Running Through a Fulfilled Life


One Month Update

Time is flying by and not flying by; if that makes any sense.  I feel like each day holds a new challenge in parenthood.  Yesterday, we dealt with a seriously unhappy boy.  Today, we got to experience what a sleepy baby is like.  Each day Mike and I are trying to navigate this whole parenthood thing with a smile on our face, even though there are so many challenging and trying moments.  Patience has never been my virtue, but I feel like James is helping me to become a better version of myself.  I am trying to become that nurturing, patient, loving, kind, role model and Mother to him.  It’s definitely hard to do, because there are days that I feel like I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing!  I guess that’s what that whole phrase of “fake it until you make it” means.  I use that mantra especially during the 1 hour colicky crying spells, when I attempt to position the babe in 1,000 different positions until I can find that 1 position that helps.  Thank goodness that colic resolves in a few months!

I can’t believe that I already have been off work for 6 weeks and only have 6 more weeks of maternity leave left.  Yikes!  I am definitely trying to savor these moments, even if trying, because they are fleeting.  This baby boy is growing so fast and in 6 weeks I will not get to spend everyday with him.  I am sad about this fact, that I will be returning to work, but a return to work will also help me get to put back on one of my many hats: physical therapist.  It’s definitely something I miss, my professional working life, but I am sure once I return to work I will be missing my baby’s cute face.  No one ever said parenting would be easy!

James, or Sweet Baby James as he’s often called, as I mentioned is growing like a weed.  He was 11 pounds, 6 ounces and 22.5 inches at his 1 month pediatrician appointment.  I like to call him my “milk monster”, “ginormous baby”, “little chunk”, and “monster baby”.  He is definitely going to be a big boy!

I am definitely feeling like I am nearly back to 100% in terms of how my body feels and functions.  I doubt I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight (I don’t like to acknowledge the scale) and my stomach still feels rather squishy (yuck).  My hair is enjoying falling out in chunks and decorating our carpets like I am shedding dog (one of the lovely things they don’t tell you about the post-partum period).  But I can definitely say I excited to get back to running in less than 2 weeks (not that I’m counting) and starting to hit up the weights and doing ab exercises again.  My squishy body needs it!

Some updated photos of SBJ at 1 month:


He may just be a little fussy sometimes, but we love him anyways!


Our little man!


He likes to rock the formal onesie



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2 Weeks Post-Partum

I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since the birth of Sweet Baby J.  Being a new parent is definitely everything and more that it’s cracked up to be.  Sleepless nights, diaper blowouts, endless outfit changes, crying spells, etc.  Those are all the things you don’t particularly enjoy.  But then, there are those things you definitely do.  The cuddling at 3 AM, the baby dream smiles, the once-in-a-blue-moon laughter, the coo’ing, the leaps and bounds of changes in your child in both personality and physical appearance…make you so proud to be a new parent.

It is definitely an adjustment.  Life, as we know it, has changed for the better.  Finding our “new” routine as a family is going to take some time and work.  As is figuring out how to get a new baby on a regular routine.  I am looking forward to being able to start running again in 4 weeks as well.  Although I now look at it as something I’d like to do, rather than need to do.  I am ready to get myself back into shape, as the post-partum body is something they forget to tell you about when you get pregnant.  Abdominal muscles?  They all but disappear and you are left with a jello mold for a stomach.  My once muscular legs now feel like flabby toothpicks (oxymoron?!) and my chest looks like it grew overnight.  The couple of stretch marks I earned during the last week (when I was past due) are not ugly to me, just a reminder of how much I love my child.  All these physical things, will change over time.  But the thrill of being a new parent will not.

J is 2 weeks old already!

J is 2 weeks old already!


2 Weeks Post-Partum

2 Weeks Post-Partum