15 months baby and mom update

I enjoyed doing post baby monthly check-ins last year so I’m going to try to do a few quarterly ones in the second year of baby J’s life.  Here’s the first one!

We’re already at 15 months, soon to be 16 months.  In one year we went from this…

2014-11-18 07.51.45to this….

DSC_3294So what’s happening these days?

Personality

She is definitely falling into the stereotypical younger child “ham” of the family – she loves to be silly and make us all laugh. She and big sis will “wrestle” and their shrieks and giggles are so contagious!

She loves being outside and will often bring me her shoes and coat, and “ask” that they be put on (with lots of pointing and emphatic grunts.)

Baby J outside

I know moms aren’t supposed to compare, but she is nowhere near her sister’s verbal skills at the same age – she prefers to communicate with sign language, hand motions and grunts or squawks.  I’d prefer words but we’ll get there!

However, she is further along in other areas.  She likes order, stacking, and putting things back where they belong (hooray!!) She notices details and will imitate everything we do (sweeping the floor with her mini broom, trying to put clothing on dolls, or throwing things in the trash can.)  She will patiently try something over and over again (like putting a lid on a container) and is not easily frustrated.

Along with the fun personality, her ability to voice dislike has also grown stronger.

Baby J dislikesPut the camera down and find me more food!

With kid #2, I find it more entertaining than stressful when she’s upset.  The poor second kid!

Schedule

She is still taking two naps most days, but can skip the morning nap if we have to.  Typically she’s up between 6:30 and 7am, naps from 9:30/10 until 11:00ish.  After lunch we do errands, take walks, or play and then she naps again either before or after kindergarten pick up somewhere around 3pm.  Bedtime is usually 7pm.

Mama updates

Looking back at previous months, I think with each new update I felt more and more “normal” and if it’s possible, I feel even more so now! One of the biggest indicators for me that I’m back to my old body is when my race paces start hitting their previous numbers.  More than the number on the scale, that seems to the measurement I watch for and I’m happy to have hit those paces again in my fall races.

DSC_3211Interestingly, I’ve focused a lot on strength training this past year and the number on the scale is a few pounds higher than it used to be (pre-kids) but my clothes fit better and are even a bit loose  I really like focusing on strength rather than the scale- I might write more on this soon if I can get a post together.

If you have more than one kid, what were some differences you noticed?

How do you measure when you’ve successfully bounced back from pregnancy?

11 thoughts on “15 months baby and mom update

  1. Oh that little face!!! I can’t believe she’s nearly 16 months already. With the second kid, I notice how much more relaxed I am about everything. When we were moving, I found all these sleep charts and breastfeeding charts from when Roman was a baby. With Tanner, I didn’t bother tracking anything!

    I like your approach of using strength training and race paces to gauge post partum fitness – I am still nowhere near pre baby shape or fitness, that is definitely taking me longer the second time around, but I am trying to give myself a break.

    Thanks for sharing, Laura, I love reading these posts from different athlete mamas because it reminds me that a) everyone is different and b) with training and consistency, you do get back to peak mother runner form.
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  2. I have found the same thing with my second round (3rd baby though). The twins were very early talkers and Summer is much later and harder to understand. However she was much much earlier on physical stuff. She was walking 9 months and is already swimming a little on her own with her bubble. I think with the twins it was hard to get out so I spent more time inside talking and reading directly to them so their language took off. With S we are out and about so much more we rarely stay home so she has develop different skills.
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  3. I’m so out of touch with this age and I love reading about it!! Unfortunately, or fortunately, I never had that…ahem, third kid to find out the joys of relaxing a little bit!!
    So glad you are focused on strength…because I am too. I don’t usually weigh myself in the off season but I definitely get leaner when triathlon training vs marathon training so I’m looking forward to that in 2016!
    Please write that post – I would love to learn more 🙂
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  4. Ahh this makes me realize how quickly it goes Because its doesn’t seem very long ago that I was reading your blog while you were pregnant!

    Strength training is definitely worth some extra pounds!
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  5. She’s adorable! I am constantly trying to avoid comparing my B/G twins. Though I don’t think I’ve encouraged it, mine definitely adhere to many gender stereotypes. DD is obsessed with shoes and DS has a keen interest in the mechanics of things, though sometimes he wears hair bows and pink boots, too!

    Congrats on bouncing back to ‘better than before’ shape! I’m sure the strength training helped move things along. Note to self: stop skipping strength workouts!

    I think it took me a full year to get back to where I was. My abdominal muscles are still a little separated 1.5 years later, but I don’t think that’s going to change without surgical intervention so I try not to focus on it too much!
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  6. I love your approach to post-baby fitness.
    Yes, children are so different. My oldest is very artistic, kinesthetic, and a thinker. My youngest is the most determined child I think I have ever seen.
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