happy days

April 26, 2012
what day is it?
i’ve completely lost track.  weekend, weekday — it’s all the same at this point.  while each day is starting to have some semblance of a routine, things are starting to kind of blend together into one endless [but fun!] baby tableau.
it’s also going by incredibly quickly.
annabel is 3 weeks old today!
she has grown to a whopping 7 lbs 7 oz, and is filling out her newborn-sized outfits [some were big on her when she was born].  
my parents are visiting and they are having a lovely time getting to know their first grandchild.
proud grandmother + happy baby

and annabel’s grandfather [“granDA”] is basically a baby whisperer.  i’m sure this pout didn’t last long . . .

by the way, i think you all can probably see where she gets that expression . . .
yep, that’s dad. strong genetics . . .

business as usual
my parents are here to hang out + be with annabel, and that about sums things up thus far!  it’s been nice for me to get a little extra time to do laundry, blog, and get to the gym.  
last night my mom and i whipped up this shrimp + white bean salad within record time:
it was basically just roasted red peppers, arugula, white beans, walnuts, and sautéed shrimp with a lemony vinaigrette.  it came together very quickly and i would definitely repeat it!
coming up 
plans for my return to running shape [though i plan on keeping my training to a moderate level — nothing terribly hardcore!].  i went on postpartum run #2 today — this time on the treadmill at the gym — and again it went well.  

10 minutes @ 5.7 miles/hr / 3 minutes walking / 10 minutes @ 5.7 miles/hr / 3 minutes walking / 10 minutes at 5.5 miles/hr.  i’m not exactly setting speed records over here but i’m just excited to be running again and feeling good!


  • Reply Kim H March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    My kids (and now my nephews) call my dad "DA." It started with my oldest trying to copy me saying "dad" and has stuck since then. It’s rare (I think!) so I love it when I see it.

  • Reply Angela March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Aww that is so wonderful to have your parents there to spend time with their granddaughter!!

  • Reply Jenny March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Really? Fun?? I love my kids (my daughters are 2 and 4 now), but the best part about the newborn stage for me was that it ended 🙂 It’s OK to say taking care of a baby is tough. I find so many new mom blogs so unrealistic, it’s like people are afraid to say anything negative for fear that they’ll be criticized.

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      i have to say that yeah — it really HAS been fun! but i’m 100% aware that is because so far, i have been very lucky and just don’t have a terribly fussy/high-maintenance baby. i usually get to get enough sleep [7 – 8 hours/night though of course it’s broken up into pieces!] and it’s actually been really refreshing to just hang out and not think about work and just focus on her and living a very chill life. things i am sure are SO much more challenging when juggling a baby AND an older child! plus, i think things are going to be much [much] harder for me when i go back to work and have SO much more to juggle.

      but right now, things really are that good. and fun. but i can absolutely imagine how they could change or be VERY different under other circumstances.

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  • Reply Lee Becknell March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    She’s already 3 weeks old? I feel like you just had her!

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