I'll be needing stitches.

We had our first round of stitches this past week.  Poor little B3 was running around the couch and slipped (on his toys :P ) and went head first into the fireplace rock.  Luckily Ben was home for lunch, because I picked up B3 and his head was bleeding all over!  


I sent my dad a picture and he said definitely stitches, then mentioned with the location on his face, we should probably find a facials plastic surgeon to sew it up, to help with the scar.  So we called place after place trying to avoid the E.R. for one, and doctor after doctor was gone or in surgery, but Ben finally found one that would take us in immediately!  

So that was the end of our work day and the beginning of a long family day ordeal!  We met with the facials plastics doc and he said the youngest he has sewn up in his office was 5 years old, and it can be kind of traumatic for younger ones to be stitched without gas, but we could at leas try it. 
We gave it a shot, but he started to cry and I didn't want to traumatize him from ever going to the doctor's again, so we decided to meet the doctor at the E.R. in a couple of hours to have him stitch it with gas.

Week 20. Only 7 left. #revelmtcharleston

There are only seven (six and a half, really) weeks left in this training cycle and I don't feel ready, but I am getting excited!!  

This upcoming weekend my long run is split:  4 Friday night + 15 Saturday morning.  

Then I have 16, 

another 16, 

an 18 miler,

then one more long run after that which I don't know what it is yet.  I have maxed out with a 17 miler long run before, and I ran a 4:11, so who knows how this race will go, but I like being able to look back at previous trainings for confidence boosts.

So on my long run I was coming up on a corner when a car flipped a U and pulled off in the direction facing me, about 50 feet up.  I saw a guy in the car so I slowed down a little because hello 7am and creeper-guy-U-turning-and-stopping-by-female-running-alone, and the guy got out with a freaking HAMMER!  lol  I was like TED BUNDY, and I stopped.  But he started hammering in a garage sale sign that had tipped over.  hahaha  Guy almost got himself maced.  ;)

So many hot air balloons, which after living in this part of the valley for five years, I still love love.
 the #runfie
I randomly decided to track my training on my Insta stories, so I've been taking more pictures, so if you see them on my stories then sorry, they are a repeat here.
I literally ran exactly 4 miles in 40:00.
With the days getting longer, more of my running is outside.  I only ran one time on the treadmill this week and it was for the decline.
My long run was 12 miles and I had some belly rebellion going on but it started to ease up around mile 9, so the end was the best part of the run.  I also started fueling with some new fuel since I'm a little leery about what I take in while nursing, and these fuels are pretty tasty!!  They are all natural and I had a chocolate one that tasted like frosting, and a strawberry one that tasted like...strawberries.  :P  They are more expensive but if they work out, I could see myself sticking with them.  I don't think my fueling was the cause of the tummy issues since they started right away, so that's good.
I'm still just adding miles to my weeks and not doing any speed work, so it's been pretty fun to just run for fun and have zero pressures.  There are times I do miss the pain of a workout though.
Can I shout a hoorah for Ben though!  He's been running about double my mileage and already running 17 milers and rocking it.  I know he has a time goal for the race, although I don't know if he and Charlie have dialed it in exactly yet, but with the way his training is going, he will have his best marathon yet, and a good test run for trying for a 3:11 next year on the course (BQ!). 

Week 18 & 19 (of 27) - Confidence!

Going into the Phoenix 1/2 I was majorly doubting my legs and my ability to run the distance without majjjjjor suffering, but afterwards I came to realize that I really just need to give myself more credit than I do.  The race gave me a boost of confidence going into the next couple of months where my long run is going to double, and instead of being so terrified, I'm a little jazzed (still a littttle terrified, but yeah).

The theme the past couple of weeks has been treadmilling with the boys.  Dash likes to swing and watch his mama run, Bentz likes to watch dinosaur shows or I put SING on for them, and so far I have been able to get my runs in.  Even just six months ago I wouldn't have dared with Bentz, but he is now at the age where he will stay away from the treadmill while I'm on it so I don't always have to wait for Ben to be home.  This is soooo nice because I used to always juggle dinner and running and try to have them both finish around the same time.

I do this madness because running gives me goals and makes me a happier person/mom/wifey.

Race week I had some harder runs, but lower mileage.  I don't quite understand that, but that is why I don't do my own schedules.  :)

On occasion I run late and this guy just wants his mama all the time so he doesn't want to go to bed.  He could lay here literally 24/7 if I could too.  He's the cutest!

A few of my Instagram Stories...

I am almost 6 months postpartum and my abs are still ridiculously exhausted after longer runs, it is kind of a weird feeling I never had before this round of postpartum.  I also am pretty sure I have some abdominal separation above my belly button so I have to be careful with my core workouts and avoid things like crunches and such.  I mostly have been doing things like lunges, squats, jump rope, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, etc.

Bentz demonstrating the squat with a weight.  ;)

^It was 45 degrees but once the sun is up, everything changes, so I have to make sure I'm cold at the start or I'll have regrets.  And I bought a new batch of headbands and this one has donuts on it which I'm pretty thrilled about!!

Below I'm pointing out where all the hot air balloons were taking off from.  I was going the other direction so wah.

Have a fantastic weekend!!

Friday Favorites (of March!)

Happy Friday!!  Yay!  It's been a lonnnnng time since I've done a favorites post so here we go...

Nuun helps you drink more (good for nursing!), and I like to order the caffeine ones, it's a nice pick me up.  And it has electrolytes!  My favorite is cherry limeade, then wildberry.  Sure beats drinking soda.

 +Mamasaurus tee 
In the name of Bentz who was pretty excited about it.  Tuesday we stopped by his soon to be preschool and they had a bunch of big dinosaur figures and Bentz pulled each out and said the names of them:  "Carnataurus, Protoceratops, Stegasaurus..."

 +Goodr sunglasses! 
Running glasses that don't necessarily look like running glasses, and the best part is they actually stay on your face even when you get sweaty.  The second best part?  $25!  They were a 2016 start up and I can see why they have become big in the running world!  And the names of the glasses are pretty funny and they're all polarized!

 +Steve Madden wedges 
These are a nice not-quite-flat shoe, heel compromise, and they're super comfortable with a hidden wedge!  Steve Madden wins again.

 +Phoenix weather 
Phoenix had a warm winter, then it got cold in February, and now it's getting to be a little warmer and so nice out.  It's such a nice time of year to enjoy the windows open and the playgrounds.

I'm so sad they are over!  My heart is with the summer Olympics, but winter are just behind them and I loved watching them everyday and every night!  I still need to go back and watch some that I missed or ones I want to re-watch.  I especially loved Shawn White's comeback, felt horrible for Lindsey Jacobellis when she came in FOURTH, loved the figure skating despite the uncharacteristic falling, Chris Mazdzer winning silver in the luge, and there were so many other favorite parts!
Source:  http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/other/olympics/2018/02/medal_for_mazdzer_for_usa_luge_silver_seemed_like_gold

Ben says I'm killing it with the food lately (he's just being too nice and the standard was already set very low haha) but I have found a few recipes that are tasty!!  I still scrounge Pinterest for new ideas to our typical chicken + veggies and try to incorporate 2-3 new ones each week.

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup (I used lemons cuz we have lots)
I will take pictures next time.  :)

 +American Greed 
If you are a true crime reader or into this type of thing, it's a series about greedy people who criminally acquire money (lots of pyramid schemes out there) and sometimes in the most unique and bizarre ways.  It's documentary type and I've been watching them for a couple of months now while I work or run on the treadmill.  There are 12 seasons on Hulu.

 +New CAR 
We got a new SUV!  Ben has been looking forward to this for awhile, and the past few months so have I!  I think it will make me feel safer being up higher.  So this blue guy is the new ride for the next few years and he goes fast... 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds.  Good thing I drive like a great great grandma, but you bet Ben is thrilled.

+The boys
Gosh they are so cute!  My family makes my world go 'round!!  THIS is what life is about.  Not the cars, money, things...but these people.  <3

February Family Update

February was pretty good to us despite the croup working its way through the whole house.  We finally got some winter weather, Dash started sleeping a bit more (which means I've started to get back to a more normal life), Bentley potty trained, and the Olympics, can't forget THE OLYMPICS!  

I've become jazzed about the "collage a day" idea that I randomly came up with for this year.  It has been the best, I look through them everyday!  So many fun memories packed into the days with our babies.

Mesa-Phoenix Half Marathon (with the fam)

The race turned out to be a lot of fun, but they always are, really!  This was my third year running the Phoenix Marathon (half) and Ben's fifth!  It was also the fourth year my family has come out and joined us so I think it's pretty safe to say it's tradition, possibly having replaced SLC Marathon.

I was pretty excited for this one because it was my first postpartum half marathon, and since I didn't run during my pregnancy, it has been over a year since I've run one!

Our Top 5 Baby Must Haves

#1 A swing!!  MUST!!  My boys have loved the swing and it is #2 to mom's arms.  Dash is particularly a fan of being in mom's arms 24/7 and sometimes the only way I can keep him content and get something done is by putting him in the swing, high power, with the music turned up and the mobile above him spinning.  My cousin has a Mamaroo and she said she doesn't like it because it doesn't have enough motion now that baby is more than a few weeks old, which I think is a helpful point when trying to decide on some sort of swing/rocker.  We have a Fisher Price swing and used it clear until Bentz could walk, and we'll probably do the same with Dash.  Hopefully it doesn't die first before, from all the mileage.  :P

#2 Owlet monitor:  I didn't have this with Bentz but it has been soooo nice with Dash.  I have had one red alarm in the 5+ months and it was the second day home, and it alarmed low oxygen (below 80).  I hope it was false (oxygen should be 95+ but it could dip a little occasionally in deep sleep), but I was able to wake baby boy up and make sure all was okay.  The nice thing is, if the monitor is having a hard time getting a reading, it'll alert you with a different color and will play a nursery rhyme instead of the red alarm noise so you don't freak out.  Overall it has allowed me to not be so stressed at night and be able to look over and see the green docking station and know all is well.  One more thing, when baby boy had croup, I could monitor his oxygen and make sure he was still okay despite the wheezy breathing, because the app allows you to monitor the oxygen and heart rate.

#3 Diaper changing station:  I didn't use this much with Bentz because his room was around the corner from the family room, but in our new house the boys' rooms are upstairs, so we have this changing station downstairs.  Ours has diapers, wipes, a changing pad, and a little drawer for stuff like diaper rash cream, vaseline, etc.  We've used it like 10x a day and unless you'll be changing all diapers in the nursery, this is so nice.

#4 Boppy:  I used a smaller Boppy-like pillow for the first little while, and finally bought a real Boppy and it was a lot nicer, bigger, easier to nurse with, and I wish I would've bought it from day one when I was trying to get the latch down and one wrong angle = pain.  I gave the old one to Bentz so now we both have Boppys.  :D

#5 Velcro swaddles:  These are the best!  We use the Summer Infant Swaddlemes and then we transitioned to the Summer Infant Swaddleme wrap sack which is bigger/looser and allows you to wrap with arms in or out, so you can start with one arm out to slowly adjust to not being swaddled.

Other things we have used this time:  Rock 'n' Play (auto rocks and vibrates), jumper, walker, Bumbo, and I think that's mostly it.  As a working mom, I need alllll the devices, although I'll be the first to admit that baby boy naps in my arms a few times a day still and I LOVE IT.

I did one of these three years ago and my list back then was a lot different, plus I was exclusively bottle feeding (blech!!).  Dash won't take a binky (insert major sad face here) and I refuse to pull out the electric pump because I'm still sick of it after three years.  One thing I have learned with baby #2 is they are all so individualistic and there is no real predicting what you're going to need, but it's nice to try to be prepared.  Or like that commercial, prepared-ish.  Just keep the receipts.

Week 16 & 17: freaking croup then a fabulous week

The highs and lows of marathon training, there are ever so many, it's what makes it so interesting. ;)

So week 16 was supposed to be my peak week for Phoenix 1/2, I was supposed to run 5x for somewhere 25 miles with a 10 mile long run. But baby B2 came down with croup the week before (SAD), then B3 caught it (SAD ^2), and mid week I started feeling the throat thing. I was determined to run through it all, but I tried for a run and decided I was being silly and I quit after a mile. I kept getting worse until Sunday, so I missed three runs total. Drrr.

Then Ben caught it and missed a couple runs too. We were a mess. lol But we're doing much better and week 17 was good!

A sick baby Dash liked to fall asleep with me in view, so I carried the swing up to the treadmill and he liked that.  :)

Back to the doctor for this little guy.  Everyone in the waiting room was hacking up a lung just like my boys.  I am so glad they have a sick side and a well side at the pediatrician's office and at least try to keep the germs separated.

My throat hurts.  Fudge.

The good news is after missing so many runs I was extra jazzed to get back to it and despite the evening juggle of dinner/family/run time, I was motivated to make it work without too much stress or guilt.  :)

First time I ran with both boys and no Ben to watch them.  Thank you tv and millions of toys, you save me sometimes.  And the SWING.  WE COULD NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT THE SWING.

My longest run for this upcoming 1/2 was 9 miles since I missed my peak long run.  Um I am absolutely terrified of this 1/2.  hahaha  It's going to hurt like crazy, and it's going to be so slow.  :P  But, alas, it will be fun too.  Maybe.  :P

Ben is further along in training than I am so he already ran 13 miles a couple of weeks ago.  I think he is planning to run somewhere a 1:35 at this race.

Stretching with dada.  Bentz is obsessed with dada.

My family is coming into town for this race.  I think my dad and Dallin are running the 10k, my sister, brother, Matt, Ben, and I are running the 1/2.  And grandma Hales will hold down the fort with the babies.  She'd rather do that (I can't say I blame her, they're freaking CUTE).

And now 10 weeks to go until 26.2.  Gotta get my mileage up asap.

Have a great week!  Supposed to be a cold one, and maybe stormy.  Fun when you live in the south!