No More Every Day

So… I burned out on posting every day in May! It just started to feel like too much drama…. perhaps I should have been more choosy about which of those topic prompts I followed. They started to feel… pointless. I don’t mind sharing stuff with people here on my blog, but I usually do it in my own time.

Last Friday my hubby and I got to go out to dinner, just the two of us, for our anniversary. My mom came to town to see the baby and gave us a brief escape. I probably should find a babysitter here in town, so my sitter doesn’t have to drive 2.5 hours from another state… but I don’t know that I’d find another sitter that would care for our daughter as much as a grandma can!

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I’m “on vacation” this week… but basically, we suck at vacation. We initially thought we might go somewhere. And then, because we can’t plan a getaway, it kind of became a staycation. And then… my husband ended up having to work. So it’s now a “nocation”. Know what I did for my vacation day today? I took the baby to the doctor for her 9-month checkup, I mopped the kitchen floor, I cleaned the toilets, I dusted the staircase bannister… and I wore the baby during most of this. I have no idea how stay-at-home moms manage… but when I have whole days with my baby, I’m either sitting on the floor helping hold her up to stand next to things (that’s her new obsession) or I’ve got her strapped on me. I can’t get her to take a nap unless it’s in the ERGObaby Carrier. (This is probably one of the best purchases I’ve made in the baby realm… it’s been so handy.)

At her 9-month appointment the doctor said that she’s now…. 4th percentile! TA DA! My baby is small! They said the concern is that she goes down in percentile. She was 50th percentile at birth and then down to 10th by one month and has bounced around to 5th, 10th, 4th… Frankly, I’m not concerned now. She is smart, she is happy and she is active. In fact, that’s probably why she’s so low on the weight scale… she’s so active. If you ate all of your meals waving both of your arms around and kicking your legs, you’d probably burn off all your meals too. Factor in army-crawling everywhere you need to go and you’ve got a solid workout program.

Alex in the exersaucer
She’s been throwing toys in the exersaucer for weeks, I think actually climbing in there has been a goal for a while!

I love my baby so much, but having an entire day with her makes me feel like a massive failure as a parent. I just don’t know what to do. I’m glad we’ve got her in such a good school, they teach her lessons that I would probably never even think of presenting to a baby. Okay, I know I wouldn’t think of teaching her these things. Last week they let the babies play in blue jello and yogurt, it was a sensory/tactile thing to go along with their ocean unit… yeah, my baby has been learning about the ocean this month. And I try reading a book to her and get annoyed with it and start just talking to her. I did read the book Anatomy For Runners to her the other day while she was in the Ergo. She fell asleep.

I’m just tired and frustrated with this week already… I hope you have a good night, or if it’s the next day when you read this… Good morning!


  1. Funny, I took her 11 year-old cousin to the doctor today and he’s in the 12th percentile! He’s up from the 4th percentile and he was at 1% when he was 7… pretty sure we grow those Whitaker kids small πŸ™‚

  2. Jill,
    Thank you so much for having this blog. I am a stay at home mom of 9 month twins and reading your blog helps me stay motivated with my running while juggling the day to day tasks of being a parent. I complete understand your frustrations with the doctor and always having a child strapped to you or holding a child up to stand. Mainly, I just wanted to say thank you for blogging about being a runner and a mom!!

  3. I hear ya lady. I love Lee soooo much. But I have to focus on him. it can be hard when there are a million other things grabbing your attention and things you want to do or you just don’t know what to do. Its ok. You are in no way at all a bad mom! You are an amazing mommy

  4. hmm maybe i should start wiggling while i eat to burn some calories! i like that workout plan πŸ™‚ i’m glad you’re not worrying about her percentile – seems to me she is still happy and healthy! to me, it’s not “bad” to be short (or tall) or slightly underweight at that age. (and granted – i’m not a parent as you know, feel like i always need to say that lol). i am quite sure you’re not a failure too!! though i can’t imagine cleaning up babies after they’ve been playing in jello/yogurt… πŸ™‚

    • I wish doctors would take into account that she is happy and healthy without needing to plot her on a chart. It’s so dumb! And it’s not like I’m a big person either!

      They said that it took about 4x as long to clean up all the babies as the activity itself lasted!

  5. Oh, we all feel that way! I do have to say that the school is pretty amazing. Not only would I have never thought of anything like that. Even after reading about I still wouldn’t do it. Too messy.

    Your baby is adorable and I love her fitness plan. Sounds like a great one to me!

  6. Hey jill! I’m in Vegas randomly for a girls trip for the first time and keep thinking you and posts. Really want to go out for a run to check out the town but it is too hot! !!!

    • It really is hard to keep up the running routine in this heat! Super early in the morning is the best time! I hope you’re having fun… what kind of craziness are you up to? (Or is that best left unspoken?)

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