I’m a marathon runner…Annabelle is a marathon cryer.

Hey guys! Thanks for all of your comments and encouragement on my last post. 🙂 Here’s how the first two days have gone…

Day 1

– We took away the bottle and only gave her milk in a sippy cup. (She’s been drinking water out of a sippy cup for a long time, but was hooked on the milk/bottle combo).

Back in her glory days.

– She asked for her “bobble” pretty often, but I showed her that her cup was way cooler and she would forget about it for a while…until the next time she asked for it.

– She ate more dinner because she wasn’t so full on milk.

– She went to bed at her normal time without too much difficulty.

– She woke up at 10 and continued to cry for a very, very long time. We went in a few times to console her, but she got upset every time we put her back in her crib. She finally gave up and went to sleep at 1:30 am and slept until 9. She woke up very happy and did not seem to hate us for it. 🙂

Day 2

– Happy baby!

– She was well behaved at breakfast and she ate a bunch of pancakes.

– She still asked for her bottle, but she started asking for her cup by the end of the day.

– She cried when I put her to bed, but she only cried for 10 minutes. Hallelujah! Fingers crossed that she sleeps all night!

I must say, I’m very surprised at how well she is doing. Her behavior was even better today…maybe because she got a good night of sleep in her crib all night (after lots of crying :-()and ate more food instead of milk? I don’t know, but it was awesome. My only concern is that she isn’t drinking very much milk now. How much should she be drinking?
What else did we do today?

– went out to breakfast
– went to Target
– my friends Matt and Kirstyn and their adorable baby came over this afternoon…we ate and watched the Ravens game (sigh) and then this happened. She has been my dessert soul sister since 2004.


Today was a rest/eat too much day, so I can’t wait for a long run tomorrow!

What is on your agenda for tomorrow?

Best part about your day today?

PS The wordpress app changed and I can’t figure out the bold and italic settings. Therefore, please forgive the don’t randomness going on.

Fun Things Friday!

Happy Friday! I hope you have lots of fun in store for this weekend. 🙂

1. My mom is coming home to visit for the weekend!!!! I haven’t seen her in a month and I don’t know if I’ve ever gone that long without seeing her before.

(dancing with Annabelle)

2. I’m wearing new shoes today! That always makes a day better, right? I absolutely love these Toms because they have so much cushion…and they are bright yellow!

3. Even though I am trying to cut down on my dessert intake, I did go to the Cheesecake Factory with friends this week and I did eat a brownie ice cream sundae (I’m not a huge cheesecake fan).


4. Favorite breakfast of the week: Cascadian Farm Organic Graham Crunch with strawberries and vanilla almond milk.

5. National Running Day was on Wednesday. I had to partake in the celebration (of course) and headed out for 6.3 miles at lunch time. It was very hot and humid and the overall 8:20 pace was grueling. Did I really just train for and run a 3:35 marathon??? Sure doesn’t feel like it! The best part of the run was being with friends and getting my Altras back into my shoe rotation.


Tell me something fun about your Friday!

What’s the longest you’ve gone without seeing your family?

The best mom in the world just had a birthday!

My mom’s birthday was on Monday! Doesn’t she look really good for 40? 😉

We started the celebration on Sunday with lunch at Friendly Farms. This place is awesome…I had a crab cake and fried shrimp and the table shares a bunch of all you can eat sides.

My Aunt Janice (my mom’s sister) and my Uncle Gren were nice enough to come and surprise my mom. 🙂


Feeding the ducks!



Love her.

Me, Annabelle, and Poppy ❤

We continued the festivities on Monday and my mom and I enjoyed dinner…and lots of cake! Chocolate cake with whipped frosting to be exact.

My bowl of cake AND ice cream. :-))

She really is my best friend and the best example of a truly amazing mom.

Favorite cake flavor?

Any other April birthdays?