Thoughts about Weaning and Formula and a 4 miler

I have been nursing Eva since she was born--over 6 months now!  My original goal was to breastfeed her until she was 6 months old and then I would start weaning.  I have been back at work for over 3 months, and I have dutifully pumped anywhere from 2-4 times a day in order to keep Eva in breastmilk while I am working. 

I am so sick of pumping!

For now, I don't mind continuing to nurse in the evenings and on weekends, but I am just so tired of having to lug the pump around with me all the time and I hate using up all my breaks to pump.  About a month ago, we started introducing a bottle of formula here and there.  At first, Eva wouldn't take it but eventually she accepted it, though she often wouldn't finish a whole bottle of formula like she would a bottle of breastmilk.  Once I knew she'd drink the formula, I phased out one pumping session with the intent on phasing out another in a week or two.  However, after being on formula for about 2 weeks, Eva began to develop a rash on her belly and as time went on, it got darker and spread around to her back. 

It didn't seem to bother her, but I didn't want it to get worse to where it might eventually start to become itchy.  We took her completely off of formula and I went back to my original pumping routine in order to get her back on exclusively breastmilk.  It only took about a week for the rash to begin to improve.

I then tried a different brand of formula, only to have the rash darken again.  I figured Eva must be allergic to the protein in the milk-based formulas, so last week we bought some soy-based formula.  Once Eva's rash completely cleared up, we started giving her a little bit of soy formula here and there.  Because she's been sick and teething, she hasn't had much of an appetite and hasn't drank much formula at all, but yesterday I noticed the rash coming back.

I am pretty sure that the rash is a reaction to formula, but am unsure about what kind of formula to give her that will not give her a rash.  I asked the pediatrician about this during one of her visits while she was sick and basically got a handout about eczema which didn't really tell me much. 

So at this point, I am back to pumping twice a day at work and nursing while at home.  I feel like a pack mule everyday lugging my purse, my bookbag (cause I am a librarian you know), my cooler, and my breastpump to and from work every day.  The days that I have to take Eva to daycare or pick her up are major ordeals with all the crap I have to pack up and cart around.  I am ready to cut out the pump but am just so hesitant to do so until I find a formula that I feel Eva will drink and that will not give her a reaction.

While I am very pleased that I was able to breastfeed for so long, I met my goal and am losing my drive to continue too much longer with nursing.  I feel that Eva is getting to the point where her preference is the breast and she is starting to shun solids and bottles sometimes, it seems, in favor of the breast.  Does this happen?  Maybe the teething is causing the apparent preference for the breast, which is more comforting. 

So there's that.

Also, yesterday after work the weather was glorious and pretty, so I went out on a 4 miler.  I wanted to try to push myself a little this time, so after the 1st mile which was about 11:30 min/mile I ramped it up a bit and hit 10:10 min on the 2nd mile.  I felt a bit tired after that, so I slowed back down and finished the last 2 miles of the run at an average of 10:40 min/mile.  I really tried to pay attention to my form and my breathing this time since my goal is to get faster. 

When I started running again after pregnancy, I felt like I was dragging myself along.  Most runs were done on autopilot where I felt slow, I know I looked slow, and the numbers on the Garmin revealed I was in fact going slow.  Now that more time has elapsed since I a) had the baby and b) was pushing myself to run long trying to train for the half marathon, I feel like I have more energy to put into pushing my pace.  Running shorter distances more often is going to give me the chance to speed up and get used to the feeling of running faster again.  In a week or so, I plan to incorporate some speed training (intervals and tempo runs) once a week.  My goal is to make a 9 minute mile my normal, medium effort running pace.  I don't have a deadline for it, so let's see how long that takes!

Sunday 3 Miler

Yesterday, I finally felt like a human being again and despite a little bit of head congestion issues, I decided to get back in the saddle and go for a run.  Of course, the weather while I was sick was beautiful, sunny, and warm and now that I feel better, it is cooler and cloudier.  Oh well, thems the breaks.

I planned to do 3 miles on a tried and true, straightforward route in my neighborhood.  I had no desire to push it, I just wanted to get out there for a decent run.  I maintained a steady pace of approximately 11:25 minute miles and came home pretty happy with myself for getting out there. 

I can't wait to put in some more miles this week.  My goal is to work back up to an average of 20 to 25 miles a week.  That was what I used to run before I got pregnant and I think my speed will improve if I can get back in the habit of putting that amount of mileage.

It is safe to say that Eva and I are both out of the woods and finally feeling 100% better.  Kyle on the other hand...well he's still dealing with some sinus pressure and congestion.  He usually has seasonal allergy issues though, and I think that it hindering his progress.  I know he is tired of being sick, so I hope he feels better soon.

The Plague of 2011

The Plague of 2011 has swept through our household taking me, Kyle, and Eva down with fevers, congestion, coughing, sore throat, general lethargy and discomfort, and even pink eye! 

Whatever bug that Eva picked up at daycare spread to me on Wednesday and to Kyle on Friday.  Even our neighbor/backup sitter Angie fell ill from just 2 days of watching Eva last week. 

Eva has been to the doctor 3 times now.  The first time was last Tuesday and we were told that she just had a virus that needed to run its course.  Then on Friday, I took her back due to what looked like pink eye in both eyes.  She did have an eye infection AND the croup, which I hadn't noticed was a problem because I didn't recognize the cough.  Thankfully the nurses and doctor caught it while we were there to have her eyes checked.  She went again today because she has finished her medication for the cough but still has the cough.  Turns out, now it looks like she has the makings of an ear infection so she is now on anti-biotics.  She seems to feel fine for the most part and she hasn't really had any fevers the past few days, but she certainly hasn't been herself and have been overly fussy.  Some of that I attribute to teething though.

As for me and Kyle, I am finally starting to feel a little more human today, but Kyle is going to the doctor.  We have had some wicked congestion and sinus pressure the past 3 or 4 days.  I woke up today with noticeably less pressure so I think I'll 100% in a few days.  Kyle has had the congestion spread into his chest though, so he's still feeling pretty lousy and thought it best to see a doctor.

I sure will be glad when we are all feeling better.  The weather is turning so nice and I can't wait to get outside to enjoy it.  I am ready to get back into a running routine as well.  It's such a shame to have a gorgeous warm,sunny day happening outside when you feel terrible and can do nothing but lay around and mope inside.

I am back!

Things have been super busy for me the past week or so. 

Last week was Eva's first week in daycare and it went well over all.  However, it has taken some adjustment to get used to the new schedule of having to get Eva ready for the day in addition to ourselves and get her to daycare and us to work on time each day.  I got a haircut on Tuesday that I noticed seemed a little lopsided on Thursday and had to run to the hairdresser to get it fixed on Friday after work.  Also, my check engine light came on in my car and I had to get that checked out too (seems to just be a false alarm--got it reset).  Kyle had a big audit at work and he had to take Napoleon (our oldest Min-Pin) to the vet a couple of times for a check up and a teeth cleaning.

My trip to Chicago was Saturday and of course, I didn't pack anything early, so I spent the rest of Friday night after Eva went to bed getting myself packed for the trip.  I realized that I really need to do a major clean out of my closet as I have a lot of clothes that I have had for years and never wear.  I am tired of packing them up and then bringing them out every season just to let them sit. 

Saturday morning I flew to Chicago to meet up with my sister and the other ladies who are attendants in her wedding that will be at the end of this month for some bachelorette festivities.  I have never been to Chi-town before and I really liked it.  I definitely want to go back and do some sightseeing.

I am the only one of our group that flew into Midway so I took the train ALL BY MYSELF to meet up with them at our hotel in downtown Chicago.  Even though I missed at stop and had to go back the other direction on a different train at one point, I am pretty proud of myself for navigating mass transit in a new city all alone.  Kansas City doesn't have a train system, so I have little experience with it other than when I have been with others visiting different cities. 

Our hotel was very nice and we spent the day eating and shopping, relaxing, and ended the night at Howl at the Moon so my sister could get a proper bachelorette shout out.  Our companion was Sexy Steve and I am pretty sure that the party wouldn't have been the same without him!

The lovely ladies participating in the bachelorette weekend

Sexy Steve

Me and my little sister

Unfortunately, Eva ended up getting sick and coming down with a fever on Saturday night, while I was out of town.  This wasn't a huge surprise, seeing as she just completed her first week in daycare but I was still a little upset that I wasn't at home to take care of her.  Kyle did a great job though and even though she was still sick when I got back home on Sunday afternoon, she was in one piece and all smiles so I told him he was allowed to watch her again in my absence...that is if I ever left her again which is debatable!

I didn't get back to KC as early as I planned because of a 3 hour flight delay in Chicago.  With Eva sick, I stayed home with her during the day on Monday and only went into work a few hours in the evening once Kyle got home.  Yesterday, she was still spiking a fever and seemed to be worse with a running nose and cough, so I called the dr's office to see if it was necessary to bring her in.  The nurse suggested we have her checked out, so Kyle and I took off work early to take her to the doctor.  We had to wait over an hour for the doctor only to be told that it was a viral infection and would need to run its course.  After the doctor's office, we got groceries (we hadn't been the grocery store in 2 weeks) and came home and had dinner.  Once we got Eva to sleep, we got a little bit of housework done (as that hasn't been done in about 2 weeks either.  And barely any laundry for that matter).  Then it was time for bed!  No rest for the weary.

I kept Eva home again today (thank goodness our neighbor Angie is willing and available to watch Eva this week) and I hope that she's feeling good enough to go to daycare tomorrow.  It sucks that we have to pay for this whole week of daycare and she hasn't even been once!  I am off on Friday but I may take Eva up there for the morning in order to get some things done around the house and go on a run.

Because yeah, with all this stuff going on, I haven't been on a run in nearly a week. 

So that's my life this past week in a nutshell.  Hectic, busy, and stressful.  I hope next week and boring and uneventful!

Update: I was all ready to post this blog yesterday but ended up coming down with Eva's crud so I am home sick today :(