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Chase 3 Months Old – And a Special Occasion

Chase is now 3 months (13 weeks) old!! It’s amazing to see the changes in her every day, she’s growing up so fast!

3 Month Photos

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Purple Dress – Target, Headband – Etsy Store: my2lilpixies

3 Month – Baby Milestones

Chase is still improving with her head control. She’s getting so close to being able to hold her head up. She’s also continuing to get better leg and arm control. This month it’s been fun to see her genuine smile and excitement to see us, it’s just heart melting! Plus she’s starting to laugh at things she finds funny (like just lightly tickling her or kissing her hands). Her laugh is one of the best sounds I’ve ever heard. ๐Ÿ˜€

Chase was baptized on Sunday, September 8th at the church where we got married, which made it so special.

Rob and I – 2003

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Chase’s big day. Ready to head to church.

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This was Chase’s first church service. It was when she normally takes a nap, but the singing and organ music kept her awake. Chase’s baptism was in the middle of the service so Rob and I were on pins and needles wondering if she would last until then without freaking out and crying. Also, we were worried about an explosive poop before or during the ceremony. Luckily she wasn’t upset by her new surroundings and enjoyed sitting in her car seat with her wubbanub giraffe.

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She was totally calm during the actual baptism and we made it through with no tears!

After the ceremony, Chase is asleep.
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We had family over for the occasion, including uncle Drew!

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This fall we our wolf pack (Rob, me, and Drew) will be out racing with our newest member, wolf cub Chase. ๐Ÿ™‚ Team Throwdown will need a onesie for Chase and a new team picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

Team Throwdown – 2010

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Workouts

Speaking of running, my workouts are still hit and miss since they greatly depend on Chase’s sleep and breastfeeding needs. I’m still barely keeping up with her in milk supply so we haven’t supplemented with formula yet. Even if we have to eventually I will still be breastfeeding as long as I can.

As for sleep, Chase’s sleep is good for a few nights (up 2-3 times in the night) and then awful for a few nights (up off and on all night long, wanting to be held the whole time), which makes morning running difficult. I’ve been zapped of energy between the lack of sleep, work, and breastfeeding that working out only happens when a small window of opportunity arrises. Luckily the weather is finally mild again so most evenings Rob, Chase, and I should be able to go out for a run again. I love fall weather! It will be so nice to be out as a family running. While I’m not in any sort of shape, I’m still planning to run (and die) at some upcoming races. I figured it’s better to be out. I love running so much that I will have fun even when I’m dying from my lack of stamina.

More on that soon!!


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Chase 2 Months Old – Flexibility is key

Chase is 2 Months Old!!!

Well actually she’s 9 weeks old, silly calendar. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, since she’s made it to the 2 month mark, I will now track her growth and progress in months than weeks.

2 Month Photos

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2 Months – Baby Milestones

Chase some more head control. She can hold her head up with less wobble on tummy time or when being held. It will be exciting when she has full head control and starts to sit up more on her own.

She also has better hand control. She has figured out how to reach and bat at something she has targeted. Also, she doesn’t grab at her eyes or hit herself as much and instead is able to suck on her fists. This has helped a lot in reducing her getting upset by her flailing arms hitting her in the face. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chase has also discovered her feet! It’s fun to watch her pump her feet and look at them in amazement.

Daycare

Chase is doing great at daycare! She’s eating well and is getting better with her naps. It’s such a peaceful place and there is currently just 4-6 in her class, including her. I was able to stop in one of the days and breastfeed her over lunch. I am feeling much better about the whole thing, even though it is still hard to be away from her.

Chase’s first day

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Picking Chase up one of the days.

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2 Months – Momma Update

Based on my last post you can tell I was in a worried state prior to going back to work. I would say this is typical for me when it comes to anything new. This would be very emotional for me and Rob to be away from Chase and leave her in daycare, plus this we are going through a big adjustment to our morning routine.

Now only 2 weeks later and the stress of how it will all get done is fading. Instead I feel that we’ve become flexible to what the day brings and adjust from there. Rob and I will get to the important tasks of the day (ex: making sure that Chase has enough bottles and supplies for daycare) and that the rest will just get done eventually (ex: folding laundry). We make a good team too, which is HUGE. I always feel that Rob and I tag team tasks well instead of each of us having specific tasks. It works for us well and I think we both anticipate how to help the other out.

I am still stressed about breast milk. I’m barely keeping up with Chase’s eating. I’m drinking TONS of water, pumping, taking fenugreek, and eating oatmeal, but the improvements have been minor so far. There is a chance that we may need to introduce some formula to supplement the breast milk, but we shall see. Hopefully I can continue to stay in front of her intake. At least she’s such a good eater!

Workouts

With the new found flexibility I have been getting my workouts when Chase is asleep before work. One day that meant jumping at the opportunity to run at 3:30am before work. When her sleep and feedings don’t align with my morning workout time Rob and I have been doing runs after work since the weather has been milder. I’ll have more posts about my running progress soon.

2 Month – Product Fave

Baby Bjorn Babbysitter Balance Bouncer and Wooden Activity Bar – best baby bouncer ever!!!

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4Moms mommaroo – We got the standard seat, which is nylon and I now wish we would have got the plush. Our daycare has it and it’s more cushy. The adjustable positioning and multiple swing types (car ride, kangaroo, tree sing, etc.) are what set it apart. The toy mobile isn’t that special and I don’t think Chase has ever been entertained by it. She still enjoys her Fischer Price Snugabunny swing moving bird mobile, especially just before falling asleep.

4Moms Bath – I have nothing to compare this with, but I can’t imagine using another baby bath. This one is amazing and grows with your child.

Fischer-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym – This is one of Chase’s favorite things to do is play on this mat. She loves kicking and music playing from her kicks.

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I’d write more, but I’m typing one handed with a baby in my arms. ๐Ÿ™‚ So hopefully more to share soon. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Chase Week 7 – Preparing for big changes

Week 7:

Week 7 brought with it fussiness that appears to be colic. I could set a clock to the afternoon/evening times that have caused Chase to be unhappy and uncomfortable. We have been doing everything to help her with different soothing methods and holds. We also have tried gas drops and gripe water (not together, we did them different days). While both provided some comfort, it appears that the gripe water has worked the best for her.

I’ve also given up dairy, caffeine, and nuts as they may also contribute to gas and fussiness. It’s a guessing game if foods are contributors so instead of eliminating one at a time I went ahead and restrict them now. If there is even a slight chance that it will make Chase feel better then it’s worth it.

All of this fussiness has meant that Chase wants to be held for all of the time. She immediately gets upset if I get up to use the bathroom, get a drink of water, etc. My priority is to keep her comfortable, especially through this fussy period so I haven’t accomplished anything around the house or did any workouts this week. Since it’s my last week at home with Chase before I return to work, the bright side is I’m getting in lots of snuggles.

It’s going to be hard to leave Chase at daycare and return to work. It will be a big change for all of us. I can’t imagine how getting ready in the mornings will go or how I will ever fit working out back into my routine. My head is filled with stress of will I have enough breast milk for daycare and for times that I need to workout or for social occasions where I can’t breastfeed….what if Chase struggles to nap at daycare without me there…..how will we manage Chase’s night time feedings with both of us working…..when she is fussy how will I function on little sleep…will there ever be a good time for even 30 minutes of exercise a day…..with our schedules should I back off some of my race plans until Chase is older…..and so on. I’m having to tell myself that no matter how disorganized things may feel for awhile, that what’s most important will get accomplished one way or the other.

Week 7 Photos

Our sweet baby! I’m so sorry that she had such a tough week.

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I was delayed in posting this because of the whirlwind of colic and also preparing for getting into the work/daycare routine. More posts about milestones, baby products and workouts to come!


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Chase Weeks 5 & 6 – Soaking up time with her

Time with Chase has been just wonderful! I would write a longer post about everything, but I need that time with Chase. Here is a quick post about the past couple of weeks.

Week 5 Photos

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Bloomers – Etsy Store: BloominBloomers, Pug Onesie – Etsy Store: SquishyBee

Headband – Etsy Store (no longer available)

Week 6 Photo

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Headband – Etsy Store: CutieButtsBoutique, Dress – gift

Week 5 and 6 Milestones:

She is sleeping in larger chunks at night of 3-4 hours and gets up twice an evening for a diaper change and feeding. Her naps are more stretched out from originally 30-45 minutes and then wanting up to feed to 2 hours. When she is up, she is more interactive and for longer periods of time. We play on her play mat, do tummy time, sing, tell stories, and show her new toys or textures. She is rolling from her back to her side, which is exciting. During her tummy time she really gets her legs moving like she is ready to walk. It’s going to be crazy to see her take off crawling and then walking! It’s also fun to see her genuine smiles for us or for something funny going on than just for gas. She cracks up often and loves us entertaining her.

Week 5 and 6 Workouts:

I’m still getting in workouts when they fit based on that particular day. I haven’t time for workout DVDs lately, but I have been able to pick up my free weights and get in some reps when Chase is napping.

Monday 7/15: Off

Tuesday 7/16: 2 Miles (‘Hood, 18:49, 9:25 Pace)

Wednesday 7/17: Off

Thursday 7/18: 1.13 Miles (Treadmill, 0.5% Incline, 9:52, 8:44 Pace)

Friday 7/19: 2 Miles (Treadmill, 0.5% Incline, 17:15, 8:38 Pace)

Saturday 7/20: Off

Sunday 7/21: Weights, 3 Miles (Treadmill, 0.5% Incline, 23:56, 7:59 Pace)

Weekly Totals:

Run: 8.13 Miles

Strength: 1 Time

Monday 7/22: Off

Tuesday 7/23: Weights

Wednesday 7/24: 3.05 Miles Walk (‘Hood, 53:22, 17:30 Pace), 2.3 Miles (‘Hood, 21:16, 9:15 Pace)

Thursday 7/25: 1.61 Miles Walk (‘Hood, 27:15, 16:56 Pace), 2.29 Miles (‘Hood, 20:02, 8:45 Pace)

I will have some races coming up in August. I know that I will be running slower paced than I have in years and I will completely die, but it’s going to feel so good to get out there and be back at it again. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Chase – 1 Month Old – How time flies!

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

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚
    • Also I love story time and having Rob read to us. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 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. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Speed showering is an art. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚
    • 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.

Nursery Update

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!!

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I need to rearrange some things in the room and then I may do a nursery room tour on YouTube.

Workouts

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:ย Off

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 17.9 Miles

Strengthening: 1 Time

Monday 7/8: Off

Tuesday 7/9:ย 2 Miles (‘Hood, 19:19, 9:40 Pace)

Wednesday 7/10:ย 2 Miles (‘Hood, 18:56, 9:28 Pace)

Thursday 7/11:ย Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD (24:00, Level 1)

Friday 7/12:ย .51 Mile Walk (‘Hood, 10:13, 20:20 Pace), 1.37 Mile (‘Hood, 15:09, 11:04, w/stroller)

Saturday 7/13:ย Off

Sunday 7/14:ย 5 Miles (Const Trail, 49:30, 9:54 Pace)

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 10.9 Miles

Strengthening: 1 Time

Us out with Chase

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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.