Red, White & Rose 5K – Another Stroller run

September means the start of Fall festivals and lots of activities. This past weekend my mom’s shop had a booth at a local winery’s Fall Harvest Festival, which was also the second stop on a tour of races at Central Indiana wineries called the Red, White, & Rose race series. You can choose between running a 5K or 10K, and at the finish is a glass of wine, medal (corresponding with how many races in the series you’ve run), and free wine!

I’m not much of a wine drinker, but sign me up! My sister wanted to do the 5K, her first in four years. I was trying to decide between running in the 10K or pushing Baby A&W in the stroller for the 5K (she doesn’t like to go much longer than 4 miles in the stroller). At the last minute I decided I’d stick with pushing A in the stroller for at least one more 5K race.

Baby A&W has her game face on for the race.

Baby A&W has her game face on for the race.

The race small, about 215 running in both the 5 and 10Ks, but it was nice. The route was run along country roads by the winery, with very little traffic, and held in the early evening. The weather was perfect, especially after the chilly, wet start to the day.

Start of the race was a little tight with the country road.

Start of the race was a little tight with the country road.

I started next to my sister, but then slowly pulled away. I wanted to just go at a comfortable pace, but I also wanted to push our speed a little bit more. Then I just made my way through the crowd.

When we turned west after a half mile, we hit a strong headwind and the sunset. Headwinds suck, but they suck more while pushing a stroller! Plus I wanted to try to get A out of the sun as quickly as possible, so I pushed the pace a little faster. Once we turned south, we were out of the headwind and I was in a groove.

Finishing strong, A does not look too thrilled in this photo, but it was time for her dinner (which we promptly fed her as soon as I got her back to my mom's booth).

Finishing strong, A does not look too thrilled in this photo, but it was time for her dinner (which we promptly fed her as soon as I got her back to my mom’s booth).

We ended up finishing 26th overall, with a time of 30:00 and fourth in my age group (30-39)…with a stroller! I had a lot of compliments as to how I ran the race while pushing A. I’m sure I would have done better without the stroller, but it was more fun to let A experience the countryside and another race with her momma.

I’m continuing my race training for a half marathon in early November, but the mileage build up is slow. I’m not sure how many more races I’ll do this year with the stroller, but I hope to try to continue running with A until it gets too cold. It’s hard to believe summer is over!

Baby's first race medal!

Baby’s first race medal!

Link Love: Strong Women for Girl Power

This edition of Link Love is all about being a strong woman and having girl power. I want Baby A to be a strong woman and believe in girl power!


Why Your Daughter Should Do CrossFit (Tabata Times): Can I love this any more?? I would love for Baby A&W to follow in her mom’s footsteps of being active, as well as loving CrossFit. M and I are always talking about what sports she’ll play (she’s a natural swimmer, but I’d also love for her to play volleyball), and how she’ll be a horse girl. But I know she might not like all of that, and might surprise us. But I would love for her to workout with her mom, be healthy, and just happy with her body from the very beginning, and CrossFit helps all of that.

PSA: It’s Time to Stop Body Shaming Once and For All (Snacking in Sneakers): When Chrissy posted she wanted to write this post on the Sweat Pink Facebook page, I had to share my story about the doctor and my “abnormal athletic female body.” Her story, as well as the story of others in this post, really burns my biscuits that we are OK with this type of conversation. Again, this shines a light on how I want Baby A&W to grow up, and this isn’t one of those ways.

Loving Your Body is a Marathon, Not a Sprint (Lifting Revolution): Taylorr posted an eye-opening number, that 91% of women hate their bodies. Can you imagine Gisele hating her body? (OK, she might definitely be in the 9%) But, it reminds me that I’m not alone. I’m struggling with my body image because I still haven’t lost all the baby weight. I don’t fit in all of my pre-pregnancy clothes very well (just because it zips doesn’t mean it fits), so it’s frustrating to get dressed in the morning. But then I stop myself…I don’t want Baby A&W to be in that 91%. I don’t want her to hear me talk about negatively about my body, which will, in turn, make her feel like it’s alright to do the same about herself. It’s time we flip the stats around!

Colts 5K — First Race with a Stroller

Competing in the Colts 5K was a fun time. I only had a little bit of nerves because of my running partner–it was her first race so I wasn’t sure how she’d handle it. Would she be alright with the crowds? Would I push her too fast? Would she have a blowout in her diaper mid-race?

Hold up…blowout in her diaper? Yep, my running partner was my baby girl! We’ve been working for this race, slowly adding miles in the stroller to get her accustomed to the time spent and me accustomed to the extra weight and resistance that comes with pushing something up and down hills.

Race day dawned bright and early…about 30 minutes earlier than planned (apparently Baby A&W didn’t know I had set my alarm). That was OK, I got up and dressed quickly (I laid out my race outfit the night before, as well as hers), then got A up. I changed her diaper and got her dressed in her Colts onesie and shorts, plus a fresh diaper, and headed down for our pre-race meal–a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter for me, and a bottle of formula and bowl of oatmeal for her.

The stroller was already packed in the car, and so was her diaper bag. For the race, I didn’t want to be weighed down by my giant diaper bag, so I threw my Brica goPad Diaper Changer, which was great because it held 3 diapers, plus a small pack of wipes, and some small trash bags to dispose of the dirty diapers. It worked great! We ended up having to change A’s diaper after the race…in the end zone of the Colts’ stadium (Lucas Oil Stadium). (Hey, how many babies can say that??)


The race started a little after 8. I lined up with a friend in the 10 minute pace, towards the back of that pack. I was going to do my best to not the stroller wheel into anyone, but I couldn’t guarantee it. Well, I only hit three people, and it was only minor, so I was proud of myself for that!

I had to remind myself to be patient with my weaving and moving around if we needed to pass people. Running with a stroller isn’t as flexible as running alone. I made sure to give us a wider berth in our route, and didn’t cut corners tightly. There were a few inconsiderate runners–one guy dashed across our running path, cutting it so close he almost hit my front tire.

Overall, the course was stroller-friendly, especially runner friendly. We started in front of the stadium, then ran the last tenth of a mile into and through the stadium. That part was really cool–we actually ran through the tunnel that the Indianapolis Colts run through when they come onto the field on game day. Then the finish line was the 50 yard line. The energy was awesome, and it was fun seeing the Colts cheerleaders lining up the last part of the race.


We waited around and took photos while waiting for M and my brother-in-law, who were walking the race. Then we had to hurry on out because I needed to be on the road to Lexington for a friend’s baby shower.

But not before A met Blue, the Indianapolis Colts mascot… (she wasn’t sure about his furry arms and kept trying to pluck them LOL)


I’m already looking forward to another fun race to do with the stroller. I hope to make running something Baby A&W can do together for a long time. While I don’t know if I see myself racing further than a 5K with a stroller (maybe a 10K, if I can build up her patience), they’re more fun that way.

I wasn’t able to get my race photo at this time, but once I do, I’ll post it–I’m pretty proud of it! :-)

Your turn: Have you, or would you, run a race pushing a stroller?

Dear Aubrey – 7 Months


Dear Aubrey,

Seven months!! We’re on the downward spiral to 1 year old! I laugh when I say that. But, really, I can’t believe we’re already at 7 months. You continue to grow and change everyday, and you’re really starting to become your own person.

Last month was a big one as far as action for you. We had your official 6-month photos taken on Grammie & Grandpie’s farm, and you were such a little trooper and a ham in front of the camera. Dally and LaMesa even got into the photos a couple of times, which makes my heart swell.


We took you to the Indiana State Fair, where you got to see so many cool things, and even rode the carousel with momma for the first time. You weren’t too sure when the carousel started moving and the horse was going higher and higher, so I held you through the ride, and you were OK with that.


You’ve been sitting in high chairs when we go to restaurants, and you like it so much better. Because of that, we’re starting to let you try to feed yourself and work on picking up things with your fingers. It takes you a while, but you’re getting the hang of it. Meanwhile, you have fun making a big mess.

Eating-wise, you’re still doing well. We’ve been trying so many new foods, and you haven’t really had a problem with any of them.

We also ran in our first 5K together in August! Momma pushed you in your stroller for the Colts 5K in downtown Indianapolis. You handled everything so well, and we finished in around 31 minutes, which is a great time! While we waited for your Uncle Jerry and daddy to finish, we took photos, fed you a bottle, and even had to change your diaper in the end zone of Lucas Oil Stadium–how many babies can say that? ;-)


Just last week we took you on your first long car ride (longer than 3.5 hours) as we traveled to Savannah, Ga., for mommy’s cousin’s wedding. We took two days to drive out there and two days to drive back, staying in hotels along the way. You handled everything so well. There were times you hated being in your car seat, because you had been in it for so long, so I can understand. And when we’d put you to sleep in your pack and play, you slept so well for everything going on. I took you to Tybee Island, where we traveled up the lighthouse (such a great workout for mommy, haha) and you got to see the ocean and the beach for the first time! There were storms and rain in the area, so we couldn’t stay long, but you were able feel the sand, have the waves crash against your little chubby legs, and watch the seagulls flying around. I know your daddy wished he could have been there, but we know we’ll return sometime soon.

Tybee Island Beach

Tybee Island Beach

You’re recognizing important people in your life, and smile whenever you see them. You haven’t said any real words, yet, but when you’re crying for me it’s like you say “Mim” instead of “mom”, which is cute. You’ve really started rolling around now–remember when I said that after your 4-month birthday you rolled once and that was it? Well now you roll over all of the time. You love your Zippy for sleeping, which makes us happy.

No teeth, yet, but you’re back to slobbering and sucking on things a lot, so time will tell.

I love your little hugs you give me all the time, your laughs and giggles. You’ve figured out how to fake coughs and sneezes because you know you’ll get a reaction. Your personality is growing more and more.

Love you, baby girl!

Running While Pushing — Stroller Runs!

You might remember that while I was pregnant, I wanted to continue running for as long as I could, even completing a half marathon around 7 months pregnant. Shortly thereafter I stopped doing long training runs and just did short one milers interspersed with some weight training while doing CrossFit. Then it just became too uncomfortable to run very far (read: away from a toilet) and I knew it was time to slow it down and just walk.

Now that Baby A&W is 6 months old, I’ve been getting back into running and increasing my distance. I’ve been running again for a while now, I started back in April, but the distances weren’t too great, and the runs were irregular. I had to go only when M was home and could watch the baby, or when I got my jogging stroller, we could go for short runs while I pushed. (Let me tell you, pushing a baby, in her carseat in the jogging stroller, up and over the hills in my old neighborhood sucked, especially being out of shape!)

First stroller runs were rough, with the addition of the carseat (since A was too small to sit in the big kids seat) and just getting back into running after giving birth.

First stroller runs were rough, with the addition of the carseat (since A was too small to sit in the big kids seat) and just getting back into running after giving birth.

Now that life is a little different, I’m able to get out and run more, but mostly the same strip over and over. One of the disadvantages to living in the country is there’s not much to spice up the run like when I lived in Lexington–there were all kinds of different routes I could take from my house, and I could meet up with running buddies or my running group. Now I’m missing my running group, and my running buddies, who kept me motivated and kept me running regularly. However, I am making sure I get at least one run in a week, though I know it needs to be more.

I quickly learned that running with a stroller is a lot different than running on your own. You’ve already got a built-in head wind/resistance thing going for you. And you’re not necessarily the one who calls the shots as to how long your runs get to be–if baby’s unhappy, that run better be fast and short. Luckily, Baby A&W has been pretty good about the runs. Sometimes she gets a little too warm (no shade along the road doesn’t help), but she’s pretty good.

We’ve slowly worked our way up to running 4 miles with the stroller, which is great! I try to run with the stroller one day, then if I can talk someone into watching A for about an hour, I’ll sneak in a run by myself. Those runs are when I test my pace and I test my distance–I should be able to run a little further without the stroller than I do with the stroller because it should be easier, right?

Aubrey and I are getting ready to run in our first 5K together–it’ll be my first race since I finished the Iron Horse Half Marathon back in October, and it’ll be my first race pushing a stroller! We’re running in the Colts Kickoff 5K in downtown Indianapolis, where we’ll start the race outside Lucas Oil Stadium, and then finish at the 50 yard line of the field! I’m excited for the race, but a little nervous as to how things will go with a big crowd and me pushing the stroller. Plus, how will A act?

Don’t worry, I plan to chronicle our race and show you what I did to prepare not only myself, but baby, for the 5K. My goals for the race are to try to run the whole 5K without walking (or, rather, needing to walk, as I’m sure the crowd might force me to walk) and to not run into anyone with the stroller (the dogs will tell you that sometimes I don’t see what’s going on directly in front of the stroller sometimes).

Dear Aubrey-6 Months!


Dear Aubrey,

We’ve made it to half a year! It’s amazing to think that you’re already 6 months (26 weeks) old! When I look at photos of you your first week and then look at you now, I can’t believe that you’re the same baby girl.

"Mom, I am NOT a kettlebell!"

“Mom, I am NOT a kettlebell!”

Your 6 Months Stats:
Length: 27.25″ (93rd percentile)
Weight: 16 lbs 4 oz (52nd percentile)
Head circumference: 42.5 cm (58th percentile)

You’re growing so much in so many different ways every day. You’ve really started watch and appreciate the animals. You’ll reach out to LaMesa for pets and then giggle when she starts to lick your hands and toes. When she and Dally start to play, you watch the excitement and have even started really laughing at them. You like to reach for the cats, too. We’ll have to keep an eye on you, as you’re grabbing and pulling a little on their fur, and while our puppies and kitties have been pretty good about it, you never want to test them.

You love to eat! We’ve been feeding you for about a month now, now eating three times a day, like your momma. We’ve been doing oatmeal with prunes in the morning, then something for lunch and dinner. For the most part, mommy’s been making your food, trying to keep some things chunky to help you start to learn to chew already. Grammie even made you homemade applesauce, which you liked better than the Gerber apples.

Foods you love: sweet potatoes, peas, butternut squash, pears, peaches, prunes, applesauce

Foods you don’t love: beets, green beans (but if I mix them with the food you love, you’ll eat them right up), plain oatmeal


I really want to do baby-led weaning, which allows you to pick up small chunks of food yourself and feed yourself, but we don’t have a high chair at the moment. I’m looking forward to discussion things with your pediatrician at your 6-month appointment later this week to make sure I’m doing everything alright.


We finished Water Babies at Stony Creek Swim Center last week. It was sad to find out that that was your last class, but you’re now moved up to Little Swimmers 1 and we’ll hopefully be starting that class soon. You just love swimming. Even on your worst days (total grouch face), you totally change when we get to the pool and you smile and laugh the entire time. We had started dunking you under water, and learning to push off the wall, and you’ve been doing great. You also loved when you floated in the shark floaties for more tummy time.


We took you to your first county fair, where you got to meet cows, goats, rabbits, sheep, and pigs for the first time. You weren’t sure what to think about the pigs and the cows, but  you were a trooper in the heat. We’ve also gone to the farmers’ market a couple of times, and you just hang out the whole time.


The past week or so, you’ve really started teething, even to the point of waking up screaming sometimes. It breaks your momma’s heart to see you hurting like that, but you’ve been as good as can be about it all. We got you some more teething toys, like your “Chew-Dog” and Chew Beads for your pacifier and you really like those. Teething is not fun!

Loving our

Loving our “Chew-Dog”

Daddy’s been gone a lot lately, but when he’s home he pours so much love over you! And so does momma. I’ve enjoyed these couple of months of being a stay-at-home-working-mom because I’ve gotten to see you grow and change so much. You’re sitting up on your own now, and while you haven’t rolled over much, I’m realizing that’s OK–you’re still pretty strong and loving life.

I can’t believe we’re on the downward slope to your 1 year. Can time slow down a little?

Love you, baby girl!

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5 Months


Link Love: Giving Moms Some Love

I’ve found myself reading more and more about being a mother, how to help baby, and how to stay sane than I ever thought I would! It just comes with the territory of being a new mom, I guess. But I found a couple of articles/blog posts that have hit home that I wanted to share for new (or not-so-new) moms like myself. Enjoy!


New Research Shows Equine-Assisted Intervention Can Have Significant Improvement on Mother-Child Engagement (Equine Chronicle): Growing up in a horse family, I have to say that I completely agree–horses can bring a family together. It was because of horses that we spent weekends together and because of horses there were many late nights at the barn. We didn’t have as much technology back then, but it was simple, and nice. I’m looking forward to sharing horses with Baby A&W and I hope it can bring our little family together just like it did as I was growing up.

Things I Need My Daughter to Know (Scary Mommy): OMG I love the Scary Mommy site! As a new mom, it seems like their posts are always so timely and hit me so hard. This one is something I want to keep in my back pocket for when A grows up. I’m so nervous about raising a daughter in the current state of affairs the world is in, but I know she’s going to be strong and smart because that’s my goal.

Balancing Blogging & A Baby (The Lunchbox Diaries): I’m trying to find that balance of work, blogging, life, and baby…as you can tell from my long breaks between posts. I was happy to take a maternity leave from blogging after A was born, but after five months, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Kind of appropriate timing, don’t you think?

Your turn: What’s been some of your favorite reads lately? 

The Move: Struggle, Tears, and Changes

I had started writing this more than a month ago, and I should have posted it before now, but life has just been way too crazy for me.

Flashback to May…and I, along with the help of some family, packed up our entire home into a Budget Rental truck and we set out for a new beginning. We moved from Lexington back up to Indiana. It was time to be a family.

You see, M had started a new job up in Indiana in mid-January. There was no way I was going to move nine months pregnant, nor with a newborn, and I needed my job for the insurance, so I stayed in Lexington. After Baby A&W was born, M was able to spend two weeks in Lexington with us before he had to return to work. Since I had four weeks of maternity left, and a baby who needed to be fed every two hours (which included 30 minutes nursing on me, plus 30 minutes of me pumping, then 20 minutes of feeding baby the bottle…repeat the process 40 minutes later), I temporarily moved back to Indiana with M and my parents so I had some help. At the end of my maternity leave, I moved baby and the dogs back to Lexington and started to live the life of a pseudo-single mom. When M wasn’t traveling on the weekends for his new job, he’d come down to spend a couple days with us, then he’d return to my parents’ place and I returned to being the lone wolf.

How I coped on my own many evenings freelancing at night with a's all about multi-tasking.

How I coped on my own many evenings freelancing at night with a baby…it’s all about multi-tasking.

It was like that for 3.5 months. And it was hard. It sucked. It was lonely. I don’t know how single parents do it everyday for 18+ years! I had so many breakdowns, so many rough nights, and all I could do was cry in the phone to my mom or husband as I struggled with just about everything. But, yet, I still worked out every morning, dropped my daughter off at daycare, worked 9 hours, picked her up, then we’d walk the dogs, and I’d feed her and make bottles for the next day, put her to bed, and then maybe I’d eat dinner around 9 or 10. I got it done. I had to. I had no other choice.

Then in May, reality hit us. The cost of rent on our house plus daycare each month was more than what I was making at work. Add to that a (HUGE) mistake by my HR with my FMLA paperwork, which meant I went five weeks without any income coming in at all, and we needed help. The only option we really had was that I moved up to Indiana earlier than planned. I had hope to find a job before the move, so it’d be an easier transition, but things weren’t panning out that way. So we set a date for Memorial Day weekend and I gave my final notice to my boss, which sucked.

Let me tell you, packing and moving with a 3 month old is not fun, nor do I recommend doing it when it’s 80+ degrees out, and you’re dealing with your parents and your in-laws, and are totally emotional because you don’t want to move. It was one of the hardest weekends ever for me. While I was happy to be able to finally have some help with Baby A&W (since we were moving in with my parents to help us get on our feet again), I didn’t want to leave Lexington. Lexington has been my home for eight years, and I built such a life, with friends, work, hangouts, dog training, Man O’War CrossFit, etc.

But, I knew it was for the best. M and I needed to be together again, and he needed to be able to be a father to Baby A&W more than just a couple days every couple of weeks. And I needed help.

While the accommodations are tight (four adults, one baby, three dogs, and four cats under one roof), I know it brings my parents great joy every morning to hear A laugh and screech with joy. M and I are crammed into my childhood bedroom, while A’s crib is in my dad’s office. Most of our belongings are in storage in my brother-in-law’s garage next door, so if I’m needing something (which is most of the time), I walk over there and dig through tons of boxes and hope I can find it (to date I’m still looking for flea/tick meds, bottle brushes, dog brushes, and I think something else). I’m thankful for my family to be such big help.

One perk to living back on the farm: Baby A&W gets to grow up around horses like me! (See how thrilled both she and my old barrel horse is?)

One perk to living back on the farm: Baby A&W gets to grow up around horses like me! (See how thrilled both she and my old barrel horse is?)

I’m going on a second month of still looking for a job, and it’s hard. It’s hard managing being a stay-at-home-working-mom with my freelancing. I feel like my entire life/identity is gone and I’ve lost myself in the move. I can’t do CrossFit everyday like I used to–I miss my boys at MOWCF like crazy–but I do it maybe twice a week with the local police department until I can afford a new membership. I’m trying to get back into running, but it’s hard with a fussy baby (most of my runs are with the stroller because I have to have A with me). And I just miss working…it might sound weird, but I do. But I know I need to cherish this time with A, as she’s changing everyday, and I do. But my sense of worth has drastically declined, though I know that’s stupid for a mother to say.

My writing has totally slacked, especially with this blog, and for that, I apologize. There’s been quite a few things that I’ve thought “I need to blog about this” but then I don’t because my “me-time” is only so fleeting, and I have so much more that has to get done besides blogging (i.e., laundry, caring for the horses, taking care of my parents’ house, interviews, transcribing, writing articles I actually get paid for, etc.). I’m going to try my best to be better..about everything.

For now, this has been Life on Planet Marsz….coming to you from Indiana.

Dear Aubrey – 5 Months

Working on your ring rows, keeping your nickname "Baby CrossFit" legit!

Working on your ring rows, keeping your nickname “Baby CrossFit” legit!

Dear Aubrey,

It’s rather ironic, but your 5-month birthday was also the day that we told your grandparents we were expecting last year! :-)

Once again, we’ve had a lot of firsts this month!

You attended your first agility trial with mom competing at the beginning of the month. Mom brought you along to a trial your Grandpie puts on, so we had to be very busy. You walked the courses with me in your carrier, so I’ve already been teaching you about front and rear crosses and what the different obstacles are called. When momma ran, someone offered to hold you so you could watch me run Dally and LaMesa. You loved it. You only fussed once, and that was when the judge accidentally bunked you on the head. The next day you spent the day with Aunt Erin and Uncle Jerry, and then you got to witness history–American Pharoah, the horse that you watched win the Kentucky Derby, won the Triple Crown–a feat that hadn’t been done in 37 years! Your momma was so excited, because she’d never thought she’d see the day.

Representing "Team Stump Kids" with your Corgi onesie at the agility trial!

Representing “Team Stump Kids” with your Corgi onesie at the agility trial!

When daddy finally came home from a long trip, we went on a road trip to see his friends Matt and Sophia, who were celebrating their wedding. You were such a little trooper! Then we celebrated your daddy’s first Father’s Day. Mommy had you help her make little hand and footprints for daddy and Grandpie, however you were more into grabbing the dough than making a print.

Daddy's Girl

Daddy’s Girl

You started swim lessons, too! We had so much fun in your first lesson–you’re a natural in the water, it’s amazing to your momma! You loved to splash the water and you were already dunking your face in! We would sing songs while momma held you with your belly in the water and floating on your back. You’d reach for toys, and do tummy time on a floating mat. It’s so much fun to see you having fun, and I’m thankful for Stony Creek Swim Center to be offering the Water Babies class for free.


We’ve been working on trying to get you to nap better this month. We’re still only able to get you sleep for longer periods of time if you’re swaddled, but now we’re starting to put you to bed when you’re still awake so you can start putting yourself to sleep. So far, so good…but you’re still fighting nap time and hate to see your swaddle. You still like to cover your eyes when you’re sleeping, either with a towel or your hands.

We started feeding you solids at 21 weeks. For a few weeks you’ve been watching us eat with great attention, grabbing our plates, and just drooling at the look of food. We started with some homemade oatmeal, but you weren’t a big fan of that. Then I tried giving you chunks of banana, but you’d quickly spit that out. Pureed bananas, on the other hand you’re starting to like. We’re only feeding you solids once a day right now, but it is helping satiate your appetite and you don’t seem as hungry after you’ve had some. You’re still eating 5-6 bottles, with a 6 ounce bottle before bed and 5.5 ounces the rest of the time. You’re a growing girl!!

You can watch the video of your first bites of oatmeal.

Grammie and mommy packed up all your newborn and 0-3 clothes the other day. I kept a couple of the cute onesies that I loved, but it was time to make room for your 6 months clothes! You can still fit in some 3 month clothes, but it’s mostly 6 months, with a few 6-9. Your legs are long, so sleepers have to be long enough for your legs!

The corn is Aubrey-high before the 4th of July!

The corn is Aubrey-high before the 4th of July!

We celebrated your 5-month birthday along with Grammie’s birthday at Joe’s Crab Shack, and with that you got to ride on the slide for the first time. Grandpie is going to re-do the swing set he built for your momma so it’s ready for you when you’re able to swing and slide.

You still love your walks and you love when we go for runs in the stroller.


This coming month will be fun for us with more swimming and more summer activities.

Love you, baby girl!

Catch up on the previous months:

Month 1
Month 2
Month 3
Month 4

Four Months of Smiles – Dear Aubrey


Dear Aubrey,

We’re a third of the way through our first year of life together, can you believe it?? It’s amazing to think it’s already been four months, but then again, it seems like it’s been a long time (I know, I think I say this every post I write, but it’s true!).

When I look through photos of you from birth to now it’s amazing to think about how much you’ve grown and changed. Your first month you spent mostly sleeping, while I barely slept, and we fretted over just trying to get you to gain weight and I was so full of anxiety over how small you were. Now we’re both sleeping pretty well…at night. (During the day, however, is another matter when you’re with momma–you don’t like to nap with me!) And you’ve grown by leaps and bounds! It’s amazing. At your four-month check-up with Dr. Wilson, you had grown almost three inches in two months!

Your stats at 4 Months:

Weight: 11 lbs 9 oz (22nd percentile)
Length: 24″ long (50th percentile)
Head circumference: 39.75 cm ( percentile)


You’re still wearing some 3 months clothes, but also 3-6 (tops) and some 6 month bottoms. You’re legs are getting so long, but the waist in some of the longer pants are too big for your thin torso. You’re still just as active as ever. You finally rolled over for the first time today–on your 4-month birthday!! The doctor said not to expect you to roll from back to front because you’re just too interested in everything, why would you want to roll over to look at the ground?? Yep, you definitely already have your own agenda, and we better follow it!

Rolling over for the first time. 6-3-15

Rolling over for the first time. 6-3-15

You’re discovering so much now, it’s so much fun to watch your face light up. You love watching your “puppy sisters” run around, as well as fun things on television (horse and car racing for the most part), and you love to look out the window at the birds or trees. Your eyes get so large and just shine. Oh, yeah, and your eyes are a gorgeous shade of gray right now.

You’re also starting to grab onto your toys…and put them in your mouth. Everything goes into your mouth right now. You started growling the last couple of weeks, and then you’ll “bite” something–whether it’s your burp cloth, your hands, a toy, or our hands/arms. You started that over Memorial weekend, and it cracks us up, but we know when you get teeth it won’t be so funny. ;-) Almost everyday you make a new noise…and I love hearing them.

You still are sensitive to having a gassy stomach. And we still struggle with daytime naps when you’re with mommy–too much stuff going on you don’t want to miss out.

Many firsts: First time feeling sand on your toes, first time watching volleyball & playing with one, first time at a German restaurant/bar when you visited Marikka's.

Many firsts: First time feeling sand on your toes, first time watching volleyball & playing with one, first time at a German restaurant/bar when you visited Marikka’s.

We also made a big life change–over Memorial Day weekend you and mommy moved up to Indiana to be with daddy. But before we moved, I took you on a tour of some of mommy’s favorite places in Lexington so people could see you and me before we left. Your Grandma W came down to help pack up and clean the house, followed by Grammy and Grandpie A and Uncle Jerry. It was a long, hot, rough few days, but we got our house packed up in a large Budget rental truck, and mommy said goodbye to her best friend and the best place she’d lived. It was pretty hard on mommy, but I know it was for the best for our family. For three months it’d been just me and you, baby girl, and there were many hard, lonely times. Moving to Indiana meant moving closer to mommy’s family, and being with daddy. We’re currently living with Grammy and Grandpie A on the farm–it’s a little cramped, but we’re making due. You’re bringing everyone so much happiness during some tough times, it’s worth it.

You love going for walks in your carrier if you are facing out so you can see everything.

You love going for walks in your carrier if you are facing out so you can see everything.

Since moving to the farm, you go down to the barn with mommy almost everyday–I wear you in your carrier and we put the horses out in their pasture and we clean stalls. We’re already talking about getting you a pony soon, and I cannot wait to get you in the saddle already.

Of course moving meant no more daycare at Tot’s Landing, which was hard. I’m sure we’ll find another great daycare facility in Indiana, but the women who cared for you in those short couple of months were so great, it’ll be hard to match them. I hope you love the next place just as much as you did Tot’s Landing.

This month will be full of just as much action and growth, I’m sure. But I’m looking forward to experiencing every minute with you. Watching you experience life for the first time amazes me, and makes me appreciate things I might have taken for granted before, and for that, I’m grateful to you. I love you so very much!

3 Months

2 Months

1 Month