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    The 1st Run BACCCCK!

    This weekend I had it all planned out – heading out to attempt my first run since last July when I broke my ankle. Before that my running was pretty sporadic since having C in September, from November to last July, I ran 200 miles total. I was averaging 150-200 a month before I had her. For my first run back this time I decided I wanted to take C in the stroller because I needed something to hold onto. B was going to be home and would be able to take care of the baby while we were out. Saturday morning came and things were going slower than I expected which put me in a bad mood. I knew it was going to be a hot day so I wanted to get done early. My stroller tires were flat since it wasn’t used since last July, I wasn’t dressed and B had no sense of urgency. It just hadn’t played out like how I had imagined in my head.

    Finally, after a semi-argument, finding a way to pump up the tires, getting everyone ready to go and some encouraging words I decided it wasn’t too late and I set off. The first run this time wasn’t as jarring as it was with C, maybe I was better prepared for what to expect.  Continue reading…

    C’s New Room!

    When we moved out of our house for the remodel, I knew I wanted to move C into the middle room and keep the baby room the same, since we weren’t finding out the sex of the baby. That means I’d only have to redo one room, which was previously our office.

    I wanted her new room to have longevity and hopefully we won’t have to change it for a while as she grows! I looked into having a mural painted in her room but the prices were really out of our budget. $800-$1000… I meannnn not happening! I looked a lot online for wallpaper but since it’s becoming a bit more trendy lately, they were also expensive, and B was not into doing wallpaper at all.  Continue reading…

    Introducing our newest family member

    On April 5, we had the joy to welcome our newest family member! We didn’t find out the sex of this baby, like we did with C and were surprised that we had another girl! Alyssa was born at 5:58 pm and has been a wonderful addition to our family. My recovery has been much easier and we’ve been enjoying the newborn stage a bit more this time. C has adjusted so well and really doesn’t show much interest one way or another in her little sister. She does give me her bottle and pacifier if we are sitting on the couch together and is just starting to get a little bit closer to her when she’s in my arms, but mostly stays away and happily plays with her toys and reads her books.

    Alyssa seems like a pretty easy going baby so far but it is really true how they say you can’t compare your kids. It took a while to figure out her cues and what made her upset and she seems to be completely different than C, which has been fun to see how they are so unique in their own ways. Right after she was born and they handed her to me, I was surprised how different they looked to me. I had imagined another baby C in my arms! One of the best things is that they kind of fell into the routine of both napping for 2-3 hours in the afternoon and it saves my sanity with a little alone time. Also, A takes an evening nap and wakes up about 20 minutes after I put C to bed, which makes the nighttime routine a little easier especially when I am alone with them both. It is nice to have a little separate time with both of them as well.

    When C was born, Bryan took 2 months off work, which I am so grateful for because my rough recovery and getting used to everything. With A he only took a week and then went back to work. He went right back into working a straight 4 day shift, which scared me for him to leave me alone that long with two kids, but it really helped me figure out a routine and build my confidence that I was able to do this on my own.

    Both George and Sophie didn’t even flinch when we brought their second sister home and were happy to accept another creature into the home.

    I’m tired, but I feel so much more prepared this time around and even though I’m feeling fluffy all over, I’m glad I’m not pregnant anymore and can bend over again. Hopefully at my next doctor appointment I will be cleared to work out again and that will be a journey in itself!

    The One Run with Bugaboo

    Disclosure: I received the Bugaboo Runner for free. While I received the stroller for free, all opinions are my own.

    When Bugaboo reached out to me regarding trying out the Bugaboo Runner stroller, I was excited because running is such a huge part of my life. Running looks a lot different than it did back when I started this blog, but I can tell you, I’m looking forward to hopefully running again in a few months. One thing I love is running long distances, which many may think is absolutely crazy. Though running in general does bring me a lot of joy, it’s when I really can hit the groove they call the ‘runners high’ that brings me the most happiness. When I run long distances, I can get into a certain mindset that truly allows me to process things I normally don’t think about and it encourages me to let my brain just wander. When people ask me why I ran marathons in the past I couldn’t describe why, but now looking back on the events I ran, I realized it made me a much stronger person both mentally and physically and really allowed me to find myself. Continue reading…

    Kitchen Remodel

    We recently redid our entire kitchen and living space and it was quite the undertaking! We had to move completely out of our house for two and a half months and stayed with my in-laws, who live nearby. C and I would walk by daily to see the progress and making decisions about colors and tile and counter tops was very stressful for me! I didn’t want to do something trendy or that I would get sick of easily. When we first bought our house 5 years ago, I made some… interesting decisions, like paint our bathroom with stripes! Within a year I was asking myself what the heck was I thinking. I knew that this new kitchen and changing the layout of our house would be a big decision and I tried my best to make things ‘timeless’ and our style.

    Here are some photos of our old kitchen!

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