Thursday, August 27, 2015

Henry's First Trip to the Cabin

Let's catch up a bit...

A few weeks ago my mom and I made the trek up to the Puget Sound to my grandparents' cabin for a little visit. Myself and many others in our family have been visiting the cabin every summer since we were born and Henry was the sixth generation of our family to use the property (my grandfather's grandparents purchased the land). 

The manfriend recently started a new job, so he wasn't able to make the trip, but we still had a great visit. Not only was it Henry's first time at the cabin, but it was his first time meeting great grandparents Jean and Art. 

While we were there, I made sure we did all the cabin requirements, including...

walks to the ferry dock.

time spent lounging on the deck.

He just started rolling from his tummy to his side

enjoying a little beach time.

incredible sunsets.

serious naps.

He took two, 3 hour wrap naps while we were there!

grandpa's berry pancakes (okay, I had those).

and quality family time. 

While it wasn't easy taking a 10-week-old on a long car trip and caring for him without some of our usual stuff and in the heat, I'm glad we did it. I got a lot of good walks in while trying to get him to sleep and soaked in the peaceful mornings and incredible sunsets. It was definitely nice to have my mom there as I needed the extra set of hands at times.

On a related note, I can hardly believe that summer is almost over. Perhaps that's because I had a baby at the beginning of summer and my legs have just started to get sun-kissed. But because we likely have another good month of summer weather here, I'm ignoring everyone's comments of summer being over. After all, I still have a summer bucket list to check off.

Best thing you've done this summer? Favorite casual thing to do for a date night (in or out)?*

*I'm trying to brainstorm some easy date night ideas that the manfriend and I could enjoy after the little guy is asleep for the night (like Netflix + takeout or a board game + ice cream). Eventually, we'll get back to actually going out on dates, but for now that isn't likely to happen. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Dear Henry: two months

Dear Henry,

Whoa, where has the time gone? You're now two and a half months old, but that's okay. I don't want to forget this stuff.

At exactly two months, you weighed 12 lbs 9 oz and you've been steadily gaining ~1/2 a pound per week. As a result, my arms and back are sure having to get stronger in a hurry. With each day it seems you are getting more of a fun little personality.

This month you really started noticing things on our morning walks: the trees, the wind, and your surroundings in general, which has been fun to see. You went on your first hike this month and slept the entire time in the Ergo. We also took you camping for the first time, which was a lot of work, but worth it. It was so cool to see how mesmerized you were by the treetops.

Highlights this month:

  • your coos and babbling just keep getting better
  • seeing you stare at the treetops

Around six weeks, we finally gave into the pacifier and have been using it when you are simply too fussy to settle down without sucking on something - in the car at times, for some naps, and bedtime.

You have been working on getting your fist to your mouth quite a lot. In fact, one morning at 5 a.m. you just propped one elbow on your other arm and got your hand to your mouth no problem. Since then, you've been using one fist to help guide the other. It's pretty cute.

Mama had her first shift back at the running store this month, which was good, but definitely made me realize how lucky I am to be able to spend so much time with you. I could not imagine having to be back at a full time desk job when you are this tiny. Luckily, however, you do take a bottle no problem, which is nice for when I have to work or just need some alone time.

Sometimes I look at you and think you look SO big, but then I see the pictures of you and realize you are still very small. I can't wait to see what the next few months bring, but I have a feeling lots of changes are on the horizon.



Dear Henry: one month

Friday, August 21, 2015

Week in Workouts

Wahoo, I'm back at it! Last week was a good one. I took another two weeks off from exercise to let things continue to heal, but fingers crossed I think my body's ready to jump back into a variety of activities now.

Monday - 1 hr stroller walk trying to get Henry to nap @ the cabin

Tuesday - 15 min run/walk (alternating running and walking)

Wednesday - 45 min walk w/ stroller

Thursday - nothing formal

Friday - nothing formal

Saturday - 20 min run/walk (alternating :30 run/:30 walk) + 45 min Ridgeline hike w/ baby

Sunday - 2 hour Ridgeline hike w/ baby + friends (This may have been pushing it a bit, but it was nice to get out and get some exercise while catching up with girlfriends. Plus, Henry got a decent nap in at the same time.)

Thoughts on my fitness
While it feels mentally so good to be able to get my heart really pounding and feel my lungs burning, I also noticed a decent dose of exhaustion with the addition of the exercise. I need to make sure I keep it in check so I don't run myself down for the sake of a few workouts.

It's been a long time since I've felt the post workout burn a few days later. I can honestly say I felt those hikes and my little run on Saturday 3 days later.

I'm going to continue fitting in short runs, gradually upping the run duration and the total time and see how things go. And as I do that, I need to remember to make sure to add a hefty dose of stretching on the side so I keep any injuries at bay.

Speaking of stretching... I think that's one area I'm a little scared of. I know how long I worked at improving my yoga strength and flexibility and how gradual the gains happened that I'm afraid to see where I'm starting at.

Frankly, it feels like I'm very much back at square one: tight hips, weak core, little flexibility. While I know HOW to do certain poses, it's going to take a while to convince the body it's ready to get into them. We'll see... slow and steady wins the race! Part of me thinks I may just need to commit to a weekly yoga class to make it happen.

Have you ever taken a serious break from something and had to jump back in? What helped you do it? Happy Friday!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Reality of Motherhood

(isn't always pretty). This is the point we stop being nice and start getting real. Nevermind, that was the premise of MTVs The Real World.

Anyway, in a tear-stained moment of exhaustion last night, I was inspired to write this post.

The reality of motherhood (sometimes) is...

1.  Looking like a hot mess 90% of the time. Hair unbrushed, spit up down your shirt, milk leaking from your boobs, and dark circles occupying your under eyes.

2.  Being so exhausted from limited sleep, constantly carrying around your baby, and being the sole food source that bursting into tears is necessity

3.  Deeming workout apparel appropriate for any situation. It used to be I wore my running shorts and tanks for exercise related activities only. But now it just seems like the easiest thing to throw on. Someday, I'll have time to look cute again.

4.  Fondly remembering the days you had time to put on makeup and blow dry and straighten your hair before leaving the house.

5.  Wondering what it would feel like to have that post yoga zen in your life. Being bendy feels like a lifetime ago.

6.  Envying those who are out blissfully riding their bike in the sunshine. I wanna ride a bike...

7.  Laughing at the idea of trying out a new dinner recipe (and yet I keep saving them in feedly).

8.  Debating whether coffee or a nap is a better option at 4:00 p.m. and then laugh because let's be real, you're not napping unless baby naps and baby isn't napping. Coffee it is.

But this guy, he's a million times worth it.


Feel free to chime in if you have any to share!

Monday, August 10, 2015

How to Go Camping with a Baby

Hi, friends! I hope your weekend has you feeling refreshed. I'm feeling... Tired. But it's safe to say that tired is what I'll feel for the next few years so I better buck up and become best friends with coffee.

Let me start by saying we don't have it all figured out, but we did successfully go camping recently with an 8-week old for one night, 2.5 hours from home and actually enjoyed ourselves. To be fair, my mom also met us there, so we did have the luxury of an extra person to help take care of the little guy at times.

What to bring:

  • Something safe for your child to sleep in (the closer it is to their normal bassinet or crib, the better). Henry sleeps in a Fisher Price Rock 'n Play, so we brought that as it's lightweight and folds, but in the future we will likely bring our travel crib once he's sleeping in a crib at home. 

  • Plenty of clothes, including a hat and long sleeves and pants as it always gets colder at night than you expect. For example, it was at least 95F at the hottest part of the day, but got down to 59F overnight. I was very glad I had thrown in a hat and a long sleeve onesie and little pants for Henry. 

6 a.m. silly baby

  • Diapers, lots of them. Depending where you're at, you may be quite a ways from a store, so having plenty on hand is important. And although we're mostly doing cloth diapering now, I brought disposables for our camping trip because I just couldn't fathom dealing with the mess of cloth diapers while camping. 

During diaper changes especially, he was fascinated by the treetops.

  • Wrap, carrier or stroller. I brought all three and we ended up using the Solly Baby wrap for our little hike along the Metolius River and the stroller when we checked out the headwaters of the Metolius (the actual start of the river) when Henry was sleeping. Plus, if I had been planning on going on more walks, I would definitely have wanted the stroller. 

  • Camping chairs. At night, we put one in our four person tent so I could sit in it to nurse him in the middle of the night. This was key to not having an aching back from hunching over to nurse. 

  • Water and reusable water bottles. I know it seems obvious, but this is something I tend to forget about when going camping: bringing a big jug of drinking water. We stopped at the store in Sisters, OR just before heading to the campground for sandwiches and water. 

  • A good attitude. You're camping with a baby. They are needy and unpredictable at times. Give yourself (and the baby a break) and expect that things won't go perfectly. Baby may cry during the day or night and that's okay. I've been to plenty of campgrounds where my neighbors have been up late talking and laughing quite loud and they never seemed to give a hoot what others thought about it. 

And there you have it, a hopefully perfect recipe for "camping with baby" success!

Our little happy camping family

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Week in Workouts

My first full week of workouts was exciting if anything. After six weeks of only walking (and taking care of the bambino of course) I was finally doing something different! But that was short lived as my body made it clear I wasn't quite ready to return to all the fun. So, I'm back to walking, a little yoga stretching (downward dog does wonders for an aching baby-carrying back), and maybe a little upper body strength work for now.

Monday - 25 min strength training + a little deep core work for that diastasis recti

Tuesday - 20 min late night yoga

Wednesday - 20 min a.m. run/walk + p.m. mama yoga!

Thursday - Hendricks hills for 50 min (walking the hilly loop the speed group was running repeats on while pushing the stroller) Let's just say, running UP hills is going to be serious work when the time comes.

Friday - 45 min barre strength via The Fitnessista + yoga flow while Henry napped + 1 hr walk at Dorris Ranch with the manfriend and the little guy

Saturday - 45 min stroller walk + coffee & cinnamon sugar donut at the Farmer's Market (not necessarily part of my workouts, but felt luxurious and like my pre-mama life)

Sunday -  45 min stroller walk downtown

If nothing else, it was fun to do something different for a week and I know I'll be back to it all eventually. It's a good reminder that this whole having a baby thing is a serious stress on the body and I've got to give mine a little more time to heal. My plan is to take another two weeks off and then try just run/walking very briefly and not incorporating lower body strength or much of anything that engages the pelvic floor at that time. We'll see...

What's been your most exciting or challenging workout lately? What's on deck for your weekend?

I'm not gonna lie, I'm really looking forward to being able to hop back into a bootcamp style, challenging yoga flow, or Barre3 class in the future.

We are heading to Central Oregon to meet my parents to go camping for a night. It's going to be a fun test to see how challenging (or manageable) camping with a newborn is. I'm already packing and bringing about twice the amount of outfits I think he should need (because babies spit up and pee/poo on everything). Oh, and it's going to be in the mid 90's... #overthisheatwave

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My First Run Back

Technically, this was my second run post pregnancy, but to be fair, that first run/walk lasted 11 minutes, included a few minutes of walking, and was done in my neighborhood. For Sunday's run, I planned to leave Henry home with the manfriend while I got some solo time in along the Willamette River. It's amazing what an hour can do to recharge your spirit. 

The weather was gorgeous, making for a perfect early morning run/walk. 

I almost felt like my old self again, out for an early run with just my thoughts and my Brooks Ravennas... That is, until I started to run and was reminded I have a ways to go to get back to where I was (and that's okay). 

This is probably my favorite shoe color combo in quite a while

To really enjoy the outing, I opted for a 5 minute walking warm up followed by a 20 minute run (w/ 5 min or so of walk breaks thrown in) followed by a 5 minute cool down and lunges. 

I thought about turning on a podcast for a moment and then I thought better of it. Some space to zone out is just what my brain needed. 

Walkin' it out

So how did it feel? My inner thighs feel weak, where ligaments and such attach to my lower pelvis felt awkward, and my lungs burned a little bit. But none of that was a deal breaker.

Because things feel pretty tight, I did a whole bunch of 'lunge and reach with the opposite arm' things. We often do these before our Thursday night Flyers workouts and they feel amazing. 

And finally, back home and feeling renewed both mentally and physically. I think this return to running thing is going to suit me just fine. I might not feel fast or light on my feet, but I'm running and that's all that matters right now.

From here on out, most of my runs will be done in the morning before the manfriend heads to work, or at the end of the day, but I'm crossing my fingers I won't be a stranger to these solo weekend runs. As for yoga and strength training, I'll consider it a good week if I'm able to fit these in at least once. Here's to hoping! 

What's your favorite mood boosting activity? Highlight of your week?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Baby's First Hike

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen that our little guy went on his first hike! In an attempt to check off some of our 'summer items' and to practice traveling with baby, we decided to head out to the McKenzie River on Saturday for a little adventure.

In life with a newborn, things rarely seem to happen on schedule, so you just have to roll with it. The manfriend was up early to watch the Tour de France, get our busted old washer ready to be picked up, give the dog a bath, and swing by the bike shop. In the mean time, I got Henry and myself ready for the day. Just as we were about to leave, Henry woke up from his nap and was ready to eat. Cue 30 min delay...

By the time we left the house it was noon, but it was Saturday, so who really cares?

I think I mentioned this before, but Henry does not like being strapped into his car seat. Luckily, he only fussed for a few minutes before falling asleep for the entire two hour drive!

We got to a parking area along the river, changed his diaper, plopped him in the Ergo, and set off on our hike. Saturday was warm (in the 90s) and with a little movement and a cozy environment, Henry went right back to sleep for another hour while we hiked.

It felt really good to be a bit more active and spend some time on the trails, even if I wasn't running. We also saw a bunch of mountain bikers on the trail. Someday, someday...

I really expected the little man to wake up and be hungry along the hike (he eats every 2-3 hrs typically), but we made it back to the car where I finally had to wake him up to feed him.

The car ride home was a little less enjoyable, but he did manage to sleep about half of it. As a reward for our hard work, we stopped at the nearby general store for "chicken on a stick" for the manfriend (basically flavorful fried chicken) and a huckleberry ice cream cone for me. 

The rest of the day involved a lot of couch sitting and staying indoors where it was cool. Overall, I'd say our trip was a success and I'm crossing my fingers our next road trip will go just as smoothly. 

What's on your summer to-do list? 

Everyone keeps saying that we should take advantage of these first three months when the baby is really portable and can nap almost anywhere, so we're trying to do some fun summer things while we can. Things like: visiting breweries, going to Bend, camping, dinners out, and random little road trips.