Finding a Balance

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Day in the life: after baby

I found an unpublished post that apparently I had all ready to go, so note that this is super outdated now! It looks like I wrote this on November 9, so little C was about three months old. I’m planning to do another one this week to see how things have changed ūüôā Enjoy!

I did one of these day in the life posts before baby and for fun, so here’s one after baby! I think I might do a weekend one soon, too, since our days look a lot different when we’re at home with little C all day!

12:57 a.m. –¬†I hear stirring on the baby monitor. I turn over and hope Calvin will put himself back to sleep.

12:59 a.m. –¬†the stirring has turned into aggressive fussing. I get up.

1:01 a.m. –¬†I turn on his red night light, pick him up and start nursing him in the glider. For the middle of the night feedings, I keep the lights off (with the exception of his red night light) and don’t talk to him or anything. With minimal stimulation, he usually goes back to sleep pretty easily.

1:12 a.m.¬†– I can tell he’s comfort nursing at this point, so I gently put him back down. He stirs, ever so slightly, and I creep out of the nursery. I turn¬†the baby monitor back on and go to the kitchen to get my pump parts. Calvin’s been eating more lately at daycare, so I’m back to pumping once in the middle of the night. While pumping, I hear the little guy making some light fussing noises, but he eventually goes to sleep.

1:40 a.m. Рback to bed

4:58 a.m. –¬†wake up to fussing on the monitor

5:01 a.m. –¬†repeat the process of quietly picking Calvin up and feeding him until I can tell he’s drifting back to sleep

5:15 a.m. –¬†put Calvin back down and crawl into bed

6:21 a.m.¬†– boooooo, baby’s awake again. I realize that this means he’s up for the day at this point.

6:23 a.m. –¬†head into the nursery and turn on one of the (less bright) lamps. Greet Calvin with a bright and cheery “good morning!” He rewards me with a big, gummy smile and I unswaddle him and let him stretch and wake up a bit more before I turn on another lamp.

6:30 a.m.¬†– we do some tummy time with the creepy stuffed dog that sings songs and says things like “I love you!” (in the creepiest voice ever) and practice grabbing onto things. Calvin¬†tells us some stories AKA babbling.

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6:55 a.m.¬†– diaper change and a quick wipe down with a washcloth. He got a bath the night before (and still smells like the Burt’s Bees baby wash and lotion we use!). I nurse him (more like a snack since he ate last only a couple of hours ago) to get him through until his first bottle at daycare.

7:05 a.m.¬†– It’s PJ day at daycare, so we change him out of his nighttime PJs and into another set up fresh PJs for school! Is there anything cuter than a baby in PJs?

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7:20 a.m. –¬†J gets Calvin buckled in his car seat and I kiss them both goodbye before heading into the kitchen for coffee and oatmeal.

7:25 a.m. –¬†I hear J take off and I eat my breakfast while checking work emails.

7:45 a.m. – shower and finish getting ready for the day

8:30 a.m. –¬†I’m working from home today, so I pump while responding to work emails, doing some editing work, etc.

11:00 a.m. –¬†Another pumping session

11:20 a.m. –¬†Put pumping supplies in a Ziploc baggie in the fridge so I don’t have to wash them after each session and label the milk for daycare.

11:25 a.m. –¬†Find something to eat for lunch. Decide on a leftover creamy, key lime chicken enchilada I made for dinner a couple of nights ago.

11:55 a.m.¬†– Put tonight’s dinner in the crockpot. Tonight, it’s Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken!

2:00 p.m.  РPump again. My day is pretty much made up of pumping.

3:32 p.m. – I search for a snack and decide on pretzels and a granola bar. I make a mental note to buy some trail mix or something.

4:00 p.m. РLast pumping session of the day. Thank goodness.

5:00 p.m. Рfinish up a few work-related items, turn the crock pot from low to warm, pour rice and water into the rice cooker, and then leave to pick up the little guy from daycare

5:12 p.m.¬†– arrive at daycare and get the run down from his teachers. It’s the same story every day — he didn’t sleep well. So early bedtime tonight!

5:27 p.m. – arrive back home and Calvin is on the border of losing it. Get him out of the car seat and try to get him in a better mood while I press “start” on the rice cooker.

5:35 p.m. – Calvin is really crabby, so I head to the couch to feed him.

5:42 p.m. –¬†J gets back from his run and finishes up dinner. He steams some broccoli and dishes me up a plate.

5:45 p.m. –¬†I hand off the baby and inhale eat my dinner.¬†J is playing “airplane” with Calvin and I’m waiting for him to spit up all over daddy. Ha.

6:00 p.m. –¬†We switch and J eats dinner while I get sing some songs to little C as I change him¬†into a new pair of PJs. It’s at this point that I realize he’s in the same outfit we sent him to daycare in — score!

6:15 p.m.¬†– J picks out a book to read to Calvin. Tonight it’s one of the books from my childhood — Clifford Gets a Kitten!

6:18 p.m. РI almost die of the cuteness that is J reading to C and C making some cute noises.

6:21 p.m. Рstory time is going so well, J starts on the second book he picked out, C is for Chafing!

6:22 p.m. –¬†C has had enough and story time comes to an abrupt end.

6:30 p.m. РJ says good night to Calvin and we head into the nursery. I turn all of the lights off except for his red night light and nurse him for the (fingers crossed) last time of the day.

6:32 p.m.¬†– I put in my headphones and listen to Sharp Objects on Audible. Man, what a depressing turn from the last book I read, Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?

7:22 p.m¬†– I’m pretty confident that he’s finally out, so I carefully lay him down and turn off the night light.

7:25 p.m. РSwear at the noises coming from the baby monitor.

7:28 p.m.¬†– Finish up a load of laundry and wash the day’s bottles and pump parts

8:00 p.m. Рstart getting ready for bed. Hang out with J for a bit.

9:00 p.m. Рlights out


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Back at it (Garry Bjorkland Half training)

To be totally honest, the plan was to say goodbye to the blog. It had started to feel like a lot of work and I felt guilty for not posting. So I made up my mind. I just needed to get around to writing a final post. And then my domain name and hosting auto-renewed for another year, so here I am. And I realized that maybe I wasn’t ready to be done after all.

Plus, my half marathon training kicks off TOMORROW! I’m pumped to be training for something again, but it’s so hard to tell what my fitness level could be after the next 12 weeks.

From the last time I ran the Garry Bjorkland half -- can't wait for the exciting finish through the streets of downtown Duluth!

From the last time I ran the Garry Bjorkland half — can’t wait for the exciting finish through the streets of downtown Duluth!

The plan was to base build all winter, but…..well, life. The little guy wasn’t sleeping well and we were all majorly sick all winter. Every time I’d start back up, I’d get slammed with another awful virus, complete with a fever and chills/body aches, and all of a sudden a couple of weeks would pass by. So then, all of a sudden my first race of the year (the Point Bock 5 Mile) was upon me, and I had hardly been running a few miles per week. I surprised myself by running the entire time and pulling off a decent pace. It was stupid to do that because I was sore for the next week, but it gave me the racing bug again and gave me confidence.

Post-race beer tent. With a baby.

Post-race beer tent. With a baby.

I got a couple of weeks of base building under my belt and my hip started tightening up during runs. It felt exactly the same as what was happening during training for my most recent Twin Cities Marathon. On top of that, my plantar fasciitis was flaring up and my ankle hurt, so back to Orthology I went. After two visits, I’m already feeling much stronger and almost back to normal!

Here’s what this¬†first week of training looks like:

Monday – REST

Tuesday – 3 miles easy

Wednesday – 5x400s

Thursday – 3 miles easy

Friday – REST

Saturday – 3 miles (planning to keep the pace just slightly faster than easy for this one)

Sunday – 5 miles

The plan is to do strength training at least twice per week. I’ll also be doing my PT exercises at least five days/week and rolling and stretching every day.

At this point, I have NO idea what I’ll be capable of, pace-wise, come June. So I’m going to wait to set any goals and am going to tweak training paces as I go. I’m starting out aiming for 10:00 min/miles for easy runs, long runs between 10 and 10:30, intervals around 7:23 and pace runs at 9:10 and tempos at 8:50 pace. I’d love it if I could shave some time off of all of those paces, but they feel like a good starting point.

Anyone else training for an early summer half?