Life Lately

Hey there, friends. I kinda dropped off the map there for a bit. In addition to feeling a LOT of ambivalence towards blogging (that’s a post for another day), life has been absolutely bananas. Here are a few updates on what’s been going on in the life of Rae.

To start off with, Vera is apparently one of those babies that just isn’t a good sleeper. Usually, between three and four months of age, babies develop discernible sleep patterns and schedules, and begin to sleep for longer periods of time (think 6-8 hours). We thought we were approaching that point when we started getting regular four hour chunks, and even a few five hour chunks, but as soon as we hit the three month mark, it all went to hell. Either she hit a growth spurt or started the dreaded four month sleep regression a month early, but she hasn’t slept longer than four hours since, and generally wakes at LEAST every 3.5 hours every night, usually even more frequently. Oh and naps? What naps? She might take two or three half hour naps a day. It sucks. A lot.

To help with the sleep issue, our pediatrician recommended me trying a dairy-free diet. V was having pretty regular bouts of crying due to gas pains during the day and waking up at night, so the doctor suggested both probiotic drops and going dairy-free for a while. Since starting both, Vera has had pretty much no episodes of gas-induced fussing. Whether that’s the dairy or the drops is kind of a guessing game at this point. We have Vera’s four month checkup next week, so we’ll be asking the doctor about next steps. Boy I hope I can start eating cheese again soon. It’s been extremely hard maintaining a dairy-free diet. Of course it’s worth it for the kiddo, but it’s no fun. Halloween was a huge bummer, let me tell you. Most commercial chocolate has milk in it. Boooooo.

5k training. Right. I’m training for my first post-baby race. It’s going… Not well. You may have seen my post on Instagram, but with three weeks to go until race day, I’ve missed more scheduled runs that I have completed. I haven’t been to yoga in over a month, and haven’t done any strength training in weeks. I know that I will be able to cover the distance, but I had really hoped to race this one, to see what I can do. The way things are going, this will end up being more of a fun run than a race.

We also turned our lives completely upside down to install hardwood flooring in more than half our house. While we are absolutely delighted with the results, it was a really difficult two weeks. I don’t recommend doing major home renovations with a new baby in the house. Our furniture was every which way, there were tools everywhere, sawdust all over everything… And it was very noisy. Not at all conducive to baby naps.

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Vera’s room in progress

On the health front, things have also been less than stellar. I got a cold, which Vera and Ben then both got as well. And Vera can’t seem to shake the congestion. It’s been over a week now, and she’s still struggling to breathe through her nose, particularly at night. This makes everything from eating to playing to sleeping much more challenging for her. To help with sleep, we are putting her in the Rock n Play, which is a ridiculous crutch that we don’t want to rely on for the future, but is totally necessary for any of us to get a halfway reasonable amount of sleep right now.

I also still have a milk blister on my left nipple. Did I tell you about this? I honestly can’t even remember. But yeah, I have a blocked milk pore that is extremely painful. It’s been there for over a month. I’ve been to the doctor twice, and had it lanced twice, once by a midwife and once here at home (with a sterile needle given to me by my midwife). I’ve done everything recommended for at home treatment and it’s just not getting any better and I’ve kind of given up and decided that this is my life now. Breastfeeding is no joke, people. I honestly don’t know what women did before modern medicine.

Additionally, we went for our first family road trip. We went to Pittsfield, MA to meet up with my bestie Mandy, her husband, and their new baby at her parents’ house. It’s basically the halfway point between them in Jersey and us here in VT, so it was nice that we could see each other without either side having to drive the whole distance. It was wonderful to see my friends and meet their baby. Liam was born a little over a month before Vera, so Mandy and I basically went through our whole pregnancies together. The weekend was great, but hectic. Mandy has a huge extended family that is always drifting in and out of her parents’ house, so we were socializing all weekend. Vera had a hard time with the change in schedule and slept even worse than usual, although she thankfully was a champ and slept the entire car rides down and back.

Reading back over this, it all seems very doom and gloom, but that’s not what I intend. It’s simply an honest look at what’s been going on. Thankfully, Ben has been on paternity leave from work since October 8, and has been enormously kind and helpful as far as trying to get me some extra sleep. He generally gets up with Vera every morning to allow me an extra hour or two in bed. And he’s been knocking lots of little niggling home improvement projects off the list left and right. We’ve now got a shelf in the laundry room for our detergent instead of balancing it on a windowsill. We’ve got new light fixtures in both bedrooms to replace the ugly fan/old lady light combos. The cat scratcher is now mounted on the wall instead of kicking around the kitchen floor. AND…

We bought a “new” car. It’s a 1998 Honda CR-V and we LURVE it. We’ve been casually keeping an eye our for a small SUV for a while because Ben’s truck can’t take a car seat. We knew that eventually we’d want more than one car that can transport the kiddo, and we also knew that if we were going to have more kids and/or get a dog like we want, we’d need a slightly larger vehicle. We found this on Craigslist and got a hell of a deal, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it stays road-worthy for us for a few years. I’m just happy because it has studded snow tires and all-wheel drive, so I’ll probably use it as my winter car while Ben drives the Civic. Fun fact, we now have cars from each decade of the 80’s, 90’s, and aughts–an ’87 Toyota pickup, a ’98 CR-V, and a ’08 Civic.

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So yeah. Life has been chaos. And I think with a baby, that’s just kind of how life is going to be now. We’re just trying to roll with it.

What kind of car do you drive?

Have you tackled any home improvement projects lately?

Manic Monday Training Recap – 10/15/18

Manic Monday

Training For Zack’s Place Turkey Trot 5k – Week Two
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 10/08/18: 2 Easy Miles | 2 Miles at 11:13 Pace
I’m trying not to do too much too soon, so keeping one of my easy runs nice and short seems like a great idea for now.

Tuesday 10/09/18: Core & Arms | Rest
It was a gorgeous day, so we did lots of stuff around the house, but no workouts for me. Oops!

Wednesday 10/10/18: Postnatal Yoga & Tempo Run | 1 up, 1 fast, 1 down
Vera was up nursing every 1.5 hours, so we stayed in bed super late and I missed my yoga class. But after making an appointment with our pediatrician and a hefty dose of caffeine, I went out to run. I was under fueled and overtired but I got it done.

Thursday 10/11/18: Core & Booty | Rest
I developed a bad sore throat overnight, and Vera had another rough night, so I took a full rest day.

Friday 10/12/18: 3 Easy Miles | Rest
Sore throat + baby up between 2:30 and 4:30 = rest day.

Saturday 10/13/18: Rest| Rest
We attended our friends Peter and Lizzie’s wedding, leaving Vera with some friends. It was nice to have a baby-free day for only the second time since she was born!

Sunday 10/14/18: 4 Miles | Rest
I woke up with a full blown head cold, and sat around most of the day with the babe.

Weekly Miles: 5
2018 Miles: 
52

This week was completely thrown off by multiple factors: a fussy baby, a head cold, and, TMI alert: a milk blister on my left nipple. Yeah, that’s a thing, and it’s exactly as painful and shitty as it sounds.

I saw my midwife today and got some “Triple Nipple” ointment for my blister, but my head is still full of junk, so I’ve already missed the first run of this week. I’m planning to rest tomorrow as well, and pick up with an interval run for “Workout Wednesday” if I’m feeling better. Being sick and having a small baby to care for is no joke. Thank god Ben is home on paternity leave, otherwise I’d be in a lot worse shape.

 

Friday Free-For-All – 10/12/18

Friday Free-For-All

I am now the proud owner of a treadmill! I put a call out on my local Front Porch Forum, and actually received a ton of offers of used treadmills. Not only did I find one in good shape, the seller delivered it straight to our house, yay! While I fully intend for most of my runs to be out on the rail trail, the days are about to get a lot darker, colder, and snowier, so having a treadmill means that I will be able to keep up with running this winter.

We have a leak in our roof. Joy. We’ve had a few really rainy days lately, and on one particularly rainy day I noticed a dripping sound in our laundry room. I looked up and saw a hole in the sheet rock, dripping water. Blerg. Gonna have to get that fixed before winter.

Postpartum hair loss has kicked in. Double joy. For those who don’t know, it’s pretty normal for a woman to start losing clumps of hair around three months postpartum. Pregnancy hormones cause you not to shed hair as you normally would, and once your hormones return to normal, all of the hair you should have shed during pregnancy all starts to come out at once. It’s alarming, and gross, and just another part of that oh-so-magical pregnancy journey.

Homeowners, have you ever had a leaky roof?

 

Training For My First Post-Baby Race

So. Training for the Zack’s Place Turkey Trot 5k has officially kicked off. As usual, I’m using a bastardized Hal Higdon plan. According to The Plan, I’m to run four days a week, maxing out with long runs of five miles.

I have a long and complicated history with training plans. Mostly, I don’t really follow them all that closely. Which is weird for someone as generally Type A as I am. But for whatever reason, I have a hard time sticking to a training plan. I generally do about 80% of the scheduled runs and then wing it race day. Training is already off to an inauspicious start; I only did two of four scheduled runs my first week.

I’m trying really hard to be smart this time. Stick to the plan. Stretch. Foam roll. Keep easy runs easy. I have absolutely zero illusions about hitting some kind of PR on race day, but it would be nice to actually race on race day. To push myself and see what this post-baby body is capable of. But I need to get to the starting line healthy first.

Now that I have a baby to care for, and as the days become darker and colder, it will be even more challenging to stick to a training plan. Thankfully, I have a few things working in my favor. One: Ben started his six week paternity leave on Monday. Because Vera was born over the summer, he didn’t take his leave. Now, we’ll have another six weeks together as a family, meaning I’ll hopefully be able to get more sleep and have more time for running. Two: I now have a treadmill. Hooray for Front Porch Forum! Weather and darkness will no longer be a limiting factor in my ability to get a run done. And I can even potentially sneak in runs while Vera naps.

I think my biggest challenge in sticking to a training plan will be lack of sleep. Vera is still not sleeping through the night. Nowhere even close, in fact. It’s rough. Most days I’m too exhausted to want to do much, let alone go out and run speed intervals. I’m hoping that over the next few weeks, sleep will improve. We’re planning to call our pediatrician this week to see if she can give us some tips, cause both Ben and I are reaching the ends of our tolerance.

So yeah. Long story short, being a mother runner is hard, but I think I can stick with it.

Manic Monday Training Recap – 10/08/18

Manic Monday

Training For Zack’s Place Turkey Trot 5k – Week One
What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 10/01/18: 3 Easy Miles | Rest
Vera and I had a busy day running errands and then Ben had to work late, so I wasn’t able to get a run in.

Tuesday 10/02/18: Core & Arms | 15 Minute Postnatal Pilates & TIU Bikini Arms
I had hoped to make up Monday’s run but it poured rain all day, so I contented myself with some living room strength work instead.

Wednesday 10/03/18: Postnatal Yoga & 4 x 400 | 4 x 400
My lactation consultant came for a visit due to some supply issues I’ve been having, so I didn’t make it to yoga. This was my first “hard” run since Vera and it felt good but, well, hard.

Thursday 10/04/18: Core & Booty | Rest
Vera just isn’t sleeping well right now, and the exhaustion was real. I was basically in survival mode.

Friday 10/05/18: 3 Easy Miles | Rest
I had plans Friday night AND Ben worked late, so no run for me.

Saturday 10/06/18: 3.5 Miles | Rest
Another rough night with Vera meant I was too tired to do anything other than get through our plans for the day.

Sunday 10/07/18: Core & Legs | 3.5 Miles
We had a decent night of sleep, so I dragged myself out for my longest post-baby run without walk breaks. It was kind of a slog, but I’m glad I got it done.

Weekly Miles: 6.5
2018 Miles:
 49

Well. Training for my first post-baby race is off to an inauspicious start. I only did two of four scheduled runs, didn’t make it to yoga, and only did one day of strength work. Still though, two runs is better than no runs. And if nothing else, I know I can at least cover the distance at my race without walking.

 

 

Manic Monday Training Recap – 10/01/18

Manic Monday

Postpartum Recovery – 09/24/18 – 09/30/18

Monday 09/24/28: Rest
Continuing the trend from last week’s recap, today was a rest day. Between another rough night with Vera and being out of the house for a huge chunk of the day due to baby yoga, I didn’t manage a workout, and I’m totally cool with it.

Tuesday 09/25/18: Postnatal Core + Tone It Up Bikini Arms
It was a chilly, dreary day, so rather than running, I did some strength work. It’s humbling to realize how much strength I’ve lost this year, but I’m committed to getting back at it.

Wednesday 09/26/18: 75 Minute Postnatal Yoga Class
My yoga studio opened a new location that’s about 20 minutes closer to where we live, so I’m PSYCHED. My lower back has been incredibly sore lately so it felt wonderful to get a good stretch in.

Thursday 09/27/18: Rest
No excuses, just didn’t get it done.

Friday 09/28/18: Rest
See Thursday.

Saturday 09/29/18: 5k Run
2:1 run/walk intervals. Perfect running weather. Happy runner.

Sunday 09/30/18: Rest
We had a busy day of visiting Grammie, grocery shopping, and wandering around the Underhill Harvest Market.

Not the week I had hoped for, but it is what it is. This week is supposed to be week one of training for the Turkey Trot 5k, and I’m a little anxious. Training plans and I generally don’t work out that well, and now that I have a baby I suspect they’ll work even less well. Still, all I can do is try.

 

Friday Free-For-All – 09/28/18

Friday Free-For-All

We ordered hardwood flooring! Our living room and both bedrooms currently have old, ugly, stained carpet. We were originally going to wait a year or two, but we decided we couldn’t live with the carpets anymore, especially with a baby who will be crawling before we know it. We got a great deal on some red oak, and we will be installing it sometime in October. I can’t wait!

I changed out my nose stud for a ring. I wanted to get a ring to start with, but the place I went for the piercing does studs standard, so I had to wait six weeks for the piercing to heal. I got a nice little rose gold-plated ring on Etsy to match my ear piercing, and I’m very happy!

Baby yoga is so much fun! Our class on Mondays is truly delightful. We sing, we move, and we learn massage techniques to help with gassy, fussy babies. I also met another new mom who lives in my town and we exchanged contact info, so I’m hopeful for future play dates. I’m just sad the class series is only six weeks long.

What’s one home improvement project you’re dying to tackle?