Dear Jennie (1 Month)

Dear Jennie,

baby jennie fizz 1 month

ONE MONTH?! How did this happen? It scares me how fast the days move. You change every day but you are still my (not-so-tiny) newborn. We are still learning quite a bit. Thankfully, we have lots of help from your grandparents and aunts and uncles and our friends!

Eating & Sleeping

Throughout the day we spend a lot of time together. You were a wonderful nurser right from the beginning. Right now, you are nursing every 2 hours. I really treasure that time. When you were just two weeks old, you seemed to really wake up! Instead of just looking at me, you seem to really see me. After you nurse, I continue to hold you as we dance around the room until you fall asleep. Starting at one week, every morning, I use the breast pump. I am building a nice supply for you and Daddy gets to give you a bottle and experience that special time that we share!

After just 3 nights, you started sleeping 5-7 hours at a time! Unfortunately, that only lasted a couple of weeks because now it has gone down to 3-4 hours at a time.

Growth

You are (almost) off the charts with your growth! At 2 weeks, you were 10 pounds and 23 inches (90th and 99th percentile, respectively)!

Baby Jennie Fizz 2 weeks

At your 1 month mark, you are 11.5 pounds (I went to Bed Bath and Beyond specifically to weigh you, no shame).

baby jennie fizz one month

 

baby jennie fizz one month

 

You lasted just 2 weeks in newborn diapers and 4 weeks in newborn clothes because you are oddly very tall (which is a surprise because your parents are both short)!

Development

You are already so strong. You had great neck strength at only a few days old which put me at ease when picking you up and holding you! You love being on your tummy and you pick up your head and look all around with ease (especially at any type of light)! You found your arms recently but don’t quite know how to use them. Sometimes you accidentally punch yourself in the face! You respond well to sound but the dogs barking doesn’t wake you up (best of both worlds)! You love when I read you books (you’re favorite book was a gift from Grandma Lori, it is called “LMNO Peas”)! and you fall asleep right away when we lay skin to skin with you on my chest.

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Photo Credit: Jessica Hendrix Photography

We have to be quick when we change your diaper. As soon as your bottom hits air, you like to go just one more time! You like to be naked but you can’t be trusted. Unfortunately, you inherited your gassiness from your father. Loud farts and poops. Sometimes when you poop, the dogs start barking and run to the door because they think someone is there. I am not kidding. Those aren’t the only noises you make (thankfully). You snort when you’re looking for a boob and when you whimper, my heart melts. Starting last week, we look at you and say “hi” over and over and you give us a huge smile!

You don’t understand the concept of the pacifier yet, you get a strong suck on it then spit it a few feet away. You are still unsure about the bath (you don’t cry, but you don’t smile either). Your sneezes are the best! You sneeze 3 times in a row (just like your Aunt Shelley) and it is the CUTEST!

Your puppy brother Harley loves you so much! He is your protector. He always lays by you and goes to you when you cry. Your puppy sister River was a little unsure about you in the beginning but now she loves you from afar.

Daddy and I are absolutely fascinated by you. Even though we don’t want it to happen too fast, we cannot wait to watch you grow.

baby jennie fizz jessica hendrix

Photo Credit: Jessica Hendrix Photography

baby jennie fizz jessica hendrix

Photo Credit: Jessica Hendrix Photography

Love always, Mommy

[Thank you to Katy for the idea to address these posts to my daughter. My pregnancy and her updates are something I am going to love sharing with her when she is older.]

(Revised) Summer and fall running thoughts

I posted some fall race thoughts just over a month ago. Summary: definitely run some summer 5ks, definitely run RnR Philly Half on 9/20, unsure about Wineglass Marathon.

Immediately after I posted, my wonderful friend Jessica informed me I cannot run the Philly half because I will be in Long Island as a bridesmaid in her wedding. The pregnancy and baby have left me with shit for brains.

Left: sitting on the floor of the dirtiest bar in Bridgeport, CT right after graduation --- Right: who the hell knows, but we weren't sober

Left: sitting on the floor of the dirtiest bar in Bridgeport right after graduation — Right: who the hell knows, but we weren’t sober.

Now that the baby is here and I know how much of my time she actually consumes, I also decided that I will NOT be running the Wineglass Marathon. I also do not have the desire to train for a marathon so it made the decision simple.

New plan:

  • My first post-baby ‘race’ will be the Spring Lake 5. My current 5 mile PR is at this race from 2013. The race is on 5/24 (just about 9 weeks postpartum) and I will NOT be earning a new PR.
  • I want to run the NYRR Mini 10k (6/14). Still not signed up, but I plan on it.
  • NYC Runs Queens Half Marathon (9/14) – Jess (from above) and her fiancé want to run this half before their wedding and since I botched my original half marathon plan, I decided to run this race! It is in the same park as the 13.1 series and the NYRR race (combined, I have run a race in this park 5 times). Flat and boring course but definitely PR friendly.

Besides the races listed, I plan on finding local 5ks to run over the summer to help with regaining some speed for the fall half marathon!

Who wants to join in on the fun in Queens and run this half?

29 Questions

Let’s play ’29 Questions’ (idea from Tina).

1. What are you wearing?

Jeans(!) and a nursing top.

2. Ever been in love?

Oh yes.

fizz and jennie

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

College Ashley & Fizz. Holy moly.

4. How tall are you?

5’2”

5. How much do you weigh?

128 lbs

6. Any tattoos?

10 or so. If you count the tattoos I have covered with new ones, then 13.

7. Any piercings?

Ears only. I had my belly button, nose and tongue (ew) at one point.

8. Favorite song?

Bruce Springsteen – Badlands

9. Quality you look for in a partner?

*MUST* think I am funny and enjoy alcoholic beverages.

10. Favorite quote?

I don’t have one that comes to mind.

11. Favorite actor?

Paul Rudd

12. Loud music or soft?

LOUD!

13. Where do you go when you’re sad?

To the fridge.

14. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Anywhere from 1 minute to 60 minutes (depends how late I am for the train).

15. Ever been in a physical fight?

I’ve punched 1 person (for calling my best friend a slut) in high school and I still have a scar on my hand from his braces. Street cred.

16. Turn on?

Being able to fix things around house and muscles.

17. Turn off?

Smelly farts.

18. Fears?

Being kidnapped and murdered (TOO MUCH SVU). And bugs. I hate bugs.

19. Last thing that made you cry?

Everyday I cry because I love Jennie so much (and I am a hormonal FREAK).

20. Last time you said you loved someone?

5 minutes ago to Jennie.

She said she loves me too.

baby jennie fizz

21. Meaning behind your YouTube Name?

It’s my name.

22. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

Husband

23. Favorite food?

BURRITOS!!!!!!!

24. Place you want to visit?

I studied abroad in Australia my junior year of college. I am dying to go back.

25. Do you have a crush?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Hello, Don Jon.

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26. Last time you kissed someone?

5 minutes ago (Jennie, again).

27. Last time you were insulted?

I’m not sure.

28. Favorite piece of jewelry?

My engagement ring, wedding ring (given to me by Fizz’s grandmother) and a giant sapphire ring given to me by my grandmother.

29. Who should answer these questions next?

Anyone else who cannot think of something to blog about. If you don’t blog, answer in the comments!

Thanks for reading (even) more useless facts about me.