Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Couch to 5K...check!

Well, I'm another year older. Again. Another year wiser as well? I'd like to think so, but I can't make any promises. I did, however, manage to check one very important thing off my "to do" list on the day I turned 34 years old.

Couch to 5K complete! The evolution of my running capacity over the last 9 weeks has really amazed me. The first day I started it took all I had to run the 60 second intervals mixed with the 90 second walking intervals. Today I ran four miles in about 40 minutes- without stopping. I'll admit it. I'm pretty darn proud of myself. The Mule Kick 5K in Columbia is this Saturday. Even though it's just a 5K (and nothing more than a jog to the mailbox for experienced runners) I'm very excited and very terrified at the same time.

After my run today I couldn't help but indulge in what I consider to be even better than a big slice of birthday cake.

So it's been a great birthday. Yesterday, my birthday present from Will arrived. We went outside to find this sitting at the bottom of the steps. I want to see the UPS guy who unloaded this puppy without any help.

It looks even better fully assembled and I can't wait to break it in this weekend!

On my last birthday I was still newly pregnant and about to burst at the seams to announce to the world that we were expecting. It's unreal what can change in a year.

We leave for England in just a little over 3 weeks. Again, another situation about which I am very excited but also terrified. I'm so excited to go back to England, to see Will's family again, and for them to meet Henry for the first time! On the other hand, I'm terrified of being "those people" on the plane. You know, the ones with the screaming baby. I'm sure every parent that flies with an infant has that same fear. Henry's pretty excited about the trip. Maybe you can tell from his shirt.

He's such a busy boy these days. And a pretty adorable boy too.

Henry is starting to sit up very well. He loves to sit up and gets annoyed if you try to lay him down, even to change his clothes. And he prefers to bathe only in the upright postition, thank you very much.

Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes my way! It was a great birthday spent with my two favorite guys! I'll take it.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Drama for Mama

What a week, what a week.

It all started off pretty normally. Last Saturday night Will, Henry, my Mom & Dad, and I all headed up to PF Chang's to join other family members for a surprise birthday dinner for my sister-in-law Robyn (who turned the big 3-0 this year but doesn't look a day over 20). Considering the fact that there were 7 kids there it was remarkably non-chaotic meal. The kids kept all the adults entertained for sure, especially the one sitting right across from me. He had some pretty impressive chopstick skills.

The little boys behaved like big boys, and the big boys...well, the big boys got TINY desserts.

And as usual, Henry got lots of attention from my mom.

The rest of our week was pretty routine. Henry and I were very glad that Will didn't have to go out of town this week. We love it when he's at home with us. He is such a great Daddy and it's obvious how much Henry adores him. I went out for a run one day and when I got home Will had dressed Henry up in baby geek attire. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree and what a good thing in this case!

Henry has gotten more and more independent with his play time. He'll play for at least 30 minutes at a time on his playmat, in his bouncer, or in his exersaucer. It's good for him, and it's a nice break for Mama.

So that pretty much sums up the non-traumatic parts of our week. The real drama started on Saturday. On Saturday I worked my first shift since Henry's birth. Ten hours away from my baby. I knew it would be bad- probably worse on me than anyone else. I did okay for the first half of the day, but the closer it got to time to go home, the more anxious I got to leave. Then I got the phone call from Will. Henry (who is under high suspicion for teething) had been crying for around 2 hours and Will (who was very under the weather himself) could not get him calmed down. I could hear Henry crying in the background- and there was not a THING I could do other than offer suggestions on the phone. You better believe that when my shift ended I grabbed my belongings and hit the door running. My speedy departure didn't end once I left the clinic either- as pointed out by the police officer who pulled me over for speeding on the way home. Seriously. I joked about it before I left work, and then it actually happened!

The officer must have sensed what a mess I was. Empty carseat in the back, breast pump parts sticking out a bag on the seat beside me, and a hormonal teary woman behind the wheel. I guess sympathy overtook him because he let me off with a warning. I think he could see the new mother "fight or flight" response in my eyes and that I was nearing a serious breakdown. Bless him.

So finally, finally, I made it home. When I arrived I raced upstairs to find Will & Henry sitting on the couch. Henry wasn't doing any crying, but there might have been just a couple of tears from his Mama who was SO glad to see him. I don't think I put him down for the next 3 hours.

What a day. But we survived and I'm sure we'll survive the next one too- I just hope it doesn't roll around too soon!

So only 6 more days until my first 5k- and (more importantly to my Brit) only 6 more days until Mule Day! Henry's first Mule Day! What an event. Hopefully the weather will perk up a bit by next weekend and we'll have lot of pictures to share with you!!

**Thanks to my sweet Brit for all the photos in this blog post**

Friday, March 18, 2011

Lucky little Leprechaun...

When you have an adorable redheaded baby, is there a more perfect holiday to celebrate than St. Patrick's Day? Of course not! Henry, however, was not fond of the way his Mama decided to start his first Irish holiday...

Would NOT look at the camera. Not even once. Embarrassment? Perhaps- but still adorable! When I took his hat off, he finally looked in my direction with a look that said "Seriously Mom. Was all that necessary?"

Later that day Henry and I set off for Cool Springs to do a little grocery shopping. Several of my old ER co-workers were hanging out at a local restaurant/pub that afternoon to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, drinking some beer and enjoying the sunshine. One of them had extended an invitation my way, and while I knew I couldn't stay, I thought I would stop by for a minute to say hello and introduce them to my little ginger. We found the crew hanging out on the outside patio and the catching up began. In the middle of our conversation the waitress walked up, with a very discriminating look on her face and said "Ummm, we're 21 and up- the baby can't be here.". Really??? So...young Henry got kicked out of his first pub at the ripe old age of 4 months. Quite an accomplishment for a half-Brit baby! I definitely don't think I'm going to win any "Mom of the Year" awards over that one.

The weather around here just keeps getting better and better. Yesterday it was sunny and nearly 80 degrees. My sister-in-law, Robyn, came over with Ella Grace and Cohen and we all headed down to the neighborhood playground.

The walk to the park was exhausting for some of the group.

Ella Grace and Cohen immediately attacked the playground equipment. However, the most fun game of the day (for Cohen) was to run like crazy when "A" tried to take his picture.

While the kids played Henry and I found a nice shady spot (no direct sunlight for the redhead!) and settled in for what else but some photos. His outfit was possibly a little overkill and that was totally the point :)

And as cute as that hat was on Henry, his "hat head" hair might have been even cuter.

I determined yesterday that there are few things that are more delightful than chubby little baby toes nestled in the green spring grass.

What a beautiful day with some of my favorite people. The kind of day where you're completely exhausted at the end from all the playing and the sunshine. We love these days.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Just hanging around...

I can't believe my big boy is about to be 5 months old! He's so much more of a "little person" these days. He has the cutest little grunt when he is displeased. He laughs all the time, especially when he catches a glimpse of one of the dogs. Apparently they're hilarious. He's so close to sitting on his own. He's perfected a rather unconvincing fake cough. And he LOVES jumping in the jumparoo he's got on loan from his cousins. The boy adores jumping. So Will and I thought we would get Henry a "Johnny Jump Up". It fits on a door frame, is very portable (read- handy for entertaining baby at a friend's house), and Henry would obviously love it. Right?


After Johnny Jump up was assembled, I went to secure it on the doorframe downstairs, and ummm, oh yeah. I forgot that we have extra tall doors in our house, so even with the straps extended all the way out it wasn't long enough for Henry's feet to touch the floor, so Johnny Jump Up became more of a "Henry Hang There". He, oddly enough, still seemed to like it though. He just kind of swiveled from one direction to the other and kept an eye on all the critters.

Being the kind of boy who is always in pursuit of improvement, Henry has also been working on another skill this week. I swear I handed him this empty sippy cup to play with while we were cooking dinner, and he acted like he'd had one his entire life!

We continue to enjoy glorious spring-like weather and lots of walks (and runs for this Mama). My first 5K is in only 3 weeks! Eek! I think I'm going to be ready though, and might even make it in my goal time of 35 minutes of less. We'll see.

The beautiful weekend weather was also perfect for another event we've grown to know and love. PHOTOfunDAY with Sarah B. Gilliam. We took a little drive down to Columbia for some family photos. Nick, Robyn, Ella Grace & Cohen (who adorably refers to himself as "Coman") had a session as well. The kids had a great time playing- especially on the spinning orange chair- and we can't wait to see the results!

Why we miss Daddy...

This week is a long week. This week, Daddy is in Atlanta all week long for work. The house is more quiet than usual. There is still laughter but not nearly as much. And without our resident chef, my diet quickly regresses to what you would imagine a bachelor in his 20s would eat- cereal, frozen pizza, trail mix...it's shameful.

We miss Daddy when he's gone. A lot- and for many reasons...

Reason #1:
Being nestled up on Daddy's chest is amazing place to catch a nap when you're away from home.

Reason #2:
Daddy REALLY knows how to play with his favorite boy- and can make him laugh like no one else in the world can.

Reason #3:
Daddy really is our favorite person in the whole world. He's fun to hang out with, he takes care of us, and he's the heart & soul of our family.

We miss you. Hurry home.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Dreary February has finally made it's way out and March has arrived. This is my favorite time of year. Bits of green growth are emerging from the mulch around the neighborhood signaling that spring is just around the corner. Buttercups are blooming and the grass is growing. But I'm sure the most astounding growth we'll see this spring will be in regards to this little guy.

Henry and his feet. It's become quite an obsession for him lately. He grabs onto those little piggies and holds on for dear life. It can make diaper changing quite a challenge. And he doesn't just do it at home. He had his 4 month doctor's appointment yesterday, and no sooner did we lay him on the table...

Henry was weighed, measured, and inspected per protocol at Dr. MeNeely's office yesterday. Poor little fella. If we could just get him to put on some weight. Ummm...kidding! 95th percentile in length and weight again! Can you tell?

Henry also had to get 4 month shots yesterday. I cannot tell you how badly I dreaded this. Not because of the shot administration itself, but because of how miserable my poor baby was the night after his 2 month immunizations. This time he cried for a minute or two after the shots and the rest of the night was his usual drooling smiley self. BIG sigh of relief from this Mama!

Will is out of town this week for a few days- this time in Florida. And I wouldn't accuse him of rubbing it in, but he DID feel the need to share this picture of the view from his hotel room window...

Today Henry and I went to hang out with his cousin, Cohen, for a few hours. Cohen is already such an awesome big cousin to Henry (as is his sister, Ella Grace). He loves to reinsert Henry's pacifier and does his best to keep Henry entertained. And today he said "Hold Henny"...what a cutie! Henry was much more interested in his tasty fingers than he was in looking at Mama's camera.

I'm not even sure how to introduce this next picture, except to say that it was too ridiculous not to share. Poor Layla. Went to the groomer's all stinky and scruffy, and came home with puffy green bows on her ears. This is her "thrilled" face.

So that's all I've got for today! Hope you're enjoying this first day of March!