Apple Picking 2017

Apple picking this year was at Applecrest Farms in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. We were meeting some of my roommates from college, and it was the most gorgeous day. We had a great afternoon and it was made even better by having our little girl there with us.

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Love these ladies! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Where’s your favorite place to go apple picking? Any great apple recipes?ย I’ll probably make a crisp; it’s been a while since I’ve made one!

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Smiles to Start Your Week

Happy Monday!ย 

Someone is excited for the start of the work week. And how can you not be happy, looking at this smiling face?

How about a few more?

Our happy little 5 month old!ย I’ll post an update after her 6 month doctor’s appointment.ย 

Something else to smile about: a relatively nice week ahead.

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And the forecast shows partly sunny and 70* for the half marathon on October 8th.ย I know that’s still 2 weeks away but I’m crossing my fingers!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Anything interesting planned? Just a busy week at work for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Road to Wellness 5K

This past Saturday (9/9) I ran my first race of 2017, and it was my first race after having Eleanor!

The company I work for volunteers at a race in Roxbury, for the Dimock Center, and this was my first year participating. I wasn’t sure how I would do going in to it, but I was ready for the challenge.

My intention was to run with the stroller, but as the start time neared, it was clear that Eleanor did not want to be in it. Luckily my coworkers were more than happy to watch her while I ran. ๐Ÿ™‚ I told them I wouldn’t be more than 45 minutes anyway…

…and I wasn’t! I was super surprised by my finish time: 31:21, which is a 10:06 pace. I walked the water stops, and a hill or two, but ran for the majority. I was so sure that I would be closer to 34 or 35 minutes, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw 31 on the clock when I crossed.

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Another successful race in the books!

The rest of our Saturday was pretty laid back. On Sunday, we visited a local farmer’s market to pick up some groceries (vegetables and a whole wheat loaf). I had my cool sidekick with me. ๐Ÿ˜›

How was your weekend? If you’re local, what’s your favorite farmer’s market to visit?

My First Postpartum Half Marathon

I thought it was a crazy move, when David asked me to sign us up for a fall half marathon (it’s for motivation, he said!). I didn’t know how my body was going to recover from giving birth, or how my schedule with both work and nursing were going to pan out.

But here we are, over half way through the training plan, and it’s actually been going really well! I haven’t been running very many midweek runs, but I’ve stuck to doing my long runs; to me, that’s the most important part of the training: getting in the long runs. Monday was 7 miles, and I had the stroller with me the whole time. And dare I say, it was a lot of fun! The weather was great, and I did a combination of running and walking. I know that this won’t be my fastest half, but I’m very much looking forward to running this with David next month.

So, which one are we doing?

Ramblefest

It’s a point to point half that starts in Lanesborough, follows theย Ashuwillticook Trail, and ends in Adams in western Massachusetts. I’m hoping that the weather is nice, since it’ll be during peak foliage season!

This will be 5th half marathon since I started running races in 2007. I wish I had the links back to my old blog for the recaps, but here are pictures from those races.

2007 – Maine Half Marathon – 2:28:37

Maine Half 2007

2008 – Maine Half Marathon – 2:16:39

{I guess I didn’t take a picture at this race! We were originally signed up for the full marathon but wedding planning got in the way so we bumped down to the half. As you can see, we very much enjoy this race! ๐Ÿ™‚ }

2011 – Run to Remember Half Marathon – 2:16:35

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2012 – Half at the Hamptons – 2:09:11

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And I just realized that this next half will be almost 10 years to the day since my first one in 2007 (that took place on October 7th)! And since then I’ve ran 81 races! It’s been a combination of 5Ks, 10Ks, 5-milers, half marathons, and even a full marathon. It might not seem like such a big number, but for someone who absolutely detested running, I’m really proud of that. And I find myself not just running because I think it’s the best way to get in shape (I know it isn’t), but because it’s a fun way to get outside, get some fresh air, and just enjoy the company of other runners. You really can’t compare the atmosphere of running a race.

So, the countdown is on to Ramblefest 2017: 1 Month and 2 Days!

What do you love about running? Do you enjoy the atmosphere of races or prefer running alone?

Four Months

I can’t believe our little Eleanor is 4 months old already. And she is an absolute doll. Her dad and I love her so much, and we can’t get enough of her cute little face and emerging personality.

 

She just had her 4 month check up, so here’s the latest:

Height: 25″
Weight: 14 lbs 8 oz

She’s in the 74th percentile for her weight; 54th percentile for her height. Both my grandfather and David’s grandfather were around the 6 foot mark, so maybe she’s inheriting those genes? David and I are average height (5’4″ me; 5’9″ him).

Anywho, her eyes, ears, lungs, and heart all look and sound good. She had another round of vaccine’s, and David said she did fine with them (with the obvious crying of course).

Eating: She’s on a combination of breast milk and formula. My supply is kind of dwindling so she does get more formula than the breast. She’s eating like a champ though and eats about 20-25 oz per day.

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Sleeping (Napping): She is getting SO much better at napping! She wakes up around 5 each morning, then goes down for a morning nap around 11 and again around 3 or 4. She’s usually out for about an hour to an hour and a half. Last weekend, she slept 2 and a half hours at her grandparents house!

Sleeping (Nighttime): We are crossing our fingers and thanking our lucky stars that she’s been sleeping through the night. She’ll go to bed around 7:30 and wake up at 5. She seems to like that amount of sleep, too, because yesterday she went to bed at 6:30 and woke up at 4. And she always wakes up happy. I love seeing her smiles from the crib. ๐Ÿ™‚

Likes: Going out in the stroller, being carried while we walk around the house, eating, standing up on our laps, bath time

Dislikes: Not being held for long periods of time, being confined to the carrier for too long (she loves being held at the same intensity that she loves being free; I guess it’s all a matter of the length of time :-))

Port Wine Stain: She has responded so well to the laser treatments for the birth mark. She has had 4 so far and it’s already lightening up. She has one more today and then we’ll reevaluate to see if we want to continue the treatments.

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Mobility: She isย so close to rolling over. She can get on her side but just can’t quite get that arm under her. And she has great head control when she is on her stomach.ย Gotta love the little spit-up just as I was taking the picture.

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How I’m Doing: I’m doing pretty well actually! I’m back to work full time (as I’ve mentioned before), but being away from home for 12 hours each day has become a bit tiring. I’m jealous that David gets 5 days with her and I only get 2. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m in the throes of half marathon training, and I love that I’m back out on the road. I’ve had no issues or felt any pain while running, and I’m confident that I’ll have a good race in October; slow, but good.

So that’s the latest on our little girl! I just love watching her discover new things each and every day (especially her hands and feet)! We absolutely adore her. ๐Ÿ™‚

Any readers out there have kids around this age? Any advice on what we can expect next?ย I’m still waiting on that 4 month sleep regression.

Family Day in Boston

For the past 10 years, I’ve been a member of an amazing organization: the Greater Boston Concierge Association. And every year, they provide a day for the concierge and their families to enjoy the sites of Boston. Since David works on the weekend, I decided to partake in this years events. My mom and sister-in-law accompanied Eleanor and I on a Duck Tour, lunch in Faneuil Hall, and the New England Aquarium.

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Eleanor did great during the Duck Tour, but became a little overwhelmed at the aquarium. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We were able to get in a great afternoon though. The weather was absolutely perfect, and it was the best day to be a tourist in my own city.

It’s Myrtle the Turtle! She’s 80 years old and over 500 pounds. She’s lived at the New England Aquarium since 1970.

Sunday was a great day: went for a 5K run, grocery shopped, and cleaned the whole house. Now it’s time for another work week. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend?ย 

A Musical and Some Family Time

Since going back to work in July, the arrangement that my husband and I have with our daughter is that he will stay with her during the week, and I’ll have her on the weekends while he’s working. For the most part, our weekends have consisted of grocery shopping (if you follow me on Instagram, I post the weekly haul in Insta-stories, along with our menu for the week), going for long walks and runs (David and I are training for the Ramblefest Half Marathon in October!), or visiting with the grandparents.

This past weekend was a fun one; it consisted of a musical, a long run, and time with both my parents and David’s parents (No groceries this week since we already have so much in the fridge ๐Ÿ™‚).

Saturday

On Saturday, my mom and I went to the North Shore Music Theater to seeย Young Frankenstein: The Musical. I absolutely love the classic Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder movie, so I was intrigued to see how they would make it into a musical.

The verdict? It was pretty hilarious. The gentlemen who played Frederick and Igor were quite spot on, and I enjoyed Inga and Elizabeth. Of course, no one can compete with Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, and Madeline Kahn, but they all did an awesome job. Ah, who am I kidding, the woman who played Frau Blucher (*horse neighs*) was hilarious too! Not as much as Cloris Leachman, but overall, I very much enjoyed it.

Before the show, my mom and I enjoyed some chicken quesadilla’s and a beverage in their Garden Cafe.

During the afternoon, since David was at work, his parents watched her and they had a blast! And I love the fact that they take pictures of their afternoon; I love seeing her little smiling face.

I think my daughter looks like Curly from the Three Stooges. Ha!

After the show, I had dinner at their house, and then it was back home for her bedtime.

Sunday

Sunday was my long run day! The plan had 6 miles, and we ended up doing 6.5 with run/walk intervals. I have to say, it’s a lot of fun running with the stroller. I feel like it actually pulls me along on the road. And for the most part, Eleanor enjoys the runs too.

In the afternoon, we met up with my parents to have lunch and check out their new house under construction. That night, when we got back home, I watched Young Frankenstein (of course!) and gave Eleanor a bath.

Overall, a very enjoyable and activity-packed weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend? Doing anything fun as a wind-down to summer?

 

I Love Maine

Weekend #1 | Bangor

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My aunt held a late birthday celebration for my Grandpapa this past July (his birthday is in April) at her house and it was, quite possibly, the most perfect day. The weather was amazing, and there were so many wonderful members of the family to celebrate with. (My Grandpapa is an only child but he has an abundance of cousins. My great grandmother – I believe – was one of 12.)ย The food was delicious (the potato salad up there was garnished with curry) and the beverages were refreshing. And the first picture makes me smile every time I look at it. Now that’s a look of love for his great granddaughter. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekend #2 | Rangeley

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This past weekend was the wedding of my sister in law, Grace. The wedding took place at the Farmhouse Inn, and I have to say that it rivaled the weekend before it in how perfect everything was. The venue was gorgeous, with the lake views and the open field, and the weather was a beautiful 70 degrees with a partly cloudy sky. I actually broke out my fancy camera (with some iPhone photos thrown in there), and it’s encouraged me to get out there more and test what my Canon Rebel can do. ๐Ÿ™‚

While most of the family stayed at the Farmhouse, David and I stayed at the Rangeley Inn down the street. The location was perfect, staff were friendly and accommodating, the rooms were spacious and clean, and they offered a free continental breakfast. I would definitely stay here again if we ever traveled up this way.

Have you ever traveled to Maine? If so, what’s your favorite area?ย I am partial to Bangor but I also love visiting Bar Harbor in the fall.

Phil & Teds Stroller

This is in no way a sponsored post; I just love my jogging stroller so much and wanted to share my thoughts on it with you all. ๐Ÿ™‚

When it came time to look for a stroller, I was admittedly very overwhelmed with all of the choices. I knew two things that I wanted/needed though: a jogging stroller and the fact that it didn’t have to match the car seat. (We have the Graco 4Ever seat which doesn’t come as a detachable infant carrier.)

Luckily, however, I had a great resource in my uncle who lives in California. He had a baby in 2004 (so, relatively recent) and is a runner, so I asked him what brand of stroller he used.

He responded back with the Sport by Phil & Teds.

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Adorable baby not included. ๐Ÿ˜›

The middle picture is featured with the shade screen. I also have a storm cover that fits in the same way.

One of the reasons this stroller came so highly recommended was because of the fact that it reclines a lot further than most jogging strollers, meaning I could run with Eleanor as early as 2 months old. And because of the way it lies (lays?), it almost acts as a shock-absorber when we go over any bumps. Her head will move from side to side but never up and down.

I can’t actually attest to how easy or complicated it was to assemble since I had my husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law do it. It looks as though all the pieces were used, though, and nothing has fallen off. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is a breeze to break down to put in the trunk, however it’s a bit heavier than it may appear. You simply squeeze the lever (behind the red button) and push the red button forward. (As easy as it is to do, it wasn’t so easy to figure out in the first place – thank goodness for YouTube!)

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Then, to keep the stroller folded, you make sure the latch on the left is joined with the small button on the right. To unfold, simply unlatch the two and fold the stroller outward until it clicks. (Again, YouTube was a saving grace to figure this out in the first place!)

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And a great safety feature is the Auto-Stop brake. To engage the tires, you have to depress the red handle, and if it’s disengaged, the stroller will brake. No runaway strollers here!

Since I was looking for a jogging stroller, I knew not to expect some of the bells and whistles that come with regular strollers (i.e. a lot of storage and cup holders). This may be a turnoff for some, but if you’re in the market for a jogging stroller, but don’t want to have to deal with another, every-day stroller, this is the one for you. It’s a bit on the pricier end, but the quality and reputation are well worth it.

There are also a ton of riding options available, so I’ll be looking forward to those if/when we have a second child.

What type of stroller do you have? Do you own a Phil & Teds?ย I ask because I have yet to meet anyone (aside from my uncle) who has and I’m curious about your thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Life Lately

It’s almost time for me to return to work, so I thought I would take this opportunity to recap the first two months of motherhood.

In short: I’m loving it, but there are still so many things that we are learning and figuring out. It’s definitely not easy, but totally worth it.

If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen the plethora of pictures that I’ve posted. I just can’t help myself. I mean, how cute is this face?

And how has Eleanor been doing? At two months and six days old, here are her latest stats (we just had her two month doctor’s appointment).

Height: 23.5″
Weight: 11 lbs 5 oz

Her eyes, ears, heart, and lungs look and sound great. She did have her first round of vaccines, which definitely wasn’t easy to witness. She did have the delayed crying, but as soon as Dad wrapped her up afterwards, she was able to calm down.

Eating: I am breastfeeding, although we do supplement with formula on occasion (Similac). She eats about every 2-4 hours and latching has come easy for both of us (thank goodness). She does spit up quite a bit, and no matter how much I try and get her head on the burp cloth, we obviously end up with some dirty shirts. That’s what washing machines are for though, right?

Sleeping (Napping): Right now, she is not the best napper and we haven’t quite gotten her on a routine yet. I know that she’s still young though, and we’re determined to get her on one in the next month or two (hopefully). She does go down around 10 in the morning, but it only lasts for an hour at most. And she doesn’t really nap all that well in the afternoon. I think she may be a bit colicky at that time, which is why she’s tough to get down. If that happens, I’ll either take her on a drive or a stroller ride to make sure she gets some shut eye. She is also able to doze off when either David or myself are holding here.

Sleeping (Nighttime): Right now I am thanking my lucky stars because she has been sleeping all through the night. When she was under the month and a half mark (this just started in the last couple of weeks) she would go to bed around 8pm, wake up at 11pm and 3am for feedings, before waking up for good around 7am. Now? She’ll go down between 9 & 9:30pm and wake up anywhere from 6am to 8am. And at times, we’ve put her down when she was still awake, and she’s been able to put herself to sleep. I do know that this could all change in a heartbeat so I am basking in it while I can. (And I’m sure you can imagine how “full” I am when I wake up!)

Likes: eating, sleeping (at night), smiling, kicking her legs, resting on daddy’s chest, car rides and stroller rides, walking down to the mailbox (she loves looking around)

Dislikes: Being put down for too long, having her face wiped

Port Wine Stain:ย As you can see, she was born with a birthmark near her left eye. Because of its proximity to her eye, the pediatrician at the hospital recommended that we see specialists to make sure that it’s nothing that could interfere with her sight. (She has a chance of developing glaucoma.) We currently have her visiting an ophthalmologist and dermatologist that specialize in pediatrics, and they are both wonderful. So far, her eye is looking fine, and it looks like the mark is responding well to the laser treatments.

Despite the little hiccups we’ve encountered, mainly with sleeping, she is an absolute love bug. She impresses everyone that she meets and she’s been doing great when we’re out and about (i.e. she slept the whole time at my sister-in-law’s bridal shower, and she falls asleep when strapped to one of us during our grocery trips).

How I’m Doing:ย Really quite well actually. It did take me the full 6 weeks to heal up and get back to running again. And of course, it’s slow and steady; I know I have a long way to go before I’m back to the shape that I used to be (if I’ll even get there at all).

In terms of weight loss, I’m about 20 pounds away from where I would like to be. I’m concentrating on eating better though, rather than trying to run the pounds away. I am watching what I eat by using MyFitnessPal, but I am also making sure to take in enough calories to be able to feed Eleanor.

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#thoselashesthough

In just over a week, I will be returning back to work. As much as I’ve enjoyed staying home, I am looking forward to having the routine again and to interact with my co-workers. David will be going to part time so that he can stay home to take care of her during the week (daycare is NOT cheap!). I really am glad that our schedules have worked out in such a way that one of us can be home to watch her. ๐Ÿ™‚

And I do hope that I can actually find the time to write more posts on here. I certainly do miss blogging.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!