Meet the Newest Addition to Our Family: Ryan Thomas

Happy to be a big brother =)

We are now a family of FOUR!

Good Morning and Happy Monday!!!

First, just want to say thank you to everyone for the wonderful prayers, thoughts, and wishes the last few days.

For those that aren’t aware, my husband, son, and I were thrilled to welcome the newest member to our family, Ryan Thomas Gonzalez, last week.

Ryan is already back to his birth weight is showing early signs of being a good eater and even better sleeper!

I hope to have the whole labor and delivery story on here tomorrow, but wanted to share some pictures and details with you as soon as I had a chance.

Ryan was born at 6:53pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.  He weighed 7 lbs 2 oz and is 21″ long.  But most importantly, he is 100% healthy!

My husband and I are walking around our house in a daze – it sounds crazy because we’ve had 9 months to prepare, but we still haven’t come to terms with the idea of having TWO children. It feels amazingly surreal to look at both of our sons and know that they are ours!

One of the best things so far has been our son’s reaction to Ryan.  He wasn’t interested in him while we were in the hospital but everything seemed to change the  moment we came home.  He is now anxious to “help”, wants to hold him ALL the time, and includes him in everything (sharing his food, giving high “5s”…).

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    4th of July and Why I Need To Run

    Pretty good stride for an almost 18 mo old!

    Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!!  My husband and I took our son to the beach for the first time this year.  I knew he would enjoy the sand and water, but I wasn’t prepared for HOW much he would love it. It was a perfect day.


    I haven’t posted much since last week…I wish I could blame the busy weekend and holiday, but in reality, my lack of blogging has been tied directly to my lack of running.

    I ran yesterday for the first time in a week – I honestly can’t remember the last time I went SEVEN days without a single run (I didn’t even go that long after my son was born!!).  I attempted running five days last week…but due to some pregnancy side affects (I won’t go into detail as it’s TMI for public consumption), I was unable to run.

    I don’t know if there is anything more frustrating than having the desire to run – setting the alarm each day,  getting dressed and even heading outside to stretch – only to find that you physically can’t run.

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      4am Wakeups? No, Thank You.

      Good Morning!!!

      I typically don’t post a ton about parenting because I try to keep this blog to running-related topics, but since my son’s sleep habits were affecting my running, I have decided to talk about it.

      Little background on my son:

      • 17 months old
      • Sleeping through the night since an early age
      • We are outside quite a bit each day – going on walks, running around the backyard – so he gets plenty of fresh air and exercise
      • Has NEVER been the type of child that will go back to sleep if he wakes up early and I bring him into bed with us OR try to put him back to sleep (he thinks it’s play time) -> When he gets up, he’s up for the day
      • Typically sleeps 9-10 hours a night and has slept 12 hours straight once in his life (on my 30th birthday!)

      About 6 months ago, my son slowly started getting up earlier in the AM.  He was a 6am (or so) riser for a while, but started rising in the 5s.  Before we knew it, 5am was a typical morning wakeup for him (and therefore my husband and I).  It was early, but since we are early risers anyway, we were mostly okay with this.

      Then, about six-eight weeks ago, 5am started becoming a late morning for him…more and more 4s were becoming the norm.  Most mornings, he was up at 430am (if not earlier).  But he wasn’t tired or cranky. He was happy and bright eyed and bushy tailed.

      5am is early.  4-430am is just plain ridiculous.  

      So I did what most moms would do. I researched, read books, spoke to friends and family and for the month or so, have tried a handful of different things:

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        Please Don’t Judge My Parenting


        I had planned on publishing a different post today, but after last night’s experience, I felt the need to vent.

        My sister, my (almost) 16 month old son, and I went out for a very early dinner to our local diner.   It’s not as easy as it once was to take him out to eat.  My son has always had a desire to be on the move – he crawled and walked extremely early and would much rather be on his feet, free to explore and wander than strapped in to a chair.

        So asking – or expecting – him to sit patiently in a highchair for upwards of an hour while there are so many fun new things to see and touch and people to walk over to, smile at, and babble to is a long shot.   The one thing that will usually occupy him and keep him entertained is food.   He loves eating and meal time is now another part of his independence – he has perfected the use of a fork (which he is very proud of) and is happy to spend large amounts of time feeding himself.    

        However, tonight was one of those nights where he had no interest in eating, and therefore sitting. Maybe it was because he was up twice during the night or that his third molar just cut.  Maybe he was just cranky and having an off day.  Maybe he was being a normal 16 month old boy.  Whatever the reason, he had no desire to sit in the highchair or behave the way I’m used to when we are in public.

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          You’ll never understand how much you’ve taught me, my son

          Moments after you were born

          Holding you moments after you were born

          Dear AJ,

          Happy 1st birthday!   I know you are too young to read or even understand this letter, but I wanted to say a few things to you before time passes and my memory fades.

          Can you really be a year old already!?!  I feel like you were just born – I remember delivering you as though it were yesterday – and yet, I can’t imagine what my life was like without you.

          – The art of time management.  I used to have all day to get things done. Now, my day is structured around your routine – your naps, your meals and snacks, bathtime, nursings.  I’ve learned how to make the most out of every free moment I have – whether that’s before you get up or after you go to sleep or during one of your naps.  I no longer “waste’ time on unimportant “things”.

          – The importance of a good night’s sleep.  Mommy and Daddy are usually in bed by 10pm.  We want to be able to greet you as cheery as we can be when you wake up – even if you choose to start your day at 5am.

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            Having “me” time does not make me a bad mother

            I’m a very happy stay-at-home mom. I LOVE spending each day with my little man [and I’m beyond grateful that I have the ability to do so]. But a recent trip to the gym made me realize [once again] how important and necessary “me” time is on a regular basis and that I’m still struggling with this concept after 11 months of being a new mom.

            This past Friday, I wasn’t in the mood to battle the winds on my run (30+ mph winds) and since my husband was home from work for the day, I decided to go to the gym. I had this amazing sense of freedom as I drove along Hylan Blvd, singing to Christmas music on the radio. I wasn’t worried about waiting too long at a red light (my son is great until we stop at a long red light) or preoccupied with singing nursery rhymes to keep him entertained. I wasn’t looking in the rearview mirror every 45-60 seconds to check on him (okay, maybe I still was – but that’s only because it’s habit).  It was extremely liberating to know that I was alone and driving someplace to do something that I wanted to do.  And I was going to be alone for the next two hours! JOY!

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