This Runner's Trials
16Jul/1417

Month 3 postpartum

Posted by runnerstrials

Hadley is 3 months old!

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I’m shocked too, baby girl.

Motherhood:

I’m going to combine our updates from here on out. There’s not much I have to add to what’s been happening with her:

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  • Sleep: She’s still sleeping very well overnight. She goes down around 8 p.m., wakes up around 5:00 a.m. to nurse (or I wake her up before I work out because she won’t take a bottle anymore), falls back to sleep and wakes up for the day between 7:30- 8 a.m. Naps are a different story, but 3 months means we’re halfway to being able to sleep train -- yay!
  • Breastfeeding: My boob injury healed at 7 weeks, and within the past few weeks, Hadley has started nursing off the injured side as much as the uninjured side. I no longer have to hold her like a football which is great because she’s almost 15 lbs. I’m happy breastfeeding is going well, but I’m really frustrated that she won’t take a bottle.
  • Mom of two: No new updates here. I wish I could say things get easier every day, but that would be a lie. There are always new – and old – challenges. Wyatt has warmed up to her and constantly wants to play with her, which is tricky because he’s a rowdy 2.5 year old. Bath time is still my least favorite time of day – Hadley just screams in her swing, and Wyatt cries in the tub because she’s screaming.

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This is the best shot we got of the three of us. Of course she’s staring at my boob.

Postpartum weight loss:

I lost 5 lbs. this month and am 4 lbs. away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Breastfeeding hunger has definitely attacked this month, so I’m not sure how in the world I’m still losing weight, but I’ll take it.

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I still don’t feel too great about my body. Which is ridiculous because I’ve shed 32 lbs. But I’m just being honest. I feel lighter running which is great, but I’m very aware of my larger-than-normal belly when I’m bending down playing with Wyatt. Also, I’m no where near fitting into any of my clothes yet, which is frustrating but also what I expected. I know that my hips, thighs, booty, and belly will shrink in time, so I’m trying to be patient and cut myself some slack. Nine months on, nine months off, right?

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Return to running:

Running is not going as well as it did after Wyatt because I was much faster then. Sigh. But I’ve been doing more cross-training this time around so maybe I’m in better shape? Let’s go with that.

Here are my stats from month 3:

  • Longest run – 8.25 miles
  • Fastest run – 4mi race in 30:30 (7:33 pace)
  • Fastest mile – 7:20 (during the race)
  • Fastest stroller run – 3.1 miles at 8:28 pace (with Wyatt)

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I’m trying to be OK with being a little slower this time around. My goal is to get to the start line of NYCM uninjured, and in order to do that I need to focus on endurance over speed. I’ll attack the half marathon again sometime next year, and get my speed back then… hopefully.

Overall, things are going well and I’m happy. I can’t wait to see what month four with my sweet girl brings!

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11Jul/1426

Mommy fail

Posted by runnerstrials

When it comes to motherhood, mistakes comes with the territory. I mess up several times a day. Sometimes I learn from my errors, but most of the time I don’t.

Let’s take this week, for instance. My parents – who had been visiting – left and Wyatt was a wreck. I did not adequately prepare him for their departure, nor did I have enough distractions. The next day, his BFF/ our neighbor left to move across the country. Once again, my poor toddler was a mess. Actually he still is. I really should have prepared him better.

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Heartbreaking!

Luckily, the biggest mistake I’ve made with my daughter recently only hurts me – not her. But it’s a big one and I have no idea how to fix it: Hadley will not take a bottle.

We introduced a bottle at 2 weeks, and she had no issues. Because of my boob injury, she’d take several bottles each day. But as my boob healed, we gave her fewer and fewer bottles. We tried to give her a bottle a couple of weeks ago – at 10 weeks – and she would not take it. It had been a full 2 weeks since her last bottle, so she literally forgot how to do it.

I hate myself for not sticking with it. Wyatt never had any issues taking a bottle, and he didn’t get one every day, so I wasn’t even thinking that we had to be consistent. But lesson learned.

We’ve tried to give her a bottle every day for the past 2.5 weeks, sometimes several times each day. We’ve tried different nipples, different bottles, freshly pumped milk, milk heated a little warmer than usual, milk a little cooler, and defrosted milk. Jeff has tried, my mom has tried, I’ve tried. I’ve stopped her mid-nursing session and tried to give her the bottle, I’ve held her the same way I nurse her, we’ve held her completely different ways. We’ve tried dream feeding her, feeding her half asleep, feeding her swaddled, feeding her in different rooms, feeding her in front of the TV. Nothing has worked.

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So adorable. So stubborn.

It’s almost like she forgot how to suck. She just chews on the nipple, spits it out, or purses her lips tightly together. She doesn’t take a pacifier either. I’ve been trying again with the paci because maybe if she gets the sucking of one down, she’ll get the other? I’m also going to try giving her a bottle of formula, in hopes that the new taste will make her eat.

Does anyone have any advice? Is all hope lost because she’s so “old”? She’ll be 3 months this weekend. I’m willing to try anything! I need her to take a bottle because I’m leaving her overnight for a bridal shower in September, NYCM in November, and DOPEY in January. Plus, I’d like to have the option to be away from her for more than 3 hours at a time, and Jeff wants the chance to feed her, too. Thank you so much for your help!

27Jun/1437

Lately: the good, the bad, the ugly — and the great

Posted by runnerstrials

The good:

This has been a much better week for Hadley than last week. Whatever leap/ milestone/ growth spurt/ regression she went through at 9 weeks was not fun. I’m so happy to have my sweet girl back!

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She’s getting more predictable each day, which this type A mom loves. She usually naps for 30-45 minutes in her pack ‘n’ play at the same time Wyatt naps, and she’s been going down for the night around 8:30 p.m. – which means I’m getting a bit of free time which is awesome. Jeff and I watched Million Dollar Listing Miami (no where near as good as NY and LA – is it me or were all of the agents trying too hard?) the other night with both kids sleeping upstairs and we just kept saying to each other “is this for real?”  It was many more months before we had alone time at night when Wyatt was a baby.

I know I sound like a broken record, but Wyatt is so good with Hadley. He wants her to “be big” so bad so he can play with her. I love it so much.

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The bad:

We are in a dinner rut. I can’t figure out how to cook on weeknights and I don’t want to spend a ton of time doing food prep on the weekend. We usually cook one bigger meal on Sundays – like chicken parmesan or grilled pizza – and make enough for at least one night of leftovers, so that’s really the extent of my weekend food prep! We’ve mostly been doing easy grain/ pasta-based dishes and crockpot meals on the weeknights. I think I just need to accept that this is the norm for awhile. So, on that note, who has good crockpot meal recommendations?

The ugly:

You guys. I need help. Wyatt has not been sleeping well. He’s in and out of his room all the time. He delays nap and bedtime, is up super early, and walks into our room several times a night – most of the time he’s not even crying, he just wants to say hi. I’ve tried explaining to him to only come out of his room in the morning when it’s light out, to call for us if he needs us, to just read books in his bed if he’s not tired, etc. I’ve tried bribing – an afternoon trip to froyo if he stays in his room all night – and punishment – taking toys away every time he comes out – and nothing has worked. Not only is it annoying, but he is so overtired and cranky. It hasn’t been fun. So, any suggestions would be appreciated! I feel like it’s wrong to lock him in his room, he’s able to climb over baby gates, and I don’t think he’d listen to those “ok to wake” clocks.

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The great:

I don’t have to do bed and bath time alone for eleven nights (insert confetti and dancing emoticons)! My parents will be here on Monday for a week and I am so, so, so excited to have some help. Wyatt is going to be so thrilled to have them here, too! Maybe Mimi can figure out how to get him to stay in his room…

Happy weekend everyone!

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