01 September 2014

August Running

Aug 1
3.25 km, Time: 30:44, Avg pace: 9:28

Aug 3
3.35 km; time 26:29; avg pace 7:54

Aug 8
4.96 km; time 38:36; avg pace 7:47

Aug 9
3.65 km; time 28:31; avg pace 7:49

Aug 11
Just came back from a very lovely 5k run in the pouring rain! I enjoyed the entire run, and can actually say I ran most of it. I'd say about 7-8 mins of walking overall, including warm up, cool down, and 2-3 short short walk breaks. Also of note: I never ever ever regret going out for a run!
Fastest split: 6:45 min/km. Avg: 7:21. Time: 36:04

Aug 15
6.21 km; time 45:48; avg pace 7:22

Aug 17
4.98 km; time 38:55; avg pace 7:49

Aug 20
3.08 km; time 27:34; avg pace 8:57

28 August 2014

Vacation time

Our first vacation (longer than one night) since our honeymoon three years ago. We rented a cottage with friends, and for the most part it has been good. A few days of teething for Lena made the beginning of the week a bit rough, but now we are all in the swing of things! Lena LOVES having all these kids around, and I love this peaceful little lake. Hopefully this will be a repeat vacation for many years to come  :)

20 August 2014

Lena at 13 months

Yup, not sure when to stop monthly updates, but I'm not ready yet. So much is still happening!

These are her main expressions: pure joy at bring alive, and.... scowling pouty face.  They frequently take place seconds apart. Ah, to be riding the emotional roller coaster of a one year old. Or to be subjected to it every day. It's hard not to laugh at her temper tantrums, and I know that this is just the beginning. Oh boy. 

Lena's verbal skills have been taking off in the last week or so. For many months, she has said "mama" a lot, and "dada" occasionally. And a few meows when Omar is around. Now she is saying: "mmmm" (when eating, haha, not just l exploring letter sounds), "wow", "yay", "uh oh", and shouts "dada" incontext. Funny first words, and it's weird to hear little words coming from her. 

She crawls very fast now, on hands and knees! She can get up on all fours, and pulls herself up on one knee as if trying to stand up. She can stand up to a minute, holding something sturdy, if we place her there. She loves to roam :)

She is getting SO big now, very long and lean (except for her delightfully chubby thighs, which I squeeze every single day.) she has also started hugging other babies, which is so so so adorable. She loves people, and is way more social than wade or I. She has two teeth on the bottom, and I haven't seen anything new in progress. She is LOUD and jolly and sweet as can be!

07 August 2014

Work, am-I-right?!

I started work yesterday. Lots of feelings.

The coworkers are pretty much all young, in their twenties, a couple 30s/40s. Which means that there is friend potential! Which means that alongside the stress of starting a new job and trying to actually do a good job, there is the stress of fitting in and trying to make friends. I'm not sure if this is something that everyone feels, but I sure do. I'm feeling pretty nostalgic for 2011/12 when I had two part-time jobs that I truly enjoyed (Carlos and Butler kids.)

I am a little bit frightened of this job. Behaviours are not really my thing. Every holler makes me jump. I do not want to be yelled at, and I do not want to have a job with physical risk. I will clean up pee and drool and poop and listen to loud autistic sounds, happily. But I do not want to be scared at work. Four years ago, I started at CLC and I was seriously intimidated by a sexist 67 year old man, who was also a bit of an asshole. So much so that I only lasted 4 months. I feel like I have grown now, since then... but I'm still very scared that I won't be able to handle these situations. I know that confidence is key. I mean, what's the worst that could happen, right?

Today was day two of my training, first day on the floor. The police and apparently a SWAT team showed up. IDK but I am not prepared for that bs! Thankfully, I had no real role, since it was only my second day of work and I know NOTHING of this guy. But I will need to deal with this at some point, and I hope that I can. Thinking of applying with CLL again in hopes that they have a mellow home that is significantly closer to my house. I missed the bus on the way home, and ended up paying $34 for a taxi because I had to pick up Lena. Add that to childcare, and I paid $54 to go to work today. Which means my take home was probably only about $50-60. And I missed Lena so much. What did I miss of her today? Her sweet face, her laugh, her cuddles. Oh, my sweet girl. I really don't think I can go back to work full time while my kiddos are small. I am so thankful to Wade that he does. On that note though, I am also nervous about the safety of working at that house while pregnant. (Because I do expect to become pregnant with no. 2 within the next year or so.) Another reason to inquire with CLL, but GEEZ I do not want to work a ton! It is already complicated enough trying to work within Wade's schedule and Tessa's availability to babysit.... and bus schedules, etc etc etc.

I really don't know what to do, but this is how I am feeling on Day 2 of CH training.

20 July 2014

Lena at 12 months

- scooting around the floor on her tummy
- watermelon, cheese, feeding herself
- putting things on her head (except hats, of course)
- balls and blocks
- reorganizing her toys (seriously, she could put her toys in and out of a basket/kleenex box for 20 minutes)
- snuggling with mama
- tossing food she doesn't approve of onto the floor while maintaining eye contact
- dogs! cats! kids! anyone!

Weight: 19 lbs 7 oz
Length: 28"
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel/Green-blue/Grey? They change by the hour

She is getting so wiggly and is curious about everything. She loves to crawl, though it's mostly still army crawling... one leg is just starting to get involved though! She laughs in my face when I say "No, don't touch. That's hot." when she gets too close to the (currently off) fireplace. We have a gate that will be installed before the fall, but she really should get used to not going near it. She has started to give us a smidge of attitude, demanding that we share any and all food with her. Her default sound is laughter, for which I am still so grateful, but she has a pretty impressive holler too. She will go to most people if they look friendly and have their arms out, but will also politely decline such invitations if she's not in the mood. She still loves to cuddle with me, but they are becoming shorter and shorter as life is getting too exciting to sit still. She is getting to be so much FUN, as she loves to play and chatter away and laugh. Time is seriously flying by!

It's hard to believe that she's been in our lives for an entire year now. All of the cliches are true: It's hard to imagine life without her, she is growing up so fast, and it is terrifying to love someone so deeply. 

My baby is one year old! <3 <3 <3

Lena at 5 days old, in the same shirt/dress as above :)

17 July 2014

My baby is one year

Can you believe it? My wee babe is a year old. Already! I am astonished. She is turning into a sassy toddler before my very eyes. 

We hit the beach this morning at the crack of dawn, after dropping wade off at work so I could have the car for the day. Took some sweet balloon photos, then babysat for a couple of hours, followed by shopping and ice cream with grandma. We ended the day with a picnic in the park with the Buckleys. Perfect weather. 

Yep, there were ducks. And a whole lotta geese. 

Anyways, I can't believe that my little Lena is a year old already. What a delightful little lady, what a personality! Sweet, happy, easy-going, silly sense of humour. She is so funny, and I love her so!

Happy birthday baby girl!

11 July 2014


Toys? Please. I prefer to put dirty socks on my head and giggle. 

What a girl!