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Pup-date, Date Night + Two Weeks! (Friday Catch Up 2/8)

I can’t believe Emmie is 2 weeks old! It’s the Friday Catch Up with updates on life (including Ridley).

Did you miss my Weekend Recap?

Friday Catch Up

1) First things first, thank you all so much for your well wishes for Ridley. When we woke up Monday morning, she was still pretty poorly, and I thought for sure that we were going in for surgery. She was doing better–responding to me and willing to be touched, but she was still lethargic. After about an hour, though, she started to perk up a bit and started to improve steadily. We talked to the vets and decided to keep her home (after she had a poo, which was a good sign that she didn’t have an obstruction).

I made her oatmeal with a little peanut butter (for taste and to entice her) and added extra water to it to sneak in some hydration (she still didn’t want to drink, but she had gotten lots of fluids the day before). She ate that right up, and so after 30 minutes of no vom, we gave her a little more, and with her special hurt tummy diet (oats and eggs) and an improving disposition, we were out of the woods!

It was a terrifying and emotional experience, especially for a new mom, and I am so happy to have my Pupster back in action.

2) After Emmie’s first week, which was all warmer temps and being outside, her second week has been freezing and snowy! And of course we have crap heating in our apartment, so we have been really careful with her at night. Right now she is sleeping in three layers: a bodysuit + swaddle + fleece sleep sack and often a hat! It is very peculiar looking. Kind of like a flipperless seal with shoulder pads (because the sleep sack has arm holes).

One thing that is endlessly cute? Emmie in her furry penguin pram suit. 

3) Emmie had her 2 week check up this week, and lo and behold, my girl is TALL. As in, was described as long and lean with a big noggin. She went up to 7 lb 8 oz from mid 6 lbs at her 4 day appointment, and from 19 in to 21 inches. I don’t remember her head measurements, but I like to think that she is thinking big thoughts in that big head. She also has long fingers and feet. So I don’t know WHO she is taking after there. I have stubby fingers and was definitely NOT lean as a kid. I wasn’t lean in any way until after I lost all the weight after my Crohn’s flares. I did have a big head, though. I won’t say it has helped my IQ much.

Other quick Emmie news? She lost her cord stump and had her first washcloth bath. We waited to bathe her because it was so cold in our apartment. We also started Tummy Time, and with the suggestion of the doc, we are using the Boppy to help her lift her giant head šŸ˜€

OMG I have a funny boob story. Mothers who breastfed, you will understand: My boob exploded and shot milk in my daughter’s face. Like she had picked up a hose, aimed it at her nose, and turned it on. I’m not sure who was more traumatized…

4) Mom is babsitting the Emster tonight (Thursday night) so that Alex and I can have a date night! Mom is going back to visit my dad on Saturday through most of next week, so this was our chance. We wanted to go and get tapas at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba (where I went with Sarah), but the threat of a major snowstorm might mean we go somewhere a little closer to home. (Edited: Emmie had a meltdown from an upset tummy and over stimulation, but we still got to CBBR andx it was amazing!)

School is already canceled for Chicago Public Schools, so you know that they are expecting a real storm!

5) I posted about this on Insta, but I had my recheck with my bone health + physiatrist, and we were able to do a DEXA bone density scan right after. The results confirmed our expectations: I am measuring as osteopenic (low bone density). Now, these results have to be interpreted with a grain of salt because I did just give birth and I am currently breastfeeding (both things that sap your bones). We wanted to do it for a baseline (otherwise, we would have to wait about a year and a half before we could do the scan) and point of comparison. 

Basically, it means that I am going to have to be super hella careful as I return to activity (and I am talking just about any activity with impact) and in the future. It seems that our prediction was correct, and I am going to be a recreational runner for the foreseeable future. BUT I should be able to return to running on some level. A few miles a few times a week. 

I’m a little sad (you hold out hope to end, don’t you?) but I’m also at peace with it. Emmie likely wouldn’t want to be in Rob the BOB for much longer than I will be able to run, anyways, and Alex and I will still be able to do family runs. We just have to bring me back carefully, focus on fortifying my bones as I have in the past, and just soak up every mile that I am fortunate enough to get!

And I am off! Alex and I will be on our own for reals (and without him at work), so this is going to be fun. Or a catastrophe šŸ˜€

I’m trying to figure out when to post her birth story. I’ve had it written since she was 3 days old, but haven’t posted it so that I could post these recaps! If this weekend is low key, maybe I will post it Monday, or I will just triple post next week (GASP).


Have a great weekend, and if you are in the line of one of these storms, be safe!

Mothers: have you ever had your boob spray milk unexpectedly?

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  • Reply Ellen

    OMG Emmie is such a little peanut. I adore her and I’ve never even met her. I was ~6 weeks early, but I was teeny with a giant head for most of my life. Still kinda am. I’m always a little surprised when I see a full body picture of me because my head looks so big, and I never notice it when I just see a mirror. My aunt has referred to me and my cousins as the lollipop guild because we all have larger-than-average heads and smaller-than-average bodies. It’s a good time.

    February 9, 2018 at 7:16 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Good grief Emmie is such a pretty little girl! She really is a doll!
    I’m so so sorry about your bones. THat really stinks. I’m glad you are at peace with it. As I said in your other post though… running just to run really isn’t that bad!
    Stay warm and have a great weekend.

    February 9, 2018 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Cora

    Ahaha. And now you can add boob shooting to your superpowers. That’s a pretty good one, I’d say. Happy to hear you and Alex got a date night!! I know how hard those can be to come across.

    I want a penguin suit.

    February 9, 2018 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Sarah Dudek

    You guys are doing great. Newborns are an adventure and everyone is learning about each other. The BOB is great. Mary is 2.5 and loves riding in it for runs more now than ever. We recently got a double BOB and I think both girls are soon going to enjoy riding together. It will work well for you for a long time, especially if you get the snack tray for your little one. šŸ˜‰

    February 9, 2018 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Maureen

    The penguin suit is way too cute!! Emmie is absolutely adorable in it. I hope you all stay safe and warm in the crazy snow storm that is hitting Chicago!

    February 9, 2018 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    So glad that Ridley is better; I’m amazed how God cares for our animals; I’ve seen Him care for my husky so many times.

    Emmy is SOOOO cute; I just want to cuddle her. i’m so glad your mama gets time to babysit her while you and Alex enjoy a date night; what a gift to have your mama there. And Emmy looks adorable in that fluffy gray suit.

    February 9, 2018 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Lex

    I am so very glad Ridley didn’t have an obstruction!! Boiled chicken and rice is another good upset tummy treat and you can sneak in water or chicken broth into the rice for the puppies. Although Gus will diligently spit out the rice and make faces the whole time lol
    Your mom was right about Miss Emilia growing every time she saw her!
    That really sucks about your bones and i hope that you can get back to a better density sooner then later. <3

    February 9, 2018 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Jennifer (Fit Nana)

    I’m so glad Ridley is feeling better! I always hate when one of my fur kids is sick. šŸ™ I make homemade food for my pooch all the time. She gets oatmeal cooked in broth with some peas and spinach for breakfast (plus some kibble) and ground turkey, pumpkin, rice, and veggies for dinner (plus some kibble). That’s really helped curb all the emergency potties, upset tummies, etc.

    LOL at boob shooting! Poor baby must have been so surprised! I probably would have peed myself laughing.

    She’s getting so big!!! How has it been 2 weeks already?

    February 9, 2018 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    So glad to hear about Ridley, phew! You posted about her right when my parents had to put down one of our dogs, so of course I was extra worried for you. Glad she’s okay!
    Hahaha too funny about your boob. This non-mom is cracking up. And I also LOLed at Emmie propping up her big ol’ noggin during tummy time. Ha! I have a big head too – seriously, hats often don’t fit me. Or earmuffs don’t cover my ears. Oy.
    I WANT TO READ HER BIRTH STORY! Post, post, post!

    February 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Ahh the penguin suit! Baby snowsuits are the cutest. Glad Ridley is feeling better!

    February 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply San

    Oh my goodness, Emmie in that snow suit! I am going to come steal her <3

    February 11, 2018 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Glad to hear that both the pup and the nugget are doing well!! And seriously that fluffy penguin outfit is too adorable. I can’t even.
    And I would probably be traumatized for life if my boob exploded on my kid, though not going to lie, I would probably tell her that story as much as I could while she was growing up just to embarass her every day šŸ˜‰

    February 11, 2018 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I am so glad the pupster is doing better! What a relief! Iā€™m also glad to see miss E keeps gettting cuter too!! I die.

    Bummer about the osteopenia

    February 12, 2018 at 3:29 am
  • Reply Allie

    So happy to hear all is well with Ridley!!! And seriously, Emmie could not be any cuter!!! That boob story is hilarious and reminds me why I only lasted with breastfeeding for 3 weeks šŸ™‚

    February 12, 2018 at 11:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It traumatized us all. And it isn’t the last time…

      February 16, 2018 at 8:02 pm

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