Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekly Workout Recap: 11/9-11/15

Weekly Workout Recap: 11/9-11/15
Sunday, 11/9: None
Monday, 11/10: 45 minute Step and Sculpt class & 1.5 TM miles (13:18)
Tuesday, 11/11: 45 minute Spin class & 3 indoor track miles (~29 minutes)
Wednesday, 11/12: 30 minutes elliptical & 15 minutes indoor rower
Thursday, 11/13: Strength Training class (50 minutes) & 2 TM miles
Friday, 11/14: None
Saturday, 11/15: None

Look at me. Going to the gym. Running! Classes! FUN!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gym Lately

We have a dangerous situation going on over here, guys.

See- I've been going to the gym. Like, almost every week day. PS- Isn't it crazy how weekend used to be my big guaranteed workout time and now its weekdays? Life, man. Life. Annnnyway-- I've been going to the gym. And, I sorta like LOVE it.

We knew this would happen. Or at least I knew this would happen and I think if you asked the Hubs he'd say he knew it was gonna happen too.

Every morning while drinking my coffee while Bailey plays with whatever toy is THE toy of the moment,
or ALL the toys

I check out that days group class schedule. 
Why yes, I did print the group class schedule and then highlight the ones that would work with Bailey's nap schedule. I mean, obviously.
So far, I've tried a handful of classes:
Duh-- and, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed at least in the one I've gone to... music is too soft and the instructor is BORING. I'm gonna try a different session.
-Weight Training: Love it. Great sweat session and good to do some strength. I'll admit I've been neglecting Jillian since joining the gym and this makes me feel a little less guilty.
-Step and Sculpt: Oh, I had high hopes for this one. And, I'll say it was both good-- actually left me pretty sore the next day (though I imagine that was due to using too heavy of weights than the actual class, but still)-- and very, very bad-- I was the only person under 60 in the room and it was a special one night only karaoke sing along class. Seriously. That happened. Of course that would happen. 
I'm hoping to try a Pilates Matwork class and maybe a Boot Camp class too.
Besides classes, I've also been treadmilling it up a lot. And, the elliptical has seen a little action too. Yep. Still as boring as ever.
I've hit the indoor track once so far and will definitely be back on that.

Oh! And a new love-- the rower. Ok, maybe LOVE isn't the right word. That thing is HARD! And kinda boring. But, it's infinitely more interesting than the elliptical and gives my legs a workout in a different kinda way and an arm workout, all with some quality panting-cardio. Love.
So, yes. I have been gym-ing. A lot. And I couldn't be happier. Oh, except with Bailey cries when I drop her off. BREAKS MY HEART. But, that's part of why I'm going. I realllllly want her to be OK with being with other people. Some days, she's 100% fine when I drop her. Others, screaming crying. Ugh. Either way, they tell me she's 100% fine within 2 minutes of me leaving. Rascal. Good thing she's so stinkin' cute.
But, anyway-- this is a danger situation. The while loving it thing. See, this gym membership is only TEMPORARY. Maybe. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bailey: 12 Months!

No freaking way is Bailey a YEAR old today.

No. Way. I just can't believe it. How is it possible for it to feel like I just had her yesterday and yet also feel like she's been part of our family for so, so much longer than just a year?? However we got here, we're here...

Happy Birthday, Bailey!!!
Age: 1 year!!!
Size: I'd guess about 17 pounds and 28 inches. We have her 1 year check up (and yes, my list of questions for the doctor is about a mile long) Friday, so I'll know for sure then.

She's officially in 6-9 month clothes and even SOME 12 month clothes, though that has mainly been just because I bought Halloween shirts and such last year on clearance before she was born and girl was wearing it even if she was swimming in it. Oh, and she's still comfortably in size 3 diapers. Small little peanut.

Sleep: No news is good news, right? She's still doing great. Goes to bed right after nursing around 7:10pm and gets up around 6:30am. We had a really, really tough time with a double whammy of the time change and teething and that threw us off for a week or so, but we're back on track.
Naps are still great too. She naps from about 8:30-10:30am and then again from 1:30-3:30pm everyday. She can miss a nap here or there if necessary and does OK, especially if we're out and about and she's entertained. She definitely gets GRUMMMMMPY in the evening if she misses that afternoon nap, though. Wowza. We try very, very hard not to miss that nap.
For both naps and sleep, I put her in a sleep sack (more for warmth than to keep her contained... girl can move around in that thing just as good as she can without it), tell her that her daddy and mama love her, and set her in her crib-- fully and 100% awake. I give her George, her monkey paci (yes, we're still using the paci-- let's not talk about it), wind up her girafee that plays music, turn on the fan, and walk out. I can count the number of times she's cried or fussed on 2 hands. It's magical and wonderful and I am SOOOOO grateful. KNOCK ON FREAKING WOOD. You. KNOCK. DO IT. Thanks.

I don't consider Bailey a natural sleeper. She has never been and likely will never be a sleepy baby by nature. Even at just a few weeks old, she could stay awake for HOURS at a time. It took a LOT of work to get her on a schedule and have her become a good sleeper. I'm incredibly proud of it. Sure, I'll give Bailey SOME credit. I mean, she is the one sleeping, right? But, I really, really don't think it's just HER and is natural. If it were up to her, she'd crawl around and play til she physically dropped each day. She'd be the queen of the 15 minute power nap. So, I'll give the Hubs and I most the credit. It took WORK, but I am so, so glad we did it and do it again a thousand times over.
Nursing and Solids: Again, no news = good news. We're still nursing 4 times a day. I plan to cut the 2 middle of the day feedings and replace them with 1/2 cow's milk and 1/2 frozen breastmilk (til the stash runs out and then 100% cow's milk) in a sippy cup. Yep. No more bottles! We packed them all up and they are gone! Girl is a champ with the sippy now and didn't have to take a bottle very often anyway so the transition was 100% seamless. 
I know I CAN keep nursing past a year. I know that. I have no shame in saying-- I DON'T WANT TO. I loooove nursing Bailey. I love it. I am so incredibly grateful and proud to say we exclusively nursed for a year. But, I'm ready. I'm ready to not have to think about all the things that come with nursing. And, wanna know what? I don't really have to justify WHY. I'm just ready to be done. At least with the middle of the day sessions. I'd love, love, looove to continue the morning and before-bed session and really hope my supply keeps up so I can.
Oh, and I am so, so, soooooo done pumping. Yep. I packed that shit up and threw it into a closet to never, ever think about again. OK, not never. Til Baby T 2.0. But, for now-- NO MORE PUMPING!!! Feel free to have a mini dance party. I did. GOODBYE, Pump! You will NOT be missed. Not even a little.
In the world of solids, girl is a champ (again-- KNOCK ON WOOD PLEASE!!!). She eats pretty darn well. We still struggle with breakfast. She's very hit or miss (way more often miss) on eggs, waffles, french toast, pancakes, and sausage. She LOVES most fruit and yogurt. And, I've learned she'll eat almost anything if I hide it in a bite of yogurt. The hubs jokes that she's going to eat the weirdest foods when she's grown up because of how she eats now (ok, because of how I make her eat now). Whatever. It works!
I made a homemade minestrone soup (thanks for the recipe, MIL!!) and girl LOVED it. I gave it to her, just without much broth, and she fed herself. She even ate the cabbage. LOVED it. It was so cute!!
Her favorite foods of the moment are: yogurt, cheese, pizza, turkey, animal crackers, peas, asparagus, blueberries, ravioli, minestrone, and chili
Her very-often-miss foods of the moment are: avocado, bananas, and eggs
-Pretending to be a and playing with big kids. Girl thinks she's 3. 
-Going down slides. How did she even learn how to do this? She loves it! Told you. She thinks she's a big kid.
-Standing and walking along furniture/walls and just overall mooooving  
-Climbing up stairs.
-Sadie. 100000 times over. Bailey's love for her doggie just grows and grows each month. It's so incredibly adorable.
-Dada. Girl is a dada's girl. She lights up when he gets home and even just at the sound of his voice. SO cute.
-Playing in her carseat (not to be confused with SITTING in her carseat-- see dislikes).
-The kitchen. It's her favorite room.
-Waving. She loooves to wave. She waves to YouTube videos of other babies, pictures on the wall, Sadie, cars driving by, and pretty much every, single person in a store. ADORABLE.
-Eating, bathtime, books, George (her monkey paci), routine, grandma and grandpa (OMG- the cutest thing last week... she was playing on the floor with the Hubs and his mom and Bailey crawled right over to her and sat in her lap and cuddled her. If you know B you know she is NOT a cuddler. It may have only lasted 4 seconds, but it still melted every heart in the room)
-SITTING in her carseat. It's not AS bad as it was.... as in, not every car ride is a complete melt down, but she still doesn't like it. Blearh. Oh well. I've conceded to defeat in this area.
-The "witching hour"-- 5:30-7pm-ish. Ugh. She's just her crabbiest and an overall grump during this time. Except when she's in the bath. She loves that, so we try to make the bath break the record for the worlds longest bath every night. Parents of the Year, right here.
New This Month/Special Moments/Milestones:
-Really, really standing. Like, for as long as she wants. She's got the standing thing DOWN.
-ALMOOOOST walking. She's taken a step here or there, but nothing substantial enough to call it WALKING. She's THIS close though. Any day.
-Lots of ba's, da's, ya's... still no freaking ma's, but we'll get there.
-Identifying things. I put a ball and a book and another toy on the floor in front of her and say "Bailey, where's the ball?" and she'll pick up the ball. WOAH. Where did that come from?? She's SO big!
-Her first Halloween!! She was the cutest monkey evvvvver.
-Leaning words. OK, she can't TALK yet obviously. But, I'm about 100% positive she KNOWS (at least) the following words: Bailey, Dada, Mama, Doggie, No, Hi, Ball, Book, Water (her sippy), George (her paci), Dance, Shakey (she'll start shaking whatever toy she's holding).
Nicknames: Peanut, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Jelly Butt, Stinker, Bug
Looking forward to: Her birthday party this weekend!!
It'll be a great time. And, for the record-- we did not get her a "present". But, we did put money in her college account this week. That counts, right?? :)
Oh, and I'm definitely looking forward to her starting to talk and walk. SO MUCH FUN is just around the corner. I CAN'T WAIT!!

Weekly Workout Recap: 11/2-11/8

Weekly Workout Recap: 11/2-11/8
Sunday, 11/2: None
Monday, 11/3: 3 TM miles (28:26)
Tuesday, 11/4: JMR30S, 50-minute Spinning Class, 2 TM miles (17:34)
Wednesday, 11/5: JM30S
Thursday, 11/6: 60 minutes elliptical
Friday, 11/7: 10 minutes elliptical, 2.5 miles TM (23:26)
Saturday, 11/8: None

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Gym Membership!!

Guess who has run TWO DAYS in a row????

(And, pretty decently-OK runs at that! The 3-mile one I ran a 10:15 first mile, so I really picked it up miles 2 and 3. Plus, I ran that WITHOUT music because I forgot headphones. Clearly I'm outta practice. The 2-mile run I started slow, too, and just kept picking it up. It was just after a spinning class and my legs were jello. It was HARD and I was PANTING. But, I looooved it. Plus, I was rocking out o the new Taylor Swift. Pretty sure I was dancing and smiling the entire time while running. No shame.)

Waaaaaittt--- that looks an awful lot like a treadmill???? IT IS!!!!!!!!

Who would have ever thought I'd be so excited to GET to run on a treadmill!?!?! But, I am!!!! SO excited!!! TWO RUNS in TWO DAYS??? WAHOO!!! Of course, now my right quad is pretty pissed at me, but it's nothing a little lot of stretching and foam rolling won't fix.
So, hooooow am I treadmill running?? No, we didn't win the lottery and buy a treadmill. I did, however, get a gym membership!!! WAHOO!!!
OK, don't get too excited. It's a temporary one. My town is running a special to help people keep fit over the holidays and is offering a membership to EIGHT (!!) different local gyms from 11/2-12/31 for $25!! WHAAAT?!?! That's hella cheap. Well, obviously it didn't really matter at first because I have Bailey and can't really run on the treadmill with her just chilling next to me. (Side note: If you knew Bailey you'd know she doesn't just chill--- ever. LOL) Buuuut, one of the gyms -- the YMCA-- includes 2 hours of FREE childcare (while you're at the gym-- you don't even have to be working out-- you could be showering or just chilling in the lobby reading)!!!!!!!!!!! WHAAAAAAT?!?!? Sign. Me. Up. Seriously. I was probably the first person to buy their pass.
So, I bought it (DUH!) and we've already gone twice. Bailey's done really well in the childcare.
A completely unrelated pic of Bailey because I'm obsessed with my kid and can't do a post without a picture of her. Duh.

She LOVES to play with other babies and while I obviously LOVE to workout and go to group classes (I've already done a spinning class!!), another BIG reason I jumped at this was to give B some time AWAY from me. Maybe that sounds dumb, but she and I spend pretty much every single moment she's awake together. I think it's really important for HER to learn and figure things out and just be without me attached to her hip. Or ya know-- without her attached to my hip, I suppose.
Anyway- I'm in love. The gym is awesome. Big! Clean! Did I mention the FREE childcare??? Love. It's crowded. I've already bumped into 5 different people I know in a cumulative 2.5 hours I've spent there. But, I don't mind a crowd. If anything, more people give me more energy and push me harder. So, I'm REALLY digging it. Unfortunately, a regular membership to the gym is pretty pricey, so I don't think we'll be able to continue it after the end of December... but, we'll see. I'm keeping my fingers crossed at least a few more months will be my Christmas present (wink, wink, Hubs)! :)
Get ready for some more workout related posts coming your way soon. :) :) :)

Weekly Workout Recap: 10/26-11/1

Weekly Workout Recap: 10/26-11/1
Sunday, 10/26: 1.5 mile walk (out of town)
Monday, 10/27: JM30DS
Tuesday, 10/28: JM30DS
Wednesday, 10/29: JM30DS
Thursday, 10/30: 8MA8MA & 3.5 mile stroller run
Friday, 10/31: JMR30
Saturday, 11/1: None

The Hubs got me a new Jillian Michaels Workout DVD for my birthday-- Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 (JMR30). Turns out, at least Week 1 of the DVD (which is all I've done so far) is pretty much exactly the same as 30-Day Shred. LAME. Maybe it'll get better. We'll see. Since I love me some Jillian, I still dig it. But, I was hoping for something way different to help mix it up. Oh well.