Sunday, July 28, 2013

Motivation: I Haz None

I don't know what it is lately (oh, maybe this little child I have sucking the energy out of me), but I just can't seem to motivate myself to just work out already. I started going back to the gym about 2 1/2 months ago, but then I got a little scared when my back started to hurt. I didn't want to risk more back problems, but I ended up doing myself a disservice by not working out any more. Fitness begets fitness, and my back problem simply won't go away until I get back into shape.

It's just too easy to say "I'm too tired today" or "I'll start after this growth-spurt/developmental-leap/teething-pain is over." But what I'm discovering is that it never ends. There will always be something that can "get in the way" of working out, or making better choices. I just simply need to do it. Aiden seems to be getting back to his usual self, albeit slowly, and hopefully I can squeeze in some at-home workouts while he naps; because this gym thing is not possible during the day. If I create more opportunities to exercise, I'm hoping it'll be easier to get into the habit. 

All I know is, I'm tired of feeling bad about myself and looking 6-months-pregnant when I'm 6-months-postpartum.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

6 Months

Aiden turned six-months-old on Sunday, and I just can't believe we're half-way to a year.

Each day, my baby is growing up more and more, and it just kinda breaks my heart a little. I escaped to Target for a few hours on Saturday night, the first time by myself in weeks. As I was browsing the baby food aisle, I got a lump in my throat because, wow, my sweet little boy is actually ready for real food. 

It's all happening so fast. You know it will, and yet the reality of it all still stings.


Last Thursday, we had his 6-month check-up, and he's still a little peanut. He weighed in at 14 lbs .2 oz, and measured 24.5" long. That puts him in the 4th! percentile. He's still following his own growth pattern perfectly, so I'm still not worried about it. Zac was a small baby too, so we're not really all that surprised. 

It was time for more vaccinations: 5 shots and one oral liquid. He took the shots pretty well. He didn't cry too much, and he seems to be handling it quite a lot better than his 4-month ones (those made him projectile vomit for about 24-hours, and he had a slight fever- fun!).

I say seems because he's actually been quite fussy for a week, and it got worse after his shots. I'm attributing his fussiness to a few things: teething, wonder week 26 (I've found this really applicable for us), and probably a bit of a reaction to the vaccines.

He is most definitely experiencing a developmental leap, which is both awesome and tiresome at the same time. He's super fussy, clingy, doesn't nap well, cries a lot more... BUT, he's also getting a lot better at doing things like getting around, trying to crawl, and almost able to sit-up unassisted. That, and the solid-foods thing. He's definitely showed signs (namely, a huge interest in what we're eating) of being ready to eat actual food.

We were going to give him his first taste of food on Thursday after we got the blessing from our pediatrician, but then we decided to wait a few days until we wouldn't mix up a possible reaction to food with a reaction to the vaccines.

I think we're in the clear now, and we'll either be taking the plunge tonight or tomorrow. His first food will be bananas. Fitting, because him growing up so quickly is exactly that. Bananas.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


It's pretty funny to me that just as my blogging inspiration strikes, my computer done broke. The monitor is pulling the base apart, and it's getting so hot, its nearly burned both Zac and I. 

Right now I'm writing this on my Blogger app from my phone (which coincidentally seems to be having its own problems), so I'm not even sure how this is going to look. 

We figured it wouldn't be cost effective to try and repair our 2-year-old laptop, so we semi-custom ordered a new one from When in doubt, I buy from Costco. Their return policies have never done us wrong (we bought & returned 3 different mattresses until we were satisfied- no questions asked).

The downside is that the estimated ship date wasn't until July 10th, so for right now our 13-year-old Sony Vaio desktop (that has NEVER been upgraded) is having to get the job done. I might as well be chiseling into stone, it's so ridiculous. Until then, I'm not sure I can be bothered with updating from my phone.