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Where has the time gone?

It seems like just yesterday we were in the hospital waiting for Allie to make her debut. It was the hardest and most rewarding day of my life. And now here we are, six months later! I’m not sure where the time went!

Allie is growing every day. Its amazing when I look at pictures from just a couple months ago, like this one…

… and then to compare to this one taken just yesterday…

… and this one from earlier in the week.

Maybe the difference isn’t that obvious, but I can see her growing and taking in the sights and sounds of the world around her.

She’s grabbing her toes like a little monkey and she’s trying to crawl. She’s also pushing herself straight up on her legs. If she figures out how to grab onto things to pull herself up, she’ll be standing! What happened to my little newborn baby? She’s already a big girl!

Allie has been making strides with rice cereal. She loves to jump around and be twirled upside down and lifted up in the air. She loves to play with her growing collection of toys. She can be quite the attention hog. We don’t mind though.

I love getting her out of bed in the morning because she almost always wakes up smiling (though I could do without the middle-of-the-night wake up). I look forward to picking her up from daycare to see her pretty smile when she sees mommy and daddy coming to get her. I love how she is so happy playing or just hanging out with us. Her little laugh is so cute and we love trying to coax it out.

Its not always easy having the responsibility of a little one, but we wouldn’t trade it! Happy half birthday Allie-kat!

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There goes April

Where did the month go? It seems like it was just last weekend we had our Easter trip to southern Illinois. But here we are on April 29 and I only ran 6 miles this month.

I feel like our family spent the whole month of April sick or recovering from being sick! It hit me the worst. I used to never get sick but spending a year in my house caught up with me as I’ve been out in the world again. I’ve had four colds since January and a bout of mastitis. Right now I’m dealing with the after-effects of a probable sinus infection. I still have fluid in my ears, which has caused me to lose a bit of my hearing and have a terrible ringing.

Its an especially heinous form of torture, this ringing. I can’t hear anything but this loud ringing. It gives me headaches. And its going to take a few weeks to a month to clear up. I just hope this doesn’t become permanent.

I do consider it a small victory that I’ve managed to work two weeks without taking a sick day.

And of course we had Allie’s first cold this month, which she passed to mommy and daddy!

So it was a tough month, physically and mentally. I’m sure May will be better. At least one thing is sure: I will beat April’s mileage in May!

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Sleepy girl

Allie has always kept a strange schedule on the weekends. I think just because she’s out of the daycare routine. For example, yesterday she woke up at 6 and didn’t go down for an official nap until about 11:30. We went out in the morning and she dozed a little, but no nap.

So her second nap of the day ended up being kind of late. She woke up around 2 from her first nap and was ready to sleep again around 4. She went to sleep at 4:30 and then she kept…. on…. sleeping! Finally around 9 I got her up to change her and feed her and see if she’d stay up a little while. I was worried about her deciding it was time to get up for the day at 4 a.m. or something. Well, aside from being annoyed that I disturbed her, she barely woke up. I put her right back to bed at 9:30 and she kept…. on…. sleeping! Woke up for a feeding at 4 and then slept until 7:15! I guess she’s growing again or something.

Its been a good weekend for sleeping. I slept a lot yesterday too, in the form of not one, but two naps! And I slept 10 hours last night as well. I think my body is trying to finally kick this cold I’ve had for the last week and a half.

Because of my cold and also the cold and yucky weather on Saturday, we didn’t do the Crazylegs walk. 😦 If I had been well, and if we didn’t have Allie, Doug and I would have done it for sure. And as race time approached, it wasn’t raining but still cold. But its so hard to really do anything downtown anyway and its a lot harder for a big event like this. It was just hard with a baby, and especially since we’ve all been sick lately. We really needed the weather to be better. So we went and picked up our tshirts and then went out to breakfast instead. At least we supported Badger athletics!

Our breakfast choice was a hit. We decided to ty something new and we will definitely go back to Monty’s Blue Plate Diner. I had their donut french toast: “Two of our Raised Donuts, dipped in spiced egg batter and grilled golden brown. Topped with powdered sugar and served with American fried potatoes.” Not so good for the diet, but oh-so-good for the pure enjoyment!

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Who takes care of the baby when mom and dad are sick?

Mom and dad still do, of course! Allie is completely recovered from her cold of last week, but last week she passed it on to Mommy and Daddy. We’re both varying levels of sick. Its already so hard to function while you’re sick, but add taking care of baby to the mix and its a new level of hard! Allie still needs all her usual stuff when Mommy and Daddy just want to rest.

I’m hoping we’ll all be well enough for the Crazylegs Classic this weekend. This 8K was my goal race since I decided not to run the Madison half, but I’ve decided with being sick not to run it but to do the 2-mile walk with Doug and Allie. It will be disappointing to sit out another goal race, but necessary. With all of us being sick, I haven’t run in a week and a half.

Looking on the bright side though, this will be a fun family event! We love the Crazylegs. Its such a fun time with a great atmosphere. I ran it last year while pregnant and we plan to participate every year, so Allie can say she participated every year since before she was born! We just need to get the whole house well first…

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Time to babyproof the house!

Allie doesn’t crawl – yet. She’s trying though. She gets up on all fours and rocks there and can stay there quite awhile. And even though she’s not actually crawling yet, she sure moves around the living room! We’ll put her on the middle of the floor and in no time she rolls and scoots all over.

Gone are the mornings where I can bring Allie downstairs and set her on the floor to play on her mat while I make breakfast and pack lunches.

So this weekend we have an urgent mission: to babyproof our house!

I’m still not sure how to accomplish this. The biggest goal this weekend is to get our coffee table out of the living room. Allie has rolled into the coffee table many times already. She doesn’t have any bruises yet, but they’ll happen! I totally understand why people told me to babyproof before Allie was here. Now she’s here and moving and we’re totally unprepared.

But we’ll make do. We’ll figure it out like we’ve figured everything else out thus far. Wish us luck!