What’s Old is New Again

I know I’ve talked about this before, but one of the perks of my  job is that we get an hour a day to workout.  Usually I will either workout at our little gym here on base or I will go to the high school up the road from us and run around the indoor track.  To fight the boredom of running indoors, I usually do a 1.5 mile warm up run followed by one lap sprints with a minute of strength training in between for the next mile.
Yesterday, a few of my co-workers and I decided to try Jazzercise.  Today’s Jazzercise ain’t your grandma’s class!  We jammed out to Usher, some Latin musica, and other upbeat and current hits.  It was so much fun.  It’s set up a lot like Zumba in that the instructor is in front of the class and you pretty much just follow a long with what she’s doing.  I actually found it easier to do than some of the Zumba classes I’ve taken.  Another plus that Jazzercise has over Zumba is that it incorporates strength training into the workout.  We danced for about a half hour and the rest of the class we focused on legs, arms and abs.  It was the perfect combination of all my favorite things.
I wore my HRM, which unfortunately kept cutting in and out, and it says that I burned about 364 calories-about the same that my Garmin calculated yesterday during my 20 minute run.  I’d much rather burn those calories by dancing and having fun than running around in a stuffy gym.  The class was $12 but they had packages and specials that you could choose to buy.  I might try to go near my house this weekend.
It’s finally getting nice enough here to run outside, so I’m looking into what races I want to train for this summer-but it’s good to change it up every now and then and try out some new classes.  I’ve decided to join the lovely Sarah, in #100daysofworkouts so I’ll be trying out a few different workouts to keep it interesting 🙂
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7 months…Where’s my baby?

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Here I am again…tardy to the {Madelyn’s Monthly update} party.  Her 7 month B-Day fell on St. Pat’s day.  We celebrated in Chi-tizzle with the in-laws.  My MIL made corned beef & cabbage and Irish soda bread.  Everything was pretty tasty, but I got some grief for not having Madelyn in anything green.  Call me cheap, but I just didn’t see anything worth buying for one day.

To say that I love watching my baby girl grow and get more curious about the world around her is an understatement.  I can sit and stare and play with her all day long.  Every day that passes brings on new adventures and discoveries.  It’s pretty amazing to think that hubs and I created such a beautiful awesome little girl.

Sleep.  Sleep has been amazingly wonderful given the fact that we are living in a new house.  The only problem is, that our room is right next to Madelyn’s.  I can see her crib from our bed.  When she goes down around 7:30, I pretty much just hang out in the living room because she starts to stir at the sound of my voice…so no more laying in bed and chatting on the phone.  She’s been waking up around 5:30/6am-I usually change her, feed her and she’s back to bed until around 8:30.  Naps are still pretty all over the place and she no longer loves being rocked to sleep {sobs}.  The past few nights she wants to be put into her crib to sleep and I no longer have a sleeping baby on chest nightly.  I both love and hate this all at once.

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Eat.   Over the past month, we have made the transition from BFing and pumping to a milk-based formula.  Breastfeeding came naturally for both Madelyn and me and if it weren’t for my trip coming up at the end of April, I would have continued on for the first year.  It’s easily accessible (no mixing formulas or warming bottles), it’s FREE, and it’s time for bonding between the two of us.  I’m no longer pumping and I’m down to two feedings a day (morning and evening) and will likely stay there until the end of April.  She’s now eating 3 solids a day and she will pretty much eat anything soft.  I can’t get avocados into her mouth fast enough.  Some new faves this months are squash, brown rice pasta, blood oranges, sweet potatoes and carrots.  I bought baby food for the first time this month-what a rip!  Because of moving and working, I didn’t have time to make my own.  Even with a coupon I couldn’t believe at how expensive it is compared to making homemade.  I’m hoping to make a few batches this weekend.  Right now, we’re sticking to mostly pureed foods until baby girl gets some teeth.  I have been biting off some of my food and feeding it to her.  So sometimes, she enjoys what we eat for dinner.

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Play.  Madelyn’s a girl on the move!  I can put her down on the floor, turn my back for a few seconds and she’s completely turned the other way around.  She’s not crawling yet, but I feel like that will be happening very soon.  I’m hoping that it happens before I leave.  To coerce her to crawl, I bought a little ball that moves and lights up on its own so that she can chase that around-she loves it!  Even though she’s not really crawling yet, Madelyn loves to stand up on things and tries so hard to pull herself up when she’s toppled over.  Her crib is her favorite place to stand.  She continues to laugh and smile every single day.  I swear I gave birth to the happiest baby in the world.  She plays peek a boo with us now-she’ll take the blanket over her face and pull it away from herself and laugh hysterically when I say “Peek a boo!”

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Onto month EIGHT!!! I will cherish the next month like no other.