May Goals

Last month I didn’t do so well with my goals. I only ran twice, I read only 2 books in April, and spent more money than I should’ve. Starting fresh in May. Here are my goals for this month.

  1. Run 20 miles
  2. Read 10 books
  3. 20 No Spend Days
  4. Fast food only once in the whole month
  5. Meatless Mondays
  6. Go to the gym three times a week
  7. Work on my garden
  8. Publish at least 10 posts on my blog
Mom Life, Running

My First Race as a MOM

A few weeks ago I ran a 5k. I had run many 5k races before, but this was my first 5k race as a mom. This also happened to be the first 5k race that I ran while pushing my baby in her stroller. Running with the stroller wasn’t the hard part. I run with my baby sometimes at the track in the park that’s close to my house. The hardest part was trying to run when there were many walkers in my path. the race course had many narrow paths so I wasn’t able to go around them. My baby slept through most of the race and when she woke up, she didn’t cry. My time was 41 mins, which was my second slowest 5k time ever. I feel like I could’ve done better, but I am happy that I ran my longest run since giving birth. Although I probably won’t run any races with her, I will continue running at the park with her.

Life, Mom Life

My Baby Girl is 3 Months Old

Writing this a few days late, but my baby girl is now 3 months old! Time went by so fast. She is getting so big. I went back to work two weeks ago. Only worked one day, it went well. I admit that it was very hard for me to leave my baby girl for a few hours. Couldn’t stop thinking about her while I was at work. I am currently working part time, which means I work 2-3 days a week, anywhere from 3 to 5 hours at a time. This is fine for now because it gives me a chance to get used to being away from my baby. Down the line, I plan to work more hours. I just hope it gets easier leaving her with her baby sitters. If it was up to me, I would be a stay at home mom with an at home business. For now it’s not possible, but it is something I want to do sometime in the future.

As I mentioned earlier, baby girl has grown so much. She’s getting taller and heavier too. She smiles a lot, baby talks, and is very curious about everything. She is also starting to sit up and she also does tummy time.  She sleeps through the night and has been since she was 2 months old. She started off sleeping 5-6 hours at a time and now she sleeps anywhere from 8 to 11 hours a night. It’s great for me too because I can get at least 7 hours of sleep, which is all I need to function.

I’m with my baby almost 24/7. I do take the time to have time for myself though. One of the things I do is try to go for a run or go to the gym early in the morning. I try to go to the gym at least 3 times a week. I normally wake up at 5am those days and I’m at the gym by 530am. I leave the baby with my mom since she usually doesn’t wake up until 630am or 7am. I also like to go running. If I am running alone, I can run 3+ miles. Sometimes I need to go for a run but don’t have anyone to watch my baby, so I will run on the track at the park while I push her in her stroller. Those days I only run 2 miles.

One thing that many people ask me is if I breastfeed her or give her formula. She drinks formula. When I was pregnant, I wanted to breastfeed because everyone always says it’s way better and healthier for the baby. But no one ever talks about how hard it is. Yes it’s natural, but it’s not as easy as it seems. I tried for the first few days. The nurses at the hospital would give me advice. In the end, it didn’t seem like I could do it and I decided to feed her formula instead. She is a very healthy baby even if she is drinking formula.

I want to raise my baby as eco friendly as I can. One way I am doing that is by having my baby use cloth diapers rather than disposable diapers. I had two baby showers, one thrown for me by my mom and one thrown for me by my coworkers, and I received so many boxes of disposable diapers. I was also given some from the nurses when I had my baby. I have enough to last me until she’s 4 months old. Once they finish , she will be in cloth diapers 90% of the time. The only time she will be in disposable diapers is when her dad watches her. It might seem gross to people having to wash and reuse diapers, but it is way better for the environment. I am also looking into buying some reusable wipes rather than using reusable wipes.

She will be starting to eat solids pretty soon. I plan to give her veggies and fruit and tofu when she turns 6 months. I’ve heard that there are parents who give their babies soda and french fries when they are 9-12 months old, but I plan to feed my baby girl healthy food. I don’t want her to become obese when she’s older or when she gets teeth to have cavities.

Although I was caught by surprise last year when I found out that I was pregnant, having this baby girl is one of the best things that has happened to me. I’m so grateful that I have been blessed with such a beautiful and wonderful baby girl. I look forward to seeing her reach all her milestones and watching her grow up.



Back to Work

I’ve been on maternity leave for about three months and tomorrow I am finally going back. This was the longest time I ever went without working since I started working back in late 2012. I don’t mind going back, esp since I work part time. I just wish my mom or sister could babysit for me while I work. My boyfriend and his mom will watch her while I work. Luckily, they only live five minutes away from my job. I’ve been so anxious about going back to work that I haven’t been able to sleep much these past few days. 


April Goals

A few days late, but here are my goals for April!

1. Run 20 miles

2. Read 10 books

3. Have 23-25 No Spend days

4. Write in my blog twice a week

5. Spend 15 mins a day writing in my journal

6. Make cookies from scratch

7. Take Ayanna to Disneyland

8. Go to boysenberry festivalat Knott’s Berry Farm

9. Run 3 times a week

10. Go to gym twice a week