Friday, June 12, 2015

Blair {7 & 8 Months Old}

It's amazing how quickly time passes...and how quickly I forget I have a blog to update. ;) Similar to last time, I'm going to group Blair's monthly updates and highlight months 7 & 8! After all, she'll be NINE months next week. Seriously, stop growing so fast, sweet girl!

When I left off last time, Blair was super close to sitting up....and I think she actually started sitting up unassisted a week after that update! In the past two months, she's learned so much and she's fully on the move now. She started crawling a day after turning 8 months old and hasn't looked back! As if crawling wasn't enough, she's also pulling up to standing without zero effort and she's started letting go of things and standing on her own for a few seconds. I think we'll have a walker before my next update! ;)

We started swim lessons and she loves the water! There are only two more sessions to go, and then we'll keep practicing at our neighborhood pool all summer. I'm so glad she loves the water - because we usually spend a lot of time at the beach and the pool! 

Blair loves eating solid foods and we've tried a variety of different purees. The only thing she still refuses to eat are peas...she hates them! Some of her favorites are sweet potatoes, mango, apricot, avocado, strawberries, pears and greek yogurt. We also started giving her organic yogurt melts and she loves them! We've done a few meat purees, and she eats them...but neither one of us really love the idea of them! Pureed turkey looks and smells unpleasant ;) She's still only eating solids a few times a day, and prefers breastmilk...pretty much anytime. :)

She's done a great job of putting herself to sleep in her crib - and she's still in the Magic Sleepsuit for now because it definitely helps her sleep! She goes through phases of sleeping through the night and waking up at 3am other times. There's no rhyme or reason but we're used to it by now ;)

Blair's 8-month stats:

15.5 pounds
Wearing mostly 9-month clothing; she can still wear some 6-month outfits, with the exception of footed pajamas (way too short!)

Her favorites:
  • Standing
  • Sophie the Giraffe
  • Her Wubbanub
  • Swimming
  • Crawling
  • Rolling over when we try to change her diaper...
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Greek yogurt
  • Paige...poor dog!
  • Starbucks cups...she doesn't have a chance :)
  • Feeding herself yogurt melts
  • Throwing her toys on the ground...and waiting for us to pick them up 
  • 'Talking'
  • Being tickled...her giggling is everything.
  • Diaper changes
  • Being still
  • Waiting for us to prep her food
  • When I leave the room (she has serious stranger danger these days!)
  • Not getting her's already starting :)
  • Teething...and she still hasn't actually cut a tooth yet!

It constantly amazes me how much she changes in such a short amount of time, but it's so fun to reach new milestones! She's such a sweetheart, but I know we'll have our hands full over the next few months as she starts walking! As always, I can't wait to watch her learn new things :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Getting Fit Post-Baby {'s not impossible!}

I completely expected my body to change drastically when I was pregnant, so I was pleasantly surprised when I barely gained 22 pounds throughout my pregnancy and lost the weight within 2-3 weeks postpartum. I'm pretty sure that's because Blair was on the large side for a newborn at 8 pounds, 13 ounces - plus all of the extra weight that comes along with growing a baby (more fluid, etc.) - so when I had her, most of the weight disappeared. 

Last picture of the belly before I had Blair!
Now, just because I lost all of the weight so quickly doesn't mean that I was in shape! I definitely lost a lot of muscle tone. I ran throughout pregnancy, but I stopped lifting weights and doing toning exercises about halfway through. We pretty much just stopped going to the gym, and ran at home most nights, so I just stopped cross-training altogether. I tried Tracy Anderson's pregnancy workouts, but just didn't stick with it. I would definitely recommend sticking with those toning exercises throughout pregnancy, if you can - but ultimately, I'm just happy I was able to run up until my due date!

The BOB is a lifesaver for being able to run with a baby! Not at two weeks old (like the above picture), obviously. ;)
After having Blair, I was beyond ready to start running again. I started walking the day after we got home from the hospital, and made a point to take a stroller walk every day. At about 4 weeks postpartum, I felt the urge to try to run, so I did briefly and realized it felt pretty good - with the exception of being really slow! I am a terrible patient and I never listen to doctors (true story), so without consulting my doctor, I started running slowly a few days a week. Luckily I didn't have any issues - and at my 6-week postpartum doctor appointment, I was cleared to exercise again. I didn't tell her I'd already been working out...oops. Definitely consult your doctor before starting to work out again...don't do what I did ;)

Around December, I decided I should sign up for a half-marathon in order to have a fitness goal and to get back in running shape. So, I recruited my husband to join me (pretty sure he still regrets saying yes) and we started training for a half marathon that takes place on April 19th. As in, next weekend - yikes(!). While I haven't trained as hard as I did for past races, we did make sure to get in our long run every weekend - despite a few walking breaks here and there ;) Overall, I feel confident in my ability to make it through the race, but I zero PR goals. Okay, that's not true. I always have a goal, but I always keep it a secret, too. :)

I feel like even the minimum amount of training we did, plus a few other workouts thrown in there (I tried Insanity and P90X for the first time - and loved them!) have really helped me get back in decent shape. I'm looking forward to running the race next weekend, though, so that I can cut back on running and add in more variety in terms of workouts. I subscribed to Beachbody on Demand and have plans to try out more of those workouts, and I really want to get back to hot vinyasa class more regularly! Also, I'm still wanting to try Pure Barre...and then there's Tone It Up workouts. There's just so. many. options! 

I will say that for the most part, I have the drive and desire to workout like I used to (7 days a week, sometimes more than once a day...a little on the extreme end, no?) but I just feel guilty taking away time I spend with Blair. I really need this time, though - I feel like a new person when I finish a workout! My goal is to get better about taking a little time for myself each day, even if that means balancing a short, 30-minute workout one day with a 90-minute yoga session another day. 

Ultimately, getting fit post-baby is NOT as bad as people said it would be. My biggest issue was losing a lot of muscle tone, but that's my fault for only focusing on cardio for most of my pregnancy! I was pretty slow when I first started running again, but I felt like I picked up a decent pace pretty quickly. If you're expecting or just had a little one, don't fret! You'll hear over and over that your body 'will never be the same' - but that's absolutely not true. If you're willing to put in the work, and take that much-needed time for yourself, you can easily get your pre-baby body back. Oh yeah - and your arms will become toned just by carrying your baby(ies) around...especially the heavier they get! ;)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Blair's First Easter!

One of the most exciting things about having a baby is all of the 'firsts'. There's nothing quite like reliving your childhood through your baby's first experiences - especially when it comes to holidays! Blair was a little bit too young to really understand what to do with gifts at Christmas, but we were pleasantly surprised on Easter when we put her Easter basket in front of her and she knew exactly what to do! 

It was so fun to watch her reach in the basket and grab her new toys and swimsuit (we signed her up for swim lessons in May!). She's at a really fun age where she's really starting to understand things - and it seems like crawling is on the horizon...she can get her legs underneath her but she hasn't quite figured out how to move forward yet!

We spent Easter morning at home, opening our baskets and putting the finishing touches on the mini cheesecakes I made for Easter dessert. Then we spent the afternoon with family, and despite a rough few days of teething, Blair was super happy most of the day. 

The weather was gorgeous, so we were able to spend some time outside! I'm looking forward to the warmer days we're going to have, because Blair has a ton of adorable warm weather outfits that I can't wait for her to wear. I especially loved her Easter dress - which I'm so glad still fit her! I bought it last summer at Carter's without knowing how the clothes would fit her or how fast she would grow. So far, we've only had one or two pieces of clothing that she wasn't able to wear before she grew out of them!

Now I'm just wishing the weekend was still here - why are the weekends so darn short and the work weeks so long?!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Blair {5 & 6 Months Old}

I had great intentions of blogging more often, but it just seems like time flies by! Since I missed posting about Blair turning 5 months, I'm combining months 5 & 6 :)

I'm amazed at how much Blair has grown and how much she seems to learn every day. Her smiles make us melt...and because of that, she's so spoiled! She lets us know when she's not happy by screaming at the top of her lungs - we've learned to tell the difference between when she's actually upset and when she's just trying to get her way ;)

She always wants us to help her stand - which makes for really tired (or toned, whichever way you want to look at it) arms. At 5 months, she started rolling from her back to her stomach - and now, you can't keep her still. Simple things like changing a diaper are no longer simple! She's SO close to sitting up on her own - she can do it for a little while, but then she tends to lose her balance and lean backwards. It won't be long, though!

I was going to wait until 6 months to give her solids, but her pediatrician said if she was reaching for our food, then she's probably ready. And she was reaching for my food pretty much all the time around 4.5 to 5 months. We tried oatmeal first, but she didn't love it. I chose to make her food instead of buying it, because I know what's in it and I want her to have only organic/no preservatives. I made her some avocado puree after trying oatmeal for a few days, and she seemed to really enjoy it, in comparison. I was aiming to do butternut squash next, but I had a hard time finding organic - I need to make a Whole Foods trip (side note: why is WF so far away?!). So instead, we went with organic sweet potatoes. O M G, she LOVES sweet potatoes. I'm actually afraid that everything else we give her will be a disappointment after the sweet potatoes! We tried peas recently and she hated them. I mean, I've never seen her make such awful faces before! I think we might have to sneak some green veggies in with something that tastes better, for now - there's nothing wrong with tricking your kids, right? :)


I feel like she's grown so much in months 5 & 6, and I know that the next few months will be full of milestones, too. I'm pretty sure she'd be happy if she could walk already - you can tell she wants to, and she 'talks' to you like she's trying to have a conversation! 

We realized the other day that she's so close to being on the move and we've done zero baby proofing. I'm pretty sure we need to do that ASAP, because she's going to be into everything before we know it. She already has a mischievous side!

We (okay, I) had a hard time transitioning her to the crib at night. She slept in our bedroom in her swing, pretty much from day one. She started out in the Rock 'n Play, but that lasted about two weeks, until she started to hate it. We quickly realized she liked the swing and ended up taking advantage of that for the past 6 months. It put her to sleep pretty much instantly, so it was hard to break her (and us) of the habit. We tried putting her in the crib for daytime naps, but she absolutely hated it. We spent an hour just getting her to finally fall asleep, and then she'd sleep less than 30 minutes. We didn't put as much effort into it as we should've, and we kept using the swing at night because we knew it meant we'd all get some sleep. Well, finally, we put her in her crib Saturday night for the first time - and she slept pretty great. I, on the other hand, woke up over and over until 3am and then when I finally got into a deep sleep, she woke up at 5, 7, and 8:30am. So Sunday morning was not pretty! 
Sunday night was her second night sleeping in her crib - and she did great! I even got some sleep, too ;) After 6 months, I think we just might have a crib sleeper - this little trick helps a ton, though (more to come on this!). 

Blair's 6-month stats:

14.6 pounds
26 inches long
Wearing mostly 6-month clothes, but a few 3-month shirts/onesies still fit. Length-wise, she could probably start wearing her 9-month clothes - but I'm not trying to rush it. Can she just stay little?! :)

She loves:

  • Sophie the Giraffe
  • Her Wubbanub
  • Sweet potatoes!
  • Avocado
  • Bathtime
  • Standing
  • Giggling
  • Rolling around
  • Grabbing Paige (poor dog)
  • Her feet
  • Chewing on everything
  • Her sippy cup (side note: I didn't know you gave sippy cups to 6 month olds...the doctor said to start trying it, and she loves it!)
  • When we sing to her
She doesn't love:
  • Her car seat (unless we entertain her while we're putting her in it!)
  • Shoes, socks, or anything that covers her feet (she'll kick blankets off, too!)
  • When I leave the room
  • When we won't let her have something (like our cell phones, our food, the basket that her diapers/wipes are in, etc. - she's going to get into everything in a few months!)
  • Peas
  • Her crib (without this little magic trick)
  • Putting onesies/shirts over her head

I feel like she's changed so much over the past two months, and I know she's going to change even more dramatically over the next few months. I think we've probably got our hands full with her, and I also think we'll need to start baby proofing ASAP! :)