Another nice day here in Gypsum! After my nice long run (while Macklin was snoozing, thank you to my wonderful hubby) to scout some new trails, I took Macklin outside to get his legs moving. He has taken two steps in a row, but he must be waiting for Mimi and Papa to really cruise. I took his walker outside today to give him a little more room to move.
I love playing with Macklin when I get home from practice. He is super entergetic and loves to have all your focus on him! Here we were playing with my new Buff-like headband that I won at a snowshoe event. Just playing!
PS - He has managed to put two steps together without falling :) Keep ya posted.
I haven't been giving many "milestone" updates lately, but I thought I would clue the grandparents onto this one...we are starting Macklin on whole milk. I checked with my pediatrician and she said it was OK to start a little early. The night feeding (we were nursing three times a day) is getting a little tough with track lasting until 6:30pm. So we have tried twice to have him drink a sippy cup of whole milk at night. He is not that into it yet, but I think it will take a little bit. We will keep you posted on how it is going. Hopefully I can keep up the morning and noon time nursing sessions for a while longer. It has gone by so fast!
I had already packed a lunch for Macklin for plans that eventually were changed....so I thought I would take it to the park and we would eat there! He didn't eat his normal amount because he was so distracted but it was well worth it! 60 degrees and sunny = A-mazing! I didn't think I was looking forward to spring so much, but now I am!
Riding in the stroller like a big kid!
And...he finally let me put his Mizzou hat on him!
I love it and it kept the nice sun off his bald head!
Each day Macklin seems to play with Baxter more and more. And we seem to find that the boundaries we tried to start are quickly disappearing. Bax is so good with Macklin and 95% of the time he is very aware. We still have to watch for the super excited state when Baxter doesn't take notice of anything!
Here is how I found Mack and Bax the other day while I was cooking in the kitchen. Macklin loves to take all the shoes out of our shoe bench and make a pile on the floor. Baxter wanted to play too! My mischievous little boys!
Last Sunday I had my final snowshoe race of the series (3 total). I had gotten third in my first two races and thought I was set for #3 overall (which is fine...but I wanted 2nd!). Saturday night before the race, Justin noticed that the paper said the series winners were based on total time (which I did not know), thus meaning I still had a chance to get 2nd!!!
I was nervous all night and the whole next morning during church. I got to the race read to roll. Since I was busy with Mack and getting ready for church, I never had a chance to see how far behind I was in the overall time, but I thought it was like a minute or so. I just knew that I for sure had to get 2nd and I had to beat the girl by a lot in order to get 2nd in the series. I just went out there and gave it my best!
Going into the first powederfield (single track snowshoeing where you blaze your own tracks) at about a mile into the 5k, I noticed that she was falling off a bit. As soon as we got back on a trail, I made the pass and she never caught back up! It was a combo of me being on and her having an off day. So, when I crossed the finish line I was pumped to not see her yet. She ended up 33 seconds behind. I was proud of myself but was convinced that it wasn't enough to get the win.
I anxiously awaited the awards ceremony (2.5 hours later) for the announcement. The other girl was convinced that she was 2nd. So, you can imagine her surprise when they said, "3rd place...Vickie (insert last name here)." She told them they were wrong and they said they would talk later. She protested and had them recount. But when I got home, I realized that they were right. I had lost by 13 seconds in the first race and 14 seconds in the second race...27 total second. My win on Sunday by 33 seconds put me over the top! I got second by 6 seconds over three races! It was pretty awesome! The major part, in case you didn't know, is that I won $1000 (instead of the 3rd place of $500)!!!!!! I am still excited.
What will I do with that money you may ask? Buy a new battery and power cord for my MacBook and a new pair of mittens! We are also going to get tickets to come to STL for John's wedding in May. Then....hopefuly save the rest (even though Justin said I already spent it on Mack's upcoming party :)
I am getting caught up on my life here in these days....Just wanted to post a few new things of our precious boy. He really likes to play on the ottoman. Good thing he can't climb up on it yet, but it is pretty fun to play around on it.
Also, he is cruising on his walker now! Kevin even taught him to go backwards with it so he doesn't get so mad when he gets stopped when he runs into things.
Macklin and I had a fun mini trip to the park this afternoon (it was 55!!!). He is getting more and more fun to take there as he is exploring different things all the time! Mack will be 11 months old tomorrow and time has flown!
Why, hello there! Mack is sneaking a peak at Baxter
Seriously watching the construction workers who are building our new library!