August 10, 2013

Run, Mama, Run!

As I have mentioned in a past post, I finally reached my weight goals after almost 2 years since last being pregnant. I took the "eating for two" a little too literally and packed on much more than I should have! (50+ lbs!) I finally got back to my pre-baby weight, plus some! I'm happy to say I am at my goal weight that I had set for myself even before I got pregnant! One of the ways I did this was through running. I have never been a runner. Just the thought of running was unappealing and upsetting. I've always had the mentality that I would run if I was being chased, and that was about it. Well, I started running - slowly at first, in intervals, and got hooked. Now I try to get out there for a run at least 3x a week. 

I'm happy to say that I also participated in my first 5K race (The Urban Wildland) with some of my girlfriends. It was a new world to me, never being to a race before. It was fun, exhilarating, and so motivating to be around other runners. I had actually eased down on training right before the 5K and wish I hadn't, seeing that if I could have finished 5 minutes earlier I could have possibly made the top 10 women!

This is what I have found to be my new favorite way to take time out for myself and to do something good for my body and mind. I always feel awesome after a run, and I figure getting out there, breathing in fresh air and working the lungs and legs is never a bad thing. So even if my time or my distance isn't amazing, any run is better than no run.

Here's Jessie pre-run. This was her 2nd 5K! Go girl!

Taking a lil' puff on the inhaler before the race!

Allie, our seasoned runner!

The newbie!

Heather was planning on running with us, but ended up not being able to. She and Gavin did meet us afterwards though for some breakfast!

A picture of me about to cross the finish line, taken by The Urban Wildland! It sure was funny seeing myself on their site!

Not bad for my first 5K!

August 6, 2013

My Kid's Like, Old. (20 & 21 Months)

In the last couple months, Noelle has morphed into a different version of herself. While most of her personality traits have remained unchanged (hesitant, reluctant, untrusting, serious), some additional characteristics have surfaced as well as preferences and vocabulary. It is seriously the best entertainment in the world watching her, and I am shocked by her new skills/vocab, and somehow love her even more than I already did. My heart is bursting! Here's playing a little catch up on the last two months.

Listening to her talk is the best thing ever. She's starting to string more words together and she has a lot more phrases. It's not so much what she says, but how she says them that cracks me up.

Some of my favorites:
"Beep! Beep!" - When someone of something is in her way.
"Aye-pane! In the sky!"
"Where ____ go?" (Insert missing person or object.)
She also refers to herself as "Well" and says things like "Well tired. Well cold. Well go night night."

New skills:
Counts to 10 (skips 9 usually).
Knows all major body parts. (Head, shoulders, knees, feet, arms, hands, face parts, etc.)
Knows up and down.

Favorite songs to sing:
The Elmo Song.
Other songs from Elmo & Sesame Street.
The Wheels on the Bus.
Old McDonald's Farm. (Just the EIEIO and animal parts.)
Some songs from The Wiggles.

It's safe to say Noelle is naturally girly. The only way that she will allow me to dress her now without a humongous ordeal in the morning is when I let her pick her clothes. I usually give her two choices and she always picks the dresses if there's one to choose from. She loves dresses and likes to spin in them. She also loves to arabesque, and if I ask her to do it she will run over to something that she can lean on/hold on to - it's so funny! She likes ballerinas and will usually point them out by saying "tutu." Noelle is very nurturing and is always playing with her baby dolls, and you can overhear her saying things like "Oh there you go baby. It okay baby. Oh no baby. Baby cry? Here baby" and she covers them with kisses. It's so funny and shows that she really pays attention to the things I say and do! She also is super protective and concerned about her nanny brothers (aka Evan and Amery). For instance today when we were at the Children's Museum we were walking out of an exhibit and she freaked out and started screaming "Ivan!? Ivaaaan! Ivaaan!?" looking for Evan. Then she said "Where Me-me go?" asking about Amery. She's such a little mother.

While she may be girly, Noelle really likes trains, cars, airplanes and dinosaurs too. She is obsessed with trucks. We have now mastered differentiating cement truck, delivery truck, fire truck, garbage truck, big truck (this is just an SUV), digger, dump truck and Bobcat. We spend an awful lot of time walking to construction sites and then standing there watching construction trucks work. She is mesmerized. She runs around pretending to be vehicles, making sounds like "Wheee oh wheee oh wheee oh (siren)," "honk, honk," "beep, beep," "vroom vroom," or "choo choo." She loves Thomas the Train. She plays with her train table and trains every single day.

New behaviors:
Temper tantrums.
Picky about food.
Lots of stranger anxiety.

Other noteworthy things I don't want to forget: She loves Chipotle. This girl is so funny. She loves the rice and the spicy chicken, and also eats guacamole like it's going out of style. She would and sometimes does, eat guacamole with a spoon! She loves mexican food in general, and doesn't mind spice! She also loves pretzels, spaghetti, and all fruit. Noelle doesn't freak out anymore about having her hands wiped after meals. She actually holds them out for me to wipe because she hates having anything on her hands!

She really likes to play the drums and now associates them with Joey. Every time she see's drums, for instance on TV, she will say "Drum. Daddy!"

Noelle still loves dogs. She has no fear of them and loves them all. She does terrifying things, like will go up to Truman and pry his mouth open with her hands to look at his teeth, and will feed dogs constantly out of her hands. She isn't scared at all of them, which is strange considering she's scared of everything else.

She is becoming a bigger kid now! She is no longer using her Pacimals (remember her giraffe that hung from her pacifier?) and she has upgraded to a toddler bed! We decided that she was ready and she helped Joey take the side rail off her crib. She was so excited and continues to be really excited and happy about her big girl bed. She loves it and has had no problem sleeping in it at all. She doesn't get out at night, wander around, or play. She means business! When she says "night, night" that's it! We have watched her on the video monitor swinging her legs over the bed rail, but that's it! No escapes yet!

We love you SO much booger!! Stop growing already!

August 5, 2013

Mommy & Daughter Session '13

We had the greatest pleasure about a month ago having our photos taken by Amanda Rang. I had always had a vision of meadows, flowers, and flowing dresses for an enchanting photo shoot with my baby girl, and when I expressed this vision to Amanda, she nailed it! We went to a nearby park by our house and Amanda was able to take a public park and turn it into a secluded, gorgeous backdrop for our session. 

My buttercup.

Precious Princess!

 My favorite shot!


With her favorite doggie.

I love my little munchkin!

This face! Haha!

My girly little princess.

Another favorite! I just love this look of hers. Amanda did a great job of capturing the Noelle's essence!

Thank you again Amanda for such an amazing photo session! We love the product, and will be cherishing these pictures of our little booger all dolled up for years to come! Anyone who needs a great photographer in the Twin Cities...I HIGHLY recommend Amanda! She drives out to the location of your choice, shots for 2 hours (she is SO patient), edits 30-40 pictures and you get the CD with all the printing rights! Can't beat that deal! 

Here is her information once more:
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