Friday, April 18, 2014

Lucy's Easter Baskets

Yes, you read that blog title correctly....Easter baskets, as in plural.  We had my parents over for dinner, birthday cake, and presents on Wednesday evening for my mom's birthday and they brought over presents for Lucy....her Easter basket!  We're going to visit Todd's family this weekend for Easter so we won't see my parents for the holiday.

Grandma & Lucy with the birthday cake 

Helping Grandma blow out the candles
 
Lucy dug right into her Easter basket and was very interested in eating the card....similar situation as Valentine's day

Excited for her first camera... picture taking clearly runs in the family

And more fun toys to play with and eat!

 I started getting things ready yesterday afternoon for our trip up to Leetonia and put together Lucy's first Easter basket.  She already has so many toys that we decided to go the more practical route and do a summer themed Easter basket.  She'll be getting a bathing suit with matching flip flops, a cover-up, sunglasses, and a sun hat.  We're going to start her in swim lessons at the YMCA in June so this will be perfect!
 
I couldn't resist the Pottery Barn Kids monogrammed basket & liner

I'm dying to see her in this flamingo bathing suit with matching flip fops

I'll have a complete recap of our Easter with Todd's family early next week! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lucy's First Trip to Houston

We survived our first "vacation" with Lucy!  Todd, Lucy, and I, along with my mom, left last Friday morning for a long weekend trip to Houston so we could visit family and they could meet Lucy.  I was really excited to see my family (Grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins) that I hadn't seen in over a year as well as see my brother and his girlfriend.  They live in San Francisco but were also flying in for the weekend. I was really nervous though to travel with Lucy since she'd never flown before.
 
Our flight on Friday was at 6:00 AM so I got up at 3:45 AM (really not that big of difference from when I normally get up though!) and got Lucy up at 4:15 AM.  She was wide awake all the way to the airport and even at the airport despite it being so early.  Luckily, she fell asleep on the plane right before take off, slept for almost an hour, was up and played in our laps for a little bit, and then fell asleep again when we were landing.  She was perfect and I couldn't have asked for a better flight.  
 
Boarding the plane

Playing with Todd

She was more excited about the magazines in the seat back than in her toys

Once we landed, we picked up our rental car, made a quick Target stop to pick up a pack of diapers and a present for my cousin who is pregnant (so excited for her & her husband!), and then did an early check in at the hotel to change clothes and reorganize the diaper bag.  We had lunch at Panera and then drove out to my aunt & uncle's house to visit them and my Grandma. 

Lucy was so excited to meet her Great Grandma
 
Four generations
 
Todd & Lucy walking around outside....the weather was perfect in Houston (80 degrees and sunny!) so we actually had to break out Lucy's new sun hat

We visited and hung out all afternoon and then headed out to dinner with them where we met up with my cousin and her husband as well.  We had dinner at Dekker's, which was literally down the street from my aunt & uncle's house, and had a great time.  I'm so glad that Lucy is able to sit in a high chair now because she is so much happier than sitting in her car seat or sitting in our lap.  It was a long day for all of us but especially Lucy since she was up so early and was totally on a different schedule than what she's used to.  She didn't nap quite as much as she does at home so she was ready to go to bed by the end of dinner. 
 
Dinner at Dekker's

It was a long night on Friday night because Lucy didn't sleep that well.  She was in a crib in our hotel room and woke up at 3:00 AM crying.  We got her back to sleep but she'd start crying as soon as we put her down in the crib.  I ended up sleeping with her on my chest in a chair and she was up for the morning by 6:00 AM.  Todd kept her entertained while I headed across the hall (the fitness center was only 4 steps away) to run 4 miles on the treadmill.  Once I was back and showered, Lucy was already ready for her first nap.  After her nap, we met my mom for breakfast at the hotel and waited for my brother and his girlfriend to meet us since their flight didn't get in until really late the night before.  Another one of my aunts also came to visit us and meet Lucy.

I think my brother was a little bit more comfortable with Lucy this time since she's bigger but he still seemed a little unsure about this whole baby thing

Lucy and Aunt Barbara

Uncle Jeff holding Lucy again (!) and Meghan keeping Lucy entertained

We went to lunch at Rudy's and met another one of my cousins there that I hadn't seen in quite a few years.  Lunch was going great until Lucy pooped on herself and needed an outfit change.  We were smart though to pack three times as many outfits on the trip than we really needed.

Enjoying some good Texas bbq

Eating & talking

Me & Lucy

Todd & I took a quick break from all the family time after lunch to go to the mall.  Of course, it figures that after we got back to our car, Lucy needed another outfit change.  We eventually made our way over to my aunt & uncle's house again for the rest of the afternoon and evening.  We were having dinner at their house along with a surprise birthday party for my mom who turned 60 on Monday.

Lucy with her Great Grandma and Grandma

My uncle getting the brisket ready for dinner

It was so nice to be able to eat outside and it was great to have so many extra hands watching Lucy so Todd & I could get a little break

Todd & Lucy walking around the yard again....she loves to look around at everything and soak it all in

Family photo

Meghan & Todd playing with Lucy

Birthday cake for my mom

Blowing out the candles

Everyone moved back inside for cake & ice cream

We were convinced that Lucy would sleep great on Saturday night but we were completely wrong.  She slept even worse than on Friday night and was up crying from about 1:00-2:30 AM before I put her in the ergo carrier and let her sleep in that which meant I didn't sleep that great.  She is such a great sleeper at home and I think the time change, her lack of naps, and being in a different crib/room all threw her off.  Heck, this was the first time she'd ever slept in the same room as us so we didn't even know how it would be.  I skipped my run on Sunday morning for more sleep since I was going on about 4.5-5 hours for the past two nights.  After we got ready and had breakfast, the family came over to the hotel for one last visit before we had to leave for the airport.

More snuggles with Great Grandma

Lucy was loving it

My cousin, who is due in October, held her

before being passed to my uncle & aunt

and ending with Jeff & Meghan

Family photo of Jeff, Meghan, Todd, me, Lucy, my mom, and Grandma
Jeff & Meghan's flight was around the same time as ours on Sunday afternoon so we were able to have a late lunch with them at the airport before boarding our plane.  Lucy wasn't quite as good on the way home but only fussed/cried a few times for a few minutes.  I think I was just ready to be home though and was tired so it was still frustrating but looking back, it could've been a lot worse on a 2.5 hour flight!

Hanging out with Grandma for a bit on the flight home

 I'm so glad we were able to make the trip down to Houston and I know my family was really happy to finally meet Lucy.  It's a lot different traveling with a baby than it was before so I'm not sure how much traveling we'll actually be doing in the next few months but I'm happy this trip went relatively well....besides the sleep issues at night!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekly Recap: April 7-13

I knew this past week was going to be a cutback week in terms of my mileage but I wasn't expecting it to be this much of a cutback.  Friday was always meant to be a rest day because we had a 6:00 AM flight to Houston but the, let's just say, lack of sleep meant for a short run on Saturday and a rest day yesterday while in Houston.  Lucy was great in Houston during the day but slept terribly at night.  It was a rough weekend.

Monday: 4 mi (8:10 pace)

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX
taught 1 hr Spin Core

Wednesday: 6 mi (7:58 pace)

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: REST

Saturday: 4 mi (7:57 pace)

Sunday: REST

TOTAL: 14 mi

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dinner & Zoo

I'm a couple days late on posting about our weekend but my parents were out of town at the Final Four and Todd took off Monday and Tuesday to watch Lucy so when I came home from work, I wanted to hang out with them instead of taking the time to blog. 

Todd had to go into work on Saturday but I was pleasantly surprised when he was home by 5:00 PM.  Now that Lucy is sitting up and the fact that she's a pretty mellow baby, we figured we'd take the chance to head out to an early dinner at BJ's Brewhouse.  We were surprised when we got there a little before 5:30 PM and there was a 45 minute wait already.  When did people start going to dinner so early?  Luckily, we snagged a bench seat and Lucy was quite content sitting on our laps and people watching.  I did catch her staring at some people but I guess she takes after me.  We finally sat down at our table close to 6:30 PM and immediately put in our order.  Lucy was perfectly happy in the high chair playing with a couple toys and attempting to lick the table.  We're hoping she'll continue to behave like this for at least another couple months so we can take advantage and go out to dinner a bit more now....that's definitely something I miss doing.

Me & Lucy...tongue hanging out like normal

 Todd can never turn down a taster tray

It warmed up a bit outside on Sunday afternoon and we were finally able to head to the zoo for the first time as a family with Lucy actually being able to see what was going on around her.  We went to the zoo for the lights around Christmas but it was so cold and she was so bundled up, we were only there for a half hour and never saw any animals.

We were finally able to put Lucy in the stroller without being in her car seat and I think she really liked looking around at everything and soaking it all in.  We thought she might take a nap while we walked around but she was wide awake and wide-eyed the whole time. 

We were able to walk around about a third of the zoo before we headed back home.  We saw the flamingos, the kangaroos, and a bunch of different types of monkeys and the gorillas.  We also ran into a couple friends from college who were also there with their young daughters so we chatted with them for a bit.  I'm excited to start making the zoo a regular outing for us especially once it stays warm!

Lucy posing with a kangaroo laying behind her which looks like it's dead

I'm pretty sure it was still alive because it would move every once in awhile

Loving the sunshine and loving the zoo!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekly Recap: March 31-April 6

Another big week of running down before a cutback week this week.  I was so excited the weather was nice and I was finally able to take Lucy for a run in the jogging stroller but man, was it hard!  I actually thought I was running much slower than my splits indicate so hopefully adding in a stroller run here or there will only make me stronger and faster.  Unfortunately, my long run on Friday didn't go as well as expected but I think running on the treadmill day after day is starting to take a toll on me mentally.  I did get outside for a run on Saturday morning and hope that trend continues.

Monday: 3 mi w/ jogging stroller (8:53 pace; 9:06, 8:49, 8:42)

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: 7 mi (7:49 pace w/ 5 mi @ 7:44)

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 12 mi (8:19 pace)

Saturday: 4 mi (7:48 pace; 8:21, 7:52, 7:45, 7:12)

Sunday: 6 mi (7:31 pace w/ 2 x 1 mi @ 6:55, 6:47)

TOTAL: 32 mi

Thursday, April 3, 2014

House Update

When we moved into our house 2 years ago, there were a few updates we knew we wanted to make in the first few years.  Since I was pregnant last year, we spent a lot of time making a wonderful nursery for Lucy so some of our other home projects were put on hold.  I'm happy to say that we finally crossed one update off of our list last week as we got a new shower door installed in our master bathroom! 
 
It's hard to tell from the pictures but our new shower door really makes a huge difference.  The old one was cheap, flimsy plastic with silver framing that ran down the middle.  Our new door is glass, is much thicker, and is wider with no silver framing down the middle which honestly somehow makes the shower feel a lot bigger.  It was well worth the money we spent!
 

Old door on the left, new door on the right

Another view although I apparently didn't take the picture at the same angle
 
Our next big project is finishing the basement to make a man cave for Todd since I have my exercise room as well as possibly adding some more cabinets to our kitchen, a hood, and a backsplash.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Taste of Food

We decided to wait until Lucy's 6 months appointment to start on solid foods.  She had really been starting to show some interest in food in the past couple weeks so we knew she'd be pretty excited to try food.  Our pediatrician said we didn't have to start with rice cereal so we decided to start with sweet potatoes, both pureed (we bought Gerber's, sorry, I'm probably not going to be making pureed baby food) and steamed.  We are trying to do a combination of spoon-fed eating with the purees and baby led weaning where she can feed herself with the steamed food.  Overall, her first experience with food was a good one and we'll be moving onto avocados and green beans this week.
 
Giving Lucy her first bite of food 
 
She was pretty excited

and she wanted to feed herself

Definitely messy!

Playing with the spoon

Onto steamed sweet potatoes

Trying to figure out how to get it into her mouth

Going back for more

and some more

At this point, we put a bib on her and took her headband off to finish the "meal."  We didn't put one on to start with just for the purpose of taking pictures which is why she's just wearing a plain white onesie.

Attempting a sippy cup but I'm not sure if she really even got any water

Todd giving it a try