Our sweet Rowan Grey is 6 months old. Well, 6-ish. Basically 7 months. I intended to wrap up this blog weeks ago but she kind of takes up a lot of time. Half of a year has gone by and everyone was right… it does go by so fast.
Where do I even begin with updates on Rowan, running, and just life in general. I really should blog more. She still naps in my arms so I have plenty of time – but Netflix.
Let’s start with updating you on the life of Rowan because she’s the star of the show now. She has gotten exponentially cuter if that’s even possible. I love how she can interact with us now and is developing a personality. She is obsessed with her doorway bouncer and we have evening dance parties to kidz bop while she bounces. We have absolutely no daytime routine so she just naps when she’s tired and eats when she’s hungry. According to the internet, that’s not how you’re supposed to do it, but it works for us.
I have given up on trying to get her to nap in the crib (for now) and focused on getting her to fall asleep on her own and sleep through the night. I was so terrified of letting her cry it out because I knew it would just break my heart. We took a gentle approach to it and stayed by her crib while she cried, reassuring her she wasn’t abandoned, until she fell asleep. We’re about 5 weeks in and some nights are better than others. However, I am able to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep if I go to bed early, so that’s a win!
We have started feeding her some solid foods – baby oatmeal, carrots, sweet potato, avocado, mango, peanut butter, and banana. She loves bananas!! Our pediatrician suggested PB2 to introduce peanuts to her. I didn’t want the added sugar, so I found this brand of Powdered Peanuts to mix with her baby oatmeal. We bought this awesome little gadget for feeding. She is learning to hold it on her own and feed herself. Although she drops it a lot and then gets frustrated and then cries and then the fun is over.
Rowan went on her first plane ride and big girl trip to San Francisco. She has had two diaper blowouts in her entire life. One on the flight out there. And one on the flight back. Both within the first hour of the flight. I just threw her clothes away and laughed. What a memory to share with her one day. The trip was great and she was a trooper. Although being away in a big city for a few days really made us miss the comforts of our home. But we did get to see Andrew’s brother and his wife and enjoyed watching them love on our Rowan.
Ok, we can talk about me and my running now. I am beginning to run more during the week which has been so nice. With the temperatures trying to cool down and Rowan old enough for stroller runs, we get out at least 3-4 times/week – and sometimes with other moms and stroller babies. Her longest stroller run has been 13.1 miles (just under 2 hours, might I add). Some runs are better than others and some I am sitting in the middle of a park nursing her at mile 6 to try and calm down and nap. This is the BOB jogging stroller we use. And this is the Sun Shield and Weather Shield we use.
I ran a 5K when she was 5 months old and really shocked myself. I honestly had no idea what to expect but was so happy when my average pace was sub 8:00. This was the first race ever where I ran negative splits and I finished feeling so good – so now I am a believer of that method. I know that’s what the pros do and what you’re supposed to do, but it’s just so hard sometimes.
I have my first big race coming up this month. The Fort Worth half marathon. This is the race where I ran my marathon PR two years ago. I don’t really have a goal but I’d like to run sub 2 hours which I think I can do. So I guess that’s a goal. And I do want to try to negative split. Andrew is running the marathon distance of this race and is totally going to crush it.
I have yet to track mileage since Row entered this world. I run when I can and as far as I can – or feel like. I have followed a weekend buildup of mileage with my local running club for my upcoming half, but my weekday runs are sporadic. I was curious, and then pleasantly surprised, with my October mileage – most of which was with a stroller. I do feel like we f i n a l l y found our groove at almost 7 month post-partum. She’s beginning to enjoy the stroller (or at least tolerate it). And I’m emotionally and physically feeling more back to normal, although it took much longer than I anticipated. Pregnancy may end once baby arrives but you are still not YOU for quite some time following. This was unexpected. But these miles are little reminders that the ME before Rowan still does exist, just in a different form – as her mom. New, not necessarily improved, but definitely changed for the better.
Well that’s the life of Rowan thus far, and a little about me. I’ll try to pop in more often to say hello, but in the meantime you can keep up with us at www.instagram.com/fitandfaithful.mom
And on a side note to any other new moms who may be reading this or follow my instagram – PLEASE remember that people only share the highlights of life. If you want to feel better about yourself or situation, let’s chat and I’ll share all the dark, lonely, and un-fun parts of being a new mom because it’s not all rainbows and unicorns.