Eleanor Joyce

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. 🙂

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. 😛

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. 😉

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? I ask because I have yet to meet anyone (aside from my uncle) who has and I’m curious about your thoughts! 🙂

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: 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: 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. 🙂

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!

Our Daughter

As I sit here, watching David cuddle our one week old daughter, it still boggles my mind that I actually gave birth. We knew that we always wanted children, but there was always the lingering thought in the back of my mind of how much the whole experience was going to hurt. But when things got underway, all I could think of was bringing our little one in to the world.

Sunday, April 23rd (39 weeks/3 days)
All day, David and I did errands around town. I was starting to feel some pains of possible labor, so we wanted to get the errands done, but also to get me moving/walking just in case this was the real deal.

We were ready to go to bed at 9, but I just couldn’t get myself comfortable. I was experiencing contractions about every 5 to 7 minutes, but they were tolerable. About an hour later, they were feeling stronger and I was even bleeding. We called the hospital and they told us to head over. Thankfully being 10 at night, there was no traffic getting to St. Vincent’s in Worcester (a 30 minute drive). I was checked in and admitted right away.

Monday, April 24th (39 weeks/4 days)
All through the night, the contractions were getting stronger, but I was only 3 cm; I was thinning though and they were sure that this was it. Eventually they gave me some pitocin to speed things up, and by the morning, I was 9 cm. In the meantime, they gave me an epidural and it was the best thing ever. I couldn’t feel the contractions, only the pressure. At around 1:30PM, the midwife checked me again (after going back and forth between my own contractions and those aided by the pitocin) and I was fully dilated and ready to push.

Three hours later, at 4:32PM, Eleanor Joyce was born.

Looking back, I’m glad, and lucky, that my labor was uneventful and I came out with only a few stitches, and a beautiful, healthy girl.

We stayed in the hospital for two nights, and we had such a great experience with all of the midwives and nurses. They had to monitor her for a bit since it took her a while to urinate, but everything ended up working out. We got home on Wednesday, and now we’re navigating our life as a family of three. And we are so in love!