My first run in forever.

Happy Halloween Eve!

We are not dressing up this year, like scrooges.  Really Halloween snuck up on us this year which I think is understandable given our lil 6 week old pumpkin.  He has two costumes this year and I can't wait to put them on him!  We already test drove them and he is terribly cute.

Speaking of Scrooge  (ha JK!!), I'm begging Ben for us to put up our Christmas tree in the next week or two.  It makes Thanksgiving SO MUCH MORE FESTIVE.  I promise.  And 3am feedings would be so much more lovely under the twinkle of the tree.  I think I can get Ben on board with my festive idea.  I did last year.  :]

Anyways yesterday was my 6 week post partum check up and I was cleared to workout!  I'm supposed to take it a little ab easy for the sake of my incision that's still swollen, but that's okay.  I came home and gave our fancy treadmill (strategically placed RIGHT in the family room) a try.  It was so much fun.

I did a really easy workout for starters:  2:00 run/ 1:00 walk x 6 times.  I am really out of shape YES, but I want to break my injury prone legs into this s-l-o-w-l-y.  I mentioned we are running the Great Wall of China Marathon next year and I am determined to be wise between now and then so I don't have to spend Ben's Porsche fund on physical therapy.

I was expecting to initially feel quite a bit off in comparison to pre-pregnancy running, but it really wasn't too different.

My fun view (below) while I ran... Rykar on the left, B3 swinging on the right.  :]  Both happy and content.  I think Bentley likes the hum of the treadmill.

Today was going to be my first day back at the gym but the workout is death by shuttle runs and death by wall balls which sounds like a great not first time back at the gym workout, or a great way to be unhealthily sore this weekend.  Perhaps I will go easy, or perhaps I will take a glorious nap instead and hang with my sweet family.  Bentley is already growing up too fast.

Have a happy Halloween!!

Throwback Thursday

No matter how tightly we swaddle him, at least one hand creeps its way to his mouth.  One night I woke up and his whole arm was out waving around like an elephant trunk.  haha

TGIaF.  Have a wonderful Friday tomorrow!  Weekend=naps so you know I'm stoked.

One Month!

Bentley hit his one month earlier this week!  HOW?!  SO CUTE.

He recently weighed in at 7lbs 10 oz which puts him in the 6th percentile range.  He's tiny, but his weight gain is going well (especially lately the porker!).  In my baby book it says I was over 10lbs at one month.  ha
He's 21" long which puts him in the 27th percentile.
He's still wearing newborn everything.
He can focus in on objects and enjoys looking around.  He has even given us a non-gas induced smile or two.  :]
We have ventured out half a dozen times or so to different doctor appointments for him and for me!  Other than that, we are hibernating!!  Don't want Ebola...  so we stay home and I take a million pictures of him all day.  :P
We already broke up with his pediatrician.  Gah.  Bentley's not amused.
He was circumcised at 4 weeks by a urology specialist.  I highly recommend this because they numb it better and he didn't even cry!  It was a pretty painless experience THANK HEAVENS.
The past month has been the slowest yet quickest month of life.  Being parents has rocked our world more than we could have anticipated, and it has been soooo much fun, so exhausting, and such a learning curve.  I have never worried so much, felt so inadequate, yet so needed in my entire life.
Bentley was really colicky for a couple of weeks, but recently started going through a huge growth spurt (I cannot keep up with his outrageous appetite!!) and his fussing completely stopped!?  He's seemed to figure out day from night on his own, and he sleeps at night!  I hope this is a never ending phase.

A six day separation and I swear 1-1/2 lb difference!!
Over the past few weeks Ben would come home from work and I would go nap for a few hours before staying up all night with cute B.  It has been rough to not get to spend time together except for on the weekends, but now that Bentley is sleeping I'm hoping to change that!  I know we'll get back to spending our spare time together and get a schedule soon enough.  It is hard to not after almost six years of doing everything together.  I love you Ben!
Ben doing meal prep since I'm pretty much worthless.
We went on a date to get crab for my brother's 27th birthday!  B stayed home with grandpa and step-grams who came to visit!
Happy birthday brudda!!
Bentley is so cute and I could stare at him all day.
After a month, breastfeeding went from 110% perfect to my world's worst nightmare overnight.  We're still working through it, but holy pain.  My goal has been at least 6 months and I'm holding to it.
Our treadmill arrived!!  I'm excited to give it a shot when I'm cleared to return to fitness next week, then we will set some race goals.  Turkey Trot?
(Sorry for the blurrrry pics.)
That's basically what our month has looked like:  BENTLEY.  Month two will be pretty much the same, but also back to some other things like fitness and maybe venturing out a little bit.  We can't believe we're parents.  It's time to find our kid a Halloween costume.

For now Ben put up some Halloween lights.  We are so festive.  :]
Love this family of ours!!!

Pregnancy Line Up + Push Gift

I forgot to post this video of Bentley.  The lady who took his pictures in the hospital brought this video to us and needless to say we bought the premium package after seeing it.  I can't believe how cute he is.

Here are the pictures from each week of pregnancy all put together.

^^I chuckle that I'm all ready in all of my weekly pictures until I hit 40 weeks.  So couldn't be more true.  :P

Awhile back I talked about a "push gift," which is something we'd never heard of but was brought to Ben's attention by one of his directors.  Um genius idea!!  Essentially it's a gift you give your wife for pushing out a freaking baby (however I had that part much easier. I had him pulled out of me.  HA.  C Section for the win).

I also mentioned we've had a treadmill fund going for a little while.  Well it's officially on its way and I'm STOKED AS.  I also should be cleared on the 29th to test it out.  Pretty stoked because I have a little bit of cabin fever.  Exhausted and all, I'm ready to run my little heart out.

I narrowed it down to the [overpriced] Nordic track Incline Trainer X9i and the ProForm Pro 9000 and ended up with the ProForm which you can purchase through Costco (thanks Christine for the awesome tip).  These treadmills are so fancy and allow you to type in any course route and watch it on the screen while the treadmill inclines/declines according to the terrain.  So you can run race courses to train for them!  I wonder if you can add the Great Wall of China Marathon course?  :P  Maybe we should just go run bleachers for that one.

On the Bentz front, we gave him his first bath on the 24th and he hated it.  I was afraid of making the water too hot that I think it was too cold.  :(

Ben bought a bath and we gave him another warmer one yesterday, and aside from getting out, he seemed to like it.

He is 23 days old today and my guess is he's hit 7 lbs.

Have a fantastic Monday!

Graveyard Shift

Raise your hand if you're cute...

^^He just passed his birth weight!

It's closing in on 5 in the morning and I'm sitting here, typing with one hand, holding my sweet lil Bentley who has been dealing with some colic since he turned 2 weeks.  We are also listening to this at super loud volume:

I had feared breastfeeding woes (it has gone smoothly!), delivery disasters, screwy sleeping schedules we couldn't fix, but I never really thought about colic.  It is the saddest thing ever, and it keeps me from sleeping at all some nights, but I am getting better at soothing my sweet boy, thank goodness.  Sometimes it lasts all night, sometimes it subsides by 3, but it usually hits about 6pm.  And that's daddy/son time so mommy can nap.  :)  Luckily Ben is really good at calming our boy.

I have been able to work at night which keeps me from that miserable fight to stay awake, and I get to hold my cute baby too.  Lemons into delicious lemonade.  Love my family!