Monday, January 28, 2008
Yes. Those exclamation points are there for a reason! My orthopedic surgeon called me earlier, and I do not have meniscus tears in my knee!
I have an older bruise on the outside, which he thinks was the original injury, and a newer looking one on the inside. The details of the MRI don't tell him how old, so he's not sure what that one came from since I haven't been running (except the one time the PT told me to and I hurt myself).
What it boils down to? Only 2-3 more weeks with no running. Then I get to re-start the 1/2 marathon training program! Woot!
Sadly, though, we're canceling our March trip to run in the fun Yuengling Half Marathon in Virginia Beach. Boo. But, at least there won't be any surgery in my near future!
~Courtney posted at 6:58:12 PM
Our morning funny
Monday, January 28, 2008
I tend to forget that Benjamin is as into his environment as he actually is. I also tend to forget how much of what we say he actually understands. I probably forget because he ignores about 80% of it, but I digress.
This morning, we were sitting at the kitchen table while he ate a late-morning snack of blueberry pancakes. He had one on his plate, and had eaten about 65% of it. He decided he wanted a banana instead, pointed to it and said "nana, mma."
I told him he could have a banana when he finished the pancake on his plate.
He went on to pick up the remainder of the pancake, shove it into his mouth, and mumble "now nana," still pointing at it.
I guess you had to be there. But, at the time, it was pretty funny. And, I kind of like that he's got a tad of a jokester side to him!
~Courtney posted at 1:00:58 PM
Well, I'll be...
Sunday, January 27, 2008
No Way. It can't be possible. I just laughed so hard at the thought of this, my stomach started hurting.
More like the Old Kids on the Block. Seriously.
~Courtney posted at 6:36:16 PM
Things we love this week
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Wearing Banana Republic brown pumps.
Making funny faces in the mirror.
While sitting in the sink.
Riding the trike:
And terrorizing the 'hood, particularly the neighbor's plant material:
Making animal growling noises in pajamas!
~Courtney posted at 7:53:36 AM
What is wrong with my child???
Friday, January 25, 2008
My non-eating, horrible sleeper seems to be taking a turn in a much more acceptable direction. I think he might even be woo'd back into the 75%ile at his 18 month visit with the way he's been eating and sleeping, and hopefully growing, lately!
He woke up VERY early this morning (4 am) which is not the norm (although, 5-6 is the norm...). I nursed him for awhile in attempts to convince him that it was, in fact, still the middle of the night. I wasn't successful, so Andrew got up with him and they came downstairs to play.
I joined them around 6:30, so Andrew could get ready for work. Between 6 and 8 am, Benjamin had close to 2 sippies of milk, one whole grain waffle, 1/2 of an english muffin, some grapes, some Baby Bel cheese (which he suddenly likes again), and a chicken nugget. Wow. That's a lot of food.
At 8:10, he asked to go up for a nap, so despite my fear for the remainder of the day, took him upstairs. He nursed again, this time for only 2-3 minutes, and was out.
I put him in his crib, and went back to bed myself.
I could hear him giggling on the monitor when he woke up at 11:40. Seriously. Three and a half hour naps ROCK. For babies. And moms. Woot!
~Courtney posted at 11:59:31 AM
Finally! A new look
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I've been meaning to change up the website for quite some time, but every time I get started, I get sidetracked, and then the holiday I was hoping to "decorate" for has passed, making efforts totally wasted.
So, I decided this morning, since I've been a design-maniac the past few days, to do a new header for the blog.
It's insanely simple, but I am digging it. And seeing that the previous picture was from when Benjamin was 10 months old, it seemed like a good opportunity to bring us into 2008.
So...enjoy. Feedback on if something is harder to read, etc., is always appreciated.
I have a migraine, and need to go to bed.
~Courtney posted at 8:35:55 PM
Not much to say
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I've not got much to say. We've been sick, and grumpy, and relatively reclusive...so this is all you get:
~Courtney posted at 8:53:34 PM
Saturday, January 19, 2008
We're sick. Well, Benjamin has a fierce cold with a stuffy, yet runny, nose, a mean cough, and an overall crappy disposition.
My mouth is FINALLY starting to feel better. I'd say it's only a 5 on a pain scale of 1-10 right now. It's consistently been a 10, so I'll take the 5. Progress is good.
Andrew is hanging out with an old friend tonight. I was grumpy. B was sick and grumpy, so we encouraged him to go out and do something fun.
I had some fun shopping yesterday. I spent some of my Christmas money and got TWO new pairs of jeans (7s, and True Religion, for those who care) for a VERY good price at the Saks "off 5th" store. I also got a HOT pair of Tory Burch flats that will look fantastic with the black dress I am dying to wear...
Andrew has Monday off, so we're hoping for all three of us to be in good health so we can do something fun!
~Courtney posted at 8:20:31 PM
Never say never
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I said that I would NEVER get a toddler leash. I thought they were mean and inhumane.
I bought one today. It looks like a monkey, and is a "backpack." It will probably hold a toothbrush, and that's about it. But we'll continue to call it his backpack.
He's not ready for it yet, but I wanted him to wear it around the house a bit to get used to it.
So, I'd like to extend a ginormous, mass apology to all of the parents I've judged in the past for using a toddler leash. And I mean that.
For those who will judge me...never say never.
~Courtney posted at 8:46:53 PM
We are still a mess...
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
When I was getting ready to leave the dentist's office last week, they mentioned "if you have a pain that is comparable to childbirth, it's dry socket, and happens about 10% of the time."
Without getting into the whole story with them, I just nodded, and probably drooled a little bit to show that I understood.
I have NO clue what "childbirth" feels like. I didn't labor. I didn't have contractions. I didn't push. I had a scheduled c-section. And honestly, it was pretty easy, and for major abdominal surgery, relatively painless.
So, my mouth hurt on Friday. I expected that. It felt a lot better by Friday night. I woke up feeling decent on Saturday, and continued to feel better (despite the stomach bug). I woke up in SO much pain on Sunday. It was obviously getting worse. I broke down and called the dentist on Sunday night, and she encouraged me to stay on top of the pain with the medication. She also said to call her back if it hadn't taken a turn for the better after Monday.
I woke up on Tuesday morning with even more pain. Shortly after posting about our cabin fever below, I realized we'd be going nowhere but the dentist's office.
I have 2 dry-sockets. She put some numbing agent on some gauze in there, and while it tasted horrible all day (like a LOT of cloves, or a really big, never-ending stick of that old teaberry gum), the pain was really numbed out. I was curious if it was helping them heal, or if it was just numbing the pain.
I got my answer at 1:30 in the morning. The gauze came out. I was awaken by an overwhelming taste of cloves throughout my mouth, and as soon as I sat up, the entire left side of my face started to throb.
How long will this last? It's making me a crap-mom, because I have NO energy to do anything fun with Benjamin.
That would be the same Benjamin who woke up at 4:45 with a gruff, chesty, although only occasional, cough.
Seriously, what did I DO to deserve this?
~Courtney posted at 7:40:37 AM
Single & Lovin' It.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
~Courtney posted at 11:34:20 AM
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
It's 6:54 am and I am already showered and dressed. I haven't done anything in days, and am desperate to get out of the house.
Andrew left for work at 6:30. He was plagued with the stomach bug, and stayed home yesterday, but appeared to be at about 99% this morning.
Even Benjamin keeps bringing me shoes and saying "shooz? out?"
Anyhow, we're hoping to get some errands out of the way, and if we're feeling REALLY adventurous, go to Pottery Barn Kids for story time.
Hopefully I remember how to drive.
~Courtney posted at 7:01:21 AM
Because that is the kind of luck I have...
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I got all four of my wisdom teeth pulled yesterday. Last night, Benjamin got the early stages of a nasty stomach bug.
It got much, much worse today.
Now, I have it too. On the plus side, I haven't really eaten anything because of the whole big-holes-in-mouth thing.
I am beyond thankful that this all shook down on a weekend, because I don't know that I could have handled the last two days without Andrew being home.
Ick. Ick. Ick.
~Courtney posted at 5:52:01 PM
So, I just ran...
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Per the advice of my physical therapist, I hopped on the treadmill for a slow run today. I committed to a long warm up, stopping when it hurt, and running slowly.
I ran 2.5 miles in 27 minutes (very slow for me) and stopped the second it hurt.
It hurts a lot now. Not like the hurt from November. More like the, you are not ready to run yet hurt.
It felt so good for 27 minutes. Boo.
~Courtney posted at 1:27:35 PM
16 Months, Family Fun Weekend, and 70 in January!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Here is a quick update to cover a number of important topics.
Benjamin is 16 months old. Well, now he's 16 months and a week. He's sleeping MUCH better (um, finally) and last night even managed to sleep from 7 until 6:30 this morning. He's not been getting up much in the night lately, but the 5 AM wakeup calls have really been taking a toll on Andrew and I (moreso Andrew, since I usually snooze through them).
Andrew has been fighting a cold/sinus infection. Being a guy, he's refused to go to the doctor, but after 9 days of non-stop sniffles, coughing, and some really intense snoring at night, it appears he's going to pull through. Phew. I am ready to move out of the guest room, so the sooner, the better.
Andrew's parents were in town from mid-last week through the weekend. They didn't stay with us, because the main purpose of the trip was business (for Rick). They landed at BWI on Wednesday night, and came over to our place for a impromptu pizza party.
On Friday morning, Sue took the metro from her hotel to the end of the line, which happens to be a mile from Andrew's office. He picked her up and they came home around lunchtime. Andrew locked himself in the study to finish his workday from home, and I snuck out to run some errands, go to physical therapy and get my fantastic haircut (see below). My 3+ hour break was fantastic.
Once I got home, Andrew and I got ready to go out for a date night. We got a late start, as we were having fun with Benjamin, so dinner was eaten at California Pizza Kitchen, which was fine, because it's a favorite for both of us. The wait for a table was insane, so we were psyched to find two seats at the bar. In our pre-baby days, we always avoided long wait times by bar-dining, but they don't make high chairs that high, so those meals are few-and-far-between these days!
We went to see Enchanted. I am SO lucky that Andrew loves the movies so much that he doesn't actually care what movie we see. This one, however, was quite funny, and I think he enjoyed it. I did.
On Saturday, we met up with Andrew's mom and his sister at the Smithsonian Zoo. We're members, but of course we couldn't find the pass that gives us free parking. Grrr...I imagine that a certain 32 inch toddler has taken it and hidden it somewhere unfindable.
After that, we went to Tyson's Corner Mall and had and early dinner to celebrate Kathryn's (upcoming) birthday. We ate at...CPK. I even ordered the same salad. I am so predictable.
We got stuck in an INSANE amount of traffic coming home, and Benjamin fell asleep in the car. He went straight from the car to his crib, and slept until nearly 6 the next morning. Poor guy wore himself out at the zoo.
On Sunday, we just hung out around the house, and at the park. I am loving this heat wave!
Yesterday, Benjamin and I went back to the zoo to check out some areas we haven't seen before. They have a cute little petting-zoo area with cows, and a few donkeys. Benjamin moo'd and hee-haw'd for the bulk of the afternoon after we hung out there. It was hilarious. He even did a mooing/hee-hawing show for Andrew when we got home.
The high for today is 71, so we're going to get the gym and our nap out of the way so we can go off and do something fun this afternoon!
~Courtney posted at 8:46:03 AM
And the winners of the contest are...
Monday, January 07, 2008
So, this is funny. Both my mother, and my sister figured they knew what the winning numbers are, because they know my favorite numbers.
Well, the trick is on them, because Andrew chose the numbers.
But, the trick is voided, because he chose 3, 8, & 12. Both 8 & 12 being the numbers (I am assuming) that mom and Emily figured would be chosen.
I wish I could send everyone prizes, because to me, you are all winners, but Andrew would be quite annoyed. So, the winners who will be receiving prizes shortly, are Tera, Steph, & Beth.
Ladies, don't forget to pay it forward!
~Courtney posted at 10:05:32 AM
Pay it forward fun!
Saturday, January 05, 2008
A few weeks ago, my fun friend Fran (say that three times fast after a glass of pinot!) had a fun little contest on her site. I was not a winner, but thought the idea was fun, and have decided to copy her; mostly as a way to get some of our readers to de-lurk themselves and comment.
Because I am needy like that.
In this game, currently unspecified prizes will be sent to three people who leave comments. I have already picked the numbers assigned to the winning comments, and only your first comment will count for the prize.
Here are my rules (that I borrowed from Fran):
- If you are a winner, I'll ask that you pay-it-forward on your blog. If you don't have a blog or website, send off little goodies to three of your friends.
- You must trust me enough to send me your address. I am a cool girl. It's highly unlikely that I'll stalk you or anything like that. Don't bother playing if you can't do that.
- If you don't intend to pay it forward, don't play.
I haven't figured out the prizes yet, but will come up with something good.
I will announce the winners once we reach the number of comments needed to hit my numbers.
Okay. Ready. Set. Comment away!
~Courtney posted at 7:55:21 PM
Got my mom 'do
Friday, January 04, 2008
So, I chopped off my hair. In stages. Last Saturday, Andrew stayed home with B so I could have "day of me."
I went to get my hair cut, and then to a movie by myself.
Without getting into the details of the haircut, I left with, what I thought was, a mullet.
I was devastated all week, and then decided to splurge (to say the least) at the place down the street. Well, I am now a new customer, and might need to get a job in order to be one, but it was SO worth it.
I am loving my new, short, 'do!
Please don't mind the bags under my eyes...I am a tired, old lady!
And for those who want to see it, there are ZERO pictures of the mullet. Other than this post, there will be no memories of the week of the worst haircut of my life!
~Courtney posted at 10:55:13 PM
Is that a suntan you are sporting?
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Benjamin and I went to Gymboree this morning. While getting ready (and running late, of course), he stole my bronzer brush and left the bathroom with it. At one point, I saw him brushing his hair with it (he also does that with hair brushes, toothbrushes, etc.), and just let him happily play while I dried my hair...
Fast forward about 15 minutes, bronzer brush a distant memory, almost to Gymboree, and I notice that he has a killer, albeit blotchy, suntan. He managed to fix himself up, nice and pretty, for class with whatever Nars' "Laguna" was left on the brush.
The class, entirely of boys and their moms, consisted of a LOT of conversation about the little boys, and their obsessions for makeup, jewelry and shoes. We are not alone, apparently.
In an otherwise grumpy, whiny day, I have to say his faux-glow was the highlight.
~Courtney posted at 7:48:43 PM
Happy New Year!
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Happy New Year!
Here's to this year being even better than the last!
~Courtney posted at 12:15:54 AM