Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Warm Weather,Well Wishes, and Claritin

The weather has been stunning lately. We went to a toddler's birthday party Saturday and enjoyed sunny upper 70s weather, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles with the kids. Sunday was also lovely in another way--perfect racing weather. It was mid 60s, overcast, and slightly breezy. Perfect weather for those brave souls running the Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon in Atlanta. My thoughts were with them and I hope next year is just as nice if I can get myself out there as well.

I went on my first outdoor run in a month on Monday. In extremely high pollen. Tuesday my eyes were suffering. Itchy, watery, swollen, red...more than one coworker told me it hurt them just to look at my eyes. I'm on Claritin now and feeling much better, but I'll be hanging out indoors until the pollen levels decrease. It's supposed to rain in the next few days, so hopefully that will help.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Two Helpers in the Mileage Quest

Over the past month two things have entered my life that have helped me log more miles.

1. Treadmill
My husband asked me what I wanted for Valentine's Day and this is what came to mind. I can't express how many times I've wanted to go for a run and been unable to because it wasn't conducive for little man to go out with me. Too late, too cold, too rainy...the list goes on and on. I've done the treadmill thing before without much love, but that was the better part of a decade ago and I wasn't so desperate to get moving. The treadmill has taken residence in our guest room and since it's arrival I've been able to run more than I have in a long while. I'm a huge fan of numbers, so I could easily be amused watching myself burn Calories, but instead I've been watching movies while running. Two things I love doing at once? Winning!

2. Daily mile
This is a facebook-like site for runners where you can share and comment on your friends workouts. A high school teammate told me about it and I'm hooked to it so much more than facebook. It's so much fun. I get to "train" with old teammates all over the country! People actually notice when I workout and notice my improvement! I'm running more because I know others are watching! Winning!

On a side note, I submitted my request for the 2011 Peachtree Road Race lottery. I hope I get in. I submitted my 2010 time and already know I want to go under an hour if I am selected for the race. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Duodenal Atresia Update: One Year Later

Our little man just turned one, and with that came reflection of how much life has changed this past year.

I could go on and on about the thrill of milestones and great aspects of being a parent. However, I want to focus on life one year after having a son born with duodenal atresia.

Between the ultrasound that detected the problem to the day we were able to take little man home was the most challenging time of my life. That being said, it is not something that I even think about daily anymore.

It hits me that our family didn't have the most normal start. We hadn't prepared for our little man's arrival the same way that I've observed some of my currently expecting friends preparing. They have nurseries put together and are much more organized than I was. After the diagnosis and following array of doctors appointments during the last portion of my pregnancy I neither had the time nor desire to focus on the "normal" aspects of preparing for a new baby. I just wanted him to arrive safely, get through the surgery, and recover.

After coming home, this year has been relatively uneventful on the health front. The only blip on the radar was the first stomach bug. Our surgeon told us to be concerned if he stopped pooping or threw up green. We went into panic mode and took a burp cloth covered in what we found out was just stomach acid to our pediatrician. Needless to say we were very happy to find ourselves just overly concerned parents.

Little man is normal as can be. I don't notice his scar, although it is larger than I had thought it would be. He is pretty proud of it and often his shirt creeps up to show it off. Below is a picture of him showing off his scar.

Although he hasn't had the easiest start, he's a happy little guy. The picture below was taken at his first birthday party. His party was exactly a year after his surgery. I couldn't help but think about what a difference a year can make. The day of his surgery was scary, but the day of his party was so incredibly joyful.