My First Mother’s Day

Last weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day.  Since it was my first Mother’s Day it felt extra special and I’m thankful for Ryan who made me feel extra loved.  I’m a huge fan of birthdays, but Mother’s Day might be my new favorite day of the year.  Not for any materialistic reasons {although, Ryan surprised me with a generous gift}, but for sentimental reasons.  I never truly realized how much mothers do until I became a mother myself.

Saturday morning I woke up early for my last long run before Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon that’s coming up Memorial Day weekend.  I’ve been running mostly with my local Moms Run This Town {MRTT} chapter and a smaller group of girls which has made training a lot of run!  Two weekends ago we ran 13.1 miles and last weekend we ran 12 miles, so I’m feeling confident that I can do the distance.

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After I finished running I quickly freshened up because we had plans to meet a friend at Frying Pan Park for their Spring Farm Day.  For a small fee kids could partake in activities such as milking the cows and goats, going for a tractor ride, riding the carousel, and various crafts.

Before we began exploring, we enjoyed a picnic under the trees and caught up with a friend who we hadn’t seen in months.  After lunch we walked throughout the park, pet the animals, saw the old cider mill, popped into the country store, and watched a few minutes of the equestrian vaulting competition.

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It was only about 2PM when we finished walking around the park so Ryan and I decided to drive out to one of the pick-your-own flower farms.  Unfortunately, when we got to the farm we discovered it was closed.  Since we had already made the drive, we decided to look for another farm in the area and stumbled upon Great Country Farms.

Great Country Farms Great is a 200 acre working farm located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It has farm animals, a huge jumping pillow {envision a moon bounce that’s built into the ground}, mini golf, gold mining, playgrounds and swings, a large maze, and pick-your-own produce.  The farm was closing soon after we got there so we didn’t have a chance to pick any produce, but we’re planning to go back for the strawberry festival later this month!

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Sunday morning I traded eating breakfast in bed for running the Devotion to Children Mother’s Day 4 Miler.  I’ve been running with Little Miss for the past couple of months, but this was her first race.  There aren’t many races that are stroller friendly and considering I wouldn’t be a mom without our sweet baby girl, I thought it was as good a time as any.

The first mile was pretty bottlenecked which made it difficult to move very fast with the stroller, but once we got around the first turn everyone began to spread out.  The course was fairly flat aside from a hilly start and small rolling hills between mile 2 and 3.  Considering I was pushing nearly 50 pounds, I was happy with my time!  Plus, it was my first official 4 miler, so it’s an automatic PR.

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On our way home from the race we stopped by Starbucks and piddled around the house before going out for lunch.  We were going to visit family later in the afternoon so we decided just to stop by Wegmans since it was on the way and they have high chairs that Little Miss can fit in and join us at the table.

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By the time we got back home from visiting with family and buying groceries it was already after 5PM so we quickly put away the food and went over to my mom’s house.  Neither my mom nor I wanted a fancy dinner, so we opted to stay in and have our first BBQ of the season.  Grilled burgers and sausages with a light salad and roasted potatoes hit the spot.

I’m so thankful that my mom lives nearby.  We talk on the phone most mornings and nights, but it’ll never replace the time we spend together.  We’ve definitely grown closer over the years and as hard as it is for me to believe that I have a baby, I can’t imagine how hard it is for her to believe that her baby girl has a baby girl of her own.  She’s a loving mom and grandmomma.

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Question:  How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

Question:  Have you ever seen a pygmy goat?  I’m obsessed.  I want one!

— Allison

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10 Tips to Conquer Bedwetting

Hey, hey!  I hope y’all had a delightful Mother’s Day.  I’m very thankful for the wonderful weekend that we had.  On Saturday we went to Frying Pan Park and Great Country Farms.  Both were fun, but GCF was awesome.  Pick-your-own crops, animals, gold mining, a jumbo trampoline, mazes, jungle gyms, bee hives, and a restaurant.  We’ve already planned another trip later this month to pick strawberries.  Then on Sunday Little Miss and I ran the Devotion to Children Mother’s Day 4 Miler, spent time with family, and enjoyed our first BBQ of the season.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I didn’t fall off the edge of the earth or win the lottery or run away to some tropical island, but I did enjoy the past month disconnected from the computer and connected with our sweet little girl.  I thought about logging onto this little part of the internet multiple times, but one thing or another pulled me away – an extra hour of sleep, a run/walk with friends, chores around the house, errands that needed to be done.  You name it.

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I’m with her for nearly every waking hour, but I have yet to tire of my new job as a momma.  Everyone continues to remind me that the first few years fly by and to soak up every moment, so that’s what I’ve been doing…  Soaking it all up, laughing a lot, worrying a little {less than when we first brought her home!}, sleeping more, and spending free moments with family or friends.

Over the past few months Ryan and I have learned a lot about ourselves, each other, and our parenting styles.  Most of the time we agree, although I tend to worry more than he does.  But that’s part of being a mother, right?

One of the biggest things that we’ve agreed on over the past six months was to ditch the timelines.  The first couple of months I was glued to my phone – searching Google, downloading apps, and reading articles…  “Is she doing this yet?  How about this?  What about that?”

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I’ll never forget the day that our lactation consultant told us to throw out all of our books and stop reading articles online.  We didn’t throw out the books, but we put them away and stopped surfing the internet.  I can’t tell you how refreshing it was.  Of course we’re concerned with Little Miss’s development, but we’re not going to judge her development in terms of milestones.

When I was presented with the opportunity to learn more about bedwetting aka enuresis, I was intrigued.  Not because we’re starting the potty training stage {milestone #98347834}, but because I love learning tips and tricks directly from the “experts” – real world mommas.

10 Tips to Conquer Bedwetting

  1. Don’t stress.  It’s a big change to transition from diapers, but help try to minimize the scary feelings for your child.
  2. Don’t rush into it.  Every child develops differently.  If he/she isn’t ready, don’t push it.
  3. Utilize helpful products such as Pampers UnderJamsPampers UnderJams provide leakage protection featuring a Nightlock ultra-absorbent core and are made out of cloth-like material with a low waist which offer children privacy.  You can find Pampers UnderJams at your local Walmart.
  4. Place a towel between the bed sheet and mattress cover.  Stripping the bed down in the middle of the night is never fun, but a towel will help to make changes easier.
  5. Restrict liquids an hour before bedtime.  This may mean you might have to bump up your dinner time.
  6. Remind your child to use the bathroom before they get into bed.  Help your child to get into a consistent bedtime routine – bathroom, wash hands, brush teeth, etc.
  7. Wake your child up when you go to bed to use the bathroom one more time.  Even if they say they don’t have to go, ask them to try because if they’re in a deep sleep they may not realize they have to go.
  8. Tell your child that it’s okay if he/she has an accident.  Accidents happen.
  9. Consult with your doctor.  Talk with your pediatrician to rule out any medical conditions.
  10. Remind your child how much you love them.  Growing up is can be scary, but knowing that they have the support from their parents is comforting.

I have no clue how our potty training experience will be, but I at least feel more confident knowing that there are products to help us conquer bedwetting!  Visit the Pampers UnderJams website to watch videos and read articles with helpful insights from moms and leading pediatricians who have dealt with bedwetting with their own children.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pampers through their partnership with Acorn Influence.  While I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  #ConquerBedWetting

— Allison

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10 Random Tidbits 4.9.15

I didn’t mean to take two weeks off from blogging, but it happened.  Every night when I go to bed, I dream of how my morning will go…  I’ll wake up before the rest of the house, sneak downstairs to fix myself a cup of coffee, turn on the news, scroll through social media, and write a blog post.  That’s what I used to do in the mornings.

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But the reality is I stay under the covers for as long as I can before I hear sweet baby babbles and hope my newly appointed blog editor shows up to work that day.

Tidbit 1:  Over the past month or so Little Miss has fallen into a fairly predictable bedtime routine.  She eats dinner around 5PM, plays, takes a bottle at 6:30PM, and is asleep by 7PM.  It’s great because I used to feed her while we ate dinner, but now Ryan and I have the opportunity to eat dinner together or spend time with our friends.

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Titbit 2:  Runners are crazy.  I’m crazy.  Paying to enter a lottery that results in running 26.2 miles is crazy.  Only 199 days until I cross the Marine Corps Marathon start line…  And hopefully the finish line, too.  Check out my race calendar here.

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Tidbit 3:  My current favorite snack: honey graham crackers + peanut butter + banana.  I can’t believe it took me nearly 20 years to make it.  I subtracted the years that I was too young to hold a knife.

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Tidbit 4:  A few friends and I started a mommy book club.  Last month we read 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story by Dan Harris.  This month we’re reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

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Tidbit 5:  My love for pancakes is no secret, so if I told you that I’ve eaten pancakes {or waffles} for breakfast the past two weeks y’all probably wouldn’t be surprised.  But instead of making them from scratch, I’ve been using FlapJacked Protein Pancake Mix and I’m loving it!  Full review coming soon.

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Tidbit 6:  I ran the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K two weeks ago down in Richmond.  I haven’t written a race recap in ages, but this race is worthy of one.  It was easily one of my favorite races!

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Tidbit 7:  This article, Fathers, You can’t afford a Stay-At-Home-Mom, has been flooding my social media feeds.  I’m not suggesting that SAHMs deserve to receive a paycheck of no less than $70,000, but it puts things into perspective.  I may not go into an office everyday anymore, but I hardly sit down at home.

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Tidbit 8:  For whatever reason, we never bought Girl Scout Cookies when I was a kid and neither did Ryan.  But apparently we’re making up for lost time because we can’t make a box last for a full week.  Samoas and Thin Mints are our favorites.

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Tidbit 9:  You’ll notice a new ambassador badge on the left sidebar soon.  I’m excited to have the opportunity to join the FitFluential community!

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Tidbit 10:  Our family could use your well wishes today.  Someone is sick and could use your positive, healing vibes.  Thank you

Question:  What’s your favorite summer and/or early fall race?  East coast, preferably.

Question:  Samoas or Thin Mints?

— Allison

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