Saturday, April 10, 2010

BIG Bummer...

I have been training HARD for a 1/2 marathon. I have been training since January, running up to 11.5 miles. And I knew that I was going to be able to do this race with very little problems. I was very confident!

The BIG bummer is that tomorrow is my race, and I'm not going to be able to do it. Two days ago, I was on the treadmill, just doing an easy 4 mile run, and when I got off I started to feel strange. My lungs got really heavy and I had this pretty bad cough. It was a cough you'd hear from a person who smoked for 30 years- obviously, that isn't me! So, I took it easy the rest of the day and started to feel a little better that night. Then yesterday I woke up feeling bad again. I felt like I had 50lbs sitting on my chest. I was still coughing and totally exhausted.

I went to the doctor yesterday afternoon and explained all my symptoms. The doctor was pretty worried because this came on so quickly and with no warning. He gave me some breathing treatments, a chest x-ray, an EKG and a shot (OUCH!) for the inflamation. Everything came back normal! The only thing he could say is that maybe it is a bronchial spasm. I have never even heard of that before. He said that it could be partially caused by stress and gave me some medication.

When I left the doctors office, I was actually feeling better- the shot worked pretty quickly. But today, I woke up and still feel pretty bad. I've been coughing all day and it's now given me a sore throat.

There is no way I can run 13 miles tomorrow. I am so sad! The good news is, I know that I CAN run that far- just not right now with the shape my lungs are in. So, once I feel better, I'm going to hit the pavement and run the 13.1 miles- even if it's not a race.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Follow Up..

Just a quick follow up to my post below.

AJ is teething BIG time! He can't keep his hands out of his mouth. Well, this makes a lot more sense now. He's in pain, so he's cranky and he's also not eating much. Doesn't make hitting ok, but I get it now.

Oh, and also, he's been MUCH better the last few days- Gotta love Tylenol and Motrin!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Oh boy... he's not even 2 years old and every day is more and more challenging. I don't need to say how much I love AJ and how happy I am to have him in my life, but I do..and I am. And because I love him so much, I will ensure he grows up to be a nice boy. And a good person.

AJ's favorite word is "NO!". Everything is no.... "AJ, do you want to draw?" NO! "AJ, do you want to go outside?" NO! (I know that he DOES want to go outside, because that's one of his favorite things to do.) And he's just got this serious temper! If he doesn't get what he wants- he FREAKS out. He breaks down crying. I know it's normal for his age, but it's just exhausting. I feel like I'm always being the "bad guy" and always telling him no- and as I type that I think- "I wonder where he gets it?". I wish I didn't always have to say no, but I can't allow him to climb on the dog, run into the walls with his toys, purposely spill water on the kitchen floor, and spit out his food right in front of me when I ask him not to. The list goes on and on. Today, when he woke up from his nap, he was already batting at his blanket and animals in his crib. I KNEW that the rest of the day was not going to be good. He's just really tough!

So, back to punishment. Well, lately, not a day goes by that AJ isn't in time out. I still don't quite think he gets it, but I'm sticking to it. I know I just have to be consistent.

And... I am NOT proud to say that I have spanked AJ a few times lately. Of course it's not hard and it's always on his diaper (over his diaper and clothes), but I just can't allow him to hit other kids, pull their hair and just plain be a bully. The few times I've swatted him, he's broke down in tears and then he's turned into a happy boy. He gets it!

I have always said that I would not spank my kids. I just never wanted to because I think- how is hitting him (on the butt of course) showing him NOT to hit? And I still think that. But, it does get the point across.

So- after rereading this, I feel like it sounds like AJ is some horrible child. He is not! He's wonderful! He's just a challenge :) He keeps me on my toes- thats for sure!

I love him :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Easter!

We had a really nice Easter. We were invited to go to brunch in Colorado Springs with a bunch of dear friends and we all had a great time! The restaurant we went to, The Sunbird, was wonderful! They sat us in a corner- which doesn't sound great, but with a 21 month old, it was perfect! He was able to play a little and wasn't totally confined to his highchair. He also got to play with some friends without bothering other customers. The food was great, and the company even better! Here are a few pictures: