Which brings us to the next new thing in this phase. When I lay her down she wakes up! Usually just twice, but the other day for her morning nap we did it 4 times! I finally threw in the towel and picked up my running watch and said, "Baby girl, it is time to run!" And run we did. She fell asleep in the stroller and I had my longest jogging stroller run to date! We got in 7 miles on the most gorgeous spring day, and she got a somewhat more decent nap. In other jogging stroller news, I've dropped about 30 seconds per mile from my pace with that thing, which feels like a major accomplishment. I have also discovered that I love taking her along. My pace may be slower, but it is a great workout. I haven't run with music while pushing her and that makes for a peaceful jog with only the bird song and Eloise's noises to accompany me. Pure bliss.
|What she did for most of 7 miles.|
|A post run smile.|
I find that I can survive pretty well on 4-5 hours of sleep. I usually get a 2 hour stretch and a 4-5 hour stretch and so the next morning I shake it off, drink some coffee and try to fuel my tired body with foods that will rejuvenate and not drag me down. I keep busy so I usually don't notice I'm tired until the late afternoon. I've managed to get in 40 miles this week and that was with 2 days off, so I'm content. I prefer to only take one day off per week, especially when my husband goes a little crazy with his Easter candy purchases.
Anyway, with all new phases in baby raising, this one will come to a close and probably quickly. My growing girl is crawling everywhere, pulling up on everything and enjoying getting her toes free of her footie pajamas on warm days. I've planted some herbs and our raised garden is almost ready for my broccoli, tomatoes, peppers and squash. I am more thrilled with this than I can say! It will probably get its very own post soon. For now, spring is upon us and it is lovely here in North Alabama. So despite this new phase of questionable sleeping habits, we are doing just fine. And finally, Eloise Jane is 8 months old!
|Yes, Eloise knows she's awesome and yes, we are Star Wars nerds around here.|