Mileage Monday

Running stats for the week of July 20th - July 26th... Word of the week is JIGGLE! Everything on my body right now is jiggly. I especially notice it now that I have been running more. Things move in places they never did before and I can definitely tell it's going to be a process to get my body back into shape. My dreams of the weight just falling off isn't exactly happening as I planned. BLAH!

I had my post-prenatal doctor appointment this week and everything went great. He was happy to hear that I had no signs of infection, since I guess women who labor for long periods of time and then have a c-section are more at risk to develop problems later on. I even told the doctor that I had started running a little bit here and there... he was actually pleased. He said that women who have a c-section end up having more problems when they do too little than too much. He said my incision looked good and that the discoloration would gradually go away. So pretty much long story short I was released for all activity! I could run a marathon today if I wanted to he said :) Booyah!

Remi had a rough week... On Wednesday late in the night he threw up. Then on Thursday morning he refused to eat his breakfast until we let him outside. He had horrible diarrhea which continued all day and evening. Friday he seemed a little better, but threw up again in the afternoon. I thought it had finally passed, but on Saturday he once again started experiencing diarrhea again. Poor boy! We still aren't sure what caused it. I was racking my brain trying to figure out what he could had gotten into or if he picked up a doggie virus during one of our walks... I still don't really know. Happily I think we are past the worse of it.

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - 1.5 mile run / .5 mile walk / Stretch

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 - 1.85 mile walk with Remi

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 - 2 mile walk with Remi, Roarke, & Dan

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 - 1.85 mile run / Stretch

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - Breaking Muscle Program / Stretch

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 - 1.85 mile run / Stretch

Sunday, July 26th, 2015 - Breaking Muscle Program / Stretch

Totals for the week : Ran 5.2 miles / Walked 4.35 miles with Remi

Mileage Monday

Running stats for the week of July 13th - July 19th... I won't be released by my doctor until the 22nd to do physical activity quite yet, but I just couldn't wait. I really have been feeling good since my c-section and have to admit that I had a really easy recovery which I'm grateful for. Two weeks afterward I started taking long walks with Remington and doing little things here and there. I have been careful to not "over do" things, but yet I have done stuff that I was told not to do. With just a week left until I'm officially released I decided I was ready to try running. I felt great during my first post pregnancy run except for the two milk jugs I have attached to my chest now! I'm not use to those puppies bouncing around so much and swear I could hear milk swishing around in there. Time to double up on sports bras.

So since I'm back to running a little now these posts will once again be focused on my runs instead of the steps that I was doing while I was pregnant. It would be nice if I could run a 5K by August or September. I have also started doing a 12 week "Breaking Muscle" program that is solely designed for moms who want to fix the Diastasis Recti that being pregnant creates. It is crazy how much the muscles in my stomach have separated. I have no strength there anymore which is really sad. Hopefully the program I'm doing will help bring those muscles back together.

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - 1.85 mile walk with Remi

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 - Breaking Muscle Program / Stretch

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - 2 mile walk with Remi

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 - 1 mile run / 1 mile walk with Remi / Stretch

Friday, July 17th, 2015 - Breaking Muscle Program / 1 mile run / Stretch

Saturday, July 18th, 2015 - Breaking Muscle Program / 1 mile run / 2 mile walk with Remi / Stretch

Sunday, July 19th, 2015 - Breaking Muscle Program / Stretch

Totals for the week : Ran 3 miles / Walked 6.85 miles with Remi 

Rollin' with Roarke

Seriously... just over a month old and he learns to do this? Roarke you are growing up too fast already!

Dan and I are loving watching Roarke learn new things and explore the world around him. We are doing our best to present items to him that will help him develop along the way. I was reading that from birth to 3 years old a child's brain is 3 times more active than a normal adults as it soaks up tons of new information about the world around them. Dan and I have been giving Roarke music to listen to, reading books to him, giving him new items to look at and explore, and we talk to him a lot. Hopefully doing some of these things will help him in his future.

I'm not gonna lie though, I was a little surprised when he rolled over this week! The doctor said he could learn to do this at any time, but I wasn't expecting it quite yet. It's so fun to watch him grow.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

My in-laws are in town this week so I wanted to have something sweet on hand for them to munch on if they were in the mood. Especially my father-in-law, who has a sweet tooth just like me. I've really been into making cake mix cookie recipes lately because they are just so darn easy! I ran across this one and thought I would try it since it would be something a little different than just the usual chocolate chip cookie. They turned out pretty good and I was surprised with how moist they were. 

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies (


  • 1 box ( 18.25 oz) strawberry cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form a dough. Stir vigorously until all if the pockets of dry cake mix are gone. Gently mix in the chocolate chips.

Drops round balls of dough, about 2 tablespoons each, onto prepared baking sheet. Make sure the balls of dough are taller than they are wide.

Bake for 10 minutes - do not let the cookies get brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes, they will be very soft at first. As they cool, the tops may settle down. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Can store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Dan tried these before his parents arrived and said he thought these were the best cake mix cookies I had made so far. Plus they are pretty! Would be great cookies to make for V-day!

Week #4


Weight: 8 lbs 6 oz

Length: 21 1/2 inches

Nicknames: Mellow Fellow, Roarke-a-nator, Hungry Hippo, Squirm Worm

Monthly Check Up: Doctor said he is a perfectly happy and healthy little boy. Commented on how easy going and mellow he is. Next month we get the dreaded shots. Not looking forward to that :(

Roarke loves his paci or as my Dad calls it, his "fooler". Both Remi and him are obsessed with one another... Remi cannot get close enough to him. He is eating like a champ! I don't know why I ever worried about breastfeeding... glad he came out a pro. He is sleeping through the night, except for when I have to wake him up for feedings. Roarke loves to study faces and new surroundings. I love watching him scrunch his face up in concentration. He is holding his head up more and more, especially during burp time. Speaking of burping... Roarke is not a big fan of this and we definitely struggle to get good ones out every time. He also isn't a fan of tummy time, but does tolerate it. People comment on how big his feet are, what long toes he has, and how cute his pout is! 


My Decision to be a SAHM

It took Dan and I a long time before we were able to get pregnant, but during the time we were trying we had many conversations about how we would handle having a child. Both of our work schedules had been kind of crazy since we started our careers... especially Dan's... and we just never could figure out how we would juggle our work schedules with a baby. And since neither of us had close family that lived nearby we knew that our child would be in daycare during the weekdays and we would even need someone to watch him or her some evenings, weekends, and holidays with little to no notice. YIKES! Good luck finding someone able to do that. Plus, a daycare in the Indy area would have taken pretty much my entire paycheck to pay for. We knew that if we were to have a family then things would be changing drastically in our household... and they did.

So when we finally did become pregnant we quickly decided to see if we could live off one income. Every paycheck I received went directly into our savings and we totally lived off Dan's income. We did this for my entire pregnancy. So, by the time I needed to make my decision on whether to continue to work or stay home with our baby we knew that we could survive off just Dan's income if we changed our lifestyle a bit. Plus, we had a nice savings racked up from 10 months of not using my income at all. 

You see where this is all going right?  It wasn't a hard decision. I put in a 2 month notice at work to give my employer more than enough time to find my replacement and started planning for the hardest but most rewarding job I'll ever have. Being able to stay home (at least for a while) was the greatest gift Dan could have ever given me. Even though I have moments where I just need to get out of the house for a little while, I continue to thank my husband daily for making it possible for me to be with our son everyday and getting to watch him grow up before my eyes. It isn't a lifestyle that everyone would choose or want... and that is okay... but it is the lifestyle that we decided on and I'm so glad we did. 

I am so very blessed!