Monday, June 27, 2011

New Recipes

We tried a few new recipes this weekend to get us out of our weekly food rut. We seem to eat the same stuff all the time. We love cookies around here, almost as much as ice cream, but you can always put them together as one awesome dessert too! Tony found a website called FoodGawker where people post pictures of recipes and you can click the picture and it takes you to wherever the recipe can be found. So we made these chocolate chip cookies. I halved the recipe because it says it makes 8 dozen cookies! We would never eat that many nor do we need to! I got about 3 dozen out of half the recipe. I also did not do the "tips" it has on there, but they still turned out really good. I used regular chocolate chips and all purpose flour instead of pastry flour, but I did use bread flour. I think the bread flour really made them stay puffy and not flatten out. Here is a picture of how ours turned out.


We also made these honey lime enchiladas with a green sauce. We also only made one pan of these, not two. They were really good though! Tony made some pico to put on top of them and had some chips with it.

We spent more time in the kitchen yesterday afternoon that we did relaxing, but we had a good dinner and dessert when it was all said and done.

Cole Talking

Here is the little man doing his "talking". He loves the little octopus that's on the top of his play mat. He gives her smiles and talks to her all the time.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Weekly Recap

This week turned out to be pretty busy! Cole and I made trips out of the house every day except Monday, which is pretty unusual for us.

On Tuesday we went to my teaching partner's house to visit. It was a nice day so we were able to sit and visit on her back porch for a while and she had lunch for us. Cole was good and even did a little "talking" which we got a kick out of.

Wednesday we went downtown to meet Tony for lunch and to introduce Cole to his co-workers. We hadn't been up there yet with Cole, so he got passed around for awhile before we went to Mod's, a crepe place, down the street from Tony's office. One of Tony's friends from growing up works with him, and he and his wife came to lunch with us. So that was fun to see them and catch up.

Thursday was baby day! One of my friends from work had her baby boy on Wednesday, so we went to visit them at the hospital. We pretty much went through our whole pregnancies together, so it was fun to see them with their little one! Hopefully he and Cole will be buds one day since they will be pretty much the same age. Yesterday evening we went to visit a friend of Tony's who had their baby two weeks ago. Holding two teeny tiny babies was so fun! They didn't even move and were so cuddly. It's such a short time for them to be so little, it's easy to forget that Cole was ever that small! However, I will take the sleeping through the night, smiles, and playing that Cole likes to do now!

Today we are going to take it easy, but need to run one errand to get a gift for a shower we are going to tomorrow. Cole needs to get some good naps in today and rest up for a busy day tomorrow. We have a baby shower and a couples wedding shower in Oklahoma City in the evening. We are pretty much going to be gone all day, so hopefully Cole will find some time to take some good naps and not be a grouch. :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day



Happy Father's Day to my wonderful Dad! He's such an important person in my life and now in Tony and Cole's too. He takes care of us still and always makes an extra effort to keep everyone close even though we all live far from each other. We only wish we lived closer so we got to spend more time together...maybe one day? Even when you get married no one replaces your Dad as one of the most important men in your life. Love you Dad!




The other favorite man in my life is now a Dad too! Tony and Cole are good buds and have their little things they do together already. Mostly baths and stories right now, but I know Tony is really looking forward to the day he can play sports and things like that with Cole. In a few short months, Tony has grown into a great Dad to Cole. He is so much help to me and really has a love for the little man and makes time to spend with him every day. Happy 1st Father's Day Tony! Cole and I love you bunches!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Little Man is 3 Months Old!


Cole turned 3 months old today! 3 months in baby weeks is 13 weeks. (I didn't know this and had to look it up.) We took some pictures today, but I'm kind of bummed because we don't have our good camera right now. It's having some auto focus issues and we had to send it back to Canon. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long to get it fixed and returned. But we got some cute ones anyways...it's pretty easy to get cute pictures of this little man. :)

The past month we've seen the most changes in Cole. He's continued to grow, but he's still wearing the 3 to 6 month clothes. He seems bigger, but not as much change in that as we saw between the first and second months. He has become so much more social and aware. He smiles all the time and has started to laugh a little bit. It's kind of like an inhale with a noise right now. His "talking" has also increased. He talks to himself and us and his toys on his playmat. He was laying in bed tonight just talking to himself before he went to sleep. It's fun to see him developing this happy side that he shares with us. He doesn't cry nearly as much as he used to either. And when he does cry it's so much more predictable and easy to figure out what's wrong. Cole loves to be carried where he has face forward and see everything that's going on. His favorite spot right now is sitting on our laps facing out and sitting up with our help. He just smiles and makes cute little faces when he's sitting up. You can tell he loves it. He has also discovered his hands even more. They are in his mouth all the time! Between sucking loudly on his hands, his "talking" noises, and his smiles, he just cracks us up! We are loving the amount of interaction we are getting with him already.

The major excitement for this month has been in the last week. We were working on his "sleep training" for about two weeks. Cole really sleeps well at night and has been able to sleep from about 9 pm to 7 am regularly. Naps had been pretty inconsistent and we were still having to work him to sleep by holding and bouncing him. Two weeks ago we started to let him cry for 15 to 20 min when it was bed or nap time and if he was still crying we'd go to him and help him go to sleep. This continued until one day, he cried for the 15 minutes, but went to sleep on his own! He did this for one nap only for a few days and then one day he just did it for all his naps and for bed and we haven't looked back since. He's started to cry less and less when we lay him down too. I told my Mom today that we don't know what to do with all this extra time on our hands. We were spending a lot of time each day helping him get to sleep, but it was worth it now! His naps have also improved since he falls asleep so much easier now.

This past month we also took Cole on two road trips, to Houston and to Springfield, IL. It's not easy to impose your baby schedule on other people and still do fun things on little trips, but it's not really our style to pass up doing trips and going places. We've gotten pretty good at traveling with a baby already, I think. While in Houston, Cole also had his first swimming experience which he liked of course since he loves the bath already. Springfield was Cole's first golf tournament.

We can't believe that it's already been 3 months since Cole was born. In some ways it feels like a long time, but short in others. Each week continues to get easier and easier. We really can look back now to those first few weeks and month or so as the most difficult/challenging times just learning what to do with this little person. We really have developed a routine that makes each day more predictable. As always, we can't wait to see what the next month brings though!

Happy 3 Month Birthday Cole!! We love you bunches!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Springfield Golf Tournament


We took Cole to his first golf tournament last weekend in Springfield, IL. This was our second road trip with him and it went pretty smoothly. We drove from Tulsa to St. Louis on Thursday night and stayed the night there and had only an hour and a half drive to Springfield on Friday morning. We made it to Sprinfield in time for Stacy's 8:30 tee time. After this pic was taken, we had a disaster with the little man. We were watching Stacy putt on the 14th hole when Cole starts pooping. You could hear it, but it didn't seem too bad. I was just going to change him when we got back to the house we were staying at off of 16. Well, then he started another round of pooping and it came literally squirting out the side of his diaper all down my shorts and my leg. It was so embarassing and I really wanted to cry or scream or something! But I couldn't make a scene. That would just make it worse! So we had to walk all the way back to the house we were staying at and clean both of us up. The joys of being a mom!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Running During Pregnancy and After

Our blog has been taken over by baby stuff, but Tony and I still have a place in our lives for running! I wanted to go through my experience with running and being pregnant, which I've done a little bit, and then afterwards too. I had a hard time finding info on running while you're pregnant. Even though my doctor told me that I could keep running, I didn't really know to what extent because obviously I wouldn't be able to run like I was used to.

For the first 7 months of pregnancy, the only thing I really did differently was monitor my heart rate while running which let me know when I needed to slow down. I read in some articles not to let your heart rate go about 140, others just said to make sure you could still have a conversation while exercising. I found that 140 was pretty hard for me to maintain while actually running during these months. So, I was usually more like in the 150s, but I was able to have a conversation and not feel like I was straining my body. I think it's really about what your body is used to. I even ran a few races during my 4th/5th months, but obviously it was for the fun of it and not for the time or racing aspect. I would say up to about my 6th month, my belly was not an issue. I didn't feel like I had to alter my form which made it even more difficult to be running slower, but not feeling like there was a visibly obvious reason for it.

During my 6th and 7th months, the belly started getting bigger to where I started to shorten my runs and not doing anything longer than 5 miles. I think I also cut back to running 4 days a week and also started to get a little slower. But it still felt great to get out an exercise.

18 weeks

31 weeks

My last few months were the most difficult for me. After 31 weeks I had to switch from full runs to run/walks which progressively went from more running to more walking. I tried to do 3 miles and timed myself running for 10 min, then walking for 5, for example. As I got bigger, I had to lessen the running. I think the least I went down to was 5 min running and 5 walking. My last 3 weeks of pregnancy were the time when I said forget running! It was just getting too hard with such a big belly and I felt like I was not going much faster than a walk. I'm sure the people in our neighborhood thought I was crazy! So I resorted to walking during that time.

After having Cole, I couldn't exercise for 6 weeks because my body had to heal from the delivery. I really lost my desire for running because all my time was focused on the little guy. So it's kind of good that you're not "allowed" to do anything because then you can't feel guilty about not! After my 6 week check up at the doctor, I was given the ok to exercise again and went running that afternoon. This was the last week of April.

The first time I ran again it felt so awkward. I felt like I had no muscle and my arms and legs were just not working together. My abs and back also felt really weak and I had some good stomach cramps going. But I started with 3 miles and stayed at 3 miles for a few weeks. It took about three weeks until I really felt better running, but each day got a little better. In the three weeks since, I've been able to work up to running 4 miles consistently and have done a few 5's and a 7 miler. My pace has also gotten better. I am pretty much out of running in the 9 minute range, and have been closer to 8:30-8:45 unless it's really hot outside. I don't feel like I can do the distances I used to do, but now, six weeks later, I feel like I'm back into it. Running is not a struggle like it was at the beginning.

Running has also helped my sanity. After 6 weeks of doing no exercise and not really leaving the house much, I was ready to get outside and really have some time to myself. Luckily, Tony really gets why I run and has no problem watching Cole while I go out. It's been kind of tricky finding time for both of us to run, and a lot of times I end up feeding Cole while we're eating dinner, but it's working for us right now. Also, Tony runs in the morning most days so I can go in the evening. Even if I don't feel like running that day, I often just do it anyways because it makes me get out of the house and have a break from being a mommy for even just 30 minutes.

Between the two of us, we've also run three races now since Cole was born. Two for Tony and one for me. We've decided to alternate for now. We have two races we both like to do in October, so we'll have to figure something else out for those. We are also hoping to do another marathon within the next year and maybe two for Tony. We know how much work goes into training now and it'll be a lot more challenging with a little one, but we still have that as a goal.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Road Trip

For Memorial Day weekend we made our first family road trip to The Woodlands to see my parents. We left on Thursday afternoon and Tony was able to schedule some work things in Houston to combine the trips. The drive went pretty well. Cole had some crying episodes, especially when he was starting to get tired, but he ended up sleeping pretty well overall once he got to sleep. We only had to make a few stops and the time went by quickly because of taking care of Cole and feeding him. The same was true for the drive home. We were just a little more tired coming back.

While in The Woodlands, we were able to see some friends, go running (even though it was 100 degrees!), go swimming, and just hang out. It was really relaxing and felt like a vacation. We were able to go to a few of our favorite restaurants too. My cousin, Bryan, also came down for the weekend. I know Tony enjoyed playing golf with him and my Dad. It was so nice to have my parents around and some more hands to help take care of Cole. Too bad they won't move to Tulsa! :) We also went to lunch with Tony's Mom and Sean since she's still in the US for a few more weeks too.

A few swimming pics





A few more from the weekend





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