Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Fitness and Jimmers Week through a Cell Phone

Fridays are my treadmill/weights day. Lately it's been so windy outside it's difficult to even run straight outside I love Fridays because it's my summers hours day and I get to meet Nick and Jimmer at the gym...DOUBLE bonus! Thought I'd share my workout for the day...it's an interval workout that I really liked. The workout takes 25 minutes and I set my incline at 1.0 and kept it there the whole run.

 Interval Treadmill Workout

3 minutes - Warm Up - 4.0
2 Minutes - 6.5
2 Minutes - 8.0
2 Minutes - 6.5
2 Minutes - 8.0
2 Minutes - 6.5
1 Minute - 8.5
2 Minutes - 6.5
1 Minute - 8.5
2 Minutes - 6.5
30 Seconds - 9.0
2 Minutes - 6.5
30 Seconds - 9.0
3 Minutes - Cool Down - 4.0

So there you have it. After I ran I was going to do some upper and lower body work but I ran out of time. So I did some core work and we left:)

And for the best part....here is my Jimmer Jack via cell phone pictures....love him love him love him love him:

Catching some Sunday morning Cartoons with his cousin Brayden

LOOK AT THOSE ROLLS

He does tihs now that he has bottom teeth

After a trail walk with MiMi and run for Mommy

"It takes serious work to look this good...."
 And here are both some eating adventures...and what follows them....

"Carrots were good...bring on DEM PEACHES"

"Ohhhh that's good"

"Great meal Mom...let's hit up the activity mat to work off these calories"
 AND THIS IS WHAT FOLLOWS...Jimmers Poop Faces....
Step 1: The build up and initial push face...it's coming...

Step 2: The "statue" face...this is where he completely freezes and stops playing with any toys and just stares...intense concentration

Step 3: "Oh that was a big one" face...the finale

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day and weekend :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

First Pool Trip, "Dada" & 4 Week Challenge

What an incredible week and a half we've had. Jimmer has slept through the night for ALL OF THEM. He goes to bed around 8 pm every night and wakes up around 6 am (sometimes later, sometimes a little earlier)...eats a 9 ounce bottle and then goes back to sleep until somewhere between 7:30 and 8:30 am. He is starting to take 2 naps sometimes instead of 3 and sleeping longer for those naps. I am feeling much more rested....so is Nick!!

All ready for Church...so handsome:)
We also have a chatter box!! When he's tired or when he's done with his bottle and just playing with it he will say "Dadadadadadadadadada" over and over again. Nothing sounds better than that little voice. And I know Nick is thrilled that he's saying "Dada" even though he still has no idea what he's saying. Nick of course says this is because he's his favorite (hardly) :)

Aside from talking we have a crawling, rolling, clapping, kicking 6 1/2 month old that I fall more in love with everyday (I know..broken record) but it's so true. Nick said it best last week when he said "he has just brought so much joy to our lives"...very true.

Jimmer also had his first pool experience last weekend. One of my best friends Ashley called and invited us to the pool. It was an experience that's for sure. Jimmer hated the cold water and the sun shining in his face isn't his first choice. But I know once the pools warm up he will LOVE it. He loves water.





Not a Fan

Playing with Ashley

He looks like an old fat man:)

"This is more my style....milk cocktail please!"

"life of luxury"

As for me, I created and have started a 4 week Challenge for myself that I have actually stuck with for the first week and a half. I am a list maker, those of you who know me know this. So I wrote down all of the things I wanted to do every week and made a chart and calendar so I could check them off each time I did them. I made them all very simple and realistic so that I would stick with them. I have the nike+ thing for my ipod that sends all my runs to the nike+website. I love this because it documents each run, my distance, calories, time etc. It completely holds me accountable. Weights, treadmill incline workouts, daily core workouts and squats, daily vitamin, and drinking more water are all included too. In one week I already feel better. I am hoping to try and tackle my first 5K. As a sprinter, this seems like the longest distance ever to me! HAHA! (Won't be running any marathons in my lifetime). I also need to figure out a good pace....I have a terrible habit of taking off TURBO style and feeling like I'm going to die. I'm too competitive to stop or slow down and by the time I finish 2 miles am SPENT! Hoping I can slow my pace down so I can run 3 or 4 miles at a time! Altough I must admit...get a quick 2 mile run in is definitely more my style. The other night Jimmer and I went to the trail with my mom and she pushed him while I ran....I thought I was going to die! Hoping tonight goes better! I would like to aim for about a 7:10-7:30 pace for now. The other night I ran my first mile in 6:46 and by 1.5 miles I was ready to stop. I need to just slow down to a comfortable pace so I can get 3-4 miles in.

I am so looking forward to this weekend....we are going to Des Moines to see my best friend Morgan, her husband Jay and their 2 precious little boys. Carter will be 3 in just a few weeks and Kaden is just 8 weeks younger than Jimmer:) Following Des Moines we are going to Davenport to see Nicks grandparents, my sister in law and my beautiful nieces! Very fun weekend...will update next week on all of it:)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Photo Weekend Wrap-Up


Our Weekend in Photos:

Saturday Nick and I were able to go out and meet up with some friends. We put Jimmer down at 8 pm and then my sister and nephew came over to our house while we went and saw some live music. I am so much more relaxed when I know I've put Jimmer down and will be gone when he's sleeping. We met up with some friends and ended up dancing A LOT (this is not something Nick usually engages in) and having a blast.

Nick and Winston...."Hey Winston..you spilled" :)
Nick and I taking a break from dancing...SO FUN!

Mothers Day Pedicures:)

In honor of Mothers Day...Jimmer let me take a few pictures of him in his adorable outfit....


My handsome boy


He loves chewing on these shoes!

...and his own

Daddy face....


Every time Jimmer plays in the living room under his activity mat he makes his way to this wedidng picture of Nick and I. I'm doing a photo wall in this room so they are on the floor...but it's so sweet how he always makes his way to this picture...





More fun with Mom and Dad on Mothers day....(he scratched his face:()



...here is Jimmer gearing up for his Army Crawl across the floor at MiMi's house.....for those of you into Yoga...he's a natural



And finally...here he is before heading to my friend Amy's baby shower..I love his little outfit




Monday, May 14, 2012

Hardest Job = Best Job...Happy Mother's Day

A day late....

I saw this video on a fellow bloggers page a few weeks ago and found myself watching it over and over, forwarding it to people, and becoming extremely emotional...with Mothers Day this weekend, I thought it was perfect for my first Mothers Day post.



I wasn't effected just because I too am now a Mother, but because I see what it was like for my Mom and Dad. Sports were always such a large part of my life. I remember Mom dropping me off at 5:45 am for swim practice, I can still hear my Dad's voice yelling "C'Mon Manda" before the gun went off for those dreaded 400 hurdles, and I can see both of them standing and shouting "Let's go FAAS" as my name was announced for the start of a basketball game. I can only imagine what it was like for them seeing me succeed and fail doing what I love and worked so hard to do. And I also realize that I never would have accomplished what I did, had it not been for their dedication to what I loved. I can only hope to be as big of a cheerleader and supporter of Jimmer as they were for me.



It's hard for me to sum up into a few words what being a Mother had done to me and for me. It's impossible to tell anyone or make anyone understand how much I love this little person who blessed my life just 6 months ago. In just a few shorts months, I feel kinder, more considerate, my faith has grown, I'm a better wife, find it difficult to even become angry or upset, and truely know how to live selflessly. Jimmer did that for me. I never realized the effect he would have on the kind of person I was...I knew I would love him more than life itself...but I didn't realize that someone who can't speak and craps himself could make me so much greater as a human being. I am finding on this day set aside to thank and appreciate Mother's, I'm filled with gratitude for my son for all he's done for me.

Nothing that has ever happened in my life can come close to comparing what I feel as a Mother. I'm thankful God brought me to Nick and gifted us with Jimmer...because that's what he is...a gift...a blessing....the greatest thing that's ever happened to me. I want to wrap all the good things of the world in wrapping paper and give it to him...and put the rest down the garbage disposal. If only it were that easy. I have accepted the fact that I will be in a constant state of worry from now until my last breath. I look forward to the years ahead when our family hopefully grows and I see Jimmer become a big brother. Nick and I are very lucky...he's a great baby and so happy. I know I will love all my children, and from what I hear when another one comes along you feel the same wave of emotion and love all over again. But for now, I can't imagine loving another like I love Jimmer and I want to enjoy every second with him  (Future children: Mommy loves you more than anything in this world too...but you are not here yet...so I have not yet had the opportunity to feel this special bond and love with you...which I surely will:))

I had the most perfect day. God gave us beautfiul weather and Nick made me feel so appreciated and thankful. I can't tell you how many times I cried happy tears that day just from things he was saying. We spent the whole day as a family...and he even got me a new pair of nike running shoes. I actually have the same pair in a differnt color but LOVE them. I can sync my ipod to them and track my runs which I love. I will keep the card he gave me forever.

Ignore my double chin....Jimmer looks too fabulous not to post:)
I also have to give a special shout out to my Mother June Ellen. I am the Mother I am because of the Mother you were and continue to be for Ashley and I. And I guess with that I should thank you too Grandma Vanover....the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree:)

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers and soon to be Mothers out there. The hardest job truely is the best job.

6 mONtHs*

Our Mister is 6 months old! Half way to a year old and not possible to grasp how fast it's gone (everyone always says that...and everyone is right!). I have never been more happy in my entire life.


                        6 MONTHS




HEIGHT: 26.25 inches
WEIGHT: 17 lbs 14 ounces
DIAPER SIZE: 3.....4 at night
CLOTHING: 9 Months, 6-12 Months (Gap), 12 months
HEAD: 44 cm

LOVES: Apples, Carrots and Pears, Swinging at the Park, Drinking from Nick and I's cup, Grass, Standing up, Sophie the Giraffe Teether, Baths, Being around people.


WHAT'S NEW: Bottom teeth!, planking, downward dog Yoga pose, army crawling, can crawl a few feet,  grabbing at his ears, looking at and listening to everyone and everything aka NOSEY, tries to clap like Nick and I do, sleeping longer stretches (8+ hours), lot's of baby babble, eyes are changing to more hazle than green (just like Daddy)

PERSONALITY: Jimmer is a ladies man....he loves the ladies...as long as you are female he is going to smile and flirt with you, he is happy and smiling about 90% of the time, he is such a little snuggler, curious about EVERYTHING, VERY social, and very active.

SLEEP: He is getting up once a night and eating a full bottle then back to sleep. He goes down at about 8 pm and gets up anywhere between 7 and 8 am. He takes 3 naps a day around 10 am, 1:30 pm, and 5 pm. We can put him down wide awake and he will fall asleep on his own. He's also is an active sleeper..we find him in all sorts of different positions. Lately he likes to make his way to the end of his crib so that his back is against it and sleep on his side. I've also seen him with his arm over draped over his eyes like Daddy. The Pediatrician told us today that he can medically sleep all night without a bottle. We might try weaning him....and are not against crying it out....we shall see how this goes the next few months:) Hoping he is an all night sleeper here soon!

EATING: Over the last few weeks we have been trying out different solids. So far green beans, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, bananas, and pears.  He loves everything except for green beans so far. Starting next week we will do cereal and fruit every morning and one fruit and one vegetable at night. He is also still eating six 6 ounce bottles a day. I am still exclusively breastfeeding by pumping and still stocking up the freezer. I pump 4-5 times a day at the moment.


 MAMAS FAVORITES: Reaching for my face, grabbing my face and giving me kisses (he has his mouth wide open and it's like he's trying to eat my face...I think he's trying to mimic real kisses like when we are giving him 100 kisses a day), his morning babble, his attempts at clapping, his giggle, and his stretch he does when he first wakes up...cutest thing ever...he points his toes, holds his breath and grunts) HAHA!

Jimmer Love....
  
Cousin Christopher stopped by on his way to California

Nana Tina back for a visit :)