C25K Update--I'm doing it!

It's been a while since I've posted about my progress (or lack thereof) with the Couch to 5K program.  I admit I got a little lazy, had to skip some runs because life got in the way, but I am officially back on the program and LOVING it! 

I must have spent a total of 5 weeks trying to get beyond Week 4 of the program.  The first time I finished Week 4 and looked ahead to what Week 5 would include, I was scared.  The three runs for Week 5 look like this:
  • Day 1 - 5 minute warm up, 8 minute jog, 5 minute walk, 8 minute jog, 5 minute cool down
  • Day 2 - same as Day 1
  • Day 3 - 5 minute warmup, 20 minute run, 5 minute cool down...this seemed CRAZY to me!
When I saw that I was supposed to do a 20 minute run, I didn't feel ready.  I decided to repeat Week 4, just to make sure I'd be prepared to successfully complete Week 5.  That's when life got in the way...Kaitlyn's birthday, sick kids, etc, etc, etc...and a little bit of laziness thrown in there.  I finally got back to it and got through Week 4.  During that same week, Ron and I did a few extra runs at a local track.  During one of those runs, we decided we'd do one complete lap (1K) with no walking, just to see if I could do it.  When I was just about to finish the lap, I realized I felt good and I could keep going, so we did another lap!  I couldn't believe I ran 2K without stopping!  It felt really great!

The next week, I started Week 5 and yesterday was the day I was to run 20 minutes straight.  I was nervous, but felt pretty confident that I could do it.  Well, I did...and I could have kept going!  :)  I'm so proud of my progress.  It feels great to actually see an improvement in my endurance and after yesterday I really look forward to working my way up to running a full 5K.  To keep me motivated, I acutally signed up for my first a couple of races!

The 2011 Jerusalem Marathon on March 25th:

and the Tel Aviv Marathon, on April 8th!
I will be competing in the 10% Race in both, which techinically makes them 4.2K. But there is another race in April that I plan on doing...an actual 5K.

Check out the route of the TLV 10% Race on the map below.  Assuming we have nice weather, it should be a lovely run with a view of the sea.

I'm very excited to actually be doing this and a little nervous that the first race is less than a month away, but I think I'll be ready--I HOPE I'll be ready.  I'll keep you posted!


Jonathan is on the move!

It's official, Jonathan is crawling!  Ok, so maybe it's more like creeping...or scooting.  Let's call it an Army crawl.  Whatever you call it, the boy is on the move!

Kaitlyn loves watching Dora, but as you can see in the video, I'm afraid she's learning more from Swiper than the little latina girl!

On another Jonathan note, last night was supposed to be his first night sleeping in his own room.  Unfortunately, he woke up crying 3 times before we went to bed ourselves.  Not wanting to make endless trips to his room throughout the night (and not wanting to wake his sister who is right next door) we ended up bringing him back into our room.  I'm not sure what his deal was, he takes all of his naps in his room during the day so he's used to his crib.  I guess crawling and moving to his own room was too much for him in one day.  Hopefully, we'll have better luck tonight!



Kaitlyn is doing so many cute things lately.  And I'm not just saying that because I'm her Mom and every single things she does is adorable to me.  Ok, so maybe that is it.  Check out the evidence below and you can decide for yourself.

While Jonathan sat waiting for me to gather things to take downstairs, Kaitlyn came over to him and did this.  It was awesome...

Did you catch how she said he was "too cute" after she sang it the first time?  Again, best Big Sister EVER!


Here's one with her trying out her new baseball glove she got for her birthday:

And check out these goofy faces:

I told you she was adorable! 


And this little guy gives her some good competition in the Most Adorable contest. 
I call it an adorable tie---not that I'm biased! :)

{ok, I'm done saying adorable...for now.}


Testing, testing...

Yesterday morning at 11:05 a.m. our municipality held routine tests for their emergency siren system.  Thank goodness the embassy sent out an email a few hours before letting us know they would be doing the tests!  Even though I knew it was a coming, it was still pretty freaky!  I quickly grabbed the video camera so I could share the eeriness.

Of course, just as I opened the door, the test was over.

When Ron got home, I showed him the video and he said, "You know that if you ever hear those sirens and you didn't get word from the embassy first...?" And before he could finish, I said, "...get in the bomb shelter!"  Yes, we have a bomb shelter in our home.  Let's hope we only hear those sirens during one of these tests. 


Jonathan is 6 months old!

At 6 months old, Jonathan:
  • weighs approximately 13.5 pounds.
  • continues to wear size 2 diapers.
  • is wearing size 6 month clothes.
  • is sitting up on his own---and he loves it!
  • is so aware of his surroundings.  He really focuses on what he sees and hears going on around him.
  • grabs at everything!  If he's sees something that may be in his reach he lunges for it!  He can usually get it, too.
  • loves to squirm around on his belly.  As you saw in my last post, he can easily spin around to get whatever it is he wants. 
  • is eating all kinds of food.  He's had rice cereal, oatmeal, green beans, bananas, apples, peaches, sweet potatoes, and carrots.  So far, he likes it all.
  • is still sleeping in our room.  I really think it's time that he move to his own room, but first we have to work on getting Kaitlyn out of our room. These days, all four of us wake up in the same bed.  I secretly love it.
  • continues to bond with his sister. 
  • is starting to "talk"--a lot.  His babbling is adorable and he can get quite vocal when trying to speak his mind.

Happy 6 months, little man! xo


He's Spinnin'!

He's not quite crawling yet, but he has his way of getting around:

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Man of Your Dreams

I have been feeling some major guilt lately about the lack of pictures and blog posts there have been for Jonathan.  We took at least a photo a day of Kaitlyn during her first year.  It is definitely more difficult to set up my mini photo shoots with the little one when there's a fussy/moody 2 year old running around. 

This morning when I got Jonathan dressed, I took the opportunity to sneak outside with him and my camera while Kaitlyn played with Daddy.
" How YOU doin'?
As you can see, he's sitting up on his own now.  He loves the new perspective!
He's growing so fast!  I'll wait until next week's 6-month (already?!) post to fill you in on everything he's doing these days.
Hopefully, it won't be too long (and too much guilt) until I get the opportunity to get more pictures of our handosme little man.


A Weekend of Birthday Festivities

We've had a whirlwind weekend of birthday celebrations and the festivities started on Thursday.  Kaitlyn was well aware that it was her birthday because we've been talking it up for at least a month now.  We started the day bright and early and opened presents before Daddy had to go to work.
Kaitlyn got some great gifts from family.  She was ready to put on one of her new bathing suits and hit the pool!

After some morning playtime, Kaitlyn took a nice nap.  I planned on taking her to the park after lunch, but the weather didn't cooperate.  I did a quick photo shoot and she did really well.  Bribing her with m&m's helped...hence the blue teeth.

Since we couldn't go outside to play, I thought it would be the perfect time to make some homemade play dough.  It's something I've been wanting to do with her for a while.  We donned our adorable matching aprons (thanks, Sofia) and got to work.
When Daddy got home, we went to Mickey D's for dinner then came home for some cake.  She'd been singing "Happy birthday" all week, so she was ready!
Playing with some toys before bathtime.

The big birthday party was on Saturday and she had a blast!  There were about 8 kids ranging in age from 1 to 9.  We rented a bounce house, but the "house" wasn't nearly as big as we expected and when the owner delivered it, he suggested we put it in the living room.  Because it rained, that's exactly what we ended up doing and it worked out perfectly.
 Once the weather cleared up, we were ablet to push it out onto the patio.

Some the details:

Notice there are no balloons?  (Except the 2 mylar balloons we gave her on her actual birthday).  All of the party stores (and most businesses in general) close on Friday at 2pm and don't reopen until Sunday because of Shabbat (a day of rest on the seventh day of the Jewish week).  It's something we've gotten used to, but it makes Saturday afternoon birthday parties a little less festive.  I made the banner above to help make up for the lack of birthday decor.

Sunday was Ron's birthday and I got up early with Kaitlyn to bake him a giant chocolate chip cookie.  We had a relaxing day--church, then some outdoor playtime on a beautiful day. (Jonathan took an extra long nap, which is why he's not in the following pictures.)

Kaitlyn got this pet puppy for her birthday.  She loved pulling hime around the yard.
The handsome birthday boy--35 years young. :)
This girl is going to be a gymnist!
We ended the day with an Italian dinner at Lucca in the Herzliya Marina followed by dessert (the cookie cake) at home.
It was a great weekend!  The only thing that would have made it better is family.


Kaitlyn's Second Year

Here is a video recap of Kaitlyn's Second Year...and what a year it was!

Take a look back at her first year here.


Kaitlyn is 2 Years Old!

At 2 years old, Kaitlyn:
  • weighs approx. 24 lbs.
  • is wearing size 4 diapers.
  • is wearing size 24 months and 2T in most clothes.  She's still petite and the pants usually droop down since the waist is too big.
  • is more adventurous than ever!  She still climbs on anything and everything.  As of last week, she can now climb over the baby gate that is at her bedroom door.  Ugh!  When you ask her what she did this morning, she'll gladly tell you, "Climb over gate!"
  • has a pretty good pattern of using the potty.  For about 2 months now, as we rock her to sleep (naptime and bedtime), she tells us she has to go potty.  We know she's using it as a stall tactic, but the great thing is she goes! (always #2, sometime #1)  She won't tell us any other time...just when she's going to sleep.  This is far from being potty trained, but at least we're changing less poopy diapers!
  • is very much into pretend play.  It's so cute to watch her "cook" in her kitchen (she makes a great cup of coffee and knows Mommy likes it with milk and a "lil bit of sugar").  She "talks" on the phone...usually it's Daddy or Santa calling.  She's even started to "teach" some of her dolls how to use the potty.  It really is such fun seeing the world through her eyes.
  • loves to help in the kitchen.  When it's time to make dinner, she demands to stand on a chair so she can see what we're doing and help us stir.
  • has so much to say!  She's always surprising us with what comes out of her mouth.  She often asks us, "Can you help me?"  Just this morning,she crawled into our bed at 4:30am.  She never did fall back asleep and at about 5:45am she woke us up saying, "Mommy, can you please help me cut my nails?  They're too long."  I have no idea what made her ask this, they weren't very long at all.
  • says grace on her own before eating dinner.
  • has recently discovered that she can take of her pants and diaper off all on her own.  I have walked into the room she's in to find her walking around in the buff.
  • can almost count to twenty.
  • no longer calls herself Kiki.  She is now Kaitlyn--pronounced "Kate-lan" by her.  It makes me sad. :(
  • is such a polite little girl.  She's very good about saying "Please" and "Thank you".  Sometimes when you give her something, she'll say "Thank you, you're welcome."

If there's one thing I've learned during these two years of motherhood, it's what the Darius Rucker song says, "It won't be like this for long".  Everything is just a phase.  And the phases pass so quickly!  I often remind myself that when Kaitlyn is having a bad week, that it will pass.  When we were in the phases of Kaitlyn hitting her head against the wall, or biting her brother, hitting one of us, or not sleeping well, it seemed like it would never end.  But it did.  And the adorable phases pass just as quickly--maybe even quicker.  Some of the phases come back, like the not sleeping well, but everyday she does something new and everyday she becomes more of a"big" girl.  These last two years have been such a joy and we couldn't be more proud of our little girl!

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." ~Elizabeth Stone.  Two years ago today my heart did just that.

Happy Birthday, Kaitlyn!
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