The past week was one of milestones and testing out new things for Emmie and me! Let’s get to it with the Weekend Catch Up!
Did you see Emmie’s adorable Newborn Photos last Friday?
Weekend Catch Up 4/30
1) First of all, we are coming off of a gorgeous (thought chilly) weekend with Alex’s parents! Such a delightful visit–we’ve not been together since Emmie was born, so they hadn’t seen her in person since she was under a week old! She is a bit bigger, huh? Also, we no longer announce that she is awake every time, lol.
They arrived on Friday, and first came over to hang out with Em and me until Alex got home, and then we went to Tarascas. Emmie actually had a meltdown at dinner for the first time, and I will get to why in a minute. That was a little bit of the theme of the weekend–Emmie had meltdowns at restaurants, but she also could be gotten in hand rather quickly (except the first night) when I held her.
But she got plenty of Mimi and Papa time in as well–in fact, they wore her out! She was highly interactive the whole weekend, and it was great to see her with her grandparents, and they with her. I was also so happy that Alex got time a) away from the hospital and b) with his parents and Emmie and the rest of the zoo beyond just at bedtime. Plus, the weather was glorious and bright though chilly, so that always helps!
2) Emmie Update!
It was a pretty cool past 7 days for little Emilia. She hit her 3 month birthday last Monday and really started to hit various milestones that we had been looking out for. One of the really big and exciting changes was the fact that she stopped HATE HATE HATE hating Tummy Time (like, her longest stint actually on her tummy on the floor was about 30 seconds before full meltdown) and also not using her arms at all when on her tummy (basically looking like a seal). I’m not saying that she loves it, but after scaring myself that she wasn’t using her arms at all and was going to need physical therapy (probably part of my anxiety moment), any improvement was welcome. I started by doing more on my chest on an angle, but the REAL kicker was when she got distracted by the TV and just kept staring at it!
Say what you will about TV, but it worked for us! Thank you, Property Brothers! She also was able to flip herself from front to back 4x one day, but mostly that was by throwing her head to the side with arms in the right place, lol.
However, the TV wouldn’t have worked before this past week: she definitely went through a major mental leap around last Monday and really started to notice and observe the ENTIRE world around her. For example, prior to last week, she though that the TV was interesting, but more just lights. She saw things moving, but she didn’t really put together that it was me until she was closer. Starting last week, she starte to see ME across the room. She started to see herself in mirrors. She is actually taking in the WORLD as a WORLD.
She also has really gotten involved in hands. Yes, I did teach her to clap together her feet and hold things (she picked that up so quickly, actually), but she still hasn’t really gotten that they are part of her body. Hands fascinate her, though. She likes to draw up her own hands to her mouth, but she LOVES to study mine. She touches them all over and really studies them.
She’s been doing a good job of sleeping; generally she’ll have 2 nights in a row of waking up 1x a night and then have 2x nights where she wakes up 2x times. The napping “schedule” (because it is not set in stone but rather guidelines) has been so so so helpful in giving me more free time but also helping her sleep etc enough to make it through the day and achieve these milestones.
One side effect of all of this growth (oh, yeah, she has certainly physically grown over the past 2 weeks as well!) is that she is eating and sleeping a lot but also getting VERY tired when she gets tired and also rather clingy. At brunch, dinner, and at lunch this weekend, she started fuss fuss fussing and then would quiet down when I made eye contact with her (this is the first time we have really seen this behavior beyond every now and then). Then she would fuss fuss fuss until I held her, and then be totally happy sitting on my lap and holding my hands.
I could say that it is annoying, or whatever, but honestly? I feel really privileged that she feels such a need to connect with me and to be the center of my attention. It is a cool little honor of being her mom. It feels good! Luckily, I also have made skills of eating with one hand. Thank all of those years on the road driving to horse shows and back and forth from/to school. Mad skillz eating with one hand.
3) Suz Milestones:
I mentally feel so much better this week. A huge part of this was having so many amazing people in my life (cough, YOU GUYS). And having time with people in person as well–including lunch with Erica, which was just so lovely. Physically, I’ve felt better, and the sun has made my long walks with Ridley pretty darn great.
This weekend, I took my first reformer pilates class since last summer, and it went well! There were certain things that I could still do very well, but it also demonstrated just how week my core is (I kept losing my core during planks, thus using my back rather than my abdominals to keep me up).
Another AMAZING moment this weekend was taking a C2 class at Corepower for the first time in… I honestly don’t know when. (C2 is Vinyasa yoga but not in a set sequence). The best part about it was that it was my FAVORITE yoga teacher ever. And on a sunny crisp morning. The only sadface moment was discovering that she is moving to Atlanta in a few months, but that is also happy face because I get another way to connect with her!
The BIG BIG milestone this weekend, for me, didn’t take place at either of those classes, though.
For the first time in 7 months, I RANNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God, I am so slow but GOD it felt so goooooood. I ran to my reformer class and took a walk break about halfway (the studio was about a mile away). Then I ran to my waxing appointment after (another milestone, first wax since baby!), another .6ish miles. Then I ran up to pick up our brunch, about .5ish miles. Between the reformer, the running, and then yoga, it was a big weekend for my hips! LOL.
I could feel that things aka ligments were trying to figure things out during the run and the next day. I had some discomfort in my foot, but that felt more like ligaments that just hadn’t been used in forever, and also the pain was in a different spot and fleeting and then gone once I walked a certain amount.
But, you guys? Running felt amazing. The movement made sense to my body. Again, I wasn’t fast, but honestly, running felt easy. Running hasn’t felt easy since last April, when I had my banner month. It never, ever, felt easy when I was pregnant, though I felt better physically (and mentally) after each run. But this felt, just, easy. Natural.
Don’t worry, I’m going to take it VERY slow, and I am still going to go to my physiatrist appointment tomorrow. But, just, I don’t know. SMILE
4) These shoes.
Mom gifted me these TOMS last year because I #neededthem, but they have lived in a box for a year because a) I always wore running or work shoes b) didn’t want to mess them up and c) got pregnant and then my feet grew. But I’ve barely taken them off this weekend!
I also have these rose gold glitter TOMS that will be added to the rotation 😀
Any milestones in your life this week?