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Milestones (Weekend Catch Up 4/30)

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!

Showing off for Daddy

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 πŸ˜€

Any milestones in your life this week?

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  • Reply Emily

    Those Toms are so super cute! Glad the little lady isn’t hating tummy time any more.

    April 30, 2018 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She still doesn’t LOVE it, but at least we can get some time in there so she isn’t so far behind!

      April 30, 2018 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Maureen

    Yay for running!! Even if it’s slow you have to start somewhere after time off. I hope you can ease back into running more Suzy!

    April 30, 2018 at 7:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope so too! I’m just going to take my sweet time πŸ˜€

      April 30, 2018 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    She is getting so big already and oh that little smile! I bet that run felt amazing πŸ™‚

    April 30, 2018 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The run was everything (short of Emmie, obviously). And I swear she has grown a half inch and a half pound in the past week!

      April 30, 2018 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    See, now it gets fun! And you’ve accomplished your first parenting task–you’ve established attachment and trust! Onward and upward.

    April 30, 2018 at 8:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And then she had a 3 hour breakdown this afternoon. Well, at least we had this weekend!

      April 30, 2018 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Wins for baby AND wins for mama!!! What a great week for both of you. I can sense your post run smile from here <3

    April 30, 2018 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cora, it just felt so amazing. Now, let’s just hope I can hold it together!

      April 30, 2018 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Gretchen

    If you’re slow now maybe we can actually run together LOL πŸ™‚ I just started taking reformer classes and they’re so fun! Really hard work but I love it. I’m happy to hear you and Emmie are both doing well! And you both look great (she’s a little cuter though, can’t lie)

    April 30, 2018 at 8:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am totally ok with her being cuter. I totally agree. And I love love reformer Pilates–it is one of the true ways to challenge me without me cheating!

      April 30, 2018 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Emmie looks like she is pretty pleased with life, despite the fussy episodes. So glad you got to run, and it felt good!

    April 30, 2018 at 9:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She always is pretty pleased with herself. I guess that is the genius of being a baby!

      April 30, 2018 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    I forgot that Emmie’s full name is Emilia. So beautiful!

    April 30, 2018 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    You ran you ran you ran!!!!! I STILL remember my first run after thectwins and it was SO SLOW but I was euphoric!!! Yay you! Also, I really want those Toms. Your mom sent me a message after reading UNBOUND and I love her almost more than I did before and now I discover she is the purchaser of these shoes and I am just…smitten

    April 30, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She’s kind of the best. She LOVED your book. When she was here she was telling me just how beautiful it was and how much she respected you!

      April 30, 2018 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Those Tom’s are soooo cute! I’m SO SO SO glad you got to run and that it felt good- I’m sure you needed that!!

    May 1, 2018 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I really did, Julie. I really did need that run!

      May 5, 2018 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Kat

    Yay for Emmie starting to like tummy time! She probably just really loves renovation shows πŸ˜‰
    Also, congrats on the running! That is huge! So excited for you to be back doing what you love. I know that when I was able to deadlift again [even at a measily 65lbs] I literally couldn’t contain my excitement.

    May 1, 2018 at 4:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Isn’t it awesome to get back to what you love! Also, terrifying πŸ˜€

      May 5, 2018 at 8:25 am
  • Reply Lisa - Mile by Mile

    How amazing that you got to run again- and even better that it felt so good! I bet all your pilates and yoga will really help as you ease back into running.

    May 2, 2018 at 4:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope so. I could have done more of it, but I didn’t want to push it!

      May 5, 2018 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Those shoes are sooo pretty! And way to go on the run, mama!!!

    May 2, 2018 at 6:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Luckily, they are super comfy too!

      May 5, 2018 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Rae

    Love hearing all about Miss Emmie’s milestones! And so glad to hear about your run πŸ™‚ I haven’t run since about 16 weeks pregnant due to ligament pain, and I can’t wait to get back to it (slowly and carefully!) this summer after Baby Girl is born.

    May 2, 2018 at 8:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It will be so awesome for you to get back to it–it will be your little escape πŸ˜€

      May 5, 2018 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    It’s SO cool to hear about Emmie’s milestones – her little brain is taking in so much! Fascinating to hear about the week by week developments. And WAHHHH I’m so glad you were able to run! That makes me so happy πŸ™‚ I’m sure you must have missed it like crazy.

    May 2, 2018 at 9:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really have, Sarah. I really have. I honestly forgot how much!
      And I love tracking her development. The human brain is CRAZY

      May 5, 2018 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    I LOVE that you’re seeing the beautiful gift of movement and that gift of being able to run and not looking at the amount of miles or comparing yourself; I want to be more like you in that way Susie!

    And it is SOOO wonderfully amazing to watch babies and children grow in that childlike wonder. It makes me think about what Jesus says about child like faith. They are such a blessing, and boy oh boy her smile is just contagious. I’m sooo glad you’re sharing all these updates on you and Emilia and Alex. Time with Mimi and Papa sounds like it was precious too.

    May 2, 2018 at 2:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It has taken some time, Emily. I won’t lie! But it also just comes with living. Give yourself grace to grow, and you will! xoxo

      May 5, 2018 at 8:21 am
  • Reply San

    You ran! You wore shoes. *high five* I love it. It seems like the last few weeks have been good all around πŸ™‚

    May 5, 2018 at 8:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Absolutely! They have their challenging moments, of course, but I’m pretty pleased with them

      May 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm

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