"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Time as a fam

Zach has been working in SG while I have stayed at my parents. He has had a lot of responsibility with this exercise and has had long work days. We were able to spend a little time at the park and stop by to see him a time or two, but we wanted more. Finally, he got off a little early today and we spent a wonderful afternoon together. We got a little lunch, strolled down Main Street to check out the impressive new children's museum, then grabbed cupcakes from my favorite little cafe, 25 main.

Quality family time I tell you. It was a simple afternoon filled with an abundance of happiness!

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Dogtown Half Marathon

My first half marathon is in the books! I signed up for the Dogtown Half because the timing of it was perfect for my overall Ironman training. I also wanted to do a half since I have done a full!

I told my friend Kristen to sign up since she is running a full in May,  so she did. My dad was resistant but I didn't push because deep down I knew he would sign up in the end. The week of I got a text one night saying he was signed up. :)

Although I didn't feel ready and it was quite a struggle to get through, I still beat my goal and enjoyed the race. My goal was 1:47 since that is half the Boston Qualifying time. Since Terran had been sick and I didnt feel way ready, I mentally prepared to be okay with the 1:50-2:00 range. I got 1:46:38!! So what this means is that my dream/goal of Boston Qualifying is actually becoming more realistic! I'm pretty sure my training for that will come after we get another babe to join our family, but believe me, I will be thinking about it!

I enjoyed the Dogtown Half course and getting a sunburn in February isn't really a bad thing. February always seems like the time of year I dream of living in SG again....

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ear infections and more.

Terran woke up Saturday night around two with a fever. He had dried barf in his hair and seemed miserable. I was putting him back to sleep when I felt it in his hair and on his pjs and I figured something was up. Instead of putting him back to sleep we put him in the tub then let him snuggle with us. We thought it was the flu and watched his fever and gave him what he wanted until Monday when he was throwing up a little more and his fever hit 102. We went to the doc and found out both ears are infected. On ibuprofen,  Tylenol, and amoxicillin, he started doing much better. I hope this doesn't start recurring.
 
Terran has also recently had two molars come in, bottom left and top right. He has a fever a little over a week ago but no other issues, so that explains that!

Our little guy puckers his lips into a duck face all the time, but particularly when he is jabbering. I was lucky enough to catch a good pic of it on a Sunday drive when he was cranky and sick so we went out to look for coyotes with Zach.
 
Terran has discovered his nostrils and loves sticking his fingers up them. I am sure it doesn't help that I laugh when he does it, but I can't help it. I also can't help but laugh when he toots, so now he will immediately look at me with a big smile waiting for me to laugh and then he joins in. It's pretty funny, but may make teaching him manners a little bit harder!
 
Terran has finally started liking "real" food a little more. He has been liking pasta quite a bit and loves to slurp it up. Everything this kid does is just so funny and adorable. He still nurses a few times a day, but it seems that he may need to be weaned soon. I wouldn't mind continuing, but he has gotten in the habit of gnawing/biting and one night bit me and made me bleed. It was one of the most painful things I have felt in a long time. Sadly, it also gave me mastitis, I wasn't able to nurse consistently, and I think it has affected my supply quite a bit. He is still going strong on the right side, but it never seems to really fill up with enough milk anymore. The emotional aspect of stopping nursing has been so surprising to me. Obviously there is the side of me that is done with the biting and the toddler-constantly-moving-while-he-is-eating frustration, but there is also the side of me that doesn't want to give up this superpower of sustaining life and being able to cure all woes and induce sleep. Not to mention that I think it has really helped me lose the baby weight and keep it off. I was down to ten pounds below my PRE-baby weight. That is lower than I was for most of high school! I am sure training for a marathon and a half Ironman also contributed, but I think nursing played a role as well. Breastfeeding has really been an amazing experience that has included a lot of pain but also has shown me how absolutely extraordinary my body is.
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Woo-hoo! Sleep.

For Terran anyway. Last night was the first night since his birth that he slept all the way through the night! His next closest was six hours. Can you believe it has been over a year since I had eight straight hours of sleep?!

I stressed myself out like crazy trying to get him to figure it out. I tried the gentle approach, no cry approach, and we tried crying three or four times which all resulted/occurred twice while teething, crop, and a cold. And I tried to plan around that stuff!

We have been waking up once or twice the last several months but recently he wasn't going back to sleep as easily and would point to our bedroom because he just wanted to sleep with us! I felt like it was time to help him figure it out. I took a few days to stop him from nursing to sleep and incorporated a bedtime story, otherwise sticking to our normal bedtime routine. He takes a bottle or nurses after his tub now, then a story, turn off the light, pray, and lay him in bed. He cries for five or ten minutes, but then sleeps. He woke up the first two days around midnight. I would comfort him and help him fall back asleep, but the second I put him in his crib he would cry. I tried everything for an hour, including l as young in his crib with him!, but I wouldn't take him to our bed. Then, I felt like I could sense when to let him cry back to sleep and I let him. The third night, he didn't wake up at all!

My body still woke up early due to habit and a very full milk supply, but I think I'll just need a few days to adjust.

I know some moms get this to happen at 2 months or 6 months. This took us longer but we didn't feel right about letting him cry it out. This hasn't been too bad, and was definitely better timing. Let's cross our fingers that it is permanent, as permanent as something with a child can be. :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Family Home Evening

With the new year, Zach and I sat down and evaluated our life. We found several areas that we wanted to be better at, so we made a list of S.M.A.R.T goals. The S.M.A.R.T part is a bit of leftover college education that essentially means your goals need to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound.

Family home evening was on that list of goals we made. We decided it was realistic to do FHE every Monday night. Up until this point, we would jokingly call an activity we happened to do on Monday FHE and maybe a handful of scattered times in our marriage we actually consciously held FHE. To help forge the habit and make it simple enough to become a weekly activity, we decided reading the Ensign was a great way to have a spiritual lesson.

So far, we have been doing a decent job. I think we have only missed one week. At least when we both aren't out of town.

Tonight we read an article on prayer and how to make it more meaningful.  I feel like I already try hard to make my prayers meaningful, but there are inevitably times where it sounds just like the prayer I said the night before. This article had five ways to make prayer more meaningful. Find a private place, kneel to pray, pray vocally, express gratitude, and pray for others. It was a good reminder and helpful article. I love that these little things help make my testimony stronger.

Baby life

Play, play, play. That's what we do. Terran loves to participate in risky activities and ensure that I am always supervising. He likes to play in the fridge and I am constantly finding random toys and spatulas in the drawers. He still loves others kids and now that little Claira is crawling, they are able to play together a little more. Claira is my sister-in-laws sister, Kristen's, daughter.

Funeral

Last week we attended a funeral for Zach's coworker's baby girl. She was 4 1/2 months old and died from theatersHas long day,1N1 flu. It wasable to do it.such a tragedy and a very good reminder to cherish what I have and treat my loved ones well. Terran was tired during the funeral and decided to start crying right as it began so we actually didn't get to hear the servic. Zach was wiping tears so I'm sure I would have been a mess.

Since the funeral was in Clinton, we drove through South Weber to check out my childhood home and neighborhood.
We also were able to swing by and visit with my friend Jessica Griffin and her baby girl in Layton. It was a long day, but I'm glad we were able to do it.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Lately

We have been up to a lot lately! Terran has become a serious climber, on and into everything. He got his first savings account, visited his grandmas and grandpas in St. George (he loved climbing on the massage chair and the cat-he was even trying to say cat!), and I got my hair lightened. Big deal. Back in November Lisa lightened it for the very first time, and in January we added a little more blonde. I love it!

Visiting Zach's work

Yesterday Zach needed us to bring a uniform up to Salt Lake to get tailored, and it turned into a great day visiting Zach.  We went to the tailor then had lunch at a Thai restaurant,  Sawadee. After that, we went back to his office where Terran was able to explore the trucks and trailers and I learned how to ride a segway! Even though everyone was waiting for me to biff it, I was pro. ;)

I included the picture of the back of Terran's head to show his thick curls. His hair is getting really long!