I also got a video of Noah just playing in his playroom. These moments seem so ordinary, but I really want to treasure them because before I know it, he'll be all grown up, graduating from high school, and heading off to college...sigh....
Thank you Grandma and Grandpa for my Mini Coop! Mommy loves Porches, just so you know. :)
1. All 16 doorknobs and 2 deadbolts replaced: Before = Brass & After = Oil Rubbed Bronze
I still love this yellow and red combination!
Finally! SO CLEAN!!!
Seriously...were our carpets THAT dirty?
So, I really do apologize for not writing more frequently this summer. I am having an incredible time here at home with Noah! PLUS, I have finally had the time to do all of the things that I have put off for far too long.
Stay tuned for more adventures with the Abells!
Now for the bad news. I ran Friday night because I was too busy Thursday to get in my run. On Saturday I woke up and felt like a rickety old man. I was hobbling around the house, and my knees were really sore! I had another run to do that night, and for the first half mile, I thought my legs were going to break in two. Then, after running for a bit, they didn't feel so bad, but the aftermath was another story. Sunday morning I was REALLY sore...worse than Saturday. I totally expected muscle pain after running, but I was not expecting my knees to be so sore for two reasons. One, I have never had knee issues before. Two, I was only 2 weeks into training for CRYING OUT LOUD! I ran Monday night, and it was by far my worst run. I was just praying that I would be able to finish. I'm sure I looked like an old man running...or at least that's how I felt.
Today I had an appointment at Methodist Sports Medicine to get my knees checked out. The part that hurts the most is the inside bottom part of my knees. I was a little frustrated at MSM today because I didn't get to see the doctor until 30 minutes after my appointment time. I am not much for waiting...isn't that why they call it an appointment? :) :) :) Anyway, thank goodness Dr. Kersey was really wonderful! I felt like he thoroughly examined the issue, having me walk this way, flex that way, and move this way. Dr. Kersey said that my issue is similar to the New Years Day Phenomenon, as he called it. So many people around New Years get so excited and motivated to start working out, but they do too much too quickly, and their bodies react badly. Then they quit. Well, for those of you who know me, quitting is NOT an option! Instead, I just wanted to know what I needed to do to get better and get back out there!
Dr. Kersey said that part of the issue is just the anatomy of my knees because I'm a little 'knocked kneed'. That puts a little more strain on my knees. Because running is a high impact sport, I'm absorbing a lot of the impact in my knees, too. Considering it's been 10 years since I last worked out, my knees are a little surprised! The diagnosis is Pes Anserinus Bursitis. Basically, there are three tendons on that specific part of my knee that are just inflamed. When you work out, you are tearing down your muscles, and then they rebuild stronger. I need to give my knees a little time to "rebound" and then hopefully I'll be on my way again.
For now, the recommendation is icing 3 times a day, which is painful, but I can definitely tell that my knees feel better afterward. Maybe that's because they are numb! He also recommended Ibuprofen for the next 5 days to help with the inflammation. I'm not supposed to run for a bit but instead have been advised to do non-impact cardio such as the elliptical, swimming, stair stepper, etc. He also wants me to see a physical therapist to get some ideas about stretching and rehab. I am not usually very good about following up with doctor's orders, but this race is really important to me. It is such an incredible opportunity, and I want to do everything I can to accomplish my goals. Hopefully next time I write a Bourbon Chase update, I will be back to good and running again!
The pool is really shallow, but fills up along the edge and sprays upward like a sprinkler. There is a slide, a dolphin to ride, a ring toss, a canopy area, a palm tree, and other areas that spray water upward. I think he really enjoyed playing in it!
The only bad thing is that you have to constantly run water through the hose to keep the pool filled up and spraying along the edges and in the middle. Remember when you were a kid playing in the hose and how extremely COLD the water was? Well, the poor little guy was just shivering and shivering when we first put him in there. Then after awhile, he finally adjusted to it. I think we're going to get a lot of fun days out of that pool this summer!
This summer is so drastically different! We're all done nursing, and it is amazing how the day just flows now! We can just pick up and go wherever...whenever...except during his two naps, which are about 2-3 hours each. That is when I try to get some stuff done! Ryan is always telling me to just relax and watch TV or read a book while Noah sleeps, but it has felt sooo good getting projects completed around the house. Our house is full of brass fixtures, and I really HATE brass. It is seriously the nastiest finish I have ever seen. So far we have installed new light fixtures in the kitchen, changed out the cabinet hardware to match the new light fixtures, purchased new doorknobs for the entire house and started installation, and cleaned out our garage. Next on my list...installing peg boards in the garage and hanging up all of the tools Ryan uses, installing a peg board in our office closet in order to create a gift wrapping center, finishing the door knob installation once the rest arrive at our house, steam cleaning the carpets (thanks to my friend, Jennie, who is letting me borrow steam-vac), and many, many others. The biggest one on my list...putting crown molding all throughout our downstairs. I can't wait when that project is complete!!
Back to updates on Noah. He transitioned to whole milk without any problem and even drinks it completely cold! That is amazing given that he wouldn't drink his bottles unless they were almost hot. I'm glad I don't have to spend the next several months heating up his drinks. My body has transitioned pretty well, too. I only had to pump once after feeling really full and uncomfortable, but other than that, it's been fine. I don't really miss nursing in the sense that I wish I was still doing it...I just really treasure the experience and look back on it and smile.
I was a little worried about Noah's diet for a while because he didn't seem to like many things. I am quickly realizing that the best method is to expose him to something new, let's say whole green beans, every day, not making him eat a huge helping but rather a smaller helping. Then after about 3-4 times of trying something new, he eats it without incident. A surprise favorite....grilled cheese with bologna and roma tomatoes. I know it sounds like a crazy combination, but it sure includes several of the food groups.
I am really enjoying my time at home with Noah! We usually run some errands, go on walks, check out garage sales in the neighborhood, visit friends, play in his toy room, etc. It has been wonderful! I worried a bit that I would feel too couped up at home with him every day, but it's been just the opposite. I AM LOVING IT!
The first exhibit we visited was the Shark Exhibit. They now have sharks that you can reach out and touch. It's pretty amazing! The picture above is one of Ryan and Noah watching a penguin dive down into the water in front of them. Noah was pretty in awe of not only the animals but all of the people, too. He had this stoic look on his face the whole time...so serious and inquisitive. He just loves to observe people, and I'm dying to know what he is thinking. The picture below shows his general look when we're in public. To get him to smile, we have to do something crazy or bounce around or something. Otherwise, he is a serious Sam.
Midway through our time at the zoo, I started craving cheese fries! It has been TOO LONG since I have eaten the delicious goodness that is cheese fries. Even Noah got to taste a couple...can you believe it? He liked the spicy cheese!
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