What’s up with Liv?: This week, all our girl wants to do is move! She’s a total wiggle worm, twisting and squirming, her arms and legs flapping and flailing constantly.
Another constant, is her nonstop bubbles and drool soaking her clothes, fists, blankets, my shoulders, etc.
Liv’s had some exceptionally fussy evenings this week, but we’ve learned the sound of the exhaust fan in the bathroom calms her. So I’m publicly admitting Liv’s taken a handful of naps in the bathroom this week.
Best of all, Liv’s started laughing out loud, which is the highlight of my whole life. We spend 90% of her awake time trying to make her laugh. Have I mentioned how much I love being Liv’s mom?
What I’m up to?: It’s been quite a week! Hubby ran the La Jolla Half Marathon on Sunday (his 20th half marathon!). This was only my second time spectating and although it was a lot more difficult with an 11-week old baby (who still nurses every two hours), it was a blast. Liv wore her Chicago Bears sleeper and let me show her off as all the runners zoomed by. Jared even paused for a kiss at Mile 9 and a quick picture with his daughter. I think she carried him through all 13.1 of those miles.
On Monday, I was still so fired up from the race, that Liv and I went for an 8 mile stroller run! And on Tuesday, I finally got my wisdom teeth out after they decided to show up right when I got pregnant last May. So basically, I haven’t eaten this much ice cream since I was pregnant!
Also new this week, I finally conquered my fear of the breast pump! It took a couple hours to go through the cleaning, sterilizing, and assembly before I pumped Liv’s first bottle, which Jared promptly gave to her. And she ate like a champ! She’s had several more bottles through the week as I’ve been recovering from oral surgery and (knock on wood) it’s going really well. Our girl just loves to eat any way she can get it!
Running Mama: Another awesome highlight of the week was reuniting with my favorite run bud, Suzie, which inspired me to set some running/fitness goals for the month.
That, and I bought myself some new runners (happy early birthday to me)!
- Saturday: OFF
- Sunday: 2 mile walk
- Monday: 8 mile stroller run
- Tuesday: OFF – wisdom tooth surgery
- Wednesday: 1.6 mile walk
- Thursday: 1.6 mile stroller run
- Friday: 3.3 mile stroller run
Week 11 Thoughts from the Zen Dad:
So much has happened in one, short week. Liv is most certainly a time warp. Sometimes, time seems to stand still. Others, it flies by.
Last Sunday, I ran my 20th half marathon. The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of my favorites and I’ve run it for four consecutive years. Truthfully, I was incredibly nervous this go round. I haven’t been training at all (maybe five runs since January), and this is a VERY hilly course (with over a mile running up Torrey Pines mountain). The week prior to the race, I seriously debated dropping out. The night before the race and even the morning OF the race, I was still considering it. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I realized that I’ve been looking forward to this race since before Liv was born. I kept reminding myself this would be memorable as my 20th half marathon and my first one as a Dad. So there I was, the morning of the race, looking at my sleeping baby, realizing what better motivation is there to complete this run than to show my daughter you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. The race was incredible, but nothing will ever measure up to seeing Meg holding Liv at mile 9. I was so overwhelmed with excitement, I stopped racing and grabbed Liv for a mini photo shoot. Not only was it the highlight of my week, it was one of the highlights of my life.
Just when I thought this week couldn’t get any better, Meg worked up the courage to tackle the pump. Know what that means? DADDY GETS TO FEED THE BABY!!! Holding her in my arms as she took her bottle and looked me square in the eyes was unlike anything I can begin to describe. It was as if she was talking to me, deep in my soul. Since then, I’ve fed her a handful of times and each time is equally as amazing.
I feel so grateful to have such an amazing daughter and amazing wife. Week 11 rocked my world.
Breathing in, I connect deeply.
Breathing out, I inspire.
Week 11 in Review:
- Liv loves: Music, nursing herself to sleep, staring at herself in the mirror
- Liv hates: Getting too hot, having her nails clipped
- This week’s firsts: First time spectating at a race, first bottle
- This week’s almost first: Liv hates tummy time so much, she’s almost rolled herself over a few times!
- Workouts: 2 walks, 3 stroller runs = 16.5 miles
- 1st post-baby race: 22 days
- 1st post-baby half-marathon: 29 days
- Highlight of the week: Watching Jared give Liv her first bottle. And watching Liv stare up at her daddy with big, bright eyes, as if to say: “Thank you, daddy.”