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An Epic Weekend Catch Up (6 Months + Weekend Catch Up 7/23)

Throwing an EPIC Weekend Catch Up at you today–so much to discuss, from Emmie’s 6 month Birthiversary to her teething struggles, an unbeatable blogger brunch to the current status of my hip, and plans for a busy week to come!

Did you see the Friday Catch Up last week? Lots of big Emmie updates and developments!

Weekend Catch Up 7/23

1) Happy 6 Months, Emmie!

It is amazing to think that this little kiddo has been breathing air for 6 months! She was part of our lives before she was born, but the impact she has had on our lives since she made her grand entrance has been second to none. The past 6 months have not been easy, by any stretch of the imagination, but the highs have be plentiful and so fulfilling. 

I can’t say that I’ve learned anything new over the past 6 months, rather that lessons of the past have been given a new perspective and a new significance in my life. These 6 months of being a mom to a human have impressed upon me the importance of trusting your gut but also asking for help for any manner of problems. I really am thankful for my marathon training background in preparing me for working towards long term goals (that slow burn) while savoring short term achievements and not getting too bogged down in setbacks because they might just mean that you are about to make a big leap. Marathon training also taught me the previously mentioned lesson of balancing outsider knowledge with personal instinct and what works for your lifestyle.

The past 6 months have also futher impressed upon me the importance of family, of course, but just how AWESOME our family is and how fortunate we are to be surrounded by the best people. And though I’ve suspected and written about this for a long time, Alex and I both now know that we will be looking east when he starts interviewing next year.

The newborn and early infant stage is a huge adjustment, for everyone (including the dog and cat!). Breastfeeding is HARD–for both you and the kiddo. We werent’ sure if I would be able to nurse, but now that I have, it has become so dear to me, even for as frustrating as it has been at times. Even so, I think the trials of breastfeeding have started to prepare me for future picky eating struggles and MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM I ONLY WANT TO EAT YELLOW FOODS etc and meltdowns in various places and then not eating even though she is STARVING. 

I’m not saying I’m going to always be awesome and understanding and deal with those situations with a level-head, but at least I have a little practice!

Emmie, you are my treasure. Thank you for making me a mom. Thank you for not being “easy” but for being an awesome kid, and for having that smile and that hair. 

2) Speaking of getting practice at dealing with meltdowns, Emmie had a few of them this weekend. And for once, I didn’t immediately blame myself for having soy or something to upset her tummy! That tooth is still slicing through her gums, and Saturday was a bit of a battle. I had a brunch that morning (more on that in a minute), and while I considered taking Em, as soon as she woke up, I knew that was a no go. I actually put her back down for her big nap about an hour and a half after she woke up (after a full night’s sleep!) because she just lost it. She apparently was super happy with Alex, but by the time I got back, she was getting tired and was a bit more whiny with me (not surprising). We even had to cancel on our friends’ going away party in favor of an Emmie nap and not having a public breakdown. 

We thought we were in the clear enough to go out to dinner, but as soon as we got to the restaurant and got seated, Emmie lost it. Like, LOST IT. Luckily, we were at Basil Leaf, where they know us very well, and they were so great and understanding, bringing us ice for her mouth and letting us try to settle her in the banquet room (all their suggestion!). We were able to finish our meal, but it was a slog, as it were. When we got home, we got her ready for bed and gave her some Tylenol before letting her kick kick kick on the ground for a bit and then I put her down. 

Sunday morning was a repeat of Saturday morning–a VERY early nap time. And Sjnday afternoon and evening brought another meltdown. 

Right now, I am not trying to “fix” anything–I’m nursing her before she goes to sleep, I’m going to her when she wakes up and cries (and usually nursing to get her back to sleep). This is her first tooth, and I want her to know that Mommy is there for her. We will get her back to her self soothing, etc, after she gets past this period of huge mental and physical change (we know she can do it!).

Another big change that will be coming up after her big 6 month appointment this week will be that I will start weaning her from nursing. So I am trying to fight one battle at a time–first we dealt with her mental leap last week, now we are taking on this tooth, then we will re-establish self soothing, then we will wean her. Doing all of that would be a recipe for distaster!

On a bittersweet note… this weekend we put away the Rock n Play and her unicorn mat for good….

3) What brunch was I mentioning? AN EPIC RUNNING BLOGGER BRUNCH!

Deborah got in touch with me about meeting up with her when she came to town for Rock n Roll Chicago, and then she invited me to one of the big meet ups that was happening with many of our fellow blogging friends. I fed and put Emmie down for her nap and then headed down to Beatrix to join Deborah, Wendy, Holly, Linda, Kim, SaraMarcia, Michelle, and Lindsay for brunch! 

There is just something so amazing about meeting people who you know but you have never met. As Deborah said, from URL to IRL! We had a ball, and it wasn’t just the mimosas talking (blueberry for me). I wish I could have run the race with them, but I was so happy to be included in brunch. 

4) So the secret it out, as of this weekend–I’m on crutches again. I go to the doctor tomorrow, and Alex is going with me, but if you asked me, I would say that I’m about 95% sure I have a pelvic stress fracture, or something in that area. From what, you ask?

From living. 12-15 miles a week, yoga, Pilates, and walking. I actually put myself on crutches the Tuesday or Wednesday that I came home after being in Georgia. I have been very fortunate to have had extra help from our sitter and Alex during those weeks, because I can’t really crutch with a baby and a dog. I’ve had a couple of breakdowns about it, but mostly I am scared for my future. Something is obviously very wrong with my bones–this does not happen in a healthy person, even one who is osteopenic (unless the are borderline osteroporotic). I ran just as much when I was osteopenic previously, but even with the great care that I am taking, my bones don’t seem to be able to keep up. 

I’ll report back more after my appointment, but I would say that this is the last of my running for a long, long time. Maybe a mile or so every now and then. I don’t know. What I do know is that I want to be able to walk and raise my kid. I will trade running for that. 

5) This week will be a busy one! 

Big Muscles for Little Babies is today (hopefully Emmie can keep it together!), my appointment with the Women’s Health Specialist is tomorrow, Emmie’s 6th month Well Child visit is Wednesday, the apartment is getting cleaned Thursday, and Friday is both Remicade day as well as the arrival of Courtney for the weekend!

Thanks for slogging through this post with me! I know that it was a ton, and if you read even a bit of it, tip of the hat 😀 Have a great week, everyone!

Have you had a blueberry mimosa? Hint–use FRESH or minimally processe blueberry.

Would you rather have a cocktail, fresh pressed juice, coffee, tea, or none of the above at brunch?

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