Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Goodbye, November!

I have been neglecting this little blog, haven’t I? I always wondered (before I had kids) how moms of newborns could post regularly, but then once the babies grew into toddlers, they disappeared from the blog world. Now, I totally understand. Toddlers are different creatures- walking, babbling and definitely NOT napping for hours on end like they used to when they were infants. Anyways, I just wanted to come in to say hello and how you what we’ve been up to this past month before I put up ANOTHER monthly update! Miss Adeline turned 14 months yesterday, what in the world?!

Elf for Health has been so much fun! It’s a challenge that started the week of Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas. There are lots of fun daily challenges like tracking your water intake and doing 100 burpees (ahem, maybe that’s not so much fun). Check out our challenges:

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Every participant gets paired up with an “Elf Buddy” and I just wanted to brag about mine for a minute :) Katy over at Joy. Laughter. Sweat is my elf buddy, and she has been amazing! She even made this encouraging pic and Tweeted it to me on the day of my Turkey Trot! She also just put up an awesome looking leg workout, I pinned it so that I can check it out soon.

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Speaking of the Turkey Trot, I’m really proud of myself for sticking to the Hal Higdon 10K Training Plan. The plan was really easy to follow, and it definitely got me back into the running groove. I ran the Northeast YMCA Turkety Trot in Louisville, KY. I keep trying to remember how many years I’ve been a participant, and I think this was my 5th or 6th year doing this race! The weird thing about this race is that the distance isn’t exact- it is promoted a being a 10k, but each year, there is a contest to guess the correct distance. My RunKeeper app had the distance at 5.48mi. There were 9 of us who partipated, it was a CHILLY morning (23*) and the baby girls did great!

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Just try to stand as awkward as I do for photos, I dare you. I wanted to hang right at 8min miles, and I’m super stoked that I was able to do that. My official time was 43:18. I placed 4th in my age group (out of 49). I’m definitely proud of finishing my first postpartum race, but I don’t think I’ll be signing up for any races this winter, brrrr. I want to get back to some weights (with a sprinkle of running), but I am excited for running more races in the spring.

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In the picture above, 5 out of the 9 of us got sick with a stomach bug. I’m amazed that Daniel and Adeline are healthy! I’m definitely praising the Lord for that. I was sick on Saturday, I haven’t slept that much in a LONG time! A huge THANK YOU to Daniel for being daddy of the year while I rested in bed the majority of Saturday.

And one of my most FAVORITE reads from the week: To the Mamas of Littles during the Holidays: Do Less Stuff. Here’s a hint- if whatever you’re planning on doing is likely to make you angry with your kids, it’s probably not that important. I’m eyeing you, super-cute Holiday Pinterest crafts!

December is one of my most favorite months: Christmas, my Birthday and the cheer that seems to linger in the air. This Friday is the annual Holiday Party with Daniel’s work! Last year, Adeline was just 9 weeks old when we took our first night away! What fun!

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I hope you had an AWESOME November, and I’m hoping to snap some pictures of Adeline soon for her 14 month update!

One Year

Sweet Adeline,

I cannot grasp how you have been in our lives for a year. Little one, you have turned my world upside down, and I’m okay with that. You truly make each day more beautiful than the one before. The sky seems bluer, the birds chirp louder and your open-mouthed kisses melt my heart.

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I struggle to remember the early days with you. I remember the dim winter light flooding our living room as we hung out on the couch for what seemed like days on end. I remember hours of snoozing with you on the couch after your belly was full of milk. When I look back at the many photos I took in those early days, I can barely recognize you. I hold a newborn baby and cannot convince myself that you were ever so tiny.

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I remember the difficult days and nights that we had. I remember sobbing along with you in the middle of the night. Feeling completely inadequate and desperate. I struggled through some dark days, and I’ll be right there for you whenever hard times come. God brought me through those dark days. He put prayerful women and men in our lives, Adeline, to pour into us. He lifted that blanked of insecurity and resentment, and I saw God in a new light. My deepest desire is for you to know our Creator, our God. I look forward to teaching you about Him by helping you to understand how much we truly need him.

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Adeline, throughout this past year, you have taught me a lot about myself and my relationships. Thank you for making me a mother. I don’t think I would have had the chance to recognize how incredibly selfish I can be. I wouldn’t appreciate your father as much as I do now. He works SO HARD so that I can stay home to take care of you. I know that my job isn’t easy, but I’m so blessed that my job consists of lunchtime play dates at the park and grocery shopping trips with you. You have one awesome daddy. He never hesitates to ask how you are doing throughout the day, and we love watching videos and looking at pictures of you after you’re in bed. He’s pretty crazy about you, and I’m excited to watch your relationship grow. I understand a new kind of love because of you, sweet one.

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My dear daughter, thank you for this year. Thanks for all of the snuggles, goofy grins and yes, even tears, that we have gotten to share. You light up my world, and I’m so glad that you are mine. Thank you for blessing our lives, thank you for letting me be your mommy.

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Happy First Birthday, Adeline!

Adeline’s Birth Story: Part 1 and Part 2

It’s the Truth

Truth: Being a mom is awesome, horrible at times, wonderful, draining, rewarding and humbling. #allatthesametime

Truth: We buy 2 jars of peanut butter per week. I eat the majority of both jars. I’m not ashamed. Kroger Natural Creamy, please.

Truth: Twitter mommies give the best advice @Run_Far_Girl @NYCRunningMama @NicoleCulver @KatieHeddleston @RunWithTongs @CharEatsGreens @AHealthySlice @HealthyHappyAmy @CrzyRunningLegs @O2befitmom @Kwidrick (and probably more, but now you can have a ton of new Twitter/Blog buddies!)

Truth: I keep buying almonds “for Daniel to take to work”, but in reality, most of them go into my belly. Yummo.

Truth: Internet friends can’t beat real life friends- I’m looking at you mommies at Missio, women from our Mission Group, and all of my other mom (and mommy-to-be) friends.

Truth: I love Best Body Bootcamp. Like, REALLY love it. So much that I’m signing up for Round 5 which starts in early April.

Truth: For the past couple of weeks, Adeline nursed 2-4 times PER NIGHT. It’s been sleepy around here. I started taking Fenugreek a week and a half ago and it’s great to not feel empty all the time.

Truth: I really wish I were eating/drinking milk products (I stopped because Adeline seemed to be sensitive). I want to try all of the new flavors of Kroger’s CARBmaster and Lite Yogurts that we get to try through BzzAgent I suppose Daniel won’t be too mad about his missing almonds if I show him all of these yummy flavors!

(I got the yogurt as a part of the BzzAgent program. Review coming soon. #GotItFree)

Truth: It’s Monday- and we’re gonna rock it out!

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Do you have a “truth” to share? What are you doing this Monday?

Another Birthday, Another Me?

Well, today is my 25th birthday. I have a few minutes to type while the babe is sleeping, and I wanted to try to capture my feelings on my quarter of a century birthday. There aren’t any pictures in this post (Adeline’s 3 month post is coming on Monday, get ready to be smothered with cute-ness), and please excuse my introspective ramblings…

I would never have imagined that I would have gotten married at 22 and that I would have a baby right before I turned 25. God works in some special ways, I can attest to that. This year has been full of ups and downs. The biggest surprise of this past year was definitely find out that we were expecting a baby, and the rest of the year was filled with preparing for the little one. In some ways, I kind of felt like this past year wasn’t really mine. I suppose part of that feeling comes from being pregnant for 40 weeks (aka a LONG time), and now, even though Adeline is here, I still don’t feel like my “old” self.

I suppose I never will be my “old” self again- I’m a mother now.

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.
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As smooth as this transition to motherhood has been, and as much as I love my daughter- a part of me is still grieving the loss of the days as just being “me”. Life will never be the same as it was before Adeline came into the world, BUT, I wouldn’t trade my life now for anything in the world. I have a husband who loves and supports me (who makes me laugh, who comforts me when I cry, etc.) I have a beautiful, happy and healthy baby girl, and God has surrounded our family with the love of friends and family.

I think it’s pretty natural to get sentimental at this time of the year- as we say “goodbye” to the holiday season and start preparing for a “New Year, New You”. I’m taking some time today to look back on this past year and to say THANK YOU to God for bringing me through this journey. I’m waving goodbye to my “early twenties” with a smile. I’m constantly trying to give up my struggles, insecurities and anxieties about my past and my future to God so that I can be present in the now.

So, I’m entering into my 25th year as a “new” me. I’m embracing the changes that have come into my life. I’m a mom. But, I’m still a Child of God, a Wife, a Friend, a Daughter (and more).

Thank you so much for all of the texts, Facebook messages and in-person Happy Birthday wishes. Here’s to twenty-five FANTASTIC years, and cheers to many more!

Getting into a Rhythm

Adeline’s fifth week of life was a doozy- I’m pretty sure she went through some sort of growth spurt. Monday through Friday she took maybe one actual nap per day with a few (unpredictable) cat naps. She was also eating a LOT. Any sense of a “schedule” went out the window. Week 5 was a rough one for me- Adeline and I spent some time crying on the couch together because nothing I could do or say would console her (I suppose growing is hard work!) Daniel was as supportive as ever, and we made it through that difficult week.

Then, a switch flipped and she was back to her happy, napping self- just in time for our visit to Lexington last weekend! We are so happy that Adeline got to meet so many of our friends, family and former co-workers. It’s pretty special for us to share her with the world! We also got our first official family photos taken by our friend Melissa who started her own business, Melissa Rossine Photography. Check out this ADORABLE sneak-peek she posted last night:

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Back to Adeline’s 6th week of life. We have started to get into a bit of a routine- we’re following the BabyWise “schedule” loosely, and it seems to be working great for us and for her. Adeline has been FOCUSED on getting her right thumb into her mouth this week. I hope I can snag a video of her struggle to coordinate the hand to mouth movement before she figures it out! It’s pretty hilarious how much effort goes in to getting that hand to her mouth! I didn’t capture the thumb struggle in this video, but she does give a few smiles to the camera:

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I forgot to update her 1 month update post- she weighed 9lbs 1oz and was 21 inches long (38% for both weight and height)! She’s getting big, and I swear she gets heavier each morning that I pick her up! (I think I see 3 chins in the picture below…)
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Adeline is also sleeping in her NURSERY! We kept the Pack ‘n Play in our room for the first few weeks because it was easier to tend to her needs, but now that we have a baby monitor ($7 from TJMaxx), she has been sleeping (successfully) in her own room!

I know blankets aren’t recommended in the crib, but they’re lightweight, Adeline hates swaddling and it’s cold. I don’t want the baby police to arrest me for trying to keep the baby warm.

Our church, Missio Dei Cincinnati, released their very first Christmas album- Advent: Let Men Their Songs Employ. It is awesome, and you can download it (FOR FREE) here. Adeline smiled when we played one of the songs this morning, so I’m convinced that she is going to love Christmas as much as I do!

We’re really glad that we’re settling into a bit of a rhythm. I know it will change and shift over the coming days and weeks, but it makes us feel like more confident parents when we can better identify and meet our baby’s needs. Coming up on Wednesday- things that I wish someone had told me before I became a mother!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Week!

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