Archive | October, 2013

Race Recap: Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon Relay

16 Oct

Due to the flooding in Colorado at the end of September, the Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon that I had signed up to do with my friends Jess and Charlotte got rescheduled to Saturday, October 5. Luckily, it still was a day we could all make it!

The Thursday before the race, we all met in Boulder (with kids in tow) for packet pickup. After we got our race gear, we went out for dinner at Old Chicago on Pearl Street. All 3 of us were going to a wedding Saturday afternoon after the race, so this was our ‘team building’ dinner. It was fun!

The morning of the race, it was only 35 degrees! Travis, Emma and I left the house later than I had wanted to and then we encountered a road that was closed from the flooding, so I was worried that we were going to get to the race too late. But we made it with plenty of time – the race ended up being only about 200 athletes instead of 600 due to the date change, but that meant more room in transition!

The weather had been cool the week before the race so the water was a chilly 58 degrees. Brrrr. Charlotte was a trooper, though, and swam anyway. I felt bad standing around in my many layers, gloves and ear warmers while she was getting into icy water but she totally rocked the 800 meter swim!

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SWIM: 14:58

We were waiting for Charlotte at the swim out, but somehow missed her get out of the water. We saw her as she was walking past us so Jess ran with her into transition and I ran along outside, since I didn’t want to get in anyone’s way.

T1: 1:15

Then Jess was off on the bike, wearing long pants, a sweatshirt, winter parka, winter gloves and face mask under her helmet. She said she was cold for the first loop, but then she warmed up and wanted to remove layers but couldn’t! Jess also did really well and crushed the 12.4 mile bike leg.

BIKE: 45:52

About 10 minutes before Jess was expected back, I ran around the parking lot a bit and then I went and stood in the transition area to wait for Jess.

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Jess arrived, I grabbed the chip from her, strapped it around my ankle and was off on my 5K run!

T2: 0:56

Right away, my throat and lungs felt hoarse from the cold air. My legs felt great, but my breathing was just really labored. Even though there were people passing me consistently (that’s the reality of a triathlon when everyone starts in different waves), I tried to settle into a pace that was challenging but sustainable. I could tell, though, that I wasn’t feeling as strong as the Community Christian 5K I had done a few weeks earlier.

About the time I started running, the sun decided to make its appearance. So all of my layers made me very overdressed! By Mile 1, I had my gloves off. And by Mile 2, I had my ear warmer and jacket off.

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I definitely pushed myself more for our relay team than I would have had I just been racing for myself. There was one main hill on the course leading up to Mile 1. On the way back, I used that hill to my advantage. My splits were (roughly, recalling from memory):

Mile 1 – 11:07

Mile 2- 10:39

Mile 3 – 10:30

Mile .1 – 1:03

RUN TIME – 33:19

TOTAL TIME – 1:36:18

Just for fun, here are my splits from when I did the Oktoberfest Sprint Tri back in 2009 as an age group athlete (times listed in italics show the difference from our relay time):

Swim – 19:57 (+4:59)

T1 – 2:14 (+0:59)

Bike – 46:34 (+0:42)

T2 – 1:09 (+0:13)

Run – 34:07 (+0:48)

Overall Time – 1:43:59 (+7:41)

I hadn’t spectated at a triathlon in a very long time so it was a nice change of pace to watch other athletes (especially the speedy ones)! We checked our time after I finished and noticed that we got 2nd place in the All-Female Relay division. So Jess and I stayed for the award ceremony (Charlotte left after the swim because it was a busy day for her).

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6 Months Postpartum

10 Oct

I feel like 6 months postpartum deserves an update. So here’s how things are going:

Physical Recovery

Taking into account the fact that I am a lot less active now than I was pre-pregnancy, I feel like I can say that I am more or less back to normal. Update on a few weird side effects of pregnancy that I haven’t talked about before (because I forgot to!):

  • My arms used to go numb really easily, but that has gone away.
  • My knees used to really hurt whenever I squatted/sat down, but I realized this was from squatting/lunging weird while holding a baby upright. I’m trying to lunge/squat properly now.
  • I couldn’t lay on my left side without my stomach hurting. This has gotten better, though it hasn’t completely disappeared.
  • I still have the linea negra, but it’s fading slowly.

My face acne has gotten a lot better, and I’m guessing that the difference now from pre-pregnancy is that I’m no longer on a birth control pill that contains estrogen. Boo on acne at age 30!

I’ve been sleeping enough hours at night for long enough now that I feel like a normal human being almost always, so that has been nice. I still LOVE when it’s time for bed though! If it weren’t for my current obsession with How I Met Your Mother on Netflix, I would go to bed at the same time Emma does.

Body Weight / Image

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I got on the scale yesterday morning and surprisingly, it read only about 1.5 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight. But when I got pregnant, I was in marathon shape. I was muscular. So it’s not really comparing apples and apples to say I’m back to that weight. But it’s something! And I can fit into more and more of my pre-pregnancy clothes as the months go by. I have realized, though, that a lot of my shirts from then were short-ish and tight, so I’m not sure if I’ll ever wear them again. Some shirts and dresses still don’t fit over the milk-makers. I now buy shirts in size Large. It doesn’t bother me, but it just wasn’t something I expected. I did expect my feet to grow, but they didn’t. I’m still the same size there (which I appreciate because I hate shoe shopping!).

In my 12 Weeks Postpartum post, I talked about wanting to eat better. Hmm… that has gotten slightly better, though it still definitely needs improvement. Before I got pregnant, I was good about balance. If I wanted a glass of wine, I’d skip the chocolate. If we were eating out for dinner, I’d have a healthy lunch. But ever since pregnancy gave me (almost) free rein, I let myself have wine, chocolate AND a big dinner. It’s so hard to say no! (And yes, breastfeeding does give me a LITTLE more leeway than normal but not that much!)

I haven’t gotten back into exercise as much as I had been hoping to, but now that Emma can go to the gym childcare, I’m excited to start going to classes and stuff again! I miss feeling active and fit. The whole moving to Minnesota thing has kind of thrown my plans for a half marathon up into the air, but I’m going to start training in November anyway. I need a goal. I think I’ll try to do a 10K in December too.

But overall, in regards to body weight and image, I really feel very comfortable with where I’m at right now. I mean, as long as I don’t have to wear a bikini ever again anytime soon.

Emotional

I’ll admit that it took me a LONG time to adjust to being a mom. I had a hard time giving up my freedom and rest – not being able to run errands when I wanted, train for races, veg on the couch at night, go on trips we’ve always talked about, cook dinner, read a book, spend time with hubby alone or sleep a full 8 hours. Slowly, I have found ways to still include these things in my life. I can plan meals during her nap. I do laundry while she bounces in her jumperoo. We run errands together when Emma is awake. (Again I say, things have gotten so much easier as Emma has gotten older! I couldn’t put her down for the first 2 months of her life due to her feeding issues.)

But still, some days, Emma demands it all. I don’t have either the time or energy to get everything done. So I’ve learned PRIORITIES. I choose 2-3 things that need to get done and stick to those. This past Monday, it was 1) Take Emma to her 6-month appointment 2) Take Emma’s 6-month pictures and 3) Bring dinner to our friends who just had a baby. I was able to get all of that done on Monday, but some days, even that doesn’t happen. My post about learning to let things go has been a great reminder to me about trusting God with my to-do list. He’s got it under control, so I don’t have to.

I loved Emma since the moment she was born, but having a new baby was so challenging that I didn’t feel love for her a lot of the time. In the past month or so, though, God has graciously made my heart overflow with love for Emma. It’s now a treat when I can rock her to sleep, and just stare at her little face. I love hugging her, kissing her face, and listening to her coo and shriek in her own little way. I look forward to picking her up after being at work all day. (Though nights without Travis home still intimidate me.)

Our trip to Minnesota a couple weeks ago reminded me of how hard those first 2 months were. No wonder I felt so overwhelmed and discouraged! Having a baby who cries a lot and refuses to be put down is HARD. It’s hard to enjoy your baby and new role as a mom in the midst of that. And that’s where I was until Emma was about 5 months.

I’m finally at a place where I enjoy being a mom (most days). I’m still looking forward to being able to do more things with Emma, like go to the playground, museum, library, movies, etc. but she’s learning and engaging with new things everyday, which is fun. I have also really enjoyed being back at work part-time. It does make life a little bit crazier, but it helps me really enjoy the days I am at home with Emma.

The Move is On.

8 Oct

So, we are moving to Minnesota.

We’ve been planning to move back pretty much ever since we moved to Colorado. Don’t get me wrong – Colorado is an awesome state and we have loved living here. We have a great church, great friends, good jobs, nice house, and have done a lot of fun things here.

But… our family isn’t here.

And… there’s just something about Minnesota that makes us love it.

Sure, the summers are humid and full of bugs. The winters get down to temperatures I won’t even mention and snow sticks around until April. Many Most days are cloudy. But the truth is, as much as I like to complain about those features of Minnesota, they also endear me to the state. Minnesota is not for the faint of heart.

So why now? Well first, we were waiting to have kids. Check.

Then, we were waiting to talk to Travis’ boss about moving, since we were hoping that Travis would be able to keep his same job and just work from home in Minnesota. We got the green light a couple of weeks ago! 

I’ll have to quit my job but I’ll probably try to find something – whether a part-time ‘for fun’ job or volunteering opportunity – to get me out of the house and keep me sane. Since we’re really close to being debt-free (we’ll only have about $2K left in student loans by November), we don’t really *need* my paycheck. And finding a part-time job that pays me like my current job would be tough.

Anyway, so moving is no longer an IF but a WHEN. All that’s left is to sell our house. We met with a realtor last Friday and are planning to put our house on the market in January. We have some a lot of work to do to get our house ready to sell, but October is the Month of Hunting so nothing will get done then. We could probably finish everything by the end of November but not many people are looking at houses in December, so January it is.

To avoid having to coordinate selling and buying a house across 1,000 miles, we’re going to move into my parent’s lake cabin about an hour north of the Cities for a few months while we find a house. We’re looking at houses in the Brainerd area.

We’re definitely excited to move back, and get a new, bigger house where we plan to live for the next 20ish years, but it’s definitely bittersweet leaving Colorado. We’ll miss it!

Emma Grace: 6 Months

7 Oct

Emma is 6 months old today! This is a big milestone, not only because it’s half a year, but because Emma is now old enough to go to the gym daycare and children’s ministry at our church! I am excited to workout more and go to a whole church service. I checked her into the children’s ministry yesterday, even though I knew she might have a meltdown. She did, but I at least I got to hear almost the whole sermon before having to go get her!

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SIZE

At her 6-month appointment this morning, Emma weighed 16 lbs, 6 oz (54%). She was 26 inches tall (54%) and her head circumference was 16.73 inches (58%). Still growing well!

Emma is wearing mostly 3-6 or 6 month clothes, but some of her 3 month clothes still fit too (Carter’s runs really long!). She’s wearing size 3 diapers. Weirdly, Emma’s feet haven’t grown hardly at all since birth – I compared her feet now to her footprints from birth and they’re only like 1/2 inch longer! She has 2 pairs of shoes that say they’re for 3-6 months and they are still about 2 inches too long on her. Our pediatrician says that feet don’t grow linearly, so she might have abnormally small right feet, but they’ll eventually catch up. She’s just focusing her growth on other areas. Like her cheeks.

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She wasn’t sure what to think about riding in the shopping cart.

SLEEP

Emma still takes 3-4 naps a day, which range from 40 minutes to 2.5 hours (though those long naps aren’t very common). She stays awake between her naps for about 2 – 3 hours.

At night, Emma sleeps for about 10 hours total. She went through a stretch of sleeping 10 hours straight but for the past 3-4 weeks, she’s only slept about 4-8 hours in a single stretch. I think it might be because she gets hungry in the middle of the night, so we’re going to try giving her a bottle before bed to see if that helps. We’re also going to try to cut out her 4th nap (but sometimes she falls asleep in the car on the way home from daycare).

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EATING

I’m still breastfeeding Emma about 6 times a day, roughly every 3 hours, for about 15 minutes. She’s gotten very distractible and doesn’t have the patience to spend a long time nursing anymore.

I estimate that she drinks 4-6 oz when she nurses (depending on time of day). I had been giving her only three 4 oz bottles while I’m at work but I’m going to start bumping that up to 5 or 6 oz, because she seems to be hungrier in the past week or so. Unfortunately, this means we’re going to have to start supplementing with formula because I can usually only pump 3 – 4 oz, 5 if I’m lucky. I haven’t done *absolutely everything* I can to keep breastfeeding, but honestly, I don’t have the energy or desire to bend over backwards to keep it going. I am going to try a few other supplements though (like Mother’s Milk and fenugreek), just in case they help. And I will keep breastfeeding Emma as much as I can.

About 3 weeks ago, we started solids. So far, Emma loves eating and has done really well. She’s a natural! She has tried (in order) avocado, banana, applesauce, oatmeal cereal with cinnamon, sweet potatoes and peas. She usually gets a meal in the morning and evening, though we are definitely not consistent yet.

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She didn’t make any funny faces except with the sweet potatoes – but I think that may have been because I took them out of a soup I made and she may have gotten some onion with it. Next up, we’re going to try apples, carrots and lentils. We’ve been feeding her in her Bumbo seat so far, but we are planning to buy a high chair soon. Any recommendations?

PERSONALITY

Emma likes being around people. She’ll be content in her jumperoo, swing or on her playmat if you sit next to her and watch, but if you get up to go do something, she gets frustrated pretty fast!

She loves to smile. Sometimes, she’ll smile at someone she doesn’t know and then turn and bury her head in our shoulder, like she’s shy.

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She talks a LOT. She coos, sighs, shrieks, and giggles. It’s really cute but when she gets really loud, it’s hard to hear anything else! She also laughs a lot at funny noises.

LIKES & DISLIKES

Emma has no interest in things she can’t put in her mouth. Everything you hand her, she looks at for about 10 seconds and into her mouth it goes. She still loves to suck on her hands and toes, but now that she can hold toys so well, she likes to suck on those a bunch too.

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I’ve tried playing easy iPad games or reading books with her – after a minute or 2, she says it’s time to move on to the next thing. The only way I can get her to listen to a story is if she’s doing something else she enjoys.

Speaking of which, her favorite thing to do by far is lay on her back and suck on toys. She’ll put her little legs up and roll over from side to side, but never rolls on to her belly – I think because she still doesn’t like being on her tummy! When we put her on her stomach, she immediately rolls over. To get some tummy time in, we lay down and put her on our chest, but even then, she wants to roll off after just a couple minutes! (Which is fun game to play on the bed, BTW).

We just recently bought Emma a Rainforest Jumperoo for $40 on Craigslist (before, we had a Bounce Bounce Baby which was really hard for her to bounce on) and SHE LOVES IT! It’s funny too, because she’ll keep bouncing even after she gets tired, so she starts looking (and sounding) upset but keeps bouncing anyway.

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She still likes her swing and playmat, but the Bumbo seat has lost its appeal for playing – though we’re still using it for feeding her, as I mentioned before. Emma can sit up on her own for 5-10 seconds before tipping over.

Emma loves to grab things (like hair and faces – OUCH!), and doesn’t mind getting dirty. She and I were soaking up the warm weather two weekends ago and she was so excited about pulling out clumps of grass and dirt – and trying to eat them! I kept telling her “Yucky” but she still snuck some in her mouth. That love of grass and dirt is from her daddy, not me!

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Emma really only cries about 2 things: 1) being overtired and 2) getting a shirt put on. When she’s hungry, she just whines a little bit, but put a shirt over her head and the world is coming to an end. And watch out if you combine the two and put a shirt on her when she’s tired!

Other random facts about Emma:

  • Still loves baths.
  • No teeth yet.
  • Doesn’t mind getting her nails cut.
  • Had her first stuffy nose.
  • Loves being outdoors.
  • Has been on 6 plane flights – that averages out to 1 a month!
  • Rode in the stroller facing forward for the first time

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  • Also rode in the Baby Bjorn facing forward for the first time

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