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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!

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