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Sunshine and Headaches (14 weeks, Friday Catch Up 5/4)

We finally got the sunshine and warmth we’ve been waiting for, and of course I get a migraine! Luckily, there was still plenty to get excited about this week! Find out what in the Friday Catch Up.

Did you miss the Weekend Catch Up from Monday? Lots of Milestones from Emmie and myself!

Friday Catch Up 5/4

Oh, and MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU. Then go get a marg tomorrow.

1) Emmie and I had a little bit of a rough start to/first half of the week. Monday, after my inlaws left, we seemed to be having an okay day, and it was gorgeous outside… and then that afternoon, all hell broke loose. Her tummy really really hurt, and she basically started crying at 3 and didn’t stop until Alex got home a little before 6, and then he took over and she gave him a moment of rest before starting again. Then she wouldn’t go to sleep (more crying).

Right around the time that she DID get to sleep, and we finally got a break, I started to get a migraine. JOY. Not a bad one, but I knew what was coming. The last time I had a migraine? I was in the hospital having just HAD her, and so while I felt terrible, I had all hands on deck to help. This one wasn’t as bad as that migraine, but I still get worried about what might be to come in the future.

That night was rough. Emmie woke up early (and has every night since) and I actually thought I was going to pass out and or throw up while I was nursing her the second time. I never wake up Alex to help, but I had to–I was scared I would drop her. He was a champ and took her from me, but he was so worried about me that when I moved to the couch (a weird reaction–I just had to get out of our room and away from her. I literally couldn’t be near her. I think it was my instinct to protect her (because I wasn’t safe to hold her) and also myself (because of my headache and her crying), he grabbed her rocker and we all moved out to the living room for the night. I didn’t have another of those spells, but it was enough to keep me on my toes. 

Meanwhile, Emmie’s belly finally processed what was upsetting it, and she had a back-to-back-to-back poosplosion. Within 5-8 minutes. Poor little thing! She was better after, but the rest of the day (her eruption happened at 3 AM), she was still unhappy on and off. Basically, she would freak out about 15-30 minutes after eating. 

We managed to get some outside time even so, but it was with baited breath and we had to nurse outside, even then she would freak out and there wasn’t much I could do for her. 

I even canceled my physiatrist appointment because we both felt terrible. 

As with most of my migraines, the headache lasted about 3 days, and I finally woke up on Thursday without pain.

2) Even with the migraine, I was determined to get outside. We’ve been waiting for this weather! That meant time at the dog park with Ridley (including the return of the kiddie pools–her favorite!), lots of walking so that Emmie could nap, and a great new fitness and mom group!

My friend Nicole invited me to join her at Fit4Mom Stroller Strides, which I was actually familiar with through my former co-coach Sara. Basically, it is a fitness group for moms, mom’s to be, and kiddos (yesterday the kids ranged from 7.5 weeks to 2.5 years). We introduced ourselves and our kids during the warm up, answered the question of the week (what is a struggle and a victory for your kid this week?), then we walked/ran to the first stop, where we did 2 minutes of cardio and then a few minutes of resistance training. Repeat for an hour! Then we pull out blankets and hang out. The group starts and ends about 8 minutes from my apartment and meets M-F at 11, and it was so great to connect with other moms in the area while Emmie got a nap (right during her nap time) and I got fresh air and exercise.

I signed up for a class pack, and I’m excited to go back for more classes as well as their social outings!

Next time, I will wear suncreen in a few more strategic places, though…. lol!

3) Let’s see, Emmie updates:

She is REALLY starting to see and absorb the world and use her hands to figure things out. For the first time this week (she started this last week), she looked straight at Sir Flurf the Unicorn and studied him and pulled at him and felt his texture in a conscious and meaninful way.

She even gave him a hug! Most likely trying to show him in her mouth, but it was beyond cute and I’m counting it. She is really interacting with her rattle Ollie as well. When she falls asleep, she is often wearing him like he is a purse, haha. 

I’ve ordered some sun hats for her and some shorts. My MIL got her some adorable outfits, but we need some HOT weather clothes beyond her bodysuits to cover her and protect her skin. 

Her sleep schedule is doing a bit of a flip flop right now. Before she would take a 30 min-1 hour nap in the morning, a long nap midday, and a shorter nap in the afternoon. Then she would sleep until 2-3 and wake up around 6. Not so much this week! She is taking 2 hour naps in the morning, then 30 minute naps mid day and afternoon, and then waking up 10-11 and 2-3 and then at 5-6. And all of our self soothing? That comes and goes, but mostly we are pretty depending on nursing and rocking to fall asleep. 

Le sigh.

But her blon hair is starting to thicken, so that’s a start!

4) Another fitness update from me–I ran again! I did 4:1 intervals on the treadmill at a snail’s pace while Emmie looked on and alternated between giggling at me, looking at my legs, and beating up her toy. It’s a tough life. Everything felt great during the session, but we will see how I continue to feel! This is only the second time I’ve run in 7 months (the first being last weekend). I’m currently alternating elliptical and running, with a rest day separating the impact days. It’s going to take a while, and if I thought I was slow before… wooooof. But taking it slow, both with regards to pace as well as the build up of volume is the only way that I’m going to be able to keep running and give myself the best chance of avoiding injury. 

I’m still walking the dog for 1-2 hours a day in addition, and then any other errands, so that is plenty of impact on my bones. Then with a Stroller Strides class and 1-2 Class Pass classes (I typically have to double up on the weekends that Alex has off, thus an average of 1 a week), I should have a tidy little schedule working! 

I could do 5, but that is more than enough from me. But I will leave you with the best picture ever.

Tell me a struggle and a victory from your week!

What is your favorite “summer is coming” sign?

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17 Comments

  • Reply Rae

    THAT FACE! OMG she is too cute! Our grass is finally starting to green up around here, and the trees are budding out, so it’s definitely getting to be spring/summer, thank goodness! But of course it’s been cloudy and rainy most of this week, soooo. Ugh. At least it’s warmer and not snowing!

    May 4, 2018 at 8:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But maybe it will get super sunny the following week, and that is when the green and color will come out! As Alex says, after a good rain and then sun… the plants are just whacking it! Lol!

      May 5, 2018 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Cora

    Ahaha that picture. Emmie: “Watchu looking at weird screen thing!??”

    The mom fitness group sounds awesome. I’d like to find something like this (not mom focused, obviously) that combines meeting new people and fitness with others. It makes fitness fun. And – friends. Must feel really really nice to talk to other Moms about baby things.

    Wear that sunscreen! (but oh gosh how nice is it to be able to say that now huh!?)

    May 4, 2018 at 8:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just restocked –both for Emmie and for me! And she has an awesome new hat and outfit to wear next time 😀

      May 5, 2018 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Maureen

    The stroller group sounds awesome Suzy! It could be a great way to get some info on what worked for other moms when there babies were going through different stages.
    A struggle from my week has been allergies. Man oh man, I think I would have felt better if a semi truck had hit me instead. But a victory was taking our 19 week old pup to the ice cream store yesterday and she did so well in the new to her spot in town with lots of people around too!

    May 4, 2018 at 8:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Want to come and train my dog? She used to be good and has since unraveled! I’m sorry that you have sucky allergies. I grew up in Atlanta, so I totally understand the struggle, and boy is it real!

      May 5, 2018 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe’s mommy, Clare

    That picture of Emmie in the hat reminds your dad of YOU!
    The way her eyebrows look is exactly the way yours did at that age—like she knows something that you don’t— not something bad, but something of mystery.
    Even though Ems doesn’t look like you did at that age, man the expressions are spot on!

    May 4, 2018 at 9:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She really is such a combo of Alex and me!

      May 5, 2018 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    That stroller class sounds like a fun way to connect and stay active. She is a super cutie which helps when she is screaming her head off 🙂

    May 4, 2018 at 9:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really does. Though I will say that she has perfected the ugly cry lol

      May 5, 2018 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Kimberly

    Emmie is such a cutie pie! I am so sorry that you get migraines. They suck! A struggle for me this week has been worrying about pain in my leg. I was diagnosed with DVT two weeks ago and was put on blood thinners. I’m trying to avoid the possibility of a pulmonary embolism. I’ve always been fairly healthy, so this is terrifying for me and my family. I absolutely love that the days are warmer and it is light out linger in the evenings. Come on Summer!

    May 4, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh my goodness, Kimberly, that is frightening for sure. My migraines are annoying, but a DVT is much more serious! I hope you get good news on that front soon. It is hard to enjoy the fabulous weather with that in the back of your mind!

      May 5, 2018 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Wendy

    That face is cracking me up! Glad you’re feeling better. A migraine is no fun, but a migraine with an infant is a punishment no one deserves except maybe Donald Trump.

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    May 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would totally wish that on Trump. But he would just blame the baby.

      May 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply San

    I love Emmie’s facial expressions! 🙂 She might not be able to talk yet, but her face says it all 🙂

    A struggle this week: having yet another house-related issue to deal with. A victory: completing a three day field trip in wine country (Sonoma Valley). I know you must feel so sorry for me 😉

    May 5, 2018 at 8:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG sooooo tragic (the field trip) but to be honest, house problems do totally suck. So I get you there.

      May 7, 2018 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Emmie is so expressive! She just keeps getting more and more fun!

    Struggle from my week? Having the flu AND going to the dentist – so combine flu-y headaches and sinus pain with a sore mouth/jaw and constant sneezing. Yuck. Triumph? Getting through a busy weekend of weddings and celebrations despite being sick – and getting Jesse and all of our friends up on the dance floor at a wedding where NO ONE was dancing (seriously, so weird! The other guests were just watching us and recording us dancing lol)

    May 8, 2018 at 4:43 am
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