9 & 10 Months-Movin’ & Groovin’

When Madelyn turned 9 months, I was deployed and I can honestly say for the first time, the time between 8 and 9 months seemed to have taken FOREVER.  Granted, my time in Guam overall seemed to go by very quickly, I just felt like she was 8 months for a really long time, and I was okay with that.  

When I found out that I was getting deployed, I was pretty bummed.  I kept focusing on all the things that I would miss, 5 weeks out of her life that I would never get to experience with her. Thank God for FaceTime and technology because I got to experience a lot of her growth through my iPad.  When I got home, it was almost like I had never left and I didn’t feel like I missed out on much.  



I returned home 1/2 way between 9 and 10 months and the biggest change that I noticed was how mobile she had become!  My first week home, she gave me a definite run for my money.  Between chasing a crawling baby around and getting over jet-lag, I was one tired, exhausted mama.  I’m so happy to be home and blessed beyond words that I get to spend my time watching her grow and discover this crazy world around her.  I have a feeling that the next two months are going to just fly right on by and before you know it, we’ll no longer have a baby, but a toddler.

Sleep.  Still a dream come true.  Her naps at daycare have been pretty short to nonexistent.  I think she’s just too interested in what’s going on around her to sleep.  Naps depend on how late she sleeps.  On most weekends we get about 12-13 hours of sleep from her a time and during the week, I have to wake her up and she doesn’t get up very easily.  The girl enjoys her sleep, which I appreciate very much.

Eat.    We are starting to move away from pureed foods and am now starting to give her more of what we’re eating.  With two little teeth, I feel more comfortable giving her food that she can chew up.  Some of her new favorites are  baked beans, steamed carrots, Cheerios, strawberries, quinoa, and blueberry waffles.  She’s also really gotten into trying to feed herself.  She will take the spoon or the piece of food out of my hand and put it into her mouth.  Makes for a fun clean up!



Play.  Crawling and keeping me on my toes.  She also likes to walk if you’re holding her or she walks if she’s holding onto the furniture.  One thing Madelyn learned while I was gone was to play patty cake.  When you start to say it, she’ll start to clap her hands.  It’s adorable. She also enjoys peek-a-boo and Where is Madelyn?  Another favorite activity of hers? Chasing the dog around and screaming in his face when she catches up to him…he just loves that…haha!  

I’m exciting to see what the month will bring us!  Maybe two top teeth?  The teething monster was at our house a few days ago and it was not pretty. 

Happy 10 months to our baby girl!  We love you more than you know.





Take it to the Bridge

I’m baaack!  For the past 5 weeks, I’ve been deployed to Guam with the Air Force.  And while it’s not a bad place to be for 5 weeks (I came back with a lovely tan), I’m overjoyed to be back with my babes and family.  This past week was my first week back to work and the start of marathon training-this mama is exhausted.

My long run today was supposed to be 6 miles and it just so happened to fall on the same weekend as the Summerfest Rock N Sole run.  I ran the quarter marathon, which is just a little bit further than a 10k (6.5 miles).  My goal was to finish in about 1:05 and I crossed the finish line at 1:03.


The morning started out a little rainy.  I laid in bed this morning and for a split second I debated whether I really wanted to do this.  I was tired, it was raining.  I knew that either way, I was going to have to plug in 6 miles today either at this race or on the treadmill, and that was enough to get me out of bed.  Plus, I wanted my awesome medal.  By the time the race started, the rain had turned into a light mist and it actually turned out to be perfect racing weather.  

The course started down at the Milwaukee Art Museum and progressed over the Hoan Bridge.  I’m very thankful that my week day training runs have included some hill work, because this course had 5 hilly inclines to get over.  I feel like I handled them all pretty well-my legs will let me know tomorrow.  

I met up with my sister after the race was over-she did the 5k.  We both agreed that we did a lot better than what we thought we were capable of.  This was my longest distance run since having Madelyn, so I was a little nervous about how it was going to go.  The fact that I ran without stopping to walk gave me the confidence that I need to get through the rest of my marathon training. 

Image Tomorrow is a cross-training day and I’m planning on doing a cycle + yoga class in Shorewood.  It’s at 8am, so we’ll see if it actually happens.

I’m off to enjoy the rest of my weekend & watch the Black Hawks with my favorite guy!