of that run because it was faster and I was pushing Sage in the jogger.  I passed a guy on the street who was running and keeping a great pace and he yelled to me "nice work!".  I would have responded if I had the breath to speak, so I waved and smiled instead.  I love passing other friendly runners early in the morning.  

When I got back from running my husband was all ready to go to the Farmers Market, so I quick showered and off we went (to Starbucks first).


Today at the market we got kale, tomatoes, green onion, potatoes and squash.  I will be eating kale salads all week because we got A LOT.  Like the whole top shelf of the refrigerator is kale.  Couldn't go wrong for $6!

Babies R Us is right by the market so we made a stop to pick up some essentials.  Daddy & Sage had fun in the parking lot too.


When we got home, my husband went to our community garden and Sage and I dug into lunch.  Peas/brown rice for Sage and a tempeh BLT for mama.  I'm pretty much obsessed with tempeh lately.  


That just about sums up the morning.  I just love Saturday.

Hope you have a fantastic one!

What's your favorite thing to do on Saturday?

Friday, May 22, 2015

My Day Off

Hello!

It's Friday and I'm off from work and it's awesome.  Sage's sitter is on vacation today so I took off from work to be with my boy.  Having Friday off is just great and I think we should all get together and change the workweek to be just Monday through Thursday.  Agreed?

Because I have the day off, I took the time to make Sage a homemade breakfast of blueberry oatmeal.  I'm really trying to do more of his food homemade now rather than the jars we were buying.  Sage just loves those organic Beech Nut jars though.  He's hooked and now I'm trying to get him hooked on real food.  He did love the oatmeal I made this morning though.  I cooked Bob's Red Mill gluten-free quick oats and then blended the cooked oats with organic blueberries, tsp. of brown rice syrup, and a splash of breast milk.  Yum!


Sage and I started out the morning by grocery shopping at 8AM.  Wegmans on a Friday at this time is pretty fantastic because there's not many people there.  Sage and I just strolled through the store.  No rush...


Sage decided he didn't want to take a morning nap so we went on a walk in our neighborhood instead (I was hoping he would fall asleep on this walk, but he didn't...).  

We went to the playground...


And visited the lake...


It was lunch time when we got home so again I wanted to make something homemade.  This time it was peas and quinoa.  Sage liked the fresh peas, but the quinoa wasn't a hit.  I think it's the texture that bugs him, but he did play with it on his highchair tray for a good 15 minutes.  After lunch, baby boy got sleepy and I just put him down for a nap.  Sounds good, right?  Nope, because we have his 9 month checkup at the doctor in 25 minutes.  Oh silly boy, this is not nap time.

So I'm just eating a bowl of quinoa with vegan parmesan and olive oil and sipping on my organic energy drink (thanks to the arrival of my Vegan Cuts box) and I have to go wake up Sage in approximately 5 minutes.  

What are you up to this weekend?  I hope you get a long weekend too!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Running Buddy + Half Marathon

Hi there!

My husband just left to work at our community garden and Sage went down for a nap; therefore, time for me to get a post up!  This morning Sage got up at 5AM which is awesome because he went to bed at 8PM, meaning he slept all night.  This is a BIG deal.  To all the mamas out there who think a full night of sleep will never happen, it will.  My baby boy is 9 months old and this was the first time.  I'm so proud of him.  Of course I still woke up at 2AM and starred at the monitor then promptly tried to get back to sleep.

After Sage had his breakfast, we took off for my run.  I ran 2 miles on the treadmill on Saturday and had no plans for today, but we ended up going 2.5 miles.  I felt stronger too.  Running with Sage in the jogger is work, but it is a blast.  He's officially been promoted to my new running buddy.  Jax, my pup, will be jealous, but I'll make sure he still gets out there too.  


Here’s the deal:  I’m kind of-sort of-maybe-definitely training for a fall race.  My brain has made the decision that I am and now my body just needs to listen to my brain.  Easier said than done.  I can’t decide it I should be getting up at 5AM and trying to run, but sometimes Sage is already awake and that’s not an option, or if I should run when he goes to bed around 8PM, but then my hubby and I just want to hangout, relax, and catch up on our shows.  Big dilemma, right?  In the distant past I’ve run just once during the workweek and twice over the weekend.  I think that sounds like the way to go right now.   I ran both days this weekend, so if I get in a midweek run that will be perfect.  
There's a half marathon by me in October.  Of course there's the marathon too, but I think aiming for a half is smarter right now.  That gives me 22 weeks.  That's a lot of time to train for a half so there's not much pressure and I plan to just get out there.  I figure if I do something like add an extra mile every other weekend I'll be golden.  I don't think I'm going to make any formal training plan this time around.

I run because it makes me feel so darn good.  I’m not saying I always feel great while running (definitely not!) but I love the post run high and feeling of accomplishment.  It’s freaking amazing.

Well I better go do something productive while Sage naps and then we are going visit my hubby at the garden.  We've got to go to Target today too (and definitely the Starbucks in Target, woowoo!) and then get out there for another walk because it's a gorgeous one.

Also, I'm thinking of chopping my hair off like this...

Thoughts?


Hope you have a nice day!

How's your weekend?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sage: Month Nine Baby Update

Hi there!

Happy 9 months old to Sage!  What an incredibly fun age.  Sooo much development and learning of new skills took place this month for Sage.  He seemed to change everyday!  It's just fantastic to be a part of.  I've got about a million photos from this month.


Here are the updates:

Likes:  Sage likes to be on the move!  He still enjoys is bouncy chair and rolling chair, but he seriously wants his floor time now.  He is all over by army crawling and up on all fours.  Suddenly he’ll have gone from the family room to the kitchen.  If we are sitting on the floor with him, Sage loves to crawl over us.  We are no obstacle to him!  He still likes to crawl to Jax and “pet” him.  He just started pulling himself up on the ottomans too (more on that below!).

 

Dislikes:  Sage is a very happy boy, but he gets cranky if he’s got a dirty diaper (duh), hungry, or tired.  All completely understandable.

Playing:  All day long Sage plays, plays, plays!  He is much better at manipulating toys.  He presses buttons, maneuvers toys, picks up his toy ball, and loves watching toys light up.  Peek-a-boo is a great time as well.  When Sage is sitting in his highchair, I duck down below and then pop up and he thinks it is hilarious.


Eating:  For most of the month, Sage was eating three meals each day consisting of rice cereal, oatmeal, or barley mix with a veggie or fruit puree, and then drinking bottles (breast milk) as well.  However, Sage had a rash appear on his face at the end of the month and we decided to limit his diet to eliminate a food allergy as a possibility.  For the last week Sage has just been having just rice cereal and breast milk.  We learned that Sage has eczema though so we are now reintroducing foods.  First up was some homemade sweet potatoes!


Sleeping:  Sleep got worse and then better.  At the beginning of the month Sage started getting up twice each night.  Eight month sleep regression?  That then progressed to just up once in the night for a feeding.  And then for the first time this month Sage went ALL NIGHT without a feeding.  We had to do a little bit of sleep training to encourage Sage to self soothe.  Good job, baby boy!


New this month:

Sage now has 5 teeth!

Sage sat up in his crib for the first time this month (we promptly lowered the crib).

Sage pulled himself up into standing position for the first time this month.

Sage pulled himself up on the ottomans and can walk along while holding on.  

He’s learning to sit/fall more gracefully  from the standing position as well.

Loves the baby swing at the playground.

Loves standing in daddy's lap looking out our front window.

We learned Sage has eczema from the dermatologist.  We are working on making it better for our boy.  Luckily he's happy as a clam, it just doesn't look so great to his parents.


Key dates:

April 15 - congested, up 3 times in the night 

April 21 - Awake 11-3AM, but the next day his first top tooth was in!

April 24 -19 pounds 5 oz at DR, had a mild ear infection

April 24 - Tried to pull himself up using bar in tub, got pretty close!

April 28 - Standing holding onto couch, trying to pull himself up in tub more

April 28 - Slept 7:30-6 with feeding at 1:30

April 29 - Pulled himself into standing position in the tub

May 2 - 19 pounds 10 oz

May 3- Sitting in crib!!! And pulled himself into standing position using the ottoman in family room

May 5 - Started feeding Sage just rice cereal and breast milk (trying to determine if he has a food allergy)

May 9 - Went out to lunch and Sage was drinking water out of a little cup.  Also, first time sitting in the cart at Trader Joe's - loved it!

May 8 - First time for no night feeding! Slept 8:35-5:50 - cried for 10 min at 11 then fell back asleep until morning

Everyday Sage seems older.  He's looking more like a little boy than baby (sigh...) and we are just loving every minute with him.  I still can't believe it's been 9 months.  Onto the next!

Did your baby get eczema?  Any advice?

When did you wean from breast milk and/or formula?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Three Runs Down + Grilling Eats

Hello!

I'm back again and I've run twice since my last post.  Woohoo!  They've only been two mile runs, but hey, that counts for something.  I'm slowly finding my stride again.  Tuesday's run was after work on the treadmill and this morning Sage and I hit the road.


It had just rained so it was wonderfully humid.  I don't normally enjoy the humidity, but it wasn't sunny, so it actually was kind of nice.  I felt hardcore and Sage had a blast enjoying the ride and playing with his toy (and of course watching his mommy look crazy trying to keep a decent pace).


Other news:  we own a grill!  My parents gave my hubby and I one for our Mother's Day/Father's Day present, and what an amazing gift it is.  Wow does grilling make dinner time so much easier.  Veggie burgers and dogs + veggies + sides of baked beans and pasta salad...YUM!


I got close to a six hour stretch of sleep last night which is pretty miraculous.  I think baby Sage was giving his mommy a Mother's Day present.  We are working hard with Sage to encourage him to self soothe if he wakes up in the night.  The last two nights he hasn't fed in the night and this morning he slept in until 7AM.  That's nuts.  I was up at 5:30 thinking he'd be up any moment, but nope.  I did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, made breakfast, played on my iPad - it was really relaxing.  

Today we are going out to lunch for my Mother's Day celebration because tomorrow we're traveling to see our moms.  I feel so blessed to be Sage's mommy!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

What are you up to?

What's your favorite grill foods?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A 2 Mile Start and then Pancakes

Hello!

Sage is currently babbling away in his crib, rolling around, not wanting to nap, so I figured it was an ideal time to do a post.  I posted this the other day and then of course it motivated me to get in a run.  


This gorgeous Saturday morning Sage and I took off on the road.  My first run with the jogger and boy was it a workout, but so much fun!  My arms are going to get strong running this way.  We have a treadmill in the basement and I'd like to do some treadmill running along with jogger running.  That's the plan (but really I'm not making any plans).  I did two tough miles this morning.  I'd say that's a good start.  I felt so happy to be running again.


Before heading out the door for the run, I drank a glass of water and ate a scoop of peanut butter.  My cliff gels were expired, but I wanted a little fuel.  When we got back from the run, it was pancake time.  Of course I discovered there was no maple syrup after I had made the batter.  No problem!  I added chocolate chips and smothered the pancakes in earth balance and I was good to go.  I used this recipe and added a tablespoon of chia seeds and ground flax.  Super tasty!  Sage played and I ate.  

Side note:  Sage has just fallen asleep as I continue to write this post.  I knew he was tired!  Oh sweet boy...


 We are currently in the process of making the outside of our home look nicer.  We have a really wet yard.  Yeah, fun stuff with two dogs.  We just had six trees taken down (they were dead) and now we need to grow grass and level out the yard so it doesn't look like we are surrounded by a lake when it rains.  You don't realize these things when you buy a house in the dead of winter.  My husband is meeting with the company to talk about the plan this morning.

I need a shower and I'm considering getting my hair chopped off to chin length.  I've been wearing it in a ponytail everyday at work anyways.  Maybe a fresh cut is in order.  We'll see.

With running comes more posts on the horizon because I enjoy tracking my runs and it keeps me accountable.  Plus, I love hearing from you!  I'd really like to do a race in 2015 - half marathon or marathon, I haven't decided yet.  I've only run two miles, but it only takes two miles to get me jazzed up about training.  I had signed up for a March half that never happened because, well, that's life, so maybe a fall race?  Then I could do lots of summer running!

What are you up to this weekend?

What's new in your world?

Any race plans?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I'm Still A Blogger

Hi there!

You may have thought I quit blogging. Well, aside from the Sage monthly updates that I've kept up with.  I swear that's not the case.  I'm still here and I still love this little space of mine.  I just haven't had the time or maybe I should say the desire to blog.  Hmm...that's not really it though.  The truth is that the time I have to blog is at night after Sage has gone to bed and I've done all I need to do to prepare for the next day, but by that time I just want to hangout with my husband and go to sleep.  


It boils down to the fact that Sage isn't sleeping through the night and I'm just tired.  Some days more than others.  I wouldn't change it for the world, but I truly haven't slept all that much in the last nine months, so priorities change.  Thanks for understanding.

Let me try to update you on my life a bit!

I started a new job two months ago and it's going great.  I still work in the legal field but no longer in the law firm setting.  I get home a little earlier each night to my family - hooray!  The weather is finally nice and I've been walking on lunch with a friend and at night my husband and I try to get out with Sage in the stroller and the dogs alongside.  The weeks just fly by.  April seemed nonexistent.

I'm on a kick of shakes for breakfast and monster salads for lunch.  Dinner is whatever we can scrape together quickly so we can play with Sage as much as possible before he goes to bed.  I've been enjoying many bowls of soy and/or coconut milk ice cream for dessert especially Trader Joe's chocolate cherry soy ice cream, delish!

And running... No update there.  I just can't get up any earlier - I get up at 5:45 as it is - and then I already explained my nighttime.  It's the lack of sleep factor.  It's the reason.  Sleep is just more important right now.  That being said, I feel a change in the air.  Sage is almost 9 months old and we are going to cut out that middle of the night nursing session.  I've been trying to do this for a bit.  It's a habit now and a tough one to break!  I'm so inspired to get running with the nicer weather.  Plus I work with people who are avid runners and hearing about their running just makes me want to get out there even more.  The universe is telling me that I need a good run.  Sage in the jogger and mama running...its on the weekend agenda.

So there's my brief update.  I'll be back soon.

How are you?

Mamas:  How did you cut the middle of the night feeding?