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Sleep, Running and Clearly Not Enough Water

Calvin is now just over 7 weeks old and for the past two nights has slept till 4:30. I know I know, 4:30!!! That’s not sleeping through the nigh dummy! Oh but it so is because the night before last we put him down at 7:30 and so that was a cool 9 hours of sleep (this was wonderful except being a nursing mother I was very very much ready for him to wake up and actually had to poke him to get him moving before I exploded) and last night we had dinner with friends and he went to bed more like 9pm. Of course this new sleeping behavior has come at the same time that The Lucille came down with Hand Foot and Mouth disease plus we think she’s cutting her last molars and so hasn’t been sleeping through the night and so again we were at a loss for a solid 4 hours of sleep ourselves…until last night. We went to bed at 10:30 and he woke up at 4:30 and Lucy is still out…which means that we slept for almost 6 hours. The sleeping through the night is a big deal for those people with a 7 week old. I wonder if it will last.

Yesterday was my postpartum appointment to do one last check and give me the clearance to go run and return to normal activities. I’m a vision of health and so the doctor told me to go for it. So after giving Calvin some foods my Dad and I went running. Of course I was too excited to go at a time where it made sense to go and so I went at 1:30pm, during a heat wave in Chicago so it was 95 degrees with a feels like, 100-whatever. But I didn’t care, it felt so good to be back on the path and moving more than just walking. And so I went about 3 miles, with some walks in there. And so we start again.

I told the doctor that all I wanted to do was run the marathon again and she said when you run the marathon with kids it feels like more of an achievement because it’s just harder to get the training in. I was thinking back to when we trained for those three Chicago marathons and we were grad students and so for the most part we studied physics and ran and studied some more physics and ran some more. We really didn’t have any money and once you have the shoes running is free. We had all kinds of routes around the city and we would sometimes use our runs to complete errands. When we lived in the Ukrainian village we ran up here to lincoln square one night to drop our rent off to get our 10 mile run in. We could do that because it didn’t matter what time we got home and there were no kids around.

This are obviously different now. When it was just Lucy we ran plenty with her in the running stroller, but now with two it gets more difficult. Our plan in general will be to do our runs and workouts in the early morning before kids wake up. It’s the only time that we won’t be missed from family time or work time. In fact Jason just went out for his first run in awhile. On the weekends we might try and run with Lucy in the stroller as we think we can get one more summer with her in it. Since I’m the queen of schedules this is really right up my alley. I think the big thing is going to be to continue to get up at 4:30-5am since we are on the schedule with Cal as it is and if we can just stay there we can do our workouts then. That’s the plan anyways. As soon as I get into more of a rhythm with nursing this will also be easier.

I really really need to keep up with drinking water. I know it’s always important but it’s especially important if I’m going to start working out and continue to nurse. I had like 4 giant glasses of water to drink last night and woke up and didn’t have to go to the bathroom. That’s not good. And I felt like crap when I woke up because I was so dehydrated. When Lucy was about 7 months old I was biking to and from work (this was about 15 miles each way) and carrying my milk and pump and computer in a bag on my back and I wasn’t eating enough or drinking enough water and my milk supply started to decrease so I had to stop the biking. I don’t want that to happen again and so I just have to be conscience of what I’m putting in my body.

So that’s that. We’re back in the sense of one day down, and there is a little bit of a plan for the running future and so slowly we move forward.


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