The Weekend in Pictures

Monday, November 25, 2013


This past Saturday we celebrated our annual Friendsgiving celebration! It's something we look forward to all year long! As you can see, our weekend was full of great friends, delicious food, and much needed relaxation!

Happy Monday everyone!


Two Months Tami

Monday, November 18, 2013

The first month after Aria was born, I was in survival mode. Basically just trying to keep the baby clean, dry, clothed and fed…while keeping myself from dying.

The second month everything is starting to come together in a kind of dance. Right now our dance is erratic, like break dancing…but it's dancing none the less.

You really have no idea how much your life changes having a baby, until you have one. Sure, you know to some extent, and people tell you it'll be different, but you don't really realize that every single part of your life will never be the same.

PJ and I dreamt up Aria for a long time before I got pregnant. We wanted to be parents so badly but it was taking longer than we hoped. When we got pregnant I was in such happy disbelief that I took 4 pregnancy tests, one right after another.

Then I still didn't believe there was any way in the world that I could be this lucky, so I took two more the following day.

Just a bit of advice…a sure fire way to get pregnant, when nothing seems to be to get a puppy. Then you will get pregnant. Ask me how I know.

Anyways, before we knew it, she was here and our lives were forever changed. Your independence becomes non existent and every single thing you do revolves around this tiny little person.

The first month is so crazy, that you don't really have time to stop and think about how different things are. Now that we have our little routines down, I am starting to see.

Adapting to the changes is easy as whole. I mean, it's hard for it not to be when the reason for the shift is because of this perfect little human you created.

But there are definitely times when it is challenging to accept the changes.

I do miss having the time to prepare delicious and intricate meals, and the time to research and try out new recipes.
Sometimes it can be tough when I have a plan to write a blog post or drink some tea in silence, or sleep, or do some reading, or cleaning, or take a hot bath, while Aria naps, but she's having a bad day where she just needs to be held snuggled during her nap. So those things I wanted to do for myself are put on the back burner because she needs me and I'm her momma.
More than anything though, I miss having unlimited time to train and workout.

I do still have time to devote to my health and fitness, but it isn't unlimited any longer. It is quite limited during the week, but more open during the weekends. I'm not really a weekend warrior type of girl though. I need serious movement all week long.
Because of that I have to plan very carefully and manage my time extremely efficiently, if I want to get my training in.
I'm still having a tough time always getting in the effective workouts that I plan. I have to be flexible at all times, and basically be ready to go on a dime. Just because I plan an 8am run, doesn't mean Aria will be all set for me to disappear for 2 hours at 8am. She may have something completely different in mind. Instead I may have to be ready to run out the door unexpectedly at 2:45pm, when I had originally planned for 8am.

I'm not exactly sure where I was going with that ramble. I guess what I'm trying to say is that... in month 2 one of the most important things I've embraced is flexibility. Which really is an exceptional thing…because I didn't have much flexibility before Miss Aria!

As far as my body, 2 months Postpartum…well…

It's different.

I have made it back down to my pre pregnancy weight. Which is fantastic. However, it still looks very different from what it used to. And I'm most definitely not in those pre pregnancy jeans yet.

It took 10 months for my body to stretch out, in order to accommodate growing a person…so yes, it will take some time to get it back. I'm going to have to work really hard to get it the way I want it.

This is the last belly picture that was taken just a day before I went into labor.

My abdominal muscles are still not fully intact yet, and my stomach isn't nearly as tight as it was. Everything just feels a little more loose. Like a cat with extra skin.

I say "I'm going to have to work hard" rather than "I am working hard" because I haven't really started intensely busting my ass to get there just yet. It's coming very soon…but since that race ended up being a bust, I gave myself a little longer of a break from training schedules.

Speaking of everything being a little more loose. If you haven't yet, you should check out this article by Olympic runner, Lauren Fleshman. She just had a baby in June, and she's keeping it real.

One of the most amazing parts of this experience is our daily developing bond. Seeing those sweet little eyes stare up at me with nothing but love, is one of the most incredibly moving things I've ever experienced.

Babies are so cool.

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Two Months Aria

Friday, November 15, 2013

Aria is two months old. 

The picture is a little blurry in some spots. It's really hard to get a still shot of a tiny running baby!

She had her 8 week appointment last week and she is at 10.5 pounds and 21 inches long. She is in the 25th percentile for height and 50th percentile for weight. Sounds like she may have my build, rather than my Tall Guy's.

Over the past month she has made some big leaps. It's so insane watching babies develop. She has a little personality now and she loves to wiggle, smile and kick her little legs. She also interacts with everyone now…and the dogs.

Don't worry, Aria didn't get any dog tongue to the face. Harper just likes to sniff her baby.

And snuggle with her baby.

And protect her baby on walks. 

Aria loves her milk. Because of my crazy oversupply and strong let down, she still wont breastfeed. Womp womp. Sometimes it makes me really sad because I feel like I'm missing out on something.

I'm exclusively pumping now, so she is getting breastmmilk, just not from the spout. I freeze half of what I pump, so we will have it down the road if needed. I'm trying to drop two of my 8 pumps a day and go down to 6, because it's insane to pump full time. It's a bit risky to do that only being 9 weeks post partum, because my milk supply isn't completely established yet. But I'm pumping 50 ounces per day on average, so dropping 2 pumps hopefully will not kill my supply.

I need decrease to 6 to for my sanity. Pumping 8 times per day had me at every 3 hours. During the day that isnt't so bad, but at night it's killing me. What am I talking about. During the day it is so bad. Expecting a 2 month old to "be cool" and "just chill" while I pump every few hours, is not realistic. About half the time the stars align, and she is patient while I pump. The other half, it's a frenzy. I'm talking Crazy Town.

Also, Aria eats twice at night. So when my pumping and her eating coincide (which is during both feedings, because they both happen every 3 hours), it takes me an hour and a half from start to finish to feed her, put her back down to sleep, pump, clean up and get to bed. So that had me sleeping two hour and a half stretches and one 3 hour stretch when PJ was feeding her. I had been doing that for 4 weeks and I was starting to wear down really low. I'm talking, some low low points.

So I'm going for a schedule of pumping every 4 hours. I'm on day five of 6 pumps per day and it's definitely an improvement. I don't feel like I'm quite so married to the pump.

At 2 months Aria's favorite activities are pooping, staring at and talking to her mobile, not napping regularly, listening to my singing, giggling, smiling, eating her hands, taking Harper for a walk. She also does a lot of leg lifts and core work. She must be training for something. Perhaps a spring race. Who knows what that baby is up to.

She isn't quite sleeping through the night. But honestly I'm not really sure what that even means. She sleeps just fine…but girl get's hungry. I can't blame her either! I also get hungry at night. 

Her schedule looks something like this: 6pm eat, 6:30pm sleep...until around 11pm...11pm eat, and then go back to sleep until 1:30am…1:30am eat and back to sleep until 4:30am...4:30am eat, and then back to sleep…wake up around 7 for the day. I rarely ever have trouble getting her to go back to sleep...but she does get up a few times to refuel. 

We live in an older New England home, so the insulation isn't awesome. It gets a little drafty late at night and into the morning, before the heat kicks on at 5:30. So sometimes after her 4:30am wake up, we will snuggle in bed until the heat comes on. 

We just recently switched to cloth diapers and they are pretty rad. Aria appreciates the softness on her bum too.

We are loving the Best Bottom diapers! I'll talk more about the switch in another post. But all in all, we're so down with the cloth diapering.

Signing is going well. We've started with basic signs of words that we use daily: mommy, daddy, dog, milk, more, all done, poop, and full. Every month we will work in more signs that pertain to every day things and actions. Of coarse she isn't signing back yet. But she is a sponge and she is taking in every little thing that is happening around her.

Stay tuned for the 2 Month Postpartum Tami hasn't made an monumental mistakes yet!!! Woo hoo!!! post. 

Happy Friday Ya'll.

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Random Friday Facts…on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Hi Hi Hi! Welcome to the new and improved Have My Cake. Some of the pages aren't completely done…but they're in the works. I promise!

I'm working on Aria's 2 Month Old post and my 2 Month Postpartum post…but they aren't finished yet. So in the mean time…here is some random babbling.

1. My least favorite sound is my puppies licking their butts. It just sounds so juicy and gross.

2. I think it's hilarious when Aria farts.

3. My friend asked me what thing can I simply not live without, since having the baby. My answer….our espresso machine. That thing changed my life.

4. My sister can make the funniest lizard face.

5. This morning my Amazon cart was full with 8 things that I needed. I decided to be reasonable and empty out everything except one thing. What did I end up with…a pair of Zoot trail running shoes!

6. Since I'm a dumb dumb and had the date of my next race mixed up, I've been shopping for another. I'm thinking of going big! I mean, is there any other way?!

7. My dogs crunch on leaves like they are potato chips. If there is a leaf stuck to your shoe when you walk in, they will sniff it out, pull it off, and crunch it up!

8. I really want to de-clutter and go for a minimalist feel in our house. I just have no idea where the heck to start! If I can find the time, it shouldn't be too hard though. I LOVE getting rid of things. I'm not a sentimental keeper of things. Cold hearted, right here.

9. PJ and I went out for dinner last weekend. It took me exactly 2 glasses of wine to get him on board with me training for another Ironman.

10. I dug the Indo Board out of the basement the other day, to start working on some core stuff. Any guesses on how many days until I fall off and bust my butt?

11. PJ and I went on our first "date" (although, I don't think that's what the kids are calling it these days), when I was the ripe old age of 23. He took me to a bar called The Salty Dog and proceeded to sing "Don't Stop Believin'" to other young bar goers so gracefully rode a mechanical bull and drank tequila shots in the background.

12. The smell of hand sanitizer reminds me of boot camp.

13. When I was stationed on the ship they would sometimes serve "chicken cordon bleu". It looked like hamsters. We called it hamsters. I'm still skeptical about the whole situation.

14. Yesterday I was singing Jack Johnson to Aria and she started making noises like she was trying to sing along too. I can't wait until that little poop can talk.

15. Hundreds of dollars were spent on things for Aria to sleep in…a fancy bassinet that you can hook an iPod up to, a crib with beautiful bedding, the pack and play with the newborn bassinet. But she will only sleep in a less than fifty dollar Rock and Play.

16.  On our wedding day, PJ sent over with his best man, a sweet love letter and a packet of hot sauce that read "Will You Marry Me".

17. I have a folder on my desktop called "Ninja Report".

18. Look how cute my puppies are!

I hope you guys enjoyed this collection of random stuff! Tomorrow I should have Aria's 2 Month post ready to go!

Tackling Puppies

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Today was the second time this week that I had to tackle Harper on the front porch. We haven't been putting her collar on her because it jingles so much, and it wakes Aria. Good on one front, but tough when it comes to handling her.

On Halloween an unsuspecting group of trick or treaters got bum rushed by a giant dog. I only opened the door a tiny bit, for me to fit out, and somehow she pushed her way through. I dropped the bowl of candy and bear hugged Harper with my entire body. Then with a sense of urgency I said "Hurry! Just take some candy!!!" The three teenage girls standing on my porch were surprised and amused.

Tonight the Boy Scout who has sold us a Christmas wreath for the past 3 years, came by with his mom. I opened the door the tiniest amount, just enough to slide him some money. Harper burst through like it was a birthday cake and she was dressed in a bikini. I jumped out the door and again was bear hugging her on the porch to keep her from getting away.

Crazy dog.

Anyway. So I've been training for a November half first post pregnancy long race. I've been so excited that I already picked out my awesome race outfit.
Then it happened.

I was up pumping at 3am, when I decided to check out the race course online. I went to the website and the date looked a little odd. Then I checked my training schedule and everything looked like it added up. Then it hit me...

Oh crap. Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday of November...not the third. This race is a totally different day than I thought it was. I won't even be in the state that day!!!!!

For the past month I had been training for a race that I thought was a completely different day.
Needless to say, I won't be racing that half. Womp womp.
I guess when you're sleep deprived you may or may not confuse dates.

It's probably for the best though, because it's a lot tougher than I anticipated, to work in planned training sessions right now. It seems that babies do not like to keep the strict schedules that Type A personality triathletes like to keep.
At least they are cute...

Aria picked out her own clothes this day...I tried to tell her they didn't match. She said they were stylish and that I have no idea what I'm talking about. Crazy baby.
Happy Tuesday everyone.

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