10 Months Old

Here we are again, the end of another month and Garrett is now 10 Months Old!!!  Time can slow down now before we know it we’ll be celebrating his First Birthday!

I think one of the reasons this month has gone so quickly is because as I wrote in my previous April post we’ve been super busy!!  It’s hard to believe that May will be here next week, and it doesn’t look like it will be any less busy than this month!

Dan and I get to see two shows in May; Thanks to his birthday gift to me! (Come Fly Away, and La Cage Aux Folles), which means at least 2 date nights 🙂 G and I have a trip planned to Ohio to celebrate with some of my best girlfriends’; One with a baby shower, one with a college graduation/baby girl on the way, and one who’s daughter is being baptized, not to mention the engagement of my cousin Sarah and Mother’s Day with my Momma before Dan, G and I get to celebrate my first Mother’s Day and at the end of the month we have a trip planned to California for my cousin Leah’s wedding!   Although I’m a little nervous as to how G will do on the 5+ hour flight, we’re excited to celebrate with my Mom’s side of the family and take Garrett to California for the first time!

I realize this post was not supposed to be about our crazy schedule, it’s supposed to be about our Sweet Growing Boy so, here’s what he’s been up to

  • Height, my guess would be getting close to 32″ (his torso and legs are soooo long)
  • Weight 21 lbs 2 oz (we had him weighed about a week ago)
  • Wears some 9 month onesies (because he’s so lean) but mostly 12 month clothes (definitely 12 month pants)
  • Size 5 shoes and he has 12-24 month socks that he is outgrowing :-/
  • Crawls all over the plac very quickly so he’s always keeping us on our toes!

  • Has 6 teeth!  4 on top and 2 on the bottom
  • Eats really well…Lots of different finger foods and still some purees, loving pancakes, cucumbers, chicken, sweet potatoes, guacamole, grilled cheese sandwiches, and yogurt just to name a few

  • Can pull himself up to a standing postion on any surface and picks out what toys he wants to play with and when

  • Walks unassisted behind his walker

  • Still loves his doggies and is adament on getting Kuno to pay attention to him

  • Naps once in the morning and once in the afternoon and sleeps from 7:30 til about 7
  • Says mama and baba (sometimes when he’s feeling playful and a lot of times when he’s tired, upset, sad, mad, etc.) we’re diligintly working on dada 🙂

  • He’s one of the happiest babies I know, but he’s also quite pensive and always seems to be trying to figure things out
  • He has the prettiest brightest blue eyes, cutest smile, and sweetest giggle and I could stare at him all day ❤

  • I am so amazed by him and proud of him, and I can’t imagine my life without him.  He’s the best thing that has ever happened to both Dan and I and we are so very blessed!

Happy 10 Months to our Sweet Boy…We love you so much!

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Tri-Training/Race and Best Body Bootcamp Update

My triathlon is 6 days away!!!!!  I can’t believe my training is just about over, and even though the distances on their own may not seem too daunting to some people out there…..(myself included) it’s the actual sequence of a 500 meter swim,(which even though my idea of a sprint is a 50 meter swim 😉 is still somewhat considered a sprint followed by a 12 mile bike ride(which again may sound easy to some, but for me, given that it’s a moderately hilly course, and that I’ve ridden it a few times and my legs are TIRED when I finish and that I’m expected to transition directly into a 5K run (which is probably my weakest of the 3 sports, and of course it’s the last one) I’m excited, but a little nervous at the same time.

As most of you know, I grew up swimming, and running track so you would think that this would be a no brainer for me, but I was a true sprinter in these sports.  I mean like 50’s or 100’s in the pool, and 100, 200, 4×1’s and 4×2’s on the track so the goal was to go as fast as I could and in under a minute or so my race would be complete.  So…even though this is a Sprint triathlon, completing a 500 in the water, then biking 12 miles and then running 3 miles I’ve had to train my body differently.  I’ve learned to pace myself, rather than going all out which is great(albeit challenging) and I’m happy to oblige, especially now that I’m not a teenager anymore and my body has drastically changed in the last 12 years.  My goal is to finish the race in under 1hr40min.  I’d like to finish my swim in under 8 minutes, my bike in under 55 and my run in under 30 minutes + time for my transitions.  However, I will PR regardless of my race time and for that I am pleased!

On top of the workouts my trainer has set up for me(which have been great), I have been doing Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp to supplement my strength training and so far I’ve been happy with the results.  My weeks have mostly been looking something like this

Monday-Best Body Bootcamp workout A

Tuesday-Swimming for 45 minutes

Wednesday-Training (Swimming, Biking, Running) depending on the week

Thursday-Workout B-Best Body Bootcamp

Friday- Workout C-Best Body Bootcamp

Saturday-Off

Sunday-Brick workouts (Biking 12+ miles followed by a 2-3 mile run)

I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of putting the two together, and will be sad to see both of them come to an end after Sunday, but I now have a lot more knowledge about all aspects of the Tri-sport, along with strength training, and I’m looking forward to keeping up my workout regime with my own training 🙂

This is supposed to be a taper week for me due to my race on Sunday but I’m still planning on completing my workouts just a modified version of them…Other than that…

I’m as ready as I’m going to be, race gear and all!

And I’ll be sure to update everyone after my race!

April so Far

It’s felt like a whirlwind of a few weeks since my last post.  Between traveling for Easterand having visitors, getting our new boat and training for my Triathlon (which is only 9 days away!!!!!!!!) we’ve been pretty busy!  Garrett is getting bigger and braver every day and it seems like he is getting closer and closer to being able to walk on his own, although, I’m pretty sure we’ve still got some time before we’re chasing him all over the house 😉

We flew back down to Florida to see Dan’s parents for Easter and had a wonderful time!

Garrett got lots of time swimming in his pool,

 and even went to the beach and into the ocean for the first time since he was only 10 weeks old!

He seemed to like the water even though the Gulf was still pretty chilly, but he wasn’t too sure about the whole sand thing 🙂  We’re hoping that he warms up to it a bit more next time

He also got to play with his Grandma and Grandpa Brewton a Lot!!

He especially liked showing everyone how well (and fast) he is crawling now!

We’re home now for a while and don’t have any visitors planned in the near future, and are hoping to get in some lake time on our new boat!

She’s sure to be the reddest boat on all of LKN!!! And since I didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time on our boat last year, I’m hoping this year I get to make up for it.  I haven’t been on a wakeboard in a while and I’m anxious to see if I can still do it!  But first….we’ve got to get G warmed up to his life jacket……so far, he’s not much of a fan 😦  which in turn makes for a little less enjoyment when we’re on the Lake, but we’re not giving up……he’s going to have to get used to it sooner or later!!!

Even though he can be a little stinker sometimes……..he’s still the cutest baby I know 😉

We’re hoping to give the boat thing another go this weekend!  Fingers crossed it goes a little bit better than last time!

Got anything fun planned for your weekend???

Picnic at the Park

Last year when I was pregnant I was lucky enough to share the experience with several friends…4 of which lived close by. We all had our babies within 12 weeks of one another and it’s been so fun to watch them all grow together!

Susan (front and center) had Caden first.  Then Catherine (bottom right) had Leia about 10 days later, I had Garrett 13 days after that, Allison (bottom left) had Luke Alexander about 6 weeks later, and Brittany (not pictured…she left right before) had her sweetie Hailey about 5 weeks after that!

A few of us live North of the city so we set up playdates as often as we can, but our good friends Ryan and Catherine are still in the city so it’s great when we can get together!  We met at Latta Park and had a picnic outside to enjoy the beautiful day

Here are Catherine and I with the babies when G was only 6 days old

                           and 9+ month’s later

      It’s amazing how much they’ve grown and changed, and it was so fun to watch them play together.

Dan and Ryan (Leia’s Dad) grew up together and I think it’s pretty neat that our kids will get to follow in their footsteps

We had perfect weather….not too hot and not too sunny so we were able to hang out for a while and enjoy each other’s company and the beautiful day!

I’m planning on enjoying the comfortable temperatures as much as possible….I have a feeling it’s going to be a very hot summer!

What’s your favorite springtime activity??

9 Months Old

Look who’s 9 Month’s old!!

I know this post is overdue and I would have posted earlier but I wanted to wait until his Dr.’s appointment so I could include his stats….and just like I suspected our little man is not so little anymore!

  • Weight: 20lbs 6oz (50%)
  • Length: 31in (97%)
  • Head circumference: 46cm (75%

We had a great month that was absolutely beautiful weather-wise and also included some very special visitors!  Unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of all the visitors but I did get some.  Aunt Jess came into town for the weekend and she and Aunt Carly came up to see us and go to Discovery Place Kids!

That same weekend Grandma and Grandpa Brunner were in town too!  They bought a fun little car to cruise around in and will be back soon to pick it up!

Uncle Tim came for a few weeks and we FINALLY got a picture with him!

Shortly after, Grandma Lynn came to look for houses so she and Grandpa Rich can be closer to us, and guess what?????

They are buying a house in our neighborhood!!!  We’re super excited to have some family so close and are hoping that Grandma and Grandpa Brunner will follow in a few years 😉

Call me crazy, but I think Grandma Lynn enjoys Garrett a whole lot!

Along with our visitors, came a lot of new milestones!  Here are a few other things we’ve been up to!

  • REAL crawling!!  He army crawled for a few months and got really good at it, and now….he’s up on all fours all of the time now and getting faster every day!

  • Climbing up stairs.  (Don’t worry, we only allow him to climb up the 2 short steps we have to get into our bonus room, that are carpeted all around)

  • Climbing all over Mommy and Daddy!  They make the best jungle gyms!
  • More teeth…He’s got 4 now with another one coming in on the top…check out those chompers!

  • Pulling himself up onto things when he’s feeling brave

  • He enjoys looking at himself in the mirror and thinks he’s pretty funny

We’ve been swimming more and more, and are so excited for our trip to the beautiful Pensacola beaches for Easter!  We like hanging out with friends at the park and try to make that a weekly occurance, and his  favorite toys this month are….Oscar’s dog collar, the wheels on his trucks, stroller, toys, etc.  red solo cups, and anything that rolls.

We also got a chance to to watch Daddy play softall and his team won!

We’re keeping busy and having lots of fun!  Each day gets more and more exciting and we are so blessed to have such a sweet healthy boy who brings so much joy to our lives!