Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I used to be a runner, but it was very short lived, maybe 2 years max. It started back in 2002. Rachael called me up and said she found an article in Shape Magazine for a non-runner to train for a 10K in 12 weeks. She was living in Grand Rapids at the time and the twelve week plan she found would be perfect timing for GR's annual Reeds Lake 10K. So we started the plan, me in WA her in MI and I stuck to it faithfully and then flew out to visit her to run the race.
And Oh, by the way, she also just happened to be moving that same weekend (which I thought was rather convenient on her part), but she told me not to worry, she was being moved by a moving company and we wouldn't have to do hardly anything. That turned out to be a big fat lie. Yes she had movers, but the movers had come the week before I got there and packed the house, except the stuff she needed for the weekend and all the stuff she felt she needed to pack herself, which turned out to be a lot of stuff. And then there was the cleaning, and by the way she didn't have AC in her house, and it was a record HOT high 90's June. Remember I lived in Seattle where if it hit 80 degrees it was a scorcher. But I did get to witness my nephew Jack take his first steps, so I guess it was all worth it.
Okay so back to the running thing. We ran the 10K, it was a total rush and we both loved it. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship with running. The relationship grew with every race I ran. The Seattle 1/2 marathon and the Vancouver, Canada 1/2 marathon were two of the biggies, then there was the San Diego Rock N Roll 26.2 mile Marathon in 2003 (the final fate of our relationship). Me and running didn't get along too well during this 4 and 1/2 hour ordeal and we decided to part ways after leaving San Diego and never see each other again. Which was a bit disappointing because the other 3 girls I ran it with, Rachael included, really loved it and couldn't wait to do it again.
Then I moved to Michigan and Rachael convinced me to give running another chance. So about a year after leaving running in San Diego, I decided to give it another chance. Sadly it didn't last long, just long enough for me to run the Chicago Lakeshore 1/2 marathon and then I was done AGAIN. And now here I am AGAIN willing to give it one more try but this time I am going to start over at the beginning and take it nice and slow. I think 10K's are the perfect distance for a run. A 5K seems too short, and a half marathon too long, and a full marathon, well that's just stupid. So maybe if I keep my distance more reasonable I will actually enjoy running more, and hopefully wont give up this time. Although now that I have Anthony it makes things a lot more complicated, but I still think I'm up for the challenge. Rachael found this couch to 5K plan she found from Sasha and wants to try, but I think I am a bit partial to this original Shape Magazine plan I started with back in 2002. (I can't believe Rachael saved it)
Anyone else want to start it too, it would be a lot more motivating to keep it up if I had a few choices in running partners to mix it up a bit. The start date for this plan is Superbowl sunday.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Trying to roll over.
He gave up, can't do it yet.
I don't remember who got him these jammies, but they are so cute.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
When I moved to Michigan I quit watching the show because I didn't have cable. My two sisters were living with me and only one of them (Francie) was willing to split the cable bill, so to punish the other sister (Natalie) who claimed she didn't want it, we just didn't get it. I thought she would cave if we called her bluff, but she never did, and we went a year without cable. By the time I finally decided to get cable (and pay for it myself), I had lost my passion for the show, the host was gone and the designers were different and I just didn't like it as much anymore.
I found out from watching Ellen that Paige Davis had been fired by TLC and the show ratings dropped. So they have now hired her back and the old designers are back too. I watched the season premier tonight (just after Miss Michigan was crowned 2008 Miss America) and now I think I will set it to record regularly on my DVR. It's the same great show I remember from when I used to watch it.
Just out of curiosity, does anyone else watch this show? If not, check it out on TLC Saturday night at 9pm. It's probably the best home decorating TV show out there.
Just in case your wondering, I didn't watch the Miss America pageant, I just caught the last 15 minutes of it before watching Trading Spaces, and only mentioned it because the winner was Miss Michigan.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Okay, I'm sort of rambling, my point was, I got a lot done in 3 days due to no computer and an out of town husband. Now that I have the laptop back so I have gone back to my previous unproductive self.
Maybe next time I have some free time I will organize Anthony's closet, Todd seems to be having a hard time dressing him, and blames it on the lack of organization of his clothes. I worked last night and when I woke up, this is how his daddy had dressed him for the day. At least Anthony seems happy, despite the fact that his dad dressed him in PJ's for the day that are too small for him, and forgot his socks.
*In an I can only imagine sort of way
**I lucked out on this one, since the tickets were issued in Todd's name, we were able to go to the will call before the game started and get new ones. If we'd bought them any other way, we would have been out of luck. They would only reissue tickets to the original ticket holder and picture ID was required.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Now the pressure is on to lose the last 10 pounds of baby weight. So off to the Y I am, right after I eat lunch, finish this post, feed Anthony, and tidy the house just a bit. (so there is a good chance I might not make it there today.)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
All in all it wasn't so bad, but as I'm learning quickly, whatever difficult baby situation were currently dealing with always seems much worse in the moment, and later, once some time has passed and some sleep has been had, it doesn't seem so bad after all.
Friday, January 11, 2008
The smile quickly turned to a cry when I pulled the hoodie up over his head.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I find it sort of ironic that yesterday I bought the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child to see if I could get some ideas for helping Anthony sleep better. I never really got started reading the book yet, but maybe just having it in the house was enough.
This morning Anthony took his first bottle, and I was able to escape the house and go to the YMCA (first trip to the gym post baby) without worrying about rushing back to feed him. I was however worried how this would go over since I had tried myself to give him a bottle 2 weeks ago and he refused it. People and books recommended I leave the house and let Todd give him the bottle and it might be better accepted. They were right, Todd didn't have too much trouble. Other than spilling the milk all over the floor when he tried to pour it into the bottle with one hand while holding Anthony in the other. I sure hope he doesn't do that too often, I don't exactly have a huge supply saved up in the freezer.
Another bonus for the day; I managed to fit into one more pair of pre-pregnancy jeans. Now I have 3 pairs that fit me, and only about 12 more pairs to go. I wonder if going to the YMCA is helping already!
All in all it was a good night and a good day. Unfortunately no day has been the same so far, so I am not expecting another night like last night, but I can sure hope.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Unfortunately I have too much to do. The other day, Rachael posted about living in a state of CHAOS and I think I may have fallen into the same category. It must have something to do with having kid(s). I'm beginning to think my house will never be the same again.
With Christmas almost 2 weeks behind us, I think I might be the only one who still has my Christmas tree up. Today started out productive, I got all my baby announcements addressed and ready to be mailed, all 135 of them. Then some friends called and said they were coming by to visit. This is where my productivity stopped. I took a look around and realized that my house was in a sad state of CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome) and I had not showered yet for the day. Since I only had about 20 minutes before they would arrive, I had to make a choice, clean up the house or myself. This was a tough choice because I had missed a shower yesterday because I was running late for my nieces birthday party so I planned to shower at night, but then Todd decided to put the baby to sleep in the bathroom. He seems to sleep well with the fan on and so Todd thought if we put the bassinet in the bathroom Anthony would sleep better and as a result we could get a bit more sleep too. So even though I was going on day 3 without a shower, (yes embarrassing, but I'm sure it's happened to you too) I still opted to do damage control on the house. Although in 20 minutes all I could really do was shuffle the piles of stuff to other parts of the house that they would not see. I learned this trick from my siblings, we could clean house like you wouldn't believe in about 5 minutes if we had to, but if you looked closely you might find dirty dishes hidden in the oven, clothes shoved under beds... you get the idea.
Tomorrow is my sister Francie's day off, she called and said she wanted to come over and hang out with me and Anthony, and maybe we could go to lunch and a matinee. I thought it was a good idea, but now I think I will have her help me take down my tree and straighten up the house instead. She'll be so excited. I don't think I will tell her about the change in plans until she gets here. (haha)
My 100th post is just around the corner and I really wanted to do the traditional 100 things about me post, but I'm not sure I have the time. So I may or may not do it, but I do like Mandy Lou's idea of posting a picture a day. Even if I don't have a lot of time, I can at least do that. It will be a great way to remember my first year with Anthony.
In case your wondering, I did finally get a shower today. Showering does trump blogging.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Sleeping again during the day
Last night Francie came over to help us with Anthony for a couple hours so Todd and I could get a little bit more sleep. If you want to know what our nights are like, read about her experience HERE, then repeat every 2-3 hours and that's like what our nights are like, give or take.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Last night was another night for little sleep, I finally made Todd get up with Anthony because I was too tired after the 3rd time of the night. Todd kept rocking him to sleep and as soon as he would put him in his bassinet he would wake up and cry. He decided to take the vibrating unit out of the bouncer seat and put it in the bassinet to make the mattress vibrate. It either worked great or Anthony finally gave up and fell asleep. Were hoping it's the former and we just discovered a great secret to getting him to sleep. I guess we'll find out tonight.
My new years resolution:
To keep up with my baby book and photos of Anthony. Not just taking pictures and putting them on the computer, but actually ordering prints and putting them in albums.
Oh, and there is always the diet. I'm starting out easy on myself and trying to exercise and eat healthy without strict guidelines, but if after 1 month I haven't made progress I will have to make it a bit more structured.