Chase:Every:Second

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Chase 6 Months Old – Big Girl Moments

Chase is having big girl moments nearly every day. It’s so amazing to watch her sweet personality develop. All the little things like she crosses her legs when she lays back to relax and that she loves blowing raspberries. She even woke herself up in the morning blowing them, too cute!

Baby Info / Milestones

Chase weighs 16 pounds and 9 ounces.

Chase is now eating solids twice a day (lunch and dinner). She’s eating  a lot breast milk/formula so much so now that we’ve gone from 75% being breast milk to now 75% is formula. My supply isn’t keeping up, but I’m still able to supplement her.

Chase is passing toys from one had to the other, her pincher grasp is improving, and she is able to lean forward and grab toys while in a seated position.

6 Month Photos

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We also had a 6 month professional photo shoot. It was early afternoon, right after Chase’s nap and she wasn’t willing to give out her big smiles just yet since she woke up in a strange place. 🙂 We still got some sweet pictures.

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Baby Sleep / Mama Sleep

After Thanksgiving Chase got the flu and then she was constipated. Needless to say eating well and sleeping well both took a hit. It was a very hard few weeks. As soon as she was feeling better her eating was back on track and then it was time to get her sleep figured out. We bit the bullet and went cold turkey to the crib. She was fussy, but at it was amazing how after a short amount of time she was putting herself to sleep. The longest she fussed was 35 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, it was the WORST 35 minutes of my life. Rob had to help me from rushing to her. After her fussing she was sleeping in her crib 5 hours or more at a time! Other nights she was fussing only 2-9 minutes. Now she can sleep 10-12 hours straight! When she wakes up she will fuss and put herself back to sleep. When she has trouble soothing herself, we try a few minutes using the CoCaLo Perfect Calming Center Baby Mat and it usually does the trick. It is truly amazing to have Chase successfully sleeping in her crib. And the added bonus is I’m getting quality sleep too! 😀

My Workouts

My workouts were non-existent during the three weeks Chase wasn’t feeling well. But after things came together with her sleep I was able to start running a couple of miles here and there again. Plus finally sleeping better was making me feel better all around.

I will begin a new training plan after Christmas for the IL Half Marathon. In comparison to my pre-baby training plans, this will be very conservative. Still it will feel so rewarding to embark on a training plan while also working and being a mom to an infant. I’ll have more to share on that in a future post. 🙂


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Chase 5 Months – All Smiles :)

Chase is 5 months old! Holey smokes!!

This post is late, Chase was 5 months old November 11th. I’m again late to posting because we’ve been busy with celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary, Rob’s Birthday, getting ready for Thanksgiving, and then Chase got sick right after that. 😦 She’s finally feeling better, thank goodness! Between all of the celebrating, sickness, and working, there hasn’t been a moment of downtime. Here are some pictures of what has been going on with us lately.

Chase’s 5 Month Photos

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Playing in her jumparoo, not holding still enough for a clear picture. 🙂

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This girl is all smiles, we love it!! 😀

Baby Nutrition

We’ve started trying out feedings twice a day, once at daycare and once at home. It’s more about her getting used to the food and feeding process than nutrition, so it’s okay whatever ends up in he tummy. Bananas are her favorite. 🙂 Apples, squash, and peas aren’t bad either. We’ve just started on pears as well, but it she makes a face like they are too tart. We quickly learned that variety is key. Too many bananas and apples close together caused some constipation. A little consult with the doctor got things back on track though. Now we will make sure to vary up the meals even more.

Baby Sleep

Sleep has been similar to 4 months. There will be a few days of very good sleep, she will get up just up once or twice. Mid-night to 5 am this month has been her most restful period. But after a few days, she’s back to very fussy and she’s up every hour or never really sleeps unless she’s held. Again this seems to align to developmental changes or when she is not feeling well. After being sick Thanksgiving she definitely needed extra comfort to rest.

Baby Festivities

Daycare had Thanksgiving luncheon for the parents. It was so nice to visit with the other parents and the teachers and reflect on the development of all of the kids over the past few months. It’s just so wonderful being parents to Chase, we are truly thankful.

Daddy and Chase

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Mommy and Chase

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Our Family

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We have also got the house ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Chase loved carefully checking out the Christmas tree.

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We are looking forward to creating traditions for Chase. For Christmas it will include seeing Santa, Elf on the Shelf, Christmas Eve Service, Christmas PJs, reading “Twas The Night Before Christmas”, watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, making cookies for Santa, donating clothes and toys, etc. I can’t wait to create special memories for her.

Projects

Rob has taken a pause from airplane building to focus on building us a new bed for our 10 year wedding anniversary present. He’s also going to build us two nightstands.

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He’s making the a king size version of the bed he made for our guest room.

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Plus, Rob is going to do some more work on finishing the basement. Pics to come on the progress.

My Workouts

My running is coming back and it feels really good to get in a few miles when I can. When Chase sleeps well I have been getting up at 4am to run. On the weekends I’ve gotten in some running while Rob has daddy time with Chase. The days Chase isn’t well or isn’t sleeping well, running sometimes doesn’t happen. My training schedule will begin again at the end of December for spring races. I’ll share my plans when I get them figured out. I’m looking forward to it!

So it’s obvious now that I’ve changed the blog from FlyRunner to ChaseEverySecond. It felt like it was time to retire the FlyRunner moniker. Both running and flying will always be a part of our lives, but they are no longer the highest priority. ChaseEverySecond just feels like a better fit. Chase is every wonderful second of our lives and it also describes how we like to approach life in general. My posts were naturally becoming more than just running and flying, so it felt like it was time to change the blog name to fit where our lives are now. Moving forward with the blog I see writing more posts about our lives, travel, home projects, decorating, recipes, and who knows what else. Instead of planning it all out, I’m just going to write about whatever is of interest and just see where it goes. Hopefully I can get post up more often as well. 🙂


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Chase 4 Months Old – Growth Spurts

Every day with Chase seems to bring some new adventure is seeing her grow. From turning her head side to side with no wobble, to rolling from tummy to back, and sitting up in her Bumbo. It’s just amazing to witness!

I’m late in writing this post, Chase turned 4 months old on October 11th. We had her 4 month checkup and while her shots caused discomfort she actually slept pretty well compared to last time. At 4 months she is 25.5 inches long (87th percentile), 14lbs 15oz (64th percentile), and her head is 16.75 inches (93rd percentile).

4 Month Pictures

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Baby Nutrition

The doctor gave us the green light to start solid foods. There is no rush though so we are taking our time. After a few attempts she still wasn’t a fan of the oatmeal cereal. The doctor said some babies don’t take too it plain (even mixed with formula she didn’t care for it) and it’s okay to move onto other foods. Her first vegetable was sweet potatoes and she loved them instantly! Every time we tried them she would grab the spoon and try to help feed herself. 🙂 After a few days of no allergic reaction, we tried carrots and those went over well too!

Baby Sleep

Chase had a couple amazing weeks of sleep where she was getting up only once during the night. Since then she’s started to be more fussy, even with an early bedtime and the same routine. There is a lot of information on this topic call Wonder Weeks or 4 Month Regression. Without writing a whole post on it (since there are already many great resources), suffice it to say that all of the developmental changes can affect a baby’s sleep. Knowing this is likely the culprit helps with the getting up multiple times a night. We had proof that she was sleeping well, so that gives me hope that it will eventually come back again.

Chase in her sunglasses. 🙂

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Baby Festivities

I was excited for Chase’s first Halloween, but things didn’t go as planned. Since it’s not ideal to have her out and about in the cold weather we had plans to meet up with a girlfriend and her baby and go into our office and show off the babies in their costumes. We were all set, I went to pick up Chase from daycare in her costume and found out that she wasn’t feeling well and needed to go to the doctor. So no festivities for us. 😦 Chase didn’t even get her costume on. She was having a lot of sinus drainage, which caused her first ear infection. So we spent our evening snuggled on the couch while Rob managed the candy distribution. Needless to say that being sick doesn’t help with sleep either, poor thing. 😦

Now that she is feeling better on her antibiotics I at least got to do a photo shoot with our little ladybug. 🙂

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My Workouts

My workouts have not been blog worthy. A couple weeks ago I had bad tendinitis in my foot and rested it ten days. I was about to go for physical therapy to rule out a stress fracture, when it completely went away. I guess proper rest (and new shoes) did the trick.

Since then I have started getting in a couple miles here and there. We plan to start mapping out our races for next year and I can work on getting some base building back in before my next marathon training cycle started. I had originally thought I would be doing the Monumental Marathon this November, but I sorely underestimated how challenging it is to get in training workouts (let alone general running) with a new infant who is being breastfed and is up at night quite a bit still. No biggie, races will still be there. I’m looking forward to getting back into racing, but taking this time to be with Chase has been awesome.

Also, I’m looking to revamp the blog….it may take some time to complete and will be done bit by bit, so more on that over time. 🙂


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We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do!

This post has nothing to do about running and a lot to do about Chase. 🙂

This week was spirit week at daycare. Each day had a theme leading up to Homecoming weekend for Illinois State University.

Super Hero Day – Super Baby!

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PJ Day

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Fan Day – Go Bears!

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Decade Day – Groovy Baby

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ISU Day – Go Redbirds!

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The last two weeks we had a fundraiser at daycare to benefit the United Way of McLean County. The top fundraising boy and girl would be Homecoming King and Queen of our daycare’s parade float in the ISU parade. Chase won! Here is our little Homecoming Queen!

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Chase and Rob with Ronald McDonald

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It was so awesome walking with our parade float (it got 2nd in the contest) and hear everyone saying sweet things about Chase being Queen. 😀 It was also fun handing out candy to all the kids that came out to watch. Chase ended up sleeping the entire way!

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In other Chase news we went from 6 bad nights of sleep (probably from her being sick and/or another growth spurt) to 4 good ones! Chase and I both got some much needed rest. It will be nice if this trend continues for awhile. 🙂

Also, Chase has now been out for breakfast once and a quick dinner. Both were successful! It takes good teamwork between me and Rob and we will keep testing the waters with places now and then.

That’s it for now….Hope you all are having a good weekend!

 

 


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2013 We Care Twin Cities – 10K – 1:01:30

Race Takeaway: Sometimes a downgrade is an upgrade.

Saturday morning was the We Care Twin Cities 10K and Half Marathon. As I talked about in my race post for the 5K the night before, Drew and I downgraded from the Half Marathon to the 10K. This turned out to be the best option because that meant that we could all run together as our wolf pack. 🙂

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Chase was doing well and we got up with no issues and were out the door in plenty of time to get parked and wait for our race. The race start is at Eastview Church, which is so nice because we are able to use the facilities there and hang out. We got to see some of our fellow running friends and catch up about racing. It was so nice to see Anand, Kerry, and more. I hope you all had a great race!

The weather was perfect, light breeze and just about 60 degrees.

10K Race Start

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I was expecting based on my time at Eureka Heart House 10K the weekend before that with those hills I could easily run this course, which is relatively flat at the same pace or better, but I was wrong. My legs felt DEAD. I couldn’t get my pace up so we hovered around 9:15-9:30s. It was disappointing that one of the race volunteers wasn’t paying attention and you could see that she let a large chunk of runners go the wrong direction in Tipton Park. We weren’t sure if this would make their race long or short in the end, but based on friend’s blog posts it sounds like they ended up running long.

By the turn around point, I was wiped. I really struggled through the last 5K. My legs were like lead and I was so exhausted. I think the week had finally caught up with me. I haven’t felt that miserable in a race in a long time. Rob and Drew were so nice and encouraging the whole way. To the point it actually got annoying because I was struggling so much I asked them to stop talking to me. 🙂 Sorry about that! 🙂 They were very conversational and we knew Drew would easily PR, but I wanted him to run ahead earlier on to gain every second he could. Finally by mile 5 Drew did break away and easily set a new PR with a 1:01, a 2 minute improvement. He wasn’t even hurting at the end so he can easily PR again, great job Drew! I on the other hand was dying the whole way back and came in at 1:01:30. I was really hoping to have a good day out there with perfect weather and a flatter course, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Still I’m happy that I we were able to be out and Chase slept the whole way again.

Stats:

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9:55 Pace

Overall: 80/169

F: 40/110

F 35-39: 8/25