It’s been about a month since I’ve posted, which is by far the longest I’ve ever gone. The days have been busy, the hours short, and I either haven’t had time to blog or haven’t really wanted to say anything. That paints a rather dire picture, but it’s really the opposite. Our days are full of good things – a busy toddler, a growing baby, work, housework, new recipes, walks in the spring air, time at the park, running, and even small pockets for reading or just hanging out. I’m doubtful I’ll be back here regularly for awhile – it’ll be sporadic at best – but here’s a few things that have been happening around here:
Leo: We’ve enrolled Leo in preschool for the fall! We’re excited about this for him, mainly because he’s incredibly social and loves playmates. The school is within walking distance of our house and we were really pleased with it at our visit. We think he’s going to love it. He’s incredibly excited about going, which has led to the next big thing: potty training. We told Leo he couldn’t go to his new school until he was using the potty and about a week later he told us he was ready to wear underwear. We jumped on that opportunity and, true to his word, he is ready for underwear! For the most part it’s been a pretty easy transition. He’s had few accidents, has used public toilets without fear, has put himself on the potty without our asking, and has even stayed dry through naps and the night (even though we still had him in a diaper)! He has yet to poop on the potty, but we’re working on it. We’re pretty confident that this, too, will be a matter of decision for him, but we’re trying to encourage that decision with multiple incentives (he loves fruit snacks so we upped the ante and bought Gushers – the ultimate fruit snack!), lots of praise, tons of conversations/songs about poop, and trying to watch him for signs of poop. It’ll happen.
Kate: Kate’s nearing 6 months, which is just crazy. She’s still incredibly happy and smiley and sweet during the day. She takes a 45-90 minute morning nap, a 90-120 minute post-lunch nap, and a 45 minute late afternoon nap (although this one sometimes gets skipped depending on earlier naps and what’s going on). She’s a bit of a wild animal at night, but we’ve been working to “break” her a bit. Previously she was going every 3-4 hours at night still, which was wearing me out big time. But with a little bit of letting her cry, we’ve moved to once a night. She now eats at 7am, 10am, 2pm, 4pm, 6:30pm, 11pm (or whenever she wakes up). We’ve had some really good nights lately, which gives us hope that we might be a bit “out of the woods.” We started solid foods a few weeks ago but then had some poop issues, so we backed off. We’ve started slowly introducing again – just last night – after Little Miss was throwing a fit at dinner time because we were eating and she was not (seriously, we tried everything and nothing made her happy… until Dave suggested maybe she was actually just wanting to eat, too).
Running: I didn’t run most of March because of injury and sickness. I didn’t run most of April because I was too dang tired and I just didn’t feel like it. I was pretty exhausted physically, mentally, and emotionally, and running sounded like too much. I needed something restorative instead of challenging. Some days I walked. A lot of days I slept in. On days I ran I was getting about 6 hours of sleep in broken chunks, so sleeping in seemed like an obvious choice. While it didn’t do anything to change my postpartum body, it was definitely the right choice at the time. Since Kate has started sleeping better I’ve been running more. Three changes have helped get me back out there: 1) a new route. I’d been running my old route for the better part of 5 years and I was tiiiiiired of it. I found a new route that is still well-lit and residential and – bonus – it’s extra miles. 2) I stopped caring about pace. My preferred pace is always sub-9, but that’s just not happening right now. Instead I’m just running whatever feels comfortable, which ends up being around 10:30 pace. I’m fine with that, as pace isn’t (or shouldn’t be) my driving force for running. And it’ll probably drop as I regain fitness anyway. 3) I’m listening to music or audio books while I run. Normally I eschewed this since I run when it’s still fairly dark out, but lately I’ve been listening in one ear. It’s helped to change it up for me and keeps my mind off “uggggh I feel out of shape.”
Dave and I: Here’s how I can best describe the transition from one kid to two: One kid (Leo) fit pretty easily into our already-existing lives. We had to make a few adjustments but, for the most part, we could still do a lot of what we wanted, just with a kid along. But with two kids it’s definitely more of us fitting in to their lives. Our schedules and decisions revolve largely around the kids – what they need, if they can come, their schedule, etc. I don’t think this is bad. I think it’s totally necessary and will likely shift again and balance out as they get older. However, it’s definitely meant some adjustment for Dave and I – adjusting our schedules, our energy, our expectations. One thing that has been really good for us is carving out a 30 minute time slot in the day (for us 6:30am-7am) where we sit and talk. We get Leo playing in his room or put on a show (Kate is still sleeping) and get some time to sit together and really talk. It’s not long, but it’s enough for us to feel like we’re still married and still friends outside of kids and diapers and feedings and all that. I’m so grateful Dave initiated this for us!
So that’s a general rundown on the state of things around here. The days are flying by and we’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity we have to be this family of four and to watch these babes of ours grow and change right in front of us. What a gift (and before we paint too rosy a picture, yes, also sometimes an exhausting, frustrating, I’m going to hide in a closet for alone time “gift”)!