Week 6 & 7 - Chicago We're IN!

Both Ben and I got into Chicago!!  Hoorah!!  I was anxiously awaiting the news all day and saw a lot of Marathon Manaics getting in hours before we had heard, but eventually we both go our emails yesterday.  So we have Revel Mt. Charleston and Chicago marathons to look forward to for 2018!

So I swear the weeks are just flying by!  I have been planning weekly recap posts but it hasn't happened yet (to your dismay ;).  Maybe as I get closer to the marathon and training is a little more exciting and the mileage is longer, I'll be more consistent.  We're still 4-1/2 months out.

Speaking of mileage, it's really unfortunate that my mileage is not up yet and I will tell you the devastating reason why.  My family is all in a steps challenge for December (ending on Christmas).  It's tough to win when you take all your steps at home.  :P  At least I have some miles to help, but when my family is full of runners (and a pickleball player) then those few miles don't help a whole lot.  #itskillingme  #poorloser

SO!  Week six I ran 11.55 miles and week seven was a step back and I ran 7.6 miles (I am running for time right now, not distance).  It's hard to not look at my weekly or monthly mileage and compare it to where I want to be or have been, but it'll get there, I just have to be patient.  :)

After my Saturday morning run, we have started back up the breakfast tradition which is fun!!

Followed by our grocery shopping.

A few more weeks of base building, then it'll be time to increase my long run a little bit.  And this weekend is the Run Run Rudolph, and next weekend I run 4x.  Yay!
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Decking the Halls

We saw Santa this weekend and I was sure Bentz was going to have at least one more year of fearing him, but he wasn't afraid, he went right up to him and asked for a "scrapadactyl" in his cute little voice.  (Aka a pterodactyl but learned from the TV show DinoTrux, so we call them scrapadactyls around here.)  And hoorah for a legit good looking Santa.

We live next to a mall that does fun car shows and events so we wandered down there and walked around, saw Santa, ate Chipotle, and had hot chocolate because it was freezing!  We have been at least 10 degrees above our average temperature for at least a month, but this evening we dipped into the 50s which is winter around here and made it really feel like Christmas.

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3 Month Postpartum Follow-up

Three months ago I wrote a Postpartum Weight Loss Plan for this fall and I thought I would see how I am doing with it all.  Postpartum is such an up/down roller-coaster for me and I've seen lots of progress, but I still have a ways to go.

+My running has been slow coming but I do think I'm starting to see a little increase in fitness.  Every time I run I feel it in my abs, which is so weird to me, once even my abs got really tired by the end!  I have started to do some more movements in my cross training (kettle bell swings, deadlifts, weighted squats) and I am so sore every time, but it's progress.  Also when I workout I still have discomfort in my low low abs from the c section, but it's also getting better as they get stronger.  Overall, my body is bouncing back quite a bit slower.

+If running/working out didn't give me such a release and minute to breath, I would just...not right now, because sometimes it's really hard to fit in.  Ben and I alternate running days, and he's mostly back to A.M. running which is nice, otherwise he'll take Bentz out in the stroller so he can spend some time with him still each day.  There is only so much time in the evenings!

An evening goes like, starting at 4pm:
+Feed the baby

+Quick house pick up

+Prep dinner (chicken and veggies, although we've been buying a random veggie each week to keep it interesting -- see below --, and I love to use different fun flavors and spices)

+Feed the baby

+Ben gets home and takes over the boys

+Preheat the oven and jump on the treadmill.  I can watch the boys all sitting and playing Legos from the treadmill which I love, love, btw.

+Ben throws the food in the oven, timing it just right with the end of my run.

+Stretch while Ben dishes dinner



+Feed the baby


+Lately I try for an 8pm bedtime, although it usually ends up being closer to 9, but I'm getting more and more on a schedule with Dash and I think as a mom you just adjust to less sleep.  Ben takes over baby duty for a couple of hours, finally giving Dash a bottle and joining bedtime around 10:30-11pm.  Lately Dash sleeps until somewhere between 1-3am, so I get a nice stretch of sleep from the get-go.  It's the best!  Usually after 3:30-4am, sleeping has been pretty slim, but we've been giving Dash a probiotic for a couple of weeks and I think that is actually helping his tummy because sleep seems to be improving, and we got a 6.5 hour stretch earlier this week.  Yay!

+As for my weight and such, it has been much more slow this time around.  Like, annoyingly slower.  Not that I'm doing anything different, but I think it's probably because I was heavier, had a larger belly/baby, and I am a little bit older too?  My abs just below my chest still protrude a little bit and they never did with Bentz, and my doctor said I could have a little bit of diastasis recti up high but it will correct after consistent working out.  I haven't weighed myself lately, but I don't think it's the # that would make me feel better anyways.  I need to get my body back.  However, I have not been dieting and don't plan to until the holidays are over because that's lame.  haha  I am not too alarmed at this point being only three months out and seeing progress week by week.  I did wear jeans for the first time on Thanksgiving, so that's a start.  I also had three pieces of pie.  :P 

+Breastfeeding has been going pretty well which thrills me.  We are going strong despite no serious goals other than to keep going as long as I can.  Sometimes I think things work out better when you don't have the pressure of a goal.  I have been more relaxed about it and I have NOT once pulled out the electric pump, but I bought a little hand pump that works amazingly well for when I need a quick pump.

As for the random veggies:  Ever heard of a Chayote squash?  Turned out to be yummy and squash tasting, shockingly.

We also bought a turnip which I don't think I ever have, but it was a little bitter.  Perhaps I need to brush up on my pick-turnip skills for next time.

We also did eggplant which we've only had once with Blue Apron.  I accidentally turned on the convection oven so that ended up being one fried eggplant.  Try again.

I'm obsessed with citrus, and I am obsessed with putting these on everything:
Fun times.

Anyways, considering this is my second time postpartum, I am a little more comfortable with giving my body some time to recover because what seemed impossible the first time around, wasn't!  Once again I will make it, it may just take an extra month or two.  :)  I think the most important postpartum advice would be to be patient.
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Our 90 Degree Thanksgiving!

Yes 90.  So crazy.  Thank goodness it's like 60s and cloudy now.

So just like three years ago, since we have a little baby this year, we decided to stay home for Thanksgiving, and that ended up being us hosting it!  We had 20+ people and it was a madhouse, but Thanksgiving was fun and Bentz was in HEAVEN.  It is nice to be in our new house too, because it's better for hosting.

Below:   "Smile with your teeth."  So he did.  lol  Awwh.  I do find it ironic that my eyes are the smallest in this picture, for that is an incorrect family-eye portrayal.

Sometimes I feel bad because Bentz gets to hang out with just me for most of his life, so having all his cousins here made for lots of "play chase," running around shooting dinosaurs, "soot t-rex soooooot him!!," waking up when it was still dark asking if he could wake up Greysen, sharing and not sharing (I heard WAY too much "no share" this week...oh kids), and overall having the week of a lifetime!!

The morning started with a Turkey Trot for a few of us, then a massive feast primarily concocted by Ben himself because he LOVES to host.

Dash and I would periodically escape to our bedroom so he could have a snack.  One thing about newborns that I had forgotten, is you really have to be available to them non-stop!  But I welcome it, he's sure sweet.

Baby cuddles are the BEST.  Heck, cuddles from any of your kids are THE BEST.  Love our boys.

This was the first time all of Ben's siblings had been together since I met Ben, I believe, so they had a lot of fun and did a present exchange and we played some games.

The kids did a present exchange too, and Bentz was stoked about his Legos.  I should do a whole entire post about that.


I like this candid moment that shows me being a mom to our boys.  Usually if I am not taking pictures, there are no pictures (unless I'm with my family who also has the picture-taking gene).

We haven't officially decked the halls, but the tree went up before the Thanksgiving festivities and it's amazing.  It looked smaller in Costco.  lol

I'm grateful for my little family!!! 

I'm also grateful that it's officially Christmas season!  We're hosting Christmas here this year too, and my whole entire family is coming, including both parents and spouses.  I am the master scheduling juggler and it's going to all work perfectly.
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Weeks 4 & 5: Turkey Trot & Chicago

Another week, actually twooo.  Running is going pretty well and both Ben and I are finding time to both train and life, although most days I'm considering a caffeine drip and sometimes my attitude could use a bit of an adjustment, but a day at a time things are getting closer to normal.

We had a conference call with our coach and set some goals for the next few months: 
1-Build my base the next couple of months
2-Turkey Trot 5k (NOV)
3-Run Rudolph 4-miler (DEC)
4-Rock 'n' Roll 5 or 10k (JAN)
5-Phoenix 1/2 (FEB)
6-Revel Mt. Charleston 26.2 (APR)
7-Keep up on my cross training to make it to Revel 26.2 injury free
8-BQ training thereafter for a spring 2019 goal marathon (Phoenix?  Mt. Charleston?)

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The hair has got to go.

I need to cut my hair.  It's long, super fine, and most of all it's in the way.  Little Dash grabs it if it's down, and its fine strands just tear.  I have been planning to cut it soon and have been gathering pictures of what I want for awhile, I just need to find the right stylist because the perks of long hair have been that my styling has come from one stylin' Ben salon

Where I'm going with this:

1-Short a-line bob - shorter than a ponytail cuz it'll grow fast.  My favorite haircut I've ever had was done by a stylist who disappeared the next time I called for a trim and they wouldn't give me his last name.  I was sad!

I've also had it cut like this which I liked:

2-Purple - a dark, dark purple with some light purple underneath highlights.  In the top picture above you can see I have subtle turquoise underneath highlights.

3-Faster to blow dry - only so many days you can put it off and load up on the dry shampoo, especially when I sweat a lot while running.

4-I never had postpartum hair loss with Bentz, but I might not get so lucky this time around, so why not be proactive?

5-I always thought cutting it was a mom thing, but let's face it, even if that's true, it's officially time to embrace the mom-do.

And 6-I think Ben likes it short because he often talks about it when it was short, or points it out in pictures from the past.

It looks better with my face shape too.  I just hope I can find the right stylist nearby!  


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7 Years

We hit our seven year wedding anniversary this past weekend and Ben put together a little half-day getaway, sans babies.  We are less than 90 minutes from Sedona but have never been for some crazy reason, so we went up there to go on a Pink Jeep Tour in the red rocks and to eat.  The whole time I was like, "why on earth don't we come up here more often than never??!"

We left at 8 am and my brother and Emily were nice enough to take on a toddler and an infant for a bit.  I'm not sure they knew what they were in for, but they were very nice to be willing.  They have watched B3 numerous times, but leaving a two month old is extremely stressful, so they sent lots of pictures/videos, and it was nice to not worry.

My first thought pulling into town was, "I want to run here."  It is hilly!  Could be good for some Revel training.  Sedona is a good 3000 feet higher than our area of Phoenix, thus it's also cooler, but since we've been stuck in this never ending heat wave, it was perfect up there!

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Week 3: I'm slightly sucking.

Sooo I'm not really rocking my running comeback.  I missed a run this week because I had to spend some extra time on my work, but luckily the project I turn in tomorrow.

I have been pretty good at my cross training, however, because the thing I am still feeling the most while running is my abs (or something in there I hope is just my abs haha).

I did get a longer morning run in this week with my favorite hot air balloons overhead!!  I was surprised how hard running felt because it was freaking TOUGH.  But enjoyably so.

Stretching with the little guy.

This is the first time I have ever allowed B3 to be around the treadmill while I'm running on it, which is fun.  It would be more fun had I gotten his cute face to be clear.

And my other view from the treadmill.

We're going to set some goals this week with our coach, so TBD what's on the radar, but definitely less slacking.  ;)
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